First on the Bloomberg:
Theresa May Said to Delay Vote on Brexit Deal to Avoid Huge Defeat (Bloomberg)
Today in Meddling: France to Probe Possible Russian Influence on Yellow Vest Riots (Bloomberg)
According to the Alliance for Securing Democracy, about 600 Twitter accounts known to promote Kremlin views have begun focusing on France, boosting their use of the hashtag #giletsjaunes, the French name for the Yellow Vest movement.
Trump Scrambles as Top Choice to Run the White House Says No (New York Times)
Politico Playbook Power List: Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patti Harris Among 19 to Watch in 2019 (Politico)
Patti Harris has long been one of Michael Bloomberg’s most trusted advisers. She served as first deputy mayor of New York City — the first woman to fill that role — and now as CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she leads charitable giving for one of the world’s wealthiest people. The former mayor “would make an incredible president,” Harris said.
Harris, long seen as one of New York City’s most influential women, leads an organization that distributed $702 million in 2017 to programs in the arts, education, environment, government innovation and public health. “Patti is the foundation,” Mike Bloomberg told Politico. With her boss considering a run for president as a Democrat in 2020, the woman who sits next to Bloomberg at work could become even more powerful.
Climate of Hope: Can Cities Solve the Climate Crisis? Michael Bloomberg Thinks So (National Geographic)
As Mayor, Bloomberg realized that New York and other cities didn’t have to wait to solve the climate crisis: They could take their future into their own hands. And in making themselves more sustainable and resilient to onrushing climate change, cities could also make a serious dent in global carbon emissions.
Ahead of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ documentary ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ airing on National Geographic this week, Bloomberg discussed the biggest challenges in fighting climate change: “One challenge is that the places that account for most greenhouse gas emissions—cities—don’t always have the tools they need to reduce them. The more that states and the federal government empower local governments to act, the more progress we’ll be able to make.
We also need to make markets more transparent regarding the risks and opportunities presented by climate change, so investors and business leaders can make more informed decisions. That will help drive capital to low-carbon investments. The marketplace can be a powerful ally in the fight against climate change.
Bloomberg Expands New Voices Initiative to San Francisco, Sydney, Mumbai and Dubai to Increase Diversity in News Coverage (Bloomberg press announcement)
Best of late night.
Robert De Niro returned to Saturday Night Live as special counsel Robert Mueller to open the show this weekend.
Watch the cold open here.