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The FCC Did a Lot More Than Just Approve Net Neutrality Today

(MSNBC) The FCC voted today in favor of strong net neutrality rules, but this is something that's been expected for weeks—and something I've written about before at length. So instead of commenting on that yet again, I want to highlight something else that might be nearly as important:

The Federal Communications Commission will allow some cities and towns to set up and expand municipal Internet services, overruling state laws that had been put in place to block such efforts.

Katashi_itto

Another shoe drops: Bill O’Reilly’s ex-colleagues call his L.A. riot stories ‘completely ficticious’

(Raw Story) Fox News host, whose stories of past reporting exploits are under renewed scrutiny, claimed ‘we were attacked by protesters’ when covering the 1992 riots

Former colleagues of Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News host whose tales of past reporting exploits are facing renewed scrutiny, have disputed his account of surviving a bombardment of bricks and rocks while covering the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.

n2doc

Elizabeth Warren - The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

(WaPo) The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world?

One strong hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft. The provision, an increasingly common feature of trade agreements, is called “Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” or ISDS. The name may sound mild, but don’t be fooled. Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.

babylonsister

Dem bill would withhold lawmaker pay if DHS shuts down

(The Hill) Democratic legislation unveiled in the House would withhold lawmakers' pay if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shuts down on Saturday. Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.), the bill's sponsor, said members of Congress should go without pay if they miss the deadline for DHS funding.

applegrove

He Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

(HuffPo) Between 2011 and 2015, Gov. Dayton added 172,000 new jobs to Minnesota's economy -- that's 165,800 more jobs in Dayton's first term than Pawlenty added in both of his terms combined. Even though Minnesota's top income tax rate is the 4th-highest in the country, it has the 5th-lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3.6 percent. According to 2012-2013 U.S. census figures, Minnesotans had a median income that was $10,000 larger than the U.S. average, and their median income is still $8,000 more than the U.S. average today.

Judi Lynn

Another Fabrication: O'Reilly Never Witnessed The Murder Of Nuns In El Salvador

(Media Matters) Bill O'Reilly has claimed repeatedly that he witnessed the execution of nuns while reporting in 1981 on the civil war in El Salvador, an apparent fabrication that is at odds with both history and what O'Reilly himself has said about arriving in the country after the event took place, according to new information unearthed by Media Matters.

shenmue

AFA publishes map of LGBT organizations, labels them "anti-Christian hate groups"

The American Family Association has published a map directing people to the offices of LGBT charities – branding them ‘anti-Christian bigots’.

The listed hate group, which has ties to the Republican National Committee, has launched a “bigotry map” to identify “groups and organizations that openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith”.

The map gives directions to the offices linked with a number of groups, including branches of the Human Rights Campaign which campaign on gay rights.

tishaLA

Ron Paul: Black Caucus Only Against War Because They Want That Money For Food Stamps

(Buzzfeed) Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul and a former presidential candidate himself, said the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war because they want that money for food stamps.

“I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not—they are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here,” Ron Paul told Lew Rockwell in early February during a discussion on sanctions.

Hissyspit

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

(AP) President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency.

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