Media colossus Time Warner's takeover of telecommunications giant AT&T was supposed to have been sealed last fall. But then the US government stepped in to block it. Now a judge has put an end to the deadlock.
US media have claimed President Trump's recklessness with the CIA cost America its top spy in the Kremlin. Even if the president is not to blame, there is still a lot of tension between him and US intelligence services.
Moscow downplayed US media reports that said the CIA spy had access to Vladimir Putin and was extracted in 2017 over concerns of media exposure.
The United States Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit to prevent AT&T and Time Warner from completing an $85 billion merger. Some fear the move may be politically motivated.
Donald Trump revoked a pesky CNN reporter's White House press pass this week. That kind of punitive action against the media would be unthinkable in Germany, where journalists invite the politicians to press conferences.
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