Mar 16, 2017

Jessica Alba's Honest Company names Clorox veteran as new CEO

Honest Company, the maker of green cleaning and baby care products co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, has named former Clorox COO Nick Vlahos as its new CEO. Vlahos is replacing co-founder Brian Lee, who will remain on the company's board and as an advisor.

Lee, who previously founded ShoeDazzle and LegalZoom, is the third departure from the management team. In December, president and co-founder Sean Kane and CFO David Parker stepped down.

Why it matters: Though Honest Company, which sells its products online and through retailers like Target, reached $300 million in sales last year, it also faced several lawsuits over chemicals in some of its products and closed its Austin office. There were also rumors that the company was in talks last year to sell to Unilever, which instead acquired Seventh Generation, another maker of eco-friendly cleaning products.

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Warren sees bump in national poll following Nevada debate

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged to 19% and second place in a CBS News/YouGov national poll released Sunday, trailing front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (28%) but edging out Joe Biden (17%) and Michael Bloomberg (13%).

Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.

Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

Marc Short. Screenshot: Fox News

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.