WELCOME TO THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE SECOND SHUTDOWN IN FIVE YEARS.
WHAT AMERICA IS WAKING UP TO — Minneapolis Star Tribune: “SHUTDOWN BEGINS — Closing of government starts at Trump’s one-year mark — Divide over immigration defies resolution” http://bit.ly/2EXXgMm … N.Y. Post: “SHUTDOWN — GOP, Dems point fingers as gov’t grinds to a halt” http://nyp.st/2EXY9EG … Miami Herald: “Florida braces for impact of government shutdown” http://bit.ly/2mWNIuE … Colorado Springs Gazette: “SHUTDOWN BEGINS — Federal shutdown to be felt quickly in Springs” http://bit.ly/2Du1Zsm … Hartford Courant: “Shutdown Starts, Talks to Go On” http://bit.ly/2BgUaB0 … Sacramento Bee: “Senate Dems kill bill to keep government from shutting down” http://bit.ly/2EYGDjU … Chicago Sun-Times: “SHUTDOWN” http://bit.ly/2Dun4mi
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WEEKEND FUN! — THE HOUSE reconvened at 9 a.m. Members have been advised that votes are possible today. House Democrats and Republicans are slated to hold separate caucus meetings at 10 a.m. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to hold a post-caucus meeting press conference at 11:15 a.m. THE SENATE is also in session at noon.
LAST NIGHT was one of the more remarkable scenes we’ve witnessed in politics in the last decade. After it was clear the Senate failed to invoke cloture — end debate, in English — senators milled about the floor for a long stretch. For almost two hours, with the clock slowly ticking toward midnight, we all sat spellbound in the Senate press gallery as strange alliances popped up on the floor. It started off just below where we were sitting, where LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.), huddled with senators like LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TENN.), TIM KAINE (D-VA.), JOE DONNELLY (D-IND.), AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MINN.), SUSAN COLLINS (R-MAINE), JEFF FLAKE (R-ARIZ.), CHRIS COONS (D-DEL.), ANGUS KING (I-MAINE), BEN CARDIN (D-MD.), ROGER WICKER (R-MISS.) and TOM UDALL (D-N.M.).
DIFFERENT VERSIONS of this group popped up on the Senate floor for more than an hour. Graham was always in the middle of things, as was Klobuchar, Flake and Alexander. They shuttled between party leaders, chatting in good spirits, seemingly cutting deals. AT MULTIPLE POINTS, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY.) huddled in private conference rooms off the floor with SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.). Graham was flashing thumbs up, hugging Democrats … and then …
… THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. Schumer and McConnell started blaming each other. IT TURNS OUT that the two parties had discussed stopgap funding bills that expire either after the State of the Union or on Feb. 8 — after the party planning retreats. WE WERE TOLD that 10 Democrats would support a Feb. 8 funding measure. We also hear it will take more Democrats than that.
WHAT DEMOCRATS THINK … The two sides are talking, and that’s a good start. They say this doesn’t really feel like 2013, when both sides were dug in and at war. Both parties want to fund government and solve the immigration problem — the issue is what to tackle first.
… AND REPUBLICANS: The GOP seems to think we’re not very close to solving this shutdown. The Senate is open to changing the government-funding expiration, but they don’t think they have the votes at the moment. Things might get tricky in the HOUSE as well. They feel like their funding bill is good enough, and there could be moderate resistance to changes.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY — REPUBLICANS walloping Senate Democrats. HOUSE REPUBLICANS will beat them up verbally. SENATE REPUBLICANS can use the floor to force them into uncomfortable votes.
THE CHALLENGE FOR TRUMP: THE PRESIDENT lives for drama and stagecraft. If reopening the government comes down to Senate Democrats, Trump will have to find a way to try to be constructive. It could be a long few days for a president who hasn’t shown a lot of patience with the way Washington does things in his first year in office.
… ONE OTHER DANGER: Most House Republicans haven’t been in the minority, so they don’t know how useless they will feel if that happens. Expect the rank and file to want to overplay their hand.
THE JOINT WHITE HOUSE-HILL POSITION: Republicans say they won’t negotiate on immigration and budget caps until the government is open. If they hold firm on that, it’s going to be a long few days for Democrats.
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MUST READ — THE POLITICO TICK TOCK — INSIDE THE MESS — POSTED AT 2:43 A.M.: “Inside the frantic 24 hours that led to a shutdown,” by Burgess Everett, Rachael Bade, Eliana Johnson and Seung Min Kim: “With just hours to spare until the government ran out of money at midnight Friday, Chuck Schumer made Mitch McConnell an offer. Pass a bill to buy 24 more hours to avert a shutdown and work out a budget deal that would also protect some immigrants at risk of being deported, Schumer said, according to senators and aides briefed on the talks.
“Republicans had expected they would have to concede something to the Senate Democratic leader to avoid a shutdown. At that moment, they would have accepted a three-week deal, a week shorter than the plan the House had approved a day earlier, according to Republican officials.
“But McConnell scoffed at his counterpart’s proposal. ‘Nonsense,’ McConnell replied, according to a GOP senator briefed on the conversation and confirmed by aides. … McConnell preferred House Speaker Paul Ryan’s House bill and believed the GOP would have the political high ground if Democrats allowed a shutdown while opposing children’s health care. Congressional Democrats wanted to hold firm on Dreamers, calling the cause a core value believing the GOP would never take them seriously if they didn’t.
“Late in the day, Trump returned his hard-line immigration stances in a talk with Schumer, after the two had nearly reached an agreement earlier at the White House. After the clock struck midnight, Schumer blamed Trump explicitly and lamented: ‘I thought we had a deal.’ The standoff surprised even veterans of partisan warfare on Capitol Hill. ‘We always enjoy looking over the cliff. But seldom do we jump,’ mused Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). …
“Trump … was waiting for voters to point the finger at him. After all, with universal name ID and a massive megaphone, the president wouldn’t be able to escape culpability. ‘It’s Trump — they’re going to blame me no matter what,’ the president told aides on Friday.” http://politi.co/2mWfnuG Situational awareness: Lead photo is Schumer talking to Matt House
— CODA: BURGESS AND BRESNAHAN: “McConnell and Schumer hit rock bottom”: “[I]t’s been a year of slights and one-upmanship between the two men. While there may not be the level of vitriol that marked McConnell’s dealings with former Democratic leader Harry Reid, a new era of bipartisan comity this is not.
“‘The relationship is not helpful. We were all hopeful that changing the dynamic there would have somebody more interested in solving the problem than Sen. Reid generally appeared to be. And if anything, at this moment, it appears worse, not better,’ said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).” http://politi.co/2mWY9yp
SPOTTED: North Carolina GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger and Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes in the Senate gallery last night … Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) on the Senate floor, chatting up a number of senators including Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) … Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) watching the proceedings late Friday night from the Senate floor.
FUN BITS — Republican Sens. Todd Young (Ind.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.) and James Risch (Idaho) were chatting and laughing for more than an hour while everyone was cutting deals. Cruz had them in stitches.
— Cody Pomeranz (@CodyPom13), a speechwriter for Tom Perez and the DNC: “Delta Announcer at Cincinnati Gate: ‘FINAL CALL FOR ROBERT PORTMAN. PLEASE REPORT TO YOUR GATE, @senrobportman.’ Man yelling: ‘HE’S NOT HERE! HE’S BUSY SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT!’”
— WSJ’S BYRON TAU: @ByronTau: “Shutdown night dinners, Capitol edition: CBS: Mei Wah … ABC: City Lights … NBC: We The Pizza … WSJ: Chopt … Politico: We The Pizza … CNN: We The Pizza … WaPo: We The Pizza … Boston Globe: Talay Thai … New York Times: ‘NOTHING.’”
