FCC chair Pai receives NRA gun award for courage | TheHill

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai received the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

The NRA-sponsored award was given to Pai in recognition of months of heavy criticism over his successful push to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules. Pai led the push to repeal the rules, which were overwhelmingly supported by the public, in December.

“Ajit Pai is the most courageous, heroic person that I know,” said Dan Schneider, the executive director of the American Conservative Union, while introducing the FCC chairman.

Source: FCC chair Pai receives NRA gun award for courage | TheHill

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Net Neutrality Rules: FCC Publishes The Repeal Order, Lawsuits Begin : The Two-Way : NPR

The Federal Communications Commission is working toward officially taking current net neutrality rules off the books. The agency took the requisite formal step of publishing the rules on Thursday, opening the door for lawsuits from a number of state attorneys general and advocacy groups.

Senate Democrats have also been pushing for a special congressional vote to block regulations from going into effect, but have so far been one vote short of overcoming the Republican majority. A similar vote would also face a very high hurdle in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Net neutrality

It’s a principle that Internet providers should be neutral gateways that provide equal access to all legal web content.

Read all of NPR’s coverage of the topic here.

The pushback follows the December vote by the Republican-led FCC to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, which limit the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps. The repeal can’t take effect until the Office of Management and Budget completes a review of the change.

Source: Net Neutrality Rules: FCC Publishes The Repeal Order, Lawsuits Begin : The Two-Way : NPR

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Amazon.com: How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey eBook: David Gregory: Kindle Store

From the former Meet the Press anchor David Gregory.

In this “thoughtful, introspective, and moving account” (The Washington Post), former NBC news anchor David Gregory probes various religious traditions to better understand his own faith and answer important questions about who we want to be and what we believe.

When David Gregory was a reporter covering the White House, President George W. Bush asked him a question: “Gregory, how’s your faith?” Raised by a Catholic mother and a Jewish dad, David had a strong sense of Jewish cultural and ethnic identity, but no real belief—until his marriage to a Protestant woman of strong faith inspired him to explore his spirituality for himself and his growing family.

His spiritual journey has taken him inside Christian mega-churches and into the world of Orthodox Judaism. He’s gone deep into Bible study and asked big questions of America’s most thoughtful religious leaders, including evangelical preacher Joel Osteen; Mohamed Magid, the imam of a big northern Virginia mosque; and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York. He has even reconsidered his own childhood, where a belief in God might have helped him through his mother’s struggle with alcoholism.

How’s Your Faith? is “an unusual, probing book, part memoir, part cri de coeur, part exploration” (The Boston Globe). David explores spirituality with the curiosity and dedication you would expect from a seasoned journalist, coupled with the “genuine and deeply felt” (The Wall Street Journal) yearning of a true seeker of faith.

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More Communists Have Charges Dropped In Durham Statue Case | LL1885

From Andrea Dillion’s political blog LL1885.

Three more Communists have had the charges either dropped or dismissed in the case of the destruction of a Durham Confederate statue.

Members of the Communist World Workers Party all seem to be getting a pass so far after their group orchestrated the destruction of the Durham statue.

Click the link below to read more.

Source: More Communists Have Charges Dropped In Durham Statue Case | LL1885

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Trump calls for strengthening background checks in wake of Fla. shooting | TheHill

Trump calls for strengthening background checks in wake of Fla. shooting
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President Trump on Tuesday appeared to suggest lawmakers should turn their focus to strengthening background checks for gun purchases in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last week.

“Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!” Trump tweeted.

Trump also posted a tweet slamming CNN and MSNBC for purportedly covering a rally protesting Trump that was organized by Russians posing as Americans.

Trump’s remarks come after he announced Tuesday that he had directed the Department of Justice to propose regulations that would ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic guns to be modified to shoot hundreds of rounds per minute.

“We can do more to protect our children. We must do more to protect our children,” Trump said during the announcement.

Source: Trump calls for strengthening background checks in wake of Fla. shooting | TheHill

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Students find changing lawmakers’ minds on guns isn’t easy – Washington Times

– Associated Press – Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – South Florida students lobbying lawmakers for a ban on assault rifles after a school shooting that left 17 dead found Tuesday that it isn’t easy changing the minds of Republicans who have for decades fought to expand gun rights, rather than restrict them.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and other Broward County schools spent the day meeting with legislators and other leaders in the state Capitol less than a week after a former student was accused of carrying out the deadly attack in Parkland.

But the House refused to hear a bill that would ban assault rifles and they found Republicans largely steering the conversation to other issues, like hardening school security and better screening for people with mental health issues.

“A lot of people are refusing to answer questions. I got a lot of ‘I’ll get back to you’” said Rachel Catania, a 15-year-old sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. “They’re typical politicians, so they’ve all been kind of same, where they try to avoid the question, and we want an answer.”

Students were visibly upset when the House refused to consider a bill to ban assault rifles.

Source: Students find changing lawmakers’ minds on guns isn’t easy – Washington Times

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US Supreme Court denies NC’s riverbed rights claim on dams – Washington Times

– Associated Press – Tuesday, February 20, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court is ending North Carolina’s fight for a say in the operations and ownership of four hydroelectric dams under the theory the state has owned the riverbed since statehood and the country’s independence.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied North Carolina’s effort to reverse lower federal courts in a five-year legal fight over water rights and electricity revenues the dams generated.

North Carolina argued the public benefits promised when Alcoa Corp. built the four Yadkin River dams to power an aluminum smelter ended when the company closed the plant in 2007. Alcoa sold the dams to Cube Hydro.

The state last November separately challenged federal regulators’ decision to issue a new license allowing the central North Carolina dams to generate electricity for commercial sale until 2055.

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Source: US Supreme Court denies NC’s riverbed rights claim on dams – Washington Times

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