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21 апреля, 01:02

Telecom Stock Roundup: Shaw Communications, Rogers Communications Post Mixed Numbers

Last week has been pretty eventful for the telecom industry.

20 апреля, 19:54

Verizon впервые потерял основных клиентов беспроводной связи

Лидер беспроводной индустрии США Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) пытается удержать клиентов и заставить их платить премию за свои услуги. Компания сообщила о своей первой ежеквартальной чистой потере абонентов беспроводной связи в течение первых трех месяцев 2017 года, показывая масштабы ущерба от возрождающихся конкурентов T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) и Sprint Corp. (S). Verizon неожиданно ввел в феврале безлимитные тарифные планы, которые компания прекратила продавать в 2011 году, пытаясь снизить привлекательность аналогичных предложений от T-Mobile и Sprint. Это предложение поразило финансовые показатели: доходы сегмента Verizon для бизнеса снизились на 5,1% до $20,9 млрд. Результаты окажут давление на руководство Verizon, которому потребуется либо найти способ изменить ситуацию, либо предпринять шаги, которые диверсифицируют компанию от беспроводного бизнеса, где у большинства американцев уже есть смартфоны. Ценовая война между компаниями была благом для потребителей. Затраты на беспроводные сети являются основным источником расходов домашних хозяйств, и их продолжающееся снижение оказало значительное влияние на неожиданное снижение индекса потребительских цен в марте на 0,3%. Цены на услуги беспроводной телефонной связи в марте снизились на 11,4% по сравнению с предыдущим годом, после 7% -ного снижения в феврале. Конкурент AT&T Inc. диверсифицировал свой бизнес благодаря приобретению DirecTV и предложил купить медиа-гиганта Time Warner Inc, но Verizon "удвоился" в 2014 году, купив у Vodafone Group PLC 45% акций совместного предприятия Verizon Wireless на сумму $130 млрд. Компания также изучила более крупные транзакции, в том числе с компанией Charter Communications Inc., сообщает The Wall Street Journal, хотя руководители VZ недавно сообщили, что обе стороны находятся далеко друг от друга. "Мы уверены в том, что мы органично реализуем свою стратегию, но если у нас есть подходящая возможность ускорить стратегию неорганизованным способом, мы всегда смотрим на эти возможности", - сказал финансовый директор Verizon Мэтт Эллис на звонке аналитикам. Еще больше клиентов Verizon использовали план по сокращению своих счетов - в рамках перехода от дорогостоящих планов передачи данных к более дешевым. Средний доход на аккаунт, включая платежи за устройство, увеличился всего на $1, до $166 с $165 в аналогичном периоде прошлого года. Внедрение неограниченных тарифных планов наряду с функцией "режим безопасности", запущенной в прошлом году, сократило доход, который поступает от сборов Verizon, когда клиенты превышают лимит ежемесячных данных. Verizon заявил в четверг, что план безлимитных данных "положительно изменил траекторию клиентских дополнений" в квартале, но по-прежнему сообщил о чистом сокращении 307 000 розничных постоплатных подключений в течение первых трех месяцев года, включая 289 000 телефонных потерь. Это сопоставимо с 640 000 розничных постоплатных чистых дополнений за аналогичный период прошлого года, включая 8 000 телефонных потерь. До запуска своих планов "Verizon Unlimited" в середине февраля у Verizon был чистый убыток по телефонной сети в размере 398 000 пользователей, а после запуска Verizon заявил, что добавил 109 000 розничных телефонных соединений с постоплатой. Большая часть неприятностей, которые испытывает Verizon, начались в результате действий, которые T-Mobile начал делать в 2013 году, таких как окончание двухлетних контрактов и отмену платы за переизбыток трафика. Джон Леже, исполнительный директор T-Mobile, высмеивал результаты Verizon в Twitter. Конкуренты Verizon планируют представить свои последние результаты в ближайшие недели. Вместе с тем, Verizon ожидает улучшения доходов от беспроводных услуг в этом году, при этом общий доход будет "достаточно последовательным" в 2016 году. В целом за квартал марта Verizon сообщил о чистой прибыли в размере $3,45 млрд, Или $0,84 на акцию, по сравнению с $4,31 млрд, или $1,06 за акцию в аналогичном периоде прошлого года. Исключая единоразовые затраты, Verizon заработал $0,95 на акцию. Общий доход, включающий в себя проводной сегмент и услугу Fios, снизился на 7,3% до $29,8 млрд. Аналитики, опрошенные Thomson Reuters, ожидали прибыль в размере $0,96 на акцию при доходе $30,5 млрд. На текущий момент акции Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) котируются по $48,39 (-1,13%) Информационно-аналитический отдел ТелеТрейдИсточник: FxTeam

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19 апреля, 15:50

Charter Communications initiated at buy with $330.36 price target at SunTrust

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19 апреля, 14:29

Charter Communications started at buy with $380 stock price target at SunTrust RH

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17 апреля, 23:41

FCC's 600 MHz Spectrum Auction Witness Surprise Winners

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has declared the names of the winning bidders for its latest 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as -- Incentive Auction.

13 апреля, 21:28

Telecom Stock Roundup: Comcast Unveils Wireless Plan, Qualcomm Countersues Apple

The U.S. telecom industry remained rather subdued last week. Nevertheless, a few developments were worth noting.

13 апреля, 18:49

Зарплаты и премии CEO крупнейших компаний США выросли на $1 млн в 2016 г. - максимум с 2013 г

Медианная сумма вознаграждения главных исполнительных директоров 100 крупнейших компаний США в 2016 году увеличилась на $1 млн и составила $15 млн. При этом средний показатель вырос с $15,5 млн до $16,6 млн, говорится в докладе аналитической компании Equilar.

10 апреля, 23:04

Should Charter Communications (CHTR) Enter Wireless Arena?

Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) has an agreement with Verizon to operate as an mobile virtual network operator using the latter's wireless network.

07 апреля, 21:26

Amazon's NFL Deal, Panera Buyout, and Comcast's Competitive New Wireless Plan

On today's episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week's biggest story: Comcast???s new Xfinity Mobile plan and its implications on the entire telecom industry.

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07 апреля, 15:23

Fox Might Pull Some Networks Off-Air This Weekend Due To Contract Dispute

Fox Networks Group has threatened to pull some of its networks off-air as contract negotiations with major cable provider Charter Communications continue to stall. That’s bad news for sports fans ― and anyone keeping up with “Feud.” While Fox News and the Fox broadcast network would not be affected, Deadline reports, FX would go dark along with National Geographic, Fox Sports and 19 regional sports channels for subscribers to Charter’s Spectrum service, formerly known as Time Warner Cable. With all the cheesy histrionics of a political attack ad, Fox Networks warned in a clip aired in affected markets that the outage would come during the NBA and NHL playoffs and certain MLB games. (Watch it above.) Episodes of “The Americans,” “Feud” and “Fargo” on FX would also not be accessible, should the blackout continue. A carriage agreement between Fox Networks and Charter expired March 31, Variety reported. Because the two sides have failed to reach a deal so far, Fox claims that Charter is in breach. The cable provider purchased Time Warner Cable in May 2016, and rebranded it shortly after. In a statement provided to Variety, Fox points out several teams whose coverage could be affected, including the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cincinnati Reds along with “many other” games.  Fox isn’t the first network group to have problems negotiating with Charter, however. Earlier this year, Univision networks went dark for about 36 hours ― affecting about 2.5 million Latinx homes in the U.S., according to the Los Angeles Times ― until a judge stepped in. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. -- 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.

07 апреля, 14:40

Sprint (S) Unlimited Data to Cost Less: Will Investors Gain?

Sprint (S) is sure to leave a mark on the booming wireless industry with the price cut for its unlimited data plans.

06 апреля, 21:27

Telecom Stock Roundup: Verizon Likely to Offer Live TV Streaming Service, AT&T Wins FirstNet Contract

The past week witnessed several key developments within the telecom industry.

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05 апреля, 18:28

Here's Why AT&T's DIRECTV is Facing Blackout on 12 Channels

AT&T's (T) subsidiary DIRECTV has lost access to 12 local channels amid subscription fee-related disputes with Lilly Broadcasting.

04 апреля, 22:07

FCC Drops Overbuild Requirement for Charter Communications

Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) received some respite after the FCC voted to reverse a stringent condition imposed by its previous regime under Obama administration.

03 апреля, 16:15

Will Comcast Xfinity Service be Appealing as a Prepaid Plan?

Comcast (CMCSA) has decided to offer its Xfinity Internet Services as a prepaid plan called Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service to all its Xfinity users in its network.

31 марта, 22:05

President Trump Restores Confidence in the American Economy

“We’re going to win economically; we’re going to win with the economy.” – Donald J. Trump BUILDING CONFIDENCE IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY: Since President Donald J. Trump’s election, economic indicators have responded with record confidence to his pro-growth agenda. Today, the National Association of Manufacturers released its Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey showing the highest level of optimism in 20 years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up over 12 percent since Election Day 2016. The Weekly Gallup Economic Confidence Index turned positive shortly after the President’s election and has remained positive for 19 consecutive weeks. The Business Roundtable’s CEO Economic Outlook Index recently jumped 19 points, the largest jump since 2009. The National Association of Home Builders Confidence Index currently is at its highest level in 12 years. The Gallup Small Business Index reflects the most optimistic small business owners have been since July 2007. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index recently soared to its highest level in more than 16 years. The American Dream Index recently rebounded to 100.5, up from a 12-month low point in December, the final full month of the Obama administration. EARLY PROGRESS: In just the first full month of President Trump’s Administration, the United States economy has already made promising strides in the job market. In February, the President’s first full month in office, the U.S economy created 235,000 new jobs. 58,000 new construction jobs were created. 28,000 new manufacturing jobs were created. In February, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent. In February, the U.S. labor force participation rose to 63 percent. In February, long-term unemployment in the U.S. fell by 49,000. IMPLEMENTING JOB CREATING POLICIES: President Trump is executing an agenda that favors the American worker. President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum creating the White House Office of American Innovation, which will implement policies and scale proven private-sector models to spur job creation. President Trump ordered the United States to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and negotiations. President Trump initially signed a Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and recently his Administration formally approved the project. President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access pipeline serves the national interest and is being prepared to be put into service. President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to help ensure that new pipeline construction and repair work uses materials and equipment from the United States. CUTTING GOVERNMENT RED TAPE: President Trump has quickly taken steps to get the Government out of the way of job creation. President Trump signed an Energy Independence Executive Order to help eliminate burdensome regulations on America’s energy industry. President Trump directed each agency to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force to identify costly and unnecessary regulations in need of modification or repeal. President Trump has required that for every new Federal regulation, two existing regulations be eliminated. President Trump directed the Department of Commerce to streamline Federal permitting processes for domestic manufacturing and to reduce regulatory burdens on domestic manufacturers. President Trump signed legislation, House Joint Resolution 38, to prevent the burdensome “Stream Protection Rule” from causing further harm to the coal industry. President Trump ordered the review of the “Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States,” known as the WOTUS rule, to evaluate whether it is stifling economic growth or job creation. PARTNER OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR: President Trump has worked hand-in-hand with the private sector to get companies re-investing in America. Exxon Mobil Corporation announced a $20 billion investment in the United States, which will create more than 45,000 jobs. Charter Communications announced a $25 billion investment in the United States, and that it will hire 20,000 American workers in the next four years. Accenture announced the creation of 15,000 new high skilled jobs in the next four years and a $1.4 billion investment in training its own employees. Intel announced a $7 billion investment in a new factory in the United States, supporting over 10,000 jobs. Fiat Chrysler announced a $1 billion investment to modernize two plants in the United States, creating 2,000 jobs. General Motors announced plans to invest $1 billion in the United States, creating over 1,000 new jobs. Ford announced the cancelation of a plant in Mexico, while adding 700 jobs in Michigan. FOLLOWING THROUGH FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump campaigned on jumpstarting the economic engine of America so businesses could grow and Americans could get back to work. As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised “I am going to bring back the jobs that have been stripped away from you and your country.” As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised “we will make America the best place in the world to start a business; we’ll hire workers, and we’ll open factories.” As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised “we will also get rid of wasteful rules and regulations, which are destroying our job-creation capacity.”

29 марта, 15:35

Comcast's (CMCSA) Online TV Services & 5G Plans Bode Well

Comcast (CMCSA) is currently working towards the deployment of 5G network.

28 марта, 21:41

Daily Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer -- #30

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:04 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  I know the pool is gathering at 1:30 p.m., so I’m going to try and keep this on the short end. This morning, the President held a listening session with the Attorney General and the Fraternal Order of Police with the Vice President to discuss law enforcement issues related to terrorism and inner-city violence. The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 330,000 members.  They represent those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving.  They advocate for improved working conditions for law enforcement officers and for the safety of our communities. The President thanked the FOP leadership for their support and reaffirmed his pledge to have our back.  The President also remarked that his highest duty is the security of our people and pointed to several actions that he’s already taken to enhance our domestic security, including the creation of a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime; an Inter-Agency Task Force to Dismantle Criminal Cartels; and historic action to secure our borders and remove criminals from our country. The group held an in-depth discussion about the rise of violent crime in some parts of the country, the disturbing increase in members of law enforcement being targeted in ambush style attacks, and the need to address the country’s opioid epidemic. Attorney General Sessions told the FOP leadership that he looks forward to continuing to work closely with them to tackle the challenges facing law enforcement as they work to keep our communities safe. This afternoon, as I mentioned at the top, the President will sign an executive order on energy independence at the Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters.  The President strongly believes that protecting the environment and promoting our economy are not mutually exclusive goals.  This executive order will help to ensure that we have clean air and clean water without sacrificing economic growth and job creation. First, it directs all agencies to conduct a review of all regulation, rules, policies, and guidance documents that put up roadblocks to domestic energy production and identify the ones that are not either mandated by law or actually contributing to the public good. It also rescinds a number of the previous administration’s actions that don’t reflect this administration’s priorities.  The full list is laid out in the executive order, which will be provided to you later today, after the President signs it. Next, the order directs the EPA to take several actions to reflect this President’s environmental and economic goals, including a review of the new performance standards for coal-fired and natural-gas-fired power plants that amounted to a de facto ban on new coal plant production in the United States. This is great news for states like Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and others. Finally, the order establishes a directive for agencies to use the best available science and economics in their regulatory analysis moving forward. For too long, the federal government has acted like a barrier to energy independence and innovation.  By reducing unnecessary regulatory obstacles, we’ll free up American energy companies to responsibly use our vast energy resources, protecting the environment while creating well-paying jobs throughout the country. American electricity producers have already done an amazing job of adapting and utilizing new technologies to deliver clean power to the United States. Under President Trump, the federal government is going to acknowledge that progress and adjust its policies accordingly. Moving on, later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly.  And this evening, the President and the First Lady will host a reception here in the White House for senators and their spouses.  This will be the first time that President Trump has invited all current senators to the White House, and he looks forward to this opportunity, as well as to speak with some of the senators about the places where they can come together and make this country better. One of those places that he hopes to find common ground with Senate Democrats here tonight is the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Yesterday, many Senate Democrats began declaring support for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s partisan filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch.  And as I’ve said, these senators should get -- if these senators get their way, this would be the first successful filibuster of a nominee to join the Supreme Court.  Leading Democrats have lamented these tactics as recently as last year.  Senator Schumer, in fact, wrote last year in an op-ed in the New York Daily News -- and I quote -- “At a time when Americans want to move forward, the last thing we need -- the last thing is a new recipe for gridlock at the Supreme Court.” Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton said of the Supreme Court confirmation progress -- “[It] should not be an exercise in political brinkmanship and partisan posturing,” and that nominees deserve a “full and fair hearing followed by a vote.” Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri tweeted “[T]he constitution says the Senate shall advise and consent.  And that means having an up-or-down vote.”  So who are Senate Democrats going to enact this on in extraordinary lengths to block?  It's an individual, frankly, who their body, including Senator Schumer, unanimously confirmed for a seat on the 10th Circuit not too long ago.  This is a judge who received a unanimous “well qualified rating” by the American Bar Association, was a Harvard Law graduate who received the Edward J. Randolph Award for outstanding service at the Department of Justice.  So it can’t be their qualifications they’re taking issue with.  Judge Gorsuch is, frankly, a mainstream judge.  Here are some figures and facts to point that out.  Number one, in 98 percent of the cases in which he issued the opinion, he received the unanimous support of all of his colleagues.  Second, in divided cases over the last five years involving both Republican and Democrat-appointed judges, Judge Gorsuch sided with the Democrat-appointed judge one in three times.  When the shoe was on the other foot, when a Supreme Court nominee for a Democratic President went through the confirmation hearings and meetings with senators from both parties, neither Justices Kagan nor Sotomayor faced an attempted Senate filibuster.  Both received Republican votes in support of their confirmations. In fact, during the Kagan nomination, on the Senate floor, when Senate Leader Harry Reid planned to file a cloture motion to bring Kagan to a vote, it was then-Senator and now current Attorney General Jeff Sessions who stopped him and said, “I have a high standard before I would attempt to block an up or down vote,” and asked Senator Reid to proceed with a vote without the need for overcoming a Republican filibuster.  Judge Gorsuch has met with most of the Senate Democratic caucus.  He has gone through days of hearings and answered probing questions.  He is eminently qualified and deserves the deference and consideration from the minority Senate Democrats that President Obama’s selections were given once they had gone through the confirmation process.  A few things I want to highlight.  Last night, the President announced his intent to nominate Makan Delrahim to serve as Assistant Attorney General of the Anti-Trust Divisio) at the Department of Justice.   And this morning, we announced the President’s declaration that a major disaster exists in the State of Nevada and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery effort in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, and mudslides this past February. And finally, this morning, the President was pleased to see that Ford announced $1.2 billion investment in three manufacturing facilities in Michigan, just two weeks after automobile executives came to the White House and met with the President.  This adds to the growing wave of positive news -- jobs news under the President and continued the investment from Charter Communications, and his approval for the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday.  In addition, Energy Transfer Partners reported Monday that the Dakota Access pipeline has been filled with oil as they enter the final stages of preparation that will finally put this into service.   According to data released by the Conference Board, in March consumer confidence “soared” to its highest level in 16 years.  And from individual announcements to significant boosts in both consumer and CEO confidence generally, it’s clear that the President’s economic agenda is what America’s businesses have been waiting for.  These businesses have spent years being held back by unnecessary bureaucratic red tape, and what we're seeing now is just the taste of the heights our economy can reach once those burdens are removed. And lastly, I want to make a comment on a false report regarding former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.  As a matter of fact, I’d like to walk you through the sequence of events just to make sure that everyone is abundantly clear on what happened.   On March 14th, Chairman Nunes and Ranking Member Schiff invited Sally Yates to testify on March 28th.  On March 23rd, Sally Yates’s attorney sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for their consent to testify without constraints.   On March 24th, the Department of Justice responded the President owns those privileges to discuss the communications they were requesting to talk about and referred them to the White House.  Also on the 24th, Ms. Yates’s attorney sent a letter to the White House Counsel requesting that consent, specifically stating that if they did not receive a response by March 27th at 10:00 a.m., they would “conclude that the White House does not assert executive privilege over these matters.”  The White House did not respond and took no action that prevented Ms. Yates from testifying.   That's the story.  That's what the documents show. And with that, I’m glad to take some questions. Q    Can I follow on that, Sean? MR. SPICER:  Of course you can, John Roberts. Q    I’d like to follow on that.  There are reports that even though the hearing that was set for the 27th was not scheduled, it was cancelled by Devin Nunes to prevent this White House from publicly invoking a claim of executive privilege. Could you speak to that? MR. SPICER:  I hope she testifies.  I look forward to it. It was never -- let’s be honest, the hearing was never -- we actually never notified.  If they choose to move forward, great.  We have no problem with her testifying.  Plain and simple.  The report in The Washington Post is 100 percent false.  