IT’S FRIDAY! BUZZ … WITH A CAVEAT — There’s been a push in the Capitol in the last 24 hours to include a repeal of the individual mandate in the House Republican tax bill. We snickered in the speaker’s lobby when North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said there’s an “overwhelming consensus” to gut the health care law as part of tax reform, but since then, we’ve heard it from a bunch of other lawmakers, and sources in Republican leadership aren’t shooting it down all together.
Let’s be honest: Republicans need as much revenue as they can get, since they’re slashing taxes so drastically, and repealing the individual mandate gives them $400 billion more to play with. Stay tuned.
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— ALSO: The chairman’s mark — additional fixes to the tax bill — will be out by noon today ahead of the Monday markup.
— ISSUES WE KEEP HEARING ABOUT IN THE CAPITOL: Mortgage interest deduction dropping from $1 million to $500k … Property tax deduction at $10,000 … Elimination of the second-home mortgage interest deduction (big for vacation communities) … Pass-through rules.
TRUTH BOMB, from New Jersey Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur, who seems to be relishing his wheeling-and-dealing role in just about everything these days: He told us in the speaker’s lobby yesterday he doesn’t “care what anyone says,” Republican leaders will be willing to negotiate if they don’t have the votes. He’s right. They are, in fact, negotiating.
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: HOUSE REPUBLICANS met around 5:30 yesterday evening to discuss the tax bill, and leaders were heartened by the positivity in the room. Over BBQ Bus grub — the smell wafted into the hallways — leaders heard a steady stream of generally positive feedback about the bill. … WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: Lawmakers are going home today, and they will hear from businesses and constituents about this bill over the weekend. Will the dynamic shift when folks trickle back into town Monday?
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: AMERICAN ACTION NETWORK is committing to spend another $8 million to push House Republicans’ tax reform bill. The group is launching a $1 million radio campaign in 49 districts today as part of the effort.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? TUNE IN OR COME ON DOWN! — WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY will sit down with us live after he drops his chairman’s mark at noon today. WHERE: Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Enter on 6th Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and C Street) DOORS OPEN: 11:30 a.m. TUNE IN: C-SPAN is carrying the program live. RSVP http://bit.ly/politicobrady
AROUND THE TAX REFORM HORN …
— LANDMINE ALERT — WSJ’s Heather Gillers: “Bonds issued for projects that benefit private businesses would no longer receive preferential tax treatment under the proposal put forward Thursday by congressional Republicans. The measure would eliminate nearly $40 billion in subsidies over the next decade, according to a summary of the plan.
“While so-called private activity bonds have drawn criticism for diverting public money to private projects, they have also been used to attract economic development to disaster areas and build affordable housing.
“Abolishing private activity bonds could also set back President Donald Trump’s goal of attracting private investment in U.S. infrastructure, several analysts said. Private activity bonds have helped finance infrastructure projects around the country from roads to bridges to airports. This week, San Francisco International Airport issued $179 million of private activity bonds for renovations to help accommodate a growing number of passengers.” http://on.wsj.com/2zhC44i
— “GOP unity (for now) on House tax plan,” by Brian Faler: “Even before the legislation was formally unveiled, one of the most powerful groups in conservative circles, Americans for Prosperity, warned that plans to slap a tax on imports from U.S. companies that move jobs abroad ‘has the potential to derail much-needed reform.’ That was followed by denunciations from the influential National Federation of Independent Business, a small business lobby; the National Association of Home Builders; Independent Sector, which represents charities; the National Farmers Union; and even the American Institute of Architects.” http://politi.co/2xP2YNs
— NANCY COOK: “House tax bill falls short of Ivanka Trump’s ask on child tax credit”: “Ivanka Trump doesn’t always get what she wants. The House Republican tax plan unveiled on Thursday includes one of Trump’s pet issues — the child tax credit — but expands it less generously than the White House senior adviser and first daughter had hoped.” http://politi.co/2h8VUIo
SCOOP: BLOOMBERG’S JOHN MCCORMICK: “An issue advocacy group aligned with Donald Trump plans to spend about $1 million on ads promoting the Republican tax proposal and will feature the president’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, as its pitchman.” https://bloom.bg/2A2k4rO
— WSJ: “Heirs, Some Business Owners Are Winners in Tax Plan” http://on.wsj.com/2A2wyjt
— NYT: “Who Wins and Who Loses from the Republican Tax Plan,” by NYT’s Alan Rappeport: “[Winners]: Business … Multinational corporations … Some middle class families … The rich and their families … Hedge funds and other general partners … [Losers]: The real estate industry … The sick … Charities … University endowments … Rare disease sufferers … The deficit … Tesla (and electric car owners).” http://nyti.ms/2xTx2Ym
— BROKEN PROMISES?: “‘Major, Major’ Tax Cut May Not Be in Store for Middle Class,” by NYT’s Jim Tankersley: “[T]he myriad changes in the code would actually raise taxes on nearly 13 million tax filers who earn $100,000 a year or less, according to preliminary calculations using the open-source economic modeling software TaxBrain. Those changes also include limits on, or the elimination of, what might be called tax breaks for middle-class aspirers. The bill would no longer allow Americans to deduct interest on student loans they took out to attend college. It would limit mortgage interest deductions to $500,000 on newly purchased homes, a provision that would hit middle-class teachers or office workers looking to buy starter houses in high-priced, economically vibrant areas such as New York City and Silicon Valley.” http://nyti.ms/2zada4R
BEHIND THE SCENES — K STREET HUDDLE — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce huddled with more than 30 top trade association CEOs Thursday afternoon hours after the House unveiled its tax legislation to discuss a path forward on the business community’s top priorities, including tax reform and renegotiating NAFTA. Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors Kevin Hassett discussed the economic impact of tax reform on the American economy. Tom Donohue led the meeting.
— CHECK OUT Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s handy chart comparing the 2014 Camp Tax Act, the June GOP blueprint, the September “Big 6” framework and the House Republican bill http://politi.co/2hBr20l
SEUNG MIN KIM on the SENATE: “Senate littered with tax reform land mines”: “The fanfare surrounding the House GOP tax plan on Thursday masked a brewing storm in the other chamber. Senate Republicans will have to sway a host of GOP swing votes as they try to jam through their own tax overhaul with almost no margin for error. Fiscal hawks are squawking about how tax legislation could balloon the deficit. Moderates like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine are worried tax cuts will disproportionately favor the rich. Even an Obamacare-related row could bubble up and trip up passage.
“While a small handful of Democrats might get on board, it’s more likely Republicans will have to go it alone — meaning they can lose just two GOP votes before their tax bill tanks. Here’s a look at the groups of Republican senators that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate’s chief tax writers will have to satisfy to get a bill through their chamber: The deficit hawks: Bob Corker, John McCain, Jeff Flake … The moderates: Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski … The perennial leadership headaches: Rand Paul and Ron Johnson … The demanding conservatives: Mike Lee, Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz.” http://politi.co/2lKeCI3
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THE NEXT SHOE TO DROP — “Female lawmakers allege harassment by colleagues in House,” by AP’s Erica Weiner and Juliet Linderman: “‘When I was a very new member of Congress in my early 30s, there was a more senior member who outright propositioned me, who was married, and despite trying to laugh it off and brush it aside it, would repeat. And I would avoid that member,’ said Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. She added that she would warn other new female members about the lawmaker in question, but she declined to identify him, while saying he remains in Congress.
“‘I just don’t think it would be helpful’ to call the lawmaker out by name, Sanchez said. ‘The problem is, as a member there’s no HR department you can go to, there’s nobody you can turn to. Ultimately they’re employed by their constituents.’” http://bit.ly/2zeKnOC Other members quoted include Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), former Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) and former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
TRUMP’S FRIDAY — Trump is leaving this morning for Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. This afternoon he will join a United States Pacific Command briefing and participate in a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial en route to Asia.
— NYT, A7: “Trump Heads to Asia With an Ambitious Agenda but Little to Offer,” by Mark Landler: “President Trump departs on his first trip to Asia on Friday weakened and scandal-scarred, ready to face off against newly empowered Chinese and Japanese leaders in a region increasingly determined to set its course without American direction.
“The White House is framing the trip as a chance for Mr. Trump to showcase his budding personal relationships with President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan — a forceful world leader pressing his peers to negotiate fairer trade deals with the United States and to intensify the pressure on nuclear-armed North Korea.
“But Mr. Trump’s erratic statecraft, compounded by the shadow of the Russia investigation, leaves him in a questionable position to extract concessions from Mr. Xi or even allies like Japan and South Korea. The South Koreans may actually draw closer to the Chinese after settling a dispute this week over the rollout of an American antimissile system.
“On the eve of the trip, White House aides also have a more basic concern: putting the 71-year-old president through a grueling 11-day, five-nation marathon that they originally conceived as two separate trips before Mr. Trump opted to do it all at once.” http://nyti.ms/2hAb8TV
— Trump told talk radio host Larry O’Connor: “The saddest thing is that because I’m the president of the United States, I’m not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department … I am not supposed to be involved with the FBI.” The full program http://bit.ly/2A1PjDC
–@alivitali: “Trump tells @IngrahamAngle ‘we may have a meeting with Putin’ while in Asia. … Trump, asked about vacancies at State, tells Fox: ‘I’m the only one that matters b/c…that’s what the policy is going to be.’”
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REP. LAMAR SMITH (R-TEXAS) announced he is not running for re-election in his San Antonio-and-Austin area seat. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) also announced this week he wouldn’t run again for his Dallas-area seat. Twenty-six Republicans have either resigned, are resigning, retiring or not seeking re-election to their seat this congress.
SCOOP — CNBC’S KAYLA TAUSCHE — “Here are the corporate dealmakers joining Trump in China”: “An attendance list submitted to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a state banquet held in honor of Trump’s November visit included Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, Cheniere Energy CEO Jack Fusco and Air Products CEO Seifollah Ghasemi. Division heads from Boeing and General Electric were also included.” http://cnb.cx/2iXdGPw
— HAVE BLANKFEIN AND TRUMP MENDED FENCES?: TRUMP ran an ad during the campaign featuring Blankfein in a not-so-positive light. http://bit.ly/2ir5zGX … BLANKFEIN has thrown some broadsides that seemed to be aimed at Trump: June 9: “Just landed from China, trying to catch up…. How did ‘infrastructure week’ go?” … Aug. 14: “Lincoln: ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ Isolate those who try to separate us. No equivalence w/ those who bring us together.” … Aug. 21: “Wish the moon wasn’t the only thing casting a shadow across the country. We got through one, we’ll get through the other. #SolarEclipse2017” … Sept. 5: “Immigration is a complex issue but I wouldn’t deport a kid who was brought here and only knows America. Congress must address. #DACA”.
FOR YOUR RADAR — “McMaster may move Afghanistan envoy position to White House,” by Nahal Toosi: “Aides to President Donald Trump have considered reviving an office the administration shut down months ago that was dedicated to resolving the conflict in Afghanistan, a sign that Trump’s policy there remains unsettled. Multiple sources said that senior Trump aides have discussed resurrecting the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was previously based in the State Department, as a White House-based operation. … Already, some prominent names are being floated for the special envoy position, including former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.” http://politi.co/2A2Zvf3
RUSSIA WATCH — NYT A1, “Trump and Sessions Denied Knowing About Russian Contacts. Records Suggest Otherwise,” by Mike Schmidt, Matt Apuzzo and Scott Shane: “Standing before reporters in February, President Trump said unequivocally that he knew of nobody from his campaign who was in contact with Russians during the election. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told the Senate the same thing. Court documents unsealed this week cast doubt on both statements and raised the possibility that Mr. Sessions could be called back to Congress for further questioning. … Records in that case show that George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser, had frequent discussions with Russians in 2016 and trumpeted his connections in front of Mr. Trump and Mr. Sessions. … [T]he court documents represent the first concrete evidence that Mr. Trump was personally told about ties between a campaign adviser and Russian officials.” http://nyti.ms/2gZO6Fm
— “Carter Page testifies he told Sessions about Russia trip,” by CNN’s Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb: “Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page privately testified Thursday that he mentioned to Jeff Sessions he was traveling to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign — as new questions emerge about the attorney general’s comments to Congress about Russia and the Trump campaign. During more than six hours of closed-door testimony, Page said that he informed Sessions about his coming July 2016 trip to Russia, which Page told CNN was unconnected to his campaign role. Page described the conversation to CNN after he finished talking to the House intelligence committee.” http://cnn.it/2zga6pM
— “Senate Democrats want to grill Sessions again after Papadopoulos plea deal,” by Elana Schor: “Senate Democrats said Thursday they want to grill Attorney General Jeff Sessions again after new twists in the federal probe into any Russian ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, but a person familiar with his interactions said the former Republican senator didn’t know the extent of ex-campaign adviser George Papadopoulos’ conversations with Kremlin-linked individuals. Sessions faces mounting calls to clarify his testimony before the Senate following the unveiling Monday of a plea deal by Papadopoulos in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.” http://politi.co/2gYnogf
HMM — @TwitterGov at 8:05 p.m.: “Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again. … at 10 p.m.: “Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review.”
