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Джеб Буш
Джеб Буш
Джон Эллис «Джеб» Буш (Jeb Bush; родился 11 февраля 1953) — американский политик, республиканец, 43-й губернатор Флориды. Сын 41-го президента США Джорджа Буша и Барбары Буш, брат 43-го президента США Джорджа Уокера Буша.   Джеб Буш родился в Мидленде, штат Техас. В воз ...

Джон Эллис «Джеб» Буш (Jeb Bush; родился 11 февраля 1953) — американский политик, республиканец, 43-й губернатор Флориды. Сын 41-го президента США Джорджа Буша и Барбары Буш, брат 43-го президента США Джорджа Уокера Буша.

 

Джеб Буш родился в Мидленде, штат Техас. В возрасте шести лет семья переехала в Хьюстон. Прозвище "Джеб" составлено из первых букв имени и фамилии: ДЖон Эллис Буш.

Перед началом политической карьеры управлял семейным бизнесом в Техасе. В 1998 году был избран на пост губернатора Флориды, на второй срок был переизбран в 2002 году. После истечения губернаторских полномочий вошёл в совет директоров здравоохранительного фонда «Tenet Healthcare». Впоследствии участвовал в руководстве банка Lehman Brothers.

Джеб Буш учредил инвестиционную фирму, офис которой размещен в Корал Гейблс, Флорида. В апреле этого года фирма Джеба Буша (частный фонд прямых инвестиций) под названием Britton Hill Holdings LLC использовала поддержку со стороны китайского конгломерата с целью приобретения доли в транспортном стартапе в Стэмфорде, Коннектикут, стремясь извлечь прибыль из растущего спроса Азии на американскую сланцевую нефть и газ.

В 2014 году в американских СМИ часто упоминался в качестве возможного кандидата на пост Президента в 2016 году. 16 декабря 2014 года Буш объявил о своем намерении баллотироваться на пост Президента США, отказавшись от руководящих постов в политических, общественных и коммерческих организациях. Во время этой президентской гонки, желая показать себя активным, открытым и технически подкованным политиком, 10 февраля 2015 года Буш разместил на своем сайте переписку с избирателями за все восемь лет на посту губернатора Флориды. Вместе с ней в открытом доступе оказались имена, даты рождения и номера социального страхования его собеседников. После того, как общественность забила тревогу, 12 февраля 2015 года почти все письма, за исключением нескольких сотен, были удалены с сайта. Вики

 

Было у отца-президента четыре сына — почти как в сказке. Самым умным считали второго и прочили ему идти по отцовским стопам. Только старший сын взял да попутал карты — назло всем избрался губернатором, а потом и вовсе президентом, причем со скандалом. Вот умному брату теперь и нужно доказывать, что он — совсем другой Буш

Примерно так, если очень кратко, выглядит семейная коллизия династии Буш. Джеб Буш вот-вот официально объявит, что готов побороться за Белый дом, и уже начал критиковать Хиллари на встречах со своими сторонниками. Но, прежде чем сразиться с кланом Клинтон, Джебу предстоит еще одна битва — с семейными призраками.

Два года назад шансы третьего Буша на место в Белом доме были даже не на нуле, а вообще из области отрицательных величин. Старшего брата-президента склоняли на все лады, и не только демократы: на наследие Джорджа Буша было модно валить все промахи — и в экономике, и в политике. Теперь — на исходе второго срока Обамы — вопрос о том, кто самый не популярный президент Америки, уже спорный. А часть республиканцев и вовсе убеждена, что остановить предвыборную машину Хиллари сможет только равная ей по мощи избирательной машина. И Джеба Буша уговорили попробовать.

Для тех же, кому до сих пор тошно от воспоминаний о Дж. Буше-младшем и Дж. Буше-старшем, у Джеба есть заготовочка, которую он опробовал 7 января на вечере по сбору средств на свою кампанию. Он задает два простых вопроса: "У вас есть отец?" и "У вас есть брат?", после чего добавляет третий: "И вы одно и то же с ними лицо?" Ответа не требуется.

 

Личность

Его полное имя Джон Эллис Буш. Из первых букв сложилось — Джеб. Ему так больше нравилось.

Джеба с малых лет считали в семье особенным. В детский сад он пошел на год раньше сверстников. Университет Техаса окончил за два с половиной года вместо стандартных четырех. Мыслил неординарно, порой пугая родителей.

"Джебби — глубоко чувствительный мальчик с большим запасом сострадания и любви в сердце,— написал в своем дневнике в 1971-м Джордж Буш-старший.— Боюсь, он может увлечься какими-нибудь сумасшедшими идеями. У него свободный и независимый дух, но я не хочу, чтобы он полностью оторвался от семьи". Джебу в это время исполнилось 18. Он оканчивал ту же, что и отец, и старший брат, частную Академию Филлипса в городке Эндовер, штат Массачусетс, имел проблемы с оценками, скучал по Техасу и, говорят, экспериментировал с марихуаной. Доподлинно известно, что он носил длинные волосы и короткое время числился членом социалистического клуба в городке Эндовера.

К тому же он уже успел серьезно влюбиться. В 17 лет Джеб отправился совершенствовать испанский в соседнюю Мексику. Там в машине приятеля увидел миниатюрную школьницу — 16-летнюю мексиканку Колумбу Гарнику Галло, которой с ходу заявил о своих чувствах. Подростковый роман беспокоил родителей, но Джеб в любви оказался последовательным — женился в 21 год, первым из пяти детей в семье. Позже он признается: Колумба — единственная женщина за всю жизнь, с которой у него была близость.

Между Джорджем и Джебом — в шесть с половиной лет разницы. В детстве это исключало как близкую дружбу, так и соперничество. Повзрослев, братья стали бороться за внимание отца, но между собой чаще общались через родителей. А вот на политических мероприятиях оба были подчеркнуто дружелюбны. Джордж частенько представлял Джеба "моим большим младшим братом" — тот на 12 см выше, под 1 метр 95 см. В таких случаях Джеб послушно подыгрывал и называл Джорджа не иначе как "мой старший, более умный и более мудрый брат".

В семье Буш еще два младших брата и сестра, но отец-президент продолжателем семейной традиции всегда видел Джеба — его он и поддержал в 1994-м на выборах в губернаторы Флориды. Джеб тогда избирался с позиции ультраконсерватора и делал экстравагантные заявления. В частности, что безработные одинокие женщины, сидящие на пособиях, должны найти себе мужей. Или что нужно "взорвать" все министерства штата, которые ведают распределением квот и пособий. А на вопрос: "Что его администрация собирается сделать для помощи афроамериканцам?" — отвечал предельно честно: "Вероятно, ничего".

Старший братец решил баллотироваться в губернаторы Техаса почти одновременно. Джеб опасался, что это превратит выборы в "мыльную оперу про двух братьев для желтого журнала People", но до этого не дошло. Джордж удивил — взял да и выиграл. А вот Джеб проиграл.

Впрочем, журналу People это не помешало еще лет 20 потом смаковать скандалы в семействе Джеба. Так, во время губернаторской кампании 1994-го репортер спросил Колумбу Буш, как называется испаноязычная книжка, которую она читала в столь важный политический момент. "Секреты о мужчинах, которые должна знать каждая женщина,— ответила жена Джеба.— А как, вы думаете, мне удается поддерживать наш роман столько времени?" На самом деле в ту пору их брак трещал по швам: Колумбе, по характеру человеку закрытому, тяжело давалась публичность и кружащие стаями вокруг репортеры, Джеб фактически забросил семью. После провальных выборов он, по собственному признанию, прошел глубокую политическую, семейную и духовную трансформацию. Будучи, как все Буши, прихожанином епископальной (протестантской) церкви, в 1996-м перешел в католическую веру жены, начал работать с этническими меньшинствами и использовать в своих речах слово "сострадание". Все это помогло: в 1998-м, со второй попытки, он стал губернатором Флориды.

Стиль нового губернатора с ходу стал притчей во языцех. Джеб Буш набирал в штат помощников моложе 40 лет, требовал от них быть "на связи" 24 часа в сутки, а вот полномочия делегировал с трудом — вплоть до того, что лично инструктировал стажеров, как организовать очередь из гостей на входе в резиденцию губернатора так, чтобы она двигалась равномерно. "Казалось, у него 40 глаз",— вспоминал Том Слейд, экс-председатель Республиканской партии штата. А еще Джеб любил отправлять электронные письма с вопросами своим сотрудникам по выходным в 5:30 утра.

Договариваться с ним тоже было не просто. Лидер демократов в Сенате Флориды Том Россин тогда сформулировал: Джеб не пойдет на компромисс, пока его не загонят в угол.

После переизбрания на второй губернаторский срок в 2003-м Джеб в иннаугурационной речи даже помечтал о том, что в правительственных зданиях в Таллахасси (столица Флориды) не останется чиновников, а сами здания станут памятником временам, когда бюрократия играла в жизни большую роль, чем она того заслуживает.

Против бюрократии, социальных подачек и вмешательства власти в жизнь людей Джеб выступает последние 20 лет. Это не мешает многим демократам обвинять его самого во вмешательстве — например, в недостаточно корректном подсчете голосов во Флориде на выборах 2000-го. Тогда, напомним, его старший брат, Джордж Буш, и Альберт Гор, вице-президент при Билле Клинтоне, в ночь выборов получили почти равное число голосов по стране. Во Флориде Буш выигрывал с перевесом в 1784 голоса (из 6 млн избирателей). По законам штата при таком небольшом перевесе бюллетени следовало пересчитывать. Это и начали делать в самых спорных округах, где голосовало много афроамериканцев, для которых новая форма бюллетеней в виде перфокарт оказалась запутанной.

При пересчете перевес Буша сократился до 537 голосов. Предвыборный штаб Гора так и не решился потребовать пересчета всех бюллетеней, и Верховный суд США объявил президентом Буша. Демократы открыто заявляли, что у них украли выборы и винили Джеба (как удобно — исход выборов решился в штате, где губернатором был брат кандидата!). Страна надолго раскололась на два лагеря.

Интересно, что предвыборный штаб брата винил тоже Джеба — мол, не отмобилизовал должным образом республиканцев штата. Один из сотрудников администрации Буша-младшего потом вспоминал: "Мы все силы бросили во Флориду на пересчет голосов, но позиция Джеба была такая: не лезьте, все под контролем. Но ничего же не было под контролем!" В общем, после выборов-2000 братья ближе не стали. В Белом доме Дж. Буша-младшего частыми гостями были брат Марвин (с ним президент смотрел спорт по ТВ и наезжал в Кэмп-Дэвид), да сестра Дороти. Джеб же появлялся в Белом доме только на конференциях губернаторов и по семейным торжествам.

А спустя полгода после тех выборов Джеб провел в штате избирательную реформу, устранив все лазейки для манипуляций. Так что на выборах 2016-го беспокоиться о пересчете голосов ему не придется. По крайней мере, во Флориде.

 

Семья

Для любого кандидата в президенты США дружная и понимающая семья — одно из важнейших слагаемых успеха на выборах. Обычно в течение полутора лет кандидат колесит по стране: мало спит, плохо ест, проводит сотни выступлений и мероприятий по сбору денег, встречается с избирателями. Вторая половина, как верный Санчо Панса, вынуждена следовать по пятам, хорошо выглядеть, улыбаться, жать руки, а потом еще и воевать с ближним кругом за возможность побыть с супругом наедине. Пресса и соперники при этом вытаскивают все грязное белье семьи (даже заблаговременно выстиранное).

В случае с Джебом Бушем семейных драм хватит на "Санта-Барбару". Но парадокс в том, что эти "семейные слабости" могут помочь завоевать сердца тех, кто обычно не голосует за республиканцев. Очень уж выбивается Буш-третий и его домочадцы из "правильной" схемы жизни одного из самых влиятельных политических кланов Америки. Чего стоит только реплика Джорджа Буша-старшего (в ту пору вице-президента США), брошенная в разговоре с президентом Рейганом в 1988-м и попавшая на первые полосы. "А это дети Джеба из Флориды, мои маленькие коричневые внучата",— любя, обронил тогда вице-президент. Скандал вышел громкий, с расовым подтекстом.

