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That’s the percentage of New Jersey Democrats who said Sen. Bob Menendez deserved to be reelected, compared to 42 percent who said he did not, according to a Quinnipiac University survey. Menendez’s federal corruption trial recently ended in a deadlocked jury, and he’s still a favorite to win reelection, especially if no one challenges him in the Democratic primary. [FiveThirtyEight]
Number of seats in the German parliament controlled by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU party (out of 709). The liberal FDP party pulled out of talks with Merkel’s bloc to form a governing coalition, throwing German politics into chaos. Merkel said she would prefer a new election rather than lead a minority government. [BBC]
Reported bid for The Weinstein Company, the producer and distributor previously helmed by Harvey Weinstein. Interestingly, the bid comes from Maria Contreras-Sweet, who led the Small Business Administration during the Obama presidency. It includes a majority-female board (helmed by Contreras-Sweet) and a fund for Weinstein’s victims. [Deadline, Wall Street Journal]
The Justice Department sued on Monday to block AT&T’s bid to buy Time Warner, saying the deal would stifle innovation and increase TV bills. AT&T will defend the $85.4 billion merger in court. On either a related or unrelated note: Time Warner owns CNN, which the Trump administration has repeatedly derided, and President Trump said the deal should be blocked during the 2016 campaign. [The New York Times]
Cost of the B-21 program, the Pentagon’s next-generation bomber project, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It’s here where I’d normally give some added context regarding the B-21’s capabilities and weapons systems, but it’s mostly super classified. All we have is a heavily redacted report on the B-21 from the Pentagon’s inspector general. [Bloomberg]
A new White House estimate put the true cost of the opioid epidemic at $504 billion in 2015, much higher than recent estimates. The study factored in the health care and economic costs of both prescription drugs and illicit drugs like heroin. [The Associated Press]
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