The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 morning edition

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As Mignon Clyburn left the Federal Communications Commission, the longtime telecom regulator worried that the FCC is abandoning its "prime directive" of protecting consumers.

Further Reading The FCC loses a fierce consumer advocate as Mignon Clyburn resigns.

But too often, the FCC's Republican majority led by Chairman Ajit Pai is prioritizing the desires of corporations over consumers, Clyburn said.

Clyburn's last FCC meeting was on April 17, and she gave her last policy speech as an FCC commissioner on May 9.

Clyburn said that deregulation isn't bad in markets with robust competition, because competition itself can protect consumers.

Broadband regulators should strike a balance that protects consumers and promotes investment from large and small companies, she said.

If Clyburn was confident that the FCC would put consumers first, "I probably would have exited long before now," she said. »

Rideshare Scams & Flams: How Safe Is Your Uber Or Lyft Ride?

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The libertarian-leaning think tank Cato Institute found that Uber and Lyft were just as safe as traditional taxis.

For instance, one study from the CUNY PhD program in economics found that since Uber was introduced in New York City in 2011, drinking-related car wrecks decreased by 25–35 percent in all boroughs.

They found that the number of DUI arrests in the stat decreased for six of those years in a row. »

'The Expanse' Revived for Season 4 at Amazon

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Sources say Bezos is a big fan of the book and was livid that the TV series went to NBCUniversal-owned Syfy.

The move is said to have ignited Bezos' demand that Amazon Studios brass find the company's version of Game of Thrones.

In The Expanse's case, Amazon had SVOD rights, making a move to a different outlet more challenging. »

McDonald's workers march on new Chicago HQ for $15 an hour wages

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Breaking: McDonald’s workers storming the corporate HQ.

"Fighting higher wages at every turn, companies like McDonald's help sustain the country's system of racial oppression," the labor group's statement said.

“Black and Brown workers just like me and just like you... want to build a better future our children. »

Michael Cohen Met With Qatari Official and Nuclear Plant Owner Last Month

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Also at the meeting, according to the sources, was Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer.

A Qatari embassy spokesman told Foreign Policy that Cohen requested the meeting with Al Thani but would not say if it took place.

The two sources familiar with the discussions between Cohen and Al Thani tell Mother Jones that the two men met with Haney to discuss possible Qatari investment in his nuclear power plant. »