Tuesday, October 2

ByKevin Sheekey

Hot on the Bloomberg:
Trump Clears Deck for China Trade War With New Nafta Deal (Bloomberg)

Global Survey Shows Trump Is Trusted Less Than Putin and Xi (Bloomberg)

U.S. Midterm Update: The Blue Wave is Growing (Axios)
The signs of a “blue wave” are adding up, and barring some dramatic shift in the next five weeks, it’s likely to be more than enough to wipe out the Republican majority in the House — and the Senate may not be out of reach either.

Economy Watch:
-Christine Lagarde Says World Growth Outlook Dimming as Trade War Escalates
(Bloomberg)
-Two-Thirds of U.S. Business Economists See Recession by End-2020 (Bloomberg)

SCOTUS Watch: Kavanaugh College Visit to Bar Erupted in Fight, Classmate Says (Bloomberg)

Update from Birmingham: Boris Johnson Tells Tories to Back Theresa May But Chuck Her Brexit Plan (Bloomberg)


Bloomberg Global Business Forum.

Watch highlights from the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in this sizzle reel that Mike Bloomberg tweeted today.

Bloomberg Global Business Forum Celebrates Globalism and Raps for Truth (Arab News – Frank Kane)
Now in its second year, the Bloomberg Global Business Forum has become an essential fixture on the international conference circuit. While Trump was down at the UN declaring that he rejected the “ideology of globalism” in favor of the “ideology of patriotism,” the attendees at the Plaza forum were celebrating the triumphs of a globalized world and the benefits of a multilateral approach to politics and business.


Bloomberg Insider.


Quotes of the Day.

At a rally last night in Tennessee, President Trump touted his extensive media coverage:

“You know what it’s called? Earned media,” he said. “And I earned it.”

At his press conference announcing an updated Nafta, he discussed his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

“I was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer. And he’s had a little bit of difficulty. I mean, there are bad reports on everybody…except for Mike Pence. And if we find one on him…that will be the greatest shock of all time.”

“I’m not a drinker. I can honestly say I never had a beer in my life…it’s one of my only good traits. Can you imagine if I had, what a mess I’d be? I’d be the world’s worst. “


Best of late night.

“A college classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said that he often saw Kavanaugh, quote, ‘staggering from alcohol consumption.’ That’s nothing — I saw him screaming and crying at a job interview while totally sober!”
— Seth Meyers

“In some TV news, I saw that for the first time, Canadians are now eligible to compete on ‘Survivor’. Which will be great until they all politely vote themselves off.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“Also a new study found that hand dryers in bathrooms spread more germs than paper towels. The makers of hand dryers said ‘But don’t forget! We also don’t dry your hands!”
— Jimmy Fallon

For more Best of Late Night from the New York Times, click here.