The letters that they, frankly, publish on their website all back up everything I just read.  All of the letters are available on their website -- I hate to give them the traffic -- but the reality is, is that they specifically say, if you don't respond, we're going to go ahead.  We didn't respond.  We encouraged them to go ahead.  But to suggest in any way, shape, or form that we stood in the way of that is 100 percent false. Brian. Q    A couple of things you said earlier, a couple of quick follow-ups.  You said you want the agencies to use best available science.  Does that meant there’s going to be no further scientific research, you don't want to fund additional scientific research?  And number two:  What other issues do you like to see the President reach out to Democrats? MR. SPICER:  So on the first one, best science is best science.  And that's whatever --  Q    Best available is what you said. MR. SPICER:  Right.  Well, if it’s not available, it’s tough to use it.  Just as a matter of practicality.   Q    Well, but is that a code for not using --  MR. SPICER:  No, it’s a code for it’s got to be available.  That's it, plain and simple.  You shouldn’t read anything into that.  And I think the President will speak more to that at today’s signing at 1:30 p.m. -- at 2:00 p.m., rather, I’m sorry.   Q    And are Democrats --  MR. SPICER:  I think there’s a whole host of issues.  I talked yesterday about healthcare.  If they want to come together on infrastructure, tax reform, we’d love to have as much support as possible. Eamon. Q    Thanks, Sean.  A couple questions.  One on coal.  Your actions today, the White House is saying that they're going to reverse President Obama’s so-called “war on coal.”  But a lot of people in the coal industry suggest that jobs are just not going to come back in that industry, based on the way the industry has changed, technology and other things.  Does this administration have an estimate of how many jobs will be created as a result of the actions it’s taking today? MR. SPICER:  I’m not aware of one, an estimate.  I know that the President has already met with some of the coal miners the other day, and Senators Manchin and Capito, in particular, from West Virginia, and others from Kentucky that were here when we did that EO signing a few days ago.  I will tell you that from a mining perspective, the miners and the owners are very, very bullish on this.   So the people who are actually in the business applaud this effort, believe that it will do a lot to revive the industry.  It’s obviously a private industry so I’m not going to get into who does what.  But I know that the industry itself said so. Steve.  Q    On the court announcement, you just said that the announcement today comes two weeks after the automakers met here at the White House.  Did the White House or the President do anything in that meeting that led to this announcement today? MR. SPICER:  I think there's been some regulatory effort and some commitments on the regulatory efforts going forward in the future that I think may have played a role.  I would ask Ford on that.  I think it's a continued sign of it.  I think we have seen a number of industry leaders, union leaders, truckers, truck companies come in, talk about burdens.  And I think there's been several cases where meetings in the White House -- or, frankly, we went to Michigan and held that roundtable out there as well -- that meetings that we have have a very positive follow-up in terms of a commitment from a company or an industry to create jobs, to invest more in this country.  But in each of these cases -- Q    Is the White House, then, going to get political credit for this announcement today? MR. SPICER:  I'll leave it up to Ford to make that determination.  I think that we're obviously pleased with more Americans getting jobs throughout various sectors.  And I think that we'll continue, and the President has made it very clear that he continues to fight to bring back jobs and manufacturing here in the country. Steve. Q    Sean, as you begin looking seriously at tax reform, could you just go through what is the President's bottom line?  Does it need to have middle-class tax relief, corporate tax relief?  Can you do it comprehensively, or piecemeal?  Do you add infrastructure spending to it somehow?  How are you looking at this? MR. SPICER:  So, on the first two, those are both key components -- the middle-class individual tax piece of it and then the corporate rate has to come down.  I think those are guiding principles that the President has laid out.   As far as how the process works, there are -- and I don’t want to get ahead of the folks in the legislative affairs or the guys on Capitol Hill, but I would suggest to you that there's a prevailing attitude out there that the FY18 reconciliation is probably the most likely vehicle to move some of this. Again, what we want to do is keep a lot of options on the table in terms of do we put infrastructure in, is there another vehicle to drive that.  But part of gathering folks together now from Capitol Hill, from industry, from groups, is to begin that discussion, to talk about what needs to go in, what the way forward is.  And so that conversation has begun and is continuing.   Q    And when do you think you'll have some recommendations to take to the President?   MR. SPICER:  Well, internally, the team has been talking to him for a while.  I think there's a bigger discussion that has to happen as we branch out with outside groups, industry, members of Capitol Hill, et cetera, that start to formulate some additional listening that needs to happen on this.  And again, I think part of it is there's a legislative strategy that needs to tie into this. Blake. Q    Is the White House currently involved in any renegotiations of the healthcare bill?  And if so, in what manner? MR. SPICER:  Staff has met with individuals and listened to them.  So I don’t know how detailed you want it.  Have we had some discussions and listened to ideas?  Yes.  Are we actively planning an immediate strategy?  Not at this time.  I think there is a discussion that began, as I mentioned yesterday, of a lot of individuals on both sides of the aisle reaching out to both the President and key staff members to share ideas and additional ways forward.  So there has been a discussion, and I believe there will be several more. Q    What would you say to the folks who have a genuine concern that if you could not get healthcare done, how do you go about getting big-ticket items like tax reform and infrastructure done?  People say if you can't get one, how are you going to do the next?  What would you say to that concern? MR. SPICER:  Well, again, I think -- I mean, we're going to build a coalition for this.  I think each of them have different constituencies.  And I think we're going to work with members on both sides of the aisle on both of those big-ticket issues to see where we can find agreement and move forward.  But I don’t want to prejudge the outcome at this point. John. Q    Thank you, Sean.  Just as a follow-up question on Blake's.  Did the President himself have any discussions with Speaker Ryan or Leader McCarthy or anyone over the weekend about healthcare and making an actual vote on the American Health Care Act?  And one got the impression from Speaker Ryan today that he was going to try to pass this with Republican votes, which would contradict some of your statements about reaching out to Democrats all along.  Has any of this come up with discussions between each side of Pennsylvania Avenue? MR. SPICER:  So I think I talked yesterday -- they have spoken a few times about different strategies, different ideas, different policy aspects to the bill.   Q    Over the weekend? THE PRESIDENT:  Absolutely.  At least on a number of -- at least two, maybe three times, they’ve spoken.  And I know several of our staff members have also engaged in discussions, again, to talk about potential ways forward.  So those conversations have occurred.  I think that's what I mentioned to Blake and I mentioned some of it yesterday.  And if we can find a way forward, well do it.   But, look, I don’t think -- just so we're clear, John, to your question, I'm not saying we've picked a strategy and we're going to go with this group or that group.  I think the President was -- several people reached out and expressed an interest.  And the President's view is that he's willing to listen to them and hear what their ideas are. And I made a comment yesterday that was -- that just so we're clear, we have -- let's call it 205, 207, somewhere in there, votes, right?  Maybe 210, depending on what it is.  The point that I made yesterday is to get to 216, to get to 218, depending on the day of the week, there are certain things that people want that would take what I think the President views as a very good bill that weren’t worth doing it because they would make the deal bad.  And so the question is, can we add the additional votes in ways that enhance the bill or bring people over that have been previous skeptics?  But there's a way in which people are saying, hey, if you bring me on board with these five provisions, then I'm on board -- in which either, A, take people off the bill, or don’t make it as strong and make it a bad deal.   And I think that's the balancing act that has to happen.  One is, can you add additional folks on without pushing additional folks off.  And two is that, what you have to add to the bill, does it make it stronger or does it not?  Because I think there are suggestions by some out there that have said we're willing to come along with the bill, but in doing so it would make it a bad deal.  And that's an important aspect, is how do you take whatever that number is that we have now and get it up to 216 to pass without making -- without losing people and/or making it a bad deal? Q    Sean, does it -- MR. SPICER:  Hold on, Glenn, I’ve already --  Q    -- done with Republican votes, not Democrats? MR. SPICER:  However we get there, John. Francesca. Q    Thank you, Sean.  Yesterday you weren’t able to tell us very much about Congressman Nunes’s visit to the White House or to the White House grounds to view classified information last week.  A Democrat on the committee today said that the White House would have known that he was here.  The same Democrat also said that it looked like a criminal cover-up to him.  My question to you is, have you learned any more information since we had this conversation yesterday about how he would have even gotten in and how he would have gotten cleared?  And do you think that Congressman Nunes should recuse himself from being in charge of the Russian investigation at this point? MR. SPICER:  Well, number one, on the latter part of that, it’s not up to me.  He’s a member of the House.  He’s appointed by the Speaker.  That is entirely up to the Speaker and the members of the House of Representatives.  