Good Friday morning. BULLETIN at 5 a.m.: “OSLO, Norway (AP) – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins the Nobel Peace Prize.”
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE… “Top House Democrat says Pelosi should step aside,” by Heather Caygle: “Rep. Linda Sánchez, a member of House Democratic leadership, said Thursday she thinks it’s time for longtime Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants to step down. ‘I do think we have this real breadth and depth of talent within our caucus and I do think it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders,’ Sanchez said Thursday on C-SPAN.
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“Sánchez currently serves as vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, the lowest ranking leadership position. Still, her comments are surprising given her prominent position within the caucus and the fact that she and Pelosi both represent California, generally a tight-knit group within the caucus. ‘I want to be a part of that transition, I want to see that happen,’ Sánchez continued when asked if she thinks the same three leaders should stay in place if Democrats win back the House next year. ‘I think that we have too many great members here that don’t always get the opportunities that they should and I would like to see that change.’” http://politi.co/2fNQtu9
— CRITIQUES of Nancy Pelosi and opinions about whether she and her top lieutenants have stayed too long have been voiced behind the scenes for years. But, the fact that a member of her own leadership team publicly was willing to say they need to leave is a first. While several Democratic lawmakers and aides told us this isn’t the time to air grievances in public, it is a telling reminder of the agitation for change and frustration within her ranks for new leadership after seven years in the minority.
BUT, BUT, BUT …. Pelosi had a really good September. Even her detractors privately say she’s at the top of her game at the moment. Several Democrats publicly backed her after Sanchez’s comments. No one is running against her, or can beat her, for now. And, Pelosi would have a very strong case for staying in power if Democrats win the majority in the House.
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NYT, A1 — JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEX BURNS: “For Republican Leaders in Congress, the Headaches Keep Mounting”: “Speaking at a high-dollar fund-raiser for his re-election at Le Cirque restaurant in New York last week, Mr. Trump asked contributors what they would think if he worked with Democrats on health care, should Republicans prove unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to a dinner attendee.
“‘I might very well end up making a deal with the Democrats,’ he said, drawing applause. ‘I got to my desk,’ he said, recalling his expectations when he arrived in the White House. ‘I said, ‘Where’s the health care bill, where is repeal and replace?’ And it’s just been constant fighting.’” http://nyti.ms/2fVUksZ
BEHIND THE SCENES — INSIDE TIM MURPHY’S DEMISE — RACHAEL BADE, JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “Multiple top House Republicans during the past 24 hours pressured Murphy to resign once it became clear that the House Ethics Committee might have to investigate allegations tied to his reported mistreatment of staffers. Numerous GOP sources were aware of systemic problems in Murphy’s office, including high staff turnover, which had been the topic of gossip and speculation for years. …
“According to these aides, [chief of staff Susan] Mosychuk regularly engaged in brutal verbal abuse of lower-ranking aides, from calling aides ‘worthless’ and their work ‘garbage’ to asking derisively, ‘Do you or do you not have a fucking college degree?’ …
“Prior to his resignation, POLITICO had begun seeking information from Murphy office’s about whether Mosychuk earned more in outside income than was allowed under House rules. For several years, she received payments from Murphy’s congressional office as well as his campaign.” http://politi.co/2fNkLx2
POOL REPORT DU JOUR – From pooler Jordan Fabian of The Hill last night at 7:38 p.m.: “Around 7:10 PM, after a travel/photo lid was called, White House staff hastily assembled the pool to cover a photo spray with military leaders and their spouses before a dinner with POTUS and FLOTUS. POTUS made no news, but he did offer some cryptic remarks to the press corps. Pool was led into the State Dining Room at 7:18 PM. A five-piece Marine Corps band positioned in the entrance hall played classical music. …
“POTUS and FLOTUS stood side-by-side in the middle of more than a dozen couples who were lined up for an official photo. … POTUS pointed around the room and asked members of the pool, ‘you guys know what this represents?’ ‘Tell us,’ one reporter responded. ‘Maybe it’s the calm before the storm,’ POTUS replied. ‘What’s the storm?’ another reporter asked. ‘On Iran? On ISIS? On what?’ ‘We have the world’s great military people,’ POTUS replied. ‘Thank you all for coming.’ Kristen Welker of NBC News asked, ‘what storm Mr. President?’ ‘You’ll find out,’ POTUS replied.” 43-second video http://bit.ly/2y3HGhR
IN THE WHITE HOUSE — “John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, White House believes,” by Josh Dawsey, Emily Stephenson and Andrea Peterson: “The discovery raises concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on Kelly’s phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing. Tech support staff discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to White House tech support this summer complaining that it wasn’t working or updating software properly. Kelly told the staffers the phone hadn’t been working properly for months, according to the officials.” http://politi.co/2gexhX5
CHAMPAGNE TASTE — “Seven Flights for $800,000: Mnuchin’s Travel on Military Jets,” by NYT’s Alan Rappeport: “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has flown on military aircraft seven times since March at a cost of more than $800,000, including a $15,000 round-trip flight to New York to meet with President Trump at Trump Tower, according to the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General. The inquiry into Mr. Mnuchin’s air travel, prompted by an Instagram posting by his wife, found he broke no laws in his use of military aircraft but lamented the loose justification provided for such costly flights.
“‘What is of concern is a disconnect between the standard of proof called for’ by the Office of Management and Budget ‘and the actual amount of proof provided by Treasury and accepted by the White House in justifying these trip requests,’ the inspector general wrote.” http://nyti.ms/2ysOzL8
— @davidgura: “Last week, his predecessor [Jack Lew] told me this: ‘I never used military aircraft for domestic travel’” http://bit.ly/2fQjm9k
— BLOOMBERG: “Inside the Saudi King’s 1,500-Person Entourage in Moscow”: “Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz brought 1,500 people, a golden escalator and his own carpets on his historic, four-day state visit to Russia, a person familiar with the matter said. … A Saudi plane is traveling daily between Riyadh and Moscow to transport supplies, said the person, who said that 800 kilograms (1,764 pounds) of food has been brought in. Members of the royal entourage also replaced some of the hotel staff with their own personnel, who know exactly how they like their coffee made, the person said. King Salman, who’s staying at the Four Seasons, also came with his own furniture.
“The Saudi government booked two entire luxury hotels for the visit: the Ritz Carlton and the Four Seasons. The latter had to ask some guests to cancel their reservations to make room — and even moved out people who live in the hotel permanently.” https://bloom.bg/2ksrnXb
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INSIDE THE WEST WING — “Tillerson Summoned to White House Amid Presidential Fury,” by NBC News’ Carol E. Lee, Kristen Welker, Courtney Kube and Andrew Mitchell: “John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, abruptly scrapped plans to travel with President Donald Trump on Wednesday so he could try to contain his boss’s fury and manage the fallout from new revelations about tensions between the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to six senior administration officials. Kelly summoned Tillerson, and their ally Defense Secretary James Mattis, to the White House, where the three of them huddled to discuss a path forward, according to three administration officials.
“The White House downplayed Kelly’s decision to stay in Washington, saying he did so to manage day-to-day operations. Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, was fuming in Phoenix, where he was traveling … Pence was incensed upon learning from the NBC report that Tillerson’s top spokesman had said he once privately questioned the value of Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Officials said the spokesman, R.C. Hammond, fabricated an anecdote that Pence had asked Tillerson in a meeting whether Haley, who is seen as a possible successor if Tillerson, is helpful or harmful to the administration.” http://nbcnews.to/2yN76On
THE LATEST IN LAS VEGAS …
— “Search for a Motive in Las Vegas: Slow but ‘We’ll Get There’,” by NYT’s Jennifer Medina, Alex Burns and Adam Goldman: “[I]n the four days since Stephen Paddock’s attack in Las Vegas — a shooting rampage that left 58 dead and hundreds seriously wounded — what drove him has remained a mystery, vexing the public and putting enormous pressure on federal and local investigators to find answers.
“‘In the spirit of the safety of this community or anywhere else in the United States I think it’s important to provide that information, but I don’t have it,’ Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in an interview Thursday. ‘We don’t know it yet.’ No grandiose manifesto has been found. No account of Mr. Paddock behaving dangerously or holding extremist views has emerged from neighbors or relatives. Unlike past killers, Mr. Paddock did not dial up the police to explain his actions.” http://nyti.ms/2gfAdD6
— “Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Says He Would Lie in Bed Moaning, Screaming,” by NBC News’ Julia Ainsley and Ken Dilanian: “Marilou Danley, the woman investigators hoped would provide key details into the motive behind her boyfriend’s deadly shooting attack, said she remembers him exhibiting symptoms such as lying in bed and moaning, according to two former FBI officials who have been briefed on the matter. ‘She said he would lie in bed, just moaning and screaming, ‘Oh, my God,’’ one of the former officials said. The other former official said Danley spoke about Paddock displaying ‘mental health symptoms.’ Investigators believe Stephen Paddock, who claimed nearly 60 lives and injured hundreds more in Las Vegas on Sunday, may have been in physical or mental anguish, the sources said.” http://nbcnews.to/2y3SfBY
— “Thousands mourn slain officer as Las Vegas probe goes on,” by AP’s Michael Balsamo and Brian Melley: http://bit.ly/2xkXBcW
— “YouTube Tweaks Search Results as Las Vegas Conspiracy Theories Rise to Top,” by WSJ’s Jack Nicas: “YouTube this week surfaced videos peddling misinformation, hateful messages and conspiracy theories to users tracking major news events—prompting the site to change its search results to promote more authoritative sources. For example, the fifth result when searching ‘Las Vegas shooting’ on YouTube late Tuesday yielded a video titled ‘Proof Las Vegas Shooting Was a FALSE FLAG attack—Shooter on 4th Floor.’
“The video said there were multiple shooters in Sunday’s mass shooting, a claim dismissed by law enforcement. Posted by a channel called the End Times News Report, it amassed more than 1.1 million views in about 27 hours. The fourth result when searching ‘NFL anthem protest’ on Wednesday was a video that claimed Anheuser-Busch InBev was considering pulling its sponsorship of the National Football League over national anthem protests—and urged viewers to push the company to do so. The claim had been widely debunked days before.” http://on.wsj.com/2kvnWiv
THE NRA SPEAKS — “NRA CEO says legislation regulating guns won’t prevent mass shootings,” by Cristiano Lima: “[NRA] CEO Wayne LaPierre slammed the latest push for gun control legislation as effectively pointless in the wake of Sunday’s deadly shooting in Las Vegas during a rare public interview on Thursday. ‘If legislation worked, Boston massacre wouldn’t have worked, San Bernardino where California has every gun law on the books, that wouldn’t have happened,’ La Pierre said during an interview with Fox News. …
“LaPierre reiterated his organization’s support of increased regulation on ‘bump stocks,’ the weapon accessory the Las Vegas gunman used to boost the firing rate of his semi-automatic weapons. ‘What the NRA has said is we ought to take a look at that and see if it’s in compliance with federal law and it’s worthy of additional regulation,’ LaPierre said of ‘bump stocks’ during an interview on Fox News. But he cautioned: ‘That being said, we didn’t say ban [them], we didn’t say confiscate [them].’” http://politi.co/2ysTdbP
— @realDonaldTrump at 9:58 p.m.: “Ralph Northam,who is running for Governor of Virginia,is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities. Vote Ed Gillespie!” Gillespie didn’t retweet this.
HMM — “FEMA removes statistics about drinking water access and electricity in Puerto Rico from website,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson: “As of Wednesday, half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and 5 percent of the island had electricity, according to statistics published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its Web page documenting the federal response to Hurricane Maria. By Thursday morning, both of those key metrics were no longer on the Web page. FEMA spokesman William Booher … said that these measures are also shared in news conferences and media calls that happen twice a day, but he didn’t elaborate on why they are no longer on the main FEMA page.” http://wapo.st/2fYnvLT
ON THE WORLD STAGE — “Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest,” by WaPo’s Anne Gearan and Karoun Demirjian: “President Trump is expected to announce next week that he will ‘decertify’ the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress, people briefed on the White House strategy said Thursday.
“The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption of U.S. sanctions against Iran, potentially derailing a deal limiting Iran’s nuclear activities reached in 2015 with the United States and five other nations. But Trump would hold off on recommending that Congress reimpose sanctions, which would constitute a clearer break from the pact, according to four people familiar with aspects of the president’s thinking.” http://wapo.st/2ysHLNh
BOB COSTA PROFILE — “No snark allowed: PBS’ ‘Washington Week’ stays true to form,” by AP’s Lynn Elber in Los Angeles: “For 50 years, PBS’ ‘Washington Week’ has gathered a rotating group of reporters to share and discuss information about the nation’s most pressing issues. It’s an approach that’s satisfyingly wonkish and, amid a TV sea of partisan megaphones and questions about journalism’s role, especially important.
“An ‘oasis’ is how Robert Costa, The Washington Post reporter who was named the show’s moderator last April after the loss of much-admired Gwen Ifill to cancer in November 2016, describes it. ‘We don’t have polemicists on. We don’t have people who are columnists. We have reporters,’ he said. ‘No snark, no apocalyptic ventilating about the news, no snide opinions, no praise. Analysis. It’s not complicated.’” http://bit.ly/2y3MZOj
TRUMP’S FRIDAY — Trump will receive his daily intel briefing in the morning. He will participate in a Hispanic Heritage Month event this afternoon and later will sign the National Manufacturing Day proclamation. He will also meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman.
THE JUICE …
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) raised $1.8 million in the third quarter, and has more than $8.4 million on hand, according to his campaign. Kaine is up for reelection in 2018.
TONIGHT — Game 1, NLDS, Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:31 p.m., TBS.
HOLLYWOODLAND — “Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein,” by NYT’s Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey: “An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
“During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and [colleague Lauren] O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements.” http://nyti.ms/2xmtYD5
— @Yashar: “New statement from Harvey Weinstein after bombshell NYT story. Says he’s going to take leave and focus on the NRA” http://bit.ly/2fVW4CH
–“Why the Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Allegations Didn’t Come Out Until Now,” by Rebecca Traister on The Cut: “The night before 2000 election, I was working on a story—perhaps my first seriously reported story—about O, the violent reimagining of Othello that Miramax’s Dimension division was then sitting on … After Weinstein failed to respond to my calls for comment, I was sent, on Election Eve 2000, to cover a book party he was hosting, along with my colleague Andrew Goldman. Weinstein didn’t like my question about O, there was an altercation; though the recording has alas been lost to time, I recall that he called me a c*** and declared that he was glad he was the ‘f***ing sheriff of this fucking lawless piece-of-s*** town.’
“When my colleague Andrew (who was also then my boyfriend) intervened, first calming him down and then trying to extract an apology, Weinstein went nuclear, pushing Andrew down a set of steps inside the Tribeca Grand—knocking him over with such force that his tape-recorder hit a woman, who suffered long-term injury—and dragging Andrew, in a headlock, onto Sixth Avenue.” http://bit.ly/2fOOwh5
–“Former Obama Adviser Anita Dunn Helped Harvey Weinstein Strategize Before New York Times Story,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “Anita Dunn, a top Obama campaign staffer and former White House communications director, helped offer damage control advice for the Hollywood mogul. … Dunn was not paid by Weinstein for her help … Sources said that Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton, has been central to the PR effort for Weinstein, who is a major Democratic donor.
“Dunn, for her part, is the managing director of SKDKnickerbocker, a Washington public affairs firm with deep ties to Democratic politics. … Later on Thursday, SKDK put out a statement on the matter: ‘Today you may have seen a news report indicating that our colleague Anita Dunn recently advised Harvey Weinstein. Anita was asked to speak with him by a friend. Harvey Weinstein and Miramax are not now and have never been clients of our firm or of Anita’s.’” http://bzfd.it/2y3wm5I
— “Harvey Weinstein gives first interview after shocking sex harassment claims,” by Page Six’s Emily Smith: http://pge.sx/2wADuTt
OBAMACARE — “As ACA enrollment nears, administration keeps cutting federal support of the law,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin: “For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application. Trump’s message in late August was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations: Tell Iowa no. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act see the president’s opposition even to changes sought by conservative states as part of a broader campaign by his administration to undermine the 2010 health-care law.” http://wapo.st/2xY2ohh
THE ADMINISTRATION — “Trump Nominates a Coal Lobbyist to Be No. 2 at E.P.A.,” by NYT’s Lisa Friedman: “President Trump on Thursday nominated Andrew R. Wheeler, a coal lobbyist with links to outspoken deniers of established science on climate change, to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency. In announcing Mr. Wheeler, a former aide to Senator James M. Inhofe, to be deputy administrator of the agency, the White House tapped an experienced legislative hand reviled by environmental activists but hailed by industry as having the know-how to dismantle Obama-era fossil fuel regulations.” http://nyti.ms/2wAO0Kt
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DEEP DIVE — “Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream,” by BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein: “On December 8, the New York Times published a major story about the radicalization of American Muslims on Facebook. Yiannopoulos published a story called ‘Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.’ That afternoon, Bannon emailed Yiannopoulos and Marlow. ‘Dude—we r in a global existentialist war where our enemy EXISTS in social media and u r jerking yourself off w/ marginalia!!!! U should be OWNING this conversation because u r everything they hate!!! Drop your toys, pick up your tools and go help save western civilization.’ ‘Message received,’ Yiannopoulos wrote back. ‘I will do a Week of Islam next week.’ …
“And there was no way the journalists threatened with lawsuits for calling Yiannopoulos a racist could have known about his passwords. In an April 6 email, Allum Bokhari mentioned having had access to an account of Yiannopoulos’s with ‘a password that began with the word Kristall.’ Kristallnacht, an infamous 1938 riot against German Jews carried out by the SA — the paramilitary organization that helped Hitler rise to power — is sometimes considered the beginning of the Holocaust. In a June 2016 email to an assistant, Yiannopoulos shared the password to his email, which began ‘LongKnives1290.’ The Night of the Long Knives was the Nazi purge of the leadership of the SA. The purge famously included Ernst Röhm, the SA’s gay leader. 1290 is the year King Edward I expelled the Jews from England.” http://bzfd.it/2fYnEPr
RUSSIA WATCH — “Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data on U.S. Cyber Defense,” by WSJ’s Gordon Lubold and Shane Harris: “Hackers working for the Russian government stole details of how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks and defends against cyberattacks after a [NSA] contractor removed the highly classified material and put it on his home computer, according to multiple people with knowledge of the matter.
“The hackers appear to have targeted the contractor after identifying the files through the contractor’s use of a popular antivirus software made by Russia-based Kaspersky Lab … The theft, which hasn’t been disclosed, is considered by experts to be one of the most significant security breaches in recent years. It offers a rare glimpse into how the intelligence community thinks Russian intelligence exploits a widely available commercial software product to spy on the U.S.” http://on.wsj.com/2z0AtgV
— “Facebook Cut Russia Out of April Report on Election Influence,” by WSJ’s Robert McMillan and Shane Harris: “Facebook cut references to Russia from a public report in April about manipulation of its platform around the presidential election because of concerns among the company’s lawyers and members of its policy team, according to people familiar with the matter. … Some at Facebook pushed to not include a mention of Russia in the report because the company’s understanding of Russian activity was too speculative … Ultimately, the 13-page report, published on April 27 and titled ‘Information Operations and Facebook,’ was shortened by several pages by Facebook’s legal and policy teams from an earlier draft, and didn’t mention Russia at all.” http://on.wsj.com/2y42Fkr
— MUELLER UPDATE: “Mueller’s team met with Russia dossier author,” by CNN’s Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators met this past summer with the former British spy whose dossier on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign spawned months of investigations that have hobbled the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with the matter. Information from Christopher Steele, a former MI-6 officer, could help investigators determine whether contacts between people associated with the Trump campaign and suspected Russian operatives broke any laws.” http://cnn.it/2hSC6sQ
SPOTTED: Steve Bannon getting into an SUV at Cafe Milano last night after a foreign policy dinner focused on Kazakhstan in a private room … Jared Kushner walking with a security detail up Connecticut Avenue on Thursday night … OMB Director Mick Mulvaney last night at a reception honoring the Irish minister for foreign affairs and trade Simon Coveney at Ambassador Dan Mulhall’s residence off DuPont Circle.
