Good morning, Broadsheet readers! DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman and activist investor Nelson Peltz are in the final days of their grudge match, New York governor Andrew Cuomo is taking steps to protect the state’s manicurists, and Sheryl Sandberg is back at work. Have a wonderful Tuesday.
• DuPont deadline approaches. DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman has one big thing going for her in the fight against activist investor Nelson Peltz: her record. Despite what Peltz would have shareholders believe, Kullman has delivered impressive returns.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Warren v. Obama, round 3. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) fired back at President Obama in their ongoing feud over a controversial trade deal. Warren says that the President, who previously contended that she was “absolutely wrong” to oppose the deal, should declassify the text before Congress votes so legal experts can assess whether it weakens bank reforms that she’s championed.
• Sheryl is back. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg returned to work yesterday for the first time since the death of her husband, Dave Goldberg. She’s modifying her schedule and suspending travel for work for the foreseeable future.
• Frankenstein’s monster? Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at UC Berkeley, helped make a momentous discovery: an easy way to alter any organism’s DNA. Now, Doudna finds herself in a battle to control the technology she helped create.
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• Help for manicurists? In response to The New York Times‘ investigative series, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered emergency measures to combat abuses in the the state’s nail salon industry. Fortune looks into how Cuomo intends to ensure that workers are paid what they’re legally owed.
• End of an Idol. American Idol, the music competition show that launched the careers of stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, will come to an end next year.
• Protect our protectors. In this op-ed, two law students representing a nonprofit aimed at eradicating gender discrimination in the military write about the entrenched sexism at West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy. To help eradicate the problem, they urge President Obama to issue an executive order that would give students on military campuses the same protections granted to those at other U.S. schools.
New York Times
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Marriott has appointed Susan Schwab to its board. Schwab is a public policy professor at the University of Maryland and a strategic advisor to law firm Mayer Brown.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Parents and partners. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the law firm that defended Kleiner Perkins against Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination suit, has expanded its parental leave policy. Writing for Fortune, the firm’s chairman says that improving flexibility for parents is a vital step toward increasing the number of female partners at large firms, now stuck at 17%.
• Well played, Carly. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was embarrassed last week when an anonymous person registered the carlyfiorina.org domain name and posted a critique of her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Now Fiorina has turned the tables, buying the “dot org” domain names for two TV hosts who wanted to discuss the controversy and redirecting them to carlyforpresident.com.
• A sister of mercy. Sister Helen Prejean, the Roman Catholic nun and death penalty opponent played by Susan Sarandon in the film Dead Man Walking, testified in the Boston Marathon bombing trial yesterday. Prejean said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has expressed “absolutely sincere” remorse for killing and maiming people at the race.
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• Creative women. Fast Company has released its annual list of the most creative people in business. Among those on the list are GE executive director of global brand marketing Linda Boff and Selma director Ava DuVernay.
• A grim milestone. GM, led by Mary Barra, has hit a grim milestone; The company’s compensation fund has approved the 100th death claim tied to faulty ignition switches.
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• Shafted on salary. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, stars of the new Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie, say they are being paid the same amount as their male co-stars–even though Tomlin and Fonda’s characters are the focus of the show. Needless to say, they’re not happy.
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