Good Friday morning. PAUL RYAN’S GOT JOKES. The speaker of the House was the keynote at the annual Al Smith dinner in New York last night. And he was actually quite funny. His five best jokes:
— “I don’t think I’ve seen this many New York liberals and Wall Street CEOs in one room since my last visit to the White House.”
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— “And thank you to Patricia Heaton who is such a wonderful emcee. She is a Hollywood Republican. Hollywood Republican—that is an oxymoron … which clearly was the word Rex Tillerson was looking for.”
— “Fact #8. Fun fact you learn as speaker. I’m now second in line of succession since Steve Bannon has resigned.”
— “Fact #9. Every morning, I wake up in my office and scroll Twitter to see which tweets I will have to pretend that I didn’t see later.”
— “You may remember this, John [Boehner] retired after he got the Pope to take an official visit and address Congress. It was such a special moment for John, and we all know how emotional he gets, so he decided to hang it up right then. So, Cardinal Dolan, my friend, Tim, I need you to hurry up and become the Pope so that I can invite you to address Congress and I can get the hell outta there.”
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BUDGET APPROVED, DEAL CUT — “Senate approves budget as GOP leaders reach deal to set up tax reform,” by Rachael Bade, Burgess Everett, and Sarah Ferris: “Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the finishing touches on a bicameral budget deal allowing Congress to swiftly move to tax reform, multiple sources in both chambers said. The Senate approved the budget 51-49 Thursday night, clearing the way to cut as much as three weeks out of the process.
“GOP leaders, as well as House Budget Chairman Diane Black and Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi, have been ironing out their difference and crafted a Senate amendment full of House-requested tweaks. Because the Senate adopt the amendment during its marathon ‘vote-a-rama’ Thursday, the House could clear the fiscal blueprint as soon as next week. ‘They’re still screwing around with it, but they want it done quickly,’ said one GOP senator of the tentative deal.
“A House GOP aide close to the talks added: ‘Members know how high of a priority tax reform is, and so that’s how it will be sold.’ The momentum for a unified GOP budget comes as the White House, desperate for a major legislative win, has increased pressure on Capitol Hill to move to tax reform.” http://politi.co/2yAXpoY
— ONE QUICK POINT: The tweaks made to the budget are technical corrections, and GOP aides were telling us last night that the budget should fly through the House next week. But the House does have an independent streak, which is why they’ve given no assurances to the Senate that they won’t have to go to conference, which is the formal negotiation process. So just keep your eyes open on this one. There shouldn’t be any problems, but ya never know.
BEHIND THE SCENES — COHN SKIPPING TRUMP’S ASIA TRIP TO PUSH TAX REFORM — GARY COHN was up on Capitol Hill yesterday talking tax reform with Republican Senate chiefs of staff. The meeting with roughly 40-some staffers was meant to “rally the troops” on the day of the budget vote. Cohn “underscored the commitment to get it done,” according to one attendee at the lunch, held in the Strom Thurmond Room. Trump’s chief economic adviser was scheduled to go to Asia in early November with the president but has decided to stay because he wants to focus on getting the tax proposal passed, a source familiar with his plans tells us.
WSJ’S RICH RUBIN: “GOP Gears Up for Tax-Overhaul Push: With passage of Senate budget, Republicans are setting their sights on finishing a tax bill before year-end” http://on.wsj.com/2xSTYpV
— JIM TANKERSLEY in the NYT: “The swift pace to complete, release and quickly vote on a tax cut is aimed at leaving little time for the type of dissent that has scuttled previous tax proposals. … The speed is striking — and strategic — for tax legislation that lobbyists believe could span 1,000 pages. Republicans hope the breakneck pace will help hold their narrow Senate majority together against what will almost certainly be a deluge of lobbying and Democratic criticism.” http://nyti.ms/2gwQUx8
— THE PRESIDENT’S COMMENTARY, on Twitter at 6:11 a.m.:”The Budget passed late last night, 51 to 49. We got ZERO Democrat votes with only Rand Paul (he will vote for Tax Cuts) voting against…..” at 6:15 a.m.: ” ….This now allows for the passage of large scale Tax Cuts (and Reform), which will be the biggest in the history of our country!”
