Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Campbell Brown woos the media, Ivanka Trump has a proposal for Congress members, and Betsy DeVos clashes with the AG over transgender kids’ rights. Have a great Thursday.
• Bathroom battle. Last night, the Trump administration rolled back federal protections for transgender students who seek the right to use the public school restrooms that align with their gender identity. The New York Times is reporting that secretary of education Betsy DeVos clashed with attorney general Jeff Sessions over the order. Apparently, DeVos originally resisted signing off, but relented under pressure from Sessions and President Trump. New York Times
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Ivanka’s $500 billion benefit. Bloomberg reports that Ivanka Trump proposed a child care tax benefit to members of the House and Senate last week. The plan is similar to the outline President Trump released in September: It would basically allow individuals earning less than $250,000 a year (or couples earning less than $500,000) to deduct the cost of child care expenses from their income taxes. However, the benefit—which would cost as much as $500 billion over a decade—may have trouble finding support in Congress. Bloomberg
• Failing the test. A Theranos lab in Arizona has been shut down by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It’s the second facility operated by the Elizabeth Holmes-led company to have its blood-testing license revoked. WSJ
• A telling tweak? First Lady Melania Trump has amended the defamation lawsuit she’s filing against the Daily Mail, removing language that claimed the story—which alleged that she once worked as a high-end escort—harmed her “unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to “launch a broad-based commercial brand…which could have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships.” The updated version of the suit shifts the focus from her business prospects to her emotional distress. Buzzfeed
• Uber unrestrained? A New York Times investigation into Uber’s culture paints a picture of an “unrestrained” work environment. Among the most egregious accusations: “One Uber manager groped female co-workers’ breasts at a company retreat in Las Vegas. A director shouted a homophobic slur at a subordinate during a heated confrontation in a meeting. Another manager threatened to beat an underperforming employee’s head in with a baseball bat.” New York Times
• Facebook friends the media. Campbell Brown, Facebook’s new head of news partnerships, is seeking to mend the company’s relationship with the media through a series of off-the-record get-togethers at her Tribeca home. Buzzfeed
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: The New York Times is promoting Alison Mitchell to assistant editor. She becomes the third woman in three weeks to join the newsroom’s highest ranks. Jocelyn Mangan has been named COO of Snagajob. She was previously head of product for OpenTable. New Relic has hired Kristy Friedrichs as its first-ever chief people officer. Previously, Friedrichs spent 16 years at Bain & Company.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Time for a raise. UrbanSitter founder and CEO Lynn Perkins—who’s raised capital at three different startups—shares her tips for fundraising while female. WSJ
• You can’t make this stuff up. This fascinating peek inside the world of knockoff makeup looks at the booming world of beauty counterfeiting, the industry’s efforts to stop those fraudsters—and one reporter’s attempt to “become a mass distributor of Chinese counterfeit cosmetics.” Bloomberg
• Edits to Oscars. Moonlight’s Joi McMillon, the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for editing, talks about her reaction to the nomination, how she copes with being the only woman of color in the room, and what’s next in her career. Refinery29
• Nobody puts Conway in the corner? White House sources tell CNNMoney that Kellyanne Conway was sidelined from making TV appearances for a week after making statements that conflicted with the Trump administration’s official stance. Conway, however, denies the report, telling the publication that she’s “trying to focus on other pieces of [her] portfolio.” CNNMoney
• Good judgement. Judith Sheindlin—a.k.a. Judge Judy—picked up the rights to her library in her most recent $47 million-a-year contract. Now she’s looking to sell that back catalog for as much as $200 million, defying the conventional wisdom that there’s no aftermarket for such syndicated shows. The Hollywood Reporter
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