Apr 11, 2017

What to expect at Trump's meeting with CEOs

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How to finance Trump's infrastructure plan, which depends on leveraging public funds with many more private dollars, will be one of the top topics as President Trump meets at 10:45 a.m. with a who's-who of CEOs (Elon Musk, etc.) assembled by Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman, who heads the President's Strategic and Policy Forum.

Why it matters: After Trump got skunked on health reform, he needs to find other ways to put points on the board. The corporate heat can help him with Congress — and back him up where Congress won't.

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The EU makes its move on a green coronavirus recovery

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The European Commission this morning proposed a $825 billion package of economic responses to the coronavirus pandemic that includes financing for renewable energy, electric vehicle charging and other emissions-friendly projects.

Why it matters: The energy components of the "Next Generation EU" plan, part of a wider multi-year budget proposal, appear to be the most substantial attempt yet to stitch low-carbon investments into economic recovery plans.

Zipline drones deliver masks to hospitals; vaccines could be next

Zipline's drone drops medical supplies via parachute. Image courtesy of Zipline.

Zipline, a California drone company, has made its U.S. debut by delivering medical supplies to hospitals in North Carolina under a pilot program honed in Africa.

Why it matters: The effort, made possible by a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to Novant Health, is the nation's longest-range drone delivery operation and could demonstrate how drones could be used in future pandemics, Zipline officials said.

NHL unveils 24-team playoff plan to return from coronavirus hiatus

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The NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan on Tuesday, formally announcing that 24 of its 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament in two hub cities, if and when medically cleared.

Why it matters: Hockey is the first major North American sports league to sketch out its plans to return from a coronavirus-driven hiatus in such detail, and it's also the first one to officially pull the plug on its regular season, which will trigger ticket refunds.