Daily Bread for 3.28.21

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 45.  Sunrise is 6:41 AM and sunset 7:17 PM, for 12h 35m 43s of daytime.  The moon is full with 99.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1979, a coolant leak at the Three Mile Island‘s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania leads to the core overheating and a partial meltdown.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Samuel Weinstein writes The Antitrust Cases Against Facebook And Google: In Search of a Smoking Gun

For an antitrust plaintiff, the most powerful pieces of evidence often can be the defendant’s own documents. Customer and competitor testimony can be helpful to understand the competitive impact of a merger or specific conduct, though both customers and rivals may have biases that color their views of the case. Third-party testimony—from industry analysts, for example—also can be persuasive. But when the defendant’s own words support the plaintiff’s theory of the case, that can be outcome shifting. In the Microsoft case, the government effectively used Bill Gates’ emails and other internal Microsoft documents against the company. Doug Melamed, the Antitrust Division’s Acting Assistant Attorney General at the time the case was litigated, stated in a recent interview that the government’s case “was built on these emails.”

By this measure, the FTC’s Facebook complaint bodes well for its case. It is replete with powerful Facebook documents that directly support the FTC’s theory of the case. The agency alleges that Facebook engaged in a combination of anticompetitive acquisitions (Instagram and WhatsApp) and exclusionary conduct involving access conditions on its application programming interfaces (APIs). Its case with regard to Facebook’s acquisition strategy is neatly summarized by a line from a 2008 email from Mark Zuckerberg: “it is better to buy than compete.” This statement has the same pithy (and damaging) quality as the line attributed to a Microsoft executive that the company’s strategy was to “cut off Netscape’s air supply.”

  Kelly Mena reports Former Trump chief of staff calls ex-President’s Capitol riot claims ‘manifestly false’:

Mick Mulvaney, who stepped down as Trump’s special envoy to Northern Ireland after the insurrection, called Trump’s comments that his supporters were “hugging and kissing” police officers and posed “zero threat,” despite widespread violence, “manifestly false.”

“I was surprised to hear the President say that. Clearly there were people who were behaving themselves, and then there were people who absolutely were not, but to come out and say that everyone was fine and there was no risk, that’s just manifestly false — people died, other people were severely injured,” Mulvaney told CNN’s Pamela Brown on “Newsroom.”

“It’s not right to say there was no risk, I don’t know how you can say that when people were killed,” he added.

Ari Berman writes John Roberts Said “Things Have Changed Dramatically” in the South. Georgia Shows Why He’s Wrong:

“Things have changed dramatically” in the South, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in 2013 when he authored the majority opinion gutting the Voting Rights Act, ruling that states with a long history of discrimination no longer needed to have changes to their voting procedures approved by the federal government.

Voter suppression in Georgia is Exhibit A for why he is wrong.

After Joe Biden carried the state in November and Black voters turned out in record numbers in the January runoffs to elect Democrat Raphael Warnock as the state’s first Black senator and Democrat Jon Ossoff as the state’s first Jewish senator, Georgia Republicans passed a sweeping rewrite of the state’s election laws on Thursday to make it harder for Democratic constituencies to vote and have their ballots counted.

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