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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.

 

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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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Revising the order ‘shifts the legal boundaries so that it becomes a tougher constitutional target,’ Spiro said.” http://apne.ws/2l09pu9-- WaPo: “Trump considers writing ‘brand new’ immigration order” http://wapo.st/2kDzJZP … NYT: “Trump Vows Quick Action to Stop Terrorism After Setback in Court” http://nyti.ms/2lBBe9gWHAT TRUMP IS WAKING UP TO -- NYT: Lead headline: “Blocked by Courts, Trump Weighs New Travel Order: A Short-Term Tactical Retreat to a Security Measure With a Strong Legal Basis” http://nyti.ms/2lBlZxn … PALM BEACH POST: “Trump, Japan’s leader arrive in Palm Beach: President, guest expected to play golf today at Trump’s club in Jupiter” http://bit.ly/2lA2Jzq… NY POST: “NEW YORK NIX: Dolan goes ballistic: Bans Oakley, claims Knick has ‘problem’” http://nyp.st/2kT9Qno-- PALM BEACH POST: “Will Trump be bad for business at the winter White House?” http://bit.ly/2lBCnOnROBERT KRAFT, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, joined Trump, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and their wives for dinner last night in Palm Beach. AP: “Trump said Kraft ‘knew he was going to win the game, even when he was down 28-3.’ The president also quipped about all the interpreters who had pulled up chairs to their not-so-large table. ‘We need more interpreters,’ he joked. ‘They don’t play games.’”-- VIDEO of Trump, Melania, the Abes and Bob Kraft sitting down. Trump says, “Nice to have you, Bob.” He jokes to Abe that the crowd was there for Kraft. Then Trump turns to reporters and says, “Does anybody know Bob Kraft? I don’t think so.” Trump then turns to Abe and says, “he’s been my good friend for a long time.” QUICK THOUGHT: We're not going to make a big deal of this, because, whatever. But why did Trump invite Kraft to dinner? 90-second video http://bit.ly/2lzPyyjIMMIGRATION WARS -- A1 of the L.A. TIMES: “ICE raids chill immigrant groups” http://bit.ly/2kwt1Tc … ONLINE HEADLINE: “Immigration arrests heighten fears in Southern California as hoaxes, false rumors swirl,” by Joel Rubin, Brittny Mejia, James Queally and Rubin Vives: “The alarm sounded a few minutes past 3. A leading advocacy group for immigrant rights blasted out an email alert Thursday afternoon, warning that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were sweeping up immigrants in raids throughout Los Angeles and nearby counties. As many as 100 people had been detained, the alert said, and were being transported to a federal facility.“The email made no mention of President Trump or his plan to target for deportation a wide swath of the millions of people in the country illegally, but to many people already on edge, a connection seemed clear. Within the hour, scores of protesters had gathered outside the building downtown, blocking traffic while angrily denouncing the president. Elected officials followed suit, expressing outrage at Trump and demanding answers about the raids. Authorities in Mexico put out a warning to their citizens living in the U.S. The reality was far less clear. After initially declining to release details, ICE officials on Friday announced that the agency had, in fact, concluded a weeklong operation throughout Southern California that resulted in the arrest of more than 150 people. The agency insisted, however, that the sweep targeted people with criminal records and was no different in size or scope from operations carried out in years past under previous administrations.” http://lat.ms/2l0nkjLTHE NEW NATIONAL NARRATIVE -- ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “Deported Arizona mom: A criminal or a victim” http://bit.ly/2keisId … S.F. CHRONICLE: “UPHEAVAL OVER IMMIGRATION” http://bit.ly/2keixLR … SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE: “REPORTS OF RAIDS HEIGHTEN ANXIETY” http://bit.ly/2lBH2je … CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: “Advocates for immigrants demand protection, warn council of voter backlash” http://bit.ly/2kDDleF … DALLAS MORNING NEWS: “Immigration raids sweep up hundreds” http://bit.ly/2lBohMKNBC SCOOP -- “Russia Considers Returning Snowden to U.S. to ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump: Official,” by NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden and William Arkin: “U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a ‘gift’ to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a ‘spy’ and a ‘traitor’ who deserves to be executed. That’s according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to ‘curry favor’ with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration.” http://nbcnews.to/2lBwQak --@Snowden: “Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they’re next.”WHAT DEMS ARE READING -- “Swarming crowds and hostile questions are the new normal at GOP town halls,” by WaPo’s Kelsey Snell in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Paul Schwartzman in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Steve Friess in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and David Weigel in D.C.: “Republicans in deep-red congressional districts spent the week navigating massive crowds and hostile questions at their town hall meetings — an early indication of how progressive opposition movements are mobilizing against the agenda of the GOP and President Trump. Angry constituents swarmed events held by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Diane Black (Tenn.), Justin Amash (Mich.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.). They filled the rooms that had been reserved for them; in Utah and Tennessee, scores of activists were locked out. Voters pressed members of Congress on their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, on the still-controversial confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and even on a low-profile vote to disband an election commission created after 2000. …“On Thursday, participants were spurred to show up by a variety of forces: large-scale publicity campaigns by major opposition groups such as Planned Parenthood; smaller grass-roots efforts; or their own deep objections to Trump’s presidency so far. Some were Democrats, some were independents and some were Republicans, but most were liberal activists who had opposed Trump all along and were simply looking for new outlets to object to him. What was less clear was where it would all go. If nothing else, the size and tone of the crowds fed Republicans’ worries and Democrats’ view that the GOP agenda and the president’s tone and missteps have activated voters who may have sat out previous elections.” http://wapo.st/2lBBK7i-- “The stealth Republican force behind Obamacare repeal,” by Burgess Everett and Jen Haberkorn: “Republican town halls are erupting with protests as Americans fret over the future of their health insurance. But listen to Lamar Alexander for a few minutes, and you might think not a single bad thing will come of the GOP’s plan to rip apart Obamacare and stitch together a replacement. The folksy Tennessee senator is quietly prevailing upon Republican lawmakers to take a deep breath when it comes to rewriting the health care law that controls a sixth of the American economy. His goal, in a nutshell: to reassure millions of Americans that Republicans aren’t trying to snatch away their health insurance. His message: As long as we’re smart and deliberate, it will all be fine. It might take awhile, but we got this.” http://politi.co/2l0iu62-- WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The House is out of session from Feb. 18 through Feb. 27. Expect there to be some message massaging this week in D.C. before members face their constituents back home.PALACE INTRIGUE -- “CIA freezes out top Flynn aide,” by Ken Vogel and Josh Dawsey: “A top deputy to National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was rejected for a critical security clearance, effectively ending his tenure on the [NSC] and escalating tensions between Flynn and the intelligence community. ... On Friday, one of Flynn’s closest deputies on the [NSC], senior director for Africa Robin Townley, was informed that the [CIA] had rejected his request for an elite security clearance required for service on the NSC, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation. That forced Townley, a former Marine intelligence officer who had long maintained a top secret-level security clearance, out of his NSC post ... One of the sources said that the rejection was approved by Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo and that it infuriated Flynn and his allies.” http://politi.co/2lBJVAELAST NIGHT ON AF1 -- Per pooler Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner: “POTUS declined to respond to the Washington Post report that Gen. Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. before he was sworn in as National Security adviser. He said he was not aware of the report. ‘I don’t know about that. I haven’t seen it. What report is that? I haven’t seen that. I’ll look into that.’”THE DOSSIER -- “US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier,” by CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Evan Perez: “For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump’s inauguration.“None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier. Rather it relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.” With video from “The Lead” http://cnn.it/2kep6y7PHIL RUCKER and ASHLEY PARKER SCOOP -- “Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway hires a chief of staff”: “Conway has recruited Renee Hudson, who has been serving as chief of staff to Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), to work for her in the West Wing as her chief of staff, according to two Republican officials. Conway confirmed the hiring in an email late Friday and said that Hudson plans to begin work next week. By hiring a chief of staff of her own, Conway is asserting and perhaps growing her influence in the White House, where a coterie of top advisers have been competing for Trump’s ear and over the shape of his agenda.“Hudson has significant experience on Capitol Hill and deep connections in Republican politics. She previously served as chief of staff to Reps. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.). Hudson is married to Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), who is a gregarious and well-liked member of the Republican conference and a trusted ally of Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and other party leaders.” http://wapo.st/2lBF9mLGET YOUR KIDS’ RESUMES READY -- “Barack and Michelle Obama offer internships for their DC office,” by CNBC’s Rachel Cao. http://cnb.cx/2kTk6MCTHE JUICE …-- SOMETHING TO WATCH: STEPHEN MILLER is on Sunday show duty for the White House. He’s slated to do CBS’s “Face the Nation,” ABC’s “This Week,” and “Fox News Sunday.” Missing from the Sunday show circuit: Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer.-- SPOTTED: REX TILLERSON and his wife eating at the Italian restaurant Al Dente on Friday at the same time Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe were meeting at the White House.-- FORMER REP. AARON SCHOCK, who is under indictment for 24 criminal counts related to his time in office, is asking a judge to modify the terms of his parole. Schock has to drop off his passport at a passport office in Peoria within 24 hours of returning from overseas. But Schock’s attorneys are asking that he be permitted to drop his passport in overnight mail, because he doesn’t always go home to Peoria. Schock has been seen in Los Angeles recently. Schock’s letter http://politi.co/2kDudq2-- THE OBAMAS have signed up with the Harry Walker Agency to coordinate their speaking gigs. Williams & Connolly’s Bob Barnett and Deneen Howell will help them with book deals, according to a statement from Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis.-- BIDEN FOUNDATION HIRES: Greg Simon, former executive director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, has been named director of the Biden Cancer Initiative. Danielle Carnival, who most recently was chief of staff and senior policy director for the task force, has been named deputy director. Mala Adiga, who worked in the Obama State Department, has been named director for higher education and military families at the Biden Foundation. Katie Collins, a policy analyst for the task force, has been named a policy associate. The press release http://politi.co/2lzVGH7HAPPENING TODAY -- First Lady Melania Trump and Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, are taking a tour of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. Trump and Abe are playing golf at the Trump International Golf Club in Jupiter.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- INSIDE THE ROOM AT THE HOUSE DEM RETREAT: NANCY PELOSI interviews CHELSEA HANDLER. PELOSI: “When I was on your show it received a tremendous response from young people, clearly you have a broad audience but a special relationship with young people. How can we can we continue reaching out to them?” HANDLER: “Well I think we need to reach out to them and not just from a Democratic standpoint, you know, it’s about finding issues that are important to you, and showing up for issues that are important to them. You know, showing up at the airport for these people, just because the ban doesn’t affect you directly, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be there. Showing up for Planned Parenthood, especially, and educating people on issues around Planned Parenthood. People think it’s only surrounding abortions, people don’t know that many people go to Planned Parenthood, that they provide testicular cancer screenings and STD testing, breast cancer screenings.”REP. LOIS FRANKEL (D-FLA.): “I’d like to know, from you, what is most offensive about what’s going on?” HANDLER: “Umm, what’s most offensive to me are the people around him that are so spineless -- the Paul Ryans -- the people that don’t give a shit about how offensive, and improper, and how he is defiling that [White] House ... The idea that that whole group of people around him don’t know what is happening, we are so destabilized right now. That our government is so vulnerable, and that they’re not stepping up, they are as much to blame as he is.”STATE WATCH -- “States find new ways to troll Trump,” by Natasha Korecki: “A California lawmaker is demanding Melania Trump’s immigration records. New Hampshire lawmakers have introduced a resolution demanding a federal probe into Trump University and ‘illegal financial or business dealings in which President TRUMP may have been involved.’ In Illinois, legislators are calling for an investigation into ‘Russian interference’ in the 2016 election — they’ve also drafted a formal invitation to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, inviting him to their chambers to speak about the potential ill-effect that a border wall could have on Mexico-Illinois relations. In case it wasn’t clear, blue-state legislatures are not only in full frontal rebellion against President Donald Trump, they’re trolling him.” http://politi.co/2kgZ34JKNOWING BANNON – “How Bannon’s Navy service during the Iran hostage crisis shaped his views,” by WaPo’s Michael Kranish and Craig Whitlock: “Bannon served seven years in the Navy, with two deployments at sea and then three years as an underling in a Pentagon office dealing with budget and planning. ... Bannon is remembered by many of his shipmates as a quiet, proficient and studious officer. ... [His] nickname was ‘Coast,’ short for coast-to-coast, because on the basketball court he’d never pass the ball ... Bannon, meanwhile, scoured newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal for what turned out to be a lucrative sideline. He put money into commodities such as gold and silver, advising shipmates ... and presaging his career as an investment banker.” http://wapo.st/2lt2H0rHOT VIDEO -- @MattNegrin: “if you ever meet donald trump do NOT try to shake his hand” -- 31-second video http://bit.ly/2kebYJnTHE BRIEFING AS DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT -- “Daytime TV’s New Star? Sean Spicer,” by NYT’s Mike Grynbaum: “Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary whose early tenure has prompted political fireworks and late-night parodies, may be struggling to settle in behind the lectern. On the airwaves, however, he is daytime television’s new big hit. Mr. Spicer’s briefings, carried live by the major cable news networks, are pulling in an average of 4.3 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen. Audiences across Fox News, MSNBC and CNN grow by an average of 10 percent when Mr. Spicer comes onscreen to discuss the latest news on President Trump, statistics show.“The soap opera at the White House is outscoring actual soaps like ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ which typically air around the same time. Mr. Spicer’s ratings are on par with prime-time entertainment like ‘MasterChef Junior’ on Fox and the ABC sitcom ‘Dr. Ken,’ which draw around four million viewers each.” http://nyti.ms/2luSqRe-- A COOL FEATURE that allows you to zoom in on the White House press corps to see names and faces from Spicer’s view. http://nyti.ms/2kwtLaZTRUMP INC. -- “Internal Nordstrom Data Show Sales Decline for Ivanka Trump Brand,” by WSJ’s Miriam Gottfried and Suzanne Kapner: “Sales of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line tumbled 32% at Nordstrom Inc. last fiscal year, with the declines deepening in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, according to internal Nordstrom data reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Amid calls to boycott the brand, Ivanka Trump footwear and apparel sales fell more than 70% in the second, third and fourth weeks of October compared with a year ago, the Nordstrom data show. The declines have moderated somewhat since then, averaging 26% year-over-year in January.” http://on.wsj.com/2lBQ6ojANDREW SULLIVAN back to regular writing, “The Madness of King Donald” in N.Y. Mag: “I guess I should start by saying this is not a blog. Nor is it what one might call a column. It’s an experiment of sorts to see if there’s something in between those two. Most Fridays, from now on, I’ll be writing in this space about, among other things, the end of Western civilization, the collapse of the republic, and, yes, my beagles. If you’re a veteran reader of my former site, the Dish, you may find yourselves at times in an uncanny valley. So may I. The model I’m trying to follow is more like the British magazine tradition of a weekly diary -- on the news, but a little distant from it, personal as well as political, conversational more than formal.” http://nym.ag/2lzwXU4KURT BARDELLA in the NYT -- “He Sees Country Music in ‘Make America Great Again,’” by Katie Rosman in tomorrow’s Sunday Styles section: “Created in October 2015 by Kurt Bardella, a public relations consultant whose clients have included Breitbart News, The Morning Hangover Tipsheet is an upbeat catchall of country music news: highlights from singers’ appearances on talk shows, handmade iPhone videos snapped by Mr. Bardella at concerts, birthday shout-outs, upcoming gigs and an occasional piece of self-promotion for its creator. ... Mr. Bardella, 33, now spends most of his time trying to build the business of The Morning Hangover, hoping his insight into Republican politics and voters will translate into an understanding of the country-music industry and its fans.” http://nyti.ms/2kc8C9F ... Subscribe to the newsletter http://bit.ly/2kcihx8COMING ATTRACTIONS -- Snapchat’s "Good Luck America" filmed in Washington and at the House Democratic Retreat in Baltimore this week for their season two premiere. Peter Hamby interviewed Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Tim Miller, David Frum, Symone Sanders and others. Use the Snapcode to watch it http://bit.ly/2lshMPECLICKERS – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker -- 11 keepers http://politi.co/2lz049U --The 26-page guide to resisting Trump written by Indivisible, a group of former House Dem staffers. “A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA: Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.” http://bit.ly/2kALGj6GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman: --“Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast,” by The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe: “‘I travel around the world, eat a lot of s***, and basically do whatever the f*** I want.’” http://bit.ly/2l1Ktlj (h/t Longform.org) --“Stephen Miller’s brash path from Duke campus to Trump White House,” by the Raleigh News & Observer’s Jane Stancil: “A conservative columnist for The Chronicle campus newspaper in 2006-07, the student had a brash style, directing his razor-sharp words at professors, smoking bans, Ted Kennedy, women’s studies, David Letterman, Duke President Richard Brodhead and the city of Durham.” http://bit.ly/2lyRoQO --“6 Years, 8 Countries: A Refugee Couple’s Harrowing Search for Safety,” by Caitlin L. Chandler in The Nation: “Daniel and Kedijah’s story reveals everything wrong with the response by wealthy nations to record-high global displacement.” http://bit.ly/2kACPOa --“The Russian Expat Leading the Fight to Protect America,” by Vicky Ward in Esquire: “In a war against hackers, Dmitri Alperovitch and Crowdstrike are our special forces (and Putin’s worst nightmare).” http://bit.ly/2kALkZG --“When Things Go Missing,” by Kathryn Schulz in The New Yorker: “Reflections on two seasons of loss.” http://bit.ly/2lteVpL --“Christians were strangers,” by Michael Kulikowski in Aeon Magazine: “How an obscure oriental cult in a corner of Roman Palestine grew to become the dominant religion of the Western world.” http://bit.ly/2lzeYwQ (h/t TheBrowser.com) --“Before Straight and Gay,” by Deborah Cohen in the March Atlantic, reviewing “A Very Queer Family Indeed: Sex, Religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain,” by Simon Goldhill: “The discreet, disorienting passions of the Victorian era.” http://theatln.tc/2lz9ouG ... $35 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2l1HpWm (h/t ALDaily.com)--“What Can Ivanka Trump Possibly Do for Women Who Work?” by Amy Wilentz in The Nation: “For insight into how the first daughter will manage her signature issue, look no further than her brand’s website.” http://bit.ly/2kXudSY --“Go to Jail. Die From Drug Withdrawal. Welcome to the Criminal Justice System,” by Julia Lurie in Mother Jones: Per Longreads’ description, “addict shame and silence, jail short-staffing, scant medical equipment, and a general apathy toward inmates can make a deadly combination.” http://bit.ly/2lxidUQ --“Searching for California’s Lost Viking Treasure Ship,” by Newsweek’s Alexander Nazaryan: “The legend does seem, prima facie, bonkers: a craft loaded with untold riches, sailed by early-European explorers into a vast lake that once stretched over much of inland Southern California, then run aground, abandoned by its crew and covered over by centuries of sand and rock and creosote bush as that lake dried out…and now it lies a few feet below the surface, in sight of the chicken-wire fence at the back of the Desert Dunes motel, $58 a night and HBO in most rooms.” http://bit.ly/2kXuGoj --“Will Violence Save Football?” – GQ: “In this excerpt from his new book, ‘But What If We’re Wrong?’, Chuck Klosterman wonders if the sport that defines America will survive not in spite of its brutality but because of it.” http://bit.ly/2lsoXaz ... $15.11 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2kQDb1H --“Holy Warriors Against the Welfare State,” by Jennifer C. Berkshire in The Baffler: “A dispatch from the dark heart of DeVos-land.” http://bit.ly/2l1UVcB --“How Anna Nicole Smith Became America’s Punchline,” by Sarah Marshall in BuzzFeed: “From her first Playboy appearance in 1992 to her death in 2007, Anna Nicole Smith’s story was about a beautiful girl lifted up from the dust, and then about a beautiful woman destroyed.” http://bzfd.it/2lz9Ybz --“The Preacher and the Sheriff,” by Nathaniel Rich in the NYT Magazine: “A young, shackled black man is shot to death — and the police say he killed himself. The resulting investigation has pitted the victim’s father against the most powerful man in New Iberia, La.” http://nyti.ms/2kXzutBGREAT WEEKEND LISTEN, curated by Jake Sherman:-- WIDESPREAD PANIC playing “Let’s Get Down to Business” from 6/28/02 at Red Rocks. http://bit.ly/2lzN7M8SPOTTED: Patrick Stewart enjoying a