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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

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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UN chief urges U.S. and China to fix "dysfunctional relationship"

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a Sept. 13 press conference in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / Coffini/AFP via Getty Images

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres raised concerns in an interview with AP, published Monday, of another Cold War between the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Guterres made the comments ahead of this week's UN General Assembly in New York. Guterres told AP the U.S.-U.K. deal to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia "is just one small piece of a more complex puzzle ... this completely dysfunctional relationship between China and the United States."

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FBI says human remains found in Wyoming likely Gabby Petito

Gabby Petito. Photo: FBI

Human remains found in Teton County, Wyoming, are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI Denver official Charles Jones said at a news conference Sunday.

Details: The cause of death had yet to be determined, but Jones said: "Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery." Authorities said they're continuing the search for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

Dems' immigration plan hits major roadblock

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Senate parliamentarian ruled Sunday that Democrats cannot include pathways to citizenship in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, per a copy of the ruling obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: It's a blow to Democrats who hoped to provide pathways for millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Using reconciliations would have allowed them to pass politically contentious immigration changes with only 50 votes, as opposed to the usual 60 required.