Good Friday morning, and HAPPY INAUGURATION DAY!
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TODAY IS DAY ONE. The next week, month, year and four years will be fascinating. Republicans control everything for the first time in a decade, Democrats are trying to find their way and the media is grappling with a massive shift in our nation’s politics. Leaving politics aside, Washington changes with every administration. In the last eight years, we’ve seen D.C. transform tremendously. Now, a whole crop of new faces are moving to the capital. Kalorama and Mass Ave. Heights are the new hot neighborhoods for wealthy administration figures. We’ve heard Trump White House aides say they’re moving downtown (we give them one lease cycle before moving out). The Trump Hotel will be the center of gravity of this White House. People are already holding meetings there, gathering in the lobby with clients sipping Trump branded drinks.
THE SPEECH — Donald John Trump is scheduled to become president at around 11:47 this morning, and will begin his speech at 11:51 a.m., according to the rundown circulating around D.C. The address is expected to touch on topic areas like infrastructure, education and expanding manufacturing in the United States. But the speech is expected to be much more philosophical than practical. The themes that will be showcased in Trump’s speech are: restoring America’s power, prominence and dominance. Politics — and the country — have changed, and Trump, he has argued, reflects that change and seismic shift. Matt Viser writes on A1 of the Boston Globe: “And while his aides are suggesting that his speech will be about unity and a call to action by a Congress that has become accustomed to accomplishing little in recent years, unity has never been a message that has worked all that well for Trump, a politician who thrives on conflict and drama. In protest of his divisive rhetoric, more than 60 Democratic lawmakers are boycotting his inaugural ceremony.” http://bit.ly/2jGeSpi
THE RUNDOWN — 8:30 Trump and family depart Blair House for St. John’s Church … 9:30 Trump and family depart St. John’s for short trip to White House … 9:35 Obamas welcome the Trumps at the North Portico. They have coffee … 10:03 Announcements begins at the inauguration platform. Former majority leaders (Dole, Frist and Lott), former speakers (Gingrich and Boehner, joint chiefs, former VPs (Quayle and Cheney) … 10:25 House leadership arrives from West Terrace … 10:30 Trump and Obama depart the White House for Capitol Hill … 10:32 Senators head to platform … 10:40 Trump, Obama, Pence and Biden arrive … 10:44 Chief justice announced … 10:48 Children of former presidents announced … 10:54 Pence kids come out … 10:56 Trump kids come out … 10:59 Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced … 11:01 Melania Trump and Karen Pence announced … 11:03 Obama and Biden announced … 11:09 Pence announced … 11:13 Trump announced … 11:15 Program begins … 11:35 Justice Thomas administers the oath to Mike Pence … 11:47 Justice Roberts administers the oath to Trump … 11:51 Trump speaks. Speech billed for 21 minutes … 12:28 Obama boards helicopter to Andrews, where he’ll fly to Palm Springs, California. The inaugural program http://bit.ly/2jt8KOI … The lunch menu http://bit.ly/2k5zDam … The recipes, in case you want to replicate the lunch at home! http://bit.ly/2jdKJKj
CAPITAL WEATHER GANG — “Overcast conditions with periodic rain looks probable. Dress in warm layers and stay dry with a poncho or rain jacket — although on the Mall, many attendees are allowed a small ‘tote’ collapsible umbrella. Off-and-on rain may not taper until afternoon, but at least it looks like a generally light rain when it occurs.” http://wapo.st/2jTIYCS
THE FRONTS — NYT, “TRUMP ARRIVES, SET TO ASSUME POWER — With an Oath, Complications In a Hotel Deal: Ethical ‘Minefield’ for the President-Elect — WIRETAPPED DATA USED IN INQUIRY OF TRUMP AIDES EXAMINING RUSSIAN TIES: Business Dealings of Campaign Advisers Are Investigated — In Cabinet Hearings, Strong Rejection of Obama’s Policies” http://nyti.ms/2jFTpwp … WaPo, “First winds of change stir as Trump arrives: TOASTS ‘MOVEMENT’ ON EVE OF INAUGURAL … In deep blue Wis. village, ‘you could feel it coming’ … Expect ‘aggresive’ pace in early days, aides say… Treasury pick emerges smiling from testy hearing … Trump’s right: He didn’t break it. But can he fix it?” http://bit.ly/2jTARpQ
–DRUDGE banner, “THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGES” … HuffPost banner, “THE END”
BLOCKBUSTER NYT, A1, “Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates,” by Mike Schmidt, Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo: “American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said. The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts.
