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TRUMP goes to the Hill -- GOP using ‘sweeteners’ to get health care passed -- TILLERSON ramps up NATO meetings -- IVANKA to get West Wing office -- AMY SWONGER to Trump White House -- B’DAY: Ken Spain
Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2nNN951 ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Tuesday morning. THE WEST-WING MOMENT -- TRUMP goes to Capitol Hill for a 9:15 a.m. meeting with House Republicans. Trump is expected to talk health care reform. It’s unclear if he will address FBI Director James Comey’s testimony yesterday refuting Trump’s claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Or, if he will discuss Comey confirming that there is indeed an investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.WE’RE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER … When House Republicans were against loading legislation with goodies at the last minute to smooth passage.-- “GOP leaders pile on sweeteners to sell Obamacare repeal: The revisions are part of a last-ditch effort to get the measure passed,” by Jen Haberkorn, Rachael Bade and Josh Dawsey: “Requested by President Donald Trump, the amendment includes perks for restive conservatives who wanted optional work requirements and block granting in Medicaid, as well as a potential olive branch to wary centrists who demanded more help for older Americans to buy insurance, POLITICO has learned. But it is still unclear whether the changes are enough to win over the 216 Republicans needed to pass the measure in a high-profile vote planned for Thursday. GOP leadership insiders and White House officials firmly believe the changes will corral the necessary votes. But several rock-ribbed conservatives emerged from a closed-door session Monday night vowing to vote against the bill, and bragging that they have the votes to block it.” http://politi.co/2nhkCHu -- “House Republicans Turn to Upstate New York to Lure Votes for Health Bill,” by NYT’s Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear: http://nyti.ms/2nhA9Hf REMEMBER WHEN this week was supposed to be all about President Donald Trump’s health care bill and whether Speaker Paul Ryan could corral enough votes to get it passed Thursday? Just as Trump and Ryan seemed to have gotten their mojo going on health care, that was all but thrown out the window the minute Comey started testifying before the House Intel Committee.WHERE THINGS STAND -- “FBI’s Trump-Russia probe knocks White House on its heels,” by Shane Goldmacher and Matt Nussbaum: “The White House was knocked on the defensive ahead of its biggest week yet on Capitol Hill after FBI Director James Comey confirmed the existence of an active investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, including whether there was any coordination with now-President Donald Trump’s team. The dramatic revelation, made at a Monday hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, dragged the Trump administration yet again back into uncomfortable territory just as it had hoped to highlight the smooth rollout of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who began his confirmation hearings across the Capitol on Monday.“In another blow to Trump, Comey and [NSA] Director Mike Rogers also publicly refuted his unsubstantiated claims on Twitter that President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower phones. The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees had said last week that Trump’s allegations were untrue. ‘I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,’ Comey said.” http://politi.co/2nNeLHK--“FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites,” by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon in McClatchy: “Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say. Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as ‘bots,’ to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton ... The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. ... Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.” http://bit.ly/2nZ5KubFLASHBACK -- “Obviously, we all understand the importance of this presidential race. I would just ask everybody this: Can this country afford to have a president under investigation by the FBI? Think of the trauma that would do to this country,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at a campaign rally about Hillary Clinton on Nov. 1, 2016. (h/t Taegan Goddard) Video http://bit.ly/2nhrZ1g TOP TWEETS -- @carlbernstein: “I can state w/confidence that many intel members now decrying ‘leaks’ of classified info have themselves ‘leaked’ classified info knowingly” … Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT): “Folks, let’s take a step back and absorb the fact that the FBI has confirmed there is an espionage investigation involving the White House” … @RyanLizza: “At time of pivotal Comey letter on Clinton email, FBI had been investigating Trump campaign links to Russia for three months.”THIS AIN’T GOING AWAY -- “All eyes are on Paul Manafort,” by Ken Vogel, Josh Meyer and David Stern: “American and Ukrainian officials are pushing to question President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in separate investigations related to his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine once headed by that country’s disgraced former president Viktor Yanukovych. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) told POLITICO that Manafort ‘would certainly be at the top of my list to testify’ before the House Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election. … At the same time, an investigative department within a top Ukrainian law enforcement agency intends to ask the [DOJ] for help questioning Manafort about his possible relationship to Yanukovych during the 2014 riots that drove Yanukovych from power, according to Serhiy Gorbatyuk, the head of the department for special investigations within the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine.” http://politi.co/2n8zQ0NTRUMP AGONISTES -- “Trump’s Weary Defenders Face Fresh Worries,” by NYT’s Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman: “The problem, from the perspective of Mr. Trump’s beleaguered political fire brigade, is that the president insists on dealing with crises by creating new ones — so surrogates, repeating talking points the president himself ignores, say they often feel like human shields. Within the White House, a number of Mr. Trump’s advisers — including the press secretary, Sean Spicer, who has himself repeated unsubstantiated claims of British spying on Mr. Trump — have told allies that Mr. Trump’s Twitter habits are making their jobs harder, said administration officials interviewed over the past week. Mr. Spicer said he has no problem with his boss’s tweeting. ‘It’s just not true. I have not commented on the tweets to anyone including my wife,’ he said in an email.” http://nyti.ms/2mKXRYhSCOTUS WATCH -- “Gorsuch Tries to Put Himself Above Politics in Confirmation Hearing,” by NYT’s Matt Flegenheimer: “Judge Neil M. Gorsuch presented himself on Monday as a creature of consensus during a sharply partisan Supreme Court confirmation hearing, clouded throughout by the bitter nomination fight that preceded it over the past year. Democrats, seething from the hearing’s opening moments, made clear that they would not let the public forget about Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee last year, whom Republicans refused to even consider at a hearing, saying the seat should be filled by the winner of the presidential election.“But when it was his turn, Judge Gorsuch reached often for comity during a well-practiced 16-minute speech, insisting that he favored no party above the law and appearing to brace for attacks from critics who have said his rulings tilt toward corporate interests. ‘I’ve ruled for disabled students, for prisoners, for the accused, for workers alleging civil rights violations and for undocumented immigrants,’ he told the Senate Judiciary Committee. ‘Sometimes, too, I’ve ruled against such persons.’” http://nyti.ms/2nvD0N5 … Gorsuch’s full testimony http://politi.co/2nWUhv5--JEFFREY ROSEN in The Atlantic, “A Supreme Court Nominee Alert to the Dangers of Big Business”: “While many conservative judges focus exclusively on the question of whether deals harm or benefit consumers, Gorsuch has suggested that combinations that give firms too much market power can be problematic for other reasons, such as discouraging competition. … [L]ike Republican and Democratic presidents and justices of the Progressive era, from William Howard Taft to Woodrow Wilson, he has challenged monopoly power by focusing on the importance of increasing competition and innovation as well as economic efficiency.” http://theatln.tc/2n8PnxNTILLERSON RAMPS UP MEETINGS WITH NATO MEMBERS -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting Wednesday with NATO member country foreign ministers from Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany Greece and Hungary. He will also meet with foreign ministers from Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom when the “Coalition to Defeat ISIS” meets at the State Department. He has already met with Ukrainian officials. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: After these meetings, Tillerson is heading to a meeting of the G7 in Italy in April, and then to meetings in Russia. TOM SHANNON will represent the U.S. at the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting.-- Tillerson’s packed meeting schedule comes as Reuters reported that he would miss the the April 5 and 6 NATO meeting in Brussels -- which could be seen as a major snub to U.S. allies -- so he can attend Trump’s meeting in the U.S. with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Reuters’ full report http://reut.rs/2nNgzjLTRUMP ON THE STUMP -- “Trump draws roars of approval in Louisville stop,” by the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Deborah Yetter: “President Donald Trump was met with thunderous approval on a campaign-style stop in Louisville Monday, offering a familiar blend of promises to restore jobs, cut taxes, rebuild the nation’s ‘crumbling infrastructure,’ strengthen the military and stop illegal immigration. ‘We will build a great border wall,’ he declared to cheers at a packed Freedom Hall in describing his plans to block Mexican immigrants. ‘We will stop radical Islamic terrorism.’ ‘We are going to drain the swamp of government corruption,’ he said. ‘We are going to keep our promises.’“But one of the biggest cheers of the night erupted when Trump promised to restore the nation’s struggling coal industry, which has hit Kentucky especially hard with job losses — a pledge most experts believe is unlikely because of an abundance of cheaper natural gas and the costs and pollution of coal. ‘We are going to put our coal miners back to work,’ Trump said. ‘The miners are coming back.’ And the Republican president pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, his description of the federal health law as ‘a catastrophe’ drawing cheers in a state where it helped achieve one of the nation’s sharpest drops among people without health insurance by expanding coverage to more than a half-million Kentuckians.” http://cjky.it/2nZq0fn-- SHANE GOLDMACHER in Louisville: “On the precipice of the meatiest legislative fight of his young presidency, Donald Trump is increasingly talking about health care like the vegetables of his agenda -- the thing he must begrudgingly finish in order to get to what he really wants: tax cuts, trade deals and infrastructure. At a rally here … Trump time and again framed the passage of a repeal and replacement plan for President Obama’s namesake health care law as a necessary step to achieve the rest of his ambitious agenda.” http://politi.co/2nhhbAn -- IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE -- Trump had an opportunity to hit back on FBI Director James Comey and push back against the ongoing FBI investigation into collusion between Russia and his campaign. He did not.HAPPENING TODAY -- TRUMP will receive his daily intel briefing and sign S. 442, the NASA Authorization Act, this morning after his Capitol Hill visit. In the afternoon, Trump will host a "legislative affairs group" meeting. Trump will speak tonight at the NRCC March fundraising dinner at the National Building Museum.THE JUICE … -- CLUB FOR GROWTH is spending half a million on a “Reject Ryancare” ad (both TV and digital ads), urging members to oppose the Republican health care bill. The ads, which will run this week, are running in Reps. Leonard Lance (N.J.), Tom MacArthur (N.J.), John Katko (N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Rob Wittman (Va.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Peter King (N.Y.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Darrell Issa (Calif.) and Don Bacon’s (Neb.) districts. The ad http://bit.ly/2mPtfpt-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: AMY SWONGER will lead Senate legislative affairs for the Trump White House. Swonger, who starts Wednesday, previously worked for Heather Podesta and Partners and earlier in her career for Mitch McConnell and Trent Lott. Heather Podesta told us: “While it is bittersweet to see Amy leave the firm, she brings tenacity, savvy, and know-how to any team. The White House is lucky to have her.”-- MAJORITY TRUST DONORS Mike Smith, Amy Tejral, Tracy Spicer, Brian Griffin and Manny Ortiz raised more than $280,000 at a DSCC fundraiser Monday night at Cornerstone Government Affairs. More than a dozen senators, including DSCC Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) attended the reception. ALSO ON THE INVITE: Josh Alkin, Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball PAC; Gael Sullivan, BNSF Railway PAC; Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, Merck PAC; Marshall Pierite, Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana; John Prible, UnitedHealth Group PAC; David Pryor, Microsoft PAC; Kevin Richards, SAP America PAC; Jamie Houton, Union Pacific Fund for Effective Government; Frank Voyack, Norfolk Southern Corp. Good Government Fund; Eloy Martinez of the American Gaming Association and Alexandra Veitch of CSRA. IT’S OFFICIAL -- We officially launched the Playbook Power Briefing, an afternoon update on what’s driving the afternoon in D.C. and beyond. We’re happy you can join us in these newsy times, and we want to make sure you know what you need to know for the second half of your day. We promise we’ll provide the same scoops, insight and must-reads as Playbook, just a bit shorter. The inaugural edition http://politi.co/2n1oWbHLAST CALL -- We are closing submissions Friday for our second Playbook “Power List” featuring the next generation of political up and comers. Thank you to everyone who has submitted names over the past couple of weeks. We’ve got our work cut out for us. And for any stragglers, please email [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] by Friday COB. ALL IN THE FAMILY -- “Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands: The first daughter will not, however, become a government employee, raising ethics questions,” by Annie Karni: “The powerful first daughter has secured her own office on the West Wing’s second floor — a space next to senior adviser Dina Powell, who was recently promoted to a position on the National Security Council. She is also in the process of obtaining a security clearance and is set to receive government-issued communications devices this week. In everything but name, Trump is settling in as what appears to be a full-time staffer in her father’s administration, with a broad and growing portfolio — except she is not being sworn in, will hold no official position and is not pocketing a salary, her attorney said. Trump’s role, according to her attorney Jamie Gorelick, will be to serve as the president’s ‘eyes and ears’ while providing broad-ranging advice, not just limited to women’s empowerment issues.” http://politi.co/2mPEPRi-- “Trump kids still bound by Carter-era ethics laws,” by Josh Gerstein: http://politi.co/2nFE9lZDRAIN THE SWAMP! “Trump wants to give federal workers a raise,” by WaPo’s Lisa Rein: “The Trump administration, after announcing plans to slash spending across much of the government, will recommend a 1.9 percent raise for federal workers to take effect in January, according to a budget document and a senior budget official.” http://wapo.st/2nhmq35MATT AND MERCEDES SCHLAPP PROFILE – “How two old-school Washington insiders became the cool kids of Trumpism,” by WaPo’s Ben Terris: “While other establishment conservatives have come around to Trump, the Schlapps’ early enthusiasm earned them a place in his circle of unofficial advisers. They speak nearly every day with someone at the White House — often, they say, Bannon or Priebus. Sometimes even Trump himself. Among the motley crew of outsiders and neophytes speaking up for Trump on cable news, the Schlapps stand apart. More than mere talking heads, they are experienced political operatives with gold-plated résumés, savvy networkers who have long known half of the District on a first-name basis and down both sides of the aisle.” http://wapo.st/2nvw5DRSAY WHAT? -- “Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some U.S.-bound flights,” by AP’s Alicia A. Caldwell and David Koenig: “Seeking to bolster airline security, the U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday. The reason for the ban was not immediately clear. U.S. security officials would not comment. The ban was revealed Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia.“A U.S. official told The Associated Press the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The ban was indefinite, said the official.” http://apne.ws/2nFQt5xCOMING ATTRACTIONS -- “White House prepares sweeping review of trade deals,” by Josh Dawsey and Megan Cassella: “The White House is preparing to order a review of all U.S. trade deals, senior administration officials say, as they seek better terms and aim to fulfill a campaign promise from President Donald Trump. Trump is expected to sign an executive order on reviewing all trade deals, formalizing an administration pledge to reexamine all agreements between the United States and its trading partners. … ‘NAFTA is going to be at the top of the list,’ one senior administration official said.“An administration official said the White House is seeking to talk more about trade amid other damaging story lines. ‘We think it’s a place where the president can really shine.’ The executive order is largely symbolic for now, one official cautioned, but puts in place the movement to change the deals. That means a close examination of 14 agreements that are currently in place: two regional deals, one with North American countries and another with Central American countries plus the Dominican Republic; and a dozen bilateral deals with countries across Asia, South America, the Middle East and Australia.” http://politi.co/2mnSe7nFOR YOUR RADAR -- “U.K. Leader Now Faces Toughest Brexit Test Yet,” by WSJ’s Jenny Gross in London: “After a veteran fellow Conservative lawmaker was caught on camera in July referring to Theresa May as a ‘bloody difficult woman,’ she embraced the epithet, saying the next man to find that out would be the European Commission chief. … Britain’s second female prime minister is about to put that assertion to the test after the government announced it would trigger on March 29 the two-year window for negotiations with the European Commission and her EU counterparts for Britain’s exit from the European Union. “Relatively unknown internationally when she came to office last July, Mrs. May, 60 years old, has earned a reputation as a steady, studied operator who holds her cards close to her vest. She heads into divorce talks advocating a tough approach. … The issue is whether her uncompromising style and her background as an immigration- and security-focused home secretary will give her the expertise she needs to for delicate diplomacy on matters of trade and finance with European leaders such as Angela Merkel.” http://on.wsj.com/2nNCEi7SUSAN GLASSER PODCAST – “Is Russiagate a Conspiracy Theory? Masha Gessen weighs in on Putin, Trump and what we should really be afraid of”: “Author and journalist Masha Gessen has emerged as a perceptive, prolific—and not at all predictable—analyst of the two presidents as American politics has been consumed by the investigations surrounding the Russian hacking of the U.S. election and whether Trump and his team might have colluded with it. ... Gessen, who says her family’s traumatic experiences in the upheavals of the 20th century in the Soviet Union gave her the ‘catastrophic imagination’ so many Americans lack, now worries not as much about a new Trump-Putin grand bargain selling out our allies as about a falling out between the two tough-guy leaders. In other words, ‘a nuclear holocaust.’ ‘The danger,’ she says, ‘of having these two unhinged, power-hungry men at their respective nuclear buttons cannot be overestimated.’” http://politi.co/2nZ4A22DEEP DIVE – GARRETT GRAFF in Wired, “Chasing the Phantom: Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker”: http://bit.ly/2nhCS3c VALLEY TALK -- “Uber plays the hero for some immigrant drivers caught up in travel ban,” by San Jose Mercury News’ Marisa Kendall: “Uber has kept a promise it made in January to help drivers caught up in the travel ban. The company, which vowed to put $3 million toward the effort, has provided free legal help, U.S.-bound plane tickets and other support to hundreds of drivers and their family members affected by the executive order that barred immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. So far, Uber has reunited 26 drivers with family members they were separated from under the ban, flying a total of 68 people to the U.S. Nearly 500 drivers have reached out to Uber for legal help and support, and the company said it was still receiving requests last week.” http://bayareane.ws/2mKE2AqMEDIAWATCH -- “Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims,” by L.A. Times’ Stephen Battaglio: “Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama. Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday. People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future. Napolitano was not available for comment.” http://lat.ms/2nvhrwa-- BROOKE BROWER, former long-time MSNBC staffer and executive producer for Chuck Todd’s “Daily Rundown” and “Meet the Press Daily,” is joining CNN Politics as managing editor. Brower currently works as senior producer for CNN’s political unit. “His arrival will allow two invaluable team members, Zach Wolf and Steven Sloan, to devote themselves to new roles,” CNN’s Rachel Smolkin wrote in an email to staff. “Zach will continue to oversee programming and also will run our expanding quick-takes and data visualization teams, key growth areas this year. Steven will oversee our long-form enterprise (we’ll share more on that initiative soon).”JOE AND MIKA Q&A – “MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski on Trump and Why ‘Everyone’ Should Ban Kellyanne Conway From TV,” by Variety’s Brian Steinberg: http://bit.ly/2mmzEfv#THISTOWN -- “Time, People pull out of WHCD party,” by Hadas Gold: “Time and People magazine will not hold their glitzy, celebrity-filled party the night before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the magazines confirmed. The move follows several other high profile parties being canceled for the annual event, during which the Washington media, politicians, and often celebrities gather to celebrate journalism awards, scholarships and normally to toast the president. … Time will still attend the dinner, while People will be making a donation to the White House Correspondents’ Association in lieu of tables at the dinner, a spokesperson said. ‘This year we have decided to focus on supporting the White House Correspondents Association, which plays a crucial role in advocating for the broadest possible access for the press at the White House,’ Alan Murray, Time Inc. chief content officer said in a statement.” http://politi.co/2mIr4TTTIM ALBERTA PROFILE -- “Brighton, MSU grad now among ‘most-respected’ young reporters in D.C.,” by Livingston Daily’s Laura Colvin: http://bit.ly/2mL1MVj --Kimberly Leonard is joining the Washington Examiner as a health-care reporter; she previously was at U.S. News & World Report. http://politi.co/2n8RykS PLAYBOOK POOL UPDATE -- The standings are tight as we head into the Sweet 16. Joe Incollingo (Massachusetts) has 108 points and has called 42 of 48 (88 percent) games correctly, Unfortunately, he also picked Villanova to win it all. Alexandra Acker-Lyons (California) currently shares the top spot on the leaderboard with 108 points, with an 85 percent success rate, and she picked UNC to win it all. Chicago’s WGN Host, Roe Conn, is also tied for 1st with 108 points and an 83 percent success rate and has Purdue picked to win the Championship. Over on the VIP board, Conn sits in the top spot, but ABC’s Jon Karl is close behind with 104 points, followed by a three-way tie for 3rd place between POLITICO President Poppy MacDonald (prize ineligible), California State Treasurer John Chiang, and Cook County Illinois Commissioner Jesus Garcia. California’s John Burris, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Charlie Spies, Chicago Alderman Ricardo Munoz, and former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady are within eye shot. Our next update will be once the Final Four is determined. http://bit.ly/2n2XbztSPORTS BLINK -- “NCAA TOURNAMENT 2017: 16 THINGS TO KNOW HEADING INTO THE SWEET 16,” by Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller: http://ble.ac/2mPvmJW .@LaraLeaTrump & I are excited to announce that we are adding a boy to #TeamTrump in September. It's been an amazing year. We are blessed! A post shared by Eric F. Trump (@erictrump) on Mar 20, 2017 at 9:09am PDTSPOTTED -- PETE ROUSE walking down Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, on his cell phone, rocking an Obama 2012 fleece … Michael Steele eating tacos at a table in the window yesterday night at Tortilla Coast on the Hill.TRANSITIONS -- BRIAN WORTH is joining tech lobbying shop Franklin Square Group as a partner. Worth, who most recently worked as Uber’s GOP lobbyist, previously served as coalitions director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and in President George W. Bush’s Small Business Administration. http://politi.co/2n6OSV0-- Chris Donahoe, former director of member outreach and communications for the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has joined Edelman’s D.C. office. He will be part of Edelman’s growing financial communications and capital markets practice.OBAMA ALUMNI – JOSH LIPSKY, an Obama White House and State Department alum, is heading to the International Monetary Fund, where he will serve as speechwriter and advisor to IMF chief Christine Lagarde. In January, Lipsky finished a tour at State working as special advisor to Rick Stengel, who was under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Arthur Scott, associate legislative director and political outreach manager for NACO -- he celebrated yesterday at the Arlington DMV renewing his driver’s license (h/t girlfriend Abbi Stuaan) ... (was Saturday): Joe Dougherty, director of comms at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and alum of Rand Corporation and Heritage, turned 52 (h/t Phil Hegseth)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Ken Spain, partner at CGCN Group, the pride of Whittier, Calif. and a Koch Industries and NRCC alum. His wife Emily organized a small dinner with friends on Saturday night at one of his favorite D.C. restaurants, Fig and Olive. Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2n8Rema BIRTHDAYS: Jonah Goldberg is 48 … WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe and Amy Joyce ... Fred Fielding, Reagan and Bush 43 White House counsel now at Morgan Lewis, is 78 ... Andrew Brown, DNC technology director ... Elizabeth Hines ... Lauren Rethmeier (daughter of Blain and Caton) ... Brian Ellner, Edelman’s EVP for public affairs ... Matt House, comms. director for Senator Schumer, is 31 ... Dan Wilson, VP of Mercury, and a rare D.C. native, growing up blocks away from Politics and Prose, is 34 … John Galloway, executive director at Future44 and Obama WH alum ... Sharon J. Castillo, Pfizer’s director of media relations for Latin America and USGR and former Bush-Cheney ‘04 national Hispanic spokeswoman … Dana Martin, head of product at Elementum in Silicon Valley, is 33 ... Jeff Foreman, director of policy for Care for the Homeless ... Kaitlyn Shimmin, former personal aide to Karl Rove ... PCCC duo: co-founder Adam Green and alum Kayla Wingbermuehle … Matt Gerson, Tracy’s Kids founder (charity that helps kids with cancer), former Universal Music exec now building a public affairs practice, celebrating with Susan ... Andrew Bleeker, president and founder of Bully Pulpit Interactive (h/ts Jon Haber) … former Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) is 57 ... Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) is 51 ... ... Sophie Theis of the International Food Policy Research Institute ... Issa alum Jason Scism … Ross Kyle, COS at Van Scoyoc Associates and a Bush alum ... Michelle Franco, senior account executive at Text100 and Blue Engine alum ... Sarah Keep, digital project manager at 270 Strategies and a Tammy Duckworth alum … James “Jimmy Mac” McMaster … former Bush 43 FEMA COS Patrick Rhode is 48 (h/t Ed Cash) ... Lisa Caplan ... Teresa Skala … Mike Collins, RNC and NRCC alum ... Dina Rasor ... Chris Stuard … Sayeh Tavangar ... Nicole Bohannon (h/t Teresa Vilmain) ... Devin Nagy ... ITA’s John C. Kalitka ... Alex Spillius, a media consultant and former diplomatic and Washington Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph ... Teresa Skala ... Scott Raab, policy adviser for Leader McConnell ... Katie Malone, special assistant for Rep. Elijah Cummings ... Talin Sardarbegians of Rep. Julia Brownley’s office ... Eric Stecklow of Rep. Ami Bera’s office ... Jason Steadman of Sen. Burr’s office (h/ts Legistorm) … Gary Oldman is 59 ... Matthew Broderick is 55 ... Rosie O’Donnell is 55 ... Kevin Federline is 39 (h/ts AP)
As CSX's next CEO, railroad turnaround artist Hunter Harrison gets the best of the his failed $28 million Norfolk Southern deal without the challenges of a complex and drawn out merger process.
Transport stocks have not seen the bullish attention they seemingly deserve, meaning Norfolk Southern and Landstar System could each run higher
Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported better-than-expected earnings in the quarter.
Canadian National (cni) reported better-than-expected earnings in the quarter.
Kansas City Southern (KSU) reported lower-than-expected earnings in the quarter.
GATX Corporation (GATX) reported better-than-expected earnings in the quarter.
J.B. Hunt (JBHT) missed on earnings in the quarter.
Canadian Pacific (CP) reported lackluster results in the fourth quarter.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2016 results on Jan 25.
Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Union Pacific, Canadian Pacific, Canadian National Railway, Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern
Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Union Pacific, Canadian Pacific, Canadian National Railway, Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern
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