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News Corp
News Corp
News Corporation (NYSE: NWS) — международный медиахолдинг подконтрольный Руперту Мердоку, который владеет, в частности, кинокомпанией 20th Century Fox, телеканалами Fox News, спутниковыми DTH операторами BSkyB, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Foxtel, информационным агентством Dow Jones ( ...

News Corporation (NYSE: NWS) — международный медиахолдинг подконтрольный Руперту Мердоку, который владеет, в частности, кинокомпанией

20th Century Fox,

телеканалами Fox News,

спутниковыми DTH операторами BSkyB, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Foxtel,

информационным агентством Dow Jones (включая службу Factiva),

а также газетами

The Wall Street Journal,

The Times,

The Sun,

New York Post.


В период предвыборной кампании поддерживает Республиканскую партию США.

22 июля Руперт Мердок объявил о своем уходе с поста директора двух компаний, входящих в News Corporation, - News International и Times Newspapers Holdings Limited. Причиной отставки называется предстоящая реструктуризация корпорации.

В 2013 году было создано 21st Century Fox а News Corporation сменил логотип. Вики.


...подконтрольная компании Вангард (?)



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24 апреля, 03:35

How Did NY Gov. Cuomo Make $783,000 From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?

Fox News Channel parent News Corporation may be wrapped up in the sexual harassment accusations surrounding host Bill O’Reilly, but, as International Business Times' Lydia O'Neal reports, the company is facing another long-running scandal involving what appear to be exuberant payments to a Democrat - payments that occurred even as News Corp. was lobbying the New York State executive branch, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo oversees. The New York governor, whose memoir was published by the News Corp.-owned HarperCollins in 2014, saw his gross income more than double last year, to $417,748 for 2016 (from $196,243 the year before), the Buffalo News reported Tuesday. Cuomo attributed $218,100 of that increase to sales of his memoir, “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Successes in Politics and Life.” In 2015, the governor reportedly earned zero income from book sales and in the nearly three years that it's been on the market, it has sold just 3,200 copies. But Cuomo, the Buffalo News found, reported that he received a total of $783,000 from HarperCollins in book sales over the past three years,  a number that would translate to royalty payments of nearly $244.69 per copy. Today, the book was selling on Amazon for $8.45.   A spokesperson for Gov. Cuomo told International Business Times, “This payment was contractual and per the agreement with the publisher.” A spokesperson from HarperCollins said the publisher does not “comment on financial matters relating to our books.” News Corp. did not respond to IBT requests for comment. News Corp., in the meantime, was registered as a lobbying client as recently as December 2016, according to the New York State government lobbying database. The mass media company, created and headed by Executive Chairman and former CEO Rupert Murdoch, has a long history of lobbying Cuomo’s office for the passage of bills beneficial to its businesses, as previously reported by IBT. Government documents reviewed by IBTimes show that News Corp. and its subsidiary Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., through the law firm Greenberg Traurig, put tens of thousands of dollars behind efforts related to state legislation from the executive branch that affected the media industry, while paying Cuomo book royalties. Read more here...

23 апреля, 09:49

СМИ рассказали о доверительных беседах Трампа с Мердоком

Президент США Дональд Трамп может каждую неделю проводить переговоры с медиамагнатом Рупертом Мердоком с целью решить стратегические вопросы. Об этом пишет The New York Times. По данным журналистов, между лидером США и владельцем медиахолдингов 21st Century Fox и News Corporation существуют близкие и глубокие отношения, Мердок поддерживает Трампа в трудные часы. Кроме того, медиамагнат советует своему соратнику сосредоточить усилия на экономике страны, а не на других вопросах. «Они поддерживают друг друга и вырабатывают стратегию», — сообщает NYT. Издание расценивает личный успех Мердока и его лояльность Трампу как основообразующие элементы при общении с нынешним президентом США. Кроме того, газета указывает, что принадлежащие Мердоку газета New York Post и телеканал Fox News всегда отзывались о Трампе с позитивной стороны.

21 апреля, 07:51

Sarah Palin Reacts To Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Exit By Victim Blaming

Sarah Palin won’t say whether she experienced or witnessed sexual harassment at Fox News, but she does have a message for the victims: If you don’t speak out when it happens, don’t complain about it later. During an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “The Lead,” Palin hinted that she wasn’t happy during her time as a Fox News contributor but would not divulge details ― even when asked about Fox News’ corporate culture in the age of Bill O’Reilly. “I think the key there is that I used to be with Fox. The corporate culture there obviously has to change,” the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate said. “Women don’t deserve, they shouldn’t have to put up with any intimidating workspace.” Then Palin turned her focus on the women who made accusations of sexual harassment, telling them that it’s their responsibility to quit their jobs and change the workplace culture. “If a woman believes that she is being intimidating and harassed, she needs to stand up and do something about it and not stick around for a paycheck for years and years and years, and then after the fact complain about what she went through,” Palin told Tapper. “As a strong woman,” she added, “I say we should feel more empowered than that and take a stand and get out of the place and blow the whistle on the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change.” Palin is right: More women should speak out against workplace harassment. But women don’t stay silent about harassment because they’re not strong women. As the past has shown, reporting abuse isn’t as easy as telling on your boss so that the problem will go away. Women don’t report sexual harassment for a number of reasons, including shame, fear of retribution, fear of losing their source of income and fear of not being believed. In fact, a 2015 survey found that 71 percent of women ages 18 to 34 did not report workplace sexual harassment.  And when they do report it, victims sometimes end up with more problems, as in the case of Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who detailed the chaos surrounding her sexual harassment complaint to Uber’s human resources department in a February blog post. Perhaps Palin should take some notes from professor Anita Hill, the pioneer in the fight against workplace harassment who famously testified against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 to much scrutiny and insult. “The problem with sexual harassment isn’t just because people behave badly,” Hill said in a recent interview with USA Today. “The problem is our inability to develop productive responses to it, and that exists because of our culture that accepts it, because that culture then gets built into how we approach solutions to it.” Hill added: “It gets built into the choices we make about who can be believed. And even when we find sexual harassment exists, the solutions are very often to move the women who have complained to other positions.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 апреля, 07:51

Sarah Palin Reacts To Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Exit By Victim Blaming

Sarah Palin won’t say whether she experienced or witnessed sexual harassment at Fox News, but she does have a message for the victims: If you don’t speak out when it happens, don’t complain about it later. During an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “The Lead,” Palin hinted that she wasn’t happy during her time as a Fox News contributor but would not divulge details ― even when asked about Fox News’ corporate culture in the age of Bill O’Reilly. “I think the key there is that I used to be with Fox. The corporate culture there obviously has to change,” the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate said. “Women don’t deserve, they shouldn’t have to put up with any intimidating workspace.” Then Palin turned her focus on the women who made accusations of sexual harassment, telling them that it’s their responsibility to quit their jobs and change the workplace culture. “If a woman believes that she is being intimidating and harassed, she needs to stand up and do something about it and not stick around for a paycheck for years and years and years, and then after the fact complain about what she went through,” Palin told Tapper. “As a strong woman,” she added, “I say we should feel more empowered than that and take a stand and get out of the place and blow the whistle on the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change.” Palin is right: More women should speak out against workplace harassment. But women don’t stay silent about harassment because they’re not strong women. As the past has shown, reporting abuse isn’t as easy as telling on your boss so that the problem will go away. Women don’t report sexual harassment for a number of reasons, including shame, fear of retribution, fear of losing their source of income and fear of not being believed. In fact, a 2015 survey found that 71 percent of women ages 18 to 34 did not report workplace sexual harassment.  And when they do report it, victims sometimes end up with more problems, as in the case of Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who detailed the chaos surrounding her sexual harassment complaint to Uber’s human resources department in a February blog post. Perhaps Palin should take some notes from professor Anita Hill, the pioneer in the fight against workplace harassment who famously testified against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 to much scrutiny and insult. “The problem with sexual harassment isn’t just because people behave badly,” Hill said in a recent interview with USA Today. “The problem is our inability to develop productive responses to it, and that exists because of our culture that accepts it, because that culture then gets built into how we approach solutions to it.” Hill added: “It gets built into the choices we make about who can be believed. And even when we find sexual harassment exists, the solutions are very often to move the women who have complained to other positions.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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20 апреля, 08:12

Fox forcing out Bill O’Reilly could appease critics of the Sky deal | Graham Ruddick

The controversial Fox News anchor has been dropped by the network and there are significant implications for MurdochThe controversial Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has been dropped from the network after allegations of inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment, in a development that could have significant implications for the Murdoch empire on both sides of the Atlantic.Ofcom, the British media regulator, is considering whether 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, is a “fit and proper” owner of pay-TV broadcaster Sky. Continue reading...

19 апреля, 21:39

Bill O'Reilly's Exit From Fox News

The network said its top-rated star will not be returning.

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15 апреля, 04:13

Journalism faces a crisis worldwide – we might be entering a new dark age | Margaret Simons

Almost anyone can use the worldwide web to be a media outlet, so how will we differentiate between truth, myth and lies? Australia’s two largest legacy media organisations recently announced big cuts to their journalistic staff. Many editorial positions, perhaps up to 120, will disappear at Fairfax Media, publisher of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and News Corporation announced the sacking of most of its photographers and editorial production staff. Continue reading...

14 апреля, 12:12

Can Washington’s Original Dealmaker Survive Trump?

Washington’s consummate insider finds himself on the outside looking in on Donald Trump’s Washington.

11 апреля, 23:20

Attorney Of Bill O'Reilly Accuser Demands State Probe Of Fox News

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The attorney representing one of the women who have accused embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment is now calling for a state investigation into the network.  Lisa Bloom, a prominent civil rights attorney, submitted her request for an independent probe to the New York State Division of Human Rights on Tuesday. The request details the claims of dozens of women who say at times over the past 13 years they were sexually harassed at Fox News. Bloom says many have since been driven from the network and the television industry entirely. We all know that Fox News' workplace is a cesspool of sexual harassment and retaliation. I do not accept a wrong without a remedy. 2/— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) April 11, 2017 Too many women silenced, driven out. And the wrongs continue. Thus I'm requesting an @NYSHumanRights investigation of Fox News. Pls RT 3/3— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) April 11, 2017 Her request brings together many of the allegations against both O’Reilly and former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who resigned from the network in July amid harassment allegations. Bloom represents Wendy Walsh, a former guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” who spoke to The New York Times for a bombshell report published earlier this month. The report detailed harassment allegations from Walsh, who said O’Reilly didn’t deliver on a verbal job offer after she rejected his sexual advances. The Times found Fox News and O’Reilly had payed about $13 million in settlements to five women who had accused the primetime star of sexual harassment. After Walsh registered a complaint with Fox News’ corporate hotline last week, the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced Sunday it would have law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison conduct an investigation into Walsh’s claims. Bloom said the law firm, which has defended 21st Century Fox in the past, will prioritize the interests of the network. An investigation by the state agency, Bloom contends, is the only probe that “can remedy the continued illegal conduct at Fox News.” Fox News did not immediately return The Huffington Post’s request for comment.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

11 апреля, 14:14

Инвесторы Theranos списывают убытки. Тесло на очереди.

В общей сложности инвесторы влили в Theranos около $800 млн. Но поскольку дела у стартапа в последние годы идут не очень, руководство Theranos решило даже бесплатно предложить инвесторам акции, если они согласятся не подавать на стартап в суд. Не всех инвесторов устраивают такие условия. Известный медиамагнат, председатель совета News Corp. и 21st Century Fox Руперт Мердок продает стартапу акции, за которые в начале 2015 года заплатил $125 млн. Со ссылкой на собственные источники The Wall Street Journal сообщает, что номинальная стоимость акций в этой сделке составит всего $1.Сейчас стартап тонет в разбирательствах с инвесторами. Один из самых ярких случаев: еще в ноябре прошлого года фонд Partner Fund Management, вложивший в Theranos $100 млн, подал на стартап в суд за «ложь ради инвестиций».Сейчас команда стартапа пытается разобраться с ситуацией. По данным издания, совет директоров принял решение передать инвесторам акции основательницы. Инвесторы, среди которых BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Continental Properties Co., Esoom (Enterprise of Taiwan), Jupiter Partners, Palmieri Trust, Dixon Doll, Ray Bingham и другие, по данным издания, получат по две дополнительные акции против количества, приобретенного в раундах.На это соглашение не пошел Руперт Мердок, а также фонд Partner Fund Management. Последний участвовал в раунде С на $198 млн, который некогда принес стартапу «единорожную» оценку в $9 млрд. В случае с Рупертом Мердоком странные условия сделки могут объясняться тем, что таким образом он сможет списать работу с Theranos в инвестиционные потери, потенциально сберегая миллионы долларов в налогах по другим источникам доходов.Напомним, в июле 2016 года Элизабет Холмс, соучредителя и СЕО компании Theranos отстранили от управления лабораториями на два года. Запрет исходил от федеральных органов США в области медицины и здравоохранения и распространяется на любую деятельность в сфере анализа крови.Один из самых известных единорогов Кремниевой долины за прошлый год превратился в настоящее стихийное бедствие для инвесторов и учредителей. Еще в 2015 году основательница Элизабет Холмс возглавляла список богатейших женщин Америки, а в июне оценку ее состояния снизили до нуля. Сама компания в 2014 году стоила $9 млрд, однако в 2016-м ее переоценили всего в $800 млн. А все из-за обвинений в том, что тесты Theranos неточны, а годовая выручка — менее $100 млн. Ну, как бы такая унылая правда жизни. Ярды инвесторов туда-сюда… и обратились в пыль. Но о том, чтобы посадить Лизу в тюрьму — не может быть и речи. Онажестаралась. Главное — прогресс. Онивсепридумают.  Господа, для которых факт «Тесло стало дороже Форда» является поводом для рукоплескания солнцеликому, стоит хоть немного задуматься. В нынешних акционерных аферах неадекватно высокая капитализация говорит только о том, как легко ТРАТЯТСЯ деньги инвесторов.

07 апреля, 22:08

21st Century Fox Gets EU Approval for Sky Takeover

On Friday, the European Commission approved 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) deal to takeover Sky, a popular European pay-TV company. The deal is worth about $14.5 billion.

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07 апреля, 13:51

«Чёрный хантер»: история самарской студии разработки Cloud Castle

Как живёт российская компания, которая работает только с зарубежными клиентами и делает проекты для Ватикана и News Corp Руперта Мёрдока.

04 апреля, 13:47

TRUMP outside group puts up another six-figure ad buy -- PAUL RYAN’s MILLION-DOLLAR day – House Republicans and W.H. discuss way to break health-care logjam -- STEVE THOMMA's new job -- B’DAY: Jo Becker

Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2o4WFTU ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfBULLETIN -- AP at 4:46 a.m.: “TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Boeing Co. says it has signed a $3 billion deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines for 30 737 MAX airplanes.”Good Tuesday morning. THE NEW REALITY: BIG MONEY AT EVERY TURN -- MAKING AMERICA GREAT, a non-profit group aligned with big GOP donor Rebekah Mercer, is dropping six figures on a digital advertising campaign to both tout the Trump administration’s accomplishments and pressure senators to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The ad is running nationally, but will have boosted spending in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Wisconsin, Maine and D.C. -- all markets where Democratic senators face re-election in 2018. This campaign comes a week after a $1 million buy boosting Trump’s agenda. “Judge Gorsuch is impeccably qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Some of our Senators’ petulant opposition is not in the best interest of our nation, and is contrary to the wishes of their constituency,” said Emily Cornell, the COO of Making America Great. “We welcome the opportunity to give Gorsuch supporters the megaphone they deserve.”-- THIS IS LOOKING LIKE IT WILL BE A TREND, AND TRUMP WORLD IS GOING TO BE HAPPY. Six- and seven-figure ad buys have gone up in back-to-back weeks to boost the president’s agenda. If this continues, it will be helpful as Trump tries to prevent a government shutdown, lift the debt ceiling, pass tax reform and an infrastructure bill. The ad http://bit.ly/2nSkOuV FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: RYAN’S MILLION-DOLLAR DAY -- SPEAKER PAUL RYAN is distributing $1.2 million from his personal political accounts to roughly half the House Republican Conference today. Ryan has already transferred millions of dollars to the party’s re-election arm, but now the speaker is cutting checks directly to lawmakers’ campaign committees -- a move that underscores his newfound brand as a top Republican money man. The donations are going to virtually every House Republican being targeted by Democrats, and conservatives and moderates alike. Members of the House found out about the Ryan largesse when Kevin Seifert, Ryan’s political director, emailed chiefs of staff, telling them a check was waiting at the RNC for pickup this morning. THIS IS IMPORTANT: Members of leadership usually either cut checks to the party committee, or directly to members. Ryan is doing both as he tries to keep the House in GOP hands in 2018.**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbhFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Authorities name suspect from Kyrgyzstan in St. Petersburg metro bombing,” by WaPo’s Andrew Roth and David Filipov in St. Petersburg: “A likely suspect in the blast that killed 14 people as it ripped through a subway car in St. Petersburg is a Russian citizen born in a volatile region of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian country’s security service said Tuesday. The state security service of Kyrgyzstan told the Interfax news agency that the suspect is 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, who was born in Osh, a city that has seen bloody ethnic conflicts and the growth of jihadist movements since the Soviet Union began disintegrating three decades ago. The service said it was working with Russian law enforcement authorities, who are investigating the incident as an act of terrorism. Russian officials have not said how many people were involved in Monday’s attack.” http://wapo.st/2nzl9kxIT’S BACK … WE THINK? -- “White House, conservatives mull deal to revive Obamacare repeal,” by Rachael Bade and Jen Haberkorn: “House conservatives and the White House are mulling a potential agreement to revive the GOP Obamacare replacement bill that was pulled from the House floor just over a week ago, POLITICO has learned. The House Freedom Caucus, the group of three-dozen conservatives that helped bring down the bill, has been in talks with Trump administration officials about changes to the legislation that might get them to ‘yes.’ One option seriously being considered, multiple GOP sources said, includes allowing governors to opt out of some Obamacare regulations. “The developments could mean that Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill might not be dead after all -- or at least indicate that continued discussions are going on behind the scenes. Sources stressed that the details are still being finalized, and it’s far from certain that such a change would act as a silver bullet to salvage the much-maligned bill. It is unclear whether such an idea would win over enough conservatives while also keeping moderate Republicans on board. Two sources told POLITICO centrist House Republicans were summoned to the White House to discuss the idea Monday afternoon.” http://politi.co/2nDvgFy-- ONE THING TO REMEMBER: It’s possible, but very unlikely this bill will pass before May. A two-week recess starts Thursday afternoon. Even if a deal came together today, the GOP whip team would have to canvass for support to see if it could pass. And, if Republicans are true to what they promised voters a few years back, the bill would have to sit for three days so the public could review it. That would take us to Thursday -- the day Republicans are slated to get out of town. Could they keep the House in an extra day? Sure. Will they? Who knows, but probably not. And if it doesn’t pass this week, it won’t even be in the mix until May -- when Congress returns the last week of this month, they’ll have to fight to keep the government open.MCCONNELL’S BIG MOMENT -- “McConnell bets the Senate on Gorsuch,” by Burgess Everett: “When Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to the Supreme Court this week, Mitch McConnell will clinch a place in history after pulling off one of the most audacious gambles in modern political history. Whether he’ll be regarded as a hero or a villain depends almost entirely on which side of the aisle one is on. The immediate payoff to the Republican Party is enormous and indisputable, starting, of course, with another staunch conservative on the court who could remain there for decades. But Republicans also credit McConnell with saving the Senate majority and electing President Donald Trump, by giving traditional conservative voters a powerful motivator to turn out for a nominee they were less than enthused about.” http://politi.co/2oxdFTFSCOOP – “Name of Trump admin hire surfaced in Ashley Madison hack,” by Daniel Lippman: “The Trump administration has hired the former executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party whose name turned up on a list of accounts released in the 2015 hack of the cheating website Ashley Madison. Jason Doré started on Monday as assistant chief counsel for external affairs for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, he confirmed to POLITICO on Monday. ... In 2015, Doré told the New Orleans Times-Picayune he used the Ashley Madison site for opposition research. He said on Monday he stood by that explanation. He told POLITICO the incident ‘really never came up’ in his recent job interviews. ‘I addressed it at the time. It’s not a secret,’ he said of the episode. ... The White House said Doré was not a political hire from the Presidential Personnel Office and did not comment further.” http://politi.co/2oUbLcj JUSTICE WATCH -- “Sweeping Federal Review Could Affect Consent Decrees Nationwide,” by NYT’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Eric Lichtblau: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a sweeping review of federal agreements with dozens of law enforcement agencies, an examination that reflects President Trump’s emphasis on law and order and could lead to a retreat on consent decrees with troubled police departments nationwide. In a memorandum dated March 31 and made public Monday, the attorney general directed his staff to look at whether law enforcement programs adhere to principles put forth by the Trump administration, including one declaring that ‘the individual misdeeds of bad actors should not impugn’ the work police officers perform ‘in keeping American communities safe.’” http://nyti.ms/2oTRaEI BLAST FROM THE PAST -- “Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel,” by WaPo’s Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff and Karen DeYoung: “The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.” http://wapo.st/2oE1dhWHOT ON THE RIGHT -- WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD: “Susan Rice Unmasked: Obama’s security adviser sought the name of at least one Trump official in intelligence reports”: “Well, what do you know. On the matter of who ‘unmasked’ the names of Trump transition officials in U.S. intelligence reports, we now have one answer: Susan Rice, Barack Obama’s national security adviser.“A U.S. intelligence official confirms to us the bombshell news, first reported Monday by Bloomberg, that Ms. Rice requested the name of at least one Trump transition official listed in an intelligence report in the months between Election Day and Donald Trump’s inauguration. Ms. Rice received summaries of U.S. eavesdropping either when foreign officials were discussing the Trump team, or when foreign officials were conversing with a Trump transition member. The surveillance was legally authorized, but the identities of U.S. citizens are typically masked so they cannot be known outside intelligence circles. Ms. Rice asked for and learned the identity of the Trump official, whose name hasn’t been publicly disclosed and our source declined to share. ...