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Why Hasn't the Obama DOJ Blocked More Mergers? American Airlines Is a Case Study

ProPublica has an illuminating and infuriating story out Tuesday about the 2013 merger between American Airlines and US Airways, a display of corporate muscle that shows all the ways antitrust fights have gone wrong for consumers during the Obama administration. The revolving door, the influence of corporate money in politics, horse-trading, a government outgunned, outmanned, and outplanned by airline lawyers and lobbyists—all were present in the fall of 2013 when the Department of Justice quickly moved to settle its own case to block the merger.
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