SUNDAY SO FAR — NBC’s “Meet the Press”: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Panel: Kristen Welker, Carol Lee, Eugene Robinson, Hugh Hewitt
— CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) … Wayne LaPierre … Mary Ellen O’Toole, Fran Townsend, and Adam Winkler. Political panel: Jeffrey Goldberg, David Leonhardt, Susan Page, and Ramesh Ponnuru
— ABC’s “This Week”: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.). Panel: Matthew Dowd, Geoff Bennett, Jeanne Cummings, and Susan Glasser
— CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) … Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
— CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Abby Phillip, Karoun Demirjian, Michael Warren, Sara Murray
— “Fox News Sunday”: Steve Wynn … Power Player: Leland Melvin, former NASA astronaut … Panel: Gillian Turner, Julie Pace, Tom Rogan, Juan Williams
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Tracy Sefl, Democratic communications consultant, celebrating “at Nationals Park cheering for the Cubs to beat the Nationals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. I’ll likely lose my voice, which will make any post-game plans less raucous.” How she thinks the Trump presidency is going: “I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of my sobs.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2yMy0px
BIRTHDAYS: Jonathan Alter is 6-0 (hat tip: Carl Lavin) … Les Moonves, CBS chairman and CEO, is 68 … Darrell West is 63 … Tucker Martin … Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein, is 69 … Artur Orkisz, president of American Polish Forum and senior advisor for congressional affairs and public diplomacy at the Polish Embassy … House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is 52 … Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex.) is 71 … Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) is 58 … Will O’Connor, senior editor and writer at The Daily Beast, is 27 … USA Today’s Eliza Collins … Adam Sneed … Lynette Gilliam … Evan Williams, LC for Sen. Moran (R-Kans.) … Ashley O’Sullivan … Tara DiJulio, global public affairs for GE, celebrating at game 1 of the Nats/Cubs division series (h/ts Deirdre Latour and AshLee Strong) … Taylor Kiland … Ruby Mellen … Brett Gerson … Jeff Ostermayer, director of media relations at the Edison Electric institute and Bush 43 DHS alum (h/t Ed Cash) …
… Aric Newhouse, NAM’s SVP of policy and gov’t relations … David Nason, CEO of GE Energy Financial Services … Stephanie Genco of S-3 Public Affairs, a “Baltimore loving, bicycle riding, PR superstar” (h/t Amos Snead) … Jen Rokala … David A. Andelman, columnist for USA Today, is 73 … Politico’s Caroline Collins … Kathleen Connery Dawe … Lauren Whittington … BBC’s Rowan Bridge … WaPo’s Amy Gardner … Veronica Wong, COS for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) … Jonathan Wilcox (h/ts Kurt Bardella) … Doug McPherson … Carlos Diaz Barriga … Guillaume Nadd-Mitterrand … Steve Grand … Megan Piwowar … Miles Radcliffe-Trenner … Robert Stacy McCain … Anjani Nadadur … GOP pollster Wes Anderson … Nolan Treadway … Brenda Larsen Becker … Tony Marcano … Matt Brock … George Onuorah … Tony Dungy is 62 (h/t Peter Watkins) … Sara Rogers … David Vilmain … Ted Osthelder … Brenda Wood … Kathy Welchert … Erica Matthews (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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