Friday, November 1

ByKevin Sheekey

Bloomberg Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi Expects Public Impeachment Hearings to Begin This Month (Bloomberg)

In an interview at Bloomberg’s New York headquarters today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that any case that is made to impeach the president “has to be ironclad” and said “we have not made any decisions on if the president will be impeached.”

On Trade: Pelosi Calls USMCA ‘Easiest Trade Deal,’ Sees Vote When Ready (Bloomberg)

Today at Bloomberg.

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview on Bloomberg TV in New York on Nov. 1, 2019.

Today’s Headlines.

2020 U.S. Presidential Election – One Year Away

This Sunday, November 3, marks one year until the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Who will take on President Trump, assuming he’s still in office?

For perspective, here’s where the primary poll averages were ahead of the 2016, 2012 and 2008 U.S. presidential elections.

Remember when Rudy Giuliani was leading the Republicans in 2007 with John McCain trailing at 14%? Or when Herman Cain was ahead in 2011?

Nov 3, 2007 – Democratic Primary Nomination national poll average
Hillary Clinton – 43.7%
Barack Obama – 22.1 *
John Edwards – 13
Joe Biden – 2

Nov 3, 2007 – Republican Primary Nomination national poll average
Rudy Giuliani – 29.2%
Fred Thompson – 16
John McCain – 14 *
Mitt Romney – 11.2
Mike Huckabee – 7.2

Nov 3, 2011 – Republican Primary Nomination national poll average
Herman Cain – 26%
Mitt Romney – 23.8 *
Newt Gingrich – 10.2
Rick Perry – 9.7
Rand Paul – 8
Michele Bachman – 3.5

Nov 3, 2015 – Republican Primary Nomination national poll average
Donald Trump – 25.3% *
Ben Carson – 24
Marco Rubio – 9
Ted Cruz – 7.5
Jeb Bush – 6.5
Carly Fiorina – 4.0

Nov 3, 2015 – Democratic Primary Nomination national poll average
Hillary Clinton – 54.8% *
Bernie Sanders – 32.5

Virginia Elections.

‘Unprecedented’: Last-Minute Money Floods Virginia Campaigns Ahead of Nov. 5 (Washington Post)

Virginia Beach Democrat Nancy Guy hauled in more than $400,000 just since last Friday, the bulk of it coming on Wednesday from an environmental group founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Guy is challenging Republican Del. Christopher P. Stolle in a Virginia Beach district plagued by sea level rise, and the money went for a television ad.

Bloomberg’s Beyond Carbon action fund also delivered almost $265,000 in TV advertising for Democrat Shelly Simonds of Newport News, challenging incumbent Del. David E. Yancey in another waterfront district in Hampton Roads.

Those amounts might have been a full year’s haul in past elections. “This is unprecedented,” said one Democratic consultant.

Media News.

Thomson Reuters Brushes Off Suitors for Reuters News Wire (Financial Times)

KKR-backed Axel Springer and former Reuters Editor in Chief and ITN boss Mark Wood were said to be interested in Reuters News.

The $325M annual payments (from Refinitiv) do not cover the full cost of the 2,000-strong newsroom but offer a steady source of revenues for a news wire that has struggled to keep pace with its larger rival Bloomberg.

World Cities Day.

New WHO to Bolster Efforts to Tackle Leading Causes of Urban Deaths (World Health Organization)

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, ‘The Power of Cities: Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases and Road Traffic Injuries’ report is highlights key areas where city leaders can tackle the drivers of NCDs, including tobacco use, air pollution, poor diets and lack of exercise, and improve road safety.

“By replicating the most effective measures on a global scale, we can save millions of lives,” said WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs and injuries, and three-term New York City Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Read more in this oped, ‘A Call to Action on World Cities Day,’ co-authored by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Dr. Kelly Henning.

Weekend Sports.

Rugby World Cup Final – England v South Africa: Best Pubs in the UK to Watch the Final (Telegraph – UK)

The final is Saturday at 6pm in Yokohama, Japan (11am South Africa, 9am GMT, and 5am Eastern Daylight Time). Click here for tips on where to watch the final on TV and click here for how to stream it for free.

New York City Marathon – The Best Places to Watch and Where Runners Need You Most (New York Times)

Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 52F / 11C degrees as the fall foliage is kicking into gear.

Best of late night.

On Halloween:

“I saw that the company that makes M&M’s, Snickers and Twix starts preparing for Halloween two years in advance. Meanwhile, the company that makes Necco wafers made one batch 50 years ago and has been selling them ever since.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“The least popular Halloween costume once again: sexy Rudy Giuliani.”
–Jimmy Fallon

“It’s Halloween, that time of year when kids all around the country knock on doors and ask, “Candy? No. Will you sign my petition to stop climate change? The world is burning.””
— Seth Meyers

“This week, Twitter announced that it’s banning all political ads. This is great news! Now Twitter can just be the wholesome, family-friendly, social media platform that it’s always been.”
— Jimmy Fallon

And finally for our New York readers: Don’t forget to vote!

New York state residents can vote early this year for the first time, including this weekend. See where you can vote here and learn more about ‘ranked-choice voting’ which is on the ballot in New York City. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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