Good Saturday morning. SPOTTED: Sean Spicer entering the Four Seasons last night for dinner. … Sarah Huckabee Sanders was nearby at Clyde’s in Georgetown.
W.H. LEG AFFAIRS DIRECTOR MARC SHORT on CNN last night: “‘I think that what the definition of a wall is, is something that we all need to have a serious conversation’ about. … Short said, ‘in some cases,’ it would be a kind of fencing. ‘It is a myriad of different structures,’ Short said.” http://cnn.it/2w1cw78
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JOSH GERSTEIN SCOOP — “Another prosecutor joins Trump-Russia probe”: “An attorney working on the Justice Department’s highest-profile money laundering case recently transferred off that assignment in order to join the staff of the special prosecutor investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia, POLITICO has learned. Attorney Kyle Freeny was among the prosecutors on hand Friday as a spokesman for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Jason Maloni, testified before a grand jury at federal court in Washington.
“Freeny, whose assignment to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff has not been previously reported, is the 17th lawyer known to be working with the former FBI chief on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. … Before being detailed to Mueller’s team, Freeny was shepherding the Justice Department’s headline-grabbing effort to seize the profits from the film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ on grounds that the film was financed with assets looted from the Malaysian government.” http://politi.co/2h7AXNK
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TRUMP WORLD — AP: “Still no charity money from leftover Trump inaugural funds,” by Jeff Horwitz and Julie Bykowicz: “President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be ‘workmanlike,’ and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington. But nothing has yet gone to charity.
“What is left from the massive fundraising is a mystery, clouded by messy and, at times, budget-busting management of a private fund that requires little public disclosure. The Associated Press spoke with eight people — vendors, donors and Trump associates — involved in planning and political fundraising for the celebration, an event that provides an early look at the new president’s management style and priorities. The people described a chaotic process marked by last-minute decisions, staffing turnover and little financial oversight.
“Among the head-scratching line-items was the pre-inaugural Lincoln Memorial concert, which came with a $25 million price tag, according to four of the people. The price dwarfs a similar event staged eight years earlier for Obama’s first inauguration. One person familiar with the committee’s thinking said the $25 million included broadcasting costs and other events, complicating an apples-to-apples comparison with past inaugural concert expenses.” http://bit.ly/2x55Mcm
THE LATEST ON THE LONDON ATTACK: “UK police make ‘significant’ arrest in London subway blast,” by AP’s Gregory Katz in London: “British police made a ‘significant’ arrest in the urgent manhunt for suspects a day after the London subway blast that injured more than two dozen people, authorities said Saturday. Police said that an 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent police in the port of Dover on the English Channel. He is being questioned under the Terrorism Act. Dover is a major ferry port for travel between Britain and France.
“‘We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning,’ Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu said. But he warned that the investigation was ongoing and the terrorist threat level remains at ‘critical,’ meaning a government task force that includes the security services believes another attack is imminent. Basu’s comments suggested that other dangerous suspects may still be at large.
“The 18-year-old suspect hasn’t been charged or identified. Police say he will be brought to a south London police station for more questioning. Police haven’t said if he is suspected of planting the bomb or if he played a supporting role in a possible plot.” http://bit.ly/2fqj60P
THE NEW NARRATIVE ON OBAMACARE REPEAL …
— “Cassidy says he’s close to having the votes to pass Obamacare repeal,” by Adam Cancryn: “Sen. Bill Cassidy Friday sought to rally support for the last-ditch Obamacare repeal plan he co-authored, saying he believes he’s on the verge of winning the final votes needed to jam it through the Senate.
