Mark and Charlie's Blog

For his first act as the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump strode on stage, extended his arms and conducted the crowd through a chorus of “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” “We need to put our miners back to work!” he shouted Thursday to the crowd of more than 12,000...
General Motors Co. and Lyft Inc. within a year will begin testing a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric taxis on public roads, a move central to the companies’ joint efforts to challenge Silicon Valley giants in the battle to reshape the auto industry. The plan is...
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told my colleague Robert Costa that he is eager to start meeting with U.S. intelligence officials for classified briefings on the nation's secrets. The feeling may not be mutual. The outlandish GOP candidate is not known...
Uber has come under fire for sending text message blasts this week asking customers to head to the polls and vote to overturn Austin’s fingerprinting regulations for drivers with ride-hailing apps. The text messages, which were purportedly sent by Uber employees, directly...
The Austin Political Action Committee (PAC) against Prop. 1 wants local, state and federal agencies to investigate the campaign tactics of Uber and Lyft. If Prop 1 passes, it will repeal the current city ordinance that regulates transportation network companies (TNCs), including...
Cliff Molak tried everything he could to tell his brother to brush off the attacks. "He got to the point of being so low he took everything to heart," Cliff said. David Molak, 16, had model good looks, a loving family and a mind that could run down almost any statistic in sports...
Insurers have begun to propose big premium increases for coverage next year under the 2010 health law, as some struggle to make money in a market where their costs have soared. The companies also have detailed the challenges in their Affordable Care Act business in a round of...
A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal...
Donald J. Trump , turning his attention to the general election, has begun quietly reaching out to key elements of the Republican establishment as he seeks to unite the party behind his candidacy before his anticipated battle against Hillary Clinton . Mr. Trump, who is expected...