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Шелдон Адельсон
Шелдон Адельсон
Шелдон Адельсон (Sheldon Gary Adelson) — один из крупнейших мировых воротил игрового бизнеса и один из самых богатых жителей планеты. Ему принадлежит игорная корпорация Las Vegas Sands, расположенная в Лас-Вегасе, производительность которой составляет примерно миллион долларов в час. По данным ...

Шелдон Адельсон (Sheldon Gary Adelson) — один из крупнейших мировых воротил игрового бизнеса и один из самых богатых жителей планеты. Ему принадлежит игорная корпорация Las Vegas Sands, расположенная в Лас-Вегасе, производительность которой составляет примерно миллион долларов в час. По данным на 2014 год, его состояние оценивается в 38 млрд долларов. Самый состоятельный американский еврей и самый щедрый в истории США политический донор.

 

Как-то Буш, отвечая на вопросы журналистов о его отношения с Шелдоном Адельсоном, сказал – «Этот сумасшедший еврей-миллиардер постоянно на меня кричит!»

Шелдон Адельсон родился 1 августа 1933 г. в окрестностях Бостона в городе Дорчестер. Его родители – второе поколение еврейских эмигрантов в США: мать – c Украины, отец – литовец. Сам он считает себя американцем, однако от исторической составляющей не отказывается.

В то время Америка все еще ощущала на себе последствия Великой депрессии, Великой засухи и отмены сухого закона. Отец Шелдона – водитель такси, который не мог нормально прокормить семью, так как львиную долю не самого большого заработка ему приходилось отдавать мафии: «Я родился в очень бедной семье и вырос в нищете. На всю семью у нас была одна кровать, на ней спали мои родители, а дети спали на полу» – так рассказывал Адельсон о своем детстве. И тем не менее в те суровые годы Адельсон-старший преподал сыну урок, который он запомнил на всю оставшуюся жизнь: «Однажды я заметил, что отец откладывает деньги в какую-то коробку. На мой вопрос, зачем он это делает, он ответил, что это деньги для бедных. Тогда я спросил его: «Папа, но мы сами бедные, зачем же ты откладываешь эти деньги?» Он ответил: «Да, мы бедные, но это деньги для тех, кто еще беднее, чем мы». И когда Адельсон разбогател, он стал львиную долю своих доходов отдавать на благотворительность и разнообразные медицинские исследования. Он вообще говорит, что вся его деятельность и его богатство «просто позволяют мне заниматься добрыми делами».

 

Упорный труд и первые успехи

Шелдон понимал, что у него перед родителями есть преимущество: он уже не эмигрант, а человек «местного разлива», и следовательно, возможностей у него гораздо больше, чем у папы с мамой. Мальчик видел, как тяжело его семье, и думал: нет, я так жить не буду. Поэтому с младых ногтей принялся упорно трудиться.

Свои первые деньги Шелдон Адельсон заработал в десять лет, продавая газеты. Но очень скоро ему это наскучило: парень смекнул, что «в этом бизнесе нет системы». Свою систему юный Адельсон внедрил уже через неделю. Нанял группу сверстников, которых расставил в самых людных местах своей улицы с одним условием: с каждого проданного экземпляра надо было платить. При этом сам менеджер внимательно следил за тем, чтобы система не давала сбоев, и не уходил домой, пока не кончалась торговля.

 

Но в неблагополучном районе Бостона, в котором рос Шелдон, мало было заработать несколько монет, нужно было еще донести их до дома. «Я не был еврейским мальчиком со скрипочкой, – вспоминает Шелдон Адельсон. – Зато я умел хорошо драться. Моим оружием было все: кулаки, ногти, зубы, кирпичи, палки… Я и сейчас не позавидую тому, кто захочет загнать меня в угол.» Улица – второй главный учитель в жизни Шелдона. Именно улица научила его находить общий язык с откровенными бандитами и никогда не отдавать своего.

 

Вместе со своими друзьями – Тедом Катлером, Ирвином Хафецом и Джорданом Шапиро – Шелдон придумывал различные способы заработка. Консьержи в отелях с удовольствием перепоручали мальчишкам забрать из химчистки чей-то костюм или доставить из магазинов покупки для постояльцев. «Мальчики» – Шелдон до сих пор называет так своих многолетних партнеров: их уличную компанию не разделили ни годы, ни деньги – имели свой процент с вознаграждения, которое получал консьерж.

По окончании школы Шелдон решил не искать новых путей, а развивать «отельный бизнес». Вместе с друзьями он стал продавать небольшим отелям туалетные принадлежности: бумагу, салфетки, мыло, крем для бритья, помазки, различные щетки и мочалки. Все те же, уже знакомые консьержи, управляющие, швейцары и горничные помогали Шелдону и его «мальчикам» реализовывать товар, получая с этого свой процент.

По воспоминаниям друзей, Шелдону приходили в голову самые невероятные и безумные идеи, и он без тени сомнения брался их реализовывать. Торговля театральными билетами, организация чартерных перелетов, сдача в аренду коммерческой недвижимости… Что бы ни предложил Шелдон, «мальчики» безоговорочно принимали участие в любой авантюре. По другому и быть не могло: Шелдон не терпел возражений, лени, отсутствия настойчивости и тупости. Если у него закрадывалось сомнение в том, что друзья его поддержат, Шелдон начинал орать так, что уши закладывало.

Шелдон впадал в ярость, если его приказы не выполнялись, – рассказывает Питер Янг, много лет проработавший с Адельсоном в качестве менеджера по связям с общественностью – «Его бешеные вопли стали легендой. Но никому и в голову не приходило обижаться на это. Он был боссом не потому, что его назначили, а потому, что он был самым умным и совершенно «без тормозов», как сейчас говорят. Если Шелдон ставил цель, он пёр на нее, не думая о трудностях. И ему было все равно, кто и что думает по этому поводу. Если бы кто-то принялся ему возражать или учить, Шелдон послал бы его куда подальше, невзирая ни на возраст, ни на положение

Своим напором, неутомимостью, а иногда неистовым криком Шелдон Адельсон «жарил» и своих партнеров, и потенциальных клиентов. Со временем в окружении Адельсона вошла в обиход такая поговорка: «Хочешь работать с Шелдоном – купи себе тефлоновый костюм».

Через некоторое время он осознал, что некоторые виды деятельности приносят ему больше денег, чем другие, и стал заниматься только прибыльными. Например, балаганом своего дядюшки на местной ярмарке. Он внимательно наблюдал за тем, как дядя крутит «Колесо фортуны» и кладет себе в карман немаленькие суммы. Впоследствии это пригодилось ему, когда он купил свое первое казино: «Все дело в законе больших чисел. У моего дяди имелось деревянное колесо, в которое было забито 100 гвоздей. Игрок мог поставить на любое число от 1 до 100. Если угадывал, то получал игрушку стоимостью $10. Стоимость участия составляла $0,1. То есть приз был в 100 раз дороже стоимости участия. Согласно закону больших чисел, если вы крутанете колесо 100 раз, то оно по разу остановится на каждой цифре. И сколько бы раз вы ни крутили, шансы для каждого номера будут 1/100. Если кто-то поставит разом 100 монет, то он точно выиграет приз. Фактически вы даете возможность получить удовольствие игрокам, торгуя игрушками. В нашем бизнесе вместо игрушек вы получаете доллары…»

Вот так незамысловато мальчик постигал науку больших чисел и науку управления финансами. Цифры давались Шелдону легко.

Несколько лет назад дотошные журналисты подсчитали, что за свою жизнь Шелдон Адельсон создал больше пятидесяти компаний в самых разных сферах деятельности. В 60-х годах Шелдон попробовал себя в качестве театрального антрепренера, потом переквалифицировался в торговца недвижимостью и ипотечного брокера. «Деньги нужно зарабатывать ТАМ, где деньги ЕСТЬ», – не уставал повторять Шелдон. Следуя этому принципу, он пошел на биржу. Здесь, в «машинном отделении бизнеса», Шелдон постигал, как работают экономические законы. Полученного за несколько лет практического опыта хватило Адельсону для того, чтобы стать финансовым и инвестиционным консультантом. Теория Шелдона подтверждалась: хочешь быть богатым – держись ближе к деньгам и тем, у кого они есть.

Несмотря на то что денег он зарабатывал прилично, высшее образование так и не получил: ему было интересно зарабатывать, а не слушать о том, как можно заработать. Как можно заработать, он и сам знал…

Вместе с двумя своими друзьями в конце 60-х он открыл чартерное туристическое агентство. К началу 70-х Шелдон решил основательно заняться «обслуживанием бизнеса». «Ездить на переговоры к каждому потенциальному клиенту или партнеру обременительно и скучно, – рассуждал Шелдон. – Куда как правильнее несколько раз в год собирать всех в одном месте и заключать сделки, не отходя от барной стойки. В этом и заключается роль руководителя.»

 

Выставочный бизнес

Кто бы мог подумать, что на выставке можно заработать миллионы? В середине 70-х годов прошлого века – никто. Никто кроме Шелдона Адельсона.

Как-то в конце апреля 1979 года Шелдон просматривал пилотный номер журнала Computer Systems News, впоследствии канувшего в Лету. Издание предназначалось для производителей компьютерной техники и публиковало материалы, посвященные тому, что потом стало называться дистрибуцией. Тут-то его и осенило: в мире нет ни одной крупной выставки или заметного представительного форума, посвященного этой проблеме — дистрибуции с участием дилеров-профессионалов.

Его предложение об учреждении регулярной экспозиции, которая стала бы, по его словам, барометром всей компьютерной индустрии в мире, было воспринято китами бизнеса на ура. Ради этого хозяева полусотни компаний из заранее составленного и тщательно обдуманного списка, к которым Шелдон обратился со своим предложением, готовы были раскошелиться. Так под его началом возникает компания Computer Dealers Exhibition, больше известная как Comdex.

Учуяв возможности невероятного развития компьютерных технологий, Шелдон обустроил в 1979 году первую частную компьютерную выставку. Она имела невероятную популярность и завоевала все возможные награды в компьютерном и выставочном мирах, какие только возможны. Не имея собственных площадей для обустройства постоянной экспозиции, Адельсон снимал для своих целей отели и быстро заработал миллионы.

«Фантастические перспективы, которые открывала компьютерная индустрия, привлекли к мероприятию внимание прессы, и мы получили грандиозную рекламу почти бесплатно, – вспоминает бывший исполнительный директор «СOMDEX» Джейсон Чудновский (Jason Chudnofsky). — Производители компьютеров, программного обеспечения, многочисленные инвесторы бронировали выставочные площади, места для переговоров и номера в отелях. Шелдон Адельсон арендовал выставочные площади по цене 25 центов за метр в сутки, компании-участники платили Адельсону уже 25 долларов за метр, не считая монтажа выставочного оборудования, обслуживания и других дополнительных возможностей

К 1988 году Comdex развилась настолько, что ей потребовались собственные площадки. И тогда!.. «Для строительства экспоцентра мне нужен был кусок земли, причем непременно рядом с крупным отелем. Только в таком случае мой экспоцентр работал бы наиболее эффективно. Изначально я искал именно кусок земли, а нашел отель, у которого было много земли. Но купить участок отдельно было невозможно. Так что мы купили все разом. И отель, и находившееся в нем казино, и земельный участок, на котором мы и построили наш экспоцентр. Один из моих партнеров тогда сказал мне, что у него есть приятель, который разбирается в гостиничном и игорном бизнесе. Я сказал, что пусть тогда он им и управляет, но у него это получилось плохо. Второй и третий управляющие тоже не справились. В конце концов мне все это надоело и я сам разобрался, что к чему. Так я и оказался в игорном бизнесе…» — вспоминает Шелдон Адельсон.

Comdex тем временем продолжал приносить очень хорошую прибыль, но Шелдону уже стало неинтересно – его увлекло казино. И поэтому он продал экспоцентр японской Soft Bank Corporation за 862 миллиона. Доля Адельсона составила чуть больше полумиллиарда.

 

Игорный бизнес

в 1988 году Адельсон и его партнеры выкупили легендарное казино «The Sands Hotel & Casino» в Лас-Вегасе, где любили бывать Фрэнк Синатра и популярная в США группа «The Rat Pack». На следующий год Адельсон и его партнеры построили новый выставочный центр «The Sands Expo Convention Center», который упрочил позиции Лас-Вегаса в выставочной индустрии США.

Колорит Лас-Вегаса и слава клуба «Sands», где, по слухам, нередко собирались мафиозные боссы, создали Шелдону Адельсону репутацию непростого человека, который сумел найти общий язык даже с мафией. Да ведь всем известно, что казино заправляют сплошь мафиози, а Лас-Вегас вообще построил калифорнийский бандит Бенджамин Сигел.

Однако на вопросы журналистов, касающиеся этой деликатной темы, Шелдон реагирует спокойно и обстоятельно рассказывает: «Когда-то, когда Лас-Вегас только становился игорным центром, этот бизнес действительно был тесно связан с организованной преступностью. Багси Сигел имел репутацию «человека мафии». Первые несколько десятилетий казино в Лас-Вегасе были под контролем мафии. Но потом появился Говард Хьюз владеющий множеством методов по разрешению конфликтов, который скупил половину казино в Лас-Вегасе и выгнал оттуда мафию. Кроме того, власти штата Невада установили строжайшие правила, согласно которым даже человек, который просто знал члена мафии, уже не мог получить лицензию на занятие игорным бизнесом. Система лицензирования и строгие правила помогли очистить этот бизнес. Я могу с уверенностью сказать, что сегодня никакой мафии в Лас-Вегасе нет. Тогда уже не было. Я бы сказал, что этот бизнес чист уже лет тридцать-сорок. Если бы я узнал, что там есть мафия, я бы уехал из Лас-Вегаса…»

Во время свадебного путешествия в Венецию, в которое он отправился со своей второй женой, Адельсону в голову пришла идея мегакурорта. Адельсон решил обустроить огромный отель-казино с венецианскими мотивами на месте своего «Sands», которые самолично взорвал (уничтожение легендарного отеля направленным взрывом транслировали даже в прямом эфире телевидения), не моргнув глазом. Вот так и появился полуторамиллиардный Venetian – шикарнейшее местечко в Лас-Вегасе. В нем все напоминает о любезной сердцу Адельсона и миллионам туристов Венеции: кухня, оформление и даже шопинг-центры с каналами, гондолами и поющими гондольерами.

Казалось бы: сиди себе тихо и радуйся жизни. Не тут-то было! Неугомонный антрепренер знал только одно направление по жизни: против шерсти. До появления Адельсона Город Грехов специализировался исключительно на низкопробном кайфе: гостиничные номера по бросовым ценам (10–20 долларов в сутки), дешевый общепит, дешевые варьете и дешевый гамблинг от квотера за ставку. Адельсон не просто взорвал The Sands Hotel & Casino, но пересмотрел всю концепцию удовольствия в пустыне. Курорт – а это именно курорт, а не просто казино – получил все мыслимые и немыслимые архитектурные награды, и Шелдон решил начать завоевание мира.

 

Мировая экспансия

«Я почувствовал себя богатым, когда перестал беспокоиться о сведении баланса по своей чековой книжке. Когда я был молодой и еще небогатый, я клал деньги в банк и затем выписывал чеки. В конце месяца мне приходилось долго разбираться с чеками и беспокоиться, чтобы не превысить баланс. Когда необходимость в этом отпала, я понял, что стал богатым…» В 1999 году бизнесмен Шелдон Адельсон захотел переместить свои интересы в… Китай. Ну то есть не в сам Китай, а в Макао – бывшую португальскую колонию, которую КНР получала обратно от колонизаторов именно в конце 1999 года. Почему именно туда? «В Макао я инвестирую $12 млрд. Это крупнейшая инвестиция частной компании в одну страну. Зачем? Затем, что мне возвращают $6 млрд, только чтобы я вложился в их страну! Да еще и выделяют землю рядом с крупным городом с 8–10 млн населения, обеспечивают доступ к международному аэропорту, рабочей силой и строительными мощностями и т. п

Затраты на Макао отбились меньше чем за год, и тогда Адельсон понял, что можно двигаться по миру дальше. Может быть, в Россию? «Нет. Я не вижу для себя никаких возможностей в России. Мне предлагали инвестировать в Калининград. Но это же смешно! Чтобы открыть комплекс, как в Макао, мне нужно, чтобы он был рядом с крупным городом с большим международным аэропортом, в который летают все крупные международные авиакомпании. А в Калининграде ничего этого нет. Туда не летают основные авиакомпании. Там нет достаточных строительных мощностей, чтобы построить комплекс площадью 1,5 млн кв. м. Кроме того, мне нужно жилье и отели для рабочих на время строительства, а затем для гостей. В результате это слишком большая инвестиция ради слишком маленькой прибыли. Мы не просто ставим рулетку и пару стульев, мы не сконцентрированы исключительно на казино. Мы создаем интегрированные курорты…»

Las Vegas Sands Corp. построил гостинично-развлекательный комплекс The Marina Bay Sands в Сингапуре стоимостью в $1,4 млрд.

Выход на международную арену придал деловой хватке Адельсона недостающую уверенность. В Лас-Вегасе Шелдон мучился и всегда говорил, что чувствует себя аутсайдером. Даже в Белом Доме ощущал себя скованным по рукам и ногам упрямым нежеланием чиновников пусть даже самого высокого ранга исполнять его прихоти. Зато в Китае и Сингапуре Адельсон вдохнул полной грудью и заработал по-взрослому.

Сегодня два испанских города, Барселона и Мадрид, рьяно соревнуются за право заиметь на своей территории европейский аналог Лас-Вегаса. Ее победитель определится только в сентябре – именно в этом месяце Шелдон Адельсон пообещал объявить место, в котором его компания Las Vegas Sands построит комплекс казино под названием EuroVegas.

Европейский проект, предусматривающий строительство шести фешенебельных казино, 12-этажного отеля и целого ряда развлекательных объектов, позволит испанцам получить порядка четверти миллиона новых рабочих мест. Предполагаемая стоимость объектов недвижимости колеблется в пределах от $2,5 миллиардов до $3 миллиардов.

 

Состояние Шелдона Адельсона

В 2004 году компания Шелдона Адельсона (он и его семья владеют почти 70 % акций) разместила акции на Нью-Йоркской фондовой бирже. В результате стоимость состояния Адельсона возросла многократно: в 2003 году эксперты оценивали его в 1,3 миллиарда долларов, но после выхода на фондовый рынок стоимость его активов была уже 17 миллиардов. Как сказал сам бизнесмен, он не ощутил какой-либо очевидной разницы между владением одним миллиардом и семнадцатью миллиардами; впрочем, меняться в обратную сторону он желания не выказал. В 2007 году Адельсон с капиталом в 26 миллиардов долларов был шестым богачом на планете Земля. Мировой кризис существенно сказался на доходах игрового бизнеса, так что Шелдон в 2010 году был почти в два раза беднее – «всего» 14,7 миллиардов. Но в предыдущем году финансовые дела Адельсона снова резко пошли в гору – и в марте 2011 года он «стоил» уже 23,3 миллиарда долларов.

По данным на 2014 год, его состояние оценивается в 38 млрд долларов.

 

Личная и семейная жизнь Шелдона Адельсона

Со своей первой женой Шелдон расстался в 1988-м, после покупки «Сэндс Хотел» и казино «Лас-Вегас» – того самого, которое некогда служило базой для пресловутой «Крысиной стаи» Фрэнка Синатры и Дина Мартина. Многие говорили, что правоверная еврейка Сандра не вынесла вхождения мужа в криминальный бизнес.

Вообще личная жизнь Шелдона Адельсона складывалась менее удачно, чем бизнес. К тому времени, когда он стал «королем Лас-Вегаса», оба его сына, Митчел и Гэри, были законченными наркоманами. Их жизнь протекала между бесконечными кокаиновыми вечеринками и палатами дорогих частных клиник, куда отправлял их отец. Даже свою вторую жену Адельсон встретил в одной из клиник для наркоманов: Мириам Ошсорн работала врачом в клинике, где лечился старший сын Шелдона Митчел. К тому моменту, когда Мириам и Шелдон решили узаконить свои отношения, Митчел был уже неизлечим. Для нормального существования ему требовалось пять–шесть доз героина ежедневно. Ходили слухи, что Митчел болен СПИДом. В 2005 году Митчел умер от передозировки наркотиков.

Помня заветы отца, Шелдон Адельсон не жалеет денег на благотворительность. Ежегодно он переводит в собственный благотворительный фонд 200 миллионов долларов, которые расходуются на нужды Израиля и евреев. Регулярно Адельсон делает многомиллионные пожертвования сионистским организациям. На его средства в 2007 году был создан и функционирует Центр медицинских исследований в Тель-Авивском университете.

 

Секреты успеха Шелдона Адельсона

«Он очень резкий, некоторые даже могут сказать: беспричинно резкий, – говорит Гарри Лавмен (Gary Loveman), исполнительный руководитель «Harrah’s», крупнейшей сети казино в Лас-Вегасе. – Когда у него есть своя точка зрения, он следует ей без малейших отклонений. С ним бывает невыносимо работать. Но Шелдон – прекрасный бизнесмен, – добавляет Лавмен.»

Несмотря на свой возраст – в 2008 году ему исполнилось 75 лет – Шелдон, по его собственному выражению, «крепко сидит в седле». Он по-прежнему в состоянии поставить на место любого «зарвавшегося засранца». В 2008 году он выиграл иск на 4 миллиона фунтов стерлингов у английского издания «Daily Mail», которое позволило себе заподозрить Адельсона в «коррупции» и «политической поддержке бизнеса». Рассказывают, что, когда во время конфликта Шелдона с профсоюзом кулинаров какой-то хулиган забрался в ванную одного из его особняков и написал на зеркале «мертвый еврей», Шелдон лично примчался, чтобы «надрать ему задницу». Шелдон не упускает момента, чтобы нанести очередной удар по своим врагам.

Часто Адельсона обвиняют в заискивании перед властями. В 2007 Адельсон основал группу Freedom’s Watch, выступающую в поддержку курса Буша в Ираке (как-то Буш, отвечая на вопросы журналистов о его отношения с Шелдоном Адельсоном, сказал – «Этот сумасшедший еврей-миллиардер постоянно на меня кричит!»), а сегодня готов спонсировать Митта Ромни, кандидата на пост президента США от республиканской партии. Впрочем, в этом обвиняли многих миллиардеров, в том числе и самого богатого человека Бразили Эйке Батисту, самого богатого человека Мексики Карлоса Слима, металлургического магната Лакшми Миттала и многих других.

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SLAMMED: GIANFORTE WINS, vows to ‘stay out of limelight’ -- TRUMP at G7: Declines to discuss whether GERMANY is bad -- JARED KUSHNER a focus of Russia inquiry

Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2rXrTMb ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfBULLETIN at 6:17 a.m. -- "CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in the attack on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo."Good Friday morning, and happy beginning of the Memorial Day weekend! We hope you take advantage of the unofficial start to the summer vacation season. Send us some vacation pics and we’ll feature the best in Playbooks over the weekend. GREG GIANFORTE, the Republican facing misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly body slamming Ben Jacobs, won a special election for the Montana House seat late last night. (The AP alert came into our email at 12:31 a.m., but top House Republicans were texting us around 11 p.m., telling us Gianforte had it in the bag.)-- RESULTS as of 4:20 a.m. in Montana, per the secretary of state: Greg Gianforte 50, Rob Quist 44. http://bit.ly/2s2gXfB **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbhTHE MEA CULPAS -- NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN IN BOZEMAN and ALEX BURNS IN NEW YORK -- “‘You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done,’ he said to a group of supporters at a hotel in Bozeman, who repeatedly yelled out that they forgave him.” http://nyti.ms/2rXgzjf ELENA SCHNEIDER -- “‘When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. That’s the Montana way,’ Gianforte said. ‘Last night I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back. I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did and for that I am sorry.’ ‘I should not have treated that reporter that way and for that I am sorry Mr. Ben Jacobs,’ he added. Gianforte, however, did not address his campaign’s contradictory statement released last night.” http://politi.co/2r2o1tf GABE DEBENEDETTI’S 5 TAKEAWAYS: “Trump was an asset, not a drag … All eyes shift to Georgia … So when do Democrats actually win something? … The Republican freak-out has been delayed … Press-bashing: the new normal.” http://politi.co/2rnCovo-- WELCOME TO WASHINGTON, MR. GIANFORTE. The Capitol has hundreds of reporters roaming around daily. Cameras are running at all times. Recorders are thrust into lawmakers face all day. We have practically unfettered access to everywhere besides the House floor and your private office. Expect to get a lot of questions on this on the days to come.-- THE GOFUNDME. Danny Carlson set up a GoFundMe page to pay for Ben Jacobs’ new glasses. (Warby Parker also offered him a pair.) The drive, which has a goal of $10,000, has raised $2,660 so far. Ben emailed Danny saying “If you could donate it all to [the Committee to Protect Journalists] I would appreciate it. I can figure out glasses on my own and protecting journalism is far more important than the state of my spectacles right now.” http://bit.ly/2rGdBCpPRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the front end of the G7 summit in Sicily. POOL REPORT from Jerome Cartillier of AFP (who has duties with our own Tara Palmeri): “POTUS said there would be a ‘particular focus on the North Korea problem’. ‘It’s a big problem, it’s a world problem’ ‘It will be solved at some point. It will be solved’, he added.” … A FUNNY LINE FROM P.M. SHINZO ABE: “‘There is one unfortunate thing I have to confess, this time around we will not be able to play golf together.’” TRUMP'S FRIDAY -- The president is attending G7 events all day. In the evening, he'll go to the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra. Italian President Sergio Mattarella is hosting a dinner in the evening. AN OMINOUS NOTE from the first pool report of the day: “Looks like pool access will be extremely limited all day.”THE G7 SCHEDULE, per Gary Cohn on Air Force One yesterday afternoon, courtesy WaPo’s Phil Rucker: “First session on Friday: Foreign policy and role of the G7, including terrorism and Syria … Second session on Friday: Foreign policy, including Libya, North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan and cyber … Third session on Friday: Global issues, including global economy, trade, climate innovation and energy”.-- “In Taormina, a Playground for the Jet Set, Trump’s Worlds Will Collide,” by NYT’s Jason Horowitz. http://nyti.ms/2qVxMeI DER SPIEGEL -- “‘The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad’: At a meeting with European Union leaders on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump was sharply critical of Germany. DER SPIEGEL spoke with meeting participants,” by Peter Müller in Brussels: “U.S. President Donald Trump voiced significant displeasure over Germany’s trade surplus on Thursday during a meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels. ‘The Germans are bad, very bad,’ Trump said, according to meeting participants.“The participants told DER SPIEGEL that Trump went on to say: ‘See the millions of cars they are selling to the U.S. Terrible. We will stop this.’ European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker showed solidarity with the Germans at the meeting and contradicted Trump's rebuke. Free trade benefits everybody, Juncker said. Participants at the meeting who spoke with DER SPIEGEL said that Juncker tried to maintain a collegial tone, but remained uncompromising on that point.” http://bit.ly/2r4pnpv -- TRUMP’S SILENCE: Per Cartillier’s pool report: ‘Asked at the end of the pool spray about his comments on Germany (‘Did you say that Germany is very bad?’), POTUS did not say a word.” ... GARY COHN CLARIFIES, per Tara Palmeri's pool report: "'He said they're very bad on trade but he doesn't have a problem with Germany. He said his dad is from [G]ermany.' ... 'I don't have a problem [with] Germany, I have a problem with German trade.'"WAPO -- “Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation,” by Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz, Devlin Barrett and Adam Entous: “Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation. Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians, the people said.“The Washington Post reported last week that a senior White House official close to the president was a significant focus of the high-stakes investigation, though it did not name Kushner. FBI agents also remain keenly interested in former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe. The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing.” http://wapo.st/2qlQHg0--“Lawyer: Kushner willing to answer questions on Russian meetings,” by Josh Gerstein and Cristiano Lima: “‘Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings,’ Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told POLITICO in a statement. ‘He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.’” http://politi.co/2r3lSO1ONTO THE SUPREME COURT! -- “Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court,” by AP’s Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman: “Donald Trump’s administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban after a federal appeals ruled that the ban ‘drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.’ … The Supreme Court is almost certain to step into the case over the presidential executive order issued by Trump that seeks to temporarily cut off visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. ... The case pits the president’s significant authority over immigration against what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said was a policy that purported to be about national security but was intended to target Muslims.“Parties generally have 90 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, but if the administration waits until late August to ask the court to step in, the justices probably would not vote on whether to hear the case until October and arguments probably wouldn’t take place until February 2018 at the earliest. ... Administration lawyers could instead seek the justices’ approval to put the travel policy in place on an emergency basis, even as the court weighs what to do with the larger dispute.” http://apne.ws/2rX4qL4 -- “Visas to Muslim-majority countries down 20 percent,” by Nahal Toosi and Ted Hesson: “President Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ may be tied up in court, but newly released figures show his administration is issuing fewer visas to visitors from Arab and Muslim-majority countries. Data posted online this week by the State Department showed that non-immigrant visas granted to people from nearly 50 Muslim-majority countries were down almost 20 percent in April compared to the 2016 monthly average. When only Arab countries were considered, non-immigrant visas were down nearly 30 percent in April compared to the 2016 monthly average. Visas issued to the six countries targeted by Trump's March 6 travel ban — Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — declined even further, down 55 percent compared to the 2016 monthly average.” http://politi.co/2qVpymt PAGING MITCH MCCONNELL -- “GOP turns gloomy over Obamacare repeal,” by Burgess Everett and Jen Haberkorn: “A feeling of pessimism is settling over Senate Republicans as they head into a week-long Memorial Day recess with deeply uncertain prospects for their push to repeal Obamacare. Senators reported that they’ve made little progress on the party’s most intractable problems this week, such as how to scale back Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and overall Medicaid spending. Republicans are near agreement on making tax credits for low-income, elderly Americans more generous, but that might be the simplest matter at hand.“Republicans have started writing the very basics of their repeal legislation, even though they’ve made few decisions about what it will say. Staffers will work on the bill over the break to try to increase the pace of negotiations, as well as haggle with the Senate parliamentarian over whether the chamber can even consider the bill because of procedural reasons. But in the meantime, frustrations are rising and confidence is diminishing. ‘We talk about it every goddamn day,’ said one GOP senator, who did not want to be quoted criticizing his own party. ‘But we haven't done anything about it.’” http://politi.co/2rXjCbo-- TRUTH TALK FROM JOHN MCCAIN, via NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell: “Here’s the reality: We’ve got 11 weeks between now and the end of September. We’ve got repeal of Obamacare, we’re talking about tax reform, we’re talking about a defense bill, we’re talking about … there’s about three other things -- a looming debt limit. How do you pack all that in? And so far, I’ve seen no strategy for doing so. I’m seeing no plan for doing so.” -- MCCAIN IS RIGHT: But he didn't mention that Trump wants to do an infrastructure package, Congress needs to fund the government and pass a 2018 budget if it wants to do much of anything. If you’ve been reading these pages, you know we’re skeptical about Congress’s ability to get stuff done. This isn’t a new phenomenon. If you’ve been in the Capitol the last few years, you know that you should keep expectations low. Very low.YOU DON’T SAY … -- “Key Republicans Are Encouraging Hillbilly Elegy Author J.D. Vance To Run For Senate In Ohio,” by BuzzFeed’s Henry J. Gomez: “Some Republican activists and donors worried about the prospects of their party’s Senate candidate in Ohio are kicking around an outside-the-box alternative: Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance. The recruiting overtures reflect unease with the early GOP frontrunner, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is seeking a rematch with Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown.” http://bzfd.it/2qq8yBq THE JUICE …-- SPOTTED -- REINCE PRIEBUS at lunch at Tally Thai Thursday afternoon.-- THE MEGYN KELLY SHOW’S new promo. http://nbcnews.to/2r3ZOoL LATE-NIGHT BEST -- STEPHEN COLBERT interviewed APRIL RYAN last night to talk about what life is like inside the White House briefing room these days. 7-min. video http://bit.ly/2r39ZrF POLITICO MAGAZINE FRIDAY COVER – “Meet the Real Jared Kushner: He’s a lot tougher than he looks,” by David Freedlander: “The widespread assumption liberals make about Kushner seems to be this: Because he is soft-spoken, slim and handsome, with degrees from Harvard and NYU and a family that donates to Democrats, he couldn’t possibly be the same guy knifing his West Wing rivals and urging the president to go to war with the Justice Department and the FBI. But that assumption is wrong. ... [T]hose who know him from his days as a young New York real estate magnate and newspaper publisher say that America is just getting to know the Jared Kushner they have always known, that beneath the unflappable golden exterior is someone unafraid to bungee jump or to counter-punch when he feels slighted.” http://politi.co/2qVDyNb DAVID HERSZENHORN on “Trump makes forceful NATO debut”: “He came, he saw, he harangued. U.S. President Donald Trump capped his first official visit to Brussels with a commanding — and meandering — speech at NATO’s new headquarters, in which he berated allies for not spending enough on defense, insisted that even NATO’s goal of increasing annual military expenditures to 2 percent of GDP was insufficient and provocatively declared that some allies ‘owed’ arrears for years of lagging contributions. Trump’s remarks were also notable for what he did not say: to the consternation of some allies, Trump once again did not explicitly endorse NATO’s common defense principle — that an attack on one is an attack on all.” http://politi.co/2qiFhh5FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS -- NYT Business Day front, “Blackstone Works With Saudi Arabia on U.S. Infrastructure Investments,” by Kate Kelly and Landon Thomas Jr.: “A little over a year ago, the private equity titan Stephen A. Schwarzman sat down with Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia and chairman of the kingdom’s largest sovereign wealth fund, in hopes of expanding their relationship.“Mr. Schwarzman’s company, the Blackstone Group, already counted Prince bin Salman’s Public Investment Fund as a major client. But the American financier now had a bold new idea: Court Saudi money to invest in projects like tunnels, bridges, airports and other sorely needed infrastructure improvements, predominantly in the United States. It was a prescient notion. Thirteen months and one election upset later, Mr. Schwarzman, who leads an elite committee of business executives advising President Trump, has announced a $20 billion cornerstone investment by the Saudi entity in a soon-to-be-created Blackstone infrastructure fund.“That investment vehicle, which Blackstone plans to double in size, represents a new focus for the firm. More important, the fund — announced during Mr. Trump’s visit to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, and a summit meeting of global chief executives that Mr. Schwarzman attended — dovetails with a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative the Trump administration has promised, to be fueled by government partnerships with the private sector.” http://nyti.ms/2rWPLzz YOLO! -- “With state budget in crisis, Conn. governor says history will vindicate him,” by the Boston Globe’s Joshua Miller: “Asked about a recent poll that ranked him one of the least popular governors in the country, with a job approval rating of only 29 percent, Malloy interrupted a Globe reporter. ‘Well-deserved,’ [Gov. Dannel] Malloy said. Because he’s made hard choices? ‘Because I’m making the hard choices,’ the governor said, sitting in front of a wallpaper rendition of the forces of British General Charles Cornwallis surrendering at Yorktown, Va., and concluding the American Revolution.” http://bit.ly/2rX59vQ OFF MESSAGE PODCAST BONUS EPISODE: Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) are co-chairs of the bipartisan effort to pass tax reform. The two sit down with Isaac Dovere in this week’s bonus episode of Off Message to share how they have made the case to their colleagues to pass the biggest tax reform package in history in an overwhelmingly partisan environment. Listen and subscribe http://apple.co/2nEa7y0-- “Problem Solvers insist it’s not too late for tax reform,” by Isaac Dovere: http://politi.co/2r2VrIfIN ISRAEL -- “Sheldon Adelson questioned by police in Netanyahu corruption investigation” – JTA: “Adelson was questioned Thursday at the headquarters of the Israel Police’s serious crime investigative unit in Lod. His wife, Miriam, also was expected to be questioned. The couple came to Israel earlier this week in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s visit and remained. ... Part of the investigation includes accusations that Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, publisher of the daily Yediot Acharanot, discussed a deal in which Netanyahu would receive favorable coverage in Yediot in exchange for legislation that would cut into the circulation of Adelson’s paper.” http://bit.ly/2s2mRNHWEST COAST WATCH -- “Progressives decried Jimmy Gomez’s ‘coronation’ in L.A.’s congressional primary. Now they’re lining up behind him,” by LA Times’ Christine Mai-Duc: http://lat.ms/2rG8fayCONGRATS – JUAN WILLIAMS won the Television Broadcast Journalist of the Year last night at the Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner: http://bit.ly/2qqhnvfMEDIAWATCH -- “Trump team keeps U.S. reporters in the dark overseas,” by Tara Palmeri in Brussels: “President Donald Trump has left American journalists in the dark during key moments of his nine-day foreign trip, delaying readouts, keeping reporters at a distance and not holding news conferences — which has allowed him to avoid having to answer to controversies at home. ... Ari Fleischer, who was press secretary for George W. Bush, said his team never went through an entire foreign trip without a presidential news conference.” With other cameos by Alex Conant and Tommy Vietor http://politi.co/2rnWPs3SPOTTED: Donald Trump Jr., 11th on the upgrade list, for the 5 p.m. DCA to LGA shuttle yesterday … Former Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz coming out of The Bottom Line yesterday.SUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly ... Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) ... Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) ... Power Player: Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, Blue Angels Commanding Officer aka “Boss”. Panel: Michael Needham, Gerald Seib, Gillian Turner, Charles Lane--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: John Kelly ... Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) ... New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Panel: Joy Reid, Kim Strassel, Charlie Sykes, Amy Walter--CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C). Panel: Rick Santorum, Jennifer Granholm, Kevin Madden, Nina Turner--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Defense Secretary James Mattis OUT AND ABOUT -- On Thursday evening, friends and fellow diplomats gathered at a black-tie masquerade party to bid “au revoir” to French Ambassador Gérard Araud, who is departing Washington in July. Even the portraits and busts joined in the fun (portrait of George Washington, busy of Lafayette -- pics http://bit.ly/2s2vCaH ... http://bit.ly/2rnSWU1 ... http://bit.ly/2r31vQZ SPOTTED: Amb. Susan Rice and Ian Cameron, Amb. Stuart and Gwen Holliday, Septime Webre, Jake Tapper, Amb. Charles Rivkin, Fred Hochberg, Juleanna GIover and Christopher Reiter, Tracy and Adam Bernstein, Ben and Ashley Chang, Lyndon Boozer and Karen Anderson, Jonathan Capehart and Nick Schmit, Tammy Haddad, Francesca Craig, Stephanie Green, Amb. Capricia and Robert Marshall, Sir Kim and Lady Vanessa Darroch, Neera Tanden, Justice and Mrs. Samuel Alito, Kate Bennett, Kathleen Biden, Ambassador Bill and Cathy Burns, Buffy Cafritz, Kevin Chaffee, Eleanor Clift, Nelson Cunningham, Maureen Dowd, Mark and Sally Ein, Carol Melton, Fred Hochberg, Margaret Carlson, Sally Quinn, Eric Fanning, David Frum, Rep. Bart Gordon, Amb. and Mrs. Lloyd Hand, Katty Kay, Margaret Carlson, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Jim Lehrer, Tamera Luzzatto and David Leiter, Jane Mayer and Bill Hamilton, Timothy and Anita McBride, Maureen Orth, Trevor Potter, Heidi and Douglas Rediker, Diane Rehm, Roxanne Roberts, Secretary Wilbur Ross, Rep. Edward Royce (R-Calif.).SPOTTED at a fundraiser in Brooklyn last night for Run for Something, a gaggle of HFAers out to support the organization and its founder Amanda Litman: Liz Zaretsky, Amy Beihl, Genevieve Roth, Dennis Cheng, Mike Taylor, Taylor Salditch, Anne Hubert, Sierra Kos, Maxwell Nunes, Rob Russo, John Buysse, Yahel Carmon, Margit Westerman, Alex Wall, Danielle Kantor, Emily Samsel, Nell Thomas, Julie Zuckerbrod, Patrick McHenry, Anthony Mercurio.HENRY MUNOZ WEDS -- INBOX: “[Thursday] at a private home in Washington, former Vice President Joe Biden officiated the civic marriage ceremony of DNC Finance Chair Henry R Munoz, III, and his fiance, Kyle Ferari. Kyle and Henry were spiritually married three weeks ago in Bermuda. Munoz is the first Latino and openly gay finance chair of a major political party. Henry is a Member of the Latino Advisory Committee of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, an Alumni Board Member of the Smithsonian Institution, Trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian in New York City, and Member of the Board of Trustees of Loyola University, New Orleans. He is a co-founder of Latino Victory Project, created to mobilize Hispanic voters and support Hispanic elected officials and candidates, and is a co-founder of TheDream.US, a nonprofit created to raise private-sector dollars for DREAMers to attend college. Henry served as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Commission to establish the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington D.C.” WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Adam Fromm, House Energy and Commerce Committee’s director of coalitions and outreach, and Molly Fromm, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s general counsel, welcomed their firstborn Patrick William Fromm into the world earlier this week. Patrick arrived Wednesday at 6:24 p.m. and headed home yesterday to enjoy Memorial Day weekend with mom and dad. Pic http://politi.co/2r3ZJ4tBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Michael Oreskes, head of news at NPR and an AP alum. How he’s celebrating: “With my friend Eric Lane and our wives. He is a law professor and co-author of our book on the Constitution, ‘The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country--and Why It Can Again.’ (http://bit.ly/2rXafbB) Eric’s birthday is May 25. So we celebrate together by doing our favorite thing: critique our government and politics. This is the tenth anniversary of our book. It warned that political life was deteriorating because we are losing touch with our basic political values, what we called our Constitutional Conscience. I wish I could say that we were wrong.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2r3YIsX BIRTHDAYS: Devon Spurgeon (hat tip: Warren Buffett) ... Gwen Rocco, public affairs at WeWork and HFA alum ... Politico’s Steven Stiles and Margaret Shanley ... Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is 73 ... former Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) is 66 ... former Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), now senior policy consultant at Akin Gump, is 64 … British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is 68 ... Andrew Beilein ... Jonny Dach (h/t Jon Haber) ... Bloomberg’s Derek Wallbank ... Joe Baerlein, owner and principal at Baerlein Partners ... Scott Crider ... Dina Ellis Rochkind (h/t Lee Lubarsky) ... Morgan Jacobs ... Arjun Jaikumar, law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit … Mike Harney, COS for Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) … Stephanie Sherman, Jake’s mom … ... Pete Madigan, of Peck Madigan Jones, is 58 ... Ben Cavataro, associate at Covington and Burling ... Hank Williams Jr. (h/t Kurt Bardella) ... Rachel VerVelde, chief of staff for Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) (hubby tip: Brandon) … Mia Shaw, founder and editor in chief of Justice Writers ... Matt Keelen … Laura Baños … Charlene Zettel … Alex Likowski … Sally Whouley ... Kevin Bailey ... Angel Combs (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Emily Langer ... April Anspach … Nelson Patterson … Yardena Schwartz ... Jediah Grobstein ... John Brodtke ... Shahid Masood ... Allison Davis ... Sunny Lee ... Terry Baren ... Bill Roberts ... Alyssa McClenning ... Stoddart Pierce ... Jennifer Vinson ... Carnegie Endowment is 106 ... Stevie Nicks is 69 ... Lenny Kravitz is 53 (h/ts AP)

23 мая, 20:01

Trump Leaves Israel Pushing Peace, but Staying Vague

The president says both the Palestinians and the Israelis are ready for a deal. But no one can figure out exactly what he's going for.

23 мая, 15:52

Trump: Israelis and Palestinians are ‘ready to reach for peace’

The president projects confidence in a renewed peace process despite the Middle East leaders’ skepticism.

22 мая, 23:49

Trump Goes After 'the Ultimate Deal'

The American president has surprised everyone with his enthusiasm for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But he might not understand what he's getting into.

