Good Saturday morning. It’s been 100 days since Donald Trump was sworn into office. Happy White House Correspondents Dinner!
OVERHEARD last night at the United Talent Agency party at Fiola Mare: “I didn’t recognize you since you weren’t on TV.”
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LEAD OF THE DAY — From Jennifer Steinhauer on A14 of the NYT: “Owners of ancient water vessels are likely to be quite pleased with the Senate, which voted overwhelmingly this month to generally exempt them from a fire-retardant materials requirement. But that is about the extent of bipartisan legislation to emerge from Congress during the first 100 days of unified Republican governance.” http://nyti.ms/2oIDVLG
— HE DOESN’T CARE … BUT HERE’S THE W.H.’S FIRST 100 DAYS VIDEO — http://bit.ly/2qpBBpp
WORTH THE CLICK – “(Almost) 100 Days of Page One Headlines About Presidents Trump, Obama and Bush,” by NYT’s Larry Buchanan, K.K. Rebecca Lai and Anjali Singhvi: http://nyti.ms/2oJ5l3V
ABOUT THOSE 100 DAYS — “Trump’s mad dash to 100 days,” by Josh Dawsey, Tara Palmeri and Ben White: “President Donald Trump has dismissed the idea of measuring the success of his first 100 days in office as ‘ridiculous.’ But the president and his top officials have made a number of startling moves this week with the deadline in mind, and Trump has privately obsessed over getting a win before the cutoff. The last-minute moves have frustrated some of Trump’s allies, caused a scramble across his government and proved once again that decisions are made by one man on his whims – and often with an eye to his media coverage. To his supporters, it looks like the kind of action Trump promised as a candidate. ‘That’s how a CEO makes decisions,’ said Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican.” http://politi.co/2pICaOM
— TRUMP’S GOOD FOR BUSINESS — “After 100 Days of Trump Presidency, Advisers Say Client Worry Has Eased,” by WSJ’s Daisy Maxey: Many of Mr. Trump’s proposals could turn out to be stimulative to the economy, [financial adviser Nicole] Kianka says she and other Wescott advisers told clients. Continue to invest for the long term, they advised. Clients were relieved to hear that and stayed with their plans, she says, which has paid off for them as the stock market has rallied. (The S&P 500 has risen about 7% this year.) Similar scenarios have played out at financial advisories across the country, in blue states and red, as investors have put their hysteria or euphoria in check.” http://on.wsj.com/2qijDpv
— THE OPPOSITION — The DCCC is out with a memo on how they see Trump impacting the 2018 election. http://politi.co/2qiy392
THE REINFORCEMENTS — “Lawmakers sing DeMint’s praises ahead of ouster,” by Seung Min Kim, Burgess Everett and Anna: “Allies of former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Capitol Hill are circulating a letter praising his influence in the conservative movement as the firebrand faces imminent ouster as president from the Heritage Foundation, according to multiple sources. The letter, which is being led by Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker of North Carolina, has already collected more a dozen signatures from conservative lawmakers. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is also involved in the effort.
“‘While we’ve not always agreed with every decision — your character, competence and integrity are unblemished in the political arena,’ reads a draft of the letter, obtained by POLITICO. ‘In this rhetoric-driven time of divisive behavior, you have added solutions to an honest critique.’As the leader of the conservative think tank, ‘your impact has reached far beyond the political arena impacting the very culture of conservative thought in the 21st century,’ the letter continues. ‘Your steadfast devotion to the principles you have stood with us to advocate for, and the as yet unseen impact of the wisdom you have instilled in so many, already stand as a testament to your true accomplishments.’” http://politi.co/2pILuSM
— HERITAGE HASN’T ANNOUNCED who will succeed DeMint, but the direction of the group and its political arm, Heritage Action, will be closely watched by GOP lawmakers. The group has drawn significant fire from Republican leaders and some conservatives in recent years as it has grown more political, putting the group at odds with leadership over a number of legislative issues.
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K STREET FILES — “MPAA Shakeup: Chief Chris Dodd to Be Replaced by Charles Rivkin,” by Variety’s Brent Lang and Ted Johnson: “He will be replaced by Charles Rivkin, the former assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs under President Barack Obama. Though not as well known as Dodd, Rivkin boasts film business and Beltway ties. He was president of The Jim Henson Company and ambassador to France and Monaco, and is considered to be well connected in Washington D.C. He will join the organization on Sept. 5. Dodd will remain onboard for a short time, with a goal of completing the transition by the beginning of next year.” http://bit.ly/2oSGJBd
BRET STEPHENS’ NYT debut — “Climate of Complete Certainty” —“Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong. Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts. None of this is to deny climate change or the possible severity of its consequences. But ordinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism. They know — as all environmentalists should — that history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power.” http://nyti.ms/2qg2jkQ
SAD! – “Analysis shows declining engagement with Trump’s tweets,” by AP’s Jonathan Lemire and Maureen Linke: “His ‘FAKE NEWS’ tweets don’t rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don’t excite quite the same old way. … The number of people engaging with Trump on Twitter — through likes, retweets, quotes and replies — has gradually declined, according to an Associated Press analysis of his feed and the users who read, react and propel his words throughout the Twittersphere. … Even with the recent tapering off, bursts with exclamation points or capital letters get more favorites and retweets. Tweets mentioning ‘Russia’ or ‘fake news’ spark far more interaction than those that don’t.” http://apne.ws/2oSyrcg
— SPEAKING OF TRUMP’S TWEETS — @realDonaldTrump at 7:26 p.m.: “North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!” … at 10:40 p.m.:“.@LouDobbs just stated that ‘President Trump’s successes are unmatched in recent presidential history’ Thank you Lou!”
FOR YOUR RADAR — “North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure,” by Reuters’ Jack Kim and Ju-min Park in Seoul: “North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences.’ U.S. and South Korean officials said the test, from an area north of the North Korean capital, appeared to have failed, in what would be the North’s fourth straight unsuccessful missile test since March. The test came as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group arrived in waters near the Korean peninsula, where it began exercises with the South Korean navy on Saturday, about 12 hours after the failed launch, a South Korean navy official said.” http://reut.rs/2pIsUtG
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “EU leaders show firm united front ahead of Brexit talks,” by AP’s Raf Casert and Lorne Cook in Brussels: “European Union leaders vowed Saturday to stand shoulder-to-shoulder behind their negotiating team during the divorce proceedings with Britain and warned that demands from British Prime Minister Theresa May will be dealt with ‘firmly.’ The 27 EU leaders in Brussels finalized the cornerstones of their negotiating stance within minutes of starting a short summit, a month after the British leader triggered two years of exit talks on March 29. The negotiations themselves are to open shortly after Britain holds an early election on June 8. ‘Guidelines adopted unanimously. EU27 firm and fair political mandate for the #Brexit talks is ready,’ EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted.” http://apne.ws/2pg4dT
TRUMP’S SATURDAY — Trump will head to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, tonight for a rally. VP MIKE PENCE is going to Newport News to attend the christening of the USS Indiana. He’s going to Harrisburg as well.
HAPPENING TODAY — On Trump’s 100th day in office, the League of Conservation Voters is joining thousands of people at the People’s Climate March in Washington with satellite marches across the country and around the world, to send a message to the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress about their environmental policies.
YOU’RE INVITED — SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) will join us for the Playbook Interview Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Washington Court Hotel (525 New Jersey Avenue, NW). The government funding fight will be in full swing, and Manchin will be fighting for coal miner benefits. Manchin is a fascinating figure, and we hope you’ll join the conversation, which is being sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. RSVP http://bit.ly/2phgWGu
SPORTS BLINK — “John Wall and Wizards turn back Hawks, 115-99, move on to Eastern Conference semifinals,” by WaPo’s Candace Buckner in Atlanta: “Washington Wizards point guard John Wall ended his night early, walking off the court with the clock stopped late in the final quarter. He deserved the proper ovation for a road villain — hard handshakes from teammates and scattered boos from a salty crowd — after closing out the Atlanta Hawks.
“As the Wizards defeated Atlanta, 115-99, in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series and advance to meet the top-seeded Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Wall stamped this elimination game with a performance suited for franchise lore. In the final quarter, as the Wizards nearly lost a huge lead, Wall outscored the Hawks by two, pouring in 19 of his game-high 42 points. The performance earned Wall and his team a date with Boston, where the best-of-seven series starts Sunday at 1 p.m.” http://wapo.st/2qpQOGJ
SCOOP – “White House eyeing Clarke for Homeland Security post,” by Andrew Restuccia, Josh Dawsey and Daniel Lippman: “The White House is considering David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, for a position at the Department of Homeland Security, three people familiar with the administration’s planning told POLITICO. Clarke is in line to be appointed as assistant secretary at DHS’ Office of Partnership and Engagement, which coordinates outreach to state, local and tribal officials and law enforcement. … He has come under fire in recent days amid revelations about the case of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration last year at the Milwaukee County Jail after guards turned off the water in his cell.” http://politi.co/2oVvZ5T
— “Former Director of Anti-Immigration Group Set to Be Named Ombudsman at U.S. Immigration Agency,” by ProPublica’s Marcelo Rochabrun and Jessica Huseman: “Julie Kirchner is expected to be named as ombudsman to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday … Kirchner was from 2005 to 2015 director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that has advocated for extreme restrictions on immigration.” http://bit.ly/2prMmrD
— “White House Weighs Kicking Out Sebastian Gorka,” by The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng: “The Trump administration is actively exploring options to remove controversial national security aide Sebastian Gorka from the White House and place him at another federal agency, multiple sources tell The Daily Beast. … Another said he has been entirely excluded from day-to-day policy-making at the National Security Council in the meantime. Gorka’s looming departure from the White House, which one of the sources described as imminent, comes amid mounting controversy over his involvement with a far-right Hungarian group notorious for its collaboration with the Nazi regime during the second World War. … [T]he White House has been seeking a position for Gorka that does not require a security clearance.” http://thebea.st/2oSFuBP
— “Trump names anti-abortion leader Yoest to top HHS post,” by Rachana Pradhan: “Charmaine Yoest, tapped to be assistant secretary of public affairs, is a senior fellow at American Values. She is the former president of Americans United for Life, which has been instrumental in advancing anti-abortion legislation at the state level to restrict access to the procedure. Her appointment was quickly panned by Democratic lawmakers and prominent abortion rights organizations.” http://politi.co/2pguUbb
FIRST PERSON — “Our White House Reporters Recall Their Most Vivid Moments of Trump’s First 100 Days” — with vignettes by Mark Landler, Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Glenn Thrush, Maggie Haberman, Mike Shear, Peter Baker: http://nyti.ms/2pgnrsK
THE PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: Jeff Mason
White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason didn’t know who was going to be president when he ran for the organization’s leadership in 2014. Donald Trump wasn’t even a candidate at that point. But Trump’s White House’s almost daily back and forth with the Fourth Estate has thrust the Reuters’ reporter into the forefront of major battles over press access.
“We’ve worked hard since the night president-elect Trump was elected to build a constructive relationship with his team,” said Mason, whose term ends in July. “That’s the type of thing that we would have highlighted at the correspondents dinner if President Trump and his aides had come to show that despite the significant tension in the relationship between the press corps and the White House we can still come together and we can work together on issues that affect both sides.”
Despite Trump and his team skipping the annual dinner tonight, Mason said the show will go on. “I’m confident that it’s just going to be a great night and I’m looking forward to celebrating the First Amendment with my colleagues in the White House press corps and our supporters and guests and I am happy that we will be able to show that this dinner is not about the presidency, it’s about the press. That’s what we are going to show and it’s going to be great.”
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS — WHAT SKIPPING WHCD MEANS: “Honestly, I just think it speaks for itself … It was up to them not to come and the signal they send with that is theirs to send.”
DESPITE TENSION, ACCESS GOOD: “Despite a lot of that tension that people see and feel one of the main things that the White House Correspondents Association works on is access for journalists and access under President Trump has been good. We’ve had several press conferences. We’ve had lots of opportunities to see the president and his advisors govern and that’s important. … At the beginning of President Trump’s administration there were legitimate concerns that we would be moved out of the White House press room or not allowed to fly on Air Force One. Those are things that we fought for and we’re still in the press room and the pool is on Air Force One.”
W.H. CHECKS IN WITH WHCA: “The results of having worked on a working relationship between the WHCA board and Sean Spicer and his team has been — they do check in with us when they have questions about something related to the press and we come to them with our concerns. We both exchange concerns and that doesn’t mean the tension has gone away, but there have certainly been dividends of the working relationship. I would describe it as a constructive relationship.”
— “Trump boycott puts spotlight on correspondents’ chief,” by Hadas Gold: http://politi.co/2pg7UsM
SCRUBBED — “EPA website removes climate science site from public view after two decades,” by WaPo’s Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin: “The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening that its website would be ‘undergoing changes’ to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information. One of the websites that appeared to be gone had been cited to challenge statements made by the EPA’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt. … The changes came less than 24 hours before thousands of protesters were set to march in Washington and around the country in support of political action to push back against the Trump administration’s rollbacks of former president Barack Obama’s climate policies.” With a J.P. Freire cameo http://wapo.st/2qirEdW
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MEDIAWATCH – “Advanced Talks Underway For New Conservative Network Amid Fears Fox News Moving Too Far Left,” by Mediaite’s Rachel Stockman: “On the heels of major shakeups at the Fox News Network, an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats. A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. … The potential aim? Putting ‘the old band’ back together. There are certainly plenty of (out-of-work?) conservative powerhouses to pick from that could star on a new network, and perhaps even some executives from within Fox News who might be lured by the new opportunity.” http://bit.ly/2oSLE5b
— “Conservative Radio Host Hugh Hewitt in Talks for MSNBC Show, Sources Say,” by Yashar Ali in NYMag: “MSNBC is in talks with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about creating a show for him on weekend evenings, four well-placed sources at the network tell Daily Intelligencer. Initially MSNBC was keen on having Hewitt host a program on weekend mornings, but that idea is off the table because Hewitt wants to be on in the evening, according to two sources. At one point, network management also floated moving Joy-Ann Reid’s popular weekend program AM Joy to the afternoon to serve as a lead-in for Hewitt and help jumpstart his ratings, but that plan has seemingly been dropped.” http://nym.ag/2prAVAA
–“Milo Yiannopoulos Is Starting a New, Ugly, For-Profit Troll Circle,” by Vanity Fair’s Tina Nguyen: “Milo Yiannopoulos, the former tech editor at Breitbart … told the Hive that he would be launching a new media venture in the coming weeks with what he says is a $12 million investment from backers whose identities he is protecting … The business, which will be called Milo Inc., will be even more focused on stoking the sort of ugly political conflict that’s closer to the surface than ever in these early months of the Trump administration.” http://bit.ly/2qgiZve
–“Fox News Breaks With AP And Top TV Networks For Election Day Polling,” by HuffPost’s Michael Calderone: “Fox News has broken with the National Election Pool, a consortium of five major television networks and The Associated Press that share the costs and results of exit polls for national elections. … According to the 2016 exit polls, Clinton was expected to win the battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Florida — and in effect, the presidency.” http://huff.to/2pIkRgs
POLITICO PRO hires – Marty Kady and Carrie Budoff Brown email the staff: “Cristina Rivero, graphics reporter, joins the DataPoint team early next month to cover financial services, tax and trade. She has worked as a visual journalist for The Washington Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Los Angeles Times. … Taylor Thomas is a DataPoint reporter covering financial services, tax and trade. Prior to joining Politico, she worked in communications consulting at Hamilton Place Strategies … Also next month, Steven Overly is joining the Pro Tech team to cover the tech lobbying and influence beat. Steven comes from The Washington Post, where he’s a reporter and editor on the Post’s Innovations blog.”
–DAVID ROHDE, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is now Reuters’ national security investigations editor and previously a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter at The New York Times, has been named news director for the New Yorker’s website.
LATE-NIGHT BEST – COLBERT’s “Late Show”: “99 Days in 99 seconds:Here is a look back at the 99-day dumpster fire you just lived through.” 2-min. video http://bit.ly/2oVByBh
CLICKERS – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 11 funnies http://politi.co/2qeDRAs
– “The 100 most Donald Trump quotes about his first 100 days: ‘I really just see the bigness of it all,’” by Shane Goldmacher: http://politi.co/2oSyNjl
DATA DU JOUR — “100 days of Trump claims” – per WaPo Fact Checker: “Trump has been in office for 100 days. As of our latest update on day 98, we’ve counted 452 false or misleading claims.” http://wapo.st/2pIzl01
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
–“What Bullets Do to Bodies,” by Jason Fagone in HuffPost Highline: “The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront everyday.” http://huff.to/2qexoZ6 (h/t Longform.org)
–“Uber vs AirBnB: do you have to be an a**hole to found a brilliant start-up?” by Ian Leslie in The New Statesman: “Time after time, [Uber founder Travis] Kalanick makes the risky but right decision after rejecting the advice of reasonable colleagues. It takes a certain kind of character to behave like this. Yes, it helps to be brave, resilient, and other admirable things – but it also helps to be an a***hole.” http://bit.ly/2oSU25p
–“We Need Conscious Robots,” by Ryota Kanai in Nautilus Magazine: “How introspection and imagination make robots better.” http://bit.ly/2qmxCtI
–“Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Risk Nuclear War” – Der Spiegel: “With prospects growing that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un could soon have long-range nuclear missiles at his disposal, Donald Trump is threatening a military response. Suddenly nuclear war seems possible, but how great is the threat of escalation?” http://bit.ly/2ptb3pV
–“The race to build the world’s first sex robot,” by Jenny Kleeman in The Guardian: “The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no.” http://bit.ly/2oPEsGR
–“Reverend Resistance,” by Tommy Tomlinson in Esquire: “After a rousing speech at last summer’s Democratic National Convention, Rev. William Barber II might have become the president’s pastor. Instead, he’s now the face of a progressive Christian protest movement that’s taking its fight from North Carolina to the White House.” http://bit.ly/2pboWbR
–“Rod Dreher’s Monastic Vision,” by Joshua Rothman in The New Yorker: “An orthodox Christian says his side has lost the culture wars—and argues for a “strategic retreat.” http://bit.ly/2pGcPoH
–“My Life As a Failed Artist,” by Jerry Saltz in New York: “Decades after giving up the dream for good, an art critic returns to the work he’d devoted his life to, then abandoned — but never really forgot.” http://bit.ly/2pG5PrA (h/t ALDaily.com)
–“And Then There Was Hannity,” by Felix Gillette in Bloomberg Businessweek: “Bill O’Reilly. Roger Ailes. Megyn Kelly. One by one, the biggest personalities at Fox News have left the building.” https://bloom.bg/2oEI1Vd
–“The Living Disappeared,” by Bridget Huber in California Sunday Magazine: “During Argentina’s military dictatorship, some 500 babies were born in secret torture centers or kidnapped. A group of grandmothers spent the next four decades searching for them, becoming activists, then icons. But hundreds remained missing. One of them was named Martín.” http://bit.ly/2qegGpG
–“The Jew with the Gold Coin,” by Ewa Tartakowsky in Books & Ideas: “In Poland, one can purchase a strange good luck charm to become rich: the picture of a Jew holding a gold coin. What is the significance of this popular re-appropriation of the figure of the Jew in the context of post-Holocaust Poland? And how conscious are anti-Semitic prejudices in this representation?” http://bit.ly/2qeeAcd (h/t TheBrowser.com)
–“The (Re)selling of Maria Sharapova,” by Sarah Nicole Prickett in Racquet and Longreads: “On the longevity of Maria Sharapova, who has built a brand beyond the bounds of her tennis stardom that has made her incredibly wealthy, but still striving for more.” http://bit.ly/2oSOKa3
SPOTTED: Justice Elena Kagan, WaPo’s Ruth Marcus and Suzy Cohen at their annual Peking Gourmet Inn Birthday Bash, with Judge Merrick Garland and other friends (h/t Matt Gerson) … Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters yesterday waiting for a cab at Union Station, acoustic guitar in hand … Gov. Chris Christie this morning in line for Cinnabon at a Maryland 1-95 rest area — pic http://bit.ly/2pvyX3S
TRANSITIONS — Shaylyn Hynes starts on Monday as the press secretary for Secretary Rick Perry’s Department of Energy. She was previously communications director for Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). … Maeve Coyle has started as a senior associate at Precision Strategies; she is an alum of American Bridge 21st Century and the DSCC. … Stephen Spaulding is returning to Common Cause in May as chief of strategy and external relations. He departed the Federal Election Commission this week after serving as special counsel to FEC Commissioner Ann M. Ravel, an outspoken critic of agency.
FUN CLICK — IJR’s White House Correspondents’ Yearbook, “The Labrador,” this year includes faux snide comments on reporters by President Trump using a red Sharpie. The “Senior Superlatives” section features Playbookers like Jim Acosta, Olivier Knox, Olivia Nuzzi, Zeke Miller, Tara Palmeri “most likely to get yelled at for no reason,” Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, Glenn Thrush, and Steve Bannon “most likely to never die.” http://bit.ly/2qpB6LG
WHCD PARTY CIRCUIT — SPOTTED last night at David and Katherine Bradley’s home for their annual dinner to kick off WHCD weekend: Jeff Goldberg, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, VA Secretary David Shulkin, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (R-N.D.), Sir Richard Branson, Queen Noor, Denis McDonough, Josh Bolten, Susan Rice and Ian Cameron, Jake Sullivan, Lisa Monaco, Frances Townsend, Jen Psaki, Alyse Nelson, Raj Shah, Maya Macguineas, Michael Calderone, Brian Stelter, John Dickerson, Martha Raddatz, Mary Louise Kelly, Jeremy and Robyn Bash, Megan Murphy and Hilary Rosen, Emily Lenzner, Rob Hendin, Kate Glassman Bennett, Tony Podesta, Jay Carney, Juleanna Glover, Christa Robinson. Big thank you to Steve Clemons and his Playbook shout out! Great conversations had by all at Table 14 with Clemons, Heather Podesta and Stephen Kessler, Sam Feist, Javier Palomarez, Katie Rogers and Pam Stevens.
–Mother Nature Network hosted their third annual WHC Jam at the Hamilton last night. This year’s event was emceed by CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and featured Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, The Rolling Stone’s Chuck Leavell, and four journalist-led bands, with a special appearance by Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary.
SPOTTED: Molly Ball, Igor Bobic, Steve Clemons, Steve Liesman, Ari Melber, Dana Bash, Tom Fanning, Ari Melber, Bob Costa, Fred and Kim Humphries, Ed O’Keefe, Michael Moroney and Francesca Chambers, Byron Tau, Jon Decker, Neil Chatterjee, Rebecca Haller, Gindy, Suhail Khan and Jana Plat, Heidi Przybyla, Will Rabbe and Brittany Prime, Mary Hager, Lauren Culbertson, Rebecca Blumenstein, Katelyn and Benny Johnson, Elizabeth Landers, Ron and Sara Bonjean, Helene Cooper, David Corn, Maureen Dowd, Rashida Jones, Suzanne Kianpour, Tal Kopan, Bill McQuillen, Ben and Ashley Chang, Carol Lee, Paul Beckett, Kristen Welker, Michael LaRosa, Jesse Rodriguez, Michael Steel, Doug Heye, Keach Hagey, Matt Wolking, Amanda Lee House, Brody Mullins, Paul Kane, Mark Paustenbach, Brianna Keilar, Rodell Mollineau, James Grimaldi, Erik Smith and Edith Gregson, Tim and Kiki Burger, Robbie Myers, Nikki Schwab, Ellen Mitchell, Nihal Krishan.
SPOTTED at the United Talent Agency party at Fiola Mare, hosted by Jay Sures and Dan Abrams: Chris Licht, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Paul Strauss, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Padma Lakshmi, Ilyse Hogue, Don Lemon, Nolan Gould, Tammy Haddad, Jake Tapper, Brian Kilmeade, Jessica Williams, Mike Allen, Dana Bash, Maria and Fabio Trabocchi, Kal Penn, Jim and Autumn Vandehei, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew Modine, Jeanne Wolak, Kimball Stroud and David White, René Jones, Jim Acosta, Mike Brune, Tim Burger, Patricia Murphy, Raúl Alvillar, Lauren Pratapas, Bob Draper and Kirsten Powers, Nick Owens, Heather Podesta, Steve Clemons, Cenk Uygur, Tara Palmeri, Michael Grynbaum, Andrew Green, Steve Hilton, Mark Ein, Gary and Mary Dell’Abate, Amb. Howard Gutman, Jon Ledecky.
SPOTTED at the Capitol File party at the British Ambassador’s residence: Amb. Kim and Lady Darroch, Lee Satterfield and Patrick Steel, Missy Biden and Rod O’Connor, Penny Lee, Tammy Haddad, Janet Donovan, John McCarthy, Eun Yang, Marc Adelman, Melissa Moss, Tony Podesta, Nick Schmit, Eric Fanning, Sid Mashburn, Tracy and Adam Bernstein, Pete Selfridge and Parita Shah, Geoff and Ann Morrell, Clyde Tuggle and Mary Streett, Matt Mowers, Brian Hook, Jonathan Karl, Zeke Miller, Kasie Hunt, Ashley Parker, David Urban, Marty Obst, Robert Allbritton, Irish Amb. Anne Anderson, Meredith Merrill, Kimball Stroud, Erin McPike, Maria Teresa Kumar, Kelly Collis, Sara and Ron Bonjean, Mark and Sally Ein, Jeff Zeleny, Tanya Snyder and Kiersten Allen, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), Lesli Foster, Jim and Autumn VandeHei, Capricia Marshall.
SPOTTED at last night’s “A Toast to the First Amendment” party hosted by RealClearPolitics, Distilled Spirits Council, National Restaurant Association and Beer Institute: Carl Cannon, Brian Stelter, Lynn Sweet, Mike Memoli, Michael Calderone, Zeke Miller, Justin Sink, Emily Goodin, Carl Bernstein, Ted Johnson, Felicia Schwartz, Michael LaRosa, John McIntyre, Tom Bevan, Niels Lesniewski, AshLee Strong, Francesca Chambers, Jeff Davis, Judy Davis, Frank Coleman, Lauren French, Jim McGreevy, Erin Waters, Kraig Naasz, Kevin Madden, Craig Gordon, Edie Emery, Steve Danon, Cicely Simpson, Barbara Polk, Tommy Burr, Josh and Blair Holmes, Matt Gorman, Virginia Coyne, Jesse Rodriguez, Elise Foley, Jesse Hunt, Neil Grace, Michael and Mary Kathryn Steel, Abby Livingston, Molly Ball, Rebecca Berg and Brendan Buck, Kurt Bardella, Laurent Crenshaw, Fred Hill, Jesse Rodriguez, Kevin Madden, A.B Stoddard, Trent Edwards, Matt Walker, Leslie Shedd, Mariel Saez, Adam Hodge, Benny Johnson, Doug Heye, Jeremy Adler, Colin Reed, Brian Rogers, Joe Pounder, Jesse Hunt, Guy Benson, Matt Mowers and Cassie Spodak, Matt Haller, John Ashbrook.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Emily Staniszewski, SVP at Global Strategy Group and an Ogilvy alum, and Brian Staniszewski welcomed Benjamin Robert Staniszewski, born at 11:02 p.m. last Saturday, weighing in at 7 lbs., 3 oz., and 20.5 inches long. Pic http://bit.ly/2qeEcWG
BIRTHDAYS: NBC News’ Hallie Jackson (hat tip: Frank Thorp) … Julie Whiston, outgoing executive director and chief administrator of the White House Correspondents’ Association since 1995, who has carried the torch for 22 annual dinners … Melody Barnes, co-founder and principal at MBSquared Solutions, senior fellow at UVA’s Miller Center; and an Obama alum … Reggie Love, Obama’s former body man and VP/partner at Transatlantic Holdings, is 35 … Nadeam Elshami, celebrating by spending quality time with his family and their new puppy, Bric (h/t Drew Hammill) … Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is 67 … Anatole Jenkins, an Obama reelect alum who worked on Clinton’s campaign in Nevada and North Carolina during the primary and led coordinated efforts for Clinton in Minnesota during the general (h/t Tyler Barnes) … NBC News digital reporter Alexandra Villarreal (h/t Colby Bermel) … Karen Dynan, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute, Treasury alum, and wife of the fabulous Doug Elmendorf … Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is 63 … Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) is 71 … Jerome Davis … Peter Kiley, VP at C-SPAN … Quinn Bradlee (Josiah Quinn Crowninshield Bradlee), son of Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee and Sally Quinn, is 35 – he’s celebrating with friends at Cafe Milano as he always does … Jeannie Etchart … Eric Pierce, former chief of staff to the Secretary of the Air Force and a CNAS, Ben Nelson and NSC alum … Ari Isaacman Bevacqua, director of communications at the NYT (h/t Jordan Cohen) … Damien LaVera … Allison Zelman, co-founder of Citizen 44 … Michael Castine of Ridgeway Partners and a Reagan WH and NSC alum … Jeff Poor, editor of Breitbart TV, is 41 … Dawn Kopecki, business editor at the San Antonio Express-News and a Bloomberg alum … Gentry Collins, partner at CAP Public Affairs … Gabriel Gatehouse, foreign correspondent for Newsnight on BBC2, based in London, formerly posted in E Africa, Libya, Iraq, Russia/Ukraine … DNC and DCCC alum Alex Wright … former Rep. Jim Ryun (R-Kans.) is 7-0 … Courtney Chandler, deputy press secretary for Sen. Blumenthal …
… Josh Sharp, co-founder and managing director, advertising at Advoc8, who celebrated at Jack Rose last night and announced to friends that he and wife Melissa are expecting their first child this November (h/t Pounder) … David Gelber, a “60 Minutes” alum and now founding executive producer of Emmy-award winning “Years of Living Dangerously” on Showtime (h/t Jon Meyersohn) … Pat Shortridge, a Rubio alum, is 5-0 … Nate Sandals, Harvard Law grad and a Durbin alum … Gail Hoffman, president of The Hoffman Group and spox for family of Jim and Sarah Brady, and advisor to law enforcement leaders across the country … WaPo photographer Melina Mara … Geng Ngarmboonanant of Bain and a Yale Daily News, Brookings, and WaPo alum … Meg Greenhalgh … Kara Panzer, analyst at Goldman Sachs … Kristen Day, executive director at Democrats for Life of America … Lynne Weil, comms. director and senior policy advisor for Rep. Diane DeGette (D-Colo.), celebrating by joining in the Climate March (after a traditional Swedish-style birthday breakfast in bed, of course (hubby tip: Nils Bruzelius) … Cara Morris Stern of New Paradigm Strategy Group … Kate Whitworth, daughter of Kirk and Beth Whitworth … Nick Horrock … Winslow Morris Noel, son of Jon and Kate Disston Noel … Matt Onek … Scott Shadian, managing partner/CEO at Sayara … Evelyn Call … Dan Bayens … Rob Hoppin, president and CEO of Hillenby … Rob Bassin, political director at AIPAC, who is responsible for so many consultants, staffers and members getting to visit Israel … Jennifer Ford (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Rich Folkers is 58 … John Gonsalves … Jim Merlino … disgraced financier Bernie Madoff is 79 … Jerry Seinfeld is 63 … Daniel Day-Lewis is 6-0 … Michelle Pfeiffer is 59 … Uma Thurman is 47 … International Tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi is 47 (h/ts AP)
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: President Donald Trump. Panel: Julie Pace, Ed O’Keefe, Major Garrett and Margaret Brennan … preview of live CBS “This Morning” broadcast from the White House with Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose
–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Vice President Mike Pence … Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine). Panel: Helene Cooper, Chris Matthews, Danielle Pletka and Nicolle Wallace
–“Fox News Sunday”: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Panel: Michael Needham, Donna Edwards, Rich Lowry and Juan Williams … “Power Player of the Week” with ATF chief of firearms operations division Jim Ferguson
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) … comedian Samantha Bee. Panel: Ana Navarro, Van Jones, Jennifer Granholm and Rick Santorum
–ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced
–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: Carl Bernstein, Politico’s Tara Palmeri, Jason Miller and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet … The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet … The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple and CNN’s Dylan Byers (live from Washington)
–Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) … Texas Gov. Greg Abbott … IBM CEO Ginni Rometty … Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). Panel: Maslansky + Partners president Lee Carter and Global Strategy group senior vice president Steve Sigmund
–Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Sean Spicer … Erin McPike … Mollie Hemingway … Joe Trippi … Liz Claman
–CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Julie Pace, Karen Tumulty, Manu Raju and Maeve Reston
–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Former Obama White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice … Canadian Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland
–Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.). Panel: Bill Richardson and former Puerto Rican attorney general Jose Fuentes and former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Otto Reich … Univision news anchor Enrique Acevedo … actor and producer Eugenio Derbez and actress Salma Hayek … human rights activist and Catholic Priest Rev. Alejandro Solalinde … actress Kate Del Castillo
–C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: American Enterprise Institute Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy director Jeffrey Eisenach and Public Knowledge vice president Chris Lewis … “Newsmakers”: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), questioned by Politico’s Esther Whieldon and CQ Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman … “Q&A”: Author and law professor Brad Snyder
–Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2mGabdq: “Shattered” co-author Jonathan Allen … Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis.
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