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EXCLUSIVE: BANNON makes the rounds; GOP braindump on Trump’s new sr adviser -- DAILY swamp-drain check -- TOP RNC chairman picks -- HOUSE GOP leadership elections TODAY -- REMEMBERING GWEN IFILL
Happy Tuesday morning. 66 DAYS until Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2eB2ULX … Subscribe on iTunes: http://apple.co/2f1856ASIREN -- STEVE BANNON, Donald Trump’s controversial senior adviser, has been making calls to senior Republicans on Capitol Hill in an attempt to build relationships with aides and lawmakers. The message taken away from the calls -- which have come over the last few days -- is that Bannon’s days as chief provocateur toward Republicans are over, and he and Trump expect an extremely close relationship with Capitol Hill Republicans, according to those who have received the calls or have been briefed on them. The calls have been not only to figures in and around the leadership, but to the rank and file as well.Here is how we view the power matrix when it comes to Bannon:-- PEOPLE IN D.C. DON’T KNOW BANNON, as BuzzFeed’s Tarini Parti explained in a smart story yesterday (http://bzfd.it/2eVK1i0), but lawmakers and aides are aware that he’s the executive chairman of Breitbart, which tried to knock off Paul Ryan and has prominently featured mysoginistic, anti Semitic and otherwise hateful language toward minorities. His appointment has been roundly denounced (see Mike Shear, Maggie Haberman and Mike Schmidt on A1 of the Times today http://nyti.ms/2fQfxzZ and a smart Dave Weigel piece in the Post http://wapo.st/2gbnOCA), and we can’t tell you how many emails we’ve gotten with alarm about having Bannon steps from the Oval Office. After an evening on the Hill, we heard Bannon is trying to get elected officials comfortable with him and is trying to spread the message that he’s there to help Trump succeed. Right now, that’s somewhat tough for some lawmakers privately to believe, given some of his -- and Breitbart’s -- rhetoric in the past. When it comes to dealing with Democrats, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus or VPEOTUS Mike Pence might be the better messenger. But we’re in the early days of a White House transition, so Trump is going to have A LOT of leeway within his party. (See John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade on “Hill Republicans ducking Bannon” http://politi.co/2gbb7Y8). It’s not like they can hold up the guy’s confirmation. He’s an adviser. The deed is done.-- UNDERSTANDING HILL REPUBLICANS ON BANNON: From one senior Republican: “Do you really expect everyone to start a hot war with the new senior adviser to the president? No one is endorsing Breitbart’s unsavory garbage, but I’m not aware that most of the things attributed to him have come out of his own mouth, and you can’t expect our leaders to take responsibility for every utterance on a website. I know it’s the fondest wish of the Dems and press (mostly the same group) for us to form up in a circular firing squad, but it would create chaos on the Hill and start an inexorable downhill slide. If Trump as president moves in an unacceptable direction, we will have to stand firm on what is acceptable, but we have a responsibility to give them a chance and to try to move forward on a unified agenda ... I would say also that I believe Bannon has every intention of making Trump a successful president and broadening his appeal to as many Americans as possible. And he is smart as hell. Expect him to make canny decisions and disappoint a lot of folks on the left.”HOW BANNON THINKS -- “Trump’s Choice of Stephen Bannon Is Nod to Anti-Washington Base,” by NYT’s Jeremy W. Peters: “Mr. Bannon has told people in Mr. Trump’s inner circle that the new administration will have a short window of time to push its agenda through and should focus first on the priorities that are expected to be the most contentious. ... Mr. Bannon, who grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Norfolk, Va., earned degrees from Georgetown and Harvard. He often compares Mr. Trump’s political rise to that of Andrew Jackson, the military general and populist hero who took on the political and social elite of his day as the seventh president of the United States.” http://nyti.ms/2fSavl8 HARRY REID is expected to unleash on Bannon today.YOUR DAILY SWAMP-DRAINING CHECK -- The AP says Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York who was also a former Justice Department official, presidential candidate and consummate political insider, is the leading candidate for secretary of state (http://apne.ws/2fbWxLi). Giuliani doesn’t have a typical resume for the position, having never served in national security, diplomatic or military roles. Trump’s choices for Treasury secretary include Steve Mnuchin, a major fundraiser who was a Goldman Sachs banker and Hollywood producer, and Wilbur Ross, a billionaire financial restructuring king (http://bloom.bg/2fQiGj8). Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a 20-year veteran of the Senate who also served as state attorney general and as a federal prosecutor, is a leading choice to run the Pentagon (http://politi.co/2f0aoXt). Reince Priebus, the party chairman, is the next White House chief of staff. Lobbyists have key roles running his transition.-- SPOTTED AT TRUMP TOWER: Per WSJ’s Peter Nicholas, yesterday’s transition pooler (with some help from AP’s Ken Thomas): Jared Kushner, Sen. Jeff Sessions, retired Gen. Mike Flynn, retired Army Lt. General Keith Kellogg, Kellyanne Conway, Don Jr. and Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Hope Hicks, the pride of Fairfield County. -- TRUMP SPOKESMAN Jason Miller told reporters Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence would meet today to review “a number of names.” He added: “Obviously, inauguration day is not getting further away. And people need to get going. This is an absolute top priority understood by the President-elect and the Vice President-elect.”HOT DOC -- KNOW WHO IS IN POWER -- Updated Trump transition team organizational chart. http://politi.co/2fc4SOV -- ICYMI -- NOT-SO-LIGHT READING -- Congressional Research Service report from September: “Presidential Transitions: Issues Involving Outgoing and Incoming Administrations.”: http://bit.ly/2f0bti1 SHANE GOLDMACHER AND KYLE CHENEY: “Short list emerges for RNC chair”: “People close to Priebus say he would not have left the RNC – which he helmed for a record six years – if it risked falling into the hands of someone he opposed, such as former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Among the names most under discussion for party chairman are David Bossie, who served as Trump’s deputy campaign manager and is an RNC member; Priebus ally Matt Pinnell, the RNC’s liaison to state parties; and Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chair of the Michigan Republican Party and niece of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. She bucked her uncle in backing the nominee this year -- even penning a November op-ed in the Deseret News in Utah -- winning the appreciation of Trump, who has been heard calling her ‘my Romney.’ ... Of the group, Trump knows Bossie the best. … But party insiders see Bossie setting his sights higher — perhaps the role of White House political director, a behind-the-scenes post with a direct line to Trump, and a position where he could be delivering orders to the next RNC chair.” http://politi.co/2fBowon --“Trump allies object to Lewandowski: The former campaign manager’s reputation for in-fighting and aggressive behavior complicate efforts to put him in key role,” by Ken Vogel: http://politi.co/2fTPwCk ON THE WORLD STAGE -- “Trump and Putin speak by phone, say they’ll work together to improve relations,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson, Karen DeYoung and Elise Viebeck: “President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone conversation Monday that relations between their countries were ‘unsatisfactory’ and vowed to work together to improve them, the Kremlin said in a statement. Moscow said the two men discussed combining efforts in the fight against terrorism, talked about ‘a settlement for the crisis in Syria’ and agreed that their aides would begin working on a face-to-face meeting between them. Trump’s office later said that Putin had called to ‘offer his congratulations’ and that they had discussed shared threats and challenges, ‘strategic economic issues’ and the long-term relationship between the two nations.” http://wapo.st/2f06GNv-- “Right-wing Israeli leaders push forward assertive new legislation to preserve Jewish settlements,” by WaPo’s Bill Booth and Ruth Eglash in Jerusalem. http://wapo.st/2fUYgGn NORMALIZING TRUMP -- “Obama on Trump: This is fine,” by Isaac Dovere: http://politi.co/2eVL2qpIF YOU READ ONE THING -- “Donald Trump’s Far-Flung Holdings Raise Potential for Conflicts of Interest,” by Eric Lipton and Susanne Craig on A1 of the NYT: “Just a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House sits the Trump International Hotel, one of the newest luxury additions to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s real estate empire, and perhaps the most visible symbol of the ethical quandary he now confronts. The Trump International operates out of the Old Post Office Building, which the federal government owns. That means Mr. Trump will be appointing the head of the General Services Administration, which manages the property, while his children will be running a hotel that has tens of millions of dollars in ties with the agency. He also will oversee the National Labor Relations Board while it decides union disputes involving any of his hotels. A week before the election, the board ruled against Mr. Trump’s hotel in a case in Las Vegas. The layers of potential conflicts he faces are in many ways as complex as his far-flung business empire, adding a heightened degree of difficulty for Mr. Trump -- one of the wealthiest men to ever occupy the White House -- in separating his official duties from his private business affairs.