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The Broadsheet: August 2nd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Yahoo creates a new weapon in the war against trolls, the women of NASA get Lego-ized, and Muslim women launch a hashtag to respond to Donald Trump. Have a wonderful Tuesday.


#WeHearYou! Could Donald Trump’s decision to speak out against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Muslim-American parents of a soldier killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq, be the one gaffe he can’t bloviate his way out of? His slights against the Gold Star family are continuing to rile the public—including prominent American Muslim groups.

Yesterday, several of these organizations rallied female Muslims behind the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow. In a series of tweets and other social media posts, Muslim women—including entrepreneurs, professors, public intellectuals, journalists, and others—refuted Trump’s insinuation that their faith does not allow them to speak out. To see what they are saying, check out the hashtag on Twitter.  Fortune


Presenting promises. Speaking at an academic conference Monday evening, Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes introduced a new device called the miniLab, which she said can run tests on as little as a few drops of blood. To the surprise of many, Holmes didn’t address accuracy problems found with the company’s earlier Edison machines—as a result of which she has been banned from running a medical lab for two years—or present data to explain the science behind either the new or old devices. WSJ

• Troll hunters. Researchers at Yahoo have unveiled an algorithm that uses machine learning and natural language processing to detect online abuse. The programmers say their AI matched human judgement about what constitutes abuse or hate speech in up to 90% of cases and has the ability to keep pace with trolls by adapting over time. Fortune

• Uncovered cover. The New York Post has published a string of nude photos of Melania Trump from her early modeling days. If the paper was attempting to shame Melania and Donald Trump, it failed miserably: Trump and his campaign advisor came out in support of the photos. I hope it goes without saying that the pictures have zero relevance to the election or to Melania’s potential role as first lady.  Fortune

• Sally makes a switch. Jeb Bush’s top adviser, Sally Bradshaw, says she’s left the Republican Party to become an independent, adding that if the presidential race in Florida is close, she’ll vote for Hillary Clinton. In an email interview, Bradshaw told CNN that the GOP is “at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist—a misogynist—a bigot.”  CNN

• A risky spoonful. To launch her baby food business, Yummy Spoonfuls, Agatha Achindu quit her six-figure salary job and emptied her 401(k). Now that the product has been picked up by Whole Foods and Target—and she picked up a celebrity partner—it looks like her gamble is paying off. Fortune

• Labor’s leading lady. In the course of her 40-year education career, Lily Eskelsen Garcia has gone from lunch lady to the highest-ranking Latina woman in labor. She is the president of the National Education Association, the largest labor union in the U.S. Refinery29

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Intel has named Paula Tolliver, a veteran of Dow Chemical, as its new CIO. Julie Haddon has been named SVP of marketing for NFL Media. Christine Herron and Trina Van Pelt have been named co-heads of Intel Capital Diversity Fund, which invests in tech startups led by women and underrepresented minorities. Anu Hariharan is joining Y Combinator as a partner in its Continuity Fund, where she will invest in the accelerator’s alumni companies at the growth stage. Natalie Kerris, Twitter’s VP of communications, who joined the company in February, is leaving.


• Bro bias. Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that a former athlete’s suit against Columbia University, which suspended him for sexual assault, may go forward based on his claim that university officials acted with “anti-male bias,” in violation of Title IX. Washington Post

• Amy’s House. The Amy Winehouse Foundation marked the fifth anniversary of the singer’s death by partnering with a housing provider to open Amy’s House, a home for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.  The Guardian

• Tea and shotguns. The New America Foundation’s Lindsay Oncken writes about how the women of the Tea Party have framed their support of guns as a constitutional right around their identities as women and mothers.  New America Weekly

• NASA stars. MIT news editor and science writer Maia Weinstock has proposed the creation of a Lego mini figure set featuring NASA astronauts and scientists Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison. If you like the idea, click here to vote for the product on the Lego site. Slate

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New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given subject  Washington Post

Marissa Mayer treated Yahoo like a think tank, not a sinking ship  NPR

Watch men describe why they want to see a female president Time

Meryl Streep: A league of her own  WSJ


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