Net Neutrality Passes on Party Line Vote

Democrats win, 3-2.  From the story: …the rules, more broadly, would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone by classifying it like a public utility, meaning providers like Comcast or Verizon would have to act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone. Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai, who delivered some of the most scathing criticism of the plan Thursday, warned the policy represents a “monumental shift” to “government control of the Internet” (Fox News).  This made Obama giddy (Mediaite).  Another story notes the “vote was expected to trigger industry lawsuits that could take several years to resolve” (AP).  From the Wall Street Journal:  The Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to regulate the Internet as a public utility is a depressing moment for American innovation and economic liberty. The FCC is grabbing political control over a vibrant market that until now has been driven by inventors and consumers. Welcome to the Obamanet (WSJ).

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Obama: Consequences for Officials Who Ignore Immigration Executive Order

They will answer “to the head of Homeland Security” (Weekly Standard).  He wasn’t deterred by the constitution, so why would he let a federal judge stop him? (Washington Times).  From Victor Davis Hanson:  President Obama did not, as he alleges, override Congress because it failed to act on immigration. Instead he ignored it because Congress would not act in a particular fashion that he found ideologically akin to his own beliefs (NRO).

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John Kerry Downplays ISIS, Threat to World, Threat to America

From Secretary of State John Kerry:  “…we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally— less deaths, less violent deaths today than through the last century. And so even the concept of state war has changed in many people’s minds, and we’re seeing now more asymmetrical kinds of struggles” (RCP).  He might want to explain that to the Christians ISIS continues to kidnap, torture and murder (USA Today).  From another story:  The Sunni extremist group now holds 262 Assyrians captive, said Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network.  “ISIS is taking over more and more Assyrian towns,” he said (CNN).  This also comes as the FBI catches three ISIS wanabes in New York (CBS News).

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