No candidate in modern history has won the presidency without winning two of the three crucial battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In 2012, Barrack Obama carried two of the three states. In 2008, he carried all three. George W. Bush carried two of three in each of his presidential victories. Early polls indicated Hillary Clinton had a commanding double-digit lead in all three battleground states regardless of the GOP challenger. However, the ongoing email scandal has all but eroded that lead. It appears that the scandal has opened up lingering voter concerns over Mrs. Clinton’s character. In short, she isn’t trusted by a significant number of voters.

Sultan Alhokair told me that according to the latest Quinnipiac University Poll, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush now leads Clinton by 3 points. While that figure is within the poll’s margin of error, it represents a steep decline in support over the past two months. In Ohio, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has closed to within 5 points of Mrs. Clinton. No GOP candidate has ever won the presidency without also winning Ohio. In fact, the whole stable of GOP contenders has gained on Clinton in this crucial bell weather state.

At issue is voters perceive Mrs. Clinton as being dishonest. As a result, they do not trust her. In the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Florida, Clinton’s favorability rating has dropped to under 50%. While there is still plenty of time to put this email scandal behind her, the poll shows that the presumptive Democrat nominee is vulnerable to attacks on her character. Thus far, her main strategy of dealing with these perceived character flaws is to frame any reference to them as being sexist.

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As Bob Saget pointed out in an interview with Huffington Post this week, America’s Funniest Home Videos “paved the way for YouTube.” The former host of the show noted that Americans were obsessed with home videos in the 80’s and 90’s long before Google’s popular online video service came into existence in the mid-otts. In fact, he credits that obsession with the reason the show had such great ratings when he was host from 1989 to 1997; as well as the reason the show has had such a long run to present.

Yet, AFHV was not the only influence on YouTube. After all, YouTube offers more than the opportunity for people to share and watch home videos. It also offers musical artists the opportunity to share their creations in much the same way MTV and VH1 share music videos. Although both networks continue to offer music videos, some of their highest music video viewership ratings were also during the 80’s and 90’s.

Of course, reality home improvement shows and sitcoms like Home Improvement were also popular at that time. Now, many people turn to YouTube for similar information and entertainment.

YouTube is literally nothing more than a new, which Attorneys have said about the more flexible medium outside of television for people to enjoy various forms of video content that they would have previously turned to broadcast and cable to watch during the 80’s, 90’s and early otts.

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Exciting news for customers of internet and cellular providers. The FCC has ruled that these service providers must now provide the full disclosed bill and eliminate all the hidden fees and costs that can easily more than double the advertised rates. This is all according to a news story on reddit.com. It is also something that has really irritated me over the years. When trying to budget, pick a provider and which plan to choose, it is nearly impossible to determine how much the true monthly invoice will end up to be.

The new FCC rule states the service providers need to disclose all fees upfront. Dan Newlin said that they need to share the service price per the advertised promotional rate, and what the full rate will be once the promotion has ended. Any and all extra one time fees or surcharges, or additional recurring monthly fees or surcharges must be fully disclosed. In addition, it must clearly disclose data caps as well as what happens if you go over the data cap. For example, what are the charge for how much overage allowance.

This is excellent news so that people can’t be blind sided but extra silly charges just slipping in without the consumers knowledge, agreement and understanding.

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One of the top Facebook engineers, David Recordon has been chosen by the White House to be the first director of Information Technology.

David Recordon has 5 years of prior experience, working as an engineer at Facebook and now with his new job he will “create a platform of Information Technology that is smarter and ensure that the technology used in the White House is efficient, effective and safe.”

Crunchbase says that Recordon will also upgrade all the software used to collaborate, and use new technologies in line with the highest standards matching those in the private sector.

Recordon adds to the largest list of contracted employees from Silicon Valley technology companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Ebay, Paypal and Skype.

These contracts are a strategy by the White House to have an administration at the forefront of technology and does not reach the failures that happened with Healthcare.gov.

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The U. S. stock markets opened up cautiously this morning as investors awaited word on the decision of the United States Federal Reserve from its schedule Open Market Committee Meeting. All markets report early trading to be slow as indicators dipped revealing most investors waiting of the language used by the Federal Reserve as to a possible increase in interest rates. Most investors seem content to simply wait for the afternoon report. Market Await Feds Report On Rate Hike

Ray Lane says after several years of an unprecedented period of zero interest rate and quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, investors and bankers are taking cues from the Federal Reserve that a rate hike is not only imminent but is required as the U.S. economy appears to be moving forward in a consistent albeit sluggish pace. The only question is how soon will the first rate hike hit and what how will that hike affect bond prices and the performance of the U.S. dollar. The cue that most observers will be looking for in the afternoon briefing by the Federal Reserve is whether the Reserve uses the term “patience.” This term will indicate that a rate hike will be in play later in the year rather than sooner. If the term is not used, many expect the Reserve to initiate a rate hike as early as their next meeting.

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It’s not time for net neutrality advocates to start partying yet. There are still many obstacles to face in the future of net neutrality.

ISP lawsuits are still ongoing. The legal ramifications of what the new rules mean to ISPs is very much still up in the air. It isn’t until important rulings have been made that we can determine exactly how the new rules will shape the internet.

