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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Личность

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Семья

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Возможная кампания

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Впрочем, из всех частных компаний Джеб Буш предусмотрительно уволился, о чем объявил еще накануне Нового года, дабы исключить конфликт интересов и самостоятельно принять решение — вступать в предвыборную схватку или нет. Зная, как Джеб печется о доходах, этот отказ от всех коммерческих проектов говорит о его решимости больше, чем слова.
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He told senators at his confirmation hearing that he supports parts of the controversial Volcker Rule, which prohibits banks from making some bets with their own money — an anathema to conservatives who want to scrap stricter banking laws."If that is his position, it is not a conservative one and is not consistent with deregulation," said Norbert Michel, a senior research fellow in financial regulation and monetary policy at the Heritage Foundation and former member of the Trump transition team.Right-leaning policy experts, Republican donors and some who worked on the presidential transition fear that Mnuchin has neither the policy chops nor the conservative credentials to lead Treasury, especially given pressure the agency will face after the health care battle to overhaul the tax code, eliminate Dodd-Frank or re-do housing finance rules. Republicans see major opportunities for policy shifts thanks to the business executive-turned-president, and they want Cabinet secretaries to take full advantage.“I think Donald has a weakness for guys who made a lot of money,” said one Republican donor. “For conservatives, Mnuchin is a missed opportunity because he is not conservative. He will not drive the kind of tax reform we want, nor will he be strong on fixing Dodd-Frank,” the donor added. Tony Sayegh, Treasury’s assistant secretary for public affairs, dismissed complaints about Mnuchin and said the secretary and Trump are aligned on every issue including taxes, financial reform and trade. “Secretary Mnuchin has consistently stated that sweeping tax reform is his number one priority, has worked closely with President Trump on the issue since the campaign, and is now leading the tax reform effort on behalf of the administration,” he said. “The secretary just returned from the G20 finance ministers meeting in Germany where he held two press conferences and 18 bilateral meetings during which he promoted President Trump’s belief in free, fair and balanced trade.One lobbyist close to the administration and transition team defended Mnuchin, saying the Senate just confirmed him on Feb. 13. “It’s too early to start etching in stone what he is or isn’t going to do. He is new to the town,” the lobbyist said. “This town rolls on certainty. That is what makes this difficult for people.”Allies of Cohn and Powell, both former Goldman Sachs executives like Mnuchin, say their opponents, led by Bannon, are attempting to plant stories about Cohn and those around him to discredit their standing with conservatives and with Trump himself. Powell, for her part, received significant conservative support for her new national security role including from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).These include allegations that Cohn is pushing a carbon tax and for keeping the U.S. in the Paris climate accords and was behind a visit to the White House by Zeke Emanuel, an architect of Obamacare.Cohn defenders say none of these stories are true. Out of courtesy, the NEC director took a meeting with a group of conservatives pushing a carbon tax, led by longtime GOP power broker Jim Baker, but that nothing came from the meeting. And they say he did not invite Emanuel and is not pushing for keeping the U.S. in the Paris agreement.Instead, four administration sources said, the attacks on Cohn appear aimed at heading off any possibility that the NEC director could take on an even more prominent role, including potentially as White House chief of staff, should a major staff shake-up occur.Cohn has proven himself among the few West Wing advisers able and willing to contradict the president. One person close to the matter said the NEC director regularly pushes back in meetings with the Trump. “It’s always done in a respectful, ‘Can I just make my point?’ kind of way. He’s not interrupting him,” this person said.Behind closed doors, Cohn has also been positioning himself as the leader of any upcoming tax reform process. This month, he met with Ways and Means Republicans and his top tax policy adviser, Shahira Knight, to give a broad overview of how the White House views tax reform, according to another lobbyist. He’s also met three times with Republicans on Senate Finance, according to a congressional aide, with Mnuchin accompanying him at one session.Like at Treasury, these developments carry important ramifications for the Trump presidency’s policy direction.Republicans hoping for a more traditional Trump presidency continue to pin their hopes on the Cohn and Mnuchin factions for policies less focused on nationalistic trade protectionism and harsh treatment of immigrants and more on reduced taxes and regulations along with better relations with corporate America. At Mnuchin’s first meeting with G20 officials of major international economic players, he attempted to thread the needle on policy between Trump hardliners and a more Wall Street-friendly view. "We believe in free trade. We are in one of the largest markets in the world. ...Trade has been good for us. It has been good for other people," he said. "Having said that, we want to re-examine certain agreements."Wall Street executives are counting on Mnuchin and Cohn to temper some of the president’s instincts on trade, immigration and other policies. “I think Gary and Steve view most of these things the same way and are pretty well aligned against some of the crazier ideas coming from Bannon and the rest,” one top Wall Street executive who knows both men well said this week. “And once the health care fight is over they should be able to take center stage.” The executive did not want to be identified by name for fear of angering senior White House officials.Advocates of the Bannon wing, which also includes senior adviser Stephen Miller, argue that pursuing this kind of centrist approach, either at Treasury or inside the White House, would be a rejection of Trump’s voters who elected him on a clear platform of changing trade policy to benefit Americans, building a wall with Mexico, cracking down on illegal immigration and preventing travel to the United States from nations associated with terrorism. At Treasury, senior officials dismiss much of the pushback against Mnuchin as mostly griping from junior staffers associated with the Trump campaign who don’t know anything about running such a large organization that covers everything from fighting terrorist financial networks to running the IRS to communicating with global markets.Others acknowledged legitimate concerns with Phillips over his close ties to Democrats and the large role he is playing inside Treasury at the moment. “That was an odd choice,” said one senior Republican close to Treasury.Now, conservatives are closely tracking who Mnuchin picks for top jobs in domestic finance and tax policy for a sense of where Treasury is headed, policy-wise, in this new era.Conservatives have applauded a few of Mnuchin recent picks for top Treasury jobs, including David Malpass, a former Bear Stearns economist, for the undersecretary of international affairs and Drew Maloney, Rep. Tom DeLay’s former legislative director, for the assistant secretary for legislative affairs. Among others, Treasury also added Dan Kowalski, Stephen Miller’s deputy on the Trump campaign, as a counselor. The complaints about Mnuchin come after conservatives, including some inside the White House, slowed down several of the Treasury secretary’s picks for top jobs requiring Senate confirmation. Those who saw their selections linger for longer than expected include Jim Donovan, a Goldman Sachs banker recently announced as Trump’s pick to serve as Mnuchin’s deputy.Donovan, a major fund-raiser for Mitt Romney and then Jeb Bush during the 2016 campaign, has had several prominent conservatives vouch for his credentials and resistance to his nomination eventually withered away. He is expected to play a prominent role in helping run the department should he win Senate confirmation.

20 марта, 22:42

Let's Revisit All Those Times Trump Surrogates Said You Can't Elect Someone Under FBI Investigation

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); And so it came to pass on Monday, during the House intelligence committee’s hearings, that FBI director James Comey confirmed the veracity of the most-speculated-upon rumor in Washington: The agency is ― as numerous anonymous insiders have insisted to the press over the past few months ― investigating Russian-led efforts to “interfere with the 2016 presidential election.” And what’s more, this probe “includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.” Obviously, the mere existence of an investigation hardly proves something nefarious happened, and many Democratic officials have warned it would be unwise to presume a massive scandal is waiting in the wings to swoop in and capture the imagination. As Buzzfeed’s Ali Watkins reported last week, Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee are concerned about “wildly inflated” presumptions concerning what might be uncovered, and have attempted to lower expectations about “evidence of active, informed collusion between the Trump campaign and known Russian intelligence operatives” coming to light. Nevertheless, we have a president under FBI investigation. How do you like that? You know, not for nothing, but back in my day (2016) there was a lot of consensus opinion-having that merely being the subject of an FBI probe was a disqualification for serving as the leader of the free world. Yep, if my dusty memories serve as any guide, then that was, at one point, a whole big thing that lots of people believed. And they especially believed it about then-presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. People such as presidential candidates! Here’s old Jeb Bush, giving “Fox & Friends” his considered opinion on the matter: “All I’m saying is that she’s under investigation by the FBI. Just pause and think about that. That’s not, that’s a pretty uncommon thing for a presidential candidate. And each and every week it just seems like there’s more information.” Just pause and think about Marco Rubio, talking to voters about what separated the Republican presidential candidates from their Democratic cohorts: RUBIO: Now look, I’m not here to badmouth the other Republicans, we have a good group of people running. At a minimum I can say this: None of them is a socialist. None of our candidates is under FBI investigation. Lest you think Rubio was treating the matter as a mere laugh line, it really was something he wanted people to think about seriously. RUBIO: Obviously, we all understand the importance of this presidential race. I would just ask everybody this: Can this country afford to have a president under investigation by the FBI? Think of the trauma that would do to this country. Oh, man. Marco Rubio must be pretty traumatized right now. Presidential candidate and improv comedian Mike Huckabee had thoughts of his own, way back when: TV news devotes 4x more time to Trump controversies than Hillary’s. Gee, you’d think the guy was under an FBI investigation!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 20, 2016 Hopefully the coverage ratio is now more to his liking. Meanwhile, you just know that the people in Donald Trump’s inner circle had some thoughts on the matter! Running for #POTUS with an FBI investigation. Who else could run for #POTUS w/ such a scandal? Nobody. https://t.co/p1Vh9cQezs— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) October 14, 2015 @AriMelber not if @HillaryClinton becomes nominee - probably tough to get excited aboutt someone under FBI investigation— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) February 20, 2016 #Hillary made history today:we've not nominated someone under FBI investigation whom a majority of Americans says not trustworthy not honest— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 7, 2016 Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two. https://t.co/UcSmSA5aTj— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 29, 2016 Dem voters forced to make an impossible choice between 1 candidate facing FBI investigation & another that’s a self-proclaimed socialist— Reince Priebus (@Reince) February 28, 2016 That last tweet jogs a memory loose. When the FBI announced, late in the campaign, that it was “reopening” the investigation into Clinton’s email server, then-RNC Chair Reince Priebus was very precise: “This alone should be disqualifying for anyone seeking the presidency, a job that is supposed to begin each morning with a top secret intelligence briefing.” As Trump’s White House chief of staff, he must be thinking back over all the intelligence briefings that have transpired, and feeling kind of queasy about them. Welly well, what’s Paul Ryan going to do about this? If history is any guide, he is going to immediately send a letter to the director of national intelligence, asking for Trump’s access to classified information to be shut down until we figure out what’s going on. BREAKING: I formally asked the Director of National Intelligence to deny Sec. Clinton access to classified info. pic.twitter.com/Kk8t00cdJn— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016 He can just copy and paste from the letter he sent to DNI James Clapper: “It would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation’s secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI’s findings ... I firmly believe this is necessary to reassure the public that our nation’s secrets are secure.” Better safe than sorry! Unless nobody cited above actually meant any of this, that is. ~~~~~ Jason Linkins edits “Eat The Press” for The Huffington Post and co-hosts the HuffPost Politics podcast “So, That Happened.” Subscribe here, and listen to the latest episode below.   Sign up for the HuffPost Must Reads newsletter. Each Sunday, we will bring you the best original reporting, long form writing and breaking news from The Huffington Post and around the web, plus behind-the-scenes looks at how it’s all made. 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20 марта, 12:00

The Unsung Architect of Trumpism

Kellyanne Conway’s theory that Republicans could win a presidential election with an anti-immigration message had a major influence on Trump’s platform—and his win.