“Further complicating matters are Mr. Trump’s decision to name his children to his transition team, and what is likely to be their informal advisory role in his administration. His daughter Ivanka Trump joined an official transition meeting on Thursday, the day before Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was removed from his post leading the effort. Mr. Trump has said he will eliminate ethical concerns by turning the management of his company over to his children, an arrangement he has referred to as a blind trust. But ethics lawyers -- both Republicans and Democrats -- say it is far from blind because he would have knowledge of the assets in the trust and be in contact with the people running it, making it unlike a conventional blind trust controlled entirely by an independent party.” http://nyti.ms/2gbJVsl THIS IS WAR -- “Liberal groups steel themselves to battle Trump,” by Anna Palmer and Daniel Lippman: “Liberal groups are preparing for war under Donald Trump. Top Democratic operatives are huddling this week in a series of meetings to strategize about which groups will run point on everything from safeguarding women’s access to health care to fighting any increase in deportations to preventing attacks on Muslim Americans. Fundraisers have also been pitching top liberal donors who are gathering in Washington this week for a meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of wealthy progressives, to commit tens of millions of dollars for a 2018 field campaign to stave off potentially massive losses in the midterm elections. “There is also discussion of forming a liberal equivalent to the right’s Judicial Watch, which spent much of the past eight years as a thorn in the Obama administration’s side filing legal petitions under the Freedom of Information Act -- and tormented Hillary Clinton with aggressive investigations into her email habits. Advocacy organizations like NARAL and the Sierra Club have also channeled the raw emotions coming out of last week’s election results into a massive push for donors to cut checks and to sign up thousands of volunteers. … Planned Parenthood ... is even hearing from worried patients about whether they should get an IUD because it could ‘outlast the Trump administration as a form of birth control.’” http://politi.co/2fUW7dwREMEMBERING GWEN IFILL -- “Gwen Ifill, Award-Winning Political Reporter and Author, Dies at 61,” by NYT’s Sam Roberts: “Gwen Ifill, a groundbreaking journalist who covered the White House, Congress and national campaigns during three decades for The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC and, most prominently, PBS, died on Monday at a hospice in Washington. She was 61. The cause was complications of uterine cancer, her brother Roberto said. In a distinguished career, Ms. Ifill was in the forefront of a journalism vanguard as a black woman in a field dominated by white men. She achieved her highest visibility most recently, as the moderator and managing editor of the public affairs program ‘Washington Week’ on PBS and the co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Woodruff, of ‘NewsHour,’ competing with the major broadcast and cable networks for the nightly news viewership. They were the first all-female anchor team on network nightly news. Last spring, she and Ms. Woodruff were the moderators of a Democratic primary debate between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, reprising a role that Ms. Ifill had performed solo between sparring vice-presidential candidates in the 2004 and 2008 general election campaigns.” http://nyti.ms/2eVMcCf -- TODD PURDUM emails Playbook with his thoughts about his friend Gwen Ifill: “She was something that sounds quaint and old-fashioned these days, but I mean it as the highest compliment: She was a very great lady. She was a preacher’s kid and she had innate dignity, class, decency and humor -- and the sharpest BS detector I ever saw. It was always a treat to sit beside her at a political event or a Washington party, because you knew she would give it to you straight, and see something you'd missed. Every New Year’s Day she opened her home to friends of all varieties -- and their children -- with a big pot of greens for good luck and groaning plates of good food. Her smile lit up the screen, and when she flashed it at you face to face, you just felt a little better about everything. As [Todd’s wife] Dee Dee [Meyers] said, ‘the world is a colder place today.’”DAN BALZ on Facebook: “She was a barrier breaker and a role model. Mostly she was just a pro who never took lightly the responsibility that came with her standing. She was hard on politicians, hated spin and never flinched from seeking answers and truth as much as it can be found. She went after stories aggressively. She remained open-minded about what that story would be. She was always skeptical of those in power. She wanted to hear what ordinary people thought. Those qualities will be passed on to younger generations of reporters who can look to her for guidance and inspiration in the years ahead.” http://bit.ly/2fc1Qud --“Fellow journalists, political leaders and viewers offer tributes to Gwen,” by PBS Newshour’s Joshua Barajas: http://to.pbs.org/2fTFKA6HAPPENING TODAY -- House GOP leadership elections. We expect the current leadership structure to stay in place. But hey, you never know! Last night’s new member dinner in the House http://bit.ly/2f0jD9V ... President Obama is in Greece on his final trip abroad.TOP TWEET -- @brianstelter: “Something I’m noticing on cable news: a lot more ‘I don’t knows’ from guests.”TRUMP IN THE REAL WORLD -- “U.S. Businesses Bet on Which Trump Will Govern: Populist Donald Trump or traditional Republican? The view, or combination of views, that emerges from the White House will chart the course of American corporations for the next four years,” by WSJ’s Nick Timiraos and Ted Mann: “U.S. businesses witnessed two very different sides of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign—the populist who railed against elites, global trade and unchecked immigration, and the more traditional Republican who promised to temper the regulatory state and overhaul the tax code. Whatever view, or combination of views, that emerges from the White House will chart the course of American corporations for the next four years.“The stock market has clearly made its initial call, including a 2.9% climb in the Dow Jones Industrial Average since the Nov. 8 election with investor bets on new infrastructure spending and passage of corporate tax breaks. Yet within nearly every sector, including energy, finance, media and technology, the competing ideas embodied in the president-elect’s past statements and roster of advisers need to be resolved before the economic picture clears. Construction companies are enthralled by the prospect of a push on infrastructure spending, but are nervous over tariffs on imported goods or curbs on immigration. Big banks are heartened by the prospects of a regulatory retreat, but are concerned about attacks over their size. Media and telecom giants want Republicans to pump the brakes on rules governing internet traffic, but are wary of a more aggressive antitrust assault. One possibility is a fusion of the populist and establishment agendas that yields a bigger federal role in infrastructure or antitrust policy, for instance, along with a lighter government touch on energy and banking.” http://on.wsj.com/2fts2U9 -- HOW ABOUT THAT: “Trump’s stance on immigration puts him closer to Obama: Critics say goal is unjust, but his predecessor expelled 2.7m unauthorised immigrants,” by FT’s Barney Jopson: “As Donald Trump reaffirms his goal of expelling at least 2m unauthorised immigrants with criminal records, Hispanic groups and other critics argue that his stance is closer to President Barack Obama’s than usually thought. Advocacy groups who criticise the president-elect’s plans as unjust and unworkable have also attacked Mr Obama as the ‘deporter-in-chief’ for expelling more than 2.7m unauthorised immigrants during his first seven years in office. The current president’s policy on deportations ran in parallel to his effort to give others the right to remain legally in the US. ‘Obama is the person who has deported more people than any president before him,’ said Clarissa Martinez de Castro of the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group that dubbed the White House’s current occupant the deportation president in 2014.” http://on.ft.com/2fTEqwZ WHAT TIM RYAN IS READING -- “Pelosi confronts discontent in the ranks,” by Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan: “House Democrats returned to Washington Monday searching for answers after their Election Day drubbing — and their longtime leader, Nancy Pelosi, confronted the first real stirring of discontent within the ranks since the last Democratic wipeout six years ago. While Pelosi has years or even decades of accumulated loyalty to fall back on, anger within the Democratic Caucus over what happened last week is palpable. The California Democrat faces a possible long-shot challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who hails from the kind of working-class Rust Belt district in which Democrats got trounced. And dozens of Democrats are pressuring Pelosi to postpone leadership elections scheduled for Thursday. Voting to reinstall the same set of leaders after just a few days of reflection or debate would be a mistake, they say; Democrats need to reckon with their historic loss.” http://politi.co/2fBiVyk-- @BresPolitico: “Just ran into @NancyPelosi. Me: ‘How are you?’ Pelosi: ‘Terrible.’”-- GABE DEBENEDETTI: “Democrats clash over the future of the Obama coalition: The party questions whether it chose the wrong messenger, the wrong message, or the wrong audience.” http://politi.co/2f06vSg DNC UPDATE -- “South Carolina party chair jumps into DNC race,” by Daniel Strauss: “South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison announced his candidacy to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Monday night … Harrison’s announcement came the same day that Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota jumped into the race for DNC chairman, rolling out a list of endorsements from congressional lawmakers and elected officials. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is also a candidate to lead the Democratic National Committee, replacing interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile.” http://politi.co/2fUL2JB-- “Noem announces historic bid for governor,” by Argus Leader’s Jonathan Ellis: “Rep. Kristi Noem will not seek a fifth term to the U.S. House in 2018, she announced Monday, and will instead make a bid to become the first female governor in South Dakota history. Noem, who was comfortably re-elected to the House last week, released a video Monday in which she said she was looking forward to the next two years in which Republicans will have the presidency and control of Congress, control that could help them enact tax reform, replace Obamacare, enact a new Farm Bill and reduce the size of government. But at the same time, Noem said she was making good on a vow not to make Congress a career and would instead return home to run for governor. ‘We just got through one campaign season, and we all need a break from politics,’ Noem said. ‘So while my campaign won’t kick off officially until next year, I want you to know that I am all in.’” http://argusne.ws/2fRVHDcLATE-NIGHT BEST -- BERNIE SANDERS ON STEPHEN COLBERT – “The Democrats Have To Become A Grassroots Party” http://bit.ly/2ftGFqd ... “Now More Than Ever, It’s Our Revolution” http://bit.ly/2fSobN6 FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- This morning, the National Institute for Civil Discourse is leading a group of bipartisan national leaders are publishing a joint statement calling denouncing the incivility of the 2016 election and calling on President-Elect Donald Trump and the new Congress to lead with civility and respect. “We call on President-elect Trump, chosen by the American voters, to set a much-needed tone of civility, respect, and bipartisanship. A peaceful transition of power is not only a hallmark of American democracy, it is vital to our national security and stability, to the functioning of our economy and to our leadership in the world.” http://bit.ly/2fTLc6a SNEAK PEEK -- For this coming Sunday’s NYT Mag cover story titled “This Land,” the magazine assigned writers and photographers to capture different parts of Trump’s America in the wake of the presidential election. Here’s Iowa by Nikole Hannah-Jones: “I was struck by how quickly white pundits sought to tamp down assertions that race had anything to do with it. It was, it seemed to me, almost a relief to many white Americans that Trump’s victory encompassed so many of the heavily white places that voted for a black man just years before. It was an absolution that let them reassure themselves that Donald Trump’s raucous campaign hadn’t revealed an ugly racist rift after all, that in the end, the discontent that propelled the reality-TV star into the White House was one of class and economic anxiety, not racism.”--Pennsylvania by Emily Bazelon: “For Trump supporters that I talked to, college education didn’t seem to lead to support for the liberal women’s movement. [Palma] Frable and her daughters oppose abortion as Christians. Other women called themselves pro choice but backed Trump because they didn’t think he really opposed abortion or thought the law in states like theirs wouldn’t change even if he chose future Supreme Court justices with an eye to overturning Roe v. Wade.” http://nyti.ms/2fS8tBU ... The cover http://bit.ly/2fSdaeE MEDIAWATCH -- “Washington Post Newsroom Rankled By ‘Offensive’ Election Night Party Stunt,” by HuffPost’s Michael Calderone: “Washington Post staffers are expressing concern to top business-side executives at the company after guests at an election night party at the paper’s headquarters were encouraged to remove napkins from a female server’s body. ‘[The] napkin-wearing woman who was being disrobed by guests went beyond inappropriate to offensive to those of us who resent seeing women continually being reduced to and offered as objects of men’s sexual desires,’ read a Friday letter to Publisher Fred Ryan and Vice President for Communications & Events Kris Coratti.” http://huff.to/2eVU0Uu -- Bloomberg’s @JesseDrucker: “Personal news: Thrilled to announce I am joining the @nytimes - digging into taxes and other international business topics.”