THE SHIFTING CONVERSATION — The scent of jet fumes is particularly pronounced this morning. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and the Republican Congress leave Washington today after a disastrous stretch that saw an intraparty civil war start anew, and a health care bill collapse. Here are the dynamics to look out for.
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— TRUMP GETS A BREAK. The president gets a few days to leave the Washington madness behind in Palm Beach. He flies there this morning. We expect the images and information from Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping will be tightly controlled. Trump will be away from Speaker Paul Ryan, flagging vote counts and the mess in D.C. When he gets back next week, he’s the only voice in town — the Capitol will be empty. That tends to favor the president.
— CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS GET THROWN INTO THE FIRE. Republican leaders are sending their troops home after flailing for weeks while trying to pass a health-care plan. In fact, they’ve passed almost nothing. We expect sparks at town-hall meetings and mounting frustration at the inaction in D.C. ONE FIG LEAF: Late last night, after Speaker Ryan met with Trump at the White House, the GOP leadership announced a hastily scheduled procedural hearing on a narrow health-care provision that creates risk-sharing pools — a way to help pay for insurance for people with serious illnesses. They are desperate to show some sort of movement before leaving town. And this is not even a full step — this is moving forward by an inch. THE MESSAGE GOP leaders want their members to bring home: we’re making progress.
ATTN GOP: THIS MIGHT NOT BE SUCH A GOOD IDEA — Risk pools might not be the silver bullet Republicans are looking for. As POLITICO health care guru Joanne Kenen told us: “This is something that approximately 30-35 states (red and blue) tried – many for years. And it didn’t work. The pools were really expensive. Sick people ended up with huge premiums and out of pocket expenses. Many states had waiting lists. The pools had all sort of restrictions — like you had to go into the pool because you had cancer, but the pool wouldn’t cover cancer for the first six months or a year, and so forth.”
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BACK-CHANNEL BLOWUP — “Ivanka’s secret Planned Parenthood outreach,” by Annie Karni: “In the weeks following her father’s inauguration, Ivanka Trump quietly reached out to the president of Planned Parenthood seeking common ground on the contentious issue of abortion. The first daughter requested a sit-down with Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood and a vocal surrogate for Hillary Clinton on the 2016 campaign trail, to talk about an organization that is being targeted by Republicans seeking to defund it because it provides abortions, among other women’s health services like cancer screenings. …
“But the strategic outreach hasn’t seemed to earn Ivanka Trump much public goodwill. Since Ivanka Trump’s sitdown with Richards, what started as a cordial relationship has soured — and any effort on the part of the politically savvy first daughter to backchannel to the non-profit has transformed into a bitter battle. Richards, fighting the Trump administration, has publicly rebuked Ivanka Trump for her ‘deafening’ silence on the healthcare bill. On Wednesday night, Richards again took aim at the first daughter, now a senior White House official with a security clearance and an office in the West Wing. ‘Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the crosshairs of basically every single policy we’ve seen in this administration,’ Richards said, speaking at the Women in the World conference in New York City.” http://politi.co/2oH1m7j
— FOR THE RECORD: Annie seems to have unearthed the second major misstep by Ivanka and Jared. The first was their Aspen expedition as the health-care bill was going up in flames … ALSO read Annie on Trump hosting Rush Limbaugh and Jeannine Piro for dinner at 1600 Pennsylvania. http://politi.co/2o5Noe1
TRUMP’S FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET: THE NEW YORK TIMES — Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman got an Oval Office sitdown with President Donald Trump, where he said Susan Rice might have committed a crime (http://nyti.ms/2oCvS2G), and reminded Glenn and Maggie that he rode between the subway cars as a kid.
THRUSH: “We’ll, you’re kind of doing that politically now, so” — TRUMP: [Unintelligible.] “That could be the best statement —” Transcript of the interview http://nyti.ms/2p49GdS
— TRUMP ON BILL O’REILLY: “Personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way; I don’t think Bill did anything wrong. … I think he’s a person I know well. He is a good person.”
— NYT GOES LOCAL ON A1: Headline from the interview in the New York and national editions: “In Interview, Trump Stays Vague On Fate of City’s Transit Project”: “President Trump said he was considering ‘accelerating’ the introduction of his $1 trillion infrastructure bill — but he pointedly refused to say whether he planned to include two major New York City transportation projects that his budget for next year would defund. Mr. Trump, speaking in a wide-ranging interview in the Oval Office on Wednesday, described the infrastructure package as a high-value legislative sweetener that he could attach to a revived Affordable Care Act repeal bill or tax code overhaul to attract bipartisan support that thus far he had neither sought nor received.
“‘Infrastructure is so popular that I might want to use it for another bill,” said Mr. Trump, who is in need of a legislative win after the humbling defeat of his health care bill last month. ‘Infrastructure is so popular with the Democrats and pretty popular with the Republicans. A lot of Republicans want infrastructure, too.’” http://nyti.ms/2p4dwDA
— ACTUALLY, MR. PRESIDENT … Infrastructure is definitely popular among Democrats, but with Republicans, it’s complicated. Your party has spent the last half-dozen years railing against federal spending, so you should expect many Republicans will be wary of whatever you’re trying to do. And you don’t have a ton of political capital, since you have been singling out senators by name, and the House Freedom Caucus, which is a block of 30 votes that sticks together on tons of stuff — you even said you’d primary their members! And you just lost the health-care vote. Attaching infrastructure spending to another bill actually could complicate matters.
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Trump’s ‘red line’ reversal hints at Syria shift,” by Michael Crowley: “Appearing next to Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House, [President Donald] Trump said Assad must be held accountable for a chemical weapons attack this week in a pro-rebel area that reportedly killed dozens of people, many of them children. U.S. officials believe the Assad regime is likely behind the attack, which bore the hallmarks of nerve gas, though Damascus has denied responsibility. Asked whether the attack violated a ‘red line’ for him, Trump said that it ‘crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line.’ Trump would not specify what kind of response he would deliver to Syria’s government. ‘You will see. They will have a message. You will see what the message is,’ he said. But after calling the attack ‘an affront to humanity,’ Trump suggested he was reconsidering his view that the United States should not work to remove Assad from power. ‘My attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much,’ he said.” http://politi.co/2o5Vsvu
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PALACE INTRIGUE — “Mega-donor [Rebekah Mercer] urged Bannon not to resign,” by Eliana Johnson, Ken Vogel, and Josh Dawsey: “The man credited with honing Donald Trump’s populist message and guiding him into the White House has grown frustrated amid continued infighting in the West Wing, so much so that in recent weeks a top donor had to convince him to stay in his position. Five people, including a senior administration official and several sources close to the president, tell POLITICO that Bannon, one of Trump’s closest advisers, has clashed with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who’s taken on an increasingly prominent portfolio in the West Wing. Bannon has complained that Kushner and his allies are trying to undermine his populist approach, the sources said.
“Republican mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, a longtime Bannon confidante who became a prominent Trump supporter during the campaign, urged Bannon not to resign. ‘Rebekah Mercer prevailed upon him to stay,’ said one person familiar with the situation. Another person familiar with the situation, a GOP operative who talks to Mercer, said: ‘Bekah tried to convince him that this is a long-term play.’” http://politi.co/2nGLLA2
Office of the Strategic Initiatives Group. You know, the one the White House said didn’t exist. pic.twitter.com/JRJWfMg6b3
— Shane Harris (@shaneharris) April 5, 2017
BEHIND THE SCENES — “Bannon’s departure solidifies McMaster’s control over the NSC,” by Bryan Bender: “National security adviser H.R. McMaster quietly slipped out of the White House grounds last week to seek the counsel of one of his aging predecessors, another three-star general who ran the National Security Council in a time of political turmoil and congressional probes. McMaster’s session with 92-year-old Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, was the clearest indication yet that McMaster, who took the reins of the NSC in February after his predecessor Mike Flynn was ousted, intends to radically depart from the approach taken by Flynn and … Steve Bannon … An administration official with direct knowledge of the deliberations said the changes are part of broader reforms McMaster is implementing, including reducing the size of the NSC’s professional staff, which ballooned to about 450 under President Barack Obama.” http://politi.co/2nNqQfx
COURT WATCH — “Senate braces for nuclear fallout,” by Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett: “Senate Republicans will trigger the nuclear option for Supreme Court nominees on Thursday in a move that critics say will wreak untold damage on the institution for years to come. But far from vowing revenge, Democrats just want to move on. ‘There’s a healthy feeling in both caucuses that we’ve got to put this behind us and legislate,’ said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois. ‘There’s more to the Senate than Supreme Court nominations. And as important as they are, we have other opportunities.’ Democrats could certainly seek payback if they wanted to. The most draconian response would be to drag out the roughly 1,200 presidential nominations that require confirmation; such a tactic would bring the Senate to a virtual standstill, ensuring almost nothing else got done.” http://politi.co/2p4b9ka
SOMETHING TO WATCH — “Trump team already strategizing for the next Supreme Court vacancy,” by Shane Goldmacher: “While the White House is focused this week on shepherding Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, through the Senate confirmation process, the president and his team are obsessed with the next possible vacancy. The likeliest candidate is [Justice Anthony] Kennedy, who has sat at the decisive fulcrum of the most important Supreme Court cases for more than a decade. Replacing him with a reliable conservative would tip the court to the right, even if no other seat comes open under Trump — whose team has taken to exploring every imaginable line of communication to keep tabs on the justice and to make him comfortable as he ponders a potential retirement. One backchannel is the fact that Kennedy’s son, Justin, knows Donald Trump, Jr. through New York real estate circles. Another is through Kennedy’s other son, Gregory, and Trump’s Silicon Valley adviser Peter Thiel.” http://politi.co/2p4iIYj
WHAT WALL STREET IS READING — “Cohn Backs Wall Street Split of Lending, Investment Banks,” by Bloomberg’s Elizabeth Dexheimer: “In a private meeting with lawmakers, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said he supports a policy that could radically reshape Wall Street’s biggest firms by separating their consumer-lending businesses from their investment banks … Cohn, the ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive who is now advising President Donald Trump, said he generally favors banking going back to how it was when firms like Goldman focused on trading and underwriting securities, and companies such as Citigroup Inc. primarily issued loans … The remarks surprised some senators and congressional aides who attended the Wednesday meeting, as they didn’t expect a former top Wall Street executive to speak favorably of proposals that would force banks to dramatically rethink how they do business.” https://bloom.bg/2o5Ec9E
HERE’S WHAT a Capitol Hill Republican told us yesterday about Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser: “He’s a liberal Democrat.” This was said with a dead straight face by a person who has interacted with the former Goldman Sachs banker.
— DOSE OF REALITY, from WSJ’s Peter Nicholas, Nick Timiraos and Rich Rubin on tax reform: “Much remains unsettled, and the timing is tight. One White House official said that the current August goal for a plan to pass could slip, and that it might be difficult to pass anything after December. ‘If it slips to the next year, it becomes harder and harder,’ the official said. ‘So we’re really going to push aggressively to get something done,’ the official said.” http://on.wsj.com/2oH2O9T
TV TODAY — JACK LEW joins Bloomberg TV’s David Gura at 1 p.m. for his first interview since Trump was inaugurated.
DRAMA! — “Trump loyalists fight to survive — in his administration,” by Alex Isenstadt and Andrew Restuccia: “A civil war between Donald Trump loyalists and establishment-minded Republicans is escalating throughout the federal government — and increasingly the president’s allies are losing. From the State Department to the Environmental Protection Agency, a sharp dividing line has formed: Cabinet secretaries and their handpicked teams of GOP veterans are rushing to take power as Trump campaign staffers — ‘originals,’ as they call themselves — gripe that they’re being pushed aside. In over a dozen interviews, the originals, many of whom volunteered to work for candidate Trump when few others were willing to do so, complained that they’d been shut out of meetings and targeted with career-destroying leaks. In recent weeks, a number of longtime Trump supporters have abruptly quit, saying they felt the administration had been overtaken by the same establishment they worked to defeat. The backbiting is further paralyzing federal agencies, which have been hamstrung by slow hiring, disorganization and an overall lack of direction since Trump’s inauguration.” http://politi.co/2oM3dVC
SCOOP — “Secret Service agent on VP’s detail caught after meeting with prostitute at Maryland hotel,” by CNN’s Elizabeth Landers, Mary Kay Mallonee and Peter Morris: “One law enforcement source says the agent was caught after police saw him exiting the hotel. The police responded to a call from the hotel manager who became suspicious of activity in one of the rooms. The source said this was not a sting. The agent was arrested and was charged with solicitation. He then self-reported his arrest to the Secret Service.” http://cnn.it/2p45pak
THE JUICE …
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: UNITED TALENT AGENCY is hosting a party the night before the White House Correspondents Dinner at Fiola. The agency’s invite-only fete April 29, is being co-hosted by UTA Managing Director Jay Sures and Dan Abrams of Mediaite. The event is being billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and excellence in journalism. UTA represents TV broadcasters including Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper, Norah O’Donnell, Anderson Cooper, Dana Bash and Martha Raddatz, among many others. Kimball Stroud & Associates is producing the party.
