FROM Cecilia Kang
Fake news, real guns and a top Trump advisor "Pizzagate" and a top aide to Donald Trump. Retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn arrives at Trump Tower in New York to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, November 29, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters) A Washington pizza restaurant called Comet Ping Pong first received abusive messages, then death threats and, finally, a visit by an armed man who said he was there to protect children from sex-abuse and trafficking. He fired shots, but hit no one and submitted to arrest when it turned out the reports he’d seen were untrue. But the source of those rumors has been traced to reports on social media circulated by the son of a powerful advisor to Donald Trump, as Cecilia Kang reports in the New York Times .
Squabble in the Skies: The FAA Goes to the Mat over Drones This holiday the drone wars reached new heights of inter-governmental office sparring. More than 20 states and some cities, including California and Los Angeles, passed laws regulating recreational drones this year. But the FAA swooped in this month with its own set of regulations for drones, claiming to have sole jurisdiction over the air. Whose rules apply, and what's a proud drone pilot to do?
Net Neutrality There is one internet... for now. But by a 3 to 2 decision the FCC voted today to potentially allow broadband providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast to make deals with content companies for preferential treatment. This could create a two-tier system for the internet: faster speeds for web companies willing to pay compared to ones who don’t.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?