We're not going to start commenting on that kind of stuff. I do think that he is running an investigation which we asked for.  And I think the thing that's important to note is there is somewhat of a double standard when it comes to classified information.  When leaks are made illegally to the press, and you all report them, the coverage focuses almost entirely on the substance of the allegation and that are part of an illegal lead, not on the illegal nature of the disclosure, the identity of the leaks, or their agenda. But when the information that is occurring now, which is two individuals who were properly cleared -- or three, or whoever he met with -- I don't know -- that they are sharing stuff that is entirely legal with the appropriate clearances -- and then there is an obsession on the process. And it’s sort of -- it’s a backwards way that when you all report on stuff with sources that are leaking -- illegally leaking classified information, that's appropriate and fine.  No one questions that -- the substance and material.  When two individuals, or however many are engaged in this process, have a discussion that is 100 percent legal and appropriate and cleared, suddenly the obsession becomes about the process and not the substance. And I think that it is somewhat reckless and -- how the conversation over classified information is discussed without -- while sort of attempting to press a false narrative that exists.  So while it is completely appropriate to share classified information with individuals who are cleared, it is clearly not the case to do that when it is illegally leaked out.  And I think that's sort of the irony of how this whole conversation has gone. John. Q    Thanks, a lot, Sean.  Just following up on your statement in regards to The Washington Post story that you say is false.  Did the White House Counsel Office ever consider invoking privilege as it relates to Sally Yates testifying before this congressional committee? MR. SPICER:  No. Q    And why is that?  You certainly would be in a position to invoke privilege.  After all, these were privileged communications between the Acting Attorney General and the executive office of the President.  That would fall into privilege. MR. SPICER:  Because I know this will be a shocker, but, again, part of it is that I think that we've been very clear that when you actually get to the bottom of the facts, every single person who has been briefed on this, as I’ve said ad nauseam from this podium, that they have been very clear that there is no connection between the President or the staff here and anyone doing anything with Russia.  And I think that the view here was, great, go share what you know.   So, no.  And that's why The Washington Post should be ashamed of how it handled this story.  It was 100 percent false.  The letters that they actually publish back up exactly what we're saying, that she was asked about this information -- her attorney asked the DOJ.  The DOJ said that she had to ask the White House.  They made it very clear, if you don't do this, we are going to go forward.  We had no objection to her going forward.  That's it. Q    Just quickly following up on that, I have two questions on two different topics.  So we're taking what you're saying as assurances that Chairman Nunes’s decision to call of that hearing did not have anything to do with any pressure from with White House? MR. SPICER:  No. Q    Okay.  Thank you.   On a different topic, we're seeing more states -- Maine, Virginia, and Kansas, specifically -- moving to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, joining the 30-plus states that have already done that.  What is President Trump’s message to Republican legislators and legislators generally in those states now that the Affordable Care Act’s future is so uncertain? MR. SPICER:  I think there’s a reason he explained to Congress, and especially members who have talked about entitlement expansion, why we should have passed this bill last week and why we need to address it now.  This is a major issue.  It was one of our talking points, so I hope they listen. Q    Does he encourage the expansion? MR. SPICER:  I think he understands that the way that it was handled in terms of the able-bodied provision under that right now are leading to an implosion on that piece of the entitlement, and that there was an opportunity to refocus it, and to push the money and a lot of the authority back to the states to best determine how to handle issues within their states -- both in terms of high-risk pools and individuals that they wanted to cover.   So we -- frankly, the bill made it a much more state’s rights program and a much more state’s rights decision-making process in terms of how to care for the populations that they had to address. Cecilia. Q    Thank you.  Just a couple things on the Yates thing.  So how and when exactly did the White House encourage her to testify?  MR. SPICER:  Well, the letter that her attorney sent literally says that, if we do not receive a response by March 27th at 10:00 a.m., I will conclude that the White House does not assert executive privilege over the matters with respect to hearings or otherwise.  I don’t think you can be any clearer than that. Q    And so you’re saying now executive privilege does not -- MR. SPICER:  No, no, I’m not saying anything.  I’m literally -- that’s what she wrote.  The action was, if you don’t act, then we will assume the following.  Great.  I don't think that you can read that any other way.  It was very -- she’s a, I’m sure, a very talented -- he is a very talented lawyer, and wrote it specifically for it.  We read it that way, and chose to not act because we have no problem with her testifying -- plain and simple.  Q    So executive privilege is not an issue for Sally Yates -- would not have been an issue for Sally Yates testifying? MR. SPICER:  That’s correct. Q    Okay, thank you.  And following one issue -- do you want to add? MR. SPICER:  No, I just -- it’s interesting, I mean, this is very clearly worded, and yet somehow you’re asking me how to interpret that in any other way than literally reading plain English. Q    Okay.  Interpret something else for me:  Does the President still believe that climate change is a hoax? MR. SPICER:  I think you will hear more today about the climate and what he believes.  I think he understands -- he does not believe that -- as I mentioned at the outset, that there is a binary choice between job creation, economic growth, and caring about the environment.  And that’s what we should be focusing on.  I think, at the end of the day, where we should be focusing on is making sure that all Americans have clean water, clean air, and that we do what we can to preserve and protect our environment. April, go ahead. Q    All right, thank you.  Sean -- don’t seem so happy.  Anyway, with all of these investigations, questions of what is is, how does this administration try to revamp its image?  Two and a half months in, you’ve got this Yates story today, you’ve got other things going on, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got  wiretapping, you’ve got -- MR. SPICER:  No, we don’t have that.    Q    There are investigations on Capitol Hill -- MR. SPICER:  No, no -- I get it.  But you keep -- I’ve said it from the day that I got here until whatever that there is no connection.  You’ve got Russia.  If the President puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.  But every single person -- Q    It’s beyond that.  You're making it-- MR. SPICER:  Well, no -- I appreciate your agenda here, but the reality is -- Q    It's not my agenda. MR. SPICER:  No, hold on.  At some point, report the facts.  The facts are that every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion -- Republican, Democrat.  So I’m sorry that that disgusts you.  You’re shaking your head.  I appreciate it, but -- Q    I'm shaking my head and I’m listening, and I’m trying to get -- MR. SPICER:  Okay, but understand this -- that at some point, the facts are what they are, and every single person who has been briefed on this situation with respect to the situation with Russia -- Republican, Democrat, Obama-appointee, career -- have all come to the same conclusion.  At some point, April, you’re going to have to take “no” for an answer, with respect to whether or not there was collusion. Q    But my question was how do you change the perception of -- MR. SPICER:  We’re going to keep doing everything we’re doing to make sure that the President -- that what the President told the American people he was going to do to fulfill those pledges and promises that he made, to bring back jobs, to grow the economy, to keep our nation safe -- that’s what he’s been focused on since day one.  We’re going to keep focusing on that every single day. Q    But when Condi Rice comes Friday.  Condi Rice did not support this President.  She did not go to the convention.  She comes -- what is on the agenda, and how is their relationship?  Has it healed since 2006 when he used a very negative word to describe her? MR. SPICER:  So, here’s what I’ll -- hey, it’s interesting that you ask those two questions back-to-back.  On the one hand, you’re saying what are we doing to improve our image, and then here he is, once again, meeting somebody that hasn’t been a big supporter of his. Q    But he called her that negative name in 2006. MR. SPICER:  No, no, but you put it -- April, hold on.  It seems like you’re hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays, because at the end of the day --   Q    I am just reporting what -- MR. SPICER:  Okay, but you know what?  You’re asking me a question, and I’m going to answer it, which is the President -- I’m sorry.  Please stop shaking your head again.  But at some point, the reality is that this President continues to reach out to individuals who’ve supported him, who didn’t support him -- Republicans, Democrats -- to try to bring the country together and move forward on an agenda that’s going to help every American. That’s it, plain and simple.  So if you’re asking what we’re doing, I think we continue to do it, which is to bring groups together that have been supportive of him, that haven’t been supportive of him, but that to share a goal, which is finding common ground on areas of national security, of personal security, of economic security, of job creation, of safer communities, of education, of healthcare that can unite us as a country and make the country stronger. Q    -- about Russia and Tillerson Friday? MR. SPICER:  I think they’re going to -- I’m not ready to  -- when we’re done with that, we’ll see if we can have a readout. Q    (Inaudible.) MR. SPICER:  Hold on, I understand that.  We’re not at Friday yet.  I will have a readout when that’s done.   I know the pool needs to get to the vans for the signing.  Thank you.  I’ll be back tomorrow.  We’re going to do five days in a row this week, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you, guys.   END  1:32 P.M. EDT

