FROM Joe Flint
A Crackdown on your Favorite Waze Shortcut? All over Southern California, formerly sleepy neighborhoods are now crowded with traffic — all because the smartphone app Waze has become so popular with desperate commuters. Now there's a blowback from residents, and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation may be forced to take action. That's according to Joe Flint, who covers LA for the Wall Street Journal .
Is Time-Warner Cable Monopolizing the Dodgers? Major League Baseball means Big Money: In the next 25 years, the Dodgers will get more than $8 billion from Time-Warner Cable. But it only serves 30% of the LA market. So far, no other major distributor will pay what Time-Warner’s asking to show the games, which leaves 70% of the LA market blacked out. Is Time-Warner cable monopolizing the Dodgers?
Aereo Takes on Broadcast Juggernauts, Future of TV During oral arguments at the US Supreme Court today, lawyers for Aereo claimed its antenna is the next big thing in communications technology. Fox TV, CBS and other broadcasters testified that Aereo is stealing their product and that it could destroy their business. The Obama Administration agreed . Could a tiny antenna the size of a dime change the multi-billion dollar television industry forever? Joe Flint is media reporter for the Los Angeles Times .
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.