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Charter Commun
25 марта, 01:29

President Trump Delivers on Jobs for the American People

“Today we take one more step in putting the jobs, wages, and economic security of American citizens first.” – President Donald J. Trump FROM 8 YEARS OF OBSTRUCTION TO 8 WEEKS OF ACTION: Today, President Donald J. Trump announced TransCanada would receive a Presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Despite complying with every requirement and study, including relocating the route, the Keystone XL pipeline faced eight years of obstruction. In his first week in office, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline is a $8 billion investment that will move 800,000 barrels of oil per day to Gulf Coast refineries, reducing the United States’ dependency on foreign oil. Constructing the Keystone XL pipeline is expected to support 42,100 jobs across the country for up to two years, 16,100 would be directly related to the project. The Keystone XL pipeline is expected to contribute approximately $3.4 billion to the United States GDP. Under the Trump administration, Government bureaucracy is getting out of the way so this $8 billion investment can finally get started. PARTNERING WITH PRIVATE SECTOR: Today, President Trump joined Charter Communications in announcing their commitment to invest in American jobs. Charter will be opening a brand new call center in McAllen, Texas, where the company will create 600 new American jobs. Charter will invest $25 billion in its United States infrastructure. Over the next four years, Charter will hire 20,000 American workers and is committed to on-shore 100 percent of the foreign call center and technical support roles it inherited from Time Warner Cable. MAKING JOB CREATION A PRIORITY: President Donald J. Trump is looking out for the American workers who Washington has left behind. President Trump has worked with the private sector to deliver tens of thousands of new jobs for Americans. President Trump ordered the United States to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and negotiations. 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. THE PRESIDENT FULFILLING HIS PROMISE: President Trump promised the American people he would put their interests first. In his “Contract with the American Voter,” President Trump promised he would lift “roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.” As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised “I am going to bring back the jobs that have been stripped away from you and your country.”

24 марта, 23:04

Daily Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer - #28

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  1:15 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon, everyone.  There’s a lot going on today, so I’m going to keep this on the briefer side. This morning, the President announced the official approval of the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.  The last administration spent eight years delaying this enormous investment in American energy independence.  President Trump is moving this project forward in just eight weeks.  And just as he promised, it’s an even better deal for the American people than before he took office.  This project will directly generate an estimated 16,100 jobs, according to the State Department -- all without spending a dime of taxpayer money.   In many ways, this project represented everything that was wrong with the infrastructure permitting of the United States.  TransCanada spent an incredible amount of resources attempting to comply with government regulations, only to be denied and delayed for political reasons.  But the days of pointless government bureaucracy holding up progress and production have ended.  By simply getting excessive, duplicative regulations out of the way, we can make infrastructure projects more attractive -- a more attractive prospect for private investors, and encourage even more projects like this one. Immediately following the announcement by TransCanada, the President announced that Charter Communications has committed to investing $25 billion here in the United States and hiring an additional 20,000 American workers over the next four years. Charter Communications is truly an example of how American leadership can turn a downturn entity into an amazing success. Five years ago, Charter Communications was a struggling company that had slowly emerged from bankruptcy.  Today, thanks to hard work and great leadership of Chairman and CEO Tom Rutledge, it is the fastest-growing television, Internet, and voice company in the nation.  And, most importantly, as Charter grew, American jobs grew, as they brought back many jobs that had previously been shipped overseas.  Today, Charter is also committed to completely ending its offshore call centers, basing 100 percent of them in the United States.   Together, the TransCanada and Charter Communications announcement demonstrate the new economic model of what the President called The American Model.  By slashing job-killing regulations and reducing government burdens and lowering taxes, we will make it easier for all businesses to grow right here at home, generating jobs and boosting our economy by getting government out of the way. Following these big announcements, the President had lunch with Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin.  He was joined by Speaker Paul Ryan -- I'll get to in a second on that.  Later in the afternoon, the President will host a Greek Independence Day celebration.  And as I mentioned yesterday, at 4 o’clock he will meet with about two dozen Medal of Honor recipients to honor Medal of Honor Day, which is technically tomorrow.  He’s honored to be hosting these great men and women of our Armed Services, the greatest force for peace and justice the world has ever known. And obviously, later today, the House will be voting on the American Health Care Act.  The current vote is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.  The President has been working the phones and having in-person meetings since the American Health Care Act was introduced.  He’s left everything on the field when it comes to this bill.  The President and congressional Republicans promised the American people that they would repeal and replace this broken system.   Obamacare’s Washington-driven, one-size-fits-all plan had seven years to prove its case, and look what it’s left us with: Skyrocketing premiums -- on average, premiums for Obamacare benchmark plans increased 25 percent in 2017.  Unaffordable deductibles -- the two most popular Obamacare health plans have average deductibles equivalent to 10 percent and 6 percent of the median American household income.  With these high deductibles, many people have, technically, insurance, but nothing that they can afford to use.  Fewer choices -- one in five Americans have only one insurer offering Obamacare through exchanges.  And, of course, higher taxes. Key conservative groups like the Tea Party Express and the American Conservative Union have added themselves to a long list of organizations expressing their support for the American Health Care Act because they know it’s our chance, after the American people have spent years suffering, to finally repeal and replace the nightmare of Obamacare.  The President looks forward to seeing the House Republicans join with these influential voices and vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.   The President, as I mentioned, had Speaker Ryan come up here and visit with him to update him on the bill.  They are continuing to discuss the way forward on this.  The Speaker is updating him on his efforts.  As I mentioned to you, the President has been working throughout the week on this, calling early -- starting early in the morning and working till late at night, calling with members, visiting members.  By our count, over 120 members have personally had a visit, call, or meeting here at the White House in the past few days.  This is an extraordinary feat.  The President and his team have committed everything they can to making this thing happen.  And the Speaker is going to continue to update him on the way forward. Finally, a few administrative notes here at the end.  Yesterday, senior-level United States and Israeli delegations concluded four days of intensive talks with a particular focus on concrete, near-term measures to improve the overall climate in order to advance the prospects of a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.   The United States delegation was led by Jason Greenblatt, Special Representative for International Negotiation, and included representatives of the NSC and the Department of State. A principal focus of the discussion was specific measures that could have a meaningful impact on the economic environment in the West Bank and Gaza, allowing the Palestinians to more fully realize their economic potential. The two delegations also discussed Israeli settlement construction.  The fact that both governments dedicated such senior delegations for so many days reflects the close cooperation between these countries and the importance that both assign to this vital task. Last night, the President announced his intention to nominate several key additional people to the administration, including Althea Coat-zee to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration; William Francis Hagerty IV to be ambassador to Japan; Robert Sumwalt III to be a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.   And also this morning, of note, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia upheld the President’s revised executive order protecting the nation from foreign people who seek to do us harm into the United States.  We're pleased with this ruling, which found the plaintiffs have no likelihood of success on the merits of their claims.  As the court correctly notes in its opinion, the President’s order falls well within his legal authority to protect the nation's security.  We’re confident the President's fully lawful and necessary action will ultimately be allowed to move forward through the rest of the system -- court system. In terms of the schedule for this weekend, the President will spend a working weekend here in Washington, and we'll update you with further details regarding his schedule. With that, I'll get to your questions.  Steve. Q    Sean, is it your understanding that you don't have the votes to pass the healthcare legislation?  Is that the message that Speaker Ryan delivered today?  And if so, what lessons do you draw from this process? MR. SPICER:  Well, I think the Speaker is currently having a conversation with him to talk about where that vote count stands. He’s working with the members of -- you know the President made a sell.  They had the Tuesday Group here.  There were 17 members here; 16 walked out as a “yes.”  I think we've had a group of members that we've continued to have a conversation with and try to make -- frankly, at this point, it's not a question of negotiating anymore.  It's understanding the greater good that's at hand.   The President understands this is it.  We had this opportunity to change the trajectory of healthcare to help improve -- put a healthcare system in place and to end the nightmare that Republicans have campaigned on called Obamacare.  I noted yesterday it was the seventh-year anniversary of Obamacare.  We have an opportunity to make sure that was the last one, and the question is, do members realize this opportunity. There’s no question in my mind at least that the President and the team here have left everything on the field.  He has called every member that had a question or concern, tried to, to the extent possible, take into consideration ideas that would strengthen the bill.  And it's now going to be up to the members of the House to decide whether or not they want to follow through on the promise to that. But we're going to continue to work with the Speaker and the leadership there to see where the votes are.  We're getting closer and closer, but you need to get to 216.  And they’re starting four hours of debate.  I expect a vote somewhere around 3:30-4 o’clock hour.  We'll see where we go. Hunter. Q    Thank you, Sean.  We're hearing that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell wanted to do a clean repeal and then replace over time.  In retrospect, would that have been a better approach?  And in general, do you think Paul Ryan has handled this well? MR. SPICER:  I don’t know that that's entirely the case.  I know that this was a joint effort.  This is something that the House determined in terms of the three-pronged approach that we had.  So I don’t know that I necessarily agree with the assessment of how that happened. Q    And, in general, is the White House happy with how Paul Ryan has handled this? MR. SPICER:  I think the Speaker has done everything he can. He's worked really closely with the President.  I think at the end of the day -- I said this yesterday -- you can't force people to vote.  But I think we've given them every single reason to fulfill every pledge that they've made, and I think this is the right thing to do. Maggie.  I don’t want you to live-Tweet this thing.  Q    Thank you, Sean.  What is the White House's view if this does not pass and there aren’t the votes?  What does this mean going forward for other pieces of the President’s agenda -- tax reform being the big one? MR. SPICER:  Look, I've said it before, I don’t think you can tie any of these together.  That's just not -- I think there's a huge appetite for tax reform.  And I'm not trying to juxtapose anything to do with today's vote or not.  I think it will be great to see it put forward.  The President has put a lot of time and effort into this, and I think he's made a strong case as to why this has to happen, and I think we've worked with the House. If we don’t get -- regardless of what happens today -- and I still feel optimistic that the Speaker and the President and the Vice President -- we've got a team that's been up on the Hill most of today -- they're going to continue to try to get every vote they can.  But that doesn’t mean -- whether it's immigration or tax reform, there's still a huge appetite out there. Q    Just to be clear, I mean, if this fails today, is the President done with healthcare? MR. SPICER:  So negative.  (Laughter.)   Q    That's what we're hearing. MR. SPICER:  That's what you're hearing?  Well, I haven’t heard that yet, so why don’t we continue with a very positive, optimistic Friday.  The sun is coming out.  (Laughter.)  I feel really good.  So we're going to continue to work as late as we can to get the votes.  And as I said, the upside is that we continue to pick up votes, people continue to say that they want to -- the question is, can we get to 2016. But make no mistake about it, the President made it clear last night -- this is it.  You have an opportunity to do what you've told the American people, the commitment that we as a party have made, but this is your chance to do what we've done.  We've listened, we've incorporated, we've updated in every way possible.   I don’t think -- when you look at legislative efforts, I think the President has given it his all.  And I think it shocked a lot of people, frankly, how very, very detail-oriented, how personal it was for him -- calling members as early as 6:00 a.m. in the morning and going to 11 o'clock at night the last several nights, sitting down, meeting after meeting with them, coming back and revising it, having his team back and forth.  Everything is out there.  And I think each of these members needs to make the decision, whether or not they believe that they've -- at some point, you can only do so much, is what I would honestly tell you.  And I think everything that we could possibly do to listen to members, to get their concerns in this piece of legislation, to make it as strong as possible for the American people has been done. Q    But is the President comfortable then with Obamacare continuing?  And what does he say to his supporters? MR. SPICER:  No, he's not.  I mean, of course, he's not. Q    I mean, they voted for him with the promise that he would repeal this. MR. SPICER:  I mean, I'm not even sure where to start with that.  No, he's not, which is why he's literally put as much effort as he has into repealing this.  But he's made it clear that this is our moment, this is our opportunity to do it, but it is now up to members to make that decision whether or not they want to be part of this effort to repeal Obamacare.  And if they don’t -- and I think for a lot of the -- you saw the President's tweet this morning -- I think for a lot of these members who life is as important as well, this is your opportunity.  But it's ultimately them that have to go down in the floor and cast that vote.  And I think we've been able to cast a bunch of votes over the past couple years when you knew a President wouldn’t sign it. You have a President that's going to sign the bill if you pass it.  And now is that time. Zeke. Q    Some months ago at the Republican National Convention, the President said -- “I alone can fix it.”  Throughout the entire campaign, his message to his voters, the American people, was, he's a businessman, he knows how to get deals done, he knows how to break the gridlock in Washington, he's the "closer" is what you said earlier this week.  If this vote does go down, what does this say about the President?  Is the President humbled by this process?  And will he readjust -- how will he readjust the administration going forward? MR. SPICER:  Let's not -- like I said to Jill, I'm still optimistic.  I feel like we're continuing to work hard.  But at the end of the day, you can't force somebody to do something.  I think there's nobody that objectively can look at this effort and say the President didn’t do every single thing he possibly could, with his team, to get every vote possible.  And I think that's why I still feel good about this. But we are where we are, and members have got to make that decision for themselves.  This is the final hour to make that decision. Blake. Q    Sean, is it under any consideration to pull the bill at all between now and then? MR. SPICER:  You guys are so negative. Q    Well, there's reports out there that -- MR. SPICER:  I understand.  But there are reports out there -- the Speaker and the President are talking now.  The Leader and the Whip are doing their vote counts.  The debate is ongoing.  We're going to continue -- we are proceeding with a 3:30 p.m. vote as scheduled. John. Q    Take me through some of the -- if you don’t mind -- the thinking yesterday when the bill was pulled and then the President had made the decision -- or his team, they went to the Hill saying, there's going to be a vote today.  At what point did he make that calculation?  Why did he make that calculation?  Can you bring us through some of that thinking? MR. SPICER:  Yeah, I mean, there's a couple of things.  One is, I think we wanted to be as open as possible with the vote.  Having it on the current trajectory last night, it was going into the wee hours of the morning, and I don’t think that that -- for all that we've talked about, that wasn’t the appropriate way to vote.  I think we decided to work with the House and ask that they postpone and make sure that it was done in the light of day.   But I think that he's had enough discussions.  And it is not about improving the deal anymore.  I think he has taken into consideration every member's thoughts and concerns, and relayed those to the House.  And I think to the extent that this balance of trying to get to 216, in this case, is such that there are some people that come in with ideas and say, if you do that to get your vote, I'm going to give up 26, or to get these three, I'm going give up 12.  And I think we have struck the right balance right now and incorporated it, and it's the strongest possible bill.  But he's going to continue to work as hard as he can until the very end. Charlie. Q    How important is a live vote to the White House and to the President to see who's on the side and who's not? MR. SPICER:  We've seen the whip counts.  Mr. Scalise has done a phenomenal job with Leader McCarthy of -- we know where the vote count stands.  So we don’t need a live vote to tell us where the votes are.  People have been pretty straightforward with where they are and what their outstanding issues are. Q    The President and the Speaker are meeting right now.  Do you know -- can you tell us anything about the character of that meeting, or what exactly they're looking at going forward? MR. SPICER:  Well, they're discussing, they're not looking. They're sitting down and talking about where it stands, some of the outstanding issues, and whether they're onesies or twosies or fives -- what are the concerned and outstanding issues of some of the blocs and some of the individuals, and having a discussion on that. Anita. Q    If the bill doesn’t pass --    MR. SPICER:  There's somebody that's going to ask when it passes, and you can -- Q    Okay, well, do you want to have a briefing right after the vote? MR. SPICER:  No. Q    Okay.  (Laughter.)   MR. SPICER:  All right, score one for you.  (Laughter.)   Q    If the bill doesn’t pass, does the President still have confidence in the Speaker? MR. SPICER:  I think he answered that question earlier today. Q    Well, does he think that he should step down if it doesn’t get a vote? MR. SPICER:  He answered that question earlier, and he said he did.  So, asked and answered. Q    And then, logistically today, after the vote, whatever happens, how will we get a response from you all? MR. SPICER:  Electronically or verbally, but one of the two.   Peter. Q    Thank you, Sean.  This is the President's first foray into, let's say, the sausage-making process, so to speak.  Has he reflected at all on the experience?  I mean, how does he feel it differs from, for example, negotiating a real estate deal, a business deal?  Is it more complicated?  Is it trickier?  What's his feeling about this? MR. SPICER:  I think we'll have plenty of time to reflect on it after we do this, so I know that -- I'll just leave it at that for now. Kristen. Q    Thanks.  Without prejudging the outcome of the vote -- MR. SPICER:  Thank you.  (Laughter.)   Q    -- does the President in any way regret pursuing healthcare first, given how complicated it has been? MR. SPICER:  No.  I think if you think about it legislatively, in order to maximize -- and I know for most people it doesn’t make a ton of sense, but the savings that you achieve through the first reconciliation of healthcare, which we're doing through the 2017 budget process, which still continues, allows us to utilize the savings in that process to maximize additional tax reform measures that will start in the FY2018 reconciliation process. So while that sounds like a ton of inside-baseball gobbledygook, the reality is, is that in order to maximize tax reform both on the corporate side, to make our businesses more competitive and to give individuals, especially middle-class Americans, more tax relief -- doing this in that way maximizes the amount of savings that you can use for the second reconciliation package, which would be tax reform.  Doing it the first way, you can do -- but again, you're not going to achieve the full potential that you could if you did it the way that is happening now. But that being said, I mean, it's not a question of -- we all knew how big this was -- it's one-fifth of the economy -- and what it took.  The issue is, is that I think the disparate interests that are there, and some of the process-explaining, if you will -- the understanding -- the way that this is happening, and I think, legislatively, it’s complicated.  And for a lot of folks that just understand, why can’t you do it all in one fell swoop?  What’s the Byrd Rule?  What’s reconciliation?  Why do you have to do it in three phases?  I think, for a lot of people, that is a little bit complicated to understand.   And it’s not just a question of understanding.  I think one of the other things that the President and the team have found is that there’s a lot of issues where people are wondering, well, if I vote for this how can I guarantee that I get something in phase two -- which is the administrative pieces that Secretary Price would institute.   