Coffee king takes stage at town hall meeting in New York – and warns gap between rich and poor in US will widen.

This article titled “Starbucks chief Howard Schultz: US suffering from crisis of confidence” was written by Dominic Rushe in New York, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 7th September 2011 16.52 UTC

Starbucks boss Howard Schultz is taking on a tall – perhaps even a venti – order: stopping the war in Washington.

For the past few weeks Schultz has been drumming up interest in his town hall meeting – a phone-in debate about the “paralysis and uncertainty” he says is being caused by the historic levels of political bickering in Washington.

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