– “Fox News Posts Highest Week of Ratings in Network’s 20-Year History,” by Mediaite’s Joe DePaolo: “The Fox News total day audience averaged 3,378,000 — putting the network more than a million viewers ahead of its nearest competitor, CNN. (Fox News also edged out CNN in viewers among the key 25-54 demographic — 1,001,000 to 941,000.) And in primetime, Fox News posted a staggering 6,003,000 viewers, besting CNN, which came in second with 4,315,000. (CNN was tops in the key demo, scoring 1,908,000 average viewers to Fox News’s 1,839,000.)” http://bit.ly/2ftxd6y -- USA Today’s Paul Singer: “Facebook users generated 962.6 million interactions involving Trump last week, more than triple his prior record-setting total of 307 million the week of October 16, in the wake of the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape of Trump talking about grabbing women. For her part, during election week, Hillary Clinton generated 412 million interactions on Facebook, the second highest volume for any candidate for the entire year.” http://usat.ly/2fQBK0J @laurawbush and I are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our family, Freddy Bush. We visited the @spcatexas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center last Tuesday to thank them for their great work – and came home with a puppy. We already love him, and even our cats Bob and Bernadette are finding Freddy’s charm futile to resist. If you could use a little extra joy in your life, consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group. A photo posted by George W. Bush (@georgewbush) on Nov 14, 2016 at 5:28pm PSTSPOTTED: Ted and Heidi Cruz in the first row of Economy Plus on the 8:50 a.m. United flight from Houston to DCA. The senator was eating an egg and sausage sandwich. He was No. 18 on the upgrade list! That’s what flying private during the campaign gets you. Upgrade list photo http://bit.ly/2frZUAO … former Speaker Boehner eating outside We the Pizza ... John Podesta walking on Sunday in Rock Creek park ... Dan Balz sitting in first class on a flight to Austin, Texas ... José Andrés enjoying a Sunday stroll in Founders Park.WEEKEND WEDDING – Jeremy Funk, comms director for Americans United for Change, on Saturday married Erica Stern, an auditor for the U.S. Postal Service OIG. (She also uses her master’s degree in Art History as a docent at the Hillwood Museum.) They met at a joint North Dakota-South Dakota State Society event in D.C.; he’s a South Dakotan, she’s North Dakotan. SPOTTED at the Fargo nuptials: Brad Woodhouse, best man Mitch Stewart, groomsman Paul Tewes, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). Pics http://bit.ly/2fS9FFj ... http://bit.ly/2ftCBGJ ... http://bit.ly/2fcafO3 OUT AND ABOUT -- Woody Harrelson takes on the role of LBJ in a film directed by Rob Reiner, aptly titled “LBJ.” The two were in D.C. last night for a screening before a full theater at the National Archives that included members of the Johnson family -- Lynda Johnson Robb and Chuck Robb with daughters Catherine and Lucinda Robb. Pic by Daniel Swartz http://bit.ly/2eVVNc8 SPOTTED: Michele Reiner, Laura Harrelson, “LBJ” producers Matthew George and Tim White, editor Bob Joyce, screenwriter Joey Hartstone, Ben Barnes, LBJ Foundation Executive Director Amy Barbee, LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi, Sen. Susan Collins, Reps. Steve Cohen and Jim Costa, MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd, HRC President Chad Griffin, former Rep. and Gov. Jim Blanchard, former Rep. Martin Frost, Amb. Lloyd Hand, Ann Hand, Ovation’s Jessica Yas Baker, Lyndon Boozer, Karen Anderson, Jonathan Landay, Kimball Stroud and David White, Christine Delargy, Liz McDermott, Laurie Knight, Larry Duncan, Joe O’Neill, Diane Blagman, Bruce Kieloch, Patsy Thomasson and National Archives deputy archivist Debra Wall.--The International Center for Journalists presented Charlie Rose with the ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism at their annual awards dinner last night. He told the audience: “For journalists, there is criticism of the role of media in this presidential election. How could we have missed the result? How could we be wrong? How can we make our share of mistakes and learn from them? There is no question we've all made mistakes. The question is do we as journalists and expert analysts look at what we've done, and try to understand what we've done, and try not to make the same mistakes over.”