And then third is -- well, you know, the legislative things that will take 60 votes, they complete the overall package -- you know, how do I have -- and so there’s a lot of -- the comprehensive nature of this makes it very complicated.  And I think that’s a lot different.  Normally, you have one bill that sails through, and it deals with all of these things, and you can roll it all in.  If someone has an amendment, you add it in.  In this process,  we’re having to have all these one-off discussions about, you know, will the Senate accept this if you put it in; if you put it in, will they -- not only will they accept it, but will the Byrd Rule take place and kick out the whole thing.  That complicates this probably like nothing else. Q    Understood.  Just to put a fine point on it, though, was it his initial ask to do healthcare first, or did House Speaker Paul Ryan say, I think this is --  MR. SPICER:  I think was something that, during the transition, we sat down and gamed out in coordination with the House in terms of what should go first and why.  But again, it’s not a question of just what should go first, it’s a question of if you don’t do it first, do you lose some of the potential in savings that you would achieve through the second reconciliation. Q    Wouldn’t it have been wiser to try to work with the Freedom Caucus, for example, on something like infrastructure reform to build up some goodwill with that caucus, and then come back to something more complicated?   MR. SPICER:  No, I think -- look, Kristen, we’ve talked about this since 2010.  Every Republican, with the exception of probably a handful, has campaigned from dog catcher on up that they would do everything they could to repeal and replace Obamacare.  And I think to get in and say, hey, you should have done something else wouldn’t be fair to the American people who have said, okay, I’ll vote for you but I want you to fulfill this pledge. Q    And just finally, does the buck stop with him on this? MR. SPICER:  Well, I mean -- like I said earlier, you can’t force someone to vote a certain way.  I think, in the sense that has he done every single thing, has he pulled out every stop, has he called every member, has he tweaked every tweak, has he done every single thing he can possibly, and used every minute of every day that’s possible to get this thing through, then the answer is yes.  Has the team put everything out there?  Have we left everything on the field?  Absolutely. But at the end of the day, this isn’t a dictatorship, and we’ve got to expect members to ultimately vote to -- you know, how they will according to what they think.  But I think they’re -- as the President made clear, they’re the ones who have to go back and answer to their constituents why they didn’t fulfill a pledge that they made. Q    Non-healthcare question for you.  Regarding these documents that Devin Nunes says show incidental intelligence collection of identifying information about people associated with the Trump campaign, can you categorically rule out that Chairman Nunes received or was alerted to these documents from someone at the White House? MR. SPICER:  I’m not aware of where he got the documents from.  I don’t know. Q    Can you rule out that it came from the White House? MR. SPICER:  I can’t -- I don't know where he got them from.  He didn’t state it.  So I don’t have anything for you.  And so I cannot say anything more than I don't know at this point. Cecilia. Q    So if the President has done everything he can possibly do, and the Speaker has done everything he can possibly do, the team has put everything on the table, who is to blame right now for this hold-up, in your eyes? MR. SPICER:  Well, again, let’s wait and see how this thing -- I’m not assigning blame. Q    Well, but you wanted a vote even last night or this morning, so there is a stall.  So from last night to this morning -- MR. SPICER:  No, no, no, we did want a vote last night, and I think, as I have mentioned, as we got into the evening hours, the idea wasn’t to bury this at 12:00 a.m. or 1:00 a.m. in the morning. Q    Initially, you were asking for one yesterday, and there was a statement from your press office that asked for one this morning.   MR. SPICER:  No, no -- and I’m not backing away from that.  We wanted a vote yesterday.  But as the process went on, we realized that that vote would occur in -- probably, actually, into today, in terms of like calendar-wise, and that doing it at 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m. in the morning was not something that would be in keeping with what we had promised. Q   So who is to blame for the stall right now?  Is it the Freedom Caucus?  Is it -- MR. SPICER:  I think it’s not a blame.  Right now, it’s a question of getting all these members together and dealing with all -- I mean, you’ve seen the activity.  You’ve seen the members go back and forth.  Right now, we’re still in that active discussion phase with trying to figure out who we can get on board and whether or not we can move forward. But this is -- we’re not there yet. Q    But you put this ultimatum out there.  Is the President, right now, still confident that he can see this bill through -- that you will repeal and replace Obamacare? MR. SPICER:  The President is confident that we have done every single thing possible, made the case, updated it, added and done everything to listen to the concerns and to do everything that fulfills the promises that we and members have made with the American people.  John. Q    Thank you, Sean.  Without prejudging the outcome of the vote today, but focusing on your comments and the President’s, saying this would be a vote against life if people vote against it --  MR. SPICER:  Right.  Q    -- several Republican members said they did not want the vote on Planned Parenthood in this particular bill. Congressman John Faso of New York was particularly outspoken.  Did anything come up in the negotiation or from the White House saying they guarantee a separate vote on Planned Parenthood and leave it out of the bill? MR. SPICER:  I’m not aware of that, John.  I’m not aware that that happened. Q    The White House -- from your tone and the President’s, the White House wanted the Planned Parenthood vote in? MR. SPICER:  I’d have to go back and look at -- there’s a lot of discussions that go on.  I honestly can't remember how or when that came up. Q    The other thing I wanted to ask was that the last two members who announced they were no -- Chris Smith and Frank LoBiondo, Republicans of New Jersey -- both cited the number of Medicaid recipients in their district as their premier reason.  Congressman LoBiondo said in three counties, 30 percent of his constituents were on Medicaid, and he wanted no damage.  Was there anything discussed on Medicaid?  Was it on the table in the negotiations? MR. SPICER:  Well, I know that that there was a discussion about the expansion of Medicaid and some of the work requirements with respect to able-bodied Americans who are receiving that.  But I would say this, John -- one of the things that -- not member-specific to either of the members from New Jersey -- is that members have to understand that the current system is unsustainable.  So if you vote no today, then what is your alternative, and what do you want? Because right now there’s a lot of folks that have said they're going to vote no, which is their prerogative, but at the end of the day, the current Obamacare system will collapse on its own.  And so the question that they have to ask themselves or that they are going to be asked by their constituents is, then what is your alternative?  Because right now this is the choice that will save the system.  The other choice is to do nothing, and that will -- that is going to collapse the system.   Eamon. Q    Thanks, Sean.  The stock market has been largely looking at this as a proxy for how you're going to do on your tax cut proposal.  Would you be able to say what the lessons learned here are about how this was handled that might apply to the tax cut proposal? MR. SPICER:  Look, Eamon, I’ve discussed this earlier.  I’m not going to start getting a “lessons learned” while we're in the middle of debate of a current bill.  We'll have plenty of time -- if you want to stop by over the weekend, we can talk about -- (laughter) -- to sit down with you on that.  But again, we're not -- right now we're focused on getting the votes.  The House has a vote scheduled.  That's what our focus is -- not to figure out -- we’ll have plenty of time for that.  Jen. Q    Is the President going to just simply wash his hands of this today if this doesn't go his way? MR. SPICER:  Look, we're not -- the President is going to wash his hands several times, but I don't know -- (laughter).  Q    The central campaign promise of the President of the United States --  MR. SPICER:  I understand that, and so what -- I get it.  So slow down.  Let’s turn on C-SPAN and all watch this together, and then we can discuss what happened. Jen. Q    Treasury Secretary Mnuchin was talking this morning about doing tax reform by the August recess.  Do you think that that's a reasonable timeline?  And why the rush?  Are there any lessons learned from this healthcare debate? MR. SPICER:  Again, I think tax reform is something that we’ve talked about.  There’s plenty of time.  I think it’s a goal, and I think it’s an ambitious one and I think it’s one that we're going to try to stick to.  But let’s get by today, and then we’ll lay it out.  But I think tax reform is something that the President is very committed to.  You've seen him very publicly in the last couple of open events talk about how excited he is to move on once this is done to tax reform.  Because he understands both sides of this -- that the business piece of this -- we are so uncompetitive when it comes to our other worldly competitors in terms of our tax rate, and yet when we have these discussions about keeping companies from either shipping jobs overseas or growing -- bringing back jobs to America, the two things that come up over and over again are our tax rate and our regulatory system.   And I think he understands that on the tax front, we can be a lot more competitive with the rest of the world in growing American jobs here at home and, frankly, expanding manufacturing if we lower that, but also that the American middle class desperately needs and wants a tax break, and I think the more that we can do with that -- so this is something that I think we're going to be continuing to work on, and we’ll have more on that later. Trey. Q    Sean, how much credit will the President take for the outcome of this healthcare bill? MR. SPICER:  I’m going to refer you to like the last eight people.  Let’s see where we go from here. Q    Quick follow-up? MR. SPICER:  Yes. Q    Is the White House still as confident as they were earlier in this week, and is the President still as confident as he was earlier in the week that this healthcare bill will pass? MR. SPICER:  I would suggest to you it’s -- my answer that I said to Kristen is that we are confident that we have done everything, and it is now up to voters.   The President -- we -- the President called for a vote, and respectfully -- obviously, it’s not up to us, but the reason that he asked Speaker Ryan and Leader McCarthy to call for a vote is we've done everything.  We've done every single thing that -- every meeting, every call, every discussion, every idea has been out there, adjudicated, listened to.  And I think that now is the time for the vote.  And so we're a couple hours away, and let’s see where we go. Q    -- level of confidence remain? MR. SPICER:  I think in the sense of what we did, yes. Peter. Q    Sean, the President can order every surveillance transcript that mentions himself or his associates in regards to Russia for the investigation that he called for to be brought to his desk at any time.  Has he done that? MR. SPICER:  No. Q    So yesterday you were asked specifically -- you said that the concerns should be less about the process and more about the substance.  I asked because that would be one way to get directly to the substance.   On the substance, Devin Nunes said initially that he -- there was evidence that “clearly showed that the President-elect and his team were at least monitored.”  Then today he said --, asked if Trump or his associates were monitored or mentioned, he said, we don't know.  We won’t know until we actually receive all the documentation.  The President said he’s somewhat vindicated.  So given the fact that Devin Nunes doesn't actually know if the President was monitored or whether he was even mentioned, what is he vindicated by? MR. SPICER:  Well, I think that there has been an acknowledgement that there are documents out there showing that people were surveilled or monitored to some degree. Q    They could have exclusively been foreigners, Devin Nunes concedes. MR. SPICER:  Devin Nunes also made it clear that he’s going to have a hearing later next week with several members of the intelligence community and calling others back.  And so let’s wait and see --  Q    Well, what is the President vindicated by? MR. SPICER:  The President said he felt somewhat vindicated because I think that there is an acknowledgement that he’s -- that as we proceed down this discussion, it continues to show that there was something there, and that despite the constant discussion about the process --  Q    But he said we don't -- we won’t know. MR. SPICER:  Hold on, Peter.  I understand.  I get this is  -- I understand that.  And he also said that he’s going to have a hearing and he’s going to call the people back, and he’s waiting for the documents.  So let’s wait and let that process evolve. Q    Thank you, Sean.  A couple questions.  First about Keystone.  What changed?  It seemed like it took forever in covering the Obama administration for this thing to finally get over the finish line.  It never did.  And relatively quickly -- less than 65 days in -- it’s finally made its way over the finish line.  What changed, especially with respect to the State Department’s view of the Keystone XL pipeline?   And is it your opinion that it would be good to hear from the President -- win, lose, or draw -- after what we learned today vis-à-vis healthcare reform? MR. SPICER:  So, simply put, on Keystone, it was a priority. I mean, the President came in, he signed an executive order on it.  He had talked about it during the campaign and he made it a priority.  He made it a priority for his team here at the White House to get it done -- not only the jobs but incorporating U.S. steel and -- there was a lot of things.   But I don’t think it’s any simpler than he made it a priority for him, his team, this administration, the Department of State, and others -- and that’s it.  He recognizes the importance of that to both energy and to jobs and our economy, and simply got it done.  And I’ll leave it up to the President, once we go forward, to see how it goes. Margaret. Q    Sean, as a dealmaker, why does the President feel that this take-it-or-leave-it approach is the right one on healthcare? MR. SPICER:  Because I think he has done -- I mean, at some point you’ve listened to everybody, you’ve gotten all other ideas, you’ve gone back and forth, you have incorporated them, you’ve assuaged them in some way, shape, or form; you’ve updated the bill -- and a lot of times, it’s the same people coming back over and over again.  And you go, okay, I’ve listened to you, I’ve taken your ideas.  At some point, we either have a deal or we don’t.   And I think that’s where the President finally drew the line and said we’ve been having this discussion, we’ve had the meetings, and we’ve done everything possible to address the concerns and ideas and opinions that people have brought up.  And I mean, I don’t think you can say it any simpler.  I think he has done every single thing possible, and you end up, at some point, finding yourself going around and around and saying, okay, let’s just -- let’s call the vote. Q    But isn’t there a political cost to a collapse, potentially? MR. SPICER:  I think that, at some point, there’s a political cost to dragging this out, as well, and saying, let’s just keep letting it go.  And I think that’s where -- you know, we came to a decision that it had gotten as far as it can go. Kaitlan. Q    If there’s a collapse, though, isn’t there a cost that the President will, at some point, have to pay for?  If it’s either -- MR. SPICER:  In terms of what? Q    The collapse that you have been predicting -- MR. SPICER:  No, I think that -- look, remember -- look, this is -- Q    Besides the upcoming election in 2018, I’m talking about economic impact, all the impact on the states -- there will be a cost. MR. SPICER:  I get it, and I think that we’ll have to look at the landscape.  But at some point -- you know, I think right now Democrats made a decision during this debate that they wanted to stick by Obamacare.  I think, at some point -- the President has talked about this -- that this is going to collapse.  And let’s see where this thing heads, but I think, right now, we have a plan on the table that allows for a solution that will address all of the concerns that, frankly, were initially brought up as far as what the Affordable Care Act was supposed to do. Kaitlan. Q    So if you know what the vote counts are right now, and there’s no discussion of pulling the healthcare bill, and it gets closer to 3:30 p.m. and you still don’t have the votes, why vote?    MR. SPICER:  I’m not going to discuss our strategy.  I mean -- Q    But you see what I’m saying, right? MR. SPICER:  I do. Q    If you know what the votes are and you know that you don’t have the votes for it to pass, why vote? MR. SPICER:  I understand your question.  I’m just not going to comment on our strategy.  I think the President and the Speaker are going to have a discussion about where those votes are and what some of the members needs are, and we’ll take it from there. Athena. Q    You talked about all the work that the President and his team have put into this -- the early-morning calls, late calls.  The other day, one of the members of Congress who was here to meet with the President -- Congressman McHenry -- called -- said, we’re bringing him to “the closer.”  You embraced that nickname from the podium.  Whatever happens today, do you still feel comfortable calling the President “the closer” when it comes to deal-making on all this? MR. SPICER:  Look, I think I said to Christian and a couple others, I think he has done everything possible.  There is no one, either on Capitol Hill or any honest observer of what’s happened, that doesn’t recognize the extraordinary feats.  But at some point, as I’ve mentioned, this isn’t a one-on-one negotiation.  This is -- you know, you have to get to 216. And I don’t -- I think part of this question is to go to some of those “no’s” and ask them, what is the reason and what would you do?  And the probably is, is that, as I’ve mentioned before, there is this balancing act, where to get these two members, you’re giving up 14.  But we’re doing everything possible to get to that 216.  And that -- I don’t -- I think when you actually objectively look at the effort that was undertaken, there is no question that every single thing that has been done has been done to maximize the vote count on this. Q    And to be very, very clear -- this has been addressed a few times, but I want to get a clearer answer.  You talked a lot about how this is the chance, this is an opportunity for Republicans to make good on campaign promises.  I asked the President a couple days ago, what happens when you keep pushing if this fails today.  And he said, we’ll wait and -- we’ll have to see what happens.  Are you saying right now that there will be no future attempts to comply with that campaign promise if today’s attempt fails? MR. SPICER:  I can’t say that there’ll never be -- and again, I’m not going to be fatalistic when we’ve got a vote at 3:30 p.m.  I know that the President has made it clear that this is the effort, this was the train that’s leaving the station, and that he expects everyone -- you know, this is our opportunity.   And he’s got a lot left on the agenda that he wants to get done, whether it’s immigration, taxes, the border wall.  There’s so many other things that he wants to get done that we’re not going to sit around and figure out -- this is the opportunity, this is the time, this is the opportunity for every member who has said that they want to repeal and replace Obamacare to put their vote in the “yes” column. Q    And last one.  If it does pass today -- you’ve talked a lot about this being done in three phases, today being phase one. Phase two and phase three, one of the problems, I think, is that this is not information that is in score-able form -- the steps that Secretary Price might take, and then what may end up in this final bill.  Is there any attempt being done -- MR. SPICER:  Well, I don’t know yet.  At some point, maybe it can -- I mean -- Q    Can you put the administrative steps that Secretary Price -- MR. SPICER:  I don't know.  That’s -- Q    Is that something that’s being attempted to be done?  Because that’s the kind of information I think members want.  MR. SPICER:  I think, right now, we’re focused on the vote. But I think that we’ll have either OMB or CBO take a look at not just the other elements, but can you look at it in its totality. I don't know that that’s -- but that’s a good question that I can have the OMB folks address potentially with the CBO folks. Thank you, guys.  I’m sure we’ll have some additional updates today.  Thank you. END 1:56 P.M. EDT

