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24 марта, 17:44

Can Twenty-First Century Fox Stock Continue Upward Movement?

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (FOXA) has been riding high on positive earnings surprises, robust Cable Network Programming performance and shareholder friendly moves.

19 марта, 04:49

CNN's Brian Stelter Slams Donald Trump For Being A 'Fox News Presidency'

CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter accused the White House of being the “Fox News presidency” on Saturday, despite President Donald Trump’s recent attempt to blame the network for unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election. Appearing on “Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield,” the media critic said there’s only one news source that Trump has committed his loyalty to and that’s the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News. Whitfield noted that while the network has tried to distance itself from the wiretapping claim made by its analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, she found the shift of blame interesting given Fox News and Trump’s “rather cozy relationship.” Stelter said, “What this ultimately comes down to is that President Trump is in some ways a Fox News presidency.” “He watches Fox a lot. He tweets about Fox. He gives most of his interviews to Fox. He hires former Fox staffers. He peddles information from Fox.” “So he’s in this feedback loop with one particular outlet and he’s especially getting information from the opinion programs on the network which clearly skew to the right ― they skew conservative.” Three of the last five news stories Trump has tweeted about in the past week were from Fox News. The others were from the New York Times ― a newspaper he insists is “fake news” ― and Breitbart, a pro-Trump site with white nationalist sympathies. -- 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.

17 марта, 14:50

Frontrunning: March 17

Oil Set for First Weekly Gain This Month (BBG) Trump’s Budget Likely to See Major Rewrite in Congress (WSJ) Trump, Germany's Merkel to hold first face-to-face meeting at White House (Reuters) Tillerson Doesn’t Rule Out Preemptive Strike on North Korea (BBG) Tillerson's email alias 'entirely proper': Exxon attorneys (Reuters) Trump May Not Want Immigrants, but Rust Belt Mayors Do (BBG) Gorsuch Sided With Illegal Immigrants in Criticism of Agencies (WSJ) Bob Diamond Returns to U.K. Banking With Panmure Buy (WSJ) As Many Midwest Cities Slump, Sioux Falls Soars (WSJ) Euro zone lifted as ECB joins central bank trend (Reuters) Nintendo to Double Production of Switch Console (WSJ) Budget Cuts to Meals on Wheels Could Hurt Veterans, Raise Costs (BBG) 'Anonymous' Joins Hacker Army Targeting Central Banks for Cash (BBG) Berlin: Merkel's call with Chinese president not linked to her U.S. trip (Reuters) China to build on disputed shoal in South China Sea (Reuters) VW’s Rough Patch Spells Opportunity for Investors (WSJ) Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill (Reuters) Tesla’s $169 Million Battery Play Is Just the Beginning (BBG) Philippines tells EU lawmakers to butt out after criticism of drugs war (Reuters) Iraqi forces advance into Mosul's Old City, Nuri mosque in sight (Reuters) Canada Goose Vaults Reiss From Aspiring Writer to Millionaire (BBG) Oklahoma lawmaker, found with boy in motel, charged with prostitution (Reuters)   Overnight Media Digest WSJ - McDonald's Corp said it was notified by Twitter Inc that its account was compromised, after a message about President Donald Trump was posted from the burger chain's corporate Twitter account. http://on.wsj.com/2ntFdJA - France's financial crimes investigator has begun a preliminary probe into alleged wrongdoing at Airbus Group SE , the company said, amid widening accusations facing the European plane maker over potential corruption. http://on.wsj.com/2ntMnxh - Executives at Viacom Inc and its Paramount Pictures studio are working overtime to keep their $1 billion co-financing deal with two Chinese firms on course. Viacom Chief Financial Officer Wade Davis is in China meeting with the companies, Shanghai Film Group Corp and Huahua Media, according to people familiar with the matter. http://on.wsj.com/2ntFDQ5 - Officials at Caterpillar Inc, which has faced scrutiny from federal investigators, said it has hired former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to help assess matters related to government raids on its facilities earlier this month. http://on.wsj.com/2ntKJvF - Exxon Mobil Corp called accusations that it withheld documents relating to climate change from the New York attorney general an attempt to discredit the energy company, but disclosed a newly discovered technical issue that could mean it will soon release more of its former chairman's emails. http://on.wsj.com/2ntKfW6 - Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC has struck a deal to sell its muscular-dystrophy treatment to PTC Therapeutics Inc, one month after Marathon's $89,000 price tag for the drug spurred an outcry from patient advocates and federal lawmakers. http://on.wsj.com/2ntLu7M - 3M Co is buying a personal-safety unit from Johnson Controls Inc for about $2 billion, the companies said. http://on.wsj.com/2ntLwNe - U.S. authorities said Russian intelligence officers backed of the massive 2014 hack against Yahoo Inc, but the hacker at the center of the allegations is a 29-year-old who has eluded Western law-enforcement agencies for several years. http://on.wsj.com/2ntFWKJ   FT British Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out a second Scottish independence referendum until well after the UK leaves the EU, saying it would be unfair to ask people to vote without knowing the result of Brexit talks. Toyota Motor Corp said it plans to invest 240 million pounds ($296.47 million) to upgrade its car plant in central England, in a sign the Japanese carmaker will keep manufacturing in Britain after the country's departure from the EU. PricewaterhouseCoopers should pay a fine of 6 million pounds after the firm admitted failings in its audit of collapsed social housing maintenance group Connaught, the UK's Financial Reporting Council argued on Thursday. UK petrochemicals group Ineos is in talks with BP Plc to buy the Forties pipeline system in the North Sea, one of the region's oldest and the main source for the eponymous crude used to price the global Brent crude benchmark.   NYT - German authorities searched the offices of Jones Day, the American law firm Volkswagen hired to conduct an internal investigation of its emissions fraud, the carmaker confirmed on Thursday, raising questions about the credibility of the company's efforts to uncover wrongdoing in its ranks. http://nyti.ms/2mPdqQt - A group of 27 former associates from the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell sent a letter on Thursday to Walter Clayton, President Trump's nominee to become chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, asking that he speak out against the White House's attempt to restrict travel to the United States by people from several predominantly Muslim countries. http://nyti.ms/2mysgsW - The White House economic adviser Gary Cohn is selling a significant holding in the world's largest bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, as he clears potential conflicts of interest to serve in his new role. http://nyti.ms/2ntJ898 - Britain asked regulators on Thursday to investigate whether 21st Century Fox's $14.3 billion deal to take full control of the British satellite television giant Sky would give the media mogul Rupert Murdoch too much control over the country's media landscape. http://nyti.ms/2mP1HBx   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL ** Tim Hortons Inc's top executives are setting up internal reviews of key franchisee grievances in a bid to quell discontent stemming from heavy corporate cost-cutting that some restaurant owners say harms the brand. https://tgam.ca/2mBN8jU ** The Alberta government expects to more than double its debt over the next three years and run deficits for six years, all while counting on rising oil prices and unbuilt pipelines to rescue the province's finances. https://tgam.ca/2mBMumt ** The Conservative Party is investigating allegations of what leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary is calling massive voter fraud by at least one of his leadership challengers. https://tgam.ca/2ngCYbZ NATIONAL POST ** Canada Goose Holdings Inc, known for its C$900 parkas with coyote fur-lined hoods, saw its share price open at C$23.86 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, almost 40 per cent higher than the initial offering price of C$17. http://bit.ly/2mzuGrk ** Quebecor Inc's price target got a boost from analysts at numerous banks after the communications and media company posted strong results on Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2mPR01m   Britain The Times * Google is to be summoned before the government to explain why taxpayers are unwittingly funding extremists through advertising, The Times can reveal. http://bit.ly/2nthNDT * Oil and gas giant BP is in talks to sell the North Sea's biggest pipeline to Ineos, the petrochemicals company run by Jim Ratcliffe. http://bit.ly/2mOrNVm The Guardian * Toyota Motor Corp is to invest 240 million pounds into upgrading its car plant in Derbyshire in a major boost for the automotive industry after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. http://bit.ly/2myjqey * Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has accused Theresa May of sealing the fate of UK after the prime minister rejected her demand for a second Scottish independence referendum before the Brexit talks conclude. http://bit.ly/2neOlRM The Telegraph * Canary Wharf Group is mulling a sale of its stake in one of the City of London's most recognisable buildings, according to reports. http://bit.ly/2nL2YbZ * Britain's intelligence and security organisation has dismissed claims, suggested by the White House, that it helped former U.S. president Barack Obama spy on President Donald Trump as "nonsense" in a rare public statement. http://bit.ly/2nxcsIq Sky News * Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond is launching a joint takeover bid with Qatari investors for Panmure Gordon, one of Britain's oldest stockbrokers. http://bit.ly/2m6lXl3 * Former British prime minister David Cameron has tried to brush aside the significance of Conservative overspending at the last general election which led to the party receiving a record 70,000 pounds fine. http://bit.ly/2ntmcqx The Independent * Writing for the Independent, EU commissioner Julian King said it was vital for nations to work closely to combat international cyber attacks, terrorists and hostile states and "be prepared for whatever the future holds". http://ind.pn/2mV0zxS * UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said on Thursday that she had asked regulators to examine Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox's planned takeover of Sky. http://ind.pn/2nvyefF