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TRUMP GOES ZERO FOR ONE in Washington -- COSTA, PARKER and RUCKER with a BRUTAL headline: ‘The closer? The inside story of how Trump tried -- and failed’ -- GOLDMACHER and DAWSEY: Trump ‘gets TAMED’ by DC

THE PLAYBOOK BANNER HEADLINE -- “0-1”THE WASHINGTON POST BANNER HEADLINE: “Trump and Ryan meet defeat” http://bit.ly/2mhPwQ1THE TICK-TOCKS -- TIM ALBERTA in Politico Magazine, “Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle: Eighteen days that shook the Republican Party—and humbled a president”: It was Thursday afternoon and members of the House Freedom Caucus were peppering the president with wonkish concerns about the American Health Care Act … when Trump decided to cut them off. ‘Forget about the little s***,’ Trump said, according to multiple sources in the room. ‘Let’s focus on the big picture here.’ ... [But for] many of the members, the ‘little s***’ meant the policy details that could make or break their support for the bill—and have far-reaching implications for their constituents and the country.” http://politi.co/2n28HJK--“‘The closer’? The inside story of how Trump tried — and failed — to make a deal on health care,” by WaPo’s Bob Costa, Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker: “Shortly after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled the Republican health-care plan on March 6, President Trump sat in the Oval Office and queried his advisers: ‘Is this really a good bill?’ ... Even as he thrust himself and the trappings of his office into selling the health-care bill, Trump peppered his aides again and again with the same concern, usually after watching cable news reports chronicling the setbacks, according to two of his advisers: ‘Is this really a good bill?’ In the end, the answer was no -- in part because the president himself seemed to doubt it. ... Realizing the health-care plan did not have the support to pass, Trump and Ryan decided Friday afternoon to pull the bill -- news Trump announced in a phone call with The Post, before Ryan even had time to personally brief GOP members. ‘Just another day,’ Trump said in the call. ‘Just another day in paradise, okay?’” http://wapo.st/2nyP007**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbh -- GREAT READ: “Trump gets tamed by Washington: The businessman president finds after the defeat of health care reform that legislating isn’t as easy as making real estate deals,” by Shane Goldmacher and Josh Dawsey with Tara Palmeri and Jake Sherman: “For weeks Trump had seemed disinterested and disengaged from the specifics of the health care fight, both behind closed doors with his aides and at public rallies. Trump ‘just wanted to get something he could sign,’ said one adviser who talks to him frequently. ‘He was over it.’ He would often interrupt conversations on the law to talk about other issues, advisers and aides said.“In one phone call with Ryan earlier this month, Trump told the House speaker that he had a problem with the bill. It wasn’t over Medicaid expansion, maternity coverage, deductibles or insurance premiums. Rather, it was that he didn’t like the word ‘buckets’ -- which Ryan had been using to describe the parts of their plan. ‘I don't like that word buckets. You throw trash in buckets. I don't like that word,’ Trump said, according to two people familiar with the call. Trump preferred ‘phases.’ Ryan agreed and adopted the term.” http://politi.co/2ogupuGWHAT AMERICA IS WAKING UP TO -- N.Y. POST: “Is there a doctor in the house?: Trump headache after health bill is D.O.A.” http://bit.ly/2nmXS8m … NYT: “G.O.P. REVOLT SINKS BID TO VOID HEALTH LAW” http://bit.ly/2lQe4yw … ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “GOP pulls its plan to kill ‘Obamacare’” http://bit.ly/2o3ATO5 … L.A. TIMES: “REPUBLICAN REPEAL OF OBAMACARE IMPLODES: Trump agrees to stop vote on House bill amid GOP opposition” http://bit.ly/2nQ0VqH … DENVER POST: “Down and out … Ryan: GOP ‘came really close today, but we came up short” … President: ‘The best thing is to let Obamacare explode’” http://bit.ly/2nyMuH3THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO UNDERSTAND -- From new POLITICO Aaron Lorenzo: “The GOP was counting on wiping out nearly $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes to help finance the sweeping tax cuts they’ve got planned for their next legislative act. And now it’s unclear where all that money will come from.” http://politi.co/2o3NzEPFOR THE RECORD -- Donald Trump called the Washington Post's Bob Costa and the New York Times' Maggie Haberman to discuss the failure of the health care bill Friday. Yes, the New York Times and Washington Post.QUOTE OF THE DAY -- REP. TOM ROONEY (R-FLA.) to The Atlantic’s Russell Berman: “I’ve been in this job eight years, and I’m wracking my brain to think of one thing our party has done that’s been something positive, that’s been something other than stopping something else from happening. We need to start having victories as a party. And if we can’t, then it’s hard to justify why we should be back here.” http://theatln.tc/2nTv4ptPRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’s Twitter feed has been silent this morning except for wishing “Happy #MedalOfHonorDay to our heroes!”. But he will be on the move, according to pooler BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo.FLOTUS MELANIA TRUMP is at Mar-A-Lago with Barron Trump for spring break. She attended a VIP cocktail reception Friday night before the Palm Beach County’s GOP Lincoln Dinner. Pic by Scott Mahaskey http://bit.ly/2mBY6ty (h/t Darren Samuelsohn)QUICK THOUGHTS:-- WHAT REPUBLICANS TOLD US YESTERDAY: If Trump left it all on the field, as his aides said, and failed, how is this not his fault? … The GOP wants to know what Trump will do differently in coming legislative brawls … Will Trump better learn the policy? Will he help sell his ideas?-- THE FREEDOM CAUCUS PROBLEM WAS ACUTE, BUT NOT THE WHOLE STORY. VP Mike Pence went to meet with the conservative caucus Friday in a last-ditch effort to try to convince them to support the bill, saying he would be in the HFC if he were in the House. But he couldn’t flip them. The group sent White House aides their whip list shortly after the visit, and it showed that the majority of the 30-something member group was opposed to the legislation. While they were critical in stopping the health care bill, their power will increase if they can actually push a piece of legislation across the finish line.-- NO ONE WAS LOOKING FOR DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT. Blaming Democrats for not supporting this bill does not make sense. The GOP whip team, charged with rounding up votes for legislation, never spoke to Democrats in a serious way about the bill. Plus, they used reconciliation to move the AHCA -- a legislative mechanism designed to pass with the support of just one party. (h/t Bloomberg BNA’s Jonathan Nicholson)-- Moveon.org’s Sara Kenigsberg (@skenigsberg): “Leader Nancy Pelosi @NancyPelosi just took off her heels and did a victory jump outside the U.S. Capitol @MoveOn” The video http://bit.ly/2nn2iMp-- TAX REFORM IS NOT EASIER THAN HEALTH CARE! It might be simpler for the New York, Wall Street-centric Trump administration to understand, because many of them have spent time in finance. But, in Washington, it’s actually harder. First of all, Congress has hardly started the tax reform process. There is deep disagreement among Republicans on the Hill, and between the Hill and the administration. For example, the House -- particularly Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady -- are hell bent on a border-adjustment tax to help pay for lower rates. Figures in the Trump administration staunchly disagree.There’s absolutely no consensus plan as of now. And the lobbyists have hardly started pounding the pavement. But when they do, there will be millions in advocacy from every business interest in the United States. In fact, because of arcane rules, Republicans don’t even know how they’ll move the legislation. We’re not saying it won’t get done. But it’s not the walk in the park that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants you to think it is.-- A WORD FROM THE HILL: The Trump administration is chattering about taking the policy lead on tax reform -- coming up with a plan, and telling Congress to pass it. According to the aides and lawmakers we’ve spoken to, that would be a mistake. Congress doesn’t take orders well.-- COMING ATTRACTIONS: Congress has 36 days until the federal government shuts down. The debt ceiling needs to be raised by the fall.THE COUNTDOWN -- 54 LEGISLATIVE DAYS until the Trump administration says tax reform will pass both chambers and be signed into law.HOW THE WSJ SEES IT -- “The ObamaCare Republicans: The GOP right blows up its best chance to reform government”: “House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat. This is a major blow to the Trump Presidency, the GOP majority in Congress, and especially to the cause of reforming and limiting government. The damage is all the more acute because it was self-inflicted. President Trump was right to say on Friday that Democrats provided no help, but Democrats were never going to vote to repeal President Obama’s most important legislation. And that’s no excuse. Republicans have campaigned for more than seven years on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, and they finally have a President ready to sign it. In the clutch they choked.” http://on.wsj.com/2nhspD8WHAT TRUMP IS THINKING -- “‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead,” by WaPo’s Bob Costa: “Before I could ask a question, Trump plunged into his explanation of the politics of deciding to call off a vote on a bill he had been touting. The Democrats, he said, were to blame. ‘We couldn’t get one Democratic vote, and we were a little bit shy, very little, but it was still a little bit shy, so we pulled it,’ Trump said. Trump said he would not put the bill on the floor in the coming weeks. He is willing to wait and watch the current law continue and, in his view, encounter problems. And he believes that Democrats will eventually want to work with him on some kind of legislative fix to Obamacare, although he did not say when that would be.” http://wapo.st/2nPR04FFLASHBACK – STEPHEN MILLER on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Feb. 12: “I think to say that we’re in control would be a substantial understatement. The President of the United States has accomplished more in just a few weeks than many Presidents do in an entire administration.” Video http://bit.ly/2nmTQNxRYAN’S WORLD -- “Ryan wounded by health care fiasco,” by John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade: “The painful public collapse Friday of Paul Ryan’s biggest endeavor as House speaker - legislation to unwind the Democratic health care law he and his party spent years castigating as a disaster - dealt a serious blow to the Wisconsin Republican. But as embarrassing a setback as this was - Obamacare is here to stay ‘for the foreseeable future,’ Ryan conceded - he isn't going anywhere.