T.V. TONIGHT — NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME — ALABAMA vs. GEORGIA. 8 p.m. on ESPN. Alabama is a 3.5-point favorite.
— A NOTE ABOUT THE GAME: Don’t expect any drama around the national anthem. A source close to college football world tells us that players from both teams will be in the locker rooms during the song, as is standard for college teams during the regular season and playoff games.
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GOV’T SHUTDOWN COUNTDOWN: 11 days.
Good Monday morning. TWO IMMIGRATION BITES WORTH THINKING ABOUT — REP. JOAQUIN CASTRO (D-TEXAS) told KASIE HUNT on Sunday night’s “Kasie DC” that he would vote against a bill to help Dreamers if it includes money to build a border wall. http://bit.ly/2D51ouv REALITY: If a deal comes together, it will have to include some money to build something that Trump could call a border wall.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: CAP TURNS UP THE PRESSURE. CAP Action is sending a memo to Democrats on Capitol Hill to call on them to reject any bill that doesn’t include protection for Dreamers. “The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success. … If Democrats can’t even stand up to Trump and Republicans in defense of Dreamers — whose moral case is unassailable — they will leave a lot of progressives wondering who Democrats will fight for. At that point, Latinos may not be the only constituency within the Democratic base that becomes dispirited and disengaged.” http://bit.ly/2D5RdWu
YOU’LL SEE A SQUEEZE on both sides this month. Although the majority of Republicans probably do want some sort of DACA deal, there is a pocket of House Republicans — probably between 30 and 40 lawmakers — who are going to resist a security/immigration package. Democrats, meanwhile, will pressure their leaders to not accede to Republicans’ demands for a wall and increased interior enforcement.
THAT’S ONLY ONE PIECE of the drama this month. Republicans are readying to bust through spending caps, boosting federal spending by billions and billions of dollars. Fiscal conservatives are already beginning to squirm.
— WAPO’S ED O’KEEFE, MIKE DEBONIS and ERICA WERNER: “In next round of budget talks, ‘dreamers’ are set to dominate”: “A bipartisan meeting on immigration policy at the White House on Tuesday is designed to bring the sides together. If Trump and lawmakers can strike an immigration deal, negotiators on both sides think that other issues, including how to fund a children’s health insurance program and a roughly $80 billion package to pay for disaster relief, could be resolved.” http://wapo.st/2qFAo1R
WHAT IS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MIND — @realDonaldTrump at 10:23 p.m.: “‘His is turning out to be an enormously consequential presidency. So much so that, despite my own frustration over his missteps, there has never been a day when I wished Hillary Clinton were president. Not one. Indeed, as Trump’s accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought of…” … at 10:24 p.m.: “…Clinton in the WH, doubling down on Barack Obama’s failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right choice. This was truly a change election — and the changes Trump is bringing are far-reaching & necessary.” Thank you Michael Goodwin!”
THE SPEECH EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT — OPRAH at the GOLDEN GLOBES: “In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.
“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.” http://cnn.it/2m9QY5C … Video http://bit.ly/2Fd4b5k
— L.A. TIMES’ LIBBY HILL: “Oprah Winfrey for president was something of a running theme throughout the Golden Globes on Sunday, beginning with Seth Meyers’ opening monologue. He jokingly forbade Winfrey from considering the presidency. But the trend picked up steam as the night unfolded, particularly after Winfrey’s impassioned acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
“It did’t take long for social media, and celebs in particular, to rally Winfrey for the job, including inside the ceremony. ‘It’s up to the people,’ Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told The Times. ‘She would absolutely do it.’” http://lat.ms/2mbwQjv
COULD WINFREY DO IT? — She has said she’ll never run for public office but, why not? We bet she has pretty high approval ratings among, well, everyone. She’s universally known. She’d raise the money quite easily. She’s a billionaire, so she could say she has business chops. Imagine Donald Trump talking trash about Oprah! Quite frankly, there isn’t any clear Democratic favorite that would clear the field at the moment. Don’t count someone like her out.
— NYT’S FRANK BRUNI: “At the Golden Globes, Hollywood Does What Washington Won’t”: “[I]n this anxious moment of absent leadership, I also noticed that the actors, writers, directors and others who walked the red carpet and took the stage were having the kinds of conversations, and articulating the sorts of values, that the embattled and embittered people holding the reins of government are currently unwilling or unable to. …
“Sterling K. Brown, who won best performance by an actor in a television series, drama, for ‘This Is Us,’ thanked its creator, Dan Fogelman, for a character who wasn’t colorless. ‘You wrote a role for a black man that could only be played by a black man,’ Brown said. ‘I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me.’ I never get eloquence like that about racial progress from Donald Trump’s White House.” http://nyti.ms/2EkSKYh
–VARIETY: “Golden Globes Winners: Complete List” http://bit.ly/2CTC5yN
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BANNON’S MEA CULPA — “Bannon finds his regrets aren’t good enough for Trump: Bannon supporters wonder whether his populist wing of the Republican Party has already run out of time to maintain influence in this year’s midterm elections,” by Annie Karni: “Steve Bannon, like his onetime brother-in-arms President Donald Trump, is known as someone whose instinct is to double down, not kiss up. That made his belated attempt on Sunday to de-escalate mounting tension with the commander-in-chief — who has been publicly and privately raging about his former chief strategist all week — notable to many of his allies, one of whom called it a ‘huge step for Steve, one of the most stubborn people on Earth.’
‘But inside the White House, Bannon’s 297-word statement of contrition about comments he made in Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ was seen as too little, too late for an operative unaware of the self-inflicted damage his hubris could cause. It did nothing to quell Trump’s rage at his former chief strategist or the anger of Bannon’s former West Wing colleagues, according to multiple administration officials, who said the vibe in the president’s circle was that people were unmoved by the statement. Asked whether there is anything Bannon can do at this point to get back in the president’s good graces, one White House official said curtly, ‘Unlikely.’
“That posture has left Bannon supporters wondering whether the three-shirt-wearing bomb-thrower can switch the layers out for a hair shirt long enough to stop Trump from siding permanently with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — or whether Bannon’s populist wing of the Republican Party has already run out of time to maintain influence in this year’s midterm elections. … While Bannon may be at a low point and the morale at Breitbart might be sinking, there was a silver lining, according to the close ally. ‘You’ll see a more serious Bannon come out of this,’ the ally said.” With cameos by Matt Schlapp, Karl Rove and Mort Klein http://politi.co/2FeZOqD
— @kyledcheney: “Something Bannon didn’t apologize for: -Suggesting Kushner is a money launderer and that Mueller could nail him and the president for it through Deutsche Bank.”
ABOUT ALL THAT 25TH AMENDMENT TALK — “25th Amendment unlikely to be invoked over Trump’s mental health,” by Josh Gerstein: “Donald Trump’s description of himself as a ‘very stable genius’ sparked new debate this weekend about the 25th Amendment, but invoking the provision to remove a president from office is so difficult that it’s highly unlikely to come into play over concerns about Trump’s mental health, a half-dozen lawyers with expertise on the measure said.
“The amendment’s language on what could lead a president to be involuntarily removed from office is spare, saying simply that the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could take such a step when ‘the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’ ‘I think it’s both its strength and its weakness,’ said Jay Berman, a former chief of staff to Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.), who helped craft the amendment in the 1960s. ‘The answer is not provided in the 25th Amendment … It just does not provide that certainty or specificity. That might be easier in the context of physical incapacity, but it would be a lot harder in the case of mental incapacity.’” http://politi.co/2mdJAWE
WOW! — @ArdenFarhi: “Statement from CNN re the Stephen Miller interview with @jaketapper on @CNNSotu: ‘The segment was over and Mr. Miller was politely asked to leave the set multiple times — after refusing to leave, he was escorted out by security.’”
HOW TRUMP SPENDS HIS TIME — “Trump’s secret, shrinking schedule,” by Axios’ Jonathan Swan: “President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11 a.m., and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule shown to Axios. This is largely to meet Trump’s demands for more ‘Executive Time,’ which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence, officials tell us. The schedules shown to me are different than the sanitized ones released to the media and public. The schedule says Trump has ‘Executive Time’ in the Oval Office every day from 8am to 11am, but the reality is he spends that time in his residence, watching TV, making phone calls and tweeting.
“Trump comes down for his first meeting of the day, which is often an intelligence briefing, at 11 a.m. That’s far later than George W. Bush, who typically arrived in the Oval by 6:45 a.m. Obama worked out first thing in the morning and usually got into the Oval between 9 and 10am, according to a former senior aide. Trump’s days in the Oval Office are relatively short – from around 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., then he’s back to the residence. During that time he usually has a meeting or two, but spends a good deal of time making phone calls and watching cable news in the dining room adjoining the Oval. Then he’s back to the residence for more phone calls and more TV.” http://bit.ly/2Ej0pWM
UP NEXT? — “Mixed signals on infrastructure plan emerge from Trump retreat,” by WaPo’s Josh Dawsey: “President Trump expressed misgivings about his administration’s infrastructure plan Friday at Camp David, telling Republican leaders that building projects through public-private partnerships is unlikely to work — and that it may be better for the government to pursue a different path. Then on Saturday morning, Gary Cohn, the president’s chief economic adviser, delivered a detailed proposal on infrastructure and public-private partnerships that seemed to contradict the president. He said the administration hoped $200 billion in new federal government spending would trigger almost $1 trillion in private spending and local and state spending, according to people familiar with his comments.
“Cohn seemed to present the plan as the administration’s approach, although the president had suggested such an approach might not work. The seemingly contradictory statements, made within 24 hours of each other, show the uncertainty of the administration’s approach to its top legislative priority in 2018: building roads, bridges and highways. Trump and his White House have been determined to pitch an infrastructure plan in 2018, despite Republican misgivings about the cost, a rapidly rising deficit and a preference to consider other matters first.” http://wapo.st/2CNr0ya
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “White House preparing for trade crackdown,” by Andrew Restuccia and Doug Palmer: “President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to unveil an aggressive trade crackdown in the coming weeks that is likely to include new tariffs aimed at countering China’s and other economic competitors’ alleged unfair trade practices, according to three administration officials. Trump is tentatively scheduled to meet with Cabinet secretaries and senior advisers as soon as this week to begin finalizing decisions on a slew of pending trade fights involving everything from imports of steel and solar panels to Chinese policies regarding intellectual property, according to one of the administration officials. Senior aides are also laying plans to use Trump’s State of the Union address at the end of the month to flesh out the president’s trade vision and potentially preview a more aggressive posture toward China, according to the official.” http://politi.co/2Ekft6t
— “Trump Administration Set for Broad Engagement with Russia in Early 2018,” by BuzzFeed’s John Hudson: “The Trump administration is beginning the New Year with a flurry of high-level engagements with the Russian government, U.S. officials tell BuzzFeed News, including the first meeting between Moscow’s top general and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander since the U.S. severed several channels with Russia during the Ukraine crisis in 2013.” http://bzfd.it/2EisRYR
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Refugee Admissions to U.S. Off to Slow Start in Fiscal Year 2018,” by WSJ’s Laura Meckler: “The U.S. admitted about 5,000 refugees in the first three months of fiscal year 2018, far below similar periods in recent years, as the Trump administration implemented tougher screening and all but halted admissions from parts of the world that generate large numbers of refugees. Unless the pace of admissions picks up, the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. for the year will fall below the 2018 ceiling of 45,000 that President Donald Trump set last fall. …
“With admissions from the targeted countries slowed to a trickle, the nation that has seen the most refugees accepted is Bhutan, a tiny Asian country of fewer than a million people. It accounted for 29% of all refugee admissions this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 … Refugee advocates say the low number of admissions is evidence that the administration is failing to uphold what they see as traditional U.S. leadership in aiding some of the most desperate people on Earth.” http://on.wsj.com/2EkiLXw
THE FRANKEN FILES — “Major Donor Reconsiders Support for Democrats Who Urged Al Franken to Quit,” by NYT’s Jacey Fortin: “A prominent donor to the Democratic Party says she is considering withdrawing support for senators who urged their colleague Al Franken to resign after he was accused of sexual misconduct. The donor, Susie Tompkins Buell, has been one of the Democratic Party’s most generous supporters for decades. … Ms. Buell said in a text message on Saturday that withdrawing support from the senators who called for his resignation was ‘an option’ she was considering. ‘In my gut they moved too fast,’ she wrote, adding that Mr. Franken ‘was never given his chance to tell his side of the story.’ … ‘As for Gillibrand, unfortunately, I believe she miscalculated and has shot herself in the foot,’ she added. ‘I have supported her for many years. Will I going forward? To be determined.’” http://nyti.ms/2qD8TWL
TRUMP’S MONDAY — The president will go to Nashville around 1 p.m. and he speaks to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. He then goes to Atlanta for the national championship game between Alabama and Georgia.