Жена Джеба явно не вписывается в шаблон идеальной партии для республиканского кандидата. Мало того, что Колумба мексиканка, что из неполной и очень простой семьи, так она еще и университетов не посещала. Публичных речей не любит, говорит по-английски с сильным акцентом, а гражданство США приняла лишь в 1987-м, чтобы из семейной солидарности проголосовать за тестя на президентских выборах 1988 года.

Журналистов Колумба избегает. Особенно после того, как попала на первые полосы в июне 1999-го, возвращаясь из пятидневного отпуска в Париже. Тогда таможенники спросили, на какую сумму она везет покупок из Франции. Колумба сказала, что на 500 долларов, но при досмотре нашлись не задекларированные украшения и одежда тысяч на 19. Джеб заплатил за жену штраф в 4100 долларов и оправдывал ее на пресс-конференции тем, что Колумба, мол, не хотела расстраивать мужа своим транжирством. Она же, публично извиняясь, в том числе и за пятно на репутации Бушей, напирала на то, что никогда не стремилась породниться со знаменитым кланом. "Я просто вышла замуж за мужчину, которого любила",— эти ее слова надолго запомнились.

Средний ребенок в семье — дочь Ноэль, ей 36. Университет не окончила, чуть не лишила отца второго губернаторского срока. По ходу предвыборной кампании-2002 Ноэль арестовали в аптеке при попытке купить наркосодержаший препарат Xanax по фальшивому рецепту (бдительный фармацевт вызвал полицию). Во Флориде за подделку рецептов грозит до 5 лет тюрьмы и 5 тысяч долларов штрафа, но так как это было первое правонарушение, 24-летняя губернаторская дочка отделалась принудительным лечением в наркологическом центре. Увы, уже там ее поймали с небольшой дозой кокаина, спрятанной в туфле. В итоге Ноэль провела 10 дней в тюрьме, а губернатор публично плакал, рассказывая о дочери в прямом эфире телеканала NBC.

Не избежал близкого знакомства с полицией и младший сын Джеба, Джон. В 2000-м его арестовали, когда он с подружкой занимался сексом в машине на парковке около торгового центра. А в 2005-м — за распитие спиртных напитков на улице и сопротивление аресту.

Понятно, что, как только Джеб Буш заявит о начале президентской кампании, эти истории перетрясут с тройной энергией. Вот только не поменяет ли смена демографии американского общества в них минусы на плюсы? Уже не секрет, что в 2016-м ни один кандидат не сможет выиграть без поддержки испаноязычных американцев, самого многочисленного и быстрорастущего меньшинства. Плюс в США около 11 млн нелегальных иммигрантов, большинство — испаноязычные, и у них есть дети и родственники с правом голоса. Республиканцы последние 8 лет торпедируют все попытки иммиграционной реформы, поэтому демократы легко забирали испаноязычные голоса.

А тут кандидат в президенты, свободно переходящий с английского на испанский, чья жена готовит традиционный мексиканский завтрак Huevos rancheros и знает все латиноамериканские мыльные оперы. Добавьте к тому, что старший сын Джеба и Колумбы 39-летний юрист Джордж Прескотт сам похож на красавца-актера в одном из таких сериалов, образован, успешен, только что получил первую выборную должность в правительстве Техаса и ему уже прочат место в Сенате США. Что же касается проблем остальных детей, то они делают Джеба только ближе к избирателям. В самом деле, ну какая нормальная семья без изъяна?

 

Возможная кампания

Хотя экс-губернатор Флориды еще официально не объявил о своем выдвижении, он сделал важный шаг на опережение — во второй половине декабря 2014-го распорядился открыть свой губернаторский архив и выложить в публичный доступ всю свою электронную переписку за 8 лет на посту губернатора. Мол, копайтесь, если хотите. Шаг рискованный, но выигрышный. С одной стороны, он раньше времени дает возможность соперникам и прессе накопать компромат, с другой — показывает, что ему нечего скрывать, в том числе и по самому спорному пункту — подсчету и пересчету голосов в 2000-м.

Этот ход отсекает и разговоры о преследовании особых коммерческих интересов на посту губернатора, тем более что республиканцев весьма впечатлила история с губернатором штата Нью-Джерси Крисом Кристи, который год назад считался любимцем простого народа и самым перспективным кандидатом на выборы-2016. Шансы Кристи серьезно подорвало попадание в прессу электронной переписки двух его помощников, в которой шла речь о закрытии нескольких полос на перегруженном мосту с целью создания автомобильной пробки. Больше того, просматривалось, что это было сделано из политической мести мэру-демократу, в чьей юрисдикции был злополучный мост. На первый взгляд история местная, но о популярном губернаторе Нью-Джерси ничего не слышно уже полгода. Поговаривают даже, что таким образом политтехнологи Хиллари Клинтон устранили опасного соперника.

Если Джебу Бушу удастся выиграть республиканские праймериз, его шансы в схватке с Хиллари, по крайней мере, не плохи. Что именно она будет кандидатом от демократов, в США мало кто сомневается, пусть госпожа Клинтон все еще кокетничает с объявлением о выдвижении. На самом деле все знают: давно созданы группы по сбору средств в ее предвыборный котел, ждут только финальной отмашки.

Фактор Хиллари республиканцев, похоже, не смущает. Больше смущает то, что желающих сразиться с ней, похоже, больше, чем реальных шансов на победу.

Так, в январе неожиданно даже для своих сторонников, о возможном участии в выборах-2016 заявил экс-губернатор Массачусетса мормон Митт Ромни. Он уже дважды проигрывал: в 2008-м республиканские праймериз — Джону Маккейну, в 2012-м общенациональные выборы — Бараку Обаме. Тогда Ромни заявил, что в выборы наигрался и с политикой завязывает, но вот на тебе, готов попробовать в третий раз. Учитывая, что единственным, кто стал президентом с третьей попытки, был Рональд Рейган, шансы Ромни сомнительны: до харизмы Рейгана ему далеко. Что у Ромни есть, так это огромное личное состояние — минимум 350 млн долларов задекларированного капитала плюс деньги, запрятанные по офшорам и трастам. Еще образцово-показательная семья и поддержка большого бизнеса. Для Джеба это проблема, так как Ромни может отнять у него серьезные финансовые ресурсы.

Сам Джеб с представителями крупного капитала встречается с июля 2014-го, когда его пригласили на встречу суперзасекреченного частного калифорнийского клуба Bohemian Grove. Его члены — политики и инвесторы — собираются раз в году. Джеба там встретили как рок-звезду, на ура. Но когда его пригласили на обед братья Коч — влиятельнейшие финансисты, стоящие за ультраконсервативным "движением чаепития", экс-губернатор отклонил приглашение, предпочтя семинар по образованию.

Это, без сомнения, сигнал всем консерваторам: третий Буш — совсем другой республиканец. Более гибкий, с новыми подходами и новыми идеями. Вопрос: кто под это все даст ему деньги? В интервью журналу "Нью-Йорк" Джеб Буш заявил: "Чтобы быть успешным, нужно предлагать конкретные решения, а не отстаивать позиции. Если партия поймет, как это сделать, то получит большинство голосов".

Прочие вероятные соперники Джеба Буша в борьбе за партийную номинацию более или менее известны, хотя за полгода ситуация может как проясниться, так и запутаться. На данный момент главные игроки помимо Буша и Ромни — это сенатор из Кентукки, врач по образованию, консерватор Рэнд Пол; еще один консерватор, любимец "партии чаепития", сенатор из Техаса Тед Круз; молодой сенатор из Флориды, выходец из семьи кубинских эмигрантов Марко Рубио и пропавший из публичного поля зрения губернатор Нью-Джерси Крис Кристи.

Впрочем, в США предвыборная кампания — это не только или не столько кандидат, сколько его предвыборный штаб и тот, кто управляет штабом. Так, в 1994-м Дж. Буш-младший выиграл губернаторский пост в Техасе исключительно благодаря блестящему стратегу Карлу Роуву. Работай Роув тогда на Джеба, он тоже бы выиграл губернаторский пост с первой попытки, а Джордж бы проиграл. И тогда президентская история в США была бы вообще бы другой, правда, возможно, с той же фамилией.

Так и с политикой — спрогнозировать, каким президентом будет Джеб Буш, выиграй он выборы, пока очень сложно. Многое зависит от команды, которая придет в Белый дом.

Ближний круг Джеба всегда был отличен от команды Джорджа, но, когда начинается большая игра, ставки и фигуры меняются. Известно, что недавно Джеб советовался с Кондолизой Райс, бывшим госсекретарем, и Ричардом Хассом, высокопоставленным чиновником Госдепартамента в администрациях обоих Бушей. Оба они — протеже именно Буша-отца. С ним средний сын наверняка тоже советуется, но 41-й президент США сейчас очень слаб и больше общается с врачами.

Впрочем, нетрудно угадать: в случае победы Буша-третьего отношения США с Латинской Америкой и Мексикой будут лучше, чем в последние 16 лет. На Ближнем Востоке, предполагают, он будет более осторожен, чем та же Хиллари, слишком болезненны для американцев ассоциации Буш — Ирак. Что касается России, то здесь кандидат Джеб Буш, как кот в мешке,— может развернуться в любую сторону. Вот тот же Ромни настроен воинственно и наверняка выступит с напоминанием: "Я же вам говорил!" В самом деле, в 2012-м, когда его попросили перечислить главных геополитических врагов Америки, Ромни назвал Россию, что в эпоху перезагрузки списали на плохую ориентацию кандидата во внешней политике.

Что касается политики внутренней, то в ней конек Джеба — образование, иммиграция, сокращение правительственных расходов. Когда он выступает по одному из этих сюжетов, обычно сдержанному Бушу-третьему страсти не занимать.

Одним словом, в истории про отца-президента и четырех его сыновей ставить точку пока рановато: надо подождать как минимум официального объявления о выдвижении. Единственное, что можно сказать, так это что если средний сын все же решится вписать свое слово в очередную американскую семейную сказку, а вместе с ней и в историю США, то старший его брат — экс-президент Дж. Буш-младший — узнает об этом не раньше, чем мы с вами. Он узнает об этом из новостей.

 

От банкира до лоббиста

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Финансы — не самая сильная сторона еще одного возможного кандидата в президенты от клана Буш

В этой семье есть золотое правило: сначала заработай капитал, а потом уже иди в политику. Так поступил в свое время Буш-отец, переехав из Коннектикута в Техас, поближе к нефти, где и заработал свои миллионы. Джеб в этом смысле менее удачлив, чем его братья.

По окончании Университета Техаса, где Джеб специализировался на Латинской Америке, он получил должность в международном отделе Коммерческого банка Техаса, семейном банке Джеймса Бейкера, будущего госсекретаря в администрации Дж. Буша-старшего. Джеб успел поработать в Венесуэле, открыв отделение банка в Каракасе. Но потом неожиданно вернулся в США, чтобы бесплатно трудиться в предвыборном штабе отца. Даже съездил как доверенное лицо в Пуэрто-Рико, где свободный испанский Джеба помог отцу выиграть праймериз.

Буш-старший в 1980-м стал вице-президентом. А вот для сына пришло время выбора — жена поставила ультиматум: или в Мексику, или в Майами — в белом республиканском кругу Хьюстона своей она себя, мягко говоря, не чувствовала. Джеб рад был уехать: оставаться "еще одним Бушем" в Техасе он не хотел.

В Майами он очутился без денег, но с долгами — приходилось платить кредитной карточкой American Express по счетам других кредитных карточек. В ход пошли политические связи отца. На Флоридском побережье деньги зарабатывают на недвижимости, и Джеб сделал ставку на 32-летнего кубинского иммигранта и миллионера Армандо Кодину, с которым познакомился в предвыборном штабе отца. Кодина отдал Джебу 40 процентов в своей компании и переименовал ее в Codina Bush Group. При этом у Джеба опыта работы с недвижимостью не было, но желания заработать он не скрывал — сам вырос в богатой семье и надеялся дать те же условия своим детям.

Постепенно Джеб стал чувствовать себя в бизнесе с недвижимостью как рыба в воде. Параллельно занимался и мобильной связью, и поставкой пожарного оборудования на трубопровод на Аляске, даже поставкой водокачек в Нигерию. К началу предвыборной кампании на пост губернатора в 1998-м Джеб задекларировал состояние в 2,4 млн, включая свой дом и инвестиции. По флоридским меркам и с учетом громкой фамилии результат весьма скромный. Доходы старшего брата Джорджа в то время были на порядок выше.

