Good Saturday morning.
TWO IMPORTANT THINGS HAPPENED YESTERDAY, AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR TOMORROW.
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION is abandoning a precedent set by Barack Obama, and will not release his visitor logs until five years after he leaves the White House. The White House is citing national security concerns. So we will not know who the president and his aides are speaking to until well after he leaves the West Wing. Some defenders of the president say he and his team should be able to meet with people with varying viewpoints without having to face public scrutiny. But why? Shouldn’t taxpayers — who fund the White House and employ the president — know which lobbyists, CEOs and influence peddlers the president and his staff is meeting with?
— WAPO’S JOSH ROGIN (@joshrogin): “There should be pool coverage of the WH entrances to track visitors if the WH won’t release the logs.”
THIS DECISION is on A1 of the NYT http://bit.ly/2pCVM2A
TRUMP also nominated former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) to run the Export-Import Bank. Garrett was a vocal supporter of closing the Export-Import Bank when he was in Congress, and voted against reauthorizing it. Trump recently switched his position on the institution, telling the Wall Street Journal that it’s important for U.S. businesses. ALSO: Garrett, for a period of time, declined to give money to the National Republican Congressional Committee because it supported gay candidates (http://politi.co/2c9RjQ6). He lost to Democrat Josh Gottheimer in November. This is a Senate-confirmable position.
WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE OF THIS? — To those who say Trump’s decision-making process is becoming more linear — explain putting a staunch opponent of the Export-Import Bank at its helm just days after the president trumpeted its import. With Congress out of town, Trump has had a week of good headlines — bombing Syria, flipping on NATO, talking tough on North Korea. Most people don’t know what the Export-Import bank is, or does, so putting someone atop the bank who wants to destroy it won’t garner a ton of attention. But it’s a pretty clear sign that Trump isn’t quietly abandoning his unconventional approach to governing.
TRUMP left Mar-A-Lago this morning at 8:46 a.m. and headed to Trump International Golf Club, per pooler Michael Mathes of AFP.
FOR YOUR RADAR — “North Korea displays apparently new missiles as U.S. carrier group approaches,” by Reuters’ Sue-Lin Wong and James Pearson in Pyongyang, Seoul: “North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday, as a nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region. Missiles appeared to be the main theme of a giant military parade, with Kim’s grandson, leader Kim Jong Un, taking time to greet the commander of the Strategic Forces, the branch that oversees the missile arsenal.” http://reut.rs/2nOP5xS
— NYT’s GERRY MULLANY in Hong Kong, CHRIS BUCKLEY in Beijing and DAVID SANGER in Washington: ‘The United States and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent, and there have been storm clouds gathering,’ China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said in Beijing, according to Xinhua, the state news agency.
“’If they let war break out on the peninsula, they must shoulder that historical culpability and pay the corresponding price for this,” Mr. Wang said.
“The comments were unusually blunt from China, which has been trying to steer between the Trump administration’s demands for it to do more to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and its longstanding reluctance to risk a rupture with the North. The remarks also reflected, American experts said, an effort by the Chinese to throw responsibility for what happens back on Washington, after Mr. Trump declared, in several Twitter messages, that it was up to the Chinese to contain their neighbor and sometime partner.” http://nyti.ms/2nOWJs7
FOR THOSE KEEPING SCORE AT HOME — “Tillerson’s stock rises in the White House,” by Annie Karni: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looked like he had been cast into social Siberia. The former ExxonMobil CEO was enjoying a martini with his wife at the BLT Prime steakhouse inside the Trump International Hotel on Feb. 25, when President Donald Trump strode in with Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, happened to be at the hotel and was invited to join the president’s dinner party. Tillerson, who came over to say hello as he was leaving, was not.