24 марта, 21:20

Trump Says Charter To Invest $25 Billion In U.S., Hire 20,000 Workers

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday touted Charter Communications Inc’s (CHTR.O) decision to invest $25 billion in the United States and its previously disclosed plan to hire 20,000 workers over four years. At a White House event with the second-largest U.S. cable company’s Chief Executive Thomas Rutledge and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Trump praised Charter for planning to close its offshore call centers and move them to the United States. Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over the next 4 years. THANK YOU Charter Communications! pic.twitter.com/PLxUmXVl0h— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2017 On a number of occasions, Trump has touted job announcements at the White House that had been planned or announced previously. Much of the Charter announcement was not new. The company said in October it planned to add 20,000 jobs as part of its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The company said in February 2016 it planned to close foreign Time Warner Cable call centers and move the jobs to the United States. Charter, which has 24 million residential and business customers in 41 states, said Friday it had committed to Trump to hiring those workers within four years. It plans to invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and technology in the next four years. Last year, as part of winning approval to acquire the cable networks from the Federal Communications Commission, Charter agreed to extend high-speed internet access to another two million customers within five years, with one million served by a broadband competitor. Charter also touted its plans to open a new bilingual call center in McAllen, Texas and said it expects to employ 600 there by the end of 2018. (Reporting By Steve Holland and David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bernadette Baum) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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24 марта, 19:05

Remarks by President Trump at Jobs Announcement with Charter Communications

Oval Office 11:03 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  We greatly appreciate you being here.  I’m delighted to welcome Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications -- a great company -- to the White House.  I'm also very honored that my friend, Texas Governor Greg Abbott -- my good friend and supporter -- we love you -- is here with us today.  Very appropriate.  He’s done a fantastic job in Texas, and we had a previous governor who did a very good job, right?   GOVERNOR ABBOTT:  Right.  (Laughter.)   THE PRESIDENT:  Right.  He’s around here someplace.  Standing right over there. I'm very excited about the announcement we are about to make.  First, some background. Five years ago Charter Communications was a struggling company that had slowly emerged from bankruptcy.  Today, thanks to hard work and unbelievable leadership, truly great leadership, it’s the fastest-growing television, Internet, and voice company in the nation.  I would say that's a good job.  Not bad.   Tom Rutledge and his team turned the company around, and they did it very quickly.  They created a culture of customer service and excellence.  And, most importantly, they brought back many jobs that had been shipped overseas -- something that's happening far too often, but we're changing that.  That is very good for certain businesses but not good for the United States, not good for America, not good for our people. When American workers win, America as a country wins.  We want to have companies that thrive and hire and grow right here in America.  And we want them to use American workers and American citizens. Today I am thrilled to announce that Charter Communications has just committed to investing $25 billion -- with a B, $25 billion -- you're sure that's right, right?  (Laughter.)  With a B, right -- $25 billion here in the United States, and has committed further to hiring 20,000 American workers over the next four years.   Charter has also committed to completely end its offshore call centers -- that is such a big deal -- and to base 100 percent of its call centers here in the United States -- all American jobs.  This is great for their workers, it’s great for the customers, and it's certainly great for the United States.  And you watch, it will be one of your really fantastic decisions.  Tom will be opening a brand new beautiful call center in McAllen, Texas -- you know McAllen, right, good place? GOVERNOR Abbott:  Great place. THE PRESIDENT:  I knew you would say that -- (laughter) -- where they will create 600 new American jobs.  Charter’s announcement follows a number of American businesses -- from Exxon to Intel to Lockheed to Boeing to many others -- that have recently announced billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs coming into the United States following my election victory.  And by the way, thank you for your support.  The Governor was a great supporter -- a great supporter.  I want to thank you for -- you’ve done a fantastic job. We're embracing a new economic model -- the American Model. We’re going to massively eliminate job-killing regulations -- that has started already, big league -- reduce government burdens, and lower taxes that are crushing American businesses and American workers all over this country.  And we are really in the process of announcements and you’re going to see thousands and thousands and thousands of jobs, of companies, and everything coming back into our country.  And they’re coming in far faster than even I had projected.  So we're honored.  I'd like to have Tom Rutledge say a few words about what he’s doing and about his great company.  And after that, you guys can go back to healthcare.  (Laughter.)     MR. RUTLEDGE:  Thank you, Mr. President.  You know, it’s a great pleasure to announce these jobs.  And Charter has been insourcing jobs for the last five years, and as a result of that, our company has performed tremendously.  Using high-skilled, high-quality workers actually saves money.  It saves money.  As you know as a builder, if you do the job right the first time, it’s a lot less expensive than redoing it.  And we found that in the service business, and we found that we can actually do better with high-quality, high-skilled American workers.   And so we’ve been doing that, and our company was so successful that we were able to recently do a huge transaction with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, and put together this tremendous company.  And as part of that, we’re going to insource all the calls that Time Warner Cable outsourced -- 50 percent of their calls were leaving the country.  So we’re going to bring all that back, and create 20,000 new jobs.  And we’re very excited about that. And we’re also excited about the opportunity, in the right regulatory climate and right tax climate, to make major infrastructure investments.  And we’re going to spend $25 billion.  We’re committed to spending that predicated on the kind of regulatory consistency and efficiency that we expect as a country.  And so we’re looking forward to the opportunity to create these jobs and to build this infrastructure. And Kip Mayo, who manages our call centers, would like to tell you what we’re going to do in the McAllen specifically. MS. MAYO:  So with the opening of the McAllen center, it gives us the capacity to be able to create over 600 good-paying jobs.  That allows us to insource work that is currently performed through third parties. The McAllen center will be our first fully bilingual call center.  It will allow customers who prefer to communicate with us in Spanish to do so, and we will provide them with service and technical support.  We have already hired a general manager -- very qualified woman who is bilingual, and is also, coincidentally, a native McAllen.  We expect to open the call center next month, and we’ve hired over 100 employees already, and they will be trained and they will be ready to assist our customers in just a few short weeks. So this is a very big step for us in our strategy and our plans over the course of the next few years to create jobs and to bring work in from overseas and back to the United States. MR. RUTLEDGE:  And they’re good jobs, too.  And they’re high-paid jobs.  They have pensions.  They have healthcare. They’re the kind of jobs people want -- they’re good, solid middle-class jobs, and we’re proud to make them available. THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  Thank you very much, Tom.  Fantastic job with the company.  Unbelievable job. I’d like to just close it out by asking my friend, Governor Greg Abbott to say a few words, and he’ll talk about the company. But he’s very proud of what they’ve been doing in Texas.  So am I.   So, Greg. GOVERNOR ABBOTT:  Sure.  Well, first, I’m proud of you.  We have a President who’s living up to his campaign promise, and that is to create more jobs, but also to create more jobs by returning jobs from overseas back to the United States. I want to thank Charter Communications for the great job you’re doing, but also for expanding, in the great state of Texas.  We’re happy that this first tranche of your expansion is in the Rio Grande Valley, in McAllen, Texas.  You talked about the tax environment, the regulatory environment.  Texas is number one in the nation for job creation because of the pro-business climate that we have because we have the right workforce to take care of the needs of companies like Charter Communications. So this is a win-win.  It’s a win for the President.  It’s a win for Charter.  It’s a win for the great state of Texas.  The country is better today because of the jobs that will be created tomorrow in McAllen, Texas. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thanks, Greg.   GOVERNOR ABBOTT:  Thank you, President. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Congratulations.  Congratulations.  Thank you. END  11:12 A.M. EDT

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24 марта, 18:25

Trump touts Charter hiring that was in works for two years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday touted Charter Communications Inc's decision to invest $25 billion in the United States and a plan the company announced before he was elected to hire 20,000 workers over four years.

24 марта, 14:13

THE BIG DAY: TRUMP’s risky bet, THE STAKES, the vote count -- and more -- SCHUMER prepared for SCOTUS nuclear showdown -- FIRST LOOK: this week’s ‘Circus’ -- JARED and IVANKA in Aspen -- B’DAY: Steve Ballmer