“[T]he media have been running like wildebeest after that story while ignoring how the Obama Administration might have abused domestic surveillance for its political purposes. Americans deserve to know the truth about both.” http://on.wsj.com/2oUb42w KNOWING NUNES -- “Washington may be shaking its head, but Devin Nunes is still a hometown hero,” by L.A. Times’ Cathleen Decker in Tulare, California: “In an interview with The Times, he bridled at insinuations that, under pressure from the White House, he’d canceled a committee hearing that was to feature former Acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates, who was fired by Trump early in his administration. ‘There’s a story ... that the Trump administration asked me not to invite Sally Yates and not have a hearing, which is 100% accurate, I mean inaccurate,’ he said. Later, describing the evidence that he said had ‘alarmed’ him enough to alert the president, he said that ‘it was involving Russia -- I mean it was not involving Russia.’” http://lat.ms/2o3TgVICOMING ATTRACTIONS -- “The return of Mitt Romney,” by McClatchy’s Katie Glueck: “Romney will make his first major foray into Donald Trump’s Washington next month, headlining a fundraiser to benefit the official foundation of Yellowstone National Park. The gathering will take place at Hawthorne, a bar and restaurant in D.C.’s hip U Street corridor, on May 4 at 7 p.m. ... The news comes as the White House announced Monday that Trump would donate his first quarter salary to the National Park Service. … Jackie Rooney, the founder and chair of Yellowstone Forever Young Patrons and an alum of Romney’s 2012 campaign, waved off the idea that he would make any political announcements at the May gathering. … [T]he host committee is stacked with former Romney staffers, including 2012 campaign manager Matt Rhoades, ex-campaign spokespeople Ryan Williams, Amanda Henneberg and Chris Maloney, and major pro-Romney fundraisers Charlie and Lisa Spies.” http://bit.ly/2oT1q01 … Tickets http://bit.ly/2oUmfbq HAPPENING TODAY -- TRUMP is meeting with CEOs at the White House before speaking at the North America’s Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference at the Washington Hilton. He’s meeting separately with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Torres. WHAT CAUGHT OUR EYE: Trump is meeting with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). Rohrabacher has worked with disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff to try to connect Denis Sassou Nguesso, the strongman leader of the Republic of Congo, to Trump. http://politi.co/2nSwXAd -- AT TRUMP’S CEO MEETING: Gary Cohn, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, White House director of strategic initiatives Christopher Liddell, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Ivanka Trump, Dina Powell. List of CEOs expected to attend http://politi.co/2owQVDy ... AP story http://apne.ws/2nxZWaB THE JUICE … -- SPOTTED AT THE NATS SEASON OPENER: Luke Russert and Michael Kornheiser, former Sen. Norm Coleman, Brian Zuzenak (celebrating his birthday), Missy Kurek, CR Wooters, Ian Mandel, Kevin McKeon, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Mayor Bowser, former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Al Hunt, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, Alex and Caitlin Conant, Lindsay Czarniak, James JB Brown, Chris Gindlesperger, Matt Haller, Andrew Kovalcin, Judd Deere and Todd Sadowski.--KELLY AYOTTE, the former Republican senator from New Hampshire, is now on the board of News Corp. Members of the board get paid $100,000 in cash annually, and $145,000 in deferred stock and compensation based on their board committee assignments, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Elaine Chao, who left the board to serve as President Trump’s transportation secretary, made $295,250 from the News Corp board in the 2016 fiscal year. Ayotte has helped shepherd Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch through the Senate confirmation process.-- RNC NAMES FINANCE TEAM -- Elliott Broidy, national vice chairman of Trump’s campaign and vice chairman of the presidential inaugural committee; Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer; and Louis DeJoy, president of LDJ Global Strategies, have been named national deputy chairmen for the RNC. Brian Ballard, a long-time Florida fundraiser; Bob Grand, who is close to Vice President Mike Pence; Gordon Sondland, founder and chairman of Aspen Lodging Group; Geoff Verhoff, of Akin Gump; and Ron Weiser, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, have been named regional vice-chairmen. http://bit.ly/2nEmZkPYOU’RE INVITED -- THE HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS privately met last night with VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE as Republicans try to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. We’ll be interviewing the group’s central figures: Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), founding chairman of the caucus, and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) Thursday morning for a Playbook Interview. The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is sponsoring the event. Doors open at 8 a.m. and outside cameras are welcome. RSVP http://bit.ly/2oHFLIcSPORTS BLINK -- “North Carolina beats Gonzaga for sixth national championship,” by Sports Illustrated Wire: http://on.si.com/2oDZUzy-- THANK YOU to those who came out last night to our watch party at BlackFinn.DEEP DIVE -- JONATHAN MAHLER in Sunday’s upcoming NYT magazine, “CNN Had a Problem. Donald Trump Solved It: Inside the strange symbiosis between Jeff Zucker and the president he helped create”: Until Trump “an existential threat was looming. In a world where cable cutters were consuming their news in bite-size portions on their phones and streaming free video over the internet, how much longer would anyone be willing to pay for expensive cable packages? Real breaking-news events happened only every so often, and people lost interest in them quickly; more quickly than ever, in fact, now that there was so much else to distract them. But then along came a presidential candidate who was a human breaking-news event. Trump provided drama and conflict every time he opened his mouth. So too did his growing band of surrogates, who were paid by either the campaign or the network, and in one case both, to defend his statements. Indeed, it often seemed disconcertingly as though Trump had built his entire campaign around nothing so much as his singular ability to fill cable news’s endless demand for engaging content.“Had Trump lost the election, CNN would probably have returned to its previously scheduled struggle for survival. Instead, it has become more central to the national conversation than at any point in the network’s history since the first gulf war. And the man who is presiding over this historic moment at CNN happens to be the same one who was in some part responsible for Donald Trump’s political career. It was Zucker who, as president of NBC Entertainment, broadcast ‘The Apprentice’ at a time when Trump was little more than an overextended real estate promoter with a failing casino business. That show, more than anything, reversed Trump’s fortunes, recasting a local tabloid villain as the people’s prime-time billionaire. And it was Zucker who, as president of CNN, broadcast the procession of made-for-TV events — the always news-making interviews; the rallies; debates; the ‘major policy addresses’ that never really were — that helped turn Trump into the Republican front-runner at a time when few others took his candidacy seriously.” http://nyti.ms/2nRmPrgMICHAEL GRUNWALD in POLITICO Magazine, “For Trump, NAFTA Could Be the Next Obamacare”: “If Trump fails to bully the Mexicans into massive NAFTA concessions, or even a face-saving NAFTA update reinstating the TPP concessions, he will face a similar choice: Muddle through with the status quo, or else walk away and blame others for the chaos. Getting a divided Congress to approve a revised NAFTA would be a daunting legislative challenge, but abandoning NAFTA would be quite simple; Trump would just need to give six months’ notice. He would be risking the demolition of North American supply chains, fury from farmers and consumers, a potential trade war, and a potential recession.” http://politi.co/2oDOPyx BOSTON GLOBE -- “Cambridge council votes to urge US House to consider Trump impeachment,” by Felicia Glans: “In a vote Monday, seven city councilors voted in favor of a proposal that asks the House to authorize its Committee on the Judiciary to investigate possible violations Trump may have made in the foreign emoluments clause, domestic emoluments clause, or other constitutional clauses. … The template for the proposal was written by a national movement called Impeach Trump Now and has been used by such other communities as Berkeley, Calif., and Charlotte, Vt.” http://bit.ly/2ox9Z4b 2020 WATCH -- “Biden to headline New Hampshire party event,” by Gabriel Debenedetti: “Former Vice President Joe Biden is returning to New Hampshire for the first time since leaving the White House later this month for the state Democratic Party’s fundraising dinner. Headlining such events is often associated with presidential ambitions, and when Biden passed on the state committee’s big fundraising dinner in 2015, it was widely read as a sign that he wouldn’t pursue the presidency in 2016.” http://politi.co/2nWwmPsDRIP DRIP -- “Controversial Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka Backed Violent Anti-Semitic Militia,” by Lili Bayer in The Forward in Budapest: “As a Hungarian political leader in 2007, Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s chief counter-terrorism adviser, publicly supported a violent racist and anti-Semitic paramilitary militia that was later banned as a threat to minorities by multiple court rulings. ... Asked directly on the TV interview program if he supports the move by Jobbik, a far-right anti-Semitic party, to establish the militia, Gorka, appearing as a leader of his own newly formed party, replies immediately, ‘That is so.’ The Guard, Gorka explains, is a response to ‘a big societal need.’” http://bit.ly/2nDwtNfFOGGY BOTTOM WATCH -- “Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore on shortlist for ambassador to Germany,” by WaPo’s Anne Gearan and Abby Phillip: http://wapo.st/2nyiebASNEAK PEAK -- KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND PROFILE -- Rebecca Traister in NYMag: “There’s plenty of speculation that Gillibrand will take her own advice and run for president in 2020. ... Though she supported Clinton over Sanders in 2016, she has much in common with the populist senator from Vermont. Like Sanders, she has often stood apart from Democrats. She ‘got an earful’ for her vote against tarp, she says, and recalls her failed efforts to save $4 billion cut from snap benefits in the farm bill, which only 28 of her fellow Democrats supported, as ‘so heartbreaking.’ And like Sanders, she sees in left-wing populism—in affordable day care and paid leave and the expansion of Medicare as a means of addressing economic inequality—a path for red and blue America to come together. Sanders spoke alongside Gillibrand in March at a press conference in support of the Family Act, and Gillibrand is very enthusiastic about becoming a co-sponsor of Sanders’s forthcoming Medicare for All bill.” Link live at 7 a.m. http://nym.ag/2our139HOLLYWOODLAND -- “Mitch Glazier Tapped to Succeed Cary Sherman as CEO of RIAA,” by Variety’s Ted Johnson: “Glazier in the meantime has been promoted to president of the association, after managing the public policy and industry relations teams as senior executive vice president. Sherman plans to retire from the RIAA at the end of 2018, after serving as chairman and CEO for seven years.” http://bit.ly/2ovCWOqMEDIAWATCH -- “Media Consumption Of 2016 Political News: Strong Gains, Cable TV Soars,” by MediaPost’s Wayne Friedman: “There is more evidence that TV news consumption rose sharply in 2016, due to a surprising presidential election. Nielsen says there was an 18% gain in news media consumption in 2016 over the year before -- to 72.5 billion minutes. The bulk of this came from large turnout in watching TV cable news networks. Adults 18 + watched 44% more national cable TV networks, in term of gross minutes a week, versus 2015. For the individual viewer, this averaged six and half hours a week watching national cable news networks -- an hour and a half more than in 2015, and a hour and forty-five minutes from the last presidential election in 2012.” http://bit.ly/2oT4Gso-- “More Trouble at Fox News: Ailes Faces New Sexual Claims and O’Reilly Loses Two Advertisers,” by NYT’s Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt: “The sexual harassment scandal that engulfed Fox News last year and led to the ouster of its chairman, Roger Ailes, continued to batter the network on Monday, as a new lawsuit described unwanted sexual advances by Mr. Ailes and two major advertisers pulled their spots from the show of its top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly. Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai said they were withdrawing their ads from Mr. O’Reilly’s prime-time show, ‘The O’Reilly Factor,’ after The New York Times published an investigation this weekend that found five women who made allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior against him. Those five women received settlements totaling about $13 million, The Times reported.” http://nyti.ms/2oDXT6n ... NYT’s original Sunday blockbuster http://nyti.ms/2owRFZv -- STEVE THOMMA has been hired as the new director of the White House Correspondents Association – Jeff Mason emails members: “After conducting a nationwide search, fielding over 100 applications and conducting interviews with more than 10 candidates, we are happy to announce that Steve Thomma, former White House Correspondent and former Politics and Government Editor at McClatchy, will be taking over as executive director of the WHCA next month. ... He will start in the WHCA office this week, shadowing and assisting Julie as she helps to plan her final White House Correspondents’ Dinner as executive director.”SPOTTED in first class from Memphis to Atlanta: Andrew Young, the former congressman, UN Ambassador and mayor of Atlanta. ... Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) at DCA tuning into CNN’S “The Lead” on one of the airport’s TVs.-- SPOTTED in Palm Beach yesterday at the “Managing the Disruption” conference hosted by Jeff Greene and the Greene Institute, which focused on the impact of automation and artificial intelligence on jobs and the economy: Gov. Chris Christie, Arne Duncan, Kimberly Bryant, Eythor Bender, Larry Summers, Vivek Wadhwa, Larry Kudlow, Stefanie Symon, Tom Friedman, Kate Darling and Scott Santens.TRANSITIONS -- Robert Flock is joining the Credit Union National Association on April 10 as associate director of advocacy, where he’ll be responsible for outreach to members of the House Republican Conference. He was previously policy advisor at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck … Samantha Medlock has started as North America lead for capital, science and policy with Willis Towers Watson, the global advisory, broking and risk management solutions company. She previously was previously senior advisor at the Obama White House’s OMB. … Daniel Huey is joining the firm Something Else as a partner. He comes onboard from the NRCC where he served as a senior advisor and managed the independent expenditure unit. ...… Riley Kilburg, who was deputy political director of Hillary for America in Iowa, recently joined the team at Center Forward, which brings together members of Congress, non profits, academic experts, trade associations, corporations and unions to find common ground and end gridlock in Washington. … Dina Ellis Rochkind, formerly Washington director for Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), is joining the fintech and payments practice at Paul Hastings, helping to lead their government relations offering. http://politi.co/2owRInT … Digital strategist David Payne is leaving VOX Global after running the agency’s online advocacy practice for eight years. He is launching CODAVATE, a digital public affairs firm. http://bit.ly/2oTUhNc ENGAGED -- Kevin Daley, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Supreme Court reporter, got engaged to Rachel Landsman, a paralegal in the appeals practice of Kirkland and Ellis, working for Paul Clement. He proposed at the Tidal Basin, before they got brunch in the Kennedy booth at Martin’s. Beforehand, he filed a story -- and his editors love that. “The wonderful pair are proof something beautiful can come of interns meeting at Union Pub,” Chris Bedford writes us. Pic http://bit.ly/2nVsyOkBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Ed Rowny, Reagan’s strategic nuclear arms negotiator, Ambassador and Army Lieutenant General, turned 100 years old -- he lives in DC and is still active in international matters (hat tip: Joe Duggan, who was his public affairs advisor at State from 1986 to 1990)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jo Becker, Pulitzer Prize-winning NYT investigative reporter and author of “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality” – she’s celebrating with her “best girlfriends for a night on the town, hopefully taking a horse jumping lesson on the sweetest thoroughbred named Chance ... [and] then later this month heading to Costa Rica for a birthday surfing roadtrip with my brother and some friends from there” – read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2nz6DcA BIRTHDAYS: Rob Stutzman ... author Kitty Kelley is 75 ... former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is 85 ... Molly Edwards, deputy press secretary in the Office of the Speaker (hat tip: Speaker Ryan press shop) ... Senegal turns 57 on its Independence Day ... Bruce Wolpe, a Henry Waxman alum and chief of staff to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia, is 66 ... KJ Heal ... cybersecurity reporter and Politico alum Joe Marks ... Warren Ryan, policy advisor at Treasury ... Kristin Bannerman ... Hillary (Maxwell) Beightel, a Bush 43 Ed. dept alum now in public affairs and corporate comms. at Dell ... Judith Czelusniak, a Bloomberg alum now doing marketing/PR in Florida (h/t David Bass) … Dena Levitz, a 1776 alum now at Web Summit ... Michael Halle, alum of Hillary for America, Gov. McAuliffe and Obama 2012 ... Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, former NSA Director and LBJ School prof, is 86 … Ryan Davis, managing director of digital at Families For Excellent Schools (and former social media director at Blue State Digital) is 35 (h/t Lee Morrow) ... Caroline Campbell ... Charles Halloran, celebrating with Chris (h/ts Jon Haber) ... longtime Senate Republican floor aide Robert Duncan is 4-0 (h/t Stew) ... Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) is 52 ...... Meghan Thurlow, senior manager for global public affairs at GE and a DOT and Burson-Marsteller alum … former Sen. Mo Cowan (D-Mass.) is 48 ... National Media’s Melissa Sharp, an NRSC and Carly for Senate alum ... Politico’s Alexandra Farrand ... Lindsay Gruskay of Broadway Video, Lorne Michaels’ entertainment and media company ... Teddy Himler, principal at Comcast Ventures ... Bridget Spurlock, director of scheduling for Sen. Rubio (h/t Megan McKinley) ... Daisy Melamed Sanders, senior editor for Hearst Digital Media’s content studio ... Neil Giacobbi, associate VP of public affairs at AT&T ... Joy Wang, editor at NBC News and a WNYC alum ... Darienne Page, gov’t relations at Lyft and Obama alum and formerly ROTUS, the White House Receptionist ... Dan Hauser ... Tyler Beckley of Knoxville ... Ryan Davis, co-founder and strategy director of Bushwick Digital … Alex Paulitz … Jerry Irvine ... David Fawcett … Francis Kidd ... Joe Riccca ... Alfred Stanley ... Katreice Banks ... Laura Dresser ... Nile Ritchie (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Robert Downey Jr. is 52 ... magician David Blaine is 44 (h/ts AP)

