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As Comcast Takes Next Step in TWC Merger, Opposition Groups Band Together (TVNewser)
Comcast took the next step in its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Tuesday morning by filing a joint Applications and Public Interest Statement with the FCC. In a blog post about the filing, Comcast EVP David Cohen argued that the deal is good for consumers, especially current TWC customers. Those opposed to the deal, understandably, don’t think so. Fifty groups sent a letter to the attorney general and FCC chairman Tuesday asking that the deal be blocked. Capital New York The 650-page document filed with the FCC outlines the reasons Comcast believes the proposed merger with TWC would be in the public interest. Much of the document spelled out in granular detail arguments made by Comcast in its original announcement of the proposed deal, but there are some notable new takes. Comcast now sees itself as a tech company, in competition with Google, Facebook and Netflix just as much as traditional competitors like DirecTV and Verizon. Comcast argues that it doesn’t compete with TWC, as they do not operate in the same areas. Variety Critics have claimed the Comcast-TWC merger, which would create an entity that controls 30 percent of the country’s pay-TV market, is decidedly not in the public interest because it would result in fewer choices and higher prices for consumers. Moreover, the combination “could compromise the open nature of the Internet,” Sen. Al Franken told Justice Department officials last month. CNET Last week, Comcast filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the U.S. Department of Justice, which will begin the antitrust review of the merger. And on Wednesday, Cohen will testify about the merger before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Now that the official filing has been made in the merger, which was announced in February, the FCC will have a self-imposed deadline of 180 days to review and make its decision. USA Today Facing a growing number of customers flocking to streaming video and content providers demanding more payment for programs, TWC agreed in February to be bought by Comcast for $45 billion. The acquisition would give Comcast access to key media markets that it has coveted, including New York and Los Angeles, and occupy about 40 percent of the Internet service market, or about 32 million customers.

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Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill Working on New NSA Revelations (HuffPost / AP)
Two American journalists known for their investigations of the United States’ government said Saturday they’ve teamed up to report on the National Security Agency’s role in what one called a “U.S. assassination program.” The journalists provided no evidence of the purported U.S. program at the news conference, nor details of who it targeted. Jeremy Scahill, a contributor to The Nation magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of Dirty Wars, said he will be working with Glenn Greenwald, the Rio-based journalist who has written stories about U.S. surveillance programs based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. RT USA “The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don’t want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role in the US assassination program,” Scahill said in Rio de Janeiro, as cited by Associated Press. NYT As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: The impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Snowden.

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The New Yorker’s Bashar al-Assad and Walter White Cover is Brilliant

The New Yorker’s latest cover, featuring Bashar al-Assad and Walter White, is a perfect example of the brilliance that can emerge when an artist tackles the intersection of real life and fiction.

The illustration, titled “Bad Chemistry,” was created by the legendary Barry Blitt.

Breaking Bad vs. Judging Bad

The only thing more shocking this weekend than the “Ozymandias” episode of Breaking Bad was boxing judge Cynthia J. Ross‘ 114-114 scorecard for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. beatdown of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

New York Daily News sports reporter Mitch Abramson had a good summary Sunday of the astounded reaction to this latest “black eye” for the sport of boxing. TMZ Sports meanwhile, to their credit, beat out everyone else to Ross’ first on-the-record comments (she “stands” by her decision).

But it’s fightnews.com contributor Robert Closter who delivers the knockout punch with his reminder that Ross’ wacky ringside ways date back to long before the Bradley-Pacquiao contest. Does any of this seem familiar?:

November 12, 2011: Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Luis Cruz:
Ross was the only judge not to score heavily in favor of Burgos. Scored it a 95-95 draw.

August 13, 2011: Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko I
She was the only judge not to see Mares as the winner. She scored a 113-113 draw.

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Writers Guild Names The Sopranos The Best Written TV Show Ever

The Writers Guild of America has named The Sopranos — horrible last episode and all — the best written television show ever. In a list ranking 101 shows, the HBO series was followed up by Seinfeld (should have been number one!), The Twilight Zone and All in The Family.

The rankings were determined by online votes from Writers Guild members, who must need to re-watch Seinfeld. Are you picking up how mad we are that Seinfeld didn’t get the top spot? Because we could go on.

Here’s the list’s top 10:

1) The Sopranos
2) Seinfeld
3) The Twilight Zone
4) All in the Family
5) M*A*S*H
6) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7) Mad Men
8) Cheers
9) The Wire
10) The West Wing

Notice anything missing?

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