Clifton Leaf, Fortune

Clifton Leaf


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Recent articles by Clifton:

The most vocal group condemning the violence at the Capitol just might be CEOs

The business community has made no secret of its frustration with President Trump’s baseless (and endless) challenges to the November election. Today’s assault on the U.S. Capitol was the last straw. → Read More

Biden: ‘This is not dissent; this is disorder.’

The President-elect reminded his fellow citizens and those watching the unfolding violence around the world that the lawless extremists attacking the Capitol “do not represent the true America, do not represent who we are.” → Read More

20 Things That Went Strangely, Wonderfully Right in 2020

As billions around the world get ready to flush the past year down the drain of history, here's a brief reminder of 2020’s happy highlights. → Read More

Why Mastercard isn't a credit card company, according to its outgoing CEO Ajay Banga

Banga reflects on his decade-plus run at Mastercard, and predicts what comes next for the payments giant. → Read More

The corporate world needs to do better on diversity—and so does

We’re collaborating with Refinitiv to help companies measure their performance on inclusion, so we all can hold ourselves accountable. → Read More

These women are changing business for the better—and Fortune's coverage is changing, too

In the November issue, we look at how Fortune's Most Powerful Women are shaping the wider world. → Read More

Are we better off than we were four years ago?

The decision voters are facing shouldn’t hinge on personal pocketbook issues—but rather on how the country as a whole has changed since the last election. → Read More

Donald Trump's biggest debate sin: He was boring

After three and a half years of repeated use, the President’s rhetoric has gotten stale. The debate made that abundantly clear. → Read More

What voters need from the 2020 election: Common ground

Fortune is opening a serious and respectful discussion about what business—and those who drive it—need over the next four years from the President and Congress. → Read More

More worrisome than Trump's taxes? His lousy record in business

The President’s $750 income tax payment may be shocking. The fact that his businesses routinely lose money isn’t—as two classic Fortune profiles revealed a generation ago. → Read More

We need a million more volunteers for COVID vaccine and drug trials. Can Harrison Ford convince you to sign up?

An NIH registry is looking for a huge and diverse pool of Americans to agree to help test a slew of COVID vaccines, antiviral therapies, and other medicines. It’s hoping a rousing new public service advertisement will help. → Read More

When Bill Gates thinks we’ll have a COVID-19 vaccine—and why that won’t be the end of the pandemic

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation founder Bill Gates talks about the COVID-19 vaccine timeline, the importance of masks, and the promise of monoclonal antibodies. → Read More

What it will take to beat COVID: Some clues from our 2020 Change the World list

Our annual list of companies that do well by doing good features two common threads: ingenuity and optimism. → Read More

How the race for a COVID vaccine is revolutionizing Big Pharma

Drugmakers are teaming up like never before to fight the coronavirus. The benefits could last well beyond the pandemic. → Read More

This trio of Gallup polls spells a warning for Trump

In three key areas—presidential approval, U.S. satisfaction, and economic confidence—President Trump is badly underwater. In Gallup's polling, no incumbent has yet won with numbers this low. → Read More

Bernard Tyson social impact fund: Denise Bradley-Tyson partners with American Heart Association to focus on health, nutrition, safe neighborhoods and more

When the Kaiser Permanente CEO died suddenly this past November, many in the health community felt they had lost a great champion forever. But thanks to his widow and the American Heart Association, Tyson's legacy is only likely to grow. → Read More

Trump's 'wrong track' gambit: The president is betting that the worse voters feel about America, the more likely they are to reelect him

Just 13% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going, according to Gallup. Can Trump really make that an argument for reelection? → Read More

COVID-19 has another longterm side effect: A shrinking tax base

Lower tax hauls from sales and personal income alone, according to recent projections, could cost state governments more than $100 billion in the next fiscal year. → Read More

Why is Hurricane Laura so frightening? Two words: storm surge

The cyclone's 145 mph winds are scary. But the bigger—and possibly “unsurvivable”—threat for Gulf Coast residents is the storm surge. "It will be quite dramatic," one expert says. → Read More

Why innovation is the secret weapon of the world’s biggest companies

International trade not only helps global companies grow; it exposes them to new ideas and challenges that make them even stronger. → Read More