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Papa John's founder John Schnatter told the Associated Press that the pizza company needs him back as its public face because his "persona resonates with the consumer."

Why it matters: Schnatter resigned last month after using the N-word in a conference call — not long after he made negative comments about NFL players that were kneeling during the national anthem. Analyst Alexander Slagle told the AP that while the negative attention will be "painful" for Papa John's, "the brand will survive."

More from his AP interview:

  • Schnatter blamed the company's declining performance on its move away from its "roots." He also said there were too many marketing changes made, and the company's logo change was meant "to cater to the millennials."
  • "Once the public actually grasps what the board and what the management did to cause the problem and the truth gets out, of course I can be back in the ads."

Go deeper: The toxic culture at Papa John's.

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Neera Tanden withdraws nomination for Office of Management and Budget director

Neera Tanden testifying before the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C., in February 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Neera Tanden withdrew her name from nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget after several senators voiced opposition and concern about her qualifications and past combative tweets, President Biden announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Tanden’s decision to pull her nomination marks Biden's first setback in filling out his Cabinet with a thin Democratic majority in the Senate.

What's ahead for the newest female CEOs

Jane Fraser (L) and Rosalind Brewer. Photos: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images; Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

The number of women at the helm of America’s biggest companies pales in comparison to men, but is newly growing — and their tasks are huge.

What's going on: Jane Fraser took over at Citigroup this week, the first woman to ever lead a major U.S. bank. Rosalind Brewer will take the reins at Walgreens in the coming weeks (March 15) — a company that's been run by white men for more than a century.

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Biden says U.S. will have enough vaccines for 300 million adults by end of May

President Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden on Tuesday said that ramped-up coronavirus vaccine production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May.

Why it matters: That's two months sooner than Biden's previous promise of enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of July.