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Texas congressmen, recipients of AT&T cash, dial in support for T-Mobile merger

By | 10.10.11 | 2:10 pm

Image by Matt MahurinA Texas congressman is behind a letter sent to President Barack Obama last month disagreeing with the U.S. Department of Justice’s choice to block the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, a deal that would give the nation’s largest wireless carrier an even greater share of the market.

Perry-backed telecom merger blocked by DOJ for being anti-competitive

By | 09.01.11 | 1:05 pm

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice moved to block the proposed $39 billion takeover of mobile carrier T-Mobile by telecom giant AT&T, arguing the merger would violate anti-trust laws and would diminish price, quality, and innovation, Bloomberg News reported.

AT&T/T-Mobile merger has Perry’s support, but could cost South Texas call center jobs

By | 08.18.11 | 1:22 pm

As Gov. Rick Perry makes tours the country promoting Texas as the country’s hub for job growth, minority communities in the state with already high unemployment rates are slated to lose even more jobs if a major telecomm merger championed by Perry goes through, reports The Huffington Post.

Flush with telecom cash, Texas Congressmen push for AT&T, T-mobile merger

By | 08.05.11 | 12:09 pm

A telecommunications industry merger that critics say will hurt the public interest and inhibit competition is being backed by some Texas congressmen whose campaign coffers are lined with thousands of dollars from the telecom companies that will benefit from the deal.

Private interests fund inaugurations in Florida, Michigan, Texas

By | 01.18.11 | 1:44 pm

Image by Matt MahurinTexas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst aren’t the only state leaders in the U.S. to have private donors and corporate interests pick up the tab for their inauguration ceremony.

The Dallas Morning News‘ Wayne Slater reports that “Oil executives, beer distributors, lobbyists and big-dollar campaign donors

A Closer Look at Health Reform’s Effect on Corporate Profits

By | 04.06.10 | 10:44 am

With conservatives screaming from the rafters about the elimination of a business tax deduction for retiree benefits in the Democrats’ health reform law, The New York Times responds today with a pretty convincing argument for why the change makes sense.

First, here’s how the 2003 Medicare More…

Judge Dismisses Wiretapping Cases Against Telecoms, but Al-Haramain Can Proceed

By | 06.04.09 | 9:04 am

A federal district court judge in California yesterday dismissed a slew of lawsuits filed against telecommunications companies that allegedly helped the U.S. government engage in warrantless wiretapping.

Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco dismissed the cases because Congress explicitly gave the telecom companies immunity from civil suits in More…

The NSA is Still Wiretapping. And We’re Surprised?

By | 04.16.09 | 11:16 am

I hate to say it, but, I told you so

Just the other day, when I was writing about the case of Jewel v. NSA (and responding to the Columbia Journalism Review’s criticism that no one was covering this important case about warrantless wiretapping), I remarked that while More…

Big Break From Bush on ‘State Secrets’ Unlikely Under Obama

By | 04.09.09 | 12:01 am

In an interview that aired Wednesday night on the CBS Evening News, Attorney General Eric Holder suggested to Katie Couric that the Obama administration is unlikely to depart dramatically from the Bush administration’s position on the use of the state secrets privilege, noting just one case out of about 20 More…

Did The McCains Receive Special Treatment From Telecom Firms?

By | 10.15.08 | 7:58 pm

Have you ever lived somewhere with really lousy cell phone service?

If so, you’ve probably wondered if there was anything you could do about it. As it turns out, there is — as long as you happen to be married to a powerful senator who sits on the the Senate More…