Tuesday, September 4

ByKevin Sheekey

This weekend, dignitaries from both sides of the aisle came together to honor the life of Senator John McCain. The funeral, held at Washington National Cathedral, was headlined by former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, as well as notable attendees such as former Vice President Joe Biden, former Senators Gary Hart of Colorado and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and Michael Bloomberg.

Final Farewell to John McCain Draws Washington Elite (Bloomberg)

Hot on the Terminal: Goldman’s Chief DJ Surprises Millennial Bankers on Montauk Beach (Bloomberg)

Politics returns | As people around the U.S. return to work after the Labor Day Weekend, the man who could play the most significant role in shaping Donald Trump’s policy legacy is preparing to speak publicly for the first time today since the president nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing that Republicans have timed with a view to installing him before the court’s new term begins Oct. 1. (Bloomberg)

British politicians returned to work today ready for battle over Brexit. (Bloomberg)

Anatomy of a Presidential Tweet: Reporter claims Bloomberg interviewers didn’t leak Trump’s Canada comments (Axios)

Bloomberg Washingon DC Bureau Chief Craig Gordon Tweeted: Bloomberg has not published any off-the-record portions of our interview with Donald Trump, and we have not authorized the release of any off-the-record material. When we agree that something is off the record, we respect that agreement.

Watch Margaret Talev discuss Bloomberg’s Trump interview on CBS Face the Nation and Jennifer Jacobs on ABC’s This Week.

For those who have asked me recently, “Was Rudy always this crazy?” (New Yorker)

In California, Facts and Science Still Matter (New York Times Op-Ed)

News from the Caribbean: A key part of the (hurricane) recovery (in the Virgin Islands) has come from a rare private-public partnership that, in some ways, has outpaced federal recovery efforts and could be replicated in future disasters, residents and leaders here said.

Groups such as Bloomberg Philanthropies have poured millions of dollars and hours of sweat equity here and shared resources among themselves with the mutual goal of restoring the island’s homes and businesses.

The effort began with locals – business owners, chefs, out-of-work boat captains – who took the island’s recovery into their own hands in the chaotic days after Irma and has surged with the backing of some well-heeled part-time residents of the island, such as country music star Kenny Chesney and Thomas Secunda, Bloomberg co-founder and billionaire.

“The private sector has shown up on St. John and, in my opinion, really rewrote the playbook on disaster relief,” said Jeff Quinlan, a former bar owner and charter boat captain here who today leads Love for Love City.

A year after Hurricane Irma, private groups take the lead in rebuilding St. John (USA Today)

Baby celebrates first birthday on the anniversary of Irma (Virgin Islands Daily News)


The Week Ahead.

Tuesday, Sept. 4
-The full U.S. Congress is back. Lawmakers must pass multiple spending bills to avoid a government shutdown by the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30.
-United Nations Climate Change Conference opens. The last round in Bonn stalled, threatening three years of work on the Paris Agreement. In Bangkok, through Sept. 9.
-German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a conference on Germany’s future as a financial center. In Frankfurt.

Wednesday, Sept. 5
-Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before Congress on Russian election interference. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was invited but is sending a surrogate.

Thursday, Sept. 6
-The Trump administration awaits the Sept. 6 end of a public comment period before it potentially proceeds with the next round of tariffs — this time covering some 6,000 Chinese products with an annual value of $200 billion. China is expected to retaliate.
-U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis meet their Indian counterparts, Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman, at the inaugural U.S.-India “2+2” Dialogue. In New Delhi.
-The National Football League regular season opens. The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles take on the Atlanta Falcons. In Philadelphia.

Friday, Sept. 7
-Economists expect the August U.S. jobs report to show employers added 192,000 positions while the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, matching the lowest since 1969.
-Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meet in Tabriz, Iran to discuss recent developments in the Syrian city of Idlib.

From NI WEEKAHEAD on the Bloomberg.


Best of late night.

In honor of John McCain, Saturday Night Live re-ran his appearance from the 2008 Presidential campaign. Watch the opening sketch here.