После двух губернаторских сроков, в 2007-м, Джеб стал зарабатывать с удвоенной силой. Печально знаменитый инвестиционный банк Lehman Brothers накануне своего краха в 2008-м нанял экс-губернатора для деликатной миссии — найти деньги на спасение у самого богатого человека мира, мексиканского магната Карлоса Слима. Сделка не выгорела, Lechman Brothers обанкротился, а Джеб нанялся консультантом в банк Barclays, плативший за лоббистские услуги 1 млн в год. Кроме того, он числился в советах директоров еще двух крупных компаний — Rayonier, инвестирующей в лесные угодья, и Tenet Healthcare, специализирующейся на медицине и внедрении реформы здравоохранения Обамы. По последним публичным данным, только последняя фирма выплатила Джебу с 2007 года 2,1 млн зарплаты и еще 3 млн в акциях. Но опять же все это на порядок ниже доходов основной соперницы на выборах-2016 Хиллари Клинтон, чье семейство располагает как минимум 130 млн личного капитала.

Впрочем, из всех частных компаний Джеб Буш предусмотрительно уволился, о чем объявил еще накануне Нового года, дабы исключить конфликт интересов и самостоятельно принять решение — вступать в предвыборную схватку или нет. Зная, как Джеб печется о доходах, этот отказ от всех коммерческих проектов говорит о его решимости больше, чем слова.
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23 мая, 03:08

Trump's Exhausting First Road Trip

President Donald Trump has only just begun his first road trip outside the United States, and he’s already “exhausted,” according to one of his own advisors. This may or may not be true, since anything either Trump or any of his spokespeople say at this point has to be taken with a grain of salt ― especially considering the “exhausted” comment was given as an excuse for a Trump gaffe (more on that in a bit). But this week’s calendar for Trump seems to have been constructed on the theme of: “Any Trump campaign promises left unbroken? Well, let’s see how many we can break in a single week!” Let’s begin with Trump’s reported exhaustion. Trump apparently tried to cut the length of his first trip in half, because nine days on the road was just too much to ask. On Day Two of his trip, he’s already got an advisor explaining a gaffe away because of exhaustion. That doesn’t exactly bode well for the rest of the trip, does it? Especially since he made so much political hay on the campaign trail over the issue of how manly he was ― as compared to “low energy” Jeb Bush and “no stamina” Hillary Clinton. This is all pretty amusing in hindsight, after Trump’s Day Two exhaustion. The gaffe in question was how Trump described the terrorists he’s fighting. Again, on the campaign trail, he berated President Obama for not using the manly term “radical Islamic terrorism,” which was supposed to be some sort of magic phrase that caused them all to melt into a puddle of water when uttered. Obama used terms like “jihadist terrorists” which is essentially the same thing (”jihadist” is a term specific to Muslim terrorists, after all), but to Trump and his supporters nothing short of “radical Islamic terrorism” would do. Some within his administration have been pushing to soften this term, since Islamic partners have always been necessary to successfully defeat the terrorists. So Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, as prepared, was supposed to change this to the more-nuanced “Islamist terrorism.” But either Trump didn’t get the memo or he just isn’t all that good at reading his TelePrompTer, because he read it as “Islamic terrorism” anyway. Or maybe he’s just exhausted, as one of his advisors explained. It was a long flight, and Trump stayed up reading newspapers rather than sleep. The irony in all of this is that Trump was giving this speech inside one of the most “Islamist” countries on the planet. Iran is the most Islamist Shi’ite country around, and Saudi Arabia is the most Islamist Sunni country around. But Trump saved all his criticism for Iran (where, unlike in Saudi Arabia, women are actually allowed to drive). And then one of his advisors noted approvingly of the absence of protesters on the streets ― apparently not realizing that protesting the royal government can literally get your head chopped off, in the Saudi kingdom. Trump used to have some very harsh words about the Saudi form of government ― their treatment of gays and women, in particular ― but none of that was on display while he was there. Trump used to berate Hillary Clinton for donations the Clinton Foundation received from Saudi Arabia, which is where he’d usually point out their woeful human rights record. Trump used to call for Clinton to give back all the Saudi donations, in fact. Which made the news that the Saudis will be giving $100 million to a fund championed by his daughter Ivanka all the more surprising. But then again, it was “let’s break all our promises” week, right? Two other things that both Trump and a whole lot of other Republicans got explosively irate about when President Obama visited the Saudis were Michelle Obama’s refusal to cover her hair and Barack Obama bowing to the Saudi king. So, of course, Melania Trump left her hair uncovered and Donald Trump bowed to the Saudi king. Because it fit right in with the “everything I said while campaigning was a lie” theme of the week. Then Trump was off to Israel, where he had already broken a key campaign promise. Before he arrived, the White House had already announced Trump had rethought his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. This was probably a wise move (it would be an incredibly provocative act), but it still has to be chalked up as another unkept promise, for Trump. Today’s big gaffe came out of the blue. Trump, while talking to reporters, added an afterthought, answering a question that hadn’t even been asked. Here’s what Trump had to say: Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel. Never mentioned it during that conversation. They’re all saying I did, so you have another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel. This requires some unpacking, to fully understand the stupidity of it all. First, Trump wasn’t even asked about “that conversation” ― the meeting he had with two top Russian officials in the Oval Office where he shared secrets to brag about the intelligence he got on a daily basis. Second, nobody has ever accused Trump of leaking the fact that the intelligence secrets he shared with the Russians was from Israel. Not one news story made this claim. The damage Trump did was to reveal what city in Syria the intelligence came from, which gave the Russians a big clue as to which country’s intelligence assets were involved. Far from “they’re all saying I did” ― in fact, nobody said Trump did this. He’s the one who got the story wrong. But the biggest stupidity of all was the fact that by bringing this subject up unprompted, while in Israel, Trump has now completely confirmed that Israel was in fact the country involved. Prior to Trump’s statements, it had been an unverified leak to the media, but now it is all but a certainty. Meaning Trump didn’t just blow things when talking to the Russians, he also compounded his error while standing next to Israel’s prime minister. Remember back during the campaign when his crowds would chant “Lock her up!” and Trump would make the case that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be trusted with the nation’s secrets? Yeah, those were the days. Maybe he’s just exhausted, or something. Back home, Team Trump is not napping during Trump’s trip. They’re also on track to break as many campaign promises as humanly possible. The official Trump budget will be rolled out this week ― on the same day the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of Trumpcare 2.0 (the final bill which passed the House of Representatives). So Wednesday will bring a cornucopia of broken promises! Trump’s budget slashes all the safety net spending that he spent his entire campaign promising he wouldn’t touch, just for starters. And Trumpcare was supposed to be better and cheaper for everyone, but instead the mess that Paul Ryan passed will kick millions off their insurance and hike the prices through the roof if you’ve ever even previously gotten a hangnail. Both Trumpcare and his new budget are in fact breathtaking in the scope of how many Trump promises they’ll break. Meanwhile, Michael Flynn is attempting to stand on his Fifth Amendment rights by refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents to a congressional committee. He may very well be breaking the law by doing so (”taking the Fifth” doesn’t normally mean you can refuse to produce documents), but it remains to be seen whether Congress will go after him for the crime. But this just brings up the many times Trump berated Hillary Clinton aides for taking the Fifth, because (as Trump explained) if you take the Fifth, it means you definitely have something to hide. So chalk up one more big broken campaign promise, as the first Trump administration official (but likely nowhere near the last) takes the Fifth rather than explain to the American people what Trump and his administration have been up to. All of this, and it’s only Monday. Trump’s got a full week ahead of him out on the road, so in a few days all of this might seem to be small potatoes. Who knows what Trump will do or say next that’ll get him into trouble? Maybe he’ll question the Pope’s Christianity? Wouldn’t surprise me, at this point. Or perhaps he’ll kindly explain to the Pope that the whole “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” parable actually meant that Jesus was for massive tax cuts for rich people? Nah, that’s too deep for Trump, most likely. Trump will also meet with NATO, where they’ve been briefed to try as hard as possible not to bore Trump. No, really. Maybe they’re afraid that Trump will return to his campaign rhetoric about them ― back in the campaign NATO was “obsolete,” remember. Trump already broke this promise weeks ago (he declared them “not obsolete” in a fit of magnanimity), but who’s to say he won’t flip-flop again? I could just see him tweeting: “NATO not just obsolete, but BORING too! Sad!” Trump has only just begun his first road trip. He’s apparently already exhausted, and saying things he shouldn’t (in both countries he’s visited so far ― a perfect record!). He seems determined to break as many campaign promises as possible this week, but that’s mostly good news (because most of his campaign promises were so inane to begin with). It should be an interesting rest of the week, that’s for sure. Chris Weigant blogs at: Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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23 мая, 00:13

