Jan 26, 2017

Report tags Peter Thiel as Trump’s man on antitrust

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel is in charge of the search for officials to be the nation's new competition regulators, according to BuzzFeed News' Will Alden and Hamza Shaban. They cited an earlier report from Global Competition Report in addition to their own sources. They echo two names that have emerged as consensus contenders to chair the FTC:

  • Joshua Wright, a former commissioner who has been involved with Trump's transition and is close to Google. BuzzFeed News reports that his selection is "unlikely."
  • Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who previously said the FTC should consider reopening a probe into the search giant.

The key question: Will the new permanent FTC chair and the top antitrust official at the Justice Department agree with President Trump, who has called for aggressive antitrust enforcement in some cases?

And then there's this: Thiel actually doesn't have a big problem with a company dominating the competition. "All happy companies are different: Each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem," he wrote in 2014. "All failed companies are the same: They failed to escape competition."

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The aftermath of George Floyd's death: Everything you need to know

A mural outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, near where George Floyd was killed in an encouner with police. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in jail under $500,000 bail on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter after a video of him kneeling on George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes and Floyd's death catapulted the country's major cities into a state of protest.

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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Live updates: SpaceX attempts to launch NASA astronauts Saturday

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

At 3:22 p.m. ET today, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for the first time.

Why it matters: The liftoff — should it go off without a hitch — will be the first time a private company has launched people to orbit. It will also bring crewed launches back to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since the end of the space shuttle program.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 5,968,693— Total deaths: 365,796 — Total recoveries — 2,520,587Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 1,749,846 — Total deaths: 102,900 — Total recoveries: 406,446 — Total tested: 16,099,515Map.
  3. Economy: The future of mobility in the post-pandemic worldGeorge Floyd's killing and economic calamity are both part of America's unfinished business.
  4. Supreme Court: Chief Justice Roberts sides with liberals in denying challenge to California's pandemic worship rules.
  5. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March.
  6. 2020: North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing.
  7. Business: Fed chair Powell says coronavirus is "great increaser" of income inequality.