"I'm not sure how selling CNN addresses any antitrust concerns so I would expect AT&T to challenge that requirement", Allyn Arden, an analyst at S&P Global Ratings told Wired.
AT&T executives have consistently expressed optimism about the deal being approved.
Some US commentators claim president Donald Trump - a severe critic of CNN - is behind the DoJ's alleged demands. "It's hard to imagine an antitrust argument that will be compelling" from the government, he said. The White House has also said that Trump has not spoken to Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the matter, nor were any White House officials authorized to speak to DOJ on it.
Speculation among Wall Street insiders and people within the companies has risen over whether the administration's feeling about CNN could be influencing the decision, the Journal reported. Transactions like Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011 are routinely approved with conditions attached.
Rather than attempting to weaken CNN as a condition of the merger, the DOJ should move against it for the reasons cited by Trump himself while campaigning in Gettysburg in 2016.
But on Wednesday morning, AT&T said the timing of the deal's closing is now "uncertain". "We are prepared to litigate now", Stephenson told CNBC on the sidelines of the New York Times Dealbook conference. The government has the burden to show that the deal would reduce competition.
The president has frequently referred to CNN as "fake news". As a candidate, Trump vowed to block the deal because it concentrated too much "power in the hands of too few".
So some observers have been concerned about possible interference all year long.
Stephenson said several times on Thursday that a combined AT&T and Time Warner will create a data and advertising company whose competitors will be the newest and most disruptive entrants into the media sector, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Netflix Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google, not other wireless phone companies.
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On last Sunday's "Reliable Sources" on CNN, when asked whether Trump has had any involvement, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said "we're not going to interfere with that here". He said he wants the department to investigate his political rivals, including Hillary Clinton.
Rene Albert Boucher, 59, is accused of tackling Paul and was charged with fourth-degree assault, according to court documents. It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial".
Uber plans to make vertical take-off and landing vehicles, which will allow their flying cars to take off and land vertically. Customers could hail a flying taxi much in the same way they would with an Uber auto : via smartphone.
Four years ago, Rawlings added a sabermetric component that comprises about 25 percent of the selection total. Gordon's five awards are the second most in franchise history, behind Frank White's eight (1977-82, '86-87).
Moore explained that he rejects calls for him to recuse himself from the Senate race because he "had nothing to do with this". The state Republican Party has the power to disqualify Moore from the election, according to the Alabama secretary of state.
However, OTL's sources said that not only does Jones want Goodell out, but he also has his own candidate in mind to replace him. According to ESPN , Goodell is furious that his next contract might be performance-based.
Only five percent of users went above 140 characters during the test, and only 2 percent ever went north of 190 characters. Now every Twitter user - from first-day users to President Donald Trump - will have twice the room to share their thoughts.
There's no fee for debit card transactions, while an "industry standard" fee will apply for money funded with credit cards. The company also released a second developer beta for watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 alongside the iOS 11 .2 release.
Kevin Spacey was officially removed from CBS' upcoming special celebrating the 50th anniversary of "The Carol Burnett Show". An attorney for Unruh said her son has spoken to police on the island and a criminal investigation has been opened.
She's here and she's gonna rock it, so fans better start ordering their blue trousers now to get ready for cosplay costumes. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: "hope".
Meanwhile, Beijing has made some concessions to Trump on trade - for example, increasing imports from the U.S. But Tsinghua University professor Chu Shulong argues that these were things China wanted anyway.
Louis CK gets dumped by FX, management company and publicist
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Centre slashes GST on 178 mass use items
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Packers waive TE Martellus Bennett, ending short tenure
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Sheep recognize faces of celebrities
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