Tim Wu , a professor and lawyer known for coining the term “ net neutrality ” and for writing authoritative media books like The Master Switch , has been named to a White House post. He will serve on President Joe Biden ’s National Economic Council, leaving his post at Columbia University to become special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy. The position will not give him the authority other administration officials have in terms of antitrust matters and related issues but it will offer a larger, formal platform for positions he has taken over the years. There has been bipartisan support in recent years for bringing down the regulatory hammer on big tech . Federal lawsuits pending against Facebook and Google are expected to gear up under Biden. Even the executives leading the companies have recognized publicly that regulation should play a more prominent role in shaping the companies. Biden’s exact plan for how to do that is not yet fully … [Read more...] about Tim Wu, A Proponent Of Breaking Up Tech Giants, Joins Joe Biden’s White House National Economic Council
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Senate Democrats reached a deal to end an impasse over the Covid-19 relief bill, after coming to an agreement with moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. VA) on the size of the legislation’s outlay for unemployment benefits. The bill now will provide an extra $300 per week of jobless benefits that extends through Sept. 6. Those making less than $150,000 will get a tax break on the first $10,200 of their benefits. The House version of the bill, which passed last week, provided an extra $400 per week of the jobless benefits. The $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief legislation stalled out on Friday morning, as Democrats worked through the day to reach some kind of agreement with Manchin that would trim the size of the unemployment benefit. Related Story Tim Wu, A Proponent Of Breaking Up Tech Giants, Joins Joe Biden's White House National Economic Council Manchin announced a deal on Friday evening. “The president has made it clear we will have enough vaccines for every … [Read more...] about Senate Democrats Reach Deal On Unemployment Benefits To Move Covid-19 Relief Bill Forward
Pete Buttigieg , the man now responsible for managing the means by which Americans travel trillions of miles per year, can’t leave his house. Just days after he was confirmed as secretary of transportation, a member of his security detail tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the newly minted Cabinet member to start turning the wheels on his agenda from quarantine. “We’re trying to practice what we preach, right?” he says of the decision to stay home. He’s trying his best to hide his exasperation. A little frustration is understandable. The Covid scare meant Buttigieg had to attend his first Oval Office meeting via flatscreen, and as far as getting a revamped, eco-centric approach to transportation in gear, it was a big one. Biden and a virtual Secretary Pete sat down with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss a new — and hopefully very green — infrastructure bill. Passing one under Trump became a joke (remember “Infrastructure Week”?), but with coastal highways collapsing and … [Read more...] about Pete Buttigieg Has Some Ideas for Overhauling How America Moves Around
We have known since last November that two back-to-back Independence Day sequels were being planned, although we haven't had much information on the story for either Independence Day 2 or Independence Day 3 . MTV Movies Blog spoke with director Roland Emmerich , who dropped a big hint that Will Smith may be the President of the United States in the sequels. Here's an excerpt from their interview: "It's an alternate reality kind of movie. We pick up the story, what would have happened after this kind of attack? Naturally, the alien technology has changed everything." RELATED: Independence Day 2 Director Wishes He'd Bailed on Sequel Along with Will Smith Did they rebuild the White House? Who will be president? "Or, who will be president? Who Will be president? See?" We also reported back in March that Will Smith was locked in to star in both movies and that they could start shooting early next year. We'll be sure to keep you posted … [Read more...] about Independence Day 2 to Feature Will Smith as President?
Popcorn and all other concessions will not be sold at the IFC Center , at least for now. But films, actual films, will be projected on all five of its screens beginning Friday for the first time in nearly a year. “The room will be black — you won’t be on your phone!” Kajillionaire director Miranda July marveled in a video testimonial. That’s a dramatic change from the home viewing environment during Covid-19. The IFC, a Greenwich Village mainstay that took over the abandoned Waverly Theater site in 2005, is among a select number of New York art houses reopening today. The economics are daunting. With state coronavirus restrictions capping attendance at 25% capacity, theaters can expect no more than a few dozen ticket buyers per show in the early going. Even at such modest scale, the market will be watched closely by the film business, which got a lift last weekend with Tom & Jerry grossing $14.1 million despite also streaming on HBO Max. Related Story … [Read more...] about NYC Art House Movie Theaters Awaken After Year Of Hibernation, But One Holds The Popcorn