• May makes it official. British PM Theresa May has signed a letter of official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, meaning the U.K. is now formally kicking off its departure from the EU—as well as a two-year negotiation process that will determine what its relationship with Europe will look like. The letter is due to be delivered to the European Council president today.
• Not even a good pun... Speaking of May, when the U.K. PM met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday, most news organizations focused on the high stakes of the diplomatic summit—but not The Daily Mail. The tabloid led with a photo of the leaders, both of whom were wearing skirts, using the headline: "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!" Not surprisingly, readers on both sides of the pond were less than pleased. In actual Scotland news, members of the Scottish Parliament voted to back Sturgeon's bid to purse a binding referendum on independence in late 2018 or 2019.
• Backing Barra. On Tuesday, Greenlight Capital urged General Motors to split its common stock into two classes, a proposal that was swiftly rejected by the carmaker. Greenlight head David Einhorn appeared on CNBC, saying that he is supportive of GM CEO Mary Barra, despite her objection to the hedge fund's proposal.
• UGH, O'Reilly. Appearing on Fox & Friends, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly dismissed statements from Congresswoman Maxine Waters—the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus and the senior-most black woman serving in the U.S. House of Representatives—saying, he "didn't hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig." (O'Reilly laster apologized for the racist, sexist comment.) Hillary Clinton, speaking at conference in California yesterday, referenced the incident, saying: "Now too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride. But why should we have to?"
• Silencing Sally Yates? In letters to a Justice Department official, a lawyer for former Deputy AG Sally Yates wrote that the Trump administration was trying to limit her testimony at congressional hearings focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The hearing was later canceled by House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, who Democrats are calling on to recuse himself from the investigation. The White House, meanwhile, maintains that it did not interfere with Yates' plans to testify.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Sanyin Siang, executive director, Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University Fuqua School of Business, is joining Google Ventures as an advisor. Donna DeMaio will rejoin AIG as EVP and chief auditor. She succeeds Martha Gallo, who was recently named CIO, and was previously president of CEO of former AIG subsidiary, UGC. Amy Nelson is stepping into the role of CEO of Venture for America, a fellowship program that empowers recent college graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs.