Situational awareness: "Tens of thousands of employees at more than 18,000 U.S. hotels will soon carry panic buttons to help protect them from harassment and assault," the AP reports.
Breaking: "(AP) - Twitter is permanently banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Infowars for abusive behavior."
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While Washington burns over the anonymous op-ed and Day 3 of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, middle America has been consumed by the return of the NFL's culture war.
The big picture: Nike's embrace of Colin Kaepernick has created massive earned media pickup and brand lift, and alienated major chunks of America by promoting the former quarterback's National Anthem protests against police brutality.
By the numbers:
The bottom line: This is the age of polarized brands and corporations, with both internal and external pressures for companies to take controversial political positions.
Be smart... Nike's simple bet is that the people mad about its decision aren't its customers anyway, while those pleased will become even more loyal.
P.S. NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young told Axios today that the NFL has botched its response to the anthem protests.
Burt Reynolds in 2005. Photo: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Acting star Burt Reynolds is dead at 82. Read his N.Y. Times obituary.
Starbucks has made its way to Italy, opening a "Reserve Roastery" in Milan, which is famous for its coffee bars and cafes, the AP reports.