U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI), the top Democrat on the House of Representative's Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, has pushed for the group to hold a hearing on Amazon.com's (AMZN) acquisition of Whole Foods Market (WFM) , Reuters reports.

Cicilline requested the hearing in a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee and the subcommittee chairman.

"Amazon's proposed purchase of Whole Foods could impact neighborhood grocery stores and hardworking consumers across America," Cicilline said in a statement. "Congress has a responsibility to fully scrutinize this merger before it goes ahead."

The deal must be approved by U.S. antitrust enforcers, most likely the Federal Trade Commission.

While Congress plays no formal role in the process of approving the deal, hearings are often used to highlight the possible impact of deals on consumers.

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More issues for food makers: As if food makers such as Kraft Heinz (KHC) and grocery retailers like Kroger (KR) and Walmart (WMT) didn't have enough issues on their plate thanks to Amazon's (AMZN) advances.

A significant demographic headwind could add further pressure on the packaged food and grocery store sectors in the years ahead, according to Wolfe Research analyst Scott Mnushkin. The U.S. government reported recently that the fertility rate in the U.S. (births per 1,000 women) hit a record low of 62.0 in 2016, with the number of births down about 1% from the prior year. With births declining and immigration slowing, population growth in the U.S. has stalled.

For the aforementioned sectors, Mnushkin points out, it's critical households are formed in order for demand to materialize. The fact that's not happening at a decent clip is troublesome.

All eyes on Apple's iPhone 8, per the usual: Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz is not buying the projected "super cycle" in Apple's (AAPL) stock after the tech titan releases its highly anticipated iPhone 8 later this year. Amid reports that the highly anticipated smartphone may not include wireless charging, enhanced 3D technology, or Touch ID, Moskowitz contends that the phone's OLED display, the lone headline feature, won't be enough to convince consumers to upgrade.

"With OLED, we struggle to see the incremental benefits visually that would inspire a customer to replace an adequately-performing device," he noted.

Hard to argue with this one: Count Foursquare co-founder and executive chairman Dennis Crowley among the big fans of Amazon's surprise move to acquire Whole Foods (WFM) for $13.7 billion in mid-June.

Crowley, who built the location intelligence company into a service with 50 million monthly active users across its two apps since founding the company in 2009, spoke with TheStreet'S Natalie Walters at the company's hip headquarters in Soho, New York.

"I can see what Amazon is trying to do there," Crowley said. "I think it's super brilliant." As for what Crowley is up to at FourSquare right now, check out TheStreet this weekend.

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