MIXED SIGNALS — “Massive confusion spreads through federal bureaucracy ahead of shutdown deadline,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin, Lisa Rein and Damian Paletta: “As the federal government prepared to shut down late Friday, massive confusion spread throughout the bureaucracy as senior Trump administration officials painted radically different scenarios of whether basic governmental functions would continue or halt.
“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said about half of the Pentagon’s civilian employees would be sent home without pay, maintenance would cease and some intelligence operations overseas would stop. The Commerce Department sent talking points to managers, instructing them to tell furloughed employees to set up out-of-office voice-mail messages and take their office plants home. The [IRS] braced to lose more than half its workforce just as employees are answering questions about the new tax law.
“But at the [EPA], Administrator Scott Pruitt told his roughly 15,000 employees to report to work Monday as if nothing would change, a direct contrast to the plan officials finalized last month suggesting that thousands of employees would be furloughed in the event of a shutdown. And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to leave Monday for a trip that will take him to Europe for bilateral talks in Paris, London and Warsaw. His schedule includes a stop for the World Economic Forum at the swanky Swiss resort of Davos, where he is to meet up with President Trump.” http://wapo.st/2FWJCKX
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE WHITE HOUSE — “How Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal Over Cheeseburgers,” by NYT’s Mike Shear and Maggie Haberman: “President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Democrat in the Senate, came close to an agreement to avert a government shutdown over lunch on Friday. But their consensus broke down later in the day when the president and his chief of staff demanded more concessions on immigration, according to people on both sides familiar with the lunch and follow-up calls between Mr. Trump and Mr. Schumer. The negotiations between Mr. Trump and Mr. Schumer, fellow New Yorkers who have known each other for years, began when the president called Mr. Schumer on Friday morning, giving the White House staff almost no heads-up.
“In a lengthy phone conversation, both men agreed to seek a permanent spending deal rather than the stopgap measure being negotiated by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Less than an hour later, Mr. Schumer was meeting with Mr. Trump over cheeseburgers in the president’s study next to the Oval Office. The White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, was there, as was Mr. Schumer’s chief of staff, Mike Lynch. As the meal progressed, an outline of an agreement was struck …
“Mr. Schumer said yes to higher levels for military spending and discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico. In exchange, the president agreed to support legalizing young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Mr. Schumer left the White House believing he had persuaded the president to support a short, three to four-day spending extension to finalize an agreement, which would also include disaster funding and health care measures.” http://nyti.ms/2EZGD2O
WHAT IS ON THE PRESIDENT’S MIND THIS MORNING — @realDonaldTrump at 6:17 a.m.: “Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!” …
… at 6:33 a.m.: “This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown” … at 6:44 a.m.: “For those asking, the Republicans only have 51 votes in the Senate, and they need 60. That is why we need to win more Republicans in 2018 Election! We can then be even tougher on Crime (and Border), and even better to our Military & Veterans!” … at 6:47 a.m.: “#AMERICA FIRST!” … at 9:27 a.m.: “Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!”
— HARD TO SEE how Trump’s tweets are going to incentivize Democrats to make a deal with Republicans.
IN HIS OWN WORDS – Washington Examiner: “President Trump: A year of real change” http://washex.am/2mV28uf
WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD — “Charles Is in Charge: Schumer previews life for Trump if Democrats retake Congress”: “This is the price Mr. Trump is paying for his reckless habit of tweeting before he thinks and squandering his credibility with false or uninformed statements. Even the 10 Democratic incumbents running in states Mr. Trump won in 2016 aren’t afraid of voting for a shutdown. Imagine how Democrats will treat him if the polls are right and Democrats run all of Congress next year. After a few months Mr. Trump may want to be impeached.” http://on.wsj.com/2mXvc5h
POOL REPORT: VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, who is on a trip to the Middle East, spoke with U.S. service members during a stop to refuel at Shannon Airport in Ireland. Via L.A. Times’ Brian Bennett: “‘We’ll get this thing figured out in Washington,’ Pence said. ‘You guys stay focused on your mission.’ … ‘You have troops headed down range to Kuwait for six months and they are anxious about the fact that they aren’t going to get paid right away.’ ‘It’s unconscionable.’”
— ON HOW LONG THE SHUTDOWN WOULD LAST: “It’s going to take as long as it takes.”
THE BIG QUESTION: “Whose Fault Is the Shutdown? Who will America blame: Democrats, Republicans or President Trump? Seventeen pundits analyze what happened, and what comes next” – POLITICO Magazine — with takes from April Ponnuru, Michael Steele, Scottie Nell Hughes, Liesl Hickey, Jacob Heilbrunn, Alice Stewart, Patti Solis Doyle, Katie Packer Beeson, Donna Brazile, Jesse Ferguson, Kori Schake, Anita Dunn, Celinda Lake http://politi.co/2DtXI8i
SHUTDOWN FUN READ — “Confessions of a Nonessential Employee: The 2013 shutdown was a blast for low-level Obama aides, until it wasn’t,” by Pat Cunnane in POLITICO Magazine: “Josh Earnest would be forced to do some press wrangling of his own, trailing President Barack Obama on a chaotic sandwich run to Taylor Gourmet, gamely trying to mind an unruly press pool that had questions about the shutdown. POTUS was not impressed with Josh’s skills, calling him a terrible wrangler. Still, things worked out OK for the guy who would soon be named White House press secretary.
“Katie Beirne Fallon was the most overqualified hole-puncher alive, and Amy Brundage yelled out the wranglers’ favorite catchphrase, ‘Thank you, pool!’– our euphemism for ‘Get the hell out’—as she did her best to hurry the press out of the Oval Office. On the other side of the White House gates, we nonessential folks toiled and tinkered, wondering when the gears of government might start grinding again.” http://politi.co/2DspLpr
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Sotomayor at work after health scare,” by Josh Gerstein and Lorraine Woellert: “Paramedics were called to the Washington home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor Friday morning, but a Supreme Court spokeswoman said the justice was not hospitalized and went to work Friday after being treated for low blood sugar. … The episode caused concern to some neighbors of the 63-year-old justice, who lives in an apartment near Washington’s Shaw and Columbia Heights neighborhoods. Sotomayor was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes, which she now controls through a combination of synthetic insulin injections, glucose tablets and regular checks of her blood sugar.” http://politi.co/2DRpRnm
— “House Republicans clash over secret memo,” by Kyle Cheney: “House Republicans are sharply divided over how to handle a classified memo that President Donald Trump’s allies say contains explosive details of misconduct by senior FBI and Justice Department officials. The memo, compiled by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes and fellow Republicans on the panel, claims that senior federal officials abused a secret surveillance program, commonly known as FISA, to target the Trump campaign. … [W]hile several Republicans have publicly cited the document as cause for alarm—triggering an aggressive Twitter campaign that has featured dozens of supportive tweets by the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.—they have not detailed its specific allegations.” http://politi.co/2FXXAfJ
AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION WE’VE ALL BEEN ASKING — “Tabloid held porn star’s 2011 interview after Trump threat,” by AP’s Jake Pearson (a Columbia Journalism School classmate of Jake’s): “A tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star’s 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president’s personal lawyer threatened to sue, four former employees of the tabloid’s publisher told The Associated Press. In Touch magazine published its 5,000-word interview with the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels on Friday — more than six years after Trump’s long-time attorney, Michael Cohen, sent an email to In Touch’s general counsel saying Trump would aggressively pursue legal action if the story was printed, according to emails described to the AP by the former employees.” http://bit.ly/2FZhZky
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 14 keepers http://politi.co/2EWtVlt
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION — “Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or T,” by NYT’s Ali Watkins and Matt Apuzzo: “The Trump administration has drafted plans to strip key authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, senior administration officials said on Friday, an acknowledgment that the agency has all but abandoned its legacy of fighting liquor and tobacco smugglers. … [T]he modern A.T.F. has focused its stagnant budget on violent crime and bombings, while tobacco smuggling — a little-known crime that costs the government billions in lost taxes each year — goes largely unenforced. Under the Trump administration’s plan, the Treasury Department would inherit the authority to investigate tobacco and alcohol smuggling. The A.T.F. would need a new name. One possibility: the Bureau of Arson, Explosives and Firearms, or A.E.F.” http://nyti.ms/2mVZipE
DEEP DIVE – “Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card: How the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy, became Beijing’s primary point of interest,” by Adam Entous in his New Yorker debut and Evan Osnos (print headline: “Soft Target”): “According to current and former officials briefed on U.S. intelligence about Chinese communications, Chinese officials said that [Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai]and Kushner, in meetings to prepare for the summit at Mar-a-Lago, discussed Kushner’s business interests along with policy. Some intelligence officials became concerned that the Chinese government was seeking to use business inducements to influence Kushner’s views. The intelligence wasn’t conclusive, according to those briefed on the matter. ‘I never saw any indication that it was successful,’ a former senior official said, of Chinese efforts to compromise Kushner.
“The Chinese could have mischaracterized their discussions with Kushner. But the intelligence reports triggered alarms that Chinese officials were attempting to exploit Kushner’s close relationship with the President, which could yield benefits over time. … (A spokesman for Kushner said, ‘There was never a time—never—that Mr. Kushner spoke to any foreign officials, in the campaign, transition, and in the Administration, about any personal or family business. He was scrupulous in this regard.’)” http://bit.ly/2mW1GwC
VALLEY TALK – “Twitter to tell 677,775 people they interacted with Kremlin-linked trolls,” by CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan: http://cnnmon.ie/2DrH3ml
BEYOND THE BELTWAY — “FBI opened inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens,” by CNN’s Evan Perez, MJ Lee and Rebecca Berg: “The FBI recently opened an inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, two US officials told CNN, as he fights an allegation of blackmail and faces calls to resign just a year into his job. While the FBI has not commented on the existence of any inquiry or formal investigation into Greitens, the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office announced last week that it is investigating Greitens’ conduct following an explosive story that forced the Republican governor to acknowledge having had an extramarital affair and confront an allegation of blackmail.” http://cnn.it/2ro3bbN
–“Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen ‘at the earliest possible date,’” by Matt Friedman: http://politi.co/2FY1SUg
HMM — “NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve,” by Josh Gerstein: “The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings. … Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international …
“[T]he NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016.” http://politi.co/2rsCjre
REMEMBER HER? “Justine Sacco, the PR exec who was fired from IAC for her tweets, has landed back at IAC’s Match Group,” by Recode’s Kurt Wagner: “Sacco, the communications exec who was very publicly fired from IAC back in 2014 for an inappropriate tweet, has returned to the IAC family: She’s now running all corporate communications for Match Group … Sacco left IAC a few years back … [and] was fired after she sent an inappropriate tweet right before boarding a flight to South Africa. ‘Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!’ she wrote at the time.” http://bit.ly/2DkUEYI
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WHAT WALL STREET IS READING — “How Wall Street Keeps #MeToo Claims Out of the Spotlight,” by WSJ’s Rob Copeland, Liz Hoffman and Rachel Louise Ensign: “Late last year, a woman at Bank of America Corp.’s hedge-fund-focused, prime-brokerage division complained to human resources about her boss. Other women soon followed suit. These women alleged that a senior banker and firm managing director, Omeed Malik, made unwanted advances toward female colleagues and engaged in relationships with female subordinates, without the knowledge of Bank of America’s top brass, people familiar with the matter say. After the initial complaint, the bank mobilized a group of internal investigators who began interviewing employees …
“With the investigation continuing, Mr. Malik was fired earlier this month … The bank told staff internally only that he left to pursue other opportunities, though it privately told some clients that more was behind the move … This is how such allegations of inappropriate conduct are handled on Wall Street in 2018. Like other large corporations, major financial institutions such as banks and hedge funds mostly act privately to handle with midlevel allegations of misconduct, in many instances allowing the accused employees to leave quietly.” http://on.wsj.com/2G0qNq7
MEDIAWATCH — “CNN Boss Jeff Zucker Eyed By Disney For Top ESPN Job,” by Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva: “A month after John Skipper’s abrupt resignation as president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, a surprising name has entered the field of potential successors: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. Reps at Disney could not be reached for comment, but multiple sources close to Zucker confirmed to Deadline that he has had conversations for the top job at the sports giant … Zucker[’s] current CNN contract I hear is up at the end of the year.” http://bit.ly/2EVDVeX
