Friday, February 2

ByKevin Sheekey

Most Read on the Terminal (Last 8 Hours):
Bitcoin Drops Below $8,000 as Cryptocurrency Pain Continues (Bloomberg)

Leverage is Back: Recent deals show banks are taking a lax view on lending guidelines. And they’re doing so just as Wall Street’s buyout titans are demanding greater sums of cash so that they can take down bigger game — like Blackstone’s $17 billion purchase this week of the financial-data arm of Thomson Reuters. Wall Street Is Taking On More Risk Again (Bloomberg)

Merkel Update: Negotiators in Berlin are closing in on a Sunday deadline for a deal on a coalition government. German Coalition Talks Enter the Endgame (Bloomberg)

Email Scandal du Jour: Newly released emails show EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency’s website, especially Obama’s effort to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Pruitt monitored changes to EPA webpages on climate (AP)

Mike Bloomberg posts on Medium today: Six reasons to be optimistic about the future of solar, including the fact that solar jobs are surpassing coal jobs. Washington Can’t Kill Solar Power (Medium) Read more reasons for optimism in Climate of Hope

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is headed to Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica to counter China’s investment inroads there. Tillerson to Seek Unified Venezuela Stance on Latin America Trip (Bloomberg)

Conceal Carry Impact: A record number of firearms were found in bags at U.S. airport check points in 2007. Almost 4,000 firearms were found, an average of 10.8 per day, which is a 16.7 percent increase over the 3,391 firearms found in 2016. U.S. Airport Gun Seizures Hit Record High (Bloomberg)

Super Bowl Ad Update: Hamilton star Daveed Diggs will tout Zelle, the person-to-person payments network that handled $75 billion in its debut year. Banks Hire Rapping Broadway Star to Give Venmo Run for Its Money (Bloomberg)

Map of the Day: In its quest for Olympic glory, the Bloomberg administration remade parts of New York City. Here’s a map of New York’s unrealized Olympic dreams and where they are today, including Hudson Yards, Citi Field, Barclays Center, Bushwick Inlet Park, Bronx Terminal Market, Hunters Point and the High Line. New York’s unrealized Olympic dreams, mapped (Curbed)

Tweets of the Day (Groundhog Day Edition):

@MikeBloomberg: In just five years, @MomsDemand has grown into the largest grassroots movement of Americans fighting to make communities safer by reducing gun violence—and we’re just getting started. Looking forward to advancing more common-sense solutions around the country. #5YearsOfMomsDemand

@PattiHarris: Starting April 17, the @MetMuseum’s 2018 Cantor Roof Garden Commission will bring new sculptures by artist Huma Bhabha to one of the world’s leading art institutions, with support from @BloombergDotOrg.

@FoxNews: BREAKING NEWS: #PunxsutawneyPhil sees his shadow! 6 more weeks of #Winter!

Flashback to 2012: @MattRobertsNY: Staten Island Chuck makes his prediction from the SI Zoo around 7:30am. Hopefully he will not bite @MikeBloomberg again, as he did in 2009.

@realDonaldTrump: The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!

Flashback to November 3, 2016: @SarahHuckabee: When you’re attacking FBI agents because you’re under criminal investigation, you’re losing

Best of Late Night:

“Devin Nunes somehow still is in charge of this Russia investigation in the House, in spite of the fact that he recused himself from the investigation after he got caught sneaking to the White House to share information with the people he was supposed to be investigating. To call Devin Nunes Donald Trump’s lap dog would be an insult to dogs and laps. He’s not a lap dog. He’s more of a retriever. ‘Here boy, go write me a memo to smear the F.B.I.! Good, good boy!’” — Jimmy Kimmel

“Look, it doesn’t matter how many people watched. But what does matter is that the president needs to lie about it — and then somehow get away with it. This is the new world we live in. So let me just say, right now, in advance, congratulations to President Trump on winning the Super Bowl.” — Stephen Colbert

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