Tuesday, September 17

ByKevin Sheekey

Deadlocked Israeli Rivals Slug It Out in the Second Election This Year (Bloomberg)

While the latest opinion surveys gave Netanyahu a bump, they still suggest he’ll struggle to put together a parliamentary majority without secularist former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, a onetime ally who refused to join his government following the April 9 election.

Polls close at 10 p.m. local time (3 p.m. in New York). Follow Bloomberg’s TOPLive blog, starting prior to polls closing, at TLIV <GO>.

Brexit Latest: Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan Goes to Supreme Court After EU Talks End in Chaos (Bloomberg)

Hearings have begun in London and will last three days, but the court has not given a ruling date. Johnson was lambasted by Luxembourg’s Prime Minister after he refused to appear alongside him at a press conference due to loud noise from protesters nearby who were heard shouting “dirty liar” as music blared.

Hong Kong Update: Carrie Lam Says Sanctions Won’t Help Hong Kong as Joshua Wong Meets U.S. Congress (Bloomberg)

Inspired by Macron’s En Marche? Former Italian PM Matteo Renzi Seeks Kingmaker Role in Bid to Start New Party (Bloomberg)

2020 Watch: The Fight for Delegates (Hindsight 2020)

New York will officially hold their presidential primary on April 28th, putting the state in regional alignment with Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island — meaning each of those states will receive bonus delegates. The states will get 15% in addition to their base delegates for their regional cluster and will get an additional 10% of base delegates for primarying in April.

In Memoriam: Cokie Roberts, Longtime U.S. Political Journalist, Dies At 75 (NPR)


Today in Financial News.


Today in books.

Book Review: How Michael Bloomberg Keeps Reinventing Himself (The Forward)

In a review of The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg, by New York Times writer Eleanor Randolph, The Forward says the book tracks how Bloomberg evolved to become “a mensch of the highest order.”

In 2001, as one of the richest men in the world, Bloomberg ran for and was elected mayor of America’s largest city, taking over in the wake of a generation-defining tragedy.

He left New York with updated infrastructure, innovative social programs and a reimagined public school system with an emphasis on student choice. The city became wealthier, healthier and safer under his administration.

Even now, Bloomberg is reinventing himself as a vocal environmentalist and the country’s second most philanthropic billionaire, after Jeff and McKenzie Bezos.


Inspiration of the day.

American Cancer Survivor is First to Swim the English Channel Four Times Non-Stop (NBC News)

Sarah Thomas set off from Dover just past midnight on Sunday and completed her fourth lap of the channel 54 hours and 13 minutes later on Tuesday morning, after 133 miles of swimming.

The Colorado resident was diagnosed with breast cancer less than two years ago and underwent treatment in the months that followed, returning to break this world record.


Video of the day.

Sean Spicer Makes Debut on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (YouTube)

Watch the former White House press secretary attempt to salsa to the 1997 Spice Girls hit, “Spice Up Your Life.”


Best of late night.

“Over the weekend, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in the college admissions cheating scandal. The judge gave Huffman a tough choice for her punishment: 14 days in prison, or 4 months on Dancing with the Stars. She chose prison.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“Police in Nevada are investigating after a vertical pile of three cars was illegally dumped on the side of the road. Or, as it’s called in New York, parallel parking.”
— Seth Meyers

“Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport will soon be installing new technology in bathrooms that uses lights to indicate when stalls are occupied. Not to be outdone, LaGuardia is finally adding doors to the port-a-potty.”
— Seth Meyers