WHCD PARTY PATROL -- ABBAS to the White House on Wednesday, TRUMP to NY Thursday -- SUNDAY BEST: Dickerson and Trump talk North Korea -- TRUMP: 100 days milestone is ‘phony’ -- B’DAY: Lindsay Walters
Good Sunday morning.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK -- MONDAY: The president will sign a “Law Day” proclamation, drop by a meeting of the Independent Community Bankers Association and have lunch with VP Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He’s also meeting privately with Tillerson. TUESDAY: The president will present the Commander in Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy. WEDNESDAY: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be at the White House. THURSDAY: Trump will return to New York for the first time in his presidency, and will give “remarks commemorating the 75thAnniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.”SUNDAY BEST -- JOHN DICKERSON talks with PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION” -- DICKERSON: “What do you make of the North Korean leader?” TRUMP: “I have -- I really, you know, have no comment on him. People are saying, ‘Is he sane?’ I have no idea. I can tell you this, and a lot of people don’t like when I say it, but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He’s dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others. And at a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie. But we have a situation that we just cannot let -- we cannot let what’s been going on for a long period of years continue. And frankly, this should've been done and taken care of by the Obama administration. Should’ve been taken care of by the Bush administration. Should’ve been taken care of by Clinton.”-- ON HEALTH CARE … -- “Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I just watched another network than yours, and they were saying, ‘Pre-existing is not covered.’ Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, ‘Has to be.’”... DICKERSON: “In one of the fixes it was discussed pre-existing was optional for the states--” TRUMP: “Sure, in one of the fixes. And they’re changing it--” DICKERSON: “--oh, okay. So it’ll--” TRUMP: “--and changing.”DICKERSON: “--be permanent?” TRUMP: “Of course.” DICKERSON: “Okay. Well, that’s a development, sir. So you’re saying it’s going to be pre-existing to everybody?” TRUMP: “John, this has evolved over a period of three or four weeks. Now, we really have a good bill. I think they could have voted on Friday. I said, ‘Just relax. Don’t worry about this phony 100 day thing. Just relax. Take it easy. Take your time. Get the good vote and make it perfect.’”-- BUT, BUT, BUT … The White House was pushing GOP leaders very hard to hold a vote last week.**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbh CHUCK TODD speaks with VP MIKE PENCE on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS” -- TODD: “I understand people are happy about [cutting taxes] but you are gonna increase the deficit.” PENCE: “Well maybe in the short term. But the truth is if we don’t get this economy growing at three percent, or more as the president believes we can, we’re never gonna meet the obligations that we’ve made today.”-- ON HEALTH CARE… TODD: “Before the end of the year? Not making that promise?” PENCE: “I hope before the end of the year.”JAKE TAPPER speaks to SEN. JOHN MCCAIN on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” -- TAPPER: “If the U.S. were convinced that they were able to marry a delivery system with a nuke, do you then think that President Trump would push forward a preemptive strike?” MCCAIN: “I think that we have to consider that option as the very last option, and for a number of reasons. And one of the reasons is because there’s artillery on the DMZ that can strike Seoul, a city of 26 million people, and the carnage would be horrendous. It’s not just like the Cuban Missile Crisis, in that there isn’t any other aspects of it. This is very serious. Their capabilities of firing artillery on Seoul is absolutely real. And this, again, is why we have to bring every pressure to bear. And the major lever on North Korea today, and maybe the only lever, is China. And -- but to say you absolutely rule out that option of course would be foolish. But it has to be the ultimate last option.”CHRIS WALLACE speaks with NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER LT. GEN. H.R. MCMASTER on FOX NEWS’ “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- Connor O’Brien: “‘The last thing I would ever do is contradict the President of the United States,’ the three-star Army general said. ‘And that’s not what it was.’ ‘What I told our South Korean counterpart is until any renegotiation that the deal’s in place, we'll adhere to our word,’ McMaster continued. ‘But what the president’s asked us to do is to look across all of our alliances and to have appropriate burden-sharing, responsibility-sharing.’” http://politi.co/2oM6M1y-- “Susan Rice denies misusing intel to damage Trump,” by Rebecca Morin: http://politi.co/2pxftvVABOUT LAST NIGHT … -- JEFF MASON triumphantly announced during his speech that last night’s dinner was sold out. Mason, president of the White House Correspondents Association, also told the crowd: “We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.” Mason got a standing ovation for that part of his speech. BOB WOODWARD AND CARL BERNSTEIN also spoke at the dinner, recalling their taking down of Richard Nixon. They told the crowd that the “methodology” and “purpose” in their reporting was to get “the best obtainable version of the truth.” VIDEO of Jeff’s speech http://bit.ly/2qi0lmS … C-SPAN video of Woodward and Bernstein defending the press’ role and sharing stories from their reporting careers http://cs.pn/2puj1gv--“A different sort of White House correspondents’ dinner,” by WaPo’s Abby Ohlheiser and Emily Yahr: “During his monologue, comedian and ‘The Daily Show’ correspondent Hasan Minhaj said that he was explicitly told not to go after the absent President Trump or the administration – but if true, he certainly ignored the marching order. (‘You were not told that,’ White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason appeared to say off-screen.) ‘I would say it’s an honor to be here, but that would be an alternative fact. No one wanted to do this, so of course it lands in the hands of an immigrant. No one wanted this gig,’ said Minhaj. … There were jokes about Russia: ‘The leader of our country is not here. That’s because he lives in Moscow, it’s a very long flight.’ … ‘The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledges the amendment that allows him to do it.’ He said that in all likelihood, in a few hours, ‘Donald Trump will be tweeting about how bad Nicki Minaj bombed at this dinner.’” http://wapo.st/2pul8AQ … Video of his monologue http://bit.ly/2qlrXofOVERHEARD last night at the NBC News and MSNBC after-party: “I’m just obsessed with ratings.” … Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) at 2:30 a.m. talking manufacturing on the back patio at the NBC/MSNBC after-party to a couple of reporters. ... At the glitzy CBS-Atlantic pre-party: “This is toned down?” and “I just saw someone from my J school so I’m going to hang out with him.”FRONT PAGES on Day 101 -- ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “A DACA dilemma in times of Trump: Ariz. ‘dreamer’ wonders: Stay, or head back?” http://bit.ly/2qsd5DY … L.A. TIMES: “Trump makes his mark on environment: While stumbling early on other issues, he’s taken strides in his attack on protections” http://bit.ly/2qijkxA … HARTFORD COURANT: “‘A BETTER PLACE’: Trump Backers in Connecticut Like What They See, From Immigration To Regulation” http://bit.ly/2oY1DiS … WASHINGTON POST: “Trump’s complex next 100 days: PRESIDENT TARGETS TAX REFORM AND JOBS -- Republicans warn of challenging times ahead” http://bit.ly/2oUVqne … CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “Judging Trump after 100 days: Henry County’s residents divided on new president” http://bit.ly/2puk5AUCOUNTERPROGRAMMING -- “Trump savages media as Washington roasts him from afar,” by Josh Dawsey in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Ian Kullgren: “More than a dozen protesters fought with Trump supporters, who hauled the protesters over to police officers so they could be escorted out. At one point, several officers threw a protester to the ground who wasn’t leaving the arena. ‘Get him the hell out of here,’ Trump said. ... Before promising a border wall, a new health care system and a strong response to North Korea Saturday night, Trump told an adoring crowd here about the ‘ugly’ office interior and ‘crummy’ Manhattan location of the ‘failing New York Times.’ It was unclear why anyone in a Harrisburg farm arena would care — and the crowd was largely silent during the real estate-related knocks.“But he kept attacking the Times, even though he reads the paper every morning and often invites its reporters into the Oval Office. ‘It’s starting to look like a comic book,’ Trump said, chiding the newspaper for selling its historic building in Times Square and moving to ‘an ugly location to an ugly part of town.’ He ripped the Boston Globe, too, for getting rid of its historic building, pitting his own real estate prowess against that of the newspaper.” http://politi.co/2oUPqehFROM 30K FEET -- PETER BAKER on “How Trump Has Reshaped the Presidency, and How It’s Changed Him, Too”: “In his first 100 days in power, President Trump has transformed the nation’s highest office in ways both profound and mundane, pushing traditional boundaries, ignoring longstanding protocol and discarding historical precedents as he reshapes the White House in his own image. But just as Mr. Trump has changed the presidency, advisers and analysts say it has also changed him. Still a mercurial and easily offended provocateur capable of head-spinning gyrations in policy and politics, Mr. Trump nonetheless at times has adapted his approach to both the job and the momentous challenges it entails.“As Washington pauses to evaluate the opening phase of the Trump presidency, the one thing everyone seems to agree on is that, for better or worse, the capital has headed deep into uncharted territory. On almost every one of these first 100 days, Mr. Trump has done or said something that caused presidential historians and seasoned professionals inside the Beltway to use the phrase ‘never before.’ He has assumed even more power for the presidency, expanding President Barack Obama’s use of executive orders to offset the inability to pass major legislation and making it more independent of the Washington establishment. He has been more aggressive than any other president in using his authority to undo his predecessor’s legacy, particularly on trade, business regulation and the environment. And he has dominated the national conversation perhaps more thoroughly than any president in a generation.” http://nyti.ms/2pxeko9TRUMP’S SUNDAY MORNING TWEETS -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:05 a.m.: “Big excitement last night in the Great State of Pennsylvania! Fantastic crowd and people. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” … at 8:09 a.m.: “The Democrats, without a leader, have become the party of obstruction.They are only interested in themselves and not in what’s best for U.S.” … at 8:28 a.m.: “You can’t compare anything to ObamaCare because ObamaCare is dead. Dems want billions to go to Insurance Companies to bail out donors....New” … at 8:32 a.m.: “...healthcare plan is on its way. Will have much lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!”THE MINORITY LEADER SPEAKS -- “Chuck Schumer Sees Himself As Trump’s Chief Opponent — But Hey, At Least They’re Talking Again,” by BuzzFeed’s Kate Nocera: “Despite the back-and-forth barbs -- Trump was, for a time, referring to him as ‘fake tears Chuck Schumer’ -- the Democratic leader and the president are talking again. Still, it is not, Schumer said, a close relationship, nor are they speaking frequently. Trump does not call Schumer on his cellphone or even his office directly, but instead White House aides connect them by calling the Capitol switchboard. ‘When I talk to him, I try to talk to him about serious issues and he just changes the subject,’ Schumer said. ... ‘He listens to what I have to say on the important subject of the day and then he talks about what he wants to talk about.’” http://bzfd.it/2oLNuthBEHIND THE SCENES -- Republicans on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee are hosting a two-day policy meeting in the Longworth House office building on Capitol Hill today and tomorrow. They are discussing tax reform, which will dominate D.C. for the foreseeable future. Today’s session will go from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow they’ll meet all dayFIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- A CLIP FROM TONIGHT’S “THE CIRCUS” --Alex Castellanos, Mark McKinnon and John Heilemann have a cigar in Old Town at CXIII Rex. 3-min. video http://bit.ly/2ql3jEcCONFLICTING MESSAGES -- “National Security Chief Tells South Korea U.S. Will Pay for Defense System: Comments appear to undo President Trump’s earlier remark that South Korea should pay for Thaad,” by WSJ’s Jonathan Cheng in Seoul: “In a 35-minute phone call Sunday morning, Gen. McMaster told Kim Kwan-jin, South Korea’s national-security adviser, that the U.S. would finance Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad, as agreed to by the two countries last year, according to a statement from South Korea’s presidential Blue House. During the phone call, Gen. McMaster also praised the U.S. alliance with South Korea as ‘the most solid alliance’ and as Washington’s priority in the region, saying that ‘the U.S. will be with the Republic of Korea 100%,’ using the formal name for South Korea.“The phone call between the two national security advisers appeared to be aimed at smoothing over ruffled feathers in Seoul after Mr. Trump’s remarks, which were published in separate interviews with Reuters and the Washington Times.” http://on.wsj.com/2oXLrhBC’MON -- “Biden keeps 2020 options open,” by Isaac Dovere, who was feted last night at the WHCD for winning the Merriman Smith Award: “Joe Biden has been saying yes to nearly all the political invitations coming his way, with new ones arriving almost daily. Privately, the former vice president and his staff have started talking about how to begin planning a strategy with a roughly 18-month timeline so that if he decides on another presidential run, he’ll be best positioned to get it off the ground. Biden will be 77 by the time of the next Iowa caucuses, but Biden 2020 just might happen.“He will be in Manchester Sunday night for a speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Party dinner. After that there’s a fundraiser he’ll appear at for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a speech to the Florida Democratic Party, an address to investment leaders’ SALT Conference in Las Vegas in May, and commencement speeches at Harvard, Colby and Morgan State. It’s the kind of schedule that would fit with a candidate in the early stages of a White House run, but advisors say at this point it’s guided only by keeping his commitment to staying involved and helping rebuild the Democratic Party.” http://politi.co/2puoFyU2018 WATCH -- “Investments in Russia become focus in congressional race,” by AP’s Bobby Caina Calvan in Great Falls, Montana: “The leading candidates for Montana’s only congressional seat tangled Saturday over money, including taxes, campaign financing and $240,000 in investments by the Republican candidate that financial disclosures link to index funds with substantial holdings in Russian firms that are under sanctions by the U.S. government. The investments gave Democrat Rob Quist fresh ammunition to lob at Greg Gianforte during their only televised debate before the May 25 special congressional election. Libertarian Mark Wicks also took part in the debate.“The sanctions were put in place by the Obama administration three years ago because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Money was a key issue of the debate, with Quist and Wicks teaming up against Gianforte to denounce the amount of cash he has thrown not only into the race for Congress but also the $6 million of his own money he spent on his failed bid for governor last year.” http://apne.ws/2oM1XoWFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Climate March draws massive crowd to D.C. in sweltering heat,” by WaPo’s Chris Mooney, Joe Heim and Brady Dennis: “On a sweltering April day, tens of thousands of demonstrators assembled in Washington on Saturday for the latest installment of the regular protests that punctuate the Trump era. This large-scale climate march marked President Trump’s first 100 days in office, which have already seen multiple rollbacks of environmental protections and Obama climate policies. The People’s Climate March, which originated with a massive demonstration in New York in September 2014, picked a symbolically striking day for its 2017 event. The temperature reached 91 degrees at D.C.’s National Airport at 2:59 p.m., tying a heat record for April 29 in the district set in 1974 — which only amplified the movement’s message.” http://wapo.st/2oLTQZwWEST COAST WATCH -- “How Maxine Waters became ‘Auntie Maxine’ in the age of Trump,” by L.A. Times’ Sarah Wire: “In the past few months, young people have embraced 78-year-old [Rep. Maxine] Waters and her acerbic comments about President Trump, bringing the Los Angeles Democrat national fame in her 14th term, and a new nickname: Auntie Maxine. ‘It’s unusual for elected officials to step outside of the box,’ Waters said in an interview. ‘The millennials keep telling me for the most part they’ve never heard someone talk like that before.’ Since refusing to attend Trump’s inauguration, Waters, the longest-serving black woman in the House, has achieved icon-level status. Her image and quotes appear on T-shirts and posters. Twitter and Facebook are full of people rubbing their virtual hands in glee at what she might say next.” http://lat.ms/2pxePOUCLICKER -- Democrats are getting creative with their messaging around Trump’s first 100 days. See 100 Days Spotify playlists from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) -- Schumer: http://bit.ly/2pu42mP ... Swalwell: http://bit.ly/2ql48grBONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“The House Mother and the Fraudster -- The Convicted Con Artist Of The Winter White House,” by BuzzFeed’s Tarini Parti in West Palm Beach, Fla.: “Ari Rinkus was convicted of two felonies, owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to his victims, and has a documented habit of lying. But he’s got one big thing going for him: a wife with an important job at Donald Trump’s favorite retreat. And Rinkus is playing that for all it’s worth.” http://bzfd.it/2qsfXAu--“The California Secession Movement’s Ecstatic Rise and Unexpected Collapse,” by Daniel Riley in GQ: “In the wake of the election, the helplessness and indignation of many Californians found an outlet in a fledgling separatist movement that was hell-bent on the impossible: bringing California secession to a real-deal vote. Then, just as things were picking up steam, that’s when the scandal hit.” http://bit.ly/2ptlCck--“Lebanon, USA,” by Foreign Policy’s Ruby Mellen: “One Beiruti photographer [Fadi Boukaram] went looking for America’s heart in 24 towns named for his homeland. This is his journey.” http://atfp.co/2pboKJk--“Everything You Need to Know About Ejecting From a Fighter Jet,” by Jay Bennett in Popular Mechanics: “If you see the ground coming up big and fast, pull the rip cord. ... You will come away from the experience significantly bruised and battered, possibly with fractured bones and torn ligaments.” http://bit.ly/2oPxKkg(h/t TheBrowser.com)--“Free Speech, but Not for All?” by Ted Gup in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: “[A] tectonic shift [has occurred] in Western culture, one in which identity politics, revisionist history, and progressive agendas have become intertwined at the expense of true liberal values. Free speech is now widely viewed by those in academe as a kind of cafeteria offering.” http://bit.ly/2qeneor (h/t ALDaily.com)--“The Genesis of the Gang,” by Jacob Riis in the Sept. 1899 issue of The Atlantic: “To the lawlessness of the street the home opposes no obstacle.” http://theatln.tc/2poZNZw (h/t Longform.org)--“Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road,” by Nick Bilton in Vanity Fair, in an adaption of his new book “American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road” (out Tuesday): “Silk Road once reigned as the Internet’s premier destination for drug deals and even more illicit fare. But as the Web site became a billion-dollar enterprise, its creator, Ross Ulbricht, went from idealistic to dangerous. ... [H]ow the empire collapsed.” http://bit.ly/2pFMC9q ... $19.72 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2ptmcHn--“‘My Aryan Princess’: Drugs fuel a woman’s descent into the world of a violent Brotherhood,” by Scott Farwell in the Dallas Morning News: “My Aryan Princess is a seat-of-the-pants crime drama, a gritty and voyeuristic journey into drug dens, inner sanctums of power and the ritualistic savagery of avowed racists.” http://bit.ly/2pp87bJ--“Meet the Woman Who Took Bill O’Reilly Down,” by Kaitlin Menza in Marie Claire: “He was the most popular figure on the country’s highest-rated television network. But he was no match for New York Times reporter Emily Steel.” http://bit.ly/2pwZoX6--“Death of a dictator,” by Mary Beard in The New Statesman: “How Caesar’s murder set the template for political assassination.” http://bit.ly/2pmHven--“Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets,” by Joshua Levine in Smithsonian’s May issue: “Nearly all appear to have been killed, many with such savagery that it lends an air of grim purposefulness to their deaths. They’ve been strangled, hanged, stabbed, sliced and clobbered on the head. Some victims may have been murdered more than once in several different ways.” http://bit.ly/2oEHWAA--“The Lioness in Winter,” by Gail Sheehy in the May/June issue of Mother Jones: “Dianne Feinstein survived childhood abuse, assassination attempts, and a brutal fight with the CIA. Now it’s time to take on Trump.” http://bit.ly/2ppcUK4--“Now THAT was music,” by Lary Wallace in Aeon Magazine: “One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?” http://bit.ly/2pbMYTP--“How rich hippies and developers went to war over Instagram’s favourite beach,” by Rachel Monroe in The Guardian: “With its Mayan ruins and moonlight raves, Tulum has become Mexico’s hippest holiday destination. But a spate of violent evictions reveals a darker side.” http://bit.ly/2qepHza (h/t Longreads.com)SPOTTED in separate conversations in the Washington Hilton ballroom at the WHCD: Boris Epshteyn and Alex Castellanos, Jason Miller and Frank Sesno, Mary Vought and Dean Cain (pic http://bit.ly/2pjC0fe) ... Rena Shapiro and Samantha Bee having brunch today at the W Hotel ... Rahm Emanuel yesterday on U Street ... Two-time Cy Young winner and Nats superstar Max Scherzer rocking the red in Locust Street Group’s Caps seats yesterday with Alex Slater … At the bar at the Washington Hilton after the WHCD: Jeff Mason and family, Carol Lee, Olivier Knox, Stephen Collinson, Brianna Keilar, Clayton McCleskey, Ben Chang, Marie Harf, Margaret TalevWHCD PARTY CIRCUIT -- SPOTTED last night at the NBC News and MSNBC after-party at the spacious Organization of American States building in Foggy Bottom: Hasan Minhaj with a big group -- he was cracking everyone up, Bob Costa, Noah Oppenheim, Phil Griffin, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Kristen Welker (tearing up the dance floor), Peter Alexander, Katy Tur, Dana Bash, Don Lemon, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Erik Smith and Edith Gregson, Tammy Haddad, Kayla Tausche and Jeff Izant, April Ryan, Carol Melton, Richard Hudock, Ayman Mohyeldin, Jesse Rodriguez, Michael LaRosa, Amy Shuster, John Arundel, Alex Skatell, AshLee Strong, Joe and Giovanna Lockhart, Patrick Steel, Leigh Farris, David Solomon, David Cohen, Will Rabbe, Jim VandeHei, Roy Schwartz, Sara Fischer, Kate Meissner, Jack Smith, Tim Berry, Kenny Day, Natalie Cucchiara, Rachel Zuckerman, Kristen Osborne, Olivia Petersen, Greg Martin, Lauren French, Annie Linskey and dad Patrick Linskey.SPOTTED at Tammy Haddad’s 24th annual Garden Brunch, co-hosted by Hilary Rosen, Kevin Sheekey, Mark and Sally Ein, Fred Humphries, Kelley McCormick and Franco Nuschese at the Georgetown home of co-host Connie Milstein: Greta van Susteren and John Coale, Joe Goldman, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Mindy Finn, Valerie Jarrett and daughter Laura Jarrett, Tina Tchen, Ellen Tauscher, Pete Selfridge, Mark Penn, Kimberley Fritts, Doug Heye, Ben Ginsberg, Heather Podesta, Jeremy and Robyn Bash, Ron and Sara Bonjean, Capricia Marshall, Eric Fanning, Rick Powell, Ali Zelenko, Maggie Steenland, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Marc Adelman, Robert Allbritton, Patrick Steel, Carrie Budoff Brown, Fred Ryan, Bret Baier, Stephanie Ruhle, Kasie Hunt, Dana Bash and Spencer Garrett, Mike Allen, Jim Acosta, Don Lemon, Ali Velshi, Kevin Merida, Ruth Marcus, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fischer Martin, Jayne Visser, Jonathan Capehart and Nick Schmit, Steve Clemons, April Ryan, Megan Murphy, Michael Grynbaum, Brian Stelter, Kevin Cirilli, David Chalian, Sam Feist, Jeff Zeleny, Niki Christoff, Geoff Morrell, Stephanie Schriock.SPOTTED at the BuzzFeed “Red White & Banned” party last night at the Brixton on U Street, where the party gift was BuzzFeed’s children’s book “The President and the Big Boy Truck” (pic: http://bit.ly/2qlq4rR): Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, DeRay McKesson, Symone Sanders, Ben Smith, Shani Hilton, Adrian Carrasquillo, Darren Sands, Katherine Miller, Kate Nocera, Tarini Parti, Steven Perlberg, Miriam Elder, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jim Acosta, Eric Lipton, Tom Kaplan, Matt Flegenheimer, McKay Coppins, Rosie Gray, Zeke Miller, Hunter Schwarz, Paul Kane, Sabrina Siddiqui, Ed O’Keefe, Julia Ioffe, Cora Lewis, Ruby Mellen, Michael Meehan, Nika Nour, Alex De Luca, Michael Gwin.SPOTTED at the Samantha Bee “Not the White House Correspondents” Dinner at the DAR Constitution Hall -- (Video of Bee’s opening segment http://bit.ly/2oXXLi5 ... Will Ferrell returned as George W. Bush http://bit.ly/2qlfv8f): Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, Jim Acosta, Ari Melber, Betsy Woodruff, Hadas Gold, Matt Walsh, Kurt Bardella, Adam Hodge, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Ana Gasteyer, Don Lemon, Jonathan Capehart, Steve Clemons, Andrew Oros, Margaret Carlson, James Alefantis, Jessica Williams, Gidon Feen, Josh and Ali Rogin and Max and Becky Weinberg (pic: http://bit.ly/2qi6uzq).WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Chandler Hudson, SVP at FP1 Strategies’ digital practice, on Saturday married Adam Bair, senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at The Ivy Place in Lancaster, SC. The couple have known each other since childhood and shared their “first kiss” when they were just kids. Pics http://bit.ly/2ql81lF ... http://bit.ly/2ql5WGb ... http://bit.ly/2oULw4Z SPOTTED: Terry Nelson, Rob Jesmer, Joe Mansour, Evan Ross, Abbey Kang, Laszlo Baksay, Caroline Knox, Kate Hunter, Steve Chartan and Cameron Foster, Kent Wilson and his wife Korenna.--“Quinn Dang, Andrew Prokop” – N.Y. Times: “The couple met at Harvard, from which they both graduated cum laude. Ms. Dang, 29, is an associate in the Washington office of the law firm Paul Hastings. She received a law degree cum laude from Georgetown. ... Mr. Prokop, 30, works as the White House correspondent for Vox, the news and politics website in Washington.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2oLvSxs--“Alicia Molt, Stephen West”: “Mrs. Molt-West, 30, works in Washington as the deputy chief of staff to Representative Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin. She is also a yoga teacher. She graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and received a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins. ... Mr. West, 32, works in New York as an associate at JMP Securities, a San Francisco investment banking firm. He was, until 2012, a captain in the Marines. He served as an intelligence officer during two tours in Afghanistan and is now in the Individual Ready Reserve. He graduated from the Naval Academy and received an M.B.A. from Georgetown.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2pKZ7kfTRANSITIONS -- Steven Smith has started as the communications director for Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.). He previously was comms director for Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and is a Boehner alum.BIRTHDAYS: Lindsay Walters, White House deputy press secretary, spending the weekend celebrating with friends (hat tips: Kelly Love and Jessica Ditto) ... Jim Margolis, senior partner and president of GMMB (h/t Erik Smith) ... Bob Livingston is 74 ... Luiza Savage, editorial director of POLITICO Live ... Tina Flournoy, President Clinton’s chief of staff ... Fred Hiatt, WaPo editorial page editor ... Ian Brown ... Politico’s Caitlin Jennings ... Brooke Sammon, media relations and spokesperson at American Petroleum Institute and a Rubio alum ... Nate Lubin, founder of Lubin Strategies and former Obama WH digital director … Matt Wall of Arena Online and alum of Black Rock Group, Right to Rise and Crossroads (h/t Katie Martin) ... Sam Youngman, deputy chief comms and marketing officer at The BitFury Group, is 4-0 -- read his famous Politico Magazine story “Take This Town and Shove It: A White House reporter’s tale of sex, booze and the briefing room” http://politi.co/1TbwhME ... illustrator Barry Blitt is 59 ... Matt Loffman of “Washington Week” and an NBC alum (h/t Bob Costa) ... John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance (h/t Jon Haber) ... Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) is 61 ... Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) is 7-0 ... former Rep. Bill Clay (D-Mo.) is 86 ... Tori Taylor, Hillary and CAP alum ... Matt Segneri, director at HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and alum of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Menino and FBI... cartoonist and illustrator Barry Blitt ... Sophia Kim, FDNY deputy press secretary, former SBA comms team, and #Orange Alum, is 25 (h/t Ben Chang) … John Mulligan, partner at Monument Policy Group (h/t Stewart Verdery) ...... Joe Hagan, New York Magazine contributing editor, is 46 ... Trump inaugural committee member Paul Gates, whose older brother is Rick Gates (h/t Ed Cash) ... NYT’s Anastasia Economides ... Taylor Weeks, of The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful fame (http://bit.ly/2c5aL2l), who works for Sen. Cornyn, is 25 (h/t Devin Mogler) ... Courtney Rice, DSCC deputy press secretary, Ohio native and Priorities alum, is 27 (h/t Lauren Passalacqua) ... Brian Bennett, White House reporter for the L.A. Times ... Daniel Wolman, manager of digital strategy at the Podesta Group ... Politico Europe’s Paul Dallison ... Michael Stroud ... Chai Feldblum, EEOC commissioner ... 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Дональд Трамп развернул свою политику национальной безопасности на 180 градусов, и теперь сосредоточил её на подчинении России, вместо уменьшения опасности от джихадистов. Причина этого резкого изменения в том, что он надеется завоевать поддержку американской аристократии, которая во время президентской гонки в подавляющем большинстве отдала свою поддержку Хиллари Клинтон, и которая (так же, как и принадлежащие […]
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Дональд Трамп развернул свою политику национальной безопасности на 180 градусов, и теперь сосредоточил её на подчинении России, вместо уменьшения опасности от джихадистов. Причина этого резкого изменения в том, что он надеется завоевать поддержку американской аристократии, которая во время президентской гонки в подавляющем большинстве отдала свою поддержку Хиллари Клинтон, и которая (так же, как и принадлежащие ей «новостные СМИ»), пытается изобразить Трампа «дурачком Путина» или даже «манчжурским кандидатом Путина», и потому нелегитимным президентом или даже предателем, обязанным «врагу Америки» (которым для них является Россия) за победу на американских президентских выборах — которой они пытались не допустить. Действительно, даже республиканцы-миллиардеры в целом предпочитали Хиллари Клинтон Дональду Трампу — и почти все они ненавидят Путина, отстаивающего независимость России, которую американская аристократия поносит всякими скверными словами, так что любой американец, который всего лишь усомнится в характеристике России как «вражеской» стране, считается «не американцем», как во времена коммунизма и Джозефа Р.Маккарти, как будто коммунизм и СССР и его Варшавский договор, бывший отражением американского военного альянса НАТО, существуют до сих пор, чего, очевидно, нет. Поэтому: представление текущей международной реальности в американском истэблишменте настолько искажено, что в него могут верить только дураки, но таких дураков существует достаточно, чтобы позволить истэблишменту совершать ужасные вещи, такие как вторжение в Ирак в 2003 году, вторжение в Ливию в 2011 году — это всего лишь два примера, когда были смещены два национальных лидера, относившихся к России дружественно.
Резюме:Утечки Wikileaks могут стать катализатором необходимых изменений в двух областях. Согласование и внедрение стандартов и механизмов кибербезопасности там, где они отсутствуют. И выработка режима ответственного поведения в киберпространстве, в том числе разумного ограничения государственных киберопераций.
During a town hall with CEOs on Tuesday, President Donald Trump took a swipe at former President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill ― aka the American Recovery Act ― by claiming that the 2009 law was a trillion-dollar dud. “Nobody ever saw anything being built,” Trump said. “I mean, to this day, I haven’t heard of anything that’s been built. They used most of that money on social programs, and we want this to be on infrastructure.” This is a false portrayal of the Recovery Act ― not just because its cost came in under $1 trillion, a third of which were in tax cuts, but because Trump has almost certainly seen plenty of things built with stimulus money. If he hasn’t, he doesn’t need to travel far. Projects built with stimulus funds, and businesses that benefited from the law’s passage, surround his current home and the properties he likes to frequent on the weekends. Take, for example, Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the very street where Trump now lives and where the Trump International Hotel stands. There was nearly $20 million spent on “streetscape construction” to improve 6.5 lane miles of Pennsylvania Ave., according to funds tracked in ProPublica’s database. Or consider the site of Trump’s pre-inaugural event: a concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, which was rehabilitated with stimulus money. To get to the White House, the Trump International Hotel, or the Lincoln Memorial, one might consider taking public transportation. That, too, was a beneficiary of the stimulus. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority got $184 million in funds to purchase hybrid buses and paratransit vans, among other things. Trump, of course, doesn’t take public transit. But he does occasionally visit federal buildings. He will likely, at some point, find himself at the Herbert C. Hoover Building ― home of the Department of Commerce ― which got $112,158,081 in stimulus funds for renovation. Maybe he will stop by the St. Elizabeths West Campus of the Department of Homeland Security (a stimulus recipient), or the United States Coast Guard Headquarters building (a stimulus recipient), or wing 2 of the Department of the Interior Main Interior Building (a stimulus recipient). His grandchildren, some of whom are now residents of D.C., may attend public school in the city (OK, not likely). If so, they would be entering a system that benefited from stimulus money. The D.C. government got over $73 million in education stabilization funds through the Recovery Act. And if any of the younger Trumps are looking at colleges, perhaps they’ll decide to attend George Washington University, which got $15 million in stimulus funding to renovate its Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty. When they graduate from said college, they might choose to pursue a career in law or lobbying. Maybe they’ll end up at the firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Located just two miles from the White House, Booz Allen got $71 million in stimulus funds as part of a competitive grant program to help provide broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the country. We’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves here. Before Trump’s grandchildren go off to work or attend college, they’re likely to spend a few weekends at their grandfather’s various iconic properties. Perhaps they’ll go with the president down to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia ― where they could thank the stimulus for the cleanliness of the water, since the Loudoun County Sanitation Authority got $1.5 million to help with wastewater treatment. Along the way, the Trump family might pick up a baguette or two at the French Bread Factory (just 14 miles away), which got a $1.4 million loan through the stimulus. Or they might pass a number of local businesses that received stimulus funds for construction projects ― like the Southland Concrete Corporation, which got $8.6 million to help with the construction of the National Institute of Health’s Neuroscience Research Center, or M.C. Dean, Inc., which got nearly $50 million to help design and build the Social Security Administration National Service Center. Most likely, though, they won’t be spending time in Sterling, because the president prefers to weekend at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. But even there, they wouldn’t be able to escape the Recovery Act. Palm Beach County got $840 million in stimulus funds, or roughly $635 per person, much of it to help with community needs. The school board, for instance, got a $59 million grant as part of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, while Palm Beach State College got over $7.5 million through the account. Local housing was a major beneficiary. Colonial Lake Apartments, 12 miles or so from Mar-a-Lago, got $6,846,934 in stimulus funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The Westgate Plaza Apartments, about six miles from Trump’s resort, got $6,100,000. And the Westgate Belvedere Homes Community Redevelopment Agency, also nearby, got $2,441,578. The stimulus also helped with Palm Beach’s infrastructure needs. Companies use stimulus funding to secure local levees in the Palm Beach area by financing turf reinforcement, excavations, and soil cement. And just to the west of Mar-a-Lago, the Lake Worth Lagoon was restored with the help of $23 million in Recovery Act money. Though Trump and his properties are surrounded by projects, businesses, and community functions that benefited from the stimulus, it’s actually quite understandable that he may not have grasped the extent of the law’s effects. In many cases, the recipients of the money themselves are unaware that they benefited from an Obama-era program. That’s because the funds were often siphoned through a state agency or a contractee, or came in the form of a loan. There were few “big” or new initiatives tied to the program, aside from the memorable failures. Often, the money helped refurbish or repair existing projects ― a less glamorous but probably more consequential pursuit. As Obama’s time in office came to a close, his aides grew more forthcoming about their failures to sell the Recovery Act and its benefits. Trump, for all his shortcomings as a politician, seems unlikely to disappoint in that department as he goes about putting together his own major spending bill ― a $1 trillion project aimed squarely at infrastructure. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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4 июля в День независимости США вновь открылся для посещения символ американской демократии – Статуя Свободы. Если бы эта скульптура не была подарена Францией американскому народу, то спроектированная французским архитектором, отлитая из российской меди и установленная на постамент из немецкого цемента, она могла бы олицетворять не только демократию, но и умение американцев жить чужими мозгами […]
Президент Дональд Трамп не ведёт войну с истеблишментом. Он ведёт войну, чтобы защитить истеблишмент от самого себя и от всех нас. На первый взгляд, это не очевидно. После вступления Трампа в должность, одним из первых его действий было наложение вето на Транстихоокеанское партнёрство, неоднозначное соглашение о свободной торговле, которое, по обоснованному замечанию критиков, приведёт к […]
Американский телеканал NBC в пятницу вечером сообщил о том, что в России обсуждается возможность возвращения США бежавшего из страны бывшего спецагента Эдварда Сноудена в качестве "подарка" новому президенту Дональду Трампу и попытки «заискивать» с новым руководством. Отмечается, что Трамп в своих высказываниях называл Сноудена шпионом и предателем, который заслуживает казни. Об этом телеканалу рассказали сразу два источника. Один из них является высокопоставленным чиновником США, сообщается, что он ознакомился и проанализировал несколько засекреченных отчетов, в которых детально описываются обсуждения российской повестки и планов. По мнению этого госслужащего, выдача Сноудена США — это попытка российского руководства «выслужиться» перед новым американским президентом Дональдом Трампом. Второй источник NBC имеет прямое отношение к американской разведке, и он подтвердил, что такая информация о планах России действительно была собрана спецслужбами за время, прошедшее после инаугурации Дональда Трампа. Сам Сноуден отреагировал на эту информацию постом в Твиттере: «И, наконец: неопровержимые доказательства того, что я никогда не сотрудничал с российской разведкой. Ни одна страна не выдаст шпионов, работающих на нее, ведь тогда другие будут бояться стать следующими», — написал он. Напомним, что в 2013 году бывший сотрудник ЦРУ, спецагент Эдвард Сноуден передал двум крупным американским СМИ секретную информацию Агентства национальной безопасности о слежке спецслужб за информационными коммуникациями между гражданами со всего мира при помощи существующих информационных сетей и сетей связи. Он похитил около 1,7 миллиона файлов, которые были секретными и преимущественно касались ключевых операций американской армии, флота, морской пехоты и военно-воздушных сил. Власти США заочно обвинили спецагента в шпионаже и похищении госсобственности, он был объявлен в международный розыск. Сноуден бежал в Россию, где в 2013 году получил временное убежище, а затем и вид на жительство, который в конце прошлого года был продлен до 2020 года. На днях его адвокат Анатолий Кучерена сообщил, что от новой администрации США пока не поступал запрос на экстрадицию Сноудена, передало агентство РИА Новости. При этом Сноуден живет и работает в России в полном соответствии с законами страны. По словам Кучерены, преждевременно обсуждать получение им российского гражданства, так как подать такое заявление он сможет только спустя пять лет проживания в России, то есть примерно через полтора года. Вопрос судьбы Эдварда Сноудена в связи со сменой власти в США стал подниматься регулярно после победы Трампа на президентских выборах. В конце января пресс-секретарь российского президента Дмитрий Песков как раз комментировал возможную передачу бывшего агента ЦРУ американским властям в случае потепления российско-американских отношений. По словам Пескова, такое решение может быть принято миграционными властями России или лично президентом Владимиром Путиным. «Я не знаю, но он не игрушка, чтобы его передавать», — сказал Песков. Депутат Госдумы III-IV созывов, полковник запаса Виктор Алкснис на своей странице в Facebook прокомментировал новость о «подарке» для Трампа: «Все-таки у наших "партнеров" в Вашингтоне какая-то извращенная логика. В связи с информацией о том, что якобы Россия готова выдать бывшего сотрудника американских спецслужб Эдварда Сноудена США, бывший замглавы ЦРУ Майкл Морелл заявил, что Москва может сделать "подарок" Дональду Трампу, выдав Сноудена США. Он считает, что выдача Сноудена принесет России значительные выгоды и заставит мир рассматривать Россию как РАВНОПРАВНОГО ПАРТНЕРА США. Для любого нормального человека ясно, что выдача Сноудена как раз будет свидетельствовать об обратном. А именно - о капитуляции России. Очень надеюсь, что этого никогда не произойдет. И не только в связи с ситуацией со Сноуденом», — написал Алкснис. Тем временем в США и без Сноудена проблем хватает. На днях бывшему сотруднику АНБ Гарольду Томасу Мартину были предъявлены обвинения в краже и хранении секретной информации, сообщил Минюст США. СМИ тут же затрубили о «новом Сноудене», хотя это пока только предположения: «Мартин, предположительно, предал доверие страны, украв и сохранив засекреченные документы и другие материалы, касающиеся национальной безопасности», — говорится в документе. Мартина обвиняют в том, что на протяжении двух лет он мелкими партиями воровал секретную информацию. При этом сообщается, что у «нового Сноудена» много общего со "старым", в частности, он представлял ту же консалтинговую компанию Booz Allen Hamilton, которая занимается среди прочего и госконтрактами. Мартин был уволен, как только в компании узнали о его аресте.
