Tuesday, April 16

ByKevin Sheekey

Latest from Paris:
Emmanuel Macron Presides Over Rare Unity as Nation Grieves Notre Dame
(Bloomberg)
Macron vowed on Monday night to rebuild the 850-year-old Gothic monument, an issue that’s united the French population across the political spectrum, with national parties suspending their European election campaigns and leaders from around the globe lending their support.

A Miracle Not More Was Lost: Many Priceless Artifacts Saved from Notre Dame Fire (ITV News)
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo confirmed a large number of sacred artifacts were rescued by firefighters who battled through the night to bring the blaze under control.

The Day After in Photos: Inside the Fire-Ravaged Notre-Dame Cathedral (Agence France Presse)
There were hopes that much of the inside of the Cathedral had been spared, thanks to the fact the stone vaults largely held in place.

Trump’s Bad Advice Thankfully Ignored: Flying Water Tankers ‘Could Lead to Collapse’ (France 24)

The Rebuilding Begins: Luxury Titans Lead $450 Million Effort to Restore Notre Dame (Bloomberg)
Fast Company lists ways to donate here.

2020 Watch: ‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum (New York Times)
Howard Wolfson, who spent months immersed in Democratic polling and focus groups on behalf of the former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, had a blunt message for Sanders skeptics: “People underestimate the possibility of him becoming the nominee at their own peril.”

Trump’s 2020 Plan: Target Seniors on Facebook (Axios)
The Trump campaign is spending nearly half (44%) of its Facebook ad budget to target users who are over 65. Democratic candidates are only spending 27% of their budgets on that demographic.

Traditionally, campaigns targeted older viewers mostly via national TV buys or direct mailings. This data shows that the Trump campaign sees an opportunity to target them digitally, too.

Hot on the Bloomberg:
BofA Posts Record Profit as Higher Rates Fuel Consumer Unit
(Bloomberg)
Shares drop as bank sees interest income growth fading.

Empty Handed: Trump Striking Out on Promises to Coal and Nuclear Energy Industries (Axios)

Health Alert: World Health Organization Names ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ As Top Global Health Threat as Measles Cases Increase by 300 Percent in 2019 (Washington Post)
More on Measles: Unaware he had Measles, Man Traveled from NY to Michigan, Infecting 39 People (Washington Post)

India Elections: Private Jets Booked Up Across India to Give Modi Campaign Edge (Bloomberg)
India’s vast and chaotic election is being fought in the skies with private jets and helicopters. One aviation consultant said: “It’s a whole different guerrilla warfare. It’s one party booking the fleet to deny the other party any flying mobility.”


Best of late night.

More from Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update:

“Paramount has begun developing a new movie called “Summer Nights” that will be a prequel to the classic movie “Grease”. It’s a prequel that will finally explain why everyone in that high school was in their late 30s.”
— Colin Jost

On images of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being carried out of the Ecuadorian assembly in London:

“That is not how you’re typically removed from an embassy, that’s how you’re removed from the F train.”
— Colin Jost

“A new study has found that one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by meat products is adopting a ‘nose-to-tail diet’ of eating every part of the animal. So get ready for the all new ‘McHoof.’”
— Colin Jost

Watch here.