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 .
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.
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.