Trump & Co. Put Out A Call For Plumbers

This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com Trump’s blasts against the hated media flood out of his reptile brain like rising seas, for example: The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 and FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 And so on. The “New York Times” (which seems to be fairly thriving, by the way) has counted 41 of these during the 100 days from his inauguration through April 28. As the firestorm over FBI Director James Comey’s firing reached blast-furnace temperatures, enter poor Sean Spicer to reinforce the theme that the “enemy of the people” has been missing the real story: “that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.” At the same time, according to the “New York Times,”Fox News hosts were airing “stories about the Clintons’ charitable foundation — the Fox News equivalent of a greatest hits reel.” A topic of heated dinner-party discussions these days is whether Trump’s eruptions are (1) uncontrollable outbursts, (2) arousal calls to his base or (3) a strategic attempt to cow his enemies. This is a close question. In varying measures, all three might be true, though I lean to (1) and (2). Intention doesn’t matter much. (It’s not clear that Trump is capable of holding to what in other people might be called “intentions” for more than 30 seconds.) The fury of the obsession is what counts. You don’t have to go full Freudian to understand that fixation is a clue to the mentality of the fixer — his fears and his animus. In the bunkers of paranoid regimes, it’s a rule of thumb that the enemy always lurks. Paired with that one is a second: that the enemy would be lost without a fifth column. This term has become a staple of the right. In a superficially architectural reference, Trump knowingly alluded to it in his remarks to the CIA in Langley on Jan. 23, saying: “We won’t have columns. You understand that? We get rid of the columns.” Columns, columns everywhere. No wonder Trump and his drum-beaters are agitated. Indeed, Trump and his Vortex loyalists have tracked the fifth column to the interior of the swamp: “the low-life leakers.” In one tweet, Trump declares: The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 So one current Trumpian theme is that newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller has more important work to do than look into Trump-Russia connections. One go-to commentator, former FBI assistant director and former New York City FBI chief James Kallstrom, airily waves away any notion that there would be anything wrong with hypothetical Trump collusion with Russian operatives. “This is a foreign intelligence investigation and collusion isn’t actually a crime,” Kallstrom said on the FOX Business Network. “The fifth column certainly is doing a good job of keeping it the talk of the town, but what about the thousands of people that were apparently unmasked” when the names of Trump campaign or transition team officials showed up in transcripts from surveillance of other targets? In Kallstrom’s opinion, “the unmasking could be one of the biggest scandals ever in the United States.” In March, Kallstrom was already warning that Clinton and Obama termites had burrowed into the White House: The Clinton people don’t leave — they don’t leave until they’re actually physically forced out of the building. For this group here, that’s part of this fifth column, [you] have to blast them out with dynamite. They’re going to do everything humanly possible to make the Donald Trump administration very difficult. As for President Obama, Kallstrom said, “Obama handed Trump a basketful of hand grenades with the pins pulled.” One mark of paranoia is metaphor inflation. Before his untimely death in January, the late, great investigative reporter Wayne Barrett devoted one of his last reports to Kallstrom, who he said “has, like [his confident Rudy] Giuliani, been on an anti-Comey romp for months, most often on Fox, where he’s called the Clintons a ‘crime family.’” In Vortex Country, Kallstrom is not a leaker, or party to leaks from present-day FBI agents — he’s a hero. Meanwhile, Trump’s hard-core supporters are said to be hanging tough, tuning out Comey’s firing. For them, cognitive dissonance meets feel-good, and they have more urgent concerns. What, them worry? This from the AP: ‘I tuned it [the Comey matter] out,’ said 44-year-old Michele Velardi, a mother of three sons, during a break from her job at a Staten Island hair salon. ‘I didn’t want to be depressed. I don’t want to feel that he’s not doing what he said, so I just choose to not listen.’ But Trump’s handlers need, from a critical mass of their followers, more than a tune-out. They need a rally. Toward that end, they need an alt-narrative, a story of their own to make sense of the unpleasantness that gathers around them. The explanation of first resort is that the “very, very dishonest press,” and its fifth column allies, are pumping them full of toxic untruth. So, for example, President Richard Nixon on Dec. 14, 1972, chatting in the White House with Henry Kissinger and Alexander Haig: Never forget. The press is the enemy, the press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy, the professors are the enemy, the professors are the enemy. Write that on a blackboard 100 times. (By the way, haven’t times changed? Trump can’t be bothered about professors.) On another occasion, Nixon told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, more colorfully: The press is your enemy. Enemies. Understand that? … Because they’re trying to stick the knife right in our groin. Such talk was infectious. During Nixon’s five years and six months in office, Henry Kissinger, perhaps trying to show his boss he was a worthy lieutenant, got the FBI to wiretap his aides, hoping to plug leaks. Transcripts of Kissinger’s tapped phone conversations, released to the public in 2005, showed Kissinger…castigating a Women’s Wear Daily columnist for making unsubstantiated innuendos, promising not to reveal polling data which he then immediately discloses to someone else, and instructing the head of the joint chiefs of staff to ‘just fire somebody’ over a Pentagon leak. There was a limit to Nixon’s solipsism. He knew that some of his utterances would make trouble for him if they were made public. He had enough of a grip on his impulses to keep his little homilies secret, though he must have thought they mattered for posterity, for he recorded them. By contrast, Trump, as Matthew Yglesias wrote so well last week, doesn’t cover up so well — doesn’t think he needs to — not because he is childish (he’s much worse than that) but because he has lived a life of impunity. “When you’re a star,” as he famously told Billy Bush, “they let you do it.” “It” covers the waterfront, from forcing himself on a woman or insulting his real and imagined enemies. From his chats with New York tabloid gossips to Howard Stern, Trump’s big mouth has carried him onward and upward for decades. The alt-narrative reached a crescendo last week. Here, for example, is Rush Limbaugh featuring the fifth column, the “administrative state” previously pinpointed by Steve Bannon as a body-snatching monstrosity: We are watching a silent coup here to oust a duly elected president, and this coup is being mounted by career government people who can traffic anonymously and who are protected by people in the media and within the Democrat Party. Here’s Breitbart: Tea party activists across the country tell Breitbart News the mainstream media, with help from “deep state” bureaucrats, is doing the work of the Democratic Party in an effort to undermine the political agenda of Donald Trump, the duly elected president of the United States. “This is an all out assault on our republic by the media,” Joe Dugan, founder and executive producer of the South Carolina tea party Coalition Convention, tells Breitbart News. And not least, here’s Sean Hannity to his 2.485 million viewers on the need to “fight back” against the “alliance of haters” a phrase that doesn’t quite ring like “axis of evil,” though Hannity does insist that this threat “is real, it is metastasizing, it is only going to get worse”: ‘The destroy-Trump media is one of five powerful forces aligned against the president. They are joined by the destroy-Trump Democrats, the Washington deep state establishment, weak establishment Republicans and never-Trumpers. It is time to fight back against the five powerful forces that are now aligning to destroy President Donald Trump. Sitting back and doing nothing is no longer an option. Tonight, a call to arms.’ And speaking of never-Trumpers, The Gateway Pundit offers this: “DISGUSTING! #NeverTrumper Jeb Bush Piles on Trump During Media Onslaught.” Hannity and Limbaugh have also been beating the drum for a crackpot, cocked-up Fox News conspiracy story, a fabrication to the effect that that a murdered DNC staffer, Seth Rich, was assassinated for leaking emails to WikiLeaks. On Fox News, Newt Gingrich has joined them. As The Wasington Post’s David Weigel writes dryly, “Like Hannity, Gingrich confidently made claims about Rich that have not been proven and that the family has denied.” As it has done since the Clinton administration, the Vortex will go on waving shiny objects (Whitewater! Vince Foster! Travelgate! Filegate! “Whitey!” Benghazi! Leaks!) to turn the tables on its enemies and distract from its own malfeasance, incompetence, idiocy and contempt for America’s crying needs. Trump’s approval ratings are still in slow decline — even among Republicans. Vortex, beware. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” may be the least successful command in American history. -- 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.

22 мая, 20:45

«Все, что исходит в эти дни из Вашингтона, надо принимать скептически»

«Как-то неуютно становится, когда тебе звонит избранный президент. Уж очень большой человек», – говорит Грег Хэйес. Гендиректор вспоминает, как Дональд Трамп сделал United Technologies Corp. (UTC) политическим антагонистом – своеобразным Джебом Бушем, но из деловых кругов.

20 мая, 17:48

THE LATEST from Saudi Arabia -- 110 billion dollars in military sales -- H.R. McMaster and Jared high five in Riyadh -- Twin-barrel TRUMP scoops by NYT and WaPo -- B’DAY: Craig Melvin

