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IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GET THE POINT MONDAY MORNING, another statement from President Donald Trump on Twitter at 9:20 p.m. last night: “That’s right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people!”
JEN HABERKORN and BURGESS EVERETT scoop that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to vote on replacing Obamacare by the July 4 recess. We even hear that Senate Republicans are starting to send pieces of what might end up in their plan to the Congressional Budget Office.
SURE, A VOTE CAN HAPPEN, but listen to the quotes Burgess and Jen got from Republican senators, and tell us if you hear confidence or skepticism that a bill will pass: SEN ROY BLUNT (R-MO.): “I don’t think this gets better over time. So my personal view is we’ve got until now and the Fourth of July to decide if the votes are there or not. And I hope they are.” SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-MAINE): “Just listening to the debate over the past few weeks, I think cobbling together a bill that could get 50 votes is going to be a challenge, but you never know.” A PERSON FAMILIAR WITH THE NEGOTIATIONS: “[McConnell] wants to be done with this one way or the other.” Read Jen and Burgess’s great story http://politi.co/2rOT6mH
FYI — There are, at most, 19 legislative days between now and the July 4 recess.
IMPORTANT READ — SEUNG MIN KIM — “How Trump is stalling his own nominees”: “Trump tapped Kevin McAleenan on March 30 to lead Customs and Border Protection, a critical position for his drive to revamp U.S. immigration policy. But the White House didn’t formally submit his nomination to the Senate for confirmation until May 22, nearly eight weeks later. … Trump’s two nominees for the Export-Import Bank board — ex-GOP Reps. Scott Garrett and Spencer Bachus — haven’t been submitted to the Senate, despite being named April 14. Trump rolled out a batch of 10 judicial nominations to much fanfare on May 8, but two of them have yet to arrive on Capitol Hill. And Dan Brouillette, nominated by Trump to be Rick Perry’s chief deputy at the Energy Department, was announced on April 3, yet his nomination wasn’t sent by the White House until May 16.” http://politi.co/2rGV9Y9
NYT’S PETER BAKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN — “Trump Grows Discontented With Attorney General Jeff Sessions”: “Few Republicans were quicker to embrace President Trump’s campaign last year than Jeff Sessions, and his reward was one of the most prestigious jobs in America. But more than four months into his presidency, Mr. Trump has grown sour on Mr. Sessions, now his attorney general, blaming him for various troubles that have plagued the White House. …
“[Trump] has intermittently fumed for months over Mr. Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people close to Mr. Trump who insisted on anonymity to describe internal conversations. In Mr. Trump’s view, they said, it was that recusal that eventually led to the appointment of a special counsel who took over the investigation.” http://nyti.ms/2r1d7m6
— IMAGINE IF YOU’RE SESSIONS and gave up a safe Senate seat you held for 20 years — and could’ve held for 20 more — only to work for a president who became frustrated with you after five months on the job.
BRUTAL WSJ EDITORIAL — “The Buck Stops Everywhere Else: Trump undermines his own travel ban and Justice Department”: “Some people with a propensity for self-destructive behavior can’t seem to help themselves, President Trump apparently among them. Over the weekend and into Monday he indulged in another cycle of Twitter outbursts and pointless personal feuding that may damage his agenda and the powers of the Presidency. …
“In other words, in 140-character increments, Mr. Trump diminished his own standing by causing a minor international incident, demonstrated that the loyalty he demands of the people who work for him isn’t reciprocal, set back his policy goals and wasted time that he could have devoted to health care, tax reform or ‘infrastructure week.’ Mark it all down as further evidence that the most effective opponent of the Trump Presidency is Donald J. Trump.” http://on.wsj.com/2qSeSTv
NOT WELCOME — THE GUARDIAN: “Cancel Donald Trump state visit, says Sadiq Khan, after London attack tweets: London mayor says US president is wrong about many things and that state visit to Britain should not go ahead”: “Appearing on Channel 4 News on Monday evening, Khan said Trump was wrong about ‘many things’ and that his state visit should not go ahead.
