NEWS, AP: “JOHANNESBURG — Trump letter to African leaders says Tillerson to make ‘extended visit’ in March.”
COMING ATTRACTIONS … PELOSI’S SQUEEZE — There are a few lingering legislative items right now: immigration and a deal to boost spending caps. The spending deal would increase both domestic and military spending. Democrats for a while would not discuss the spending deal unless immigration was worked out.
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We wrote yesterday that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is considering separating the debate between spending and immigration — a move that will keep government funding and Dreamers on two different tracks. THIS PUTS HOUSE DEMOCRATS in a tough spot. Nancy Pelosi (as did other Democratic leaders) said she’d get a DACA deal by the end of 2017. She didn’t. It’s now almost February and there’s no immigration deal even close. HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP’S OFFICIAL POSITION: The caps deal and DACA are still being linked at the negotiating table as part of the spending discussion.
THE COMPETING FACTORS — If a caps deal is going to get done, it will need support from House Democrats. Many will want to support this package because it will boost domestic spending. BUT, if DACA isn’t part of the deal — or in the offing — there will be a significant portion of her caucus that will want to oppose the legislation.
— BY THE WAY… THE REAL IMMIGRATION TIMELINE: If you talk to senior aides in the Capitol, they say there might not be a DACA deal until the summer, due to the judicial stay on deportations.
WHAT TO WATCH — PELOSI’S POTENTIAL REPLACEMENTS … What do other Democratic leaders like House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) do? HER LEFT WING … How does the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus react? Do they make this a litmus test for voting for leader — or speaker — next Congress?
ANOTHER FACTOR: GOP DEFENSE HAWKS … So far, they have been fairly quiet letting GOP leadership negotiate. Will there come a time when they get more vocal, pushing leaders to get an immigration deal done, with $80 billion or so in additional defense spending for next year on the line?
SPOTTED: Tim Cook walking into a back room last night at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab … Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on a 5:45 a.m. United flight out of LGA to Houston for fundraisers.
VERY SMART STORY — WASHINGTON POST’S MIKE DEBONIS in Omro, Wisconsin: “Forget Senate negotiators — House conservatives could have the last word on immigration”: “Again and again, constituents at Rep. Glenn Grothman’s town hall meetings this week wanted to talk about DACA, ‘chain migration’ and ‘the wall’ — the right half of the vocabulary of the fierce immigration debate now playing out in Washington.
“‘Can’t they go back and get in line?’ asked one woman who came to a dim municipal basement here, about 12 miles west of Oshkosh, on a recent weekday morning. ‘Why can’t they go back and do it legally?’
“Grothman didn’t hesitate: ‘I’ll do all I can to hold out for as tough a position as we can get,’ he told the woman, who declined to give her name to a reporter. ‘We’d rather shut down the government rather than go down the path of ruining America. And I think doing what some of those Democrats wanted — immediate legality for all these people and then just starting the open-borders thing again — could ruin America. I mean, it would be the end of America.’
“President Trump has promised to protect young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and who are now living in limbo because of his cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And a bipartisan group of senators has been negotiating for days to reach a deal.
“But House Republicans such as Grothman could have the last word on the fate of ‘dreamers,’ as these immigrants are known.” http://wapo.st/2Gm9rEd
NEW — HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN (R-N.J.) has $1.1 million in his campaign account as he braces for the toughest re-election he has had for two decades. He raised $368,514, according to his year-end report.
JEB BUSH on MARCO RUBIO in USA TODAY: “Bush expressed particular disappointment with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for not taking a leading role to help both sides find a middle ground. Rubio, another failed presidential candidate in 2016, was part of a bipartisan group of senators that pushed an immigration overhaul through the Senate in 2013, but he has been largely silent during the current debate.
“’God forbid you actually took on something that was controversial and paid a political price,’ Bush said. ‘That’s the attitude in D.C. right now. Certainly Sen. Rubio is no different in that regard. Marco is a talented guy and he understands this issue really well, and maybe behind the scenes he’s working hard. But at some point, his leadership would be really helpful.’” https://usat.ly/2DEhKK2
NYT’S BEN HUBBARD IN BEIRUT: “Billionaire Saudi Prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, Is Freed From Detention”: “Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Saudi Arabia’s most prominent and flamboyant investor, has been released from detention in the Ritz-Carlton in the capital after he was arrested amid a sweeping crackdown on corruption, two close associates of his family said on Saturday.
