Wednesday, July 24

ByKevin Sheekey

Today in Detroit, Mike Bloomberg delivered opening remarks at the NAACP convention where nearly all of the 2020 presidential candidates are speaking this week.

Mike said education holds the key to the nation’s biggest challenges and told members of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization that they should hold 2020 presidential candidates accountable for education, climate change policies and more.

Like former President Barack Obama, Mike said he believes education is “the civil rights issue of our time.”

Poverty, crime, homelessness, income inequality and other societal problems are effectively reduced with better education, he said.

When he became Mayor of New York City in 2002, Mike said none of the 25 top elementary and middle schools in New York State were in New York City.

After an aggressive effort to fix New York City schools through his administration, “22 out of the top 25 elementary and middle schools were in New York City,” he said.

“So we went from having zero percent of the best schools in the state…to having 90 percent of them! And many of those schools served largely black and Latino students,” Mike said.

He blasted President Trump for his recent remarks about four first-term Democratic congresswomen, saying: “He seems to think some of us are not really true Americans. And I say ‘us,’ because when the president tells even one American to go back to where he or she came from, the president is challenging the very meaning of citizenship.”

“Mr. President, we are not going back — not one of us,” Mike said.

Read Mike’s full remarks here and photos here.

Initial coverage: Michael Bloomberg: Any Democratic Candidate in 2020 Better than Trump (Benzinga)

Robert Mueller Testimony: Contradicting Trump, Mueller tells Congress His Report Did Not Exonerate President of Obstruction (Axios)
Follow Bloomberg’s live updates on TLIV {GO} or here.

It’s Official: Boris Johnson Walks In to No. 10 – Begins First Day as Prime Minister (Bloomberg)

Flashback to London 2015: Mike Bloomberg and Boris Johnson at CityLab London (YouTube)
Watch a robust discussion between Mike Bloomberg and then-London Mayor Boris Johnson in October 2015 as they talked about how New York City and London became tech hubs, the importance of tech and coding in education, how cities are leading the way on fighting climate change and how mayors can be better candidates as national leaders because of their executive experience.

2020 Poll Watch: Morning Consult Weekly Tracking Poll – National (Hindsight 2020)
Biden 33 (+1), Sanders 18 (-1), Warren 14 (0), Harris 13 (0), Buttigieg 5 (0), O’Rourke 3 (0)
Read more here and sign up for Hindsight 2020 here.

Economy Watch:
EU Industry Slump Deepens: Euro Area Manufacturing PMI Drops to Lowest Level in More than Six Years (Bloomberg)

Climate Watch: Paris Scorches in Historic Drought as Heatwave Fries Europe (Bloomberg)
Paris is its driest in almost 150 years and temperatures across Europe are reaching extreme levels, scorching fields and shutting power plants. Europe’s most important river, the Rhine, risks a repeat of its historic shutdown that halted shipping last year due to low water levels. Wildfires in Sweden, violent storms in the Mediterranean and German concerns about motorways buckling in June’s record-breaking heat have heightened attention on the environment.

Climate Progress: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to Host First Conference Dedicated to Climate Change on Nov. 8 (Axios)

First Look: Watch the First Trailer for the Powerful Harriet Tubman Biopic (Vanity Fair)
The film tells the extraordinary story of an American hero, tracing Tubman’s terrifying journey from runaway slave to heroic abolitionist via the Underground Railroad. The film hits theaters on Nov. 1 and stars Cynthia Erivo in the title role, known for winning the Tony award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in ‘The Color Purple.’

Best of late night.

“Pro-Brexit politician Boris Johnson was officially elected today to become the U.K.’s next prime minister. Great. In 70 years, the U.K. has gone from Winston Churchill to a roadie for Spinal Tap.”
— Seth Meyers

On Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill today:

“It’s the Super Bowl of things on C-Span at 8:30 in the morning.”
— Stephen Colbert

“The Justice Department has told Mueller to limit his testimony to what is in his report. Oh, no! Now all he’s got is 448 pages of incredibly damaging evidence that the president committed 10 separate instances of obstruction of justice.”
— Stephen Colbert

“Several bars in Washington D.C. will open early tomorrow so people can watch special counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony. So, by dinnertime, you can be just like the Mueller report: mostly blacked out.”
— Seth Meyers

For more best of late night from the New York Times, click here.

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