Tech at Night: FCC threatening rural broadband competition.
Leave it to the Obama administration to botch everything. Trying to shortchange rural TV stations will only discourage them from participating in incentive auctions, therefore harming universal access and competition in the rural broadband market.
More wireless means more competition, folks. Allowing TV stations to reap the full rewards of selling off their spectrum is win-win.
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David Freddoso on How the Liberal Media Helped Re-Elect Obama
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by by David Freddoso to discuss his new book Spin Masters, how the liberal media ignored stories like Benghazi and pushed the “War on Women” to help re-elect Barack Obama.
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Immigration Reform: Are Obama & AFL-CIO Bosses Using ‘Poison Pills’ To Kill Latinos’ Dreams Again?
While many immigrants–legal and illegal–are pinning their hopes on Washington politicians enacting some sort of bipartisan immigration reform legislation, recent actions by the AFL-CIO and Barak Obama’s surrogates, the Democrats in the Senate, in three areas signal that there may be more interest in keeping the political problem out there for Democrats and unions to cynically and calculatingly use for the next several election cycles.
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Finally! Radical Caitlin Halligan Withdraws Nomination To D.C. Court Of Appeals
Well, it took three years, but Caitlin Halligan will not be a sitting on the D.C. Court of Appeals. She’s known for her progressive political views and judicial activism, which were so far outside the mainstream that other courts rejected her legal arguments. Ed Whelan at the National Review has documented her radical judicial philosophy. In 2004, Halligan signed a report issued by the Association of | Read More »
Tech at Night: Julius Genachowski out at FCC. Senate passes Sales Tax amendment. Ron Johnson on Cybersecurity.
It’s not just Robert McDowell that’s moving on from FCC. Julius Genachowski is, too, and while Genachowski hasn’t been very good at all, we could have done worse. Just look at NLRB. Let’s hope we don’t do worse after all with his successor.
Another big story is the Senate’s passage of the budget amendment incorporating the interstate sales tax compact. Some are bothered by this, but I still say it’s the right thing to do unless you’re going to rewrite the sales tax laws in every state. And that isn’t happening because the prisoner’s dilemma is keeping any one state from going from a buyer-owes to a seller-owes sales tax model.
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Ron DeSantis Wants to End the Palestinian Charade
One of the more intractable components of our foreign policy dating back to the Clinton years has been the obsession of creating a Palestinian state. The career egghead diplomats in the State Department believed that if we would only send billions in aid to the venerable leaders of the Palestinian Authority and grant them statehood, they would put down their terror toys and sing kumbaya. | Read More »
Using Dead Bodies For Political Points
Obama starts the year by demagoguing Newtown and gun crime to an insane length. You have ‘they deserve a vote.’ You have all the talk about the need to get serious about guns. All of that.Then next, you have all the quiet talk about how the President doesn’t really need an assault weapons ban in the gun bill. You have mouthpiece of the Democratic National | Read More »
Tech at Night: Can we kill the Obamaphone? Beware comprehensive copyright reform.
Some nights I have a couple dozen points to hit. Some nights I have three. This is one of the latter.
The radicals are worried about the Obamaphone program, also known as the Lifeline program. They tried saying it expanded under Bush, but we still want to kill it anyway. So they’re nervous we might kill it.
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Barack Obama to double down on sequester stupidity and cancel Easter Egg Roll?
I am starting to conclude that Barack Obama is simply not as bright as he thinks that he is: The next casualty of sequestration could be the Easter Bunny – at least according to a White House e-mail that recently landed in Capitol Hill inboxes. The White House warned Congress that budget cuts could nix the annual Easter Egg Roll for kids, which is planned | Read More »
Chris Wallace smacks Dick Durbin over Barack Obama’s debt rhetoric hypocrisy.
I personally think that maybe Chris Wallace shouldn’t have done this to Senator Dick Durbin. Executive summary of “this:” Wallace asked Durbin why it was that President Barack Obama in 2013 declared that our $16 trillion debt was “sustainable,” when Candidate Barack Obama in 2008 declared that $9 trillion debt was “unpatriotic;” and Durbin answered the question by declaring to Wallace that Durbin had had | Read More »
Tech at Night: Google Reader popularity again proves nobody cares about privacy. Catch my latest on Aaron Swartz.
More proof people don’t care about privacy: Google announces a service is ending, and the competitor I use to prepare Tech at Night becomes flooded to the point of unusability Wednesday night. People just don’t care what Google is doing.
The Street View WiSpy scandal didn’t scare people off, even as Texas hits Google for those offenses. Glass excites them. The shift toward human biases doesn’t raise questions. People love Google’s services, and privacy doesn’t enter into the equation. So keep regulation out.
Make sure you catch my recent RedState post on Aaron Swartz, and how the blame casting against his prosecutor is not only unfair, it’s wrong.
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CPAC: Folks, Mitt Romney Lost
Mitt Romney addressed CPAC this afternoon, and I did support his candidacy. After all, he was the only person in our miserable 2012 crop of candidates that had the best chance of winning. However, his communications team was mostly on defense, his high-tech GOTV ORCA program crashed rendering 30,000 volunteers helpless on Election Day, and his candidacy prohibited conservatives from talking about health care. As | Read More »
The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 33
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. Hugo Chavez died recently. He took a country rich with oil money and turned it onto a socialist paradise, complete with high inflation, shortages of food and electricity (to name just a few items), and soaring crime rates. Only in Venezuela. Except perhaps, not only there. It just seems like President Obama, | Read More »
All of a sudden, the President says we don’t have a debt crisis
Presto, change-o! At the beginning of the year, we were sternly lectured that huge tax increases were absolutely necessary to confront our looming debt crisis. America was driven to the edge of the “fiscal cliff,” ostensibly producing business panic that explained a fair measure of Barack Obama’s permanent economic malaise, by the President’s refusal to budge an inch from his demands for those deficit-fighting tax | Read More »
Beltway “whistleblowing” groups: not-curiously silent on Barack Obama’s lack of transparency.
The solution to this quandary about transparency in the Obama White House is pretty easy to resolve… Whether it’s responding to Congress, media questions, or FOIA requests, this administration is no better than its predecessor. The big difference: Obama is a Democrat. And because he is a Democrat, he’s gotten a pass from many of the civil liberty and good-government groups who spent years watching | Read More »