Sinclair TV Anchor Suddenly Begins Reading News in Russian | The New Yorker


After racing through the local coverage, Foyler abruptly segued to footage of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, admiring the launch of his nation’s highly touted new Satan-2 missile.

Viewers flooded the station with complaints, with many expressing alarm that, in the words of one audience member, “something was up with Carol.”

Source: Sinclair TV Anchor Suddenly Begins Reading News in Russian | The New Yorker

India makes U-turn after proposing to punish ‘fake news’ publishers | CNN


The Indian government is shelving a rule to punish journalists for publishing “fake news” just 48 hours after its introduction.

The proposed order would have given the government the authority to strip individuals and media organizations of their accreditation — which is needed to go to government functions and makes access to government offices easier — if they received a complaint of reporting so-called fake news, a term that was not specifically defined.

Source: India makes U-turn after proposing to punish ‘fake news’ publishers – CNN

Russia’s new weapon against America threatens our markets | TheHill


Russia continues to test our cyberdefenses. Now it is moving methodically to capture so much global natural gas market power that it adds the world’s energy supply to its asymmetric arsenal. Russia can hurt our allies. It is time to wake up and realize Russian mischief in energy could make its misdeeds on our elections look like child’s play.

The slow motion threat from Russia is happening right under the noses of the world’s energy markets. Russia’s energy goliath Gazprom is expanding its market share in two key regions: Europe and Asia.

Gazprom’s drive to dominate the European natural gas market and establish a strong beachhead in the Asian markets is consistent with the Russian strategy of using its energy wealth for geopolitical gains. Vladimir Putin even wrote his university thesis on this topic.

Source: Russia’s new weapon against America threatens our markets | TheHill

Liberal cruises in Wisconsin court race, and Dems see hope


Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet’s runaway victory in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race cheered Democrats eager for more evidence that their party can expect success in midterm elections this fall.

And Dallet’s hammering of conservative judge Michael Screnock on Tuesday prodded Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who had endorsed Screnock, to warn his fellow Republicans that more losses could be coming.

Source: Liberal cruises in Wisconsin court race, and Dems see hope

States, cities sue U.S. to block 2020 census citizenship question


The lawsuit by 17 states, Washington D.C. and six cities challenged what they called last week’s “unconstitutional and arbitrary” decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau, to add the citizenship question.

It was also a fresh challenge to what New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, at a press conference announcing the lawsuit, called the administration’s “anti-immigrant animus.”

All of the states bringing the case have Democratic attorneys general.

Source: States, cities sue U.S. to block 2020 census citizenship question

Companies brace for trade war | TheHill


“If there is going to be a trade war and there’s going to be retaliation by China or anyone else against the U.S., the obvious target is going to be agriculture,” said Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, a trade group.

The current round of Chinese tariffs already hit agriculture by slapping import taxes on nuts, wine and fruits, but China left bigger U.S. exports, such as soybeans and sorghum, untouched.

Source: Companies brace for trade war | TheHill

Lawyer gets jail time in first sentence of Mueller probe | TheHill


Van der Zwaan, who was also ordered to pay $20,000 in fines, pleaded guilty in late February to making “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” to the special counsel’s office and FBI agents.

According to the indictment, van der Zwaan lied about his contacts with Trump campaign official Richard Gates and a Ukraine-based business associate of both Gates and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He then tried to cover his tracks by deleting emails that the special counsel’s office had requested.

Source: Lawyer gets jail time in first sentence of Mueller probe | TheHill

A year in, Trump’s pick makes waves at high court | TheHill


The Supreme Court’s newest justice is reveling in his role, diving into arguments with gusto and so far fulfilling the expectation that he would be a rock-ribbed conservative in the mold of his predecessor, the late Antonin Scalia.

In doing so, he’s shaken up the dynamics of the highest court in the land.

Gorsuch’s take-charge style was evident from the beginning.

During his first oral argument last year, Gorsuch asked more questions than any of his colleagues had on their first day — 22 of them, to be exact.

Source: A year in, Trump’s pick makes waves at high court | TheHill

Expanding map creates tough choices for GOP | TheHill


Republicans are bracing for tough midterm elections, with anxiety running high over whether anti-Trump sentiment could hurt the GOP at the polls.

The GOP election strategy has been further scrambled by Democrat Conor Lamb’s upset victory in a Pennsylvania special election last month, which suggested the GOP could even be vulnerable in areas of the country where Trump was strong in 2016.

Source: Expanding map creates tough choices for GOP | TheHill

A Big European Win For Agile: Spotify’s Wall Street Debut Succeeds


Spotify’s listing on the NY Stock Exchange sympolized a number of things. It symbolized the emergence of streaming as the new dominant format in music.

And just as important, it symbolizes a big win for a firm that has been a prominent implementer of Agile management from the outset.

The “Spotify model” of Agile was widely disseminated by several famous YouTube videos here and here.

Its approach of “squads”, “tribes” and “chapters” has been emulated by many companies around the world, both large and small.

It is Agile management that has been key in enabling Spotify to compete—and succeed—in the face of much better funded rivals like Apple and Amazon.

Source: A Big European Win For Agile: Spotify’s Wall Street Debut Succeeds