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AT&T Cheerleading Squad for Merger: Nearly 100 Lobbyists

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:26:07 GMT

The AT&T logo at the spot where it trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.As a multimillion-dollar donor to lawmakers, with a huge roster of lobbyists, the communications giant is ready to pursue its $85 billion bid for Time Warner.

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Sumner Redstone Sues Ex-Girlfriends Over Accusations Including Elder Abuse

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:17:56 GMT

From left, Manuela Herzer, Sumner Redstone and Sydney Holland. Mr. Redstone is suing them, accusing them of engaging in a yearslong scheme to drain his wealth by running up credit card bills, selling stock and changing his estate plan.The former Viacom chairman’s lawsuit claims Manuela Herzer and Sydney Holland took advantage of him, leaving him with over $90 million in tax obligations.

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A Chilly Reaction to AT&T-Time Warner Deal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:29:15 GMT

An ESPN control room; Disney owns ESPN.A look at where the AT&T deal leaves other prominent media companies and what some think they might attempt to do in response.

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Cate Blanchett Morphs a Dozen Times in ‘Manifesto’

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:54:20 GMT

Cate Blanchett in the installation “Manifesto,” by Julian Rosefeldt.The actress inhabits 12 characters, all reciting words from 20th-century artists’ manifestoes, in this high-minded installation by Julian Rosefeldt.

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Too Good to Be Ignored: Women Who Reached the Top in Sports

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:28:37 GMT

Molly Schiot, whose new book is “Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History.”A new book, “Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History,” looks at women who overcame tremendous obstacles.

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One Last Growl for F.C.C.’s Sharp-Toothed Watchdog

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:53:19 GMT

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.Tom Wheeler, who increased regulation of the cable and wireless industries, now faces tough industry opposition and a review of a media megadeal.

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Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize With ‘The Sellout’

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:52:47 GMT

Mr. Beatty, the first American to capture the prestigious British award, wrote “The Sellout,” a scathing satire about race in America.

Common Sense: Why a Media Merger That Should Go Through Might Not

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:56:14 GMT

Under longstanding antitrust policy, the AT&T-Time Warner deal should be practically a shoo-in. But these are not usual times.

Code Names and Covert Meetings in AT&T’s Courtship of Time Warner

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:18:03 GMT

The secrecy surrounding the $85.4 billion merger was viewed as essential for a deal sure to raise concerns among lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups.

Lawyers for Adnan Syed, of ‘Serial’ Podcast, Ask Court to Free Him on Bail

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:18:53 GMT

Adnan Syed in Baltimore City Circuit Court in February.If Mr. Syed is released while awaiting a retrial in the killing of Hae Min Lee, it would be his first time out of prison in over 15 years.

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Drake Announces ‘More Life’ on His Preferred Platform, Apple Music

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:46:04 GMT

Drake, performing in September. He debuted three new tracks on Sunday night, during an episode of his “OVO Sound” show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio.The rapper said a new release, which he called a playlist rather than an album, would arrive in December.

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New York Times Company Buys The Wirecutter

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:25:52 GMT

Brian Lam, who founded The Wirecutter in 2011, will remain with the company as an adviser.The company also bought The Sweethome, a sister site. Both are product recommendation websites that offer guides on tech gadgets and home products.

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AT&T and Time Warner Seek to Mollify Deal’s Critics

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:38:46 GMT

AT&T’s chief executive, Randall Stephenson, and his Time Warner counterpart, Jeffrey Bewkes, tried to address analysts’ concerns on Monday.

State of the Art: AT&T-Time Warner Deal Is a Shot in the Dark

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:59:22 GMT

Outside the Time Warner Center in New York on Sunday. The company accepted an $85 billion offer from AT&T, a deal that, if approved, will reshape the media and telecom landscape.AT&T’s $85 billion deal for Time Warner is a ploy to do something — anything — in the face of a rapidly changing media landscape.

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With AT&T-Time Warner Deal Brewing, a Focus on Preserving CNN’s Integrity

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:28:16 GMT

The Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence, right, with the CNN journalists Wolf Blitzer, left, and Jake Tapper last week. Media executives say it would be foolish for AT&T to meddle in a product like CNN, since any perception of corporate intrusion could damage a profitable brand.The difficulties of defending tough reporting and shielding journalists from powerful antagonists can be hard for any corporation to stomach. And AT&T has no journalistic lineage.

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Now at GQ, Keith Olbermann Takes His Outrage Online

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:13:06 GMT

The first episode of Keith Olbermann’s new series, “The Closer,” has been viewed more than 800,000 times on YouTube.Mr. Olbermann, the itinerant sports and news broadcaster, is making a series of commentaries opposing Donald J. Trump.

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Classes for Jedis Run Afoul of the Lucasfilm Empire

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:26:19 GMT

Fans participating in a mock lightsaber battle at Washington Square Park in New York before the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015.A man whose businesses offers private lessons and certifications for fine-tuning lightsaber skills is operating without the permission of the “Star Wars” owner.

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Advertising: Chase Courts Instagram Set, Whetting Appetites for Travel and Dining

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:45:32 GMT

A credit card ad featuring the late-night host James Corden and the chef Mads Refslund.An ad campaign for the Sapphire Reserve credit card features the late-night host James Corden talking to innovators in dining, transportation and lodging.

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Mediator: WikiLeaks’ Gift to American Democracy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:17:40 GMT

Julian Assange, who has sought asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, has not revealed the source of Democratic emails.Revelations about Donald Trump and the Clinton campaign have pulled back the curtain on the political-celebrity mythmaking the media too often abets.

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To Secure a Mega-Merger, AT&T Plans to Shoulder Mega-Debt

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:42:13 GMT

An AT&T store window in New York City. A deal with Time Warner would create a combined debt of about $175 billion.A deal with Time Warner would create a combined debt of about $175 billion, which experts say represents one of the biggest risks in the merger.

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Time Warner’s Non-Mogul Mogul Who Foretold Its Worth

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:47:03 GMT

Outside the Time Warner Center in Manhattan on Sunday. AT&T agreed to buy the company for more than $85 billion. One veteran media research analyst gave the deal only a 50-50 chance of being approved.Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the telecom giant’s chief executive, stuck to his guns over the years, confident that his company would get the deal it deserved.

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Swift Opposition to Resurrection of AT&T Giant

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:29:27 GMT

Much of the concern about AT&T’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner is rooted in how consumers have fared since Comcast bought NBCUniversal.

DealBook: Making Sense of AT&T’s Bid for Time Warner

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:18:49 GMT

The proposed $85 billion merger faces tough regulatory scrutiny, but the potential to challenge cable companies may make a compelling case.

First Words: From ‘Hamilton’ to Donald Trump: Are All ‘Grievances’ Created Equal?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT

Airing and addressing them is a founding principle of American democracy. But what if a claim of injustice is just a grudge?

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A Scene Right Out of Philip Roth: His Books Come Home to Newark’s Library

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:38:50 GMT

Philip Roth revisiting areas where he grew up in Newark.When Mr. Roth’s books are moved to a refurbished space in the Newark Public Library, they will be shelved using the same system he created at home.

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