21 мая, 17:52

TRUMP on the ‘battle between good and evil’ -- Egypt reset continues, WH planning trip -- WOODWARD byline on WaPo Pentagon investigation -- SNL last night -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAY: Mosheh Oinounou

Good Sunday morning. ‘BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL’ -- Here are some bites from President Donald Trump’s speech today in Saudi Arabia -- from the pool. “OUR FRIENDS will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention. … “America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture -- we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. …“America is prepared to stand with you -- in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. … “That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory -- piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned.” SUNDAY BEST -- SEN. MARCO RUBIO shoots back in an interview with JAKE TAPPER on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Jake asked him to respond to Trump’s “we are not here to lecture” line. TAPPER: “Senator, frankly, I cannot imagine you ever saying anything like that when standing in a country like Saudi Arabia. Are you concerned at all about the president seemingly abdicating the very public role of the United States in standing up to for democracy and human rights?” RUBIO: “Well, I mean, yes, that would not have been a part of a speech that I would have delivered, for the reason that I think it's in our national security interest to advocate for democracy and freedom and human rights, now, with a recognition that you may not get it overnight. There needs to be a period of transition. And I think, further in that speech, they talk about gradual improvements in places, which I think is wise and pragmatic.”RUBIO on TRUMP on CBS’s “Face the Nation”: “I don’t understand why people are that shocked; this president ran a very unconventional campaign. I was there for a big part of it at the beginning alongside being one of his competitors. And that’s what the American people voted for and in essence, this White House is not much different from the campaign. We -- people got what they voted for; they elected him. Obviously, it’s in the best interest of this country to help him succeed. As far as the drama’s concerned, yeah it’s unique. It’s different from anything we’ve confronted. I think our job remains to do our work. We’ll have to deal with these issues. These issues come up, these questions, every single day. And I do think the White House would benefit from some systems in place that perhaps avoid some of the unnecessary friction points that come up on a daily basis.”During a bilateral meeting with Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, PRESIDENT TRUMP said he’ll have a news conference in two weeks to let people know how the U.S. is doing in its fight against ISIS, per NYT’s Mike Shear, one of today’s poolers. ANNIE KARNI in Riyadh: “Trump plans Middle East return — to Egypt”: “President Donald Trump, a homebody by nature who spent five months in office before making his first trip abroad, said Sunday that he is planning a return trip to the Middle East, to visit Egypt. ‘We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon,’ Trump said of an upcoming trip to Egypt, during a bilateral meeting with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at the Ritz Hotel in Riyadh. The visit would mark the latest step in a major reset in American relations with Egypt — and a tighter embrace by the Trump administration of the authoritarian regime.” http://politi.co/2rEHBvA -- IN THE MEETING Trump also commented on Sisi’s shoes. “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man,” Trump said. See a pic via Jen Jacobs of one of his shoes http://bit.ly/2qKxLIH TRUMP spoke with Israel HaYom -- Sheldon Adelson's newspaper -- ahead of his trip to Israel. "Trump apologized for not having a lot of time, saying, 'I can't believe I'm sitting down with you, Boaz. Do you realize how many things I have going on this week? But I promised you an interview before my trip to Israel so I'm going to keep my word. Right? Did you see that I smiled at you during the press conference?' ... "When I bid Trump farewell, I reminded him that the next time we meet will be in Israel. We have already met in Washington, in Las Vegas, in Florida, in New York and twice in the Oval Office. 'Goodbye, thank you, and have a great trip, Mr. President.' 'See you in Israel, Boaz,' he answered with the friendly smile of an acquaintance who has turned into a good friend." http://bit.ly/2pZ5xg9 THE FAMILY -- “Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Pledge $100 Million to World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund,” by WSJ’s Carol Lee in Riyadh: “[A]t an event with Ivanka Trump ... Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates [are pledging] $100 million collectively toward a fund for women who own or want to start businesses ... The money for the bank’s proposed Women Entrepreneurs Fund would be aimed at women in the Middle East ... [T]he fund’s goal [is] helping women start and run successful businesses by easing their access to finance, markets and networks.” http://on.wsj.com/2rqaUVAANNIE’S LOOKAHEAD TO JERUSALEM from Riyadh: “Can Jason Greenblatt Deliver Peace for Donald Trump? The trusted Trump Organization negotiator is charged with figuring out how to deliver ‘the ultimate deal’”: “Greenblatt is the rare, old-school, Trump loyalist in a work environment where many of Trump’s top advisers are newcomers who date back only as far as his 2016 campaign. He reports directly to senior adviser Jared Kushner, and functions outside of the competing spheres of influence in the West Wing. ... In his previous life, the soft-spoken, sharp listener taught a class at Yeshiva University, entitled ‘The Anatomy of a Real Estate Deal,’ which was capped off with a field trip to Trump Tower.” With cameos by Josh Raffel, Jeremy Bash, Dennis Ross, Elliott Abrams, Martin Indyk http://politi.co/2qLiHus TRUMP spoke with Israel HaYom -- Sheldon Adelson's newspaper -- ahead of his trip to Israel. "Trump apologized for not having a lot of time, saying, 'I can't believe I'm sitting down with you, Boaz. Do you realize how many things I have going on this week? But I promised you an interview before my trip to Israel so I'm going to keep my word. Right? Did you see that I smiled at you during the press conference?' ... "When I bid Trump farewell, I reminded him that the next time we meet will be in Israel. We have already met in Washington, in Las Vegas, in Florida, in New York and twice in the Oval Office. 'Goodbye, thank you, and have a great trip, Mr. President.' 'See you in Israel, Boaz,' he answered with the friendly smile of an acquaintance who has turned into a good friend." http://bit.ly/2pZ5xg9 TOP TWEETS -- @maggieNYT: “Priebus is said to be leaving the traveling White House caravan early, returning this week instead of staying the full foreign trip.” … @Acosta: “Tillerson dances at dinner for POTUS and King Salman in Saudi Arabia” http://bit.ly/2r5B401 … @anniekarni: “Spicer has landed.” http://bit.ly/2pYQcfr … Ben Hubbard (@NYTBen): “Country star @TobyKeithMusic with Saudi musician @RabehSaqer in Riyadh last night for an audience of hundreds of Saudi men (and no women).” http://bit.ly/2qEpebT ... @NYTBen: “An audience of Saudi men listening politely to country music in Riyadh.” http://bit.ly/2rF8vnp ARTICLE OF THE DAY -- NYT, A1 -- “Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations,” by Mark Mazzetti, Adam Goldman, Mike Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo: “The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. “Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved. “But there was no disagreement about the damage. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former American officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the C.I.A.’s sources. According to three of the officials, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building -- a message to others who might have been working for the C.I.A. Still others were put in jail. All told, the Chinese killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the C.I.A.’s sources in China, according to two former senior American officials, effectively unraveling a network that had taken years to build.” http://nyti.ms/2rqPsQaBOB WOODWARD BYLINE! -- “At the Pentagon, overpriced fuel sparks allegations — and denials -- of a slush fund,” by WaPo’s Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward: “The Pentagon has generated almost $6 billion over the past seven years by charging the armed forces excessive prices for fuel and has used the money — called the ‘bishop’s fund’ by some critics — to bolster mismanaged or underfunded military programs, documents show. “Since 2015, the Defense Department has tapped surpluses from its fuel accounts for $80 million to train Syrian rebels, $450 million to shore up a prescription-drug program riddled with fraud and $1.4 billion to cover unanticipated expenses from the war in Afghanistan, according to military accounting records. The Pentagon has amassed the extra cash by billing the armed forces for fuel at rates often much higher -- sometimes $1 per gallon or more -- than what commercial airlines paid for jet fuel on the open market.” http://wapo.st/2rFOagI THE SPECIAL COUNSEL -- “Russia meeting revelation could trigger obstruction investigation,” by Josh Meyer: “The new special counsel investigation into possible collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia is just getting started — and it could take years to resolve. But Trump’s Oval Office boast to Russian officials May 10 about why he fired FBI Director James Comey will almost certainly trigger a more immediate, and potentially perilous, legal development: an obstruction of justice investigation into whether the president intentionally engaged in a cover-up that warrants the filing of criminal charges, current and former Justice Department officials say.” http://politi.co/2q5OIMt THE INVESTIGATION -- “House Inquiry Turns Attention to Trump Campaign Worker With Russia Ties,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman: “Michael Caputo, who served as a communications adviser to the Trump campaign, has been asked by the House committee investigating Russian election meddling to submit to a voluntary interview and to provide any documents he may have that are related to the inquiry. “The House Intelligence Committee … made its request in a letter on May 9. Mr. Caputo, who lives near Buffalo and spent six months on the Trump team, worked in Russia during the 1990s and came to know Kremlin officials. He also did work in the early 2000s for Gazprom Media, a Russian conglomerate that supported President Vladimir V. Putin.” http://nyti.ms/2q6bmUR FOR YOUR RADAR -- “North Korea fires midrange missile in its latest test,” by AP’s Kim Tong-Hyung in Seoul: “North Korea fired a medium-range missile on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles. The rocket was fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile before it landed into the sea.” http://apne.ws/2qKRIiu -- “Exclusive: North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West,” by Reuters’ Ju-min Park and James Pearson in Seoul: “North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts. North Korea has been blamed in recent years for a series of online attacks, mostly on financial networks, in the United States, South Korea and over a dozen other countries. Cyber security researchers have also said they have found technical evidence that could link North Korea with the global WannaCry ‘ransomware’ cyber attack that infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries this month. Pyongyang has called the allegation ‘ridiculous’.” http://reut.rs/2qHMHcn K FILE STRIKES AGAIN! -- “Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland security,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie and Nathan McDermott: “Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who this week announced he will be joining Donald Trump’s administration as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, plagiarized sections of his 2013 master's thesis on U.S. security, a CNN KFile review has found. “Clarke, a visible surrogate for Trump during the campaign known for his incendiary rhetoric, earned a master's degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In his thesis, ‘Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible,’ Clarke failed to properly attribute his sources at least 47 times.” http://cnn.it/2r62Cm3 SUNDAY BEST -- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks with H.R. MCMASTER on ABC’s “This Week”: STEPHANOPOULOS: “Did you understand how this might look though? To an average American right now. You have the President of the United States telling the Russian foreign minister, in their first meeting, that that the pressure is off because he's fired the FBI director investigating Russian interference in the campaign. Does that seem appropriate to you?” MCMASTER: “As you know it’s very difficult to take a few lines, to take a paragraph out of what are what appear to be notes of that meeting. And to be able to see the full context of the conversation. As I mentioned last week, the real purpose of the conversation was to confront Russia on areas, as I mentioned, like Ukraine and Syria, their support for Assad, and their support for the Iranians. While trying to find areas of cooperation as in the area of counterterrorism and the campaign against ISIS. And so … that was the intent of that conversation was to say what I’d like to do is move beyond all of the Russia news so that we can find areas of cooperation.” STEPHANOPOULOS: “So did the president confront them on their interference in our election? This was their first meeting.” MCMASTER: “Well you know, there already was too much that’s been leaked from those meetings. And one of the things that I’m most concerned about is the confidence, the confidentiality of those kind of meetings, as you know, are extremely important. And so, I’m really concerned about these kind of leaks because it undermines everybody’s trust in that kind of an environment where you can have frank, candid and oftentimes unconventional conversations to try to protect American interests and secure the American people.”-- CHRIS WALLACE interviews SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- per Zach Warmbrodt: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday denounced a violent clash in Washington last week involving Turkish security personnel and protesters, as the administration faced political pressure to respond. In an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Tillerson said the State Department had called in the ambassador of Turkey to discuss the incident and say ‘that this is simply unacceptable.’ ‘There is an ongoing investigation,’ he said. ‘We'll wait and see what the outcome of that investigation is. But we have expressed our dismay at what occurred at the Turkish embassy.’” http://politi.co/2rEYnef -- WALLACE: “Mr. Secretary, you were in the Oval Office when the president met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on May 10, and according to the official summary, the president’ told Lavrov, ‘I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I face great pressure because of Russia, that’s taken off.’ My question to you, sir, as someone who was in that meeting -- was he telling the Russians that firing Comey was taking off legal and political pressure? TILLERSON: “Chris, that’s not my -- my interpretation, certainly, of the conversation. And I think what the president was trying to convey to the Russians is, look, I’m not going to be distracted by this -- all these issues that are here at home, they -- that, you know, affect us domestically. I’m not going to let that distract from our efforts to see if we can engage with you, engage with Russia, and identify areas where we might be able to work together. The president I think reemphasized the message to the Russians that the relationship is at a low point and we need to change that, we need to both work towards trying to improve that. So I think the point he was making is I’m not going to be distracted by those things that are happening here at home. Won’t let them get in the way of the important work of engaging Russia to see what can be done to improve this relationship.” SNL’S SEASON FINALE LAST NIGHT -- “Hallelujah Cold Open”: “Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) [wearing a Russian flag lapel pin], Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) and Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) perform ‘Hallelujah.’” 3-min. video http://bit.ly/2rq9rPaREMINDER: Trump’s budget will be released TUESDAY … AP’S ANDY TAYLOR: “Republicans already giving Trump’s budget a cold shoulder” http://apne.ws/2rqLK9l MULLER AND COMEY -- BOSTON GLOBE front page, “2 former FBI directors, 1 investigation,” by Annie Linskey and Matt Viser: “It’s unclear if the two men will remain allied, with Comey shifting to the role of probable witness and Mueller the lead investigator. ‘They’re different — and both people of great capacity,’ [John] Ashcroft said in an interview last week. ... ‘This is not the first rodeo for either of these folks.’ ... ‘Both men were viewed differently within the White House,’ said [Alberto] Gonzales, who went on to serve as a US attorney general. ‘Mueller was much more respected,’’ he said. ‘He has better judgment. He’s much more mature.’” http://bit.ly/2qKT1xU THE RESISTANCE -- “Feinstein scalded by anti-Trump fervor,” by California Playbookers David Siders and Carla Marinucci in Sacramento: “Liberal hecklers have protested outside Dianne Feinstein’s home. She’s been confronted at a Los Angeles fundraiser and a San Francisco town hall meeting by progressives angered by her skeptical view of single payer health care and support for some of Donald Trump’s earliest nominees. In a state marked by its unfettered resistance to the president, California’s senior senator and ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee is dealing with burgeoning unrest in the party ranks at home, a symptom of the roiling anti-Trump politics on the left. “Despite her interrogation of Neil Gorsuch at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Feinstein’s brand of moderation is showing signs of slipping out of favor in a state that delivered a landslide margin against Trump. Her public approval rating, while still in relatively positive territory, has ticked down. ‘The time has absolutely changed for politicians like her,’ said Robert Shearer, a state party executive board member who served as a delegate whip for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year.” http://politi.co/2q91rNP -- L.A. TIMES: “Rep. Adam Schiff calls for Democratic unity in speech that suggests an ambitious future for himself,” by Cathleen Decker: “Rep. Adam B. Schiff has been one of President Trump’s most able tormenters in Washington as the ranking Democrat on the House committee looking into the involvement of Russia in the 2016 presidential election. In the process, the congressman from Burbank has also vaulted himself into the top ranks of California Democrats. On Saturday night he delivered to party members at their state convention a speech that spoke of ambitions for them -- and, none too subtly, himself. “Schiff has been high on the list of Democrats considered interested in a run for the U.S. Senate if incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein were to announce that she will not seek another term in 2018. (So far, she has said she’s running.)” http://lat.ms/2q5RnG4 BILL SCHER in POLITICO Magazine on “An Outrageously Early Field Guide to 2020”: http://politi.co/2rqtVapWHAT DINA POWELL IS READING -- “Why Staying Put Was McMaster’s Most Patriotic Act: The National Security adviser was called a hypocrite for defending Trump’s handling of classified intelligence. But critics misread his book and his motives,” by Mark Perry in POLITICO Magazine: “There are some things not to like about H.R. McMaster: He can be overbearing, has a volcanic temper and promotes a strategy of ‘forward deterrence,’ which means, his critics claim, more American troops in more unwinnable wars. But McMaster is not invisible, will not stay in his lane, will not be intimidated, and will not remain silent. McMaster might not win any lifetime achievement awards, but he won’t walk away. He’ll be a patriot.” http://politi.co/2q8WvZb BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman: --“Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: ‘Everything feels like the future but us,’” by The Guardian’s Julia Carrie Wong in Fremont, California: “Ambulances have been called more than 100 times [to Tesla’s factory] since 2014 for workers experiencing fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian. Hundreds more were called for injuries and other medical issues.” http://bit.ly/2qEjxL9 --“A Girls’ Guide to Saudi Arabia,” by Maureen Dowd in Vanity Fair in August 2010 with pix by Ashley Parker: “Saudi Arabia! Just the vacation spot for a headstrong, adventure-loving, cocktail-imbibing, fashion-conscious chick. Long averse to non-Muslim curiosity seekers, the Kingdom is now flirting with tourism, though drinking is forbidden and women can’t drive—or do much of anything—without a man. Armed with moxie and a Burqini, the author confronts the limits of Saudi Arabian hospitality, as well as various male enforcers, learning that, as always, it matters whom you know.” http://bit.ly/2rFNhoD --“Saudi Arabia Experiments with Reform Amid Economic Downturn,” by Susanne Koelbl in Der Spiegel: “‘Why’ is a word that didn’t previously exist in Saudi Arabian public debate. Suddenly, it can be heard all over the place, as if the economic crisis is forcing the country to undergo a kind of late-period enlightenment. Everything is being renegotiated, from benefits to the distribution of money, and the question of who will enjoy new freedoms and who will lose old privileges. In sum, the country’s previous social pact – prosperity in exchange for submission – is being challenged.” http://bit.ly/2q4yDpm --“When Your Child Is a Psychopath,” by Barbara Bradley Hagerty in June’s Atlantic: “Whereas normally developing children at that age grow agitated when they see other children cry — and either try to comfort them or bolt the scene — these kids show a chilly detachment.” http://theatln.tc/2qFJM1R --“Why ‘Net Neutrality’ Drives the Left Crazy,” by Tunku Varadarajan in the WSJ: “The FCC’s new chairman [Ajit Pai] on his plan to reopen the internet to competition—and the agitators picketing his family home.” http://on.wsj.com/2pWmjwu --“Sending Jobs Overseas,” by Christopher Caldwell in the Claremont Review: “Computers were the key. Once a complex manufacturing process could be supervised from afar, it could be broken up into the simplest constituent tasks, and those could be done almost anywhere. Corporations could play governments off against one another. Globalisation is not about nations. It is not about products. And it has not been about people for a long time. No, it is about tasks.” http://bit.ly/2qFBZBt --“BASIS: Inside the Acclaimed School Network That’s Blended Together the World’s Best Education Practices,” by Kate Stringer in The 74: BASIS is “a chain of 27 public charter, private, and international schools in five states, Washington, D.C., and China that recently captured four of the top five spots on U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of America’s best high schools. BASIS makes advanced, immersive coursework a requirement for all students, from pre-K through high school — an approach that some dub ‘deep content.’” http://bit.ly/2rFTnFd --“Slop Machines,” by John Semley in Eater Magazine: “How a family of hog farmers manage the excess of the world’s most indulgent city.” http://bit.ly/2rA4bEU--“A Murderous History of Korea,” by Bruce Cumings in the London Review of Books: “The Republic of Korea was one of the bloodiest dictatorships of the early Cold War period. South Korea’s stable democracy and vibrant economy from 1988 onwards seem to have overridden any need to acknowledge the previous forty years of history, during which the North could reasonably claim that its own autocracy was necessary to counter military rule in Seoul. It’s only in the present context that the North looks at best like a walking anachronism, at worst like a vicious tyranny.” http://bit.ly/2q4dvzQ (h/t TheBrowser.com) --“An Underground College for Undocumented Immigrants,” by Jonathan Blitzer in The New Yorker: “Refused admission by public universities and unable to get funding from private ones, aspiring students find another way.” http://bit.ly/2rAs003 --“Breaking News: The Secret Transcripts of the Six-Day War, Part I,” by Yaacov Lozowick in Tablet Magazine: “Dayan, flamboyant and erratic, boasted that Israel could reach Cairo if anyone was interested, and would soon take Sharm el-Sheikh and hold it for 300 years. He also told the ministers they needed to talk less as he didn’t have time for a long meeting. Perhaps the single most important decision in millennia — that the Jews should rule in Jerusalem — was probably made early on June 7 by Moshe Dayan, not by Israel’s government.” http://bit.ly/2rmCjaP --“Platonically irrational,” by Nick Romeo in Aeon Magazine: “How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out.” http://bit.ly/2qG7ueE --“The Future of Media Is Here, and I Was There,” by Sean Cooper in Tablet Magazine: “Content marketers convene in Boston to rid the world of bad content, get under your skin, and scavenge the rotting bones of journalism.” http://bit.ly/2q1kVVl (h/t ALDaily.com)SPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway hanging out on Wisconsin Ave yesterday at 11 a.m. Pic http://bit.ly/2r5H5tt ... former Obama ambassador Islam Siddique, Suhail Khan and Jana Plat yesterday at a performance by Comedy Central’s Hasan Minaj at the 6th and I historic synagogue … Jose Andres, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, getting awards last night at the Halcyon Awards Gala at Union Station. Ben and Jerry personally scooped ice cream for attendees. SPOTTED in the Stronach Group Owner’s chalet at the Preakness: DJ Ben Chang playing throughout the day, warming up for DJ Cassidy, Ashley Chang, Kevin Spacey, Josephine Skriver, Carson Kressley, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Ralph Northam, Belinda Stronach and the Stronach family, Dan Swartz, Mark and Sally Ein, Steve Clemons, Tammy Haddad, John Arundel, Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, and musicians Sam Hunt, High Valley, and LOCASH. OUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED last night at the birthday party for communications guru Christine Delargy in Georgetown’s East Village: Kimball Stroud, Scott Mulhauser, Kara Carscaden, Rodell Mollineau, Sheena Arora, Matt Dornic, Kyle Volpe, Nick Massella, Jay Newton-Small, Eliot Pence, Shawna Thomas, Mark Paustenbach, Andy Baldwin, Dan Ronayne and Paul Kane. TRANSITIONS -- OBAMA ALUMNI -- Dave Wilkinson has joined Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy’s cabinet as Commissioner of Early Childhood, running a new state agency. He was previously director of the White House office of social innovation for President Barack Obama. WEEKEND WEDDINGS – ERIC BRADNER, CNN Politics reporter and a Politico alum, on Saturday married JESSICA WRAY, communications manager for the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a nonprofit in DC. They’re both from Indiana, which is where they met. Pool report from Eric’s CNN colleague Tom LoBianco: The ceremony was “held at a beautifully restored United Methodist church just outside downtown Indy. This photo was taken just outside Indiana’s statehouse, where Eric and Jessica used to report together. They both choked up a few times through their vows, we learned a few interesting items -- like who stuffs socks in the couch when they’re sleepy.” Pics http://politi.co/2q5SBRG … http://politi.co/2rqHgQ4 --Adam Hitchcock, formerly of the Obama White House, now with Guggenheim Partners and Sarah Kammerer, Romney campaign alum, now with Susan Crown Exchange, were married Friday at a Chicago courthouse. The newlyweds kept everyone in the dark, alerting only their parents and choosing the five-year anniversary of when they met at the NATO summit in Chicago as their wedding date. Pic http://bit.ly/2rq66zC (h/t Kevin Madden) -- Kasia Witkowski and Joshua Kagan were married last night in Washington at Toolbox Studio in Dupont Circle. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) officiated the wedding -- the couple met on his 2010 campaign. Kasia worked in intergovernmental and external affairs at HHS, and now works at Hewlett Packard in D.C.. Josh works at Hargrove Inc., and has worked on the last two Democratic conventions. The couple departed down the aisle to “Fight Song,” the song of choice for HFA 2016. Pics http://politi.co/2q94oxP ... http://politi.co/2qKVyYM ... http://politi.co/2qHDKQA“Jennifer Cizner, Jeffrey Amsel” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Cizner, 39, is the chief operating officer at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a programming and research center in Chicago. She worked in the Obama administration in the Office of Presidential Personnel from 2009 to 2011, and became the deputy chief of staff. She graduated from the University of Michigan. ... Mr. Amsel, 46, is the vice president for global strategic sourcing and real estate at HERE Technologies, an information technology company in Chicago. He graduated from Ohio State and received an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. ... The couple met in 2014 on JDate.” http://nyti.ms/2rFOLPA -- “Michelle Ker, Jacob Locke”: “Ms. Ker, 27, works in Washington as an economics and trade policy analyst at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. ... Mr. Locke, 28, is an analyst at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. He graduated from American University, from which he also received a master’s degree in international affairs. ... The couple met in 2010 while volunteering at a Washington nonprofit dedicated to education for nomadic people.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2qHKr58 -- “Amanda Erickson, John Davisson”: “The couple met at Columbia, from which they graduated. Ms. Erickson, 29, is a foreign affairs reporter for The Washington Post. ... Mr. Davisson, 31, is a lawyer in Washington for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public interest research center. He received a law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown.” http://nyti.ms/2qKOmvM BIRTHDAYS: Mosheh Oinounou, EP for CBSN … Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is 66 ... Politico alum Gillian Reagan ... Mike Viqueira, an Al Jazeera America and NBC alum, is 57 ... Reilly Balderston … AP’s Deb Riechmann, a Jayhawk … Michael Gartland, City Hall reporter for the NY Post ... Rebecca Leber, Mother Jones reporter ... Tom Allon, City and State CEO, is 55 ... Fred Frommer, head of the sports biz practice at Dewey Square and an AP alum … Joshua Henne of White Horse Strategies ... Beth Dozoretz ... Steven Newmark ... Bill Black ... Abigail P. Gage ... Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large at TIME (hat tips: Jon Haber) ... Doug Randall ... Krista Ritacco ... Politico’s Ross Rattanasena ... Lacey Rose, press sec for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (h/t Alexis Krieg) ... former Rep. 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15 мая, 09:36

