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12/7/2017

If Congress fails to pass a spending bill, resulting in a government shutdown, the US would lose economic momentum, Beth Ann Bovino, US chief economist for S&P Global, said in a report. For each week the government is shut down, the country could drop $6.5 billion from real GDP growth, the S&P Global economists said.

12/7/2017

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice bans prisoners from reading 10,000 books, including "Freakonomics," the pop-up version of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and the 1908 Sears, Roebuck catalog. Books aren't allowed if the department deems that they contain graphic sexual content, could stir disorder or could aid a prisoner in making a weapon or escaping.

12/7/2017

The Hollywood Reporter has released a list of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment. The list includes stars Samantha Bee, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence along with those leading the industry, including Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, and Elizabeth Gabler, President of Fox 2000.

12/7/2017

The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 at the 25th annual THR Women in Entertainment breakfast honored some of the most influential women in Hollywood, including Jennifer Lawrence, who was presented with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award for standing up for women's equality in the industry; and showrunner Shonda Rhimes, who will be guest editing the upcoming Women in Entertainment issue. Actor/director Angelina Jolie delivered the keynote address, urging women to "pay tribute to all the women who came before us, who pushed the boundaries in their lifetime so that we could be here today." THR also introduced the 21 girls who were chosen for the 2018 class of the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.

12/7/2017

Netflix's Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland has overseen the largest expansion of content production for the streaming giant, with series such as "13 Reasons Why," "GLOW" and "House of Cards" commanding global audiences, and has no plans to slow down as the company prepares to spend $8 billion on content next year. In this Q&A, Holland talks about managing a team of 70 people, working with showrunner Shonda Rhimes, and what's next for women in Hollywood.

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12/7/2017

YouTube unveiled an effort to promote brand safety and change the way content is created and marketed to children. The plan includes increasing the number of its human moderators to more than 10,000, boosting machine learning to review content, introducing stricter ad guidelines and publishing regular reports that detail the criteria it uses to remove comments or videos deemed objectionable.

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12/7/2017

Good leaders don't ignore the emotions of subordinates or themselves, writes Steve McKee. "A great deal of internal tension, lack of alignment, turf battles and even working at cross-purposes can result from unaddressed emotional undercurrents, and a leader who is blind to these dynamics (willingly or otherwise) won't be a leader for long," he writes.

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12/7/2017

Google.org will hold a second Impact Challenge in 2018 -- this time in Oklahoma City -- in which $250,000 in grants will be awarded to four area nonprofits with ideas for stimulating the city's economy.

12/7/2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund, a private equity fund founded by the Massachusetts Housing Investment and the Conservation Law Foundation, confronts poverty in Boston's impoverished neighborhoods by addressing hunger, affordable housing and other root causes. If the fund -- which has raised $22 million since 2013 -- underperforms, nonprofit backers take the hit first, reducing the risk for other investors.

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12/7/2017

Nonprofit leaders can forecast which causes donors will support and how much they'll contribute by understanding behavioral economics. For fundraisers, "many of these things contradict the way they have always done development," notes consultant Alan Hutson Jr.