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
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
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
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 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
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