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The latest on the AT&T/Time Warner deal, including its place in the “ambitious climb” of AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson [NYTimes] and a conversation with one of the deal’s vocal political opponents, Sen. Al FrankenNYTimes

The Fed’s not expected to raise interest rates when it meets this week, but recent inflation figures may help make a strong case for December – WSJ

Despite publicly walking away from merger news much of last week, GE has reportedly just inked a roughly $30 billion deal to join its energy holdings with Baker Hughes, Inc. – WSJ

Here’s why it was probably right to pursue the oil-services company – NYTimes

And as previewed last week, CenturyLink’s dropped $25 Billion on Level 3 Communications – WSJ and Bloomberg

To make its “Simon” software (which connects financial advisers seeking structured notes with the banks that issue them) a success, Goldman Sachs is following a rather unexpected business model: Apple’s – WSJ

Wells Fargo, as trustee for over 450 RMBS trusts, is pushing for discovery on internal modeling information from Plaintiff BlackRock in a suit by investors over Wells’ duties while trustee – Law360

Exxon Mobil—in a move viewed as a “concession to market and regulatory forces”—announced late last week that it may be forced to write down the value of some of its oil and gas assets if energy prices remain low through the end of the year. Exxon had previously been one of the lone hold-outs among big oil that hadn’t taken big write-offs to reflect a nearly two-year price slump – NYTimes

Say what you will about the state of the current US elections.  But at least our Pirates are just a ball team – NYTimes

Forget Halloween horror movies.  Nature’s got all the freak-outs you need right here – NYTimes

Happy trick or treating.

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