bowl of berries while eating breakfast Friday at the Hay Adams.OUT AND ABOUT – John Legittino, Mistique Cano and Tammy Haddadhosted a farewell party last night at Sidecar at P.J. Clarke’s for Google’s Jesse Suskin. Jesse is moving to Sydney, Australia, to work for Google in public affairs, policy and government relations; his wife Liz is a native of Sydney. The party featured a video wall with personalized Jesse Suskin search pages, Google search screen cake, walking kangaroo and koala characters, debate surrogate signs with Jesse’s name. Jesse was the man who brought all those amazing Google lounges and parties to the debates and conventions of 2012 and 2016. Pic of Jesse’s cake http://bit.ly/2kehlbz ... His custom coaster http://bit.ly/2kh4SyI SPOTTED: Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Seth Webb, Ryan Williams, Zeke Miller, Olivier Knox, Margaret Talev, Alex Skatell, Riva Litman, Jill Barclay, Sam Feist, Robin Goldman, Jennifer Maguire, Phil Musser, Josh Sharp, Anne Marie Hoffman, Polson Kanneth, Lauren Pratapas, Richard Huddock, Jonathan Hoffman, Marty Mulholland, Corinne and Tom Hoare, Liz Bowron, Frannie Wellings, Seth Webb.ENGAGED -- Anderson Briggs, scheduler for Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), was proposed to by Collin Okoniewski while giving a tour of the House floor on Friday. Collin is a community development assistant for Herndon, Virginia. Good luck spelling her email after the wedding! Pic http://bit.ly/2lBAP77SPOTTED: Richard Keil having breakfast with Hans Nichols of NBC and Juleanna Glover at the Four Seasons Friday morning ... Mark Penn was at another table and some Indiana Pacers players were spotted in the lobby ... Sen. Bill Nelson having dinner last night at Joe’s Stone Crab.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Bruce Gates, SVP of external affairs at Altria (hat tip: Tim Burger) ... Alexandra Bass … The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Eric Roper, the pride of the Upper East Side and the former editor in chief of the GW Hatchet BIRTHDAYS: Jeb Bush is 64 ... Sarah Palin is 53 ... Rick Tyler ... Dan Barry ... Alex Conant, partner at Firehouse Strategies, former comms. director for the Rubio campaign and the pride of St. Paul (h/t Caitlin) ... James Gleeson, senior comms manager at SpaceX and former comms. director to Dr. Jill Biden ... Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) is 55 ... Matt Bennett, SVP of public affairs at Third Way and the pride of Syracuse, is 52 … Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) is 47 …Steven V. (Mr. Cokie) Roberts (h/t his many grateful GW students and alums) ... Politico’s Michelle Zar ... ProPublica’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Engelberg, an NYT alum … Elizabeth Lauten, managing editor at Alabama Today ... Nathan Wurtzel ... Fox News White House producer Wes Barrett is 4-0 (h/t wife Maggie) ... Johanna Maska, president of Ad Astra Strategies; former Director of Press Advance, Obama White House; mother of Hugh, wife of CJ; proud Jayhawk ... Chris Hensman, State Department FSO & currently senior advisor to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy ... Pascale Puthod of BBC World News back in London now ... Rob Hendin, executive producer of Atlantic Live and Face the Nation alum (h/ts Ben Chang) … Jimmy Dahman, founder of Townhall Project 2018 and an HFA & Clay Aiken alum (h/t the #DODCity team) … Alex Jones of “Infowars” is 43 ... ... Ilana Ozernoy, VP and deputy head of comms at News Corp. ... Nicole L’Esperance, Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s comms. director and a proud Tar Heel (h/t Samantha Greene) ... Sean McCluskie ... ABC News alum Andrew Springer, now director of growth at Mashable ... Jess Sarmiento … Alicia Mundy … Casey Aden-Wansbury, comms. director, Global Public Affairs at Airbnb and an Al Franken alum (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Francis Potter, of the Hathersage Group in LA, is 5-0 (hubby tip: Bruce) … Kyle Buckles, comms. director for Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) ... Chris Mather, managing director at Purple Strategies ... EB Nesbitt (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Jeff Branch ... former HHS secretary Mike Leavitt, now founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, is 66 ... David Stern ... Scott Berkowitz, president and co-founder, RAINN … Politico alum Burleson Smith, now getting his MBA at UT Austin ... Jerri Ann Henry, campaign manager and public advocate for Henry Strategies ... Ryan Steusloff ... Elizabeth Heng ... Eric Wasserman Stern and Scott Wasserman Stern … Emily Kirlin, director of member services for Sen. John Cornyn’s Whip office … Jay Reich, partner at Pacifica Law Group and a Commerce alum ... Brian Kaveney ... Theodora Blanchfield ... Olga Davidson ... Mark M. Palmer, senior policy advisor to Assistant Senate Minority Leader Dick Durbin ... Nancy Tait ... Evan Siegfried ... Sarah Sayeed ... Andrea Mares, LC for Sen. Heinrich ... Bob Dold alum David Stern is 33 ... Will Smith of House Approps. ... Amanda Hamilton, deputy COS for Rep. Sam Johnson ... Addie Patterson of Rep. Jeff Duncan’s office ... Fernando Ruiz, LA for Rep. Adam Smith (h/ts Legistorm) ... Burt Reynolds is 81 ... Sheryl Crow is 55 ... Jennifer Aniston is 48 ... Damian Lewis is 46 (h/ts AP)THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) … Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) ... Stephen Miller … release of the CBS News “Nation Tracker” Poll with Anthony Salvanto. Panel: Peter Baker, Ron Brownstein, Susan Page and Reihan Salam--CNN’s “State of the Union” (9 a.m. ET / 12 p.m. ET): New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) … Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). Panel: Neera Tanden, Ken Cuccinelli, Andre Carson and Alice Stewart--ABC’s “This Week”: Stephen Miller … Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson … Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings (D). Panel: Rich Lowry, Grover Norquist, Cokie Roberts, Jamal Simmons and Katrina vanden Heuvel--“Fox News Sunday”: Stephen Miller … Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.). Panel: Michael Needham, Julie Pace, Laura Ingraham and Juan Williams. Panel: U.S. Institute of Peace president Nancy Lindborg--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Panel: Katty Kay, Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), Eugene Robinson and Greta Van Susteren--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. CT): John Ashcroft … Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) … Carly Fiorina. Panel: Ed Rollins, Julie Roginsky and Tony Sayegh--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT): Kellyanne Conway (taped) … Sarah Huckabee Sanders … Erin McPike … Meghan McCain … Joe Trippi … Trish Regan … Gayle Trotter … Mara Liasson--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8 a.m. ET): Panel: Jonathan Martin, Jackie Kucinich, Glenn Thrush and Nia-Malika Henderson--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11 a.m. ET): Panel: James Bennet, Sarah Westwood and Dan Pfeiffer … Chris Ruddy … Andrew Sullivan … Gabriel Snyder--Univision’s “Al Punto” (SUN 10 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT): Husband of a detained immigrant and deported Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos … immigration attorney Ezequiel Hernandez … real estate developer Jorge Perez … Proceso Magazine’s Jesús Esquivel … artist and magazine cover illustrator Edel Rodriguez---C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6 p.m. ET): Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), questioned by Communications Daily’s John Hendel …“Newsmakers” (SUN 10 a.m. ET): Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), questioned by CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski and The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel … “Q&A”(SUN 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET): Author and investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein (“How America Lost its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft”)--Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes or listen at MackOnPolitics.com): Michael McFaul … Ed Whelan

