ONE PARTY is in control of Washington. The president wants to pass an aggressive agenda, but a determined minority is being pressured by its base to hold tight and oppose him. Protests are sprouting up throughout the country, but the president’s party say the gatherings are phony and won’t amount to much of anything. ARE WE IN 2017? OR 2009? The similarities between the political dynamics during Barack Obama’s first year and Donald Trump’s first year are striking — so far — and people in D.C. are beginning to notice it.
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NOTE TO THE WHITE HOUSE — THERE IS ALREADY SERIOUS CONCERN in the Capitol that Congress will not be able to pass a spending bill to start construction on the border wall with Mexico. So if Trump wants a wall started, he needs to send legislation to Congress sooner rather than later.
WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT — “Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions’s character,” by WaPo’s Paul Kane and Ed O’Keefe: “Senate Republicans passed a party-line rebuke Tuesday night of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for a speech opposing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, striking down her words for impugning the Alabama senator’s character. In an extraordinarily rare move, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) interrupted Warren’s speech, in a near-empty chamber as debate on Sessions’s nomination heads toward a Wednesday evening vote, and said that she had breached Senate rules by reading past statements against Sessions from figures such as the late senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the late Coretta Scott King. ‘The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama,’ McConnell said, then setting up a series of roll-call votes on Warren’s conduct.” With video http://wapo.st/2k21KGV … Her Facebook Live video after, which racked up 3.8 million views in seven hours http://bit.ly/2lngtgP
— WARREN to MSNBC’S RACHEL MADDOW — “I’ve been red-carded on Sen. Sessions, I’m out of the game of the Senate floor.”
IF YOU WATCH ONE THING — CNN’S JAKE TAPPER TAKES ON KELLYANNE CONWAY — Many are calling this grilling the sharpest interview of someone in the Trump administration. Video: http://bit.ly/2kS4jzn … Transcript: http://politi.co/2kRIkZs
THE LATEST ON TRUMP’S BAN — “Court dubious of government arguments on Trump’s travel ban,” by Josh Gerstein: “The Justice Department struggled to convince a federal appeals court Tuesday to allow the federal government to resume enforcement of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban executive order. The Trump administration had hoped to persuade the appeals court to stay the entirety of a Seattle federal judge’s order blocking key parts of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 directive blocking all refugee admissions and suspending travel to the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries. However, the three 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges hearing the issue were skeptical enough of the government’s case that Justice Department attorney August Flentje repeatedly raised a fallback option that the appeals court rein in the Seattle judge’s order without lifting it altogether. After claiming that the courts should have little or no role in reviewing Trump’s decision, Flentje quickly found himself on the defensive as two 9th Circuit judges starkly pressed him on the potential implications of that position.” http://politi.co/2lpIyot
— “Like Many Americans, A Judge On The Court Weighing Trump’s Refugee Ban Was A Refugee,” by HuffPost’s Matt Ferner: “Alex Kozinski, one of the most well-respected judges on the 9th Circuit, fled with his parents, Moses and Sabine, from communist Romania in 1962. Kozinski has spoken publicly about his immigration experience for years, even joking that he went from being a committed communist as a boy to an ‘instant capitalist’ after his first trip outside the Iron Curtain to Vienna — on his way to the United States — where he was introduced to ‘bubble gum, chocolate and bananas.’” http://huff.to/2kMFYvu
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RETREAT STARTS TODAY — WHAT JOE CROWLEY WILL TELL DEMOCRATS GATHERED IN BALTIMORE — “The theme of our conference – Fighting for All Americans – speaks to the role our Caucus will take, and it reflects our shared values as Democrats. Whether it is healthcare or equal rights. Economic opportunity and jobs or education. A safe and secure nation or a healthy environment. The fights before us are difficult. And the list is long. But these are the fights that are worth fighting. These are the fights that will define generations to come and determine the fate of our country. And while they might be challenging, it is us—each and every single one of us in this room – who must stand at the ready. Because Fighting for All Americans is what we do. It’s in our blood. It’s who we are. And this is our opportunity.”
— HILL RELATIONS: “Trump begins charm offensive of conservative Democrats,” by USA Today’s Heidi M. Przybyla: “President Trump has invited Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester and Joe Donnelly to the White House for lunch on Thursday, a sign of their potential clout in Trump’s Washington and as he faces an initial – and critically important – test of whether his agenda will face four years of gridlock on Capitol Hill.” http://usat.ly/2k1PZW8
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SCOOP — “Gov. Bentley leaning toward ‘Big Luther’ Strange to replace Sen. Sessions,” by Ken Vogel, John Bresnahan and Marc Caputo: “Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is strongly leaning toward picking the state’s attorney general to replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions after his expected confirmation Wednesday to become United States Attorney General, according to three Republican operatives with direct knowledge of the plans. The operatives all cautioned, however, that the mercurial governor hasn’t formally picked Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Sessions, and Bentley could change his mind. But all three said that Strange – a hulking former basketball player nicknamed ‘Big Luther’ – has made plans to travel to Washington, D.C. this week, and one said that he has reached out to set up interviews over the coming days in Washington with potential staffers for a Senate office.” http://politi.co/2k1MOsu
COMING ATTRACTIONS — NYT, A1: “White House Weighs Terrorist Designation for Muslim Brotherhood,” by Peter Baker: “President Trump’s advisers are debating an order intended to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, targeting the oldest and perhaps most influential Islamist group in the Middle East. A political and social organization with millions of followers, the Brotherhood officially renounced violence decades ago and won elections in Egypt after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Affiliated groups have joined the political systems in places like Tunisia and Turkey, and President Barack Obama long resisted pressure to declare it a terrorist organization.
“But the Brotherhood calls for a society governed by Islamic law, and some of its former members and offshoots — most notably Hamas, the Palestinian group whose stated goal is the destruction of Israel — have been tied to attacks. Some advisers to Mr. Trump have viewed the Brotherhood for years as a radical faction secretly infiltrating the United States to promote Shariah law. They see the order as an opportunity to finally take action against it. Officially designating the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization would roil American relations in the Middle East. The leaders of some American allies — like Egypt, where the military forced the Brotherhood from power in 2013, and the United Arab Emirates — have pressed Mr. Trump to do so to quash internal enemies, but the group remains a pillar of society in parts of the region.” http://nyti.ms/2k20Lqn
A BIG DEAL — NYT A1, “Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions,” by David Sanger and Eric Schmitt: “Grisly photographs of children apparently killed in the crossfire of a 50-minute firefight during the raid caused outrage in Yemen. A member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, Chief Petty Officer William Owens, was also killed in the operation. While the White House continues to insist that the attack was a ‘success’ … the suspension of commando operations is a setback for Mr. Trump, who has made it clear he plans to take a far more aggressive approach against Islamic militants. It also calls into question whether the Pentagon will receive permission from the president for far more autonomy in selecting and executing its counterterrorism missions in Yemen, which it sought, unsuccessfully, from President Barack Obama in the last months of his term.
“Mr. Obama deferred the decision to Mr. Trump, who appeared inclined to grant it: His approval of the Jan. 29 raid came over a dinner four nights earlier with his top national security aides, rather than in the kind of rigorous review in the Situation Room that became fairly routine under President George W. Bush and Mr. Obama. The raid, in which just about everything went wrong, was an early test of Mr. Trump’s national security decision-making — and his willingness to rely on the assurances of his military advisers. His aides say that even though the decision was made over a dinner, it had been fully vetted, and had the requisite legal approvals.” http://nyti.ms/2ljEuJE
TRUMP ON THE WORLD STAGE — “Trump’s faux-pas diplomacy: The State Department is struggling to contain the fallout as Trump goes off topic in calls with foreign leaders,” by Tara Palmeri, Ken Vogel, Josh Dawsey and Halley Toosi: “President Donald Trump spent much of a recent phone call with French President Francois Hollande veering off into rants about the U.S. getting shaken down by other countries, according to a senior official with knowledge of the call, creating an awkward interaction with a critical U.S. ally. While the Hollande call on Jan. 28 did touch on pressing matters between the two countries — namely the fight against the Islamic State — Trump also used the exchange to vent about his personal fixations, including his belief that the United States is being taken advantage of by China and by international bodies like NATO, the official said.
