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Broadcom said it is "disappointed" that a shareholder meeting — where it hoped to gain control of Qualcomm's board — will be delayed by a U.S. government inquiry requested by Qualcomm itself.

Why it matters: Broadcom has been seeking control of Qualcomm's board in order to force consideration of its takeover bid, which has thus far been rejected. The shareholder meeting was originally slated for Tuesday.

The Committee on Foreign investment in the U.S (CFIUS). which is reportedly now looking into the issue, is a government panel tasked with looking into overseas investments in U.S. companies. It typically doesn't weigh a transaction until a deal is reached. (TechCrunch has a good explainer on CFIUS here.)

Government action: The government said that a 30-day delay will allow CFIUS "the ability to investigate fully Broadcom’s proposed acquisition of Qualcomm."

  • Last week Axios reported on how Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) had asked Treasury for a Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) review prior to Tuesday's vote, which would have asked Qualcomm shareholders to pick between director slates proposed by each company. Axios also has seen similar letters sent by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) to both President Trump and Defense Secretary Mattis.
  • The WSJ's editorial board reported just last night that CFIUS had declined to conduct such a review, which seems to have been incorrect.
  • Broadcom is accusing Qualcomm of surreptitiously asking for a review. No response yet from Qualcomm, but don't be surprised if it takes exception to the claim.

History lesson: Broadcom made a $103 million bid for Qualcomm back in November, which Qualcomm's board rejected. That prompted Broadcom to move in December to seek control of Qualcomm's board.

Also: Qualcomm today extended its tender for NXP Semiconductors to market close Friday. Remember that Qualcomm recently raised the price to both appease NXP shareholders and also to poison the waters for Broadcom.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."