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16 марта, 16:03

Sky could yet end up in Murdoch’s hands – and we know what that means | Polly Toynbee

He twisted Thatcher’s arm to launch it, and if this takeover bid goes ahead he will twist Theresa May’s too. Stand by for corrosive, ‘alt-right’ news as a normShe had no real choice. The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, this morning referred to Ofcom the Murdochs’ 21st Century Fox bid to take over all of Sky. Ownership of the remaining 61% would bring them enormous future profits and greatly expand, yet again, their control over British media.But don’t imagine that political influence ends at Ofcom’s door. Although this is a quasi-judicial matter, so long as legal niceties are scrupulously obeyed, in the end Theresa May, via her culture secretary, will decide whether to give Rupert Murdoch what he wants. Continue reading...

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16 марта, 15:00

British regulator to investigate Sky takeover by Murdoch's Fox

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government has referred Rupert Murdoch's planned 11.7 billion pound ($14.4 billion) takeover of European pay-TV group Sky to regulators to decide if the deal is in the public interest.

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16 марта, 14:43

Fox takeover bid for Sky to be reviewed

Culture Secretary asks regulators to examine Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox's bid for Sky.

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16 марта, 14:43

Fox takeover bid for Sky to be reviewed

Culture Secretary asks regulators to examine Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox's bid for Sky.

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16 марта, 14:35

Rupert Murdoch's Sky bid to be investigated by UK regulator

Ofcom to assess whether deal gives mogul too much control of UK media and whether his family are ‘fit and proper’ ownersRupert Murdoch’s £11.7bn takeover bid for Sky is to be investigated by the media regulator to see if it gives him too much control of news output in the UK and whether the Murdoch family are “fit and proper” owners following the phone-hacking scandal.The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, has referred 21st Century Fox’s bid to buy the 61% of Sky it does not already own to Ofcom to investigate potential public interest issues on two grounds. Continue reading...

15 марта, 19:04

Former David Cameron top adviser Steve Hilton to host Fox News show

Lampooned strategy chief’s hour-long show for Rupert Murdoch will unpick the rise of populism in the US and UKSteve Hilton, the former top adviser to David Cameron who was satirised in a British sitcom, is to host his own show on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News.American viewers will see the man lampooned as a shoeless spin-doctor in The Thick of It in an hour-long show called The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, according to a report in the FT. The show, which will air on a Sunday night, promises to unpick the ascent of populism on both sides of the Atlantic. Continue reading...

14 марта, 16:26

Frightbart

The home page of Breitbart.com, the quasi-official voice of Steve Bannon’s White House, is a virtual stew of menace, a pit of monsters, an unending onslaught of apocalyptic horsemen rearing up at full gallop, coming straight at you, drawing closer…. But what the Breitbart reader is not being warned against is poisoned water, eviction, a melting glacier, a rising sea, a pauper’s grave, a burning cross, a bank swindle or a loss of medical care. Those are the kind of fears that afflict liberal wimps brainwashed by “the enemy of the people.” A Breitbart reader quivers, all right, hunkered down in the safe spaces of Fortress America while enemies gather outside the gates. But what he or she needs protection from is, to take a recent dozen, (1) a “mass-murdering bureaucrat”; (2) an armed home invader in Louisiana who demanded money and wouldn’t accept food stamps; (3) naked, mushroom-crazed brothers running amok through an apartment complex in Indianapolis; (4) machete and axe attacks in Germany; (5) a woman in Belgium suspected of plotting a terror attack; (6) man-hating Swedish feminists; and, speaking of Sweden, (7) a growing number of fatal shootings there, and also there, (8) a suspected car bomb; and back at home, (9) a Trump-defying Paul Ryan who “targets his own Republicans, not Democrats, on Health Care”; (10) Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) warning that the CIA is spearheading “authoritarian government”; (11) to our north, “Women Kicked Out of Women’s Shelter to Make Room for a ‘Transgender’ Man,” and, if you like your fright more graphic, (12) “Mexican Cartel Spreads ISIS-Like Beheading Video to Gain Border Turf near Texas.” And the next thing you know, when you’ve barely recovered from reading about the machete mayhem in Germany, here comes a report of tear gas released into the Hamburg metro. How dangerous is that? It depends where you look. If you read all the way to the bottom of the post, you earn this correction: “Due to a translation error, the original version of this article said 50 people were injured. In fact 50 people on the train were affected and at least six people are known to have been injured so far.” In tune with Steve Bannon’s watered-down remake of Apocalypse Now, the world is going to hell. There are vultures, vultures everywhere. There is not only “American carnage” but European carnage, carnage just over the border, the French covering up for the sinister Mexicans, carnage sloshing throughout the entire Judeo-Christian world — though the agitated reader will occasionally find consolation in the bull market and in the knowledge that U.S. Marines are “inching closer” to the ISIS-held Syrian city of Raqqa. This reader will not learn from Breitbart that those Marines constitute a single artillery unit that, according to Reuters, has not yet opened fire. Odds are that this reader takes Breitbart’s word about Scandinavian carnage — a theme that’s now been beaten to death by the man in the White House — and will fail to dive deeper into the official Swedish murder statistics, so as to discover, for example, that between 2001-05 and 2011-15, deadly violence declined, although guns were more frequently used during the latter period, a fact officially attributed to the growth of gangs. By the way, in 1997, the rate of murder and manslaughter, with and without guns, was 1.77 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared with almost four times that rate, 6.80, for the United States — assuming that one feels like cherry-picking dates to prove points.  You, unsuspecting reader, you taxpaying innocent, you American babe in the woods, you, peacefully going on about your business in your apartment complex, you, pathetically offering up your unacceptable food stamps — They have it in for you. They are everywhere. As the man in the White House said about Obama body language he didn’t approve of: “There’s something going on.” Breitbart dispenses a veritable potpourri of danger. Its front page is a sort of demonic Believe-It-Or-Not where the headlines signal violence lurking and hovering just over the heads of the virtuous. This is not Ripley’s brand of weird news — “Food Carvings by Japanese Artist Gaku: The artist eats them when he’s done”; “Rhea the Featherless Bird — AKA Naked Birdie,” “Secret Nazi Base Treasure Hunter Found in Arctic,” that sort of thing — Breitbart’s pattern is a guided tour. For instance: Might Breitbart’s fascination with violence in Sweden and Germany have something to do with their social-democratic propensities and immigrant populations, although nothing in the reports I’ve linked to above bears on the question of whether immigrants are the murderers (or victims, for that matter)? Trump has channeled Breitbart since the days when Breitbartiana fueled his birtherist fantasy about Barack Obama. Lately, Breitbart, for one reason or another, has let go of birtherism, leaving it to another lunatic-right entry, Gateway Pundit, to keep the fires burning with the claim that a Trump-supporting Kenyan half-brother of Barack Obama has tweeted what purports to be a copy of the former president’s birth certificate showing that he was born at Coast Providence General Hospital, Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya (which Gateway Pundit, just above the “certificate,” spells “Mombassa”). As Breitbart and Gateway Pundit seize the dark side, Fox News adopts a lighter touch, aiming to distinguish itself from outright hysteria. In fact, in the White House briefing room on Friday, Fox News Radio reporter Jon Decker, noting that Gateway Pundit’s Lucian Windrich was present, audibly declared that the site “hate[s] blacks, Jews, Hispanics,” and earned handshakes from other reporters. (Windrich is the author of this tweet: “Women’s suffrage was one of the country’s largest disasters.”) Online, Rupert Murdoch’s feel-good operation is mainly content to gloat, sneer and compile names for an enemies list. Rejoice: Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III “asks remaining 46 attorneys from Obama administration to resign.” Gloat: “Hillary Clinton campaign among worst, study finds.” Sneer at the French, always good for an enemies list: “French official rebukes world’s largest cement maker for being willing to help build Trump’s wall.” (Breitbart runs this item, too.) The universe that Fox News heralds these days is strangely benign. It radiates confidence. It offers solace to Breitbart’s bruised readers. Who would have thought that Rupert Murdoch might be an also-ran at the great game of apocalypse? That it would prove, at least for a while, the Xanax of right-wing media, the kinder, gentler cop of Trumpland? Readers, shudder. Fox News’ next slogan might be: We’re Normal. This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com -- 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.

