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Things got fiery at the eighth Democratic debate hosted by ABC News Friday, which is to be expected given it comes right after the Iowa caucus debacle and just before the New Hampshire primary on Monday.

Among the highlights, Bernie Sanders doesn’t seem to think Trump will be able to make an issue out of socialism, Joe Biden paid tribute to a recently fired Trump administration employee, and both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren went in on Pete Buttigieg — with Warren delivering one of the night’s most memorable, and shortest, moments in the process.

Here are five of the biggest moments of the night.

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1) Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Think Being a Socialist Is a Liability in the General Election

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he isn’t worried that Trump will go after him for identifying as a Democratic Socialist because, as he put it, “Donald Trump lies all the time.”

“It doesn’t matter what Donald Trump says,” he said, pointing out that the president has disparaged multiple people on the stage, too. “It’s a sad state of affairs. It really is. People say terrible things about Joe — he has — ugly, disgusting things about Elizabeth, about Amy, about anybody else who’s up here.”

The moment got the first big cheers of the night — though left unmentioned, Trump spent a great chunk of his state of the union address bashing socialism, also to big cheers from his supporters.

Asked why Democrats shouldn't be worried about Pres. Trump's attacks on him with the "socialist" label, Bernie Sanders says, "Because Donald Trump lies all the time." #DemDebate

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 8, 2020

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2) Klobuchar Clowns Mayor Pete Over for Wanting to “Watch Cartoons” Instead of the Impeachment Trial

One particularly intense moment came when Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar confronted Pete Buttigieg directly over his apparent dismissal of the impeachment trial. “What you said, Pete — as you were campaigning through Iowa as three of us were jurors in the impeachment hearing — you said it was exhausting to watch and that you wanted to turn the channel and watch cartoons,” she said.

She wasn’t making that up, by the way. He said it during a town hall campaign stop in Ames, Iowa, on Jan. 29.

Klobuchar then used her criticism of Buttigieg’s comments to make a larger point about Donald Trump, dinging Mayor Pete’s pitch as a Washington outsider in the process. “It is easy to go after Washington, because that’s a popular thing to do,” she said. “We have a newcomer in the White House, and look where it got us. I think having some experience is a good thing.”

Amy Klobuchar praises Mitt Romney's "courage" for impeachment vote, then turns to Pete Buttigieg: "You said it was exhausting to watch and that you wanted to turn the channel and watch cartoons." #DemDebate

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 8, 2020

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3) Joe Biden Requests Standing Ovation for Alexander Vindman

“Stand up and clap for Vindman,” the former vice president said at one point, referencing  Ukraine expert Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the House’s impeachment inquiry into Trump who was fired from the White House Friday. (For those keeping score, it’s just two days after Trump was acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial.)

Biden then dinged Trump for awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “He should be pinning a medal on Lt. Col. Vindman and not on Rush Limbaugh.”

4) Elizabeth Warren’s One-Word Dismissal of Pete Buttigieg

Mid-way through, moderator Linsey Davis made Pete Buttigieg stumble when she asked him point blank about the high rate of misdemeanor arrests of black citizens after he became mayor of South Bend, Indiana in 2012. Then she handed the floor to Elizabeth Warren, who shut Buttigieg down with a single word.

“How do you explain the increase in black arrests in South Bend under your leadership for marijuana possession,” Davis asked.

“Again, the overall rate was lower,” Buttigieg said.

“No, there was an increase. The year before you were in office it was lower. Once you became in office in 2012, that number went up,” Davis interjected. “In 2018, the last number year that we have a record for, that number was still up.”

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Buttigieg didn’t actually address the specifics of the question. Instead, he appeared to attempt to continue his previous talking points. “And one of the strategies that our community adopted was to target where there were cases when there was gun violence, and gang violence, which was slaughtering so many our community,” he said. “Burying teenagers, disproportionately black teenagers. We adopted a strategy that said that drug enforcement would be targeted in cases where there was a connection to the most violent group or gang connected to a murder. These things are all connected. But that’s the point. So are all of the things that need to change, in order for us to prevent violence and remove the effects of systemic racism, not just from criminal justice but from our economy, from health and housing, and from our democracy itself.”

That’s when Davis turned t0 Elizabeth Warren and asked “Senator Warren, is that a substantial answer from Mayor Buttigieg?”

“No,” Warren said. Ouch.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg struggles to explain why there was an increase in Black arrests in South Bend, Indiana, under his leadership for marijuana possession. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren was not impressed by his answer.

— (@townhallcom) February 8, 2020

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5) Tom Steyer Calls Out Joe Biden Supporter

Things took a slightly personal turn at one point when Steyer called on Biden to publicly disavow one of his supporters, South Carolina state senator Dick Harpootlian, who recently suggested that SC state representative Jerry Govan, a Steyer ally, had been bought by Steyer’s campaign.

“Is he pocketing the dough or redistributing the wealth?” Harpootlian tweeted Wednesday.

During the debate, Steyer called Harpootlian’s comments racist and said to Biden, “I’m asking you to join us, be on the right side.”

Biden didn’t disavow Harpootlian, but he did offer that “I believe he’s sorry for what he said.”

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CNN’s Don Lemon is facing serious backlash on Twitter, including from the president himself, after a segment on depicting Trump’s voters as “rubes.”

“Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!),” wrote Trump on Twitter after the Daily Caller posted a clip of the Saturday segment, telling readers this is what Lemon thinks of Americans.

During his show Saturday night, Lemon laughed as former GOP strategist Rick Wilson criticized reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had angrily challenged a reporter to find Ukraine on an unmarked map.

“He also knows deep within his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter ‘U’ and a picture of an actual, physical crane next to it,” Wilson said. “He knows that this is, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world and so that’s partly him playing to the base and playing to their audience, you know, the ‘credulous boomer rube’ demo that backs Donald Trump.”

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From there, Wilson put on a Southern accent to imitate someone in what he called the “credulous boomer rube” demographic: “Donald Trump is the smart one. Y’all elitists are dumb.”

“You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling,” added New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali as Wilson chimed back in, “And your readin’!”

“And your reading,” agreed Ali. “Your geography, knowin’ other countries, sippin’ your latte.”

“All those lines on the map!” said Wilson while Lemon laughed loudly.

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“Only elitists know where Ukraine is,” said Ali, suddenly giving up the act and saying, “I’m sorry. I apologize. But it was Rick’s fault. I blame Rick.”

“That was good,” Lemon said, before trying to get the panel back on track.

Not everyone agreed with him, however.

“The arrogance, the dismissiveness, the smug cackling, the accents,” wrote Steve Krakauer, formerly of CNN and TheBlaze, when he posted the clip on Monday. “If Donald Trump wins re-election this year, I’ll remember this brief CNN segment late one Saturday night in January as the perfect encapsulation for why it happened.”

A representative for CNN did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Geraldo Rivera said in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning that it’s tough to see former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani “deteriorate” in live television interviews.

“I’ve known him since he was a newly-appointed U.S. attorney in the Southern District here in New York. Then he became ‘America’s Mayor,’ and we all lived through that trauma with him when he was the most magnificent elected official on earth. To see him kind of deteriorate right before your very eyes — and I love the guy — but I think that this is…,” Rivera said.

Co-host Steve Doocy asked what his Fox News colleague meant. Rivera responded by speaking about Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine and questioned why he wasn’t appointed as an envoy if he was going overseas to represent President Donald Trump.

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“He went to Ukraine to do what as what?” Rivera asked

“We have a lot of people in the audience who are not agreeing with you, Geraldo,” said co-host Ainsley Earhardt.

“I don’t come here for people to agree with me. I come to tell you how I feel from the bottom of my heart and from the bottom of my heart, I feel like Rudy Giuliani has been diminished by this entire saga. I think the more he talks the worse it is for the President of the United States.”

