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Despite all the speculation that T-Mobile and Sprint will give a merger another go under the Trump administration, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter indicated this week that joining forces with a cable company is a better strategy.

Speaking at a Deutsche Bank investor conference, Fortune reports that Braxton talked up the benefits of wireless-cable convergence, including "amazing monetization opportunities":

I really think it's a question of when, not if...How do you really create that national scale that's really important? I think that's why eventually we'll get to the point where convergence will become a reality. — T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter

Between the lines: Softbank Group founder Masayoshi Son, who owns a majority stake in Sprint, is very eager to get a deal done three years after his last attempt was scuttled by regulators. While the regulatory environment has changed with the new administration, Carter said it's not a slam dunk, and any potential transaction would need to include a hefty break-up fee if it ended up being blocked—a major downside to T-Mobile, which knows a thing or two about break-up fees.

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Vaccinations, relief timing dominate Sweet 16 call

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) speaks during a news conference in December with a group of bipartisan lawmakers. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Vaccine distribution, pandemic data and a cross-party comity dominated today's virtual meeting between White House officials and a bipartisan group of 16 senators, Senator Angus King told Axios.

Why it matters: Given Democrats' razor-thin majority in both chambers of Congress, President Biden will have to rely heavily on this group of centrist lawmakers — dubbed the "Sweet 16" — to pass any substantial legislation.

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Why it matters: Schumer is up for re-election in 2o22 and could face a challenger, and he's also spearheading his party's broader effort to hold onto its narrow congressional majorities.

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The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.