ByKevin Sheekey

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Financial News:

Number of China Bond Defaults Touches Last Year’s Record

China’s Sneakerheads Chase 6,600% Returns Flipping Air Jordans
The SoleFly x Air Jordan 1 in black patent leather rocketed in value by 6,600% to a high of 75,999 yuan ($10,730) on the online marketplace Nice after its release in December. 

Bloomberg and UBS Expand “Girls Take Wall Street” to India with “Girls Take Dalal Street” and “Girls Take GIFT City”


Al Smith Dinner:

James Mattis Savors Being ‘Meryl Streep’ of Generals at 68
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis flipped an insult from his former boss on its head Thursday night, saying that having President Donald Trump call him “overrated” put him on the level of perennial Oscar nominee Meryl Streep, who Trump once labelled as “overrated.


Impeachment Watch:

Analysis of the Day: Trump’s Shout It Out Loud Strategy
The Trump administration is testing a novel strategy for dealing with controversy and possible illegalities: Pretend you have nothing to hide by blurting it out loud.

Peggy Noonan: The Impeachment Needle May Soon Move

Trump Organization ‘Honored’ to Host G-7 Summit at Trump Doral Resort in Miami


Gun Safety Today:

Police Seize Guns From Man Thought to Be Neo-Nazi Leader
Using a red-flag law, the authorities confiscated a cache of weapons from a man believed to be a leader of the Atomwaffen Division, a violent extremist group.

As Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts tweeted: Seattle investigators removed a cache of firearms from a man believed to be a leader of the most violent extremist group in the country. They were able to do so thanks to the state’s Red Flag law, passed by ballot initiative in 2016. #waleg


Parks Section:

Mike Bloomberg Honored at Hudson River Park Gala

@HudsonRiverPark tweeted: In the words of #HRPKGALA honoree, @mikebloomberg, “You green something and it’s an awful lot better.” Thank you to all who made tonight’s celebration of #HRPK such a success!

Flashback to 2013: New York City’s Parks Grow with Private Funds Over the past decade, New York City has seen the greatest expansion of new parks since the 1930s, thanks largely to an aggressive push by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Dining at the Movies:

The Food Film Festival Returns to New York City

The Festival kicks off tonight with an event exploring flavor intensity with ‘Edible Adventure #017: Deep Flavor Dive,’ tomorrow focuses on the many flavors of New York City with ‘Hometown Heroes: NYC,’ and Saturday will feature ‘American Eats: Meats and Treats.’

Bloomberg Philanthropies is a sponsor and get your tickets here.


Movie Trailer of the Week – Bombshell:

WATCH: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and ‘Bombshell’ Cast Unveil New Trailer for Fox News Film

At the start of the trailer, SNL’s Kate McKinnon plays a Fox News employee training a colleague as she starts her new job as a news producer and says:

“Ask yourself, ‘What would scare my grandmother or p*ss off my grandfather?’ And that’s a Fox News story.”

Watch the trailer here.


Best of Late Night:

“Yes, civilization is very happy. Centuries from now, historians will look back at the greatest achievements of all time: the development of democracy, the invention of electricity and the time Trump negotiated a really short cease-fire in a war he basically started.”
Trevor Noah

On Trump selecting his Doral golf resort in Miami, Florida for the 2020 meeting of the G7:

“Although the G-7 summit happens in June — there’s a good chance he might not be president anymore by then. Wouldn’t that be — [interrupted by applause] By the way, wouldn’t that be — this would be the greatest scenario: Trump has to watch President Pence chatting it up with the world leaders while he guzzles Diet Cokes in the clubhouse.”
Jimmy Kimmel

“It really seems like there’s nothing Trump wouldn’t do to profit off the presidency. Like, I bet you he’s going to be outside his own impeachment trial just scalping tickets.”
Trevor Noah

“Some business news: Bed, Bath & Beyond announced that they are closing 60 locations. I knew the company was in trouble when I got a 20% off coupon in the mail to buy an actual ‘Bed, Bath and Beyond.’”
— Jimmy Fallon

On the new Google Pixel 4 which has new “gesture control” capabilities for users to control the device hands free:

“This really is amazing technology. You can open your phone just by waving at it. No one’s ever had this technology! Except for the front door of a Walgreens, I have never seen it before!”
— Trevor Noah

“You know what’s weird is, how the way we unlock our phones is evolving. Because first we had to type in a code. And then we just had to pick it up and look at it. Now, we can just wave at it without touching it. It feels like we’re slowly breaking up with our phone. It’s almost like the next phone will let you unlock it by telling it “it’s not you, it’s me”.”
— Trevor Noah

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