PALM BEACH UPDATE — Reporters were blocked from seeing President Donald Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe play golf Saturday, but we got you covered. A Playbooker sends some photos of Trump warming up — surrounded by a phalanx of Secret Service officers — on what seems to be the driving range. Pix: http://bit.ly/2lEw8tc … http://bit.ly/2lxDD8l … http://bit.ly/2kgwJEj … http://bit.ly/2l3t4cJ
— WERE YOU INVITED? — STEVE SCHWARZMAN’S 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY IN PALM BEACH: SPOTTED at Steve’s Four Winds Estate (per Ben White’s eagle-eyed tipsters): Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton, the superintendent of Steve’s high school (Abington Senior High School in Pennsylvania), Olympic track stars he sponsored, and many more.
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PALM BEACH POST A1 — “Trump, Japan’s leader enjoy a day of golfing … Pipeline foes to line Trump route today” http://bit.ly/2kkvezW
Good Sunday morning. Donald Trump will meet with Steve Mnuchin at 3 p.m. and Steve Wynn at 4 p.m. — both at Mar-a-Lago. Trump leaves for D.C. this evening.
THIS WEEK TRUMP welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Washington Monday and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday. Trump has disagreements with both: Trudeau was a supporter of the Trans Pacific Partnership and has been welcoming to refugees from the Middle East. Trump recently told an Israeli newspaper that he does not believe settlement building in the West Bank — a longtime Netanyahu project — is helpful to peace.
KUSHNER IN THE LIMELIGHT — “Jared Kushner’s Mission Impossible: President Trump has given his son-in-law the hardest job in the world: making peace in the Middle East. Does he have a prayer?” by Annie Karni: “In preparation for [Netanyahu’s Wednesday] visit, Kushner has spoken to Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, as well as the king of Jordan, Abdullah II, and representatives from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He has also spoken with the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer … But Kushner has really hit it off with Arab diplomats. He is in almost constant phone and email contact with Otaiba, whom he met last June on the campaign through a mutual friend, the billionaire real estate investor Tom Barrack, one of Trump’s closest friends and the chair of his inaugural committee. Otaiba—a shrewd, well-connected player of Washington politics who has served in his role since 2008—recalled their first 90-minute meeting, where Kushner peppered him with questions about the entire region.” With a Henry Kissinger cameo http://politi.co/2kkmUjC
–NYT A1, “For Kushner, Israel Policy May Be Shaped by the Personal,” by Jodi Kantor: “When Jared Kushner was 17 years old, he stood where a million Jews had been murdered and listened to Israel’s prime minister stress the country’s importance. … [Netanyahu] had just led Mr. Kushner and thousands of other teenagers waving Israeli flags in a procession through the camp’s gates and past the barracks. As part of the commemoration, the group would soon leave Poland and fly to Israel, to complete the journey from slaughter to Zionist rebirth. Back then, Mr. Kushner was a high school basketball player, a Billy Joel fan, a quiz team manager and no one’s guess to become a negotiating partner with Mr. Netanyahu. But unlike other students on the trip, he knew the prime minister, who was friendly with his father, a real estate developer and donor to Israeli causes. Mr. Netanyahu had even stayed at the Kushners’ home in New Jersey, sleeping in Jared’s bedroom. (The teenager moved to the basement that night.)” http://nyti.ms/2lEs6Rv … SUNDAY A1 HEADLINE: “Kushner and Israel: A personal bond” with photo of Jared, Ivanka, Bannon and Reince http://bit.ly/2lxXEeO
— “Senate to move on Friedman nomination for Israel ambassador,” by Burgess Everett: “The Senate will move forward next week on the nomination of David Friedman to be ambassador to Israel, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced on Saturday afternoon. Friedman, a conservative orthodox attorney, will be one of the first non-Cabinet level nominees to move through the Senate. After his confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Feb. 16, Friedman could be confirmed shortly thereafter if there’s bipartisan cooperation.” http://politi.co/2kGUFz3
KIM JONG UN THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET — “North Korea test-fires missile, apparently challenging Trump,” by AP’s Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang, North Korea: “North Korea appeared to fire a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump, who stood with the Japanese leader as Shinzo Abe called the move ‘intolerable.’ … Appearing with Trump at a news conference at the president’s south Florida estate, Abe condemned the missile launch as ‘absolutely intolerable.’ Abe read a brief statement in which he called on the North to comply fully with relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions. He said Trump had assured him of U.S. support and that Trump’s presence showed the president’s determination and commitment. Trump followed Abe with even fewer words, saying in part: ‘I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.’” http://apne.ws/2kWc3yv
WHAT TRUMP IS TWEETING SUNDAY MORNING — @realDonaldTrump at 6:34 a.m.: “The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!” … at 6:55 a.m.: “72% of refugees admitted into U.S. (2/3 -2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN” … at 7:14 a.m.: “While on FAKE NEWS @CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties!” … at 8:04 a.m.: “After two days of very productive talks, Prime Minister Abe is heading back to Japan. L” … at 8:24 a.m.: “I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls.He’s not smart enough to run for president!”
