Good Monday morning. IT’S A BIG WEEK! Absent congressional action, the government shuts down Friday night. Trump is making a big 100-day push.
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TWO THINGS THAT BROKE OVERNIGHT — AP at 3:46 a.m.: “KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Pentagon chief Jim Mattis in Afghanistan to assess war needs.”
— PENCE CUTTING TRIP SHORT: Vice President Mike Pence is cutting his trip short by one night, and is now returning to Washington on Tuesday. An aide “cited the amount of issues on deck in Washington this week — between health care, the continuing resolution and tax reform” as the reason for Pence’s early return, according to a pool report. Pence is in Hawaii right now as he makes his way back to D.C.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK — As Donald Trump readies to announce his broad-brush principles for tax reform Wednesday, the president won’t be making the policy or announcement in a vacuum. Look for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his team to provide backup and swiftly move to help sell the broad principles, which the White House hopes will serve as an outline for future legislation. Treasury has more than 100 people working on tax policy and Mnuchin has been meeting every day on drafting a tax plan. Sources say Mnuchin has also been actively reaching out to key stakeholders on Capitol Hill. When Congress is in session, Mnuchin meets weekly with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas).
— KEEP AN EYE OUT: Right now, the White House and Congressional leaders are on completely different pages when it comes to tax reform. It will be telling if any Republican leaders attend Trump’s announcement.
GOV’T SHUTDOWN — THE DYNAMICS: President Donald Trump would like Congress to fund the border wall in the government-funding package this week. The reality is quite simple: Trump needs Democrats to pass a funding measure, and Democrats are opposed to the border wall, so the White House is almost certain to lose this fight. HOW TRUMP CAN GET A WIN: If he settles for an increase in spending on surveillance on the border — drones and the like. That would allow Trump to say he’s beefing up border security before the wall is built. And it would be a tough thing for Democrats to oppose.
— NYT: “Will the Government Be Open in a Week? Here Are the Dividing Lines,” by Matt Flegenheimer and Tom Kaplan. http://nyti.ms/2pVOLei
WAPO’S KELSEY SNELL and BOB COSTA: “White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said in an interview Sunday with The Washington Post that the president and his advisers remain ‘strong’ in their commitment to securing funding for border security and a wall.
“‘This is what the president ran on,’ Priebus said. ‘We want to get to a place this week where border-security money is being directed to the Department of Homeland Security so that we can begin surveillance and preliminary work, and then we will keep working on getting DHS what it needs for the structure.’” http://wapo.st/2pc5Lik
IVANKA GOING TO BERLIN — @betsy_klein: “First Flüsterin (translation: ‘First Whisperer’)” http://bit.ly/2p90yWk
PLAYBOOK POWER LIST — THE NEW GUARD — Donald Trump is president of the United States, and the Washington power structure is adapting in once unimaginable ways. Groups once relegated to the backwaters of Congress are now at the forefront — and their aides are more powerful than ever. New power structures are forming in the White House that help the most important men and women in America do their jobs, while waging war within the administration. Ad makers are having to adapt to the new world order as they try to cut through the noise. In short, a different set of operatives is emerging on the front lines of politics, policy and power.
