Jan 30, 2019

1. Republicans name members of House Intelligence Committee

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GOP leadership has officially named the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, four weeks after the new Democratic-controlled Congress took office.

Why it matters: The panel was the final House committee to be filled by Republicans, with the delay hampering the ability of the Democratic majority to start conducting business and issuing subpoenas related to the Trump-Russia investigation. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the new chair of the committee, has pledged to reopen the Russia probe in light of the indictments of several Trump associates, and said his first order of business would be to hand over all witness transcripts to the Mueller investigation.

Republicans:

  • Rep. Devin Nunes (Ranking member)
  • Rep. Mike Conaway
  • Rep. Mike Turner
  • Rep. Brad Wenstrup
  • Rep. Chris Stewart
  • Rep. Rick Crawford
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik
  • Rep. Will Hurd
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe

Democrats:

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (Chairman)
  • Rep. Jim Himes
  • Rep. Terri Sewell
  • Rep. André Carson
  • Rep. Jackie Speier
  • Rep. Mike Quigley
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro
  • Rep. Denny Heck
  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
  • Rep. Val Demings
  • Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi
  • Rep. Peter Welch

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.

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