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Booz Allen Hamilton
17 января, 14:59

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)

16 января, 17:19

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)

15 января, 15:00

Месть по-американски. Как глава нацразведки США против России воевал

22 июня 2013 года. Вечер. Вашингтон. — Самолёт сел в Москве, — голос российского резидента ЦРУ, казалось, не выражал никаких эмоций. — По нашим сведениям, русские вели "объект" с самой посадки. — Где он сейчас? — Вероятно, уже в Кремле. Русские поставили "боинг" на самую дальнюю полосу Шереметьево, где гостя ждал спецназ. — Держи меня в курсе, — директор национальной разведки США Джеймс Клеппер бросил трубку и устало откинулся в кресле. Конечно, всё можно было бы сделать и тоньше, и деликатнее, не устраивая дипломатических истерик по всем каналам. Можно было дать возможность этому идиоту, возомнившему себя новым Сахаровым, вылететь куда угодно – хоть в Эквадор, хоть в Исландию. А потом без лишнего шума посадить авиалайнер в Испании на военной базе НАТО. Сноуден и пикнуть бы не успел, как оказался бы в камере секретной тюрьмы ЦРУ. И давал бы уже показания. Но только кому он нужен, этот Сноуден, в тюрьме?! Вот в Москве он просто необходим. И поэтому Джеймс Клеппер приложил массу усилий, чтобы загнать крысу в угол — точнее, в аэропорт Шереметьево. Теперь всё дело было за русскими. Если бы вам когда-нибудь удалось бы побывать в служебном кабинете Джеймса Клеппера, то вы бы непременно заметили висящие на стене две старых фотографии, которые самым простым и доходчивым образом раскрывают секрет успешной военной карьеры нынешнего директора Национальной разведки США. На первом чёрно-белом фотоснимке изображён сам 25-летний Клеппер в военной форме ВС США, стоящий на фоне каких-то самолётов и приземистых зданий. Фотография сделана на авиабазе Тан Сан Нхут под Сайгоном, где Клеппер оказался в декабре 1965 года. Во Вьетнам Джеймс Клеппер пошёл добровольцем — в то время, как большинство его однокурсников по Университету Мэриленда жгли повестки и устраивали антивоенные демонстрации, он записался резервистом в корпус морской пехоты. Также он прошёл подготовку как специалист в области радиоэлектронной разведки (выбору специальности содействовал и его отец Джеймс Клеппер — старший, ветеран Второй мировой войны, прекрасно понимавший, что таких специалистов на передовую не посылают). И вскоре Клеппера отправили служить в штаб 2-й авиадивизии ВВС США на базу под Сайгоном. Сомнительная "слава" этой дивизии тогда гремела по всему — именно с аэродрома Тан Сан Нхут взлетали американские самолёты, распылявшие над джунглями ядовитые химикаты-дефолианты. Конечно, сначала американцы использовали обычные гербициды, применявшиеся для борьбы с сорняками — по задумке американских стратегов, если уничтожить джунгли, то партизаны сами уйдут из лесов. Но затем генералы приказали применять ядовитые вещества и против людей. И уже к 1965 году ВВС США применяли до 10 типов ядохимикатов — как правило, производные дихлорфенилуксусной кислоты, которые являлись сильными канцерогенами. Самым же распространённым был "оранжевый" гербицид, последствия применения которого во Вьетнаме ощущаются до сих пор: многие люди, попавшие под "оранжевое" облако, покрывались неизлечимыми язвами, а их дети, рождённые даже годы спустя, страдают от врождённых дефектов. Подразделение Джеймса Клеппера как раз и занималось тем, что на основе данных радиоперехватов партизанских станций определяло районы для очередного "опыления". 4 декабря 1966 года вьетнамские партизаны совершили уникальную акцию возмездия — практически вплотную пробравшись к периметру базы, вьетнамцы обстреляли аэродром из обычных миномётов. И хотя акция имела чисто символическое значение — в ходе обстрела было убито всего трое пилотов, ещё два десятка человек получили ранения, сам факт атаки произвёл на американцев, прежде уверенных в своей абсолютной безнаказанности, сильное деморализующее впечатление.  Даже военный аналитик Клеппер, не заработавший во время службы ни царапины, уверовал в своё собственное особенное предназначение: — Бог недаром сохранил мне жизнь. Видимо, чтобы я очистил этот мир от коммунистов. На второй фотографии, сделанной в 1969 году, Джеймс Клеппер стоит в обнимку с Робертом Гейтсом — бывшим директором ЦРУ и министром обороны США, а тогда ещё обычным пилотом самолёта-разведчика Douglas EC-47. C Гейтсом они подружились на базе Удонтхани, принадлежавшей Королевским ВВС Таиланда, где в во время Вьетнамской войны квартировали лётчики ЦРУ. Пожалуй, лучше всего об этой базе рассказывает фильм "Эйр Америка" (кино, ставшее трамплином для Мела Гибсона и Роберта Дауни — младшего), снятый по документальной книге журналиста Кристофера Роббинса. Книга повествует о том, как агенты ЦРУ использовали военные "транспортники" для перевозки наркотиков, оружия и денег. Разумеется, официальный Пентагон сразу же после выхода фильма на экраны назвал расследование Роббинса "грязной клеветой". Такой же позиции придерживаются и Клеппер с Гейтсом, чьи карьеры после службы в Удонтхани стремительно рванули вверх — Гейтс продолжил работать по линии ЦРУ, Клеппер — в армейской разведке. Уже с июня 1971 года Джеймс Клеппер становится одним из помощников директора АНБ (Агентства национальной безопасности США), затем, уже после окончания Колледжа штаба армии в Норфолке, его переводят на пост начальника отделения радиоэлектронной разведки Тихоокеанского командования США. Шаг за шагом он прошёл по всем ступеням военной карьерной лестницы, успев побывать, кажется, на всех должностях, так или иначе связанных с радиоэлектронной и кибернетической разведкой. Среди военных он даже прослыл "чудиком" — ведь в те тёмные годы "доинтернетовской" эпохи генералы и адмиралы наотрез отказывались верить в фантастические сказки о "цифровых" войнах будущего. Но всё изменилось летом 1990 года, когда Саддам Хуссейн "неожиданно" вторгся в Кувейт, застав все американские разведки врасплох. После столь грандиозного провала тогдашний президент Джордж Буш — старший принял решение о кадровых чистках в разведке. Это решение стало звёздным часом для Роберта Гейтса, назначенного на должность директора ЦРУ. Следом получил новое назначение и Джеймс Клеппер — в звании генерал-лейтенанта он занял пост директора Разведывательного управления Министерства обороны США. Именно тогда, в ходе операции "Буря в пустыне", американцы были впервые поражены способностями "умных" бомб и ракет, которые сами наводились на цель при помощи спутниковой навигации. Роберт Гейтс недолго руководил ЦРУ — вскоре выяснилось, что он буквально по уши замазан в скандале "Иран-контрас", когда агенты ЦРУ в обход санкций поставлял оружие иранским исламистам, а на вырученные деньги финансировали гражданскую войну в Никарагуа. И в итоге сенатского расследования Гейтс был вынужден в 1993 году уйти из ЦРУ в отставку, став скромным университетским преподавателем советологии. Через два года, в 1995 году, в отставку вышел и Джеймс Клеппер. Он покинул пост главы военной разведки и занялся созданием Национального агентства геопространственной разведки, которое он потом и возглавил. Это новое правительственное агентство США стало легально торговать военной картографической информацией и данными спутниковой видовой разведки. Конечно, поначалу покупателей на столь специфический товар было немного, но дело пошло с развитием спутниковой навигации и онлайн-сервиса типа Google Maps. В 2006 году в карьере Роберта Гейтса происходит крутой разворот: по приказу президента Буша-младшего он возвращается на службу и становится министром обороны США. Одновременно и Джеймс Клеппер уходит со своего поста директора Национального агентства геопространственной разведки. Неожиданно для коллег он уходит заниматься консалтингом сразу в четыре IT-компании — в частности, в GeoEye, Detica, SRA International и Booz Allen Hamilton. Правда, через несколько месяцев Клеппер триумфально возвращается в коридоры власти, став заместителем министра Гейтса по разведке. И тогда мало кто заметил, что вместе с Клеппером в военное ведомство пришли и коммерческие компании, ставшие впоследствии крупнейшими частными подрядчиками спецслужб по выполнению ряда работ в интернет-пространстве. Действительно, идея лежала на поверхности. Если американские военные в Ираке стали отдавать всю "грязную работу" в руки ЧВК — частных военных компаний, то почему бы и спецслужбам не воспользоваться услугами аутсорсинга? Тем более, что современной разведке уже больше не нужны "джеймсбонды", умеющие стрелять с двух рук. Ныне в спецслужбах больше востребованы обычные компьютерщики и сисадмины, умеющие ремонтировать компьютерное "железо" и писать новый софт. Усилиями Клеппера и его коллег спецслужбы США всего за несколько лет изменились до неузнаваемости. Сегодня, по оценке журналистов The Washington Post, на спецслужбы США работает свыше 2 тысяч частных IT-компаний, сотрудники которых составляют около половины всего персонала спецслужб (а из 4,9 миллиона человек, имеющих доступ к секретной информации, 21 процент составляют контрактники). И доля частников в спецслужбах будет только расти — прежде всего по той простой причине, что такой аутсорсинг выгоден самим спецслужбам. Показателен пример корпорации Booz Allen Hamilton — той самой, в которой генерал Клеппер работал советником генерального директора. Эта компания была создана ещё в 1914 году экономистом Эдвином Бузом, который стал предлагать семейным предприятиям услуги по внешнему консалтингу — дескать, специалистам со стороны, не связанным с главой корпорации семейными узами, будет легче увидеть все достоинства и недостатки бизнес-модели. Примечательно, что предприятие Буза также стало семейным — название фирме было придумано в честь старшего сына Аллена. За столетнюю историю компания пережила немало взлётов и падений, став заметным игроком на рынке безопасности компьютерных сетей. Например, среди клиентов Booz Allen были и Налоговая служба США, и сеть межбанковских финансовых каналов SWIFT. Но только сотрудничество с военными вывело Booz Allen во флагманы американского IT-рынка. Как писали в американских газетах, всего за полгода работы на американскую разведку оборот компании увеличился в 35 раз — с 2 до 70 миллионов долларов. Сегодняшние доходы Booz Allen полностью засекречены, известно лишь что компания входит в пятёрку частных подрядчиков спецслужб США, выполняющих самые секретные проекты. Например, именно специалисты Booz Allen создали PRIZM — компьютерную систему для АНБ, благодаря которой американские спецслужбы получили возможность слушать телефонные переговоры и читать электронную почту по всему миру. Как утверждает журналист-расследователь Эдвард Эпштейн, подобные частные компьютерные фирмы стали настоящей "золотой жилой" для американских чиновников и лоббистов военно-промышленного комплекса. Причина проста: только в прошлом году ЦРУ и прочие разведывательные ведомства, согласно официальным данным Госдепа США, обошлись бюджету в 40 миллиардов долларов. И это не считая совершенно секретных статей бюджетных расходов на "национальную безопасность", которые не афишируются даже в конгрессе. Львиная доля этих денег осела в карманах частных подрядчиков. Впрочем, частники в долгу не остаются: к примеру, в 2013 году Booz Allen направила несколько миллионов долларов в предвыборные фонды демократов и республиканцев. Причём и Барак Обама, и его конкурент — сенатор Маккейн получили совершенно одинаковые суммы — дескать, частные спецслужбы вне политики. Ещё одна маленькая, но принципиальная деталь: именно на компанию Booz Allen работал тот самый Эдвард Сноуден — человек, который едва не сломал Джеймсу Клепперу карьеру. 5 августа 2010 года президент Барак Обама назначил Клеппера на пост директора национальной разведки — это ведомство было создано после терактов 11 сентября 2001 года для координации работы всех 16 разведывательных ведомств США. Конечно же, и здесь не обошлось без благословения министра обороны Роберта Гейтса, спокойно пережившего смену президентов в Белом доме (в отставку Гейтс ушёл по личным причинам в 2011 году). И буквально за год сотрудничество спецслужб с частными IT-компаниями вышло на новый уровень. Так, в 2011 году специалисты той же Booz Allen создали проект интернет-ботов для манипулирования социальными сетями и медиа-ресурсами. Ещё через два года по заказу АНБ был создан проект PRISM, так напугавший американского диссидента Эдварда Сноудена. В российской прессе Сноудена чаще всего называют бывшим сотрудником Агентства нацбезопасности, но это не совсем верно. В АНБ и ЦРУ он работал лишь короткое время после службы в армии, да и то не слишком удачно. Затем, подделав резюме, он устроился в японский "филиал" корпорации Dell — это один из частных подрядчиков АНБ. Через несколько лет Сноуден перешёл на более денежную должность в Booze Allen Hamilton — вернее, в отдел фирмы, расположенный на Гавайях. Это была настоящая работа мечты: Сноуден снимал шикарный дом на берегу океана, ездил на работу на велосипеде, а в свободное время занимался сёрфингом. Но все эти удобства разом обесценились в глазах Сноудена, когда он понял, что ему придётся заключить сделку со своей совестью. — Я был готов пожертвовать всем, потому что не могу позволить правительству США нарушать приватность, свободу Интернета и основные свободы людей во всём мире с помощью этой громадной системы слежки, которую они втайне разрабатывают, — сказал он в интервью газете The Guardian, объясняя, почему он похитил свыше 1,7 млн секретных файлов, касавшихся систем массовой слежки, и передал их журналистам. Впрочем, дело не столько в том, что Сноуден подтвердил, что спецслужбы прослушивают все телефоны — об этом американцы и сами уже давно догадывались. Сноуден впервые приоткрыл масштабы коррупционной бизнес-империи, сложившейся вокруг американских спецслужб.         Кроме того, разоблачения Сноудена больно ударили и по самому генералу Клепперу. Ещё в марте 2013 года во время сенатских слушаний по вопросам бюджета разведывательных ведомств сенатор Рон Виден поинтересовался у Клеппера, на что идут миллионы долларов: — Правда ли, что АНБ работает над тем, чтобы собирать данные на миллионы или сотни миллионов американцев? — Нет, сэр, — привычно солгал Клеппер. — Я хочу уточнить: вы точно этого не делаете? — Конечно же нет, сэр. Возможно, у кого-то и сложилось впечатление об обратном, но, уверяю вас, это произошло непреднамеренно…Нет, мы этим не занимаемся… Когда же в прессе появились документы Сноудена, свидетельствующие о том, что АНБ собрало данные о телефонных переговорах более 120 миллионов абонентов телефонных сетей, сенаторы пришли в ярость:  — Клеппер солгал под присягой! Он должен уйти в отставку и предстать перед судом! — Я ответил, что я думал, — оправдывался Клеппер в интервью телеканалу NBC. — И, таким образом, мой ответ был самым правдивым, хотя в действительности и содержал в себе неправдивые факты… Я просто забыл о требованиях Закона о борьбе с терроризмом собирать некоторые данные… Но следом вышла новая порция разоблачений Сноудена, и перед Джеймсом Клеппером явно замаячила перспектива оказаться на скамье подсудимых за ложные показания, данные под присягой — для Америки это очень серьёзное обвинение. От позорного суда и тюремного срока Клеппера спас президент Обама, сумевший задобрить разгневанных сенаторов и переключить внимание прессы с секретных документов на личность самого Сноудена, объявленного "дезертиром" и "предателем".  В то же время разоблачения Сноудена стали и огромным подарком для всего разведывательного сообщества США, у которых наконец-то вновь появился настоящий враг. Согласитесь, не нужно тратить больших сил и средств, чтобы читать электронную почту горстки исламских боевиков. Иное дело, когда разведке противостоит сильное и амбициозное государство, давний геополитический соперник. И Сноуден в представлении Клеппера тут же стал эдаким новым Юлиусом Розенбергом, добровольно передавшим в варварский СССР все чертежи атомной бомбы. Только предательством Сноудена и можно было объяснить американскому избирателю, почему это "страна-бензоколонка" с "порванной в клочья экономикой" за считанные месяцы вдруг превратилась в могущественную сверхдержаву, выигравшую у Америки новую кибернетическую войну. Всё потому, разводили руками американские пропагандисты, что "предатель" Сноуден передал этим коварным русским все американские компьютерные секреты. А раз так, следовал логичный вывод, то американским кибернетическим войскам следует срочно перевооружаться. Закупать самые современные компьютеры, разрабатывать всё более совершенные программы, набирать новые кибернетические армии хакеров. Именно этот хорошо известный мотив "дайте денег!" стал основой и недавнего доклада о влиянии пресловутых российских хакеров на президентские выборы в США. "Мы также считаем, что Путин и российское правительство явно отдавали предпочтение избранному президенту Трампу, по возможности дискредитируя госсекретаря Клинтон и выставляя её в невыгодном свете по сравнению с ним, — писал Клеппер. — С данным выводом согласны все три агентства. ЦРУ и ФБР испытывают высокую степень уверенности в этой оценке, АНБ — среднюю…" Неуверенность АНБ понятна: никаких доказательств громких слов Клеппера не существует в природе, а временами доклад напоминает откровенную ахинею: "Прокремлёвские блогеры готовили кампанию в "Твиттере", #DemocracyRIP, которая должна была начаться сразу после голосования в случае победы Клинтон… Главный пропагандист Путина Дмитрий Киселёв использовал свою еженедельную новостную программу, чтобы описывать Трампа, как жертву коррумпированного политического истеблишмента и порочной системы демократических выборов…" В итоге Клеппер договорился и до того, что на последнем заселении сенатского комитета по делам разведки он стал запугивать сенаторов тем, что коварные русские хакеры смогут скоро проникать в ноутбуки неугодных американских политиков и оставлять там тысячи снимков детской порнографии — всё для дискредитации западной демократии, конечно же. Вскоре, видимо, русские хакеры освоят и технологию подбрасывания наркотиков через электронную почту. Впрочем, к угрозам Клеппера американские законодатели отнеслись прохладно — сидеть на своём посту ему осталось считанные дни: поэтому без пяти минут пенсионер может сотрясать воздух, как ему вздумается. Уже известно и имя сменщика — новым главой национальной разведки станет 73-летний сенатор от Республиканской партии Дэниел Коутс, бывший член сенатского комитета по делам разведки, представляющий как старую партийную аристократию, так и "чайников", консервативное движение "низов". При президенте Буше-младшем кандидатуру Коутса даже рассматривали на пост министра обороны (в итоге он уступил Дональду Рамсфельду), но позже был назначен послом США в Германии. Интересно, что в Берлин он прибыл ровно за три дня до теракта 11 сентября. И с ходу включился в процесс сколачивания западной коалиции для вторжения в Афганистан, а потом и в Ирак. Надо сказать, что Коутсу так и не удалось склонить Германию к безоговорочной поддержке курса США на Ближнем Востоке, но репутацию жесткого политика он заработал. Жесткую позицию Коутс занял и в отношении России после государственного переворота на Украине. В марте 2014 года он направил президенту ФИФА Йозефу Блаттеру письмо с призывом исключить Россию из числа участников чемпионата мира по футболу 2014 года, а также лишить её права на проведение чемпионата мира по футболу 2018 года, за что сенатор Коутс даже попал в число американских должностных лиц, включённых в российские ответные чёрные списки. Так что, не стоит ожидать, что Коутс сегодня изменит свою позицию по отношению к России. Понятно, что назначение столь явного "ястреба" на ключевой пост – это компромисс со стороны Трампа, призванный успокоить многомиллионную армию "рыцарей плаща и кинжала", что бюджетные ассигнования на секретные нужды спецслужб никак не будут урезаны. Ведь только этот вопрос в Вашингтоне имеет значение.   

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29 ноября 2016, 00:00

Is A Trump Presidency Good News For The Military-Industrial Complex?

A Pentagon Rising Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com As with so much of what Donald Trump has said in recent months, his positions on Pentagon spending are, to be polite, a bundle of contradictions.  Early signs suggest, however, that those contradictions are likely to resolve themselves in favor of the usual suspects: the arms industry and its various supporters and hangers-on in the government, as well as Washington’s labyrinthine world of think-tank policymakers and lobbyists.  Of course, to quote a voice of sanity at this strange moment: it ain’t over till it’s over. Eager as The Donald may be to pump vast sums into a Pentagon already spending your tax dollars at a near-record pace, there will be significant real-world obstacles to any such plans. Let’s start with a baseline look at the Pentagon’s finances at this moment.  At $600 billion-plus per year, the government is already spending more money on the Pentagon than it did at the peak of the massive military buildup President Ronald Reagan initiated in the 1980s.  In fact, despite what you might imagine, the Obama administration has pumped more tax dollars into the military in its two terms than did George W. Bush. According to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, the U.S. currently spends four times what China does and 10 times what the Russians sink into their military. So pay no attention to those cries of poverty emanating from the Pentagon.  There’s already plenty of money available for “defense.”  Instead, the problems lie in Washington’s overly ambitious, thoroughly counterproductive global military strategy and in the Pentagon’s penchant for squandering tax dollars as if they were in endless supply. Supposedly, the job of the president and Congress is to rein in that department’s notoriously voracious appetite. Instead, they regularly end up as a team of enablers for its obvious spending addiction. Which brings us back to Donald Trump.  He’s on the record against regime-change-style wars like Bush’s intervention in Iraq and Obama’s in Libya.  He also wants our allies to pay more for their own defense.  And he swears that, once in office, he’ll eliminate waste and drive down the costs of weapons systems.  Taken at face value, such a set of policies would certainly set the stage for reductions in Pentagon spending, not massive increases.  But those are just the views of one Donald Trump. Don’t forget the other one, the presidential candidate who termed our military a “disaster” and insisted that huge spending increases were needed to bring it back up to par. A window into this Trump’s thinking can be found in a speech he gave in Philadelphia in early September. Drawing heavily on a military spending blueprint created by Washington’s right-wing Heritage Foundation, Trump called for tens of thousands of additional troops, a Navy of 350 ships (the current goal is 308), a significantly larger Air Force, an anti-missile, space-based Star Wars-style program of Reaganesque proportions, and an acceleration of the Pentagon’s $1 trillion “modernization” program for the nuclear arsenal (now considered a three-decade-long project). Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies estimates that, if Trump faithfully follows the Heritage Foundation’s proposal, he could add more than $900 billion to the Pentagon’s budget over the next decade. Trump asserts that he would counterbalance this spending splurge with corresponding cuts in government waste but has as yet offered no credible plan for doing so (because, of course, there isn’t one). You won’t be surprised to learn, then, that the defense industry, always sensitive to the vibes of presidential candidates, has been popping the champagne corks in the wake of Trump’s victory.  The prospects are clear: a new Pentagon spending binge is on the horizon. Veteran defense analyst David Isenberg has convincingly argued that the “military-industrial-congressional-complex,” not the white working class, will be the real winner of the 2016 presidential election. The Forbes headline for a column Loren Thompson, an industry consultant (whose think tank is heavily funded by weapons contractors), recently wrote says it all: “For the Defense Industry, Trump’s Win Means Happy Days are Here Again.”  The stocks of industry giants Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman rose sharply upon news of his election and the biggest winner of all may be Huntington Ingalls, a Virginia-based manufacturer of aircraft carriers and nuclear attack submarines that would be a primary beneficiary of Trump’s proposed naval buildup. The Ideologues Form Their Ranks Of course, the market’s not always right.  What other evidence do we have that Trump will follow through on his promises to dramatically increase Pentagon spending? One clue is his potential appointees to national security positions. Let’s start with his transition team.  Mira Ricardel, a former executive at Boeing’s Strategic Missiles and Defense unit, has been running the day-to-day operations of the defense part of the transition apparatus.   She also served a lengthy stint in the Pentagon under George W. Bush. As Marcus Weisgerber of Defense One has noted, she’s advocated for the development of space laser weapons and more military satellites, and is likely to press for appointees who will go all in on the Pentagon’s plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on a new nuclear bomber and a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles. So much for “draining the swamp” of special-interest advocates, as Trump had promised to do.  Vice President-elect Mike Pence, recently named to head the Trump transition team in place of former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, has promised to cleanse the transition team of lobbyists.  But government watchdog groups like Public Citizen are skeptical of this pledge, noting that corporate executives like Ricardel who have not been registered lobbyists are likely to survive any changes Pence may make. The person currently rumored to be the frontrunner for the defense job is General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, a 44-year Marine and former head of the U.S. Central Command who left the military in 2013 amid disagreements with the Obama administration over how many troops to deploy in Iraq and how hard a line to take on Iran.  According to a Washington Post profile of Mattis, he “consistently pushed the military to punish Iran and its allies, including calling for more covert actions to capture and kill Iranian operatives and interdictions of Iranian warships.”  These proposals were non-starters at a time when the Obama administration was negotiating a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons program, but may receive a warmer reception in a Trump White House. Another candidate for the Pentagon post is Jim Talent, a former senator from Missouri who is now based at the conservative American Enterprise Institute after a seven-year stint at the Heritage Foundation. Talent is a long-time advocate of spending an arbitrary 4% of gross domestic product on defense, an ill-advised policy that would catapult the Pentagon budget to over $800 billion per year by 2020, one-third above current levels. The conservative National Taxpayers Union has derided the idea as a gimmick that is “neither fiscally responsible nor strategically coherent.” Another person allegedly in the mix for Pentagon chief is Kelly Ayotte, who just lost her Senate seat in New Hampshire.  She was a rising star in the ranks of the Capitol Hill hawks who roamed the country with Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain advocating an end to caps on Pentagon spending.  Ayotte’s name may have been mentioned primarily to show that Trump was casting a wide net (the whole spectrum from hawks to extreme hawks).  Conservative Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas -- a fierce opponent of the Iran nuclear deal and an avid booster of increasing Pentagon spending beyond what even the Pentagon has asked for -- is reputedly another contender. Congressman Randy Forbes, a Republican from Virginia, is looking for a job after losing his seat in a primary earlier this year. He has been mentioned as a possible secretary of the Navy.  The outgoing chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, he has been the most vocal advocate in Congress for a larger Navy.  Not coincidentally, Virginia is also home to Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding. Retired Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn has now been selected to serve as Trump’s national security adviser, where he may get the last word on foreign policy issues.  A registered Democrat, he was an early Trump supporter who gave a fiery anti-Obama speech at the Republican convention and led anti-Clinton chants of “lock her up” at Trump rallies -- hardly the temperament one would want in a person who will be at the president’s side making life-and-death decisions for the planet.  To his credit, Flynn has expressed skepticism of military interventions like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he has also advocated regime change as a way to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and criticized President Obama for being too “politically correct” to use the term “radical Islam.”  His own views on Islam and how best to deal with terrorism are particularly concerning.  He has described Islam as a “political ideology” rather than a religion, and has made demonstrably false assertions regarding the role of Islam in American life, including the absurd claim that Islamic law, or Sharia, has taken hold in certain communities in the United States. The scariest potential Trump appointees -- or at least the scariest voices that could have the president-elect’s ear or those of his closest advisers, are not necessarily the ones with preexisting economic stakes in high levels of Pentagon spending.  They are the ideologues.  R. James Woolsey, former CIA director and fierce advocate of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq, punches both tickets.  He’s closely connected to right-wing think tanks that press for spending more on all things military and was a member of neoconservative networks like the Project for the New American Century and the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.  Woolsey is also an executive at Booz, Allen, Hamilton, a major defense and intelligence contractor. Then there’s Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy. A former Reagan-era Star Wars enthusiast turned professional Islamophobe, he has insinuated that President Obama might be a secret Muslim and slandered fellow conservatives for allegedly having questionable ties to radical Muslim organizations.  Such claims should make Gaffney unfit to serve in the government of a democratic society.  However, his advice is reportedly being listened to by key Trump insiders and appointing him to some national security post may not prove a problem for a president-elect who has already installed white supremacist Stephen Bannon as his strategic adviser in the White House. And then there’s John Bolton, the hawk’s hawk who never met an arms control agreement he didn’t despise, and who took to the pages of the New York Times last year to advocate bombing Iran.  Prominent neoconservatives are pushing Bolton as a possible secretary of state in a Trump administration.  A potential obstacle to a Bolton appointment is his strong anti-Russian stance, but he could still get a post of significance or simply be an important voice in the coming Trump era. He has already called for Trump to scrap the Iran nuclear deal on his first day in office.  Another reported candidate in the race for secretary of state is Rudy Giuliani, perhaps the most undiplomatic man in America. Recent reports suggest, however, that the former New York mayor no longer has the inside track on the job. The latest name to be mentioned in the secretary of state sweepstakes is former Massachusetts governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a harsh critic of Trump during the campaign. Below the cabinet level, certain Republican foreign policy experts who opposed Trump or remained neutral during the campaign have been trying to mend fences -- even some of those who signed a letter suggesting that he might be “the most reckless president in American history.”  Part of this backpedaling has included preposterous claims that Trump’s pronouncements have become more “nuanced” in the post-election period, as if he didn’t really mean it when he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals or talked about banning Muslims from the country. One hawk who hasn’t accommodated himself to a Trump presidency is Eliot Cohen, a leader of the “Never Trump” movement who had initially urged foreign policy specialists to put aside their reservations and enter his administration.  Cohen has since reversed course and suggested that no “garden variety Republican” go near Trump, arguing that he and his “mediocre” appointees will “smash into crises and failures” on a regular basis.  In the end, it may not matter much just how the contest for top positions in the new administration plays out.  Given the likely cast of characters and the nascent crop of advisers in the world of national security, it’s hard to imagine that Trump won’t be strongly encouraged in any efforts to pump up Pentagon spending to levels possibly not seen in the post-World War II era. Reaganomics on Steroids? One thing, however, does stand in the way of Trump’s current plans: reality. As a start, how in the world will Trump pay for his ambitious military, “security,” and infrastructure plans?  A huge military buildup, a $25 billion wall on the Mexican border, a potentially enormous increase in spending on immigration enforcement officials and private detention centers, and a trillion-dollar infrastructure program, all against the backdrop of a tax plan that would cut trillions in taxes for the wealthiest Americans.  The only possible way to do this would be to drown the country in red ink. Trump is likely to turn to deficit spending on a grand scale, which will undoubtedly exacerbate divisions among congressional Republicans and cause potentially serious pushback from the Party’s deficit hawks.  On the other hand, his desire to lift current caps on Pentagon spending without a corresponding increase in domestic expenditures could generate significant opposition from Senate Democrats, who might use current Senate rules to block consideration of any unbalanced spending proposals. Nor will Trump’s incipient infatuation with Pentagon spending do much for members of his working class base who have been left behind economically as traditional manufacturing employment has waned.  In fact, Pentagon spending is one of the worst possible ways of creating jobs.  Much of the money goes to service contractors, arms industry executives, and defense consultants (also known as “Beltway bandits”), and what does go into the actual building of weapons systems underwrites a relatively small number of manufactured items, at least when compared to mass production industries like automobiles or steel. In addition, such spending is the definition of an economic dead end.  If you put taxpayer money into education or infrastructure, you lay the foundations for further growth.  If you spend money on an F-35 fighter plane, you get... well, an overpriced F-35. A study by economists at the University of Massachusetts indicates that infrastructure spending creates one and one-half times the number of jobs per dollar invested as money lavished on the Pentagon.  If Trump really wants to create jobs for his base, he should obviously pursue infrastructure investment rather than dumping vast sums into weapons the country doesn’t actually need at prices it can’t afford. At present, with its proposals for steep military spending increases and deep tax cuts, Trump’s budget plan looks like Reaganomics on steroids.  A Democratic Congress and citizens' movements like the nuclear freeze campaign managed to blunt Reagan’s most extreme policy proposals.  The next few years will determine what happens with Mr. Trump’s own exercise in fantasy budgeting. William D. Hartung, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter and join us on Facebook. Check out the newest Dispatch Book, Nick Turse’s Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead, and Tom Engelhardt's latest book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. -- 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.

29 ноября 2016, 00:00

Is A Trump Presidency Good News For The Military-Industrial Complex?

A Pentagon Rising Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com As with so much of what Donald Trump has said in recent months, his positions on Pentagon spending are, to be polite, a bundle of contradictions.  Early signs suggest, however, that those contradictions are likely to resolve themselves in favor of the usual suspects: the arms industry and its various supporters and hangers-on in the government, as well as Washington’s labyrinthine world of think-tank policymakers and lobbyists.  Of course, to quote a voice of sanity at this strange moment: it ain’t over till it’s over. Eager as The Donald may be to pump vast sums into a Pentagon already spending your tax dollars at a near-record pace, there will be significant real-world obstacles to any such plans. Let’s start with a baseline look at the Pentagon’s finances at this moment.  At $600 billion-plus per year, the government is already spending more money on the Pentagon than it did at the peak of the massive military buildup President Ronald Reagan initiated in the 1980s.  In fact, despite what you might imagine, the Obama administration has pumped more tax dollars into the military in its two terms than did George W. Bush. According to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, the U.S. currently spends four times what China does and 10 times what the Russians sink into their military. So pay no attention to those cries of poverty emanating from the Pentagon.  There’s already plenty of money available for “defense.”  Instead, the problems lie in Washington’s overly ambitious, thoroughly counterproductive global military strategy and in the Pentagon’s penchant for squandering tax dollars as if they were in endless supply. Supposedly, the job of the president and Congress is to rein in that department’s notoriously voracious appetite. Instead, they regularly end up as a team of enablers for its obvious spending addiction. Which brings us back to Donald Trump.  He’s on the record against regime-change-style wars like Bush’s intervention in Iraq and Obama’s in Libya.  He also wants our allies to pay more for their own defense.  And he swears that, once in office, he’ll eliminate waste and drive down the costs of weapons systems.  Taken at face value, such a set of policies would certainly set the stage for reductions in Pentagon spending, not massive increases.  But those are just the views of one Donald Trump. Don’t forget the other one, the presidential candidate who termed our military a “disaster” and insisted that huge spending increases were needed to bring it back up to par. A window into this Trump’s thinking can be found in a speech he gave in Philadelphia in early September. Drawing heavily on a military spending blueprint created by Washington’s right-wing Heritage Foundation, Trump called for tens of thousands of additional troops, a Navy of 350 ships (the current goal is 308), a significantly larger Air Force, an anti-missile, space-based Star Wars-style program of Reaganesque proportions, and an acceleration of the Pentagon’s $1 trillion “modernization” program for the nuclear arsenal (now considered a three-decade-long project). Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies estimates that, if Trump faithfully follows the Heritage Foundation’s proposal, he could add more than $900 billion to the Pentagon’s budget over the next decade. Trump asserts that he would counterbalance this spending splurge with corresponding cuts in government waste but has as yet offered no credible plan for doing so (because, of course, there isn’t one). You won’t be surprised to learn, then, that the defense industry, always sensitive to the vibes of presidential candidates, has been popping the champagne corks in the wake of Trump’s victory.  The prospects are clear: a new Pentagon spending binge is on the horizon. Veteran defense analyst David Isenberg has convincingly argued that the “military-industrial-congressional-complex,” not the white working class, will be the real winner of the 2016 presidential election. The Forbes headline for a column Loren Thompson, an industry consultant (whose think tank is heavily funded by weapons contractors), recently wrote says it all: “For the Defense Industry, Trump’s Win Means Happy Days are Here Again.”  The stocks of industry giants Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman rose sharply upon news of his election and the biggest winner of all may be Huntington Ingalls, a Virginia-based manufacturer of aircraft carriers and nuclear attack submarines that would be a primary beneficiary of Trump’s proposed naval buildup. The Ideologues Form Their Ranks Of course, the market’s not always right.  What other evidence do we have that Trump will follow through on his promises to dramatically increase Pentagon spending? One clue is his potential appointees to national security positions. Let’s start with his transition team.  Mira Ricardel, a former executive at Boeing’s Strategic Missiles and Defense unit, has been running the day-to-day operations of the defense part of the transition apparatus.   She also served a lengthy stint in the Pentagon under George W. Bush. As Marcus Weisgerber of Defense One has noted, she’s advocated for the development of space laser weapons and more military satellites, and is likely to press for appointees who will go all in on the Pentagon’s plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on a new nuclear bomber and a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles. So much for “draining the swamp” of special-interest advocates, as Trump had promised to do.  Vice President-elect Mike Pence, recently named to head the Trump transition team in place of former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, has promised to cleanse the transition team of lobbyists.  But government watchdog groups like Public Citizen are skeptical of this pledge, noting that corporate executives like Ricardel who have not been registered lobbyists are likely to survive any changes Pence may make. The person currently rumored to be the frontrunner for the defense job is General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, a 44-year Marine and former head of the U.S. Central Command who left the military in 2013 amid disagreements with the Obama administration over how many troops to deploy in Iraq and how hard a line to take on Iran.  According to a Washington Post profile of Mattis, he “consistently pushed the military to punish Iran and its allies, including calling for more covert actions to capture and kill Iranian operatives and interdictions of Iranian warships.”  These proposals were non-starters at a time when the Obama administration was negotiating a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons program, but may receive a warmer reception in a Trump White House. Another candidate for the Pentagon post is Jim Talent, a former senator from Missouri who is now based at the conservative American Enterprise Institute after a seven-year stint at the Heritage Foundation. Talent is a long-time advocate of spending an arbitrary 4% of gross domestic product on defense, an ill-advised policy that would catapult the Pentagon budget to over $800 billion per year by 2020, one-third above current levels. The conservative National Taxpayers Union has derided the idea as a gimmick that is “neither fiscally responsible nor strategically coherent.” Another person allegedly in the mix for Pentagon chief is Kelly Ayotte, who just lost her Senate seat in New Hampshire.  She was a rising star in the ranks of the Capitol Hill hawks who roamed the country with Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain advocating an end to caps on Pentagon spending.  Ayotte’s name may have been mentioned primarily to show that Trump was casting a wide net (the whole spectrum from hawks to extreme hawks).  Conservative Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas -- a fierce opponent of the Iran nuclear deal and an avid booster of increasing Pentagon spending beyond what even the Pentagon has asked for -- is reputedly another contender. Congressman Randy Forbes, a Republican from Virginia, is looking for a job after losing his seat in a primary earlier this year. He has been mentioned as a possible secretary of the Navy.  The outgoing chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, he has been the most vocal advocate in Congress for a larger Navy.  Not coincidentally, Virginia is also home to Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding. Retired Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn has now been selected to serve as Trump’s national security adviser, where he may get the last word on foreign policy issues.  A registered Democrat, he was an early Trump supporter who gave a fiery anti-Obama speech at the Republican convention and led anti-Clinton chants of “lock her up” at Trump rallies -- hardly the temperament one would want in a person who will be at the president’s side making life-and-death decisions for the planet.  To his credit, Flynn has expressed skepticism of military interventions like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he has also advocated regime change as a way to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and criticized President Obama for being too “politically correct” to use the term “radical Islam.”  His own views on Islam and how best to deal with terrorism are particularly concerning.  He has described Islam as a “political ideology” rather than a religion, and has made demonstrably false assertions regarding the role of Islam in American life, including the absurd claim that Islamic law, or Sharia, has taken hold in certain communities in the United States. The scariest potential Trump appointees -- or at least the scariest voices that could have the president-elect’s ear or those of his closest advisers, are not necessarily the ones with preexisting economic stakes in high levels of Pentagon spending.  They are the ideologues.  R. James Woolsey, former CIA director and fierce advocate of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq, punches both tickets.  He’s closely connected to right-wing think tanks that press for spending more on all things military and was a member of neoconservative networks like the Project for the New American Century and the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.  Woolsey is also an executive at Booz, Allen, Hamilton, a major defense and intelligence contractor. Then there’s Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy. A former Reagan-era Star Wars enthusiast turned professional Islamophobe, he has insinuated that President Obama might be a secret Muslim and slandered fellow conservatives for allegedly having questionable ties to radical Muslim organizations.  Such claims should make Gaffney unfit to serve in the government of a democratic society.  However, his advice is reportedly being listened to by key Trump insiders and appointing him to some national security post may not prove a problem for a president-elect who has already installed white supremacist Stephen Bannon as his strategic adviser in the White House. And then there’s John Bolton, the hawk’s hawk who never met an arms control agreement he didn’t despise, and who took to the pages of the New York Times last year to advocate bombing Iran.  Prominent neoconservatives are pushing Bolton as a possible secretary of state in a Trump administration.  A potential obstacle to a Bolton appointment is his strong anti-Russian stance, but he could still get a post of significance or simply be an important voice in the coming Trump era. He has already called for Trump to scrap the Iran nuclear deal on his first day in office.  Another reported candidate in the race for secretary of state is Rudy Giuliani, perhaps the most undiplomatic man in America. Recent reports suggest, however, that the former New York mayor no longer has the inside track on the job. The latest name to be mentioned in the secretary of state sweepstakes is former Massachusetts governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a harsh critic of Trump during the campaign. Below the cabinet level, certain Republican foreign policy experts who opposed Trump or remained neutral during the campaign have been trying to mend fences -- even some of those who signed a letter suggesting that he might be “the most reckless president in American history.”  Part of this backpedaling has included preposterous claims that Trump’s pronouncements have become more “nuanced” in the post-election period, as if he didn’t really mean it when he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals or talked about banning Muslims from the country. One hawk who hasn’t accommodated himself to a Trump presidency is Eliot Cohen, a leader of the “Never Trump” movement who had initially urged foreign policy specialists to put aside their reservations and enter his administration.  Cohen has since reversed course and suggested that no “garden variety Republican” go near Trump, arguing that he and his “mediocre” appointees will “smash into crises and failures” on a regular basis.  In the end, it may not matter much just how the contest for top positions in the new administration plays out.  Given the likely cast of characters and the nascent crop of advisers in the world of national security, it’s hard to imagine that Trump won’t be strongly encouraged in any efforts to pump up Pentagon spending to levels possibly not seen in the post-World War II era. Reaganomics on Steroids? One thing, however, does stand in the way of Trump’s current plans: reality. As a start, how in the world will Trump pay for his ambitious military, “security,” and infrastructure plans?  A huge military buildup, a $25 billion wall on the Mexican border, a potentially enormous increase in spending on immigration enforcement officials and private detention centers, and a trillion-dollar infrastructure program, all against the backdrop of a tax plan that would cut trillions in taxes for the wealthiest Americans.  The only possible way to do this would be to drown the country in red ink. Trump is likely to turn to deficit spending on a grand scale, which will undoubtedly exacerbate divisions among congressional Republicans and cause potentially serious pushback from the Party’s deficit hawks.  On the other hand, his desire to lift current caps on Pentagon spending without a corresponding increase in domestic expenditures could generate significant opposition from Senate Democrats, who might use current Senate rules to block consideration of any unbalanced spending proposals. Nor will Trump’s incipient infatuation with Pentagon spending do much for members of his working class base who have been left behind economically as traditional manufacturing employment has waned.  In fact, Pentagon spending is one of the worst possible ways of creating jobs.  Much of the money goes to service contractors, arms industry executives, and defense consultants (also known as “Beltway bandits”), and what does go into the actual building of weapons systems underwrites a relatively small number of manufactured items, at least when compared to mass production industries like automobiles or steel. In addition, such spending is the definition of an economic dead end.  If you put taxpayer money into education or infrastructure, you lay the foundations for further growth.  If you spend money on an F-35 fighter plane, you get... well, an overpriced F-35. A study by economists at the University of Massachusetts indicates that infrastructure spending creates one and one-half times the number of jobs per dollar invested as money lavished on the Pentagon.  If Trump really wants to create jobs for his base, he should obviously pursue infrastructure investment rather than dumping vast sums into weapons the country doesn’t actually need at prices it can’t afford. At present, with its proposals for steep military spending increases and deep tax cuts, Trump’s budget plan looks like Reaganomics on steroids.  A Democratic Congress and citizens' movements like the nuclear freeze campaign managed to blunt Reagan’s most extreme policy proposals.  The next few years will determine what happens with Mr. Trump’s own exercise in fantasy budgeting. William D. Hartung, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. 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20 ноября 2016, 08:08

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Главы Пентагона и национальной разведки США Эштон Картер и Джеймс Клэппер рекомендовали президенту страны Бараку Обаме сместить руководителя АНБ и киберкомандования вооруженных сил США Майкла Роджерса, сообщают источники. Предложение поступило в Белый дом еще в прошлом месяце, однако решение было отложено в связи с проработкой в американской администрации идеи полного разделения АНБ и киберкомандования. Эта инициатива также принадлежит Клэпперу и Картеру, но ее реализация застопорилась «из-за других проблем». Клэппер хотел бы видеть на посту руководителя АНБ гражданское лицо, передает ТАСС со ссылкой на Washington Post.

20 ноября 2016, 00:00

Стало известно о предложении Пентагона и нацразведки США сместить главу АНБ

Главы Пентагона и национальной разведки США Эштон Картер и Джеймс Клэппер рекомендовали президенту страны Бараку Обаме сместить руководителя АНБ и киберкомандования вооруженных сил США Майкла Роджерса, сообщают источники. Предложение поступило в Белый дом еще в прошлом месяце, однако решение было отложено в связи с проработкой в американской администрации идеи полного разделения АНБ и киберкомандования. Эта инициатива также принадлежит Клэпперу и Картеру, но ее реализация застопорилась «из-за других проблем». Клэппер хотел бы видеть на посту руководителя АНБ гражданское лицо, передает ТАСС со ссылкой на Washington Post. Издание указывает и на то, что 17 ноября Роджерс, не уведомив свое начальство, отправился в Нью-Йорк, где встретился с избранным президентом США Дональдом Трампом в его штаб-квартире «Трамп тауэр» на Манхэттене. Этот шаг вызвал возмущение в высших эшелонах администрации Соединенных Штатов. По информации газеты, Роджерс рассматривается в качестве кандидата на должность нового директора национальной разведки. Сам Клэппер уже объявил, что с января будущего года уходит в отставку. В 2013 году Агентство нацбезопасности потряс скандал после того, как аналитик из подрядной организации Эдвард Сноуден предал огласке сведения о методах электронной слежки американских спецслужб Роджерс, возглавивший ведомство в апреле 2014 года, должен был принять меры, чтобы предотвратить подобные утечки в будущем. Однако, летом этого года стало известно, что другой подрядчик агентства Гарольд Томас Мартин выкрал около 500 млн страниц документов, включая секретные данные о военных операциях США. После этого Картер и Клэппер вновь призвали главу АНБ разобраться с системой внутренней безопасности. Washington Post при этом отмечает, что Роджерс, по словам его же сотрудников, постоянно отсутствовал на рабочем месте и не прислушивался к ним. Кроме того, глава Пентагона не удовлетворен работой Роджерса на посту главы киберкомандования. Вызвано это тем, что данная структура так и не смогла оказать эффективного противодействия в сети группировке «Исламское государство». По словам источников издания, адмирал должен был быть отправлен в отставку после президентских выборов 8 ноября в рамках объявления о разделении структуры руководства АНБ и киберкомандования. Так или иначе, срок его полномочий истекает весной. Напомним, среди информации, которую похитил арестованный сотрудник АНБ Гарольд Томас Мартин, оказались имена разведчиков США, работающих под прикрытием за рубежом. Мартин, как и Эдвард Сноуден, представлял консалтинговую компанию Booz Allen Hamilton.

18 ноября 2016, 19:28

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08 ноября 2016, 08:24

В США признали неудачу в попытке создать абсолютную систему защиты секретных данных

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07 ноября 2016, 07:28

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29 октября 2016, 07:00

Новый Сноуден? Экс-сотрудник АНБ похитил секретные данные спецслужб США

Бывший коллега Эдварда Сноудена и экс-сотрудник американского АНБ Гарольд Томас Мартин похитил секретные данные спецслужб США. Объем материалов в архиве, который около двух десятков лет собирал Мартин, предварительно оценивается в 50 терабайт. Мартин работал в компании «Booz Allen Hamilton», той самой, где ранее трудился и Сноуден. Среди похищенных экс-сотрудником АНБ документов имеются секретные сведения о военных операциях США. Кроме того, Мартин похитил и списки американских разведчиков, которые работают под прикрытием в других странах.

28 октября 2016, 14:52

«Сноудену 2» грозит пожизненное

Бывший подрядчик Агентства национальной безопасности (АНБ) США Гарольд Томас Мартин выкрал списки кадровых сотрудников американской разведки, работающих под прикрытием за рубежом.Бывший сотрудник Агентства национальной безопасности (АНБ) США Гарольд Томас Мартин III, обвиненный в краже государственного имущества и незаконном хранении секретных материалов, подозревается также в похищении информации о сотрудниках американской разведки, работавших под прикрытием. Об этом сообщает Associated Press со ссылкой на документы судебных органов.«Секретная информация, украденная бывшим подрядчиком Агентства национальной безопасности, включает в себя имена тайных сотрудников разведки», - отмечается в документе.Общественный защитник 51-летнего Гарольда Томаса Мартина III Глен Берни будет просить федерального судью в пятницу рассмотреть вопрос об освобождении его клиента из-под стражи на том основании, что следствие по этому делу продолжается.Судья Дэвид Кпперзайт отклонил подобную просьбу на прошлой неделе, согласившись с прокуратурой, что освобождение Мартина представляет риск, якобы потому, что «враги Соединенных Штатов хотели бы узнать больше о секретной информации, найденной в его доме».«Мартин должен оставаться под арестом», - заявили в федеральной прокуратуре, добавив, что «значительная часть 50-ти терабайт цифровой информации, изъятой у Мартина в его доме, была строго засекреченной».Эта информация включала имена офицеров разведки, которые работают «под прикрытием за пределами Соединенных Штатов» и может поставить под угрозу их жизнь, а также безопасность тех, с кем они работают, угрожать американским разведывательным операциям, отмечается в документе.Защита Мартина заявила, что бывший лейтенант ВМС США просто «увлекся», взяв документы на дом в надежде усовершенствовать свои навыки и стать более опытным специалистом в своем деле.Адвокаты говорят, что их клиент «любит свою семью и свою страну», и что нет никаких доказательств того, что он поделился информацией с иностранным государством или намеревался сделать это.Фирма Booz Allen Hamilton, где он работал, уволила Мартина, как только узнала о его аресте, и заявила в четверг, что наняла бывшего директора ФБР Роберта Мюллера, чтобы пересмотреть свою практику безопасности.За хищение государственного имущества и несанкционированное изъятие и хранение секретных материалов Мартину в совокупности грозит максимум 11 лет лишения свободы.Но если прокуратура предъявит ему обвинения в соответствии с Законом о шпионаже, Мартина могут осудить пожизненно.Мартин был задержан примерно в то же время, когда федеральные чиновники признали факт утечки из АНБ материалов в результате атаки хакеров.