The Business Roundtable’s August 2019 pledge to redefine the purpose of a corporation as one that “promote[s] an economy that serves all Americans” was seen as a historic step for corporate responsibility—and nothing has put that commitment to the test like the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent economic fallout, and the heightened attention on racial inequality over the past few months.

Did the 181 business leaders who signed the pledge rise to meet their promise of stakeholder governance? Did they step up during these crises to take care of their workers’ jobs and health and answer their communities’ calls for equity? According to a new study: not really.

A study released on September 22 from KKS Advisors, a consultancy group that focuses on sustainability strategies, and A Test of Corporate Purpose, an initiative formed in 2020 to assess how purpose-driven companies have responded to the recent crises, takes a look at

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made false claims in a Sunday speech in which he urged Senate Republicans to let the winner of the presidential election fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after he arrives at at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, as he returns from Duluth, Minn.


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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after he arrives at at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, as he returns from Duluth, Minn.

We’re still poring over the transcript of Biden’s address in Philadelphia, but here are two initial fact checks.

The Trump campaign’s demand for a list

Biden argued that it would be inappropriate for him to release a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees, as Trump did during the 2016 campaign and did again this month.

Biden also claimed that the Trump campaign had

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  • Olivia Troye, Vice President Mike Pence’s former top coronavirus task force adviser, slammed President Donald Trump’s pandemic response in an interview and in a video published Thursday.
  • Troye said Trump actively undermined the task force’s efforts to protect Americans and that he cared primarily about the economy and his reelection, rather than the pandemic response. 
  • Troye described one COVID-19 task force meeting in which she said the president remarked that the pandemic might be a “good thing” because it prevented him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people.”
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Olivia Troye, who until recently served as Vice President Mike Pence’s top coronavirus task force adviser, slammed President Donald Trump’s pandemic response in an interview with The Washington Post and in a new video for the group Republicans Voters Against Trump.

In the video, Troye describes a COVID-19 task force meeting in which she

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DENVER — He was awful. He was a disaster. He was the latest headache in an ongoing nightmare for the Titans …

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel ready to review, correct mistakes

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Until he wasn’t.

For a moment, at least.

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Stephen Gostkowski was 0-for-3 on field-goal attempts as Monday night’s game against the Denver Broncos entered its final moments. On attempts from 47, 44 and 42 yards away, he was wide right, wide left and had one blocked – the worst kind of hat trick.



a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) is congratulated by long snapper Beau Brinkley (48) and offensive guard Rodger Saffold (76) and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo (70) and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (77) after kicking a field goal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High.


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Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) is congratulated by long snapper Beau Brinkley (48) and offensive guard Rodger Saffold (76) and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo (70) and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (77) after kicking a field goal in the

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Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) lines up his field goal attempt during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski salvaged an otherwise forgettable night by making the game-winning field goal with 17 seconds left to secure a 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football

Gostkowski, who signed with the Titans in early September after 14 years with the New England Patriots, missed three field goals, one of which was blocked, and also missed an extra point before the last-minute heroics.

“It’s tough. It’s part of the position. It’s a very fickle position,” he told reporters. “It’s definitely an opportunity I didn’t deserve, but grateful that I got it for the team and the guys that went out there and busted their butt. I really put them in a tough spot.”

Gostkowski was reliable during his career with the Patriots, including six seasons where he played at last eight games and missed three or fewer field goals. Monday

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DENVER — He was awful. He was a disaster. He was the latest headache in an ongoing nightmare for the Titans …

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The Internal Revenue Service is making a last-ditch effort to reach 9 million Americans who are eligible for — but have not yet claimed — their CARES Act stimulus money. The tax agency said it will send out letters later this month alerting people who didn’t file federal taxes for 2018 or 2019 but meet the income criteria.

“The good news is that millions of Americans who never received the COVID-19-related stimulus funds have another chance to get their fair share of this distribution,” Jack Gillis, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America, said. “The bad news is that the IRS needs to find you.”

The stimulus checks were sent out first to tax filers, then to people such as seniors, veterans and the disabled. Others, including people who don’t file taxes or get federal benefits, are eligible for the funds — but since they’re not on Washington’s radar,

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The financial update athletics director Jen Cohen and chief financial officer Kate Cullen will present to the University of Washington’s board of regents on Thursday does not resemble the original best-case scenario.

That scenario — featuring a full football season with fan attendance in the fall, outlined in a similar budget meeting in May — has been buried under a barrage of testing issues, long-term cardiac concerns and rising coronavirus cases. As a result, Pac-12 sports have been postponed through the end of the year and its athletics departments are facing an uncertain financial future.

All of which will be outlined in detail on Thursday, beginning with the opening paragraph of a document prepared to accompany the presentation:   

The updated FY21 budget included here reflects the following assumptions, as well as actions taken by ICA, which resulted from that decision:

  • A truncated football season in winter/spring;
  • Unlikely to have
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Friday lambasted President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, accusing the president of botching the nation’s recovery.

“The economic inequities that began before the downturn have only worsened under this failed presidency,” Biden said. “When the crisis started, we all hoped for a few months of a shutdown would be followed by a rapid economic turnaround. No one thought they’d lose their job for good or see small businesses shut down en masse.”

TRUMP’S UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT MAY ONLY LAST 3 WEEKS

Biden’s remarks in Wilmington, Del., came the same day the Labor Department released its August jobs report, revealing U.S. employers added 1.4 million jobs last month, sending the unemployment tumbling to 8.4%.

Trump touted the better-than-expected drop in the joblessness rate –­­ the first time it fell below 10% since March –­­ as evidence the pandemic-ravaged economy is improving

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Friday lambasted President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, accusing the president of botching the nation’s recovery.

“The economic inequities that began before the downturn have only worsened under this failed presidency,” Biden said. “When the crisis started, we all hoped for a few months of a shutdown would be followed by a rapid economic turnaround. No one thought they’d lose their job for good or see small businesses shut down en masse.”

TRUMP’S UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT MAY ONLY LAST 3 WEEKS

Biden’s remarks in Wilmington, Del., came the same day the Labor Department released its August jobs report, revealing U.S. employers added 1.4 million jobs last month, sending the unemployment tumbling to 8.4%.

Trump touted the better-than-expected drop in the joblessness

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