QUOTES OF THE DAY, from a Reuters interview with President Donald Trump: “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” … ON THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER: “I would come next year, absolutely.” http://reut.rs/2qmdoA0 … ON NORTH KOREA: “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely.”
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TRUMP to the WSJ: “Hey, I’m a nationalist and a globalist. I’m both. And I’m the only one who makes the decision, believe me.” http://on.wsj.com/2oDmJXU
Good Friday morning. MORE NBC BUZZ — from Jake and media reporter extraordinaire Hadas Gold — NBC and MSNBC is looking at the former Johnny’s Half Shell space at 400 North Capitol for a street-level studio, according to sources familiar with the potential move. NBC, MSNBC and CNBC have space in 400 North Capitol Street, but they are looking to expand as they consider a move out of their upper Northwest bureau. The move is not finalized, but the street-level Today Show-style studio would be just blocks from the Capitol and Union Station, which would be easy for guests. NBC has studios at 400 North Cap already, as does Fox News, CBS and C-SPAN.
— COMING ATTRACTIONS: NICOLE WALLACE is taking over the 4 p.m. hour on MSNBC. The former Bush administration communications director will host the show from New York and it will debut in May. Jake broke the news in a PLAYBOOK PREVIEW on Twitter this morning.
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BIG SCOOP — COREY LEWANDOWSKI UPDATE — “Lewandowski’s firm appears to offer Trump meetings,” by Ken Vogel and Josh Dawsey: “A firm co-founded by Donald Trump’s original campaign manager Corey Lewandowski appears to have been pitching clients around the world by offering not only policy and political advice, but also face time with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and senior members of their administration, according to documents and interviews.
“A document provided to an Eastern European politician by an international consulting firm that Lewandowski co-founded this year promises to arrange ‘meetings with well-established figures,’ including Trump, Pence, ‘key members of the U.S. Administration’ and outside Trump allies. The previously unreported firm, Washington East West Political Strategies, was created by Lewandowski and fellow Trump campaign veteran Barry Bennett — as well as an Azerbaijani oil executive and an American political consultant who works extensively in Russia — to prospect for political business in Eastern Europe. And Lewandowski and Bennett have created different firms with other partners to prospect in the Middle East, Canada and Central America, Bennett said.
“The Washington East West Political Strategies document boasts that its clients will benefit from its partners’ ability to ‘leverage’ their ‘trusted relations with the U.S. Administration, ’as well as European parliamentarians and leading Western journalists. Lewandowski did not respond to requests for comment.” http://politi.co/2qlTZz9
WHERE THINGS STAND, HEALTH CARE EDITION — Republican efforts on health care can be summed up pretty simply: two steps forward, one step back. After reviving what seemed like a dead health care package, President Donald Trump’s White House and House Republicans’ efforts to try to pass a compromise package are once again on life support. Speaker Paul Ryan and House leaders decided to postpone a vote on the package to next week at the earliest, but it is unclear if they’ll be able to find enough votes. Republicans can lose roughly 22 votes. There are 15 House Republicans who solidly oppose the measure and another 20 that are leaning against voting for it. See Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan http://politi.co/2oS0pFY
IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER — Whatever the House does with Obamacare is only an opening salvo. Senate Republicans haven’t been engaged in the effort and they would make major changes to whatever the House passes.
THE NEW REALITY — Here’s a pretty stark dynamic that’s emerged over the last few weeks: there is a big chunk of the House Republican Conference that simply does not want to repeal Obamacare. About 10 percent of the conference sees this effort as a political loser. People have gotten accustomed to the law and changing benefits is only going to hurt some Republicans in 2018, according to several lawmakers we spoke to. The failed repeal efforts now risk demoralizing the base. There is safe ground for the GOP: cutting taxes, which most every Republican agrees with.
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THE MOST INTERVIEW FRIENDLY PRESIDENT IN RECENT MEMORY — DONALD TRUMP sat down with the Washington Post and Reuters for interviews yesterday as part of his first 100-day press tour.
