President Trump Blocks Broadcom’s $120 Billion Buyout of Qualcomm



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President Trump issued a declaration on Monday blocking Broadcom’s buyout of rival Qualcomm, citing national security concerns.
Broadcom’s $121 billion proposed takeover to bridge the two chip giants would have been the biggest tech buyout in history, but the company’s Singapore headquarters had brought into question whether it would receive regulatory approval. In his statement, President Trump said there was “credible evidence” that the merger potentially “threatens to impair the national security of the United States.
“The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser is prohibited, and any substantially equivalent merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether effected directly or indirectly, is also prohibited,” Trump added.
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Broadcom had been scrambling to move its headquarters back to the United States, bumping up a shareholder vote on the decision from May 6 to March 23. Trump made his decision on recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. — which reviews deals between American companies and overseas investors. CFIUS had already warned the deal could be shelved, indicating Qualcomm’s push into 5G wireless technology could be derailed, opening the door for Chinese competitors.

Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech inspired stars, including Meryl Streep, to endorse their candidate — even though the entertainment mogul isn’t officially running… yet. With the next election cycle on the horizon, bookmakers are asking who might challenge President Trump in 2020. The website betonline.ag shared its current odds on who will next win the White House.
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Marco Rubio – 50/1 Odds
Rubio earned the nickname “Little Marco” from Trump during the Republican primary. Would he think to challenge his own party by running again? 
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Amy Klobuchar – 50/1 Odds
Klobuchar is a senator from Minnesota and another democratic rising star. 
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Andrew Cuomo – 50/1 Odds
The governor of New York has frequently feuded with Trump and his sons. 

Mark Cuban – 50/1 Odds
“I think there is a place for somebody who is socially a centrist, but I’m fiscally conservative,” Cuban said on Fox News back in October, hinting he may run, but as a Republican. 
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Paul Ryan – 50/1 Odds
When Ryan was reported to have his sights set on retiring as Speaker of the House, the White House denied it and suggested Trump and Ryan are working together just fine. 
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Julian Castro – 50/1 Odds
Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is a Texas native, the former mayor of San Antonio and is considered a rising star among Democrats.
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – 40/1 Odds
“The Rock” teased a presidential run in one of his “SNL” stints, but he may be smart to consider a vice president spot after hearing Oprah’s Golden Globes speech. 
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Michael Bloomberg – 40/1 Odds
The former New York mayor’s name was also floated back in 2016, but his odds are down from 33/1 since then. 
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Ben Shapiro – 33/1 Odds
Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro has suggested he may stage a run for president in 2020. If we know one thing about his possible candidacy, it’s that Rosie O’Donnell won’t be stumping for him. 

Kirsten Gillibrand – 33/1 Odds
The New York senator pushed back hard at Trump after he suggested that she was a “flunky” who “would do anything” for campaign contributions. 
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Mark Zuckerberg – 33/1 Odds
The Silicon Valley CEO disputed Trump’s tweet that Facebook was biased against him, but has been focusing his attention on eliminating Russian trolls’ influence over the site. 
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Michelle Obama – 33/1 Odds
“Why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you and why is that a partisan issue,” the former first lady asked of President Trump, just one instance of how she’s challenged the current administration. 
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Cory Booker – 25/1 Odds
Currently only 48, Booker is one of several young democratic hopefuls who could challenge Trump in 2020. 
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Elizabeth Warren – 20/1 Odds
Elizabeth Warren is still a popular candidate, but the list of young, Democratic contenders is deep. 
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Bernie Sanders – 14/1 Odds
The Vermont senator would be 79 in 2020. Would he run again? 
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Mike Pence – 14/1 Odds
The odds for Trump’s VP are predictably the best among other Republican contenders. 
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Kamala Harris – 12/1 Odds
The first-year senator from California has earned a lot of points in the last year thanks to her persistence in grilling Jeff Sessions in front of Congress. 
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Joe Biden – 12/1 Odds
Biden has been the most vocal about talking down 2020 rumors compared to his fellow Democrats, but he’s also been among the most vocal against the current administration. And a new poll shows him beating out Trump by more than even Oprah. 
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Oprah Winfrey – 10/1 Odds
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Donald Trump – 9/4 Odds
Well, he is the president. 
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See who may throw their hat in the ring for the White House and learn their chances of winning

Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech inspired stars, including Meryl Streep, to endorse their candidate — even though the entertainment mogul isn’t officially running… yet. With the next election cycle on the horizon, bookmakers are asking who might challenge President Trump in 2020. The website betonline.ag shared its current odds on who will next win the White House.

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