The Real Deal: Speaking of Episode IX spoilers on Reddit, someone on there shared what looked like costume reference and concept artwork and photos for new and returning characters, including Kylo Ren wearing a repaired helmet, a new robot to cause trouble for BB-8, and the first glimpse of Old Lando Calrissian, wearing an outfit not unlike something that Donald Glover was wearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story .
On Feb. 14, its president, David Holt, issued the following statement: The Green New Deal is not a practical solution for American consumers. This segment of the population lacks the financial resources to replace the most essential appliances the Green New Deal would require.
Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City The company was expected to receive almost $3 billion in tax breaks and other government incentives in exchange for opening its new corporate office (as well as a helicopter pad for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos).
The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Scrambling Telecom Politics US representative Anna Eshoo (D-California) says AT&T and Verizon effectively dominate the wireless market, and as a result, "Americans pay some of the highest prices for mobile wireless service in the developed world." Celeste Sloman/Redux Representative Anna Eshoo (D-California) has sparred with the telecommunications industry over issues like net neutrality and privacy over the years.
Later calls to the public to rise to the moment include the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-World War II Western Europe; JFK in June of 1963 demanding civil rights legislation, and Lyndon Johnson re-affirming and expanding that a year later, and then articulating a vision for a “great society” that launched a series of government programs ranging from public housing to Medicaid.
And indeed, the resolution’s transportation recommendations are sweeping: that the country invest seriously in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, in “clean, affordable, and accessible” public transit, and in so much high-speed rail that air travel is no longer necessary.
Dennis Van Tine/AP Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, accused The National Enquirer Thursday of engaging in “extortion and blackmail” by threatening to publish intimate images of the billionaire unless he agreed to drop his investigation into how the tabloid obtained his private communications.
The Real Deal: While so much of upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian remains under wraps, showrunner Jon Favreau is clearly relishing the chance to tease fans with glimpses of familiar iconography and characters in preparation for the show's debut later this year.
Loose ends like, you know, what was his whole deal, anyway ?) Don't Expect New Star Wars Movies on Disney+ The Source: Disney CEO Bob Iger Probability of Accuracy: If Iger is saying it, it's definitely the case.
The Real Deal: Here's one more thing about Episode IX : According to Carrie Fisher's brother, there will be a lot more of Leia Skywalker in J.J. Abrams' next Star Wars movie than people expected, and it'll be all-new footage.
Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big TobaccoJames Monsees, right, and Adam Bowen, founders of e-cigarette manufacturer Juul.Axel Heimken/Getty ImagesJuul’s deal to accept a big investment from the maker of Marlboro cigarettes will snuff out its chance to take the high road with critics, but it will buy the embattled e-cigarette company time and credibility with regulators.Juul said on Thursday it had accepted a $12.8 billion cash investment from Altria, one of the nation’s largest cigarette makers, for a 35 percent stake that values the three-year-old startup at $38 billion, according to Wells Fargo.It’s tempting to see the financial tie to big tobacco as Juul selling out.
Burger King’s One-Cent Whopper Offers a Taste of the Robocar FutureIn a world with more ride-hailing and self-driving tech, ads that have always been relegated to billboards can move into the car.At first bite, it seems no more than a clever way to boost sales at the expense of a competitor.
(Or, you know, hotels on Disney resorts, but that’s neither here nor there.) Is this the future of a long time ago?Episode IX is “Magical”The Source: Billie Lourd, cast member (and Carrie Fisher’s daughter)Probability of Accuracy: Subjectivity makes accuracy tough to gauge, but let’s take her at her word.The Real Deal: There’s been a lot of talk about whether J.J. Abrams will use next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX as a potential “course correction” to Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and return the franchise to former glory.
But in at least one respect, Amazon’s Hunger Games-style civic competition backfired: It’s shined a spotlight on how Amazon and companies like it have benefitted enormously from taxpayer funds.Each year, local politicians spend up to an estimated $90 billion to lure corporations like Amazon to their states, which The Atlantic points out is “more than the federal government spends on housing, education, or infrastructure.” Most companies broker these deals in private.“Companies are already very good at negotiating incentives, often using offers from other cities to up their deals.
European targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions threaten jobs in the bloc, Germany's powerful car industry federation said on Oct. 10 after ministers set new goals. European ministers reached a hard-fought deal on Oct. 9 to reduce CO2 emitted from new cars by 35% by 2030.
So LA is doing what most people do when the going gets tough: They lean on their friends.Los Angeles announced today it is teamed up with 30 US cities total to collectively work for better deals on electric cars (18 of them have committed to purchases already as 'founding cities'). Maybe you don't want your city to switch over to electric cars.
(There’s also a rumor that John Williams and Rogue One's Michael Giacchino will be writing original music for the attraction, which would be interesting…)Meet the Fireballs Behind the Next Animated SeriesThe Source: Whoever is responsible for uploading Disney material to YouTubeProbability of Accuracy: It's honest-to-goodness Disney promo material, so it's as accurate as any promotional material.The Real Deal: Wondering what to expect from the upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance?