THE PRESIDENT is at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, per Linda Feldmann of the Christian Science Monitor, today’s pooler.
HIS MESSAGE, WHILE EN ROUTE … @realDonaldTrump at 9:40 a.m.: “Rasmussen just announced that my approval rating jumped to 49%, a far better number than I had in winning the Election, and higher than certain ‘sacred cows.’ Other Trump polls are way up also. So why does the media refuse to write this? Oh well, someday!” …
Story Continued Below
… at 9:40 a.m.: “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!”
Happy Saturday. THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK: Andrew McCabe left the FBI … The State of the Union … A train carrying Republican members of Congress hit a garbage truck and killed a man … The GOP had their three-day retreat at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, where the president and vice president spoke … Republicans released the “Nunes Memo” … The Dow dropped 665.75 points.
— DON’T FORGET: We are five days from the government running out of money. AND Republicans and Democrats are nowhere close to a deal to allow Dreamers to remain in the country. REMEMBER, that’s why Senate Democrats forced the January shutdown.
A STORY TRUMP ISN’T GOING TO LIKE — “Stocks Fall to End a Bad Week, and a Boom Begins to Look Shaky,” by NYT’s Matt Phillips: http://nyti.ms/2FH4FQy
— OUR COLLEAGUE BEN WHITE has been cautioning for the past year the risk behind Trump putting so much stock in the stock market.
AND TWO THINGS TRUMP WILL LIKE — HAIM and CHERYL SABAN email Saban Capital Group employees: “As you may know, at the end of 2017, the Federal Government enacted the most fundamental tax reform since 1986. These reforms are impacting our company in different ways, including a lower tax rate. … We have been inspired by what Bob Iger has done for Disney employees. As the Hebrew saying goes ‘I shall learn from all my teachers’ so we decided to follow suit. Eligible employees will receive a one-time after-tax bonus of $1,000.”
— “Charter Sets $15 Minimum Wage,” by Broadcasting and Cable’s John Eggerton: “Citing the tax reform legislation and the FCC’s network neutrality reg rollback, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said Friday that the company was instituting a $15-per-hour minimum wage across the board by the end of the year.” http://bit.ly/2E1I9Wo
GET READY FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY with MARK LEIBOVICH in NYT MAGAZINE: “Where Does the N.F.L. Go After a Season of Division?: A year of protests, backlash and presidential interference has exposed fault lines between the league’s players and its management — and even between the team owners themselves.” http://nyti.ms/2BRQINt
— LEIBOVICH’S NEW BOOK: “Big Game: The NFL in a Time of Boom, Doom, and Maximum America” is out Sept. 4. http://amzn.to/2nFX51o
THE BIG PICTURE — TODD PURDUM: “How conservatives learned to hate the FBI”: “The aggressive Republican attacks on the FBI are the latest sign — if one were needed — that President Donald Trump has upended the longstanding norms of Washington, as he and his allies in Congress seek to undermine the one institution of government that conservatives have typically seen as a bastion of integrity and law-and-order. Since at least the dawn of the New Deal, Republicans have excoriated any number of government entities — the Tennessee Valley Authority, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration — as woolly-headed, hyper-regulatory and riddled with liberals — or worse.
“But for decades — from J. Edgar Hoover’s 47-year reign, through the McCarthy era, the civil unrest of the 1960s and right down to the Clinton impeachment — the FBI and the GOP have almost always been in sympathy, and often in sync. Not even at the height of the Watergate scandal, when the bureau’s investigation was imperiling Richard Nixon’s presidency, did Republican loyalists mount any serious effort to sow doubt about its work. No more.” http://politi.co/2FI0x2V
ABOUT THAT MEMO …
— “Justice Dept. told court of source’s political influence in request to wiretap ex-Trump campaign aide, officials say,” by WaPo’s Ellen Nakashima: “The court that approved surveillance of a former campaign adviser to President Trump was aware that some of the information underpinning the warrant request was paid for by a political entity, although the application did not specifically name the [DNC] or the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the matter. … [The] central allegation [of the memo] — that the government failed to disclose a source’s political bias — is baseless, the officials said. The Justice Department made ‘ample disclosure of relevant, material facts’ to the court that revealed ‘the research was being paid for by a political entity.’” http://wapo.st/2BR7tbD
–“How Trump’s Allies Fanned an Ember of Controversy Into Flames of Outrage,” by NYT’s Mark Mazzetti: “The release of the memo mattered less than #releasethememo. After weeks of buildup, the three-and-a-half-page document about alleged F.B.I. abuses during the 2016 presidential campaign made public on Friday was broadly greeted with criticism, including by some Republicans. They said it cherry-picked information, made false assertions and was overly focused on an obscure, low-level Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.