That’s why the POLITICO Playbook “New Guard” Power List is crucial to understanding the players who are breaking through in the all-consuming era of Donald Trump. The list is the product of hundreds of interviews and conversations over the course of several months. Use it, share it — and help us make it even better. Thank you to Scott Mahaskey and John Shinkle for the amazing photographs, and Bill Kuchman and Zach Montellaro for the awesome layout … Check out the list http://politi.co/2pceaT9
THE FULL LIST — The West Wing (Hope Hicks, Raj Shah, Eli Miller) http://politi.co/2oBRd8s … Foreign Policy (Fiona Hill, Brian Hook, Matt Mowers, Matt Pottinger) http://politi.co/2oBWfSx … The Opposition (Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)) http://politi.co/2oD7uth … House Operatives (Doug Andres, Ashley Etienne, Alyssa Farah) http://politi.co/2prPpmw … Senate Operatives (Lily Adams, Joe Hack, Kristen Orthman) http://politi.co/2okZ3r9 … Democratic Political Operatives (Xochitl Hinojosa, Meredith Kelly, Christie Roberts) http://politi.co/2pc0J5k … GOP Political Operatives (Matt Gorman, Jake Kastan, Katie Martin) http://politi.co/2pVvN7F …
… Digital (Gerrit Lansing, Lindsay Kryzak, Tim Lim) http://politi.co/2p8vUg7 … Media Players (Kate Nocera, Michael Ramlet, Alex Skatell, Shawna Thomas) http://politi.co/2pVpEbj … Ad Makers (Dan Conston, Raghu Devaguptapu, Anson Kaye) http://politi.co/2oBDLl4 … Thinkers (Brandon Arnold, J.D. Foster, Rebecca Buckwalter Poza) http://politi.co/2oD6tB7 … Health Care (Adrienne Morrell, Emily Murry) http://politi.co/2p8B0sG … Intel (Michael Bahar, Damon Nelson) http://politi.co/2oDcopV … Image Makers (Gabriella Demczuk, Matt Negrin, Alex Trowbridge) http://politi.co/2pVpnW4 … Scenesters (Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd, Ed Scarpone, Parita Shah) http://politi.co/2q5PlFE
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EXECUTIVE ORDER — “Trump to order review to open new offshore drilling areas,” by Andrew Restuccia: “President Donald Trump will order the administration to take its first steps this week toward expanding oil and gas drilling in waters off the U.S. coast, according to a person familiar with Trump’s plans. The president is planning to sign an executive order that will instruct the Interior Department to conduct a review of the areas currently available for offshore drilling and begin streamlining regulations governing offshore oil and gas development, according to the source. It’s one of several executive orders that Trump will sign this week ahead of his 100th day in office. By Friday, Trump will have signed 32 executive orders, the most signed by a president in the first 100 days since World War II, according to the White House.” http://politi.co/2oD2Yus
— REMEMBER WHEN … Republicans jumped all over Barack Obama for signing too many executive orders?
FOR YOUR RADAR — “U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters, China calls for restraint,” by Reuters’ Ben Blanchard and Ju-min Park in Beijing and Seoul: “Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on Monday in a call about North Korea with U.S. President Donald Trump, as Japan conducted joint drills with a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters. The carrier group was sent by Trump for exercises in waters off the Korean peninsula as a warning, amid growing fears North Korea could conduct another nuclear test soon in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Angered by the approach of the U.S. carrier group, a defiant North Korea said on Monday the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson was ‘an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade the North.’” http://reut.rs/2pWsJdZ
–“Carried away: The inside story of how the Carl Vinson’s canceled port visit sparked a global crisis,” by Navy Times’ David B. Larter: http://bit.ly/2q60OVm
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MAKING SENSE OF THE FRENCH ELECTIONS — “6 takeaways from French election’s first round,” by POLITICO Europe’s Pierre Briancon in Paris: “French voters chose centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen to compete for the presidency in May 7’s runoff. With all votes now counted, Macron came first on 23.8 percent versus 21.5 percent for Le Pen. François Fillon, the mainstream conservative candidate of the Républicains party, and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon, gained 19.9 and 19.6 percent of the vote respectively.
“Here are six takeaways from Sunday’s first round: 1. Change and renewal. … 2. Populism beaten but not dead. … 3. The parliamentary election campaign starts Monday. … 4. The right without a leader. … 5. Farewell to the Socialist Party. … 6. Give it to the pollsters: they were right.” http://politi.co/2q5X0n6
SPEAKING OF ELECTIONS — “Republicans sound alarm on Trump’s troubles ahead of 2018,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Republicans say President Donald Trump needs to turn things around fast — or the GOP could pay dearly in 2018. With the party preparing to defend their congressional majorities in next year’s midterms, senior Republicans are expressing early concern about Trump’s lack of legislative accomplishments, his record-low approval ratings, and the overall dysfunction that’s gripped his administration.
