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As NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin said, "For years, chief executive officers lived in fear they would become a target of the activist investor Carl Icahn. Now, they live in dread of a different and somewhat more unexpected kind of activist: President Donald J. Trump."

On one hand: CEOs of big companies are stoked for Trump's regulation slashing, corporate tax cutting approach to boosting the economy.

On the other: They fear Trump's market-crashing tweets.

The victims: Since November 9, Trump has gone after Boeing and Lockheed Martin for their expensive planes, as well as Carrier, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, GM and Toyota for moving jobs out of the U.S.

The biz meetings: Trump met today with Ford CEO Mark Fields, General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne to talk about creating more jobs in the U.S. He also met with 12 CEOs of major corporations on Monday, discussing his plans to cut 75% of business regulations.

Between the lines: Trump knows what businessmen want, but he also knows their tricks. He has set up several panels to get input from top execs, which is reassuring for companies. But his threatening Twitter tendencies terrifies them, which is possibly why several companies, including Amazon and SoftBank, have preemptively announced their plans to add jobs in the U.S.

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Senate Democrats reach deal on extending unemployment insurance

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Senate Democrats struck a deal Friday evening to extend unemployment insurance in President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package after deliberating and halting other action for roughly nine hours, per a Senate aide.

Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other amendments to the broader rescue bill.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

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Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.