Only in America
July 18, 2013

An Iowa dentist did not discriminate against a female assistant he fired because she was "too sexy," the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled. Dental assistant Melissa Nelson, 33, claimed that her boss illegally fired her on the grounds that she was a "temptation" and a threat to his marriage. The all-male bench reaffirmed that the firing was not discriminatory because it was "motivated by feelings, not gender." Samantha Rollins

keeping up with caitlyn
9:27 a.m. ET
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If you're someone who takes pride in keeping up with the Kardashians, yesterday's surprise reveal of Caitlyn Jenner — the post-transition identity of the Olympian formerly known as Bruce Jenner — likely came as a shock. The extended Kardashian clan can hardly do anything without being trailed by paparazzi, (even Jenner's decision to become a woman was heavily rumored before it was officially announced in a tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer in April) but through some serious ingenuity and tight security, Vanity Fair was somehow able to keep Jenner's post-transition identity and the accompanying photo shoot completely secret.

How did the magazine do it? Mashable has more:

The magazine hired security for the shoot and forced people to give up their cell phones to prevent anything from leaking. A spokesperson for VF told Mashable that the magazine had been in talks with Caitlyn Jenner since January and did not give her any compensation for the exclusive.

The magazine was concerned about leaks and took security measures "every step of the way," including on the photo shoot, in the VF editorial office and at the printing plant for the upcoming issue. The story and pictures were done on a single computer that was never connected to the Internet, with the assets put on a thumb drive every night and then deleted from the computer. The story was even hand-delivered to the printer. [Mashable]

Pretty impressive stuff. Read the full story at Mashable. Samantha Rollins

court reports
9:13 a.m. ET

On Monday, Ellen Pao, the subject of a high-profile Silicon Valley gender discrimination suit, filed to appeal her case against former employer, venture capitalist firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Beyers.

In March, a jury ruled for Kleiner Perkins on all four counts against the firm. Pao, now the interim CEO of internet forum Reddit, worked at the company for seven years and claims they assigned her menial tasks, denied her several promotions, and then dismissed her when she complained.

Pao will appeal the verdict that she did not supply enough evidence to show the firm discriminated and retaliated against her, although the grounds for the appeal are not yet known. Stephanie Talmadge

survey says
8:52 a.m. ET
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A new CNN/ORC poll found that more people have unfavorable views of Hillary Clinton now than at any time in the last 14 years.

Only 46 percent of poll respondents had a favorable view of Clinton, while 50 percent viewed her unfavorably. In CNN's April poll, 53 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Clinton. Clinton's unfavorable numbers haven't been this bad since March 2001, when just 44 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Clinton.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents said Clinton was "not honest and trustworthy," while just 49 percent of respondents said Clinton "inspires confidence." Overall, Clinton's support for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has dropped nine percentage points since April, CNN notes.

The poll surveyed 1,025 Americans via phone from May 29 to 31 and has an overall margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Meghan DeMaria

This just in
7:51 a.m. ET
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In a statement released Tuesday, WikiLeaks announced that it is offering a crowd-sourced $100,000 reward for the "missing chapters" of President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

A video posted to WikiLeaks' YouTube channel features top Democrats speaking out against the trade deal. According to its opponents, the deal would offer incentives for big businesses, while harming American workers.

"The transparency clock has run out on the TPP. No more secrecy. No more excuses," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement. "Let's open the TPP once and for all."

WikiLeaks has already published three draft chapters of the TPP about intellectual property rights, the environment, and investment, Politico notes. WikiLeaks hopes users who want to see the TPP's remaining chapters will contribute funding for the $100,000 reward. Meghan DeMaria

7:02 a.m. ET

"You've left the Army, and everything's gone to hell," Jon Stewart said to retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Monday night's Daily Show, just to get the conversation started. "Iraq, Afghanistan, the whole Middle East — you leave, poof." McChrystal politely said it wasn't that simple, then turned to Islamic State. "ISIS is a 21st century organization that uses some frightening tactics really quickly, and then they leverage digital communications to essentially tie their enemies in knots."

Stewart asked why ISIS is "always our problem — is it because we created it?" McChrystal wasn't buying the premise. "We created, essentially, much of the technology that is in the world now," he allowed, "but what we have done is, in many cases, harnessed it to 19th and 20th century organizations and processes." Stewart wasn't satisfied, noting that many politicians, pundits, and experts point to their own one thing the U.S. did or didn't do that could have prevented ISIS and fixed everything.

"I don't think we can give ourselves that much credit, actually," McChrystal said. "I don't think we have as much influence to cause all the problems that are there. I think we were part of it; we've also been part of the solution." The entire region is a mess, with factions and ideologies heading in different directions, and dealing with it "is going to take a long-term, focused, and really patient approach." Forget 5- or 10-year plans, he said. "You're going to come up with general directions and frameworks, and you'd better learn every day, because that's the war we're in right now." Throughout the entire interview, McChrystal was invariably diplomatic, even with Stewart's pet theories. You can watch below. Peter Weber

A little piece of history
6:14 a.m. ET

In 1933, in Cologne, Germany, a young violin virtuoso named Ernest Drucker played the first movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, then was escorted off the stage by Nazi officials who objected to Jewish musicians playing before non-Jewish audiences. Drucker then became a founding member of an all-Jewish arts collective, Judischer Kulturbund, whose complicated legacy was commemorated in Raanana, Israel, last weekend.

On Sunday night, Drucker's son, Eugene Drucker, played the complete Brahms concert with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. "I think he would feel a sense of completion," Eugene Drucker, 63, said of his father, who died in 1993. "I think in some ways many aspects of my career served that purpose for him." Eugene Drucker is a founding member of the Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet.

The Judischer Kulturbund provided an artistic and cultural outlet for German Jews as their rights were being steadily restricted, but it also gave Nazi officials propaganda material, allowing them to downplay the anti-Jewish policies that led to the concentration camps. Eugene Drucker told The Associated Press that he didn't know if it was "my place to correct a history wrong," but finishing his father's performance, 83 years later, was an emotional experience. "As a musician I feel like the circle is never completely closed," he told AP. "But I was standing there at one point... and I really did start to think about my father." Peter Weber

Music business
5:11 a.m. ET
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As soon as next week, Apple will launch a new music-streaming service, directly challenging Spotify, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing music industry executives. Apple still has to finalize licensing deals with the three biggest record companies, but those negotiations are expected to be wrapped up before Apple's worldwide developers' conference next week, where the new service will likely be formally unveiled.

Unlike Spotify, Apple isn't expected to offer a free, ad-supported version of its on-demand streaming; instead, monthly subscriptions will reportedly cost $10. However, Apple will add some human DJs to its free, ad-supported radio streaming service, which competes with Pandora.

Apple is taking a risk by making a big play for on-demand streaming, both because Spotify is so entrenched, with about 85 percent market share (the same percentage of the music-download market Apple controls), but also because streaming could eat into Apple's lucrative iTunes Store business. But music-streaming is gaining steam while downloads are stagnating. (Apple will keep its recently purchased Beats Music service separate for now.)

And "while it is late to the game," note The Journal's Ethan Smith and Daisuke Wakabayashi, "Apple can aggressively push its hundreds of millions of iTunes customers — most with credit cards already registered with the company — to embrace a subscription model on the same devices where they listen to downloaded songs and albums." Read more about Apple's new big thing at The Wall Street Journal. Peter Weber

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