Good Saturday morning. While you were sleeping, President Donald Trump landed in Saudi Arabia. THE WHITE HOUSE is announcing $110 billion in immediate military sales to Saudi Arabia, and an additional $350 billion over 10 years, per Jerome Cartillier of the AFP, who is the pooler along with our own Annie Karni. -- FROM THE WHITE HOUSE (off embargo at 9:30 a.m. in D.C., and 4:30 p.m. in Riyadh): “This package of defense equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats, while also bolstering the Kingdom's ability to contribute to counterterrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the U.S. military to conduct those operations.“This package demonstrates, in the clearest terms possible, the United States’ commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia and our Gulf partners, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S. defense industrial base.”THE LATEST FROM ANNIE KARNI, per a pool report: “The American delegation appeared to be in high spirits, following a long and lavish lunch and ahead of the [bilateral with Saudi Arabia] … At 3:52 p.m., Jared Kushner greeted H.R. McMaster with a high-five when he entered the room where the bilat would be held. Bannon stood around chatting with Tillerson. Priebus appeared to be reviewing a schedule on someone else’s tablet.”OVERHEARD: CBS had a camera set up that caught a conversation between King Salman and President Trump, per pooler Jerome Cartillier, of AFP. King Salman to Trump: “Syria too used to be one of the most advanced countries. We used to get our professors from Syria. They served our kingdom. Unfortunately, they too brought destruction to their own country. You could destroy a country in mere seconds, but it takes a lot of effort.”TRUMP was awarded the gold medallion, known as the King Abdul Aziz Collar, the highest honor in Saudi Arabia, per the pool. Here’s what the Saudis said when Trump got the award: “For President Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the two friendly countries … and his quest to enhance security and peace … in the region and the world … the highest medal in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on President Donald Trump of the United States.”TALKER from ANNIE KARNI in Riyadh: “Team Trump lands in Saudi, minus headscarves”: “The women traveling with President Donald Trump deboarded from Air Force One in Riyadh on Saturday morning wearing flowing long sleeves, but no headscarves. First lady Melania Trump emerged from the front of the plane with the president, for their first appearance abroad, dressed in a black long-sleeved pantsuit and an oversized gold belt, her brown hair hanging down over her shoulders. … “There would normally be nothing out of the ordinary about American women dressing without headscarves in deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, where local women are required to cover themselves in public. Visiting Western women are expected to cover their arms and legs, but not necessarily their heads, and world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have chosen to forgo a headscarf on official visits here. “Except that for many moments in Trump’s presidency, there is an old tweet from his feed to resurrect that seems to contradict his current actions -- and the arrival here was no exception. When former first lady Michelle Obama visited Riyadh in 2015 with her husband, to pay respects to the late Saudi King Abdullah, she did not cover her hair. ‘Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted,’ Trump, then a private citizen, tweeted. ‘We have enuf enemies.’ If the lack of headscarves was interpreted on the ground as an insult, it was not apparent.” http://politi.co/2qBzGRs-- KARNI notes that the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh handed out a list of taboos, which include the thumbs up. Trump loves a thumbs up. TOP TWEETS -- @PhilipRucker: “Saudis are really pulling out all the stops for Trump. At medal ceremony in grand palace, even junior WH staff are being feted like kings.” … Stephen Crowley (@Stcro): “.@IvankaTrump and Jared Kushner arrive Royal Court Palace. #SaudiArabia” http://bit.ly/2qESRKt ... @JenniferJJacobs: “Flanking Trump for Saudi Arabia bilateral meeting: Tillerson and Ross. Also at table: Powell, McMaster, Bannon, Priebus, Kushner, Cohn.” http://bit.ly/2r37F6v ... Mohammed K. Alyahya (@7yhy): “The gentleman next to Steve Bannon is Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Saleh Al Alsheikh” http://bit.ly/2rCsd34HAPPENING TOMORROW -- “In draft of speech, Trump using softer language about Islam,” by AP’s Vivian Salama and Jonathan Lemire: “President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a ‘battle between good and evil’ and urging Arab leaders to ‘drive out the terrorists from your places of worship,’ according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press.“Abandoning some of the harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric of his presidential campaign, the draft of the speech, slated to be delivered in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, envisions new partnerships with America’s traditional allies in the Middle East. It notably refrains from mentioning democracy and human rights -- topics Arab leaders often view as U.S. moralizing -- in favor of the more limited goals of peace and stability.“‘We are not here to lecture -- to tell other peoples how to live, what to do or who to be. We are here instead to offer partnership in building a better future for us all,’ the document said.” http://apne.ws/2q6Hhnw TWO BIG LATE FRIDAY SCOOPS … NYT -- “Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation,” by Matt Apuzzo, Maggie Haberman and Matt Rosenberg: “President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved ‘great pressure’ on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. ‘I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,’ Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. ‘I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.’ Mr. Trump added, ‘I’m not under investigation.’ … “The comments represented an extraordinary moment in the investigation, which centers in part on the administration’s contacts with Russian officials: A day after firing the man leading that inquiry, Mr. Trump disparaged him — to Russian officials. The White House document that contained Mr. Trump’s comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. One official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.” http://nyti.ms/2pW9rWY WAPO -- “Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say,” by Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky: “The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter. The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official. The revelation comes as the investigation appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the people said.” http://wapo.st/2pVY15K -- THE BIGGEST PARLOR GAME IN TOWN RIGHT NOW: Who is this person the WaPo is describing?THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR -- “White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation – sources,” by Reuters’ Julia Edwards Ainsley: “Within hours of Mueller's appointment on Wednesday, the White House began reviewing the Code of Federal Regulations, which restricts newly hired government lawyers from investigating their prior law firm’s clients for one year after their hiring ... An executive order signed by Trump in January extended that period to two years. Mueller’s former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who met with a Russian bank executive in December, and the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is a subject of a federal investigation. Legal experts said the ethics rule can be waived by the Justice Department, which appointed Mueller. He did not represent Kushner or Manafort directly at his former law firm. If the department did not grant a waiver, Mueller would be barred from investigating Kushner or Manafort, and this could greatly diminish the scope of the probe.” http://reut.rs/2rocR4XCOMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Comey agrees to testify in a public session at the Senate Intelligence Committee,” by Burgess Everett: “Former FBI Director James Comey will get to tell his side of the story behind his abrupt firing -- agreeing to testify in a public session at the Senate Intelligence Committee. The hearing will occur after Memorial Day, committee leaders said on Friday evening.” http://politi.co/2q3BHmw-- “Sources: White House lawyers research impeachment,” by CNN’s Evan Perez: “White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distant possibility that President Donald Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office, two people briefed on the discussions tell CNN. White House officials believe the President has the backing of Republican allies in Congress and that impeachment is not in the cards ... Even Democrats have tried to calm impeachment talk out of concern it is premature. But lawyers in the White House counsel’s office have consulted experts in impeachment during the past week and have begun collecting information on how such proceedings would work.” http://cnn.it/2qEGZbq -- DARREN SAMUELSOHN: “West Wing aides brace for big attorney bills: Longstanding conflict-of-interest restrictions limit White House employees from taking free or discounted legal advice, but aides who need lawyers have some options for getting help”: “The last guidance White House staffers had for setting up a legal defense fund dates to the opening of the Clinton era in 1993, though it was updated earlier this month to reflect it’s no longer in force. In response to POLITICO, an official at the Office of Government Ethics said it’s reviewing its policies on who can legally pay to help Trump aides with their representation in the growing federal investigation.” http://politi.co/2rogPdRALL NEWS IS LOCAL -- “In hometown of Allendale, James Comey is no ‘nut job,’ but principled career man,” by The Bergen Record’s Mike Kelly: “Comey’s father turned Trump’s harsh opinion of his son against him, calling the president’s credibility into question. ‘I never was crazy about Trump,’ J. Brien Comey, 86, a Republican and a former borough councilman, said in an interview. ‘I’m convinced that he’s nuts. I thought he belonged in an institution. He was crazy before he became president. Now he’s really crazy.’ … Comey’s father, a widower who still lives in family’s home on a cul-de-sac near the center of town, said that his son did not even call to say Trump had fired him from his FBI post. ‘He and I have an unwritten secret agreement that I don’t talk about his job,’ said J. Brien Comey Sr., who retired as a vice president of the Curtiss-Wright Corp. ‘It’s just a father-son relationship. We never talk about what he does. I read it in the papers.’ “But the elder Comey, a Republican who served several terms on the Allendale council in the 1990s, was hardly shy about what he thinks of Trump, especially in light of how the president has treated his son. And while Comey voted a straight GOP line in last November’s election, he did not cast a vote for any presidential candidate. ‘I just couldn’t vote for Trump,’ he said.” https://njersy.co/2q3HY1C (h/t Jim Romenesko) --“Former FBI head well liked at bagel shop,” by Westport News’ Chris Marquette: “A little shop in the Westport Plaza Shopping Center on the Post Road, Village Bagels is known for its sandwiches, its coffee and, unsurprisingly, its bagels. It is less well known as a go-to breakfast spot for former FBI director James Comey. Back when Comey lived in town and worked for the largest hedge fund in the world, he and his family were weekend regulars at the small Westport eatery. ... Comey sold his Westport house earlier this year for $2.47 million.” http://bit.ly/2qIiat5 SCOOP -- “Trump tells advisers he wants to end key Obamacare subsidies,” by Josh Dawsey, Jen Haberkorn and Paul Demko: “President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations. Many advisers oppose the move because they worry it would backfire politically if people lose their insurance or see huge premium spikes and blame the White House, the sources said. Trump has said that the bold move could force Congressional Democrats to the table to negotiate an Obamacare replacement. ...“Trump told aides in a Tuesday Oval Office meeting that he wants to end the payments to insurers because he doesn’t gain anything by continuing them, according to a senior White House adviser. ‘Why the hell would we?’ he asked about continuing the payments, according to the adviser. Trump added that if Congress wants the subsidies, lawmakers would find a way to pay for them.” http://politi.co/2rCZElhJEB THROWING SHADE -- “Jeb Bush on Trump: I predicted a chaos president,” by CNN’s Matt Egan in Las Vegas: “Jeb Bush just gave the political equivalent of an ‘I told you so’ to President Donald Trump. ‘When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president,’ Bush said on Friday. ‘Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now,’ he said, speaking at the annual SALT hedge fuud conference, which is headlined by bigwigs from the world of politics, finance, sports and entertainment.“Bush said it appears the Trump administration is ‘living in the tyranny of the moment’ instead of ‘executing on a clear agenda.’ Even though Bush acknowledged he's not on Trump’s ‘speed dial,’ the former 2016 GOP rival of the president offered some unsolicited advice for calming things down in the White House. ‘Stop tweeting,’ Bush said. The former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate acknowledged there are benefits to Trump's Twitter habit, including bypassing the media to get his message directly to millions of people. But Bush warned that Trump’s tweetstorms give ‘our enemies all sorts of nuances and insights’ into the mind of the commander in chief.” http://cnn.it/2rC4Zd6FLOTUS WATCH -- “Melania scours media to protect Trump,” by Tara Palmeri: “Melania Trump’s spent her first few months as first lady in New York, only rarely appearing in Washington or speaking at events. Yet friends and aides say she’s keeping a close watch from her gilded apartment in Trump Tower on how her husband is portrayed in the press—and that she’s growing increasingly worried about the anonymous sniping from West Wing staff.“Like President Donald Trump, these people said, Melania Trump is an avid consumer of cable news, and often tracks the news of the day and will alert her husband to stories she thinks make him look bad. She has raised concerns that some on his communications and press team aren’t doing enough to defend him, according to aides and sources close to the president. She’s been especially troubled by background quotes in which West Wing aides criticize the president, and she’s called the president to discuss it.” http://politi.co/2qBLRxJTHE JUICE … -- AMBASSADOR WATCH: CALLISTA GINGRICH will be nominated to be ambassador to the Vatican. K.T. MCFARLAND will be nominated to to be ambassador to Singapore.-- SCHOCK UPDATE: Former Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock’s trial date was pushed back until Jan. 12, 2018. -- THE RNC is reporting it raised $9.6 million in April and has raised $51 million this year. OUR FAULT! The Trump-Israel logo is “EVER STRONGER” not “EVEN STRONGER” The logo … http://bit.ly/2qBE5nP DEMOCRATIC operatives pointed out to Playbook how closely that slogan hues to Hillary Clinton’s “Stronger Together.” [email protected]: “Outside of the White House press hotel painted in the parking lot: ‘Together we’re better’” http://bit.ly/2qBFmekTHE PREAKNESS STAKES is 6:45 tonight on NBC.OBAMA’S LIFE -- “Dolce vita! The Obamas arrive in Tuscany on a private plane escorted by six fighter jets and a 13-car motorcade for five days in a $15k-a-night private villa” -- 24 pix on one page http://dailym.ai/2q6pU68 SUSAN GLASSER in POLITICO Magazine, “‘People Here Think Trump Is a Laughingstock’: On the president’s ill-timed world tour”: “When European diplomats meet these days, they often swap stories about Trump—and how to manage their volatile new ally. ‘The president of the United States has a 12-second attention span,’ NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a former senior official in April after meeting Trump in the Oval Office. Not only that, this person told me, the president seemed unprepared and ill-informed, turning the conversation to North Korea and apparently unaware that NATO is not a part of the ongoing North Korea saga.” http://politi.co/2pVUG6O FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Iranians demanding change deliver emphatic victory for Rouhani,” by Reuters’ Parisa Hafezi in Dubai and Babak Dehghanpisheh in Beirut: “Iranians yearning for more freedom at home and less isolation abroad have emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, throwing down a challenge to the conservative clergy that still holds ultimate sway. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli declared Rouhani's victory on Saturday on state TV, citing figures giving Rouhani about 57 percent of the vote in Friday's election, compared to 38 percent for his main rival, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi. Although the powers of the elected president are limited by those of unelected Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who outranks him, the scale of Rouhani's victory gives the pro-reform camp a strong mandate to seek the sort of change that hardliners have thwarted for decades.” http://reut.rs/2rCcxwNTRUMP’S FLYNN OBSESSION -- “Trump told aides firing Flynn was a mistake,” by Josh Dawsey: “Two days after firing Michael Flynn as his national security adviser in February, President Donald Trump told several aides and friends he should have kept him instead. … ‘I was kind of stunned,’ one person said. ‘I asked him. You fired him already. What are you going to do?’ Trump has grown obsessed with defending the tough-talking 58-year old general, repeatedly telling aides and associates in private that Flynn was a ‘good man.’ One adviser close to Trump said he’s heard Trump defend the general using the exact words described in reports of memos written by former FBI director James Comey recording his conversations with the president – and that Trump has told people inside the White House he wished the investigation would go away.” http://politi.co/2r34coO--“Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say,” by CNN’s Gloria Borger, Pamela Brown, Jim Sciutto, Marshall Cohen and Eric Lichtblau: http://cnn.it/2royAtz THE FAMILY – “How to Woo Chinese Investors: With Visa Offers and the Trump Name,” by NYT’s Javier C. Hernandez in Beijing and Jesse Drucker in New York: “For Chinese citizens, American green cards can be notoriously difficult to obtain. But a Beijing immigration company called Qiaowai tells visa applicants of a secret weapon: It is working on behalf of a real estate firm owned by the family of President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. ‘They said the president would make sure it came through,’ said Lu Ling, a technology executive in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. ‘They said there was no chance it could fail.’ As it builds two luxury apartment buildings in Jersey City, the Kushner family is trying to raise $150 million from Chinese investors through the so-called EB-5 program, which offers visas in exchange for a $500,000 investment.” http://nyti.ms/2rohlbEMEDIAWATCH – MSNBC’s WATERGATE AD -- MSNBC is airing an ad featuring Chris Hayes at the Watergate in D.C. that ties this current moment to what happened during President Richard Nixon’s scandal. The ad was shot in mid-April in D.C. and is part of the MSNBC’s “This Is Who We Are” campaign. They’re airing the spot across NBC platforms and non-NBC Universal TV channels and digital pre-roll. Aaron Taylor, CMO of NBC News and MSNBC, told us the ad “was a little prescient that we were out in front” before everyone else started making Watergate comparisons. He said they’ll continuing airing the ad as long as it’s relevant. See the ad http://bit.ly/2qHM2pxCLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 14 keepers http://politi.co/2qz71MW GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways,” by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee on the cover of June’s NatGeo: “Honesty may be the best policy, but scheming and dishonesty are part of what makes us human.” http://on.natgeo.com/2qzE4jF ... The cover http://politi.co/2q4FKOF --“My Family’s Slave,” by Alex Tizon on the cover of June’s Atlantic: “She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.” http://theatln.tc/2rmx5f6 --“His Kampf,” by Graeme Wood in June’s Atlantic: “Richard Spencer is a troll and an icon for white supremacists. He was also my high-school classmate.” http://theatln.tc/2rA8Yaq --“Conventional Artillery and Nuclear Missiles in North Korea,” by Eric Rasmusen in Real Clear Defense: “If the South bombs Pyong­yang, the North responds by nuking Seoul, a calamity for both but yielding revenge for the North. Thus, Seoul will not bomb Pyong­yang and its threat evaporates. If the threat evaporates, North Korea is free to bombard Seoul. Since North Korea now has a credible threat to bombard Seoul, South Korea will pay the $20 billion, and since South Korea will do that, North Korea will issue the threat that starts the process.” http://bit.ly/2qFYHsX --“What Animals Taught Me About Being Human,” by Helen MacDonald in tomorrow’s N.Y. Times Magazine: “Surrounding myself with animals to feel less alone was a mistake: The greatest comfort is in knowing their lives are not about us at all.” http://nyti.ms/2rmvTZc --“The Only Good Muslim Is a Dead Muslim,” by Ted Genoways in The New Republic: “A meatpacking town in Kansas opened its doors to Somali refugees. Then a group of Trump supporters plotted to kill them after Election Day.” http://bit.ly/2rm8PKi --“The Personal-Essay Boom is Over,” by Jia Tolentino in The New Yorker: “[T]here’s a specific sort of ultra-confessional essay, written by a person you’ve never heard of and published online, that flourished until recently and now hardly registers. The change has happened quietly, but it’s a big one: a genre that partially defined the last decade of the Internet has essentially disappeared.” http://bit.ly/2rmrtl4 (h/t ALDaily.com)--“Enemies For Ever,” by James Wolcott in the London Review of Books, reviewing “Making It,” by Norman Podhoretz: “Four years later, Norman Podhoretz published a memoir entitled, yes, Making It, a book that would live in notoriety, which at least beats total obscurity. It was, and is, that rarity, a thesis-driven memoir. Its thesis was that success had replaced sex as the Lawrentian ‘dirty little secret’ of American life in the 1960s, and nowhere was that dirty secret more deeply closeted than in the birdcage bosoms of his fellow critics, professors and public intellectuals with their snooty, puritan pretensions.” http://bit.ly/2q4tZaZ --“A Foreign Intelligence Analyst Report on President Trump,” by Nada Bakos and Dennis Gleeson in Lawfare: “In our previous jobs as CIA analysts, we wrote analyses on foreign countries, leaders, and other political figures for senior U.S. policymakers like the President and a small number of Cabinet-level officials. ... We’ve attempted to approximate the types of information foreign analysts would be likely to include, as well as the nature in which such information might be characterized.” http://bit.ly/2pU2aqI--“The Dictator’s Team,” by Steve Fainaru in ESPN the Magazine: “Backed by FIFA’s tacit support, Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria has woven soccer into its grisly campaign of oppression, tearing apart a generation of players.” http://es.pn/2rAe05B (h/t Longform.org)--“A Parliament of Owls,” by Robert O. Paxton in the N.Y. Review of Books: “They are impressive killing machines, capable of dispatching other birds or animals larger than themselves. Central to this are big legs and claws, wing feathers designed for silent flight, and highly sensitive eyes and ears. Since owls have the night pretty much to themselves, they have evolved into a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and behaviours. Colour is their least variable aspect. They come mostly in cryptic browns and greys, since plumage matters less for courtship than for concealment.” http://bit.ly/2r0Kyth --“What happened when Kiss went to Moscow: bullet-proof tents, rivalries and mating rituals,” by Kate Mossman in The New Statesman: Nothing can prepare you for the Kiss make-up transformation in the flesh, and the psychological shift it occasions in both onlooker and band. One by one a series of giant seven-foot space clowns emerges, each with a look of surprise on its face. High up the door frame of Stanley’s dressing room peers a face like a sad mime, one eye a black star, red lips pulled into a feminine pout.” http://bit.ly/2r0yoRw SPOTTED -- Sen. Rob Portman on a flight from Cincinnati to Atlanta, sitting in Delta Comfort … Bret Baier on a United flight to Paris last night from Dulles ... Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sitting courtside at the Celtics game last night.TRANSITIONS -- Dustin Walker has been named as a professional staff member covering Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Afghanistan for the Senate Armed Services Committee. He previously was the committee’s communications director. Rachel Hoff is the new communications director for the committee. She is an alum of American Action Forum, the Foreign Policy Initiative and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). ... … Will Levi has joined as an associate at Sidley Austin’s Supreme Court and Appellate and Commercial Litigation and Disputes practices. He previously was chief counsel on Senate Judiciary for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). … George Ross Parman is joining Altria Group as a manager on their communications team. He previously was a director at kglobal.WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- CAA’S DARNELL STROM and his wife Emily gave birth to a son, Sterling Monroe Strom. They are home resting in Los Angeles. (h/t Adler)BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Mike Reilly, partner and political ad man at MVAR Media, turned 31 ... Crosby Armstrong, COS to Alex Slater at the Clyde Group and a Podesta Group alumBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Craig Melvin, NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY” co-anchor, TODAY national correspondent and MSNBC anchor. How he’s celebrating: “I will be celebrating with a producer and some colleagues in the country of Jordan as I join Amb. Nikki Haley on her first international trip in her role as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Tune-in to ‘TODAY’ on Monday for more on the trip.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2royTVfBIRTHDAYS: Walter Isaacson is 65 … Pulitzer Prize winning presidential historian Jon Meacham, the pride of Chattanooga, EVP and executive editor at Random House, is 48 ... Politico alum Tom McGeveran … Christina Bellantoni, LAT AME for politics; former Roll Call, PBS, and TPM; celebrating with baby Maxwell Jialong and husband Patrick (hat tip: Ben Chang) ... George Condon ... Mary Bruce ... Phil Elliott of TIME (we jumped the gun yesterday) ... Lynn Parrish (h/t Jon Haber) ... Phil Alongi, a proud Jersey boy ... Cassie Smedile, comms director for Sen. Todd Young ... Landon David ... Ron Reagan is 59 ... former New York Gov. David Paterson is 63 ... Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is 66 ... CSIS’ Wally Adeyemo ... Stacy Day, senior manager of media and external comms at the U.S. Chamber (h/t Blair Latoff Holmes) ... Burson-Marsteller’s Katie Lewallen - an alum of American Bridge, Sen. Landrieu and Rep. Quigley -- celebrating a milestone birthday before moving out to Burson’s LA office ... WaPo’s Amber Phillips ... author Francine Segan ... Davey Ahearn ... Gabriel Muller ... Justin Portes, analyst at Aristeia Capital ... Jessica González-Rojas ... CNN Politics’ Daniella Diaz, a Politico alum ... Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US (2009-2013), now a member of Knesset, is 62 ... Gil Kaufman, senior policy advisor at the FBI, is 4-0 (hubby tip: Scott Mahaskey) ... AP investigative reporter Chad Day (h/t Sarah Wire) … former Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WVa.) is 68 ... former Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) is 72 ...... Helen Brosnan, organizer at Rise To Run and co-founder of OWN IT ... Delaware Gov. John Carney is 61 ... Alex Gambal … Bhav Tibrewal, deputy political director at the Hotel Trades Council … Julie Reichenberger … Hannah Cheney of U.S. News and World Report (hubby tip: Kyle) ... Margery Kraus, founder and executive chairman of APCO Worldwide ... Bill Pierce, senior director at APCO Worldwide’s health care practice and former HHS spokesman (h/ts Anthony DeAngelo) ... Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) is 67 ... Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) is 48 ... Politico’s Caitlin Haggerty Kestermann and Rebecca Morin ... Henry Goldman, NYC City Hall reporter for Bloomberg News ... Andy Newbold ... Ami Copeland, executive director of Business Forward … Aylon Berger, national chair of the High School Democrats of America, is 17 ... Lauren Wolman … Danny Herrera ... Clayton Hall ... Kori Anderson ... Alan “Big Al” Madison … PJ Hoffman … Deborah Lehr Rogers … David Martin, JMart and Jeremy’s Dad, and a loyal Playbooker … Erin Kelly ... Sara Severs … Andrew Harrison … Rosiland Jordan ... Brian Darling ... Pete D’Alessandro ... Matt Solberg ... Melissa Mulliken ... Bruce Collick ... Carrie Lynch Springer ... Allison Goldberg ... Kathy Giles ... Amy Leveton ... Ethan Rosenzweig (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Marie Robey Wood ... Sarah Gilbert Fox ... Bill Broadway ... Jonathan Thompson ... Cher is 71 ... Busta Rhymes is 45 (h/ts APTHE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from D.C.:-- “Fox News Sunday”: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson … Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Panel: Fox News Brit Hume, former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Kimberley Strassel and Juan Williams … “Power Player of the Week” segment with singer-songwriter Judy Collins-- ABC’s “This Week”: National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster … Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) … Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) … Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Panel: Stephanie Cutter, Matthew Dowd, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) … new CBS News Nation Tracker poll with CBS News elections director Anthony Salvanto … Jan Crawford and Jeff Pegues. Panel: Ed O’Keefe, Molly Ball, David Ignatius and Ramesh Ponnuru-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Panel: Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Jen Psaki, Farah Pandith, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Bakari Sellers-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Preempted for English Premier League coverage-- CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Carl Hulse, Karen Tumulty, Manu Raju and Nia-Malika Henderson -- CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: CBS News political contributor Bob Schieffer … Bill Kristol and Salena Zito … The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik and author Nicole Hemmer … The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson … Seth Rich family spokesman Brad Bauman-- Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Former CIA Director James Woolsey … Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) … Ben Bernanke … former Whitewater Investigation head of the office of independent counsel Robert Ray. Panel: Mercedes Schlapp and Matt Schlapp-- Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: IJR’s Erin McPike … Townhall’s Guy Benson … former PBS Newshour anchor Ray Suarez … The Washington Examiner’s Susan Ferrechio … Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume … The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie … The Hill’s Joe Conacha … Fox News’ John Roberts-- CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Panel: Elliott Abrams, Brookings Institution senior fellow and Johns Hopkins University’s Vali Nasr, The New Yorker’s Robin Wright and The New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink. Panel: David Frum, author Ronald Kessler and author and Bret Stephens-- Univision’s “Al Punto”: White House director of policy and interagency coordination Carlos Diaz-Rosillo … former leader of the Paramilitary Self-Defense Group José Manuel Mireles … Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera and Rep. 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20 мая, 12:57