“It didn’t live up to the hype. But the campaign, captured in the hashtag #releasethememo, which was trending on Twitter for days, may have a far more significant impact than the memo’s contents. It was a choreographed effort by House Republicans and top White House officials to push a highly contentious theme — that the F.B.I. and the Justice Department abused their powers to spy on the Trump campaign, and relied on dodgy information from a former British spy paid by Democratic operatives.” http://nyti.ms/2FCRZKD
— @NBCPolitics: “JUST IN: FBI Director Christopher Wray sends message to all bureau employees: ‘Talk is cheap; the work you do is what will endure … Thank you for standing strong together, and for keeping your faith in this institution that means so much to all of us.’” His full memo http://bit.ly/2ECzl6w
****** A message from the Alliance for American Manufacturing: Will President Trump keep his promise to America’s steelworkers? Steel is our nation’s strength. But with steel imports surging and layoffs at steel mills, time is running out. See why the Section 232 steel action matters for American jobs and security. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLUXhGWM7x4 ******
THE DEMS: MEMO A NOTHING BURGER — “Democrats: Nunes memo a dud,” by Elana Schor and Kyle Cheney: “Democrats who raged against the release of a GOP memo alleging misconduct at the FBI on Friday tempered their concern with a dash of relief — and some greeted the document as an outright bust. Drafted to portray the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russian election meddling as tainted by bias against President Donald Trump, the memo ultimately bolstered Democrats’ defense of the probe by confirming that it did not begin based on the contents of an unverified anti-Trump dossier.
“And the memo offered little new evidence to undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russia’s disruption campaign, despite Trump’s reported interest in the document as grounds to provoke further public uncertainty about the impartiality of the investigation. ‘Republicans have overplayed their hand, and they have created a frenzy about this memo’ against the urging of intelligence and law enforcement officials, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) a member of the House intelligence committee, said in an interview. ‘Because the person who is a person of interest here is the president of the United States,’ Speier added, ‘and in his mind this was going to derail the investigation. It’s not going to derail the investigation.’” http://politi.co/2E0oqST
— HEY GUYS: You cannot simultaneously argue that releasing the memo would harm national security and say the memo is a nothingburger.
TOP TWEETS — @jimsciutto: “‘No changes are going to be made at the DOJ. We fully expect Rosenstein to continue on’ – WH Spokesman Raj Shah to @ErinBurnett just now, appearing to walk back Trump’s ‘You figure that out’ comment.” … @MLevineReports: “Atty Gen Jeff Sessions went off script at human trafficking event this morn to praise Deputy Atty Gen Rod Rosenstein, a reported target of Nunes memo. Noting Rosenstein has 27 yrs at DOJ, Sessions said Rosenstein represents ‘the kind of quality & leadership that we want’ in DOJ.”
