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Recode Daily: Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake blasts Trump’s ‘reckless’ behavior in a fiery speech

Plus, Twitter adjusts its advertising policies, AT&T loses pay-TV subscribers but gains cord-cutters, and how to be an amazing influencer.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after announcing that he will not seek reelection.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after announcing that he will not seek reelection after his term ends in 14 months.
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Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection in 2018, saying he “will no longer be complicit or silent” in the face of President Trump’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behavior; here’s a transcript of Flake’s 17-minute speech from the Senate floor. Just hours earlier, Trump attacked another of his GOP critics, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee; in response, Corker said Trump “is debasing our country.” [Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The New York Times]

Twitter is changing its advertising policies following Russia’s election interference, as tech companies and U.S. lawmakers clash over the need for new regulations surrounding political ads. Twitter will now label political ads by naming sponsors, including spending and targeting disclosures, and will establish a Transparency Center database with all ads. The company reports Q3 earnings tomorrow, so we came up with some big ideas to help Twitter out of its longtime rut. [Kurt Wagner and Tony Romm / Recode]

AT&T lost a record 385,000 traditional pay TV subscribers in Q3, while adding nearly 300,000 new users to its DirecTV Now over-the-top streaming service. Meanwhile, AT&T’s proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner remains pending; the companies have extended the termination date of the deal. [Todd Spangler / Variety]

Amazon could account for nearly half of all U.S. e-commerce sales this year. The world’s biggest e-commerce company is expected to beat expectations when it reports earnings on Thursday — along with Alphabet, Microsoft, Intel and Twitter. Its sales are expected to grow 32 percent to $196.8 billion in 2017, or 43.5 percent of total e-commerce sales. [Rani Molla / Recode]

Artificial intelligence specialists at big tech companies are making between $300,000 and $500,000 a year in salary or stock; some big-name experts have received compensation in the double-digit millions. Much like pro athletes, they can renew or negotiate new contracts. [Cade Metz / New York Times]

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