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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Впрочем, из всех частных компаний Джеб Буш предусмотрительно уволился, о чем объявил еще накануне Нового года, дабы исключить конфликт интересов и самостоятельно принять решение — вступать в предвыборную схватку или нет. Зная, как Джеб печется о доходах, этот отказ от всех коммерческих проектов говорит о его решимости больше, чем слова.
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25 июня, 14:14

I Found Trump’s Diary—Hiding in Plain Sight

Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump’s Twitter feed is a document for the ages. And historians don’t want to lose it.

22 июня, 01:01

Kalanick's departure gives Uber a chance for a reset

The resignation of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick offers the embattled ride-hailing giant a chance to reset its often-poisonous relationship with regulators across the country and the world — and make a fresh start with Washington as it considers rules for Uber's next big thing: self-driving cars.Kalanick's decision to step down under pressure from Uber's shareholders marks a turning point for the company after months of turbulence under the brash CEO. His aggressive tactics upended local transportation markets and won early praise as an example of the so-called emerging economy. But the tenor changed around Uber as complaints piled up over everything from the company's treatment of its drivers to sexual harassment within the company.Despite Uber's efforts to smooth out its political troubles — by temporarily hiring Obama 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe, for example — the toxic culture embodied by Kalanick proved hard to erase. And now that Kalanick, who was so closely associated with Uber's brand, is gone, the company may look to rethink its lobbying and policy operation — and the way it attacks obstacles in communities where it's trying to expand. “We hope it makes a difference," said Jason Stanford, a spokesman for Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler, who has done battle with Uber. "The mayor’s always said that if Uber returns to Austin he hopes they operate in a way that’s aligned with Austin’s values. And if this is a step in the right direction, then great.”Uber spent millions of dollars on a bruising lobbying campaign against rules in Austin that would have imposed background-check requirements for drivers — and the company followed through on a threat to withdraw from the city last year after it lost. Uber is returning to Austin only now, after the Texas Legislature passed a bill saying the state, not municipalities, is responsible for regulating ride-on-demand companies. The bitter fight was one of dozens Uber has in places like Portland, Ore., New York City and the state of Nevada. In Washington, too, Uber has much to gain from keeping on the good side of regulators. DOT has issued voluntary guidelines for driverless cars — a key priority for Uber — with an update promised soon. House members are working up a draft package of bills on autonomous vehicles, and the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee just released a set of principles to inform future legislation — a sign that Congress is starting to engage on this issue. Uber has a deep interest in molding such nascent regulation to its advantage.Kevin Werbach, an associate professor of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, said it's unrealistic to expect that a company still aiming to make a profit would do a complete flip-flop and become totally deferential to regulators. But if investors' move to get rid of Kalanick has something to do with a desire to eventually take Uber public, "the company would want to put its house in order first before going and doing an IPO, which would definitely include a willingness to resolve some of its disputes with localities," said Werbach, who's also a former FCC official.It wasn't so long ago that Republicans and some Democrats clung to Uber as a breakthrough in an otherwise stagnant U.S. economy. Sen. Marco Rubio, as he contemplated a run for the White House in 2016, visited Uber's D.C. headquarters and, citing the company's legal battles in places like Miami, said that "one of the things that's holding back innovation in America is regulations." The Florida Republican titled one of the chapters of his pre-campaign book "Making America Safe for Uber."One of Rubio's GOP competitors for the White House, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, once made a point of summoning an Uber in front of about a dozen reporters in a demonstration of what The New York Times described as an example of "the unfettered market leading to economic prosperity."That kind of overt fawning has died down in recent months, as Uber grappled with scores of sexual harassment claims; a trade secrets lawsuit with Waymo, a unit of Google parent company Alphabet; and a DOJ review of its reported use of Greyball software to evade law enforcement. But the company still has friends in D.C. An Uber-backed bill that allows thousands of federal workers to expense ride-hailing services passed Congress and was signed by President Donald Trump in May.Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who recently led a hearing on testing and deployment of self-driving cars, said he's not concerned about Uber's internal drama.“It’s been a good relationship. We’ve met with folks from the company,” Peters said in an interview Wednesday. “I’ve spent time in California with some of their thought leaders as well, so they’ve been very helpful throughout the whole process.”Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), who has sought to downplay Uber's political skirmishes with elected leaders in Pittsburgh, said people in his district still value the company's role there. (Uber has been running a pilot project with self-driving cars in the city.)“We’re happy Uber is in Pittsburgh,” Doyle said. “We’ve got good jobs there, it’s a good project, and we want Uber there. Shareholders spoke and they want new leadership in the company, and given some of the problems that they’ve had, that’s probably a good thing for Uber. So we just hope it just means that good things are on the way and the new leadership will take a fresh look at the corporate culture there.”But Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) took a harsher view. "For the tech industry to retain broad public support, it's essential that they walk the talk. That means being fair to employees and having leadership that looks like America," he said. Already, there are signs of movement in Uber's Washington operation, with Niki Christoff, the head of Uber's D.C. policy shop and a former aide to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), leaving for a position at Salesforce. She's part of a wave of executives, including senior vice president of engineering Amit Singhal and senior vice president of communications Rachel Whetstone, heading for the exits in recent months.Uber has also shown signs it's rethinking some of the policy choices that have earned it such ire. Shortly before Kalanick's departure, two company leaders — head of product Aaron Schildkrout and Rachel Holt, head of the company's North America operations — announced that Uber would start offering drivers greater protections, like helping to cover the costs of their injury-protection insurance coverage."Why now?" the two Uber executives wrote in a blog post. "Because it's the right thing to do, it's long overdue, and there's no time like the present." In Pittsburgh, which welcomed Uber's self-driving car initiative only to sour on the company's sharp-elbowed tactics, Mayor Bill Peduto said he's been in contact with Uber over the last 24 hours and hopes new leadership can bring about some of the cultural changes he’s called for at the company.Uber "has a strong interest in working with us, to not only build autonomous vehicles, but to make sure they’ll be able to benefit cities," Peduto said. "So we will sit down in the middle of July and conversations will continue.”

21 июня, 17:52

Florida: Death To Public Education

Florida has long struggled to take the lead in the State Most Hostile To Public Education contest, with North Carolina, Wisconsin and Nevada giving some real competition. But last week, Florida’s legislature and governor took a decisive leap forward. Let there be no doubt ― no state is more hostile to the very idea of public education than Florida. Can I give you a quick list of the many ways that Florida has spat on public education in the past? They tried to undermine the teaching of science. They have remained studiously devoted to the idea of the Big Standardized Test, even though they can’t seem to get one right (and even to the point of cancelling actual education and requiring students to pledge allegiance to the test). But their devotion to the BS Test is so great that they hounded the mother of a dying child and went to court to keep children out of fourth grade who had demonstrated mastery of reading― but not on the BS Test. They have committed to a merit pay plan (well, with every kind of commitment except funding) that is one of the dumbest and most insulting versions of the oft-disproven concept of merit pay ever seen. They have turned recess into a political football. They have stood in a courtroom and declared that teacher-given grades are meaningless.  They implement bad retail management practices in their education system. They serve as the home base for FEE, the astro-turf edu-group that was supposed to help propel Jeb! Bush to the White House (as well as other failed astro-turf for the Common Core failures). In the face of a teacher shortage, they got rid of tenure and have since used it make the shortage worse by purging teachers who speak up about abuses they see. They host some of the research in How To Replace Teachers (and Students) With CGI Avatars, as well as some disastrously failed Gates “research” about teaching. They are pioneers in the destructive and not-remotely-useful A-F school grading system. And while they have pursued these new horizons in the destruction of public schools and the teaching profession, they’ve also kept the door open so that good old-fashioned racist underfunding of public schools can continue unimpeded. But then, letting terrible crap happen without standing in its way (well, unless it’s those third graders trying to avoid passing the Big Standardized Test) is what Florida does best. They have left the field for charter schools wide open, while doing their best to hamper public schools so that charters would look by comparison. Which is a challenge, because in Florida we have so many awesome charters to choose from. How about the charter that fired an English teacher for assigning actual reading?  How about a charter organization making money for a former model, but not actually educating anyone? Or a charter that’s run only to enrich a family, but which fires its whole staff. Or a charter that abruptly closes mid-year.  Here’s an entire report that captures pages of Florida charter frauds and scams, because none of these examples is unique within the state.  And Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos regularly holds Florida up as an exemplar. But for some of Florida’s education ― well, “leaders” isn’t exactly the word, so let’s call them Buckaneers, after the brave pirates who used to raid Florida in days of old, and yes, I spelled it with a K on purpose ― anyway, those guys didn’t see enough destruction happening fast enough, and so, HB 7069. Florida HB 7069 is everything there is to hate about the legislative process. The Miami Herald figures there are pieces of 55 old bills stapled together in this ugly dog. Cobbled together in some collection of dark back rooms, it offers a giant poop sandwich with a pickle on top, in hopes that people who like pickles will buy it. Except that, in the end, the Florida GOP didn’t make any real effort to sell it to anyone, though some of the charters that stood to profit from it assigned letter-writing duties to their parents. And some newspapers played along ― the Orlando Sentinel, in a truly amazing display of journalistic malpractice, covered the story as a bill “to scale back testing.” The whole business came down to an 11th-hour hope that if enough opposition could be mustered to the bill, Gov. Rick Scott would accidentally follow his naked self-interested into doing the right thing and veto this unholy bastard of a bill. That did not happen. In fact, because simply signing the bill wasn’t enough of a big fat “F@#! You!” to all supporters of public education, Scott signed the bill in a Catholic School, like the faithless jerk who cheats on you with some loose sleazebag, and then brings the sleazebag to the family picnic, just to rub it in your face. The bill includes hundreds of pages, but opponents and supporters agree on what it does― the bill shifts millions of taxpayer dollars from public education to the charter industry. Senator Linda Stewart summed it up pretty well here in her comments: The legislation you signed today gives to the charter school industry a free hand and promises them a bountiful reward. It allows corporations with no track record of success, no obligation to struggling students, and no mandated standards of accountability to flourish, with the sole obligation to their shareholders. Not the public. Not to well-intentioned parents desperate to see their children succeed – but to a group of investors who have made a business decision to add these companies to their portfolios because they are interested in making money. Opposition to the bill was widespread, and the cause for its support was not hard to figure out. Check out some of the leaders of the initiative. There’s House Speaker Richard Corcoran, whose wife runs a charter school in Pasco County. (He’s also the guy who reportedly insisted on the “poop sandwich withy pickle” political strategy for creating the bill). There’s Rep Manny Diaz, who runs a pretend college that lets charter students pretend they are taking college course. There’s bill co-sponsor Rep. Erik Fresen, who works as a $150,000-a-year consultant for Civica, an architectural firm that specializes in charter school buildings. Diaz and Fresen also work for Academica, a big time Florida charter chain. And the legislators did consult some folks as well, according to Gary Fineout, an AP reporter who has covered many Florida crazy-pants education stories: Rep. Michael Bileca, a Miami Republican and chairman of the House Education Committee, said legislators met with charter school operators and asked what it would take for them to set up schools in the neighborhoods now served by traditional public schools. He said one answer was that they needed help paying for new buildings to house the school. Voila! HB 7069 gives charters the ability to just go ahead and suck up tax dollars for purposes like buying or building facilities. The bill also provides the cynically-named “Schools of Hope,” which is an unbridled license for charter schools to expand in markets where the public school has been sufficiently weakened ― and no requirement to accept the students from that community. The state’s voucher program has been expanded. And a charter no longer needs the permission of a local district to expand ― just its money. There are yet more amazing features (after all, it’s almost 300 pages). Charter schools get to “grade” districts (but not, of course, vice versa). Title I funds are up for redistribution. New charters may ignore local zoning laws. Charters may of course hire any warm body they like, regardless of qualifications. And in a particularly baldfaced unsupportable move, HB 7069 says that if Chris does a lousy job as a student at Gotrox Charter Academy, then goes back to public school, the public school has to count all of Chris’s failure in their public school grade. It is true that HB 7069 does stop short of, say, allowing charter operators to take the food from in front of students in public school cafeterias. Nor does it allow charter operators to attack public school buildings with tanks or bazookas. But charter advocates are peeing themselves with glee. It is absolutely open season on public education in Florida, with the traditional system to be replaced with a corporate marketplace with a single purpose ― to make a bunch of money while pretending to sort of educate a select few students, kind of.  Students will be at the mercy of whatever the market wants to offer them, while the children of the rich will head off to private schools. What happens when the state burns down your public school and no reputable or competent charter wants you? Some Floridians are about to find out. There is no pretending this will serve students. Florida’s education system has already been failing masses of students by gutting public schools and replacing them with unregulated, unqualified, unscrupulous charter operators, and this bill openly and deliberately accelerates that process. North Carolina has been trying hard to show us what one-party rule with no regard for democracy or the rights of citizens looks like, but it turns out they are just wanna-be’s compared to the money-hungry back-room operators of the Florida GOP. I have seen on the twitterverse that some legislators may have voted for this abomination thinking that Scott would veto it (which ― really? Have you met your governor) and that other folks failed to speak out because they really like pickles and didn’t believe the poop would be that hard to choke down. Shame on all of them. I know there are still good schools and good teachers left in Florida, but their uphill struggle only gets steeper from this point. After last week’s action, I wouldn’t send my worst enemy to teach in Florida, nor their children to go to school there. And do not forget ― This is what Betsy DeVos thinks is an example for us all. This is what she thinks the whole country should look like. Originally posted at Curmudgucation -- 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.

