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The 2020 corporate hit list

Data: High Lantern Group; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Presidential candidates have called out more than 80 companies across 30 industries on Twitter over the past six months — mostly in a negative context — according to data compiled by High Lantern Group and provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: From Amazon to Lyft, many of these companies are facing populist attacks from candidates including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on the left — but also from the right by President Trump, who's lashing out over his own issues.

McDonald's fires CEO over consensual relationship with employee

Steve Easterbrook
Steve Easterbrook. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

McDonald's announced Sunday that it has fired CEO Steve Easterbrook after investigating a consensual relationship he had with an unnamed employee, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: The fast-food giant did not provide details about the relationship, but Easterbrook said in an email to employees that his conduct had violated company policy. "This was a mistake," Easterbrook wrote. "Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on."