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2nPr9u7 ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfTHE BIG BET -- PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is getting a vote on his health care bill today on the House floor. If it fails, he’s leaving Obamacare in place.-- BY THE WAY … Trump, who has branded himself a dealmaker without parallel, gave this whole health-care process 18 days -- including weekends and days Congress was out of session! Let us be abundantly clear: We were in the Capitol yesterday and talking to our vote-counting sources until late last night, and the situation is extremely fluid. Nobody knows how this is going to play out. But in Congress, 18 days is nothing.BEFORE TRUMP’S ULTIMATUM, Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan did not have the votes to pass this bill. The conservative House Freedom Caucus and a dozen or so moderates were banding together against the health-care bill, keeping it well short of the vote threshold required for passage. THERE HAS BEEN MOVEMENT. There are signs in the Freedom Caucus that their bloc of ‘no’ votes is dwindling. They are expected to hold a bunch of members against the bill -- but not nearly as many as they previously thought. Many of them huddled until late in the Capitol, trying to get their bearings and decide whether they really have the gumption to cross Trump. (Many of them don’t care about the president or his threats. Same goes for many of the moderates against the legislation.)BUT some members of the conservative group who were opposed to the bill seem eager to please their president -- despite their loud and staunch opposition. Watch what Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) does. If he votes yes, he’ll be seen as easy to roll. The Freedom Caucus drove a hard bargain. And yes, they’ve won some significant concessions. But if they flip, they’ll show they can be cowed just by the president walking away. That’s a good preview of his power, and a show in the shift of the dynamics in D.C.THE SCENARIOS. Inside the top levels of every wing of the Republican Party on the Hill, there are a few scenarios playing out. Not a single senior whip truly knows where this thing will end up. -- THE WIN. Trump’s ultimatum flips enough non-Freedom Caucus members and a few conservatives to get this thing across the finish line. The vote will be early enough -- right now it is expected in the 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. range, per CNBC’s Kayla Tausche -- that they can keep it open for hours without slipping into the night. Arm-twisting under the bright lights of the House floor can be a powerful thing. And it’s not so easy to abandon a president of your own party on his first major policy fight. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office says the House will be out by 5 p.m. today.-- THE LOSS. Many in the Freedom Caucus say they still have close to enough votes to block this bill. Even if they have 15 no votes -- a low estimate -- this bill would fail with another roughly eight no votes from moderates and conservatives outside the Freedom Caucus (the number needed to defeat the bill shifts depending on how may people show up). Many House Republicans from across the political spectrum have issued strong and seemingly irreversible statements about the bill. See the Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller’s whip list http://bit.ly/2n0zuqr-- THE REALITY. If it looks like this bill is going to fail, expect a LOT of people to vote no at the last minute. If you have a district where parts of the Affordable Care Act are at least somewhat popular, why would you walk the plank for something that will fail in the House and go nowhere in the Senate? Just ask House Democrats how that worked out for them on cap and trade.-- THE STAKES. What happens today will go a long way in dictating what the next few months look like for President Trump, Speaker Ryan and their agenda on Capitol Hill.-- RYAN. Defeat here would be bad for Ryan. It’s his chamber, his strategy and it would be mostly his loss. Ryan’s allies and even some cool to the speaker are trying to point to others -- namely the Freedom Caucus -- for taking an outsized role in the negotiations and dealing directly with the White House. But, just like we saw with John Boehner, the speaker cannot avoid all blame, whether he deserves it or not. -- TRUMP. He needs a win. If he loses, watch for him to blame Ryan, politics or Congress as an unruly and broken institution. But he said it was him -- and only him -- who could close deals. -- MUST READ -- GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN on NYT A1, “Trump the Dealmaker Projects Bravado, but Behind the Scenes, Faces Rare Self-Doubt”: “Mr. Trump has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans. He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the act’s passage, when the legislation was scheduled for a vote. Two of his most influential advisers -- Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, and Gary D. Cohn, the National Economic Council director, who had a major role in pushing the bill -- came to agree, and did not like the compromise that was emerging.” http://nyti.ms/2nJVGsz -- THE TRUMP-RYAN AXIS. The knives are already out in the West Wing for the House speaker. It was Ryan who devised the sequencing of this year’s legislative agenda. And, at this point, it looks like a mistake. Every Republican is having to spend precious political capital to squeeze this bill through, including Trump. Ryan’s allies, however, insist that the two men are in a good spot, and the president now sees that the Freedom Caucus isn’t the best negotiating partner. They say the unhappiness with Ryan is a staff-driven narrative. Even so, the fact that Trump’s staff feels like they have an opening to dump to the press on a sitting speaker is not necessarily a good sign.A THOUGHT FOR TRUMP: You probably don’t want to encourage -- even tacitly -- a coup against Speaker Paul Ryan right now. A fight for the speakership will be messy and time consuming. It’s also hard to believe Trump would find a better partner to get his agenda through. -- THE TIMELINE. House Republicans have kept in the bill a provision to eliminate essential health benefits -- coverage for mental-health issues, emergency services, hospitalizations and more. Some senior Republicans believe if the House passes the bill, the Congressional Budget Office will take a while to judge the budgetary impact of this element of the legislation. This would slow down Senate consideration of the bill and force the health-care fight deeper into the spring.-- WHAT WE’VE LEARNED. Just a quick reiteration of what most Washington veterans think: This episode shows that tax reform and infrastructure will take time. Keep in mind, Congress has some time-consuming deadlines in the coming months: government funding expires and the debt limit needs to be lifted. Even if this bill passes, many Republicans want the White House to abandon its artificial timelines -- and quickly.EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES -- SHOWTIME’S “THE CIRCUS,” the Mark Halperin/John Heilemann show, has been taping on Capitol Hill this week. Here’s a three-minute sneak peak from this Sunday’s episode, which will air at 8 p.m. on Showtime. Watch the clip http://bit.ly/2ocholJ OVERHEARD last night on 5th Street NW as two people stumbled out of a bar: “Hey! If it fails tomorrow, lunch martinis on me!”SHOT -- @AliceOllstein: “I asked Sen. Roberts if he supports scrapping Essential Health Benefits. ‘I wouldn't want to lose my mammograms,’ he snarked. #AHCA” … CHASER -- @SenPatRoberts: “I deeply regret my comments on a very important topic. Mammograms are essential to women’s health & I never intended to indicate otherwise.”MEANWHILE IN ASPEN – “Family fun day: Ivanka Trump straps baby Theo to her chest as she and Jared Kushner take their kids and nephew Donald III toy shopping after day in the park during Aspen vacation” -- The Daily Mail: With 90 pics on one page! http://dailym.ai/2oaXGH4 BUZZ -- We hear the White House is expected to issue an executive order on H1B visas in the coming weeks. This tracks how they’ve been discussing high-skilled workers, but would almost certainly create a firestorm with the tech world and immigrant rights groups.-- “Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants,” by NYT’s Mike Shear: “The Trump administration is making it tougher for millions of visitors to enter the United States by demanding new security checks before giving visas to tourists, business travelers and relatives of American residents.” http://nyti.ms/2nddiKSHERE WE GO -- “Schumer prepared to force nuclear showdown over Gorsuch,” by Burgess Everett and Elana Schor: “Chuck Schumer is prepared to push the Senate into a nuclear confrontation over the Supreme Court. In an extensive interview with POLITICO Thursday, the Senate minority leader made his most definitive statement to date that Democrats will deny Neil Gorsuch the 60 votes he needs to clear a Senate filibuster and ascend to the Supreme Court. Dismissing the notion of a deal to confirm Gorsuch floated by some members of his caucus this week, Schumer all but declared that Donald Trump’s nominee will not receive the requisite eight Democratic votes — and that it will be up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell whether to try to blow up the filibuster to get Gorsuch through.“There’s been an almost seismic shift in the caucus [against Gorsuch],’ Schumer said as the Senate Judiciary confirmation hearings wrapped up Thursday. ‘He did not win anybody over with his testimony.’ If Schumer stops Gorsuch during a filibuster vote in early April — and the New Yorker was brimming with confidence that he will — it will almost certainly force McConnell’s hand on the so-called ‘nuclear option.’ Schumer is betting McConnell does not have the votes to do away with the 60-vote requirement for Supreme Court nominees. ‘I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that Mitch McConnell changes the rules,’ Schumer said. ‘There are people in his caucus who really don’t want to change the rules, OK?’” http://politi.co/2njr1kYFINALLY -- “Trump, Tillerson Settle on No. 2 at State Department,” by WSJ’s Felicia Schwartz and Gordon Lubold: “President Donald Trump is expected to nominate John J. Sullivan to be the State Department’s No. 2 official, according to U.S. officials familiar with the discussions. Mr. Sullivan, 57, initially was the Trump administration’s pick to be the Pentagon’s general counsel, news the White House announced earlier this month. But in recent days Trump administration officials decided they would instead tap him to be deputy secretary of state ... Mr. Sullivan most recently was a partner in the Washington office of the law firm Mayer Brown. He served in the George W. Bush administration in senior roles in the Commerce Department and the Pentagon.” http://on.wsj.com/2nJV71VNUNES EXPLAINS HIMSELF -- “Nunes: ‘Duty and obligation’ to go to Trump with surveillance intel,” by Cristiano Lima: “House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Thursday he ‘felt he had a duty and obligation’ to inform President Donald Trump that transition officials on his team may have had communications intercepted inadvertently, a decision that has drawn the ire of congressional Democrats. ‘It’s clear that I would be concerned if I was the president and that’s why I wanted him to know,’ the Republican lawmaker told Fox News' Sean Hannity during an interview ... Thursday night. ‘I felt I had a duty and obligation to tell him because as you know he’s been taking a lot of heat in the news media.’ Nunes added that he felt sharing the information was necessary for Trump to make his own determination on whether the surveillance was carried out improperly.” http://politi.co/2nYepy2HAPPENING TODAY -- Trump is meeting with Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge to discuss infrastructure and job creation.KEYSTONE XL ANNOUNCEMENT COMING -- TRUMP is meeting with pipeline manufacturers and reps from TransCanada today to make an announcement on the pipeline.THE JUICE … -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY is putting out a TV and digital ad urging viewers to call their senators to oppose Trump’s SCOTUS pick, Neil Gorsuch. The ad features Jeff Perkins, the father of a student with autism whose lawsuit Gorsuch denied. The ad will run in Missouri, Maine, Indiana, North Dakota, Nevada, Montana and Washington, D.C. The ad http://bit.ly/2nP1BgE-- BUZZ: BROCK LONG is being floated to be FEMA administrator, according to a well-wired source in the homeland security world. Long is the former Alabama director of emergency management and currently with Hagerty Consulting Group. The White House and Long did not respond to a request for comment.--FIRST LOOK: PRIORITIES USA and PATRIOT MAJORITY, two Democratic pressure groups, commissioned a poll of 1,001 voters across 20 Republican-held House districts to test the impact on GOPers if they vote for Trumpcare. The findings: “when voters are told their Republican member of Congress supports the plan, they move from approving of their congressperson by 12 points (46% approve, 34% disapprove) to disapproving by 21 points (35% approve, 56% disapprove) — a net shift of 33 percentage points. The voters also move from saying they would reelect their congressman, 44-38, to saying they will elect a Democratic challenger, 45-38. That is a net 13-point swing away from the Republicans in the vote for Congress.” Memo http://politi.co/2nKYm9e -- THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE used their Snapchat account for the first time yesterday, doing a snap of the trucks that came to the WH. Screenshot http://politi.co/2mxVM77DARK ARTS -- “RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt,” by Ken Vogel and Eli Stokols: “As the general election was taking shape last summer, the [RNC] initiated a series of payments to a low-profile firm started by retired [CIA] officers that worked closely with an ex-Russian spy. The payments attracted attention in political and intelligence circles, largely because the Virginia-based firm, Hamilton Trading Group, had particular expertise in Russia, which was emerging as a major campaign issue at the time. RNC officials and the president and co-founder of Hamilton Trading Group, an ex-CIA officer named Ben Wickham, insisted the payments, which eventually totaled $41,500, had nothing to do with Russia.