15 июня, 01:41

Who were the people injured at Wednesday's baseball practice shooting?

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others were treated at local hospitals Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday morning.Congressional staffer Zack Barth, lobbyist Matt Mika, and Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner also received medical treatment following the shooting. The gunman, identified by a law enforcement source as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, died.Here are brief biographies of the people injured in Wednesday's shooting:STEVE SCALISEScalise, 51, is a fifth-term congressman who serves as the top vote counter for House GOP leadership. He's married with two children, and he hails from Louisiana. He's known as a booster for his state, recommending restaurants to visiting staffers or reporters.A longtime Republican, Scalise was a member of the College Republicans at Louisiana State University and volunteered for George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign. As a child, he urged neighbors to vote, according to a “Politics in America” almanac profile.On the Hill, he has been considered one of the more conservative members of the conference, backing spending cuts and gun rights. Scalise also used his perch to advocate for Louisiana in 2010 after the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest oil spill in U.S. history. He sponsored legislation giving fines related to the spill to coastal states to rebuild.In 2012, Scalise was elected head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative lawmakers. In 2014, when then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) loss in a primary triggered a leadership shuffle, Scalise won his current spot as whip, buoyed by southern Republicans who wanted to see one of their own in leadership.ZACK BARTHBarth has worked for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) since last year. He's the congressman's "legislative correspondent." He previously worked for former Rep. Randy Neugebauer as both a staff and policy assistant, before joining Williams' office in September, according to legislative records.Barth spent a portion of the presidential election working for Jeb Bush's campaign as an intern.Per his LinkedIn profile, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, doing internships for a Houston official, the governor's office, and in Rep. John Culberson's (R-Texas) Houston office. After the campaign, during which he worked in Miami, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Barth moved to Washington to work in the House.Williams tweeted Wednesday that Barth was "receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery."MATT MIKA Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and was said to be in the intensive care unit at a Washington hospital, where friends were keeping vigil on Wednesday afternoon, several sources familiar with the situation told POLITICO. His family said he has been listed in critical condition. Mika, a former baseball player, was helping the Republican team prepare for Thursday's game, said his former boss Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.). Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Mika had been part of the team for several years and helped at second base and shortstop. “Baseball is one of his great passions and he has always loved the Congressional team,” his family said in a statement. Mika is a 2001 graduate of Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. He received a master’s degree in public administration and public policy from Western Michigan University in 2004. He started on Capitol Hill in 2005 as a legislative assistant for former Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), and joined Walberg’s staff in 2007. He served as the congressman’s lead staffer on the House Agriculture Committee, according to Mika’s LinkedIn profile. After Walberg lost a reelection bid in 2008, Mika went to lobby for the North American Meat Institute. He joined Tyson Foods in 2011, where he works on livestock issues ranging from the organic sector to regulations related to fair competition in the meat industry.DAVID BAILEYBailey, per his LinkedIn profile, has worked for the Capitol Police since 2008. He also worked a stint for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Bailey is a 2007 graduate of North Carolina Central University and, according to his Facebook page, is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, though it says he attended high school in Brandywine, Md., not far from Washington.On his LinkedIn profile, Bailey lists his Capitol Hill responsibilities as enforcing traffic regulations, preventing criminal activity and protecting members of Congress and their families.Bailey was treated and released after sustaining a minor injury during the incident, Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.CRYSTAL GRINERVerderosa said Griner was in good condition in the hospital after being shot in the ankle Wednesday morning.Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who was at the practice, told CNN that Griner was shot and went down early in the incident, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m."There could have easy been 25 deaths or more today," said Williams, who was also on the scene. "Officers Griner and Bailey prevented that. My family will be forever grateful."Hood College, a liberal arts school in Frederick, Md., said on Facebook on Wednesday that Griner was a 2006 graduate.