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This isn’t the first time Rivera has been questioned on the network in recent weeks. Earlier in January, he and co-host Brian Kilmeade criticized each other while debating the United States’ deadly strike against Iranian’s General Qassem Soleimani with Rivera saying that the strike was an act of unnecessary aggression on the part of the U.S.

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The seventh day of public hearings in the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump begins on Monday morning at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET. Before the Housse Judiciary Committee, Democratic and Republican lawyers will outline and analyze the information gathered by the House Intelligence Committee during previous hearings. Later this week, the committee will consider proposed articles of impeachment against Trump.

In addition to broadcasts from the major television networks, you can tune into the hearing via the above livestream on C-SPAN. The network will offer “full, uninterrupted, and unfiltered coverage of the hearing,” according to an announcement from a C-SPAN spokesperson.

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In September, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives would be pursuing a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.

The decision came in light of a whistleblower complaint that the president sought to use foreign power for his own political gain during a phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, by asking that Ukraine investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. The president later confirmed that his administration withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine but denied that it was done for leverage.

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After weeks of public testimony, Pelosi announced last Thursday that the House is drafting articles of impeachment against Trump.

In her announcement, Pelosi said, “Our democracy is what is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”

“The facts are uncontested: The president abused his power for his own political benefit,” she said. The House Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee have heard testimony for weeks as the probe into Trump has continued.

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” started the week by picking up where NBC’s “Meet the Press” left off on Sunday: Hammering GOP Sen. John Kennedy — and by extension, some of his Republican colleagues — for “repeating Putin talking points,” specifically by reiterating claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

On Sunday, Kennedy accused former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko of “actively” working for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign against President Trump.

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Moderator Chuck Todd pushed back then, saying, “You realize the only other person selling this argument outside of the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin. This is what he said on November 20: ‘Thank God nobody is accusing us anymore of interfering in U.S. elections. Now they’re accusing Ukraine. Well, let them sort this out among themselves.’ You just accused a former president of Ukraine. You’ve done exactly what the Russian operation is trying to get American politicians to do. Are you at all concerned that you’ve been duped?”

Throughout Monday’s “Morning Joe,” the cable panelists made the same points, criticizing Republicans who fall in line to defend Trump. (That has been a months-long theme of the show, which is hosted by former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough.)

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“What about these Republicans, these so-called ‘conservatives?'” asked Scarborough, referencing his time in office. “People who stood by me as we fought against Russian influence and the spread of communism and fought for conservative values?”

He slammed them for “going on national television, repeating Putin talking points. The United States Senate even gotta a warning from the intel agencies — Donald Trump’s intel agencies — that this is propaganda that Vladimir Putin has been trying to push for the past several years.”

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The second week of public hearings in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry begins Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m. PT/9:00 a.m. ET with testimony from two people who listened in on the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky: Jennifer Williams, a State Department aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman.

After a short break, the proceedings will resume at 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET with testimony from former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, and former White House Russia adviser Tim Morrison, both of whom are on the list of witnesses requested to appear by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee.

In addition to broadcasts from the major television networks, C-SPAN will once again air the full uninterrupted hearings. Watch the testimony from Williams and Vindman at the top of this page starting at 6:00 a.m. PT/9:00 a.m. ET; watch Volker and Morrison’s testimony in the video below, beginning at 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET:

Then on Wednesday at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. PT, all eyes will be on Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union who said he personally told Zelensky’s top aide that U.S. aid to Ukraine was linked to the Biden investigations. The afternoon session will include testimony from Laura Cooper and David Hale.

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Fiona Hill, a top Russian specialist on the National Security Council, and David Holmes, the aide who heard the conversation between Sondland and Trump, will testify on Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in September that the House of Representatives would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.

The decision came in light of a whistleblower complaint that the president sought to use foreign power from Ukraine for his own political gain. During a phone call with Ukraine’s president, Trump reportedly pressured Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden; earlier that week, Trump admitted that he had brought up Biden’s family during the call but told reporters that he did so because “we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.” The president also confirmed that his administration withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine but denied that it was done for leverage.

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Week one of the impeachment saw testimony three career public servants: William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs; and Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

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President Donald Trump suggested a “fireside chat” reading of his Ukraine call memo and he got it. But it wasn’t him doing the reading… it was MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart.

Capehart introduced a segment on Sunday’s “AM Joy” showing quick cuts of the POTUS repeatedly calling his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “perfect.” When it cut back to the studio, Capehart was seen sitting comfortably in front of a roaring fire holding a binder.

“The phone call with the Ukrainian president, according to Trump was so perfect that he told the Washington Examiner that he wants to read it – that is, the edited notes of the call – in a live televised fireside chat like [Franklin D. Roosevelt] did in the ’30s and ’40s… minus the live television and minus the allegations of using his presidential powers to force a foreign country to interfere in American elections,” Capehart said.

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He continued: “Trump’s version of the fireside chat might go something like this.”

Capehart went on to read a copy of the memorandum verbatim. “President Zelensky begins, ‘we are almost ready to buy more javelins from the United States for the defense purposes.’ Trump replies, ‘I would like you to do us a favor though,'” he began.

Upon completion — and after a couple of “dot dot dot” inclusions — Capehart closed the book.

“Truly, a perfect call,” he said, looking into the camera.

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Welcome to the live blog for WrapWomen’s Power Women Summit, located at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica from Oct. 24-25. The summit brings together thousands of the industry’s most influential women for conversations, workshops and networking — and features appearances by Eva Longoria, Gigi Gorgeous, Nicole Richie and Sophia Bush.

If you missed the summit’s featured conversations with the actress Chrissy Metz and the congressional candidate Cori Bush yesterday, catch up on our coverage here.


Doc Filmmakers on Sharing Real Women’s Stories Through Short Films

Thursday’s programming also closed out with a screening of short films that are finalists in WrapWomen and Starz’s Telling Our Stories film contest. The films focused on topics like the societal expectations surrounding breasts, how female graffiti artists are creating art in a male-dominated field, the connection made between a nail technician and a client at a nail salon in New York, and the story of a female firefighter working in San Francisco.

Following the screenings, filmmakers from four of the six films — Ellie Wen, Jana Otte, Crystal Kayiza, and Alexandra Henry — spoke with Karen Bailey, Starz’s senior vice president of original programming, about the inspiration behind their respective works and their decision to work within a short film format.

Kayiza, the director behind “See You Next Time,” said that she scoured Brooklyn’s nail salons to find the subjects for her short film on the relationship between an East Asian nail technician, Judy, and a black client, Ariana. She said she wanted to depict the connection between two women of color that weren’t dependent on their identities being placed in opposition to white women — relationships she felt she rarely saw on screen.

“There’s a lot of shaming particularly with black women, on self-care,” Kayiza said.

Henry, who directed “Street Heroines,” said she first became inspired to show the lives of female graffiti artists when she visited Sao Paulo several years ago. She came across the work of a Brazilian street artist, and the two of them eventually struck up a friendship as Henry began working on her film.

“The women she puts on the street is a complete counter to the women portrayed in Brazilian media,” Henry said of the artist’s work. The short film, she said, is just part of a longer version that she’s in post-production for.

For her film about a female firefighter, “25 Hours,” Wen said she looking to portray a woman in a more multi-dimensional way — a hero who put out fighters but also came home and took care of her family.

The grand prize winner of the contest, which will be chosen by a group of jurors and announced later on Friday, will receive distribution for their film on Starz and a prize of $10,000. – J. Clara Chan


Award-Winning Journalists on Reporting in Countries With ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Corrupt’ Governments

A group of award-winning female journalists from around the globe spoke about the struggles they face reporting in countries with “dangerous” and “corrupt” governments.

TheWrap founder and editor in chief Sharon Waxman moderated a panel presented by the International Women’s Media Foundation, which recently honored journalists Anna Nimiriano, Anna Babinets, Nastya Stanko, Liz Sly and Lucinda Pineda for their work.