“Instead, they initially claimed the payments were entirely for an assessment by Hamilton Trading Group of building security concerns at the RNC’s Capitol Hill headquarters. But RNC officials now acknowledge that most of the cash - $34,100 - went towards intelligence-style reports that sought to prove conflicts of interest between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State and her family's foundation.” http://politi.co/2nY95unCOMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Trump Administration Eyes $1 Billion in Cuts to U.N. Peacekeeping,” by Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch: “The White House is seeking to cut $1 billion dollars in funding for U.N. peacekeeping operations and to eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars for other U.N. programs that care for needy children and seek to lift the world’s poorest out of a life of grinding poverty, according to two diplomatic sources briefed on the plan. The proposal is certain to face strong pushback from Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders, who warned that the president’s budget will never be passed. But it reflected the White House’s clear desire to jettison America’s traditional role as the champion of the downtrodden and embrace that of a military powerhouse to be feared.” http://atfp.co/2mZI2ODDEPT. OF YA CAN’T MAKE IT UP -- “Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Is Defending Russia’s Biggest Bank,” by BuzzFeed’s Anthony Cormier, Jeremy Singer-Vine, and John Templon: “One of President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys was just named a lead attorney to defend Russia’s largest state-run bank against claims that it helped a granite-mining company raid and kill off its main competitor in the Russian market. Marc E. Kasowitz is representing OJSC Sberbank of Russia, which is accused in US federal court of conspiring with granite company executives — including Russia’s former minister of economy and trade — in what the plaintiffs say amounts to a ‘textbook case of Russian corporate raiding.’ Kasowitz has served as an attorney for Trump for more than 15 years. ... In December, Trump named another partner at Kasowitz’s firm, David Friedman, to serve as the ambassador to Israel.” http://bzfd.it/2oaBzk4ETHICS WATCH -- Justice Department investigating Rep. Duncan Hunter,” by San Diego Union-Tribune’s Morgan Cook: “Duncan Hunter is being investigated by the Department of Justice over whether he improperly used campaign funds for personal use, according to a statement released Thursday by the House Ethics Committee. The committee announced that it had unanimously voted to defer its own investigation of Hunter at the request of the Justice Department. Prosecutors typically ask congressional committees to hold off to avoid having their inquiries conflict with criminal investigations. A federal law enforcement official familiar with the investigation confirmed Thursday that the FBI is investigating Hunter for campaign finance violations.” http://bit.ly/2njr3JyHMM -- “Wilbur Ross will shepherd Trump’s trade policy. Should he also own a shipping firm?” by Center for Public Integrity’s Carrie Levine and Chris Zubak-Skees: “When private equity billionaire Wilbur Ross Jr. signed on to be President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, he agreed to divest millions of dollars in assets. But one asset Ross plans to keep is his stake in Diamond S Shipping Group Inc., one of the world’s largest owners and operators of medium-range tanker vessels, which crisscross the globe as crucial cogs in the transoceanic shipping trade. In a new administration full of successful businessmen dealing with a complex web of conflict-of-interest concerns, Ross’ part ownership of Diamond S Shipping stands out. A Center for Public Integrity examination of Diamond S Shipping’s operations found its vessels sail under Chinese flags, even as Ross is being tapped to take an unusually muscular role shaping U.S. trade policy under President Trump’s ‘America First’ mantra. The company has ties to a major Chinese investment fund, and one of its ships has traveled to an Iranian port.” http://bit.ly/2nWN6UGK-FILE -- “Virginia gubernatorial candidate removed unflattering info from Wikipedia page,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott: “Virginia gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart’s campaign has, for the past year, made edits to Stewart’s Wikipedia page to remove unflattering information and add more positive messaging. In an interview with CNN's KFile, Stewart acknowledged that the changes, made by Wikipedia users ‘VirginiaHistorian77’ and ‘Publius2016,’ came from his campaign. Stewart, who is facing off against former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie in this year’s GOP primary, defended the actions as necessary to correct information on his page.” http://cnn.it/2mZGYtKTHE GLOBAL POLITICO PODCAST: The Man Who Would Beat Bibi: Donald Trump wants to team up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make the deal of the century between Israel and the Palestinians. But what if a Trumpian TV star-turned-politician named Yair Lapid gets Netanyahu first? Lapid, beating Netanyahu in poll after poll these days, is our guest this week on a special Israel-focused edition of The Global POLITICO with Susan Glasser. http://politi.co/2n0Rlxv … Transcript http://politi.co/2nuFjjh … Listen and subscribe http://apple.co/2kJ9q1UCOMING ATTRACTIONS -- A day after the full Senate voted to confirm David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel, the World Values Network is announcing that “Friedman will participate in its annual ‘Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala’ on May 21 at Cipriani in New York City. This year’s gala will host a tribute to Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel, who passed away last July, and the keynote speaker will be his son Elisha Wiesel.”-- “U.S.-Israeli talks conclude with no agreement on settlements,” by WaPo’s Carol Morello and Anne Gearan: “The White House expressed its ‘concerns’ with settlement construction after talks with senior Israeli officials in Washington ended Thursday night with a joint statement showing the two governments unable to agree on a settlement policy that could pave the way to peace talks resuming.“As the Israelis left Washington to return home, the White House released a statement saying they had discussed ‘concrete, near-term measures to improve the overall climate’ to improve prospects for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Among the topics were ways to improve the reliability of water and electricity in the West Bank and Gaza. But the most closely watched part of talks between the Trump administration and the Israeli government concerned settlement activity. In two sentences, the statement laid out positions that made it clear that issue was unresolved.” http://wapo.st/2n0VEZV LISTS TRUMP WON’T LIKE – Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” list: “1. Theo Epstein ... 2. Jack Ma ... 3. Pope Francis ... 4. Melinda Gates ... 5. Jeff Bezos ... 7. H.R. McMaster ... 9. John McCain. ... 12. John Kasich ... 13. John Delaney ... 30. Elon Musk ... 39. Jamie Dimon”. Full list http://for.tn/2nYnfeV MEDIAWATCH -- @oliverdarcy: “Per all staff email that just went out, @bennyjohnson will end up with 1 week suspension, mandatory comms training, and daily reviews” The email http://bit.ly/2njILwv --“L.A. Times owner buys out major shareholder that pushed for sale of company,” by L.A. Times’ James Rofus Koren: “The owner of the Los Angeles Times on Thursday bought out a major shareholder that had pushed for a sale — and at the same time gave the company’s chairman, Michael Ferro, the ability to boost his ownership stake. The moves heightens competition between the newspaper company’s two largest shareholders, Ferro and L.A. billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. Tronc Inc. owns The Times, the Chicago Tribune and other daily newspapers. Ferro and Soon-Shiong have been steadily buying up more shares of the company, but had been limited to purchasing no more than 25% of outstanding shares.” http://lat.ms/2nOP38L-- FOX Business Network has hired Tracee Carrasco from the CBS owned and operated station WCBS-TV. Starting May 1st, Carrasco will serve as a general assignment business reporter for FBN covering breaking financial news.-- “Campbell Brown on filter bubbles, fake news and Facebook’s role in the news industry,” by Poynter’s Benjamin Mullin: http://bit.ly/2nKrca7SPORTS BLINK -- “Xavier’s latest March surprise? A trip to the Elite Eight,” by ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan: http://es.pn/2nKA4woLOCAL SPORTS REPORT -- A message from Peter Hamby (Georgetown alum) and Tim Miller (GW alum): “Now that [Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III] has mercifully been put out to pasture, we call on Georgetown to put past grudges behind them and schedule an annual crosstown matchup with George Washington. While we differ on the details -- Tim favors a home-and-away, Peter a showdown at Verizon -- Hoyas and Colonials can agree that putting a pre-conference game on the schedule would help restore Washington as a hub of top tier college basketball. Also, Maryland sucks, but if they want in a round-robin, even better.” Jake co-signs.NEW ON THE TWITTERS – DAN CRIPPEN, who was director of the CBO from 1999-2003 and was also executive director of the National Governors Association, joined Twitter @DanCrippenDC. Crippen’s WaPo op-ed yesterday, “Why the CBO’s health bill numbers matter — even if they’re imperfect” http://wapo.st/2ncwuYYSPOTTED -- HHS Secretary Tom Price last night in his old stomping grounds picking up takeout from Bullfeathers … Ben Carson yesterday on a JetBlue flight from DCA to Fort Lauderdale. Pic http://politi.co/2mxkcgN ... Mark McKinnon yesterday leaving Rayburn cafeteria with a cameraman in tow -- Mark was wearing a cowboy hat, naturally ... former British Prime Minister David Cameron at South Carolina’s Kiawah Island yesterday, speaking at a corporate conference.OUT AND ABOUT -- A reunion of the Trump Presidential Transition Team, Inaugural Committee and campaign filled the private dining room of P.J. Clarke’s Thursday. SPOTTED: Kirk Bell, Heidi Stirrup, Brett Richards, Anthony Pugliese, Loretta Greene, Nick Owens, Geoff Smith, Elizabeth Pinkerton, Ben Siegrist, Bill Briggs. No word on whether the feds were listening in.TRANSITIONS -- Ret. Gen. David Petraeus has joined the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) as the newest member of the organization’s Advisory Board. ... Vanita Gupta has been named head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization the Leadership Conference Education Fund. … The National Geographic Society has hired Leora Hanser to be SVP for partnerships. ... Jim Landry has joined FP1 Strategies as SVP for research and communications. ...... Fresh from luring Obama admin official Chris Lu as a strategy advisor, FiscalNote has now snagged longtime LexisNexis exec Marty Kilmer to be COO and lead product development. The Thomas Circle startup announced three new services to help predict D.C. and global policy moves earlier this week. http://politi.co/2mZJCzO … The Ingram Group is adding Brandi Lowell and Amanda Bunning. Lowell was COS to former Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and then director of federal gov’t affairs at Duke Energy. Bunning was previously the American Conservative Union’s director of gov’t affairs.SUNDAY SO FAR – NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) ... Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown. Panel: Tom Brokaw, Hugh Hewitt, Eliana Johnson, Joy Reid--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) ... Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), George Shultz. Panel: Ron Brownstein, Juliet Eilperin, Jamelle Bouie and Ben Domenech.--CNN’s “State of the Union,” anchored by Dana Bash: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)--“Fox News Sunday”: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ... Power Player: James Webb Space Telescope and its deputy project manager John Durning. Panel: Bill Kristol, Susan Page, Charles Lane, Newt Gingrich.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Evan Keller, top 25 under 25 of West Frankfort, Illinois, turned 22 (h/t Morgan Mohr, who was on time)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Steve Ballmer, L.A. Clippers owner, founder of USA Facts, and former Microsoft CEO, is 61 – he’s “celebrating on Whidbey Island, Washington with close male friends, then having a family birthday dinner” -- read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2myFTNBBIRTHDAYS: Su-Lin Nichols ... Patrick Hallahan is 3-5 … Douglas Kennedy, a great Dad and journalist … Obama WH alum Eugene Kang ... Rod O’Connor, principal at the Messina Group, former Chu whisperer as COS at DOE, and VP Gore alum ... Matt Gorman, NRCC comms director ... Dareh Gregorian, N.Y. Daily News journalist extraordinaire (h/t Maggie) … NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers is 52 (h/t birthday boy Matt Gorman) ... Molly Wilkinson, executive director of Electronic Payments Coalition and former general counsel to HSGAC (h/t Ron Bonjean) … TrackMaven alum Sam Rogers is 31 … i24 News’ Fred Menachem is 45 (h/t Max Schindler) … Jill Martin -- Jeremy’s wife, Jonathan’s sister-in-law … Ted Chiodo, former Obama WH deputy staff secretary, current COO of SKDKnickerbocker, Kerry and Obama campaign alum (h/t Amy Brundage) ... Sarah Gilmore, associate at Crossroads Strategies and D.C.’s power Aussie, is 27 -- she’s celebrating with dinner on Friday night and then a party at American Ice on Saturday (h/t Carla Frank) ... Vail Kohnert-Yount, former international labor affairs staffer at DOL and Georgetown alum ... Politico’s Kaley Rector ... former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) is 67 ... Democratic fundraiser Mark Spengler, Hillary for America, Enroll America and DNC alum ... Mary Ann “The Sleuth” Akers ... Evan Feinberg, executive director of Koch group Stand Together and GenOpp alum (h/t Rebecca Coffman) …... Jeffrey Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute, previously president of Colgate, is 56 ... Josh Zeid, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals who was a major contributor to Team Israel’s surprising run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic -- he wears a Star of David and a Chai around his neck whenever he pitches, is 3-0 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Staci Maiers, senior press officer at the National Education Association … Hannah Sherman (h/t Jon Haber) ... Jonathan Lee, Obama WH alum, is 25 ... Dari Carnes ... former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is 61 ... former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is 7-0 ... Lauren Spivey ... Elise Sidamon-Eristoff of Chemonics ... Kyle Jameson, senior marketing manager at Uber and a Chartbeat alum ... John Byrne, CEO and founder of The Raw Story ... Steven Olikara, president and co-founder of Millennial Action Project ... Robert B. Young Jr. ... Tony Wyche ... Aaron Rutkoff, deputy managing editor for Bloomberg.com, formerly of the WSJ and Queens Tribune … Marc Hermann, photographer and human time warp ... Peter Fulham ... Aaron Olver … Sawyer Reed … Bain Ennis … Beth Swickard … Sarah Compton … Karen Compton (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Tommy Hilfiger is 66 ... Jim Parsons is 44 ... Peyton Manning is 41 ... Jessica Chastain is 40 ... Lake Bell is 38 (h/ts AP)

