Good Wednesday morning. SIX HOURS IN THE MIND OF THE PRESIDENT … PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP took several seemingly contradictory positions about the government continuing cost-sharing reduction payments for Obamacare. CSR payments help insure the poor. The president said he’d stop paying them last week.
— 1:59 p.m., toward the top of his press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: “So when I knocked out the hundreds of millions of dollars a month being paid back to the insurance companies by politicians — I must tell you — that wanted me to continue to pay this, I said I’m not going to do it. This is money that goes to the insurance companies to line their pockets, to raise up their stock prices. And they’ve had a record run. They’ve had an incredible run, and it’s not appropriate.”
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— 2:10 p.m., in the middle of his press conference with the Greek prime minister, when asked about the White House’s role in a bipartisan deal between Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray to keep paying CSR payments: “Yes, we have been involved. And this is a short-term deal because we think, ultimately, block grants going to the states is going to be the answer. … Lamar has been working very, very hard with the Democratic — his colleagues on the other side, and Patty Murray is one of them, in particular. … The solution will be for about a year or two years, and it will get us over this intermediate hump because we have — as you probably know, we have — we either have the votes or we are very close to having the votes. And we will get the votes for having, really, the potential of having great healthcare in our country.”
— 7:37 p.m., during a speech to the Heritage Foundation: “I’m pleased the Democrats have finally responded to my call for them to take responsibility for their Obamacare disaster and work with Republicans to provide much-needed relief to the American people. While I commend the bipartisan work done by Senators Alexander and Murray — and I do commend it — I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the Obamacare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies.”
IF YOU ARE A LAWMAKER, or an observer of Washington, how do you know what the president means when he says three seemingly different things in less than six hours?
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THE REALITY ABOUT THE DEAL — JEN HABERKORN and ADAM CANCRYN: “Bipartisan Obamacare deal would need Trump lobbying muscle”: “A bipartisan deal in Congress offers a glimmer of stability for the Obamacare insurance markets. But for it to become law, each party will need to declare a victory — and President Donald Trump will have to agree to prop up a law he just spent months trying to repeal. … The framework, which got more immediate support from Democrats than Republicans, will need the lobbying muscle of the White House to win over skeptical Republicans in Congress. …
“But Trump could face another legislative disappointment without a sustained, focused lobbying effort on Capitol Hill, where Republicans are facing a biting political calculus. They’re still stinging from spending all of this year in a draining but fruitless effort to repeal and replace Obamacare — the law that congressional Republicans have been trying to uproot for seven years. Now, they would have to decide whether the state flexibility concessions Alexander got are enough.” http://politi.co/2x44J9e
— WHAT TO MAKE OF ALEXANDER-MURRAY: It’s probably not going anywhere — at least in its current form.
CHOOSE YOUR NEWS — WSJ, banner headline, A1: “Bipartisan Health Bill Gains Steam” http://bit.ly/2aVNXyP … WAPO, A1: “Latest health-care effort quickly stalls” http://bit.ly/2zissDg … NYT: “DEAL BY SENATORS SEEKS TO RESTORE HEALTH SUBSIDIES … TRUMP SUPPORTS PLAN … Bid to Stabilize Markets — 2 Years of Aid for Poorer Patients” http://nyti.ms/2yyIyLS
PRESIDENT TRUMP, 344 DAYS POST ELECTION DAY — @realDonaldTrump at 6:21 a.m.: “Wow, FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete. Many..” at 6:27 a.m.: “…people not interviewed, including Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this-obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?”
— FLASHBACK: July 2, 2016, WaPo: “FBI interviews Hillary Clinton for more than 3 hours in email probe” http://wapo.st/2grOqzV
TRUMP AND THE GOLD STAR FAMILIES …
— “Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn’t called all families,” by AP’s Calvin Woodward and Jonathan Lemire: “President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far Tuesday as to cite the death of his chief of staff’s son in Afghanistan to question whether Barack Obama and other presidents did enough to honor the military dead.
