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Trump Has 3 Strengths That Could Revive His Presidency

If you are looking for reasons to be optimistic about the success of the Trump administration, it’s certainly not in the results of its first 100 days. Very little has passed Congress. The main executive order which demanded immediate action — the travel ban — has been shot down in court so far. He hasn’t managed to build a team. While he did successfully fill the Supreme Court vacancy, he hasn’t moved forward on other judicial openings. 

There’s no tax plan.  No infrastructure plan. No financial regulation plan. Nothing happening so far with renegotiating trade deals. His wall isn’t going to be paid for by Mexico, and it doesn’t appear Congress is particularly interested in doing so, either. He does have a budget outline to submit to Congress, but it’s far from clear how it will do there. The administration (and Congress) have successfully killed some Obama-era regulations, which is

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Louisiana and Florida Rank Worst for Texting and Driving

Florida drivers are among the most dangerous menaces on the road, ranking second worst in the nation for being distracted while behind the wheel, according to a study of driving habits.

Florida’s score was 49th, ahead of only Louisiana in a state-by-state analysis which indicated that 92 percent of U.S. drivers with cell phones use them while moving in a car.

“Those are shocking numbers proving we have a lot of careless and complacent drivers out there,” said Ryan Ruffing, director of communications for EverQuote, which collected the data. “Traffic fatalities have increased the past two years and phone use is a primary reason.”

Florida’s notoriously bad drivers ranked 39th in overall driving safety, while up in Montana’s wide open spaces, drivers ranked No. 1. By region, Midwesterners are the safest drivers, confirming their reputation as the nicest Americans, while edgy Northeasterners negotiating the roads of their dense cities are the least

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To Serve AT&T and Comcast, Congressional GOP Votes to Destroy Online Privacy

Stoller added that the resentment among even Breitbart readers over the vote was based on a relatively sophisticated understanding that the GOP Congress was subordinating the privacy rights of individuals to the corporate profits of Comcast, along with reinforcing monopoly power for what are really public utilities; as Stoller put it: “it’s fascinating, when the political debates are about the use of concentrated business power, the debates are no longer as partisan.”

 

This recognition – of who owns and controls Congress – is absolutely fundamental to understanding any U.S. political issue. And it does – or at least should – transcend both partisan and ideological allegiance because it prevails in both parties.

I still recall very vividly when I attended the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. It was just months after the Democratic Congress (with ample help from the Bush White House and GOP members) spearheaded a truly

... read more at: https://theintercept.com/2017/03/29/to-serve-att-and-comcast-congressional-gop-votes-to-destroy-online-privacy/

DirecTV to add more live sports in 4K this week


France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack


France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and shows it was responsible.

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France came to this conclusion after comparing samples from a 2013 sarin attack in Syria that matched the new ones. The findings came in a six-page report published Wednesday.

Russia, a close ally of Assad, promptly denounced the French report, saying the samples and the fact the nerve agent was used are not enough to prove who was behind it. Assad has repeatedly denied that his forces used chemical weapons and claimed that myriad evidence of a poison gas attack is made up.

But Ayrault said France knows “from sure sources” that “the manufacturing process of the sarin that was sampled is typical of

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Regulatory Microscope Lies Ahead for AT&T and Time Warner


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ATT Fake 5G Wireless Offer Is A Deceitful Way To Package Technology That Doesnt Exist Yet

In what is likely an attempt to make huge waves that will wash away the residue of its competitors, ATT recently made the announcement supposedly offering 5G Wireless connection. This is complete malarkey and is nothing more than a misleading marketing scheme designed to confuse and take advantage of customers who don’t know any better. ATT’s offer is fake.

As The Verge points out, the carrier could not possibly offer 5G wireless connection simply because the technology is still incomplete. It essentially doesn’t exist yet, let alone be viable for widespread use. What ATT is offering instead, is 4G connection on steroids and it’s not even anything new.

Based on the announcement that the carrier itself has launched, this supposedly new “5G Evolution” is twice faster than that 4G connection that it is currently offering. This much is true. However, T-Mobile has actually been offering this kind of wireless internet service

... read more at: http://www.econotimes.com/ATT-Fake-5G-Wireless-Offer-Is-A-Deceitful-Way-To-Package-Technology-That-Doesnt-Exist-Yet-662462

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Lies Ahead for Broadband Privacy Regulation?

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed into law a rare Joint Resolution of Congress under the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), which disapproved the Broadband Privacy Rules adopted late last year by then-Chairman Wheeler’s Democratic-led Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”), making final the rollback of the controversial rules adopted during the last months of the Obama Administration.  Beyond nullifying the rules themselves, the Congressional disapproval provides little clarity and leaves many questions unanswered regarding the privacy framework that will remain applicable to providers of Broadband Internet Access Services, and with numerous moving parts still in play, the question of who will regulate those privacy practices and under what rubric, is very much an open question.

The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order (the “Order”), which we discussed in detail following its release in October, applied a sweeping new privacy framework to be administered by the FCC upon not only traditional  telecommunications

... read more at: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/reading-tea-leaves-what-lies-ahead-broadband-privacy-regulation

ETFs in Focus After AT&T’s Mixed Q1 Results

Shares of ATT Inc T dropped 0.20% at market close on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 as the company missed revenue estimates for the first quarter of 2017. Earnings however came in line with the same. The company also reported a 2.8% year-over-year decrease in revenues to $39.4 billion in the first quarter of 2017. It was also down from $41.84 billion reported in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Q1 Performance

ATT reported non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.74, which met the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, ATT’s first quarter revenues missed the consensus mark of $40.66 billion, primarily due to poor performance of the wireless business.

Revenue Performance

Business Solutions segment revenues decreased to $16.84 billion from $17.60 billion a year ago.

Entertainment group revenues decreased

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How to Hide Your Browsing History From Your Snooping ISP

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Congress has moved to dismantle some Obama-era rules that would have protected the online privacy of everyday Americans. This sucks. The deregulation means it will be easier for huge telecom companies to track and sell their customers’ browsing history. This sucks! But not all is lost.

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Regardless of what the Capitol Hill-based wrecking ball does to the FCC’s online privacy rules, there are still steps you can take to protect yourself on the internet. The new era of anti-privacy policies in Washington does mean that companies like ATT, Verizon, and Comcast can collect data about your everyday internet usage.

“Your ISP can sell your traffic without any permission, and it’s unclear if they would even have to tell you they were doing it,” Jeremy Gillula, a senior staff technologist at

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