With the words “credibility questioned” prominent on the screen, Scott Pelley once again is doing what network evening-news anchors generally don’t do: abandoning careful neutrality in favor of pointed truth-telling.
He is talking Thursday night about President Trump. And here are some of the words he is using: “his boasting and tendency to believe conspiracy theories.”
It’s nothing new. Pelley, of CBS Evening News, has set himself apart — especially in recent weeks — with a spate of such assessments, night after night.
Perhaps the most notable one, on Feb. 7, went like this:
“It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality. Mr. Trump said this morning that any polls that show disapproval of his immigration ban are fake. He singled out a federal judge for ridicule after the judge suspended his ban, and Mr. Trump said that the ruling now means that anyone can enter the country. The president’s fictitious claims, whether imaginary or fabricated, are now worrying even his backers, particularly after he insisted that millions of people voted illegally, giving Hillary Clinton her popular-vote victory.”
Would you change how you get to work for $10 a month? $50? How about $100? As dense cities struggle with packed roads and choking smog, officials are on the hunt for ways to get people out of cars and onto their feet, bikes, or public transit. One idea? Paying them off. And Washington, DC is thinking about doing just that.
A bill before the city council would compel employers who provide free parking to offer transit benefits (like a pre-tax bus pass) or a cash payment to workers who find another way to the office. The goal here isn’t to stamp out cars, but to let the non-drivers “cash out” the value of “free” parking.
Research suggests this sort of “parking cash-out” works. A series of LA-based case studies by UCLA urban planner Donald Shoup found these programs can decrease the number of drivers who motor alone to work by 17 percent, and increase rates of carpooling, transit riding, biking, and walking. A California legislative analysis found that if something like this were implemented statewide, the Golden State could reduce commuting travel by up to 43,500 trips and 0.08 tons of CO2 emissions per day. In a huge state like California, this is a dent. It’s also a nice start.
And yet, DC would be among the first big American cities with an enforceable cash-out program on the books. Turns out kicking parking is hard.
Part of the problem is that employer-provided parking feels gratis. It’s not. If employers don’t own their parking lots, they spend money and time negotiating contracts. “With most goods that you consume, you expect to pay for them—except when it comes to parking,” says Todd Litman, a transportation planner who heads up the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. “Otherwise responsible people who wouldn’t even steal a grape from their local grocery store take pride in circumventing parking fees.”
And “free” parking amounts to an excellent incentive for getting more cars on the road—about 25 percent more compared to when employees pay for it themselves. That might be fine for sprawling cities, but it’s less fun when you’re an Angeleno spending 104 hours in rush hour traffic a year. Places like this are letting consumers get away with not paying for something that, arguably, makes lives a lot worse.
Riot policemen detain a journalist during a protest rally in St. Petersburg, on Sunday, where thousands crowded in for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government.
In a rare show of force, thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow and other cities in the biggest anti-government protests in years.
In Moscow, police arrested hundreds of demonstrators, including prominent Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist, Alexei Navalny, who orchestrated the uprising.
The crowds gathered to protest government corruption, many calling for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s resignation.
Navalny had called for nationwide protests after publishing an investigation earlier this month alleging mass corruption charges against Medvedev, whose large fortune far exceeded his position’s salary.
At least 500 demonstrators were arrested in Moscow, reporter Charles Maynes tells NPR, among the tens of thousands who turned out nationwide — despite warnings from authorities that protesters would face fines and arrest for taking part in the illegal protest.
“There were reports of 2,000 people showing up in Nova Sibersk in Siberia, we had 10,000 in St. Petersburg, the estimates here in Moscow are about 20,000,” he says.
But Navalny saw little of the protest he organized. Maynes says “Riot police detained the opposition leader as soon as he arrived in downtown Moscow, with Navalny supporters briefly attempting to pry open the police van that held him,” in the capital’s iconic Pushkin Square.
A total of 17 employees with Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, were also arrested, the foundation’s director and press secretary Roman Rubanov tells Reuters. The AP cites sporadic scuffles, most notably, “a gray-haired man whom police dragged along the pavement.”
Russian state media, meanwhile, mostly ignored the day’s events, save for earlier cursory coverage, and no comments have been reported from top Russian politicians.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for short bursts of activity on Twitter, oftentimes answering fans and reporters questions on the social media platform.
On Friday, as Musk was on a flight to Cape Canaveral—presumably to attend to business related to SpaceX, the aerospace company he also runs—the billionaire entrepreneur shared a number of new details about the Model 3, a video, and even the solar roof tiles Tesla plans to sell.
Here’s what we learned:
First the basics, Musk wanted to clarify that Model 3 is not simply a next version of a Tesla.=