10 февраля, 16:06

Marco Rubio's Defense of Comity

The Florida senator defended the controversial silencing of Elizabeth Warren—but were his words substantially aimed at someone else?

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10 февраля, 06:53

Will Team Trump Beat Bush And Romney Again With Marlins Bid?

The family of Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is bidding for the Miami Marlins. Previous efforts connected to Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney to buy the team have failed.

08 февраля, 01:28

BACKSTAB: Republican Leaders Funded By Soros

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07 февраля, 20:29

Betsy DeVos Ekes Out Confirmation As VP Casts First Tie-Breaker For Cabinet Post

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); Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary ― the first time a vice president’s tie-breaking vote has been used for a Cabinet confirmation. Betsy DeVos garnered a 50-50 tie from senators, with all 48 Democrats in the chamber and two Republicans voting against her. The vote came after Democrats held the Senate floor for 24 hours straight, in hopes of pressuring another Republican to join their side.  Senate Dems protest to keep the failed status quo. Betsy DeVos is a reformer, and she is going to be a great Education Sec. for our kids!— President Trump (@POTUS) February 7, 2017 DeVos has weathered a particularly controversial confirmation hearing. Her nomination inspired intense backlash from parents and teachers on both sides of the political aisle. After Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) announced last week that they would be voting against DeVos, other Republican senators faced a barrage of calls from constituents urging them to similarly flip. Protests sprung up around the nation, also taking issue with DeVos’ seeming lack of qualifications for the job. Still, with the exception of Murkowski and Collins, Republicans toed the party line, creating the type of political gridlock that is rare for votes on Cabinet secretary confirmations.  DeVos ― who comes from a billionaire Michigan family ― inspired opposition from teachers unions and public education advocates after her nomination was first announced in November. However, after she had what many saw as a lackluster and embarrassing performance at her confirmation hearing, the calls of those opposing her grew louder. DeVos was mocked for her comment that schools might need guns to ward off grizzly bear attacks and for her seeming lack of familiarity with mainstream education concepts and laws.  In the past week, senators were slammed with calls from constituents, many with opinions about DeVos. The progressive network CREDO Action received over 1.4 million signatures on a petition opposing DeVos ― the most a petition from the organization has ever received.  Supporters of DeVos say teachers unions ― from whom DeVos is on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum ― drove opposition to her confirmation. But even teachers union leaders say the extent of opposition to DeVos surprised them.    I warned last yr DeVos would be sleeper battle. Informed parents, not just unions, oppose==>https://t.co/550vabRXA6https://t.co/Hin1On12EK— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 7, 2017 Throughout the confirmation process, DeVos maintained the support of influential Republican leaders such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She even garnered a few endorsements from high-profile Democratic education leaders. But Democrats point to the fact that some of DeVos’ support may have been bought ― her family has donated copious amounts to members of Congress. Given that teachers unions also donate to politicians, her supporters say this argument is hypocritical. DeVos has spent decades as an education activist, mostly pushing policies that benefit charter schools and voucher programs ― which allow kids to attend private schools using taxpayer funds. DeVos and her supporters say she is willing to shake up the status quo to give kids increased choice over where they go to school. Alexander, one of DeVos’ most ardent supporters, emphasized this point when speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday morning. Alexander said she has been at the forefront of the “most important public school reform in the last 30 years” with public charter schools and that she has “worked tirelessly to give low income children more of the same choices wealthy children have.” Still, her detractors say her preferred policies amount to a dismantling of the traditional public education system. “Over the past few weeks, people have learned about Betsy DeVos’ tangled finances and potential conflicts of interest. How she and her family have given hundreds of millions of dollars to Republicans and extreme conservative groups. They have learned about her failed record,” Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said on the Senate floor Tuesday morning. “How she has spent her career and her inherited fortune pushing anti-public-school policies that have hurt so many students in her home state of Michigan and across the country.” DeVos did not attend public schools, send her children to public schools or ever formally work in public schools. As a devout Christian, she has inspired fear that she will try to push religion in schools. But even some of her critics concede that she appears to care deeply about children.  As opposed to other Trump nominees, DeVos became an especially high-profile lightning rod for backlash, with celebrities chiming in to oppose her nomination on social media. So this if you care about our children. pic.twitter.com/8YtwRuN6lt— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 4, 2017 FYI these are the best chances we now have to #StopDevos. Read below. pic.twitter.com/W5BGBwZ3S0— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 7, 2017 After the vote, groups decried her confirmation. “Americans across the nation drove a bipartisan repudiation of the Trump-DeVos agenda for students and public education,” Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said in a statement. “Today’s outcome marks only the beginning of the resistance. Students, educators, parents, civil rights and special education advocates ― along with millions of Americans ― are speaking loud and clear: we are here to stay ... we will protect public education.” DeVos thanked the Senate via Twitter after the vote. I appreciate the Senate's diligence & am honored to serve as @usedgov Secretary. Let's improve options & outcomes for all US students.— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) February 7, 2017   This post has been updated with reaction from education groups and a tweet from DeVos. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

07 февраля, 01:38

7 Cable TV Segments America Wishes Trump Could Watch

Can the media can go from being the president's punching bag to his policy adviser?

07 февраля, 00:26

Teachers And Politicians Mount Final Push To Keep Betsy DeVos Away From Public Schools

