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LIVE FROM MAR-A-LAGO: TRUMP tweets on China -- MULVANEY named OMB director -- SPICER: Trump WH won’t ban reporters -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAYS: Chris Matthews and the POPE
Good Saturday morning. It’s a cold, wet mess out there. Cozy up by the fire, pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa and take the advice of the Capital Weather Gang: “It’s worth putting off plans if possible.” http://wapo.st/2gVKNl7-- @realDonaldTrump at 7:30 a.m.: “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act.” Note: The word he’s looking for is unprecedented. He later corrected the tweet.**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbX SOUTH CAROLINA REP. MICK MULVANEY is Donald Trump’s choice to be Office of Management and Budget director. Mulvaney is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, and an affable budget hawk. He’s almost certain to get confirmed by the Senate. His northern South Carolina district -- formerly represented by Democratic Budget Chairman John Spratt -- is solidly red. He beat Fran Person, a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden, by 20 points this year. Mulvaney is a smart pick for Trump. He’s an operator who knows the players on Capitol Hill, and the substance of budgeting. It will be interesting to see how Mulvaney reacts if Trump wants to dump a quarter-billion dollars in government money into infrastructure. Hint: We don’t think Mulvaney would be in favor of that. Also: it's important to remember that Mulvaney was a leading player in the debt ceiling fights, pushing Congress to deeply cut spending..DONALD TRUMP holds a 2 p.m. rally today in Mobile, Alabama. This will be his last public event before he heads to Palm Beach to spend the holidays at his Mar-a-lago residence.WHITE FORD BRONCO performed at the POLITICO holiday party last night at the Howard Theater. Pic of the scene http://bit.ly/2hSD5rOWILD! -- “Intelligence experts accuse Cambridge forum of Kremlin links: Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, resigns from Cambridge Intelligence Seminar,” by Sam Jones, the FT’s “Defence and Security Editor”: A group of intelligence experts, including a former head of MI6, has cut ties with fellow academics at Cambridge university, in a varsity spy scare harking back to the heyday of Soviet espionage at the heart of the British establishment. Sir Richard Dearlove, the ex-chief of the Secret Intelligence Service and former master of Pembroke college, Stefan Halper, a senior foreign policy adviser at the White House to presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan, and Peter Martland, a leading espionage historian, have resigned as conveners of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar — an academic forum for former practitioners and current researchers of western spycraft — because of concerns over what they fear could be a Kremlin-backed operation to compromise the group.“Mr Halper said he had stepped down due to ‘unacceptable Russian influence on the group’. The seminar, established by Christopher Andrew, the official historian of MI5 and former chairman of the history faculty at the university, is one of the most respected networks in its field. Recent attendees at its discussions, held every Friday at Corpus Christi college, have included Mike Flynn, president-elect Donald Trump’s choice as US national security adviser, and Sir Simon Fraser, the recently retired permanent undersecretary at the Foreign Office.” http://on.ft.com/2hFJfLCDEPT. OF YA CAN’T MAKE IT UP – NYT A13, “McConnell Eyed Ryan Zinke for a Senate Seat. Donald Trump Had Other Ideas,” by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns: Senate Majority Leader Mitch “McConnell learned early this week that Mr. Trump had grown interested in [Montana Rep. Ryan]. Zinke to be secretary of the interior. Mr. McConnell quickly contacted both Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, in an effort to head off the appointment, according to multiple Republican officials familiar with the calls. Mr. Trump was not moved. He was so taken with Mr. Zinke during their meeting on Monday at Trump Tower that he offered him the position. Mr. Trump’s son Donald Jr. quashed a competing candidate, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State, because of her support for selling off public land, a senior Republican official said. ...“Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a close adviser, unsettled Washington Republicans again on Friday when he said at an event in New York that Mr. Trump was closer on some issues to Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the incoming Democratic leader, than to Mr. McConnell.” http://nyti.ms/2huHNeaEYEBROW RAISER -- Via POLITICO’s Eliana Johnson: “Lawmakers are overall the reason we have the problems that we have, because they think that they’re the smartest people in the world and they sit in D.C. and talk to themselves, and if you don’t sit on the cocktail circuit there you don’t know anything about anything,” said a senior transition aide. “I think they’re intimidated by a guy like [State Dept. pick Rex Tillerson] — they don’t know him and he doesn’t owe them anything.” http://politi.co/2hEPak5WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE… -- “Obama: Trump’s victory threatens America’s core,” by Isaac Dovere: “Republicans should realize they have a problem, President Barack Obama said over and over on Friday, when they’re agreeing with the Kremlin so much. That they don’t shows him just how broken American politics has become, and how vulnerable the country has become after Republicans spent years demonizing him and fellow Democrats and gumming up the government. It’s not only a vulnerability to foreign powers, according to Obama. There’s now a real risk of America abandoning the ideals and values that have bound the country together for 240 years. Everyone should be scared about what that means and where it leads, he said.” http://politi.co/2hbRqvE-- NYT A12, “Clinton Says ‘Personal Beef’ by Putin Led to Hacking Attacks,” by Amy Chozick: “Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that the hacking attacks carried out by Russia against her campaign and the [DNC] were intended ‘to undermine our democracy’ and were ordered by Vladimir V. Putin ‘because he has a personal beef against me.’ Speaking to a group of donors in Manhattan, Mrs. Clinton said that Mr. Putin, the Russian president, had never forgiven her for the accusation she made in 2011, when she was secretary of state, that parliamentary elections his country held that year were rigged.“‘Putin publicly blamed me for the outpouring of outrage by his own people, and that is the direct line between what he said back then and what he did in this election,’ Mrs. Clinton said. It is the first time Mrs. Clinton has publicly addressed the impact of the hacks since the intelligence community concluded that they were specifically aimed at harming her campaign. ‘Make no mistake, as the press is finally catching up to the facts, which we desperately tried to present to them during the last months of the campaign,’ Mrs. Clinton told the group, which collectively poured roughly $1 billion into her effort.” http://nyti.ms/2hFVSUx-- “Putin’s Revenge,” by Michael Crowley for POLITICO Magazine: “Humiliated by the 1990s, Russia’s strongman is determined to win Cold War 2.0. He may be succeeding.” http://politi.co/2hFqd7WTRUMP INC. -- “Trump lays out limits of business involvement,” by Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Dawsey: “Donald Trump will not accept briefings on his business while serving as president, and he’s open to limits on his ability to talk business with his two adult sons slated to run the company, according to a Trump spokeswoman. But as details emerge on Trump’s plan to separate his private interests from the public, key questions remain unanswered: Trump also wants a way to return to his business when his White House days are over, and he doesn’t want anyone outside the family owning the rights to the Trump name while he’s away, Trump’s friends, business associates and transition staff tell POLITICO.“Those are among the issues delaying Trump’s grand plan to protect his administration from conflicts of interest — even as his critics continue to pound him for failing to produce the ethics setup he’d promised would by now be a done deal. Trump’s legal team has been working on a public-private ethics firewall since the President-elect’s upset election victory, but discussions with people surrounding that process paint a picture of a man struggling to cut all ties with the business empire that made him rich and famous.” http://politi.co/2gM7jYpFIRST AMENDMENT WATCH -- “Kushner: We struck deal with Sinclair for better coverage,” by Josh Dawsey and Hadas Gold: “Donald Trump’s campaign struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group during the campaign to try and secure straighter media coverage, his son-in-law Jared Kushner told business executives Friday in Manhattan. Kushner said the agreement with Sinclair, which owns television stations across the country in many swing states and often packages news for their affiliates to run, gave them more access to Trump and the campaign, according to six people who heard his remarks. In exchange, Sinclair would broadcast their Trump interviews across the country without commentary, Kushner said. Kushner highlighted that Sinclair, in states like Ohio, reaches a much wider audience -- around 250,000 listeners -- than networks like CNN, which reach somewhere around 30,000.” http://politi.co/2hJB79ILIPTON and HABERMAN GET RESULTS – “Bids for Coffee With Ivanka Trump Are Shut Down as Questions Swirl,” by NYT’s Eric Lipton: “An auction offering a 45-minute private meeting with Ivanka Trump in exchange for a charitable donation was abruptly canceled Friday after questions were raised about the process by ethics experts, who said it appeared to offer bidders special access to the next first family.” http://nyti.ms/2hFL0s7CARLOS LOZADA on the cover of tomorrow’s WaPo Outlook section, “The self-referential presidency of Barack Obama: Throughout his time in the White House, Obama has turned to his personal story as a default reference and all-purpose governing tool”: “This was a presidency preoccupied with Obama’s exceptionalism as much as with America’s. ... In his 2006 manifesto, ‘The Audacity of Hope,’ Obama called himself ‘a prisoner of my own biography,’ yet throughout his presidency, biography would also empower him. Whether in foreign policy, race relations, electoral politics, or even in the meaning of the hope and change he promised, Obama has turned to his life and symbolism as a default reference and all-purpose governing tool. The personalized presidency can be inspiring. It can also feel arrogant. And it can bypass some of the very norms and institutions Obama rhapsodizes about so frequently — a dangerous proposition as the country braces for an unpredictable, unmoored successor.” http://wapo.st/2hJtekDK-FILE – “Trump national security pick Monica Crowley repeatedly pushed conspiracy theory about Clinton aide,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski: “Crowley, Donald Trump's pick to be senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, repeatedly pushed an unfounded conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin has ties to Islamic extremists.” http://cnn.it/2hbTHXDPOWER GRAB -- “Gov. McCrory begins to sign bills that limit power of Gov.-elect Cooper, Democrats,” by the Raleigh News and Observer’s Craig Jarvis: “State legislators wrapped up their work Friday on a pair of proposals that would deprive the incoming governor of a substantial part of his authority to make appointments and reduce Democrats’ power over election regulation. Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law the bill dealing with elections a short time later. ... At least 39 protesters were arrested Friday at the Legislative Building as a group of hundreds chanted slogans blasting a ‘power grab’ by Republican lawmakers. ... Those arrested, who accuse the GOP majority of using Hurricane Matthew victims as pawns in a ploy to seize power from Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper, included civic leaders, university staff and faculty, and clergy.” http://bit.ly/2gVILkJINAUGURATION WATCH -- “David Foster organizing Trump’s inauguration performances,” by Page Six’s Oli Coleman: “David Foster is playing a pivotal role in organizing Donald Trump’s inauguration … Insiders say that, even though the super producer supported Hillary Clinton in the election — and was spotted hobnobbing with her at the Polo Bar on Wednesday night during a date with [Christie] Brinkley — he is a longtime friend of Trump and has been wrangling talent to perform at the January event. Finding big names willing to take the stage in Washington, DC, before Trump is sworn in as president has been famously challenging. Showbiz blog The Wrap reported that it’s been so difficult to sign up A-listers, organizers were offering bookers cash and even ambassadorships in return for providing big names. But we’re told that Foster has swooped in to save the day — and both the names attached to Inauguration Day have close ties with the producer.” http://pge.sx/2hbQjMxREP. STEVE ISRAEL in the NYT, “The Humiliations of Life After Congress”: “I recently attended a panel discussion for those of us facing ‘life after Congress.’ It was like a euthanasia pre-brief, although there were glimmers of ego-gratification. We learned we could still park near the Capitol (but not in the garages); give tours of the House Floor (but only if the speaker approved our request) and bypass Capitol metal detectors (so long as we had our congressional lapel pins and proper forms of identification). We even have two seats each to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. Folding seats. On the lawn. Down below. (Anyone want mine?)” http://nyti.ms/2hJyyovFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Philippines’ Duterte to U.S.: ‘Bye-bye America,’” from the AP in Manila: “President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Saturday to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines, saying ‘bye-bye America’ as he reacted with rage to what he thought was a U.S. decision to scrap a major aid package over human rights concerns. … ‘But you know, America, you might also be put to notice. Prepare to leave the Philippines, prepare for the eventual repeal or the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement,’ he said, referring to a 1998 accord that governs American forces visiting the Philippines for joint combat exercises. ‘You know, tit for tat ... if you can do this, so (can) we. It ain’t a one-way traffic,’ Duterte said, adding tauntingly, ‘Bye-bye America. … While calling Americans ‘sons of b____’ and ‘hypocrites,’ Duterte praised China as having ‘the kindest soul of all’ for offering what he said was significant financial assistance. ‘So, what do I need America for?’ he asked.” http://politi.co/2huQzsHMEDIAWATCH -- “[Sean] Spicer: Trump won’t ban media outlets from White House,” by Madeline Conway: “The communications director of the [RNC] reiterated on Friday that President-elect Donald Trump will not ban individual news outlets from his White House, as his campaign did from his rallies. ‘There’s a big difference between a campaign where it is a private venue using private funds and a government entity,’ Sean Spicer said Friday at a cocktails event hosted by POLITICO Playbook. ‘We have a respect for the press when it comes to the government, that that is something that you can’t ban an entity from.’” http://politi.co/2hZIwB9POLITICO promotions and hires – CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and MARTY KADY email the staff: “Andrew Restuccia, a veteran of our Pro Energy team, has taken on the title of Senior Policy Reporter. ... On Pro Defense, Greg Hellman will join next week as a reporter. He covered environment, health, and safety for Bloomberg BNA and Inside Washington Publishers before joining the U.S. Government Accountability Office where he investigated counter-terrorism programs and conducted oversight of the secret Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels. ... Sarah Ferris will join the Budget and Appropriations Brief on Jan. 31. “Sarah comes to us from The Hill, where she has been leading appropriations coverage and serving as a senior health care reporter. ... [On] the Pro Energy team, Ben Lefebvre,who is currently based in Tokyo, will be starting in early February. While in Japan, he developed coverage of the burgeoning LNG business for the news service ICIS, cracking into the tight-lipped industry that’s changing the global energy trade. Before that, he spent four years at the Wall Street Journal in Houston.”-- “Morning TV wars heat up as NBC and CBS gain on ABC’s ‘GMA’,” by L.A. Times’ Stephen Battaglio: “‘Good Morning America’ is still the most popular show overall in the 2016-17 TV season, averaging 4.65 to million viewers compared with 4.53 million for ‘Today.’ But NBC has topped ‘GMA’ twice in overall viewers in the last five weeks and has led among the 25-to-54 age group most important to TV news advertisers for more than a year. ‘GMA’ is off 8% in the demographic this fall while NBC has remained flat. Last season, ‘GMA’ was down 19%. Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC is also looking over its shoulder at ‘CBS This Morning.’ The trio of Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell is up 6% this season to 3.68 million viewers. Among viewers ages 25 to 54, CBS is up 12% and less than 400,000 viewers behind ‘GMA’ in the category — the network’s best competitive showing in the morning in more than 20 years.” http://lat.ms/2hFYv8s-- WaPo: “Now you can fact-check Trump’s tweets — in the tweets themselves”http://wapo.st/2hG0c66-- “We Were There: Reports From Our Far-Flung Correspondents in 2016” – NYT: “The New York Times put journalists on the ground in more than 150 countries over the last year, covering nearly every corner of the world. Here are some of the most gripping tales from our foreign correspondents, photographers and editors in 2016.”http://nyti.ms/2gVZPqIWAPO’s 2017 White House team -- Scott Wilson and Steven Ginsberg email the staff: “Dan Eggen will lead the team after guiding our Trump campaign coverage with stunning success for much of the year. ... The deputy White House editor will be Dave Clarke ... Philip Rucker, who anchored our coverage throughout the election, will take a leading role in this mission as our new White House Bureau Chief. ... Jenna Johnson, who was our lead Trump correspondent during the election, will bring her keen reporting and writing talent to the White House. ... David Nakamura will remain on the White House beat ... “Ashley Parker, who covered Trump’s candidacy for The New York Times, will join our White House team in the new year. ... Abby Phillip will join the White House team after her sharp reporting and analysis of the Clinton campaign. ... John Wagner will join the White House team after chronicling the campaigns of Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. ... The team will be joined by Ylan Mui of the financial staff, who will cover economic policy from the White House and Treasury.” http://wapo.st/2hFNpR9CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker -- 12 keepers http://politi.co/2hbIyWGGREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman: --“Bad Shrimp: How antibiotic-tainted seafood gets smuggled out of China and onto your table,” by Jason Gale, Lydia Mulvany, and Monte Reel on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek: “Federal agencies trying to protect public health face multiple adversaries: microbes rapidly evolving to defeat antibiotics and shadowy seafood companies that quickly adapt to health regulations to circumvent them, moving dirty seafood around the world in much the same way criminal organizations launder dirty money.” http://bloom.bg/2gLQblL ... The cover http://bit.ly/2gMgfxc --“Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, and the Modern Whistle-Blower,” by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker: “From their backgrounds to their motivations, the two men have some striking differences.” http://bit.ly/2h5G3Fz --“How to Sleep,” by James Hamblin in the Jan/Feb issue of The Atlantic: “Should you drink more coffee? Should you take melatonin? Can you train yourself to need less sleep? A physician’s guide to sleep in a stressful age.” http://theatln.tc/2hLfRns--“Donald Trump and the Overinflated Presidency,” by Jeffrey Rosen on the cover of WSJ’s Review section: “The president-elect will inherit an executive branch whose power has ballooned far beyond its constitutional bounds.” http://on.wsj.com/2hZQ3jm--“What Was James Comey Thinking?” by Tim Weiner in Esquire: “FBI director James Comey has long been renowned for his integrity and independence. So why did he upend the 2016 election? An exclusive report from inside the FBI.” http://bit.ly/2gQbENv (h/t Longform.org)--“Behind the Scenes With the World’s Top Feather Detective,” by Chris Sweeney in Audubon Magazine: “As the country’s only criminal forensic ornithologist, Pepper Trail has pieced together the demise of countless birds—and saved many others.” http://bit.ly/2hTjEew--“What’s Wrong With Infidelity?” by Emily Bobrow in the Dec./Jan. issue of 1843 Magazine: “Americans are increasingly intolerant of adultery, but Esther Perel believes they should take a more European attitude. Emily Bobrow met the country’s most celebrated – and controversial – relationship guru.” http://bit.ly/2hz3RF6 (h/t ALDaily.com)--“Future tension,” by Anthony Sudbery in Aeon Magazine: “Facts about the past and present are either true or false. Can knowledge of the future offer the same degree of certainty?” http://bit.ly/2hLppyT--“The Gulf Art War,” by Negar Azimi in The New Yorker: “New museums in the Emirates raise the issue of workers’ rights.” http://bit.ly/2hJwLzF--“In China, Searching for Mysterious Gaps in the Family Tree,” by Veronique Greenwood in