THE HEADLINE on the front page of many newspapers this morning — “The ill fear pain under GOP’s bill” (AP story by John Seewer http://apne.ws/2pPGfiI).
Good Sunday morning. THE NEW NARRATIVE — NYT A1 — “‘No District Is Off the Table’: Health Vote Could Put House in Play,” by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns (front-page print headline: “Democrats Pounce, Seeing Path to Retake House”): “Democrats are recruiting challengers aggressively, even in conservative-leaning districts, importuning an eclectic group of could-be candidates that includes a Minnesota gelato baron, a former candidate for governor of Kansas and the mayor of Syracuse. ‘No district is off the table,’ said Representative Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, the House Democratic campaign chairman, who vowed that Democrats would cast the widest possible net. The Democrats need 24 seats to recapture the House majority, and they believe the most straightforward path back to power is through the 23 Republican districts won by Hillary Clinton in November, as well as the dozens more where President Trump remains deeply unliked. Precisely which of these districts to pursue came into sharper focus with Thursday’s vote. …
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“One challenge facing House Republicans is the fact that they have not received all of the assistance they had hoped for from the White House. [NRCC Chairman Steve] Stivers … said that during the transition, he shared with senior Trump officials a list of House Democrats in swing districts, suggesting that Republicans could flip the seats if the lawmakers were appointed to administration posts or named to ambassadorships. Mr. Trump tapped none of the names on the Stivers list.” http://nyti.ms/2qdfoPf … A1 PDF http://nyti.ms/2pUlYHt
— WHAT THE REPUBLICANS THINK: NRCC CHAIRMAN STEVE STIVERS tells us: “The DCCC continues to live in a fantasy world where they believe everyone agrees with them. We were happy to introduce their candidates in KS and GA to real voters and we will be happy to introduce some of their incumbents to real voters next year.”
— ALSO: It’s early — really, really early. Democrats also said they’d take the House back when Republicans passed Paul Ryan’s budget, which altered entitlements. They still haven’t been able to escape the deep minority.
P.K. TRUTH BOMB — “Democrats’ two biggest opponents ahead of 2018 may be time and themselves”: http://wapo.st/2pPzptO
A LOOK AROUND AMERICA … FRONT PAGES FROM ACROSS THE U.S.:
— IDAHO STATESMAN: “Labrador comment draws backlash from voters, health experts” … Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R-Idaho) quote: “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care” http://bit.ly/2pPHqyE
— STAR-LEDGER A1: “GOP pair vulnerable in N.J. over health care” http://bit.ly/2qQ2Vx6
— TRUMP’S HOMETOWN PAPER — PALM BEACH POST — “As Trump exulted, she was ‘terrified’: Cancer advocate fears insurance landscape under Obamacare repeal; others seek high-premium relief” http://bit.ly/2qQ3ib7
PRIMARY ALERT — “Bakersfield artist to run against Kevin McCarthy from the right,” by LATimes’ Sarah D. Wire: A “Republican is mounting a long-shot challenge to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Joe Aleman, a photographer and artist who has never run for office, said that as a Christian he struggled with the details of the House plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act. Aleman, 41, said he specifically opposes lifting bonus caps for insurance executives and causing an estimated 24 million people to lose health insurance. The measure goes too far, so he feels compelled to challenge the six-term congressman in 2018. ‘The whole thing just seems too corrupt, I can’t sleep because of it,’ Aleman said. ‘The injustice of it, just the great injustice of it.’” http://lat.ms/2qOvQlQ
VIEW FROM OMAHA — “Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Meeting, Condemns Republican Health Care Bill,” by NYT’s Michael J. de la Merced: “Several questions homed in on politics, and Mr. Buffett, a Democrat with close ties to former President Barack Obama, offered measured criticism of President Trump’s policies. He argued that the American Health Care Act, which passed the House this past week, amounted to ‘a huge tax cut for guys like me.’ He also said rising health care costs, rather than high taxes, were the biggest drag on American businesses. Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness,’ he said.” http://nyti.ms/2pUgUml
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WHAT TRUMP IS TWEETING — @realDonaldTrump at 8:49 a.m.: “Republican Senators will not let the American people down! ObamaCare premiums and deductibles are way up – it was a lie and it is dead!” … at 7:15 a.m.: “When will the Fake Media ask about the Dems dealings with Russia & why the DNC wouldn’t allow the FBI to check their server or investigate?”
