“I’ve never met Colin Kaepernick, but I will tell you he’s a hero of mine,” Ms. Hobson said. “I’m in awe of him because I believe he took it upon himself to publicly promote the American values of liberty and life that we all cherish.”
She added: “Who else will be willing to use their high-profile position to call attention to inequality?” — Jacey Fortin
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Starbucks’s Schultz: Tax cut is ‘fool’s gold’
Howard Schultz, the executive chairman of Starbucks, lashed out at the proposed tax code overhauls being promoted by Republicans.
Speaking at the DealBook conference in New York, Mr. Schultz bucked the conventional wisdom of business leaders and said that big companies, including Starbucks, don’t actually need lower taxes.
“When so many people are living paycheck to paycheck, corporate America does not need a tax cut,” he said. “This is not tax reform. This is a tax cut. This is fool’s gold.”
Instead, Mr. Schultz said companies and the government should focus on repairing the torn social fabric by investing in initiatives like education and better health care.
“The country, the American people, are asking for and demanding and in great need of a more compassionate government and a more compassionate society,” he said. “The current tax cut is not going to create a more level playing field and a more compassionate society.”
— David Gelles
Here’s what else to expect from the conference
Laurene Powell Jobs: The philanthropist and businesswoman has become a force in the worlds of education and media, by investing in new initiatives in schools and by buying properties like The Atlantic. We’ll talk about how to transform the American educational system and the pushback against tech billionaires’ attempts to reshape society.
Monika Bickert of Facebook: With the current scrutiny, what’s life like inside this social media behemoth these days? Where does it draw the line on content? How does the company deal with terrorism? And of course, we’ll talk Russia.
Jack Dorsey: We’ll ask the obvious questions about Twitter, but we will also dig deep on Square, a company now bigger than Twitter and what that means for him. We’ll also talk about cryptocurrencies and find out where he stands on Bitcoin and more.
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A court fight over the Time Warner deal could be brutal
Reminder: Andrew will interview Mr. Stephenson of AT&T at the DealBook conference this afternoon.
AT&T and Time Warner say they believe that the potential path to Justice Department approval, as DealBook first reported — either selling all of Turner Broadcasting or DirecTV — are fig leaves for the ultimate target, CNN. And they don’t believe there is any possible legal basis for blocking what is broadly regarded as a “vertical merger” that doesn’t reduce direct competition. (It’s “a complete perversion of the guidelines of the law,” one person told the FT.)
Justice Department officials suggest that the issue is about media consolidation, given that AT&T would be both a major content creator and a huge content distributor. “There are good reasons to be skeptical of vertical integration, and most observers agree that structural remedies such as divestiture are better and more effective than behavioral remedies [such as] lists of conditions,” John Bergmayer of the liberal advocacy group Public Knowledge told Politico.
Democrats are in a difficult place: Many lawmakers worry about the power that a combined AT&T and Time Warner would have. But they also worry about the Justice Department being driven by a political agenda. Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat and critic of the deal, told Recode, “Any indication that this administration is using its power to weaken media organizations it doesn’t like would be a profoundly disturbing development.”
• Jim Rutenberg of the NYT worries about what he sees as Mr. Trump’s consistent stance against the news media: “If Justice Department officials with legitimate concerns about the merger worry that their work will be tainted by the perception that anti-press politics are at play, there’s one remedy: get the boss to zip it.”
• Martin Peers of The Information writes of Mr. Stephenson, “The telecom executive might not immediately realize it, but being forced to jettison Time Warner’s Turner cable unit as a condition for buying the media company is the best thing that could happen to him.”
• Tara Lachapelle of Bloomberg Gadfly argues that the Justice Department is right to try to slow this deal. She writes, “AT&T is kicking off what may be years of consolidation of power over media and wireless assets, or at the very least a reshuffling of them among very powerful people.”
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