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January 14, 2014

D.C. Court of Appeals strikes down FCC net neutrality regulations

  • 2010 The Federal Communications Commission adopted the Open Internet Order, a set of rules dictating how internet service providers could/couldn’t prioritize web traffic; fulfilling a campaign promise from President Obama to continue protecting net neutrality during his time in office.
  • 2014 A federal judge in Washington D.C. struck down the rules adopted under the Open Internet order, saying that the FCC over-stepped its boundaries by implementing the new regulations on ISPs and that Congress would need to formally classify companies like Verizon and Comcast as “common carriers” if it believed the FCC should have the same ability to regulate ISPs as it does telecommunications providers. source
16:16 // 7 months ago
We cannot get liberated from the terrorism of the Brotherhood in Egypt without ending it in Gaza, which lies on our borders.
An unidentified Egyptian security official • Justifying upcoming efforts by Egypt’s ruling military leaders to stamp out Hamas, now that the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer viewed as a credible threat to the Egyptian government. Egypt’s military leaders apparently believe that Hamas can be driven out of Gaza via the same sort of mass protests that ultimately led to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi being removed from office, though experts on the region aren’t quite as convinced that the strategy will prove effective. source
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January 9, 2014
I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. There’s no doubt in my mind that the conduct that they exhibited is completely unacceptable and showed a lack of respect for the appropriate role of government and for the people that were trusted to serve.
Gov. Chris Christie • Apologizing to the general public during a press conference on Thursday morning (full transcript here), shortly before announcing that he had fired former aide Bridget Kelly for lying about his staff’s involvement in an apparent attempt to get revenge on a mayor who wouldn’t endorse the governor’s re-election bid. Christie took responsibility for the scandal, but swore he had no knowledge of what was taking place, and said he would travel to Fort Lee to personally apologize to the town’s mayor. The Justice Department and Senate Commerce Committee have both announced plans to further investigate the matter. source
14:42 // 7 months ago
January 1, 2014
Though many aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are set to begin implementation today, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a temporary injunction to two churches that plan to challenge the new law’s conctraception mandate, effectively making them exempt from the new legislation until the organizations have had time to challenge the mandate’s legitimacy in court. Justice Sotomayor has given the government until Friday to respond to her injunction. (Photo via UC Irvine) source

Though many aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are set to begin implementation today, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a temporary injunction to two churches that plan to challenge the new law’s conctraception mandate, effectively making them exempt from the new legislation until the organizations have had time to challenge the mandate’s legitimacy in court. Justice Sotomayor has given the government until Friday to respond to her injunction. (Photo via UC Irvine) source

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December 16, 2013

Federal contractors can currently make more than twice as much as the president

  • $952k the maximum amount in pay from the federal government that individual federal contractors can currently receive—a number that’s nearly tripled since a cap on contractor pay was first set in 1998. The Bipartisan Budget Act, which is currently in the Senate, would cut this cap in half, to $487,000, but a standalone bill would cut things down even further. For comparison’s sake, President Obama makes $400,000 per year. source
23:20 // 8 months ago