“Cassidy claims that as many as 49 GOP senators have expressed support but doesn’t have a hard whip count with just days left to use a fast-track process allowing the bill to pass with a simply majority. And his search for the elusive 50 ‘aye’ votes got harder Thursday, when Sen. Rand Paul announced his opposition. …
“That leaves Cassidy and Graham with the slimmest margin for error. With Democrats unified against any attempt to dismantle Obamacare, Republicans can only absorb two defections and still have Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of the bill. That means the measure needs the backing of at least two of the three senators — Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain — who opposed the GOP’s last attempt at repeal.” http://politi.co/2h7zczY
— WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT GRAHAM-CASSIDY: This is a real thing, according to aides close to the process. In a private lunch of Republican senators on Thursday, they decided this was a bill worth pursuing. That doesn’t mean this will be quick. Leadership needs to whip the bill, submit it for a Congressional Budget Office score and have the parliamentarian check it for issues. It’s a heavy lift but it could get through. Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have been saying nice things about it publicly.
— @SenSchumer: “Red Alert #Trumpcare is back & Senate GOP has until Sept 30 to pass their bill. We need your voices more than ever!”
ELANA SCHOR — “Left warns Pelosi, Schumer: Don’t get too close to Trump”: “‘I am asserting that our base — our rank-and-file base — and a lot of us in the caucus, want to see … or hear, periodically, that parameters are being set’ in discussions with Trump, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said in an interview. ‘And we get alarmed at the speculation that this might be a new day dawning.’ ‘Let’s not fool ourselves,’ Connolly added. ‘He is this person we know, and I just think there must be both political and moral limitations with how far we’re willing to cooperate with that.’” http://politi.co/2yeHMBc
IN FOGGY BOTTOM — “With Cost-Cutting Zeal, Tillerson Whittles U.N. Delegation, Too,” by NYT’s Gardiner Harris: “Under orders from Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, the department’s overall diplomatic delegation to the meetings that start Tuesday is expected to include about 140 officials, down from twice that number last year. Two weeks ago, the number was hovering around 80. But fierce internal complaints and questions from The New York Times led officials to make dozens of last-minute additions. Even so, the reduced delegation means that scores of meetings traditionally held by American officials will not occur.
“The Africa bureau, for instance, was initially told to slash its delegation of 30 top diplomats to 10 and then to reduce that number to just three, according to an Aug. 23 roster. The South and Central Asia bureau saw its delegation go from 30 to 10 to seven … A host of bureaus had their delegations eliminated entirely, including those for democracy and human rights, human trafficking, oceans and the environment, cyberissues, military issues and foreign assistance.” http://nyti.ms/2x3Oj45
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TURTLE BAY WATCH — TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S DEBUT AT THE U.N. …
— BLOOMBERG’S MARGARET TALEV: “Trump’s appearance at the UN — highlighted by an address Tuesday before the world body — is his biggest moment on the world stage since taking office. There is far more at stake than at the two economic summits in Europe he attended earlier this year. As he welcomes leaders from nearly 200 nations to his home town of New York, he’ll press them to join U.S. efforts to constrain missile and nuclear programs in both North Korea and Iran. …
“In addition to Trump and Haley, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, the president’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and his National Economic Council director, Gary Cohn, are all expected to attend events in New York next week. Two key foreign leaders will not be on hand: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.” https://bloom.bg/2x7iWTw
— “Tillerson, Iranian Foreign Minister to Talk Nuke Deal Next Week,” by Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is preparing to take part in nuclear talks next week with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and representatives of other key powers, according to several diplomatic sources, marking the first time the Trump administration’s top diplomat will meet with his Iranian counterpart. The move comes about a month before President Donald Trump is scheduled to decide whether to certify to Congress that Iran is meeting its obligations under the 2015 nuclear pact, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.” http://atfp.co/2fcBYU0
FOR YOUR RADAR — “North Korea says seeking military ‘equilibrium’ with U.S.,” by Reuters’ Christine Kim in Seoul and Michelle Nichols at the U.N.: “North Korea said on Saturday it aims to reach an ‘equilibrium’ of military force with the United States, which earlier signaled its patience for diplomacy is wearing thin after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month. ‘Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,’ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.
“Kim was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials. ‘The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,’ said Kim as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had ‘nearly reached the terminal.” http://reut.rs/2y4Ihgg
INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE — “Subway sandwiches and U.N. talk: Inside Sessions’ first meeting with Trump,” by Tara Palmeri: “When President Donald Trump meets Monday with world leaders to discuss overhauling the United Nations, it may provide some affirmation for a struggling member of the president’s team: Jeff Sessions. While the attorney general’s relationship with his boss has been fraught since Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe, it was the former Alabama senator’s conviction that the New York real estate developer was the only person who could successfully modernize the U.N. that originally brought them together more than a decade ago.
“Sessions invited Trump to testify before a Senate subcommittee in 2005 as Congress was considering whether to extend a $1.2 billion loan to the UN for modernizing its decrepit headquarters on Manhattan’s East River. Sessions opposed making the loan, and asked his then-chief of staff Rick Dearborn — now a senior White House aide — to invite the most famous real estate developer in the world to testify against it, according to an administration official familiar with events.
“They sealed their newfound alliance over Subway sandwiches in Sessions’ office, joined by Melania Trump. ‘One thing that Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions both have a great appreciation for is competence, and Sessions’ admiration for Trump resulted from the level of the competence Trump exuded as a builder during his congressional testimony,’ said the administration official. Trump has frequently railed against international institutions like the United Nations, vowing to minimize the U.S.’s financial footprint in foreign affairs.” http://politi.co/2xpFAJk
— “Kelly looking to revamp White House political, outreach offices,” by Josh Dawsey and Andrew Restuccia: “President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly has privately expressed concerns about the White House’s political and outreach operations, and is weighing changes to both offices as part of his larger effort to professionalize a chaotic West Wing, according to four people familiar with his thinking.
“Kelly is particularly frustrated with the Office of the Public Liaison, these people say. The retired Marine Corps general has told White House aides that the office, which is charged with doing outreach to outside groups, has not been properly managed and has not done enough to build effective coalitions, leaving the president with few voluble defenders. George Sifakis, a close ally and personal friend of ousted chief of staff Reince Priebus, is stepping down at the end of this month as director of the office, and a replacement has not yet been named. Presidential Personnel Director John DeStefano is temporarily leading the operation.
“Kelly has also raised concerns that the office has become a dumping ground for problematic hires — or other patronage positions. Omarosa Manigault, a former reality television star and longtime Trump associate who has reportedly made enemies in the White House with her aggressive style, is the office’s communications director.” http://politi.co/2y5hz7d
WAPO SCOOP — “Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” by Juliet Eilperin: “The Trump administration is quietly moving to allow energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, with a draft rule that would lay the groundwork for drilling. Congress has sole authority to determine whether oil and gas drilling can take place within the refuge’s 19.6 million acres. But seismic studies represent a necessary first step, and Interior Department officials are modifying a 1980s regulation to permit them.” http://wapo.st/2fbR1h1
WHAT THE … — “Barton voted against Harvey aid. Now he’s heading a relief task force,” by McClatchy’s Andrea Drusch: “Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who last week voted against a federal aid package for Hurricane Harvey relief, will lead a congressional task force dedicated to recovery efforts.
“Barton is teaming up with Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar on the panel, which will help coordinate Congress’s response to the one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the state. Barton, whose district includes parts of Arlington and Fort Worth, was one of four Texas House Republicans who did not support Congress’s $15.25 billion in federal relief package last month, because it was tied to an increase in the debt ceiling and a three-month of government funding.” http://bit.ly/2jwwfKc
WHAT AMERICA IS READING — MIAMI HERALD: “After nursing home horror in Hollywood, legislators want new laws” http://bit.ly/2wjwtuf … ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: “Georgia goes all in to woo Amazon” http://bit.ly/2xauneW … INDIANAPOLIS STAR: “Many rush to renew DACA before Trump deadline” http://bit.ly/2faImv6
IMPORTANT ISSUE — “House moves to block access to congressional records through FOIA,” by Josh Gerstein: “The House of Representatives is taking legal action to make sure that federal agencies don’t release congressional records to the public through the Freedom of Information Act. The move, which came Friday evening in a lawsuit demanding access to discussions about health care reform between the Trump administration and Congress, threatens to cut off a mechanism liberal watchdog groups were using to gain insight into closed-door negotiations on a variety of policy issues. In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, House General Counsel Thomas Hungar said the move to protect congressional correspondence was authorized by a House body known as the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group.
“While the panel of top House leaders has divided in the past on sensitive issues, Hungar wrote that they ‘voted unanimously to authorize this intervention … to protect the institutional interests of the House.’ Hungar complained that last week [HHS and OMB] gave the liberal group American Oversight four documents that originated with the House Ways and Means Committee. He argued that legal precedents established that congressional documents were exempt from disclosures pursuant to FOIA.” http://politi.co/2wiQUY9
BEYOND THE BELTWAY — “9 officers injured in day of protests downtown and in Central West End, mayor’s home damaged,” by St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “About 1,000 protesters surrounded the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson in the Central West End late Friday, breaking at least two windows and throwing red paint at the brick house before some 200 police in riot gear moved in to break it up. There was no indication on the scene that Krewson was in the home at the time.
“A total of 9 police officers had been reported injured as of 9 p.m., including one officer with a dislocated shoulder and an officer with a possible broken jaw, Acting Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said shortly after midnight Saturday, appearing with Krewson in a video. A Highway Patrol trooper was also reported injured.” http://bit.ly/2x7EVKp
RUSSIA UPDATE — “Facebook Gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller More Details on Russian Ad Buys Than Congress,” by WSJ’s Deepa Seetharaman, Byron Tau and Shane Harris: “Facebook Inc. has handed over to special counsel Robert Mueller detailed records about the Russian ad purchases on its platform that go beyond what it shared with Congress last week, according to people familiar with the matter. The information Facebook shared with Mr. Mueller included copies of the ads and details about the accounts that bought them and the targeting criteria they used … Facebook hasn’t shared the same information with Congress in part because of concerns about disrupting the Mueller probe, and possibly running afoul of U.S. privacy laws.” http://on.wsj.com/2wwQhW8
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Steve Bannon Slated To Speak At Black Entrepreneurs Summit,” by HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel: “Bannon is listed as a speaker at the economic policy summit for the group Black Americans For A Better Future. The gathering is billed as offering ‘a Republican vision for creating opportunities for black entrepreneurs,’ according to the invitation. Black Americans For A Better Future is a super PAC that describes itself as a vehicle to ‘get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.’” http://bit.ly/2h9aLyw
KFILE — “Former Sheriff David Clarke must revise thesis or risk losing degree, docs reveal,” by CNN’s Chris Massie and Andrew Kaczynski: “The school arrived at its decision after a lengthy investigation triggered by a May CNN KFile report. The story revealed that Clarke’s 2013 thesis, entitled ‘Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible,’ contained language lifted from numerous sources … The Naval Postgraduate School’s dean of students, Cdr. Paul Rasmussen, wrote in a July letter to Clarke obtained by KFile that he concurred with a finding of an ‘Honor Code Board’ that the thesis was ‘in violation’ of the school’s honor code.
“The dean wrote that he further determined that Clarke’s ‘violation was not a result of any intentional deception or misappropriation efforts.’ The letter informed Clarke that he had until October 23 — 100 days — to submit a revised thesis or NPS would ‘initiate degree revocation.’” http://cnn.it/2wwjsc4
–SPOTTED on the noon Amtrak train on Friday from NYC to DC: former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Per our tipster: “As the red cap dropped him off on the train in NYC early, the redcap said, ‘I know you wanted me to take you away where people didn’t see you but this is the best I could do.’” Pic http://politi.co/2xaz4FB
****** A message from CTIA and America’s wireless industry: Tomorrow’s 5G networks will create 3 million jobs, add $500 billion to the economy, and fuel innovation and entrepreneurialism across every sector. If policymakers move quickly to release more spectrum and modernize infrastructure rules, the wireless industry stands ready to invest $275 billion to build these next-gen networks, according to Accenture. This will drive breakthrough advancements in remote health care, connected vehicles, energy, education and beyond—making our lives better and safer. But the race to deploy 5G wireless networks is underway—and we’re at a critical moment. The EU, China, Japan, South Korea and others are doing everything they can to win. If policymakers act now, the U.S. can continue our global leadership in wireless. Learn how at CTIA.org. ******
MEDIAWATCH — “Head of ESPN alludes to Trump controversy in email to staff,” by Jason Schwartz: “ESPN president John Skipper sent an email to all network employees Friday that appeared to address the recent controversy sparked by SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill’s tweet calling President Donald Trump ‘a white supremacist.’ ‘We have programs on which we discuss and even debate sports, as well as the issues that intersect with sports,’ he wrote. ‘Fans themselves love to debate and discuss sports.’
