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The United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, seen in August 2009. (AP)

The United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, seen in August 2009. (AP)

Apple Inc. reported an incredible 47 percent jump in quarterly profits yesterday, making it — by a long shot — one of the most successful corporations in America.

What Apple is not is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It’s quit. Pulled out.

The Chamber sounds boring, but it is hot as a pistol right now as an issue in Washington. The biggest lobbying voice in the nation, set dead against much of the Obama agenda. And now, losing high-profile members.

This hour, On Point: The heavyweight battle over the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — and who speaks for American business.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Guests:

Joining us from Washington is Lisa Lerer, a staff writer at Politico covering the Chamber of Commerce story. Earlier this week she wrote about White House strategy and the Chamber.

Also from Washington, we’re joined by David C. Chavern, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

And from San Francisco we’re joined by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School and Chair and Director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Her book “SuperCorp: How Vangaurd Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good” was published in August. (Read more about it here.)

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