Good Saturday morning. FOUR ITEMS that illustrate the times we are living in … THE OPPONENT to the speaker of the House had a $1-million quarter. THE AFRICAN UNION decried the president’s remarks as racist and xenophobic. A VETERAN REPUBLICAN senator is getting railed on in rural Iowa for the president’s behavior. AND NEWSPAPER FRONTS are asking if the president is a racist.
— PLAYBOOK SCOOP: RANDY BRYCE, the Wisconsin Democrat who is challenging Speaker Paul Ryan, brought in an eye-popping $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to his campaign. His team also noted it had gotten contributions from 82,000 individuals with 102,000 contributions averaging $24 to $25. The strong fundraising push by Bryce comes as there has been widespread speculation about Ryan’s political future and how long he’ll remain atop House GOP leadership.
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RYAN has won — quite comfortably — in a R+5 district for nearly two decades. Very few people expect that to change at this point. But the massive dough that Bryce is pulling down could illustrate the general national dissatisfaction with Republican leadership.
— THE AFRICAN UNION’s mission to the United Nations met in emergency session and released a statement saying it is “extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks attributed to the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media.” The group demanded an apology and said it is “concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color.”
GHANA PRESIDENT NANA AKUFO-ADDO (@NAkufoAddo): “The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are ‘shithole countries’ is extremely unfortunate. We are certainly not a ‘shithole country’. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.”
HOW LINDSEY GRAHAM REPLIED TO TRUMP, per Julie Hirschfeld Davis of the NYT: “‘America is an idea, not a race,’ Mr. Graham said, according to three people familiar with the exchange on Thursday. Diversity was a strength, he said, not a weakness. And by the way, the senator added, he himself was a descendant of immigrants who came to the United States from ‘shithole countries with no skills.’” http://nyti.ms/2DqQQpA
— DES MOINES REGISTER’S JASON NOBLE in LOGAN, IOWA: “U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley faced relentless questioning about President Donald Trump’s fitness for office and his own handling of the investigation into Russian election meddling at a rural town meeting here Friday morning.
“Amid a smattering of questions about trucking regulations, homeopathic medicine and pension security, a steady stream of attendees pressed Grassley to defend his handling of the ongoing Russia investigation and to offer his views on Trump’s conduct on the job.
“‘Are you not personally concerned about his fitness to serve? If not, why not? Because I’m very concerned,’ Mary Mikels, a retired 67-year-old from nearby Portsmouth, asked Grassley. Grassley deflected that question, saying he wasn’t qualified to make a psychiatric assessment, but Mikels persisted. ‘He gets on Twitter and says the last thing that Fox News told him to say,’ she said. ‘That’s not presidential. It’s concerning. Are you personally concerned?’
“‘I have a job to do,’ Grassley replied. ‘I’m not president of the United States. I’m a check on the president of the United States. That’s my constitutional responsibility. I’m going to do what I can under our constitution to make sure that nothing bad happens to our country.’” http://dmreg.co/2D08E9Y … A1 bug in the Des Moines Register: “TOWN MEETING DOMINATED BY TRUMP CRITICISM”
IF YOU’RE A REPUBLICAN CONSULTANT, this is a bad sign. Republicans were counting on individual lawmakers being seen as separate from the Trump brand. Republicans should be ready for more, not less questions about Trump in the 2018 midterms. It’s hard to see voters being satisfied by answers like the one Grassley offered.
NEW HOUSE RACE RATINGS — DAVE WASSERMAN at the COOK POLITICAL REPORT — @Redistrict:“Hot off the press: our latest @CookPolitical House Ratings. 40 competitive GOP seats (4 Lean D, 15 Toss Up, 21 Lean R). 9 competitive Dem seats (4 Toss Up, 5 Lean D).” http://bit.ly/2D9BM1Y
— ACROSS THE NATION … BOSTON GLOBE FRONT PAGE, banner headline: “‘MR. PRESIDENT, ARE YOU A RACIST?’” http://bit.ly/2mrFR77 … MIAMI HERALD: “Diaz-Balart was there, won’t say whether Trump disparaged Haiti” http://bit.ly/2Dd97sY … PALM BEACH POST: “Local Haitians, state politicians decry remarks” http://bit.ly/2AXfMSC
DETROIT FREE PRESS BANNER HEADLINE: “Trump didn’t save auto jobs in ‘17: Despite his pressure on automakers and some hires, employment declined across industry” http://bit.ly/2CYSWMz
WHAT’S ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MIND FROM MAR-A-LAGO — @realDonaldTrump at 8:13 a.m.: “Yesterday was a big day for the stock market. Jobs are coming back to America. Chrysler is coming back to the USA, from Mexico and many others will follow. Tax cut money to employees is pouring into our economy with many more companies announcing. American business is hot again!” … at 8:14 a.m.: “The Democrats are all talk and no action. They are doing nothing to fix DACA. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!” … at 8:14 a.m.: “AMERICA FIRST!”
… at 9:20 a.m.: “Yesterday was another big day for jobs and the Stock Market. Chrysler coming back to U.S. (Michigan) from Mexico and many more companies paying out Tax Cut money to employees. If Dems won in November, Market would have TANKED! It was headed for disaster.” … at 9:20 a.m.: “I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA. They are all talk and no action. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Too bad!”
— ACTUALLY: Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are under tremendous pressure to get a DACA deal.
GOV’T SHUTDOWN UPDATE — The government runs out of spending authority on Friday. Washington has four days to figure out how to avoid a shutdown. AT THIS POINT the most likely scenario is a stopgap funding bill that goes till Feb. 23.
TRUMP’S PHYSICAL — per travel pooler Steven Miller of the Washington Times: “‘The President’s physical exam [Friday] at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well. The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.’ Dr. Ronny Jackson”.
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THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON BOMBSHELL — “Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence,” by WSJ’s Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo: “A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. Michael Cohen, who spent nearly a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, arranged payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Mr. Cohen … Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, has privately alleged the encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament on the shore of Lake Tahoe … Mr. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005. …
“‘These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,’ a White House official said, responding to the allegation of a sexual encounter involving Mr. Trump and Ms. Clifford. The official declined to respond to questions about an agreement with Ms. Clifford. It isn’t known whether Mr. Trump was aware of any agreement or payment involving her.” http://on.wsj.com/2Dd4Vt0
THE BIG PICTURE — PETER BAKER in the NYT, “A President Who Fans, Rather Than Douses, the Nation’s Racial Fires”: “As he signed a proclamation marking the holiday next week honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Trump on Friday recalled the civil rights leader’s message that ‘no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are created equal by God.’ … Mr. Trump’s comment to lawmakers that the United States should accept more immigrants from places like Norway instead of from Haiti or ‘shithole countries’ in Africa did not sound consistent with the notion that all people are equal no matter the place of their birth or the color of their skin. …
“Mr. Trump has said so many things on so many occasions that have rubbed the raw edges of race in America that they have raised the larger issue. A country tainted at its founding by slavery and struggling with that legacy ever since is now led by a chief executive who, intentionally or not, has fanned, rather than doused, the fires that divide white, black and brown.” http://nyti.ms/2AWZPvI
– “Trump’s history of breaking decorum with remarks on race, ethnicity,” by NBC News’ Vivian Salama: “A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances. It was her first time meeting the president, and when she was done briefing, he had a question for her. ‘Where are you from?’ the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange. New York, she replied.
“Trump was unsatisfied and asked again … Referring to the president’s hometown, she offered that she, too, was from Manhattan. But that’s not what the president was after. He wanted to know where ‘your people’ are from … After the analyst revealed that her parents are Korean, Trump turned to an adviser in the room and seemed to suggest her ethnicity should determine her career path, asking why the ‘pretty Korean lady’ isn’t negotiating with North Korea on his administration’s behalf.” http://nbcnews.to/2r2QEKz
ELIANA JOHNSON — “‘John Kelly is the man Fred Trump always wanted Donald Trump to be’”: “President Donald Trump stirs up so many problems on a daily basis that his chief of staff, John Kelly, has come to define his success in terms of his ability to solve them. ‘If we end the day in neutral,’ Kelly has told close associates on several occasions, ‘it’s a good day.’ Kelly still blames himself for returning to Washington during the president’s summer vacation at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, the day Trump condemned both sides for violence that erupted during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“It was the first time Kelly spent an extended period away from the president after taking over from Reince Priebus in late July, and he felt that Trump might have avoided the ensuing public relations catastrophe had he been there. … Current and former colleagues say that even as Kelly has taken greater control over legislative affairs—in late December, he announced that the administration’s congressional liaison, Marc Short, would report directly to him—he has a dim view of lawmakers, sometimes referring to them as ‘a bunch of idiots,’ according to two White House aides. …
“A month after the presidential election, 10 former White House chiefs of staff convened with President-elect Trump’s incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus to offer their advice about how to succeed in the job. When Kelly replaced Priebus in July, several of the same men, including Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley and Josh Bolten, reached out to Kelly, who did not respond to their overtures.” http://politi.co/2AXIYcq
— SEVERAL REPUBLICAN lawmakers have complained about Kelly. They say he doesn’t return lawmakers’ calls and has a lockdown on getting to the president. Of course, that’s by design — he doesn’t want Trump acting as a free agent. That being said, that lawmakers can’t get to the chief of staff is an issue for elected officials.
FOR YOUR RADAR — “U.S. ultimatum on nuclear deal, new sanctions draw Iran threat,” by Reuters’ Andrey Ostroukh in Moscow: “Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against new sanctions imposed by the United States after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix ‘disastrous flaws’ in a deal curbing Tehran’s nuclear program.Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions on Iran for the last time to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact. Washington also imposed sanctions on the head of Iran’s judiciary and others.
“Russia — one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union – called Trump’s comments ‘extremely negative.’ The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans, key backers of the 2015 nuclear deal, to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.” http://reut.rs/2CY0XkE
THE LATEST ON DACA — “Trump’s ‘shithole’ remarks roil immigration talks: A negotiating session Friday produced little progress as the president’s derogatory comments weighed on both parties,” by John Bresnahan, Rachael bade and Heather Caygle: “President Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ remarks have upended sensitive bipartisan talks over immigration and further raised the threat of a government shutdown when funding runs out Jan. 19.
“Even as Trump and senior White House officials scrambled to deal with the furor over his derogatory comments — which senators said came Thursday during a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office — high-level negotiations over the fate of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers bogged down on Capitol Hill on Friday.
“Aides for Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), along with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, took a hard line in the latest discussions with their Democratic counterparts, calling for an end to ‘sanctuary cities’ and raising other enforcement issues that Democrats reject as outside the scope of a potential deal to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In response, staffers for Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) made clear they will not agree to any changes to the current visa diversity program. …
“At one point in Friday’s session, an aide to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked the DHS officials if they were representing the White House in these discussions and were told ‘no,’ surprising aides from both parties. All present knew that Republicans were never going to sign on to a deal without blessing from the White House, and were concerned the White House wasn’t represented in the discussions.” http://politi.co/2FzWzKu
— AP’s Josh Lederman and Jonathan Lemire: “As his comments, disclosed by participants in the meeting, ricocheted around the world, Trump made calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, said a person who spoke to Trump but wasn’t authorized to discuss a private conversation. He wasn’t apologetic, the person said. Instead, Trump blamed the media for distorting his meaning, arguing his description of ‘shithole’ was not racist but rather a straightforward assessment of some nations’ depressed conditions. Trump also said he believed he was expressing what many people think.” http://bit.ly/2CZXwu1
TOP TWEETS — @mkraju: “So for those keeping track of those who were in Trump mtg: Durbin: Trump said ‘shithole’ countries … Graham: publicly silent, but confirmed comments to Tim Scott … McCarthy: Silent … Goodlatte: Silent … Diaz-Balart: Skirts comments in stmt … Cotton: Does not recall … Perdue: Does not recall” … @AndrewBeatty: “As we wait for Trump’s MLK event in the Roosevelt Room, one of Trump’s guests tells reporters you ‘vultures’ better keep your questions in order today. The spirit of Dr King is alive and well.”
DROP EVERYTHING — DAVID ROGERS: “GOP tax law a one-two punch to charities — and American giving”: “Back in 2011, when Republicans still talked about deficits, a bipartisan budget commission proposed to save tens of billions a year by revamping the charitable deduction for federal income taxes.
“The plan was to substitute a 12 percent tax credit available only to those who gave more than 2 percent of their adjusted gross income. The precise numbers were subject to fine-tuning, but the framework set three goals: lower the deficit, put middle-class donors on more equal footing with the wealthy and establish some minimum standard for generosity to qualify for a tax benefit.
“This being Washington, the idea went nowhere. But what’s surprising now is how far Republicans are taking the country in the very opposite direction.” http://politi.co/2D7epqt
HE’S BACK … — “Moore forces seek retribution against Shelby,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby is confronting a fierce backlash from conservatives over his refusal to support Roy Moore in last month’s special election — with Moore backers pushing a censure resolution and robocall campaign targeting the powerful lawmaker. Moore’s supporters are furious with Shelby over his remark days before the Dec. 12 election that he ‘couldn’t vote for Roy Moore,’ a controversial former state judge who was facing allegations of child molestation. Instead, Shelby said he would write-in the name of another unnamed Republican.
“Moore’s backers say the comments from the 83-year-old dean of Alabama’s congressional delegation effectively delivered the election to Democrat Doug Jones, and now they’re fighting back. This week, three Moore supporters submitted a resolution to the Alabama Republican Party executive committee calling for Shelby to be censured. It argues that Shelby ‘publicly encouraged Republicans and all voters to write in a candidate instead of voting for the Republican Candidate Judge Roy Moore,’ and that his ‘public speech was then used by the Democrat Candidate in robocalls to sway voters to not vote for Judge Roy Moore.’” http://politi.co/2DrYCQ8
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 17 keepers http://politi.co/2qWSDjN
— LUNCH WITH THE FT: “Bridgewater billionaire Ray Dalio: ‘I have an affinity for mistakes: The hedge fund financier on rising income inequality and why politics trumps economics in 2018,” by Gillian Tett http://on.ft.com/2EEzC7J
THE SHOW ME STATE SCANDAL — ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH BANNER HEADLINE: “DAMAGE CONTROL” — “Five Republican lawmakers told the Post-Dispatch that they received calls from the governor since the news of the affair broke Wednesday.
“The phone calls underscore the lengths to which [Missouri Gov. Eric] Greitens, a Republican, is going to preserve his political career. In the past, Greitens has derided members of the Legislature, at one point comparing them to third-graders and calling them into Jefferson City for two special sessions last summer, which he called ‘summer school.’ Now, he is seeking their support as well as trying to shore up support among his donors.
“Greitens spent much of the day Friday in the capital city, including time at the offices of A New Missouri Inc., a dark-money nonprofit established by his campaign aides to promote his agenda. It was unclear why he was at an office that has used money from unnamed donors to attack senators and finance pro-business proposals. Greitens did not stop to answer questions from the Post-Dispatch as he left the office by an alley exit. He was later seen entering the Capitol.” http://bit.ly/2FAzeZc
RONNA ROMNEY MCDANIEL PROFILE — NYT’S JEREMY W. PETERS — “A Romney Who Is Unfailingly Loyal to Trump”: http://nyti.ms/2mqS3oQ
YIKES — TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DEPARTURE LOUNGE – “Anti-birth control official who led Title X departs HHS,” by Dan Diamond: “Teresa Manning, the controversial official in charge of the Title X federal family planning program, was escorted from HHS premises on Friday. Two sources with knowledge of Manning’s departure tell POLITICO that she was fired by HHS. An HHS spokesperson disputed that account, saying that Manning resigned. ‘HHS is very grateful for her service,’ the spokesperson said. ‘Her departure after resignation was not unusual in any way.’
“Manning could not be reached for comment. … A source with knowledge of Manning’s dismissal said that staff were told to leave the floor of the HHS building and to take their computers, in order to ensure that no one witnessed her being escorted out.” http://politi.co/2DaYHdb
MASSACHUSETTS PLAYBOOKER LAUREN DEZENSKI in BOSTON: “How Charlie Baker ditched Trump to become the most popular governor in America”: “Trump’s rock-bottom ratings should be dragging Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to defeat in 2018. Instead, the opposite is occurring. Baker is not only more popular than any other politician in solidly Democratic Massachusetts, he’s the most popular governor in the nation.
“His defiance of the laws of political gravity is proving maddening to opponents who once viewed him as a certain one-termer. And it offers a ray of hope to the handful of other Republican governors facing blue-state electorates in November with the prospect of an unpopular president in the background.
“‘Charlie Baker is the Flying Wallendas of Massachusetts politics,’ said Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, referencing the famed stunt performers who execute daring high-wire acts without a safety net. ‘None of the Democrats running against him right now can beat him.’” http://politi.co/2r0QrHR
MEDIAWATCH – “Exclusive: Watch Chris Matthews Joke About His ‘Bill Cosby Pill’ Before Interviewing Hillary Clinton,” by Noreen Malone in the Cut: “On January 5, 2016, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews interviewed Hillary Clinton in an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season. Network footage obtained by the Cut shows Matthews, during the interview setup, making a couple of ‘jokes’ about Clinton. He asks, ‘Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?’ And then, as he waits for the water, he adds, ‘Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?’
“Matthews then laughs, delighted with the line, for an extended moment, as the staffers around him react with disbelief, clearly uncomfortable. (Cosby has been accused of sexual impropriety by dozens of women, some of whom allege that they were drugged and raped by the comedian.) ‘This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines,’ Matthews said to the Cut. ‘I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.’” With a 30-second video http://bit.ly/2CZKbl5
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NOT THE ONION — “White House struggles with muting function for 22 minutes on Iran conference call with reporters,” by CBS News’ Jackie Alemany: “It took the White House 22 minutes to figure out how to enable the ‘listening only’ feature on a conference call on Thursday in which senior administration officials announced that President Trump would continue to waive nuclear program-related sanctions … ‘This White House can’t even run a f*cking conference call,’ a reporter on an unmuted phone line angrily exclaimed to the entire call. ‘They don’t know how to mute their line.’ ‘It’s the illegitimate media that doesn’t know how to conduct themselves. They can’t mute their f*cking phones,’ an unidentified official said. ‘Mute your phones.’