“The stumbles have drawn the attention of everyone from GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who funneled tens of millions of dollars into Trump’s election and is relied upon to bankroll the party’s House and Senate campaigns, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is privately warning colleagues about the perils of the coming election. Potential GOP candidates whom party leaders want to recruit are afraid of walking into a buzz saw, uncertain about what kind of political environment they’ll be facing by the time the midterms come around – and what Trump’s record will look like.” http://politi.co/2oBYHbO
OBAMA IS BACK — “Obama launches Chicago trip with visit to South Side job training group,” by Chicago Tribune’s Katherine Skiba: “Former President Barack Obama, on a two-day visit to Chicago that began Sunday, met privately with at-risk young men on the South Side to talk about gang violence, jobs skills and employment, a spokesman said. The meeting was with participants in a program created by Obama’s longtime friend and former education secretary, Arne Duncan — and signified a return to Obama’s roots as a community organizer 30 years ago on the South Side. …
“The behind-closed-doors meeting at the Youth Peace Center of Roseland … was not publicized in advance and was not open to the media.” http://trib.in/2oXq3M1
— THE MAIN EVENT … Obama will speak at the University of Chicago this morning at noon east coast time. The event will be livestreamed. Livestream link http://bit.ly/2pck1I5
POLITICO INVESTIGATION — “Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway: By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces,” by Josh Meyer: “In its determination to win support for the nuclear deal and prisoner swap from Tehran — and from Congress and the American people — the Obama administration did a lot more than just downplay the threats posed by the men it let off the hook, according to POLITICO’s findings. Through action in some cases and inaction in others, the White House derailed its own much-touted National Counterproliferation Initiative at a time when it was making unprecedented headway in thwarting Iran’s proliferation networks. … Justice and State Department officials [also] denied or delayed requests from prosecutors and agents to lure some key Iranian fugitives to friendly countries so they could be arrested. Similarly, Justice and State, at times in consultation with the White House, slowed down efforts to extradite some suspects already in custody overseas.” http://politi.co/2ps9Tvv
–“The Iran deal: The full picture — A snapshot of those involved in the deal, including the key players Obama didn’t mention,” by Josh Meyer http://politi.co/2pWrZFH
FUN READ — “‘Everyone tunes in’: Inside Trump’s obsession with cable TV,” by WaPo’s Ashley Parker and Bob Costa: “During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in President Trump’s tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go. The president’s response was swift and unequivocal. ‘I’m not firing Sean Spicer,’ he said, according to someone familiar with the encounter. ‘That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.’ … Foreign diplomats have urged their governments’ leaders to appear on television when they’re stateside as a means of making their case to Trump, and U.S. lawmakers regard a TV appearance as nearly on par with an Oval Office meeting in terms of showcasing their standing or viewpoints to the president. …
“Trump turns on the television almost as soon as he wakes, then checks in periodically throughout the day in the small dining room off the Oval Office, and continues late into the evening when he’s back in his private residence. … Sometimes, at night, he hate-watches cable shows critical of him, while chatting on the phone with friends … In the morning, the president typically flips between ‘Fox & Friends,’ Maria Bartiromo’s show on Fox Business and CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box.’ … Trump is furious with [Jeff] Zucker for what he thinks is the network’s unfair coverage but admires Zucker’s business bona fides and ratings growth, said a friend.” http://wapo.st/2ojz9nE
TRUMP’S MONDAY — The president is speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and will video conference with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Trump will have lunch with ambassadors from U.N. Security Council countries, sign a proclamation for Holocaust Remembrance Day, and host a ceremony for new ambassadors to the U.S. He’s meeting with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and will have dinner with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Cindy McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
THE JUICE …
— IT’S OFFICIAL — HEATHER NAUERT is joining the State Department as its new spokesman, the agency will announce later this morning. Nauert, whose name had recently been floated as a potential spokesman, comes on board after more than 15 years as a TV anchor and correspondent covering both foreign and domestic affairs. She most recently worked as a New York-based anchor and correspondent on Fox News on the show “Fox and Friends.” She has covered the past four presidential elections and also covered the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California, and Boston and the 2008 financial crisis. She has also worked as a network correspondent for ABC News.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — THE DNC AND SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER are putting out a rare joint memo today on President Trump’s first 100 days in office that will focus on “Trump’s broken promises to the middle class, breaking down how the Trump administration has already hurt millions of Americans.” The memo http://politi.co/2pc88BX
— SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MASS) met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the weekend while promoting her book at the Music Box theater, Illinois Playbooker Natasha Korecki writes. The two went to Cafe Selmarie in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood to chat, where the mayor bought her some Selmarie granola, apparently an Emanuel favorite. The two meet fairly regularly, according to a source close to the mayor, to discuss the future of the Democratic party and national politics. They also met when the mayor traveled to Washington, D.C. last month.
