Monday, March 4

ByKevin Sheekey

Hot on the Bloomberg:
U.S., China Said Near Deal That Could End Most U.S. Tariffs

Pressed by Climate Activists, U.S. Senate Democrats Plan to ‘Go on Offense’ (New York Times)

Trump Faces New Scrutiny From Panel That Would Run Impeachment (Bloomberg)

How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos and Bad Bets (New York Times)

Bloomberg Begins Interviews for 2020 Presidential Campaign Staff (Newsweek)

Mike Bloomberg’s Education Record in New York City (Chalkbeat)
Under New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s watch, graduation rates climbed by more than 40 percent to historic highs, and dropout rates cratered. Later research would peg some of the increases to Bloomberg’s policy of closing large high schools and opening smaller ones in their place. The charter schools that opened in New York City drove larger learning gains than their district-run counterparts. And in a city that was growing safer and wealthier, families that might have chosen to leave or opt for private schools chose public education instead.

Why Australia’s Climate Change Election Matters to the World (Axios)

Seven-Figure Bonuses Are Spreading for Europe’s Energy Traders (Bloomberg)

Media Watch: 2020’s Homegrown Fake News Crisis (Axios)
An investigation by fact-checking company Snopes finds that a series of seemingly innocuous local websites, which have popped up all over the U.S., are being run by GOP consultants whose businesses are funded in part by candidates the websites cover.

The Making of the Fox News White House (The New Yorker)

Amazon Gives AI to Harvard Hospital in Tech’s Latest Health Push (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg LP Celebrates International Women’s Day Throughout the Month of March (Bloomberg press announcement)

Best of late night.

Best of the Gridiron: Senator Amy Klobuchar Pokes Fun At Herself and Washington Elite at Annual Gridiron Dinner (Daily Mail)

Senator Klobuchar, who announced her run for president in February, said, “I will win this election because I’m a woman and all the powerful people in the room told me it’s a sure thing. What could possibly go wrong?”

Klobuchar also poked fun at her reputation for being a tough task master, specifically referencing a New York Times story that claimed she criticized a staffer for bringing her a salad without a fork and then proceeded to eat it with a comb. “How did everyone like the salad?,” she asked. “I thought it was OK, but it needed just a bit of scalp oil and a pinch of dandruff, which would make it a little better.”

“All I know is if the election ends up before the Supreme Court. I’m gonna count Brett Kavanaugh as a no,” she concluded.

And from Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update:

“Bryce Harper has signed a 13 year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Finally answering the question: How much would someone have to pay you to live in Philadelphia?”
— Colin Jost, Saturday Night Live

On Michael Cohen’s testimony on Capitol Hill last week:

“The testimony had so many fun, weird details that no one even followed up about. Like, how Cohen said that Trump inflated his net-worth by $4 billion in an effort to buy the Buffalo Bills. You lied to buy the Bills?? It’s like using a fake ID to get into a Nickelback concert!”
— Colin Jost, Saturday Night Live

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