“Another White House official repeatedly attempted to quiet the noisy line ‘so the people in charge’ could talk. ‘I think if everyone had half a brain and common sense and muted their phones, this wouldn’t be a problem,’ she yelled in an apparent fit of frustration. ‘Hello? Hello?,’ one reporter interjected, some 15 minutes after the slated start of the call. ‘Has the call started?’ ‘This is Kim Jong Un calling for Donald Trump,’ another reporter joked as tensions flared.” http://cbsn.ws/2D9jii6
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Palm Beach, Florida:
— “The Rockefellers vs. the Company That Made Them Rockefellers,” by Reeves Wiedeman in NYMag: “The family that pioneered the oil industry in America wants to expose what Exxon hid from the public about climate change.” http://nym.ag/2moTkfV
— “Red Dawn in Lapland,” by David Wolman in Outside Magazine: “Finland shares an 833-mile border with an aggressive and unpredictable neighbor. That proximity led to a major conflict during World War II—the horrific Winter War—and even now it keeps Finns nervous about Russia’s intentions. David Wolman suited up to train with the elite soldiers who will be on the front lines if this cold feud ever gets hot.” http://bit.ly/2DoYalO
— “The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla,” by Richard Gunderman in Smithsonian – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “Remembering Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-born genius who might have rivaled Thomas Edison as the founding father of American electrification, but who lacked Edison’s business sense. Tesla sold his patents cheaply, some to investors who duped him and others to Charles Westinghouse. He died in 1943 in a New York hotel room, penniless and seemingly deranged, claiming to have developed a motor that ran on cosmic rays, a ‘death ray’, and a technique for photographing thoughts.” http://bit.ly/2D7KmhK
— “Learning to Love Lagos,” by Barclay Bram in Roads and Kingdoms: “The Chinese community in Lagos is around 50,000 and increasing. The newest wave of Chinese immigrants is highly educated and more deeply embedded within the local community. The petty traders, who typically only spoke limited English and who constantly felt insecure — physically and fiscally — lived largely apart from Nigerian society.” http://bit.ly/2Fumjb9
— “I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter,” by Geraldine DeRuiter in The Everywhereist: http://bit.ly/2Fwb6a4
— “A woman’s choice — sexual favours or lose her home,” by BBC News’ Jessica Lussenhop in North Carolina: “Across the U.S., sexual harassment at the hands of landlords, property managers and others in the housing industry can drive poor women and their children into homelessness. It is a problem badly understood and virtually unstudied.” http://bbc.in/2Fyw4F1
— “‘She’s Perfect in Everything’: Inside the Obsessive World of Ivanka Trump Instagram Accounts,” by Cosmo’s Rebecca Nelson: “The women who run fan accounts devoted to the first daughter don’t care what her haters say.” http://bit.ly/2Drr5Wb
— “Child Bride: This is what happens when you go snooping into your family’s history: My mother was 12 years old the first time she got married, her husband 18,” by Daniel Wallace in the Bitter Southerner: “As my mother told it, nobody knew she and John were anything other than friends. But a friendship between a girl and a boy with that age difference doesn’t seem right. They were just two people who swam in the same community pool, along with a lot of other kids. Thinking about it now, her story doesn’t really make sense. But I believed her, every word. She seemed credible at the time; she provided all the right details.” http://bit.ly/2mm3NZT
— “The London Milkman,” by Hannah Ross on Picture This – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “Footnote to a famous photograph. The Blitz, Hitler’s bombing campaign against England in 1940-41, levelled much of London. Morale was low. Photographer Fred Morley wanted to show the devastation, but knew the British government would censor anything that suggested defeatism. So he posed a milk delivery-man among the ruins — he may even have played the milkman himself — as if to say that everyday life continued. The censor approved: Keep calm and carry on.” http://bit.ly/2qTJqbM
— “When Deportation Is a Death Sentence,” by the New Yorker’s Sarah Stillman: Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries. What happens when they are forced to return?” http://bit.ly/2CVcUrq