--2016 marks 10 years for Blue Engine Message & Media and they’re celebrating by adding two new staffers. New hires include Irma L. Palmer, formerly of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office, and Cynthia Montes who served on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. They also issued a paper on 10 trends which include a look at voice activation, virtual reality, and whether the era of the press release is over, among others. http://bit.ly/2fXQiQ6SPOTTED at Brick & Mortar: Steve Elmendorf, Leslie Dach, Kevin Sheridan, Rick Klein, Jim Margolis, Larry Grisolano, Scott Nathan, Erik Smith and Edith Gregson, Bruce Andrews, Kitty Di Martino, Annie Linskey, Casey Hernandez, Greg Thomas, Sena Fitzmaurice, Nate Lubin, John Liipfert, Jim Doyle, Lauren Paige, Peter Mirijanian, Chuck Babington, Bryan and Farleigh Cunningham, Nate Tibbits, Scott Paul, Jen Nedeau and Ami CopelandTRANSITIONS -- Paul Poteet, senior policy advisor and counsel on tax and trade for Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), is joining Glover Park Group’s government relations practice as a managing director. http://politi.co/2fBqmFs … Luther Strange named chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association.BIRTHWEEK (was Sunday): Israeli businessman Nochi Dankner turned 62 ... Harold Waldenberg ... Philosopher Saul Kripke turned 76 ... Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Somali-born activist who has served in the Dutch parliament and as a fellow at AEI, turned 47 ... (was Friday): Ruth Igielnik, a researcher at the Pew Research Center (hubby tip: Ben Wieder, who was on time)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: TIME’s Zeke Miller, also a pilot -- read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2fTNFxv BIRTHDAYS: Jen Palmieri ... Amanda Renteria ... Robert Draper ... Gail Gitcho, the pride of San Antonio ... Bill Richardson is 69 ... Fox’s John Roberts is 6-0 ... Alexandra Lippman, a postdoctoral fellow in anthropology at U.C. Davis (h/t proud brother Daniel) ... Liz Hunger, RILA’s director for state gov’t affairs ... Reid Kaplan, son of Open Society Foundation’s Jonathan Kaplan and former DOJ spokeswoman Allison Price ... Tim Keating ... Madge Bush ... Robert McCreary ... Joe Sandler (h/t Teresa Vilmain) ... Oregon Duck John Easton, VP at QGA Public Affairs ... Lee Cochran, comms director for Mike Bloomberg at Bloomberg Philanthropies ... Jennifer Jones of Red River Consulting ... Tim Keating ... Chris Doherty (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Helen Brosnan, co-founder of OWN IT and a Hillary campaign alum ... Politico alum Adam Snider, now director of public affairs at American Association of Airport Executives, is 37 ... Laura Bernardini, CNN Washington’s director of coverage ... Sarah Novascone ... Transport Topics’ Eugene Mulero is 38 ... Tammy Sun, founder of Carrot and an Evernote and FCC alum … Tomos Lewis, Monocle bureau chief in Toronto and a BBC alum … Davan Maharaj, L.A. Times editor-in-chief and publisher (h/t Ben Chang) ... No Labels leader former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (h/ts Tammy Haddad and Dennis Craig) ... Joe Valenti, director of consumer finance at the Center for American Progress, staunch CFPB supporter, policy advocate for a progressive Virginia, craft beer enthusiast and four-time marathoner, is 34 ...… Emily Schlichting, chief of staff of the office of the asst. secretary for legislation at HHS and the pride of Omaha (h/t boyfriend Jeff Solnet) … Elliott Phaup, scheduler for Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger ... Politico Europe’s Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli ... James Boyle, partner at Boyle Public Affairs in McLean and alum of Rep. Frank Wolf, CNBC and Discovery Communications ... Ben Goodman, senior associate at Mission Readiness, Rep. Michaud alum, and the pride of Kennebunk, Maine, is 27 (h/t Jordan Wells) ... Cyril Dadd, senior director for federal gov’t affairs at Level 3 Communications and an NTIA alum … Bert McCarthy ... Mike Mills, managing director and chief content officer at Digital Prism Advisors and a CQ Roll Call alum … Mark Naymik, metro columnist at Northeast Ohio Media Group ... Erin Shaw Stinner, a Laura Bush WH and CFTC alum now VP of marketing and a brand strategist at A to Z Communications ... Ryan Miner is 31 ... Bryant Johnson ... Nancy Kohn ... Chris Fluhr of House Natural Resources Cmte. … Sam Waterston is 76 ... Frida (ABBA) is 71 ... Sean Murray (“NCIS”) is 39 ... Shailene Woodley is 25 (h/ts AP)
Viacom Inc.(VIAB) is set to release fourth-quarter fiscal 2016 results, before the opening bell, on Nov 9.