Ему грозит длительное тюремное заключение. Предал доверие страны, украв секретные документы, касающиеся национальной безопасности – такая строчка, по данным Минюста, содержится в обвинительном заключении. 52-летний Гарольд Томас Мартин работал в той же компании, что и Эдвард Сноуден — Booz Allen Hamilton. Значительная часть ее бизнеса связана с госконтрактами, в том числе, с Агентством национальной безопасности. Прокуратура считает, что бывший служащий украл 500 миллионов страниц конфиденциальных документов. В них есть данные о военных операциях США и список агентов, работающих за рубежом под прикрытием. Общий объем архива – 50 терабайт. Примечательно, что в шпионаже Мартина не подозревают. Правоохранительным органам не удалось доказать, что он кому-либо передал похищенные материалы. В деле около 20 преступных эпизодов. Если суд поддержит прокуроров, то Мартин может получить в общей сложности 200 лет тюрьмы. Защита пытается доказать, что Мартин страдает психическим расстройством, которое выражается в безудержном накоплении ненужной информации. Мужчина содержится под стражей.
A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former National Security Agency contractor accused of spending years piling up massive amounts of classified information at his Maryland home. The contractor, Hal Martin, was charged under the Espionage Act with 20 counts of willful retention of national defense information. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. "The FBI investigation and this indictment reveal a broken trust from a security clearance holder," said Gordon Johnson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office, in a statement.Martin, 52, is at the center of what many consider the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. When the FBI searched Martin’s Maryland house, they found secret documents scattered throughout his home office and car. Federal prosecutors say this was part of a decade-long plot to pilfer government information from the NSA, U.S. Cyber Command and the CIA.According to the indictment, Martin took NSA reports and briefings that detailed specific cyber intrusion techniques, contained agency targets and outlined counterterrorism operations around the globe. He also stole NSA email discussions about who the agency was spying on.Prosecutors say Martin also spent years taking documents from U.S. Cyber Command, the military’s digital war unit. Those documents contained information about the command’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as details on who the country's cyber warriors were going after, according to the indictment.The CIA was also a target. Martin allegedly stole a 2008 document with information about how the agency collected overseas intelligence.The indictment was unclear about each document's level of classification.The theft may go well beyond what’s in the indictment. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that some U.S. officials said Martin allegedly made off with the code behind more than 75 percent of the hacking tools at the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations, the agency’s elite hacking unit.“Willfully retaining highly classified national defense information in a vulnerable setting is a violation of the security policy and the law, which weakens our national security and cannot be tolerated,” Johnson said. The wide-ranging theft has alarmed many, who note it continued despite the government launching a major initiative in 2011 to better suss out “insider threats” following Chelsea Manning’s mass leaking of military and diplomatic secrets. The NSA implemented even more safeguards following Edward Snowden’s bombshell 2013 release of the NSA’s most sensitive snooping secrets. Still, Martin wasn’t caught until last fall. According to the indictment, some of the documents Martin lifted date as recently as Aug. 17, just days before his capture.Martin’s arrest also came on the heels of a mysterious online leak of NSA hacking code.It’s unknown whether Martin had any role in that leak, which was carried out by a mysterious group called the Shadow Brokers. Officials have been looking for any possible ties. But the government’s charges do not include any allegations that Martin transmitted the stolen information to anyone. Martin's attorneys have argued that their client never intended "to betray his country." Instead, they say, Martin was driven by an obsessive desire to conduct his own, independent research.Since his arrest, Martin has been held at a detention facility. In October, a federal judge refused to release the former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor. His attorney declined to comment on the indictment. Martin’s initial court appearance on the indictment is scheduled for Tuesday morning. U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Garbis, a George H.W. Bush appointee, is assigned to the case.
We expect pharmacy innovation company CVS Health Corporation (CVS) to beat expectations when it reports fourth-quarter 2016 results on Feb 9.
Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) looks like an exciting pick for investors as it is poised to beat at earnings season.
Думаю, что некоторые астрономические цифры уже даже и не могут укладываться в наш обессиленный мозг.8 миллиардов рублей в квартире у полицейского7 миллиардов рублей на украшение Москвы к Новому ГодуПримерно вдвое больше (200 с копейками миллионов долларов) ушло на инаугурацию нового президента США)Несколько миллиардов на юристов для нефтяной компаниии т.п., и т.д. бесконечным потокомКонечно, всеми этими деньгами можно было бы кормить много лет обездоленных по всему миру, но только смысл производства денег больше в том, чтобы кто-то за них работал, а кто-то максимизировал эффект на вершине пищевой цепочки.Вот еще один чудесный проект.В США перед инаугурацией произошли некоторые скороспелые расходыОбама в последние часы в Овальном кабинете -- решил отправить $227 млн в фонд Палестины.В армии США тоже торопились -- перед инаугурацией Армия США заключила контракт с компанией Sig Sauer на сумму $ 580 млн, чтобы разработать следующее поколение пистолета P320 на вооружение армии.Sig Sauer переиграл Глок Inc. и Beretta USA, производителя текущего пистолета М9."Мы горды тем, что P320 выбран армией США" сказал Рон Коэн, главный исполнительный директор Sig Sauer.Новый Sig Sauer должен заменить "пистоллет времен холодной войны M9".Финалистами конкурса были Sig Sauer и Глок.Представители Beretta (прежде стоявшей на вооружение) от комментариев отказались.Прочитал пресс-релиз от 19 январяИз крупных контрактов на этот день:Sig Sauer Inc.,-- $580,217,000BAE Systems, Ordnance Systems Inc., Radford, Virginia -- $177,837,003 и $51,351,637По мелочи:$33,102,024$30,790,391$16,276,499$9,799,010$9,009,645$99,000,000$47,305,697$39,140,945$8,121,653$32,553,864$29,913,500$14,890,090maximum $13,000,000$10,000,000...(а вот, например, некие аксессуары на 118 млн.долларов... компании Booz Allen Hamilton "отсыпали" контрактов под 100 млн.долларов и т.д.)и так почти каждый Божий день -- миллиард, миллиард...порой и много больше)_29 декабря:$450,042,458 $324,452,093 $308,343, $106,184,845 $70,512,085 $53,845,548 $26,590,786$19,320,000 $12,683,762 $176,145,880 $102,000,000 $59,986,280 $50,079,091 $37,120,565 $12,973,510 $49,470,784 $58,055,265 чуть меньше 2 млрд.долларов
TRUMP dumps on House GOP tax plan -- SCOOP: GOP group launching Obamacare ads -- PRICE under fire -- OBAMA to Palm Springs post-inauguration -- B’DAY: Maury Povich
Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2jjDKQS … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Tuesday morning. Three days until Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president. More than 40 House Democrats are skipping the inauguration this Friday. Yes, it’s a public display of disapproval of Trump. But we can tell you that it’s actually quite common for some members not to attend the inauguration. They just usually don’t talk about it. It’s usually cold. Members of Congress have the week of inauguration off, and many would simply rather be home -- regardless if they like the president or not. WaPo on the lawmakers sitting it out http://wapo.st/2iwHUIe HAPPENING TODAY -- PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP will meet with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg today to discuss the next Air Force One. Trump then comes to Washington tonight for a dinner honoring Tom Barrack, the chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. THIS IS A BIG DEAL -- “Donald Trump Warns on House Republican Tax Plan: President-elect criticizes border-adjustment measure, which would tax imports and exempt exports, as ‘too complicated,’” by WSJ’s Richard Rubin and Peter Nicholas: “President-elect Donald Trump criticized a cornerstone of House Republicans’ corporate-tax plan, which they had pitched as an alternative to his proposed import tariffs, creating another point of contention between the incoming president and congressional allies. The measure, known as border adjustment, would tax imports and exempt exports as part of a broader plan to encourage companies to locate jobs and production in the U.S. But Mr. Trump, in his first comments on the subject, called it ‘too complicated.’ ‘Anytime I hear border adjustment, I don’t love it,’ Mr. Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday. ‘Because usually it means we’re going to get adjusted into a bad deal. That’s what happens.’ ...“The border adjustment is a core piece of the House GOP tax plan released last June. It would generate about $1 trillion over a decade, significantly offsetting the cost of cutting the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, according to several independent analyses. Mr. Trump’s plan calls for a 15% corporate-tax rate. … House Republicans are banking on the border adjustment to solve several policy goals. By basing taxation on the location of final sales -- not where a company has its investment, intellectual property or headquarters -- they aim to curb corporate tax-avoidance techniques such as inversions and shifting of income to offshore tax havens.” http://on.wsj.com/2jjBtVS -- WHAT THIS MEANS: Put simply, this complicates tax reform, the already complicated cornerstone of what’s supposed to be a unified Republican legislative agenda. Even many of the Trump loyalists can’t wrap their heads around Trump’s “border tax,” which they see as punitive for corporations and consumers, not to mention a political liability. GOP opposition has been staked out pretty firmly, and we don’t think many members of Congress will back off of it. Few truly understand why Trump does what he does -- why he stakes out the positions he stakes out -- but those who have spent time with the president tell us that, behind closed doors, he is much more sympathetic to GOP views, and much of what he says publicly is positioning. But this is a tough public position for Republicans to swallow -- even temporarily. Trump is in the minority here, crosswise with everyone from the rank and file to the leadership. KEEP IN MIND -- In the last week alone, Donald Trump has vowed that the GOP plan for health care would provide insurance for everyone, and now he’s blowing up the GOP’s tax reform agenda. Does he not know Republicans’ positions on these issues? Does he not care? Or both? **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbXON A1 OF NYT -- “FOR WARY WORLD, TRUE TRUMP AIMS REMAIN UNKNOWN -- REMARKS ALARM ALLIES -- Europe and China Wait to See if Provocations Signal Real Shifts,” by Steven Erlanger in London with Melissa Eddy in Berlin, James Kanter in Brussels, Alison Smale in Berlin, and Nick Fandos in Washington (online headline: “As Trump Era Arrives, a Sense of Uncertainty Grips the World”): “The Germans are angry. The Chinese are downright furious. Leaders of NATO are nervous, while their counterparts at the European Union are alarmed. Just days before he is sworn into office, President-elect Donald J. Trump has again focused his penchant for unpredictable disruption on the rest of the world. His remarks in a string of discursive and sometimes contradictory interviews have escalated tensions with China while also infuriating allies and institutions critical to America’s traditional leadership of the West. No one knows where exactly he is headed -- except that the one country he is not criticizing is Russia and its president, Vladimir V. Putin. For now. And that he is an enthusiastic cheerleader of Brexit and an unaffiliated Britain. For now.” http://nyti.ms/2iC5A93 -- “Trump to Europe: Drop Dead: It’s time to say it: Donald Trump is a mortal threat to the Western alliance,” by Alex Massie in Politico Magazine: “Removing sanctions in return for a reduction in nuclear weapons would effectively grant the U.S.’s blessing to Russia’s invasions of Ukraine. Which in turn would induce some unease in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. How can Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania have any confidence in the Atlantic alliance now? Would Trump rally to their defence in the event they were targeted by fresh Russian aggression? At present, it is hard to believe so, which truly would render NATO obsolete.” http://politi.co/2j3GzVv PLAYBOOK SCOOP -- HOUSE GOP GETS REINFORCEMENTS ON OBAMACARE: The American Action Network is launching a six-figure Spanish language ad campaign to help Republicans spread their message about replacing Obamacare. The ad says: “Republicans in Congress have a plan” to improve Obamacare “without interrupting coverage.” The ad will run in six areas with heavy Hispanic populations: the districts of Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Will Hurd (R-Texas), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Barbara Comstock (R-Va.). It's a combined TV and digital buy. The TV ads will run on Univision and Telemundo. See the ad http://bit.ly/2iHo3o4 -- “Ryan and Trump set for Medicare showdown,” by Rachael Bade: “Since the election, Paul Ryan has accommodated and deferred to Donald Trump on all sorts of issues they don’t see eye-to-eye on. But when it comes to Ryan’s career-defining cause — overhauling Medicare and other entitlements — the speaker has held his ground. The clashing philosophies between the GOP’s two top pols — Trump once called Ryan’s doctrine ‘political suicide’ — is about to come to a head. Left unresolved, it threatens to sink tax reform, a top priority for both men.” http://politi.co/2jTwj1YTHE CONFIRMATIONS -- MANU RAJU scoops “First on CNN: Trump’s Cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it”: “Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary. Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN. Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully implemented.“Zimmer Biomet, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of knee and hip implants, was one of two companies that would have been hit the hardest by the new CMS regulation that directly impacts the payments for such procedures, according to press reports and congressional sources. After Price offered his bill to provide Zimmer Biomet and other companies relief from the CMS regulation, the company’s political action committee donated to the congressman’s reelection campaign, records show.” http://cnn.it/2iwApARTHE TRUMP TEAM was quick to push back on the CNN report. Phil Blando, a Trump transition spokesman, said in a statement: “CNN recently broadcast a segment on Dr. Tom Price’s finances that was junk reporting. Any effort to connect the introduction of bipartisan legislation by Dr. Price to any campaign contribution is demonstrably false. The only pattern we see emerging is that Senate Democrats and their liberal media allies cannot abide the notion that Dr. Tom Price is uniquely qualified to lead HHS and will stop at nothing to smear his reputation.”-- NYT A1, “Trump Health Secretary Pick’s Longtime Foes: Big Government and Insurance Companies,” by Abby Goodnough in Roswell, Georgia: “He has always listened politely to other viewpoints but never swerved from his policy mission to protect his former profession from what he views as heavy-handed government intrusion. Many who knew Mr. Price as a doctor here in Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs praise his commitment to his patients. But his legislative record shows that over eight years in the Georgia Senate and 12 years in Congress, he has advocated at least as much for physician groups and health care companies -- seeking to limit damages in malpractice cases, for instance, and voting against legislation that would have required the government to negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries.” http://nyti.ms/2jrTfIX -- “Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce pick, offshored 2,700 jobs since 2004,” by Reuters’ Andy Sullivan: “Billionaire Wilbur Ross, chosen by Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect’s trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running businesses that have offshored thousands of U.S. jobs, according to Labor Department data attained by Reuters. As a high-stakes investor a decade ago, Ross specialized in turning around troubled manufacturing companies at a time when the U.S. economy was losing more than 100,000 jobs yearly due to global trade.” http://reut.rs/2iHiAO2WILL HE, OR WON’T HE? -- That was the question many were asking about Trump’s Labor pick Andy Puzder and whether he could become the first nominee to withdraw his name from nomination after CNN’s John King reported that he was having “second thoughts.” http://cnn.it/2j3JEVz-- @AndyPuzder at 5:47 p.m.: “I am looking forward to my hearing.”--“Ethics paperwork still missing for Trump’s billionaire Cabinet picks,” by CNN’s Laura Jarrett: “Of the current list of 21 nominees, 14 must still sit for Senate hearings, and only five of those 14 have finalized their required paperwork. ... [T]he paperwork for two of President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire nominees with hearings scheduled for this week -- namely, Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos (up Tuesday) and Commerce Secretary-designate Wilbur Ross (up Wednesday) -- were notably missing from the ethics office’s website as of Monday afternoon.” http://cnn.it/2jTkOYc MCCAIN FOR TILLERSON -- @marthamaccallum: “BREAKING NEWS: @SenJohnMcCain tells me he will most likely support #Tillerson nomination after talking with him again today.”ATTN SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE -- @alanagoodman: “Spotted: Steve Mnuchin and group at Trump hotel getting a bottle of champagne sabered”WHAT SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE THINKING -- Senate Democrats may not have landed a kill shot when it comes to Trump’s cabinet nominees, but that hasn’t tamped down their overall belief that they are well-positioned going into the second week of appointment hearings -- especially after the latest Price and Puzder reports. “Many of these nominees are at the point where even if they’re confirmed, they have reached the ‘embattled’ status that, at best, erodes any momentum that Trump’s nominees might have offered him, and at worst will get in their way as they try to implement Trump’s agenda,” said one senior Democratic aide. NEW -- "General Motors Plans at Least $1 Billion in Fresh U.S. Investment: Auto maker’s move is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs," by WSJ's Mike Colias: "General Motors Co. this week will announce plans to invest at least $1 billion across several U.S. factories, two people familiar with the plan said, a move aimed at underlining its commitment to U.S. manufacturing jobs in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the auto maker’s imports from Mexico." http://on.wsj.com/2jU7CCx THE INAUGURATION -- “No Stars? No Problem! Meet Donald Trump’s Determined Inaugural Spokesman,” by The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi: “Of all the painful tasks Trump loyalists have taken on over the 19 months of his meteoric political rise, [Boris] Epshteyn’s is by far the strangest: to explain why it’s no big deal that the country’s first celebrity president -- a man preoccupied by Hollywood, obsessed with movies, with talent, with glitz -- will enter office in the least star-studded inauguration in recent memory. Hell, even George W. Bush managed to get Ricky Martin to saunter down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, crooning ‘Do you really want it?’” http://thebea.st/2iBX0qV -- “Donald Trump To Use Childhood Bible For Inauguration,” by CBN’s David Brody: “In a Brody File exclusive, we’ve learned that when Donald Trump is sworn in as President of the United States this Friday, he’ll take the oath of office by placing his hand on his childhood bible that he’s owned for more than sixty years. He’ll also be using the famous Lincoln Bible as well.” http://bit.ly/2jrJUkw OBAMA TO PALM SPRINGS -- “President Obama and Michelle Obama will be leaving frigid Washington D.C. for sunny Palm Springs ... TMZ has learned. We’re told when the First Family leaves the Capitol after the inauguration, they’ll take a chopper (it will not be Marine One because he won't be the active president when he boards) to Andrews Air Force Base. Our sources say at 2:45 PM they will leave Andrews on Special Air Mission 29,000, the plane that will take them to Palm Springs. It’s the same plane that Obama used as president, but it won’t be called Air Force One.” http://bit.ly/2iHndYnNUMBER OF THE DAY -- Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) re-election spent $2,340 on "gifts" at the Real Cheese Place in Wisconsin on Dec. 6. TRUMP, INC. -- “For Trump, Three Decades of Chasing Deals in Russia,” by Megan Twohey and Steve Eder on A1 of the NYT: “Mr. Trump repeatedly sought business in Russia as far back as 1987, when he traveled there to explore building a hotel. He applied for his trademark in the country as early as 1996. And his children and associates have appeared in Moscow over and over in search of joint ventures, meeting with developers and government officials. During a trip in 2006, Mr. Sater and two of Mr. Trump’s children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, stayed at the historic Hotel National Moscow opposite the Kremlin, connecting with potential partners over the course of several days. As recently as 2013, Mr. Trump himself was in Moscow. He had sold Russian real estate developers the right to host his Miss Universe pageant that year, and he used the visit as a chance to discuss development deals, writing on Twitter at the time: ‘TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next.’” http://nyti.ms/2k0c0UT THE HEARINGS…-- WHAT BETSY DEVOS (EDUCATION NOMINEE) WILL SAY TODAY: “I share President-elect Trump’s view that it’s time to shift the debate from what the system thinks is best for kids to what moms and dads want, expect and deserve … Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child, and they know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, religious, or any combination thereof … I will be a strong advocate for great public schools.”-- WHAT REP. RYAN ZINKE (INTERIOR NOMINEE) WILL SAY TODAY: “I am an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt and believe he had it right when he placed under federal protection millions of acres of federal lands and set aside much of it as National forests. ... There are three immediate tasks: The first is to restore trust by working with, rather than against, local communities and states. Second, is to prioritize the estimated $12.5 billion in backlog of maintenance and repair in our National Parks. And third, to ensure the professionals on the front line, our rangers and field managers, have the right tools, right resources, and flexibility to make the right decisions that give a voice to the people they serve.”-- THE SCHEDULE: Wed.: U.N. nominee Nikki Haley; HHS nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.); EPA nominee Scott Pruitt; Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross. Thurs.: Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin.THE NEW GOP -- “Trump’s Data Firm Snags RNC Tech Guru Darren Bolding,” by Wired’s Issie Lapowsky: “Cambridge Analytica ... [is] poaching the Republican National Committee’s chief technology officer, Darren Bolding, in a quest to become the analytics outfit of record for the GOP. Bolding, who in November 2015 became the RNC’s third CTO in as many years after building his career as an engineer in Silicon Valley, will assume that title at Cambridge, where he will build products for commercial and political clients.” http://bit.ly/2k065yO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION -- “‘Never Trump’ national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted,” by WaPo’s David Nakamura: “They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again. But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are ‘PNG’ — personae non gratae. Their transgression was signing one or both of two public ‘Never Trump’ letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation. ... One former Bush national security official who works at a Washington think tank said that some of his younger staff assistants were invited to participate [in a briefing for Rex Tillerson] but that he was not. He assumes it was because he signed the letter. … [He said:] ‘It’s not just that we’re frozen out. ... I was told they said there was an enemies list.’” http://wapo.st/2jjifzD -- @MaxBoot: “Three work days till inauguration and still no DOD or State appointments below cabinet level. Sign of behind-scenes infighting & gridlock?”-- “Elroy Sailor added to Trump transition team,” by Hanna Trudo: “Sailor, a veteran GOP staffer, most recently worked as a senior adviser to [RNC] chairman Reince Priebus and as senior adviser and director of strategic programs for Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign.” http://politi.co/2jTQn4sTHE NEW D.C. -- “The Alt-Right Comes to Washington: A new generation of nationalists sees a chance to ride Donald Trump’s coattails into the capital. But first they need to do some serious re-branding” by Ben Schreckinger in East Lansing, Mich.: “Milo Yiannopoulos ... [has been] asked to host ‘DeploraBall,’ an unofficial celebration planned for the presidential inauguration weekend. Yiannopoulos described his vision for the event: As guests entered the National Press Club, shirtless Mexican laborers would be building a physical wall around them. Instead of doves, Yiannopoulos would release 500 live frogs in honor of Pepe, the cartoon mascot of pro-Donald Trump internet trolls. The room would be lined with oil portraits in gilt frames, each depicting a celebrity who had vowed to leave the country in the event of Trump’s election. At the end of the night, the portraits would be thrown into a bonfire and burned. Yiannopoulos would send a bill for the party to the Mexican Embassy.” http://politi.co/2ix3coTK-FILE – “Before presidential run, Trump called Russia the ‘biggest problem’ and geopolitical foe of U.S.,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski: “In the interviews reviewed by CNN’s KFile from March 2014, which occurred on NBC News and Fox News, Trump goes as far as to suggest imposing sanctions to hurt Russia economically and then later says he supports such sanctions. Trump also expressed his agreement with former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s 2012 assessment that Russia is the United States’ number one ‘geopolitical foe.’” http://cnn.it/2jrdI0GANDREW KACZYNSKI AND POLITICO GETS RESULTS -- “Monica Crowley to forgo post in Trump White House,” by Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Crowley, who had been tapped to be senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, had been dogged in recent weeks by questions about whether she lifted portions of her past written work from other writers.” http://bit.ly/2iwyYSZ WHAT JOHN BOEHNER IS READING -- “British American Tobacco Agrees to Pay $49 Billion to Take Full Control of Reynolds American,” by WSJ’s Ian Walker in London: “British American Tobacco PLC and Reynolds American Inc. on Tuesday said they had agreed to a sweetened offer of $49.4 billion from BAT for the 57.8% of Reynolds that it doesn’t already own, a deal that will create the world’s largest listed tobacco company by revenue and market value. BAT is paying $29.44 in cash and 0.5260 of an ordinary share for each Reynolds share, valuing its U.S. peer at more than $85 billion. The deal comes after BAT said in October that it had made an offer for Reynolds valued at $56.50 a share, or about $47 billion for the stake it didn’t own.” http://on.wsj.com/2iCaP8A WEST COAST WATCH -- “In California, Democratic politicians’ plans rest on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s future,” by LA Times’ Seema Mehta: “As top California Democrats plot their future career moves, a critical piece of information is missing: Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein seek reelection? Speculation about the 83-year-old senator’s plans took on new urgency this year, as ambitious statewide politicians decide whether to run for governor with Gov. Jerry Brown termed out. News that Feinstein was fitted with a pacemaker last week reignited the parlor game, with California political circles discussing anew what the procedure might mean for the veteran lawmaker as she evaluates her options.” http://lat.ms/2jjtrfX-- HOLLYWOODLAND -- CHELSEA HANDLER interviewed by Ramin Setoodeh in Variety’s special inauguration issue – Q: “Would you ever want to interview Donald Trump?” [A:] “No.” [Q:] “Why not?” [A:] “Why would I? I don’t ever want to see him. I don’t ever want to interact with him, which won’t be a problem. Once he came up to me in a restaurant in L.A. to introduce himself — to tell me he’s Donald Trump. I said, ‘Great.’” http://bit.ly/2jyGeuiTODD PURDUM in Vanity Fair on Obama’s legacy, “Barack Obama Belongs to the Ages”: “It is not too much to say that Obama did for decency in the presidency what only the best of his predecessors have ever done: He and his wife and daughters set an example for good behavior that even many of his political adversaries were forced to concede. He is leaving office seemingly confident that the country that elected him against the historical odds can’t really go wrong, for long.” http://bit.ly/2iwF1XR JASON ZENGERLE in GQ, “Barack Obama Is Preparing for His Third Term”: “‘He is looking forward to January 21, when he and his wife can hang out and relax and they can just stay up and talk as late as they want,’ says [Valerie] Jarrett, ‘and he doesn’t have to worry about what’s waiting for him in a big briefing book the next morning.’ ... ‘You can lock in progress for generations if you win three in a row,’ says [Dan] Pfeiffer... ‘Some of the battles that would have been settled with a Clinton win will now continue for the next 4 to 20 years.’ Another Obama adviser says: ‘There was one sort of framework for what his post-presidency would look like, which was contingent on Clinton winning. Then Trump happened and that threw it all in the trash bin. Now it’s Plan B.’” With cameos by Jon Favreau, Anita Dunn, Tommy Vietor, and David Axelrod http://bit.ly/2jjz2mcDATA DU JOUR – LATimes’ Christina Bellantoni and Mike Memoli: “Obama ... has honored more teams than any modern commander in chief — 86, more than doubling the number of athletes President George W. Bush hosted.” http://lat.ms/2iHzAUiANDREW ROSS SORKIN in DAVOS: “What to Make of the ‘Davos Class’ in the Trump Era”: “[M]issing from these high-minded conversations have been meaningful challengers or critics of the underlying theme that was seemingly stipulated from the birth of this event 46 years ago: Globalization has the potential to benefit everyone. ‘Trump’s election victory is a clear indication that the majority of people are not interested in a world government, but want to return to a classical, local democracy,’ John Mauldin, an economic researcher and author, recently wrote. ‘Strange as it may seem to the Davos men, most people tend to love their ‘patria,’ the land of their fathers.’” http://nyti.ms/2iwPHFQ POLITICO IS LIVE FROM DAVOS – POLITICO’s Florian Eder, Ryan Heath and Matthew Kaminski are live from the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, where they’re reporting how the powerful move around in the Swiss ski town, and breaking news from the Congress Centre and surrounding venues. If you’re in Davos or interested in receiving a special Davos Playbook every morning during the meeting, sign up here. http://bit.ly/1Emvt6C MEDIAWATCH -- ALLISON HOFFMAN to POLITICO – CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN, PAUL VOLPE, and KAREY VAN HALL email the staff: “We’re thrilled to announce that Allison Hoffman, a senior editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, will be our new national editor directing coverage of the new Trump administration, from the West Wing to Foggy Bottom, K Street, and beyond. ... Allison holds a BA from Oxford University and a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.” -- “How Fox News Helped a Historically Black School Go to the Inauguration” – USA Today: http://usat.ly/2juJKbU CLICKER -- On this special holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Playboy has resurfaced the first official online publication of Rev. King’s essay, “A Testament of Hope,” since it was first printed in the January 1969 issue. John Meroney wrote an intro. http://bit.ly/2jELooV ... A December 1968 Playboy ad in the NYT promoting the essay http://politi.co/2j3Pypn SPOTTED IN DAVOS -- Tom Donilon and Eric Cantor joined a group of 50 global corporate executives at a WPP breakfast Tuesday morning to discuss government’s role as a communicator in a post-truth, post-post-democracy world … At the White House Cubs celebration (doing very little reporting): Darren Samuelson, Elena Schneider, Eli Stokols, Louis Nelson, Manu Raju, Peter Alexander, Alex Leary, Zeke Miller, Tim Kurkjian, Christine Brennan -- pic of the POLITICO crew http://bit.ly/2iwP5Ql … Also spotted at the event: Rahm in the front row next to Josh Earnest, Sen. Dick Durbin, Ray LaHood (with Carl Hulse sitting next to him). Axelrod came in a “Bryant Rizzo ‘16” t-shirt under his suit coat ...… Jack Lew last night at Char Bar, DC’s only kosher restaurant ... Jim Inhofe waiting for his bags at DCA baggage claim yesterday ... At the Trump Hotel bar last night: Rudy and Judith Giuliani, Bill Paxton and Vin Weber, and Sen. Roy Blunt ... Denis McDonough yesterday at the packed 14th Street Trader Joe’s buying food for Martha’s Table with his three kids. (Our “grateful career civil servant” tipster heard him reading the Martha’s Table website aloud from his phone about what types of food they needed to buy to donate.)OUT AND ABOUT IN MUNICH -- Kara Swisher moderated a political/media panel at the DLD tech conference with Hilary Rosen, Megan Murphy and Tammy Haddad in a session called “The Elephant in the Room: How to Cope with The New Reality”. 5-min. highlight reel http://bit.ly/2juAQLj SPOTTED: Shelby Coffey, Esther Wojcicki, Eric Kuhn, Jason Rapp, Jeff Jarvis, Arianna Huffington and Natalia Brzezinski. WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- CNN national correspondent @ryanobles: “Welcome to the world, John ‘Jack’ Austin Nobles. @KareyNobles and baby are doing very well.” Pic http://bit.ly/2jjgxyn WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Mike Reed, former comms director for former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former NRSC research director and now founder and president of River Delta Strategies LLC, got married in New Orleans on Saturday to Alice Knight, program officer at Single Stop and Jindal alum. Highlights included the Second Line brass band parade around the historic French Quarter as well of the win of Mike’s beloved New England Patriots. They met when Mike went down to Louisiana for an interview with Bobby. Pic http://bit.ly/2k0a1Qk SPOTTED: Former Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kyle Plotkin, Colin Reed, Austin Sherill and Jahan Wilcox. --Lauren Davis, research analyst for the Senate Armed Services Committee and daughter of Karen and Rick Davis (former McCain presidential campaign manager), married Michael Lueptow, investigative counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, at Keswick Hall near Charlottesville on Saturday. The bride and groom are honeymooning in Phuket. Pics http://bit.ly/2j43wYy ... http://bit.ly/2juRFWi SPOTTED: Sen. John and Cindy McCain, Charlie and Judy Black, Adam and Jennifer Gutbezahl, Laurence Gay, Noelle Griffith, Loran and Robbie Aiken, Stan Anderson, Noelle Griffith, Corey Ershow, Whitney FahmiENGAGED -- Rachel Hoff, director of defense analysis at the American Action Forum, to Kate Meck, who works at the FDA. Rachel was the first openly gay member of the Republican Platform Committee last summer, when she urged the adoption of more inclusive language on marriage and LGBT freedom. She said in her speech (http://cs.pn/2iCaN0E), “We all agree on one thing, the importance of the institution of marriage to our society. Gay and lesbian Americans are simply asking for the opportunity to join that institution, to share in that institution, and to strengthen that institution. We are your daughters, your sons, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, the couple that sits next to you in church -- and one day, when I am ready to marry the woman I love, I hope it will be me.” That day came on Sunday when the couple proposed to each other in front of the heart wall mural at Union Market. Pic http://bit.ly/2k0hNtrTRANSITIONS – American Express hired Holly Lass, formerly of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, as director of government relations to manage tax issues for the company in D.C. ... Luke Carter, formerly of the Jeb Bush data team and currently senior data services manager at GOP establishment firm The Data Trust, has recently accepted a job to become the Director of Data Science at Y2 Analytics, a rapidly growing analytics firm located in Salt Lake City. He will be reunited with his former boss on the Jeb campaign, Scott Riding, who was the deputy analytics director for Jeb and is currently managing partner at Y2 Analytics. BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Cameron Poursoltan, legislative correspondent for Chairman Michael McCaul (h/t Richard Chalkey, who was on time)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Maury Povich is 78, celebrating by “hiding on my birthday in my bedroom waiting for my wife (Connie Chung) to return from Baltimore where she is taping a couple of episodes of the new ‘House of Cards’ season. She refuses to reveal plot lines.” Maury recently bought Chadwick’s on Wisconsin Avenue with partners Tony Kornheiser, Gary Williams and Alan Bubes. The restaurant is now called Chad’s, but is expected to be renamed soon. Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2iCbreIBIRTHDAYS: First Lady Michelle Obama is 53 ... Rebecca Berg, national political reporter at RealClearPolitics, CNN analyst and the pride of San Diego (h/t boyfriend Brendan Buck) ... former FCC chairman Newton Minow is 91 ... Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is 63 ... Hunter Ward, bro of Jon, Joe, Ryan, etc. ... Steve Shepard, editor of The Politico Caucus and Politico’s chief polling analyst, and also a weather junkie and fan of the Mets, Giants, Rangers and GW basketball ... Joanne Kenen, executive editor of health at Politico ... John Wagner, the pride of St. Louis covering the White House for the WaPo, is 48 (h/ts Annie Linskey and Sean Johnson) ... Alyssa Franke in digital at EMILY’s List ... Chris Jones, CEO at PoliTemps/Capitolworks ... Al Shofe, “the Sherpa” … Nikki Schwab, U.S. political reporter at The Daily Mail and a U.S. News alum (h/t Neil Grace) ... NBC News’ Alex Moe, a Terps and Skins fan ... David Avella, chairman of GOPAC, which educates and elects the next generation of Republican leaders ... Ret. RADM Stephen Gilmore, former head of the defense staff at the Australian embassy (h/t daughter Sarah) ... Scott Goodstein, CEO of Revolution Messaging, digital firm to Bernie Sanders 2016; and social media pioneer for Obama’s 2008 campaign ... Steve Rabinowitz, president and co-founder of Bluelight Strategies (h/ts birthday girl Joanne Kenen, Jon Haber, Teresa Vilmain, Jewish Insider) ... Elizabeth Hays Bradley, comms. strategy director at AARP ... Dan Gilbert, majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, is 55 ... No Labels co-founder and “New Center” guru Dr. Bill Galston is 71 (h/t Dennis Craig) … Jeremy Pelofsky, SVP at Finsbury and the pride of Kansas City and a Reuters and Ketchum alum (h/t Bill McQuillen) ... … Tommy Joyce of Booz Allen Hamilton and an NSC and State alum (h/ts Lauren Ehrsam and Jason Gorey) ... Kousha Navidar, associate at West Wing Writers and former speechwriter to SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet, a former Googler and Harvard grad ... Charlotte Rediker is 13 ... Becca Sobel, editorial assistant at Architectural Digest ... Julie Barko Germany, executive director at White Coat Waste Project and GenOpp alum ... John Seabrook, staff writer at The New Yorker is 58 ... Mary Clare Rigali, associate at Albright Stonebridge ... John Hoyt … Mike Spahn, COS to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) (h/ts Teresa) ... Haris Alic, digital and social media manager at The Coalition for Public Safety ... Karlygash Faillace, senior policy advisor at State ... Doug Wilder is 86 ... Colorado politics guru Alyssa Roberts ... Barbara Riley, comms director/press secretary for the American Forest and Paper Association ... Vadim Lavrusik, founder and CEO at Alively and a Facebook alum, is 31 ... Taylor Barden, a Landrieu and Manchin alum ... Warren Cathedral is 56 ... Robbie Hughes is 35 ... Amit Jani ... John M. Gillespie ... Hope Tackaberry Millard ... Noelani Bonifacio of Republican Study Committee ... Tegan Millspaw Gelfand, director of policy and regulatory affairs at CVS Health ... Mark Pieschel, LC for Rep. Tim Walberg (h/ts Legistorm) … actress Betty White is 95 ... James Earl Jones is 86 ... actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 6-0 ... Jim Carrey is 55 ... electronic music DJ Tiesto is 48 ... Kid Rock is 46 ... Zooey Deschanel is 37 ... Kathrine Herzer, who got her start for playing Alison McCord, Tea Leoni’s teen daughter – and Washington’s best-known middle child -- on “Madam Secretary,” is 2-0 (h/ts AP)
TRUMP’s media round robin…‘INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY’ -- SPICER, WHCA meet on briefings: CLASH OVER access to W.H. -- BETSY DEVOS profile -- B’DAY: Frank Maisano
Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2jr9uFW … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Monday morning. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and welcome to Inauguration Week. Four days until President Donald J. Trump. NBC News' Bradd Jaffy said on Twitter this morning that, as of 8 a.m. ET, there are fewer than 100 hours until Trump takes office. The president elect is expected to meet with Martin Luther King III in New York later today. Eric Trump, Stephen Miller and ABC's Deborah Roberts -- with a camera crew -- have all entered Trump Tower this morning, per pooler Maggie Haberman of the NYT.A NEW STANDARD -- DONALD TRUMP gave a few interviews in the last couple days. But the most noteworthy for our community is what he said to our pal Bob Costa of the Washington Post. His declaration to Costa that the Republican plan to replace Obamacare will provide “insurance for everybody” is sending shockwaves through elected Republican officials in D.C. Republicans had judiciously stayed away from such promises, knowing that it would be nearly impossible to insure as many people as Obamacare did. The catchphrase has been “universal access” to health insurance. Sean Spicer, Trump’s incoming White House press secretary, walked some of this back closer to congressional GOP orthodoxy this morning, but Trump saying he wants to insure everyone shows just how difficult a position D.C. Republicans are in. Privately, Republicans are fretting about being seen as indifferent to uninsured Americans. Have no doubt: Trump’s comment will be used against the GOP if they fall short of “insurance for everybody.” And, in a slight surprise to the leadership on Capitol Hill, Trump says the plan is almost formulated!-- “Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan,” by Bob Costa and Amy Goldstein: “‘We’re going to have insurance for everybody,’ Trump said. ‘There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.’ People covered under the law ‘can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.’ … Trump warned Republicans that if the party splinters or slows his agenda, he is ready to use the power of the presidency — and Twitter — to usher his legislation to passage. ‘The Congress can’t get cold feet because the people will not let that happen,’ Trump said during the interview with The Post.” http://wapo.st/2jWehAl -- LET’S BE CLEAR: If Trump released a health plan today, it’s still a while before it comes to the floor of the House and Senate. Any plan would have to go through committees in the House, which can take a while. We don’t expect anything to pass Congress for another month or two at the earliest. Trump World understands this privately.TRUMP TALKS TO THE TIMES OF LONDON -- “Donald Trump: I’ll do a deal with Britain -- Exclusive first UK interview -- ‘We should be ready to trust Putin’ -- Europeans could face US travel curbs,” by Michael Gove and Oliver Wright: “He will agree a nuclear weapons reduction deal with President Putin of Russia in return for lifting US sanctions. He was highly critical of Russia’s intervention in Syria, however, describing it as ‘a very bad thing’ that had led to a ‘terrible humanitarian situation’. ... Orders will be signed next Monday to strengthen America’s borders, which could include travel restrictions on Europeans coming to the US as well as ‘extreme vetting’ for those entering America from parts of the world known for Islamist terrorism. … He believes that Angela Merkel made a ‘catastrophic mistake’ when she let more than 1 million migrants in to Germany, adding that the EU had become ‘a vehicle for Germany’. ... He will start off by trusting Mrs Merkel and Mr Putin, but that might not last long.” http://bit.ly/2itgjaG AND HE CHATS WITH BILD… “Trump Slams NATO, Floats Russia Nuke Deal in European Interview,” by Bloomberg’s Rainer Buergin and Toluse Olorunnipa: “Repeating a criticism of NATO he made during his campaign, Trump said that while trans-Atlantic military alliance is important, it ‘has problems.’ ‘It’s obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago,’ Trump said in the Bild version of the interview. ‘Secondly, countries aren’t paying what they should’ and NATO ‘didn’t deal with terrorism.’” http://bloom.bg/2itx31xJEFF MASON, the president of the White House Correspondents Association, met with incoming W.H. Press Secretary Sean Spicer for nearly two hours Sunday. WHAT THEY DISCUSSED, per Jeff: “Increasing participation in the White House briefings … That has sparked his team to consider moving daily briefings out of the White House’s James S. Brady Briefing Room to a larger facility on the White House complex. ... I made clear that the WHCA would view it as unacceptable if the incoming administration sought to move White House reporters out of the press work space behind the press briefing room. Access in the West Wing to senior administration officials, including the press secretary, is critical to transparency and to journalists’ ability to do their jobs.”-- @maggieNYT: “The WH briefing room issue is a classic Trump maneuver - float an extreme and bargain back from [email protected]: “‘Will the press still be allowed to have offices in the West Wing?’ -- @NorahODonnell ‘Yeah.’ -- @seanspicer” http://bit.ly/2iyi5md DATA DU JOUR -- Per Twitter: Saturday “was @RepJohnLewis’ biggest day of follower growth on Twitter ever - 60k new followers. His second biggest was last June when he led the sit-in for gun control. In the last 48hrs alone, there have been 1.5M Tweets mentioning the congressman. Those Tweets peaked on Saturday morning at 3,000 tweets sent in one minute. #GoodTrouble has been one of the most popular hashtags among those Tweets.”-- "World’s 8 Richest Have as Much Wealth as Bottom Half of Global Population," by NYT's Gerry Mulany: "The report, based on Forbes’s annual list of billionaires, was prepared for release with this week’s gathering of world leaders and business elites at Davos, Switzerland. It follows up on a similar study conducted a year ago that found that the world’s richest 62 people had as much wealth as the bottom half of the population. Oxfam said it revised the findings based on new data gathered by Credit Suisse." The eight: Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega Gaona (founder of Inditex, which owns Zara), Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Mike Bloomberg. http://nyti.ms/2j0nVgV FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY -- “Democrats sweat Clinton vs. Sanders rift,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “The Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders rift is bubbling up in gubernatorial primaries. It’s pulsing through the race for [DNC] chairman, and shaping state party leadership contests from Hawaii to Maine. Long after the Democratic presidential nomination was settled, the bruising 2016 primary fight continues to divide the party, hindering Democrats’ ability to unite and prompting national party leaders to tiptoe around the issue in the hopes of avoiding an outbreak of Sanders-Clinton proxy wars.” http://politi.co/2jnUY2f-- Former DNC Chairs Don Fowler, Terry McAuliffe and Ed Rendell have all thrown their support behind Adam Parkhomenko (of “Ready for Hillary” fame) for vice chair. http://bit.ly/2jg8odTFIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father who helped rally Democrats against Trump at the Democratic National Convention, is joining People for the American Way and PFAW Foundation’s board. http://bit.ly/2jnTJ37 -- LAUREN FRENCH, a former POLITICO and Signal Group alumna, will join House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley’s team as communications director and spokesperson. Crowley’s longtime communications director, Courtney Gidner, recently assumed a new senior role as director for strategic communications for the caucus.WHAT KALORAMA IS READING – “There goes the neighborhood: Obamas, Ivanka Trump, Jeff Bezos moving in,” by WaPo’s Paul Schwartzman on A1: “A majestic mix of mansions, townhouses, apartment buildings and embassies northwest of Dupont Circle, Kalorama is like any other neighborhood, residents insist — albeit one that requires a minimum of several million dollars to buy into. Or if you have $20,000 a month available for rent, that’ll work, too. The neighborhood includes next to no places to buy a cup of coffee, not to mention eggs or a quart of milk, though the bare essentials can be acquired at the 7-Eleven on Wyoming Avenue NW, a bit less than a mile from the Obamas’ place. ... Before Obama, Woodrow Wilson was the only president to move to Kalorama immediately after leaving the White House. At varying points, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover also resided in the neighborhood.” http://wapo.st/2jWaGSz MEGATRENDS – “Global report sees rise in inequality in U.S.,” by David Cohen: “Economic inequality is increasing across the globe, including in the United States, according to a report by the World Economic Forum. The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017, released early Monday in Europe in anticipation of this week’s meeting of the World Economic Forum, also said median per capita income fell by 2.4 percent among people in the world’s richest nations and that growth in those nations slowed to a crawl. ... According to the report, the United States ranked 29th out of 30 in net income inequality, 29th in wealth inequality and 28th in poverty rate. The U.S. did, however, rank No. 4 in median income.” http://politi.co/2iZYf40 ... Release http://politi.co/2jPT0UX ... The report http://politi.co/2itnfEISUBSCRIBE to Davos Playbook! POLITICO Europe’s Florian Elder and Ryan Heath give you the scoop from the global forum. http://politi.co/2j0iYol ... Sign up http://politi.co/2iy4WcL FUN N.Y. POST cover, “Woodward vs. Bernstein: Watergate journos clash over Trump dossier” http://nyp.st/2iCRQOP TRUMP’S CABINET -- BETSY DEVOS PROFILE – “How Betsy DeVos Used God and Amway to Take Over Michigan Politics: With her nomination as education secretary, a powerful political clan will bring its overtly Christian agenda to Washington,” by Zack Stanton (a Michigan State grad) in Politico Magazine: “[T]he DeVos family, with Dick and Betsy at the helm, has emerged as a political force without comparison in Michigan. Their politics are profoundly Christian and conservative—‘God, America, Free Enterprise,’ to borrow the subtitle of family patriarch Richard DeVos’ 1975 book, ‘Believe!’—and their vast resources (the family’s cumulative net worth is estimated at well over $5 billion) assure that they can steamroll their way to victory on issues ranging from education reform to workers’ rights.” http://politi.co/2jAZzeA ... $9.99 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2itHty6 WASHINGTON, INC. – NYT A12, “Corporations Open the Cash Spigot for Trump’s Inauguration,” by Nick Fandos: “In exchange [for donations], Mr. Trump’s most prolific donors will gain access to what amounts to a parallel inauguration week, carefully planned and largely out of public sight, during which they can mingle with members of the incoming administration over intimate meals and witness Mr. Trump’s ascension from the front rows. ... The festivities will begin Tuesday evening with a black-tie ‘Chairman’s Global Dinner’ for Mr. Trump’s cabinet picks, congressional leaders, foreign diplomats and a few top donors. On Wednesday, events include a lunchtime reception hosted by Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, and a dinner honoring Vice President-elect Mike Pence ... Thursday will feature another ‘leadership luncheon,’ a public concert at the Lincoln Memorial featuring artists like Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down, and a candlelight dinner with Mr. Trump and his family for about 1,500 in the great hall of Union Station.” http://nyti.ms/2ixHlss OBAMA ON ‘60 MINUTES’ -- “Obama warns Trump must improve relations with intel community,” by Sarah Wheaton: “While Obama and his staff have generally refused to disclose many details of Obama’s private discussions with Trump during the transition, Obama did make one piece of advice public. ‘The one thing I’ve said to him directly, and I would advise my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that, as we go forward, certain norms, certain institutional traditions, don’t get eroded, because there’s a reason they’re in place.’” http://politi.co/2j06gWS … The full interview http://cbsn.ws/2jgh6cm -- @realdonaldtrump yesterday starting at 7:16 p.m.: “.@FoxNews ‘Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.’ Oh really, couldn’t do… much worse - just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?”READER IN CHIEF -- “Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books”: NYT’s book critic Michiko Kakutani interviews the outgoing POTUS on his reading habits: “The writings of Lincoln, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, Mr. Obama found, were ‘particularly helpful’ when ‘what you wanted was a sense of solidarity,’ adding ‘during very difficult moments, this job can be very isolating.’ ... He had lunch last week with five novelists he admires — Dave Eggers, Mr. Whitehead, Zadie Smith, Mr. Díaz and Barbara Kingsolver. He not only talked with them about the political and media landscape, but also talked shop, asking how their book tours were going and remarking that he likes to write first drafts, long hand, on yellow legal pads.” http://nyti.ms/2j03kcDFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Arrest warrant sought for head of Samsung Electronics in South Korean political scandal,” by LA Times’ Matt Stiles in Seoul: “South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought a warrant for the arrest of the Samsung Group’s de facto leader — one of the nation’s wealthiest and most-powerful executives — in a bribery case related to last month’s impeachment of the country’s president. Investigators allege that Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., improperly directed company funds to a confidant of the impeached president, Park Geun-hye — perhaps in an effort to solidify his dynastic control over the tech giant, which is South Korea’s largest company.” http://lat.ms/2jBeUvPWHAT DEMOCRATS ARE SHARING – “This Local News Segment Shows The Obamacare Danger Ahead For Republicans” – HuffPost: “Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican who represents [a] swing district [in Colorado], planned a small event at a library to meet with constituents. He expected just a handful of people, but 150 individuals showed up. Most of them ... were present to plead with him not to go forward with an Obamacare repeal without a suitable replacement in place.” http://huff.to/2ixIFM3GOTHAM WATCH -- NYT A1, “Yellow Cab, Long a Fixture of City Life, Is for Many a Thing of the Past,” by Winnie Hu: “[Y]ellow cabs — which now number just 13,587 — have lost significant ground to a growing fleet of black cars summoned by ride-hailing apps ... Today, more than 60,000 black cars are for hire in the city. More than 46,000 are connected with Uber, though they may also work for other services too. And the competition is fierce.” http://nyti.ms/2it3w8m MEDIAWATCH -- BEN SMITH interviewed by BRIAN STELTER for CNN’s “Reliable Sources” about that Trump dossier: http://bit.ly/2iCOUBEBUZZFEED LAUNCHES ‘TRUMP WORLD’ – It is “an ambitious effort to map all the connections in the vast network of the Trump administration’s many business and other connections. ... We spent two months combing through public records, news reports, and other sources to compile a list of more than 1,500 people and organizations connected to President-elect Trump, his cabinet, and top advisors.” http://bzfd.it/2iZH9DH JACK SHAFER on how “Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again”: “Donald Trump and his forthcoming presidency may be the greatest gift to Washington journalism since the invention of the expense account. His unorthodox approach to politics and governance has vaporized the standard, useful, yet boring script for reporting on a new administration’s doings.” http://politi.co/2ituP2bTRUMP’S AMERICA – per Yahoo: In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, national correspondent Holly Bailey visited towns and cities across the country, speaking to voters who had supported Trump in the election. “It was a two-week, nearly 5,000-mile winding odyssey deep into the heart of Trump’s America, starting in the Rust Belt town of Erie, Pa., and ending in Bakersfield, Calif., one of the last Republican areas in a state that has gone deeply blue.” https://yhoo.it/2jmsrKsCOVERING THE COVERAGE – “Bloomberg’s special Inauguration coverage begins [tonight] at 9 p.m. ET with the first of four one-hour ‘With All Due Respect’ specials hosted by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann that will explore different elements of the new administration’s priorities. ... On Inauguration Day, Halperin and Heilemann will anchor live coverage of the day’s events from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET available on Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg.Com and live-streamed on the Bloomberg Politics YouTube page, and will host an encore episode of ‘With All Due Respect’ LIVE at 5 p.m. ET on Bloomberg TV.”FUTURE OF MEDIA -- “Michael Lynton Exiting Sony to Serve as Snapchat Chairman,” by the Hollywood Reporter’s Kim Masters: “Michael Lynton is stepping down from his position as CEO of Sony Entertainment, the film, television and music conglomerate, to serve full-time as chairman of the board of social media power Snapchat. The move, announced Friday in an email by Lynton to Sony staff, will happen in six months. It is unclear who will replace him. Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman remains in place, according to Sony. Lynton, 57, had been at Sony for 13 years, initially brought in when Amy Pascal was head of the film studio. He has been steadily promoted as the studio achieved success with the Spider-Man and James Bond franchises, TV hits such as Breaking Bad and The Blacklist and music moves such as purchasing Michael Jackson's half of the Sony/ATV catalog.” http://bit.ly/2ixW2fd DESSERT -- The teaser trailer for “The Wizard of Lies,” the new HBO movie about Bernie Madoff, is out. It stars Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer. http://bit.ly/2jPNamf SPOTTED: Hillary Clinton taking in the last day of the Broadway show “Humans” Sunday afternoon. She received two standing ovations — one when she sat down and another when she left the theater … Sean Spicer at Sunday evening Mass at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill. TRANSITIONS – David All, a former speechwriter for the late Sen. George Voinovich and comm director for former Rep. Jack Kingston, is launching a new communication agency, OneNineNinety, based in Columbus, Ohio. http://OneNineNinety.com WEEKEND WEDDING – “Derika Jaffe, Philip Rosenthal” – Times: “The bride, 32, will be taking her husband’s name. She works in Manhattan, overseeing business-renewal operations at Salesforce.com, a San Francisco-based software management services company. She graduated from the University at Buffalo. ... The groom, 50, is the co-founder and president of Fastcase, an online legal research company in Washington. He was the 2016 Republican candidate in New York’s 10th Congressional District, which includes the West Side of Manhattan and much of Brooklyn.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2iZMt9P WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Natalie Buchanan, director of member services for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Sean Joyce, COS for Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), have welcomed Genevieve Covington Joyce. “We are totally in love with our little angel ... Baby is healthy, mom is recovering just great, and and is a real life superwoman.” Instapic “from when her new favorite Uncle Kevin [McCarthy] came to visit last weekend”! http://bit.ly/2iCUjZlBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Frank Maisano, of Bracewell, a GWU professor, big hockey fan and the pride of Center Line, Mich., celebrating in Pottstown, PA, umpiring an indoor field hockey tournament with his daughter Hannah – read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2jgcpiN BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Hawaii Gov. David Ige turned 6-0 ... the great Robin Goldman, formerly of the Debate Commission now back at Haddad Media (h/t Tammy, who was on time) BIRTHDAYS: Scott Goodstein, founder and CEO of Revolution Messaging ... Reagan Brown ... Clay Dumas, chief of staff at the WH Office of Digital Strategy ... Maria Hatzikonstantinou, VP at CRC Public Relations and huge Giants fan … Dan Hill, president of Hill Impact ... Cassie Menn, partner/GM/SVP of the Houston office for FleishmanHillard and a DC ex-pat ... Andrew Mountain, a Bush 43 WH alum ... Kelly Allen, a Peter Welch alum now a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton ... Greg Polk, senior director of global gov’t affairs at TE Connectivity, is 41 ... Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) is 66 ... Maureen McGrath, deputy director of No Labels (h/t Dennis Craig) ... OMB alum Sally Ericsson, now a resource conservation and climate consultant ... Doug Haynes, LC for Rep. Norcross and the pride of Cleveland, OH, is 31 (h/t Malcolm Richards) ... Vincent Frillici, principal at Frillici Strategies, celebrating with Chris (h/t Jon Haber) ... Bruce Collins, C-SPAN corporate VP and general counsel ... Rob Goodman, a former Hoyer speechwriter now a Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory at Columbia, is 33 ... Luke Knittig, LMI’s VP of corp. comms and former NATO spokesman ... … Matthew Herrick, SVP at Story Partners and a USDA alum, is 4-0 -- read his Q&A with Modern Farmer magazine http://bit.ly/2itzv8k ... Anne Fauvre, now with Apple and an Albright Stonebridge alum … Sirin “Teddy” Bulakul, MBA candidate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management ... Stephen Szypulski, associate for financial crime compliance at Goldman Sachs who formerly worked in NJ politics (h/t Anjani Nadadur) ... Alicia Preston, the pride of N.H ... Yun Kim ... Jerry Gray, Politico’s director of IT operations ... Paolo Liebl von Schirach ... Jackie Huelbig ... Chita Rivera … Linda Semans ... Tim Robillard … Elaine Baxter … Craig Underwood ... Eric Dick ... Sam Pritchard (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Dana Mishoe Black ... Debbie Berger Fox ... Mitch Dworkin is 5-0 ... author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 87 ... talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 7-0 ... Kate Moss is 43 ... NFL QB Joe Flacco is 32 (h/ts AP)
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(буду благодарен за острую критику к моему материалу на Вечернем политруке)Политически наивно питать иллюзии, будто политика США в части давления на Россию может измениться в ближайшей или среднесрочной перспективе.Пока в России сохраняется преемственность власти, а в составе актеров политического сериала под названием «выборы в США» не возникает независимых от воли «продюсеров» фигур, «международные» санкции против России, принятые США, странами ЕС и Британского содружества, сохранятся, и по мере углубления кризиса будут ужесточаться. Политическая машина запущена, бюджеты выделены, раздутые штаты пропагандистов, ВПК и частно-государственных спецслужб потирают руками, вспоминая хлебные годы Холодной войны.Чтобы удерживаться на ходу, эта конструкция непрерывно генерирует рапорты об успехах в «борьбе с Россией», — даже если «успех» выражается в «прорыве» на региональные выборы антипутинской партии.(Вообще, российской псевдо-оппозиции стоит усвоить, что до её нужд и чаяний функционерам бюрократической машины США начхать с высокой колокольни, как и на «вашу и нашу свободу». Любая антиправительственная движуха: статья, посадка, протест, громкое заявление…, – интересны лишь в той мере, которая позволяет записать в отчет «результат работы с гражданским обществом», и получить по итогам отчетности бонус).Политической же элите РФ целесообразно усвоить, что любая её уязвимость будет использована, чего бы она ни касалась – собственности (арест на имущество А. Роттенберга, наложенный итальянскими властями), здоровья (И.Кобзон, которому пришлось «пробиваться» за рубеж за лечением, с очевидным пренебрежением к ряду достойных самурайских традиций), семьи (обучения детей), работы (здесь вспоминается подавший в суд за санкции товарищ Киселев, не то питающий какие-то иллюзии насчет европейского правосудия, не то стремящийся лишний раз показать его лицемерие).Уязвимостью политиков и систем обязательно воспользуются для демонстративной порки, упреков и злословия, в т.ч. в расчете на смену политического вектора развития России, на отступление от политики, которую мы проводим. В расчете на капитуляцию, — в какие бы красивые слова ни договорились облачить политический крах России.США даже не пытается это особенно скрывать.Помощник госсекретаря США Виктория Нуланд с открытым забралом заявляет – антироссийские санкции США отменят только после того, как Крым снова станет украинским.Условия отмены санкций => http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2663372Это «101-е китайское предупреждение» для тех, кто рассчитывает «проскочить дождь между капельками», угодив «и нашим, и вашим». США на это не купятся, их стратегема проста: или капитуляция, переворот, заварушка…, которая превратит нынешнюю Россию в какую-то «другуюроссию», или — будут «закручивать гайки, пока в зобу не сопрет дыхание».=> http://vbulahtin.livejournal.com/1626010.htmlСейчас обсуждается, какой именно пакет санкций будет следующим. Причина их ввода будет сформулирована по ходу. Можно не сомневаться – после прежних разминок с резиновым изделием «санкции», сгодится любой повод: Украина, Сирия, «кибератаки России». Недаром же в судах США вдруг разболтались три года молчавшие «русские хакеры»…=> http://ftimes.ru/tech/11632-vtoroj-rossijskij-xaker-priznal-vinu-v-krupnejshej-kiberatake-v-ssha.htmlТо, что очередной пакет санкций ещё не введен, связано не с тем, что кто-то в политических верха США или ЕС «заболел» мирным здравомыслием. Просто взрослые серьезные прагматики (их иногда ошибочно называют «мировым правительством») посчитали, что не к лицу и дальше размахивать резиновыми изделиями, наблюдая, как это вызывает у России усмешку, а у мира — подозрения в беспомощности западного «мирового жандарма».Будущие меры должны быть действительно эффективными и разрушительными, и при этом не отразиться слишком болезненно на экономике США и прилегающих к ней «союзников».Если бы не этот бумеранг, не прогнозируемая ответная реакция России, санкции давно отвешивали бы оптом и в розницу в товарных количествах. Но мы огрызаемся довольно успешно, и поэтому Западу приходится искать ходы похитрей.РЗВДК располагает свидетельствами, что проект принятия новых санкций готовит компания Booz Allen Hamilton.Это одна из старейших консалтинговых фирм в мире. Она сотрудничает практически со всеми ведомствами в Правительстве США: в оборонной, в финансовой, в разведывательной сферах. Руководство Booz Allen Hamilton постоянно мигрирует в различные правительственные и околоправительственные учреждения США, — например, в Центр стратегических и международных исследований.=> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booz_Allen_HamiltonИменно в Booz Allen Hamilton когда-то работал Эдвард Сноуден. Возможности данной «консалтинговой компании» кажутся почти безграничными.Э.Сноуден: «Моя должность в Booz Allen Hamilton предоставляла мне доступ к списку устройств по всему миру, которые подверглись хакерским атакам со стороны АНБ».=> http://vz.ru/news/2013/6/24/638610.htmlКонтракт, который для Агентства национальной безопасности (АНБ) США выполнял Э.Сноуден в Booz Allen Hamilton, был связан с радиоэлектронной разведкой.В конце 2012 года Booz Allen расширила свои операции в Северной Африке и на Ближнем Востоке, нарастив объемы работ в Кувейте, Омане, Катаре, Объединенных Арабских Эмиратах, с перспективой роста числа проектов в Бахрейне, Саудовской Аравии и Турции. Booz Allen помогла Правительству ОАЭ создать аналог Агентства национальной безопасности США.Разведывательный контур => http://www.boozallen.com/consultants/defense-consulting/intelligence-communityЕще один пример отраслевого разброса проектов и широких возможностей – вакансии Booz Allen Hamilton: общей сложностью почти 3000 текущих вакансий (и это в разрезе нескольких дней)Вакансии => http://careers.boozallen.com/search/Один из проектов, которым компания Booz Allen Hamilton занималась несколько лет – совместная с правительством США программа по отслеживанию финансовых операций в системе SWIFT.Теперь старейшая консалтинговая компания США, ранее приютившая Э.Сноудена, сделавшая сотни, если не тысячи проектов для Правительства США, ищет таких сотрудников (опубликовано 11 сентября 2015 года на интеграторе www.globaljobs.org, и возможно, это случайная утечка, которая скоро будет «зачищена»):Компании Booz Allen Hamilton требуется «Russian All Source Analyst». Расплывчатое название должности, «Аналитик по России, работающий со всеми источниками», конкретизируется в требованиях к соискателю.Booz Allen Hamilton требуется аналитик (или даже «следователь»), занимающийся финансовой разведкой – «investigator, or experienced FININT analyst».FININT – это финансовая разведка:=> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_intelligenceПосле 11 сентября 2001 года ЦРУ США с Казначейством США стали основными кураторами программы «Finance Tracking Program», которая позволила этим организациям получить доступ ко всей базе операций SWIFT и отслеживать их в т.ч. с помощью компании Booz Allen Hamilton.Задачи нового «специалиста по России»:— Проведение исследований и анализ сложных финансовых и других, связанных с этим, операций, взаимоотношения и активы злокачественных (или «опороченных», «malign») режимов, негосударственных субъектов и их агентов,— Оказание помощи в определении уязвимости этих групп для целевых финансовых мер.— Обзор и анализ широкого спектра данных, законодательства, а также финансовых и бизнес-данных, чтобы провести письменный анализ схем движения финансов и разработать целевые финансовые санкции.=> https://www.globaljobs.org/jobs/4300-washington-dc-booz-allen-hamilton-russian-all-source-analyst-jobТаки образом, изобретение новых финансовых санкций – коллективная задача группы, в которую нанимают специалиста по «злокачественному российскому режиму».Группе требуется отработать проект «с межведомственными партнерами наших клиентов, чтобы помочь сформировать цели внешней политики Белого дома».Среди требований к квалификация «возможность работать в быстро изменяющейся рабочей среде, в многозадачном режиме, умение говорить и читать по-русски или по-украински».Украина – пока опорный повод для формирования нового пакета экономических и финансовых мер против России.Однако, «в многозадачном режиме в быстро изменяющейся рабочей среде» всё может стремительно измениться – не успеешь требования к вакансии придумать, а претензии к России умножились: и беженцы из-за неё, и хакерские атаки, и Эбола, и ИГИЛ.В удобное для постройки карьеры время живут молодые русскоязычные аналитики США. Политическая действительность обещает быть щедрой на поводы обвинять в чем-то Россию, за стабильный приличный доход в вечнозеленых единицах.Не дать «booz’отёрам» внести слишком много «финансовых уязвимостей» в отчет — вот на чем стоит сконцентрировать усилия отечественным специалистам, от экономических ведомств до служб безопасности коммерческих предприятий и «богатых и знаменитых» семей.