THE EXPANDING PROBE: “Mueller grand jury investigating Vin Weber, 2nd top D.C. lobbyist,” by AP’s Desmond Butler: “FBI agents working for Mueller are asking witnesses about meetings between [Rick] Gates, [Tony] Podesta and [Vin] Weber to discuss the lobbying work in detail and any communication with representatives of a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party, according to two people familiar with the interviews who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation. ‘There were questions about how much Podesta and Vin Weber were involved. There was a lot of interest there,’ one of them said. FBI agents also expressed interest in the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which produced a 2012 report used to justify the jailing of an opposition politician in Ukraine.” http://strib.mn/2lLWrBw
K STREET FILES — “Podesta Group labors to remake itself after founder’s exit,” by Theo Meyer: “Days after Tony Podesta shook Washington by stepping down as chairman of his namesake lobbying firm, the Podesta Group is laboring to remake itself as some staffers and clients eye the exits. … Sources familiar with the situation at the Podesta Group said on Monday that the firm would relaunch quickly. Four days after Podesta stepped down from the firm he founded, though, that has not happened. Eight Podesta Group staffers who spoke on condition of anonymity said the firm is hustling to hang on to as many clients as possible as it struggles to hammer out what it will look like without its founder.
“Two of the firm’s highest-paying clients, Oracle and Wells Fargo, are leaving, even as others wait to see how things shake out. … Paul Brathwaite, a Podesta Group principal whose clients include Airbnb, Samsung and T-Mobile, sent an email to clients on Wednesday saying he was leaving to start his own firm, Federal Street Strategies. … Lobbyists who plan to remain at Podesta Group said many staffers there are optimistic about starting fresh and that most of the firm’s clients are sticking with them — or at least waiting to see how the firm revamps. Five clients — including BAE Systems, BP and Lockheed Martin — confirmed to POLITICO that they’re staying with the firm.” http://politi.co/2h0jQtS
IVANKA ABROAD — “Ivanka Trump nods to ‘womenomics’ in Japan,” by CNN’s Betsy Klein in Tokyo: “Ivanka Trump arrived in Tokyo Thursday for a very brief trip to speak about women’s participation in the economy at the World Assembly of Women … Trump, who attended the event at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe … [and] will have dinner with Abe Friday evening. … She spoke about women in Japan who have inspired her, praised Abe’s paid family leave policy, and also referenced Abe’s ‘womenomics’ movement, which has implemented policies for increased women’s participation to achieve economic growth.” http://cnn.it/2zaWFrn
— NYT’S MOTOKO RICH in TOKYO: “As the president might say, the room was half full. Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, was the much-heralded guest at a government-sponsored conference on women’s empowerment in Tokyo on Friday, just two days before President Trump’s scheduled arrival here on his first stop of an Asia tour. Yet Ms. Trump spoke to a room with so many empty seats that ushers hustled to move audience members forward several rows in the minutes before she walked to the podium.” http://nyti.ms/2A1w1yg
–PER IAN KULLGREN: “Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) introduced a bill [on Thursday] that would shield businesses from state and local paid leave laws if they voluntarily provided a certain amount of time off and workplace benefits. The legislation would offer an incentive for businesses to give paid family leave and flexible work options to employees — a substitute for more stringent proposals from the White House and Democrats in Congress.”
THE MESS ON SOUTH CAPITOL STREET — “DNC fires its top fundraiser: The committee’s slow fundraising has been a serious problem for the party since the 2016 election,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “The [DNC] dismissed its top fundraiser Thursday after just five months on the job, two Democrats familiar with the move told POLITICO. Emily Mellencamp Smith, the party’s finance director, was let go in a shake-up of the party’s senior leadership designed to energize the party’s fundraising.” http://politi.co/2iXb5VJ
CLICKER — ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI talking forgiveness at Liberty University http://bit.ly/2z9xohl
MEDIAWATCH — “David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior,” by Michael Calderone: “Mother Jones magazine’s editor and chief executive acknowledged on Thursday that they investigated Washington bureau chief David Corn for inappropriate workplace behavior three years ago, warning him about touching female staffers and insensitive descriptions of sexual violence, and would now probe the allegations further in light of two emails written by former staffers in 2014 and 2015 and obtained by POLITICO. One of the emails, written in 2015 by a former staffer outlining concerns she had heard from other women in the Washington office, said Corn, now 58, made ‘rape jokes,’ ‘regularly gave [several women] unwelcome shoulder rubs and engaged in uninvited touching of their legs, arms, backs, and waists,’ and ‘made inappropriate comments about women’s sexuality and anatomy.’
“The other email, from 2014, was by a former female staffer who claimed that Corn ‘came up behind me and put his hands and arms around my body in a way that felt sexual and domineering.’ CEO Monika Bauerlein and editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery said they had not seen these emails, which were shared several years ago between colleagues and union representatives. But the magazine’s leaders acknowledged dealing with allegations of inappropriate touching and comments around the time the emails were written, and said they believe Corn has stopped those behaviors. Corn, in a statement to POLITICO, said that neither his comments nor his touching of colleagues was in any way sexual.” http://politi.co/2zvmumA
— JOSH DAWSEY is leaving POLITICO to join the Washington Post’s White House team.
LAURA NAHMIAS and JIMMY VIELKIND in New York Playbook: “Yesterday, DNAinfo and Gothamist owner Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade, summarily shut down his local news sites, wiping any trace of them from the internet, a week after his employees voted to unionize. The unionization was a move he opposed, and reporters and employees of both sites immediately cried foul, calling the move an act of retaliation for their union organization effort. … [T]he reporters’ work — thousands of reported pieces — vanished, in an instant. An official at DNAinfo told the New York Times those articles would eventually be archived online. … 115 employees at DNAinfo and Gothamist … lost their jobs.” NYT story on the shut down, which includes DCist http://nyti.ms/2yqvLMP
— “Gawker fans could bring the site back to life,” by Page Six’s Oli Coleman: http://pge.sx/2h0zwND
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: JULIE PACE, AP’s Washington bureau chief, will interview Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Tuesday in the next installment of AP’s “Newsmakers” interview series.
SPOTTED at Washingtonian’s luncheon at the Watergate Hotel celebrating their “Most Powerful Women in Washington” list: Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Kellyanne Conway, Dawn Sweeney, Julie Pace, former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Sara Fagen … Treasury chief of staff Eli Miller last night in the lobby of the St. Regis.
–British actor Gary Oldman, Chuck Todd, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), and director Joe Wright joined a discussion and screening last night of Oldman and Wright’s new movie “Darkest Hour” at the Navy Memorial’s Burke Theater hosted by Comcast NBCUniversal. Trailer http://bit.ly/2z9wa5J
SPOTTED: Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Denny Heck (D-Wash.), Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), and Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Frank Luntz, Dave Weigel, Mark Memoli, Alex Burgos, Todd Flournoy.
TRANSITIONS — Anu Rangappa has joined D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration as director of communications. She previously was at the Kolar Strategy Group and is a DNC and Dewey Street Group alum.
SUNDAY SO FAR — CBS’ “Face the Nation”: former chief White House photographer Pete Souza, author of the new book “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” … Michael Lewis. Political panel: Jamelle Bouie, Susan Page and Ramesh Ponnuru
— “Fox News Sunday”: Panel: Karl Rove, Rachael Bade, Jason Riley, Juan Williams. Power Player: Mark Cuban
— ABC’s “This Week”: Panel: Charles Blow, Sara Fagen, Marc Lotter, and Julie Pace
ENGAGED – MATT MOWERS, chief of staff for PEPFAR at State and a Trump campaign and Christie alum, on Thursday proposed to CASSIE SPODAK, a video producer for CNN Politics. They’re spending a long weekend in New Hampshire, where they first met. He proposed on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith. (h/t Ryan Williams)
HERE’S TO MAGIC!! — NBC’S KATY TUR and CBS’S TONY DOKOUPIL ELOPE! — Katy and Tony escaped to Utah last week, where they stood on a 165-million-year-old rock (suspended in air) and got married. “It was just us,” Katy told us. “Our vows included the phrase ‘marred provocatively’ and the line ‘I thought this would be temporary.’” Their first dance was to the Beach Boys “God Only Knows.” Next summer, Katy and Tony will celebrate with friends at a “big messy boozy party.” NOTE FOR TONY: Katy wants a pool party. She’ll settle for a Soul Shakedown Party. But it’s Party Time. WHAT SOME OF US ARE ASKING: Will we see Tony at the Garden in December?
HAPPY FOURTH ANNIVERSARY to Ben and Ashley Chang
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Politico’s Eli Okun
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Katie Packer Beeson, founding partner of Burning Glass Consulting, MSNBC contributor and GWU professor. A fun fact about Katie: “Both of my parents were born and raised in Great Britain during WW2. Their influence shapes my worldview every single day.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2gYBrCD
BIRTHDAYS: Stu Rosenberg … Charlie Hurt … CAA’s Rachel Adler … Michael Dukakis is 84 … Anna Wintour … NYT’s James Kanter … Dennis Miller is 64 … O. Kay Henderson … former Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) is 8-0 … Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is 7-0 … Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) is 39 … Christie Stephenson, comms director for SEIU Local 509 … Evelyn Nieves … Phyllis Cuttino of the Pew Charitable Trusts (hat tip: Jon Haber) … Jared Rizzi … Jeff Brownlee, research and communications strategist at In Pursuit Of … Paul Brathwaite is 47. He’s celebrating by going to dinner and the Wizards/Cavs game (h/t wife Sonya) … Erica Moody … Anne Sjostrom … Gabby Adler … Amie Kershner … Quentin Fulks, deputy campaign manager at JB Pritzker for Governor … Matthew Kirincic … Katie Cook Romano … Bob Van Heuvelen … Kelli Kedis Ogborn, former DARPA congressional liaison and president of H.S Dracones consulting (h/t Ed Cash) … Robin Gray, DC-based communications manager for Exelon (h/t Bill McQuillen) …
… Kam Mumtaz, comms director for the NFL … Rowan Morris, VP at Guggenheim Partners and a Goldman Sachs alum, is 32 … Anne Mahlum, founder/owner and CEO of solidcore, celebrating by opening their 6th studio in Navy Yard tomorrow on the company’s 4th anniversary (h/t Justine DiGiglio-Cifarelli) … Brian Babcock-Lumish … Mindi Walker … Chris Falls … Politico’s Anthony Adragna, Ryan Hendrixson and Renuka Rayasam … Ben Kirshner … Christian Haines … Pearce Godwin … Julian Baird Gewirtz … Liz Rolnik … Joe Cohen (h/t Nadia Szold) … David Case … Raphaella Baek … Caroline Michelman … Texas-based GOP ad maker Vinny Minchillo is 56 … Clay Wertheimer … Elizabeth Summers … David Case … Matthew Coudert Jr. … Jack McLaughlin … Carly Burns … Amy Rosenbaum … Scout Tufankjian … Heidi Peterson … Shawn Rusterholz … Christie Findlay … Kevin McVicker … Richard Hudson … Mark Helmke … Robina Suwol … John Damian Butts is 47 … Rocco A. Mazza … Jeff Hutcheson … Barb Bichelmeyer (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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