“I’m doing this because, if anything happened in the newspaper, I’m responsible,” said Anna Nimiriano, the founder and editor in chief of the Juba Monitor, a leading daily newspaper in South Sudan. “And in the process of doing all this work, I’m being threatened, I’m being harassed almost every day because the country is not free to a point where journalists cannot do their work.”

Nimiriano said that sometimes, the government’s “security” is deployed to go through her newspaper’s work before it is published — resulting in officials warning them: “No, don’t publish this. If you publish this, you will face the consequences.”

Anna Babinets, the editor in chief and co-founder of the independent investigative journalism agency Slidstvo.Info, based in Kyiv, Ukraine, said on the advice she gives her reporters on the dangers they may face on the job: “It’s part of our work. If you get it, we will work [together]. If not, I’m sorry.” –Jennifer Maas


Hollywood Producers, Agents on How to Ensure Inclusion 

Top Hollywood agents, producers and TV showrunners on Friday shared their ideas on how to ensure inclusion in all areas of the industry and how there has been a slow and steady change for minorities. 

“You just have to be vocal and loud enough to be inclusive,” VP of Creative Development & Production at Columbia Pictures Bryan Smiley said during the “Championing Change in Hollywood” breakout session at TheWrap’s Power Women Summit in Santa Monica. “Don’t be shy about it, don’t sugarcoat it — sometimes you don’t have the ally, but if you don’t, taking a stand for what you believe is necessary, or else change will never happen.”

Fellow panelists Homegrown Pictures founder Stephanie Allain, ICM literary agent Ava Greenfield, showrunner and writer Gloria Calderón and disability lifestyle influencer and actress Lolo Spencer agreed that it’s OK to admit when you don’t know something, as long as we are constantly willing to learn and educate ourselves about inclusion.

“White people aren’t the only ones who have biases — we all do,” Allain said. “Educate yourselves, understand that bias is real and that we all have it and then you’re in a place to start.”

“We’re all ignorant about something but opening yourself to learning… I learn something new every day,” Calderón said. “We’re going to make mistakes along the way. Ignorance is OK as long as we are trying to learn. I think it’s OK for us to educate one another as well.”

And everyone agreed change is happening, although Calderón said the situation for Latinos in Hollywood was “still dire.”

“With regard to disability, I’m starting to see [change] but would love for it to continue to happen on greater and bigger scales,” Spencer, who uses a wheelchair, said.

Greenfield added: “There are eight female black agents at ICM Partners — that is gigantic. I have been the only one in the room many times and i can’t get over the fact that there are eight of us at one company, that’s a huge change. That sense of community helps us extend that hand to young assistants and find those folks to replenish us.”

Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood, moderated the panel. –Beatrice Verhoeven


She the People President Calls for Intersectional Feminist Activism Before 2020 Election

Aimee Allison, the founder and president of the political advocacy group She the People, had a “bitter pill” to share with the audience at the “Women Who Lead” breakout session at WrapWomen’s Power Women Summit on Friday.

“We have to recognize how powerful women of color are in our electorate, and we have to belay this phrase which is called the ‘women’s movement.’ The women’s movement does not exist,” Allison said. “Race is the biggest determinant in how people vote.”

“White women who have defined what’s been considered the women’s movement have to understand that women of color — black women, Asian American women, Latinas, Muslims, indigenous women — have a set of politics that’s based on justice that is racial, economic, and gender justice,” she continued. “And the reason I explain that is if we understand the complexity of the women’s movement, we can actually organize differently and have different goals that makes everyone visible, seen, and heard. This is going to be critical for 2020.”

“Orange Is the New Black” actress Alysia Reiner, who was also a featured speaker at the session, addressed the power of inclusion in entertainment as a way to empower younger generations to enter and thrive in leadership positions. “Every time we see women leading in our stories, it lets the next generation know it can lead too, and every time we see women of color leading in our stories, it lets the next generation know they can do that too,” Reiner said. “Having that imagination is everything in this moment.” –J. Clara Chan


How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome in the Tech Industry

Sarah Bond, the head of global gaming partnerships and business development at Xbox and Microsoft, has a “simple mind trick” for helping her overcome imposter syndrome within the predominantly white and male-dominated tech industry.

