TL;DR: How The Tax Cut Is Like An iTunes Giveaway Here’s what you need to know… Well, it’s that time of year again: Tax Day. As if that weren’t reason enough to trade political barbs from both sides of the partisan divide, the 2018 tax year is the first year that Republicans’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is fully in effect. As we wrote in our November 2017 analysis of the then-just-unveiled legislation that would...

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TL;DR: Bloomberg’s Beyond Carbon Is A Big Deal, Scooter Surveillance, And Innocent Until Predicted Guilty Here’s what you need to know… After seriously exploring the possibility of running for president as a Democrat in 2020, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last month that he will be one of the few Democrats not pursuing the nation’s highest elected office. For those who appreciate...

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TL;DR: Political Risk Is Prime, Fizzling Out, And China’s Over-Inflation Problem Here’s what you need to know… Last week, it was revealed that Amazon lobbied more federal entities than any other American public company in 2018. Given the significant resources brought to bear, its strong popularity among consumers, and the successful public relations-frenzy that drove 238 cities and regions to...

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TL;DR: Like A 5G, Renewable Ruin, And The Campaign Against Campaign Finance Here’s what you need to know… With the latest confusion surrounding the Trump Administration’s policy on a nationwide 5G network, companies and industry groups got a taste of what will become increasingly common as 2020 approaches: trying to decipher policy cues from both The White House and the Trump reelection campaign when they seem to...

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TL;DR: Gearing Up For USMCA, AI’s Risky Business, And Going Low Here’s what you need to know… In an October edition of TL;DR, we wrote about the “other machinations in Washington” that overshadowed the announcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, which was negotiated to replace NAFTA. Since then, the agreement has stayed somewhat under the radar and in fact, the Administration has...

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TL;DR: Not All Research Is Created Equal, Free Shipping Under Attack, And Deepfake Drama Here’s what you need to know… Last Friday, a page from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook was published, which showed a disturbing photo of a man wearing blackface and another wearing a Klan outfit. The Old Dominion state was plunged into political chaos (which has only sunk deeper),...

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TL;DR: Are You Ready For Your Viral Moment, The Referendum Confusion, And Punting On Politics Here’s what you need to know… Instead of a reflective and relaxing weekend celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many Americans found themselves wading into the debate surrounding the interaction between red MAGA-hat wearing high school students and a Native American elder just steps from where Dr. King...

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TL;DR: Be Careful What Unicorn Wish For, Cheezy Lawsuits, And Bursting The Bubble Here’s what you need to know… The new year has begun, and some of the most valuable private tech companies – including Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Slack, and other so-called “unicorns” valued at more than $1 billion – are preparing for their initial public offerings (IPOs) in the early part of 2019. Thirty-eight tech and internet...

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