Click here to read the full article. Congresspeople have promised action in the wake of Ticketmaster’s problem-filled presale for Taylor Swift’s 2023 tour , which enraged fans and resulted in calls for an examination of longstanding allegations of monopolistic practices against the company. Last week Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn.) and Mike Lee (R-Ut.), announced they will be holding a hearing to examine the ticketing industry, and on Monday Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn.) wrote one to the chair of the Federal Trade Commission inquiring about the agency’s plans to fight the use of bots in ticketing. More from Variety Taylor Swift Holds No. 1 Spots on Albums and Singles Charts as Christmas Favorites Begin Flooding Top 10 Congress to Hold Hearing After Ticketmaster-Taylor Swift Fiasco Taylor Swift's 'Anti-Hero' Holds at No. 1 For Fourth Week; David Guetta/Bebe Rexha Track Enters Top 10 In the letter, the senators inquired … [Read more...] about After Taylor Swift-Ticketmaster Fiasco, Senators Demand Answers From Federal Trade Commission
Representative Liz Cheney , Republican of Wyoming, said in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday night that she was “wrong” to oppose same-sex marriage, reversing a longstanding position. “I was wrong,” Ms. Cheney said. “I was wrong.” Ms. Cheney famously came out against same-sex marriage in a television interview in 2013, while running for Senate in Wyoming, saying she believed “in the traditional definition of marriage.” Mary Cheney, her sister who is gay and married with children, wrote online at the time that Liz was “on the wrong side of history.” The issue sparked a public rift inside the close-knit and high-profile political family. Dick Cheney, the former vice president and Ms. Cheney’s father, became an unlikely advocate for gay rights when he stated in 2004 that he supported Mary, and that “freedom means freedom for everyone.” On Sunday night, Liz Cheney said her father had been right the whole time. “I love my sister very much,” she said. “I love her … [Read more...] about ‘I was wrong’: Liz Cheney announces support for same-sex marriage, reversing a longstanding position.
MADISON, Wis. — Her state, just two years ago, elected a darling of the Tea Party to the Senate, displacing a Democratic mainstay. When the conservative governor, Scott Walker, stripped most state workers of bargaining rights, voters here rejected an effort to recall him from office. And in 2006, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman passed with the support of a clear majority of Wisconsinites — the same electorate that on Tuesday voted for Representative Tammy Baldwin, making her the country’s first openly gay senator. Ms. Baldwin’s hard-fought victory, in a bruising, $65 million race against a popular Republican opponent, was a testament to the unorthodox politics of a state whose ideological swings can, to outside observers, evoke whiplash. But it was also a striking affirmation of Ms. Baldwin, 50, a soft-spoken but unflinching seven-term congresswoman who won over voters in her native state without moderating the starkly … [Read more...] about Fickle Wisconsin Sends a Trusty Progressive to the Senate