17 марта, 13:50

BULLETIN: TILLERSON says ‘all options are on the table’ with N. Korea -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The video RYAN will show House Republicans today -- Which health-insurance plan will the Hill get -- SUNDAY SO FAR

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2n5pxer ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Friday morning and happy St. Patrick’s Day! BULLETIN -- WAPO: “Tillerson says ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to North Korea,” by Anna Fifield in Tokyo: “The Trump administration gave its clearest signal yet that it would consider military action against North Korea, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying Friday that ‘all options are on the table.’ “‘Certainly we do not want for things to get to a military conflict, we’re quite clear on that in our communications, but obviously if North Korea takes actions that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response,’ Tillerson said at a press conference in Seoul with Yun Byung-se, the South Korean foreign minister. North Korea has said that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States’ mainland, and has shown clear progress in its missile program in tests over the last year.”“‘If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,’ Tillerson said, adding that he hoped North Korea would respond to other pressure, like sanctions, before military action became necessary.” http://wapo.st/2mzc2je THE BUZZ on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue is that PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will make a forceful public statement in the next few days, announcing that negotiations on the health-care bill have wrapped up, and he will urge lawmakers to get behind the plan. This will only come after the House and the White House has finished writing a package of tweaks to the bill, called a manager’s amendment. But Trump’s imprimatur is something House Republican leadership has wanted, and could help smooth the rocky path to passage. AND … We spoke to several vote counters, who were pleasantly surprised at the level of support for the bill in the House. The House vote will likely be next week. INTERESTING … TRUMP is making a personal pitch to the Republican Study Committee today. The RSC -- the largest group of conservatives in the House -- has lost clout with the rise of the House Freedom Caucus. But Trump will likely have an easier time winning votes from the RSC than he will the HFC. It’s a larger group whose members might be more open to voting for the bill.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- Speaker Paul Ryan today will show the House Republican Conference a one-and-a-half-minute video making the case to repeal of Obamacare. The video has a series of news clips that try to illustrate that the law is collapsing. It closes with the voice of President Donald Trump, saying “action on Obamacare is an urgent necessity.” Cameos: Nancy Pelosi, Jake Tapper, Barack Obama, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Clinton, Martha MacCallum, Wolf Blitzer, Jan Crawford and Maria Bartiromo. THE VIDEO http://bit.ly/2mzcnCF-- HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE will speak at the meeting of House Republicans this morning.DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO -- “How will Congress repeal and replace its own Obamacare?,” by Jen Haberkorn: “Obamacare required members of Congress to enroll in the law’s health insurance plans. But so far, Republicans aren’t planning to require lawmakers to participate in the new insurance market they’re proposing. In fact, no one really knows where lawmakers are going to have to get their health insurance under repeal. ‘I haven’t given thought to that,’ House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Thursday. ‘We have Obamacare. We wouldn’t have Obamacare’ if Congress moves ahead with repeal.“Health insurance for members of Congress — and their staffs — was one of the most contentious inside-the-Beltway fights in the long, drawn-out battle over Obamacare. Lawmakers were stripped of the health insurance that other federal employees get, and were tossed into Obamacare, initially without a contribution from their employer, the federal government — thanks to a Republican amendment introduced by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. The Obama administration did allow lawmakers and staffers to get part of their insurance paid for by the government — a contribution that conservative critics blasted as an insider deal.” http://politi.co/2m91Hz2-- WHAT THE LEADERSHIP IS READING: “Repeal and Replace: What Would Reagan Do?: The GOP bill isn’t perfect. But much of the opposition from the right arises from opportunism,” by Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) in the Wall Street Journal. http://on.wsj.com/2m9aQrw THE NEW NARRATIVE -- TRUMP’S BUDGET IS A DUD -- POLITICO: “Republicans pan Trump budget” http://politi.co/2nulM34 … WSJ: “Trump’s Budget Faces a Rewrite” http://bit.ly/2mWfYOh … NYT: “G.O.P. Finds Spending Plan Tough to Love” http://nyti.ms/2mBpIeeTODAY’S MUST READ -- DAVID ROGERS ON THE TRUMP BUDGET, “Trump follows Ryan into same dangerous budget trap”: “For all the tough talk, Donald Trump’s new budget could be dubbed ‘Ryan-Lite.’ And if Republicans seem queasy in Congress, it’s because they lived through this movie not long ago and it didn’t end well … Trump’s budget is driven more by Steve Bannon than by getting to balance. So where does that leave Republicans in Congress and will they end up negotiating only with themselves? … “Does the party of Bob Dole really want to decimate food aid overseas? Wasn’t it President Gerald Ford who championed Community Development Block Grants? Even Ronald Reagan found money for fuel assistance for the poor, why none now? And after years of espousing welfare-to-work, why are Republicans being asked again to cut job training funds?” http://politi.co/2mz8AVHTRUMP’S WORLD -- NYT A1, “Trump Digs In on Wiretap, No Matter Who Says Differently,” by Peter Baker and Charlie Savage: “The former president denied it. So did the former national intelligence director. The F.B.I. director has said privately that it is false. The speaker of the House and the chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees — all three Republican — see no indications that it happened. But President Trump insists he is right. No matter how many officials, even in his own party, dismiss his unsubstantiated claim that President Barack Obama secretly tapped his phones last year, the White House made clear on Thursday that it would stand by the assertion. Ultimately, it insisted, the president will be proved correct.“Nearly two weeks after Mr. Trump first accused his predecessor in a series of Saturday morning Twitter posts, the standoff between the president and the available record has come to shadow the White House even as it tries to overhaul the nation’s health care system and drastically rewrite the federal budget. Much like his longstanding assertion that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States, Mr. Trump dismisses contrary information with undiminished surety. Indeed, the White House even added a new assertion on Thursday during a fiercely combative and sometimes surreal briefing by the press secretary, Sean Spicer, who berated reporters and read from news accounts that either did not back up the president’s claims or had been refuted by intelligence officials.“One report that Mr. Spicer read contended that Mr. Obama used Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, the signals agency known as GCHQ, to spy on Mr. Trump. In effect, the White House was embracing a claim that the United States’ closest ally collaborated with a president against a presidential candidate. ‘There’s widespread reporting that throughout the 2016 election, there was surveillance that was done on a variety of people,’ Mr. Spicer said. Asked if the president stood by his original allegation, Mr. Spicer said, ‘He stands by it.’” http://nyti.ms/2m8XN9u -- “British Complain After Trump Spokesman Cites Wiretapping Report,” by Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev and Justin Sink: “Andrew Napolitano, a legal pundit for Fox News who has advised the current president, claimed during a March 14 telecast that three intelligence sources told the network Obama personally appealed to the British Government Communications Headquarters, known as the GCHQ, to spy on Trump. Spicer highlighted the report in a list of media accounts he read to reporters during his briefing on Thursday ..."One U.S. official familiar with the discussions said the British complained to the White House about Spicer giving a platform to Napolitano’s remarks. A second U.S. official confirmed there were multiple contacts between high levels of the U.K. and U.S. governments after Spicer’s remarks. The official said the conversations have been friendly and not acrimonious and both nations are committed to ironing out the situation. After Spicer’s briefing on Thursday, the U.K. GCHQ issued a statement flatly dismissing the Fox pundit’s reporting. ‘Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President Elect are nonsense,’ the statement said. ‘They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.’” http://bloom.bg/2mWbTtA CABINET WATCH -- “Trump expected to tap Wheeler as EPA deputy,” by Andrew Restuccia, Alex Guillén, and Anthony Adragna: “President Donald Trump is expected to tap Andrew Wheeler, a coal lobbyist and former aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe, to be the deputy administrator of the EPA, sources familiar with the hiring process told POLITICO. Sources cautioned that the decision has not yet been finalized, but they said Wheeler is expected to get the job. It's unclear when Trump will make the announcement, but one source said it could be weeks before Wheeler is officially tapped.” http://politi.co/2mBlp2y-- Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Ag Committee is slated for March 23.THE JUICE … -- THE CONGRESSIONAL INSTITUTE is stepping up its security protocols for its upcoming retreat. The group, which hosts events for lawmakers and aides, recently sent an email to attendees of the “2017 Chiefs of Staff Retreat” asking for “an individual head shot of each person attending the retreat in your family and yourself.” -- WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS YOU TO SEE THIS MORNING: The Auto Alliance and the Association of Global Automakers have taken out a full-page ad in today’s WSJ thanking President Trump for ordering the EPA and DOT to reevaluate fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. The ad gives “7 Million Thanks to President Trump,” which is the number of American workers who are in the automotive sector. Trump met with the leaders of three major U.S. automakers in his first week in office and went to Michigan this week to announce the policy review, which he framed as a deal to get them to invest more in American jobs. See the ad http://bit.ly/2nysG42-- WARD BAKER was named campaign strategist of the year by the American Association of Political Consultants. Baker served as executive director of the GOP’s Senate campaign arm during the 2016 cycle. … BETSY ANKNEY of the Ron Johnson 2016 campaign was awarded campaign manager of the year by the same group.HAPPENING TODAY -- TRUMP meets with the RSC and has a veterans affairs roundtable with the VP at 10 a.m. He then welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House. She arrives at 1600 Pennsylvania at 11:20 a.m., they hold a series of meetings and then conduct a joint press conference at 1:20 p.m. They’ll have lunch at 1:50 p.m., then Trump gets out of Dodge for the weekend -- he’s going to Palm Beach. PENCE will attend a bunch of the Merkel meetings before holding a bilateral meeting with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis.-- PALM BEACH POST: “West Palm’s perfect traffic storm -- Trump, boat show, bridge construction” http://pbpo.st/2nM66UU -- “Helicopter landing pad construction finished at Mar-a-Lago,” by the Sun-Sentinel’s Skyler Swisher: “The helicopter landing pad has been completed at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, a Palm Beach official said Thursday. The landing pad has passed inspection, and the building permit was closed on Monday, said Karl Swierzko, acting building official for the town of Palm Beach. The landing pad is on the western lawn of the 20-acre estate and is big enough to accommodate Marine One, the signature green chopper used by presidents, according to plans submitted to the town. A spokeswoman for Marine One would not say Thursday whether Trump will use the landing pad this weekend when he visits Mar-a-Lago.” http://bit.ly/2mBMtyD PHOTO OF THE DAY -- @PressSec: “OMB Dir Mulvaney @RepPeteKing @RepBrendanBoyle @RepJoeKennedy @RepRichardNeal present @EndaKennyTD w shovel from tree planted on @uscapitol.” http://bit.ly/2mBszEc PLAYBOOK POOL UPDATE -- After the first day of games, 27 of you have perfect brackets! Nice work! On our VIP board, Richard Roeper, film reviewer and anchor of Good Day Chicago sits in the lead with a perfect bracket and a score of 32, followed by a five-way tie for second place: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, and California Democratic strategist David Jacobson all have 30 points. Good luck in today’s games! The bracket http://bit.ly/2nga1gkAMERICA AT WAR -- “Trump’s Mideast surge has Pentagon debating ‘mission creep,’” by Bryan Bender: “President Donald Trump’s pressure on the military to ‘demolish and destroy’ the Islamic State is raising anxiety inside the Pentagon that the United States could end up in another open-ended ground war, according to current and former military officials. The U.S. has quietly sent hundreds of additional troops to Iraq and Syria since Trump took office, and is considering dispatching thousands more to counter ISIS, fight militants in Yemen and stem a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan. But