FROM Brian Raftery
The 'New Comedy Economy' For today's hardcore comedy fans, there is no shortage of ways to watch comics, from comedy clubs to TV. The internet and social media have ushered in even more new platforms and ways to find comedy content, like podcasts, online content providers like Netflix or Hulu, and websites like Funny or Die and College Humor, not to mention Twitter, Vine, and Instagram. In this month’s issue of Wired Magazine, writer Brian Rafferty asserts that we are in the midst of a comedy revolution , and that there is a new comedy economy. How are comics adapting to it? Comedians Phoebe Robinson and Brandon Johnson talk about what it's like to be funny in today's media landscape.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.