13 марта, 17:03

Report: Preet Bharara Was Fired Amid Probe Into Fox News Sexual Harassment Settlements

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); Preet Bharara was fired while his office was reaching out to witnesses in an investigation into one of President Donald Trump’s favorite news outlets, Fox News, New York Magazine reports. Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was in charge of a probe to determine if Fox News had hidden from shareholders payments to settle sexual harassment complaints against ousted news chief Roger Ailes, CNN Money and The New York Daily News reported last month. Both Ailes and Fox owner Rupert Murdoch are close friends of Trump. Fox News told CNN then that investigators from Bharara’s office had been in touch, but Fox would not confirm that the company was the target of a probe. Sources have now told New York Magazine in a report Sunday that prosecutors in Bharara’s office were offering immunity to witnesses in the Fox probe in exchange for testifying before a federal grand jury that had already been impaneled. Investigators are probing not only possible mail and wire violations linked to shareholder information, but also whether Fox executives may have illegally obtained journalists’ phone records, according to the magazine’s sources. Attorney Judd Bernstein told the Daily News last month that one of his clients, who was suing Fox and Ailes, had received a subpoena to testify from Bharara’s office relating to “alleged violations of criminal law by Fox.” A string of sex harassment complaints against Ailes began last year with Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, whose lawsuit filed last July was settled for $20 million. (Ailes was pushed out of Fox with a $40 million severance package.) Lawyers being considered to replace Bharara include Ailes’ attorney, Marc Mukasey, who works in the same law office as Rudy Giuliani, The New York Times reported. Bharara was directing a number of significant cases when he was summarily dismissed Saturday, including a probe into campaign fundraising by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), and an investigation into bribery and bid-rigging allegedly involving former associates of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). In addition, ethics watchdogs from four nonprofit organizations sent Bharara a letter last Wednesday asking him to investigate whether Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, or any of his related companies “are receiving payments and financial benefits from foreign governments that benefit President Donald Trump” and do not comply with the emoluments clause of the Constitution.  The president had asked Bharara to stay on in November, then changed his mind last week. Bharara and 45 other federal prosecutors appointed by the Obama administration were asked to resign on Friday, a request that is standard practice when a new administration begins. However, when Bharara refused, he was fired on Saturday by Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente on behalf of the president, CNN reported. Acting deputy Attorney General Dana Boente just called US Attorney Preet Bharara and told him President Trump was firing him.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 11, 2017 I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017 Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, raised concerns Sunday that Bharara’s firing may have been motivated by Trump’s self-interest. “There’s a lot of questions coming up as to whether ... President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this U.S. attorney and whether that might affect his future,” Cummings said. Trump reportedly tried to reach Bharara by phone on Thursday. Bharara instead called Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ office to say it was inappropriate for the president to be contacting U.S. attorneys, “particularly ones that have jurisdictions over important matters,” a source told The Wall Street Journal. Bharara himself hinted at something nefarious in his firing, referring to the Moreland Commission in a tweet. The commission, which was dissolved in 2014, investigated corruption in New York’s political system in 2013. By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like.— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 12, 2017 A White House aide told The Wall Street Journal Sunday that Bharara was treated no differently than the other 45 federal prosecutors let go. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58c5d466e4b0d1078ca77170,58c55fdfe4b0ed71826d3414,58c4461fe4b0d1078ca72866 -- 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.

13 марта, 14:29

Monday's Morning Email: Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Hints At Intrigue

TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) NOTE TO MORNING EMAIL READERS: Lauren Weber is on vacation this week. While she’s away Eat The Press Editor Jason Linkins and HuffPost Hill Editor Eliot Nelson will be taking over Morning Email duties, and attempting to follow Lauren’s complicated sleep patterns. Wish us luck, guys! THIS WEEKEND’S MOST TELLING TWEET For once, it’s not a Trump tweet. “By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like.” That’s from recently-fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, likening his situation to the anti-corruption inquiry controversially scuppered by one of its targets, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. [HuffPost] RUPERT MURDOCH THE ‘BIG WINNER’ IN BHARARA FIRING New York Mag’s Gabriel Sherman points out that Bharara was heading up a probe into Fox News, “looking at a number of potential crimes, including whether Fox News executives broke laws by allegedly obtaining journalists’ phone records or committed mail and wire fraud by hiding financial settlements paid to women who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.” [NY Mag] TOM PRICE MAKES BOLD HEALTH CARE PROMISE Years after President Barack Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep it” vow came back to haunt him, new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is writing checks that the GOP caucus will have to cash, saying that “nobody will be worse off financially” after the Obamacare repeal. [HuffPost] KEY GOP FIGURES ARE WARNING COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE BILL, THOUGH Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.): “Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote.” Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.): “I think we ought to embrace what’s good in the Affordable Care Act.” [HuffPost; Politico] AND IS HHS SEC. TOM PRICE EVEN TELLING THE TRUTH? Vox health care reporter Sarah Kliff: “Let’s be clear: This is a lie. Price is making an impossible promise. Low-income Americans would receive significantly less help to purchase private coverage on the individual market, under the Republican plan in Congress right now. The plan would also end Medicaid expansion in two years, forcing many even lower-income Americans to lose health coverage.” [Vox] PLUS: INITIAL REACTIONS TO NEW GOP HEALTH CARE PLAN ARE A MIXED BAG According to a new HuffPost/YouGov survey, “27 percent of Americans expect the new health care bill, if it passes, would be better than the current law, 32 percent think it would be worse, and 13 percent that it would be about the same.” Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act is finally starting to feel the love. [HuffPost] YOU’RE PROBABLY FOCUSED ON YOUR BRACKET THIS MORNING Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga are your top seeds. Southern Methodist is shaping up to be the trendy upset pick. Iowa State seems underrated. Oregon seems overblown. And Syracuse fans feel like they got snubbed. (They’re wrong.) Hopefully the boss will let your office do a bracket this year ― you can always call it “outcome modeling!” [ESPN] BUT DON’T FORGET THAT WINTER IS FINALLY ARRIVING The Northeast begins the week under a blizzard watch, with Winter Storm Stella threatening up to 18 inches of snow and far too many “Streetcar Named Desire” jokes. Keep track of developments and stay safe! [HuffPost] REP. STEVE KING EMBRACING LATEST TRENDS IN WHITE NATIONALISM The Iowa Congressman’s dodgy tweets are winning raves from former KKK leader David Duke as his GOP colleagues pretend not to notice. [HuffPost] CUTS TO THE BONE COMING TO FEDERAL WORKFORCEWashington Post reporter Damian Paletta: “President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce.” Last time cuts of this size were proposed? The post WWII drawdown. [Washington Post] WHAT’S BREWING KELLYANNE CONWAY DOUBLES DOWN ON WIRETAP CLAIMS Looks like Trumpworld allegations that they’ve been spied upon by the outgoing Obama administration aren’t going away, despite continued lack of evidence. “You can surveil someone through their phones,” said Conway, “certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.” [USA Today] TRUMP’S SON SAYS HIS DAD IS KEEPING HIS DISTANCE “I basically have zero contact with him at this point,” said Donald Trump, Jr., before slowly rising from his therapist’s couch and walking to the parking lot as Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” played on the soundtrack. [HuffPost] THE MOVIE TRAILER EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT It’s called “Baby Driver” and it’s the latest from “Shaun Of The Dead” genius Edgar Wright. [Digg] EVER WANT TO BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL GOLD SMUGGLER? In this true story, 23-year-old Harold Vilches started with a Google search and proceeded from there. [Bloomberg] THIS DAY IN THE INEVITABLE ENCROACHMENT OF ‘HAMILTON’ INTO EVERYTHING If 10,000 fans come through, a new ‘Hamilton’-themed Lego set may become a reality. Perfect for anyone who loved the musical but wanted the challenge of walking on it barefoot. [Mental Floss] THIS SHOULD DEFINITELY THWART THE HACKERS The renowned cybersecurity experts at Kaspersky Lab are teaming up with beauty blogger Scarlett London to release “a line of perfumes for men and women to ‘raise awareness’ about the dangers of cyber-security.” [Jezebel] “HOW TO KILL A CITY” That’s the title of the new book from journalist Peter Moscowitz, who’s actually looking to rescue cities by finding “policy-based strategies for working towards a less gentrified future.” [Motherboard]  BEFORE YOU GO ~ Donald Trump to receive another message from the Catheter Cowboy.  ~ FINALLY: Ed Sheeran is coming to “Game Of Thrones,” for some reason. ~ Jordan Peele’s critically-acclaimed horror satire “Get Out” has now crossed the $100 million threshold in grosses, and that’s before you see it a second time. ~ Scientists are using virtual reality to find out if you’d really be willing to risk your life to save someone else’s. ~ Here, let George Washington University professor Celeste Arrington get you up to speed on everything that’s happening on the Korean peninsula. ~ Wondering what witches have been up to lately? ~ Did you know that there was some beef between all the former drummers for Pearl Jam? Too bad! It’s all over now.  ~ “Black-ish” actress Yara Shahidi got former First Lady Michelle Obama to write her a letter of recommendation for college and, I don’t know, it kind of seems like overkill??  ~ Someone tell Jonathan Franzen: in the war between cats and birds, the birds are striking back. ~ FOX’s “New Girl” to end its run after the sixth season but we’ll always have “True American.” ~ Here’s hoping that your Monday mood is as good as this goofy Jack Russell terrier’s attitude. -- 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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12 марта, 09:59

Murdoch is no longer the big man of this multimedia age

Since his first Sky bid in 2011, the old print mogul’s news holdings have become outstripped in reach and influence by others far ahead on the digital curveThe Murdochs, father and younger son, are rather like Marmite (or, more accurately, its thick, brown Australian rival, Vegemite). You either shrug benevolently as they come back for the rest of Sky or wrinkle your nose. They’re either an acquired taste or one you can never learn to love.But Ofcom has other considerations on its plate, once – after submissions this week – Karen Bradley confirms her ministerial inclination to call in the regulators to consider the bid to buy the whole of something already effectively (39.1%) controlled. It’s five years since Ofcom recommended five-yearly reviews of the criteria by which it judges media plurality – and plurality (aka diversity) is really at the heart of its task now. The hard bit isn’t having an opinion on Murdoch Inc. The hard bit is working logically through an uncertain rulebook. Continue reading...

11 марта, 18:54

FAA: Expect VIP movement near Hagerstown, Maryland, tomorrow -- POTUS to House chairs on passing health care bill: “A GOOD JOB, AMAZING” -- SPRING FORWARD at 2 a.m. -- THE SHOWS and weekend reads -- B’DAY: Rupert Murdoch

