Your Evening Briefing
Mitch McConnell said the tax overhaul would pay for itself, but the U.S. on Monday announced a $779 billion deficit. In an exclusive Bloomberg interview, McConnell blamed Democrats. He blamed social programs for the old and the poor. He even blamed President Barack Obama. What he didn’t blame was the more than $1 trillion in tax cuts the Republican overhaul gave largely to corporations and the rich.
Here are today’s top stories
Saudi Arabia's potential explanation that Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi was killed during an unauthorized interrogation helped the kingdom’s stocks, since it may allow President Donald Trump to back off threats of punitive action. But skeptics doubt any interrogation or murder of the Saudi citizen could have taken place without Riyadh’s knowledge.
China’s local governments may have $5.8 trillion of off-balance sheet debt, a ratings agency said, calling it “an iceberg with titanic credit risks.”
Robinhood Markets built its reputation on a consumer friendly, anti-Wall Street message. Turns out there’s a big problem with that image.
America’s energy superpower status may be short-lived, Bloomberg Businessweek reports, thanks to shortages of sand, pipes and manpower.
What’s Joe Weisenthal thinking about? The Bloomberg news director said there’s an alternative to freaking out about the $779 billion budget chasm. Since unemployment has continued to fall and price pressures have been subdued, there may have been more slack in the job market than previously believed—thus justifying more spending.
What you’ll need to know tomorrow
- Secretary of Defense James Mattis tries to make nice with China.
- Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is dead.
- Electric cars are clean, but making their batteries can be very dirty.
- This top fund manager just revealed his next big picks.
- Goldman Sachs has delivered for its new boss.
- When your life depends on getting to a private jet quick, call this guy.
- Texas business is happy about the tight O'Rourke-Cruz senate race.
What you’ll want to read tonight
Rolls Royce has built an elegant, $325,000 tank. This week, the luxury carmaker unleashed the Cullinan on the backroads and double-diamond ski runs of Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain range. It was the first time the 6,000-pound SUV had been driven publicly in North America. We sat down with CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös, who had more than a few things to say about the legendary brand and its electric future.
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