Mic Daily: Trump upends NATO summit, a new study on the gender wage gap and more
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting in Brussels Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

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Trump upends NATO summit by chastising US allies and calling for more defense spending

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump and during their bilateral meeting in Brussels
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump and during their bilateral meeting in Brussels Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

President Donald Trump’s behavior led to a tense and awkward summit between leaders of NATO member countries, as he criticized top U.S. allies like Germany and issued an out-of-the-blue demand that other NATO countries further increase their military spending.

Plaintiffs in abortion cases currently in the court system: “We can’t be afraid”

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Just 13 days after Whole Woman’s Health Alliance announced a lawsuit alleging a series of Texas laws impede women’s access to safe and legal abortion, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

And now that Trump has nominated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Kennedy’s replacement, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance is meditating on what effects that change could have on its case.

Female veterans are raking in major cash for their congressional bids

Gina Ortiz Jones is one of a number of female veterans running for Congress as Democrats in 2018.
Gina Ortiz Jones is one of a number of female veterans running for Congress as Democrats in 2018. Courtesy Gina Ortiz Jones

As of a few weeks ago, female veterans already began looking like they may be key to Democrats’ chances at winning control of the House in the midterm elections in the fall.

Now, numbers are rolling in regarding these female veterans’ fundraising hauls from April to June, and their status as top candidates who could propel Democrats to victory in November is growing even clearer.

The key takeaways from that depressing study about women being less likely to get raises than men

A new study finds that women do ask for more money as often as men do — they just aren’t granted the raises as often as men are.
A new study finds that women do ask for more money as often as men do — they just aren’t granted the raises as often as men are. Prostock-studio/Shutterstock

When discussing the wage gap, it’s tempting to try to explain away the dramatic discrepancy. Some common theories: It’s because women take lower-paying jobs. It’s because all women are nurses or teachers (or something). It’s because women don’t negotiate well. It’s because women don’t ask for more money.

None of these are particularly good arguments against the wage gap, but we now have further proof that the last point simply isn’t true.

Jerry O’Connell fights back against reports ‘Real Men Watch Bravo’ will be macho and exclusionary

Jerry O’Connell in 2017
Jerry O’Connell in 2017 Richard Shotwell/AP

Bravo announced on Monday actor Jerry O’Connell was getting his own talk show called — wait for it — Real Men Watch Bravo.

Ugh.

The pitch, essentially, is that O’Connell, a real man, likes Bravo — a network typically thought of as popular with women and gay men. And folks, he doesn’t care who knows it.

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