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Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2orock8 ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Tuesday morning.HILL TO W.H.: 15% CORPORATE TAX RATE? GET REAL -- The White House yesterday sent out the message that they planned to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent -- fulfilling a campaign-season promise. Is this an opening negotiating position or what Trump wants to achieve? We don’t know, because we haven’t seen him in a successful legislative negotiation yet.BUT PRIVATELY, CAPITOL HILL REPUBLICANS ARE SEETHING. Why? Because a 15 percent corporate rate is practically impossible to achieve without blowing a hole in the budget. The president might be willing to balloon the national deficit, but Hill Republicans -- which have made debts and deficits their central issue over the last decade -- are not. To make a cut like that permanent, Republicans would need Democratic votes in the Senate, because it would run afoul of reconciliation rules. Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans raise $1 trillion in new cash with the border-adjustment tax, and they can only get the corporate rate down to 20 percent. Trump is signaling he has no interest in the so-called BAT. -- WSJ’S RICHARD RUBIN: “Five Roadblocks in the Way of the White House’s Proposed Corporate Tax Cut”: “Deficits … Passthroughs … Reconciliation … Tradeoffs … Corporate Splits.” http://on.wsj.com/2p07O8y SPOTTED -- THE DINNER OF THE NIGHT -- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), the chief deputy whip and a critical player on practically any bill that comes to the House floor, dining with White House National Economic Adviser Gary Cohn at Le Diplomate on 14th Street. … MEETING TODAY -- Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.… TRUMP SOFTENS TONE ON BORDER WALL: The idea that the Trump administration could get funding for a border wall is fantastical, as Democrats can stop it cold in the Senate. Why did the White House take a firm position on it, only to abandon it last night? (See: Dawsey, Josh http://politi.co/2pdnhRd). When Congress passes the government funding bill in the next few days, the narrative will be that Trump was unable to secure money for the border wall, and in typical Washington fashion, has pushed off the fight to September. Sure, the administration could get a win here, if they let themselves. If they beef up border security or step up surveillance on the border they can sell that as a “down payment" on a stronger border, as Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has been putting it. RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “Ryan on the hot seat to deliver for Trump”: “‘He has a really tough job, and I think he’s managing it well,’ an administration official added. ‘We all look back and see things we could have done better, but he’s got a very diverse conference that has a lot of different views.’” http://politi.co/2pgoWYv -- ABOUT THAT PROGRESS ON HEALTH CARE: Remember when House Republicans wanted to show progress on health care before heading home a few weeks ago? They went to the House Rules Committee and started the process of passing a bill implementing risk-sharing pools. We hear that effort will be dropped and that House Republicans could kill the rule as soon as today. TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS -- The White House is launching a website to commemorate the milestone. The site has three categories of accomplishments: “Building American Prosperity,” “Keeping Americans Safe & Strengthening Security Abroad,” and “Making Government Accountable to the People.” The president has called the 100-day construct a “ridiculous standard.” http://bit.ly/2p08J9f-- AP: “Trump’s 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out,” by Jill Colvin and Calvin Woodward. http://apne.ws/2oGPlv9 ABOUT THOSE 100 DAYS -- THE RESISTANCE: “Trump has enabled the Democratic Party to overlook its serious problems,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “By most traditional measures, the Democratic Party hit rock bottom at the outset of Donald Trump’s presidency. The Democratic National Committee was leaderless and in shambles. Congress and the White House were under Republican control, as were about two-thirds of the statehouses. Perhaps the most popular national figure associated with the party, Sen. Bernie Sanders, refused to even call himself a Democrat.“Yet Trump’s first 100 days in office appear to have resuscitated the party, if for no reason other than the rank-and-file loathe him so deeply and furiously. Grassroots activism and organizing is surging. Irate Democrats are flooding GOP town halls even in conservative states like Idaho and South Carolina. Small-dollar fundraising is also on fire — six of the 10 Senate Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won collected over $2 million in the first three months of the year. For some of them, that represented more than had ever been raised in their state this early in the election cycle. But while the president has generated a vibrant culture of resistance on the left, it’s obscuring the depth of the hole that the Democratic Party still finds itself in.” http://politi.co/2pvfXn9FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary,” by AP’s Eric Talmadge and Kim Tong-Hyung in Pyongyang, North Korea: “South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. The exercise took place as a U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and went without either.” http://apne.ws/2q9DqGO-- “As North Korea Speeds Its Nuclear Program, U.S. Fears Time Will Run Out,” by NYT’s David Sanger and William Broad: http://nyti.ms/2q1pUs5 ANNIE KARNI in BERLIN -- “Ivanka Trump faces skeptical audience in Berlin”: “‘What does a daughter with no political experience have to do in the White House?’ said Andrea Seibel, an opinion editor at Die Welt, the influential conservative-leaning Berlin daily, where editors huddling in the newsroom Monday afternoon planned to give front-page coverage to the visit. ‘We have family clan experiences in autocracies,’ Seibel said. ‘Ivanka Trump isn’t elected, she is a daughter. She didn’t say anything in the elections when he was saying nasty things about women and migrants. She is his voice, but somehow she has a nicer face.’“The coverage of Ivanka Trump in the German media in the days leading up to her speech was similar to that at home, where she has been criticized on late night programs like ‘Saturday Night Live’ for being ‘complicit’ in her father’s agenda.” http://politi.co/2q0RoOJ -- VIDEO of Ivanka arriving in Berlin. http://bit.ly/2pgqBgD -- IVANKA FT OP-ED with World Bank president JIM YONG KIM, “Investment in women unleashes global gains: Female economic empowerment brings dividends for families, businesses and nations”: “We know what works. We need to increase access to finance, redistribute care work, accelerate progress to financial inclusion, and offer programmes that train female entrepreneurs and help them to access higher value markets. We need to develop new legal and regulatory frameworks to boost women’s growth and productivity. The right skills training enhances women’s capacity to better manage their businesses. And mentorship opportunities and access to networks bring learning opportunities and connections to capital and markets.” http://on.ft.com/2q17nML LUMBER WARS -- “In New Trade Front, Trump Slaps Tariff on Canadian Lumber,” by NYT’s Peter Baker in D.C. and Ian Austen in Ottawa: “The Commerce Department determined that Canada had been improperly subsidizing the sale of softwood lumber products to the United States, and after failed negotiations, Washington decided to retaliate with tariffs of 3 percent to 24 percent. The penalties will be collected retroactively on imports dating back 90 days …“The United States and Canada have been at odds over softwood lumber in one form or another since the 19th century, with the current dispute tracing back to 1982. The United States imported $5.7 billion in softwood lumber last year alone, mainly for residential home building. At the conflict’s heart is a fundamental difference in forestry ownership. In the United States, forest lands are largely held by lumber companies. In Canada, they tend to be owned by the government, and American mills contend that Canadian provinces subsidize their industries by charging low royalty rates for cutting trees. A temporary truce under President George W. Bush, which effectively limited Canadian exports to the United States, expired in 2015.” http://nyti.ms/2pgi6lC -- TORONTO STAR: “The move was expected: the historic dispute over lumber pricing has led to once-a-decade trade skirmishes over the issue, resulting in American duties, then the inevitable court battles, and ultimately negotiated settlements. What wasn’t expected Monday was the enthusiasm with which the new American administration flung itself into the lumber hostilities, touting its incoming countervailing duties as an example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough, America-first trade posture.” http://bit.ly/2pdfNxx TRUMP INC. -- “Flynn’s Turkish lobbying linked to Russia,” by Isaac Arnsdorf: “The Turkish man who gave Michael Flynn a $600,000 lobbying deal just before President Donald Trump picked him to be national security adviser has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin, according to court records. The man, Ekim Alptekin, has in recent years helped to coordinate Turkish lobbying in Washington with Dmitri ‘David’ Zaikin, a Soviet-born former executive in Russian energy and mining companies who also has had dealings with Putin’s government, according to three people with direct knowledge of the activities.“This unusual arrangement, in which Alptekin and Zaikin have helped steer Turkish lobbying through various groups since at least 2015, raises questions about both the agenda of the two men and the source of the funds used to pay the lobbyists. Although Turkey is a NATO ally, its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has grown increasingly authoritarian and friendly with Putin. And the hiring of Flynn by Alptekin came at a time when Flynn was working for Trump’s campaign and Putin’s government was under investigation for interfering with the U.S. election.” http://politi.co/2oHnb38POLITICO NAMES A NEW CEO -- Robert Allbritton and John Harris email the POLITICO world staff: “POLITICO’s next CEO is Patrick Steel, who is leaving a successful 16-year career at the investment bank of FBR & Co. to join us on May 8. Patrick is right for POLITICO for these primary reasons ... [H]is experience and expertise for the past 16 years has been in helping recognize companies that are poised for dramatic growth both domestically and overseas, and helping their management teams organize to achieve their potential.” WSJ story on the hire http://on.wsj.com/2orts74 THE JUICE …-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: UBS INVESTOR WATCH is out with its quarterly report this time focused on the first 100 days of the Trump administration. The findings: 61 percent of investors are optimistic about the economic outlook, up from 42 percent last summer. Three-in-four business owners are optimistic about their business outlook for the next four months. And while health care continues to be the top concern for investors, 90 percent believe government should spend more time coming up with a better solution. The survey polled more than 2,200 people who have at least $1 million in investable assets from March 28 through April 3. More results http://bit.ly/2oFSzy9-- JONES DAY, the Trump campaign’s law firm, is running an online ad touting its “Insights on the New Administration,” listing issues it has expertise on like “energy & environment,” “financial regulation,” “government contracts,” and “health care / ACA”. One of the ads, which has a picture of the White House, was a prominent ad on NPR’s home page on Saturday. The ad links to a page (http://bit.ly/2q3yfbo) that has 14 publications analyzing the Trump administration’s policies. The law firm, whose former partner Don McGahn became White House counsel, was paid $3.3 million in legal fees by the campaign through the end of last month. At least three Jones Day lawyers joined McGahn in the White House. The firm, which does not lobby in Washington, did not respond to requests for comment on the ad campaign. See the ad http://bit.ly/2oVs773-- FROM MORNING MEDIA: “At The New York Times, Rebecca Ruiz is joining the Washington bureau as a Justice Department reporter on the team covering national security and law enforcement. She’s been doing sports investigations since 2015 and was a business reporter prior to that.”-- RANDOLPH ALLES is expected to be named the new Secret Service director. Ken Vogel and Cristiano Lima report: “Alles has served as the acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border protection since Trump's inauguration. He previously served stints as the CBP’s acting executive assistant commissioner of enterprise services and leading the department’s Air and Marine Operations. Prior to serving in federal government, Alles served for 35 years in the Marine Corps, retiring in 2011 with the title of Major General.” http://politi.co/2oZTqgS-- SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH is scheduled to deliver her first speech on the Senate floor at 2:30 p.m. The Illinois Democrat will “call for a return to the shared values of equality, opportunity, and inclusiveness that have helped make our country the strongest in the world.” http://bit.ly/2pZIfmQTRUMP’S TUESDAY -- The president will be on Capitol Hill for a Holocaust remembrance ceremony. He’ll meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.SCHEDULE SHIFT -- “Trump dinner with Supreme Court justices postponed,” by Josh Gerstein: “President Donald Trump has postponed plans to host a dinner this week for the justices of the just-back-to-full-strength Supreme Court, White House officials said Monday. A week-ahead schedule distributed to reporters on Sunday said Trump would attend a dinner Thursday evening with the justices, ‘including his successfully confirmed nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch.’ However, a later version of the outlook dropped the Supreme Court event. A Trump aide said Monday that the dinner was put off due to scheduling issues during this busy week where officials are going all-out to mark the president’s accomplishments in his first 100 days in office.” http://politi.co/2q9Ju1J BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “A reelection challenge (almost) as big as Texas,” by WaPo’s Karen Tumulty in Tornillo, Texas: “Midterm elections are known to be brutal on the party in power, and if there is an anti-Republican wave in 2018, look for it to touch shore right here. The vast, volatile 23rd Congressional District of Texas is bigger in area than 29 states. It stretches from San Antonio to El Paso and includes about one-third of the entire U.S.-Mexico border. Its overwhelmingly Latino electorate last year went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. But it also reelected a Republican to the U.S. House — one of fewer than two dozen in the country to split that way. Rep. Will Hurd narrowly won a second term in what turned out to be the most expensive House race in Texas history. Democrats have put Hurd’s seat in their top five targets in 2018. He will also be running to beat the fickle tendencies of a district that has ousted four different incumbents since 2006.” http://wapo.st/2pdajD3WEST COAST WATCH -- “Anticipating a shift to the right in the courts, the NRA begins its attack on gun controls in California,” by L.A. Times Pat McGreevy: “The state affiliate of the National Rifle Assn. on Monday filed the first in a series of planned court challenges opposing sweeping new gun control laws approved in California in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attacks. The flurry of legal action comes as Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, takes his seat, returning a conservative majority to the nation’s highest court. And as the Republican administration begins appointing additional judges to the federal court system, gun-rights advocates say they hope that some of the more restrictive laws imposed in recent years will be vulnerable to legal challenge.” http://lat.ms/2q9JFKNPLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- “Tony Kornheiser’s D.C. bar finally has its new name,” by WaPo’s Dan Steinberg: “Kornheiser announced on his podcast last week that the former Chad’s (formerly Chadwick’s) has been renamed Chatter, effective immediately. The name is both a reference to the restaurant’s new podcasting studio -- which he said should be open by May 1 -- and to a famous quote about newspapers. ... Some of his partners -- who include Maury Povich, Gary Williams and Alan Bubes -- preferred Chatters, but Kornheiser prevailed upon them to use the singular.” http://wapo.st/2oGS7AMMEDIAWATCH -- “White House turns conservative media reception into on-the-record briefing,” by Hadas Gold: “Around 50 attendees from the likes of Breitbart, the Washington Free Beacon, Daily Caller, Christian Broadcast Network, Catholic-focused The Eternal Word Television Network, as well as conservative radio hosts like Laura Ingraham, Larry O’Connor and John Fredericks mingled with senior administration officials and the president over light snacks, fruit and candy in the White House’s Roosevelt room. Nearly the entire communications staff were in attendance in addition to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Stephen Bannon, senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Council spokesperson Michael Anton and Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland. After about 30 minutes, the president came in and, standing in the corner of the room, began to take questions from the assembled press, later turning the event on the record.” http://politi.co/2pvdBEL--Some reporters grumbled that they were unprepared when the evening turned into an impromptu presidential news conference. Reporters had been expecting a casual reception. The invitation had said the event was going to be “on background,” which the White House reiterated at the start of the event, according to an attendee. Because they thought the event was on background, some reporters at the reception weren’t jotting down exact quotes from Trump during his Q&A.--SPOTTED: Charlie Spiering, Matthew Boyle, Alex Marlow, Kaitlan Collins, Jim Stinson, Star Parker, Adam Kredo, Brent Schur, Vince Coglianese, Katie Pavlich, Trey Yingst-- “Bill O’Reilly plans to turn podcast into ‘genuine news program’,” by Hadas Gold: “Bill O'Reilly wasted no time stepping back into the media limelight following his stunning fall from grace last week, when he was pushed out of Fox News. On his podcast, which O'Reilly made free for this week, he said he plans to develop his website and the podcast, moving it from a short daily program into what would amount to a replacement for his long-running Fox show. ‘And then as we develop the website, we’ll have guests and things like that, and this will become longer and longer and longer, into a genuine news program. That’s the vision right now,’ O’Reilly said. After this week, those wishing to listen to O'Reilly's podcast will have to pay a fee.” http://politi.co/2p04v1a--“Tucker Carlson Is Shopping Around A Book,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “On Monday night, Tucker Carlson assumed the prized 8 p.m. time slot on Fox News, a big step in the cable news host’s steady climb at the network over the past few months. Now Carlson is looking to raise his profile even more. According to three people familiar with the matter, the 47-year-old Fox host is shopping a book or series of books to publishers. ... [T]he ongoing auction will likely fetch Carlson millions of dollars. The book is not autobiographical in nature, but rather reflects on themes Carlson cares about ... Carlson is being represented by literary agency Javelin. The firm’s founding partner, Keith Urbahn, is a former chief of staff to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.” http://bzfd.it/2q0V1nQ -- “Trump Adviser Gorka Walks Off Stage at a Discussion of Fake News,” by Bloomberg’s Nafeesa Syeed: “Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, under fire for his alleged association with a Hungarian nationalist group and his views on Islam, walked off the stage during a conference in Washington after facing questions from students and protesters he said distracted from other participants. Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, was on a panel at Georgetown University on Monday titled ‘News, Alternative Facts and Propaganda: The Role of Cyber in Influence Operations.’ ... After intense questioning, Gorka said he was leaving the stage ‘to allow my colleagues to actually get questions about the issues on the table.’” https://bloom.bg/2q9Hg2CSPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway in first class on the 8 p.m. Acela from New York to Washington ... Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) having dinner last night with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) at the Monocle.TRANSITIONS -- Drew Cole, a veteran Republican lobbyist who was formerly with Quinn Gillespie and DCI Group, is joining Roberti Global: Irizarry Klein Roberti as a partner. … Dan Alfaro has joined Mercury as a VP. He previously was communications director for Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio). ... ClearPath has hired Jeremy Harrell as policy director. He previously advised Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on energy, environmental and other policies. ... Jeff Wieand started on Monday on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s policy team as counsel. He was previously Rep. Tom Marino’s LD. ... … The bipartisan Faith and Politics Institute has named Dan Keniry, VP and head of federal government affairs for United Health Group and former deputy assistant of legislative affairs for President George W. Bush, as its the new board chairman. http://bit.ly/2pZHXwf ... Latino Victory Fund has brought on Jorge Silva as VP for communications. Silva served as spokesperson and national director for Hispanic media for the Clinton campaign. ...… John Wetzel is retiring from the Association of American Railroads after 34 years this week. Wetzel has served as VP of government affairs since 2005. Starting May 1, Bret Manley, legislative director for Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), joins AAR as AVP of government affairs. … Aaron Fobes has joined Celgene Corp. as associate director of public affairs and policy. He was previously press secretary for the Senate Finance Committee.WEEKEND WEDDING -- Former Fox News VP of PR Dana Klinghoffer said “I DO” on Saturday to Daniel Kuney, co-founder of Jumpstart Entertainment, a Broadway general management company. The happy couple was married at Pomme in Radnor, Pennsylvania, among friends and family. Their first date was a walk through Prospect Park, where they later got engaged. Now they’re off to South Africa for their honeymoon. Pic http://bit.ly/2q9WvII OUT AND ABOUT -- Jamie Weinstein and Michelle Fields hosted Trump confidante Roger Stone at their D.C. condo Monday night as part of their off-the-record Churchill Tommy Gun Society dinners. Pic http://bit.ly/2p01NZw SPOTTED: IJ Review’s Maegan Vazquez, BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo, The Washington Examiner’s Alex Pappas, The Washington Free Beacon’s Matt Continetti and The Daily Caller’s Alex Pfeiffer.BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: AshLee Strong, national press secretary for Speaker Paul Ryan and a proud Montanan. How she’s celebrating: “My friend surprised me with a ropes, rappelling, and belaying lesson so I had an early birthday celebration rock climbing on the rims in Billings, Montana, followed by dinner with my family. I have a low-key dinner with a friend on my birthday.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2oHxUL0 BIRTHDAYS: Teddy Goff, co-founder and partner at Precision Strategies, where he leads their digital practice (h/t Tom Zigo) ... John Anzalone, spending his day training for the great bike ride across Iowa this summer ... former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is 74 … Danielle Vogel, celebrating tonight at the annual Tenement Museum gala at Cipriani, honoring Jose Andres and former Sen. George Mitchell (hubby tip: Ken) ... Steve Murphy, managing partner at MVAR Media, is 66 ... Kathy Baird Westfall, managing director of content and social, North America at Ogilvy & Mather ... Mark McCullough, Florida comms. director at AFSCME ... David Fenton, chairman of Fenton ... Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO at Appalachian Trail Conservancy (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) is 55 ... Susan Orr ... clean energy guru David Gardiner ... Erica Suares, a policy advisor in Leader McConnell’s office, and the pride of Plant City, Fla., who recently celebrated over Recess with a trip to Morocco in pursuit of the perfect tile art ... David Gardiner (h/t Dan) ... Mike Gwin, N.C. Democratic Party comms director and former HFA spox (h/t Andrew Bates) ... Garrett M. Quinn, Jr. ... Zev Siegl, co-founder of Starbucks and entrepreneurial advisor, is 62 ... Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA since 2014, is 55 ... Michael Scott Doran, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, focused on the international politics of the Middle East, is 55 ... Andrew H. Schapiro, former U.S. Amb. to the Czech Republic, is 54 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Emily C. Singer, senior writer at Mic ... Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) is 37 ... Julie Roginsky, Fox News contributor extraordinaire ... Arch Campbell ... NPR congressional reporter Geoff Bennett … ... Jaclyn Rothenberg, deputy press secretary for Mayor De Blasio and a Hillary, SKDK and Teneo alum ... Jennifer Anderson, director of principal engagement at the One Campaign … Drew “Dandy” Anderson, director of news and rapid response at GLAAD … Mike Tuffin, SVP for external affairs - public affairs at UnitedHealth Group and an APCO and AHIP alum ... Melissa Musiker, global head of APCO Worldwide’s food, consumer and retail practice (h/t Anthony DeAngelo) ... Kristen Ricciardelli, president of Big Ideas Group ... Emily Hesslbrock … Smythe Anderson … Derek LaVallee … George Hunter ... Jim Mustian, staff writer at The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) ... Alex Brown of shipping brokerage firm Howe Robinson Partners in Houston ... Josie Hearn Wilson ... Wendy R. Anderson, an adjunct senior fellow at CNAS and an Ash Carter and DoD alum … Kenny “Go For The” Gold, strategy director for social at McCann and a GPG alum ... Gretchen Lowe, the pride of Madison, Wisconsin ... Lilly Susman ... Michelle McGrorty, the pride of Madison, Wisconsin #2 ... Tom Springer (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Scott Lieber ... actor Al Pacino is 77 (h/t AP)
ATTN BANNON: REINCE and JARED break bread at BLT Prime -- Health care reality: WH hungry for wins, Hill moored in reality -- CHAFFETZ: No scandal coming, but I might resign -- COSTA named host of ‘Washington Week'
Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2oQVmI8 ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Friday morning.ATTN STEVE BANNON -- SPOTTED: Reince Priebus and Jared Kushner dining at BLT Prime in the Trump Hotel Thursday night.BRYAN BENDER files from TEL AVIV -- "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that, in the wake of punitive U.S. missile strikes, the Syrian Air Force has moved its combat aircraft to make them less vulnerable to attack — and re-issued warnings to the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons again. In response to the recent U.S. strikes -- the first against the Assad regime since U.S. forces began attacking the Islamic State in 2014 -- Syria has reportedly moved its combat planes to a Russian base in the northeastern part of the country." http://politi.co/2oQOk6u THE HEALTH CARE REALITY -- The following things are true: leaders of the House Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group have been talking and have produced a series of changes to the GOP health-care bill -- (the one pager: http://politi.co/2o6HGtX) … No one -- ESPECIALLY the White House -- has any idea if this will pass. The new legislation hasn’t been whipped by GOP leaders. And there isn’t a single person in the senior leadership of the White House who has passed a bill in Congress … The GOP leadership in the House is skeptical of a vote next week. So are we. … Many members of the House Freedom Caucus are skeptical about this compromise. Some have advocated for a complete scrapping of Obamacare and have said they are a hard no for any bill that stops short of that.-- THE DYNAMICS: The White House is hungry for a legislative victory in its first 100 days. Internally, the WH thinks the 100-day construct is dumb, but they also know everyone is bought into it. The Hill, on the other hand, isn’t terribly concerned with Trump’s 100 days. Both the Hill and White House want to keep the government open come next Friday, and they would like to pass a health-care bill. But the urgency on health care is a White House-driven effort -- and it’s annoying many senior House Republicans. Don’t expect Speaker Paul Ryan to put a health care bill on the floor unless he knows it will pass. **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbhFOR THE TRUMP 100-DAY LIST -- “Freed Egyptian American prisoner returns home following Trump intervention,” by WaPo’s Phil Rucker and Karen DeYoung: “An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release.“President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington. ... The couple and their co-workers had been incarcerated since May 1, 2014, on child abuse and trafficking charges that were widely dismissed by human rights workers and U.S. officials as false. Virtually no evidence was ever presented against them, and for nearly three years they were held as hearings were inexplicably postponed and trial dates canceled. Human rights groups alleged that they were abused in detention. “The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release.” http://wapo.st/2pYk07r ELIANA JOHNSON in Politico Magazine’s May/June issue, “How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media: The right-wing media won the presidency—but lost control of their audience. Inside the new power dynamics roiling Fox, Breitbart and the Wall Street Journal”: “At one point, it seemed [Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes] might have been allies: Bannon worked to insinuate himself at Fox, and Ailes’ network aired some of his populist documentaries. Then came the first Republican primary debate in August 2015, when Megyn Kelly, Fox’s feisty prime-time anchor, hammered the candidate from all sides. It was at that moment that Bannon says his relationship with Ailes began to sour. ‘The big rift between Breitbart and Fox was all over Megyn Kelly. She was all over Trump nonstop,’ Bannon said in an interview. He says he warned Ailes that Kelly would betray him. ‘I told him then, I said, “She’s the devil, and she will turn on you.”’ http://politi.co/2owTYXWFOR YOUR RADAR -- “After attack, France looks toward weekend presidential vote,” by AP’s Lori Hinnant and John Leicester in Paris: “France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by the Islamic State group, with President Francois Hollande convening the government’s security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend. Investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in the car of the gunman who targeted police on the Champs-Elysees, and were working to determine whether he had accomplices. The prime minister said the government has reviewed its already extensive election security measures and says it is ‘fully mobilized’ for Sunday’s vote.” http://apne.ws/2oXTAni-- “Trump holds his tongue on French vote,” by Michael Crowley: “As a candidate, Donald Trump wasn’t shy about predicting the success of Brexit, the 2016 referendum that triggered Britain’s departure from the European Union and rocked the Continent’s politics. But with Europe on the verge of another possible earthquake, President Trump has held his tongue about France’s upcoming presidential vote, surprising some who worried that he or his senior strategist, Steve Bannon, might somehow work to boost the controversial nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen.” http://politi.co/2oaVjZ3SIREN -- “Sessions wants to put people ‘in jail’ for leaks,” by Josh Gerstein: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department is aggressively investigating recent leaks of classified information and wants to put ‘some people in jail’ over the disclosures. ‘Whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail,’ Sessions said in El Paso, Texas, during a border-security visit with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. … ‘We are going to step up our efforts and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,’ the attorney general said. ‘This is a matter that has gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals who have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks. Some of them are quite serious. So, yes it is a priority.’” http://politi.co/2owM0Os-- “DOJ official leading Trump-Russia probe to step down,” by Eric Geller: “Mary McCord, who has served as acting assistant attorney general for national security since October, informed DOJ employees this week that she will be leaving in mid-May, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO. DOJ’s National Security Division is leading the agency’s inquiry into possible links between Trump campaign aides and Moscow, as well as the Kremlin’s alleged digital meddling campaign during the 2016 presidential race. … It is not yet known who will succeed her.” http://politi.co/2p24tGq-- “Sources: U.S. prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange,” by CNN’s Evan Perez, Pamela Brown, Shimon Prokupecz and Eric Bradner: “During President Barack Obama's administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn’t alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. ... The U.S. view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents.” http://cnn.it/2oQvLiIANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EXECUTIVE ACTION -- “Trump plans executive actions on finance, tax rules,” by Victoria Guida: “President Donald Trump on Friday plans to order a review of key financial rules — less than three months after he directed an even broader examination of Wall Street regulations, according to a White House official. Trump will send a signal that two important regulatory powers adopted in the wake of the financial crisis are in the crosshairs, along with tax rules put out by the Obama administration last year. ...“Trump will sign two presidential memos, one of which will direct Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to examine the government’s so-called orderly liquidation authority to wind down failing megabanks outside of bankruptcy court. … Another memo will examine the risks of placing ‘systemically important’ nonbank financial firms under the oversight of the Federal Reserve, which subjects them to stricter regulation, according to the official.” http://politi.co/2pXV5AUFIRST FAMILY -- “Citing ethics concerns, Ivanka skips book tour,” by Annie Karni: “Ivanka Trump ... announced Thursday she won’t do any publicity for her book – no tour, no book signings, and none of the television interviews that help boost a book to the bestseller lists. ‘In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,’ she wrote Thursday in a post on her Facebook page. ‘I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November.’ She said her decision to opt out of promotion was made ‘out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book.’” http://politi.co/2pY0YOT … Ivanka’s Facebook post saying she won’t promote her new book (although there’s a big photo of the book in the post) http://bit.ly/2pYp6Rh THE REVOLVING DOOR -- “Chaffetz says ‘absolutely’ no scandal is forcing him out: The Utah Republican said in an interview that he planned to stay in office for at least several more months,” by Jake Sherman: “Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz -- who shocked the political establishment when he announced his retirement earlier this week -- said that he has already started looking for post-congressional employment, and hopes to serve on boards of directors and link up with a television network. ‘I started poking around to see what I might be worth and what sort of possibilities are there,’ Chaffetz said in a phone interview with POLITICO Thursday afternoon. ‘And I got a series of “Let us know when you’re serious.” Well now I can say, “Can you tell I am serious?” … I’ll take a little bit of time to sort out. I’d be thrilled to have a television relationship. But there’s a number of things I’d like to do.’ … “‘I might depart early,’ he said in the interview. ‘It’s not tomorrow, it’s not next week. If it is, it’s going to be in the months to come.’ Asked if he is resigning because of a yet-to-be revealed scandal, Chaffetz said, ‘Absolutely, positively not.’ ‘Not in any way shape or form,’ he said. ‘I’ve been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine. From the Secret Service to the Democratic Party. I am who I am. If they had something really scandalous, it would’ve come out a long, long time ago.’” http://politi.co/2p2q0iy THE JUICE …-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- PLANNED PARENTHOOD is launching an ad this morning on local TV in Reno and Vegas against Sen. Dean Heller reminding voters that he vowed in a town hall earlier this week that he would protect government funding for Planned Parenthood. Heller then reversed himself on funding in a statement the next day. The Nevada Republican is up for reelection next year and is sure to be a topic when Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and DNC Chair Tom Perez rally in Vegas Saturday. The ad http://bit.ly/2plk0lT-- HILLARY CLINTON’s 2016 campaign transferred $5.9 million from her various accounts to the DNC, according to a recent filing.-- BOB COSTA NAMED HOST OF “WASHINGTON WEEK” -- “Post reporter Robert Costa takes over helm of PBS’s ‘Washington Week,’” by WaPo’s Ellen McCarthy: “Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa is taking over for the late Gwen Ifill as moderator of the long-running PBS political talk show ‘Washington Week.’ Costa, 31, will remain in his current position at The Post, covering Congress and the Trump administration. ‘I just really want to bring that reporting mentality on Friday and have a conversation with the best reporters in town,’ Costa said in an interview Thursday. ‘At a time when everyone talks about fake news, this show is about real news. And it has a real legacy.’” http://wapo.st/2oQB3L2 … Seven-minute video, “Meet Robert Costa” http://bit.ly/2osH8uE--SPOTTED in the video: Steve King, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Charlie Rose, Dave Matthews, Tim Russert, Rahm Emanuel, John Kasich, Joe Lieberman, Peter Roskam, Dan Balz, Phil Rucker, Ed O’Keefe, Jeffrey Goldberg, Mark Leibovich, Chuck Todd, Carl Bernstein, Ashley Parker, John Mayer, Jake Sherman, Chris Matthews and Molly Ball.-- BOB’S FIRST OFFICIAL ROUNDTABLE TONIGHT: Jeff Zeleny, Ylan Mui, Dan Balz and Kelly O’Donnell.-- The prime minister of Italy flew in an Airbus A340 from Andrews Air Force Base last evening to Ottawa. The plane’s tail number: I-TALY. http://bit.ly/2pKNlWH --SNEAK PEEK – Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao is in Boston today to tour the DOT’s Volpe Center. Following the tour, she will tell staff: “As you know so well, these new, automated technologies also have the potential to dramatically change commercial transportation and private travel, expanding access for millions. Automated technology can help build a massive network of passengers and expand access to transportation for underserved populations, especially the elderly and disabled."-- OUR MISTAKE: We said yesterday that NYT’s Mike Schmidt broke the story about Hillary Clinton’s private server. The AP’s Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis did. Mike broke that she was using a private email account for government business.DEPT. OF ODD BEDFELLOWS -- “Ohio Town Finds Itself at a Crossroads as Two Education Leaders Converge,” by NYT’s Erica Green in Van Wert, Ohio: “[O]n Thursday, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, and Randi Weingarten, her antagonist and president of the American Federation of Teachers, descended on this small, rural school district for a highly anticipated meeting of two polarizing education leaders. In a town that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump, and that takes pride in its public school system, educators hoped the two leaders could find common ground. …“Ms. Weingarten and Ms. DeVos made for strange traveling companions. Ms. Weingarten called Ms. DeVos’s confirmation a ‘sad day for children’ and has accused the billionaire secretary of undermining public education by bankrolling school choice initiatives in Michigan.” http://nyti.ms/2oaSiYU TRIAL BALLOON -- “Is Dennis Kucinich running for governor?: He’s coming to Dayton Monday,” by Dayton Daily News’ Will Garbe: “Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich will hold a town hall meeting Monday in Dayton, raising questions about whether the former Cleveland mayor and presidential candidate could run for Ohio governor. Kucinich will hold a Columbus press conference earlier in the day before coming to Dayton to discuss ‘the impact of privatization on Ohio’s public schools’ ... Kucinich was primaried out of his Cleveland U.S. House seat in 2012 after redistricting put him against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo.” http://bit.ly/2pKCNqxTRUMP’S WORLD -- “Trump lawyer: ‘No right’ to protest at rallies,” by Ken Vogel: “President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in a Thursday court filing that protesters ‘have no right’ to ‘express dissenting views’ at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights. The filing comes in a case brought by three protesters who allege they were roughed up and ejected from a March 2016 Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, by Trump supporters who were incited by the then-candidate’s calls from the stage to ‘get ‘em out of here!’ “Lawyers for Trump’s campaign have argued that his calls to remove the protesters were protected by the First Amendment. But the federal district court judge hearing the case issued a ruling late last month questioning that argument, as well as the claim that Trump didn’t intend for his supporters to use force. The ruling cleared the case to proceed into discovery and towards a trial. Thursday’s filing by Trump’s campaign lawyers asks the judge to pause the proceedings and allow Trump’s legal team to appeal the ruling to a higher court ‘before subjecting the President to ‘unique’ and extraordinary burdens of litigation.’” http://politi.co/2plgiJ7TAX REFORM CHEAT SHEET -- “13 groups that could muck up tax reform,” by Nancy Cook and Aaron Lorenzo: http://politi.co/2oaRiUATRUMP INC. -- “Trump condos worth $250 million pose potential conflict,” by USA Today’s Nick Penzenstadler, Steve Reilly and John Kelly: “President Trump’s companies own more than 400 condo units and home lots whose sale could steer millions of dollars to Trump, a USA TODAY investigation has found. ... Property records show Trump’s trust and his companies own at least 422 luxury condos and penthouses from New York City to Las Vegas, 12 mansion lots on bluffs overlooking his golf course on the Pacific Ocean and dozens more smaller pieces of real estate. ... The volume of real estate creates an extraordinary and unprecedented potential for people, corporations or foreign interests to try to influence a president. Anyone who wanted to court favor with the president could snap up multiple properties or purposefully overpay. They could buy in the name of a shell company, making it impossible for the public to know who was behind the sales.” http://usat.ly/2pJTCPDVALLEY TALK -- “Twitter Locks Trump Associate Roger Stone’s Account, Again,” by BuzzFeed’s Alex Kantrowitz: “Stone, a confidant to President Donald Trump and former adviser to his campaign, had his Twitter account temporarily locked again this week after tweeting ‘I’m watching you and know what you’re up to. Better watch your ass’ to Media Matters communications director Laura Allison Keiter on Wednesday afternoon. Twitter locked Stone’s account in March following another rules violation. Reached via Twitter, Keiter forwarded an email she received from Twitter Thursday morning confirming it locked Stone's account.” http://bzfd.it/2pY1SLcWEST COAST WATCH -- “Berkeley, at center of political battleground, reverses decision to cancel speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter,” by WaPo’s Perry Stein and William Wan: “Rallies in and around Berkeley have devolved into near-riots that have included bloody fistfights and molotov cocktails. Left-wing activists have clashed with Trump supporters, and anarchists in black masks have squared off against self-proclaimed militia groups. Known for decades as a bastion of free speech, Berkeley has become an ideological — and actual — battleground, where even proposals to bring a polarizing speaker to campus are creating a wrenching dilemma. Now, the university — known as the birthplace of the 1960s Free Speech Movement — has been forced to weigh the values of free expression that it has long championed against the safety of its students and community.” http://wapo.st/2pJV2cJ-- “Schiff could use Russia probe as Senate springboard,” by Austin Wright and California Playbooker Carla Marinucci: Rep. Adam “Schiff’s near-constant presence on TV is valuable in a state with 53 members of Congress who compete for attention with movie stars. And it’s practically a requirement for achieving name recognition in a state with eight major media markets that make it nearly impossible to reach voters through commercials. His fast-rising profile is fueling speculation he might be laying the groundwork for a run for higher office — for the Senate or governor’s mansion, or maybe even the White House. Schiff himself acknowledges harboring grander ambitions but adds the obligatory qualifiers in an interview: He’s busy with his current job and hopes that Dianne Feinstein, California’s 83-year-old senator, will seek reelection in 2018. Statewide office is ‘certainly something I’ve thought about in the past and may think about in the future, but I have a pretty full plate as it is,’ Schiff said.” http://politi.co/2pKbMRhPOLITICO MAGAZINE’S ‘WHAT WORKS’ SERIES -- St. Louis is one of hundreds of U.S. cities, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest, that have problems with overflowing sewers. The latest installment of POLITICO Magazine’s “What Works” series takes a look at how St. Louis, under an agreement with the federal government, is spending nearly $5 billion to prevent tainted storm water from fouling its waterways. http://politi.co/2oaGypc A Sewer Runs Through It— St. Louis’ River des Peres used to be called the “River des Pew,” but engineers are trying to restore it to health by preventing sewage contamination. Photo gallery http://politi.co/2oQBCVaWRAPPING UP – “Trial of Menendez’s alleged co-conspirator nears conclusion,” by Josh Gerstein in West Palm Beach, Florida: “Sen. Bob Menendez’s looming trial on federal corruption charges in New Jersey could be complicated by an unusual prelude underway in a courtroom here, hundreds of miles away. The fate of Menendez’s alleged co-conspirator in the bribery case — wealthy ophthalmologist and campaign donor Salomon Melgen — could be in the hands of a federal jury as soon as next week. ... If Melgen is convicted on some or all of the 76 fraud-related felony counts he faces, he could feel extreme pressure to testify against Menendez (D-N.J.) in the corruption case in Newark where both men are named as defendants.” http://politi.co/2pL1seJMEDIAWATCH -- “Bill O’Reilly Payout Could Be as High as $25 Million,” by NYT’s Emily Steel and Mike Schmidt: “Mr. O’Reilly is receiving a payout of as much as $25 million, equivalent to one year of his salary, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. That development was met with ‘outrage’ and ‘disgust’ among some employees and among critics outside the company, who said it sent a message that a powerful newsroom figure could profit even after multiple sexual harassment allegations had been made against him.” http://nyti.ms/2pJYK6j--“Emails show O’Reilly lawyers’ last-ditch effort to save his job,” by Joe Pompeo: “The day before Bill O’Reilly was cut loose from Fox News after 20 years with the network, his handlers appeared to believe they had at least one more card to pull that might help save his job in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal engulfing the top-rated prime time host. On Tuesday, O’Reilly and his legal team debated whether to share with the leadership of parent company 21st Century Fox an April 13 email from Mary Pat Bonner, a Democratic fundraiser and ally of the liberal watchdog group Media Matters, which had spearheaded what she called an ‘advertiser education campaign’ to get advertisers to pull out of O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. weeknight broadcast, ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’” http:[email protected]: “What we are learning more and more is that Ailes’s Fox News was a cross between the Nixon White House, J Edgar Hoover’s FBI and Hooters”SPOTTED: Patrick Ewing, the new Georgetown basketball head coach, at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons ... John Podesta last night walking near Nebraska Avenue, just down the street from Politics and Prose, where Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen were signing their new Clinton book “Shattered” ... Melinda Gates chatting up two colleagues yesterday evening on a bench facing Andrew Jackson’s statue on Lafayette Park. She was in D.C. to meet lawmakers. SPOTTED last night at the opening of the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fells Point Baltimore: Kevin and DJ Plank, Kevin Spacey, Evan Lowenstein, Adrian Fenty, Raul Fernandez, Tammy Haddad, Tommy McFly, Chyrs Kefalas, Marc Weller, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, Michael Fuerstman. LAUNCHED -- New Paradigm Strategy Group, an agency that plans to focus on issue advocacy, legislative, grassroots, reputation management and public-affairs campaigns. Co-founders include Tom McMahon, former CEO of the DNC and a Howard Dean alum, Cara Morris Stern, Adrian Saenz, Jody Trapasso, Michael Earls, Joon Kim and Eddie Vale. http://politi.co/2pKGjRN TRANSITIONS -- Andrew Dill joined Lockheed Martin this week as director of government relations working on federal, state and local engagement. He previously served as director of government relations for the University of Georgia and as a manager of policy for General Electric. He is an alum of Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-Ga.) office. ... Kamau Marshall has started as the new communications director for Rep. Al Green (D-Texas). Most recently, he was a speechwriter and communications advisor in the Obama USDA and is Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) alum. ... Marielle Kress has joined the American Academy of Pediatrics as an assistant director overseeing a portfolio of issues focused on children’s health insurance coverage and access to care. Previously she was a senior advisor to the director of the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services within CMS.SUNDAY SO FAR – NBC’s “Meet The Press”: Reince Priebus ... Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Panel: Cornell Belcher, Robert Costa, Savannah Guthrie, Peggy Noonan--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (author of “Two Paths: America Divided or United”), David Axelrod and Mike Murphy. Political panel: Carol Lee, Jeffrey Goldberg, Reihan Salam, and Mark Leibovich--“Fox News Sunday”: Power Player: Dr. Jane Goodall, activist/primatologist. Panel: Karl Rove, Peter Baker, Charles Lane, Kim StrasselBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Ben Proler, an analyst at Shell in Houston and the Rubio campaign’s No. 1 volunteer (hat tip: Natalie Boyse, who was on time) … (was Monday): Jonathan Brodo … (was last week): Jennifer Bendall, VP of gov’t and public affairs at NikeBIRTHDAYS OF THE DAY: NYT’s Jodi Kantor, also an author and “CBS This Morning” contributor – how she’s celebrating: “My plans got totally wrecked by reporting—my husband [Ron Lieber] is in Wyoming for a story, I was supposed to travel too, and now that’s been called off. But I’m really happy just to stay home and snuggle our two daughters. Watching our tween play guitar for our toddler is the highest, most intense form of everyday happiness I have ever experienced.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2ox1rpY ... Josh Dorner, SVP at SKDKnickerbocker and a CAP alum – how he’s celebrating: “I’m spending a few days in London catching up with old friends. I’m dubious, but I’m told they have decent BBQ there now.” Q&A: http://politi.co/2pJZM25BIRTHDAYS: Ken Duberstein, celebrating with dinner at home with a great big chocolate cake (h/t wife Jackie Fain) ... NBC News’ Matt Rivera ... Bill Neidhardt, Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis.) press secretary and John Kraus, Baldwin’s comms. director ... Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion, is 45 ... Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is 91 ... Lauren Weber, who writes HuffPost’s Morning email and one of the many proud St. Louisans in DC, is 26 – she’s celebrating with dinner with friends on Friday then a Georgetown boat cruise Saturday evening (h/t Eli Yokley) ... Greg Lyons, economic research assistant at the FDIC and a Politico alum ... BBC’s Caroline Wyatt, who has previously reported from Paris, Moscow, and Berlin/Bonn ... former Sen. David Boren (D-Okla.) is 76 … journalist Cindy Huang ... global media strategist Justin Wilson ... Collin O’Meara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation (h/t Kelley McCormick) ... Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor-in-chief of the online Rookie Magazine, is 21 (h/t Jewish Insider) … Jay Cranford, partner at CGCN Group ... Cameron Baker, office manager at CGCN Group (h/ts Ken Spain) ... Google’s Brian Tschoepe (h/t Arlette Saenz) ... former Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.) is 69 … SKDKnickerbocker’s Jon Reinish ...... Ben Sparks, manager of public affairs at Arena Online … Drew Gorman ... Eric Weisbrod, CNN’s director of social TV ... Bob Blaemire … Reuters’ Katherine Finnerty, an NYT alum (h/t Mallory Shelbourne) ... Brad Cheney, associate VP of leg affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association ... Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center (the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Beijing office) and a Bush NSC alum, is 51 ... Nate Palmer is 43 ... Dominic Bellone ... John Hiller ... Hessy Fernandez, an RNC and McCain-Palin alum, now director of media relations at Miami Dade College ... Phoebe Trabb (daughter of Heidi Przybyla) and Sam O’Connor (son of Patrick) are 8 today … Marty Steinberg ... Russ Cherry ... Lindsey Mask, founder and executive director of Ladies America ... Marti Anderson ... Mary Clare McMahon ... Paige Reffe … Kevin Parker ... Christy Bachmann (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Iggy Pop is 7-0 ... Tony Danza is 66 ... NFL quarterback Tony Romo is 37 (h/ts AP)
Chicago might not be among the most violent cities in the world, but one of its Midwestern neighbors definitely is, according to a recent report.