“‘I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,’ he said. ‘When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.’” http://bit.ly/2sbLLy4
THE RUNDOWN — WHAT TV WILL LOOK LIKE THURSDAY FOR THE COMEY HEARING — Nearly every network is taking the Jim Comey hearing Thursday morning live. CBS: Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell with John Dickerson and Jan Crawford. ABC: George Stephanopoulos (h/t Morning Media). FOX NEWS: Bill Hemmer and Shannon Bream. CNN: Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper. (CNN.com will also livestream Comey’s testimony without requiring a log-in to a cable provider.)
#THISTOWN — @marincogan: “Shaw’s Tavern, a bar in DC, is opening early Thursday morning to carry live coverage of the Comey hearing:” http://bit.ly/2rw8xQ9
RUSSIA WATCH — “Top-secret NSA report details Russian hacking effort days before 2016 election,” by the Intercept’s Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Sam Biddle and Ryan Grim: “Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept. The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure.
“The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light. While the document provides a rare window into the NSA’s understanding of the mechanics of Russian hacking, it does not show the underlying ‘raw’ intelligence on which the analysis is based. A U.S. intelligence officer who declined to be identified cautioned against drawing too big a conclusion from the document because a single analysis is not necessarily definitive.” http://bit.ly/2syN2Nm
— “Contractor charged in NSA document leak case,” by WaPo’s Devlin Barrett: “A 25-year-old government contractor has been charged with mishandling classified information after authorities say she gave a top-secret National Security Agency document to a news organization. Reality Leigh Winner was accused of gathering, transmitting or losing defense information — the first criminal charge filed in a leak investigation during the Trump administration.” http://wapo.st/2sMI1jt
— @RonaldKlain: “Fair to condemn the leak. But also fair to ask: Was the admin going to tell us that NSA had proof of Russian hack of voting systems?”
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TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL! — “Trump’s legislative director acknowledges Russia is overwhelming his agenda,” by Matt Nussbaum and John Bresnahan: “‘There’s no doubt that keeping members focused on investigations detracts from our legislative agenda, detracts from what we’re trying to deliver for the American people,’ said Marc Short, Trump’s director of legislative affairs, in a briefing with reporters on Monday night.” http://politi.co/2r0Tomv
WAR ROOM, WHAT WAR ROOM? — “White House ices Russia war room idea,” by Tara Palmeri, Josh Dawsey, and Eliana Johnson: “The White House’s Russia investigation ‘war room’ may have been killed before the battle. Just days before former FBI director James Comey’s Senate testimony about his firing, President Donald Trump decided that all inquiries related to the scandals engulfing his administration should be handled by his outside lawyer in New York instead of by a team based inside the White House, according to four advisors close to Trump.” http://politi.co/2sbW5pR
GOOD EAR — “In Trump’s White House, Everything’s Coming in ‘Two Weeks,’” by Bloomberg’s Toluse Olorunnipa: “President Donald Trump has a plan. It’ll be ready in two weeks. From overhauling the tax code to releasing an infrastructure package to making decisions on NAFTA and the Paris climate agreement, Trump has a common refrain: A big announcement is coming in just ‘two weeks.’ It rarely does. On February 9, Trump boasted that his administration was ‘way ahead of schedule’ on a tax overhaul. ‘We’re going to be announcing something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal in terms of tax and developing our aviation infrastructure,’ Trump said while meeting with airline executives. Eleven weeks elapsed before the White House released a one-page outline of the tax plan.
“In an April 29 interview on ‘CBS This Morning’ Trump said of his promised $1 trillion infrastructure construction program: ‘We’ve got the plan largely completed and we’ll be filing over the next two or three weeks — maybe sooner,’ Trump said. No legislation has been filed. … Trump’s habit of self-imposing — then missing — two-week deadlines for major announcements has become a staple of his administration as it’s struggled to amass policy wins. The president has used two-week timelines to sidestep questions from reporters or brag to CEOs at the White House. But his pronouncements have also flummoxed investors, Congress and occasionally even members of his staff.” https://bloom.bg/2rP1hja
THIS IS FASCINATING — NYT’S STEVE EDER and BEN PROTESS — “Trump Organization to Go Budget Friendly With ‘American Idea’ Hotel Chain”: “The Trump Organization is expected to announce plans for a new three-star hotel chain with a patriotic flair, echoing President Trump’s campaign slogan about putting America first and reflecting the organization’s promise to enter into new deals only in the United States. The intention is to differentiate the chain, called American Idea, by featuring artifacts of American culture in the hotels, such as an old Coca-Cola machine in the lobby or American-made sundries in the rooms.
“And while the Trump Organization and its business partner say the down-market move is not about politics, the president’s business is inherently viewed through that lens: The chain will make its debut in little-known towns in Mississippi, a state in the heart of Trump country that favored him over Hillary Clinton by a margin of 18 percentage points. The organization’s business partner in Mississippi is a family-owned hotel company whose co-owner met Mr. Trump at a campaign event last summer and donated to his campaign.” http://nyti.ms/2rMLbXa
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — SNEAK PEEK OF ISAAC DOVERE’S “OFF MESSAGE” — SBA’S MCMAHON BLAMES WEST WING FOR HIRING ‘BOTTLENECK’ — While President Trump is back to complaining about Democrats somehow are holding up his nominees, his longtime friend and Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon says she’s been dealing with a “bottleneck” in the West Wing that’s kept her from staffing up and slowed down her work. “We’re not even staffed up to where we need to be or where we were, to do a lot of our regular activities,” McMahon told Isaac in Tuesday’s episode of the “Off Message” podcast.
“Some of them are filled with acting people who are here and who are doing a good job,” McMahon said. “But until you have that leader in that position who can really manage and evaluate the work that’s been done, you do have a little bit of a time gap there.” McMahon, who says in the podcast that the job she originally wanted was Commerce secretary, said she’s probably done with running for office, but she’s also probably still going to keep writing big checks to Republicans and GOP causes—as much as the ethics rules allow her to.
And on the political future of one of her old employees—Dovere asked her if there was a world she could imagine in which there’s a President The Rock? “Listen, there are worlds that I think happen and you wouldn’t imagine that they had happened,” McMahon said. “But it’s not one I think about. I’m in current day. I’m very happy with the president that we have, and I want to do everything I can to help him be successful.” http://politi.co/2rP2tCZ
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Senate prods Trump to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem,” by Elana Schor: “The Senate overwhelmingly agreed on Monday night to nudge President Donald Trump to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a campaign promise that he punted on last week. The Senate voted 90-0 on a resolution marking the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. The measure includes language that ‘calls upon the president and all United States officials to abide by’ a 1995 law that urged then-President Bill Clinton to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.” http://politi.co/2rG7Q5n
THE JUICE …
— THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS is playing host to Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy June 20-21 for its annual fly in.
— SPOTTED: ROGER STONE at the Watergate Hotel Monday, just days before the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in June 17.
— ABC’S TOM LLAMAS’ interview with Eric and Donald Trump Jr. will run on “Good Morning America” this morning. Look for the Trumps to discuss their father’s tweets about London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
THREE PLAYBOOK FIRST LOOKS — Members of Congress & Bad News Babes Walk-Up Songs Contest for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG) have selected their own walk-up song for their at-bat during the game. Some notable walk-up song selections include: Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) with Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard; Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) with Bo$$ by Fifth Harmony; Vice News’ Shawna Thomas with Flawless by Beyonce; Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter with All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled, Feat. T-Pain. Ludacris; and NBC’s Kasie Hunt with Enter Sandman by Metallica. For the next two weeks fans will vote on who has the better Spotify playlist of walk up songs. http://bit.ly/2sbTEE1
–REPUBLICAN KAREN HANDEL is out with a tough new 30-second ad in the Georgia special election with a veteran on-camera saying “I fought for our country. Jon Ossoff hired a film crew.” It also dings Ossoff for allegedly exaggerating his security clearance and says he “is not fit to serve in Congress.” They say they are spending $500,000 plus on the ad, titled “Front Line.” See the ad http://bit.ly/2rGMTqW
— MICHAEL MOORE is launching a new secure website called TrumpiLeaks. He writes in a letter being sent this morning: “Patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J. Trump and his associates are needed to blow the whistle in the name of protecting the United States of America from tyranny.” Last month, the Weinstein Company announced they were teaming up with Moore again to release a new film by him: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” referring to the day Trump was officially declared the next president. The site http://bit.ly/2syY59a … The letter http://politi.co/2qSHwnn
TRUMP’S TUESDAY — The president is meeting first with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, then House and Senate leadership and then he’ll have a dinner with members of Congress tonight. Our scoop on the dinner guests http://politi.co/2rGXFh5
STEVE SCHWARZMAN on the cover of the June/July issue of Bloomberg Markets — Schwarzman to Jason Kelly on being risk averse: “I have a saying: There are no brave old people in finance. Because if you’re brave, you mostly get destroyed in your 30s and 40s. If you make it to your 50s and 60s and you’re still prospering, you have a very good sense of how to avoid problems and when to be conservative or aggressive with your investments.” https://bloom.bg/2sMVwzH … The cover http://bit.ly/2rwerkj
SHOW ME THE MONEY — “Ryan ramps up fundraising to protect the House after healthcare vote,” by Rachael Bade: “Speaker Paul Ryan, eager to protect his House majority in what’s expected to be a politically volatile election cycle, is stepping up his fundraising following the chamber’s vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Wisconsin Republican’s political team on Tuesday morning will announce that Ryan has raised $22 million for House Republicans in the first five months of 2017, setting him on track to far outpace his 2016 fundraising haul. Over the same period last year, an election year, Ryan hauled in $16.5 million.” http://politi.co/2rZ13GZ
WHO’S ON MUELLER’S TEAM, from Darren Samuelsohn. http://politi.co/2rP3tqW
WEST COAST WATCH — “California’s new top cop has to make some big policing decisions soon. No one knows what he’ll do,” by L.A. Times’ Liam Dillon: http://lat.ms/2sMk3Vp
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MEDIAWATCH — “WSJ Ends Google Users’ Free Ride, Then Fades in Search Results,” by Bloomberg’s Gerry Smith: “After blocking Google users from reading free articles in February, the Wall Street Journal’s subscription business soared, with a fourfold increase in the rate of visitors converting into paying customers. But there was a trade-off: Traffic from Google plummeted 44 percent. The reason: Google search results are based on an algorithm that scans the internet for free content. After the Journal’s free articles went behind a paywall, Google’s bot only saw the first few paragraphs and started ranking them lower, limiting the Journal’s viewership. Executives at the Journal, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., argue that Google’s policy is unfairly punishing them for trying to attract more digital subscribers. They want Google to treat their articles equally in search rankings, despite being behind a paywall.” https://bloom.bg/2sbPknW
– “Led by Rachel Maddow, MSNBC Surges to Unfamiliar Spot: No. 1 in Prime Time,” by NYT’s Mike Grynbaum: “The last time that MSNBC was No. 1 in prime-time cable news, Bill Clinton was president, Madonna led the Billboard charts and ‘Friends’ still ran new episodes on TV. Seventeen years and a few rebrandings later, the network is back on top — buoyed by a surge of interest in news and the channel’s stable of reliably liberal anchors, like Rachel Maddow, who have found their groove amid a time of intense anxiety for the political left. The MSNBC resurgence — in May, it beat its rivals for the highest prime-time viewership on weeknights in the critical 25-to-54 age demographic, up an astounding 118 percent from a year earlier — is part of a newly shifting landscape in television news, and within the channel itself.” http://nyti.ms/2rGykE1
–“Eric Bolling Signs Multiyear Contract to Remain at Fox News” – TVNewser: http://bit.ly/2qWS0pY
— DANA BASH’S NEW PROJECT: CNN’S BADASS WOMEN OF WASHINGTON — From Dana: “I was sitting at lunch with colleagues in early 2017 discussing the election, Hillary Clinton’s loss and what that meant for women. That conversation inspired what became a project I am incredibly proud of – CNN’s Badass Women of Washington. Women all across this city are breaking barriers, shattering glass ceilings and making a difference in government. Today, we are launching this inspirational series about seven powerhouse women: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, RNC Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, and Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Nadja West. I hope you take some time to watch uplifting stories about and lessons from these women.” The project http://cnn.it/2rOk1z5
HAPPENING TONIGHT — PLAYBOOK UNIVERSITY with D.C. MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER — Join us tonight for our inaugural Playbook University event with the mayor of Washington. We’ll talk about the changing face of D.C., the city’s politics and Washington in the era of Donald Trump. The event is at IN3, the Inclusive Innovation Incubator at 2301 Georgia Avenue, NW. RSVP http://bit.ly/2ruwqbI
SPOTTED — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Christine Brennan last night at the Kennedy Center for a Night of Laughter & Song benefitting the David Lynch Foundation.