–“Trump May Shun NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Interview,” by Variety’s Brian Steinberg: “The Super Bowl has launched dozens of customs … In 2018, however, one new tradition is in danger of being broken. The White House has at present, according to a person familiar with the matter, indicated to NBC News that President Donald Trump will not take part in a recent Super Bowl ritual: a pre-game interview between the commander-in-chief and the news unit of the network hosting the game.” http://bit.ly/2rsQNHI
–“Nicolle Wallace’s Road From the White House to 30 Rock,” by NYT’s Sridhar Pappu: “How a former aide to George W. Bush and campaign strategist for John McCain’s 2008 presidential run has became a somewhat unlikely TV star at MSNBC.” http://nyti.ms/2EWNF8B
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
— “Trump With the Sound Off,” by Michael Kruse in POLITICO Magazine: “The media obsesses over the president’s words, but he has always cared more about how he looks.” http://politi.co/2mRXT2S
— “The Things That Come to Those Who Wait,” by Jamie Lauren Keiles in Racked – per Longreads.com’s description: “Waiting in line is the thing that seperates us from the animals. We waited in times of scarcity; when there were more people than goods, and soon lines became a ‘symbol of bloated bureaucracy.’ But today waiting is a kind of privilege, where it’s more common to wait in line for a new sneaker or a trendy dessert.” http://bit.ly/2BgREdW
— “The best books on Religion in China” — Ian Johnson interviewed in Five Books: “The past century and a half has been so traumatic to Chinese that they don’t know what their country stands for. What is ‘Chinese’? If you look at Chinese clothing, Chinese architecture, city planning, the political system, the economic system, nothing is really Chinese per se. There’s Chinese food and Chinese medicine, and those are perhaps the only two big things left from the old society. So religion is a way to identify as Chinese.” http://bit.ly/2DkPU5r
— “All in the Family in the Age of Trump: She’s 17 And Wants To Be A Politician. Her Dad Says He Won’t Vote For Her,” by BuzzFeed’s Jessica Testa: “On the eve of President Donald Trump’s first anniversary in office, teenage girls and their fathers are facing off in the most divided political climate since Vietnam. How one family fights through it.” http://bzfd.it/2rryhiW
— “Maybe Men Will Be Scared for a While,” by Molly Fischer in The Cut: “If your sexual conquests do not feel that they succumbed to your charms so much as acquiesced to your badgering, then your conquest is not so impressive. This is the underlying fear men must countenance: perhaps they are not as good at sex as they previously believed, and, in an instant, the whole world could know.” http://bit.ly/2FXwchw
— “We’re Not Done Here,” by Laurie Penny in Longreads: “How the MeToo movement became a feminist sexual revolution.” http://bit.ly/2mQJp34
— “The Excesses Of #MeToo,” by Andrew Sullivan in New York Mag: “I’ll tell you what’s also brave at the moment: to resist this McCarthyism, to admit complexity, to make distinctions between offenses, to mark a clear boundary between people’s sexual conduct in a workplace and outside of it, to defend due process, to defend sex itself, and privacy, and to rely on careful reporting to expose professional malfeasance.” http://nym.ag/2BeQfET
— “The Making of an Epidemic,” by Toni Martin in Threepenny Review, reviewing “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked and Why It’s So Hard to Stop,” by Anna Lembke: “About five years ago, the clinic where I worked instituted mandatory urine testing for everyone who took any opioid for longer than three months. ‘But what about our little old ladies with bad arthritis?’ we doctors moaned. ‘Do we really have to test them?’ The answer was yes, because it turned out that their urine was often clean. In other words, they weren’t taking the Vicodin themselves, but selling it to supplement their fixed incomes.” http://bit.ly/2EWCz3p (h/t TheBrowser.com) … $15.18 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2DqGRDT