Jeb Bush Delivers Huge ‘Told You So’ About 'Chaos President' Donald Trump

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); Jeb Bush just reminded everyone that he knew the score. On Friday, the former GOP presidential candidate publicly recalled his earlier warning to voters over a possible Donald Trump presidency. “When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president,” Bush told the annual SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, reports CNN. “Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now.” Bush made his initial “chaos” comment during a Republican primary debate in December 2015, in which he also said Trump was “great at one-liners.” In Vegas, the former Florida governor also suggested that Trump’s administration was “living in the tyranny of the moment,” rather than pursuing and carrying out a fixed and clear agenda, CNN reported. And Bush urged Trump to stop tweeting, warning that the president’s posts may give America’s adversaries critical insider knowledge of the administration. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=591fda91e4b034684b0c9e2a,591febb2e4b094cdba5456d0,591ffe3ee4b094cdba545c79,591ffab7e4b034684b0ca548,591ff108e4b034684b0ca2b8 -- 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.

19 мая, 21:40

Donovan dropping out as Trump's nominee for deputy Treasury secretary

NEW YORK — Jim Donovan is dropping out as President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as deputy Treasury secretary.The Goldman Sachs executive, nominated in March to serve as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s No. 2, informed the White House this week that he could not take the job due to family concerns. He was expected to play a critical role in helping shape the administration’s tax reform policy through Capitol Hill."I am deeply honored by President Trump's decision to nominate me as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury,” Donovan said in a statement. “However, at this time I want to focus on my family, and I can no longer accept it. I hope to be able to serve this administration in the future and fully support President Trump and Secretary Steven Mnuchin's ongoing work to reform the tax system and grow the U.S. economy.”Donovan’s departure will come as the administration struggles to push the focus back to its major policy initiatives and away from a series of revelations about the administration and Russia.“Secretary Mnuchin offers Jim his support and friendship as he focuses his attention on his family,” Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh said in a statement Friday. “Jim has been an enormous asset to the department helping recruit and fill many of the senior jobs at Treasury. He appreciates Jim’s continued support of the President and his administration.” Donovan, a Goldman partner and managing director, is close to Mitt Romney and served as one of the 2012 GOP nominee’s top fundraisers. He was also a top fundraiser and economic adviser for Jeb Bush in the 2016 campaign. He joined Goldman in 1993 and covered major clients in both investment banking and investment management.

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19 мая, 20:58

Four More Years?

If there were any doubt, the president’s speech to the Coast Guard Academy made it perfectly clear: “[Y]ou have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever give up.” But this declaration of total war runs against the grain of American history. We have relied on presidents to stop fighting well before they run out of ammunition – this is the only way we have managed to keep constitutional crises from escalating out of control. Give Richard Nixon his due. When he left office in August, 1974, articles of impeachment had only just been approved by the House Judiciary Committee; with the November elections looming, it could have taken another year before the Senate would have reached a final judgment. Since the Democrats scored a decisive election victory in November, they would have probably managed to oust Nixon from office – since only six Republicans were required to defect to gain the requisite two-thirds majority. Nevertheless, Nixon’s resignation saved the country from another year of escalating confrontation. The future looks grimmer this time around. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will predictably run into next year. Given Trump’s condemnation of his appointment as a “witch-hunt,” White House staffers will respond with legalistic quibbles when confronting Mueller’s demands for tapes and documents, requiring many rounds of adversarial give-and-take before the Special Counsel can get his hands on all the relevant tapes and documents. By this point, mid-term elections will loom on the horizon – and it is safe to predict that Republicans will remain very strong, especially in the Senate. So even if the House manages to approve a bill of impeachment, the Senate trial in the spring of 2018 may well result in an acquittal – allowing a discredited Trump to continue to the bitter end of his term. Nixon’s resignation saved the country from another year of escalating confrontation. Whatever the final decision, the escalating struggle between Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the president, will make it politically impossible to confront the country’s very real problems, and further alienate ordinary Americans from the goings-on in Washington D.C. Worse yet, it will undermine confidence in the Constitution itself. The last time the Framers laid down the law governing the election and removal of presidents was 1804, when the Twelfth Amendment made a few changes in the original framework of 1787. The draftsmen were living in a very different political universe – where Americans believed that candidates should refrain from personally engaging in the dirty business of campaigning for office, leaving it to statesmen in the Electoral College to judge their merits in a public spirited fashion. Once the winner made it to the White House, the Framers expected Congress to exercise a similarly independent judgment in determining whether a president should be impeached and removed from office. It was only a matter of time before this eighteenth century vision collided with modern democratic realities. After the Civil War, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson could have readily provoked renewed military violence – except for statesmanlike interventions from both sides. Similarly, the presidential election crisis of 1876 – in which the Democrat Tilden won a clear majority of the popular vote – was only resolved when both political parties engaged in an extra-constitutional compromise which allowed the Republican Hayes to gain the presidency in exchange for the removal of Union troops in the South. (I describe these maneuvers in We the People: Transformations.) This collaborative tradition continued into the twentieth century. Most recently, the Supreme Court’s unprecedented intervention in the 2000 election could have only been a passing moment in an escalating crisis if Al Gore had “never, ever, give[n] up.” Since the draftsmen of the founding era had not anticipated modern realities, they had stipulated that the sitting vice president of the old administration should preside over the joint Congressional session determining the electoral college winner of the next election. This meant that it was within Al Gore’s power to call a halt when the clerk announced the votes submitted by  Jeb Bush’s government in Florida, and propose that Congress designate an independent commission to investigate the matter further. It was only a matter of time before this eighteenth century vision collided with modern democratic realities. Although there were precedents for similar actions stretching back to the times of Thomas Jefferson, Gore rightly decided that the time had come to bring the crisis to an end – and allow the Bush administration to confront the unknown challenges of the future without constant reminders of the election fiasco.  Indeed, Gore left the country and only returned to give Bush his support after September 11. We confront a very different prospect this time. With Trump resisting to the bitter end, he will stop at nothing to stay in office. The most obvious scenario involves a terrorist attack. Trump will predictably use the resulting panic as an excuse to order  Mr. Mueller stop his “witch-hunt.” If he refuses, he will fire the Special Prosecutor for giving aid and comfort to the terrorists – catapulting the country into the worst constitutional crisis since the end of Reconstruction. Bruce Ackerman is professor of law and political science at Yale, and served as lead witness for President Clinton at the House Impeachment Hearings. -- 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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17 мая, 19:13