SPOTTED at Al Franken’s book party yesterday evening in Georgetown at Mandy Grunwald’s home to celebrate “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate”: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Norm Ornstein, Howard Fineman, Andrea Mitchell, Kasie Hunt and Mark Leibovich. $17.09 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2rOKhtf
–POOL REPORT FROM TONY COEHLO’s 75th BIRTHDAY: “Former U.S. Congressman, DCCC chair, House Majority Whip and Gore 2000 campaign chairman, Tony Coelho (D-Calif.), celebrated his 75th birthday last night with friends, his DCCC and Congressional family which included a toast from Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.), a former Coelho intern. Coehlo was DCCC chair following his freshman year term in the House and won back 26 seats for the House Democrats in 1982, saving Tip O’Neil’s speakership (MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and former Deputy Sec. of State Tom Nides are staff alumni of Coelho’s DCCC days). Coelho told the story of meeting real estate developer Donald Trump on a fundraising swing through New York City and getting a $5,000 contribution from Trump for the House Democrats’ campaign committee that year.”
SPOTTED: Fred Hatfield, Marty Franks, Vic Fazio, Rep. Jim Costa, Tom O’Donnell, Ed Berger, Tom King, Stan Brand, Melissa Maxman, John Boland, Barbara Merrill, Jim Free, Ron Wick, Jonathan Young, Brad Triebsch, Michael Fraioli, Michael LaRosa, Joyce Bender, Mary Brougher and many others.
AT THE WATERGATE — The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons hosted a dinner last night on what it takes to get the “right healthy balance between players in an economy” in the glass-surrounded Library of the Watergate Hotel. SPOTTED: Laura Tyson, Grover Norquist, Josh Eastright, Tara McKelvey, Craig Gordon, Richard Vague, Steve Glickman, Marilyn Geewax, Kathleen Biden, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), John Lettieri, Javier Palomarez, Brian Fung, Shilpi Niyogi, Eleanor Clift, Peter Morici, former Rep. Barton Gordon, Joseph Gagnon, Andy Green, Allan Mendelowitz, Kristin Sharp, Jeff Carneal and Christopher Colford.
TRANSITIONS – OBAMA ALUMNI — Daniel Watson has joined the Glover Park Group as a VP, working primarily on the financial services team. He most recently served as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at Treasury. http://politi.co/2qWXcdv … Nihal Krishan has joined Global Competition Review to cover the world of antitrust via the FTC, DOJ and the courts. He was previously a political correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Circa News and a Washington Correspondent for PBS Arizona.
… Kurt Pickhardt has joined Go Big Media as VP for digital strategies. He worked the 2016 cycle as the director of client strategy at Targeted Victory. Ashley Harvey has joined the firm as manager of client accounts. She most recently was director of operations for direct mail firm Direct Edge Campaigns.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Sarah Peck, communications director for Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jonathan Elsasser, who’s joining Hogan Lovells in D.C. this fall, got married at the University of Virginia Chapel in Charlottesville this weekend. Pool report from Amy Dudley: “Sarah and Jonathan met as undergrads at UVA and Jonathan just graduated from UVA Law. During the ceremony, Sen. Tim Kaine read a passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans [‘Love must be sincere’]. The reception was held at Panorama Farms, with a cocktail hour overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and dancing in a barn to a Motown band. They capped off the night with an afterparty featuring DC’s favorite 90’s band White Ford Bronco.” Pics http://bit.ly/2rG5x21 … http://bit.ly/2qWHvCO … http://bit.ly/2sMOpqT
SPOTTED: Tim Kaine, Kip Wainscott, Brandi Hoffine Barr, Lily Adams, Kate McCarroll, John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon.