“The billionaire prince was arrested in November and detained in Riyadh, along with 10 other princes and hundreds of other members of the Saudi elite, as part of what the government called a mass crackdown on corruption. But the arrests were also seen as the latest moves by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to consolidate power.” http://nyti.ms/2Eg8wVw … His interview with Reuters hours before his release http://reut.rs/2Fm2Rwv
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PAGING JUSTIN AMASH AND RAND PAUL — “Exclusive: ICE is about to start tracking license plates across the U.S.,” by the Verge’s Russell Brandom: “The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians. The source of the data is not named in the contract, but an ICE representative said the data came from Vigilant Solutions, the leading network for license plate recognition data.” http://bit.ly/2EfNupU
THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION …
POLITICO MAGAZINE – “Trump Tried to Fire Mueller. So What? 12 legal experts tell us what they think the special counsel will do next” — with takes from Laurence Tribe, Alan Dershowitz, Norm Eisen, Marty Lederman and others http://politi.co/2rLPFPo
— WSJ: “Trump’s Lawyers, Seeking Leverage in Russia Probe, Comb ’90s Court Ruling,” by Del Quentin Wilber, Peter Nicholas and Mike Bender: “President Donald Trump’s legal team has been studying a 1990s federal court ruling that could be the basis for delaying, limiting or avoiding an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people familiar the matter. … Granting Mr. Mueller an interview poses legal risks that some people close to the president find unacceptable. The 1997 case potentially gives Mr. Trump some leverage. In that case, a federal appeals court ruled that presidents and their closest advisers enjoy protections against having to disclose information about their decision-making process or official actions.” http://on.wsj.com/2Fm39mK
— DARREN SAMUELSOHN: “Ty Cobb’s audience of one in the Trump-Russia probe: Why does the White House lawyer keep saying Trump is about to be exonerated? News of an effort to fire special counsel Robert Mueller may offer the answer”: “To hear White House lawyer Ty Cobb tell it, in a mid-January CBS interview, special counsel Robert Mueller will wrap up his investigation in just a few weeks. That may sound like a head-scratching prediction, given that the lead Russia investigator has yet to interview key witnesses like former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and President Donald Trump himself. But it’s not Cobb’s first. ‘I’d be embarrassed if this is still haunting the White House by Thanksgiving and worse if it’s still haunting him by year end,’ Cobb told Reuters in August.
“In December, Cobb … told POLITICO he thought the special counsel could exonerate Trump by the end of January. That has prompted snickering among some of Cobb’s peers. ‘When I see these predictions that Mueller will be done by Thanksgiving, year end, March 1, etc., I’m reminded that marijuana is legal in D.C. and wonder just who’s lighting up,’ said a lawyer who represents a senior Trump aide immersed in the probe. … Cobb, legal experts and political operatives say, has been trying to keep a lid on his temperamental client — downplaying the threat of Mueller’s investigation as a way of preventing Trump from firing him.” http://politi.co/2GmwZJ9
— NYT A1: “Counsel Quietly Trying to Corral Trump While Pushing G.O.P.’s Agenda,” by Charlie Savage: “When Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, moved into his corner office on the West Wing’s second floor last January, he chose not to decorate its walls or fill its glass-paneled shelving with personal items. He told colleagues that he travels light because he never knows when he might be asked to leave. … Toiling away on judicial appointments and efforts to dismantle regulations, he has rarely accompanied Mr. Trump on trips, and beyond delivering a speech at the annual conference of the conservative Federalist Society in November, has seldom appeared in public. …
“Several people said Mr. McGahn has told some friends and colleagues that he has considered resigning over the past six months, but that [Mitch] McConnell has repeatedly urged him to stay. Mr. McConnell declined to discuss his private conversations with Mr. McGahn, but said through a spokesman that ‘President Trump picked the finest White House counsel I’ve ever worked with. …
“‘I am sure he’s thought about quitting — I doubt there is a person in any West Wing that hasn’t thought about it — but this is very important to him,’ [Mike] Dubke said. ‘He views this as this is going to be his ultimate imprint on American government.’” http://nyti.ms/2DDyp01
