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Who spends the most money on Capitol Hill? Wall Street? Silicon Valley? According to one study, Silicon Valley tech titans have a bigger wallet than Wall Street bank bosses when it comes to doling out lobbying money. The five biggest tech companies in the United States -- Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple -- spend twice as much on lobbying as the bank industry. The Center for Responsive Politics noted that the five biggest tech companies spent $49 million USD last year on Washington lobbyists, while the five largest banks only $19.7 million USD. Silicon Valley is supplying personnel as well as funds. The Campaign for Accountability noted that just last year, 183 people who previously... Read more...
The White House is putting into motion a plan to increase educational opportunities for low-income children. During a visit to a public library in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Washington, President Barack Obama talked about the plan, which involves working with publishers and libraries to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books.President Obama's plan is part of a broader strategy to tackle inner city problems through educational opportunities for children. It's also a well timed one, with the recent riots and protesting in Baltimore bringing attention to poverty stricken areas and the need to provide opportunities for kids who come from low-income families.Image Source: Flickr... Read more...
Three Uber riders experienced one of the worst-case scenarios skeptics of the rideshare service--a high-speed car chase and a (brief) de facto kidnapping--during a visit to the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington Post reports that Ryan Simonetti, co-founder of a company called Convene, and two colleagues hailed an Uber car after a meeting, and despite noting that a D.C. taxi inspector was talking to the driver, they hopped in. It appears that the driver decided at that time, with his documents in the hands of the inspector, to make a break for it with the three passengers on board. The inspector turned on his siren and followed, and the Uber driver led him on an 8-10-minute chase that... Read more...