— Shripal Shah married Megan Kudchadkar on Saturday in Hauppauge, New York, which is very close to the bride’s hometown of Bayport on the south shore of Long Island. Shah is the vice president of American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic super PAC, and Kudchadkar is a second-grade science teacher at KIPP DC’s Heights Academy in Anacostia. Instapics h/t @DameEdwards, the couple’s photographer: http://bit.ly/2rvX57g … http://bit.ly/2r0REcY SPOTTED: Parita Shah and Pete Selfridge, Jon Davidson, Amanda Anderson and Matt McNally, Maya Rao and Michael Schrum, Robert Diznoff, Brian McKeon and Harrell Kirstein and Emily Cashman.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, now vice chairman and managing director with investment bank Moelis, is 54, celebrating on a business trip in Singapore. He’s currently reading “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” by Jon Meacham. “Appropriate for the times,” he told us. Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2rGwJOw
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Bob Kraft turned 76 (hat tip: Jewish Insider)
BIRTHDAYS: Sarah Klein … “Today” show’s Natalie Morales is 45 … Michael Goldfarb of Orion Strategies, celebrating on D-Day … No Labels senior adviser Margaret Kimbrell (hat tips: Dennis Craig and Jon Haber) … Max Docksey, political director at the Ohio GOP … Bloomberg White House reporter Justin Sink is 3-0 (h/ts Josh Lederman and Roberta Rampton) … Christopher Rowland, Washington bureau chief for the Boston Globe, member of Gridiron (h/ts Annie Linskey and Nancy Cook) … Carlie, daughter of Mika Brzezinski … documentarian Abby Ginzberg … Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is 65 … Anna Epstein, senior director at Black Rock Group, a Carly and RNC alum and the pride of Tulane, is 26 (h/t Carla Frank) … former Rep. David Bonior (D-Mich.) is 72 … Matt Heinz … Ariel Edwards-Levy, polling director for HuffPost (h/ts John Celock) … Regina LaBelle … Meredith Barnett, celebrating with Daniel and the kids in NYC (h/ts Teddy, Connor, and Blair) … Jocelyn White Martin … Heritage’s Rob Kuhlman … Eli Broad, billionaire, art collector and philanthropist and the only person to create two Fortune 500 companies in two industries, is 84 (h/t Jewish Insider) … Kelly Polce … Felicia Sonmez, a WSJ, AFP and WashPost alum now a Blakemore fellow studying Chinese at Tsinghua University … NBC News PR’s Farrin Jay (h/t Rachel Zuckerman) … AIPAC’s Allie Freedman …
… Chris Pack, comms director for American Crossroads and SLF. “He is a huge Buffalo Bills fan even though it’s a great source of stress in his life.” (h/t Katie Martin) … Heather McGhee, president of progressive think tank Demos (h/t Kelley McCormick) … Politico alum Jay Westcott, now a photojournalist for the News & Advance in Lynchburg, Va. … Josh Taylor … Sarah Gadsden, associate at Eagle Hill Consulting and an NBC News alum … ABC News’ Katherine Faulders … Jonathan Kopp, managing director and chief interactive strategist at Glover Park Group … Amanda Muñoz-Temple … CNN’s Kevin Liptak … Donna Fenn … Ben Keesey … Marlene English … Brett Caplice … Ben Holzer … Bloomberg BNA’s Keith Perine … EY’s Jen Hemmerdinger … Linda Krantz … Karen Campbell … Lester Pines … Carol Guensburg … Katie Visco … Emily Henehan Murry … Tessa Ruby Harnden, daughter of Toby … Reed Werner … Trevor B. Whitestone, son of Randall Baker Whitestone … SMU’s Joshua Rovner is 41 … Travis Brock … Jane Caplan … Amy Tewes … Mary Cory … Bruce Colburn … Anne Sayers, celebrating by dancing, bowling and singing karaoke (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 65 … International Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg is 61 … Paul Giamatti is 5-0 (h/ts AP)
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