In the last 24 hours before the U.S. Senate is set to vote on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, Democrats, parents and other public education advocates are making their final attempts to prevent her from heading the department. All 48 Democratic senators are expected to vote against her confirmation. Two Republican senators ― Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) ― announced last week that they would also oppose the pick. In the days since, constituents have flooded the phone lines of Republican senators in hopes of pushing the vote count to 51-49. While many of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees have generated substantial pushback, in the past few weeks DeVos has emerged as the most polarizing pick.  If no other Republican votes against her, Vice President Mike Pence has said, he will cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of DeVos.  In the day before the vote, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, Democratic senators are spending 24 hours straight speaking out against DeVos on the Senate floor. The effort is being led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the Senate HELP committee, which deals with health, education, labor and pensions. Murray has expressed vigorous opposition to DeVos. “Hundreds of thousands have emailed or called their Senators — jamming phone lines, swamping the voicemail system and shattering records,” Murray said on the Senate floor Monday. “Millions have engaged on social media —sharing information with their friends, signing petitions, and pressuring their elected officials. Democrats will hold the floor for the next 24 hours, until the final vote, to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us. And I strongly encourage people across the country to join us — to double down on your advocacy.” At the same time, some teachers mounted their own, silent protest inside their classrooms. Teachers across the country sometimes wear red to school to show support for public education. But on Monday, amid the lead-up to the DeVos vote, some wore black. The push to get to teachers to wear black was started by a nonprofit group called the Badass Teachers Association, a nationwide network of teachers that works to promote policies supporting traditional public education.  “We want to show people that ― people aren’t smiling, we don’t think this is really funny, it’s a dark, sad time for us if Congress thinks this woman is qualified,” said Marla Kilfoyle, a teacher on Long Island who also serves at the executive director of the association.  The Lacey Township Education Association, Black out DeVos #DumpDevos #proudtobeineducation @NJEA @njeawendell @nea pic.twitter.com/QKtMLPfwLU— Michael Ryan (@LteaPres) February 6, 2017 Just sitting here, drinking my coffee, opposing a horrible choice for sec of education @marcorubio #OpposeDeVos #DumpDevos #DeVosBlackOut pic.twitter.com/YhMMQJYFLg— Erin Everidge (@EvyNSBHS) February 6, 2017 Supporters of DeVos have sought to paint her detractors as tools of teachers unions, who, like DeVos, donate substantially to members of Congress. Indeed, the Badass Teachers Association has caucuses in the nation’s two biggest unions, although it is its own independent group. However, there is evidence that the fight against DeVos has inspired action from educators and parents who don’t typically get political. After receiving mainly poor marks for her confirmation hearing at the end of January, DeVos has faced a barrage of criticism for her seeming lack of qualifications and commitment to public education. Murkowski cited strong concerns from constituents as part of her reasoning for decided to oppose DeVos.  DeVos, who has never formally worked in public schools, has spent decades advocating for education reform policies. She is a particular fan of policies that help charter schools and voucher programs, which use taxpayer money to pay for kids’ private schools. She has received strong support from establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, as well as a handful of Democrats who work in education reform causes. Her supporters say that she is committed to changing the status quo in order to fix education, even if it means moving established norms. “Simply put, Betsy believes deeply that each child should be equipped with the knowledge to succeed in life,” Bush said. “And her passion runs deepest when it comes to extending this opportunity to disadvantaged children, those who struggle and fail in classrooms that don’t merit their needs while parents look on helpless to do anything about it.” Democrats have also criticized her for extensive financial entanglements and potential conflict of interests, although the Office of Government Ethics has cleared her.  But DeVos seems to have struck a chord for casual observers of education, grassroots groups and high-profile celebrities, who have rallied against her on social media. On Saturday, actor George Takei used Twitter to call on followers to take the “DeVos pledge” and vote against senators who confirm DeVos.  Take the DeVos pledge: If your senator votes to confirm, you will vote against their reelection and donate to their opponent.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 4, 2017    ― ―  Rebecca Klein covers the challenges faced in school discipline, school segregation and the achievement gap in K-12 education. Tips? Email: Rebecca.Klein@huffingtonpost.com. ―― Related Coverage: Teachers Scrap Lesson Plans To Tackle Trump’s Executive Order Activists Are Rallying To Stop Betsy DeVos From Running The Country’s Public Schools How Trump’s Education Department Could Actually Help Some Muslim Schools Teachers Struggle To Reassure Kids About Living In Trump’s America With Trump’s Win, Teachers Worry About Emboldened Classroom Bullies These Teachers Think Trump Can Make America Great For Kids Again    -- 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.

04 февраля, 02:37

Protests over refugee order follow Trump to Florida

The president arrived at Mar-a-Lago for his first working vacation, and to attend a Red Cross gala.

03 февраля, 02:29

Donald Trump Thinks He Can Endure More Controversy And Pain Than You

Just two weeks into his administration, Donald Trump’s presidency is off to a rapid pace. But even by his standards, Monday was especially frenzied. With protests still simmering over the refugee and immigration ban he’d imposed days prior, Trump that morning mocked the Democratic leader of the Senate for shedding what he deemed “fake tears” for those affected by the ban. That piece of mockery alone would have been enough in the past to stir a day’s outrage and news coverage. But it was followed by so much more. There were the rumblings of a constitutional crisis as customs agents reportedly disobeyed court orders to let the detained see lawyers. Trump signed another executive order dramatically curtailing regulations. His White House continued bickering with the press over his top political aide being named to the National Security Council. Jewish groups denounced his refusal to specifically mention Jews in his Holocaust Remembrance Day statement. And then came the night. The acting attorney general announced that she would not defend Trump’s ban on grounds it may be unconstitutional. So Trump fired her, finding a replacement who would do his bidding. Then he fired the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And to cap the evening, he let it be known that the next day, he’d be nominating a justice to the Supreme Court. The political universe was left trying to simply catch its breath. “There are so many fires burning in so many different places that there is sensory overload,” said David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s longtime adviser. “There was a lot of action at the beginning of the Obama administration. But it was focused on dealing with a crisis. This is of a different nature and magnitude. I wouldn’t say an order of magnitude, because order is not necessarily part of it.” It’s often said that the office of the presidency ages the president. But in the era of Trump, the public and Congress are aging as well. His first two weeks have been the equivalent of a political sugar rush, repeated on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. It’s left government officials both invigorated and exhausted. It’s overwhelmed staffers on Capitol Hill. And it’s made Democrats nervous that they’re playing whack-a-mole, chasing the last Trump controversy as a new one inevitably emerges. Some suspect it all may be by design. “We have not seen anything like this,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)  “And I’m sure some of the older people who have been here a longer period of time would say that. It’s moving at a very rapid pace. I would hope they would wait until they got their feet under them, to a certain extent, and the ban was one instance of that.” “We know what’s going on,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). “But I worry that sometime this speed is to make sure the American public doesn’t know what to do.” There are so many fires burning in so many different places that there is sensory overload Obama adviser David Axelrod For Trump’s aides, confidants, and biographers, this has a familiar feel. The Trump they know thrives on drama and chaos. When, during the campaign, he spoke about the importance of stamina and energy, it was meant both as code to mock Hillary Clinton’s health and Jeb Bush’s verve, but also in the strictly literal sense. “It is not about physical stamina. It is about psychological scar tissue,” said Timothy O’Brien, a Trump biographer who was unsuccessfully sued by Trump, and a former top editor at The Huffington Post. “He really is like the Energizer bunny of the political landscape, and people have to recognize that about him because he is formidable in that way. The weakness he has is his vanity. He cares about ratings and cares about center stage. And he needs, always, to be the winner on that center stage.” In the portrait that Trump paints of himself, perseverance is a central theme. His books are littered with boasts of steely resolve, painfully few hours of sleep (a myth, O’Brien suggested), and political and legal hurdles he has overcome. One telling anecdote comes in The Art of the Deal, Trump’s bestselling business book. He describes how his mentor, the bare-knuckled lawyer Roy Cohn, resorted to homophobia to mask his homosexuality. Instead of feeling empathy for Cohn’s psychological torment, Trump was awed at his cold-blooded drive. “Roy never talked about it. He just didn’t like the image. He felt that to the average person, being gay was almost synonymous with being a wimp,” Trump wrote. “That was the last thing he wanted to project, so he almost went overboard to avoid it.” In the spirit of Cohn, Trump believes that toughness ― or, better put, the ability to endure more pain and discomfort than the competition ― is what begets his success, his aides said. It is the best explanation they have for his kinetic, chaotic first days in office. “I could not stop laughing when the mainstream media said, ‘Oh my God, the Mexican president has canceled his visit with Trump,” said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide, in reference to the dust-up in the president’s first week. “I think Trump loved it. If I had to guess, he is negotiating. … The idea that the president of Mexico will affect Trump or scare Trump because he won’t attend a meeting with him at the White House is hilarious. Trump has plenty of do. I don’t think he cares.”  On the Hill, Democrats worry that the incredible backlash that Trump has engendered will eventually fade; that the executive order banning certain immigration from Muslim-majority countries will outlast the will to protest it. But others see genuine opportunity. The ACLU, for instance, received an unprecedented amount of donations after Trump signed the order. And Adam Jentleson, a senior strategic adviser leading the anti-Trump campaign at the Center for American Progress, said his organization had been inundated with donations, offers of pro-bono help and leaks from inside the government. “We can do this all day,” Jentleson said. “We are flourishing in this environment.”  Already, there is evidence that the public is tiring of Trump’s pace. Forty-seven percent of respondents in a Gallup poll said he was moving too fast, while just 10 percent said not fast enough. Whether Trump has it in him to pump the brakes is another matter entirely. The rigors of the job do seem to be taking a toll. In reports about a seemingly disastrous call Trump held with the Australian prime minister over the weekend, one excuse offered by Trump’s aides was that it had come at the end of a long day of conservations. The call took place around 5 p.m. But there is a difference between an appetite for work and an appetite for controversy. And, as Democrats were left shocked that the president offended a close ally and Republicans scrambled to clean up the mess (Sen. John McCain called the Australian ambassador to patch things over), Trump simply moved on to other matters, meeting with CEOs to talk jobs, provocatively threatening Iran on Twitter, and asking the National Prayer Breakfast to pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings on “The Apprentice.” “I think the pace is obviously very fast because of the methodology used by this administration,” McCain told The Huffington Post. “I don’t comment on that methodology. I’ve given up on that long ago.” Want more updates from Sam Stein? Sign up for his newsletter, Spam Stein, here. -- 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 февраля, 00:14

