Warren persists. Will Super Tuesday be her big break—or will it break her campaign?

March 3, 2020, 1:24 PM UTC

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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Ivanka Trump talks to the NYT, Mandy Ginsberg reflects on the decision to step down as CEO of the Match Group, and we’re down to two female presidential candidates. Have a lovely Tuesday. 

– Have a Super day. It’s Super Tuesday in the U.S., the day 14 states go the polls to vote in the Democratic primary—hopefully giving Americans a clearer picture of who might emerge as the party’s nominee.

One thing we know for sure even before the votes are tallied: it won’t be Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out of the race yesterday, throwing her support behind fellow moderate, former VP Joe Biden.

While the timing of Klobuchar’s departure surprised some, it’s not a shock that she’s out—the highlight of her campaign was arguably her unexpected third place finish in New Hampshire (though you might also give her some credit for surviving comb-gate!).

Without her, a race that once included a historic six women is down to two: Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. And with Gabbard polling at about 1% nationwide, those still holding out hope for a female nominee are looking to Warren—despite the fact that, at least according to national polls, she’s in a solid 4th place.

There’s been plenty written about why Warren’s candidacy has failed to catch fire—and about the reactions of supporters and pundits who believe Democrats’ fixation with the question of “electability” has unfairly kept voters from supporting the senator.

Yet Warren is still in the race. And because she is nothing if not true to her brand, Warren’s still pumping out new plans (read on for her take on the coronavirus). According to recent reporting from Politico, she still believes she has a path to the nomination.

Nevertheless she persisted, indeed. Is her persistence visionary—or delusional? Ask again in 24 hours.

Kristen Bellstrom

Today’s Broadsheet was produced by Emma Hinchliffe


- She's got a plan for that. Indeed, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has put out a detailed plan for how to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. She proposes a $400 billion stimulus package that would include emergency paid sick leave for workers and low-cost or no-cost loans for small businesses hit by decreased business or supply chain interruptions. Warren also proposes making all testing and care for the disease free of cost. Warren first released the plan applicable to all infectious diseases a few weeks ago as the coronavirus spread abroad, but is re-upping it now that the illness has arrived in the U.S. The Hill

- A personal choice. Mandy Ginsberg, who officially stepped down as CEO of the Match Group this week, writes about why she made the decision. A tornado barreled through her Dallas home in October, and then she found out she needed to remove her breast implants, which she got after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene and having a preventative double mastectomy, hysterectomy, and oophorectomy, because they were recalled due to a link to cancer. "I knew there was no way I could balance my personal needs and my job as CEO," she writes. Fast Company

- Ivanka's evolution. Ivanka Trump sits down with the New York Times to make official her political evolution with the declarative statement: "I am a proud Trump Republican." The first daughter changed her voter registration from Democrat to Republican before the 2018 midterms. Anger over her father's impeachment trial has pushed her to take on more public and explicitly political roles, including fundraising appearances. New York Times

- Inside the NDAs. The New York Times has a new investigation into the use of non-disclosure agreements at Bloomberg (the company). Among the allegations: men "rated the hotness" of their female colleagues, women were encouraged to wear short skirts and high heels, some managers "perceived the use of medical or maternity leave as stealing from the company," and top female editors on the news side were pushed out. A spokeswoman said the company "hasn't found evidence" of the hotness claim, that the firm has no dress code, and that "bullying and discrimination are not tolerated." New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: WeWork named former Baker Hughes finance chief Kimberly Ross CFO. The White House withdrew the nomination of Pentagon official Elaine McCusker for deputy defense secretary and comptroller after she clashed with the Trump administration over the 2019 suspension of military aid to Ukraine. 


- The woman behind WeWork. Was Rebekah Neumann at the core of everything that went wrong with WeWork? This piece makes the case, outlining the former chief brand officer's life and influence from her upbringing as part of the Paltrow clan to the co-working company's fall. Neumann gave her husband, Adam, $1 million to get the business off the ground and brought him to the Kabbalah Centre, where he found support and investors. "I can’t even go to yoga anymore,” one former employee says of her style of leadership. “It’s too triggering.” Bustle

- Congressional challenge. Rep. Kay Granger is the only GOP woman to represent Texas in Congress and the most senior Republican woman in the House. She's facing a primary challenge from the right. President Trump has endorsed Granger, who as a member of the Appropriations Committee negotiates funding for his border wall, but challenger Chris Putnam is still saying that she is "not conservative enough" and not supportive enough of the president. New York Times

- Sayonara, Staley? Activist Sherborne Investors is pressuring the board of Barclays to ask CEO Jes Staley to step down over his ties to Jeffrey Epstein. Sherbourne is the bank's largest shareholder and had criticized Staley's leadership before his relationship to Epstein—Staley for years ran JPMorgan's private bank where the late convicted sex offender was a client—became a matter of public concern. Wall Street Journal

- Swan song. The Recording Academy officially fired Deborah Dugan, the former president who said she was sexually harassed and questioned the integrity of the Grammy nomination process. The organization claims that two investigations found "consistent management deficiencies and failures." Dugan's attorneys—she filed an EEOC complaint and had been on administrative leave—say that the final decision shows the Academy's willingness to "stop at nothing to protect and maintain a culture of misogyny, discrimination, sexual harassment, corruption and conflicts of interest." Fortune


Chris Matthews retires from MSNBC, citing inappropriate comments Fortune

7 new books by and about women to read in March Fortune

Why it’s so important the new Bachelorette star is 38 years old LA Times

The joy of Fran Drescher The Cut


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