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Тимоти Майкл Кейн
24 марта, 04:21

Schumer confident Democrats have votes to block Gorsuch

The Senate minority leader is prepared to force Mitch McConnell to try to invoke the 'nuclear option.'

22 марта, 20:33

Obama team lines up behind Perriello

Seeking to drape himself in the mantle of Barack Obama in his Virginia gubernatorial race, former Rep. Tom Perriello on Wednesday began circulating a letter showing support from over two dozen members of the former president’s staff, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO.Among the 29 signers: Obama’s 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy-Ann DeParle, former White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer, former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, former White House Deputy Senior Advisor Stephanie Cutter, former White House Social Secretary Julianna Smoot, former White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz, and former White House Director of Political Affairs Patrick Gaspard, fresh off a stint as the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa.Locked in a tight Democratic primary battle with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam — who has the backing of much of Virginia’s party leadership, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — Perriello’s goal is to align himself with one of the party’s most popular figures as he advocates for a break from McAuliffe’s administration, if not a radical one.“Tom embodies the pragmatic progressive values that President Obama fought so hard for over the past eight years. In Congress, Tom stood with President Obama — even though he represented a red district — to pass the Affordable Care Act, to support climate change legislation to protect our planet, and to prevent a depression through the Recovery Act,” reads the roughly 450-word letter. “Tom didn’t just take these votes; he defended them and ran on them despite the tea party wave that scared others into political expediency. While many Democrats ran away from the president in 2010, Tom didn't."Perriello lost in 2010 to GOP Rep. Robert Hurt by four percentage points. Obama campaigned for him the weekend before the election, making Perriello the only House member to get a personal political visit from the president.Other signers of Wednesday's letter include Tina Tchen, the former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, former White House Director of Legislative Affairs Amy Rosenbaum, former White House Office of Public Engagement Director Jon Carson, former White House Director of Media Affairs Christina Reynolds, former Obama campaign Digital Director Teddy Goff, and former Obama campaign Director of Paid Media Larry Grisolano.“The right leader at the right moment can do extraordinary good. We are at a fearful crossroads in this country. We were as disappointed as anyone to see Donald Trump, a man who represents everything we have stood against, be elected,” the letter continues. “We have also watched with horror as he has assaulted so many of the progressive gains we made, It will take strong and courageous leaders to fight back and put forth new ideas to lead out party and our people into the progressive future."Perriello has in recent weeks also rolled out endorsements from former Obama administration officials John Podesta and Neera Tanden, each of whom worked with him at the liberal Center for American Progress. Both are also top allies of Hillary Clinton, as are a number of other people on Wednesday’s letter: Palmieri, Goff, and Reynolds were senior members of her campaign staff.But Perriello has been eager to avoid comparisons to either Clinton or Bernie Sanders after gaining support from many of her allies while hiring a Sanders campaign alum, Julia Barnes, to run his own bid. Instead, he is hoping to yoke himself to Obama. His team has previously compared the race to the 2008 primary between Obama and Clinton, casting Perriello as a young, liberal upstart alternative to an older, establishment-backed Northam.Still, Perriello’s task is not a straightforward one: neither Obama nor former Vice President Joe Biden or any other members of their cabinet have endorsed him, and some of Northam’s endorsees — like Kaine, Obama’s former Democratic National Committee chairman — are also closely associated with the former president.

22 марта, 18:30

Acosta responds to Washington Post report about lawsuit deal

Alexander Acosta, President Trump's nominee for labor secretary, was asked by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) about a Washington Post report that he cut a deal with billionaire money manager Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing more than 40 minor girls.

20 марта, 17:37

FBI Director Confirms Agency Is Investigating Ties Between Trump And Russia

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― The FBI director confirmed the existence of an investigation into possible ties between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian government officials. James Comey’s formal confirmation of the probe on Monday follows months of news reports quoting anonymous government officials discussing the FBI-led, multi-agency probe into communications between Trump allies and Moscow in the lead-up to the 2016 election. Comey is the first to publicly confirm those reports. “I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Comey told the House Intelligence Committee. “That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.” The FBI has been investigating links between the Trump team and Russian officials since July, Comey told the House panel ― meaning the probe was underway during the height of an alleged effort by Moscow to tip the scale in favor of Trump during the 2016 election. He declined to speculate on how long it would take to conduct the investigation, but suggested that it wasn’t nearing completion. The eight-month period in which the investigation has been ongoing is a “fairly short period of time” for a counterintelligence investigation, he said.  The House Intelligence Committee is one of two congressional committees investigating Moscow’s role in last year’s presidential race. The intelligence community publicly shared its assessment in January that the Russian government hacked Democratic entities and operatives and released damning information with the goal of helping Trump win the election. But the assessment did not indicate whether Trump and his campaign team were aware of or complicit in Moscow’s operations. Lawmakers have pushed law enforcement and intelligence officials to respond to repeated queries about ties between Trump associates and Russian intelligence. Comey, to the frustration of several lawmakers, has insisted he cannot publicly discuss the possible existence of an ongoing investigation. (Comey did, however, disclose information to lawmakers related to an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email server days before the election. His letter to lawmakers was quickly leaked.) But the FBI director has faced mounting pressure to speak publicly about the situation, amid a relentless series of leaks about seemingly bizarre communications between high-level Trump aides and Russian intelligence officials. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was Clinton’s running mate in her presidential bid last year, said on Wednesday that he expected Comey to announce publicly that the FBI is looking into the White House’s possible ties to Russia. “As you know, our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters,” Comey said Monday. “But in unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so. This is one of those circumstances.” This article has been updated with Comey’s quotes and details from the hearing. -- 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.

15 марта, 15:19

Defense Secretary James Mattis Breaks With Other Cabinet Members On Climate Change

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves. In unpublished written testimony provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee after his confirmation hearing in January, Mattis said it was incumbent on the U.S. military to consider how changes like open-water routes in the thawing Arctic and drought in global trouble spots can pose challenges for troops and defense planners. He also stressed this is a real-time issue, not some distant what-if. “Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today,” Mattis said in written answers to questions posed after the public hearing by Democratic members of the committee. “It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers of instability that impact the security environment in their areas into their planning.” Mattis has long espoused the position that the armed forces, for a host of reasons, need to cut dependence on fossil fuels and explore renewable energy where it makes sense. He had also, as commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command in 2010, signed off on the Joint Operating Environment, which lists climate change as one of the security threats the military expected to confront over the next 25 years. But Mattis’ written statements to the Senate committee are the first direct signal of his determination to recognize climate change as a member of the Trump administration charged with leading the country’s armed forces. These remarks and others in the replies to senators could be a fresh indication of divisions or uncertainty within President Donald Trump’s administration over how to balance the president’s desire to keep campaign pledges to kill Obama-era climate policies with the need to engage constructively with allies for whom climate has become a vital security issue. Mattis’ statements on climate change, for instance, recognize the same body of science that Scott Pruitt, the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator, seems dead-set on rejecting. In a CNBC interview last Thursday, Pruitt rejected established science pointing to carbon dioxide as the main driver of recent global warming. Mattis’ position also would appear to clash with some Trump administration budget plans, which, according to documents leaked recently to The Washington Post, include big cuts for the Commerce Department’s oceanic and atmospheric research — much of it focused on tracking and understanding climate change. Even setting aside warming driven by accumulating carbon dioxide, it’s clear to a host of experts, including Dr. Will Happer, a Princeton physicist interviewed by Trump in January as a potential science adviser, that better monitoring and analysis of extreme conditions like drought is vital. Mattis’ statements could hearten world leaders who have urged the Trump administration to remain engaged on addressing global warming. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to meet Trump on Friday. Security questions related to rising seas and changing weather patterns in global trouble spots like the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa are one reason that global warming has become a focus in international diplomatic forums. On March 10, the United Nations Security Council was warned of imminent risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan. As well, at a Munich meeting on international security issues last month, attended by Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence, European officials pushed back on demands that they spend more on defense, saying their investments in boosting resilience to climate hazards in poor regions of the world are as valuable to maintaining security as strong military forces. “[Y]ou need the European Union, because when you invest in development, when you invest in the fight against climate change, you also invest in our own security,” Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said in a panel discussion. Concerns about the implications of global warming for national security have built within the Pentagon and national security circles for decades, including under both Bush administrations. In September, acting on the basis of a National Intelligence Council reporthe commissioned, President Obama ordered more than a dozen federal agencies and offices, including the Defense Department, “to ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered in the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans.” A related “action plan” was issued on Dec. 23, requiring those agencies to create a Climate and National Security Working Group within 60 days, and for relevant agencies to create “implementation plans” in that same period. There’s no sign that any of this has been done. Whether the inaction is a function of the widespread gaps in political appointments at relevant agencies, institutional inertia or a policy directive from the Trump White House remains unclear. Queries to press offices at the White House and half a dozen of the involved agencies — including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Commerce Department — have not been answered. A State Department spokeswoman directed questions to the National Security Council and the White House, writing: “We refer you to the NSC for any additional information on the climate working group.” Mattis’ statements were submitted through a common practice at confirmation hearings in which senators pose “questions for the record” seeking more detail on a nominee’s stance on some issue. The questions and answers spanned an array of issues, but five Democratic senators on the committee asked about climate change, according to a government official briefed in detail on the resulting 58-page document with the answers. The senators were Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking member, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Excerpts from Mattis’ written comments to the committee were in material provided to ProPublica by someone involved with coordinating efforts on climate change preparedness across more than a dozen government agencies, including the Defense Department. Senate staff confirmed their authenticity. Dustin Walker, communications director for the Senate Armed Services Committee, said responses to individual senators’ follow-up questions are theirs to publish or not. Here are two of the climate questions from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, with Mattis’ replies: Shaheen: “I understand that while you were commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command you signed off on a document called the Joint Operating Environment, which listed climate change as one of the security threats the military will face in the next quarter-century. Do you believe climate change is a security threat?” Mattis: “Climate change can be a driver of instability and the Department of Defense must pay attention to potential adverse impacts generated by this phenomenon.” Shaheen: “General Mattis, how should the military prepare to address this threat?” Mattis: “As I noted above, climate change is a challenge that requires a broader, whole-of government response. If confirmed, I will ensure that the Department of Defense plays its appropriate role within such a response by addressing national security aspects.” In a reply to another question, Mattis said: “I agree that the effects of a changing climate — such as increased maritime access to the Arctic, rising sea levels, desertification, among others — impact our security situation. I will ensure that the department continues to be prepared to conduct operations today and in the future, and that we are prepared to address the effects of a changing climate on our threat assessments, resources, and readiness.” Here’s some recommended reading for those seeking more depth: “Here’s How US Allies Are Trying to Convince Trump To Take Climate Change Seriously” UN Dispatch, Feb. 22, 2017, by John Light “Mattis on Military Energy Strategy” New America, Jan. 13, 2017, by Sharon Burke “Climate and Security Advisory Group: Briefing Book for a New Administration” The Center for Climate and Security, Nov. 14, 2017 (The Center for Climate and Security also has a helpful chronology of U.S. defense and intelligence output on these intertwined issues.) “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks” A 2015 report commissioned by the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven “The National Security Case for Funding the EPA” The Hill (opinion), March 11, 2017, by Sherri Goodman (a deputy undersecretary of defense from 1993 to 2001) Also, I ran a discussion on the subject at the Washington offices of the Hoover Institution last month with retired Navy Admiral Gary Roughead, who was chief of naval operations from 2007 to 2011; Alice Hill, who directed work on the intersection of climate and national security policy at the National Security Council during the Obama administration; and David Slayton, a retired Navy officer who is now at Hoover tracking Arctic security and energy policy. 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15 марта, 12:10

