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Business Roundtable survey shows CEO optimism at 15-year high

Jamie Dimon
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, chairman of the Business Roundtable, attends a policy forum at the White House with American business leaders. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images.

The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index, "a composite of CEO projections for sales and plans for capital spending and hiring over the next six months," hit the highest level in the survey's 15-year history in the first quarter of 2018. The group said that the results of the survey — conducted in February — reflect CEO optimism following the passage of the GOP tax law, but not the effects of President Trump's tariff announcement.

QuoteThese results validate BRT's advocacy of smart and inclusive economic policies. Put into action, the survey results translate into more jobs and opportunity for all Americans.
— Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase and Chairman of Business Roundtable
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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Axios' Stef Kight.

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the Times. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.