“Viewed as the walled-off leader of a demoralized department, Tillerson in the opening days of the Trump administration was cast as an inexperienced statesman undercut by the White House as the nation’s top diplomat, supplanted in that role by the president’s powerful son-in-law. But over the past month, as Tillerson has taken a lead on the administration’s strategy with Syria, Russia and China, his status has shifted – and behind the scenes, he’s emerging as Trump’s favorite cabinet secretary.” http://politi.co/2p57Lto
— “Who’s Dina Powell? A rising Trump national security figure,” by AP’s Catherine Lucey: “Powell’s ties to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who recruited her, and to economic adviser Gary Cohn, a fellow Goldman alumnus, mean she has been labeled by some as part of a more moderate group at the White House. But GOP leaders describe her as a longtime conservative thinker. She has quickly earned the respect of the president, who said in a statement to The Associated Press: ‘Dina is an extremely intelligent and competent member of my team. She is highly respected and a great person.’” With cameos by Condi, Bob Corker, Brian Gunderson, and Tommy Vietor http://apne.ws/2oBlOWm
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WHICH FACTION WILL WIN? — “White House showdown on Paris deal set for next week,” by Eric Wolff, Andrew Restuccia, and Josh Dawsey: “President Donald Trump’s most senior advisers will huddle next week to resolve long-simmering tensions over whether the United States should stay in the Paris climate change agreement, a major point of dispute between the moderate and nationalist wings of the White House, three administration officials told POLITICO. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, senior adviser Jared Kushner and chief strategist Steve Bannon are expected to be at the table.
“The meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, but sources cautioned that the timing and number of attendees is still in flux. The advisers and Cabinet officials hope to be able to reach consensus on a recommendation to the president, though that could prove difficult, as they are divided over whether to abandon the agreement.” http://politi.co/2ohsHZA
— A BIT OF INTRIGUE: While everyone says K.T. McFarland has been fired from the National Security Council, Fox News has booked her for Chris Wallace’s “Fox News Sunday” — from Mar-a-Lago, where President Trump is staying this weekend without top aides like Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn and Steve Bannon.
— @jonfriedman: “.@BuzzFeedBen broke news in his @davidaxelrod invu: Ivanka emailed Axe during campaign asking if he’d talk w/ Jared! And he did — 2 times!”
WAPO’S KRISSAH THOMPSON — “Melania Trump seemed like a rebellious first lady. She’s turning out to be a retro one”:“[A]fter weeks of shirking the spotlight, Trump has begun to emerge from her cocoon, taking tentative steps to establish herself in her new role. In her first public events and statements, Trump has hewed surprisingly close to the historical expectations of first ladies. Rather than rebellious, she is shaping up to be retro. ‘As people get to know her, [they will see] she has been so focused on tradition and family and children,’ said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman.” http://wapo.st/2pCJ7fU
THE VICE PRESIDENT’S WEEKEND — Mike Pence, Karen Pence and their daughters Audrey and Charlotte are taking off today for their trip to southeast Asia. Per pooler Andrew Beatty of AFP: “This 10 day trip will include four countries — South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia — 53 hours in the air and 21,750 nautical miles.” The first stop is Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.
SHOW ME THE MONEY — “Trump’s reelection campaign raised $13.2 million in first quarter,” by Ken Vogel: “President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is off to a quick start, pulling in $13.2 million through a trio of committees in the first three months of the year, while paying an unusually large staff of about 20 employees, according to records filed Friday evening with the [FEC]. Nearly 80 percent of the cash raised by the three committees — Donald J. Trump for President, Trump Victory, and Trump Make America Great Again Committee — came from small donors. The [RNC] says it raised another $41.3 million in the first three months of the year, but as of early Saturday, it had yet to file its final FEC report of the quarter.” http://politi.co/2ohntgf
— “Donald Trump’s Companies Benefit From Campaign Funds:Close to $500,000 is directed to Trump-owned hotels, golf clubs and restaurants in quarter,” by WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus: http://on.wsj.com/2nOFyqL
SCOOP — “Trump claims he can’t be sued for inciting rally violence,” by Ken Vogel: “Donald Trump’s lawyers in a Friday afternoon federal court filing argued that he cannot be sued for inciting his supporters to hurt protesters because, as the president, he is immune from civil lawsuits. The lawsuit was brought by three protesters who allege they were roughed up and ejected by Trump supporters from a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, after Trump barked from the stage ‘get ‘em out of here!’… In Friday’s filing, the president’s lawyers contend that Trump was not ordering his supporters to rough up the protesters — or to do anything. ‘The Trump Defendants deny that Mr. Trump directed his statement to the crowd,’ the lawyers wrote.” http://politi.co/2oBuVq3
THE JUICE …
— BOLD-FACED PAUL RYAN DONORS: Kenneth Griffin, billionaire hedge fund exec gave $247,700; John Hess of the Hess Corporation gave $244,200; Stanley Druckenmiller gave $150,000; Charles Schwab gave $110,600; Steven A. Cohen gave $100,000; Koch Industries PAC gave $75,000 (all donations were last quarter).
— KEVIN MCCARTHY’s BIG DONORS: Boyden Gray gave McCarthy $244,200; Sam Geduldig gave him $50,000; Elon Musk gave him $50,000.
— CIA DIRECTOR MIKE POMPEO spent $17,000 from his congressional campaign account on research and communications consulting with O’Donnell and Associates in January. He was nominated as CIA director in November.
— FORMER REP. AARON SCHOCK (R-Ill.) spent $117,000 in legal fees.
— REP. CHARLIE CRIST’s (D-Fla.) campaign cut him a $37,000 check to reimburse him for a campaign loan.
— FORMER REP. BART GORDON (D-Tenn.) gave American Friends of Musee d’orsay $10,000 from his campaign account last quarter.
— JIM MESSINA cut a $5,000 check to Obama for America in the first quarter.
ANNA’S HOME STATE! — “Nervous about GOP congressman, Republicans woo new North Dakota Senate candidate,” by CNN’s Manu Raju: “Top Republicans in Washington are privately sending this message to a GOP congressman once viewed as a top recruit in North Dakota: Don’t run against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp next year.
“Senior Senate GOP officials have grown concerned that Rep. Kevin Cramer’s penchant for controversial remarks could damage their chances at one of the party’s most prized opportunities to pickup the crucial seat occupied by Heitkamp, a rare Democratic statewide officeholder in the conservative state. Cramer’s latest remark: Defending Sean Spicer this week in the aftermath of the White House spokesman’s widely condemned comments about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust.
“Behind the scenes, there’s a growing GOP push to woo a wealthy North Dakota state senator, Tom Campbell, who has the resources to largely self-fund a campaign against Heitkamp, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Campbell is taking a series of steps to mount a challenge, putting together an organization with the resources that will let him run for a statewide office next year, according to Chip Englander, a political adviser to the state senator. Campbell ‘definitely’ will run for either the House seat now occupied by Cramer or for the Senate seat next year, Englander said.” http://cnn.it/2oho2qk
IRONY ALERT — “Marine Le Pen wants to kill the European Union. But it actually helps pay her bills,” by WaPo’s Michael Birnbaum in Brussels: “Those who fear for the future of the European Union are confronting a painful paradox: Many of the strongest bids to tear apart the E.U. are being underwritten by E.U. cash. France is careening toward a nail-biter presidential election this month that pits a crowded field against anti-E.U. titan Marine Le Pen. But E.U. funds pay her salary, support her assistants, and underwrite the conferences and books she churns out to attack the 28-nation bloc. … [T]he European affiliate of Le Pen’s National Front party — get millions because of their heft in elections for the European Parliament, an institution that is short on power but flush with cash.” http://wapo.st/2oK3z1g
THE INSIDERS — “Meet The New York City Democrat Flacking For Ivanka Trump,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “A well-known crisis communications expert, [Risa] Heller has been working in recent months to shape Ivanka’s public image as she assumes a controversial official White House role. But Heller’s position has raised some eyebrows among her former Democratic colleagues in New York political circles. … Like many top New York City flacks, Heller, 37, cut her teeth in Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer’s notoriously scrappy office. She is well-respected, and has a reputation as a hard worker who knows how to maneuver in a challenging environment. Heller is described by reporters and political operatives as sharp, experienced, and one of the most well-informed gossips in the city.” http://bzfd.it/2oe65d2
THE NEW ECONOMY – “Uber, Lifting Financial Veil, Says Sales Growth Outpaces Losses,” by Bloomberg’s Eric Newcomer: “Uber Technologies Inc. isn’t required to report its finances publicly, but the privately held company has decided to forgo that luxury for the first time. Uber said its revenue growth is outpacing losses, hoping to show the business is on a strong trajectory as it attempts to address a recent cascade of scandals. The ride-hailing giant more than doubled gross bookings in 2016 to $20 billion, according to financial information Uber shared with Bloomberg. Net revenue was $6.5 billion, while adjusted net losses were $2.8 billion, excluding the China business, which it sold last summer.” https://bloom.bg/2pjPcyA
ANDREW SULLIVAN in NYMag, “Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?”: “She ran with a popular Democratic incumbent president in the White House in a growing economy. She had the extra allure of possibly breaking a glass ceiling that — with any other female candidate — would have been as inspiring as the election of the first black president. In the general election, she was running against a malevolent buffoon with no political experience, with a deeply divided party behind him, and whose negatives were stratospheric. She outspent him by almost two-to-one. Her convention was far more impressive than his. The demographics favored her. And yet she still managed to lose!” http://nym.ag/2og8KC9
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SARAH ELLISON in May’s Vanity Fair, “The Inside Story of the Kushner-Bannon Civil War: West Wing sources come clean about the backstabbing, the bullying, the distrust, and the buzzing flies”: “The West Wing of the White House is a cramped collection of tiny offices, some of them windowless, linked by narrow hallways. New inhabitants are sometimes surprised at just how small the physical quarters are. … Parts of the West Wing can feel grungy and old, and look as if they have been repainted far too often. Many of the offices contain mousetraps to fight the inevitable infestation. Because the windows don’t open, for security reasons, large flies buzz near the ceilings. The relentless pressures and close quarters mean that someone in the West Wing always seems to be sick. You’ll hear White House veterans say that working in the West Wing is like being on a submarine, sealed off from the rest of the world. ‘You are right on top of each other and you see each other all the time,’ recalled one West Wing veteran.” http://bit.ly/2nOClHH
SNEAK PEAK — On NBC’s “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist,” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus says that when Hillary Clinton lost in November, it “rocked our world” at “Veep.” Both Democrats and Republicans “dig” the show because Selina Meyer never identified parties so “they all think we’re making fun of the other guy.” Tomorrow is the 1st anniversary of “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist.” http://on.today.com/2ocPgPR
PLAYBOOK TRAVEL SECTION — “Delta will pay you up to $10,000 to give up your seat,” by CNN’s Jackie Wattles: “A company spokesperson confirmed to CNNMoney that supervisors were previously only able to offer up to $1,350, but Delta notified them on Friday that they’ll now be able to offer up to $9,950 in compensation. Gate agents are also now authorized to offer more as well: $2,000 — up from $800.” http://cnnmon.ie/2piCnaL
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,”edited by Matt Wuerker — 13 keepers http://politi.co/2pjF2hz
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
–“How Hackers Hijacked a Bank’s Entire Online Operation,”by Wired’s Andy Greenberg: “[O]ne enterprising group of hackers targeting a Brazilian bank seems to have taken a more comprehensive and devious approach: One weekend afternoon, they rerouted all of the bank’s online customers to perfectly reconstructed fakes of the bank’s properties, where the marks obediently handed over their account information.” http://bit.ly/2p3RN2R
–“He Didn’t Fit the Mold of a Revolutionary,’” by Michael Weinreb in The Ringer: “Twenty years after Tiger Woods’s historic victory at the 1997 Masters, the golf icon is sitting out the tournament yet again. With his cultural impact dwindling by the day, friends, journalists, and fellow golfers reflect on Tiger’s increasingly complicated legacy.” http://bit.ly/2p3L8Wu
–“Why people prefer unequal societies,” by Christina Starmans, Mark Sheskin and Paul Bloom in Nature: “Despite appearances to the contrary, there is no evidence that people are bothered by economic inequality itself. Rather, they are bothered by something that is often confounded with inequality: economic unfairness. … [H]umans naturally favour fair distributions, not equal ones, and that when fairness and equality clash, people prefer fair inequality over unfair equality.” http://go.nature.com/2og1GWt
–The Lost City of Z,” by David Grann in the New Yorker’s Sept. 19, 2005 issue: “A quest to uncover the secrets of the Amazon.” http://bit.ly/2p3QYqI
