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Suit Against Sony Music Seeks
‘American Idol’ Royalties

New York Times, by Ben Sisario

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/21/2014 5:01:09 AM

The company behind “American Idol” sued Sony Music Entertainment in federal court on Thursday, saying that Sony had underpaid royalties for digital streams of music by Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and other stars from the show’s early seasons. The suit, which asks for $10 million in damages, was filed by 19 Recordings and is the latest in a series of lawsuits over online royalties in recent years. In the most prominent of these cases, a group of producers behind Eminem sued the Universal Music Group in 2007, saying that Universal had incorrectly counted downloads through online stores like iTunes

      


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Suit Against Sony Music Seeks
‘American Idol’ Royalties
New York Times, by Ben Sisario    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:01:09 AM     Post Reply
The company behind “American Idol” sued Sony Music Entertainment in federal court on Thursday, saying that Sony had underpaid royalties for digital streams of music by Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and other stars from the show’s early seasons. The suit, which asks for $10 million in damages, was filed by 19 Recordings and is the latest in a series of lawsuits over online royalties in recent years. In the most prominent of these cases, a group of producers behind Eminem sued the Universal Music Group in 2007, saying that Universal had incorrectly counted downloads through online stores like iTunes

   

 

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Another line crossed
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 4:36:42 AM     Post Reply
No sooner did President Obama publicly warn that “there will be consequences if people step over the line” in Kiev than a hastily declared truce evaporated Thursday in a wave of bloodshed. So much for Obama’s threats. Fact is, the president showed just how credible his warnings are when he allowed Syria to cross his chemical-weapons “red line” with impunity. Other retreats and concessions by Washington — in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and elsewhere — have only reinforced America’s image as weak and not to be feared. America is quickly losing its ability to shape world events. And in Ukraine, it’s beyond tragic.

Left ready to take down Scott Walker over
an old investigation that’s already been
closed in which he’s facing no charges
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 4:31:33 AM     Post Reply
With Christie pretty well neutralized, it’s time to turn to the GOP’s other successful blue-state governor and try to cripple him before 2016 too. Might as well have it on your radar now as you’ll be hearing about it sporadically, even though nothing will come of it. The scandal this time is the fact that, back when Walker was Milwaukee County Executive and running for governor, some of his county staff communicated with his campaign staff during county office hours, while on the taxpayer’s dime. It got to the point where a separate wireless router was installed in the county

After Olympics, Putin’s real
games begin in Ukraine
Fox News, by Peter Brookes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 4:15:41 AM     Post Reply
Job No. 1? Ukraine. You can only imagine Russian President Vladimir Putin is none too pleased about the civil unrest there -- and the less than flattering spotlight it’s shining on Russia -- not to mention distracting attention from his signature sports event in Sochi. But oozing confidence as the Olympic Games draw to a close, you can bet that once the snow and ice-making equipment are switched off at the balmy Black Sea resort, Putin will turn his full attention to those pesky protesters next door. You see: Losing Kiev from Moscow’s orbit is simply a non-starter for the Kremlin & Co. Russia

New Politics Shop Aims to
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Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 4:10:48 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- For as long as Barack Obama has been president, Democrats have complained he´s done far too little to help elect his party´s candidates. Now the White House political office, shuttered by Obama three years ago, is back and in full swing. The six-person team set up shop last month, ahead of midterm elections in November in which Democratic losses could render Obama´s final years in office an exercise in futility. Working out of the same building that houses Vice President Joe Biden´s staff, the office provides real-time, constant communication between the White House and the myriad political groups working to

Rick Perry 2016?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 3:40:45 PM     Post Reply
Of all the electoral maneuvers lately — Huckabee heading to Iowa, Santorum huddling with advisors, Allen West refusing to rule anything out, and even Joe Scarborough visiting New Hampshire — this is the most interesting. Is there room for Perry this time, though? Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will be in Des Moines and Davenport on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. He will be sitting down with business leaders to discuss a wide range of issues, according to Bob Haus, an adviser in the state. He also will be taping an episode of “Iowa Press,” Iowa Public Television’s weekly public affairs program, Haus

   

 

  


 
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Fla.governor Charlie Crist
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Washington Post, by Ben Terris    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 10:11:52 AM     Post Reply
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Charlie Crist doesn’t take to bed when he gets sick. He takes three Red Bulls, two cups of coffee, a glass of Mountain Dew, Sudafed and cough drops. Then, he discards the box of Mucinex his 81-year-old father suggested he take, pushes through the back door of a Fort Myers restaurant and wraps his arms around his Democratic supporters. “I can’t help it; I have to hug,” he says afterward, when asked whether he worries about passing on his cold to voters. “Can you even imagine not hugging?” Crist certainly couldn’t imagine it back on Feb.

The Obamacare Enrollment
Crash Is Coming
National Journal, by Sam Baker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 10:05:08 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare´s enrollment numbers are surging—for now. After a disastrous launch, the law´s backers are breathing a sigh of relief as enrollees flock to its insurance exchanges. But the totals are built on a shaky foundation, and at some point soon, the exchange enrollment figures are going to fall, perhaps by more than 1 million people. Right now, the administration is counting the total number of people who have selected an insurance policy under the law, rather than the number of people who´ve paid for it. But at some point, likely this spring, the administration will be forced to disclose how many people are

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My Response to Mitt Romney
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 5:31:47 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON —First Mitt Romney loses a presidential election that he was predicted to win in a walk. Then he appears some 15 months later on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” to lecture the nation on how Republicans might lose the presidential election once again. “I don’t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016,” Mr. Romney opined. Perhaps he forgot that Bill was elected president 21 years ago promising that a vote for him would mean acquiring two presidents “for the price of one.” Mr. Romney, Hillary is actually pretty

Truth often lost in rumor
mill of gay hate crimes
Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
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Did you hear about the two gay dads whose daughter got a nasty rejection note for her tie-dye birthday party? Or the homophobic slurs written around an Ivy League college dorm? Or the two lesbians who came outside one day and found homophobic words spray-painted on their garage door? Thanks to the Internet, the whole nation can be driven to outrage over rude and outrageous events — events that, it turns out, never happened or were perpetrated by the “victims” themselves. Urban legend debunking sites are perpetually busy with a host of issues. Consumer products, food, celebrity exploits and political misbehavior are

   

 

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Palin-endorsed candidate Katrina Pierson
was arrested for shoplifting in ’97
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 5:25:22 AM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin has made an endorsement in Texas. She’s backing tea party leader Katrina Pierson over Rep. Pete Sessions. In a Facebook post, Palin notes that Pierson’s “life’s story is full of hardships she has fought to overcome, which taught her firsthand the importance of self-reliance, hard work, and the blessings of liberty.” One of those hardships includes a 1997 arrest for shoplifting. As the Dallas Morning News reported on Valentine’s Day, “In 1997, five days before her 21st birthday, Katrina Pierson, then named Katrina Lanette Shaddix, was arrested on a charge of theft of greater than $50 and less than $500.” Pierson,



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