— “I Used to Insist I Didn’t Get Angry. Not Anymore,” by Leslie Jamison in the NYT Magazine – per ALDaily.com’s description: “An angry woman can make people uneasy, while a sad woman tends to summon sympathy. But anger can be a responsibility, says Leslie Jamison. It’s about accountability.” http://nyti.ms/2mRAcHV
— “Opioids in the Suburbs,” by the Weekly Standard’s Christopher Caldwell: “In nine days in early December, eight young people died of overdoses in Fairfax County, Va., the second-richest of the 3,007 counties in the United States. Mass events like these happen frequently and in all sorts of places. … We describe them as ‘mass’ overdoses, but of course the life of a heroin addict is a solitary one, and most of those involved die alone in alleys, in cars, in the bedrooms they grew up in. Sixty-four thousand Americans died of overdoses in 2016, and early statistics for 2017 hint at a 21 percent rise.” http://tws.io/2EVpEPa
— “Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble,” by Steven Johnson on the cover of tomorrow’s NYT Magazine: “Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.” http://nyti.ms/2DntP6k … The cover http://bit.ly/2DuyjMj
— “American Democracy One Year into the Trump Administration” – from the executive summary of a new report from Protect Democracy and Stand Up Ideas: “While many have followed his presidency as a seemingly unending series of unrelated scandals, a more coherent narrative shows that all of his unorthodox actions are part of a singular story of a president with disturbingly autocratic tendencies presiding over a democracy at risk.” http://bit.ly/2EZu7k9
— “How drug lords make billions smuggling gold to Miami for your jewelry and phones,” by the Miami Herald’s Jay Weaver, Nicholas Nehamas and Kyra Gurney: “A river of gold controlled by drug lords runs through Miami.” http://hrld.us/2rojaXi
— “‘We Are Better Than the Stories About Us’ — How Do You Rebuild Your Life After Leaving A Polygamous Sect?” by BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen: “A decade ago, members of the FLDS — a fundamentalist sect of the Mormon church that practices polygamy — began leaving of their own volition. Today, they’re returning home to rewrite the dark narrative that’s formed around them.” http://bzfd.it/2FSLvbn (h/t Longform.org)
— “What does a gentrifying city look like? Talk to the man who delivers the mail,”by Maya L. Kapoor in High Country News: “Tracing Tucson’s changes with a longtime postal service worker.” http://bit.ly/2DR3KgW
— “Evolution unleashed,” by Kevin Laland in Aeon Magazine: “Is evolutionary science due for a major overhaul – or is talk of ‘revolution’ misguided?” http://bit.ly/2EXysUS
SPOTTED: Nikki Haley yesterday at Teaism Lafayette Park … Ezra Klein at the bar at Rosario yesterday “having a very animated conversation,” per our tipster
BIRTHDAYS: Kellyanne Conway is 51. She plans to “lay low with the four loves of her life and gear up for an NFC Championship victory on Sunday by the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles” … U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is 46 … Chip Englander, former campaign manager for Rand Paul for President … Paola Ramos … Paul Mandelson, special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs … Jessica Katz … Robin Roberts, co-founder and CEO of National Media … Eric Simmons is 45 … Bill Maher is 62 … Kirsten White of Morgan Lewis … WSJ senior writer James V. Grimaldi … Elena Hernandez and Dan Schneider, both press secretaries for the House Energy and Commerce Committee (h/t Jordan Davis) … West Honeycutt is 28 … Ian Sams (h/t Megan Apper) … Anna Stolitzka … Politico Morning Transportation author Brianna Gurciullo … Bob Michaels, partner at Rose Financial Services … Richard Kirsch … Al Kamen (h/ts Jon Haber) … former Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) is 59 … Soroush Richard Shehabi (h/t Kevin Chaffe) … Adam Radman, director of advocacy at Americans for Tax Reform … WTOP’s Mike McMearty … former Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) is 67 … Georgina Leigh Bloomberg is 35 … Natan Sharansky is 7-0 … CBS’ Maria Gavrilovic … Adrien Borisavljevic … Susan Finkelstein … Jeb Golinkin is 3-0 …
