Good Wednesday morning. Watch Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) reaction when CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked him if it made sense when President Donald Trump said the U.S. should have taken Iraq’s oil (h/t @VeraMBergen): http://bit.ly/2krJ9Jh
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COMING ATTRACTIONS — IMMIGRATION WEEK — NYT A1 — “Trump to Order Mexican Border Wall and Curtail Immigration,” by Julie Davis, David Sanger and Maggie Haberman: “President Trump on Wednesday will order the construction of a Mexican border wall — the first in a series of actions this week to crack down on immigrants and bolster national security, including slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States and blocking Syrians and others from ‘terror prone’ nations from entering, at least temporarily.
“The orders are among an array of national security directives Mr. Trump is considering issuing in the coming days, according to people who have seen the orders. They include reviewing whether to resume the once-secret ‘black site’ detention program; keep open the prison at Guantánamo Bay; and designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. According to a draft, the order on detention policies would start a review of ‘whether to reinstate the program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States, and whether such a program should include the use of detention facilities operated by the C.I.A.’ But one section of the draft would require that ‘no person in the custody of the United States shall at any time be subjected to torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as describe by U.S. or international law.’” http://nyti.ms/2jwaENr
— WaPo says more is coming: “Trump to sign executive orders enabling construction of proposed border wall and targeting sanctuary cities,” by WaPo’s Jerry Markon, Bob Costa and Abigail Hauslohner: “President Trump plans to sign executive orders Wednesday enabling construction of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and targeting cities where local leaders refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation, according to White House officials familiar with the decisions. … But discussions were ongoing Tuesday about just how far to go on some policies, in particular the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The 2012 initiative has given temporary protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of people who arrived in the United States as children. Trump vowed during the campaign to reverse it. …
“This official said that Trump will also potentially bar for 30 days the issuance of U.S. visas to people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — all Muslim-majority countries — until new visa procedures are developed. Residents from many of these places are already rarely granted U.S. visas.” http://wapo.st/2joCUUG
— “Immigration hardliners angered by Trump’s softer tone on ‘Dreamers’,” by Seung Min Kim http://politi.co/2jwfWsd
— A NOTE: Trump is expected to roll out his new orders over several days, continuing the stagecraft that’s marked his campaign and administration. Remember, Trump is in Philadelphia Thursday with congressional Republicans. He’ll be a popular guy there.
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DEPT. OF IMAGINE IF OBAMA SAID THIS — @realDonaldTrump at 9:25 p.m.: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”
— “Trump’s Chicago tweet is another response to cable news,” by CNN’s Dylan Byers: “Shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, Fox’s ‘O’Reilly Factor’ ran a segment about violence in Chicago that included the following statistics: ‘228 shootings in 2017 (up 5.5% from last year’ and ‘42 homicides in 2017 (up 24% from last year).’ One of the show’s guests, Horace Cooper” used the word “carnage” as well on the show. http://cnnmon.ie/2jdz6Ct
— WHAT RAHM THINKS, per the Chicago Tribune: “A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel referred reporters to an interview on WTTW-Ch. 11 Tuesday night. Asked in that conversation about the White House website under the Trump administration citing violence in Chicago, Emanuel said that federal agencies including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives already do help the city, but more could be done. ‘There’s a lot the federal government can do,’ Emanuel said, citing gun control, use of federal resources to track illegal guns and federal prosecutions. ‘And also, fundamentally, in my view, also help fund additional police officers. ‘Over the years the federal government’s stepped back their resources, which we have stepped up. The federal government can be a partner, and to be honest they haven’t been for decades.’” http://trib.in/2jvUofG … More from Illinois Playbook’s Natasha Korecki http://politi.co/2jXRX8I
NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — TRUMP’S INAUGURATION SPEECH RESONATED, POLL SAYS….AMERICANS WANT MELANIA IN THE SPOTLIGHT —