JOSH CAMPBELL in the NYT: “Why I Am Leaving the F.B.I.”: “After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love. Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security. My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible.” http://nyti.ms/2BRcr8o
COURT WATCH — “DOJ seeks dismissal of Manafort civil suit against Mueller,” by Rebecca Morin: “The Department of Justice on Friday evening filed a motion seeking to dismiss a civil suit former top Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort brought against special counsel Robert Mueller. According to the DOJ’s motion, Manafort alleged in his civil suit that ‘the Acting Attorney General’s order directing the Special Counsel to investigate certain matters exceeds the authority provided by the Department of Justice’s Special Counsel regulations.’ … Department of Justice civil division lawyers defending Mueller’s office and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said: … ‘[T]he Special Counsel is properly operating within the scope of his authority, including with respect to Manafort’s ongoing criminal prosecution.’” http://politi.co/2DWPmCX
THE ATLANTIC’S ELAINA PLOTT and MCKAY COPPINS: — “Romney Is Already Being Considered for a Republican Leadership Position”: “Mitt Romney hasn’t even officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, yet Republican leadership is already seeing stars. According to a Republican donor with direct knowledge, Senate GOP leaders have expressed an early interest in having Romney succeed Colorado Senator Cory Gardner as chairman of the [NRSC]. … A Republican source close to Romney confirmed that the idea of the Utah Republican taking over the NRSC has generated chatter in recent weeks. On Thursday afternoon, Gardner placed a call to a GOP donor, and said that he and Senate leadership ‘liked Romney’ for the NRSC post.” http://theatln.tc/2DWp0kp
HMM – “Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job,” by Andrew Restuccia: “A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania Trump’s former household staffers is now working as an official at the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection to the Trump family finding work in the administration. New Jersey-based Steve Kopec joined EPA’s Region 2 office in New York as a special assistant on Dec. 18, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO. … According to public records, Kopec previously ran a contracting business from his home in Haskell, New Jersey, called Steve’s Tools in Motion. Kopec’s wife, Dagmara, previously worked for the Trump family in New York, according to a person familiar with her situation.” http://politi.co/2EfiB7D
NYT’S DAVID KIRKPATRICK: “Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo’s O.K.”: “The jihadists in Egypt’s Northern Sinai had killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, briefly seized a major town and begun setting up armed checkpoints to claim territory. In late 2015, they brought down a Russian passenger jet.
“Egypt appeared unable to stop them, so Israel, alarmed at the threat just over the border, took action. For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign, conducting more than 100 airstrikes inside Egypt, frequently more than once a week — and all with the approval of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
“The remarkable cooperation marks a new stage in the evolution of their singularly fraught relationship. Once enemies in three wars, then antagonists in an uneasy peace, Egypt and Israel are now secret allies in a covert war against a common foe.” http://nyti.ms/2nA8oc3
REMEMBERING JON HUNTSMAN SR. — “Utah billionaire philanthropist Jon Huntsman dies at 80,” by the Salt Lake Tribune’s Matt Canham: “No one could ever accuse Jon Huntsman Sr. of aiming low. Born poor, he sought not to create a business but an international empire. Diagnosed with prostate cancer, he set his sights not only on surviving, but also on creating a research institute to eradicate all cancers. From his gleaming office in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, he saw himself not as Utah’s wealthiest resident (which he was for many years) but as the state’s caretaker, seeking to help the homeless, bolster the state’s colleges and ease tensions between Mormons and non-Mormons. Huntsman, a billionaire chemical industrialist and one of the world’s most generous philanthropists, died Friday at age 80.” http://bit.ly/2E01cMv
THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE dropped $275,678 on get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of Rick Saccone, the GOP candidate running in a special House election in Pennsylvania.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT FILES — “Humane Society CEO resigns after sexual harassment allegations,” by WaPo’s Danielle Paquette: “Humane Society of the United States chief executive Wayne Pacelle resigned Friday amid sexual harassment complaints and a backlash by major donors. The announcement of Pacelle’s departure comes one day after the charity’s board voted to retain the chief executive, and two hours after the board chairman dismissed the allegations against him as lacking ‘credible evidence.’ The board named Kitty Block, an attorney who is president of Humane Society’s international affiliate, as acting chief executive. ‘The last few days have been very hard for our entire family of staff and supporters,’ board chairman Rick Bernthal said in a statement. ‘We are profoundly grateful for Wayne’s unparalleled level of accomplishments and service to the cause of animal protection and welfare.’” http://wapo.st/2DWobYR
BUSINESS BURST — “Fed Limits Wells Fargo Growth, Replaces Directors, Citing ‘Abuses,’” by WSJ’s Ryan Tracy and Emily Glazer: “Wells Fargo will replace four board members and face limits on growing its banking business after an unprecedented action announced Friday by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which cited ‘widespread consumer abuses.’ The harsh rebuke of the third-largest U.S. bank by assets came on the last business day of Janet Yellen’s tenure as chairwoman of the Fed. It prompted Wells Fargo’s stock to fall more than 6% in after-hours trading on Friday. … The Fed has never before imposed such a broad, companywide growth restriction as part of an enforcement action, Fed officials said. Wells Fargo is barred from growing past the $1.95 trillion in assets it had at the end of 2017. Fed officials did say the company can continue to lend and take deposits.” http://on.wsj.com/2FGJ2jy … Yellen farewell interview with PBS Newshour last night http://to.pbs.org/2FIY2gJ
–“Payday Rules Relax on Trump’s Watch After Lobbying by Lenders,” by NYT’s Alan Rappeport: “In mid-April, hundreds of members of the payday lending industry will head to Florida for their annual retreat featuring golf and networking at a plush resort just outside Miami. The resort just happens to be the Trump National Doral Golf Club. It will cap a year in which the industry has gone from villain to victor, the result of a concentrated lobbying campaign that has culminated in the Trump administration’s loosening regulatory grip on payday lenders and a far friendlier approach by the industry’s nemesis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” http://nyti.ms/2DZDwIa
BEYOND THE BELTWAY — “States Look at Establishing Their Own Health Insurance Mandates,” by WSJ’s Stephanie Armour: “At least nine states are considering their own versions of a requirement that residents must have health insurance, a move that could accelerate a divide between Democratic states trying to shore up the Affordable Care Act and Republican states intent on tearing it down.