14 июня, 23:15

These Are The People Wounded In The Alexandria Baseball Shooting

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 top House Republican is among the five people wounded after a gunman opened fire on a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, leaving two people in critical condition. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, 51, of Louisiana, and Zachary Barth, a legislative correspondent to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), were among those transported to area hospitals from the Alexandria field, authorities said. Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Chicken, and Capitol Police Officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey were also hospitalized following the shooting. Mika and Scalise were reported to be in critical condition. An FBI press release Wednesday afternoon identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66. Griner and Bailey reportedly exchanged gunfire with Hodgkinson, who was wounded and later died of his injuries. Mika’s family released a statement Wednesday confirming that he “was shot multiple times, is in critical condition, and is currently in surgery.” Tyson Foods also released a statement on Mika. “Matt has worked for Tyson Foods for more than six years and we’re deeply concerned about him and his family,” it said in part. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) lauded Griner and Bailey as “heroes” during a statement on the floor that afternoon. Speaker Ryan praises Capitol Police officers on scene: "Without these two heroes...many lives would have been lost." https://t.co/L3sgoBT6GD pic.twitter.com/a32lLbVmob— ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2017 “I spoke with Special Agent Bailey and Special Agent Griner earlier this morning. One was being treated and one was about to go into surgery,” Ryan said. “I expressed our profound gratitude to them. It is clear to me that based on various eyewitness accounts that without these two heroes, Agent Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost.” Bailey has been a Capitol Police officer for nine years. He also spent three years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to a LinkedIn profile under his name.  The two officers are in good condition and are expected to make a full recovery, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a press conference. Barth has been hospitalized in stable condition and is “doing well,” according to Williams. “He is receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery,” the Texas congressman tweeted. “We ask that you please respect the privacy of him and his family during this difficult time.” The prayers of myself and my entire staff are with @SteveScalise right now— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) June 14, 2017 Communication specialist Leslie Hagar Small identified Barth as an intern for the 2016 presidential campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R). “Zack Barth was one of our best Jeb interns on the campaign,” she tweeted. “He would stay and work until 8, 9, 10 pm because he loved the work and the Gov.” Bush also tweeted that his “prayers are with Zach and everyone hurt in this morning’s shooting.” My prayers are with Zach and everyone hurt in this morning's shooting. Hats off to the U.S. Capitol Police for their heroic response. https://t.co/wk9BFizFvj— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 14, 2017 Scalise was at second base when he was shot in the hip, according to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who was at the scene. Scalise was able to drag himself away. Brooks later described using his belt as a tourniquet on a wounded staffer.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was also at the scene, credited Capitol Police for their swift response. “Absolutely no one would have survived without Capitol Hill Police,” he told CNN. “It would have been a massacre without them.” -- 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.

14 июня, 01:20

Gillespie and Northam win Virginia gubernatorial primaries

The Republican primary was much closer than expected.

10 июня, 14:24

The GOP That Failed

The party didn’t decide. And now Republicans are stuck with Trump.

10 июня, 01:39

Jeb Bush Defends Trump, Admits No One Cares About Him

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07 июня, 12:32

Stephen Colbert Calls For Election Do-Over Following New Russian Hacking Claims

Stephen Colbert wants a rerun of the 2016 presidential election On Tuesday’s “Late Show,” he dissected new claims that Russia attempted to influence the vote in President Donald Trump’s favor by gaining access to computers at voting software companies in the days leading up to the ballot. “Who really knows who won November 8th now?” Colbert asked. “I mean, other than [Russian President] Vladimir Putin.” “I’m a little rusty on my Constitution, but I guess that means new election?” he added, to cheers from his studio audience. “Let’s just get the band back together,” Colbert quipped. “Somebody find Jeb [Bush] and wake him up! I don’t know where he is, check the mild salsa aisle.”  Check out the full segment above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=59366a62e4b0099e7faed180,592fb561e4b0e09b11ed9b1b,591bfd6ae4b041db89656b03,592e8c22e4b055a197ce5726 -- 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 июня, 15:01

