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The Broadsheet: December 5th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Jill Stein says she will file a federal lawsuit to force a Pennsylvania recount, Amy Schumer may play Barbie, and all eyes are on Ivanka Trump. Have a productive Monday.


• Analyzing Ivanka. A pair of New York Times stories dig into the role Ivanka Trump is expected to play in her father’s administration—and how that role may impact her own brand.

The article first traces the business history of Ivanka and her two eldest brothers, Donald Jr. and Eric, noting that it’s not just that the siblings “are at peace commingling family and business. They have known no other way.” Ivanka is the only one to have followed in their father’s footsteps by building a personal brand—though the story makes clear the myriad ways in which she “used the Trump Organization’s payroll, information technology and human resources” to create the Ivanka Trump company.

The second asks whether Ivanka is poised to become the most influential first daughter in history. While some advocates of women’s rights, including Sheryl Sandberg and Anne-Marie Slaughter, appear to hope the answer is yes, others say they find it difficult to believe that Ivanka will actually stand up for policies like paid leave when the chips are down.

Both pieces make one thing clear: Ivanka Trump is now among the most powerful women in the United States. Will she harness that influence to push her father to back policies that will help working women—or will she simply use it further enrich herself and her family? We will soon find out.


• MPWs to the White House. GM chief Mary Barra and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Nos. 1 and 4, respectively on our Most Powerful Women list, are among the 16 business leaders who will advise president-elect Trump as members of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum. Rometty is the only tech CEO in the group. WSJ

• Counting on a recount. After announcing that she would drop her push for a recount in Pennsylvania, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein changed her tune yesterday, saying she would “escalate” her recount efforts in the state through a federal lawsuit. Meanwhile, Michigan will become the second state to conduct a recount, with a judge ordering election officials to begin counting ballots starting at noon today.

• Settling for more. Walmart has settled a lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees by denying health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses. Under the deal, the retailer will set aside $7.5 million to compensate the more than 1,000 employees who were affected by the denial of benefits. New York Times

• The road ahead. Fortune‘s David Z. Morris digs into what the appointment Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation could mean for the future of driverless cars. Fortune

• I spy? This fascinating longread tells the story of Robin Raphel, an American diplomat doing work in Pakistan who became a victim of the diplomatic shift from the use of “human intelligence” to the prominence of covert surveillance.  WSJ

• You’re getting very sleepy. Want a peek inside Arianna Huffington’s new sleep-centric pop-up shop, which doesn’t open to the public until Jan. 15? In this video, Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya tours the store, and even chats with Huffington about the new venture while the two relax in—where else?—bed. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Vanessa Colella will become head of Citi Ventures and chief innovation officer at Citi effective January 1, 2017.


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.

Work it. Wondering how to wade through an insane workload? Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn, has three tips for getting it all done.  Fortune

• In the cloud. Cloudflare CEO Michelle Zatlyn writes about the value of starting a company with co-founders, vs. going it alone Fortune

• Mind your Qs. Early in your career, there’s nothing more valuable than taking the time to develop the different aspects of your intelligence, says Sally Blount, dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. That means working on your EQ (emotional intelligence), SQ (social intelligence) and, what Blount refers to as your OQ (organizational intelligence). Fortune


• Time for a tune-up. Speaking on an MPW Next Gen panel, ColorGenomics CMO Katie Jacobs Stanton made the case for bringing Big Data to women’s health, saying: “Your mechanic has more data on your car than your doctor has on you.” Fortune

• Risky business. With her precedent-shattering conversation with Donald Trump, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is betting that a little recognition from the incoming U.S. leader was worth the risk of a backlash from China. The 10-minute call was the closest a Taiwanese president has come to getting formal U.S. recognition in almost four decades. Bloomberg

• Buying my tix now. Amy Schumer is in talks to star in an upcoming live-action Barbie movie. Variety

• Cronies no more? Former Republican VP nominee—and early Trump supporter—Sarah Palin has criticized the president-elect’s deal to provide Carrier with $7 million in economic incentives, provided the manufacturing company keeps about 1,100 jobs in Indiana. According to Palin, the agreement could lead to “crony capitalism.” Fortune

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How entrepreneur Leila Janah is working to transform the caregiving industry  Fortune

Why hasn’t Star Wars hired a female director?  The Hollywood Reporter

SNL goes into the woods to hunt for Hillary Clinton  Buzzfeed

Tomi Lahren: Young, vocal, and the right’s rising media star  New York Times



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