January 19, 2020

Trump’s controversial closing ad spotlights Blankfein, Yellen & Soros

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DRIVING THE CONVERSATION: “Inside Donald Trump’s Last Stand: An Anxious Nominee Seeks Assurance” by Maggie Haberman, Ashley Parker, Jeremy Peters and Michael Barbaro: “Aboard his gold-plated jumbo jet, the Republican nominee does not like to rest or be alone with his thoughts, insisting that aides stay up and keep talking to him. He prefers the soothing, whispery voice of his son-in-law… His polished older daughter, Ivanka, sat for a commercial intended to appeal to suburban women who have recoiled from her father’s incendiary language. But she discouraged the campaign from promoting the ad in news releases, fearing that her high-profile association with the campaign would damage the businesses that bear her name.” [
on Saturday night [on Sunday that Netanyahu has instructed members of his cabinet not to make any public comments on the presidential race. In a written directive to his ministers, Netanyahu said that since it's a “sensitive” issue, he will “set the tone.” [Sunday, Band wrote that major Clinton Foundation donor Marc Lasry was “assisting Marc Mezvinsky in raising money for his new fund.” And finance industry sources told POLITICO that several major donors to the Clinton Foundation and Bill and Hillary Clintons’ campaigns did in fact invest in Eaglevale. They included billionaire media mogul Haim Saban, who has donated as much as $25 million to the Clinton Foundation and whose wife sits on its board. A spokesman for Saban’s company wrote in an email to POLITICO that “our company policy does not allow me to confirm and/or comment on any of Mr. Saban’s personal investments.”” [On Tuesday, if someone puts a gun to my head and tells me to make a choice, I’ll say “shoot.” If my ballot contained a box for whom I was voting against, my choice would be easy. Never Clinton. But voting means deciding whom to vote for. I will vote for Republicans up and down the ballot. But when it comes to the presidency, I’m going to leave my ballot blank.” [Monday Morning! Enjoying the Daily Kickoff? Please share us with your friends & tell them to sign up at [editor@jewishinsider.com

SPOTLIGHT: “Big Hit on Drug Stocks Caps $26 Billion Decline for John Paulson” by Gregory Zuckerman: “John Paulson’s subprime trade led to historic fortune. His drug-company investments? Big losses and plunging assets. Mr. Paulson’s hedge-fund firm, Paulson & Co., is suffering painful losses this year, extending a period of uneven performance that has left the firm managing about $12 billion, down from $38 billion in 2011. Behind the recent difficulties: A big, faulty bet on pharmaceutical companies, as well as excessive caution about the broader market, according to people close to the matter.” [

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