The Washington headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

In a win for the broadcasting industry, the FCC voted Thursday along party lines to lift limits on media consolidation.

Why it matters: It's FCC chairman Ajit Pai's latest move to deregulate the media industry after a year in which he has regularly been accused by Democrats of trying to aid the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is trying to buy Tribune Media.

The details:

  • The agency repealed the ban on owning a television station and newspaper in the same market, and a similar rule for owning TV and radio stations.
  • The FCC will also be able to waive a prohibition on owning two of the top four stations in a single market.

What's next?: The move will likely be challenged in court.

Go deeper: We wrote earlier this week about why this has been a great year for broadcasters in Washington. The agency also voted on Thursday to allow broadcasters to use a new technical standard that will let them track viewer data for ad targeting purposes.

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Biden's doctrine: Erase Trump, re-embrace the world

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Foreign policy will look drastically different if Joe Biden defeats President Trump in November, advisers tell Axios — starting with a Day One announcement that the U.S. is re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement and new global coordination of the coronavirus response.

The big picture: If Trump's presidency started the "America First" era of withdrawal from global alliances, Biden's team says his presidency would be the opposite: a re-engagement with the world and an effort to rebuild those alliances — fast.

Robert Mueller speaks out on Roger Stone commutation

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

Trump dons face mask during Walter Reed visit

Trump wearing a face mask in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 11. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.