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26 октября, 19:16

Down 70-80 Percent: ISIS Social Media Campaign Collapses Under Military Assault

Helle C. Dale Security, Middle East Military advances against Islamic State, or ISIS, held territory in Iraq and Syria have produced a welcome byproduct.  Military advances against Islamic State, or ISIS, held territory in Iraq and Syria have produced a welcome byproduct: a marked decline by 70-80 percent in the output of social media propaganda by the terror group. ISIS fighters were recently chased out of the Syrian village of Daqib by Syrian rebel forces without offering much resistance (despite Daqib’s apocalyptic symbolic significance in ISIS lore), and the battle of Mosul has begun as Kurdish, Iraqi, and U.S. forces tighten the noose around ISIS’s largest stronghold. A new report by West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center, “Communication’s Breakdown: Unraveling the Islamic State’s Media Efforts,” describes in detail the impact of military action on ISIS’s capacity to wage ideological warfare. Promising the coming of the Caliphate and portraying the Islamic State as utopian reality about to happen has become all but impossible. Not only that, but continued bombardment has destroyed much physical infrastructure, film studios, computers, and buildings housing the ISIS internet operation. The death of chief propagandists has equally affected ISIS efforts to draw recruits. Over the past year, as the military strategy of combatting ISIS has intensified, the number of foreign fighters flowing into Syria and Iraq from abroad has dropped from some 1,500 a month to 200. At its most prolific, August 2015, ISIS released more than 700 items in one month from official outlets. This August, after a year of airstrikes and other attacks, that number had dropped to less than 200 items. The decline in ISIS social media activity has also been noticed at the U.S. Department of State, which takes the U.S. government’s lead in counter messaging. This week, Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy Rick Stengel told The Chicago Maroon–the student newspaper of the University of Chicago–that he ascribed the drop in ISIS propaganda and recruitment to the success of a new public diplomacy strategy at the State Department, though without any actual evidence to support it. Read full article

22 октября, 17:41

TRUMP begins to ponder LOSING; 5 states, 3 events today-- ASH CARTER drops into Baghdad -- House Dems: We won’t win the majority -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAYS: Chris Licht and Stephanie Cutter

