Authored by Michael Jabara Carley via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Canada has a reputation for being a relatively progressive state with universal, single-payer health care, various other social benefits, and strict gun laws, similar to many European countries but quite unlike the United States. It has managed to stay out of some American wars, for example, Vietnam and Iraq, portrayed itself as a neutral “peace keeper”, pursuing a so-called policy of “multilateralism” and attempting from time to time to keep a little independent distance from the United States. Behind this veneer of respectability lies a not so attractive reality of elite inattention to the defence of Canadian independence from the United States and intolerance toward the political and syndicalist left. Police repression against communist and left-wing unionists and other dissidents after World War I was widespread. Strong support for appeasement of Nazi Germany, overt or covert sympathy for fascism, especially in Québec, and hatred of the Soviet Union were widespread in Canada during the 1930s. The Liberal prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, hobnobbed with Nazi notables including Adolf Hitler, and thought that his British counterpart Neville Chamberlain had not gone far enough in appeasing Hitlerite Germany. Mackenzie King and many others of the Canadian elite saw communism as a greater threat to Canada than fascism. As in Europe, the Canadian elite—Liberal or Conservative did not matter—was worried by the Spanish civil war (1936-1939). In Québec French public opinion under the influence of the Catholic Church hoped for fascist victory and the eradication of communism. In 1937 a Papal encyclical whipped up the Red Scare amongst French Canadian Catholics. Rejection of Soviet offers of collective security against Hitler was the obverse side of appeasement. The fear of victory over Nazi Germany in alliance with the USSR was greater than the fear of defeat against fascism. Such thoughts were either openly expressed over dinner at the local gentleman’s club or kept more discrete by people who did not want to reveal the extent of their sympathy for fascism. The Liberal prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, hobnobbed with Nazi notables including Adolf Hitler, and thought that his British counterpart Neville Chamberlain had not gone far enough in appeasing Hitlerite Germany Even after the Nazi invasion of the USSR in June 1941, and the formation of the Grand Alliance against the Axis, there was strong reticence amongst the governing elite in Canada toward the Soviet Union. It was a shotgun marriage, a momentary arrangement with an undesirable partner, necessitated by the over-riding threat of the Nazi Wehrmacht. “If Hitler invaded Hell,” Winston Churchill famously remarked, “I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” Once Hitler was beaten, however, it would be back to business as usual. The Grand Alliance was a “truce”, as some of my students have proposed to me, in a longer cold war between the west and the USSR. This struggle began in November 1917 when the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd; it resumed after 1945 when the “truce”, or if you like, the Grand Alliance, came to a sudden end. This was no more evident than in Canada where elite hatred of communism was a homegrown commodity and not simply an American imitation. So it should hardly be a surprise that after 1945 the Canadian government - Mackenzie King was still prime minister - should open its doors to the immigration of approximately 34,000 “displaced persons”, including thousands of Ukrainian fascists and Nazi collaborators, responsible for heinous war crimes in the Ukraine and Poland. These were veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the Waffen SS Galicia and the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), all collaborators of Nazi Germany during World War II. Chrystia Freeland, the current Canadian minister for external affairs The most notorious of the Nazi collaborators who immigrated to Canada was Mykhailo Chomiak, a mid-level Nazi operative in Poland, who came under US protection at the end of the war and eventually made his way to Canada where he settled in Alberta. Had he been captured by the Red Army, he would quite likely have been hanged for collaboration with the enemy. In Canada however he prospered as a farmer. His grand-daughter is the “Ukrainian-Canadian” Chrystia Freeland, the present minister for external affairs. She is a well-known Russophobe, persona non grata in the Russian Federation, who long claimed her grandfather was a “victim” of World War II. Her claims to this effect have been demonstrated to be untrue by the Australian born journalist John Helmer, amongst many others. In 1940 the Liberal government facilitated the creation of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress (UCC), one of many organisations used to fight or marginalise the left in Canada, in this case amongst Canadian Ukrainians. The UCC is still around and appears to dominate the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Approximately 1.4 million people living in Canada claim full or partial Ukrainian descent though generally the latter. Most “Ukrainian-Canadians” were born in Canada; well more than half live in the western provinces. The vast majority has certainly never set foot in the Ukraine. It is this constituency on which the UCC depends to pursue its political agenda in Ottawa. The Canadian Ukrainian Congress (UCC) president Paul Grod After the coup d’état in Kiev in February 2014 the UCC lobbied the then Conservative government under Stephen Harper to support the Ukrainian “regime change” operation which had been conducted by the United States and European Union. The UCC president, Paul Grod, took the lead in obtaining various advantages from the Harper government, including arms for the putschist regime in Kiev. It survives only through massive EU and US direct or indirect financial/political support and through armed backing from fascist militias who repress dissent by force and intimidation. Mr. Grod claims that Russia is pursuing a policy of “aggression” against the Ukraine. If that were true, the putschists in Kiev would have long ago disappeared. The Harper government allowed fund raising for Pravyi Sektor, a Ukrainian fascist paramilitary group, through two organisations in Canada including the UCC, and even accorded “charitable status” to one of them to facilitate their fund raising and arms buying. Harper also sent military “advisors” to train Ukrainian forces, the backbone of which are fascist militias. The Trudeau government has continued that policy. “Canada should prepare for Russian attempts to destabilize its democracy,” according to Minister Freeland: “Ukraine is a very important partner to Canada and we will continue to support its efforts for democracy and economic growth.” For a regime that celebrates violence and anti-Russian racism, represses political opposition, burns books, and outlaws the Russian language, “democracy” is an Orwellian portrayal of actual realities in the Ukraine. Nevertheless, late last year the Canadian government approved the sale of arms to Kiev and a so-called Magnitsky law imposing sanctions on Russian nationals. The Harper government allowed fund raising for Pravyi Sektor, a Ukrainian fascist paramilitary group There is no political opposition in the House of Commons to these policies. Even the New Democratic Party (NDP), that burnt out shell of Canadian social democracy, supported the Harper government, at the behest of Mr. Grod, a Ukrainian lobbyist who knows his way around Ottawa. In 2015 the UCC put a list of questions to party leaders, one of which was the following: “Does your party support listing the Luhansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic as terrorist organizations?” The Lugansk and Donetsk republics are of course anti-fascist resistance movements that emerged in reaction to the violent coup d’état in Kiev. They are most certainly not “terrorist” organisations, although they are subjected to daily bombardments against civilian areas by Kiev putschist forces. Nevertheless, the then NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, who would have agreed to almost anything to win power, answered in the affirmative. This must have been a moment of dismay for Canadians who still harboured illusions about the NDP as a progressive alternative to the Liberal and Conservative parties. How could it support a US/EU installed putschist regime which governs by intimidation and violence? In fact, it was a Conservative electoral strategy to obtain the votes of people of Ukrainian and East European descent by backing putschist Kiev and denouncing Russia. Mulcair was trying to outflank Harper on his right, but that did not work for he himself was outflanked on his left. Some Canadians harboured illusions about the NDP as a progressive alternative to the Liberal and Conservative parties In the 2015 federal elections the Liberals under Justin Trudeau, outwitted poor Mr. Mulcair and won the elections. The NDP suffered heavy electoral losses. Mulcair looked like someone who had made a Faustian bargain for nothing in return, and he lost a bid to remain as party leader. The Liberals campaigned on re-establishing better relations with the Russian Federation, but that promise did not hold up. The minister for external affairs, Stéphane Dion, tried to move forward on that line, but appears to have been stabbed in the back by Mr. Trudeau, with Ms. Freeland guiding his hand in the fatal blow. In early 2017 Dion was sacked and Freeland replaced him. That was the end of the Liberal promise to improve relations with the Russian government. Since then, under Freeland, Russian-Canadian relations have worsened. The influential Mr. Grod appears to keep the Canadian government in his hip pocket. There are photographs of him side by side with Mr. Harper and then with Mr. Trudeau, with Ms. Freeland on his left. Mr. Grod has been a great success in backing putschist Kiev. Last summer Mr. Trudeau even issued a traditional Ukrainian fascist salute, “SlavaUkraini!”, to celebrate the anniversary of Ukrainian independence. The prime minister is a great believer in identity politics. The influential Mr. Grod appears to keep the Canadian government in his hip pocket The latest gesture of the Canadian government is to approve $1.4 million as a three year grant to promote a “Holodomor National Awareness Tour”. Ukrainian “nationalists” summon up the memory of the “Holodomor”, a famine in the Ukraine in 1932-1933, deliberately launched by Stalin, they say, in order to emphasise their victimisation by Russia. According to the latest Stalin biographer, Steven Kotkin, there was indeed a famine in the USSR that affected various parts of the country, the Ukraine amongst other regions. Kazakhstan, not the Ukraine suffered most. Between five and seven million people died. Ten millions starved. “Nonetheless, the famine was not intentional. It resulted from Stalin’s policies of forced collectivization…,” Kotkin writes, himself no advocate of the Soviet Union. Compulsion, peasant rebellion, bungling, mismanagement, drought, locust infestations, not targeting ethnicities, led to the catastrophe. “Similarly, there was no ‘Ukrainian’ famine,” according to Kotkin, “the famine was [a] Soviet[-wide disaster]” (Stalin, 2017, vol. 2, pp. 127-29). So the Liberal government is spending public funds to perpetuate a politically motivated myth to drum up hatred of Russia and to support putschist Kiev. Identity politics and Canadian multiculturalism are now invoked to defend Ukrainian fascism celebrated in the streets of Kiev with torchlight parades and fascist symbols, remembering and celebrating Nazi collaborators and collaboration during World War II The Canadian government also recently renewed funding for a detachment of 200 “advisors” to train Ukrainian militias, along with twenty-three million dollars—it is true a pittance by American standards—for “non-lethal” military aid, justified by Ms. Freeland to defend Ukrainian “democracy”. Truly, we live in a dystopian world where reality is turned on its head. Fascism is democracy; resistance to fascism is terrorism. Identity politics and Canadian multiculturalism are now invoked to defend Ukrainian fascism celebrated in the streets of Kiev with torchlight parades and fascist symbols, remembering and celebrating Nazi collaborators and collaboration during World War II. “Any country sending representatives to Russia’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of their victory against Adolf Hitler,” warned putschist Kiev in April 2015, “will be blacklisted by Ukraine.” * * * “The further a society drifts from the truth,” George Orwell once said, “the more it will hate those that speak it.” Well, here is one truth that Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Freeland will not want to hear, hate it or not: 42,000 Canadian soldiers, not to mention 27 million Soviet citizens, died during the war against the Axis. Memories must be fading, for now we have come to this pass, where our government is supporting a violent, racist regime in Kiev directly descended from that very enemy against which Canada and its allies fought during World War II.
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'COVFEFE': Trump's late-night tweet goes viral -- TRUMP's 'cellphone diplomacy' -- BUZZ: White House war room to EEOB -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Romney's retreat schedule -- COMING IN SEPT.: London Playbook
Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2rDRgGf ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Wednesday morning. THE TWEET READ ROUND THE WORLD -- @realDonaldTrump at 12:06 a.m.: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”. The tweet stood alone -- nothing before it, or after it. If you had any doubt that the president of the United States was sitting late at night with his own device in the White House residence, this should probably dispel that. Trump deleted the tweet at some point in the 5 a.m. hour. #covfefe is now a trending hashtag on Twitter and launched an Urban Dictionary entry overnight (http://bit.ly/2qzNP3i). See the deleted tweet, which got over 126,000 retweets and 160,000 likes http://bit.ly/2sdnZPy [email protected] at 6:09 a.m.: “Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!”[email protected] at 2:15 a.m.: “More what makes me saddest is that I know I’ll never write anything funnier than #covfefe”.NOW BACK TO REALITY -- AP’s VIVIAN SALAMA: “Trump’s cellphone diplomacy raises security concerns”: “President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief’s communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cellphone, according to former and current U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the practice. Of the two, only Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken advantage of the offer so far, the officials said. …“Presidents generally place calls on one of several secure phone lines, including those in the White House Situation Room, the Oval Office or the presidential limousine. Even if Trump uses his government-issued cellphone, his calls are vulnerable to eavesdropping, particularly from foreign governments, national security experts say. ‘If you are speaking on an open line, then it’s an open line, meaning those who have the ability to monitor those conversations are doing so,’ said Derek Chollet, a former Pentagon adviser and National Security Council official now at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.” http://apne.ws/2qAheGe**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbhBUZZ -- The White House is scouting office space for the much-speculated about new White House “war room” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House. (There isn’t much open office space in the West Wing these days.) The war room would manage fallout from the scandals engulfing the Trump administration. Corey Lewandowski -- one of the potential hires for the war room -- has been spotted in and around the White House in recent days.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: MITT ROMNEY’S annual retreat -- the E2 Summit -- will be June 8-10 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City. On the docket this year: Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former CIA Director Mike Morell and Microsoft Chairman John Thompson. GET YOUR MONEY’S WORTH!: There will be “enthusiast sessions” like trap shooting with Paul Ryan, pilates with Ann Romney and early-morning hikes with Mitt Romney.HOT VIDEO -- @AlexanderEmmons: “Watch as Stuart Jones, a high-level acting official in the State Dept, is asked why they criticize Iranian elections but never Saudi Arabia:” http://bit.ly/2qz8VP0 … Jones is retiring soon after a career as a foreign service officer.INSIDE THE WEST WING -- “As Trump Weighs Shake-Up, He Faces Recruiting Challenge,” by NYT’s Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman: “[T]alks with two former advisers, Corey Lewandowski and David N. Bossie, about joining the White House staff [have grown] more complicated. Mr. Bossie ... signaled that he does not plan to join the staff, citing family concerns, one person close to the discussions said Tuesday. ... Whether Mr. Trump will actually reorganize his White House team remained uncertain.“He has often talked about expelling people from his orbit, only to decide not to, as he did with Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, a few weeks ago. Seemingly reinvigorated, Mr. Bannon is now among those leading the effort to convince the president that he needs to overhaul his operation to focus more intensely on the nationalist policy goals that animated his candidacy. ... The president has joked repeatedly with [Reince] Priebus, whose mother is of Greek descent, that he would send him to Athens as ambassador to Greece. Speculation grew last week when a list of ambassadors was compiled at Mr. Priebus’s request, and the Athens position was left blank, officials said.” http://nyti.ms/2sl95Gi POLITICO STARS ANDREW RESTUCCIA and JOSH DAWSEY: “Russia probe scares off potential appointees”: “Four people who work closely with prospective nominees told POLITICO that some potential hires are having second thoughts about trying to land executive branch appointments as federal and congressional investigations threaten to pose a serious distraction to Trump’s agenda. ... According to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, the White House has announced nominees for just 117 of the 559 most important Senate-confirmed positions.” http://politi.co/2rDE8Rd-- WHO REPLACES MIKE DUBKE?: Communications director to President Donald Trump is a nearly impossible job. Setting a message for a man who could undermine it with a tweet is not a terribly appealing job to the top communicators in D.C., many of them tell us. Who should get the job? Drop us a line, we’ll be publishing a round of ideas in the coming Playbooks. DEADLINE WATCH -- PRESIDENT TRUMP must decide by tomorrow whether he will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He can sign a six-month waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv while he continues to seek Middle East peace. He can also extend the waiver while signaling his intent to move it eventually. That’s what we hear he’ll do. DEPT. OF TIME TICKING -- “Trump’s window for scoring early legislative victories is shrinking,” by WaPo’s Damian Paletta and Mike Debonis: “President Trump faces an increasingly narrow path to win major legislative victories before the looming August recess, with only two months left to revive his health-care or tax initiatives before Congress departs for a long break. White House officials said Tuesday that Trump has become increasingly incensed that legislation is bogging down in the Senate, something they blame on Democrats. ...“White House officials plan to push Senate Republicans in June to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and they want to spend the rest of the summer whipping up support for major tax cuts. They are also planning to push lawmakers soon to consider an infrastructure package, although that effort has also moved more slowly because his staff hasn’t put together a final plan.” http://wapo.st/2slrpip -- BACK IN REALITY … -- Can the Senate cobble together a health-care plan in June? Sure anything can happen. Is it likely? No. They have hardly started putting together their own version of a health-care overhaul, and last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I don’t know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment. But that’s the goal.” That means they are nowhere close, at the moment. Keep in mind the next time you hear the White House predict something: they’ve been saying for months that they are on the brink of releasing an infrastructure package. After the August recess it only gets tougher. Congress will have to fund government, lift the debt ceiling and then it’s campaign season. FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 80, wounds scores,” by AP’s Rahim Faiez and Amir Shah in Kabul: “A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing 80 people and wounding as many as 350, an attack that left a scene of mayhem and destruction and sent a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital. The target of the attack -- which officials said was a suicide car bombing -- was not immediately known, but Ismail Kawasi, spokesman of the public health ministry, said most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children. It was one of the worst attacks Kabul has seen since the drawdown of foreign forces at the end of 2014.“Associated Press images from the scene showed the German Embassy and several other embassies located in the area heavily damaged in the explosion. It wasn’t known if any foreign diplomats were among the casualties but Germany and Pakistan said some of their embassy employees and staff were hurt in the explosion.” http://apne.ws/2qzy9Nf JARED’S MOOD from ANNIE KARNI, the master of Jared intrigue -- “Kushner tries to pretend everything’s normal”: “There has been no rallying the troops in the White House, and no open acknowledgement from President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that he has transformed from behind-the-scenes West Wing powerbroker to its lead distracting story. Kushner led three meetings in the West Wing on Tuesday -- and never once acknowledged the stories about him that dominated cable news since last week, when it was reported that during the campaign he discussed setting up a secret communications backchannel to Moscow.” http://politi.co/2qyFBbBMATT NUSSBAUM, TARA PALMERI and JOSH DAWSEY -- “Spicer’s ‘middle finger’ to the press”: “On the recent trip abroad, he repeatedly showed the strain of the job. At one point, he got drinks with a group of other staffers and reporters in Jerusalem, where he was adamant that the conversation steer clear of work. ‘The most we’ve seen of Sean [Spicer] was at a rooftop bar in Jerusalem,’ said one U.S. journalist on the trip. ‘But he refused to take work-related questions and said if you asked him a work-related question, then you had to take a shot.’ The comment was made in jest, according to people present, and no shots were taken.” http://politi.co/2rTM14VINSIDE STATE -- “Tillerson’s Enigmatic Chief of Staff Wields Power, Not Spotlight,” by Bloomberg’s Nick Wadhams: “One unfamiliar name stood out among the coterie of family and aides President Donald Trump brought into his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week: Margaret Peterlin. The presence of Peterlin -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s chief of staff -- underscored the former congressional staffer and Mars Inc. lawyer’s growing clout in the administration. Not even Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a practicing Catholic who interacts with Trump almost daily, made it to the Papal audience, which included Tillerson as well as Melania and Ivanka Trump.“Peterlin, a Navy veteran who as a congressional aide helped draft the Patriot Act after the Sept. 11 attacks, gained Tillerson’s trust by navigating him through his Senate confirmation hearings in January. With most top State Department jobs unfilled, Peterlin has more power than any chief of staff in recent memory, bringing in key associates to fill critical openings.” https://bloom.bg/2qzcVzh-- FASCINATING DETAIL: “She’s become famous within the State Department for the Post-it notes she leaves on staff members’ computer monitors asking them to chase tasks. Other times she prints out emails and attaches Post-its to them, with instructions on how to proceed.”THE FAMILY -- “Arrested, missing China activists spark criticism of Trump,” by AP’s Erika Kinetz in Shanghai: “The arrest and disappearance of three labor activists investigating a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump-branded shoes in China prompted a call for her brand to cease working with the supplier and raised questions about whether the first family’s commercial interests would muddy U.S. leadership on human rights. The men were working with a U.S. nonprofit to publish a report next month alleging low pay, excessive overtime and possible misuse of student labor, according to China Labor Watch executive director Li Qiang, who lost contact with the investigators over the weekend. China Labor Watch has been exposing poor working conditions at suppliers to some of the world’s best-known companies for nearly two decades, but Li said his work has never before attracted this level of scrutiny from China’s state security apparatus.” http://apne.ws/2rj1GI2NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL -- “Poll: Support for Trump impeachment rises,” by Steven Shepard: “An increasing percentage of voters want Congress to impeach President Donald Trump — even if they don’t think Trump has committed the ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ the Constitution requires. Forty-three percent of voters want Congress to begin impeachment proceedings, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, up from 38 percent last week. … “But that’s still less than the 45 percent who don't want Congress to impeach Trump, down a tick from 46 percent the week before. Only three American presidents in history have faced legitimate impeachment threats. Much of the support for impeaching Trump comes from political considerations, the poll shows — not a belief that Trump is actually guilty of impeachable offenses, like treason, bribery or obstructing justice.” http://politi.co/2rEa34bMEDIAWATCH -- “Scott Pelley out as CBS Evening News anchor,” by Hadas Gold: “Scott Pelley is out as ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor, POLITICO has confirmed. Pelley will stay with the network as a full-time correspondent for ‘60 Minutes,’ according to people familiar with the decision. The New York Post first reported the news on Tuesday evening. A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday. Those familiar with the situation said the removal has been in the works for a while. Guest anchors will fill the evening news chair until a replacement is chosen. Pelley has been out on ‘60 Minutes’ assignment for the past few days, but he’s expected to return to the anchor seat to say farewell to viewers.” http://politi.co/2rDwZR2-- SEND US YOUR IDEAS for who should take over the anchor chair at CBS. We’ll publish some names in Playbook. TRUMP’S WEDNESDAY -- THE PRESIDENT is meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and later will host Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the White House.THE JUICE …-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- OZY Fest, happening July 22 at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield in NYC, is adding a number of political speakers to its lineup: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jill Biden, Mark Cuban and Marcus Samuelsson. -- HAPPENING TODAY -- Recode co-founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg will interview Hillary Clinton at Recode’s annual Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Clinton is expected discuss Russia’s efforts to influence 2016, the state of play in politics and tech’s gender gap. The interview will be broadcast live on CNBC and livestream on Facebook and Periscope at 3:15 p.m. eastern.INTRODUCING LONDON PLAYBOOK: Jack Blanchard -- currently the Daily Mirror’s political editor -- is joining POLITICO Europe to launch a London Playbook starting Sept. 4. Blanchard will bring our flagship product to London and all those interested in what makes Europe’s global city tick, as the U.K. seeks out a new role in Europe and the world. Blanchard has worked at the Boston Standard and Yorkshire Post, and he is also a Sky News contributor. Read POLITICO Europe Executive editor Matt Kaminski memo http://politi.co/2qF16lZ … To sign up early http://politi.co/2qyWQJA-- POLITICO EUROPE has also launched a U.K. Election Tracker. Available for iPhones http://politi.co/2sl4gN1TRUMP’S PARIS OPTIONS -- “Trump’s climate conundrum nears a verdict,” by Andrew Restuccia: “Donald Trump’s advisers have sent wildly different messages to U.S. allies about the president’s willingness to remain in the Paris climate agreement — adding to the confusion as he appears set to render a verdict this week. … For all the mystery, though, Trump has only a few main options for dealing with the non-binding climate deal, one of former President Barack Obama’s proudest diplomatic achievements. He can stick with the deal, while unwinding most of Obama’s climate policies and pledges for reducing greenhouse gas pollution. He can use the threat of leaving to push other countries for concessions that benefit U.S. fossil fuels. He can even try to renegotiate the agreement — highly implausible, given that nearly 200 governments took part in crafting it. Or he can do nothing.” http://politi.co/2qyQOZtFLYNN WATCH -- “Flynn to provide some documents in response to Senate subpoenas,” by Darren Samuelsohn and Austin Wright: “Michael Flynn has now agreed to provide some documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia's meddling in the presidential election. The decision by President Donald Trump's former national security adviser comes after initially refusing last week to comply with an initial subpoena.“Flynn informed the committee in a letter Tuesday he will provide some documents related to his two businesses, along with some personal materials, according to a source close to Flynn who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Flynn is expected to begin providing documents on a rolling basis by June 6, the source said.” http://politi.co/2rDQpoX-- “Mike Flynn’s Pro-Turkey Work: An Unfinished Documentary to Boost Country’s Image,” by WSJ’s Dion Nissenbaum: “Last fall, as retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn traveled the country stumping for Donald Trump, his business partner holed up in a small Washington hotel room with the former head of Turkish military intelligence to work on a special project. ‘General, hi. I’m Bijan Kian, welcome to Washington, D.C.,’ Mr. Kian, the head of Mr. Flynn’s consulting firm, greeted the Turkish dignitary. ‘Gen. Flynn, my partner, sends his regards to you.’ The hotel room meeting was filmed as part of a documentary the Flynn Intel Group was producing for a Turkish businessman, who paid $530,000 to the lobbying shop to polish the country’s image after a botched military coup. That contract has landed Mr. Flynn in legal jeopardy. The unfinished, never-distributed film, details of which haven’t been previously reported, appears to represent the core of the Flynn Intel Group’s work for Turkish interests.” http://on.wsj.com/2qyIRnoDEEP DIVE – BETHANY MCLEAN in Vanity Fair’s Summer issue, “How Wells Fargo’s Cutthroat Corporate Culture Allegedly Drove Bankers to Fraud”: “Most Americans have assumed their bank accounts are sacrosanct. But with the major scandal unfolding at Wells Fargo, angry former employees illuminate the alarming pressure that allegedly led local bankers to defraud perhaps more than a million customers.” http://bit.ly/2sdaaAJ WHAT WALL STREET IS READING – “Steven Cohen’s Hedge-Fund Comeback Shoots for a Record Target: $20 Billion,” by WSJ’s Rob Copeland: “Mr. Cohen’s goal is to amass $20 billion once he gets back in the business as early as next year, he and his representatives have said in conversations with bankers, colleagues and potential investors. That would likely include his family fortune of $11 billion. The new target would blow past the $16 billion managed at peak by Mr. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors LP, one of the most profitable hedge-fund firms in the U.S. before it pleaded guilty to criminal insider trading charges in 2013.” http://on.wsj.com/2ragquCMEDIAWATCH -- “Megyn Kelly: I don’t love politics,” by Hadas Gold: “Megyn Kelly has a confession: She doesn’t love politics. ‘I was not born to be a political news anchor,’ she said, in a POLITICO interview. The newly minted NBC anchor was known for her fast-paced, hard-hitting nightly show on Fox News and moderating prowess on the debate stage, tangling with then-candidate Donald Trump. But now that she’s set to launch a Sunday news magazine show and a daily morning show on NBC, Kelly said she’s happy to be leaving the political frying pan. ‘No, I’m not going to miss the crazy news cycle. The audience enjoyed the show and I'm grateful for it,’ Kelly said. ‘But it wasn't who I was and it isn’t who I am. ... While I will cover politics ... I don’t want to do only that. It’s not enough for me personally.’” http://politi.co/2rTrYn4PHIL RUCKER: STAR OF THE ONION -- “‘Washington Post’ Reporter Frustrated Every Space In Parking Garage Taken Up By Anonymous Source” – The Onion: http://bit.ly/2rnaOhbSPOTTED -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in coach on a Seattle-appropriate purple rain jacket, on a delayed Alaska 2 from Seattle to DCA Tuesday ... House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster in jeans and short sleeves at Joe’s Stone Crab’s bar Tuesday … Arkansas Lt. Gov Tim Griffin and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) at Landini Brothers Restaurant last night in Old Town Alexandria. Griffin and Comstock go way back to when they were counsels on the House Government Reform Committee with investigator Dave Bossie. Comstock and Griffin later led the research effort in 2000 on Al Gore with senior researcher Matt Rhoades. Griffin was a member of Congress from 2010 until 2014.WEEKEND WEDDING -- Emily Howell, former POLITICO assistant editor, on Saturday married Lyndon DeSalvo, a recent graduate from University of Pennsylvania’s city planning masters program. The ceremony was at Mad River Barn in the beautiful Green Mountains in Waitsfield, Vermont. The couple met more than a decade ago while attending Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. They have since traveled the globe together. After a honeymoon in Mexico, the newlyweds are moving to Cambridge this summer where the bride will be pursuing a MPH at Harvard. Among the attendees were bridesmaid Vivyan Tran (former Politico and current WSJ, who sat behind Bernie Sanders on her flight back to Newark from Burlington) and Tim Lueders-Dumont (policy director for Vermont State Treasurer). Pics http://bit.ly/2rDt3j2 … http://bit.ly/2rDYjyt WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Ashley Verville, communications director for Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Shane Verville, performance coach at U.S. Bank, welcomed Olivia Lynn Verville last Wednesday. Pic http://politi.co/2rjeiz7 -- Molly Murphy, partner at ALG Polling, and Sean Dryden, senior analyst at PerryUndem Research and Communication, welcomed a baby boy, Charlie Cooper Dryden, over the Memorial Day weekend. Charlie came in at 7 lbs 8 oz. Since his parents are pollsters, “the kid is going to have a knack for math and was statistically within the margin of error in all categories.”ENGAGED – ROMNEY ALUMNI -- Micah Spangler, deputy director of legislative affairs at the United Nations Foundation, proposed to Jill Nguyen, senior client strategy manager at Phone2Action, over the Memorial Day weekend. “Micah popped the question on the steps of Mexico City’s historic Metropolitan Cathedral. The two first met in early 2016 but didn’t start dating until this year, when, after preparing to collaborate on an advocacy event at UN Headquarters, Jill (a vocal Hillary supporter) texted Micah (a former Romney 2012 staffer), ‘I can’t believe you’re a Republican.’” Pic http://politi.co/2qyMYjf TRANSITIONS -- Julie McClain Downey started last week as national director of campaign communications at EMILY’s List. She most recently served as the New Hampshire communications director for the Hillary Clinton campaign. ... John Martin started on Tuesday as principal associate commissioner for legislation at the FDA. Martin, the pride of Grapevine, Texas, most recently served as legislative director for Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). ... Tom Rogan has been named a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner. He was previously a contributor. http://bit.ly/2rakB9S ... Alberto Martinez, EVP at Targeted Victory and former chief of staff to Sen. Marco Rubio, has joined Maverick PAC’s board of directors.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Jake Hargraves ... Scott Mason, former Lowe’s lobbyist, former director of congressional affairs for the Trump campaign and the transition, now at Holland & Knight (hat tip: Theo Meyer) ... Jeff Freeland, OMB legislative staffer, former deputy COS for Rep. Chris Collins and former Trump congressional volunteer ... Stratton Kirton ... Rob Noel ... Loren Duggan ... (was Saturday): Andrew Tabler of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (h/t Mallory Shelbourne)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Lauren Passalacqua, comms director at the DSCC, a Gillibrand alum and noted country music fan. How she’s celebrating: “It’s a surprise! I’ve shown uncharacteristic restraint by not prying for information.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2qA0y1P BIRTHDAYS: Michael O’Connor, partner at Williams & Connolly and co-chair of its Transactions and Business Counseling practice group (h/t Robert Barnett) … Al From, the pride of South Bend, Ind. ... Clint Eastwood is 87 ... Bernard Goldberg is 72 ... Katie Troller Bond ... Aditi Srinivas ... Rep. Larry Bucshon is 55 (R-Ind.) ... Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) is 84 … Politico’s Janet Michaud, Brad Bosserman, Matt Berman, Jamie Oh and Hugh Stapleton ... RNC finance alum Angela Meyers … Debra DeShong, EVP and managing director at Subject Matter (h/t Amy Weiss) ... McClatchy’s Julie Moos ... Dan Iten ... Clark Judge, founder and managing director of White House Writers Group ... Phil Elwood, principal at Chester Creek Consulting ... “Last Week Tonight” writer Juli Weiner … former Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is 69 ...... Bert Kaufman … Ray Quintero, principal at Healthsperien (h/t Kristofer Eisenla) … Vidhya Murugesan ... Saul Levine is 79 ... Jay Dana is 3-0 ... Dan Pino is 28 ... Howard Homonoff, SVP at MediaLink (h/t Michael Knopf) ... billionaire Ira Rennert is 83 ... Rabbi Aaron Potek is 31 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Fariba Yassaee (h/t Ben Chang) … Marilyn Tavenner, president and CEO of AHIP … Erik Telford, VP of digital at In Pursuit Of ... Ray Quintero ... Sara Carter, national security/war correspondent at Sinclair’s Circa ... Paul Heinan ... Stephanie Weix ... Rhonda Roberts (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Karen Quarles ... Pamela Hughes ... Steve Duprey … Bill Oglesby ... Alix Heard … Joe Namath is 74 ... DMC is 53 ... Brooke Shields is 52 ... Colin Farrell is 41 (h/ts AP)
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: MITT ROMNEY’S annual retreat -- the E2 Summit -- will be June 8-10 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City. On the docket this year: Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former CIA Director Mike Morell and Microsoft Chairman John Thompson. GET YOUR MONEY’S WORTH!: There will be “enthusiast sessions” like trap shooting with Paul Ryan, pilates with Ann Romney and early-morning hikes with Mitt Romney.
Kishore Mahbubani is a former diplomat from Singapore and is currently dean and professor of public policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School at the National University of Singapore. He spoke to the The WorldPost from Singapore in a wide-ranging interview about globalization, immigration, U.S. President Donald Trump and Brexit. For all its benefits, where has globalization failed key domestic constituencies and why? Globalization has not failed. All discussions on globalization are distorted because Western analysts focus on the roughly 15 percent of the world’s population who live in the West. They ignore the 85 percent who are the rest. The last 30 years of human history have been the best 30 years that the rest have enjoyed. Why? The answer is globalization. The rise of the middle class in Asia has spread wealth, faith in the possibility of fair international institutions and a stabilizing rules-based system that benefits the majority of humanity. So why is there a perception that globalization has failed? The simple answer is that Western elites who enjoyed the fruits of globalization did not share them with their Western masses. Even worse, they did not prepare their populations for the disruptive change caused by the spread of globalization. In a forthcoming book, I explain how Trump and Brexit are the result of this failure. In it, I write: Instead of reacting thoughtfully and intelligently [to the 9/11 attack in 2001], the prevailing intellectual hubris led to the disastrous decision to invade Iraq. America has the world’s best universities and think tanks, as well as the most globally influential professors and pundits. Yet none of them told their fellow citizens that the most important event in 2001 was not 9/11. It was China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. The entry of almost a billion workers into the global trading system would obviously result in massive ‘creative destruction’ and the loss of many jobs in the West. This, to cut a long story short, was one major reason why Trump and Brexit happened 15 years later in 2016. The working-class populations could feel directly what their elites couldn’t feel. Their lives were being disrupted by fundamental changes taking place in the world order, and their leaders had done nothing to explain to them what was happening or to mitigate the damage. Given this, there is a solution. We need honest and courageous leaders in the West who tell their populations hard truths, like Lee Kuan Yew did here in Singapore. The West, both America and Europe, can certainly compete. However, they have to make major adjustments. For example, no more 35-hour week in France; no more agricultural subsidies in Europe; no more lifelong pension benefits after 55. You get the message. The West can certainly compete. However, no more 35-hour week in France; no more agricultural subsidies; no more lifelong pension benefits after 55. Without borders that affirm cultural affinity, walls are rising as people feel their identities are threatened. How can political leaders and parties respond to concerns over immigration without closing their societies? It is absolutely true that globalization has challenged cultural identities. This also explains Trump and Brexit. America wants to remain an Anglo-Saxon country, not a bilingual country with equal space for the Spanish-speaking population from south of the border. The British want to see an Anglo-Saxon country, not one with Polish and Muslim immigrants. One of the most shocking columns I have read in my life was a column by a lifelong liberal, Martin Wolf of the Financial Times, arguing against multiculturalism. Even he wanted to turn the clock backwards. But you cannot turn the clock backwards. With the end of the era of Western domination, we are moving from a mono-civilizational world dominated by the West to a multi-civilizational world. This is so obvious. Yet, I cannot find a single Western politician who is prepared to state the obvious. This is why Western populations are confused. They have not understood that in this new era of world history, they have to accept multiculturalism, even at home. To be fair, it is not just Western societies that are facing this challenge. Singapore had a Brexit moment in 2011. One reason why George Yeo, Singapore’s foreign minister at the time, lost his parliamentary seat in the 2011 elections is because there was a backlash against immigrants in Singapore. In an effort to fuel economic growth, the government brought in too many migrants too quickly. It learned its lesson fast. The taps were carefully tightened after 2011. In short, each society will have to find the natural balance between reducing migrants to protect cultural identity and increasing migrants to promote economic growth. Good political management can solve this. We are moving from a mono-civilizational world dominated by the West to a multi-civilizational world. With the U.S. relinquishing the global leadership role it has played for decades, China yet unable or unwilling to fill the vacuum and Europe facing internal turmoil over its own integration, what forms of global cooperation can prevent the return to an era of spheres of influence? Bill Clinton hit the nail on the head in a speech he gave at Yale in 2003: If you believe that maintaining power and control and absolute freedom of movement and sovereignty is important to your country’s future, there’s nothing inconsistent in [the U.S. continuing to behaving unilaterally]. [The U.S. is] the biggest, most powerful country in the world now. ... But if you believe that we should be trying to create a world with rules and partnerships and habits of behavior that we would like to live in when we’re no longer the military political economic superpower in the world, then you wouldn’t do that. It just depends on what you believe. As America proceeds toward becoming number two in the world (and this is inevitable), it should abandon its destructive policies of unilateralism and start a new era of constructive policies of multilateralism. It is that simple. Unfortunately, no American leader has the courage to defend multilateralism. The root cause of many of the problems in the West is political cowardice of the first order. There will be no return to exclusive spheres of influence. Each region will have multiple choices. Latin America can no longer be subject to the Monroe doctrine. China’s trade and investment links with Latin America will become as large as those of the U.S. Africa will receive many suitors, including China and India, Europe and Japan. The disappearance of exclusive spheres of influence is a result of growing globalization and the resulting reality of living in a small interdependent world. As America proceeds toward becoming number two, it should abandon its destructive policies of unilateralism. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said “technology is the new economic battlefield” and pledged to shift the Chinese economy away from the export model toward domestic consumption and production with his internet-plus program called “Made in China 2025,” which seeks to reach the global tech innovation high ground. China is also expanding regional trade ties and pushing out the “One Belt, One Road” strategy to link up markets from Beijing to Istanbul. By contrast, Trump’s “America First” policy has been called “Made in America 1955” by critics since it seeks to protect industrial manufacturing markets. He has also pledged to retract global trade deals. How might these two strategies complement instead of conflict with each other? An economic partnership between America and China is a marriage made in heaven. America is rich in technology, it has an affluent middle class despite the recent stagnation, and it has a desperate need for new infrastructure. China is rich in capital and has developed world-class infrastructure-building capabilities. If the U.S. and China were two companies, instead of two countries, they would naturally forge an economic partnership with each other. Unfortunately, they are countries, not companies. Hence, geopolitical zero-sum games prevent the natural positive-sum economic cooperation that should happen. Most Americans think that China is the irrational and illogical player in the America-China equation. To be absolutely fair and objective, China is rational and predictable. America is not. Common sense often does not prevail in American political discourse. Any American politician who even dares to suggest that it would be logical to forge a new U.S.-China infrastructure partnership would be excoriated immediately. The big question therefore is: can the U.S. be rational with China? What bridges can be built to prevent hostility or even outright conflict between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies? A new U.S.-China infrastructure partnership is the best bridge to build between the two countries. At the same time, all the current strong and positive points in the relationship must be sustained. The U.S. can remain a major market for Chinese products. China should continue to send hundred of thousands of young Chinese to study in American universities. Both should also collaborate on geopolitical issues, like North Korea. The recent trade agreement between the U.S. and China was a big plus. So too was the American decision to upgrade its delegation to the Belt and Road summit in Beijing. If the U.S. wants to be really cunning, it should seize the many business opportunities that the “One Belt, One Road” initiative will eventually offer. Pragmatism and common sense should replace ideology and pride in American thinking of China. Quite amazingly, China is now speaking the language of most American leaders. At the summit, Xi Jinping said, “Trade is an important engine driving growth. We should embrace the outside world with an open mind, uphold the multilateral trading regime, advance the building of free trade areas and promote liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment.” Surely, any sensible American leader would agree with every word in this statement. If the U.S. wants to be cunning, it should seize the business opportunities that the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative will eventually offer. Overall, how can the imperative of global cooperation be reconciled with the winning political narrative articulated so clearly by Trump, who has said, “there is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency or a global flag”? The big question is whether nationalist leaders like Trump show a deep understanding of the small integrated world that is coming or whether they reflect a last-ditch attempt by two leaders to recreate historical glories that have long gone. When Trump says consistently that he wants to “make America great again,” it shows that he is driving America into the future by looking at the rear-view mirror. No new forward-looking policies will be possible under Trump. However, the political pendulum will swing again in the U.S. ― just as Stephen Harper was replaced by Justin Trudeau in Canada and Francois Hollande replaced by Emmanuel Macron in France, the same could well happen in the U.S. We must be patient and wait for change. The paradoxical result of Brexit is that the United Kingdom will have to rebuild its economic links with the rest of the world and look for new global markets to replace the lost economic opportunities in the EU. Hence, British Prime Minister Theresa May, despite her efforts to rebuild a strong British identity, will end up creating a U.K. that is more globalized than the the U.K. was as a European Union member. The need to develop stronger economic engagement with the rest of the world will lead to a necessary tempering of the nationalist rhetoric. Over time, the U.K. could also produce a figure like Trudeau or Macron. -- 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.
WHCD PARTY PATROL -- ABBAS to the White House on Wednesday, TRUMP to NY Thursday -- SUNDAY BEST: Dickerson and Trump talk North Korea -- TRUMP: 100 days milestone is ‘phony’ -- B’DAY: Lindsay Walters
Good Sunday morning.FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK -- MONDAY: The president will sign a “Law Day” proclamation, drop by a meeting of the Independent Community Bankers Association and have lunch with VP Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He’s also meeting privately with Tillerson. TUESDAY: The president will present the Commander in Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy. WEDNESDAY: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be at the White House. THURSDAY: Trump will return to New York for the first time in his presidency, and will give “remarks commemorating the 75thAnniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.”SUNDAY BEST -- JOHN DICKERSON talks with PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION” -- DICKERSON: “What do you make of the North Korean leader?” TRUMP: “I have -- I really, you know, have no comment on him. People are saying, ‘Is he sane?’ I have no idea. I can tell you this, and a lot of people don’t like when I say it, but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He’s dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others. And at a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie. But we have a situation that we just cannot let -- we cannot let what’s been going on for a long period of years continue. And frankly, this should've been done and taken care of by the Obama administration. Should’ve been taken care of by the Bush administration. Should’ve been taken care of by Clinton.”-- ON HEALTH CARE … -- “Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I just watched another network than yours, and they were saying, ‘Pre-existing is not covered.’ Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, ‘Has to be.’”... DICKERSON: “In one of the fixes it was discussed pre-existing was optional for the states--” TRUMP: “Sure, in one of the fixes. And they’re changing it--” DICKERSON: “--oh, okay. So it’ll--” TRUMP: “--and changing.”DICKERSON: “--be permanent?” TRUMP: “Of course.” DICKERSON: “Okay. Well, that’s a development, sir. So you’re saying it’s going to be pre-existing to everybody?” TRUMP: “John, this has evolved over a period of three or four weeks. Now, we really have a good bill. I think they could have voted on Friday. I said, ‘Just relax. Don’t worry about this phony 100 day thing. Just relax. Take it easy. Take your time. Get the good vote and make it perfect.’”-- BUT, BUT, BUT … The White House was pushing GOP leaders very hard to hold a vote last week.**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbh CHUCK TODD speaks with VP MIKE PENCE on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS” -- TODD: “I understand people are happy about [cutting taxes] but you are gonna increase the deficit.” PENCE: “Well maybe in the short term. But the truth is if we don’t get this economy growing at three percent, or more as the president believes we can, we’re never gonna meet the obligations that we’ve made today.”-- ON HEALTH CARE… TODD: “Before the end of the year? Not making that promise?” PENCE: “I hope before the end of the year.”JAKE TAPPER speaks to SEN. JOHN MCCAIN on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” -- TAPPER: “If the U.S. were convinced that they were able to marry a delivery system with a nuke, do you then think that President Trump would push forward a preemptive strike?” MCCAIN: “I think that we have to consider that option as the very last option, and for a number of reasons. And one of the reasons is because there’s artillery on the DMZ that can strike Seoul, a city of 26 million people, and the carnage would be horrendous. It’s not just like the Cuban Missile Crisis, in that there isn’t any other aspects of it. This is very serious. Their capabilities of firing artillery on Seoul is absolutely real. And this, again, is why we have to bring every pressure to bear. And the major lever on North Korea today, and maybe the only lever, is China. And -- but to say you absolutely rule out that option of course would be foolish. But it has to be the ultimate last option.”CHRIS WALLACE speaks with NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER LT. GEN. H.R. MCMASTER on FOX NEWS’ “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- Connor O’Brien: “‘The last thing I would ever do is contradict the President of the United States,’ the three-star Army general said. ‘And that’s not what it was.’ ‘What I told our South Korean counterpart is until any renegotiation that the deal’s in place, we'll adhere to our word,’ McMaster continued. ‘But what the president’s asked us to do is to look across all of our alliances and to have appropriate burden-sharing, responsibility-sharing.’” http://politi.co/2oM6M1y-- “Susan Rice denies misusing intel to damage Trump,” by Rebecca Morin: http://politi.co/2pxftvVABOUT LAST NIGHT … -- JEFF MASON triumphantly announced during his speech that last night’s dinner was sold out. Mason, president of the White House Correspondents Association, also told the crowd: “We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.” Mason got a standing ovation for that part of his speech. BOB WOODWARD AND CARL BERNSTEIN also spoke at the dinner, recalling their taking down of Richard Nixon. They told the crowd that the “methodology” and “purpose” in their reporting was to get “the best obtainable version of the truth.” VIDEO of Jeff’s speech http://bit.ly/2qi0lmS … C-SPAN video of Woodward and Bernstein defending the press’ role and sharing stories from their reporting careers http://cs.pn/2puj1gv--“A different sort of White House correspondents’ dinner,” by WaPo’s Abby Ohlheiser and Emily Yahr: “During his monologue, comedian and ‘The Daily Show’ correspondent Hasan Minhaj said that he was explicitly told not to go after the absent President Trump or the administration – but if true, he certainly ignored the marching order. (‘You were not told that,’ White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason appeared to say off-screen.) ‘I would say it’s an honor to be here, but that would be an alternative fact. No one wanted to do this, so of course it lands in the hands of an immigrant. No one wanted this gig,’ said Minhaj. … There were jokes about Russia: ‘The leader of our country is not here. That’s because he lives in Moscow, it’s a very long flight.’ … ‘The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledges the amendment that allows him to do it.’ He said that in all likelihood, in a few hours, ‘Donald Trump will be tweeting about how bad Nicki Minaj bombed at this dinner.’” http://wapo.st/2pul8AQ … Video of his monologue http://bit.ly/2qlrXofOVERHEARD last night at the NBC News and MSNBC after-party: “I’m just obsessed with ratings.” … Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) at 2:30 a.m. talking manufacturing on the back patio at the NBC/MSNBC after-party to a couple of reporters. ... At the glitzy CBS-Atlantic pre-party: “This is toned down?” and “I just saw someone from my J school so I’m going to hang out with him.”FRONT PAGES on Day 101 -- ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “A DACA dilemma in times of Trump: Ariz. ‘dreamer’ wonders: Stay, or head back?” http://bit.ly/2qsd5DY … L.A. TIMES: “Trump makes his mark on environment: While stumbling early on other issues, he’s taken strides in his attack on protections” http://bit.ly/2qijkxA … HARTFORD COURANT: “‘A BETTER PLACE’: Trump Backers in Connecticut Like What They See, From Immigration To Regulation” http://bit.ly/2oY1DiS … WASHINGTON POST: “Trump’s complex next 100 days: PRESIDENT TARGETS TAX REFORM AND JOBS -- Republicans warn of challenging times ahead” http://bit.ly/2oUVqne … CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “Judging Trump after 100 days: Henry County’s residents divided on new president” http://bit.ly/2puk5AUCOUNTERPROGRAMMING -- “Trump savages media as Washington roasts him from afar,” by Josh Dawsey in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Ian Kullgren: “More than a dozen protesters fought with Trump supporters, who hauled the protesters over to police officers so they could be escorted out. At one point, several officers threw a protester to the ground who wasn’t leaving the arena. ‘Get him the hell out of here,’ Trump said. ... Before promising a border wall, a new health care system and a strong response to North Korea Saturday night, Trump told an adoring crowd here about the ‘ugly’ office interior and ‘crummy’ Manhattan location of the ‘failing New York Times.’ It was unclear why anyone in a Harrisburg farm arena would care — and the crowd was largely silent during the real estate-related knocks.“But he kept attacking the Times, even though he reads the paper every morning and often invites its reporters into the Oval Office. ‘It’s starting to look like a comic book,’ Trump said, chiding the newspaper for selling its historic building in Times Square and moving to ‘an ugly location to an ugly part of town.’ He ripped the Boston Globe, too, for getting rid of its historic building, pitting his own real estate prowess against that of the newspaper.” http://politi.co/2oUPqehFROM 30K FEET -- PETER BAKER on “How Trump Has Reshaped the Presidency, and How It’s Changed Him, Too”: “In his first 100 days in power, President Trump has transformed the nation’s highest office in ways both profound and mundane, pushing traditional boundaries, ignoring longstanding protocol and discarding historical precedents as he reshapes the White House in his own image. But just as Mr. Trump has changed the presidency, advisers and analysts say it has also changed him. Still a mercurial and easily offended provocateur capable of head-spinning gyrations in policy and politics, Mr. Trump nonetheless at times has adapted his approach to both the job and the momentous challenges it entails.“As Washington pauses to evaluate the opening phase of the Trump presidency, the one thing everyone seems to agree on is that, for better or worse, the capital has headed deep into uncharted territory. On almost every one of these first 100 days, Mr. Trump has done or said something that caused presidential historians and seasoned professionals inside the Beltway to use the phrase ‘never before.’ He has assumed even more power for the presidency, expanding President Barack Obama’s use of executive orders to offset the inability to pass major legislation and making it more independent of the Washington establishment. He has been more aggressive than any other president in using his authority to undo his predecessor’s legacy, particularly on trade, business regulation and the environment. And he has dominated the national conversation perhaps more thoroughly than any president in a generation.” http://nyti.ms/2pxeko9TRUMP’S SUNDAY MORNING TWEETS -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:05 a.m.: “Big excitement last night in the Great State of Pennsylvania! Fantastic crowd and people. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” … at 8:09 a.m.: “The Democrats, without a leader, have become the party of obstruction.They are only interested in themselves and not in what’s best for U.S.” … at 8:28 a.m.: “You can’t compare anything to ObamaCare because ObamaCare is dead. Dems want billions to go to Insurance Companies to bail out donors....New” … at 8:32 a.m.: “...healthcare plan is on its way. Will have much lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!”THE MINORITY LEADER SPEAKS -- “Chuck Schumer Sees Himself As Trump’s Chief Opponent — But Hey, At Least They’re Talking Again,” by BuzzFeed’s Kate Nocera: “Despite the back-and-forth barbs -- Trump was, for a time, referring to him as ‘fake tears Chuck Schumer’ -- the Democratic leader and the president are talking again. Still, it is not, Schumer said, a close relationship, nor are they speaking frequently. Trump does not call Schumer on his cellphone or even his office directly, but instead White House aides connect them by calling the Capitol switchboard. ‘When I talk to him, I try to talk to him about serious issues and he just changes the subject,’ Schumer said. ... ‘He listens to what I have to say on the important subject of the day and then he talks about what he wants to talk about.’” http://bzfd.it/2oLNuthBEHIND THE SCENES -- Republicans on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee are hosting a two-day policy meeting in the Longworth House office building on Capitol Hill today and tomorrow. They are discussing tax reform, which will dominate D.C. for the foreseeable future. Today’s session will go from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow they’ll meet all dayFIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- A CLIP FROM TONIGHT’S “THE CIRCUS” --Alex Castellanos, Mark McKinnon and John Heilemann have a cigar in Old Town at CXIII Rex. 3-min. video http://bit.ly/2ql3jEcCONFLICTING MESSAGES -- “National Security Chief Tells South Korea U.S. Will Pay for Defense System: Comments appear to undo President Trump’s earlier remark that South Korea should pay for Thaad,” by WSJ’s Jonathan Cheng in Seoul: “In a 35-minute phone call Sunday morning, Gen. McMaster told Kim Kwan-jin, South Korea’s national-security adviser, that the U.S. would finance Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad, as agreed to by the two countries last year, according to a statement from South Korea’s presidential Blue House. During the phone call, Gen. McMaster also praised the U.S. alliance with South Korea as ‘the most solid alliance’ and as Washington’s priority in the region, saying that ‘the U.S. will be with the Republic of Korea 100%,’ using the formal name for South Korea.“The phone call between the two national security advisers appeared to be aimed at smoothing over ruffled feathers in Seoul after Mr. Trump’s remarks, which were published in separate interviews with Reuters and the Washington Times.” http://on.wsj.com/2oXLrhBC’MON -- “Biden keeps 2020 options open,” by Isaac Dovere, who was feted last night at the WHCD for winning the Merriman Smith Award: “Joe Biden has been saying yes to nearly all the political invitations coming his way, with new ones arriving almost daily. Privately, the former vice president and his staff have started talking about how to begin planning a strategy with a roughly 18-month timeline so that if he decides on another presidential run, he’ll be best positioned to get it off the ground. Biden will be 77 by the time of the next Iowa caucuses, but Biden 2020 just might happen.“He will be in Manchester Sunday night for a speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Party dinner. After that there’s a fundraiser he’ll appear at for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a speech to the Florida Democratic Party, an address to investment leaders’ SALT Conference in Las Vegas in May, and commencement speeches at Harvard, Colby and Morgan State. It’s the kind of schedule that would fit with a candidate in the early stages of a White House run, but advisors say at this point it’s guided only by keeping his commitment to staying involved and helping rebuild the Democratic Party.” http://politi.co/2puoFyU2018 WATCH -- “Investments in Russia become focus in congressional race,” by AP’s Bobby Caina Calvan in Great Falls, Montana: “The leading candidates for Montana’s only congressional seat tangled Saturday over money, including taxes, campaign financing and $240,000 in investments by the Republican candidate that financial disclosures link to index funds with substantial holdings in Russian firms that are under sanctions by the U.S. government. The investments gave Democrat Rob Quist fresh ammunition to lob at Greg Gianforte during their only televised debate before the May 25 special congressional election. Libertarian Mark Wicks also took part in the debate.“The sanctions were put in place by the Obama administration three years ago because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Money was a key issue of the debate, with Quist and Wicks teaming up against Gianforte to denounce the amount of cash he has thrown not only into the race for Congress but also the $6 million of his own money he spent on his failed bid for governor last year.” http://apne.ws/2oM1XoWFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Climate March draws massive crowd to D.C. in sweltering heat,” by WaPo’s Chris Mooney, Joe Heim and Brady Dennis: “On a sweltering April day, tens of thousands of demonstrators assembled in Washington on Saturday for the latest installment of the regular protests that punctuate the Trump era. This large-scale climate march marked President Trump’s first 100 days in office, which have already seen multiple rollbacks of environmental protections and Obama climate policies. The People’s Climate March, which originated with a massive demonstration in New York in September 2014, picked a symbolically striking day for its 2017 event. The temperature reached 91 degrees at D.C.’s National Airport at 2:59 p.m., tying a heat record for April 29 in the district set in 1974 — which only amplified the movement’s message.” http://wapo.st/2oLTQZwWEST COAST WATCH -- “How Maxine Waters became ‘Auntie Maxine’ in the age of Trump,” by L.A. Times’ Sarah Wire: “In the past few months, young people have embraced 78-year-old [Rep. Maxine] Waters and her acerbic comments about President Trump, bringing the Los Angeles Democrat national fame in her 14th term, and a new nickname: Auntie Maxine. ‘It’s unusual for elected officials to step outside of the box,’ Waters said in an interview. ‘The millennials keep telling me for the most part they’ve never heard someone talk like that before.’ Since refusing to attend Trump’s inauguration, Waters, the longest-serving black woman in the House, has achieved icon-level status. Her image and quotes appear on T-shirts and posters. Twitter and Facebook are full of people rubbing their virtual hands in glee at what she might say next.” http://lat.ms/2pxePOUCLICKER -- Democrats are getting creative with their messaging around Trump’s first 100 days. See 100 Days Spotify playlists from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) -- Schumer: http://bit.ly/2pu42mP ... Swalwell: http://bit.ly/2ql48grBONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“The House Mother and the Fraudster -- The Convicted Con Artist Of The Winter White House,” by BuzzFeed’s Tarini Parti in West Palm Beach, Fla.: “Ari Rinkus was convicted of two felonies, owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to his victims, and has a documented habit of lying. But he’s got one big thing going for him: a wife with an important job at Donald Trump’s favorite retreat. And Rinkus is playing that for all it’s worth.” http://bzfd.it/2qsfXAu--“The California Secession Movement’s Ecstatic Rise and Unexpected Collapse,” by Daniel Riley in GQ: “In the wake of the election, the helplessness and indignation of many Californians found an outlet in a fledgling separatist movement that was hell-bent on the impossible: bringing California secession to a real-deal vote. Then, just as things were picking up steam, that’s when the scandal hit.” http://bit.ly/2ptlCck--“Lebanon, USA,” by Foreign Policy’s Ruby Mellen: “One Beiruti photographer [Fadi Boukaram] went looking for America’s heart in 24 towns named for his homeland. This is his journey.” http://atfp.co/2pboKJk--“Everything You Need to Know About Ejecting From a Fighter Jet,” by Jay Bennett in Popular Mechanics: “If you see the ground coming up big and fast, pull the rip cord. ... You will come away from the experience significantly bruised and battered, possibly with fractured bones and torn ligaments.” http://bit.ly/2oPxKkg(h/t TheBrowser.com)--“Free Speech, but Not for All?” by Ted Gup in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: “[A] tectonic shift [has occurred] in Western culture, one in which identity politics, revisionist history, and progressive agendas have become intertwined at the expense of true liberal values. Free speech is now widely viewed by those in academe as a kind of cafeteria offering.” http://bit.ly/2qeneor (h/t ALDaily.com)--“The Genesis of the Gang,” by Jacob Riis in the Sept. 1899 issue of The Atlantic: “To the lawlessness of the street the home opposes no obstacle.” http://theatln.tc/2poZNZw (h/t Longform.org)--“Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road,” by Nick Bilton in Vanity Fair, in an adaption of his new book “American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road” (out Tuesday): “Silk Road once reigned as the Internet’s premier destination for drug deals and even more illicit fare. But as the Web site became a billion-dollar enterprise, its creator, Ross Ulbricht, went from idealistic to dangerous. ... [H]ow the empire collapsed.” http://bit.ly/2pFMC9q ... $19.72 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2ptmcHn--“‘My Aryan Princess’: Drugs fuel a woman’s descent into the world of a violent Brotherhood,” by Scott Farwell in the Dallas Morning News: “My Aryan Princess is a seat-of-the-pants crime drama, a gritty and voyeuristic journey into drug dens, inner sanctums of power and the ritualistic savagery of avowed racists.” http://bit.ly/2pp87bJ--“Meet the Woman Who Took Bill O’Reilly Down,” by Kaitlin Menza in Marie Claire: “He was the most popular figure on the country’s highest-rated television network. But he was no match for New York Times reporter Emily Steel.” http://bit.ly/2pwZoX6--“Death of a dictator,” by Mary Beard in The New Statesman: “How Caesar’s murder set the template for political assassination.” http://bit.ly/2pmHven--“Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets,” by Joshua Levine in Smithsonian’s May issue: “Nearly all appear to have been killed, many with such savagery that it lends an air of grim purposefulness to their deaths. They’ve been strangled, hanged, stabbed, sliced and clobbered on the head. Some victims may have been murdered more than once in several different ways.” http://bit.ly/2oEHWAA--“The Lioness in Winter,” by Gail Sheehy in the May/June issue of Mother Jones: “Dianne Feinstein survived childhood abuse, assassination attempts, and a brutal fight with the CIA. Now it’s time to take on Trump.” http://bit.ly/2ppcUK4--“Now THAT was music,” by Lary Wallace in Aeon Magazine: “One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?” http://bit.ly/2pbMYTP--“How rich hippies and developers went to war over Instagram’s favourite beach,” by Rachel Monroe in The Guardian: “With its Mayan ruins and moonlight raves, Tulum has become Mexico’s hippest holiday destination. But a spate of violent evictions reveals a darker side.” http://bit.ly/2qepHza (h/t Longreads.com)SPOTTED in separate conversations in the Washington Hilton ballroom at the WHCD: Boris Epshteyn and Alex Castellanos, Jason Miller and Frank Sesno, Mary Vought and Dean Cain (pic http://bit.ly/2pjC0fe) ... Rena Shapiro and Samantha Bee having brunch today at the W Hotel ... Rahm Emanuel yesterday on U Street ... Two-time Cy Young winner and Nats superstar Max Scherzer rocking the red in Locust Street Group’s Caps seats yesterday with Alex Slater … At the bar at the Washington Hilton after the WHCD: Jeff Mason and family, Carol Lee, Olivier Knox, Stephen Collinson, Brianna Keilar, Clayton McCleskey, Ben Chang, Marie Harf, Margaret TalevWHCD PARTY CIRCUIT -- SPOTTED last night at the NBC News and MSNBC after-party at the spacious Organization of American States building in Foggy Bottom: Hasan Minhaj with a big group -- he was cracking everyone up, Bob Costa, Noah Oppenheim, Phil Griffin, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Kristen Welker (tearing up the dance floor), Peter Alexander, Katy Tur, Dana Bash, Don Lemon, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Erik Smith and Edith Gregson, Tammy Haddad, Kayla Tausche and Jeff Izant, April Ryan, Carol Melton, Richard Hudock, Ayman Mohyeldin, Jesse Rodriguez, Michael LaRosa, Amy Shuster, John Arundel, Alex Skatell, AshLee Strong, Joe and Giovanna Lockhart, Patrick Steel, Leigh Farris, David Solomon, David Cohen, Will Rabbe, Jim VandeHei, Roy Schwartz, Sara Fischer, Kate Meissner, Jack Smith, Tim Berry, Kenny Day, Natalie Cucchiara, Rachel Zuckerman, Kristen Osborne, Olivia Petersen, Greg Martin, Lauren French, Annie Linskey and dad Patrick Linskey.SPOTTED at Tammy Haddad’s 24th annual Garden Brunch, co-hosted by Hilary Rosen, Kevin Sheekey, Mark and Sally Ein, Fred Humphries, Kelley McCormick and Franco Nuschese at the Georgetown home of co-host Connie Milstein: Greta van Susteren and John Coale, Joe Goldman, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Mindy Finn, Valerie Jarrett and daughter Laura Jarrett, Tina Tchen, Ellen Tauscher, Pete Selfridge, Mark Penn, Kimberley Fritts, Doug Heye, Ben Ginsberg, Heather Podesta, Jeremy and Robyn Bash, Ron and Sara Bonjean, Capricia Marshall, Eric Fanning, Rick Powell, Ali Zelenko, Maggie Steenland, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Marc Adelman, Robert Allbritton, Patrick Steel, Carrie Budoff Brown, Fred Ryan, Bret Baier, Stephanie Ruhle, Kasie Hunt, Dana Bash and Spencer Garrett, Mike Allen, Jim Acosta, Don Lemon, Ali Velshi, Kevin Merida, Ruth Marcus, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fischer Martin, Jayne Visser, Jonathan Capehart and Nick Schmit, Steve Clemons, April Ryan, Megan Murphy, Michael Grynbaum, Brian Stelter, Kevin Cirilli, David Chalian, Sam Feist, Jeff Zeleny, Niki Christoff, Geoff Morrell, Stephanie Schriock.SPOTTED at the BuzzFeed “Red White & Banned” party last night at the Brixton on U Street, where the party gift was BuzzFeed’s children’s book “The President and the Big Boy Truck” (pic: http://bit.ly/2qlq4rR): Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, DeRay McKesson, Symone Sanders, Ben Smith, Shani Hilton, Adrian Carrasquillo, Darren Sands, Katherine Miller, Kate Nocera, Tarini Parti, Steven Perlberg, Miriam Elder, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jim Acosta, Eric Lipton, Tom Kaplan, Matt Flegenheimer, McKay Coppins, Rosie Gray, Zeke Miller, Hunter Schwarz, Paul Kane, Sabrina Siddiqui, Ed O’Keefe, Julia Ioffe, Cora Lewis, Ruby Mellen, Michael Meehan, Nika Nour, Alex De Luca, Michael Gwin.SPOTTED at the Samantha Bee “Not the White House Correspondents” Dinner at the DAR Constitution Hall -- (Video of Bee’s opening segment http://bit.ly/2oXXLi5 ... Will Ferrell returned as George W. Bush http://bit.ly/2qlfv8f): Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, Jim Acosta, Ari Melber, Betsy Woodruff, Hadas Gold, Matt Walsh, Kurt Bardella, Adam Hodge, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Ana Gasteyer, Don Lemon, Jonathan Capehart, Steve Clemons, Andrew Oros, Margaret Carlson, James Alefantis, Jessica Williams, Gidon Feen, Josh and Ali Rogin and Max and Becky Weinberg (pic: http://bit.ly/2qi6uzq).WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Chandler Hudson, SVP at FP1 Strategies’ digital practice, on Saturday married Adam Bair, senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at The Ivy Place in Lancaster, SC. The couple have known each other since childhood and shared their “first kiss” when they were just kids. Pics http://bit.ly/2ql81lF ... http://bit.ly/2ql5WGb ... http://bit.ly/2oULw4Z SPOTTED: Terry Nelson, Rob Jesmer, Joe Mansour, Evan Ross, Abbey Kang, Laszlo Baksay, Caroline Knox, Kate Hunter, Steve Chartan and Cameron Foster, Kent Wilson and his wife Korenna.--“Quinn Dang, Andrew Prokop” – N.Y. Times: “The couple met at Harvard, from which they both graduated cum laude. Ms. Dang, 29, is an associate in the Washington office of the law firm Paul Hastings. She received a law degree cum laude from Georgetown. ... Mr. Prokop, 30, works as the White House correspondent for Vox, the news and politics website in Washington.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2oLvSxs--“Alicia Molt, Stephen West”: “Mrs. Molt-West, 30, works in Washington as the deputy chief of staff to Representative Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin. She is also a yoga teacher. She graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and received a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins. ... Mr. West, 32, works in New York as an associate at JMP Securities, a San Francisco investment banking firm. He was, until 2012, a captain in the Marines. He served as an intelligence officer during two tours in Afghanistan and is now in the Individual Ready Reserve. He graduated from the Naval Academy and received an M.B.A. from Georgetown.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2pKZ7kfTRANSITIONS -- Steven Smith has started as the communications director for Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.). He previously was comms director for Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and is a Boehner alum.BIRTHDAYS: Lindsay Walters, White House deputy press secretary, spending the weekend celebrating with friends (hat tips: Kelly Love and Jessica Ditto) ... Jim Margolis, senior partner and president of GMMB (h/t Erik Smith) ... Bob Livingston is 74 ... Luiza Savage, editorial director of POLITICO Live ... Tina Flournoy, President Clinton’s chief of staff ... Fred Hiatt, WaPo editorial page editor ... Ian Brown ... Politico’s Caitlin Jennings ... Brooke Sammon, media relations and spokesperson at American Petroleum Institute and a Rubio alum ... Nate Lubin, founder of Lubin Strategies and former Obama WH digital director … Matt Wall of Arena Online and alum of Black Rock Group, Right to Rise and Crossroads (h/t Katie Martin) ... Sam Youngman, deputy chief comms and marketing officer at The BitFury Group, is 4-0 -- read his famous Politico Magazine story “Take This Town and Shove It: A White House reporter’s tale of sex, booze and the briefing room” http://politi.co/1TbwhME ... illustrator Barry Blitt is 59 ... Matt Loffman of “Washington Week” and an NBC alum (h/t Bob Costa) ... John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance (h/t Jon Haber) ... Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) is 61 ... Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) is 7-0 ... former Rep. Bill Clay (D-Mo.) is 86 ... Tori Taylor, Hillary and CAP alum ... Matt Segneri, director at HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and alum of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Menino and FBI... cartoonist and illustrator Barry Blitt ... Sophia Kim, FDNY deputy press secretary, former SBA comms team, and #Orange Alum, is 25 (h/t Ben Chang) … John Mulligan, partner at Monument Policy Group (h/t Stewart Verdery) ...... Joe Hagan, New York Magazine contributing editor, is 46 ... Trump inaugural committee member Paul Gates, whose older brother is Rick Gates (h/t Ed Cash) ... NYT’s Anastasia Economides ... Taylor Weeks, of The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful fame (http://bit.ly/2c5aL2l), who works for Sen. Cornyn, is 25 (h/t Devin Mogler) ... Courtney Rice, DSCC deputy press secretary, Ohio native and Priorities alum, is 27 (h/t Lauren Passalacqua) ... Brian Bennett, White House reporter for the L.A. Times ... Daniel Wolman, manager of digital strategy at the Podesta Group ... Politico Europe’s Paul Dallison ... Michael Stroud ... Chai Feldblum, EEOC commissioner ... Jamienne Studley ... defense lobbyist Michael Herson, president of American Defense International ... Boxer alum Rachel Cohen ... Tyler Bulakul, private equity at L Catterton Asia ... Jonathan J. Harsch ... Allan Katz, former U.S. ambassador to Portugal … Dave Kranich … Jonathan Jagoda … Wilhelm Meierling, COO and SVP of public affairs at American Legislative Exchange Council ... Joshua Elvis ... Aaron Levy … Sarah Baldauf … Caleb Graves ... B.R. Kelley ... James Barron of Barron Associates ... Doug Harbrecht ... Joseph Bottum ... Jay Keller ... Andy Mosher is 6-0 ... Josh Levy is 45 ... Jerilyn Goodman ... Kerry Schumann ... Ted Stux ... Cindi Bannink, famed triathlete AND Olympic triathlon coach (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Willie Nelson is 84 ... former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 58 ... actress Kirsten Dunst is 35 (h/ts AP)
Two resolutions condemning Islamophobia died quietly in the U.S. House of Representatives at the beginning of January, neither having made it out of committee. In their year-and-a-half lifespans, they drew only a few headlines, no debates on the House floor, no protests in the streets. The next month there was no such silence in Canada. The author of another anti-Islamophobia resolution stood before the House of Commons in Ottawa and read aloud a sampling of the thousands of bigoted messages and death threats she’d received online. “We will burn down your mosques, draper head Muslim,” said one message read by Iqra Khalid, a member of the Liberal Party who represents an Ontario district. Khalid is a Muslim who was born in Pakistan and immigrated to Canada as a child. “Kill her and be done with it,” read another message. “I agree, she is here to kill us. She is sick, and needs to be deported.” “I’m not going to help them shoot you, I’m going to be there to film you on the ground crying,” said another. The messages didn’t exactly feel like empty threats. Just a month before, a white supremacist had opened fire on a mosque in Quebec, killing six people praying there. As she read the messages, Khalid politely replaced curse words by saying “blank.” “Blank you gently with a chainsaw, you camel-humping terrorist incubator blank.” “Shoot this blank.” The horrifying messages, sent to Khalid after she introduced the M-103 resolution in the House of Commons, seemed to prove its premise: that anti-Muslim hate in Canada was real and scary, and that the government needed to take a stand. M-103 called on all members of Parliament to condemn Islamophobia, collect information about hate crimes, and create a committee to investigate how best to combat religious discrimination in Canada. It was not a bill and did not create a new law. Still, its introduction precipitated heated debates, with some Conservative Party lawmakers taking issue with the word “Islamophobia” itself and arguing that the resolution would somehow stifle free speech. “If I think of myself, I am afraid that if ISIS jihadists came over, they might cut my head off and rape me. Is that Islamophobia?” Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu said. “I do not know.” Gladu and other Conservatives pushed for a different resolution, one that condemned all forms of bigotry. Khalid defined Islamophobia clearly for the House as “the irrational hate of Muslims that leads to discrimination.” Liberal MP Mélanie Joly, the minister of Canadian heritage, called the Conservatives’ new resolution “weakened and watered down.” “The Conservatives have brought this motion forward in a cynical attempt to serve their political purposes and avoid addressing the real issue concerning Islamophobia,” Joly said. Anti-Muslim websites were apoplectic over M-103, claiming that it would both criminalize criticism of Islam and lead to the implementation of Sharia law in Canada. Such falsehoods fueled tense anti-M-103 protests across the country. Meanwhile, the press churned out over 1,000 news articles about the resolution in the space of just a few months, according to a search on Lexis-Nexis. Finally, in March, the House of Commons, led by its Liberal majority, passed M-103 by a vote of 201 to 91. Although it was still just a nonbinding resolution, Khalid had accomplished something significant: a big, messy, very public discussion about Islamophobia in Canada. That’s the discussion that former Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) wanted here in the United States. Honda, who lost his bid for re-election in November, was a co-sponsor of House Resolution 569, which denounced “in the strongest terms the increase of hate speech, intimidation, violence, vandalism, arson, and other hate crimes targeted against mosques, Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim.” He chose to sponsor the resolution out of personal experience. He and his family were among some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry incarcerated in so-called internment camps during World War II, where they lived behind barbed wire under the watch of armed guards. Honda argued last year that what had happened to his family “could happen again” — this time to Muslim Americans, who were increasingly scapegoated and targeted for hateful speech in the wake of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. Hate crimes against Muslims rose 67 percent in 2015. While the FBI hasn’t released hate crime statistics for 2016 yet, media reports show Muslims are still being targeted. Honda was especially horrified in November, when Carl Higbie, a retired Navy SEAL and prominent surrogate for then President-elect Donald Trump, cited the World War II prison camps as “precedent” for a Muslim registry ― which was one of Trump’s campaign proposals. The important lesson of his family’s story, Honda told The Huffington Post, is that “what they did to us was unconstitutional and they made it legal.” HR 569, he said, could have sparked “a debate about Islamophobia in the bright sunlight” ― like M-103 did in Canada ― and might have been a step toward defending Muslim Americans from future persecution. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) also had an anti-Islamophobia resolution ― HR 413 ― die in the House at the end of the last Congress. HR 413 sought to recognize and honor “the victims of hate crimes of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.” It specifically cited nine murders of Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim in the five weeks after 9/11. In a statement to HuffPost this week, Johnson said she wrote HR 413 as a rebuke to years of Islamophobic speech and government policy since the U.S. launched its “War on Terror.” “A general climate of fear and anger toward Muslims and those who appear to be Muslim was fomented,” Johnson said. “Politicians kept using [such] terms as ‘Islamic jihadism’ in their speeches. This climate of fear has manifested itself for the past 16 years in institutional policies that view American Muslims as a threat. This climate of fear is unjust.” She also said her Muslim constituents are worried. “There is a vibrant, active Muslim community in my congressional district and not a day passes that I don’t hear from Muslim American constituents in North Texas about their concerns, fears or well-being for themselves or their families,” Johnson said. Half of all resolutions introduced in the House of Representatives are never passed, many falling between the cracks during a busy legislative schedule. And the two anti-Islamophobia resolutions in the 114th Congress faced an especially uphill battle: They were introduced and sponsored by Democrats in a Republican-controlled chamber. Still, resolutions condemning hate and violence against millions of Americans would seem like an easy “yes” vote for any member of Congress. Robert McCaw, national government affairs director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, would put the blame in part on the rise of Trump. “The fear among Republicans,” McCaw told HuffPost last year, “is that if they stand up to Islamophobia, they are going to be challenged by the 70 percent of the GOP that wants to ban Muslims entering the U.S.” ― another one of Trump’s campaign proposals. “There’s a lack of moral backbone in the Republican Party to stand up to Islamophobia and that’s what needs to be addressed,” he said. The failure of the two resolutions to even get out of committee suggests how deeply anti-Muslim sentiment is entrenched in the House, with or without Trump. Among the committee members responsible for denying the resolutions a vote were three of the most Islamophobic congressmen: Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Steve King (R-Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). Franks once endorsed a virulently anti-Muslim film titled “The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America” and spoke at a conference called “The Enemy of Freedom: Islam.” Gohmert once claimed that Muslim terrorists were sending pregnant women to the U.S. to give birth to “future terrorists” who would “help destroy our way of life.” And King ― who recently made headlines for tweeting a white nationalist message ― has said that the government should spy on mosques and that Muslims should have to renounce Sharia before entering the U.S. “I don’t know if we as a nation are at the point yet where we’ll have a [Congress] condemning Islamophobia,” McCaw said this week. “America right now is facing its highest uptick of hate crimes in years, and we have a presidency unwilling to address its own anti-Muslim bias or the hate crimes happening on the streets,” he added. While Canada transitioned from a Conservative government under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to a Liberal one under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in its last federal election, America did essentially the opposite. “The resolution in Canada addresses the systemic anti-Muslim bias that was seen to culminate in the Harper government,” McCaw said, “and under Trudeau’s leadership, the Canadian people are acknowledging the harmful effects of Islamophobia in their society.” McCaw sees one bright spot in Congress with the April 5 passage of Senate Resolution 518, which condemns all hate crimes targeting “religious, racial, and ethnic minorities,” including Muslims. It also calls on federal law enforcement to expedite hate crime investigations. “So while we haven’t seen individual resolutions singling out Islamophobia passing Congress, we have seen resolutions against all forms of hate,” he said. If a measure like that can find bipartisan support and get adopted, McCaw said, maybe “there is hope” for other legislation to combat Islamophobia. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who co-sponsored HR 569 last year with Honda, told HuffPost recently that he plans to reintroduce that resolution sometime this year. Last month in his district, a Muslim family returned home to find a Quran destroyed and “FUCK MUSLIMS” written on the wall. Rep. Johnson said she also plans to reintroduce HR 413 this year. Last month at the University of Texas in Dallas, a few miles from Johnson’s district, someone dumped Qurans in a campus toilet. America does not do a good job of tracking incidents of hate and bias. We need your help to create a database of such incidents across the country, so we all know what’s going on. Tell us your story. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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Власти Канады сообщили, что готовы приютить беженцев, которых теперь не будут пускать в Штаты. Примечательно, что это заявление прозвучало на фоне трагических событий в Квебеке. Неизвестные ворвались в местную мечеть и открыли огонь по мусульманам. Шесть человек погибли.
Стивен Харпер надеется, что новая администрация президента США "спокойно смотреть" на подъем Китая
Dave Majumdar Security, It could happen. Here's why. Canada is considering the purchase of 18 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters as a stopgap measure while it begins the search for a new aircraft to replace its increasingly decrepit CF-18 fleet. America’s northern neighbor and closest ally currently operates 77 Boeing CF-18s—down from 138 jets at its peak—which were originally slated to be replaced by the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). However, Ottawa’s F-35 purchase—which was finalized under the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper—because mired in controversy over cost and technical issues. The new Liberal government—led by Justin Trudeau—is hoping to avoid a similar debacle by kicking the can down the road with an interim partial CF-18 replacement while it holds a competition for a new jet. “Today, the Government of Canada has announced that it will launch, within its current mandate, an open and transparent competition to replace the legacy fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft. This competition will ensure that the Government gets the right aircraft for our women and men in uniform – at the right price – while maximizing economic benefits to Canadians,” reads a Canadian government statement. “In addition, Canada will immediately explore the acquisition of 18 new Super Hornet aircraft to supplement the CF-18s until the permanent replacement arrives.” Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said that Canada urgently needs new aircraft—hence the need for an interim fighter purchase. “Every government has to decide the level of risk they are willing to accept to Canada, and our women and men in uniform. Having to manage our commitments to NORAD, NATO, and our ability to respond to unforeseen events is not a risk this government is willing to accept,” Sajjan said. “The interim fleet provides the most effective way forward to help ensure Canada remains a credible and dependable ally.” Read full article
В канадской оппозиции уже заявили об опасении, что страна может ослабить санкций против РФ.
Заместитель главы МИД Канады Марк Гвоздецки в начале ноября «незаметно» посетил Москву для обсуждения Украины и Сирии, что вызвало беспокойство канадской оппозиции, увидевшей в этом возможное смягчение Оттавой санкций по отношению к Москве и России, сообщило агентство ...
Donald Trump’s surprise general election win in the early hours of Wednesday has already resuscitated plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada, the company behind the proposed 1,179-mile oil conduit from Alberta to Nebraska, announced plans on Wednesday to meet with Trump officials to once again pitch the pipeline. President Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL last November after seven years of reviews, a move hailed by environmentalists. “TransCanada remains fully committed to building Keystone XL,” Mark Cooper, a spokesman for the company, said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. “We are evaluating ways to engage the new administration on the benefits, the jobs and the tax revenues this project brings to the table.” The company did not say whether it planned to formally reapply to build the pipeline. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged Trump to reconsider Keystone XL in a congratulatory tweet on Wednesday. Congratulations to Donald Trump on his impressive victory. Canada/US partnership is strong. There is much to do, incl moving ahead with KXL.— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) November 9, 2016 Trump said in May that he would support the pipeline if the U.S. government could get a share of its revenue, which may not be legal. “I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits,” Trump said during a speech on his energy policies to oil-industry workers in North Dakota. “That’s how we’re going to make our country rich again.” Still, Trump’s core campaign pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement could put TransCanada’s plans in jeopardy. In June, the company used a legal clause in NAFTA to sue the U.S. government. Oil, gas and coal stocks surged in the hours after Trump claimed victory. Shares of renewable energy companies, by contrast, plummeted. Trump has called scientific evidence of climate change “bullshit” and “a hoax,” and has vowed to reverse much of Obama’s energy policies. During his campaign, he threatened to pull out of the historic climate accord that was reached in Paris last December and went into effect last week. -- 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.
Активная глобальная дедолларизация продолжается. По-прежнему, особую роль здесь играет Китай, который сейчас подписал валютные соглашения с Канадой и Катаром. Канада, таким образом, становится первым офшорным хабом для юаня в Северной Америка, а объем торговли между Канадой и Китаем может в ближайшее время удвоится или даже утроиться, тем самым снижая необходимость в долларах. Но это еще не сама опасная новость для нефтедоллара на этой неделе. Китай также заключил соглашение с Катаром об организации прямых валютных свопов между двумя странами с использованием юаня. Эпоха нефтедоллара До ХХ века стоимость денег была привязана к золоту. Банки были ограничены своими золотыми запасами, поэтому рост кредитования имел свои пределы. Но в 1944 г. была создана Бреттон-Вудская система, положившая начало системе обменных курсов. В рамках Бреттон-Вудской системы обменного курса всех валют были привязаны к доллару, а доллар в свою очередь - к золоту. Для предотвращения спекуляций привязанных валют движение капитала было сильно ограничено. Эта система в течение двух десятилетий сопровождала быстрый экономический рост и помогла избежать каких-либо серьезных финансовых кризисов. Но в конце концов она показала свою неспособность справляться с растущей экономической мощью Германии и Японии, а также нежеланием Америки корректировать свою внутреннюю экономическую политику с сохранением увязки к золоту. Президент Никсон отменил увязку к золоту в 1971 г., и система фиксированного обменного курса развалилась. В тот момент доллар пережил период обвального падения, а нефть сыграла решающую роль в его поддержке. Никсон провел переговоры с Саудовской Аравии, и та, в обмена на оружие и защиту, согласилась продавать нефть только в долларах. Другие члены ОПЕК эту систему поддержали, обеспечивая вечный мировой спрос на американскую валюту. И доминирование нефтедоллара продолжается по сей день. Тот факт, что Китай начал таким образом действовать со странами ОПЕК, говорит о том, что он бьет в самое сердце нефтедолларовой системы. И последние удары становятся все чаще и сильнее. Юань в Канаде Китайский юань и американский долларОбычно канадские экспортеры вынуждены использовать американскую валюту при торговле с Китаем, а это увеличивает затраты и ведет к более продолжительному ожиданию завершения сделки. И это именно то, чего добивались власти Канады. В частности, Стивен Харпер хотел бы увеличения количества компаний малого и среднего бизнеса, работающих с Китаем, продавая там товары и услуги. Объем своп- соглашения между Китаем и Канадой составляет 200 млрд юаней. Валюты стран будут использоваться не только в торговле, но и при осуществлении инвестиций. Более того, центральные банки Китая и Малайзии объявили о создании клирингового центра в Куала-Лумпуре, который будет способствовать дальнейшему повышению использованию юаня в Юго-Восточной Азии. И это всего через две недели после того, как ведущий финансовый центр Азии – Сингапур – стал главный центром для юаня в регионе, так как удалось установить прямую конвертацию между сингапурским долларом и юанем. И все это укладывается в рамки действующего тренда. Юань быстро распространяется по всему миру, в качества валюты для торговли, инвестиций и даже сбережений. Депозиты в юанях в Южной Корее выросли в 55 раз за один год, и это потрясающий рост. Также можно вспомнить, что правительство Великобритании стала первым иностранным правительством, планирующим выпуск долговых обязательств, номинированных в юанях. Даже Европейский центральный банк обсуждает возможность включения юаня в свои официальные резервы, в то время как политические деятели во всем мире все громче заявляют, что необходима новая денежная система, которая не будет основана на долларе. Конечно, в ближайшее время доллар вряд ли почувствует на себе последствия этих действий, но в долгосрочной перспективе тенденция очевидна: остальной мир больше не хочет полагаться на доллары США, и они создают новую реальность, хочет этого Америка или нет. Сейчас более 10 тыс. финансовых учреждений работают с китайским юанем по сравнению с 900 в 2011 г. А офшорные операции с юанем оцениваются в $143 млрд. При этом доля китайского экспорта и импорта, номинированная в юанях, выросла почти в шесть раз за три года до 12%. Юань и Катар Доля платежей в юанях вне КНРИ если все предыдущие действия просто говорили об опасной тенденции для США, то заключение соглашение с Катаром может вызвать "нефтедолларовую панику". Система нефтедоллара является сердцем и душой господства Америки над мировой финансовой системой и залогом стабильности доллара. Все страны должны покупать доллары, чтобы иметь возможность покупать нефть на открытом рынке. Но 3 ноября Китай подписал соглашение по валютным свопом с Катаром. Соглашение между странами на сумму, эквивалентную $5,7 млрд., будет действовать три года, и Катар стал 24-й страной, открывшей свой рынок для китайской валюты. И это станет основой для будущего юаня на Ближнем Востоке. Самое интересное, что через три года Госсовет планирует сделать юань полностью конвертируемой валютой. Судя по всему, нефтедобывающим странам на Ближнем Востоке все сложнее доверять доллару США, поэтому можно ждать, что к валютным соглашениям с Китаем присоединяться и другие страны ОПЕК. Сейчас почти каждую неделю Китай, Россия или одна из стран БРИКС заключают соглашения которые заменяют старую систему торговли. И многие страны постепенно отказываются от доллара из-за экспорта инфляции. Поэтому китайский юань становится все более приемлемым вариантом, особенно сейчас, когда мощь экономики Азии быстро растет.
Воинский контингент НАТО как можно скорее должен быть направлен в Мали для проведения там санкционированной ООН военной операции с целью помощи властям страны в борьбе с исламистами, занявшими север страны, заявил глава Африканского союза президент Бенина Бони Яйи, сообщает Reuters. «Это... проблема не только Африки. Это мировая, международная проблема... НАТО следует принять участие в операции», - заявил во вторник Яйи, передает РИА «Новости». В то же время премьер-министр Канады, одного из членов альянса, Стивен Харпер заявил во вторник, что правительство его страны не намерено направлять канадских военнослужащих в Мали. Совет безопасности ООН санкционировал в декабре 2012 года ввод 3,3 тыс. военнослужащих африканских стран (AFISMA) в Мали. Согласно резолюции СБ ООН, задачами AFISMA, которые пока направлены в Мали на год, станет помощь в перестройке системы обороны и сил безопасности, восстановлении нормальной жизни в северных районах страны, находящихся под контролем террористов, экстремистов и вооруженных групп, выполнении властями задачи защиты населения и оказании гуманитарной помощи нуждающимся. Закладки: