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Broadcom makes $100 billion Qualcomm bid official

President Donald Trump hugs Broadcom CEO Hock Tan during an event to announce the company is moving its global headquarters to the United States Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Broadcom on Monday officially offered to buy chipmaking rival Qualcomm for around $103 billion, or $70 per share in cash and stock, not inclusive of around $22 billion in assumed debt.

Why it matters: If completed, this would be the largest pure technology merger of all time, topping Dell's purchase of EMC. It also would create the world's third-largest chipmaker, behind Intel and Samsung.

D.C. angle: Broadcom last week announced that it would move its headquarters from Singapore to the U.S., in part due to the prospect for tax reform. The reality, however, is that the relocation was largely to smooth the way not only for this transaction, but also future M&A efforts. Even if tax reform falters, Broadcom plans to proceed with both the move and the Qualcomm buy.

Related transactions: Broadcom's previously-announced $5 billion deal for Brocade and Qualcomm's previously-announced $47 billion deal for NXP Semiconductors both remain in process, but needn't be consummated for the larger transaction to continue.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.