The Broadsheet: July 19th

July 19, 2016, 12:06 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Melania Trump gets accused of plagiarism, Gretchen Carlson appears to have brought down Roger Ailes, and I attempt to parse the Taylor Swift vs. Kimye feud. Enjoy your Tuesday.


The RNC gets rolling. The Republican National Convention kicked off in Cleveland yesterday. Fortune took a look at the unconventional speaker lineup, which includes 24 women (more than the 19 who spoke in 2012). On Day 1, themed "Make America Safe Again," a number of "security moms" were invited to the podium, including Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant, and Pat Smith, whose son died in Benghazi, Libya.

The most talked-about speech, however, was delivered by Melania Trump, the candidate's wife. After her address, journalist Jarrett Hill pointed to the similarities between Melania's speech and the one delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. In addition to setting off a plagiarism controversy, Fortune's Tory Newmyer notes that her remarks were "a missed opportunity for the Republican nominee to soften an image now drawing record disapproval ratings from voters."

In a pre-recorded interview with NBC, the former model said she wrote the speech "with as little help as possible." After the fact, however, a Trump campaign spokesperson alluded to the inclusion of "fragments" from other people.

Today's featured female speakers include daytime soap actor (and avocado farmer!) Kimberlin Brown, Trump's daughter Tiffany, and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. You can catch the livestream on the RNC's YouTube channel.


 Life after Ailes? Roger Ailes's tenure atop Fox News appears to be coming to an end. New York Magazine reports that Rupert Murdoch—along with his sons Lachlan and James—has decided to remove Ailes in the wake of Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit. New York Magazine

 Villain turned vote wrangler. Theresa “Omarosa” Manigault, a former contestant on The Apprentice, has been named the director of African-American Outreach for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. She has her work cut out for her: Some polls find that Trump has 0% support from black voters in key states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. Fortune

 A delicate matter. In a 1999 op-ed, Trump running mate Gov. Mike Pence, then a talk radio host, called Disney's Mulan a film full of liberal propaganda aimed at changing “the next generation’s attitude about women in combat." He argued that Mulan is too "delicate" to be a believable warrior and writes that it's impossible for male and female soldiers to behave professionally when serving together. Needless to say, those sentiments have not aged well. Fortune

 Snap spat. The Internet was awash with the Taylor Swift vs. Kim Kardashian/Kanye West Snapchat feud yesterday. Let me attempt to summarize: Kardashian released a video of Swift and Kanye talking about the lyrics to "Famous" (in which the rapper drops some controversial bars about Swift)—a conversation that the pop star had previously insisted never actually happened. Or, if you're looking for the big-picture takeaway, consider the outsized role of Snapchat in the ruckus: It's time to start taking the vanishing photo app seriously. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Betterment has named Amy Shapero CFO. She previously held the same position at Sailthru. BBDO has named former CPB L.A. executive creative director Robin Fitzgerald as chief creative officer of its Atlanta office.


 The comp gap. There's a new class-action lawsuit in California that claims women in the state were paid less in workers’ compensation benefits because of their gender. It alleges that some women's benefits are being cut by 20% to 80% just because their gender puts them at higher risk for injuries like carpal tunnel and joint disease. New York Magazine

 Mayer on the cliff? With the Yahoo process wrapping up—and the speculation about the fate of CEO Marissa Mayer heating up—this story asks whether women in tech are particularly likely to find themselves on "the glass cliff," a term that posits that women are more likely to be tapped to lead a company in crisis.  While the experts are split, one thing's for sure: "When there are so few women in leadership positions, all eyes are on them."  Washington Post

 Justice for Jones! Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones spent much of yesterday retweeting some the disgusting racist messages she's getting on Twitter. A number of fans and colleagues tweeted in support of the actress, but when Buzzfeed reached out to Twitter about the issue, the company's response was underwhelming: "We don't comment on individual accounts."  Buzzfeed

 Brazil's best hope. Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, the new CEO of Brazil’s development bank, is hoping to bolster confidence in the country's economy by focusing on financing private-public partnerships and smaller businesses rather than big companies. Bloomberg

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Kathy Ireland talks about getting business advice from Warren Buffett  Fortune

A Playboy Playmate found this normal woman's naked body gross. So she posted it online.  Washington Post

Hillary Clinton recreated a classic 1964 campaign ad Fortune

I'm a 23-year-old Olympic fencer—and that isn't everything  Jopwell


This madness has to stop.

Hillary Clinton, speaking at the annual NAACP conference on the killings of police offers in Baton Rouge and Dallas, and recent the deaths of black men at the hands of police