Kinder Morgan, Inc.'s (KMI) subsidiary, Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC ("KMTP"), recently inked a letter of intent (LOI) with DCP Midstream, LP (DCP) enabling the latter to participate in the development of the proposed Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project.
Just weeks after Los Angeles’ police chief announced a decline in Latinos reporting rapes and domestic violence due to fears over the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, authorities revealed a similar trend in Houston. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday that his department had found rape reports by Latinos were down by 42.8 percent from last year, according to the Houston Chronicle. Violent crimes reported by Latinos were also down, by 13 percent. The figures appeared to confirm fears among law enforcement across the country that President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown would make undocumented victims and people from mixed-status families distrustful of police for fear of being deported. “When you see this type of data, and what looks like the beginnings of people not reporting crime, we should all be concerned,” Acevedo said during a press conference. “A person that rapes or violently attacks or robs an undocumented immigrant is somebody that is going to harm a natural born citizen or lawful resident.” In March, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said there was a 25 percent decline in reports of rape among Latinos compared to last year. Beck explicitly pointed to the Trump administration’s increased immigration enforcement as the likely cause for the decline in Latino victims reporting both rapes and violent crimes. “Imagine a young woman — imagine your daughter, sister, mother, your friend — not reporting a sexual assault because they are afraid that their family will be torn apart,” Beck said in a press conference on March 21. Those fears became a reality for one undocumented woman in El Paso, Texas, who was reportedly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in February shortly after going to court to obtain a domestic violence protective order against her boyfriend. Barbara Hines, a law professor and the former head of the immigration clinic at the University of Texas at Austin, warned that ICE arresting possible victims of domestic violence would have significant consequences. “This is going to make immigrant women fearful of going to the authorities, and it will result in more domestic violence because women will be too afraid to seek protection,” Hines told The Huffington Post in February. -- 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.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson had a powerful analogy Wednesday on the topic of Latinos who might aid in the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Jackson spoke with UNICEF’s Claudia González Romo during the annual Hispanicize conference, which brings together Latino media and marketing influencers, in Miami. During their fireside conversation, the reverend and civil rights activist commented on how the Latino community should fight back against the Trump administration. While discussing the need for solidarity among Latinos and communities of color, according NBC, Jackson likened the idea of Latinos helping build President Donald Trump’s planned border wall to “blacks building slave ships.” He specifically criticized the dozens of Latino-owned firms that submitted proposals to the Department of Homeland Security to build the first stage of the wall. “If they were going to build slave ships to take blacks back to Africa, I hope blacks would not try to get the contracts to build the slave ships,” Jackson said, according to USA Today. It’s almost inevitable that some Latinos will participate in the construction of the expanded border barrier. Latinos make up a large majority of the workforce in many counties along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pablo Aguirre, the communications director of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, told The Huffington Post in January that his organization would urge the federal government to contract with local businesses. Some 80 percent of El Paso’s population is Hispanic. In an interview with the Miami Herald, Jackson said the wall “symbolizes something very ugly” and is meant to “demean.” When Latinos help, he said, “that’s choosing dollars over dignity.” Jackson, who also denounced the Trump administration’s deportations, asked Latinos to come together to fight for their shared values. He pointed out that the size of the Latino population in the United States means very little without a sense of unity. “That’s potential. Unless it’s organized it’s not actual power,” Jackson said, according to NBC. The activist also urged all communities of color to come together to fight for shared causes, noting that “sometimes suffering is the common cord” that connects the communities. “When we close ranks on common interests, we win,” he said. “When we don’t, we lose.” -- 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.
