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A House panel released the tape and angrily questioned Secret Service Director Joe Clancy about why additional videos of the March 4 incident near the White House weren't preserved and made available.
Facebook is reportedly in talks with a handful of major publishers — think The New York Times and Buzzfeed — about hosting their news stories directly on the social-media site.
Details are scarce on how this all would work — The New York Times Company wouldn’t even comment to its own reporters — but the basic idea seems to be that while users are looking at pictures of their friend's new baby, they could also seamlessly get the latest news about, say, the Iran nuclear talks without clicking to an outside site and waiting for that page to load.
News companies are already dependent on Facebook for the traffic it sends them, says Ken Doctor, a media analyst for Newsonomics. If publishers could cement their relationship with Facebook, plus get a share of advertising and access to data Facebook has on users, Doctor says that could be a deal worth making.
But there are still lots of risks and questions to be answered, says Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. Questions include how much data will be shared, what happens to news organizations’ paywalls, and how will publications maintain their brand identities.
In sum: should media companies give up control in exchange for a bigger audience?
Facebook has 1.4 billion monthly users and it needs to keep those users happy, says Aaron Kessler, a senior research analyst with Raymond James. The longer users spend on the site or app, the more ads Facebook can serve them.
Should the government recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet? That's emerged as a political flashpoint. The panel working on federal guidelines says the evidence on lean meat is muddled.
On Monday, regulators rejected the "living wills" drawn up by BNP Pariabas, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC. These plans, required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in 2010, are supposed to help end the era of "Too Big To Fail" by making systemically important financial institutions plan for their own demise.
But what is a "living will" for a bank?
Oliver Ireland, partner in the financial services practice at Morrison and Foerster, says it's about having a plan that maps what happens after a bank's failure. "Is this going to solve all the problems? Probably not," says Ireland. "But, if you thought about it ahead of time, you're going to be in a lot better shape than if you haven't."
Mike Konczal, fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, says the shortcomings the Federal Reserve and FDIC have found in some banks' "living wills" are in part about inadequate analysis of interconnections.
Rob Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, says inadequate "living wills" are themselves a product of incentives: Bankers would prefer to see their companies — and their stock options — bailed out.
"They have a stake in having a muddy or bad or not-credible living will," says Johnson.
BNP Paribas, the Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC must submit new plans by Dec. 31.
Fox has announced that its beloved sci-fi series The X-Files will be back for six new episodes from creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.