Kellyanne Conway pledges loyalty

By Kristen Bellstrom
May 17, 2017

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Working Mother runs down the best employers for “multicultural women,” Sally Yates sits down with Anderson Cooper, and another Fox News staffer may be headed to the White House. Have a wonderful Wednesday.


EVERYONE'S TALKING

• Musical podiums? Kimberly Guilfoyle, co-host of Fox News show The Five, says she is in talks with the White House about joining the Trump administration’s communications team, possibly to replace Sean Spicer as press secretary.

This isn’t the first time Guilfoyle’s name has come up in connection with a White House comms role. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that Trump has brought up the possibility of Guilfoyle replacing Spicer—and she was even floated as a potential press secretary back when the administration was first vetting candidates for the job in December.

Assuming Spicer is actually on his way out, there are other likely replacements, including deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who got a lot of attention when she filled in for Spicer in the wake of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. But the administration does have a history of hiring from the Fox News ranks: former Fox & Friends host Heather Nauert was tapped to be spokesperson for the State Department earlier this year, while former Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland is currently serving as the president’s deputy national security adviser and will soon be nominated as the U.S. ambassador to Singapore. Will Guilfoyle be the next to make the jump from TV to D.C.? Fortune


ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• A $9 billion ban. The Trump administration announced that it’s extending the president’s executive order blocking U.S. aid to groups abroad that counsel about abortion. The policy will now restrict nearly $9 billion in foreign health assistance, including money for programs related to AIDS, malaria, and child health; previous versions of the rule were limited to about $600 million in family planning funding. Washington Post

• A tasty investment. French yogurt giant Danone has invested in AccelFoods, a female-fund that invests in “upstart natural and organic brands that are stealing shelf space and sales from established food companies.” Bloomberg

• Workplaces that work. Working Mother has released its 2017 list of the “best companies for multicultural women.” The publication’s methodology is based on factors such as representation, hiring, and promotion of multicultural women, as well as recruitment, retention, and company culture. Working Mother

• When Sally met Anderson. In a CNN interview, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told Anderson Cooper that the Russians had “real leverage” on former national security adviser Michael Flynn. She also denied leaking any info about Flynn to the press and said that some of President Trump’s tweets—likely including the one in which he accused her of being a leaker—have “given [her] pause.” CNN

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Valerie Jarrett is partnering with ATTN: as a senior advisor.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Conway pledges loyalty. Kellyanne Conway is denying Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski’s claim that she dislikes President Trump and only works for him for the pay. “My beliefs, commitments and loyalties are plain to see,” the presidential counselor said via Twitter. Politico

Best of shows. This interview with 12 leading TV showrunners and producers—including Ava DuVernay, Jenji Kohan, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge—features some interesting discussion of the specific pressures of being a woman working behind the camera. DuVernay, for one, says she has difficulty saying “no,” due in part to “the fear that the industry might shift in terms of its attention to women right now or the current renaissance regarding people of color, specifically black folk on TV, and then you’re left with nothing.”  The Hollywood Reporter

• 98 and my hero. Brenda Milner, a professor of psychology in the department of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal, discovered the seat of memory in the brain— which the New York Times describes as “the foundational finding of cognitive neuroscience.” At 98, she continues working, intent on her quest to unlock the mystery of our brains. New York Times

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ON MY RADAR

Meet Kim Kardashian’s right-hand woman, Stephanie Shepherd  Refinery29

An open letter to young girls from Chelsea Clinton  Refinery29

Women just aren’t that into the ‘marriageable male’ anymore  Washington Post

Apple’s new $5 billion campus has a 100,000-square-foot gym and no daycare  Quartz


QUOTE

Yes, I would have to say I am a feminist.
Kara McCullough, Miss USA 2017, on the controversy over her remark during the competition that she prefers the term 'equalism.'

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