July 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has ruled out, at least for now, cutting off $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt despite a federal law that requires halting such assistance to countries that have overthrown elected governments with military coups. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, told reporters Monday that a quick aid cutoff to Cairo would be “not in the best interests of the United States.” He said the administration would “take the time necessary” to study the law and watch developments in Egypt.
June 10, 2013 |
Apple this morning announced the latest versions of mobile and computer operating systems, and at least one user was happy with what he saw: Sen. John McCain. The Republican from Arizona was a part of the hearing last month that questioned Apple CEO Tim Cook about the company's tax practices. At one point in the hearing, McCain veered away from the topic and asked Cook about another matter. "What I really wanted to ask is why the hell I have to keep updating the apps on my iPhone," McCain asked, which can be seen on YouTube . "Sir, we're trying to make them better all the time," Cook responded with a laugh.
June 3, 2013 |
I don't think I would much enjoy watching TV with John McCain. He strikes me as the kind of guy who'd have an itchy channel-changing trigger finger, and who would get mad when what he really wanted to watch was behind another paywall on the cable TV he'd already paid for, and there were myriad channels of dreck that he didn't want to see at all. The Arizona Republican senator is the new champion for unbundling and offering a la carte cable TV....
May 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Ireland's ambassador to the U.S. declared Friday that his nation was not a tax haven for Apple Inc., formally disputing a congressional report that said company executives had negotiated a special low rate to shelter much of the firm's foreign earnings. "The tax rates attributed to Ireland are wrong and misleading," the ambassador, Michael Collins, wrote to Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) of the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in a letter released Friday.
May 29, 2013 |
Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman mocked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for being the sole sponsor of a new bill to overhaul the way pay-TV distributors and programmers package and sell programming. At Nomura's Global Media & Telecom Summit in New York, Dauman downplayed the threat, saying McCain has been pushing for similar legislation for years and has made little progress. “McCain got a lot of publicity for his solo-sponsored bill, which he's been doing for, I don't know, 15 years now with no co-sponsors, going nowhere,” he said.
May 27, 2013 |
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) paid a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and spoke with rebel leaders allied with the Free Syrian Army about the ongoing conflict with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. McCain's office confirmed his visit but declined to offer further comment or confirm details of the talks with rebel leaders in southern Turkey and northern Syria. In contrast to the Obama administration's restrained approach to an intervention, McCain has been a strong advocate for U.S. action in Syria, proposing airstrikes and "large-scale" training and arming of rebels in his Senate remarks this month . The senator's visit came the same day that European Union officials reportedly decided to lift an embargo on providing arms to the Syrian opposition.
May 27, 2013 |
LONDON - Diplomatic pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad escalated Monday, as a divided European Union agreed to relax a ban on weapons shipments to anti-Assad forces and U.S. Sen. John McCain met with insurgent commanders during a surprise visit to the country. Meanwhile, top U.S. and Russian diplomats met in Paris in a bid to solidify plans for a peace conference that both nations view as the only hope for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis, which has already left tens of thousands of people dead and threatens to spark a regional conflagration.
May 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS office under fire for improperly targeting conservative groups, was replaced by the agency's acting commissioner on Thursday, a day after she insisted she had done nothing wrong and refused to answer questions before a congressional committee. Lerner, who has been with the IRS for 12 years, was head of the IRS office of exempt organizations, the unit that is tasked with policing charities and other nonprofits that get tax-exempt status. She has been placed on administrative leave, according to a congressional source who asked not to be identified.
May 22, 2013 |
Apple, America's richest, most innovative consumer technology company, is also the most creative in hiding billions of dollars in profits from the taxman, according to congressional investigators. But on Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that his company's creative tax sheltering, far from being illegal, is made possible by the loophole-ridden tax laws of the United States. Cook told the senators that Apple paid a $6-billion tax bill to the federal government last year.
May 22, 2013 |
America's 100 million cable and satellite subscribers are forced to pay ever-higher bills for a growing number of channels they do not watch. The American people are being ripped off. Meanwhile, services such as iTunes and Netflix have led a revolution in how consumers purchase and experience music and video entertainment. They have upended entire industries to allow consumers to buy digital content where they want, when they want. Amid all this change, two entrenched interests - the cable television and video programming industries - have teamed up to use federal regulations to stack the deck against consumers.