GOOD SATURDAY MORNING. The New York Times has a feature we’ll all love this morning. “Politics got you down? Come with us instead,” is the eye-grabbing headline on the homepage. When you click, you’ll see beautiful imagery from the Minnesota wilds. “On the Water, and Into the Wild: The lakes and forests of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters transport you to a time when nature was not a thing at the edge of civilization, but a world unto itself.” http://nyti.ms/2ew7Z5i17 DAYS until ELECTION DAY.BULLETIN -- AP, at 3:09 a.m. – “BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrives in Iraq to assess progress of the operation to retake Mosul from IS militants.” http://politi.co/2eSAzRH-- “Jim Bunning, ex-senator and baseball Hall of Famer, suffers stroke,” by the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jim Pilcher: “Jim Bunning, the former U.S. senator and a National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, suffered a stroke this week at his home in Southgate, but is recovering and even watching playoff baseball, according to family and friends. ‘He has been provided skilled care that is leading him on the road to recovery,’ the family said in a statement issued Friday. Bunning, who turns 85 Sunday, suffered the stroke on Tuesday, the family said. He is out of intensive care and moved into transitional care.” http://cin.ci/2dXKYGUTHE NEW DONALD -- “Donald Trump is in a funk: Bitter, hoarse and pondering, ‘If I lose...’,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson in Fletcher, North Carolina: “As he took the stage here in this mountain town Friday afternoon, Donald Trump was as subdued as the modest crowd that turned out to see him. He complained about the usual things -- the dishonest media, his ‘corrupt’ rival Hillary Clinton -- but his voice was hoarse and his heart didn’t seem in it. He also promised to do all that he could to win, but he explained why he might lose.“‘What a waste of time if we don’t pull this off,’ Trump said. ‘You know, these guys have said: ‘It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. There’s never been a movement like this in the history of this country.’ I say, it matters to me if we win or lose. So I’ll have over $100 million of my own money in this campaign.’” http://wapo.st/2erx7uvTHE MAP -- “In Iowa, Hillary Clinton Campaign Tries to Sway Loyal Republican Voters: State is Donald Trump’s best chance of turning a blue state red,” by WSJ’s Reid Epstein in Ankeny, Iowa: “Iowa is the spot where Donald Trump stands his best chance of turning a blue state red, but Hillary Clinton’s campaign team is aiming to quell that possibility by turning loyal Republicans into Democratic voters. At households where voters have long participated in GOP primaries and caucuses, Clinton volunteers are knocking on doors asking for the women in the house. The Democratic nominee’s aides also are sending mail to Republican women and advertising to them online with reminders to vote.” http://on.wsj.com/2eSeClO-- “Early voting shows upsurge of women,” by Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney: “In three crucial battlegrounds – North Carolina, Florida and Georgia – women are casting early ballots in disproportionate numbers. And in North Carolina, a must-win state for Trump with detailed early voting data available, it’s clear that Democratic women have been particularly motivated to turn out or turn ballots in.” http://politi.co/2egvqndHOUSE DEMS: WE’RE NOT TAKING BACK THE HOUSE -- The buzz has grown in recent weeks, as Donald Trump’s numbers have tanked: Maybe Democrats have a chance to take the majority. But multiple Democrats involved in House races say they expect to win between 12 and 17 seats, not the 30 they need to regain the majority. “Expectations have become way higher than reality,” one Democratic operative said.WHATEVER HAPPENS in a few weeks, one person will get a lot of credit: DCCC Executive Director Kelly Ward. Ward argued early to tie House Republicans to Trump, and made the risky bet before the Republican National Convention to spend $1 million doing so. One of the ads had voters wondering how GOP lawmakers could support Trump. “If he’s our standard bearer, what the heck happened to our standards,” a man in the ad said.-- “The cruelest campaign: Republicans in Hispanic districts,” by Rachael Bade in Miami: “The message from former Rep. Joe Garcia: A vote for Curbelo is worse than a vote for Donald Trump. No matter that the freshman Republican has opposed Trump all year long. When it comes to House Democrats’ ongoing quest to hitch Trump’s offensive comments to vulnerable GOP incumbents, Republicans representing districts with large Latino populations are feeling the most heat. Their nominee has called illegal immigrants ‘rapists,’ ‘criminals’ — and, at the last debate, ‘bad hombres.’ Not to mention Trump's calls for forced deportation and a towering border wall.” http://politi.co/2ehO91yTHE PAUL STREET JOURNAL -- “Inside Paul Ryan’s Congress Rescue Mission,” by WSJ’s Pulitzer Prize winning opinion writer Joseph Rago: “Mr. Ryan concedes that political analysts can ‘concoct a realistic scenario where our majority could be in jeopardy.’ He says he feels ‘pretty confident that we’re going to keep it, but it’s going to be a bigger fight just given the headwinds we have, more or less” and “my level of urgency is never take anything for granted.’ … ‘Do I wish we were having a debate about these ideas right now instead of the latest Twitter storm or WikiLeaks or, you know, personality contest?’ Mr. Ryan says. ‘Yeah, of course I do. But it is what it is.’“Even amid Mr. Trump’s intrusions, Mr. Ryan says that ‘our nominee is fine with this agenda. He doesn’t run on the agenda. He doesn’t talk about it. But we know we don’t have a problem or an obstacle with our nominee with this agenda. Would it have been ideal—’” http://on.wsj.com/2eacQJqTRANSITION WATCH -- “Lincoln, Hickenlooper and Ross included at top of Clinton's ag secretary list,” by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Catherine Boudreau, Ian Kullgren and Jenny Hopkinson: “A former Arkansas senator, a leading local food champion and a beermaker turned governor are among the top contenders to be the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture should Hillary Clinton win on Nov. 8, POLITICO has learned. There are five names at the top of an evolving list that the transition is mulling for agriculture secretary — one of the lower-profile Cabinet posts despite its crucial role in the food supply. The list includes Blanche Lincoln, a former Arkansas senator; Kathleen Merrigan, the former deputy secretary of agriculture; John Hickenlooper, the current governor of Colorado; Karen Ross, the current agriculture secretary of California; and Steve Beshear, the former governor of Kentucky.” http://politi.co/2eu7AAkPALACE INTRIGUE -- “Jockeying heats up for DNC chairmanship: A trio of House members enters the mix, but they’re seen as underdogs to Jennifer Granholm, Ray Buckley and Jaime Harrison,” by Heather Caygle and Daniel Strauss: “Rep. Keith Ellison, an early Bernie Sanders supporter and the first Muslim elected to Congress, has been actively working back channels to make his interest in the position known. Also in the mix are Rep. Xavier Becerra, the outgoing House Democratic Caucus chairman and an aggressive Clinton surrogate; and retiring Rep. Steve Israel, who led House Democrats' campaign arm for years.” http://politi.co/2eqQOnGFIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- ROVE TALKS TRUMP -- EEI’s Brian McCormack MCed a Bush/Cheney alumni association call with Karl Rove Friday on the 2016 election, in which Rove talked about the state of play. Rove wasn’t pro or anti-Trump on the Friday call — though he did call the path for a Trump victory very difficult, according to a source on the call. Rove also criticized Trump for wasting the big crowds he’s drawing because he doesn’t often ask the people attending his rallies for enough help, such as donating or volunteering one’s time. Trump could ask those attending to text such-and-such a number to give money or volunteer, he said.ABOUT THAT WHITE POWDER … -- HRC SPOKESMAN GLEN CAPLIN: “Hillary for America notified law enforcement Friday evening of an envelope containing a suspicious substance. Preliminary testing by federal and local officials has found the substance to be non-hazardous. The four individuals involved have reported no health issues and, following a full examination by medical personnel, were each released to go home. Our office remained open throughout this period and will remain open without interruption [Saturday] morning.”HAPPENING TODAY -- DONALD TRUMP is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for what he is billing as a speech detailing his first 100 days in office. That begins at 11 a.m. He then goes to Virginia Beach for a 3 p.m. rally at Regent University. In the evening, Trump and MIKE PENCE will be in Cleveland for a 7 p.m. rally at the I-X Center. Pence is speaking in Circleville, Ohio, at the Crossroads Church at 10 [email protected]: “If it’s Saturday, the Trump press corps is hitting five states and 3 events. NY, PA, VA, OH, and FL. 17 days to go.”HILLARY CLINTON is going to Pittsburgh for a 4:45 p.m. event, and then an 8:45 p.m. rally in Philadelphia at Dunning-Cohen Championship Field.BILL CLINTON is in Panama City and Pensacola, Florida.GLORIA ALLRED is holding a press conference at 2 p.m. PST with the 11th person to accuse Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct.WHY TWITTER WENT DOWN -- NYT A1, “Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.,” by Nicole Perlroth: “Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet’s infrastructure said it was under attack. Users reported sporadic problems reaching several websites, including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud and The New York Times. The company, Dyn, whose servers monitor and reroute internet traffic, said it began experiencing what security experts called a distributed denial-of-service attack just after 7 a.m. Reports that many sites were inaccessible started on the East Coast, but spread westward in three waves as the day wore on and into the evening. ... [T]he attack appears to have relied on hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices like cameras, baby monitors and home routers that have been infected — without their owners’ knowledge — with software that allows hackers to command them to flood a target with overwhelming traffic.” http://nyti.ms/2ewfp8q-- “WikiLeaks supporters claim credit for massive U.S. cyberattack, but researchers skeptical,” by Tony Romm and Eric Geller: http://politi.co/2eE7xRZWHAT TRUMP TOWER IS READING -- “Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Trump’s Posts as Hate Speech,” by WSJ’s Deepa Seetharaman: “Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the U.S. should be removed for violating the site’s rules on hate speech ... The decision to allow Mr. Trump’s posts went all the way to Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who ruled in December that it would be inappropriate to censor the candidate ... That decision has prompted employees across the company to complain on Facebook’s internal messaging service and in person to Mr. Zuckerberg and other managers that it was bending the site’s rules for Mr. Trump, and some employees who work in a group charged with reviewing content on Facebook threatened to quit.” http:[email protected]: “unsurprising, undemocratic”SWING STATE FRONTS -- Cleveland Plain Dealer (four columns, bottom of the page), “Clinton touts early-voting data at Tri-C rally”http://bit.ly/2etR8AU … Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (centerpiece, three columns), “‘Stupid people’ lead the country, Trump tells Johnstown supporters” http://bit.ly/2etJHYE … Charlotte Observer (top of the page, four columns), “In N.C., Trump promises to keep jobs from leaving” http://bit.ly/2etZNmC--“Trump plans 7-city Fla. tour as Clinton busts out Bubba, Barack and J-Lo next week,” by Marc Caputo: “No square inch of the Sunshine State is safe next week. Trailing in must-win Florida, Donald Trump is planning a seven-city tour of his second home state next week as he urges his rabid fan base to cast early ballots and counteract Hillary Clinton’s massive TV ad blitz. But Clinton’s campaign is mounting a team offensive as she, her running mate, husband President Obama and singer Jennifer Lopez blanket the state through Saturday.” http://politi.co/2ewiwxkWIKILEAK DU JOUR -- “Climate lessons from the Clinton campaign’s hacked emails,” by Elana Schor: “‘Climate change’ comes up in more than 1,200 of the emails released as of Friday, or more than Obamacare and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant combined — and almost as many as the 1,444 emails that mention the name ‘Sanders.’ Clinton’s energy proposals have produced fewer easy sound bites than Bernie Sanders’ call to ban fracking or Donald Trump’s promises to put coal miners back to work. But the hacked emails, dating from before and after Podesta joined the campaign after serving as a senior adviser to the Obama White House, show Clinton’s team to be as driven by policy details and the power of pragmatic messaging as the candidate herself — while grappling with the contradictions inherent in a campaign year when grandiose promises are more popular than realistic proposals.” http://politi.co/2egBvgQINBOX – From “Eric Trump” with the subject line “AGENDA: First 100 Days” ... From “Donald J. Trump” with the subject line “We’re Being Overrun.”CORRECTION OF THE DAY – NYT: “An earlier version of the article quoted the motto on Cary Darling’s T-shirt incorrectly; it says ‘Make my diaper great again,’ not ‘Make diapers great again.’” http://nyti.ms/2eewjKjEYEBROW RAISER – NYT Sunday Business cover, “A Constellation of Influencers: Behind the Curtain at Teneo,” by Julie Creswell and J. David Goodman: “In Washington, Teneo salons -- often home-cooked dinners that occasionally include homemade ice cream -- are sometimes held in the home of Margaret Carlson, a columnist for Bloomberg View. Guests have included United States Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, and Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, according to several former Teneo employees. … Social interactions have long been a lubricant of both politics and business. However, some former Teneo employees said they felt it was not made clear to participants that the salons were being held on behalf of Teneo or its corporate clients. … Ms. Carlson declined to comment for this article or to respond to questions about whether she was paid by Teneo or reimbursed for the costs associated with the salons. Teneo declined to comment on whether there was payment or remuneration for the parties.” With an Ed Rollins cameo http://nyti.ms/2dxFVvJFRED DAVIS has cut an ad for Chuck Grassley featuring Ben Stein playing his famous “Ferris Bueller” econ teacher character. Instead of calling Bueller’s name during attendance, he calls “Judge” over and over again, noting that Patty Judge, the Democratic candidate, has a poor attendance over her career. http://bit.ly/2es08ol ... Pic of Fred and Ben on set http://bit.ly/2erdcMrGET YOURS! -- “[A] private art auction [of 18 pieces] benefitting the Clinton presidential campaign taking place [today]. The auction is expected to generate six figures and is hosted by billionaire arts tycoon Moishe Mana, renowned economist Nouriel Roubini and member of the National Finance Committee, Laetitia Garriott. ... This auction is the latest in the Israeli entrepreneur’s ongoing campaign against” Donald Trump. http://hrc.io/2dVLFjV ... Full list of art http://bit.ly/2ePXKMuCASH DASH -- John Bolton’s super PAC says it will spend nearly $600,000 each in an independent expenditure push to support Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Joe Heck, the Republican running for the Senate in Nevada, for a total of $1.75 million. http://politi.co/2eeyldj FOR YOUR RADAR – “Russia’s Arctic Obsession,” by FT Moscow Bureau chief Kathrin Hille: “As global warming melts Arctic ice, Moscow hopes to resurrect the historic Northern Sea Route between Europe and Asia. But the challenges — and the costs — are immense.” http://bit.ly/2duigkFMEDIAWATCH – “The Wall Street Journal Offers Buyouts to News Employees,” by WSJ’s Anne Steele: “The Wall Street Journal is making buyouts available to a ‘substantial number of employees’ as the news company reviews its operations amid a continued slide in print advertising. In an email to staff on Friday, the Journal’s editor in chief, Gerard Baker, said it is offering ‘enhanced’ buyouts to all newsroom employees ‘to limit the number of involuntary layoffs.’ ... Staff have until the end of the month to request a buyout.” http://on.wsj.com/2eal2JJ-- “Barron’s to lay off employees next week, editor reveals in accidental email,” by Peter Sterne: “[Ed] Finn — the president and editor of Barron’s, which is owned by Journal parent company Dow Jones — apparently meant to forward Baker’s email to Dow Jones Media Group publisher Almar Latour and two other company executives ... ‘The email Gerry Baker just sent about wsj buyouts says that dj is offering 1.5x the standard buyout package,’ Finn wrote in the email [to all WSJ news employees]. ‘Are we planning to go to the employees we are laying off at Barron’s next week and offer them 1x the standard package. That could create some problems. Please advise.’” http://politi.co/2eseXMo-- “AT&T agrees in principle to buy Time Warner for $85 billion: sources,” by Reuters’ Jessica Toonkel and Greg Roumeliotis: The potential tie-up “would be the biggest deal in the world this year, giving the telecom company control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. The deal, which has been agreed on most terms and could be announced as early as Sunday, would be one of the largest in recent years in the sector as telecommunications companies look to combine content and distribution to capture customers replacing traditional pay-TV packages with more streamlined offerings and online delivery.” http://reut.rs/2dGxCRD-- PLAYBOOK'S TAKE: Expect a knock-down, drag-out regulatory fight similar to the battle over Comcast’s purchase of NBCUniversal, which took nearly half a decade to resolve.CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 14 keepers http://politi.co/2dvVAM2GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“The Desperate Gamble of Scottie Nell Hughes, World’s Most Loyal Trump Surrogate,” by Olivia Nuzzi in GQ: “Like the rest of Trump’s devoted street team, Hughes spends her days evangelizing The Donald with a relentless series of appearances on TV. But why? And what if he loses?” http://bit.ly/2eoUk1P--“What Happens to American Myth When You Take the Driver Out of It?” by Robert Moor in N.Y. Mag: “The self-driving car and the future of the self.” http://slct.al/2erebw1 (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“The Perils of Peak Attention,” by Tom Vanderbilt in The New Republic, reviewing "The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads," by Tim Wu and "Wasting Time on the Internet," by Kenneth Goldsmith: “Two new books assess the quality of our digital lives: How do we shake off the village when we carry the world in our pocket?” http://bit.ly/2dHbwyp ... Wu -- $17.37 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2eDWjvP ... Goldsmith -- $12.60 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2eEnms1--“The romance delusion,” by Will Self in Prospect Magazine: “Love that’s unrequited is the most perfect as, by definition, it affords no opportunity for disillusionment.” http://bit.ly/2etWawu (h/t ALDaily.com)--“Becoming One of the World’s 65 Million Refugees,” by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson in an excerpt of “Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis”: “Majid Hussain keeps having to run.” http://bit.ly/2erRHcQ ... $16.94 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2eoZfQt--“Bernie Looks Ahead,” by Eric Bates in The New Republic: “In an in-depth interview, Sanders offers a candid and passionate assessment of Trump, Clinton, and the future of his movement.” http://bit.ly/2dHbDKa--“Chipotle Eats Itself,” by Austin Carr in Fast Company: “Chipotle Mexican Grill was a sizzling business with a red-hot stock until an E. coli outbreak derailed its future. Can a mission-based company make gobs of money and still save the world?” http://bit.ly/2eqpwzr--“Breathing Holes,” by Lisa Gregoire in Eighteen Bridges: “As a reporter in Iqaluit, I wrote countless stories about sexual assault and domestic violence. Then it happened to me. Here’s what I found when I went back, 20 years later.” http://bit.ly/2eg2Ba9 (h/t Longform.org)--“In The Hollow,” by Chris Offutt in the Nov. issue of Harpers: “The changing face of Appalachia—and its role in the presidential race.” http://bit.ly/2eevRMi--“Christine Chubbuck: 29, Good-Looking, Educated, A Television Personality. Dead. Live and in Color,” by WaPo’s Sally Quinn in Aug. 1974, reprinted by Longform: “A newscaster’s suicide.” http://bit.ly/2eZZq5r--“Greenland is Melting,” by The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert: “The shrinking of the country’s ice sheet is triggering feedback loops that accelerate the global crisis. The floodgates may already be open.” http://bit.ly/2etX24e--“What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?” by Peter Frick-Wright in Outside Magazine: “On New Year’s Day in 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 was carrying 29 passengers and a hell of a lot of contraband when it crashed into the side of a 21,112-foot mountain in Bolivia. For decades conspiracy theories abounded as the wreckage remained inaccessible, the bodies unrecovered, the black box missing. Then two friends from Boston organized an expedition that would blow the case wide open.” http://bit.ly/2eBIUEk (h/t Longreads.com)GREAT WEEKEND LISTEN, curated by Jake Sherman, filing from the Admirals Club at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta:-- GRATEFUL DEAD, from today in 1980, from the famous acoustic/electric shows at Radio City Music Hall. http://bit.ly/2etJiHe It doesn’t get better than this.SPOTTED -- Jim Gilmore at the Silver Dollar Diner in Tyson’s Corner Thursday after a hit on WMAL … Bill Murray at Bourbon Steak last night after crashing the White House briefing room, ahead of the Mark Twain Awards on Sunday … Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky at her Stanford reunion class party on campus Friday night.RICK STENGEL, former editor of Time and current under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, is being nominated to serve as the next chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. “Jeff Shell, chair of NBC Universal is the current chair and Walter Isaacson, is one of his predecessors. BBG oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Middle East Broadcast Networks and Radio Free Asia.”ENGAGED -- Alan Chargin, former scheduler for Rep. Linda Sanchez who now works at D.C.’s Pretzel Bakery, and Hannah Schiller, staffer in Rep. Pete Roskam’s office got engaged recently in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. They met at a going away party for a staffer in Rep. DeSantis’ office. Pics http://politi.co/2etRUO3 ... http://politi.co/2dXGO1vWELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Veteran Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America VP, Head of Federal Affairs and Policy, Reilly O’Connor and his wife Emily, former LA for Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.), on Thursday morning welcomed a baby boy who joins big sister Grace—all are doing well. Seamus McCormick O'Connor weighed 8lbs 6oz and measured 21 inches. Pic http://bit.ly/2eoXlz7--Rebecca Erdman, operations manager at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and cake decorator extraordinaire, and husband Peter, congressional liaison at the Export-Import Bank, welcomed Alexander Ward Erdman into the world. “Alex’s country/issue focus is TBD, but his first Policy Alert is expected early next week.” Pic http://bit.ly/2eBFkdvPRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: “On Monday, the President will deliver remarks at a Hillary Victory Fund reception. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California. In the evening, the President will participate in a DNC and Hillary Victory Fund roundtable.“On Tuesday, the President will participate in a DSCC roundtable. In the afternoon, the President will return to Washington, D.C. On Wednesday and Thursday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. On Friday, the President will attend a Hillary for America event in the Orlando, Florida area.”BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Mark Glaze … Jon Rawlson of Armory Hill AdvocatesBIRTHDAYS: Chris Licht, executive producer/showrunner of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” … Stephanie Cutter, co-founder and partner at Precision Strategies and the pride of Raynham, Massachusetts. She celebrated at Rose’s Luxury with Dori Salcido, Patrick Briggs, Mark and Julie Rokala, Julie Eddy and Kathy McKeirnan (h/ts Julie, Tom Zigo and Jon Haber) ... Hilary Rosen (h/t Haber)... former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is 69 … Guy Harrison, partner at OnMessage Inc. and an NRCC alum ... Brett O’Donnell … Jonathan Prince, comms/public policy at Spotify, is 49 … NRCC’s Jon Reedy (h/t birthday boy Kurt Bardella) ... Warren Strobel, diplomatic editor at Reuters, is 54 … Adam Parkhomenko, national field director of the DNC who recently changed his Twitter name to “Bad Hombre Adam,” is 31, “celebrating with 270 candles on his cake, just kidding but 270 is indeed his sole focus!” – (WaPo profile: http://wapo.st/1SnJhCh) (h/t Tracy Sefl) … Casey Phillips of political media firm RedPrint Strategy is 36 ... Kurt Bardella, an Issa alum, now president and CEO of Endeavor Strategies, and publisher of daily country music newsletter Morning Hangover ... Helen Milby … Chris Moore, senior director for international business policy at the National Association of Manufacturers … Trey Herr, a fellow with the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School … former Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) is 67 … Politico Europe’s Delcker Janosch ... Rebecca Chatterjee is 4-0 (hubby tip: Neil) ... James Walkinshaw, Rep. Connolly’s longtime chief of staff, is 34 (h/t Jamie Smith) ... Patrick Dolan, manager of intergovernmental affairs at CAP and an NGA alum (h/t girlfriend Beth Shedlosky) ... Jeff Grappone, the gentleman and pride of the Granite State (h/ts Amy Graham and Liz Johnson) ...… Mallory Howe, a business development associate at FiscalNote and a “crisis/risk pro, sports enthusiast, trivia maven,” per her Twitter (h/t boyfriend David Molina) … Michael Beckel, political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity (h/t Dave Levinthal) ... Anne Heiligenstein ... Martha-Elena Lopez ... Sandy Smith, editor at Philadelphia Magazine and proud Harvard alum (h/t Curtis Tate) ... Jennie Bragg, deputy comms director at U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Hotchkiss grad ... Zélie Kasten ... N.Y. Observer alum Ross Barkan … former Politico intern Donovan Harrell is 23 ... Harrison Price, analyst at Riveron Consulting ... Miriam Goldstein ... Tim Murphy ... Raphael Shepard, investments consultant at The Omidyar Network ... Ferdous Al-Faruque, reporter at Informa … Scott Price … Tom Basile, a Bush 2000 alum now president of Empire Solutions Consulting, is 41 … Chavia Groveman … Jessica Huff, social media director at The McClatchy Company ... Politico’s Amy McCorquodale ... Lindsay Kalter, health care reporter at Boston Herald and a Politico alum ... Rachel Petri, press secretary for Sen. Sherrod Brown ... Marilyn Machlowitz, N.Y. headhunter … Federal Reserve System’s Alice Henriques ... Bill Farrar, director of public policy and comms. at ACLU of Virginia ... WaPo’s Clint Tanner ... Christopher Gable … Brian Dodge ... Kris Pratt ... John Norquist ... Christopher Mills ... Grace Sandretti (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)SUNDAY SHOWS -- by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Kellyanne Conway … Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Tom Friedman, Eliana Johnson and Stuart Stevens.--ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Reince Priebus ... David Axelrod ... Frank Luntz … CBS News 2016 Battleground Tracker polls from Florida and Texas with CBS News’ Anthony Salvanto … CBS News focus group with Nevada voters … Panel: Peggy Noonan, Jamelle Bouie, Jeffrey Goldberg--“Fox News Sunday”: Kellyanne Conway … Newt Gingrich … California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra … Panel: Karl Rove, Bob Woodward, Kimberley Strassel and Juan Williams.--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10am ET / 9am CT): John Hickenlooper … Byron York … Michael Mukasey … Panel: Ed Rollins, Mary Kissel and Stephen Sigmund.--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11am ET / 10am CT): Erin McPike … Kelly Riddell ... Joe Trippi; Ed Henry … Chris Wallace … Joe Concha.--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8am ET): Panel: Julie Pace, Jennifer Jacobs, Manu Raju and Jeff Zeleny.--CNN’s “State of the Union” (9am ET / 12pm ET): Kellyanne Conway … Panel: Bakari Sellers, Jan Brewer, Bob Kerrey and Dana Loesch.--CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” (SUN 10am, 1pm ET): Panel: Melody Barnes, Evan Osnos; Lloyd Blankfein, Julia Ioffe and The Guardian’s David Smith.--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11am ET): Panel: Dan Rather, Mollie Hemingway, Jane Hall, Matthew Dowd and Dr. Gail Saltz.--Univision’s “Al Punto” (SUN 10am ET / 1pm PT): California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra … Trump national Hispanic advisory council member and New Wine Ministries church Mario Bramnick ... Rosario Marin and Adolfo Franco … Alejandro Solalinde … Ivàn Màrquez … Adal Ramones.--C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30pm ET): CSIS senior vice president and strategic technologies program director James Lewis, questioned by Reuters’ Mark Hosenball ... “Newsmakers” (SUN 10am ET): Club for Growth president David McIntosh and The Hill’s Scott Wong and Bloomberg News’ Bill Allison ... “Q&A” (SUN 8pm & 11pm ET): Author J.D. Vance (“Hillbilly Elegy”).--MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton”: (SUN 8-9am ET): Boris Ephsteyn ... civil rights lawyer and racial justice advocate Judith Browne Dianis … Rev. Jesse Jacksonn … VOTO Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar … Rich Galen.--“MSNBC Live”: (SUN 9-10am ET): Attorney and NBC News contributor Raul Reyes … Betsy Woodruff … Steven Cortes … Monmouth University’s Patrick Murray … Jennifer Rubin.--“AM Joy”: (SUN 10am-12pm ET): David Frum … E.J. Dionne … Joan Walsh … “The Art of the Deal” ghostwriter Tony Schwartz … MTV News’ Jamil Smith … “Pura Política” host Juan Manuel Benítez.--“MSNBC Live”: (SUN 12pm-2pm ET): NYT’s Jeremy Peters … Howard Dean … Elise Jordan … Center for Equal Opportunity president Linda Chavez … Trump advisor Oliver McGee … Bob Costa … Larry Sabato.

