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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the House Republican tax cut bill would increase deficit by at least $1.7 trillion. Their budget resolution only allows for $1.5 trillion.

Meanwhile, Trump reportedly tried to sell Senate Democrats on the tax cut bill by claiming it would raise his taxes. There's no evidence that's true. He'll actually get a huge tax cut through the Trump Organization.

Finally, Trump's Department of Justice is reportedly demanding that AT&T sell CNN as part of a deal to acquire Time Warner. AT&T says it will fight the decision in court and I personally expect they'll win.

Why? Because there's plenty of reason to think the Justice Department's opposition stems from Trump's very public hatred of CNN.

The head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, may have changed his view of AT&T’s plan to buy Time Warner since giving an interview in 2016 where he declared it not “a major antitrust problem.” In an TV interview shortly after the deal was announced, when Delrahim was a law professor at Pepperdine University, Delrahim predicted it would get attention because of its size, but said he did not see it as “a major antitrust problem.”

Delrahim was subsequently nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to head the Justice Department’s antitrust division and was confirmed in September.

Uh huh.

Trump's tweets are coming to another court case near you.

  • Aynwrong

    The Justice Dept behaving this way is what an actual scandal looks like.

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