In The News @ 3:30 PM

White House Won’t Discuss “Jihadi John” Reports

The White House is not commenting on media reports about the identity of the so-called “Jihadi John.”  In a briefing today, Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest stepped around questions about international news reports which identify “Jihadi John” as former London resident Mohammed Emwazi.  Emwazi is reportedly the British ISIS executioner who appears in a number of beheading videos. 

Johnson: 200-Thousand Will Have To Work Without Pay

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh [[ jay ]] Johnson claims nearly 200-thousand DHS employees will be forced to work without pay if Congress does not resolve a funding dispute.  DHS funding is set to expire at week’s end.  In a news briefing at FEMA, Johnson warned that roughly 30-thousand DHS employees will have to be furloughed.  DHS funding is tied up in a congressional dispute over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. 

Metro Board Votes Not To Raise Fares

Metro fares will not increase and bus and rail service will not be substantially reduced.  That’s the word today from Board of Directors Chairman Mort Downey after a meeting on its budget.  Downey issued a statement that the Board will instead try to further reduce administrative costs and reprogram money from non-safety programs to produce a balanced budget when it is released in the spring.  Board members had been considering a ten-cent hike in fares and significant reductions to both bus and subway service.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC is giving the green light to new Internet neutrality rules.  The agency approved the regulations today in a three-to-two vote.  The new rules classify broadband Internet as a common carrier under Title Two, which allows it to be regulated like a utility.  They also require Internet service providers to treat all traffic on their networks the same and not slow some traffic to boost revenue.  Critics say the regulations go too far and interfere with the free market.  The regulations will likely be challenged in court.


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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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