BRITAIN’S CLOWN CAR
Theresa May’s turbulent three years as British Prime Minister won’t look pretty in the history books, but the crusty troop of men lining up to replace her indicate her presence may be missed sooner than Britons expect.
Front-runner Boris Johnson’s crowning achievement when he was Foreign Secretary (the U.K.’s equivalent of Secretary of State) was to make incorrect and highly damaging remarks about an innocent British woman who is being held in Iran. Johnson said Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in Iran to “train journalists” when she was actually visiting her family. Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been imprisoned for more than three years.
Hot on Johnson’s trail is Dominic Raab, the former Brexit Secretary, who spent the first day of his campaign defending having once called feminists “obnoxious bigots.” And don’t get us started on Michael Gove, who once laughed as he compared a difficult radio interview with “going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom.”
“FAKEBOOK’S DIRTY TRICKS”
Fearless tech journalist Kara Swisher has righteously torn into Facebook after Mark Zuckerberg refused to take down a doctored Nancy Pelosi video that wormed its way across the platform and onto the President’s Twitter feed.
Calling Zuckerberg’s mind “clearly underdeveloped,” Swisher finds Facebook’s response to the video (“We think it’s important for people to make their own informed choice for what to believe”) to be most egregious example yet of how Silicon Valley “tortures the concept of free speech until it screams for mercy.”
“Facebook as we knew it,” Swisher writes, “is over.”
WHILE I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION
The stars of the U.S. women’s soccer team only enjoy mainstream media coverage when the World Cup comes around – and they aren’t wasting a second of it.
Team co-captain Alex Morgan is using her Time magazine cover this week (headline: “The Equalizer”) to remind readers that despite the team having won a record three World Cup titles, their head coach makes less than both the coach of the winless men’s national team and the little-known men’s Under-20 team. Backing her up is forward Megan Rapinoe, who used her pre-tournament press conference to slam soccer’s governing body for choosing to “replicate a system that has kept women down,” despite having “essentially unlimited resources.”
These women shouldn’t have to use what should be career highlights to point out injustices, but they’re showing how to do so in style.
WOMAN TO KNOW
“I’m a 29-year-old person right now, trying to figure out how to pay my bills, but also save the republic.”
Symone Sanders was only 26 when Bernie Sanders hired her as his national press secretary for the 2016 campaign. Last month, she shocked Washington insiders by signing onto Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign, rejecting serious interest from Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. In an open new interview, Sanders shares why, for her, the decision was an easy one – she wants to win, and believes Biden has the best shot.
“My politics are not tied to Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden. They’re tied to my values, and I want to beat the brakes off Donald Trump.”
“There is a molester. Please help!” Japanese women are using a new mobile app to yell at molesters on public transit.
West Point’s 2019 graduating class has a record number of black female cadets among its ranks.
Brazil (yes, Brazil)’s top court has voted to criminalize homophobia and transphobia, paving the way for a ruling to make discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation punishable by law.
Come again? Senator Amy Klobuchar says John McCain ‘kept reciting’ the names of dictators during Trump’s inauguration.