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The Broadsheet: March 13th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Angela Merkel prepares to pay a call on President Trump, a woman is providing on-air analysis of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time since 1995, and we get a look inside Ivanka Trump’s policy push. Have a productive Monday.


• The middle way? This New York Times story provides a nuanced look at Ivanka Trump’s efforts to advance legislation covering child care and family leave. Noting that “the effort has placed her in an exceptional, and possibly sticky, position—working on issues traditionally championed by Democrats by forging alliances with Republican women,” it chronicles her efforts to learn the ways of Washington and find Congressional advocates who will help fight for her cause.

The Trump policy on parental leave seems to be evolving. After the original proposal, which covered only biological mothers, was rejected by both parties as too limited and difficult to fund, the administration is reportedly considering a new version that would provide both mothers and fathers—adoptive and biological—with leave that would likely be financed through a tax increase. (The administration is also considering tax measures that would help some families with the cost of child care.)

While the revised plan is intriguing, whether Trump can woo enough Democrats (who largely find the plans too modest) or Republicans (many of whom believe they’re too ambitious) to push her policies forward remains to be seen.  New York Times


• Ms. Merkel comes to Washington. Angela Merkel will meet with President Trump at the White House tomorrow. While the two leaders are on polar opposite sides of many big issues, they are reportedly “determined not to let this first meeting devolve into a clash of competing worldviews.” New York Times

• Surprise guests. I’m sure you saw the hilarious viral video of Pusan National University professor Robert Kelly being interrupted mid-BBC video interview by his children. (And if you somehow missed it, I highly recommend taking a moment to watch.) In this essay, Fortune‘s Gwen Moran thanks Kelly for—albeit unintentionally—putting the spotlight on the endless parade of work-life overlaps that parents (and particularly those who work from home) endure. Fortune

• One to watch. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy press secretary for President Trump and daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, appears to be a rising star in the administration—particularly as White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been the target of criticism from some staffers. Fortune

• Carlson makes her case. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson writes about going to Washington to talk to lawmakers about passing a bill that would stop companies from forcing employees to sign binding arbitration agreements. She ask Congress to make the issue a bipartisan one, saying, “Harassers cross party lines and really don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat or Independent.” Motto

• It’s her call. Debbie Antonelli is covering this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament as an on-air analyst for CBS Sports. So why is this news? The last woman to work the tournament was Ann Meyers Drysdale, who helped call two rounds—in 1995. New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has hired Sandra Liu Huang as head of product. She previously led product management for Quora. Ford Motor Company has named Lynn Vojvodich to the company’s board of directors. Vojvodich was EVP and CMO of Salesforce until February of this year.


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.

Not so bossy. Axonify CEO Carol Leaman explains that being your own boss doesn’t always give you the freedom to do whatever you want. You’re still expected to answer to your investors, customers, employees, bankers, and—yes—family.  Fortune

• Try before you buyMake sure to try to test out your career with an internship or other experience before diving in, says Kim Castelda, chief people officer for Bullhorn. Otherwise, you might end up in a job you hate.  Fortune

• No know-it-alls. Sometimes it’s better to not know the answer, says Cheri Lytle, head of advisor strategy and development at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. It just provides you with another opportunity to learn and provide your unique perspective. Fortune


• Trust is a two-way street. Marine commandant Gen. Robert Neller says that fewer than 10 women victims have come forward so far in the investigation into nude photos of female service members that were posted online without their permission. He pleaded with female Marines to “trust us” and reach out to make complaints or seek help.  Time

• More than pretty faces. A new analysis by Launchmetrics shows that the social media posts generating the most buzz for designers at fashion shows come not from the high-profile guests, but from the models themselves, many of whom have massive online followings. WSJ

• Park downsizes. On Sunday—two days after the Constitutional Court removed her from power—South Korean president Park Geun-hye left the presidential Blue House in Seoul for her private residence. She also made her first comment on the ruling, saying in a statement, “Although it will take time, I believe the truth will certainly come out.”  Time

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SNL goes after Ivanka Trump—hard  Washington Post

What it means to be a Republican woman in Congress  Motto

‘Justice at the Opera’: Ginsburg takes center stage at WNO and brings down the house  Washington Post

Lonely Lingerie hires 56-year-old model  New York Magazine


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