Friday, August 30

ByKevin Sheekey

Bulletin: Hurricane Dorian Turns South as It Approaches Florida as Category 4 Storm (Bloomberg)

The storm is now expected to make landfall near Jupiter, Florida early Tuesday as a Category 4, with winds reaching 140 miles per hour.

Bloomberg terminal users can follow Hurricane Dorian’s projected path by using HURR <GO> or MAP CYCLONES <GO> to see how the storm could impact company supply chains and physical assets in its path.

Climate Watch.

Critics Rail Against Trump’s Methane Rule Rollback as ‘Unconscionable Assault on Environment’ (CNBC)

Mike Bloomberg weighed in with this statement:

“Rolling back regulations on methane emissions is a foolish and dangerous step backwards that even many gas and oil companies oppose. Methane is a major contributor to climate change and methane leaks cost companies and consumers money, so eliminating emissions rules will harm our economy and our planet.”

Read the full statement here.

2020 Watch.

Republicans Grow Anxious about Trump Economy (Politico)

Trump’s trade war with China could undermine GOP chances of holding the White House and Senate in 2020.

Hong Kong latest.

Brexit latest.

Health News.

Tech Today.

Apple Announces Sept. 10 Event to Unveil Latest iPhones (Bloomberg)

The centerpiece will be the next iPhones, while the company also typically unveils new Apple Watches alongside the flagship device. Apple will announce “Pro” successors to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, as well as an upgrade to the iPhone XR, Bloomberg News reported earlier this month.

Fintech Read: One of the World’s Oldest Quants Is Going All-In With Robots (Bloomberg)

Book news.

New Biography Shows Mike Bloomberg’s “Better Angel” (CNN Reliable Sources newsletter)

CNN’s Katie Pellico writes: Wayne Barrett, a longtime investigative reporter for The Village Voice, was one of Michael Bloomberg’s more tenacious critics during his three-term mayoralty. In a new biography from Eleanor Randolph due out September 10, “The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg,” Randolph recounts a phone call Bloomberg made to Barrett while he was ill and hospitalized.

“For 10 or more minutes, he was telling me what a good journalist I am and wishing me good luck and all that,” Barrett told Randolph in an interview before his death in 2017. “It was totally surprising.”

Randolph adds that Barrett said his quality of care at the hospital also “improved considerably” after the phone call.

Preorder the book here.

Weekend reads.

Behind a Failed Powergrab: Ambition and Betrayal Sink Italy’s Puppet Master Matteo Salvini (Bloomberg)

The Week’s Cover: Why the 150 Year Old Periodic Table Matters More than Ever (Bloomberg Businessweek)

150 years after the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev came up with the table, it’s become the menu for a world hungry for material benefits.

Beach Read: Prince Andrew parties with Jeffrey Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago (Daily Mirror)

The ‘never-before seen’ photo sheds further light on an event attended by Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. At first glance it looks like any other high-society photo … but lurking in the background, looking directly at the camera, is Jeffrey Epstein.

Coming Soon to Netflix: Next month, Netflix will release a three-part documentary series called “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates,” in which Davis Guggenheim (director of “An Inconvenient Truth” and “He Named Me Malala”) aims to figure out what goes on inside the head of the world’s second-richest human.

Best of late night.

On Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. elections, and concerns they are targeting the 2020 elections:

“In the 2016, Russians hacked election systems in 39 states. They even reached two county computer networks in Florida — and that’s in Florida! Imagine the damage they could have done to a normal state!”
— Samantha Bee

“They used social media to spread conspiracy theories and controversy. As opposed to social media’s intended purpose: Which is to destroy us by making us feel bad about our own lives.”
— Samantha Bee

“Russia created hordes of fake accounts on all of our platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus, finally answering the question, ‘who the hell ever used Google Plus?’”
— Samantha Bee

On reports that Russian efforts are continuing today with the Democratic presidential primary:

“They are spreading misinformation and racist memes about candidates focusing on front runners like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren, which shows how savvy these Russians are. Even they know not to waste their time sabotaging Bill de Blasio.”
— Samantha Bee

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