Vox Sentences: Disney wants to own all of the media

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Even the White House suggests Roy Moore should concede

“Sounds like it should have already taken place,” the White House press secretary said. That fact that Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate special election on Tuesday is clear to everyone — except apparently to Roy Moore. The Alabama Republican still refuses to concede the race, which he lost by more than 20,000 votes. Now even the White House — whose current occupant went all in for Moore — is basically telling him to give…

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A top House ethics official is being investigated for assaulting women

The head of the Office of Congressional Ethics has been named in a federal lawsuit. Omar Ashmawy, staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics, is the subject of a federal lawsuit for allegedly physically and verbally abusing women and using his position as a high-ranking congressional official to influence police investigating the matter. According to Foreign Policy, the lawsuit revolves around an incident that took place in 2015 in Milford, Pennsylvania,…

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Collective ownership of the means of production

My most frequently requested topic has been to weigh in on Matt Bruenig’s case for the establishment of an American sovereign wealth fund (he calls it a “social” wealth fund), and I have to say I really don’t get it. Dalton Conley offered a version of this idea back in a 2009 Democracy article that I think is worth reading alongside Bruenig’s, just to get a sense of how the same proposal can be given…

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The White House is admitting defeat on two of Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees

Trump is trying to reshape the courts — but he’s facing some obstacles. The White House threw in the towel on two of President Donald Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees this week, telling reporters for NPR and Politico that nominations of Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer to district court judgeships are dead. Both nominations had proved too much for some Senate Republicans to stomach. Talley combined inexperience and lack of qualifications (he’d never tried a…

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Trump just shut down Tillerson’s attempt to talk with North Korea — again

The former top oil executive turned diplomat just can’t catch a break. Embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can’t seem to catch a break. After months of having his diplomatic efforts and credibility contradicted and undermined time and again by President Donald Trump — the man whose views Tillerson is ostensibly supposed to represent — Tillerson is now being contradicted by his own State Department. On Tuesday, Tillerson announced what seemed to be a new…

"Trump just shut down Tillerson’s attempt to talk with North Korea — again"

A top adviser says the leaders Trump “most admires” are all authoritarians

Trump’s top three: Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. President Donald Trump hates checks on his authority, believes the press has too much freedom to criticize him, and thinks the FBI director — the head of America’s state security service — should be loyal to him personally. These qualities have led a number of observers to compare him to strongmen like Russia’s Vladimir Putin or Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. It turns out, according…

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Net neutrality is now officially on life support. Here’s what happens next.

The FCC voted in a 3-2 party-line vote to end Net neutrality, despite overwhelming bipartisan support for it. The Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal net neutrality, despite overwhelming public support for the regulation, which requires internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast to distribute internet access fairly and equally to everyone, regardless of how much they pay or where they’re located. Despite last-minute requests to delay the December 14 vote from some Republican…

"Net neutrality is now officially on life support. Here’s what happens next."

Disney acquiring Fox means big, scary things for film and TV

Here are five reasons the deal is terrifying — and only one of them is increased media consolidation. It’s official: Disney has acquired the film and television arms of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. Assuming regulators allow the deal to go through (it’s expected to take at least a year to close), Disney will own the rights to everything from the Avatar movies to FX’s The Americans. Fox, meanwhile, maintains the rights to Fox…

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