— SUBJECT MATTER is adding its first Republican. The all-Democratic lobbying and public affairs firm is bringing on Jamie Wall, a former aide to GOP Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Kit Bond. Wall most recently worked at Honeywell International as director of global government relations and global trade coordinator. The move reflects the reality of doing business in an all-Republican controlled Washington.
–SARAH SWINEHART, director of media affairs for Speaker Ryan, is joining Edelman as a vice president on the media services and strategies team, where she will report to Caitlin Hayden.
— JON OSSOFF raised an eye-popping $8.3 million for the Georgia special election to fill HHS Secretary Tom Price’s seat. It’s hard to overstate just how much money that is for a House race — especially for a special election. The election is April 18. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story http://bit.ly/2p47Iu5
HAPPENING THIS MORNING — We’ll talk with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), HFC Founding Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) for a live Playbook Interview this morning at the W Hotel (515 15th Street, NW). Doors open at 8 a.m. Livestream link http://politi.co/2gSruaR
HOT VIDEO – The Daily Show: “Does Sean Spicer Treat the White House press corps like children?” — features “cameos” of the kid versions of Jonathan Karl, Glenn Thrush, Cecilia Vega, Julie Pace, Major Garrett, April Ryan, and John Gizzi (and his glasses). 2-min. video http://bit.ly/2neARpP (h/t Matt Negrin)
IN THE WEST BANK — “Trump’s Push for Mideast Deal Perplexes Israeli Right: Many in ruling coalition, and West Bank settlers, are content with the way things are,” by WSJ’s Yaroslav Trofimov in Beit El: “President Donald Trump’s interest in solving the Israeli-Palestinian problem is running into a stubborn fact: Much of Israel’s governing coalition is pretty happy with the status quo. The Israeli economy is booming. Jewish population growth has nearly caught up with Palestinian birthrates. And the level of violence remains at historic lows. The wars ravaging the wider Middle East, meanwhile, have distracted regional attention from the Palestinians’ predicament and have even pushed countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia toward more cooperation with Israel. …
“‘There is nothing more sustainable than the current situation that has already existed for 50 years and that is getting better all the time,’ said retired Brig. Gen. Effie Eitam, Israel’s former minister of national infrastructure and housing who now runs a private intelligence company in Jerusalem. … ‘We respect [the Trump administration] and if they can promote it, we can be very happy, but we are not naive,’ [Israeli Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad] Erdan said. ‘In the immediate future, I don’t see a solution that can be viable.’” http://on.wsj.com/2oEr3pf
RUH ROH — “Trump immigration adviser ordered to turn over briefing document,” by Josh Gerstein: “A federal magistrate has ordered one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign advisers on immigration to turn over a document he used to brief the president-elect during the transition. Magistrate Judge James O’Hara issued an order Wednesday requiring Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to give the court a copy of the memo he took into a meeting with Trump at the president’s Bedminster, N.J., golf club last November. The meeting was private, but a portion of the front page of the document—titled ‘Department of Homeland Security: Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days’ — was captured by press photographers as Trump and Kobach posed for pictures.
