WASHINGTON ― After squashing a small revolt in her own caucus around Thanksgiving, Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the House speakership Thursday, becoming the first politician in 58 years to take back the gavel.Pelosi’s path back to House speaker wasn’t easy. Part of the reason Republicans were able to win back the House majority in 2010 was through a “Fire Pelosi” campaign that made her toxic in some Republican-leaning districts, and Republicans have run on a similar playbook for every election since, including in 2018.A number of freshman Democrats made promises during the campaign to not support Pelosi if they were elected to Congress.But Pelosi was able to quell a revolt from about a dozen and a half Democrats who were already in Congress. She was able to frame the opposition as misogynist. (Her supporters started the hashtag #FiveWhiteGuys to describe the opposition, even though it wasn’t only white men opposing her and there were more than five.)She … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi elected speaker of the House
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In early 2017, the Attorney General of the state of New York filed suit against the internet service provider formerly known as Time Warner Cable in that state. The scathing 87-page complaint alleged that TWC (now commonly known as Spectrum in the New York market) defrauded consumers by providing internet service that was much slower than advertised. Now, a public commission is demanding that the ISP create a plan to turn over its network, effectively kicking the company out. As a result of the commission’s action, the ISP has 60 days to submit a plan “to ensure an orderly transition to a successor provider(s).” In 2016, the New York State Public Service Commission approved the merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner, paving the way for Spectrum-branded internet service in that state. In a letter issued on July 27, 2018, it revoked that approval. “Charter, doing business as Spectrum, has — through word and deed — made clear that it has … [Read more...] about New York state commission moves to kick Spectrum out over consumer complaints
Thanks to a historic deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox, Disney will essentially own three streaming services. Disney is gearing up to launch a stand-alone streaming service for exclusive Disney titles, and that will exist alongside a stand-alone streaming service for ESPN. Now that Disney owns a majority stake in Hulu, that also means Disney basically owns Hulu. With three streaming services and an ever-expanding treasure trove of content, what does that mean for the company? How will Disney decide what goes to Hulu versus what remains on its stand-alone streaming service? The fact is that we don’t know, but we can take a few educated guesses based on what Disney CEO Bob Iger has said today and in the past. During an investors call today, Iger addressed Hulu and noted that he sees it as an extension for more mature Fox series. “There’s a lot of Fox intellectual property that fits extremely well into Disney-branded direct-to-consumer services,” Iger … [Read more...] about What’s going to happen to Hulu now that Disney basically owns it?