Speaking at the “STEM & Storytelling” breakout session at the Power Women Summit on Friday, Bond recalled hearing on NPR how black women earned 60% of what their peers did for the exact same work.

“I remember feeling really angry,” Bond said. “Then I realized that I can flip it. You know what? If I am doing the same job as my peer, it must also mathematically be true that I must be that much better. I had to fight through so much more to get to that place. This isn’t imposter syndrome — you’ve way, way, way over-earned that position where you are.”

“It’s just math,” Bond added to audience laughter.

Knatokie Ford, a former senior policy adviser in the Obama administration and a biomedical scientist, said she also believed it was important to be more “honest about the process” and talk about the struggles that go alongside pursuing careers in STEM.

“Many times, kids get to these spaces and it might be hard at first. They feel this intimidation and they see that as an automatic cue that, oh, this must mean this is not for me,” Ford said. “In reality, everyone has to work at it to be good or to become an expert level at some point.”

Pursuing a career in science “involves a lot of failure,” Ford noted. “I had to get out of the habit of comparing myself to other people [and instead] only look at myself and my own personal progress as a way of measuring my own success. And then to just be kind to myself to say that you’re in school to learn. You don’t have to know everything, but there’s nothing that you cannot learn at the same time.”


Top Showtime Executives Talk Gender Equality and Mentorship – Including Learning What ‘You’re Not Gonna Do’

Four of Showtime’s most senior female executives gathered for a conversation with TheWrap’s Jennifer Maas touting the cable network as a rare example of a workplace where everyone’s opinions are valued equally — and what their mentorship experiences were like when they first got started in the industry. Jana Winograde, who shares the title co-president of entertainment with Gary Levine, spoke about gender equality at Showtime.

“I would say that we’re probably the best example, and I don’t think it’s always about equality in a tit-for-tat way. It’s, ‘Are like people treated like?’ My experience has been that that’s a yes,” Winograde said. “It’s not very hierarchical, so everybody’s opinion is heard in a very similar way, which is rare. If you’re in a creative meeting, everybody’s opinion is asked for whether they’re on that project or not, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman or SVP or EVP or the president or the director. Everybody’s opinion is welcome.”

The executives also discussed the mentors who helped them early on in their careers. Amy Britt, senior vice president of talent and casting at Showtime, credited Jane Jenkins and Janet Herschinsen, “who were huge casting directors in the ’80s and ’90s, and I kind of willed them to be my mentors, so much that I lived on the East Coast and I moved to L.A. ’cause I read an article on them and was like, ‘I’m gonna work for them.’ And when I got here and picked up the yellow pages and called them, they agreed to meet with me and give a job. They also, beyond being extraordinarily talented and iconic, they were incredible people and I’m so grateful for them.”

Amy Israel, Showtime’s executive vice president of scripted programming, recalled how at age 26 she ran acquisitions (with now-producer Jason Blum) for Harvey Weinstein at Miramax. “A lot of my mentors, it comes from looking up and figuring out what you’re gonna emulate and what you’re not gonna do. I would say that a lot of my mentors, I’ve always surrounded myself with incredible colleague,” she said. “I have a fierce family, I’m still friends with assistants that I was with 25 years ago.”

Johanna Fuentes, executive vice president of communications at Showtime, noted, “What I’ve discovered over the course of my career is having managers that supported me doing my whole self, especially in the comms team, being somebody who is loud and has an opinion, who disagrees. Having a relationship at work where you can be your whole self and not shut down — I’ve been very fortunate to have managers who are very supportive of what you have to say.”  –Margeaux Sippell


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In an op-ed for the New York Times, Rudy Giuliani’s former press secretary offered some scathing notes on the attorney’s behavior with, well, the press.

In a Monday piece called “What Happened to Rudy Giuliani?” Ken Frydman, who defended the former mayor as recently as last year in an op-ed for the New York Daily News, said, “The man I worked for in 1993 is not the man who now lies for Donald Trump.”

