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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.23.14

A Georgia law allows guns nearly everywhere; the GOP ratchets up it’s attacks on Harry Reid over his attacks on the Koch brothers; and the man suspected of murdering three people in Alexandria will be extradited to Virginia.


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Supreme Court Justices Express Concern Over Scope of Aereo Ruling (TVNewser)
While hearing oral arguments from attorneys representing the broadcast networks and Aereo Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court justices “appeared unsure” how to rule in the case. Reuters Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, could be forced to shut down if the court rules for the companies challenging the startup. A win for Aereo could spur innovation in the television industry by paving the way to new, cheaper ways for consumers to watch shows. A decision is due by the end of June. BloombergHearing arguments Tuesday in Washington, some justices suggested they viewed Aereo as violating broadcaster copyrights by using thousands of dime-sized antennas to get over-the-air signals without paying fees. “There’s no technological reason for you to have 10,000 dime-sized antennas other than to get around the copyright laws?” Chief Justice John Roberts asked. At the same time, the hour-long hearing didn’t clearly indicate the likely outcome, as justices including Stephen Breyer repeatedly asked whether a ruling favoring the broadcasters would imperil the cloud computing business. Variety Some of the justices on Tuesday suggested that they faced a challenge in defining just what Aereo is, and drawing a line on where privately used consumer technology ends and a publicly performing service begins. The Washington Post Aereo argued that its thousands of antennas are essentially rented to subscribers of its $8-a-month service for users to pull programs from the public airwaves legally and then store in Internet server files to watch at their convenience. In that way, it is just a mediator, the company argued, with consumers in control of how they use the company’s antennas and storage files for pulling and recording programs from the airwaves. Most of the arguments, which lasted more than an hour, were focused on the justice’s queries about the definition of public and private performances in copyright law and how Aereo differs from cable, satellite and other Internet video firms that pay broadcasters retransmission and other license fees.

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Morning Splash

What’s Happening
— Breakfast with General Mark Welsh Chief of Staff, US Air Force at the National Press Club, 9 a.m.
— Paul Dickson: “Authorisms: Word Wrought by Writers” at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.
– “Behind the Headlines: NSA Surveillance and Ongoing Revelations” at The Washington Post, 6:30 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact
The Titanic had its own newspaper, the Atlantic Daily Bulletin, that was printed daily onboard the ship. It included news articles, stock prices, horse-racing results and gossip.

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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.22.14

The Supreme Court allows states to do away with affirmative action; those damn ospreys by the Bay Bridge are back…again; and American University’s President responds to allegations of very, very bad behavior by some of its students.

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow(Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers.Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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What’s Happening
— Today is Earth Day
— Media and Civil Society in Syria’s Evolving Conflict at the New America Foundation, 12:30 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact
Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime.

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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.21.14

The Director of National Intelligence James Clapper bars spies from talking to the press; an American wins the Boston Marathon; and Chris Brown’s bodyguard is found guilty of assault.

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Lara Spencer Named Co-Host of Good Morning America(TVNewser)
Lara Spencer has been promoted to co-host of Good Morning America, joining George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, ABC News president James Goldston announced Friday. FishbowlDC Goldston sent a memo to staff with the announcement, highlighting Spencer’s “style, humor, sunny confidence, wonderful journalism and storytelling” and the two-year anniversary of GMA breaking “Today’s 852-week winning streak.” MediaiteSpencer rejoined ABC News three years ago as the lifestyle anchor on GMA after an extended stint in syndication and on CBS’ Early ShowVariety The move comes as GMA has been in the midst of change, with two members of the on-air staff that helped the show pass NBC’s Today in both total viewers as well as those between 25 and 54, the demo most coveted by advertisers, departed. Spencer is also now a veteran presence on the program, which has two new faces after the departures of meteorologist Sam Champion and news anchor Josh Elliott. ABC recently enlisted Michael Strahan, the former football player who has added new momentum to the company’s syndicated morning Live With Kelly And Michael, to take part in occasional GMAsegments. The Associated Press The other current members of the GMA family are Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. Spencer was the show’s national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. Then, for seven years, she was a host of The Insider.

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Morning Splash

What’s Happening
— Breakfast with NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman at the National Press Club, 9 a.m.
The Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East with author Shadi Hamid at the MAA Carriage House, 6:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door
— Ishaan Tharoor’s first day at WaPo
— Matt O’Brien’s first day at Wonkblog

Fishbowl Fun Fact
Jimmy Carter was the first president who was born in a hospital.

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Weekend Show Preview, 4.18 – 4.20

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA), TIME‘s Michael Duffy, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, Peggy Noonan from WSJ, John Dickerson of CBS, more guests possible…

“Fox News Sunday”: Russian Ambassador to US Sergey Kislyak, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, George Will, Rana Foroohar of TIME, WaPo‘s Robert Costa, Evan Bayh, President of Mount Vernon Estate Curtis Viebranz

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Chuck Todd of NBC, David Brooks of NYT, Radhika Jones of TIME, David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Author Jo Becker, Kevin Tibbles of NBC

ABC’s “This Week“: Anchored by Martha Raddatz, Rep. Michael McCaul, Fmr. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Donna Brazile, S.E. Cupp of CNN, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard and Jeff Zeleny

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Guest Host María Elena Salinas, Venezuelan oppo politician Henrique Capriles Radonsky, Al Cardenas of the American Conservative Union, Katherine Vargas from the White House, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), writer Martín Caparrós

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Stu Rothenberg, the DNC’s Mo Elleithee, the RNC’s Sean Spicer, Tom Tarantino of IAVA, Sen John Walsh (D-MT), Iraqi Ambassador to US Lukman Faily, Australian Ambassador to US Kim Beazley

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