Donald Trump's Biggest GOP Critics Are Very, Very, Very Sad

Whither the Never Trumper? It’s been a difficult few months for the small but outspoken group of prominent Republican consultants, operatives and media figures who opposed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Since Trump’s inauguration, these party renegades have had to come to terms with the political ascension of a man hellbent on sabotaging a party and an agenda they’ve worked decades to promote. Put simply: The Never Trumpers have been better. If you’re envisioning a bunch of people in business attire swaddling themselves in bed all day, you wouldn’t be far off. “I’m emotionally unwell,” quipped Jeb Bush’s former communications director, Tim Miller, “but I’m doing my best.” “I guess there’ve been some points that haven’t been as brutal as others,” said Meghan Milloy, a co-director of Republican Women for Hillary. “It kind of fluctuates day to day based on the news cycle.” A lot of people and things aren’t faring well during the Trump presidency ― immigrants, women, Muslims, refugees, the LGBTQ community, European Union officials, workers, people with pre-existing conditions, Syrian civilians, arctic ice sheets, Sean Spicer, diplomatic protocol officers, endangered species, journalists and Seth Rich’s family, to name a few. In such an environment, one isn’t inclined to feel much sympathy for a group of GOPers estranged from their party establishment. Far worse fates can befall a person than not landing a West Wing office or being unable to nab GlaxoSmithKline as a lobbying client because that person isn’t tight with Jared Kushner. But let’s spare a moment for the Never Trump Republican, if only because it’s a significant development when so many of the biggest detractors in the ruling party are disillusioned and in disagreement over whether there is anything to be done about their predicament.    The Never Trumpers interviewed for this piece were uniformly appalled by the fire hose-like stream of White House scandals inundating the news. But they’re more despairing over the president’s abandonment of key conservative principles, along with a sense that he has blown the opportunity to advance the principles he does support. “It’s frustrating for me as a conservative,” said former Ted Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler. “We were told if we won the House and got our speaker in there that all of these wonderful things would happen and that wasn’t true.” Those “wonderful things” include efforts to overhaul the tax code, repeal Obamacare and gut Wall Street regulations ― ambitions that the Trump administration’s myriad organizational shortcomings and the investigations into Russian connections have largely sidelined. As if Trump’s own goals weren’t agonizing enough, Never Trumpers fret over the president’s ongoing rhetoric targeting longheld conservative principles. Rick Wilson, a veteran GOP consultant and pundit, took particular umbrage with the president’s proposed budget. “You can’t pretend that proposing a giant, budget-busting, fantasy math budget like they proposed is fiscal conservatism,” Wilson said, adding that he wasn’t surprised that the president abandoned “most [fiscal] conservative principles and engaged in a narcissistic daily temper tantrum.” “We’ve got a president who’s telling companies what they can and can’t do, where they can and can’t move, where their workers can and can’t go. [Conservatives] complain about the size of government all the time. To administer Trumpism, you’re going to have to wildly expand the role of government in the private sector,” he said. The president’s embrace of Russia and confrontational attitude toward NATO hasn’t exactly earned himself plaudits from this crowd, either. “In foreign policy, he’s moving in exactly the opposite direction as Ronald Reagan did,” said Liz Mair, a Republican communications consultant who has previously worked with would-be Republican presidential candidates Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina and Rick Perry. Things could’ve been different, of course. Many of these Never Trumpers were once well-positioned for White House jobs, having worked for lawmakers who went on to run in 2016, or taking part in 2016 Republican primary campaigns directly. That a bunch of people they see as utterly incompetent are now occupying these dream gigs only compounds the hurt. “The problem with this team on all levels is they haven’t done the work of putting out a communications plan to inform the country of what it is they’re trying to do,” said Tyler. “They don’t have plan. It’s just a continuous campaign.” “I can’t imagine if I were somebody who was supposed to be working on something important like policy or presenting the president’s image,” echoed Mair. “Working in communications, a lot of complaints I hear are, ‘Oh my God, their communications operations!’ and I’m like, ‘What the fuck did you people expect?’” Working in communications, a lot of complaints I hear are, 'Oh my God, their communications operations!' and I'm like, 'What the fuck did you people expect?' Liz Mair, Republican communications consultant Some members of the Never Trump movement are trying to combat the trends that led to this despair. After the November election, Meghan Milloy and her Republican Women for Hillary co-founder Jennifer Pierotti Lim rechristened the organization Republican Women for Progress. The group, according to its co-founders, seeks to restore the socially progressive, economically conservative brand of Republican once personified by Nelson Rockefeller by recruiting, training and promoting female Republican candidates.   “One big problem is that there aren’t many women in leadership,” said Milloy, “and I think that’s due in large part to the fact that the GOP doesn’t have the support organizations and actions in place like EMILY’s List that specifically cater to women.” Pierotti Lim said female lawmakers in Congress have proven more willing to “chart their own course” and not walk in lockstep with the president, citing Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), among others. Republican Women for Progress aims to cultivate that approach. “I think a few Republican women have been able to walk the line of not being 100 percent supportive of the Trump administration,” Pierotti Lim said. But Milloy and Pierotti Lim’s relative optimism is in short supply. Few Never Trumpers believe there is much hope for a near-term correction of the political and demographic trends that contributed to Trump’s rapid takeover of the GOP. “From an ideological standpoint, the center of gravity is moving toward the populist right,” said Miller. “I don’t see us swinging back.” A number of Never Trumpers told HuffPost that Trump’s election prompted a sobering realization: that the largely academic brand of conservatism they support ― actively small-government and interventionist ― doesn’t sync with the beliefs and outlooks of many Republican voters. “American conservatism has become anti-liberalism,” said veteran conservative commentator Charlie Sykes. “It is united by hating the media and hating the left ― as opposed to supporting small government.”   White House officials dismissed the criticism as textbook wound-licking from people whose side lost. “The President is holding his promises to the American people by growing the economy, creating jobs, protecting our boarders [sic] and ensuring that every American is safe and prospering,” a White House spokesman said in a curiously spelled statement provided to HuffPost. Republican officials in Congress also expressed frustration with the criticism, citing a need to deal with the inescapable reality of Trump’s presidency and his support among an overwhelming majority of Republicans. “We certainly appreciate their advice on Twitter,” quipped one senior GOP aide. It's suicidal, it's self-destructive, it's a time bomb waiting to go off that will ruin their careers and political legacies Rick Wilson, GOP consultant and pundit Never Trumpers aren’t unsympathetic to the political bind in which Trump has placed his congressional colleagues. “I think they’re in a tough spot,” said Miller, who cited polling showing Republican support for the president in the high 80s. “The base of the Republican Party and the people that these Congress folk respond to ― the small-dollar donors, the people who knock on doors, the people who are engaged in the political process ― they overwhelmingly want them to support Trump and his agenda.” However many more Never Trumpers were exasperated by the relative absence of elected Republicans standing up to Trump. “I have maintained my entire political career that the Republican Party is one of the most gutless collections of individuals on the planet,” said Mair. “They are some of the most spineless individuals on the planet.” Others warned that the party will suffer political consequences for inaction. “I remain absolutely convinced that [Trump] remains unfit for office, but that does not mean that I think anyone will take steps to do anything,” said Sykes, adding that anyone who assumes otherwise “fundamentally misunderstands the nature of the current Republican Party.” “This is a party that rolled over and nominated Donald Trump despite all their doubts,” he continued. “With every passing day it becomes the defining characteristic of this party that they won’t stand up to Donald Trump and that many of them on a daily basis find ways to pretzel themselves into rationalizing his conduct.” Rick Wilson was no less blunt in his assessment. “It’s suicidal, it’s self-destructive, it’s a time bomb waiting to go off that will ruin their careers and political legacies,” he predicted. “Every one of them who comes out and talks about how they’re small-budget conservatives and want to balance budgets should be struck by lightning.” But, hey, it’s not all bad ― or at least as bad as they thought. Most praised a number of Trump’s Cabinet picks, in particular Secretary of Defense James Mattis and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. “There are a few areas where he’s proving to be not 100 percent horrible,” said Mair. “Everybody’s got to find some bright spots in their day.” Wilson was more Zen about the situation. “When you expect the worst,” he said, “you get precisely what you expected.” -- 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.

