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The Broadsheet: March 27th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hong Kong gets a new chief executive, Hillary Clinton unleashes a tweetstorm about the failure of the health care bill, and Uber’s CEO once took employees to an escort bar. Have a productive Monday.


• Oops, they did it again. While board member Arianna Huffington says she doesn’t believe that Uber has a “systematic problem” with sexual harassment, it’s clear that the recent spate of complaints about the company’s culture have a well-established precedent. The latest example surfaced this weekend when Gabi Holzwarth, the ex-girlfriend of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, told The Information that she accompanied Kalanick and a group of employees from the ride-hailing startup to a South Korea “escort-karaoke” bar in 2014.

At the bar, she says, four male Uber managers picked among a group of women identified by numbered tags, calling out their numbers and sitting with them. Apparently a female manager was also present and “visibly unhappy.” The manager left quickly and, a year later, filed a report to Uber HR about the outing. (It’s unclear how HR responded to her complaint.)

The incident came to light after senior VP of business Emil Michael, who was also at the bar, contacted Holzwarth last month in attempt to stop the outing from becoming public knowledge (he denies that was the purpose of his call). Uber responded to the report with a statement saying: “This all happened about three years ago and was previously reported to human resources. In early March it was referred to Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran as part of their review.”

The results of that review are expected to be released by the end of next month. They should make for very interesting reading. The Information


• Head of Hong Kong. Former civil servant Carrie Lam has been elected chief executive of Hong Kong. Although Lam’s main rival, John Tsang, was more popular with the people of Hong Kong, Lam has the support of Beijing and won the votes of the city’s election committee. Time

• Hillary on health care. Hillary Clinton used Twitter to call the House Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare Friday “a victory for the 24,000,000 people at risk of losing their health insurance, for senior, for families battling the quiet epidemic of addiction, for new moms and women everywhere. Most of all it’s a victory for anyone who believes affordable health care is a human right.” The former Secretary of State followed up by tweeting the stories of people who she says would have been adversely affected by the passage of the bill. Time

• What’s up with WhatsApp? Appearing on the BBC this weekend, U.K. Secretary of State Amber Rudd said the end-to-end encryption capabilities of messaging tools like WhatsApp are “completely unacceptable” and argued that tech companies had a responsibility to provide governments with access to user data to help counter terrorism. Her comments came after it was revealed that the culprit in last week’s London terror attack had used WhatsApp just minutes before he drove a truck through a group of pedestrians.  Fortune

• A CDU sign. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party easily won an election in Germany’s western Saarland state on Sunday—an unexpectedly strong performance for the party and a positive sign for Merkel as she prepares to seek a fourth term later this year. ABC News

• A shopping sage. Before becoming a founder of Forerunner Ventures, Kirsten Green has little experience investing in startups. Instead, she’d spent years covering the retail business as an analyst on Wall Street. That retail savvy paid off big when Dollar Shave Club and—two of Green’s investments—were sold for $1 billion or more. This year, Green is ranked No. 12 among the top 50 venture capitalists in the world. New York Times


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.

The confidence code. Carolyn Slaski, Americas vice chair of talent at EY, shares how her mentor helped her unlock potential that she couldn’t see on her own. That’s what mentorship is about: encouraging you to go after big goals—not just helping you shape up your resume.  Fortune

• You do you. BroadMic founder Sara Weinheimer says that when it came to dealing with the sexism she experienced as a bond trader at Goldman Sachs, she found it best to look inward and focus on what she could control: doing her best work.  Fortune

• Step up. Volunteer for projects at work even if you don’t feel prepared for them, says Keri Gohman, president of Xerox Americas. “The right people will start to notice if you step up consistently,” she says. Fortune


• A good option. Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya reviews Option B, the new book from Sheryl Sandberg and Wharton prof Adam Grant, concluding that, despite being inspired by Sandberg’s grief over the death of her husband, the book “is as much about living a better life as it is about dealing with death.” Fortune

• No such thing as a coincidence? On Saturday, President Trump urged his Twitter followers to watch Justice With Judge Jeanine, a Fox News show hosted by Jeanine Pirro. Those who did tune in saw Pirro call on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to step down, saying he had done a disservice to Trump by failing to pass a high-profile health-care bill last week.  Washington Post

• Call Rhona. Rhona Graff started working for one of Donald Trump’s assistants nearly 30 years ago and has since risen to SVP in the Trump Organization. Yet some insiders say she still has sway over the president’s calendar and call her when they want to get in touch with Trump without going through official White House channels. Politico

• Listen up. The latest episode of our Fortune Unfiltered podcast features Tamara Ingram, CEO of J. Walter Thompson. iTunes

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Relax, you can still wearing leggings on a plane (but airline still says it has the right to police clothing  Slate

Ivanka Trump to attend women’s economic summit in Berlin  Fortune

Wall Street’s ‘fearless girl’ faces and uncertain future.  Time

Janelle Monáe, Gloria Steinem and Cecile Richards among CFDA honorees  New York Times


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