Good morning, Broadsheet readers! American Express steps up its parental benefits, the Girl Scouts want to be known for more than cookies, and Carly Fiorina meets with Donald Trump to discuss a possible cabinet post. Enjoy your Tuesday.
• Bad intel? Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina appear to be mending fences. The president-elect is reportedly considering Fiorina for director of national intelligence; the pair met yesterday at Trump Tower.
As you may recall, the former H-P CEO clashed with Trump during the primary, when she called out his sexist remarks about her appearance (“Look at that face!”). She also urged him to drop out of the race after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, saying, “Donald Trump does not represent me and my party.”
Yet despite taking a firm stand for women during the campaign, Fiorina was quick to walk back her criticism after the Monday meeting. Calling Trump “a champion,” the former executive praised his intention to “reset America’s role in the world” and his choice of “fantastic people” for his administration.
While Fiorina is far from the only political figure to change her tune on Trump now that he’s headed for the White House, it stings to see her—a business and political trailblazer—so quickly abandon the side of America’s women.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Amex ups the ante. American Express has joined the ranks of companies expanding their parental benefits. The financial services giant is now providing employees (men and women) with 20 weeks of fully-paid leave after the arrival of a new child, as well as up to $35,000 worth of coverage for adoption, surrogacy, and infertility treatment.
• Briefing or bust. Hillary Clinton advisor John Podesta says the Clinton campaign is supporting an effort by members of the Electoral College to request an intelligence briefing on Russian intervention in the presidential election ahead of their Dec. 19th vote.
• Christine’s day in court. Behind on Christine Lagarde’s negligence trial? Fortune‘s Laura Cohn put together an explainer that walks through everything you should know about the IMF chief’s legal ordeal.
• A fighter fight. Donald Trump tweeted that the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and cost is “out of control.” The F-35 program is being developed by Lockheed Martin, the defense giant led by CEO and MPW Marillyn Hewson.
• Friend of a farmer? Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has emerged as President-elect Donald Trump’s leading choice for agriculture secretary.
• Going solo. Viacom stock dropped more than 7% after Shari Redstone, who controls the voting shares of both Viacom and CBS along with her father, Sumner Redstone, says the family is no longer pushing for a merger of the two companies.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: U.S. Bank has named Gunjan Kedia vice chairman of its Wealth Management & Securities Services division.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Thanks, but no thanks. It’s official: Kellyanne Conway confirmed that Trump offered her the role of White House press secretary—and that she turned the job down.
• Cookies to careers. In attempt to counter a drop in membership numbers, the Girl Scouts is aiming to update its image with a new marketing campaign that stresses the group’s focus on money management and other business skills.
New York Times
• Strike one. Women in 18 cities went on strike yesterday to protest the election of Donald Trump.
New York Magazine
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