03 апреля, 02:10

Attorney For Bill O’Reilly Accuser Calls Fox News ‘The Bill Cosby Of Corporate America’

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Lisa Bloom, the attorney for a former Fox News guest holding a press conference Monday, ripped the network’s handling of sexual harassment lawsuits against top-rated primetime host Bill O’Reilly and called for an independent investigation.  “How many women have to come forward?” Bloom, who has also served as an NBC News legal analyst, asked Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “How many millions of dollars have to get paid before Fox News takes sexual harassment seriously?”  “In my opinion, this network is the Bill Cosby of corporate America,” she continued, in reference to the dozens of women who have accused the famous comedian of sexual assault. “Women over and over again are driven out.” Bloom’s comments followed a bombshell New York Times investigation published Saturday that revealed payments of about $13 million to five women accusing the primetime star of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, or verbal abuse. One of the five suits, involving former producer Andrea Mackris, made headlines in 2004. Another suit, involving Fox News employee Juliet Huddy was only reported in January. The other three had not been previously reported.  A sixth woman, Dr. Wendy Walsh, told the Times that she rebuffed O’Reilly’s advances and he later didn’t follow through on an offer to make her a network contributor. In a release, Bloom said Walsh will speak out at a press conference Monday in Los Angeles and they “will reveal their new demands to the network.” The revelations about O’Reilly only shed more light on the toxic culture inside Fox News. Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who built the network with Rupert Murdoch in 1996 and ran it for two decades, resigned in July following a sexual harassment lawsuit from former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson and amid widespread allegations from women inside the network, including former primetime host Megyn Kelly and many others throughout the executive’s five decades in media and politics. Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is also suing Ailes and top executives at Fox News, which she compared to a “Playboy Mansion-Like Cult.” Federal investigators are currently looking into whether parent company 21st Century Fox didn’t properly notify investors about payments to Ailes’s accusers and other business practices. While Fox News recently posted its highest quarterly ratings ever, and enjoys the best access to President Donald Trump, the post-Ailes network continues to be embroiled in scandals related to allegations of employee mistreatment.  Last month, 21st Century Fox reached a settlement with former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder after she accused former network Fox executive Francisco Cortes of sexual assault. And last week, two black employees, Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, filed a racial discrimination suit against longtime comptroller Judith Slater, Fox News, and 21st Century Fox. The network had fired Slater just days earlier for what it dubbed “abhorrent behavior.” O’Reilly, however, has remained seemingly untouchable at Fox News despite the headline-grabbing allegations of sexual harassment over a decade ago and the latest revelations. That’s presumably because “The O’Reilly Factor” draws nearly 4 million viewers nightly, the most in cable news, and his show brought in more than $446 million in advertising revenue from 2014 to 2016, according to the Times. “Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity,” O’Reilly said in a statement on his website. “In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.” In a statement to HuffPost, 21st Century Fox ― the Murdoch-family owned parent company of Fox News ― noted that no current or former network employee used the company’s hotline “to raise a concern about Bill O’Reilly, even anonymously.” The company said it had “looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O’Reilly.  “While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility,” the statement continued. “Mr. O’Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.” The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., reported Saturday that O’Reilly’s contract, originally set to expire at the end of this year, was recently renewed. Correction: This article previously described Wright and Brown as no longer with Fox News. Wright is still with the company. And Fox told The Times last week that Brown remains employed, though the suit contended she had been fired.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

31 марта, 23:27

Weekend Reading: Washington, We Have A Problem

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, In this past weekend’s missive, I discussed the failure of Congress to get the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repealed, much less replaced. The problem, of course, is the failure to repeal the ACA leaves in question the ability to pass other agenda based items such as tax reform, border wall construction, repatriation or immigration reform. As I noted the debt ceiling debate, which is rapidly approaching, is the next major hurdle. To wit: “With the government currently at the ‘debt ceiling limit,’ and the June 1st deadline approaching for ‘extraordinary funding measures,’ Congress will need to address the FY18 budget resolution before it can act on tax reform. This is necessary to provide the ‘reconciliation instructions’ that allow Republicans to pass tax legislation with only 51 votes in the Senate (and therefore no Democratic support). Reaching an agreement on the FY budget resolution will not be easy; in the past, conservatives have demanded a balanced budget within ten years but this would require endorsing spending cuts (in non-binding form) that some centrist Republicans might oppose along with the BAT.   Given this backdrop, tax reform will probably not begin to move through the legislative process until after June at the earliest. Of course, while Wall Street believes ‘tax reform’ will be a much easier process than repealing health care, the reality is it could be just as tough as government entitlement programs, funding for Planned Parenthood, and other programs central to the Democrats, and some left-leaning Republicans, come under attack.  For the markets, which have ramped up since the election on ‘hopes’ of a quick implementation of reforms under the new Administration, the risk of disappointment is running high.”  This assessment has not changed in the past week, and already we are beginning to discussions of border wall construction being postponed, along with infrastructure spending, and tax cuts being whittled down to just 28% for corporations vs. 15-20%.  The last point is the most important given that current valuations in the market are currently being supported by the notion that tax cuts will lead to a profits expansion. The issue, however, remains that while profits may expand from paying lower taxes, and could be much less than currently hoped for, top line revenue growth still remains a missing ingredient as shown in the chart below.  While anything is certainly possible, there is the simple issue that economic cycles do NOT last forever. With wage growth still stagnant, debt levels rising and inflation coming from all the wrong areas (health care, rent & gasoline), the risk of disappointment in the “hope” trade is very high. Of course, you combine the risk of a “fiscal policy” error with the Fed on a “monetary policy tightening” cycle and you have all the ingredients for a bad outcome. But then again, maybe this time will indeed “be different.” Just some things I am thinking about this weekend as I catch up on my reading. Trump/Fed/Economy Retailing In America: Game Theory In Reverse by Danielle DiMartino-Booth via Money Strong Political Noise Can’t Drown Out Russia by James Rickards via Daily Reckoning Trump Faces An Even Bigger Debacle by David Stockman via Daily Reckoning Will Tax Reform Boost Economic Growth by James Picerno via Capital Spectator Building More Apartments Than Renters by Akin Oyedele via BI #MAGA Poll Explodes To Highest Since 70’s by Bob Bryan via BI GOP Failure On AHCA Just The Beginning by Glenn Reynolds via USA Today The Reason Why Significant Tax Reform Hasn’t Happened Since 80’s by Pedro Da Costa via BI Trumps Poll Numbers Low, Can He Boost Them? by Jake Novak via CNBC Tax Reform Not As Simple As It Sounds by Caroline Baum via MarketWatch No, Tax Reform Won’t Be Easier Than AHCA by Howard Gleckman via Forbes GOP Nightmare: $2 Trillion Funding Hole by Tyler Durden via Zero Hedge Tax Cuts Can’t Be Financed By Cutting Waste by Mark Thoma via Fiscal Times GOP Will Struggle To Win Tax Reform by William Gale via RCM Trump’s Tax Approach Could Look Like Obama’s by Andrew Ross-Sorkin via NY Times Markets Don’t Mistake A Bubble For Economic Growth by Jesse Colombo via Forbes Raoul Pal: Everyone Is On The Wrong Side Of Bonds by Jonathan Garber via BI Market Impact Of AHCA Failure Unclear by Mohamed El-Erian via Bloomberg Two Fed Presidents Warn Of Valuations by Tyler Durden via Zero Hedge As Markets Sag, Might Be Time To Be Bullish by Avi Gilburt via MarketWatch Why Long-Term Stock Returns Look Miserable by Anora Mahmudova via MarketWatch No Indication Bull Market Is Slowing Down by Andrew Slimmon via US News Corporate Profits Have Stalled by Anthony Mirhaydari via Fiscal Times Yes, The Trump Rally Is Over by Jeff Reeves via The Hill Fear Threatens Market Comeback by Mark DeCambre via MarketWatch Post-Election Rally May Be Repealed & Replaced by Doug Kass via Real Clear Markets Stock Rally Could Last Until 2018 by Avi Gilburt via BI Dollar Will Lead Stocks Lower by Erik Swarts via Market Anthropology Market Strength Has Little To Do With Trump by Michael Brush via MarketWatch Research / Interesting Reads How Many Jobs Do Robots Destroy by Wolf Richter via Wolf Street Mnuchin Says Not To Worry About Robots by Elena Holodny via BI Optimistic Americans Losing Hope by John Mauldin via Maulding Economics The Holy Grail: Fair Value Of Equity Market by Research Affiliates Robots: The 4th Industrial Revolution by David Kelnar via Medium Pensions Crisis Coming by Stephen McBride via Forbes 10-Retirement Stats Every Boomer Should Know by Maurie Backman via Motley Fool Asset Price Collapse Is Biggest Economic Risk by Martin Feldstein via Project Syndicate White Working Class In Big Trouble by Noah Smith via Bloomberg Hayek Saw It Coming 70-Years Ago by Tyler Durden via ZeroHedge Say’s Other Law by Sandwichman via EconoSpeak $17 Trillion Will Vanish In This Cycle by John Hussman via Hussman Funds Can Small Caps Turn It Around? by Dana Lyons via Tumblr Bogle’s 4% Return Estimate May Be Optimistic by Jesse Felder via The Felder Report “The United States have developed a new weapon that destroys people but it leaves buildings standing. It’s called the stock market.” – Jay Leno

