The Neiman Marcus sign outside a store in Golden, Colorado in this December 9, 2009, file photo.  A consortium of Ares Management LLC and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said on September 9, 2013, that they had reached a deal to buy luxury U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus Inc for $6 billion from a group of investors led by private equity firms TPG Capital LP and Warburg Pincus LLC.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

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First Read ushers in the mid-week with news that Netflix is offering parents unlimited paid leave for a year, the FBI is reportedly investigating the security of Hillary Clinton’s email server and luxury department store Neiman Marcus files for an IPO.

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The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index fell to a two-year low in the second quarter as concerns over company valuations overwhelmed excitement about the innovation taking place at startups.

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First Read kicks off your morning with news that Greece is expecting a bailout deal by August 18, three U.S. airlines are banning big game trophy shipments and the confidence of Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists hits a two-year low.

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In Second Opinion, Twitter stock collapses 5 percent, falling toward its IPO-level price, former trader Tom Hayes is sentenced to 14 years for Libor rigging and an American huntress defends her killing of a giraffe, says they are “very dangerous animals.”

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