Bob Herman Jan 19, 2017
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Cigna waffles on Anthem deal

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Cigna still doesn't appear to be gung-ho about its proposed merger with Anthem. In a regulatory filing Thursday, Cigna said it will "evaluate its options" after a federal court rules on the merger, even though no decision has been made yet.

Anthem sent a written notice this week asking to extend the deal's deadline to April 30 as the two sides await to hear from a federal judge following a lengthy trial. The Department of Justice sued to block the deal, along with the Aetna-Humana transaction, arguing the health insurance mergers are anticompetitive. The filing is yet another sign of Cigna's lukewarm attitude.

Background: Anthem has pursued its $53 billion acquisition of Cigna since July 2015, and it's been messy from the start. David Cordani, Cigna's chief executive officer, wanted to be the future chief executive officer of the combined company, but was given no such assurances. The legal teams at Anthem and Cigna also have had a contentious relationship, as the Wall Street Journal has outlined.

Mike Allen 44 mins ago
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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.