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30 марта, 18:51

Real-life Sharknado? Cyclone Debbie washes up shark on Australian street

A journalist filming floods in the aftermath of the storm found a dead bull shark in the town of Ayr, prompting residents to draw connections to SharknadoAn Australian journalist covering flooding from Cyclone Debbie was shocked to come across a dead bull shark that was apparently swept up in the deluge.The WIN News reporter Philip Calder told News Corp that he was in the town of Ayr to shoot video of a flooded road and couldn’t believe it when he came across a shark in a puddle. He said the shark was “the talk of the town” and many local people had turned out to touch it. Continue reading...

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29 марта, 11:34

Andy Coulson hired as Telegraph PR adviser

Journalists said to be shocked as ex-News of the World editor jailed over phone hacking gets job to promote truthfulness of papersAndy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World who was jailed following the phone-hacking scandal, has been hired to do PR for the Telegraph Media Group (TMG).His public relations firm, Coulson Chappell, has been awarded a contract to improve the standing of the company’s publications, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. His main brief is thought to be to promote the papers as truthful and authoritative. Continue reading...

24 марта, 12:09

Ivanka's lawyer, a Democrat, defends herself

Jamie Gorelick, a veteran of President Bill Clinton's Justice Department and a Hillary Clinton supporter, explains why she's working for Trump's daughter now.

23 марта, 21:57

De Blasio leaves news conference after refusing to take questions on breaking news

Mayor Bill de Blasio abruptly ended his Thursday news conference, held to promote his idea for a “mansion tax,” after refusing to answer reporters’ questions about breaking news. The mayor, who has for more than a year maintained a policy of holding only one media availability a week at which he will take questions on topics that are not of his own choosing, would not answer questions Thursday about the recent racially motivated killing of a black New Yorker, the apprehension of a suspect in bomb threats to Jewish centers and a new court ruling against the city over the mayor’s refusal to release communications between himself and several unpaid outside advisers.The mayor said those topics were not related to the stated subject of the news conference, a proposed surcharge on sales of homes over $2 million that has little chance of becoming law.The news conference is the second one he’s held in as many days on the tax, which de Blasio is hoping will be included in this year's state budget, although there is little indication that it is even part of the negotiations among legislative leaders in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans did not include the proposal in their respective budgets, and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has repeatedly described the idea as a nonstarter. But the mayor wanted to be asked questions exclusively on the tax proposal anyway, and announced an "on-topic only" news conference Thursday morning, a designation the mayor has used since the fall of 2015 to narrow the kinds of questions he will accept at his news conferences.De Blasio held the availability Thursday afternoon outside in a gated-off area in front of a sandwich chain establishment. The news conference had as its backdrop 432 Park Ave., one of the city’s most expensive residential apartment buildings, where, perhaps unbeknownst to the mayor and his aides, someone had placed a handwritten sign in the third-floor window that read, "De Blasio doesn’t care about the working middle class. Don’t let this speech fool you."The mayor, who spoke for less than eight minutes, was at times barely audible over the din of construction noise and cranes in midtown Manhattan. At one point, a young man walking in front of the sandwich shop interrupted the mayor's remarks. "Everyone hates you. Everybody! Even the cops," the man shouted. When de Blasio finished speaking, he called on a reporter from The Wall Street Journal, who wanted to ask a question about one of the biggest news events in New York City in recent days, the allegedly racially motivated killing of a black man by a white man who had traveled to New York City, allegedly to attack black people. “Mr. Mayor, the suspect being charged with killing Timothy Caughman on Monday night told police he came to New York to kill black men,” the reporter began, as she tried to ask de Blasio whether the suspect in that killing was a member of a hate group, and whether the mayor considered the killing an “act of terror.”De Blasio spoke over her as she continued asking her question. “Mara, I’m here to talk about this, if you want to ask questions about this,” de Blasio said.“You don’t think this is the news of the day, Mr. Mayor?” the reporter asked. “I’m here to answer questions about this. If you want to talk about this, great, if not, we’ll take questions another way, another time.”“Does anyone want to ask about the mansion tax?” de Blasio asked the group of about 15 reporters. He then called on someone else — a reporter who asked de Blasio for his response to another piece of breaking news: a judge’s decision against the city in a lawsuit filed by two news organizations seeking communications between the mayor and one of his unpaid outside advisers, which de Blasio has argued should be shielded from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law. “Same thing,” de Blasio interrupted as the reporter tried to ask her question. “Guys, you can ask all you want. Here’s what we’re here to talk about,” de Blasio said, talking over her. “Are you going to turn over the emails, sir?” the reporter asked.“Last call about the mansion tax. OK, I’m going to do this again, one more time,” de Blasio said, as the sound of construction equipment threatened to drown him out. “This is how we set things up, guys. You don’t want to be a part of it, you don’t have to come," the mayor said to the news corps. "We’re here to talk about something that would reach 25,000 seniors. Everything else you want to talk about, you’ll get answers to, through our press office. Someone has a question about this, ask it about this. If you don’t, that’s cool,” he said. The mayor tried again. “You have a question on this, Willie?” he asked a reporter from The New York Times. The reporter tried to ask the mayor about another piece of breaking news — the recent apprehension, in Israel, of a Jewish Israeli-American teenager who is a suspect in recent bomb threats made against Jewish organizations and institutions in the United States and elsewhere.De Blasio wouldn’t answer. “That’s great, guys. I’m done,” he said.“Mr. Mayor, what are you afraid of when we ask you questions?” another reporter asked. The mayor had already walked away.This story has been updated to clarify what was said by the heckler.