This Season, The NFL Got Political. Roger Goodell Is Still Trying To Pretend It's Not.

The 2016-2017 season was perhaps the most openly political year in NFL history, as Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, Tom Brady’s tacit support for Donald Trump, players’ reactions to Trump’s victory, and even the election’s potential effects on the NFL ratings dominated headlines. But during the final week of such a tumultuous season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell chose to say nothing when politics came up at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference on Wednesday. “As commissioner of the NFL, I’m singularly focused on the Super Bowl right now,” Goodell told a reporter when asked for his thoughts on the executive order President Donald Trump signed Friday to temporarily ban refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. “We have a unique position to have an event on Sunday that will bring the world together.” When Goodell announced that next season the NFL would once again play a game in Mexico City, a Hispanic reporter asked what the NFL could do “to help build a better relationship between Mexico and the U.S., and not necessarily build other things” ― a not-so-subtle reference to Trump’s plans to erect a wall along the southern border. Goodell chuckled, but avoided any comment on the wall. “One of the things that we truly believe in our hearts is that the NFL really does bond communities together and can be a bridge in that way,” Goodell said. “It unites people. We’re going to see it this weekend with the Super Bowl, where millions of people are going to tune in and they’re going to celebrate and they’re going to all forget about other things for at least a short period of time and really focus on having fun and being entertained by the Super Bowl.” Given the year the NFL has had and everything going on around him, Goodell’s unwillingness to even remotely address the issues at the forefront of seemingly everyone’s minds was striking — and possibly revealing. It started in the preseason, when Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, refused to stand for the national anthem to protest racism and police killings of African Americans. His protest continued throughout the season, and players across the league and in other sports joined him. Many of Kaepernick’s actions ― he wore a Fidel Castro shirt; he denounced both Trump and Hillary Clinton; he didn’t vote ― sparked repeated rounds of political discussion inside and around football. In November, a group of NFL players visited Congress to discuss police brutality and race relations with lawmakers. In week 13, the league allowed players to dedicate their cleats to charitable causes ― many of which were inherently political. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his own statement when reporters noticed a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker. Though Brady shied away from talking about politics after that, Trump, who has referred to him as a “friend,” didn’t: At a late campaign rally in New Hampshire, Trump touted Brady’s support and read a letter he received from Patriots coach Bill Belichick (Patriots owner Bob Kraft, too, is a friend and possible supporter of Trump). And New York Jets owner Woody Johnson served on Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, before last month accepting an ambassadorship representing the Trump administration. The aura of politics hasn’t lifted just because it’s Super Bowl week, for obvious reasons. Border politics are a major issue across Texas, and the refugee ban is a specific concern in Houston: As SBNation observed this week, Houston is “a haven for refugees” — no American city welcomes more each year, a fact that has helped make Houston one of America’s most diverse cities. As the NFL’s celebrations kicked off Monday, demonstrators rallied against Trump’s immigration policies outside the Super Bowl media center. Inside, it remained an issue on the minds of players and the media. Falcons owner Arthur Blank criticized Trump, while reporters badgered Brady and Belichick about the president (neither really said anything). A number of players said they would speak out on the order and other political issues after the game. Martellus Bennett, the Patriots tight end, said he won’t visit the White House if New England wins Sunday. Goodell, incidentally, said he had no knowledge of mentions of Trump disappearing from post-media day transcripts. Goodell’s silence on controversial issues is, ultimately, misleading. He and his league, whether they like to admit it or not, have always been political. The NFL has its own political action committee and has spent millions lobbying Congress. It begs voters to throw hundreds of millions in taxpayer money toward new stadiums. And as much as Goodell tried to root his personal opposition to Kaepernick’s protest in an appeal to patriotism, his and his league’s open embrace of that ideal — often in the form of unquestioned deference to law enforcement and the military — is itself a political position. This season and the actions players took during it should finally bury the idea that the NFL is disconnected from politics. “Political issues” such as police brutality and refugee bans and even the outcomes of elections affect its players and teams and the communities they are a part of. Goodell seems to believe he can only achieve his goals — $25 billion in annual revenue by 2027, and further growth internationally — by staying mum on divisive political issues and uniting people in their desire to consume more football (NFL regular season ratings, likely affected by an all-consuming presidential election, dropped 8 percent from a year ago). But in an era of newfound athlete activism, it was unrealistic to think NFL players, coaches and teams (and the media that covers them) wouldn’t eventually begin to speak out. The NFL, and Goodell, love to talk about how “football is family” — presumably for everyone. But sitting atop a league that has become more outspoken, in a city home to so many people who now feel more vulnerable than ever, Roger Goodell used his platform to stick to sports. The refugees and immigrants in the city hosting his Super Bowl don’t have that privilege. Sign up for the HuffPost Must Reads newsletter. 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02 февраля, 23:04

