Washington: capital of power

Videographic tour of Washington DC, the heart of US politics and policy. A federal government shutdown is now in its second week.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Washington: capital of power

Videographic tour of Washington DC, the heart of US politics and policy. US lawmakers have until Friday to agree a new spending agreement or face a shutdown of the government after a row over the border migrant wall.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Protesters gather outside Saudi embassy over missing journalist

Protesters gather outside the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC, as concern grows for missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi who disappeared on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul to arrange paperwork for his wedding. IMAGES

Net Neutrality Is Dead, But How Dead Is It? (HBO)

According to everyone, the free and open internet died on Monday.
Or did it?

In December, the Federal Communications Commission, lead by Chairman Ajit Pai, voted 3-2 to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules.
Those rules had been put in place by his Obama-appointed predecessor, Tom Wheeler, and were finally rolled back June 11.
Pai has said repealing the rules will open up investment and clear the way for companies to build out broadband services in underserved communities.

But many, many others have argued net neutrality prevents Internet Service Providers from prioritizing content or throttling broadband speeds. And those net neutrality diehards have been very vocal, and proactive, about protecting those protections.

Three states – Washington, Oregon and Vermont – have passed legislation protecting net neutrality. 32 other states, and Washington DC, have also proposed some sort of government protection of net neutrality. Mayors in 123 cities have said ISPs working with their cities will have to adhere to net neutrality rules. 23 Attorneys General and about a dozen private groups, including Mozilla, Kickstarter and Etsy, have sued the FCC, saying they didn’t have the right to repeal the 2015 regulations. And finally, the U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a measure reinstating net neutrality.

Meaning, it could be a while before net neutrality is well and truly dead across the United States. And that leaves us in a new internet era: net purgatory.

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AP Explains: DOJ’s IG Report on Clinton Emails

The Dept. of Justice’s watchdog faults former FBI Director James Comey for breaking with protocol in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but it says his decisions before the 2016 elections were not driven by political bias. (June 14) RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 14 June 2018 1. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press Reporter: “The Justice Department inspector general today issued a 500 page report on the FBI its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The document is a scathing indictment of Director Comey and the FBI and the decisions that they made during the course of the Clinton investigation. However it is very important to note that they do not find that Director Comey or senior leadership acted with political bias to support one candidate over another and that is significant because President Donald Trump has repeatedly alleged that the FBI is politically biased against him.” ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 14 June 2018 2. close of DOJ’s IG Report (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE) POOL FILE: Washington DC – 22 January 2017 3. Pan right from James Comey to US President Donald Trump, they shake hands (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE) US NETWORK POOL – AP CLIENTS ONLY Joint Base Andrews – 13 June, 2018 4. US President Donald Trump walks to waiting SUV (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE) ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY 5.Split screen composition :(PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE) ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY New York – 15 August 2017 (LEFT) FILE PHOTO – President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 29 October 2016 (RIGHT) FILE PHOTO – In this Sept. 27, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 21 June 2017 6. FILE PHOTO – Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs the Capitol after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE) ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 14 June 2018 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press Reporter: “President Donald Trump fired Director Comey last year, last May. And the stated rationale at the time was his handling of the FBI email server investigation. He then later said that he was thinking about this Russia thing. That action is now central to Robert Muellers investigation of Special Counsel into whether the president sought to obstruct justice. So to the extent that this report absolves the president of wrongdoing in the sense of firing Director Comey because it was a justified action because call me erred. I’m sure the president is going to look to use that as vindication.” ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 30 April 2018 8. FILE PHOTO – President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari walk from the Oval Office before a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 30, 2018 (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE) ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 14 June 2018 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press Reporter: “The IG report is separate from the investigation into Russian collusion.” ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 14 June 2018 10. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press Reporter: “This is a document that will exist in history as a real chronicle of how the FBI came to be entangled in presidential politics but whether it leads to administrative sanctions or additional criminal charges somehow remains to be seen.” ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 14 June 2018 11. close of DOJ’s IG Report (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE) ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – 14 June 2018 12. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press Reporter: “The FBI does agree with the conclusions that were taken and made by the inspector general.” ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington – FILE: Exact date unknown 13. exteriors of FBI (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE) STORYLINE: The Associated Press’s Eric Tucker reports the findings of The Justice Department’s watchdog which faults former FBI Director James Comey for breaking with established protocol in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but it says his decisions before the 2016 elections were not driven by political bias, according to a person familiar with the findings. The report from the inspector general also criticizes Comey for not keeping his superiors at the Justice Department, including then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, properly informed about his handling of the investigation, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press