— BUDGETS are nearly always party-line votes.
WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR TRUMP TO SUPPORT ALEXANDER-MURRAY, via WSJ’s Stephanie Armour and Kristina Peterson: “In order for Mr. Trump to support such legislation, it must provide relief from the ACA’s requirement that most people have health coverage or pay a penalty, the spokesman said Thursday. It should also roll back or end the requirement that certain employers provide health coverage, the White House official said.” http://on.wsj.com/2hRebXg
TRUMP GOES OFF SCRIPT — “Trump blindsides advisers with promised opioid plan,” by Brianna Ehley, Josh Dawsey, and Sarah Karlin-Smith: “President Donald Trump overrode his own advisers when he promised to deliver an emergency declaration next week to combat the nation’s worsening opioid crisis. … Blindsided officials are now scrambling to develop such a plan, but it is unclear when it will be announced, how or if it will be done, and whether the administration has the permanent leadership to execute it, said two administration officials.
“‘They are not ready for this,’ a public health advocate said of an emergency declaration after talking to Health and Human Services officials enlisted in the effort. Trump’s off-script statement stunned top agency officials, who said there is no consensus on how to implement an emergency declaration for the drug epidemic, according to interviews with officials from the White House, a half dozen federal agencies, state health directors and lobbyists.” http://politi.co/2iouzSY
COMING ATTRACTIONS — Trump’s pick to lead the Export-Import Bank, SCOTT GARRETT, the former New Jersey Republican congressman, will go before the Senate Banking Committee Nov. 1, CQ Roll Call’s Doug Sword tweeted. Garrett, who spent much of his congressional career trying to dismantle the bank, has received widespread opposition from industry. He views on homosexuality have also dogged him. SUGGESTED OPENING QUESTION: Do you still believe Ex-Im should be shut down?
HMM — “Trump personally interviewed U.S. attorney candidates,” by Seung Min Kim and John Bresnahan: “President Donald Trump has personally interviewed at least two potential candidates for U.S. attorney positions in New York, according to two sources familiar with the matter — a move that critics say raises questions about whether they can be sufficiently independent from the president. Trump has interviewed Geoffrey Berman, who is currently at the law firm Greenberg Traurig for the job of U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ed McNally of the firm Kasowitz Benson Torres for the Eastern District post.” http://politi.co/2yE8XIc
— “Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair, officials say: Powell has been heavily favored by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is leading the search,” by Ben White, Victoria Guida and Josh Dawsey: “Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell is the leading candidate to become the chair of the U.S. central bank after President Donald Trump concluded a series of meetings with five finalists Thursday, three administration officials said. The officials cautioned that Trump, who met with current Chair Janet Yellen for about half an hour on Thursday, has not made a final decision. … Of the five finalists, Powell would likely face the least opposition to confirmation in the Senate.” http://politi.co/2yweHnI
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JOHN KELLY’S MOMENT — “Kelly lends Trump powerful and personal credibility: The chief of staff delves into his own tragedy to defend Trump’s call to a military widow — and offers an apparent rebuke of his boss’s coarse ways,” by Josh Dawsey and Matt Nussbaum: “In an extraordinary performance that mixed poignant experiences, political strategy, nostalgia for a less hostile society, and a seeming rebuke of his boss, Kelly accomplished what few others have been able to do: Forcefully vouch for Trump in a moment of political peril. … Kelly, long reticent of talking about his son’s 2010 death, was not thrilled that Trump made his personal devastation a political football, said several people who know him. But his boss was in a jam — and he decided to come into the briefing room after telling others Trump was being treated unfairly, and that he hated seeing dead soldiers become a political cudgel.” http://politi.co/2yxbEvs
— N.Y. POST COVER: “KELLY BACK TO WAR — General defends Trump call to widow, rips Dem congresswoman” http://nyp.st/2xa6gKU
— BOSTON GLOBE: “Republican Governor Charlie Baker unleashed some of his strongest criticism of President Trump Thursday, saying the exchange the commander-in-chief had with the family of a fallen soldier and the follow-up ‘was incredibly disgraceful and discouraging and depressing.’” http://bit.ly/2zChbyx
— @realDonaldTrump at 10:53 p.m.: “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!”
