Happy hump day from Denver. SOME NEWS — We asked COLORADO GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER during a Playbook Exchange event here if he would run for the White House on a ticket with OHIO REPUBLICAN GOV. JOHN KASICH. He said: “I don’t think Kasich would ever do that … You never know. You never say. He’s an easy person to work with. He’s strongly opinionated. And quick to his opinion. But he also knows as much about the federal budget, and understands health care at a deeper level than almost any other governor I know. … I don’t think it’s in the cards. But I do like the idea of working with him in some context at some point.” The governor told us Trump has told him he’s taken notice of his appearances on TV.
— WILL HICKENLOOPER RUN AGAINST SEN. CORY GARDNER (R-COLO.)? He said he was “disappointed” with Gardner’s stance on health care. “That’s not the Cory Gardner I thought I knew.” Hickenlooper said he is “not ruling anything out.” When asked what he thinks about when he considers running for a seat in Washington, Hickenlooper joked, “I think why me? What did I do to hurt you?” Video of the event at S&P Global’s Denver office http://bit.ly/2ujrpA8
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SPOTTED: Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci both dining Tuesday afternoon at the Lafayette restaurant at the Hay Adams. Reince was with one other person, Scaramucci was with four. They were at separate tables.
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READ THIS STORY, about how Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is pushing for a clean debt ceiling increase and, in part, is banking on Democrats to carry it. http://politi.co/2vs7LXJ. It’s very hard to see how this is not going to be a huge legislative fight in the fall. Conservatives are going to want to notch a legislative achievement alongside lifting the debt limit. Democrats are out of power in every sense, and will want a clean increase but won’t want to be seen as carrying it. The ceiling needs to be lifted by the end of September. Government funding also runs out then. And the White House has said they want to finish tax reform by the end of October.
TOP TALKER — BEHIND THE CURTAIN — “Full transcript: Trump’s Wall Street Journal interview,” by Josh Dawsey and Hadas Gold: “President Donald Trump called his son-in-law a ‘good boy’ while thanking Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker for a positive editorial about Jared Kushner and said the leader of the Boy Scouts told him his jamboree speech was ‘the greatest speech ever made to them.’ The comments, made to The Wall Street Journal and obtained in a transcript by POLITICO, show Trump holding forth at length with Baker and engaging in a familiar back and forth. Baker, according to the transcript, asked many of the questions and took the lead byline on the main piece about the interview as well, an unusual step for the editor in chief of a paper with a large White House reporting staff. The Journal has not published a full transcript of the interview. …
“Matt Murray, the Journal’s deputy editor-in-chief, warned staffers in a conference call in recent days about leaking the transcript, saying it would be a breach of trust, according to several sources familiar with the call. ‘Damn right I told them that. It’s true,’ Murray said on Tuesday via a Journal spokesperson. According to the transcript, Ivanka Trump stopped by the Oval Office during the interview, telling Baker she heard he was there and wanted to say hello. … Baker told Ivanka Trump, ‘It was nice to see you out in Southampton a couple weeks ago,’ an apparent reference to a party thrown last month attended by many politicos, business titans and media elites thrown by Washington Post heiress Lally Weymouth … Ivanka Trump and Baker also chatted about their daughters, both named Arabella.” With the full transcript http://politi.co/2vhPWKC
BREAKING — EARLY LEAD FOR DEMOCRATS — NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — “Poll: Democrats surge ahead on generic ballot,” by Steven Shepard: “Republicans trail Democrats by 7 percentage points on the generic congressional ballot, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, the Democratic Party’s greatest advantage on the generic ballot since the poll began asking the question this past spring.
“The survey, conducted last Thursday through Saturday, shows a generic Democrat leading a generic Republican, 44 percent to 37 percent, with 19 percent of registered voters undecided. The two parties were tied, 40 percent apiece, in the previous week’s poll.” http://politi.co/2uiOgMm
TRUMP’S WEDNESDAY — THE PRESIDENT will announce a legal immigration overhaul with Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.). He’ll also meet with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in the afternoon.
VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE in Montenegro made brief remarks to the pool. Per WaPo’s Ashley Parker, Pence said: “As you mentioned, NATO is made up of large countries and small countries, but the United States of America has no small ally.”
NEXT UP — “U.S. Plans Trade Measures Against China,” by WSJ’s Jake Schlesinger and Bob Davis: “The Trump administration is planning trade measures to force Beijing to crack down on intellectual-property theft and ease requirements that American companies share advanced technologies to gain entry to the Chinese market. The administration is considering invoking a little-used provision of U.S. trade law to investigate whether China’s intellectual-property policies constitute ‘unfair trade practices,’ according to people familiar with the matter. That would pave the way for the U.S. to impose sanctions on Chinese exporters or to further restrict the transfer of advanced technology to Chinese firms or to U.S.-China joint ventures. …
“One big question hanging over the White House review is whether the administration pursues any complaint through the World Trade Organization, or whether it chooses to impose penalties on its own without first seeking permission from the international body, which some Trump advisers have argued is incapable of dealing with China’s trade practices. Trump aides have regularly vowed to pursue a more unilateral approach to trade but have so far done little along those lines. It is unclear how long the administration’s internal review will take before an announcement is made. Officials at one point had signaled that an announcement could come as soon as this week.” http://on.wsj.com/2vrtXB6
— ANDREW RESTUCCIA and DOUG PALMER: “Trump’s aides have been deeply divided on trade, with top trade adviser Peter Navarro and chief strategist Steve Bannon calling for aggressive measures even as others like National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn have urged caution. But an administration official said the decision to launch a Section 301 investigation won broad support among the president’s ideologically diverse staff.” http://politi.co/2uiKpi2
MONEY CHASE — AP’S JULIE BYKOWICZ: “Trump’s fundraising prowess is the engine of the [RNC] and a lifeline for every Republican planning to rely on the party for financial help during next year’s congressional races. Leaning heavily on Trump’s appeal among small donors, the party has raised $75 million in the first six months of the year, more than double what the [DNC] had raised by the same point in President Barack Obama’s first year.” http://bit.ly/2wl5F8v
DRAIN THE SWAMP! — “Trump Loyalist Mixes Businesses and Access at ‘Advisory’ Firm,” by NYT’s Nick Confessore and Ken Vogel: “Mr. Lewandowski started his new business, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors, in May, according to corporate documents filed in Delaware, eight days after he announced he would part ways with the Washington lobbying firm he helped found, Avenue Strategies. Mr. Lewandowski has recently discussed expanding the new firm by adding, among others, two more Trump insiders — the former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie and George Gigicos, who stepped down Monday as Mr. Trump’s White House advance director — according to two associates.
“Among the first new clients of Lewandowski Strategic Advisors is an Ohio-based company called Community Choice Financial. The company is a leader in the payday lending industry, which has faced heightened federal scrutiny in recent years. … Mr. Lewandowski, who is known for his keen understanding of Mr. Trump’s news media tastes and habits, used an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to press his new client’s interests, calling for Mr. Trump to oust the bureau’s director, Richard Cordray, an Obama holdover who has led the effort to pass new payday lending requirements. … Rejecting a question from the ‘Meet the Press’ host, Chuck Todd, about whether he had ‘a client that wants to see’ Mr. Cordray fired, Mr. Lewandowski said: ‘No, no. I have no clients whatsoever.’” http://nyti.ms/2vrrcQt
THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE …
— “Republicans in Congress Bypass Trump to Shore Up Health Law,” by NYT’s Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan: “Congressional Republicans moved on Tuesday to defuse President Trump’s threat to cut off critical payments to health insurance companies, maneuvering around the president toward bipartisan legislation to shore up insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the influential chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, announced that his panel would begin work in early September on legislation to ‘stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market’ for 2018. …
“In the House, two Republicans, Representatives Tom Reed of New York and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, teamed with Democrats to promote incremental health legislation that would also fund the cost-sharing subsidies. The moves were a remarkable response to the president’s repeated threats to send health insurance markets into a tailspin. They offered tangible indications of cooperation between the parties after Republican efforts to scrap the Affordable Care Act collapsed in the Senate last week, all but ending the seven-year Republican quest to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Lawmakers from both parties concede that the health law needs improvement, as consumers face sharp premium increases and a shrinking number of insurance options in many states.” http://nyti.ms/2f7tMEj
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TOP-EDS — LANHEE CHEN and TEVI TROY in the WASHINGTON POST: “How Republicans can fix Obamacare now”: “On the legislative front, there are several rifle-shot provisions that could be attached to must-pass pieces of legislation, such as continued funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that medical liability reform could save almost $50 billion over 10 years. And allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines would help expand insurance markets, consequently, improving options for consumers in states burdened by heavy insurance mandates. Republicans could also eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a government body that has drawn bipartisan criticism for the extraordinary power it has to make significant cuts to the Medicare program.” http://wapo.st/2vhxotW
— SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-Okla.) in the WSJ, “How To Make The Senate Work Again: Keep The Filibuster But Change Other Rules That Promote Delay”: “How do we get the Senate working again? First, we should reduce floor debate time for executive nominees from 30 hours to eight or less. The Senate could debate and vote on five or more nominees a week, instead of just one or two. Interestingly, this rule change was adopted for a short time by the Senate in 2013, under Harry Reid, as part of a temporary agreement to fill nominations. It worked then, and it would work now. Second, we should lower the vote threshold on the ‘motion to proceed,’ which begins legislative debate and amendment consideration, from 60 votes to 51.” http://on.wsj.com/2w4oxZT
IF YOU READ ONE THING — ANNIE KARNI: “In Trump’s White House, the women are the survivors”: “Kellyanne Conway’s office has a different vibe than other corners of the West Wing. Unlike some of the drab work spaces belonging to her male counterparts, whose offices look as impersonal as the day they moved in, Conway’s office is decorated with colorfully framed, oversized family photos mounted on the walls and a copy of Ivanka Trump’s book ‘Women Who Work’ prominently on display. The comfy digs are a sign that Conway, the White House counselor who recently has been keeping a lower profile, is planning on being here for the long haul — even though some of her colleagues, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and recently departed chief of staff Reince Priebus, have at times tried to cut her out of the information loop.
“Meanwhile, former colleagues like Priebus, Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer, Michael Flynn, Michael Dubke, Michael Short and Boris Epshteyn have been fired, or simply resigned to save themselves. Even Bannon, according to multiple people close to President Donald Trump, has been the target of the president’s recent frustrations and anger, and he has been trying to lower his genius-behind-the-throne profile in order to avoid sharing Priebus’ unhappy fate. Conway, however, is not alone in surviving the snakepit. The quiet endurers of Trump’s tumultuous White House, by and large, are the women who serve in his administration. That fact that may seem ironic in an administration run by a man who has launched sexist attacks on everyone from morning show host Mika Brzezinski to his former campaign opponent Hillary Clinton — and who in the past has been accused by more than a dozen women of groping or kissing them against their will.
“But the women of the West Wing, at least so far, have had the more stable ride. is not alone. Former Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell has risen in the ranks to become deputy national security adviser. She was also on the final shortlist of people Trump was considering for the chief of staff job given to retired Gen. John Kelly, according to two White House officials. It was Powell, alongside U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who was invited to ride in Trump’s car, known as ‘The Beast,’ from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base last Friday, hours before the president unceremoniously fired Priebus in the rain. Communications adviser Hope Hicks maintains an unassailable position as a surrogate family member and loyal aide by the president’s side, where she has stood since before there was even a campaign. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has risen to the position of press secretary, after Spicer resigned because he was not given the full control of the communications department that he demanded.” http://politi.co/2wkSaFV
TRIAL BALLOON – “Kelly eyes DHS spokesman for communications director, sources say,” by CNN’s Dylan Byers: “[Dave] Lapan, who has worked with Kelly for over a decade, is at the top of a short list to serve as the White House’s top official on messaging and communications. He would take the position formerly held by Anthony Scaramucci. Kelly’s interest in Lapan suggests that he is as eager to impose discipline on the White House messaging strategy as he is to impose order on the chaotic and fractious West Wing. Lapan has a background that, like Kelly’s, is steeped in years of military experience. Before DHS, he led press operations at the Defense Department and the Marine Corps. Reached for comment, Lapan told CNNMoney he had not spoken to Kelly or anyone else at the White House about the position.” http://cnnmon.ie/2tYnp8R
— REPORTERS WE SPOKE TO said this would be a good hire for the White House. He respects the media and the job that journalists do.
THANKS, BUT NO THANKS — “Sasse rebuffs Heritage for top job,” by Eliana Johnson: “The Heritage Foundation has approached one of the Senate’s leading anti-Trump Republicans, Ben Sasse, to gauge his interest in serving as president — an indication the influential conservative think tank may turn away from its supportive posture toward the president. Sasse, who was elected to his first term in the Senate in 2014, has swatted down the overtures from Heritage’s board of trustees, according to two sources familiar with the recruitment effort. The Nebraska senator rose to national prominence when he announced early in the primary calendar that he would support neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton, and he has been a persistent critic of Trump ever since.” http://politi.co/2vmrlDU
— “Senior [EPA] official quits, decrying ‘triumph of myth over truth,’” by E&E’s Ariel Wittenberg: “Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Southerland worked at EPA for 30 years, most recently directing the Office of Water’s Office of Science and Technology. Southerland slammed Pruitt’s EPA for launching a ‘repeal, replace, modify initiative’ for regulations. … She also described President Trump’s executive order requiring that agencies repeal two regulations for every new one as ‘a real Sophie’s choice for public health agencies like EPA.’ She said, ‘Should EPA repeal two existing rules protecting infants from neurotoxins in order to promulgate a new rule protecting adults from a newly discovered liver toxin?’” http://bit.ly/2uUBCGP … Her exit memo http://bit.ly/2vi4k5h
M.I.A. — “Trump’s CEO Brain Trust Comes Up Short on Big Ideas for Policies,” by Bloomberg’s Matt Townsend, Shannon Pettypiece and Joe Deaux: “Elon Musk of Tesla and Walt Disney’s Bob Iger have quit. Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric and JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon have dissented. President Donald Trump’s business brain trust — originally these executives, plus some 50 other chief executive officers chosen to help shape White House policy — has so far come up short on big ideas. In fact, there’s been little activity for the strategic and policy forum and the manufacturing group, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified. After initial meetings early in Trump’s presidency — which the White House promoted with great fanfare — his administration hasn’t convened the groups for months or set firm dates for future meetings.” https://bloom.bg/2u2MRhw
DOJ WATCH — “Sessions offers rare warning on dangers of police misconduct,” by Josh Gerstein: “As Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered his usual recitation of the ills of violence and drugs plaguing America Tuesday, he added in a problem he rarely brings up unprompted: police misconduct. Sessions often chastises others for badmouthing police and, indeed, his remarks to an African-American law enforcement group in Atlanta, included just such a passage. But what was more notable was his public acknowledgment that ‘bad’ officers were contributing to a lack of community trust.
“‘We all know the cases of the last several years when in confrontations with police, lives have been cut short,’ Sessions told the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives conference. ‘Just as I’m committed to defending law enforcement who lawfully have to use deadly force to defend themselves while engaged in their work, I will also use the power of the office I’m entrusted with to hold any officer responsible who violates the law.’ ‘You know all it takes is for one bad officer to destroy the reputations of so many who work every day to build good relationships in these communities and who serve with honor and distinction,’ Sessions added.” http://politi.co/2u2saCl
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions,” by NYT’s Charlie Savage: “The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on ‘investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.’” http://nyti.ms/2w4WRUH
THE JUICE …
— CALIFORNIA REP. BARBARA LEE is being reappointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to the post of House Democratic Representative to the United Nations, POLITICO California Playbook author Carla Marinucci writes in. The dedicated anti-war activist has made news recently with her effort to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.
FUN READ – “‘The moment when it really started to feel insane’: An oral history of the Scaramucci era,” by WaPo’s Monica Hesse, Ben Terris and Dan Zak: With cameos from Matt Schlapp, Max Boot, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tommy Vietor, Eli Stokols, Sarah McBride, Henry Gomez, Olivia Nuzzi, Evan McMorris-Santoro, Yashar Ali, Ben Wikler, Kat Timpf. http://wapo.st/2vmPCcO
TRUMP’S COST CUTTING — “Boeing Jets Once Destined for Russian Carrier to Be Next Air Force One: Planes will be converted as part of an effort to cut the cost of replacement program,” by WSJ’s Doug Cameron: “The U.S. will buy two 747 jumbo jets from Boeing Co. for use as the next Air Force One fleet, converting planes previously ordered by a bankrupt Russian airline. Boeing suggested selling the planes as part of an effort to cut the cost of an Air Force One replacement program that President Donald Trump criticized as too expensive before taking office. ‘We’re working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft and expect to award a contract soon,’ Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said on Tuesday.” http://on.wsj.com/2vnC1C3
REMEMBER HIM? — “Prosecutors inappropriately inquired about ex-congressman Aaron Schock’s sex life, defense attorneys say,” by WaPo’s Matt Zapotsky: “Defense attorneys for former congressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) have asked a federal judge to dismiss the criminal charges against him, arguing in a court filing Tuesday that investigators acted inappropriately in the case, including by exploring Schock’s sex life and whether he was gay.
“Schock’s defense attorneys asserted that prosecutors made ‘repeated inquiries to witnesses into who he has slept with and whether he is gay,’ questioning at least a dozen witnesses on the topic of Schock’s sexuality, his relationships and his sleeping arrangements. The attorneys argued the inquiries were so inappropriate that they could have affected witnesses who testified before the grand jury, and thus the indictment against Schock should be thrown out. ‘The government’s inquiries into Mr. Schock’s sexuality and romantic relationships were not just distasteful and offensive,’ Schock’s attorneys wrote. ‘They were prejudicial.’ A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of Illinois, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. …
“‘The government has investigated nearly every facet of Mr. Schock’s professional, political, and personal life,’ defense attorneys wrote. ‘This even includes his sex life. It is no secret that there has long been speculative gossip in the media about Mr. Schock’s sexual orientation. For no apparent reason, the government has felt itself compelled to investigate this too.’” http://wapo.st/2hmeYCr
OUT GOLFING — “First Golfer: Donald Trump’s relationship with golf has never been more complicated,” by Alan Shipnuck in Sports Illustrated: “At most other golf courses in America the TV is tuned to Golf Channel, on mute, but throughout last summer and fall, the television in Trump Bedminster’s shop was on Fox News, with the sound blaring. As President, Trump has already made four visits to the club. He has his own cottage adjacent to the pool; it was recently given a secure perimeter by the Secret Service, leading to the inevitable joke that it’s the only wall Trump has successfully built. Chatting with some members before a recent round of golf, he explained his frequent appearances: ‘That White House is a real dump.’ (A White House spokesperson denies this occurred.) …
“Trump favors the latest in TaylorMade equipment, owing to a long-standing friendship with Mark King, the company’s former CEO. But when Prime Minister Abe gave Trump a gold-colored Honma Beres S-05 driver, it went straight into the bag. (Retail price of the club: $3,755. The gift was made in November, and as President-elect, Trump was permitted to accept a gift that he would not have been allowed to take after the inauguration; Presidents are forbidden from accepting a present from a foreign government with a value that exceeds $390.) … A Wall Street banker and member of a Trump club with knowledge of the financing of the $63 million Turnberry [Scotland] purchase expects the deal to be a subject of interest to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, given the foreign lenders he says were involved. …
“[F]or the President, politics and golf are now inextricably linked. During the [U.S. Women’s] Open, one of the few players to enjoy an audience with him was Sandra Gal, a member of the European Solheim Cup team from Germany. He quizzed her about the speed of the greens, thickness of the rough and other details about how his course was playing. ‘I asked him how he was doing,’ Gal says, ‘and he said, “This Russia stuff is nasty business. Much nastier than trying to make a three-foot putt.”’ http://bit.ly/2f77ouA
MUELLER’S MUSCLE — “Former Justice Department official joins Mueller team,” by Reuters’ Karen Freifeld: “Greg Andres started on Tuesday, becoming the 16th lawyer on the team, said Josh Stueve, a spokesman for the special counsel. Most recently a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andres, 50, served at the Justice Department from 2010 to 2012. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division, where he oversaw the fraud unit and managed the program that targeted illegal foreign bribery.” http://reut.rs/2f7sIQC
— “Wife of new Mueller prosecutor just bailed as judge in 2 Trump cases,” by Josh Gerstein: http://politi.co/2uXM6Uo
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THE MOOCH TALKS TO HUFFPO — “Why The Mooch Lost His Cool,” by HuffPost’s Vicky Ward: “Scaramucci said he felt burned by the [Lizza] interview. ‘The Lizzas and Scaramuccis have been friends for over 50 years. My dad knew his dad from construction, and we were building a personal relationship. Most of what I said was humorous and joking. Legally, it may have been on the record, but the spirit of it was off. And he knew that.’ Still, Scaramucci told me, he has plans to take Lizza out for a beer. When I asked Lizza for his response, he wrote back: ‘I’ve only known Anthony in his capacity as a Trump surrogate and then White House communications director. We are not and have never been ‘old family friends,’ though I think our fathers knew each other, so maybe that’s what he’s talking about. (The Long Island Italian world in that generation is relatively small.) But again, that would not be a reason to suppress an explosive on-the-record interview.’” http://bit.ly/2vmunrY
FOR JARED — “What Kushner’s Leaked Speech Gets Wrong About Mideast Peace: The president’s son in law thinks he knows better than the peace processors who came before him. He’s about to get a rude awakening,” by Aaron David Miller in POLITICO Magazine: “While he says he always tries to ‘We don’t want a history lesson. We’ve read enough books.’ I know how frustrating the past can be in Mideast peace talks: It’s where the parties retreat, far too often blinded by their own claims and grievances, which seem to hold the future hostage. But for a would-be peacemaker, if you ignore history it will bury you. Israeli and Palestinian officials can overwhelm you with intricate stories about which patch of land belonged to whom when and who double-crossed whom in previous negotiating rounds. You don’t need to be a historian to be a successful negotiator, but knowing which gripes matter and which ones don’t is crucial.” http://politi.co/2wkjgNr
–“Trump’s Peace Envoy Expands His Team,” by Haaretz’s Amir Tibon: “The Trump administration is working to staff up Jason Greenblatt’s team to support his peace efforts. The most recent addition: Victoria Coates, a former foreign policy adviser to Senator Ted Cruz.” http://bit.ly/2uUJDvy
VALLEY TALK – NICK BILTON in Vanity Fair, “Inside Travis Kalanick’s Fight to Retake Uber”: “Kalanick … is probably the most aggressive and relentless C.E.O. that I have personally ever spent time with. And weeks after being ousted from Uber … he is trying to stage his own comeback. … After speaking with more than half-a-dozen people close to Kalanick and Uber’s board of directors, it appears to me the jilted C.E.O. is up for the fight. … Everyone I spoke to about Kalanick, however, told me that he is unequivocally trying to manipulate a return to the company in an operations role. (He currently sits on its board.) … According to Kara Swisher at Recode, Kalanick prefers to liken his own potential homecoming to Jobs’s epic return to Apple, with Kalanick telling people he is ‘Steve Jobs-ing it.’ Aaron Sorkin, get your typewriter ready!” http://bit.ly/2tYaqEi
MEDIAWATCH – per Alex Weprin in Morning Media: “The latest round of buyouts and layoffs at The New York Times will cost the company $25 million, according to a Times filing with the SEC on Tuesday.”
— JAMES CLAPPER, former director of national intelligence, is now a CNN contributor. (h/t Hadas Gold’s Morning Media)
LATE NIGHT BEST — SEN. AL FRANKEN (D-Minn.) was on “THE LATE SHOW” with STEPHEN COLBERT. Franken talks about which senators are funny — video http://bit.ly/2uj98mv
SPOTTED: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Sebastian Gorka enjoying a cold beer last night at Hawk ‘n’ Dove – “Zinke was … enjoying some wings,” per our tipster – pic http://politi.co/2wjZLEE … Anthony Scaramucci last night leaving the Trump Hotel “with sunglasses on and suitcase in hand. He was picked up by a black SUV hired car,” per our tipster.
ANDREA MITCHELL is celebrating her 39th year at NBC News this week.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Alison Schneider, comms director of Locust Street Group and husband Andrew Shult, digital coordinator for Whip Scalise and an Issa/OGR alum, welcomed baby boy Cameron Burnley Schneider Shult on Tuesday. Pic http://politi.co/2tXTuNZ
TRANSITIONS – Edelman hired Matt Bracken, formerly of the Baltimore Sun, as the deputy editorial director of the firm’s storytelling team as well as Melanie Trottman, a WSJ alum, as a VP and senior editor on the same team. … Amanda Hunter has been hired as communications director for the Barbara Lee Family Foundation in Boston. She most recently worked as director of marketing and comms at the Phillips Collection.
OBAMA ALUMNI — Sarah Bloom Raskin, former deputy Treasury secretary, has joined Duke University as a Rubenstein Fellow. “Raskin will collaborate across the university to improve understanding of markets, regulation and public leadership … [and] will guest lecture in courses across the university, advise students and participate in public events.” She is married to Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.).
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief” and “The Looming Tower” (Hugh Hewitt’s favorite book). How he’s celebrating: “My Austin-based blues band, WhoDo, is meeting me in New York, and we’re playing [tonight] … at Hill Country Brooklyn. I’ll be singing an old Bob Wills song, ‘Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age.’” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2vnzZSI
BIRTHDAYS: AP alum Tom Raum is 73 … former Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.) is 95 … Stephen Cox, deputy associate attorney general, is 4-0 … NYT’s Matthew Rosenberg, also a CNN national security analyst (hat tip: Katherine Finnerty) … Patrick Ruffini, co-founder of Echelon Insights and chairman and founder of digital agency Engage, is 39 … Rep. Jacklyn Rosen (D-Nev.) is 60 … Rich Edson of Fox News (h/ts Blair and Josh) … Hearst Television’s Eric Meyrowitz … former Treasury Secretary John Snow is 78 … Kate Roberts … Politico alum Benton Ives, now living in the Netherlands … Gigi Kellett of Corporate Accountability International … former Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) is 44 … former Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kans.) is 62 … former Rep. Ron De Lugo (R-VI) is 87 … Peter Mihalick … Robert Oakley Seibert … Emily Gershon … Sarah Bittleman … Colleen Gallagher …
… Caitlin Huey-Burns of Real Clear Politics … Jeff Ballou, president of the National Press Club … Seng Peng of Cardno Emerging Markets, celebrating in Berlin … Kevin Walling, who heads up the new digital operation at Hamburger Gibson Creative and was recently named a rising star by Campaigns and Elections, is 32 (h/ts John McCarthy and Anne Schroeder) … Austin Laufersweiler, press secretary for Jason Kander and Let America Vote, is 26 (h/t Mitchell Rivard) … Daniele Baierlein, director of development at the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (h/t Jon Haber) … political consultant Dave Mills … Paul Cheshire … Vonda Marrow … Michael Manganiello … Gil Duran, SVP for media at Fenton … Brian D. Montgomery … Brynn Barnett, principal at HillPoint Strategies … attorney Sim Khan, founder of custom-suit maker Brimble & Clark … Dan Burrows … Jennifer Streaks … Sean Butler is 52 … Bryce Dustman … Melissa Leebaert … Nehemiah Persoff is 98 (h/t Jewish Insider) … David Hunter … Vicki Seyfert … Brendan O’Sullivan … Ann Kelly (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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