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The Axios Harris Poll 100 ranks the reputations of the most visible U.S. companies, based on a nationally representative sample of 18,228 Americans.
The top five — Wegmans, Amazon, Patagonia, L.L. Bean, and Walt Disney — all were rated highly on vision, growth, trajectory, character and ethics, Axios managing editor David Nather writes.
Here are three big trends Harris uncovered in this year's poll:
1) De-FAANGed by the techlash ... The West Coast tech stocks known as FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) fell amid privacy scandals:
2) Captains of controversy: When the celebrity CEO becomes a liability ... Last year, Tesla was everybody's darling. This year, with CEO Elon Musk fueling controversy, the electric-car company dropped 39 spots, from #3 in 2018 to #42, with declines in rankings for character, trust and ethics.
3) The wellness revolution: The death of the processed marketplace ... Supermarkets are big winners: Wegmans, the Rochester-based chain with a cult following, ranks #1 this year and leads top 10 rankings in culture, ethics and citizenship.
CNN reports that President Trump "pressured his then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clearance against their recommendations."
Why it matters, per CNN: "While Trump has the legal authority to grant clearances, most instances are left up to the White House personnel security office."
⚡ P.S. ... "New York state regulators have subpoenaed President Trump’s insurance broker, following testimony from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen that Trump exaggerated his wealth to insurance companies." (WashPost)
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Cellphone numbers have become a primary way for tech companies like Facebook to uniquely identify users and secure accounts, in some ways becoming a proxy for a national ID, Axios tech editor Scott Rosenberg writes.
Facebook faced criticism this week for connecting profiles with phone numbers that users provide for the purpose of two-factor authentication — in which a person's login is protected by both a password and a device like their smartphone.
Time exposures show lightning strikes last night over Santa Barbara, Calif.
What's new: The last American-made Chevy Cruze will roll off the assembly line today at GM's sprawling assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, AP reports.
"Lordstown shows how the nation’s booming jobs market is still leaving vast segments of America behind," the WashPost's Heather Long writes.
252 women were on this year’s billionaires list, down from 256 in 2018.
President Trump’s net worth is unchanged from a year ago, at $3.1 billion.
"Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have thrust the Democrats into an uncomfortable debate over Israel," AP's Laurie Kellman writes:
"Omar became the flash point after she suggested ... Israel's supporters are pushing U.S. lawmakers to take a pledge of 'allegiance to a foreign country.'"
What's next: "[P]ro-Israel Democrats led by Speaker Pelosi are expected to offer a resolution condemning anti-Semitism."
Goldman Sachs is the latest Wall Street bank to drop its stuffy dress code in favor of a "flexible" approach likely to appeal to millennials the company is trying to hire, the Financial Times' Laura Noonan reports (subscription):
From the memo: "Given our firm philosophy and the changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more casual environment, we believe this is the right time to move to a firmwide flexible dress code."
"Carmakers are dreaming up futuristic electric car engine sounds to ensure that pedestrians can hear vehicles that lack audible cues like high-revving, howling combustion engines," Reuters' Ed Taylor reports from the Geneva auto show.
"VW’s electric cars will have speakers designed to draw the attention of pedestrians," a VW executive told Reuters, "standing next to a lime-green electric dune buggy being shown in Geneva."