Перевод посольства в Иерусалим не должен зависеть от арабов

Шелдон Адельсон - в ярости от комментариев госсекретаря Рекса Тиллерсона по поводу перевода американского посольства в Иерусалим.

14 мая, 22:03

Report: Casino mogul to be questioned in probe of Israel PM

American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson will reportedly give Israeli police testimony in an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

05 мая, 18:49

Palestine and the New Peacemakers

Paul R. Pillar Israel Palestinian Territories, Middle East President Trump’s expressed desire to resolve, somehow, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is welcome, but the grounds for skepticism about this outweigh the reasons for hope.  The principal reason for skepticism is the lack of evidence that Trump has distanced himself politically from the position, embodied in the right-wing Israeli government and its most ardent American supporters, that favors perpetual Israel control of the occupied territories and, despite occasional lip service to the contrary, sees no room for Palestinian self-determination or a Palestinian state.  As a presidential candidate, Trump assumed this position after coming to terms with Sheldon Adelson and adopting AIPAC’s talking points as his own.  As president, this position was manifested in his appointing as ambassador to Israel his bankruptcy lawyer, a hard-right supporter of the Israeli settlement project in the occupied territories.  This week, in a joint appearance at the White House with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, Trump talked in general terms about working together to reach an agreement to live in peace, and in more specific terms about defeating ISIS and security cooperation with Israel, but said nothing at all about Palestinian self-determination or a Palestinian state. One might also wonder whether this issue will be another one that gets the amateur hour treatment, in which the president comes to admit that, gee, this task is harder than he expected it to be.  With his bankruptcy lawyer having been sent off as ambassador, Trump has turned the Israeli-Palestinian policy portfolio over to his son-in-law and his real estate lawyer.  Of course, given the many years of meager results on this subject when in the hands of supposedly experienced professionals, it might not hurt to see what the amateurs and some fresh eyes might accomplish.  The real estate lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, received favorable marks from both the Israeli and Palestinian sides during a recent listening tour he made to the region. Read full article

03 мая, 13:00

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30 апреля, 08:00

Главный редактор Исраэль Ха-Йом уволился с работы

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28 апреля, 19:32

По делу о коррупции Биби допрошен американский бизнесмен

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27 апреля, 00:51

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) Posts Earnings Beat, Solid Macau Growth

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) just released its first-quarter 2017 financial results, posting earnings of xx and revenues of $3.11 billion. Currently, LVS is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) and is down 0.94% to $58.70 per share in trading shortly after its earnings report was released.

25 апреля, 01:11

Bethesda's Nannies Brace For Government Shutdown

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! U.S. embassies are promoting President Trump’s properties — though without a “Plenipotentiary For You and the Kids!” slogan, alas. A Republican Senate campaign confused Washington with Hangzhou, China, so if the campaign doesn’t work out, the candidate probably has a future in Trump’s diplomatic corps. And the president has completed only 30 percent of his 100-day promises, though if you don’t count California, the number is much higher. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, April 24th, 2017: GOVERNMENT SET TO SHUT DOWN SATURDAY MORNING - As if this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner weren’t already strange enough. Julia Edwards Ainsley: “Should talks fail, the government would shut down on Saturday, Trump’s 100th day in office. Trump, whose national approval rating hovered around 43 percent in the latest Reuters/Ipsos polling, is seeking his first big legislative victory…. The White House says it has offered to include $7 billion in Obamacare subsidies that allow low-income people to pay for health insurance in exchange for Democratic backing for $1.5 billion in funding to start construction of the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border…. A Republican congressional aide said Democrats may agree to some aspects of the border wall, including new surveillance equipment and access roads, estimated to cost around $380 million. ‘But Democrats want the narrative that they dealt him a loss on the wall,’ the aide said, adding it would be difficult to bring any Democrats on board with new construction on the southwest border.” [Reuters] HONESTLY, WE THOUGHT IT’D BE LOWER - Congrats to the president! Jill Colvin and Calvin Woodward: “Of 38 specific promises Trump made in his 100-day ‘contract’ with voters — ‘This is my pledge to you’ — he’s accomplished 10, mostly through executive orders that don’t require legislation, such as withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He’s abandoned several and failed to deliver quickly on others, stymied at times by a divided Republican Party and resistant federal judges. Of 10 promises that require Congress to act, none has been achieved and most have not been introduced. ‘I’ve done more than any other president in the first 100 days,’ the president bragged in a recent interview with AP, even as he criticized the marker as an ‘artificial barrier.’ In truth, his 100-day plan remains mostly a to-do list that will spill over well beyond Saturday, his 100th day.” [AP] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here.  Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill U.S. EMBASSIES PROMOTE TRUMP PROPERTIES - This makes a certain amount of sense as the United Kingdom is the only country in the world with worse tourists than the United States. Darren Samuelsohn “President Donald Trump isn’t the only one promoting his private Mar-a-Lago club as the ‘winter White House.’ His foreign policy team is doing it too. The State Department and at least two U.S. embassies — the United Kingdom and Albania — earlier this month circulated a 400-word blog post detailing the long history of the president’s private South Florida club, which has been open to dues-paying members since the mid-1990s and is now used by Trump for frequent weekend getaways. He has hosted foreign leaders there twice…. Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) also slammed Trump’s administration, linking to an April 5 tweet from the State Department’s Economic & Business Affairs office that promoted the president’s club by asking: ‘Curious about the President’s winter White House also known as Mar-a-Lago?’” [Politico] ADMINISTRATION LEVELS NEW SYRIA SANCTIONS - Julie Hirschfeld Davis: “The Trump administration on Monday said it was imposing sanctions on 271 employees of the Syrian government agency that produces chemical weapons and ballistic missiles, blacklisting them from travel and financial transactions in the wake of a sarin attack on civilians this month. The sanctions on members of President Bashar al-Assad’s Scientific Studies and Research Center more than doubles the number of Syrian individuals and entities whose property has been blocked by the United States and who are barred from financial transactions with American people or companies. It seeks to punish those behind this month’s chemical weapons attacks and previous ones carried out by Mr. Assad’s government, senior administration officials said, and to deter others who are contemplating similar actions.” [NYT] Trump crapped on the United Nations today — and his own ambassador (sort of). TRUMP FORCING ENTIRE SENATE TO COME TO HIS HOUSE - As power moves go, this one’s a little odd. David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe: “The White House announced Monday it would host an unusual private briefing on North Korea for the entire U.S. Senate, prompting questions from lawmakers over whether the Trump administration intends to use the event as a photo op ahead of his 100-day mark…. [T]he location at the White House perplexed lawmakers who have grown accustomed to such briefings taking place in a secure location on Capitol Hill, where there is more room to handle such a large group. Past administrations have often held briefings for smaller groups of about two dozen or fewer lawmakers in the White House Situation Room. But they have traditionally sent high-level aides to Capitol Hill to hold discussions with larger groups in secure, underground locations. A senior Trump administration official said the meeting with senators will take place in the auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the building next to the White House.” [WaPo] REPUBLICAN LAUNCHES SENATE BID, PROMISES TO REFORM OUR CHINESE CAPITAL - Real estate executive and Republican bundler Jeff Bartos announced today he’s running for Bob Casey’s Senate seat. “Bob Casey’s Washington is booming,” Bartos said in his announcement video, which features scenes of economic decline from Bartos’ hometown of Reading. However one of images that flashes on the screen as Bartos discusses “Bob Casey’s Washington” (at the 29 second mark) is actually a stock image of a construction site in Hangzhou, China, according to this Getty Images page. We welcome our new Chinese overlords and hope to see them at the next Communist Party meeting at Ryan Grim’s house. SO GLAD WE’RE MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN - But thank God Ivanka and Jared are moderating influences. Michael McLaughlin: “Harassment, vandalism and other hostile acts against Jewish people and sites in the U.S. increased by 34 percent last year and are up 86 percent through the first three months of 2017, according to data released on Monday. A spate of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and schools, and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in the U.S. this year have contributed to the surge, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s report. There have been more than 100 bomb threats against 75 Jewish community centers and eight Jewish day schools around the country this year through early March.” [HuffPost] Congratulations to the anti-globalists: “Why Paul Wolfowitz Is Optimistic About Trump” [Politico]   BEGUN, THE GREAT GOP FLOP SWEAT HAS - Alex Isenstadt: “Republicans say President Donald Trump needs to turn things around fast — or the GOP could pay dearly in 2018. With the party preparing to defend its congressional majorities in next year’s midterms, senior Republicans are expressing early concern about Trump’s lack of legislative accomplishments, his record-low approval ratings, and the overall dysfunction that’s gripped his administration. The stumbles have drawn the attention of everyone from GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, who funneled tens of millions of dollars into Trump’s election and is relied on to help bankroll the party’s House and Senate campaigns, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Adelson hasn’t contributed to pro-Trump outside groups since the inauguration, a move that’s drawn notice within the party, and McConnell is warning associates that Trump’s unpopularity could weigh down the GOP in the election.” [Politico] LOBBYISTS PRETTY AMPED FOR YOU TO BREATHE SMOG - What’s the over/under on industry groups paying prominent fashion designers to include air masks in their next collection?  Alexander Kaufman: “A utility lobbyist called on regulators to do less work monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. An oil and gas lobbyist praised the Trump administration’s retreat from safeguards and urged federal rulemakers to limit regulations on carbon emissions and smog. A lobbyist for wood-product manufacturers complained about the ‘ever-tightening’ public health standards for ozone pollution and asked regulators to change the permitting process. Those were just some of the requests made by industry advocates during a conference call Monday, when the Environmental Protection Agency held the first of several sessions to ask the public which rules should be eliminated under President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing agencies to slash regulations. The three-hour call, held by the Office of Air and Radiation, focused on clean air and ozone pollution rules.” [HuffPost] IMPORTANT LABOR DEVELOPMENT - Man, the unreleased alternative ending to “Norma Rae” sure got weird. Cora Lewis: “Back in October, 2011, Hernan Perez got chewed out by his boss. We’ve all been there. But Perez, whose workplace was in the midst of a tense unionization campaign, escalated things during his next break by publishing a Facebook post dedicated to his boss: ‘Bob is such a NASTY MOTHER FUCKER don’t know how to talk to people!!!!!! Fuck his mother and his entire fucking family!!!! What a LOSER!!!! Vote YES for the UNION!!!!!!!,’ the post read. Three days later, after the post came to management’s attention, Perez took it down. A little over a week later, following an investigation, he was fired. He’d worked at the company for 13 years. But on Friday, a federal appeals court ruled Perez, like all workers, has the right to call his boss a nasty motherfucker — at least when such speech is part of legally protected statements involving union activity.” [BuzzFeed] WILL THERE BE HEARINGS NOW? - Lesley Wroughton and Yeganeh Torbati: “Former Fox News anchor and correspondent Heather Nauert will be the new U.S. State Department spokeswoman, the State Department said in a statement on Monday. Nauert was most recently an anchor for Fox News’ morning news show ‘Fox and Friends,’ and previously was a correspondent at ABC News. ‘Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the administration’s foreign policy priorities to the American people and the world,’ the statement said.” [Reuters] OBAMA RETURNS, THANKS YOU FOR YOUR ‘STILL MY PRESIDENT’ FACEBOOK POST - No, he didn’t. He doesn’t care. Marina Fang: “Former President Barack Obama returned to the spotlight on Monday, moderating a civic engagement panel featuring Chicago-area high school and college students and young leaders. ‘So, uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?’ he joked at the start of the event, held at the University of Chicago. The panel discussion was Obama’s first formal public appearance since leaving office in January. It was also a homecoming, as Obama began his political career in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the university for 12 years. He is building his presidential library just south of the campus, in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, with the involvement of the university and community organizations.” [HuffPost] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a baby elephant frolicking on the beach. STUPID RESTAURANT HAS STUPID NAME - It’s a real shame that the cultural mecca of Friendship Heights — the Paris of neighborhoods that abut AU Park — is taking such a hit. Dan Steinberg: “From the moment Tony Kornheiser announced in January that his high-powered group of friends would buy classic Friendship Heights restaurant Chad’s, it was clear that the name would eventually be changed…. Kornheiser announced on his podcast last week that the former Chad’s (formerly Chadwick’s) has been renamed Chatter, effective immediately. The name is both a reference to the restaurant’s new podcasting studio — which he said should be open by May 1 — and to a famous quote about newspapers…. As it turns out, though, I work at a newspaper, and I had never heard of this precise line. So I Googled it to try to source the origins correctly, and I was unable to find the reference. Then I put the beginning of that phrase — ‘Cut the chatter, sweetheart’ — into Nexis. I found six references. All six were Washington Post columns by Tony Kornheiser.” [WaPo] COMFORT FOOD - We can’t stop reading the Flat Earth Society’s FAQ page. - Bowling a perfect game in 90 seconds. - Don’t mess with the Utah Jazz’s mascot. TWITTERAMA @AdamSerwer: What if Mark Halperin was replaced by a bowtied dog named Bark Halperin @alanalevinson: Folks, can we all settle on one platform for posting our video “stories”? I am exhausted by watching your brunch boomerang three times @pourmecoffee: @realDonaldTrump Maybe the Saturday rally will fill the hundred-day-hole in your heart. Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

24 апреля, 12:06

Republicans sound alarm on Trump's troubles ahead of 2018

Donors, leaders and potential candidates begin to worry about an election that will be a referendum on the president’s performance.

20 апреля, 11:48

Венесуэльская PDVSA спонсировала инаугурацию Трампа через американскую Citgo

Венесуэльская нефтяная госкорпорация Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) пожертвовала $500 тыс. на инаугурацию президента США Дональда Трампа через аффилированную американскую компанию Citgo Petroleum, пишет The Guardian.

20 апреля, 00:43

250 Donors Shelled Out $100k Or More For Trump’s Inauguration, Providing 91 Percent Of Funds

by Ashley Balcerzak What does it take to stage a welcome-to-the-neighborhood blowout? President Trump raised $107 million for his inaugural festivities, shattering previous records. The former titleholder, Barack Obama, raised half that, $53.2 million, in 2009 — though Obama imposed far stricter limits on amounts and sources of donations. At least 47 people or organizations gave $1 million or more to the Trump welcome wagon, and more than 250 gave $100,000 and above; those 250 provided 91 percent of the inaugural committee’s funds. Obama had 82 six-figure donors in 2013, and four that hit $1 million.To see all donors who gave more than $100,000 for this year and past inaugurations, view the data here.Small donors didn’t play much of a role in funding the party: Trump collected just $653,602 from people giving $200 or less. By contrast, in 2013 Obama collected nearly $4.6 million in such contributions.Seven-digit donors could get especially interesting perks this time around: Those giving at least $1 million could nab tickets to a “leadership luncheon” also attended by Cabinet appointees and congressional leadership, as well as a dinner with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, and tickets to a “ladies luncheon,” where donors could meet “the ladies of the first families.” So who anted up for the schmoozefest with the new gang at the top? Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson was most generous, giving $5 million to the inaugural committee – perhaps to atone for the paltry $5,400 he gave Trump’s effort during the campaign. Other familiar megadonors included hedge fund managers Steven Cohen, Paul Singer and Robert Mercer. Cohen and Singer gave not a cent to the Trump campaign or his supporting super PACs.  Mercer was another story: He invested more than $15.5 million in super PACs backing Trump. He and his daughter, Rebekah, had major influence behind the scenes during the campaign and continued to be big players in the early days of his administration. Five of the million-dollar donors are NFL owners: Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots (through Kraft Group LLC), Bob McNair of the Houston Texans, Dan Snyder of the Washington Redskins, Stan Kroenke of the Los Angeles Rams (and also of Arsenal, the Premier League soccer team) and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Of those, Kraft, Kroenke and Khan hadn’t previously sent any money Trump’s way, while Snyder gave a mere $534. McNair, however, was all in, giving more than $2 million to the campaign and super PACs. Former Iranian ambassador to the U.S. Hushang Ansary (now a U.S. citizen) gave $1 million, and his wife, Shahla, did the same, doubling the family contribution. They, too, had neglected Trump before their inaugural donations. Corporate donors who gave $1 million included AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Dow Jones and Qualcomm. American Action Network, a dark money political nonprofit that’s linked to the main super PAC supporting House Republicans, also shelled out $1 million. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s alma mater, Exxon Mobil, gave $500,000 (he was CEO before being tapped for the Cabinet). A few companies gave in-kind contributions, such as Wynn Resorts, which funded the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, where country starts like Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood performed at the Lincoln Memorial; it was valued at $729,000. General Motors provided $500,000 worth of vehicles, while Coca Cola ($300,000) and Pepsi ($7,000 out of $257,000 given) donated food and beverages. Other highlights: Republican megadonors Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein gave a combined $500,000 (Uihlein earlier gave $108,000 to Trump’s campaign and super PACs). Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren forked over $250,000, having given just $3,000 to the campaign effort; but Warren received a major gift shortly after Trump took office, when the president reversed Obama and gave the go-ahead for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project of Warren’s company. Billionaire investor Peter Thiel, a climate change skeptic, and Carla Sands, a chiropractor who now heads her late husband’s investment firm, each gave $100,000. Sands’ earlier giving was limited to just $5,400, while Thiel gave more than $1 million to pro-Trump efforts pre-election. Still, both made their way into Trump’s administration: Sands as a controversial economic advisor and Thiel as a controversial advisor whose portfolio is indeterminate. Private prison companies GEO Corrections Holdings Inc. and CCA of Tennessee (Corrections Corp of America, now rebranded as CoreCivic) each gave $250,000 to the cause; GEO also gave $225,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC before the election. Both companies stand to benefit from Trump’s immigration plans., and in February the Justice Department rescinded an Obama-era order to end the use of private prison contracts by the Bureau of Prisons. LLC Donations to Trump’s Inauguration The identities of some donors are a little less clear, shrouded behind innocuous-sounding LLC names (the letters stand for “limited liability corporation”). Often, though, the people behind them are familiar, if sometimes unexpected: HFNWA LLC ($1 million) is linked to Democratic megadonor and real estate mogul Franklin Haney. Haney’s family donated $109,000 in 2016, all to Democrats. He and his wife each gave $33,400 to the DNC, while his family gave $12,800 to Hillary Clinton and $32 to Bernie Sanders. Papa Doug Trust ($1 million) is tied to Doug Manchester, chairman of Manchester Financial Group. “Papa Doug” didn’t back Trump in 2016, though he spent more than $16,000 supporting Trump’s GOP rivals Carly Fiorina and Scott Walker. Gordon Sondland, the chairman of Provenance Hotels and a big supporter of the extended Bush family (including former President George W.), gave $1 million to the inaugural committee through four LLCs: BV-2 LLC, Dunson Cornerstone LLC, Buena Vista Investments LLC and Dunson Investments LLC. Sondland gave $2,700 to the early favorite to capture the GOP nomination, Jeb Bush, and $22,000 to Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise, last cycle, but none to Trump. Reasons for donating through an LLC vary, but in some cases individuals are attempting to keep a low profile. That may have been the case with Palmer Luckey, the designer of virtual reality device Oculus Rift. He owns Fiendlord’s Keep LLC, which in turn owns Wings of Time LLC, which gave $100,000 to the inaugural committee. While he didn’t give to the usual pro-Trump efforts pre-election, news outlets have reported he donated $10,000 to Nimble America, a pro-Trump nonprofit that posted memes blasting other candidates. In response, virtual reality developers pulled support for Oculus, with some issuing statements condemning Luckey’s actions. Louisiana brothers Shane and Chad Guidry are behind HGIM LLC Corporate and HGF DB Fund LLC, which each provided $250,000 to the committee. Shane is the head of Harvey Gulf International Marine, which serves offshore oil and gas companies — and, in an unusual arrangement, is also special assistant to state Attorney General Jeff Landry, making $12,000 a year for efforts that include overseeing the criminal investigations unit’s operations. Meanwhile, last year, federal agents were reported to be investigating whether kickbacks were paid by Guidry’s company in an offshore catering deal, according to local press reports; Guidry has not been accused of wrongdoing in the matter. (Guidry’s father, Robert, however, was convicted of paying bribes to former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his family for a riverboat casino license; Robert later testified against Edwards and avoided prison time. Robert, Shane and Chad were all charged with battery in a 2001 brawl involving a rival for the casino license; Shane is now estranged from his father.)In 2016, Chad gave $1,000 and Shane $3,000 to Trump’s campaign. Jeb Bush was their favored candidate, though, receiving $5,400 directly from the Guidrys and another $22,000 in help through Right to Rise. Other entities in this category are less mysterious: The Witkoff Group, LLC, which gave $300,000, is owned by Steven Witkoff, a New York City real estate investor and old friend of Trump’s, though he gave only $5,400 to Trump’s electoral effort. Skybridge Capital, LLC was founded by Anthony Scaramucci; it donated $100,000 the day after he stepped down as partner. A week earlier, Trump announced he would appoint Scaramucci to the director of the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, though he eventually appointed George Sifakis instead: Scaramucci had recently sold SkyBridge Capital to HNA Group, a Chinese conglomerate that reportedly has strong ties to China’s ruling Communist Party, and clearing him of potential ethics conflicts would have taken months. Scaramucci and his wife, Deidre, gave Trump’s campaign $5,400, while pro-Trump super PAC Rebuilding America Now received $100,000 from them. They also gave $5,400 each to Bush and  Walker. Pilot Travel Centers LLC’s gift of $300,000 to the committee brings the Haslam family total to at least $500,000; besides the LLC donation, James and Susan Haslam each gave $100,000. James doled out $620,000 to various candidates, party committees and outside spending groups in 2016, without a penny going to help Trump.  His father, also James, donated $888,000 in the cycle, but just $5,400 made it to Trump. The couples gave almost $100,000 to boost Bush, though, and $14,000 to help another Republican presidential candidate, Marco Rubio. At least two members of Congress also pitched in: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) with $300 and Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) with $1,300. For context on Trump’s big donor appeal, the current president’s report is only 500 pages, compared to Obama’s in 2009 that came to more than 7,000 pages for donations totaling half Trump’s haul. That year, Obama set limits on who could donate, capping contributions from individuals at $50,000 (still ten times the limit they could give during the election) and banning donations from corporations, PACs, unions and lobbyists. Four years later, the president allowed corporate contributions and took away the limit for individuals, though he raised only about $43.8 million. For more on Obama’s donors, see here for 2009 and here for 2013. Given that Trump’s inaugural festivities were relatively toned-down even though his fundraising was so successful, it’s likely that there is money left in the pot. Consider that in 2009, Obama’s $53 million was enough to cover a far busier schedule of events — 10 official balls compared to Trump’s three, for example. However, the committee is not required to report how it spent the money, how much remains or how the overage is disposed of. The committee has said it would donate the excess funds to charity, but that it has not yet chosen the lucky recipients.“The 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee will begin the winding down process of the organization,” according to a statement from the committee. “As part of this process, PIC will identify and evaluate charities that will receive contributions left from the excess monies raised. This information will be released at a later date when the organization’s books are fully closed.” Researchers Alex Baumgart, Robert Maguire and Ben Berliner, along with reporting intern Niv Sultan, contributed to this post.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 апреля, 00:01

Oh No, Mr. Bill!

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! Financial entanglements forced Todd Ricketts to withdraw his nomination to be deputy commerce secretary — proving your bookkeeping can be too murky even for the Trump administration. Evan McMullin is vying to raise his national profile — oh, he’s also mulling a run for Congress. And Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News. Somewhere, Jeff Zucker just asked someone to hold his beer. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, April 19th, 2017: NIL O’REILLY - Thank goodness for Ivanka and Jared’s moderating influence over Rupert Murdoch. Lydia O’Connor and Michael Calderone: “Bill O’Reilly will no longer be employed at Fox News, the network’s parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement Wednesday. The decision comes after allegations of him sexually harassing female colleagues prompted protests outside network headquarters and a mass exodus from advertisers…. Fox News host Tucker Carlson will take over O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. time slot next Monday, Fox confirmed…. Following a bombshell New York Times report earlier this month indicating O’Reilly and Fox News have paid around $13 million in settlements to address complaints brought by five of his former female colleagues, advertisers began fleeing the show. Within days, more than 50 companies announced they would no longer air spots during the show.” [HuffPost] How did O’Reilly stay on board for so long? “Even beyond these incidents, O’Reilly often made clear his contempt for women. On his radio show in August 2006, he commented on the rape and murder of a young woman, suggesting that she shared some of the blame because of her intoxicated state and what she was wearing…. I wrote about O’Reilly’s comments in 2009 when I worked for the site ThinkProgress, tied to the news that he was slated to speak at a fundraiser to benefit rape survivors. In return, O’Reilly sent his producer, Jesse Watters, to track me down and ambush me while I was on vacation in another state a few weeks later.” [HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel] In the middle of all this, O’Reilly met the pope on Thursday. CHAFFETZ RETIRING FROM CONGRESS - The Utah congressman is looking forward to spending more time with his wife a corkboard in his basement covered with magazine cutouts of Hillary Clinton connected by thumbtacks and red string. Paige Lavender and Matt Fuller: “Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the controversial chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said on Wednesday he will not run for re-election, after BuzzFeed reported that he would retire at the end of this term…. Chaffetz noted he would ‘not be a candidate for any office in 2018,’ leaving open the possibility he may run for governor in 2020…. His decision sets off an immediate gavel fight to take over the top spot on the oversight committee…. Among some of the leading contenders for the spot are former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.), and the man Chaffetz beat out for the gavel in late 2014: Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio).” [HuffPost] But will David French get into the race? “[F]ormer independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin spoke with advisers to evaluate his options in the state with a victory suddenly seeming more likely than before…. [A] source close to McMullin told Independent Journal Review that McMullin is ‘considering running in 2018’ but still hasn’t made a decision on how he will proceed.” [IJR] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill RICKETTS WITHDRAWS NOMINATION - Lynn Sweet: “Unable to untangle his complex financial holdings to the satisfaction of the Office of Government Ethics, Cubs board member Todd Ricketts, tapped by President Donald Trump to be the Deputy Commerce Secretary, on Wednesday withdrew his nomination, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Ricketts, a Wilmette resident who is a member of the billionaire Ricketts clan, was willing to divest his considerable personal portfolio of holdings, but that was apparently not enough. Some of the Ricketts investments are in family enterprises, including the Cubs…. Ricketts has varied business interests, from his ‘Higher Gear’ bike store in Wilmette to his position on the TD Ameritrade board. The Ricketts family are large shareholders of the company Joe Ricketts founded in 1975. Ricketts and his three siblings are on the Cubs board, legally known as Chicago Baseball Holdings LLC.” [Chicago Sun-Times] TRUMP-CURIEL SHOWDOWN, PT. 2 - Alan Gomez: “President Trump will confront a familiar figure in the lawsuit over a DREAMer who was deported by federal immigration agents: U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. He’s the judge who oversaw a lawsuit involving Trump University who Trump accused of being biased because of his ‘Mexican heritage.’ Curiel, who was born in Indiana, approved a $25 million settlement between Trump and students who claimed they overpaid for real estate seminars…. Now, Curiel has been assigned to handle a lawsuit brought on behalf of Juan Manuel Montes, 23, a California resident who was deported in February despite being approved for the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protective status for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.” [USA Today] ADELSON DUMPED A LOT OF MONEY ON TRUMP’S INAUGURATION - Condolences to the online gambling industry. Rosalind S. Helderman and John Wagner: “Casino magnate and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson donated $5 million to President Trump’s inaugural festivities, as corporate interests and lobbyists lifted the inaugural committee’s fundraising to record levels. In all, more than 45 individuals and companies donated at least $1 million each to the effort as Trump broke with the practice of most recent inaugural committees and placed no limits on corporate or individual donors. Major donors included Robert Mercer, the hedge fund manager who has been one of Trump’s biggest donors, Dow Chemical, and Phillip Ruffin, a longtime Trump friend and business partner. Several owners of National Football League teams gave $1 million, including Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, Los Angeles Rams owner Stanley Kroenke, Houston Texans owner Robert McNair and a Trump friend who owns the New England Patriots, Robert K. Kraft, whose team is visiting the White House on Wednesday.” [WaPo] FUTURE FAILED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ANDREW CUOMO MADE A LOT OF MONEY OFF OF A BAD BOOK - Tom Precious: “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo...has made $783,000 from HarperCollins for his book. The book sold 3,200 copies since it was published in the fall of 2014, according to tracking company NPD BookScan. That works out to royalty payments to Cuomo of $245 per book…. In his 2016 tax filings made public Monday, the book royalty income was listed at $218,100…. Cuomo’s government spokesman declined to say how many copies of the book have been sold. ‘This payment was contractual and per the agreement with the publisher,’’ Richard Azzopardi, a Cuomo spokesman, said of the book income in 2015.” [Buffalo News] WONDER HOW THIS WILL GO - Congratulations to Exxon Mobil on its resumed joint venture.  Jay Solomon and Bradley Olson: “Exxon Mobil Corp has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter. Exxon has been seeking U.S. permission to drill with Rosneft in several areas banned by sanctions and applied in recent months for a waiver to proceed in the Black Sea, according to these people…. Congress has also launched an investigation into whether there were ties between aides to Donald Trump and Russia’s government during the presidential campaign and the political transition.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is Exxon’s former chief executive officer and in that role forged a close working relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with Rosneft, a company that is critical to Russia’s oil-reliant economy.” [WSJ] ANOTHER BUSH VYING TO SCREW UP ANOTHER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM - Guess they’ll be able to bond over the fact that they both dated Mariah Carey. Douglas Hanks: “Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter have joined forces in their bid to buy the Miami Marlins, according to sources familiar with the talks. The former Florida governor and retired New York Yankees star once were rivals for the Major League Baseball franchise but now have teamed up to try and buy the team, the sources said. They are competing against a New York financier named Wayne Rothbaum, manager of Quogue Capital, a source close to the situation said. It is not known if other would-be suitors of the Marlins remain in the hunt.” [Miami Herald] OH MY! Patricia Mazzei: “Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles dropped the n-word to a pair of African-American colleagues in private conversation Monday night — after calling one of them a ‘fucking asshole,’ a ‘bitch’ and a ‘girl,’ the two senators said. Over drinks after 10 p.m. at the members-only Governors Club just steps from the state Capitol, Artiles told Sens. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale that Senate President Joe Negron of Stuart had risen to his powerful GOP leadership role because ‘six niggers’ in the Republican caucus had elected him…. It’s unclear whom Artiles was referring to, since the only black senators in the state Senate are all Democrats.” [Miami Herald] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a beagle playing the piano. FLORIDA TO BE SLIGHTLY LESS TERRIBLE FOR A BIT - New Jersey, however… well, you can’t make zero any more devoid of value than it already is. Darren Samuelsohn and Ken Vogel: “[O]nce his exclusive seaside retreat at Mar-a-Lago closes for the season, Trump is expected to shift his weekend plans north, to his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey — and bring with him all the chaos that comes with being a preferred presidential destination. ‘We’re kind of apprehensive, I guess you could say,’ said Nick Strakhov, a retired telecommunications professional and longtime resident who serves on the Bedminster land use board. ‘It’s nice to be recognized. But on the other hand, if it gets to be tedious, we might start to complain.’ Street closures and traffic jams were a big problem last fall across the region when the then-president-elect traveled to Bedminster by motorcade from Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan for a weekend’s worth of interviews with potential Cabinet nominees.” [Politico] COMFORT FOOD - “The Simpsons” turns 30 years old. Here are the first “Simpsons” shorts from the “Tracey Ullman Show.” - Gibbons aren’t happy about a rat in their enclosure. - Recounting a date with the former general manager of the Times Square Olive Garden. TWITTERAMA Bill O'ReillyAlex JonesRudy GiulianiTomi LahrenChris ChristiePeople who are having a waaaaaay different 2017 than they expected.— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) April 19, 2017 I Was Ambushed By Bill O’Reilly. But I Still Have A Job And He Doesn’t. AMA.— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) April 19, 2017 Updated Fox News lineup8 PM Pepe Frog and Friends9 PM The Comments Section10 PM Email From My Dad With the Subject "RE: Re: re: FWD:"— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 19, 2017 Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 апреля, 23:14

Companies That Made Big Donations To Trump Inauguration Are Benefiting From Presidency

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The aerospace defense contractor is an ardent supporter of the Export-Import Bank, a government-backed lender that conservatives have targeted for elimination. Trump was skeptical of the bank during his presidential campaign, but did an about-face on April 12 when he announced plans to reinvigorate it. His decision came one day after an in-person meeting with Boeing CEO Jim McNerney. GEO Group, the nation’s second-largest private prison company, donated $250,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee. It had previously donated $225,000 to super PACs supporting his presidential campaign. Corrections Corporation of America in Tennessee, another private prison company, also gave $250,000 to the inaugural committee. Private prison companies have benefited significantly from Trump’s policies, perhaps more than any other private-sector industry. Under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice ended the Obama administration’s policy of phasing out the use of private prisons for federal incarceration.  The first few weeks of Trump’s administration have also been very good for mining, oil and chemical companies ― many of which were big supporters of his inauguration. Dow Chemical gave $1 million; Exxon Mobil Corp. gave $500,000; Chevron gave $525,000; Citgo and BP Corporation each gave $500,000. Coal company owners Joseph Craft and Christopher Cline each gave an additional $1 million, as did chemical and mining company head Clifford Forrest. Trump has picked oil, gas and chemical industry-friendly people to work in the Environmental Protection Agency. He nominated Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, and Nancy Beck, a former director at a chemical industry lobbyist group, is running the agency’s chemicals oversight office. Makan Delrahim, Trump’s choice to head the DOJ’s antitrust office, is a lawyer and lobbyist who has helped companies navigate the merger process. This selection may have been helpful for some major donors. Dow is currently in the middle of merger negotiations with the government over its attempt to join with rival DuPont.  And health insurer Anthem, which made a $1 million donation to Trump’s inaugural committee, was pursuing a merger with Cigna until a federal judge blocked the move in February. Other corporate giants that chipped in to help fund Trump’s lavish receptions, balls and inaugural parade include AT&T ($2 million), Bank of America ($1 million), Pfizer ($1 million), Qualcomm ($1 million), Reynolds American ($1 million), Fidelity ($750,000), Quicken Loans ($750,000), Florida Crystals Corp. ($500,000), Microsoft ($500,000), Altria ($500,000), Intel ($500,000), Amgen ($500,000) and General Motors ($498,650). Owners of NFL teams also gave big to Trump’s inauguration. The owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Houston Texans each gave $1 million. Trump has repeatedly injected himself into controversies surrounding football. He attacked NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for protesting against police abusing African-Americans, and suggested that football had gone “soft” when it changed rules to address increasing evidence that the sport can cause severe neurological problems. Billionaire casino oligarch Sheldon Adelson was the largest donor, giving $5 million. Trump assailed Adelson’s influence over other candidates during the Republican Party primary, but the 83-year-old eventually wound up being the single largest donor to Trump’s general election campaign. The intensely pro-Israel Adelson has praised Trump’s policies on the country and has said that he will be “the best president for Israel ever.” One corporation stands out among those that donated to the president’s inauguration. Google gave $285,000, but just weeks later spoke out against Trump’s travel ban targeting people from Muslim-majority countries and joined a legal brief against it. The company also created a $4 million fund to be distributed among the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and the United Nations’ refugee agency. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 апреля, 21:11

More Than 25 Billionaires Poured Millions Into Trump's Inaugural Committee

The biggest donation came from casino titan Sheldon Adelson, who gave $5 million -- reportedly the most anyone has ever contributed to an inaugural committee.

19 апреля, 19:03

Sheldon Adelson, corporate interests boost Trump inaugural fundraising to record levels

The casino magnate gave $5 million, and dozens of other corporations and individuals gave more than $1 million each.

17 марта 2015, 17:30

Американский олигарх против мира в Палестине.

Шелдон Адельсон (Sheldon Adelson) – богатый спонсор Израиля и Биньямина Нетаньяху.О последнем выступлении израильского премьер-министра Биньямина Нетаньяху в Конгрессе США мы должны знать только одно – присутствие на галерее посетителей одного мужчины - Шелдона Адельсона.Он - магнат азартных игр и крёстный отец правых республиканцев. Кандидаты в президенты от обеих партий выстраиваются в очередь, чтобы поцеловать его руку. Кланяясь и расшаркиваясь, они вымаливают его благословение в виде подписанных им чеков. Беспартийный Центр за ответственную политику (Center for Responsive Politics) и Центр за общественную интеграцию (Center for Public Integrity) утверждают, что во время выборов 2012 года Адельсон и его жена Мириам (чей кошелёк прославился недавно, свалившись с галереи на голову демократического конгрессмена) заплатили 150 млн. долларов республиканцам и их сторонникам, в том числе 93 млн. долларов лояльному к плутократам super PAC Карла Роува (Karl Rove) American Crossroads, Congressional Leadership Fund, Republican Jewish Coalition Victory Fund, Winning Our Future (super PAC поддержки Ньюта Гингрича (Newt Gingrich)) и Restore Our Future (super PAC поддержки Митта Ромни (Mitt Romney)).И всё же, мы не знаем обо всех «тёмных деньгах», вложенных Адельсонами в политику, так как мы не имеем на это права. Как и дорогие квартиры в Нью-Йорке, купленные олигархами, которые прячутся за ширмами легальных организаций, тёмные деньги позволяют нашим политикам смыть отпечатки пальцев с подписанных чеков спонсоров-миллиардеров.Но Шелдон Адельсон не просто так сидел в галерее Палаты Представителей – он дёргал за ниточки, которыми управляет Соединёнными штатами. Шелдон Адельсон – богатый спонсор Израиля и своего идеологического партнёра Биньямина Нетаньяху. Хотя законы о финансовом реформировании предвыборных кампаний в Израиле строже, чем в США, Адельсон смог и их купить, что историк и журналист Гершом Горенберг (Gershom Gorenberg) назвал «однозначно пагубным» влиянием.Адельсон владеет ежедневными газетами Israel Hayom и Makor Roshon (религиозной право-сионистской направленности), а также новостным веб-сайтом NRG. Газета Israel Hayom раздаётся бесплатно для распространения его жёсткой точки зрения. На следующий день после переизбрания Обамы, на первой полосе этой газеты появился заголовок: «США проголосовали за социализм».Ещё важнее то, что он использует свои газеты для постоянной пропаганды Нетаньяху и его ультраправой Likud Party, под властью которой Израиль всё ближе и ближе приближается к теократии. Как считает экономист Моми Дахан (Momi Dahan) из Еврейского университета, «де-факто, само существование таких газет как Israel Hayom – однозначное нарушение закона, так как Адельсон предоставляет своему кандидату практически неограниченные информационные ресурсы».Шелдон поддерживает тесные отношения с Рупертом.На самом деле, приближаясь к израильским выборам 17 марта, Адельсон увеличил тираж Israel Hayom на 70%. Администрация газеты пишет, что увеличение коснулось, в основном, рекламы, но газета Ha’aretz считает по-другому: «Некоторые политики убеждены, что дополнительный тираж – один из пунктов бизнес плана, направленного на переизбрание Нетаньяху». И выступление Нетаньяху перед Конгрессом США накануне выборов – просто совпадение, не так ли? «Я искренне сожалею, что некоторые чувствуют, что моё присутствие здесь носит политической характер», - сказал Нетаньяху конгрессменам. – «Этого никогда не было в моих планах». Ну конечно.Гершом Горенберг считает, что премьер-министр «наслаждается выгодой наличия в его лагере ведущей газеты, которая изображает мир с точки зрения его правительства – мир, в котором Израиль окружён врагами (включая президента США); мир, в котором цель мирных переговоров – разрушение Израиля; мир, в котором левые израильтяне действуют в сотрудничестве с врагами, и даже те правые, которые выступают против Нетаньяху, готовят переворот, используя выборы».Таким образом, Нетаньяху пользуется плодами деятельности Адельсона - его мощной пропагандистской машиной в Израиле и его кампанией по сбору денег в США. В совокупности, эти машины позволяют Нетаньяху узурпировать американскую внешнюю политику, так как он управляет Конгрессом США, который сделали услужливым миллионы долларов Адельсона, придерживающегося правой точки зрения по Израилю и Ближнему Востоку.Итак, вот что мы имеем. Этот казиношный магнат – не только неофициальный вождь республиканской партии США («он и его золотые правила»), но и некоронованный король Израиля – Давид с печатным станком и чековой книжкой, вместо рогатки и камня. Всё это всплыло во время выступления Нетаньяху. США не могут определять своё будущее, так как американская политика на Ближнем Востоке и большинство в Конгрессе находятся под каблуком у другой страны.Подобно королю Мидасу, Шелдон Адельсон определяет вопросы войны и мира в самом нестабильном регионе мира. Именно этот человек, выступая в 2013 году в еврейском университете Иешуа в Нью-Йорке, осудил президента Обаму за дипломатические переговоры с Ираном, и предложил сбросить на иранцев атомную бомбу, превратив их землю в пустыню. «Поймите! Следующим должен быть Тегеран. То есть, мы говорим о бизнесе. Вы хотите быть уничтоженными? Идите вперёд, займите жёсткую позицию и продолжайте использовать своё ядерное оружие».О последнем выступлении израильского премьер-министра Биньямина Нетаньяху в Конгрессе США мы должны знать только одно – присутствие на галерее посетителей одного мужчины. Мы все – его заложники.Авторы - Билл Мойерс (Bill Moyers) и Майкл Уиншип (Michael Winship).Билл Мойерс – ведущий еженедельной общественной телевизионной передачи Moyers & Company. Мойерс получил 35 премий Эмми, 9 премий Пибоди, премию за достижения в течение жизни Национальной академии телевидения. Он является почётным доктором изящных искусств Американского института кино за 40 лет журналистской работы на радио.Майкл Уиншип – ведущий автор Moyers & Company и президент Гильдии сценаристов восточной Америки.Источник: How an American Billionaire Stands in the Way of Mideast Peace, Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, AlterNet, March 6, 2015.____________ ____________

27 августа 2014, 12:50

Шелдон Адельсон: Король неоконов

От редакции: Неоконсерваторы – один из самых живучих образов американской политики в российском коллективном бессознательном, начиная с прихода нового тысячелетия. В годы первого срока Владимира Путина с ними пытались дружить, а в стране создавать нечто похожее. При Джордже Буше-младшем неоконсерваторы «были на коне», поставляя кадры для Белого дома и администрации, зачинали войны в Афганистане и Ираке. Фиаско в последнем военном предприятии заставило их покинуть государственную службу, а всеобщее на тот момент времени презрение – расколоться на группы, которые зачастую враждовали друг с другом. Не раз и не два неоконсерватизм объявляли «закончившемся», казалось, с полным на то основанием и по объективным причинам. Но нет – перебегая от республиканцев к демократам, меняя «места дислокации» с заслуживающим уважение мастерством, сеть неоконов, даже в расколотом на фракции состоянии, является крупнейшим игроком при формировании американской внешней политики. И сегодня мы предлагаем читателям Terra America возможность познакомиться с человеком, долгие годы стоящим за неоконами, их главным споносором и покровителем, одним из самых влиятельных «торговцев властью» в США – Шелдоном Адельсоном, в очерке Константина Черемных.                  *** Сенатор Джон Маккейн как-то раз сравнил Барака Обаму с солдатом, ушедшим в самоволку. И вот почему. 17 июля, когда упал малазийский «Боинг», Обама отправился не в Пентагон, а на партийное рекламное мероприятие в штат Делавэр, а оттуда в Нью-Йорк – на аналогичное собрание. Узнав об истории с самолетом от Владимира Путина (крушение случилось во время беседы), Обама стал бить тревогу, задумался – будто ждал, не случится ли что-нибудь еще. Намекал же накануне Дик Чейни на «новое 11 сентября». Только по пути из Делавэра в Нью-Йорк Обама отзвонился Порошенко и Наджибу Раззаку из самолета, причем борт N1 под предлогом звонков изменил маршрут. Зигзагами, будто путая следы, Обама прибыл в Нью-Йорк, где первым делом отыскал Байдена и обсудил с ним одновременно а) крушение «Боинга» и б) начало наземной операции в секторе Газа. И только после этого позвонил премьеру Нидерландов.   Был ли резон для Обамы (и редакции New York Times заодно) связывать «Боинг» и Газу в один сюжет? Да. Рухнувший «Боинг» очень технично вытеснил военные приключения  Биньямина Нетаньяху в Газе из числа самых горячих новостей.  Заодно поведав миру, что «главный злодей нашего времени – это Путин». Еще две недели, усилиями Валентина Наливайченко и украинской диаспоры, Украина отвлекала мир также от иракского и ливийского сюжетов. Головорезы из ИГИЛ, между тем, заслуживали более пристального внимания, чем шумного, которое они в итоге получили. Хотя о предводителе ИГИЛ, Абу Бакре аль-Багдади, можно было узнать не только как о «чудовищном экстремисте». Колумнист La Stampa Джордано Стабиле писал: «В 2009 году, по завершении "умиротворения", аль-Багдади был отпущен на свободу. Согласно одной из версий, имела место его встреча с генералом Дэвидом Петреусом. Генерал объяснял ему секреты "длительных" военных побед»... Или вот еще один любопытный сюжет тех дней, оставшийся в тени. О признании Иракского Курдистана независимым хлопочет только одно лицо – все тот же премьер-министр Израиля Биньямин Нетаньяху. Израиль принял танкер с курдистанской нефтью. СМИ Израиля уже обосновали курдскую независимость исторически и идеологически. И очень популярно разъяснили, что курды полезны «не только ради нефти», но и ради создания «неприятностей» Ирану. К удобному для той же цели ИГИЛ сторонники Ликуд тоже оказались на тот момент времени поразительно толерантны: в Алжире, как сообщает Algérie360, израильтяне, например, оказывают медпомошь боевикам ИГИЛ. Уже бывший премьер-министр Ирака Нури аль-Малики считает, что провинцию Киркук курды столь легко взяли под контроль, поскольку договорились с ИГИЛ. Курды этого сговора и не отрицают и посмеиваются над аналитиками, которые их пугают «ежом» халифата. Малики должен хорошо помнить, как еще в 2007 году по американским СМИ прокатилась серия статей, где предлагалось его убрать его заменить его Ийядом Аллави. Пиар-контракт был заказан фирме Barbour, Griffith and Rogers (ныне BGR Holdings LLC). Эта же фирма по контракту с Курдской демократической партией еще в июле 2004 года пиарила присоединения Киркука к Иракскому Курдистану. Вице-президент BGR Holdings Брэд Блейкман в 2008 году возглавил Freedom’s Watch – знаменитое агитационное НПО, бомбардировавшее редакции и конгрессменов призывами продолжить войну в Ираке. Финансировал же Freedom’s Watch истинный герой «американского Закулисья» – Шелдон Адельсон. Человек, который является неучтенной в публичном пространстве значимой фигурой всего этого глобального конфликта. И не замечать ее попросту опасно. Шелдон Адельсон. Главный спонсор Биньямина Нетаньяху и блока Ликуд, а в 2012 году – избирательной кампании Ньюта Гингрича в США, организатор первого мероприятия в поддержку Джеба Буша (23 марта 2014). Адельсон полной рукой «одаривал» американских неоконсерваторов десятилетиями и содержал их СМИ – самый состоятельный американский еврей и самый щедрый в истории США политический донор. Из «щекотливого» в биографии: его старший сын умер от передозировки наркотиков, младший сын и супруга лечились от наркотической зависимости. Сам он в суде признался, что «сидит на метадоне». Адельсон никогда не занимался нефтью. Его отрасль – игорный бизнес, который больше связан с другими рынками. Игорно-отельные мощности Адельсона расположены в Лас-Вегасе, на Аомыне (Макао) и в Сингапуре. Бакшиш на Аомыне (Venetian Macao – шестое по величине здание в мире) платится, естественно, местным китайским чиновникам. Адельсон требовал сатисфакции от Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, заявившего, что «республиканцы пополняют свою кассу деньгами китайских проституток». К делу такое заявление не пришьешь. Как и неоднократно мелькавшие в прессе ссылки на анонимных представителей полиции, уверенных что «кто-то из бонз мирового игорного бизнеса» является крупнейшим работорговцем планеты. Зато предназначение крупных центров развлечений и досуга в оффшорных автономиях Азии известно любому интересующемуся. А способы «поставок» в такие центры – вопрос уже не шуточный.   О цели войны в Газе сказал сам господин Нетаньяху. «Мы боремся с туннелями», - сказал он. «Через них (через Филадельфийский коридор – границу Египта с Газой) чего только не тащат – средства связи, наручники, наркотики…». «Рынок наручников» – на совести Нетаньяху. Но вот на рынках наркотиков и «живого товара» (специализация курдских теневиков в Европе) избыток туннелей – это демпинг. Спор между Израилем, ФАТХ и ХАМАС 16 июля состоял в том, кто же «сидит» на этом теневом транзите. «Коварный» ХАМАС предлагал передать весь Филадельфийский коридор под контроль международных сил – как в Косово. А еще ХАМАС предлагал построить в Газе порт и аэропорт. При таком раскладе сама Газа стала бы в потенциале новым Аомынем или Эйлатом. И кто бы тогда срывал куш? Шимон Перес уже назвал главного врага (заодно и главного лоббиста проекта) – это Катар. И разве не с «катарскими» ИГИЛ воюют в Ливии за аэропорт и за контейнерный (а не нефтяной) порт Мисурата? Затем наступает злосчастное 17 июля, и агентство Bloomberg разоблачает Джеба Буша в тайном оффшорном бизнесе в Гонконге и Хайнане. После чего губернатор Хайнаня был уволен, а шансы Джеба (спонсируемого Адельсоном) попасть на президентские выборы 2016 года стали таять. А 26 июля в Париже госсекретарь США Джон Керри поддержал идею порта и аэропорта в Газе – в присутствии главы МИД Катара. После чего адельсоновская «Исраэль ха-йом» изобличила Керри в «предательстве Израиля»… Генерал Гарольд Грин, раньше времени решивший обсуждать в Кабуле щекотливейший вопрос транзита через Мазари-Шариф, погиб, так как не понял, что такие вопросы вне его компетенции, и решаются они не во благо «абстрактных интересов» Соединенных Штатов, а по воле и в интересах вполне конкретного человека. И теперь вы его знаете. Черемных Константин