Most Read on the Bloomberg Terminal (Last 8 Hours): President Donald Trump questioned senators in an Oval Office meeting Thursday on why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “sh*thole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations rather than places like Norway. Trump Calls Haiti, African Nations ‘Sh*thole’ Countries (Bloomberg)
Next most-read story? Trump Scraps U.K. Trip, Citing Obama Embassy Deal Begun By Bush (Bloomberg)
Must Watch: Mike Bloomberg sat down with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle yesterday to talk about hurricane recovery in the USVI, the importance of building a team and whether we’ll see a Bloomberg/Winfrey ticket in 2020. Bloomberg Speaks Out on Trump’s First Year, 2020 Race (MSNBC) Full Interview with Michael Bloomberg (MSNBC)
Tune in to MSNBC today at 9 AM ET to hear more from Mike’s interview with Stephanie, including Mike’s thoughts about our responsibilities to refugees and immigration reform.
Beijing blocking blockchain: At least a dozen Chinese listed companies have issued statements this week playing down links to blockchain technology amid signs regulators are trying to limit the kind of speculative surges seen in other markets. Crackdown Has China Stocks Playing Down Crypto Links (Bloomberg)
Eye on 2018: Ten Democratic senators are up for re-election in states that went for Donald Trump in 2016, and three of those senators are in fossil fuel-rich states where races may hinge on coal, oil and gas issues. Top Senate Races to Watch for Energy and Environment (Bloomberg Environment)
Uber’s Computer Lock Down: At least two dozen times, Uber’s San Francisco headquarters locked down equipment in foreign offices to shield files from police raids. Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark (Bloomberg)
Finland’s Free Money: In an audacious experiment, Finland is giving some residents a “basic income” of $16,000 for two years, no strings attached. What If Everyone Got a Monthly Check from the Government? (Bloomberg)
Wag the Dog: “There is no B-3 bomber.” Trump Lauded Delivery of F-52s to Norway; The Planes Only Exist in ‘Call of Duty’ (Washington Post)
Speaking of the B-3 Bomber, it was actually first announced 20 years ago. For your Netflix viewing list: B-3 Bomber Scene from Wag the Dog (YouTube)
Tweets of the day:
@realDonaldTrump: The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!
@SadiqKhan: Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message.
Best of Late Night:
“Sir, they’re not sh*thole countries. For one, Donald Trump isn’t their president.” — Stephen Colbert
“Guys, I don’t know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist. As someone from South Sh*thole, I’m offended.” — Trevor Noah
Programming Note: The Sheekey Daily will be off on Monday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in the U.S. We will return on Tuesday, Jan. 16.