FROM Martin Langeveld
AOL, the Huffington Post and News in Southern California Internet-access pioneer AOL has been losing customers. Last year, it posed a net loss of almost $800 million. Now, AOL has purchased the Huffington Post . In just five years, the Post has become one of the top ten news sites on the web, with 20 million unique monthly visitors and profits of $30 million last year. The price was $300 million in cash and $15 million in AOL stock. But Arianna Huffington won't go away. She will be president and editor-in-chief of a new group inside AOL, overseeing some 700 editorial employees. The age of the Internet has been cruel to traditional newspapers, and it's caught up with the LA Times, the Orange County Register and suburban dailies including the Daily News. A group of hedge funds now owns most of their assets and the word in the business is "consolidation."
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?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?