Archive - 2014

November 20th

Net Neutrality Rules

    Is there anybody out there who opposes net neutrality?

    Net neutrality, of course, is the principle that calls for the Internet to remain free and open - with no "fast lanes" that would allow some content providers to take priority over others. This week, Washington was buzzing with talk about net neutrality, yet out-and-out critics were hard to find.

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Obama's gone 'old-school net neutrality'

    Tim Wu is the Columbia law professor who coined the phrase "net neutrality" in a 2003 law journal. He is one of the most influential voices in favor of regulation of portions of the broadband Internet. We talked about what he made of President Barack Obama's call Monday for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify broadband as a more heavily regulated Title II service, a move that infuriated Internet service providers but thrilled Wu. Excerpts:

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Our biggest threat is not the Islamic State but inequality

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Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses

    No runoff will be needed to declare one unambiguous winner in this month's gubernatorial elections: the financial services industry. From Illinois to Massachusetts, voters effectively placed more than $100 billion worth of public pension investments under the control of executives-turned-politicians whose firms profit by managing state pension money.

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Some tips for the least experienced Senate since 1989

    Well, the dust from the election has cleared (it was metaphorical dust, so clearing it did not take long) and the incoming Senate will be the least experienced since 1989. I'm sure the senators-elect are full of questions and concerns right now. But don't fear, incoming senators reading this now. I've got answers to all of your questions. Relax and keep reading.

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The Fable of Rand Paul

    "The most interesting man in politics" is what Politico Magazine crowned Rand Paul in September, when it placed him at the top of a list of 50 people to keep an eye on. And Time magazine used those exact six words, in that exact order, next to a photograph of Paul on its cover last month.

    The adjective bears notice. Interesting. Not powerful. Not popular. Not even influential.

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When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 4

    When I write about racial inequality in America, one common response from whites is eye-rolling and an emphatic: It's time to move on.

    "As whites, are we doomed to an eternity of apology?" Neil tweeted at me. "When does individual responsibility kick in?"

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Who Are We?

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Autism and solitary

    Reginald Latson's path to solitary confinement began four years ago as he waited for the public library to open in Stafford County, Va.

     Latson, known as Neli, has an IQ of 69 and is autistic. Teachers and therapists describe him as generally sweet and eager to please.

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Lincoln's vice-presidential switch changed history

    The other day I found myself at the famous Abraham Lincoln Bookshop here, talking about my latest effort, a history on the evolution of the American vice presidency. The visit brought to mind a little-discussed Lincoln story in the book that I will convey here in necessarily abbreviated form.

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