— NARRATIVE BUSTER: TRUMP’S INAUGURAL RESONATED, by Jake Sherman: “Dark. Negative. Divisive. That’s was the immediate narrative about President Donald Trump’s inaugural address. But many Americans liked it. A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that the new president’s message is resonating with voters, refuting the idea that Trump bungled his first speech as commander in chief. Trump got relatively high marks on his Friday address, with 49 percent of those who watched or heard about the speech saying it was excellent or good, and just 39 percent rating it as only fair or poor. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed reacted positively to the ‘America First’ message, the cornerstone of the Trump campaign and governing posture. Americans are looking for Trump to put his slogan into action: 61 percent said they agreed with Trump’s plan that the federal government should ‘buy American and hire American.’” http://politi.co/2kspRiS
— HIDDEN STARS: MORE OF MELANIA AND IVANKA — PEOPLE LIKE THEM!, by Anna Palmer: “Donald Trump may have a secret weapon when it comes to his woman problem: Melania and Ivanka Trump. A new POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll finds that voters have positive impressions of Trump’s wife and eldest daughter. Forty-seven percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Melania Trump, while 32 percent have an unfavorable view. And 49 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Ivanka Trump, while 30 percent have an unfavorable view. Those contrast with the president’s own mixed numbers among female voters in the opening days of his administration: 43 percent of women approve of Trump’s early performance, but 41 percent disapprove. The disconnect comes as people turned out across the country in unprecedented numbers over the weekend for the Women’s March opposed to Trump. The number of protesters at the Women’s March in Washington appeared to dwarf Trump’s own inauguration attendance.” http://politi.co/2ksCOcx
— SPEAKER PAUL RYAN is the only top congressional leader above water in favorability. 41% find him favorable, 39% find him unfavorable, 20% never heard of him. … MITCH MCCONNELL: 26% favorable, 37% unfavorable, 37% never heard of him … NANCY PELOSI: 31% favorable, 47% unfavorable, 22% never heard of her … CHUCK SCHUMER: 27% favorable, 30% unfavorable, 44% never heard of him.
THE GOP RETREAT — WASHINGTON GOES TO PHILADELPHIA — Republican lawmakers, aides, friends and family all head to Philadelphia for their annual policy retreat. Real talk: Most members of Congress hate this event. The people who talk drone on about their complaints about the leadership’s policies or president’s stance about this, that or the other. But here’s the schedule, which is changing constantly:
Noon: Working lunch, with remarks from Congressional Institute President Mark Strand, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), AEI’s Arthur Brooks and Jonathan Tisch, the chairman of Loews Hotels. … 1:30 p.m.: Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talk about the 200-day plan. … 2:30 p.m.: Senate meets privately and pollsters David Winston and Myra Miller talk about “What Working and Middle Income People Want from their Government.” … 3:30 p.m.: House: Article One, a talk by Matthew Spalding of Hillsdale College. … 4:30 p.m.: Tax reform, led by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Thune, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) …
… 7 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence speaks, as does Simon Sinek, the author of “Starting with Why” and “Why Leaders Eat Last”. … 9:30 p.m.: Frank Luntz has a “fireside chat” and an after hours ceremony is held on the 33rd floor.
— ABOUT THAT BORDER TAX … Trump World and Hill Republicans are still jousting privately about what the president means when he says he wants a border tax. Two of the options are clear: Either Trump wants to institute tariffs on companies that do business abroad, or he wants a border adjustment tax, which taxes imports instead of exports. We hear Trump doesn’t like the phrase “border adjustment tax,” which is likely going to force Hill Republicans to change the nomenclature to try to bring him on board. One reader emails us: “[Trump’s Monday comments about a border tax refer to] a possible targeted tariff against companies who fire American workers, move their jobs to other countries and then want to sell those products/services back into the United States. President Trump has previously panned the proposed corporate tax/border adjustment plan as being too complicated.”
— THROWING IN WITH CREW: NORM EISEN — part of a pair with Richard Painter that now lead the CREW board — pitched donors at David Brock’s retreat in Florida over the weekend, and got $2.5 million in fresh donations.
— WHAT RYAN AND MCCONNELL WILL SAY: The speaker and Senate majority leader are giving a talk Wednesday at the GOP retreat about the legislative period between now and the August recess — an incredibly busy period on Capitol Hill. We expect them to lay out all the things Republicans want and need to do over the next few months. Here’s how we expect it to play out: The Obamacare replacement process is beginning now, and is going to snake its way through the committee process. The budget comes up for a vote in March or April, and must pass so the GOP can move ahead with other priorities. Tax reform gets worked on in the late winter and spring, with a soft deadline of the summer recess. Congress needs to fund government by late April. Debt ceiling needs lifting by early to mid summer. The last item up? Infrastructure. It’s the most complicated. But it can pair with tax reform, and help accelerate the process. And if it’s last up, Trump and congressional leaders could try to use it as a bargaining chip throughout 2017.
— UNHAPPY MEDIA: The GOP retreat is already drawing the ire of reporters, who are being sidelined more than usual. Reporters won’t be allowed in the retreat hotel, like previous years, but we will be parked across the street to await press conferences. Congressional reporters will only have access to members of Congress through GOP leadership aides. Only the White House pool will have access to Trump and Pence’s remarks — and the remarks will not be live streamed because TV networks are not permitted to bring satellite trucks to the hotel. So, the president and vice president will speak to hundreds of Republicans and networks will be forced to take the remarks live through unreliable cell phone-antenna powered backpacks. The irony: In 2010, it was then House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence who allowed reporters into President Barack Obama’s session with House Republicans. This time, it’ll be closed. This isn’t a GOP-specific problem. Senate Democrats are at their retreat this week in West Virginia. They aren’t even letting press attend!
— THE JOB FREEZE: Although President Trump on Monday ordered a broad hiring freeze for the federal government, as recently as last week in the WSJ, the CIA was running ads asking for new employees. Asked whether the CIA will continue to run recruitment ads, a CIA spokesman referred us to the White House. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Playbook: “The EO [Executive Order] says department heads can exempt any hiring for national security or public safety, plus OPM waiver.” See the Jan. 18 ad http://bit.ly/2joOLSI
— DEMS SNUB TRUMP: In the past, the minority party in the House has invited the incoming president to attend their congressional retreat. House Republicans invited Obama in 2010 to attend their policy event, and Obama famously jousted with the GOP on live television. But Trump shouldn’t expect an invite anytime soon for the House Democrats’ upcoming retreat in Baltimore. “Unlike past presidents, President Trump led an incredibly divisive campaign, which has continued into his first days in office,” said a spokeswoman for the House Democratic Caucus, explaining their reasoning for not inviting Trump. “On the contrary, our conference is focused on coming together and moving forward with an agenda to best help the American people. We also want to stay true to our Democratic values, which includes representing our constituents, many of whom were attacked based on their race, religion, or gender by President Trump during the campaign.”
— BLACK LOBBYISTS LAUNCH DIVERSITY EFFORT: The Washington Government Relations Group is launching a “Diversity Task Force” to help create a plan to increase and retain a more diverse workforce on Capitol Hill. “The Task Force, spearheaded by government relations representatives from the corporate and non-profit communities, will work with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies to analyze current staffing and initiatives that address diversity in the two chambers.” http://politi.co/2k2qYZY
— MEMBERS PITCH IN FOR LONGTIME CUMMINGS STAFFER: Earlier this month, a tragedy struck Katie Malone, a long-time staffer for Rep. Elijah Cummings. A fire tore through her home, and six of her children died. A GoFundMe page has raised more than $325,000 — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer have both given to the cause. The donation page is here http://bit.ly/2j2Nlij … A Baltimore Sun update http://bsun.md/2kpY0DX
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Trump’s team floats tax cuts that aren’t paid for: The idea threatens to revive criticism of the GOP as blithe to ballooning deficits,” by Rachael Bade: “A number of Trump advisers in recent weeks have privately questioned whether tax reform needs to be ‘revenue neutral,’ according to multiple people familiar with early-stage tax reform discussions. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) personally reached out to administration officials to argue that tax cuts without corresponding offsets would spur faster economic growth, and conservative groups such as Club for Growth and Heritage Foundation second that idea, bolstering the argument in the eyes of the right. ‘I think the government should be smaller, and I’m for tax cuts and spending cuts that reduce the overall size of the government,’ Paul told Politico in a short interview Tuesday. ‘Trump’s [campaign] tax cut was large and not ‘revenue-neutral.’ I support what Trump ran on.’ But top Hill sources close to the high-stakes tax negotiations say such a proposal will go nowhere for several reasons: For one, it would pose huge practical complications, since any plan that increases the deficit would need significant Democratic support to clear the Senate, a heavy lift for Republicans.” http://politi.co/2jdMgiF
CASHING IN — “Robby Mook And Corey Lewandowski Team Up For Paid Speeches,” by BuzzFeed’s Ruby Cramer: “In joint appearances across the country, Robby Mook and Corey Lewandowski will offer a ‘future-focused look at why Trump won’ in what their speaking agency, Leading Authorities, promises will be an ‘entertaining pair sure to keep any audience engaged,’ according to the Washington-based firm’s website. The paid speech roadshow most often takes speakers to corporate gatherings, trade conferences, and universities.” http://bzfd.it/2khF2w2 … Leading Authorities’ Robby/Corey website http://bit.ly/2k2Egpl
— “Gary Cohn’s Goldman Exit Tops $100 Million: Trump economic official’s Goldman holdings fully vest after departure for Washington,” by WSJ’s Liz Hoffman: “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said Gary Cohn will receive more than $100 million of stock and cash that would otherwise have been locked up for years as he leaves the Wall Street firm for a role in the Trump administration. … Mr. Cohn received $65 million in cash to cover his potential future bonuses at the bank … Those payouts would otherwise have been determined by how Goldman fared over the next several years. He also received $45 million worth of stock that was locked up or remained subject to clawback. He must now sell those shares to comply with government ethics rules. Mr. Cohn will be able to defer taxes on the profits from the sale of his Goldman stock, though he will owe taxes on some of the shares delivered.” http://on.wsj.com/2j4dFZ6
JAKE TAPPER’S open to “The Lead” is well worth a watch. http://bit.ly/2k12FvD He calls BS on the president’s claim of widespread voter fraud.
YOU’RE INVITED! — PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW WITH SPEAKER PAUL RYAN — Speaker Paul Ryan will sit down with us for the Playbook Interview the day the Republican retreat ends. The event is at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill Friday. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the event starts at 3 p.m. We’ll ask him about the retreat, President Trump and what to expect in 2017. RSVP to http://bit.ly/2j1bbuH Email us questions!
— RYAN PREP: The speaker is going on “For the Record with Greta,” Greta Van Susteren’s new MSNBC show, at 6 p.m. today.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS — PRESIDENT TRUMP’s first address to Congress is Feb. 28.
COOL FEATURE — NYT’S JEREMY PETERS — “Grand Plans vs. Reality: White House Veterans Recall Their First 100 Days” — With cameos by Mack McLarty, Dee Dee Myers, Andy Card, Ari Fleischer, Karen Hughes, Rahm, Axelrod, Jim Messina http://nyti.ms/2khNZoO
FROM THE OVAL — “Trump Pins Keystone, Dakota Pipeline Fate on Renegotiation,” by Bloomberg’s Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Meenal Vamburkar, and Jen Jacobs: “President Donald Trump took steps to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, while demanding a renegotiation to get a better deal for the U.S. government. Trump stopped short of green lighting construction on either pipeline but put a deadline on the government’s review of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL to transport Alberta oil sands crude to U.S. refineries. Trump also announced policies to encourage the use of American-made products in U.S. pipeline projects and to curtail federal environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects.” http://bloom.bg/2khl58m
— “A Rogue National Park Is Tweeting Out Climate Change Facts in Defiance of Donald Trump,” by Time’s Katie Reilly: “Badlands National Park posted several facts about climate change on its official Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, sharing statistics that might contradict the beliefs of President Donald Trump’s new administration. ‘Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate,’ the park tweeted on Tuesday. … The tweets didn’t last long, and had been deleted by early Tuesday evening.” http://ti.me/2k2cQ30
TOP TWEETS — Robin Wigglesworth (@RobinWigg): “This is a headline that would have made zero sense at any other point in human history.” … @ClaudiaKoerner: “The National Park Service tells me those @BadlandsNPS tweets were from a former employee and the account was ‘compromised.’”
THE NEW ADMINISTRATION — “Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies: ‘It’s a dark time right now,’ a former Obama administration spokeswoman says as multiple agencies tell employees to restrict news releases and social media,” by Andrew Restuccia, Alex Guillen and Nancy Cook: “Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet, make policy pronouncements or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and sources from multiple agencies. The steps to mute federal employees — seen to varying degrees in the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human Services — are sparking early fears of a broader crackdown across the government, as Trump vows to pursue an agenda sharply at odds with his predecessor. … ‘From what we can tell, the cloud of Mordor is descending across the federal service,’ said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.” http://politi.co/2jY2hxg
–“USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump,” by BuzzFeed’s Dino Grandoni: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration … According to an email sent Monday morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the department told staff — including some 2,000 scientists — at the agency’s main in-house research arm, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.” http://bzfd.it/2joArJU
— “Trump administration tells EPA to cut climate page from website: sources,” by Reuters’ Valerie Volcovici: “The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA’s communications team to remove the website’s climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday … ‘If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,’ one of the EPA staffers told Reuters, who added some employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.” http://reut.rs/2krWTDP
— “Trump’s down to 3 in Supreme Court search,” by Eliana Johnson and Shane Goldmacher: “President Donald Trump has narrowed his first Supreme Court nomination to three finalists, with 10th Circuit judge Neil Gorsuch and 3rd Circuit judge Thomas Hardiman emerging as front-runners while 11th Circuit Judge Bill Pryor remains in the running but is fading … Trump interviewed at least those three finalists in New York during the transition.” http://politi.co/2jw56CB
— K-FILE: “Trump labor pick: 52% of country is dependent on government, ‘votes benefits to themselves,’” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Chris Massie: “Speaking to the Heritage Foundation about his 2011 book, ‘Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It,’ Puzder suggested the Democratic Party was benefitting from more than half the country receiving benefits. ‘Last year, 52% of the people in the country got more from government than they gave to government,’ Puzder said. ‘We do have a segment of the population that’s going to continue to vote benefits to themselves.’” http://cnnmon.ie/2jdagme
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AIR WARS — “GOP-aligned group launches Obamacare ad blitz,” by Rachael Bade: “A House GOP-aligned outside group is rolling out a $2.6 million media blitz urging lawmakers to repeal and replace Obamacare — a move aimed at proving Republicans support as they craft a health care alternative. American Action Network on Wednesday will unveil the new spending on TV, digital and print ads as well as mailers in 41 districts. That brings the group’s total Obamacare ad spending to just over $4 million in January alone, a huge investment they hope will preempt Democratic attacks for their efforts.” http://politi.co/2ks1hCC
VALLEY TALK — “Peter Thiel, Trump Adviser, Has a Backup Country: New Zealand,” by NYT’s David Streitfeld and Jacqueline Williams: “[T]he news that one of the richest citizens of New Zealand was a naturalized American who was born in Germany set off an immediate furor in the island nation, with questions being raised about whether being a billionaire gets you special treatment. If you like New Zealand enough to want to become a citizen, the country’s Department of Internal Affairs noted on Wednesday, you are usually supposed to actually live there. Mr. Thiel does not appear to have done this.” http://nyti.ms/2k2jztv
CLICKER — New episode of PBS’ Frontline: “The inside story of how Trump won — told by the people who were there with him.” http://to.pbs.org/2k2CFj7
MEDIAWATCH — “Facebook, Snapchat Deals Produce Meager Results for News Outlets,” by Bloomberg’s Gerry Smith: “Newspapers and other media outlets are struggling to make money from their partnerships with tech giants like Facebook and Snapchat, raising concerns over their business models in a news landscape increasingly dominated by social media platforms. Some publishers are scaling back on Facebook Inc.’s Instant Articles program, in which they host stories directly on the social-media company’s platform instead of their own websites so they load faster on phones, according to a report by Digital Content Next, a trade group. … Media companies are frustrated that Facebook restricts the number and type of ads in Instant Articles, making it harder for them to make as much money as they can selling ads on their own websites, where they can better target readers.” http://bloom.bg/2jQiVwK … The report http://bit.ly/2ksoa4L
— “Breitbart national security editor and Fox News contributor expected to join Trump White House,” by Business Insider’s Oliver Darcy: “Sebastian Gorka, the Breitbart national security editor and a Fox News contributor, is expected to join President Donald Trump’s White House … likely in the National Security Council. A Fox News spokesperson said the network terminated Gorka’s contributor agreement when he informed executives of his new position.” http://read.bi/2jYbg1z
— “Breitbart hires more from the mainstream media,” by Hadas Gold: “Breitbart is hiring more reporters from mainstream media outlets, continuing a trend as the populist and nationalist website expands in Washington and beyond. Sam Chi, a senior editor at RealClearPolitics, will be an editor. Kristina Wong, previously from The Hill, will cover the Pentagon and Department of Defense. Sean Moran, a policy analyst for Americans for Prosperity and the Chamber of Digital Commerce will be a policy reporter.” http://politi.co/2j3VhzL
SPOTTED — Jared Kushner eating with another man at Founding Farmers Tuesday evening. Secret Service stood by the door … Bob Dole and his family last night at the Prime Rib for a staff retirement party … On Connecticut Avenue above DuPont Circle yesterday: “Denis McDonough and Brian Deese — in super casual clothes, baseball caps pulled low — deep in intense conversation with a third man.” … Sen. John McCain walking over and chatting with Sen. Tim Kaine last night at Fiola. McCain was at a separate table with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and a third diner.