TRUMP’S FRIDAY — He is meeting with António Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations.
OBAMA UNLEASHED — “‘Our democracy is at stake,’ Obama says on Virginia campaign trail,” by Isaac Dovere in Richmond, Virginia: “Fresh from New Jersey after making an appearance for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate there, Phil Murphy, his own former ambassador to Germany, Obama uncorked. He argued that this year’s elections are an existential moment that should — if Democrats do what he’s kept telling them to do, without much success, and vote — be the start of reasserting an American politics and society that turns away from what’s embodied by President Donald Trump.
“‘We need you to take this seriously. Our democracy is at stake,’ Obama said. ‘Elections matter. Voting matters. You can’t take anything for granted. You can’t sit this one out. It’s up to you. And if you believe in that better vision not just of our politics, but of our common life, of our democracy, of who we are; if you want that reflected in our government, if you want our kids to see our government and feel good about it, and feel like they’re represented and if you want those values that you are teaching your children reinforced … then you’ve got to go out there.’
“As former President George W. Bush did earlier Thursday in a surprisingly forward speech in New York, Obama kept to not saying Trump’s name without leaving any question who he was talking about. ‘Folks don’t feel good right now about what they see. Maybe they don’t feel as if our public life reflects our best,’ Obama said. ‘Instead of our politics reflecting our values, we’ve got politics infecting our communities. Instead of looking for ways to work together and get things done in a practical way, we’ve got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry, to demonize people who have different ideas, to get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage.’” http://politi.co/2hR5PPi
TRUMP V. BANNON — “Trump offers support to GOP senators in Bannon’s cross hairs,” by Josh Dawsey and Burgess Everett: “President Donald Trump called three Republican senators this week and expressed support for their 2018 re-election bids, aligning with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the senator’s intra-party feud with Steve Bannon. Trump dialed GOP Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Roger Wicker of Mississippi … He promised to help the three senators against any insurgent challengers … and said he hoped they would be reelected. The calls are expected to eventually be followed by formal endorsements.” http://politi.co/2zol9Kz
— “Steve Bannon’s speech to the California GOP tonight has some Republicans nervous,” by L.A. Times’ Phil Willon: “The California Republican Party’s decision to invite right-wing provocateur and former presidential advisor Stephen K. Bannon to address its convention Friday created an unsettled concoction of excitement, dread and rubbernecking curiosity for GOP loyalists in the state. … His admirers hope his speech will invigorate the GOP base and lure Trump supporters outside of the party into its fold. But Republican critics worry he’ll undercut efforts to rekindle the party in a state where Trump and his policies remain widely unpopular.” http://lat.ms/2imlZUL
OUT AND ABOUT — STEVE BANNON and BREITBART hosted a party and book signing last night for Laura Ingraham’s new book “Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump” at the Breitbart Embassy on Capitol Hill. After STEPHEN MILLER showed up during the middle of the party, everyone got quiet and Bannon told the crowd: “By order of the president of the United States, we have a special guest, someone I know is dear to Laura Ingraham’s heart and dear to all of ours, the last man behind enemy lines …
“We’ve done so many historic things in this house. We talked about the dinner with Jeff Sessions and you in 2013 when you were just a young staffer, Julia Hahn and her plotting the Dave Brat campaign, Nigel Farage … We counted the votes on Obamatrade downstairs, remember? We’ve done so much here and we’re so proud for you to join us tonight.”
MILLER also briefly spoke: “I have to say I’m here in my personal capacity but just wanted to congratulate you Laura and your incredible book which I know will be a huge success and also everything that you’ve done for so many years for this movement, nation-state populism … Thank you to everybody at Breitbart for everything you’ve done for years now for that same movement and giving hope to millions of people all around the country who believe that a nation ought to take care of its own people first and everything else flows down from that.” Audio of Bannon and Miller http://bit.ly/2zCAVlV … More audio of Bannon and Ingraham http://bit.ly/2gSN6TO … Laura’s book — $18.29 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2zogF6q
–PARTY PICS — Bannon introducing Miller http://bit.ly/2goyfzG … Bannon speaking to the crowd (with Kelli Ward taking a picture of him) http://bit.ly/2yVeM4X … Miller speaking to the crowd http://bit.ly/2yBgibb … Ingraham embracing Miller http://bit.ly/2l32q4T
SPOTTED: Sebastian Gorka, Sean Spicer, Kelli Ward, Matt Boyle, Amanda House, Jen Jacobs, Bob Costa, Andy Surabian, Charlie Spiering, Arthur Schwartz, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale, Kayleigh McEnany, Jonathan Swan, Olivia Nuzzi, Wynton Hall, David Brody, Josh Dawsey, Kevin Cirilli, Sergio Gor, Alexandra Preate, Rebecca Karabus, Heather Swift, Ben Schreckinger, Zoe Chace, Katrina Pierson, Ryan Williams, Colin Reed, Jim Stinson, Jill Barclay, Melissa Brown, James Braid, Byron York, Rebecca Berg, Matt and Alisa Wolking, Toby Harnden.
SPOTTED at a dinner last night in honor of Melania Trump at the Kuwaiti ambassador’s residence where the first lady received an award from the Kuwait-America Foundation in an evening benefiting UNHCR: President Trump and Melania Trump, hosts Ambassador Salem al-Sabah and Reema al-Sabah, MC James Rosen, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Michael Haley, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Hilary Ross, Mick Mulvaney …
… Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, HR and Katie McMaster, Gary and Lisa Cohn, Dina Powell and David McCormick, Sarah and Bryan Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, UN Secretary General António Gutierres, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Abby Blunt, Ret. Gen. Jim Jones, Ziad Ojacki, Devon Spurgeon, Jordanian Amb. Dina Kawar, Wayne and Lea Berman, David Rubenstein, David Vennett.
2020 WATCH — “John Kasich Is Meeting With Foreign Policy Experts And Keeping His 2020 Options Open,” by BuzzFeed’s Henry J. Gomez: “John Kasich is taking a subtle but significant step toward a possible 2020 presidential campaign. The Republican governor of Ohio met privately Thursday with several national security and foreign policy experts, several sources familiar with Kasich’s moves told BuzzFeed News. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share details, described the discussions in Columbus as the first in a series of meetings on domestic and foreign policy and aimed at keeping Kasich current in global affairs.” http://bzfd.it/2yvJm4w
FIRST FAMILY — “Donald Trump Jr. Rises on GOP Speech Circuit With Red-Meat Talks,” by Bloomberg’s Shannon Pettypiece: “Donald Trump Jr. navigated the Indianapolis fundraiser like a seasoned politician: shaking hands, ensuring everyone got a selfie and doling out bear hugs to a camo-clad hunting buddy he spotted in the crowd. By the end of the May dinner for the Indiana Republican Party, the president’s eldest son had raised $400,000, a record, besting previous headliners including House Speaker Paul Ryan and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.” https://bloom.bg/2yBF9tE
ON THE BRINK OF BREAKDOWN — “U.S. Works to Keep Palestinians’ Talks on Track to Aid Peace,” by NYT’s David Halbfinger in Jerusalem: “With Egypt brokering a reconciliation between the two rival Palestinian factions, President Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East visited Cairo on Thursday to help move those talks along while trying to ensure that the Egyptians do not take them in a direction unacceptable to the United States and Israel. Hamas, the militant Islamic group that seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007 and has run it ever since, agreed in Cairo last week to return administrative control of the impoverished coastal territory to the Palestinian Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas. … Mr. Greenblatt’s presence in Egypt on Thursday suggested that the United States sees the Fatah-Hamas talks as a chance, however slim, to at least move Hamas in the direction of disarming and embracing the peace process.” http://nyti.ms/2imBE6n
BULLETIN — AP at 5:31 a.m.: “BEIRUT (AP) – U.S.-backed Syrian force formally declares victory over IS in Raqqa at news conference held inside the city.”
KFILE — “Trump pick for top environmental post called belief in global warming a ‘kind of paganism,’” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski: “President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the White House senior adviser for environmental policy in 2016 described the belief in ‘global warming’ as a ‘kind of paganism’ for ‘secular elites.’ Trump last week nominated Kathleen Hartnett White, who previously led the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a post that requires Senate confirmation. Hartnett White, currently a senior fellow at the conservative think tank Texas Public Policy Foundation, has long expressed skepticism about established climate science and once dismissed the idea that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, calling it ‘the gas of life on this planet.’” http://cnn.it/2yAf3HF
JOSH GERSTEIN: “Judge won’t wipe out guilty verdict for Arpaio”: “A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ends his prosecution for criminal contempt of court, but does not wipe out the guilty verdict she returned or any other rulings in the case. In her order Thursday, Phoenix-based U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton rejected arguments from Arpaio’s lawyers and Justice Department prosecutors that the longtime Maricopa County sheriff was entitled to have all rulings in the case vacated, including the guilty verdict the judge delivered in July after a five-day trial.” http://politi.co/2gS2vUn
— “Judge hits Hastert fraud accuser with sanctions,” by Josh Gerstein: http://politi.co/2iqXkOH
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HOLLYWOODLAND — “Tarantino on Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did,’” by NYT’s Jodi Kantor: “Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director most closely tied to Harvey Weinstein, has known for decades about the producer’s alleged misconduct toward women and now feels ashamed he did not take a stronger stand and stop working with him, he said in an interview. ‘I knew enough to do more than I did,’ he said, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. ‘There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.’ ‘I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,’ he added. ‘If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.’” http://nyti.ms/2x9rsAN
–“Harvey Weinstein raped me, actress tells LAPD. Investigation launched,” by LATimes’ Richard Winton and Victoria Kim: “An Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013. She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts. Los Angeles police Capt. Billy Hayes confirmed that the department has launched an investigation into the matter. …New York police already have two active sex crime probes and London’s Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations made by three women. The new allegation could be legally troubling for Weinstein because it falls within the 10-year statute of limitations for the crime that existed at the time of the alleged incident.” http://lat.ms/2hQUEpH
— NYT MUST READ: “Lupita Nyong’o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein” http://nyti.ms/2xb1Mnu
— “A Top Labor Executive Has Been Suspended After Complaints About His Relationships With Female Staffers,” by BuzzFeed’s Cora Lewis: “A top labor movement figure who led the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign was suspended this week after complaints from staffers about his conduct toward women, BuzzFeed News has learned. … On Wednesday, Mary Kay Henry, the union’s international president, wrote in an email to her staff that ‘questions were raised about Executive Vice President Scott Courtney relating to a romantic relationship between a staff person and a supervisor. Such relationships are governed by our union’s ethical code and anti-nepotism policy.’” http://bzfd.it/2yBzV2P
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION – “Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop will launch digging in Maryland, state and company say,” by WaPo’s Michael Laris: “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) – taking a cue from the big splash, low information PR strategy of Elon Musk – tweeted Thursday that Musk’s Boring Company is going to build a Hyperloop tunnel from Baltimore to Washington. ‘So, get ready,’ Hogan said in a rough video after adjusting his shades. Hogan said in another tweet that his administration is proud ‘to support The Boring Company to bring rapid electric transportation to MD – connecting Baltimore City to D.C.’” http://wapo.st/2yEojg3
MEDIAWATCH — “Fox’s Wallace doesn’t like colleagues echoing press attacks,” by AP’s David Bauder: “Sunday host Chris Wallace generally lives in peaceful co-existence with Fox News Channel’s opinion folks, except when he hears some of them echo President Donald Trump’s criticism of the news media. Fake news? He’s fighting back. ‘It bothers me,’ Wallace said in an interview. ‘If they want to say they like Trump, or that they’re upset with the Democrats, that’s fine. That’s opinion. That’s what they do for a living.
“‘I don’t like them bashing the media, because oftentimes what they’re bashing is stuff that we on the news side are doing. I don’t think they recognize that they have a role at Fox News and we have a role at Fox News. I don’t know what’s in their head. I just think it’s bad form.’” http://bit.ly/2gUa0dn
SUNDAY SO FAR — CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Khizr Khan
— ABC’s “This Week”: former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus
— “Fox News Sunday,” guest-hosted by Dana Perino: Xavier Becerra. Panel: Jason Chaffetz, Julie Pace, Matthew Continetti, Juan Williams
— NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Panel: Bob Costa, Danielle Pletka, Helene Cooper, Tom Friedman
— CNN’s “State of the Union,” guest-hosted by Dana Bash: Panel: Jen Psaki, Rick Santorum, Bakari Sellers, Evan McMullin
— CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Julie Davis, Jeff Zeleny, Kimberly Atkins, Phil Mattingly
OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC – Pool report: “TV newsers packed Monkey Bar on Thursday night to celebrate legendary CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer and the release of his new book [written with Andrew Schwartz]: ‘Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News.’ With his wife Pat by his side, Schieffer was toasted by CBS News president David Rhodes. Schieffer’s message to journalists: ‘Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s a noble thing…’” $22.46 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2iowZRy
SPOTTED: David and Emma Rhodes, Norah O’Donnell, Diane Sawyer, Steve Kroft, Anthony Mason, Elaine Quijano, Mo Rocca, Vlad Duthiers, Steve Capus, Mary Hager, Chris Isham, Ryan Kadro, Rand Morrison, Susan Zirinsky, John Avlon, Michael Barbaro, Michael Grynbaum, Kaylee Hartung, Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, Kim Godwin, Christa Robinson, Mosheh Oinounou, Jenna Gibson, Adam Verdugo, Mary Walsh, Lance Frank, Alex and Caitlin Conant, Katharine Meeker, Lucy Boyd, Kylie Atwood
RON KLAIN is being recognized on Sunday as a Hoosier Jewish Legend by the Indiana Jewish Historical Society.
TRANSITIONS — per Li Zhou: “Jodi Seth, previously director of policy communications at Facebook, is headed to Amazon to lead their public policy communications team based in Washington. Seth joined Facebook in January 2013 after serving as then-Sen. John Kerry’s communications director … She also worked for the House Energy and Commerce Committee under then-Chairman John Dingell.”
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – OBAMA ALUMNI — Liz Bourgeois, executive communications manager at Facebook and a DNC and Pelosi alum, and Michael Bourgeois, an associate at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco and an Obama CEA alum, on Tuesday welcomed Charles William Bourgeois. Pics http://bit.ly/2gp8TBR … http://politi.co/2yBndkt
BIRTHWEEK (was Tuesday): Edelman’s Pikria Saliashvili
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: NYT’s Matt Apuzzo is 39. A fun fact about Matt: “As a teenager, I worked one summer in a call center, selling people junk (hair regeneration cream and diet pills, mostly) that they saw on infomercials. It was a great job for a kid. My friends and I would make our commission goals and then go to the beach, or bowling. It taught me an important lesson: It doesn’t take much to convince people of something they already want to believe.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2go2WFp
BIRTHDAYS: Greg Lowman, partner at Sphere Consulting, is 32 … Michelle Malkin is 47 … Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is 62 … former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is 6-0 … L.E. Simmons … Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) is 52 … Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) is 62 … Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is 53 … Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) is 45 … John Grandy, press assistant for Sen. Schatz (h/ts Michael Inacay) … WaPo senior editor at large Ann Gerhart … Gil Klein … Evan Zuckerman … Josie Martin … Ellison Barber … Nelson Mullins’ Mick Nardelli … Colleen O’Kane … AARP’s Khelan Bhatia … New America’s Clare McCann … Jeffrey Zubricki … Gordon Pennoyer, director of strategic comms. at Chesapeake Energy …
… Pablo Manriquez, director of comms at CQ Roll Call … Politico’s Dmitrii Chechetkin … VICE correspondent Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani … Christie Boyden, newly promoted policy analyst at defense consulting firm J.A. Green … Anneke Green … Whitney PakPour … Morgan Allen … Roddy Flynn, executive director of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus … Stephen Garrison … Sally Stroup … Bart Marchant … Webber Xu, MBA candidate at Yale SOM … Lamia Rezgui … Justin Hart … Thomas Willard … Colleen Rhodes Culbreth … Taylor Gerlach … Beth Mason … Greg Propper (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
****** A message from Chevron: This is a story about DOERS, butterflies, and buckwheat. In ’75, the endangered El Segundo Blue butterfly was found near a Chevron refinery. We protected the habitat and planted the only thing they eat—buckwheat. We’re still planting and keeping an eye on our littlest neighbor. Watch the video: http://politi.co/2y7rSHn ******
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