Happy Saturday. Remember to SPRING FORWARD! Set your clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. tonight.ACTION AT CAMP DAVID? -- The FAA has issued a Notice to All Airmen (a NOTAM, in pilot parlance) to expect VIP movement in the Hagerstown, Maryland, area Sunday. Hagerstown is just west of Camp David. Could someone important be visiting the retreat? The White House didn’t have comment for the record, and also hasn’t announced any expected activity for the weekend. The FAA notice http://bit.ly/2mwPN0u (H/t Brian Bartlett) -- W.H. POOL REPORT by Breanna Edwards of The Root: "Pool was pulled aside for notice that there will be movement this afternoon. No word as to where to but we should be departing shortly after the lunch lid."MOMENT OF THE DAY -- President Donald Trump had House committee chairmen at the White House to discuss health care Friday. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) reminded him that the name of the committee he chairs is the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Walden exchange http://cs.pn/2ng8Jz7 … The full clip http://cs.pn/2mwynBkTO WIT -- “Donald Trump Plays Background Role in Health-Care Battle: President pressures lawmakers, groups behind the scenes while others take a more public stance,” by WSJ’s Louise Radnofsky and Mike Bender: “The course of Donald Trump’s presidency will be defined by his ability to seal a deal to rework the U.S. health-care system, but so far he has outsourced the job of hammering out the details to about a dozen Republican leaders and White House advisers while he serves in the background as a pitchman. …“Mr. Trump appeared to score a win after a Wednesday meeting with leaders of six conservative grass-roots groups, several of whom had strafed the House bill a day earlier over objections to provisions that are must-haves for other Republicans. ‘We believe that we can negotiate on these provisions, address them in a substantive way, and get to ‘yes’ on this bill,’ said Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks after the meeting. One person present said the president said issues unaddressed by the House repeal bill could be tackled at a later stage. Mr. Mulvaney and Mr. Bremberg were there to back up the president on fine details, ‘but he’s learned a lot and could explain it very well,’ the person said.” http://on.wsj.com/2mMqeJuTRUMP SPEAKS -- @realDonaldTrump at 9:39 a.m.: “We are making great progress with healthcare. ObamaCare is imploding and will only get worse. Republicans coming together to get job done!”A HEADLINE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WILL LOVE -- WaPo A1: “Trump backs health bill as is … APPARENT SHIFT ON HOUSE PROPOSAL … Sides with GOP leaders on Medicaid timeline.” http://bit.ly/2lNyYjhTRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE -- “Trump Abruptly Orders 46 Obama-Era Prosecutors to Resign,” by NYT’s Charlie Savage and Maggie Haberman: “The Trump administration moved on Friday to sweep away most of the remaining vestiges of Obama administration prosecutors at the Justice Department, ordering 46 holdover United States attorneys to tender their resignations immediately — including Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan. The firings were a surprise — especially for Mr. Bharara, who has a reputation for prosecuting public corruption cases and for investigating insider trading.“In November, Mr. Bharara met with then President-elect Donald J. Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan and told reporters afterward that both Mr. Trump and Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general, had asked him about staying on, which the prosecutor said he expected to do.But on Friday, Mr. Bharara was among federal prosecutors who received a call from Dana Boente, the acting deputy attorney general, instructing him to resign, according to a person familiar with the matter. As of Friday evening, though some of the prosecutors had publicly announced their resignations, Mr. Bharara had not. A spokesman for Mr. Bharara declined to comment.” http://nyti.ms/2ngp2fa-- “After 2 months, Mattis is only Trump pick at Pentagon,” by AP’s Robert Burns: “Jim Mattis is not lonely in the Pentagon, but two months into his tenure as secretary of defense not a single political appointee has joined him. The retired Marine general, who took office just hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in, has sparred with the White House over choices for high-priority civilian positions that, while rarely visible to the public, are key to developing and implementing defense policy at home and abroad. When the Obama administration closed shop in January, only one of its top-tier Pentagon political appointees stayed in place — Robert Work, the deputy defense secretary. He agreed to remain until his successor is sworn in. So far no nominee for deputy has been announced, let alone confirmed by the Senate.” http://apne.ws/2mMAMZ9CAUSE AND EFFECT -- “Scott Pruitt’s office deluged with angry callers after he questions the science of global warming,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin: “Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s phones have been ringing off the hook — literally — since he questioned the link between human activity and climate change. The calls to Pruitt’s main line, 202-564-4700, reached such a high volume by Friday that agency officials created an impromptu call center, according to three agency employees. The officials asked for anonymity out of fear of retaliation. By Saturday morning, the number was disconnected. Before the number was disabled, interns were dispatched to answer some of the incoming calls, according to one employee. At times, calls to that number ended up going to voice mail.“EPA did not respond immediately to a request for comment. While constituents sometimes call lawmakers in large numbers to express outrage over contentious policy issues, it is unusual for Americans to target a Cabinet official. Pruitt’s comments on the CNBC program ‘Squawk Box’ — that ‘we need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis’ over climate change — prompted an immediate pushback from many scientists and environment groups.” http://wapo.st/2mvhC7HBORDER WARS -- “Almost 100 California entities are interested in building Trump's border wall,” by Carolina A. Miranda on the front page of the L.A. Times: “International engineering corporations, boutique architectural firms and tiny mom-and-pop builders with names like ‘Loko-Koko’ are lining up to help build President Trump’s border wall, despite the fact that Mexico has said it won’t pay for it and polls show that many Americans don’t want it.“Since the Department of Homeland Security placed a presolicitation notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website in late February for ‘the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border Mexico,’ more than 600 interested vendors across the country have signed on, including almost 100 entities from California.” http://lat.ms/2mMu31a-- “Trump's revised travel ban dealt first court setback,” by Reuters’ Steve Gorman: “A federal judge in Wisconsin dealt the first legal blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on Friday, barring enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the United States. The temporary restraining order, granted by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, applies only to the family of the Syrian refugee, who brought the case anonymously to protect the identities of his wife and daughter, still living in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.“But it represents the first of several challenges brought against Trump's newly amended executive order, issued on March 6 and due to go into effect on March 16, to draw a court ruling in opposition to its enforcement. Conley, chief judge of the federal court in Wisconsin's western district and an appointee of former President Barack Obama, concluded the plaintiff ‘has presented some likelihood of success on the merits’ of his case and that his family faces ‘significant risk of irreparable harm’ if forced to remain in Syria.” http://reut.rs/2mdhxVtUPDATE -- “Russian oligarch responds to Trump airport connection,” by John Pacenti and Alexandra Clough on the front page of the Palm Beach Post: “For the first time, Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev confirmed his plane and President Donald Trump’s jet shared the tarmac in Charlotte five days before the general election, saying he was in North Carolina for a business reason. In addition, Rybolovlev through a spokesman reiterated he has never met the Republican billionaire despite buying the Maison de L’Amitié Palm Beach mansion from him nine years ago.“‘Particular attention has been focused on a trip made by Mr. Rybolovlev to North Carolina,’ said Sergey Chernitsyn, an adviser to Dmitry Rybolovlev. ‘He was in North Carolina for a business meeting and we can state categorically that he did not have any contact with Mr. Trump or any of his advisers at the time he was there.’ Rybolovlev, formerly a fertilizer mogul, never lived in the 62,000-foot mansion. It’s now been torn down and divided into three parcels, one of which recently sold for $34 million.