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How many CEOs of the country's largest financial institutions think their successors will be women or people of color? If you guessed "none," you'd be right.

CEOs from the largest U.S. banking institutions, including JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America, testified before the House Financial Services Committee today at a hearing called "Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 Years After the Financial Crisis." Looking at the row of panelists, Rep. Al Green had a question.

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Democratic congresswomen-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL), Abby Finkenauer (IA) and Sharice Davids (KS) pose for the 116th Congress members-elect group photo on the East Front Plaza of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on November 14, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images)

The newly elected members of the House of Representatives—or at least those newly elected from the 427 seats that were decided thus far—went to Washington DC Wednesday for a freshman orientation of sorts. Among them were the largest number of women ever elected and several firsts.

Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women ever elected to Congress. Fellow Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Minnesota and Ilhan Omar of Michigan are the first Muslim women ever elected. Democrat Ayanna Presley became the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts.

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Since 1851, The New York Times published thousands of obituaries. The vast majority featured white men. So, what is the issue with that?

For people thinking of their local obituary pages, this seems insignificant or irrelevant. For most Americans, the obits just list deaths and funeral arrangements. But for major national papers like The Times, an obituary resembles a feature article, covering only those lives of importance.

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Yesterday, Google fired a software engineer who wrote an internal memo titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" which Sundar Pichai, the company's chief executive, said promoted “harmful gender stereotypes.” The document accuses Google of silencing conservative political opinions and argues that biological differences between men and women determine why there's a shortage of women in tech and leadership positions.

James Damore, the software engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email to Bloomberg, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” He said he’s “currently exploring all possible legal remedies.” He added that before his termination, he had submitted a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board claiming that Google’s upper management was “misrepresenting and shaming me in order to silence my complaints.”

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STARZ is presently casting roles for the television adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods, anticipated to air in 2017. Following the success of shows like Game of Thrones and Outlander, both fantasy literature-turned-drama series, the show has the potential to be one of the most diversely cast programs on television. If the major roles are cast according to Gaiman’s original vision, it could embrace a wide variety of ethnicities and cultures.

In the series, Neil Gaiman suggests that when people emigrated to North America, they brought their culture and their gods with them. Gaiman’s America is full of gods from every group dating back to the Vikings, up to and including present day immigrants. The plot follows an ex-convict, Shadow, as he becomes a bodyguard for a man known as Mr. Wednesday. Those familiar with Norse lore will recognize Wednesday is a synonym for Woden’s Day, or Odin’s Day, indicating that Mr. Wednesday represents the Norse god Odin. Shadow’s work for Odin takes him across the country, leading to several encounters with other deities in human form from a wide swath of cultures. These include the Egyptian gods, Thoth, Anubis and Bast; the Hindu goddess Kali; the African god Anansi; Whiskey Jack or “Wisakedjak” of Algonquin lore; and Bilquis, the Queen of Sheba.

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[Digest, June 1, 2014, Hollywood Reporter, HitFix]

In a Hollywood Reporter exclusive, Tilda Swinton is reportedly in negotiations to play the Ancient One in Marvel Cinema's upcoming feature film, Doctor Strange. The Ancient One is a 500-year-old fictional Tibetan sorcerer from Marvel comics, a role that at first blush seems suitable for Ms. Swinton's unorthodox career.

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