24 марта, 13:51

AT&T's (T) Unit DIRECTV Settles Antitrust Lawsuit with DOJ

AT&T (T) and its subsidiary, DIRECTV, have managed to negotiate a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on an antitrust lawsuit filed against the company on Nov 2, 2016.

22 марта, 16:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Wal-Mart, UnitedHealth, Charter Communications, ExxonMobil and Caterpillar

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Wal-Mart, UnitedHealth, Charter Communications, ExxonMobil and Caterpillar

22 марта, 13:51

MANAFORT secretly worked for Russian billionaire to ‘benefit Putin government’ -- What’s REALLY going on with the health-care bill -- BUZZ: GARY COHN house-hunting in Georgetown -- B’DAY: Rebecca Spicer

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2mTMSg3 ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfSIREN at 6 a.m. -- “WASHINGTON (AP) - Trump ex-campaign chairman Manafort secretly worked for Russian billionaire to ‘benefit Putin government,’ files show.” -- AP’s JEFF HORWITZ and CHAD DAY: “President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.” http://apne.ws/2mTLvxV MEMO TO THE MARKETS -- LET US SIMPLIFY THIS FOR YOU -- This health-care fight seems pretty predictable. If the bill passes the House tomorrow -- it might, it might not -- it will head to the Senate, where it is certain to undergo a massive overhaul. Why? Because many Senate Republicans don’t like this bill. Listen to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) describe what the Senate will do, per Burgess Everett: “We’ll either pass something that will achieve a goal that we’ve been working on. Or not.” Democrats, meanwhile, are already envisioning ways to gut the bill to make it less palatable to conservatives. Read Burgess Everett and Jen Haberkorn’s story http://politi.co/2mTjff7SO IN SHORT, this bill as it is currently written is dead on arrival in the Senate. And if the Senate does overhaul the bill, it will be more moderate, likely making it unpalatable to House Republicans. If you’re just joining the program, this is often how Washington works! Things are slow, they’re frustrating and legislating takes time. That’s why President Donald Trump’s White House got eye rolls on Capitol Hill when they said they’d repeal the Affordable Care Act and complete tax reform by August. Look at how hard it is to pass a rewrite of Obamacare, something the GOP has planned to do since 2010.WHERE THINGS STAND -- “Trump, GOP leaders lack votes to pass Obamacare repeal,” by Rachael Bade, John Bresnahan, and Kyle Cheney: “Despite a frantic lobbying effort, President Donald Trump and House GOP leaders are still short of the votes they need to pass their Obamacare replacement bill, just two days before the legislation is set to be taken up on the floor.” http://politi.co/2nlYSKxTHE HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS has a make-or-break moment tomorrow. If they stick together, they could feasibly kill this bill. If they don’t, Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan win, and the conservative caucus becomes weaker in future battles. Already some Capitol Hill Republicans and people close to Trump are talking about trying to work with Democrats to get other legislative initiatives passed in the future. As for health care, Democrats have vowed to force Republicans to pass their health care overhaul on their own. House Democrats have no plans to offer any amendments. Their thinking: There is nothing they could offer that would make the bill palatable for them to vote for it.THE LAST WORD -- FROM THE PRO-TRUMPCARE REPUBLICANS: They think the bill is going to pass. They believe that the numbers are moving in their direction, and say the opponents have isolated themselves. The president is clearly willing to horse-trade for votes -- so the conservatives can get something to count as a win, if they want, aides say, but whether to vote yes to is another story. The White House and GOP leadership have been trying to make the message clear that the entire agenda is tied to passing this bill, which they believe should convince enough Republicans to vote yes.THE STAKES -- From Kristina Peterson in the Wall Street Journal: “The bill’s passage would vindicate Mr. Ryan’s more-collaborative style. Failure would undercut his power and expose an inability to unite rebelling conservative and centrist Republicans. The rest of the House GOP legislative agenda, including a long-sought overhaul of the tax code, could be imperiled.” http://on.wsj.com/2n6pPja THE HORSE-TRADING -- “The 7 Big Revisions Republicans Made to Their Health Care Bill, and Why They Made Them,” by NYT’s Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz: http://nyti.ms/2n6t762BUZZ -- HOUSE DEMS HEALTH CARE BATTLE PLAN -- Michael Bocian of GBA Strategies and Al Quinlan of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner will begin briefing House Democrats Wednesday on “anti-Trumpcare” message polling. Expect more doom-and-gloom language. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “Dear Colleague” last night provides a good teaser. “Thursday’s vote will have life and death consequences for tens of millions of Americans. Our Caucus will be fully engaged in the fight to defeat Republicans’ monstrous bill,” Pelosi wrote. Pelosi letter http://politi.co/2nAGnm0GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN put Trump on the couch -- “Why Letting Go, for Trump, Is No Small or Simple Task”: “President Trump is a man seriously susceptible to snagging himself in the nettles of obsession. In the last three weeks, no compulsion has so consumed his psyche, and his Twitter account, as the deeply held and shallowly sourced belief that President Barack Obama tapped his phones. So why can’t he just let go? Mr. Trump … is driven by a need to prove his legitimacy as president to the many critics who deem him an unworthy victor forever undercut by Hillary Clinton’s three-million-vote win in the popular vote. … “[F]ighting back ... is an important part of the president’s self-image. The two most influential role models in Mr. Trump’s youth were men who preached the twin philosophies of relentless self-promotion and the waging of total war against anyone perceived as a threat. … Toughness, more than any other attribute, is what Mr. Trump has sought to project during his short and successful political career -- and he believes his behavior makes him look tougher, no matter what the press thinks. As a presidential candidate, he wanted to look dour, and vetoed any campaign imagery that so much as hinted at weakness, aides said. Which is why every self-selected snapshot — down to the squinty-eyed scowl attached to his Twitter account — features a tough-guy sourpuss. ‘Like Churchill,’ is what Mr. Trump would tell staffers when asked what look he was going for. ...“Third, diversion is an important motive. Mr. Trump was able to change the subject by attacking Mr. Obama and floating unsubstantiated theories. … Finally, Mr. Trump hasn’t let up because no one can stop him. Within the White House, aides describe a nearly paralytic inability to tell Mr. Trump that he has erred or gone too far on Twitter.” http://nyti.ms/2mP0iZRWSJ EDITORIAL SCOLDS TRUMP – “A President’s Credibility: Trump’s falsehoods are eroding public trust, at home and abroad”: “If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods. ... [T]he President clings to his [wiretapping] assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence. ... Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.” http://on.wsj.com/2nQSjxm THE WHITE HOUSE’S WEDNESDAY -- TRUMP is dropping by a women in health care panel that CMS Administrator Seema Verma is hosting. He’ll hold a legislative affairs meeting that Pence is attending -- the type of confab that usually attracts lawmakers skeptical of the president’s agenda. The president and VP will meet with the executive committee of the Congressional Black Caucus. Trump is dining with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.PENCE is doing a round of radio interviews in the morning, and is meeting with EU VP Federica Mogherini. He’ll go on Rush Limbaugh’s show in the afternoon, and he’ll then do more interviews in the evening.NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL -- “Poll: Approval wanes for GOP health bill,” by Steve Shepard: “Support for the GOP proposal to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law is fading, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted just before an expected House vote on the legislation. Voters are divided on the measure: Approval of the bill declined from 46 percent last week to 41 percent in the new poll, conducted last Thursday through Sunday. Disapproval, meanwhile, ticked up marginally, from 35 percent last week to 38 percent in the new survey. More voters, 22 percent, strongly disapprove of the bill than the 17 percent who strongly approve of it. More than one in five voters, 22 percent, are undecided — a slight, 3-point increase since last week. “Republicans continue to support to bill: 62 percent of GOP voters approve of the bill, while only 18 percent disapprove. And while Democratic opposition — 57 percent disapprove — lags Republicans’ backing, more Democrats strongly disapprove of the law, 40 percent, than Republicans who strongly approve, 28 percent.” http://politi.co/2nmkOFoTILLERSON'S SOFT-HITTING ASIA INTERVIEW -- "Trump's Diplomat: How Rex Tillerson Is Translating 'America First' Into Foreign Policy," by IJR's Erin McPike: "[W]hy ... did he want the gig? 'I didn't want this job. I didn't seek this job.' He paused to let that sink in. A beat or two passed before an aide piped up to ask him why he said yes. 'My wife told me I'm supposed to do this.' After watching the contortions of my face as I tried to figure out what to say next, he humbly explained that he had never met the president before the election. As president-elect, Trump wanted to have a conversation with Tillerson 'about the world' given what he gleaned from the complex global issues he dealt with as CEO of Exxon Mobil. 'When he asked me at the end of that conversation to be secretary of state, I was stunned.' When Tillerson got home and told his wife, Renda St. Clair, she shook her finger in his face and said, 'I told you God's not through with you.'" http://bit.ly/2nIDJv1-- BY ALL ACCOUNTS, Tillerson’s gotten off to a rough start at State. He’s failed to reassure career employees that he’s got their back, he’s been left out of key White House meetings, rarely speaks to the press and has booted them from his travel party. Tillerson is dealing with a president who wants to cut his agency’s budget and angered NATO countries by saying he wouldn’t attend an early April foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels before proposing new dates that would allow him to come. This IJR piece … well, read it and make up your own mind.GET SMART FAST -- “Top takeaways from Gorsuch’s marathon confirmation hearing,” by Josh Gerstein and Seung Min Kim: “Gorsuch’s biggest problem: Trump. The Supreme Court nominee spent much of the day on the run - running away from statements and promises Trump and his aides made about judges both during the campaign and since taking the White House. … Democrats throw punches. Do they leave a mark? Senate Democrats threw a kitchen sink of attacks against Gorsuch and his record on Tuesday - but it's unclear whether those blows will ultimately cripple the high court hopeful. … “Gorsuch highlights his ‘gentler’ side. With Democrats trying to paint Gorsuch as heartless toward workers, the Supreme Court nominee seemed to go out of his way on several occasions to stress his compassion, even - or maybe especially - when that meant an opportunity to draw a contrast with Trump and his hardline approach. … Gorsuch: Gay marriage is ‘settled law’ - but what about abortion? No matter how hard Democrats tried, Gorsuch refused to get pinned down on specific policies spanning from abortion to campaign finance to gun regulations.” http://politi.co/2ncd8oAPALACE INTRIGUE -- “Carbon tax debate exposing rift among Trump’s aides,” by Josh Dawsey, Annie Karni, and Andrew Restuccia: “When former secretary of state James Baker and his allies came to the White House last month to pitch a carbon tax, they received a warm reception from Gary Cohn, one of the president's top economic advisers. Six weeks later, the friendly meeting with advocates of the highly controversial policy proposal is still reverberating in the White House, underscoring the increasingly tense relationship between Cohn and Steve Bannon, Trump’s powerful chief strategist, who have staked out vastly different ideological approaches to West Wing matters.