“Speculation that Trump had been in contact with Rybolovlev was stoked when FAA records showed the oligarch’s A319 grey-and-white jet landed in Charlotte just as the then Republican presidential candidate was visiting the area for a campaign rally in Concord on Nov. 3. Trump’s plane arrived at Charlotte Douglas International Airport 90 minutes after Rybolovlev. The McClatchy News Services reported limousine companies and local luxury hotels in Concord didn’t have any record of ferrying Rybolovlev. But the arrival of Rybolovlev’s plane certainly made an impression.” http://pbpo.st/2md9LuH … A1 PDF http://bit.ly/2lA2JzqA LOOK AROUND THE NATION -- ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “Trump embraces jobs report he once called ‘phony’” http://bit.ly/2keisId… MIAMI HERALD: “Trump’s dilemma: Hail Assange or haul him before a judge” http://bit.ly/2mdjhxK … CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: “NO APOLOGIES: Amid furor, Rep. Shimkus of Illinois stands by argument that men shouldn’t have to pay for prenatal care as part of GOP health plan” http://bit.ly/2nq27gC … STAR TRIBUNE: “In Minn., GOP plan hits poor, the aging: Those 60 and older would be big losers, analysis health tax credits shows” http://bit.ly/2naiQILTHE SOUTHERN WHITE HOUSE -- “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is heaven -- for spies,” by Darren Samuelsohn in Palm Beach: “President Donald Trump relishes the comforts of his Mar-a-Lago estate for repeated weekends away from Washington, but former Secret Service and intelligence officials say the resort is a security nightmare vulnerable to both casual and professional spies. While Trump’s private club in South Florida has been transformed into a fortress of armed guards, military-grade radar, bomb sniffing dogs and metal-detection checkpoints, there are still notable vulnerabilities, namely the stream of guests who can enter the property without a background check.“And security experts warn that the commander in chief’s frequent visits -- four since he took office in January -- afford an unprecedented opportunity for eavesdropping and building dossiers on the president’s routines and habits, as well as those of the inner circle around him. They add that with each repeat visit, the security risk escalates. ‘The president is the biggest, richest intelligence target in the world, and there is almost no limit to the energy and money an adversary will spend to get at him,’ said David Kris, a former Obama-era assistant attorney general for national security.” http://politi.co/2nga6xyHAPPENING TODAY -- VP MIKE PENCE is in Louisville, Kentucky. “Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, two of Bevin's young sons, as well as one of their friends … Pence came down the stairs, hugged the boys, and then brought them and Bevin back up the stairs to the plane for a quick tour of Air Force Two,” per pooler Ashley Parker of the NYT.STRANGE TIMES -- “GOP congressman offers strange Obama conspiracy theory -- and even stranger explanations,” by WaPo’s Aaron Blake: “First, here's what [Pennsylvania Rep. Mike] Kelly said last Saturday at a local Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner: “President Obama himself said he was going to stay in Washington until his daughter graduated. I think we ought to pitch in to let him go someplace else, because he is only there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to run a shadow government that is going to totally upset the new agenda. It just doesn’t make sense. And people sit back and they say to me, 'My gosh, why can’t you guys get this done?' I say, 'We've got a new CEO, we've got some new heads in the different departments, but the same people are there, and they don't believe that the new owners or the new managers should be running the ship.'” http://wapo.st/2mclusvTHE JUICE …-- STENY HOYER was hanging out at the Big 10 quarterfinals at the Verizon Center Friday afternoon. SPOTTED: Google’s Ed An, Squared Communications’ Michael Meehan, Entertainment Software Association’s Richard Taylor, American Chemical Association’s Booth Jamison and Obama alumni Broderick Johnson. Also in the seats, legendary basketball coach Pat Reilly.-- PAGE SIX: “Fans cheer for Obamas and Bono at NYC lunch,” by Christine Burroni and Ian Mohr: “Talk about a power lunch. Bono joined Barack and Michelle Obama at Stephen Starr’s restaurant Upland on Friday, and the trio caused quite the stir. ‘Everyone in the restaurant knew they were there,; a source told Page Six of patrons who were tipped off by ‘tons’ of Secret Service in the Gramercy eatery. ‘There was a major buzz in the air.’ The former first couple and the U2 frontman ate in a private dining room downstairs for a ‘casual lunch’ -- with no way of avoiding crowds, as they had to walk though [sic] the main dining area to get to their table. Bono and the former president entered first and Michelle followed behind. We’re told Barack Obama ‘flashed his million-dollar smile’ as he waved to the crowd while exiting the restaurant. Fans also cheered for the famous diners. Meanwhile, on Thursday night Obama made a surprise appearance at Carbone for Jay Z’s D’Ussé Dinner Series, when, ‘in the middle of the dinner, Secret Service started surveying the area,’ a source told Page Six. Hosts at the event included Roc Nation Latin CEO Romeo Santos.” http://pge.sx/2nqfi1bGET YOUR BRACKET READY FOR THE PLAYBOOK POOL -- POLITICO Playbook is gearing up for college tournament time with our very own bracket challenge. Our Playbook outposts across the country (D.C., N.Y., N.J., Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, California) are co-hosting the PLAYBOOK POOL – a bracket challenge where you can face-off against your friends, top Playbookers, and political insiders. Track who’s up and down after each round in Playbook as you compete to win prizes including Amazon Echoes and Dots (where you can listen to the Playbook flash briefing), BEATS headphones, Snapchat Spectacles and more. You’ll be able to create your bracket starting March 12 when the brackets are released on Selection Sunday.K ST FILES -- “Flynn told Trump team he might register as a foreign agent,” by WaPo’s Ashley Parker: “Attorneys for Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, informed the incoming White House legal counsel during the transition that Flynn might need to register with the government as a foreign agent — a phone call that raised no alarms within Trump’s team, despite the unusual circumstance of having a top national security post filled by someone whose work may have benefited a foreign government. The firm Flynn headed, Flynn Intel Group, was hired last year when Flynn was an adviser to the Trump campaign by the Netherlands-based firm ­Inovo BV, which is owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin. Alptekin has close ties to Turkish President Recep Tay­yip Erdogan.“Although the contract ended after the election, new details about the work Flynn did for Inovo resurrect the controversy over his short tenure as Trump’s top national security aide. The national security adviser is supposed to be an honest broker within the executive branch, pulling together military and diplomatic options for the president so he can decide what policy to pursue. But Flynn’s work potentially benefiting Turkey meant he was representing the interests of a country other than the United States at the same time he was advising Trump on foreign policy during the election.” http://wapo.st/2nagfOYTHE LOYAL OPPOSITION -- “Governors races test Democrats' rift,” by Gabriel Debenedetti: “With 27 GOP-controlled governorships up for election in 2018, national Democrats envision the midterm elections as a chance to rebalance the scales at the state level, where there are currently twice as many Republican governors than Democrats. But already, party leaders are running into a complication — unresolved issues left over from the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders presidential primary. Far from defeated, Sanders-aligned progressives are nationalizing their fight, showing less patience than ever for Democrats who don’t agree with them. And that’s generating fear and nervousness in the South — in places like Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee — where some promising Democratic candidates who are looking at running statewide in 2018 could face resistance from the left.” http://politi.co/2mc4BOxWEST COAST WATCH -- “'I was determined not to lose my voice':Former Sen. Barbara Boxer says her retirement plans were upended by Trump,” by LA Times’ Seema Mehta: “When then-Sen. Barbara Boxer pondered her retirement, she envisioned informally advising President Hillary Clinton and a Democratic Senate, traveling the country to deliver speeches and spending more time with her husband of 55 years. ‘I was so excited,’ Boxer told an audience of several hundred Friday at UC Berkeley, where she donated her congressional archives. ‘Whoops.’” http://lat.ms/2mTsA9SCLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 14 keepers http://politi.co/2mStUd3 GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Budapest, Hungary: --“A Warning From History,” by Richard J. Evans in The Nation, reviewing “Hitler: Ascent, 1889–1939,” By Volker Ullrich: “A new biography of Hitler reminds us that there is more than one way to destroy a democracy.” http://bit.ly/2n8GZ2f ... $23.80 