FROM Jim Puzzanghera
Will Donald Trump's business interests violate the constitution? Ethical questions are being raised about President-elect Donald Trump’s business interests. From his hotel in Washington D.C., to his vast foreign holdings, to his ongoing lawsuits, Trump is facing unprecedented financial conflicts of interest as president.
SOPA: Silicon Valley and Hollywood on Capitol Hill PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act , was passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee just last year. In the House, SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act , had been moving along. But Hollywood's effort to protect its products has run into another competing special interest group: Silicon Valley, which flexed its muscles yesterday when Wikipedia, Reddit and 10,000 other websites were blacked out. Washington got the message. Where did Hollywood go wrong? What can it do now to protect its products?
SOPA: Silicon Valley and Hollywood on Capitol Hill PIPA, the Protect IP Act , was passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee just last year. In the House, SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act , had been moving along. But Hollywood's effort to protect its products has run into another competing special interest group. Yesterday's blackout by Wikipedia and 10,000 other Internet websites demonstrated a new kind of political power that Washington can no longer ignore. While Hollywood claims Internet piracy will destroy the film industry, Silicon Valley says proposed laws are a threat to freedom online. Does changing technology require new ways of protecting intellectual property? Could Hollywood help itself by making better movies?
Auto Industry Continues Its Push for a Bailout The CEO's of the Big Three were back on Capitol Hill today, testifying before the House Finance Committee . General Motors CEO Rick Waggoner testified that the rescue package would help them get through next year. Republican Congresswoman Candace Miller of Michigan, who credited the domestic auto industry with creating the America's middle class, insisted that Detroit was asking for a loan, rather than a bailout. Jim Puzzanghera is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.