Yesterday, the company announced the inclusion of new hotels to its global landscape.
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Marriott International is offering its reward members an exclusive perk in return for their points —a stay in a luxury tent at Coachella. But the prize does not come from redeeming points; it comes from auctioning them. A look at how retailers use points auctions to engage members.
Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Priceline Group, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Hyatt Hotels and Wyndham Worldwide
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It’s easy to feel comfortable in a space that magically cleans itself.
Экс-губернатор штата Юта, дипломат и сын миллиардера согласился на предложение администрации Трампа стать послом США в России.
Marriott International, Inc. (MAR) has announced that it expects to considerably increase the size of its portfolio in Europe across all segments of the industry.
Marriott's CEO Arne Sorenson announced his plan to ramp up the expansion of brands acquired through the Starwood takeover.
Now that Snap Inc. has gone public, the spotlight is back on other tech startups like Uber, but it's also shining with renewed intensity on Airbnb, and investors are wondering if the online hospitality marketplace will file for an IPO this year. If it does, it could be the biggest market debut of 2017.
TRUMP asks the HILL to probe alleged Obama wiretapping -- ‘FIREWORKS’ in Oval Office meeting -- TRUMP ORG. looking at ‘dozens of new markets’ -- BEST LINES from the Gridiron -- KRISTEN WELKER wedding pool report
Good Sunday morning.STATEMENT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE at 8:55 a.m. this morning: “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling. President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016. Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted.”SOME THOUGHTS -- Donald Trump could be opening up Pandora’s box. The congressional intel committees will take this mandate seriously. The panels pride themselves on being bipartisan and could dredge up something Trump might not like. Yes, both panels are controlled by Republicans loyal to Trump -- the House Intelligence Committee is chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes of California and the Senate panel is chaired by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina. But Democrats will have access to all the information that Republicans do, and if the GOP doesn’t play fairly, Dems will be sure to call them out.**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbX YOU’RE INVITED! … SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL will sit down with us for a live Playbook Interview Thursday at The Washington Court Hotel (525 New Jersey Ave NW). The event is sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Doors open at 8 a.m. We put the wrong link in Playbook yesterday … Sorry. RSVP http://bit.ly/2l5qrrt-- ALSO! … We’re going to SXSW! Come join us for our inaugural AUSTIN, TEXAS, event, Monday, March 13 at the WeDC House (340 E 2nd Street). Doors will open at 11 a.m. RSVP http://bit.ly/2mUXXNGSUNDAY BEST -- SEN. MARCO RUBIO talks to CHUCK TODD onNBC’s “Meet the Press”: TODD: “As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, if there was a wiretap on Donald Trump’s campaign, isn’t that something you would have been made aware of?” RUBIO: “Well, again, I think the term ‘wiretap’ is thrown around very loosely, and by a lot of people. So we have to understand exactly what they’re talking about. Suffice it to say I don’t have any basis, I’ve never heard that allegation made before by anybody. I’ve never seen anything about that anywhere before. But again, the president put that out there, and now the White House will have to answer as to exactly what he was referring to. … Let’s say -- clearly, I don’t think anybody -- if that were true, then there’s no doubt that it would (CHUCKLE) be a very newsworthy item with a lot of discussion about it. And if it’s not true, then obviously, one would ask themselves, ‘Well, why did you put that out there to begin with? And what was the rationale behind it?’”-- RUBIO to JAKE TAPPER on CNN’s “STATE OF THE UNION”: “I’m not sure what it is he is talking about. Perhaps the president has information that is not yet available to us or to the public. And if it’s true, obviously we’re going to find out very quickly. And if it isn’t, then obviously he’ll have to explain what he meant by it. So I don’t -- I’m not sure what the genesis of that statement was, but I imagine we’re going to learn more about it here over the next few days, one way or the other.”-- MICHAEL MUKASEY to MARTHA RADDATZ on ABC’s “THIS WEEK”: “This is the difference between being correct and being right. I think the president was not correct certainly in saying that President Obama ordered a tap on a server in Trump Tower. However, I think he’s right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney -- of the Justice Department through the FISA court.” --WH SPOKESMAN SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS to RADDATZ: “If this happened, if this is accurate, this is the biggest overreach and the biggest scandal.” -- SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER to TODD: “Well look, President Obama has flatly denied that he [ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower]. And either way, Chuck, the President’s in trouble. If he falsely spread this kind of misinformation, that is so wrong. It’s beneath the dignity of the presidency. It is something that really hurts people’s view of government. It’s civilization-warping, as Ben Sasse, conservative Republican, called it. And I don’t know of any president, Democrat or Republican in the past, has done this. It shows this president doesn’t know how to conduct himself.“On the other hand, if it’s true, it’s even worse for the president. Because that means that a federal judge, independently elected, has found probable cause that the president, or people on his staff, have probable cause to have broken the law or to have interacted with a foreign agent. Now that’s serious stuff. So either way, the president makes it worse with these tweets. Now, is he trying to divert things here? Yeah. The president denied this. I don’t have any doubt to doubt -- I don’t have any doubt that President Obama has been telling the [email protected]: “Mike Rogers - fmr. chair of House Intelligence Committee - on Trump/wiretap: ‘He just put another quarter in the conspiracy parking [email protected]: “Former DNI Clapper on @MeetThePress: There was no wiretapping mounted against the president or his campaign” -- 26-second video http://bit.ly/2n2sTf2 -- @FoxNewsSunday: “Both @SenTomCotton & @ChrisCoons tell Chris they have seen no hard evidence of collusion between ‘Trump World’ & Russians to [affect] election”HAPPENING TOMORROW – “Trump expected to sign new executive order on travel ban on Monday,” by Josh Dawsey and Nancy Cook: “President Donald Trump is expected to sign on Monday a new executive order on his controversial travel ban at the Department of Homeland Security, according to senior government officials familiar with the matter. It is unclear how significant the changes to the current order will be or whether the White House will continue a court fight over its old order. ... White House chief strategist Steve Bannon [traveled] on Saturday to Mar-a-Lago ‘for an EO launch meeting’ with a team from the Department of Justice. They will meet with DHS officials and the president, according to a source familiar with the matter.” http://politi.co/2lNjyr2INSIDE THE ROOM -- “Trump fumes over Sessions’ recusal from Russia probe,” by Alex Isenstadt, Josh Dawsey and Nancy Cook: “President Donald Trump, increasingly frustrated with his White House rollout, vented to top aides on Friday over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Prior to departing for Florida, where he is spending the weekend, Trump convened on Friday a group of senior aides in the Oval Office, including chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump, chief strategist Steve Bannon, communications director Mike Dubke, and press secretary Sean Spicer. The meeting was ostensibly to talk about next week’s packed schedule, which is expected to include the release of a new immigration travel ban and possibly an Obamacare replacement bill. ...