— DAILY MAIL: “Trump is pictured on the golf course AGAIN after insisting trip to Bedminster was to save taxpayers money.” Pic of Trump on the golf course http://dailym.ai/2qG2f0E
TOP STORY — “Tense France chooses new president, deciding Europe’s fate,” by AP’s Angela Charlton and Samuel Petrequin in Paris: “French voters decided Sunday whether to back pro-business independent Emmanuel Macron or far-right populist Marine Le Pen as their next president, casting ballots in an unusually tense and important presidential election that also could decide Europe’s future.
“With Macron the pollsters’ favorite, voting stations opened across mainland France at 8 a.m. under the watch of 50,000 security forces guarding against extremist attacks. Polling agency projections and initial official results are expected as soon as the final stations close at 8 p.m. [2 p.m. Eastern]. A security alert prompted the evacuation Sunday of the courtyard outside the Louvre museum where Macron had planned to celebrate election night. Campaign spokeswoman Pauline Calmes told The Associated Press that the Esplanade du Louvre, in downtown Paris, was evacuated as a precaution.” http://apne.ws/2qOAsbX
HOT VIDEO — Emily Schultheis (@emilyrs): “Macron campaign posted a video [Friday] with clips of US pundits saying Clinton would definitely win” —42-second video http://bit.ly/2pT1P6q
FOR YOUR RADAR — “North Korea says detains another American citizen, KCNA reports” — Reuters/Seoul: “North Korea said on Sunday it has detained another American citizen for suspicion of acts against the state, which if confirmed would make him the fourth U.S. citizen to be held by the isolated country amid diplomatic tensions. Kim Hak Song, who was detained on May 6, worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the North’s KCNA news agency said. ‘A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,’ KCNA said.” http://reut.rs/2pjnj8C
POLITICO GETS RESULTS — “House oversight panel to investigate Iran deal,” by Josh Meyer: “Citing a POLITICO investigation, Republican leaders of the House oversight committee said [late last week] they have launched a sweeping investigation into whether the Obama administration, in trying to win support for a nuclear deal and prisoner swap with Tehran last year, undermined an ambitious U.S. counterproliferation effort to thwart Iranian weapons trafficking networks. Also in response to the POLITICO investigation, 13 Republican senators have demanded answers about whether the Obama administration jeopardized U.S. national security as a result of its protracted top-secret negotiations with Tehran, and then misled the American public when disclosing the terms of the two deals in January 2016.” http://politi.co/2pjltEA… Read Josh’s original story, “Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway” http://politi.co/2ps9Tvv
SNL LAST NIGHT — “Morning Joe Cold Open” — “Mika Brzezinski” (Kate McKinnon): “On the phone we have a publicist named John Miller live from the White House. … Mr. Miller do you work in the White House?” “John Miller” (Alec Baldwin): “Yes I do, I do. I work very hard, so incredibly hard. Mika, I’m just celebrating the fantastic success we had in Congress yesterday with the new health care law. After Congress voted, we had a party. There was beer. The disaster that was Obamacare has finally been repealed.” “Joe Scarborough” (Alex Moffat): “Hold on sir, it’s not repealed yet. The bill still has to pass the Senate.” Miller: “What now?” 5-min. video http://bit.ly/2qPkPzZ
–“Where in the World Is Kellyanne Conway?” — 2 min. video http://bit.ly/2pPsfWm
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — TONIGHT’S SEASON FINALE OF “THE CIRCUS” — Check out the footage from The Newseum, where Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon filmed this season’s last episode of “The Circus.” 4-min. video http://bit.ly/2qdntDh
DEPT. OF DISSONANCE — Half of Republicans — mostly House Republicans — are defending their health care bill, while Senate Republicans are saying they won’t even consider it.
SUNDAY BEST — CHRIS WALLACE had an exclusive interview with REINCE PRIEBUS on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” — PRIEBUS: “The fact of the matter is there are sometimes in life you’ve got to do what’s right not what’s politically expedient. We believe this is going to be a better product and by the time people see that the premiums are lower, there’s a better service, there’s more options and more choices, they’re going to reward the Republicans that sit up and said, we are not going to see the Obamacare system, which is failing and collapsing continue any longer, we’re going to do something better, and we are going to do our job as legislatures to get this thing done. I think that the Republican Party will be rewarded.”
