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Amazon suspends Roy Price after sexual harassment claim

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Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, was suspended by the company Thursday after being accused of "making unwanted sexual advances" towards Isa Dick Hackett, a producer of a popular Amazon series, "The Man in the High Castle," according to the the New York Times.

What happened: Per the NYT, Price "repeatedly propositioned" Hackett one night in a cab, and shouted inappropriate comments in her ear while she was speaking to other executives. An Amazon spokesman told the Times that Price "is on a leave of absence effective immediately." His position will be filled by Amazon Studios CEO Albert Cheng for the time being. Price declined to comment, through a spokesperson, to the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the harassment claim.

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The swamp’s tug-o-war over America’s ethanol mandate

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A biofuels standard Congress passed more than a decade ago in the name of rural development, energy security and climate change has devolved into an arcane fight over market share that has nothing to do with those initial three goals.

Why it matters: The law — called the renewable fuel standard that requires refineries to blend biofuels into gasoline — is a textbook example of how regulations create winners, losers and unintended consequences.

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GOP: Fixing the tax law is nothing like fixing the ACA

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Republicans have discovered their tax law contains a mistake and are hoping Democrats will help them fix it. But if the narrative of "one party passed a giant law and now wants to change it" sounds familiar, Republicans are insisting this is different from when they wouldn't help fix the Democrats' Affordable Care Act.

Between the lines: This is a great indicator of why Congress struggles to get anything done — because now the precedent has been set for one party to refuse to fix problems with the other party's laws. And for what it's worth, some Democrats are also denying the parallel — because, of course, they say their ACA process was much more inclusive than the GOP's tax one.