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David McLaughlin

Trump's Top Merger Watchdog Approved

Makan Delrahim, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division, was confirmed by the Senate as two blockbuster mergers await his review: AT&T Inc.’s takeover of Time Warner Inc. and Bayer AG’s deal for Monsanto Co.

FTC Opens Investigation Into Equifax Breach

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a powerful Congressional committee are investigating the data breach at Equifax Inc., deepening government scrutiny of the cyber attack that may have compromised the privacy of 143 million U.S. consumers.

Trump Blocks China-Backed Lattice Bid

President Donald Trump blocked a Chinese-backed investor from buying Lattice Semiconductor Corp., casting a cloud over Chinese deals seeking U.S. security clearance and spurring a call for fairness from Beijing.

Lattice Weighs Seeking Trump’s Intervention on China Deal

Lattice Semiconductor Corp. is considering seeking President Donald Trump’s approval of its proposed takeover by a China-backed buyer after a secretive national security panel repeatedly rebuffed the companies, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Trump Favors Outside Candidate Simons to Lead FTC

President Donald Trump is poised to nominate a longtime antitrust attorney as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, bypassing its acting Republican leader in favor of an outside candidate.

Trump’s First Health-Care Fraud Sweep Targets Doctors, Opioids

The U.S. accused more than 400 doctors, caregivers and others nationwide in health-care frauds it says bilked taxpayers of $1.3 billion, as the Trump administration laid down its intention to pursue excessive medical costs, opioid addiction and drug-related crimes.

Ex-FBI Chief Mueller Named Special Counsel on Russia Probe

The U.S. Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the bureau’s investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election, as well as possible collusion by Trump campaign associates, and to prosecute any federal crimes uncovered.

A Merger That Trump Derided as a Candidate Pushes Forward: QuickTake Q&A

Federal antitrust officials looking at the proposed $85.4 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. are still reviewing whether it might hurt consumers. The president, strangely enough, has already weighed in. While a candidate, Donald Trump said his administration wouldn’t approve an AT&T-Time Warner marriage because that would put "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few." As president-elect, Trump met with AT&T executives in New York. The question now is whe

Candidates, Lawmakers Flag AT&T-Time Warner Antitrust Concerns

AT&T Inc.’s planned takeover of Time Warner Inc. mirrors Comcast Corp.’s successful acquisition of NBCUniversal, but the new pairing may face a rockier path through Washington as Democratic and Republican presidential contenders, along with key lawmakers, express skepticism.

Anthem Faces Showdown With Antitrust Cops in Bid for Cigna

Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. are preparing for a showdown with senior Justice Department officials this week in their effort to persuade the government to allow the health insurers to combine, lest they wind up dueling in court over a $1.85 billion breakup fee, according to people familiar with the matter.

Sanders Slams Closed Process, Rift With Top Democrats Widens

Bernie Sanders stepped up his feud with Democratic leadership, saying he’s backing the primary opponent of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the party’s national committee chairwoman, and taking on an “undemocratic” nominating process.