“‘ESPN is not a political organization. Where sports and politics intersect, no one is told what view they must express,’ he said, highlighting the network’s values, including that ‘no one be denigrated for who they are, including their gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual identity.’ … Without directly rebuking Hill, he reminded employees of the need for restraint in a digital environment. ‘Given this reality,’ Skipper wrote, ‘we have social media policies which require people to understand that social platforms are public and their comments on them will reflect on ESPN. At a minimum, comments should not be inflammatory or personal.” http://politi.co/2w0jBVF
— “CNN chief Jeff Zucker keeps his network on a breaking news course in the wake of Irma,” by L.A. Times’ Stephen Battaglio: http://lat.ms/2xpIHkg
— OUR FRIEND! — ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “Hadas Gold, a Scottsdale-raised political reporter, joins CNN” http://bit.ly/2f1p47L
#CONCORDIA17: POLITICO is the official media partner of the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit taking place in conjunction with the UN General Assembly in NYC on Sept. 18 and 19. Join us in the Big Apple as we host conversations with world leaders, industry experts, current and former heads of states, C-suite executives, and senior Congressional and Administration officials.
Don’t miss POLITICO reporters Bryan Bender, defense editor, Jack Blanchard, editor of London Playbook, Helena Bottemiller Evich, senior food and agriculture reporter, Michael Crowley, national security editor, Susan Glasser, chief foreign affairs correspondent and Global POLITICO host, Nick Juliano, deputy energy editor, Matt Kaminski, executive editor, POLITICO Europe, Anna Palmer, senior Washington correspondent and co-author of Playbook and Ben White, chief economic correspondent. Register here: http://bit.ly/2wETVit
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 14 keepers http://politi.co/2wvkftH
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
–“The Oldest Restaurant in Kabul: Where Tradition Trumps Rockets,” by Maija Liuhto in Longreads: “For over 70 years, Bacha Broot, located in the center of the Old City of Kabul, has been serving chainaki — savory lamb stew — despite Soviet occupation, civil war, and the Taliban.” http://bit.ly/2jwOmzM
–“The Remarkable Laziness of Woody Allen,” by Christopher Orr in The Atlantic: “Putting next to no effort into his films is the secret to sustaining his reputation.” http://theatln.tc/2fpAT8x
—“The Case Against Civilization,” by John Lanchester in The New Yorker: “Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better?” http://bit.ly/2ju3kGw
–“In Conversation: John Cleese,” by David Marchese in Vulture: “‘Jesus is said to have never laughed in the Bible, and I think it’s because laughter contains an element of surprise — something about the human condition that you haven’t spotted yet — and Jesus was rarely surprised. I still laugh, but many of the things that would have made me laugh 30 years ago — paradoxes about human nature — wouldn’t make me laugh any more because I just believe them to be true.’” http://bit.ly/2xEG2UQ (h/t TheBrowser.com)
–“The Queen of Oversharing,” by Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic: “The personal essay may be over—but Joyce Maynard isn’t.” http://theatln.tc/2wh4hYT (h/t ALDaily.com)
–“The Sorrow and the Shame of the Accidental Killer,” by Alice Gregory in The New Yorker: “How do you live after unintentionally causing a death?” http://bit.ly/2fpdmo4
–“George Osborne’s Revenge,” by Ed Caesar in Esquire: “George Osborne — abruptly sacked as chancellor of the exchequer by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, in the wake of Brexit — was appointed editor of the London Evening Standard. Since then, the novice journalist has turned his newspaper into a powerful stick with which to beat May and her government, and told his allies that he wants her ‘chopped up in bags in my freezer’. … [D]oes he still believe that one day, with his Tory foes put to the sword and his Labour opponents dispatched, he might have another shot at Number 10?” http://bit.ly/2x8oSNW
