Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Fortune has a startling story about Steve Jobs’ ex, moderator Megyn Kelly spars with Donald Trump during the GOP debate, and Carly Fiorina shines during the forum for the “B team” Republicans. Have a wonderful Friday.
• Carly’s comeback? If the Internet is any judge, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina won last night’s forum for the lower-polling GOP candidates, which aired before the main debate. Fortune‘s Nina Easton writes that Fiorina dominated both Twitter traffic and Google Trends, and got in a few notable rhetorical jabs. When asked to describe Hillary Clinton in four words, Fiorina pulled no punches: “Not trustworthy, no accomplishment,” she said.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Kelly vs. Trump. Fox News anchor and GOP debate moderator Megyn Kelly repeatedly sparred with Donald Trump last night, calling him out for the derogatory remarks he has made about women over the years. The real estate mogul responded by saying that he doesn’t “have time for total political correctness.” While that seemed to play well with the debate audience, some analysts say that dismissing Kelly’s questions about the war on women could ultimately cause problems for Trump.
• A bite of the Apple? Fortune‘s Peter Elkind has the fascinating story of Chrisann Brennan, the mother of Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa, and the 2005 letter she sent to the Apple founder, asking him to pay her $25 million for his “dishonorable behavior.”
• Leaky pol? Pennsylvania’s attorney general Kathleen Kane, the state’s highest-ranking female pol, has been charged with leaking secret grand jury information to strike back at her critics and then lying about it under oath.
• Not so funny. The Daily Show was launched by Lizz Winstead and Madeleine Smithberg, a fact that is too often forgotten. In this Q&A, Winstead talks about why late-night TV remains a boys’ club, which women she would put behind a talk show desk and what she’s up to now.
New York Magazine
• IBM invests in its health. IBM, led by CEO Ginni Rometty, is spending $1 billion to buy Merge Healthcare, a provider of medical imaging gear. Big Blue plans to incorporate the company’s imaging technology into its Watson franchise.
• Back on the air. Former Marriott EVP Kathleen Matthews ran her first campaign ad on Fox News during the Republican presidential debate last night. Matthews, a onetime TV anchor who found a new career as Marriott’s top PR exec, is reinventing again, running for Congress in Maryland.
• Indie Kindle queens. Independent female authors like E.L. James and Rachel Abbott are topping e-book bestseller charts in the UK, handily outselling their more mainstream male counterparts.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kellogg has hired former Kraft CMO Deanie Elsner to run its U.S. snacks business. McCann Worldgroup is promoting Nannette LaFond-Dufour, the lead on its L’Oreal business, to chief client officer. VISANOW, a provider of online immigration services, announced that Brittany Smith has joined as CFO. Previously, she was with private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Help for Hollywood? A new report finds that just 16% of the writers, directors and producers of the top 100 films of 2014 were women. So, whatever Hollywood is doing to try to close the gender gap isn’t working. This story looks at three innovative new strategies that just might help.
• Art’s antagonists. Feminist art collective The Guerrilla Girls just celebrated its 30th anniversary. The members, who remain anonymous, have acquired fans like Gloria Steinem and David Kiehl, the Whitney Museum’s curator for prints. Kiehl calls The Guerrilla Girls “art world royalty.”
New York Times
• Remembering a BMW billionaire. Johanna Quandt, the largest BMW shareholder and Germany’s second-richest woman, has died the age of 89. The third wife of industrialist Herbert Quandt, she and her children inherited his 47% stake in the automaker when he died in 1982.
• Sigh. A new study finds that a woman who comes across as angry or critical at work is rated as 35% less competent and worthy of $15,088 less in pay than a woman who doesn’t rock the boat. Men don’t take the same hit.
• The dirt on Goop. This story digs into the numbers on Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand.
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ON MY RADAR
|I want to be the Republican nominee. I’m the one who can beat Hillary. Believe me, Hillary’s worst nightmare is me.|
| -- Donald Trump, speaking with Sean Hannity after the GOP debate. |