Current Deputy White House Counsel Makan Delrahi is President Trump's pick to be top antitrust enforcer, the White House announced Monday night.

If he is confirmed as Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, he'll oversee the reviews of major industry mergers, including the $85 billion proposed combination of AT&T and Time Warner. Other transactions pending at the DOJ include the merger of Dow Chemical and Dupont, and Bayer AG's acquisition of Monsanto.

Why it matters: Business leaders are anxious to see how the Trump administration will approach mega-mergers that would have been tougher sells under the Obama administration. While Republicans are generally more hands-off when it comes to antitrust, President Trump has publicly opposed the AT&T-Time Warner deal. While his stance seems to have softened since taking office, he's said there needs to be competition in the media market.

Bio: Prior to working in private practice at a LA law firm, Delrahim was an antitrust enforcer in the G.W. Bush administration. During that time, Delrahim led an investigation into complaints of anticompetitive practices at Clear Channel Communication's radio and concert businesses. The investigation was closedafter the company voluntarily spun off its concert arm into the separate Live Nation entity, according to the WSJ. He also served as chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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A massive wildfire that prompted mandatory evacuations in Southern California over the weekend burned 26,450 acres and was 5% contained by Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The big picture: As California remains an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., some 15 separate fires are raging across the state. About 7,800 people were under evacuation orders from the Apple Fire, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, as hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze. CalFire said Monday that a malfunction involving a "diesel-fueled vehicle emitting burning carbon from the exhaust system" started the Apple Fire.

Twitter faces FTC fine of up to $250 million over alleged privacy violations

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The Federal Trade Commission has accused Twitter of using phone numbers and emails from its users to make targeted ads between 2013 and 2019, Twitter said in an SEC filing published Monday.

Why it matters: Twitter estimates that the FTC's draft complaint, which was sent a few days after its Q2 earnings report, could cost the company between $150 million and $250 million. The complaint is unrelated to the recent Twitter hack involving a bitcoin scam.