“No one is prepared to challenge Ryan for his job, said GOP lawmakers from across the Republican Conference. While some right-wing media and outside groups are agitating to replace the speaker, and his antagonists on the White House staff needle him anonymously in the press, there is no way he will be ousted. President Donald Trump hasn’t turned on him, either - at least not yet. And Ryan remains popular with his rank-and-file members, who genuinely like him. Critically, Ryan is not a liability for them back home, the ultimate litmus test for any congressional leader.” http://politi.co/2nyLnaaWAPO'S PAUL KANE -- "A new dynamic may be emerging in the House: A right and left flank within the GOP willing to buck leadership" http://wapo.st/2ogUdql -- It’s important to note: Can you imagine if this happened when Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) were in office? The knives would have been out. It’s pretty stunning that after such a massive failure there isn’t a single call for him to step down.WHERE DID THEY GO? -- “White House complains pro-Trump group MIA on health bill,” by Shane Goldmacher: “Amid the biggest policy showdown of Donald Trump’s presidency, top White House aides are perplexed that an outside group created to boost him at such critical junctions was missing in action. The pro-Trump nonprofit, America First Policies, has been gripped by its own internal headaches as two of the six announced members of its leadership team have left in recent days, according to two officials involved with the group ... With the health care law hanging in the balance, there were no TV ads, no brushbacks of wayward GOP lawmakers and no pointed reminders in key districts that every Republican nationwide ran on a platform or repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s namesake health care law.” http://politi.co/2n4ee3e -- "GOP wonders: Can it get anything done?" by Isaac Dovere. http://politi.co/2ogFWKe D’OH! -- “Basketball Fans Treated To Ads Congratulating Republicans For Repealing Obamacare,” by Deadspin’s Timothy Burke: “Basketball fans [on Friday night] in several Republican-adjacent TV markets [enjoyed] a series of ads, prematurely bought by the American Action Network PAC, inviting viewers to call their representatives to thank them for repealing Obamacare [on Friday]—something that did not happen. ... An ad praising Virginia’s Barbara Comstock ... ran during the Wizards-Nets game … [A]ds for Fresno’s David Valadao and Des Moines’s David Young ... ran on CBS stations before March Madness coverage.” With videos of the ads http://bit.ly/2ogBrznSCOOP -- “Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Erdogan Foe From U.S.,” by WSJ’s James V. Grimaldi, Dion Nissenbaum and Margaret Coker: “Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, while serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign, met with top Turkish government ministers and discussed removing a Muslim cleric from the U.S. and taking him to Turkey, according to former [CIA] Director James Woolsey, who attended, and others who were briefed on the meeting. The discussion late last summer involved ideas about how to get Fethullah Gulen, a cleric whom Turkey has accused of orchestrating last summer’s failed military coup, to Turkey without going through the U.S. extradition legal process ... Mr. Woolsey told The Wall Street Journal he arrived at the meeting in New York on Sept. 19 in the middle of the discussion and found the topic startling and the actions being discussed possibly illegal.” http://on.wsj.com/2nPPxv4SPORTS BLINK -- “Wizards rout Nets, give their starters a break -- and clinch playoff spot,” by WaPo’s Ava Wallace: http://wapo.st/2nmZwXGHAPPY 60TH! -- “EU leaders renew fraying Union’s vows on 60th anniversary,” by Reuters’ Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski in Rome: “Europeans must contain their squabbling and carping about the EU if the Union is to survive, leaders warned on Saturday as they marked the 60th anniversary of its founding in Rome by signing a formal declaration of unity. Four days before Prime Minister Theresa May, absent from the ceremony in the Italian capital, delivers an unprecedented blow to the bloc's growth by filing Britain's formal exit papers, her fellow leaders hailed 60 years of peace and prosperity and pledged to deepen a unity frayed by regional and global crises.“But days of wrangling about the wording of a 1,000-word Rome Declaration, May’s impending Brexit confirmation and tens of thousands of protesters gathering beyond the tight police cordon around the Campidoglio palace offered a more sober reminder of the challenges of holding the 27 nations to a common course.” http://reut.rs/2n4lpZjBUSINESS BURST -- “Charter’s $25B spending pledge to Trump not so new, analysts say,” by Margaret Harding McGill: “President Donald Trump and the Charter Communications CEO Friday touted a $25 billion investment plan and re-upped a 20,000 jobs pledge, but analysts who track the company said the spending commitment isn’t any fresher than the jobs promise the company had made last year. Charter CEO Tom Rutledge, who along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, met with Trump in the Oval Office on Friday, said his company will spend $25 billion on broadband infrastructure and technology in the next four years. ... Charter originally made the pledge to hire 20,000 workers in connection with its $67 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016.” For pros http://politico.pro/2nTI2DWFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Saudi embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia,” by AP’s Gregory Katz in London: “The man who killed four people outside Britain’s Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the Persian Gulf country’s embassy said. Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009, a Saudi Embassy statement released late Friday said. Masood had a work visa during those times, and then he returned for six days in March 2015 on a trip booked through an approved travel agent, the embassy said. Saudi security services didn’t track him and he didn’t have a criminal record there. Before taking the name Masood, he was known as Adrian Elms. He was known for having a violent temper in England and had been convicted at least twice for violent crimes.” http://apne.ws/2ogHyE0MICHAEL ANTON PROFILE -- ROSIE GRAY in The Atlantic, “The Populist Nationalist on Trump’s National Security Council”: “‘I’m not trying to disparage Ben Rhodes but I always viewed Ben Rhodes as more operational,’ [Steve] Bannon said. In his view, the Obama administration had ‘operationalized the NSC.’ ‘What President Trump and General McMaster have done is go in the opposite direction, getting the NSC back to its proper role and function,’ Bannon said. Anton has a ‘very precise understanding of the processes of communications,’ Bannon said, remarking that it was rare in Washington or New York to have a ‘comms person who is also a deep intellect.’” http://theatln.tc/2nmWdQh THE FIRST FAMILY -- “Ivanka Trump’s Secret Service detail roiling her D.C. neighbors,” by WaPo’s Paul Schwartzman and Peter Jamison: “With their long history of hosting Washington dignitaries, Kalorama residents were largely unfazed when they learned that the Trump-Kushner clan, as well as former president Barack Obama and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were moving to the neighborhood after President Trump’s election. The neighbors are willing to put up with the Secret Service blockade on both ends of Belmont Road NW, the nearby street where Obama lives. He’s a former president, after all. And they appreciate that the Secret Service placed a few relatively unobtrusive orange cones outside Tillerson’s house on 24th Street NW.”“But the security surrounding the six-bedroom house Trump and Kushner rent? ‘Are you kidding me?’ asked Marti Robinson, a trial attorney who lives across the street. ‘This is the adult child of the president. Sometimes there are 10 cars out here.’” http://wapo.st/2nyYvfyWEST COAST WATCH -- “California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump,” by NYT’s Hiroko Tabuchi: “California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s plan to reduce planet-warming gases. The vote, by the California Air Resources Board, is the boldest indication yet of California’s plan to stand up to President Trump’s agenda. Leading politicians in the state, from the governor down to many mayors, have promised to lead the resistance to Mr. Trump’s policies. Mr. Trump, backing industry over environmental concerns, said easing emissions rules would help stimulate auto manufacturing. He vowed last week to loosen the regulations. Automakers are aggressively pursuing those changes after years of supporting stricter standards.” http://nyti.ms/2nPX2lN-- “They’re so scared.’ Trump brings heartache, fear in L.A.’s ‘Ellis Island’,” by L.A. Times’ Ruben Vives: “Past the looming maze of freeway interchanges on the west side of Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights sits Biky’s Market, a light blue building with a dusty green awning. On the days that San Antonio de Padua Church across the street is closed, locals come here to confide their troubles to store owner Sue Kim. ... These days, customers seem to be talking about one more thing: President Trump. As the Kims see it, Trump and his promised immigration crackdown have altered the mood in the neighborhood they serve. … ‘They’re so scared, I think they’re hiding,’ she said.” http://lat.ms/2nn0Iu2MATCH MADE ON TWITTER? -- “Sen. Cory Booker wants to take Mindy Kaling on a date,” by PageSix’s Yaron Stenbuch: http://pge.sx/2ogjAZlMEDIAWATCH -- “Russia’s state news service applies for White House pass,”by Hadas Gold: “The Russian state-owned news website Sputnik has applied for a White House hard pass and is seeking membership in the White House Foreign Press Group in order to become a part of pool rotations. Sputnik, which Foreign Policy magazine described as the ‘BuzzFeed of propaganda,’ would be part of a rotating group of roughly 22 overseas outlets following President Donald Trump in his everyday interactions along with pool reporters from American print, TV, and radio outlets.” http://politi.co/2nTDuNLPLAYBOOK INBOX -- The RNC on Friday morning sent out an email with the subject line “7:00 – 7:30 AM Positive Chyrons” to folks on its war room list. See the email http://politi.co/2nn7yQgCLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker -- 15 keepers http://politi.co/2nPKPxoGREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from New Orleans:--“The Strange, Spectacular Con of Bobby Charles Thompson,” by Daniel Fromson in Washingtonian: “Donors all over America opened their wallets