“He’s boasted that ‘I think I’ve called every family of someone who’s died,’ though The Associated Press found relatives of two soldiers who died overseas during Trump’s presidency who said they never received a call or a letter from him, as well as relatives of a third who did not get a call from him.
“The White House said Trump did telephone on Tuesday the families of four soldiers who were killed in Niger nearly two weeks ago, the issue that had spawned the controversy this week. ‘He offered condolences on behalf of a grateful nation and assured them their family’s extraordinary sacrifice to the country will never be forgotten,’ said a White House statement.
“Contending that Trump’s propensity for a political fight has drifted into ‘sacred’ territory, Democrats and some former government officials have expressed anger at his comments that he, almost alone among presidents, called the families of military members killed in war. They accused him of ‘inane cruelty’ and a ‘sick game.’” http://bit.ly/2x4rREA
— WHAT HE SAYS WHEN HE CALLS: WPLG, the ABC affiliate in MIAMI: “Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: ‘He knew what he signed up for’”: “President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Tuesday that ‘he knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway,’ when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens.
“‘Yes, he said it,’ Wilson said. ‘It is so insensitive. He should not have said that. He shouldn’t have said that.’ The president called about 4:45 p.m. and spoke to Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, for about five minutes. She is a mother to Johnson’s surviving 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. The conversation happened before Johnson’s remains arrived at Miami International Airport on a commercial Delta Airlines flight.
“A top advisor later told Local 10 News ‘The president’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.’” http://bit.ly/2hMMAGE … 30-second video of Wilson talking about what the President said http://bit.ly/2zvnq7j
— WAPO’S PHIL RUCKER and DAN LAMOTHE: “Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers”: “In his call with Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, Trump told her, ‘He knew what was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway,’ according to the account of Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.), who was riding in a limousine with Johnson when the president called and heard the conversation on speakerphone. Wilson recalled in an interview with The Washington Post that Johnson broke down in tears. ‘He made her cry,’ Wilson said. The congresswoman said she wanted to take the phone and ‘curse him out,’ but that the Army sergeant holding the phone would not let her speak to the president.” http://wapo.st/2x4u9nc
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TRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE …
— “Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse,” by WaPo’s Damian Paletta: “White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and infertility, two people familiar with the matter said.
“The documents, which were obtained by The Washington Post, were prepared and distributed by Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. They were presented without any data or information to back up the assertions, and reveal some of the materials the Trump administration reviewed as it was crafting its trade policy.
“Two administration officials confirmed the authenticity of the documents, which have emerged as the administration has threatened to withdraw from a free trade agreement with South Korea and is taking a hard-line stance against Canada and Mexico in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.” http://wapo.st/2ziJBwI
— PUBLIC RECORDS: “National Archives warned Trump White House to preserve documents,” by Josh Dawsey and Bryan Bender: “National Archives officials have periodically warned White House lawyers that the Trump administration needs to follow document preservation laws, according to people familiar with the conversations and emails reviewed by POLITICO. The White House legally must preserve all presidential records, which are given to the National Archives after the president leaves office and are used for historical records. The documents that must be preserved include written memos, emails, speeches, record logs and more.
“But National Archives officials have told the White House counsel’s office they were concerned that wasn’t happening, particularly early in the administration … Conversations have included John Laster and Gary Stern, two National Archives officials, and the White House counsel’s office.” http://politi.co/2yrhw9y
NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — “Poll: 46 percent think media make up stories about Trump,” by Steven Shepard: “Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Just 37 percent of voters think the media do not fabricate stories, the poll shows, while the remaining 17 percent are undecided.
“More than three-quarters of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration, compared with only 11 percent who don’t think so. Among Democrats, one-in-five think the media make up stories, but a 65 percent majority think they do not. Forty-four percent of independent voters think the media make up stories about Trump, and 31 percent think they do not. Among the voters who strongly approve of Trump’s job performance in the poll, 85 percent believe the media fabricate stories about the president and his administration.” http://politi.co/2yv5k5i
FINALLY… A WIN FOR MCCONNELL — “McCain endorses budget bill in win for GOP tax-reform effort,” by WaPo’s Elise Viebeck and Damian Paletta: “The White House’s push for tax cuts made crucial progress on Tuesday as Senate Republicans rallied behind a budget proposal the party needs to pass to keep alive its hopes of enacting sharp reductions in tax rates later this year.