— SPEAKER PAUL RYAN speaks with GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” — STEPHANOPOULOS: “As you know, the Democrats got wiped out in 2010 after voting on Obamacare. It’s one of the reasons you’re speaker today, over time. They smell real blood now. You saw Leader Pelosi. And on Friday, the Cook Political Report, well-respected, shifted 20 seats away from the GOP. Here’s what their analyst Dave Wasserman said, he said: ‘House Republicans’ willingness to spend political capital on a promise — on a proposal that garnered the support of just 17 percent of the public in a March Quinnipiac poll is consistent with past scenarios that have generated a midterm wave.’ How worried are you about a midterm wave? What are you telling your members?”
RYAN: “I’m not. Number one, health care is a complicated and very emotional personal issue. And we completely understand that. The system is failing. We’re stepping in front of it and rescuing people from a collapsing system.
“And more importantly, we’re keeping our word. That’s really important here, George. People expect their elected leaders, if they run and campaign on doing something, they expect them to do that. And that’s what we’re doing. We’re keeping our word. And I would argue that we would spell disaster for ourselves, politically, if that’s your question, if we go back on our word. This is us keeping our word. But most importantly, it’s us trying to fix a real problem that real people are experiencing in this country.”
— ANDREA MITCHELL talks with HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS” — MITCHELL: “Well, let’s talk about women. I mean, when we looked at the Rose Garden and the celebration of this on Thursday, they were mostly all men and white men at that. There was no diversity there. Women’s health issues arguably are going to be disproportionately affected. Take a look at this. Obamacare includes maternity and newborn care, preventive care, mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, birth control, all of this under the essential package, no longer required under this House bill.”
PRICE: “Andrea, come on. Look at that picture. Congresswoman Diane Black, the chair of the Budget Committee, I was standing next to her, Seema Verma, the administrator of C.M.S., I was standing right next to her. This is–”MITCHELL: “Out of a group of dozens and dozens of people, you can cite two or three women?” PRICE: “These are prominent individuals who are leading, who are leading in this area of health care. The goal, as I mentioned, is to make certain that every single American, men, women, rich, poor, old, young, have the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their families, not that government forces them to buy. That’s the change.”
— JAKE TAPPER talks with PRICE on CNN’s “STATE OF THE UNION”– TAPPER: “[A] lot of working-class voters went in there in November and pulled the lever for President Trump, having heard him say that he was going to keep their Medicaid, save their Medicaid, without any cuts. CBO says this is an $880 billion cut. And I asked you at the top, and I’m wondering if you just could directly answer this, because one of the frustrations people with how Obamacare was sold to the public is that politicians weren’t straight, they didn’t acknowledge that there were winners and losers. There were winners and losers with Obamacare. There are winners and losers with Trumpcare as well — $880 billion, that’s a cut for Medicaid. How is that not a broken promise?”
PRICE: “Well, look again, Jake. The winners under Obamacare were the federal government and insurance companies. The winners under the program that we provide and that we believe is the most appropriate will be patients and families and doctors. The reduction in spending that the Congressional Budget Office cites is again off the current law baseline. That means, if we did nothing at all, if we just continued this broken program for the next 10 years, how much money would the federal government spend?
“I would suggest to you that the American people are sick and tired of business as usual in Washington, and they are sick and tired of their tax dollars going to programs that actually don’t work. We want a Medicaid system that works for those patients. We want a Medicaid system that doesn’t just provide them a card and says they have coverage, but doesn’t provide them the kind of care that they need. That is the distinction that I would ask them to draw.”
TOM SIETSEMA’S TOP 10 NEW RESTAURANTS IN D.C. — Colada Shop … Kobo … Fish by Jose Andres … Bindaas … Tiger Fork … Ambar … Arroz … Himitsu … Sfoglina … Mirabelle. http://wapo.st/2qPc6yv
RAHM WATCH — “Chicago mayor Emanuel posts EPA’s deleted climate change page,” by Isaac Dovere: “The new section of the City of Chicago’s website, launched this weekend, pulls data from the archived Environmental Protection Agency page, noting, ‘while this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Chicago we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it.’ [Rahm] Emanuel is promising to build the site out more in the coming weeks, using city resources. ‘The Trump administration can attempt to erase decades of work from scientists and federal employees on the reality of climate change, but burying your head in the sand doesn’t erase the problem,’ Emanuel said.” http://politi.co/2qOCwkc … See the site http://bit.ly/2p9frLU
DEEP DIVE — “The D.C. Housing Department forfeited millions as families waited for help,” by WaPo’s Debbie Cenziper, Sarah Bowman, Lillianna Byington and Robin Eberhardt: “Just before her 100th day in office, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser stood before a packed house at the city’s historic Lincoln Theatre and called on taxpayers to make an unprecedented investment in the poor. For the first time, she announced, the District would devote $100 million in city funds each year to the Housing Production Trust Fund — a lifeline for families struggling to find a place to live in one of the least affordable cities in the country. …
“But at the city agency entrusted with producing homes for the poor, officials were giving up millions of additional dollars from another essential source of affordable housing money: the federal government. The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development was forced to forfeit $15.8 million in the past three years after repeatedly missing key spending deadlines meant to ensure that federal housing money is properly managed at the local level, The Washington Post found.” http://wapo.st/2qQ0SsM
PIC DU JOUR — @HernandezJavier: “Here’s a slide shown during Kushner Co. event in Beijing identifying @realDonaldTrump as ‘key decision maker’ on EB-5 investor visa program” http://bit.ly/2pj86Ve
VALLEY TALK — “What it’s like to have a surprise dinner with Mark Zuckerberg,” by Business Insider’s Alex Heath: “About two weeks ago, Daniel Moore received a cryptic phone call. The 57-year-old resident of Newton Falls, Ohio was told that a billionaire philanthropist from California wanted to meet and have dinner with his family. … Facebook’s 32-year-old CEO has given himself a personal goal of visiting the roughly 30 U.S. states he hasn’t been to yet by the end of 2017. The reason why? To ‘get out and talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future,’ he wrote in a Facebook post from January. … After Zuckerberg asked them why they had voted for Trump, Moore turned the tables and asked if Zuckerberg had spoken with Trump since he was elected. Zuckerberg, who was noticeably absent from Trump’s meeting with tech leaders in December, said he had in fact talked with Trump multiple times on the phone.” http://read.bi/2qFjLT6
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MEDIAWATCH – JUDY WOODRUFF PROFILE — NYT Sunday Styles section cover, “The Woman of the Hour,” by Katie Rogers: “Ms. Woodruff has been working in Washington since 1977, when she landed in the capital to cover President Jimmy Carter’s administration. The modern news cycle is a little different now — less of a cycle and more like a cyclone, the informational equivalent of standing in front of a tennis ball machine. At ‘NewsHour,’ long known for its slower pace, viewership is up 20 percent over this time last year, with an average of 1.24 million viewers a minute. … (The average ‘NewsHour’ viewer is 68 years old.)” http://nyti.ms/2pjiTyF
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from the Montpelier Summit (at James Madison’s Montpelier house) in Orange, Virginia:
–“Malcolm Gladwell on Why We Shouldn’t Value Speed Over Power” – Heleo: “As a writer, my principal observation about why other writers fail is that they are in too much of a hurry. I don’t think you can write a good book in two years.” http://bit.ly/2pLV2LK (h/t ALDaily.com)
–“Where Did All the Men Go?” by Nicholas Eberstadt in Milken Review: “While there are a dozen plausible reasons for the shocking result of the 2016 presidential election, the discontent of white men lacking college degrees ranks high on most lists. And no small part of that discontent is linked to their diminishing role in the workplace.” http://bit.ly/2pdPiqZ
–“How West Virginia Lost the Workers’ Revolution,” by Hamilton Nolan in Fusion: “There is no better place to go looking for evidence of American decline than southern West Virginia. The opioid crisis? Devastation of a once-great American industry? Obesity? Pollution? Climate change? General post-industrial hopelessness? It’s all here.” http://bit.ly/2pj7krg
