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23:59, 21 November 2017

Net Neutrality, John Conyers, Zimbabwe: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing


Net Neutrality, John Conyers, Zimbabwe: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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Very good evening. Here’s the most recent.

1. The F.C.C. unveiled a program to repeal net neutrality guidelines, which need broadband providers to give shoppers equal access to all content on the net.

The F.C.C. chairman appointed by President Trump, Ajit Pai, above, said the change would enable the government to cease “micromanaging the net.”

It’s anticipated to be authorized on Dec. 14 in a party-line vote by the agency’s 5 commissioners. But some companies will most likely place up a legal fight to prevent it from taking hold. This video explains how net neutrality works.

In other company news, Uber announced that hackers gained access to the personal data of 57 million drivers and riders — and the firm kept it a secret for a year. It has since fired its prime safety executive.

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two. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, has known as on the Ethics Committee to investigate sexual harassment charges against John Conyers Jr., the House’s longest-serving member.

Mr. Conyers, 88, a Democrat from Michigan, above, confirmed a settlement in a lawsuit from a former employee who stated in 2015 that she was fired for refusing to have sex with him. He denied any wrongdoing.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed sexual harassment on Capitol Hill on “The Every day.”

In the media globe, CBS fired Charlie Rose after a number of ladies accused him of sexual misconduct. PBS canceled his show, and Bloomberg Tv also reduce ties.

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three. President Trump seemed in his element at the annual White Residence turkey pardon.

He marveled at the size of Drumstick (“Thirty-six pounds — that is a large bird”), admired the animal’s appearance (“beautiful turkey”), and praised the facility where the turkey would settle (“Gobbler’s Rest, beautiful place”) as effectively as the university that homes it (“Virginia Tech, tremendous school”).

Afterward, Mr. Trump defended Roy Moore, noting that the Senate candidate from Alabama has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Then Mr. Trump took off for Mar-a-Lago, where he’ll commit the Thanksgiving break.

We collected the very best writing from the proper and left on the Republican tax program, which Senate leaders are aiming to get on Mr. Trump’s desk by Christmas.

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4. Elsewhere in the animal kingdom, President Trump’s surprise intervention to try to aid save the elephants of Zimbabwe and Zambia from becoming hunt trophies drew praise from across the political spectrum.

But the question of why he did it became the, well, pachyderm in the area. Aides had a simple explanation: The president likes elephants.

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five. Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a 15-term Republican from California, has laughed off ideas that he is a Russian intelligence asset.

But investigators may possibly not see the punch line. The F.B.I. and the Senate Intelligence Committee are searching for to interview him about a meeting with Julian Assange. The special counsel, Robert Mueller, is said to be interested in a meeting Mr. Rohrabacher had with Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s short-lived national safety adviser.

Republicans are curtailing Mr. Rohrabacher’s part in Washington, and challengers in his district are smelling blood.

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6. President Bashar al-Assad produced his second identified trip out of Syria in seven years of war, going to Russia and thanking President Vladimir Putin for the military intervention he credited with “saving” the country. Iranian and Turkish officials are joining them for talks aimed at ending the war.

Our correspondent traveled to Damascus, the capital. She identified those who had not fled mourning and lonely. “Everybody has a story,” an art dealer in the Old City told her. “Somebody died. Somebody lost their home … no 1 is the very same.”

Subsequent door in Lebanon, the former prime minister, Saad Hariri, returned residence following his surprise resignation in Saudi Arabia.

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7. Robert Mugabe — who as soon as proclaimed that “only God will get rid of me!” — resigned as president of Zimbabwe shortly right after lawmakers started impeachment proceedings. Mr. Mugabe, 93, had been in power given that 1980.

Jubilant residents poured into the streets. This video looks at the mix of hope and skepticism Zimbabweans have about the future.

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eight. “The game actually is rigged.” That was another Robert — Robert Reich, the 71-year-old Berkeley professor and former labor secretary. He’s turn out to be a social media star with his broadsides against Washington and our economic method.

We met him at a steakhouse across from the New York Stock Exchange, exactly where he ordered a little garden salad as an entree. (The restaurant was his decision.)

The topic: his new Netflix film, “Saving Capitalism,” which argues that corporations and the wealthy have taken over the legislative procedure.

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9. The story of Thanksgiving, as most Americans have been taught it, is not precisely precise. Above, “The Initial Thanksgiving at Plymouth,” from 1914, by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe.

The Pilgrims did celebrate the harvest with members of the Wampanoag tribe in 1621. But whilst it could have been a moment of cross-cultural fellowship, it was an outlier in a bloody history of conquest.

And calling something “the very first Thanksgiving” is a bit of a misnomer. Both Native American and European societies had been holding festivals to mark successful harvests for centuries.

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10. Ultimately,Stephen Colbert riffed on President Trump’s anger more than the U.C.L.A. basketball players arrested in China soon after becoming accused of shoplifting.

After helping to safe their release, Mr. Trump ended up in a feud with one particular of their fathers, LaVar Ball, who refused to thank the White Home. “I must have left them in jail!” Mr. Trump tweeted in reply.

“Imagine Thanksgiving at the Trump residence,” Mr. Colbert said. “‘Let’s go around the table and all say what we’re thankful to me for. I’ll commence.’”

Have a wonderful night.

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Published at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:14:14 +0000


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