NEW YORK, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc and video-streaming firm BAMTech will form a joint venture to provide back-end technology for content owners, broadcasters and other platforms throughout Europe, the companies said on Tuesday.
MLB's digital media company BAMTech has launched a subsidiary with Discovery Communications in Europe that will continue long-term growth for the 30 owners in the league. Here's the details.
Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) is looking to venture into the lucrative digital media market for growth.
Oct 17 (Reuters) - Eurosport, Discovery Communications Inc's European sports broadcaster, announced on Monday it has signed a deal to broadcast drone races, joining a number of networks to televise the fledgling sport in which pilots navigate remote-controlled aircrafts at high speeds through aerial obstacle courses.
Natalie Muni CoverGirl gets a brand makeover, Discovery dives into digital, 2016 makes a big splash in US ad spend, the ANA creates a “blueprint” for multicultural marketing, and Ronald McDonald goes on a hiatus… sort of. Read below for this week’s top stories in marketing and advertising. 1. CoverGirl announces its newest spokesmodel James Charles, a 17-year-old high school student and makeup protégé was announced on social media yesterday as CoverGirl’s newest spokesperson, making him the first male CoverGirl in the brand’s history. Charles has amassed a social following of over half a million on platforms like Instagram in the last year thanks to his flurry of aesthetically pleasing posts with makeup tips and transformations. His feed reveals everything from the shocking Halloween inspired to the standard everyday contour. CoverGirl has said the decision mirrored the values of the brand – “boundary-breaking, expressive, unapologetically individualistic.” 2. Discovery dives into digital with $100 million deal When you think of the Discovery, you often think of its popular television network shows, like SharkWeek, The Deadliest Catch or Naked and Afraid. On Thursday, Discovery Communications became the latest in a line of TV companies moving to target millennials and expand into digital when it announced it would invest $100 million in digital content through a partnership with Group Nine Media. The new holding company will combine some Discovery owned assets with digital media brands, like Thrillist, NowThis and The Dodo. Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer will now become CEO of Group Nine Media. Roughly 60 percent of Group Nine’s audience are people ages 18-34. 3. New study: Ad spending in the US is growing at its best pace in six years Magna predicts that 2016 will show the largest increase in US ad spending in six years, according to a forecast released Wednesday. The forecast estimates ad revenue in the US will increase to $179 billion, representing a 6.3 percent increase. 2010 showed the last highest growth rate, with a revenue increase of 6.6 percent. So what does this mean? For the first time ever, digital advertising will match TV ad sales, with social media as the biggest contributor to the tie between the digital and TV ad space. 4. ANA announces new Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing On Monday, the Association of National Advertisers announced the launch of a new alliance focused specifically on multicultural marketing. The Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing will have the goal of bringing African American, Hispanic, Asian and LGBT industry leaders together to create a sort of “blueprint” for multicultural marketing in the US. Specific goals include discovering new ways to address diversity in advertising and marketing industries, establishing “best practices,” investing in research, and eventually creating a knowledge center. 5. McDonalds wants Ronald out of the scary-clown nightmare In case you’ve been living under a rock, scary clowns are terrorizing small communities all around the nation. Since mid-summer, people with clown masks have been spotted around the country trying to lure children into wooded areas, sometimes with knives. As result, Ronald McDonald, America’s favorite clown and the brand’s mascot since the 1960s, has been forced into hiding. McDonald’s announced on Wednesday it would “cut back on Ronald McDonald’s appearances at events” out of respect for the current climate resulting from the creepy clown craze. -- 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.
As I noted recently in Forbes, everybody’s always looking for the “big idea.” With the announcement of Discovery Communications’ $100 million investment in a newly formed consortium of digital media publishers, we clearly see one enduring big idea: Bigger is Better. Beyond that, what else should we take away from [...]
Oct 13 (Reuters) - Discovery Communications, which owns networks like the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, on Thursday became the latest TV company to invest in digital content in an effort to reach mobile viewers.