VIDEO DU JOUR — TRUMP’s message yesterday to the World Jewish Congress http://bit.ly/2p8Voda
STEVE BANNON PROFILE – “A Hollywood Story: Did the movies really make Steve Bannon?” by Connie Bruck in The New Yorker: “These days, Bannon is a dishevelled presence in the Oval Office, but he cut a different figure in Beverly Hills, where he looked the part of a Hollywood executive—fast-talking, smartly dressed, aggressively fit, carrying himself with what one former colleague described as an ‘alpha swagger.’ … He was passionate and knowledgeable about film, and boasted about his connections, his production credits, and his background in mergers and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs. He was a Republican, but not dogmatic, and he tried not to let his political beliefs get in the way of his work … People in Hollywood [have been] bewildered by Bannon’s story of himself as a major dealmaker. ‘I never heard of him, prior to Trumpism,’ the media mogul Barry Diller told me. ‘And no one I know knew him in his so-called Hollywood period.’” http://bit.ly/2ojsY2U
JOB-CREATOR-IN-CHIEF — “Trump Saved Carrier Jobs. These Workers Weren’t as Lucky,” by NYT’s Nelson Schwartz in Huntington, Ind.: “During Mr. Trump’s campaign, the fate of more than 2,000 Carrier jobs that the company wanted to move to Mexico from Indiana, including those in Huntington, were Exhibit A in his attacks on the free-trade policies of his predecessors, both Democratic and Republican. … Thanks to public pressure from Mr. Trump and a generous package of tax breaks negotiated by Gov. Mike Pence, now the vice president, Carrier did agree to keep making some of its furnaces in Indianapolis, preserving roughly 800 of 1,400 jobs there. But the plant in Huntington operated by United Technologies Electronic Controls, or UTEC, was not part of that deal — nor would it be helped by the ‘buy American’ mandate for federal infrastructure projects that Mr. Trump promised in Wisconsin last week. And by early next year, the components used for furnaces still assembled in Indianapolis will come instead from Monterrey, Mexico, where it takes a day to earn what workers here make in about an hour.” http://nyti.ms/2oXulmE
2020 WATCH — “Did I just witness the start of the 2020 presidential campaign in NH?,” by NH1’s Paul Steinhauser in Salem, N.H.: “Martin O’Malley preached reforming the Democratic Party and taking ‘our country back’ at the first stop of his first visit to New Hampshire since the 2016 election. And while he says his trip to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state was all about 2018 rather than 2020, O’Malley’s address to a group of Democrats at a house party in Salem may be the beginnings of a stump speech in the next race for the White House.” http://bit.ly/2oXzV8z
— “Inside Democrats’ ‘American Idol’-Style Campaign School,” by NBC News’ Alex Seitz-Wald: “If an anti-Donald Trump wave is coming, House Democrats want to be ready to catch it. So they’re sending hundreds of operatives to school in a massive training operation that they say is bigger and starting earlier than anything the party has attempted before. Over 1,300 aspiring campaign managers, field directors, and finance chiefs have so far enrolled in what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling ‘DCCC-University.’ … [S]essions are scheduled in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina in coming weeks, as well as online, open to anyone who applies.” http://nbcnews.to/2pUPZck
MICHAEL KRUSE in Politico Magazine, “How Trump Succeeds Without Succeeding: He has made a career of convincing people that his failures were the exact opposite. Can he pull it off again?”: “More than a belief in the power of positive thinking or the casual audacity of a tireless salesman, Trump has perfected a narrative style in which he doesn’t merely obscure reality—he tries to change it with pronouncements that act like blaring, garish roadside billboards. Unrelenting in telling his own story, he has defined himself as a success no matter what—by talking the loudest and the longest, and by insisting on having the first word and also the last. And it’s worked. Again and again, throughout his adult life, Trump in essence has managed to succeed without actually succeeding.” http://politi.co/2pUpOQk
