Bad news: the Department of Justice and the FCC have both given their conditional blessing to the Charter/Time-Warner merger. The conditions -- Charter can't impose data caps, Time-Warner can't enforce certain video content bans -- are not only negligible next to the problems (job losses, higher prices, worse service) media consolidation always exacerbates, but I imagine they could be challenged in court. How can our government force a data cap ban on Charter and not Comcast, they'll say? Of course, Charter agreed to the ban, so it may take some time to find a judge who would agree that the data cap ban is unfair, but the world's a big place.
U.S. District Court Judge allows torture victims to proceed in a lawsuit against the psychologists who ran the CIA torture program. Much as I'd like to see these monsters (especially the one who called the Senate torture report "a bunch of hooey," now there's a plainspoken man!) smacked down hard, I'm a bit torn that they're very likely going to be the only big players in the CIA torture game who ever suffer even a tiny bit for their role in subjecting folks to inhuman treatment and in trashing our heritage as a people who are better than torturers.
China Labor Watch finds that Pegatron Corporation factory workers used by Apple to make iPhones make $1.82/hour. Naturally, workers there testify that they can't get time off, nor can they make ends meet without working a lot of overtime. Say it with me: this is a massive wealth-redistribution-upward plan that not only redistributes wealth from Chinese workers to Apple executives, but from American workers to Apple executives, since back in the days before "free" trade American workers would have been putting these phones together.
Sen. Ted Cruz announces Carly Fiorina as his choice for his Vice Presidential running mate. That's an unusual move, given that Mr. Cruz has not captured the Republican Presidential nomination, and is less likely to do so now, given his rather poor showing in Tuesday's primaries -- Ronald Reagan was doing rather better when he promised to take Richard Schweiker as his running mate in 1976 (though that may have cost him the nomination). I will say his statement-not-about-Donald-Trump in paragraph six is absolutely spot-on, and should resonate with a lot of people. (In other news, I guess he hates John Kasich as much as a lot of other politicians supposedly do!)
Finally, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels announces that the show will cut nearly a third of its ads next year -- but also plans to let advertisers "partner" with the show to offer "branded" content six times a year, which apparently means "weaving in brand messaging that more closely resembles the content viewers tuned in to watch." But doesn't that sound rather like something Saturday Night Live would have spoofed back in the day?