Monday, September 17

ByKevin Sheekey

New York Times Editorial: As Nature Roars, Washington Hears Nothing
The Global Climate Action Summit, co-hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown of California and Michael Bloomberg, was an “extraordinary gathering” and “a bright spot in a week dominated by atmospheric fury in the Carolinas and political fecklessness in Washington.” The meeting had “messaging power” and the message was “one of defiance as well as concern.”

As the Age of the Electric Car Rolls In, Highways Need High-Tech Upgrade (Las Vegas Sun – Mike Bloomberg oped)
“We should aim to have more charging plugs than gas pumps on American roads. The investment will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles — and with the right incentives, the private sector will lead the way.”

Michael Bloomberg Rebuilt New York as Mayor After 9/11. Now He Wants to do the Same for America After Hurricane Donald (The Sunday Times – London)
“Is he going to run? He’s not ruling it out. ‘I would like to see the House [of Representatives] change hands because Republicans have not provided check and balance,’ he says, referring to the upcoming mid-term elections. ‘And then, down the road, who knows what’s going to happen?’ Socially liberal but profoundly pro-business, Bloomberg has been a Democrat and a Republican at various points. In 2016 he considered running as an independent but concluded it was not possible to win. Now, he says, he’d have ‘no choice’ but to run as a Democrat. He has one thing working in his favour. ‘I’ve never thought I was the smartest guy in the room,’ he says. ‘All of the others can do things I can’t, except one thing. They can’t outwork me.’”

Bloomberg May Run for President as a Democrat (New York Times)
“Democratic leaders have so far embraced Mr. Bloomberg, giving him a regal reception aimed at ushering him securely into the party. At a climate conference in San Francisco, he stood beside Gov. Jerry Brown of California, a popular Democrat, to show support for the Paris climate agreement. And in an embrace laden with political symbolism, Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, introduced Mr. Bloomberg at two events as a herculean champion of the environment and a master of business and government. ‘His name is synonymous with excellence,’ Ms. Pelosi said, at a dinner atop the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. ‘And he knows how to get the job done.’”

Women in Congress Near Breakthrough Moment in Midterm Elections (Bloomberg)

Everytown for Gun Safety will Spend $10 Million on Elections in Four States this November (Washington Post)

Donald Trump: The President of Debt (Axios)

In Photos: Typhoon Mangkhut’s Aftermath – The Most Powerful storm Anywhere in the World This Year (Bloomberg)

Coca-Cola Is Eyeing the Cannabis Drinks Market (Bloomberg)


The Week Ahead.

Monday, Sept. 17
-European Network of Councils for the Judiciary votes on whether to suspend the membership of Poland’s judiciary council because it’s dominated by politicians.
-The 70th Emmy Awards for television are presented. “Game of Thrones” has the most nominations and Netflix the most nominations of any content provider. In Los Angeles.

Tuesday, Sept. 18
-South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits North Korean capital Pyongyang for a summit with Kim Jong Un, the first such trip by a Seoul leader in 11 years. Through Sept. 20.
-The United Nations General Assembly opens, with general debate to begin Sept. 25. President Donald Trump and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani are both scheduled to attend part of the UNGA and may meet on the sidelines.
-Donald Trump hosts Polish President Andrzej Duda’s first official visit to the White House.
-Italian Finance Minister Giovanni Tria speaks at a Bloomberg event in Milan.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
-Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Energy policy is likely to dominate the talks.
-Bloomberg hosts “The Future of Investing: Capitalizing on ETF’s Growth.” Exchange-traded funds are on their way to $5 trillion in assets. In Boston.

Thursday, Sept. 20
-Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to win a third term as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, fending off a challenge from former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba.
-Russia’s Vladimir Putin attends the Eurasian Women’s Forum. In St. Petersburg.

Friday, Sept 21
-Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and EU’s Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini host a meeting of women foreign ministers. In Montreal, through Sept. 22.
-Quadruple witching day for U.S. markets as the quarterly expiration of futures and options on indexes and stocks occurs on the same day, an event that can trigger surging volatility and trading.

Saturday, Sept 22
-The Sun passes over the equator, marking the equinox — the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

From NI WEEKAHEAD on the Bloomberg.


Best of Late Night.

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that allows his administration to impose sanctions on countries that tamper with United States elections. But some lawmakers expressed skepticism about it, saying that Trump may be using it to prevent Congress from passing stronger legislation.

James Corden, for his part, said he was confused by the news.

“He’s trying to stop election interference? He loves election interference! What’s next, trying to stop bad spray tans and three-cheeseburger dinners?”

“This is a real change for Trump. Usually when he punishes a foreign person it just means he’s getting married again.”

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