Jul 28, 2017

Meg Whitman says she won't be Uber's CEO

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Meg Whitman officially took herself out of the running to be the next CEO at Uber, saying in a series of tweets that she is committed to her current job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

  • "We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere," Whitman said Thursday night. "Uber's CEO will not be Meg Whitman."
  • Who is in the running?: GE CEO Jeff Immelt is said to be on Uber's shortlist.
  • The backstory: Whitman stepped down earlier this week from the board of the PC spin-off HP Inc., adding fuel to speculation she was considering the Uber job. Axios' Dan Primack reported earlier that although Whitman was the frontrunner, Uber's board wasn't yet sold on Whitman.

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Public transit's death spiral

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Public transit systems across the country are experiencing a painful trifecta: Ridership has collapsed, funding streams are squeezed, and mass transit won't bounce back from the pandemic nearly as fast as other modes of transportation.

Why it matters: Transit agencies could see an annual shortfall of as much as $38 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to TransitCenter. At the same time, they're more important than ever, with more than 36% of essential workers relying on public transportation to get to work.

World coronavirus updates: London mayor says U.K. nowhere near lockdown lifting

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern offered hope in the fight against the novel coronavirus, saying she believes New Zealand has "turned a corner" after two weeks of strict lockdown measures. But London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said the U.K. is "nowhere near" lifting restrictions.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed over 82,000 people and infected 1.4 million others globally as of early Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data. Global recoveries have surpassed 301,000. Spain has reported the most cases outside the U.S. (more than 141,000) and Italy the most deaths (over 17,000). Half the planet's population is on lockdown.

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Wisconsin may be the start of the 2020 election wars

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Wisconsin voters braving lines in face masks — after a last-minute Supreme Court ruling against extending the absentee deadline — could foreshadow a nationwide legal struggle over how to conduct elections during the coronavirus outbreak, election experts say.

Why it matters: "It's a harbinger of what's to come in the next skirmishes in the voting wars" from now through November, Richard Hasen, a professor and national election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, told Axios.