–“Anthony Bourdain Does Not Want to Owe Anybody Even a Single Dollar” – Wealthsimple: “Before he was the guy from Parts Unknown, he was 44, never had a savings account, hadn’t filed taxes in 10 years, and was AWOL on his AmEx bill. That turned out to be a great financial education.” http://bit.ly/2oIAwuZ (h/t Longform.org)
–“The Reconstruction of Ulysses S. Grant,” by Michael Durbin in Damn Interesting: per The Browser’s description: “Ulysses S. Grant drank too much, peddled firewood, worked his way up through the Union Army, won the Civil War, and served two terms as president. Foreseeing a well-earned retirement he invested his life savings in a Wall Street brokerage — but the firm went bust and left him penniless. A month later Grant was diagnosed with cancer. To leave something for his family he wrote his memoirs in six months, and died a week later. Thanks to Mark Twain’s intervention, the book made a fortune.” http://bit.ly/2ofKr7G
–“Meet The Teen Sexual Assault Survivors Who Took On Their School District And Won,” by BuzzFeed’s Tyler Kingkade: “A group of teenagers in Oregon forced their school district to change how it handles sexual violence. But should it fall on students to make sure schools do the right thing?” http://bzfd.it/2ofYD0d (h/t Longreads.com)
–“The world’s reefs are dying. Here’s how to save them” – The Economist: “Though pollution and overuse are damaging corals, their biodiversity offers hope for their future.” http://bit.ly/2oczkwY
–“Hacking DNA: The Story of CRISPR, Ken Thompson, and the Gene Drive,” by Geoff Ralston in YCombinator: “The genetic code described in DNA can be thought of as the software that builds every life form on our planet. Geneticists are learning to decode genomes, but have been hobbled by the fact that they have very limited ability to modify that code. … But given the ability to edit and change the genetic software, learning can begin in earnest. Not only is it far easier to discover how the code works, but bugs can be fixed and improvements made; hackers will now emerge.” http://bit.ly/2ocMU3l
–“The legend of the Legion,” by Robert Twigger in Aeon Magazine: “His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?” http://bit.ly/2ocYH1D
–“How Google Book Search Got Lost,” by Scott Rosenberg in Backchannel: “Google Books was the company’s first moonshot. But 15 years later, the project is stuck in low-Earth orbit.” http://bit.ly/2pg5FXo
–“Why I gave my kidney to a stranger — and why you should consider doing it too,” by Vox’s Dylan Matthews: “It turned out I had to slightly change my antidepressant mixture (too much Wellbutrin is tough on the kidneys), and everyone who donates a kidney has to switch to acetaminophen rather than aspirin or ibuprofen for over-the-counter pain relief for the rest of their lives. Neither of those seemed like a particularly big deal; my brand loyalty shouldn’t keep someone from getting a kidney. After the day of meetings, the transplant team officially approved me as a donor.” http://bit.ly/2ocRVsA
–“This is the Jeff Bezos playbook for preventing Amazon’s demise” – Recode: “It’s Day 1 forever because Day 2 is death.” http://bit.ly/2ovzuAh
–“Sarin and sentimentality: Trump and Assad’s emotional chemistry,” by Charles P. Blair and Brooke V. Higgins in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: “At least as far back as Homer’s Odyssey, strictures against poison existed around the world. This was the result, in part, of poison’s role as an ‘equalizer’—poison empowered the weak, notably women, and was therefore considered illegitimate in conflict among elite male warriors. … Poison came to be associated with treachery and cowardice; ‘legitimate’ warfare was practiced through force.” http://bit.ly/2ozN1bH
–“The President and the Bomb, Part III,” by Alex Wellerstein on Restricted Data: “I have even less faith than before in the idea that such an order would be disobeyed. Maybe you do — that’s fine, and I appreciate the company of optimists. But the notion that the system won’t work as intended is not a real check.” http://bit.ly/2ozIplW(h/t TheBrowser.com)
TRANSITIONS — Aaron Ringel, most recently deputy chief of staff for Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and former Mike Pompeo LD, is heading to the EPA, where he starts Monday as deputy associate administrator for congressional affairs. … Lesley Fulop starts on Monday as press secretary for Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). She was previously comms director for Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.).