02 июня, 02:10

Trump’s nationalism wins out again

'This will wake people up,’ Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says after Trump’s climate decision.

02 июня, 00:07

Biden’s New PAC Could Be A signal… Or Not

by Ashley Balcerzak Remember when we told you super PACs are already gearing up for 2018, and even in some cases 2020? Looks like a potential challenger to President Donald Trump is also stocking a war chest more than three years in advance: former Vice President Joe Biden. “[T]he negativity, the pettiness, the small-mindedness of our politics today drives me crazy,” Biden wrote in a Medium post announcing the group. “In America, everyone is dealt in on the deal. You don’t need to be born into money or power or influence.” Though he has not said he will run for the White House (back in May he said, “Could I? Yes. Would I? Probably not.”), Biden, 74, announced Thursday he’s formed a political action committee called American Possibilities. He plans to use the account to donate to Democratic gubernatorial candidates this year and congressional ones in the midterms, as well as to fund his travel for speaking appearances. Even as far back as Ronald Reagan’s first run for the White House, potential candidates have been known to set up campaign vehicles years before an election. “Reagan had a PAC paying for his travels to get his name out long before he ran for president,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen. But “it has become the norm these days,” he added. Biden, in fact, has already done a bit of traveling, appearing at party fundraisers in states like New Hampshire that have early presidential primaries. Biden wouldn’t be the only candidate prepping for 2020: Trump already registered for his re-election run and raised $7.1 million in the first three months of 2017, about half of which came from his joint fundraising committees, accounts that split the booty between the Republican party and other candidates. In total, his two major JFCs, Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again committee, about raised $10.5 million, $3.5 million of which was transferred to Trump. Holman noted that Biden didn’t set up a super PAC, like former Gov. Jeb Bush did in 2015, soliciting large donations before he officially announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination. Bush was criticized by many for doing that to circumvent coordination rules that prevent super PACs, which can raise unlimited amounts from individuals and corporations, from working directly with candidates. Biden could still do that, of course, but given his critiques of big money in politics, he’d be called out immediately for hypocrisy. If this is a precursor to a Biden candidacy, it would be his third time he’s tossed his hat in the ring; he also ran in 2008 and 1988. (He also mulled a run in 2016, but chose not to seek the Democratic nomination in part because of the recent death of his son.) Biden dropped out early in 2007 after low support in Iowa and meager fundraising compared to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, raising about $13.2 million. (His top donors included Young, Conaway et al with $55,000, the offices of trial lawyer Peter G Angelos at $55,000 and Simmons Cooper LLC with $53,000.) Biden was also in the Senate from 1973 to 2009, when he left to become vice president. The Delaware lawmaker raised $29.1 million from 1989 to the end of his term, which is as far back as our data go. His top contributors over that span included employees from bank holding company MBNA Corp ($208,000), law firm Pachulski, Stang Ziehl & Jones ($206,000) and the Simmons Law Firm ($188,000). Lawyers and law firms led the way (as illustrated by his top donors) at $6.6 million, followed by real estate interests at $1.4 million and securities and investment, or Wall Street at $1.1 million. Of the potential 2020 candidates, we also know a bit more about Biden than Trump, since Biden has released his tax returns from 1998 to 2015. Biden and his wife, Jill, reported $392,000 in adjusted gross income in 2015 and paid $92,000 in federal taxes, an effective tax rate of 23 percent. The couple gave $6,600 to charity. Never among the wealthiest politicians (and quick to invoke his working class roots) Biden’s 2015 personal financial disclosure shows the couple is worth anywhere from $300,000 to $1.1 million. -- 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 мая, 00:37