REUTERS — LOTS OF NEWS HERE — “Exclusive: Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy,” by Stephen Adler, Steve Holland and Jeff Mason: “In other highlights of the 42-minute interview, Trump was cool to speaking again with Taiwan’s president after an earlier telephone call with her angered China. He also said he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul. Asked when he would announce his intention to renegotiate the pact, Trump said: ‘Very soon. I’m announcing it now.’
“Trump also said he was considering adding stops to Israel and Saudi Arabia to a Europe trip next month, emphasizing that he wanted to see an Israeli-Palestinian peace. He complained that Saudi Arabia was not paying its fair share for U.S. defense.” http://reut.rs/2qlDovk
— WAPO: “‘I was all set to terminate’: Inside Trump’s sudden shift on NAFTA,” by Ashley Parker, Phil Rucker, Damian Paletta and Karen DeYoung: “President Trump was set to announce Saturday, on the 100th day of his presidency, that he was withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement — the sort of disruptive proclamation that would upend both global and domestic politics and signal to his base that he was keeping his campaign promise to terminate what he once called ‘a total disaster’ and ‘one of the worst deals ever.’
“‘I was all set to terminate,’ Trump said in an Oval Office interview Thursday night. ‘I looked forward to terminating. I was going to do it.’ There was just one problem: Trump’s team — like on so many issues — was deeply divided. As news of the president’s plan reached Ottawa and Mexico City in the middle of the week and rattled the markets and Congress, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and others huddled in meetings with Trump, urging him not to sign a document triggering a U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA.
“Perdue even brought along a prop to the Oval Office: A map of the United States that illustrated the areas that would be hardest hit, particularly from agriculture and manufacturing losses, and highlighting that many of those states and counties were ‘Trump country’ communities that had voted for the president in November. ‘It shows that I do have a very big farmer base, which is good,’ Trump recalled. ‘They like Trump, but I like them, and I’m going to help them.’” http://wapo.st/2psfWj6
— BY THE NUMBERS — “What Trump’s Done — or Undone — for Business in 100 Days,” by Bloomberg’s Shannon Pettypiece and David Ingold: https://bloom.bg/2oSgNWW
— CHARLES KOCH in WaPo on Trump’s 100 Days, “Trump’s policies must not benefit only big businesses like mine”: http://wapo.st/2psmv53
FOR YOUR RADAR — “In an apparent shift, Tillerson says U.S. willing to hold direct talks with N. Korea,” by WaPo’s Anne Gearan: “The Trump administration is willing to bargain directly with North Korea over ending its nuclear weapons program, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday, an apparent shift in policy aimed at strengthening international resolve against what the Trump administration considers a growing menace. ‘Obviously, that will be the way we would like to solve this,’ Tillerson said in an interview with NPR scheduled to air Friday, when the United States is convening an unusual high-level meeting at the United Nations devoted to the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons arsenal. ‘But North Korea has to decide they’re ready to talk to us about the right agenda, and the right agenda is not simply stopping where they are for a few more months or a few more years and then resuming things. That’s been the agenda for the last 20 years.’” http://wapo.st/2qdBQEB
ABOUT THAT WALL — “Trump’s Wall May Not Stretch Entire Border, Secretary Kelly Says,” by Bloomberg’s Nafeesa Syeed and David Gura: “In an interview Thursday with Bloomberg Television, Kelly said there are spots along the border where a wall can’t be built because of the terrain. Still, the administration is committed to building a ‘physical barrier’ as much as possible, he said. But ‘there’s places probably where we won’t build a wall because it’s across river beds, we can’t dam up the rivers,’ Kelly said. Other rough areas includes the canyons of Big Bend National Park. ‘There are other places where a see-through wall,’ or fence, would be sufficient, he said.” Full interview https://bloom.bg/2p8GCVq
FOGGY BOTTOM WATCH — “Tillerson Said to Seek 9% Cut to U.S. State Department Workforce,” by Bloomberg’s Nick Wadhams: “The State Department plans to cut 2,300 U.S. diplomats and civil servants — about 9 percent of the Americans in its workforce worldwide — as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presses ahead with his task of slashing the agency’s budget, according to people familiar with the matter. The majority of the job cuts, about 1,700, will come through attrition, while the remaining 600 will be done via buyouts, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced. William Inglee, a former Lockheed Martin Corp. official and policy adviser in Congress, was hired to help oversee the budget cuts and briefed senior managers on the plan Wednesday, the people said.” https://bloom.bg/2oSd5fS
— “Tillerson in No Rush to Fill Nearly 200 State Department Posts,” by NYT’s Gardiner Harris: “Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has done almost nothing to select leaders for the White House’s consideration, and nominations for assistant secretaries and others who largely run the State Department are unlikely to be made for months. In an unusual interview, R. C. Hammond, Mr. Tillerson’s spokesman, said the secretary intended to embark within days on a listening tour of the building and then a restructuring of the department’s operations. Only after those are underway will he begin to name his wider leadership team.” http://nyti.ms/2oSbYgq
BAD NEWS FOR THE 4TH ESTATE — “Political Media Earns Poor Marks From Americans,” by Morning Consult’s Cameron Easley: “[R]oughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national political media ‘is out of touch with everyday Americans,’ compared with 28 percent who said it ‘understand the issues everyday Americans are facing.’ President Donald Trump, a frequent public antagonist of the press and the first president in 36 years to skip the [White House Correspondents Association Dinner], is also slightly more trusted than the national political media. Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they trusted Trump’s White House to tell the truth, while 29 percent opted for the media.” http://bit.ly/2qdmekx
THE JUICE …
— CNN POLITICS is launching its first digital magazine called State to coincide with Trump’s first 100 days in office. Steven Sloan, a former POLITICO who is editing the magazine, said the goal of the magazine is to “capture this moment in America’s political culture.” The name “represents our mission — to state the truth, and to give time and space to all sides of this fascinating story.” Landing page http://cnn.it/2psgpSj … Editor’s note http://cnn.it/2qe0fwz … 100 Day tick tock http://cnn.it/2qeqqDr
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — 45Committee, the largest pro-Trump outside group from the 2016 cycle that is backed by the Adelson and Ricketts families, is going up with a $1 million TV and digital buy promoting President Trump’s accomplishments during his first 100 days in office. “Big Things” airs on national cable with a heavier buy in Harrisburg, PA, where the President will hold a rally this weekend. http://bit.ly/2oSl9xi … “100,” looking at 100 days in 100 seconds, is running in the targeted states key to Trump’s victory (Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin). http://bit.ly/2oPbjf0
PLAYBOOK EVENTS FOR YOUR RADAR — SEN. JOE MANCHIN 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
— HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY, CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA and REP. ERIC SWALWELL are joining us for a Playbook Exchange event in San Francisco May 10. McCarthy and Becerra are two of the highest-profile California politicians, and Swalwell is one of the Golden State’s up and comers. This event will fill up quickly, so RSVP now if you’ll be in the Bay Area! Email us with questions. RSVP http://bit.ly/2oQMyzT
ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE CHAFFETZ STORY — “Jason Chaffetz Has Become A Fixture Of TMZ’s Expanded Washington Footprint,” by HuffPost’s Michael Calderone and Sam Stein: “On the afternoon of April 19, sandwiched between stories on Kim Kardashian’s flu-related weight loss and reclusive fitness guru Richard Simmons venturing outside in disguise, TMZ chief Harvey Levin introduced ‘one of the most powerful people in Congress’ to his online viewers … Levin said during the interview that he had become friends with Chaffetz in recent years. He said he’s visited Chaffetz’s congressional office-apartment, and could confirm it’s a ‘crappy existence.’” http://huff.to/2ps5Ezi
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Democrat Jon Tester, a top GOP target, to appear with Mitt Romney,” by McClatchy’s Katie Glueck: “Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat facing re-election in heavily Republican Montana, will make a joint appearance with former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney next week in Washington, according to an invitation reviewed by McClatchy. The two are headlining a fundraiser to benefit the official foundation of Yellowstone National Park, a park that is partially located in Tester’s home state. The gathering … will take place on May 4 at Hawthorne.” http://bit.ly/2oScsmB … Tickets http://bit.ly/2oUmfbq
SCOOP — “Congress to get White House-backed bipartisan bill to upgrade aging federal networks,” by Tim Starks: “A bipartisan group of lawmakers will reintroduce major legislation on Friday to overhaul the federal government’s aging computer systems, but with a significantly scaled back dollar figure to keep it from stalling like it did at the end of last year, according to the bill’s sponsor. … Vitally, the legislation comes with a White House stamp of approval, lead sponsor Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) told POLITICO. That’s the result of the bill’s backers working with both the Office of Management and Budget and senior Donald Trump adviser Jared Kushner’s Office of American Innovation, he said. Trump himself has also repeatedly vowed to upgrade federal IT.” http://politi.co/2poHKCR
WEST COAST WATCH — “Robert Lee Ahn’s ‘misleading’ mail tactics helped him get into L.A.’s congressional runoff. Will he use them again?,” by L.A. Times’ Christine Mai-Duc: http://lat.ms/2qdHqGP
THE MEDIA ISSUE: With the clock ticking down to the White House Correspondents Dinner, POLITICO Magazine publishes its annual Media Issue – our inside look at the messy, codependent relationship between the president and a press corps he loves and hates. In our exclusive survey, White House reporters talk about how often they’re lied to, how much they worry about Trump’s attacks on the media, and how long they predict Sean Spicer will last in his job. Plus, experts tell us what we still get wrong about Trump–and psychologists diagnose just what all that watching of “Fox & Friends” is having on leader of the free world. http://politi.co/2qlRHQE
–WORTH THE CLICK — “Trumpgrams: A sampling of the handwritten love and hate notes the president has long sent to reporters” http://politi.co/2pFIiHj
VALLEY TALK — “Jeff Bezos Is Just $5 Billion Away From Being the World’s Richest Person,” by Bloomberg’s Brendan Coffey and Jack Witzig: “A surge in after hours trading for Amazon.com Inc. added $3.3 billion to the fortune of Jeff Bezos, putting him less than $5 billion away from becoming the world’s richest person. Bezos saw his fortune surpass $80 billion for the first time, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The 53-year old has added $65.2 billion to his net worth since the index debuted in March 2012 and ended Thursday with a net worth of $79 billion. … [Amazon] shares closed at $918.38 Thursday and reached as high as $965 after hours.” https://bloom.bg/2oSm1SA
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SOMETHING TO WATCH — “Will Trump Release the Missing JFK Files? Unless the president intervenes, we’ll soon know more secrets about the Kennedy assassination,” by Philip Shenon in Politico Magazine: “The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous decision. Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled conspiracy theories – the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy? The answer must come within months. And, according to a new timeline offered by the National Archives, it could come within weeks. Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives.” http://politi.co/2psvzH1
MEDIAWATCH — “Sean Hannity Defends Executive as Fox News Turmoil Continues,” by NYT’s Michael Grynbaum and Emily Steel: “Swirling tensions at Fox News burst into public view on Thursday as one of its stars, Sean Hannity, spoke out in defense of an embattled executive at the center of an expanding culture clash inside the network. In an extraordinary series of Twitter posts, Mr. Hannity seemed to yoke himself to the fate of the executive, Bill Shine, a behind-the-scenes fixer who rose to become the network’s co-president after its former chairman, Roger Ailes, was ousted last summer.
“‘Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE F.N.C. is trying to get an innocent person fired,’ Mr. Hannity wrote, referring to a report in New York magazine that Mr. Shine’s support from the Murdoch family, which controls Fox News Channel, was wavering. If Mr. Shine were removed, Mr. Hannity wrote to his 2.3 million followers, ‘That’s the total end of the F.N.C. as we know it. Done.’” http://nyti.ms/2oPe5Rf
THE STORY HANNITY REACTED TO — GABE SHERMAN in NYMag, “Is a Management Shake-up Looming at Fox News?”: “As Fox News is roiled by lawsuits and the ouster of Bill O’Reilly, the network’s co-president Bill Shine … is expressing concern about his future at the network. According to three sources briefed on the conversations, Shine has told friends he recently asked Rupert’s sons James and Lachlan — the CEO and co-chairman, respectively, of network parent company 21st Century Fox — to release a statement in support of him, but they refused to do so. The sources said Shine made the request because of withering press coverage of Fox News in recent weeks. A source added that Shine has privately complained that Rupert ‘isn’t fighting for him’ in the press, which is why he wanted explicit support from the sons.” http://nym.ag/2pslvy1
–“Federal probe of Fox News expands,” by CNN’s Brian Stelter: “Financial crimes experts from the United States Postal Inspection Service are now involved, according to four sources connected to the investigation. Mail fraud and wire fraud cases are part of the USPIS purview. Investigators from both the USPIS and the Justice Department have been conducting interviews in recent weeks — including with some former Fox staffers — to obtain more information about the network’s managers and business practices, the sources said.” http://cnnmon.ie/2paujHW
SPOTTED: David Letterman last night sporting a full beard on the jumbotron at the Caps game one playoff game against the Penguins, which the Penguins won 3-2. … Jeb Bush and Bob Graham on American Airlines flight 1202 from MIA to DCA on Thursday a.m. Jeb in first class, Graham in coach … Joe Lieberman outside the Four Seasons waiting for a cab. “Dressed to the nines” … Valerie Jarrett lunching yesterday in Austin at Wu Chow with long time Dem fundraiser Kirk Rudy (h/t Scott Pollard) … Jonathan Capehart last night at Le Diplomate
SPOTTED — White House staff out last night celebrating Lindsay Walters’ birthday at Pinea: Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, Sarah Huckabee, Jessica Ditto, Kelly Love, Ninio Fetalvo, Raj Shah, Madeleine Westerhout and Marc Lotter
SILICON VALLEY IN DC — SPOTTED yesterday huddling on the hill in Senate meetings on the Hart side to discuss tech, STEM, immigration, and tax policies to support the startup ecosystem in the U.S.: Microsoft president Brad Smith, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Oracle CEO Safra Catz, Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Leader Kevin McCarthy, Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.).
BACKSTORY — How DINA POWELL came to work for Ivanka Trump – per Fortune: “One day, when Powell was then head of Goldman Sachs’s Impact Investing team, she was told, ‘Ivanka Trump’s on the phone.’ On Trump’s interest in working together with Powell to empower women, Powell said: ‘She was doing a tremendous amount of research. She is a numbers person. She had seen 10,000 Women [one of Goldman’s major initiatives focused on helping female entrepreneurs around the world] and some of the other programs and she said, you know, ‘I want to understand how that program works. How do you measure success?’ She was really thinking about, you know, how she could lend her voice.’” With 3-min. video of Dina http://for.tn/2pnwaaV
WHCA PARTY CIRCUIT – SPOTTED at the 4th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards last night at Gloria Dittus’ home, co-hosted by Cathy Merrill Williams: Kiki Burger, Mary Katherine Steele, Laura Cox Kaplan, Lauren French, Juliet Eilperin, Katie Grant, Emily Lenzner, Rebecca Haller.