According to Frydman, Giuliani went from “America’s Mayor” to “President Trump’s bumbling personal lawyer and henchman, his apologist and defender of the indefensible,” with his recent appearances on television news to defend Trump in the Ukraine scandal solidifying the new title.

According to Frydman, former campaign workers stay in touch and he’s not alone in his unease about their former boss.

“‘If Rudy doesn’t get a lawyer, he’s crazier than I thought,’ a 1993 campaign colleague and high-ranking Giuliani administration official said when the Ukraine scandal broke. A former senior adviser called him ‘crazy.’ Those closest to him beg him to stop talking,” he wrote.

“Watching and reading Rudy’s ferocious lying for Mr. Trump, whether on Fox or CNN, forced me to re-examine his last 25 years, especially the profiteering from Sept. 11,” he concluded. In his piece, Frydman said that Giuliani charged $100,000 for self-aggrandizing speeches about his heroic leadership after Sept. 11. and became a multimillionaire. “But Ukraine was the coup de grâce. We who admired him for so long expected much more from Rudy Giuliani and his legacy.”

Giuliani’s camp did not immediately return a request for comment.

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You can count Hillary Clinton among those who don’t think Rudy Giuliani has provided much evidence that he should be involved in U.S. foreign policy.

Clinton’s comments came as part of appearance Monday alongside Chelsea Clinton on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” while discussing the news earlier in the day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was listening in on the Ukraine call that has been at the center of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. Colbert asked her about Giuliani, the former New York City mayor now serving as Trump’s personal lawyer, in light of news that Trump told the president of Ukraine to speak to Giuliani.

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“As secretary of state, how would you feel if the president was sending Rudy Giuliani out to actually handle foreign policy?” Colbert asked.

“Yeah, that would be a big problem,” Clinton responded. “Presidents often use, as do secretaries of states, they might use an envoy or a special adviser to deliver a message. But again, it is supposed to be carefully thought through. And from what we’ve seen on television, carefully thinking through is not one of Rudy’s strong points.” Zing!

Watch the clip above and tune in to the full interview on Monday night at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Filmmaker Oliver Stone got up close and personal while interviewing Russian president Vladimir Putin, with the two discussing the country’s ban on “homosexual propaganda,” the “behaviours and the thinking of the new generation”… and the possibility of Putin becoming godfather to Stone’s 22-year-old daughter.

Stone — who interviewed the Russian president in June shortly before the July 4 premiere in Italy of his documentary “Revealing Ukraine” — had mentioned pro-Russian Ukrainian politician and Putin ally Viktor Medvedchuk, when Putin said that Medvedchuk asked him to “take part in the christening of his daughter.”

“According to Russian Orthodox tradition, you can’t refuse such a request,” Putin said.

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“Oh, you cannot refuse it?” Oliver responded. “Otherwise I would ask you to be the godfather for my daughter.”

“Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?” Putin asked.

“Ok, we’ll make her that,” Stone responded, according to a transcript released by the Kremlin.

Stone went on to complain about “young people in America,” saying, “they are spoiled to some degree in the western world” and that he is “shocked by some of the behaviours and the thinking of the new generation.”

“And so much of the argument, so much of the thinking, so much of the newspaper, television commentaries about gender, people identify themselves, and social media, this and that, I’m male, I’m female, I’m transgender, I’m cisgender,” Stone said. “It goes on forever, and there is a big fight about who is who.”

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In 2013, Russia put a law into effect banning “homosexual propaganda” among minors, which LBGTQ groups have said has caused an upsurge in homophobic vigilantism in the country. Stone said of their new legislation, “It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law.”

“Revealing Ukraine” premiered in Russia Friday and has been touted by Russian state media. Although it was supposed to air on a Ukraine TV channel, the broadcast was cancelled because of protests.

You can read the entire transcript of the interview here, including what prompted Stone to tell Putin, “You are a peacemaker” and “I am very worried about you.”

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