“Images of the document showed that it included proposals for registration of citizens of high-risk countries, extreme vetting of foreign visitors, a ban on Syrian refugees, deporting aliens charged with crimes (apparently without regard to whether they’ve been convicted) and building a border wall with Mexico.” http://politi.co/2p41YAc
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WHY NOT — “Pence adviser Nick Ayers eyes run for Georgia governor,” by Shane Goldmacher: “One of Vice President Mike Pence’s top political advisers, Nick Ayers, is considering running for governor of Georgia next year, according to two people familiar with the matter. Ayers is 34 but already a veteran Republican strategist who burst onto the political scene a decade ago as the wunderkind executive director of the Republican Governors Association.” http://politi.co/2oEh43r
THE FAMILY BUSINESS — “Democrats clamor to take on Rep. Comstock in northern Virginia,” by WaPo’s Jenna Portnoy: “Dorothy McAuliffe, 53, the wife of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is considering joining the crowded field as well, according to two Democrats familiar with her thinking.” http://wapo.st/2o0C3dL
REAL TALK — “‘You want to have a screwed up state?’ If not, then vote to raise taxes, Brown says,” by L.A. Times’ John Myers, Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason: “In the final days before a decisive vote in the Legislature on a sweeping $52-billion tax plan for transportation, the sales pitch from Gov. Jerry Brown often strayed from civic inspiration to political exasperation. ‘I’m going to my ranch in two years,’ Brown said last week, a nod to plans to retire in 2019 to his Colusa County homestead. ‘You want to have a screwed up state with a bunch of potholes? Go ahead, but that’s insane.’” http://lat.ms/2oMa6q0
HAPPENING TODAY — The White House is also hosting 50 wounded warriors at the start of the annual Soldier Ride for wounded veterans recovering from war; President Trump, the First Lady, Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence will welcome some of the veterans participating. List and bios of wounded warriors http://politi.co/2nfAI5t
LATE-NIGHT BEST — OBAMA ALUMS on COLBERT — “‘Pod Save America’ Hosts Have Sympathy For Sean Spicer”: “Podcasters Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor trying comparing their White House tenures to Sean Spicer’s, but it’s like comparing apples and orange presidents.” 6-min. video http://bit.ly/2oM8Y5B
COVER DU JOUR — Bloomberg Businessweek, “North of the Border, South of the Wall: What the U.S. has to lose by cutting off Mexico,” by Kirsten Luce (online headline: “The Border Wall Is Already Giving Up Part of America: What life is like in the no-man’s land north of the border, south of the wall”). https://bloom.bg/2p4BkYg … The cover http://politi.co/2ocS7uI
CORRECTION OF THE DAY — NYT: “Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misidentified Ivanka Trump as President Trump’s wife. His wife is Melania. Ivanka is one of his daughters.” http://nyti.ms/2o5Xbke
SPOTTED — Susan Rice was a guest at the French ambassador’s house for a dinner honoring Andre Leon Talley, the fashion stalwart. The event was a fundraiser for Alliance Francaise, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was a host. WaPo’s Robin Givhan was there. … Dana Bash and Kellyanne Conway last night at a back table at a BLT chatting and laughing through the whole dinner.
NEW FIRM ALERTS — JENNY ROSENBERG, who ran aviation policy at DOT in the Obama administration, has launched JTR Strategies. Rosenberg is also a Hill alumna, with stops at the Senate Commerce Committee, House Oversight Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee. She has already inked her first client: JetBlue. http://bit.ly/2nfdJr6
–Alex Wall, Hillary for America’s social media director and Obama White House director of online engagement, and Jillian Maryonovich, digital creative director in the Obama White House and lead designer of the Obama campaign, are launching a digital firm called Sweet Spot Strategies.
TRANSITIONS — JOHN GOODWIN has been hired as head of communications at The Weather Group. He joins the company from The Herald Group where he served as vice president. … CAP has hired Morgan Finkelstein to be the CAP Action Fund’s war room press secretary. She was previously the Clinton campaign’s director of rapid response for Pennsylvania and deputy press secretary for the Democratic National Convention. … Sean Hayes starts on Monday at HHS as the deputy assistant secretary for oversight and investigations. He was previously a staff director on the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules at the House Oversight & Government Reform.
