May 16, 2018

Senate approves resolution restoring net neutrality rules

Net neutrality protestors put pressure on Republicans to vote for the resolution rolling back the repeal. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution that rolls back the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules that required internet providers treat all content in the same way.

The big picture: The resolution doesn’t have much of a chance in the House — but Democrats are hoping that it puts the issue front and center with voters.

The details: The measure passed 52-47. Republicans Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), John Kennedy (La.), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) backed the resolution, with neither Kennedy nor Murkowski voicing support before Wednesday. The resolution restores rules that ban internet service providers from blocking or throttling content or providing paid fast lanes.

  • "This vote comes down to one thing and one thing only: the extent to which you trust your cable company," Kennedy told reporters after the vote.
  • He said the pressure put on him by activists who supported the measure had not been a factor in his decision.

What they’re saying: Sen. Brian Schatz pushed back on the idea that the restoration effort has limited chance in the House. “I would also point out that a lot of the Republican primaries are over, and some of these Republicans running in tough districts are going to be looking for opportunities to distinguish themselves as independent thinkers and this provides them that opportunity,” he said after a procedural vote earlier in the day.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina — especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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