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The London Stock Exchange this morning rejected a proposed $39 billion takeover by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, saying that it instead plans to proceed with its own $27 billion acquisition of financial data firm Refnitiv.

Why it matters: We suggested this one could face political headwinds, and it appears that LSE's board felt the same, per the mention in its rejection letter of how HKEX's government relationships could "complicate matters." LSE also told HKEX not to bother with a follow-up offer, writing: "The board unanimously rejects the conditional proposal and, given its fundamental flaws, sees no merit in further engagement."

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Justice Department sues Google over alleged search monopoly

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The Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets.

Why it matters: The long-awaited suit is Washington's first major blow against the tech giants that many on both the right and left argue have grown too large and powerful. Still, this is just step one in what could be a lengthy and messy court battle.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 5 million infections.

In photos: Florida breaks record for in-person early voting

Voters wait in line at John F. Kennedy Public Library in Hialeah, Florida on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

More Floridians cast early ballots for the 2020 election on Monday than in the first day of in-person early voting in 2016, shattering the previous record by over 50,000 votes, Politico reports.

The big picture: Voters have already cast over 31 million ballots in early voting states as of Tuesday, per the U.S. Elections Project database by Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida.