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Grammy millionaires unite to lobby Washington for better pay

A cabal of musicians have joined forces to form a pressure group designed to lobby for fair pay for artists. The group, called the Creators Alliance, was introduced by the current head of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Neil Portnow, at tonight’s Grammy awards. Appearing on stage in front of assorted millionaires, Portnow took aim at streaming services such as Spotify, calling for attendees and viewers to “remember that music matters in our lives, and that new technology must pay artists fairly.”

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Washington DC is making a taxi app to take on Uber

It’s no secret that some local governments, especially those with robust taxi systems, have been less than welcoming to Uber. The solution, usually, has been to ban the start-up from city borders. But Washington D.C.’s taxi commission might be taking a different strategy: try to compete.

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Amazon is giving Kindle Fire owners 6 free months of The Washington Post

When Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he was purchasing The Washington Post last year, one of the big questions was whether he’d put the marketing weight of Amazon behind the paper. Today the answer comes in the form of a free six-month subscription to The Post for anyone who’s bought a Kindle Fire tablet in the last few years, access the paper eventually plans to charge for. What’s more, Amazon is pushing the app out to existing Kindle owners inside a software update, though the company says people will be able to delete it if they don’t want it.

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How much pot is Washington smoking, anyway? Sewage tests will find out

In Spokane, Washington, one of the authors of the state’s successful marijuana decriminalization bill has proposed a novel way to track drug use: by monitoring sewage.

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Watch ‘South Park’ savage Kickstarter and the Washington Redskins

South Park has been running for 18 long seasons, but it still has an incisive wit unmatched by most shows, and real power to change our viewpoints: if you didn’t think the Washington Redskins’ name and imagery was offensive before, it’s hard to argue after watching its newest episode. The episode, titled “Go Fund Yourself,” is an incredibly effective piece of satire that attacks Kickstarter, startup companies, and the NFL, but saves its most potent ammunition for the Redskins’ owner, Dan Snyder. Viewers in the United States can watch it now at South Park Studios.

The show is a sustained blast aimed at the offensively-named football team after six of its trademarks were cancelled by the US patent office. It characterizes Snyder as…

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‘South Park’ goes on the offensive against the Washington Redskins

When the US patent office cancelled the Washington Redskins trademark earlier this year in a bid to force the team to change its offensive name and logo, it made it much easier for other people to use the organization’s branding to advertise their own products or services. The latest person to do just that is a fat little animated ten-year-old named Eric Cartman.

South Park has sent the infamous Cartman out to satirize team owner Dan Snyder’s repeated arguments that the “Redskins” moniker is not offensive. In a short clip posted ahead of the ahead of the start of the show’s eighteenth season on Wednesday, Snyder comes to Cartman’s office to argue that by calling a new company “The Washington Redskins,” he’s being derogatory to the…

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Why Washington state’s legal bud is still stuck in the weeds

Sales of recreational marijuana finally began this month in the state of Washington, but things are off to a slow start. Only 25 retail licenses have been issued so far, and supply is already running low. Just three days after opening for business, Seattle’s only weed retailer, Cannabis City, announced that its entire inventory had sold out.

Washington and Colorado became the first states in the US to legalize recreational marijuana under voter referendums held in November 2012, but they charted very different courses over the following months. Whereas Colorado’s retail market opened relatively smoothly at the beginning of this year, netting millions in sales and creating thousands of jobs, regulators in Washington have been more…

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Inside Google’s efforts to become one of the largest corporate forces in Washington

Google is taking Washington politics seriously. Like many other massive corporations, the company is working hard to gain and wield influence among lawmakers. After largely avoiding politics in its earlier years, the search giant has become one of the top five lobbying powers over the past two years. In 2012, it ranked above all others, save General Electric. It’s only natural that a company as large as Google would be involved in politics, but the scale of its efforts in Washington — and the speed at which it’s become a major player — is striking. The Washington Post has taken a fascinating deep dive into Google’s efforts in politics, which extend beyond lobbying and campaign contributions to more innovative forms of steering the…

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Google leads pack as ten tech firms spend more than $61 million lobbying Washington

Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $ 61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog earlier this week. The firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government’s hand on issues such as privacy, data security, and advertising.

The $ 61 million used for lobbying between the ten companies is an increase of 16 percent since 2012, in which they spent a collective $ 52.78 million. 2013’s biggest spender remained Google, but the $ 14.06 million the search giant put towards Washington was actually a decrease in outlay of 14.7 percent from the previous year, when it was the target of an antitrust…

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Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd: A look behind the complex scenes in the pioneering photographer’s major museum exhibition in Washington, DC

Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd


Over the last ten years, photographer Alex Prager has staged fantastical dream-like scenes behind every image she captures. On 23 November 2013, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC launched ,…

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