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Carter Page’s attempt to insert himself into the AT&T merger gets rebuffed by judge and Justice Dept lawyer

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The Trump administration on Thursday made their distaste for Carter Page even more apparent when a Justice Department lawyer took the unusual step of asking a federal judge to throw out an amicus brief he’d written on the basis of its irrelevancy.

As Vanity Fair‘s Tina Nguyen reported for The Hive, Page’s amicus brief against the Time Warner-AT&T merger was not only self-aggrandizing (he claimed he knew the merger was bad because he’d been targeted by the “telecommunications-media oligopoly”) — it also has drawn the ire of his former employer.

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Justice Department attorney Craig Conrath told the judge presiding over the hearing about the merger that the DOJ’s Anti-Trust Division doesn’t generally “oppose amicus briefs in the district courts,” but Page’s brief appears to be a special case.

“Dr. Page’s submission does not appear to be meaningfully relevant to the issues in this case,” Conrath said.

The judge appeared to agree with the the DOJ lawyer, and denied Page’s brief. In response, the unfettered former Trump adviser said he was “not disappointed at all.”

 


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Dr. Fauci emotionally recounts his close relationship with the late AIDS activist Larry Kramer

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has burst on to the national stage as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, but his work as a public health official extends back decades. He was a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in an interview on PBS NewsHour on Wednesday, he offered a personal and emotional glimpse into that history.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Larry Kramer, a famed writer and influential AIDS activist, had died at age 84. PBS host Judy Woodroof noted that Fauci and Kramer had been friends.

"In the beginning of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, the two of you had a pretty contentious relationship," Woodroof said. "But that changed over time."

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REVEALED: An Obama-era plan to protect medical workers in a pandemic was thwarted under Trump

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his Democratic predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, left him ill-prepared to handle a major health crisis when, in fact, Obama’s administration left behind a comprehensive pandemic game plan that included a 69-page playbook. But Trump’s administration abandoned those Obama-era recommendations. On top of that, National Public Radio’s Brian Mann is reporting that Trump’s administration, in 2017, “stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19.”

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Here’s the real reason Trump and the GOP don’t want mail-in voting

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Trump and Republicans don’t want mail-in voting this November because it blows up a couple of their most effective voter suppression schemes.

In presidential elections dating back to 2000, there’s been noticeable media coverage of long lines in majority-black precincts; commentators sometimes wonder out loud why people would have to wait in line 8 hours to vote in, for example, inner city Ohio in 2004 or Milwaukee in the 2020 primaries.

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