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2/21/2019

Democratic leaders in the House are preparing a resolution opposing President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the US-Mexican border. The measure is expected to be filed Friday.

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2/21/2019

Universal Television has signed Nahnatchka Khan to a four-year deal. Khan, who spent more than a decade with 20th Century Fox Television, will create and produce new projects for Universal under the reported eight-figure deal.

2/21/2019

Donations were up year-over-year in January at Goodwill's 161 community-based organizations "that they attribute to [declutter expert] Marie Kondo's show" on Netflix, says Senior Director of Public Relations Lauren Lawson-Zilai. "Some of the local Goodwills cite other factors that might have contributed to an increase in donations like warm weather and New Year's resolutions," Lawson-Zilai adds.

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2/21/2019

Nonprofits can use machine learning to prevent problems such as the spread of disease, or to solve problems where data is lacking, write Ben Brockman, Andrew Fraker, Jeff McManus and Neil Buddy Shah of IDinsight. To use machine learning effectively, nonprofits must know what they want to predict and have good outcome data, along with the capacity to put new insight to use and the ability to use the technology, they write.

2/21/2019

Siobhan Dullea will become the next CEO of MassChallenge, a Boston-based startup accelerator with locations in the US, Mexico, the UK and other countries. The previous CEO, John Harthorne, is remaining on the MassChallenge board and plans to work for a for-profit project that is involved with organizations that participated in the accelerator's program.

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2/21/2019

Strong donor solicitations immediately ask supporters to help solve a concrete problem, such as shelter or food, says Claire Axelrad, founder and principal at Clarification. Next, offer a simple solution, outline costs and use an emotional prompt to motivate donors, she says.

2/21/2019

Leaders of nonprofits and businesses can maximize their productivity by building relationships with like-minded people and networking as much as possible, says Scott Petinga of the Scott Petinga Group. "Treat people like how you'd like them to treat you, and you'll find that it makes all the difference," he writes.

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Fast Company online
2/21/2019

Time's Up Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim CEO after President and CEO Lisa Borders resigned from her position with the organization after less than four months due to family concerns. "I appreciate the opportunity to support this mission and I hope my efforts will continue to resonate," Borders said.

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2/21/2019

A study by San Diego University's Center for the Study of Women in Television found that the number of female protagonists in the top 100 films of 2018 rose to 31%, up 7% from the previous year's results, although only 35% of those same films featured 10 or more female speaking roles. The study found that women were more likely to appear as the sole protagonist in an independent film and in a comedy.

2/20/2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a stern warning to the US against deploying intermediate-range missiles in Europe, promising to target the US with new weapons if it takes such steps. In his annual speech to the Russian parliament, Putin cited President Donald Trump's recent decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, claiming the move was done to free the US to threaten Russia with such missiles.

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The Washington Times