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WSJ Urges Regulators to Approve T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

We at CFIF have steadfastly highlighted the consumer benefits of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, and cautioned the federal government against any pointless and destructive objection to the deal.  In today's Wall Street Journal, its editorial board encourages the Department of Justice (DOJ) to move forward on the deal:

The Justice Department lost its lawsuit to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner.  Yet now the antitrust cops are holding up T-Mobile's merger with Sprint even though it could give AT&T more competition in wireless.  What gives?

A year ago, T-Mobile announced plans to acquire Sprint for $26 billion in stock, yet the merger is still stuck in government antitrust purgatory.  The Federal Communications Commission keeps pausing its 180-day shot clock on the merger…[more]

April 22, 2019 • 04:07 pm

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On Upcoming Border Wall Negotiations:
 
 

"Don't look for a quick deal when President Trump meets with Democratic leaders of Congress at the White House on Tuesday.

"Neither side appears in the mood to offer concessions on a proposed border wall. President Trump is pushing for $5 billion to fund one of his top priorities, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is under intense pressure not to give in just weeks after her party's midterm victories. She also has the Speaker's gavel on the line. ...

"That means another week of brinkmanship, with a possible partial government shutdown at the end of next week, is growing more likely."

 
 
— Alexander Bolton and Melanie Zadona, The Hill
— Alexander Bolton and Melanie Zadona, The Hill
Posted December 11, 2018 • 08:36 am
 
 
On Former FBI Director Comey's Selective Memory:
 
 

"The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees. Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.

"He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting intelligence from Christopher Steele after the British intel operative was fired by the bureau for leaking and lying. In fact, Comey didn't seem to remember knowing that Steele had been terminated, according to sources in the room.

"'His memory was so bad I feared he might not remember how to get out of the room after the interview,' one lawmaker quipped. Lamented another: 'It was like he suddenly developed dementia or Alzheimer's, after conveniently remembering enough facts to sell his book.'"

 
 
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
Posted December 10, 2018 • 08:08 am
 
 
On Pearl Harbor Day:
 
 

"December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

"The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

"It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

"The attack ... on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu."

 
 
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
Posted December 07, 2018 • 07:48 am
 
 
On the Democrats' 2020 Field:
 
 

"In a few months, we may find ourselves looking back with nostalgic regret on 2015, when we only had a mere 16 candidates running for the Republican Party's nomination for president.

"That was nothing compared to what's likely in store for the Democrats in 2020. A sober estimate of the number of candidates who might contend for the Democratic presidential nomination next year and in 2020 approaches 40. Even if many of those decide finally not to take the plunge, we're almost certainly going to see a 20-person field at a minimum.

"This means the Democrats will face all the logistical problems the GOP faced - and more, owing to the Dems' ideological makeup and the nature of the social and cultural debates of the moment."

 
 
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
Posted December 06, 2018 • 08:15 am
 
 
On the Clock Ticking Down on GOP-Controlled Congress:
 
 

"Lawmakers are facing an end-of-the-year traffic jam with legislation piling up and a tight schedule that leaves them little wiggle room.

"Leadership is juggling a backlog of must-pass bills and nominations as well as eleventh-hour requests from rank-and-file members as legislators try to cram as much as possible into the final days of the work year. Republicans, in particular, are feeling pressure to make a last-ditch effort as they prepare to cede control of the House to Democrats in January.

"But the schedule got further scrambled following former President George H.W. Bush's death, with Washington expected to dedicate days to mourning the 41st president. House Republicans announced Monday they are canceling votes for the week, while the Senate is delaying the start of its work week.

"Republican leadership unveiled a two-week continuing resolution to prevent a partial government shutdown by Friday night's deadline for the seven appropriations bills they failed to pass by Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2018.

"That would push the border wall fight until Dec. 21 and, potentially, give lawmakers a few more days to squeeze in additional votes. Even with the funding battle put on the back-burner, leadership is facing a lengthy to-do list and multiple hard deadlines."

 
 
— Jordain Carney, The Hill
— Jordain Carney, The Hill
Posted December 05, 2018 • 07:45 am
 
 
On the GOP's Need to Regain Trust on Money Issues:
 
 

"Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big-spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets.

"Polls show that Democrats are now more trusted on balancing the budget than Republicans. That's like losing an arm wrestling contest to Nancy Pelosi.

"The big first step for Republicans to regain American trust on fiscal responsibility is for President Donald Trump to deliver a nationally televised prime-time speech from the Oval Office to announce an all-hands-on-deck war on Washington waste. ...