“Senate Republican leaders earned a series of much-needed victories Tuesday, first with the return of ailing Sen. Thad Cochran (R – Miss.) and later with an announcement from Sen. John McCain (R – Ariz.) that he would back the budget resolution in order to help passage of tax cuts. Senate Republicans are now hopeful they can agree on a final budget resolution later this week, which is a key procedural step to help them pass a tax cut plan later in the year without relying on support from any Democrats.” http://wapo.st/2ziJBwI
— THIS MEANS that the budget will pass, and tax reform will proceed.
ALERT — TAX REFORM MEETINGS — THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE has notified its members that it is holding two more extended policy discussions on tax reform next Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a GOP aide. Committee members are now “meeting regularly and in great detail now to make final decisions in the lead up to the release of the text.”
— TAX SLIPPING TO 2018: MICK MULVANEY to Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli: “There’s still a chance it gets done this year but more likely it goes over into the beginning of next year. We need this reform, we need this tax package sooner, rather than later … The longer we wait to get tax reform, the longer the benefits take to kick in.” https://bloom.bg/2yrTKKV
— Club for Growth released its first batch of TV and digital ads targeting Democrats to urge them to support tax reform in an initial $600,000 buy. Two 15-second TV ads will begin airing today in the St. Louis media market. The ads — “Tax Code Struggle” http://bit.ly/2ywyG57 … “Managing Small Business” http://bit.ly/2ySoYve
WHAT THEY’RE READING ON MASSACHUSETTS AVE, N.E. — “Heritage Foundation considers top White House aide, Cubs co-owner as next leader,” by WaPo’s Bob Costa, Ashley Parker and John Wagner: “The Heritage Foundation has narrowed its search for a new president down to a shortlist of finalists, a group that includes Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Marc Short, a senior Trump White House official, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
“In addition to Ricketts and Short, Heritage’s board of trustees also has expressed interest in Lisa B. Nelson, the chief executive of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and David Trulio, a vice president at Lockheed Martin … The conservative think tank’s trustees, however, remain torn over their decision.
“Kay Coles James — a Heritage board member who served as the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under President George W. Bush and is close to Heritage founder Edwin J. Feulner — has been mentioned by several associates as someone who could serve in a temporary capacity if the board cannot settle on a candidate.” http://wapo.st/2xPBVWw
— IT’S HARD TO SEE why Marc Short would take this job. Republicans we talk to in the White House and on the Hill say he’s ascendant in the Trump administration.
THE BANNON BEAT — “Bannon hits up GOP mega-donors exasperated with McConnell: The Breitbart chief barnstorms the country in search of cash to fund his project to primary Republican senators,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Over the last several weeks, Bannon has crisscrossed the country meeting with dozens of the party’s biggest contributors — all in the hopes of capitalizing on their anger at McConnell. The populist bomb-thrower wants donors to bankroll primary challenges against Republican incumbents, or short of that, to close their wallets to McConnell-aligned causes.
“Bannon has gone to New York City to talk with venture capitalist John Childs, who plowed nearly $400,000 into McConnell’s 2014 reelection. In Colorado, he huddled with Gore-Tex heiress Susan Gore, a major backer of libertarian causes. And Bannon met with casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the GOP’s most prominent donor, for several hours when he swung through Washington this month.” http://politi.co/2xOUMku
–“Bannon’s army includes candidates backed by the GOP establishment: The former White House strategist has declared war on Mitch McConnell but is endorsing candidates who have also accepted help from the Republican apparatus,” by Annie Karni: “Matt Rosendale, the Montana state auditor running for U.S. Senate, recently received the endorsement du jour in Republican politics: Steve Bannon plucked him for the slate of candidates he is backing as part of his war on the GOP establishment. …
“Bannon’s interest in Rosendale — as well as many of the other candidates on his dance card — also has some Washington GOP power brokers confused by his definition of ‘anti-establishment.’ For months, the [NRSC] has been media training Rosendale … In addition to any help he gets from Bannon, Rosendale is a client of the consulting firm On Message, one of the most ‘establishment’ consulting firms in Washington.” http://politi.co/2x4gJYa
TRUMP’S WEDNESDAY — Trump is scheduled to speak via phone with the Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. He is also meeting with the Senate Finance Committee and will have lunch with VP Mike Pence.
