Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Loretta Lynch calls a foul on FIFA, Sheryl Sandberg writes about her vision of true equality, and Elizabeth Warren has a Silicon Valley problem. Plus: Submit your question for Pattie Sellers to ask GE CEO Jeff Immelt on Fortune‘s new video interview show, The Chat. Have a great Thursday!
• Does Warren have a tech problem? Despite championing innovation, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) had a hard time keeping attendees’ attention Tuesday night at a major tech conference. Fortune‘s Michal Lev-Ram speculates that Warren has trouble connecting because many entrepreneurs believe that politicians and regulators are a hindrance, not a help, to making the world more efficient.
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• Meeker is trending. Mary Meeker, the former Morgan Stanley analyst who leads growth-stage investments at VC firm Kleiner Perkins, released her annual Internet Trends report. The takeaway: Internet and smartphone user growth is beginning to stall.
• Lynch gives FIFA a red card. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that officials at FIFA, the powerful and lucrative association that controls international soccer, had engaged in decades of criminal actions and pocketed millions of dollars in bribes. She unveiled charges against 14 people and pledged to continue investigating until international soccer is free of systemic corruption.
• Funny girls. Hollywood Reporter gets Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and four other female comedy stars together to dish about what it’s like to be a woman in Hollywood. The roundtable is surprising, insightful and, of course, hilarious.
• Sheryl looks forward. In a post published yesterday, but written before the death of her husband Dave Goldberg, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes about her hope for true gender equality. Referencing her mother and grandmother, Sandberg says: “I want our generation to be the last one to grow up knowing structural and cultural barriers that hold women back.”
• The woman who speaks for Hillary. In her latest installment of a series on the women behind Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run, Fortune’s Nina Easton profiles Karen Finney, the candidate’s strategic communications advisor and senior spokesperson.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: JPMorgan Chase has named Lauren Camp vice chairman of investment banking. VC firm InterWest Partners announced that veteran healthcare investor, Farah Champsi, will be joining InterWest’s Healthcare team as a managing director.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Room for debate? Will Carly Fiorina qualify for the Republican debate? Based on the latest poll numbers, the answer is no. That would be bad news for the GOP, which needs Fiorina to reach out to women–and to take shots at Hillary Clinton.
• A cancer causer? The FBI is investigating a surgical device that was found to spread uterine cancer in women–and looking into what manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew about the dangers of the tool before pulling it off the market last year.
• Kind of a big deal. The FTC has approved Reynolds American’s $27.4 billion acquisition of competitor Lorillard. The deal, which was headed up by Reynolds CEO Susan Cameron, is the largest ever orchestrated by a woman.
• Riding the bench. WNBA star Brittney Griner says she’s been hearing from players around the league who want her to appeal her seven-game suspension for a domestic violence incident involving her partner Glory Johnson, also a WNBA player. Griner, however, says she doesn’t plan to fight the suspension: “The last thing I want is for people to think I am not taking responsibility for my actions.”
• Stay the course. New research from Betterment, a financial advisory firm that uses computer algorithms to help people automate their investments, finds that its female customers are more likely to stay the course and keep a long-term mindset than their male counterparts.
• Goal in range. Nineteen female soldiers are trying to make history by becoming the first women to graduate from the Army’s notoriously difficult Ranger School. This story take us inside their grueling journey.
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