“The meeting on Friday got heated once it turned to the topic of Sessions. What, Trump wanted to know, was the logic of the move? The president made it clear he thought the whole thing had been handled poorly, and that Sessions shouldn’t have recused himself, according to sources familiar with the meeting. His exasperation was apparent. At one point, Trump addressed White House counsel Don McGahn, who was also in the room, directly, and said he was unhappy about the turn of events, the sources said. ‘There were fireworks,’ said one person briefed on the events.” http://politi.co/2m7ZctuTRUMP INC. -- “Trump sons, planning expansion of family business, look to leverage campaign experience,” by WaPo’s Jonathan O’Connell, David Fahrenthold and Matea Gold in New York: “Donald Trump’s adult sons, who are overseeing a nationwide expansion of the family business during their father’s presidency, are envisioning ways that their experiences from the campaign trail can help them establish a footing in dozens of new markets. The idea is to move beyond a focus on luxury hotels in big metropolises and build boutique properties in a broader mix of cities, including some the Trump brothers came to know well during more than a year of intensive travel, fundraising and grass-roots networking on the road to the White House.“‘I got to see a lot of those markets on the campaign,’ Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, told The Washington Post in a recent interview from his office on the 25th floor of Trump Tower. ‘I think I’ve probably been in all of them over the last 18 months.’ The initial plan is tied to the Trumps’ previously announced new chain, Scion, which is being designed as a less-corporate feeling brand of high-end hotels with a more affordable per-room price point than the Trumps’ five-star properties.” http://wapo.st/2n1YFZl-- “Trump hotel may be political capital of the nation’s capital,” by AP’s Julie Bykowicz: “At a circular booth in the middle of the Trump International Hotel’s balcony restaurant, President Donald Trump dined on his steak -- well-done, with ketchup -- while chatting up British Brexit politician Nigel Farage. A few days later, major Republican donors Doug Deason and Doug Manchester, in town for the president’s address to Congress, sipped coffee at the hotel with Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. ...“It’s just another week at the new political capital of the nation’s capital.The $200 million hotel inside the federally owned Old Post Office building has become the place to see, be seen, drink, network — even live — for the still-emerging Trump set. It's a rich environment for lobbyists and anyone hoping to rub elbows with Trump-related politicos — despite a veil of ethics questions that hangs overhead.” http://apne.ws/2lsPUeNDAN BALZ’S TAKE -- SUNDAY WAPO -- “Russia is the slow burn of the Trump administration, and it’s not going away”: “It is the issue that he and his team cannot get beyond. They cannot get beyond it because they are skittish about accepting what is already known. They cannot get beyond it because they have not been as forthcoming as they could be about what they did. They cannot get beyond it because they don’t know what they don’t know. It’s important to remember that much isn’t yet known about the whole controversy, particularly the contacts between Trump campaign officials or advisers and the Russians. That there were contacts is not in dispute. Some appear routine, but the circumstances and the content of all those contacts is far from fully known. It’s possible they will add up to little or nothing. It’s also possible they will add up to something significant.” http://wapo.st/2mGTrpVTRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE -- “How the Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules,” by ProPublica’s Justin Elliott: “The Trump administration appears to be either ignoring or exempting top staffers from its own watered-down ethics rules. As we have detailed, President Trump in January issued an order weakening Obama-era ethics policies, allowing lobbyists to work at agencies they had sought to influence. The Trump order did limit what lobbyists could do once they entered government, banning them from directly handling issues on which they had lobbied. But the administration may not be even following that. We’ve found three hires announced this week who, in fact, are working on the same issues on which they were registered lobbyists while in the private sector.” http://bit.ly/2maQXP0SNL COLD OPEN – “Jeff Sessions Gump Cold Open”: Sessions (Kate McKinnon): “I was the only one who talked to the Russians. ... Well me and Michael Flynn. So it was just me and Michael Flynn. … And J.D. Gordon. So just me, Michael Flynn and J.D. Gordon … and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower. So me, Michael Flynn, J.D. Gordon, and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower. And Carter Page. That’s all I got to say about that. And Paul Manafort. I’m going to have another of these chocolates.” 5-min. video -- with a cameo by Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) http://bit.ly/2masUzPTHE JUICE …-- THE GRIDIRON: BEST LINES … MIKE PENCE: “[T]he President did ask me to send a message tonight. … ‘Mike – thanks for covering the Gridiron dinner. Have a good time. Get some rest this weekend, next week there is an important ribbon cutting in Antarctica that I really need you to speak at.’ …[T]o be honest, the end of the week was a little embarrassing for me. Not that I had a personal email account when I was governor, which is perfectly legal under Indiana law. It was just really embarrassing for me to have millions of Americans learn that I’m one of the few people in this country who still has an AOL account.“I guess it was good for my image, though. Now America knows I’m not stuck in the 1950s – just the 1990s. … [I]t’s great to see Nancy Pelosi here. Nancy, you know that I love and respect you – we served together for many years. I hope you never change. Seriously. The President and I are counting on it.”--NANCY PELOSI: “As you know, Senator Ernst thinks hogs should be castrated. We Democrats believe that hogs should be able to make that decision for themselves. ... Vice President Pence, it’s good to see you this evening. Does the president know you’re here, laughing it up with the enemies of the American people? It’s OK, Mr. Vice President: People here can keep a secret. This isn’t the White House. … The President and First Lady are not with us tonight, but there are many senior members of the new administration here. I know that the rituals of the Gridiron can be formal, so I want to greet them in a way they’re more familiar with: Nasdrovia!” … “This White House has more drama among rich people than a Jane Austen novel. In fact, I’m told the Secret Service code names for President Trump and Bannon are ‘Pride’ and ‘Prejudice.’ ... This President has appointed so many people from Goldman Sachs to high positions that there’s nobody left to listen to Hillary’s speeches.”-- JONI ERNST: “For those who don’t know me, my name is Joni Ernst, I’m 30 years old, the current Miss Iowa and can run a mile in 4:30. I LOVE alternative facts! My goal tonight is simple: To make this speech shorter than Mike Flynn’s time at the NSA. Whoops, too late. ... It’s great to see the vice president here. Do you realize he is just a heartbeat away from being second in command to Steve Bannon? ... I don’t know if you all have heard the news yet, but the President just tweeted, this is the largest crowd in the history of the Gridiron. Nine million people. Wow, there are so many VIP’s here tonight. ...“[T]here are a number of people not here tonight. The President of course couldn’t be here. Saturday is golf night. Hillary refused to come here. She must think this is Wisconsin. ... Let’s be honest, it’s been a rough first few months for the President. The bumper sticker on Melania’s car says, ‘Don’t blame me. I voted for her.’ ...“I don’t mean to be rude but the president keeps direct messaging me on Twitter. Can we put them up on the screen? … ‘Saw the Walking Dead on TV. A whole show about the DNC!’ ... ‘Having trouble sleeping so watching Ben Carson.’ … ‘Voter frod at Westminster Dog Show. Bigly! Need investigation! And deport the Chihuahua.’ … ‘Jake Tapper is a big time chocker. Can I drone him?’ ... ‘Since when are there THREE branches of government? Unfair!’”SPOTTED: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), Jeff Bezos, Sean Spicer, Colin Powell, Kellyanne Conway, Omarosa Manigault, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, VA Secretary David Shulkin, David Espo, Craig Gilbert, Julie Pace, Tim Berry, Dorey Scheimer, Jake Tapper, AshLee Strong, Jeffrey Goldberg, John King, Glenn Thrush, Bret Baier, Judy Woodruff, Doyle McManus, Gridiron President Lynn Sweet, David Lightman, Susan Page, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Dodd, Brendan Buck, Annie Linskey, Matt Viser, Josh Pitcock, Marc Short, Drew Hammill and Jason Mida, John Dickerson, Neil King, Penny Pritzker, Leon Panetta, Madeleine Albright, Josh Earnest, Valerie Jarrett, Kim Kingsley, Danielle Jones, Roy Schwartz, Jon Karl, Al Hunt, Susan Milligan. Pic of Kellaynne and Elaine Chao talking before the event http://bit.ly/2lLngRf-- OVERHEARD: Rep. Darrell Issa saying his tux was from Men’s Wearhouse and made by Joseph Abboud. -- HERE IS AN EYE-POPPING statistic that shows the wild demand to get a premier foreign correspondent gig: more than 400 people have applied to three open foreign correspondent jobs at NPR: Jerusalem, Beirut and Islamabad. NPR, with 17 foreign bureaus, is one of the few U.S. news organizations that still boasts a strong global presence, especially since TV networks and others have severely cut back on foreign coverage. NPR chief international editor Will Dobson is interviewing candidates for the positions. Emily Harris left Jerusalem last summer and now works for Reveal. Philip Reeves, who was based in Islamabad, became Rio correspondent in December. And Alice Fordham is the outgoing Beirut correspondent and is headed to grad school.-- HEATHER NAUERT, formerly of Fox News, is the new State Department spokesperson. Instapic of Heather and Abby Huntsman http://bit.ly/2n2ezTI IN PALM BEACH -- “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago tested amid stiffening security,” by Darren Samuelsohn in Palm Beach, Florida, and Aidan Quigley: “Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is having trouble transforming from a ritzy hangout for millionaires and billionaires into a more rigid enclave with new security measures to protect the president from prying eyes and more significant threats. After photos surfaced on social media networks of Trump dealing with a North Korean missile crisis right out in front of his dues-paying members and guests on the dining terrace, his private club issued new rules prohibiting pictures or videos of the president when he’s on the premises so that the world can’t follow along on Twitter if it ever happens again.“But that’s easier said than done. On Saturday night, the Palm Beach Post published a picture of Trump inside the club shaking hands with members and guests near the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-University of Miami charity gala. Concrete is being poured for a helipad to land Marine One at the president's oceanfront retreat. But a local police official said it may not do much to stop the traffic snarls, street closures and flight pattern restrictions that have disrupted everyday life for residents whenever Trump comes to his winter home in South Florida.” http://politi.co/2maMPyB-- “Trump mingles with Mar-a-Lago guests outside charity ball,” by Palm Beach Post’s Kristina Webb and Alexandra Clough: “President Donald Trump mingled with guests outside a charity ball at his Mar-a-Lago Club on Saturday night. As attendees danced inside the ballroom where the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute held its gala, the president was spotted nearby, shaking hands and talking with club members and guests. Earlier, Attorney General Jeff Sessions also took a few moments from high-level meetings to greet guests at the estate.” With 6 pix on one page http://pbpo.st/2mrPJA4TOP-EDS – MARGARET CARLSON in The Daily Beast, “In Trump’s Terrifying New Normal, Obama Is Nixon and Up Is Down”: “Look what it took, being chained to a teleprompter in the well of the House, for Trump to spend an hour as a credible commander-in-chief. It will be a year before he is again in the collective line of sight of Senators, his Cabinet, Generals with their medals, Supreme Court Justice in their black robes, and Ivanka ... After a spate of normality, Trump will always return to his petri dish, stew for a bit, and end up lashing out at every perceived threat while blaming everyone but himself for his troubles. ... When Nixon talked to portraits in the middle of the night, it was near the end. Trump is openly striking out against enemies real and imagined in the middle of the night, to the point of calling his predecessor sick, and we are only at the beginning. He hasn’t begun to feel the pressure of the office.” http://thebea.st/2m7NGOL-- FRANK BRUNI in the NYT, “Donald Trump vs. the Food Snobs”: “We ... need to stop maligning Trump and those around him as gauche creatures -- how dare the first lady wear sequins or Kellyanne Conway perch so flippantly on an Oval Office couch -- because that line of attack is trivial, gross and bound to backfire. For one thing, it pegs Trump’s critics as exactly the sneering elites he says we are. For another, it suggests that we’re indiscriminate naysayers condemning all things Trump, even those that do no measurable harm. We’ve been especially condescending on the culinary front. During Trump’s candidacy, journalist after journalist marveled at his exaltation of fast food, alternately wondering if it was a put-on to express solidarity with less affluent Americans and noting its nutritional recklessness.” http://nyti.ms/2mSIhv1TRUMP’S CABINET -- FRONT PAGE OF THE MIAMI HERALD -- “Trump labor nominee talked tough on sex crimes but gave billionaire a ‘sweetheart’ deal,” by Jay Weaver and Patricia Mazzei: “A decade ago, a Miami Beach father who traveled to Cambodia to pay for sex with three underage girls was found guilty in federal court and convicted of sex tourism involving children. Kent Frank, 50, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Miami’s U.S. attorney at the time, Alex Acosta, declared in a news release that society ‘cannot permit such individuals to seek sanctuary in our community.’“But Acosta, now President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor, made a very different call in another, far more sordid case just months later. The agreement Acosta approved for Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein -- a ‘sweetheart plea deal,’ according to attorneys for Epstein’s victims -- could come back to haunt his Senate confirmation hearing if any senators question Acosta’s judgment in one of the most high-profile cases of his career.“Using his private staff to coordinate the illicit sexual activity, Epstein had paid dozens of girls cash to engage in nude massages, masturbation, oral sex and intercourse in his palatial mansions in Palm Beach, New York City and the U.S. Virgin Islands between 1999 and 2005. Epstein, then 55 and defended by an all-star legal team, pleaded guilty to a state charge of soliciting minors for prostitution. He registered as a sex offender in Florida and agreed to pay damages to 40 female victims ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old. As part of the plea agreement negotiated by Acosta’s office, Epstein wouldn’t be charged in federal court -- even though the feds had drawn up a proposed 53-page indictment that carried potential punishment ranging from a mandatory 10 years in prison up to a life sentence. Epstein ended up serving just over a year in a Palm Beach County Stockade -- while local authorities allowed him during his incarceration to go to work or do whatever he wanted for six days out of every week.” http://hrld.us/2mThjmWNOT JUST IN WASHINGTON -- Headline on the front page of the Alaska Dispatch News: “Lawmakers following budget path that’s ended in gridlock before” http://bit.ly/2mslUiyA LOOK AROUND AMERICA -- L.A. TIMES: “TRUMP WIRETAP CHARGES APPEAR BASELESS” http://bit.ly/2lLyjK5 … HARTFORD COURANT: “A President’s Name Is ‘Weaponized’” http://bit.ly/2lLijry … PALM BEACH POST: “Trump has tweet flurry during visit” http://bit.ly/2lt0XEA … INDIANAPOLIS STAR: “Illegal immigrants asking ‘What if?’” http://bit.ly/2msAtD3 … GRAND RAPIDS PRESS (MICH.): “Trump might slash aid for Great Lakes” http://bit.ly/2m8c8QcWHAT REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE READING -- “Tennessee becomes Exhibit A in GOP’s Obamacare repeal push,” by Paul Demko in Nashville: “To make the case that Obamacare is collapsing, Republicans point to Tennessee. The most recent sign: Humana’s decision to drop out of Obamacare markets for 2018 means residents of 16 counties around Knoxville could have zero options for purchasing individual coverage when the next open enrollment period begins in November. Another big player, Blue Cross Blue Shield, fled the state’s biggest markets, triggering some of the sharpest premium spikes in the nation. Republicans warn that other states could look just as dire unless they get rid of Obamacare and replace it with a market-driven system.“‘The Affordable Care Act is too expensive to afford,’ Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said during a town hall meeting over the Presidents Day break in Fairview, about 30 miles southwest of Nashville. ‘Our goal is that health care is going to be more flexible, more usable and more affordable to everyone.’ But even here, despite all the turbulence, resistance is mounting to Congress scrapping the law without a credible replacement plan, because it could unleash even more chaos. Obamacare defenders believe their message is starting to resonate, especially with the state’s Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.” http://politi.co/2mTh0c7IT’S MAGGIE’S WORLD, WE’RE JUST LIVING IN IT -- LIZ SPAYD in the NYT, “The Declining Fortunes of Women at The Times”: “Men accounted for 61 percent of the bylines that appeared in the front section of The Times last year, according to data soon to be published by the Women’s Media Center, a group that analyzes thousands of bylines across 10 top newspapers every year. That put The Times in the middle of the pack, which is a vast improvement over the previous two years, when it ranked last. (Partial credit surely goes to political correspondent Maggie Haberman, whose byline, I’m told, drew more page views last year than any other reporter at The Times — an eye-popping 141 million.)” http://nyti.ms/2m7JKxGCHRIS VAN HOLLEN PROFILE -- “Can this Democrat Win Back the Senate?,” by Ozy’s Nick Fouriezos: “Van Hollen, a worldly Harvard grad and Georgetown Law alumnus, hardly looks the part that would appeal to blue-collar sensibilities that feel left behind by modern liberalism. ... Despite an undoubtedly privileged upbringing, Van Hollen spent two undergrad summers in Alaska, toiling on stools lined up against a conveyor belt, separating ‘junk fish’ from shrimp. He hitchhiked to Clam Gulch (latest census population: 176) — ‘a gas station and a bar,’ he says before joking, ‘all the necessities in life’ — working odd-end jobs there, too, and honing his poker game.” http://bit.ly/2lNw75RMEDIAWATCH – AMY FISCUS joins the NYT D.C. bureau as national security editor. Elisabeth Bumiller and Bill Hamilton email the staff: “She helped run the LA Times coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign and, after all the primaries, caucuses and conventions, moved right along to the Trump administration. Before that, she was an editor for The Associated Press in Philadelphia, where she supervised enterprise related to the Affordable Care Act.”BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds,” by Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker: “New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.” http://bit.ly/2m3SFQL--“Inside the Strange Saga of a Cairo Novelist Imprisoned for Obscenity,”by Jonathan Guyer in Rolling Stone: “Before it was published, censors approved Ahmed Naji’s subversive novel ‘Using Life’– so how did he end up in jail for what he wrote?” http://rol.st/2mVgOYL--“What is global history now?” by Jeremy Adelman in Aeon Magazine: “Historians cheered globalism with work about cosmopolitans and border-crossing, but the power of place never went away.” http://bit.ly/2lElP70--“A Town Under Trial,” by Nick Tabor in Oxford American: “What an unsolved double murder in Kentucky reveals about America’s military-industrial complex.” http://bit.ly/2m3UVqY (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“The Entrepreneurs Building a ‘Next-Generation Mountain Town,’” by Gisela Williams in the WSJ Magazine: “After a decade of creating global events for innovators and activists, Summit is embarking on its most ambitious project yet.” http://on.wsj.com/2lNhwHr--“The architecture of fear: how Caracas has adapted to constant threat of violence,” by Sofia Barbarani in The Guardian: “Tall walls, barred windows and armed security are increasingly common in the Venezuelan capital, where more and more Caraqueños avoid going out at night – travelling in convoy if they must leave home after dark.” http://bit.ly/2mOGkzJ--“Yuval Harari, author of Sapiens, on how meditation made him a better historian,” by Vox’s Ezra Klein: “What kind of mind creates a book like Sapiens? A clear one.” http://bit.ly/2lIcU5v ... $21 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2lnoUx4--“The Factious, High-Drama World of Bird Taxonomy,” by Andrew Jenner in The Atlantic: “Some ornithologists have very strong feelings about hyphens.” http://theatln.tc/2mBHGRo--“The End of the Olympics As We Know It,” by Rodger Sherman in The Ringer: “The IOC is a parasite: It latches onto hosts, leeches out all the money it can, and leaves a trail of rotting velodromes in its wake. The people at the IOC probably think of the Rio games as a fabulous success.” http://bit.ly/2lEmBkq--“Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?” –Scientific American: “We are in the middle of a technological upheaval that will transform the way society is organized. We must make the right decisions now.” http://bit.ly/2mk5ad1--“Why Ever Stop Playing Video Games,” by Frank Guan in Vulture: “Many Americans have replaced work hours with game play — and ended up happier. Which wouldn’t surprise most gamers.” http://bit.ly/2mOGMhg (h/t Longreads.com)--“Together Alone,” by Michael Hobbes in HuffPost: “The epidemic of gay loneliness.” http://huff.to/2lEgDjD (h/t Longform.org)--“Must It Always Be Wartime?” by Kenneth Roth in the N.Y. Review of Books, reviewing “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon,” by Rosa Brooks: “[T]here is a cost to a self-reinforcing cycle of militarizing U.S. foreign policy. Pursuing economic development, undertaking agrarian reform, expanding the rule of law—these are tasks requiring considerable expertise, including linguistic skills and cultural sensitivity not usually associated with the average military recruit, still chosen foremost for strength and agility even in a world in which traditional military tasks diminish in importance.” http://bit.ly/2m4uUcN ... $16.29 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2mOUiBD--“How Anti-Democratic Propaganda Is Taking Over the World,” by Christopher Walker in Politico Magazine: “Autocrats from Beijing to Moscow are spreading their toxic ideology in more parts of the globe than ever before. And they’re much more sophisticated than you think.” http://politi.co/2m4AZGaSPOTTED at yesterday’s GW vs Dayton basketball game (which GW won 87-81): Daniel Huey, Tim Miller, Logan Dobson, Rodell Mollineau, Jason Miller ... at the Kennedy Center last night: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attending the opening night of “Champion.” The justice and her companion were escorted by a security detail. ... Chief Justice John Roberts attended “King Charles III” at the Shakespeare Theater yesterday ... Zeke Miller, Ryan Williams, Michael Falcone, Ali Dukakis, Kate Hansen (fresh off a month in the South Pacific) and Meridith McGraw last night at Barcelona on 14th StreetSPOTTED at Sara Murray’s bridal shower yesterday at Compass Rose: Maeve Reston, Gloria Borger, Ashley Parker, Rachel Streitfeld, Holly Bailey, Betsy Klein, Cassie Spodak, Liz Landers, Lauren Pratapas. Fiancé Garrett Haake and Ryan Williams crashed the party at the very end of the party.WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker married John Hughes Saturday at the Hyatt Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. Their program included the handmade presidential crossword John -- a marketing director for Merck -- created for Kristen after their second date to take on her work trip to Asia. Welker told all their guests she was waiting until she found her perfect match to get married and added, “John was worth the wait.” The official wedding hashtag was #itsgonnabehughes. The crossword http://bit.ly/2lNBLVn … The first dance http://bit.ly/2mT2a59 … Instapic of the couple picking up their marriage license http://bit.ly/2mGFjNwSPOTTED: Bridesmaid Brianna Keilar, Giovanna and Joe Lockhart, Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan, Kelly O’Donnell and J. David Ake, Peter Alexander and Alison Starling, Chuck Todd, Pete Williams, Mary Bruce, Chris Jansing, Hallie Jackson, Ken Strickland, Nancy Cordes, Dafna Linzer and Bart Gellman, Michelle Perry and Jason Neal, Alex Moe and Derek Flowers, Cydney Weiner and Peter Hepplewhite, Stacey Klein and Josh Schmerling, Shawna Thomas, Natalie Cucchiara, Kristin Donnelly and Rick Bosh, Shawna Shepherd and Craig Minassian, Rachel Adler, Sue Kroll, Mosheh Gains, Alicia Jennings, Antonia Ferrier and Joel Seidman, Chloe Arensberg, Monica Alba and Dan Merica, Carol Lee, Libby Leist and Scott Foster.