Good morning, Broadsheet readers. The president of Argentina is in hot water and U.S Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch has some choice words for pot smokers. Read on to learn where babies now can legally be born with three parents. It’s Wednesday!
• Harper Lee is back. In July, the 88-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird is set to publish a sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Since To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, Lee has not produced another book and has avoided the press. She actually wrote the new novel, Go Set a Watchman, in the 1950s and it takes place 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird in the same fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.
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• Crisis for Cristina. Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is dealing with the dramatic fallout of the sudden death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman. The latest suspicious development is that an arrest warrant for the president was found in Nisman’s trash can and he “was found dead hours before he was set to deliver damning testimony against the Argentine government.”
• Beyoncé goes vegan. The global icon is launching a vegan food delivery service, in partnership with her physical trainer. A 22-day plan, which doesn’t say will make you look like The Queen herself but implies it, will cost you more than $600.
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• ‘I look all day long.’ Melissa Silverstein, founder and editor of WomenandHollywood.com, is the director of the Athena Film Festival, which spotlights the work of women both in front of and behind the camera. But since so few films are written by women and feature strong female characters, Silverstein still struggles to fill the festival’s lineup. “I want to be able to share more stories with women on screen, but they are not there,” she said. “I look all day long.”
• (Don’t) legalize it. U.S Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch said in her Senate confirmation that “not only do I not support the legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization. Nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as attorney general.”
• ‘She’s so negative.’ When GE CMO Beth Comstock first heard that colleagues found her negative, her initial reaction was denial and frustration. “But negative feedback often illuminates something that stands in your way,” she writes, adding that she “had to work hard since then to open myself to different ways of doing things and alternate interpretations, especially in new settings.”
• Labor pains. More and more women are choosing to wait to have children, yet prime childbearing years (mid 20s to early 40s) usually overlap precisely with prime professional years. In 2013, for example, 64% of mother with children under six worked. Still, 88% of American women do not get paid for a single day or a single hour after they give birth. See the problem? This long read from The New Republic is worth a deep look.
• MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Diane Harris, who joined Money in 1983, is now the magazine’s top editor.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• The 3-parent baby. The U.K. is now the first country in the world to legalize technology that will combine the DNA of three people to create a child. The tech is designed to prevent some genetic diseases from passing on to children. Opponents say the measure “represents an ethical watershed.”
• Classless action. A class-action gender discrimination case against Sterling Jewelers, the parent company of 12 U.S. chains including Kay Jewelers, will proceed to trial. An internal company memo from 2006 used in court proceedings says female employees made 40 cents less an hour than their male peers on average. Women at the management level with higher performance scores than their male counterparts were also getting fewer raises.
• Shhh. I struggled with whether or not to put this in The Broadsheet, but here it is: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) actually shushed a female CNBC anchor during an interview. Do with that information what you will.
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