“It is not clear whether the intercepted communications had anything to do with Mr. Trump’s campaign, or Mr. Trump himself. It is also unclear whether the inquiry has anything to do with an investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and other attempts to disrupt the elections in November. The American government has concluded that the Russian government was responsible for a broad computer hacking campaign, including the operation against the D.N.C.” http://nyti.ms/2iRKFyM
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THE BIG PICTURE — “‘None of us knows what is going to happen’,” by Isaac Dovere: “No one knows. Everything in Washington is a question—what kind of bills are going to come through Congress, how radically Republicanism and conservatism are going to be reshaped, what the Democratic Party is going to do in an attempt to be relevant again, how much is going to be dictated by the president’s mood on any given day, what would constitute everything going right, what will happen when something inevitably goes wrong, how much America is going to change with each day, with each minute. The clock’s going to tick over to 12:01, Donald Trump will be the president, and no one knows the answers.” http://politi.co/2jGbj2j
MAGGIE HABERMAN and GLENN THRUSH, also on A1 — “A Trump Administration, With Obama Staff Members Filling In the Gaps”: “Mr. Trump will be sworn in at noon Eastern time on Friday, but his team was still scrambling to fill key administration posts when he got here on Thursday, announcing last-minute plans to retain 50 essential State Department and national security officials currently working in the Obama administration to ensure ‘continuity of government,’ according to Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary. The furious final staff preparations included designating Thomas A. Shannon Jr., an Obama appointee, as the acting secretary of state, pending the expected confirmation of Rex W. Tillerson. As of Thursday, only two of Mr. Trump’s 15 cabinet nominees — John F. Kelly, to head the Department of Homeland Security, and his nominee for defense secretary, Gen. James N. Mattis — had been approved by congressional committees and were close to assuming their posts. …
“This week, he was forced to abandon his cherished ‘Trump’ 757 for an Air Force jet, and, according to people close to the transition, he has traded in his Android phone for a secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service with a new number that few people possess.” http://nyti.ms/2k9VW2A
— “Trump aides jockey for best White House real estate,” by Shane Goldmacher: “In the two months since Donald Trump won the most coveted office in the United States, his aides have quietly jostled for the next most valuable workspace—the short corridor just down the hall from the Oval Office. Reince Priebus will occupy the corner suite at the hallway’s end that is traditionally reserved for the chief of staff. In between, Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, will work in one of the handful of coveted corridor offices, as will Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and his most trusted confidante, according to three officials familiar with the office assignments. Around the corner is the space where soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence, the designated point man for Trump’s legislative agenda, will sit when he’s in the West Wing. Upstairs will be Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s old campaign manager and incoming counselor, in a suite occupied by Karl Rove under President George W. Bush and then Valerie Jarrett under President Barack Obama.” http://politi.co/2jvSMDi
BANNER HEADLINE ON WSJ.COM — “Trump’s Arrival in D.C. Starts Clock on Agenda: Inauguration of 45th president is culmination of a decadelong political uprising”
— WSJ OPINES: “The Audacity of Trump: The public dislikes his temperament but still believes he can deliver policy success.” http://on.wsj.com/2jvOPOQ
DELAYED CONFIRMATION — “Wyden objection to Pompeo could push vote to Monday,” by CNN’s Ted Barrett: “Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a vocal privacy advocate, has formally objected to the Senate voting Friday on CIA director nominee Rep. Mike Pompeo’s nomination after Donald Trump is sworn in as president … [T]he Pompeo vote would likely be pushed back until Monday, after senators critical of Pompeo’s confirmation have time to vocalize their concerns during debate on the floor. An official familiar with the visit says Trump intended to visit the CIA Saturday to meet with staff and attend Mike Pompeo’s swearing-in. But now that Pompeo’s confirmation vote has shifted potentially to Monday, the visit is in question.” http://cnn.it/2jGpPXs
— @mkraju: “Schumer says on @NewDay that Pompeo will be confirmed Monday as CIA director”
THE JUICE: MAKAN DELRAHIM is going to be named deputy White House counsel under Don McGahn. We hear he’ll have a big role helping shepherd judicial appointments …
— ONE OF IVANKA’S GUESTS to this weekend is DASKA ZHUKOVA, the wife of Roman Abromovich, the Russian industrialist billionaire who is close with Vladimir Putin.
— NEW IN TRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE: Donald Trump is going to have what top aides describe as a robust surrogate operation to help spread their message. Think lots of TV appearances by outsiders to help bolster the message coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania. The thinking: It worked during the campaign, why not keep at it.
— NO REST FOR THE WEARY: Trump is expected to start his presidency at a breakneck pace with a raft of executive actions. A federal hiring freeze, repealing energy regulations, and instituting a five-year lobbying ban on administration officials once they leave office are among the things Trump has discussed. There’s some buzz Trump is looking at repealing DACA, the program that defers deportation for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors.
— GOODBYE, NEW YORK: Donald Trump is not going to spend as much time in New York as some think. We’re told that Trump will head south to Mar-a-Lago much more frequently.
— WHOOPS!: Former Speaker Newt Gingrich likened Donald Trump to President Andrew Jackson in front of at least a dozen Native American tribal reps at Denton’s inaugural celebration at The Source.
— SPOTTED LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE: David Ignatius, Jonathan Capehart and Jeffrey Goldberg. They were in with Susan Rice. (h/t Hadas)
— RICKY SCHRODER, of “Silver Spoons” fame, and Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples close talking Thursday night at the Capitol File party honoring Team Rubicon Global at Fiola Mare.
–THE OPPOSITION: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hosted a members-only inaugural “Bawl” at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on inauguration eve. The California Democrat gave a toast in honor of President Barack Obama and divulged to the members and spouses gathered that the outgoing president had phoned her Thursday afternoon to thank her and House Democrats for their efforts during his eight years as president, saying, “We couldn’t have done anything without all of you.” On the menu: cheesesteak eggrolls, Maryland crabcakes and chocolate mousse to appease the chocoholic host.
SPOTTED: Reps. Jim Clyburn (S.C.), Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Eric Swalwell (Calif.), Jim Himes (Conn.), Dan Kildee (Mich.), Nita Lowey (N.Y.), Richie Neal (Mass.), Bobby Scott (Va.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.), Terri Sewell (Ala.), Nanette Barragan (Calif.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Lisa Blunt Rochester (Del.), Julia Brownley (Calif.), Lou Correa (Calif.), Val Demings (Fla.), Lloyd Doggett (Texas), Eliot Engel (N.Y.), Elizabeth Esty (Conn.), Lois Frankel (Fla.), Donald Norcross (N.J.), Jimmy Panetta (Calif.), Scott Peters (Calif.), Stacey Plaskett (Virgin Islands), Jared Polis (Colo.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Norma Torres (Calif.), Peter Welch (Vt.), Mark Veasey (Texas), Gwen Moore (Wis.) and more.
COUNTERPROGRAMMING — “Everything You Need to Know About the Women’s March,” by ABC’s Meredith McGraw and Adam Kelsey. http://abcn.ws/2k81A1i … USA TODAY: “Thousands protest in Washington, New York City in defiance of Trump” http://usat.ly/2j1uRNh
PIC DU JOUR — @dougmillsnyt: “.@realDonaldTrump walks with @MELANIATRUMP down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the concert.” http://bit.ly/2jfGldN
POLITICO MAGAZINE COVER — YEAR ZERO: THE TRUMP ERA BEGINS — The new print issue is out today, featuring a bust of Donald Trump on the cover. Print editor Steve Heuser writes: “In preparing this inaugural issue, it was a challenge to imagine just how to convey the historic sweep of the change we’re seeing, and also the historic sense of alarm that some people feel at Trump taking his place in the pantheon of American presidents. The result is the striking physical object you see on our cover, a bust designed and photographed by the team of Robin Finlay and Adam Voorhes: a presidential statue that places us squarely in the moment and also reminds us that what we’re watching, every day, will rewrite history.” See the cover: http://politi.co/2jwfcEu
–“Trump’s Transition of Untruths, Exaggerations and Flat-out Falsehoods,” by Taylor Gee, Brent Griffiths, and Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna in Politico Magazine: “In 71 days as president elect of the United States, Donald Trump told at least 82 untruths. Many of Trump’s forays into fiction are familiar to those who watched his campaign: He’s still inflating statistics on undocumented immigration, crime and unemployment to paint a distorted picture of domestic safety. He’s still missing the mark on issues such as the documented effects of trade policy or the scientific consensus surrounding climate change. … Since winning, however, Trump has added two new areas where he frequently strays from the facts: the size of his victory over Hillary Clinton and the role of Russia in the 2016 presidential election.” http://politi.co/2k9Vxx9
–“Trump’s Lies vs. Your Brain: Unfortunately, it’s no contest. Here’s what psychology tells us about life under a leader totally indifferent to the truth,” by Maria Konnikova: http://politi.co/2j1cSqg
THE NEW PRESIDENT — “Chicago fiscal wizard joins Trump team,” by Chicago Tribune’s Michael Sneed: “GCM Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, a top personal adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, informed his firm that Grosvenor managing director Jeremy Katz is leaving to serve as deputy director of the National Economic Council — as well as a deputy assistant to the president. Katz, 39, a Chicago native, will report to NEC Director Gary Cohn, formerly the president of Goldman Sachs. He also worked for eight years in the George W. Bush administration, where he served as senior policy adviser to U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans.” http://bit.ly/2jvNOpZ
— “Conservative economist Hassett on Trump’s short list to lead Council of Economic Advisors,” by CNBC’s Steve Liesman: “Hassett, director of research for domestic policy for the American Enterprise Institute, is a tax expert with a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.” http://cnb.cx/2jFVDf1
THE FIRST FAMILY — “Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Get Rabbinic Pass To Ride in Car on Inauguration Shabbat,” by The Forward’s Thea Glassman: “Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been given a free rabbinical pass to travel by car following Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. According to Jewish law, driving or riding in cars is prohibited on Sabbath. But a principal in Jewish law called ‘pikuach nefesh’ mandates that the rule can only be broken in life-threatening situations. In an interview with Kol Barama radio, Mark Zell, the chair of the Republican Party in Israel, said the couple have been granted special permission by a rabbi to use a vehicle because of ‘safety’ concerns.” http://bit.ly/2iRCJOg
— FLASHBACK: NYT on Aug. 14, 2000, by Bernard Weinraub and Elisabeth Bumiller: “Just this morning, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman was asked by Tim Russert on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ what would happen if the Gore-Lieberman ticket won the presidency. The inauguration date is Jan. 20, 2001, a Saturday. As an Orthodox Jew, Mr. Lieberman strictly observes the Sabbath, from sundown on Fridays to sundown on Saturdays, which ostensibly prohibits working, riding in vehicles and other activities. Mr. Lieberman smiled. ‘Well, as my mother would say, Tim, if she were here, “Sweetheart, we should have such a problem.”’ He went on to say that he would probably stay near the Capitol on Friday night, to avoid having to travel by car. And, if the Secret Service agreed, he would walk from the Capitol to the White House to participate in the events. Mr. Lieberman said that he has driven on the Sabbath in the past if important issues were at stake.”
CLICKERS — A Playbooker who attended the “Chairman’s Dinner” earlier this week picked up a “presidential inaugural medal” coin for Trump, which a lady with a tray was handing out as people exited the dinner. See Trump’s coin http://bit.ly/2jGfQSo … Obama’s coin http://bit.ly/2jGcwGN … The coin for Bill Clinton and Al Gore in 1997 http://bit.ly/2iRVukr
– The Weekly Standard’s new cover, “The Trump Era” shows an Obama moving truck and a newly gold-plated White House: http://bit.ly/2jGjjzW
TOP-ED – WENDY SHERMAN in USA Today, “Women’s March will send message to Trump”: “For me, the agenda is clear. It is solidarity. It is saying to the new administration that misogyny cannot rule. Whether reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work, an end to sexual violence, women in combat or the importance of girls’ education worldwide, we are here; we will not relent; we will not give up. … As undersecretary of State for political affairs from 2011 to 2015, I went to 54 countries. In virtually every meeting, the host government wanted to discuss the status of women. Maybe that happened because I was a woman (the first woman, in fact, to hold my post).” http://usat.ly/2j0R1zq
THE LOYAL OPPOSITION — “Trump supporters, opponents clash outside ‘DeploraBall’ in downtown D.C.,” by WaPo’s Clarence Williams: “Anti-Trump protesters jeered and screamed at supporters of the president-elect outside the ‘DeploraBall’ at the National Press Club on Thursday night, in one case throwing an object that struck a counterprotester in the head … Some protesters raised their middle fingers and shouted obscenities and terms such as ‘racist’ and ‘Nazi’ at those attending the celebratory ball on the eve of Trump’s inauguration … Officers directed chemical spray at the crowd multiple times, starting around 9 p.m., after protesters began throwing trash at Trump supporters who were leaving the building.” http://wapo.st/2k7JOLv
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TV TODAY — “Morning Joe” will kick off MSNBC’s inauguration coverage with a special four-hour edition live from The Dubliner pub in Washington, D.C. from 6-10 a.m. They have nine lawmakers on: Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — DEMS LAUNCH MILLENNIAL GROUP — Hillary for America and Obama for America alumni are launching “Run for Something,” a group focused on recruiting and training candidates. The goal: build up a bench of progressive candidates under 35. HFA alum Amanda Litman and For Our Future PAC alum Ross Morales Rocketto will lead the organization, which includes OFA Alumni and NYS Assemblyman Mike Blake, Teddy Goff, Omar Kahn, and Jon Carson as well as Cristobal Alex from Latino Victory Fund, Amanda Brown from For Our Future, Emmy Ruiz and EMILY’s List’s Caitlin Mitchell.
