Net neutrality – what does it really mean?
If you’re reading this online, heads up: Your Internet’s about to get less open.
The Federal Communications Commission, led by Trump-appointed Chairman Ajit Pai, took its first step Thursday to undo the very net neutrality rules it passed two years ago.
Republicans succeeded in a party-line vote to start replacing the rules, which keep Internet providers from blocking or slowing down your Internet at will. The rules also keep corporations from getting paid to prioritize certain content’s delivery to users over others.
Republicans call net neutrality rules are a burden on poor conglomerates like AT&T and Verizon. Democrats say the rules are necessary to protect consumers and ensure fair service.
Also on Thursday: President Trump called himself a witch, Michael Flynn’s life got more complicated and Fox News lost its founder.
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Trump denies Comey memo report, cries ‘witch hunt’
Much of D.C.’s current dumpster fire stems from reports that former FBI Director James Comey, whom President Trump fired last week, said Trump asked him to “let this go” in regards to an investigation on Michael Flynn, Trump’s former security adviser.
On Thursday, Trump denied that he pressed Comey: “No, no – next question.” He also called mounting talk of his possible impeachment “totally ridiculous.”
Trump went on his latest Twitter spree that morning to call FBI inquiry into his campaign and Russia “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.” That, of course, is untrue: A politician faced a literal witch hunt during the actual Salem witch trials in 1692.
It keeps looking worse for Michael Flynn
Trump’s team knew Michael Flynn was under investigation and hired him anyway, according to a New York Times report. That makes things complicated for Mike Pence, the vice president who said he didn’t know until March that Flynn secretly worked as a paid lobbyist. Even more awkward: According to the Times, Flynn disclosed his investigation status to Trump’s transition team, which was headed by Mike Pence. Pence stood by his claims on ignorance on Thursday.
One more Flynn scandal, you say? Take it away, McClatchy: “Flynn stopped a military plan Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent“
Mueller: Good for Trump, but also bad
Analysis poured in on Thursday on just what Robert Mueller’s appointment as special sounsel over the Russia inquiry means for Trump.
It’s good for him in the short term, as USA TODAY’s Susan Page explains, temporarily calming his opponent’s cries for an independent investigation. But a special counsel means this inquiry could stretch on for more than a year, overshadowing Trump’s agenda.
Both Republicans an Democrats praised Mueller’s…