The Broadsheet: July 15th

July 15, 2016, 11:37 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. We meet the woman behind Hillary Clinton’s Twitter feed, Natalie Portman’s pants go missing, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologizes. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the horrific attacks in Nice, France last night. Have a safe weekend.


Ill-advised communication. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized for the fiery comments she made in a New York Times interview, including that she'd move to New Zealand if Donald Trump wins the presidency. In a statement yesterday, she said the remarks "were ill-advised and I regret making them," adding, "In the future I will be more circumspect."

Fortune's Roger Parloff weighed in on the dust-up, stating that Ginsburg's comments were highly inappropriate and "further tarnish an institution whose credibility is already drowning in politicization." He adds that on the off chance that the court is once again called on to rule on the presidential election result—as it was in 2000—she would find herself in a very uncomfortable position.

For those of us who consider ourselves RBG fans—and who perhaps agree with her comments about Trump—it can be difficult to admit that one of your heroes made an error in judgement. But as Parloff writes: "That means she’s human, not that she’s senile. We chastise the mistake, and now we move on."


 #FindPortmansPants. Internet commenters are having a ball mocking a self-serious email correspondence between Natalie Portman and author Jonathan Safran Foer, which T Magazine ran to mark the premiere of Portman's directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. But to me, the real issue is the accompanying photo gallery, in which Portman lounges around with no pants on. Safran Foer, as you might have guessed, seemingly got to keep his slacks (he is not pictured). Too bad Portman had to serve as the decoration at her own coming out party.  Fortune

 Tech v. Trump. A group of over 100 technology CEOs, founders, and executives have published a letter saying that, if elected, Donald Trump “would be a disaster for innovation.” Among the signatories were a number of prominent female industry leaders, including ColorGenomics CMO Katie Jacobs Stanton, TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot, Joyus CEO Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, and Cowboy Ventures founder Aileen Lee. Medium

 Bye-bye Birchbox? After repeated layoffs, a failed funding round, and cancelled plans for a brick-and-mortar expansion, could Birchbox—the makeup subscription company led by CEO Katia Beauchamp—be facing its final days? Racked

 Going once, going twice... The final bids for Yahoo's core business are due Monday, with the board set to make a decision soon afterward. If fired as a result of the deal, CEO Marissa Mayer and Yahoo’s other top three executives would collectively receive about $100 million. New York Times

GOP gals. The list of speakers for next week's Republican convention includes Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, pro golfer Natalie Gulbis, and Florida attorney general Pam Bondi—as well as Melania, Ivanka, and Tiffany Trump. But no Sarah Palin. WSJ

 The rent is too damn high. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called on the FTC to look into whether short-term rental websites such as Airbnb are taking housing away from long-term renters and pushing up prices.  Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. public pension system, named Marcie Frost CEO. She succeeds Anne Stausboll, who retired last month.


 Dislike. Facebook's latest diversity numbers show scant progress over last year. As of June 30, women accounted for 33% of Facebook’s workforce (up from 32% a year earlier) and held 27% of senior leadership roles (up from 23%). The social networking giant fared far worse in terms of race, with black and Hispanic employees making up just 2% and 4% of its workforce, respectively. Fortune

 Social butterfly. Jenna Lowenstein, digital director of Hillary for America, talks about running the 100-person team responsible for Hillary Clinton's savvy and sometimes devastating ("Delete your account") social media presence. Elle

 Hayden on the books. The U.S. Senate has confirmed Carla D. Hayden, the chief executive of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, as the 14th librarian of Congress. Hayden is the first woman and first African American to hold the post. Washington Post

 The Banks Tank? Tyra Banks' latest venture, a Shark Tank-style competition show called Funded, has been green lit by NBC. Fortune

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Google's diverse emoji for women at work The Verge

Why François Hollande’s $10,000 hair is good news for Hillary Clinton New York Times

Deborah Berke, Yale's new dean of architecture, on plywood and mood lighting  WSJ

The complicated legacy of Helen Gurley Brown  New York Times


I am shocked and saddened by the horrifying attack in Nice last night. Our hearts go out to the French people and to all those who’ve lost loved ones or been injured.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's statement on Thursday evening's attack in Nice, France