Congratulations To White House Communications Director Jared Kushner

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! Jeb Bush gave up his bid for the Miami Marlins and looks forward to getting on with his life, which we suspect mostly involves online shopping for buttondown shirts and giving thumbs up to people while waiting in line at Smoothie King. Jerry Springer might run for governor, a development that would represent daytime television’s most significant foray into politics since Tom Daschle stole Sally Jesse Raphael’s glasses. And Darrell Issa accosted protesters outside of his office; the congressman hasn’t experienced such frosty treatment since that time Trey Gowdy kicked him out of a Benghazi deposition. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, May 30th, 2017: COMMS DIRECTOR OUT AS WHITE HOUSE SHAKEUP APPEARS IMMINENT - Daniel Lippman and Alex Isenstadt: “Mike Dubke, President Donald Trump’s communications director, has resigned as Trump considers a larger personnel shakeup to confront the growing scandals weighing down his administration…. Beyond Dubke, Spicer, the press secretary, is expected to take on a reduced public role…. Dubke, who was only on the job for a little over three months, had generally been seen as a Spicer ally in the White House. Trump has also been in talks with former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie about taking on more formal roles, possibly in a crisis management function…. Trump is also said to have become more frustrated with Kushner, a top adviser who has become the subject of damaging reports alleging that he tried to set up secret communications with the Russians during the transition and failed to disclose multiple meetings with Russian officials.” [Politico] HOPE YOU ENJOYED NOT BEING CELIBATE OR PREGNANT, LADIES - Laura Bassett: “The Trump administration is on the verge of rolling back a federal rule that requires most employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans at no cost to women…. The contraception mandate, enacted under President Barack Obama in 2012, for the first time in U.S. history deemed birth control an essential preventative health service that should be fully covered alongside well-woman visits, mammograms and sexually transmitted infection screenings. It guarantees coverage to more than 55 million women, saved women $1.4 billion on birth control pills in the first year it went into effect, and has contributed to the lowest U.S. abortion rate since the procedure became legal in 1973.” [HuffPost] MAYBE THE MOST REPUBLICAN STORY EVER - Soon, Republican agreement about this will break down and everyone will just agree on some more corporate tax cuts. Lydia Wheeler: “The debate over criminal justice reform has taken a head-spinning turn on Capitol Hill. After months of debate over whether to curb mandatory minimum prison sentences, Republicans are now going in the opposite direction. A new border security bill includes mandatory minimum sentences for certain immigrants who try to re-enter the country after they’ve already been deported and for people convicted of violent crimes against judges and police officers. The Hill reviewed a draft copy of the legislation, which is still being hammered out by Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas).” [The Hill] Journalism has broken our spirits and we’ve been trying to donate those for years: “Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs replaced his glasses on Tuesday, after they were broken when he was assaulted by Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte…. At the request of the Washington DC media museum the Newseum, Jacobs has agreed to donate his broken glasses to the museum for display in their collection.” [The Guardian] ISSA HITS ROOFTOP FOR FINAL SHOWDOWN WITH SHERLOCK, OR SOMETHING - If there was one person in Congress jealous of Greg Gianforte’s body-slamming of Ben Jacobs, our money says it was Darrell Issa. Teri Figueroa and Joshua Stewart: “U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa stepped onto the roof of his Vista office building Tuesday, as hundreds of people protested below, and took out his cellphone to snap a few photographs of the crowd. It was an unusual moment during a morning in which Issa and a protest organizer briefly spoke to each other on the sidewalk, then accused each other of failing to engage in polite dialogue. In a phone call to the Union-Tribune, Issa said he attempted to speak with the protesters and to field their queries, but they would not have a conversation with him…. Ellen Montanari, who organizes the weekly rallies and often leads the crowd chants, said she tried to shake Issa’s hand and was rebuffed. Montanari said Issa told her ‘step away, you are a protester’ and that she replied ‘I am a constituent.’ She said he then made ‘disparaging remarks’ about the protesters and the signs they carry.” [San Diego Times-Union]  LOL, also this: “On Tuesday morning, Issa did give a smile and a piece of cake to an Oceanside man and President Donald Trump supporter who attends the weekly rallies as a counter protest. ‘The historical significance of that was not lost on the group,’ Montanari said, referencing the famed ‘let them eat cake’ quote from Marie Antoinette.” [Ibid.]  Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill MICHAEL COHEN UNDER INVESTIGATION - Say’s who? Say’s who? Marina Fang: “President Donald Trump’s personal attorney is under investigation as part of the congressional probes into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, NBC and ABC reported Tuesday. Michael Cohen, who has been a close adviser to Trump for years and was a campaign surrogate, confirmed to both outlets that the House and Senate intelligence committees requested ‘information and testimony’ from him, but he chose not to comply. ‘I declined the invitation to participate, as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered,’ he said in an email to ABC News.” [HuffPost] RUSSIA TRYING TO ELBOW ITS WAY INTO ITALY - Add this one to “headlines we thought we’d never read after 1947.” Jason Horowitz: “Russia is assiduously courting Italy, a country that once had the largest Communist party outside the Soviet bloc and that many analysts consider the soft underbelly of the European Union. In Rome, Mr. Trump left behind an embassy without an ambassador, and forfeited a geopolitical playing field that Moscow’s ambassador in Rome, Sergey Razov, is exploiting…. A deliberate, gray-haired career diplomat, Mr. Razov has been plugging away at building relationships with Italian politicians, organizing concerts for Italy’s earthquake survivors and visiting Italian regional officials who lament the “unfair” sanctions on Russia — which Moscow dearly wants lifted…. But there is a fear among Italian, European and American officials that Russia is also using the same kind of behind-the-scenes influence and news media obfuscation it has employed in the United States and elsewhere, creating a tilt in Italy toward Moscow.” [NYT] Things people were upset about on Twitter today: Kathy Griffin and Chuck Woolery.  