Thursday, November 8

ByKevin Sheekey

Breaking Overnight: Gunman Kills 12 in Mass Shooting at Southern California Bar Packed with College Students (Los Angeles Times)
Some witnesses said the bar is a hub for country music fans and said some attendees were survivors of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead last year.

‘The Year of Gun Safety’: Takeaways on Gun Control from Tuesday’s Election Results (Philadelphia Inquirer)
After Pittsburgh and Parkland, Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, gun control supporters approached Tuesday’s midterm election with what they said was more momentum than ever, expecting national frustration with mass shootings to help buoy some candidates to victory. And on Wednesday, their optimism appeared to be largely affirmed, with victories by gun-control candidates in many of the congressional and gubernatorial races that supporters viewed as referendums on the issue, in states including Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Nevada. The changing tides of the divisive midterm were enough to bring “a gun-sense majority … elected to the U.S. House,” said Brynne Craig, political director of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Georgia GOP Rep. Karen Handel Concedes to Anti-gun Violence Advocate Lucy McBath in Closely Watched Congressional Race (Washington Post)
Lucy McBath is one of 15 winning women supported by Mike Bloomberg’s Independence USA effort win the House of Representatives.

Can Michael Bloomberg Save the Planet? Competence, Climate Action and Political Bravery Could be a Recipe for Success in the Next White House (City & State New York)
Former New York television anchor Andrew Kirtzman writes: “The job that will fall to the president who succeeds Donald Trump will be unlike any in recent presidential history. He or she would inherit the largest budget deficit in history, a health care system butchered and battered by scattershot fixes from the White House and Congress, a country at war with itself over nationalism, immigration and race relations, and a whole lot of angry world leaders who no longer consider the U.S. the undisputed leader of the free world. These aren’t problems suited for an inspirational, Barack Obama-style leader. At that point, the nation might be relieved to have a problem-solver as its leader.”

New Class of Democratic Superstars Eye 2020 (Vanity Fair)
In terms of 2020 relevance, the possible presidential contender who gained the most ground during the midterms was Mike Bloomberg. Six months ago Bloomberg was just one more center-left rich guy who would be writing some checks to support like-minded candidates. This morning, Bloomberg can claim to be a kingmaker.

Google gets the jump on Amazon on a NYC expansion: Google is gearing up for an expansion of its New York City real estate that could add space for more than 12,000 new workers, an amount nearly double the search giant’s current staffing in the city, according to people familiar with the matter.  The potential flood of new tech jobs to New York is a boon to the efforts of local officials to turn the city into a hub of the booming tech economy. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg championed the development of a local tech industry, including the $2 billion Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which opened last year.

Google’s plan would give the company room for nearly 20,000 staff in the city, including those it has now—rivaling the approximately 25,000 jobs is projected to add if it completes plans for a major new office in New York. The company is nearing a deal to buy or lease a planned 1.3 million-square-foot office building at St. John’s Terminal in the West Village. The building, planned to be completed by 2022, would give Google space for more than 8,500 staff. In addition, Google plans to expand its existing property at Chelsea Market by about 300,000 square feet. Taken with announced plans for 250,000 square feet of office space at Pier 57, that is enough space for more than 3,500 workers. (Wall Street Journal – subscription)

Tesla Picks Insider Robyn Denholm to Replace Musk as Chair After SEC Row (Bloomberg)
Denholm, 55, is one of two women on Tesla’s nine-member board, and will assume the chairman’s role immediately.

Robert Mueller Gets a New Boss Who’s Blasted His Russia Investigation (Bloomberg)
New acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said during a July 2017 interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario in which an acting attorney general doesn’t fire Mueller but “just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grind to almost a halt.”

Arts section.

Downtown Anchorage Building will be Focus of $1 Million Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies (Anchorage Daily News)
Bloomberg Philanthropies is giving the city of Anchorage a $1 million grant for a project to transform an empty downtown building into a workspace for artists and designers. Mike Bloomberg, who announced the award at the Anchorage Museum on Wednesday with Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz, said the project is designed to encourage the creation of public art. That’s something he said helps cities attract and retain business and create more enjoyable places to live. “We have a saying at Bloomberg Philanthropies that culture brings capital faster than capital brings culture,” Bloomberg said. Museum director Julie Decker said the empty building, at 6th Avenue and A Street, will be known as SEED Lab (Solutions for Energy and Equity through Design), a meeting place for artists, designers, engineers and community members.

Best of late night.

“According to a recent poll, 7 out of 10 millenials said they would take a paycut if it meant they could bring their dog to work. The other 3 millenials are already dog-walkers.”
— James Corden

On President Trump ousting Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“If it’s at his request, then it’s not a resignation. That’s like saying you’re breaking up with someone because you don’t like the way they threw you out of the house.”
— Seth Meyers

“No word what Jeff Sessions is going to do next; I assume he’s going to spend more time with his family-separation policy.”
— Stephen Colbert

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