FROM Brian Fung
Obama Calls for Cable Box Competition President Obama calls for increased competition aimed at freeing consumers from their dependence on leased cable television boxes. The goal is to allow innovators to sell higher quality devices, at lower cost, that could let viewers watch their favorite programs via cable, satellite or streaming online services through one easy-to-use gadget. Goodbye cable box, Apple TV, computer modem. The idea is to consolidate access to all those platforms in one convenient device. Brian Fung, technology reporter for the Washington Post , has an update.
FCC Wants to Expand Internet Access for the Poor The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans today to overhaul a $1.7 billion federal program that subsidizes phone service for low income Americans in order to increase access to high-speed Internet. Last year about 12 million people benefitted from this 30-year-old subsidy. Now the FCC wants to expand it to include broadband , as we hear from Brian Fung who writes about technology and tech policy for the Washington Post .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?