FOR YOUR RADAR — “N.F.L. Owners Won’t Penalize Players for Kneeling During Anthem,” by NYT’s Ken Belson and Kevin Draper: “The N.F.L. for now will continue to let players kneel or sit during the national anthem without a penalty, capitulating to demands by the athletes for free expression but potentially further alienating fans who object to the protests and feel they are disrespectful to the flag and the military.
“But, after a meeting Tuesday with union representatives and players, the league did promise to help support some of the causes targeted by the protesting players, including reform of the criminal justice system.” http://nyti.ms/2ySrp0Q
THE JUICE …
— SPOTTED at GHIBELLINA: Ivanka and Jared dining solo Tuesday night.
— MCCLATCHY’S ANITA KUMAR: “The Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million in the first nine months of 2017, marking the first time it has raised that much, that fast, in a non-presidential election year.” http://bit.ly/2yxexw8
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THE BATTLEFIELD — “Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages,” by NYT’s Adam Goldman and Eric Schmitt: “A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared to be an American abducted five years earlier while backpacking in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband. The grainy images were a breakthrough. Military planners mobilized members of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, an elite group of commandos, to mount a rescue …
“But the operation was called off amid concerns, and days later, the C.I.A. watched in alarm as militants drove the family out of the camp and across Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands. The top American diplomat in Pakistan, Ambassador David Hale, turned to his host country … delivering an urgent message to the Pakistani government: Resolve this, or the United States will. The implication was clear. If the Pakistanis did not act decisively, the United States would set aside its unease and launch a raid deep inside the country to free the family.” http://nyti.ms/2yuzi9t
ON RUSSIA …
— “Spicer interviewed by Mueller’s team,” by Annie Karni and Josh Dawsey: “President Donald Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer met with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Monday for an interview that lasted much of the day, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting. During his sitdown, Spicer was grilled about the firing of former FBI director James Comey and his statements regarding the firing, as well as about Trump’s meetings with Russians officials including one with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office … Spicer declined to comment.” http://politi.co/2yxKULb
— “Judge tosses libel lawsuit against AP by Russian oligarch tied to Manafort,” by Josh Gerstein: “A federal judge has tossed out a libel lawsuit filed against The Associated Press by a Russian oligarch whose business dealings with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have come under scrutiny by investigators probing Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. Russian industrialist and investor Oleg Deripaska sued the AP in May, alleging that the news outlet falsely implied that Deripaska was paying Manafort for work aimed at advancing the goals of the Russian government and Russian president Vladimir Putin.” http://politi.co/2ywnJjW
— “Putin’s ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory,” by CNN’s Tim Lister, Jim Sciutto, and Mary Ilyushina: “Yevgeny Prigozhin is a Russian oligarch dubbed ‘chef’ to President Vladimir Putin by the Russian press. … U.S. investigators believe it was Prigozhin’s company that financed a Russian ‘troll factory’ that used social media to spread fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign … One part of the factory had a particularly intriguing name and mission: a ‘Department of Provocations’ dedicated to sowing fake news and social divisions in the West … Prigozhin is one of the Kremlin’s inner circle. His company is believed to be a main backer of the St. Petersburg-based ‘Internet Research Agency’ (IRA), a secretive technology firm.” http://cnn.it/2yw4yqh
