Dec 20, 2017

AT&T will give employees a bonus after Trump signs tax bill

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson earlier this year. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

AT&T said on Wednesday that it would give $1,000 bonuses to "more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees" when President Trump signs the tax reform bill passed by Congress on Wednesday. It will also, it says, fulfill a $1 billion capital investment pledge when the bill becomes law.

Why it matters: It's a calculated move to get credit from GOP lawmakers and the White House as the Trump Justice Department sues to block AT&T's proposed $85 billion purchase of Time Warner.

Real talk: Both the employee payout and capital investment are both relative drops in the bucket for AT&T. The more than $200 million in bonuses the company will give out is far less than the $500 million breakup fee the telco would owe Time Warner if regulators block the deal.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.