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Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Candidates in the first 30 minutes of the first Democratic debate on Wednesday spent more time attacking big business than attacking President Trump.

Why it matters: Corporations such as pharmaceutical companies and Amazon are huge targets for progressives this campaign cycle. Candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren have proposed plans to hike tax rates on large corporations, while the Republican tax overhaul of 2017 looms over a potential Democratic administration.

What they're saying:

  • Warren: "Who is this economy really working for? It's doing great for thinner and thinner slices at the top. It's doing great for giant drug companies. It's just not doing great for people trying to get a prescription filled. It's great for people who want to invest in private prisons, just not for the African-Americans whose families are torn apart and lives are destroyed and whose communities are ruined."
  • Sen. Cory Booker: "We have a serious problem with corporate consolidation. You see the evidence in how dignity is stripped from labor and people who work full time jobs and still can't make a living wage. We see this because consumer prices are being raised by pharmaceutical companies that have holds on drugs,"
  • Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke: "Right now we have a system that favors those who can pay for access and outcomes. That's how you explain an economy that is rigged to corporations and the wealthiest."
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "We are supposed to break up big corporations when they are not serving our democracy."

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White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as President Biden seeks commitments from countries to donate vaccines to the global COVAX initiative. He is expected to host a COVID summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and many of the countries attending have expressed frustration with the travel ban.

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When Meagan Loyst joined VC firm Lerer Hippeau, less than two years out of Boston College, she was still living with her parents. She had virtually no online brand presence, and the pandemic made it impossible to build a professional network via in-person meetings.

Why it matters: Loyst wasn't alone. Venture firms have accelerated hiring in line with record deal activity, often seeking younger investors who can spot trends that fly below the radar (or intrinsic understanding) of older partners.

White House aims to protect workers from extreme heat

Two pear pickers in Hood River, Ore. on Aug. 13. Photo: Michael Hanson/AFP via Getty Images

The White House announced a slew of actions Monday, including the start of a rule-making process at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to protect American workers from extreme heat.

Driving the news: The U.S. just had its hottest summer on record, with triple-digit-temperatures killing hundreds in the Pacific Northwest and exposing outdoor workers to dangerous conditions.