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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Личность

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Семья

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Возможная кампания

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

От банкира до лоббиста

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Впрочем, из всех частных компаний Джеб Буш предусмотрительно уволился, о чем объявил еще накануне Нового года, дабы исключить конфликт интересов и самостоятельно принять решение — вступать в предвыборную схватку или нет. Зная, как Джеб печется о доходах, этот отказ от всех коммерческих проектов говорит о его решимости больше, чем слова.
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DONALD TRUMP SO FAR -- TILLERSON’s future up to RUBIO -- Senate begins to tear up Obamacare; House up next -- WHAT MATTIS, CARSON, and POMPEO will say today -- B’DAY: Jeff Bezos

Good Thursday morning. Donald Trump will be sworn in as president in eight days.Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2jaBqgY … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfWE’VE BEEN TALKING to key people in D.C. -- mostly Republicans, who either work with President-elect Donald Trump, or will in the coming months -- about the budding presidency. Here’s the general consensus about where things stand, as gathered by your Playbook team. DICEY POLITICS FOR TRUMP:--BARACK OBAMA? OR DONALD TRUMP? -- Rushing to rewrite the health care law in a matter of weeks. Proclaiming he’ll change the way Washington works. Tight restrictions on lobbyists. Donald Trump is starting to sound a lot like another man we’re intimately familiar with: Barack Obama. Not that there’s anything wrong with that -- Obama won two elections, and will leave the White House next week with exceptionally solid approval ratings. The economy added a ton of jobs in the last eight years. The Dow is almost at 20,000. But some fear Trump seems to be falling into some traps Obama fell into. Democrats say privately that their desire to pass Obamacare and damn the political consequences was one of their worst mistakes in the last decade. They worked tirelessly -- nights and weekends -- to get the Affordable Care Act to Obama’s desk, only to be stuck with a flawed and deeply unpopular law that has cost them dearly at the polls. Republicans worry Trump’s desire to replace the law on the same day they repeal it will be equally shortsighted. Health care is complicated. No one familiar with the issue thinks they can replace Obamacare in the next month. Members of the Hill GOP scoff at the suggestion. VP-elect Mike Pence -- who set a 30- to 90-day window on replace -- is seen as much more realistic on this issue. Read Jen Haberkorn and Paul Demko: “Trump’s Obamacare impatience challenges GOP” http://politi.co/2ijaO9I -- TRUMP’S WAR WITH ETHICS WATCHDOGS. Trump is never going to be able -- or willing -- do enough to satisfy ethics watchdogs, who have been barking at him for months. Just take a look at the immediate reaction after his announcement. “Federal ethics czar delivers broadside against Trump conflicts plan,” by Josh Gerstein: “The top ethics policy official in the federal government [Walter Shaub] is savaging President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to address conflicts of interests involving his business holdings, calling the arrangement ‘meaningless from a conflicts of interest perspective.’” http://politi.co/2jmiLwB … His full remarks http://bit.ly/2iK5Eo4-- MEXICO STILL AIN’T PAYING FOR THE WALL! “Mexican president: ‘Of course’ Mexico won’t pay for wall,” by Cristiano Lima: “Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto reiterated Wednesday that Mexico would not pay for a border wall between it and the U.S., despite President-elect Donald Trump’s claims to the contrary earlier in the day. ‘It is evident that we have some differences with the new government of the United States, like the topic of the wall, that Mexico of course will not pay,’ Nieto said during a speech in front of foreign diplomats at the National Palace on Wednesday, according to reports.” http://politi.co/2jaw066GOOD POLITICS FOR TRUMP: -- THAT PRESS CONFERENCE. Journalists didn’t like his attacks on them, but for most people who watched Trump yesterday, it was a pretty good performance. He said he’s close to a decision on a Supreme Court justice. He said the Russians were probably involved in hacking U.S. assets. He said he would place his entire multi-billion dollar business in a trust, and his kids would run it. Eric and Don Trump Jr. won’t cut deals in foreign countries, limiting them to the U.S., which could severely cut into their bottom line. And he’ll donate all profits from foreign governments to the federal Treasury. That’s a pretty good narrative for Republicans, who were scared Trump wouldn’t separate himself from his empire. -- HIS STAFF AND NOMINEES. Despite surrounding himself with loyalists for two years, Trump has filled his White House and Cabinet with some sharp, well-worn operators: Jim Mattis in the Pentagon, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) at the CIA and Pence have put D.C. at ease. Marc Short, Trump’s top Hill lobbyist, is a favorite of a lot of folks in town. Reince Priebus is a comfortable figure among conservatives. Trump is also attracting a lot of top talent to help shepherd his Cabinet appointees. Both Democratic and Republican operatives view the increasing number of veteran GOP staffers taking a serious look at joining the Trump administration as a sign that things could run more smoothly and predictably than most expected after the election.IF YOU READ ONE THING... -- “Spy chief trashes leaks, assures Trump of loyalty: James Clapper says the intelligence community ‘stands ready to serve his administration,’” by Halley Toosi: “The outgoing U.S. director of national intelligence has extended an olive branch of sorts to Donald Trump -- denouncing media leaks, casting skepticism on a report that Russia has damaging material on the president-elect, and assuring Trump that America's spies stand ready to serve him. In an unusual statement, James Clapper said he had spoken Wednesday evening with Trump, five days after the spy chief and some of his counterparts met with the incoming president to discuss U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 election, possibly to help him win. … ‘I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security,’ Clapper said of the information that has come out since last week's intelligence briefing.” http://politi.co/2jaLMxE THE TICK TOCK, NYT, A1 -- “How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump,” by Scott Shane, Nick Confessore and Matt Rosenberg, with Jonathan Martin, Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt: “The story began in September 2015, when a wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Mr. Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate’s past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort. ... The identity of the donor is unclear. Fusion GPS, headed by a former Wall Street Journal journalist known for his dogged reporting, Glenn Simpson, most often works for business clients. [Neil King Jr. just joined the firm.] ... Mr. Simpson hired [Christopher] Steele, a former British intelligence officer with whom he had worked before. Mr. Steele, in his early 50s, had served undercover in Moscow in the early 1990s and later was the top expert on Russia at the London headquarters of Britain’s spy service, MI6. When he stepped down in 2009, he started his own commercial intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.” http://nyti.ms/2ij3V8m … https://orbisbi.com/ABOUT LAST NIGHT… -- “Obamacare is one step closer to repeal after Senate advances budget resolution,” by WaPo’s Kelsey Snell and Mike DeBonis: “The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. The House is expected to take up the legislation Friday. Senate Democrats made a late-night show of resistance against gutting the Affordable Care Act by forcing Republicans to take politically charged votes against protecting Medicare, Medicaid and other health-care programs. The measure narrowly passed without the support of any Democrats. The hours-long act of protest culminated in the early hours of Thursday when Democrats made a dramatic display of rising to speak out against the repeal measure as they cast their votes. “The Democrats continued to record their opposition over their objections of Senate Republicans. ‘Because there is no replace, I vote no,’ said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) as she delivered her vote. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also voted no, in part over concerns that GOP leaders have not committed to a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act after it is repealed. Democrats forced nearly seven hours of mostly symbolic votes amid growing concerns in the congressional GOP that the party is rushing to dismantle the ACA without an alternative. Democrats forced the frenzied vote series called a ‘vote-a-rama’ well into Thursday morning, although they could not prevent the GOP from following through on its repeal plans.” http://wapo.st/2iK8OIz -- @BresPolitico at 1:23 a.m., about the Democrats’ protest during the roll call vote: “Been covering the Senate for a long time & I’ve never seen anything quite like this” … Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) also at 1:23: “Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren among the parade of Democrats drowned out when defending Obamacare.” 41-second video http://bit.ly/2ifYQSZ THE HOUSE votes on its resolution to get repeal started Friday. Remember what we told you yesterday: Republicans in Congress plan to officially repeal the law by the end of February, and replace it by the end of March -- at the earliest.HAPPENING TODAY -- NYT A23, “Mike Pompeo, Trump’s C.I.A. Pick, Faces the Balancing Act of His Career,” by Matt Rosenberg: “The good news for Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, is that he appears to share the same adversarial view of Russia as most American spies. The bad news for Mr. Pompeo is that he will have to square his views with those of Mr. Trump, who has denigrated American intelligence agencies, praised President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and is now contending with a dossier of unsubstantiated reports that Russia has collected compromising and salacious personal information about him. Known as a pugnacious Republican partisan by his colleagues in Congress, Mr. Pompeo is going to have pull off the political balancing act of his career to keep the confidence of the Trump White House while winning over the C.I.A., an agency that is notoriously hostile to outsiders in the best of times. His Senate confirmation hearing, scheduled for Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee, will be the first test of whether he has the diplomatic finesse to manage it. Mr. Trump’s aides will no doubt be keeping close watch for any signs that they cannot rely on Mr. Pompeo, while Democrats on the committee will be eager to look for any daylight between the nominee and Mr. Trump. That will be especially true when it comes to the assessment by intelligence agencies that Russia used cyberattacks and disinformation to undermine American democracy and promote the candidacy of Mr. Trump.” http://nyti.ms/2ig7bpP FOGGY BOTTOM WATCH -- “The top takeaways from Tillerson’s rocky Hill performance: Florida Republican Marco Rubio seemed exasperated with some of his answers on Russia,” by Burgess Everett and Andrew Restuccia: “Rex Tillerson will only need Republican votes to become secretary of state — and the GOP was largely kind to him during Wednesday’s audition to be Donald Trump’s top diplomat. Everyone, that is, except for Marco Rubio. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is narrowly divided, with the GOP holding just a one-seat advantage. And most Democrats, if not all, sounded skeptical about Tillerson’s performance before the panel. So Rubio may determine whether Tillerson’s nomination can successfully win committee approval -- or come to a floor vote after being given an ‘unfavorable’ recommendation by the panel. … Rubio stays cool to Tillerson … Coach Corker … Whenever Tillerson seemed to make a misstep, there was Chairman Corker to keep things on course … Tillerson rattled by tough questions … Tillerson breaks with Trump.” http://politi.co/2jazwx2 THE PRESS CONFERENCE -- “Trump admits to Russian hacking even as he attacks U.S. intelligence community,” by WaPo’s Phil Rucker and Ashley Parker in New York: “President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time here Wednesday that Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic Party during last year’s election, but he denied that the leaks were intended to boost him and argued that Moscow would cease cyberattacks on the United States once he is sworn in. In a rollicking hour-long news conference, Trump furiously denounced as ‘fake news’ the reports that Russia had obtained salacious intelligence that could compromise him. He suggested that any damaging information collected by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration would already have been released — and he celebrated what had leaked out about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. ‘As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,’ Mr. Trump said. ‘Hacking’s bad, and it shouldn’t be done. But look at the things that were hacked, look at what was learned from that hacking.’” http://wapo.st/2iK0Grs -- BEING THERE -- DETAIL OF THE DAY -- AP’s Jonathan Lemire: “Only one seat was saved by a Republican National Committee aide, a front-row spot for a reporter from Breitbart, the conservative news outlet until recently run by Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon. Other reporters scrambled to save their seats. Reporters shouted and waved their arms at Trump to get his attention, rather than the president calling on questioners from a list, as is often the practice.” http://apne.ws/2in56H6-- FT: “Dollar falls after Trump presser disappoints growth bulls: Stock markets soft and Treasury yields fall as gold jumps to $1,200,” by Jamie Chisholm: “The dollar, Treasury yields and equities are lower -- with pharmaceutical groups in the firing line -- as traders question the ‘Trumpflation trade’ following the US president-elect’s fractious press conference on Wednesday. The yen is stronger, signalling waning risk appetite among traders, while gold is back above $1,200 -- a seven-week high.” http://on.ft.com/2iKhVZC TRUMP INC. -- “Donald Trump to Place Business Holdings in a Trust Run by Adult Sons: Some ethics experts say the trust and other measures don’t create the firewall needed to fully insulate him from his holdings,” by WSJ’s Peter Nicholas and Alexandra Berzon: “Mr. Trump will sever management ties to the Trump Organization and play no role in its operations under the terms of the trust. While he is in office, his real-estate empire will abide by ‘severe restrictions on new deals,’ an attorney retained by the president-elect said. If foreign governments make payments to his hotels—including a new one near the White House -- Mr. Trump plans to donate all profits to the U.S. treasury, said the attorney, Sheri Dillon. The announcement drew sharp criticism from ethics experts who said the steps laid out Wednesday are inadequate to create a clean separation between Mr. Trump’s business interests and his presidency. ... “An analysis by The Wall Street Journal of Mr. Trump’s financial disclosures last year estimated his 2016 pretax income at $160 million. A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign said this figure was wrong by ‘a lot,’ but didn’t elaborate. Mr. Trump also will continue to be aware of the sources of this income. For example, Mr. Trump’s financial disclosures said he received $1 million to $5 million from his licensing deal with the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Panama. If the U.S. were to get into a dispute with that country during the Trump administration, a desire to maintain this revenue stream could potentially influence Mr. Trump’s decision-making, some experts argue.” http://on.wsj.com/2inmWtF THE “TIME MAGAZINE” COVER THIS WEEK is a photo of a helicopter landing on the White House lawn, with the headline “INCOMING” and the subhead “A survival guide to the White House from Team Obama for Team Trump”; the online headline is “Life at 1600”. From Time: “Our editors spoke with eighteen current and former Obama White House staffers -- including Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Josh Earnest, Jen Psaki, Jason Furman, Dan Pfeiffer and others -- about life at 1600 and words of advice they have for their Trump Administration replacements.” See the cover: http://bit.ly/2jEY16v ... Story www.time.com/trumpadvice FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- TRUMP DONORS LOOK DOWN BALLOT -- Life after Harry Reid in Nevada isn’t looking so rosy for Democrats. Republican Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has cleared the field in his gubernatorial bid. Now, he’s attracting some major attention from deep-pocketed billionaire donors, many of whom supported Trump. Topping that list: Rebekah Mercer, a major player in Trump’s transition team, and Republican mega donor Sheldon Adelson. Former Treasury Secretary James Baker and former ambassador and top GOP lawyer C. Boyden Gray have also thrown their support to Laxalt.Others GOP donors backing Laxalt include: Boone Pickens, chair of the hedge fund BP Capital Management; L.E. Simmons, chairman of SCF Partners; Dick and Liz Uihlein; Don Ahern, CEO of Ahern Rentals; Alex Cranberg, a member of the University of Texas System board of regents and founder of the Alliance for Choice Education; Frank Fertitta, CEO of Station Casinos; Lorenzo Feritta of Fertitta Enterprises; Tilman Fertitta, owner of Landry’s Inc.; Sean Fieler, chairman of the American Principles Project; and Frank Hanna of Hannah Capitol. FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Trump officials start Hill talks on maternity leave, child-care proposals,” by Rachael Bade: “House GOP staff and Donald Trump transition officials will talk Thursday about the president-elect’s campaign pledge to lower child-care costs and guarantee women six weeks of paid maternity leave — policies endorsed by his eldest daughter Ivanka but which could meet steadfast GOP resistance. Trump officials, who initiated the conversations, will talk with staff on the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee about Trump’s child care pitch, although final logistics were still being worked out. The Trump team also plans to involve the Education and the Workforce Committee in the future. The talks are expected to be the first of several meetings as Trump works to get the ball rolling on the lower-profile campaign pledge.” http://politi.co/2ij3LxCHAPPENING THIS MORNING -- Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) go on “Morning Joe” for their first joint interview. WE HEAR: they are dropping a bill together.THE HEARINGS.-- WHAT BEN CARSON WILL SAY: “It’s difficult for a child to learn at school if he or she doesn’t have an adequate place to live. In these situations, government can and should help. However, I believe we need to ensure that the help we provide families is efficient and effective. It cannot, and should not, trap people in an intergenerational cycle of poverty.”On climbing the ladder: “Social mobility has become stagnant. However, if we think holistically about this – we will know that it’s more than just housing. We must include the areas of healthcare, education, jobs and the skills to do them, in addition to transportation. ... We need to work across silos, and I intend to do that.”On miracles: “Throughout my life, I have done things that many deemed impossible. I pledge to work with this Committee and the dedicated career staff at HUD to solve difficult, seemingly obstinate issues.”On mortgages: “With the Fed raising rates recently, mortgages are likely to get more expensive. Loans are now bifurcated: the well-off have their pick of loans and lenders while many others without solid credit or stable incomes are locked out – one of the reasons the economic recovery was slower than many would have liked. … We need to make sure HUD and FHA are fulfilling their missions to help people build up an asset, like a home.” Letter from four former HUD secretaries supporting Carson http://politi.co/2jatNYi -- WHAT POMPEO WILL SAY: “Having been a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I understand full well that my job, if confirmed, will be to change roles from policymaker to information provider. The Director must stay clearly on the side of collecting intelligence and providing objective analysis to policymakers, including this committee. … This is the most complicated threat environment the United States has faced in recent memory. … We rely on intelligence from around the globe to avoid strategic or tactical surprise. Intelligence helps make other elements of national power effective, including economic and legal measures against weapons proliferators, terrorist financiers, and other criminals. … It will be the CIA’s mission, and my own, if confirmed, to ensure the Agency remains the best in the world at its core mission: collecting what our enemies do not want us to know. In short, the CIA must be the world’s premier espionage service. … I will lead the agency to aggressively pursue collection operations and ensure analysts have the time, political space, and resources to make objective and sound judgments.”-- WHAT JIM MATTIS WILL SAY: “I will work to make sure our strategy and military calculus are employed to reinforce traditional tools of diplomacy, ensuring our president and our diplomats negotiate from a position of strength. In addition to ensuring collaboration across government and the adoption of an integrated strategy, we must also embrace our international alliances and security partnerships. History is clear: nations with strong allies thrive and those without them wither. If you confirm me, my watchwords will be solvency and security in providing for the protection of our people and the survival of our freedoms. My priorities as secretary of Defense will be to strengthen military readiness, strengthen our alliances in league with our diplomatic partners, and bring business reforms to the Department of Defense by instilling budget discipline and holding our leaders accountable. Our military is the envy of the world, representing America’s awesome determination to defend herself. Working with you I will endeavor to keep our unique all-volunteer force second-to-none … “[O]n a personal note, I have worked at the Pentagon twice in my career. But few people may know I am not the first person in my family to do so. When, in the wartime spring of 1942, my mother was 20 years old and working in military intelligence, she was part of the first wave of government employees to move into the still-unfinished Pentagon. She had come to America as an infant and lives today on the banks of the Columbia in the Pacific Northwest. Little could she imagine in her youth that more than 90 years after she immigrated to this country, and 75 years after she first walked through the doors of the War Department, one of her sons would be sitting here today before the Senate.”THE MAP – NYT A15, “Eric Holder to Lead Democrats’ Attack on Republican Gerrymandering,” by Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin: “Thwarted for much of his term by a confrontational Republican Congress, and criticized by his fellow Democrats for not devoting sufficient attention to their down-ballot candidates, [President Barack] Obama has decided to make the byzantine process of legislative redistricting a central political priority in his first years after the presidency. Emerging as Mr. Obama’s chief collaborator and proxy is Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general of the United States and a personal friend of the president. He has signed on to lead the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a newly formed political group aimed at untangling the creatively drawn districts that have helped cement the Republican Party in power in Washington and many state capitals. “In an interview this week at Covington & Burling, the Washington law firm where he is now in private practice, Mr. Holder, 65, said that he and Mr. Obama believe Republicans have undermined the political system by creating a patchwork of legislative maps -- at both the state and federal levels -- that are designed to stifle the will of voters. Echoing a number of Mr. Obama’s top advisers, Mr. Holder described fighting Republican gerrymandering as a ‘primary concern’ for the president once he leaves the White House. ‘He thinks, and I think, that this is something that threatens our democracy,’ Mr. Holder said. ‘We have a system now where the politicians are picking their voters, as opposed to voters making selections about who they want to represent them.’” http://nyti.ms/2j41dFR HILLWATCH -- “NRCC chairman sets team for 2018,” by Rachael Bade: “National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers has tapped a diverse array of lawmakers to serve as his top lieutenants — a move aimed at making good on his promise to diversify House Republicans’ fundraising arm. The Ohio Republican on Thursday will unveil a roster of vice-chairs and deputies that spans from centrist Republicans to arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus members. An early copy of the list, obtained by POLITICO, includes younger rising-star lawmakers like sophomore California Republican Mimi Walters, to more senior members of the conference, such as seven-term Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas.” http://politi.co/2jzi1U0 MAUREEN DOWD in the NYT, “Peter Thiel, Trump’s Tech Pal, Explains Himself”: “Let others tremble at the thought that Donald J. Trump may go too far. Peter Thiel worries that Mr. Trump may not go far enough. ‘Everyone says Trump is going to change everything way too much,’ says the famed venture capitalist, contrarian and member of the Trump transition team. ‘Well, maybe Trump is going to change everything way too little. That seems like the much more plausible risk to me.’ Mr. Thiel is comfortable being a walking oxymoron: He is driven to save the world from the apocalypse. Yet he helped boost the man regarded by many as a danger to the planet. ‘The election had an apocalyptic feel to it,’ says Mr. Thiel, wearing a gray Zegna suit and sipping white wine in a red leather booth at the Monkey Bar in Manhattan. ‘There was a way in which Trump was funny, so you could be apocalyptic and funny at the same time. It’s a strange combination, but it’s somehow very powerful psychologically.’” http://nyti.ms/2ifWC5Z REMEMBER HIM? -- “Khizr Khan: ‘I Really Have No Animosity Towards’ President-Elect Trump,” by Breitbart’s Neil W. McCabe: “‘I really have no animosity towards him, but towards his policies? Yes,’ said Khizr Khan, a attorney and supporter of Hillary R. Clinton in the last presidential election. ‘If he says: “We must reconcile. We will treat all citizens equally in all of this and there is no discrimination based on religion or race and all that” I will support him,’ Khan said.” http://bit.ly/2ijwIJZ IN MOSCOW – “Russia moves to decriminalize domestic violence,” by Politico Europe’s Zoya Sheftalovich: “A bill that seeks to downgrade domestic violence from a criminal to an administrative offense passed its first reading on Wednesday in the duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament. A total of 368 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, with one ‘no’ and one abstention. Under the proposed rule, the charge of ‘battery within the family,’ currently a criminal offense, would become an administrative one, with a fine, community service or a brief prison term levied against perpetrators.” http://politi.co/2in6hWO HOLLYWOODLAND -- “Apple Sets Its Sights on Hollywood With Plans for Original Content,” by WSJ’s Ben Fritz, Tripp Mickle and Hannah Karp: “Apple Inc. is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that could make it a bigger player in Hollywood and offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads. These people said the programming would be available to subscribers of Apple’s $10-a-month streaming-music service, which has struggled to catch up to the larger Spotify AB. Apple Music already includes a limited number of documentary-style segments on musicians, but nothing like the premium programming it is now seeking. The technology giant has been in talks with veteran producers in recent months about buying rights to scripted television programs. It also has approached experienced marketing executives at studios and networks to discuss hiring them to promote its content.” http://on.wsj.com/2jmBat0 MEDIAWATCH -- COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “President Barack Obama will appear in his last presidential interview on network television on 60 MINUTES PRESENTS ‘Barack Obama: Eight Years in the White House,’ an hour-long special to be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 15 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.” http://bit.ly/2ifWTpxTHE PUSHBACK -- STATEMENT FROM CNN ABOUT DONALD TRUMP’S CRITICISM OF THE NETWORK -- “CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations. We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week. We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”--“Fox News host Shep Smith defends CNN in monologue: No journalist ‘should be subjected to belittling’ by president-elect” – Business Insider: 30-second video http://read.bi/2jaBn4USPOTTED -- Valerie Jarrett on the 4 p.m. United ORD-DCA Wednesday … Corey Lewandowski at Shelly’s Back Room holding court and enjoying celebratory Make America Great Again cigars. He was also spotted taking a celebratory birthday photo at Shelly’s with Ron Phillips, former Chairman of the D.C. Republican Party and an early Trump backer in Washington.OUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED at Mike Bloomberg’s party last night for Richard Haass and his new book “A World in Disarray”: Norah O’Donnell, Charlie Rose, Eric Schmidt, Katie Couric, Richard Plepler, Susan Mercandetti, Sam Haass, Amanda Burden, Bob Rubin, Joel Schumacher, Patti Harris, Tina Brown, Darren Walker, Alisyn Camerota, David Petraeus, Pete Peterson, Pete Dominick, Richard Falkenrath, David Miliband, Ray Kelly, Joanna Coles, Gideon Rose, Isobel Coleman, Warren Bass, François Delattre, David Westin, Richard Cohen, Kayce Freed, Rick Kaplan, Leon Black, Glenn Lowry, Neal Shapiro. $21 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2incDWh FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- Jon Kohan is joining Jamestown Associates as executive vice president. Kohan, who most recently served as campaign manager to former New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and ran Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst’s successful campaign in 2014, returns to Jamestown after two cycles away. He also previously served as chief of staff and campaign manager to South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford. ... After spending nearly 2 years at the DNC, Walter Garcia is going to be the national press secretary for Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. … Sarah K. Magruder Lyle has been named president of the Common Ground Alliance; she previously was with American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.WHITE HOUSE DEPARTURE LOUNGE -- JAKE BRODER FINGERT, senior policy adviser for the National Economic Council, will be a partner at Camber Creek, a D.C.-based venture capital firm focused on real estate tech. Jake covers infrastructure and real estate at the White House and previously helped manage the federal government's real estate portfolio, acquisitions program, and IT as a senior adviser at GSA. FRITZ BROGAN, a Republican fundraiser and D.C. restaurateur, has been named national co-chair of Maverick PAC, an organization that recruits young professionals to participate in GOP bundling. Brogan, who was the youngest member of Jeb Bush’s national finance committee, replaces Jay Zeidman, who was a national co-chair for the last decade. On Jan. 20, “MAVPAC,” as it’s known, will host a late night inaugural bash for its members at Hawthorne, the U Street bar that Brogan owns.TRANSITIONS -- “DGA Names Former Rep. Steve Israel as Advisor to ‘Unrig the Map’”: “As the former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Israel will work to advance the DGA’s strategic effort to elect Democratic governors who can make a meaningful difference in the 2021 redistricting process.” http://bit.ly/2jahGu5 WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Elizabeth Golding, manager of public affairs at EnLink Midstream and a Mary Bono and Chris Lee alum, and Garrett Golding, VP at consulting firm The Rapidan Group and a House E&C alum, have welcomed Quinn Rebecca Golding, 7 lb 6 oz. Pic http://politi.co/2jmzm3b BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Christiane Amanpour, celebrating “on the road, figuring out my bucket list!” -- read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2inceTG BIRTHDAYS: Sidwell Friends School’s most famous alum Doug Thornell (hat tip: C.R. Wooters) … Theo Baker is 12 ... Jeff Bezos is 53 ... Rush Limbaugh is 66 ... Howard Stern is 63 ... Case Button, longtime HRC aide and speechwriter ... Sarah Karlin-Smith of Politico’s health team ... Stephanie Rigizadeh, senior associate at Hamilton Place Strategies ... Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee … Chris Laible, CBS News Asia bureau chief based in Beijing and a CNN and Fox alum ... AP’s Sam Hananel, covering the Supreme Court and legal affairs … A.J. Rice … Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) is 67 ... Will Nelligan … … newly-wed Kevin Curran, managing director of Rock Creek Advisors and executive director of Maverick PAC, is 37. “He will be celebrating with his smart and smoking hot wife Sarah.” (h/t his wife Sarah) ... Jamie Kamlet, director of advocacy and comms at Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School, and older brother Ben (yes, born same day two years apart), producer at KickTV ... author John Aloysius Farrell … Bush 43 alum Chris Marston ... journalist Sarah Kershaw … Taylor Foran ... WTOP’s Debra Feinstein … Angela Foster Birdseye … Kate Noel … Lisa DePaulo … Julian Potter … Allison Cutler … Anne Mosle … Danny O’Brien, a Biden and Menendez alum now on GE’s global gov’t affairs team … ... Natalie Gregory ... Tien Hunter (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Dana Perri Miller, LD for Rep. Nita Lowey ... Kirstie Alley is 66 (h/t AP)

12 января, 09:00

Прогноз на 2017 от конспиролога

Давненько мы не брали в руки шашек (с), то есть давно в блоге не появлялось новых текстов. По разным причинам. Однако это не повод оставить моих читателей без традиционного новогоднего прогноза. А посему, помолясь и собрав волю в кулак, приступаю. В начале как обычно вспомним прогноз на год уходящий с тем, чтобы посмотреть степень своей […]

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11 января, 19:26

Evaluating America’s “stand-your-ground” laws

WITH the stroke of his pen in 2005, Jeb Bush, then governor of Florida, ignited America’s enthusiasm for “stand-your-ground” laws.

09 января, 14:00

Putin Lucked Into The Only GOP Nominee Who Would've Wanted His Help

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); WASHINGTON ― In an alternate universe, the Republican nominee for president holds a news conference to denounce Russian interference in the coming election. He calls out the long-known links between Russian spy agencies and WikiLeaks, and urges American voters to ignore the daily release of stolen emails designed to cripple his Democratic rival. In this parallel reality, Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio or John Kasich states clearly that he doesn’t want any help from Russian leader Vladimir Putin and that Putin’s involvement would bring dire consequences. “Not only would we have called for an investigation, we would have been leading the charge to drop the anvil on the head of the foreign power that did this,” said John Weaver, a top aide to Ohio Gov. Kasich’s presidential campaign. “It would have been smart politically, and it also would have been the right thing to do.” None of that, though, happened. Instead, actual GOP nominee Donald Trump welcomed the assistance of WikiLeaks, at one point even asking the Russians to hack into Hillary Clinton’s computers, and went out of his way to praise Putin – all of which has now put the president-elect in a bind between siding with his benefactors on the one hand or the entire U.S. intelligence community on the other. “The difference used to be that whether you were a Republican or a Democrat, you didn’t want a foreign power intervening and corrupting our elections,” said Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant who worked for independent candidate Evan McMullin. “A normal candidate would no more have relished Putin’s help than he would have accepted the help of al-Qaeda.” But Trump repeatedly belittled U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was meddling in the campaign. During the Oct. 10 presidential debate, he claimed that no one could actually know if Russia had done the hacking and that perhaps there had not actually been any hacking. He said that just three days after the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence issued an extraordinary statement that specifically named both Russia and WikiLeaks. This past Friday, Trump received a formal briefing from the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA and the FBI stating not only that Russia hacked the emails of Democratic Party officials and disseminated them through WikiLeaks, but that Putin specifically wanted to help Trump win. In Weaver’s view, that session was unnecessary for anyone who had simply paid attention to the presidential campaign during the summer and autumn. “You could’ve been Inspector Clouseau and figured out what was going on. You didn’t need an FBI briefing,” he said. Yet Trump’s response to the report? That none of it really mattered anyway. “There was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election,” Trump said in a prepared statement. A normal candidate would no more have relished Putin’s help than he would have accepted the help of al-Qaeda. GOP strategist Rick Wilson, who worked for Evan McMullin Of course, Trump’s claims now that Russia’s hacking and propaganda effort had no real effect raises the question of why, if the material was so inconsequential, Trump made it such a major component of his campaign. Almost from the moment WikiLeaks head Julian Assange began posting the stolen material on his website, Trump began citing it in interviews, speeches and his ubiquitous tweets ― at times essentially calling the hacks a public service to American voters. By August, Trump had received access to high-level briefings from the nation’s intelligence agencies. From that point forward, he could have learned of their consensus view that since 2013, Assange had essentially been acting as a mouthpiece for Russian intelligence. Despite this, Trump continued making WikiLeaks and its near-daily release of internal emails stolen from the accounts of Democratic Party officials and the Clinton campaign a central talking point. “I love WikiLeaks!” Trump proclaimed at an Oct. 10 campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and then proceeded to use the latest revelation to attack Clinton. “In another closed-door speech, she wanted to have open borders and open trade with everybody. There go the rest of your jobs,” he told the crowd. Eleven days later, at a rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, he riffed on the daily drip regarding the link between a $12 million donation by Morocco to the Clinton Foundation in 2015 and a scheduled personal appearance by Clinton in Morocco that year ― even though this was all two years after she left the State Department. “Boy, we love WikiLeaks!” he said. And on Oct. 29, in a Phoenix, Arizona, speech, Trump even claimed, “The WikiLeaks revelations have exposed criminal corruption at the highest levels of our government” – an assertion that was patently false. The liberal group ThinkProgress compiled 164 references by Trump to the WikiLeaks material in the final month of the campaign alone. In that same period, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio went out of his way to denounce WikiLeaks and warned fellow Republicans that legitimizing the group would one day come back to bite the party. “Just think about this: Do we really want to be a country where foreign leaders or foreign intelligence agencies can blackmail our elected officials and say to them that unless you do what we want you to do, we’re going to release emails from your campaign manager, your wife, your daughter, your son, and we’re going to embarrass you,” Rubio said at an Oct. 10 appearance in Tampa, while campaigning for re-election to the Senate. “Because I’ll tell you that’s what Vladimir Putin does. I think there’s plenty of material in which to line up and take on Secretary Clinton. I think this one is an invitation to chaos and havoc in the future.” Ryan Williams, a campaign aide on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential run, suggested that nearly any other Republican would have said something similar, had he or she been the nominee. “I think a more traditional candidate would not have openly embraced the daily WikiLeaks releases,” Williams said, but then added that he doesn’t believe the leaks actually swayed the result on Nov. 8. “We’re giving Putin too much credit in influencing the outcome of the election.” You could’ve been Inspector Clouseau and figured out what was going on. You didn’t need an FBI briefing. John Weaver, campaign aide to Ohio Gov. John Kasich Regardless of how much it did or did not boost him, however, Trump’s cheerful acceptance of Russian help has become his Achilles’ heel just two weeks before he takes office. Although he has repeatedly claimed he won in a “historic landslide,” Trump’s Electoral College margin ranks just 46th out of 58 elections over 227 years. He won only 46 percent of the national vote, 2 percentage points behind Clinton, and collected 3 million fewer popular votes. Clinton would be president had she found 78,000 more votes in three key states, and she would have won a landslide victory of 336 electoral votes had just 250,000 Trump voters in six states swung to her. Without the daily distraction of stolen emails from WikiLeaks ― which many voters conflated with the unrelated FBI investigation of her private email server in which she was never charged ― there is a strong possibility that Clinton would have won the presidency. And that reality appears to have made Trump particularly defensive regarding the newly released intelligence report on Russian involvement in hacking. “Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place. The Republican National Committee had strong defense!” Trump wrote in one tweet this past Saturday. “Only reason the hacking of the poorly defended DNC is discussed is that the loss by the Dems was so big that they are totally embarrassed!” he said in another. That response is making many Republicans who have otherwise accepted the prospect of working with Trump uneasy, while letting his longtime critics unload about his insistence on shifting the blame away from Putin. “Trump is morally vacant and ethically compromised by the Russians, and his core audience is so conditioned by the reflexive tu quoque ‘But the Democrats!’ argument that they’re willing to embrace a hostile foreign power,” Wilson said. Another top Republican consultant, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect clients who are working with Trump, wondered how his party might have reacted had Putin’s beneficiary been a Democrat. “If this was Obama in 2008, Republicans would be calling for him to resign. It’s mind-boggling,” he said. “I don’t understand what Trump’s motivation is,” the consultant added, running through the hypotheticals. “Does he just admire Putin? Are they blackmailing him? Are they paying him? They could be paying $1 million a day and we’d never know.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

07 января, 03:27

Energy executives, secretive nonprofit raise money to back Pruitt

New group warns that EPA nominee's confirmation 'is not a certainty' and millions of dollars are needed for the fight.

06 января, 20:34

Here Are The Politicians Planning To Skip Donald Trump’s Inauguration

WASHINGTON ―  Several prominent politicians plan to miss President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., this month. Some say they’re skipping the Jan. 20 event for reasons that are not politically motivated. Others are explicitly protesting the incoming administration. It’s not so unusual for former presidents to miss their successors’ inaugurations, although U.S. lawmakers typically attend. At least some 2016 contenders are planning to go, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP primary contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), who lost to Trump. But Trump is so controversial that he has even had trouble securing musicians to perform at the event. Protesters are also expected to swarm the nation’s capital on Jan. 21 as part of the Women’s March on Washington. We are reaching out to additional politicians to see whether they plan to attend the event and will update this list accordingly. Republicans Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) A Bush spokeswoman told the Tampa Bay Times that the former GOP presidential contender is not attending, but he does not always attend inaugural events. He attended the inaugurations for his father, George H.W. Bush, brother, George W. Bush, and the late Ronald Reagan, the spokeswoman added. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R)  Rauner, who previously said he had a “positive” conversation with Trump, told NBC 5 that, he is “focused on Illinois.” He added, “I really try to minimize the distractions. I minimize my time out of state.” Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush A spokesman for George H.W. Bush said, “At ages 92 and 91 — and all that entails — President and Mrs. Bush are simply not able to attend the inauguration this month. He was also unable to attend in 2013.” Democrats Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) Clark said in a statement on Thursday:  My statement on the upcoming inauguration: pic.twitter.com/dQXE0ztvTf— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) January 5, 2017 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) “I can’t go to this inauguration, because [Trump] continues to spew hatred, bigotry and prejudice even after he said he was going to bring us all together, he was going to unify, but he’s not,” Gutiérrez told CNN last month. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) An Inslee spokeswoman said the governor would be focusing on state issues and noted that the state’s legislative session starts the week after inauguration, according to KOIN 6. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) KOIN 6 reported that Brown is not attending, but did not include further information. She said after Trump’s election that she is “profoundly concerned about the future of our country.” -- 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.

06 января, 19:26

Джеб Буш отказался идти на инаугурацию Трампа

Проигравший Дональду Трампу в президентской гонке республиканец Джеб Буш отказался пойти вместе с семьей на его инаугурацию. Несмотря на это, с победой он миллиардера поздравил.

06 января, 19:26

Джеб Буш отказался идти на инаугурацию Трампа

Проигравший Дональду Трампу в президентской гонке республиканец Джеб Буш отказался пойти вместе с семьей на его инаугурацию. Несмотря на это, с победой он миллиардера поздравил.

05 января, 18:53

Schumer tells Trump to quit the name-calling

Chuck Schumer and Donald Trump's public relationship is disintegrating rapidly, after Trump repeatedly called Schumer a "clown" and the Senate minority leader told the president-elect to quit the name-calling and get serious about health-care reform.It wasn't long ago that Trump was saying nice things about Schumer, but that honeymoon period now appears over. Trump called Schumer the "head clown" for suggesting on Wednesday that Trump and the GOP will own Obamacare's problems after they repeal it, and Schumer replied on Thursday that this is "serious, serious stuff." "People's health is at stake and peoples' lives are at stake. We understand that President-elect Trump is in a difficult spot, that Republicans are in a difficult spot. They want to repeal [Obamacare] and have no idea how to replace it," Schumer told reporters Thursday. "Instead of calling names, the president-elect should roll up his sleeves and show us a replacement plan that will cover the 20 million Americans who gained coverage."Schumer has kept his distance from Trump since the election, insisting that he's not friends with Trump while maintaining that he rarely socialized with the business mogul on the New York social scene. Trump, meanwhile, has reportedly suggested privately to Schumer that he likes the Democrat better than some GOP leaders and ahead of the election said that the New York Democrat is "smarter" than retired Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).But Schumer's new messaging slogan — that the GOP wants to "Make America Sick Again" — seems to have touched a nerve with Trump. On Wednesday he urged the GOP not to let the "Schumer clowns" wriggle out of responsibility for Obamacare — then on Thursday stepped up his criticisms of the Democratic leader, who is hoping to forge a massive infrastructure deal with Trump later this year.“The Democrats, lead [sic] by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME,” Trump tweeted.On Wednesday Schumer said Republicans should stop "clowning around," though on Thursday he declined to return Trump's latest insult. "This is not a time for calling names. It is a time for them to step up to the plate if they want to repeal and show us and what they'd replace it with," Schumer said.

05 января, 18:45

Gingrich to Schumer: Be worried if Trump focuses on you

New Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer should take a lesson from the past, Newt Gingrich said Thursday morning, and brace himself for the full force of a nickname form President-elect Donald Trump.In twitter posts on each of the last two days, Trump has referred to Schumer or the Senate Democrats he leads as clowns, an early indication that he has sized up the New York Democrat for a nickname the likes of which helped sink any campaign opponent in his path.“Schumer and Trump have known each other for many, many, many years, and I think the president frankly just wants to shrink him,” Gingrich said Thursday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “And I would say to Senator Schumer if you look what happened to Jeb Bush or you look what happened to Hillary Clinton, you should be very worried if Donald Trump decides to focus on you because so far, the track record is pretty good that he can define you a lot better than you can define him.”In a post to Twitter decrying Democrats, under the leadership of “head clown Chuck Schumer,” for working already to pin any pain that comes from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act onto Republicans who campaign on scrapping the controversial law. If the nickname sticks, it will be the latest in a string of such labels that he has successfully pinned to vanquished political opponents, including “little” Marco Rubio, “low-energy” Jeb Bush, “lying” Ted Cruz and “crooked” Hillary Clinton.Schumer made his own attempt at catchy phrasing on Wednesday, offering a variation on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan during a press conference on Capitol Hill. With Democrats from both houses of Congress behind him, Schumer said the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare would “make America sick again.”

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.