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Jon Talton

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February 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Vote: Should Comcast get its merger?

You already know what I think about the proposed Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable: It is anti-competitive, anti-customer and further consolidation in an industry with too much local monopoly power already. I also wonder if the Obama administration will stand up to it, especially in an election year when Democrats need the campaign cash provided by the oligarchs (thanks, Citizens United).

Now it’s your turn.

This Week’s Links:

The CBO and the bizarre, partisan jobs debate | NY Magazine

How fast-growing startups can avoid ‘big, dumb company disease’ | Wired

‘The Meat Racket’ at Tyson Foods | NPR

Five charts to explain China’s shadow banking and how it could make a slowdown even uglier | Quartz

Graphic: How dark money flows through the Koch network | ProPublica

A Florida factory death reminds us why regulations exist | BusinessWeek

Watch for companies to claim ‘Jack Frost ate our profits’ | Reuters

The end of work? | Outside the Beltway

What good are payday loans? | The New Yorker

How big banks are cashing in on food stamps | American Prospect

The Silicon Valley lie that’s costing us big: ‘Everything is free’ | Salon

The stimulus tragedy | Economist’s View

Today’s Econ Haiku:

Rome burned, Nero played

The Fed in ’08 was worse

It held a meeting

Comments | More in Telecom | Topics: Comcast-Time Warner

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