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FTC chair Lina Khan. Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images.

Amazon wants Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan recused from any antitrust investigation targeting the company, arguing her past statements about the e-commerce giant create the appearance that she has prejudged the company.

Why it matters: Amazon's purchase of MGM will reportedly be reviewed by the FTC.

The big picture: Khan rose to prominence with a law review article about the antitrust issues posed by Amazon, and her appointment as chair of the agency was cheered by Big Tech critics who want to see the government rein in the companies.

Details: In a 25-page recusal motion filed Wednesday, Amazon highlighted Khan's previous work for antitrust advocacy group Open Markets Institute, her academic paper "Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox" and her work on the House Judiciary Committee's digital markets investigation.

  • "Although Amazon profoundly disagrees with Chair Khan’s conclusions about the company, it does not dispute her right to have spoken provocatively and at great length about it in her prior roles," Amazon wrote in its petition.
  • "But given her long track record of detailed pronouncements about Amazon, and her repeated proclamations that Amazon has violated the antitrust laws, a reasonable observer would conclude that she no longer can consider the company’s antitrust defenses with an open mind."
  • An FTC spokesperson declined comment.

Read the filing.

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The Biden administration sent another warning to Big Tech on Monday in nominating longtime privacy advocate Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission.

Why it matters: Bedoya's expertise on data collection and surveillance, combined with Biden's pick to lead the FTC, tech antitrust legal scholar Lina Khan, signals aggressive action from both the consumer protection and antitrust arms of the agency.

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A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a public health order that fast-tracked deportations of migrant families at the southern border.

Why it matters: President Biden has faced significant backlash for retaining the Trump-era policy, which was implemented as a COVID containment measure. The expulsions deny adult migrants and families the chance for asylum.

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Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin condemned China's "aggressive" and "destabilizing" behavior at a press conference Thursday, as they inaugurated a major new trilateral security partnership with Australia and the U.K.

Why it matters: China was not explicitly mentioned in President Biden's announcement of the AUKUS alliance, through which the U.S. and the U.K. will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of a broader effort to ensure "peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific."