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Good Monday morning. OVER THE WEEKEND, PAUL RYAN deleted a tweet, which seemed to tout a woman whose pay increased by $1.50 a week from the GOP tax bill. RANDY BRYCE, the Democrat who is running against Ryan, asked donors to chip in $1.50 as a show of opposition to Ryan. Since then, he says he raised $130,109 from donors — roughly half of whom donated $1.50 to his campaign.
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… HE’LL NEED THE CASH: Bryce has just shy of $1.3 million on hand, and spent an eye-popping $922,567 last quarter. RYAN has $9.6 million on hand.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK — HERE WE GO AGAIN… THE FUNDING FIGHT: The government runs out of money Thursday. There is little expectation that Congress will be able to find a path forward on a long-term budget deal and DACA this week. ONCE AGAIN, look for Republicans to tee up a short-term funding bill as soon as tomorrow. This is getting harder and harder for conservatives to swallow. BUT senior Republican leaders seem to think they could squeeze a funding bill to keep the government open until the end of the month through the House with only GOP votes.
— REMINDER: HOUSE DEMOCRATS are scheduled to go on their legislative retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, Wednesday, so this chapter of the funding fight needs to be wrapped up by then.
OUR BEST GUESS: They squeeze the funding bill through the House after a few fits and panics. Maybe they add some defense spending to the bill to sweeten it for conservatives. And then the Senate — which seems hell-bent on avoiding a shutdown scare — clears it without much fanfare.
— THIS IS UNLIKELY TO DO THE TRICK: “‘Dreamer’ Talks Aim to End Budget Impasse,” by WSJ’s Kristina Peterson and Laura Meckler: “Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) plan to unveil a proposal that offers a path to citizenship for Dreamers and orders a comprehensive study to determine what border-security measures are needed. But the bill stops well short of almost all of the president’s demands — including immediate funding for the wall along the southern border — and is likely to meet a chilly reception from conservative Republicans. Still … [the] bill with Mr. Coons could also benefit from good timing, as the March 5 deadline draws closer and lawmakers grapple with the political consequences of failing to reach any agreement.” http://on.wsj.com/2EeiMQm
— A MORE LIKELY SCENARIO: “Congress weighs leaving Dreamers in limbo another year,” by Seung Min Kim: “Congress may just end up punting on its Dreamer dilemma. As lawmakers grasp for a solution for the young undocumented immigrants, one option is a temporary extension — perhaps one year — of their legal protections paired with a little bit of cash for border security. ‘That may be where we’re headed because, you know, Congress is pretty dysfunctional,’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the few to publicly acknowledge the possibility of a temporary fix. ‘That’d be a real loss. But that’s probably where we’re headed, OK?’
“Some senators are already deriding a yearlong patch as ‘misguided,’ a ‘Plan Z’ and a proposal that would keep immigrants ‘in fear.’ But lawmakers have only until March 5 to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program under President Donald Trump’s deadline. And in a Congress that has routinely struggled to keep the lights on, at least some lawmakers say a temporary fix for Dreamers might be all but inevitable. Lawmakers return to Washington this week with another government shutdown looming after Feb. 8 and a deal on Dreamers still far out of reach — a reality that could make a DACA stopgap increasingly appealing.” http://politi.co/2GPchSK
BLOCKBUSTER — POLITICO’S BRYAN BENDER: “Exclusive: Massive Pentagon agency lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars”: “One of the Pentagon’s largest agencies can’t account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending, a leading accounting firm says in an internal audit obtained by POLITICO that arrives just as President Donald Trump is proposing a boost in the military budget.
“Ernst & Young found that the Defense Logistics Agency failed to properly document more than $800 million in construction projects, just one of a series of examples where it lacks a paper trail for millions of dollars in property and equipment. Across the board, its financial management is so weak that its leaders and oversight bodies have no reliable way to track the huge sums it’s responsible for, the firm warned in its initial audit of the massive Pentagon purchasing agent.
“The audit, obtained by POLITICO, raises new questions about whether the Defense Department can responsibly manage its $700 billion annual budget — let alone the additional billions that Trump plans to propose this month. The department has never undergone a full audit despite a congressional mandate — and to some lawmakers, the messy state of the Defense Logistics Agency’s books indicates one may never even be possible.” http://politi.co/2E19p7j
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PAGING GOP LEADERSHIP — THE POLITICAL CLIMATE, via Elena Schneider: “Is it time for House Republicans to start freaking out? More than 40 House Republican incumbents were outraised in the final quarter of 2017 by one — or several — of their Democratic opponents, according to the latest round of fundraising numbers. And of that group, more than a dozen had less cash on hand than their Democratic challengers.
“For the GOP, here’s the really disturbing part: The trendline is getting worse, not better. Despite the myriad advantages of incumbency and control of Congress, there are more House members with less cash on hand than their Democratic challengers than the quarter before.
“’Those numbers should be concerning for all Republicans,’ said Mike DuHaime, a GOP consultant based in New Jersey. ‘This is going to be the most challenging political environment since 2006, so you have to be ready. And lot of these members came in after 2006, so for many, this will be the most challenging environment they’ve ever run in. And that’s going to prove difficult.’” http://politi.co/2BWn0XI
WHAT’S THE A.G. HAVE TO SAY? — “Sessions Silent as Trump Attacks His Department, Risking Independence and Morale,” by NYT’s Katie Benner: “As President Trump hammers away at the Justice Department’s credibility, one voice has been notably absent in the department’s defense: the one at the top. The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has been largely quiet and even yielding as the president leads the most public and prolonged political attack on the department in history, a silence that breaks with a long tradition of attorneys general protecting the institution from such interference. … Current and former prosecutors say Mr. Sessions’s tepid response reflects efforts to appease Mr. Trump, even at the expense of morale among the department’s employees, and has raised fears that prosecutors cannot depend on protection from political interference.” http://nyti.ms/2BVOgFF
THE SHERIFF WITH KID GLOVES — “U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice – sources,” by Reuters’ Patrick Rucker: “Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, according to people familiar with the matter. Equifax said in September that hackers stole personal data it had collected on some 143 million Americans.
“Richard Cordray, then the CFPB director, authorized an investigation that month, said former officials familiar with the probe. But Cordray resigned in November and was replaced by Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s budget chief. The CFPB effort against Equifax has sputtered since then, said several government and industry sources, raising questions about how Mulvaney will police a data-warehousing industry that has enormous sway over how much consumers pay to borrow money.” http://reut.rs/2E35wuC
THE NEW NUCLEAR ARMS RACE — “To Counter Russia, U.S. Signals Nuclear Arms Are Back in a Big Way,” by NYT’s David Sanger and William J. Broad: “A treaty committing the United States and Russia to keep their long-range nuclear arsenals at the lowest levels since early in the Cold War goes into full effect on Monday. When it was signed eight years ago, President Barack Obama expressed hope that it would be a small first step toward deeper reductions, and ultimately a world without nuclear weapons. Now, that optimism has been reversed. A new nuclear policy issued by the Trump administration on Friday, which vows to counter a rush by the Russians to modernize their forces even while staying within the treaty limits, is touching off a new kind of nuclear arms race.
“This one is based less on numbers of weapons and more on novel tactics and technologies, meant to outwit and outmaneuver the other side. The Pentagon envisions a new age in which nuclear weapons are back in a big way — its strategy bristles with plans for new low-yield nuclear weapons that advocates say are needed to match Russian advances and critics warn will be too tempting for a president to use. The result is that the nuclear-arms limits that go into effect on Monday now look more like the final stop after three decades of reductions than a way station to further cuts.” http://nyti.ms/2BWk7WP
TRUMP’S MONDAY — The president meets with VP Mike Pence in the morning. He and the first lady will fly to Cincinnati, Ohio. Melania Trump will participate in a “meet and greet” and briefing on opioids at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Trump will tour Sheffer Corporation and deliver remarks on tax reform. The two will then fly back to Washington.
— VP MIKE PENCE speaks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by phone at 11:45 a.m., and then goes to Andrews Air Force Base to fly to Alaska — part of his trip to Asia for the Olympics. He arrives in Alaska at 9 p.m. East coast time — 5 p.m. in Alaska — and has a briefing at NORTHCOM, and tours the base. At 6:45 p.m. — 10:45 p.m. our time — he’ll fly from Alaska to Tokyo.
BEYOND THE BELTWAY — “Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks,” by AP’s Lisa Marie Pane: “In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter’s semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns. With that push stalled at the federal level, a handful of states and some cities are moving ahead with bans of their own.
“Massachusetts and New Jersey — two states led by Republican governors — as well as the cities of Denver and Columbia, South Carolina, have enacted laws prohibiting the sale and possession of the devices, which were attached to a half-dozen of the long guns found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter who in October killed 58 people and injured hundreds more attending a nearby outdoor concert. A little over a dozen other states are also considering bans on bump stocks.
“Gun-control advocates say the push fits a pattern in gun politics: inaction in Washington that forces states to take the lead. Gun-rights advocates call it a knee-jerk reaction that will do little to stop bad guys from killing, and vow a legal challenge.” http://bit.ly/2E3lkgR
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ILLINOIS? — YIKES: “Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in Illinois race for Congress,” by Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet and Frank Main: “Arthur Jones — an outspoken Holocaust denier, activist anti-Semite and white supremacist — is poised to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat representing parts of Chicago and nearby suburbs. … Jones, 70, a retired insurance agent who lives in suburban Lyons, has unsuccessfully run for elected offices in the Chicago area and Milwaukee since the 1970s. …
“Since the 1990s to 2016, Jones has jumped in the GOP 3rd Congressional District primary seven times, never even close to becoming a viable contender. The outcome will be different for Jones in the Illinois primary on March 20, 2018. To Jones’ own amazement, he is the only one on the Republican ballot.” http://bit.ly/2GMcOot
— “‘Repulsive’ campaign ad creates firestorm in Illinois,” by Natasha Korecki in Chicago: “A new ad that’s been denounced as anti-immigrant, ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ and ‘transphobic,’ is causing an uproar in Illinois, with leaders from both parties calling for its removal. But Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives, whose campaign produced the ad in her primary election challenge to Gov. Bruce Rauner, is refusing to pull the spot, saying it exposes Rauner’s ‘betrayal’ of GOP voters. The new ad mockingly thanks the governor for clearing a path in support of a series of social issues. Then it taps just about every conservative bogeyman in Illinois politics, and every lightning-rod cultural issue.” http://politi.co/2nJJ0jm … The ad http://bit.ly/2nDapo7
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MEDIAWATCH — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — LISA MASCARO is joining the Associated Press as its new chief congressional correspondent. She comes on board from the L.A. Times where she has covered Congress since 2010.
— TJ DUCKLO is joining NBC News as senior communications director. He will work primarily with “NBC Nightly News” with Lester Holt. He was a producer on Showtime’s “The Circus” and communications director for Bloomberg Politics during the 2016 campaign.
TRUMP ALUMNI — “Sundheim Taps Ex-White House Economic Adviser for New Hedge Fund,” by Bloomberg’s Katya Kazakina: “Daniel Sundheim, whose new hedge fund will invest in stock and private equity deals, hired a former deputy White House economic adviser to help run it. Jeremy Katz, who was a lieutenant to National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, joins Sundheim’s firm as president and chief operating officer, according to a letter to prospective investors seen by Bloomberg News. Sundheim also revealed details about his fund, scheduled to start in the third or fourth quarter, including that it will focus on a global equity long-short strategy and ‘opportunistically’ invest in private equity.” http://bit.ly/2GOU7Ag
— “Kobach will represent himself in upcoming trial. Is it a smart move?” by Wichita Eagle’s Jonathan Shorman: “When a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas’s proof of citizenship voter law goes to trial in March, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to be in the courtroom. He’ll be the attorney defending the law he crafted. Rarely, if ever, do statewide elected officials represent themselves at trial. The unusual situation is made possible by Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Kobach, who is being sued in his official capacity as secretary of state, received permission from Schmidt to represent himself at the trial-court level in the lawsuit after he agreed that the secretary of state’s office will pay for all costs of the case.” http://bit.ly/2nCTJwZ
SPOTTED: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) on the red eye from SFO to Dulles … New Fed Chairman Jay Powell at the Caps-Golden Knights game — pic http://bit.ly/2nCIjJA
SPOTTED at Adrienne Arsht’s birthday party this weekend — after dinner, there was a musical cabaret performance by 89-year-old jazz legend Marilyn Maye: Christine Lagarde, Tom Bossert, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Ambassador of Columbia to the U.S. Camilo Reyes, former defense secretary Bill Cohen, former Amb. to France Charles Rivkin, former Amb. to El Salvador Mari Carmen Aponte, Amb. Capricia Marshall, Michael Chertoff, Tom Nides and Virginia Moseley, Bob Barnett and Rita Braver, Bret and Amy Baier, Michael LaRosa, Wayne and Katherine Reynolds, Fred Kempe and Pam Meyer, Paige Ennis, Jesse Rodriguez, Mark Shriver, Ann and Lloyd Hand, Robert Pullen, Luke Frazier, Laura Liswood, Boyden Gray.
TRANSITIONS — EMILY SCHILLINGER, communications director for the House Ways and Means Committee, is joining the American Investment Council as vice president for public affairs.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: OBAMA ALUMNI: The Center for American Progress Action Fund hired Jesse Lee as their VP of communications. He spent eight years in the Obama White House, including the last two as special assistant to the president and director of rapid response. In 2017, he also helped launch the organization Protect Democracy.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): John LaBombard, communications director for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), turned 34 (hat tip: Mitchell Rivard, who was on time)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Michael Steel, managing director of Hamilton Place Strategies. A fun fact about Michael: “While I can’t match Boehner’s claim that he had ‘every lousy job you can think of,’ I did work as a paperboy, at Chick-Fil-A, Old Navy, and Little Caesars, as a night manager at a bookstore, as a waiter, busboy and bartender in Chapel Hill, and as a cook at a Greek restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2nCwhQs
BIRTHDAYS: Tom Reynolds, who works in policy comms at Facebook … Clark Stevens, director of the office of government affairs and strategic partnerships at Airbnb … Evan Wolfson … Jaime Harrison, DNC associate chair and counselor, is 42 (h/t Jon Haber) … Phil Kim of KKR … Drew Godinich is 27 … Ryan Velasco with Ogilvy PR … M. Joseph Coudert is 54 … William Upton, account executive at CRC Public Relations … Shelly Palmer … Politico’s Glen Mazza … writer Gina Hyams … Jayne Chapman … Marshall Project reporter Alysia Santo … Grant Carlisle … Trevor Kincaid, now at the Brunswick Group, was deputy assistant USTR for public affairs under Obama and is a Florida State alum (h/t Andrew Bates) … Sarabeth Berman, global head of public affairs at Teach for All (hubby tip: Evan Osnos) … Mike Kiernan (h/t Teresa Vilmain) … Eric McAlister …
… Vinoda Basnayake, of counsel and chair of the D.C. gov’t relations practice at Nelson Mullins … BuzzFeed’s Lisa Tozzi, a NYT alum … Bret Jacobson, partner at digital shop Red Edge … Lynsey Humphrey … Jordan Wilson … Nicole Levy of amNewYork … Armstrong Williams is 56 … Jillian Davidson, state research deputy director at America Rising, is 29 (h/t Rachael Parry) … Ralph Z. Hallow, chief political writer for the WashTimes … Edelman’s Ashley Whitlock … former Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm is 59 (h/t Mitchell Rivard) … Margaret Franklin … Rachel Swartz … Rizwan Asghar … Bob Gibson, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership … Phyllis Watt Jordan … Douglas MacKenzie … Richard Parker … Andy Baldwin … Rich Scully … Lisa Kohnke … Jordan Wilson … financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 79 (h/t AP)
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