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Walmart, which first banned assault weapon sales and now vaping products, is providing a template of how CEOs can move beyond a monomaniacal focus on profits, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei writes.
In conversations with a half-dozen CEOs this week, we were stunned by how much pressure business leaders are feeling to take social action. If so, here’s what they can do:
What else can be done:
The big picture: The new public assertiveness by corporations follows an earlier wave, after President Trump took office, of CEOs taking stands on immigration, climate, gender equality and other issues that their predecessors avoided.
The bottom line: The pressure on CEOs from employees, customers and communities seems to only be intensifying.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that President Trump may have "crossed the Rubicon" on impeachment.
"The president is pushing us down this road," Schiff said.
Why it matters, from today's WashPost lead story, "Trump’s Ukraine call reveals a president convinced of his own invincibility":
In Iowa yesterday, Biden angrily told reporters that Trump knows "I'll beat him like a drum":
Depending on what the House finds, it could be impeachment. I'm not making that judgment now. ...
This appears to be an overwhelming abuse of power. To get on the phone with a foreign leader who is looking for help from the United States, and ask about me and imply things — if that's what happened. That appears to be what happened. ... This is outrageous. You have never seen anything like this ...
I know what I'm up against — a serial abuser. That's what this guy is. ... But this crosses the line.
What Trump says:
Elizabeth Warren has surged in Iowa to a statistical tie with Joe Biden among likely Democratic caucus-goers, passing fellow progressive Bernie Sanders, according to a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll.
17 presidential candidates were in Iowa yesterday for the Polk County Steak Fry, which drew 12,000 excited Democrats — a record for the storied event. (Des Moines Register)
At 96, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his wife, Nancy Kissinger, 85, attended Friday's State Dinner for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
James Kennedy, 1, tries to climb up with his dad, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.), 38, as he announces his candidacy for Senate in Boston yesterday.
Above, Apple CEO Tim Cook waves to customers before the grand reopening of Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York on Friday, as the iPhone 11 went on sale around the world.
Below, photographers are reflected on a wall as Apple employees wait for customers to rush into the Fifth Avenue store.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the appearance of crimefighter Bruce Wayne and his masked identity, DC Comics last night staged bat-signal illuminations in Melbourne, Tokyo, Berlin, Rome, Paris, London, Montreal, São Paulo, Johannesburg, New York (Domino Sugar Refinery) and L.A. (AP)
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