for his United States Navy Veterans Association. Politicians all over Washington posed for grip-and-grins with him. But not only was he not a legitimate fundraiser for military families—he wasn’t even Bobby Charles Thompson. A look inside the hunt to catch one of the country’s biggest con men.” http://bit.ly/2mYUOg3 (h/t Longform.org)--“In defence of hierarchy,” by Stephen C. Angle in Aeon Magazine: “Hierarchy can be understood as a signal as to when deference – deferring to others – is expected. Good hierarchies signal the right kinds of deference, oppressive hierarchies demand the wrong ones.” http://bit.ly/2mYCC6g (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“‘Bro, I’m Going Rogue,’” by Bloomberg Businessweek’s Zeke Faux: “The Wall Street informant who double-crossed the FBI.” http://bloom.bg/2nbM6Mh--“The Academic Home of Trumpism,” by Jon Baskin in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: “Trump’s disdain for expertise and convention, so disturbing to both liberal and conservative elites, is what is most promising about him to the Claremonsters.” http://bit.ly/2nbfEcZ (h/t ALDaily.com)--“Will Roger Federer Ever Be Done?” by Rosecrans Baldwin in GQ: “Roger Federer was supposed to be finished. Or at least exiting gracefully, getting on with his transition to post-tennis things. But then, in January, after five years without a Grand Slam and a season sidelined by injury, he went ahead and won again. Not as the unflappable perfectionist but, for the first time, as a rangy underdog. In the immediate afterglow of the Australian Open, Federer brought GQ to his mountaintop home in Switzerland, where we learned about his life off the court and just how much longer he feels he can pull off the impossible.” http://bit.ly/2nMXp0y (h/t Longreads.com)--“New York Spends $1.2 Billion a Year on Homelessness,” by DW Gibson in New York Magazine: “And yet the problem is only getting worse.” http://nym.ag/2nTpROC--“Why Does Mount Rushmore Exist?” by Sam Anderson in the NYT Magazine: “This gargantuan shrine to democracy has never felt so surreal.” http://nyti.ms/2mUrsPg--“Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp?” by Howard W French in The Guardian: “When Britain handed over control to China in 1997, Hong Kong was a beacon of freewheeling prosperity – but in recent years Beijing’s grip has tightened. Is there any hope for the city’s radical pro-democracy movement?” http://bit.ly/2mwgALT (h/t Longform.org)--“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” by Mark Seal in the Jan. 2009 Vanity Fair: “By snatching his seven-year-old daughter from her mother’s custody, after a bitter divorce, the man calling himself Clark Rockefeller blew the lid off a lifelong con game which had culminated with his posing as a scion of the famous dynasty. The 47-year-old impostor charmed his way into exclusive communities, clubs, and financial institutions—marrying a Harvard M.B.A.; working at Kidder, Peabody; and showing off an extraordinary art collection—until his arrest brought him face-to-face with his past and with questions regarding skeletal remains dug up in a California backyard.” http://bit.ly/2mUGep7--“How Serena Williams Became The G.O.A.T.,” by Elena Bergeron in The Fader: “One of the greatest athletes of all time took a path to success that only she could devise.” http://bit.ly/2o9pawJSPOTTED with courtside seats at the Wizards game last night: Mike Sommers, Speaker John Boehner’s former chief of staff ... David Petraeus yesterday in the lobby of the Cosmos Club ... Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at Hawk n’ Dove on Friday evening … Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) sitting yesterday in the Delta Sky Lounge in AtlantaOUT AND ABOUT -- Colleagues and friends toasted Robert Yoon, who is leaving his post as director of political research at CNN after 17 years. He’ll become a contributing reporter and analyst with Inside Elections. SPOTTED at Dana Bash’s home Friday evening for dinner and cocktails: Judy Woodruff, Sam Feist, Poppy MacDonald, Steve Chaggaris, Bernard Shaw, and Lindsay and Henry Ellenbogen.TRANSITIONS -- SAAT ALETY starts on Monday as banking legislative assistant to Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). He was a legislative assistant and communications director for Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) … Brett Doyle is joining the Republican Policy Committee as policy analyst for energy, the environment and agriculture starting April 10. He was an LA for Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). … NPR has hired Geoff Bennett to be a congressional reporter. He previously was a Hill reporter for NY1.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Wheat Growers Association (h/t Lia Biondo)BIRTHDAYS: Michael Ortiz is 34 -- he has been decompressing and finally spending time with his daughter Sofia and wife Megan since leaving the Obama Admin. He most recently served as deputy counterterrorism coordinator for countering violent extremism at State Dept. ... Gloria Steinem is 83 ... Tim Phillips ... Lauren Aronson, an Obama admin alum and principal at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas ... Daniella Gibbs Leger, Cavalier/NY Giants fan for life, CAP media maven, and Obama WH alum ... Nick Kalman, ace Fox News producer (fresh off the Tillerson trip to Asia), proud father to dog Barkley, and Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves – he’s spending his birthday on Navy drill duty and also celebrating Greek Independence Day (h/ts James Rosen, Arlette Saenz and Dan Knight) ... former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is 59 ... Meredith Shiner, VP at Resolute Consulting in Chicago and a Yahoo, Roll Call and Politico alum … Jessica Emond and Emily Schillinger, who met working for Vice President Cheney; Emily is now comms. director for House Ways and Means and Jessica is in executive comms at IBM’s Watson Health ... Christopher Hale, a contributor for TIME who helped run Catholic outreach for President Obama and is now executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, is 28 ... Aaron David Miller, VP for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson Center since 2006 after 24 years at State (1978-2003), is 68 ... Naftali Bennett, Israeli special forces soldier turned software entrepreneur turned political leader, leader of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party and minister of education, is 45 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Politico’s Arthur Allen ... Steven Sloan, editorial director for CNN Politics and a Politico alum ... Chad Bolduc, COS for gov’t relations at UC California and an Obama WH alum ... BBC alum Alissa Rooney, director of media and PR at Oxfam America ...... Andrew Revkin ... Peter Friedman of Cincinnati, Ohio (h/t brother Andrew) ... Carlos Mark Vera, a Victorville native and self-described “chignon” is 23 and will likely spend his weekend working on Pay Our Interns, the organization he founded last year (h/t Nihal Krishan) ... Patrick Bailey, chief counsel for gov’t affairs at Senate HSGAC ... Grant Dubler, an LA for Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), is 27 (h/t Helen Kalla) ... Anna Brower, comms. director for NYC Public Advocate Tish James, is 29 ... Dawn Ennis of The Advocate ... Greece turns 196 on its Independence Day ... Kyla Peyton-Buzi … Nelson Reyneri … Danielle Engel … Kristen Atwood … Kate Mente ... James Gelfand … Laura Rusu, policy and campaigns media manager at Oxfam America ... Thom Loverro ... Marinka Markovich ... Gloria Pan of MomsRising.org ... Anthony Garrett ... Candice Hunter ... Boston Globe politics editor Felice Belman ... Lane Hudson ... Pete Van Vleet, senior digital video content manager at PBS and an AP and CNN alum ... Lauryl Dodson Jackson ... Andrew Okuyiga, a professional staffer for House T&I … Stina Skewes-Cox … Nick Kimball … Kyle Watkins ... Chas Danner, weekend editor at New York Magazine and a Dish/Andrew Sullivan alum ... Marge Sutinen ... Traci Siegel ... Mike Monroe ... Joseph Zagnoli Gulans (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Sarah Eyman, LC for Sen. Blumenthal ... Annie McDonald of Rep. Swalwell’s office ... Doug Bellis ... Kristin Nicholson ... movie reviewer Gene Shalit is 91 ... Aretha Franklin is 75 ... Elton John is 7-0 ... Sarah Jessica Parker is 52 ... Danica Patrick is 35 (h/ts AP)THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: OMB Director Mick Mulvaney … Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) … Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) … California Gov. Jerry Brown (taped). Panel: Tom Brokaw, Hugh Hewitt, Eliana Johnson and Joy Reid--“Fox News Sunday”: Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi … White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus … Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Panel: Bill Kristol, Susan Page, Charles Lane and Newt Gingrich … “Power Player of the Week” with James Webb Space Telescope deputy project manager John Durning--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) ... Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) … Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) … George Schultz. Panel: Ron Brownstein, Juliet Eilperin, Jamelle Bouie and Ben Domenech--CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) … Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Panel: Bakari Sellers, Debbie Dingell, Rick Santorum and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) (guest anchor: CNN’s Dana Bash)--ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) … Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) … Michael Mukasey. Panel: Ed Rollins, Jessica Tarlov and Rich Lowry--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Jennifer Jacobs, Jeff Zeleny, Margaret Talev and Manu Raju--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: Carl Bernstein, Dylan Byers, Orange County Register columnist John Phillips and former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett … Nancy Gibbs … CNN media critic Brian Lowry--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Erin McPike … Mollie Hemingway … Joe Trippi … Corey Lewandowski … Amy Holmes … Julie Roginsky … Marisa Guthrie--Univision’s “Al Punto”: Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló … “Colectivo Solecito” co-founder Lucy Díaz … Oaxaca ombudsman Arturo De Jesús Peimbert Calvo … OAS general secretary Luis Almagro … Richard Haass … singer Luis Coronel--C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: The White House’s Matt Lira and Cybereason CEO & co-founder Lior Div … “Newsmakers” : Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), questioned by Military Times’ Leo McShane and CQ Roll Call’s John Donnelly (live) … “Q&A”: Author and Hoover Institution senior fellow Thomas Sowell--Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes or listen at http://bit.ly/2mGabdq): James O’Keefe