“Any tax would raise significant resistance from Republicans, and one Cohn ally says he is not making active arguments for the tax internally. But the meeting nonetheless set off alarm bells for Bannon and his allies, who regard Cohn with growing suspicion and see climate change as a key point of tension between Trump’s moderate and hardline conservative advisers. And they say Cohn -- a registered Democrat -- is a secret supporter of the tax.” http://politi.co/2n6pxsAQUOTE DU JOUR – GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE yesterday at a press conference, per Ryan Hutchins: “We should all be really careful in today’s world; 140 characters don’t allow for a lot of nuance. Yet it seems, in a lot of areas of our country right now, everyone is governing by 140 characters. I think that governing and life is a heck of a lot more complicated than 140 characters.”WAIT A MINUTE … -- @maggieNYT: “Apparently the office Ivanka is taking has been held aside for her since Trump took office, per two ppl briefed.”THE OPPOSITION -- “Democrats gripped by special election performance anxiety,” by Gabriel Debenedetti: “Money is flooding into Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign. The national party has started running focus groups on his behalf. Thousands of volunteers have flocked to his team to help him win his April special election for a vacant Atlanta-area congressional seat. The race for Georgia’s 6th District has suddenly become a focal point, viewed as a chance to send Donald Trump a message by channeling the party’s grass-roots rage, energy and frustration into a single contest. “But party leaders are growing increasingly frustrated by the nationalization of this race and another in Montana — and worried about unrealistic expectations in Republican-friendly seats where the Democrats are at a decided disadvantage. Just a few high-profile losses in races framed as referendums on the Trump agenda, Democrats fear, and the currently heightened level of engagement and hope might fall off the cliff.” http://politi.co/2mTCGUPTHE JUICE … -- GARY COHN is on the hunt for a house in Washington. Trump’s chief economic adviser has been looking at houses in parts of Georgetown, including on Dumbarton Street, according to a source familiar with the search. Cohn’s office declined to comment on the matter.-- ANTONY BLINKEN, former U.S. deputy secretary of state and White House deputy national security adviser, is joining the board of advisors of the global business advisory and strategic communications firm Laurel Strategies.-- ONE WIN FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS -- @juliehdavis: “Wow. Per pool, the NRCC event Trump is headlining tonight raised $30 MILLION, ‘unprecedented,’ according to Rep. Steve Womack, dinner chair”FOR YOUR RADAR -- “U.S., South Korea say North Korea’s latest missile test fails,” by AP’s Hyung-Jin Kim in Seoul, South Korea: “North Korea’s latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday as the United States sent a supersonic bomber streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force against the North, officials said. The reported launch failure comes as the North angrily reacts to ongoing annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal. Earlier this month, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that landed in waters off Japan, triggering strong protests from Seoul and Tokyo. The American military detected what it assessed as a failed North Korean missile launch on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement. It said the missile ‘appears to have exploded within seconds of launch.’” http://apne.ws/2o3IStz-- “McCaul: In-flight electronics ban isn’t driven by airport security issues,” by Jen Scholtes: “Rep. Mike McCaul said the Trump administration’s new aviation restrictions are aimed at protecting against regional threats rather than poor airport security. ‘This is all based on an intelligence evaluation and assessment that was presented to the president,’ McCaul told POLITICO [Tuesday] evening about the impending rules barring passengers from carrying on large electronics, such as laptops, aboard U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports. ‘The fact of the matter is it’s a radical Islamist threat, and unfortunately that’s the part of the world where these threats come from.’” http://politico.pro/2nlUH1nMEDIAWATCH -- “History Developing Anthology Scripted Series About U.S. Presidents: Bill Clinton & Ronald Reagan Among First Subjects,” by Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva: The History Network “is developing internally limited series about other former presidents including Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower. As part of the development process, History has optioned several best-selling biographies as source material for The Commanders including ‘The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton’ by Peter Baker, ‘Theodore Rex’ by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris, ‘Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates’ by Brian Kilmeade and ‘The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan’ by Rick Perlstein.” http://bit.ly/2ncpn4J-- per Joe Pompeo’s Morning Media: “While CNN and MSNBC continued carrying James Comey’s congressional testimony until mid afternoon Tuesday, Fox News cut away early -- and lost 29 percent of viewers.” http://bit.ly/2nR6Vg7 -- “In age of Trump, Obama is the new tabloid darling,” by Madeline Conway: “In early February, after the former president was spotted wearing his hat backward while on a post-inauguration trip to the Virgin Islands, TMZ declared that Barack and Michelle Obama were on ‘permanent vacation.’ Bustle, a women’s blog, dubbed the former first couple’s vacation look ‘Super Chill Obama and Michelle’ and told its probably-liberal readers, ‘Vacation Obama Is Exactly What You Need To See In This Dark Time.’ TMZ, again: ‘Prez Obama Hat to the Back, Still On Island Time.’” http://politi.co/2mrLUvj BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance Moves to Ohio to Find Venture-Capital Deals,” by WSJ’s Dennis K. Berman: “Vance, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, is heading back to his home turf to find venture deals for Steve Case’s investment vehicle Revolution LLC. Mr. Vance has relocated to Columbus, Ohio, and will begin his search for opportunities there and across states that get sparse amounts of venture investment ... Their first goal is to find the hottest new startups, but Mr. Vance said he wanted to help change the complexion of economic development across the U.S. In 2016, California companies received $28.4 billion in venture funds out of a total $52.4 billion, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Ohio, by comparison, attracted $303 million, and Kentucky $22 million. … Mr. Vance most recently has been a part of Mithril Capital, the venture vehicle for noted Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, and he said he would continue to do some work for Mithril.” http://on.wsj.com/2n6Druy ... $15.67 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2cFCt2c WEST COAST WATCH -- “Gov. Jerry Brown promotes his California agenda in Washington with a bit of shuttle diplomacy,” by L.A. Times’ John Myers: “As the leader of a state that seems more a country of its own in its isolation from the Republican revolution, Gov. Jerry Brown saw his visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday play out like that of any foreign ambassador to the nation’s capital. Brown played the role of diplomat, sitting with friends and foes alike to assess California’s standing as decisions are made on federal funding and priorities. And like a good envoy, he carefully chose his words about the path forward. ‘I do think we all have to work vigorously to defend our position, but to find as many openings with a very different kind of politics,’ Brown said after his final meeting Tuesday.” http://lat.ms/2ncme4MTV TONIGHT -- Martha MacCallum is hosting a town hall on Fox News tonight at 7 p.m. from Southern Pines, North Carolina. Guests include David Bossie and Robby Mook.SPOTTED at the Four Seasons yesterday morning, at separate tables: Tony Podesta and Ed Rogers ... Heather Podesta and Missy Edwards; Geoff Morrell; Evan McMullin … Matt Damon at “Hamilton” in New York on Tuesday night.SPOTTED last night at a Trump Transition team informal happy hour at The Hamilton: Christine Cicconne, Matt Well, R.C. Hammond, Sue Hensley, Taylor Gross, Rachel Harris, Meg Bloomgren, Tara Bradshaw, Larissa Martinez, Scott Mason, Scott Maurer, DJ Nordquist, Ory Rinat, George Rogers, Brad Rateike, Julie Bell, David White, Ross Cameron, and Meghan Burris. SPOTTED at yesterday’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Sagamore Pendry hotel in Baltimore: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Scott Plank (brother of Under Armour founder Kevin Plank who is also a partner in the hotel), Montage Hotels and Resorts founder Alan Fuerstman, Pendry Hotels co-founder Michael Fuerstman, Tammy Haddad, Dan Swartz.WEEKEND WEDDING -- Menachem Wecker and Nachama Soloveichik got married on Monday evening at the Grand Lodge in Cockeysville, Maryland. Menachem is a reporter who covers cultures and the arts, religion, and education. Nachama is a vice President at ColdSpark Media -- the political firm responsible for helping Sen. Pat Toomey win re-election. Pics http://bit.ly/2nIABPJ ... http://bit.ly/2nQZJ3K SPOTTED: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), ColdSpark co-founders Mark Harris and Mark Devanney, Jon Lerner, the deputy UN ambassador, Newsmax reporter John Gizzi, Rachel Semmel, Mary Vought, Aryeh Shudofsky and Dennis Roddy. TRANSITIONS -- Darren Peters, who worked as a traveling political adviser to Hillary Clinton in both campaigns, has launched The Peter Damon Group, a consulting firm that will do public affairs and event management…. Eileen Braden is now head of civic engagement at JPMorgan Chase, as the bank builds out its public affairs team. She’ll focus on local outreach on a regional team. She was at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a decade, and was vice president for political affairs. ...… Denise Horn is now the director of corporate communications for Turner Broadcasting in New York. She was director of African American media at Hillary For America, and was the assistant press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. … Jeff Weiss, a former senior USTR, OIRA, and Commerce official, has joined Venable’s international trade practice in Washington. http://politi.co/2nm7vom BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Wolf Blitzer is 69 – how he’s celebrating: “since I’m a long-time Washington Wizards season ticket holder and a fan, I’ve invited my Situation Room team to the Wizards-Hawks game tonight. We’re looking forward to a win” – read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2nRekvW BIRTHDAYS: NBWA’s Rebecca Miller Spicer, the pride of Nashville, celebrating responsibly with beer of course (hubby tip: Sean) ... Senate President Pro Tem Orrin Hatch is 83 ... Pat Robertson is 87 ... House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) is 62 ... NBC White House reporter Ali Vitali (h/t Jeremy Diamond) ... Sarah Feldman, Sen. McCaskill’s press secretary and a Feinstein and No Labels alum … Daniel Knowles, an Africa correspondent for The Economist and an alum of the magazine’s Washington bureau (h/t Daniel Strauss) ... Adam Frankel, former Obama speech writer now senior director for CEO Communications at PepsiCo … Brad Luna … Matt “Rasputin” Negrin, a contributor to GQ, a Bloomberg and Politico alum and Sean Spicer troll extraordinaire, is 3-0 (h/t Gena Wolfson) ... Josh Siegel of the Daily Signal ... Politico’s Victoria Hartman ... Square’s Peter Lezama, a Bloomberg alum ... Chris Taylor, SVP of Boylan ... Kathryn Jean Lopez, a.k.a. KLo ... Giovanni Hashimoto, alum of California Young Democrats and PCCC alum, celebrating in Milan ... Jeff Cohen, EVP of political and public affairs at the Federation of American Hospitals ... Rick Allen, CEO and co-founder of SnagFilms … Charles Burton, former advisor to Sen. Menendez now director of gov’t affairs at AMG in Trenton, is 32 ... John Stauffer, global lead of APCO Worldwide’s digital practice (h/t Anthony DeAngelo) ... Nancy Nathan of CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, and longtime NBC News producer ...... Ashley Brooke Bauman, public affairs director at the City of Tampa and a DNC alum ... Town Hall deputy news editor Daniel Doherty ... cartoonist Rob Tornoe ... Safe Kids Worldwide director of public policy Tony Green ... Jim Mills, a Fox News and C-SPAN alum ... Jessica Reinis, who manages digital content for Charter Communications and a TWC, CNN and ABC alum … Lindsey Craig, VP and COO at Sextons Creek and a Mike Pence alum ... writer/producer Matthew Leib ... Roger Nyhus ... Alan Jenkins, executive director of The Opportunity Agenda ... Rhonda Binda ... David Edmund Black, director of Washington affairs at Union Pacific ... Ammi Chaveas ... Jeremy Bloom ... Kaswar Klasra ... Sennaya Samy Muthukrishnan ... Mercury managing director Jonathan Greenspun … Andrew Hawkins, transportation reporter at The Verge and a Crain’s alum … DNAinfo’s Ben Fractenberg ... Patrick Manion, a Trey Gowdy and Clemson alum ... Kate Head ... Julie Stauch ... Kristin Brost ... Tom Lindenfeld ... Ann Clancy of Sen. Sanders’ office ... Connor Corcoran, LC for Sen. Gary Peters ... Mitra Nelson of Rep. Ellison’s office (h/ts Legistorm) … composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 87 ... William Shatner is 86 ... writer James Patterson is 7-0 ... composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 69 ... Bob Costas is 65 ... Reese Witherspoon is 41 (h/t AP)

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