Mark and Charlie's Blog

The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, adding to a highly charged...
A federal judge on Thursday dealt a blow to the Obama administration’s health law, ruling the government improperly reimburses insurers to cover discounts to low-income consumers. The decision by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer introduces significant new legal uncertainty...
Facebook Inc. exerts more editorial control than it previously disclosed over the “trending” news feature on the social network, newly posted documents show. Facebook Thursday published the 28-page editorial guidelines for the trending feature, hours after the Guardian published...
Days after Prop. 1 failed in Austin to deregulate transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, a Forbes op-ed article argued that “ By Losing Uber, Austin Is No Longer A Tech Capital .” "I think there are a lot more cities that are more welcoming of innovation,” said...
Two days have passed with no Uber or Lyft service in Austin, Texas. Though Austin has a reputation of being filled with tech-savvy millennials, it is now the largest U.S. city without ridesharing. Local policymakers blame Uber and Lyft for pausing their operations in the city,...
Parents of an Austin ISD student have filed a lawsuit, claiming school officials were slow to respond to allegations a teacher was preying on a middle school student. KVUE News has learned the lawsuit involved a former teacher at O. Henry Middle School. KVUE is not naming the...
Twice this past week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has unleashed a seemingly unprompted tweetstorm on Donald Trump , taking shots at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for being sexist, a scam artist, “reckless” and “embarrassing.” Dripping with disdain, the 140-...
The director of the F.B.I. reignited the factious debate over a so-called “Ferguson effect” on Wednesday, saying that he believed less aggressive policing was driving an alarming spike in murders in many cities. James Comey, the director, said that while he could offer no...
Austin’s taxi industry should be partially deregulated to level the playing field with ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Lyft, the director of the Austin Transportation Department told City Council in a Wednesday memo obtained by the American-Statesman. The proposal could...