Longreads: “China’s revolution made it difficult for Chinese abroad to stay in contact with their families. Now many in the diaspora are searching for their roots.” http://bit.ly/2hAPNbB--“Chongqing’s Number One Noodle Obsessive,” by Josh Freedman in Roads and Kingdoms: “Li Jieping ... is the self-proclaimed Number One Expert on Chongqing noodles. Nobody challenges him for the title.” http://bit.ly/2gQbOEV--“‘I Feel Like a Fraud’: Confessions of a Broken-Down Domestic Violence Lawyer,”by Cheyna Roth in Vice: “I graduated from law school ready to make a difference for abused women. I failed.” http://bit.ly/2gQbYMi--“If Not Darwin, Who?” by Philip Ball in Nautilus Magazine: “An alternative history of the great ideas of science.” http://bit.ly/2hTopEM--“Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child Transforms,” by NYT’s Catrin Einhorn and Jodi Kantor: “Canada welcomes Syrian refugees like no other country. But for one 10-year-old’s parents, is she leaving too much behind?” http://nyti.ms/2hJRumJ--“The Long View,” by Raffi Khatchadourian in The New Yorker: “Edward Burtynsky’s quest to photograph a changing planet.” http://bit.ly/2hpDLUxSPOTTED: Donald Trump Jr. and Ben Carson at DCA waiting at the gate for a flight to Ft. Lauderdale on their way to Palm Beach … Tim Kaine at LaGuardia Friday morning waiting for a delayed flight to Richmond.PRESIDENT’S WEEKS AHEAD – “The President will be in Honolulu, Hawaii through Monday, January 2, 2017. The President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing every day. On Tuesday, December 27, the President will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review our joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our close cooperation on a number of security, economic, and global challenges. The President will also accompany Prime Minister Abe to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to honor those killed. The two leaders’ visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values.”WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Alex Spence, Politico’s Kiwi media and politics correspondent, and his wife Michelle Liddicut, a neurophysiotherapist from Melbourne, Australia, have welcomed Sophie Violet Spence, who arrived at 7:34 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2016. She was born in London’s St Thomas’s Hospital, weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and is a trans-Tasman co-production. “Fittingly for a baby Politico, she spent her first hours in a birthing suite looking out across the river into London's Houses of Parliament.”ENGAGED -- BJ Barretta, senior producer at Upworthy, and Erica Moody, associate editor for Washington Life Magazine, got engaged at the MGM National Harbor on Thursday night following a Boyz II Men concert. Pool report from Sally Rey Parkinson: “They are avid followers of the band and went to a concert on one of their first dates. Even the managers at the MGM got into the spirit, surprising the couple with a gift certificate after the proposal. [They met when] she swiped right and showed up to the date to realize they had several friends in common. It’s been love ever since!” Pics http://bit.ly/2gVQVJQ … http://bit.ly/2hSzQRnPENNY PRITZKER on Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff’s podcast series, “Office Hours” in which she “talks about her experience transitioning from the private sector to the public sector, the biggest lessons she learned from her time in government and the one thing she wishes she had known before taking office.” http://bit.ly/2hSeiEq OUT AND ABOUT – On Thursday night, friends toasted the long-time digital director of Bipartisan Policy Center Mike Stubel and his wife Lauren Stubel at Penn6 downtown as they say goodbye to DC and make their way over to Seattle. Stubel was with BPC for 6 years.SPOTTED at the toast: BPC President Jason Grumet, Ashley Berrang, Rosemarie Calabro Tully, BPC comms team members past and present: Arianny Arias, Abbey Brandon, Carolyn Cooper, Joann Donnellan, Rachael Gresson, Calvin Harris, Blake Johnson, Emilee Kim, Jordan LaPier, Alyssa Loy, Ashley Swearingen, Toby Zakaria, Jon Yuan, Lindsay Boroush, Candace Wint, Kevin Clang.-- SPOTTED at NBWA’s Craig Purser’s holiday party last night: Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Hazen Marshall, Brian Wild, Stuart Roy, Carl Forti, Autumn Vandehei, Scott Whittaker, Mike Summers, Les Brorsen, Matt Shay.BOB SHRUM named director of USC’s Institute of Politics: “Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and professor of the practice of political science at USC Dornsife, has been appointed director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics ... effective Jan. 9, 2017. Shrum succeeds Dan Schnur, assistant professor of the practice of political science.” http://bit.ly/2hFCtmvBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Judith GiulianiBIRTHDAYS: Chris Matthews is 71 … Pope Francis is 8-0 … Eli Pariser, co-founder of Upworthy and founder of MoveOn … Dooly noted: Sarah Doolin, director of comms at the Partnership for a New American Economy, a CFR alum … Randall Gerard, principal of the Podesta Group ... Bush 43 alum Carol Thompson O’Connell ... Elaine Povich ... Scott Sadler, strategic comms advisor at the National Counterterrorism Center ... Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) is 5-0 ... Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) is 73 (h/t Samantha Bisogno) ... Rep.-elect Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) is 43 ... Noah Rothman, assistant online editor at Commentary, is 35 ... longtime digital guru Cyrus Krohn, executive producer at Literally Media in Seattle … Erin Taylor ... Jessica Stone, CCTV Washington correspondent ... Carlson Teboh ... Valeria Ojeda-Avitia, director at AU’s Kennedy Political Union ...… Daniel Ensign, Clinton, DNC, & O’Malley alum, is 26 -- and as is tradition, he will be feted by friends during “Ensignpalooza” in DC ... journalist and CNN alum Kelli Arena, now executive director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy and a “democracy defender,” per her Twitter ... Aryeh Bourkoff, founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, an independent investment bank located in NYC, is 44 (h/t Jewish Insider) ... Kevin Wardally … Sheppie and Mike Abramowitz, mom and son ... Judy Weiss, pride of Oak Park and Oakhurst, Calif. (h/ts Dan) ... Ray Rubio is 53 ... Jeff Cleary ... Doug Landry ... Taylor Foy ... Bob Witeck ... Chelsea Manning is 29 … Debra Patterson ... Wisconsin former Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson is 83 ... Clare Gannon ... Bailey Childers ... Kellin Lovegren ... Sherrie Sabbath ... Katie Pakenham (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Eugene Levy is 70 (h/t AP)THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, Oregon:--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: John Podesta … Robert Gates … Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) … Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Jeff Greenfield, Katty Kay and Rick Santelli--“Fox News Sunday”: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus … Virginia Democratic Rep. Don Beyer ... Electoral College member Clay Pell (D). Panel: Karl Rove, Michael Needham, Juan Williams and Neera Tanden … “Power Player of the Week” segment with MGM Resorts chairman and CEO James Murren--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Henry Kissinger … Tom Donilon … Kellyanne Conway … National security and foreign policy panel: Margaret Brennan, David Ignatius and CBS News’ Jeff Pegues … Ta-Nehisi Coates … Graeme Wood … political panel: Ron Brownstein and Susan Page--ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced.--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. CT): Jason Miller … Sen. John Thune (R-SD) … Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick … Sean Spicer. Panel: Ed Rollins, Stephen Sigmund and Tony Sayegh--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT): Corey Lewandowski … Erin McPike … Mollie Hemingway … Julie Roginsky … Steve Hayes--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8 a.m. ET): Panel: Julie Pace, Dan Balz, Sara Murray and Jonathan Martin--CNN’s “State of the Union” (9 a.m. ET / 12 p.m. ET): Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) … Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Panel: Van Jones, Alice Stewart, Mike Rogers and Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11 a.m. ET): Panel: Politifact editor Angie Drobnic Holan, Jane Hall and Jeffrey Toobin … Josh Earnest and Jeff Mason … Rick Stengel … BBC News’ Kim Ghattas and Ukrainian journalist Savik Shuster--Univision’s “Al Punto” (SUN 10 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT): Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen … DREAMers Gaby Pacheco and Elizabeth Vilchis … author and journalist Ismael Cala (“La Vida es Una Piñata”) … White House Drug Czar Michael Botticelli … author and People en Español editor-in-chief Armando Lucas Correa (“The German Girl”)---C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30 p.m. ET): FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly (R) and FCC Commissioner David Kaut (D) … “Newsmakers” (SUN 10 a.m. ET): Kevin Brady (from Houston), questioned by WSJ’s Richard Rubin and Politico’s Rachael Bade … “Q&A” (SUN 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET): Journalist Robert Strauss (“Worst. President. Ever. James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents”)MATT MACKOWIAK is launching “Mack on Politics,” a Washington Times podcast (MackOnPolitics.com). “In the inaugural episode of ‘Mack on Politics,’ host Matt Mackowiak interviews longtime GOP consultant, NBC News political analyst, and former Jeb Bush Super PAC mastermind Mike Murphy. They discussed how Trump improbably punched through the so-called ‘Blue wall’ of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, how Hillary wasted her national convention, if he had any regrets about strategic decisions made for Jeb’s Super PAC and whether he has any hope for Trump. Then Mackowiak talked to Erick Erickson, former editor-in-chief of RedState.com, radio host for WSB in Atlanta, Fox News contributor, author, and founder of TheResurgent.com about how Trump won, whether the GOP primary was winnable for anyone else, and what Erickson thinks is the state of the conservative movement in the Age of Trump. They also discussed religious liberty and his own foray into conservative talk radio and migration away from Red State to create his own successful conservative site.” http://bit.ly/2huueLU
WaPo blockbuster: CIA: Russia tried to help Trump win -- TILLERSON leading SECSTATE candidate -- Working the ACELA for votes -- ALEX CONANT’s WSJ debut -- OBAMAS to HAWAII Friday -- B’DAY: Kip Wainscott
NEWS -- @maggieNYT: Exxon CEO Rex "Tillerson meeting w Trump today, per source." Good Saturday morning. Read this Washington Post bombshell, and then read Donald Trump’s reaction.BOMBSHELL -- “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House,” by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller: “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the [DNC] and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances. ...“In September, during a secret briefing for congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present. The CIA shared its latest assessment with key senators in a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill last week, in which agency officials cited a growing body of intelligence from multiple sources. Agency briefers told the senators it was now ‘quite clear’ that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.” http://wapo.st/2goMQhc-- FROM THE NYT’s David E. Sanger and Scott Shane: “[T]he Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks.” http://nyti.ms/2hirZte-- “Schumer demands Senate election inquiry on Russia: ‘That any country could be meddling in our elections should shake both political parties to their core,’ the incoming Democratic leader said.” by Burgess and Seung Min Kim: http://politi.co/2h9R7UF--SEAN SPICER to MICHAEL SMERCONISH on CNN: “The intelligence is wrong because they’re writing that the conclusion that they came to was based in part on the RNC was hacked. It wasn’t hacked.” http://bit.ly/2gm28hSUNSIGNED STATEMENT FROM TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM -- “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’”TO BE CLEAR, the president-elect is expressing doubt about an assessment made by the Central Intelligence Agency. That’s a big deal. His Electoral College total was also not one of the biggest in history. Or anywhere close. It’s just not true.TOP TWEETS -- @StevenTDennis: “‘Sounds like they’re nervous about what they might find.’ - Tim Kaine to me on Trump team statement on report on Russia/election” … @FranklinFoer: “While Obama’s FBI director smeared Hillary, Obama sat on evidence of Russian efforts to elect Trump that had basis in evidence.”TRUMP’S MILITARY -- “Pentagon Prepares Tougher Options on Fighting Militants to Show Trump Team: Proposals include limiting White House operational oversight and giving military more tactical authority,” by WSJ’s Gordon Lubold and Julian E. Barnes: “The Pentagon is drawing up proposals to offer to the Trump administration designed to intensify the U.S. campaign against Islamic State, including reducing White House oversight of operational decisions and moving some tactical authority back to the Pentagon, U.S. military and congressional officials say. The options are being assembled in anticipation of demands by Donald Trump and his team, who have called for a tougher military campaign against the extremist group. Military officials said they are considering presenting options on a number of fronts. They are likely to include easing restrictions on the precise number of American troops needed to carry out a particular mission, and relaxing rules that set the level of Washington review needed before an operation or airstrike may be conducted, officials said.” http://on.wsj.com/2hg5cR7YOU’RE INVITED! -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch will join us for a Playbook Breakfast on Thursday at the Liaison Hotel (415 New Jersey Ave, NW) on Capitol Hill. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the program starts at 8:30. RSVP http://bit.ly/2h73iS9 MITT WHO? -- ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson emerging as frontrunner for secretary of state,” by Henry C. Jackson, Josh Dawsey, and Eliana Johnson: “ExxonMobil president and CEO Rex Tillerson has emerged as the leading contender for secretary of state, according to two Trump transition aides. Tillerson, an oil executive with extensive experience in international negotiations, rocketed to the top of Trump's short list for Foggy Bottom after former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani withdrew from the process late Friday afternoon. A transition source says Tillerson ‘fits the prototype’ and that Trump ‘likes his style and background.’” http://politi.co/2h9rmnHD.C. INSIDERS SAY that Tillerson is one of the only Americans who has a personal relationship with Vladimir Putin.CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS’ appointment to Interior secretary seems likely, but people close to her -- in and around House GOP leadership -- say they’re still in the dark about the appointment.BUT her colleagues are already vying for her job. RACHAEL BADE emails: “Rep. Mimi Walters was floating between Amtrak train cars Friday, lobbying her colleagues for their support in her bid to succeed House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). About 30 House Republicans were on their way to New York City for the NRCC’s ‘Bright Lights and Broadway’ retreat — a weekend in the Big Apple where lawmakers and fundraiser bond over dinners and musicals or other shows, but also entertain donors.”2018 WATCH -- “How a fight for coal miners started the 2018 campaign,” by Burgess Everett: “A seemingly obscure fight in the Senate this week over miners’ pensions quietly marked the beginning of Senate Democrats' attempt to recover from their humiliating defeat in the November election. After getting pummeled in the Rust Belt by Donald Trump and incumbent Republicans, a bloc of lawmakers from purple and red states, led by Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, made the case to Trump's voters that it's Democrats - not Trump and the GOP - who are on the side of the working class.“Flirting with a government shutdown, they used a must-pass funding bill to try to extract health benefits for retired mine workers - resorting to the budget brinkmanship typically associated with Republicans … Manchin and Brown, along with several other Democrats who took up the cause, are up for reelection in 2018 in states that Trump carried. Another poor performance for the party could hand Republicans a veto-proof, 60-vote majority.” http://politi.co/2gLXM4CREADING THE TEA LEAVES -- “Trump praises RNC short-lister Ronna Romney McDaniel,” by Andrew Hanna: “Trump praised Michigan GOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, a front-runner to lead the Republican Party, for her efforts during the presidential election. ‘What a great job. You and your people have done an incredible job,’ Trump said Friday, calling her ‘McDaniels.’ Filling the soon-to-be vacated position at the helm of the [RNC] has evolved into a proxy battle between the establishment and populist wings of the GOP. Reince Priebus has lobbied hard on behalf of McDaniel, the niece of the 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and one of the men on the short list for Trump’s State Department.” http://politi.co/2h9rDXETHE NEW ADMINISTRATION -- NYT A15, “Climate Change Conversations Are Targeted in Questionnaire to Energy Department,” by Coral Davenport: “President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition team has circulated an unusual 74-point questionnaire at the Department of Energy that requests the names of all employees and contractors who have attended climate change policy conferences, as well as emails and documents associated with the conferences. In question after question, the document peppers Energy Department managers with pointed queries about climate science research, clean energy programs and the employees who work for those programs. ... The requests for lists of specific employees involved in shaping climate policy is irregular and alarming, they said, given that on the campaign trail Mr. Trump clearly showed his skepticism of climate change science and his hostility to climate change policy.” http://nyti.ms/2hi8hOdHOW THEY GET RICH -- “How the Twinkie Made the Super-Rich Even Richer,”by NYT’s Michael Corkery and Ben Protess. http://nyti.ms/2hpBZ6SHAPPENING TODAY -- It’s election day in Louisiana. Trump will attend the Army-Navy game in [email protected]: “President-elect Trump says he will be at Army-Navy game today. Army has a locker set up for him (via @ArmyEquip)” http://bit.ly/2gM9mwtSURE! -- “Giuliani pulls name from contention for secretary of state,” by Josh Dawsey and Shane Goldmacher: “Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pulled out of the secretary of state sweepstakes late last month, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team said Friday, as Trump has widened his search to select the nation’s top diplomat. ... The transition team said that he withdrew on Nov. 29, though aides had mentioned him as one of four contenders multiple times after that date. One transition source said Giuliani continued to be the subject of internal discussions for the job through mid-week.” http://politi.co/2hhYZBJ-- @maggieNYT: “Giuliani, at a dinner at the Harvard Club a few days after the date he is said to have taken name out of contention, said he might be picked”TOP-ED – “The Torture Report Must Be Saved,” by Carl Levin and Jay Rockefeller in the NYT: “Drawing on our decades of work in the Senate and our chairmanships of the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, we are calling on President Obama to preserve the full torture report as a matter of profound public interest. ... The president could do this simply by allowing departments and agencies that already possess the document to enter it as a federal record, making it much more difficult for a future administration to erase. This simple but consequential action is something that President Obama can do now, and it is something that he can do unilaterally.” http://nyti.ms/2hwKHMyTRUMP INC. -- “Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ deal may include money from brands,” by CNN’s Dylan Byers: “President-elect Donald Trump’s financial arrangement with ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ could provide him with a cut of the money generated by NBC’s product integration deals for the show ... For years, Trump has received a portion of the revenue from the show’s product integration deals ... If that arrangement is still in place, it is now a potential avenue of influence for companies that want to get the ear of Trump and his administration, and presents a thorny situation for Comcast/NBCUniversal, which controls the deals. ‘If an advertiser wants to curry favor with Trump, that’s the way to do it,’ the source said.” http://cnnmon.ie/2gLHubK-- @RealDonaldTrump at 6:36 a.m: “Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are rediculous [sic] & untrue - FAKE NEWS!” … at 6:27 a.m.: “I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!”KNOWING BANNON -- “Stephen Bannon found inspiration in ancient thinkers, Ronald Reagan and Nazi propaganda,” by the LA Times’ Matt Pearce: “In the 1990s, long before Stephen K. Bannon became the chairman of Breitbart News and one of Donald Trump’s top advisors, he was just another guy in Beverly Hills who liked Shakespeare and wanted to make movies. The Navy veteran and former Goldman Sachs investment banker was a feverish reader who kept books neatly stacked on the floor of his condo that couldn’t fit on his shelves.“Bannon had the tastes of a liberal arts major, sampling ideas from ancient civilizations all over the world. He liked Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ and the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu holy book, according to his former longtime writing partner, Julia Jones. ‘Before 9/11, he was different,’ said Jones, a liberal who fondly remembered discussing philosophy with Bannon … But Bannon, who kept a photo of Ronald Reagan over his desk, started down a more hard-line path of conservative thought after the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to those who knew him during his time in Hollywood.” http://lat.ms/2hxc74PFAKE NEWS UPDATE -- “Fake News: How a Partying Macedonian Teen Earns Thousands Publishing Lies,” by NBC News’ Alexander Smith and Vladimir Banic in Veles, Macedonia: “On Saturday, one local nightclub was barely keeping up with demand, as dozens of teens and young adults ordered ice buckets filled with large $35 bottles of vodka. In this new era, the purveyors of fake news are the coolest kids in the schoolyard. ‘Since fake news started, girls are more interested in geeks than macho guys,’ says one 17-year-old girl standing at the bar. The most successful fake-news publishers have ‘bought themselves houses, apartments, maybe invested in some real estate or in some businesses,’ according to Dimitri. ‘They have bought themselves cars, they have bought ... their girlfriends better cars, better places to live,’ he says. Keen to feed off this gold rush, the nightclub even plans to organize a club night on the same day that Google pays out its advertising money.” http://nbcnews.to/2hpjU8DBUSINESS BURST -- “Staggering subscriber losses for ESPN raise questions about the entire TV ecosystem,” by WaPo’s Brian Fung: “ESPN was thrust into the spotlight in November when the ratings company Nielsen predicted the sports juggernaut would lose 621,000 cable subscribers that month. Nielsen estimated the sports network would lose another 555,000 subscribers in December. The staggering losses have led to calls by analysts for Disney to spin off or sell the beleaguered network, which has lost 9 million subscribers in three years … The challenges ahead are not unique to ESPN. The pay-TV industry as a whole has seen many consumers trim back their cable subscriptions in favor of online video services — or, fed up with the rising cost of TV, forgo cable altogether.” http://wapo.st/2gLSzKcALEX CONANT’s debut on WSJ.com, “Four Steps for Businesses to Reply to a Trump Twitter Attack–Before It Happens”: http://on.wsj.com/2ho9Vk0FOR THE RECORD -- “What Kellyanne Conway really said about mothers working in the White House,” by POLITICO Staff: “Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was interviewed by POLITICO Playbook co-author Anna Palmer at POLITICO’s Women Rule Summit in Washington, DC on Dec. 7. Below is an excerpt of her remarks regarding her potential role in a Trump White House.” http://politi.co/2gLRnqdCLICKERS – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 13 keepers: http://politi.co/2hnZcpQ– “The Millions Trump’s Businesses Made From His Campaign,” by Bloomberg’s Bill Allison, Michael Keller and Blacki Migliozzi: “While he put $66.1 million of his own money into his campaign and received an additional $264 million from small dollar donors, more than $14.6 million worth of campaign funds went back into Trump’s businesses in the form of air travel, event rentals and even $8,040.01 to Trump’s bottled water company, Trump Ice LLC.” http://bloom.bg/2hcTTGCMEDIAWATCH -- “The Atlantic hires BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray,” by Kelsey Sutton: “Rosie Gray, one of BuzzFeed News’ most prominent political reporters, will join The Atlantic to cover global affairs and U.S. politics, the magazine announced Friday. ... She will start in the new year. ... Gray’s departure is a major loss for BuzzFeed News, which has seen a series of departures from its politics desk in the past few months.” http://politi.co/2gKhT39--“Wall Street Journal reshuffles Washington bureau,” by Peter Sterne: “The Journal has finalized the line-up for its White House team for when Donald Trump takes office: Jeanne Cummings, Carol Lee, Peter Nicholas, Mike Bender and Damien Paletta. The paper also announced the creation of a new team to focus on covering the intersection between business and government. Ted Mann, the Greater New York reporter who helped to break the Bridgegate story, is moving from New York to Washington to join the team, which will be led by editor Susan Benkelman. Other reporters in the group include Brody Mullins, Kate O’Keeffe, John McKinnon and Will Mauldin.” With a full memo from Jerry Seib and Paul Beckett http://politi.co/2he3r74GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“After the Islamic State,” by Robin Wright in The New Yorker: “As the caliphate crumbles, rival movements struggle for the soul of Sunni jihadism.” http://bit.ly/2gGcs8c--“The Soccer-Star Refugees of Eritrea,” by Alexis Okeowo in The New Yorker: “Athletes from the national team plan a mass defection.” http://bit.ly/2gtPQaw --“‘BRAAAM!’: The Sound that Invaded the Hollywood Soundtrack,” by Adrian Daub in Longreads.com: “How Inception changed the way we listen to movies.” http://bit.ly/2he8YKO--“Life After Zika,” by Alex Ronan with photographs by Peter Bauza: “A young family struggles to care for their daughter. Their story in pictures.” http://thecut.io/2hv5IqY (h/t Longform.org)--“Intake,” by Rosalind Adams in BuzzFeed: “Lock them in. Bill their insurer. Kick them out. How scores of employees and patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients intoprofits.” http://bzfd.it/2h78ZzP--“Trumped and Abandoned,” by Susan Faludi in The Baffler: “The angry white male in the political wilderness”. http://bit.ly/2hfW2Bx--“The Last Unknown Man,” by Matt Wolfe in The New Republic: “He appeared out of nowhere. He had no name, no memory, no past. He was the only person the FBI ever listed as missing even though they knew where he was. How could B.K. Doe remain anonymous in the modern age’s matrix of observation?” http://bit.ly/2fyh6E2--“Tom Ford on Sex, Death, and Penetration,” by Taffy Brodessar-Akner in GQ: “Make one good movie and maybe it’s an accident. But two? With the bold, unsettling ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ menswear’s most cinematic designer proves he’s just as potent in the world of cinema.” http://bit.ly/2hv5MXF … Trailer http://bit.ly/2hiEbtL--“The Heroes of San Bernardino: 1 Year After the Attacks” – ABC News: “One year after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, the ABC News Investigative Unit and ‘Nightline’ are looking back, revealing never-before-seen photos and videos and hearing from the first responders, the victims and the everyday people who prevented a terrifying day from getting any worse.” http://abcn.ws/2gjREiW--“I Didn’t Come Here to Lose’: How a Movement Was Born at Standing Rock,” by Wes Enzinna in the Jan./Feb. issue of Mother Jones: “#NoDAPL didn’t just stop a pipeline. It sparked a new call for Native American rights.” http://bit.ly/2gjNAPO--“What Would William F. Buckley Have Made of Donald Trump?” by Christopher Buckley in Vanity Fair: “It’s tricky, channeling your father’s ghost. But whatever Trump is, he’s not a conservative—he’s a party of one.” http://bit.ly/2hfdshc--“The People Who Shaped Islamic Civilization,” by Nicolas Pelham in 1843 Magazine: “A new book celebrates the achievements of early Muslims, and dispels some myths along the way.” http://bit.ly/2gm3JZK--“Advice for Young Muslims,” by Omar Saif Ghobash in Foreign Affairs: “How to survive in an age of extremism and Islamophobia.” http://fam.ag/2gjO48z--“The forgotten shipwreck: 500 drowned in the Mediterranean on April 9. No one investigated until now,” by Reuters’ Stephen Grey and Amina Ismail as part of the series “The Migration Machine”: “The single biggest loss of life in the Mediterranean this year shows how authorities in Europe and elsewhere routinely allow those behind migrant deaths to get away with it.” http://reut.rs/2hnWNLJ (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth,” by Chris Jones in tomorrow’s N.Y. Times Magazine: “The star-crossed life of Sara Seager, an astrophysicist obsessed with discovering distant worlds.” http://nyti.ms/2hnYIQuSPOTTED -- Peter Hamby on the 5 p.m. Acela from D.C. to New York … John Bolton getting off the 8 a.m. Acela to DC Saturday morning … Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) at the Regal Gallery Place movie theater, taking in the 6:35 p.m. showing of “Allied” Friday evening (trailer: http://bit.ly/2hf4u3E) … Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) last night at the D.C. Christmas pop up bar, Miracle on 7th Street … Employees standing at attention as Bill Marriott Sr. toured lobby Christmas decorations Friday morning at the D.C. St. Regis hotel. (Marriott recently merged with Starwood) ... Patti Solis Doyle, Adam Parkhomenko and Tracy Sefl at a back table at Urbana on Thursday night until closing time.THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD -- “On Monday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. On Tuesday, the President will sign the 21st Century Cures Act. The President and Vice President will also deliver remarks at this event.“On Wednesday, the President will host two Hanukkah receptions at the White House. The First Lady will also attend. On Thursday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. In the evening, the First Family will depart the White House en route Honolulu, Hawaii.”OUT AND ABOUT – Pool report from Sarah Wheaton: “Kamran Mumtaz conjured a crowd of friends, reporters, congressional aides, and Obama administration alumni as he worked his magic on the wonks and operators of this city to toast his disappearing act. He is transforming himself into the ultimate football fan as communications director for the NFL.” He was previously in global gov’t affairs at Citi and worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall.SPOTTED at Joe’s: Peter Cherukuri, Ryan Tracey, Adam Rice, Eric Dash, Crystal Carson, Nell Callahan, Nihal Krishan, George Hornedo, Robin Lloyd, Brad Bosserman, Lisa Leonard, Stacey Radnor, Ryan Erickson, Michael Moroney, Kendra Kojcsich, Dave Blumenthal, Carol Danko, Tara Jeffries, Lenwood Brooks, Hillary Anderson, Jack Smith, Lisa Leonard, Ian McKendry, Naz Durakoglu, Nick Owens, Russ Grote, Sara Capra, Devon Wardlow, Lizzie Ulmer, Dominic Hawkins, and Ian Hartman-O’Connell.-- Bluebonnet Fundraising, Inc. celebrated its second annual tree lighting last night. SPOTTED: Caroline Wren, founder; Alex Stroman, Matt Boyle, Rob Lockwood, Martina Egerer, Dan Knight, Sergio Gor, David Catanese, Alden Wood, Taylor Mason, Zeke Miller, Kevin McEvoy and Tyler Lane.WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Nicholas Derby Roosevelt, resilience engagement coordinator for the City of Phoenix and Stacia Stolzenberg Roosevelt, assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at ASU, have welcomed Elliott Stolzenberg Roosevelt. FDR is Nick’s great great grandfather, so Elliott is FDR and Eleanor’s great great great grandson. Pics http://politi.co/2hbt8SA ... http://politi.co/2hmisUN ... http://politi.co/2h3Wl4oTRANSITIONS -- Michael Abramowitz, currently “director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education and a distinguished former journalist at the Washington Post, will become president of Freedom House on February 6, 2017,” per a release. http://bit.ly/2gvXlOe … Michael Marinaccio, who had his last day Friday as creative director at the NRSC, is starting next week as senior digital director at the Chamber of Commerce. ... BakerHostetler has hired Greg Orlando as a senior advisor on the federal policy team – he most recently worked as a senior aide to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. ...... Liz Wolgemuth has been promoted to senior comms director and speechwriter for Sen. Lamar Alexander, while Margaret Atkinson was promoted to comms director. ... Jim Jeffries is leaving Alexander’s office and in January will join Seattle-based Vulcan, Inc., as head of executive comms for Paul Allen. ... Sen. Jon Tester announced that Aaron Murphy, his former comms director, will be his chief of staff.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant turned 62 … (was Wednesday): Julie Scott Allen, SVP at District Policy Group and the pride of Great Barrington, Mass. (hat tip: David, who was on time)BIRTHDAYS: Mike Shields, who’s starting Convergence Media (h/t Sean Spicer) … Symone Sanders, former national press secretary for Sanders campaign and now a CNN political commentator, is 27 ... Fox News’ Mike Emanuel, the pride of Westfield, N.J., is 49 ... Brian McGuire, COS for Majority Leader McConnell … Mercury CEO Kieran Mahoney ... Kieran Mahoney, CEO of Mercury (h/t Jon Haber) ... San Francisco Chronicle breaking news reporter Michael Bodley (h/t Colby Bermel) ... Justin Ahn, UCSD alum and #DCEats aficionado, is 3-0 (h/t Sophia Kim) ... Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) is 67 and was recently spotted rocking his jean jacket around the Capitol: http://bit.ly/2huYBP8 ... Meg Whittemore, comms director for Sen. Perdue, who recently returned from her honeymoon in Italy ... Charlie Watkins, son of Dree and Peter ... Politico Magazine’s Katie Fossett ... former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is 6-0 ... Greg Rothman … Misha Belikov, research analyst at Point72 Asset Management ... Google’s Steve Johnston ... Mitchell Rubenstein, comms manager at Capital One ... N.Y. Daily News’ Erin Durkin ... Robert Maguire ...Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) is 47 ... Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) is 56 ... Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is 63 ... Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) is 66 ... Ryan Beene, Washington reporter for Automotive News ... Jackie Etter-Krause, senior media strategist at Centro, and a WJLA/NewsChannel8 alum ... Jen Cox ... Gigi Anders ... Lisa Rowan ...… Kip Wainscott, senior director of cabinet affairs at The White House and alum of OFA, DOJ and Perkins Coie … Chris McGrath, Washington liaison officer for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and a Reid alum … Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, is 41 … Tom Zampino ... former Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter is 86 ... David French, SVP of gov’t relations at National Retail Federation … Ellie Bartow ... Kristin Wilson Keppler, senior producer at CNN and an NBC alum ... Matthew Gagnon, CEO of Maine Heritage Policy Center, is 36 ... Doug Rosenthal … Don McDowell of Iowa … Susan Milligan, political writer for U.S. News & World Report ... David Kieve, partner at Hilltop Public Solutions … Laura De Castro … Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List … Doug Badger ... Scott MacKay ... Jess Peterson, founder and president of Western Skies Strategies … Gloria Loring is 69 … Hope Hodge Seck ... Mitchell Schwartz … Rick Siger ... Michelle Mayorga … Wayne Smith (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:--“Fox News Sunday”: President-elect Donald Trump. Panel: George Will, Julie Pace, Jason Riley and Charles Lane--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Reince Priebus … California Gov. Jerry Brown … Mike Rowe. Panel: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Steele, Rick Stengel and Kimberley Strassel--ABC’s “This Week”: Reince Priebus … Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) … Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) … CREW chair Norman Eisen and CREW vice chair Richard Painter. Panel: E.J. Dionne, Sarah Huckabee, Rich Lowry and Jamal Simmons--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Kellyanne Conway … Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) … Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Panel: Jamelle Bouie, Michael Duffy, Lisa Lerer and Michael Gerson--CNN’s “State of the Union” (9 a.m. ET / 12 p.m. ET): Vice President Joe Biden. Panel: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jennifer Granholm, Dana Loesch and Marc Morial--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. CT): House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) … Kellyanne Conway … Frank Luntz … House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Panel: Ed Rollins, Richard Fowler and Caitlin Huey-Burns--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT): Erin McPike … Amy Holmes … Ruth Marcus … Newt Gingrich … Dan Abrams--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8 a.m. ET): Panel: Jennifer Jacobs, Mary Katharine Ham, Matt Viser and Manu Raju--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11 a.m. ET): Panel: Jeffrey Lord, Poynter’s Kelly McBride and Carl Bernstein … Sean Spicer … Jill Abramson--Univision’s “Al Punto” (SUN 10 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT): Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) … José Fuentes … Gael García Bernal … author Gloría Álvarez … author Dr. Juan Rivera---C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30 p.m. ET): Verizon Executive Vice President, Public Policy and General Counsel Craig Silliman, questioned by WSJ’s John McKinnon … “Newsmakers” (SUN 10am ET): Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), questioned by Bloomberg News’ Billy House and CQ Roll Call’s Paul Krawzak … “Q&A” (SUN 8pm & 11pm ET): American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan, Princeton University’s Eddie Glaude, Jr. and David Maraniss
DEMS threaten shutdown -- EXCLUSIVE: New DCCC comms director; top candidates for DSCC E.D. -- GOP jockeying to replace CMR -- ROMNEY spotted near Trump Tower -- B’DAY: Terry Moran
Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2gjREEC … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6EayGood Friday morning. 42 days until Donald Trump is president.WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Savannah Guthrie and Mike Feldman welcomed Charles Max Feldman into the world. Pictures, courtesy @TODAYshow http://on.today.com/2gIDdWGYOUR FRIDAY MUST READ -- “10 Crucial Decisions That Reshaped America: Nothing about the most dramatic campaign in memory was a foregone conclusion. The inside story of the pivotal choices that got us to President Trump,” by Glenn Thrush http://politi.co/2hsu0BO **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbXTO SHUT DOWN, OR NOT TO SHUT DOWN? -- “Dem blockade threatens brief government shutdown,” by Burgess Everett, Seung Min Kim, and Ben Weyl: “Democrats are pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown, with coal country Senate Democrats leading a strategy to oppose a GOP spending bill if their demands aren’t met for a longer extension of expiring health care benefits for coal miners. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio), two senators up for reelection in 2018 from states won by Donald Trump, are leading the charge to get a better deal from Republican leaders. And their push helped hardened resistance to the GOP throughout the rest of the 46-member Democratic caucus as the day went on. “But Republicans say they will not renegotiate a four-month extension of coal miner health benefits and that Democrats have lost all leverage after the House passed the spending bill, 326-96, and then promptly left town. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set in motion votes to pass the bill, leaving Democrats only procedural tactics to delay the measure through Friday's funding deadline — which would put Senate Democrats in line to be blamed for a potential government shutdown. Flanked by coal miners during a bitingly cold outdoor press conference on Thursday evening Manchin insisted this is ‘not a shutdown issue’ and maintained he has a ‘strong commitment’ from his Democratic colleagues to stand firm and demand a year-long health care extension.” http://politi.co/2hcbxwV-- Worth noting: House Republicans have taken their last vote of the year, and left down. They passed a bill that would fund the government through April 28.THERE’S BUZZ that Donald Trump will tap Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to be Interior secretary. If he does, it would have the unintended consequence of sparking what could be one of the most competitive races for House Republican leadership in recent memory. Since McMorris Rodgers -- known in D.C. as CMR -- is the only woman in the top rung of Republican leadership, there would be pressure to replace her with another woman. PEOPLE YOU SHOULD WATCH: Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, California Rep. Mimi Walters, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Utah Rep. Mia Love. Rachael Bade and Kyle Cheney http://politi.co/2h3XFUT. DSCC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has started to interview candidates to run the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is sitting in on the interviews. Top picks Democrats are talking about: Paul Tencher, who most recently ran Evan Bayh’s race; Brandon Davis, former SEIU political director and DNC chief of staff; Dan McNally, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet 2016 campaign manager; Addisu Demissie, who worked for the Clinton campaign; Mindy Myers, who ran the DSCC I.E.; and Anne Caprara from Priorities. BREAKING OVERNIGHT -- From AP in Seoul, “South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall”: “South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury. After the vote, parliamentary officials hand-delivered formal documents to the presidential Blue House that stripped Park of her power and allowed her No. 2, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, to assume leadership until the country's Constitutional Court rules on whether Park must permanently step down. The court has up to six months to decide.” http://apne.ws/2grFEPyFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Republicans ready to launch wide-ranging probe of Russia, despite Trump’s stance,” by WaPo’s Karoun Demirjan http://wapo.st/2grIkNkCABINET TALK -- “Trump builds a brass Cabinet: Infatuated with military swagger and Hollywood’s Patton, the president-elect sets outlines of military-run civilian government,” by Shane Goldmacher: “As President-elect Donald Trump began building the top tier of his administration, he has turned to friends and advisers to ask just how many generals would be too many — suggesting he may want to tap as many as five — to fill his Cabinet and the highest rungs of the White House … Even before all his picks are finalized, Trump is on pace to assemble the most military-heavy White House and civilian administration since at least World War II. Military leaders have long held a special allure for Trump, according to people who have spoken to the president-elect both during the formation of his Cabinet and in the years before, including some Hollywood portrayals.” http://politi.co/2haGe2t-- “Trump on Cabinet: ‘I want people that made a fortune’,” by Ken Vogel and Madeline Conway in Des Moines, Iowa: “Donald Trump on Thursday brushed aside concerns that he had tapped too many super-rich people for his cabinet, saying ‘I want people that made a fortune!’ and boasting that he was ‘putting together one of the great cabinets that has ever been assembled in the history of our nation.’ In a campaign-style speech at a convention center here, he playfully rejected criticism that his nominees - a group that includes four billionaires with Thursday's appointment of former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration - are not reflective of the American public. Seemingly focusing on those who would renegotiate trade deals on behalf of his administration, Trump said ‘some of the people I’ve put on to negotiate ... are some of the most successful people in the world.’” http://politi.co/2hc4ww9-- “Romney spotted near Trump Tower amid cabinet talks,” by Page Six’s Emily Smith: “Mitt Romney, still in the running for President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state, is certainly hustling for the job. A sharp-suited, carefully coiffed Romney was seen with a briefcase briskly walking on 56th Street, near Fifth Avenue, on Thursday. A witness said, ‘Romney was walking away from Trump Tower and seemed in a hurry, like he didn’t want to be seen.’” http://nyp.st/2gjLi7STRUMP TOWER INTRIGUE -- GABE SHERMAN in NYMag.com, “Trump’s Transition Team ‘Is Like Game of Thrones’”: “According to interviews with seven transition officials and senior Republicans in recent days, the question of whether senior counselor and chief strategist Steve Bannon or chief of staff Reince Priebus — represented by Trump as ‘equal partners’ in the White House — has more power is one that is being widely discussed in Trumpworld. ‘In this administration, titles will not matter,’ one transition staffer said. ‘It’s like Game of Thrones.’ ... Some Trump advisers are dismayed by Priebus’s influence because they question the Washington insider’s loyalty to the president-elect. Three sources told me that shortly after the Access Hollywood tape leaked in early October, Priebus went to Trump’s penthouse and advised the candidate to get out of the race. Priebus told Trump that if he didn’t, he ‘will go down with a worse election loss than Barry Goldwater’s.’” http://nym.ag/2gjdfNa-- @maggieNYT: “The challenge of covering Trump isn’t just whether people are telling truth to reporters. It’s that advisers are at times lying to each other”WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE … -- “Trump ‘originals’ say they’re getting frozen out,” by Alex Isenstadt and Ken Vogel: “[A]s President-elect Donald Trump builds out his administration, the loyalists who helped launch his campaign and powered its stunning early victories are growing worried they won’t be getting plum jobs. Many of them say they’ve heard nothing about their career prospects and, during furtive huddles, have been commiserating with one another about how they can’t seem to get their calls to top Trump transition brass returned. Some are convinced that party establishment figures who’ve taken the reins of the transition are giving them short shrift ...“That includes people like George Gigicos, Trump’s director of advance; Michael Glassner, the former deputy campaign manager; and Stuart Jolly, the former national field director. The staffers who led Trump’s campaign in early primary states — like Matt Ciepielowski, Charles Munoz and James Merrill — haven’t been offered positions, either. Nor has Mike Rubino, who oversaw Trump’s campaign in several states, or Stephanie Milligan, who ran his Oklahoma campaign.” http://politi.co/2gjdAiX HOW ABOUT THAT… -- “Trump Paid Nearly $2.9 Million to Family-Owned Businesses as Campaign Wound Down: Trump also gave $10 million to his campaign in the final weeks of the election,” by WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus. http://on.wsj.com/2hsvsEg RNC WATCH -- “Trump zeroes in on RNC chair pick,” by Eliana Johnson, Ken Vogel and Alex Isenstadt: “The Republican National Committee may sit on Capitol Hill, but its fate is being decided in Manhattan, where the field of contenders to run it has narrowed to two leading candidates, Michigan GOP chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Nick Ayers, a Republican operative currently serving as an aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. High in Trump Tower, dueling factions in President-elect Donald Trump’s orbit have lined up behind each of the candidates, according to half a dozen people familiar with the discussions. The situation is fluid, transition sources cautioned: Others in the mix include RNC official Matt Pinnell and veteran Bush operative Mercedes Schlapp, whose names are being floated as potential co-chairs as the two sides work toward a solution.” http://politi.co/2hmqjlcHILL WATCH -- “Free-market Republicans contort to defend Trump: Lawmakers who slammed Barack Obama’s stimulus say they’re fine with Trump’s — among other ideological accommodations they’re making for the president-elect,” by Rachael Bade and Jake Sherman. http://politi.co/2hsohfp AARON SCHOCK will not be silenced! The former congressman, who has been indicted on 24 criminal counts that essentially allege he used his public office to make money, filed opposition to a gag order requested by the government ahead of his arraignment next week. Our favorite line: “[T]he government suggested that Mr. Schock sought to ‘screen himself’ from public scrutiny and turn himself into a ‘super-citizen, immune from criminal responsibility.’ … Comments such as these were picked up and repeated in the media, where coverage has been extensively one-sided.”FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- ANDY KEISER, former deputy national security adviser for the Trump for America transition team, is joining Navigators Global as a principal of the firm. Keiser also served as chief of staff to former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and senior adviser to the committee. -- MEREDITH KELLY, the DCCC’s national press secretary last cycle and an alum of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s communications shop, has signed on to be the party committee’s communications director for the 2018 cycle. From DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján: “Meredith is a smart tactician and her aggressive approach put House Republicans on defense last cycle. I know that she will play a crucial role in driving strategy that protects our incumbents and maximizes House Democratic gains in 2018.”BUZZ -- Tim Huelskamp, who lost his primary in Kansas, is talking about running for Rep. Mike Pompeo’s House seat. Pompeo is Trump’s nominee for CIA director.HOT DOCS -- Marlene Ricketts gave Speaker Paul Ryan’s main political committee $100,000 on Oct. 25. Facnudo Bacardi gave him $25,000 on Oct. 24… Hotelier Andre Balazs gave Hillary Clinton $100,000 on Oct. 27 … New York supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis gave Clinton $50,000 on Oct. 25 … Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Capitals and Wizards, and his wife gave Clinton $100,000 on Oct. 28 … Trump’s victory fund got $249,000 from Robert Johnson of the Johnson Company … Bridget Rooney Koch gave Trump’s victory effort $50,000 … Ray Washburne kicked in $50,000-- FINAL TALLY by POLITICO’s Isaac Arnsdorf: “Clinton and her allies, including her joint committees with the Democratic Party and the super PACs supporting her, raised more than $1.2 billion for the full  cycle, according to the last reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. Trump and his allies collected about $600 million.” http://politi.co/2hcDrXbHAPPENING TODAY -- Donald Trump is holding a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at 10 a.m. followed by a 7 p.m. rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. … Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will participate in a Brookings Institution discussion on cities in the age of Trump and Brexit at 10 a.m. today http://brook.gs/2h3TkRI VIDEO DU JOUR -- “Harry Reid Senate Farewell Speech 12/8/16” http://bit.ly/2hdnsIp FIRST PERSON – CHUCK JONES in the WaPo, “I’m the union leader Donald Trump attacked. I’m tired of being lied to about our jobs”: “Though Trump said he’d saved 1,100 jobs, he hadn’t. Carrier told us that 550 people would get laid off. Trump didn’t tell people that, though. When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job. People went crazy for him. They thought, because of Trump, I’m going to be able to provide for my family. All the while, I’m sitting there, thinking that’s not what the damn numbers say.” http://wapo.st/2gI91uV --“Carrier to ultimately cut some of jobs Trump saved,” by CNN Money’s Chris Isidore: “The company’s deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep a furnace plant from moving to Mexico also calls for a $16 million investment in the facility. But that has a big down side for some of the workers in Indianapolis. Most of that money will be invested in automation said to Greg Hayes, CEO of United Technologies, Carrier’’ corporate parent. And that automation will replace some of the jobs that were just saved.” http://cnnmon.ie/2hc1Ezi MUST READ -- “This is what happens when Donald Trump attacks a private citizen on Twitter,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson: “About a year ago, 18-year-old college student Lauren Batchelder stood up at a political forum in New Hampshire and told Donald Trump that she didn’t think he was ‘a friend to women.’ The next morning, Trump fired back on Twitter — calling Batchelder an ‘arrogant young woman’ and accusing her of being a ‘plant’ from a rival campaign. Her phone began ringing with callers leaving threatening messages that were often sexual in nature. Her Facebook and email inboxes filled with similar messages. As her addresses circulated on social media and her photo flashed on the news, she fled home to hide. ... This is what happens when Trump targets a private citizen who publicly challenges him.” http://wapo.st/2hc1wzD REMEMBERING JOHN GLENN -- NYT’s John Noble Wilford, who also wrote the Times front-page moon landing story (!) in 1969: “John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. ... In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Mr. Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country’s imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures like Lewis and Clark, the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh. To the America of the 1960s, Mr. Glenn was a clean-cut, good-natured, well-grounded Midwesterner, raised in Presbyterian rectitude, nurtured in patriotism and tested in war, who stepped forward to risk the unknown and succeeded spectacularly, lifting his country’s morale and restoring its self-confidence.” http://nyti.ms/2grl4in TRUMP INC. -- “Donald Trump to Remain Executive Producer on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’” by Variety’s Cynthia Littleton: “NBC’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ ... is returning Jan. 2 after a two-year hiatus with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger. MGM confirmed to Variety that Trump has retained his EP credit on the series. ... The larger issue for MGM, NBC, and the White House is the payment that Trump will receive for the series. It’s unclear what his per-episode fee is, but it is likely to be in the low five-figures, at minimum.” http://bit.ly/2hmbzCO … Trailer for the new season http://bit.ly/2gIAM6FK-FILE – “Michael Flynn once claimed Arabic signs on southern border guide ‘radicalized Muslims’ into US,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski: http://cnn.it/2grhbdqHMM -- C.T. POST: “Report: Bobby Valentine pitched as Japan ambassador”: Bobby Valentine as U.S. ambassador to Japan? WEEI.com reports that multiple sources are telling the Boston station that Valentine is on a short-list of candidates for the job of United States Ambassador to Japan. The 66-year-old, who currently serves as Sacred Heart University’s athletics director, has engaged in ‘preliminary discussions’ with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team regarding the position. When contacted Thursday night, Valentine refused comment.” http://bit.ly/2grKzAb -- NOTE: Valentine is a former manager of the Mets and Red Sox. He also managed a team in Japan and is from Stamford, Connecticut.DAVID CORN in Mother Jones, “Does Donald Trump Believe Nuclear War Is Inevitable? The man about to take control of US nukes has a very fatalistic view”: “During a 1990 interview with Playboy, he was asked about running for president (yes, even then) and to describe what ‘would be some of President Trump's longer-term views of the future.’ Trump replied, ‘I think of the future, but I refuse to paint it. Anything can happen. But I often think of nuclear war.’” http://bit.ly/2haiQSH … The interview http://bit.ly/2hcedKKICYMI -- “How Trump got yanked into GOP’s IRS impeachment fight,” by John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade: “In the frenzied hours as the impeachment showdown neared, multiple conversations ensued between Priebus and Freedom Caucus leaders. There are conflicting accounts of where the outgoing Republican Party chairman came down. GOP leaders say Priebus remained opposed to [John] Koskinen’s impeachment. Freedom Caucus sources counter that Priebus called them back several times to retract any such opposition and say Trump’s inner circle would remain neutral.” http://politi.co/2han2Ss LIVE FROM WALL STREET -- “Eric Cantor column: Rebuilding a responsive Virginia GOP” in the Richmond Times Dispatch with the header “Turn Virginia Red Again” http://bit.ly/2gjMZlN FRED SMITH SPEAKS -- From our Morning Trade colleagues: “The free-traders are fighting back. In a speech this morning at the National Competitiveness Forum, Fedex Chairman Fred Smith extols the benefits of trade and free trade agreements in sunnily optimistic terms that stand in stark contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s dark view of the pacts. ‘Trade has made America great, and expanding trade has been a bi-partisan pursuit for over 80 years,’ Smith plans to tell the Washington meeting, according to excerpts … The 72-year-old business leader warns that withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, as Trump has threatened to do, ‘would be catastrophic for the U.S. economy’ and expresses hope the 23-year-old pact will be ‘updated and strengthened’ instead.”HILLARY ALUMNI -- “Former Clinton staffer launches new anti-Trump site: corrupt.af,” by Blake Hounshell: “Matt Ortega, who served as Clinton’s digital director for communications until he left the campaign in June, told POLITICO that he launched the site ‘completely on my own and out of my own pocket.’ Officially, the ‘af’ in the site’s web address is the country code for Afghanistan ... Unofficially, in the abbreviated argot of texting and online chatting, ‘af’ stands for ‘as f***.’” http://politi.co/2hs3V5S PRESIDENT OBAMA will appear next Monday on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” in an interview that will be taped at the White House. http://on.cc.com/2gqB2t8MEGATRENDS – “Barely Half of 30-Year-Olds Earn More Than Their Parents,” by WSJ’s Bob Davis: “In 1970, 92% of American 30-year-olds earned more than their parents did at a similar age, they found. In 2014, that number fell to 51%.” http://on.wsj.com/2hdnUX2 MEDIAWATCH -- “Could a Last-Minute Suitor Woo Megyn Kelly Away from Fox News?” by Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison: “Within the last month, according to a person familiar with the discussions, ABC has renewed, and perhaps sweetened, its effort to woo Kelly. At one point, in an overture, Kelly was shown a recruitment presentation depicting the so-called legends of ABC, which started, oddly enough, with an image of Willy Wonka, and ended with one of Kelly.” http://bit.ly/2hmd1VM --“Clinton decries fake news ‘epidemic,’” by Elana Schor: “‘This is not about politics or partisanship,’ Clinton said during remarks at a tribute to retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). ‘Lives are at risk.’” http://politi.co/2gI9mxw --The owner of Comet Ping Pong has created a GoFundMe campaign http://bit.ly/2grn0Yp --NYT Business Day front, “Nonprofit Journalism Groups Are Gearing Up With Flood of Donations,” by Nicholas Fandos: “At the Center for Public Integrity in Washington and its international investigative arm, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, individual donations are up about 70 percent compared to the same period last year. ... From local public radio affiliates to established watchdog groups to start-ups that focus on a single issue, nonprofit, nonpartisan media is having a moment.” http://nyti.ms/2hdmo7a --BuzzFeed has hired Anthony Cormier, most recently an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, and Nancy Youssef, currently of the Daily Beast and formerly with McClatchy. http://politi.co/2hmGWx8 -- “The Washington Post honors David Fahrenthold with inaugural Ben Bradlee Prize”: http://wapo.st/2h3VxfITHE LEGENDARY JOHN MARKOFF on Medium, “I Covered Tech for the Times for 28 Years, And Now My Time Is Over”: http://bit.ly/2hc9rNESPOTTED: Ronan Farrow with Rich McHugh at the Ritz yesterday ... The Denver Nuggets staying at the Ritz Carlton in the West End … Frank Luntz at DCA boarding a 10:25 a.m. flight to Charlotte … Jay Carney last night at the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Awards at the National Portrait Gallery (Jeff Bezos was one of the winners) -- Mary Jordan, Jay Newton-Small, Kimball Stroud, Chris Wilson, Nika Nour, and Suhail Khan also attendedOUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED at the VIP grand opening party for the MGM National Harbor last night: former Speaker John Boehner, Geoff Freeman, Michael Steele, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), CBC chair Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Rep.-elect Ruben Kiheun (D-Nev.), former Ambassador Andrew Young, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings–Blake, Roger Dow, Wolf and Lynn Blitzer, Jerome Bettis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Andrés, Tom Burr, Jeffrey Ballou, Ryan Zimmerman, Heather Zimmerman, Tammy Haddad, Marc Adelman, Ambassador Peter Selfridge, Franco Nuschese, Andrea Roane, Steve Chenevey, Jim Murren, Erin Como, Chris Smith, Kate Bennett. Pic of Boehner http://bit.ly/2hsmGGi ... Two pix by Dan Swartz – outside of the hotel: http://bit.ly/2hmGsXD ... View of the hotel tower through the skyglass of the casino atrium http://bit.ly/2hsELnP SUNDAY SO FAR -- “Fox News Sunday”: Exclusive with Donald Trump ... Panel: George Will ... Julie Pace, Jason Riley, Charles LaneCNN’s “State of the Union”: Exclusive with Vice President Joe Biden ... Panel: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Dana Loesch, Marc Morial--CNN’s “Inside Politics,” anchored by John King: Jen Jacobs, Mary Katharine Ham, Matt Viser, Manu Raju--ABC’s “This Week”: Reince Priebus ... panel: E.J. Dionne, Sarah Huckabee, Rich Lowry, Jamal Simmons--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Kellyanne Conway, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) ... Mike Rowe ... panel: Michael Lewis ... Rick Stengel ... Kimberley StrasselOBAMA ALUMNI -- MIKE BLAKE, a N.Y. State assemblyman, is running for DNC vice chairman. He was the Iowa caucus deputy political director for Obama in 2008, and then worked in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. Press release http://politi.co/2gjjJvx WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Ed Mullen, partner at The Georgetown Group and Erin Book Mullen, principal at Williams and Jensen, on Wednesday welcomed Caroline Caldwell “CC” Mullen. Her big sister Amelia turns two later this month. Pic http://politi.co/2hajLCJ-- Richard VanOrnum, a director in APCO Worldwide’s DC office, just welcomed a new addition to his family. “We checked into the hospital Monday at 4:00 pm and welcomed baby Hunter into the world about 30 hours [on Tuesday] night! He was born 8lbs, 14 oz. and is an alert, happy, healthy (and hungry!) baby.” Pic http://bit.ly/2h8JJJQ OUT AND ABOUT -- CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sam Feist, Ed O’Keefe, Rachel Smolkin and Brian Stelter last night celebrated the first book by CNN Politics, “Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything” (out Dec. 6), with a party at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle. Pre-order -- $25.47 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2gIpsaB SPOTTED: Jonathan Martin, Betsy Fischer Martin, Al Cardenas, Mike Shields, Jeffrey Lord, John Tass-Parker, Armstrong Williams, Sergio Gor, Ashley Parker, Ben Ginsberg, Alice Stewart, Ana Navarro, Amanda Carpenter, Brittany Bramell, Bill Press, Steven Sloan, Amos Snead, Lauren Pratapas, Jennifer Tapper, Polson Kanneth, Ben Ginsberg, Rob Collins, Juana Summers, David Chalian, Roger Simon. HOLIDAY PARTY CIRCUIT -- Bruce Josten celebrated his last Chamber holiday party after 42 years of service. SPOTTED: President and CEO Tom Donohue, Jack Howard, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rick and Debbie Hohlt, Elizabeth Hays Taylor, Josh Holmes, John Ashbrook, Lauren Ehrsam, Jared Parks, Tommy Joyce, Michael Duncan, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga), Kevin McLaughlin, Zach Graves, Chris Merida, Bill Behrens, Stephen Aaron, Carl Hulse, Alex Conant, Gregg Nunziata, Eli Yokley, Robert Flock, Evan Hollander, Lauren Weber, Patrick Kilcur, Reid Wilson.-- SPOTTED at the Blair House (“The President’s Guest House”) State Department holiday party last night: Peter Selfridge, Tom Kartsotis, Tammy Haddad, Ben Chang, Jeannie Rangel, Lena Lee, Larry La and Alisa La, Tim Lowery and Michael Zingali, Natalie Jones, Mike Hammer, Thomas Debass, Gary Lee, Kate Gage, Marc Adelman, Fran Holuba, Amy Selco, Ann Stock. Pics -- the recipe for George and Martha Washington’s holiday eggnog: http://bit.ly/2h4eDT5 … The gingerbread house http://bit.ly/2ghNJmV --PIC from Wednesday night’s White House holiday press party - reunion shot of party attendees who have worked for Obama: http://bit.ly/2grN855BGR GROUP celebrated its 25th anniversary at the St Regis Hotel on Thursday evening. Former Gov. Haley Barbour, a founder of the firm, joked in his remarks that as a lawyer, politician and lobbyist he had achieved the “trifecta.”SPOTTED: North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, Harold Ickes, Texas Rep. Mike Burgess, Ted Olson, Susie DeFrancis, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, Tammy Haddad, Ted Olson.BIRTHDAYS OF THE DAY: former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is 69 -- he’s celebrating with his team from The Daschle Group over lunch and then having a nice dinner with his wife Linda, and some friends -- read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2gjJcFh ... Terry Moran, chief foreign correspondent for ABC News, celebrating at home with his wife and four kids – Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2gIA213BIRTHDAYS: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is 5-0 ... Nathan Daschle (h/t dad Tom) … Samantha Tubman (h/t Meredith Carden) … Treasury alum Neal Wolin, now a senior counselor for Brunswick Group, is 55 … Jonathan Wald, EP at “CNN Tonight” ... N.H. political reporter James Pindell of the Boston Globe and the pride of New Castle, Ind. ... Jeff Smith, “Mr. Smith Goes to Prison” author and proud St. Louis native, is 43 … Cris Turner, VP and head of office of Americas gov’t affairs at Dell ... Kyle Roberts, president of Smart Media Group ... Treasury's John E. Smith (h/t Peter Baker) ... Politico alum Emily Kopp ... Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin is 62 ... Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) is 54 ... former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) is 7-0 ... Levick VP Andrew Ricci ... Laena Fallon, VP of comms. at the Financial Services Forum, a Cantor and Judd Gregg alum and a native Granite Stater … Kathryn Cameron Porter ... Fernando Lujan ... Richard Allen Smith ... Graham Wilson, DLCC’s national field director ... Veronique “media maven” Rodman … Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney Josh Katcher … … Ryan Whalen, once a Chuck Schumer body guy, Mayor Bloomberg alum, and now director of initiatives and strategy at The Rockefeller Foundation … Pie Sister Alli Blakely Sydnor is 37 (h/t Ed Cash) ... Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (h/t Blair Latoff Holmes) ... Megan Devlin of the Meridian International Center, formerly at the Atlantic (h/t Ben Chang) ... Shoshana Weissmann, digital director at Opportunity Lives and Weekly Standard alum, is 24 ... Roll Call’s Eric Garcia, a National Journal alum, is 26 (h/t Tara Jeffries) ... Dottie Suggs ... Tricia Enright (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Derrick Johnson … Bush 43 WH alum Anne Dudro, now a senior associate at HCM Strategists ... Richard Wachtel is 34 ... Rhett Dawson ... Rick Horten is 48 ... Dawn Wilson ... Diane Kopp ... Robert Kraig (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Kirk Douglas is 100 … Dame Judi Dench is 82 … Beau Bridges is 75 … John Malkovich is 63 (h/ts AP)
Helle C. Dale Security, Middle East Military advances against Islamic State, or ISIS, held territory in Iraq and Syria have produced a welcome byproduct. Military advances against Islamic State, or ISIS, held territory in Iraq and Syria have produced a welcome byproduct: a marked decline by 70-80 percent in the output of social media propaganda by the terror group. ISIS fighters were recently chased out of the Syrian village of Daqib by Syrian rebel forces without offering much resistance (despite Daqib’s apocalyptic symbolic significance in ISIS lore), and the battle of Mosul has begun as Kurdish, Iraqi, and U.S. forces tighten the noose around ISIS’s largest stronghold. A new report by West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center, “Communication’s Breakdown: Unraveling the Islamic State’s Media Efforts,” describes in detail the impact of military action on ISIS’s capacity to wage ideological warfare. Promising the coming of the Caliphate and portraying the Islamic State as utopian reality about to happen has become all but impossible. Not only that, but continued bombardment has destroyed much physical infrastructure, film studios, computers, and buildings housing the ISIS internet operation. The death of chief propagandists has equally affected ISIS efforts to draw recruits. Over the past year, as the military strategy of combatting ISIS has intensified, the number of foreign fighters flowing into Syria and Iraq from abroad has dropped from some 1,500 a month to 200. At its most prolific, August 2015, ISIS released more than 700 items in one month from official outlets. This August, after a year of airstrikes and other attacks, that number had dropped to less than 200 items. The decline in ISIS social media activity has also been noticed at the U.S. Department of State, which takes the U.S. government’s lead in counter messaging. This week, Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy Rick Stengel told The Chicago Maroon–the student newspaper of the University of Chicago–that he ascribed the drop in ISIS propaganda and recruitment to the success of a new public diplomacy strategy at the State Department, though without any actual evidence to support it. Read full article
TRUMP begins to ponder LOSING; 5 states, 3 events today-- ASH CARTER drops into Baghdad -- House Dems: We won’t win the majority -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAYS: Chris Licht and Stephanie Cutter
GOOD SATURDAY MORNING. The New York Times has a feature we’ll all love this morning. “Politics got you down? Come with us instead,” is the eye-grabbing headline on the homepage. When you click, you’ll see beautiful imagery from the Minnesota wilds. “On the Water, and Into the Wild: The lakes and forests of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters transport you to a time when nature was not a thing at the edge of civilization, but a world unto itself.” http://nyti.ms/2ew7Z5i17 DAYS until ELECTION DAY.BULLETIN -- AP, at 3:09 a.m. – “BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrives in Iraq to assess progress of the operation to retake Mosul from IS militants.” http://politi.co/2eSAzRH-- “Jim Bunning, ex-senator and baseball Hall of Famer, suffers stroke,” by the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jim Pilcher: “Jim Bunning, the former U.S. senator and a National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, suffered a stroke this week at his home in Southgate, but is recovering and even watching playoff baseball, according to family and friends. ‘He has been provided skilled care that is leading him on the road to recovery,’ the family said in a statement issued Friday. Bunning, who turns 85 Sunday, suffered the stroke on Tuesday, the family said. He is out of intensive care and moved into transitional care.” http://cin.ci/2dXKYGUTHE NEW DONALD -- “Donald Trump is in a funk: Bitter, hoarse and pondering, ‘If I lose...’,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson in Fletcher, North Carolina: “As he took the stage here in this mountain town Friday afternoon, Donald Trump was as subdued as the modest crowd that turned out to see him. He complained about the usual things -- the dishonest media, his ‘corrupt’ rival Hillary Clinton -- but his voice was hoarse and his heart didn’t seem in it. He also promised to do all that he could to win, but he explained why he might lose.“‘What a waste of time if we don’t pull this off,’ Trump said. ‘You know, these guys have said: ‘It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. There’s never been a movement like this in the history of this country.’ I say, it matters to me if we win or lose. So I’ll have over $100 million of my own money in this campaign.’” http://wapo.st/2erx7uvTHE MAP -- “In Iowa, Hillary Clinton Campaign Tries to Sway Loyal Republican Voters: State is Donald Trump’s best chance of turning a blue state red,” by WSJ’s Reid Epstein in Ankeny, Iowa: “Iowa is the spot where Donald Trump stands his best chance of turning a blue state red, but Hillary Clinton’s campaign team is aiming to quell that possibility by turning loyal Republicans into Democratic voters. At households where voters have long participated in GOP primaries and caucuses, Clinton volunteers are knocking on doors asking for the women in the house. The Democratic nominee’s aides also are sending mail to Republican women and advertising to them online with reminders to vote.” http://on.wsj.com/2eSeClO-- “Early voting shows upsurge of women,” by Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney: “In three crucial battlegrounds – North Carolina, Florida and Georgia – women are casting early ballots in disproportionate numbers. And in North Carolina, a must-win state for Trump with detailed early voting data available, it’s clear that Democratic women have been particularly motivated to turn out or turn ballots in.” http://politi.co/2egvqndHOUSE DEMS: WE’RE NOT TAKING BACK THE HOUSE -- The buzz has grown in recent weeks, as Donald Trump’s numbers have tanked: Maybe Democrats have a chance to take the majority. But multiple Democrats involved in House races say they expect to win between 12 and 17 seats, not the 30 they need to regain the majority. “Expectations have become way higher than reality,” one Democratic operative said.WHATEVER HAPPENS in a few weeks, one person will get a lot of credit: DCCC Executive Director Kelly Ward. Ward argued early to tie House Republicans to Trump, and made the risky bet before the Republican National Convention to spend $1 million doing so. One of the ads had voters wondering how GOP lawmakers could support Trump. “If he’s our standard bearer, what the heck happened to our standards,” a man in the ad said.-- “The cruelest campaign: Republicans in Hispanic districts,” by Rachael Bade in Miami: “The message from former Rep. Joe Garcia: A vote for Curbelo is worse than a vote for Donald Trump. No matter that the freshman Republican has opposed Trump all year long. When it comes to House Democrats’ ongoing quest to hitch Trump’s offensive comments to vulnerable GOP incumbents, Republicans representing districts with large Latino populations are feeling the most heat. Their nominee has called illegal immigrants ‘rapists,’ ‘criminals’ — and, at the last debate, ‘bad hombres.’ Not to mention Trump's calls for forced deportation and a towering border wall.” http://politi.co/2ehO91yTHE PAUL STREET JOURNAL -- “Inside Paul Ryan’s Congress Rescue Mission,” by WSJ’s Pulitzer Prize winning opinion writer Joseph Rago: “Mr. Ryan concedes that political analysts can ‘concoct a realistic scenario where our majority could be in jeopardy.’ He says he feels ‘pretty confident that we’re going to keep it, but it’s going to be a bigger fight just given the headwinds we have, more or less” and “my level of urgency is never take anything for granted.’ … ‘Do I wish we were having a debate about these ideas right now instead of the latest Twitter storm or WikiLeaks or, you know, personality contest?’ Mr. Ryan says. ‘Yeah, of course I do. But it is what it is.’“Even amid Mr. Trump’s intrusions, Mr. Ryan says that ‘our nominee is fine with this agenda. He doesn’t run on the agenda. He doesn’t talk about it. But we know we don’t have a problem or an obstacle with our nominee with this agenda. Would it have been ideal—’” http://on.wsj.com/2eacQJqTRANSITION WATCH -- “Lincoln, Hickenlooper and Ross included at top of Clinton's ag secretary list,” by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Catherine Boudreau, Ian Kullgren and Jenny Hopkinson: “A former Arkansas senator, a leading local food champion and a beermaker turned governor are among the top contenders to be the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture should Hillary Clinton win on Nov. 8, POLITICO has learned. There are five names at the top of an evolving list that the transition is mulling for agriculture secretary — one of the lower-profile Cabinet posts despite its crucial role in the food supply. The list includes Blanche Lincoln, a former Arkansas senator; Kathleen Merrigan, the former deputy secretary of agriculture; John Hickenlooper, the current governor of Colorado; Karen Ross, the current agriculture secretary of California; and Steve Beshear, the former governor of Kentucky.” http://politi.co/2eu7AAkPALACE INTRIGUE -- “Jockeying heats up for DNC chairmanship: A trio of House members enters the mix, but they’re seen as underdogs to Jennifer Granholm, Ray Buckley and Jaime Harrison,” by Heather Caygle and Daniel Strauss: “Rep. Keith Ellison, an early Bernie Sanders supporter and the first Muslim elected to Congress, has been actively working back channels to make his interest in the position known. Also in the mix are Rep. Xavier Becerra, the outgoing House Democratic Caucus chairman and an aggressive Clinton surrogate; and retiring Rep. Steve Israel, who led House Democrats' campaign arm for years.” http://politi.co/2eqQOnGFIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- ROVE TALKS TRUMP -- EEI’s Brian McCormack MCed a Bush/Cheney alumni association call with Karl Rove Friday on the 2016 election, in which Rove talked about the state of play. Rove wasn’t pro or anti-Trump on the Friday call — though he did call the path for a Trump victory very difficult, according to a source on the call. Rove also criticized Trump for wasting the big crowds he’s drawing because he doesn’t often ask the people attending his rallies for enough help, such as donating or volunteering one’s time. Trump could ask those attending to text such-and-such a number to give money or volunteer, he said.ABOUT THAT WHITE POWDER … -- HRC SPOKESMAN GLEN CAPLIN: “Hillary for America notified law enforcement Friday evening of an envelope containing a suspicious substance. Preliminary testing by federal and local officials has found the substance to be non-hazardous. The four individuals involved have reported no health issues and, following a full examination by medical personnel, were each released to go home. Our office remained open throughout this period and will remain open without interruption [Saturday] morning.”HAPPENING TODAY -- DONALD TRUMP is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for what he is billing as a speech detailing his first 100 days in office. That begins at 11 a.m. He then goes to Virginia Beach for a 3 p.m. rally at Regent University. In the evening, Trump and MIKE PENCE will be in Cleveland for a 7 p.m. rally at the I-X Center. Pence is speaking in Circleville, Ohio, at the Crossroads Church at 10 [email protected]: “If it’s Saturday, the Trump press corps is hitting five states and 3 events. NY, PA, VA, OH, and FL. 17 days to go.”HILLARY CLINTON is going to Pittsburgh for a 4:45 p.m. event, and then an 8:45 p.m. rally in Philadelphia at Dunning-Cohen Championship Field.BILL CLINTON is in Panama City and Pensacola, Florida.GLORIA ALLRED is holding a press conference at 2 p.m. PST with the 11th person to accuse Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct.WHY TWITTER WENT DOWN -- NYT A1, “Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.,” by Nicole Perlroth: “Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet’s infrastructure said it was under attack. Users reported sporadic problems reaching several websites, including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud and The New York Times. The company, Dyn, whose servers monitor and reroute internet traffic, said it began experiencing what security experts called a distributed denial-of-service attack just after 7 a.m. Reports that many sites were inaccessible started on the East Coast, but spread westward in three waves as the day wore on and into the evening. ... [T]he attack appears to have relied on hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices like cameras, baby monitors and home routers that have been infected — without their owners’ knowledge — with software that allows hackers to command them to flood a target with overwhelming traffic.” http://nyti.ms/2ewfp8q-- “WikiLeaks supporters claim credit for massive U.S. cyberattack, but researchers skeptical,” by Tony Romm and Eric Geller: http://politi.co/2eE7xRZWHAT TRUMP TOWER IS READING -- “Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Trump’s Posts as Hate Speech,” by WSJ’s Deepa Seetharaman: “Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the U.S. should be removed for violating the site’s rules on hate speech ... The decision to allow Mr. Trump’s posts went all the way to Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who ruled in December that it would be inappropriate to censor the candidate ... That decision has prompted employees across the company to complain on Facebook’s internal messaging service and in person to Mr. Zuckerberg and other managers that it was bending the site’s rules for Mr. Trump, and some employees who work in a group charged with reviewing content on Facebook threatened to quit.” http:[email protected]: “unsurprising, undemocratic”SWING STATE FRONTS -- Cleveland Plain Dealer (four columns, bottom of the page), “Clinton touts early-voting data at Tri-C rally”http://bit.ly/2etR8AU … Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (centerpiece, three columns), “‘Stupid people’ lead the country, Trump tells Johnstown supporters” http://bit.ly/2etJHYE … Charlotte Observer (top of the page, four columns), “In N.C., Trump promises to keep jobs from leaving” http://bit.ly/2etZNmC--“Trump plans 7-city Fla. tour as Clinton busts out Bubba, Barack and J-Lo next week,” by Marc Caputo: “No square inch of the Sunshine State is safe next week. Trailing in must-win Florida, Donald Trump is planning a seven-city tour of his second home state next week as he urges his rabid fan base to cast early ballots and counteract Hillary Clinton’s massive TV ad blitz. But Clinton’s campaign is mounting a team offensive as she, her running mate, husband President Obama and singer Jennifer Lopez blanket the state through Saturday.” http://politi.co/2ewiwxkWIKILEAK DU JOUR -- “Climate lessons from the Clinton campaign’s hacked emails,” by Elana Schor: “‘Climate change’ comes up in more than 1,200 of the emails released as of Friday, or more than Obamacare and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant combined — and almost as many as the 1,444 emails that mention the name ‘Sanders.’ Clinton’s energy proposals have produced fewer easy sound bites than Bernie Sanders’ call to ban fracking or Donald Trump’s promises to put coal miners back to work. But the hacked emails, dating from before and after Podesta joined the campaign after serving as a senior adviser to the Obama White House, show Clinton’s team to be as driven by policy details and the power of pragmatic messaging as the candidate herself — while grappling with the contradictions inherent in a campaign year when grandiose promises are more popular than realistic proposals.” http://politi.co/2egBvgQINBOX – From “Eric Trump” with the subject line “AGENDA: First 100 Days” ... From “Donald J. Trump” with the subject line “We’re Being Overrun.”CORRECTION OF THE DAY – NYT: “An earlier version of the article quoted the motto on Cary Darling’s T-shirt incorrectly; it says ‘Make my diaper great again,’ not ‘Make diapers great again.’” http://nyti.ms/2eewjKjEYEBROW RAISER – NYT Sunday Business cover, “A Constellation of Influencers: Behind the Curtain at Teneo,” by Julie Creswell and J. David Goodman: “In Washington, Teneo salons -- often home-cooked dinners that occasionally include homemade ice cream -- are sometimes held in the home of Margaret Carlson, a columnist for Bloomberg View. Guests have included United States Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, and Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, according to several former Teneo employees. … Social interactions have long been a lubricant of both politics and business. However, some former Teneo employees said they felt it was not made clear to participants that the salons were being held on behalf of Teneo or its corporate clients. … Ms. Carlson declined to comment for this article or to respond to questions about whether she was paid by Teneo or reimbursed for the costs associated with the salons. Teneo declined to comment on whether there was payment or remuneration for the parties.” With an Ed Rollins cameo http://nyti.ms/2dxFVvJFRED DAVIS has cut an ad for Chuck Grassley featuring Ben Stein playing his famous “Ferris Bueller” econ teacher character. Instead of calling Bueller’s name during attendance, he calls “Judge” over and over again, noting that Patty Judge, the Democratic candidate, has a poor attendance over her career. http://bit.ly/2es08ol ... Pic of Fred and Ben on set http://bit.ly/2erdcMrGET YOURS! -- “[A] private art auction [of 18 pieces] benefitting the Clinton presidential campaign taking place [today]. The auction is expected to generate six figures and is hosted by billionaire arts tycoon Moishe Mana, renowned economist Nouriel Roubini and member of the National Finance Committee, Laetitia Garriott. ... This auction is the latest in the Israeli entrepreneur’s ongoing campaign against” Donald Trump. http://hrc.io/2dVLFjV ... Full list of art http://bit.ly/2ePXKMuCASH DASH -- John Bolton’s super PAC says it will spend nearly $600,000 each in an independent expenditure push to support Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Joe Heck, the Republican running for the Senate in Nevada, for a total of $1.75 million. http://politi.co/2eeyldj FOR YOUR RADAR – “Russia’s Arctic Obsession,” by FT Moscow Bureau chief Kathrin Hille: “As global warming melts Arctic ice, Moscow hopes to resurrect the historic Northern Sea Route between Europe and Asia. But the challenges — and the costs — are immense.” http://bit.ly/2duigkFMEDIAWATCH – “The Wall Street Journal Offers Buyouts to News Employees,” by WSJ’s Anne Steele: “The Wall Street Journal is making buyouts available to a ‘substantial number of employees’ as the news company reviews its operations amid a continued slide in print advertising. In an email to staff on Friday, the Journal’s editor in chief, Gerard Baker, said it is offering ‘enhanced’ buyouts to all newsroom employees ‘to limit the number of involuntary layoffs.’ ... Staff have until the end of the month to request a buyout.” http://on.wsj.com/2eal2JJ-- “Barron’s to lay off employees next week, editor reveals in accidental email,” by Peter Sterne: “[Ed] Finn — the president and editor of Barron’s, which is owned by Journal parent company Dow Jones — apparently meant to forward Baker’s email to Dow Jones Media Group publisher Almar Latour and two other company executives ... ‘The email Gerry Baker just sent about wsj buyouts says that dj is offering 1.5x the standard buyout package,’ Finn wrote in the email [to all WSJ news employees]. ‘Are we planning to go to the employees we are laying off at Barron’s next week and offer them 1x the standard package. That could create some problems. Please advise.’” http://politi.co/2eseXMo-- “AT&T agrees in principle to buy Time Warner for $85 billion: sources,” by Reuters’ Jessica Toonkel and Greg Roumeliotis: The potential tie-up “would be the biggest deal in the world this year, giving the telecom company control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. The deal, which has been agreed on most terms and could be announced as early as Sunday, would be one of the largest in recent years in the sector as telecommunications companies look to combine content and distribution to capture customers replacing traditional pay-TV packages with more streamlined offerings and online delivery.” http://reut.rs/2dGxCRD-- PLAYBOOK'S TAKE: Expect a knock-down, drag-out regulatory fight similar to the battle over Comcast’s purchase of NBCUniversal, which took nearly half a decade to resolve.CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 14 keepers http://politi.co/2dvVAM2GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“The Desperate Gamble of Scottie Nell Hughes, World’s Most Loyal Trump Surrogate,” by Olivia Nuzzi in GQ: “Like the rest of Trump’s devoted street team, Hughes spends her days evangelizing The Donald with a relentless series of appearances on TV. But why? And what if he loses?” http://bit.ly/2eoUk1P--“What Happens to American Myth When You Take the Driver Out of It?” by Robert Moor in N.Y. Mag: “The self-driving car and the future of the self.” http://slct.al/2erebw1 (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“The Perils of Peak Attention,” by Tom Vanderbilt in The New Republic, reviewing "The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads," by Tim Wu and "Wasting Time on the Internet," by Kenneth Goldsmith: “Two new books assess the quality of our digital lives: How do we shake off the village when we carry the world in our pocket?” http://bit.ly/2dHbwyp ... Wu -- $17.37 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2eDWjvP ... Goldsmith -- $12.60 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2eEnms1--“The romance delusion,” by Will Self in Prospect Magazine: “Love that’s unrequited is the most perfect as, by definition, it affords no opportunity for disillusionment.” http://bit.ly/2etWawu (h/t ALDaily.com)--“Becoming One of the World’s 65 Million Refugees,” by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson in an excerpt of “Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis”: “Majid Hussain keeps having to run.” http://bit.ly/2erRHcQ ... $16.94 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2eoZfQt--“Bernie Looks Ahead,” by Eric Bates in The New Republic: “In an in-depth interview, Sanders offers a candid and passionate assessment of Trump, Clinton, and the future of his movement.” http://bit.ly/2dHbDKa--“Chipotle Eats Itself,” by Austin Carr in Fast Company: “Chipotle Mexican Grill was a sizzling business with a red-hot stock until an E. coli outbreak derailed its future. Can a mission-based company make gobs of money and still save the world?” http://bit.ly/2eqpwzr--“Breathing Holes,” by Lisa Gregoire in Eighteen Bridges: “As a reporter in Iqaluit, I wrote countless stories about sexual assault and domestic violence. Then it happened to me. Here’s what I found when I went back, 20 years later.” http://bit.ly/2eg2Ba9 (h/t Longform.org)--“In The Hollow,” by Chris Offutt in the Nov. issue of Harpers: “The changing face of Appalachia—and its role in the presidential race.” http://bit.ly/2eevRMi--“Christine Chubbuck: 29, Good-Looking, Educated, A Television Personality. Dead. Live and in Color,” by WaPo’s Sally Quinn in Aug. 1974, reprinted by Longform: “A newscaster’s suicide.” http://bit.ly/2eZZq5r--“Greenland is Melting,” by The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert: “The shrinking of the country’s ice sheet is triggering feedback loops that accelerate the global crisis. The floodgates may already be open.” http://bit.ly/2etX24e--“What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?” by Peter Frick-Wright in Outside Magazine: “On New Year’s Day in 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 was carrying 29 passengers and a hell of a lot of contraband when it crashed into the side of a 21,112-foot mountain in Bolivia. For decades conspiracy theories abounded as the wreckage remained inaccessible, the bodies unrecovered, the black box missing. Then two friends from Boston organized an expedition that would blow the case wide open.” http://bit.ly/2eBIUEk (h/t Longreads.com)GREAT WEEKEND LISTEN, curated by Jake Sherman, filing from the Admirals Club at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta:-- GRATEFUL DEAD, from today in 1980, from the famous acoustic/electric shows at Radio City Music Hall. http://bit.ly/2etJiHe It doesn’t get better than this.SPOTTED -- Jim Gilmore at the Silver Dollar Diner in Tyson’s Corner Thursday after a hit on WMAL … Bill Murray at Bourbon Steak last night after crashing the White House briefing room, ahead of the Mark Twain Awards on Sunday … Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky at her Stanford reunion class party on campus Friday night.RICK STENGEL, former editor of Time and current under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, is being nominated to serve as the next chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. “Jeff Shell, chair of NBC Universal is the current chair and Walter Isaacson, is one of his predecessors. BBG oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Middle East Broadcast Networks and Radio Free Asia.”ENGAGED -- Alan Chargin, former scheduler for Rep. Linda Sanchez who now works at D.C.’s Pretzel Bakery, and Hannah Schiller, staffer in Rep. Pete Roskam’s office got engaged recently in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. They met at a going away party for a staffer in Rep. DeSantis’ office. Pics http://politi.co/2etRUO3 ... http://politi.co/2dXGO1vWELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Veteran Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America VP, Head of Federal Affairs and Policy, Reilly O’Connor and his wife Emily, former LA for Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.), on Thursday morning welcomed a baby boy who joins big sister Grace—all are doing well. Seamus McCormick O'Connor weighed 8lbs 6oz and measured 21 inches. Pic http://bit.ly/2eoXlz7--Rebecca Erdman, operations manager at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and cake decorator extraordinaire, and husband Peter, congressional liaison at the Export-Import Bank, welcomed Alexander Ward Erdman into the world. “Alex’s country/issue focus is TBD, but his first Policy Alert is expected early next week.” Pic http://bit.ly/2eBFkdvPRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: “On Monday, the President will deliver remarks at a Hillary Victory Fund reception. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California. In the evening, the President will participate in a DNC and Hillary Victory Fund roundtable.“On Tuesday, the President will participate in a DSCC roundtable. In the afternoon, the President will return to Washington, D.C. On Wednesday and Thursday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. On Friday, the President will attend a Hillary for America event in the Orlando, Florida area.”BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Mark Glaze … Jon Rawlson of Armory Hill AdvocatesBIRTHDAYS: Chris Licht, executive producer/showrunner of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” … Stephanie Cutter, co-founder and partner at Precision Strategies and the pride of Raynham, Massachusetts. She celebrated at Rose’s Luxury with Dori Salcido, Patrick Briggs, Mark and Julie Rokala, Julie Eddy and Kathy McKeirnan (h/ts Julie, Tom Zigo and Jon Haber) ... Hilary Rosen (h/t Haber)... former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is 69 … Guy Harrison, partner at OnMessage Inc. and an NRCC alum ... Brett O’Donnell … Jonathan Prince, comms/public policy at Spotify, is 49 … NRCC’s Jon Reedy (h/t birthday boy Kurt Bardella) ... Warren Strobel, diplomatic editor at Reuters, is 54 … Adam Parkhomenko, national field director of the DNC who recently changed his Twitter name to “Bad Hombre Adam,” is 31, “celebrating with 270 candles on his cake, just kidding but 270 is indeed his sole focus!” – (WaPo profile: http://wapo.st/1SnJhCh) (h/t Tracy Sefl) … Casey Phillips of political media firm RedPrint Strategy is 36 ... Kurt Bardella, an Issa alum, now president and CEO of Endeavor Strategies, and publisher of daily country music newsletter Morning Hangover ... Helen Milby … Chris Moore, senior director for international business policy at the National Association of Manufacturers … Trey Herr, a fellow with the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School … former Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) is 67 … Politico Europe’s Delcker Janosch ... Rebecca Chatterjee is 4-0 (hubby tip: Neil) ... James Walkinshaw, Rep. Connolly’s longtime chief of staff, is 34 (h/t Jamie Smith) ... Patrick Dolan, manager of intergovernmental affairs at CAP and an NGA alum (h/t girlfriend Beth Shedlosky) ... Jeff Grappone, the gentleman and pride of the Granite State (h/ts Amy Graham and Liz Johnson) ...… Mallory Howe, a business development associate at FiscalNote and a “crisis/risk pro, sports enthusiast, trivia maven,” per her Twitter (h/t boyfriend David Molina) … Michael Beckel, political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity (h/t Dave Levinthal) ... Anne Heiligenstein ... Martha-Elena Lopez ... Sandy Smith, editor at Philadelphia Magazine and proud Harvard alum (h/t Curtis Tate) ... Jennie Bragg, deputy comms director at U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Hotchkiss grad ... Zélie Kasten ... N.Y. Observer alum Ross Barkan … former Politico intern Donovan Harrell is 23 ... Harrison Price, analyst at Riveron Consulting ... Miriam Goldstein ... Tim Murphy ... Raphael Shepard, investments consultant at The Omidyar Network ... Ferdous Al-Faruque, reporter at Informa … Scott Price … Tom Basile, a Bush 2000 alum now president of Empire Solutions Consulting, is 41 … Chavia Groveman … Jessica Huff, social media director at The McClatchy Company ... Politico’s Amy McCorquodale ... Lindsay Kalter, health care reporter at Boston Herald and a Politico alum ... Rachel Petri, press secretary for Sen. Sherrod Brown ... Marilyn Machlowitz, N.Y. headhunter … Federal Reserve System’s Alice Henriques ... Bill Farrar, director of public policy and comms. at ACLU of Virginia ... WaPo’s Clint Tanner ... Christopher Gable … Brian Dodge ... Kris Pratt ... John Norquist ... Christopher Mills ... Grace Sandretti (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)SUNDAY SHOWS -- by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Kellyanne Conway … Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Tom Friedman, Eliana Johnson and Stuart Stevens.--ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Reince Priebus ... David Axelrod ... Frank Luntz … CBS News 2016 Battleground Tracker polls from Florida and Texas with CBS News’ Anthony Salvanto … CBS News focus group with Nevada voters … Panel: Peggy Noonan, Jamelle Bouie, Jeffrey Goldberg--“Fox News Sunday”: Kellyanne Conway … Newt Gingrich … California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra … Panel: Karl Rove, Bob Woodward, Kimberley Strassel and Juan Williams.--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10am ET / 9am CT): John Hickenlooper … Byron York … Michael Mukasey … Panel: Ed Rollins, Mary Kissel and Stephen Sigmund.--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11am ET / 10am CT): Erin McPike … Kelly Riddell ... Joe Trippi; Ed Henry … Chris Wallace … Joe Concha.--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8am ET): Panel: Julie Pace, Jennifer Jacobs, Manu Raju and Jeff Zeleny.--CNN’s “State of the Union” (9am ET / 12pm ET): Kellyanne Conway … Panel: Bakari Sellers, Jan Brewer, Bob Kerrey and Dana Loesch.--CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” (SUN 10am, 1pm ET): Panel: Melody Barnes, Evan Osnos; Lloyd Blankfein, Julia Ioffe and The Guardian’s David Smith.--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11am ET): Panel: Dan Rather, Mollie Hemingway, Jane Hall, Matthew Dowd and Dr. Gail Saltz.--Univision’s “Al Punto” (SUN 10am ET / 1pm PT): California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra … Trump national Hispanic advisory council member and New Wine Ministries church Mario Bramnick ... Rosario Marin and Adolfo Franco … Alejandro Solalinde … Ivàn Màrquez … Adal Ramones.--C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30pm ET): CSIS senior vice president and strategic technologies program director James Lewis, questioned by Reuters’ Mark Hosenball ... “Newsmakers” (SUN 10am ET): Club for Growth president David McIntosh and The Hill’s Scott Wong and Bloomberg News’ Bill Allison ... “Q&A” (SUN 8pm & 11pm ET): Author J.D. Vance (“Hillbilly Elegy”).--MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton”: (SUN 8-9am ET): Boris Ephsteyn ... civil rights lawyer and racial justice advocate Judith Browne Dianis … Rev. Jesse Jacksonn … VOTO Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar … Rich Galen.--“MSNBC Live”: (SUN 9-10am ET): Attorney and NBC News contributor Raul Reyes … Betsy Woodruff … Steven Cortes … Monmouth University’s Patrick Murray … Jennifer Rubin.--“AM Joy”: (SUN 10am-12pm ET): David Frum … E.J. Dionne … Joan Walsh … “The Art of the Deal” ghostwriter Tony Schwartz … MTV News’ Jamil Smith … “Pura Política” host Juan Manuel Benítez.--“MSNBC Live”: (SUN 12pm-2pm ET): NYT’s Jeremy Peters … Howard Dean … Elise Jordan … Center for Equal Opportunity president Linda Chavez … Trump advisor Oliver McGee … Bob Costa … Larry Sabato.
BUZZ: Hillary VP selection coming Friday in Florida -- Failed coup in Turkey -- How Trump settled on Pence – B’DAY: Shane Goldmacher
BUZZ -- Hillary Clinton's VP pick will be announced next week in an East Coast battleground state. Insiders are saying it will be Friday in Florida.HAPPY SATURDAY -- Consider this: Over the last week, a man drove a truck through a beautiful seaside town in France, killing 84 people, including two Americans. The government of Turkey -- once a bastion of relative stability in the Middle East -- was briefly overthrown by a failed military coup. On the homefront, Donald Trump spent all week playing coy about his vice presidential choice, eventually tapping Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, only to have someone in his inner circle leak that he was trying to wiggle out of the selection the night before he was set to announce.Next week, we’ll all go to Cleveland, where Trump -- a man who donated money to his Democratic rival and invited her to his third wedding -- will become the Republican nominee. Meanwhile, Republicans are millions of dollars short of the money they need to pay for the convention, and have asked corporations and Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul, to help bridge the gap. The following week, we’ll all go to Philadelphia, where Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton, who, despite -- or maybe because of -- more than a decade of public service, has bottom-of-the-barrel-low favorability ratings.What a world.HAPPENING TODAY – 11 a.m. ET: Trump takes the stage at the New York Hilton Midtown to introduce Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. 5 p.m. ET: “Welcome home rally” for Pence at Indianapolis Executive Airport (KTYQ for you aviation buffs). Not on the advisory: Donald Trump.PRINT HEADLINES – N.Y. Times six col. banner, “Turkey Is Battlefield in a Coup Attempt -- Erdogan Back in Istanbul -- Signs Insurgency Is Failing to Take Hold” ... WashPost, “Coup attempt in Turkey -- Military push ignites violence -- President Erdogan’s supporters fill streets” ... WSJ, “Coup Attempt Shakes Turkey”-- @dionnissenbaum: “Latest @WSJ headline: Erdogan Reasserts Control in Turkey. Latest @NYT headline: Erdogan Grip on Power Uncertain”HOW IT PLAYED -- Turkey pushes Pence below the fold in the NYT (http://nyti.ms/2a0NE63) and Washington Post (http://bit.ly/29QoKY7).TOP TWEETS -- Michael Koplow (@mkoplow): “Erdoğan is back. Cue the reprisals, authoritarian crackdowns, and new presidential constitution, all now with a convenient justification.” ... Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer): “If you thought Turkey was illiberal before, buckle up.” ... Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08): “During my time at the NSC I learned that just when you think things can’t get any worse, you’re an idiot for ever thinking that.”TICK TOCK -- “How Donald Trump Finally Settled on Mike Pence,” by NYT’s Alex Burns and Maggie Haberman: “Donald J. Trump raged at the leaked reports of his plan to choose Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, as his running mate. ... In a Thursday evening phone call with top aides, he asked for reassurance that Mr. Pence was really right for the job. In conversations late into the evening, Mr. Trump repeatedly hesitated over selecting Mr. Pence, according to people briefed on the tense deliberations, who insisted on anonymity to describe the confidential talks. Even as his emissaries reassured Mr. Pence, Mr. Trump fielded a last-ditch appeal from Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, another finalist, who once again pressed his own case.” http://nyti.ms/29Ci3d6 [email protected]: “Look forward to introducing Governor Mike Pence (who has done a spectacular job in the great State of Indiana). My first choice from the start!”KNOWING PENCE -- “Pence was the anti-Trump in Congress,” by Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan: “It’d be a stretch to call Mike Pence the attack dog Donald Trump said he wanted. But the Indiana governor, Trump’s choice for vice president, definitely had a flair for the dramatic during his dozen years in the House of Representatives, using the kind of soaring — and at times searing — rhetoric he honed as a talk radio host. The son of a gas station owner who grew up a Democrat, the 57-year-old former congressman once declared that he wasn't just a Republican; he was a Christian, a conservative and a Republican’ — pause for effect — ‘in that order.’ Pence didn’t just want to get rid of the Democratic health care law; he wanted to ‘repeal Obamacare — lock, stock, and barrel.’” http://politi.co/29QpcWf --“Who is Mike Pence? His political life, in photos” – 40 pix http://politi.co/29CHYxE--“Mike Pence rubs shoulders like a New Yorker — at a Yankees game,” by Page Six’s Emily Smith: “After taping a Friday night segment with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Pence was seen heading up to The Bronx to catch the Yankees versus the Red Sox. Sources say Pence went to the game with Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort, who is a Yankees season-ticket holder. The pair was expected to rub shoulders with New York royalty in the owner’s box.” http://pge.sx/29Cs8XxPLAYBOOK IN-BOX – A Playbooker well-wired with contacts in Turkey emails us: “This military action is a direct correlation to President Erdogan’s slow but steady focus on de-constructing the legacy of Ataturk and undoing Ataturk’s dream of a secular Muslim society and to replace it with a Islamic society based on fear. The President’s recent removal of the Prime Minister (with little international focus or concern) which was done against the constitution, his overhaul of the judiciary to put it under his control (that was unconstitutional), his recent speeches on women being ‘half-human’ if they don’t have babies and stay home to focus on having children, his push to create non-secular religious schools, his arrest of thousands of journalists, and his take-over of what was once a thriving free media with only one private, independent media still existing ... and last but not least, his attempt now to change the constitution so he could be President forever. ... All of these ... forced the hand of the Military to want to overthrow the Erdogan regime and try to hold onto the last elements of Ataturk’s Turkey.”FLASHBACK -- DEXTER FILKINS in The New Yorker in March 12, 2012, “The Deep State: The Prime Minister is revered as a moderate, but how far will he go to stay in power?” http://bit.ly/29JzCFwUNDERSTANDING NICE -- “In truck rampage, experts see potential shift toward cruder, deadlier acts of terror,” by WashPost’s Joby Warrick and Souad Mekhennet: “The use of a 19-ton truck to cut down scores of seaside revelers in Nice, France — if connected to jihadist-inspired terrorism — would represent a dramatic escalation in what experts describe as an emerging trend in attacks: simple, even crude instruments employed to kill ever-larger numbers of people. Thursday’s rampage appears to have set a grisly new standard as one of the deadliest attacks in years in which most victims were killed by nonexplosive means. Instead of guns or bombs, the driver mainly used his vehicle to crush men, women and children who had gathered to watch a fireworks display.” http://wapo.st/2a4CVuoDAILY DONALD -- “11 steps Trump skipped before announcing Pence as VP,” by birthday boy Shane Goldmacher: “1) Update Trump’s website with the news ... 2) Update Mike Pence's profile on Twitter to say he is on the ticket ... 3) Or update the pinned tweet on the top of Pence's account linking to his reelect page, as people flood there ... 4) Buy Google search ads for floods of searches ... 5) Secure top domains ... 11) In Trump’s initial tweet, he didn't tag @mike_pence so his nearly 10 million followers could follow his VP.” http://politi.co/29KwgDr--“Trump’s campaign logo mocked on Twitter -- Some said it looked sexually suggestive,” by Nick Gass: “An email sent by the presumptive Republican nominee's Make America Great Again Committee ... features the new insignia: An interlocking blue T and P (for Trump and Pence), with the T going through the white space in the P. ... Twitter lit up with jokes about the interlocking letters looking sexually suggestive. ‘What is the T doing to that P?’ the longtime former Democratic Rep. John Dingell quipped.” http://politi.co/2a4DIvo--“The Trump/Pence logo is already a meme” http:[email protected]: “Is the logo real?”--“Trump raised $32 million with RNC, but kept only a fraction: Only 14 donors gave the maximum to Trump’s joint committee with the RNC,” by Ken Vogel: “The two fundraising joint committees in which the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign and the RNC are participating — Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again Committee — raised $32.4 million between their formation in late May and the end of last month ... Of that, Trump Victory transferred only $2.2 million to Trump’s presidential campaign committee, as compared to $10.1 million to the RNC.” http://politi.co/2a0EiHz--“Clinton and DNC raised $82 million,” by Ken Vogel: http://politi.co/29OYIp6 TOMORROW’S TIMES TODAY -- “Trump Business Career Shows Persistent Patterns in Bending or Breaking the Truth,” by David Barstow: A “survey of Mr. Trump’s four decades of wheeling and dealing also reveals an equally operatic record of dissembling and deception, some of it unabashedly confirmed by Mr. Trump himself, who nearly 30 years ago first extolled the business advantages of ‘truthful hyperbole.’ Indeed, based on the mountain of court records churned out over the span of Mr. Trump’s career, it is hard to find a project he touched that did not produce allegations of broken promises, blatant lies or outright fraud.” http://nyti.ms/29CgWueCLEVELAND WATCH -- “Ivanka Trump’s rabbi backs out of convention role,” by Ben Schreckinger: “In an email to his congregation ... Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of the Orthodox Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side, said that he accepted an invitation from Trump’s daughter to deliver the convocation in Cleveland ‘out of respect for her and our relationship.’ But he decided to bow out and explained his reason to the congregation. ‘Unfortunately, when my name appeared on a list of speakers at the convention, without the context of the invocation I had been invited to present, the whole matter turned from rabbinic to political, something which was never intended,’ wrote Lookstein, who also served as the principal of the prominent Orthodox Jewish school Ramaz.” http://politi.co/29NPadPNEVER MIND – “GOP convention organizers apologize to Sheldon Adelson: A letter to the billionaire donor misrepresented how many corporations had bailed on pledge donations because of Trump,” by Shane Goldmacher, Alex Isenstadt and Ken Vogel: “The last-minute plea for $6 million from Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson to rescue the Republican convention has erupted in controversy, as four of the five signatories to the letter from party organizers never saw it before it was sent and major donors flagged serious errors that forced the convention hosts to apologize.” http://politi.co/29ZxEkPCOUNTERPROGRAMMING — Hillary Clinton’s campaign has invited reporters for drinks and snacks Sunday evening in Cleveland. The happy hour is dubbed “Better than this,” and it asks attendees to “Join the loyal opposition in Cleveland (that would be Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee),” along with some of its Ohio leadership for the event. YOU’RE INVITED! Playbook Breakfast is live each morning at the RNC in Cleveland -- Join POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman as they talk to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, NRSC and NRCC’s Ward Baker and Robb Simms and more at the POLITICO Hub - 925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Learn more: http://politi.co/29UTSpZ. Sponsored by Bank of America.POLITICO AT THE RNC: Join POLITICO for our Nightly Lounge at the POLITICO Hub in Cleveland for cocktails, convention conversation, and live viewing of the convention speeches. Learn more about our featured nightly programming: http://politi.co/29lvLAK ALSO: JUST WONDERING! CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 12 funnies http://politi.co/29EcZkaDATA DU JOUR – “Study: Late-Night Trump Jokes Outnumber Clinton Jokes 3-1,” by InsideSources’ Graham Vyse: “[GMU’s] Center for Media and Public Affairs ... [counted] 1105 jokes about Trump ... compared to 315 about Clinton ... told collectively by Jimmy Fallon on NBC, Stephen Colbert on CBS, Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and Trevor Noah on Comedy Central.” http://bit.ly/29IHsx7BARBARA MORGAN INTERVIEW – “Anthony Weiner’s Tormented Communications Director Relieves Her Horror ... and explains what she learned from one of the more bizarre mayoral campaigns in recent history,” by Vanity Fair’s Abigail Tracy: “As the chaos unfolds [in the film “Weiner”], communications director Barbara Morgan cuts a quietly heroic figure, thanks to her preternatural ability to remain calm no matter how many revolting photographs of her boss’s private parts surface in the media, and no matter how long the awkward silences extend between Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin. ... All these years later, Morgan described feelings of sadness and frustration during her time working on the Weiner campaign. But she never walked back her assertions that he would have made a good mayor.” http://bit.ly/29Cmsgo SNEAK PEEKS -- In Britain and Europe, The Economist features Theresa May, the no-nonsense conservative who is Britain’s new prime minister. The leaders suggests that she should make the practical case for a minimalist Brexit: http://econ.st/29Ea22T ... The cover http://econ.st/29BfqZ2--The cover in America and Asia depicts an unhappy Statue of Liberty. The Economist argues that Donald Trump’s nomination as the Republican candidate for president puts a thriving country at risk of a great, self-inflicted wound: http://econ.st/29KukdZ ... The cover http://econ.st/29Ku13aTHE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: “On Monday, the President will award Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Then-Major Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967 and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. ... On Wednesday, the President will host the White House Summit on Global Development at the Ronald Reagan Building. ...“On Thursday, the President will welcome the Kansas City Royals to the White House to honor the team and their 2015 World Series victory. In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at an Eid al-Fitr reception at the White House. On Friday, the President will welcome President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico to the White House.”GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:-- “How the CIA Hoodwinked Hollywood,” by Nicholas Schou in The Atlantic: Since its inception, the agency has wooed filmmakers, producers, and actors in order to present a rosy portrait of its operations to the American public.” http://theatln.tc/29I3l0j--“Don’t Mess With Roy Cohn,” by Ken Auletta in the Dec. 1978 issue of Esquire: “A legal executioner, he’s the toughest, meanest, vilest, and one of the most brilliant lawyers in America.” http://bit.ly/29V9I3J--“Incoming: Mike Pence,” by Craig Fehrman in the Jan. 2, 2013 issue of Indianapolis Monthly: “How the governor-elect found his conservative voice and a strategy for winning the race: keep it quiet.” http://bit.ly/2agMxyK (h/t Longform.org)--“The Trump Before Trump,” by David Frum on the cover of today’s WSJ Review section: “There are lessons for today’s Republican Party in the ill-fated populist insurgency of William Jennings Bryan.” http://on.wsj.com/2aijVFl--“Who Are All These Trump Supporters?” by George Saunders in The New Yorker: “At the candidate’s rallies, a new understanding of America emerges.” http://bit.ly/29d0rjC--“Washington And The World Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal,” by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan in Politico Magazine: “A year after Obama’s crowning diplomatic achievement, the fight against it is very much alive. And it might be succeeding.” http://politi.co/29EdoDo--“Trouble in Paradise: Tourism in the Age of Terrorism,” by Der Spiegel staff: “Terrorism is making life difficult for many vacation destinations, with European travelers choosing holidays closer to home. The travel industry is fundamentally changing as a result and many once popular places are facing ruin.” http://bit.ly/29VaCNu (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“A Manifesto Against ‘Parenting,’” by Allison Gopnik in WSJ: “Caring for children shouldn’t be like carpentry, with a finished product in mind. We should grow our children, like gardeners.” http://on.wsj.com/29JoY1r--“Helen Gurley Brown, Terry McDonell, and the Glossy Glory Days of Magazines,” by James Wolcott in Vanity Fair: “As two new books take on the strange art of magazine editing — a biography of Cosmopolitan’s Helen Gurley Brown and a memoir from Terry McDonell (of Esquire and Men’s Journal, to name two)—James Wolcott reflects on the age of endless expense accounts and the legacies these magazine giants left behind.” http://bit.ly/29Xe9g9 (h/t ALDaily.com)--“The Library of Last Resort,” by Kyle Chayka in n+1 magazine: “Whatever early progress the Library of Congress made on the internet has been squandered.” http://bit.ly/29KuPVo--“Surviving the Long Haul,” by Mary Pilon on MaryReview.com: “For women in the trucking industry, going to work can mean subjecting themselves to catcalling, harassment, rape, and a system built to deny them justice.” http://bit.ly/29V9FoAMEDIAWATCH – “Ailes seeks to move Carlson case to arbitration,” by AP’s David Bauder: “Ailes, in court papers filed Friday, said Carlson’s contract compelled her to submit to arbitration for employment disputes. His lawyer, Susan Estrich, said Carlson’s lawyers have led a ‘concerted smear campaign’ against Ailes and, in court papers, said the motive is to convince Ailes to pay a large settlement to make the case go away.” http://apne.ws/29XBf3rCOMING ATTRACTIONS – “Jon Stewart Will Be Part of Stephen Colbert’s RNC Show,” by Vulture’s Josef Adalian: “Pro tip for anyone who’s been bummed about the absence of Jon Stewart during this election cycle: Make sure to watch Monday’s edition of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The former host of The Daily Show will appear on Colbert’s CBS 11:35 p.m. program to help kick off two weeks of live editions timed to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.” http://bit.ly/29VotDuSPOTTED: “NC Gov. Pat McCrory (in coach) awaiting AA takeoff from Charlotte to Cleveland loudly leaving a voicemail to a donor about an invitation to an upcoming fundraiser,” per our tipster. ... Charles Krauthammer, or “Charles the Kraut!” in our tipster’s words, at Nats Park TRANSITIONS -- Political crowdfunding site Crowdpac just brought on one of DLCC’s top fundraisers -- Irene Shin who is succeeding Obama alum Liz Jaff -- after Jaff’s promotion to head of biz dev. The political team’s new growth also includes Scott Travis -- from Speaker Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund. Crowdpac just closed their series A last month and now are opening a new office in DC.-- Camille Rivera is returning to the Service Employees International Union as its national deputy political director for campaigns as part of the union’s move to gear up for the 2016 election. CORRECTION: In yesterday’s Playbook, we incorrectly said Josh Schwerin was in speech-writing meetings with Hillary instead of his brother Dan Schwerin. Apologies!REMEMBERING MICHAEL ELLIOTT – Time’s Belinda Luscombe: “Michael Elliott, who had the rare distinction of working as an editor for all three prominent newsmagazines, Time, Newsweek and The Economist, died on July 14. He was 65 and had been battling cancer. Elliott, who was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2003 for his services to journalism, was known and loved by all who worked with him for his ability to be fascinated, his generosity and his almost giddy, unbridled gusto. He loved new stories, new people, new places. There was apparently no realm in which his mind did not wish to roam and in which he could find nothing to pique his curiosity.” http://ti.me/2agUynf RICK STENGEL, who was Time’s editor with Michael as deputy, emails Playbook: “To use one of his favorite expressions -- and he had hundreds of them -- Michael himself was ‘top shelf.’ He was the total journalist: beautiful writer, incisive thinker, superb editor and the only person, outside the State Dept of course, who could get away with using the word Levant. I loved when someone pitched a fun story and he would say, ‘Nothing but readers.’ He always thought about the reader and he was never a cynic -- he always looked for the human angle. That side of him can be seen in his wonderful last act with One.”SEND YOUR BEST MEMORIES or stories of Michael to [email protected] and we’ll share with readers tomorrow.TODAY is … Jonathan and Rebecca Collegio’s 10th wedding anniversaryBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Boeing turned 100 (h/t Gordon Johndroe, who was on time)BIRTHDAYS: Jeremy Martin, older bro of Jonathan … Margaret Ashbrook, daughter of Kate and John … Amanda Henneberg, corporate comms director of Instacart, alum of Romney, RNC and McConnell and a diehard Redskins fan (hat tip: Molly) ... senior McConnell aide Neil Chatterjee is 39 ... Politico’s Shane Goldmacher, who celebrated with an MSNBC live shot this morning from Cleveland - pic http://bit.ly/29KHre8 ... Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, is 43 (h/t boyfriend Charlie Joughin) ... Anita McBride, former COS to First Lady Laura Bush who served as an advisor to President Bush and is now a WHHA board member extraordinaire (h/ts Stewart McLaurin and Kiah Morrison) ... Secretary Alexis Herman (h/t The Breakfast Club) ... Karin Johanson, the pride of New Jersey AND Wisconsin (h/ts Jon Haber and Teresa Vilmain) ... Phil Roeder ... Martin Chase ... JT Stocks ... Jeffrey Slavin (The Honorable) ... Neil Heinen (h/ts Teresa) ... Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is 7-0 ... Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.) is 58 ... Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is 43 ... Kamyl Bazbaz, in public affairs at NYC tech firm Pramana Collective and a USAID and State alum (h/t Ben Chang) ... former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 84 ... John Leovy, chief counsel of Maryland’s Tobacco Enforcement Unit and alum of Daley and Emanuel, is 51 ... Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the UN Foundation, and a Hart alum ... Betty Hudson, a NatGeo alum ...... Justin DeJong, VP of internal and external comms at AMA and a USDA alum … Andrea Fischer Newman, Delta’s SVP of gov’t affairs … RNC alum Chris McNulty, now SVP at Causeway Solutions, is 46 ... Rick Limardo ... Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is 5-0 ... Molly Ritner … Amanda Hallberg Greenwell ... Joe Ward, working in SF for Ritz Carlton, and a younger brother of Jon … Riley “Ripley” Roberts, senior writer for West Wing Writers and a DOJ alum ... Manuel Bonilla … Teri Whitcraft, senior producer of special units at ABC News ... Michael Cwidak-Kusbach, an OFA, Mayor Fenty, and Mayor Buttigieg alum now senior associate at Third Sector Capital Partners, is 31 ... National Journal and AP alum Lila Ibrahim Whatley, currently living in London … Obama WH alum Caroline Hughes Stevens, now living in SF … k-global partner Randy DeCleene, a Cheney alum, is 42 ... Jeffrey Slavin ... Stephen David Simon ... Steven Levine, Univision’s VP of corporate social responsibility ... Dan Cohen is 58 ... Claire E. Peters ... Parker M. Payne ... playwright Tony Kushner is 6-0 ... Will Ferrell is 49 ... Barry Sanders is 48 ... pop singer-musician Luke Hemmings (5 Seconds to Summer) is 20 (h/ts AP)THE SHOWS, from @MattMackowiak, filing from Cleveland:--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: John Kerry; Reince Priebus; new NBC / WSJ polling; roundtable: Tom Brokaw, Hugh Hewitt, Sara Fagen and Joy-Ann Reid--ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Paul Manafort; Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams; Newt Gingrich; Haley Barbour; new results from the CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll with CBS News’ Anthony Salvanto; conservative roundtable with Kimberley Strassel, Ben Domenech and Matt Schlapp; media roundtable: Bob Schieffer, Ed O’Keefe and Peggy Noonan--“Fox News Sunday”: Paul Manafort; Reince Priebus; roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Bret Baier and Kirsten Powers--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10am ET / 9am CT): Tom Cotton; Steve Scalise; Peter King; former FBI Assistant Director Jim Kallstrom; roundtable: Ed Rollins, The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein and Real Clear Politics’ Caitlin Huey Burns--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11am ET / 10am CT): Heidi Przybyla; Steve Hayes; Kirsten Powers; Katrina Pierson; Bill Hemmer; Martha MacCallum; The Washington Times’ Kelly Riddell; Bloomberg’s Megan Murphy; James Rosen--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8am ET): Roundtable: Jonathan Martin, Jackie Kucinich, Manu Raju and Maeve Reston--CNN’s “State of the Union” (9am ET / 12pm ET): Reince Priebus; roundtable: Corey Lewandowski, Ana Navarro, Bakari Sellers and Nina Turner--CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: (SUN 10am, 1pm ET): Roundtable: Conrad Black, historian Nell Irvin Painter and historian Sean Wilentz; George Osborne--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11am ET): Jeff Greenfield; Bob Schieffer; David Folkenflik; roundtable: Matt Lewis and Scottie Nell Hughes; Amy Goodman and MTV’s Jamil Smith--Univision’s “Al Punto” (SUN 10am ET / 1pm PT) RNC’s Helen Aguirre Ferré; former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin and Republican analyst Adolfo Franco; Juliàn Castro; actress Kate del Castillo; actress Zoe Saldana--C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30pm ET): National Telecommunications & Information Administration Administrator Lawrence Strickling, questioned by Telecommunications Reports’ Lynn Stanton ... “Newsmakers” (SUN 10am ET): DCCC executive director Kelly Ward, questioned by WaPo’s Sean Sullivan and Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman ... “Q&A” (SUN 8pm & 11pm ET): Author and former NYPD deputy inspector Corey Pegues (“Once a Cop: The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man”)--“MSNBC Live”: (SUN 9-10am ET): Ben Carson; Sarah Isgur Flores; MSNBC’s Jane Timm; WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin; Democratic pollster Fred Yang (hosted by MSNBC’s Alex Witt from New York)--MSNBC’s “AM Joy”: (SUN 10am-12pm ET): Michael Steele; Hugh Hewitt; Joan Walsh; Al Cardenas; MTV’s Jamil Smith; Cleveland City Councilman Anthony Brancatelli; Nina Turner (live from Cleveland)--“MSNBC Live”: (SUN 12-2pm ET): Robert Costa; Courageous Conservatives PAC’s Steve Lonegan; Sanders campaign spokeswoman Symone Sanders; Jeremy Peters; Republican Women for Hillary founder Jennifer Lim; Elise Jordan; Howard Dean; Trump campaign senior adviser Ed Brookover; DeRay Mckesson; Colorado Republican delegate Regina Thomson (hosted by MSNBC’s Ari Melber live from Cleveland)--PBS’s “To the Contrary” with Bonnie Erbé: (airs all weekend): Roundtable: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rina Shah Bharara, Independent Women’s Forum’s Julie Gunlock; journalist Anushay Hossain--SiriusXM’s “No Labels Radio” (SAT 10am ET & 6pm ET, SUN 1PM ET): Retrospective of conventions past as Republicans prepare to gather for what could be one of the most contentious and controversial conventions in recent decades. Available for download at http://www.nolabels.org.--Sinclair’s “Full Measure” with Sharyl Attkisson (SUN 10am ET on WJLA and airing on Sinclair stations nationwide): Sharyl reports from the border of Mexico visiting some of the most remote areas including incredible video of drug cartel smugglers crossing the border ... And a visit with one happy campaign cartoonist, who shares some of his work during this presidential campaign as he prepares to attend the upcoming conventions.--Hearst / Sony’s “Matter of Fact” with Fernando Espuelas (airing Sunday in most markets, check local listings): Sean Duffy; Princeton University’s Dr. Eddie Glaude; Real Clear Politics’ Carl Cannon
OBAMA DROPS MIKE: ‘The last time I was this high, I was trying to decide on my major’ – LARRY WILMORE: ‘tough race between Senator Bernie Sanders and Democrat Nominee Hillary Clinton’ – PARTY PATROL
The post-White House Correspondents' Dinner hangover.
88 days to Cleveland, 201 days to election – CAN’T HELP HIMSELF? Trump vows discipline, revives ‘Lyin’ Ted’ – TELEPROMPTERS for next speech -- B’DAY: Politico Europe is 1, Ken Duberstein, Jodi Kantor, Felix Salmon
By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected])Good Thursday morning. TOP TALKER – “Trump terrifies world leaders,” by Isaac Dovere and Bryan Bender: “According to more than two dozen U.S. and foreign-government officials, Trump has become the starting point for what feels like every government-to-government interaction. In meetings, private dinners and phone calls, world leaders are urgently seeking explanations from Obama and ... Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Trade Representative Michael Froman.” http://politi.co/22PVkKKINSIDE THE CAMPAIGNS -- “Trump sends aides to court the GOP elite: After relentlessly slamming the process, the billionaire pivots to an inside game,” by Alex Isenstadt and Shane Goldmacher in Hollywood, Fla.: “The billionaire is dispatching his most senior aides, including newly ascendant political strategists Paul Manafort and Rick Wiley, to woo the delegates here at the beachfront hotel and resort where the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting is underway. ... On Thursday afternoon, Wiley and Manafort are scheduled to hold a 90-minute presentation to lay out the case for the real estate mogul. After that, retired surgeon Ben Carson, a former Trump primary rival who is now an outspoken surrogate, will greet RNC members at a reception.” http://politi.co/243gtU5--“Cruz Seeks to Mend Fences with Republican Elites,” by Time’s Zeke Miller in Hollywood, Fla.: “Cruz campaign’s high command, including campaign manager Jeff Roe, strategist David Polyansky, and delegate-hunters Ken Cuccinelli and Saul Anuzis, made the case for Cruz as the party’s stronger choice for the general election.” http://ti.me/1Sv8iuC--“Trump campaign brings in lobbyists for key posts: ... Manafort has recruited veterans of his lobbying firm to help Trump’s effort,” by Ken Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf: “Laurance Gay ... and Doug Davenport ... join another former Manafort lobbying partner named Rick Gates, who was identified as an agent of a Ukrainian oligarch ... And Manafort this week met with Marc Palazzo, a former lobbyist for a Koch Industries subsidiary.” http://politi.co/1WH3ohe --“The Loophole That Could Cost Donald Trump the Nomination,” by Upshot’s Nate Cohn: “Pennsylvania, which holds its primary next Tuesday, uses a nonbinding ‘loophole’ primary ... If the state adopted the delegate rules of any other primary, he would probably be an even-money favorite, or better, to amass the 1,237 delegates needed.” http://nyti.ms/1VlUZjL SHOT – “Trump revives ‘Lyin’ Ted,’” by Brianna Gurciullo: After calling him “Senator Cruz” in his victory speech Tuesday night, “Trump returned to calling the Texas senator a liar on Wednesday during a rally in Indianapolis. ‘In the case of Lyin’ Ted Cruz. Lyin’ Ted. Lies. Ooh, he lies. You know Ted. He brings the Bible, holds it high, puts it down, lies ... And, you know, the evangelicals, they’ve been supporting Donald Trump. It’s been great.” http://politi.co/1Sxtq6PCHASER: WSJ A1, above fold, “Trump: ‘I’m Not Going to Blow It,’” by Monica Langley and Reid Epstein (online: “Trump Plans to Adopt More-Traditional Campaign Tactics”): “including giving a policy speech on foreign affairs and using teleprompters and a speechwriter. ... Trump, in an interview, acknowledged the need for a shift. ‘The campaign is evolving and transitioning, and so am I ... I’ll be more effective and more disciplined.’ ... The foreign-affairs speech [is] set for [Wednesday] in Washington. One theme, Mr. Trump said, will be the relationship between economics and national security. ‘We’re protecting nations, and we’re not being properly compensated for that protection’ ...“Trump will deliver the speech with teleprompters, which he has often derided. This week, a pair were set up in his office, which he was using to practice. Still, he won’t use them at his rallies. More policy speeches are in the works, with jobs a likely topic. As the campaign sets up an office in Washington, it plans to hire a speechwriter. Mr. Trump has never used one, preferring to riff at his rallies, from his hand-scrawled notes of just a few words. ...“Manafort brought on Tim Clark, a longtime GOP strategist based in Sacramento, as California state director.” http://on.wsj.com/23L8xtW--Drudge banner, “SPRINGTIME FOR TRUMP: RNC WARMING.”KARL ROVE column in WSJ, “Trump’s Emptiest Threat: The Donald can’t bolt the GOP to run as an independent—by June it will be too late” (with teaser at top of A1, “Trump Can’t Run As an Independent”): “[B]y the time Republicans gather in Cleveland on July 18, the deadline for Mr. Trump to be listed on the ballot as an independent will already have passed in 12 states with a combined 166 Electoral College votes.” http://on.wsj.com/1ScSKwDTIME 100 list -- “The 100 most influential people in the world” out at 7 a.m.: Issue includes Amy Klobuchar writing on Hillary Clinton, Renee Ellmers on Donald Trump, Robert Reich on Bernie Sanders and Scott Walker on Ted Cruz. Honorees include, Barack Obama, Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley, John Kerry and Reince Priebus. Full list www.time.com/time100 ... The six covers, featuring Leo DiCaprio, Nicki Minaj, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Christine Lagarde, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Priyanka Chopra. http://bit.ly/1SRg6E5 --“[Speaker Paul] Ryan: Priebus turned around RNC ‘almost single-handedly,’” by Nick Gass: “Noting that the RNC was $25 million in debt when Priebus took office in 2011, Ryan gushed [in Time’s 100 issue] that the chairman ‘paid it all off, and he fixed the political, digital and data infrastructure so that we can compete on a level playing field with the Democrats. ... In stressful times, I often turn to Reince for advice.’” http://politi.co/26gvMej ... Ryan’s essay http://ti.me/1Sd7awZ WHAT SEAN SPICER IS SHARING: Priebus profiled by CNN’s Jamie Gangel – 9-min. video http://bit.ly/1r1vp7c SNEAK PEEK: Hillary is on the cover of the upcoming N.Y. Times Magazine, featuring an excerpt of Mark Landler’s forthcoming book about Clinton and Barack Obama, “Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power.” Landler writes: “Clinton’s foreign-policy instincts are bred in the bone — grounded in cold realism about human nature and what one aide calls ‘a textbook view of American exceptionalism.’ It set her apart from her rival-turned-boss, Barack Obama, who avoided military entanglements and tried to reconcile Americans to a world in which the United States was no longer the undisputed hegemon.” http://nyti.ms/1U72VnM ... The cover http://politi.co/1YIhehL ... $25.20 on Amazon http://amzn.to/1WfgC4d COMING ATTRACTIONS – “Ryan to Hold Town Hall with Millennials at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service”: Today, “House Speaker Paul Ryan ... will hold a town hall with millennials at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service to discuss his vision for a more #ConfidentAmerica ... moderated by SE Cupp and Mo Elleithee ... 1:45 p.m. ... live-streamed on speaker.gov/live and politics.georgetown.edu.”#PROTIP, shared with Playbookers by Matt McDonald of Hamilton Place Strategies: “Marc Andreessen had a good tip during the Andreessen Horowitz conference [yesterday]. ... If you go to ‘accessibility’ under your iPhone settings (under ‘general’), you can turn on ‘speak screen’ (under speech). This allows you to swipe down with two fingers and it will read whatever is on the screen. You can do this for tipsheets(!), white papers, news articles ... [H]e suggested to select the voice ‘Alex’ under voices. This is programmed to be the most natural sounding, but it takes up some more space on your phone. My commute will never be the same.” POLITICO EUROPE turns 1! John Harris, Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson and Matt Kaminski email the global staff: “Last April, together with our partners and friends at Axel Springer, we launched a publication to cover Europe in a way that no one else was doing. To produce journalism with a laser focus on politics and policy, delivered with authority, speed, depth, hopefully a bit of smarts and some mischief. To bring to life debates and personalities in Brussels that so many once dismissed as boring and to connect the dots between the various power centers across this Continent and beyond. ...“Since then, we’ve posted more than 6,100 articles on POLITICO.eu and on POLITICO.eu/pro, delivered 1,120 newsletters and 1,230 Pro alerts, and published 46 weekly newspapers and one glossy magazine (the very successful POLITICO 28 list). About 1.5 million readers each month are informed, moved, enlightened and amused by your work.”FUTURE OF NEWS – Robert “Allbritton ’92 [whose foresight a decade ago produced POLITICO] Talks Future of Journalism,” by Wesleyan Argus’ Aaron Stagoff-Belfort: “[Q]: Does this shift in the way you evaluate content creation also impact the business side of things? RA: Well, the economics of it have changed drastically. Back in the day, you had big newspapers and they had presses and huge subscriber lists and it was really hard to start something. The amount of capital and time it took to develop a reputation was very long. Now if somebody has an idea, they can pop up and try it and see if it catches on. Which is good; it allows for younger competitors to kind of come in.“But it also winds up where everyone is kind of chasing traffic, which I think is for naught, because at the end of the day we have a traffic goal to get to in this business; say it’s 20 million hits or something. As soon as you get to 20 million, the whole market will go, “No, no, no, you have to get to 30.” As soon as you get to 30, it’s 50. When you get to 50, it’s 80. You get to 100 and its like, “Well, what is your dwell time on site?” It never really ends. It’s really a game that only works for Google and Facebook. ... “[Q]: So you have a different model than BuzzFeed’s and the Huffington Post’s then? RA: Yeah, the traffic number does not matter as much as it does for other people because our revenue is not as dependent on it. But I don’t know how many models are like that. There are very few. To a certain degree the Wall Street Journal or New York Times, the Economist has a group subscription base. ... But we are almost getting two classes of citizens out there: you have the haves and have-nots. The reality of it is the 1 percent of readers pays for the other 99 percent of journalism that is out there.“You’re putting out articles that do have an impact on the country and on the world. That kind of progressive tax system of journalism works. Where I’ve seen a lot of other theories say, we will do a non-profit where people will pay ten cents to read an article and I say, ‘Are you kidding me? No one’s going to do that.’ If you’re looking for a charity, you’re only as good as your last round of donations. That’s not a way to have professional careers created. It’s so fundamentally unstable. And that’s what I keep preaching to our guys. ‘Look, we want to do good journalism, but it’s gotta be sustainable. There’s gotta be a business behind it where this is a return, or otherwise, Why are people doing this?’” http://bit.ly/1NCEqbvHAPPY 32nd ANNIVERSARY to Howard Fineman and Amy Nathan, married between 2 primaries in the 1984 campaign. They’re celebrating with a low-key dinner at home. HOT VIDEO -- “Promo: President Obama’s Final White House Correspondents' Dinner (C-SPAN)”:“Here’s a look back at President Obama’s last seven years of delivering comedic remarks at the Dinner, as seen on C-SPAN.” 2-min. video http://bit.ly/1r1qiDPSPOTTED: @apalmerdc: “Spotted: Former Rep. Aaron Schock going through McDonald’s drive thru in Peoria, Ill., according to tipster.” ... Aaron Schock sitting at the bar at [D.C.’s] Fiola Mare. ... Tammy Haddad, Susan Sher, Valerie Jarrett and Hilary Rosen at breakfast at the Four Seasons. CLICKERS – “12 new [D.C.] patios and rooftop bars you probably haven’t tried yet” http://wapo.st/1Nm2rIR TREASURY SECRETARY JACK LEW posts an open letter on Medium, “When I announced last June that a newly redesigned $10 note would feature a woman, I hoped to encourage a national conversation about women in our democracy. The response has been powerful. You and your fellow citizens from across the country have made your voices heard through town hall discussions and roundtable conversations, and with more than a million responses via mail and email, and through handwritten notes, tweets, and social media posts. ... [W]ith this decision, our currency will now tell more of our story and reflect the contributions of women as well as men to our great democracy.” http://bit.ly/1SU6KYa KATIE COURIC interviews ROBBY MOOK -- On whether the Bernie Sanders campaign had gone too far: “I think the Sanders campaign resorted to some pretty personal attacks, calling Hillary unqualified – some of the surrogates called her some unsavory names.” ... On Hillary Clinton’s love of hot sauce: “Well, all I can attest to is that she loves pepper, you know the hot peppers, and she just eats them straight – so I have seen her put hot sauce on a lot of things… It’s a health thing, she’s counseled me before that this is a very healthy thing to eat those peppers.”http://yhoo.it/1SbBQPb TOP TWEET – HuffPost’s Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy): “Bernie Sanders has so far won every county named Clinton County.” With chart http://bit.ly/243dQSc--HuffPost banner, “BERNIE WON’T BUDGE: ALL THE WAY TO PHILLY!”--“Sanders’ rough road ahead: He must run a gantlet of closed primaries and Hillary Clinton strongholds next week,” by Daniel Strauss: “The collection of states scheduled to vote next week is a gantlet of closed primaries and Hillary Clinton strongholds that figure to make for a tough night across the Northeast for the Vermont senator. Sanders trails by double-digits in polls in Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania, the three biggest of the five Acela Corridor states that will go to the polls on April 26.” http://politi.co/1Nm3cli --“Bernie faces Southern revolt: Democratic leaders want Sanders to stop dismissing the South, where Hillary Clinton’s wins have been powered by black votes,” by Gabriel Debenedetti: “Southern Democratic Party leaders who insist their region is a growth opportunity for the national party, especially in the age of Donald Trump.” http://politi.co/1SxgPjY SPOTTED: WaPo’s Paul Kane, rocking out to Bruce last night at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. WASHPOST LEAD editorial, “Gov. Kasich’s positive approach” (online: “Gov. Kasich’s unusual positivity”): “In a wide-ranging interview with us Wednesday morning, Mr. Kasich attacked the politicians who encourage voters to wallow in grievance.” http://wapo.st/1pk63jkN.Y. TIMES QUOTATION of the DAY – James G. Stavridis, former supreme allied commander of NATO, discussing rising tensions between the United States and Russia, which is bolstering its submarine fleet: “We are not quite back in a Cold War. But I sure can see one from where I’m standing.” 1-col. lead of the paper, “RUSSIA EXPANDS SUBMARINE FLEET AS RIVALRY GROWS: ECHOES OF THE COLD WAR -- Pentagon Seeks Rise in Budgets to Challenge Bolstered Patrols,” by Eric Schmitt in Naples, Italy http://nyti.ms/1SvkmftBUSINESS BURST – USA Today 1A, below fold, “Aging bulls: CEOs who won’t let go – Older executives face issue of knowing when to bow out,” by Marco della Cava and Charisse Jones: “Over the past decade, the number of CEOs ages 65 to 69 nearly doubled to 36, while those ages 70 to 74 increased from nine to 13, according to a survey of Fortune 500 CEOs by ... Korn Ferry. ... [A]verage Fortune 500 CEO age has inched up to 58 from 56.” http://usat.ly/20ZU4p3THE QUEEN IS 90 ... ANNIE LEIBOVITZ pic -- “Queen photographed with youngest royals to mark 90th birthday,” by The Guardian’s Caroline Davies: “Family portrait shot by Annie Leibovitz shows first nonagenarian monarch surrounded by her five great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren.” http://bit.ly/1NCIEzI ...--COOLEST CLICK: Souvenir cover of today’s Times of London, “HAPPY AND GLORIOUS: The Queen at 90,” with the back cover reprinting the full page from her birth announcement on p. 17 of The Times of April 22, 1926. http://politi.co/1WHelzp--AP: “On April 21, 1926, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was born in Mayfair, London; she was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and the Queen Mother. Christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the princess became monarch upon the death of her father in 1952, beginning a 64-year-old reign surpassing that of Queen Victoria.”TAMMY/BETSY PODCAST: On the Bloomberg Politics “Masters in Politics” Podcast, Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin speak with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Kate Anderson Brower, the author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies.” DWS: “[I]f you look back to our primary in 2008 between then-Senators Obama and Clinton, it was far more divisive than this primary has been.” http://bloom.bg/1Vm9FzzCLEVELAND WATCH -- “Eagles' Joe Walsh: I’m dropping out of GOP convention show” – AP:“Walsh says in an emailed statement he’s ‘very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns.’ He says he ‘cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way.” http://bit.ly/26gfNNgMAYOR OF THE WORLD – Michael Bloomberg in Bloomberg View, “Here’s Why the U.S. Will Meet Its Paris Climate Goals”: “As world leaders gather in New York on Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, some have expressed concern that as they implement their commitments, the U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. ... The federal government is not the primary force in the U.S. fight against climate change, and even if the Court ultimately strikes down certain parts of the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. will meet and probably exceed its commitment to reduce emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025.” http://bv.ms/1VlVBGa WASHINGTON, INC. -- “Saudi government has vast network of PR, lobby firms in U.S.,” by WashPost’s Catherine Ho: “The Saudi government and its affiliates have spent millions of dollars on ... some of Washington’s premier law and lobby firms ... Podesta Group, BGR Government Affairs, DLA Piper and Pillsbury Winthrop have been tasked with the job ... Five lobby and PR firms were hired in 2015 alone, signaling a stepped-up focus on ties with Washington. The firms have been coordinating meetings between Saudi officials and business leaders and U.S. media, and promoting foreign investment in the Saudi economy. Some have even been tasked with coming up with content for the embassy’s official Twitter and YouTube accounts.” http://wapo.st/1WH1woIMEDIAWATCH -- “Salt Lake Tribune sold to Huntsman family,” by CNN’s Dylan Byers: “Paul Huntsman, brother of the former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate, announced Wednesday that he had acquired the Tribune from Digital First Media.... Huntsman, who serves as CEO of Huntsman Family Investments, a private equity firm, said he bought the paper in order to ensure that it retained a local and independent voice.” http://cnnmon.ie/1MJOsww--“NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt Named 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year”: “The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has distinguished himself or herself with a body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people in the African Diaspora.” http://bit.ly/23L0NIA--“Sites Start Charging Readers to Comment on Articles,” by Bloomberg’s Joshua Brustein: “Tribune Publishing ... turned on SolidOpinion’s software for the San Diego Union-Tribune’s website ... Readers can earn points, which can be used to buy more prominent placement for their comments at the end of news stories, by posting comments, visiting the site regularly, or spending real money ... 800 points for $10.” http://bloom.bg/1Sxn4UX TRANSITIONS -- “Albright Stonebridge Group announces new partner and senior advisors”:“announced the election of Donald Gips as a partner. ASG also announced that Derek Mitchell, Isis Nyong’o Madison, and Ratih Hardjono have joined the firm as Senior Advisors. ... Ambassador Derek Mitchell joins ASG as Senior Advisor after serving nearly four years as U.S. Ambassador to the Union of Burma (Myanmar), deepening and broadening the capabilities ASG brings to clients across East Asia.” http://politi.co/1Nmb3PZOUT TODAY – “No Labels releases its Policy Playbook for America’s Next President, featuring 60 ideas that are ‘good politics and good policy.’ All ideas were poll tested and received majority support from Republican, Democrats and Independent voters. No Labels co-chairs Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Lieberman announce the Playbook today with a power lunch at the Mayflower Hotel in D.C. and a BIG THINK essay in Fortune magazine. This precedes the first ever bi-partisan political ‘Davos’ event in December called 1787, Constructing the Peace after the War.” http://for.tn/22PWDJH ... Letter from Fortune editor Alan Murray http://for.tn/22PWFkMOUT AND ABOUT – “The Department of State recognized ten international emerging young leaders at a ceremony [yesterday] hosted by Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel. These courageous award recipients represent the power of young people in creating grassroots efforts to improve their communities. ... The awardees, representing Afghanistan, Burma, France, Georgia, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Malta, Tunisia and the Palestinian Territories, range in ages between 19 to 24. ... The ten awardees will travel to Chicago and Austin as part of an intensive exchange program specially tailored to strengthen their knowledge, skills, and networks.”BIRTHDAYS: Ken Duberstein, celebrating in Palm Beach for sun, fun and Ken’s favorite: a chocolate/mocha birthday cake (h/t wife Jackie Fain) ... NYT’s Jodi Kantor, the pride of Holmdel, N.J. (hubby tip: Ron Lieber) ... Josh Dorner, a CAP alum, now SKDKnickerbocker ... NBC News’ Matt Rivera (h/t Olivia Petersen) ... Bill Neidhardt, Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s press secretary and John Kraus, Baldwin’s comms. director (h/ts Meghan Roh) ... Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion ... Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is 90 ... Lauren Weber, editor of The Morning Email at The Huffington Post and one of the many proud St. Louisans in DC, is 25, who enjoyed winery tours last weekend with the celebration continuing this weekend. Pic http://bit.ly/1SU8CQI (h/t Eli Yokley) ... Greg Lyons, economic research assistant at the FDIC and a Politico alum ... Caroline Wyatt, BBC’s religious Affairs Correspondent, who has served as BBC Defence correspondent and reported from Paris, Moscow, and Berlin/Bonn ... Justin Wilson … former Sen. David Boren … Ben Sparks … Drew Gorman ...... Eric Weisbrod, CNN’s director of social TV ... Bob Blaemire, director of biz dev at Catalist … Katherine Finnerty ... Brad Cheney, associate VP of legislative affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association, and a Brad Sherman and GPG alum ... Paul Haenle, who served as China Director on the Bush 43 NSC, and before that as the EA to national security advisor Steve Hadley; he is now director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center (the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Beijing office), is 5-0 (h/t Anne Sherman) ... Nate Palmer ... Dominic Bellone ... John Hiller of Freedom House ... Hessy Fernandez, an RNC and McCain-Palin alum, now director of media relations at Miami Dade College ...... Ben Sparks, alum of Dan Sullivan N.J. GOP, Romney, Scott Walker Recall, Rob Portman, NRSC, now executive director of Alaska’s Future … Phoebe Trabb (Heidi Przybyla) and Sam O’Connor (Patrick) are 7 today … AP veteran Marty Steinberg ... Ron Kaufman … Lindsey Mask, a Buck McKeon alum now founder and executive director of Ladies America ... Marti Anderson ... Mary Clare McMahon ... Paige Reffe ... Kevin Parker ... John Kraus ... Christy Bachmann (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... actor Charles Grodin is 81 ... Iggy Pop is 69 ... actress Patti LuPone is 67 ... Tony Danza is 65 ... Andie MacDowell is 58 ... Robert Smith (The Cure) is 57 ... Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is 36 ... rock singer Sydney Sierota (Echosmith) is 19 (AP)