In this exclusive report, Infowars reporter Millie Weaver exposes the explicit fraud, deception, and outright criminality behind wind energy and how it may be used to run rural communities off their properties as part of a major land grab effort in concert with Agenda 21. Millie Weaver starts off asking people who live and work in Kansas City, KS what they know about green energy and industrial wind farms. Not surprising, city people virtue signal their liberal support for industrial wind energy dogmatizing it as a viable solution to the alleged problem of “climate change” without much thought. However, when asked how much energy wind farms produce, what they know about impacts on birds, bats, the environment and human health, most city people appear to be clueless. Weaver then goes to a small town where a local florist has noticed a significant increase in funerals for people who live outside town in close proximity to the wind farm. Weaver then journeys to El Paso County Colorado givings us an insiders view of the fraudulent and deceptive nature of big wind energy corporations by attending and speaking at a local County Commissioner’s hearing regarding health concerns about a local wind farm. Rural people who have been impacted by the wind farm speak out about having to abandon their homes and health effects they have experienced in a plea for help. World renowned acoustician Robert Rand presents prima facia evidence that the wind farm is in perpetual violation of state noise nuisance laws. He presents data which shows the wind farm is operating at noise levels know to cause sleep deprivation, stress, and other health impacts reported by those living in close proximity to it. Millie Weaver discusses medical opinions of doctors who examined data collected as part of a scientific medical study which investigated the serious health impacts of residents living near the wind farm. At the hearing, a wind energy advocate “Dr”, who has been giving medical opinions and medical advice in support of the wind energy project while downplaying people’s health concerns, is exposed as not being an actual “doctor”, rather, being nothing more than a person with a “PhD” in Philosophy. County Commissioners and State legislators now wrestle with the legal conundrum of needing to enforce the law to protect the health and well being of rural residents, to prevent lawlessness and the appearance of giving unequal protection under the law, while facing threats from wind energy tycoons of billion dollar lawsuits if the wind farm is shut down. Watch our Free LIVE Stream http://www.infowars.com/show Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, we're reaching millions help us reach millions more. Share the free live video feed link with your friends & family: http://www.infowars.com/show Follow Alex on TWITTER - https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones Like Alex on FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones Infowars on G+ - https://plus.google.com/+infowars/ :Web: http://www.infowars.com/ http://www.prisonplanet.com/ http://www.infowars.net/ :Subscribe and share your login with 20 friends: http://www.prisonplanet.tv http://www.InfowarsNews.com Visit http://www.InfowarsLife.com to get the products Alex Jones and his family trust, while supporting the growth of our expanding media operation. [http://bit.ly/2dhnhbS] Biome Defense™ [http://bit.ly/2bnEj91] Bio-True Selenium™ [http://bit.ly/1WYw8jp] Vitamin Mineral Fusion™ [http://bit.ly/1QYBNBv] Joint Formula™ [http://bit.ly/1nNuR3r] Anthroplex™ [http://bit.ly/1ljfWfJ] Living Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1Iobcj2] Deep Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1DsyQ6i] Knockout™ [http://bit.ly/1Kr1yfz] Brain Force™ [http://bit.ly/1R5gsqk] Liver Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1cOwQix] ProstaGuard™ [http://bit.ly/1mnchEz3] Child Ease™ [http://bit.ly/1xs9F6t] WinterSunD3™ [http://bit.ly/1L3gDSO] Ancient Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1EHbA6E] Secret-12™ [http://bit.ly/1txsOge] Oxy Powder™ [http://bit.ly/1s6cphV] Occu Power™ [http://bit.ly/1rGOLsG] DNA Force™ [http://bit.ly/1nIngBb] X2 Survival Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1kaXxKL] Super Female Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1mhAKCO] Lung Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1mGbikx] Silver-Bullet - Colloidal Silver™ [http://bit.ly/1xcoUfo] Super Male Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1z5BCP9] Survival Shield - Nascent Iodine™ [http://bit.ly/1o4sQtc] Patriot Blend 100% Organic Coffee™ [http://bit.ly/1iVL6HB] Immune Support 100% Organic Coffee™ All available at - http://www.infowarsshop.com/ INFOWARS HEALTH - START GETTING HEALTHY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - http://www.infowarshealth.com/ Newsletter Sign up / Infowars Underground Insider : http://www.infowars.com/newsletter The Alex Jones Show © copyright, Free Speech Systems .LLC 1995 - 2017 All Rights Reserved. May use for fair use and educational purposes
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Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is expected to announce Friday he will challenge Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for Senate next year, a person familiar with the decision confirmed.O'Rourke, if he declares, would be the first Democrat to announce his intention to challenge Cruz. Rep. Joaquin Castro is also reportedly considering a Senate run. With Democrats defending 25 seats in 2018, including 10 in states won by President Donald Trump, a competitive race against Cruz would be a major boon to the party. Only two other GOP-held seats, Arizona and Nevada, are currently expected to be competitive. Democrats would need to pick up three seats to win the majority. In an interview this month, O'Rourke insisted a Democrat can win in the conservative bastion."People have just come to take it as an article of faith that a Democrat can't win," O'Rourke said. "I don't think there's anything real magical about this."The announcement is expected to come at a rally in El Paso, according to the Houston Chronicle, which first reported the news. A spokesman for O’Rourke did not immediately return a comment. O'Rourke did not stop to talk to reporters in the Capitol. A spokeswoman for Cruz declined to comment.The immediate challenge for O'Rourke will be fundraising: Cruz ended 2016 with $4.2 million in his Senate campaign account, far more than the $399,000 O'Rourke had in his coffers as of last Dec. 31.O'Rourke first won his El Paso-based and majority Latino House seat in 2012, after upsetting Rep. Silvestre Reyes in a Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton won 68 percent of the vote in O'Rourke's district last year.
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Recently in an El Paso, Texas courthouse, Irvin Gonzalez was waiting for a hearing on her request for a protective order. A 31-year-old transgender woman, Gonzalez was nervous about seeing her abusive ex-boyfriend. A caseworker from a women’s shelter, who had driven her to the courthouse, told her that he might not show up and that if he did, he wouldn’t be allowed near her. “I felt very safe and protected in the court,” she told The New Yorker magazine. But then there was a commotion. Six agents from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), likely acting on a tip from her ex-boyfriend, had come for her. There was no warrant or her arrest; she isn’t one of President Trump’s “bad hombres.” She is an undocumented immigrant who sought protection from a man who had brutally beaten her several times. “This is really unprecedented,” El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal told The Washington Post. Never before in her 23-year career had ICE agents shown up at a protective order hearing. The mantra of the modern movement to end domestic violence is: You are not alone. Gonzalez’s arrest sends a different message: face further abuse or get deported. This is cruel and untenable choice. It’s also dangerous; already, far too few undocumented victims seek protection. This is cruel and untenable choice. It’s also dangerous; already, far too few undocumented victims seek protection. The full effects of President Trump’s crackdown on refugees, Muslim travelers, and undocumented immigrants aren’t yet clear. But one thing is certain: like many assaults on human rights and human dignity, it will disproportionately harm women. This month we recognize and celebrate the contribution women have made to our country. Let’s mark Women’s History Month by reminding our political leaders that immigration and refugee protection are women’s issues. As part of their effort to depict refugees as a threat to Americans, President Trump and other politicians have claimed that most of those fleeing Syria are young males. In fact, half of Syrian refugees — like all refugees worldwide — are women, and unlike men, they’re often forced to flee because of gender-based persecution such as rape, honor killing, forced marriage, and genital mutilation. And when they flee, they’re also vulnerable to sexual assault and sexual harassment from border security officials and detention center guards. The President’s effort to shut out Muslims has attracted the bulk of attention. Overlooked are his moves that will further restrict the rights of refugees who cross the country’s southern border. A 2015 report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) found that women face a “startling” degree of violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico. Rape, assault, extortion, and threats by armed criminal groups are prevalent. Yet many women — after taking the courageous step to defy their persecutors and seek asylum in the United States — have received neither the protection they need nor the humane treatment they deserve. The Obama Administration locked up thousands of women refugees from Central America, along with their young children, in jail-like detention centers. So-called “family detention” inhibits the effort of persecuted women to receive asylum and compounds their trauma. On several occasions, refugee women in detention facilities have gone on hunger strikes to protest inhumane conditions, including sexual assault by guards. President Trump’s executive order on border security will lead to a massive increase in detention of refugees and build on the already-high barriers to asylum. Along with the travel ban and the roundup of undocumented immigrants, this order poses a grave threat to the rights and wellbeing of women. This order poses a grave threat to the rights and wellbeing of women. In his speech to Congress, the President indicated a willingness to compromise on deportation. One would hope that we could all agree that abused women like Irvin Gonzalez should not be deported as a cost for seeking protection. After all, unprosecuted domestic abuse is an insidious cancer that kills not only women but also children, of immigrants and citizens alike. As it happens, domestic abuse is ALS the most reliable predictor of all other violence; especially what might be called Supremacy Crimes that have no motive other than proving superiority. But sufficient pushback against the President’s anti-immigrant agenda won’t happen without intensified activism and advocacy from both women and men. Let us mark Women’s History Month by letting our political leaders know that we refuse to accept policies that treat the lives of women as disposable because they weren’t born in the United States. We refuse the lie that undocumented immigrants commit more crimes per capita than U.S. citizens. In fact, the truth is the other way around. When women request protection from violence — in an American courtroom or at an American border — the U.S. government should live up to its ideals and provide it. -- 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.