— “Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now,” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner in tomorrow’s N.Y. Times Magazine: “Was she supposed to play by the rules and let her talent rot inside her extraordinary body? She’s saying that for girls like her, playing nice and fair would have gotten her nowhere. If it had worked out, we would say she was the manifestation of the American dream. Now instead we just say she’s very American.” http://nyti.ms/2EDmj7v … Trailer for “I, Tonya” http://bit.ly/2D6pXdF
— “The Secret to Understanding Kamala Harris,” by Jamilah King in the Jan./Feb. issue of Mother Jones: “And why it’s making her a flash point in the Democratic Party.” http://bit.ly/2D6B0CM (h/t Longform.org)
— “The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistle-Blower,” by Lauren Hilgers in tomorrow’s N.Y. Times Magazine: “From a penthouse on Central Park, Guo Wengui has exposed a phenomenal web of corruption in China’s ruling elite — if, that is, he’s telling the truth.” http://nyti.ms/2CYpWVe
— “Improving Ourselves to Death,” by Alexandra Schwartz in the New Yorker: “What the self-help gurus and their critics reveal about our times.” http://bit.ly/2CWP3aJ (h/t ALDaily.com)
— “Where the Peppers Grow,” by Taylor Holliday in Roads and Kingdoms – per Longreads.com’s description: “Sichuan peppercorns are famous for their citrusy, mouth-numbing heat — and for being one of the hardest-to-find spices in the U.S.” http://bit.ly/2muRhbc
SPOTTED: Former President Barack Obama yesterday at McArthur Golf Club in Hope Sound, Florida … Ann Coulter yesterday eating lunch with a group in the dining room of the golf club building at the Everglades Club in Palm Beach … John Podesta having coffee yesterday at Gallery Cafe on 14th Street … Tucker Carlson having lunch yesterday at the Monocle on Capitol Hill with Ali Shihabi, founder of the Arabia Foundation.
SPOTTED at Tom Quinn’s 80th birthday party last night at Grato in West Palm Beach — pic of Tom and his cake http://bit.ly/2r3ZRlM: Wilbur and Hilary Ross, Robert Lighthizer, Christopher Ruddy, Lynly Boor, Bob Crowe, Lyndon Boozer, Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.), former Rep. Tom McMillan (D-Md.), Alex Fanjul, Tom Ryan, Gerry Harrington, Ryan Williams, Felix Browne, Kane Baker, Jordyn Phelps, Larry Duncan, George Merck, Alice Lloyd, Andrew Quinn and Piper Quinn.
SPOTTED at Landmark E Street cinema for a preview screening of “The Final Year,” hosted by AFI Docs — (trailer http://bit.ly/2mu9rcl): Susan Rice and Ian Cameron, Ben Rhodes and Ann Norris, Samantha Power, Josh and Natalie Earnest, Cody Keenan and Kristen Bartoloni, Bernadette Meehan and Evan Medeiros, Paulette Aniskoff, Graham Brookie, Ned Price, Caitlin Hayden, Rumana Ahmed, Desiree Barnes, Charlie Fromstein, Nimi Uberoi, Rebecca Brocato, Tanya Bradsher, Erin Pelton, Terry Szuplat.
BIRTHDAYS: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is 53. He’s celebrating by working (hat tip: Ian Prior) … Nate Silver is 4-0 … Natasha McKenzie … Nick Butterfield, special assistant to the president and associate White House staff secretary, is 32 … Jason Chung, deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at Treasury … Monica Notzon … Mary Podesta (h/t Jon Haber) … WTOP’s Mike McMearty … Rich Gold, partner at Holland & Knight … Ginger Zee, ABC News chief meteorologist … Chandra Hardy, celebrating “with her 5 grandchildren at one of her favorite restaurants, Veya, in Anguilla. She is rebuilding her home and helping … with hurricane relief efforts” (h/t daughter Elena Hardy Allbritton) … Kristina Schake, current global comms director at Instagram … Tali Stein Elleithee … WaPo columnist and AEI fellow Marc Thiessen, a Bush alum, is 51 … Politico’s Tim Noah … Dick Sheffield is 7-0 … Robert Chandler … Rebecca Cathcart … Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is 37 … Natasha McKenzie … Ryan Murphy of the Texas Tribune … Maria Gavrilovic … Will Baskin-Gerwitz, comms director for Sen. Joe Donnelly’s campaign (h/t Mitchell Rivard) …
… Fox News’ Christina Robbins … Mollie Bowman, who works in audience solutions at Politico … Sam Cohen, a researcher at NBC News … Allan Rivlin … John Cole … Michelle Mowery …Casey Pierce Allen … Mia Walton, U.S. Chamber’s V.P. of comms. and strategy … Edelman’s Liz Swiker … Gina Vailes … Laurence Wildgoose … FEMA’s John Allen, the pride of Scranton, Pa., “celebrating at home with the newest member of his family, William Douglas Allen, born on 12/28,” is 36 — pic http://politi.co/2DoDI4e (h/t Ed Cash) … Katie Murtha, VP of gov’t relations at US PIRG and Environment America … USA Today’s Paul Singer … Robin Bravender, Climatewire deputy editor at E&E … Liana Guerra … Carly Freedman … Heidi Krizer Daroff … Kristin Strobel, director of state affairs at BGR … Ali Tulbah … Max Sanders … Rashid Dar … Ian Gilley … Kevin Kiley … Ian Chung … Vincent Pan … Nick Clooney is 84 (h/t AP) … Chris Taylor … Lisa Caputo … Anna Lidman … David Rosen … Liz Schilling … Dave O’Brien … Sally Pederson … Grace Cowie (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
THE SHOWS by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
–“Fox News Sunday”: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen … California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Panel: Marc Lotter, Adrienne Elrod, John Bussey and Juan Williams … “Power Player of the Week” with aide to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and former NFL player Derrick Dockery
–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) … Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.). Panel: David Brody, Helene Cooper, Elise Jordan and Chris Matthews
–ABC’s “This Week”: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) … Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) … Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). Panel: Mary Bruce, Jonathan Karl and Cecilia Vega, Patrick Gaspard and Rich Lowry
–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) … Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) … Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) … release of the CBS News Nation Tracker poll with Anthony Salvanto. Panel: Jamelle Bouie, Jonah Goldberg, Susan Page and Amy Walter
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) … Terry McAuliffe. Panel: Rick Santorum Neera Tanden, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and MoveOn.org senior advisor Karine Jean-Pierre
–Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: JP Morgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon … Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) … Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) … Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance chairman and CEO and Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Goshn. Panel: Ian Bremmer and Al D’Amato
–Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Mollie Hemingway … Susan Ferrechio … Marie Harf … Lynn Sherr … Christina Bellantoni … Noah Rothman … Brent Lang
–CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Julie Pace, Manu Raju, Margaret Talev and Michael Bender
–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Mark Krikorian and David Miliband … Robin Wright… Nicholas Kristof
–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Court TV founder Steve Brill, Van Jones, Joan Walsh and Norman Pearlstine … Lynn Sweet and David Zurawik … Stephen J. Adler
–Univision’s “Al Punto”: Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) … Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) … Salvadorans with TPS protections Orlando and Lorena Zepeda … immigration attorney Ezequiel Hernandez … journalist and Oppenheimer Presents host Andres Oppenheimer and former Mexican foreign affairs secretary and Univision News senior international affairs contributor Jorge Castañeda … director Guillermo del Toro
–C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Second part of interviews conducted at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J. with Bell Labs optical sensing researcher Michael Eggleston, Bell Labs math of networks department director Sean Kennedy and Bell Labs ASIC research program director Shahriar Shahramian … “Newsmakers”: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), questioned by The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis and Bloomberg News’ Anna Edgerton … “Q&A”: Author and WSJ contributor A.J. Baime
–MSNBC’s “Kasie DC”: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) … Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) … Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) … Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) … Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) … Jake Sherman … Ashley Parker … Jeremy Peters … Jeremy Bash … Carrie Dann
–PBS’ “To the Contrary”: Panel: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Independent Women’s Forum president Carrie Lukas, Reproaction’s Erin Matson and Republican strategist Rina Shah
–Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2mCW4tB): The Daily Beast’s Olivia Messer … former McConnell Chief of Staff Brian McGuire.
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