Tuesday, November 20

ByKevin Sheekey

‘Superman’ Harlem Children’s Zone founder Geoffrey Canada said Mike Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion gift to Johns Hopkins University for financial aid has “set a high water mark” for others to step up and ensure that every qualified student, regardless of income, can get a higher education in the U.S.

“Mike saw a problem and he solved it himself…Good for Bloomberg for saying I’m solving that at Hopkins,” he told MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle. Canada is the subject of the documentary “Waiting for Superman,” which helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change in U.S. education. “This is what we do about issues we care about….It would be nice to have the President, it would be nice to have the Vice President, it would be nice to have the Congress, really say we’re going to support these Americans and we’re going to make sure they have the opportunity for the American dream,” he said.

“I think it’s time for everybody to step up, and Bloomberg has certainly laid down the gauntlet,” Canada said.

Watch: Record Bloomberg Donation Going for Low-Income Students (MSNBC)

Editorial: Bloomberg’s Breakthrough – Massive Gift to Johns Hopkins Begins to Change the Depressing Truth about Equal Opportunity in America Today (New York Daily News)

Catherine Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore told the Baltimore Sun: “This extraordinary expression of generosity is not only tremendous news for one of America’s leading universities, but for the City that calls that university home. Baltimore benefits from a more successful, open and diverse Johns Hopkins University. We are so grateful to Mr. Bloomberg for recognizing that equal access to a quality education levels the playing field towards a more equal and just society.”

Hot on the Bloomberg:
London’s Stockpile of Unsold Homes Jumps to an All-Time High (Bloomberg)

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s Downfall Ripples From Tokyo to Paris as Allegations Grow (Bloomberg)

Lock Her Up? Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email Account to Send Hundreds of Emails about Government Business Last Year (Washington Post)

What about the ‘Caravan’? U.S. Troops to Begin Leaving the U.S.-Mexico Border as Migrant Caravan Begins to Arrive (Axios)

Markets Update:
-No End in Sight for Crypto Sell-Off as Bitcoin Breaches $4,250 (Bloomberg)
-Think U.S. Tech Is Having a Bad Time? It’s Even Worse in Europe (Bloomberg)

Florida Cities hit by Parkland Shooting get $1 Million Art Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies (Associated Press)
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Tuesday that it is making the grant to Parkland and Coral Springs for their project, “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art.”


Bloomberg Insider.


Quote of the day.

Courtesy of The Skimm today: “I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work…Snoop Dogg you a bad motherf*cker.” — Snoop Dogg, after getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Best of late night.

“In board game news, Monopoly is trying to win younger players with a new edition – Monopoly for Millennials. They market the game with the tag line, ‘forget real estate, you can’t afford it anyway.’”
-Stephen Colbert

“During his visit to California on Friday to survey the damage caused by wildfires, President Trump said, quote, ‘Nobody would have ever thought this could happen.’ Really? Because it literally happens every year. Do you have the same reaction when a ‘Fast and Furious’ sequel comes out? ‘No one saw this coming!’”
— Seth Meyers

“The TSA just released a list of items you can and can’t take on a plane for Thanksgiving. You can take a frozen turkey, but only if it’s an emotional support frozen turkey.”
— Jimmy Fallon

For more Best of Late Night from the New York Times, click here.

Correct link of the day: If yesterday’s link to Steve Carrell’s Jeff Bezos HQ2 sketch didn’t work for you, click here to watch.

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