Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A new study challenges an egg-freezing myth, Merkel hosts the boys club at the G20, and Ivanka Trump’s paid-leave policy has yet to drum up Congressional support. Have a relaxing weekend.
• Leaving leave for dead? Does Ivanka Trump have a shot at keeping her paid family leave proposal—which she defended this week in the Wall Street Journal—alive?
This analysis finds the first daughter caught between a rock and a hard place: “Ivanka faces a major dilemma in having to construct a plan that appeals to both Republican lawmakers and the longtime advocates of paid leave on the left,” Samuel Hammond, a policy analyst at the libertarian Niskanen Center, tells the Washington Post. “Too generous, and the plan will be dead in the water. Too weak, and the left will excoriate her. It’s not an enviable position to be in.”
Trump is not the only one in the GOP camp with a plan—senators Deb Fischer, Marco Rubio, and Mitch McConnell have also floated some type of paid-leave measure—yet there’s not yet any cohesion around a single policy.
There are those who argue that simply getting lawmakers to agree on the need for some type of paid-leave is a victory. Aparna Mathur of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute tells the Post, “I think the idea is not to propose a plan but to get both sides first to say that a policy is needed, then work with both sides to decide on the actual plan.”
Yet if the GOP—which controls Congress and the presidency—cannot agree on a plan within its own ranks, the idea that “both sides” could come together to craft and pass a policy strikes me as little more than a pipe dream. Washington Post
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Freezing time. Fortune‘s Claire Zillman writes about a new study that refutes the idea that companies that offer egg-freezing benefits are just enabling women to put off motherhood so they can focus on their careers. In fact, the vast majority of women in the study said they were undergoing the procedure because they were single and hoped to “buy time while they continued to search for a committed partner.” Fortune
• The testosterone three? This Wall Street Journal story looks at the diplomatic test facing Angela Merkel over the next several days of the G20 Summit, as the German chancellor hosts Donald Trump, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan—a group that one German lawmaker recently referred to as “the new authoritarian axis of testosterone.” WSJ
• Mo’ soup for you. Campbell Soup is buying Pacific Foods—maker of organic broth and soup and other products like plant-based beverages such as almond milk—for $700 million in a deal that will allow Campbell’s “to expand into faster-growing spaces,” says CEO Denise Morrison. Fortune
• She got served. Democratic attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges. Time
• Girl, interrupted. This story looks at how a series of high-profile interruptions helped Sen. Kamala Harris emerge as “the latest iteration of a bipartisan archetype: the Great Freshman Hope.” New York Times
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Prepare to binge. Ava DuVernay has signed on for her second Netflix project—she is adapting the story of the Central Park Five, five young black men wrongly convicted of a brutal rape in 1989, for a five-part miniseries that she will write and direct. The Hollywood Reporter
• Payne at Fox. Making Money host Charles Payne has been suspended from Fox Business Network. The network is reportedly investigating the claims of a female political analyst who alleges she was banned from Fox after ending an extramarital affair with Payne in 2015. Fortune
• Kesha’s back! Kesha is finally going to release Rainbow, the follow-up to her 2012 LP Warrior. The record will drop August 11 on RCA and Kemosabe, the label Dr. Luke left this April amid his legal battle with Kesha. The featured guest I’m most excited about? Dolly Parton, who appears on a cover of her own song “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You.” Pitchfork
• A creative list. This list of “Nine young New Yorkers poised for creative greatness” includes Mission Chinese Food executive chef Angela Dimayuga, baker and artist Lexie Smith, and polymath (“visual and performance artist, D.J., writer, night-life host and fashion model”) Juliana Huxtable. New York Times
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