ENGAGED – HuffPost reporter and editor Eliot Nelson, who writes HuffPost Hill, yesterday proposed to Meghan Apfelbaum, a senior account manager at Hustle, the peer-to-peer text messaging platform for campaigns and nonprofits. They “met through friends back in 2013. We were at the same party when she offered me a bran muffin from a tote bag she was lugging around. The rest is history. I proposed during our recent trip to Spain and Portugal (plane tickets paid for with miles I accumulated covering the 2016 election — and here I thought 2016 would ruin our relationship). We were having a glass of wine and watching the sun set from the balcony of the Lisbon apartment we had rented. We were also wearing our pajamas. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or sillier moment to propose.” Pic http://bit.ly/2ovAFzH
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Todd Harris, partner at Something Else Strategies and a Rubio advisor, and Ieva M. Augstums, deputy VP of public affairs at PhRMA and a Purple Strategies and AP alum, have welcomed Sabine Viktorija Harris. Big sister Emilija (2) is already great help. Pics http://politi.co/2pBOWdt … http://politi.co/2ozTcNa
HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY to Pat and Bob Schieffer (hat tip: Susanna Quinn)
BIRTHDAYS: Pete Rouse, former counselor to President Obama, now firmwide co-chair of the Public and Strategic Affairs Group at Perkins Coie … Frank “Frankles” Benenati, former director of public affairs at EPA and spokesman at the Obama WH … John F.W. Rogers is 61 … Sarah Bloom Raskin, past Treasury deputy secretary (h/t Marina and Joe McCarthy) … Tom Rosenstiel, the pride of Woodside, Calif., journalist, media critic, executive director at American Press Institute and author of his debut novel, “Shining City” (h/t Jon Haber) … Linda Bloodworth-Thomason … Amie Parnes, a Politico alum, Jon Allen’s book partner, and co-author of “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” (out this Tuesday — $18.30 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2pBxaY2) (h/t Ben Chang) … Amie’s mother, the eternally youthful Esther Parnes – Parnes-squared … Ray Locker, Washington enterprise editor at USA Today, is 57 … Alex Miller, senior account executive at kglobal … Grace Mary Aylmer, Chamber Watch campaign coordinator at Public Citizen … Leslie Shedd, VP of comms at the National Restaurant Association (h/t Kurt Bardella, filing from Nashville) … FiscalNote alum Rishi Banerjee … Dana Gansman of the National 4-H Council and a Schumer alum … FERC’s Mary O’Driscoll … Brandon Lynaugh, Ohio-based public affairs & ballot issue guru … Alexandra Hudson, who worked in leg affairs on Trump’s transition team and is now in the administration (hubby tip: Kian) … John Ey, POLITICO super fan (h/t daughter Caroline) … Maia Daniels … Bart Jackson, regional comms manager at GoFundMe, a DOE alum, proud Bay Area native and Dickinson alum (h/t Andrew Bates) … Hudson Bay Capital’s Sander Gerber … Phil Goldfeder, former NY Assemblyman, now at Yeshiva University (h/ts Jewish Insider) …
… Max Neuberger of Jewish Insider, the premier newsletter for Jewish and Israeli news … former Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) is 76 … Rachel Kleinfeld, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and founder of the Truman National Security Project … Linda Bloodworth-Thomason … Nina Rees, president and CEO of National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (h/t Kris Anderson) … E-Democracy.org founder and executive director Steven Clift … Cheyenne Hopkins Beach, VP for financial services comms. at Edelman and a Bloomberg alum … WashTimes contributor Michael Taube, a former speechwriter for ex-Canadian PM Stephen Harper … Portland attorney Jonathan Singer is 33 … Kate Bernard, gov’t operations, comms, for Boeing … Rajan Trivedi, masters of public policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and a Grant Thornton alum … Katie Scharf Dykes, chair of the CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority … Brian Montopoli, producer at MSNBC … Patrick Henry … WJLA’s Stan Melton Jr. … Robyn Swirling … Jaimey Sexton … Carol Ao Wolf … Ethel Ann Koch … Rosemary Potter … Cheryl Cohn (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … actress Claudia Cardinale is 79 (h/t Nadia Szold) … Seth Rogen is 35 … Emma Watson is 27 (h/ts AP)
