Jun 29, 2017

New Oscar class makes faster progress on racial diversity than gender

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According to a front-page L.A. Times graphic, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (including a more diverse slate of 2017 invitees) is 87% white and 72% male.

The article — "They're starring in the academy's diverse sequel," by Josh Rottenberg — reports that in "its latest step toward diversifying the overwhelmingly white and male institution, the Academy [yesterday] opened its doors to its largest-ever class of new members. A whopping 774 industry professionals were invited to join the nearly 90-year-old organization — topping last year's record-setting class of 683 invitees."

"[T]his new class is 39% female (298 women), which brings the representation of women in the organization from 27% to 28%. Thirty percent (232) are people of color, bringing minorities' share of total academy membership from 11% to 13%. Last July, The Times estimated that the academy would need to add 85 people of color and 395 women to its ranks per year to reach its stated targets."

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Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

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Senate Democratic leaders will send a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday afternoon demanding they sanction Russia — and potentially Russian President Vladimir Putin himself — for attempting to influence the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The letter follows reports that a senior intelligence official briefed Congress that Russia is again interfering in the November election to help Trump. White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected that assessment on Sunday, and CNN later reported that the briefer may have overstated the intelligence community's evidence about Russia's goals.