Monday, September 24

ByKevin Sheekey

Is Michael Bloomberg the Antidote to Donald Trump? (New York Times) In Sunday’s New York Times, columnist Frank Bruni wrote: “Bloomberg is as insistent on order as Trump is on disorder, as steady as Trump is spastic. Trump won’t give us a moment’s peace…Bloomberg is as prepared as Trump was unready. The presidency for him wouldn’t be a first whirl at governance, some gee-whiz, why-not, how-hard-can-this-be lark. He spent 12 years, from 2002 through 2013, as New York’s mayor, in charge of a complicated city of more than 8 million people. Trump operates by gut. Bloomberg demands data and more data. Trump doesn’t really have his hand on the wheel — he just wants to be the shiny hood ornament. Bloomberg is all pinpoint GPS navigation.”

Mike Bloomberg on CNN Sunday: This Isn’t ‘Reality TV’ (CNN) In an interview ahead of the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on Wednesday, Mike Bloomberg tells CNN’s Fareed Zakaria: “I’ve never been shy about what I believe. I got elected Mayor by not asking people where they wanted to go and following them there, I got elected because I said I thought these are the policies I think we should have and here’s why and follow me. That was for three elections. People seemed to be very happy with what the city did in 12 years and you can do that on a federal level. It requires being able to put together people who are not in the paper every day for scandals, but people who are experts in their field. You delegate to them and let them do some things, and the CEO’s job is make sure people work together.” CNN has posted four segments of the interview here, here, here and here.

Hot on the Bloomberg:
China Says It Won’t Hold Trade Talks Unless Trump Stops Threats
(Bloomberg)

U.S. Supreme Court Latest: Brett Kavanaugh Nomination at Risk as New Claims of Misconduct Emerge (Bloomberg)

Midterm Election Watch: Michelle Obama Rallies Voters in Las Vegas, Warns Against Apathy (Washington Post)


Headlines from around the world.


The week ahead.

Monday, Sept 24
-The United Nations General Assembly continues in New York City, with general debate to begin Tuesday, Sept. 25.
-Climate Week NYC takes place alongside the UN General Assembly and brings together leaders from business and government to showcase the momentum of global climate action. Through Sept. 30.
-A 10% U.S. tariff on about $200 billion in Chinese goods takes effect. China has retaliated by levying tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods.
-French President Emmanuel Macron meets U.S. President Donald Trump in New York.

Tuesday, Sept. 25
-President Donald Trump will address the United Nations General Assembly for the second time.
-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Trump in New York to discuss trade. Trump also has confirmed bilateral meetings with the leaders of South Korea, Egypt, France, Israel and the U.K.
-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to meet with state attorneys general to consider privacy complaints against giant technology companies amid accusations they’ve suppressed conservative voices. In Washington.

Wednesday, Sept 26
-The Federal Reserve is expected to raise U.S. interest rates and release updated projections for the economy and monetary policy. In Washington.
-U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink join Bloomberg LP founder and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and other luminaries for the Bloomberg Global Business Forum. In New York.
-French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg host the One Planet Summit. In New York.

Thursday, Sept 27
-Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan begins a three-day visit to Germany, where he’ll meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Friday, Sept 28
-U.S. consumer spending probably rose at a slower pace in August, advancing 0.3 percent from the prior month, while income growth may have increased to 0.4 percent from 0.3 percent, according to projections.

From NI WEEKAHEAD on the Bloomberg.


Best of late night.

Bill Maher took on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh:

“Brett Kavanaugh was heading to be on the nation’s highest court, and now he is heading to the world’s worst High School reunion.”
— Bill Maher

Watch Bill Maher’s opening monologue here.

John Oliver took on Facebook and the company’s former motto, “Move Fast and Break Things.”

“That seems like maybe the most reckless corporate motto since the Hindenburg company’s “Fly fast and smoke cigarettes in a big bag of hydrogen!”
— John Oliver

Watch John Oliver’s full segment on Facebook here, including a devastating mock advertisement for the company.