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Jonathan Kanter. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 68-29 to confirm Big Tech foe Jonathan Kanter to lead the antitrust division of the Justice Department.

Why it matters: Kanter, a favorite among progressives, joins Biden administration antitrust gurus Tim Wu and FTC chair Lina Khan who want to see more aggressive action against monopoly power.

Catch up quick: The antitrust attorney previously worked at the FTC and law firm Paul Weiss before starting his own antitrust firm last year. He has worked on behalf of clients with complaints about Big Tech.

What they're saying: “It’s never been clearer that monopolies, particularly unaccountable platforms like Facebook and Google, are a menace to families, small businesses, and communities around the country," Sarah Miller, executive director of anti-monopoly advocacy group the American Economic Liberties Project.

  • "Kanter’s leadership at the Department of Justice will mark the beginning of the end of this era of lawlessness for powerful corporations."

Go deeper: Biden chooses a tough top antitrust cop

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Rupert Murdoch criticizes Trump for staying "focused on the past"

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Rupert Murdoch took a dig at former President Trump Wednesday, telling investors that conservatives can't move forward while Trump stays focused on the past.

Why it matters: Murdoch and Trump's relationship soured after the media titan, best known for his ownership of conservative-leaning outlets like Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, reportedly made the final call to give his team the go-ahead on calling Arizona for President Biden on election night last year.

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First U.S. case of the Omicron variant identified in California

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The first U.S. case of the Omicron variant was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: The confirmed case was detected in a traveler returning from South Africa who was fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms, the CDC says.

Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to weaken abortion rights and perhaps to let states ban the procedure altogether.

The intrigue: The court seemed likely to throw out the framework established in Roe v. Wade, but it wasn't clear whether a majority of the justices were inclined to overturn the court's precedents entirely.