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Google CEO Sundar Pichai canceled a previously-scheduled meeting to discuss gender issues yesterday, following the release of a highly controversial memo leaked online this weekend, and the subsequent firing of the engineer who wrote it. The memo has drawn both criticism and support from people inside and outside the tech industry.

Here are the varying reactions to the memo:

  • David Brooks called for Pichai's removal: "Either Pichai is unprepared to understand the research (unlikely), is not capable of handling complex data flows (a bad trait in a C.E.O.) or was simply too afraid to stand up to a mob."
  • Ben Shapiro wrote that polarization of corporate culture "will one day lead to completely parallel worlds for Left and Right that will exacerbate differences to the point of open conflict."
  • Julian Assange offered James Damore a job at WikiLeaks via Twitter.
  • Per a Motherboard report, Google employees expressed support for Damore in an anonymous company-specific chatroom specifically for tech employees.
  • Owen Jones, columnist for The Guardian, wrote: "The manifesto tells us what we already knew: that a subsection of white men feel threatened and insecure."
  • Sabrina Parsons, Palo Alto Software CEO, called for women to "rise up and...make it known that we will not be marginalized."
  • Yonatan Zunger, a former senior Googler, wrote in a Medium post: "All of these traits which the manifesto described as "female" are the core traits which make someone successful at engineering."
  • YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote in Fortune that while people have the right to freely express themselves, companies can still take action "when women are subjected to comments that perpetuate negative stereotypes about them based on their gender."

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the Saudi Green Initiative Forum, via video link, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Photo: Royal Court of Saudi Arabia/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A former senior Saudi intelligence official who worked with the U.S. on counterterrorism alleged to "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed in 2014 killing the kingdom's then-monarch.

Why it matters: The allegation by the exiled Saad al-Jabri, whom Saudi authorities describe as "a discredited former government official," that the crown prince, known as "MBS," claimed he could obtain a "ring from Russia" to carry out the attack, is one of several serious allegations he made on the CBS show.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

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A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest — triggering widespread power outages and flooding.

Why it matters: The strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood.

“You blew it”: GOP activist turns on corporations over vaccine mandates

The chairman of the American Conservative Union said on "Axios on HBO" he accepts "Joe Biden is my president, and I want him to succeed," but predicted Republicans retake the House and Senate in 2022 — with greater than 50% odds Donald Trump runs in 2024.

The big picture: In a joint interview with his wife, Mercedes, Matt Schlapp also refused to share their vaccination status. And he told corporate America "you blew it" by embracing vaccine mandates and liberal social stances that have alienated GOP voters and politicians.

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