Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

It’s time for Donald Trump to play his trump card.

As rumors swirl about the possible ill health of his dear friend, Vladimir Putin, the former “Apprentice” host should make a pilgrimage to Moscow to convince the Russian leader to end his disastrous “special military operation” in Ukraine.

He could serve as Joe Biden's special envoy to Putin. Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson played "private humanitarian" roles for the US on missions to North Korea and Myanamar.

Time may be running short for Putin.

By withdrawing Russian troops from Ukraine, the Russian strongman would kill two birds with one stone.

He would stop the senseless slaughter of Russian soldiers that he dispatched to Ukraine on a fool’s mission that has unified NATO and tanked Russia’s economy.

More important to Vlad, crediting Trump as peace-maker would pave the way for him to return to the White House.

A Trump restoration is more than Putin could have ever asked for.

Carl Icahn, the corporate raider whose activities resulted in the loss of jobs for many American workers, has recast himself as friend of labor.

The 86-year-old Icahn is waging a fight against McDonald’s and supermarket giant Kroger for sourcing pork raised in “gestation crates” on industrialized family farms.

In a letter to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen, Icahn lumps animal welfare together with providing a living wage to workers as key issues ignored by the supermarket giant.

Citing his new mission as doing whatever he can to to remedy glaring corporate injustices, Icahn wrote: “Your company is conducting itself in ways which are unconscionable with regards to animal cruelty and flagrantly side-stepping financial obligations to workers who don’t make a fair wage (while you received $22.4M in 2020).

“What is totally reprehensible is that you managed to personally profit from the extremely high margins caused by the pandemic while at the same time reining in your “Hero Bonus” promise to front-line workers.

“Heroes they are indeed, and while those workers risked their lives to keep America fed and Kroger’s business alive, the board allowed you to give yourself a staggering pay package while inexplicably removing the workers’ meager $2 an hour raise.

“This mockery of meritocracy is the quintessential example of why capitalism and business get a bad rap and people are disillusioned with the American dream.”

Through the Barberry Corp investment vehicle, Icahn owns 100 shares of Kroger. He is getting plenty of mileage from that investment.

Weber Shandwick wants to be known as the “in-culture communications agency.The goal of the Interpublic unit is to help clients create brave ideas that connect with people and shape culture.

The firm promises a proprietary analytics method to drive impact and a cultural intelligence engine driven by its 250 in-house “culture creators.”

Working with members of the Weber Shandwick Collective (e.g., United Minds management consultancy, Resolute digital arm, KRC Research), the firm promises an “earned-first point-of-view backed by a broad range of expertise built for the convergence of media, policy, society and technology.”

Weber Shandwick describes the in-culture communications push as a “new articulation of the agency’s mission, it’s something we’ve done for many years.”

William Brangham, the ever so serious reporter of the PBS Newshour, gave a nice plug to Amazon during his May 2 appearance.

He covered news of a facility in Staten Island voting against joining the newly formed Amazon Labor Union. That tally came on the heels of a vote last month at a larger SI warehouse to join the ALU.

Maximilian Alverez, editor in chief at Real News Network who does a “Working People” podcast, told Brangham that employees at the smaller warehouse were largely part-timers and already living close to the edge.

“The thought of losing this election, of facing more retaliation may actually scare you more than it did the workers at the first facility,” said Alvarez.

Brangham then summed up Amazon’s pitch that it pays workers well and offers benefits so there’s no need to unionize.

He then delivered a big PR plug for Amazon: “And I know people, I have interviewed people who have gone to Amazon and found good jobs and benefits there.”

Brangham deserves a free year of Amazon Prime service.