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Content Guy’s Note: Stories in this section are, in my estimation, important and relevant to business. However, they are relegated to this slot because some MNB readers have made clear that they prefer a politics-free MNB; I can't do that because sometimes the news calls out for coverage and commentary, but at least I can make it easy for folks to skip it if they so desire.

•  From the Wall Street Journal this morning:

"The Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans and former Republicans, said it’s planning 'a brutal corporate pressure campaign' targeting companies, trade associations, CEOs and others that 'serve as the financiers of the Authoritarian movement that attacked the US Capitol,' Steve Schmidt, a political strategist and a co-founder of the Lincoln Project, said in a tweet.

"In an interview Thursday evening, Mr. Schmidt said he wasn’t ready to list specific companies that will be in the crosshairs, but said the Lincoln Project thinks there are plenty worth scrutinizing.

"'It’s a time for choosing: it’s America, or autocracy,' he said. 'There’s going to be a public discussion around it'."

KC's View:

I'm sure I'll get grief from some corners for even reporting this, but let's be clear - this is not about partisanship one way or the other.  This is about being clear-eyed about the environment in which businesses now find themselves, and how the political ground may be shifting under their feet, forcing them to deal - fairly or not - with political and/or public policy positions they have taken.

I know this.  I've seen the ads produced by The Lincoln Project.  I wouldn't want them coming after me.