— CNN: “Frustrated by Russia investigation, Trump turns ire toward Rosenstein,” by Sara Murray, Kara Scannell, Dana Bash and Pamela Brown: “Months after his reported effort to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump is still fuming over the Russia investigation and has Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his crosshairs. The President has been venting about Rosenstein — who oversees Mueller and the special counsel investigation — in recent weeks, according to four sources familiar with the situation. At times, Trump even gripes about wanting Rosenstein removed, two of those sources said. One source said the President makes comments like ‘let’s fire him, let’s get rid of him’ before his advisers convince him it’s an ill-fated idea.” http://cnn.it/2DETx66
FOR THE PRESIDENT — “Russian gas defies U.S. sanctions to reach New England,” by Ben Lefebvre: “As the Trump administration slaps fresh sanctions on Russian energy companies, a cargo of Russian gas is set to power homes near Boston. A tanker of liquefied natural gas from a Russian company on the Treasury Department’s sanctions list is scheduled to unload the fuel this weekend, making it the first shipment of gas from the country to ever reach the United States. It’s arriving just after the U.S. announced increased economic penalties Friday against Moscow-linked people and businesses because of Vladimir Putin’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine. Technically, the gas shipment does not appear to violate the prohibitions that the Obama administration imposed four years ago — it’s owned by a French energy trader and arriving on a French-owned vessel.” http://politi.co/2Fm02LV
2018 WATCH — GOP DOUBLES DOWN IN PA SPECIAL — “Testing Trump, national cash floods another special election,” by Elena Schneider: “The NRCC has reserved more than $1 million on ads on broadcast and cable TV stations to boost [Rick] Saccone in the race to replace former Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.). … The DCCC’s investment is smaller, but both committees are signaling that they would make major investments if the race is close between now and the March 13 election.
“The NRCC’s ad reservations begin on Monday and run all the way through March 13. But a source familiar with the buy said that the NRCC expects to spend more over that period than what’s currently on the books. Several other Republican outside groups are also involved — including Congressional Leadership Fund, the 45Committee and Ending Spending, a group founded by the mega-donor Ricketts family. Congressional Leadership Fund alone has reserved $1.6 million in ads, beginning Friday.” http://politi.co/2GiUHWJ
MEDIAWATCH – “Tronc Is Building A Shadow Newsroom Full Of Scabs, L.A. Times Staffers Fear,” by HuffPost’s Ashley Feinberg, Dave Jamieson, and Matt Ferner: “[A]ccording to several employees, [editor-in-chief Lewis] D’Vorkin is determined to find the leaker in his midst, and Tronc is supporting the cause by sending human resources executive Dyana Burke to L.A. to assist the investigation. … D’Vorkin is also getting proactive about leaks, multiple staffers worry. They expressed concerns that Tronc was monitoring company phones and computers — and apparently they have reason to be worried. One former staffer noted that ‘people are being hauled before D’Vorkin and Burke to explain why, for example, they had an 11-minute conversation with Sydney Ember of The New York Times on a particular date.’
“Staffers have been using encrypted messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, to speak with one another, with some going so far as to buy actual burner phones to discuss their own newspaper. ‘It strains belief that the editor-in-chief of a major newspaper, with all the other issues and challenges confronting the LAT, is conducting a leak investigation of his own staff,’ a former employee told HuffPost. ‘That’s the kind of thing the FBI and NSA do to persecute journalists. To see an editor do it is dumbfounding, and sickening.’” http://bit.ly/2DIUizu
–“Six male staffers at the BBC take salary cuts amid pay gap outcry,” by CNN’s Hadas Gold: “Six male staffers at the BBC, including some of the network’s top hosts, have agreed to take pay cuts to help remedy a gender pay gap. Women at the publicly-funded broadcaster have been protesting the pay gap since a report last year issued by the BBC revealed that only one third of the top-paid executives were women. In response to the outcry, Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine will take pay cuts.” http://cnnmon.ie/2rIdgk9
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CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 16 keepers http://politi.co/2Ec72eD
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
— “Here’s Every Word Of Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman’s Courtroom Statement To Her Sexual Abuser” – BuzzFeed: http://bzfd.it/2EbXtMX
— “Bad Boys,” by Tim Stelloh in the Marshall Project: “How ‘Cops’ became the most polarizing reality TV show in America.” http://bit.ly/2DSkVkG
