The Broadsheet: February 12th

February 12, 2016, 12:54 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Christine Lagarde is primed for another five years, Carly Fiorina is ready to talk, and we meet the highflying head of JetBlue’s new VC group. Have a wonderful long weekend—the Broadsheet will be back in your inbox on Tuesday.


 Room for debate. Last night's Democratic debate was perhaps the most heated yet, as Hillary Clinton went after Bernie Sanders in an effort to recover from her anemic showing in the New Hampshire primary. Clinton attacked Sanders' trillion-dollar policy plans as unrealistic and called out his lack of foreign policy experience. But despite her confident performance, most commentators are calling the contest a tie.


 Go, grandma! The four remaining occupiers of the wildlife refuge in Burns, Ore. turned themselves in, thanks in part to Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R-Nev.), a "brash, blond, Las Vegas grandma” who acted as their de facto negotiator. The colorful Fiore is known for wearing cowboy boots and posing in racy wall calendars with semi-automatic rifles. Washington Post

A highflier. Bonny Simi, a JetBlue pilot and three-time Olympian, has been tasked with running the airline's new in-house VC group, JetBlue Technology Ventures. Despite her new role, she says she still finds time to fly. Fortune

 Five more yearsChristine Lagarde is set to win another term as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, after the window for nominating another candidate closed without a single challenger. Bloomberg

Carly's still talking. Just three hours after Carly Fiorina suspended her presidential campaign, the speakers bureau that reps the former Hewlett-Packard CEO sent out an email blast advertising her availability for paid speaking gigs. Fortune

Game over? Zoe Quinn, the woman at the center of the online abuse scandal known as GamerGate, has dropped charges against her ex-boyfriend, who ignited the scandal by posting defamatory comments about Quinn. "The [criminal justice system has] done nothing to protect me—it’s only made things worse and become another weapon in his arsenal," she wrote on her blog. Huffington Post

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Wellesley College has named Paula A. Johnsona Harvard Medical School professor, as its 14th president. She will be the first African American to take on the role.


 Nikki's nod. As the remaining Republican candidates head to South Carolina, there's still one important woman who has yet to offer an endorsement: Nikki Haley, the state's popular GOP governor. WSJ

A Valley girl. Valley of the Dolls was the most popular novel of the 1960s, but it wasn't just because of the sheer talent of writer Jacqueline Susann. This fascinating story tells the tale of how Susann and her husband undertook "one of the most tenacious and sharp-eyed publishing campaigns of all time." The Telegraph

Eva's endorsement. The Latino Victory Fund, a Democratic-leaning group dedicated to electing Hispanics—and the group's most famous member, actress Eva Longoria—has endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto, the former attorney general of Nevada, to succeed Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), who is retiring. New York Times

Girls and guns. Marie Claire has collected ten stories (and lots of numbers) about "how women feel about, live with, and die by guns." The collection includes a wide range of graphics and tales, including those of mass shooting survivors, NRA members, and girl gangs. Marie Claire

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