SENATORS BEGIN LONG, ARDUOUS PROCESS OF SHELVING HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL - It’s like America’s upper chamber has become one big blue ribbon commission. Erin Mershon: “Senate leadership staff will huddle this week with their colleagues on three key committees to begin drafting the chamber’s legislation to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law…. The drafting efforts will include Senate staffers from the Budget Committee, the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said [South Dakota Sen. John] Thune and Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin  But the lawmakers also declined to put any artificial deadlines on the drafting process or their broader efforts to vote on a repeal and replace package. They said they are still far from an agreement.” [Roll Call] BREAKING: NEWT GINGRICH TRYING TO BILK PEOPLE - The principles of Trumpism also involve never paying back anyone who loaned your presidential campaign money. McKay Coppins: “Even as the unique brand of politics that Trump championed in the campaign has been all but sapped of meaning in the early months of his presidency, an ever-growing number of opportunists and stakeholders has emerged to compete for the mantle of Trumpism’s premier public intellectual. Arguably no one has pursued that title more aggressively than Gingrich. Since Trump was elected, Gingrich has written two books — a quickie ebook titled Electing Trump, and a slightly-less-quickie biography due out next month titled Understanding Trump — and has expanded his original Heritage speech into a six-part lecture series on the subject of Trumpism.” [Atlantic]  OH, YOU WANT TELEVISION PERSONALITIES TO RUN FOR OFFICE? CLEARLY FRUSTRATED AND CONFUSED OHIO DEMOCRATS ASK - This ends with the DGA recruiting the Cucumber from VeggieTales to challenge Charlie Baker, doesn’t it? Allan Smith and Maxwell Tani “Influential Ohio Democrats are pushing former Cincinnati mayor and daytime-TV host Jerry Springer to run for Ohio governor in 2018, more than half a dozen Democrats familiar with the race told Business Insider. Many said Springer, who sought the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio in 1982 and remains active in state politics, could be a good fit for the current political climate. Springer’s proponents have highlighted his ability in the era of President Donald Trump to provide his own funding for a campaign and to connect with working-class voters familiar with his television show and history in Ohio politics.” [Business Insider]  South Carolina congressional candidate Archie Parnell doubles down on being a Democratic House candidate and goes full “House of Cards” in its latest campaign ad.    Jeb? “Jeb Bush has dropped his pursuit of purchasing the Miami Marlins, according to a source close to the talks. The source, confirming a report by the Associated Press, did not offer an explanation for Bush’s change of course. ‘He just decided to take a step back,’ the source said. The former Florida governor and candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination had teamed with retired New York Yankees star Derek Jeter in a bid to buy the franchise from Jeffrey Loria, the current owner.” [Miami Herald’s Douglas Hanks]  BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here is a ruthless tiny dog.  POLITICS GETTING TO BE TOO MUCH FOR PEOPLE RIGHT NOW - Stephanie Marcus: “Nearly every politically driven show on both network and cable TV ― ‘Scandal,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘Homeland,’ ‘Madam Secretary,’ ‘Designated Survivor’ and ‘Quantico’ ― saw a decline in viewership numbers through the election season and dropped further after Trump won…. ‘Scandal,’ in particular, feels like victim of the Trump era. Though the show’s ratings had been declining since 2015, it wasn’t in danger of being canceled. After the election, creator Shonda Rhimes would often say in interviews that she no longer knew what to do with the series now that Trump was president — the on-screen scandals handled by Olivia Pope and her Gladiators were still far more dramatic than anything on the nightly news, but the latest season’s first few episodes, which aired right after Trump’s inauguration, forced viewers to endure yet another election narrative and relive the loss felt on election night all over again.” [HuffPost]  COMFORT FOOD  - A map of the most misspelled words by state.  - A foolproof kale chip recipe.  - Hospitable elephants eagerly greet new elephant.  TWITTERAMA [email protected]: HELLO IT IS I THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDIA LEFT HERE TO SAY THE KATHY GRIFFIN THING SUCKS AND... IS BAD. PLEASE EMBED THIS TWEET ON BREITBART  @morninggloria: “if anybody’s going to take down the Trump presidency through BITING SATIRE, it’s everybody’s favorite provocateur Kathy Griffin.” - nobody [email protected]: *logs on*Chuck WooleryKathy GriffinChuck WooleryKathy GriffinChuck WooleryKathy GriffinChuck WooleryKathy Griffin*logs off*  Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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30 мая, 23:57

Jeb Bush Said To Drop Out Of Bid For Miami Marlins; What Does It Mean For Derek Jeter?

Jeb Bush is out of the running for the $1.3 billion purchase of the Miami Marlins. What does Derek Jeter do next?

24 мая, 07:00

Why is Nobody Talking about This... (2017-2018 EVENTS)

Why is Nobody Talking about This... (2017-2018 EVENTS) No one attacked the United States on 9/11. That was George Bush, Dick Chaney, Rumsfeld, The Jew that had just put down 14 Million on the Twin Towers, Jeb Bush Julionie, the people who stole the 9 trillion of Gold from the basement of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

23 мая, 03:08

Trump's Exhausting First Road Trip

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

23 мая, 00:13

Trump & Co. Put Out A Call For Plumbers

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

22 мая, 20:45

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

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

20 мая, 17:48

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

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

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