THE GLOBAL POLITICO PODCAST — REVENGE OF THE NEOCONS? In an exclusive for The Global POLITICO, Paul Wolfowitz, architect of the Iraq war, talks Trump, Iraq and his fears the country could descend into “chaotic violence” all over again, and the need for America to step back up in the melting down Middle East. An original #nevertrumper, he says he’s now seeing “fantastic opportunity” in Trump’s newly assertive foreign policy. http://politi.co/2oDaq9j … Transcript http://politi.co/2ps4W5P … Listen and subscribe http://apple.co/2kJ9q1U
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VALLEY TALK — “Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire: Travis Kalanick’s drive to win in life has led to a pattern of risk-taking that has at times put his ride-hailing company on the brink of implosion,” by NYT’s Mike Isaac: “Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, visited Apple’s headquarters in early 2015 to meet with Timothy D. Cook … It was a session that Mr. Kalanick was dreading. For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple’s engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had been secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted and the devices erased — a fraud detection maneuver that violated Apple’s privacy guidelines. … ‘So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,’ Mr. Cook said in his calm, Southern tone. Stop the trickery, Mr. Cook then demanded, or Uber’s app would be kicked out of Apple’s App Store.
“For Mr. Kalanick, the moment was fraught with tension. If Uber’s app was yanked from the App Store, it would lose access to millions of iPhone customers — essentially destroying the ride-hailing company’s business. So Mr. Kalanick acceded. … For the last few months, the company has been reeling from allegations of a machismo-fueled workplace where managers routinely overstepped verbally, physically and sometimes sexually with employees. Mr. Kalanick compounded that image by engaging in a shouting match with an Uber driver in February, an incident recorded by the driver and then leaked online. (Mr. Kalanick now has a private driver.)” http://nyti.ms/2ojKe8n
MAYOR OF THE WORLD — “Bloomberg to world leaders: ignore Trump on climate,” by AP’s Steve Peoples: “Saying that coal miners ‘have paid a terrible price,’ Bloomberg also disclosed for the first time plans to donate $3 million to organizations that help unemployed miners and their communities find new economic opportunities. Bloomberg Philanthropies highlights the plight of coal miners in a new film to be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday. He avoided condemning the Trump administration directly, however, largely casting the new president’s steps on climate change as irrelevant.” http://apne.ws/2p7E9ZT
–VIDEO: “60 Minutes” profile last night of Bloomberg where he talks about his company, climate, philanthropy and politics: http://cbsn.ws/2p7B0sF … 60 Minutes’ “Overtime” segment where he actually pilots one of his company’s helicopters with Steve Kroft onboard to show how NYC’s skyline and parks were reshaped under his time as mayor http://cbsn.ws/2pUm8y9
MEDIAWATCH — “Trump to host conservative media at reception,” by Hadas Gold: “President Donald Trump will welcome members of the conservative media for a small reception at the White House on Monday. Among those attending: One America News Network, The Daily Caller and Breitbart, as well as some columnist and talk radio hosts. ‘They were neglected the last eight years, and they’re an important medium to communicate to a massively growing number of Americans who, frankly, have grown tired of mainstream media’s coverage,’ White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in an interview.” http://politi.co/2oD54ed
SPOTTED: Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) waiting on Sunday night at LAX for their delayed flight to Dulles, which didn’t get in until the wee hours of the morning. … Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has a house in Oakton, Virginia, shopping on Sunday afternoon at the Oakton Giant. He was wearing a business suit, per our tipster.
