FROM Steven Fishman
Newsweek Merges with Daily Beast The venerable Newsweek magazine was sold by the Washington Post this year for one dollar. The buyer was 92-year old audio-components maker Sidney Harman, who also picked up $47million in liabilities. Now Newsweek has joined up with the two-year-old website, edited by Tina Brown. The Daily Beast needs credibility. Newsweek needs new media energy. Can Brown accomplish the synergy to keep them both alive? Steve Fishman is contributing editor at New York magazine.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?
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.