— SPOTTED at last night’s Gatsby-themed IJR “Golden Age of Journalism” party at the Carnegie Library (complete with a bald eagle): Jim Acosta, Reggie Love, Sam Feist, Ben Dreyfuss, Geoff Morrell, Ben Jacobs, Dylan Byers, Lachlan Markay, Mo Elleithee, Zeke Miller, Leo Lutz, Steven Perlberg, Michelle Fields and Jamie Weinstein, Sam Feist, Lauren Pratapas, Richard Hudock, Tara Palmeri, Michael Falcone, Phil Rucker, Craig Gordon, Hanna Hope, Cherie Paquette and Zach Gillan, Alex Skatell, Benny Johnson, Chris Bedford, Asawin Suebsaeng, Christian Hertenstein, Mark Paustenbach, Neil Grace, Kenny Day, Peter Cherukuri, Jon Decker, Ali Breland, Breanne Deppisch, Ashley Parker, Erin McPike, Tara Jeffries, Hadas Gold, Matt Mowers and Cassie Spodak, Tim Mak, Kyle Dropp, Ben Schreckinger, Jacqueline Klimas and Kyle Feldscher, Lauren Culbertson, Caitlin Carroll, Arlette Saenz, Jesse Rodriguez, Michael LaRosa, Ali Dukakis, Alex Stroman, Byron Tau, Meg Whittemore, Michael Steel, Dick Keil, Josh Dawsey, John Arundel, Oliver Darcy, Nihal Krishan, Phil Elliott, Madeleine Weast, Anton Vuljaj, Alex Pappas.
— John McCarthy, Susanna Quinn, Allen Gannett, and Eric Kuhn hosted their annual Bytes and Bylines Party last night to celebrate White House Correspondent’s Weekend. SPOTTED: Dylan Byers, Amb. Anne Anderson, Amb. Kurt Jager, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Walt Cronkite, Stephanie Schriock and Joe Fox, James Hooley, Dominic Lowell, Karuna Seshasai, Riley Kilburg, Lauren Crawford, Adrienne Elrod, Dylan Byers, Gabe Brotman, Jessica Lessin, Rene Jones, Steve Clemons, Gene Sperling, Lynn Sweet, Tim Berry, Katie Grant, Elizabeth Thorp, Mariel Saez, Ben and Ashley Chang, Michael Wolf, Kasie Hunt, Jeremy Pelofsky, Fran Holuba, Anastasia Dellaccio, Suzanne Kianpour.
OUT AND ABOUT – MARGARET CARLSON, long time journalist and D.C. power salon maven, was celebrated last night at a dinner in the home of hosts Steve Rattner and Maureen White. “Sen. Manchin read a moving tribute to Margaret Carlson, her journalistic prowess, her love of her brother who had a tougher time than many, and her ability to get folks to churn ice cream at her table in a Senate dedication.” The dedication http://bit.ly/2oDxpG0
—SPOTTED: Neera Tanden, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Gayle Manchin, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Susan Blumenthal, Karen Donfried, EJ Dionne and Mary Boyle, Steve Clemons, Andrea Mitchell, Amb. Martin Indyk and Gahl Burt, David Ignatius, Liaquat Ahamed and Meena Ahamed, Meridith Webster, Patty Stonecipher and Michael Kinsley, Chris Matthews, Ruth Marcus, Al Hunt, Mike Allen, Jonathan Karl, Justin Smith, Stephen Weisman.
— SPOTTED at the unveiling yesterday of the portrait of former Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.): his wife Amey, DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Va.), Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), former E&C chairmen John Dingell, Joe Barton, and Henry Waxman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Reps. Bill Shuster (R-Penn.), Debbie Dingell (R-Mich.), Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), Dave Trott (R-Mich.), John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Billy Long (R-Mich.), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), and Jim Blanchard (D-Mich.), Francis Collins, Michael Beckerman, Rob Collins, Mike Ference, Gary Andres, Mike Sommers, Brett Loper, all of Team Upton, and many more.
MORE WHCA PARTIES — Janet Donovan’s Hollywood on the Potomac is sponsoring The Creative Coalition’s “Right to Bear Arts” gala on Friday night at Flavio in Georgetown. Expect to see lawmakers mingling with celebs.
TRANSITIONS — Sena Fitzmaurice has been promoted to senior vice president of government communications at Comcast. Fitzmaurice “leads Comcast’s communications on government affairs, including strategy on all federal regulatory and legislative as well as other political issues.” … Dennis Lennox, who worked for the Trump and Cruz campaigns, is the new Republican state party executive director for the Virgin Islands. … Former federal prosecutor Eric Tirschwell has started as director of litigation and national enforcement policy at Everytown for Gun Safety. …
… Anna Massoglia starts Monday at Bloomberg BNA as research analyst focusing on international payroll. Today is her last day as political nonprofits researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics. … TargetPoint Consulting and BK Data Strategies have announced TPC’s National Office of Geostrategic Analytics to be based in Madison, Wisconsin. Brian Kind, a long time data strategist and consultant for Scott Walker, Ron Johnson and the Republican Party of Wisconsin, is joining as office director. http://politi.co/2ps9M2a
SUNDAY SO FAR – CBS’ “Face the Nation”: President Donald Trump. Political panel: Julie Pace, Ed O’Keefe, Molly Ball, Michael Gerson
–“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Panel: Michael Needham, Donna Edwards, Rich Lowry, Juan Williams
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Samantha Bee. Panel: Ana Navarro, Van Jones, Jennifer Granholm, Rick Santorum
–CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Julie Pace, Karen Tumulty, Manu Raju, Maeve Reston
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): The Information’s Reed Albergotti, a WSJ alum … (was Wednesday): Politico Europe’s Harry Cooper
BIRTHDAYS OF THE DAY: Ruth Sherlock, U.S. Editor for the Daily Telegraph and former Middle East correspondent, where she covered Syria, Iraq, Libya. How she’s celebrating: “I’m working on my actual birthday (no rest for the wicked). But that’s OK because I’ve just returned from a 10 day birthday holiday in Iceland. I gathered there with some school friends to celebrate us all turning 30 this year. And then my family came out for a few days at the end. It was brilliant overall, but sitting in a hot tub with some of your best friends, looking up at the Northern Lights with champagne in hand, was a definite highlight.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2poHTpY … Chris Wilson, director of data journalism at Time and a Slate alum who will probably be celebrating by ending up at Twins Jazz on U St., his favorite venue in Washington — Q&A: http://politi.co/2pFHzWM
BIRTHDAYS: Josh Schwerin, former HFA spox, DCCC national press sec,and McAuliffe press sec, is 31 (hat tip: Jesse Ferguson) … Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is 57 … former Secretary of State James Addison Baker III is 87 … Jay Leno is 67 … Abbie Nieuwstraten … Ed Pagano, partner at Akin Gump … Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) is 68 … Politico’s Ben Weyl and Eric Geller … Katie Pribyl, SVP for aviation strategy and programs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association … Izzy Verdery is 17 (h/t dad Stewart) … Robert Murstein, associate at Oppenheimer & Co. … Austen Wells of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank … Lauren Smith of Hamilton Place Strategies … WashPost’s Karoun Demirjian (h/t birthday girl Ruth Sherlock) … Carrie Hessler-Radelet, new president and CEO of Project Concern International and former Peace Corps director (h/t Richard Parker) …
… Andrew Zucker, son of CNN’s Jeff Zucker and host of WHRB’s show “Zucker,” is 19, celebrating with friends at a Yankees-Red Sox game in Boston (h/ts mom Caryn Zucker and Perri Peltz) … Anastasia Khoo, chief marketing officer at Conservation International … Russ Rampersad, Director of Product Management at Catalyst (h/t Adrienne Lee Benson) … Sarah B. Miller, the pride of Muskogee OK (h/t Dan) …Oliver Simpson, a journalism master’s student at the University of Alabama (h/t Colby Bermel) … Russ Tiffany Willett … Natalie Wozniak (h/t Ben Chang) … Daniel Keylin, comms. director for Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) (h/t Adam Webb) … Dan Byrnes, associate comms. manager at Sierra Club, who loves “the #TarHeels and giant pandas,” per his Twitter … Alejandra Owens, VP of Social Communications at AARP (h/t Jon Haber) … Susan Katz Keating … Jan Larimer … K.C. Jones (cowboy hat tip: Matt Mackowiak) … Nick Schroeder … Maurice Daniel … Jonathan Cloar … Kristine Kippens (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Carrie Giddins Pergram … Alison Teal … Michelle Diehl … NYC Councilman Corey Johnson … George McDonald, founder and president of the Doe Fund in New York … Penelope Cruz is 43 … Jessica Alba is 36 (h/ts AP)
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