Friday, March 1

ByKevin Sheekey

Another Victory for Gun Sense: US House Passes Bill to Close ‘Charleston Loophole’ for Gun Background Checks (Post and Courier)
The bill passage capped a years-long effort in the aftermath of the 2015 Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reverend Sharon Risher, who lost her mother and cousins during the Charleston church shooting, said “No family should have to live with the pain of having a loved one taken by senseless and preventable gun violence.”

In a tweet, Mike Bloomberg said: “It’s been nearly four years since a hate-filled man got his hands on a gun and took the lives of nine innocent Americans. Thank you to leaders in the House for finally taking steps to close the Charleston loophole.”

Read more about the legislation from Everytown for Gun Safety here.

NYC Tech Today: Andrew Cuomo Speaks With Jeff Bezos, Furiously Trying to Win Back Amazon to New York (New York Times)

28 Days Until Brexit:
How Theresa May Might Get Deal Through the House of Commons

Hot on the Bloomberg:
One of Wall Street’s Most Popular Trading Strategies Is Failing
Machines that decide when to buy and sell are struggling to keep up with central banks and Donald Trump.

Trade Consequences: China Trade War Cost Tops $40 Billion in Lost U.S. Exports (Bloomberg)

Pakistan’s Move to Free Pilot Not Enough to Reduce India Tension (Bloomberg)

U.S. – North Korea Summit Fallout: Death of U.S. Student Otto Warmbier Draws Ire as Trump Takes Kim Jong-un ‘at His Word’ (New York Times)

Bond Legends Today: The Bill Gross You Didn’t Know: Taxes, Deficits and Asperger’s (Bloomberg)

Michael Bloomberg to Deliver University of Maryland’s Commencement Address (Baltimore Sun)
“He has shown himself a true champion of higher education, the environment, and public health,” said University of Maryland president Wallace Loh in a statement.

Arts section.

Brooklyn Museum: Frida Kahlo’s Home Is Still Unlocking Secrets, 50 Years Later (New York Times)
“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” runs through May 12, 2019 at The Brooklyn Museum. Bloomberg employees can purchase up to 5 discounted tickets to the exhibit with a discount code available on BOB <GO> on the Bloomberg.

Remembering Black Wall Street with Artist Rick Lowe: The “Greenwood Art Project,” by artist Rick Lowe, was named a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge in January. Lowe discussed the project in New York to mark Black History Month, saying the project gives “the opportunity to establish a future of prosperity, reconciliation and unity – a narrative from which every city in America can learn.” Read more here.

Photo Contest! National Geographic & Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched a “Your Shot” photo assignment to capture and share images of people or projects that are taking positive steps to protect communities from the impacts of climate change. The project is inspired by the documentary ‘Paris to Pittsburgh.’ Submit your photos before March 6 here, and find other National Geographic photo assignments here.

Inside The Shed and Its Inaugural Slate of Performers in New York (Wall Street Journal)
Long before The Shed had a name, before its mission had been fully articulated or its physical structure defined, it was just a red dot on a map of New York City’s Hudson Yards. The vague but ambitious plan for it, as set forth by the administration of then-mayor Michael Bloomberg, was to build a cultural institution unlike any other in the city. On April 5, after more than a decade of work and planning, The Shed finally opens, and it’s as ambitious as ever.

Travel section.

The Trump SoHo Hotel Was Struggling to Survive in New York. Then It Dropped Its Name and Became Hot Commodity (Bloomberg)

World’s Fastest, Tallest, Longest Dive Roller Coaster to Open in Canada Within Months (
The Yukon Striker at Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto will hold riders for 3 seconds over a 90-degree drop before plunging them 245 feet down into an underground tunnel. Test it out here.

Best of late night.

“Lawmakers in North Carolina are considering a bill that would change the standard for a failing grade in public schools from anything less than 59 percent to anything lower than 39 percent. Said North Carolina students: ‘Whoa whoa whoa, 39 is less than 59?’”
— Seth Meyers

On President Trump’s trip to Vietnam for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un:

“He flew over there and got nothing — like the Fyre Festival.”
— Jimmy Kimmel

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