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The new vanity press moguls.

slate.com — We in the journalism racket would like to welcome Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz to our inner sanctum of power and influence. Anschutz, the primary owner of Qwest Communications who owns entertainment properties, real estate, and chunks of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings, just paid $20 million for...

Mayor-for-Life: Memories and Photos of Marion Barry

washingtoncitypaper.com — You could love Marion Barry. You could hate him. You could do both at the same time, and a lot people in D.C. probably did. Or you could do something in between. But what you could never do was forget about him.

“To Be in Barry’s Proximity Could Be Better than Drinking the Elixir of Life”

washingtoncitypaper.com — Washington City Paper City Paper asked several former Loose Lips writers and editors to send their recollections of Marion Barry over the years. This is from Jack Shafer , 's editor from 1985 to 1995. When covering Marion Barry, many journalists have written themselves into the scenes with him not just because it made for good copy, but because his megalomania enhanced theirs.

Obama Scores on Net Neutrality

foreignaffairs.com — Last summer, I argued that U.S. President Barack Obama's unwillingness to push for "net neutrality" might end up being " the biggest technology-related failure of [his] presidency." Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all traffic that goes through their networks the same, not offering preferential treatment to some websites over others or charging some companies arbitrary fees to reach users.

Unsolicited advice for Jim Brady upon starting a D.C. news site for the owner of Politico.

slate.com — Who doesn't adore Jim Brady, the former executive editor of the Washingtonpost.com? Even I like him, and I don't like anybody. He's proved himself as a reporter, a manager, and an executive, and unlike most people in the business, he's not especially full of himself. And if I'm wrong and...

You can’t build a better Internet out of red tape

blogs.reuters.com — If the latest installment in the long-running net neutrality debate has rendered you mentally exhausted, allow me to approach the future-of-the-Internet argument from a less draining direction. You needn't worry about mastering such tech and regulatory topics as Title II regulations, peering, and fast lanes.

In France, the discreet charm of a far-right mayor

blogs.reuters.com — Last month, David Rachline, the mayor of the French Riviera town of Frejus, quietly loaned a free room to the town's Jewish community to celebrate Yom Kippur. In most other towns in France the gesture would have been unremarkable.

Acid attacks in Iran sharpen row over Islamic dress and vigilantism

blogs.reuters.com — It is a question all Iranians are asking: who is stalking the streets of Isfahan, throwing acid into women's faces? The attacks - there have been at least four in the busy city in central Iran in recent weeks - appear aimed at terrorising women who dare to test the boundaries of the Islamic dress code.

Qatar pares support for Islamists but careful to preserve ties

blogs.reuters.com — Qatar has joined the American-led coalition to fight Islamic State, yet the emirate is a haven for anti-Western groups and foreign diplomats have reported seeing cars with Islamic State logos in an affluent bay district. Such ambiguity runs through Qatari policy.

Britain’s Prince Charles calls on different faiths to respect each other

blogs.reuters.com — Britain's Prince Charles urged religious leaders to encourage followers to respect those of other faiths, drawing on the current persecution of Christians in the Middle East as an example where that respect is lacking. Charles spoke in a video aired on Tuesday to accompany a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
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Dec 21, 2014

It was a @fmanjoo dig. RT @zrahul2020: @jackshafer @fmanjoo Unlocked Hardware - Any Media - Any Services

Dec 21, 2014

Apple hardware, Amazon media, Google services. You can look it up. RT @fmanjoo: So--bad idea to store all my photos on Sony's cloud service?

Dec 21, 2014

RT @KenSilverstein1: Note to media: A simple Nexis search shows oft-quoted Pat Lynch of Policemen's Benevolent Assn is a longtime nutjob. You know Nexis, right?

Dec 21, 2014

RT @Popehat: If this maniac was motivated by anti-cop rhetoric when he murdered cops, which rhetoric motivated him to shoot his ex-girlfriend?

Dec 21, 2014

RT @mathewi: Google will start telling brands whether people went to their stores after seeing an ad, by tracking their location: searchengineland.com/google-store-v…

Dec 20, 2014

But Ben, we're happy losers. RT @morningmoneyben: . @jackshafer damn it shafer we just sent your lions to the playoffs. Show some gratitude!

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