… Sam Dealey, managing principal at Monument Communications (h/t Blain Rethmeier) … Matthew Sanderson, political attorney at Caplin & Drysdale … Stacie Rumenap, director of corporate relations at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (h/ts Ted Greener) … Diane Ruggiero … Chris Schmitter … Jessica Hanson Hanna of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America … Alfredo Eliú Uranga … Alec Jacobs, director of strategy and client engagement at Purple Strategies … Michelle Rodriguez … Joan Tilouine … Ben Edwards, partner at Edwards + Sender … Tracy Russo of Russo Strategies and a DOJ alum … AP’s Merrill Hartson is 75 … Brent Desiderio is 48 … Charlie Diradour … Andy Taylor … James Ryan … Nicole DeSibour Rodgers … Arica Van Boxtel … Michelle Runk … GE’s Alan Gilbert … Sophie Trainor … Nick Sedgley … Jed Webb … Stasha Dennard … Zack Walz … Chuck Gray … Pat Souders … Lane Kasselman (h/t Teresa Vilmain)
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
— CNN’s “State of the Union”: White House budget director Mick Mulvaney … Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Panel: Bakari Sellers, Amanda Carpenter, former Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-Calif.)
— NBC’s “Meet the Press”: White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short. Panel: Peter Alexander, Al Cardenas, Stephanie Cutter and Peggy Noonan
— ABC’s “This Week”: Marc Short … Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) … Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Panel: Matthew Dowd, Karen Finney, Marc Lotter, Meghan McCain and Julie Pace
–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Mick Mulvaney … Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Panel: Ben Domenech, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ruth Marcus and Ed O’Keefe
–“Fox News Sunday”: Mick Mulvaney. Panel: Michael Needham, former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Josh Holmes and Charles Lane … “Power Player of the Week” with Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, Jr. (U.S. Army, Ret.)
–Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) … Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) … author and historian Niall Ferguson (“The Square and the Tower”) … former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). Panel: Ed Rollins and Mary Kissel
— Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Guy Benson … Mara Liasson … Juan Williams … Bill Bennett … Emily Jashinsky … Shelby Holliday
–CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Dan Balz, Sara Murray, Sahil Kapur and Maeve Reston
–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: Jeff Greenfield, Neera Tanden, Douglas Brinkley … TIME Magazine’s Charlotte Adler … April Ryan and John Gizzi
— Univision’s “Al Punto”: “United We Dream” executive director Cristina Jiménez and Dreamer and immigration attorney Dulce García … Dr. Juan Rivera … Venezuelan opposition leader María Corina Machado … Governor of Chihuahua Javier Corral … deported immigrant Jorge García
— C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: First part of a series of interviews conducted at CES in Las Vegas: Consumer Electronics Association president & CEO and Kodak CEO Gary Shapiro … Intel Corporation virtual reality and gaming general manager Frank Soqui … National Institute of Standards & Technology public safety division communications division chief Dereck Orr … “Newsmakers”: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), questioned by The Wall Street Journal’s Michelle Hackman and Politico’s Michael Stratford … “Q&A”: Author and Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman
— “The McLaughlin Group”: Moderator Tom Rogan with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page and guest panelist Robert Traynham
— MSNBC’s “Kasie DC”: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) … former Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) … Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) … Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) … Eli Stokols … Michael Steel … Rachael Bade … Yamiche Alcindor … Clint Watts … Seth Harris
— PBS’ “To the Contrary”: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)
— Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2roin8L): Bracewell principal Liam Donovan.
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