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Southwest Airlines
27 февраля, 20:55

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27 февраля, 20:55

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24 февраля, 17:30

Is Southwest Airlines a Great Stock for Value Investors?

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22 февраля, 00:58

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21 февраля, 22:20

Samsung заменит батарею в Galaxy Note 7 и вернет смартфон в продажу

Крупнейший южнокорейский производитель смартфонов готов вернуть на рынок популярную модель Galaxy Note 7. Ожидается, что сперва мобильные устройства будут перевыпускаться во Вьетнаме или Индии. Кроме замены батареи, мощность которой будет снижена до 3200 миллиампер в час, других изменений модель не претерпит, сообщает ИА RNS. Напомним, ранее Samsung был вынужден изъять Galaxy Note 7 из продажи из-за случаев самопроизвольного воспламенения аккумулятора. Как сообщалось, из-за остановки производства смартфона, Samsung потерял более 19 млрд долларов, в том числе более 2 миллиардов пришлось потратить на компенсационные выплаты клиентам (в среднем 850 долларов каждому пользователю). В начале октября 2016b года Galaxy Note 7 задымился на борту лайнера Southwest Airlines в аэропорту штата Кентукки. Из самолета эвакуировали пассажиров и сотрудников авиакомпании. В результате инцидента никто не пострадал. В связи с инцидентом власти США запретили провоз смартфонов Galaxy Note 7, как в салоне, так и в багаже. Также провоз смартфона запрещен и на воздушных судах в Японии.

21 февраля, 17:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Berkshire Hathaway, SPDR S&P 500 ETF, U.S. Global Jets ETF, Select Sector SPDR Technology ETF and Vanguard Information Technology

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20 февраля, 23:47

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17 февраля, 19:52

Follow Warren Buffett With These ETF Strategies

Invest like Warren Buffett by following these investment strategies.

16 февраля, 15:57

Уоррен Баффет заработал на Apple $1 млрд

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09 февраля, 22:23

США: Трамп обещает авиаперевозчикам "феноменальную" поддержку - economy

Президент США Дональд Трамп в четверг провел встречу с главами американских авиакомпаний и представителями аэропортов, которым пообещал модернизацию и смягчение регулирования отрасли авиационных перевозок. В переговорах приняли участие, в частности, главы авиакомпаний United Airlines, Delta и Southwest Airlines. Дональд Трамп заявил: "Очень скоро мы уменьшим налоговое бремя для всего американского бизнеса, все идет хорошо, мы даже опережаем график. Думаю, что через две-три недели мы сможем с… ЧИТАТЬ ДАЛЕЕ: http://ru.euronews.com/2017/02/09/trump-s-phenomenal-tax-plan-promise-boosts-dollar-and-shares euronews: самый популярный новостной канал в Европе. Подписывайтесь! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=euronewsru euronews доступен на 13 языках: https://www.youtube.com/user/euronewsnetwork/channels На русском: Сайт: http://ru.euronews.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/euronews Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronewsru Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101036888397116664208/100240575545901894719/posts?pageId=101036888397116664208 VKontakte: http://vk.com/ru.euronews

09 февраля, 21:31

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with the Aviation Industry

State Dining Room 9:47 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you for being here.  Nothing like having meetings in the White House.  Good place.  Good place for meetings.  Good place for a lot of things.  People don’t realize I inherited a mess.  A big mess.  I think they know.  I think they understand.   Well, thank you all.  I know so many of you through reading and through business magazines, and you've done an amazing job.  And I want to congratulate you.  I know you're under pressure from a lot of foreign elements and foreign carriers.  I've been hearing that a little bit.  At the same time, we want to make life good for them also.  They come with big investments -- in many cases, those investments are made by their governments.  But they are still big investments. I'm thrilled to welcome the leaders of the airline industry to the White House.  Your industry supports over 10 million well-paying U.S. jobs and creates almost $1 trillion in economic activity, which is really big stuff, really amazing.   Last year, our airlines moved approximately 2 million people each day in our country, which is an incredible number of people.  And they move them well -- despite the bad equipment that the airports give you in many cases, because they can't get approvals, and we had regulatory morass that's a disaster. And I can tell you that a lot of the new equipment that already is obsolete the day they order it -- and that's according to people that know, including my pilot.  I have a pilot who's a real expert, and he said, sir, the equipment they're putting on is just the wrong stuff.  And we'll talk about that.  Because if we're going to modernize our systems, we should be using the right equipment.  And I know Mr. Tilden is nodding.  You know what I mean.  It's one thing to order equipment, but let's order the right equipment.  Probably the wrong equipment costs more.  You can probably buy the right equipment for less money.  So we want to talk about that.  Because my pilot, he's a smart guy, and knows what's going on.  He said the government is using the wrong equipment and instituting a massive, multibillion-dollar project, but they're using the wrong type of equipment.  So let's find out about that. We want the traveling public to have the greatest customer service, with an absolute minimum of delays and with great convenience all at the lowest possible cost.  We want to help you realize these goals, and we will indeed help you realize these goals.  Airports are very important when you travel.  Very important.   As an example, some of you were saying yesterday to me that you go to China, you go to Japan, they have fast trains all over the place.  We don’t have one.  I don’t want to compete with your business -- (laughter) -- but we don’t have one fast train.  And it's the same thing with our airports.  Our airports used to be the best.  Now they're at the bottom of the rung.  We've spent $6 trillion -- think of it -- as of about two months ago, $6 trillion in the Middle East.  We've got nothing.  We've got nothing.  We never even kept just even a little tiny oil well.  Not one little one.  I said, keep the oil.  But we've spent right now $6 trillion in the Middle East.  We have nothing.  And we have an obsolete plane system, we have obsolete airports, we have obsolete trains.  We have bad roads.  We're going to change all of that, folks.  You're going to be so happy with Trump.  I think you already are. So we want to help you realize these goals by rolling back burdensome regulations.  And you people are regulated probably as much as almost anybody, although I can think of a couple of industries that are even worse.  Lowering the overall tax burden on American businesses big league.  That's coming along very well.  Way ahead of schedule, I believe.  And we're going to be announcing something, I would say, over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal in terms of tax, and developing our aviation infrastructure.     Again, I want to thank you all for being here.  So I want this to be a meeting of substance.  I want to be able to do things for you.  The auto industry was in.  They left, they said it was the best meeting they've ever had.  I even took them into the Oval Office.  The head of Ford, the head of General Motors, the head of Fiat, others -- they never saw the Oval Office.  I said, you mean they never took you in?  You see how far away it was from the room?  Ten feet.  It was 10 feet across the hallway, but they never got taken in.  I took them in.   The auto companies are going to be making massive investments in Michigan and Ohio, in Pennsylvania, a lot of the places where jobs have left.  So we’re really happy about that.  They’ve been great.  Ford is going to build -- you know they cancelled a big plant in a certain place, I won’t say where -- a $2 billion plant, and they’re building it in the United States and they’re expanding greatly.  General Motors the same thing.  They’ve been great.  They’ve been great.  I think they’ll continue to be great. But we’re also going to be great to them.  We’re going to get rid of a lot of unnecessary regulation, and we’re going to make their life a lot easier.  They’re going to employ a lot more people.  So a lot of businesses are rushing in.  They’re coming in big league. So with that, I thought what I would do is perhaps we’ll start with Mr. Gray.  We’ll go around the room and just quickly just say who you are and who you represent.  The biggest of the airlines are here.   STAFFER:  Thank you, press. THE PRESIDENT:  And you can -- no, stay, stay, stay.  Let them see who’s here.  (Laughter.)  Everyone is so quick to get rid of the press.  I think I am the most open President ever.  (Laughter.)  They want to get rid of the press.  What, you don’t want to see who Mr. Gray is?  (Laughter.)  Maybe I should have started with somebody else.  (Laughter.)  Okay, you can stay.  Yeah, stay.  Stay for a while.  See who’s here, right?  Okay, good. MR. GRAY:  Well, thank you, Mr. President.  I’m Myron Gray, and I represent the United Parcel Service.   MS. EVENS:  I’m Ginger Evens, I’m the Commissioner of Aviation for the city of Chicago. MR. FLYNN:  Mr. President, Bill Flynn with Atlas Air. MR. WIGINGTON:  Rob Wigington, CEO for Nashville Airport Authority. MR. CALIO:  Nick Calio, Airlines for America.  Thank you for having us. MR. BASTIAN:  Mr. President, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines. THE PRESIDENT:  Great.  Welcome.  Delta is doing well.   MR. BASTIAN:  Doing great, and you know we’ve been neighbors for a long time.   THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.  That’s right, good.   MR. BASTIAN:  Hopefully we've been good to you. THE PRESIDENT:  You've been very good.  Thank you.   MR. HAYES:  Mr. President, Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue Airways.  (Inaudible.)  THE PRESIDENT:  Good job. MR. BRONCZEK:  Mr. President, Dave Bronczek, FedEx. THE PRESIDENT:  By the way, Fred Smith was here yesterday. MR. BRONCZEK:  Yes, I know. THE PRESIDENT:  He's a great, great guy. MR. KELLY:  Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines. THE PRESIDENT:  Great job.   MR. TILDEN:  Brad Tilden, Alaska Air Group.  And we’re actually in the process of merging with Virgin America right now. THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, good. MR. FOYE:  Mr. President, Pat Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.   THE PRESIDENT:  Great.  We spoke a long time ago. MR. FOYE:  Yes, sir. THE PRESIDENT:  And you did a good job.  MR. FOYE:  Thank you. THE PRESIDENT:  Appreciate it. MR. POTTER:  Mr. President, Jack Potter, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.   MR. BURKE:  Mr. President, Kevin Burke.  I’m the President of Airports Council International-North America, which is every airports in the United States and Canada.  Thank you for having us.   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you. MR. VANECEK:  Mr. President, Bill Vanecek.  I'm the Director of Aviation for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Niagara Falls International Airport.  I'm also the chairman of Airports Council International-NA. THE PRESIDENT:  Great.   MR. LOPANO:  Mr. President, good morning.  My name is Joe Lopano.  I’m from Tampa International Airport.   MR. MUÑOZ:  Oscar Muñoz with United Airlines.  And Mr. Doug Parker from American couldn’t be here today. THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  Thank you. MS. FLINT:  Good morning, Mr. President.  Deborah Flint, the CEO of Los Angeles World Airports.  LAX is the world’s seventh largest airport and the country’s third largest airport. THE PRESIDENT:  We’ll make it number one worldwide.  Let’s make it number one.  (Laughter.)  I didn’t like the number.  What is number one now in terms of service? MS. FLINT:  Atlanta. THE PRESIDENT:  That’s good.  We love the state of Georgia.  I love Georgia -- I tell you that’s for sure.  So that’s good. PARTICIPANT:  Number one in the world. THE PRESIDENT:  So let me ask you -- so what can we do to make your airlines better, to make your balance sheet better, to have you get more jobs and create more jobs, to have you win competition worldwide so you can start doing more business worldwide?  Because I know you have a lot of competition, and a lot of that competition is subsidized by governments, big league.  I’ve heard that complaint from different people in this room.  Probably about one hour after I got elected I was inundated with calls from your industry, and many other industries, because it’s a pretty unfair situation. What can we do?  Give me suggestions that we can make your life easier and that you can employ a lot more people.  MR. KELLY:  Well, Mr. President, I'll lead this off. THE PRESIDENT:  Southwest Airlines.   MR. KELLY:  Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here.  We have never had a meeting like this, certainly in my years at Southwest Airlines.  So we’re very grateful for this opportunity.   THE PRESIDENT:  I want to congratulate you because you have done an amazing job, really amazing job.  You really have.  So congratulations.  Go ahead. MR. KELLY:  I think we’re very well aligned with your philosophy.  We would welcome tax reform.  We would welcome regulatory reform.  And very well aligned on the need for infrastructure investment.   The single biggest opportunity for aviation is to modernize the air traffic control system.  We work very well with our partners in the airports around the table.  I know them all and we serve all of these airports and -- THE PRESIDENT:  You shouldn't know them too well.  (Laughter.)   MR. KELLY:  Well, they’re our landlords.  (Laughter.)  (Inaudible) the only landlord available.  But we have billions of dollars’ worth of airport projects underway around the country to continue to modernize the airports.  We've spent billions of dollars on the air traffic control modernization but it’s not making any meaningful progress. THE PRESIDENT:  I hear that.  I hear we have the wrong system.  I’m hearing that the United States government -- and is the gentleman who’s the head of the FAA right now not a pilot?  Or is that -- does he -- MR. KELLY:  I don’t know if he’s a pilot or not. THE PRESIDENT:  I’d like to find out because I think it maybe would be good to have a pilot, like a really good pilot who knows what’s going on.  I’ve heard that, and, I don't know, it seems a little hard to believe because the complexity of your business is right up there, right? MR. KELLY:  Oh, very much so. THE PRESIDENT:  And I would think you need a very sophisticated person in that job, and somebody that, frankly -- being a pilot would be helpful, because I’m hearing you put the wrong -- I hear the government contracted this system that’s the wrong system, and I hear that from pilots.  So who would be better to tell me?  But I hear we’re spending billions and billions of dollars.  It’s a system that’s totally out of whack.  It’s way over budget, it’s way beyond schedule, and when it’s completed, it’s not going to be a good system.  Other than that, it’s okay.  (Laughter.)  So what do you think about that, Gary? MR. KELLY:  Well, I agree with you.  When you have a project that takes that long, it becomes outdated. THE PRESIDENT:  It’s already outdated. MR. KELLY:  It’s already outdated, no question.  And we spent billions of dollars on this. THE PRESIDENT:  Has that been you or the government or both? PARTICIPANT:  Oh no, this is the federal -- FAA, air traffic control -- THE PRESIDENT:  So when you say “we” -- “we” the government -- MR. KELLY:  You’re paying for it.  You’re ultimately -- the airlines and our customers are paying for it. THE PRESIDENT:  Why do the airlines allow that to happen where they put in a bad system?  Not even antiquated -- and it’s antiquated because it’s taken so long.  Why do the airlines allow a system that you know is bad from the beginning -- because you guys are pros -- why do they allow the government to put in the wrong system? MR. KELLY:  Well, we’re not in control.  And I think that’s one of the things that we see as the path to having success, is we need to address the fundamental organization of the air traffic organization, not the safety and regulatory oversight -- that’s a government function that needs to remain.  But we believe that reforming the FAA by creating a non-for-profit corporation is the way to address the governments that you’re speaking to, as well as the long-term financing. THE PRESIDENT:  Headed by the airlines?  Headed by who?  The board would be who? MR. KELLY:  The board would be represented by all the various constituents.  So the government would have a seat, general aviation would have a seat, certainly the commercial airlines would have a seat.  Everyone would -- THE PRESIDENT:  Well, this wouldn’t have happened then.  You wouldn’t be putting in a system -- a control system -- that is obsolete before they even signed the contract.  And, by the way, overly expensive.  More expensive than (inaudible).   MR. KELLY:  You know, the interesting thing is I think that there is absolutely unanimous agreement that the system needs to be modernized and that it is well behind schedule.  There is not agreement on the path forward to address that, and that’s where we run into roadblocks.  We want the government out of managing the air traffic control system so that it can be adequately managed, adequately financed, and we can get this done.  We won World War II in three-and-a-half years; we ought to be able to modernize air traffic control. THE PRESIDENT:  So how long would it take to -- because I’m hearing you have to scrap all of the billions of dollars that have been put in -- stupidly put in.  How long would it take to come up with a great air traffic control system, the top anywhere in the world, the top of the line?  How long would that take to do and how much would it cost? MR. KELLY:  The good news is, we don’t have to scrap everything.  We are still using fundamentally World War II-era ground-based radar to guide the aircraft from a navigation standpoint.  We are not utilizing GPS satellite-delivered navigational tools.  Those things exist.  At least for Southwest Airlines, we have fully equipped all of our fleet to take advantage of that, but we’re not getting those kinds of flight profiles written for each airport or each route. THE PRESIDENT:  So you'd save a lot of time, you'd save a tremendous amount of fuel. MR. KELLY:  We think that we're losing $25 billion a year as an industry.  And I think the best example we can offer up to you -- the system is very safe, by the way.  And our air traffic controllers are very fine men and women, and they do a fantastic job.  THE PRESIDENT:  It's safe but it's very cautious.  And it should be cautious. MR. KELLY:  Yes, it must be cautious. THE PRESIDENT:  But I notice the intervals when planes go out seem very, very long. MR. KELLY:  It used to be a 55-minute trip between Washington and New York, and today it's 80.   PARTICIPANT:  Mr. President, it's not just about fuel -- it's about jobs.  The partnership in New York City did a study that the cost of air traffic control congestion in New York and New Jersey alone is $75 billion over a period ending in 2028.  Those are jobs that haven't been created and jobs that --  THE PRESIDENT:  And what is the reason for that? PARTICIPANT:  It's the antiquated system, one, Mr. President.  It's, two, the fact that New York/New Jersey is the busiest airspace in the world.  And, three, frankly, that other countries, including Canada, have more efficient systems.  Implementation and the funding NextGen is really critical.  And this is not an act of (inaudible) -- this is about jobs. PARTICIPANT:  Sir, you asked why -- your question -- how did we let this happen to some degree. THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah. PARTICIPANT:  I've (inaudible) on telecom and railroads and some (inaudible) industry, and it's unfortunate that every time you go from one industry to the other, the regulatory burden continues or gets worse.  So in this particular case, to be very frank and blunt, and to your point earlier, I think it's become political -- it's a political process, and so it's difficult for us to have control. THE PRESIDENT:  Not anymore it's not political.  We're going to get --  PARTICIPANT:  And you have the appointees that you --   THE PRESIDENT:  -- at a reasonable price.  So not anymore.  Go ahead. PARTICIPANT:  I would take special care in reappointing the (inaudible) on the FAA.  Whether or not it needs to be a pilot or not, I can't opine, but it would be nice to have people that actually have a thorough understanding of the business of aviation. THE PRESIDENT:  Is the head of the FAA a pilot?  Does anybody know?  Somebody should know.   PARTICIPANT:  He's not. THE PRESIDENT:  He's not?  He's not a pilot.  I just think a non-pilot would not know the sophistication of this system, right?  I mean, better to have a pilot -- because my pilot said it's a terrible system that they're installing; that the work they're doing now is a waste of tremendous amounts of money because the system is a bad system.  That's coming from a pilot.   PARTICIPANT:  Mr. President, when you talk about jobs, and you just recently asked about that, what we talked about just recently with the airlines is infrastructure in the sky, which is really antiquated.  But you refer to infrastructure on the ground, the airports. THE PRESIDENT:  Both. PARTICIPANT:  Yeah, and the airports really are becoming antiquated, to your point.  There is a system, there is a charge called a passenger-facility charge, which is a charge that's levied on every ticket.  And it hasn't been increased in 16 years, so it's basically defunded.   THE PRESIDENT:  How much is it? PARTICIPANT:  It's $4.50.  That could be increased by a simple act of Congress, and it's not a U.S. tax.  It's a user fee.  So as a customer uses my airport in Tampa, the airlines collect that fee and they send it back to us in Tampa.  It never comes to Washington and gets approved in the budget. THE PRESIDENT:  The problem is, I don't like raising fees or taxes -- I'll be honest.  I mean, we're spending all this money overseas, we're giving away trillions of dollars to all these countries.  All of the countries that trade with us are ripping us off.  The last thing we have to do is raise the fee.  I understand what you're saying, but $4.50 -- it's a lot when you look at all of the passengers.   If there were other ways of doing this -- because you're only hurting yourself by -- really, eventually, people are going to just stop flying because it's very expensive with all the taxes.  I mean, there are other ways.  We're spending so much money overseas, fighting wars, doing things, and, frankly, making horrible trade deals.  So don't worry about the money.  I'll be able to get the money.  The money -- we're going to change things around.   END  10:07 A.M. EST

09 февраля, 20:06

Trump slams 'out of whack' FAA in meeting with airlines

President Donald Trump slammed the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday and suggested its multibillion-dollar air traffic upgrade is "totally out of whack" — remarks that come amid a debate in Congress on whether to split up the agency and give airlines a role in running the system.He also suggested that a pilot should be put in charge of the FAA, in an apparent dig at Administrator Michael Huerta — adding that "I have a pilot who's a real expert.”Trump used a meeting in the White House with airline and airport executive to ding FAA's multibillion-dollar NextGen program, which has been plagued with cost overruns and delays, and asked executives from United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines why they had let the government pour money into a faulty system. Southwest’s representative told him the airlines don't control those decisions."I hear we're spending billions and billions of dollars," said Trump, who owns his own fleet of airplanes and spent years waging a legal battle against noisy jets flying over his mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. "It's a system that's totally out of whack."Trump's remarks indicate an interest in airlines' plea to spin off air traffic control operations from FAA, running them instead through a nonprofit corporation whose board would include airline representatives. All major domestic carriers except Delta back that proposal, which is being championed in Congress by House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.). But Trump and new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao have not said whether they favor the FAA breakup, which ran into resistance in the Senate during the Obama administration.Lawmakers must reauthorize the FAA's authority and funding stream by Sept. 30.

09 февраля, 14:57

NEWSFLASH: Why DC will continue to face GRIDLOCK -- WHO TULSI met with in SYRIA -- REINCE struggles to fill comms director job -- JEN PSAKI's next move -- B’DAY: Manu Raju

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2k6j5Ds … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfWHO TULSI GABBARD MET WITH IN SYRIA -- Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s trip to Syria has been shrouded in mystery. The junket was supposed to be funded by a group in Ohio, but Gabbard repaid the non-profit after she came under intense political pressure about the trip and meeting Syrian strongman Bashar Assad. Gabbard filed an amended report yesterday with the Ethics Committee detailing her week-long jaunt to the Middle East. Keep in mind: Congress approved this itinerary before Gabbard scheduled her meeting with Assad. Also keep in mind: This is a junior member of the House, a chamber that has little say in foreign policy.-- SHE MET WITH ASSAD TWICE FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS: The first thing Gabbard did within 45 minutes of arriving in Damascus is meet with Assad, a leader whose regime was recently accused of hanging 13,000 people in one prison alone. She met with him for another half-hour after spending a few days in the country. She also met with Asma Assad, the British-born wife of the Syrian president, Walid Muallem, the Syrian foreign minister, Bashar Ja’Afri, the Syrian ambassador to the U.N., and Ali Abdul Karim, the Syrian ambassador to Lebanon. She met with academic and business leaders, who she declined to name, members of parliament, religious leaders and people who escaped ISIS-controlled areas. In Lebanon, Gabbard met with Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri and U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richards.-- SHE FLEW BUSINESS CLASS: Gabbard flew from Dulles to London and from London to Beirut -- and back -- in business class. See the itinerary for yourself http://bit.ly/2ltW7n5 WHY CONGRESS WILL BE JAMMED UP -- If feelings in the Senate remain this contentious, business will remain slow and keeping government functioning will be nearly impossible this year. Consider this week. Republicans will have ended four contentious confirmation battles: Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be HHS secretary and Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary. But the following positions remain unfilled: Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, EPA, HUD, Interior, Labor, Small Business, Veterans Affairs, OMB, director of national intelligence and U.S. trade representative. This could slow the Senate down for weeks, if not months. So the process will continue to be gummed up. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can complain all they want about the tactics -- but Democrats can scream “MERRICK GARLAND,” reminding them they did the same to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. DEMOCRATS ARE UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE from their base to oppose Trump, his policies and nominees -- a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll showed this week that more than half of Democrats want Democratic lawmakers to stand up against Republicans. Only time will tell if that calculation proves politically fruitful. But if Democrats continue to delay nominations, they will also slow the GOP agenda. Republicans will have to keep government funding by April 28, lift the debt ceiling by the spring or summer and pass a supplemental spending bill that will include billions for the Pentagon and Trump's border wall. Those three items could be incredibly time consuming. On the House side, there will be delays as well. House Republicans will be especially eager to load up spending bills with policy provisions advancing their agenda -- they tried, but mostly failed, to do that during the Obama presidency. Put quite simply, don't get your hopes up. The prospects for quick action on Obamacare, tax reform and infrastructure look bleak. CASE IN POINT -- “Durbin demands Senate hearings on Trump's immigration orders,” by Seung Min Kim: “A top Senate Democrat is calling on Republicans to hold hearings into the trio of controversial immigration executive orders from President Donald Trump. In a new letter being released Thursday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) to examine the series of executive actions, including the order focused on refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority nations that are on hold, for now, by the courts. The two veteran senators are the new leaders of the Senate subcommittee on immigration for the 115th Congress.” http://politi.co/2k6dnSk … The letter http://politi.co/2lnrOSd INSIDE MCCONNELL’S THINKING ON WARREN -- While there has been a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking about whether McConnell made a smart move in stopping Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) floor speech this week, at least one source familiar with McConnell’s thinking said it shouldn’t be that surprising that the Kentucky Republican forced the issue on Senate decorum and rules. “The fact that she was warned, ignored it, and continued on long enough for someone to come down and object is why it fell on her,” the source said. “He clearly knew it would elevate her and I’m sure he doesn’t mind having her be the face of obstruction but it was probably more institutional than anything.”SCOTUS WATCH -- NYT A1, “Supreme Court Nominee Calls Trump’s Attacks on Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis: “Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, privately expressed dismay on Wednesday over Mr. Trump’s increasingly aggressive attacks on the judiciary, calling the president’s criticism of independent judges ‘demoralizing’ and ‘disheartening.’ … Judge Gorsuch expressed his disappointment with Mr. Trump’s comments about the judiciary in a private conversation with Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, as he paid courtesy calls on Capitol Hill to build support for his confirmation.” http://nyti.ms/2kpC0VY SCOOP -- “CIA Memo: Designating Muslim Brotherhood Could ‘Fuel Extremism’: An agency report warns the Trump administration risks driving Muslims into the arms of al Qaeda and ISIS,” by Blake Hounshell and Halley Toosi: “Trump administration officials pushing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization face at least one significant obstacle: analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency. CIA experts have warned that so labeling the decades-old Islamist group ‘may fuel extremism’ and damage relations with America’s allies, according to a summary of a finished intelligence report for the intelligence community and policymakers that was shared with POLITICO by a U.S. official. The document, published internally on Jan. 31, notes that the Brotherhood—which boasts millions of followers around the Arab world—has ‘rejected violence as a matter of official policy and opposed al-Qa’ida and ISIS.’” http://politi.co/2kRDyvn SEND YOUR RESUME TO REINCE! -- “Trump struggling to fill one of the worst jobs in Washington,” by Eliana Johnson: “The White House has gone without a full-time communications director since Trump was sworn in last month, and although chief of staff Reince Priebus is spearheading a robust effort to fill the position, his overtures to several Republican communications professionals have been met with disinterest, according to a half-dozen sources with knowledge of the situation. At least two candidates have turned down the job, a position normally coveted by Washington political operatives ... Trump’s unusual involvement in crafting his own message -- and his insistence on doing so from his perch in the West Wing -- poses a challenge for any aide whose responsibility it would be to shape the narrative arc of his administration. ‘There is a list of candidates, but I can see why people aren’t interested. It’s a tough job,’ said a senior administration official. … [Steve] Bannon has also privately dispatched one of his aides, Julia Hahn, to push stories into the news -- in effect directing a communications shop that, at least in the administration’s early days, has been operating on a parallel track.” http://politi.co/2kKOMPW TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DEPARTURE LOUNGE -- KIRON SKINNER started as a senior adviser at the State Department late last month but then turned in her badge and vanished from Foggy Bottom only a few days after she started, according to sources who spoke to Daniel and Nahal Toosi. There was buzz that Skinner, an acolyte of former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, was going to be director of policy planning at State. She’s a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon. Neither Skinner nor State responded to requests for comment.HAPPENING TODAY -- SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch is slated to meet with Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY -- President Donald Trump is hosting 10 senators at the White House today for a meeting to discuss Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. THE SENATORS ATTENDING: Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). “Judge Gorsuch has an impeccable record, and is widely respected for his judicial temperament and adherence to the Constitution,” White House spokesman Steven Cheung said in an email to Playbook. “President Trump wants to keep an open dialogue with Senators from both sides of the aisle to ensure that Judge Gorsuch has fair consideration during the nomination process.”-- Airlines and airport CEOs slated to meet with Trump today: A4A President and CEO Nick Calio; Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines; Brad Tilden, chairman and CEO, Alaska Airlines; William Flynn, president and CEO, Atlas Air; Dave Bronczek, president and COO, FedEx; Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue Airways; Gary Kelly, chairman and CEO, Southwest Airlines; Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines; Myron Gray, president of US Operations, UPS; Kevin Burke, president & CEO, Airports Council International - North America; William Vanecek, director of Aviation, Buffalo International Airport (current Chair of ACI-NA); Deborah Flint, executive director, Los Angeles World Airports; Ginger Evans, commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation; Jack Potter, president and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Pat Foye, executive director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport; Rob Wigington, president & CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.PLAYBOOK INBOX – From Trump Hotels with the subject line “Introducing Trump Vancouver!”: “We’re proud to introduce Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver. Featuring sweeping views of the Vancouver city lights, plus more! ... Mott 32 Chinese fine-dining ... The Trump Champagne Lounge ... Coming Soon: Drai’s Vancouver, the city’s first ever poolside lounge ... The Spa by Ivanka TrumpTM”. http://bit.ly/2lr8MGzINSIDE THE FOUR SEASONS – “Power breakfast at the Four Seasons: Political players, CEOs, and Ivanka: The first daughter schmoozed her way around the hotel's restaurant guided by new White House economic counselor Dina Powell,” by Annie Karni: Ivanka’s “appearance in the crowded restaurant marked something of her official Washington launch in neutral, bipartisan territory: an outsider from midtown Manhattan announcing to the establishment that she’s serious about her new hometown. But the closely watched first daughter—the only member of President Donald Trump’s immediate family to have followed him to D.C. — isn’t doing it alone. Joining her with Nooyi and Pepsi senior vice president Jon Banner was Dina Powell, the well-connected former George W. Bush administration official who recently left her job overseeing corporate philanthropy at Goldman Sachs to join the Trump White House, where she officially started working last week.” http://politi.co/2lucRdW SNEAK PEEK – Bloomberg Businessweek’s new cover story, “Is Trump’s nominee for Labor, Andrew Puzder, yet another reason for American workers to worry? YES,” by Susan Berfield and Craig Giammona: The story “looks at Puzder’s business ideology of free markets, free trade, and zero-sum, trickle-down economics; his self-described ‘very American’ marketing vision of scantily clad models eating massive burgers; CKE’s labor violations and stalled business model; and Puzder’s opposition to a sizable increase to the minimum wage. … Puzder has teased competitors, casually denigrated the workforce he relies on, and rallied customers with an anti-PC snubbing of the ‘quinoa-eating elite.’ Now he’s steps away from controlling the department that’s responsible for enforcing 180 laws and thousands of regulations that affect 125 million people.” http://buswk.co/AndrewPuzderUSED NEWS -- “Alongside Trump, Intel Reannounces Arizona Factory It Promised To Create During Obama Years,” by BuzzFeed’s Hamza Shaban: Yesterday marked “the second time Intel has announced Fab 42 alongside a sitting U.S. President. In February of 2011, the company announced Fab 42 during a visit to an Intel facility by President Obama. At that time it said the facility would ‘create thousands of construction and permanent manufacturing jobs,’ with a scheduled completion date in 2013.” http://bzfd.it/2kpvYVg … 2-min. video of yesterday’s announcement http://bit.ly/2kpsIcQPAGING NEWT -- “Trump’s space war,” by Bryan Bender: “The Trump administration is considering a bold and controversial vision for the U.S. space program that calls for a ‘rapid and affordable’ return to the moon by 2020, the construction of privately operated space stations and the redirection of NASA’s mission to ‘the large-scale economic development of space,’ according to internal documents obtained by POLITICO. The proposed strategy, whose potential for igniting a new industry appeals to Trump’s business background and job-creation pledges, is influencing the White House’s search for leaders to run the space agency. And it is setting off a struggle for supremacy between traditional aerospace contractors and the tech billionaires who have put big money into private space ventures.” http://politi.co/2lr5SBtDEMS STILL DISSECTING LOSS -- “Obama’s party-building legacy splits Democrats,” by Gabriel Debenedetti: “A painful Democratic rift over Barack Obama’s political legacy is finally bursting into the open. For years, the former president’s popularity among Democrats stifled any public critiques of his stewardship of the party — a period in which the party suffered tremendous losses at the state and local levels. But now that Obama and the political operation that succeeded his campaign, Organizing For Action, have expressed interest in playing a role in the task of rebuilding, it’s sparking pitched debates over how much blame he deserves for the gradual hollowing out of a party that now has less control of state elected positions than at any other time in nearly a century.” http://politi.co/2kuYwPZTOP ED -- JESSE FERGUSON in HuffPost, “The Resistance Is Not Futile”: “There are 52 Republican members of the Senate and 240 Republican members of the House of Representatives. They see this resistance mounting, and they rightfully fear for their job security. Every time the phone rings from a constituent, they feel their odds of re-election waning.” http://huff.to/2kKO98WFIRST IN PLAYBOOK – VoteVets is endorsing South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg for DNC chairman. Buttigieg is a Navy veteran. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley also endorsed Buttigieg earlier this week (http://politi.co/2lkgplR).2018 WATCH -- “Carly Fiorina confirms it: she is considering challenging Sen. Tim Kaine,” by WaPo’s Jenna Portnoy: “Carly Fiorina, the former GOP presidential candidate, is considering challenging Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) next year. Her comments on a Portsmouth-based radio show popular among party activists marks the first time that the Fairfax resident has spoken publicly about getting back into politics since the November election. ‘I’m certainly looking at that opportunity,’ she told host John Fredericks on Tuesday about a Senate bid. ‘It’s a little early to be making that decision.’” http://wapo.st/2k6Lc0wINTERESTING READ -- IN THE FT -- “CIA’s man in Syria: the rise and fall of a rebel commander: Once a ‘fixer’ for anti-Assad forces, covert operator comes to terms with failed US policy,” by Erika Solomon. http://on.ft.com/2kWqXH8 BUSINESS BURST -- “Companies Plow Ahead With Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump’s Pressure,” by WSJ’s Andrew Tangel in Indianapolis: “President Donald Trump boosted the hopes of employees at Rexnord Corp.’s factory here in December when he castigated the company for ‘viciously firing’ workers and planning to move their jobs to Mexico. Two months later, Rexnord is still planning to close the industrial-bearings factory, which employs about 350 people, despite Mr. Trump’s shaming and his earlier intervention to stop a nearby Carrier Corp. furnace factory from closing. … Milwaukee-based Rexnord is one of many companies plowing ahead with plans to invest in Mexico despite Mr. Trump’s vows to cajole companies into keeping their assembly lines in the U.S. Some, including heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and steelmaker Nucor Corp., are overseen by officials who belong to a panel advising Mr. Trump on manufacturing policy. Executives at Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar are moving ahead with a restructuring that includes shifting jobs from a Joliet, Ill., factory to Monterrey, Mexico.” http://on.wsj.com/2lrbn38SALLY QUINN’S HAMPTONS HOUSE FOR SALE -- “Grey Gardens Goes on the Market for Nearly $20 Million,” by WSJ’s Candace Taylor: “Grey Gardens, the East Hampton home that inspired a documentary, an HBO movie and a Broadway musical, is going on the market for the first time in decades with an asking price of $19.995 million. The seller is journalist Sally Quinn, who said she purchased the roughly 6,000-square-foot shingle-style home for $220,000 in 1979. She and her late husband Ben Bradlee, the longtime executive editor of the Washington Post, restored the then-crumbling house for an estimated $600,000 and used it for years as a summer home, Ms. Quinn said. Mr. Bradlee died in 2014 at age 93, and when Ms. Quinn, 75, returned to the property, ‘it just wasn’t the same without him,’ she said. ‘It’s a magical place and we had a magical life there, but that part of my life is over now. I want to move on.’” With 21 pix http://on.wsj.com/2ltPZLh GET READY TO PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999 -- “Melania Trump picks her social secretary,” by Nolan D. McCaskill: “First lady Melania Trump’s has chosen Anna Christina Niceta Lloyd to be her social secretary, the White House announced Wednesday. In that role, Niceta Lloyd ‘will be responsible for the planning and execution of events that take place at the White House,’ the administration said in a statement. ‘She will oversee all social events and gatherings, from Official State Dinners, White House social calendar events, official policy-related events, to the First Lady’s initiatives.’ ‘Rickie,’ as Niceta Lloyd is known, ‘brings with her over twenty-two years of solid diplomatic, political and social entertaining experience,’ Trump said. ‘I am looking forward to sharing my ideas and traditions of entertaining and social hospitality to America's house, my new home as well. That, along with Rickie's vast experience, I am even more excited.’” http://politi.co/2kVQznkBEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us,” by WSJ’s Jesse Newman and Patrick McGroarty in Ransom, Kansas: “The Farm Belt is hurtling toward a milestone: Soon there will be fewer than two million farms in America for the first time since pioneers moved westward after the Louisiana Purchase. Across the heartland, a multiyear slump in prices for corn, wheat and other farm commodities brought on by a glut of grain world-wide is pushing many farmers further into debt. Some are shutting down, raising concerns that the next few years could bring the biggest wave of farm closures since the 1980s. The U.S. share of the global grain market is less than half what it was in the 1970s. American farmers’ incomes will drop 9% in 2017 ... extending the steepest slide since the Great Depression into a fourth year.” http://on.wsj.com/2k5YJup MEDIAWATCH – “Wall Street Journal editor to face critics,” by Joe Pompeo: “Amid growing newsroom discontent over his perceived resistance to critical coverage of Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerry Baker will host a town hall meeting next week where he is expected to address the paper’s reporting on the new administration and answer questions from his staff. The meeting ... scheduled for Monday, February 13, is billed as a wide-ranging session on the state of the Journal, but Trump coverage is expected to be high on the list of discussion topics.” http://politi.co/2kRnI3P LATE-NIGHT BEST -- JAKE TAPPER interviewed by Stephen Colbert last night on “The Late Show” -- 8-min. video http://bit.ly/2k6ckSsFIRST IN PLAYBOOK – JEN PSAKI, former comms director for President Obama, has signed with Worldwide Speakers Group. She’s staying busy as a Georgetown IOP fellow and as a CNN contributor, which just started Tuesday … HEIDI PRZYBYLA, a USA Today senior politics reporter and a Bloomberg alum, has just signed with MSNBC as a political analyst … SU-LIN CHENG NICHOLS, who has been head of strategic communications for corporate responsibility at JPMorgan Chase, is leaving to launch a communications firm, Lafayette Strategies. Nichols is an alum of Brunswick Group and ABC News.TRANSITIONS -- Anastasia Dellaccio has started at WeWork as the director of public affairs for the eastern U.S. and Canada. She was the co-founder of Foreign Policy Professionals for Hillary Clinton after her work with Sister Cities International. ... Chrissy Harbin is taking over as vice president of external affairs at Americans for Prosperity. Harbin formerly served as their director of federal affairs. She previously was at ALEC and the White House National Economic Council under former President George W. Bush. ... The Raben Group hired Ryan Daniels as a director. He was previously associate director of communications for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Obama White House. Damara Catlett was promoted to principal and Eduardo Soto has been promoted to director. http://politi.co/2lr1jHB PLAYBOOK INBOX -- “Former Trump Senior Economic Adviser Stephen Moore joins 32 Advisors as a Strategic Partner.” http://prn.to/2kpLvVl BIRTHWEEK (was Monday): WaPo’s Richard Cohen BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Audrey Scagnelli, GOP Convention national press secretary turned entrepreneur, celebrating by enjoying her hometown’s best rum cake with friends and family in Miami tonight -- read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2k6jAgQ BIRTHDAYS: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is 6-0 ... CNN’s Manu Raju ... Roger Mudd is 89 ... former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is 71 ... Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is 65 ... Alex Priest, chief of staff for marketing at Uber, is 28 (hat tip: Chris Golden) ... L.A. Times alum Abbe Goldman ... Nancy Reynolds Bagley ... Larry Rasky, P.R. guru at the newly branded Rasky Partners (http://bit.ly/2kL3Gpo) and a Deadhead and Biden whisperer ... Politico’s Kristen Hayford is 28 ... Judy Kaplan -- mother of Jonathan, Justin and Jordan ... Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) is 47 ... former Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC) is 53 ... former Rep. Gary Franks (R-Conn.) is 64 (h/t daughter Jessica of Halliburton) ... Anna Perina, managing to not get carded the night before her birthday (h/t CAP Action War Room) ... Carly Abenstein, account executive at Ruder Finn and Obama WH alum ... Boris Zilberman, deputy director of congressional relations at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is 33 (h/t Jewish Insider) ... Public Opinion Strategies senior project director Sam Hofstetter (h/t Charlotte Brown) ... Rusty Greiff (h/t Jon Haber) ... Van Freeman ... Jay Michael Plant … Kelly Lungren, CoS for Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-WVa.) ...... 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Scott Heiser, DSCC alum ... Cameron Colby Thomson ... Debbie Hellman ... Richard Real … Sam McCabe, DNC director of data services … Elizabeth Shelton ... Kayce Ataiyero, director of external affairs at Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office ... Berkshires art gallery owner Geoff Young ... Jen Kern, biggest Green Bay Packer fan on the East Coast ... Neal Higgins ... Luther Smith (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... ... Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee is 77 ... Carole King is 75 ... Joe Pesci is 74 ... Alice Walker is 73 ... Mia Farrow is 72 (h/ts AP)

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