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From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter attend the state funeral of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on December 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Brandon - Pool/Getty Images)

WHEN THEY GO LOW

Michelle Obama somehow found the poise to greet Donald and Melania Trump at the funeral of George H. W. Bush on Wednesday — but you can’t blame “lock her up” Hillary for staring straight ahead and saying nothing at all.

WHERE IS SHE

A Princess from the United Arab Emirates has not been heard from since March, when she was snatched from a yacht 50 miles off the coast of Goa during an attempt to escape “oppression, and women being treated like subhumans” in the Gulf State. Her sister met the same tragic fate in 2000, when she was reportedly seized in England on the streets of Cambridge. Their father is Dubai’s ruler and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. In a horrifying video recorded before the attempt, Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum says that if we’re watching the video it means she’s “either dead, or in a very bad situation.” She also reveals that after her first attempt to flee at 16 she was jailed and tortured. The British police weren’t too concerned by the abduction of her sister on their own soil, but the BBC is hoping to raise awareness of the cases with a new documentary airing tonight.

COP OUT

Bankers at Wall Street firms are responding to the #MeToo movement in the most toxic, childish way imaginable: by avoiding mentoring and hiring women because of the “unknown risk.” One female executive at Wells Fargo has expressed her sorrow that these reactions are “affecting women’s careers.” Bloomberg’s investigation is a must-read.

NEED TO KNOW

You’ve probably read about the fuel protests raging through France, which this weekend caused $1.15 million worth of damage to the Arc de Triomphe. But you likely haven’t heard about Priscilla Ludosky, the French woman whose petition started the entire movement.

The Hollywood Reporter has gathered 62 black women writers, all members of Time 100 newcomer Lena Waithe’s ‘Black Women Who Brunch’ collective, for the magazine’s largest ever group photo.

Three women are killed by an intimate partner every day in the United States. To feel more secure, some are buying guns. But in homes where there’s a gun, women are five times more likely to be killed. This video delves into the complex issue.

Tavi Gevinson has given an exit interview for the ages after closing Rookie: “I’m just so relieved that I don’t have to sit across from another person who says, ‘I’m a storyteller at heart.’ I thought you were a venture capitalist? If you were a storyteller, you’d be telling stories.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will pay her congressional interns “at least $15 an hour.” Doesn’t sound surprising — until we learned that 96% of House Democrats don’t pay their interns a cent.

OUR HEARTS BREAK

For Afghanistan’s Women’s Soccer Team. Having been held up as emblems of Afghan women’s freedom in the post-Taliban era, it emerged this week that the athletes were anything but. The country has been rocked by players’ claims that they were sexually abused.

WOMAN ON THE RISE

Glory Idim, known by her internet persona Well Read Black Girl, has expanded what began as a playful T-shirt into a newsletter, book club, and full-scale festival. Get to know her through her essential reading list, which she shared this week with NPR.

BETTER LOVE LIFE UNDER SOCIALISM?

Beyond the incredible title of Kristen R. Ghodsee’s new book lies a serious message about what happens when governments allocate more money to women’s financial independence and childcare. The book has received rave reviews from all the right places: it’s far from a guilty pleasure.

DOWNTIME

Women’s restrooms in the Victorian era often had sofas, vanities, even writing desks. Where the hell did they go, and why? Elizabeth Yuko has conducted our dream investigation for The Atlantic’s City Lab.

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