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
— “Fox News Sunday”: Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland … Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). Panel: Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham, Bob Woodward, Jennifer Griffin and Jones Group International VP Gillian Turner … “Power Player of the Week” with opera singer Renée Fleming
— NBC’s “Meet the Press”: DHS Secretary John Kelly … Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) … Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.). Religion panel: Bent Tree Bible Fellowship (Carrolton, Texas) Pastor JoAnn Hummel, The Potter’s House (Dallas) senior pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes and Union for Reform Judaism senior adviser for policy and strategy Rabbi David Saperstein. Political panel: Mark Leibovich, Heather McGhee, Andrea Mitchell and former Sen. John E. Sununu (R-N.H.)
— ABC’s “This Week”: National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster
— CNN’s “State of the Union”: Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Panel: Bakari Sellers, Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), Jason Kander and Bill Kristol
— CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Report from Pyongyang, North Korea from CBS News’ Ben Tracy … author David McCullough (“The American Spirit”). Political panel: David Ignatius, Robin Wright, David Nakamura and Jamelle Bouie. Religion panel: Author and The American Conservative’s Rod Dreher, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore, author Abigail Pogrebin and America Magazine editor-at-large and Jesuit Priest Father James Martin. Political panel: Ken Duberstein, Denis McDonough and author Chris Whipple
— CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Julie Pace, Jonathan Martin, Abby Phillip and Manu Raju
— CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: NPR head of news Michael Oreskes, Huffington Post editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen and Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler … Dan Rather … Jen Psaki … The Guardian contributor and writer/photographer Chris Arnade
— Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures: Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) … Grover Norquist … Sebastian Gorka. Panel: Ed Rollins, Brad Blakeman and Mara Liasson
— Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Erin McPike … Amy Holmes … Marie Harf … Mollie Hemingway … Jonah Goldberg … Liz Claman
— CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Panel: Former Deputy Secretary of State and CNN global affairs analyst Tony Blinken, The Atlantic’s David Frum and Hoover Institution senior editor Kori Schake … French Amb. to the U.S. Gerard Araud … Hurriyet Daily News and International New York Times columnist and author Mustafa Akyol
— Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) … immigration attorney Ezequiel Hernández … political analyst, writer and journalist Denise Dresser … Governor of Miranda and Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski … Univision Sports commentators Jose Luis López Salido and Raúl Guzmán
— C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Economists Incorporated principal Hal Singer, questioned by Bloomberg BNA’s Lydia Beyoud … “Newsmakers”: VA Secretary David Shulkin, questioned by WSJ’s Ben Kesling and Military Times’ Leo Shane … “Q&A”: Discussion with high school students visiting Washington as part of the U.S. Senate Youth Program
— PBS’s “To the Contrary” with Bonnie Erbé: (airs all weekend): Panel: Latifa Lyles, Ann Stone, Patricia Sosa and Jennifer Higgins
— Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes or listen at http://bit.ly/2mGabdq : Former U.S. Amb. to South Korea Mark Lippert.
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