23 марта, 11:57

Редактура «Ведомостей»

Главный редактор «Ведомостей» Татьяна Лысова, как и сообщалось ранее, покидает свой пост, ее место займет Илья Булавинов, который сейчас управляет дирекцией интернет-вещания Первого канала. Такое решение в среду, 22 марта, принято советом директоров издания, сообщается на сайте газеты. В заметке уточняется, что кандидатуру Ильи Булавинова выдвинули владельцы издания — семья Демьяна Кудрявцева. При этом Татьяна Лысова остается в совете директоров «Ведомостей» по крайней мере до конца текущего года. Непосредственно к обязанностям главного редактора Илья Булавинов приступит только в середине апреля, контракт с ним будет подписан сроком на два года.   Редакция газеты "Ведомости" Дмитрий Коротаев/Коммерсантъ Заседание совета директоров, на котором избирался главный редактор, длилось 2,5 часа, и, как рассказали два члена совета, практически все это время обсуждались не столько персоналии Булавинова и Дербиловой, сколько сам принципиальный выбор между внутренним и внешним кандидатом. В итоге за Булавинова проголосовали четыре члена совета директоров, за второго кандидата — шеф-редактора сайта vedomosti.ru Екатерину Дербилову — было отдано три голоса. Отметим, RNS и «Коммерсант» пишут, что Булавинов был выдвинут Кудрявцевым, а сторонниками Дербиловов была действующий главред Татьяна Лысова и многие сотрудники редакции.   Татьяна Лысова Александр Миридонов/Коммерсантъ Демьян Кудрявцев объяснил свой выбор в пользу Булавинова тем, что он «неподвластен никакому давлению извне», а также имеет опыт интеграции редакций разных типов СМИ — печатных и интернет-СМИ, радио и телевидения, а также занимался развитием digital-проектов, что важно для «Ведомостей». Кудрявцев считает, что «Ведомостям» нужны изменения, поскольку в газете наблюдается некоторый «застой», именно поэтому ими должен заняться внешний человек. В ответ на вопрос журналистов о том, сможет ли издание при Булавинове сохранить независимость редакционной политики, Кудрявцев заявил, что не имеет права в нее вмешиваться и предложил обсудить это с Булавиновым, которого, впрочем, в среду в редакции не было. Отметим, что называть Илью Булавинова «человеком с Первого канала» по крайней мере некорректно, чтобы убедиться в этом, достаточно взглянуть на его биографию. Булавинов родился 27 февраля 1973 года в Москве в семье военного. В 1990 году он поступил на факультет зарубежной военной информации и журналистики Военного Краснознаменного института Министерства обороны, но закончил он факультет журналистики Московского государственного университета, в 1996 году. Большая часть карьеры Булавинова связана с «Коммерсантом» — это издание возглавлял Демьян Кудрявцев. В «Коммерсанте» Булавинов работал около 20 лет, с 1993 по 2013 годы, сначала как военный корреспондент, потом он стал редактором отдела политики, заместителем главного редактора и, в самом конце, главным редактором сайта kommersant.ru. В 2013-2014 годах Булавинов был главным редактором сайта РИА Новости, в мае 2014 года возглавил дирекцию интернет-вещания Первого канала. Напомним, Демьян Кудрявцев стал собственником «Ведомостей» в 2015 году, когда из-за принятия поправок в закон о СМИ Dow Jones и FT Group были вынуждены продать свои доли в издании. О том, что Татьяна Лысова покинет пост главного редактора «Ведомостей»,  было официально объявлено октябре 2016 года — она заявила, что уходит по семейным обстоятельствам.   Демьян Кудрявцев limmud.spb.ru Сейчас в совет директоров издателя «Ведомостей», компании «Бизнес Ньюс Медиа», помимо Татьяны Лысовой входят владелец издания Демьян Кудрявцев и его партнер Владимир Воронов, профессор Высшей школы экономики Анна Качкаева, бывший председатель совета директоров европейского подразделения News Corp Ирвинг Мартин Помпадур, ректор Московской школы управления «Сколково» Андрей Шаронов и директор Политехнического музея Юлия Шахновская.

27 ноября 2014, 09:05

ЕС vs США: Google предлагают разбить на куски

Европейский парламент готовится к обсуждению странного вопроса: "стоит ли разделить компанию Google на несколько отдельных сервисов?" У американских коллег сама идея вызывает все возможные негативные эмоции - от недоумения до негодования.  Показать "Кузькину мать" Европарламент не способен разрушить Google. В конце концов, штаб-квартира компании находится в США, и кроме американских властей структуру ее бизнеса никто не может изменить. Но в Европе продолжается антимонопольное расследование деятельности Google, в рамках которого политики и чиновники придумывают новые способы ограничения экспансии американцев на своей территории. На таком фоне действия Европарламента являются скорее намеком на продолжение преследования зарубежного интернет-гиганта. Законотворцы могут поддержать идею отделения поисковика Google от других фирменных сервисов. Если это произойдет, американцы должны получить четкий сигнал, отражающий позицию властей Евросоюза. До сих пор центральное место в расследовании занимали именно антимонопольщики из Еврокомиссии. В Америке на выпад со стороны европейцев уже отреагировали сразу два правительственных комитета. Их представители, сенаторы Рон Уайден и Оррин Хэтч заявили: "Это предложение и другие подобные ему идеи способствуют строительству стен, а не мостов. При этом не учитываются в полной мере те негативные эффекты, которые могут навредить торговым отношениям США и ЕС". В США считают, что Европа нарушает принцип открытых рынков. Говорится также о "политизации" процесса. Действующие лица Интересно, что против разделения Google выступает Гюнтер Эттингер. Да, тот самый Гюнтер Эттингер, который раньше отвечал за энергетику и присутствовал на переговорах между Украиной и Россией по газу. Теперь он еврокомиссар по вопросам цифровых технологий. Эттингер уверен, что бить Google на части никто не будет. Кто же тогда решил голосовать? Это Андреас Шваб, представитель консервативного крыла Европарламента и испанец Рамон Тремоза, представляющий интересы Каталонии. Эти политики утверждают, что усилия Еврокомиссии пока не оправдали себя, а поведение Google на рынке Старого Света напоминает монополизм. "До сих пор Google отказывалась придумать какие-либо идеи, способные изменить ситуацию и снять претензии со стороны Еврокомиссии. Вместо этого компания продолжала вести дела как ей заблагорассудится. Таким образом она давит на конкурентную среду, что вредит европейским потребителям и бизнесу", - считают Шваб и Тремоза.  Ссылки по теме Мердок: "Google – шайка пиратов" Европа забывает, Google хочет вспомнить все Google наконец договорилась с европейскими властями В самой Еврокомиссии произошли перестановки. Хоакин Альмуния отправился в отставку, и его место заняла Маргрете Вестегер. Интересно, какую позицию займет она и как далеко готова будет пойти ради обеспечения свободной конкуренции на интернет-рынке в том виде, в каком эту конкуренцию видят консерваторы из Европарламента. Битва за правду или зависть? В данный момент 90% поисковых запросов в Европе приходится на Google. В 2010г. конкуренты подали жалобу на американского игрока, объявив, что он мешает им развиваться. Речь идет в частности о рекламе и выгодном положении партнеров в поисковых результатах. Напомним, что ранее медиа-магнат Руперт Мердок сделал громкое заявление по поводу Google. С помощью исполнительного директора News Corp Роберта Томсона он попытался донести до антимонопольных органов мысль о том, что Google отдает предпочтение своим сайтам-партнерам. Если пользователь вбивает запрос в поисковик, то якобы получает именно те результаты, которые принесут Google максимальное количество денег. Подобные претензии озвучивались и раньше, но News Corp сформулировала их, пожалуй, максимально жестко. Отметим, что Google все-таки пытается найти мирное решение. Так в начале этого года компания согласилась выводить в результатах поиска рекламные объявления, предоставляемые конкурентами.