Monday, February 4
Hot on the Bloomberg:
Bill Gross Retires After Storied Four-Decade Career in Bonds (Bloomberg)
Who Knew Trump and de Blasio Had So Much in Common: White House Rattled as Insider Leaks Trump’s “Executive Time”-Filled Private Schedules (Axios)
A White House source leaked nearly every day of President Trump’s private schedule for the past three months. The schedules, which cover nearly every working day since the midterms, show that Trump has spent around 60% of his scheduled time over the past 3 months in unstructured “Executive Time.” On most days, his first meeting is scheduled for 11AM.
The massive leak set off internal finger-pointing and speculation more fevered than any since the New York Times’ anonymous op-ed, according to Mike Allen at Axios. Read more here.
Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign. Deutsche Bank Said No. (New York Times)
Among the concerns of senior officials at the bank was that if Mr. Trump won the election and then defaulted, Deutsche Bank would have to choose between not collecting on the debt or seizing the assets of the president of the United States.
There’s a Right Way to Run for President as a Billionaire. Howard Schultz Isn’t Doing It. (Washington Post – Jonathan Capehart)
“New York City is better off for having had [Mike Bloomberg] in City Hall. And when you throw in his philanthropy that was legendary before he became mayor and continues to this day, what you have is a billionaire who puts his money where his mouth is with due care and consideration.”
Wealthy Black Executives Get Political to Help Combat Inequality (Bloomberg)
The Black Economic Alliance PAC wants to help black Americans get work, wealth and wages.
It’s Open Season on the Wealthy. But Not Every Tycoon Should be Flattened. (Washington Post – Fred Hiatt)
Ahead of Israel Election on April 9: Massive Billboards Featuring Netanyahu and Trump Go Up in Israel (Haaretz)
Hat tip: Bloomberg Politics.
Super Bowl Ad Post-Game:
-The Washington Post Airs First Super Bowl Spot – 60 Second Ad Underscores Importance of Journalism (Washington Post)
-Bud Light Gets Earful From Angry Corn Lobby After Super Bowl Ad (Bloomberg)
-Feared or Celebrated, Amazon Alexa Is Star of Super Bowl Ads (Bloomberg)
Happy New Year: Everything You Need to Know About the Year of the Pig (South China Morning Post)
On Tuesday the world will welcome the Year of the Pig with celebrations that will last until the day of the Lantern Festival on February 19. People born in the lunar year of the pig are seen to be “compassionate and loyal, never refusing an opportunity to lend help.”
Best of late night.
On the Super Bowl:
“I saw that on Sunday a thirty second ad costs $5 million. But it will be worth it when people are watching and say ‘Oh yeah, I totally forgot about Amazon, Bud Light and Google!’”
— Jimmy Fallon
“A lot of people watch for the half-time show. This year, they couldn’t get anyone to play the Super Bowl half-time show. They really did have a hard time. Then finally they got Maroon 5. Yeah. Apparently Maroon 1 through 4 said no.”
— Conan O’Brien
And finally, headline from The Onion:
Super Bowl Halftime Show Marred By Functioning Sound System