Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Anita Hill speaks out on new allegations against Clarence Thomas, Iceland’s female-founded Pirate Party gains ground, and Hillary Clinton goes on the offensive against James Comey. Have a Happy Halloween.
• Clinton v. Comey. After Friday’s revelations that the FBI is looking into a new batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Democratic nominee’s campaign sprung into attack mode, with Clinton calling FBI director James Comey’s decision to re-open the investigation at this point in the election cycle “unprecedented and…deeply troubling.“
In the sort of twist that I suppose we should all be expecting by now, the latest cache of emails were discovered on the computer that Clinton aide Huma Abedin shared with her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. The messages were turned up in the course of a separate investigation into allegations that Weiner had exchanged sexually explicit messages with a teenager.
As several observers have noted, there’s a depressing thread that runs through many of the biggest scandals that have cropped up during this race: the sexual misconduct of men. From the slew of allegations unleashed by Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape to the accusations of rape and sexual harassment against Bill Clinton to Anthony Weiner and his pathetic sexting addiction, male libidos have clearly trumped policy this year.
I don’t mean to downplay Hillary Clinton’s culpability—it was her (very bad) decision to use a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State and she should be held accountable for that choice. Yet I can’t help but feel that even as a woman finally has a real shot at the White House, this race has been defined and shaped by the actions of men.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Huma ‘n’ Hill. It’s hard to believe that there’s anyone closer to Clinton than her aide Huma Abedin, who started working for the then-First Lady at the age of 19 and whom the candidate has referred to as her surrogate daughter. Yet, given Abedin’s role in the latest iteration of the email scandal, a number of advisors are suggesting that Clinton distance herself from her top aide. Could this be the thing that finally drives the two women apart? The New York Times
• History repeats? Anita Hill is reportedly calling for an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The new charges, which surfaced at the end of last week, come from Moira Smith, now VP and general counsel at Enstar Natural Gas Co., who says that Thomas squeezed her buttocks several times at a party in 1999. Smith was 23 at the time. National Law Journal
• Raising the Jolly Roger. Iceland’s Pirate Party tripled its parliamentary seats in Saturday’s election, but fell short of capturing a capturing a majority. For more about the radical party, check Fortune‘s Laura Cohn’s look at its founder, Birgitta Jónsdóttir. The election also brings Iceland to 30 female MPs, giving it the highest proportion of female parliamentarians in Europe.
• Three strikes? Johnson & Johnson has lost its third lawsuit alleging that the company’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer. Jurors have awarded Deborah Giannecchini $70 million; she used the powder for feminine hygiene over a 40-year period before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. J&J says it will appeal. Fortune
• James, unfiltered. In the latest Fortune Unfiltered, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James talks about the steps the military is taking to address the problem of sexual assault. While there have been reforms to the military justice system and efforts to reduce retaliation against accusers, she says, “We’re not done yet.” iTunes
MPW INSIDER MONDAYS
Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.
• Life after death. Ora Pescovitz, M.D. and U.S. medical leader of Eli Lilly and Company explains how she found meaning and solace in work after the death of her husband. Fortune
• Leave the labels. Embrace opportunities to expand your skill set and try new things, says Cheri Lytle, head of advisor strategy and development at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. “If you take off the label, you might find that you’re not as afraid to try something different,” she says. Fortune
• Get the gig. Ever wished you could get inside the head of a hiring manager? Val DiFebo, CEO of Deutsch New York, writes about what she looks for when interviewing potential candidates. Fortune
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• No yes woman. In a campaign that’s been criticized for an abundance of “yes men” (and “yes women”), the latest WikiLeaks emails reveal that Hillary Clinton policy advisor Neera Tanden has been more than willing to speak her mind—even when it meant critiquing the Democratic nominee. New York Times
• One to watch. Meet Haile Thomas, a fifteen-year-old youth health advocate who was recently featured in Fortune‘s 18 Under 18 list. Fortune
• A first lady’s next move. In a move straight out of House of Cards, Nicaragua’s first lady, Rosario Murillo, is now running for vice president on the same ticket as her husband, President Daniel Ortega. The pair are all but certain to win the Nov. 6 election. New York Times
• The bigger picture. In this New York Times “Table for Three,” presidential historian and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin and the MSNBC Rachel Maddow attempt to put the current presidential race—and candidates—in historical perspective. New York Times
• Taking Tinseltown. Some big moves for women in Hollywood: AMC won a bidding war for Marti Noxon’s TV adaptation of Sarai Walker’s novel Dietland—it’s likely to move to series in 2017. ABC is teaming up with Viola Davis to create The Zipcoders, a comedy about a group of black teens growing up in Texas. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez is set to star in NBC’s holiday 2017 live musical: Bye Bye Birdie.
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ON MY RADAR
‘I live a lie’: Saudi women speak up New York Times
Megyn Kelly to guest host Live with Kelly the day after the election NewYork Magazine
Why I won’t wear a sexy Halloween costume Vogue
Tina Fey defends Jimmy Fallon’s controversial Trump interview Vanity Fair