16 июля, 17:57

BUZZ: Hillary VP selection coming Friday in Florida -- Failed coup in Turkey -- How Trump settled on Pence – B’DAY: Shane Goldmacher

BUZZ -- Hillary Clinton's VP pick will be announced next week in an East Coast battleground state. Insiders are saying it will be Friday in Florida.HAPPY SATURDAY -- Consider this: Over the last week, a man drove a truck through a beautiful seaside town in France, killing 84 people, including two Americans. The government of Turkey -- once a bastion of relative stability in the Middle East -- was briefly overthrown by a failed military coup. On the homefront, Donald Trump spent all week playing coy about his vice presidential choice, eventually tapping Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, only to have someone in his inner circle leak that he was trying to wiggle out of the selection the night before he was set to announce.Next week, we’ll all go to Cleveland, where Trump -- a man who donated money to his Democratic rival and invited her to his third wedding -- will become the Republican nominee. Meanwhile, Republicans are millions of dollars short of the money they need to pay for the convention, and have asked corporations and Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul, to help bridge the gap. The following week, we’ll all go to Philadelphia, where Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton, who, despite -- or maybe because of -- more than a decade of public service, has bottom-of-the-barrel-low favorability ratings.What a world.HAPPENING TODAY – 11 a.m. ET: Trump takes the stage at the New York Hilton Midtown to introduce Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. 5 p.m. ET: “Welcome home rally” for Pence at Indianapolis Executive Airport (KTYQ for you aviation buffs). Not on the advisory: Donald Trump.PRINT HEADLINES – N.Y. Times six col. banner, “Turkey Is Battlefield in a Coup Attempt -- Erdogan Back in Istanbul -- Signs Insurgency Is Failing to Take Hold” ... WashPost, “Coup attempt in Turkey -- Military push ignites violence -- President Erdogan’s supporters fill streets” ... WSJ, “Coup Attempt Shakes Turkey”-- @dionnissenbaum: “Latest @WSJ headline: Erdogan Reasserts Control in Turkey. Latest @NYT headline: Erdogan Grip on Power Uncertain”HOW IT PLAYED -- Turkey pushes Pence below the fold in the NYT (http://nyti.ms/2a0NE63) and Washington Post (http://bit.ly/29QoKY7).TOP TWEETS -- Michael Koplow (@mkoplow): “Erdoğan is back. Cue the reprisals, authoritarian crackdowns, and new presidential constitution, all now with a convenient justification.” ... Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer): “If you thought Turkey was illiberal before, buckle up.” ... Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08): “During my time at the NSC I learned that just when you think things can’t get any worse, you’re an idiot for ever thinking that.”TICK TOCK -- “How Donald Trump Finally Settled on Mike Pence,” by NYT’s Alex Burns and Maggie Haberman: “Donald J. Trump raged at the leaked reports of his plan to choose Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, as his running mate. ... In a Thursday evening phone call with top aides, he asked for reassurance that Mr. Pence was really right for the job. In conversations late into the evening, Mr. Trump repeatedly hesitated over selecting Mr. Pence, according to people briefed on the tense deliberations, who insisted on anonymity to describe the confidential talks. Even as his emissaries reassured Mr. Pence, Mr. Trump fielded a last-ditch appeal from Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, another finalist, who once again pressed his own case.” http://nyti.ms/29Ci3d6 [email protected]: “Look forward to introducing Governor Mike Pence (who has done a spectacular job in the great State of Indiana). My first choice from the start!”KNOWING PENCE -- “Pence was the anti-Trump in Congress,” by Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan: “It’d be a stretch to call Mike Pence the attack dog Donald Trump said he wanted. But the Indiana governor, Trump’s choice for vice president, definitely had a flair for the dramatic during his dozen years in the House of Representatives, using the kind of soaring — and at times searing — rhetoric he honed as a talk radio host. The son of a gas station owner who grew up a Democrat, the 57-year-old former congressman once declared that he wasn't just a Republican; he was a Christian, a conservative and a Republican’ — pause for effect — ‘in that order.’ Pence didn’t just want to get rid of the Democratic health care law; he wanted to ‘repeal Obamacare — lock, stock, and barrel.’” http://politi.co/29QpcWf --“Who is Mike Pence? His political life, in photos” – 40 pix http://politi.co/29CHYxE--“Mike Pence rubs shoulders like a New Yorker — at a Yankees game,” by Page Six’s Emily Smith: “After taping a Friday night segment with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Pence was seen heading up to The Bronx to catch the Yankees versus the Red Sox. Sources say Pence went to the game with Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort, who is a Yankees season-ticket holder. The pair was expected to rub shoulders with New York royalty in the owner’s box.” http://pge.sx/29Cs8XxPLAYBOOK IN-BOX – A Playbooker well-wired with contacts in Turkey emails us: “This military action is a direct correlation to President Erdogan’s slow but steady focus on de-constructing the legacy of Ataturk and undoing Ataturk’s dream of a secular Muslim society and to replace it with a Islamic society based on fear. The President’s recent removal of the Prime Minister (with little international focus or concern) which was done against the constitution, his overhaul of the judiciary to put it under his control (that was unconstitutional), his recent speeches on women being ‘half-human’ if they don’t have babies and stay home to focus on having children, his push to create non-secular religious schools, his arrest of thousands of journalists, and his take-over of what was once a thriving free media with only one private, independent media still existing ... and last but not least, his attempt now to change the constitution so he could be President forever. ... All of these ... forced the hand of the Military to want to overthrow the Erdogan regime and try to hold onto the last elements of Ataturk’s Turkey.”FLASHBACK -- DEXTER FILKINS in The New Yorker in March 12, 2012, “The Deep State: The Prime Minister is revered as a moderate, but how far will he go to stay in power?” http://bit.ly/29JzCFwUNDERSTANDING NICE -- “In truck rampage, experts see potential shift toward cruder, deadlier acts of terror,” by WashPost’s Joby Warrick and Souad Mekhennet: “The use of a 19-ton truck to cut down scores of seaside revelers in Nice, France — if connected to jihadist-inspired terrorism — would represent a dramatic escalation in what experts describe as an emerging trend in attacks: simple, even crude instruments employed to kill ever-larger numbers of people. Thursday’s rampage appears to have set a grisly new standard as one of the deadliest attacks in years in which most victims were killed by nonexplosive means. Instead of guns or bombs, the driver mainly used his vehicle to crush men, women and children who had gathered to watch a fireworks display.” http://wapo.st/2a4CVuoDAILY DONALD -- “11 steps Trump skipped before announcing Pence as VP,” by birthday boy Shane Goldmacher: “1) Update Trump’s website with the news ... 2) Update Mike Pence's profile on Twitter to say he is on the ticket ... 3) Or update the pinned tweet on the top of Pence's account linking to his reelect page, as people flood there ... 4) Buy Google search ads for floods of searches ... 5) Secure top domains ... 11) In Trump’s initial tweet, he didn't tag @mike_pence so his nearly 10 million followers could follow his VP.” http://politi.co/29KwgDr--“Trump’s campaign logo mocked on Twitter -- Some said it looked sexually suggestive,” by Nick Gass: “An email sent by the presumptive Republican nominee's Make America Great Again Committee ... features the new insignia: An interlocking blue T and P (for Trump and Pence), with the T going through the white space in the P. ... Twitter lit up with jokes about the interlocking letters looking sexually suggestive. ‘What is the T doing to that P?’ the longtime former Democratic Rep. John Dingell quipped.” http://politi.co/2a4DIvo--“The Trump/Pence logo is already a meme” http:[email protected]: “Is the logo real?”--“Trump raised $32 million with RNC, but kept only a fraction: Only 14 donors gave the maximum to Trump’s joint committee with the RNC,” by Ken Vogel: “The two fundraising joint committees in which the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign and the RNC are participating — Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again Committee — raised $32.4 million between their formation in late May and the end of last month ... Of that, Trump Victory transferred only $2.2 million to Trump’s presidential campaign committee, as compared to $10.1 million to the RNC.” http://politi.co/2a0EiHz--“Clinton and DNC raised $82 million,” by Ken Vogel: http://politi.co/29OYIp6 TOMORROW’S TIMES TODAY -- “Trump Business Career Shows Persistent Patterns in Bending or Breaking the Truth,” by David Barstow: A “survey of Mr. Trump’s four decades of wheeling and dealing also reveals an equally operatic record of dissembling and deception, some of it unabashedly confirmed by Mr. Trump himself, who nearly 30 years ago first extolled the business advantages of ‘truthful hyperbole.’ Indeed, based on the mountain of court records churned out over the span of Mr. Trump’s career, it is hard to find a project he touched that did not produce allegations of broken promises, blatant lies or outright fraud.” http://nyti.ms/29CgWueCLEVELAND WATCH -- “Ivanka Trump’s rabbi backs out of convention role,” by Ben Schreckinger: “In an email to his congregation ... Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of the Orthodox Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side, said that he accepted an invitation from Trump’s daughter to deliver the convocation in Cleveland ‘out of respect for her and our relationship.’ But he decided to bow out and explained his reason to the congregation. ‘Unfortunately, when my name appeared on a list of speakers at the convention, without the context of the invocation I had been invited to present, the whole matter turned from rabbinic to political, something which was never intended,’ wrote Lookstein, who also served as the principal of the prominent Orthodox Jewish school Ramaz.” http://politi.co/29NPadPNEVER MIND – “GOP convention organizers apologize to Sheldon Adelson: A letter to the billionaire donor misrepresented how many corporations had bailed on pledge donations because of Trump,” by Shane Goldmacher, Alex Isenstadt and Ken Vogel: “The last-minute plea for $6 million from Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson to rescue the Republican convention has erupted in controversy, as four of the five signatories to the letter from party organizers never saw it before it was sent and major donors flagged serious errors that forced the convention hosts to apologize.” http://politi.co/29ZxEkPCOUNTERPROGRAMMING — Hillary Clinton’s campaign has invited reporters for drinks and snacks Sunday evening in Cleveland. The happy hour is dubbed “Better than this,” and it asks attendees to “Join the loyal opposition in Cleveland (that would be Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee),” along with some of its Ohio leadership for the event. YOU’RE INVITED! Playbook Breakfast is live each morning at the RNC in Cleveland -- Join POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman as they talk to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, NRSC and NRCC’s Ward Baker and Robb Simms and more at the POLITICO Hub - 925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Learn more: http://politi.co/29UTSpZ. Sponsored by Bank of America.POLITICO AT THE RNC: Join POLITICO for our Nightly Lounge at the POLITICO Hub in Cleveland for cocktails, convention conversation, and live viewing of the convention speeches. Learn more about our featured nightly programming: http://politi.co/29lvLAK ALSO: JUST WONDERING! CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 12 funnies http://politi.co/29EcZkaDATA DU JOUR – “Study: Late-Night Trump Jokes Outnumber Clinton Jokes 3-1,” by InsideSources’ Graham Vyse: “[GMU’s] Center for Media and Public Affairs ... [counted] 1105 jokes about Trump ... compared to 315 about Clinton ... told collectively by Jimmy Fallon on NBC, Stephen Colbert on CBS, Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and Trevor Noah on Comedy Central.” http://bit.ly/29IHsx7BARBARA MORGAN INTERVIEW – “Anthony Weiner’s Tormented Communications Director Relieves Her Horror ... and explains what she learned from one of the more bizarre mayoral campaigns in recent history,” by Vanity Fair’s Abigail Tracy: “As the chaos unfolds [in the film “Weiner”], communications director Barbara Morgan cuts a quietly heroic figure, thanks to her preternatural ability to remain calm no matter how many revolting photographs of her boss’s private parts surface in the media, and no matter how long the awkward silences extend between Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin. ... All these years later, Morgan described feelings of sadness and frustration during her time working on the Weiner campaign. But she never walked back her assertions that he would have made a good mayor.” http://bit.ly/29Cmsgo SNEAK PEEKS -- In Britain and Europe, The Economist features Theresa May, the no-nonsense conservative who is Britain’s new prime minister. The leaders suggests that she should make the practical case for a minimalist Brexit: http://econ.st/29Ea22T ... The cover http://econ.st/29BfqZ2--The cover in America and Asia depicts an unhappy Statue of Liberty. The Economist argues that Donald Trump’s nomination as the Republican candidate for president puts a thriving country at risk of a great, self-inflicted wound: http://econ.st/29KukdZ ... The cover http://econ.st/29Ku13aTHE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: “On Monday, the President will award Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Then-Major Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967 and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. ... On Wednesday, the President will host the White House Summit on Global Development at the Ronald Reagan Building. ...“On Thursday, the President will welcome the Kansas City Royals to the White House to honor the team and their 2015 World Series victory. In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at an Eid al-Fitr reception at the White House. On Friday, the President will welcome President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico to the White House.”GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:-- “How the CIA Hoodwinked Hollywood,” by Nicholas Schou in The Atlantic: Since its inception, the agency has wooed filmmakers, producers, and actors in order to present a rosy portrait of its operations to the American public.” http://theatln.tc/29I3l0j--“Don’t Mess With Roy Cohn,” by Ken Auletta in the Dec. 1978 issue of Esquire: “A legal executioner, he’s the toughest, meanest, vilest, and one of the most brilliant lawyers in America.” http://bit.ly/29V9I3J--“Incoming: Mike Pence,” by Craig Fehrman in the Jan. 2, 2013 issue of Indianapolis Monthly: “How the governor-elect found his conservative voice and a strategy for winning the race: keep it quiet.” http://bit.ly/2agMxyK (h/t Longform.org)--“The Trump Before Trump,” by David Frum on the cover of today’s WSJ Review section: “There are lessons for today’s Republican Party in the ill-fated populist insurgency of William Jennings Bryan.” http://on.wsj.com/2aijVFl--“Who Are All These Trump Supporters?” by George Saunders in The New Yorker: “At the candidate’s rallies, a new understanding of America emerges.” http://bit.ly/29d0rjC--“Washington And The World Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal,” by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan in Politico Magazine: “A year after Obama’s crowning diplomatic achievement, the fight against it is very much alive. And it might be succeeding.” http://politi.co/29EdoDo--“Trouble in Paradise: Tourism in the Age of Terrorism,” by Der Spiegel staff: “Terrorism is making life difficult for many vacation destinations, with European travelers choosing holidays closer to home. The travel industry is fundamentally changing as a result and many once popular places are facing ruin.” http://bit.ly/29VaCNu (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“A Manifesto Against ‘Parenting,’” by Allison Gopnik in WSJ: “Caring for children shouldn’t be like carpentry, with a finished product in mind. We should grow our children, like gardeners.” http://on.wsj.com/29JoY1r--“Helen Gurley Brown, Terry McDonell, and the Glossy Glory Days of Magazines,” by James Wolcott in Vanity Fair: “As two new books take on the strange art of magazine editing — a biography of Cosmopolitan’s Helen Gurley Brown and a memoir from Terry McDonell (of Esquire and Men’s Journal, to name two)—James Wolcott reflects on the age of endless expense accounts and the legacies these magazine giants left behind.” http://bit.ly/29Xe9g9 (h/t ALDaily.com)--“The Library of Last Resort,” by Kyle Chayka in n+1 magazine: “Whatever early progress the Library of Congress made on the internet has been squandered.” http://bit.ly/29KuPVo--“Surviving the Long Haul,” by Mary Pilon on MaryReview.com: “For women in the trucking industry, going to work can mean subjecting themselves to catcalling, harassment, rape, and a system built to deny them justice.” http://bit.ly/29V9FoAMEDIAWATCH – “Ailes seeks to move Carlson case to arbitration,” by AP’s David Bauder: “Ailes, in court papers filed Friday, said Carlson’s contract compelled her to submit to arbitration for employment disputes. His lawyer, Susan Estrich, said Carlson’s lawyers have led a ‘concerted smear campaign’ against Ailes and, in court papers, said the motive is to convince Ailes to pay a large settlement to make the case go away.” http://apne.ws/29XBf3rCOMING ATTRACTIONS – “Jon Stewart Will Be Part of Stephen Colbert’s RNC Show,” by Vulture’s Josef Adalian: “Pro tip for anyone who’s been bummed about the absence of Jon Stewart during this election cycle: Make sure to watch Monday’s edition of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The former host of The Daily Show will appear on Colbert’s CBS 11:35 p.m. program to help kick off two weeks of live editions timed to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.” http://bit.ly/29VotDuSPOTTED: “NC Gov. Pat McCrory (in coach) awaiting AA takeoff from Charlotte to Cleveland loudly leaving a voicemail to a donor about an invitation to an upcoming fundraiser,” per our tipster. ... Charles Krauthammer, or “Charles the Kraut!” in our tipster’s words, at Nats Park TRANSITIONS -- Political crowdfunding site Crowdpac just brought on one of DLCC’s top fundraisers -- Irene Shin who is succeeding Obama alum Liz Jaff -- after Jaff’s promotion to head of biz dev. The political team’s new growth also includes Scott Travis -- from Speaker Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund. Crowdpac just closed their series A last month and now are opening a new office in DC.-- Camille Rivera is returning to the Service Employees International Union as its national deputy political director for campaigns as part of the union’s move to gear up for the 2016 election. CORRECTION: In yesterday’s Playbook, we incorrectly said Josh Schwerin was in speech-writing meetings with Hillary instead of his brother Dan Schwerin. Apologies!REMEMBERING MICHAEL ELLIOTT – Time’s Belinda Luscombe: “Michael Elliott, who had the rare distinction of working as an editor for all three prominent newsmagazines, Time, Newsweek and The Economist, died on July 14. He was 65 and had been battling cancer. Elliott, who was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2003 for his services to journalism, was known and loved by all who worked with him for his ability to be fascinated, his generosity and his almost giddy, unbridled gusto. He loved new stories, new people, new places. There was apparently no realm in which his mind did not wish to roam and in which he could find nothing to pique his curiosity.” http://ti.me/2agUynf RICK STENGEL, who was Time’s editor with Michael as deputy, emails Playbook: “To use one of his favorite expressions -- and he had hundreds of them -- Michael himself was ‘top shelf.’ He was the total journalist: beautiful writer, incisive thinker, superb editor and the only person, outside the State Dept of course, who could get away with using the word Levant. I loved when someone pitched a fun story and he would say, ‘Nothing but readers.’ He always thought about the reader and he was never a cynic -- he always looked for the human angle. That side of him can be seen in his wonderful last act with One.”SEND YOUR BEST MEMORIES or stories of Michael to [email protected] and we’ll share with readers tomorrow.TODAY is … Jonathan and Rebecca Collegio’s 10th wedding anniversaryBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Boeing turned 100 (h/t Gordon Johndroe, who was on time)BIRTHDAYS: Jeremy Martin, older bro of Jonathan … Margaret Ashbrook, daughter of Kate and John … Amanda Henneberg, corporate comms director of Instacart, alum of Romney, RNC and McConnell and a diehard Redskins fan (hat tip: Molly) ... senior McConnell aide Neil Chatterjee is 39 ... Politico’s Shane Goldmacher, who celebrated with an MSNBC live shot this morning from Cleveland - pic http://bit.ly/29KHre8 ... Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, is 43 (h/t boyfriend Charlie Joughin) ... Anita McBride, former COS to First Lady Laura Bush who served as an advisor to President Bush and is now a WHHA board member extraordinaire (h/ts Stewart McLaurin and Kiah Morrison) ... Secretary Alexis Herman (h/t The Breakfast Club) ... Karin Johanson, the pride of New Jersey AND Wisconsin (h/ts Jon Haber and Teresa Vilmain) ... Phil Roeder ... Martin Chase ... JT Stocks ... Jeffrey Slavin (The Honorable) ... Neil Heinen (h/ts Teresa) ... Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is 7-0 ... Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.) is 58 ... Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is 43 ... Kamyl Bazbaz, in public affairs at NYC tech firm Pramana Collective and a USAID and State alum (h/t Ben Chang) ... former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 84 ... John Leovy, chief counsel of Maryland’s Tobacco Enforcement Unit and alum of Daley and Emanuel, is 51 ... Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the UN Foundation, and a Hart alum ... Betty Hudson, a NatGeo alum ...... Justin DeJong, VP of internal and external comms at AMA and a USDA alum … Andrea Fischer Newman, Delta’s SVP of gov’t affairs … RNC alum Chris McNulty, now SVP at Causeway Solutions, is 46 ... Rick Limardo ... Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is 5-0 ... Molly Ritner … Amanda Hallberg Greenwell ... Joe Ward, working in SF for Ritz Carlton, and a younger brother of Jon … Riley “Ripley” Roberts, senior writer for West Wing Writers and a DOJ alum ... Manuel Bonilla … Teri Whitcraft, senior producer of special units at ABC News ... Michael Cwidak-Kusbach, an OFA, Mayor Fenty, and Mayor Buttigieg alum now senior associate at Third Sector Capital Partners, is 31 ... National Journal and AP alum Lila Ibrahim Whatley, currently living in London … Obama WH alum Caroline Hughes Stevens, now living in SF … k-global partner Randy DeCleene, a Cheney alum, is 42 ... Jeffrey Slavin ... Stephen David Simon ... Steven Levine, Univision’s VP of corporate social responsibility ... Dan Cohen is 58 ... Claire E. Peters ... Parker M. Payne ... playwright Tony Kushner is 6-0 ... Will Ferrell is 49 ... Barry Sanders is 48 ... pop singer-musician Luke Hemmings (5 Seconds to Summer) is 20 (h/ts AP)THE SHOWS, from @MattMackowiak, filing from Cleveland:--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: John Kerry; Reince Priebus; new NBC / WSJ polling; roundtable: Tom Brokaw, Hugh Hewitt, Sara Fagen and Joy-Ann Reid--ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Paul Manafort; Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams; Newt Gingrich; Haley Barbour; new results from the CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll with CBS News’ Anthony Salvanto; conservative roundtable with Kimberley Strassel, Ben Domenech and Matt Schlapp; media roundtable: Bob Schieffer, Ed O’Keefe and Peggy Noonan--“Fox News Sunday”: Paul Manafort; Reince Priebus; roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Bret Baier and Kirsten Powers--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10am ET / 9am CT): Tom Cotton; Steve Scalise; Peter King; former FBI Assistant Director Jim Kallstrom; roundtable: Ed Rollins, The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein and Real Clear Politics’ Caitlin Huey Burns--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11am ET / 10am CT): Heidi Przybyla; Steve Hayes; Kirsten Powers; Katrina Pierson; Bill Hemmer; Martha MacCallum; The Washington Times’ Kelly Riddell; Bloomberg’s Megan Murphy; James Rosen--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8am ET): Roundtable: Jonathan Martin, Jackie Kucinich, Manu Raju and Maeve Reston--CNN’s “State of the Union” (9am ET / 12pm ET): Reince Priebus; roundtable: Corey Lewandowski, Ana Navarro, Bakari Sellers and Nina Turner--CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: (SUN 10am, 1pm ET): Roundtable: Conrad Black, historian Nell Irvin Painter and historian Sean Wilentz; George Osborne--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11am ET): Jeff Greenfield; Bob Schieffer; David Folkenflik; roundtable: Matt Lewis and Scottie Nell Hughes; Amy Goodman and MTV’s Jamil Smith--Univision’s “Al Punto” (SUN 10am ET / 1pm PT) RNC’s Helen Aguirre Ferré; former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin and Republican analyst Adolfo Franco; Juliàn Castro; actress Kate del Castillo; actress Zoe Saldana--C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30pm ET): National Telecommunications & Information Administration Administrator Lawrence Strickling, questioned by Telecommunications Reports’ Lynn Stanton ... “Newsmakers” (SUN 10am ET): DCCC executive director Kelly Ward, questioned by WaPo’s Sean Sullivan and Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman ... “Q&A” (SUN 8pm & 11pm ET): Author and former NYPD deputy inspector Corey Pegues (“Once a Cop: The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man”)--“MSNBC Live”: (SUN 9-10am ET): Ben Carson; Sarah Isgur Flores; MSNBC’s Jane Timm; WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin; Democratic pollster Fred Yang (hosted by MSNBC’s Alex Witt from New York)--MSNBC’s “AM Joy”: (SUN 10am-12pm ET): Michael Steele; Hugh Hewitt; Joan Walsh; Al Cardenas; MTV’s Jamil Smith; Cleveland City Councilman Anthony Brancatelli; Nina Turner (live from Cleveland)--“MSNBC Live”: (SUN 12-2pm ET): Robert Costa; Courageous Conservatives PAC’s Steve Lonegan; Sanders campaign spokeswoman Symone Sanders; Jeremy Peters; Republican Women for Hillary founder Jennifer Lim; Elise Jordan; Howard Dean; Trump campaign senior adviser Ed Brookover; DeRay Mckesson; Colorado Republican delegate Regina Thomson (hosted by MSNBC’s Ari Melber live from Cleveland)--PBS’s “To the Contrary” with Bonnie Erbé: (airs all weekend): Roundtable: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rina Shah Bharara, Independent Women’s Forum’s Julie Gunlock; journalist Anushay Hossain--SiriusXM’s “No Labels Radio” (SAT 10am ET & 6pm ET, SUN 1PM ET): Retrospective of conventions past as Republicans prepare to gather for what could be one of the most contentious and controversial conventions in recent decades. Available for download at http://www.nolabels.org.--Sinclair’s “Full Measure” with Sharyl Attkisson (SUN 10am ET on WJLA and airing on Sinclair stations nationwide): Sharyl reports from the border of Mexico visiting some of the most remote areas including incredible video of drug cartel smugglers crossing the border ... And a visit with one happy campaign cartoonist, who shares some of his work during this presidential campaign as he prepares to attend the upcoming conventions.--Hearst / Sony’s “Matter of Fact” with Fernando Espuelas (airing Sunday in most markets, check local listings): Sean Duffy; Princeton University’s Dr. Eddie Glaude; Real Clear Politics’ Carl Cannon

21 апреля, 14:49

88 days to Cleveland, 201 days to election – CAN’T HELP HIMSELF? Trump vows discipline, revives ‘Lyin’ Ted’ – TELEPROMPTERS for next speech -- B’DAY: Politico Europe is 1, Ken Duberstein, Jodi Kantor, Felix Salmon

By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected])Good Thursday morning. TOP TALKER – “Trump terrifies world leaders,” by Isaac Dovere and Bryan Bender: “According to more than two dozen U.S. and foreign-government officials, Trump has become the starting point for what feels like every government-to-government interaction. In meetings, private dinners and phone calls, world leaders are urgently seeking explanations from Obama and ... Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Trade Representative Michael Froman.” http://politi.co/22PVkKKINSIDE THE CAMPAIGNS -- “Trump sends aides to court the GOP elite: After relentlessly slamming the process, the billionaire pivots to an inside game,” by Alex Isenstadt and Shane Goldmacher in Hollywood, Fla.: “The billionaire is dispatching his most senior aides, including newly ascendant political strategists Paul Manafort and Rick Wiley, to woo the delegates here at the beachfront hotel and resort where the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting is underway. ... On Thursday afternoon, Wiley and Manafort are scheduled to hold a 90-minute presentation to lay out the case for the real estate mogul. After that, retired surgeon Ben Carson, a former Trump primary rival who is now an outspoken surrogate, will greet RNC members at a reception.” http://politi.co/243gtU5--“Cruz Seeks to Mend Fences with Republican Elites,” by Time’s Zeke Miller in Hollywood, Fla.: “Cruz campaign’s high command, including campaign manager Jeff Roe, strategist David Polyansky, and delegate-hunters Ken Cuccinelli and Saul Anuzis, made the case for Cruz as the party’s stronger choice for the general election.” http://ti.me/1Sv8iuC--“Trump campaign brings in lobbyists for key posts: ... Manafort has recruited veterans of his lobbying firm to help Trump’s effort,” by Ken Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf: “Laurance Gay ... and Doug Davenport ... join another former Manafort lobbying partner named Rick Gates, who was identified as an agent of a Ukrainian oligarch ... And Manafort this week met with Marc Palazzo, a former lobbyist for a Koch Industries subsidiary.” http://politi.co/1WH3ohe --“The Loophole That Could Cost Donald Trump the Nomination,” by Upshot’s Nate Cohn: “Pennsylvania, which holds its primary next Tuesday, uses a nonbinding ‘loophole’ primary ... If the state adopted the delegate rules of any other primary, he would probably be an even-money favorite, or better, to amass the 1,237 delegates needed.” http://nyti.ms/1VlUZjL SHOT – “Trump revives ‘Lyin’ Ted,’” by Brianna Gurciullo: After calling him “Senator Cruz” in his victory speech Tuesday night, “Trump returned to calling the Texas senator a liar on Wednesday during a rally in Indianapolis. ‘In the case of Lyin’ Ted Cruz. Lyin’ Ted. Lies. Ooh, he lies. You know Ted. He brings the Bible, holds it high, puts it down, lies ... And, you know, the evangelicals, they’ve been supporting Donald Trump. It’s been great.” http://politi.co/1Sxtq6PCHASER: WSJ A1, above fold, “Trump: ‘I’m Not Going to Blow It,’” by Monica Langley and Reid Epstein (online: “Trump Plans to Adopt More-Traditional Campaign Tactics”): “including giving a policy speech on foreign affairs and using teleprompters and a speechwriter. ... Trump, in an interview, acknowledged the need for a shift. ‘The campaign is evolving and transitioning, and so am I ... I’ll be more effective and more disciplined.’ ... The foreign-affairs speech [is] set for [Wednesday] in Washington. One theme, Mr. Trump said, will be the relationship between economics and national security. ‘We’re protecting nations, and we’re not being properly compensated for that protection’ ...“Trump will deliver the speech with teleprompters, which he has often derided. This week, a pair were set up in his office, which he was using to practice. Still, he won’t use them at his rallies. More policy speeches are in the works, with jobs a likely topic. As the campaign sets up an office in Washington, it plans to hire a speechwriter. Mr. Trump has never used one, preferring to riff at his rallies, from his hand-scrawled notes of just a few words. ...“Manafort brought on Tim Clark, a longtime GOP strategist based in Sacramento, as California state director.” http://on.wsj.com/23L8xtW--Drudge banner, “SPRINGTIME FOR TRUMP: RNC WARMING.”KARL ROVE column in WSJ, “Trump’s Emptiest Threat: The Donald can’t bolt the GOP to run as an independent—by June it will be too late” (with teaser at top of A1, “Trump Can’t Run As an Independent”): “[B]y the time Republicans gather in Cleveland on July 18, the deadline for Mr. Trump to be listed on the ballot as an independent will already have passed in 12 states with a combined 166 Electoral College votes.” http://on.wsj.com/1ScSKwDTIME 100 list -- “The 100 most influential people in the world” out at 7 a.m.: Issue includes Amy Klobuchar writing on Hillary Clinton, Renee Ellmers on Donald Trump, Robert Reich on Bernie Sanders and Scott Walker on Ted Cruz. Honorees include, Barack Obama, Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley, John Kerry and Reince Priebus. Full list www.time.com/time100 ... The six covers, featuring Leo DiCaprio, Nicki Minaj, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Christine Lagarde, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Priyanka Chopra. http://bit.ly/1SRg6E5 --“[Speaker Paul] Ryan: Priebus turned around RNC ‘almost single-handedly,’” by Nick Gass: “Noting that the RNC was $25 million in debt when Priebus took office in 2011, Ryan gushed [in Time’s 100 issue] that the chairman ‘paid it all off, and he fixed the political, digital and data infrastructure so that we can compete on a level playing field with the Democrats. ... In stressful times, I often turn to Reince for advice.’” http://politi.co/26gvMej ... Ryan’s essay http://ti.me/1Sd7awZ WHAT SEAN SPICER IS SHARING: Priebus profiled by CNN’s Jamie Gangel – 9-min. video http://bit.ly/1r1vp7c SNEAK PEEK: Hillary is on the cover of the upcoming N.Y. Times Magazine, featuring an excerpt of Mark Landler’s forthcoming book about Clinton and Barack Obama, “Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power.” Landler writes: “Clinton’s foreign-policy instincts are bred in the bone — grounded in cold realism about human nature and what one aide calls ‘a textbook view of American exceptionalism.’ It set her apart from her rival-turned-boss, Barack Obama, who avoided military entanglements and tried to reconcile Americans to a world in which the United States was no longer the undisputed hegemon.” http://nyti.ms/1U72VnM ... The cover http://politi.co/1YIhehL ... $25.20 on Amazon http://amzn.to/1WfgC4d COMING ATTRACTIONS – “Ryan to Hold Town Hall with Millennials at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service”: Today, “House Speaker Paul Ryan ... will hold a town hall with millennials at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service to discuss his vision for a more #ConfidentAmerica ... moderated by SE Cupp and Mo Elleithee ... 1:45 p.m. ... live-streamed on speaker.gov/live and politics.georgetown.edu.”#PROTIP, shared with Playbookers by Matt McDonald of Hamilton Place Strategies: “Marc Andreessen had a good tip during the Andreessen Horowitz conference [yesterday]. ... If you go to ‘accessibility’ under your iPhone settings (under ‘general’), you can turn on ‘speak screen’ (under speech). This allows you to swipe down with two fingers and it will read whatever is on the screen. You can do this for tipsheets(!), white papers, news articles ... [H]e suggested to select the voice ‘Alex’ under voices. This is programmed to be the most natural sounding, but it takes up some more space on your phone. My commute will never be the same.” POLITICO EUROPE turns 1! John Harris, Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson and Matt Kaminski email the global staff: “Last April, together with our partners and friends at Axel Springer, we launched a publication to cover Europe in a way that no one else was doing. To produce journalism with a laser focus on politics and policy, delivered with authority, speed, depth, hopefully a bit of smarts and some mischief. To bring to life debates and personalities in Brussels that so many once dismissed as boring and to connect the dots between the various power centers across this Continent and beyond. ...“Since then, we’ve posted more than 6,100 articles on POLITICO.eu and on POLITICO.eu/pro, delivered 1,120 newsletters and 1,230 Pro alerts, and published 46 weekly newspapers and one glossy magazine (the very successful POLITICO 28 list). About 1.5 million readers each month are informed, moved, enlightened and amused by your work.”FUTURE OF NEWS – Robert “Allbritton ’92 [whose foresight a decade ago produced POLITICO] Talks Future of Journalism,” by Wesleyan Argus’ Aaron Stagoff-Belfort: “[Q]: Does this shift in the way you evaluate content creation also impact the business side of things? RA: Well, the economics of it have changed drastically. Back in the day, you had big newspapers and they had presses and huge subscriber lists and it was really hard to start something. The amount of capital and time it took to develop a reputation was very long. Now if somebody has an idea, they can pop up and try it and see if it catches on. Which is good; it allows for younger competitors to kind of come in.“But it also winds up where everyone is kind of chasing traffic, which I think is for naught, because at the end of the day we have a traffic goal to get to in this business; say it’s 20 million hits or something. As soon as you get to 20 million, the whole market will go, “No, no, no, you have to get to 30.” As soon as you get to 30, it’s 50. When you get to 50, it’s 80. You get to 100 and its like, “Well, what is your dwell time on site?” It never really ends. It’s really a game that only works for Google and Facebook. ... “[Q]: So you have a different model than BuzzFeed’s and the Huffington Post’s then? RA: Yeah, the traffic number does not matter as much as it does for other people because our revenue is not as dependent on it. But I don’t know how many models are like that. There are very few. To a certain degree the Wall Street Journal or New York Times, the Economist has a group subscription base. ... But we are almost getting two classes of citizens out there: you have the haves and have-nots. The reality of it is the 1 percent of readers pays for the other 99 percent of journalism that is out there.“You’re putting out articles that do have an impact on the country and on the world. That kind of progressive tax system of journalism works. Where I’ve seen a lot of other theories say, we will do a non-profit where people will pay ten cents to read an article and I say, ‘Are you kidding me? No one’s going to do that.’ If you’re looking for a charity, you’re only as good as your last round of donations. That’s not a way to have professional careers created. It’s so fundamentally unstable. And that’s what I keep preaching to our guys. ‘Look, we want to do good journalism, but it’s gotta be sustainable. There’s gotta be a business behind it where this is a return, or otherwise, Why are people doing this?’” http://bit.ly/1NCEqbvHAPPY 32nd ANNIVERSARY to Howard Fineman and Amy Nathan, married between 2 primaries in the 1984 campaign. They’re celebrating with a low-key dinner at home. HOT VIDEO -- “Promo: President Obama’s Final White House Correspondents' Dinner (C-SPAN)”:“Here’s a look back at President Obama’s last seven years of delivering comedic remarks at the Dinner, as seen on C-SPAN.” 2-min. video http://bit.ly/1r1qiDPSPOTTED: @apalmerdc: “Spotted: Former Rep. Aaron Schock going through McDonald’s drive thru in Peoria, Ill., according to tipster.” ... Aaron Schock sitting at the bar at [D.C.’s] Fiola Mare. ... Tammy Haddad, Susan Sher, Valerie Jarrett and Hilary Rosen at breakfast at the Four Seasons. CLICKERS – “12 new [D.C.] patios and rooftop bars you probably haven’t tried yet” http://wapo.st/1Nm2rIR TREASURY SECRETARY JACK LEW posts an open letter on Medium, “When I announced last June that a newly redesigned $10 note would feature a woman, I hoped to encourage a national conversation about women in our democracy. The response has been powerful. You and your fellow citizens from across the country have made your voices heard through town hall discussions and roundtable conversations, and with more than a million responses via mail and email, and through handwritten notes, tweets, and social media posts. ... [W]ith this decision, our currency will now tell more of our story and reflect the contributions of women as well as men to our great democracy.” http://bit.ly/1SU6KYa KATIE COURIC interviews ROBBY MOOK -- On whether the Bernie Sanders campaign had gone too far: “I think the Sanders campaign resorted to some pretty personal attacks, calling Hillary unqualified – some of the surrogates called her some unsavory names.” ... On Hillary Clinton’s love of hot sauce: “Well, all I can attest to is that she loves pepper, you know the hot peppers, and she just eats them straight – so I have seen her put hot sauce on a lot of things… It’s a health thing, she’s counseled me before that this is a very healthy thing to eat those peppers.”http://yhoo.it/1SbBQPb TOP TWEET – HuffPost’s Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy): “Bernie Sanders has so far won every county named Clinton County.” With chart http://bit.ly/243dQSc--HuffPost banner, “BERNIE WON’T BUDGE: ALL THE WAY TO PHILLY!”--“Sanders’ rough road ahead: He must run a gantlet of closed primaries and Hillary Clinton strongholds next week,” by Daniel Strauss: “The collection of states scheduled to vote next week is a gantlet of closed primaries and Hillary Clinton strongholds that figure to make for a tough night across the Northeast for the Vermont senator. Sanders trails by double-digits in polls in Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania, the three biggest of the five Acela Corridor states that will go to the polls on April 26.” http://politi.co/1Nm3cli --“Bernie faces Southern revolt: Democratic leaders want Sanders to stop dismissing the South, where Hillary Clinton’s wins have been powered by black votes,” by Gabriel Debenedetti: “Southern Democratic Party leaders who insist their region is a growth opportunity for the national party, especially in the age of Donald Trump.” http://politi.co/1SxgPjY SPOTTED: WaPo’s Paul Kane, rocking out to Bruce last night at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. WASHPOST LEAD editorial, “Gov. Kasich’s positive approach” (online: “Gov. Kasich’s unusual positivity”): “In a wide-ranging interview with us Wednesday morning, Mr. Kasich attacked the politicians who encourage voters to wallow in grievance.” http://wapo.st/1pk63jkN.Y. TIMES QUOTATION of the DAY – James G. Stavridis, former supreme allied commander of NATO, discussing rising tensions between the United States and Russia, which is bolstering its submarine fleet: “We are not quite back in a Cold War. But I sure can see one from where I’m standing.” 1-col. lead of the paper, “RUSSIA EXPANDS SUBMARINE FLEET AS RIVALRY GROWS: ECHOES OF THE COLD WAR -- Pentagon Seeks Rise in Budgets to Challenge Bolstered Patrols,” by Eric Schmitt in Naples, Italy http://nyti.ms/1SvkmftBUSINESS BURST – USA Today 1A, below fold, “Aging bulls: CEOs who won’t let go – Older executives face issue of knowing when to bow out,” by Marco della Cava and Charisse Jones: “Over the past decade, the number of CEOs ages 65 to 69 nearly doubled to 36, while those ages 70 to 74 increased from nine to 13, according to a survey of Fortune 500 CEOs by ... Korn Ferry. ... [A]verage Fortune 500 CEO age has inched up to 58 from 56.” http://usat.ly/20ZU4p3THE QUEEN IS 90 ... ANNIE LEIBOVITZ pic -- “Queen photographed with youngest royals to mark 90th birthday,” by The Guardian’s Caroline Davies: “Family portrait shot by Annie Leibovitz shows first nonagenarian monarch surrounded by her five great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren.” http://bit.ly/1NCIEzI ...--COOLEST CLICK: Souvenir cover of today’s Times of London, “HAPPY AND GLORIOUS: The Queen at 90,” with the back cover reprinting the full page from her birth announcement on p. 17 of The Times of April 22, 1926. http://politi.co/1WHelzp--AP: “On April 21, 1926, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was born in Mayfair, London; she was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and the Queen Mother. Christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the princess became monarch upon the death of her father in 1952, beginning a 64-year-old reign surpassing that of Queen Victoria.”TAMMY/BETSY PODCAST: On the Bloomberg Politics “Masters in Politics” Podcast, Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin speak with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Kate Anderson Brower, the author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies.” DWS: “[I]f you look back to our primary in 2008 between then-Senators Obama and Clinton, it was far more divisive than this primary has been.” http://bloom.bg/1Vm9FzzCLEVELAND WATCH -- “Eagles' Joe Walsh: I’m dropping out of GOP convention show” – AP:“Walsh says in an emailed statement he’s ‘very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns.’ He says he ‘cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way.” http://bit.ly/26gfNNgMAYOR OF THE WORLD – Michael Bloomberg in Bloomberg View, “Here’s Why the U.S. Will Meet Its Paris Climate Goals”: “As world leaders gather in New York on Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, some have expressed concern that as they implement their commitments, the U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. ... The federal government is not the primary force in the U.S. fight against climate change, and even if the Court ultimately strikes down certain parts of the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. will meet and probably exceed its commitment to reduce emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025.” http://bv.ms/1VlVBGa WASHINGTON, INC. -- “Saudi government has vast network of PR, lobby firms in U.S.,” by WashPost’s Catherine Ho: “The Saudi government and its affiliates have spent millions of dollars on ... some of Washington’s premier law and lobby firms ... Podesta Group, BGR Government Affairs, DLA Piper and Pillsbury Winthrop have been tasked with the job ... Five lobby and PR firms were hired in 2015 alone, signaling a stepped-up focus on ties with Washington. The firms have been coordinating meetings between Saudi officials and business leaders and U.S. media, and promoting foreign investment in the Saudi economy. Some have even been tasked with coming up with content for the embassy’s official Twitter and YouTube accounts.” http://wapo.st/1WH1woIMEDIAWATCH -- “Salt Lake Tribune sold to Huntsman family,” by CNN’s Dylan Byers: “Paul Huntsman, brother of the former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate, announced Wednesday that he had acquired the Tribune from Digital First Media.... Huntsman, who serves as CEO of Huntsman Family Investments, a private equity firm, said he bought the paper in order to ensure that it retained a local and independent voice.” http://cnnmon.ie/1MJOsww--“NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt Named 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year”: “The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has distinguished himself or herself with a body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people in the African Diaspora.” http://bit.ly/23L0NIA--“Sites Start Charging Readers to Comment on Articles,” by Bloomberg’s Joshua Brustein: “Tribune Publishing ... turned on SolidOpinion’s software for the San Diego Union-Tribune’s website ... Readers can earn points, which can be used to buy more prominent placement for their comments at the end of news stories, by posting comments, visiting the site regularly, or spending real money ... 800 points for $10.” http://bloom.bg/1Sxn4UX TRANSITIONS -- “Albright Stonebridge Group announces new partner and senior advisors”:“announced the election of Donald Gips as a partner. ASG also announced that Derek Mitchell, Isis Nyong’o Madison, and Ratih Hardjono have joined the firm as Senior Advisors. ... Ambassador Derek Mitchell joins ASG as Senior Advisor after serving nearly four years as U.S. Ambassador to the Union of Burma (Myanmar), deepening and broadening the capabilities ASG brings to clients across East Asia.” http://politi.co/1Nmb3PZOUT TODAY – “No Labels releases its Policy Playbook for America’s Next President, featuring 60 ideas that are ‘good politics and good policy.’ All ideas were poll tested and received majority support from Republican, Democrats and Independent voters. No Labels co-chairs Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Lieberman announce the Playbook today with a power lunch at the Mayflower Hotel in D.C. and a BIG THINK essay in Fortune magazine. This precedes the first ever bi-partisan political ‘Davos’ event in December called 1787, Constructing the Peace after the War.” http://for.tn/22PWDJH ... Letter from Fortune editor Alan Murray http://for.tn/22PWFkMOUT AND ABOUT – “The Department of State recognized ten international emerging young leaders at a ceremony [yesterday] hosted by Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel. These courageous award recipients represent the power of young people in creating grassroots efforts to improve their communities. ... The awardees, representing Afghanistan, Burma, France, Georgia, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Malta, Tunisia and the Palestinian Territories, range in ages between 19 to 24. ... The ten awardees will travel to Chicago and Austin as part of an intensive exchange program specially tailored to strengthen their knowledge, skills, and networks.”BIRTHDAYS: Ken Duberstein, celebrating in Palm Beach for sun, fun and Ken’s favorite: a chocolate/mocha birthday cake (h/t wife Jackie Fain) ... NYT’s Jodi Kantor, the pride of Holmdel, N.J. (hubby tip: Ron Lieber) ... Josh Dorner, a CAP alum, now SKDKnickerbocker ... NBC News’ Matt Rivera (h/t Olivia Petersen) ... Bill Neidhardt, Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s press secretary and John Kraus, Baldwin’s comms. director (h/ts Meghan Roh) ... Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion ... Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is 90 ... Lauren Weber, editor of The Morning Email at The Huffington Post and one of the many proud St. Louisans in DC, is 25, who enjoyed winery tours last weekend with the celebration continuing this weekend. Pic http://bit.ly/1SU8CQI (h/t Eli Yokley) ... Greg Lyons, economic research assistant at the FDIC and a Politico alum ... Caroline Wyatt, BBC’s religious Affairs Correspondent, who has served as BBC Defence correspondent and reported from Paris, Moscow, and Berlin/Bonn ... Justin Wilson … former Sen. David Boren … Ben Sparks … Drew Gorman ...... Eric Weisbrod, CNN’s director of social TV ... Bob Blaemire, director of biz dev at Catalist … Katherine Finnerty ... Brad Cheney, associate VP of legislative affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association, and a Brad Sherman and GPG alum ... Paul Haenle, who served as China Director on the Bush 43 NSC, and before that as the EA to national security advisor Steve Hadley; he is now director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center (the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Beijing office), is 5-0 (h/t Anne Sherman) ... Nate Palmer ... Dominic Bellone ... John Hiller of Freedom House ... Hessy Fernandez, an RNC and McCain-Palin alum, now director of media relations at Miami Dade College ...... Ben Sparks, alum of Dan Sullivan N.J. GOP, Romney, Scott Walker Recall, Rob Portman, NRSC, now executive director of Alaska’s Future … Phoebe Trabb (Heidi Przybyla) and Sam O’Connor (Patrick) are 7 today … AP veteran Marty Steinberg ... Ron Kaufman … Lindsey Mask, a Buck McKeon alum now founder and executive director of Ladies America ... Marti Anderson ... Mary Clare McMahon ... Paige Reffe ... Kevin Parker ... John Kraus ... Christy Bachmann (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... actor Charles Grodin is 81 ... Iggy Pop is 69 ... actress Patti LuPone is 67 ... Tony Danza is 65 ... Andie MacDowell is 58 ... Robert Smith (The Cure) is 57 ... Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is 36 ... rock singer Sydney Sierota (Echosmith) is 19 (AP)

28 сентября 2015, 19:31

Vladimir Putin Wants To Fight All 'Terror' In Syria -- Except His Brutal Friend Bashar Assad

NEW YORK -- The international community must stand behind Syria's government to undermine the Islamic State group, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly in a decade.  The Islamic State group was "forged" and enabled by the West, Putin argued, because the U.S. and its partners wanted to undermine Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian president claimed that by backing the opposition to Assad, the U.S. has effectively trained fighters who are helping the Islamic State group. He also warned the West that the catastrophe of Syria is a sign that it must cease "the export of revolutions, these so-called democratic ones." Putin's remarks were the most extensive public explanation so far of his military buildup in Syria, where he has sent soldiers, tanks and warplanes over the past few weeks in an ostensible bid to weaken the extremist Islamic State group. Though the Islamic State, or ISIS, has established a major presence in war-torn Syria and Putin has long prioritized the battle against radical Islam, the president's recent moves are likely more concerned with self-interest than defeating an extremist enemy: Moscow wants to make clear that it continues to back Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and will protect Russian interests in that country, which are intertwined with the Assad regime. Putin hopes to win international support by projecting himself and Assad as the solution in Syria. He recently crafted an anti-Islamic State agreement, announced Sunday without prior warning to Washington, between Russia, the Assad regime, Iran and Iraq. And he told Charlie Rose in a "60 Minutes" interview aired Sunday that he had a vision for how to end the brutal extremist group's reign over large parts of Syria: by shoring up the country's flailing government. No one but President Assad's armed forces and Kurd militia are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria," Putin said at the United Nations Monday. That posturing may win some support. And the Russian strongman's tactics, which are projecting him as taking the lead on the Syrian crisis at a time when Europe is worried about the flow of refugees out of Syria and the U.S. is embarrassed by its failing effort to train anti-Islamic State fighters in the country, have won Putin the international attention he craves. He even gained a Monday appointment with President Barack Obama. Still, Western diplomats and close observers of the Syrian conflict are skeptical. They warn that the Russian approach will cause even more pain and chaos in Syria. President Francois Hollande of France told a small group of reporters prior to Putin's speech that he believed Russia was exploiting the Islamic State threat to justify pro-Assad actions. He warned that were his European counterparts to embrace Moscow's argument that the Syrian regime should be bolstered for now so that fewer Syrians would flee, Europe would face continued refugee influxes and a prolonged humanitarian disaster. The majority of Syrian refugees are fleeing their brutal government, Hollande noted. Millions had already left the country because of Assad before the Islamic State established its caliphate there last summer, and many of the Syrians now coming to Europe are part of that group, he added. These people are coming from refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere, not directly from Syria. Others note that giving support to the Assad regime the way Putin is doing is not a surefire way to combat extremists like the Islamic State or Syria's al Qaeda branch. They say that, as the U.S. government and multiple outside analyses show, Assad has exploited the extremist presence in Syria to present himself as the only credible option is his country -- sidelining the nationalist Syrian opposition who are close with the U.S. and countries in Europe and the Gulf. "Amid recent geopolitical machinations, one simple reality appears to have been forgotten or purposefully ignored: Assad is not and should never be seen as a better alternative to [the Islamic State]," wrote Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, in a Monday piece for the BBC.  Lister noted that Assad released al Qaeda prisoners held in his jails just months after a popular uprising began to threaten his regime, in an apparent bid to present all anti-Assad opposition as radical. He also pointed out that Assad's forces have rarely targeted the Islamic State. "Meanwhile, the Assad regime has conducted a consistent policy of intentional mass killing of civilians -- first with air strikes and ballistic missiles, then with barrel bombs and widely alleged use of chemical weapons," Lister wrote. More than 250,000 Syrians have died since Assad first moved to crush peaceful protests in March 2011, according to the United Nations. The question these resolutely anti-Assad players have to answer is whom the West should work with in Syria instead. Moscow and Damascus maintain that the armed opposition to the Assad regime is uniformly radical; to them, even moderate, nationalist rebels are not legitimate partners. That analysis, of course, is convenient because it helps Assad discredit his opposition. Such thinking gained a boost because of the news earlier this month about the weak rebel-training effort by the United States, and the revelation last week that the latest batch of U.S.-backed Syrian fighters surrendered some equipment to al Qaeda to gain passage into Syria. Now, even members of the Obama administration say that their plan to arm Syrians to combat the Islamic State may need reworking. Rick Stengel, a senior State Department official, conceded as much on "Morning Joe" Monday, and Obama ally Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) called for a suspension of the program the same day. Obama told the United Nations Monday that he was open to working with Russia and Iran, Assad's chief allies, to end the bloodshed in Syria. Still, the anti-Assad opposition should not be ignored or neglected, Syria watchers urge. Even though the United States' overt effort to train Syrians to fight the Islamic State is a clear mess, its covert support for anti-Assad rebels has proven successful. And Lister noted that the armed Sunni Arab opposition to Assad has spent significant time shaping a united vision. Courting Sunni Arabs, who form the majority of Syria, is key to keeping Syria together and ending extremist groups' ability to thrive there, Hollande argued Monday. It's one reason, he explained, why France is "not walking towards Assad." Sam Stein and Jessica Schulberg contributed reporting.  More from the 2015 UNGA:  - Obama: Washington Ready To Work With Iran, Russia To End Syria War- China's President Pledges $1 Billion To United Nations For 'Peace And Development'- What Happened The Last Time Putin Spoke To The United Nations   Also on HuffPost:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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20 апреля 2015, 11:47

Sony - Белый Дом. Детали сговора.

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

18 апреля 2015, 14:01

18.04.2015 14:01 : В Госдепартаменте отвергают обвинения в использовании кинокомпаний для антироссийской агитации

Ранее в СМИ появились публикации о привлечении Голливуда в информационной войне, основанные на украденной электронной переписке корпорации Sony Pictures. В Госдепартаменте признают, что работают с американскими кинокомпаниями и обсуждают с представителями индустрии использование тех или иных сюжетов в фильмах, однако в ведомстве отводят себе лишь роль наблюдателя или консультанта. Такую позицию в ходе встречи с журналистами озвучила официальный представитель Госдепартамента Мари Харф. Один из участников брифинга озвучил сообщение от имени сотрудника ведомства Рика Стенгела к гендиректору Sony Pictures Майклу Линтону. Чиновник писал о необходимости организовать встречу с руководителями компании, чтобы обсудить с ними меры в ответ на международные вызовы. Речь шла о группировке «Исламское государство», признанной экстремистской, в том числе, в России, а также о действиях Москвы в Центральной и Восточной Европе. Харф отвергла предположение о том, что в Госдепартаменте ставят в один ряд Россию и исламистов. Вызовом замгоссекретаря назвала пропаганду – как со стороны ИГИЛ, так и со стороны Москвы. Нашумевшее письмо сотрудника Госдепартамента к главе Sony Pictures Майлу Линтону стало достоянием общественности после публикации на скандально-известном портале Wikileaks.

20 апреля 2015, 11:47

Sony - Белый Дом. Детали сговора.

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