"The issue is teed up right now because the spending trends have been so alarming. The Congressional Budget Office just announced that the government is now spending $2 billion more than it takes in every day. Don't even think about blaming the tax cuts. In 2018, the estimated $3.4 trillion raised in federal revenues was the highest level ever in American history -- even with the tax cuts. The problem is a spending avalanche that now exceeds $4 trillion of outlays a year."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Stephen Moore, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity Chief Economist
— Stephen Moore, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity Chief Economist
Posted December 04, 2018 • 08:12 am
 
 
On the Legacy of Former President George H.W. Bush:
 
 

"Bush believed in the essential goodness of the American people and in the nobility of the American experiment. His understanding of the nation and of the world seems antiquated now; it seemed so in real time, too, at least in the last year or so of his presidency. But there was nothing affected about Bush's vision of politics as a means to public service, of public service as the highest of callings. This vision - of himself engaged in what Oliver Wendell Holmes called the passion and action of the times - was as real and natural to him as the air he breathed. It was his whole world, and had been since his earliest days when he would watch his father come home from a day on Wall Street only to head back out to run the Greenwich Town Meeting. It was as simple - and as complicated - as that. ...

"His life was spent in the service of his nation, and his spirit of conciliation, common sense, and love of country will stand him in strong stead through the ebbs and flows of posterity's judgment. On that score - that George H.W. Bush was a uniquely good man in a political universe where good men were hard to come by - there was bipartisan consensus a quarter century after his White House years."

 
 
— Jon Meacham, Author of "Destiny and Power:The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush"
— Jon Meacham, Author of "Destiny and Power:The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush"
Posted December 03, 2018 • 08:02 am
 
 
On CNN Dropping Marc Lamont Hill:
 
 

"CNN dropped commentator Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday after he made remarks in support of Palestinian rights that some interpreted as calling for the elimination of Israel.

"'Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,' a network spokesperson told POLITICO.

"Speaking at a meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday, Hill called for a 'free Palestine from the river to the sea.' The statement, which many say refers to the boundaries of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, is a rallying cry by several Palestinian groups, including Hamas, and is viewed by some as calling for the elimination of Israel, which currently occupies those boundaries."

 
 
— Matthew Choi, POLITICO
— Matthew Choi, POLITICO
Posted November 30, 2018 • 08:06 am
 
 
On General Motors and Bailouts:
 
 

"General Motors just shared some very bad news: It is closing five factories in the United States and Canada, eliminating 15 percent of its work force (and 25 percent of its executives), and getting out of the passenger-car business almost entirely to focus on SUVs and trucks. President Donald Trump threw a fit, but GM shrugged him off. The facts are the facts.

"What did U.S. taxpayers get for their $11.2 billion bailout of GM? About ten years of business-as-usual, and one very expensive lesson.

"Bailouts don't work.

"Never mind the moral hazard, the rent-seeking, the cronyism and the favoritism, and all of the inevitable corruption that inevitably accompanies multibillion-dollar sweetheart deals between Big Business and Big Government. Set aside the ethical questions entirely and focus on the mechanics: Businesses such as GM get into trouble not because of one-time events in the wider economic environment, but because they are so weak as businesses that they cannot weather one-time events in the wider economic environment. GM's sedan business is weak because GM's sedans are weak: Virtually all of the best-selling sedans in the United States are made by Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. The lower and middle sections of the market are dominated by Asia, and the high end of the market by Europe: Mercedes, Audi, BMW. GM can't compete with the Honda Civic at its price point or with the Audi A7 at its price point. Consumers like what they like, and they aren't buying what GM is selling. It isn't winning in the dino-juice-powered market, in the electric-car market, or in the hybrid market, either: GM is not exactly what you would call a nimble corporation."

Read entire article here

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted November 29, 2018 • 08:12 am
 
 
On U.S - China Trade War Talks:
 
 

"President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping will meet over dinner Saturday evening in Buenos Aires marking a pivotal moment in the escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies.

"Trump is hopeful for a breakthrough with Xi but is ready to impose more tariffs if the upcoming talks don't yield progress, Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters Tuesday during a briefing ahead of the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina.

"The president believes 'there is a good possibility that we can make a deal' and he 'is open to it,' Kudlow said later Tuesday.

"Washington and Beijing remain at odds on key issues such as U.S. accusations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer, he said."

 
 
— Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg
— Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg
Posted November 28, 2018 • 08:04 am
 
Question of the Week   
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"SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies.The social network disclosed the amount in its quarterly financial results, saying it estimated a one-time…[more]
 
 
—Mike Isaac and Cecilia Kang, New York Times
— Mike Isaac and Cecilia Kang, New York Times
 
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