the deliberations are testing Trump’s promise to steer clear of foreign entanglements, and has his military commanders questioning whether they can maintain their meticulously drawn line between supporting local forces and leading the fight. ‘How much more blood do we want to shed for Iraq?’ asked one senior officer who recently returned from the war zone.” http://politi.co/2nM8Ly3 DRIP DRIP -- “Mike Flynn Worked for Several Russian Companies, Was Paid More Than $50,000, Documents Show,” by WSJ’s Shane Harris, Paul Sonne, and Carol Lee: “President Trump’s former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, was paid tens of thousands of dollars by Russian companies shortly before he became a formal adviser to the then-candidate, according to documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee that revealed business interests that hadn’t been previously known. Mr. Flynn was paid $11,250 each by a Russian air cargo company that had been suspended as a vendor to the United Nations following a corruption scandal, and by a Russian cybersecurity company that was then trying to expand its business with the U.S. government, according to the documents ... The speaking engagements took place in the summer and fall of 2015, a year after Mr. Flynn had been fired as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and while he continued to maintain a top-secret level security clearance.” http://on.wsj.com/2mzgw9v -- IT’S PRETTY STUNNING THAT … Flynn was doing exactly what Trump had been railing against for most of the campaign!TWEET DU JOUR -- Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos): “Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tells me fellow GOP colleagues have ‘generally been coming by & patting me on the back’ since they all returned to DC”WHAT NICK CALIO IS READING -- “White House endorses plan to remove 30,000 FAA workers from federal payroll,” by WaPo’s Ashley Halsey III: “President Trump’s support for a plan to lop more than 30,000 Federal Aviation Administration workers from the federal payroll gives fresh momentum to an effort that stalled in Congress last year. The proposal is included in Trump’s 2018 budget, which would cut funding for the Transportation Department by 13 percent. The move would address two themes at the core of White House strategy: contracting the size of the federal workforce and putting a costly federal program in private hands.” http://wapo.st/2mBltPWHILL WATCH -- “This Conservative Senator Is Trying To Woo Progressives With Bills He Says Restrict Trump,” by HuffPost’s Laura Barron-Lopez: “Conservative Sen. James Lankford, who was elected [to the Senate] two years ago, wants progressives to give his bills a chance, arguing they aren’t on the ‘far-right edge’ but are admittedly not far left either. ... The Oklahoma Republican introduced his four-bill package on reforming the regulatory process last week. ... One of the bills, co-sponsored by moderate Democrat Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), would require an agency to post an ‘advanced notice of proposed rulemaking’ for any major regulation at least 90 days before it publishes a notice that it intends to change, repeal or craft a rule (essentially adding a new layer to the process). Another bill -- the one Lankford is really trying to sell liberals on -- requires science-based decision-making at agencies.” http://huff.to/2m9beGiYIKES -- “Former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman accused of violating federal election law,” by KPRC 2’s Phil Archer: “Steve Stockman, who served two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent part of Friday in federal court. Stockman, a Tea Party favorite who courted controversy thorough two congressional terms, was brought into court Thursday shackled and handcuffed. He is accused of conspiring to violate federal election laws during his last term in office. It's a felony that could send him to federal prison if he’s convicted. As Stockman stood before the judge Thursday afternoon, prosecutors alleged that the former Congressman had conspired with two former employees to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to his personal use. According to the complaint, in 2011 Stockman set up a non-profit called Life Without Limits in Las Vegas. A single contributor donated $350,000 to the charity, which Stockman then allegedly funneled back to himself through donations made by his employees. Stockman said he understood the charge. Judge Stephen Smith set bail at $25,000.” http://bit.ly/2mz6VPOWHAT WORKS -- THE TRAIN LINE THAT UNITED THE TWIN CITIES -- For the first time in more than 60 years, St. Paul and Minneapolis successfully created a new train line connecting the two cities. The latest installment of POLITICO Magazine’s “What Works” series explores the story of how Twin Cities leaders accomplished this major feat and exceeded ridership forecasts, revitalized stretches of car-dominated thoroughfare and advanced the city’s most economically vulnerable working-class immigrants. The story http://politi.co/2nuic9l … Photo gallery http://politi.co/2m8YM9IBUSINESS BURST -- “Edge or Liability? White House Ties May Cut Two Ways for Goldman,” by NYT’s Kate Kelly: “Some of the White House’s early policies, including the Jan. 27 travel and immigration ban and moves to roll back lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, have sat poorly with senior Goldman executives, whose thinking on social issues has proved to be more liberal than Mr. Trump’s. Conversations between Goldman employees and their former colleagues in Washington, meanwhile, have come under scrutiny. Two Democratic senators recently demanded records of any communications between Goldman and its alumni in the Trump administration that involved discussions of certain economic policies. Goldman’s lawyer denied involvement by the firm.” http://nyti.ms/2mBWgVnMEDIAWATCH -- PBS’s WASHINGTON WEEK: WaPo’s Bob Costa guest hosts. Panel: NYT’s Peter Baker, WSJ’s Carol Lee, WaPo’s Dan Balz and CNBC’s Ylan Mui. 8 p.m. on PBS http://to.pbs.org/2nyDhw1 – MSNBC’S ARI MELBER is hosting a special on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.--“Sources: Sean Hannity once pulled a gun on Juan Williams,” by CNN’s Dylan Byers: “Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident. He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. (Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.) For the record: Hannity’s colleagues brought the Williams incident to the attention of Fox News executives, though it’s not clear whether anything came of it. The sources said it went to Bill Shine, the network’s co-president and longtime Fox News executive, who is Hannity’s longtime friend and a former producer. A Fox News spokesperson said the incident was referred to the legal and human resources departments.” http://cnnmon.ie/2nys3rc --“Reporter quits news site over Obama conspiracy story,” by Hadas Gold: “The congressional reporter for Independent Journal Review, the conservative website whose profile has risen during the Trump administration, quit on Thursday over disagreements with the website’s direction, people familiar with the situation told POLITICO. Joe Perticone felt as though his credibility as a congressional reporter was damaged by the actions of other writers on the millennial-focused viral news site ... The last straw ... was a post published earlier on Thursday connecting former President Barack Obama’s visit to Hawaii with a Hawaiian federal judge’s ruling against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. The since-retracted post meticulously pointed out all the possible connections between Obama’s visit and the judge, including that they attended Harvard at the same time, that Obama appointed the judge, and that a restaurant Obama ate at during his trip was close to the federal courthouse.” http://politi.co/2mzhimK -- The Washington Examiner has hired veteran defense correspondent Travis Tritten as a defense and national security writer starting March 28. Tritten previously covered military issues for Stars and Stripes. http://bit.ly/2mz8rS8SPOTTED: CNBC’s John Harwood lunching with John Podesta Thursday at Art and Soul ... Heather Podesta going through security at last night’s Caps game ... Sarah Fraser of Fox 5 sitting at the Joe’s bar. ... Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.), Kelly O’Donnell, Pam Stevens, Matt Mowers, Margaret Carlson, and Democratic operative Jennifer Holdsworth at the Irish embassy party last night ... House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Trey Gowdy last night at Old Ebbitt’s for the birthday party of Jeff Miller, who was the campaign manager for Rick Perry’s presidential campaign.SPOTTED at a Hay Adams book party last night for “The Shroud Conspiracy,” by John Heubusch, the executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in Simi Valley ($17.10 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2nuzqmO): Fred and Genny Ryan, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Abby, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.) and Sally, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), Buffy Cafritz, Martin Indyk and Gahl Burt, Buffy Cafritz, Linda Bond, Mark McKinnon and “The Circus,” Elizabeth Dole, Gordon Hensley, Bill Webster.SUNDAY SO FAR – “FOX News Sunday”: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) ... Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Power Player-White House Bowling Alley: Jennifer S. Korn, the Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the White House Office of Public Liaison. Panel: Karl Rove, Neera Tanden, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Ezekiel Emanuel--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Mick Mulvaney ... Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Panel: Robert Costa, Katty Kay, Joy Reid, George Will--ABC’s “This Week”: Sara Fagen, Maggie Haberman, Roland Martin, Terry Moran--CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Margaret Talev, Mary Katharine Ham, Perry Bacon, Jackie KucinichTRANSITIONS – DARIA GRASTARA started this week at the NRCC as a digital strategist. She previously was digital director at FP1 Strategies and a digital analyst for the Jeb Bush for president campaign. … Weesie Vieira, former comms director for NBC, CBS News and BuzzFeed, has launched Cadette Public Relations, a PR and marketing consultancy firm specializing in media and tech. ... Sam Newton is hitting the road to Columbia, Missouri this weekend to start as the press secretary for the Missouri Democratic Party. He’s an alumnus of John Plumb for Congress in NY-23 and the MPAA. BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Tim Burger, research and comms consultant at Plumb Concepts and contributor to Town and Country Magazine, is 51 – he’s celebrating by having lunch at Simmzy’s, his old Manhattan Beach favorite and then meeting friends at Ercole’s, a favorite dive – read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2m8Z40gBIRTHDAYS: Mark “Pausty” Paustenbach (h/t Michael Steel) ... Andrew Kovalcin, principal at Advanced Advocacy and a U.S. Chamber alum turns 37, celebrating with lunch and dinner at the Palm ... Michael Hayden, former NSA director and former CIA director, is 72 (h/t birthday boy Tim Burger) ... Myrlie Evers-Williams, former national chairwoman of the NAACP, is 84 ... Laurel Strategies CEO Alan H. Fleischmann, celebrating with close friends and family which started on Thursday evening in New York at Carnegie Hall where he serves on the board – he enjoyed the performance by Opera legend Renee Fleming along with his great friend and colleague Robert Smith, Chairman of Carnegie Hall (h/t Lisa Prince) ... Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio), 100% Irish and born on St. Patrick’s Day, is 6-0 ... Hudson Walker Deckard, the son of Ali and Josh … Ellie Kaye – daughter of Anson Kaye, SVP at GMMB and Melanie Fonder Kaye, Jill Biden alum … Emily (Friedman) Cohen, producer for ABC’s “World News Tonight” ... AP alum Mike Glover … Angela Landers ... Politico’s Connor Foxwell and Maureen Henehan ... Lisette Morton ... Jill Collins, PR maven for scores of DC restaurants ... Patrick Murphy of 3 Click Solutions and former Nevada State Legislator (h/t Maggie Gage) ... Lani Short, press secretary for Rep. Phil Roe and an RNC alum ... Mary (Leschper) Schaper, digital comms. manager at API and a Lisa Murkowski alum ... Christina (Tuff) Saull, former Voinovich aide and House flack – now with Finn Partners (h/t Bradley) ... former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) is 62 …... Ethan Porter, former managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, now an assistant professor of media and public affairs at GW, is 32 ... Meet The Press’ Sally Bronston and Trey Sherman (h/ts Olivia Petersen) ... Mark Drajem, the pride of Buffalo, a proud Notre Dame grad, and the editor of Bloomberg’s First Word Energy, is 5-0 (h/t Bill McQuillen) … Charlie Olson, MBA student at Stanford GSB ... James Flexner, associate at Metalmark Capital … Ben Miller, VP of production at Convergence Media and a GenOpp and Jim Sensenbrenner alum ... Fred Anklam, co-editor at Mississippi News and Information Corp and a USA Today alum ... Yahoo!’s Dylan Stableford, who is also Deadspin’s contributing tennis editor ... Alex “Barb” Ball … Allan Keiter, founder of 270toWin.com ... Judy Mayka Stecker, executive director of media relations and marketing at AEI ... Mike Goscinski, director of gov’t relations at American Bakers Association … Fox News producer Tiffany Mullon … WSJ’s Anna Rafdal, Commerce, OVP, and OFA Ohio ‘08 alum … Annaliese Rosenthal, general manager at Uber and a LivingSocial alum … Angie Goff ... Theresa Novick ... Larry Farnsworth is 42 ... Liz Doherty, associate at Burson-Marsteller … Rebecca Cooper … Martha Boneta ... Ryan Vilmain ... Erin Thornley ... Geneva Jones (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... actor Kurt Russell is 66 ... actor Gary Sinise is 62 ... Rob Lowe is 53 ... Mia Hamm is 45 (h/ts AP)

16 марта, 12:15

Why Steve King Keeps Winning

In the controversial congressman’s district, bluntness resonates.

15 марта, 04:33

Wall St. relieved as Trump picks Goldman banker as Treasury deputy

Jim Donovan is the latest Goldman Sachs veteran to be selected.

14 марта, 13:00

Kellyanne’s Alternative Universe

Will the truth ever catch up with Trump’s most skilled spin artist?

13 марта, 22:50

John Lewis Blasts Steve King's 'Bigoted And Racist' Comments

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); Longtime civil rights champion Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) slammed Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) Monday for “bigoted and racist” comments that appeared to support white nationalism. This is bigoted & racist. It suggests there is one tradition & one appearance that all humanity should conform to. https://t.co/dC6dIy3rXn— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 13, 2017 These ideas have given rise to some of the worst atrocities in human history, and they must be condemned. https://t.co/r53locW5Zf— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 13, 2017 King landed himself in hot water Sunday when he retweeted an Islamophobic cartoon and praised the illustrator for understanding “that culture and demographics are our destiny.” “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” King tweeted, apparently an attack on Muslims and immigrants entering the U.S. The backlash intensified on Monday after an unbowed King appeared on CNN’s “New Day.”  “I meant exactly what I said,” King told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, adding that he’d like the U.S. to be “so homogenous that we look a lot the same.” Lewis, who has been the target of King’s vitriol in the past, called the statement “deeply disturbing” in a press release. My colleague has made a deeply disturbing statement because it ignores the truth about the history of this nation. Western civilization did not create itself.  It was founded on traditions that emerged from Africa, Iran, China, Greece and Rome and other nations. With the exception of Native Americans, we all came to this land from some other place in the world community, and this country is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, appearances, and languages. In order to live together as one people, we must come to respect the dignity and the worth of every human being. It is that understanding that will make us one nation, not a homogeneous appearance. Rep. King’s statement is bigoted and racist. It suggests there is one cultural tradition and one appearance that all of humanity should conform to.  These ideas have given rise to some of the worst atrocities in human history, and they must be condemned. It didn’t take long for other Democratic lawmakers to join in denouncing King’s remarks. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) called King a “stark, raving racist” on Twitter. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) equated King’s initial tweet with an “open endorsement of white nationalism.” Dear @SteveKingIA: You know what makes America great? You get to make obscene comments and I get to call you a stark, raving racist. https://t.co/bnpApSaZnF— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 13, 2017 Steve King is my colleague. This Tweet is an open endorsement of white nationalism. Shameful. https://t.co/ojBMetwzPE— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) March 12, 2017 Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) condemned King for regarding her family as “somebody else’s babies.” My ancestors were brought here in chains. I’m the daughter of a veteran. But to Steve King, my family & I are just “somebody else’s babies.” https://t.co/wVkXSh21z8— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 13, 2017 Senate Democrats also rejected King’s remarks.  Actually @SteveKingIA, it is our diversity & multiculturalism that makes America strong. https://t.co/BTtPmuB1k1— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) March 13, 2017 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) was among the first high-profile Republicans to register his dismay. America is a nation of immigrants. The sentiment expressed by Steve King doesn't reflect our shared history or values. https://t.co/msydFudA7m— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) March 13, 2017 House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) didn’t address King’s comments until Monday afternoon, when a spokeswoman said Ryan “clearly disagrees.” “The speaker clearly disagrees and believes America’s long history of inclusiveness is one its great strengths,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said, according to NBC News’ Bradd Jaffy. White nationalist figures reveled in King’s message. Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke and white nationalist leader Richard Spencer sung King’s praises Sunday on Twitter. The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer dubbed him a “hero.” GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!! #TruthRISING https://t.co/oDFel8JDrP— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) March 12, 2017 When you've lost Iowa you've lost white America. Keep attacking #steveking! Swing state of Iowa only voted 9 points for Trump!— Richard Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) March 13, 2017 President Donald Trump has remained silent on King’s remarks, though White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he would “touch base” with the president later.  Spicer on Steve King's comments (made 24 hours ago): "I will definitely touch base with the president on that..." —via @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/IMtexVvx11— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 13, 2017 How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58c5c27ce4b0ed71826d54c9,58c690d4e4b0ed71826dcae3 -- 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.

11 марта, 00:42

Florida Republicans Challenge Climate-Denying EPA Chief

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09 марта, 14:54

PENCE likely to go to Louisville Saturday -- W.H.’s message to GOP: Trump will rally in your district if you oppose his priorities -- PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW this A.M.: McConnell

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2m2GNNh ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Thursday morning. INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE … When the FAA posted a notice for VIP travel to Louisville Saturday, it was widely assumed that President Donald Trump would hold a rally to push the new health care bill in Sen. Rand Paul’s backyard. Well, we hear it won’t be Trump -- at least this time. VP Mike Pence is expected to make Saturday’s trip, but Trump will pay a visit to Kentucky in the next few weeks, according to our sources.THE PLAY here is simple: The Trump administration wants to send a message that they will hit the road to boost their legislative priorities. Of course, from a political standpoint, they can’t do much to Rand Paul -- he was just elected to his second term in the Senate, and doesn’t face re-election until 2022. But think of it this way: If you’re a House Republican who is thinking about opposing this bill, do you want Trump holding a rally in your district, questioning why you’re standing in the way of his legislative agenda with an election less than two years away? Trump is trying to send the message that he’s willing to play this kind of outside game.PAGING PAUL RYAN -- THE NEW NARRATIVE: SLOW DOWN -- @TomCottonAR: “1. House health-care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast. … 2. GOP shouldn’t act like Dems did in O’care. No excuse to release bill Mon night, start voting Wed. With no budget estimate! … 3. What matters in long run is better, more affordable health care for Americans, NOT House leaders’ arbitrary legislative calendar.”-- SEN. SUSAN COLLINS to KATIE COURIC: On whether she agrees with Sen. Rand Paul that the new health-care bill is DOA in the Senate – “Yes, I do not think it will be well received in the Senate. But I do want to emphasize that it’s still a work in progress. The House Committees are going to be working their will on the bill. It has to go before the full House before it comes to us. And it’s been a work in progress, as Secretary Price has said. And the bill that was released this week is far better than the bill that we were briefed on the week before. So, who knows, maybe it’ll eventually get better, and thus will be better received in the Senate.” https://yhoo.it/2m2WWDgAT 1600 PENN TODAY: A group of CEOs of community banks to discuss financial regulations: Leslie Anderson of Bank of Bennington; Kenneth Burgess, Jr., chairman FirstCapital Bank of Texas; Luanne Cundiff of First State Bank of St. Charles; Cam Fine, president and CEO of Independent Community Bankers of America; Scott Heitkamp of ValueBank; Rob Nichols of American Bankers Association; Rebeca Romero Rainey of Centinel Bank of Taos; Dorothy A. Savarese of Cape Cod Five Mutual Company; Laura Lee Stewart of Sound Community Bank and Sound Financial Bancorp; Jeffrey M. Szyperski, vice chairman of Chesapeake Financial Services, Inc.; and Timothy Zimmerman of Standard Bank.WATCH LIVE -- Our live Playbook Interview with SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY.) can be streamed here at around 8:40 a.m. http://politi.co/2m2BYDm THE TRIFECTA OF DOUBTERS --- “Doctors, hospitals and insurers oppose Republican health plan,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin and Mike DeBonis: “Major associations representing physicians, hospitals, insurers and seniors all leveled sharp attacks against the House GOP’s plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, as some Republicans publicly questioned whether the measure can clear the House of Representatives. While industry groups warned that the proposal could leave vulnerable Americans with fewer protections than they now have, GOP leaders pressed ahead, bringing legislation before two key committees that are expected to approve the bills by week’s end. “They were also working in concert with the White House to win over conservatives, who have complained that the proposal preserves too much of the current law. The flurry of activity — including an evening meeting between President Trump and leaders from five skeptical conservative groups — created new uncertainty about the viability of Republicans’ signature promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.” http://wapo.st/2m275z4-- JUST AN FYI: The House Ways and Means Committee has passed the tax provisions of the GOP Obamacare replacement. The Energy and Commerce Committee’s markup is rolling on.DETAIL OF THE DAY -- in “Why Republicans Are Battling Republicans on Obamacare Repeal,” by NYT’s Jeremy Peters: “The criticism from the right has grown so harsh that President Trump asked leaders of several conservative groups in an Oval Office meeting on Wednesday to tone it down. He was especially troubled, one participant said, by the comparisons of the plan to ‘Obamacare lite’; which he said was inaccurate and harmful to their shared cause of gutting the current law. One senior White House official described the meeting as ‘tough.’ Referring to the president, the official said: ‘He listened. They vented.’” http://nyti.ms/2lH4rDN -- “Heritage Foundation’s cozy relationship with Trump put to test,” by Nancy Cook and Andrew Restuccia: “The Heritage Foundation has been cozying up to top White House aides and congressional leaders for months, hoping to put its conservative imprint on President Donald Trump’s policy agenda. But the first major bill that Republicans proposed -- to repeal and replace Obamacare -- runs completely afoul of Heritage’s priorities and threatens to upend a critical relationship between conservative activists and the Trump administration. Now the 44-year-old think tank must decide whether to stay in the administration’s good graces by compromising some of its core values to get things done or embrace its long-standing reputation as a political bomb-thrower.“What’s happening at The Heritage Foundation is a revealing example of the path the group has taken from conservative rabble-rouser to insider. And it’s a test of how conservatives in the Trump era cope with being part of the establishment. Health care offers the first reality check of Heritage’s rosy relationship with Trump. The powerful and vocal group wanted Republicans to repeal Obamacare immediately after his inauguration and worry later about a replacement. Instead, congressional leaders moved forward haltingly and then proposed what many conservative groups are calling Obamacare-lite — a bill that leaves hated parts of the health care law like the Medicaid expansion and so-called Cadillac tax intact for a few years.” http://politi.co/2moDcwb-- WORTH NOTING -- Ever since Heritage created its political arm Heritage Action, GOP lawmakers have been frustrated with the once-important conservative think tank. Most Republicans on Capitol Hill have written it off as one of the groups that raises money off of opposing GOP leadership.THE LOYAL OPPOSITION -- “Democrats thwart progress on Obamacare repeal,” by Jen Haberkorn, Paul Demko, and Adam Cancryn: “House Democrats on Wednesday fought to stall an Obamacare repeal bill that Republicans, still facing deep intraparty divisions over the measure, are trying to push toward the House floor and eventually the White House. The first public debates over the bill were a mirror image of the bitter 2009 debate over the passage of Obamacare, with accusations about a lack of transparency and the majority party rushing things through. But this time, it was Democrats leveling the charges. “Democrats on Wednesday forced meaningless votes on the House floor and in two House committees and even required committee clerks to read the entire text of the bill out loud at one point — all in an effort to stop Republicans from fulfilling their campaign pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act. One Democratic amendment proposed changing the bill's name from the American Health Care Act to the ‘Republican Pay More For Less Care Act.’” http://politi.co/2m5zm8LBREITBART VS. TRUMP'S AGENDA -- “Exclusive -- Sen. Rand Paul on Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Lite: Speaker ‘Trying to Pull the Wool Over the Eyes of the President,’” by Breitbart’s Matt Boyle: “Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a top conservative in the U.S. Senate, unloaded on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 replacement plan—that does not repeal Obamacare—in an exclusive interview on Wednesday with Breitbart News. In the interview, Paul accused Ryan of misleading President Donald Trump on the process and the level of support in the House for the bill that House GOP leadership -- at Ryan’s direction -- put forward this week.” http://bit.ly/2lGV4DX THE WALL STREET JOURNAL was “invited to observe” President Donald Trump’s infrastructure meeting yesterday. Mike Bender: “President Donald Trump pushed his White House team on Wednesday to craft a plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending that would pressure states to streamline local permitting, favor renovation of existing roads and highways over new construction and prioritize projects that can quickly begin construction.“‘We’re not going to give the money to states unless they can prove that they can be ready, willing and able to start the project,’ Mr. Trump said at a private meeting with aides and executives that The Wall Street Journal was invited to observe. ‘We don’t want to give them money if they’re all tied up for seven years with state bureaucracy.’ Mr. Trump said he would was inclined to give states 90 days to start projects, and asked Scott Pruitt, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to provide a recommendation. He expressed interest in building new high-speed railroads, inquired about the possibility of auctioning the broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers, and asked for more details about the Hyperloop, a project envisioned by Tesla founder Elon Musk that would rapidly transport passengers in pods through low-pressure tubes. ‘America has always been a nation of great promise, because we dream big,’ Mr. Trump said. ‘We’re going to really dream big now.’” http://on.wsj.com/2mJJAz8 WIKILEAKS LATEST -- “C.I.A. Scrambles to Contain Damage From WikiLeaks Documents,” by NYT’s Matthew Rosenberg, Scott Shane and Adam Goldman: “The C.I.A. scrambled on Wednesday to assess and contain the damage from the release by WikiLeaks of thousands of documents that cataloged the agency’s cyberspying capabilities, temporarily halting work on some projects while the F.B.I. turned to finding who was responsible for the leak. Investigators say that the leak was the work not of a hostile foreign power like Russia but of a disaffected insider, as WikiLeaks suggested when it released the documents Tuesday. The F.B.I. was preparing to interview anyone who had access to the information, a group likely to include at least a few hundred people, and possibly more than a thousand.“An intelligence official said the information, much of which appeared to be technical documents, may have come from a server outside the C.I.A. managed by a contractor. But neither he nor a former senior intelligence official ruled out the possibility that the leaker was a C.I.A. employee. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation into classified information. The C.I.A. has refused to explicitly confirm the authenticity of the documents, but it all but said they were genuine Wednesday when it took the unusual step of putting out a statement to defend its work and chastise WikiLeaks.” http://nyti.ms/2lGXPFl AMERICA AT WAR -- “With a show of Stars and Stripes, U.S. forces in Syria try to keep warring allies apart,” by WaPo’s Liz Sly in Beirut: “The U.S. military is getting drawn into a deepening struggle for control over areas liberated from the Islamic State that risks prolonging American involvement in wars in Syria and Iraq long after the militants are defeated. In their first diversion from the task of fighting the Islamic State since the U.S. military’s involvement began in 2014, U.S. troops dispatched to Syria have headed in recent days to the northern town of Manbij, 85 miles northwest of the extremists’ capital, Raqqa, to protect their Kurdish and Arab allies against a threatened assault by other U.S. allies in a Turkish-backed force.” http://wapo.st/2lGMZPK HOT IN MOSCOW -- “Huntsman offered Russia ambassadorship,” by Eli Stokols and Josh Dawsey: “Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has been offered the job of U.S. ambassador to Russia and is in the process of submitting paperwork to accept the position, two administration sources have confirmed. Huntsman ... served as ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush and then to China under President Barack Obama ... He was officially offered the Russia post earlier this week. ... Should Huntsman accept and be confirmed as ambassador, it could come as a relief to Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, 82, who is up for reelection next year. Huntsman has been seen as a potential challenger.” http://politi.co/2n1Wolf ... Huntsman’s daughter Mary Anne Huntsman played piano for the White House on Wednesday as this news broke http://bit.ly/2nhg7cxPLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- “Ivanka Trump’s Landlord Is a Chilean Billionaire Suing the U.S. Government,” by WSJ’s Mark Maremont and James V. Grimaldi: “Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are renting a Washington, D.C., home from a Chilean billionaire who bought it after the November election and whose company is embroiled in a dispute with the U.S. government over a mine potentially worth billions of dollars. The six-bedroom house in the capital’s Kalorama neighborhood was bought for $5.5 million in late December by a company controlled by Andrónico Luksic, according to public records and interviews. Mr. Luksic’s family is the wealthiest in Chile, by some accounts, and controls a mining, banking and industrial empire that Forbes estimates is valued at $13.1 billion. … “The Obama administration in its waning days blocked a Luksic-company plan to build a giant copper-and-nickel mine adjacent to a Minnesota wilderness area, citing environmental concerns. The company and some Minnesota politicians are urging the Trump administration to reverse the decision. Requests for comment from Mr. Luksic were referred to Rodrigo Terré, a relative of Mr. Luksic’s who manages the billionaire’s personal investments. Mr. Terré said that a Luksic company, Tracy DC Real Estate Inc., bought the Washington house as an investment and that the rental to the couple was coincidental. He said the couple was paying ‘absolute market value’ in rent, declining to disclose the amount.” http://on.wsj.com/2lGK9dATHE JUICE … -- BILL CLINTON is speaking at the Brookings Institution today as part of an event honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.-- GEORGE W. BUSH’s “Portraits of Courage” is No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list this week. A source tells us it sold roughly 54,000 copies in the first week -- triple the next book -- and the former president is donating all his proceeds to charity.-- QUEEN RANIA of Jordan will attend a breakfast event hosted by Amb. Melanne Verveer and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security on Thursday morning. The private event will focus on refugee issues and women and girls’ education and economic empowerment. Expected guests include: former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), White House aide Dina Powell, Megan Smith, Ambassador Dina Kawar, Ambassador Kåre Aas, Esther Coopersmith, Samia Farouki and Molly Raiser.-- SUSAN RICE, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, has joined American University as a distinguished visiting research fellow in the School of International Service. http://bit.ly/2lGaMz0CLICKER – “Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government,” by ProPublica’s Justin Elliott, Derek Kravitz and Al Shaw: “We have obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media.” http://bit.ly/2mE9e8e ... See the full list http://bit.ly/2ngSmBWE’RE GOING TO SXSW -- Come join us for our inaugural AUSTIN, TEXAS, event, Monday, March 13 at the WeDC House (340 E 2nd Street). Doors will open at 11 a.m. RSVP http://bit.ly/2mUXXNGMAYOR OF THE WORLD – MIKE BLOOMBERG in Bloomberg View, “Fix Immigration Without Sacrificing Innocent Children”: “That is not who we are as a nation. The sight of government authorities taking young children from their mothers and fathers and placing them in group homes or foster care is not a policy we can accept. This shameful act would be compounded by the inevitable incidents of mistreatment, abuse and neglect that would result when children slip through the cracks of the system. Imposing this kind of cruelty on children runs counter to everything we stand for as a moral, compassionate and freedom-loving nation.” http://bloom.bg/2mEijh7 ... Bloomberg is in Paris trying to save the climate accord http://politi.co/2m5LXJj -- JEH JOHNSON’s remarks at the Oxford Union on Wednesday, “Safeguarding Our Homeland and Protecting Our Values”: “A nationalistic, we’re-in-it-for-ourselves fervor rarely leads to good things. The world is too small a place. Those in public office, or who otherwise command a microphone, must not simply curse the darkness; we must light a candle. Real leaders lead, not by pandering to fear, suspicion and prejudice, but by showing a better, more enlightened way. The former is expedient, the latter is hard.” http://bit.ly/2m5ftyD WALL STREET WATCH -- “How Trump could soon be at war with Yellen,” by Ben White and Victoria Guida: “Janet Yellen is heading toward a potential war with President Donald Trump. The Federal Reserve chair, with one year left in her tenure as the world's most powerful central banker, is almost certain to announce a hike in interest rates by one-quarter point next Wednesday. She and her Fed colleagues could boost rates further throughout this year, potentially putting a lid on a stock market rally the president loves to celebrate and taking the punch out of a package of tax cuts and infrastructure spending the White House hopes will juice the economy next year and beyond.” http://politi.co/2mJlTan-- “Questions About Loyalty to Trump Stall Mnuchin’s Treasury Picks,” by Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt and Saleha Mohsin: “Steven Mnuchin’s picks for the top ranks of the U.S. Treasury are stalled due to resistance from White House aides, including one recruit whose Twitter account was scrutinized for potential criticism of Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. Bogged down are Mnuchin’s choices for his senior management team -- deputy secretary, undersecretaries for domestic finance and international affairs, general counsel and several other posts, these people said. Mnuchin has complained privately to friends that President Trump’s advisers are hindering him as he tries to get the Treasury up and running.” http://bloom.bg/2mlLQdlTHE PLAYBOOK POOL: POLITICO Playbook is gearing up for college tournament time with our very own bracket challenge. Our Playbook outposts across the country (D.C., N.Y., N.J., Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, California) are co-hosting the PLAYBOOK POOL – a bracket challenge where you can face-off against your friends, top Playbookers, and political insiders. Track who’s up and down after each round in Playbook as you compete to win prizes including Amazon Echoes and Dots (where you can listen to the Playbook flash briefing), BEATS headphones, Snapchat Spectacles and more. You’ll be able to create your bracket starting March 12 when the brackets are released on Selection Sunday eve. More details to come.TRAVEL BAN LATEST -- “Hawaii becomes 1st state to sue over Trump's new travel ban,” by AP’s Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Caleb Jones: “Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students. Attorneys for the state filed the lawsuit against the U.S. government Wednesday in federal court in Honolulu. The state had previously sued over Trump’s initial travel ban, but that lawsuit was put on hold while other cases played out across the country. Hawaii gave notice Tuesday night that it intended to file an amended lawsuit to cover the new ban, which plans to goes into effect March 16.” http://apne.ws/2m2rCDz-- FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Sounds like some reporters should go over there to check it out…ALTERNATIVE REALITY -- “President Mike Pence Doesn’t Sound Quite So Bad, Some Top Democrats Say,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg and Lissandra Villa: “Pence stands for everything the contemporary Democratic Party hates, a combination of assertive religious conservatism and anti-government zeal that’s contrary to the core domestic policies of the Obama administration. His signature issue has long been opposition to abortion rights. His political career found the national spotlight when he pushed for religious exemptions to laws on LGBT rights. But he also represents total normalcy, a second-tier heartland Republican who wound up in the second seat basically by process of elimination, and who is ultimately the president whom Democratic activists’ chatter about impeachment would, in theory, install. According to a new poll, 62% of Democrats now say that they would prefer Mike Pence in the Oval Office.” http://bzfd.it/2m1O7bUK ST FILES -- “Flynn lobbied for Turks after election, documents show,” by Theo Meyer: “President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn wrote an op-ed on Election Day calling for the U.S. to kick out an anti-government Turkish cleric without disclosing he was being paid by a firm linked to the Turkish government, according to documents newly filed with the Justice Department. POLITICO reported in November that Flynn’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, was lobbying for a Dutch consulting firm with ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The new documents confirm that Flynn lobbied for the Turkish-linked firm, Inovo BV, before and immediately after the election. They also reveal that members of Flynn’s firm secretly met with the Turkish foreign and energy ministers in New York less than two months before the election.” http://politi.co/2n9nXFWANOTHER SIGN OF OBAMA-TRUMP CHILL -- “Lawyers dispute White House claims on Bush Guantanamo releases,” by Josh Gerstein: “‘The truth is that Sean Spicer doesn’t know what he is talking about and doesn’t care enough to take the time to find out,’ said former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig, who was deeply involved in Obama's early Guantanamo policy.” http://politi.co/2motk5JSNEAK PEEK of new TIME cover story – “Trump’s War on Washington,” by Massimo Calabresi: “Trump is rallying his political base against the federal agencies he oversees, thus partnering his presidency with a radical fringe. Win or lose, the standoff he has engineered will diminish the credibility of the government of the United States … His latest Twitter attack, like other actions before it, targeted institutions that stand in his path to what aides say is a larger political purpose: undoing much of what government has become over the past century.” See the cover, illustrated by Tim O’Brien: http://bit.ly/2ng0m5C MEDIAWATCH – “An anti-Trump tabloid pulls back: The New York Daily News, whose covers eviscerated Candidate Trump in 2016, is taking a different tack with President Trump,” by Morning Media’s Joe Pompeo: “The previous editor, Jim Rich, had been resisting pressure from management to soften the Trump covers ... He was told they were diminishing an already much diminished print subscriber base, these people said, particularly among blue-collar readers in certain corners of New York’s outer boroughs, where Trump’s nationalistic populism apparently resonates in a way that is anathema to the city’s cosmopolitan districts and immigrant enclaves.“After Rich stepped down on Oct. 18, his successor, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, longtime News fixture Arthur Browne, made clear in a meeting with editors that he believed the paper’s front-page Trump coverage needed to take a different direction ... At times, he has described the earlier anti-Trumpism as an ‘adventure’ ... suggesting that the adventure is over. Now, many News staffers and alumni feel like the air has been sucked out of the room, and they are perhaps coming to terms with the notion that Trump is more popular with segments of their readership than they thought, even in deep blue New York.” http://politi.co/2n1EEq2-- “Russia’s RT Network: Is It More BBC or K.G.B.?” by NYT’s Steven Erlanger in London: “[T]he West is not laughing. Even as Russia insists that RT is just another global network like the BBC or France 24, albeit one offering ‘alternative views’ to the Western-dominated news media, many Western countries regard RT as the slickly produced heart of a broad, often covert disinformation campaign designed to sow doubt about democratic institutions and destabilize the West.” http://nyti.ms/2moxydMATTENTION ASPIRING JOURNALISTS -- POLITICO is now accepting applications for its 2017 session of PJI, a one-week intensive in journalism training with opportunities to have work published by POLITICO. Up to 12 students are selected each year for this all expense-paid program. After the conclusion of the program, two students are invited for a full-time paid residency in the POLITICO newsroom. Apply by March 27. For more details and the online application, The application http://politi.co/2nfYJFgSPOTTED -- Kellyanne Conway and Linda McMahon having dinner last night at the top of the steps at a window table at Del Frisco’s in City Center ... at the Four Seasons for breakfast yesterday: Howard Gutman and Penny Lee. At other tables: Jeff Toobin, Ed Rogers and Melissa Moss ... Katrina Pierson yesterday at the White House … Celebrating former Rep. Don Bonker’s (D-Wash.) 80th birthday at The Smith: Chris McCannell with Eris Group and Les Riedl CEO of GlobeOne.OUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED at the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance last night hosted at the Israeli Embassy by Ambassadors Ron Dermer, Haris LaLacos and Leonidas Pantelides: Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and American Jewish Committee board members, including Barbara Goldman.TRANSITIONS -- KEN BLACKWELL has been elected to serve as chairman of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a bipartisan organization that supports free and fair elections around the world. Blackwell, Ohio’s former secretary of state, recently served as a domestic policy advisor to the Trump transition team. … Jonathon Dworkin has started worked as the communications director at NewDEAL; he previously worked for former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. Brittany Wise is the organization’s new development director. … ICM Partners hired political strategist Hannah Linkenhoker. She will be based in the LA office. ... Elizabeth Kelley has joined Hamilton Place Strategies as a senior director. She most recently served the Obama administration as special assistant to the president and chief of staff to the National Economic Council. http://bit.ly/2mE5Km2 … Melissa Estok, Rajeev Garside, Prem Kumar, and Joel Velasco have been named as partners at Albright Stonebridge Group. http://politi.co/2mmgKCd WELCOME TO THE WORLD – On Monday night, Bloomberg alum and current Edelman VP, Cheyenne Hopkins and her husband Andrew Beach, an attorney at Vinson & Elkins, welcomed Hailey Simone Beach. Hailey weighed in at 7 pounds and 2 ounces and is 20 inches. Other than being very tired, Cheyenne and Hailey doing great. Pic http://politi.co/2mE6WpySUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Panel: Jason Riley, Julie Pace, Michael Needham, Juan WilliamsBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Taylor Lustig, Obama WH and DOL alum (hat tip: Dan Conston) … Jesse Thomas, VP of product at Crowdpac and alum of OFA and NextGen Climate BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Sarah Swinehart, director of media affairs for Speaker Ryan – she’s celebrating by dining at Hazel this weekend with her boyfriend and some close friends, then heading to Richmond for a good friend’s wedding – read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2mJvwG8 BIRTHDAYS: Charlie Gibson is 74 ... Michael Kinsley is 66 … Faith Daniels is 6-0 ... Kristy Campbell of Jeb Bush-world, who studied criminology at Florida State (h/t Tim Miller) ... former USAID Administrator Raj Shah is 43 ... Pulitzer Prize winner and former chief White House photographer David Hume Kennerly is 70 (after 50 years in the news biz he’s still stirring it up with his pictures. Kennerly’s cover photo on the front of CNN’s campaign book spurred this Trump tweet: http://bit.ly/2m1Hpmn) ... former Sen. James L. Buckley (Conservative-N.Y.), is 94 ... NBC’s Andrew Rafferty, who plays a mean acoustic version of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” is 3-0 ... Jake Lipsett, a USC grad and a founding partner at Mothership Strategies ... Politico’s Bianca Padro-Ocasio ... John Bisognano, coordinated campaign director at the N.H. Democratic Party and Obama WH alum, is 32 ... Tony Harrington, who heads Albright Stonebridge Group’s Latin America practice and was ambassador to Brazil in the Clinton admin. ... Roll Call alum Warren Rojas ... Sadie Weiner, comms director for N.C. Gov Roy Cooper, alum of DSCC and Kay Hagan … Chloe Rockow, former comms director for Sen. Ayotte ... Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.) is 45 ... former Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) is 52 ... NBC News senior politics desk editor Doug Adams … Allison Mohoney ... Brooks Kraft … Jim Holmes of Bonita Springs, Fla., father of Josh ...... Tom Matzzie, founder and CEO of CleanChoice Energy and MoveOn alum … Julian Ingram … Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List President ... TIME’s Haley Sweetland Edwards, world traveler and proud Californian (h/t Joe Brettell) ... Stefani Jones, comms manager at Microsoft and Obama WH alum ... Reagan Payne, LA for Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) ... Gordon Platt, ABC News alum and now the founder of PR and content marketing firm Gotham Media ... Terri Fish … Menza Weiss ... Matt Vogel … Amit Paley, associate partner at McKinsey and a WashPost alum … Rev. E. Terri LaVelle, alum of VA, The Faith & Politics Institute, DNC and Obama ’08 ... Didem Nisanci, managing director at Promontory and an SEC, Jack Reed and Treasury alum … David Ginsberg, VP and global head of corporate strategy at Intel and a John Kerry, John Edwards and Gore alum ... Russell Drapkin, senior project director at Political Data ... Manish Kumar ... Stefanie Bassin ... Sarah Burke ... Jerusalem City Councilman Hanan Rubin is 35 ... Neal B. Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET, is 59 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Phil Neuenfeldt ... Lowell Junkins ... Kathryn Mitchell Ramstad ... Pat Alea (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Dani Lomasney, LA for Rep. John Carter ... Katie Schoettler of House Natural Resources ... Eric Williams of Rep. Derek Kilmer’s office ... Ryan Diffley, LC for Rep. Tom Graves ... Ron Hammond of Rep. Warren Davidson’s office ... Lynda Boudreau (h/ts Legistrom) ... Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is 38 ... Bow Wow is 3-0 (h/ts AP)

08 марта, 01:51

The GOP’s Plan Is Basically a $600 Billion Tax Cut for Rich Americans

The bill wipes away Obamacare’s taxes, which fell most heavily on those earning $250,000 and up.

06 марта, 13:11

Manchin in the Middle

Joe Manchin is either a moderate role model for a party that’s lost its way, or a doomed species from a less partisan era. Soon we’ll know which.

04 марта, 06:14

Why America Can't Afford to Get Into a Trade War with China

Patrick Mendis, Joey Wang Economics, Asia Americans should pay less attention to the partisan headlines and pay more attention to the historical trend lines. Throughout the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump blasted China for its protectionist trade policies, currency manipulation and a number of other accusations. Indeed, these accusations were not limited to Trump as China bashing is simply standard fare for anyone seeking elected office and on the campaign trail. Much of Trump’s campaign was, however, met with derision. As the election process unfolded, the derision soon turned to snickers. As the election continued, the snickers turned downright somber while Trump sailed past his Republican opponents Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and others who had been deemed more likely to become the GOP nominee. Among the intelligentsia, the mood has turned to alarm as now President Trump has set out to do exactly as he promised during his “America First” campaign. To show his sincerity to the campaign promise of bringing jobs back to the United States, he kicked off his first day in the Oval Office by issuing an Executive Order that cancelled American participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP was President Obama’s signature trade deal. It created a free-trade zone with eleven other nations for approximately 40 percent of the world’s economy. Trump also threatened to impose a 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods if China does not “behave” accordingly. Since Trump’s selection of Iowa governor Terry Branstad as his ambassador to China, the president may be backing away from some of his campaign promises. Still, the fact that Trump was elected based upon the use of these rhetorical devices suggests that there is a profound misunderstanding, if not complete lack of understanding, of the symbiotic relationship between the United States and China. It is also worth noting that, had his opponent Hillary Clinton won the election, she too would have won based upon some of the same anti-China trade rhetoric. Is ignorance dangerous? Read full article

