Friday, January 18

ByKevin Sheekey

The Battle Lines Harden:

On Brexit: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn Locked in Political Stalemate (Bloomberg)
Latest: Theresa May Speaks to EU Leaders as She Searches for Deal (Bloomberg)

On the U.S. Government Shutdown: Trump-Pelosi Feud Clouds Prospects for Breakthrough on Shutdown (Bloomberg)
Latest: Nancy Pelosi Accuses Trump Administration of Leaking Afghanistan Itinerary; New York Fed President Says Shutdown Could Trim Growth by 1 Percentage Point (Bloomberg)

Hot on the Bloomberg:
Tesla Slumps After Cutting 3,000 Jobs as Musk Sees ‘Difficult’ Road Ahead
(Bloomberg)

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Represents Big Moment for 2020 Democrats (Associated Press)
Mike Bloomberg will speak at the National Action Network’s annual King breakfast Monday in Washington with its founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Martin Luther King III.

Michael Cohen in the News:
-President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project
(Buzzfeed)
-Michael Cohen Hired IT Firm to Rig Early CNBC, Drudge Polls to Favor Trump (Wall Street Journal – subscription)

Davos Preview: Climate and Cyber Risks Top Concerns Facing the World in 2019 (Bloomberg)

Climate Impact: The Rhine, Europe’s Most Important River, Is Running Dry as Glaciers Shrink (Bloomberg)
The Rhine waterway risks becoming impassable because of climate change. After a prolonged summer drought, the bustling traffic at one of the shallowest points on the Rhine ground to a halt for nearly a month late last year, choking off a critical transport artery. The impact damped Germany’s industrial machine, slowing economic growth in the third and fourth quarters. It was the latest sign of how even advanced industrial economies are increasingly fighting the effects of global warming.

Mike Bloomberg in Tulsa: Presents $1 Million for Art Project to Shine Light on Tulsa Race Massacre, Talks Potential Run for Presidency (KTUL-TV)
Bloomberg says he hopes a $1 million donation for public art in Tulsa will bring needed attention to an ugly part of America’s past. Funds for the Greenwood Art Project will support temporary artworks commemorating Black Wall Street, an area largely destroyed during deadly racial violence in 1921. Estimates of those slain vary widely, from three dozen to more than 300. Bloomberg told a packed house at the art center: “Public art adds a new energy to city life, it connects people and it provokes conversation and debate, and it can inspire action.”

Watch a report on the event here, and read more here, here and here.

Weekend Arts Section:

Singapore: The Light to Night Festival, including the city’s biggest façade light show, is on starting January 18 at the National Gallery Singapore and several other locations in the Civic District.

Atlanta: MLK National Park in Atlanta will reopen, with help from Delta Airlines, during government shutdown.

Brooklyn: The “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is on view until Feb. 3. The exhibit is organized by the Tate, which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.


Best of late night.

“It is now Day 27 of the longest shutdown in American history. Funding for low-income housing is in danger, school lunches are facing cutbacks, and things have gotten so bad that Air Force One is now being operated by Spirit Airlines.”
— Trevor Noah

On Trump announcing the cancellation of Nancy Pelosi’s diplomatic trip to Afghanistan and Brussels:
“With the shutdown, there was no way she was going to get through T.S.A. anyway.”
— Stephen Colbert

“According to reports, Nike’s new self-lacing basketball sneaker will only be released in men’s sizes. Said women: ‘that’s fine, we know how to tie our shoes’.”
— Seth Meyers

For more best of late night from the New York Times, click here.