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Shawna Noel Widdel / AP

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will fly with President Trump on Air Force One to join him for his tax reform speech Wednesday in her home state of North Dakota.

Why it matters: Heitkamp, a red state Dem, is the first Senator in her party to align herself in any meaningful way with Trump's push for tax reform. This is also the first evidence that the Trump administration is reaching out to — not simply berating — red-state Democrats on the issue. Taxes are a key issue in Heitkamp's home state, where polling shows that 72.8% of people support reform.

Heitkamp's quote: "Any time a president comes to North Dakota, it's a great opportunity to lay the groundwork for a better future for our businesses and our families ... it's imperative that President Trump uses this discussion to help all North Dakotans plan for a better, brighter future that not only improves our tax code, but protects our way of life."

The backdrop: Last week, Trump took his tax reform message to Missouri, another red state with a Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill. Trump told the crowd they need to vote her out in 2018 if she doesn't support tax reform.

What's next: Senior White House officials said the president will make trips around the country to sell tax reform "almost every week."

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Kaine, Collins' censure resolution seeks to bar Trump from holding office again

Sen. Tim Kaine (center) and Sen. Susan Collins (right). Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are forging ahead with a draft proposal to censure former President Trump, and are considering introducing the resolution on the Senate floor next week.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction, Axios Alayna Treene writes. "I think it’s important for the Senate's leadership to understand that there are alternatives," Kaine told CNN on Wednesday.

Stark reminder for America's corporate leaders

Rosalind "Roz" Brewer is about to become only the second Black woman to permanently lead a Fortune 500 company. She starts as Walgreens CEO on March 15.

Why it matters: It's a stark reminder of how far corporate America's top decision-makers have to go during an unprecedented push by politicians, employees and even a stock exchange to diversify their top ranks.

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Apple's quarterly sales top $100 billion for first time

Credit: Apple

Spurred by strong sales of the latest iPhones, Apple reported it took in a record $111 billion in revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31, as the company crushed expectations.

Why it matters: The move showed even a pandemic didn't dull demand for Apple's latest smartphones.