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Jul 29, 2020 3 tweets 2 min read Read on X
This line of questioning from @RepValDemings on the combining of user profiles of Google and DoubleClick against what they promised in 2007/2008 is *incredibly important.* #BigTechBarons
This is a big deal, @RepValDemings putting Sundar Pichai on the spot over Google's choice in 2016 to fulfill its bait and switch strategy. I hope European regulators reviewing the Google-Fitbit deal are listening. #BigTechBarons
Show me the last time a journalist put any CEO on the spot the way @RepValDemings just did, let alone four the most powerful men in the corporate world. #BigTechBarons

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The spread of Walmart in the 1980s shattered Southern politics, that’s *purely* a trade and antitrust story. The civil rights movement is not why the South went to the right.

Also West Virginia was never Republican. The story of civil rights delivering the south to the right makes no sense!
The myth of modern liberalism is rooted in southerners being racist instead of Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy deregulating airlines and trucking to crush labor. It’s just rich kid story time.
Obviously civil rights broke the Jim Crow machines and that put the South in play for a whole suite of new interests, and flipped a bunch of whites to the GOP. But that just made the region competitive.
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Private equity giant Apollo has announced a new line of business where the firm takes out life insurance policies on Boeing whistleblowers.
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Can we admit Obamacare was a disaster and Obama was a bad President yet? Or are we still pretending that Biden is the problem because he’s not cool?…
If the Rs has an alternative beyond ‘feed sick people into a woodchipper’ they would have implemented it already.
Also the statement ‘we need universal health care’ is answering the wrong question. We need to stop equating health insurance with health care.
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1. A lot of people involved in the TikTok debate are saying 'hey but we aren't regulating our own social media firms so going after TikTok is cray cray.' But there is actually a lot Biden is doing to regulate social media and data you just don't know about. So let's take a look. Image
2. First, the Federal Trade Commission has banned Meta from tracking kids and using surveillance advertising to kids, and Meta is in litigation which it is slowly losing.
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Here's WH Press Secretary reading out talking points denying the 20% cut to the Antitrust Division budget. It would be nice if more than 5 people in the administration knew anything about the administration's policies.
It’s also nonsense. DOJ number #2 and ex-Apple lawyer Lisa Monaco’s absurd slush fund got a boost of $2 million from six months ago, the Antitrust Division got gutted.

The most charitable reading is they are dumb and don’t care. The least charitable reading is Lisa Monaco is working on behalf of big tech while at DOJ.
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Not to get all Will Stancil, but it is weird how little anyone on Twitter wants to give credit to Biden for doing good stuff. Like he cuts overdraft fees and the response is 'More half measures! Yay. I wonder how watered down this will get if it even happens.' It did happen!
I mean @joebiden and @PeteButtigieg preside over the smoothest travel season in a decade after massively punishing Southwest and there's zero interest, even from Buttigieg fans.
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