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Bank of America told Bloomberg in an interview Wednesday that it will stop lending to companies that run private prisons and immigrant detention centers.

What we know: The move followed a review by the company's environmental, social and governance (ESG) committee, which visited sites and consulted with civil rights activists and experts Vice Chairman Anne Finucane told Bloomberg: "We’ve done our due diligence that we said we would do at the annual meeting, and this is the decision we’ve made.’"

The big picture: Bank of America is at least the third major bank to cut off its business relationship with the industry this year, following JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. For-profit prisons have come under heightened scrutiny recently due in part to reports of migrant children being detained in squalid conditions at border facilities.

  • Wayfair's employees announced a walkout in Boston on Wednesday in response to executives refusing to stop selling beds to a Texas immigration facility.
  • Several Democratic presidential candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have proposed banning private prisons entirely.

Go deeper: Axios' special report on how companies profit from prisons

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Biden speaks with Macron for first time since diplomatic crisis

President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have a conversation ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since a diplomatic row erupted over a scrapped submarine order, per the White House.

Driving the news: Macron said that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week and will resume working with senior U.S. officials.

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Scoop: U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran "plan B"

Bennett and Biden. Photo: Sarahbeth Maney/Pool/Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran last week to discuss a possible “plan B” if nuclear talks are not resumed, two senior Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time a top-secret U.S.-Israel strategic working group on Iran has convened since the new Israeli government took office in June.

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Scoop: Jake Sullivan plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE next week

Sullivan. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

White House National Security adviser Jake Sullivan is planning to travel to the Middle East next week, including a stop in Saudi Arabia. He would be the most senior Biden administration official to visit the kingdom.

Why it matters: Sullivan's first trip to the region since taking office is expected to include stops in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, sources briefed on the plans tell Axios. All three countries are longtime U.S. partners who have faced some early tensions with Biden.