-- BIPARTISAN WEDDING: Michael Babyak, the RNC’s director of marketing technology, married Cameron Hardesty, the head of products at UrbanStems who formerly worked for the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama administration, in Dripping Springs, Texas. North Texas Federal District Court Judge Barbara Lynn officiated. Pic by Rachel Meagan Photography http://bit.ly/2lLjFTh … Bridesmaids http://bit.ly/2lsTUfkSPOTTED: Best man Seamus Kraft, founder of OpenGov Foundation and maid of honor Jessica Straus, VP of development for National Venture Capital Association and former Cantor press secretary, Rafael Lemaitre, former FEMA comms director, Katie Greene, former ONDCP public engagement director, Gary Coby, former Trump aide and RNC director of advertising, Nick Sharkey, RNC director of data science, Kelly Cataldo, Sarah Barley, and Rep. Patrick McHenry alums, Doug Nation and Ryan Minto.BIRTHDAYS: MJ Lee, CNN national political reporter … Obama alum Ellie Schafer (Tam Cam tip: Tammy Haddad) ... Christian Elliot is 41 ... Chad Pergram, the longtime Capitol Hill producer for Fox … GOP admaker Fred Davis, chairman of Strategic Perception based in Hollywood ... Mike Kruger, director of comms at the Smart Electric Power Alliance and a Commerce alum, is 41 ... Elliot Gault, a Kelly Ayotte alum who now works in the N.H. House of Reps (h/t Liz Johnson) ... April Mellody, former deputy CEO for comms at the 2016 Democratic National Convention ... Stephen Goepfert, deputy commissioner for the N.Y. State Dept. of Transportation and a Biden alum ... Diana Fakhouri, social media strategy at Condé Nast and a Hillary alum, is 3-0 ... Alan Miller, president/CEO and founder of The News Literacy Project and an LAT alum ... Erick Mullen, managing director at Mercury (h/t Jon Haber) ... foreign correspondent and veteran war reporter Roy Gutman is 73 ... John O’Brien, VP of public policy at CareFirst and a CMS alum ... Jyoti Jasrasaria ...... Matt Dorf, president and founder of West End Strategy Team and an AJC and Dean campaign alum ... Jordan Fabian, White House correspondent at The Hill … Lauren Kidwell, partner at 270 Strategies and an OFA and Obama alum … Clint Hackney, Austin super-lobbyist and a proud Texas A&M Fightin’ Aggie, will qualify for Medicare today (h/t Randy White) … Sharon Block ... Daniel Schwarz ... Colleen Evans, regional director of PR at Marriott International ... SiriusXM’s Tony Cincotta ... Jimmy Kimmel Live co-head writer Molly McNearney ... Joyce Wise Dodd ... John Schachter, director of state comms at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids ... Molly Reilly ... Jon Loritz, the pride of Valders, Wisc. … Suzy Flannery (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Bush 43 HHS alum Deanna Carlson Stacy, now principal at DCS Consulting ... Ron Boehmer, comms director for Rep. DeLauro ... Win Ellington of Sen. Cochran’s office ... Drake Henle, scheduler for Sen. Paul ... Alyssa Dougherty ... Sarah Little, comms director for Senate Ag. ... Andrew Leiferman of Sen. Rounds’ office ... Kolby Keo ... Brian Bolduc of Sen. Cotton’s office ... magician Penn Jillette is 62 (h/t AP)
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Behind the scenes on the Hill, TRUMP’s legislative realities, the ever-filling agenda -- POTUS to Norfolk Thursday -- OBAMAS ink a book deal -- JOSH EARNEST on COLBERT -- B’DAY: Sen. Deb Fischer
Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2m7xPlF ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfHAPPY MARCH and good Wednesday morning. It’s Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.ABOUT LAST NIGHT… IT WORKED. REMEMBER WHEN Donald Trump told us all he could act so presidential we wouldn’t believe it? He did. He looked the part -- his suit fit a bit better, his tie looked a bit snazzier and his tone was considerably more measured. HE TALKED LIKE A PRACTICED POLITICIAN. When he spoke about health care and taxes, he was singing from the tried and true GOP song sheet, giving hope to skeptical Republicans that he is more attuned to what’s happening in town than he lets on. He came within an inch of endorsing the controversial border-adjustment tax, which taxes imports instead of exports, and he embraced Hill Republicans’ view on replacing Obamacare. He praised NATO, talked about healing America’s cities and condemned a wave of anti-Semitism. Up until the 9 o’clock hour Tuesday night, the GOP was a scattered bunch -- worried their party could never coalesce around anything with a disconnected president in the White House and a cadre full of aides with little relevant experience. They left the Capitol late Tuesday night feeling hopeful -- if they could get their act together, they might have something to talk about at home, and on the campaign trail in 2018. To that end, Trump succeeded, for the most part, in rallying his base behind him.TRUMP’S MESSAGE was certainly more optimistic than usual, and was delivered in a moderate and relatively normal tone. The policies, however, show that the president is leaving conservative orthodoxy behind, and will not shy away from massive price tags -- paid maternal leave, $1 trillion in infrastructure spending, a $50 billion increase in defense spending and a $30 billion emergency spending bill would’ve caused Republicans to twitch in the Obama era. Remember: Republicans demanded to offset minor spending like disaster relief for years.WHAT IT MEANS -- In terms of navigating Washington, the speech showed Trump has a lot to learn. He said he wants to work with Democrats and called on Washington to ditch “trivial fights,” but, in the last 40 days, he has called Chuck Schumer a phony and, just this week, he said Nancy Pelosi is incompetent. He called for immigration reform, but is intent on building a “great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border -- a major problem for Democrats. He implored Democrats to work with him on a health-care overhaul, but spent a good chunk of time calling the Affordable Care Act -- which they spent lots of political capital on -- a failure. He also appeared to motion at Pelosi when railing against the law. NEWSFLASH: Mr. President, you’re going to need Nancy Pelosi more than you realize (see: debt ceiling, government funding, infrastructure). Get to know her. WE’RE NOT PASSING JUDGEMENT ON WHAT TRUMP SAID. Merely discussing the political realities about what it means for governing. It was a mixed message, to put it mildly.THE MADE-FOR-TV POWERFUL MOMENT was when Trump introduced Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who was killed in a late-January raid in Yemen. Trump, who had just hours before distanced himself from authorizing the raid, brought the chamber to its feet as he stayed silent for a minute while the television cameras focused on the sobbing widow.ONE NOTE OF SKEPTICISM -- The White House keeps adding legislative priorities to Washington’s agenda. They don’t have unlimited time, or political capital, and what they are asking for is not feasible. They say they want to repeal and replace Obamacare, pass a $1 trillion infrastructure program, reform the tax code, pass an emergency $30 billion spending bill that could -- in theory -- build a border wall with Mexico, institute paid maternity leave and reform the nation’s immigration laws. Pick a few, and try to get them done.BEING THERE -- SOME OBSERVATIONS FROM THE HILL -- When VP MIKE PENCE was walking into the House chamber with the Senate, reporters shouted questions about immigration reform. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) laughed and said quietly “immigration reform,” as in, “that will never happen” … Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in the chamber, sitting next to Newt and Callista Gingrich … Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State seemed a bit uncomfortable waiting on the House floor for the address. They are total D.C. outsiders … Democrats laughed when Trump said he has drained the D.C. swamp … House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) stood up and forcefully clapped when Trump called on the U.S. to only build pipelines with U.S. steel. Hoyer’s been talking about American manufacturing for years … Lots of Dems cheered Trump’s trade bashing, underscoring his scattered partisan make up … Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry -- a former member of Congress -- was on the floor… …SPEAKER PAUL RYAN stopped to peek in on CNN reporter Dana Bash’s FaceTime, appearing to tell her son to do his homework … Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) sat with DNC Vice Chair Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) … Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) sat near Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) … Joe Scarborough was on the House floor (all former members are permitted to go) and he was warmly greeted by Republicans and Democrats. He sat with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), appeared to take Rep. Charlie Crist’s (D-Fla.) card and also got a hearty reception from Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and others … Former Reps. David Wu (D-Ore.) and Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) showed up … Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) sat right behind Trump’s cabinet. -- PHOTOS: The extraction team, suited up waiting for the unthinkable http://bit.ly/2mcy7Ie ... http://bit.ly/2m7pPAR … BERNIE and JANE SANDERS heading over to CNN http://bit.ly/2mJKNmG … Alan Grayson http://bit.ly/2lbgqsO … KEVIN MCCARTHY coming over to chat with us http://bit.ly/2mE0kVC … MCCARTHY and the incomparable Kelly O’Donnell http://bit.ly/2mE3wAJ … VP PENCE before the speech http://bit.ly/2lVCTHy … CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS http://bit.ly/2lbkr0v CHECK IT OUT -- @hunterschwarz: “Trump, in the back of limo, appears to be practicing his speech” http://bit.ly/2mJFlAe TRUMP’S FRONTS -- NYT: “BEFORE CONGRESS, TRUMP URGES END TO ‘TRIVIAL FIGHTS’ … In Remarks Before Address, He Signals Shift on Tough Immigration Stance” http://nyti.ms/2lbnPse … WAPO: “Trump details vision in milder tone” http://bit.ly/2mDZHvp .. N.Y. POST: “DREAM BIGLY … Don: $1T for infrastructure … Softens tone on immigration … Goodwin: Prez’s best moment” http://nyp.st/2algwpl --DRUDGE banner, “TRUMP ROCKS THE HOUSE” ... HuffPost banner, “SPEAKER’S PET”THE INTERWEBS -- With 3M Tweets, last night’s POTUS speech was the most Tweeted #SOTU or #JointSession address ever, surpassing the previous record of 2.6M. … FACEBOOK had 7.5 million people who generated 20.5 million likes, posts, comments and shares about Trump’s speech. TRUMP has delayed the signing of the new travel ban. It was slated to be today. The White House wants to take advantage of a good day. THE REST OF TRUMP’S WEEK -- Trump will get his intelligence briefing, host House and Senate leadership for lunch, hold a legislative affairs strategy session and will have dinner with Rex Tillerson. THURSDAY: The president is going to Norfolk, Virginia, to speak aboard the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford. He’ll also hold a roundtable with “military officials, shipbuilders, and community leaders.” FRIDAY: The president will be in Orlando, hosting a “listening session on school choice at St. Andrews Catholic School.” He’s in Palm Beach this weekend, speaking at the RNC retreat. Our sources tell us he’ll be at Mar-a-Lago. THE NARRATIVE -- NYT’S MAGGIE HABERMAN and PETER BAKER: “President Rips Up the Script, Then Sticks to the Teleprompter”: “When Mr. Trump sat down with television anchors at the White House for an off-the-record lunch on Tuesday, he was supposed to preview his first address to Congress. Instead, he suddenly opened the door to an immigration bill that would potentially let millions of undocumented immigrants stay in the country legally. … After the lunch was over, aides rushed off to alert their colleagues, including Stephen K. Bannon and Stephen Miller, the architects of the president’s immigration crackdown.“Once again, the unlikeliest of presidents had torn up the script and thrown his young administration into upheaval. Once again, Washington was left trying to fathom what his strategy was. Was it mad genius, an improvisational leader proposing a Nixon-goes-to-China move to overhaul immigration after making a point of deporting ‘bad hombres’? Or was it simply madness, an undisciplined political amateur unable to resist telling guests what he thinks they want to hear even at the expense of his own political base? In the end, he did not include it in the speech. And yet, rising to the occasion, Mr. Trump on Tuesday night sounded as presidential as he ever has since taking office. He invoked Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower, heralded Black History Month, condemned anti-Semitic vandalism, celebrated American entrepreneurs like Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, and promised a ‘renewal of the American spirit.’” http://nyti.ms/2m7j1n0 -- WAPO’S DAN BALZ: “A tale of two speeches: The contradictions of Donald Trump’s presidency” http://wapo.st/2mcGHa4 -- “Trump hits the reset button,” by Eli Stokols: “For 60 minutes and 14 seconds Tuesday night, President Donald Trump abandoned the dark rhetoric and narrow vision that have long defined his politics and offered an aspirational vision stocked with bold promises for the country in his first address before a joint session of Congress. While Trump still offered some charged language -- including his use of the term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ -- the speech was notably less confrontational than his ‘American carnage’ inaugural address. It was, in fact, by far the most unifying moment of his divisive and chaotic first 39 days in office. Reading almost exclusively from prepared remarks on a teleprompter, the president pledged to provide ‘massive’ tax relief for the middle class, extinguish the ‘vile enemy’ that is ISIS, and rebuild America's military.” http://politi.co/2laZUZH ... Full text of Trump’s speech http://politi.co/2mDQkMnTHE IMPORTANT CAVEAT -- “Analysis: Trump pivot pleases GOP, but will it last?” by AP’s Lisa Lerer: “Donald Trump finally gave Republicans what they've spent months begging him to deliver: a pivot to presidential. The question now is how long it lasts. Days, weeks, months -- or simply until the next tweet?” http://apne.ws/2lxYF37 THE BACKSTORY -- “How Trump’s disciplined speech came together,” by Josh Dawsey: “President Donald Trump sat in the White House Map Room Tuesday with a coterie of advisers, a black Sharpie, stacks of paper and a teleprompter. Beside him much of the day — the 40th day of his presidency -- were Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller. Other aides circled in, from Gary Cohn to Reince Priebus to Kellyanne Conway to Jared Kushner to Sean Spicer to Hope Hicks, suggesting language and offering advice. He remained unhappy with parts of the speech, scribbling notes on printed drafts for aides to incorporate and bring back. He practiced twice on the teleprompter, timing the cadence for specific lines. He continued to pepper his team with questions. On Tuesday morning he had ‘marked up from front to back’ 17 or 18 pages, one White House official said. He edited again at 3 in the afternoon. The first paragraph was edited as late as 5. Around 6:15, he was convinced the speech had come together. Most in the White House never saw the remarks before he delivered them, with aides conscientious about leaks. He kept practicing in the presidential limo on the way over.” http://politi.co/2loCsUf-- “What Trump didn’t say in his address to Congress,” by Annie Karni: “I love Russia … The press is evil … Iraq or Afghanistan … We should broaden access to health care … Deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants … Overturn Roe v. Wade and return abortion laws to the states.” http://politi.co/2lSlNflUPDATE: TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN -- “Trump delays signing new travel ban order, official says,” by Shane Goldmacher and Nahal Toosi: “President Donald Trump won’t sign a revised travel ban on Wednesday as had been anticipated, a senior administration official confirmed. The official indicated that the delay was due to the busy news cycle, and that when Trump does sign the revised order, he wanted it to get plenty of attention. ‘We need [the executive order] to have its own time to breathe,’ the official said. The Trump team has repeatedly delayed issuing the new order after its original version was stayed by courts amid a slew of legal challenges.” http://politi.co/2mcrCoG-- “Donald Trump’s New Travel Ban Would Likely Exempt Existing Visa Holders,” by WSJ’s Laura Meckler: “Exempting existing visa holders would mark a notable scaling back of the original order. It also could put the revised ban on firmer legal footing by focusing more directly on individuals who haven’t previously been granted approval for U.S. travel.” http://on.wsj.com/2lxQDawUNDERSTANDING TAX REFORM -- READ EVERYTHING WSJ’S RICH RUBIN WRITES -- “The Next Dilemma of the Republican Tax Overhaul”: “House Republicans are struggling to write a crucial piece of their tax plan: the rules for partnerships, limited liability companies, and other “pass-through” firms that account for a majority of U.S. business income. Republicans want to lower the tax rate for these businesses in conjunction with corporate rate cuts. But they haven’t decided what should be taxed at 25%, as a firm’s business income, and what should be taxed at 33%, as the owner’s wages at the firm. The rules would affect millions of business owners whose income passes through to their individual tax returns rather than appearing on corporate filings. They include law firms, hedge funds and manufacturers and they are a powerful force in Republican politics. They range from tiny businesses to the enterprises of some of the wealthiest Americans.” http://on.wsj.com/2lboji8THE JUICE …-- BUZZ: CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA is setting up an outpost in Washington, D.C. This is somewhat rare for an attorney general, but California is going to be combatting the federal government a good deal in the Trump era and Becerra is positioning himself as the Democrats’ answer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: AMERICAN ACTION NETWORK is launching a two-week $450,000 digital ad campaign focused on conservative Republican lawmakers in 21 congressional districts to continue to fight for Obamacare repeal and replacement. The buy supplements a $2.2 million TV ad campaign running nationally and in the 21 districts. Digital ads will run in California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The ad http://bit.ly/2mDKxGw--The NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION is running an anti-border adjustment tax ad called “B.A.T. is a BAD Tax” that mimics a “Billy Mays” infomercial. “It’ll tax your car, your food, your gas, your medicine, your clothes — you name it, BAT will tax it,” the ad says. NRF declined to share how much they’re spending but the ad will run over the next two weeks in DC and in both DC and NYC during SNL this weekend. http://bit.ly/2lbtoqv-- TIME’s ZEKE MILLER and KATY STEINMETZ report that “the Trump Administration is maintaining a gender-neutral restroom at the White House, despite recently rolling back a key Obama-era policy designed to protect transgender youth ... A White House official confirmed late Monday that the single-user restroom remains in place for White House staff and visitors.” http://ti.me/2mHOkSl -- T.V. THIS MORNING: “MORNING JOE” has VP MIKE PENCE live from Capitol Hill in the 6 a.m. hour. ALSO ON THE SHOW: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Gov. Steve Beshear, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel.-- NEIL GORSUCH is putting the full-court press on the Senate. He is scheduled to meet with Sens. Angus King (D-Maine), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.). He is also slated to meet with Republican Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Dan Sullivan of Alaska.HAPPENING TODAY -- The Senate is expected to vote this morning to confirm Ryan Zinke as the next secretary of the interior. The Senate is also scheduled to hold a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Ben Carson to be Trump’s HUD secretary.YOU’RE INVITED -- HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI is certainly an extremely newsy figure these days. The president called the longtime lawmaker incompetent this week, sparking outrage in Democratic circles. She’s sitting down with us for a Playbook Interview Friday morning at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). We’ll talk with Pelosi about how Democrats are going to combat Trump, the DNC’s election of a new chairman and Democrats are facing the real possibility that Republicans are going to move swiftly to repeal the health care law. Much of what Trump talked about wanting to do last night -- tax reform, infrastructure -- will need Democratic votes. We’ll talk about all of this Friday morning. Doors open at 8:20 a.m. RSVP http://bit.ly/2mjyTDNSPORTS BLINK -- THE WIZARDS ARE ACTUALLY GOOD – “Wizards hang on to beat Warriors after Kevin Durant exits game with knee injury,” by WaPo’s Candace Buckner http://wapo.st/2lVNTEPHMM -- “FBI once planned to pay former British spy who authored controversial Trump dossier,” by WaPo’s Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman: “The former British spy who authored a controversial dossier on behalf of Donald Trump’s political opponents alleging ties between Trump and Russia reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him to continue his work, according to several people familiar with the arrangement. ... Ultimately, the FBI did not pay Steele.” http://wapo.st/2m74Y0N FIRST PERSON -- “The State Department Is Already Running on Fumes: I worked at the Pentagon and in Foggy Bottom. And let me tell you: Slashing the budget for diplomacy is insane,” by Ilan Goldenberg in Politico Magazine: “At the Pentagon and in Foggy Bottom, I saw firsthand how this contrast in priorities translated into striking differences in resource allocation and institutional culture. At State, despite working on an issue that was at the very top of Secretary of State John Kerry’s agenda—Middle East peace—I had to walk across the hall just to use a secure phone to call my White House or Pentagon colleagues, most of whom had these phones at their desks. At the Defense Department, any of roughly 40 four-star generals could get access to military aircraft and a team to ensure access to secure communications during trips. But at State, only the secretary had this privilege at all times, while other senior diplomats often had to travel without support despite the fact that the State Department was in the lead for intensive diplomatic negotiations that required rapid turnaround of information and unpredictable travel driven by shuttle diplomacy.” http://politi.co/2lp7Wtz HILLWATCH -- “Freedom Caucus chief’s wife blasts Ryan on Obamacare repeal,” by Rachael Bade: “House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows’ wife is rallying North Carolina Republicans to sink Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare replacement bill, telling activists in an email that ‘Ryancare’ ‘will be wrapped around Republican’s necks.’ In a Monday afternoon email, a copy of which was obtained by Politico, Debbie Meadows encouraged Republicans to call Ryan’s office and the White House to protest the House plan. ‘Please take just a few minutes to call right away,’ she wrote under a headline that read, ‘ATTENTION — IMPORTANT AND TIME SENSITIVE’ in red letters. ‘In a nutshell, for reasons we cannot fathom, Republican leadership is putting forth a so-called Obamacare ‘repeal’ that is not a repeal at all,’ she wrote.” http://politi.co/2lblqNW THE NEW GILDED AGE -- “China’s Richest Win, Mexican Billionaires Lose With Trump Effect,” by Bloomberg’s Brendan Coffey and Jack Witzig: “The 36 Chinese billionaires on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index have increased their wealth by 13.2 percent since the real estate mogul was elected U.S. president on Nov. 8, a $39.2 billion increase that's pushed their combined net worth to $336 billion. The gains top those seen by billionaires in any other country outside the U.S., even as Trump has called China a currency manipulator whose trade policies have led to the loss of American jobs. For Mexico’s wealthiest, returns have headed in the other direction.” http://bloom.bg/2m7if9CCLICKER – “Here’s A Video Of Travis Kalanick Chewing Out An Uber Driver” http://huff.to/2m70OG7 FUTURECAST -- “Snap Is Said to Have Worked on a Drone,” by NYT’s Katie Benner: “[O]ver the past few years, the company has repositioned itself as a modern-day camera company. One of the products that Snap has worked on to bolster that direction is a drone, according to three people briefed on the project who asked to remain anonymous because the details are confidential. A drone could help Snap’s users take overhead videos and photographs, and then feed that visual data to the company. It is unclear when or if Snap’s drone would become available to consumers. Like many technology companies, Snap often works on experiments, many of which are killed or repurposed into other projects.” http://nyti.ms/2lSv8E0 FUTURE OF MEDIA -- “Can YouTube TV Get You to Cut the Cord for $35 a Month?” by Bloomberg Businessweek’s Felix Gillette: On Tuesday “YouTube Inc. announced a new service that will deliver an assortment of major television channels to paying customers via the internet. For $35 a month, starting sometime this spring, subscribers to YouTube TV will be able to watch the top four broadcast networks—ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS—and 35 or so of their affiliated cable channels, including ESPN, Disney Channel, MSNBC, National Geographic, and Fox News.” http://bloom.bg/2lbjSUu SHOW ME THE MONEY -- “Barack and Michelle Obama reach book deal,” by Aidan Quigley: “Publisher Penguin Random House announced Tuesday it will publish books by former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. The company has acquired worldwide publishing rights for two books, one from each of the Obamas. Terms of the agreement were not released, but the Financial Times [and several other outlets] reported on Tuesday that the auction for the rights to the books reached more than $60 million, citing people with knowledge of the sales process.” http://politi.co/2lxMQK0 Who cut the deal? Williams and Connolly’s Bob Barnett and Deneen Howell LATE NIGHT BEST -- EARNEST ON COLBERT – “Former Press Secretary Josh Earnest Talks Sean Spicer And Fake News”: “Sean Spicer’s predecessor, former Press Secretary Josh Earnest, evaluates the current White House’s treatment of the press corps.” Video http://bit.ly/2lp6KX1 MEDIAWATCH -- MIRIAM JORDAN, a senior special writer for WSJ in its LA bureau, is headed to the NYT, she wrote in an email to colleagues. http://bit.ly/2mso3eRTV TONIGHT – CNN’S DANA BASH will moderate a town hall tonight with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). They’ll take audience questions, and focus on foreign policy, immigration and other national security issues. 9 p.m. on CNN.SPOTTED -- Corey Lewandowski and Mike Murphy separately at the Four Seasons yesterday morning. UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and Niall Ferguson also had breakfast there. … Gary Cohn, Gillian Tett and Lionel Barber yesterday having lunch at the Hay Adams.OUT AND ABOUT -- Pinnacle West’s Robbie Aiken celebrated 6-0 Monday night at the Metropolitan Club with 200 of his closest friends and family. SPOTTED: Chief Justice John Roberts, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo)., Sen. John and Jeanne Warner, Don Nickels, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, Bill and Marylin Livingood, Brian McCormack, David Metzner, Fred Ryan, Gloria Dittus, Tom Kuhn, Bill Anaya, Rep. Jim Clyburn (R-S.C.), Bryan Anderson, Nicole Barranco, Bradley Blakeman, Steve Ross, Brian Wolff, Brian Montgomery, Ed Henry, Debbie Hohlt, Hal and Sally Furman, Christopher Chapel, John Arundel, artist and brother Bruce Aiken, and of course, Loran, Gigi and William Aiken, who threw the bash. Remarks were given by Aiken’s cousin, Richard Viguerie.--The Chesapeake Bay Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary with “D.C. on the Half Shell” Monday night at Union Market. The group raised more than $700,000 at the event, which featured buffets of shucked oysters from the area, entertainment by Alex Hoffman Sax and an interactive video wall. SPOTTED: Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson, who was the recipient of the 2017 Conservationist of the Year, CBF President Will Baker, CBF Board Chair Harry Lester, Katie Leavy and David Leavy, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, Jill Daschle, Nathan Daschle, Kathleen Matthews, Melissa Maxfield, Patrick Steel and Lee Satterfield Steel, Ben Wilson, Aviva and Dan Rosenthal, Nicole Elkon and Neal Wolin, Cathy Merrill Williams, Leo Jardot, Erick Mullen, Skye Raiser and David Perlin, Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Tom O'Donnell, Courtney and Scott Pastrick, Marriott head of business development, Rick Hoffman. Pix http://smu.gs/2lbdQmMOBAMA ALUMNI -- Jen Friedman, formerly of the White House press staff, is starting at GE today in NYC as senior director of corporate reputation. She previously was deputy press secretary in the Obama White House.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK – The Senate Leadership Fund is naming Grace Eberhart finance director, Mark McLaughlin research director and Billy McBeath digital director. http://bit.ly/2loYMgq TRANSITIONS -- TargetPoint Consulting is announcing that one of its founding partners, Alex Gage, will be leaving his full time role at the company to focus on his role at G2 Analytics. He will continue to provide strategic advice and counsel to the company and service his clients. http://politi.co/2lxzuhe --The Atlantic Council’s new Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience has added three fellows: Peter Neffenger, former administrator of TSA, Amy Pope, former deputy homeland security adviser in the Obama administration and Brian Kamoie, former assistant administrator at FEMA for grant programs. http://bit.ly/2mDZhVPHILLARY ALUMNI -- Varun Anand has started in communications at Jigsaw, an incubator within Alphabet that builds technology to fight problems like censorship, online radicalization and online harassment. He was previously press wrangler for Hillary’s campaign.WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Peter Oppenheim, education policy director at the Senate HELP committee and Katie Oppenheim, an executive director at Merck, emailed friends and family: “We are thrilled to announce the arrival of William Frawley Oppenheim. William made his big debut ... [yesterday] at 5:10 p.m., weighing 9 lbs., 1 oz. and measuring 21 ½ inches. He is named for two beloved family members – Peter’s great-uncle, William Oppenheim, and Katie’s maternal grandmother, Bridget Frawley Browne.” Pic http://bit.ly/2mDVnvVBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) is 66 – today she’s working in D.C., but on Saturday, she and her husband Bruce are joining Nebraskans at their statehood dinner – read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2lbtMVOBIRTHDAYS: Hannah Klain, a student at Harvard Law and a Hillary alum, is 26 -- she’s headed to the ACLU Voting Rights project this summer ... Dr. John P. Holdren is 73 ... former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) is 73 ... Will Robinson, an adopted Iowan and partner at The New Media Firm (h/ts Sean Johnson and Jon Haber) ... Jonathan Lipman, former VP of BerlinRosen Public Affairs ... Stephen Ezell, ITIF VP for global innovation policy (h/t Samantha Greene) ... Politico’s Lorraine Woellert, David Gelsomino, and Hossein Ghodosi Fard ... Sally Canfield, senior director of int’l gov’t relations at AbbVie and a Rubio alum ... Lauren Vicary, VP for editorial at CAP ... Cheyenne Klotz ... Trevor FitzGibbon ... Elizabeth Brooks, director of federal gov’t affairs at CVS Health … Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell ... Marjorie Marquardt ... Bridget Bowman, Senate reporter at Roll Call and a PBS NewsHour alum ... Zain Khan … Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) is 64 ... Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) is 51 ... Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) is 37 ... Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) is 51 ... Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) is 47 ... ... Nigel Duara, border correspondent at the LATimes and an AP alum, is 34 ... Center for Public Integrity CEO John Dunbar (h/t Dave Levinthal) … Mike Haidet (observed) … Peter Guber, Hollywood executive, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, Chairman of Dick Clark Productions, and a co-owner of both the LA Dodgers and Golden State Warriors, is 75 ... Joshua Lachter, VP at ASAPP, a NYC-based software technology company, is 3-0 ... real estate developer Avron B. Fogelman is 77 (h/ts Jewish Insider) … Ryan Little … Aaron Sherinian, chief comms. and marketing officer at UN Foundation and a State alum ... Sarah Nolan, AVP for alumni relations and development and campaign comms at UChicago and a State and Hillary alum … Aaron Lennon Rosen ... journalist Jonathan Krohn ... Ruth Malhotra ... Jonathan Miles is 52 ... Meghan Milloy ... Biogen’s Adam Brand ... Howard Owen is 68 ... Ryan Connolly ... The Tampa Bay Times’ Howard Altman is 57 ... Karin Roberts, web editor on NYT’s int’l desk ... Tyler Jameson ... Chris McGowan … Jerry Regier ... Lee Ann Smith … Jeff Sabbath ... Laura Tucker … John Gibson (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Peter Mirijanian Public Affairs is 17 ... Christian Spencer of Rep. Vern Buchanan’s office … Mike Bloomquist of House E&C (h/ts Legistorm) … singer Harry Belafonte is 9-0 ... actor-director Ron Howard is 63 ... actor Tim Daly is 61 ... Kesha (formerly Ke$ha) is 3-0 … Justin Bieber is 23 (h/ts AP)
Marriott (MAR) is seeing encouraging earnings estimate revision activity as of late and carries a favorable rank, positioning the company for a likely beat this season.