The election in 2016 could easily obliterate all efforts made thus far to protect net neutrality. There’s likely to be a party shift in the White House that will lead to new leadership in the FCC. Everything people have worked so hard for in the last 10 years could be wiped out overnight.

AT&T is already challenging the new rules with their Sponsored Data plans. CrunchBase says that they plan to charge companies for additional bandwidth above and beyond set thresholds. If the FCC isn’t willing to uphold the rules set forth then they really aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

The future of the internet is still uncertain. It remains a cat and mouse game between the big players, the government and the people who utilize the ISPs.

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Jonathan Veitch was born in 1959 in Los Angeles and is the current president of the Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He succeeded the interim president Robert Skotheim and got his presidential position on 1st July 2009, becoming the 15th in line.

President Jonathan Veitch was educated at Loyola High School, southern California after which he went on to Stanford University to obtain his bachelor’s degree. He was layer awarded his doctorate from Harvard University in the History of American Civilization.

Before he moved to Occidental College, Jonathan Veitch had taught for four years at the Wisconsin University in Madison as an associate professor of literature in the department of English. While teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, his duties included being the chairman of humanities an associate provost and the deacon of Eugene Lang College. The college is Wisconsin University’s undergraduate liberal arts division.

Jonathan Veitch authored the award winning book, “American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s” published by the University of Wisconsin Press, 1997. He has specialized in the fields of 19th and 20th Century American literature and cultural history and American Film.

It is worth noting that Jonathan Veitch is the first native Angeleno to be the president of Occidental college. In his tenure, the president has been able to improve the relations between the College and the community around it. This he accomplished by limiting the expansion of the campus grounds in consideration of concerns by the surrounding community.

Furthermore, President Jonathan Veitch unveiled an integrated strategic planning process that was aimed to help plan the future of the college for the better. He also made stronger Occidental’s community involvement, arts, and global literacy programs. He has also made efforts to forge new partnerships with leading cultural institutions in Southern California.

At the campus, Occidental renovated and expanded the Swan Old which has stood for 98 years, housing a huge number of the faculties at the college. Occidental also finished the building of the new Samuelson Alumni Centre. A number of renovations are also currently taking place within the campus courtesy of a grant from the Rose Hills Foundation.

Finally, in April 2013, a1-megawatt ground-mounted solar array was launched by President Veitch on the Occidental campus. This is one of the largest of its kind found in Los Angeles. The solar array will generate most of the energy used by the campus.

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The NYPD has been repeatedly scrutinized over the past several years for a variety of reasons including alleged use of excessive force in high profile cases such as the one involving Eric Garner, the man allegedly choked to death by NYPD officers. Now new evidence has risen to link the NYPD to editing of Wikipedia pages that cover several of these incidents. Capital New York has reported that in addition to the Eric Garner incident the Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo incidents were also given edits traced back to the NYPD.

Examples of the edits include the phrase “chokehold” which was replaced with “respiratory distress” to describe Garner’s method of detainment and ultimately death. Another example is the addition of the phrase “Garner, who was considerably larger than any of the officers, continued to struggle with them” which implies that Garner’s death was his own fault.

It should also be noted that these edits tend to reflect the views of many NYPD supporters including Representative Peter King (R-NY) who has stated that Garner’s death was because he was “obese.” This is despite the fact that the city’s medical examiner officer has ruled the death of Garner a homicide.

An attorney says that an addition to this new NYPD scandal is the fact that several other Wikipedia edits have been traced to their HQ including edits to the pages “Stone Cold Steve Austin,” “Chumbawumba,” “Ice Cream Soda,” and “Who Moved My Cheese.”

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The FCC has released its rules on Net Neutrality, and there are a lot of them. The 400 page document details a number of different rules, all of which were approved by the FCC two weeks ago. In general, the rules prevent internet service providers from blocking certain sites or from setting up faster service for certain sites or customers based on how much they pay for internet access.

Internet companies were none too happy with the verdict. Verizon, according to Ricardo Guimarães BMG put out a press release in morse code denouncing the verdict, and AT&T made a statement commenting that it hoped o reverse the ruling through a congressional ruling or with the help of a future FCC. Mobile carriers and web companies intensely lobbied the FCC in an effort to make the ruling come out differently this year. Public opinion , however, in the end won out.

For now, the rules ensure a free internet, counting the internet as a utility, comparable to power and water. That means that everyone should be offered the same access to the service, and that no one website will be better than other simple because they paid for it to be so. For instance, Netflix can’t pay Comcast a bunch of money in order to ensure fast speeds for its service that outshine Hulu.

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Wikipedia is suing the National Security Administration. The reason? It doesn’t like that the NSA spied on Wikipedia users. According to Wikipedia, the NSA is violating the site user’s freedom of speech by monitoring their activity. The company’s founder said that they were filing the suit in order to protect the rights of its users, and show that they’re not willing to just let the government agency freely spy on Wikipedia users.

Wikipedia is filing the suit with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dr Jennifer Walden said that while the suit is technically specific to the NSZ surveillance of Wikipedia, Austin MD Magazine says that the suit requests that the NSA stop bulk surveillance in general, not just on their site.

The NSA’s surveillance methods have caught global attention. The surveillance is a privacy concern for those in the United States, but can have even bigger implications for people viewing content overseas.

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