Wednesday, May 1

ByKevin Sheekey

Hot on the Bloomberg:
-Trump’s Attorney General Confronts Lawmakers as Dispute With Mueller Is Revealed
-Opinion: William Barr Is Cornered by Bob Mueller (Bloomberg Opinion – Tim O’Brien)
The attorney general’s memo apparently did not capture the substance of the Mueller probe’s findings. Might Barr have perjured himself?

May Day 2019:
-Venezuela Braces for Protests as Guaidó and Maduro Each Call for Demonstrations (Washington Post)
-Violence Mars Start of France’s May Day Demonstrations in Paris (Bloomberg)

2020 Poll Watch:
The Biden Bump: Joe Biden Expands Lead Over 2020 Primary Field (Axios)
Click here for Nate Silver’s take. And for perspective, don’t forget how Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton led early polls ahead of the 2008 primaries.

Voters Say Trump’s Twitter Use Could Cost Him Re-election (Politico)
This, after Trump fired off 60, mostly anti-Biden, retweets within an hour this morning. Some were retweets of bots.

Tech Today: How the Bank of England is Modernizing its Systems for the Future (Computerworld UK)
Governor Mark Carney is looking to leave behind a more modern bank from a technology perspective, setting it up to leverage AI, automation and open APIs. In a speech earlier this week, he said the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has now led to a step change in the demand and supply of climate reporting. With over $100 trillion in assets now demanding TCFD quality disclosures, a market in transition is now being built.

The New Facebook: Facebook Unveils Major App Redesign With Focus on Groups (Bloomberg)
The new design drops Facebook’s trademark blue bar for a clean white design and puts Stories and group posts front and center.

Earnings Update: Apple Shares Jump as Trade-Ins and Discounts Spark iPhone Revival (Bloomberg)

Press Freedom: More Than a Dozen News Outlets Join One Free Press Coalition (Bloomberg)
Bloomberg News, Washington Post, Wired, Buzzfeed join advocacy group to raise awareness about press freedom worldwide.

Advertising Today: CVS Health Becomes First Brand to Take the ‘Quit Big Tobacco’ Pledge (Ad Age)
The retailer vowed to not work with any advertising or marketing agency that counts a tobacco or e-cigarette company as a client. Mike Bloomberg tweeted: “I’m glad to see @CVSHealth join our partner @VitalStrat’s #QuitBigTobacco campaign alongside 200+ organizations cutting ties with those in the business of undermining public health for profit.”

Harvard and MIT Commencement News: Graduation Speaker Showdown Coming to Boston: Michael Bloomberg vs. Angela Merkel (Boston Magazine)

Eating Green: How to Shop, Cook and Eat in a Warming World (New York Times)

Travel News: What It’s Like to Fly With the World’s Most Senior Flight Attendant (The Points Guy)
At age 83 and with over 61 years of service, Bette Nash is the oldest and most senior flight attendant in the world. ​ Hat tip: Howard Wolfson’s Daily Biscuit)

Best of late night.

On polls showing former Vice President Joe Biden leading the Democratic primary:

“Looks like Democrats aren’t ‘Feeling the Bern’ so much as they’re ‘Jonesing for Joe.’ Or ‘Vibing the … Bide’? Or ‘Weepin’ for the former Veep’n’?”
— Stephen Colbert

“It was reported yesterday that Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode was the most tweeted about episode in history with more than 7.8 million tweets. Just to put that into perspective, the finale of MASH had zero.”
— Seth Meyers

“It was a giant, massive, huge movie weekend! We have to talk about that. Curious: who else saw Dumbo?”
— Conan O’Brien

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

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