Trump-state Democrats choose party over president

A POLITICO analysis shows the president is failing to win over key Democrats on major votes, a potentially ominous sign for his agenda.

15 марта, 01:45

How Gorsuch is preparing for his Senate showdown

The Supreme Court nominee is undergoing 'murder boards' and boning up on his own rulings ahead of next week's confirmation hearings.

12 марта, 14:08

Democrats to turn Obamacare attacks against GOP in 2018

After years of playing defense, Democrats say the politics of health care have turned in their favor.

11 марта, 05:45

Tim Kaine’s Son Arrested At Protest

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08 марта, 23:29

Son of 2016 Democratic VP nominee Kaine arrested at anti-Trump protest

(Reuters) - The son of 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was arrested last weekend during a protest against President Donald Trump in Minnesota after a scuffle with law enforcement, police said on Wednesday.

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08 марта, 21:03

Sen. Kaine ‘confident’ son’s actions at protest were peaceful

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) responded to the news that his youngest son was arrested at a March 4 protest. He said his three children, "all understand that in expressing your views you have an obligation to do it peacefully, and I'm confident that that's what happened."

08 марта, 20:27

Statement Regarding President Trump’s April 27, 2016 Foreign Policy Speech at the Center for the National Interest

The Publishers Politics, Americas The National Interest and the Center for the National Interest have received many inquiries regarding President Donald Trump’s April 27, 2016 foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel. The National Interest and the Center for the National Interest have received many inquiries regarding President Donald Trump’s April 27, 2016 foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel. Accordingly, we have decided to release the following statement to share our recollections from that day. The National Interest magazine, which the Center publishes, organized the event to expose Washington’s foreign policy community and the American public to the views of a presidential candidate who was then the Republican front-runner. We were very pleased to have this opportunity and saw it as a public service. Because the Center for the National Interest is a non-partisan organization, our hosting the event did not and could not represent an endorsement of Mr. Trump’s candidacy. Indeed, just a few weeks later, on May 23, 2016, we presented the Center’s annual Distinguished Service Award to Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Pat Roberts at a gala dinner. As is well known, Senator Kaine later became the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. As the host, the Center for the National Interest decided whom to invite and then issued the invitations. The Trump campaign did not determine or approve the invitation list. Guests at the event included both Democrats and Republicans, with some among the latter supporting other candidates. Most of the guests were Washington-based foreign policy experts and journalists. The Center for the National Interest invited Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and several other ambassadors to the speech. We regularly invite ambassadors and other foreign representatives to our events to facilitate dialogue. Ambassador Kislyak was one of four foreign ambassadors who attended the speech that day. We seated all four in the front row during the speech in deference to their diplomatic status. The Trump campaign had nothing to do with the seating arrangement. The Center for the National Interest extended equal treatment to the four ambassadors attending the event and invited each to a short reception prior to Mr. Trump’s speech. The reception included approximately two dozen guests in a receiving line. The line moved quickly and any conversations with Mr. Trump in that setting were inherently brief and could not be private. Our recollection is that the interaction between Mr. Trump and Ambassador Kislyak was limited to the polite exchange of pleasantries appropriate on such occasions. Read full article

08 марта, 18:38

Tim Kaine's Son Arrested For Allegedly Rioting At Pro-Trump Rally

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The youngest son of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was one of six people arrested for crashing a “March 4 Trump” rally at the Minnesota state Capitol over the weekend that turned chaotic, according to reports. Linwood “Woody” Michael Kaine, 24, of Minneapolis, was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of felony second-degree riot, Ramsey County jailhouse records show.  He and four others were reportedly released Tuesday without charges, though an investigation is ongoing. A sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office told WTVR there were “insufficient facts to prove felony-level riot.” During the pro-Trump event, anti-Trump protesters blew air horns, whistles and even released a smoke bomb, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported. Video of the rally obtained by local NBC affiliate KARE 11 showed people tussling with one another in the Capitol’s rotunda. At one point, someone used mace and deployed a device resembling a stun gun, the station reported. Counter protestors are crashing this rally pic.twitter.com/WIaezmSz2F— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) March 4, 2017 One man could be heard shouting, “No KKK, no racist USA,” in video footage from local CBS affiliate WCCO. Kaine allegedly fled the scene with four others and made it nearly a block before St. Paul police officers confronted him, police spokesman Steve Linders told the Pioneer Press. “He turned around and squared up to fight with the officer,” Linders told the local news site. “The officer was able to place Mr. Kaine under arrest and take him to the Ramsey County jail for booking.” Tim Kaine, who was Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate during the 2016 presidential election, released a statement following news of his son’s arrest. “We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues,” the senator said, according to The Washington Post. “They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.” The senator’s oldest son, Nat, is a U.S. Marine who has deployed overseas. His daughter, Annella, is in college. Woody Kaine attended college outside of St. Paul, the Post reported. The Pioneer Press said St. Paul police and the city attorney were unaware that Woody Kaine is the son of Tim Kaine until the paper informed them. Linders said the senator’s office did not contact his department. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58b4ed9ee4b0780bac2cb726,580f7e6ae4b000d0b158bfd6,5806527de4b0180a36e68c4a,58b32a6fe4b0658fc20f96ed -- 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.

02 марта, 02:18

Democrats: Yemen raid still needs investigation

Democrats on Wednesday said it was appropriate for President Donald Trump to honor the widow of the SEAL who was killed in last month — but the tribute does not erase lingering questions surrounding the Yemen raid.“I was proud to be part of the standing ovation in tribute to her courage and strength and her sacrifice, particularly as the dad of a naval officer who’s currently deployed. But it’s no substitute for an investigation,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).Trump's honoring of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens and his widow, Carryn Owens, in a powerful moment during his address to Congress, drew an an extended standing ovation. Still, the reaction, Democrats said, does not negate the calls from Owens' father for a review into the decision-making process that led to Trump's approval of the raid five days into his presidency.More galling was Trump's casting blame on his generals for the mission — “They lost Ryan,” Trump said — just hours before the tribute to Owens’ widow, the lawmakers charged.“I think he made an unfortunate statement earlier where he kind of blamed it on the generals, kind of deflected responsibility, and I think, in his way, he was trying to make up for it,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate in 2016, added that he thought it was “most unusual” for Trump to highlight the raid, given the divide within the family. “I had a lot of conflicting emotions about that because of the classified briefings I’ve been in, and because there was some family tension over the role of the president.”The Pentagon is currently undertaking three investigations related to the January raid — one on the raid itself, another on the allegations of civilian casualties, and a third on the V-22 Osprey aircraft that crashed during the mission.Several Democrats — including Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee — suggested Congress should get involved with its own investigation if the Pentagon’s is not sufficient, though they said they wanted to await the results of the Defense Department probes first.“I think we have to continue to review their ongoing after-action investigation,” Reed told POLITICO. “We have to send a message that we expect this to be accomplished thoroughly but expeditiously. If they had to take another operation, they don’t want to make the same what they themselves, I think, would concede would be misjudgments.”Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) currently has no plans to investigate the raid separately from the Pentagon.For Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), honoring Owens’ sacrifice should be unrelated to the success of the raid. He warned the Trump administration not to “oversell” what intelligence was obtained from the Yemen raid. “What if there was nothing there?" Graham said. "He’s still a hero."Elana Schor contributed to this report.

01 марта, 19:08

Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as interior secretary

The Senate confirmed Rep. Ryan Zinke Wednesday as Interior secretary, installing the former Navy Seal into a Cabinet role that will require him to try to balance President Donald Trump's goal of boosting fossil fuel production while protecting vast amounts of federal land in the West.The fifth-generation Montana native will lead an agency that manages one-fifth of the nation's land and is composed of nine massive bureaus, each with its own culture and mandates to oversee national parks, wildlife refuges, major Western hydropower dams, tribal lands and areas ripe for oil drilling and other energy development. "The Interior has one of the most complex and varied missions of the entire federal government," said Lynn Scarlett, global managing director for public policy at The Nature Conservancy, and a former Interior deputy secretary under the George W. Bush administration. It's a position which will require Zinke to perform "an endless balancing act between the conservation purposes of the agency, the recreation access purposes (and) the resource extraction requirements," she added.Compared to many of Donald Trump's other nominees who faced resistance from Democrats, Zinke breezed through his confirmation process and was confirmed on a bipartisan 68-31 vote, with backing from 17 Democrats, including Sens. Michael Bennet (Colo.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tim Kaine (Va.) and Jon Tester (Mont.). While environmental groups have been critical of Zinke's pro-fossil fuel stance and his record voting against endangered species protections, they focused most of their opposition campaigns on nominees like EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, who they fear would do far greater damage to their climate change, clean energy and conservation efforts."Zinke is really bad, but given the horrific standard that Trump has established so far, he's actually a little better than the rest of them," Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said when Zinke's nomination was announced.In addition to land management, Interior is tasked with implementing the Endangered Species Act, which some Republican lawmakers are hoping to overhaul in this Congress. The department is also home to the U.S. Geological Survey, an agency that, among other things, conducts scientific research on climate and land use changes. "Throughout the agencies, scientists are afraid that their work will be defunded, suppressed or they won't be able to communicate, and I think that's something that will be a big test of Ryan Zinke: is he willing to stand up for the scientists in his agency and listen to them and take their advice?" said Adam Markham, deputy director of the energy and climate change program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. During his confirmation hearing, Zinke said he believes the climate is changing, but said he there was still debate over the role that human activity played in it.One of Zinke's first acts is likely to be to end Interior's freeze on new coal leases with the swipe of a pen. Trump is expected to issue an executive order in the coming days directing Zinke to do just that. Zinke has also pledged to smooth the path for more oil and gas development on federal land and offshore areas, and he's likely to seek to reverse President Barack Obama's late-term decision to ban new offshore drilling leases in parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Zinke has criticized the Interior's minerals and drilling permitting process, but has defended the underlying environmental review law used in the process. Among other things, Zinke will need to persuade agencies under his jurisdiction to improve their cooperation, a challenge his predecessor failed to meet.Among Zinke's earliest tests at Interior will be his response to pressure from the Utah delegation to endorse their call for Trump to revoke the Bears Ears National Monument that Obama created at the end of his term. Zinke is expected to visit Utah soon, and will likely make it his first stop of a multi-state tour. While the fate of the monument is unclear, Zinke has been a supporter of Washington's role in overseeing federal lands — a position that may have helped him win the nomination, since he drew the backing of Donald Trump, Jr, who like Zinke is a sportsman. Zinke, who was first elected to the House in 2014, has characterized himself as a Teddy Roosevelt Republican on public lands issues, which puts him in conflict with the GOP platform and several of his former lawmaker colleagues on Capitol Hill. Still, Zinke believes land should be tapped for multiple purposes where appropriate, and he supports efforts to increase the mineral and energy production on federal property. Some Western Republican lawmakers want the land handed over to the states where energy resources could be developed much quicker but outdoor recreation groups fear that doing so would effectively cut them off from those areas."I'm particularly concerned about public access," Zinke said at his confirmation hearing. "I'm a hunter, a fisherman. But multiple use is also making sure that what you are going to do, you know and you go in with both eyes open. That means sustainability. That means that it doesn't have to be in conflict if you have recreation over mining, you just have to make sure that you understand what the consequences of each of those uses are." Even if Zinke can find a balanced approach to land use, he may find his hands tied on with the agency's massive infrastructure backlog, the biggest of which is at National Parks. Zinke has repeatedly indicated he plans to tackle the Park Service's multi-billion dollar infrastructure deficit, but that's likely to be a challenge given the White House effort to shrink spending across all non-defense areas of the government. Interior will also have a key role to play in the next few years on several major Western water issues — an area Zinke has little experience with and will need to staff up quickly.States in the lower Colorado River basin are tinkering on the brink of a first-ever shortage declaration and are poised to finalize a deal aimed at heading off the worst-case scenario in the massive river basin that is home to nearly 40 million people and a major slice of the country’s agricultural output. But they need a federal partner to help finish the agreement.Meanwhile, Interior also has a key role to play in negotiating a new water sharing deal with Mexico, ideally before the current one expires at the end of this year. Zinke will also find himself caught in the middle of California water wars, as his department implements contentious language approved by Congress in December that aims to rebalance how water is shared between endangered fish species in the sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta and farmers and cities in the central and southern portions of the state.

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QUESTION ASKED: Why did Keith Ellison lose the DNC race? As this year’s “establishment” candi…

QUESTION ASKED: Why did Keith Ellison lose the DNC race? As this year’s “establishment” candidate, Perez posed almost no ideological challenge to Ellison or Sanders voters, or the party platform they had helped to write. (Ellison served on the 2016 platform committee.) He broke with them on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which, as a member of […]

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YOU’RE INVITED: Playbook Interview with NANCY PELOSI -- MUST READ: Thrush and Grynbaum on Trump and the D.C. media – THIEL as ‘shadow president’ -- SPOTTED: Mnuchin at Milano -- B’DAY: Tim Kaine

Good Sunday morning. NEW NBC/WSJ POLL: 44% approve of the job he’s doing, 48% disapprove. “Trump begins his tenure in a dramatically less popular position than any of his predecessors. He is the only president in the history of modern polling to begin his first term with a net negative approval rating -- and it’s not close. Compared to Trump’s net negative rating of -4 percent, Barack Obama began his presidency with a net positive 34 percent; George W. Bush and Bill Clinton enjoyed a similar advantage, and George H.W. Bush’s score of popular goodwill pushed even higher to a net positive of 45 percent.” http://nbcnews.to/2ld4QZuYOU’RE INVITED -- This will be a very newsy week in Washington, as President Donald Trump gives his first joint address to Congress Tuesday evening. We are excited that HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI will sit down with us for a PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW on Friday morning at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Doors open at 8:20 a.m. Democrats are in the minority in the House and Senate, but that understates their power in the coming months. Much of what Trump wants to do -- a stimulus package and a large-scale rewrite of the tax code -- will need Democratic votes in some way, shape or form. RVSP http://bit.ly/2mjyTDN**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbXSHOT -- WHAT YOU’VE HEARD BY NOW -- @realDonaldTrump at 4:53 p.m. Saturday: “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” -- TRUTH BOMB: Yes, it’s a break in tradition, but presidents have skipped the dinner in the past. It only is funny if the president is invested in being funny. And the White House is acknowledging it would be an awkward affair. W.H. SPOX SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS said this to George Stephanopoulos: "I think it's -- kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn't there. You know, one of the things we say in the south if a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her? I think that this is a pretty similar scenario. There's no reason for him to go in and sit and pretend like this is going to be just another Saturday night." ONE THING WE'RE WONDERING: What happens to the alternative dinner that Samantha Bee said she was hosting?CHASER -- READ THIS WHOLE A1 STORY -- “Trump Ruled the Tabloid Media. Washington Is a Different Story,” by NYT’s Glenn Thrush and Mike Grynbaum: “The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, has taken to slapping journalists who write unflattering stories with an epithet he sees as the epitome of low-road, New York Post-style gossip: ‘Page Six reporter.’ Whether the New England-bred spokesman realizes it or not, the expression is perhaps less an insult than a reminder of an era when Donald J. Trump mastered the New York tabloid terrain — and his own narrative -- shaping his image with a combination of on-the-record bluster and off-the-record gossip. He’s not in Manhattan anymore. This New York-iest of politicians, now an idiosyncratic, write-your-own-rules president, has stumbled into the most conventional of Washington traps: believing he can master an entrenched political press corps with far deeper connections to the permanent government of federal law enforcement and executive department officials than he has.“Instead, President Trump has found himself subsumed and increasingly infuriated by the leaks and criticisms he has long prided himself on vanquishing. Now, goaded by Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, Mr. Trump has turned on the news media with escalating rhetoric, labeling major outlets as ‘the enemy of the American people.’ … ‘New York is extremely intense and competitive, but it is actually a much smaller pond than Washington, where you have many more players with access to many more sources,’ said Howard Wolfson, who has split his career between New York and Washington, advising former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. ‘In New York, you can create a manageable set of relationships in a smaller universe,’ Mr. Wolfson said. ‘In Washington, that becomes a lot more complicated.’ There is another fundamental difference: During his Page Six days, Mr. Trump was, by and large, trafficking in trivia. As president, he is dealing with the most serious issues of the day. They involve the nation’s safety and prosperity, and it is the role of news organizations to cover them.” http://nyti.ms/2lcZfSP-- CORRECTION TO THIS STORY: “Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to Sean Spicer’s upbringing. He was New England bred, having been raised in Rhode Island; he was not ‘New England born.’ (Mr. Spicer would not go on the record and give the correct facts pertaining to his birthplace.)” http://nyti.ms/2lcZfSPTRUMP dines at his hotel for his first night out on the town as president. The press pool got little information about the night. http://politi.co/2lcYBESWHAT TRUMP IS TWEETING -- @realDonaldTrump at 6:42 a.m.: “For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!” 30-second ad which will air during the Oscars http://bit.ly/2lU2FxJ … The print ads in today’s paper http://bit.ly/2mrYjMr … http:[email protected]: “8 minutes before this tweet, we showed the NYT ad and discussed it on @CNN @NewDay... perhaps the prez saw it” … @blakehounshell replies: “Hope you noted that the New York Times has been running ads for years.”--PER AN NYT SPOKESMAN: “The campaign includes national and local television, digital, social media, outdoor and print advertising. ... I’m afraid we can’t disclose the exact cost or our budget.”SAVANNAH GUTHRIE returns from maternity leave to the “Today Show” tomorrow.WHITE HOUSE MEMO -- PETER BAKER on H.R. MCMASTER: “Will Trump Take ‘Brutally Forthright’ Advice From McMaster?”: “McMaster’s ‘book, ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ … highlighted the consequences of the military not giving candid advice to a president. General McMaster concluded that during Vietnam, officers on the Joint Chiefs of Staff ‘failed to confront the president with their objections’ to a strategy they thought would fail. Twenty years later, the book serves as a guidepost to how he views his role as the coordinator of the president’s foreign policy team. … ‘It’s a history, but he obviously draws conclusions about the need for what you might term brutally forthright assessments by military and indeed also by civilian leaders,’ David H. Petraeus, the retired Army general and a patron of General McMaster, said in an interview. ‘That’s a hugely important takeaway. He has a record of being quite forthright.’ ...“‘The difficulty is that Trump has a lot of crazy ideas in his head — like we should steal Iraq’s oil or we should kill the relatives of terrorists or we need to ban Muslims from coming here,’ said Max Boot, a military historian at the Council on Foreign Relations. ‘And I’m sure someone like McMaster, like Mattis, understands how crackpot these ideas are. So can you say to the president, ‘Hey, Sir, you’re full’ of it? Mr. Boot continued. ‘Or do you have to sugarcoat it and handle him with kid gloves? I suspect it’s the latter, and that’s not been H. R.’s approach. We’ll see if Trump is man enough to take it.’” http://nyti.ms/2myVcl3 … $11.87 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2lTyMxKTHE NEW WORLD ORDER -- “Sources: U.S. considers quitting U.N. Human Rights Council:The body has been accused of unfairly targeting Israel, and Trump aides are questioning its usefulness,” by Nahal Toosi and Eliana Johnson: “The Trump administration is considering pulling the United States out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body that has been accused of being biased against Israel and criticized for including abusive governments, according to two sources in regular contact with former and current U.S. officials. No immediate withdrawal is expected ahead of the council’s next session, which starts Monday, but discussion of abandoning the council is likely to alarm international activists already worried that the United States will take a lower profile on global human rights issues under President Donald Trump. A final decision on membership in the council would likely involve Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, and of course the president himself.” http://politi.co/2lnwh3z-- NYT A1, “Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump,” by Nick Kulish, Caitlin Dickerson and Ron Nixon: “A whirlwind of activity has overtaken ICE headquarters in Washington in recent weeks, with employees attending back-to-back meetings about how to quickly carry out President Trump’s plans. ‘Some people are like: “This is great. Let’s give them all the tools they need,”’ said a senior staff member at headquarters, who joined the department under the administration of George W. Bush. But, the official added, ‘other people are a little bit more hesitant and fearful about how quickly things are moving.’ Two officials in Washington said that the shift — and the new enthusiasm that has come with it — seems to have encouraged pro-Trump political comments and banter that struck the officials as brazen or gung-ho, like remarks about their jobs becoming ‘fun.’ Those who take less of a hard line on unauthorized immigrants feel silenced.” http://nyti.ms/2lJ704X --“Trump Administration Seeks to Loosen Hiring Requirements to Beef Up Border Patrol,” by Foreign Policy’s Molly O’Toole: “The Trump administration is seeking to loosen some security requirements for hiring Border Patrol agents in order to meet a dramatic surge in immigration enforcement, according to internal memos obtained by Foreign Policy and analyzed by five current and former officials in the Department of Homeland Security. Customs and Border Protection, part of DHS, is seeking approval to relax some stringent standards that have made it difficult for the agency to meet recruitment targets in recent years. That includes a request to potentially loosen congressionally-mandated requirements such as a polygraph, as well as an entrance exam and background check.” http://atfp.co/2lTzVFmCENTERPIECE ON A1 OF THE MIAMI HERALD -- “Slain SEAL’s dad wants answers: ‘Don’t hide behind my son’s death,’” by Julie K. Brown: “When they brought William ‘Ryan’ Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket, onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base, as President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and Owens’ family paid their respects. It was a private transfer, as the family had requested. No media and no bystanders, except for some military dignitaries.“Owens’ father, Bill, had learned only a short time before the ceremony that Trump was coming. Owens was sitting with his wife, Marie, and other family members in the solemn, living room-like space where the loved ones of the fallen assemble before they are taken to the flight line. ‘I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,’’ Owens recalled telling the chaplain who informed him that Trump was on his way from Washington. ‘I told them I don’t want to meet the President.’ … Now, Owens cringed at the thought of having to shake the hand of the president who approved the raid in Yemen that claimed his son’s life — an operation that he and others are now calling into question. ‘I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,’ Owens said Friday, speaking out for the first time in an interview with the Miami Herald. Owens, also a military veteran, was troubled by Trump’s harsh treatment of a Gold Star family during his presidential campaign. Now Owens was a Gold Star parent, and he said he had deep reservations about the way the decision was made to launch what would be his son’s last mission.” http://hrld.us/2ldasmdADELSON’S WORLD -- “Jewish Republicans torn over Trump,” by Alex Isenstadt in Las Vegas: “An uncomfortable debate broke out this weekend as the most prominent group of Jewish Republican donors in the country gathered at Sheldon Adelson’s lavish Venetian hotel: Should criticism of President Donald Trump be allowed. … The tug-of-war underscored a growing divide over Trump among Republican Jews, a group that counts Adelson as its de-facto leader. Many are elated by their party’s stunning election win and the fact that Barack Obama, who was seen as being openly antagonistic to Israel, is no longer in the Oval Office.” http://politi.co/2lJdmkCOKAY, WE GET IT! -- WaPo, today, “Trump’s Cabinet has to work as a cleanup crew” http://wapo.st/2kZrR6E ... Boston Globe, today, “Trump speaks, and his Cabinet explains” http://bit.ly/2mrVJpy … Politico’s Nahal Toosi, Thursday, “Trump’s words send Cabinet on perpetual clean-up mission” http://politi.co/2lJj1ayTHE LOYAL OPPOSITION -- “Perez elected DNC chairman: The former Labor secretary immediately moved to unify the party by naming Keith Ellison as his deputy chairman,” by Gabriel Debenedetti in Atlanta: “Tom Perez, the former Labor secretary for President Barack Obama, was elected as the Democratic National Committee’s new chairman on Saturday, replacing interim chair Donna Brazile after a rollicking four-month race and a chaotic final day of voting. Party members landed on a decision on who should be in charge of Democrats’ official party apparatus after two rounds of balloting. With 218 votes necessary to win, the final tally was 235 votes for Perez and 200 votes for Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.” http://politi.co/2lJnaeJTHE REAL QUESTION REMAINS: How will Perez and Ellison split up the work? DNC insiders tell us that will be harder than it appears.-- “Sanders revolution resists DNC loss,” by Isaac Dovere in Atlanta: “Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters went hard after anyone who wouldn't back Keith Ellison in the run-up to the [DNC] chair election. Sanders phoned Jaime Harrison on Wednesday, the South Carolina Democratic chair who was on the verge of dropping out of the race, making a heavy pitch for him to endorse Ellison as a transformational moment for the party. The next day, when Harrison threw his support to former Labor secretary Tom Perez instead, Ellison supporters worked off talking points and attacked him as a corporate lobbyist insider who’d struck a crooked deal that didn’t pass their purity test.” http://politi.co/2lJ9WyfSPOTTED: Perez holding court at the lounge bar at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel after they closed the hotel bar. Bartender told patrons it was “bigger than SEC weekend.” Others on hand: Henry Munoz, Michael Blake, Grace Meng, Emmy Ruiz.SUNDAY BEST -- OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH talks to JOHN DICKERSON on CBS’s “FACE THE NATION”: DICKERSON: “Governor, you met with the President to talk about healthcare. Where do you think he is in his thinking about reforming the Affordable Care Act?” KASICH: “Well I kind of outlined for him the things that I thought would work. I mean the program needs reformed. If you look over on the exchange side, some of these companies are melting down and you don’t want to have all the exchanges collapse, and you also don’t want to be in a position where you don’t cover these 20 million Americans. You have to make sure that you have a system that’s reformed, that more affordable, and is going to work but we’re just not going to pull the rug out from under people. He listened intently to me, got Secretary Price on the phone, we were there the two of us. And here’s what I think the problem is. The question is are Democrats going to work with Republicans to fix this system? What I’m hearing is they -- no. You Republicans didn’t work with us when we did Obamacare, we’re not going to work with you. And that’s kind of like 5th grade stuff. Because what’s at risk are all these people who are now getting coverage and we don't want to see it denied to them.”DICKERSON: “I guess Democrats would say, but they just want to repeal it. They don’t want to fix it. They just want to take the -- what’s your sense of that in terms of the President’s thinking?” KASICH: “Look, I can’t read his mind but I felt it was very positive. He responded very positively to a number of the ideas I had. And the fact of the matter is you can’t just repeal without repealing and replacing at the same time. It just becomes a political impossibility and there’s no reason to do it any other way than that.”WHITE HOUSE'S SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC'S "THIS WEEK" about an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia: SANDERS: "Look, I think the real easy answer here is that the FBI has already said this story is BS. Those are their words, so I apologize to my mom. But literally, those are the words of the FBI, that the story is BS. They came to us, they approached us for putting that story out there. I think the American people deserve to know the truth. And that's exactly what it is, that there's nothing here. Just because reporters say something over and over and over again doesn't start to make it true. At some point, we get to a place where we've got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about and I don't think this is it."-- @FoxNewSunday: “.@CLewandowski_ on calls for independent prosecutor on Russia probe: If [Sessions] wants to investigate it’s his prerogative.”TAPPER'S CNN "STATE OF THE UNION" -- @CNNSotu: ".@ChrisChristie on Priebus-FBI: 'I don't think the WH chief of staff will have that kind of conversation w/ the FBI again -- nor should he.' ... @ChrisChristie on the Trump White House: These are all people who have never been in government before.'"-- @jaketapper: “We invited the @WhiteHouse to provide us with a guest to discuss the week’s news and the president’s agenda; they declined our offer.”THE CLINTON BEAT -- “Chelsea Clinton lets loose on Twitter,” by Annie Karni: “Hillary Clinton’s devastating defeat, coupled with the rise of President Donald Trump, has coaxed out a new Chelsea: provocative, punchier, and, for virtually the first time in her life, someone angling for attention in the political fray. ... Like the rest of the characters in her mother’s orbit, Chelsea Clinton [a birthday girl tomorrow] is in a moment of transition, trying to figure out whether she’ll pursue her own political career—a move she hasn’t ruled out—or find a path outside the family business. ‘Lots of people are riled up and dialing it up,’ said longtime Hillary Clinton confidante Philippe Reines. ‘Not as loyalists, but as citizens. I’m guessing that’s a big part of the motivation behind what she’s saying and how she’s saying it. She just also happens to be a Clinton.’” http://politi.co/2kZrqcEHAPPENING TONIGHT -- “Trump social team prepares to host ritzy Governors’ Dinner,” by CNN’s Kate Bennett. http://cnn.it/2ld6VVkFROM A PLAYBOOKER: OVERHEARD at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting: "Multiple governors and their top staff trying to figure out where they stand in the yet-to-be-released 'Best States' ranking by US News & World Report. The project was previewed for the first time in a closed-door lunch meeting, which sent the chiefs of staff and communications teams racing to set up private briefings on their results before it goes live on Tuesday." One Playbooker noted Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker had a big smile on his face.VALLEY TALK -- “Donald Trump’s ‘shadow president’ in Silicon Valley: Billionaire iconoclast Peter Thiel’s fingerprints are all over the administration,” by Eliana Johnson: “At the Presidio, the old Army fort in San Francisco where Thiel’s investment firms are housed, many of his employees have taken to calling him ‘the shadow president.’ ... Bannon’s ideology is a sort of populist nationalism, while Thiel’s is tech-centric: He believes progress is dependent on a revolution in technology that has been largely stymied by government regulation. ... Trump’s surprise victory in November also gave Thiel a renewed faith in the possibilities of politics, and he has worked around the clock to push friends and associates into positions that will give them sway over science and technology policy, an area he believes has been routinely neglected under previous administrations.“That helps to explain why Jim O’Neill, a managing director at Thiel’s venture capital firm, Mithril Capital Management, is now being considered to run [FDA]. O’Neill served at [HHS] in the George W. Bush administration but has no medical background. He has argued that drugs should not have to go through clinical trials to prove their efficacy before they are sold to consumers. ‘The fact that Jim is even in consideration for the position is astonishing,’ said one Thiel associate. ‘It’s legitimately an outrageous coup for Peter to be able to put somebody at that high a level of government.’” http://politi.co/2ldhg3hWINTER WHITE HOUSE UPDATE -- A1 OF THE PALM BEACH POST -- “Palm Beach County aims to weigh benefits of Trump visits against costs,” by Wayne Washington: “Much has been made of the escalating costs of providing additional security during President Donald Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago, which he has dubbed the ‘winter White House.’ But having the president in your midst brings benefits, too. And Palm Beach County wants to know how they stack up. The county is conducting a review of the benefits and costs of having the president travel here frequently...“During presidential stays, television reporters air stories on the president, often with an image of sunny and warm Palm Beach County in the background. Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker explained that such mentions are called ‘home impressions,’ and they could make, well, an impression. ‘People could look at that and say, ‘Palm Beach County, it’s pretty there,’ she said. ‘We should visit there.’ ... Businesses at Palm Beach International Airport and the general aviation airports that the county operates in Pahokee and west of Lantana and Palm Beach Gardens have reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost income since Trump was elected because of temporary flight restrictions imposed during presidential visits. That in turn affects Palm Beach County’s income because the county gets a portion of the gas sales and rent income collected by the fixed base operators.“The general aviation airport in Boca Raton, which is not operated by the county, also has reported lost business during Trump’s visits. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has racked up $1.5 million and counting in overtime as deputies assist with security and traffic management when Trump comes to town. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw estimates the presidents’ visits cost $60,000 a day in deputy overtime.” http://bit.ly/2mzcjmEBUSINESS BURST -- “Bond Market Is Flashing Warning Signal on Trump Reflation Trade,” by WSJ’s Min Zeng: “The U.S. bond market is parting ways with the stock market—a red flag for investors who piled into the reflation trade. While the Dow Jones Industrial Average has soared more than 1,000 points so far this year and closed at a record of 20821.76 Friday, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.317% Friday, the lowest since late November, from 2.446% at the end of 2016.” http://on.wsj.com/2lTLtIF -- WARREN BUFFETT’s annual letter -- always worth a read: http://bit.ly/2lnOmyoTIM ALBERTA at National Harbor in Oxon, Maryland, “‘The Conservative Movement Is Donald Trump’: Trump’s takeover of conservatism is faster and more decisive than anyone expected”: “To spend three days at this year’s CPAC, the annual right-wing carnival of politics and culture, was to witness an ideology conforming to an individual rather than the other way around. ... In his meandering 48-minute speech, Trump did not once use the words ‘liberty’ or ‘constitution.’ He did not invoke the name of Ronald Reagan, the last Republican president to address CPAC during his first year in office, and to whom he was incessantly compared throughout the week. He made no reference to ‘government,’ in terms of keeping it small, limited or otherwise. And the only time he uttered the word ‘conservative’ was in reference to his triumph at the ballot box.” http://politi.co/2ld3u0I MEDIAWATCH -- “Gretchen Carlson in talks to join MSNBC, sources say,” by Business Insider’s Oliver Darcy: “Carlson, who settled a multi-million lawsuit late last year against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, is in talks with MSNBC to join the network, sources familiar with the matter told Business Insider. A source familiar with the matter said Carlson’s deal had not yet been finalized, but was nearing completion. ... An MSNBC spokesperson initially said Carlson had not joined the network, but would not comment on if she was in talks to do so. After publication of this story, the MSNBC spokesperson denied Carlson was in talks with the network.” http://read.bi/2mz2HZ5-- NEW WSJ AD: “The Face of Real News -- John Carreyrou’s nearly year-long investigation into blood-testing startup Theranos drew widespread public attention to the excesses of the Silicon Valley boom and voided tens of thousands of blood samples that could have endangered public health. Real journalists and real news from America’s most trusted newspaper.” Pic http://bit.ly/2lJ8BYh ...Carreyrou’s first big Theranos story http://on.wsj.com/2mjuwZoWEST COAST WATCH -- “In deep blue California, Trump electrifies GOP,” by David Siders and Carla Marinucci: “California’s withered Republican Party finally found reason for cheer. In less than six weeks, President Donald Trump had done more to unsettle Democrats in the land of Jerry Brown and Berkeley than Republicans managed for years, calling the nation’s most populous state ‘out of control’ and panicking its ruling party on issues ranging from climate change to health care and immigration. As the California GOP tipped cocktails at its spring convention over the weekend, it held out hope that Trump might reinvigorate its ranks. ‘I don’t know about you,’ the state party chairman, Jim Brulte, told delegates in a hotel ballroom across from the state Capitol. ‘But Donald Trump’s just rockin’ my socks.’” http://politi.co/2lTC5EUTHE OSCARS ARE TONIGHT -- Where to watch the big show (hosted by Jimmy Kimmel starting at 7 p.m.) http://wapo.st/2lJ4VHQ VIDEO DU JOUR – NYT launched its first “Daily 360” video series today -- “For the series, The Times got exclusive access to a crew of scientists who are living in a bio-dome in Hawaii to simulate a human colony on Mars. It’s a NASA-funded study of human behavior, in order to prepare for future missions to Mars. We filmed their training in January, before they began their 8-month isolation in the dome. We sent a 360 camera in with them, and received their first transmission of 360 video last week.” 5-min. video http://nyti.ms/2lnluXgBONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“Don’t Dismiss President Trump’s Attacks on the Media as Mere Stupidity,” by Bret Stephens in the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture delivered this past week at UCLA: “We crossed a rubicon in the Clinton years, when three things happened: we decided that some types of presidential lies didn’t matter; we concluded that ‘character’ was over-rated when judging a president; we allowed the lines between political culture and celebrity culture to become hopelessly blurred. But whatever one might say about President Clinton, what we have now is the crack-cocaine version of that.” http://ti.me/2lGmKr2--“Red and Blue Roommates,” photographs and text by Ty Wright for The Chronicle of Higher Ed: “Matt and Zain have been friends since third grade. One voted for Trump. The other is Muslim. A friendship is being tested.” http://bit.ly/2lQyOq1--“The Very Drugged Nazis,” by Antony Beevor in the N.Y. Review of Books, reviewing “Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich,” by Norman Ohler, translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside: The drugs “certainly contributed to Hitler’s fantasies about maps showing German progress as he lost all touch with the reality on the battlefield.” http://bit.ly/2la5pmO ... $18.30 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2laXRAi (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“The Accidental Activist,” by Joshua Prager in the Feb. 2013 Vanity Fair: “She appeared to be the perfect plaintiff in a case that changed America’s political landscape: Roe v. Wade ... But Norma McCorvey ... was never what she seemed: neither as the pregnant Texas woman who won fame as abortion-rights icon ‘Jane Roe,’ nor as the pro-life activist she would become. Retracing her life through family, friends, and advisers, Joshua Prager investigates.” http://bit.ly/2lal6KM--“On Anger, Disgust, and Love,” by Andrea Scarantino on EmotionResearcher.com: “Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is a world-renowned philosopher whose ideas on emotions and their roles in social life, developed in dozens of best-selling books and 500 articles, have had a profound influence both in academia and in the world at large.” http://bit.ly/2mhHoiu--“Who Is Guy Fieri?” by Helen Hollyman in Vice: “Guy Fieri has become as pervasive to the American consciousness as one of our greatest exports: the Kardashians. He has formal involvement in more than 40 restaurants worldwide; three TV shows; six best-selling cookbooks, and a fleet of grocery store products.” http://bit.ly/2lGk3nE (h/t Longreads.com)--“Contemplating Human Extinction, Deep in the Badlands,” by Edward McPherson in LitHub.com: “Digging for dinosaur bones amid the Dakota oil boom.” http://bit.ly/2lkthFf--“How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World,” by Sam Biddle in The Intercept: The “controversial (and opaque) company Palantir has long sought to sell governments an unmatched power to sift and exploit information of any kind. ... Palantir has worked for years to boost the global dragnet of the NSA and its international partners, and was in fact co-created with American spies.” http://bit.ly/2lGbBEO--“The Holocaust’s Great Escape,” by Matthew Shaer in the March Smithsonian: “A remarkable discovery in Lithuania brings a legendary tale of survival back to life.” http://bit.ly/2lakpAY--“Hollywood Has No Idea What to Do with VR,” by Ty Burr in Technology Review: “Traditional movies were the popular art form of the 20th century. Is virtual reality what comes next?” http://bit.ly/2mvTlxd--“A Journey Through Assad’s Syria,” by Fritz Schaap in Der Spiegel: “With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country’s second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible in the country? A journey through the dictator’s rump state.” http://bit.ly/2lGoP4E--“A Comparative Guide to Russia’s Use of Force: Measure Twice, Invade Once,” by Michael Kofman in War on the Rocks: “In recent conflicts, Russia has demonstrated a keen understanding of how to apply this instrument of national power to achieve desired political ends, doling out force in prescribed doses in the quest for decisive leverage. Although Russian military power remains a blunt force instrument, the state wields it more like a rapier, demonstrating discretion and timing.” http://bit.ly/2mhIf2J--“Stop calling for a Muslim Enlightenment,” by Christopher de Bellaigue in The Guardian: “After every terror attack the call rings out for the Muslim world to become modern. But ... Muslims have strenuously engaged with all that is new for hundreds of years.” http://bit.ly/2lPTVbQ--“4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump,” by Dale Beran in Medium: “Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him.” http://bit.ly/2lGlzYw(h/t Longform.org)--“The Coffee Shaman,” by Sam Dean in Lucky Peach: “Meet the man responsible for third-wave coffee—and the Frappuccino.” http://bit.ly/2lPZIyiSPOTTED: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin last night with a teenage girl and a guy at Café Milano ... At other tables at Milano: Kathy O’Hearn with David Hume Kennerly; Steve Hilton. ... Jennifer Garner was at Milano on Friday night ... Fox News’ Tucker Carlson leaving the Glover Park restaurant Surfside with a massive takeout bag of food Saturday night ... Michelle Obama at the Kennedy Center last night for a Ledisi concert.TRANSITIONS -- Dan Morrison has joined the Pew Research Center as vice president of global comms, based in Washington. This comes following a six-year stint in Paris, where he served as head of global media for OECD.WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- BUSH ALUMNI -- Brian Roehrkasse, VP of external comms at BAE Systems and alum of the Bush 43 White House, DHS and DOJ, and Megan Gerking, associate at Covington & Burling and a DOJ alum, post on Facebook: “After 9 long months of anticipation and excitement, our little bundle of joy arrived last night! Please join us in welcoming Colton Tim Roehrkasse to the world.” Pics http://bit.ly/2lnoXoE … http://bit.ly/2mzgVceWEEKEND WEDDINGS -- “Theresa Apoznanski, Kyle Scott” -- N.Y. Times: “The bride, 27 … is a first-year pediatric resident at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. She graduated from N.Y.U. and received a medical degree from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. … The groom, also 27, is a digital video producer at NBC News in New York. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell. ... The couple met in a physics class in 2005 at Smithtown High School West in Smithtown, N.Y. [and went to prom together], and he proposed a decade later on the High Line in Manhattan.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2kZw2zB ... Wedding pic http://bit.ly/2lJ43CR -- “Mary Childs, Scott Lane” -- Times: “The bride, 30, who will be keeping her name, was until January based in New York as the United States financial correspondent for The Financial Times [and is a Bloomberg alum] … She is now based in Laguna Woods, Calif., working on a book on the money-management industry to be published by Flatiron Books … She graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va. … The groom, 32, is a songwriter and guitarist for the Congress, a touring rock band based in Richmond. … He graduated from Randolph–Macon College in Ashland, Va. … The couple met in 2001 during high school (where both their mothers worked) and the following year were cast as boyfriend and girlfriend in the school play, ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner.’ But they did not begin dating until 2014.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2lJsiB1BIRTHDAYS: CBS News White House producer Arden Farhi, son of WaPo’s Paul Farhi ... Kelley Gannon Russell, Bush alum ... Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is 59 ... WashTimes White House correspondent Dave Boyer, a Philly Inquirer alum … president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is 63 ... Obama-world’s Fae Jencks … former S.C. Gov. David Beasley is 6-0 … Politico’s Sophie Willis, Katie Ellsworth, Li Zhou and Sarah Eppler ... Carrie Meadows, COS to Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) ... Amanda Alpert Loveday, senior project manager at NP Strategy ... A’shanti Gholar, DNC alum now political director for Emerge America ... Ashli Palmer, Asst Democratic Leader Clyburn’s policy director ... Courtney Paul, associate manager of comms at the Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center (h/t Laura Crist) ... Michele Ridge, former first Lady of Pennsylvania and wife of Gov. Tom Ridge, is 7-0 (h/t Ed Cash) ... Zara Haq, a Hillary and DNC alum ... Clay Doherty, former director of protocol and special events at USAID (h/t Ashley Chang) ... Jo Schopper (h/t Jon Haber) ... Jeff Abers, an attorney in Fort Lauderdale and a big Playbook fan, is 62 ... Celia Meyer of the Independent Women’s Forum, who on President’s Day gave birth to Lincoln Elizabeth Meyer with Ron Meyer, editor of Red Alert Politics – pic http://bit.ly/2lXR6WI ...... Corry Bliss, executive director of American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund, is 36 ... Ronald Lauder is 73 (h/t Jewish Insider) ... Maddie Sawyer Keane, youngest daughter of Perkins Coie’s Political Law Group partner Kate Keane and SmartPower’s Brian Keane, is 2 ... Reuters’ Nicholas Brown is 32 ... Adam Baer, an investment bank analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (h/t dad Don) ... Val Young, Deval Patrick alum now with The Boston Consulting Group ... Alan Rosenblatt, director of digital research at Lake Research Partners and a CAP alum … Tim Brant … Jonathan Nabavi, counsel to Senate Judiciary ... Eric Kleefeld ... Emily West … Peter Scheer, former executive director of First Amendment Coalition ... Samantha Lugo ... Kathy Park ... Scott Sanders ... Lisa Shin ... Bassima Adriana ... Sarah Budds, FSO at State ... Mark Gersh ... Debbie Timko ... Cathey Park ... Kevin Thurman (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Ryan Falk, LC for Rep. Thomas Massie ... Bill Pishotta ... Fred Joseph of Rep. Alex Mooney’s office ... George Agurkis of House Rules ... Ashli Palmer ... singer Fats Domino is 89 (h/t AP)

22 февраля, 05:15

Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Days after the November election, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was ascendant. There was no greater sign of its rising stature than the momentum Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota was enjoying in his race to chair the Democratic National Committee. Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 presidential primary, was racking up endorsements not only from Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), but establishment figures as well, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers — both of whom backed Hillary Clinton in the primary. But in December, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez jumped into the DNC race. Now, Ellison and Perez are neck-and-neck, with the election days away. The DNC’s 447 voting members will decide the party’s next chair in Atlanta on Saturday.   That has some Ellison supporters worried that their chance to reshape the party is in danger of disappearing. In an attempt to head off Perez, some prominent Ellison supporters argue that failing to elect him would squander a major opportunity to energize the progressive grassroots and heal the wounds of the 2016 presidential primary. “Keith Ellison had incredible support from the quote-unquote establishment side of the party, the progressive side of the party, the grassroots and the elected officials. Nobody was clamoring for another entrance, and yet we got one foisted upon us,” said Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, an organization fighting to expand Social Security benefits. “If Tom Perez were to win, the message that would send to the grassroots, to labor unions that endorsed Ellison before Tom Perez joined the race, [is] that their voices, their muscle, their enthusiasm and turnout doesn’t matter,” Lawson added. Ellison backers acknowledge that the liberal protest movement that has taken shape since President Donald Trump’s inauguration ― not the DNC race ― has become the focus of grassroots energy. A loss for Ellison now could limit the party’s ability to tap into that enthusiasm, but it wouldn’t stop the movement. “If Perez wins, we’re not gonna come out with pitchforks and say, ‘No, no, no,’” said Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo Action, an online progressive heavyweight that has experienced record growth since Trump’s inauguration. “But people are going to roll their eyes and just keeping doing what they do. It’s going to keep the DNC what it is: an irrelevant, old, stale entity that hasn’t been re-serviced since the Howard Dean days.” (Zaheed noted that he spoke to HuffPost in his personal capacity, since Credo isn’t endorsing in the race.) If Ellison gets in and they don’t take labor and the working class for granted, we’re liable to go back to the party. Chuck Jones, United Steelworkers The role of DNC chair is primarily to raise funds, recruit candidates for office and represent the party to the media. But in the wake of major electoral defeats, the contest to fill the post tends to reflect struggles for power within the party. By encouraging Ellison’s candidacy in November, party leaders appeared to be affirming the post-election analysis of many bitter progressives: that Democrats’ failure to embrace economic populism and grassroots energy had hurt the party in turning out its base and appealing to white Rust Belt voters who voted for Barack Obama, but opted for Trump in 2016. It also was an olive branch to Sanders supporters still reeling from a primary race they felt favored Clinton.  Then, in December, aides to then-President Obama, dissatisfied with Ellison, encouraged then-Labor Secretary Perez to run. His candidacy has since taken off — with the blessing of top figures from the Obama White House. Obama himself praised Perez in comments widely interpreted as an endorsement. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Attorney General Eric Holder threw their support behind Perez this month. Perez is an unlikely target of progressive opposition, given his strong liberal credentials. He earned widespread praise from unions for turning the Department of Labor, once a minor federal agency, into a powerhouse advocate for workers’ rights. Prior to that, as head of the Department of Justice civil rights division, Perez led the Obama administration’s historic investigations into police abuses. Indeed, many progressives now backing Ellison would have loved to see Hillary Clinton pick Perez as her running mate, and still hope he will run for governor in 2018 in his home state of Maryland. An Unpopular Trade Agreement Perez’s biggest policy difference with Ellison is that he supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the controversial 12-nation trade pact negotiated by Obama. Unfortunately for Perez, TPP is divisive in Democratic circles. Labor unions, environmental organizations and other progressive groups reviled the now-defunct trade deal, and believe Obama’s promotion of it contributed to Democrats’ losses in 2016. Perez has claimed that he supported TPP out of loyalty to the Obama administration. For some Democrats, that explanation is thin. One of them is Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 in Indianapolis, which represents workers at the Carrier air-conditioning factory. (Trump famously insulted Jones for publicly disputing estimates of jobs saved by Trump’s deal with Carrier.) Jones voted for Clinton, but many of his union members went from backing Sanders to Trump, because they mistrusted Clinton’s record of support for international trade agreements. Jones said he worries that Perez likewise lacks credibility on trade. “If Ellison gets in and they don’t take labor and the working class for granted, we’re liable to go back to the party,” Jones said. “If they put somebody in like Perez that don’t see it that way, like the TPP — him being for it is a major issue — you’ll start seeing people vote Republican or not voting at all.”  Credo’s Zaheed, who was an aide to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), argued that Perez’s election would dismay the party’s progressive base. “If the Democratic Party ... puts one of the biggest promoters of TPP in charge of it, that would send a terrible message to the rank-and-file and the progressive base,” Zaheed said. Ties To Clinton, Obama The focus on Perez’s support for TPP is as much about his proximity to Obama and to Clinton — who backed TPP for years before coming out against it as a presidential candidate — as it is about the candidate himself. Perez was an early and outspoken Clinton proponent during the primary. In his DNC pitch, he has even adopted a version of Clinton’s campaign slogan, declaring himself a “progressive who gets things done.” Progressives wary of the Clinton campaign’s failures and its coziness with the party’s donor class view these connections as burdens, not benefits. But Perez’s ties to Obama have proven even more radioactive. Ellison backers like Zaheed and Lawson resent that those in Obama’s inner circle injected themselves into the DNC race by backing Perez. Obama advisers set up the separate fundraising and organizing arm Organizing for Action, which Zaheed and Lawson blame for undermining the DNC. “The total degradation and deterioration of the party — they are responsible for it,” Zaheed said of Obama and his advisers. “For them to trot out one of their former hands is kind of unseemly, to be honest, and it is not helpful at this point.” Too Radical? Some Perez supporters argue that Ellison would take the party too far to the left for swing voters that Democrats need to win back. Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Marcel Groen, for example, told HuffPost in January he wanted a “moderate” DNC chair. Groen endorsed Perez this month. Lawson argued that on the bread-and-butter economic policy issues like opposing trade agreements, protecting Social Security and taking on pharmaceutical companies, Ellison’s record is a strength among voters attracted to Trump’s populism. “There is this elite Democratic-bubble mentality that thinks that you get these centrist-type voters by going with a half loaf — that they want kind of Democratic, kind of Republican,” Lawson said. “That is a complete misreading and always has been a complete misreading.” Likewise, some of Ellison’s critics have implied that his identity as a black Muslim will make it hard for the party to compete among the white working-class swing voters who backed Trump. United Steelworkers local president Jones rejected that notion, noting that he and his members have had no problem voting for Rep. Andre Carson, an Indianapolis Democrat who also is African American and Muslim. “I don’t think Democratic people would not vote for a Democrat because the head of the Democratic Party is black and Muslim,” Jones added. “We’ve got some prejudice-ass people, but I think they would look beyond that.” The Howard Dean Precedent After Democrats got trounced in the 2004 elections, party officials welcomed an outsider. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the progressive favorite in the Democratic primary, won the DNC chairmanship in 2005, despite the opposition of Sen. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Dean’s tenure from 2005 to 2009, marked by the winning 50-state strategy, is now regarded as one of the most successful in the party’s history. Nearly every candidate in this year’s DNC race has held Dean up as a model, promising to revive his focus on state and local party infrastructure. But Zaheed and other progressives see Ellison as the only candidate providing the party an opportunity to do something similar. “Tim Kaine, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and now Tom Perez? It’s going to be more of the same,” Zaheed said. “It is really the mindset that has made that whole infrastructure stale, old and irrelevant.”  Bringing The Party Together If neither Perez nor Ellison wins an outright majority in the first round of voting, there will be additional ballots until someone gets a majority. That could provide an opening to a dark-horse candidate like South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, or South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison. Idaho Democratic Party executive director Sally Boynton Brown; media strategist Jehmu Greene; Milwaukee attorney Peter Peckarsky and Ohio activist Sam Ronan also are vying for the post. Perez is clearly aware of the challenges he would face if he wins. And he pledges to court skeptical Sanders supporters. “Tom is committed to unifying the party and rebuilding it from the ground up. That is why he has met with Keith Ellison and other candidates over the last few weeks, because he understands that it will take all of us to unify the party no matter who wins,” Perez campaign spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement. “As we speak, Tom is traveling the country to talk to Democrats who both do and don’t support him to hear and address directly how we can best unify the party,” Hinojosa added. “He’s also met with activists and millennials who tell him they are on the verge of leaving the party because it doesn’t represent them.” This is just one battle in the long war. Jessica Pierce, All of Us Jessica Pierce, an Ellison supporter and activist with All of Us, a progressive group that has threatened to back primary election opponents of Democratic incumbents who cooperate with Trump, said activists would be able to work with Perez. “People will still be prepared to push on Tom,” Pierce said. “And he should be prepared to hear that what people need from Democratic leadership are people who are actually willing to fight and stand up for us.” “We’re in this for the long term,” she added. “We’re not interested in one tactic or one strategy, or one leader. This is just one battle in the long war.” And if Ellison wins, he would have fences to mend, too, according to Symone Sanders, a former press secretary for Sanders’ presidential campaign who now works for the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA, and has not endorsed a DNC candidate. “If Keith wins, he is going to have some real work to do to bring the party together, to cast his vision and to really get down to work,” Sanders said. “And the same thing for Tom Perez.” Sanders warned against viewing Ellison’s election as a cure for bringing unaffiliated progressive activists into the Democratic fold. “They are not just gonna come because he’s the chair,” Sanders said. “Because then, he’s not some progressive outsider any more — he’s the chair of the Democratic National Committee. He’s now an insider.” Sign up for the HuffPost Must Reads newsletter. 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14 февраля, 05:32

This Millennial Thinks He Can Run A Deeply Divided Democratic Party

SOUTH BEND, Ind. ― Earlier this month, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a dark horse candidate to chair the Democratic National Committee, settled into the cramped studios of Radio Sabor Latino, a local Spanish-language news and music station. Armed with Google Translate and a cheerful attitude about his español defectuoso, Buttigieg set about describing South Bend’s new municipal identification program, created to provide people without official government IDs access to local facilities like schools and libraries.   The anxiety permeating the interview was palpable. “La función de la policía es la seguridad de nuestros residentes,” Buttigieg said, looking over at the DJ for an assist as he explained that the role of the police is to ensure residents’ security. “Vamos a … vamos a ... We’re going to care for each other.” The Trump administration’s harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric has rattled communities with sizable undocumented populations like South Bend, eroding an already tenuous relationship with members of law enforcement, who are often viewed as a conduit to deportation. This is why the city has a local nonprofit manage the new ID system, one that is not subject to the same transparency obligations as city government. This may be somewhat surprising since, thanks to cultural touchstones like Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish and “Rudy,” the South Bend of our imagination is a hardscrabble Irish-Catholic town, disproportionately populated by the type of white, working-class voters who flocked to President Donald Trump’s candidacy last November. In reality, one-quarter of the city’s population is African-American, one-tenth is Hispanic and a sizable university presence bolsters its white-collar workforce ― so the population bears closer resemblance to the country as a whole than some kind of Caucasian working-class hamlet. Yesteryear does loom large in South Bend, which endured a decades-long economic decline when the Studebaker automobile company, which was headquartered in the city, shuttered in the mid-1960s. The city lost roughly one- quarter of its population between 1960 and 2010, and the signs of that economic contraction are evident everywhere, whether in in the guise of shuttered storefronts, abandoned lots or dilapidated Victorian mansions that used to house the beneficiaries of a long-gone prosperity. If you’ve never visited a place like South Bend, you’ve probably read about one in the thousands of pieces demystifying the so-called “economic anxiety” of Trump voters during the 2016 presidential campaign. Buttigieg notes that South Bend’s population has begun to grow again, and his able stewardship of the city and popularity in this politically purple area ― he was re-elected in 2015 with over 80 percent of the vote ― are the cornerstones of his DNC campaign. “There are still a lot of empty teeth here,” he conceded, alluding to the abandoned and bulldozed properties that dot the city, but he nevertheless sees a success story. Indeed, Buttigieg’s career has been one well-manicured success story itself, as if conceived in a round of Democratic Mad Libs. Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg, a mere    35   (young-ish age) is a graduate of    Harvard   (prestigious university) and    Oxford   (prestigious university) where he was a    Rhodes scholar   (academic accolade). Despite hailing from    Indiana   (flyover red state), he came out as                 gay   (orientation) in    a 2015 op-ed   (public action). Mayor Buttigieg has proudly served in the    Navy Reserves   (military branch), earning a    Joint Service Commendation Medal   (military commendation) while serving in      Afghanistan   (theater of war). He is a true millennial, managing his own    Twitter   (social media service) account; he even met his    boyfriend (partner noun) on  Hinge  (dating app)! He has learned the importance of data-driven governance from his time at    McKinsey & Company  (tremendously boring place to work) and has dealt extensively with Silicon Valley. You can hear him wax wistfully about his hometown’s   shuttered Studebaker plant   (local totem of past economic glory) and its    burgeoning data industry   (local modernization initiative) by watching his    TED Talk   (TED Talk).     After the Radio Sabor Latino interview, Buttigieg took a turn playing enthusiastic tour guide, navigating an aide’s Hyundai through some of South Bend’s previously robust industrial areas. He’s spent much of his time as mayor engaged in a kind of NIMBY whack-a-mole, tearing down abandoned industrial facilities, repurposing other ones and enticing tech companies to build data centers in his city (South Bend sits near a major fiber optic cable artery). As such, Buttigieg possess a singular ability to be excited about empty plots of land. “There were acres and acres of old Studebaker factories,” Buttigieg recalled about the city’s old skyline. Now, many of the facilities ― the ones that haven’t been bulldozed ― serve as data centers, owing in part to South Bend’s cold weather and relatively cheap energy prices. “I actually don’t remember my first ribbon-cutting, there’ve been so many,” he said, before mentioning with a note of pride the increasing number of Notre Dame students who are staying in the area after graduation. In many ways, Buttigieg’s ascent mirrors that of another rising star in the party, New Jersey’s Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, who came to national prominence as the charismatic mayor of another down-on-its luck city, Newark. Like Booker, Buttigieig has forged close ties with Silicon Valley and other nodes of coastal power and has received praise for his job performance. It’s not uncommon for Buttigieg to reference former Harvard classmates or interactions with tech moguls in conversation. In June 2016, The New York Times’ Frank Bruni asked whether Butteigig would be America’s “First Gay President.” In 2014, The Washington Post labeled Buttigieg “The most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of.” If Buttigieg doesn’t already know a spot in Davos that has great kalberwurst, he probably will soon. To his credit, Buttigieg indulges in neither Booker’s inspirational poster rhetoric nor his unbridled adulation for the Charlie Rose set. South Bend’s mayor possesses a far more laid back personality than his methodological rise might indicate, maintaining an easy rapport with his staff and an ability to speak policy without devolving into talking points. And like Booker, Buttigieg has an almost cartoonishly friendly appearance: Teeth fixed in a slight grin and framed by a boyish face, he could easily pass as a children’s daytime television host. As a literal public face of the party, Democrats could do worse.    Buttigieg admits that becoming the DNC chair is an uphill climb. Conventional wisdom dictates that when party officials vote at their winter meeting later this month, they are most likely going to choose Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison or President Barack Obama’s labor secretary, Thomas Perez. But Buttigieg argues that he could play Democratic peacemaker, uniting a party split largely between the Obama-Clinton establishment wing, which has coalesced around Perez, and the insurgent wing, populated by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and coalescing around Ellison. If one of those two win, “half the party is going to feel like they lost,” said one Buttigieg aide. Buttigieg’s proposed approach to leading the party does not differ terribly from that of his opponents: He believes in cultivating a 50-state strategy at the grassroots level, focusing the party’s myriad coalitions and keeping up relentless pressure on the Trump administration. There are specific proposals, too, such as shifting the DNC’s regional staff out of D.C. and into the states, but his overarching agenda isn’t terribly unique. On Trump, Buttigieg’s approach isn’t terribly unorthodox, either. Senate Democrats, he said, need to take a tough line on opposing Trump’s nominees. “We’ve never been a party to obstruct for obstruction sake,” Buttigieg said, “but I think we have to be fierce in how we respond to this stuff.” A loss might not necessarily be the worst thing for Buttigieg, however. Party chair jobs are inherently partisan positions that can derail a politician’s personal ambitions ― just ask former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who remains persona non grata in many circles for her tenure atop the party apparatus during the DNC hack. And while Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Tim Kaine have found political success despite chairing the DNC, Virginia is far less red than Indiana, home to a Democratic base centered near that most politicized of places, Washington, D.C. If Buttigieg’s bid fails, he will still get the benefit of an increased profile without the politically damaging effects. Indeed, it’s hard not to hear Buttigieg’s rhetoric about his can-do mayoralty and think this is all a practice for future campaigns. When DNC officials approached Buttigieg during the 2016 cycle to ask if he’d serve as an LGBTQ surrogate, he offered no opposition, but said he would prefer to discuss defense matters, a far more politically safe issue.   In the meantime, however, he is still running for DNC chair and could actually win. Why risk that? “This isn’t Virginia, obviously,” Buttigieg agreed, “but I don’t think you should be in elected office just to have it.” Sign up for the HuffPost Must Reads newsletter. Each Sunday, we will bring you the best original reporting, long form writing and breaking news from The Huffington Post and around the web, plus behind-the-scenes looks at how it’s all made. Click here to sign up! 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14 февраля, 00:50

Donald Trump Had Democrats In A Trap. He Let Them Out.

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It was part of a broader political concern among Democrats. “The initial thoughts were, fuck, he’s gonna do immigration [reform], he’s gonna do infrastructure, he’s gonna go after pharma and we’re gonna get jammed,” the aide said. But the sailing for DeVos wound up being anything but smooth. “It turns out he’s just gonna do the crazy stuff and it will be much easier to oppose him,” the aide said. “There is an education secretary who should’ve gotten 70 votes. Most of these nominees should have been able to get red-state support, and they’re not.” As the aide was recalling the moment he learned about the DeVos nomination, and the gradual dawning that Trump had selected a thoroughly radical and unqualified nominee, news broke that at a White House meeting with red-state Democrats, Trump had floated the idea of getting back together the team of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” to pursue comprehensive immigration reform. It was precisely the kind of gesture toward bipartisanship that Democrats had been watching for. But already Trump had lost too much credibility on that front. “He’s not serious,” the aide quickly concluded. In the days and weeks after Trump was elected president, Democrats were consumed by a central question: Should they oppose Trump across the board, or work with him on some of his more populist campaign promises ― such as rebuilding the country’s roads, bridges and airports, or closing loopholes exploited by hedge fund managers? Was it possible he’d pivot away from mass roundups and wall-building and pave a path to comprehensive immigration reform? And if he did, should Democrats pitch in to help make it happen? It was both a moral and a political dilemma for the party. On the one hand, an infrastructure bill is badly needed, and Democrats aren’t accustomed to obstructing progress. Immigration reform would bring desperately needed relief to millions of families in the shadows. But bipartisan cooperation could serve to make Trump more popular ― a popularity he could then use to drive home an ethno-nationalist agenda that would turn back the American clock by decades. Maybe Democrats needn’t have worried. So far, Trump has served up a series of radical nominees and dismaying policy changes. And for congressional Democrats, opposing these moves has been an easy call. Take DeVos, for example. The more closely Democrats looked at Trump’s nominee, the worse she appeared. She came from a family of billionaires who’d given untold millions of dollars to the Republican Party and spent millions to decimate public education in Michigan. She herself appeared to have no real grasp of education policy. DeVos became the first education secretary not to get a single vote of bipartisan support, and the first Cabinet secretary in history to need the vice president to break a 50-50 tie. Trump has made the politics for the opposition party easy. “The pundits were imagining a scenario where the president was going to put us in a bind by offering progressive policies. Unfortunately for the country, we have not been presented with that dilemma,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) told The Huffington Post. “And more than that, there’s an understanding that it’s not just about losing on public policy now. It’s about institutions being attacked, it’s about the foundation of American-style democracy being attacked, and so it’s been clarifying for us. It’s not the main thing, but one impact of this kind of ferocious, systematic, belligerent attack on the things we care about is that it’s unified us almost totally ― and that makes for good politics.” To get a picture of how unified Democrats are against Trump, one needed only to scan the crowd of the recent rally on the steps of the Supreme Court. There among the demonstrators was Joe Manchin, a Democratic senator up for re-election in 2018 in West Virginia, a state Trump won by a whopping 42 points. Last week, Manchin said he’d be voting against Tom Price, Trump’s nominee to run the Department of Health and Human Services. The energy, even in West Virginia, is palpable. A crowd estimated at some 500 people showed up to protest outside an office of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Manchin’s Republican counterpart in the state. That’s a lot of people in West Virginia. Populism is an amorphous concept, but on a basic level, it is a lashing-out at elites on behalf of the little guy. Trump likes to make a show of this: Think of his attacks on the media, his haranguing of CEOs on Twitter and his denouncement of Big Pharma during his first press conference as president. But he followed up his verbal assault on the drugmakers by hosting pharmaceutical CEOs at the White House and backtracking on his suggestion that the government negotiate for better drug prices. He’s pushed his travel ban against several majority-Muslim countries, but hasn’t found time to deal with the carried-interest loophole exploited by private equity giants and hedge funds. And he’s vowed to “do a number” on the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, by rolling back Wall Street reforms in a manner expected to dole out billions to financiers. Consumer protections, meanwhile, are under assault. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which guards customers from companies looking to rip them off, is being gutted. The administration is working to snuff out the enforcement power of the Federal Communications Commission, which could result in a very un-populist increase in your cable bill, among a slew of other consequences. An industry-friendly operative is being placed atop the Securities and Exchange Commission. A rule requiring financial advisers to pledge not to work against the interests of their clients is on the chopping block, which would open up 401(k)s to be fracked like so much natural gas. A regulation protecting streams from coal pollution is being undone, and the administration is looking at selling off National Parks, with the proceeds going to the superrich in the form of tax cuts. A mortgage insurance discount pushed forward by the Obama administration was reversed. That change, a boon to private sellers of such coverage, is expected to cost the average household another $500 per year. It was Trump’s very first move as president. “A number of us were hopeful initially that there might be some things ― given the fact that he would be president for four years ― that we might be able to work on with him,” Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) told HuffPost last week. “The actions that he’s taken so far have not spoken to that hope or aspiration that that could take place. And I think in many respects, that has begun to outweigh maybe the ability to work with him.” Trump’s attacks on the press and the courts have stiffened Democrats’ resolve. “We profoundly realize that the role of the Democrats in the Senate need to be a check against an overreaching executive, and in fact the Trump presidency is going to test our entire system,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016. Trump “doesn’t like the Article III branch” ― the judiciary ― “he doesn’t like the First Amendment branch, the press, or the First Amendment right of people to peacefully protest,” Kaine said. “He doesn’t like the Article I branch, Congress. But we all have a role to play, and the system was set up the way it is for a reason, and we’re going to play that role.” “Everybody realizes this is exactly the kind of overreaching executive that, when the framers designed these institutions, they put these checks in place to stop,” he went on. “And that has really unified us. We all think we’re here for a very important reason right now.” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), regularly spoken of as a viable 2020 presidential candidate, also cited the extreme nature of Trump’s first few weeks as helping to unify the party. “Trump doesn’t seem to be doing anything to be reaching out,” Booker said. “He’s advocating some of the most extreme policies, and frankly his Cabinet members are expressing real extremes as well, so that’s definitely sobering.” Schatz, who has become an increasingly outspoken voice in the resistance, said that something strange happened after Democrats unified: It worked. “We are moving public opinion,” he said. “It’s not just that we’re following public opinion, but part of what we did with [the Affordable Care Act] was actually ― and maybe it’s because we felt we had nothing to lose and people were depending on our leadership ― but we went out there for four to six weeks and made a case for ACA. The numbers switched,” he said. “We’ve seen Quinnipiac and other polling show that if we go out there and have the courage of our convictions to make the case and try to shape public opinion and show leadership instead of try to respond to it, turns out we can move numbers.” -- 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.