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SUNDAY BEST — STEPHEN MILLER’S MESSAGE — The top presidential adviser’s line this morning is that the ruling on Trump’s immigration ban shows a judicial branch taking the law into its own hands. Here’s what he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”: “The point I want to make to you, George, and the point I want to make to your listeners, is that we have equal branches of government in this country. The judiciary is not supreme. A district judge in Seattle cannot force the President of the United States to change their laws and our constitution because of their own personal views.”
MILLER speaks to CHUCK TODD on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS” — TODD: “[D]oes the president still have confidence in his national security advisor?” MILLER: “That’s the question that I think you should ask the president, the question you should ask Reince, the chief of staff. I’m here today as a policy advisor. And my focus was on answering the policy questions that you have. General Flynn has served his country admirably. He is a three-star general. He’s head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. And I look forward to having more discussions about this in the future.” … TODD: “Let me ask you this, if you were caught misleading the vice president of the United States, would that be considered a fireable offense in the Trump White House?” MILLER: “It’s not for me to answer hypothetical. It wouldn’t be responsible. It’s a sensitive matter. General Flynn has served his country admirably. He served his country with distinction. And I look forward to having a conversation with you once you’ve had a chance to talk with the appropriate people in the White House who are dealing with this matter.”
— @FoxNewsSunday: “Senior @WhiteHouse Policy Advisor Stephen Miller: Steve Bannon has no role whatsoever in drafting executive orders.”
— @jaketapper: “We invited the WH to offer a guest for @CNNSotu to discuss President Trump’s agenda and plans; they did not respond to our request.”
— @CNNSotu: “Al Franken says ‘a few’ of his GOP colleagues are questioning Trump mental health: ‘in the way all of us have this suspicion. He lies a lot’”
PALACE INTRIGUE — “Kellyanne Conway’s dangerous game: The president’s counselor is taking chances now in the hopes of a high-profile payoff down the line,” by Tara Palmeri with Hadas Gold and Josh Dawsey: “Kellyanne Conway once again put herself at the center of controversy this week when she went on national television and declared she was doing a ‘free commercial’ for Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, ethics laws be damned. Media snarked, ethics watchdogs barked and even White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Conway had been ‘counseled’ on her behavior. But according to someone who has worked with Conway and knows her thinking intimately, none of that much matters to Conway. She’s taking a long view in her bid to rise in the White House ranks — and she’s performing for an audience of one: President Donald Trump.
“And so while critics may squawk, what matters most to Conway is that Trump sees her defending him on national television. For Conway, the prize for loyalty is eventually landing a spot as chief of staff, becoming the first woman ever to hold the role and cementing her spot at the center of Trump’s inner circle. Currently, Conway is seen within the White House as a ‘Queen without an Army,’ according to a former campaign official. Conway has a vague title of ‘counselor,’ and recently hired a chief of staff and an assistant to support her on her quest to dig into the ‘next phase of issues,’ according to Conway. She has taken ownership of opioid-abuse and veterans affairs, a portfolio that Trump cares deeply about. Conway says she plans to turn her office into a war room, and was quick to mention that she has top-security clearance.” http://politi.co/2kkghOv
THE LOYAL OPPOSITION — “A gift and a challenge for Democrats: A restive, active and aggressive base,” by WaPo’s Dave Weigel and Karen Tumulty: “A super PAC formed to reelect Barack Obama in 2012 is driving activists to congressional town halls. Veterans of Bill Clinton’s administration are joining marches and plotting bigger ones for the spring. Democratic senators who had befriended Jeff Sessions in the Senate voted — 47 to 1 — against his nomination for attorney general. Three weeks into President Trump’s term, the Democratic Party and progressive establishment have almost entirely adopted the demands of a restive, active and aggressive base. They are hopeful that the new activism more closely resembles the tea party movement, which embraced electoral politics, than the Occupy Wall Street movement, which did not. The pace of the activists, and the runaway-train approach of Trump’s administration, have given them little time to puzzle it out.” http://wapo.st/2lEzqfR
— NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN in BALTIMORE — “D.N.C. Contenders Agree on One Thing: Resistance to Trump”: “Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, one of Mr. Sanders’s most prominent surrogates during last year’s primary race, and Thomas E. Perez, the former labor secretary who backed Mrs. Clinton and received consideration to be her running mate, have emerged as the leading contenders. Yet neither has secured the support of anywhere close to a majority of the 447 committee members who will decide the race, as other candidates did in the weeks leading up to prior votes.” http://nyti.ms/2kWh5uN
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Protesters face off as U.S. abortion debate heats up,” by Reuters’ Lacey Johnson and Rich McKay: “Anti-abortion protesters rallied at scores of Planned Parenthood clinics on Saturday to urge Congress and President Donald Trump to strip the health services provider of federal funding, while supporters of the organization staged counter-demonstrations around the United States. With anti-abortion groups expecting protests at up to 225 clinics, Planned Parenthood supporters organized 150 protests of their own at parks, government buildings and other sites, including clinics. At some of those clinics, the counter-demonstrators outnumbered those demanding an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood. All told, rallies and marches were called in 45 states in cities large and small, from Washington and Philadelphia to St. Paul, Minnesota, and Orange, California.” http://reut.rs/2kgvkhb
LATE-NIGHT BEST – “Sean Spicer Press Conference Cold Open”: “Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press (Bobby Moynihan, Mikey Day, Vanessa Bayer, Sasheer Zamata, Cecily Strong, Kyle Mooney).” 8-min. video http://bit.ly/2kz6bdr
–“Trump People’s Court”: “It’s President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) versus the Ninth Circuit Court judges (Kyle Mooney, Vanessa Bayer, Pete Davidson) on a new People’s Court.” 5-min. video http://bit.ly/2l3oYBk
YOUR GRAMMY CHEAT SHEET — “Grammy Awards 2017: Everything We Know About the Show,” by E Online’s Corrine Heller: http://eonli.ne/2lCY3Zy
A LOOK AROUND AMERICA — THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS: “STRANGE NAVIGATING CURIOUS NEW WATERS: Does Bentley connection harm his 2018 prospects?” http://bit.ly/2lEAqk5 … SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: “Tech sector hiring slows: Bay Area industry’s rapid job growth hit speed bump in ‘16” http://bit.ly/2lEAC2Q … DENVER POST: “Religion & the law: Those who know Neil Gorsuch say his faith is evident in his personal life and in his appellate court rulings. How would his faith shape his decisions on the Supreme Court?” http://bit.ly/2l7HBUb … DES MOINES REGISTER: “Majority oppose travel ban: Just more than half of Iowans disagree with controversial Trump order” http://bit.ly/2kgxAF5 … STAR TRIBUNE: “RANGE LOOKS FOR TRUMP TO DELIVER” http://bit.ly/2kGV2tM … BERGEN RECORD: “Mayors poised to defy Trump: State Democrats pledge to stay ‘sanctuary cities’” http://bit.ly/2kWyByW … DAYTON DAILY NEWS: “Once again, Ohioans missing from Cabinet” http://bit.ly/2kzdDoR
KNOWING STEPHEN MILLER — “Stephen Miller: A key engineer for Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda,” by WaPo’s Rosalind S. Helderman: “While Trump at times revamped his campaign leadership, with Bannon joining relatively late in August 2016, Miller remained a steady presence whose profile and influence grew over time. … For Miller, though, working in the Trump White House is a natural culmination of his young career — a chance to work for a president who appears to share his zeal for getting under the skin of political opponents. … Miller’s ideological awakening found its roots in a left-leaning high school where he has written that social life and academics were badly segregated, despite what he saw as a devotion among teachers and administrators to multiculturalism. … Miller said he turned away from the more liberal politics of his parents as he grew up in Santa Monica after buying a subscription to Guns & Ammo magazine and becoming familiar with the writings of actor Charlton Heston, a longtime president of the National Rifle Association.” http://wapo.st/2kgvyES
— NYT A20, “Stephen Miller Is a ‘True Believer’ Behind Core Trump Policies,” by Glenn Thrush and Jennifer Steinhauer: “[H]is unlikely rise is emblematic of a White House where unconventional résumés rule — where the chief strategist is Stephen K. Bannon, until recently the head of the flame-throwing right-wing website Breitbart News, and the president himself is a former reality television star who before winning the nation’s highest office had never shown much interest in the arcana of governing. Yet all three men are bound by a belief in an America-first economic policy that has suddenly moved from the fringes of American politics to the Oval Office.” With cameos from Alex Conant and Jason Miller http://nyti.ms/2kku0ER