— MIKE CASSESSO of the DSCC and Matthew Ferry of Change.org have joined the staff of Hustle, the technology company working to increase civic engagement by creating one-on-one interactions with supporters and voters via text messaging. http://politi.co/2o5Uijv
OBAMA ALUMNI – Dr. Ellen Williams, Obama’s former Director of DOE’s Advanced Research Project Agency joined the Board of Directors of CO2 Sciences, an organization focused on developing the CO2 products industry and carbon utilization technology. … Mark Feierstein, former special assistant to the president and senior director for western hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council, has joined CLS Strategies as a senior adviser. … Obama Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has joined the board of directors of Heal, an app for on-demand doctor house calls. http://politi.co/2nfqB0q
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Laura Stevens Kent, VP for federal advocacy at the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania, and Drew Kent, chief of staff for Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) welcomed Catherine Stevens Kent, 8 pounds 1 oz, Wednesday afternoon.
HAPPENING TONIGHT — The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation will host its 14th annual Bradley Prizes this evening at Sidney Harman Hall. George Will hosts the event, and $250,000 awards will go to Walter E. Williams, Peter Berkowitz, Philip Hamburger and Christopher DeMuth. The American Military Spouses Choir will entertain this evening’s guests, followed by a gala reception at the National Building Museum.
BIRTHWEEK (was Tuesday): Phil Kraft … Mary Grace Brown
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: WSJ media reporter Keach Hagey, celebrating with dinner with her husband Wesley Harris at local Italian restaurant The Cookery – one of her goals for the next year is to publish her first book, on the Redstone media empire, with HarperCollins. Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2p4bQdB
BIRTHDAYS: Scott Reed of Jack Kemp, Haley Barbour, Bob Dole and Chamber fame (hat tip: Arjun Mody) … Ron Brownstein … Matt Flynn, senior director of White House Cabinet Affairs (h/t Brad Rateike) … Joyce Meyer, deputy assistant to the President and House deputy director of leg affairs … John Santucci, senior editorial producer at ABC News … Steve Antosh … Politico’s Tucker Doherty and Lisa Li … Michele Bachmann is 61 … Ann Castagnetti (h/t Jon Haber) … Olivia Perez-Cubas, a Marco Rubio alum (h/t Alex and Caitlin Conant) … Casey Farrington, proud Hoosier alum now at Waxman Strategies (h/t Stephanie Benedict) … Richard Coolidge, PBS “NewsHour” senior producer (h/t Nick Massella) … Seth Lucia … Politico alum Natalie Villacorta … Anthony Bernal of Dr. Jill Biden’s office … Newsweek’s Lucy Westcott … Kalee Kreider, Al Gore alum (hubby tip: Jack) … CNN’s Sunlen Serfaty … Alexandra Traber … TNR executive editor Ryan Kearney … Clo Ewing, director of comms at Tempus and a Rahm and Obama alum … Lisa Ellman, a former law student of President Obama’s at University of Chicago and an Obama alum, now at Hogan Lovells … N.Y. Post’s Aaron Short …Justine Sarver, executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (h/t Julia Cusick) … Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) is 64 … Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) is 53 …
… Andy Oare, Obama alum now a VP at Glover Park Group … Megan Bartley … former Hoyer aide Amy Schultz Berman, now a Brooklyn history teacher … Melissa Carlson Kelly … Kevin O’Hanlon of the Entertainment Software Association … The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turned 187 … Univision’s Carolina V. Valencia … philanthropist Jeanie Schottenstein … Jay Haberman, AIPAC’s senior development director for New York … Doug Ellin, creator of HBO’s “Entourage,” is 49 (h/ts Jewish Insider) … DCCC alum Jerah Smith … Mike Johnson, president/CEO of the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association … Caroline Fawcett … Phil Paule … Donna Caudill … Asher Dickens, Robbi and Caitlyn’s #3 … Jill Schroeder Vieth … Melissa Schwartz … Matthew Flanders … Todd Beeton … Gabrielle Birkner … Jesus Gonzalez … Remy White … Todd Klukow is 56 … Cindy Terrell … Mike Berland … Matthew Flanders … Alexandra Tripiano … Bush 43 alum Stacie Maass … Drew Baney of House OGR … Ricardo Sanchez of Sen. Warren’s office … Don Webb of Senate DPCC (h/ts Legistorm) … Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson is 89 … Merle Haggard is 8-0 … movie director Barry Levinson is 75 … Paul Rudd is 48 (h/ts AP)
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