Only days after Net Neutrality vote…
Comcast, Cox, Frontier announce hike in internet access fees
Digital Music News
Europe’s press agencies lobby for share of Google, Facebook revenue
Courthouse News Service
Getting the European Parliament to agree on the legislation may be easier said than done, however, with many members worried the bill will threaten free access to news on the internet. But the press agencies said users would not be affected.
Tax bill whacks big cities Politico
> The Republican tax bill, largely written by lawmakers from rural and Southern red states, is about to squeeze urban America.
> The bill would eliminate tax breaks for everything from bike commute subsidies to building charter schools. One break for refinancing municipal bonds — which saved New York City alone $425 million over the past four years — would be gone. A key break for rehabbing old buildings is getting scaled back.
> The $10,000 cap on state and local income and property tax deductions is by far the biggest blow for high-tax, high-cost-of-living, liberal big cities and their surroundings. > The deduction was worth an average of $24,900 to New York County residents and $17,000 to those living in Marin County, California, across the bay from San Francisco, according to 2014 IRS data compiled by the Tax Foundation.
> “As far as I’m concerned, this is the ‘Screw New Jersey’ bill,” said Mayor Brian Wahler of Piscataway, New Jersey. “New York, New Jersey, Connecticut: Screw the Northeast.”
“The tax overhaul may be bad for Republicans’ future as politicians, but not necessarily for their future employment as corporate lobbyists and consultants. … There’s always a soft landing on K Street.”
— David Dayen in the New Republic
Former Intel chief’s comments suggest Trump is a Putin asset The Observer
Former intelligence officer John Schindler writes that the nation should be ready for shocking revelations.
White House blames N. Korea for ransom ware attack AP
But with all the lies and distortions coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania, can anyone believe them now?
Speaking of aliens
Former Pentagon official hints at evidence that “we’re not alone.” CNN
How and why Obama allowed Hezbollah to smuggle drugs into US
An ambitious U.S. task force targeting Hezbollah’s billion-dollar criminal enterprise ran headlong into the White House’s desire for a nuclear deal with Iran.