“Congressional Republicans in December repealed the so-called individual mandate, a pillar of the ACA, as part of their tax overhaul. That cheered conservatives who say people shouldn’t be forced to buy insurance, but it has now energized liberals who say a mandate is needed to ensure coverage and keep premiums low. Maryland lawmakers are pursuing a plan to replace the ACA mandate, which requires most people to pay a penalty if they don’t have coverage. California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, are publicly considering similar ideas.” http://on.wsj.com/2nHrVqa
WHITE HOUSE DEPARTURE LOUNGE – “National Security Council official behind 5G memo leaves White House,” by WaPo’s Josh Rogin: “The author of a memo arguing for a government takeover of development of the nation’s 5G mobile network has been removed from the National Security Council staff. The memo’s unauthorized release this week caused uproar in the telecom community and created embarrassment for the White House A senior administration official confirmed to me that Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding is no longer serving as NSC senior director for strategic planning.” http://wapo.st/2FGM1sn
****** A message from the Alliance for American Manufacturing: President Trump promised swift action to stand up for steel jobs and safeguard national security when he launched a “Section 232” investigation into steel imports last April. But the president has yet to make good on that pledge. Meanwhile, steel imports surged 15.5 percent in 2017. Several steel mills closed and laid off workers. Tens of thousands of jobs across America continue to be at risk — along with America’s ability to equip our military and build critical infrastructure. Even in this digital age, steel undergirds our military power, not to mention critical infrastructure. See why the Section 232 steel action matters for American jobs and security. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLUXhGWM7x4 ******
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 15 keepers http://politi.co/2E9Rsmh
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
— “Women Once Ruled the Computer World. When Did Silicon Valley Become Brotopia?” by Emily Chang in Bloomberg in an excerpt of “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley”: “How the tech industry sabotaged itself and its own pipeline of talent.” https://bloom.bg/2DZd2H2 … $25.20 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2m1OJkM
— “The Trippy, High-Speed World of Drone Racing,” by Ian Frazier in The New Yorker: “There is no slacker component to the new generation of talented young pilots who like to fool around with quadcopters.” http://bit.ly/2E9U6bH
— “The Mutilated and the Disappeared,” by Alice Driver in Longreads: “A visit to the only shelter in Mexico for migrants who have been mutilated along the migrant trail.” http://bit.ly/2EAyYci
— “The Predatory Genius,” by Terry Teachout in Commentary Magazine – per ALDaily.com’s description: “He was the greatest choreographer of the 20th century. But his treatment of female dancers looks a lot like sexual predation. What will become of George Balanchine’s reputation?” http://bit.ly/2BQssv4
— “The Indomitable [Hilary Geary] Ross: Palm Beach’s Hilary Geary Ross Takes on Washington,” by Michele Meyer on the cover of January’s Palm Beach Illustrated: “‘I placed masks with Wilbur’s face on sticks at each place setting and requested guests wear them. That was quite a visual. Imagine, 350 Wilburs!’ Grander gestures include transforming their Palm Beach ballroom into Club R, where an aerialist poured Champagne into guests’ glasses while swinging upside down from a trapeze.” http://bit.ly/2rNntvx … The cover http://politi.co/2EkhsJv
— “The Woman Behind the Lens: Meet White House Photographer Shealah Craighead,” by Rachel Epstein in Marie Claire: “One year into Donald Trump’s presidency, his photographer reflects on her journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and what she hopes to capture now that she’s there.” http://bit.ly/2EccKzS
— “Forensic Science Put Jimmy Genrich in Prison for 24 Years. What if It Wasn’t Science?” by Meehan Crist and Tim Requarth on the cover of The Nation: “A special investigation reveals a disastrous flaw affecting thousands of criminal convictions.” http://bit.ly/2FHgAy6 … The cover http://politi.co/2DYsLWv
— “Who buys a child for sex? Otherwise ordinary men,” by Tim Swarens in the Indy Star: “Buyers who fuel the child sex trade are seldom held accountable. Most leave behind their victims to blend back into their families and neighborhoods.” http://indy.st/2DVrVdm
