Jeff Sessions showed a bit of his hand on antitrust issues at his confirmation hearing:

  • He told one Senator that ambiguity in the law "leaves dangers of -- if not politicalization of it -- it remains dangers of policy agendas getting embroiled in it"
  • He also said he disapproves of regulators advancing "some other separate, discrete agenda that's not reasonably connected to the merger itself" by applying broad conditions to deals they approve

Decoded: His positions put him at odds with Donald Trump, who reportedly still wants to shut down AT&T's proposed purchase of Time Warner. Typically, the White House isn't directly involved in antitrust reviews, but that's not set in stone. Trump would benefit from having Sessions in its corner during that fight — especially since Republicans generally view big deals favorably.

Who else should care: Anyone with a stake in the rumored merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, or other potential deals.

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Virtual Emmys address chaotic year for American TV and society

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The Emmy Awards Sunday night addressed the major U.S. issues this year — including the protests on systemic racism and police brutality, the wildfires engulfing parts of the West Coast, the census, the pandemic, essential works and the election.

Why it matters: Award shows have always addressed wider cultural issues, but this year — amid unprecedented stress and uncertainty — that trend has accelerated.