Monday, October 21

ByKevin Sheekey

Brexit Latest: House of Commons Speaker John Bercow Denies Boris Johnson Second Vote on Divorce Deal (Bloomberg)

U.K. Businesses’ Brexit Frustration Mounting With the Costs (Bloomberg)

Jaguar Land Rover announced it would temporarily idle plants in the U.K. as the toll of uncertainty weighs on business.

People’s March in London: 1 Million Marchers Hail ‘One of The Greatest Marches in British History’ (The Guardian)

Led by Mayor Sadiq Khan, around one million people gathered Saturday in central London to demand a fresh Brexit referendum.

How to Escape Brexit: Sky News Launches Brexit-Free News Channel to Offer Relief (Bloomberg)


Impeachment Watch.

Mitt Romney Says He’s Open to Voting to Remove Trump (Axios on HBO – Mike Allen)

Senator Romney, who has emerged as the Republican party’s most prominent Trump critic, is getting overtures to run against the president (he won’t) or lead the charge to get senators to convict Trump if the House impeaches him. In an interview with Mike Allen, Romney made it clear he’s open to voting to remove Trump.

Alexander Hamilton Pushed for Impeachment Powers. Donald Trump is What He Had in Mind (Washington Post)

He wanted a strong president — and a way to get rid of the demagogic ones.

In Case You Missed It: Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President (New York Times)

Admiral William McRaven, who commanded the Osama bin Laden raid, wrote in a New York Times oped that if President Trump doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office

Trump Seeks to Alter Course After Missteps on Handling Syria, Impeachment and Doral G-7 Plan (Bloomberg)


2020 Watch.

Poll: Iowa Caucuses are ‘Up for Grabs’ as Pete Buttigieg Surges into Top Tier (USA Today)

Buttigieg rises to 13%, trailing former Vice President Biden at 18% and Massachusetts Senator Warren at 17%, according to the latest USA Today/Suffolk poll of 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers.

Mark Zuckerberg Has Quietly Advised Pete Buttigieg on Campaign Hires (Bloomberg)

Trump Campaign Floods Web With Ads, Raking In Cash as Democrats Struggle (New York Times)

Focus on the Senate: Red Flags All Over for Senate Republicans (National Journal)

New polls and fundraising reports show key GOP senators in political trouble, giving Democrats a solid shot to win back control of the upper chamber.


Around the world.

Historic Result: Swiss Green Party Wins Big at Expense of Anti-Immigrant Right (Bloomberg)

Switzerland’s environmentalists achieved a historic result in Sunday’s parliamentary election with the chance of a role in government, while the dominant anti-immigrant SVP was dealt a setback.

Update: Turkey Gives Kurdish Fighters Until Late Tuesday to Withdraw from Northeastern Syria (Bloomberg)

Turkey’s Erdogan Wants Nuclear Weapons in Face of the West’s ‘Restrictions’ (New York Times)

Canada Votes Today: How a Liberal or Conservative Win Could Affect Canada’s Economy (Bloomberg)

Justin Trudeau and his main rival are deadlocked heading into today’s vote, as carbon tax, deficit, and housing are main areas of policy conflict.


Financial news.

Investors Turn Up Heat on Governments (Financial Times)

Focus is switching from corporate to sovereign debt issuers’ attention to ESG. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, chaired by businessman Michael Bloomberg, aims to develop climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies.

If organizations don’t incorporate ESG factors into their plans, it “could impact their access to capital markets,” says Alexandra Basirov, head of sustainable finance for financial institutions at BNP Paribas.

Bond Quants Are Growing in Negative-Rate World, Invesco Says (Bloomberg)


Media news.

Evolution of Local Media: Student Journalists Across the U.S. Step In to Fill Void After 2,000 Local Newspapers Close (New York Times)

Newsroom Benefits Today: Bloomberg’s Parental Leave Policy “The Most Generous” of U.S. News Organizations as Washington Post Boosts Leave to 20 Weeks (Nieman Lab)

Nieman Lab writes, “Bloomberg’s policy is the most generous we could find, at 26 weeks” for primary caregivers. That includes 24 weeks of fully paid parental leave, plus 10 transition days (one day off per week for 10 consecutive weeks) immediately following an employee’s return to work.

For comparison, Wall Street Journal offers 20 weeks and New York Times offers 16 to 18 weeks for birth mothers and 10 weeks for non–birth parents.


Aviation today.

I Just Took the World’s First 20-Hour Flight. Here’s What It Did to Me (Bloomberg’s Angus Whitley)

The plane became a flying laboratory as Qantas studied how they can fly the London-Sydney and New York-Sydney routes as soon as 2022.

But you can’t book it yet: Qantas needs new planes from Boeing or Airbus that can do the job with a full load of passengers, and a new deal with crew to work longer than 20 hours.


Arts section.

Inside The New MOMA: Museum of Modern Art Reopens after $450 Million Expansion (CNN)

Five floors of new galleries bring together some of the museum’s most famous pieces, with self portraits of Frida Kahlo and Cindy Sherman presented alongside art ranging from Monet’s “Water Lilies” to contemporary multimedia installations.


Best of late night.

On Showtime’s announcement that they are making a new series on Uber:

“The show sounds good, but as soon as they ordered it, the show drove right past their offices.”
–Jimmy Fallon

On the Philadelphia Eagles football team playing the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday:

“Both teams love playing there because whenever something gets dropped they can just blame AT&T.”
–Jimmy Fallon

On a cockroach in a New York City subway station spotted moving a cigarette across a storm drain:

“It’s sad. Six months ago that cockroach took a bus from Iowa with dreams of making it big on Broadway. And now this!?”
–Jimmy Fallon