–“Sheriff Joe,” by William Finnegan in the July 20, 2009, issue of The New Yorker: “Joe Arpaio is tough on prisoners and undocumented immigrants. What about crime?” http://bit.ly/2gpCF9i
–“What Led Benjamin Franklin to Live Estranged From His Wife for Nearly Two Decades?” by Stephen Coss in September’s Smithsonian: “A stunning new theory suggests that a debate over the failed treatment of their son’s smallpox was the culprit.” http://bit.ly/2ycXxIN
— “America, Home of the Transactional Marriage,” by Victor Tan Chen in The Atlantic: “The country’s exceptionally thin safety net prompts residents—especially those with less-steady employment—to view partnership in more economic terms.” http://theatln.tc/2wtzjcR
–“American petro-topia,” by Rebecca Altman in Aeon Magazine: “The genius and hubris of plastic has been absorbed by every living thing. Is it a curse or evolution’s next step?” http://bit.ly/2wQdWRW
–“Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot,” by Yongdong Wang in Nautilus: “Meet Xiaoice. She’s empathic, caring, and always available—just not human.” http://bit.ly/2y4of5u
THE BUSH CENTER announced that it will award the inaugural George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership to Bono for his work to fight global poverty and disease. The Bush Center will give him the medal during the first Forum on Leadership in Dallas in April.
ENGAGED – Garrett Murch, senior adviser for the office of policy and management for Maine Gov. Paul LePage, on Friday proposed to Andrea Zuniga, who represents teachers for the Maine Education Association and is a de Blasio alum. They got engaged in his hometown of Windsor, Maine, before heading up to the Moosehead Lake region to celebrate this weekend. The couple met in Washington when she was a lobbyist for the AFL-CIO and he worked for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. Zuniga said she knew that Sessions was concerned about H-1B visa abuse so she organized a meeting in the spring of 2015 with his office and several AFL member groups. Sessions’ chief counsel on Judiciary, Danielle Cutrona, invited Murch and Stephen Miller to the meeting, and Murch and Zuniga started dating a few months later. Pic of the couple (with their puppy) http://politi.co/2f2i6Q1 … The ring http://politi.co/2fpFBTp
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Politico Europe’s Hannah Connaghan
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Ben Finzel, president and founder of RENEWPR. How he got his start in D.C.: “When I was not at one of my internships, I developed a series of lists of target Congressional offices on a yellow legal pad and I went door to door to House offices introducing myself and leaving my resume with the receptionist. This process yielded an interview and I was hired as press and legislative assistant for Rep. Tim Valentine (D-N.C.) in March of 1990.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2jwgS4m
BIRTHDAYS: Politico alum Josh Benson, now with Old Town Media, is 44 … Jason Zengerle, political correspondent at GQ and contributing writer at NYT Mag … Josh Ginsberg is 35 … NBC’s Richard Engel is 44 … Tamron Hall … Melissa Lafsky Wall … Cleta Mitchell … Hogan Gidley … NWBA’s Laurie Knight (hat tip: Rebecca Spicer) … Luke Hornblower, compliance counsel at MarketCounsel, is 36 (h/t fiancée Sarah Elizabeth Clark) … Andy Serwer … Ella Raineri, daughter of Betsy Fischer Martin, is 16 … Katie Schulz is 16 (h/ts mom Pam Stevens, who notes that Ella and Katie were both born five days after 9/11 with the same doctor and same hospital) … Carol Kresse … Michael J. Totten … Oliver Schwab, chief of staff to Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) (h/t Kurt Bardella) … WSJ’s Rachel Louise Ensign … Sandhya Kotha … Paul Orzulak, founding partner of West Wing Writers, is 51 … Facebook’s Jackie Rooney, a Romney alum (h/t Ryan Williams) … DNC research director Lauren Dillon … Jill Lesser (h/ts Jon Haber) … BuzzFeed’s Molly Hensley-Clancy … Jesse Steinmetz … Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) is 63 … Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) is 39 …