— “The Secret to Henry Kissinger’s Success,” by Niall Ferguson in POLITICO Magazine: “His most remarkable feat was to isolate himself from the Nixon network that plotted the Watergate break-in. It took a networker of genius to know exactly which nodes to avoid connecting to.” http://politi.co/2DDWt2Z
— “Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It,” by NYT’s Declan Walsh in Doha: “Among Persian Gulf states, Qatar was the picked-on little sibling. Gas riches and an independent-minded ruling family changed that. Now it’s in the fight of its life.” http://nyti.ms/2EeBRj9
— “Selling Airborne Opulence to the Upper Upper Upper Class,” by Gideon Lewis-Kraus in tomorrow’s NYT Magazine: “For a private-jet broker, success is all about knowing who’s who in the world’s 0.0001 percent.” http://nyti.ms/2BuZG3f
— “The Female Price of Male Pleasure,” by Lili Loofbourow in The Week: http://bit.ly/2FjTFIS
— “Our Miserable 21st Century,” by Nicholas N. Eberstadt in Commentary Magazine in Feb. 2017: “From work to income to health to social mobility, the year 2000 marked the beginning of what has become a distressing era for the United States.” http://bit.ly/2EbUfJc
— “The Lost Giant of American Literature,” by Kathryn Schulz in the New Yorker: “A major black novelist made a remarkable début. How did he disappear?” http://bit.ly/2EfDjBO
— “The sex lives of conductors,” by Norman Lebrecht in the Spectator: “Norman Lebrecht examines the sordid underbelly of conducting where sex is considered a perk of the job.” http://bit.ly/2ng0QuW (h/t ALDaily.com)
— “How a Misfit Group of Computer Geeks and English Majors Transformed Wall Street,” by Michelle Celarier in NYMag – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “David Shaw taught computer science at Columbia University, thought that algorithms could do well trading stocks, and started a hedge fund staffed with eccentric geniuses to give the idea a try. He now manages $47 billion. Shaw also guessed that online retailing might be a growth industry, and asked a young hire to run a pilot project. The hire ‘became so enthused about the possibilities that he asked Shaw if he could take the idea and run with it on his own’. His name was Jeff Bezos.” http://slct.al/2neYaNq
— “How I Stopped Being Ashamed Of My EBT Card,” by Janelle Harris in BuzzFeed: “I used my EBT card because I needed the help, but the stigma around food stamps made the process humiliating.” http://bzfd.it/2rIAPsR (h/t Longreads.com)
— “The Noose Beneath the Waves,” by Sasha Chapman in Hakai Magazine: “Fishing gear can pose a deadly threat to whales—and to those who try to save them.” http://bit.ly/2Dzl8Wn
— “The Disaster Tourist,” by Kent Russell in HuffPost: “For just $2,500, you too could be responsible for a geopolitical calamity.” http://bit.ly/2rGGdwy (h/t Longform.org)
— “Fear of the Federal Government in the Ranchlands of Oregon,” by Jennifer Percy in the NYT Magazine: “Two years after the standoff at the Malheur Refuge, many people in the region remain convinced that their way of life is being trampled.” http://nyti.ms/2EefOZJ
— “Belichick and Saban: The Stories Behind Football’s Most Powerful Friendship,” by Jenny Vrentas in SI: “The best NFL coach of this generation has been friends for more than 30 years with the best college football coach, a fact that is remarkable but not entirely surprising.” http://on.si.com/2FhVFBp
— “William Randolph Hearst for President,” by Jonathan Zimmerman in Lapham’s Quarterly: “Another news cycle, another media mogul stirring up electoral buzz.” http://bit.ly/2Ec9jXm
— “How to Survive 75 Hours Alone in the Ocean,” by Alex Hutchinson in Outside Magazine: “A new case study digs into the medical records of a lost diver’s incredible survival story.” http://bit.ly/2ng6bBO
FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY ROBERT GATES and STEPHEN HADLEY were awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of Rising Sun at the Japanese ambassador’s residence Thursday for their decades of work promoting the U.S.-Japan security alliance, a tipster emails. SPOTTED: Brent Scowcroft, Josh Bolton, Pat Shanahan, Fred Hiatt, Jim Jeffrey, Robert Rangel, Steve Smith, Mary Claire Murphy, Thayer Scott and Geoff Morrell. Pic http://bit.ly/2nflvPX
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Brian Walsh, partner at Rokk Solutions and an NRSC and John Cornyn alum, and Veronica Walsh post on Facebook: “Friends – we’re incredibly happy and blessed to share the great news that our son Colin Gerald Walsh entered the world [Friday] morning at 7:08 a.m. weighing a healthy 7lbs 15oz. Mother and son are doing well and resting comfortably.” Pics http://bit.ly/2nhIRDK … http://bit.ly/2rJBw5l