THE JUICE …
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: LEA BERMAN and JEREMY BERNARD, former White House social secretaries for President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, respectively, are out with a new book “Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life” filled with practical advice and personal anecdotes from their time working in the White House. The two write: “A loyal person doesn’t disparage other people behind their backs. Be prepared to politely defend your allies when others speak unkindly of them. Even if the person doing the criticizing doesn’t agree with you, he or she will respect your constancy. …
“Loyalty means being there — letting others know that you are available and willing to listen or come to their aid. Reach out to a friend who is going through a tough time, either personal or job-related. There are always lots of supporters around when things are going well, but people never forget that you were there when they were most vulnerable. …
“Several years ago, [Lea’s] husband was at work in New York when he collapsed with chest pains. He went to the hospital, telling his assistant to let his boss, Stephen Schwarzman, know that he wouldn’t be at their meeting later that day. When Schwarzman heard about Wayne, he swung into action. Steve went to the hospital and sat with Wayne for hours while they awaited test results together. He promised to call [Lea] the moment there was any word as [Lea] flew up to New York to meet them. Happily, Wayne’s heart problem was resolved, but [the Berman] family has never forgotten the extraordinary loyalty and effort Steve displayed for [Wayne] during that frightening ordeal.” $17.70 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2qEIecf
SUSAN GLASSER’s “GLOBAL POLITICO”, “Is Trump Stuck With an Iran Deal He Loathes?”: “As a new year’s wave of street protests rocks Iran, the demonstrations put President Trump in an awkward bind—right as he faces a new deadline to decide whether to continue on with the Iran nuclear deal he loathes. By the end of this week, in fact, the president who called that agreement the “worst deal ever”—and refused, despite the evidence, to certify Iranian compliance with it—is expected to once again keep the deal alive by waiving U.S. sanctions on the Iranian government that were suspended when the agreement was made. That, at least, is the consensus of a half dozen of Washington’s top Iran policy experts I canvassed over the last few days.” http://politi.co/2CFscAe
JARED INC. – “Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role,” by NYT’s Jesse Drucker: “Last May, Jared Kushner accompanied President Trump, his father-in-law, on the pair’s first diplomatic trip to Israel, part of Mr. Kushner’s White House assignment to achieve peace in the Middle East. Shortly before, his family real estate company received a roughly $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim, an insurer that is one of Israel’s largest financial institutions, according to a Menora executive. The deal, which was not made public, pumped significant new equity into 10 Maryland apartment complexes controlled by Mr. Kushner’s firm. …
“The Menora transaction is the latest financial arrangement that has surfaced between Mr. Kushner’s family business and Israeli partners, including one of the country’s wealthiest families and a large Israeli bank that is the subject of a United States criminal investigation. The business dealings don’t appear to violate federal ethics laws, which only require Mr. Kushner to recuse himself from narrow government decisions that would have a ‘direct and predictable effect’ on his financial interests. And no evidence has emerged that Mr. Kushner was personally involved in brokering the deal.” http://nyti.ms/2AEkkNL
JARED MIDEAST PEACE UPDATE — “Forging Ahead, Trump Team Confident Its Peace Plans Appeals to Palestinians,” by Jerusalem Post’s Michael Wilner: “Kushner and [Jason] Greenblatt believe they can insulate their peace initiative from a diplomatic crisis with the PA– and that the plan, once presented, will appeal on its face to the Palestinians and the wider Arab world, effectively nullifying their angry response to the Jerusalem decision. ‘Maybe on a personal level they are angry with us,’ a senior White House official told The Jerusalem Post this week. ‘They’re trying to make it look like we’ve lost credibility. But a peace process and a credible conclusion to that process can’t happen without the U.S. — they know that. And once the plan is revealed, it will speak for itself.’” http://bit.ly/2m7giYP
CHRISTIE’S FAREWELL TOUR — “You’ll miss me, Jersey! And with that, Chris Christie’s just getting warmed up,” by Matt Arco on NJ.com: “[A]s chaos continues in Washington, Christie says the decision to dump him as Trump’s transition chair – and throw his plans in the trash can – was a dumb one. ‘I can only tell you who ultimately executed on it and that was (Steve) Bannon, (Reince) Priebus and (Jared) Kushner,’ he said. ‘They were the three guys in charge and they were the ones who ultimately made that recommendation to the president. And I think they ill-served him by doing it.’” http://bit.ly/2F8ZOs2
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HMM — “How Trump’s HHS nominee’s drug company ‘gamed’ patent,” by Sarah Karlin-Smith: “When Donald Trump’s nominee for HHS secretary was a top executive at Eli Lilly, the patent on its blockbuster Cialis was soon to expire. So Lilly tested it on kids. The drugmaker believed the erectile dysfunction drug might help a rare and deadly muscle wasting disease that afflicts boys. The drug didn’t work — but under a law that promotes pediatric research, Lilly was able to extend the Cialis patent anyway for six months — and that’s worth a lot when a medication brings in over $2 billion a year. … [T]he tension between his past actions as a drug executive and his likely future as the nation’s top health official are evident in both the Cialis story and in Lilly’s tripling of the price of insulin.” http://politi.co/2FfxGna
THE SANDERS FAMILY — “Grand jury empaneled in Burlington College case,” by Jasper Craven in VTDigger: “The federal probe into a 2010 land deal orchestrated by former Burlington College president Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has deepened. VTDigger has confirmed that a grand jury has been empaneled and has taken sworn testimony in the case. Former Burlington College board member Robin Lloyd says she testified for about an hour on Oct. 26 before a grand jury at the federal courthouse in Burlington.” http://bit.ly/2majkMV
VALLEY TALK — “iPhones and Children Are a Toxic Pair, Say Two Big Apple Investors,” by WSJ’s David Benoit: “Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or Calstrs, which control about $2 billion of Apple shares, sent a letter to Apple on Saturday urging it to develop new software tools that would help parents control and limit phone use more easily and to study the impact of overuse on mental health. The Apple push is a preamble to a new several-billion-dollar fund Jana is seeking to raise this year to target companies it believes can be better corporate citizens.” http://on.wsj.com/2m5agZ2
MEDIAWATCH — @realDonaldTrump at 3:35 p.m.: “The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!”
SPOTTED: Donald Trump Jr. yesterday at the rodeo in NYC at Madison Square Garden — he got a shout-out from the announcer, per our tipster. Pic of the rodeo http://bit.ly/2qB9yrH
TRANSITIONS – Amy Schatz has joined Glen Echo Group as a director. She most recently was VP of media affairs at USTelecom and was a longtime WSJ reporter. … Cherie Paquette has started as the House Republican Conference’s media affairs and events manager, working for Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Paquette will be the main POC for booking House Republicans and will also help the conference shape broadcast media strategy. She was most recently an associate producer for Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Anita Dunn, managing director at SKDKnickerbocker. How she got her start in politics: “My start was in the West Wing of the Carter White House, answering phones and doing intern work for the late, great Hamilton Jordan, White House chief of staff, because they were short staffed and I was a college student willing to work for free. So I got to learn politics from one of the most brilliant political minds of this or any other generation. Yes, I was very lucky.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2CP2LQm
BIRTHDAYS: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is 6-0. She’s celebrating with her husband, Dick, and her kids and grandkids. She also got a cake at Camp David on Saturday — pic http://bit.ly/2D3UWnm (hat tip: Gillum Ferguson) … Heather Podesta … John Podesta is 69 … Buckley Carlson … Sander Vanocur is 9-0 … Charles Osgood is 85 … Jeannie Kedas, chief comms officer at First Look Media (h/t Jon Haber) … Politico Europe’s Nirvi Shah … WSJ alum Elizabeth Holmes … Ted Leonsis is 61 … Avra Siegel … Israel Hernandez … Trump transition alum David P. White is 46 (h/t wife Kimball Stroud) … Adam Hechavarria … Maria Pena … Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) is 42 … former Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) is 66 … Andrew Bates, deputy comms director at American Bridge and an Obama and Clinton alum, is 31 … Dina Fraioli … Jason Mehta is 35 … Newsweek deputy editor Ross Schneiderman is 35 … former Sen. Slade Gordon (R-Wash.) is 9-0 … former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) is 57 …
… Caitlin Oakley, press secretary at HHS (h/t Charmaine Yoest) … David Chavern, president and CEO of the News Media Alliance (h/t Juleanna Glover) … FIU’s Brian Van Hook, a former Mary Landrieu and Senate Small Business Committee staffer, is 4-0 … James Reed … Kathryn Grant … Chris Tanner … Angelo Mathay … Rob Melick … Sally Smith … Chip Giller, founder of Grist … Scott Fairchild … Jane Lucas … James Quinn … Kevin Ryan is 51 … Emma Brown … former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is 76 … Snapchat’s Russ Caditz-Peck, an FCC alum … Amanda McTyre … Nora Catherine Steinhauser … Andy Smarick … Gul Jammas Hussain … Jake Bailey … Nicole Tieman, press secretary for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) … Deborah Weigel … Dena Horton … Joseph Sgroi … Andrew Franke … Michael Calvert … Sarah Wright … Laura Pinsky … Mary Jane Volk … Micah Honeycutt … Ann Rivlin (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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