SPOTTED — SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY.) and SEN. CORY GARDNER (R-COLO.) last night having dinner together at Due South in the Navy Yard.
Happy shutdown Sunday. DAY 2. Both sides are getting dug in. Insiders are starting to wonder whether an immigration deal could be possible after this fiasco. Democrats have been surprised how disciplined Hill Republicans have been. Republicans wonder how long their members can stay on message.
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THE PRESIDENT IS GIVING MITCH MCCONNELL ADVICE — @realDonaldTrump at 7:35 a.m.: “Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!”
— SENATE MINORITY WHIP DICK DURBIN (D-Ill.) responded on ABC’s “This Week”: “I can tell you that would be the end of the Senate as it was originally devised and created going back to our Founding Fathers. We have to acknowledge our respect for the minority, and that is what the Senate tries to do in its composition and in its procedure.”
THE SENATE is in at 1 p.m. THE HOUSE is in at 2 p.m.
ALREADY HAVING A MAJOR IMPACT — @costareports: “Members also complaining to me that the House gym lacks enough towels this morning and they wonder if it’s because of the shutdown.” … LACK OF TOWELS is a serious issue!
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S STRATEGY: OMB DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: @FoxNewsSunday: “.@MickMulvaneyOMB on government #shutdown: We’ll work to keep as many agencies open as we can…effects won’t be as visible as they were in 2013….most Americans won’t see a difference.”
MARC SHORT talking to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: “We do think we’re making progress … I think you’ve seen the White House show an openness to expand that population where Democrats have said there are other people who should be part of the DACA population because either they were afraid or didn’t apply to the program. We’ve shown you the willingness to consider that. So we feel like we’re making progress on multiple areas. What’s befuddling, then, is why are we shutting down the government.”
— REPUBLICANS think they are winning. Will Trump step in and make a deal with Democrats?
WHERE WE ARE AT — “Shutdown messaging war: ‘Illegal immigrants’ vs. Trump chaos,” by John Bresnahan and Seung Min Kim: “As the the government shutdown drama unfolds on Capitol Hill, Republicans and the White House keep pounding Democrats with a two-pronged argument: Democrats are supporting ‘illegal immigrants’ – and they won’t negotiate with the minority party on that issue while the government remains closed, saying it would be tantamount to allowing hostage-taking. So far, neither line of attack is working. Democrats showed little sign of budging on the first day after federal funding ran dry. But the rhetoric is growing ever more heated, as each side seeks to land on just the message that will allow them to prevail in the battle for public opinion.” http://politi.co/2DW1cyb
— DEM LINE OF THE DAY: “Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O” — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
WAPO LEDEALL http://wapo.st/2DzQPSY
THE ISSUE THAT STARTED THIS ALL: WHAT ABOUT THAT WALL? — “Border Wall Recedes as Issue in Immigration Fight,” by WSJ’s Laura Meckler: “For months, lawmakers were convinced that an inevitable showdown over immigration would come down to funding for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall as part of a package to protect young immigrants. Instead, the fight that sparked the continuing government shutdown centers on an array of other conservative policies Mr. Trump is insisting on as part of any legislation. That shift shows how the Trump administration has pushed the immigration debate to the right, and reveals that while the idea of a wall has symbolic importance for both sides, each sees it as far less important than other ideas.” http://on.wsj.com/2n0a2n2
THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN has released a 30-second video online with a narrator darkly saying: “Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants. President Trump will fix our border and keep our families safe.” http://bit.ly/2DnPsTY
TOP TALKER … “Welcome to Trump’s whatever shutdown: Trump has spent a year upending the rules of being president, and so far he’s approaching the congressional spending crisis as another episode that will work itself out,” by Eliana Johnson: “Little of the congressional drama that precipitated the weekend’s government shutdown made its way to the White House Saturday.
“Previous presidents have projected an air of crisis during shutdowns, but President Donald Trump stayed out of the public eye, sticking to his preferred mode of communication — Twitter — while expressing annoyance to aides that the disruption is keeping him away from an evening bash at Mar-a-Lago celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
“White House aides, too, say they are relatively relaxed. Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday that he discovered Friday that it fell to him to shut down the government – ‘which is kind of cool.’ Welcome to the whatever shutdown. …
“According to a half-dozen White House officials and outside advisers, Trump is viewing the shutdown through a similar lens, a view encouraged by White House aides, including senior adviser Stephen Miller and congressional liaison Marc Short, who urged him on Friday not to give in to Democratic demands, particularly on immigration.” http://politi.co/2Dx9HCw
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TRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE — NYT’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman: “Mr. Trump had planned to spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., celebrating his first year in office at a soiree with friends and supporters. … On Saturday … without a credible deal on the table, there was little for him to do. Irritated to have missed his big event in Florida, Mr. Trump spent much of his day watching old TV clips of him berating President Barack Obama for a lack of leadership during the 2013 government shutdown, a White House aide said, seeming content to sit back and watch the show.” http://nyti.ms/2DxGZAM
— “Who’s in and who’s out as the West Wing grapples with shutdown,” by Annie Karni: “The press wranglers have gone home. The in-house White House makeup artist isn’t expecting to report to work on Monday. Assistants to senior White House staffers are getting an unplanned, unpaid vacation from work. But for the most part, work life in the West Wing will continue as usual, even as much of the federal government shut down Saturday, furloughing thousands of workers. In fact, with President Donald Trump being forced to spend a rare winter weekend in Washington rather than at Mar-a-Lago, the West Wing workload is expected to be heavier than usual.
“All White House staff at the most senior level of Assistant to the President will be allowed to work. That group includes about 20 advisers like Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, legislative affairs director Marc Short, policy adviser Stephen Miller, communications director Hope Hicks, economic adviser Gary Cohn, press adviser Mercedes Schlapp, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and counselor Kellyanne Conway. The West Wing staffers two rungs down the command chain are also permitted to show up. All deputy assistants to the president — that includes people like adviser Josh Raffel and deputy press secretary Raj Shah — are expected to continue reporting to work, as are the Special Assistants to the President, such as deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.” http://politi.co/2DmH336
THE BACKDROP: “Hundreds of thousands protest in D.C., across country on women’s march anniversary,” by Brent Griffiths: “Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marked the first anniversary of the national women’s march in cities across the country on Saturday, vowing that last year’s massive turnout was only the first stage of a movement protesting President Donald Trump, as many politicians sought to add their voices, too.
“According to local media reports, organizers said some 300,000 people attended the rally in Chicago — far more than were expected. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said 120,00 people attended a protest there. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, also a Democrat, wrote on Twitter that 600,000 people turned out for its rally. At its 2 p.m. peak, last year’s Washington march drew some 470,000 marchers in a pointed protest to Trump’s inauguration that stunned political observers and galvanized burgeoning opposition to the new president.” http://politi.co/2EYLTDW
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS PENCE — “Pence is half a world away from D.C. drama,” by Matt Nussbaum: “Vice President Mike Pence was at the Capitol, ready to cast the tie-breaking vote, when the Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed this past July. And he was there presiding when the Senate voted in December 51-48 to pass a massive package of tax cuts, giving President Donald Trump his first major domestic victory. But now, as Trump faces his first major legislative crisis, Pence is half a world away. He left Washington on Friday night for a trip to the Middle East, hours before the government shut down amid an impasse between Democrats and Republicans over extending protections to young undocumented immigrants.
“On Saturday, as Trump worked the phones at the White House, the vice president was being welcomed to Egypt by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, kicking off a trip that will also include stops in Israel and Jordan. ‘He is always in the right place at the right time, discreet, dedicated and freakishly absent from tumultuous events,’ said Mary Matalin, a former counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney.” http://politi.co/2mV69is
— PENCE addressed the shutdown while visiting troops near the Syrian border. “I’m sure you’re all aware of what’s going on in Washington, D.C. Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay. But you deserve better. You and your families shouldn’t have to worry for one minute about whether you’re going to get paid because you serve in the uniform of the United States,” Pence said, via pooler WaPo’s Jenna Johnson.
“So know this: Your president, your vice president and the American people are not going to put up with it … We’re going to demand that they reopen the government. In fact, we’re not going to reopen negotiates on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers, and your families the benefits and wages you’ve earned.”
SEXUAL HARASSMENT FILES — KATIE ROGERS and KEN VOGEL on NYT A1: “Congressman Combating Harassment Settled His Own Misconduct Case” (print headline: “He Fought Harassment, Then Settled His Own Case”): “Representative Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican who has taken a leading role in fighting sexual harassment in Congress, used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle his own misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him last year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her, according to several people familiar with the settlement.
“A married father of three, Mr. Meehan, 62, had long expressed interest in the personal life of the aide, who was decades younger and had regarded the congressman as a father figure, according to three people who worked with the office and four others with whom she discussed her tenure there.
“But after the woman became involved in a serious relationship with someone outside the office last year, Mr. Meehan professed his romantic desires for her — first in person, and then in a handwritten letter — and he grew hostile when she did not reciprocate, the people familiar with her time in the office said. …
“After this article was published online, AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, said that Mr. Meehan was being removed immediately from the House Ethics Committee, where he has helped investigate sexual misconduct claims, and that the panel would investigate the allegations against him. In addition, Mr. Ryan told Mr. Meehan that he should repay the taxpayer funds, Ms. Strong said.” http://nyti.ms/2DUnLmx
— THE RESPONSE…. “Pennsylvania Rep. Meehan denies harassing former aide amid settlement,” by Elana Schor: “Rep. Pat Meehan’s (R-Pa.) office on Saturday denied charges that he harassed a former aide with whom he confidentially settled a workplace misconduct claim using funds from his congressional office budget … ‘Throughout his career he has always treated his colleagues, male and female, with the utmost respect and professionalism,’ Elizandro said. Elizandro added that an investigation was conducted into the former aide’s claims, adding that Meehan ‘would only act with advice of House Counsel and consistent with House Ethics Committee guidance. Every step of the process was handled ethically and appropriately.’” http://politi.co/2mW1nBa
SUNDAY BEST — SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY.) talks with JAKE TAPPER on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” on how to fix the immigration impasse. PAUL: “I gave them the answer. Here’s the answer, how you solve this today. Promise, guarantee in writing to the Democrats that there will be one week’s debate on immigration and a vote on an immigration bill sometime in the next month, in the House and the Senate. Now, when I presented this to those in the Senate, Senator Durbin, they were like, oh, no, we want it guaranteed passage on a must-pass bill. And it’s like, well, nobody gets a guaranteed passage. So, I don’t think they’re going to get that.
“But what about a guaranteed week, open amendments? I get to present amendments. Everybody does, which rarely ever happens. Do the same thing on the House side. You will get two different bills. Go to conference, work out our difference, and there could be an immigration bill that comes forward in the next month.”
— CHUCK TODD talks with SEN. TOM COTTON (R-ARK.) on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: “Can you explain the president’s position [on immigration] because it doesn’t seem to be clear as Mitch McConnell himself has said.” COTTON: “Chuck, I don’t think anyone got to Donald Trump. Donald Trump studied the proposal that Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham put in front of him and realized it doesn’t address any of our key priorities.”
JOHN HARRIS in POLITICO Magazine, “‘Washington Was About to Explode’: The Clinton Scandal, 20 Years Later: In 1998, news broke that upended politics and sent a presidency hurtling towards impeachment. Twenty years later, an all-star panel tries to make sense of that moment—and what it tells us about our own”: “What many people don’t remember—and what people who are too young to have followed the story in real time may find inconceivable—was how strange and disturbing and fragile things seemed at the beginning. And they may not perceive what seems clear to many veterans of those days: How much the angry, raucous, media-saturated politics of the Age of Trump has its roots in the angry, raucous media-saturated politics of the Age of Clinton. … To mark the anniversary of the Clinton-Lewinsky moment, POLITICO … assembled a group of journalists who had played central roles in the story to ponder the lessons of that history.” With oral histories from Michael Isikoff, Susan Glasser, and Peter Baker http://politi.co/2DuayUI
TRUMP’S WASHINGTON — “In the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, members of Russia’s elite anticipated a thaw between Moscow and Washington,” by WaPo’s Craig Timberg, Rosalind S. Helderman, Andrew Roth and Carol D. Leonnig: “The attendance of members of Russia’s elite at Trump’s inauguration was evidence of the high anticipation in Moscow for a thaw in U.S.-Russia relations following a campaign in which Trump stunned U.S. foreign-policy experts by repeatedly praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. As questions about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election were beginning to percolate publicly, prominent business leaders and activists from the country attended inaugural festivities, mingling at balls and receptions — at times in proximity to key U.S. political officials.
“Their presence caught the attention of counterintelligence officials at the FBI, according to former U.S. officials, although it is not clear which attendees drew U.S. government interest. FBI officials were concerned at the time because some of the figures had surfaced in the agency’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the officials said. An FBI spokesman declined to comment on security concerns related to the inauguration. White House officials did not respond to requests for comment.
“The Washington Post identified at least half a dozen politically connected Russians who were in Washington on Inauguration Day — including some whose presence has not been previously reported. Among them was Viktor Vekselberg, a tycoon who is closely aligned with Putin’s government. Another was Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer whose June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. has become a focus of the Russia investigation. She attended a black-tie inaugural party hosted by the campaign committee of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), according to an associate who accompanied her.” http://wapo.st/2DsGgBz
WHAT FOGGY BOTTOM IS READING — “Trying to Defend President Trump’s Derision, Diplomatically,” by NYT’s Gardiner Harris: “Those who have decided to stay are in the awkward position of defending policies that, in some cases, hit close to home. Ambassador Tulinabo S. Mushingi, who serves in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and later became a United States citizen. He speaks four languages, has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and is a highly decorated career foreign service officer. He must now explain Mr. Trump’s insistence that people with similar origins should not be allowed to visit the United States because they would ‘never go back to their huts’ in Africa. Mr. Mushingi did not respond to requests for comment for this article.” http://nyti.ms/2G1qk7a
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HMM — “Trump’s 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he ‘just didn’t show,’” by WaPo’s Robert O’Harrow Jr.: “A former Trump campaign worker appointed at age 23 to a top position in the White House’s drug policy office had been let go from a job at a law firm because he repeatedly missed work, a partner at the firm said. While in college, late in 2014 or early in 2015, Taylor Weyeneth began working as a legal assistant at the New York firm O’Dwyer & Bernstien. He was ‘discharged’ in August 2015, partner Brian O’Dwyer said in an interview. …
“He said that he hired Weyeneth in part because both men were involved in the same fraternity, and that the firm invested time training him for what was expected to be a longer relationship. Instead, he said, Weyeneth ‘just didn’t show.’ In a résumé initially submitted to the government, Weyeneth said he worked at the firm until April 2016. When an FBI official called as part of a background check in January 2017, the firm said Weyeneth had left eight months earlier than the résumé indicated.” http://wapo.st/2F1fxbD
MEDIAWATCH — Nathan Hodge has been named Moscow bureau chief at CNN. He previously held that same title at the Wall Street Journal. CNN’s Fred Pleitgen is also moving to Moscow from London.
BONUS GREAT SHUTDOWN WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
— “The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought,” by Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek: “Silicon Valley CEOs are supposed to be sacrosanct. So how did it all go wrong at Uber?” https://bloom.bg/2BfXs7A … The cover http://bit.ly/2Dp6qkG
— “Nassar surrounded by adults who enabled his predatory behavior,” by John Barr and Dan Murphy in ESPN The Magazine’s Feb. 5 State of the Black Athlete Issue: “Understanding how [former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry] Nassar gained unfettered access to young girls and young women over the course of a quarter-century — despite repeated warning signs — means confronting an uncomfortable truth: He didn’t gain that access alone. Nassar was surrounded by a collection of adults who enabled his predatory behavior.” http://es.pn/2DPXOVn
— “How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms,” by Ethan Epstein in POLITICO Magazine: “Even as they face criticism, Chinese government-run educational institutes have continued their forward march on college campuses across the United States.” http://politi.co/2Djoflm
— “Golf, three TVs and Big Macs in bed: My week in the life of Donald Trump,” by the Guardian’s Adam Gabbatt: “Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ intimately described how the 45th U.S. president spends his ‘executive time’ in the White House. Could our intrepid reporter walk a mile in his shoes?” http://bit.ly/2mTsNHU
— “Black and Blue and Blond: Where does race fit in the construction of modern identity?” by Thomas Chatterton Williams in the Winter 2015 issue of VQR: “It’s difficult to shake the sense that I have arrived at a certain bind, in many ways similar to the one familiar to secular Jews. The purpose of all these generations of struggle, I know, has always been the freedom to choose—and yet it is precisely this coveted autonomy that threatens now to annihilate the very identity that won it in the first place.” http://bit.ly/2DiS6Kt
— “Seeking the Lost Art of Growing Old with Intention,” by Bill Donahue in Outside: “In a world where our time and attention are fractured into smaller and smaller bits, legendary biologist and runner Bernd Heinrich is a throwback, a man who has carved a deep groove in his patch of Maine woods.” http://bit.ly/2Bg9jCD
— “The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry,” by Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian: “There is very little evidence that conscious decisions about co-sleeping or not, forcing them to do extra homework or letting them play have reliable and predictable long-term effects. From an empirical perspective, parenting is a mug’s game.” http://bit.ly/2FXwqFo
— “It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech,” by Zeynep Tufekci on the cover of February’s Wired: “Sure, it is a golden age of free speech—if you can believe your lying eyes. Is that footage you’re watching real? Was it really filmed where and when it says it was? Is it being shared by alt-right trolls or a swarm of Russian bots? Was it maybe even generated with the help of artificial intelligence? (Yes, there are systems that can create increasingly convincing fake videos.)” http://bit.ly/2Bf8ZE6 … The cover http://politi.co/2BhCxAZ (h/t ALDaily.com)
— “California City’s Plan to Turn Indebted Millennials Into Local Doctors,” by Ethan Epstein in Palm Springs, Calif. in POLITICO Magazine: “For years, the fast-growing region lost its highly trained young people. Now it is keeping them at home to serve the communities who need them most.” http://politi.co/2DoOtmr
— “Jimmy Kimmel Is Seriously Funny,” by Michael Paterniti in GQ: “When a health scare with his infant son thrust him into the red-hot center of the health-care debate last spring, Jimmy Kimmel stepped into the previously no-personal-politics zone of his show and articulated a position that wasn’t exactly liberal or conservative so much as sensible and decent. In doing so, he’s emerged as something like the most sane and rational voice in an increasingly insane and irrational America.” http://bit.ly/2rqVoda
–“American democracy is on a break. Welcome to ‘Trumpocracy,’” by WaPo’s Carlos Lozada: “Four new books capture Year One under President Trump — and assess his long-term impact on American democracy.” http://wapo.st/2mXGju9
— “Lessons from the Election of 1968,” by Louis Menand in the New Yorker: “Protests, populism, and progressivism all clashed in a battle royal. But what really drives election results?” http://bit.ly/2EXANiP
— “The Volunteer,” by Maurice Chammah in the Marshall Project: “More than a year ago, Nevada death row prisoner Scott Dozier gave up his legal appeals and asked to be executed. He’s still waiting.” http://bit.ly/2mXEnCI(h/t Longform.org)
— “The Coping Economy,” by Laura Marsh in the Winter issue of Dissent Magazine – per Longreads.com’s description: “American companies increasingly expect employees to do more work for the same pay rate. Companies have helped them cope by providing mindfulness training and time to meditate, but are mindful workers better off, or are they just being groomed to accept their new stressful baseline and poor work-life balance?” http://bit.ly/2DpgDBM
–“Trump’s Lucky Year,” by Eliot A. Cohen in Foreign Affairs: “Trump was remarkably lucky in 2017. He did not experience any external shocks and paid no visible price for alienating the United States’ friends. But at the same time, no part of the world is conspicuously better off for his efforts. Instead, the preexisting fissures in the international system are either the same or getting worse; no U.S. adversary is noticeably weaker, and some are getting stronger; and the president’s behavior has devalued the currency of the United States’ reputation and credibility. Sooner or later, his luck will run out.” http://fam.ag/2mSGKpA
–“Chateaubriand on Life in a Society Dissolving,” by François-René de Chateaubriand in the Paris Review: “There were many duels and love affairs, prison liaisons and mysterious trysts among the ruins, under a tranquil sky, in the peace and the poetry of nature; many far-flung, silent, solitary walks punctuated by undying oaths and unutterable affections, to the dull tumult of a fleeing world, to the distant noise of a crumbling society, which threatened to fall and crush every chance for happiness placed at the foot of events.” http://bit.ly/2BgYhNm (h/t TheBrowser.com)
SPOTTED: Sean Spicer at Chick-fil-A yesterday in Crystal City … Vernon Jordan, his wife Ann and George and Liz Stevens last night at Café Milano. Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) was at a separate table … Jeff Weaver last night at BLT Steak … Ryan Lizza last night at the end of the bar at Rosario … Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke yesterday at the World War II Memorial, where he met students from Illinois (pic http://bit.ly/2Bisagm). He will be there again today as well.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Emily Bittner on Saturday married Clay Diette; the couple both work for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Bittner is an alum of the DCCC, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and the DGA. Pool report: “They met working for Rahm. … The wedding was at Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ and the reception was at the Montgomery Club. … The mayor shed a tear when she walked down the aisle.” Pic http://bit.ly/2mW3oNT
SPOTTED: Adam Broder, Diana Astiz, David Bergstein, Marc Brumer and his wife Mallory Ward, Emily Bolton, Fiona Conroy, David Bergstein, Abby Livingston.
–“Jaclyn Lopez, Andrew Witmer” – N.Y. Times: “Dr. Witmer, 29, is a licensed clinical psychologist at a group private practice in Washington. She graduated from Johns Hopkins, and received a doctor of psychology degree in clinical psychology from George Washington University. … Mr. Witmer, 28, is the communications director in Washington for Representative Frank D. Lucas, Republican of Oklahoma. The groom graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University. He is also president of the Republican Communications Association, a congressional staff association in Washington.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2EYRytQ
BIRTHDAYS: Eric Holder, former attorney general now a partner at Covington, is 67 (hat tip: his NDRC team) … Gary Locke, former Commerce secretary and ambassador to China now at Locke Global Strategies and Davis Wright Tremaine, is 68 … Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is 65 … Becca Glover, comms. director for Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) (h/ts Katy Summerlin and Taylor Holgate) … Will Holley, partner at Firehouse Strategies (h/ts Alex Conant and Peter Watkins) … CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist … Tyler Cowen, GMU economist and Marginal Revolution blogger, is 56 … Matt Cooper … Politico’s John Shinkle and Jen Haberkorn … Philly Daily News’ Will Bunch is 59 … Nahiomy Alvarez, senior analyst at Hamilton Place Strategies … philanthropist Lynn Schusterman … Jim Davidson at Polsinelli (h/t Jon Haber) … Joe Donoghue … Bob Sensenbrenner … Chris Donovan, executive editorial producer at ABC News, is 43 … Josh Isay, managing director at SKDKnickerbocker (h/t Hilary Rosen) … Edelman’s Sean Neary, Lyla Shaibi and Annie Swenson … Leonard Silverstein … CAP fundraiser Michael Anderson … Jamie Waters … Politico Europe’s Helen Collis …
… Jonathan Grella, EVP of public affairs at the U.S. Travel Association (h/ts Jack Smith and Stuart Roy) …Christopher Spillane … Bush 43 State Department alum Roberto Jose Coquis (h/t Ed Cash) … Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is 57 … former Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) is 6-0 … Michael Vanzetta … Jack Weiss … Brian Kupfer … Alex Plitsas … Morgan Currier (h/t fellow Morgan Finkelstein) … AP’s Matt Friedman … Elizabeth Wickett … Jordan Grossman, deputy LD for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) … Collin Hansen … Forrest Brown … Tommy McKone … Ron Bell … Tony Reinke … Kyle O’Connor, former Obama WH speechwriter, now in executive comms at Facebook … Margaret Olmos … BlackRock’s Josh Warren … Michael Lemov … Katie Loovis … Rich Juliano … Len Colodny is 8-0 … Cynthia Faulkner … Amy Allman … Tony Reinke … Margaret Olmos … Steve Rosenthal, president of the Organizing Group, is 65 … Campbell Spencer … Jeff Simmons (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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