The Daily Need

Tuesday morning roundup

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Culture

The John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation announced this year’s “genius grant” winners. Included in the rarefied group of 23 is David Simon, the television producer and writer behind such shows as “The Wire” and “Treme.” Recipients receive a grant of $500,000 over 5 years. See the full list of winners at the MacArthur Foundation website. [NYT]


Security

North Korea’s Dear Leader has made his youngest son Kim Jung-Eun a four-star military general, thus paving the way for his eventual succession. Little is known about the younger Kim, except for his brief stay at a German-speaking private school in Bern, Switzerland, which was followed by a stint in military academy in his native Pyongyang. [L.A. Times]

Economy

Women are still underrepresented in management positions, according to a new report issued by the Government Accountability Office. The report also found that the pay gap between male and female managers remains significant, with full-time women managers earning 81 cents for every dollar earned by male full-time managers. [GAO, WSJ]

Environment

The White House-appointed panel reviewing the BP oil spill issued a scathing critique of the Obama administration’s response to the environmental crisis. In particular, the two co-chairs criticized the administration’s initial low-balling of the spill’s estimates. For Bob Graham, a former Democratic senator from Florida, “It’s a little bit like Custer underestimating the number of Indians on the other side of the hill and paying a price for that.” [The Guardian]

Health

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against pomegranate juice maker POM Wonderful for making “false and unsubstantiated claims” about the health benefits of its products. David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, told NPR that, “Contrary to POM’s wonderful advertising, the available scientific information does not prove that POM juice or POMx effectively treats or prevents these illnesses.” [L.A. Times, NPR]

 
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