Bloomberg donates record $1.8B to Johns Hopkins

(CNN)Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who is weighing a 2020 presidential run, is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins. “America is at its best when we reward people based on the quality of their work, not the size of their pocketbook,” he wrote. Improving access to top colleges and universities for students who can’t afford it has long been a focus of Bloomberg’s philanthropic efforts. Bloomberg’s foundation supports several programs dedicated to helping high-achieving, lower-income …

Trump on China: ‘Can’t have trade that’s meant for stupid people’

Washington (CNN Politics)President Donald Trump on Friday raised the prospect of ending his escalating trade war with China, but signaled US negotiators still want more a few more concessions from their largest trading partner. Trump, who has made the US economic relationship with China a centerpiece of his presidency, reiterated that he wants a deal both sides can be happy with. “I don’t want to put them in a bad position,” said Trump. “I want to put them in a …

Pence drops key US demand for Trump-Kim summit

Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the US will not require North Korea to provide a full list of its nuclear and missile sites before President Donald Trump meets with dictator Kim Jong Un for a second summit slated for early next year. “Now we need to see results,” Pence added. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday that the Trump administration’s approach to dealing with North Korea will take time but bi-lateral engagement between the country’s two …

Here’s when key Florida counties will begin their recount efforts

(CNN)A handful of key counties in Florida have announced when they will start their machine recounts of ballots in three statewide races with razor-thin margins. The machine recount process must be completed in all of Florida’s 67 counties by 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. According to the unofficial results initially filed by the counties, Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis was ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, by nearly 34,000 votes, or a .41% difference. In the …

Democrats flip Arizona US Senate seat with Sinema victory

(CNN)Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will win Arizona’s US Senate race, defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally and flipping a seat that had been in GOP hands for 24 years. The win comes despite President Donald Trump and Republicans pushing false conspiracy theories about why ballots in Arizona were taking so long to count. Trump tweeted Friday that “electoral corruption” was taking place and suggested Arizona should have a new election. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, in an email to reporters, accused …