NEW POWER CENTER — “Gary Cohn Has Emerged as an Economic-Policy Powerhouse in Trump Administration: Former Goldman executive, taking advantage of personnel vacuum, is pushing ahead on taxes, infrastructure, financial regulation and replacing health-care law,” by WSJ’s Nick Timiraos, Mike Bender and Damian Paletta: “[Gary] Cohn, in office as director of the National Economic Council since the start of the Trump administration, has emerged as the most powerful economic policy maker in its early days. The White House has designated Mr. Cohn to play a central role on taxes, infrastructure, financial regulation and replacing the Affordable Care Act. He stood over the president’s shoulder as Mr. Trump signed executive orders on financial regulation. The White House says it is preparing a tax-overhaul plan for release within weeks, giving Mr. Cohn a prime role when several top economic posts remain vacant. Though these will eventually be filled, Mr. Cohn is rapidly assembling a growing portfolio that could solidify his influence in the administration for the long term.” http://on.wsj.com/2kgzFAN
SCOTUS WATCH — “Gorsuch questionnaire reveals selection process details for SCOTUS nominee,” by Seung Min Kim: “President Donald Trump first tweeted Jan. 25 with a firm date of when he would unveil his Supreme Court pick. But as it turns out, Neil Gorsuch wasn’t even told that he was the eventual nominee until two days later. New documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday reveal specifics about how the Tenth Circuit judge was selected as Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The information was included in a 68-page nominee questionnaire required of all Supreme Court nominees that details Gorsuch’s legal background, biographical information and key cases in which he has been involved. Gorsuch first had contact with Trump’s team on Dec. 2, 2016, when Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society, reached out to him about the vacancy. Leo and the Federalist Society had been intimately involved in Trump’s search for the next Supreme Court justice.” http://politi.co/2kWtGhK … The questionnaire http://bit.ly/2kH0JaU
THE VIOLENT RESISTANCE — “Inside the black bloc militant protest movement as it rises up against Trump,” by L.A. Times’ Paige St. John in Oakland: “The movement first made its presence felt in California more than two decades ago, then built its forces amid the protests against the Iraq war. Out of the sea of largely peaceful antiwar demonstrators marching in San Francisco’s Financial District in 2003, a more militant subgroup emerged. Its members wore black masks, black jackets, black hoods and helmets. They smashed windows and looted military recruitment offices.
“Since then, the so-called black bloc protesters have become a force in the Bay Area and beyond. They have been blamed for violence during protests in Oakland over corporate power and police abuse, notably the case of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man who was killed by BART police in 2009. Scorned by critics on both the left and right and hunted by police, the black bloc is bringing its radical tactics to the massive protest movement sparked by the presidency of Donald Trump. The masked militants went fist to fist with neo-Nazis at the state Capitol in June, where five of their allies were stabbed. Black bloc tactics also dogged Trump’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington, leaving broken windows, vandalized banks and a torched limo. And early this month on the UC Berkeley campus, black bloc militants tore down police barricades, broke windows, started a fire and assaulted Trump supporters.” http://lat.ms/2lEQodZ
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FEELING LUCKY? — “Trump impeached? You can bet on it,” by Steven Shepard: “There’s already talk of impeachment, just three weeks into Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency. In fact, many are already betting on it. Gambling houses all over the world are taking in action on whether Trump, inaugurated just last month, will resign or be impeached. And the odds aren’t as long as you might think. Ladbrokes, the British oddsmaking giant, has Trump’s chances of leaving office via resignation or impeachment and removal at just 11-to-10, or just a little worse than even money. The odds of Trump being impeached this year in the House of Representatives are only 4-to-1, according to the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, despite GOP control of the chamber. You can win $180 on a $100 bet with Bovada, the online gaming site, that Trump won’t make it through a full term — though the bet is off if Trump passes away during the next four years.” http://politi.co/2kzbQjR
DUBAI DISPATCH — From Blake Hounshell at the World Government Summit: Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, made some news here during an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest. Asked what she thought of the Trump administration so far, she said: “From the little we hear, we have reason to be optimistic about growth in the United States,” citing his support for tax reform and infrastructure spending. Pressed on why world leaders didn’t see the populist backlash against globalization coming, Lagarde said: “Because it was insidious. Because it came gradually over time.”
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
–“Crafting the Koran,” by Robert F. Worth in the N.Y. Review of Books: To look at Koran fragments is “a peculiar, faintly sacrilegious experience. They give rise to thoughts that would merit execution in certain parts of the world. Who wrote them? Was the authors’ conception of Islam anything like our own?” http://bit.ly/2kB1z9d (h/t TheBrowser.com)
–“John Oliver Takes on the Trump Era: The Rolling Stone Interview,” by Brian Hiatt: “TV’s sharpest political satirist on crafting comedy in dark times, that ‘Drumpf’ gag and where we go from here in our candid cover story.” http://rol.st/2lCNNkH
–“Backing Into World War III,” by Robert Kagan in Foreign Policy: “America must check the assertive, rising powers of Russia and China before it’s too late. Accepting spheres of influence is a recipe for disaster.” http://atfp.co/2kXtLnQ
–“The May Doctrine,” by Jason Cowley in The New Statesman: “The key thing about her is her belief in the efficacy and, so to speak, compensatory function of the state — the important positive functions, you might even say the moral functions, of the state.” http://bit.ly/2kAUPIf
–“Containing Trump,” by Jonathan Rauch in the March Atlantic: “He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.” http://theatln.tc/2kbRwc7
–“Total recall: the people who never forget,” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie in The Guardian: “An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory.” http://bit.ly/2kQwgWm
–“Spielberg: The Inner Lives of a Genius,” by Geoffrey O’Brien in the N.Y. Review of Books, reviewing “Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films,” by Molly Haskell: “In short, with a name comparable only to Disney as an entertainment industry brand, he is something of an anthology of superlatives—the richest, most famous, most precociously successful, and, for some, the most gifted of filmmakers—a walking lifetime achievement award.” http://bit.ly/2kXtMbp … $18.75 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2kQRSBV
–“The man who could make Marine Le Pen president of France,” by Angelique Chrisafis in The Guardian: “Florian Philippot is the strategist behind the rebranding of the extreme right Front National as a populist, anti-elite movement. But don’t mistake him for a moderate.” http://bit.ly/2kXoYCQ
–“The Revolt Against the Elites: And the limits of populism,” by P.J. O’Rourke in The Weekly Standard: “America is having a civil war, or, to be more accurate, a War of Incivility. The war is not between Republicans and Democrats or between conservatives and progressives. The war is between the frightened and what they fear. It is being fought by the people who perceive themselves as controlling nothing. They are besieging the people they perceive as controlling everything. We are in the midst of a Perception Insurrection, or, depending on how you perceive it, a Loser Mutiny.” http://tws.io/2kXEf6p
–“A Shot in the Arm,” by Josh Roiland in Longreads: “Why would a tenure-track professor find himself selling his plasma to make rent? A story about debt in the academic world.” http://bit.ly/2kQEU7k
–“How to Get Out of the Cycle of Outrage in a Trump World,” by Arianna Huffington in Thrive Global: “If we live in a perpetual state of outrage, Trump wins.” http://bit.ly/2khbP3K
–“Who Started the First Fire?” by Dennis Sandgathe and Harold L. Dibble in Sapiens.org: “Humans’ ability to control fire is among the most important technological advances in our evolutionary history. Research on Neanderthal cave sites in France is offering new insights on this old enigma.” http://bit.ly/2lzmdFa
–“Tom Hiddleston on Taylor Swift, Heartbreak, and Great Bolognese,” by Taffy Brodessar-Akner in GQ: “Perhaps you learned his name only because of his recent three-month romance with Taylor Swift. But by then, Tom Hiddleston was already a beloved Marvel villain, James Bond short-lister, Night Manager leading man, and truly gifted wearer of suits (like the ones he‘s got on here, in this season’s color: brown).” http://bit.ly/2lz9hPy (h/t Longform.org)
OUT AND ABOUT IN RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe held his 60th birthday party last night at the governor’s mansion in Richmond.SPOTTED: Terry and Dorothy McAuliffe, their kids, pets and extended family, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Ann Holton, Capricia and Rob Marshall, Patrick Hallahan and Natalie Jones, Peter and Sarah O’Keefe, Sara Latham, Adrienne Elrod, Brian Moran Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, Tina Flournoy, Molly Levinson and Josh Wachs, David Jones, Jay Dunn, Richard Sullivan, Susan Swecker, Brynne Craig and Jackie Bray, Doug and Lily Band, Justin Cooper, Anik Desai and Nora Conners, Hani Masri, Jay Dunn and many others. THE FOOD: Crab cakes, pigs in a blanket, fried chicken, lots of Virginia beers. Our tipster says there was a very active dance floor late into the night.
OUT AND ABOUT — Juleanna Glover hosted a buffet supper last night for D.C. friends to meet Joshua Johnson, the host of “1A,” the new radio program in the Diane Rehm show time slot. http://the1a.org/ SPOTTED: Steve Clemons, Liz Goodwin, Garance Franke-Ruta, John King, Richard Keil, Christopher Reiter, David Leonhardt, Becca Glover, Olivia Nuzzi, Eric Lipton, Margaret Carlson, Kevin Chaffee, Julia Ioffe, Tara Palmeri, Kirsten Powers, Catherine Lucey, Eli Lake, JJ Yore, Rupert Allman, Adam Green, Ryan Williams, Craig Gordon, Jonathan Capehart, David Rennie, Matt Lewis, Miranda Kennedy, Julie Pace, Elaina Plott, Matt Nussbaum.
SPOTTED: Peter Thiel and Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) having coffee yesterday morning at the Trump Hotel … Rick Berke at the afternoon matinee of “Hamilton” yesterday.
WEEKEND WEDDING – “Mary Cunningham, Matthew Ogren” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Cunningham, 29 … is the director of public policy in Washington for the American Society of Association Executives. She graduated from the Catholic University of America and received a master’s degree in strategic security studies from the National Defense University, also in Washington. … Mr. Ogren, 30, is a research-based messaging strategist in Washington for APCO Worldwide, a public affairs and strategic communications consultancy. He graduated from Duke. … The couple met in March 2015 through the dating app Hinge.” The ceremony included a reading from the Obergefell decision and the couple’s uncle performed the lakeside ceremony.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2lxPJhZ … Wedding pic of the couple riding off into the sunset via a golf cart: http://bit.ly/2l3qoeZ
BIRTHDAYS: Ben Sherwood, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney|ABC Television Group, is 53 … RGIII is 27 … Politico Florida Playbook star Marc Caputo … Politico’s Kristen East and Emma Peterson … USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page, the pride of Wichita … Abraham Lincoln was born 208 years ago … Megan Apper … Ali Lapp, founder and president of House Majority PAC … Barbara Zylinski … Michael Zuckerman … Trish Hoppey, spending her birthday traveling around the world (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Michael Bocian (h/t Sean Johnson) … MSNBC’s Robert Zeliger, producer at Hardball … Christine Jacobs, deputy director of external affairs and comms. at the Kresge Foundation and a Brookings alum … Elizabeth Baker Keffer, managing director and chief network officer of BDT & Company and an Atlantic alum … Todd Hill, senior director of gov’t affairs at the Housing Policy Council at the Financial Services Roundtable, is 37 (h/t J.C. Derrick) … Tiffany Adams, VP of public affairs of the National Association of Manufacturers … Kristin Gossel, director of business development at BAE Systems and a Bush 43 DHS and HHS alum … Grant Maloney … WSJ management reporter Rachel Feintzeig … Cory Colligan … Margaret Hynds … Jim VandeHei …
… Charlotte Sellmyer, SVP of external affairs at the National Music Publishers’ Association … former Hillary fundraiser David Reid … Judy Reardon … Politico Europe’s Anaïs Thys … journalist Yunji de Nies … Adam Webb, comms staffer for Sen. Tillis … Katherine Hildebrand … Lisa Marie Holmes … Donatella Lorch … Erin Sermeus, VP of talent development and programming at OWN … Ludy Green … Court Cook, senior manager of global real estate and workplace services at Blackboard … Joel Rennie … Jeff Schlagenhauf … John Loftus is 67 … Thelma Thiel … Peter Ewell is 7-0 … Judy Reardon … Richard Cardona … Jeremy Iloulian, a J.D. candidate at Duke Law and a Hogan Lovells alum (h/t Josh Brown) … Ryan Beiermeister of Palantir Technologies … Donatella Lorch … Bryan Bowman of Rep. Jim Renacci’s office … Ani Sarajian … Eddie Meyer, LA for Rep. Juan Vargas … Bern Beidel … author Judy Blume is 79 … former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is 75 … Josh Brolin is 49 … Christina Ricci is 37 (h/ts AP)
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