FOR THE WHITE HOUSE: A list of things you’re doing that are annoying Hill Rs -- HEALTH CARE BILL teeters -- TRUMP to call Putin -- INSIDE GEORGE WILL’S baseball party -- B’DAY: Mika AND Jesse Rodriguez
Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2qocmaC ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfBULLETIN -- AP at 4:21 a.m. -- “LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tentative deal reached between TV and film writers and producers, averting costly strike.” Variety’s story http://bit.ly/2p3R4uF Good Tuesday morning. And just like that, Republicans pretty good start to the week seems to have gone off the rails.CHEAT SHEET FOR THE WHITE HOUSE -- FOUR THINGS THINGS YOU’RE DOING THAT ANNOY CAPITOL HILL REPUBLICANS: 1) Talking about when a congressional vote should and will take place. 2) Talking about whip counts. 3) Misrepresenting the content and substance of legislation. 4) Reversing decades of Republican orthodoxy -- like expressing openness to hiking the gas tax -- without warning.**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbhPRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS HAVE AN ISSUE. Rank-and-file Republicans appear to be disinterested in passing the party’s Obamacare replacement bill. HuffPost’s Matt Fuller is keeping a whip list, and believes 19 Republicans are publicly against the bill, nine lean no and 15 are undecided (http://huff.to/2pCFZ7e). These things change. But as of now, that count puts the White House and House Republican leadership seriously behind the eight ball. Assuming everyone is present, the GOP can only afford 22 nos.IT FEELS LIKE WE’RE AT A TIPPING POINT. Because if you are publicly against the bill, that probably means you believe your constituents think it’s bad policy. And flipping last minute under pressure from the White House or Republican leaders is a risky move, politically. Just ask any of the Democrats who were the “deciding vote” on Obamacare. REMEMBER: This bill, in its current form, will not go anywhere in the Senate. It will be massively overhauled at best, or pushed aside, at worst.IF IT DOESN’T GET DONE THIS WEEK, it becomes even more difficult. The House is out of session next week. Lawmakers are sure to hear about this when they go home and the key takeaways from town halls thus far has been a steady drumbeat of opposition to repealing Obamacare. Some political and substantive dynamic has to change to get this bill through. -- KEY DYNAMICS YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND:KYLE CHENEY, RACHAEL BADE and JOSH DAWSEY write that Trump’s comments have hurt the chances of passing the bill: “The president told Bloomberg News in an interview Monday morning that the bill might change to provide more protections to people with preexisting conditions. ‘It’s not in its final form right now,’ he said. Trump’s comments frustrated the House whip effort, as some members interpreted them to mean the president was reopening negotiations.“‘I don’t know if there are going to be any kinds of changes,’ said Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), who opposes the AHCA, as he exited a meeting of Ryan’s whip team. By late evening Monday, Trump was calling lawmakers to walk back his comments. …“While walking into a vote-counting meeting in the basement of the Capitol Monday evening, half a dozen whips -- including Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), David Valadao (R-Calif.) and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) -- said they remained undecided. Meanwhile, House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, another whip, rushed out of the meeting to avoid reporters. The New Jersey Republican previously opposed the bill, but GOP insiders said leadership and other senior House Republicans had changed his mind. Frelinghuysen refused to say how he intends to vote.” http://politi.co/2qsIMh2 -- HEALTH GURU DAN DIAMOND on “5 Trump health care promises that won’t become reality”: http://politi.co/2qsQl7GDAWSEY AGAIN takes stock of “Trump’s dizzying day of interviews”: “President Donald Trump questioned why the Civil War— which erupted 150 years ago over slavery — needed to happen. He said he would be ‘honored’ to meet with Kim Jong-Un, the violent North Korean dictator who is developing nuclear missiles and oppresses his people, under the ‘right circumstances.’ The president floated, and backed away from, a tax on gasoline. Trump said he was ‘looking at’ breaking up the big banks, sending the stock market sliding. He seemed to praise Philippines strongman President Rodrigo Duterte for his high approval ratings. He promised changes to the Republican health care bill, though he has seemed unsure what was in the legislation, even as his advisers whipped votes for it. And Monday still had nine hours to go.”-- STUNNING QUOTE: “It seems to be among the most bizarre recent 24 hours in American presidential history,’ said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian. ‘It was all just surreal disarray and a confused mental state from the president.” http://politi.co/2pSil7wANNIE KARNI -- FROM 30K FEET -- “Trump’s warm words for strongmen set off alarms: The deal-making president appears to be buttering up totalitarian leaders with long records of human rights abuses”: “He has extended a White House invitation to Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte, a leader who has defended the assassination of journalists and condoned extrajudicial killings in the name of his war on drugs. In multiple interviews, President Donald Trump has also heaped praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling him a ‘smart cookie,’ and saying he would be ‘honored’ to meet with him under the right circumstances.“And the president who prides himself on upending political norms called Turkey’s authoritarian president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on winning a referendum that will allow him to continue his autocratic rule over the country. Trump’s warm rhetoric toward totalitarian leaders is a sharp break from the presidents before him. It’s reflective of a commander in chief naturally impressed by blunt displays of power and influence, sensitive to shows of disrespect, who is still processing his own shock victory in the 2016 election, and who has no diplomatic experience on the world stage.” http://politi.co/2ppg56a -- SEUNG MIN KIM and AUSTIN WRIGHT: “Congress claws back power from Trump”: “Lawmakers want the Trump administration to lay out a detailed plan to deal with the Islamic State and Syria’s Bashar Assad. So they tucked in a provision in the 1,665-page spending plan to withhold $2.5 billion in defense funds until the proposal to battle ISIS is produced. Because Republicans and Democrats don’t want Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Justice Department to muck around with states that allow medical marijuana, they included language in the bill barring the anti-pot attorney general from interfering with those laws. The measure also contains three separate reminders for Trump, who did not seek congressional approval before launching missile strikes against the Syrian government last month, that he must obey the War Powers Act. That law limits his ability to send U.S. troops into combat without a congressional vote.” http://politi.co/2p0LIQ6MATT FLEGENHEIMER and MAGGIE HABERMAN on A19 of the NYT: “‘You’re the Best,’ Trump Once Told Pelosi. Can They Deal Again?”: “As Mr. Trump strains to demonstrate progress on his main campaign pledges, he has slogged through his early months with few Sherpas on Capitol Hill, pursuing halting partnerships with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, and Speaker Paul D. Ryan that have yielded few legislative successes.“Ms. Pelosi … will not help Mr. Trump dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature law. She will not shepherd his tax plan, which she has called a ‘wish list for billionaires.’ But with an ideologically shape-shifting president -- and a former speaker seeking relevance in a moment when the title of House minority leader often confers little -- she seems to retain at least a measure of hope that the man she met in his previous political life might re-emerge.“‘I could be helpful to him,’ Ms. Pelosi offered without prompting during an interview last week in her office at the Capitol, saying that she knew how to address some Republicans’ concerns over the Affordable Care Act and would gladly help if they stopped pushing for a full repeal. ‘We’re not here to obstruct him.’” http://nyti.ms/2pDJBWB ABBAS COMES TO WASHINGTON TOMORROW -- “Hamas Drops Call for Israel’s Destruction,” by WSJ’s Rory Jones in Tel Aviv and Abu Bakr Bashir in Gaza City: “The Palestinian militant group Hamas dropped its explicit call for Israel’s destruction on Monday, a bid to overhaul its image as the Trump White House explores reviving Middle East peace efforts. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, also formally accepted in its revised charter the notion of a Palestinian state in territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. But the group didn’t recognize Israel and still expressed an ambition to take over all Israeli territory in the long run. ... U.S. and Israeli officials said they didn’t see the move as a real change in the approach of Hamas, which has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and other Western governments.” http://on.wsj.com/2pSmNTE SWAMP DRAINING UPDATE -- “Top Ethics Officer Challenges Trump Over Secret Waivers for Ex-Lobbyists,” by NYT’s Eric Lipton: “The federal government’s top ethics officer is challenging the Trump administration’s issuance of secret waivers that allow former lobbyists to handle matters they recently worked on, setting up a confrontation between the ethics office and President Trump. The move by Walter M. Shaub Jr., the director of the Office of Government Ethics, is the latest sign of rising tension between Mr. Shaub and the Trump White House. “Mr. Shaub has tried several times to use his limited powers to force Mr. Trump to broadly honor federal ethics rules as well as the ethics order that Mr. Trump himself signed in late January. Historically, the Office of Government Ethics — a tiny operation that has just 71 employees but that supervises an ethics program covering 2.7 million civilian executive branch workers — has maintained a low profile. “Created in 1978 after the Watergate scandal, it does not have subpoena power or its own investigators. But Mr. Shaub, in the last year of a five-year presidential appointment, is now pressing Mr. Trump for more information on former lobbyists or employees of corporations working in the president’s administration. The effort started before Inauguration Day to persuade Mr. Trump and his staff to comply with more conventional ethics standards used during the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.” http://nyti.ms/2pCKD5g -- “Trump’s new campaign ad mirrors one produced by pro-Trump nonprofit,” by Shane Goldmacher: http://politi.co/2qzkgu1KEEPING THEM HONEST -- “Trump Adviser Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose Startup Stake: Investments show ties to Goldman Sachs, George Soros and Peter Thiel as well as a number of loans,” by WSJ’s Jean Eaglesham, Juliet Chung and Lisa Schwartz: “Jared Kushner … didn’t identify on his government financial disclosure form that he is currently a part-owner of a real-estate finance startup and has a number of loans from banks on properties he co-owns, according to securities filings.“Mr. Kushner’s stake in Cadre -- a tech startup that pairs investors with big real-estate projects—means the senior White House official is currently a business partner of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and billionaires including George Soros and Peter Thiel, according to people close to the company. The Cadre stake is one of many interests -- and ties to large financial institutions -- that Mr. Kushner didn’t identify on his disclosure form, according to a Wall Street Journal review of securities and other filings. Others include loans totaling at least $1 billion, from more than 20 lenders, to properties and companies part-owned by Mr. Kushner, the Journal found. He has also provided personal guarantees on more than $300 million of the debt, according to the analysis.” http://on.wsj.com/2qsSWyv HMM -- “Wilbur Ross Says Syria Missile Strike Was ‘After-Dinner Entertainment’ at Mar-a-Lago,” by Variety’s Gene Maddaus: “Speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recalled the scene at Mar-a-Lago on April 6, when the summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping was interrupted by the strike on Syria. ‘Just as dessert was being served, the president explained to Mr. Xi he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria,’ Ross said. ‘It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment.’ As the crowd laughed, Ross added: ‘The thing was, it didn’t cost the president anything to have that entertainment.’” http://bit.ly/2pABjwk WHAT THE DCCC IS READING -- “Poll: Ossoff in dead heat with Handel in Georgia’s 6th,” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Greg Bluestein: “An internal poll conducted for Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign shows him locked in a dead heat with Republican Karen Handel in the June 20 runoff to represent Georgia’s 6th District. The poll was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, a polling firm that worked for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And while it’s an internal poll, it’s also the first we’ve seen since Ossoff narrowly missed an outright win in last month’s special election. It shows Ossoff leading Handel 48-47, well within the 4 percent margin of error. It has a scant 5 percent of voters in the district as undecided – reflective of the all-consuming nature of the nationally-watched race.” http://on-ajc.com/2pARfyW TRUMP’S TUESDAY -- He is attending the departure ceremony for Lt. Col. Wesley Spurlock. In the afternoon, Trump will present the Air Force Academy with the Commander in Chief trophy at the White House. In the afternoon, Trump is speaking on the phone with Vladimir Putin, and will meet with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.THE JUICE …-- SPOTTED: LAURA INGRAHAM, who is mulling a possible Virginia Senate run, in conversation Monday with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), whose seat she would be vying for, in conversation at George Will’s annual baseball party, Hadas Gold reports. Ingraham later joked with attendees that “it was my first debate,” but insisted she has not made a decision, according to a source at the event. Ingraham did not respond to a request for comment. ALSO SPOTTED: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Chris Wallace, James Rosen and Sara Durkin, Jonah Goldberg, Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale, Brendan Sullivan, and Michael Clemente.-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing is launching a multi-million dollar campaign highlighting what they consider to be out of control drug prices. The buzzy ad, that mocks TV ads promoting prescription drugs, will run nationwide. http://bit.ly/2qsNMCs -- OVERHEARD AT THE MILKEN CONFERENCE: Zach Warmbrodt (@Zachary): “Mnuchin to financiers at Milken conference, regarding deregulation: ‘You should all thank me for your bank stocks doing better.’”PIC DU JOUR -- @metmuseum: “Political staffer @HumaAbedin looking chic as she makes her way into the #MetGala. #MetKawakubo #HumaAbedin” http://bit.ly/2pSnXyR HAPPENING TODAY -- TONY NOMINATIONS will be announced at 8:30 this morning from New York.FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Corker: ‘We’re not going to do a Russia sanctions bill’,” by Austin Wright: “The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached a decision that’s sure to disappoint Russia hawks: They’re not taking up a Russia sanctions bill anytime soon. Instead, Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland have agreed to move forward on a measure to counter Russian influence in Eastern Europe without using sanctions as well as an Iran sanctions bill.” http://politi.co/2pqSSkcTHE HERITAGE BEAT -- “Heritage Foundation sources say Mike Needham didn’t want Jim DeMint’s throne,” by Wash Examiner’s Phil Wegmann: “In other words, Needham doesn’t want the throne. He merely wants to restore the kingdom. More than palace intrigue, the subsequent power struggle has sent shockwaves throughout conservative circles. And it’s as complicated as it is significant. So far, the battle lines have been drawn between DeMint loyalists inside the policy-based Heritage Foundation and the politically-focused lobbying arm, Heritage Action.” http://washex.am/2pSEIda -- THE ATLANTIC’S ROSIE GRAY and MCKAY COPPINS: “The Fight for Control of the Heritage Foundation: Jim DeMint’s ouster has become the epicenter of a battle over the direction of the conservative movement” http://theatln.tc/2p3DJ5O YOU’RE INVITED -- SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) will join us for the Playbook Interview Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Washington Court Hotel (525 New Jersey Avenue, NW). Manchin is a fascinating figure, and we hope you’ll join the conversation, which is being sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. RSVP http://bit.ly/2phgWGu-- HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY, CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA and REP. ERIC SWALWELL (D-Calif.) are joining us for a Playbook Exchange event in San Francisco May 10. McCarthy and Becerra are two of the highest-profile California politicians, and Swalwell is one of the Golden State’s up and comers. RSVP http://bit.ly/2oQMyzTCOME ON -- “Speculation is stirring about a Seth Moulton presidential bid,” by the Boston Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan. http://bit.ly/2pSFerF FILLING THE ADMINISTRATION -- “Trump’s USAID pick stuck in the mud,” by Ian Kullgren, Daniel Lippman and Josh Gerstein: “Former GOP Rep. Mark Green is the Trump administration’s expected pick to lead the United States Agency for International Development, but has struggled to close a deal with the Trump administration, according to four sources with knowledge of the talks. ... In addition to trying to secure a title bump for himself, Green has been unable to get solid assurances that the agency won’t be gutted or devoured by the State Department during Trump’s tenure. Green has been frustrated by his dealings with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other Trump officials ... [and] he is seeking promises that Trump won’t dismantle USAID or make it a subsidiary of the State Department, a move that’s feared by people in international development circles as a way to sideline foreign aid.” http://politi.co/2pr3srsBUSINESS BURST – “Infosys plans to hire 10,000 U.S. workers after Trump targets outsourcing firms,” by Reuters’ Stephen Nellis and Sankalp Phartiyal: “India-based IT services firm Infosys said it plans to hire 10,000 U.S. workers in the next two years and open four technology centers in the United States, starting with a center this August in Indiana, the home state of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. The move comes at a time when Infosys and some of its Indian peers such as Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro Ltd have become political targets in the United States for allegedly displacing U.S. workers’ jobs by flying in foreigners on temporary visas to service their clients in the country.” http://reut.rs/2p3K7Ke … Release http://politi.co/2pAKLjvINSIDE 1211 SIXTH AVE -- GABE SHERMAN in NYMag.com, “Murdochs Might Not Be Done Cleaning House at Fox News”: “Last Monday, Rupert Murdoch invited embattled Fox News co-president Bill Shine to lunch ... to signal that Shine was secure in his job ... In the days following the lunch, Shine realized he had lost confidence of Murdoch ... Murdoch had decided by the middle of last week that Shine needed to go. Shine had become a flashpoint for outside critics and Fox News employees, especially women, who saw him as representative of the sexist culture that flourished under Roger Ailes. One female executive told me last week that Shine failed to deal with allegations of harassment. The executive recalled complaining to Shine about a male colleague’s treatment of women, to which Shine replied: ‘He’s a necessary evil.’ … [Monday] morning at 9 a.m., Shine met with Murdoch to put an end to the speculation. According to a friend, Shine said, ‘What are we doing here? Let’s make a deal.’” http://nym.ag/2pCziCb OFF MESSAGE PODCAST: Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) may have lost the race for the White House but he’s not done fighting. In the latest episode of Off Message, Kasich sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his disappointment with the current political climate post first 100 days, “Any politician who is going to be in the dividing business, I’m not helping.” http://politi.co/2p0NBwh … Listen and subscribe http://apple.co/2nEa7y0HOLLYWOODLAND -- “David Geffen Sells Malibu Home for Record $85 Million,” by The Hollywood Reporter’s Peter Kiefer: “The music mogul had hoped to net $100 million for the property, which has several structures, a swimming pool and spa, a theater, a gym and an outdoor living room with fireplace. … Unlike several other recent real estate deals north of $75 million, the deal for Geffen’s home does not include any of the art in the house, which is believed to be valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Carbon Beach home was also the setting for a public battle in which Geffen tried — unsuccessfully — to prohibit beachgoers from accessing the beach in front of his home.” http://bit.ly/2oSI2oo MEDIAWATCH -- “With Trump In The White House, MSNBC Is Resisting The Resistance,” by HuffPost’s Ryan Grim: “From outside, it might seem odd to see the premier liberal network veering right, even as liberals around the country are fired up to resist the administration of President Donald Trump. But from inside, the news about Wallace and Hewitt was seen as just two more steps toward the full execution of the vision of Andy Lack, the NBC News executive who oversees MSNBC. He has made quite clear his plan to move the cable news network away from its bedrock liberalism and toward a more centrist approach personified by Brian Williams -- even including hosts of a conservative bent, as typified by hosts like Megyn Kelly or Greta Van Susteren, who Lack brought over from Fox News.” http://huff.to/2pqTdDk--BOB COSTA Q&A: “I Love My Job: Robert Costa, From Pennsbury High to WashPo’s Donald Trump Guy,” by Victor Fiorillo in Philly Mag: http://bit.ly/2pr1c3y -- TIM REID has been appointed Reuters’ U.S. political correspondent covering America’s Midwest and Southeast, covering “questions of how and whether President Trump can live up to his promises of bringing back jobs in the region’s hard-hit industries, how changes to national health care policy play out on the ground and what tighter immigration controls mean for businesses and workers.”GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET & APPROPS PROCESS: Brush up on your knowledge of the federal budget process so you’re ready to act as the budget winds its way through Congress. http://politi.co/2pr4J1CSPOTTED: Ed Henry and wife yesterday at Ryan Zimmerman’s foundation event at Nationals Park. He gave a copy of his new book “42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story” to Nats pitcher, Gio Gonzalez ... Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) immediately leaping from her seat to relocate on an American Airlines plane from Manchester to Washington on Monday morning when the cabin crew said the weight was off in the cabin and asked for volunteers to switch ... Brian Fallon and Paul Begala yesterday on the same Amtrak train up to NYC -- they were going up to the Big Apple for CNN.TRANSITIONS - Katie Frates of The Daily Caller has joined Ryan Coyne’s new venture, Olympic Media, as the managing editor. Frates started at the Caller in 2014 as an intern and eventually moved over to The Daily Caller News Foundation as an editor. Coyne was part of the founding team of IJR and IMGE and helped lead those organizations through this past December. ... Sean McMaster started on Monday as the deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at the Department of Transportation. He previously worked for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. ... Diane May has started as comms director at Our Revolution.... Jorge Aguilar has recently transitioned to the DCCC as executive director for Nancy Pelosi for Congress. He will help oversee her political operation. He most recently spent four years in the communications shop of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- most recently as her press secretary and director of Hispanic media. ... American Bridge is expanding its digital team and hired Jane Hughes as digital director. She worked for Maggie Hassan for Senate and Emily’s List. ... H&R Block has promoted Dan Turrentine to chief government relations officer and VP. Andrew Jennison has been promoted to VP of government relations.WEEKEND WEDDING -- Jessica Borchert of Blue Engine Message & Media married lawyer Drew Stout on Saturday in her hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Former Rep. Harry Teague (D-N.M.), who introduced the couple while they were both working on his 2010 campaign, was the guest of honor. Pic http://politi.co/2pqTarc SPOTTED: Cesar Blanco, Kate Kochman, Eliza Lockwood, Moses Mercado, Geoff Nolan, Steve Pfrang, Adrian Saenz, Rebecca Shaw, Tomas Talamante, Art Terrazas, and Madeline Twomey.WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Megan Foote, VP of IMGE and Tyler Foote, regional political director at the NRCC, welcomed Evelyn Kathryn Foote, born Saturday at 6 p.m. - 4 weeks and 5 days early at 5lbs 11oz and 18.5 inches long. Pic http://bit.ly/2oSIwec -- Jeanette Hoffman, president of Marathon Public Affairs and Joshua Henne, president of White Horse Strategies, post on Facebook: “Grayson Michael Henne made his highly-anticipated debut [Monday] at 10:37 am, weighing in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Mom and baby are both happy and healthy. Jeanette Hoffman Henne is a rock star!” Pic http://bit.ly/2oSJ43V OUT AND ABOUT -- CNN’s ARWA DAMON was honored Monday night with the James W. Foley Humanitarian Award at the Foley Freedom Awards at the Newseum. SPOTTED: Awra’s sister, mother and cousin along with CNN colleagues Wolf Blitzer, Sam Feist, Tony Maddox, Michelle Kosinski, Pamela Brown, Athena Jones, Elise Labott, Brianna Keilar, Nia Malika-Henderson, Betsy Klein, and Shimon Prokupecz, Perkins Coie’s Kate Keane, Peter Brown, former manager of “The Beatles”, Jon Sawyer, executive director of The Pulitzer Center, Judy Woodruff of PBS, Frank Sesno.--SPOTTED last night at Lauriol Plaza celebrating an intimate birthday gathering for assistant White House press secretary Ninio Fetalvo’s 24th birthday: Natalie Strom, Lauren Hernandez, Rob Lockwood, Anna Epstein, Caroline Anderegg, Ruth Guerra, Alex Stroman, Taylor Mason, Tyler Lane, Ali Pardo, Johanna Pershing, Lani Short, Justin Giorgio, Tyler Fields, Taryn Fenske, Charlie Dankert, Lexi Pursley, David Vasquez, Sofia Boza, and Ty Bofferding.BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jesse Rodriguez, senior producer of “Morning Joe” and the pride of Miami, spotted everywhere in D.C. this weekend, celebrating with “dinner with some of my close friends in DC and NYC. And a quick weekend trip to Mexico City with my cousin.” How he got his start in journalism: “I started right out of high school as an overnight news writer for the FOX station in Miami while going to school during the day and falling asleep on my drive home. A few years later, I moved to New York and started at NBC News. I marked my 10 years at NBC/MSNBC in February!” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2pARFp3 BIRTHDAYS: “Morning” Mika Brzezinski is ageless ... Kyle Downey … Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe … former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, now chairman of PSP Capital Partners, is 58 ... Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is 49 ... Rob King, SVP for SportsCenter and news at ESPN and an AP board member ... CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman, a Bloomberg alum and the pride of Bethesda ... Steve Elmendorf, partner and co-founder at Subject Matter and the pride of Madison, N.J. (h/ts Erik Smith, Alex Slater and Jon Haber) ... Matt Murray, WSJ’s deputy editor in chief, is 51 ... Megan Harrington in Sen. Portman’s office, where she has worked for 6 years on his policy team focused on his work to combat opioids and human trafficking, is 32 ... Karen Doyne, Burson-Marsteller public affairs managing director and head of crisis in the U.S., celebrating with friends on Maui (h/t Ben Chang) ... Gabe Cahn, comms specialist at HIAS, is 27 (h/t Gabe Brotman) ... Rick Stengel, former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at State, formerly the managing editor at Time Magazine, and a lover of all things Hudson, New York ... Arielle Goren, a “recovering political speechwriter,” per her Twitter and a Hillary, Cuomo and Schumer alum ... former USAID contractor Alan Gross, imprisoned by Cuba from 2009 to 2014, is 68 ... Sally Ford ... Lindsey Held Bolton, comms director at Facebook (h/ts Haber) ... Politico alum Brett Russell … RNC fundraiser Taylor Lioce (h/t roommate Fred Brown) ...... T.W. Arrighi, comms director for Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) and Mike Pompeo alum, is 27 ... Reuters’ Marton Dunai (h/t Pablo Gorondi) ... Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is 7-0 ... Emily Tisch Sussman, campaigns director at CAP Action Fund ... Doug Gordon, co-founder of Upshift Strategies and FitzGibbon Media alum ... Courtney Snowden, DC’s deputy mayor of greater economic opportunity, and former principal at The Raben Group, and her twin sister, Crystal Snowden ... Raul Paez, the pride of Nogales and Rep. Sinema alum, is 22 (h/t Bill Schuette) ... Avi Small (@avismall), Heath Mello’s press secretary, is 24 (h/t The Thread) ... Joel Payne, VP at Qorvis MSLGROUP ... SBA alum Tracy Terrill ... Raul Celso Paez Montoya is 22 ... Dean Stephens ... N.Y. Assemblyman David Weprin ... Rush E. Baker IV, co-founder and managing partner at Vecino Communities ... Stephen Schatz, comms director at the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources and NRF alum ... Sheila Grant, COS for Rep. John Carney (D-Del.) ... CJ Frogozo Stromquist … Conchita Cruz, a Jared Polis alum now founder and co-director of the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project at Urban Justice Center … former Rep. Robert L. Turner (R-NY) is 76 … Ben Barber ... Kathy Barks Hoffman, an AP alum now senior account exec at PR firm Martin Waymire ... Bridget O’Meara … Lauren Azar … Joe Jongewaard (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Sarah Curtis ... Will Bohlen, SVP at the Podesta Group ... Ben Austin, policy and advocacy director at Students Matter ... Alon Ben-Meir ... Leo Cendrowicz, scribe covering Europe and chocolate for The Independent and others, is 47 ... Joe Jongewaard ... Amanda Aulds Sherzer ... Amanda Armstrong, LA for Rep. Bobby Scott ... Christian Pierre-Canel, special assistant for Sen. Bill Nelson ... Nate Zimpher, LC for Rep. Pat Tiberi (h/ts Legistorm) ... former International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge is 75 ... Bianca Jagger is 72 ... Donatella Versace is 62 ... wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) is 45 ... David Beckham is 42 (h/ts AP)
LEAKED DOC: GOP’s 2017 deadlines -- EXEC ORDER WATCH: Dodd-Frank rollback -- THIEL looking for an asst. -- 1ST IN PLAYBOOK: LOPACH to Subject Matter, UELAND back to budget
Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2koyvQz … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfBULLETIN -- BREAKING EARLY THIS MORNING -- AP/PARIS: “French soldier shoots man who attacked them outside Louvre”: “A French soldier shot and seriously wounded a man in a shopping mall beneath the Louvre Museum on Friday after he tried to attack them and shouted ‘Allahu akbar,’ officials said. The man was carrying two backpacks, and he had two machetes, and when soldiers and police officers on patrol told the man that he could not come in with his bags, he attacked, said Yves Lefebvre, a police union official. ‘That's when he got the knife out and that’s when he tried to stab the soldier,’ he said. A soldier opened fire and the man was struck five times, once in the stomach, Paris police chief Michel Cadot said. The backpacks didn’t contain any explosives, he said. One of the soldiers was slightly wounded on the scalp.” http://apne.ws/2l3Q3Ao ... AND HERE'S WHAT TRUMP IS TWEETING -- @realDonaldTrump at 6:24 a.m.: "Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger did a really bad job as Governor of California and even worse on the Apprentice...but at least he tried hard!" ... at 6:28 a.m.: "Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me!" ... at 6:34 a.m. "Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about. Very nice!"WHAT TRUMP IS WAKING UP TO -- NYT -- four of 5 A1 stories are Trump related -- http://nyti.ms/2kwlaYM … WaPo takes the same tack as the Times on A1 http://bit.ly/2k8F1MA … N.Y. POST -- “THE PREZINATOR: Trump vs. Arnold, Berkeley, Iran, Australia…” http://nyp.st/2kzMDZp HAPPENING TODAY -- “Donald Trump Plans to Undo Dodd-Frank Law, Fiduciary Rule: White House adviser Gary Cohn says banks burdened by rules added after financial crisis,” by WSJ’s Michael Bender and Damian Paletta: “President Donald Trump on Friday plans to sign an executive action to scale back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law, in a sweeping plan to dismantle much of the regulatory system put in place after the financial crisis. Mr. Trump also plans another executive action aimed at rolling back a controversial regulation scheduled to take effect in April that critics have said would upend the retirement-account advisory business.“‘Americans are going to have better choices and Americans are going to have better products because we’re not going to burden the banks with literally hundreds of billions of dollars of regulatory costs every year,’ White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. ‘The banks are going to be able to price product more efficiently and more effectively to consumers.’ Mr. Trump will use a memorandum to ask the labor secretary to consider rescinding a rule set to go into effect in April that orders retirement advisers, overseeing about $3 trillion in assets, to act in the best interest of their clients, Mr. Cohn said in the White House interview. He said the rule limits consumer choice. Mr. Trump also will sign an executive order that directs the Treasury secretary and financial regulators to come up with a plan to revise rules the Dodd-Frank law put in place.” http://on.wsj.com/2l2d3Rs -- JUST SOME NOTES: This is WAY beyond what Republicans said they were comfortable with when it comes to executive orders. And the guy who spoke on the record here to discuss easing financial regulations is Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs, which is tricky optically for Trump.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- LEAKED DOCUMENT -- INSIDE THE GOP’S 2017 PLANS -- House Republicans are beginning to get specific on what they need to do -- and by when -- in this new Congress. Here is a detailed cheat sheet -- distributed by House GOP leadership in a closed-door session Thursday morning -- about the 14 key deadlines in 2017. The document provides a skeleton for what needs to happen over the next year. Read the memo: http://bit.ly/2kxtHKG -- ACCORDING TO SOURCES who were in the Republican meeting, there has been no clear guidance from the White House about an infrastructure package, which is why it’s left out for now. We expect late-year action on that. HEALTH CARE AND TAX ARE TIED TOGETHER, IN A SENSE. Republicans can’t start tax reform until health care is done. On health care, there is a “three-bucket strategy.” Once Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) is confirmed as HHS secretary, he plans to begin to unravel Obamacare administratively. The second plan focuses on a repeal and replace strategy -- under reconciliation. And a third bill would be a health care package with various other elements.IMPORTANT STORY -- “Trump warns Israel that new settlements ‘may not help’ achieve Middle East peace,” by WaPo’s Abby Phillips and Karen DeYoung: “The White House on Thursday gently warned Israel that new or expanded settlements in the West Bank ‘may not be helpful’ in achieving a Middle East peace, while insisting it has no ‘official position on settlement activity.’ A statement issued by press secretary Sean Spicer said that although the administration does not believe settlements are ‘an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.’“‘The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years,’ Spicer’s statement said, a reference to President Trump’s insistence that a return to the Middle East negotiating table is a goal he hopes to achieve. While the statement carefully parsed it words, it marked a step away from what some Trump officials -- and the president’s designated new ambassador to Israel -- have said in favor of settlements. Trump’s first foreign call as president was to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and he has been sharply critical of former president Barack Obama, whom he characterized as weak on Israel.” http://wapo.st/2jKt0tr -- A NOTE: Since taking office, the Trump White House has been noncommittal on moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as they said they would during the campaign. And now they appear that they’re trying to get Israel to pump the breaks on settlement building and expansion. Sounds not all too different from Barack Obama’s policies. GREAT DETAILS – “Distrust in Trump’s White House spurs leaks, confusion: ‘Trying to nail down who the leakers are is like trying to count the cockroaches under the couch,’ one longtime Trump adviser says,” by Josh Dawsey, Tara Palmeri, Eli Stokols and Shane Goldmacher: “Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump fundraiser who was expected to join the White House but now is unlikely to do so, has aligned himself with Bannon. ... While he was in New York, Omarosa Manigault, another Trump aide, sought to take his office with a better view of the Washington Monument, according to people familiar with her move. Manigault now may get the office, since Scaramucci is now not expected to join the administration.” http://politi.co/2l3PxCE WHAT LANGLEY IS READING -- NYT A10, “New C.I.A. Deputy Director Had Leading Role in Torture of Detainees,” by Matt Rosenberg: “As a clandestine officer at the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002, Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations at a secret prison in Thailand. On Thursday, Ms. Haspel was named the deputy director of the C.I.A. The elevation of Ms. Haspel, a veteran widely respected among her colleagues, to the No. 2 job at the C.I.A. was a rare public signal of how, under the Trump administration, the agency is being led by officials who appear to take a far kinder view of one of its darker chapters than their immediate predecessors.” http://nyti.ms/2kzqquwPOLL DU JOUR – CBS News poll off-embargo at 7 a.m.: Its new poll finds more Americans disapprove than approve (51 percent to 45 percent) of Trump’s executive order temporarily banning foreigners from seven majority Muslim countries. 85 percent of Republicans support the action while an identical 85 percent of Democrats oppose it. The poll also found Trump’s approval rating at 40 percent, the weakest number for any president right after his first inauguration since the Gallup Poll started tracking these numbers in 1953 – 48 percent disapprove of Trump’s performance.THE JUICE … -- HOT JOB: ASST. TO PETER THIEL -- “Thiel Capital is looking for versatile, energetic, and proactive Personal Assistant to support its President, Peter Thiel. If you’re organized, enjoy juggling many different responsibilities at once, and thrive in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment, this is the role for you. The role requires a proactive, positive, can-do attitude with a special focus on internal customer service. Attention to detail, the ability to multitask without letting anything slip, a willingness to travel, and a focus on personal tasks are essential. You must exhibit a demonstrated ability to perform duties with a polished level of professionalism, tact, discretion, and judgement. While we expect a high level of accuracy, professionalism, and integrity, we also embrace light-heartedness, humor, and fun in our employees.” Some of the responsibilities: “Available 24/7 by cell phone and email … Available for extensive and last minute travel with our President … Organizing, stocking and managing our president’s closet and personal-care supplies … Handling medical logistical responsibilities … Tracking and reminding executive of family obligations … Packing, unpacking, and acting as a valet for President when he is traveling”. Apply on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/2k8Hp60 -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- TOM LOPACH IS JOINING SUBJECT MATTER. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee executive director and veteran Capitol Hill aide will work primarily with the firm’s government relations team. The former chief of staff to Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester has also worked as senior vice president of congressional affairs for the Export-Import Bank and as an aide to then-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). http://politi.co/2k2R8bE-- ERIC UELAND RETURNS -- The veteran Capitol Hill staffer, who most recently has been working on the Trump transition effort and helped prep Trump’s cabinet picks, is resuming his position as Republican staff director on the Budget Committee.-- SCOOP: HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY named JOHN LEGANSKI as his next floor director. He’s replacing Ben Howard, who is doing legislative outreach to the Hill for the White House. Leganski went to Stanford and is from Chicago. -- SCOOP: DIANNE FEINSTEIN, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is slated to meet with SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday at 4 p.m. The meeting will be key for Gorsuch and could help determine how aggressively the California Democrat takes on Trump’s pick in the upcoming hearings.-- THE JUDICIAL CRISIS NETWORK is launching a pro-Gorsuch ad in Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Colorado and D.C. The ad is part of an initial $2 million ad buy that kicked off Tuesday. Here’s the ad http://bit.ly/2k2ON0zSCOOP -- LAST NIGHT IN KALORAMA -- “Ivanka Trump’s dinner party diplomacy,” by Annie Karni: “On Thursday night, President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter hosted a dinner party with a group of CEOs at her new Kalorama home -- the stated purpose ... was for Ivanka Trump to solicit ideas on how to promote women in the workforce and fight for issues like paid maternity leave. ... Thursday night’s dinner marked Ivanka Trump’s first foray into politics on her own, since moving to Washington, D.C. Attending the Thursday night dinner was Walmart CEO Doug McMillon; General Motors CEO Mary Barra; Ernst & Young CEO Mark Weinberger; Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky; investment banker Adebayo Ogunlesi; JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon; Trump’s head of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn; and Dina Powell, the former Goldman Sachs partner who recently joined the administration to advise Ivanka Trump and Kushner.” http://politi.co/2jEOA7J SHOT -- “Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager Said to Aid Lockheed in F-35 Dispute,” by Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli: “Lockheed Martin Corp. turned to Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and his lobbying firm to help them navigate a dispute with the new president over the cost of its F-35 fighter plane ... Trump criticized the company for ‘out-of-control’ costs for the stealth fighter in a series of tweets in December, startling top executives at the firm. The company’s shares fell, and an initial meeting on Dec. 21 between Trump and Lockheed’s chief executive officer, Marillyn Hewson, to discuss the matter did not go well … Lockheed engaged Lewandowski and his firm, Avenue Strategies, after Hewson’s first meeting with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.” http://bloom.bg/2kweDgYCHASER -- FROM POLITICO’S MORNING DEFENSE’s Gregory Hellman and Jeremy Herb: “‘We did not hire Lewandowski or his firm,’ Lockheed spokesman Bill Phelps said. Lockheed declined, however, to answer follow-up questions about whether the contractor had any interactions with Lewandowski.”BY THE NUMBERS -- “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago getaway could cost taxpayers more than $3 million,” by Matt Nussbaum: “President Donald Trump’s trip to his luxury resort in Mar-a-Lago this weekend could saddle taxpayers with a bill upwards of $3 million and is already drawing the type of scrutiny Trump and other Republicans regularly heaped upon former President Barack Obama.” http://politi.co/2l3Ox19TRUMP'S DAY -- Trump has a strategy meeting with CEOs, will sign executive orders, meet with Michael Flynn and then will leave for Palm Beach.HAPPENING TOMORROW -- “Sources: Donald and Melania Trump will be at Red Cross Ball,” by Palm Beach Daily News’ Shannon Donnelly: “The first couple will be joined by 700 others, some of whom paid as much as $50,000 for premium placement. Six ambassadors will be at the ball, representing Switzerland, Italy, Colombia, Afghanistan, Peru, and Jordan. Mexico is not sending an ambassador. Neither is Australia.” http://bit.ly/2jEL3Gh-- HOT TICKET – “Diamond Centennial -- Vienna to Versailles -- International Red Cross Ball” at Mar-A-Lago: “7:00 p.m. Cocktails ... 8:00 p.m. Fireworks ... 9:00 p.m. Dinner and Dancing ... White Tie and Decorations Preferred”. See the invite http://politi.co/2kwnoHA-- AWKWARD -- “The American Red Cross, when requested by local authorities, will provide basic support to stranded travelers affected by the recent executive order on immigration, including providing food and water at ports of entry; blankets, toiletries and other aid; and health, mental health and spiritual care services. Our ‘Restoring Family Links’ services are also available to help detainees and stranded travelers who have been separated internationally to reconnect with their loved ones.” http://rdcrss.org/2l48TY6JOHN HARRIS AND DANIEL LIPPMAN in POLITICO Magazine on “Trump’s Enemies Within: The president has awakened the slumbering beast that felled presidents before him: the federal bureaucracy”: “How on earth is all this stuff getting in the newspapers? Bob Haldeman told Richard Nixon that he had uncovered the culprit: Mark Felt, a top official at the FBI. ‘Now why the hell would he do that?’ asked Nixon, who was secretly recording the exchange. Cracking down on Felt directly was out of the question, the two men agreed. … Donald Trump, a self-professed Nixon admirer, is learning this history lesson about the presidency in real time: His most dangerous enemies are people who ostensibly work for him. Modern presidents always feel hectored by the news media and harried by opposition legislators. But mortal threats to their power typically come from hostile forces inside the executive branch. The phenomenon has rarely been on more vivid display, with Trump buffeted by an unprecedented barrage of leaks about his decision-making and direct challenges to the decisions themselves—a new example coming almost daily—from within the permanent bureaucracy of government.” With cameos by Leon Panetta, Jack Quinn, Roger Stone, David Gergen and Bart Gellman http://politi.co/2knjVsGPOLITICO MAGAZINE FRIDAY COVER -- ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN PROFILE -- “Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?” by David Freedlander: New York Attorney General Eric “Schneiderman has emerged as perhaps the lefty media’s favorite lawyer, tangling with mortgage bankers, ExxonMobil, and national retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, J Crew and The Gap. And on November 9, he was handed what might become his largest target when Donald Trump, his longtime nemesis, was elected president. … If Governor Eliot Spitzer became known as the ‘sheriff of Wall Street,’ and Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to clean up Albany and become the ‘sheriff of State Street,’ Schneiderman could very much become the next sheriff of Pennsylvania Avenue.” http://politi.co/2k2KfHATOP-ED -- “Trump wants health ‘insurance for everybody.’ Here’s how the GOP can make it happen,” by Lanhee Chen and Tevi Troy in WaPo. http://wapo.st/2l2p498 TRUMP’S WORLD -- NYT A13, “For Europe, There’s a New Threat in Town: The U.S.,” by Steven Erlanger: “Like much of the world, the European Union is struggling to decipher a President Trump who seems every day to be picking a new fight with a new nation, whether friend or foe. Hopes among European leaders that Mr. Trump’s bombastic tone as a candidate would somehow smooth into a more temperate one as commander in chief are dissipating, replaced by a mounting sense of anxiety and puzzlement over how to proceed.” http://nyti.ms/2jELlwN NOW YOU KNOW – “The Anonymous Pro-Trump ‘Decius’ Now Works Inside The White House,” by The Weekly Standard’s Michael Warren: “The writer is a senior national-security official in the Trump White House, nearly a decade after serving in a similar role for George W. Bush. ... The enigmatic writer’s real name is Michael Anton, and he’s a fast-talking 47-year-old intellectual who, unlike most of his colleagues, can readily quote Roman histories and Renaissance thinkers. But readers knew him throughout 2016 as Publius Decius Mus, first at a now-defunct website called the Journal of American Greatness and later in the online pages of the Claremont Review of Books.” http://tws.io/2kYKk37 #THISTOWN – “New Yorker and Vanity Fair Pull Out of Correspondents Dinner Parties,” by NYT’s Mike Grynbaum and Katie Rogers: “The New Yorker is canceling the kickoff party that it usually holds at the W Hotel ... Vanity Fair is pulling out of co-sponsoring the dinner’s most exclusive after-party, a celebrity-studded affair most recently hosted at the French ambassador’s residence that is considered the capital’s hottest ticket of the year. Vanity Fair’s co-sponsor, Bloomberg L.P., is proceeding with its plans for the party, but no final decision has been made on the event ... Mr. Carter, who has feuded with Mr. Trump for decades, was asked whether he had a particular reason for canceling this year’s festivities. ‘Trump,’ Mr. Carter replied, ‘and the fish.’” With cameos by Jeff Mason, Kate Nocera and Ed Chen http://nyti.ms/2kwp5VG K STREET WATCH -- “Vitter heads to K Street,” by new Politico Influence author Theo Meyer: “Former Sen. David Vitter is joining one of Washington’s largest lobbying firms. The Louisiana Republican, who spent six years in the House and 12 in the Senate, this week joined Mercury LLC, whose clients range from corporate titans like Visa and NBCUniversal to the governments of Nigeria and Qatar. Vitter, whose title will be co-chairman, gives the firm a veteran lawmaker with deep relationships with top members of the Trump administration, including Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions, Vitter’s longtime Senate colleague. … The firm is also adding Al Simpson, who spent the past six years as chief of staff for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), whom Trump tapped to be his Office of Management and Budget director. Simpson expects to engage Mulvaney on infrastructure, tax and defense issues. Mercury has also added Brent Thompson, the former head of government affairs for Expedia, as a managing director.” http://politi.co/2k8q2Cr … Subscribe to PI http://politi.co/1Oianoy-- "Ryan starts 2017 with fundraising bang," by Rachael Bade. http://politi.co/2l46Fbs WEST COAST WATCH -- “California lawmakers can’t figure out what to do with Airbnb. Here’s why,” by LA Times’ Liam Dillon: “The lack of action is in sharp contrast to the scores of regulations passed in cities and states across the country, but also to the way California legislators have responded with fervor in tackling other issues surrounding the so-called sharing economy, including Uber and Lyft and the booming ride-hailing industry. … Short-term rental legislation has failed in Sacramento for multiple reasons, those on all sides of the issue said, including cities’ reluctance to let the state involve itself in local tax collection and the relative political strengths of both Airbnb and labor unions, which are typically the industry’s most powerful adversaries.” http://lat.ms/2k2P97nHOT ON THE LEFT -- Princeton President Chris Eisgruber and 47 other American college and university presidents have sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to “rectify or rescind the recent executive order closing our country’s borders to immigrants and others from seven majority-Muslim countries and to refugees from throughout the world. ... If left in place, the order threatens both American higher education and the defining principles of our country … The order specifically prevents talented, law-abiding students and scholars from the affected regions from reaching our campuses.” Full letter http://bit.ly/2jK1BIk -- FROM LUFTHANSA: “Due to a decision (Temporary Restraint Order) by the District Court in Massachusetts, the [immigration executive order] is suspended on flights to [Boston Logan Airport] for the time being until February 5th, 2017. All passengers with valid travel documents are eligible to board on LH-flights to BOS.” OBAMA ALUMNI -- GENE SPERLING’s Atlantic debut -- Sperling has started as a contributing editor for The Atlantic. His first piece looks at the question of whether we will be able to trust economic data coming out of this administration. “On the eve of the release of the first jobs report during Trump's presidency, this leads to a pressing question: Will he revive the Nixonian tradition of interfering with federal economic agencies if they announce numbers that do not please him?” http://theatln.tc/2kokguV HAPPENING TODAY – The American Enterprise Institute is hosting a panel discussion from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. called “Lost In Translation: The Unsung War Heroes Of Iraq And Afghanistan” with former Gen. David Petraeus and Paul Wolfowitz. Retired Army Captain Matt Zeller of the group No One Left Behind and two former translators will also join and share their experiences from the front lines. Livestream http://bit.ly/2kwq2xjIVANKA/JARED WATCH -- Ivanka went to the Chinese embassy’s New Year’s party – pic http://bit.ly/2jH1ehF ... The big panda cake at the party: http://bit.ly/2kX8BmX SPOTTED: Jason Miller at the bar at Capital Grille … former Rep. Henry Waxman and colleagues from his firm, Waxman Strategies at Corduroy for dinner ... Wolf Blitzer at the newest Penn Quarter hotspot, The Smith, after the Wizards/Lakers game. ... former VP Joe Biden, wearing his standard aviators, at the Chevy Chase Brooks Brothers yesterday “several customers and staff greeted him and he was friendly and generous with his time” ... Kellyanne Conway dining with Ari Fleischer on Wednesday night at DBGB.WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Travis Hall, comms director at the Republican Study Committee, and Gretchen Hall, reentry advocate at Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services, welcomed Thomas Michael Hall last Friday at 1:14 a.m. “Thomas couldn’t wait another month and joined the world in his 36th week. Mom is doing well. Thomas’s condition continues to improve, and he is on target to be a reliable reliever for the Nats.” Pic http://bit.ly/2l2atum SUNDAY SO FAR -- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)--“Fox News Sunday,” live from NRG Stadium in Houston -- home to Super Bowl LI: Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), Robert Kraft. FOX NFL Sunday Panel: Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Vice President Mike Pence, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie ... Demaurice Smith of the National Football League Players Association ... James Brown. Panel: Amy Walter, Ramesh Ponnuru, Ruth Marcus, Michael Duffy.--CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Panel: Bakari Sellers, Neera Tanden, Sarah Isgur Flores, Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.).-- ABC’s “This Week”: Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Matthew Dowd, Sara Fagen, Jen Palmieri.--CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Julie Pace, Ed O’Keefe, Ashley Parker, Manu RajuTRANSITIONS -- Lambda Legal has hired Sharon McGowan, a top attorney in the civil rights division of the Department of Justice, as the group’s new director of strategy. http://politi.co/2kwpRBO BUSH ALUMNI – PETE SEAT has been named the Indiana Republican Party’s executive director of strategic comms and talent development. “Seat most recently was communications director for Eric Holcomb for Indiana ... senior project manager at Hathaway Strategies ... and served in the George W. Bush White House." http://bit.ly/2kZ1PjU BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Robin GilchristBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jose Antonio Vargas, founder/CEO of Define American and a WaPo alum, is 36 -- he’s celebrating by taking some friends and co-workers to watch “I Am Not Your Negro,” the Oscar-nominated documentary on James Baldwin -- read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2jEXsKp BIRTHDAYS: J-E-T-S fan Matt Rhoades, founder of Definers Public Affairs and chairman of America Rising, is 42, celebrating by “chilling” (hat tip: Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, whose nickname for Matt is “Rhodesia”) ... Arthur Levitt, the longest-serving SEC Chairman, is a sprightly 86 (h/t Chris Ullman) ... Seth Lavin ... Virginia Boney, former appropriations director to Sen. Lindsey Graham, now in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs (h/t Tommy) … Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, an OMB alum and Twizzlers fan, is 59 (h/t Anne Schroeder) ... Josh Lipsky, the pride of Greenbelt, Md., former policy adviser and speechwriter to Rick Stengel at State, is 31 (h/t Herbie Ziskend) ... former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) is 84 ... Kathryn Lyons, managing editor at FamousDC (h/t Amos Snead) ... Fred Hochberg, former chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank, who celebrated with an NYT op-ed calling for Trump to renew the Ex-Im charter: http://nyti.ms/2jKgvxY (h/ts Hilary Rosen and Matt Bevens) … Amy Chapman … Mark Webster ... Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, is 62 ... Anne Muscarella, director of comms at OZY ... Marianna Delafield ... Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is 74 ... Adriana Brizuela, MBA candidate at Georgetown McDonough, celebrating her 29th in NY with friends (h/t fiancee Gindy) ... Amy Chapman (h/t Sean Johnson) ... John Hendren, an LAT, NPR and ABC alum ... Mike Ryan, former senior advisor to Steve Israel and superfan of the Packers …SKDK’s Justine Turner (h/t Philippa Martinez-Berrier) ... Romen Borsellino, former special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior and Obama 2008/2012 campaign alum, is 27 ... Kyle Tharp of NGP VAN (h/t his fave ex-work wife Dawn Le) ...… James Holm, executive producer of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” is 45 ... ABC’s MaryAlice Parks (h/t Arlette Saenz) ... Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) is 58 ... Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is 47 ... Columbia 2L Janet Kanzawa, a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett alum (h/t Colby Bermel) ... RALLY principal/office volleyball captain Latia Curry and senior account executive and Mayor Villaraigosa alum Lys Mendez (h/ts Sam Garrett-Pate) ... Fox News contributor and fellow country music fan Lisa Marie Boothe, also president of High Noon Strategies (h/t Kurt Bardella) ... Rebecca Mark, a Cathy McMorris-Rodgers alum who just started as head of gov’t relations for Cruise Automation … Dana Thomas, former WaPo, Newsweek, and WSJ reporter, who recently made a state visit and was spotted at Cafe Milano (h/t Ben Chang) … Neal Carruth, GM of podcasting at NPR, is 41 ... Politico’s Lisa Francis (h/t Rachel Schindler) ... Jonathan Lachman, former associate director for national security programs at OMB and a DOD alum ... CAP alum Tara Kutz, now a production coordinator at C41 Media Corp … Virginia Boney … Chris DeRose ... Al Shofe … Lawrence Kluttz, comms. director for Rep. David Price ... Dennis Cariello, shareholder and education group co-chairman at Hogan, Marren, Babbo & Rose and a DLA Piper alum ... Alex Boian, VP of gov’t affairs at the Outdoor Industry Association ... Ruth Axton, daughter of Jeanne Cummings ... Diana Hartstein Beinart, deputy commissioner and general counsel of NYC’s Dept. of Finance and an Obama WH alum ... Marianne Delafield ... Kim Sneed, assignment manager at NBC Universal ... Al Shofe ... Zaida Hill Ricker ... Clay Hollis, senior LA for Rep. Tom Rooney ... Jessica Ann Levandowski, digital director for House OGR ... Bradley Solyan, LA for Rep. Lois Frankel (h/ts Legistorm) ... Playbooker Morgan Fairchild is 67 … Blythe Danner is 74 ... human rights activist Amal Alamuddin Clooney is 39 (h/ts AP)
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Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2jpWe5B … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfWHAT TRUMP IS WAKING UP TO -- NYT -- 6-column banner headline -- “TRUMP FIRES JUSTICE CHIEF WHO DEFIED HIM” -- 5 of 7 stories about the Trump administration http://nyti.ms/2jy8Dzx … WaPo -- 6-column banner headline -- “Acting attorney general fired over ban” -- 3 of 5 stories about Trump, not including a Supreme Court graphic http://bit.ly/2km1SFK … N.Y. POST: “DON NONSTOP … 10 days in office … 19 executive action … Defiant on immigrant ban … Takes ax to biz regulations … Supreme Court fight begins today … FIRST 100 DAZE” http://nyp.st/2jQq1QY YOU’RE FIRED -- “Trump fires defiant acting attorney general,” by Josh Gerstein: “President Donald Trump fired the nation’s acting attorney general Monday night after she refused to defend an executive order he issued last week restricting immigration in the name of national security. In an act of high political drama just 10 days after taking office, Trump replaced Obama administration appointee Sally Yates with Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Va. ‘The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel,’ a White House statement said. ‘Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.’“Yates could not be reached for comment on Trump’s attack, but a person close to her called the criticism from the White House absurd. ‘That’s preposterous. Everyone knows she's a career prosecutor for nearly three decades, well-respected by serious members of both parties,’ said the Yates associate, who asked not to be named. ‘That dog won’t hunt.’ A Trump aide accused Yates of seeking attention. ‘She knew what she was doing and she knew she’d be fired. She just wanted the publicity,’ said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity.” http://politi.co/2kbHJiU **SUBSCIBRE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbX -- BEHIND THE SCENES: “Trump’s Talk About Muslims Led Acting Attorney General to Defy Ban,” by NYT’s Matt Apuzzo: “Repeated comments from President Trump and his advisers about barring Muslims from entering the United States were at the heart of the decision on Monday by the acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates, to refuse to defend the president’s executive order on immigration, senior officials involved said. … Like many others in the government, Ms. Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, was caught by surprise Friday night by Mr. Trump’s executive order temporarily halting all refugees from entering the country and indefinitely blocking immigration or visits from seven Muslim countries. The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel had reviewed the order and signed off on its legality. But Ms. Yates and her staff lawyers believed that the department had to consider the intent of the order, which she said appeared designed to single out people based on religion.” http://nyti.ms/2kc4dR7 … Yates’ statement http://politi.co/2jy6NPe-- SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.) called the firing a “Monday massacre.” (A nod to Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre)-- AGAIN… The scar tissue with Democrats -- and Capitol Hill -- keeps on building up. Fights like these are just going to make it that much more difficult for Trump to make good on his legislative promises. A FUN LINE: When any president gets into a tiff with members of Congress, we hear a popular refrain from lawmakers in D.C.: We were here before this president, and we’ll probably be here after them. Translation: the Hill frequently has the leg up and in the end will get their way. -- DEPT. OF HILL RELATIONS: @realDonaldTrump at 6:21 a.m.: “Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party! … When will the Democrats give us our Attorney General and rest of Cabinet! They should be ashamed of themselves! No wonder D.C. doesn’t work!” Note: Actually the microphone did work. It was out temporarily and many of the cabinet officials will be confirmed in the next 10 days.GET SMART FAST -- “Dana Boente: Who Is the New Acting Attorney General?,” by NYT’s Liam Stack: http://nyti.ms/2jyfoBF TRUMP'S TUESDAY MORNING STATEMENT: "President Donald J. Trump Will Continue to Enforce Executive Order Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ Community in the Workplace" http://politi.co/2kPuyDxHappy Tuesday. President Trump will receive the daily intelligence briefing this morning, meet with PhRMA and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and have lunch with Rudy Giuliani. He will sign an executive order and then announce his Supreme Court nominee at 8 p.m.WHAT D.C. IS TALKING ABOUT -- BREAKING LAST NIGHT -- “Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump’s immigration order,” by Rachael Bade, Jake Sherman and Josh Dawsey: “Senior staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped Donald Trump’s top aides draft the executive order curbing immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, but the Republican committee chairman and party leadership were not informed, according to multiple sources involved in the process. The news of their involvement helps unlock the mystery of whether the White House consulted Capitol Hill about the executive order, one of many questions raised in the days after it was unveiled on Friday. It confirms that the small group of staffers were among the only people on Capitol Hill who knew of the looming controversial policy.“Kathryn Rexrode, the House Judiciary Committee’s communications director, declined to comment about the aides’ work. A Judiciary Committee aide said Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was not ‘consulted by the administration on the executive order.’ ‘Like other congressional committees, some staff of the House Judiciary Committee were permitted to offer their policy expertise to the Trump transition team about immigration law,’ a House Judiciary Committee aide said in a statement. ‘However, the Trump Administration is responsible for the final policy decisions contained in the executive order and its subsequent roll-out and implementation.’ The work of the committee aides began during the transition period after the election and before Donald Trump was sworn in. The staffers signed nondisclosure agreements, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Trump’s transition operation forced its staff to sign these agreements, but it would be unusual to extend that requirement to congressional employees. Rexrode declined to comment on the nondisclosure pacts.” http://politi.co/2klVle0THE NEXT JUSTICE: “Trump’s Supreme Court pick gets personal,” by Shane Goldmacher and Eliana Johnson: “President Donald Trump’s two finalists for the Supreme Court offer him a choice between a pair of competing personal narratives: an Ivy League pedigree or a blue collar history. With the president lacking any consistent judicial philosophy, those close to Trump are emphasizing their candidate’s life story as they attempt to sway Trump toward either Neil Gorsuch or Thomas Hardiman. Gorsuch has the resume of a man seemingly destined for the high court: the son of a Reagan Cabinet member, a graduate of Harvard and Oxford, and a clerk for two Supreme Court justices who has worked in the Justice Department and spent a decade on the federal bench. ... Hardiman has blue-collar roots that his backers say would make him a quintessential Trump nominee: a native of a working-class industrial town in Massachusetts, the first in his family to graduate from college, and upwardly mobile without passing through the corridors of the Ivy League. He would be the only sitting justice who did not attend Harvard or Yale.” http://politi.co/2kK1mP6 -- WaPo FRONT-PAGE GRAPHIC on who might join the Supreme Court http://wapo.st/2kN449L CAPITOL HILL BUZZ -- Democrats were giggling with glee last night when they got back into the Capitol. One told us that they are all happy President Trump issued the immigration ban as a broadly worded executive order, because if Trump worked with Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on codifying something like that into law through legislation, it would’ve been an epically difficult vote for many of them.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- A KEY HUDDLE -- The conservative House Freedom Caucus is meeting today with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Cassidy has released an Obamacare replacement bill that is getting some buzz around the Hill. It’s unlikely to be the plan that Republicans adopt, but it's a start.THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG -- “How Obama will take on Trump,” by Isaac Dovere: “Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn’t think it would happen this quickly. Now they’re trying to find the right balance on issues that demand a response, and how to use Obama deliver the selective pushback. Obama and his team are monitoring what’s happening at the White House, and not ruling out the possibility that Obama will challenge Trump more forcefully in the coming months, according to people who’ve been in contact with the former president. It depends on Trump. It also depends, the people close to the former president said Monday, on whether speaking out would just set him up to have no effect and be dismissed, and result in empowering Trump more, which is a very real worry for them.” http://politi.co/2jy4RX01600 PENNSYLVANIA -- “White House aides who wrote Trump’s travel ban see it as just the start,” by L.A. Times’ Brian Bennett and Noah Bierman: “Even as confusion, internal dissent and widespread condemnation greeted President Trump’s travel ban and crackdown on refugees this weekend, senior White House aides say they are only getting started. … Trump’s top advisors on immigration, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior advisor Stephen Miller, see themselves as launching a radical experiment to fundamentally transform how the U.S. decides who is allowed into the country and to block a generation of people who, in their view, won’t assimilate into American society. That project may live or die in the next three months, as the Trump administration reviews whether and how to expand the visa ban and alter vetting procedures. White House aides are considering new, onerous security checks that could effectively limit travel into the U.S. by people from majority-Muslim countries to a trickle.” http://lat.ms/2jpH6oPKEEP AN EYE ON THIS -- “Rep. Dave Brat: ‘The women are in my grill no matter where I go,’” by the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Patrick Wilson: “Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th, is feeling some political pressure as Republicans in Congress move to repeal the Affordable Care Act. ‘Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go,’ Brat told an audience Saturday at a meeting of conservative groups at Hanover Tavern. ‘They come up — ‘When is your next town hall?’ And believe me, it’s not to give positive input.’ Brat, R-7th, asked the GOP-friendly audience to get organized. ‘Help us write newspaper articles. We’re getting hammered,’ he said.” http://bit.ly/2kmqayV -- SO YOU KNOW…. Brat beat former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a deep red Richmond-area district. If he can’t beat back the heat, Republicans have issues.WHAT BILL NELSON IS READING -- “Trump coaxes Scott to run for prized Florida Senate seat,” by Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo: “Trump and Scott speak about once a week and on several occasions have talked about the race against Sen. Bill Nelson, according to two sources briefed on the talks. The two have known each other for two decades, and Trump likes Scott’s record as governor and as a health care tycoon.“‘We need you in the Senate. We need business guys like you,’ Trump told Scott in a recent phone call, said one source [adding that] the president had signaled that he would help the Republican governor raise money. Even without Trump’s urging, Scott has been widely expected to run for Senate as he prepares to leave office after 2018, when he is termed out.” http://politi.co/2kmpFF3HOT TAKE – DAVID BROOKS in the NYT, “The Republican Fausts”: “[T]he Trump administration is not a Republican administration; it is an ethnic nationalist administration. ... [E]ven if Trump’s ideology were not noxious, his incompetence is a threat to all around him. To say that it is amateur hour at the White House is to slander amateurs. ... [I]t’s becoming increasingly clear that the aroma of bigotry infuses the whole operation, and anybody who aligns too closely will end up sharing in the stench. ... With most administrations you can agree sometimes and disagree other times. But this one is a danger to the party and the nation in its existential nature. And so sooner or later all will have to choose what side they are on, and live forever after with the choice.” http://nyti.ms/2kKzQB5CABINET OFFICIALS OR POTTED PLANTS? -- AP’s Julie Pace and Eric Tucker: “At least three top national security officials — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Rex Tillerson, who is awaiting confirmation to lead the State Department — have told associates they were not aware of details of the directive until around the time Trump signed it. Leading intelligence officials were also left largely in the dark, according to U.S. officials. ... Mattis, who stood next to Trump during Friday’s signing ceremony, is said to be particularly incensed. A senior U.S. official said Mattis, along with Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford, was aware of the general concept of Trump’s order but not the details. Tillerson has told the president’s political advisers that he was baffled over not being consulted on the substance of the order.” http://apne.ws/2jptpq0--“Homeland Security Chief and White House Clash,” by WSJ’s Damian Paletta and Aruna Viswanatha: “Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has clashed with the White House over staffing and other decisions in recent days ... Mr. Kelly hasn’t been able to name the deputy he wants at the agency, people familiar with the matter said, and he fought off attempts by the White House to put Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state known as a hard-liner on immigration, into the position. ... Rather than Mr. Kobach, Mr. Kelly instead suggested that Christian Marrone be named to the deputy secretary job ... Mr. Marrone is former chief of staff to Jeh Johnson, the DHS secretary under President Barack Obama, and also worked for years in the Bush administration, including with Mr. Kelly at the Defense Department.” http://on.wsj.com/2jQh1vfTHE NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY -- “White House Lowballs Impact of Trump Ban,” by The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff: “President Donald Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer spent today saying 109 people were detained over the weekend, and that, therefore, the president’s executive order only had a minimal impact on travelers. But numbers obtained by The Daily Beast indicate that the White House may be significantly understating the number of travelers impacted by that order ... According to [an internal DHS] email, 348 people were blocked from boarding flights into the U.S. before their flights departed. An additional 200 to 250 people were denied entry to the U.S. once their flights landed. That’s part of a larger pool of 735 people at ports of entry who had encounters with CBP and could have been barred from entering the U.S. by the executive order.” http://thebea.st/2jpKrEj CLICKER – “9 maps and charts that explain the global refugee crisis,” by Vox’s Zack Beauchamp: http://bit.ly/2kblkClBEHIND THE SCENES -- “From order to disorder: How Trump’s immigration directive exposed GOP rifts,” by WaPo’s Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker and Bob Costa: “As it became evident that the rollout of the executive order bordered between clumsy and dysfunctional, people in Trump’s orbit divided over who was at fault, with some blaming Miller. Others said it was Priebus who should have taken charge of better coordinating with the departments and communicating with lawmakers and the public. ‘The problem they’ve got is this is an off-Broadway performance of a show that is now the number one hit on Broadway,’ said former House speaker Newt Gingrich ... The infighting spilled into public view Monday morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’ Host Joe Scarborough, who spent part of Sunday visiting Trump at the White House, looked into the camera and directly challenged Miller. ‘This weekend was a disgrace and it’s all on your shoulders,’ Scarborough intoned.” http://wapo.st/2jOJVP3 SEASON 2 PREMIERE OF ‘OFF MESSAGE’ -- “The man who picked the next Supreme Court justice: John Malcolm, a conservative legal scholar who runs the Edwin Meese Center at the Heritage Foundation, feels sure he’s going to be happy with whoever Trump chooses -- because he made the list,” by Isaac Dovere: http://politi.co/2klOjGgWHAT WORKS -- The new president is turning campaign rhetoric into action, and that’s making urban leaders nervous. In the eighth installment of POLITICO Magazine’s mayors survey, part of the award-winning What Works series, POLITICO asked mayors to forecast how their cities would fare under the incoming Trump administration. http://politi.co/2kP2jEU-- SCOTUS Chatbot: Follow breaking news alerts and analysis on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by chatting with POLITICO on Facebook Messenger. Try it out here or message us on our Facebook Page. http://m.me/politico ... https://www.facebook.com/politico/ FIRST LOOK – The Senate Republican Conference has cut a new video that shows how Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of 2017 disagrees with Sen. Schumer of 2016. http://bit.ly/2jQjbv1CONFIRMATION BATTLES -- DEVOS’S VOTE TODAY -- SEN. PATTY MURRAY’S FLOOR STATEMENT ON ED. SECY. NOMINEE -- “I am deeply disappointed that Chairman Alexander has decided to go ahead with a vote on Betsy DeVos today despite my strong objections…[and] reasonable request for a delay. … I believe that we should be doing everything possible…to make sure these nominees get proper and appropriate scrutiny…there is absolutely no reason to rush them through or cut corners. Our job should be scrutinizing these nominees, not protecting them. Democrats have a number of concerns with this nomination … but we have not been given an appropriate opportunity to get the answers to our questions and to do our jobs here in the Senate to scrutinize nominees and make sure they are truly ready to get to work for the people we represent.”-- DEM BRAIN DUMP ON DEVOS VOTE: “Betsy DeVos is now the poster child for a Trump Administration billionaire nominee gone horribly wrong,” one senior Democratic aide emailed Playbook. “From being mocked on late night comedy shows and social media for her disastrous hearing (‘we need guns in schools because of grizzly bears!’), to spurring hundreds of thousands of calls and letters to Senate offices—Betsy DeVos has guaranteed that should Republicans succeed in jamming her through the Senate, she will enter the position embattled, wounded, mocked, and unable to accomplish her radical agenda.”WHAT MATTIS IS READING -- “Iraqi general who works with American military kept from visiting U.S.,” by CBS News’ Charlie D’Agata in Baghdad: “Gen. Talib al Kenani commands the elite American-trained counter terrorist forces that have been leading the fight against ISIS for two years. ‘I’m a four star general, and I’m banned from entering the U.S.?’ he said. His family was relocated to the U.S. for their safety, and he’d had plans to see them next week, until he was told not to bother. ‘I have been fighting terrorism for 13 years and winning,’ he said. ‘Now my kids are now asking if I’m a terrorist?’ CBS News met the general at his heavily fortified compound inside the Green Zone. For the past decade, Kenani has been travelling to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida for high-level meetings with the U.S. military leadership. ‘There are many American troops here in Iraq,’ he said. ‘After this ban how are we supposed to deal with each other?’” http://cbsn.ws/2kbznIf-- BY THE NUMBERS: 32 MILLION people generated 151 million likes, posts and comments on Facebook related to the Trump travel ban from Friday to Monday.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- THE LOYAL OPPOSITION -- The U.K.-based group CrowdJustice is launching an U.S.-based online crowdfunding platform in partnership with the Legal Aid Justice to raise money to represent and advise refugees, detainees, immigrants and others impacted by Trump’s recent executive actions. Unlike the ACLU, people can raise money for individual cases. LAJC already represents several people who were held at Dulles Airport over the weekend who were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. http://bit.ly/2jpEKX6-- ANOTHER PLAYBOOK SCOOP: BOEHNER GETS ANOTHER BOARD -- Former Speaker John Boehner has joined the board of Brazilian-based JBS Foods International, the largest meat processing company on the planet. He already sits on Reynolds America’s board. MEDIAWATCH -- CNBC’s KAYLA TAUSCHE (@kaylatausche): “Some news: Heading to the @CNBC DC bureau, beginning next week, to join my esteemed colleagues covering the economy under a Trump Admin.”--OLIVIA NUZZI to N.Y. Mag -- per Peter Sterne: “New York magazine has hired Olivia Nuzzi as its first-ever Washington correspondent, covering the Trump administration and Congress both for the print magazine and New York’s Daily Intel blog starting February 6. Nuzzi has been a Daily Beast reporter for the past several years.” http://politi.co/2kN5IIz --per Morning Media: “At ABC News, Jonathan Karl, Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas have been promoted to chief Washington correspondent/chief White House correspondent, senior White House correspondent and chief national correspondent, respectively.” http://politi.co/2kPhbTU -- “CNN Beefs Up Investigative Reporting,” by NPR’s David Folkenflik: “CNN is embarking on what it characterizes as a major new initiative in investigative reporting as executives pull together accomplished reporters into a single unit and promise to hire at least a dozen more. ... The legendary investigative reporters Carl Bernstein and James Steele, both Pulitzer Prize winners, will serve as contributing editors to advise the team on their work and executives on hiring.” http://n.pr/2kMLEpJ--The civic engagement app Countable is hiring Andrea Seabrook as its managing editor. She previously was NPR’s long-time congressional correspondent and in 2012 founded DecodeDC. http://politi.co/2km30ZP ... Dr. John Torres has joined NBC News and MSNBC as medical correspondent. “He is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served for eight years, including a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004 with the Air National Guard.”--TODAY is Rick Stengel’s debut as the Walter Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School. He’s participating in a panel with Juliette Kayyem and moderated by Nicco Mele on “The Role of Journalism in the Age of President Trump” as part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education at the Kennedy School.COVER DU JOUR – DAVID FRUM on the March cover of The Atlantic, “How to Build an Autocracy: The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism”: http://theatln.tc/2jxPBJF SPOTTED yesterday at the Trump hotel: Rudy Giuliani ... Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and a friend enjoying Osteria Morini’s $10 Morini Monday pasta with the bundled up masses of Navy Yard. ... Heather Podesta having lunch at the Lamb’s Club at the Chatwal Hotel in New York Monday ... Former senators Tom Daschle and John Breaux lunching yesterday at RPM Italian.SEN. JOHN THUNE TALKS TO TMZ OUTSIDE DCA -- “The deals get done in the Senate gym!!!”: http://bit.ly/2jpNQDkOUT AND ABOUT -- An overflow crowd of more than 75 people attended the RENEWPR second anniversary celebration at Nopa Kitchen + Bar Monday night. SPOTTED in the crowd joining RENEWPR president Ben Finzel and his husband Mark Pimble: Katherine Hamilton, Joe Fuld, Margo Scott Dunn, David Leiter, Arvind Manocha, Gideon Malone, Lisa Jacobson, Kateri Callahan, Sam Adams, Chris Jones, Chris Cimko, Tony Silva, Ron Painter, Yenory Garcia-Pouncil, Tiffany Shackelford, Elena Waskey, Chris McCannell, Jim Owen, Margaret Dunning, Christina and Bradley Saull, Ann Davison, David Olive, Deborah Sauri and Michael Sauri, Joe Sangirardi, Courtney Mott, Matt Thorn, Bill Loveless, Michael Lustig, Louis Labrecque, Taylor Gross, Mike Schmitt, Jayne Brady and Betsy Mullins, Richard Goodstein, Andy Athy.ENGAGED – NYT media correspondent Emily Steel got engaged to Dan Hoevel, who works in fundraising and investor relations at the investment firm, Silver Lake They “met in December 2014 at a bar in Brooklyn. I was there for one of my best friend’s going away parties and he was there with a friend. This past weekend, we went away to this incredible 1800s farmhouse in Woodstock, which was the first place we had gone away together. He asked me to marry him on Friday, and I said yes! We are beyond thrilled!” Instapic http://bit.ly/2jOGE26TRANSITIONS -- Josh Drobnyk has been hired as senior vice president for corporate communications at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He was previously Treasury’s principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs and most recently was deputy chief of staff. http://politi.co/2kbA5Fe ... FINRA also named Gregory J. Dean, Jr. as its senior vice president for government affairs. He comes from the Royal Bank of Canada where he is currently senior director, regulatory and government affairs. http://politi.co/2km4bsh ... Salo Zelermyer is joining Valero as VP for federal affairs and counsel, and will head up the D.C. office. He is currently a senior principal at Bracewell LLP and was senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at DOE under the Bush administration. http://politi.co/2kMTJdX ...... Andrea Riccio has recently joined Porter Novelli’s public affairs and corporate communications practice in D.C., handling message strategy and execution for a variety of clients including nonprofits, corporations, and trade associations. She was previously the deputy director of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee under Chairman Steve Israel. ... Robert Cogan, Rep. Diane Black’s (R-Tenn.) deputy chief of staff, is moving over to the House Budget Committee where he will be a senior policy adviser on tax, among other issues. ... Rob Hawkins has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as of counsel in its D.C. office. He most recently was deputy chief of staff and special counsel to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. http://politi.co/2jQhoGdOBAMA ALUMNI -- Widmeyer Communications has hired Heather Foster as a VP in Widmeyer Education, the agency’s PK-12 Education Practice based in Washington. Most recently she was a founding partner and director of strategic partnerships of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and was an adviser in the Obama White House office of public engagement. http://politi.co/2kMRCH1… The Democracy Alliance has hired Archana Sahgal, former senior associate director for the Obama White House’s office of public engagement. She will work to build out a new hub of information for the alliance, working closely with DA partners and progressive groups. http://politi.co/2jy8OuW … Rory Brosius, who was deputy director of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative for the last four years, will join ScoutComms, the nation’s leading veteran and military family-focused communications, advocacy and research firm, as a vice president. http://politi.co/2klZb6OBIRTHWEEK (was Friday): Alicia Tighe, LA for Sen. Bill Nelson (hat tip: Laurence Wildgoose, who was on time)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Dylan Byers, CNN’s senior reporter for media and politics, celebrating with jazz and mezcal with family and friends in LA -- read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2jQndDm BIRTHDAYS: Dick Gephardt is 76 ... former Interior Secretary James Watt is 79 ... David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura, Slate alum and a St. Albans grad, is 47 ... Heather Riley, VP for comms at ABC News ... Katherine Miller, BuzzFeed political editor ... Chris Marklund, associate L.D. for the National Association of Counties ... Barbara Slavin, acting director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor (h/t Steve Clemons) ... Kate Hansen, VP of comms at Global Strategy Group and the pride of Marietta, Ga. (h/t Michael Falcone) ... CNN’s Christine Romans ... Ali Zaidi, former OMB Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at the Obama WH ... Brooke Buchanan, a McCain and Wal-Mart alum, now SVP of comms and gov’t affairs at Whole Foods … food writer David Hagedorn ... Sam Dorn … Tom O’Donnell, inaugural director of the LBJ School Washington Center (h/t Jon Haber) ... Eli Nachmany ... lawyer Nathan Lewin is 81 (h/t Jewish Insider) ... Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) is 48 ... Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) is 45 ... Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) is 71 ... former Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC) is 66 ... former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.) is 54 ... McClatchy’s Michael Doyle ... Gerri Carr ... Peter Sagal, host of the NPR news quiz “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” ...... Tim Naftali, former head of Nixon library and author ... Karen Petel (h/t Sean Johnson) ... Lindsey Paola, Bush 43 WH alum now at Frontier Communications ... Alexandra Morrison … Michael Waltz, Bush 43 WH alum now CEO of Metis Solutions, is 43 ... Greg Roberts ... Christopher Alan Chambers ... Bobbie Brinegar ... Ray Sullivan, partner at Checkmate Consulting ... Marlene Hall … Rahul Prabhakar … Republican fundraiser Hunter Wallace (h/t roommate Fred Brown) ... Michael Kempner, founder, president and CEO of MWW, is 59 ... Fred Karger ... Bob DeWeese … Tim Sulentic … Anna McMahon ... Christopher Semenas ... Matthew Gottlieb, senior consultant at Verizon and a Benenson alum ... Jack Barbash ... Mike Rabinowitz, managing director at BerlinRosen ... Jarrett Murphy, executive editor and publisher of City Limits ... Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the former queen regent, is 79 ... Minnie Driver is 47 ... actress Kerry Washington is 4-0 ... Justin Timberlake is 36 ... Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) is 3-0 (h/ts AP)
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Итак, портал WikiLeaks опубликовал полный архив документов Sony Pictures Entertainment, состоящий из более 20,2 тыс. документов компании, 173 тыс. электронных писем, а также 2,2 тыс. электронных адресов. Как отмечается в пресс-релизе WikiLeaks, «Работа Sony, известная общественности, заключается в производстве развлечений. Тем не менее, архивы показывают, что за кулисами Sony — влиятельная корпорация — со связями в Белом доме, (в архиве — более 100 электронных адресов американского правительства), с возможностью воздействовать на законы и политику, со связями в американском военно-промышленном комплексе». Генеральный директор Sony Pictures Entertainment Майкл Линтон находится в составе попечительского Совета корпорации RAND, организации, специализирующейся в области исследований и разработок различный операций и программ, а том числе для вооруженных сил и разведывательных служб США. Фото SonyStory.ruКроме того, WikiLeaks отмечает, что генеральный директор компании Майкл Линтон не раз обедал с президентом США Бараком Обамой. Также Sony, как свидетельствуют опубликованные письма, пожертвовала $50 тыс. избирательному фонду нынешнего губернатора Нью-Йорка Эндрю Куомо. Переписка свидетельствует о тесных связях Sony с Демократической партией США. Sony Pictures Entertainment уже выступила с протестом в связи с публикацией материалов. «Кибератака на Sony Pictures была вредоносным преступлением, и мы решительно осуждаем публикацию информации о сотрудниках и другой частной и конфиденциальной информации на WikiLeaks», - сказано в заявлении компании.К таким протестам, похоже, есть все основания. Поскольку многие корпорации полагают Россию серьезным рынком сбыта и продвижения своих продуктов, создавая себе имидж через рекламу, письмо, которое обнаружили журналисты RT в архивах WikiLeaks, представляет для россиян особый интерес. В числе публикаций оказалась переписка главы корпорации с заместителем госсекретаря США по публичной дипломатии. Выяснилось, что Sony активно вела «информационную войну с ИГИЛ и Россией». Вот фрагмент послания, который был зачитан на брифинге в Госдепе США. Это письмо заместителя госсекретаря США по публичной дипломатии и связям с общественностью Рика Стенгеля, направленное главе корпорации Sony. В нем американский дипломат, говоря об информационной войне, ставит в один ряд Россию и ИГИЛ. «Майкл, был рад вчера повидаться. Как ты уже понял, нам непросто дается информационная война с ИГИЛ на Ближнем Востоке и с Россией в Центральной и Восточной Европе. И Госдепартаменту, однозначно, не справиться с этим в одиночку. В продолжение нашего разговора, я хотел бы устроить встречу с руководителями медиакомпаний и обсудить с ними, работу по этим направлениям. Обменяемся идеями, обсудим контент, поговорим о коммерческих возможностях. Обещаю, встреча получится интересной, динамичной и плодотворной. Всех благ. Рик».Надо отметить, что бывшего редактора журнала TIME, а ныне Замгоссекретаря США давно «перемыкает» от того факта, что Россия разваливает монополию Запада на трактовку тех или иных внешнеполитических событий. «Москва, – сообщал Стенгел 29 апреля 2014, – ведет интенсивную кампанию дезинформации украинцев, россиян и остального мира, стремясь создать опасное и лживое представление о законном правительстве Украины». Тогда же Стенгел бросился оскорблять весь коллектив телеканала Russia Today, назвав его «пропагандистским рупором», распространяющим «фантазии» президента РФ Владимира Путина». Однако фото, приведенное ниже подчеркивает «объективность» Замгоссекретаря США. С тех пор, впрочем, защищаемое Стенгелом «законное правительство Украины» совершило много «подвигов» – от сожжения людей в Одессе, бомбовых ударов по беззащитным городам и мирным кварталам Донецка и Луганска, до серийных убийств внутриполитических оппонентов в Киеве, под «объективное» молчание «борцов с пропагандой». В архивах WikiLeaks можно найти смешные письма – реакции сотрудников корпорацию на истерики американской пропаганды – они ей, похоже, верят, полагая, что западные СМИ – истина в последней инстанции. Кроме того, российским предпринимателям, связанных с кинопрокатом и рекламой, будет небезынтересно взглянуть на внутреннюю кухню одной из ведущих в этой отрасли корпораций. Очевидно, что за один раз разобрать столь объемный массив вряд ли кому под силу, однако WikiLeaks снабдил добытую утечку поиском, как по ключевым словам, так и по конкретным направлениям – письма и документы. Остается напомнить, что утечка массива произошла в ноябре 2014 года накануне премьеры фильма «Интервью» о вымышленном убийстве лидера КНДР Ким Чен Ына. Тогда неизвестные хакеры даже пригрозили Sony Pictures терактами, если она не отменит показ фильма. Фильм, впрочем, залили в Сеть, а вскоре, послу шоу, о нем все забыли. Власти Северной Кореи заявили о непричастности к компьютерному взлому. Однако уже тогда многие наблюдатели полагали, что на этом скандал не закончится – пласт информации, который прошляпили в корпорации, рано или поздно должен был всплыть, что, очевидно, и произошло. Источник