Trump unleashes on Twitter, as Republicans use Sunday shows to urge caution and express concern about his decision making
JUST A REMINDER … The government shuts down Friday. Neither the House nor the Senate have passed a funding bill. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has threatened to veto the bill if it includes money for a new tunnel between New York and New Jersey, and the right is itching for him to cut off funding for so-called sanctuary cities. What could go wrong?A FEW IMPORTANT STATS from the NBC/WSJ poll out this morning.-- WSJ’S JANET HOOK: “Democrats have regained a double-digit advantage over Republicans as the 2018 midterm congressional campaign intensifies and the GOP works to persuade voters of the benefits of the tax cut it passed three months ago, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.“Asked which party should control Congress, registered voters picked Democrats by a 50%-to-40% margin, the second time in three months the party claimed a double-digit advantage.” http://on.wsj.com/2pkgDd4 Good Sunday morning. THIS PRESIDENT seems awfully antsy this morning. -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:35 a.m.: “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added...does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” … NOTE: Robert Mueller and Andrew McCabe are Republicans. -- at 8:22 a.m.: “Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey. Can we call them Fake Memos?”-- at 8:02 a.m.: “Wow, watch Comey lie under oath to Senator G when asked ‘have you ever been an anonymous source...or known someone else to be an anonymous source...?’ He said strongly ‘never, no.’ He lied as shown clearly on @foxandfriends.” MAGGIE HABERMAN (@maggieNYT): "Aides have decided to whisk Trump to a golf course today."SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-.S.C.) told CNN’S JAKE TAPPER that if Trump fired special prosecutor Robert Mueller “that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency. Because we are a rule-of-laws nation. … [When it comes to Mr. Mueller, he is following the evidence where it takes him and I think it’s very important he be allowed to do his job without interference and there are many Republicans that share my view.”WHAT TRUMP IS TWEETING ABOUT -- “Mueller now has memos McCabe kept on Trump dealings,” by AP’s Eric Tucker: “Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president that have been provided to the special counsel’s office and are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey, The Associated Press has learned. “The memos could factor into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as his team examines Trump campaign ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice. McCabe’s memos include details of his own interactions with the president, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who wasn’t authorized to discuss the notes publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.“They also recount different conversations he had with Comey, who kept notes on meetings with Trump that unnerved him. Though the precise contents are unknown, the memos possibly could help substantiate McCabe’s assertion that he was unfairly maligned by a White House he says had declared ‘war’ on the FBI and Mueller’s investigation. They almost certainly contain, as Comey’s memos did, previously undisclosed details about encounters between the Trump administration and FBI that could be of interest to Mueller.” http://bit.ly/2HLwyIy HELLO! -- @RandPaul at 9:23 a.m.: “I’ll do whatever it takes, including filibuster, to stop the nomination of Gina Haspel. I urge @SenFeinstein to stand against her nomination too!” His POLITICO Magazine op-ed http://politi.co/2HJJdvB SUNDAY BEST -- REP. TREY GOWDY advises Trump through FOX NEWS SUNDAY and CHRIS WALLACE … “Chris, if you look at the jurisdiction for Robert Mueller, first and foremost, what did Russia do to this country in 2016? That is supremely important and it has nothing to do with collusion. So to suggest that Mueller should shut down and that all he is looking at is collusion – if you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it. ...“I think the president’s gonna have a really difficult time nominating and having approved another attorney general. It’s going to be – I would just counsel the president, it’s going to be a very very long, bad 2018 and it’s going to be distracting from other things that he wants to do and was elected to do. Let it play out its course. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”-- SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FLA.) doesn’t like the MCCABE firing, he tells CHUCK TODD on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS”: TODD: “Let me start with Andrew McCabe’s firing. Was he treated fairly?” RUBIO: “I don’t like the way it happened. He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend. That said, that there’s an inspector general report that’s due and work that’s being done and after he had retired that report would’ve indicated wrongdoing or something that was actionable there’s things that could’ve been done after the fact. But 48 hours to go before retirement I would’ve certainly done it differently. Given the fact there’s still this report out there that hasn’t come in.”-- TRUMP MIGHT PULL OUT OF IRAN DEAL -- MARGARET BRENNAN speaks to SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TENN.) on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION”: CORKER: “The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and-- right now it doesn’t feel like it’s gonna be extended. I think the president likely -- will move away from it, unless my -- our European counterparts really come together on a framework. And it doesn't feel to me that they are. Now, as we get -- within two weeks of the May 12th date, that could change. But --” BRENNAN: “You think the president’s going to pull out of that Iran deal on May 12th?” CORKER: “I do. I do.”BRENNAN also spoke with SOUTH KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER KANG KYUNG-WHA about Trump meeting with North Korea: BRENNAN: “Have you heard anything from North Korea in response?” KANG: “Well, nothing publicly. But there is a channel of communication now established. So I’m sure there are back and forth messages. But, I think the North Korean leader would also need some time given the readiness with which President Trump has accepted the invitation to talks. “I think we were all quite surprised by -- by the -- the readiness of that decision. I think it was an extremely courageous decision on the part of President Trump. We believe the North Korean leader is now taking stock. We give them the benefit of the doubt, and the time that he would need to come out with some public messaging.”JARED KUSHNER’S FAMILY BIZ … “AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false documents with NYC,” by AP’s Bernard Condon: “When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.“But that's exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, and with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold all three buildings for $60 million, nearly 50 percent more than it paid.Now a clue has emerged as to how President Donald Trump's son-in-law's firm was able to move so fast: The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings it owned across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds.” http://bit.ly/2FJUzTL THE BIG PICTURE … PETER BAKER in the NYT, “Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility”: “The lack of fidelity to facts has real-world consequences in both foreign affairs and domestic policymaking. Foreign diplomats and lawmakers of both parties say they do not assume anything he says is necessarily true. In a White House where one aide described the existence of ‘alternative facts’ and another acknowledged telling ‘white lies,’ staff members scramble to defend his claims without putting their own credibility on the line. News organizations debate when to use the word ‘lie’ because it implies intent.“Since Mr. Trump became a presidential candidate, PolitiFact has evaluated more than 500 assertions and found 69 percent of them mostly false, false or ‘pants on fire’ false. By comparison, it judged 26 percent of the statements by Mr. Obama that it evaluated as false and the same percentage for those by Hillary Clinton.” http://nyti.ms/2HIA71YMCCABE MIGHT GET HIS PENSION ANYWAY -- “Andrew McCabe was just offered a job by a congressman so he can get his full retirement. And it just might work,” by WaPo’s Amber Phillips: “Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) announced Saturday afternoon that he has offered McCabe a job to work on election security in his office, ‘so that he can reach the needed length of service’ to retire. “‘My offer of employment to Mr. McCabe is a legitimate offer to work on election security,’ Pocan said in a statement. ‘Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of American democracy and both Republicans and Democrats should be concerned about election integrity.’ A spokeswoman for McCabe, Melissa Schwartz, didn’t immediately rule out a job with one of the most liberal members of Congress, which might only need to last for a day or so for him to get his full retirement benefits: ‘We are considering all options.’ … “With … 20 years, he would need to just go to work with the federal government for another day or so in any job he pleases, whether that's as a election security analyst for a Wisconsin congressman or a typist for a day, to get full benefits, said the former official who spoke to The Fix. The job doesn't matter so much as the fact that he's working within the federal government with the same retirement benefits until or after his 50th birthday. ” http://wapo.st/2FIsrAqTROUBLE FOR PELOSI … NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEX BURNS: “Nancy Pelosi Wants to Lead. More Democratic Candidates Want Her Out”: “Most ominous for Ms. Pelosi, it is not just centrist candidates running in red-tinged districts who are reluctant to embrace her, but also political insurgents on the left who see her as an embodiment of the Washington establishment.“‘I would have to see who’s running,’ said Marie Newman, a progressive Democratic House candidate in Illinois, when asked if she would support Ms. Pelosi for speaker. Ms. Newman is vying to unseat Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative Chicago Democrat, in a primary there on Tuesday. … “‘I’m a woman at the table,” she said in the interview Friday before getting on a plane for Houston, where she was going to raise money for House Democrats at the annual rodeo there. Demonstrating the swagger that delights her admirers and prompts eye-rolling from detractors, Ms. Pelosi said Democrats needed her in charge.“‘I am a master legislator, I am a shrewd politician and I have a following in the country that, apart from a presidential candidate, nobody else can claim,’ she said. While she would not firmly commit to seeking the speakership again, it is clearly her plan, and she even gave voice to a concern on the minds of many Democrats: the chaotic scramble that would ensue if she steps down. ‘If I was to walk away now, this caucus would be in such a musical chairs scenario,’ she said.” http://nyti.ms/2tYBs2v -- TELL US how you really feel! 2020 WATCH … GABE DEBENEDETTI: “2020 Dems staff up: At least a dozen potential candidates are bolstering their teams by adding aides with campaign experience”: “The hires are never explicitly advertised or designed to be about 2020. But the behind-the-scenes shuffle is a long-overdue stage in the traditional pre-campaign scramble. Potential candidates who have run before — like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden — largely have their core teams in place. … “Barack Obama’s former top digital strategist, Joe Rospars, for example, has been helping Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s team. … In other cases, aides who would likely be expected to play large roles in potential 2020 campaigns have moved on to top-tier midterm races for this election cycle, sometimes in a bid to gain even more experience. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s longtime aide Michael Halle is now running a gubernatorial campaign in Ohio.” With cameos by Bob Shrum, Erik Smith, Patti Solis Doyle, and Joe Trippi http://politi.co/2Iw4b1UBEN WHITE in POLITICO Magazine, “Why Trump Slayed His Own Masters of the Universe: Trump vowed to bring business acumen to the White House. He just didn’t like it when the ideas came from someone else”: “Donald Trump swept into the White House on a promise to run the government like a business and stock his administration with titans of industry. The partnership hasn’t worked out. Just over a year into Trump’s presidency, those titans are leaving, driven out by a chief executive who doesn’t want to hear no, doesn’t trust anyone but himself and can’t stand to share the spotlight, even with those he once hailed as ‘the best people’ on earth for these jobs. “Trump humiliated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of oil industry giant ExxonMobil whom he once described as ‘the embodiment of the American dream,’ firing him by tweet.“He repeatedly rejected the advice of National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, driving the former president of Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs nuts with his stubborn insistence on tariffs and hastening Cohn’s exit. And he went ice cold on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, reportedly telling the Wall Street legend that his understanding of trade was ‘terrible,’ as West Wing aides leaked stories about Ross dozing off in meetings. Remember those CEO councils Trump initially set up to get advice from America’s top executives? They shut down in August.” http://politi.co/2Iyn44DSNL -- “Anderson Cooper White House Turmoil Cold Open” – COOPER (played by Alex Moffat): “Here to explain is the man who had to do the firing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.” SESSIONS (Kate McKinnon): “Hello. Look at me, I still got a job.” COOPER: “Sir, can you give us the exact reason McCabe was fired?” SESSIONS: “Well yes, of course, Mr. McCabe was in clear violation of um, because of his lack of candor, whatever, I can’t even answer. Trump made me do it! McCabe saw too much.”COOPER: “Okay, so this was not your decision?” SESSIONS: “Look, I’m always down to clown but this was sneaky even for me. I’m just a simple man who wanted to make things bad for immigrants and here I am taking away the pension of a Christian white. It ain’t right.” 7-min. video http://bit.ly/2IBqnYM YOU’RE INVITED … Join us for our first Playbook University in North Carolina with GOV. ROY COOPER on March 29 at Penn Pavilion at Duke University. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. RSVP http://bit.ly/2IqsO09MORE CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA FALLOUT -- “Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians,” by NYT’s Danny Hakim and Matt Rosenberg: “When the Russia question came up during a hearing at the British Parliament last month, Alexander Nix did not hesitate. ‘We’ve never worked in Russia,’ said Mr. Nix, head of a data consulting firm that advised the Trump campaign on targeting voters. ... But Mr. Nix’s business did have some dealings with Russian interests, according to company documents and interviews. Mr. Nix is a director of SCL Group, a British political and defense contractor, and chief executive of its American offshoot, Cambridge Analytica, which advised the Trump campaign. “The firms’ employees, who often overlap, had contact in 2014 and 2015 with executives from Lukoil, the Russian oil giant. Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters, according to two former company insiders who said there were at least three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey. SCL and Lukoil denied that the talks were political in nature, and SCL also said there were no meetings in London.” http://nyti.ms/2plSwu4 SCOOP -- “White House weighs rehiring fired Trump aide McEntee,” by Andrew Restuccia: “Senior White House officials are mulling bringing President Donald Trump’s personal aide and body man John McEntee back into the administration just days after he was abruptly escorted out of the West Wing. White House chief of staff John Kelly told aides during a Friday morning senior staff meeting that there are tentative discussions about finding a role for McEntee in the administration ...“The exact reasons for McEntee’s dismissal are still unclear, but multiple people familiar with the issue said it pertained to his propensity for high-dollar gambling ... [and] there were concerns it made McEntee a potential security risk. It’s unclear what McEntee would have to do to reassure White House officials ahead of his possible return, and aides said discussions about rehiring him are still in the early stages.” http://politi.co/2pnILLHA LOOK BACK -- “Ex-Bear Stearns CEO Is Off Wall Street But Still Mixing It Up at the Bridge Table,” by WSJ’s Justin Baer: http://on.wsj.com/2pldHfAPYONGYANG REPORT -- “Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions,” by NYT’s Motoko Rich in Tokyo: “One of the more eyebrow-raising examples described: Between January and June of last year, India exported $514,823 in diamonds to North Korea, along with other precious metals and stones. Other luxury goods that have made it to North Korea: sparkling wine and spirits from Germany, wine and vermouth from Italy, and perfume and cosmetics from Bulgaria. A Singapore-based company has been stocking department stores in Pyongyang, the capital, with luxury items from Japan and Europe.” http://nyti.ms/2HJB6z9BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:-- “My Eulogy of Shawn,” by Marjorie Brimley: “Shawn [Brimley] was grateful for every single day he had on this planet. I know because he told me. Not just in the final days of his life but in every day before that.” http://bit.ly/2FP4JhH-- “Former LA Times and OC Register Reporter Clark Sharon, Now Homeless, Spends His Days Reading the Papers He Once Wrote For,” by Adam J. Samaha in the OC Weekly: http://bit.ly/2FPojdV-- “Overheated: How Flawed Analyses Overestimate the Costs of Climate Change,” by the Manhattan Institute’s Oren Cass: http://bit.ly/2HFybHw ... Oren’s WSJ op-ed http://on.wsj.com/2HFythA -- “The Last Days of Jerry Brown,” by Andy Kroll on the cover of the March/April issue of California Sunday: “After more than 40 years in public life, 15 as governor of California, he is as combative and contradictory as ever —and still trying to save the world from itself.” http://bit.ly/2HIEEl0-- “There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label,” by Elizabeth Kolbert in Rolling Stone: “It’s been used to define and separate people for millennia. But the concept of race is not grounded in genetics.” http://on.natgeo.com/2FPbpfU -- “Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet,” by Andrew Marantz in the New Yorker: “How do we fix life online without limiting free speech?” http://bit.ly/2pjLd5Z-- “The Refugee Detectives,” by Graeme Wood in the Atlantic – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “How German government investigators separate opportunists from bona fide asylum-seekers among the country’s million recent immigrants from the Middle East and Africa. Face recognition is the first filter: If you have ever been caught on camera by a government anywhere, the Germans probably have you in their database. Then it’s down to clues and tells. ‘Having a fake Eritrean passport is a sign that you might really be from that country.’” http://theatln.tc/2FFBLot-- “A match made at Bear Stearns,” by Marketplace’s Amy Scott: http://bit.ly/2HCm6Ti-- “A Tale of Two Moralities, Part One: Regional Inequality and Moral Polarization,” by Will Wilkinson in Niskanen Center: “A shrinking number of counties accounts for a rising proportion of America’s wealth. This is a recipe for political dominance of the less economically productive conservative white minority, who control most of the country’s territory, over the liberal multicultural majority who live in increasingly concentrated urban centers of wealth. This is not a stable situation, and bodes ill for the future of American freedom.” http://bit.ly/2FWmPBT-- “On collecting memories” -- The Creative Independent: “An interview with writer and essayist Adam Gopnik.” http://bit.ly/2tU594R-- “Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous,” by Paul Ford in Bloomberg Businessweek: “The true believers won’t stop until they’ve remade the world. Some of it will be thrilling. Some of it will keep us up at night.” https://bloom.bg/2DzvmVR-- “How Russia’s Eternal President Has Changed His Country,” by Christian Esch in Der Spiegel: “The state disenfranchises citizens, but in exchange they are given a feeling of stability and reclaimed national pride. Don’t get in the way, says the Kremlin, give us a free hand and we will protect you from economic need and ensure that you are respected in a hostile world. Stability and national greatness: Those are the promises made by Putin’s Russia. Deception and violence are its tools.” http://bit.ly/2IsoayJ-- “The Asset How A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy,” by Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold in BuzzFeed: “He obtained five personal satellite telephone numbers for Osama bin Laden and helped flip the personal secretary to Mullah Omar, then the head of the Taliban, into a source who provided the location of al-Qaeda training camps and weapons caches.” http://bzfd.it/2FDfJ5ISPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway walking into the International Spy Museum on F St. just before 3 p.m. Saturday “with two of her children in tow. She was sporting a green blazer, presumably to show some St. Patrick’s Day pride,” per our tipster.WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- MELISSA SALMANOWITZ, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an Obama Education Dept. alum, married MIKE LUCE, strategist at Dover Strategy Group and a DLCC alum, at DAR Constitution Hall. With nods to St. Patrick’s Day, the guests danced into the early morning and posed for pictures with the Washington Monument. The bride and groom’s brothers officiated. Pic http://bit.ly/2GFfTqz SPOTTED: Bari Lurie and Jeff Westerberg, Rachel Kelly, Gina and Josh Cherwin, Irene Sherman, former Education Secretary John King, Andy Stone and Kathryn Frazier, Brin Frazier and Andrei Greenawalt, Jonathan Beam, Anna Gregory, Steve Krubiner and Aviva Sufian, Sarah Dale and Dan Kalik, Josh and Gina Cherwin and Allison Yazdian. -- “Weijia Jiang, Luther Lowe” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Jiang, 34, is a Washington correspondent for CBS News, where she covers the White House and Capitol Hill primarily for Newspath, the CBS News news service affiliate servicing about 200 stations and affiliates worldwide; she also fills in on the anchor desk for the CBS Morning News. ... Mr. Lowe, 35, who goes by Luther, works in Washington as the global vice president for public policy at Yelp ... He oversees public policy initiatives, including competition policy, consumer free speech and open data.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2plJzBD-- “Benjamin Toff, Andrew Tangel” -- N.Y. Times: “Mr. Toff ... 35, is an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He graduated from Harvard and received both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ... Mr. Tangel, 36, works in Chicago, where he is a reporter covering manufacturing for The Wall Street Journal. He graduated from DePauw University and received a master’s degree in financial journalism from Columbia.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2DCjW3Q SPOTTED at Fred and Genny Ryan’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party last night at the George Town Club: Gary Cohn, Elaine Chao, John Rogers, Rickie Niceta, Bob Costa, Carol Melton and Joe Hassett, Robert and Elena Allbritton, John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Peter Alexander and Alison Starling, Pamela Brown, Marty Baron and Katharine and Wayne Reynolds.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Veronica Pollock of the Daschle Group, who “celebrated St Nikki’s Day with friends at The Line in Adams Morgan. She brought her own grocery store sheet cake to celebrate” (Panda tip: Theo) … (was Tuesday): Steve Rochlin turned 5-0 (hat tip: Tim Burger)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. A trend she thinks deserves more attention: “By now, I should hope that folks are noticing the historic number of women who are running for office — and winning! — this cycle. EMILY's List has heard from over 34,000 women since Election Day 2016 who are interested in running for office! But what's flying under the radar is the fact that this isn't a one-off year; another ‘Year of the Woman.’ Thousands of women running for office is and will be the new normal for elections to come.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2FTqq0l BIRTHDAYS: Reince Priebus is 46. He’s celebrating with bowling and pizza with friends and family (h/t Sean Spicer) ... media strategist Marc Adelman (Get excited!) (h/t Tammy Haddad) ... Karen Knutson ... Matt Schuck of the Broadcasting Board of Governors ... Terri McCullough, Clinton Foundation alum ... Kristin Lee of Facebook and a White House science and tech policy alum (hubby tip: Kevin Griffis) ... Politico’s Hailey Ghee (h/t Patrick Steel) ... F.W. de Klerk, Nobel peace laureate and former South African president, is 82 ... CAP Action’s Will Ragland ... David Mark, Politico and CNN alum ... Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) is 51 ... Andree Miller ... Politico’s Alix Beadle-Ryby, Victoria Colliver and Nick Niedzwiadek ... Evan Lowenstein and Jaron Lowenstein are 44 ... Keshia Cluckey ... Mike DeFilippis of Burson Marsteller is 27 ... Austin Wright ... Will Feltus of National Media ... Emily Guthrie ... Marcus Garza, LA for Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) ...... Chris Harris, comms director for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) … Daniel Cooper, O’Malley and Debra Ross alum now a fundraiser for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), is 25 (h/t Matt Corridoni) … Ofelia Casillas of Northwestern University … Karrah Kaplan … photographer Liz Gorman ... Edelman’s Jeffrey Surrell and Emily Smith ... Joe Mathews ... Ashlee Reid Morehouse, president of fundraising firm Republic Strategies ... Kiki Kalkstein … Erin Fogarty Owen, executive director of university comms. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha ... Todd Hames of Orange Business Services ... Jerry Fritz … Kate Denis, VP of Project: Time Off at the U.S. Travel Association … Bloomberg’s Kate Hunter ... Stuart Neil ... Cliff Schroeder ... Charles Ellison … Cortney Patterson ... Winnie Stachelberg ... Christopher Chase ... Brad Fitch.
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Будет 16 лет, а 12 лет у нее уже есть: поколение родившихся в новом веке с трудом может вспомнить время до Меркель. Только один человек был канцлером ФРГ дольше, чем она, — ее наставник Гельмут Коль. В СМИ Меркель с 2013-2014 годов все чаще называют «вечным канцлером». Все же Коль был 16 лет главой правительства. Если очередной период не будет прерван досрочно, то она с ним сравняется. У Меркель уже есть другой рекорд: ни один другой член Большой семерки не управляется так долго одним и тем же главой правительства, как Германия.
Смерть английского физика-теоретика Стивена Хокинга была предречена. В январе портал The DeathList опубликовал список знаменитостей, которые должны умереть в течение этого года, куда также было включено имя учёного. Стоит отметить, что всего в перечне имена 50 известных личностей. В их числе муж королевы Елизаветы II принц Филипп (97 лет), американский политик Джон Маккейн (82 года), экс-президент США Джимми Картер (94 года), диктатор Роберт Мугабе (94 года), экс-президент США Джордж Буш — старший, бывший папа римский Бенедикт XVI (91 год), актёр Шон Коннери (88 лет) и музыкант Rolling Stones Ронни Вуд (71 год). Напомним, Стивен Хокинг умер сегодня, 14 марта, в возрасте 76 лет. Стоит отметить, что в 1963 году после того, как у физика-теоретика диагностировали боковой амиотрофический склероз, медики предупредили его о смерти в ближайшие три года. Но, вопреки этому, он ещё долгие годы продолжал жить и заниматься наукой.
Купертиновская компания приобрела сервис для чтения журналов Texture. Условия сделки не разглашаются, сообщает Mashable. Texture через приложение позволяет пользователям читать различную корреспонденцию — журналы, газеты, альманахи и прочее. Контент распространяется по подписке за $9,99 в месяц. С Texture сотрудничают различные крупные издатели, такие как Condé Nast, Hearst и Meredith. Поэтому пользователи получают доступ к журналам Time, National Geographic, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone и многим другим. Пока неизвестно, как Apple поступит с новым приобретением — либо интегрирует с Apple News (сервис для чтения новостей), либо оставит Texture без изменений. Покупка сервиса также поможет американской компании бороться с фейковыми новостями. "Мы стремимся к качественной журналистике из надёжных источников для своих пользователей", — прокомментировал сделку старший вице-президент Apple по программному обеспечению Эдди Кью.
Не все девушки мечтают о пышном свадебном платье. Перед вами знаменитости, которые отошли от стереотипов и променяли традиционные торжественные наряды на костюмы.
Наталья, бывшая супруга лидера группы «Зоопарк», легендарного музыканта Майка Науменко, рассказала АиФ.ru о том, как относится к снимаемому фильму о Майке и Викторе Цое, сценарий которого описывает «романтические отношения» между ней и Цоем.
Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has written perhaps the best summary of how absurd political discourse in the U.S. has become - as nonconforming opinions are now "blacklisted" over the manufactured specter of "red dawn" Putin puppets behind just about controversial topic. "One of the first rules of a shunning campaign is that it doesn't have to make sense," Taibbi writes. "It just has to be what everyone's saying. Since most Americans went to high school, we tend to be instinctively familiar with the concept." The crazy inverse logic of the new national blacklist was on full display after special prosecutor Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian "troll farm" operatives in February. In the wake of this foreign meddling charge, CNN reporter Drew Griffin banged on the door of an elderly female Trump supporter named Florine Goldfarb and accused her of being a Russia-collaborator. -Rolling Stone Goldfarb attended a pro-Trump rally allegedly promoted over Facebook by "Russian trolls," despite no Russians having attended, nor any pro-Russia topics discussed. As Taibbi writes "They were plain, ordinary, Floridian Trump supporters – idiots, maybe, but not traitors." While CNN's treatment of Goldfarb is a prime example of Russophobia in action, its nebulous underpinnings are perhaps the most frightening aspect of the propaganda campaign which has gone completely off the rails. Since Trump's election, we've been told Putin was all or partly behind the lot of it: the Catalan independence movement, the Sanders campaign, Brexit, Jill Stein's Green Party run, Black Lives Matter, the resignations of intra-party Trump critics Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, Sean Hannity's broadcasts, and, of course, the election of Trump himself. We've jumped straight past debating the efficacy of democracy to just reflexively identifying most anti-establishment sentiment as illegitimate, treasonous, and foreign in nature. -Rolling Stone As Taibbi notes, feeding the ongoing Russiaphobia is a propaganda website run by The Alliance for Securing Democracy called Hamilton 68 - a website which claims to track 600 Twitter accounts which they say have a "relationship to Russia-sponsored influence." It's impossible to verify their claims, as the group does not disclose their methodology - yet anti-Trump politicians and pundits alike repeat its claims uncritically. On their advisory council are NeverTrumpers Bill Kristol and David Kramer - the guy John McCain sent to London to meet with Christopher Steele and bring back the discredited Trump-Russia dossier. Less than a year ago, Bill Kristol joined with ex-CIA officials, Marco Rubio's top aide & a few Dem hawks, and created a new group purporting to track Russian Twitter activity based on secret designations. It now dominates every headline, every pronouncement uncritically accepted https://t.co/Lo3Nrt5y1b — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 19, 2018 "An offshoot of the German Marshall Fund, the site represents an unpleasantly unsurprising union of neoconservative Iraq war cheerleaders like Bill Kristol and Beltway Democrats like would-be Clinton CIA chief Michael Morell," writes Taibbi. Hook, Line, Sinker With "Hamilton 68" at the media's disposal to justify the ever-rabid claims of Kremlin influence, the entire Russian excuse for Hillary Clinton's loss has metastasized into absurd theatre. "More and more often now, the site's pronouncements turn into front-page headlines," notes Taibbi - such as the #Releasethememo hashtag which went viral prior to the release of "FISA memo" authored by the House Intel Committee majority. When the dashboard declared that Nunes' #Releasethememo campaign had become the "top-trending hashtag" among Russian twitter accounts, a gaggle of press outlets and politicians rushed to point out that Nunes was doing the work of the enemy. (Even Rolling Stone got into the act, accusing Nunes of working "in concert with Russian propagandists"). -Rolling Stone Let that sink in. The FBI placed two anti-Trump / pro-Clinton agents in charge of both exonerating Hillary Clinton and investigating Donald Trump. In fact, the entire top-brass of the FBI was clearly of the same political opinions, as they all worked together to exonerate Clinton and launch a witch hunt against Trump. When House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes summarized the FBI's abuse of the FISA court by using an unverified dossier to obtain a spy warrant (which used intel from Kremlin officials), people began calling Nunes a Russian agent! "Is it possible that we actually have a Russian agent running the House Intel Committee on the Republican side?" posited MSNBC anchor John Heilmann in reference to Nunes. Of course, after news quietly broke that #Releasethememo had been sent viral by domestic Republicans, even one of the creators of Hamilton 68 began to downplay the story. It didn't matter, because Hamilton 68 had by then moved on to its next set of headlines. The group that has seen Russians behind both left and right political causes, behind the Roy Moore Alabama Senate campaign and the decision of California Democrats to deny their endorsement to Dianne Feinstein, was soon a main source for stories about Russians playing havoc with the Parkland shooting in Florida. The Russians, Hamilton 68 now said, were sowing discord on both sides of the gun control debate by pushing contradictory hashtags like #guncontrolnow and #NRA. -Rolling Stone Twisting the narrative Between an announcement by Deputy Attorney General that the Russian influence campaign had zero impact on the election, and comments by New Yorker journalist Adrien Chen, who did a deep dig on said "troll farm" in 2015, significant damage has been done to the official story. Tried to tamp down the troll farm panic on @chrislhayes show last night. It's 90 people with a shaky grasp of English and a rudimentary understanding of U.S. politics shitposting on Facebook. https://t.co/Y93er6ZMJg — Adrian Chen (@AdrianChen) February 20, 2018 In order to save face since nobody is buying the unraveling narratives of Russian election influence and collusion with the Trump campaign, the media has subtly shifted their reporting from "Russian election influence" to that of sowing general discord among Americans - a conclusion reached by Facebook VP of advertising Rob Goldman in a series of tweets fired off after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's laughable indictment of 13 Russians. The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans. It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation. — Rob Goldman (@robjective) February 17, 2018 The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump and the election. https://t.co/2dL8Kh0hof — Rob Goldman (@robjective) February 17, 2018 Taibbi points out that the MSM is still using the Hamilton 68 "dashboard" to base their ongoing claims of Russian influence - sans the "collusion" and "election influence" memes they've been shoving down our throats for nearly two years. The New York Times put a piece about Russia's Parkland meddling on page A1, the choicest real estate in American journalism, and outlets like Wired, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and countless others trumpeted the same story. Even Fox News, usually a Russiagate doubter, got in the act, citing Hamilton 68 to say: "Russian bots aren't pro-Republican or Pro-Democrat. They're just anti-American." Fox wrote the story in a way that used the Hamilton 68 data to make it seem like the Russians didn't have an exclusive preference for Donald Trump. And perhaps the most salient point in the article: But the defense of Trump was really a distraction. The palmed card in this propaganda trick was the mere fact that right-wing media, too, were now accepting the core principle of projects like Hamilton 68: that a foreign enemy lurks everywhere in our midst, and the source of political discontent in this country comes not from within, but from without. -Rolling Stone Idiocracy So here we are - with American mainstream Russophobia having "progressed to the point where an anti-Russian documentary won the Oscar and host Jimmy Kimmel proudly declared, "At least we know Putin isn't rigging this competition!" From Trump to Bernie Sanders to Brexit to Catalonia, voter repudiation of the status quo was the story of the day. The sense of panic among political elites was palpable. The possibility that voters might decide to break up the EU, or put a Trump, Corbyn, or Sanders into power, led to a spate of "Do we have too much democracy?" essays by prominent think tankers and national press figures. Two years later, the narrative has completely shifted. By an extraordinary coincidence, virtually all the "anti-system" movements and candidates that so terrified the political establishment two years ago have since been identified as covert or overt Russian destabilization initiatives, puppeteered from afar by the diabolical anti-Western dictator, Vladimir von Putin-Evil. -Rolling Stone Meanwhile, the Hamilton 68 project launched in August 2017, has been accusing Russians of inspiring division and discontent on a wide variety of topics, from police brutality and Black Lives Matter, to the invasion of Iraq, to the expansion of NATO - while "Think-tanks and pundits have increasingly followed suit, demanding that all good patriotic Americans renounce such "Putin-backed" protest movements," writes Taibbi. And the "Russia did it!" movement is gearing up for the 2020 election - preemptively painting Bernie Sanders as a Putin puppet meant to divide the Democrats. A major target of this idiocy has been Sanders, who is already being pitched to the public as the Kremlin's next Manchurian Candidate. "When Russia interferes with the 2020 election on behalf of Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders," the Washington Post unironically asked last November, "how will liberals respond?" Unless you really believe that Bernie Sanders is a Russian agent, it's incredibly suspicious that a major consequence of the #Russiagate mania has been the disappearance of progressive voices from traditionally blue-state media.-Rolling Stone Terrible propaganda Taibbi notes that even if the Russian meddling claims are true, "the realness of a foreign threat in no way precludes Americans' ability to make a total cock-up of their response to it," pointing to George W. Bush's rediculous "Homeland Security Advisory System" of color-coded threat levels to let Americans know how afraid to be on any given day. "For seven lunatic years we toggled back and forth between RED (severe threat) and GREEN (low threat) levels of paranoia, until in 2009 the program was quietly scrapped. By then we'd already blundered into Iraq, destabilized the entire Middle East, helped give birth to ISIS, and sacrificed countless American and Iraqi lives for no good reason at all, thanks in large part to cynical government efforts to hype up public fears of Islam," writes Taibbi. In a book written by former Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge, it was revealed that in 2004, Attorney General John Ashcroft asked Ridge to raise the threat level right before the presidential election in an effort to guarantee a Bush win. "There was absolutely no support for that position within our department," Ridge wrote. "None. I wondered, 'Is this about security or politics?'" And who exactly was in charge of the threat level? " Creeps like Ashcroft, wraithlike Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and CIA chief George Tenet. Oh, and then-FBI director Robert Mueller, who also oversaw a sweeping effort to interview thousands of Arabs in America in a program that at the time was compared to our profiling of Japanese-Americans in World War II." The Hamilton 68 "dashboard," Taibbi writes, almost exactly mirrors Bush's Homeland Security advisory program. It has no real purpose but to provide the public with a constant dose of fear, and is run by the same Neocon war mongers whose policies have more than doubled the national debt, destabilized the Middle East, and led to the mass exodus of Islamic refugees which Europe is currently "enjoying." In closing, Taibbi notes that while "Sleazeballs like Paul Manafort and Trump are, like Putin himself, capable of anything," and that "We'll find out soon enough what exactly they all got up to together, if anything," - we should be able to admit that others - "like the millions of Americans on both sides of the aisle who voted against status quo politicians two years ago - aren't, and weren't ever, traitors. And any campaign to label them as such is potentially more dangerous than anything, even a Trump presidency."
Сегодня накануне Международного женского дня мы вспомним о тех женщинах, которые стали первопроходцами в своей области. Эти женщины изменили мир и сделали его немного лучше для будущих поколений. Каждый триумф этих женщин стал исторически значимым событием
Сегодня накануне Международного женского дня мы вспомним о тех женщинах, которые стали первопроходцами в своей области. Эти женщины изменили мир и сделали его немного лучше для будущих поколений. Каждый триумф этих женщин стал исторически значимым событием
Democratic turnout has more than doubled while Republicans have only seen a slight uptick.
SAM NUNBERG WANTED EVERYONE TO KNOW on Monday afternoon that he wouldn't comply with a special counsel subpoena in the Russia probe. After Nunberg spoke to the Washington Post, MSNBC’s Katy Tur invited the former Trump campaign aide on air and he ended up staying for 17 freewheeling minutes. “The only thing I was thinking was what I wanted to ask him next,” Tur told me after. — Nunberg would go on to dominate cable news over the next several hours in a half-dozen interviews that at times resembled interventions. Nunberg asked anchors live on television for legal advice and was questioned about his current mental state and stress level as well as whether he’s been drinking. He made bold claims — for example, that Robert Mueller knows Trump “did something” wrong during the 2016 election — and alleged without evidence that former Trump aide Carter Page colluded with the Russians. — And Nunberg got personal, calling Trump an "idiot" and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders a "fat slob." He suggested he’d fight ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in a dark alley. He all but dared to be held in contempt of court.— “They’re not going to send me to jail,” Nunberg told MSNBC host Ari Melber during an appearance stretching more than a half hour. “You know what, Mr. Mueller, if he wants to send me to jail, he can send me to jail and then I’ll laugh about it and I will make a bigger spectacle than I am on your TV show right now.” Melber said after he had “never been involved in an interview like this, on or off air.” Good morning and welcome to Morning Media. After a dizzying series of interviews, Nunberg seemed to be walking things back a bit by Monday night. So we'll see where he ends up. You can reach me at [email protected] or @mlcalderone. Cristiano Lima (@viaCristiano) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) contributed to the newsletter. Archives. Subscribe.ONE OF THE STRANGEST media stories last year was the downfall of Jay Solomon, who was abruptly fired after nearly two decades at the Wall Street Journal amid reports that he was involved in a spy plane deal with a source who had also been a CIA-linked arms dealer. A mild-mannered journalist had apparently morphed into a James Bond character.— Solomon writes in a candid, first-person account for the Columbia Journalism Review that he never tried to go into business with Iranian-American aviation magnate Farhad Azima. But he does admit making mistakes along the way, such as enjoying a free stay aboard Azima’s yacht in the south of France, not being clear with editors about his dealings with the source, and allowing for the perception among Azima and others that he might enter into a business relationship. The latter was suggested in hacked emails that triggered Solomon’s ouster. — “In an age when every communication you have with a source, every conversation, and every text can be hacked, scrutinized, and used to discredit you and your work, it is more important than ever not just to be ethical, but to make sure that you take steps to ensure that you will appear to be even when your messages are stolen and misused by hostile powers,” Solomon writes. “It’s not just the end product of your journalism that has to be coated in Teflon, but every stage of your reporting. Process, as much as content, has to be beyond repute. If you err, as I did, it can cost you both your reputation and your career.”DISNEY TAPS PITARO AS NEW ESPN PREZ: Jimmy Pitaro, a longtime executive for ESPN’s parent company Disney, was named as the sports empire’s new president Monday. Pitaro was widely seen as a favorite to land the gig after former chief John Skipper resigned in December after a battle with substance abuse, POLITICO’s Cristiano Lima reports. The eight-year Disney vet and former Yahoo Sports chief becomes ESPN’s eighth president, despite never having served directly for the network.RYAN LIZZA WRITING FOR ROLLING STONE: Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo reports that the Penske-led Rolling Stone has approached Ryan Lizza, who lost his job at the New Yorker over what the magazine “believe[d] was improper sexual conduct.” Lizza has denied the allegation, and CNN, which investigated the matter, has allowed him back on air. During a staff meeting, “concerns were raised about how it would be perceived if Lizza were to work at Rolling Stone, and whether Lizza was ultimately a good fit,” Pompeo reported. Though Lizza wasn’t offered a full-time job, he is currently working on two freelance assignments for the magazine. SOUND BITES “I'm prepared to bet Special Counsel Mueller's team already has Sam Nunberg's emails.” [Preet Bahara]“I only caught the very tail end of that... Nunberg interview, but that was bonkers even by today's standards. And if you didn't smell Roger Stone all over that prank, I can't help you.” [Rick Wilson]“Nunberg's friends are legitimately worried about his mental state and he's doing incalculable harm to himself on TV. At some point it's unethical to keep the cameras rolling on him like this, whether he's asking for it or not.” [Jonathan Easley] "Nunberg TV is guaranteed to do two things - aggravate Mueller and infuriate Trump." [Maggie Haberman]AL JAZEERA UNDER PRESSURE TO REGISTER AS FOREIGN AGENT: The Qatar-based broadcaster is facing calls from several U.S. lawmakers to register under the sparsely-used Foreign Agents Registration Act, POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein reports. Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Lee Zeldin accused the media outlet of providing “favorable coverage of U.S. State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations.” State-funded Russian news agencies RT and Sputnik were similarly pushed to file for the designation last year. PENTAGON SAYS MEDIA ‘COMPLICIT’ IF POSTING ISIS VIDEO: “The Pentagon is warning media outlets not to publish a video released by the Islamic State over the weekend purportedly showing a deadly ambush of American troops last fall in the African nation of Niger,” reports POLITICO’s Wesley Morgan. Col. Rob Manning told reporters Monday that news organizations would be “complicit in amplifying ISIS propaganda.” WATCH: HBO’s John Oliver looks past NRATV’s news programming, which is "essentially just Fox News on a much lower budget,” to explore the gun-obsessed channel’s unusual cultural and lifestyle programming.LISTEN: Recode’s Kara Swisher talks to new Washington City Paper owner Mark Ein. SUBSCRIBE: CNN’s Dylan Byers has a new daily newsletter, Pacific, that focuses on innovation in the West Coast power centers of Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Seattle. THE ATHLETIC STAFFING UP: The subscription-based sports site says it has raised $20 million and expects to more than double its staffing, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Mullin. “By the end of 2018, the Athletic plans to have between 200 and 350 employees, up from its current staff of 120,” Mullin writes. “The company currently has a foothold in 23 markets across the U.S. and Canada, and plans to expand to roughly 45 markets by the end of the year.”RARE SHUTTING DOWN: The conservative viral news site launched by Cox Media in 2013 is the latest casualty of Facebook’s changes to its News Feed algorithm, Axios’ Sara Fischer reports. REVOLVING DOORPatrick Healy, who has covered three presidential campaigns and most recently served as the New York Times’s deputy culture editor, has been named political editor. It’s a key Times position as the midterms approach, with the 2020 election close behind. Elizabeth Williamson, who has covered national politics on the New York Times’s editorial board, has been named a feature writer “chronicling Washington in the era of Trump.”Jyoti Thottam, who has worked at Time magazine and Al Jazeera America, is joining the New York Times’s op-ed page as a business and economics editor. Matthew Henick, who led BuzzFeed’s TV and film efforts, will oversee global video content strategy and planning at Facebook, according to the Hollywood Reporter. CNN announced promotions for Rebekah Metzler (senior editor for White House coverage), Jedd Rosche (senior editor for Hill coverage) and Kyle Blaine (senior editor for campaign coverage, while continuing to oversee the KFile team). Danya Henninger, who has been serving as acting editor of Billy Penn’s newsroom, will take on the role permanently. Jillian Hughes is leaving the White House beat after seven years to become a producer at CBS's “Face the Nation” starting Wednesday.Faith Vander Voort, press secretary and digital director for Rep. Paul Gosar and digital adviser to the Republican Study Committee, is heading to the Department of the Interior to become deputy press secretary to Secretary Ryan Zinke.Evan Weinberger, most recently a senior banking reporter at Law360, joined Bloomberg Law this week as an assistant managing editor on the financial news team. Sarah Slobin, most recently editor of the Things team at Quartz, is joining Reuters as visual editor for enterprise. She’ll be part of a new graphics team with Troy Dunkley, art director for enterprise, and Maryanne Murray, senior data visualization developer.Democratic commentator Jehmu Greene has re-signed with Fox News as a contributor. Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell has also been named a CNN political commentator. EXTRAS— The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple looks at how Facebook is trying to classify satirical news. — How Brandy Zadrozny went from being a Burlington librarian to landing scoops for The Daily Beast -- and soon NBC News. — The New York Times’s John Koblin reports inside the first Vanity Fair Oscars party of the Radhika Jones era. No cigarette girls, but there was the smell of pot. KICKER“One of the dilemmas of being a foreign correspondent, or of covering international diplomacy, is that you often drop into the world of the rich, a world in which you don’t really belong. You need to make yourself fit into the scene to engage with your contacts. You’re an actor in many ways with a cover, not unlike an intelligence operative. But at the end of the day, you know you’ll be boarding an economy seat home. Your contacts, meanwhile, will often be departing on their private jets.” — former Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon writing in CJR.
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В конце 1960-х группа, несмотря на все свои мегахиты и сверхуспешные концертные туры, была разорена. Виной всему - бездарный менеджмент и драконовское налогообложение в Британии. Лейбористское правительство грозилось конфисковать имущество группы. Тогда «The Rolling Stones» приняли решение сбежать во Францию: летом 1971 года после выхода альбома «Sticky Fingers» они перебрались на Лазурный берег в арендованную Китом Ричардсом виллу Неллькот (в годы оккупации в ней размещалось Гестапо). Именно здесь родился диск «Exile on Main St.».Фотограф Доминик Тарле присутствовал при записи и создал большую серию фотографий, полных секса, наркотиков и, конечно, рок-н-ролла.В 2006 году вилла стала собственностью богатого русского, который купил ее для 128 млн.