Thursday's Breakfast Briefing: Senators urge Redskins rebrand

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Half of Senate wants Redskins name change
Fifty US senators have signed a letter urging NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to lean on the ownership of the Washington Redskins to rebrand the team, citing NBA boss Adam Silver’s quick move against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as an example. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) told The New York Times, "We are going to find out if the NFL can act against this kind of discrimination as quickly as the NBA did." The cause has support from both sides of the aisle. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has repeatedly encouraged Goodell to push Redskins owner Daniel Snyder on the issue, while Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has said he would "probably" change the team’s name.

Fab.com to cut one-third of workforce
E-commerce website Fab.com is laying off 80 to 90 staffers, about one-third of its workforce, in its New York office. The site, which started as a gay social network before moving into online sales three years ago, is increasingly focused on creating its own branded products.

Unilever gets out of pasta-sauce business
CPG giant Unilever said early Thursday that it will sell its North American pasta-sauce brands Ragu and Bertoli to the Japanese company Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion. The deal is part of Unilever’s strategy to move its business towards personal-care products with higher margins.

145 million could be affected by eBay breach
More information emerged late Wednesday about hackers’ breach of eBay’s network three months ago. For one, they may have accessed as many as 145 million passwords, which would rank the eBay breach as the second-largest ever. The company encouraged customers on Wednesday to change their passwords.

Activist to spend millions on climate-change messaging for midterms
Environmental activist Tom Steyer could spend up to $50 million on ads and grassroots campaigning in states with key Senate races in this November’s midterm elections. His goals are to make climate change a top issue, keep the Senate in the Democrats’ hands, and influence important gubernatorial races.

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