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American Express chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault.Photograph by Justin Sullivan — Getty Images

Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a major political party nomination yesterday, and now faces a choice between running a campaign that appeals to Sanders supporters on the left, or one that tries to capitalize on the considerable discontent in the political center. Regardless, the coming campaign will be the nastiest in modern times. Clinton said again that Trump is “temperamentally unfit” to be president. Trump promised a major speech in the next few days attacking the Clintons for turning the “politics of personal enrichment into an art form.”

If you prefer to avoid politics today, we have an alternative. We’ve published a number of stories from this year’s Fortune 500 edition of the magazine online, all well worth reading. Among the highlights:

–How Ken Chenault, the longest-serving CEO at a U.S. financial services firm, is trying to dig No. 85 American Express (AXP) out of the hole it is in (and how Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian use his Amex card to buy a Modigliani painting at auction for $170.4 million.)

–How No. 304 Hormel (HRL), best known for the canned meat Spam, is successfully appealing to changing food tastes, and has moved up nearly 100 spots on the Fortune 500 from a decade ago. (Muscle Milk, anyone?)

–How Satya Nadella has taken Microsoft to its highest ever rankingNo. 25 – on the Fortune 500, and has raised the company’s stock price to its highest in 16 years.

–How PayPal (PYPL), joining the list for the first time at No. 307, is trying to become the digital wallet for millennials – with Venmo as its “killer app.”

–How No. 379 Netflix (NFLX) became the best performing stock in the Fortune 500.

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