1. Kyle Olson: Homeschooling Rate Nearly Doubles in Virginia
2. James Hirsen: Alibaba Poised to Buy Control of Hollywood Studio
3. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: If Dennis Rodman Can Befriend Kim Jong-Un, Does That Mean it's Possible for the U.S., too?
4. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: Net Neutrality - Obamacare for the Internet?
5. Joe Messina: Our Stubborn Teenager
6. John LeBoutillier: What Really Happened on Election Day - and What Does it Mean?
Homeschooling Rate Nearly Doubles in Virginia
By Kyle Olson
Kyle Olson is the Publisher and CEO of eagnews.org - a national, non-partisan organization devoted to school spending reform and ensuring that accountability and parental choice exist in public education. Here are some of his top stories this week:
Alibaba Poised to Buy Control of Hollywood Studio
By James Hirsen
Jack Ma recently delivered a keynote address at the Wall Street Journal's digital tech event, "WSJD Live." The richest man in China described the company he founded, Alibaba, as "the biggest entertainment company in the world." The Chinese magnate told the crowd, "I want to come here looking for partners." He emphasized a reality that most Hollywood executives and creative types already know, that China is destined to become the largest movie market in the world. "Movies are the best way to change young people's behavior and thinking," Ma said, touching on an issue with which young people in his country are having to deal concerning the rapid economic growth that China is undergoing. [more...]
If Dennis Rodman Can Befriend Kim Jong-Un, Does That Mean it's Possible for the U.S., too?
Dennis Rodman, former NBA superstar who lost his sports hero status when he was kicked out of the professional association for drug use a long time ago is still a star in North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un's eyes, as well as a hero in his own. Rodman wants some credit for the release of an American who was being held captive in North Korea. Rodman says he helped secure Kenneth Bae's release thanks to a sincere letter he wrote to the North Korean leader. Kenneth Bae, American captive, had been held for two years on charges of trying to overthrow the government. The other prisoner, Matthew Miller, was more recently convicted of spying on the North Korean government with intent to gain access to and expose the inside story of an infamous North Korean prison, rumored to be incredibly inhumane. Both men were officially released this past Saturday shortly following the Director of U.S. Intelligence's secret trip to North Korea to make the release of the two men happen. The decision to let the two Americans go is the latest evidence that suggests the young leader may have used their release as a tool to test out his first interactions with the Obama administration since taking power. [more...]
Net Neutrality - Obamacare for the Internet?
Net Neutrality made news headlines as the President calls for regulations on the Internet to keep "a free and open Internet." BUT... will these new regulations actually keep the Internet free and open? Or, will they do just the opposite? Will they discourage innovation? Will they discourage new technology investment? And, will they discourage new job creation? Net neutrality, by definition, is a benign-sounding term for the regulation of the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission. It's an effort to micro-manage those companies that provide Internet services to Americans. Rather than treat the Internet as an "information service" under Title I of the Communications Act, implementing Net Neutrality under the President's recommendation would treat broadband services as a Title II "utility" such as a phone service - thereby, preventing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from managing their infrastructure carefully to maximize customer services and economic value. [more...]
Our Stubborn Teenager
By Joe Messina
Don't you feel like you're dealing with a stubborn teenager every time you hear President Obama speak? Even his own party has started to look on him with disdain and disgust. He did nothing (thank God!) to help his party win or keep seats, except raise money. We learned several things in this last election: mainly, you really can't buy votes, and negative ads are no longer effective. [more...]
What Really Happened on Election Day - and What Does it Mean?