… Julian Castro is 43 … Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) is 43 (h/ts Miguel Solis) … Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is 51 … Christine Ciccone … Lloyd Pierson … Mark Egan … Emily Bolton … Pa. State Rep. Brian Sims … NPR’s Sara Goo … Johannes Boehm … Tristan White … Macey Sevcik … former Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) is 52 … Jordan Stoick … Ian Walton … Jill Lesser … Chuck Westover … Ella Raineri … Katie Schulz … Suzy Goldenkranz … Allison Silver … Evan Carr … David Lavan … Scott Spector … Ed Conlow … Michael Childers, proud co-owner of Madeline Island Candles … Liesl Newton … Dawn Smalls … Elliot Vice (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Joe Lee … Vernice Coleman … John Neurohr … Katie Kimball … Joe Lee … Sheila Weller … Vernice Coleman … H.F. Yeomans … Toru Oga … Stu Johnson is 58
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Los Angeles:
–ABC’s “This Week”: British Prime Minister Theresa May … H.R. McMaster … Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Panel: Alex Castellanos, Patrick Gaspard, Jonathan Karl, Alice Stewart and Katrina vanden Heuvel
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Ambassador Nikki Haley … Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Panel: Ana Navarro, Rick Santorum, Jennifer Granholm and David Urban (substitute host: CNN’s Dana Bash)
–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson … Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) … Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Panel: Jamelle Bouie, Jeffrey Goldberg, Susan Page and Ramesh Ponnuru
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Ambassador Nikki Haley … Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Panel: Ana Navarro, Rick Santorum, Jennifer Granholm and David Urban (substitute host: CNN’s Dana Bash)
–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) … Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) … Michael Bloomberg. Panel: Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Brody, Al Cardenas and author Katy Tur
–“Fox News Sunday”: H.R. McMaster … Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Panel: Newt Gingrich, Julie Pace, Guy Benson and Rachael Bade … “Power Player of the Week”: Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals head physician Dr. Robin West
–Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) … Alberto Gonzales … Grover Norquist … Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). Panel: James Freeman and Steve Forbes
–Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Shannon Pettypiece … Katie Pavlich … Joe Trippi … Jared Max … Ed Henry … Gayle Trotter … Emily Tisch
–CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Karoun Demirjian, Nia-Malika Henderson and Eliana Johnson
–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Christine Brennan and Wesley Lowery … Spencer Ackerman … Amy Chozick. Panel: Michael Oreskes, Nancy Gibbs and Sarah Westwood.
–Univision’s “Al Punto”: Pedro Rojas … Carlos Diaz Rosillo … Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) … Cristina Jiménez and Ezequiel Hernandez … Maria Antonieta Collins … Bianca Jagger … Laurene Powell Jobs
–PBS’ “To the Contrary”: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).
–Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak, download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2omgw1D: Ken Cuccinelli
****** A message from CTIA and America’s wireless industry: We need new rules for new 5G networks. New policies that will allow the U.S. to win the race to 5G and enable breakthrough advancements in healthcare, transportation, energy and more. First, a pipeline of low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum will help meet today’s mobile needs and enable the 5G networks of tomorrow. Second, every level of government must modernize their rules for the building of small cell wireless infrastructure. Third, permanent and common sense federal regulations for interstate services like mobile broadband will preserve an open internet and protect consumer privacy while promoting innovation and investment. Finally, America’s tax structure must be updated to spur billions of dollars in new 5G investment. Learn more about how wireless is working to invest in America’s future at CTIA.org. ******
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