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Moyers guest: Internet company ‘bullies’ charge ‘a lot’ for access but give ‘second class access’

Bill Moyers sat down with Susan Crawford, a former special assistant to President Obama in science, technology and innovation and the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, to discuss internet inequality — and how internet providers grossly overcharge for subpar internet…

Florida judge allows three parental names on birth certificate

A judge in Florida allowed the birth certificate of a baby girl to include the names of three parents — two married women and the sperm donor, reported Reuters. After trying fertility clinics a few times, married couple Maria Italiano and Cher Filippazzo asked Italiano’s hair dresser to provide his…

Rand Paul to give tea party response to State of the Union

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will deliver the tea party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for Feb. 12. The Tea Party Express began issuing their own responses to the annual speech in 2011 with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Sen. Paul is the son of former Rep.…

Relay failure caused Super Bowl blackout

An electrical relay device installed at the Superdome to help prevent blackouts failed and caused the power outage that shut down the Super Bowl, the suppliers said on Friday. Lights went out in the stadium early in the third quarter of the National Football League’s championship spectacle last Sunday, halting…

Japan proposes pollution meeting with China

The foreign ministry in Tokyo on Friday proposed a meeting with Chinese officials about the choking smog over Beijing that is now being seen in Japan. The ministry told China “the Japanese government is concerned and is closely monitoring the recent serious air pollution in China” as it may affect…

Graffiti tours turn London into open-air museum

Far from London’s beaten tourist track, a group of visitors is staring keenly at the graffiti-covered gates to an abandoned construction site. Their guide, Karim Samuels, points out the black-and-white images of two young faces, and behind them, a piece of street art by Britain’s most famous and enigmatic street…

Economists: China needs full-scale reform to address inequality

China’s stated aim to narrow the income gulf between its sports-car driving elite and vast numbers who still live in poverty will need radical political and economic changes to work, say economists. Long-delayed “proposals on the distribution of income” were announced this week ahead of Sunday’s Lunar New Year, as…

Nobel poet Neruda remains ordered exhumed to investigate possible murder

A Chilean judge has ordered the remains of famed poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda exhumed as part of an investigation into his death, the foundation that manages his literary legacy said Friday. The leftist poet, who died 12 days after the 1973 coup that ousted President Salvador Allende, was…

Moody’s says it knows of no ‘impending’ lawsuit after DOJ sued S&P over rating

Credit-ratings company Moody’s doesn’t believe it is the subject of any “impending” US lawsuit over its ratings of mortgage bonds ahead of the 2008 crisis, the company’s chief executive said Friday. Moody’s chief executive Ray McDaniel characterized recent interactions with regulators as routine, after repeated questions from analysts on an…

Hillary Clinton is the most popular political figure in America right now

She may be fresh out of a job, but Hillary Clinton is currently the most popular political figure in America, well ahead of President Barack Obama, who is slipping, a poll published Friday found. Clinton, who stepped down last month as Obama’s secretary of state, enjoys a 61 percent favorability…

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