Policy & Advocacy
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6/22/2018

Recent allegations into the ethics and spending of the Donald J. Trump Foundation may erode public trust in the sector and cause people "to believe that foundations regularly give their money away in a self-serving way," writes Cassandra Burke Robertson of Case Western Reserve University. Robertson notes that less than 1% of foundation tax documents indicate wrongdoing, but "if the Trump Foundation lawsuit leads the public to believe otherwise, then there's a risk that more people responsible for philanthropic funds will indulge in self-dealing and corruption."

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The Conversation (US)
6/22/2018

The American Civil Liberties Union says it will pursue a lawsuit against the Trump administration's immigration policies, particularly those affecting families. The organization will petition a federal court in San Diego to reunite separated parents and children.

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Reuters
6/22/2018

Newday Investing has introduced a new iOS app that allows people to join the impact investing movement for as little as $5 and gives them an option to invest in one of six causes, including "animal welfare" and "ocean plastic." A portion of Newday's revenue will also go to nonprofit groups working on the same causes.

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Fast Company online
6/22/2018

Actress America Ferrera is editing "American Like Me," an anthology that will feature works from culturally diverse people including playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and Olympic skater Michelle Kwan. Ferrera will donate some of her proceeds to the immigration-focused We Get the Job Done Coalition.

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The Associated Press
6/21/2018

Data has shown how little has changed for women in Hollywood since "Thelma & Louise" premiered in 1991, and Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis doesn't think the #MeToo or #TimesUp movements would change how writers would end that film today, but that doesn't mean we aren't at a "tipping point." "I don't think it's peaked at all yet and that we will look back on this as a very significant moment in women's history," Davis said during an interview at the Whistler Film Festival's Women on Top series. "I don't know how far we'll get, but I think it's very significant. Because it's okay to talk about it now."

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6/21/2018

Debra Birnbaum, Variety's executive editor of TV, interviewed director Pamela Adlon for the "Remote Controlled" podcast about Adlon's journey to the director's chair of the FX comedy "Better Things." "I could never imagine I could be doing it. It was too daunting," Adlon said.

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Variety
6/21/2018

Casting Hailee Steinfeld as the lead character, Charlie, in the upcoming "Transformers" spin-off movie "Bumblebee" was an idea that came from executive producer Steven Spielberg, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said. "Steven had always had an idea that a young girl and Bumblebee would be a great combination, so we headed in that direction," he said. "When we were debating it, the idea of a young girl seemed to us to be a real change in our direction."

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SlashFilm
6/21/2018

A growing number of teenage girls play video games, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, with 83% saying they actively play and 75% saying they have access to a video game console. Interest in cross-platform games are being credited with the surge in female interest, which should change the way companies market to girls as the gap between girls' and boys' playing habits continues to shrink.

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The Motley Fool
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Pew Research Center
6/21/2018

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to end the separation of families who enter the country illegally. The House of Representatives, meanwhile, is voting on two Republican immigration bills today, although it is unclear whether either bill will have enough votes to pass.

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Reuters, Fox News
6/21/2018

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed a baby girl, making her the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. The first was Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1990.

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The Associated Press
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Jacinda Ardern, Benazir Bhutto