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2d7GrU2 --“The Making of a Mexican-American Dream,” by Sarah Menkedick in Pacific Standard Magazine: “Despite the rhetoric and hate crimes, Mexican immigrants are poised to reframe American culture, if white people would only let them.” http://bit.ly/2neuvDb --“How to Become an International Gold Smuggler,” by Michael Smith and Jonathan Franklin in Bloomberg Businessweek: “Harold Vilches, a 23-year-old Chilean, exported $80 million in contraband gold. It all started with a Google search.” http://bloom.bg/2mRC05J (h/t Longreads.com) --“Patagonia and The North Face: saving the world – one puffer jacket at a time,” by Marisa Meltzer in The Guardian: “The retail giants are not only competing to sell outdoor gear – they are rivals in the contest to sell the thrill of the wilderness to the urban masses.” http://bit.ly/2mvPB1K --“Strangers in a Cruel Land,” by Matt Cameron in The Baffler: “The wretched state of immigration enforcement.” http://bit.ly/2noYt6R --“The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick,” by Eric Benson in the April Texas Monthly: “The world’s most private director turns his lens on the place where he’s always been most public: Austin.” http://bit.ly/2mLoiRd--“Welcome to Pleistocene Park,” by Ross Andersen in April’s Atlantic: “In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.” http://theatln.tc/2mvPR0I (h/t Longform.org) --“Betsy DeVos’ Holy War,” by Janet Reitman in Rolling Stone: “Her appointment as education secretary marks the crowning achievement of the Christian right's campaign to infiltrate America's secular institutions.” http://rol.st/2mLq990 --“The Founder of Hollywood’s Most Elite Sex Club Is Unhappy,” by Mike Sager in Esquire: “He bought a mansion and filled it with debauchery. It still isn’t enough.” http://bit.ly/2n9skEf --“Going underground: inside the world of the mole-catchers,” by Brendan Borrell in The Guardian: “A bitter battle is raging within the mole-catching community over the kindest way to carry out their deadly work.” http://bit.ly/2lMKwU0 (h/t TheBrowser.com) --“Assad’s Control Erodes as Warlords Gain Upper Hand,” by Fritz Schaap in Der Spiegel with pix by Christian Werner: “Bashar Assad’s power over the areas of Syria under government control is slipping. Armed militias are growing stronger and the country’s president can do nothing to stop them.” http://bit.ly/2noXALF--“White riot,” by Martin Fletcher in The Guardian: “Geert Wilders is the latest ethnic nationalist to threaten the European liberal order. With his party on track to win this month’s election, a country famed for tolerance is being dragged to the right.” http://bit.ly/2maKsIM --“The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives,” by Elizabeth Weil in Wired: “Meet the schemers, investors, and dreamers who were bewitched by a giant green rock.” http://bit.ly/2npevh6SPOTTED -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel waiting for a United flight from DCA to Chicago Friday afternoon. He posed for a photo at the gate with a group of women. … Kathleen Sebelius at Masseria Friday night …Fareed Zakaria at the French restaurant Daniel Thursday night in Manhattan, with a plethora of shiny medals adorning his chest for a wine club meeting he was attending in a private room upstairs.OUT AND ABOUT IN AUSTIN -- The New York Times Magazine took to SXSW to celebrate its second annual Music Issue at The Belmont in Austin, Texas. Party-goers were also treated to a special performance by BJ the Chicago Kid. The more than 1,000 guests dined on tacos and guacamole from Fresa’s. SPOTTED: Dean Baquet, Jim Rutenberg, Eric Lipton, Sam Dolnick, Jake Silverstein, Meredith Levien, Sebastian Tomich, Andy Wright, Lisa Howard, Ana Marie Cox, Marc Lavalee, Luke Wilson, Peter Kafka, Joe Pompeo, Frank Pallotta, John Hendrickson, Josh Constine, Erik Maza, Lockhart Steele. TRANSITIONS -- David Bergstein started as the DSCC’s new national press secretary. ... Nancy Dorn, GE’s VP of government affairs and policy, will be retiring from the company this fall after a 14-year run. Starting on April 1, Karan Bhatia, currently the VP of global government affairs and policy (and former deputy USTR in the Bush Administration) will lead GE’s combined government affairs and policy team in Washington ... Connor Shaw is heading to New York to help launch a PAC for the United Service Workers Union, one of the oldest unions in the country. BIRTHDAYS: Maria Christina “MC” Gonzalez ... Rupert Murdoch is 86 ... Sam Donaldson is 83 ... former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is 52 ... Politico’s Matt Sobocinski … Nick “Slapshot” Shapiro, the pride of Simsbury (Conn.) High School, where he’s the all-time leading hockey scorer ... Ben Becker, principal at Precision Strategies and Stabenow alum ... Jon Cohen, SVP of survey research at SurveyMonkey ... Jason Herbert, “The Grown-Up” and LD for Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), is 31 ... MSNBC’s Christina Arvanites, who works with Lawrence O’Donnell ... Jen Mullin, alum at Uber, Glover Park Group, Vilsack and Harkin … James Pollack, student at Harvard Law and Harvard Kennedy School and Jackie Speier alum ... Austin Carson, executive director of TechFreedom and alum of Michael McCaul and Blake Farenthold ... Gale Norton is 63 … Ashley Summers ... Deloitte’s Abby Rogers ... ABC’s Justin Weaver, the pride of West Virginia … ... Alice Stewart, a CNN contributor and former comms director for the Cruz campaign and formerly with Huckabee, Santorum, and Bachmann (h/t Matt Beynon) ... Nik Holtan of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and alum of Rep. Joe Crowley … Laurye Blackford, former “GMA” and CBS senior producer, who was Mrs. McCain’s comms director on the 2008 campaign ... Joe Quinn, VP of public affairs at the Aluminum Association, is 4-0 (h/t wife Mia) ... Clemson senior Will Lane, a Rubio and House Science alum (h/t Colby Bermel) ... Laura Zimmerman (h/t Jon Haber) ... Ashley Stover … Justin Wilson, vice mayor of Alexandria ... Nikki Budzinski, labor outreach for HRC ’16 ... Carrie Pugh of NEA campaigns and elections (h/ts Sean Johnson) ... Rachel Dodsworth, president and CEO of Adsworth Media and CRAFT alum ... Cookie “Tofu” McCarton ... Jeff Hayes, senior research officer at DoD, an expert on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other South Asian states and a Special Forces alum ... Harry Wolff is 38 ... Bush 43 VA Dept. alum Jon Schneider ... Tripp Welde ... Andrew Fagerstrom (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Ann Calvert of Rep. Alex Mooney’s office ... Johnny Knoxville is 46 ... LeToya is 36 (h/ts AP)THE SHOWS, by Matt Mackowiak, filing from Austin:-- CNN’s “State of the Union” (9 a.m./noon): Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) … OMB Director Mick Mulvaney … Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Panel: Rick Santorum, Neera Tanden, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Luis Gutierrez.-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: HHS Secretary Tom Price … Ohio Gov. John Kasich … Kathleen Sebelius. Panel: David Brooks, Helene Cooper, Stephanie Cutter and Rick Santelli. -- ABC’s “This Week”: OMB Director Mick Mulvaney ... Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) … Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) … Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). Panel: Kristen Soltis Anderson, Rich Lowry, Jamal Simmons and Katrina vanden Heuvel. -- CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) … Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Panel: Ezra Klein, Indira Lakshmanan, Peter Baker and Avik Roy. -- “Fox News Sunday”: NEC Director Gary Cohn … Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Panel: Jason Riley, Julie Pace, Michael Needham and Juan Williams. -- Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10 a.m.): House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) … Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross … Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) ... Adm. James Loy (Ret.). Panel: Ed Rollins, Garry Kasparov and Susan Ferrechio. -- CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (8 a.m.): Panel: Margaret Talev, Domenico Montanaro, Nia-Malika Henderson and Manu Raju. -- CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” (10 a.m.) Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov … Stephen Schwartzman. -- CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (11 a.m.): Panel: Reuters’ Stephen J. Adler, Lynn Sweet, BBC’s Kim Ghattas and former State Department deputy assistant secretary for digital strategy Moira Whelan … National Association for Media Literacy Education’s Michelle Ciulla Lipkin … David Zurawik. -- C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (Saturday 6 p.m.): NCTA – The Internet & Television Association president and CEO Michael Powell, questioned by Bloomberg BNA’s Lydia Beyoud … “Newsmakers” (10 a.m.): Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), questioned by Bloomberg TV’s Kevin Cirilli and WSJ’s Yuka Hayashi … “Q&A” (8 p.m.): Author and founder and CEO of Beyond Global Sandra Navidi (“SuperHubs: How the Financial Elite & Their Networks Rule our World”) -- Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes or listen at MackOnPolitics.com): Avik Roy.