Trump Is Testing the GOP's Limits

After a week of controversies, and with midterms not too far away, it’s no longer impossible to envision congressional Republicans turning against the president.

12 мая, 21:24

Trump picks Al Capone of Vote Rigging To investigate Federal Voter Fraud

By Greg Palast for Alternet Kris Kobach is the GOP mastermind behind a secretive system that purged 1.1 million Americans from the voter rolls. Kris Kobach was spooning down vanilla ice cream when I showed him the thick pages of evidence documenting his detailed plan to rig the presidential election of 2016. The Secretary of […] The post Trump picks Al Capone of Vote Rigging To investigate Federal Voter Fraud appeared first on Greg Palast.

11 мая, 12:08

Comey firing shows Sessions’ growing clout

By giving the president a reason to fire James Comey, the attorney general may have helped slow the flurry of investigations surrounding Russian meddling.

11 мая, 04:24

White House Job For Schwab Heiress Raises New Ethics Questions For Trump

Samantha Schwab, the 21-year-old granddaughter of brokerage billionaire Charles Schwab, has been working in the Trump White House Office of Legislative Affairs. The White House won’t say why Schwab was hired, or give details on her work for the Trump administration. HuffPost learned of Schwab’s job from a source, who shared correspondence between Schwab’s official White House email account and congressional offices. The header on Schwab’s White House email address says “Volunteer” in parentheses after her name, suggesting she may not be a full-time staffer. She is not an official White House intern. This is what her email looks like: It’s generally illegal for federal agencies to use unpaid labor, with a few notable exceptions. These include the prestigious (but unpaid) White House internship program, as well as a volunteer program to decorate the White House for holiday tours. Schwab’s billionaire grandfather founded the eponymous brokerage firm in 1971 and contributed $1 million to Trump’s record-breaking inaugural fundraising committee. HuffPost contacted him for comment through his family foundation, but did not receive a reply. Samantha Schwab attended the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland as part of the California delegation. She is an undergraduate at Stanford University in California, where a student directory lists her major as economics. Her grandfather, who supported Jeb Bush in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, holds a Stanford economics degree. Samantha Schwab would appear to be eligible for the White House internship program. But the first class of Trump White House interns doesn’t start until May 30. Applications were due in April, and Schwab has been at the legislative affairs office since at least March, according to her emails. Schwab, reached by phone Tuesday, said she did not have time to talk, and asked HuffPost to call later. Subsequent calls were diverted to an operator, and messages were not returned. HuffPost also sent detailed questions about Schwab’s job to the White House, but did not receive a response.  Ethics experts said Schwab’s position raises a number of red flags, including the same issues Ivanka Trump encountered during her brief stint as a “volunteer” adviser to her father, the president. Schwab’s “volunteer” position, and the administration’s secrecy about it, are “highly unusual and reeking of patronage,” said Richard Painter, who served as former President George W. Bush’s ethics czar. In order to address potential conflicts of interest, Schwab should formally agree to ethics rules for all White House employees, regardless of whether she is being paid, Painter added. “If someone has a White House email and they’re coming into work every day and corresponding with congressional offices, then they are an employee,” Painter said. “Nobody can just go into a White House job and say they’re a volunteer and not be subject to ethics rules.” The practice of giving jobs to relatives of important donors is hardly a new phenomenon in Washington. In 2013, then-President Barack Obama’s summer intern class Included children of billionaire campaign donor Steven Rattner and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. But what’s new in the Trump administration is a widespread tolerance for conflicts of interest, worsened by a lack of transparency that includes Trump’s failure to disclose his tax returns and his refusal to make public White House visitor logs.  Schwab’s position also raises the question of whether it violates the Antideficiency Act, a law that prohibits the federal government from accepting volunteer services. The purpose of the law is to ensure that if the president wants to hire more people, he must ask Congress, which appropriates money for Executive Branch personnel.  “There’s a special exception made to the Antideficiency rules for education-based internships, like the White House internship program,” said Kathleen Clark, a law professor and government ethics expert at Washington University in St Louis. “But if you didn’t have the exception, what you’d have here is the Executive Branch using unpaid labor, which is not accountable to Congress.” Cases like Schwab’s also reveal larger and more systemic ethics issues within the administration, said Alex Howard, of the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation. “By deciding to lift the traditional caps on inaugural donations and accept unlimited amounts from each individual, Trump opened himself up to questions like this one,” Howard said in an interview. Howard, a former HuffPost reporter, also emphasized how valuable working in the White House is for a young person’s career. “The White House is the top of our executive branch, and it is unrivaled in terms of prestige, power and influence,” Howard said. “So the things [staffers] learn, and the connections they make are basically priceless. “But when someone is given this incredibly valuable experience in secret, because of their family’s political contributions, it erodes the public trust in the entire government,” he said. -- 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.

05 мая, 00:05

The One Way Donald Trump Could Be A Big Help To Muslim Families

When school principal Farhat Siddiqui asks parents why they want their children to attend a private Islamic school, she often hears horror stories about kids facing anti-Muslim bullying. She listens to scared parents who fear for their children’s safety within a society that pushes Islamophobia and misinformation. She talks to parents who say they just want their kids to attend a school where they are protected and their values are understood. There’s a growing demand for private Islamic schools among Muslims in her community and across the country, Siddiqui said. But when she thinks about who could expand real access to such schools, she thinks of the same man who has helped make families feel so scared: President Donald Trump. The number of Islamic schools across the United States is small ― there are approximately 300 ― but growing. Like many other private schools, they can come with a steep price tag. In his preliminary 2018 budget, Trump has proposed a program to expand school choice. Although the details are unclear, such an initiative could make it easier for lower-income families to afford private schools, Islamic and otherwise. There is irony in the idea that the same man who has repeatedly trafficked in anti-Islamic rhetoric may make it easier for children to receive an education steeped in Islamic values. For Siddiqui, it is just one of life’s tradeoffs. “I feel that every political candidate that’s out there is going to make decisions that will help some aspects of your life and may not be of benefit to some aspects of your life,” said Siddiqui, who is the principal at the American Youth Academy in Tampa, Florida. “As far as the private school choice and all of that, that’s definitely beneficial for us as a community. I think it’s helpful for our schools.” Siddiqui’s school already benefits from a state-level effort called the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Started in 2001 under then-Gov. Jeb Bush (R), the program gives tax breaks to individuals and corporations that donate money to an organization that then grants private school scholarships to lower-income students. About 40 percent of the kids at Siddiqui’s school receive those scholarships. Trump’s secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, has long championed Florida’s program, and a federal school choice effort might work along the same lines. Groups like the Council for Islamic Schools in North America, which advocates for and helps accredit private Islamic institutions, think that on this issue, DeVos will be an ally. Leaders from the Council for Islamic Schools and other groups, including those that represent Jewish and Catholic schools, met with DeVos in March. Sufia Azmat, executive director of the council, spoke to the secretary one-on-one and invited her to come visit an Islamic school. DeVos seemed open to the idea, said Azmat, although nothing has been scheduled. In the past, the mere involvement of Islamic schools in statewide voucher programs ― which use public dollars to pay for students’ enrollment in private schools ― has been seen as problematic by some lawmakers. In 2012, a Louisiana legislator retracted support for a voucher program after realizing it could benefit Muslim schools. When debating a voucher program in Tennessee in 2013, lawmakers expressed similar concerns. The solution, according to Azmat, is for Muslim schools to be more transparent about how they operate and the benefits they provide. Azmat ― who said the Trump administration has driven her to become bolder in her advocacy of Muslim schools ― is already thinking of ways her organization could respond if a future school choice program discriminated against Islamic schools. Such discrimination would be unconstitutional, she said.   “We don’t want to hurt the school choice movement. ... That would be sad if we had to take a backseat because school choice would be hurt if Islamic schools are involved,” Azmat said. “I think it’s been an opportunity for us as Muslims and Islamic schools to realize we have to do more community outreach.” That would be sad if we had to take a backseat because school choice would be hurt if Islamic schools are involved. Sufia Azmat, executive director of the Council for Islamic Schools in North America But for parents like Khaled Alhamzawi, who has two children attending Siddiqui’s school, and for Siddiqui herself, supporting school choice programs is not automatic.  Any federal initiative should come with strict accountability over the schools covered, Siddiqui said. She also urged the education secretary to take pains to support all educational institutions, not just private ones.   Alhamzawi, a pharmacist who grew up in Syria, is fortunate enough not to need financial aid to pay for private school, although he knows other families who benefit from Florida’s support of scholarships. He’s not sure that nationwide expansion of such a program would truly benefit the country. He fears that greater public funding for private education could hemorrhage money away from already struggling public school systems. “Even though I send my kids to private schools, I do understand that not every family can support that and not every family chooses that. Public schools should still be a good system,” Alhamzawi said. If a school choice effort did not disadvantage public school students, he could see himself supporting it. By increasing the number of families who could afford Islamic schools, he noted, the program could drive competition among those schools and improve quality. Indeed, Alhamzawi is acutely aware of the importance of parents having choices in where their kids go to school. He moved his family from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Tampa so that his children could attend the American Youth Academy. -- 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.

03 мая, 04:08

Джеб Буш не жалеет, что не стал президентом США

Сын Джорджа Буша — старшего Джеб не жалеет, что не стал президентом США, сообщает портал TMZ. Джеб Буш заявил о намерении баллотироваться на выборах президента США ещё в 2014 году. Однако в начале 2016 года он выбыл из президентской гонки. По словам республиканца, иногда, проиграв, можно выиграть. Так, он совсем не жалеет о неудачной кампании, потому что жизнь в Майами вдали от пристального внимания прессы — это "всё, что нужно для счастья". В интервью порталу он также рассказал, что его отец, Джордж Буш — старший, которого недавно выписали из больницы, чувствует себя хорошо.