“‘At one point, Trump declared that the French can continue protecting NATO, but that the U.S. ‘wants our money back,’ the official said, adding that Trump seemed to be ‘obsessing over money.’ ‘It was a difficult conversation, because he talks like he’s speaking publicly,’ the official said. ‘It’s not the usual way heads of state speak to each other. He speaks with slogans and the conversation was not completely organized.’” http://politi.co/2kqL67m
NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — “Poll: Democrats want leaders to block Trump,” by Jake Sherman: “Democratic voters are sending a clear message to their elected officials in Washington: Stop Donald Trump at all costs. A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that just 34 percent of Democratic voters want their party’s elected officials to find ways to work with the new president. A 56-percent majority say Democrats in Congress should stick to their principles, even ‘if that means blocking all legislation or nominees for government posts.’ The survey – conducted Feb. 2 through Feb. 4 – is instructive, as Trump and Republicans begin to plot their legislative plans on everything from repealing and replacing Obamacare to tax reform. Democrats, in the minority in both chambers, are being squeezed by their base to stop Trump’s agenda in its tracks, even if they lack the power to do so.” Full story, with other juicy highlights, crosstabs and the full poll toplines http://politi.co/2lqfoWf
— OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: 60% of respondents said the country is off on the wrong track … 50% approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing … 26% said the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, while 56% said the court should not … 55% approve of Trump’s immigration executive order … 21% said Trump has four years to make America great again, while 11% said he had one year, and 29% said America was great before Trump was elected … 46% said it would be effective if Trump sat down with former gang leaders to try to curb violence in Chicago. 42% said it would not be effective.
THE JUICE …
— SCOOP — CATANZARO UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR NEC ROLE: Fossil fuel industry lobbyist Mike Catanzaro is under consideration to serve as energy adviser on the National Economic Council. If the White House moves forward with the appointment, it would test Trump’s promise on the limiting the number of lobbyists serving in his administration. Catanzaro, who is a partner at CGCN Group, has repped American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Devon Energy, NextEra Energy and Hess, among others. Andrew Restuccia and Anna’s full story http://politi.co/2kGKIjy
— ARI EMANUEL’S CALL TO ACTION: The WME-IMG co-CEO sent an all-staff email Tuesday, detailing a campaign that includes the formation of a PAC, “convening … forums with politicians and stakeholders”, connecting with elected officials, developing public policy solutions and a “company-wide matching program to support donations of time and money.” “No matter what side of the aisle you sit on or where you live in the world, the call for meaningful and sustained civic engagement is louder than ever,” wrote Emanuel, a Democrat who previously repped Trump and met with him November. “This company’s greatest asset is the diversity of our backgrounds and beliefs. Please know that we will do everything in our power to support and protect this diversity now and in the months and years ahead.” Emanuel’s brother is, obviously, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
— BUZZ: Several airport CEOs will also join several A4A member airline CEOs for a meeting Thursday with Trump. Delta, which is not a member of A4A, will also have a presence. The airline’s CEO Ed Bastian is among the CEOs attending while American Airlines CEO Doug Parker can’t attend due to a long-scheduled company leadership conference in Dallas, according to two sources.
— POWER DINING — SPOTTED AT BLT PRIME last night: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with Gary Cohn of the National Economic Council; Trump’s agriculture pick Sonny Perdue and Nick Ayers; Lem Smith of Squire Patton Boggs; Joe Maloney and Ben Jenkins of Locust Square Group; Rokk Solutions’ Ron Bonjean, who is leading SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch’s communications effort; Gentry Beach and Kevin Bruce of Fieldwood Energy.
— GABBARD’S SYRIA PROBLEM — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has not released her itinerary for her recent trip to Syria — a jaunt on which she met with Bashar Assad — as she is required to. It came out this week that Assad’s regime hanged 13,000 people in one prison. Gabbard’s office didn’t respond to POLITICO’s request for comment. The Daily Beast’s Tim Mak also noted this incomplete disclosure yesterday, and Gabbard’s office and the Ethics Committee — which administers these rules — did not respond to him either. Tim’s story http://thebea.st/2kRXYnP … Gabbard’s incomplete disclosure http://bit.ly/2kMVmYD
HAPPENING TODAY — SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch is scheduled to meet with Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).
THE TIDE TURNS — NYT A13, “‘A Conservative Climate Solution’: Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax,” by John Schwartz: “The group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former secretary of the Treasury, says that taxing carbon pollution produced by burning fossil fuels is ‘a conservative climate solution’ based on free-market principles. Mr. Baker is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to the president, and Gary D. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, as well as Ivanka Trump.” http://nyti.ms/2kMUmnl … Shultz/Baker WSJ op-ed http://on.wsj.com/2lnk5iU … The plan http://bit.ly/2klDOiF
–Per a source involved in drafting the plan: “What this resembles most is the global tobacco settlement of the late 1990s, when previously intractable opponents all agreed to give up something to get something that went far beyond their immediate interests and beliefs, for the benefit of all. Last year’s election was about changing how Washington works. This is an example of a new way forward.”
BOSTON GLOBE — “The 17 rules of Sean Spicer, Rhode Island native,” by Mark Arsenault: “In 2014, an accomplished yet little-known Republican communications specialist shared his 17 rules for life with students at his alma mater, the Portsmouth Abbey, a Roman Catholic boarding and day school on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Rule No. 2, according to Sean Spicer: Think before you tweet, post, or upload. Funny, considering who his boss is now.” http://bit.ly/2lpVkmR
TRUMP INC. — “Department of Defense looks to rent space in Trump Tower,” by WaPo’s Drew Harwell: “The Department of Defense is seeking to rent space in President Trump’s New York skyscraper, Trump Tower, a move that could directly funnel government money into the president’s business interests. The U.S. military agency is ‘working through appropriate channels . . . to acquire a limited amount of leased space in Trump Tower,’ Lt. Col. J.B. Brindle, a Pentagon spokesman, told The Washington Post in a statement late Tuesday. ‘The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building,’ Brindle said.” http://wapo.st/2klfiOW
OBAMACARE UPDATE — “Obamacare repeal-replace effort begins to jell,” by Jen Haberkorn: “Republicans on Capitol Hill and within the Trump administration are scrambling to get Obamacare repeal efforts back on track by stuffing as much of a replacement policy as possible into a repeal bill. Four replacement measures are under consideration, with a goal of beginning work on the legislation in the relevant House committees by the end of February, according to congressional sources familiar with the tentative plans. … After months of doubts and debate, the developments could win over wavering Republicans who’ve been insisting that repeal and replace be taken up simultaneously.” http://politi.co/2klfEFj
VALLEY TALK — “Before immigration furor, tech giants donated to Trump inauguration,” by Tony Romm: “Microsoft contributed $250,000 in cash and the same amount in technology and other tools on Dec. 28 to the Presidential Inaugural Committee … Google also provided tech services, including a YouTube livestream of the inauguration, on top of an unspecified cash donation … Amazon similarly chipped in an undisclosed amount of money in addition to tech aid.” http://politi.co/2kldOnB
CABINET WATCH — “Can Trump’s Labor nominee survive?,” by Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine: “Andrew Puzder has faced allegations of beating his wife, apprenticed to a notorious mob lawyer early in his career, and just admitted to hiring an undocumented immigrant and failing to pay taxes on her employment. Yet somehow Donald Trump’s Labor secretary nominee is still standing. Republican leaders are intent on pushing the fast-food executive through, and are preparing finally to schedule his confirmation hearing after four delays related to problems with his ethics paperwork. But a number of GOP senators said that before pressing forward, they want to know more about the latest revelation that Puzder for five years employed – he says unknowingly – an undocumented immigrant. Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who just voted against Betsy DeVos for Education secretary, both said they need more information and time to review Puzder’s nomination. And Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who has signaled support for Puzder in the past, says he is undecided and ‘considering all the factors.’” http://politi.co/2kRLpsp
RAND PAUL on Rare, “Do not let Elliott Abrams anywhere near the State Department”: “Neoconservative interventionists have had us at perpetual war for 25 years. While President Trump has repeatedly stated his belief that the Iraq War was a mistake, the neocons (all of them Never-Trumpers) continue to maintain that the Iraq and Libyan Wars were brilliant ideas. These are the same people who think we must blow up half the Middle East, then rebuild it and police it for decades. They’re wrong and they should not be given a voice in this administration.” http://bit.ly/2kGK7i2
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WASHINGTON POST’S DAVID IGNATIUS: “Michael Flynn: Trump is like the chariot driver in ‘Ben-Hur’” — “Flynn spoke with me for an hour last Friday. He talked about Trump’s management style, Bannon’s role and his model for how the NSC should work. His comments didn’t answer any of the big questions about Trump’s presidency, such as the merits of an entry ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. But Flynn presented a calmer and less combative image than when he mocked Hillary Clinton by chanting ‘Lock her up!’ during the Republican National Convention.
“Flynn started with an organization chart that’s modestly streamlined. He says he’ll have eight people reporting directly to him, compared with his predecessor Susan Rice’s 23. The most interesting detail is the small box on the top-right corner, marked ‘Stephen Bannon.’ … Flynn, who has been at Trump’s side far longer than Bannon, described the strategist as part of the ‘new team’ that ‘got us across the finish line.’ He denied news accounts of friction, noting the two meet ‘routinely.’ Interestingly, he described the populist Bannon’s stance as ‘more left than right.’” http://wapo.st/2lpWbEj
HEALTHCARE’S NEW MAJORITY: By 2050, the population of the United States will be less than 50 percent white. In cities like West Sacramento, California, doctors are already grappling with the complex cultural, language and financial challenges this presents. In the latest installment of Agenda 2020, POLITICO’s running project on America’s long-term policy future, investigates the growing challenges of health disparities due to ethnic and cultural diversity. http://politi.co/2klowdN … http://politi.co/2k2adPh … Landing page for Agenda 2020 http://politi.co/2kGHr3L
CLICKER – RICHARD BRANSON’s blog post — “Richard vs. Barack – kiteboard and foilboard challenge”: “One of the first stories Barack told me when he and Michelle arrived on Moskito Island was how, just before he became President, he had been surfing on a dangerous break in Hawaii. When he came in from an exhilarating session, the new head of his security team turned to him and said: ‘This will be the last time you surf for eight years.’ For the next eight years he didn’t have the chance to surf, enjoy watersports or do many of the things he loved.” With six pix and a one-minute video http://bit.ly/2kqtzMK
MEDIAWATCH — “Times Names Wall Street Journal Editor to Its Masthead,” by NYT’s Sydney Ember: “Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has been named a deputy managing editor of The New York Times, one of the top leadership positions at the newspaper. Ms. Blumenstein will become one of the highest-ranking women in The Times’s newsroom. She will join three other deputy managing editors — Janet Elder; Clifford Levy, who was promoted last week; and Matthew Purdy. In a note to the staff announcing the appointment on Tuesday, Dean Baquet, the executive editor, and Joe Kahn, the managing editor, said that Ms. Blumenstein, 50, would help the newsroom ‘do all the big things we intend to do in 2017 and beyond.'” http://nyti.ms/2lpVk6k
— KRISTIN ROBERTS launched the first in a coming series of new podcasts for McClatchy. This one is called “Beyond the Bubble” and it’s a collaboration with the Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei and the Raleigh News & Observer’s Colin Campbell. They explore how Trump’s Washington is being felt and reviewed by Battleground America. http://bit.ly/2k20lQV
— PBS’s JUDY WOODRUFF is interviewing SPEAKER PAUL RYAN tonight on Newshour.
— CNN’s Jeff Zucker emails the staff: “David Gelles … will continue as Senior Broadcast Producer for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, reporting to Jay Shaylor, and will take on additional responsibilities as Executive Producer, Political Programming.”
— SiriusXM has named former Clinton aide Zerlina Maxwell as director of progressive programming.
SPOTTED at the launch of Ashley Biden’s latest hoodie collection Livelihood x Gilt event in New York City: former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, Gilt President Jonathan Greller, DJ Mia Moretti, Olivia Palermo, Al Sharpton, Wilmington Council Member Darius J. Brown and Marissa Mitrovich. … CNN chief Jeff Zucker at GW for the Ted Cruz/Bernie Sanders debate … LeBron James dressed in sweats and red Nike flip flops at Le Pain Quotidien in Georgetown Tuesday morning for breakfast after his team beat the Wizards. “Several wide eyed patrons attempted to approach him but his bodyguard (gently) blocked their approach,” per our tipster … Jeff Zeleny having a drink with John McCormick last night at the Oval Room (Annie Linskey dropped by to say hello) … Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) eating dinner at Joselito on Capitol Hill … Dennis Kucinich and Gerry Connolly lunching in the Longworth cafeteria Monday afternoon.
SPOTTED at Alvin Ailey’s performance last night at the Kennedy Center: Lyndon Boozer, KPMG lobbyist Priya Dayananda and Vinay Singh, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), Yelberton Watkins, chief of staff to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Nicole Isaac of LinkedIn, Justin Gray of Gray Global Advisors, Jonathan Capehart, and Robert Raben.
OUT AND ABOUT – Saat Alety’s friends – including boss Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and wife Marie — headed to Bullfeathers last night for his 28th birthday. SPOTTED: Peter Freedman, Carol Danko, Kate Barlow, Gaurav Parikh, Lenwood Brooks, Nick Owens and more.
CHANGES IN RYAN’S OFFICE — Brendan Buck is now counselor to the speaker … Andy Speth has been named deputy chief of staff … Jennifer Hemingway is Ryan’s new director of House operations … Jeff Dressler joins the operation as national security adviser.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — American Bridge has named Kevin McAlister, Sabrina Singh and Andrew Bates to their communications shop in their “Trump War Room.” Bates worked for Hillary Clinton as communications director in North Carolina and as press secretary for USTR in the Obama administration. Singh worked in communications for Clinton in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada, and McAlister worked at American Bridge during the campaign.
TRANSITIONS — Lauren Zelt has been named SVP for comms at FP1 Strategies. She most recently was deputy communications director for former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). Before that, she was at FP1. … Cameron LLP has hired Brian Wommack as its newest partner and head of a newly launched strategic communications practice. He was previously SVP/managing supervisor at Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick and led the D.C. issues and crisis practice. http://politi.co/2kqxQzS
OBAMA ALUMNI — Former Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet was named president and CEO of Project Concern International (PCI). Radelet served as Peace Corps Director from 2013 until January, and as deputy director from 2010 to 2013. She’ll lead PCI’s efforts working with families and communities to enhance health, end hunger, and overcome hardship in 16 countries. http://bit.ly/2ljoWpd
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Amos Snead, partner at S-3 Public Affairs, co-founder of FamousDC, the pride of Centre, Alabama, and D.C. man about town – he’s celebrating with an early dinner with his family on Barracks Row – read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2k2cSnr
BIRTHDAYS: POLITICO Pro is 6 … Ted Koppel is 77 … Lisa Jackson, New Orleans native and former EPA administrator, now V.P. for environmental initiatives at Apple, is 55 … Vox’s Zack Beauchamp … Adam Kaplan, assistant counsel to the IG at SBA (h/t wife Melissa Boteach) … CAP’s Marlene Cooper Vasilic, Brian Katulis, and Billy Flanagan … Hilary Badger on Team Esty in Congress … Matt Jaffe, ABC News alum now director of comms. at the Institute of Politics at U Chicago (h/t Jon Karl) … Jen Yeh, former associate counsel in the Obama White House … William Ranney Levi, former chief counsel for Senate Judiciary … Tony Baker is 35 … Elliot Schwartz, partner at QE Intelligence LLC and a Jeb and Free Beacon alum … Politico Europe’s Arnau Busquets Guàrdia … Raul Vidal, senior partner at Omnia Economic Solutions … Addyson Grace Fleming is 1 (h/t father Chris, who notes “we thought she’d see the first woman president, now our hopes is that she’ll be the first woman president”) … L.A. Times reporter Melissa Etehad, a WaPo alum (h/t Colby Bermel) … John Kartch, VP of comms at Americans for Tax Reform (h/t Patrick Gleason) … Jascha Franklin-Hodge, CIO of the City of Boston … Heather Zichal, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center (h/ts Jon Haber) … Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) is 54 …
… Brian Besanceney, SVP and chief comms officer at Walmart and a Disney, Bush 43 WH, State and DHS alum … NFLPA’s Joe Briggs … Dy Brown, executive director of Jack and Jill of America … Julie Gunlock, senior fellow and Culture of Alarmism director at Independent Women’s Forum … Shea Loper, Barrasso and Adam Putnam alum now manager of U.S. gov’t relations at Encana … Jenny Thalheimer Rosenberg, alum of FAA, OFA and Senate Commerce … Caitlin Webber, analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence and a CQ alum … DCRTV’s Dave Hughes … Matt Stoller … Jason Redmond … Jonathan Scherck … Barry Newman … John Frey is 54 … Matt Glass, senior manager for pricing strategy at Walmart and a Treasury alum … composer-conductor John Williams is 85 … Nick Nolte is 76 … author John Grisham is 62 … the former president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, is 57 … Alonzo Mourning is 47 … professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 27 (h/ts AP)
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