The first edition of our weekly news briefing.



ProMarket Issues in the Media

CVS Health is in Talks to Buy Aetna (Wall Street Journal) 


Consumer Bureau Loses Fight to Allow More Class-Action Suits” (New York Times)

Republicans Caved to the Big Banks and Exposed Trump’s Sham Populism” (New Yorker

America Has a Monopoly Problem—and It’s Huge” (The Nation)

Facebook Casually Considers Annihilating the Digital Media Industry” (Vanity Fair)

Washington Takes Aim at Big Tech” (Financial Times

After the End of the Startup Era” (TechCrunch)

Can Public Campaign Finance Systems Empower Small Donors?” (International Business Times)

Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots” (New York Times )

The FCC Plans to Roll Back Some of its Biggest Rules Against Media Consolidation” (Washington Post)

Media Conglomerates Convince FCC That Facebook Can Replace Local News Station” (The Intercept)

How Big Pharma’s Money and its Politicians Feed the US Opioid Crisis” (The Guardian)

Research Shows How Industry Spends to Influence the Legislative Agenda” (UChicago News) 


Stigler Center Goings-on

We hosted Financial Times columnist Ed Luce in a Stigler Center Lecture at Chicago Booth’s Gleacher Center.

We announced our Editorial Board expansion.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis used our Financial Trust Index in its October investor confidence note.

Our director Luigi Zingales spoke about how to save capitalism with Australia’s top Jolly Swagmen podcast.

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