01 мая, 23:25

Florida NAACP wants DeVos to decline invite to make graduation speech at Bethune-Cookman

TALLAHASSEE — Debate over the selection of President Donald Trump's education secretary to deliver the commencement address at a private historically black university in Daytona Beach is starting to look more like a proxy war over Florida’s controversial vouchers.Florida’s chapter of the NAACP called on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to decline Bethune-Cookman University’s invitation to speak at the May 10 graduation “based on her horrible public education record impacting blacks and minorities in Florida and around the country.” In a statement Monday, President Adora Obi Nweze also implored the institution not to offer DeVos an honorary degree.“What makes the Bethune Cookman University approach unusual is their plan to honor a person who has been on the job less than one hundred days and has no record of advancing educational equity for all students,” Nweze said. “This would be a slap in the face to minorities, women and all communities of color.”Democrats have also criticized B-CU’s plans to host DeVos, pointing to her recent characterization of historically black colleges and universities as “pioneers” of “school choice." Leaders of the schools called her comments ignorant and accused her of whitewashing the country's history of racial segregation, during which black students had few if any options for higher education.DeVos, a billionaire GOP donor, has promoted vouchers in Florida as well as in her home state of Michigan and is hoping to expand alternatives to public schools nationally.The NAACP has been a chief opponent of Florida’s long-established tax-credit scholarships, which cover private school tuition for poor students through state-incentivized corporate donations. Along with a statewide teachers union, the civil rights organization drove a legal challenge of the voucher-like policy all the way to the state Supreme Court and lost. Meanwhile, prominent voucher proponents in Florida have come to DeVos’ defense. In particular, representatives of Step Up for Students, a nonprofit organization charged with doling out the tax-credit scholarships, bolstered her argument that B-CU’s founder Mary McLeod Bethune should be described as an early leader of the “school choice” movement.A Twitter account for Step Up For Students’ blog, redefinED, weighed in: “HBCU controversy aside, Bethune herself WAS a school choice pioneer whose efforts echo in the present,” linking to a blog post titled, “Lessons from a school choice trailblazer.” The post, written by the group’s director for policy & public affairs, Ron Matus, chronicles Bethune’s 1904 founding of a public school for black girls in Daytona. “There were public schools for black students in early 1900s Florida, but they were far inferior to white schools,” according to the post, which was part of “a series on the center-left roots of school choice.”.Further, Patrick Gibbons, the organization’s public affairs manager, tweeted there were “few options” but “not none” for black students who wanted to go to college, and “Bethune and others worked to create more.”“There were a few integrated colleges in the north,” he posted, adding in a private message to POLITICO Florida that W.E.B. Du Bois attended Harvard University, and Oberlin College in Ohio began admitting black students in the mid-1830s.Step Up for Students was founded by John Kirtley, who helped crafted the scholarships under then-Gov. Jeb Bush. A Tampa venture capitalist, Kirtley has chaired a political action committee that supports state-level candidates who favor school choice policies in addition to supporting their campaigns with personal donations. He is the vice chair of the American Federation for Children, a national education reform advocacy group that was chaired by DeVos before she took the U.S. Department of Education’s helm.The American Federation for Children has paid for campaigns in which black and Hispanic religious leaders have advocated for the scholarships as creating opportunities for minority children to access quality alternatives to struggling public schools in impoverished communities. Martin Luther King III headlined a massive $1 million rally in Tallahassee last year.Representatives for neither DeVos nor B-CU responded to requests for comment on the NAACP’s push.The university announced on Monday that DeVos would speak at the graduation after POLITICO Florida's reported the plan.In a statement, the school also promoted the argument that the educational philosophies of Bethune and DeVos are aligned.DeVos’ “mission to empower parents and students resonates with the history and legacy of Dr. Bethune,” the school said in a statement.President Edison Jackson said Bethune “was not constrained by political ideology but worked across all parties to support B-CU.”

30 апреля, 20:13

Florida's Ros-Lehtinen to retire from Congress

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida's longest-serving member of Congress and political godmother to Miami Republicans, is quitting Congress after nearly four decades in office, providing Democrats a prime opportunity to pick up a seat that heavily favors them. “There was no epiphany. There was no moment, nothing that has happened that I've said, “I've got to move on,’” Ros-Lehtinen told her hometown paper, The Miami Herald. “It was just a realization that I could keep getting elected -- but it's not about getting elected.”Ros-Lehtinen denied that her retirement had anything to do with her differences with President Donald Trump. She has long opposed Trump's position on illegal immigration, didn't support his recent Obamacare repeal effort and disagreed with his administration's policies on transgender rights. Ros-Lehtinen has a transgender child. In leaving Florida's newly drawn 27th Congressional District, Ros-Lehtinen almost assured the Democrats will pick up her seat. No Republican-held House district gave Trump a lower share of the vote in 2016 than Ros-Lehtinen’s. Trump got just 39 percent of the vote in the district, while Hillary Clinton got more than 58 percent – more than 5 points better than Barack Obama in 2012, even as Florida shifted into the Republican column in 2016.Ros-Lehtinen, an icon in Miami, beat challenger Scott Fuhrman by 10 percentage points last year. It was her closest race in decades. Fuhrman is running for the Miami-area seat again, but Ros-Lehtinen said she was sure she'd win again. Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and Michael Hepburn, both Democrats, also want the seat. Ros-Lehtinen was the first Hispanic woman and first Cuban American ever elected to Congress and, before that, the Florida state legislature. Always tough on Cuba policy, Ros Lehtinen's blend of social moderation and fiscal conservatism allowed her to consistently win elections in Democrat-leaning seats. She succeeded longtime Congressman Claude Pepper, a Democrat. Jeb Bush managed her campaign, and now-Sen. Marco Rubio interned for her at one point. In his first book, "An American Son," Rubio recounted how he drank too much vodka on an airplane during the 1996 presidential campaign and vomited on an operative in front of Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen made light of the story on Twitter. "Unlike @marcorubio, you don't have 2 throw up in front of me 2 get my attention. Just follow my tweets!," she wrote.

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28 апреля, 19:00

Deep Pockets Are Required To Be Derek Jeter's New Teammate In His Pursuit Of The Marlins

Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush have reportedly joined forces to purchase the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion from Jeffrey Loria. How will this new and unlikely duo raise nearly $1 billion in a short period of time to purchase a franchise synonymous with financial disarray and acrimony?

28 апреля, 15:37

Making The Case For 2020 Hillary Clinton

Okay, before I go any further, let me state unequivocally for the record that I believe Hillary Clinton ran one of the worst campaigns in modern political history. Her management was inept, her messaging misguided, and her character terribly flawed. Let’s put this into proper perspective: she lost to Donald Trump, for fuck’s sake! A colossal joke of a candidate who by all accounts should’ve lost to a chair. As the saying goes, the election was Clinton’s to lose... and she lost it. So why on Earth would I want her to run again in 2020? The answer is rather simple: I remain committed to the belief that Clinton would be an incredible president. And I believe she not only will run again, as her recent and outspoken re-launch onto the public stage indicates, but that she will also win. No, I’m not crazy. I just believe that history repeats itself. And for that we simply need to look to Richard Nixon. It was 1960. The first televised presidential debate. Nixon refused make-up. John F. Kennedy, well, he was JFK. The battle pitted the young, charismatic Democratic upstart with the movie-star looks against the nervous, sweaty, 5 o’clock-shadowed, beady-eyed, prematurely-aged Republican. The rest is history. As is Nixon’s startling comeback eight years later to win not one but two presidential elections. Times change. Situations change. People change. Can Hillary? My money’s on yes. Clinton is perhaps the most qualified candidate in history. A prestigious legal career, eight years as First Lady, another eight as U.S. Senator from New York and four years as Secretary of State. A die-hard progressive who voted 93 percent of the time with Sen. Bernie Sanders when both served together. And, she’s a woman... and it’s fucking time America is led by a woman. The key to the 2020 election is that Trump will no longer be a political outsider who can lie through his teeth 24/7. No more outlandish positions and pie-in-the-sky promises. That con-game can only work once. Next time he’ll be running on his record, not Clinton’s or Barack Obama’s, or his own bloviating, self-aggrandizing uber-hype. Voters will judge him on whether he delivered or not. Did they get their wall, and did Mexico pay for it? Did he fix immigration and “extreme vetting?” Did he “rid the world of ISIS” as he’s already declared he’s doing? Did he prevent terror attacks on U.S. soil? Did he keep China, North Korea, Russia and Syria in check? Did he and Boy Wonder Jared Kushner achieve Israeli/Arab peace? Did he favorably renegotiate, or terminate, NAFTA? Did he get our NATO allies to “pay their fair share?” Did he bring back the factory and coal jobs? Did he give the poor and middle class their big tax cuts? Did he give them better and cheaper healthcare? Did the economy grow 3 percent+ annually? Did he reduce the debt and deficit? Did he create as many if not more jobs as Obama? Did he ‘drain the swamp’ or fill his cabinet with it? Did all the tough talk and bluster translate to action and results? In short, did he make their America ‘great again?’ To be sure, Trump’s biggest asset during the campaign was his masterful manipulation of his base through an endless barrage of big promises, lies and political rope-a-dope. But now these same qualities are his biggest liability. As Aaron Burr reminds Hamilton in the Broadway musical, “Winning was easy, governing’s harder.” It’s a lot more fun to promise the world as a candidate than to defend against having accomplished nothing after four years as president. Plus, a weakened Trump will more than likely be primaried by a slew of retreads like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and John Kasich, as well as new challengers such as Nikki Haley, Paul Ryan, Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) or even another outsider billionaire like Marc Cuban. All of whom would do much of Clinton’s bidding for her.  But if Trump succeeds in fulfilling his campaign promises and, more so, improves the lives of his voters, then he would likely win again. But his MAGA crowd—the sleeping beast who he roused off the couch and motivated, often with sexist, racist rhetoric, to vote for him—won’t have the same drive, passion and commitment for him if they end up disappointed and feeling conned. Some of them, like Kraig Moss, who I wrote about earlier in the week, have already jumped ship. Many millions more could follow. It could get very, very ugly for the man who, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, already has the lowest approval rating (44 percent) in modern presidential history. Let’s keep in mind that Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million. Nothing to sneeze at, and certainly a strong foundation from which to build even further support these next three years, especially if Trump continues to struggle. And it’s not like Trump gave her a Reagan-like trouncing with his electoral college total either. While he loves to brag at how “massive” his win was, he snagged the presidency with just 306 electoral votes, among the lowest in modern history. Factor in FBI Director James Comey’s unprecedented last-minute politically-based clusterfuck, and Russia’s hack and overall influence in the election, and it’s not hard to understand how the Democrats’ heretofore rock-solid “blue wall” (PA, MI, WI, MN) was lost by the thinnest of margins, giving Trump a squeaker of a victory. If Clinton runs the first thing she’ll need to do is assemble a kick-ass team. No more Robby Mook, with his millennial naivete and obsession with useless data, or Huma Abedin, who’s saddled with Anthony Weiner’s humiliating legacy. Clinton needs to do whatever’s humanly possible, including begging, to get Bill’s old band back together: Paul Begala, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. And throw in Obama’s brain, David Axelrod, for good measure. She also needs a few truly sharp, aggressive young strategic soldiers, such as Bakari Sellers for example, to assist with media and messaging. She also needs a War Room, like the one Bill had, to deftly and swiftly address each attack... and there’ll be plenty of them again. The next thing Clinton will need to do is study Trump like she’s never done before. Every tick. Every tell. Every position. His speeches, his rhythms, his overall appeal. She must painstakingly study what he did to connect so powerfully with the “Trump Democrats,” a constituency that should rightfully be hers. Lastly, she must look within. She must do an honest and forensic review of her many gaffes and flaws. She needs to successfully address the perceptions and criticisms that she’s entitled, disconnected, unlikable and shrill. She needs to relate. Needs to win over more women. And, for God’s sake, more men. And Southerners. And those in the Heartland. They all used to vote Democrat, and they can do so again. Like the man said... it’s the economy, stupid. Still is. -- 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.

08 сентября 2016, 05:29

Casus belli 9/11

В этом году событиям 11 сентября 2001 года исполняется 15 лет. Утром, в Нью-Йорке после ударов угнанных (по официальной, разумеется, версии) пассажирских самолётов рухнули башни Всемирного торгового центра.

31 мая 2015, 21:16

Движущие силы в политике США

О скрытых и явных процессах, а также об изменениях в политической жизни США беседуют Дмитрий Перетолчин и политолог Константин Черемных

19 февраля 2015, 13:50

Джеб Буш решительно осудил нерешительность // Потенциальный кандидат в президенты США раскритиковал политику Барака Обамы

В своем выступлении в Чикагском совете по международным отношениям Джеб Буш осудил нынешнюю администрацию президента США за «непоследовательную и нерешительную» позицию в мире. В своей речи он разобрал несколько внешнеполитических провалов администрации Барака Обамы, в том числе в отношениях с Россией, и назвал безответственным решение США не предоставлять Украине оружие.