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TRUMP declines to blame Obama on FOX -- BILL COHAN on how GARY COHN ‘fell for’ Trump -- KOCH network plans to spend 300-400M in ‘18 -- SPOTTED at MNUCHIN’s wedding -- FIELDS/WEINSTEIN nuptials pool report
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Good Sunday morning. THE PRESIDENT left the White House at 9:16 a.m. “in golf clothes (white shirt, white cap, dark slacks),” per pooler Alexis Simendinger. “Agents are dressed in their khakis and plaid, baggy, short-sleeved shirts--attire accessorized with ball caps. One was just practicing a pantomimed golf swing in the driveway.” … Trump pulled into Trump National Golf Club in Virginia at 9:51 a.m.
STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (@realDonaldTrump) at 8 a.m.: “Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!”
-- NOTE: Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party’s nominee 334 days ago. Trump beat her 229 days ago.
MICHAEL KRUSE in POLITICO Magazine, “I Found Trump’s Diary -- Hiding in Plain Sight: Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump’s Twitter feed is a document for the ages. And historians don’t want to lose it”: “In the presumed absence, then, of a more traditional version of the form, Trump’s collected tweets comprise the closest thing to a diary this presidency will produce.
“And that is what makes the messages from @realDonaldTrump, almost 800 and counting since January 20, 2017, such a prize to those who care the most about lasting insight into the president and this administration. If @realDonaldTrump was to go dark, and Trump stopped tweeting to his more than 32 million followers, humans and bots alike, the loss from a historical standpoint would be acute.” http://politi.co/2t9dyzX
TRUMP ON “FOX AND FRIENDS” SUNDAY MORNING -- PETE HEGSETH: “Who’s been your biggest opponent? Has it been Democrats resisting? Has it been fake news media? Has it been deep state leaks? What’s -- when you think about it, what holds it up the most? --” … TRUMP: … “One of the things that should be solved, but it probably won’t be, is that the Republicans and Democrats don’t get together. And I’m open arms; but, I don’t see that happening. They fight each other. The level of hostility. In other words, this isn’t just Trump, this has been like this for years. You’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s been like that for a long time. But the level of hostility – as an example, the healthcare bill that you are reporting on and that everybody’s reporting on.”
-- TRUMP WAS TEED UP, BUT DECLINES TO BLAME OBAMA: HEGSETH: “How frustrating is it to have former President Obama there, out there leading the resistance?” TRUMP: “Well I think -- I don’t think he’s leading it. He actually just put out a small statement. I don’t see that leading it. But other people are leading.”
-- TRUMP HITS WARREN … AGAIN: HEGSETH: “How do you overcome that when someone like Senator Warren – Elizabeth Warren literally says ‘People are going to die because of President Trump’s health-care bill’?” TRUMP: “Well I actually think she’s a hopeless case. I call her Pocahontas, and that’s an insult to Pocahontas. I actually think that she is just somebody that’s got a lot of hatred, a lot of anger.”
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK -- “Will Anthony Kennedy step down from the Supreme Court?” by AP’s Mark Sherman: “The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration’s travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground. The biggest news of all, though, would be if Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the court’s last public session on Monday to announce his retirement.
“To be sure, Kennedy has given no public sign that he will retire this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. Kennedy’s departure would allow conservatives to take firm control of the court. But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for nearly 30 years. Several of his former law clerks have said they think he is contemplating stepping down in the next year or so. Kennedy and his clerks were gathering over the weekend for a reunion that was pushed up a year and helped spark talk he might be leaving the court.” http://bit.ly/2t5rBWQ
-- KELLYANNE CONWAY on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: CONWAY: “I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House, but we’re paying very close attention to these last bit of decisions. And I can tell you one thing, just as the president did with Justice Neil Gorsuch, whenever there are vacancies, whenever that happens, he will look for somebody who has fidelity to the constitution, who doesn’t make up the law as they go along, and somebody who has the judicial temperament and a record that's beyond reproach, as did Justice Gorsuch.
“We just hope the next time we can get more than a handful of Democratic senators to vote for our nominee to the Supreme Court and to the federal courts. We’d like a lot more cooperation from our Democratic friends. We know obstruction and resistance is their motto. It's not working. And it’s not working for the American people, Supreme Court nominations and otherwise.”
THE BIG PICTURE -- “The weakest defense in Washington? Saying ‘I don’t recall’,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Some of President Donald Trump’s closest confidants seem to be suffering from an affliction common in high-stakes White House investigations: memory loss. In his recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning his role in the unfolding Russia saga, Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered questions with some variation of ‘I do not recall’ more than 20 times. Amnesia is often a favorite response from witnesses in criminal and congressional investigations, and it’s often the most truthful reply—but people caught up in scandals can wind up facing perjury or other charges if prosecutors can later show they were intentionally trying to dodge tough questions.” http://politi.co/2t5ihSQ
HOW TIMES CHANGE -- “Freedom Caucus holds fire on Senate Obamacare repeal bill,” by Kyle Cheney and Rachael Bade: “The most hardline conservatives in the House are taking an unusually cautious approach to the Senate's Obamacare replacement, promising to keep an open mind about whatever their colleagues across the Capitol send back. It’s a change in strategy for the House Freedom Caucus. When House leaders first released a health care bill in February, for instance, group members took to television talk shows to pan the plan as ‘Obamacare lite,’ furious that it didn't, in their eyes, do enough to unravel the 2010 health care law.
“They also threatened to withhold their support until changes were made, and later won concessions. For now, those hardball tactics have disappeared. As the Senate looks to pass its own health care legislation this week, those same House conservatives are taking a more measured approach -- even as several conservatives in the Senate are currently balking at the bill.” http://politi.co/2u2UDDF
BUT, BUT, BUT … “Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein: “A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health-care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country’s broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives’ long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favor of a free-market system.
“That dramatic shift and the bill’s bold redistribution of wealth — the billions of dollars taken from coverage for the poor would help fund tax cuts for the wealthy — is creating substantial anxiety for several Republican moderates whose states have especially benefited from the expansion of Medicaid that the Affordable Care Act has allowed since 2014.” http://wapo.st/2sPOf36
-- WHO TO WATCH: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).
-- THE PROBLEM: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have to cajole and lean on moderate and conservative senators to find enough votes. While he may be able to tweak the bill on the margins to bring some of the lawmakers on board -- and lawmakers will be able to add amendments to the underlying bill text -- it’s unclear if he’ll be able to thread the needle for passage next week. As we wrote earlier this week, McConnell is going to put this bill up for a vote no matter what -- he wants lawmakers on the record.
KOCH WATCH -- “Koch network ramps up political spending while trying to push Trump team,” by Kevin Robillard in Colorado Springs, Colorado: “The leadership of the Koch brothers' network is brushing off its occasionally chilly attitude toward President Donald Trump, trying to nudge the administration in its direction as the group’s annual summit began Saturday just after Charles Koch met with Vice President Mike Pence. The network of conservative donors announced Saturday it plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million on politics and policy during the 2018 cycle. …
“The millions from the Koch network and its wealthy allies will boost the Trump administration on some key priorities, especially tax reform and rolling back regulations. It also will help push back against others — especially Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ desire to implement tough-on-crime policies — and working to make Obamacare repeal efforts more conservative. And they could prove critical to Republican efforts to retain the House and expand a majority in the Senate.” http://politi.co/2t9Ii4k
-- “Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative,” by AP’s Steve Peoples: “Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch network’s political arm, called the Senate’s plans for Medicaid ‘a slight nip and tuck’ of President Barack Obama’s health care law, a modest change he described as ‘immoral.’ ‘This Senate bill needs to get better,’ Phillips said. ‘It has to get better.’” http://apne.ws/2sFaGts
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran,” by Michael Crowley: “As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key Trump allies are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government. Supporters of dislodging Iran’s iron-fisted clerical leadership say it’s the only way to halt Tehran’s dangerous behavior, from its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its sponsorship of terrorism.
“Critics say that political meddling in Iran, where memories of a 1953 CIA-backed coup remain vivid, risks a popular backlash that would only empower hardliners. That’s why President Barack Obama assured Iranians, in a 2013 speech at the United Nations, that ‘we are not seeking regime change.’ But influential Iran hawks want to change that under Trump. ‘The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran,’ said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who speaks regularly with White House officials about foreign policy. ‘I don’t see how anyone can say America can be safe as long as you have in power a theocratic despotism,’ he added.” http://politi.co/2tINGIF
-- “Trump’s Team Faces Reality in the Middle East,” by the Times of Israel’s Herb Keinon: “Washington is adopting a much different approach to peacemaking than the previous administration, a sign that it has learned from US President Barack Obama’s mistakes. And the mother of all Obama’s mistakes on the Israeli-Palestinian issue came when -- just a few months after being sworn into office -- he made a very clear demand for Israel to stop all settlement activity, everywhere ... The Trump administration is taking a different approach. It is making no public demands ... And, all the while, it is probing the sides to see what they are – and are not – willing to give, and then trying to see if there are ways to bridge the gaps. And it is doing this all very much behind closed doors, without megaphone diplomacy, without public threats of laying down an American blueprint, or dangling promises of high-profile summits.” http://bit.ly/2u398Y5
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “U.S. top court set to rule on religious rights; travel ban looms,” by Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley: “The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Monday in a closely watched religious rights case involving limits on public funding for churches and other religious entities as the justices issue the final rulings of their current term. The nine justices are due to rule in six cases, not including their decision expected in the coming days on whether to take up President Donald Trump’s bid to revive his ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries in which an emergency appeal is pending. Of the remaining cases argued during the court’s current term, which began in October, the most eagerly awaited one concerns a Missouri church backed by a conservative Christian legal group. The ruling potentially could narrow the separation of church and state.” http://reut.rs/2s9V9yl
THE JUICE ....
-- SPOTTED AT STEVEN MNUCHIN and LOUISE LINTON’s WEDDING last night at the Mellon Auditorium: President Donald Trump (in black tie) and First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence (who officiated) and Karen Pence, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Reince Priebus and Sally Priebus, DHS Secretary John Kelly, CIA director Mike Pompeo, Interior Secretary Mike Zinke, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Candy Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, White House Counsel Don McGahn and Shannon McGahn, deputy national security advisor Dina Powell and David McCormick ...
... Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, John Paulson, Jim Donovan, Steve Roth, Eddie Lampert, Woody Johnson, Lee Eisenberg, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Tom Barrack, Eli and Jenna Miller, Stephen Miller, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, C. Boyden Gray, Brad and Candice Parscale, Tommy Hicks, Reed Cordish, Rudy Giuliani, Richard and Karen LeFrak and Harrison LeFrak, Bill Paxon and Susan Molinari, Mike Shields and Katie Walsh, Ken Duberstein, Anthony Scaramucci. Seafood was served during cocktail hour, along with filet for dinner and a big white wedding cake. There was lots of beautiful flowers at the wedding, ballerinas performed, bagpipes and then a big band and many people hit the dance floor, according to attendees. Full report from Darren Samuelsohn, Rebecca Morin and Cristiano Limahttp://politi.co/2t8w9MZ
… 25 photos on one pagehttp://dailym.ai/2sEIl6A
-- MNUCHIN was spotted with three agents at DCA early this morning -- he was dropping off one of his kids at the airport.
-- WE REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT (D-N.Y.) filed a financial disclosure form that listed a checking account with between $5 million and $25 million. His office said he filed the report in error, and the account has between $1,000 and $15,000. The new report has not yet showed up on the clerk’s website.
SUNDAY BEST -- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks to SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.) on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” -- STEPHANOPOULOS: “Are they going to pass this bill?” SCHUMER: “I think it’s 50-50. First, Democrats, we are doing everything we can to fight this bill because it’s so devastating for the middle class. I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill. To get three senators to vote no, probably -- you can say yes, you can say no, probably 50-50.”
-- BRIT HUME talks with HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- PRICE: “What we’re trying to do here, admittedly, is to thread a needle to make it so that, as the president says, every single American needs to be able to have access to the kind of coverage that they want,” Price said, adding that conversations with Republican holdouts are ongoing. “That’s the nature of the legislative process and that’s what we’ll be working through this week.” More from Patrick Temple-West, whose birthday is todayhttp://politi.co/2t5LvB6
-- DANA BASH speaks with OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” -- BASH -- HE’S OPPOSED TO THE SENATE GOP HEALTH CARE BILL: “OK. So, given the problems that you just laid out, do you think that Senator Portman of Ohio should vote no?” KASICH: “Well, I -- I don’t think the bill's adequate now. And unless it gets fixed, I would -- look, I’m against it. And I’m not against it just because I want to be against it. There’s some things in these bill -- in these bills, in these -- in these provisions that are an improvement. My job, as I see my job as a governor of the state, not as a Republican governor, but the governor of this state, my job is to look not just today, but in the out years, at the impact it's going to have on people who have -- who need help.
“Dana, I was at a restaurant on Friday. And I was at a Wendy’s, actually. And I was -- there was a partition. And I looked over at the people that had gathered there. And there were about, I don’t know, 25 kids. All of them were here in Columbus for Special Olympics. And I looked at them and I thought, are these people being served? Are they going to be served by this bill in the future? My conclusion right now is no.”
-- CHUCK TODD speaks to SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WISC.) on NBC'S "MEET THE PRESS": JOHNSON -- ON HEALTH CARE: "[W]hat I'd like to do is slow the process down, get the information, go through the problem-solving process, actually reduce these premiums that have been artificially driven up because of Obamacare mandates. So let's actually fix the problem. But in the end, I come from manufacturing base. I will look at whatever I'm forced to vote on, and I'll ask myself, 'Is this better tomorrow than where we are today? Is it continuous improvement?' And that's what will guide my decision."
DEEP DIVE -- WILLIAM D. COHAN in August’s Vanity Fair, “The Untold Story of How Gary Cohn Fell for Donald Trump”: “While [Lloyd] Blankfein was recuperating, Cohn seemed to delight in the attention and adulation he received when he filled in for his boss on earnings calls, industry presentations, and media events, such as The New York Times’s DealBook Conference. That’s when, some say, he became overconfident and decided to inquire of several of his fellow board members about becoming C.E.O., even as Blankfein was responding well to his chemotherapy treatments. ‘Gary made a play to replace Lloyd,’ according to a former Goldman partner. It didn’t work. The board was ‘noncommittal’ to Cohn, he continues. ‘There’s a lot of loyalty to Lloyd on the board.’ ...
“The timing was perfect for Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, to pounce. He approached Cohn, supposedly at the suggestion of mutual friends. ‘Jared Kushner has always been a little starstruck with Goldman Sachs people,’ says a former Goldman partner who knows him well. ‘He’s always liked that sort of promotional edginess that Goldman Sachs has had, and he’s always liked the reputation that Goldman Sachs has the best people, quote unquote, the smartest, savviest people. The idea, by the way, that Jared was suddenly in a position where he actually had the power to call on and hire and lure a number of people like that to the bench side, if you will, was a very, very intoxicating, enticing, and really kind of exciting thing to him,’ the former partner continues. ‘This was an incredibly sort of convenient and opportune kind of thing that came along for Gary because—whether he was going to Washington or not—Gary was out.’” http://bit.ly/2u3jTd1
MATT VISER in the Boston Globe, “Jared Kushner got his start as Somerville landlord”: “At 19, he was in the training-wheels stage of his career as a developer, learning as he went, making his share of mistakes, acquiring a landlord’s tough edge and cool calculus -- traits he still manifests in the White House. Learning to fix up and flip clusters of low-end apartment buildings, he used Somerville as his own private laboratory. And he passed the first key test -- he made a profit. Of course, he had a headstart. Much as Trump began his career of deals with a multimillion-dollar boost from his father, Kushner started out with his wealthy father acting as senior partner and offering crucial assistance -- including helping secure $9 million in mortgage loans….
“And his efforts paid off -- the properties he bought for $8.3 million sold four years later for $13 million. But Kushner, who did not respond to requests for an interview to discuss his business record in Somerville, also made a number of rookie errors and left numerous angry tenants in his wake. His properties amassed 25 housing complaints over four years, including complaints about overflowing dumpsters, pests, and sewage odors, according to the Globe review. Tenants complained of what they called nonsensical financial dealings. Some renters say they went an entire winter without heat.” http://bit.ly/2t5dGju
WHAT ERIC HOLDER IS READING -- “Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP,” by AP’s David Lieb: “The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump’s favor. Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it — in the drawing of lines for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative seats. The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Republicans had a real advantage.
“The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage. It’s designed to detect cases in which one party may have won, widened or retained its grip on power through political gerrymandering. The analysis found four times as many states with Republican-skewed state House or Assembly districts than Democratic ones. Among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress, there were nearly three times as many with Republican-tilted U.S. House districts.” http://apne.ws/2s5voE7
BUSINESS BURST -- “Facebook Is Going Hollywood, Seeking Scripted TV Programming,” by WSJ’s Joe Flint and Deepa Seetharaman: “Facebook to Hollywood: Let’s do lunch. Social networking giant Facebook Inc. is moving its ambitions in TV-quality video to the front burner, taking meetings and making deals with an eye toward launching a slate of original programming by the end of summer, people familiar with the matter said. In meetings with major talent agencies including Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency, William Morris Endeavor and International Creative Management Partners, Facebook has indicated it is willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, people familiar with the situation say.” http://on.wsj.com/2rQ6Omz
BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- POLITICO Magazine’s “America’s 11 Most Interesting Mayors”: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles … Hillary Schieve, Reno, Nev. … Kevin Faulconer, San Diego … Greg Fischer, Louisville, Ky. … Marty Walsh, Boston … Michael Hancock, Denver … Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte, N.C. …Tomás Regalado, Miami, Florida … Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City, Utah ... Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh … Dan Gilbert, the shadow mayor of Detroit. http://politi.co/2sEZm0w
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Palm Beach, Florida:
-- “My Father’s Fashion Tips,” by Tom Junod in GQ: “In 1996, in a piece that was nominated for a National Magazine Award, Tom Junod wrote not only of his dad’s impeccable style but also of the secrets -- and underwear rules -- of a lost generation.” http://bit.ly/2szLZP8
-- “Deepest Dive Ever Under Antarctica Reveals a Shockingly Vibrant World,” by Laurent Ballesta in July’s NatGeo: “Our special report offers a rare look at life beneath the frozen continent -- where penguins, seals, and exotic creatures thrive.”With 15 pix on one pagehttp://on.natgeo.com/2s2rV9e
(h/t Blake Hounshell)
-- “Crimson Tidings: The primordial color gets its due,” by Elizabeth Powers in the Weekly Standard: http://tws.io/2rLD4qR
-- “The Wages of War Without Strategy,” by Robert Cassidy and Jacqueline Tame on the Strategy Bridge: “In its wars since 11 September 2001, the United States has arguably cultivated the best-equipped, most capable, and fully seasoned combat forces in remembered history. They attack, kill, capture, and win battles with great nimbleness and strength. But absent strategy, these victories are fleeting. Divorced from political objectives, successful tactics are without meaning.” http://bit.ly/2szMg4p
-- “This Is How Big Oil Will Die,” by Seth Miller in NewCo: “It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction. The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline … [which at] its peak ... carried over 500,000 barrels a day for processing at refineries in Texas and Louisiana. But in 2025, no one wants the oil.” http://bit.ly/2szZhLp
-- “Supertasters Among the Dreaming Spires,” by Dan Rosenheck in 1843 Magazine: “Every Oxford taster is a scientist in one form or another, ranging from endearingly geeky to absurdly so ... Cambridge [tasters] were methodical, precise and pragmatic – much like Cambridge. Whereas Oxford had people who grew up with wine. They’d just taste and say: Oh, that’s obviously Bordeaux.” http://bit.ly/2rLo5NI
-- “Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror,” by The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan V. Last: “Today’s liberalism has become grotesquely mechanistic and authoritarian: It’s all about reducing individuals to a group identity, defining that group in permanent victim terms, and denying others their democratic right to challenge that group and its ideology. Political correctness represents the fossilised institutionalisation of once-vital revolutionary ideas, which have become mere rote formulas.” http://tws.io/2szPMfe
-- “Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man,” by Martin Corona in Men’s Journal: http://mjm.ag/2tDcVvH
-- “Can We Blame the Mafia on Lemons?” by Cara Giaimo in Atlas Obscura: “Lemon trees need well-fertilised soil, steady water, and protection from wind and extreme temperature, which come at great cost. Trees need to be coddled for seven or eight years before they produce enough lemons to sell. When they do bear fruit, it’s easy enough for people to steal it.” http://bit.ly/2t0xjJl
-- “The 2017 Jefferson Lecture -- Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame” --Martha C. Nussbaum at the Kennedy Center on May 1: “The Greeks and Romans saw a lot of anger around them. But they did not embrace or valorise anger. They did not define manliness in terms of anger, and tended to impute it to women, whom they saw as lacking rationality. However much they felt and expressed anger, they waged a cultural struggle against it, seeing it as destructive of human well-being and democratic institutions.” http://bit.ly/2tDB5X4
-- “About Tomorrow,” by Bruce Wexler in E-Flux: “Human beings differ from other animals with regard to ... post-natal neuroplasticity in two important ways. First, our brains are more immature at birth and susceptible to environmental shaping to a greater degree and for a longer time. Second, humans are the only animals that shape and reshape the environments that shapes their brain. This powerful combination is the basis of cultural evolution, and of most features of human minds, behavior and communities.” http://bit.ly/2sL8uPw
SPOTTED: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday, with a small Secret Service detail, on the Acela out of New York. He got off in Wilmington, rocking a pair of sunglasses, one earbud in and carrying a briefcase -- “looking as relaxed and cool as ever,” per our tipster.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Susan Glasser and Peter Baker hosted a farewell party last night at their house for Indira Lakshmanan and Dermot Tatlow, who are moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, next week as Indira takes up her post as Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at The Poynter Institute for Media.
SPOTTED: German Amb. Peter Wittig and Huberta von Voss-Wittig, Afghan Amb. Hamdullah Mohib and Lael Mohib, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt, Marty Baron, Andrea Mitchell, Nihal Krishan, Nancy Cook and Christopher Rowland, former Pakistani Amb. Husain Haqqani and Farahnaz Ispahani, Mike Oreskes and Geraldine Baum, former U.S. Ambs. Melanne and Phil Verveer, former U.S. Amb. Steve Sestanovich, Katharine Weymouth, Mark Landler, Julie Davis, David Sanger, Margaret Carlson, Juliet Eilperin, Laura Meckler, Ben Chang, Christina Sevilla and Steve Rochlin, Justin Kenny, Heidi Crebo-Rediker and Doug Rediker, Dana Thomas, Amanda Downes, David Rennie, Jonas Parello-Plesner, Bay Fang, Steve Heuser, Mary Louise Kelly, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Ceci Connolly, Nicole Raben, Denise Couture.
-- SPOTTED at a surprise birthday party last night for Ziad Ojakli at Kellari Taverna on K Street: Sumya Ojakli, Angela Flood, Alison Jones, Mercy and Matt Schlapp, David and Gretchen Hobbs, Bruce Andrews, Pam Thiessen, Nick Calio and Eric Ueland.
-- SPOTTED on the rooftop of The Brixton for a mini-reunion of alumni of the Obama administration NSC: Terry Szuplat, Eric Pelofsky, Dan Schneiderman, Jon Wolfsthal, Yael Lempert, Michael Sessums, Ben Chang, Salman Ahmed, Evan Medeiros, Bernadette Meehan, Meg Doherty, Stacey May, Andrew Scott, Matt Kaczmarek, Brian Nilsson.
SPOTTED at Ron and Sara Bonjean’s annual “Good Pants Ranch Summer Party” yesterday in Purcellville, Va. (a camel made an appearance): Paul Kane, Jo Maney, John Scofield, Dana Bash, Anne Brady, Matt Dornic and Kyle Volpe, Doug Heye, Emily Miller, Fran Decker, Jared Allen and Jackie Kucinich, Kenny Day, Rebecca Haller, Sheldon and Shannon Bream, Matt Wolking, Tom Williams, David and Jenny Drucker, Chris Bond, Dan Ronayne, Tracey and Nick Lintott, Jim Richards and Brian Walsh.
--The RNC held their summer meeting this weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. SPOTTED: Vice President Mike and Mrs. Karen Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, RNC co-chairman Bob Paduchik, RNC chief of staff Sara Armstrong, Arkansas state chairman Doyle Webb, Ohio state chairwoman Jane Timken, Hunter Wallace and Suhail Khan.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS --MICHELLE FIELDS married JAMIE WEINSTEIN in a ceremony yesterday at the Breakers in Palm Beach. Dinner and dancing was held in the Mediterranean Ballroom overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Fields is a Breitbart and HuffPo alum who now runs JMW Strategies with Weinstein, a commentator and host of “The Jamie Weinstein Show” podcast. They met as reporters at the Daily Caller. They served crab cakes, lobster tail medallions, sliced beef tenderloin, and citrus panko crusted sea bass along with huge ice-cream sundaes (there were also two tomato bars in a pre-dinner reception because Jamie is a big fan of tomatoes). Partiers hoisted Fields and Weinstein in the air during the hora. Colorful performers dancing on stilts also were a hit. The couple is flying out to Europe today on their honeymoon: they’ll visit Italy and Morocco and take a river cruise from Budapest to Munich.
SPOTTED: Juleanna Glover hitting the dance floor early with Christopher Reiter, Benny Johnson shaking hands with Oliver Darcy (who had written critical pieces on IJR), bridesmaids Lauren Hagen, Betsy Woodruff, and Kathryn Lyons, Will Rahn, Taylor Lorenz, Ben Jacobs, Olivia Nuzzi, Asawin Suebsaeng and Liz Brown, Jonathan Swan, Vince and Alison Coglianese, Tim Lim, Josiah Ryan, Matt Lewis andErin DeLullo, Katelyn Rieley Johnson, Alex and Nancy Pappas, Jonathan and Anna Beth Strong, Mike Dunkle, Mitchell Sutherland, Guy Benson, Amber Smith.
… First kisshttp://bit.ly/2u3cWJ2
… First dancehttp://bit.ly/2u3enHq
… The decadent cakehttp://bit.ly/2sPMqU3
-- Politico reporter (and author of Morning Energy) Anthony Adragna married longtime girlfriend Meghan Cassidy in a ceremony at the historic St. Francis Hall in Northeast D.C. on Saturday evening. Cassidy is a teacher at Gonzaga High School who just graduated from a master’s program at Georgetown. The couple met in summer 2013, hit it off after being set up on a blind date by mutual friends and have been together ever since. Pool report: “The couple exchanged vows outdoors, surrounded by the lush greenery of the historic Renaissance-style hall, built in 1931. The lively reception featured everything from the Isley Brother’s Shout to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and had guests young and old on the dance floor all night long.” Picshttp://bit.ly/2t8YfHp
SPOTTED: Heather Caygle and Aaron Lorenzo, Brian Fung and Ryan Kellett, Mikaela Lefrak, Dean Scott and Rachel Leven
--“Kristin Donnelly, Rick Bosh” -- N.Y. Times: “The bride, 36, is a White House producer in Washington for NBC News. She graduated from Syracuse. ... The groom, 36 and known as Rick, is a producer for ‘Andrea Mitchell Reports’ on MSNBC. He graduated from Southern Methodist University. ... The couple met in March 2010 when they worked as producers for day programming at MSNBC.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2u2PMlS
--“Pia Carusone, Leanne Pittsford”: “Ms. Carusone, 37, is a political consultant and a senior adviser to Americans for Responsible Solutions, a Washington-based gun violence prevention organization, founded by Gabrielle Gifford and Mark Kelly. Ms. Carusone was until June 2012 the chief of staff to Ms. Giffords, then an Arizona congresswoman. Ms. Carusone is also a founder of Republic Restoratives Distillery, which is also in Washington and makes vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey. She graduated from Bard College and is now a governor of the school’s alumni association. ... Ms. Pittsford, 36, is the chief executive of Start Somewhere, a company in Washington that operates Lesbians Who Tech and two other programs aiming to increase diversity in the technology sector. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, and received a master’s degree in education with a concentration on equity and social justice from San Francisco State University.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2t8yfvQ
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Kirsten Hughes, chair of the MassGOP (hat tip: Natalie Boyse)
BIRTHDAYS: WSJ and POLITICO alum Patrick O’Connor, now with CGCN Group, is 41 ... CNN’s Betsy Klein ... Josh Lahey, principal of the Podesta Group, who once hiked all 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia and ending in Maine … Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 63 ... civil rights activist James Meredith is 84 ... Anthony Bourdain is 61 ... Jeremy Bearer-Friend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s tax policy maven, moving to NYC this fall to teach tax law at NYU (h/t Alex Levy) ... tech guru Laurent Crenshaw, YELP’s director of public policy, is 37 --he celebrated Friday evening at a pop-up party inside of the National Union Building on 9th and F st NW with some of Capitol Hill’s finest (h/t Stewart Verdery) ... Politico’s Patrick Temple-West ... N.Y. Post’s Reuven Fenton ... Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) is 65 ... Dan Meyers, VP at DCI Group ... John Randall, VP of digital at CRAFT ... Robert Harvey ... Jackie Bradford, pres and GM of NBC4 in DC ... Danielle Doheny is 3-0 ... CBS and Reuters alum Corbett Daly, bro of Uncles Matthew and Brendan ... AP alum John Heilprin, now senior journalist and editor for the int’l service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corp. ... Ambassador Melanne Verveer ... Tita Freeman ... Alan McQuinn ... former Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) is 72 ...
... Scott Zumwalt, senior director at Bully Pulpit Interactive, is 33 … Alan McQuinn, ITIF's research analyst (h/t Samantha Greene) ... John Randolph Thornton, author of the novel “Beautiful Country,” is 26 ... John Meyer ... Dan Spinelli ... Eric Litmer ... Taylor Haulsee ... Alberto “Beto” Cardenas of Vinson & Elkins ... Abbie Sorrendino of Senate Rules …Gretchen Yelmini … Bryan Bernys ... IAVA alum John Alexander Nicholson ... Mike Gehrke … Jon Carson … Summer Oesch … Jason Stephany … Martha Vukelich-Austin … Marc Caplan … Mora Segal … Heidi Johnson (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … James Michael Thornberry ... Hank Greenwald, famed for his long run as the SF Giants baseball play-by-play man ... Ted Pease is 62 ... Carly Simon is 72 ... Phyllis George is 68 ... Ricky Gervais is 56 (h/ts AP)
N.Y. DAILY NEWS: Trump’s new NY HUD director planned Eric Trump’s wedding, has no housing experience -- DEMS drub GOP at baseball game -- A RECORD 24,959 tickets sold -- PENCE hires McGuireWoods’ Cullen -- B’DAY: Bres
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Good Friday morning. THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: “President Trump chooses inexperienced woman who planned his son Eric’s wedding to run N.Y. federal housing programs,” by Greg Smith: “She’s arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding. Now President Trump has appointed longtime loyalist Lynne Patton -- who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree the school says she never earned -- to run the office that oversees federal housing programs in New York.
“Patton was appointed Wednesday to head up the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region II, which includes New York and New Jersey, where she’ll oversee distribution of billions of taxpayer dollars. Patton’s tight relationship with the Trump clan dates back to 2009, when she began serving as the family’s ‘event planner.’ … She also claims on her LinkedIn page to have obtained a juris doctorate degree in 2000 from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. Next to the J.D. notation is written (N/A) without explanation. On Thursday school registrar Jim Benson said Patton attended for two semesters but did not graduate. She also listed Yale University but HUD officials couldn’t explain why that was there. Patton, who begins her Region II job July 5, did not return calls seeking comment.
“As head of the biggest HUD regional office in the U.S., Patton will oversee distribution of billions in cash to public housing authorities -- including NYCHA -- as well as tens of thousands of rental vouchers and block grants that fund housing inspections and senior citizen programs.” http://nydn.us/2sikxU8
-- N.Y. DAILY NEWS COVER: “She planned Eric Trump’s nups & falsely touts law degree. Now Prez has decided new housing boss in N.Y. is ... THE WEDDING SCAMMER” http://nydn.us/2turnp6
-- LYNNE’S LinkedIn page says she has the following specialties: “Public Engagement, Community Outreach & Revitalization, Strategic Networking, High-Net Worth Fundraising, Client Ambassador, Celebrity Talent Acquisition, Event Planning, Promotions, Social Media Strategy, Philanthropic Auctions & Tournaments, Public & Media Relations.” http://bit.ly/2ryfdiE
THE U.S. is sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, per the AP. http://apne.ws/2s88SsE
Donald Trump ran for president saying he’d end foreign entanglements. PRESIDENT TRUMP is going to Miami today to announce changes to the U.S. policy toward Cuba.
FLASH -- AP at 5:09 a.m.: “Russia claims it has killed IS leader al-Baghdadi,” by Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow: “The Russian Defense Ministry said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian strike in late May along with other senior group commanders. There had been previous reports of al-Baghdadi being killed but they did not turn out to be true. The IS leader last released an audio on Nov. 3, urging his followers to keep up the fight for Mosul as they defend the city against a major offensive that began weeks earlier. The spokesman for the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition said in a statement Friday he could not confirm the Russian claim.” http://apne.ws/2rCXIJ5
THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL SCORE -- 11-2, DEMOCRATS WIN.
RACHAEL BADE and KYLE CHENEY bring us the scene from the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park: “Rodney Davis stood in the shadow of the Nationals Park scoreboard and wiped away a tear. Just a day earlier, the Republican congressman from Illinois — and catcher for the Republican congressional baseball team -- watched his colleague Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, get shot on a practice baseball field in Virginia, while other lawmakers and aides scrambled for cover. …
“‘This is what our country needs after such a tragic act,’ said Davis, his arm still scabbed and scraped from diving away from the gunman’s bullets on Wednesday….Florida Democrat Charlie Crist was spotted walking around in a suit, a young staffer trailing him carrying his suit jacket.” http://politi.co/2ttQWGH
-- COLD WATER ALERT. This is a kumbaya moment -- and we’d emphasize moment. It is, of course, impossible to predict the future. Remember: a gunman shot then-Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords in the head. Nothing changed. We’re skeptical much will change this time. Speaker Paul Ryan told Jake Tapper on CNN that “we can have different ideas without being vitriolic.” Yes, they can. But there is no evidence to show they will. We hope we’re wrong.
TAPPER had a joint interview with Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, and Anderson Cooper had Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. A good night for CNN.
-- COOPER got this gem of an interaction. Classic line from McConnell when asked about Trump calling the investigation a witch hunt: COOPER: "President Trump made a statement last night with Congressman Scalise. It was getting bipartisan praise for his tone. Today tweeting about -- calling this a witch hunt against him, just talking about the people leading it being disturbed, I think was his term, or conflicted. Is that appropriate? MCCONNELL: "I typically don't comment on the president's tweeting habits." COOPER: "Do you think it is a witch hunt?" MCCONNELL: "I don't have any observations about that. We had here an example of a horrendous event that we all condemn, and we're here together tonight to make the point to the American people that there's a whole lot of cooperation in the Congress, even though it may not be covered, on a daily basis."
THE WHITE HOUSE SHOWED UP! -- “At congressional baseball game, newfound unity has its limits,” by Yahoo’s Hunter Walker: “As she talked to Yahoo News, [Kellyanne] Conway spotted top White House adviser Gary Cohn, who was in a dark suit. She called Cohn over. ‘Look how Gary Cohn dresses for a baseball game. He dresses like Gary Cohn! Gary come here!’ Conway beckoned. ‘He came out of the womb looking like that,’ quipped Mulvaney as Cohn strolled over. ‘This is New York chic,’ said Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banker. As Cohn posed for photos with Conway, Mulvaney reached over and put an LSU hat on his head. Cohn couldn’t see the cap. ‘Does it make me a hillbilly?’ Cohn asked. ‘We couldn’t make you a hillbilly if we tried,’ Mulvaney said.” https://yhoo.it/2ttWtNu
NYT NATIONAL BASEBALL WRITER TYLER KEPNER on the game. Good nugget: “A record 24,959 tickets were sold for the charity exhibition -- a higher attendance than Thursday’s major league games in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota and Oakland.” http://nyti.ms/2rmUQAK
CLICKERS -- “Prayers and pitches: Scenes from the congressional baseball game” -- 33 pixhttp://politi.co/2rCV4Tz
… 27 PHOTOS by the Washington Post http://wapo.st/2rCXhhC
SPOTTED at the Anheuser-Busch and Buffalo Wild Wings game watch party in the PNC Diamond Club: Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Reps. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Dave Joyce (R-Ohio), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), John Delaney (R-Md.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Carl Hulse, Cate Martel, Naomi Jagoda, Allison Brennan, Roland Foster, Kate Pointer.
-- Photo of Tyson’s lobbyist Matt Mika’s friends and colleagues http://bit.ly/2t9fXI4
THE LATEST ON SCALISE -- RACHAEL BADE: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican shot during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, is doing better but remains in critical condition and will be hospitalized for an extended period of time, according to a statement from his doctors. MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Thursday evening that Scalise underwent another surgery ‘related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.’ ‘He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours,’ the statement said. ‘The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates.’” Bade on the emotional times on the Hillhttp://politi.co/2swDk15
-- KEY LINE HERE: Scalise will be hospitalized for an “extended period of time.” This will be a long recovery.
THE NEXT FRONTIER -- “Rattled by shooting, lawmakers want more personal protection,” by Seung Min Kim and Rachael Bade: “Lawmakers are debating a range of heightened security measures following Wednesday’s shooting that critically injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, with a growing number of Republicans even seeking to carry their own guns into the Capitol for personal safety. Rattled by the mass shooting by a gunman with an apparent political agenda, lawmakers are struggling with how to balance ensuring security for members of Congress while keeping themselves accessible to voters.
“The gamut of options includes new rules ramping up the law enforcement presence at big group events with lawmakers, equipping Capitol Police with more advanced weapons, and allowing individual members to spend taxpayer or campaign dollars on personal security measures. And several GOP lawmakers want the green light to bring their personal firearms onto Capitol grounds, a move that immediately alarmed Democrats who favor tougher gun restrictions.” http://politi.co/2ry7KQy
-- MANY LAWMAKERS have mused about each getting their own Capitol Police officer. But that would be a hugely pricey government expense.
ON THE ALLEGED GUNMAN -- “Scalise Gunman Dodged 2006 Charge That Would Bar Gun Purchases,” by Bloomberg’s Ari Natter: “James Hodgkinson, 66, was arrested after a 2006 incident in which he was accused of beating his foster daughter, according to court records. The case crumbled after the victim decided not to testify ... Under federal law, someone found guilty of domestic battery of a family member can be barred from legally owning a firearm.” https://bloom.bg/2ttKeR1
WAPO’S ASHLEY PARKER, the pride of Montgomery County, scooped that Vice President Mike Pence has hired Richard Cullen, the chairman of McGuireWoods, to represent him. http://wapo.st/2s7VoNE
MATT NUSSBAUM reminds us that McGuireWoods also once employed Jim Comey! And the firm also currently represents former Rep. Aaron Schock, who is facing 24 counts of criminal charges related to alleged crimes during his time in office.
SCOOP -- “Trump transition officials ordered to save Russia documents,” by Josh Dawsey: “Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump’s presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to ‘several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russia interests to influence the 2016 election,’ according to a memo provided to POLITICO. In the memo from a transition lawyer, campaign officials were told to preserve all documents related to the Russian Federation, Ukraine and a number of campaign advisers and officials, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort, advisers Carter Page, Rick Gates and Roger Stone, and former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.” http://politi.co/2sFQA36
-- GOLDEN BOY ALERT: “Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings,” by WaPo’s Sari Horowitz, Matt Zapotosky and Adam Entous: “FBI agents and federal prosecutors have also been examining the financial dealings of other Trump associates, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign.” http://wapo.st/2shPVCa
THE PUSHBACK --“Rosenstein prods media for ‘anonymous allegations’ on Russia probe,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “A top Trump Justice Department official issued an unusual, vague statement Thursday night, casting doubt on a series of recent media reports detailing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's growing probe into the Trump campaign for potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 campaign. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appeared to be taking issue with recent Washington Post and New York Times stories that President Donald Trump himself is now the subject of an obstruction of justice probe, as well as a separate new report from the Post that Mueller is looking into White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s finances. ...
"’Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated,’ Rosenstein said. ‘Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.’
“Rosenstein’s statement caught many in Washington off guard, in part because it was so generic and didn't actually specify which news reports it was addressing. It’s also notable because of who issued it: With Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from all things related to the Russia probe, Rosenstein as the No. 2 DOJ official has the reins over the Mueller probe. He’ll get Mueller’s budget and he also has the power to block major investigative steps -- with the caveat he must report to Congress if that happens.” http://politi.co/2ttUBEo [email protected]
: “The Washington Post has updated the Kushner story to reflect the officials cited are indeed U.S. officials.”
JOSH DAWSEY, “White House aides fret over Trump’s Russia probe obsession”: “The greatest threat to Trump and his presidency, say administration officials and outside advisers, comes from his own conduct and obsessive behavior after he took office. While congressional and FBI investigations may prove Trump or his team broke laws before he took office, his advisers say they’re more worried that the things he’s done since the inauguration may have left him exposed to obstruction of justice or other charges. Trump, for months, has bristled almost daily about the ongoing probes. He has sometimes, without prompting, injected. ‘I’m not under investigation’ into conversations with associates and allies. He has watched hours of TV coverage every day -- sometimes even storing morning news shows on his TiVo to watch in the evening -- and complained nonstop.” http://politi.co/2sFWm4N
THE COUNSEL -- “Mueller, Known for Being Above the Fray, Is Now in the Thick of It,” by NYT’s Scott Shane and Charlie Savage: “Veterans of past Washington battles on the borders of law and politics said that the president’s pushback was to be expected, but that its ferocity and timing were unusual. Just one month into the job, Mr. Mueller has not yet finished hiring staff members or installing a computer network -- deliberately segregated from the main Justice Department -- in the Patrick Henry Building in downtown Washington.
“‘It’s early in the game to begin to impugn the prosecutors,’ said Philip Allen Lacovara, a Watergate prosecutor and a Republican. ‘It’s a pre-emptive nuclear strike. If you’re afraid of what the prosecutors are going to find out, you try to debunk anything they might come up with in advance by attacking them.’” http://nyti.ms/2shLOX2
JUST POSTED -- POLITICO MAGAZINE'S TIM ALBERTA: "Man on a Wire: Mike Pence’s Tightrope Act... He might be the most consequential vice president ever. He could well be the next commander in chief. And the one person in America he can’t have thinking about that is his boss." http://politi.co/2tunArX
SHOCKING! -- “Senate likely to miss its Obamacare repeal deadline,” by Jen Haberkorn: “Senate Republicans are getting dangerously close to missing their deadline to hold a Senate health care vote by month’s end, potentially derailing fulfillment of their seven-year-old campaign promise to repeal Obamacare. The Senate left Washington on Thursday with a seemingly insurmountable health care to-do list: When they return on Monday, Republicans will have just two weeks before the Fourth of July recess to overcome the remaining big divides on policy – including what year to roll back Medicaid expansion and how deeply to cut the program that covers health care for low-income people. They also must settle on how to bring down health insurance premiums and when to cut the taxes that paid for Obamacare -- not to mention the vexing issue of whether to defund Planned Parenthood.” http://politi.co/2rDiWGu
ALEX ISENSTADT, “GOP sirens blaze over Georgia special election”: “The GOP is bracing for the prospect of a loss in Tuesday’s Georgia’s special election that could have far-reaching implications for President Donald Trump and his party’s fortunes in 2018. As grim confidential polling data circulates among GOP strategists, interviews with nearly two dozen Republican operatives and officials reveal that they are preparing for the possibility of an unnerving defeat that could spur lawmakers to distance themselves from Trump and his already-troubled legislative agenda, and potentially encourage a wave of retirements. ...
“While Republicans privately lampoon Ossoff’s campaign skills -- deriding him as an inexperienced, talking-point driven candidate -- they acknowledge his cash advantage has made him a lethal opponent. ‘We’re going to find out if a monkey banging cymbals together spending $25 million can get elected,’ the NRCC’s executive director John Rogers told a group of Capitol Hill chiefs of staff this week, said one person present for the meeting. His meaning was clear to those in attendance: Ossoff might seem like a mechanical candidate, but he had to be taken seriously.” http://politi.co/2rxCDoc
SORRY MEGYN! Alex Jones says he will release a tape of his entire day with Megyn Kelly tonight. http://bit.ly/2swg9mM
Her interview is slated to run Sunday.
-- PAGE SIX: “Megyn Kelly interview completely overhauled after backlash”http://pge.sx/2ry1R5Q
FASCINATING LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES -- “At Last, Jeff Bezos Offers a Hint of His Philanthropic Plans,” by NYT’s Robert Frank: Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, is well on his way to becoming the richest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $80 billion. What’s less certain is what he plans to do with his fortune, and how he could reinvent philanthropy.
“On Thursday, after questions from The New York Times about the level of his giving, Mr. Bezos posted on Twitter a ‘request for ideas’ for philanthropy. ‘I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time -- working on the long term,’ he wrote. ‘For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the other end of the spectrum: the right now.’” http://nyti.ms/2rncunL
TRUMP INC. -- “With shift on Cuba, Trump could undercut his company’s hotel-industry rivals,” by WaPo’s Drew Harwell and Jonathan O'Connell: “[A]s the owner of a real estate company with a big stake in hotels and resorts, Trump brings an added element to an issue that is unique to his presidency — the ability, through his official actions, to undermine a growth area for his industry rivals who have raced in recent years to establish a foothold in a lucrative new market. Starwood Hotels and Resorts, which merged with Marriott International to form the world’s largest hotel chain, last year debuted the first Cuban hotel managed by a U.S. company in nearly 60 years, taking advantage of President Barack Obama’s 2014 move to normalize relations with Cuba and lighten regulations enforcing the U.S. embargo on the island.” http://wapo.st/2sFYZUg
K-STREET FILES -- “Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms,” by Bloomberg’s Jen Jacobs and Nick Wadhams: “Sudan is on the cusp of ending its long status as a pariah in Washington, and the African nation is bolstering its stable of lobbyists to ensure that it happens soon. The government of President Umar al-Bashir -- which is listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism -- has hired Washington law firm Squire Patton Boggs LLP at a cost of $40,000 a month to lobby on its behalf as part of its accelerating campaign to ensure that President Donald Trump permanently lifts sanctions against the country ahead of a deadline next month, according to a filing with the Justice Department.” https://bloom.bg/2t8WIhP
BREAKING LATE LAST NIGHT -- “Trump won’t alter status of current Dreamers,” by Josh Gerstein: “President Donald Trump’s administration has issued its most explicit promise to date that so-called Dreamers can keep their permission to work legally in the U.S. ‘No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates,’ the Department of Homeland Security said in guidance posted on its website Thursday night. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said recently that the administration is not seeking to deport those who received quasi-legal status under a policy President Barack Obama adopted in 2012. However, the new statement from DHS seems to be a forward-looking promise not to take action against those in the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, an initiative for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children.” http://politi.co/2shGwLc
LISTEN IN -- The Pollsters -- Kristen Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero -- had Anna on their podcast to talk all things Playbook. The bipartisan duo is @thepollsters on Twitter and Facebook. Listen and subscribehttp://apple.co/2jJaEKU
HOW A STREET IN BROOKLYN IS CHANGING THE ENERGY GRID: The shared economy is flourishing, with companies like Airbnb and Lyft capitalizing on the growing popularity of shared services. Can their success be replicated in the energy industry? In the latest installment of POLITICO Magazine’s “What Works” series, we look at Brooklyn-based LO3 that devised a micro grid system that uses a phone app and smart meters to enable neighbors with solar panels to strike deals amongst themselves on the amount of electricity they buy from each other and at what price. We also look at the revitalization of Tampa, Florida – a broken down deep water port revitalized after 40 years of public and private investment. Read more on Tampa’s revitalizationhttp://politi.co/2tsAvuq
… about Brooklyn’s energy gridhttp://politi.co/2rwOymb
… Photo galleryhttp://politi.co/2szxlsj
SUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) ... Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) ... Jay Sekulow ... Robert Scheer. Panel: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Lisa Boothe, Juan Williams
-- CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Political panel: Ramesh Ponnuru, Phil Rucker, Nancy Cordes, and Jamelle Bouie
-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: panel: David Brooks, Danielle Pletka, Amy Walters and Eugene Robinson
-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ... Jay Sekulow ... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
-- CNN’s “Inside Politics”: Karoun Demirjian, Abby Phillip, Jeff Zeleny, Phil Mattingly
SPOTTED: Georgetown coach and NBA legend Patrick Ewing stopping by Wolf Blitzer’s table at Cafe Milano last night to pay his respects ... Carly Fiorina at the American/JetBlue terminal at DCA yesterday.
OUT AND ABOUT --- POOL REPORT: “President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the official investiture ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch Thursday afternoon at the Supreme Court. After the other eight justices took their seats on the dais, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein presented the Justice’s commission, which was read by the court’s clerk. Chief Justice Roberts then administered the judicial oath to Justice Gorsuch. The courtroom was filled with friends and family of the Justice, as well as his devoted clerks Mike Davis, Jameel Jaffer, Janie Nitze, Matt Owen, and David Feder.”
-- SPOTTED: retired Justice John Paul Stevens, Maureen Scalia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), (who voted against Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Don McGahn (whose birthday is today) and wife Shannon, Mark Paoletta, Marc Short, Makan Delrahim, James Burnham, Mike McGinley, Chris Grieco, Lucas Walker, Leonard Leo, Jonathan Bunch, Rob Collins, Ann Donaldson, Ed Whelan, Michael Keneally, Liz Horning, Gustav Eyler, Ryan Newman, Brett Talley, Patrick Bumatay, Wan Kim, Eric Tung, Tobi and Evan Young, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Kenneth Starr, Liz Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Bopp, Rachel Brand, Greg Katsas, Ted Lehman, Theresa Wardon, Nicole Gustafson, Greg Garre, Megan Lacey.
-- Last night, the Picnic Theatre Company staged its second sold-out performance of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” at Dumbarton House gardens, directed by Steve Rochlin and featuring Christina Sevilla, Emily Lenzner, Nova Daly, Charles Kovatch, Fran Holuba, Daniela Kelley, Antonio Olivo, Kevin Rooney and Bob Gerber. Picshttp://bit.ly/2sifLpL
SPOTTED: Peter Cherukuri, Jay Newton-Small, Anu Rangappa, Matea Gold, Jon Lenzner, Debbie Berger, Courtney Carlson, Amb. Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri, Amb. Tatiana Gfoeller, Sanna Kangasharju, David Van Ongevalle, Andreas Ledergerber and Andy Oros.
-- Collective SuperPAC, a national PAC dedicated to building black political power, kicked off the first ever Black Campaign School with a special reception last night at the Blackburn Center at Howard University. The event was co-sponsored by Priorities USA, EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and ActBlue. SPOTTED: Quentin and Stefanie Brown James, Stacey Abrams, Shavonda Sumter, Tishaura Jones, Guy Cecil, Donna Brazile, Symone Sanders, Jamal Simmons, Leah Daughtry, Dan McNally and Tim Lim.
-- Longtime friends and colleagues of Carolyn Brehm gathered at Jones Day last night to celebrate her retirement and welcome Selina Jackson into her position as VP of global government affairs for Proctor & Gamble. SPOTTED: Amb. Richard Boucher, Jay Timmons, Joel Johnson, Poppy McDonald, William Lane, Sean Mulvaney, Mike Prentiss, Richard Goodstein, Ira Shapiro, Sean Broderick, DJ Peterson.
TRANSITIONS – KIKI BURGER has started at PR firm Sunshine Sachs, where she’s helping manage political and non-profit clients out of their LA office. She is an alum of Rock the Vote and Susan G. Komen. … Linda Chavez, the president of the Becoming American Institute and a syndicated columnist, has joined the Niskanen Center as a senior fellow.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- POLITICO night editor Craig Howie (who helps edit Playbook on the weekend), and wife, Niki, a landscape designer at Through the Garden, early this morning welcomed Leif Diño Howie, born 2:52 a.m. in Winchester, Va., to 7lb 14oz. “Everyone happy and healthy hooray!” Pichttp://bit.ly/2si1VUo
-- Joanne Denyeau, planning producer at MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” and Mike Kramer, SVP at Westchester Chubb company, recently welcomed Ruth Anne Kramer. “We lovingly call her Ruthie. Ruthie has a big brother, Joey Kramer. He turns 2 in August.” Pichttp://bit.ly/2rCZKZx
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Phil Singer, CEO and founder of Marathon Strategies. How he’s celebrating: “Israel. Kim and I are taking the kids on their first big overseas trip.” How he thinks the Trump presidency is going: “Amazing if you work at the Kremlin.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2sGn8db
BIRTHDAYS: Don McGahn is 49 ... Politico’s John Bresnahan and Zach Stanton ... Brandi Hoffine, associate VP for comms and strategy at UC ... NPR’s Steve Inskeep, the pride of Carmel, Indiana … Marcus Brauchli, co-founder and managing partner of North Base Media and a WSJ and WaPo alum ... Phil Cox, founding partner at 50-State and former RGA exec. director, is 43 … former Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) is 48 ... Adam Talbot, director at West Wing Writers ... Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) is 37 ... Jim Dau is 41 ... Indira Lakshmanan, journalism ethics chair at Poynter and columnist for the Boston Globe, celebrating with her husband at Fiola Mare (h/t Nihal Krishan) ... Caity Rogowski (h/t Jon Haber) ... Jenna Galper (h/ts Alexandra De Luca and Helen Brosnan) ... PBS NewsHour politics producer Rachel Wellford (h/ts Nick Massella and Simone Pathe) ... Reid Wilson, national correspondent at The Hill … Liz Bourgeois, executive comms manager at Facebook ... Jessica Boulanger, SVP of comms. at Business Roundtable ... former Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer is 68 ... Israeli investigative journalist Ronen Bergman is 45 (h/ts Jewish Insider) … Brett Bethune, intern for Sen. Claire McCaskill (R-Mo), is 2-1 (h/t mom Anne) ...
... Aaron McLear, director of public affairs for the West at Uber, is 4-0, celebrating at The Battery in SF (h/t Niki Christoff) ... Matt Vari, a digital strategist at Mothership Strategies, email aficionado and Diet Coke enthusiast, is 25 (h/t Jonas Murphy) ... Angie Kelley, VP for immigration policy at CAP ... Reid Wilson, former Clinton EPA ... Sarah Schoeffel ... Matthew Bartlett … WTOP alum Bob Madigan … John Leo ... Snap’s Kara Rivers ... Nicole Luna ... Mark Tapscott … Francisco “Frank” Sanchez, chairman of CNS Global Advisors ... Jill McNaughton … Pat Roth of Phoenix ... Pedro Moreno ... Katie Nelson Thomson ... NPR’s Jessica Taylor ... Joel R. Maliniak ... Jeffrey Block ... Don Harris ... Peter O’Toole, alum of Burson-Marsteller, GE and Pfizer ... David J. Jones ... Jon Kevin Lauck ... Traci Nobles ... John Shaw ... David Eades … Jill McNaughton ... Steve Welchert, star of the 1977-1981 University of Iowa Football team ... Caryl Terrell ... Troy Perry (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... author Joyce Carol Oates is 79 ... golfer Phil Mickelson is 47 (h/ts AP)