Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. Hillary Clinton dominates the news cycle, Marissa Mayer is having a less-than-amazing summer, and we get to know Britain’s potential future leader. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
• Hillary in the hot seat. On Tuesday morning, FBI director James Comey made an official recommendation not to bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while Secretary of State. “Although there is evidence of potential violations, our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” he said.
Still, Comey called Clinton’s handling of classified information “extremely careless” and made a few other biting remarks that the New York Times calls a “ready-made attack ad.”
Fortune‘s Ben Geier agrees, arguing that Clinton may be off the hook legally, but not politically.”If there is one thing that has plagued Clinton this campaign season, it is a lingering belief that she is not trustworthy,” he writes.
The Justice Department will now make the final decision as to whether to bring charges against Clinton, though Attorney General Loretta Lynch has already said that she expects to follow the FBI’s recommendation.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Meet Ms. May. U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May won the first round of voting in the Conservative leadership race to replace Prime Minister David Cameron. But who is this potential future power player? The New York Times describes her as someone with “a reputation for seriousness, hard work and avoiding the intrigue and treachery that has gripped her party.” Or, as one of her colleagues put it, she is “a bloody difficult woman.” New York Times
• Can’t sit with us. Marissa Mayer is no longer welcome at the cool kids’ table. The Yahoo CEO reportedly wasn’t invited to Allen & Company’s exclusive Sun Valley conference for media giants and tech tycoons. Even more telling: 100 million votes were cast against her by Yahoo shareholders who want her off the company’s board. Fortune
• Pondering the pause. Christi Shaw used to be one of the most high-ranking women in the pharma industry until she announced in April that she would be walking away from her job as U.S. president of Novartis to care for her cancer-stricken sister. A few months later, Shaw says she feels as comfortable “as [she] did the day [she] made the decision” to put her career on pause. ABC News
• HRC’s place in history? A recent poll found that while three-quarters of women voters feel America is ready for a female president, only about a third consider it very important to see it in their lifetime. Fortune
• Duchess of DNA. Anne Wojcicki’s 23andMe has amassed one of the world’s largest databases of DNA. Now it is monetizing it by selling access to major companies—and getting customers to pay for the privilege. That idea so appeals to investors that they have valued the still-unprofitable company at over $1 billion. MIT Technology Review
• Millennial moms. Millennial mothers’ views on parenting are surprisingly different from previous generations. In a recent survey, 60% of Millennials said they think a parent should stay home to care for children, while only 50% of Generation X and 55% of Baby Boomers agreed. Fortune
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Fortune 500 femme. Occidental CEO Vicki Hollub is the first female CEO of a major American energy explorer—and one of two new women CEOs in this year’s Fortune 500. Hollub talks to the WSJ about how Occidental is making good on its promise to never lay off employees. Wall Street Journal
• From lab to blastoff. Three astronauts are set to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on their way to the International Space Station. One of these is American Kate Rubins, a biologist-turned-astronaut who studies infectious disease. Wired
• Let’s talk about sex [objects]. Jessica Valenti, a newspaper columnist and author of Sex Object, talks about how daily assaults—from inappropriate hugs to subway groping—affect women. Rolling Stone
• The Brexit queen. When Queen Elizabeth II was born, the British Empire was the largest in history, covering nearly a quarter of the earth’s land mass and about a fifth of the world’s population. Now, most of its former colonies, territories, and protectorates govern themselves—and the Brexit vote might mean the demise of Great Britain, too. New Yorker
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This is what I know for sure: You don’t get what you wish for, you don’t even get what you hope for. You get what you believe.Oprah Winfrey, in her keynote speech at the 2016 Essence festival