— REP. JOE KENNEDY (D-MASS.) was appointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees.
TRANSITIONS — OBAMA ALUMNI — Jason Miller, who worked for the Obama National Economic Council, has been named CEO of the Greater Washington Partnership http://bit.ly/2kscz5J … Harrell Kirstein is the new communications director of the American Bridge Trump war room. She was comms director for Clinton in Ohio, and worked in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York in the primary … Rachael Tucker is going to work as a counsel to the attorney general. She last worked on Senate HSGAC … Christopher Gahan, the former chief of staff to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), is joining Northwest Mutual as vice president of federal relations and head of their D.C. office http://politi.co/2jQpaki … Gwen Rocco is joining WeWork as director of public affairs for the New York/Tri-State region. Most recently she served as rapid response spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
— ATTN OBAMA ALUMNI: The Values Partnership is launching a fellowship to “help departing Obama administration staff launch and grow new ventures.” http://bit.ly/2jQGiGr
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: NYT’s Jeremy W. Peters, celebrating tonight at Komi with his partner Brendan — read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2jYJL7V
BIRTHDAYS: Tina Tchen, former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama, is 61 … Jack Oliver is 48 (hat tip: Rachel) … TIME’s Nancy Gibbs and Michael Scherer … Joe Conason, editor in chief of National Memo, is 63 … Mark Isaacson, director of executive comms at the National Association of Manufacturers and an RNC alum … Erika Reynoso, assistant VP for corporate comms at Wells Fargo and a Politico alum … CNN alum Ed Payne … Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is 6-0 … Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) is 8-0 … Kate Conway, graphic design guru with the DCCC and formerly of American Bridge … Eleni Towns, policy analyst for Feeding America and a CAP alum … Zach Pleat, team leader for research at Media Matters for America … Adam Kovacevich, senior director for U.S. public policy at Google … Dave Martinez … Charles Aldinger … Rubenstein EVP Iva Benson … Dan Kaniewski, VP of global resilience at AIR Worldwide and Bush 43 WH alum … Angela Calman, an MSNBC alum and veteran of comms for Paul Begala and Brian Williams, now in Silicon Valley as VP of comms for 23andMe (h/ts Sandra Sobieraj Westfall and Jill Zuckman) …
… Ashley Jones, chief of staff for Rep. Brad Schneider (hubby tip: Justin Davey) … Dan Carol (h/t Jon Haber) … Adam Falkoff, president of CapitalKeys and a QGA alum … Politico’s Christine Gianakis … Brian Dunn of Field Strategies (h/t Sean Johnson) … Karen Ray Bishop … Eleni Gill … Heather Marrison, MBA candidate at UVA Darden … Josh Randle, COO of Miss America Organization … Connor Wolf, labor policy reporter at InsideSources … WSJ’s Kevin Helliker, who covers sports and fitness, is 58 … Joelle Terry … Mary Lynn Jones Rynkiewicz … Tina Kelley … Elliott Vilmain … Michelle Goodman … Cory Mason … John Thompson … Chet Culver … Susan Torricelli … Laura Simolaris (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Erik Smulson is 5-0 … Sarah Tornero … Wes Caudell is 37 … Houston Ruck, creative director at Growth Energy and a U.S. News alum … Amy Mitchell … rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia Keys is 36 (h/t AP)
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