— “Dirty Gold, Clean Cash” – The Miami Herald: “A river of gold controlled by drug lords runs through Miami.” http://hrld.us/2EahVA8
— “What Does It Mean to Die?” by Rachel Aviv in The New Yorker: “When Jahi McMath was declared brain-dead by the hospital, her family disagreed. Her case challenges the very nature of existence.” http://bit.ly/2EyzEiq
— “What It’s Like to Be Rolodexed: One Candidate’s Journey into the Reality of Political Fundraising,” by Paul Perry in the Intercept: “As the campaign dragged on and their sense of the weakness of the field and my campaign gathering strength, my finance director started getting more calls from [the DCCC] finance people. They wanted weekly numbers, down to the number of hours I had spent on the phone with donors each week, how much money I had raised on a weekly and daily basis, and even average contribution estimates.” http://bit.ly/2DZEtjC
— “When and Why Nationalism Beats Globalism,” by Jonathan Haidt in the American Interest in July 2016: “And how moral psychology can help explain and reduce tensions between the two.” http://bit.ly/2nCTPng
— “Standoff,” by the Dallas Morning News’ Jamie Thompson: “How the Dallas SWAT team cornered and killed the July 7 police shooter.” http://bit.ly/2GIyCkv
— “The Astronaut Who Might Actually Get Us to Mars,” by Katy Vine in Texas Monthly’s February issue: “The improbable journey of Franklin Chang Díaz, who immigrated to the U.S. at eighteen, became an astronaut, tied the record for most spaceflights, and now might hold the key to deep space travel.” http://bit.ly/2EyzMhU
— “A Kingdom from Dust,” by Mark Arax in California Sunday: “Stewart Resnick is the biggest farmer in the United States, a fact he has tried to keep hidden while he has shaped what we eat, transformed California’s landscape, and ruled entire towns. But the one thing he can’t control is what he’s most dependent on — water.” http://bit.ly/2DW9BVo (h/t Longform.org)
SPOTTED: former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) in the last row of first class on Alaska Airlines flight 5 from DCA to LAX this morning – pic http://bit.ly/2FGaBcO
SPOTTED at Matt McDonald’s 40th birthday party last night at the Metropolitan Club: Kevin Madden, Dan Ronayne, Tom Kise, Danny Diaz, Brian Jones, Patrick Bruchette, Joe Kildea, Adam Temple
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Amanda Kitchen, RGA fundraiser (hubby tip: fiancé Devin O’Malley)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Fred Hochberg, former chairman of the Export-Import Bank and now a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. How he got his start in politics: “I ran for school treasurer in high school. My campaign slogan: ‘Fred gets the bread!’ I won and was hooked.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2nEUJ2P
BIRTHDAYS: Matt Rhoades, founder of Definers Public Affairs, is 43 (hat tips: Tim Griffin and Andy Hemming) … Arthur Levitt, the longest-serving SEC chairman, is 87 … Jose Antonio Vargas, founder/CEO of Define American, is 37 … Seth Lavin … Virginia Boney … Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, is 6-0 (h/t Anne Schroeder) … former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) is 85 … Kathryn Lyons, managing editor at FamousDC (h/t Amos Snead) … Amy Chapman … Mark Webster … Billy Shore, executive chairman of No Kid Hungry and Share Our Strength, is 62 … Anne Muscarella, director of comms at OZY … Marianna Delafield … former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is 75 … Adriana Brizuela is 3-0 … Amy Chapman … John Hendren … Mike Ryan … SKDK’s Justine Turner … Romen Borsellino … Kyle Tharp of NGP VAN … James Holm, executive producer of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” is 46 … MaryAlice Parks, deputy political director at ABC News (h/ts Chris Kimmel and Arlette Saenz) … Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) is 59 … Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is 48 … Janet Kanzawa … RALLY principal Latia Curry … Lys Mendez, chief comms officer at Liberty Hill Foundation …
