Is Boris Johnson Britain’s Trump?

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The new prime minister once accused the US president of ‘stupefying ignorance’

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019 – 6:14am

Donald Trump has paid tribute to Britain’s incoming prime minister, Boris Johnson, describing him as “Britain’s Trump”.

Speaking to an audience of teenage fans, the US president said: “We have a really good man who’s going to be the prime minister of the UK now.

“He’s tough and he’s smart. They’re saying, ‘Britain’s Trump’. They call him ‘Britain’s Trump’ and people are saying that’s a good thing.”

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Turning the comparison further in his own favour, Trump continued: “They like me over there. That’s what they wanted. That’s what they need. He’ll get it done. Boris is good. He’s gonna do a good job.”

But does the comparison hold water?

“President Trump has got this half right,” says The Guardian. “Boris Johnson is often compared to Trump. But that is because they both have blond hair and say lots of things that are untrue. Outside Tory/Brexit/Telegraph circles, the comparison is not generally viewed as a compliment.”

The comparison between the two leaders gathered pace when footage emerged of Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Trump, claiming to have discussed a crucial speech with Johnson.

As questions were raised Johnson “absolutely” denied having close contacts with far-right US agitator.

CNN points out a major issue with talk of the two men being cosy. It explains …read more

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The Justice Department’s surprise ‘reveal’ of a Big Tech investigation was highly unusual, and it could actually turn out to be good news for the tech giants (AMZN, AAPL, GOOGL, FB)

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, right, listens to concerns raised about public safety in rural Alaska during at a roundtable discussion at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Barr did not take questions from reporters in his first public appearance after former special prosecutor Robert Mueller spoke to reporters after resigning at the completion of his report into Russian interference into the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The US Justice Department’s surprise announcement that it’s launching an antitrust review of the big tech companies was a very unusual move.
Federal enforcement agencies rarely announce, or even confirm, ongoing investigations into people or companies.
The move was likely a response to growing political pressure, antitrust experts said.
Ironically, it may be good news for the tech giants.
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The US Department of Justice’s surprise press release Tuesday of its Big Tech investigation was designed to send a signal to a lot of groups — but tech companies were not really one of them.

The announcement was an unusually public performance by a federal regulator which typically prizes confidentiality in such matters. That’s because it was basically a notice, intended particularly to a key figure in Congress, that the Justice Department will now be spearheading the antitrust investigations into the big tech companies, said David Balto, an antitrust lawyer in Washington D.C. with decades of experience working for and with competition regulators officials there.

For tech companies, the DOJs’ announcement was if anything, a subtle indication that the government may not come down as hard on them as it might seem, he said.

“This is good news for the companies,” Balto said.

That may seem a bit ironic, given the substance of the announcement. In its statement, the Justice Department said it would review the market power of the “leading online platforms” to see if they have thwarted competition or harmed consumers. The agency vowed to “seek redress” if it found violations, essentially threatening to sue the companies.

Read this: The Department of Justice just launched a broad probe into whether big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and others illegally harm competition

The announcement came as something of a surprise. Numerous reports have indicated that the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission were starting to look into the competitive practices of the big tech companies. But the agencies had declined to comment on the record for those reports. In fact, federal enforcement agencies rarely acknowledge ongoing investigations into particular people or companies.

The agency is likely responding to political pressure

Unusual as it was, the Justice Department’s move didn’t come out of nowhere. Political figures on the left and right, including senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump, have been calling for increased scrutiny of the market power of the big tech companies and …read more

Source:: Business Insider