11 марта, 18:05

Rupert Murdoch's Sky bid and media plurality in the UK - The Listening Post (Lead)

We examine what has changed since media mogul Rupert Murdoch's first unsuccessful attempt at owning all of Sky. Contributors: Jane Martinson, head of media, The Guardian David Bond, reporter, Financial Times Justin Schlosberg, chair, Media Reform Coalition Suzanne Franks, media professor, City University More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListeningPost Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListeningPost Website - http://aljazeera.com/listeningpost

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11 марта, 16:55

Rupert Murdoch's Sky bid and media plurality in the UK

We examine what has changed since media mogul Rupert Murdoch's first unsuccessful attempt at owning all of Sky.

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11 марта, 16:42

Rupert Murdoch's unfinished business - The Listening Post (Full)

Will Rupert Murdoch succeed in taking over Sky? Plus, the challenges of reporting on Chechnya. More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListeningPost Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListeningPost Website - http://aljazeera.com/listeningpost

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11 марта, 15:47

Rupert Murdoch's unfinished business

Will Rupert Murdoch succeed in taking over Sky? Plus, the challenges of reporting on Chechnya.

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09 марта, 19:34

Murdoch, the Coughing Major and a Kids Company musical: theatre gets real

A rush of new plays offer fictionalised versions of Labour’s 1981 split, the revamp of the Sun, a TV quizshow scandal and other real events. Playwrights James Graham and Steve Waters discuss the legal and ethical risksA theatre programme lists the characters on one side of the page, with the actors playing them printed opposite. At a new play, audiences are much more likely to recognise the names of the cast on the right than the dramatis personae on the left: we won’t know who “Shirley” or “Rupert” or “Alan” is until the dramatist tells us. In many premieres these days, though, it’s common for those being portrayed to be at least as well-known as those playing them. Related: Limehouse review – timely account of Labour's 1981 split is beautifully acted Continue reading...

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.

08 сентября 2014, 17:03

20 миллиардеров, которые управляют политикой США

Они добились успеха в бизнесе и инвестициях, и теперь пытаются протолкнуть свои и чужие политические идеи в политической системе США. В нашем списке самые влиятельные миллиардеры-политики Америки.  20.Элис Уолтон Элис Уолтон - наследница богатства крупнейшей в мире розничной сети Wal-Mart, пусть и не единственная. Уолтон вполне открыто поддерживает Хиллари Клинтон и вложилась в так называемый "PAC" (Комитет политических действий) под названием "Ready for Hillary".  19.Дональд Трамп Владелец конгломерата The Trump Organization и король американского сектора недвижимости Дональд Трамп, как и многие представители большого бизнеса, придерживается республиканских взглядов. Напомним, что Республиканская партия поддерживает наиболее мягкую налоговую политику в отношении богачей.  18.Марк Андрессен Инвестор-миллиардер Марк Андрессен уверен, что будущее за Республиканской партией США. Он поддерживал кандидата от республиканцев Митта Ромни на президентских выборах 2012г. В данный момент Андрессен инвестриует в широкий спектр активов, многие из которых будут влиять и на политический фон. Стоит вспомнить хотя бы о криптовалюте bitcoin.  17.Питер Дж. Питерсон Питерсон был министром торговли при Ричарде Никсоне, а теперь управляет мощным фондом. Миллиардер ратует за уменьшение государственного долга, и с помощью Peter G. Peterson Foundation основал такие организации, направленные на борьбу с долгами США как Fix the Debt и Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.  16.Поль Зингер Поль Зингер - бизнесмен с партийным билетом. Он консервативный республиканец, но выступает за однополые браки. Именно эта идея стала для него центральной в политической деятельности. С помощью организации American Unity он вложил $2 млн в поддержку республиканцев, которые также выступают за однополые браки. Главный актив Зингера - Elliott Management Corporation.  15.Арт Поуп Бывший председатель бюджетного комитета Северной Каролины и преуспевающий бизнесмен Арт Поуп вложил миллионы долларов в продвижение своих политических идей. В первую очередь, речь идет о свободном рынке, который Поуп считает основной составляющей успешной экономики. Арт Поуп также республиканец.  14.Пьер и Памела Омидьяр Семья иранского происхождения, которая добилась успеха в США, вкладывает существенные средства в продвижение идеи прозрачности и открытости. Пьер и Памела интересуются также вопросами прав на собственность и экономического развития.  13.Джефф и Макинзи Безос Кто бы мог подумать, что руководство Amazon.com может интересоваться политикой. Однако Джефф Безос недавно приобрел издание Washington Post и вложил $2,5 млн в поддержку однополых браков. Напомним, что этот вопрос в США остается одним из наиболее острых в области внутренней политики.  12.Марк Цукерберг И снова миллиардер из высокотехнологического сектора, который интересуется политикой. Марк Цукерберг совместно с организацией FWD.us работает над иммиграционной реформой, а в Нью-Джерси проталкивает реформу начального образования. Напомним, что самому владельцу Facebook в настоящий момент всего 30 лет.  11.Питер Тиль Питерь Тиль, известный инвестор, владелец хэдж-фондов и сооснователь PayPal, вложил $2,6 млн в предвыборную кампанию в 2012г., деньги получил Рон Пол, который вылетел из гонки во время праймериз. В последнее время Тиль активно выступает в пользу увеличения минимального размера оплаты труда.  10.Уоррен Баффет Миллиардер Баффет, владелец знаменитого Berkshire Hathaway, сыграл важную роль в политике США после избрания Барака Обамы на пост президента. Уоррен Баффет выступает за ограничение власти богачей, увеличение налогов для них, и собирается расстаться с большей частью своего богатства в рамках The Giving Pledge ("Клятва дарения").  9.Пенни Прицкер Пенни Прицкер была министром торговли и одним из главных лоббистов идей Барака Обамы. Кроме того, Прицкер является сооснователем PSP Capital Partners, Pritzker Realty Group и еще ряда крупных фирм, что придает ее голосу значимость, когда речь заходит о внутренней политике.  8.Джон и Лора Арнольд Джон Арнольд управлял крупным хэдж-фондом, и фокусировался на инвестициях в газовые активы а потом стал филантропом. Правда, не каждый найдет желание помочь людям в его стремлении добиться сокращения пенсий и добиться роста финансовой нагрузки для работников предприятий.  7.Билл и Мелинда Гейтс The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - один из самых авторитетных благотворительных фондов, инвестирующих в борьбу с болезнями и бедностью в развивающихся странах, в частности, в Африканских. Также основатель Microsoft и его супруга сражаются за реформирование американской системы образования и легализацию однополых браков.  6.Руперт Мердок Руперт Мердок контролирует Wall Street Journal и Fox News - это важнейшие поставщики политических и экономических новостей. Таким образом, Мердок сосредоточил в своих руках активы, способные задавать новостной тон и влиять на настроения в обществе. Кроме того, Руперт Мердок сотрудничает с Bloomberg по вопросу иммиграционной реформы.  5.Джордж Сорос Джордж Сорос открыто лоббирует идеи демократов. Он потратил $1 млн в 2012г. на поддержку Барака Обамы на выборах. Кроме того, Сорос в данный момент является сопредседателем комитета политических действий "Ready for Hillary".  4.Шелдон Эделсон Наша жизнь - игра, и один из королей игорного бизнеса Шелдон Эделсон активно вкладывает средства в политику. Он потратил $93 млн, чтобы "победить Барака Обаму". Речь, конечно, не о том, что бизнесмен надеялся участвовать в выборах, а о поддержке республиканцев, которые "выполняют свои обещания". На следующих выборах Эделсон инвестирует в кампанию вдвое больше.  3.Том Стейер Стейер - сооснователь и один из руководителей фонда Farallon Capital Management. Он также основал несколько банков. Помимо бизнеса Тома Стейера интересуют вопросы охраны окружающей среды, и он активно лоббирует соответствующие идеи в политической среде.  2.Майкл Блумберг Бывший мэр Нью-Йорка и основатель агентства Bloomberg Майкл Блумберг активно борется с бесконтрольным распространением оружия. Он инвестировал $50 млн в противодействие организации NRA, которая как раз пытается добиться свободной торговли оружием на всей территории США, делая отсылку ко Второй поправке к Конституции.  1.Чарльз и Дэвид Кох Братья Кох инвестировали $30 млн в программу, которая выявляет слабые стороны демократов. Это специальная рекламная кампания, навредившая тем политикам, которым есть что скрывать. К следующим выборам общий объем инвестиций в эту программу семья Кох собирается довести до $290 млн. Еще одной жертвой стала программа здравоохранения "Obamacare".