Yesterday, reports surfaced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had requested a sale of either Turner Broadcasting, which owns CNN, or DirecTV before it would approve AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner. This requirement sparked speculation amongst people in the companies that the Justice Department may have been influenced by the Trump administration, according to The Journal. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the department rejected that offer as insufficient to resolve its concerns, which it did not specify.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has denied that his company would ever sell CNN, while Vanity Fairreported some in media are speculating Murdoch has been quietly urging Trump to tank the merger in revenge for Time Warner declining an $80 billion buyout offer in 2014.
The deal's holdup has raised suspicions of political retaliation - even from people who oppose the deal entirely.
Trump did again raise the issue of news media consolidation.
Kushner reportedly filed complaints to CNN executives on a regular basis during the campaign, and was particularly displeased with its fact-checking, which, according to The Journal, prompted Kushner to call CNN president Jeff Zucker to say that members of the Trump campaign would not appear on the network. The AT&T-Time Warner deal is a "vertical merger", which consolidates two companies, but does not eliminate a competitor.
"We're prepared to litigate now", Stephenson said at a conference this week hosted by the New York Times.
The newspaper's source in the White House said that this was meant merely as a joke and Kushner did not mean to be taken seriously. Trump's hand-picked antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said he has "never been instructed by the White House on this or any other transaction under review by the antitrust division". AT&T shares rose 1.6 percent to $33.97. The deal, he said, would put "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few".
AT&T has argued against selling off either company's assets, as it believes this would undercut the rationale for the tie-up. AT&T announced plans a year ago to purchase Time Warner to create a juggernaut with more than 142 million mobile subscribers and a major player in pay TV broadcasting via DirecTV.
This year's change was marked by a 3 percent increase from last year for African-American athletes, to 77 percent from 74 percent. The success of Wildcats student-athletes across-the-board stands out even more under closer examination of the latest GSR data.
Gay Talese had no sympathy for the more than a dozen men who have accused Kevin Spacey of sexual harassment and assault. However, she hinted that Spacey had assaulted a woman as she told the paper that Spacey had "plied her with booze".
Great Fire co-founder Charlie Smith told the Press Association he hopes Trump will continue to tweet while in China. The US president's visit comes amid the increasing threats from North Korea, a troubled geopolitical ally of China.
It's the first time since 2007 that three United States carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific. The last time such a convergence of military power occurred was in 2007 in waters off the U.S. territory of Guam.
John Thune, a GOP leader, told reporters Republicans are looking into steps to replace Moore if the allegations are true. After Corfman's allegations, three other women also accused Moore of dating them when they were underage.
Last week, Julianna Margulies said she was intimidated by Steven Seagal , who showed her a gun in a hotel room. When she arrived Seagal answered the door in wearing only a silk kimono which made her very uncomfortable.
Soon after his arrest in 2015, Maraj was released from custody on $100,000 bail, reportedly backed by two of his sister's homes. A scientist stated that a stain on a pair of the pajamas belonging to the young girl was a 1 in 291 billion matches to Maraj .
Apple has updated its App Store developer page showing that the majority of iPhones and iPads are now running iOS 11 ... Interestingly enough, you'll apparently also be able to send money through Contacts and Siri.
Uber joins several other companies that are working with NASA to develop methods for managing fleets of aerial vehicles. Moreover, Holden said it would actually be cheaper to fly with Uber than your own vehicle .
PIRG has listed the two spinners on their website as unsafe and has even started a petition to get the toys removed from stores. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Week 11's best top-10 showdown?
Miami (9-0): The Hurricanes are one of just four Power 5 unbeatens remaining, and probably need to win out to reach the playoff. Alabama could probably lose to Mississippi State and still make the playoff if it won the rest of its games.
Metal, oil & gas stocks drag Sensex down 152 points
All the sectoral indices led by metal, auto and oil & gas were trading in the negative terrain, falling by up to 0.92 per cent. Other laggards included SBI, Bharti Airtel, RIL, Sun Pharma, ONGC, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto and Asian Paints.
Patriots bring back former tight end, Martellus Bennett
Less than 24 hours following the release of Martellus Bennett from the Green Bay Packers , the Pro Bowl tight end has a new home . Interested in writing for cover32? That's the injury the Packers contend that Bennett failed to disclose.
Facebook: Send Us Nudes So We Can Fight Revenge Porn
As a platform (in) directly responsible for the proliferation of revenge porn , Facebook is now trying to help put a stop to it. It has also been found that 10 percent of women under 30 have had someone threaten to leak their nudes online.