MPAA Lobbyist / SOPA Sponsor to Draft Democratic Party Platform – TorrentFreak


The Democratic Party has appointed a committee tasked with drafting the party’s platform. The 15-member panel includes MPAA lobbyist Howard L Berman, an attorney and former U.S. Representative who not only co-sponsored SOPA and tried to enshrine P2P network sabotage in law, but has also been funded by Hollywood throughout his career.

Source: MPAA Lobbyist / SOPA Sponsor to Draft Democratic Party Platform – TorrentFreak

Charter explains why it doesn’t compete against other cable companies | Ars Technica


FCC would block mergers between cable companies that compete, Charter CEO says.

Source: Charter explains why it doesn’t compete against other cable companies | Ars Technica

Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal


Newly disclosed emails show Clinton State Department officials working alongside fossil fuel companies aggressively pushing for fracking even in countries where local objections were growing.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal

Trade Commission Report Reveals Few Benefits From the TPP and Ignores its Costs | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The White House has been curiously quiet on the Trans-Pacific Partnership front, following its earlier fanfare about the agreement when it was signed in February. Yesterday with the release of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)’s almost 800-page report on the TPP’s Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors [PDF], we can expect the rhetoric to be ramped up again, in attempt to sell the agreement to an increasingly skeptical Congress and public.

Source: Trade Commission Report Reveals Few Benefits From the TPP and Ignores its Costs | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Police and Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization in California

Police and prison guard groups are terrified that they might lose some of the drug war money to which they have become so deeply addicted.

Source: Police and Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization in California

Florida Attorney General Endorses Trump After Taking His Money and Backing Off Trump University Investigation


Pam Bondi’s bigger favor to Trump may have been her 2013 decision not to investigate Trump’s for-profit education chain after he made a big donation to her re-election campaign.

Source: Florida Attorney General Endorses Trump After Taking His Money and Backing Off Trump University Investigation

AT&T gave $62K to lawmakers months before vote to limit muni broadband | Ars Technica


Missouri bill would make it difficult for cities to offer Internet service.

Source: AT&T gave $62K to lawmakers months before vote to limit muni broadband | Ars Technica