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John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile, gave the first public acknowledgment on Thursday that his company could merge with Sprint. They're the #3 and #4 wireless companies in the U.S.

He told the Verge: "So in the future structure of the industry, there are a number of people who think, well, it may make sense from a scale standpoint to consider the coming together of T-Mobile and Sprint."

The backstory: Softbank, the Japanese owner of Sprint, has been looking for a way to join forces with T-Mobile for some time. When the idea was floated in 2014, Obama-era antitrust regulators signaled they were dead-set against reducing the number of national wireless carriers.

Why now: The renewed rumors stem from speculation that Trump's administration is more open to the marriage. Softbank has already curried favor with Trump by promising to bring 5,000 jobs back to the U.S. from overseas, which a Wall Street analysts saw as a sign that the company was greasing the wheels for a merger review.

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The House and Senate face an onslaught of deadlines key to fulfilling members' campaign promises and keeping the government afloat as they return from recess this week.

Why it matters: The next few weeks will be pivotal to enacting President Biden's agenda — and determining how the Democratic Party fares in the midterm elections.

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Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

The latest: Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.