Trumps War Against Wordsmiths

Trumps antagonistic attitude to reporters goes beyond the pale. He recently told CNN reporter Jim Acosta that "your organization is terrible" and that "you (CNN) are fake news." This is a classic bully tactic adopted by him to gain power over his perceived enemies and minimize the effectiveness of fair reporting. In December 2015, Katy Tur of NBC News said Trump took offense at a tweet in which she said that he ended his speech "abruptly" after protesters showed up at a rally. In response, Trump tweeted that Tur "should be fired for dishonest reporting," and, a few days, later called out Tur from the stage of a South Carolina rally, belittling her by calling her "Little Katy" and a "third-rate reporter." (Another classic bullying tactic.) I can cite example after example of Trump behaving this way within the past year when he clearly felt threatened by reporters, and decided to hit back at them. Trumps willingness to berate and belittle anyone who disagrees with him, takes us all back to elementary school and the schoolyard bully. You may remember his GOP presidential opponents, Marco "little Marco" Rubio, Ted "lying Ted" Cruz, Jeb "low energy Jeb "Bush, and Bernie "crazy Bernie" Sanders, and of course Hillary "crooked Hillary" Clinton. It was outrageous behavior by him to "name call" these clearly qualified candidates. So why does Trump always seem to adopt these tactics? "People bully to gain power over others," says Naomi Drew, author of No Kidding About Bullying, "Trump's behavior is the epitome of this." Trump was unlikeable as a child, and suffered emotional abuse from his father Fred Trump, and so, like so many kids who are bullied, Trump became a bully too. Kellyanne Conway, the unquestionably unpopular Trump adviser, told journalists that reporters who "talked smack" about Trump should be fired, adding fuel to the fire that our first amendment rights are being threatened, and that censorship is not far away from his brand of authoritarianism. Free Speech, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. Journalists live, breathe and work by a code of ethics. Every fact should be checked and rechecked, and dates and places and times should be verified, before an article is sent to the editor. A few publications don't comply with these basic rules and are generally deemed as "fluff" journalism, but in the main, newspapers, broadcast and online news organizations adhere to the journalistic principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, fairness, public accountability and impartiality. Newspapers like the New York Times, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and news outlets like, CNBC, Fox news, CNN, Reuters, ABC news, CBSN, and hundreds of similar outlets employ reporters who have been vilified by this current administration. All they've done to the best of their ability, is report the news fairly and accurately. Sadly, Trump is unable to hear the truth. I'm horrified by Trumps assertion that journalists are all dishonest and are willing to run the risk of being fired by their paper if they write a piece that is factually inaccurate. Occasionally a report is published where mistakes are made. However this doesn't give Trump the right to make blanket statements that all reporters are dishonest. That simply is untrue. If I turn off my offense meter for a moment and watch Sean Spicer, (Trump's press secretary) I hear an intimidated little boy parroting what Trump tells him to say. The same applies to Kellyanne Conway. The only one in the room who is taken in by her clearly biased spin is Kellyanne herself! We want to thank the journalists for continuing to maintain their professionalism. We want them to continue to give credit where credit is due and provide unbiased accounts of important issues so that "we the people" can read and make up our own minds. We want to thank the many government employees who are desperately working to steady our important Government agencies during very tumultuous times. We also want to thank Arianna Huffington for giving us , and people like us, a platform to speak up and support artists and music in our culture. America is a mature and strong Democracy. Democracy is loud and noisy sometimes and so it should be. We dropped the ball this time by not getting enough people out to vote. We all share responsibility for that, but that does not give Trump the right to inflate his numbers. He won his presidency with less than 37 percent of registered voters supporting him. As long as he continues to promote characters like Steve Bannon, make atrociously insulting immigration policies, and adopt his "my way or the highway" approach to speaking to the American public, his numbers will continue to go down. This administrations war against wordsmiths is not going to work, because the pen truly is mightier than the sword. -- 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.

01 февраля, 21:12

What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?

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31 января, 19:45

Betsy DeVos' Nomination Clears Senate Committee, Despite Staunch Democratic Opposition

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); A Senate committee voted to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education Tuesday. The vote was split along party lines, with all 11 Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voting to reject DeVos, and all 12 of the committee’s Republicans voting to approve her. Next, DeVos faces a full Senate vote. Two Republican senators on the HELP Committee, Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), suggested that they were not sure how they would vote at that point. “I have not been persuaded that Betsy DeVos will put students first if she were confirmed and I have not been persuaded that she has the experience, skills, understanding or vision to lead this critical department at a time when it is more important than ever,” committee ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said Tuesday before the vote. “There is so much about Betsy DeVos’ record over the years that we can look to when we make this decision.” DeVos has inspired staunch opposition from some Democratic lawmakers and progressive groups. Although her vote in committee was originally scheduled for last week, it was delayed so lawmakers would have more time to review the paperwork she filed with the Office of Government Ethics. DeVos answered questions during a committee hearing earlier this month, but in the past week, Democrats requested a second opportunity to question her amid new revelations about her vast financial entanglements. Their request was rejected.  Since DeVos’ hearing, Democrats submitted over 800 additional written questions to the nominee in an effort to get more details on her views. By Monday evening, DeVos had responded to all of the questions, but some Democrats complained that her answers were not sufficient and actually raised more questions. On Monday afternoon, Murray once again pressed for a postponement of the vote. “After an initial review of the responses sent to Committee members with less than twenty four hours before the scheduled vote, staff has identified a number of critical questions about Ms. DeVos’ financial disclosure to the Committee and other areas that have not been answered to anywhere close to satisfaction,” said a Monday statement from Murray’s spokesperson, Eli Zupnick. “Senator Murray does not believe that members of the Committee have enough information about Ms. DeVos’ opaque finances, conflicts of interest, and other issues.” DeVos, a Michigan native, comes from a billionaire family that has donated millions of dollars to members of Congress. She is a passionate education activist, mostly involved in causes that prop up private and charter schools. Her opponents say that her interest in these institutions come at the expense of traditional public schools ― which a vast majority of American students attend ― and that her views could have disastrous consequences for the public school system.  DeVos has never formally worked in a public school. She is a staunch opponent of teachers unions, and a broad coalition of civil rights groups also say they are worried about her ascent. On Monday, about 250 national and local civil rights groups signed an anti-DeVos letter, saying that she “has demonstrated no previous commitment to ensuring equal educational opportunity in school.” In recent weeks, the chorus of voices challenging DeVos appears to have grown louder. After putting up what many saw as a lackluster performance at her confirmation hearing, protests opposing her confirmation broke out across the nation. During the hearing, DeVos stumbled over key questions and became fodder for late-night television after saying that schools might need guns to protect against grizzly bears. A review of written answers she submitted to the committee showed many lines were lifted verbatim and without citation from statutes and other sources. Several Democratic lawmakers report having seen an influx of anti-DeVos calls from constituents, and some have even begun capitalizing on the fierce opposition to her as a fundraising tactic, reports Education Week. The progressive change network CREDO Action collected over 1.4 million signatures on an anti-DeVos petition, the most one of their  ever received.  Still, she has strong support from prominent Republicans such as HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Before the vote, Alexander noted that he thinks DeVos has been the most questioned education secretary nominee in history. “I don’t think its fair to treat Ms. DeVos so different than we did Obama’s nominees,” Alexander said. “I respect my colleagues, I don’t question their motives, I don’t question their votes, but I believe their concerns are misplaced.” Also during Tuesday’s HELP Committee panel, Murray called for a vote on an amendment that would require Cabinet nominees to release their tax returns. “I have asked each Cabinet level nominee that this Committee will consider to submit three years of tax returns ― but so far each has refused,” she said. “So I am hopeful we can come together, across party lines, in the interest of good government and ethics ― and pass this amendment to move the HELP Committee to where a number of other Committees already are, including Finance, Budget, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.” The amendment was defeated along party lines. How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here.  -- 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.

31 января, 10:14

Сближение или холодная война? Что ожидает американо-китайские отношения

Политолог Михаил Нейжмаков о том, как новая администрация США будет выстраивать свои отношения с Китаем.

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.