FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — FUNNY OR DIE and BILLY EICHNER are launching a nonprofit “Glam Up The Midterms” — a campaign focused on under-40-year-old voters in the midterm election. The group tells Playbook it will spend $8 million on the most competitive congressional districts. Their plan: use online mobilization tactics and an analytics program to engage younger voters and hold live comedy events. The team includes: political strategists Lou Frillman and Tim Lim and Funny or Die’s Brad Jenkins and David Litt. The launch video http://bit.ly/2Ezs6Mx
Happy Friday. THE STORY OF THE WEEK — RACHAEL BADE and BURGESS EVERETT in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia — “FBI memo firestorm engulfs GOP retreat: Republicans wanted to tout their accomplishments and agenda. Instead, all they got asked about what was Devin Nunes’ memo”: “Republican lawmakers often complain when President Donald Trump’s controversial comments suck up the headlines and undercut their messaging. But this week, they tripped over their own feet. The firestorm over whether to release a classified, GOP-crafted memo alleging FBI misconduct has totally drowned out the House-Senate GOP retreat here in West Virginia. Republicans wanted to tout their tax bill and advocate for their 2018 priorities, from infrastructure to military spending.
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“But the controversial document of their own making seemed to be the only thing reporters wanted to talk about. The rank and file and leadership alike were peppered with questions about the memo drafted by aides to House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. Fully seven out of the nine questions asked during a joint news conference with Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell centered on it. Reporters grilled them on the FBI director’s opposition to unveiling the document and whether they thought Nunes, a Trump-loyalist, should remain chairman.” http://politi.co/2nuLZwR
— WAPO’S PHIL RUCKER, ASHLEY PARKER and JOSH DAWSEY: “‘Never any hesitation’: Trump was quickly persuaded to support memo’s release” http://wapo.st/2rVW9uY
INTERESTING … — From Ryan spokesman AshLee Strong: “The speaker is in favor of greater transparency. If it is scrubbed to ensure it does not reveal sources and methods of our intelligence gathering, the speaker supports the release of the Democrats’ memo.”
— CNN’S PHIL MATTINGLY — @Phil_Mattingly: “McConnell on the memo: ‘I don’t have any suggestions to make to the Speaker, I think he’s handling this just right.’”
FBI FALLOUT — “Memo showdown puts Wray in line of fire,” by Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn: “FBI Director Christopher Wray is in a bind. Having declared ‘grave concerns’ about the disclosure of a classified, Republican-written memo detailing alleged surveillance abuses directed at a Trump campaign adviser, he now must grapple with the likelihood that President Donald Trump will defy him and order the document cleared for public release. …
“The high-stakes showdown over tactics used in the FBI’s investigation of alleged Russian influence in Trump’s orbit comes just six months into Wray’s tenure, as he’s trying to prove himself to the bureau’s roughly 35,000 employees. ‘He’s got to be the guardian of the FBI writ large and is doing things right,’ former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko said. ‘He doesn’t have a big, personal dog in some of these fights. … It all predated Chris Wray showing up, but it’s about: How does the workforce view him and how do they view his leadership?’” http://politi.co/2EAPk4Y
— FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY — @Comey: “All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy.”
— “White House worried FBI director could quit over Nunes memo release,” by CNN’s Dana Bash, Jeff Zeleny and Evan Perez: “Top White House aides are worried FBI Director Christopher Wray could quit if the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools is released, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell CNN.
“Wray has made clear he is frustrated that President Donald Trump picked him to lead the FBI after he fired FBI Director James Comey in May, yet his advice on the Nunes memo is being disregarded and cast as part of the purported partisan leadership of the FBI, according to a senior law enforcement official. Wray’s stance is ‘raising hell’ … Wray has not directly threatened to resign after clashing with Trump over the possible release of the memo, the source added, because that is not his style of dealing with conflict.” http://cnn.it/2nvjZsY
ABOUT LAST NIGHT — “After Sending Media Away, President Donald Trump Joked with RNC About Mental Test,” by Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering: “President Donald Trump spoke at an RNC meeting at the Trump International hotel, but the White House press pool was escorted out after he derided them as ‘haters.’ Breitbart News obtained an audio recording of the rest of Trump’s speech as he delighted the crowd by discussing the details of his cognitive exam at Walter Reed Military Hospital. He boasted that he got a ‘30-for-30’ score. … He said that in the beginning of the test, he had to identify sketches of animals, which was pretty easy. …
“Trump said he was up to nine minutes on the treadmill for his physical, even though he was only asked to do five before the doctor asked him if he wanted to keep going. ‘I said, “What do I have to prove?”’ he said. ‘I’m telling you, I could have gone much longer.’ … He also mocked protest candidate Evan McMullin in Utah, without mentioning his name. ‘Remember when they had that clown come out? That’s the guy that nobody ever heard of, supposed to be beating me?’ he asked. ‘Hillary beat him in Utah.’” http://bit.ly/2DXyNac
–SPOTTED in the audience for Trump’s Q&A with RNC members last night at the Trump hotel: Bob Paduchik, Kayleigh McEnany, David Bossie, Ralph Reed, Randy Evans, Henry Barbour, Ron Kaufman, Terri Lynn Land, and Jim Brandell.
****** 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 ******
HANNITY THE INTEL EXPERT — “Sean Hannity Has Been Advising Donald Trump on the Nunes Memo, Because of Course He Has,” by the Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng: “[B]y all indications, the president is less amenable to the concerns of his own FBI than those shared by a less formal, more bombastic adviser. That adviser is Sean Hannity, who has been hyping the so-called Nunes memo all week, and with whom the president continues to speak regularly.
“According to three sources with knowledge of their conversations, Trump has been in regular contact with Hannity over the phone in recent weeks, as the Fox News primetime star and Trump ally has encouraged the prompt release of a controversial four page memo crafted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. Hannity has gone to the wall to push for the public release of the memo, which the Intelligence Committee and its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), authorized this week in a party-line vote despite the classified information therein.” http://thebea.st/2BOtQOM
— “With Memo, Devin Nunes, Once a Scourge of the Hard Right, Becomes Its Hero,” by NYT’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Matt Rosenberg: “Representative Devin Nunes once called fellow Republicans ‘lemmings in suicide vests.’ Now it is Mr. Nunes, Republican of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who appears ready to blow things up — in this case the delicate relationship between American intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the committee that oversees them.” http://nyti.ms/2GEwhqV
BAD SIGN FOR MANAFORT AND TRUMP? “Lawyers for Rick Gates withdraw from Russia case,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Three attorneys representing Rick Gates told a federal court Thursday they are immediately withdrawing as counsel for the former Donald Trump campaign aide, who is fighting special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of him on money laundering and other charges.
“Lawyers Shanlon Wu, Walter Mack and Annemarie McAvoy said in a two-page motion that they would explain the reasons for their abrupt move in documents filed under seal with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. … While Gates’ shift in legal strategy was a surprise, speculation had been mounting that the longtime GOP operative might be seeking to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.” http://politi.co/2BMYqZl
FOR YOUR RADAR — “White House Wants Pentagon to Offer More Options on North Korea,” by NYT’s Mark Landler and Helene Cooper: “The White House has grown frustrated in recent weeks by what it considers the Pentagon’s reluctance to provide President Trump with options for a military strike against North Korea, according to officials, the latest sign of a deepening split in the administration over how to confront the nuclear-armed regime of Kim Jong-un.
“The national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, believes that for Mr. Trump’s warnings to North Korea to be credible, the United States must have well-developed military plans … But the Pentagon, they say, is worried that the White House is moving too hastily toward military action on the Korean Peninsula that could escalate catastrophically. Giving the president too many options, the officials said, could increase the odds that he will act.” http://nyti.ms/2DXuUSg
NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — “Poll: Trump SOTU address earned high marks,” by Steve Shepard: “A combined 62 percent of speech-watchers called Trump’s performance ‘excellent’ or ‘good,’ with 17 percent saying Trump did only a fair job, and another 20 percent calling the speech ‘poor.'” http://politi.co/2E6Ci1f
FOGGY BOTTOM — MORE THAN A YEAR IN … – “At Tillerson’s State Department, Seven of Nine Top Jobs Are Empty,” by Bloomberg’s Bill Faries and Mira Rojanasakul: “With [Tom] Shannon’s departure, seven of the top nine jobs at the department will be empty. Those vacant posts include positions overseeing the agency’s role in U.S. trade policy, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, refugee issues and efforts to counter human trafficking.” https://bloom.bg/2DVdsOB
DNC MOVES — “DNC hires Mary Beth Cahill as interim CEO,” by Gabe Debenedetti and Isaac Dovere: “The Democratic National Committee has hired Mary Beth Cahill as its interim CEO, replacing — at least temporarily — Jess O’Connell, who stepped down in a surprise on Monday. Cahill is best known as one of the presidential campaign managers for John Kerry in 2004. She was also an executive director of EMILY’s List and worked for a number of other top Democratic politicians, including the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.” http://politi.co/2Eb7OLk
— CAHILL emailed friends and colleagues that she was taking the position for “a three month period as [DNC Chair Tom Perez] begins the search process for a permanent CEO.”
GRIMM’S CASH — “Former Rep. Michael Grimm gets sweet deal to pay off enormous debt owed to major lobbying firm,” by N.Y. Daily News’ Greg B. Smith: “Disgraced ex-Congressman Michael Grimm, who’s running for his old job carrying President Trump’s ‘drain the swamp’ torch, got a pretty sweet deal from one of the swamp’s biggest lobbying firms, records show. Grimm, who stepped down in 2014 after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges, owed the lobbyist law firm of Squire Patton Boggs $421,788 as of last summer.
“Last fall Grimm’s spokesman, Michael Caputo, told the Daily News the entire debt had been paid off in a ‘confidential settlement’ that would be revealed in the next campaign disclosure report. The report … showed that Grimm had paid the firm Sept. 19 — but not anywhere near $421,000. The payment listed was $25,000.
“That means Grimm, if elected, would go to Congress with a six-figure debt forgiven by one of the most entrenched lobbying firms in Washington, D.C. … Pressed for more details, Caputo emailed, ‘Please print out my statement, roll it into a little ball, and shove it up your tight liberal a– Greg. Reporters like you are why Donald Trump won.’ He said Grimm’s rival, GOP Rep. Dan Donovan, still owes political consultant Bradley Tusk $70,000 from a failed campaign for attorney general in 2010.” http://nydn.us/2GGDLK4
TRUMP’S FRIDAY — The president is meeting with North Korean defectors in the morning before leaving for the Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center, where he will take a tour and hold a roundtable at the facility. He and first lady Melania Trump will leave later that afternoon for Palm Beach, Florida.
THE JUICE …
— THE NRCC reported spending $435,229.03 to boost Rick Saccone in the special House race in Pennsylvania.
HARASSMENT FILES — “Humane Society keeps CEO after sexual harassment complaints, prompting seven board members to resign,” by WaPo’s Danielle Paquette: “The Humane Society of the United States voted Thursday to keep chief executive Wayne Pacelle in his job after an internal investigation identified three complaints of sexual harassment against him. Seven board members resigned in protest immediately after the decision. The move to keep Pacelle at the helm and close the investigation defied demands by major donors to cut ties with the longtime chief executive — or risk losing their support.” http://wapo.st/2nuRrjt
–“Penn will remove ‘Wynn Commons’ name and rescind honorary degrees from Steve Wynn and Bill Cosby,” by the Daily Pennsylvanian’s Rebecca Tan and Sarah Fortinsky: “Nearly a week after reports emerged of a decades-long pattern of alleged sexual misconduct by former Penn Trustee Steve Wynn, the University announced on Thursday that it will revoke Wynn’s honorary degree, which was granted in 2006, remove the name ‘Wynn Commons’ from the common area outside Houston Hall, and remove Wynn’s name from the scholarship fund that he established by donation. … Early on Feb. 1, the name ‘Wynn’ in the large seal outside Houston Hall was covered with a metal rectangle.” http://bit.ly/2FD9cne
NOTHING TO SEE HERE — “C.I.A. Director Defends Meeting With Russian Spy Chiefs,” by NYT’s Matt Rosenberg: “The C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, pushed back on Thursday against suggestions that a visit to the United States by Russian intelligence chiefs had contributed to the Trump administration’s delay in imposing fresh sanctions on Moscow, saying in a letter that American officials ‘pull no punches’ when sitting down with their Russian counterparts. The meetings were focused on how the United States and Russia could better cooperate on counterterrorism issues, not sanctions, Mr. Pompeo said, noting that previous C.I.A. directors had had similar encounters. ‘We periodically meet with our Russian intelligence counterparts for the same reason our predecessors did — to keep Americans safe,’ Mr. Pompeo wrote.” http://nyti.ms/2DTRqjf
HMM — “CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak,” by WaPo’s Lena H. Sun: “Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said. The CDC programs, part of a global health security initiative, train front-line workers in outbreak detection and work to strengthen laboratory and emergency response systems in countries where disease risks are greatest. The goal is to stop future outbreaks at their source.” http://wapo.st/2DWuM9O
IF YOU READ ONE THING — WILLIAM D. COHAN in Vanity Fair, “‘F***ing Sith Lord, ‘Horrific Leakers,’ and ‘Berserkazoid Craziness: The Mooch Recalls His Brief Shining Fortnight at the Center of American Politics”: About the Ryan Lizza call: “‘Do I think I’m being recorded?’ he continued. ‘I do not. That’s my mistake. Do I think the conversation was off the record? A hundred percent I do. Do I say that it’s off the record? I don’t, but I feel that I have a personal rapport with a human being, and inside the spirit of human relations, journalists and their sources know what’s on and off the record … In a later call I said, “Listen, call David Remnick [the editor of The New Yorker] and yourself, and let’s have an agreement here that you’re not gonna publish this story. I’ll get you 10 other stories. We’ll work on a deal. I’ll fly you around on Air Force One. This is unfair to me. It’s completely and totally off the record.”’
“But Lizza wouldn’t go for that deal. ‘No,’ he told Scaramucci. ‘Me and David have already talked. I’m just giving you the heads-up that we’re publishing this story.’ (Lizza said in his e-mail to me that in his audio recording of this second conversation with Scaramucci, there are no offers of ‘10 other stories’ or ‘rides on Air Force One.’ He added, ‘I’m afraid that as with so much that comes out of his mouth, this is another lie.’)” http://bit.ly/2GGtnly
–ANOTHER GREAT BITE: “Even though, according to Scaramucci, [John] Kelly did not officially fire him until 9:37 A.M. Monday morning [on July 31], he said he knew by 7:14 A.M. that he had been fired. ‘How do I know at 7:14 on Monday that I’m getting fired?’ he said. ‘Nick Ayers, who is now the new chief of staff for Vice President Pence, is trying to reach me on the White House bat phone. … I’ve got the White House-encrypted cell phone. Nick Ayers is texting me on my regular phone, saying, in effect, “Hey, Mooch, why aren’t you answering the White House-encrypted bat phone?” “O.K., let me turn it on.” I turn it on. It’s inoperable. There’s no e-mail and there’s no cell service. They’ve disconnected my phone. Now I know I’m getting fired, but I’m just waiting for it.”
BEYOND THE BELTWAY — “Federal judge says Fla. system for restoring ex-felon’s voting rights unconstitutional,” by Politico Florida’s Matt Dixon in Tallahassee: “In a blistering order filed Thursday night, a federal judge said Florida’s process for restoring voter’s rights shaped by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration was unconstitutional and driven by campaign politics. … U.S. District Judge Mark Walker … took note of the case of Steven Warner, a white man who illegally voted during the 2010 election, when Scott first appeared on the ballot as a gubernatorial candidate.
“Three years later, he went before the clemency board to have his voting rights restored. When Scott asked him about the illegal vote during the hearing, Warner said ‘actually, I voted for you.’ ‘The governor laughed. “I probably shouldn’t respond to that.” A few seconds passed. The governor then granted the former felon his voting rights,’ wrote Walker in describing the exchange in Thursday’s ruling.” http://politi.co/2DWFXzi
****** 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 ******
VALLEY TALK – “Tech Giants Power to New Heights,” by WSJ’s Laura Stevens, Tripp Mickle and Jack Nicas: “Three of the biggest tech companies reported record quarterly financial results on Thursday as they extended their dominance over swaths of the global economy. Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. — with a combined market value of more than $2 trillion — all boosted growth by broadening their reach into new areas. Apple’s revenue rose 13% to $88.29 billion, fueled by its move to increase smartphone prices behind its new flagship iPhone X, released in November at $1,000. The company, whose profits topped $20 billion for the first time, is also increasingly benefiting from its services business, including App Store sales and music and payments services.
“Google parent Alphabet recorded its 32nd consecutive quarter of revenue growth of 20% or more, continuing a dominant run as it handles more than 90% of internet searches and owns the world’s most influential video site. Google is building in other areas, including cloud computing, a business that Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said brings in $1 billion a quarter. Meanwhile, Amazon—long known for prioritizing growth over earnings—delivered a profit exceeding $1 billion for the first time as its revenue jumped 38% to $60.5 billion.” http://on.wsj.com/2Ebk4fb
CLICKER – “46 Political Scandals That Were ‘Worse Than Watergate’: The brief history of a shopworn cliché that deserves to die,” by Taylor Gee and Zack Stanton: http://politi.co/2DWtgQW
MEDIAWATCH — “Disney Ban Elevated Tension at Los Angeles Times Newsroom,” by NYT’s Sydney Ember: “On the morning of Nov. 3, the newspaper published a note to readers revealing that Disney had barred its journalists from attending advance film screenings in response to a Times investigation into the entertainment company’s business ties with Anaheim, Calif. … During a daily meeting attended by roughly a dozen editors, a staff member proposed publicizing the two-part investigative series that had precipitated the ban. But Lewis D’Vorkin, the recently installed editor in chief of The Times, flatly rejected the idea …
“Later, some journalists received messages by email and Slack warning them against retweeting any praise of Times stories. Many people in the newsroom interpreted Mr. D’Vorkin’s instructions as an attempt to keep attention away from a series displeasing to a powerful company that is one of the newspaper’s advertisers.” http://nyti.ms/2DScnLg
— “Widow of Steve Jobs eyes BuzzFeed deal,” by FT’s Matthew Garrahan in London and Shannon Bond: “The editor of BuzzFeed has had discussions with the company started by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of the late Steve Jobs, about investing in the digital media company’s news division, according to two people with knowledge of the talks. Discussions between Ms Powell Jobs’ company, the Emerson Collective, which last year took a majority stake in The Atlantic magazine, and Buzzfeed’s editor, Ben Smith, are at a preliminary stage and people close to the talks cautioned that a deal may not materialise.” http://on.ft.com/2BOrFL9
SUNDAY SO FAR — NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Reince Priebus … John Brennan … Bryant Gumbel. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Hugh Hewitt, Eugene Robinson, and Amy Walter
–ABC’s “This Week”: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) … Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)
–CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) … National security panel: Michael Morell and Victoria Nuland … Political panel: Molly Ball, Jamelle Bouie, Ben Domenech, and Julie Pace. Dr. Anthony Fauci
–“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) … Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). … Panel: Howard Kurtz, Jonathan Swan, Gillian Turner and Mo Elleithee. … Power Player: Charles R. Bowery, U.S. Army Center of Military History executive director
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Panel: former Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)
–CNN’s “Inside Politics”: Julie Pace, Mike Bender, Nia-Malika Henderson, Manu Raju
SPOTTED: Jason Miller yesterday in a corner table at the bar at Edgar in the Mayflower Hotel … Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) at LGA deplaning from an American shuttle flight from DCA
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Jason Russell, Washington Examiner contributors editor (hat tip: Alex Rosenwald)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Andy Hemming, senior consultant at public affairs and strategic communications firm Red Flag and a Trump WH and RNC alum, is 32. How he got his start in politics: “Matt Rhoades took me under his wing when I was a lowly intern struggling to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life and helped me land a job on Meg Whitman’s 2010 California gubernatorial campaign. I am forever indebted to him.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2DQUicr
BIRTHDAYS: NBC News political director Carrie Dann (h/t Olivia Petersen) … Gabriella Uli of WH cabinet affairs … Michael Luo, editor of NewYorker.com … Teddy Downey, CEO and executive editor of the Capitol Forum (h/t Blain Rethmeier) … The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins … Paul Bedard, who writes the Washington Examiner’s Washington Secrets column (h/ts Ron and Sara Bonjean) … The Hill’s Reid Wilson (h/t Tim Burger) … Nika Nour, director of federal gov’t affairs at the Entertainment Software Association … Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is 66 … LA Times’ Ben Oreskes … Robin Gilchrist … Barry Diller is 76 … Dan Knight, managing associate at CLS Strategies … Aaron Keyak, managing director and co-founder of Bluelight Strategies … Anita Ford … Emily Howell … Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) is 71 … Adrienne Lee Benson, currently clerking for the DC Circuit (hubby tip: Nate Cushman) … Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy … Howard Rubenstein is 86 … Bobby Whithorne, director of North America comms at GoFundMe …
… Kristina Baum, chief spokesperson and external communications supervisor at Chevron Phillips … Jen Duck … Grace Embler … Sean Evins, government and politics outreach manager at Facebook, is 32 … Ellen Malcolm, founder and board chair of EMILY’s List (h/t Jon Haber) … Ben Lacy … Clare Randt … Edelman’s Mina Sharif … Nicky Sampogna … Haley Ast … Fred McClure … Traci Kraus, director of gov’t relations at Cummins – she and Aaron recently welcomed Sloane Danielle Kraus — pic http://bit.ly/2mEE5jn … Jonathan Mudd, executive director of media, corporate communications and public affairs at Tenor Communications … Cody Johnson of Aramco Services Company … Sally Albright … Ella Vought … Ahmir Rashid … Sabrina Phillips … David Pakman is 34 … Stephanie Judge … Lance Khazei … Bill Plantan (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing is 92 (h/t AP)
****** 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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