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Former Bush administration official David Welch and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) worked with the now-deposed Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi as he attempted to stay in power, according to documents found in the building that used to house Libya's intelligence headquarters, Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal reports.

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For the first time since the announced merger this March between AT&T and T-Mobile, regulators in the Obama administration stated unequivocally that they think the AT&T/T-Mobile merger is a bad idea.

"Any way you look at this transaction, it is anticompetitive," said Sharis A. Pozen, the Justice Department's acting assistant attorney general, said in a press statement issued Wednesday.

Below is a copy of the administration's complaint. The administration is asking the court to define the wireless market as a national market as it considers the administration's case, but it has also broken down the market into a national market of professional wireless customers (the government, large businesses) and the consumer market, and it says that the merger would impact both markets negatively.

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The (telephone) lines in the sand have been drawn.

Now that the Obama administration has officially moved to block the proposed $39 billion AT&T/T-Mobile merger, filing an antitrust complaint in federal court in Washington earlier today, prominent opponents and proponents of the deal are reacting to the news with equal intensity.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Mn.) is one such opponent. The former comedian sits on the Senate antitrust committee, which has been investigating the deal shortly after it was announced in March, though the committee has no final say one way or another on whether or not it can proceed. (That's up to the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission.)

Today, Franken's office released a statement from the Senator applauding the Justice Department's move.

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If organizers of next week's Republican presidential debate are upset that the White House is calling for a nationally-televised presidential speech before a joint session of Congress at the same time their event is scheduled to begin at the Reagan Library in California, the White House is not offering much in the way of apology.

"There were a lot of considerations," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. "And, obviously, one debate of many that's on one channel of many was not enough reason not to have the speech at the time that we decided to have it."

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Unilateralism is awesome!

Not sure? Just ask former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has been busy trumpeting the Bush administration's accomplishments while promoting his new memoir.

So it was with that presumption that Cheney sat down with the fine folks at Fox and Friends to discuss if President Obama's strategy of "leading from behind" was all that effective in Libya. Never mind that the Libyan rebels -- aided by NATO coalition forces -- have essentially deposed Col. Muammar Qaddafi, or that it was the U.S. who insisted NATO allies adopt a more robust military response to Libya. Cheney is "skeptical" of coalitions.

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AT&T bravely dismissed the Obama administration's concerns about the anti-competitive effects of its proposed mega-merger with T-Mobile on Wednesday with a defiant statement.

Re-iterating its oft-repeated talking points arguing for the merger in a press statement, Wayne Watts, AT&T's senior executive vice president and general counsel said: "We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed."

He added: "The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive affects and we intend to vigorously contest this matter in court."

But in its complaint filed Wednesday with Washington D.C. Federal District Court Judge Judge Ellen Huvelle, Justice officials argue that it's AT&T that has to prove its case.

"The Defendents cannot demonstrate merger-specific, cognizable efficiencies sufficient to reverse the acquisition's anticompetitive effects," argued lawyers Sharis A. Pozen, the U.S. Justice Department's acting assistant attorney general and the DOJ's flotilla of antitrust lawyers assigned to the case.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling for the United States to put a new condition on aid to the new government in Libya: Extradite convicted Pan-Am Flight 103 bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.

"If the new Libyan government continues to shield this convicted terrorist from justice, then they should not get one more cent of support from the United States," said Schumer, NBC reports.

"We put American lives and money on the line to help the Libyan people secure their freedom. It's time the Libyan government lives up to its commitment to create a free and accountable society by handing over al-Megrahi so that justice can finally be done."

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The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has responded to the news that the Justice Department is suing to block the proposed $39 billion AT&T merger with T-Mobile.

In a brief statement FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski suggested his agency, which is also reviewing the deal, has deep reservations about it.

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America cares about jobs. The national press corps cares about the 2012 presidential race. And next Tuesday, we might get to see which topic can draw a bigger audience.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer announced on Twitter Wednesday that President Obama has called for a joint session of Congress Sept. 7 so he can make his much-anticipated jobs speech to lawmakers and the nation.

That schedule would put Obama's address in direct conflict with the first of three Republican presidential debates scheduled for September.

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Update, 12:57 PM: According to NBC, Tea Party of America president Ken Crow said "I had to cancel O'Donnell," and is trying to lure Palin back to the event.

Update, 2:45 PM: Success! Palin sources tell RCP's Scott Conroy that the ex-governor will be in attendance.

First Sarah Palin was scheduled to attend the Tea Party of America's Iowa rally this weekend. Then Christine O'Donnell was invited. Then Christine O'Donnell was uninvited. Then she was re-invited. Now Palin is out. Maybe.

Easy to follow, right? According to the Wall Street Journal, Palin will not share the stage with O'Donnell, who she famously endorsed in 2010, because the ex-governor is sick of "continual lying" by the event's organizers. But there's still confusion over what's going on: Real Clear Politics' Scott Conroy disputed the report on Twitter, saying sources had told him the event was only "on hold," while a Tea Party of America official told reporter Shushanna Walshe the event was still a go after a talk with Palin.

It's easy to see where Palin might get a negative impression of the organizers, however. After initially asking O'Donnell to join the event, Tea Party of America's top officials split over their reasons for rescinding O'Donnell's initial invite, with president Ken Crow citing scheduling problems and co-founder Charles Gruschow citing widespread disdain for the former Senate candidate among Tea Party activists. They quickly brought her back into the fold, however, and Crow said they had "panicked" initially in dropping her.

Palin, who has yet to rule out a presidential bid, will still visit Iowa this weekend for other events.

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