— “Democrats opt for nature and meditation in lieu of Trump’s inaugural,” by Heather Caygle: “While Donald Trump is taking the sacred oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution as the nation’s next president today, Rep. Tony Cárdenas will take part in his own solemn ritual: meditation. The California lawmaker is one of more than 60 House Democrats who have announced in recent days they’re skipping Trump’s inauguration, opting instead to stay home, volunteer or reflect on the next four years. … Several other members have set up volunteer events, immigration roundtables and even a nature walk. The objective, the members say, is to offer a counterpoint to Trump’s divisive and dismissive rhetoric towards women, immigrants, minorities, the disabled and civil rights leaders — by showing respect towards communities Trump has summarily dismissed.” http://politi.co/2jTMv40
LAST CALL! GET IN YOUR OBAMA PIECES NOW — “The Bros of Michelle Obama’s Office,” by Rebecca Nelson in GQ: “Among her retinue, there was Hugh McDermott, overseeing logistics with her staff … Blaine Boyd, who [oversaw] the crush of correspondence sent to her (letters, emails, Facebook messages); and Joe Mahshie, her trip coordinator … [She was] also, per her employees, an incredibly demanding boss—a strategic, ultra-focused leader intent on leaving her mark on the country. She keeps her staff busy with events for military families, access to college and curbing childhood obesity. Because of the long hours, staffers in the Office of the First Lady — or, in White House parlance, OFL — have become tight-knit. They don’t have much time outside of work, and unexpected projects or trips abroad make it hard to keep up relationships outside of the Secret Service-protected gates.” http://bit.ly/2jFZSaU
–JONATHAN ALTER in Politico Magazine, “Barack and Joe’s Secret Code: Obama and Biden were an unlikely pairing. But they became the closest White House partners in history”: http://politi.co/2jvBDd6
–RICH LOWRY, “The Next JFK”: “Obama’s enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol, the first African-American president who represented a current of social change in the country and reflected the values and attitudes of the progressive elite. He will be remembered—and revered—by his admirers as his generation’s JFK. Lasting substantive achievements are besides the point when ascending to this iconic status. … The standards here are largely stylistic. And Obama checks nearly every box: He was a young president; a photogenic man with a good-looking family; a symbol of generational change; an orator given to flights of inspiring rhetoric; if not a wit exactly, a facile talker with a taste for mocking the other side.” http://politi.co/2jvQeF4
SCHOCK UPDATE — “Judge handling Aaron Schock case recuses,” by Josh Gerstein: “U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough said lawyers for Schock advised the court last week that prosecutors turned over information showing that Schock worked with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in 2011 to make sure that another judge was commissioned before her and would therefore become chief judge in Illinois’ central federal district. Schock’s attorneys said that information, coupled with the fact that Myerscough, a Democrat, considered running for the same seat Schock won election to as a Republican in 2008, bolstered the case for her recusal. He resigned in 2015 following reports in POLITICO about alleged abuses of his House expense and campaign accounts. Schock’s defense also noted that Myerscough’s daughter is engaged to a lawyer at the main law firm handling the case for the congressman, McGuireWoods.” http://politi.co/2k7KDEd
HOLLYWOODLAND — “Malia Obama lands internship with Harvey Weinstein,” by Page Six’s Ian Mohr and Emily Smith: “While the Obamas line up their post-White House plans, we hear that first daughter Malia Obama’s already landed a plum gig for sometime in the future — an internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Sources buzzed about the gig before inaugural weekend. Malia, 18, has already built up an impressive résumé in film and TV, even before she attends Harvard University later this year.” http://pge.sx/2jFZ3id
REMEMBERING WAYNE BARRETT — “Wayne Barrett, Fierce Muckraker at The Village Voice, Dies at 71,” by NYT’s Sam Roberts: “Wayne Barrett, the muckraking Village Voice columnist who carved out a four-decade career tilting at developers, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71. His wife, Fran Barrett, said the cause was complications interstitial lung disease. A self-proclaimed country boy from Virginia and a lapsed seminarian, Mr. Barrett spent 37 years at The Voice, the alternative newsweekly started in Greenwich Village. There he exposed the misdeeds that ensnared appointees and supporters of Mayor Edward I. Koch — a trail of serial corruption that he recapitulated in 1988 in ‘City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York,’ a much-praised book written with his mentor and fellow Voice mainstay Jack Newfield. A 1992 book, ‘Trump: The Deals and the Downfall,’ was, as Mr. Barrett acknowledged, a flop at first. Thanks to his subject’s improbable political ascent 25 years later, it was successfully republished and expanded in 2016 as ‘Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention.’” http://nyti.ms/2iRUsoC
MEDIAWATCH — On the first episode of “The Takeout,” Corey Lewandowski told CBS News’ Major Garrett and Steve Chaggaris that “Tom Brady, for all of his athletic achievements, cannot beat Donald Trump at golf,” adding that Brady would back him up on that surprising claim. “That’s a true story.” 30-second video http://bit.ly/2j0TGc8 … Listen and subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2jG0MnJ
–STEVE “BUZZ” THOMMA leaving McClatchy, after 30 years covering D.C. for McClatchy and previously Knight Ridder — “[M]y last day at McClatchy is Friday, after the rush of news. So, me and Barack Obama, I guess. And I will also head somewhere warm for a little golf, though my handicap is a bit higher. I am NOT retiring though. Just taking a short break before the next phase of my blessed career and life.” David Lightman has been promoted to McClatchy DC’s congress editor.
— HADAS GOLD is now a contributor to Fox 5 in D.C.
SPOTTED — New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone last night hard at work in the cafe car on the Acela to D.C … John Kerry at the Georgetown Apple store yesterday at noon checking out new iPhones with a security detail … Chris Cuomo at Equinox at the Ritz … John Berman on a treadmill at Equinox … Ken Langone talking Trump with Hardwick Clothing’s Allan Jones at The Jefferson … Rick Perry coming out of the Rebuilding America Now breakfast meeting at the W hotel rooftop around 8 a.m. … Michael Moore on the Acela first class 9:05 p.m. train … On the 11 a.m. Amtrak from NY to DC: Jodi Kantor, Ben Smith, Gayle King, Matt Lauer, Al Roker … John Elway holding court at the Congressional Leadership Fund event at the Library of Congress … BLT Prime was abuzz all afternoon at the Trump Hotel: Kellyanne Conway, Patriots owner Bob Kraft and son Jonathan, Rick Perry celebrating with his family fresh off his confirmation hearing, Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the Prism Group’s John Stanford, Locust Street’s Ben Jenkins, Roger Stone, Cindy Adams (interviewing Conway), the U.S. Chamber’s Jared Parks, Jets owner and soon to be U.K. Ambassador Woody Johnson and the storied Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell celebrating with Perry …
… Marla Maples having dinner with friends at BLT at the Trump Hotel … Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday on AA 1407 from O’Hare to Miami, first class … Rick Santorum at the University Club … Wednesday night Chris Christie was spotted chowing down on pasta at Tosca and yesterday he was at the Willard Hotel’s cafe du Parc … Michael Steele at the Subway at 15 and L – “he’s a man of the people! No fancy lunches for him.” … Rep. Ryan Costello at the Cozen O’Connor reception at Tredici Enoteca in Hotel George … Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) at the Western Caucus Foundation at Western Popup in Capitol Hill (11 D St. SE).
INAUGURATION PARTY CIRCUIT — On Thursday evening, French Ambassador Gérard Araud hosted a reception in honor of the inauguration at his official residence. Overheard: “You helped us win the revolution!” SPOTTED: Peter Thiel, Rick and Gina Dearborn, Rudy Giuliani, Grover Norquist, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Amb. Robert Kimmitt, Amb. and Lady Darroch, Amb. Paula Dobriansky, Amb. Mary Ourisman, Amb. C. Boyden Gray, Amb. Nancy Brinker, Amb. Richard Burt, Bret Baier, Kevin Baron, Mark Landler, Ben Chang, Peggy Noonan, Ric Grenell, Anita and Timothy McBride, Pete Nonis, Georgette Mosbacher, Stephanie Green, Justice and Mrs. Samuel Alito, Justice Stephen Breyer, Sens. John Boozman (R-Ala.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), John Faso (R-N.Y.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Francesca Craig, Fred and Genny Ryan, Susan Pillsbury, Fred and Marlene Malek, Buffy Cafritz, Ken Weinstein and Amy Kauffmann, Kate Bennett
–SPOTTED at the “Salute to the Senate” party last night at the Jefferson Hotel, hosted by Connie Milstein, Rachel Pearson and Kristi Rogers: UAE Amb. Yousef al Otaiba (a birthday boy yesterday), Raoul Fernandez, Carol Melton King, John Greta Van Susteren and John Coale, Dr. Ron DePinho, Tony Podesta, Dr. Lynda Chin, Heather Podesta, Sens. Corker, Coons, Schatz, Shaheen, Klobuchar, Warner, and Lankford, Tammy Haddad, former Rep. Mike Rogers, Craig Gordon, Garance Franke-Ruta, Jeremy and Robyn Bash, Melissa Moss, Polson Kanneth, Kelley McCormick, Tara Palmeri, Niki Christoff, Steve Clemons chatting with British Amb. Kim Darroch about his recent trip with Joe Biden (http://theatln.tc/2jGAYaX), Colombian Amb. Juan Carlos Pinzón.