… Josh Lipsky, speechwriter and adviser to IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, is 32 (h/t Herbie Ziskend) … Dave Arnold, Tesla’s global communications director (h/ts Juleanna Glover and Kam Mumtaz) … Fox News contributor Lisa Marie Boothe … Rebecca Mark of Cruise Automation … Sean McCormick … Dana Thomas, contributing editor for T: The New York Times Style magazine and author of “Gods and Kings and Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster” (h/t Ben Chang) … Neal Carruth, GM of podcasting at NPR, is 41 … Lisa Francis … Edelman’s Steve Weiss … Jonathan Lachman, COO of Leap Motion … Tara Kutz … Chris DeRose … Al Shofe … Lawrence Kluttz … Dennis Cariello … Alex Boian … Katina Niarchos … Ruth Axton … Diana Hartstein Beinart … Marianne Delafield … Kim Sneed … Al Shofe … Zaida Hill Ricker … Clay Hollis … Jessica Ann Levandowski … Morgan Fairchild is 68 (h/t AP)
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
–ABC’s “This Week”: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) … Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas). Panel: Mary Bruce, Bill Kristol, Roland Martin, Jen Psaki and Anthony Scaramucci
–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) … Leon Panetta. National Security panel: Michael Morrell, Victoria Nuland and Fran Townsend … National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci. Political panel: Molly Ball, Slate and Jamelle Bouie, Ben Domenech and Julie Pace … author Steve Coll
–“Fox News Sunday”: Leon Panetta … Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). Panel: Howard Kurtz, Jonathan Swan, Gillian Turner and Mo Elleithee. “Power Player of the Week” with U.S. Army Center of Military History executive director Charles R. Bowery
–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Reince Priebus … John Brennan … Bryant Gumbel. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Hugh Hewitt, Eugene Robinson and Amy Walter
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) … Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio). Panel: Jennifer Granholm, Mike Rogers, Rick Santorum and Rep. Karen Bass (R-Calif.)
–CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Julie Pace, Michael Bender, Nia-Malika Henderson and Manu Raju
–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Jordan’s King Abdullah II
–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Chris Ruddy. Panel: David Zurawik, Hadas Gold and Michael Isikoff … Julia Ioffe … Julian Zelizer … Margaret Sullivan
–Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) … Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) … James Kallstrom. Panel: Mary Kissel and Lee Carter
–Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Sean Spicer … Rachael Bade … Mollie Hemingway … Jessica Tarlov … Cathy Areu … Gayle Trotter
—Univision’s “Al Punto”: Carlos Diaz-Rosillo … wife of deportee (Jorge Garcia) Cindy Garcia … author and journalist Laura Wildes-Muñoz and immigration activists and DREAMers Alex Aldana and Melody Klingenfuss … actress Rita Moreno … ousted FEPADE (Mexican) prosecutor Santiago Nieto … Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández
–C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Omtron Automation engineering manager for the Americas’ Mike Chen … DJI strategic partnership director Michael Perry … Kickstarter west coast design & tech outreach lead Clarissa Redwine … Robolink CEO Hansol Hong … Robolink coding instructor Arnold Suarez … “Newsmakers”: Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips, questioned by Politico’s Maggie Severns and Bloomberg News’ Bill Allison … “Q&A”: Author and baseball statistician Bill James
–MSNBC’s “Kasie DC”: Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) … Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) … Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) … Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) … Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) … Reuters’ Jeff Mason … John McLaughlin … Erica Werner … Mike Memoli … Dave Wasserman … congressional candidate Lauren Baer … Dana Milbank … Seung Min Kim
–Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2mGabdq): CBS News correspondent Bianna Golodryga.
****** A message from the Alliance for American Manufacturing: Steel is America’s strength, but the industry faces a wave of imports from countries like Korea, China, Russia, Turkey, and Brazil. These steel imports threaten tens of thousands of jobs and our national security. Only one American company now makes the type of steel needed for the electric grid, and only one supplies the steel used to make Virginia-class submarines. President Trump repeatedly has promised to stand up for American-made steel — and it’s time for him to keep that promise. See why the Section 232 steel action matters for American jobs and security. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLUXhGWM7x4 ******
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