Dec 1, 2017

Silicon Valley tries to bring in conservatives

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Donations from major tech company employees to Hillary Clinton's campaign during last year's election far outweighed those to Donald Trump; Alphabet/Google employees donated over $1.5 million to Clinton, compared to just under $25,000 to Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Companies are taking steps to open a dialogue and form a welcoming atmosphere for those with conservative ideologies. While Silicon Valley tech companies have focused on diversity with minorities and women, Aaron Ginn, president of the conservative-advocacy group for people in tech, the Lincoln Network, told the Journal that conservatives feel their beliefs could "hurt their reputation and job prospects." And companies like Facebook and Google are concerned "employee biases could...damage their reputations."

  • At Google, employees were "shocked" to see one another at a Republican election night party, and "agreed not to acknowledge one another at work afterward for fear that their support for Mr. Trump might be revealed," WSJ reports.
  • Veterans at Pinterest downplay their military background out of concerns "that colleagues will assume they are conservative."

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Acting Navy head apologizes for calling fired captain "stupid"

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly testifies on Capitol Hill in December. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly apologized Monday for calling Capt. Brett Crozier, the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "too naive or too stupid" over his letter pleading for help following a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

The big picture: His apology came after President Trump told a news briefing earlier Monday he would "get involved" following a leak of Modly's remarks on Crozier to the ship's crew, obtained by CNN. Modly said in a statement.

What he's saying: "Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid. I think, and always believed him to be the opposite," Modly said in his statement released to news outlets.

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Former Vatican treasurer George Pell's sexual abuse convictions overturned

Cardinal George Pell at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, has won his appeal and had his child sexual abuse convictions overturned by Australia's High Court.

Why it matters: The cardinal became last year the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to go to trial and be convicted for sex abuse. But the High Court's ruling means he can be immediately released from prison, where he was serving a six-year sentence.

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