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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Democrats sound alarm on mail-in votes

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Democrats are calling a last-minute audible on mail-in voting after last night's Supreme Court ruling on Wisconsin.

Driving the news: Wisconsin Democrats and the Democratic secretary of state of Michigan are urging voters to return absentee ballots to election clerks’ offices or drop boxes. They are warning that the USPS may not be able to deliver ballots by the Election Day deadline.

Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere sentenced to life in prison

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Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday in federal court for sex trafficking among other crimes, the New York Times reports.

Catch up quick: Raniere was convicted last summer with sex trafficking, conspiracy, sexual exploitation of a child, racketeering, forced labor and possession of child pornography. His so-called self-improvement workshops, which disguised rampant sexual abuse, were popular among Hollywood and business circles.

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Americans are moving again

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For decades, the share of Americans moving to new cities has been falling. The pandemic-induced rise of telework is turning that trend around.

Why it matters: This dispersion of people from big metros to smaller ones and from the coasts to the middle of the country could be a boon for dozens of left-behind cities across the U.S.