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Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox could be nearing a $60 billion merger deal that could come as soon next week, sources tell CNBC. CNBC previously reported that Disney approached Fox about a deal to buy its entertainment assets, which would include its movie studio, and entertainment channels like FX and National Geographic. Comcast and Verizon have also reportedly indicated interest in buying Disney's entertainment assets.

Why it matters: The deal comes at a time of rapid consolidation in the media industry, as traditional media companies try to scale to compete with tech-based media companies, like Netflix. A merger would likely face regulatory hurdles, given that the Justice Department's antitrust division sued AT&T two weeks ago to block a merger with Time Warner.

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Breaking down the Tesla obsession

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Tesla is the company of the moment — the prime exemplar of just about any big and important trend that you might care about.

Why it matters: Almost every reader of finance and business news will have at least one strongly-held opinion about Tesla. What you might not realize is just how widely those opinions range, and the degree to which they map onto much broader views of the world.

Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."