Goliath seeks new David: The Tipline for 25 May 2023

The lawmaker repping the smallest district in the smallest state took on four of the largest US companies with nothing but a slingshot. Representative David Cicilline may not have delivered the decisive legislative blow to today’s tech giants, but he helped put the battle in the national spotlight. Delivering his final speech Tuesday evening before he leaves Congress at the end of the month, Cicilline hinted that maybe there was still some hope for bipartisan reform. The seven-term lawmaker said his relationship with former antitrust subcommittee chair Jim Sensenbrenner showed him “that Washington wasn’t completely broken” and “that you could get things done by developing productive working relationships, and even friendships, with colleagues on the other side of the aisle.”

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