01 марта, 13:05

What Trump Understands About Using Social Media to Drive Attention

Throughout the recent U.S. presidential campaign, commentators of all political stripes urged Donald Trump to give his Twitter account a rest. He ignored them, bypassing mainstream media in favor of a technology that continued to deliver his provocative messages directly, frequently, at all hours, and without filters. While no hard proof exists that his tweets put him over the top in the election, they undeniably riveted the attention of a broad public, media included — and continue to do so. Here’s what business leaders can learn from the tweeter-in-chief about trying to win over large segments of consumers through social media. “Big-seed” marketing beats viral. Duncan Watts, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, has been studying the sociology of networks for decades. His notion of big-seed marketing suggests that a message can spread faster and more systematically if it is “seeded” among many people. That differs sharply from the viral approach, which attempts to create an “epidemic” of interest through a few targeted influencers, who spread a message among the people to whom they are connected. If those connections fail to pass on the message, it soon peters out. Big-seed marketing is more reliable than designing content that mimics the qualities of cat videos in the hope of going viral. Companies like BuzzFeed have used the big-seed model to create successful news websites and advertising businesses. Trump exploited Watts’s theory at scale. He began with an enormous seedbed: Just before Election Day he had more than 19 million Twitter followers, 18 million Facebook fans, and nearly 5 million followers on Instagram. The broadcast and cable networks — almost unwittingly — amplified Trump’s network capabilities. Every time they reported on a tweet or posting, they effectively seeded the message among millions of viewers, many of whom, in turn, shared these messages. This offline/online complementarity helped Trump double his Twitter following during the campaign. Social and broadcast media work hand in hand, and Trump understood this better than his rivals, gaining by some estimates almost $2 billion in free air time through March 2016. The takeaway for business leaders is obvious: Study the principles of big-seed marketing and apply them by seeding your messages among as many contact points as possible. You can’t gain the benefits of scale unless you have attention-grabbing content. Traditional media would not have been so complicit if Trump’s tweets hadn’t been so provocative as to be irresistible. His tweets call out specific individuals and demand a response. What is remarkable is that he engages in these personal confrontations in front of a mass audience — for example, with actress Meryl Streep, with the CEO of Ford, and with a local union leader at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis. Those on the receiving end quickly learn that the bigger their brand, the more it comes into the crosshairs, and, sometimes, the harder it falls (though being on the receiving end can also be of great benefit, as the New York Times and Nordstrom can attest). Trump’s tweets are provocative because they strike raw nerves, speaking boldly to themes that people struggle to work through: race, nationalism versus globalism, financial insecurity, status inequity, sexism, and more. Fans cheer him on by retweeting and favoring his messages, while his enemies hope to get under his skin through their posts and replies. Trump uses tweets to seek cultural resonance, today’s branding nirvana, and he finds it. He understands that while he is an author of brand meaning, branding is a joint activity — a coproduction on a cultural stage. Twitter’s 140-character limit provokes by encouraging messages that are ripe for misquoting. Within these constraints, Trump doesn’t have to explain details or elaborate on context, and this allows multiple interpretations of the message. The format invites controversy, encouraging media pickup and growing the audience in kind. Leaders should consider how they could make their messages provocative in order to draw attention and encourage discussion far beyond the social media platforms on which the message was originally posted. Deciding how far to go, though, means carefully weighing the risks against the rewards (discussed below). The raw presentation of self creates a personal relationship. Unlike former president Barack Obama, who primarily used social media to mobilize supporters en masse, Trump uses Twitter to address his audience directly as individuals. Trump’s tweets are unfiltered, spontaneous, and reveal his personal feelings and emotions about everything from the media to L.L. Bean, creating the impression that a relationship is in play. Like or hate the approach, people believe they know the real Trump. This seemingly person-to-person disclosure of the man, warts and all, grants coveted authenticity and a stronger base of influence (and backlash) than mass communication ever could. The lesson for business leaders? Authenticity matters. It is the secret ingredient that converts one-to-many messages to one-to-one relationships, with outsize benefits for the brand. Weigh the risks against the returns. Going directly to the public with an authentic voice is cost-effective. Trump’s use of Twitter gained him enormous traction at a fraction of what his rivals spent to spread their messages. During the Republican nominating contests Trump vanquished 16 opponents while spending virtually no money on ads. On television advertising, for example, he spent about $2 per vote he won in the primaries, a fraction of Chris Christie’s $257 per vote (the highest among Republicans), Lindsey Graham’s $247 per vote, and Jeb Bush’s $241. In the general election Hillary Clinton outspent Trump almost three to one on television advertising — $211.4 million and $74 million, respectively, through October 2016. And although Trump did increase his ad spending in the closing weeks of the campaign, much of it went to social media. But this accounting exercise fails to acknowledge that the strategy bears major risks. Messages that gain traction work through the power of provocation. They polarize, alienate, and enflame. They push the limits and make people uncomfortable. They come from communicators who are simply not afraid to be wrong. The question for business leaders who might consider borrowing some of that strategy is: How provocative are you willing to be? No one has leveraged big-seed marketing and the virtuous circle of online and offline media to become president before. But there have been other notable success stories: Richard Branson has 9.2 million Twitter followers. Mark Cuban, who sold an unprofitable web site to Yahoo, in 1999 for $5.7 billion, bought the Dallas Mavericks, stars on Shark Tank, and now claims 6.1 million Twitter followers. The mother of all celebrity executives is probably Kim Kardashian. She has translated her 49.5 million followers, fed by an enormously popular television show, into a $300 million business empire. All of these now household names have been provocative in their own way, but no one has dialed it up as far as Trump. Perhaps the closest analogue to Trump in the business world is John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, who from his position as underdog has regularly inflamed the competition (and has even gone head to head with Trump himself) in order to build his brand. Most CEOs seem to wisely prefer the relatively safe approach of developing intimacy through personal disclosure rather than provocation to build audience. CEOs who can speak in an authentic voice, one that feels honest and personal, are most likely to connect with the audience. Consider Box’s CEO, Aaron Levie, providing revelatory commentary on Trump’s tweets, Richard Branson posting poems he wrote for his first girlfriend, Tim Cook recommending the new One Republic album, or Oprah Winfrey confessing her love for the Chicago Cubs during the World Series. That is why CEOs’ individual Twitter accounts get significantly more engagement on social media than corporate or brand accounts do. Extreme provocation may be advisable only when the CEO has nothing to lose, which was was true for both Trump as a long-shot candidate during the election and Legere as third fiddle in the cellular world. As Trump’s presidency gets under way the implications of his strategy are at best unclear and remain largely untested in the business context. But as 2016 has proven, we’re truly in a new branding world.

28 февраля, 15:22

Буш-младший назвал политический климат при Трампе «уродливым»

Бывший президент США Джордж Буш-младший прокомментировал политику, проводимую администрацией Дональда Трампа, раскритиковав ее в некоторых аспектах. Агентству Reuters стали известны подробности интервью 70-летнего Джорджа Буша-младшего в интервью журналу People, который выйдет в пятницу. «Я не люблю расизм, оскорбления, и мне не нравится, когда люди чувствуют себя чужими», - заявил Буш. «Никто этого не любит», - добавил он. Буш назвал политический климат в Вашингтоне под руководством Дональда Трампа «довольно уродливым», но выразил оптимизм, что США выстоят, несмотря на проводимую линию новой администрации. Интервью должно было быть посвящено первой художественной книге Буша «Портреты мужества: дань выдающимся главнокомандующим Америки». Однако разговор быстро ушел в политическое русло. Буш отметил, что не испытывает беспокойства по поводу направления, в котором движется страна. «Я настроен оптимистично в плане того, где мы окажемся в конечном итоге, - сказал Буш. - Мы проходили через подобные периоды и раньше и всегда имели возможность выйти из этого. Так что я настроен более оптимистично, чем некоторые». Трамп - первый президент-республиканец с тех пор, как Буш-младший покинул свой пост, он обошел 16 других кандидатов от партии, в том числе и Джеба Буша, брата экс-президента. Многие известные республиканцы, включая Буша и его отца, бывшего президента Джорджа Буша-старшего, были настроены против Трампа или оказали ему весьма прохладную поддержку, напомнил Reuters. Ранее в понедельник Буш уже продемонстрировал кардинальное несогласие с политикой новой администрации в интервью NBC в шоу «Сегодня». В частности, Буш заявил, что поддерживает миграционную политику «принятия» и заявил о важности свободы СМИ как «необходимости для демократии».

28 февраля, 04:50

Why Trumpism Beat Bushism

W. James Antle III Politics, Americas Like it or not, Trump is a winner, while George W. Bush couldn’t escape his failures. To get a sense of the state of the Republican Party, look no further than the thinly veiled war of words between President Donald Trump and former president George W. Bush. Bush never directly criticized President Barack Obama during the last eight years, but it is hard to read his comments in a Today show interview as anything but anti-Trump. The forty-third president of the United States didn’t mention his first Republican successor by name, but conspicuously positioned himself against Trump on immigration, the press and Russia. Yet Trump took the first shot during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The president said the Middle East is “in much worse shape than it was 15 years ago” and “it’s not even close.” “If our presidents would have gone to the beach for 15 years, we would be in much better shape than we are right now, that I can tell you,” Trump declared to fairly robust applause. Note that’s “presidents,” plural, and a timeline that extends further back than the Obama years—but not to Bill Clinton’s administration. Not long ago, Bush was virtually beyond criticism at CPAC. Now, at the nation’s largest meeting of conservative activists, a Republican president of the United States can get a positive reaction by saying nicer things about socialist Bernie Sanders than about Dubya. There were moments when CPAC felt like a reverse of the conferences of the Bush years. Bold proclamations about democracy promotion that once would have reverberated throughout the ballroom were marginalized, muscled aside by talk about nationalism, populism and Steve Bannon dismantling the administrative state. Trump’s candidacy was in many respects a rejection of Bush’s innovations on conservatism. He called the Iraq War a “disaster.” He rejected amnesty and called for tighter immigration controls, not more leniency. He used Jeb Bush as a foil in debates, and blamed the Bushes for Democratic election victories, saying Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have won after the mess they made. Read full article

27 февраля, 17:21

Bush breaks with Trump, calls media 'indispensable to democracy'

Former President George W. Bush said Monday that the media is “indispensable to democracy,” a break from the position of his fellow Republican, President Donald Trump, who has called the press “the enemy of the American people.”“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need the media to hold people like me to account,” Bush told Matt Lauer, anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. “I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”Just over a month into his presidency, Trump has shown no sign of letting up in the pitched battle he waged against the press during his campaign, when he banned certain outlets from covering his events for months. Since assuming office, the president has derided multiple media outlets, including The New York Times and CNN, as “fake news” after those outlets and others published reports that were critical of his fledgling administration.Perhaps inspired by chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who has referred to the press as the administration’s “opposition party,” Trump launched into an extended anti-media riff during his remarks last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Noting that he is “only against the fake news media or press,” Trump lashed out at an industry that he believes has treated him unfairly from the moment he entered the presidential race.“I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake, phony, fake,” Trump said at CPAC, remarks that would be followed hours later by the White House’s decision to exclude multiple media organizations from a Friday press gaggle. “A few days ago, I called the fake news ‘the enemy of the people,’ and they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none.”The White House has also struggled to plug leaks that have proven damaging or embarrassing to the administration, in one case forcing the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn just weeks into Trump’s first term. On Sunday, POLITICO reported that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer forced members of his communications staff to hand over personal and government-issued cell phones for inspection, to prove that they were not the source of leaks.Recalling his own presidency, when he was often the target of withering media critique, Bush said he devoted significant time to extolling the virtues of a free and independent press around the world, including to Russia’s strongman president, Vladimir Putin. Trump has publicly lavished praise on the Russian president, but Bush said it’s important for the U.S. to support set a strong example for leaders like Putin.“One of the things I spent a lot time doing was trying to convince a person like Vladimir Putin, for example, to accept the notion of an independent press,” Bush said. “And it's kind of hard to, you know, tell others to have an independent, free press when we're not willing to have one ourselves.”A spokesman for Bush confirmed on Election Day 2016 that both the former president and his wife had voted for "None Of The Above for President” instead of casting a ballot for the Republican nominee. Trump spent months pillorying Bush’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, as “low energy,” prompting nearly the entire Bush clan to, for the most part, conspicuously avoid the president. Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, indicated to a friend last September that he intended to break with his party and vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. The only member of the Bush family to publicly support the president was Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Jeb Bush’s son, who backed Trump only after he had secured the GOP nomination.Despite his unwillingness to support Trump at the ballot box, Bush said Trump should be given a chance to act on his stated desire to bring the country together. The former president said his Republican successor faces a tougher media environment than he ever did. “I think you have to take the man for his word that he wants to unify the country, and we’ll see whether he’s able to do so,” Bush said. “It's hard to unify the country with the news media being so split up. When I was president, you know, you mattered a lot more because there was like three of you and now there's all kinds of information being bombarded out and people can say things anonymously. It's just a different world.”

08 сентября 2016, 05:29

Casus belli 9/11

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

31 мая 2015, 21:16

Движущие силы в политике США

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

19 февраля 2015, 13:50

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

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