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In the first of what promises to be many hearings by Congress into Big Tech's dominant role in the information society, the head of a media industry group said that "a small cadre of tech giants exercise an extreme level of control over news."

The Department of Justice wants to preserve the competition between American Airlines and US Airways and is moving to block their proposed merger. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is also suing, along with the state of Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

Critics of the proposed American Airlines/U.S.  Airways merger fear the deal will hurt competition and lead to higher fares. Airline representatives say those fears are unfounded. The two sides faced off during a U.S. House subcommittee meeting on Tuesday.