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General Electric is in "tough" markets like oil and gas, and power but will be successful, former GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt said. "I'm fully confident that this company is going to thrive in the future," Immelt said at an Axios "Smarter Faster Revolution" event at the University of North Carolina. "It's 125 years old. We go through cycles."

Why this matters: GE's CEO John Flannery said earlier this month the company is cutting its dividend and he wants to "reinvent" GE to make it "simpler and easier to operate." Shares are down more than 22% in just the last month.

Immelt said use of an empty "backup" jet for his GE travel was a "terrible" idea and not something he approved. "It's a practice that, in retrospect, I wish we hadn't done."

Go Deeper: The WSJ story on GE cost cuts that first reported on the use of multiple jets.

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Tim Scott says Trump "misspoke" when he told Proud Boys to "stand by"

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that he believes President Trump "misspoke" when he told the far-right "Proud Boys" group to "stand back and stand by" in response to a question about condemning white supremacy at the first presidential debate.

Catch up quick: Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump on Tuesday, "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?" Trump asked who specifically he should condemn, and then responded, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left."

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Commission on Presidential Debates wants changes

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The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it plans to implement changes to rules for the remaining debates, after Tuesday night's head-to-head between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was practically incoherent for most of the night.

What they are saying: "Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues," the CPD said in a statement.

Trump says he doesn't know who Proud Boys are after telling them to "stand by"

President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn't know who the Proud Boys are, after saying at the presidential debate last night that the far-right group should "stand back and stand by" in response to a question asking him to condemn white supremacists.

Why it matters: The comments set off outrage and calls for clarification from a number of Republican senators. After being asked several times on Wednesday whether he will condemn white supremacy, Trump responded, "I have always denounced any form — any form of any of that, you have to denounce. But I also — Joe Biden has to say something about antifa."