Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Pepsi apologizes for its Kendall Jenner ‘protest’ ad, the president thinks Susan Rice has committed a crime, and Nikki Haley pulls no punches in a speech at the UN. Enjoy your Thursday.
• Haley doesn’t mince words. Speaking at the UN Security Council, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley delivered a blazing indictment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the recent deadly chemical weapons attack. She also called out Russia for continuing to support Assad’s regime and urged Council members to condemn the horrific incident—leaving open the possibility that the U.S. might take unilateral action. Read the full text of her powerful speech here.
In a press conference, President Trump joined Haley in condemning the attack, though he declined to provide any specifics of how the U.S. might respond.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Understatement of the day. PepsiCo, led by CEO Indra Nooyi, pulled its controversial commercial featuring Kendall Jenner as a protester (of something?) after massive social media backlash. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” reads a company statement. “Clearly, we missed the mark, and we apologize.” Time
• The president points fingers... In an interview with the New York Times, President Trump said that he thinks former national security adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime by asking intelligence agencies to provide the names of Trump transition officials who had been caught speaking to foreigners who were under surveillance by U.S. spies. The paper notes that Trump “provided no evidence to back his claim.” New York Times
• ...and doles out compliments. The president also told the NYT that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is “a good person.” His comment comes days after the paper reported that O’Reilly had been involved in five settlements with women who said he had harassed them. “Personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled,” Trump said. “Because you should have taken it all the way; I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” New York Times
• Drop it like it’s hot. In this adaptation from Drop the Ball, Tiffany Dufu writes about the painful moment that helped birth the idea for her book, a manifesto for not doing it all. Fortune
• Kelly signs with NBC. Last month, Fox News and Megyn Kelly held conflicting views on the status of the star anchor’s employment. The network said it had released her from her contract several months in advance of its expiration date, but Kelly’s rep disputing that claim. Now, both sides are in agreement, allowing Kelly to sign a contract with NBC News, where she will host a daily morning show and weekly Sunday show. Wall Street Journal
• What Holmes owes. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes reportedly owes her blood-testing company about $25 million after buying stock without paying for it upfront. The company closed it labs last year and faces federal investigations into claims the company made about its technology. Simultaneously, Theranos is fighting suits by plaintiffs that include Walgreens, its former retail partner. Wall Street Journal
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: TD Bank has named Kelly Cornish head of U.S. diversity and inclusion.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Time for center stage? While other female politicians (think Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren) may have gotten a bigger share of the spotlight, this in-depth profile paints Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) as the feminist leader “who has been here, waiting in the wings, for years.” Refinery29
• Physicians, pay thy self. Medscape’s annual Physician Compensation Report finds that female primary care doctors are earning 16% less than their male colleagues, a one percentage point improvement over last year. The gender wage gap among specialists is much larger: 37%. Fortune
• Hero or zero? This WSJ story weighs Arianna Huffington’s chances to help successfully rehab Uber’s culture after the recent sexual harassment allegations. The stakes for the media mogul are high: “The results could set her up to be a hero to women in the tech industry—or risk her credibility if the ride-hailing company doesn’t change.” WSJ
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