–“The Pets’ War: On Hilda Kean’s ‘The Great Cat and Dog Massacre,’”by Colin Dickey in the LA Review of Books: “In early September 1939, the citizens of London set about killing their pets. During the first four days of World War II, over 400,000 dogs and cats — some 26 percent of London’s pets — were slaughtered, a number six times greater than the number of civilian deaths in the UK from bombing during the entire war. … Almost immediately, people realized what a mistake they had made.” http://bit.ly/2pdxsER
–“Putin’s Paradise,” by Paul Starobin in City Journal: “Russia’s record $50 billion Sochi Olympics spawned a lavish new resort—but will it survive?” http://bit.ly/2paRwXs
–“Venezuela Is Starving,” by WSJ’s Juan Forero in Yare, Venezuela: “Once Latin America’s richest country, Venezuela can no longer feed its people, hobbled by the nationalization of farms as well as price and currency controls.” http://on.wsj.com/2qOqWFL
–“America’s Misadventures in the Middle East,” by Chas Freeman in the American Conservative: “The United States is a secular democracy. It has no intrinsic interest in which theology rules hearts or dominates territory in the Middle East. It is not now dependent on energy imports. U.S. wars in the Middle East have proven ruinously expensive and injurious to the civil liberties of Americans. They have poisoned American political culture. They have produced more anarchy than order, more terror than tranquility, more oppression than democratisation, and more blowback than pacification.”http://bit.ly/2pe0pQG
–“Can China Replace the West?” by Jessica T. Mathews in the N.Y. Review of Books, reviewing “Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond” by Gideon Rachman: “Western influence has rested on much more than wealth and the military power. Those other elements — including open governments, readiness to build institutions, and contributions to others’ security and growth — are weak or absent in Asia today. By and large Asians have been the beneficiaries rather than the creators of regimes, agreements, and institutions conceived and built by the West. There is no Asian nation whose governance stands as a model others seek to emulate.” http://bit.ly/2qwHF31 … $17.07 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2qEPZL9
–“Adults in the Room by Yanis Varoufakis review – one of the greatest political memoirs ever?” by Paul Mason in The Guardian: Former Greek finance minister Yanis “Varoufakis explains how the power network is built. Aris gets a loan from Zorba’s bank; Zorba writes off the loan but Zorba’s construction company gets a contract from Aris’s ministry. Aris’s son gets a job at Zorba’s TV station, which for some reason is always bankrupt and so can never pay tax.” http://bit.ly/2qwBM5E (h/t TheBrowser.com)
–“Alex Jones Will Never Stop Being Alex Jones,” by BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel: “After two decades toiling at the fringes of politics, Alex Jones and his Infowars media empire have architected the current moment and helped usher a president into office. Now, the only person standing in Jones’ way is Jones.” http://bzfd.it/2p26xzt
–“The Wounds of Whiteclay: Nebraska’s Shameful Legacy”: “The official population of Whiteclay, Nebraska is 12. But thanks to a lucrative liquor trade that’s heavily dependent on customers from the neighboring, alcohol-free Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, there are many more lives at stake in this unincorporated border town.” http://bit.ly/2qJCIA7
–“Tomi Lahren Will Not Shut Up,” by Joseph Guinto in Politico Magazine: “Glenn Beck cut loose the right’s hottest new media star. But she’s not going away quietly.” http://politi.co/2p9vwkB … Playboy interview http://bit.ly/2paSJ17
–“How The ACLU Is Leading The Resistance,” by Kathleen Davis in Fast Company: “The 97-year-old nonprofit was prepared for a Trump presidency in a way the rest of the country wasn’t. Here’s how Anthony Romero and his team did it.” http://bit.ly/2pEgK3T
–“The FBI translator who went rogue and married an ISIS terrorist,” by CNN’s Scott Glover: Daniela “Greene’s saga, which has never been publicized, exposes an embarrassing breach of national security at the FBI—an agency that has made its mission rooting out ISIS sympathizers across the country. It also raises questions about whether Greene received favorable treatment from Justice Department prosecutors who charged her with a relatively minor offense, then asked a judge to give her a reduced sentence in exchange for her cooperation, the details of which remain shrouded in court-ordered secrecy.” http://cnn.it/2qwKX6c
–“This Jigsaw Puzzle Was Given to Ellis Island Immigrants to Test Their Intelligence,” by Adam Cohen in May’s Smithsonian: “The wooden puzzle might look like fun, but it was anything but that to the men and women who were once required to solve it. The Feature Profile Test … was administered to immigrants at Ellis Island in the early 20th century. Those who failed to assemble it correctly could be labeled ‘feebleminded’ and sent back home.” http://bit.ly/2pb51WV
SPOTTED: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and his wife Cheryl sitting yesterday at the base of the Sam Adams statue at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Simultaneously, on the other side of the statue, there was a pro cannabis demonstration with advocates openly smoking pot and calling on citizens to contact their members of Congress to advocate for the legalization of marijuana.
OUT AND ABOUT — THE CATO INSTITUTE celebrated its “40 Years of Advancing Liberty” anniversary last night. For the shindig, Cato designated specific spaces in its building to represent specific decades in Cato’s history. Each space included specialized bars and different musical acts. Among them: The lower level and winter garden represented 1977-1986, with music from “Rockville Strings,” a San Francisco theme (where Cato was founded), a raw bar and a sparkling wine bar with wine from California/wine country. The conference center foyer represented 1987-1996 and had vodka/martini bar (Cato once held a conference in Moscow).
SPOTTED: Grover Norquist, Katherine Mangu Ward, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Stephanie Slade, Robby Soave, Asawin Suebsaeng, Jason Russell, Tim Mak, Betsy Woodruff and Jonathan Swan, Rob Pegoraro, Eric Boehm, Taylor Lorenz, David Boaz, John A. Allison, Mark Calabria, Walter Olson, Ilya Shapiro, Peter Goettler, Brink Lindsey, Gene Healy, Benny Johnson, Autria Godfrey, Paul Lindsay, Jodie Curtis, Veronique de Rugy, and William Ruger.
MIKE AND SHANNON DUBKE held a Kentucky Derby party yesterday in Alexandria, complete with mint juleps, hot browns, horse-themed cookies, and amazing hats. After the party, which watched Always Dreaming win, half the crowd headed to the Caps game and the other half rocked out to the band. Shannon is from Kentucky. SPOTTED: Reince Priebus, Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Don and Shannon McGahn, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Josh and Meredith Lama, Steven and Elizabeth Law, Carl Forti, Stuart and Shelly Roy, Craig and Gretchen Purser, Greg and Laura Crist, Ben and Jo Anne Ginsberg, Emily and Brian Jones, Emily and Brian Wild, Bob and Carrie Wood, Tom Scully, Tovah and Michael Meehan, Tina Pelkey Gray and Andrew Gray, Hazen and Laura Marshall.
SPOTTED on Saturday night at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s “Dots, Dinner & Dancing” spring gala with private viewings of “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” and a sound installation by The Holladay Brothers: Virginia Moseley and Tom Nides, Maggie Farley and Marcus Brauchli, Ashley and Ben Chang, Shailagh Murray and Neil King, Melissa Chiu, Elizabeth Duggal, Dan Sallick and Elizabeth Miller, John Buckley and Anna Bennett, Erik Smith and Edith Gregson, Philip DuFour and Todd Andochick, Ken and Tamra Bentsen, Larry Grossman, Susan Goldberg, Robert Lehrman, Adam and Martha Metz, former Rep. Ken Bentsen (D-Texas), Calvin and Jane Cafritz, John and Stephanie Foster.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS – “Kasie Hunt, Matthew Rivera” – N.Y. Times: “The couple met at NBC News in Washington, where the bride is the network’s Capitol Hill correspondent and the groom is the senior digital producer of ‘Meet the Press.’ Ms. Hunt, 31, graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University and received a master’s degree in sociology from St. John’s College in Cambridge, England. … Mr. Rivera, 35, graduated cum laude from N.Y.U.” http://nyti.ms/2qPLxsl
— POOL REPORT from a Playbooker at the wedding: The couple “celebrated their wedding Saturday against a gorgeous Shenandoah mountain skyline just south of Luray, Virginia. The bride, resplendent in a cream and rose gown for the outdoor ceremony, joined the groom in a navy shawl-collared tuxedo and guests in ‘rustic formal’ attire. Attendees listened to a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby during cocktail hour — a nod to the Derby party, two years ago to the day, when Kasie and Matt first started dating. A mac and cheese bar and an epic version of The Proclaimers classic ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ helped close out the night — with a Violent Femmes ‘Blister in the Sun’ encore.” Instapics by @philiprucker http://bit.ly/2pnuopD … http://bit.ly/2pTpeVh
SPOTTED: bridesmaids Carrie Dann, Rachel Streitfeld and Anna Edney, groomsman Luke Dickinson, Kristen Welker, Michael Falcone, Phil Rucker, Phil Elliott, Shawna Thomas and Rob Fox, Lisa Lerer, Ashley Parker, Steve Peoples and Zain Asher, Vaughn Hillyard, Paul Singer, and Allison Jaslow.
–“Emma Mustich, Michael Coburn” – NYT: “Ms. Mustich, 27, is the executive editor for editorial partnerships at The Huffington Post in New York. She graduated from the University of Cambridge. … The groom, 29, who goes by his middle name, is an associate at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. He graduated from Dartmouth and received a law degree from Columbia.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2qOIXnp
–“Jasmine Chan, Graham Jenkins”: “The couple met in 2009 while they were graduate students at the London School of Economics and Political Science, from which they received master’s degrees. The bride’s degree is in media and communications, the groom’s in theory and history of international relations. Ms. Chan, 29, is an assistant director in the Washington office of EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young, where she manages communications for the company’s consultants in the Americas. She graduated from N.Y.U. …Mr. Jenkins, 30, is a program analyst with Novetta, a government contractor in McLean, Va.; he works on policy and strategic planning initiatives for the Defense Department. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.” http://nyti.ms/2pjstBs … Wedding pics http://bit.ly/2pUz3Ap … http://bit.ly/2pnPLaa
–Caitlin O’Connell, marketing manager for POLITICO Pro, on Saturday married Robert Fitchette, senior policy associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, at a ceremony at Houston Hall in Manhattan. They met at the Dead Poet bar on the Upper West Side in Manhattan in January 2011.Wedding pic http://bit.ly/2qFzYHS
— Justin Pendergrast, an alumnus of Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, got married to Hillary Shoun at the Denver Botanic Gardens. SPOTTED from Romney world: Lanhee Chen, Chris Emper, Kyle Hauptman, Bob Beauprez, Alex Wong, Anna Gatlin, Danita Ng, Catherine Holtgrewe, Chris Murray, Oren Cass, John Noonan and Alan Nguyen.
BIRTHDAYS: Snapchat’s Rob Saliterman, the pride of Minnetonka, Minnesota, is 35 (hat tips: Blain Rethmeier, Tim Burger and Brian Danza) … NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray, a diehard Texas Longhorn fan … Vincent Harris, CEO of Harris Media, is 29 … Keith Stern, Pelosi’s floor director … Caitlin Carroll, comms for PhRMA (h/ts Becca Glover Watkins and Katy Summerlin) … Bruce Haynes, president and founding partner at Purple Strategies, is 5-0 … Scott Conroy … John Scofield of S-3 Group is 44 … Liz Savage (h/ts Jon Haber) … Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) is 51 … Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) is 65 … Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) is 63 … Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is 35 … Kristina Johnson … Colm O’Comartun, co-founder of the bipartisan public affairs firm 50-State (along with Phil Cox) … former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) is 85 …
… Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is 7-0 … Andrea Purse, comms director at the Hub Project … Jordan Stark … Scott D. Lindlaw … Forrest Cox is 28 … Chris Kennedy, senior director of strategic comms at U.S. Travel (h/t Jamie Morris) … Alma DuVall … Wiley Norvell … Joe Richards … Kelly Lanzera Bergeron … Christian Schaeffer, digital analyst at FP1 Strategies and a Rubio and Politico alum … Julia Payne … David Huebner, former U.S. Amb. to New Zealand and Samoa … Sally McDonough … Alan Bernstein … Cathleen Farrell, comms. director at National Immigration Forum … Katarina Alharmoosh … Brad Wolters … Blake Roberts … Dayo Olopade … Jeff Schechtman … Nicholas Harrer is 37
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