—SPOTTED at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s inaugural reception last night: Ambassador Ron Dermer and Rhonda Dermer, Fran Drescher, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Rachel Duffy, Sen. Ted and Heidi Cruz (R-Texas), Lew Eisenberg, David and Ilene Flaum, Amb. Sam Fox and Marilyn Fox, Sen. Gardner, Gov. Eric and Sheena Greitens, Reps. George Holding (R-N.C.), David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Larry Weitzner, Matt Brooks, Abby Schultz, Alex Siegel, Neil Strauss, Karen McCormick, Noah Silver, Shari Hillman, Fred Brown, Doug Garrett.
–Capitol File and Artists and Athletes last night hosted a inauguration event celebrating service and honoring Team Rubicon Global at Fiola Mare. Pics http://gtty.im/2iRGBi0 SPOTTED: Marla Maples, Ricky Schroder, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kelley Paul, Willie and Korie Robertson, Ryan Zimmerman and Tanner Roark, Will McNulty, Marc Andersen, Sheila Johnson, George Pataki, former Sen. Norm Coleman, Geoff Morrell, Mary Streett and Clyde Tuggle, Amb. Stuart Holliday, Steve Ross, Amy Moeller, Meredith Merrill, Poppy MacDonald, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), Ron Bonjean, Kyle Volpe, Emily Kuhn, Eric Bolling, Mark Sanchez, David Vennett, Kimball Stroud and David White, Maria Trabocchi, David Metzner, Suzy Jacobs, Laura Mullen, Judee Ann Williams, Ret. Gen. Al Gray, RC Hammond, Michael Isikoff, Mary Ann Akers, Kevin Sheridan and birthday boy Sam Dealey.
–Cambridge Analytica, one of the digital firms that worked on the Trump campaign, on Thursday evening hosted a cocktail party with a DJ at its new Pennsylvania Avenue offices. SPOTTED: Matt Oczkowski, Molly Schweickert, Brittany Kaiser, Emily Cornell, Darren Bolding, Matt Dybwad, Teddy Peterson and Aaron Ginn, John Stanford and Kenny Cunningham.
–SPOTTED at the Americans for Tax Reform gala at The Arts Club of Washington: Maria Bartiromo, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Bob Cusack, Kim Strassel, Neil Patel, Josh Culling, Grover Norquist, John Kartch, Tim Carney, Francesca Chambers, Benny Johnson, Jennifer Kerns, Lori Ann Larocco, Eric Spinato, Jason Russell, Amb. Faith Whittlesey, Jason Meister
–More than 450 people gathered on the rooftop of the Hay-Adams overlooking the White House and Lafayette Square for ad agency Goddard Gunster’s party with special guest Nigel Farage, the man who engineered Brexit campaign. The book “Bad Boys of Brexit” was given to guests as they departed. Envoys and ambassadors from 15 countries were represented, including Nigeria, Taiwan, Benin, Colombia, Morocco, Thailand and the UK.
–Speaker Paul Ryan made an appearance at the Oklahoma State Society Inaugural Gala at Hotel Monaco (his wife is an Okie). Toby Keith made an appearance too, covering “Brown Eyed Girl.” SPOTTED: Harold Hamm, Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, Reps. Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin.
–Thousands turned out for the Texas State Society’s Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball at the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor. Introducing The Beach Boys, coach Bobby Knight fired up the crowd, saying: “In the Trump administration, there will be no bulls***!” Donald Trump Jr. dropped by. SPOTTED: Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, president of the Texas State Society and the emcee, Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Kevin Brady, John Carter, Joe Barton, Bill Flores, Louie Gohmert, Blake Farenthold and Brian Babin, Katie Waldman, Rob Lehman, Mike Long, Ginger Gibson, Travis Burk, Ryan Coyne, Tom O’Donnell, Lyndon Boozer, Alex Bolton, Scott Wong, Byron Tau, Niels Lesniewski and Vince Zito.
— The Business Council for International Understanding hosted a luncheon honoring foreign ambassadors at the Top of the Hay. Trump’s deputy national security advisor KT McFarland provided the Keynote delivery.
TRANSITIONS — Sarah Heck, Obama’s lead advisor on global entrepreneurship, is joining Stripe to lead external affairs for Atlas. Heck most recently served as director of global engagement at the White House, overseeing Obama’s initiatives around global entrepreneurship. At Stripe, she’ll head up the company’s engagement with NGOs and the broader startup community … Helaine Klasky is joining Burson-Marsteller as U.S. public affairs and crisis practice chair after working at GE for over seven years serving as chief comms officer for GE Energy Management, and building and then leading GE’s global public affairs function. http://bit.ly/2jTFSyM … David Michaels is returning to back to GWU’s Milken Institute School of Public Health after heading up OSHA for more than seven years. http://bit.ly/2jvR1Gb … Grant Dubler has been named LD for Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), after previously serving as counsel for Rep. Lois Frankel.
SUNDAY SO FAR – CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Political panel: Lanhee Chen, Susan Page, Frank Luntz, and Jeffrey Goldberg.
–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Hugh Hewitt, Eliana Johnson, Chris Matthews, Kristen Welker
–“Fox News Sunday”: Reince Priebus … Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Panel: Bret Baier, Mo Elleithee, Kim Strassel, Juan Williams
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Panel: David Axelrod, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Nina Turner, Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah)
–Special Saturday edition of CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Maggie Haberman, Dan Balz, Maeve Reston, Manu Raju
–CNN’s “Inside Politics” on Sunday: Peter Baker, Mary Katharine Ham, Jeff Zeleny, Nia-Malika Henderson
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Chip Englander, former campaign manager for Rand Paul for President, celebrating at the inauguration — read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2iRRIrx
BIRTHDAYS: Kellyanne Conway is 5-0 — watch a fun 2-min. clip of her talking about being a champion blueberry packer: http://cs.pn/2jvMAez … Paola Ramos, former rapid responder for Hillary for America … Robin Roberts, co-founder and CEO of National Media … S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, now Trump’s nominee to be U.N. Ambassador, is 45 … Eric Simmons, lead pastor of Redeemer Arlington, is 44 … Bill Maher is 61 … Kirsten White of Morgan Lewis, former policy adviser to Dr. Jill Biden … WSJ senior writer James V. Grimaldi, the pride of Kansas City … West Honeycutt, planned giving officer at the Human Rights Campaign, is 27 (hat tip: Kindred Motes) … Tennessee native, University of Alabama enthusiast, and former HFA comms staffer Ian Sams, celebrating by escaping Trump’s inauguration in DC with fellow former Clinton staffers to the liberal enclave of Charlottesville, Va. (h/ts Tyrone Gale and Rob Flaherty) … Anna Stolitzka, the pride of Los Altos, California (h/t Geoff Burgan) … Politico Morning Transportation author Brianna Gurciullo (h/t Zach Montellaro) … Bob Michaels, partner at Rose Financial Services … Richard Kirsch … Al Kamen (h/ts Jon Haber) … former Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) is 58 … Soroush Richard Shehabi, publisher at Washington Life Magazine … Adam Radman, grassroots campaign manager for Americans for Tax Reform … WTOP’s Mike McMearty … former Rep. Shelley Berkley, now CEO and senior provost for Touro University Western Division, is 66 … Georgina Leigh Bloomberg, philanthropist, professional equestrian, author and younger daughter of Mike Bloomberg, is 34 … Natan Sharansky is 69 (h/ts Jewish Insider) … Paul Mandelson, LD for Rep. Susan W. Brooks (h/t Reagan Payne) … CBS’ Maria Gavrilovic … Politico Europe’s Adrien Borisavljevic … Susan Finkelstein … Jeb Golinkin is 29 …
… Sam Dealey, managing principal at Monument Communications (h/t Blain Rethmeier) … CNN supervising producer Diane Ruggiero … Chris Schmitter, former Rep. Tim Walz LD and deputy COS now an attorney at Greene Espel in Minneapolis … Jessica Hanson Hanna of the American Council of Life Insurers … Alec Jacobs, director of strategy and client engagement at Purple Strategies and former FishbowlDC blogger … Ben Edwards, V.P. at PayPal and an IBM and Economist alum … Tracy Russo of Russo Strategies and a DOJ alum … AP’s Merrill Hartson is 74 … Brent Desiderio is 47 … Charlie Diradour … Andy Taylor … James Ryan … Nicole DeSibour Rodgers of NDP Analytics and a Hill alum … Michelle Runk … Lane Kasselman … Bush 43 WH alum Alan Gilbert, now director of global gov’t and NGO strategy for Healthymagination at GE … Sophie Trainor, LA for Rep. Barton … Nick Sedgley of Rep. Jim Langevin’s office … Jed Webb of Rep. Randy Weber’s office … Stasha Dennard of Rep. Derek Kilmer’s office … Zack Walz of House Judiciary Cmte. … Chuck Gray of Rep. Salmon’s office … Pat Souders, COS for the Senate Democratic Whip (h/ts Legistorm) … former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 87 … Rainn Wilson is 51 … Questlove (The Roots) is 45 (h/ts AP)
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