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AT&T’s Randall Stephenson Calls On Congress To Enact Net Neutrality And Privacy Legislation

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson joked Monday that Washington may not agree “on the freezing temperature of water,” but he called on a divided Congress to come together pass net neutrality and privacy legislation. The executive called for legislative clarity around the issue of broadband Internet access, saying certain basic principles should be codified into law. “I get fatigued every time the President changes, the head of the FCC changes, and regulations swing from left to… Read

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Amazon Picking Long Island City & Northern Virginia For Split HQ2: Reports

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Long Island City in New York’s Queens borough and the Crystal City neighborhood in Arlington, VA, look to be Amazon’s choices to house its second world headquarters, ending the race for the Internet giant’s so-called HQ2 that started with 238 potential candidates and took a year to suss out. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news Monday night, said an official announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder… Read

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Criticizes White House For Pulling Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

Randall Stephenson

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson criticized the White House for failing to follow the proper procedure when it revoked CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass. Prompted for a reaction to the administration’s decision last week to pull Acosta’s credentials following a combative exchange with President Donald Trump, Stephenson mounted a defense of Acosta. “If the White House wants to pull someone’s press credentials, there is a process,” Stephenson said in an… Read

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Donald Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration: “I Am With You All The Way”

Californians north and south have endured several days of historic wildfires, and now federal help is on the way. President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for the Golden State, making U.S. government funding available to fire victims in Los Angeles, Ventura and Butte counties. The White House Press Office issued a news release tonight (read it in full below), and POTUS took to Twitter to say the feds are ready to help “alleviate some of the incredible… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Savages Donald Trump’s Reaction To Deadly California Wildfires

Jimmy Kimmel

“We probably shouldn't expect much help from the White House,” Jimmy Kimmel told his Hollywood studio audience. “As the fires raged, the President weighed in with this touching message of support. He wrote:  There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed… Read

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Woolsey Fire, Now 93,000+ Acres, Is 30% Contained Despite Strong Santa Ana Winds – Update

UPDATED: MONDAY, 7:40 PM: California officials said Monday night that the Woolsey Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties has reached 93,662 acres and is now 30% contained, estimating the deadly fire could be fully contained by Thursday. New data by Cal Fire estimated that 435 structures have been destroyed in the blaze, which began last Thursday. That damage assessment is only 15% complete, meaning that total likely will grow. Some mandatory evacuation orders… Read

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Trevor Noah Marks End Of Donald Trump’s Bromance With Emmanuel Macron After Botched Paris Weekend

Last week was not good for President Donald Trump, Trevor Noah informed The Daily Show viewers. It started Wednesday “when Trump replaced his House Elf, Jeff Sessions, with with Republican Vin Diesel,” aka Matt Whitaker, Noah explained Monday. Reaction was so negative, Trump began insisting he did not know Whitaker, despite having told Fox News he knows him, calling him a great guy. “Sometimes Trump lies so hard he gives my brain whiplash,” Noah confided. Trump also got… Read

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Donald Trump’s Weekend In Paris

President Donald Trump was in Paris over the weekend for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Late Show host Stephen Colbert feasted on the debacle. Trump was scheduled to pay his respects at a U.S. military cemetery. “These soldiers fought tirelessly through brutal conditions, so of course Trump canceled his trip to the cemetery due to rain,” Colbert snarked. Trump did attend other ceremonies over the weekend, “but the other leaders said mean things,” Colbert… Read

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Michelle Yeoh Says ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Gave Much-Needed Opportunity For Asian Actors To Be Seen – The Contenders London Video

Crazy Rich Asians

Michelle Yeoh has played numerous roles of over the years, and in Jon M. Chu’s box office smash Crazy Rich Asians, she plays the role of matriarch Eleanor Young, a mother who may look stern and cold, but as we find out in the end, she’s just looking out for what’s best for her son. During Deadline’s recent The Contenders London awards-season event, Yeoh talked with Deadline’s Joe Utichi about being a “minority” in Hollywood and how Crazy Rich Asians gives a much-needed… Read

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Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey, Reportedly Ousted For Political Beliefs, Knocks Silicon Valley’s Liberal Culture

Palmer Luckey

A day after the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook executive Palmer Luckey may have been ousted by the social media giant for his political activities, Luckey appeared on the Journal‘s Tech D. Live stage to talk about the travails of being conservative in Silicon Valley. Luckey, dressed casually in a Hawaiian shirt, would not directly respond to a question about his support for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential candidacy. He said conservatives are more numerous in… Read

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ABC Developing Fashion Drama From ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Writer Pete Chiarelli & Zac Posen

ABC has put in development a fashion drama from Crazy Rich Asians writer Peter Chiarelli, designer Zac Posen (Project Runway), ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville Television. Written by Chiarelli, the drama is set in the world of fashion. Chiarelli and Posen executive produce with Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Laurie Zaks and Todd Lieberman. ABC Studios and Mandeville co-produce. Chiarelli most recently co-wrote the screenplay for New Line’s Crazy Rich Asians, which… Read

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Marvel Chief Kevin Feige: Stan Lee’s Spirit “Made Marvel What It Is”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige grew up as a devoted Marvel Comics reader, so it was a huge thrill when he finally got to meet Stan Lee, the iconic comic book creator who filled the skies of the Marvel Universe with creations like Spider-Man, the Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, Magneto, Loki, Ant-Man, the Wasp, Doctor Strange and the Silver Surfer. That first meeting with Lee came when Feige was an associate producer on X-Men, the… Read