Monday, February 11

ByKevin Sheekey

Mike Bloomberg Scorches Trump’s ‘Un-American’ Immigration Policies (Politico)
During a speech Friday night in Miami, Mike Bloomberg assailed President Donald Trump as “xenophobic” and called his family separation policy “un-American.” “The American story and the American dream are under attack by our own American president,” the Bloomberg said at an Americans for Immigrant Justice fundraiser. “Hard as it is to believe, the most xenophobic president of our lifetime is from the immigrant capital of the United States: New York City.”

Border Battle:
-El Paso’s Message to Trump Before Rally: Don’t Speak for Us (New York Times)
-California Expected to Pull National Guard Troops Out of Border Duty (NBC News)

Hot on the Bloomberg:
Two Large Chinese Borrowers Miss Bond Payments, Sources Say
(Bloomberg)

Christine Lagarde Warns of Global Economic “Storm” as Growth Undershoots (Agence France Presse)

Economy Week Ahead: U.S.-China Engage on Trade Again in Beijing (Bloomberg)

How London Won the Race for the Renminbi (Financial Times – subscription)
The city’s charm offensive has paid off. Daily orders averaged $73bn in October underscoring the UK’s status as the world’s biggest renminbi trading hub outside China. “Three or four years ago London was viewed as an FX trading centre, but today . . . policymakers are moving towards a broader view and see London as a place for introducing Chinese capital markets to foreign investors,” says a senior Chinese banker based in London.

Tax Cut or Increase? Millions of Americans Could be Stunned as Their Tax Refunds Shrink After GOP Tax Cuts (Washington Post)

Global Poll: Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern (Pew Research Center)

Today in Brexit:
-New Second Referendum Plan: Back Theresa May’s Deal, Then Hold People’s Vote (The Guardian)
-British and U.S. Banks Are Deeply Divided on Brexit Ties (Bloomberg)
-Brexit’s Corporate Refugee Numbers in Netherlands Set to Swell – About 250 Companies in Talks to Relocate (Bloomberg)

Venezuela Update: As Maduro Digs in, Aides Hunt for an Emergency Escape Route (Bloomberg)
Cuba, Mexico, Russia and Turkey are all seen as possible havens.

Awards Weekend:
-The Favourite Takes Home Seven Awards; Roma Wins Best Film at British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BBC)
-Michelle Obama’s Surprise Grammys Appearance Stuns Audience (New York Times)


Best of late night.

The female cast members of “Saturday Night Live” and host Halsey celebrated the women of the 116th Congress with a spoof of “Charlie’s Angels.”

Watch SNL’s ‘The Women of Congress’ here.