BIRTHDAYS: Keith Olbermann is 59 … Howard Mortman, C-SPAN’s comms director, is 51 … Chief Justice John Roberts is 63 … Yahoo News’ Holly Bailey … former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) … Kendall Bianchi … Meredith Kelly, DCCC comms director, is 3-0 (hat tip: Jesse Ferguson) … Ed Schultz, now a host on the Russian government-funded English-language RT channel, is 64 … Ben Kramer … Raul Juste Lores … Jess Wood … Roxane Philson, ONE Campaign’s chief marketing officer … Connie Partoyan, president of Targeted Victory (hat tip: Zac Moffatt) … Chelsea Patterson … Kitty Bartels Di Martino, senior adviser at Albright Stonebridge Group … Jared Favole, senior director at Hamilton Place Strategies and a WSJ alum, is 35 … Saul Carlin, founder and president of Subcast … Will Rusche of Snapchat comms (h/t Farrin Jay) … former Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) is 75 … Erin Lindsay, managing principal at Precision Strategies … former Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) is 57 … Jessica Fink, a director at Groundswell Communications …
… Jake Goldman, VP for comms at Vice Media and a Bloomberg alum (h/t Kam Mumtaz) … Morry Cater … Bush 43 WH alum Jay Hein, now president of Sagamore Institute … BerlinRosen’s Kayla Ermanni … Nick Swezey … Julia Kimani Burnham … Jamal Ware … Nomiki Konst of The Young Turks … Brian Harvey Hogue, Bush WH alum now CEO of Arable Media … Seth Green is 38 … CAP’s Matt Lee-Ashley … Josh Teitelbaum … Peter Long … Edelman’s Kurt Hauptman and Blanca Magarin … Laura Vecsey … Scott Backer … Mark Joseph … Stephen Steacy … Amy Rice … Victoria Pfeiffer Metz … Nancy Guthrie … Heath Clayton of Deloitte … Carter Wood … Politico alums Judy Shapleigh, Teresa (Walker) Williams, Christina Ciammaichelli and Nathaniel DiRenzo … … Rob Cornelius … Jeff Hale … John Miyasato … Steve Vilmain … Rick Ridder … Jennifer Olenchek … Isley Gold (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) … Robert Gates … Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Panel: Tom Brokaw, Kasie Hunt, Rich Lowry and Heather McGhee
–ABC’s “This Week”: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … Dan Abrams and Ken Starr. Panel: Matthew Dowd, Cokie Roberts, Perry Bacon, Jr. and Susan Glasser
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) … Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.). Panel: Nina Turner, David Urban, Jen Psaki and Linda Chavez
–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt,) … Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) … Marc Short … Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas). Panel: Rachael Bade, Dan Balz, Jennifer Jacobs and Ed O’Keefe
–“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) … Marc Short. Panel: Karl Rove, AP’s Julie Pace, Jason Chaffetz and Juan Williams … “Power Player of the Week” with former Army officer and “No One Left Behind” founder Matt Zeller
–CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Jeff Zeleny, Franco Ordoñez, Jackie Kucinich and Karoun Demirjian
–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Panel: The Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, author and Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer and Financial Times global business columnist Rana Foroohar … Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
–Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen … Jordan’s Queen Rania Al-Abdullah … Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) … Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) … Mike Huckabee. Panel: Caitlin Huey-Burns and James Freeman
–Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Mollie Hemingway … Shelby Holliday … Capri Cafaro … Emily Jashinsky … Cathy Areu … Carley Shimkus
–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: David French, Noah Rothman and Julian Zelizer … Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) … Amy Goodman … David Chavern
–“The McLaughlin Group”: Moderator Tom Rogan with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page and guest panelist Siraj Hashmi
–Univision’s “Al Punto”: California gubernatorial forum with Democratic candidates Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former State Treasurer John Chiang, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin and Republican candidates former Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Calif.) and attorney and businessman John Cox
–C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Consumer Electronics Association president and CEO Gary Shapiro, Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke, Intel Corporation virtual reality and gaming general manager Frank Soqui and National Institute of Standards and Technology public safety communications division chief Dereck Orr … “Newsmakers”: Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), questioned by Defense News’ Joe Gould and CQ Roll Call’s Patrick Kelley … “Q&A”: Author and Irish journalist Caitriona Perry (“In America”)
–Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2mGabdq): Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) … former Assistant FBI Director Ron Hosko.
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