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Ken Buck. Photo: Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images

In a key sign conservatives are gunning for a Big Tech antitrust battle in the upcoming Biden administration, a number of prominent conservative groups are backing Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) to be the next ranking Republican on the House's antitrust panel, according to a letter shared with Axios.

Why it matters: The Colorado Republican has been a key voice in tech antitrust debates, recently finding common ground with committee chairman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) on ideas to tamper the power and reach of Big Tech firms, which they have accused of anticompetitive behavior.

  • The House Judiciary Committee conducted a year-long investigation into Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon, culminating in reports from Buck and the Democratic majority that outlined a vision for legislation.

What they're saying: Buck "has shown his dedication to standing up against Big Tech's censorship of conservative viewpoints," the conservative groups write.

  • "As these corporations have ventured to crush consumers and small business under their economic ambitions, Rep. Buck has immersed himself in Congressional efforts to promote meaningful policy reforms that support conservative principles."

Zoom in ... Among the three dozen signees: The Internet Accountability Project, a conservative-backed anti-big tech group; Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute; L. Brent Bozell III, chairman of For America; and Charlie Kirk, president of Turning Point USA.

What to watch: If Buck wins the ranking post, he'll have a prominent role to play in turning the antitrust subcommittee's ideas into legislation.

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The world's biggest tech firms are at each other's throats over how to manage data privacy, an issue that will shape the internet economy for years to come.

Why it matters: Absent any U.S. government intervention, tech companies are introducing rules that favor their own ideals and business models, sometimes at their peers' expense.

UNC race conscious admissions process upheld by judge

Students walk through the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Aug. 18, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can continue its race conscious admissions process, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

Why it matters: The case could end up in the Supreme Court after the conservative nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) vowed to appeal the judge's ruling that UNC didn't discriminate against against white and Asian American applicants in its policy that it said was designed to increase diversity.

SEC debunks conspiracy theories about meme stock mania

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The SEC issued its long-awaited report on the meme stock mania, which downplayed the narrative that a "short squeeze" was the primary driver behind GameStop's historic stock moves — and shot down conspiracy theories about the event.

Why it matters: The postmortem was highly anticipated, largely because of what it could hint about what the regulator thinks should be done in wake of the saga. But the report stopped short of specific policy recommendations.