Apple is reportedly preparing to launch in 2015 its largest-ever iPad, with production beginning in the first quarter of next year. The screen will reportedly measure 12.9 inches diagonally. Currently, Apple’s iPads have 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch diagonal dimensions.
American Airlines announced Tuesday that it is pulling its fares from popular travel website Orbitz.com “effective immediately” and also will pull its US Airways offerings next week. “We have worked tirelessly with Orbitz to reach a deal with the economics that allow us to keep costs low and compete with low-cost carriers,” American Airlines President Scott Kirby said in a statement. The issue at hand was fees the travel site charges for posting and selling the airfares. For its part, Orbitz said it won’t be hurt by the move. “Our sites offer hundreds of airlines which are eager to capture the revenue American is choosing to forego,” it said in a statement. In 2010, American pulled its fares in response to disagreements over selling extra services like WiFi and meals.
House Republicans are agitating to dramatically curb federal bank regulators’ ability to combat money laundering, calling for changes in decades-old financial fraud standards in an effort to aid payday lenders.
Moving illegal cash through the financial system has long been barred by money laundering laws. But under a bill introduced by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), federal regulators would be forbidden from doing anything to “restrict or discourage” a bank from doing business with any company that has both a license to do business and a “reasoned legal opinion” from a lawyer claiming that the business doesn’t break the law.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has warned Catholic school officials against donating to the ALS Association as part of the “ice bucket challenge” because it fears that the money could end up in research using embryonic stem cells. “It’s a well-established moral principle that a good end is not enough. The means to that ends must be morally licit,” the Archdiocese said. The Archdiocese has said that instead, any money should be sent to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City.
The North Carolina voter suppression law requires ends a popular high school civics program that encouraged students to register to vote in advance of their 18th birthdays and specifically bars elections officials from accepting college IDs, even from state-run universities.
This just makes no sense to me. OMG, even the League of Women Voters knows it’s a pile of stinking crap. There is NO real voter fraud. Why doesn’t the judge take that into consideration when he’s weighing the legitmacy of the law?
Large burns in the decade through 2012 are five times more frequent than in the 1970s and early ‘80s. At the same time, the cost of battling those blazes has increased nearly fourfold since 1985; the federal government will most likely spend $2 billion this year acting as the nation’s rural fire department. The agencies saddled with this duty don’t have the money. And Republicans in Congress recently blocked consideration of emergency wildfire funds.
Yet Western homeowners represented by those very Republicans are clamoring: Put the fires out, now! So federal agencies will have to borrow from funds that had been set aside for fire prevention in order to smother the fires this time. The government is expected to rush to the scene after any big natural disaster — the impulse society at work. But there is no urgency to fix, or try to prevent, the overheated planet.
An ADL survey released in May found anti-Semitism in the United States at its lowest level in years, just 9 percent, and it has thankfully been dropping over time.
In contrast, the levels of anti-Semitism in Europe, as well as Islamaphobia for that matter, are considerably higher. In Western Europe, the ADL charted anti-Semitism at 24 percent and in Eastern Europe at 34 percent.
Just suppose, Judge Thompson wrote, that the justices were to recognize an individual right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. (As of course the court did, six years ago in the Second Amendment case, District of Columbia v. Heller.) Then suppose that sellers of firearms and ammunition were regulated by the state to such an extent that there were only two vendors left. “The defenders of this law would be called upon to do a heck of a lot of explaining,” Judge Thompson said, adding, “and rightly so in the face of an effect so severe.”
Guns and abortion? That’s a pairing no previous judicial opinion has made. “At its core, each protected right is held by the individual,” the judge explained. “However, neither right can be fully exercised without the assistance of someone else. The right to abortion cannot be exercised without a medical professional, and the right to keep and bear arms means little if there is no one from whom to acquire the handgun or ammunition.”
This week, there were two different mergers in the works that would have brought together giants of telecom and media. On Tuesday, both of those deals fell apart.
Sprint decided to abandon its $32 billion planto acquire T-Mobile, and Time Warner, parent company of HBO and CNN, successfully blocked what could have been an $89 billion offerfrom Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
President Barack Obama edged up to questioning the Federal Communications Commission’s newly proposed net neutrality rules, a heavily criticized plan that would favor Internet content providers that can afford to pay more for faster delivery of their services.
Obama campaigned heavily on net neutrality during his 2008 election, but has been largely silent on the issue since the FCC voted to kill it with new Internet service rules that would create “fast lanes” for content providers that can afford to pay for them; those that can’t will be hit with slower traffic.
In support of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s efforts to reinstate the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, more than 60 Texas lawmakers signed an amicus brief Monday arguing that recognition of gay marriage could lead to the legalization of incest, pedophilia and polygamy.
Legislation designed to prevent for-profit colleges from gaming the federal aid system and exploiting veterans died within 15 minutes of being introduced earlier this month.
U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, quashed the bill by ruling it nongermane to the topic of financial aid being discussed at his July 10 hearing.
Kline receives more campaign funds than any other member of Congress from the parent company of the University of Phoenix, a for-profit education giant.
California has cut the number of residents w/o heath insurance from 22% to 11%. Nationwide it’s a drop from 18% to 13.4%. Had all states taken advantage of the ACA’s exchange programs, the national drop would have been even greater.
By now the Second Circuit must be getting familiar with the price-fixing case: Apple has already lost two minor appeals related to the case, and late last month, two publishers filed an appeal with the Second Circuit arguing that Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 final order against Apple illegally amended their e-book price-fixing settlements from 2012, and made a timely return to a straight “no-discount” agency model all but impossible.