— VANITY FAIR’S GABE SHERMAN: “JARED KUSHNER ADDS CHARLES HARDER TO LEGAL TEAM AS WEST WING PRESSURE MOUNTS”: “On Monday evening I was contacted by Charles Harder in his capacity as a legal representative for Kushner. … (Harder, who has represented Hulk Hogan and Melania Trump, recently severed ties with another client, Harvey Weinstein.)” http://bit.ly/2x56Olt
NYT’S MAGGIE HABERMAN: “Bipartisan Group Plans to Urge Trump to Adjust Policing Policies”: “A broad coalition of law enforcement officials and activists is expected to urge President Trump on Wednesday to adjust policies on policing and criminality, the first time such a group has spoken out against the Trump administration. Some of the nation’s most prominent prosecutors, police chiefs and criminal justice overhaul advocates — including Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, as well as representatives from the conservative Koch brothers network — will gather in Washington for the National Law Enforcement Summit. The former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general whom Mr. Trump abruptly fired in the first few days of his presidency, will speak.” http://nyti.ms/2zwVKP
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DEPARTURE LOUNGE — CNN’s Tal Kopan: “Department of Homeland Security press secretary David Lapan, the voice of the department and a longtime colleague of White House chief of staff John Kelly, is leaving the Trump administration … Lapan [will be] joining the Bipartisan Policy Center as senior director of communications and public affairs at the end of the month.” http://cnn.it/2gPpPly
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TRUMP INC. — “The Miami Heat will move its charity golf tournament away from President Trump’s course,” by WaPo’s Dave Fahrenthold: “The Miami Heat basketball team, which has held a charity golf tournament at President Trump’s Doral golf course for four straight years, will shift that tournament to another course in 2018, a team spokesman said. The spokesman declined to give a reason for the change. ‘We’re not getting into it,’ the spokesman said. He declined to be quoted by name. The Heat has held the tournament — called the Heat Scramble or the Heat Golf Classic — at Trump’s Doral golf resort, outside Miami, every year since at least 2014.” http://wapo.st/2ghAMfb
PUERTO RICO — “Warren to call for the cancellation of Puerto Rico’s debt,” by Colin Wilhelm: “‘Puerto Rico is facing a full-scale humanitarian crisis, and every last dollar of aid must go to helping the hurricane victims,’ Warren said in a statement emailed to POLITICO. ‘We have an obligation to put the lives of U.S. citizens ahead of Wall Street profits — it’s as simple as that. Wall Street vulture funds should not get a single penny more from the devastated island.’ Warren’s office did not elaborate on how she would propose to eliminate Puerto Rico’s massive debt.”
HOLLYWOODLAND — “The Other Brother: Bob Weinstein Was an Abusive Boss,” by WSJ’s Alexandra Berzon and Ben Fritz: “Over the years, movie producer Bob Weinstein has belittled and bullied employees, shoved an executive’s spouse and pressured a subordinate to date him, people who worked for him said. Bob Weinstein hasn’t been accused of the kind of severe sexual misconduct that led to the ouster of his brother, Harvey … Instead … he was a volatile executive whose behavior, which went on for years at his companies, wouldn’t be tolerated in most American corporations. Jeffrey Katzenberg, who ran Walt Disney Co.’s movie studio for some of the time it owned the brothers’ former studio Miramax, said it was Bob Weinstein who caused problems for Disney executives.” http://on.wsj.com/2yqnszJ
MEDIAWATCH — FUTURE OF NEWS – “New York Times’ Breakthrough ‘The Daily’ Soars Past 100M Download Mark,” by Ken Doctor on The Street: “‘The Daily’ is becoming a phenomenon, an out-of-the-blue hit that is forcing print-based business leaders to think anew about the revolutionary power of digital audio. Further, as the leading edge of The New York Times’ now dozen-strong audio unit, it may provide a growing line of revenue still badly required to overcome print ad loss. … [W]eekday daily downloads [have been] growing 34% since June. … Able to obtain ad rates equaling video ad sales, the Times now plans to build a ‘franchise’ around The Daily’s success.” http://bit.ly/2ywvNRS
— Laura Barrón-López is joining the Washington Examiner as a political reporter. She previously covered Congress for the Huffington Post and is an alum of The Hill.
