Monday, October 15

ByKevin Sheekey

Breaking News: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Expecting Their First Child in Spring (BBC News)

Mike Bloomberg’s New Hampshire Event Fuels White House Bid Talk (Associated Press)

GOP Overwhelmed by Democratic Cash: ‘We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’ (Politico)

Problem Solved?: President Trump tweeted this morning: “Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen.’ He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!”

Steve Schwarzman and Larry Fink Said to Shun Saudi Investment Conference (Bloomberg)

Who killed Thomas Becket: The case of the vanished and apparently murdered Saudi activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi is a tale with a victim and villains, but no heroes, according the Wall Street Journal’s Karen Elliott House. It is more of an internecine conflict. The primary villain apparently is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Mr. Khashoggi, notwithstanding his credentials as a columnist for the Washington Post, spent most of his adult life working with and for the Al Saud family, he also did stints for Saudi intelligence. His early claim to fame was interviewing Osama bin Laden in 1980s Afghanistan, where both were allied with the anti-Soviet mujahedeen. Mr. Khashoggi broke with bin Laden in the 1990s and after 9/11 became Riyadh’s favorite example of a reformed Islamic fundamentalist. (Hat tip: Matt Winkler)

Hot on the Bloomberg: Saudi Arabia Breaks 45-Year Taboo With Veiled Oil Weapon Threat (Bloomberg)

Big Bank Earnings: Bank of America’s Lending Business Boosted by Higher Rates (Bloomberg)

The Reviews Are In: I Was on The World’s Longest Flight from Singapore to Newark. It Was Brutal, But Better (Bloomberg)


The week ahead.

Monday, Oct. 15
-Bank of America earnings released.
-South Korean President Moon Jae-in continues his visit to Europe. He’ll deliver an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Pope Francis to visit Pyongyang. Through Oct. 19.
-Chinese regulators and banking executives meet in Hong Kong at the Belt & Road Finance Forum to focus on infrastructure financing.
-Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a keynote interview at the Fortune Global Forum. In Toronto.

Tuesday, Oct 16
-Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs earnings released.
-Bloomberg LP hosts “Sooner Than You Think,” a forum exploring how technological innovation is changing business, government and individuals’ relationship to money. In Brooklyn.
-EU European Affairs ministers are expected to sign off on the draft of Brexit summit conclusions and receive updates from EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. In Luxembourg.
-NATO holds a cyber-security symposium in Mons, Belgium. Through Oct. 18.
-German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg address the World Health Summit. In Berlin.
-U.S. debuts its new two-month Treasury bill as the government begins issuing more short-term debt amid an expected surge in the budget deficit.

Wednesday, Oct 17
-Canada begins selling legal pot. It’s the first G-7 country to legalize recreational marijuana.
-EU leaders, without the U.K., discuss the next steps for Brexit. In Brussels.

Thursday, Oct. 18
-EU, Asia leaders discuss trade and the environment at the ASEM summit. In Brussels, through Oct. 19.
-EU leaders discuss the banking union and strengthening the euro-area’s bailout fund in a broader debate on strengthening the common currency. In Brussels.

Friday, Oct 19
-Bank of England Governor Mark Carney speaks at the Economic Club of New York.
-P4G climate conference hosts leaders from the Netherlands, Vietnam, South Korea and Ethiopia, plus CEOs of Unilever, Novozymes, Maersk. In Copenhagen, through Oct. 20.


Best of late night.

“This week former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg switched his voter registration and became a Democrat. When asked what made him change parties, Bloomberg said ‘Kanye’.”
–Jimmy Fallon

Speaking of Kanye West: Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as President Donald Trump in a take on Kanye West’s visit to the Oval Office last week. West was played by actor and comedian Chris Redd and football legend Jim Brown was played by Kenan Thompson. Watch the cold open here.

And finally, in weekend weddings: Bloomberg’s Jill Watanabe married Daniel Lyons in Seattle Saturday. (New York Times)