SPOTTED at Busboys and Poets last night for Scott Conroy’s “Vote First or Die” book event moderated by The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos: Steve Chaggaris, Rob Hendin, Phil Rucker, Dave Weigel, Rosalind Helderman, Sarabeth Berman, Phil Elliott, Tim Miller, Tyler Jameson, Mike Memoli, Flynn Allen Hennessy, Abby Livingston, 2017 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize winner James Conroy, Adam Shapiro, Kathryn Glass and Jo Ling Kent. Op-ed in Real Clear Politics http://bit.ly/2oAH9gf … Scott’s speaking tonight at the NH IOP: http://bit.ly/2p7t0YJ … $16.44 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2prmNtX
REMEMBERING KATE O’BEIRNE – National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru: “When she became the magazine’s Washington editor in 1995 her resume already included stints at Senator Jim Buckley’s office, the Reagan administration, and the Heritage Foundation. She served NR in that position for eleven years and then became president of National Review Institute for six more. … Both her ‘Bread and Circuses’ column for NR and her television commentary were marked by a rare combination of a deep interest in conservative policy, psychological insight, and common sense. … Decades of chain-smoking caught up with her last year — vaping came too late for her — leading to an ordeal from which she shielded nearly everyone who loved her.” http://bit.ly/2paYCyU
TRANSITIONS — Aisha Johnson has been named as press secretary for the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Johnson previously served as press assistant for nearly three years on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Terrence Clark of CAP Action fame (hat tip: Emily Tisch Sussman)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Zack Roday, press secretary for Paul Ryan’s political team “Team Ryan” and alum of Rep. David Young and Scott Walker, is 31. How he’s celebrating: “My fiancé, Alleigh Marré, has that covered. I’ve been told it’s a surprise.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2oClCUa
BIRTHDAYS: Barbra Streisand is 75 … former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is 75 … the Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, is 66 … Peter Daou … Michael Hirsh … former Rep. Jack Kingston, now principal at Squire Patton Boggs … Andrew Kirtzman, former NY1 anchor, author of “Rudy: Emperor of the City,” and president of Kirtzman Strategies … The Library of Congress, created from an act of Congress that President John Adams signed in 1800, is 217 … Michael Schneider, Obama DOT and WH PPO alum … Bonnye Hart … Jill (Strait) Griffiths, senior director at FTI Consulting in Austin … Obama HQ alums Roz Skozen, Chris Herold and Kate Mann … Clark Packard of National Taxpayers Union (soon to be R Street) is 33 … Megan Sowards Newton, senior associate in Jones Day’s political law group and current lead attorney on the Trump acct … Politico alum Jeanine Rossi … Cameron Douglas, an international studies master’s student at the University of Denver (h/t Colby Bermel) … former USA Today publisher Larry Kramer, now chairman of the board at TheStreet and a Gannett board member … Stuart Chapman, partner at Thorn Run Partners … Democratic fundraiser Megan Nashban, who was Hillary for America’s director of grassroots finance (h/t John McCarthy) … Robb Walton, VP for BGR Group …
… Ruth Guerra, comms director for American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund and an RNC alum … Jameson Cunningham, comms director for Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), is 31, celebrating with Sidecars and burgers (h/t wife Paige Cunningham) … Bruce Taylor … Megan Hannigan, manager of U.S. gov’t relations at PayPal and an eBay and DLCC alum … Erin DeLullo … Gabriela Domenzain, former deputy O’Malley campaign manager and a Raben Group and Obama alum … Washington Examiner’s Al Weaver … Sarah Braswell, VP at Weber Shandwick … Sal Scrimenti … Joe Russo, member of Team Goodlatte and former McLean High School homecoming king … Romney advance alum extraordinaire Charlie Pearce, now a political consultant at Portland firm Pathfinder.GOP … Jim Caplice … Brandon Hersh, a GPG alum now director of PR at Dalton Agency … Shaun Kelleher, VP of campaigns at LCV and a Pats fan … Austin Bailey … Andrew Bailey … Sara Ehrman (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Rebecca Kasper, finance director at Montanans for Tester and Treasure State PAC … Imani Greene … David Botkins … Terron Daniel Sims II … Obama WH alum Jesica Wagstaff … Laurie Edberg … Hillary Lassiter of Rep. Diane Black’s office … Kelsie Benjamin … Todd Conner … actress Shirley MacLaine is 83 … Cedric the Entertainer is 53 … singer Kelly Clarkson is 35 … golfer Lydia Ko is 2-0 (h/ts AP)
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