SPOTTED: Former Speaker John Boehner at Nobu in West End … Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) walking alone last night into Boxcar Tavern in Eastern Market and immediately heading to the back of the restaurant — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) later joined him. … Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) meeting with DHS nominee Kirstjen Nielsen Tuesday afternoon — pic http://bit.ly/2zwY3SI … Jeff Roe and Sam Nunberg last night at the Yankees-Astros game — pic http://bit.ly/2yw0iqV
OUT AND ABOUT – Pool report: “French Ambassador Gérard Araud hosted a reception to celebrate ‘The Michelin Guide 2018’ for Washington, D.C., Tuesday evening at his residence. Guests toasted the restaurant scene in D.C., including the 11 one-star and three two-star (out of only 25 in the U.S.) restaurants included this year. A special shout out was given to José Andrés, who was in Puerto Rico serving meals to those recovering from the hurricane.” The list http://bit.ly/2yTyZIk … $8.90 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2gNLdrq1
SPOTTED: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Secretary Wilbur Ross, Douglas and Heidi Rediker, Gwen and Stuart Holliday, Ashley and Ben Chang, Jonathan Karl, UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar, Andrea Mitchell, Bret and Amy Baier, Steve Clemons, Margaret Carlson, Juleanna Glover, Lyndon Boozer, Kate Bennett, Mark Landler, Arturo Sarukhán, Tony Podesta, Marie Royce, Kathleen Biden, Jane Harman, Pamela Brown, Richard Chalkey, Eleanor Clift, Virginia Coyne, Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Susan Eisenhower, Tammy Haddad, Bart Gordon, Tamera Luzzatto, David Leiter, Trevor Potter, Barbara Slavin, Elizabeth Thorp.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Josh Sharp, co-founder of Advoc8 and an RNC alum, and Melissa Sharp, senior media planner at National Media and an NRSC alum, on Tuesday welcomed Jacob Alexander “Jake” Sharp, weighing 7 lbs 6 oz and measuring 20 inches long. “Their Election Day due date turned into an ‘October surprise.’ Mom and baby are healthy and well.” Pic http://politi.co/2xOv0Ne
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Caitlin Conant, executive director of communications at CBS News and a Portman/Rubio alum, celebrating with Alex at Bourbon Steak. A fun fact about Caitlin: “I’m one of the few townies. I grew up in Gaithersburg and am a Georgetown Visitation alum (Politico’s own Lisa Leonard is one of my best friends from the class of ‘04). You can still find many of this rare breed at Town Hall for football Sunday afternoons, which I try to join after I wrap up work for ‘Face the Nation.’” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2gOJ1zT
BIRTHDAYS: Annie LeHardy, a White House press aide, is 25. She’s celebrating at a happy hour with friends … Julia Ioffe … Politico’s Annie Karni and Margaret Stewart … Steven Greenhouse … Michael Krempasky, partner at Brunswick Group … Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) is 58 (h/t J.P. Freire) … Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) is 63 … Makese Motley … Daniel Scarvalone of Bully Pulpit Interactive … Colorado State Rep. Dan Pabon is 4-0 … Jan Simmons … Troy Appel … Joshua Sinai … Babs Chase, VP of civic engagement at JPMorgan Chase … Bill Evers, research fellow at the Hoover Institution … Colleen Sullivan … Valeria Boucas … Katherine Lyons Hahn … Kiki Reginato of Hearst Digital Media … Amazon’s Theresa Lepow … Amanda Robinson … Rachael Parry … Jake Loft, client services associate for Targeted Victory (h/ts Lenny Alcivar and Logan Dobson) … DOT’s Marianne McInerney (h/t Rick Ahearn) …
… Fox News’ Jon Decker, celebrating by watching Chris Rock perform at the MGM … Marion Smith, executive director of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation … Jonathan Tasini … Trisch Smith, EVP and group head at Edelman in D.C. … Bloomberg’s Cas Holloway … Sarah Cannon … Steve Whitmer … Flavia Colgan … Karen Smith Murphy … Martha Burk … Richard Lobo … former Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) is 72 … former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) is 61 … Mason Wiggins … Bristol Palin is 27 … Anne Summers (h/t Teresa Vilmain)
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