THE PRESIDENT, on Twitter at 6:13 a.m.: “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” … at 6:18 a.m.: “The problem with agreeing to a policy on immigration is that the Democrats don’t want secure borders,they don’t care about safety for U.S.A.”
Good Tuesday morning. BULLETIN — AP: “Deadly California wildfires force thousands to evacuate,” by Jeff Chiu in Santa Rosa, California and Ellen Knickmeyer in Sonoma, California: “An onslaught of wildfires across a wide swath of Northern California broke out almost simultaneously then grew exponentially, swallowing up properties from wineries to trailer parks and tearing through both tiny rural towns and urban subdivisions. At least 10 were dead, at least 100 injured and at least 1,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed, authorities said. All three figures were expected to surge in the coming days as more information is reported. Taken as a group, the fires are already among the deadliest in California history.” http://bit.ly/2fZ96eY
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JUST POSTED — TRUMP talks to Forbes, which puts him on the cover with the headline “Inside Trump’s Head: In the world of the 45th president, there are no partners, no policies, no parties. The real priority: Donald Trump Wins” — Forbes editor Randall Lane and chief product officer Lewis D’Vorkin interviewed Trump: “He boasts, with a dose of hyperbole that any student of FDR or even Barack Obama could undercut: ‘I’ve had just about the most legislation passed of any president, in a nine-month period, that’s ever served. We had over 50 bills passed. I’m not talking about executive orders only, which are very important. I’m talking about bills.’
“He counterpunches, in this case firing a shot at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who reportedly called his boss a moron: ‘I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.’” http://bit.ly/2ycNeHo … The cover http://bit.ly/2y79zpU
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BLOOMBERG — “Trump May Visit Demilitarized Zone During Trip to South Korea” https://bloom.bg/2xvZZbG
SCOOP — SEUNG MIN KIM and BURGESS EVERETT: “McConnell tries to defuse conservative anger over stalled judicial nominations”: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is moving to head off a public fight with conservative outside groups that have become increasingly frustrated over the Senate’s sluggish pace in confirming President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.
“The influential Judicial Crisis Network had planned on launching a $250,000 ad buy in Washington on Tuesday calling on McConnell to either change the Senate rules to jam through new judges or keep the chamber in session until Democrats relent out of fatigue, according to sources familiar with the plans. But before the ad campaign could begin, McConnell’s aides contacted the conservative advocacy group – a major ally for Senate Republicans on court battles – to defuse what a public intraparty confrontation over judicial confirmations.
“‘The campaign, including the advertising, is in a holding pattern for now because Leader McConnell’s office has reached out and wants to have discussions about how best to proceed in the coming months in order to avoid the kind of judicial confirmations bottleneck that the groups are concerned about,’ a spokesperson for the Judicial Crisis Network said late Monday.” http://politi.co/2y6Q3dm … Letter from the Conservative Action Project http://bit.ly/2i0ee6J
A NEW ROLE FOR IVANKA — “Ivanka Trump takes on taxes,” by Nancy Cook: “Ivanka Trump wants a win. More than six months since she formally joined President Donald Trump’s administration in March, the first daughter has yet to make her mark on any of the administration’s major policy decisions. Now she’s staking her reputation in Washington on making sure her father’s tax reform plan includes an expanded child tax credit – a version of a pet issue she championed during the campaign.
“So far, Ivanka Trump’s approach has been markedly different than her past efforts in pushing policy, evidence of the way Washington has schooled her in her seven months in the West Wing, according to interviews with more than a dozen people, including White House officials, congressional aides, and conservative leaders and policy experts. She’s embarked on an extensive outreach program to build support among influential Republicans – and attracted backing from Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah by adopting parts of their proposal they introduced in 2015.” http://politi.co/2y6eiYU
— SO FAR, Ivanka has tried to position herself as staying above the partisan fray in Washington. The tax package being advanced by the White House and congressional Republicans seems unlikely to attract any Democratic votes. It’s hard to see how her involvement on tax policy — something she isn’t an expert on — would have any discernible impact on Democrats, who aren’t looking to give Trump a win before the midterm election.
INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE …
— WAPO’S BOB COSTA, PHIL RUCKER and ASHLEY PARKER: “A ‘pressure cooker’: Trump’s frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda”: “Trump in recent days has shown flashes of fury and left his aides, including White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, scrambling to manage his outbursts. … One Trump confidant likened the president to a whistling teapot, saying that when he does not blow off steam, he can turn into a pressure cooker and explode. ‘I think we are in pressure cooker territory,’ said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly. …
“Trump, meanwhile, has been seeking regular counsel from friends outside the government, including investor Thomas J. Barrack Jr., who chaired his inauguration. Among some in Trump’s circle, Barrack has been buzzed about as a possible replacement for Kelly, should tensions between the president and his top aide become unsustainable. But people familiar with Barrack’s thinking said he feels he can best serve Trump as a friend and outside adviser, rather than as a member of the White House staff.” http://wapo.st/2zb4yu5
— “White House aides lean on delays and distraction to manage Trump,” by Josh Dawsey: “As White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus mused to associates that telling President Donald Trump no was usually not an effective strategy. Telling him ‘next week’ was often the better idea.
“Trump would impulsively want to fire someone like attorney general Jeff Sessions, create a new wide–ranging policy with far–flung implications like increasing tariffs on Chinese steel imports or end a decades–old deal like the North American Free Trade Agreement. Enraged with a TV segment or frustrated after a meandering meeting, the president would order it done immediately.
“Delaying the decision would give Priebus and others a chance to change his mind or bring in advisers to speak with Trump – and in some cases, to ensure Trump would drop the idea altogether and move on. Publicly, the White House has pushed back against Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker suggesting Trump must be managed like a toddler – he called the White House an ‘adult day care center’ on Twitter Sunday. In a separate New York Times interview, Corker said aides are forced to spend their days trying to keep the president from going off the rails.
“But interviews with ten current and former administration officials, advisers, longtime business associates and others close to Trump describe a process where they try to install guardrails for a president who goes on gut feeling – and many days are spent managing the president, just as Corker said. ‘You either had to just convince him something better was his idea or ignore what he said to do and hoped he forgot about it the next day,’ said Barbara Res, a former executive in the Trump Organization.” http://politi.co/2yTyxGh
— “Amid a Widening Rift, John Kelly Has a Mar-a-Lago Strategy to Contain Trump,” by Vanity Fair’s Gabe Sherman: “According to conversations with four prominent Republicans close to the White House, Trump has grown frustrated with Kelly in recent weeks at what he sees as Kelly’s highhandedness. ‘They’re fighting a lot,’ one source explained. The most recent flashpoint was Kelly’s decision late last month to reassign Peter Navarro, Trump’s nationalist trade adviser, to report to Gary Cohn, without first clearing it with Trump. According to two sources familiar with the matter, Navarro bumped into Trump in the West Wing and explained that Kelly had reassigned him to work for Cohn, which was news to the president. ‘Trump was like, what the f***? He told Navarro, “You’re my guy and hang in there,”’ said a source briefed on the conversation. The source said Trump has taken up the matter with Kelly. …
“According to two sources, Kelly has developed a Mar-a-Lago strategy to prevent Trump from soliciting advice from members and friends. (In February, Trump turned his dinner table into an open-air Situation Room when North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile.) Sources briefed on Kelly’s plans said he will attempt to keep Trump ‘out of the dining room.’ The plan looks sound on paper—but, to his staff, Trump can be a formidable adversary.” http://bit.ly/2yUEz9D
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THE TAX REFORM LYNCHPIN, via Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey: “At a large gathering last week of conservatives and business groups pushing tax reform, one lawmaker in particular was on the mind of President Donald Trump’s top lobbyist: Rand Paul.
“Marc Short, the White House’s legislative affairs director, singled out the libertarian-leaning senator as crucial to the tax reform push, according to two sources familiar with the meeting at the American Action Network. And he advised those in the room to put immense pressure on Paul and make his vote on the Republican budget — required to pass tax reform along party lines — as difficult as possible so he’ll fall in line on taxes, those sources said. Paul is widely believed to be a ‘no’ vote on the budget.” http://politi.co/2yV86jp
NEW — “Trump Approval Dips in Every State, Though Deep Pockets of Support Remain,” by the Morning Consult’s Cameron Easley: “Trump has failed to improve his standing among the public anywhere — including the states he won handily as the Republican nominee during the 2016 presidential election, according to the survey, which was based on interviews of 472,032 registered voters across each state and Washington, D.C., from Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration to Sept. 26.
“The negative swings in net approval ranged from as high as 30 percentage points in solidly blue Illinois and New York to as low as 11 points in red Louisiana. But in many of the states Trump easily carried last year — such as Tennessee (-23 points), Mississippi (-21 percentage points), Kentucky (-20 points), Kansas (-19 points) and Indiana (-17 points) — voters have soured on the president in 2017.” http://bit.ly/2yCIxaE
THE DIPLOMATIC BEAT — “For some foreign diplomats, the Trump White House is a troubling enigma,” by WaPo’s Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe: “After nearly nine months of the Trump administration, many of America’s closest allies have concluded that a hoped-for ‘learning curve’ they thought would make President Trump a reliable partner is not going to happen. ‘The idea that he would inform himself, and things would change, that is no longer operative,’ said a top diplomat here. Instead, they see an administration in which lines of authority and decision-making are unclear, where tweets become policy and hard-won international accords on trade and climate are discarded.” http://wapo.st/2g8oB80
THE FALLOUT — “Trump’s Fight With Corker Jeopardizes His Legislative Agenda,” by NYT’s Peter Baker and Jonathan Martin: “President Trump’s latest rupture with a Republican senator has widened the schism with his own party on Capitol Hill, potentially jeopardizing the future of his legislative agenda even as he presses lawmakers to approve deep tax cuts, according to veteran Republicans and independent analysts.
“The caustic exchange with Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee on Sunday came at a time when Mr. Trump could ill afford to lose the support of even one more Republican, given his repeated failures to hold together his party on high-drama votes on health care. And as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Corker has significant influence over appointments and legislation important to the White House.
“White House officials seethed on Monday, privately accusing Mr. Corker of intentionally picking a fight with the president to draw attention to his new crusade against raising the deficit in any tax overhaul. But Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and his allies were incredulous that the president would anger a senator just a week before a budget vote that is critical to tax cuts when the party’s 52-vote majority can be thwarted by just three defections.” http://nyti.ms/2y7fZTy
— WSJ EDITORIAL: “The Truth About Trump and Corker: The Senator is giving good advice, not that the President will take it”: http://on.wsj.com/2y6q4CJ
— @costareports: “BANNON, on Fox News just now, called on Sen. Bob Corker to resign. ‘If Bob Corker has any honor… he should resign.’”
2018 WATCH — KISSING BANNON’S RING: “Utah Republican weighs Hatch primary challenge,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Utah Republican Boyd Matheson, a former chief of staff to Sen. Mike Lee, is strongly considering a 2018 challenge to veteran GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch – the latest in a string of potential primaries against sitting Republican senators.
“Matheson, a prominent conservative who currently runs the Salt Lake City-based Sutherland Institute think tank, would be a formidable contender should he decide to run. Matheson traveled to Washington last week, where he met with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Citizens United President David Bossie. Both have emerged as leaders of an intensifying conservative campaign to oust Republican incumbents and replace them with bomb-throwing outsiders – an effort that is aimed at undermining Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.” http://politi.co/2ycOjin
— “Twitter pulls Blackburn Senate ad deemed ‘inflammatory’,” by Kevin Robillard: http://politi.co/2i2o6wY
— “Democrats see path to Senate majority in 2018,” by Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett: “Something remarkable is happening in the halls of the Capitol: talk of a serious fight for the Senate majority next year. Senate Democrats, once all but resigned to staying in the minority until at least 2020, say the door to retaking the chamber in next year’s midterms has cracked — just barely — if everything breaks their way. And instead of boasting about how many more seats they’re about to pick up, Republicans are now pondering the once-unthinkable possibility of losing the Senate, and with it, the ability to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees.
“While Republicans have been locked in bruising internal battles all year, legislatively and in GOP primaries, Senate Democrats in recent days scored a prized recruit in Arizona and saw a Republican titan in Tennessee, Bob Corker, retire. Public polls in the Alabama Senate race have shown Democrat Doug Jones within single digits of bomb-throwing Republican Roy Moore — forcing national Democrats to wrestle with whether to spend money in one of the most conservative states in the nation.” http://politi.co/2g05Aky
MORE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION DRAMA — “Progressive California Democrat calls for Feinstein primary challenge,” by Carla Marinucci: “Hours after Dianne Feinstein announced she will run for re-election next year, a prominent California Democratic representative urged primary challengers to unseat the four-term senator. Arguing it’s time for Democrats ‘to move on’ and better represent the progressive grassroots, freshman House Democrat Ro Khanna of Silicon Valley on Monday said he has contacted Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most liberal members of Congress, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to urge them to challenge Feinstein’s re-election in 2018.
“Khanna reacted Monday to a tweet from Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate, saying that she was ‘all in’ and would seek a fifth full Senate term in 2018, when she will be 85. In an interview with POLITICO, the Silicon Valley Democrat said that while Californians can respect Feinstein’s ‘lifetime of public service,’ she does not represent progressive grassroots on key issues that include privacy, ‘Medicare for All,’ and the new innovation economy. ‘She was totally out of touch when the whole debate happened on encryption,’’ that occurred between Apple and law enforcement officials in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist massacre, he said. ‘She didn’t even understand some of those issues.’” http://politi.co/2xuXjLP
— WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA: California Playbooker Carla Marinucci breaks down the internal Democratic drama. A week ago Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) said quite plainly it was time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step aside for a new generation to lead House Democrats. Marinucci emails us: “We’re seeing just the latest challenge for the Democratic old guard in California, where the party should be high-fiving over its control of both houses of the state legislature and control of every statewide office. … The talk – and mere possibility—of a challenge to the formidable Feinstein from the Bernicrat wing is just the latest evidence of a political rift that’s roiling the party here.”
— WHY TAKING ON DIFI WOULD BE HARD: “For one, Pelosi has told Democrats here that with all the 2018 battles that Dems have to fight to take back the House across the country, few will want to write checks to fire up a nasty Dem-on-Dem Senate battle in California — even less so to target what many see as a living legend like Feinstein.
“For another: the California ‘top two’ primary means that any progressive will face her in the primary, and then likely face her again in the general election – two back-to-back expensive races. And, some leading progressives have quickly made clear they will stand with Dianne – among them, Senator Kamala Harris, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s running for governor, and SF Mayor Ed Lee.”
THE LATEST FROM LAS VEGAS — “Las Vegas gunman shot security guard a full six minutes before opening fire on concertgoers, police reveal,” by L.A. Times’ Matt Pearce, David Montero and Richard Winton: “Police have dramatically changed their account of how the Las Vegas massacre began on Oct. 1, revealing Monday that the gunman shot a hotel security guard six minutes before opening fire on a country music concert — raising new questions about why police weren’t able to pinpoint the gunman’s location sooner. … Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Monday that [Stephen] Paddock shot [Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus] Campos before his mass shooting — at 9:59 p.m. — and they now didn’t know why Paddock stopped his attack on the crowd.” http://lat.ms/2g68cki
IN PUERTO RICO — “The Jones Act Waiver For Puerto Rico Just Expired And Won’t Be Renewed,” by HuffPost’s Jen Bendery: “The Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico expired Sunday night, and ‘it is not being extended at this time,’ Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan told HuffPost on Monday. DHS had temporarily waived the Jones Act — an arguably outdated law that imposes exorbitant shipping costs on the U.S. island — on Sept. 28. The waiver has meant that Puerto Rico has been able to import food, fuel and supplies more quickly, and for half the cost, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. With the 1920 law back in effect, the island will go back to paying much higher shipping costs to import supplies.” http://bit.ly/2yVHPSb
TRUMP’S TUESDAY — Trump will receive his daily intel briefing and meet with Henry Kissinger in the morning. He is scheduled to have lunch with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis. He will also welcome the Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House.
THE JUICE …
— HOT DOC: BART GORDON, the former congressman from Tennessee who has been out of office since 2011, disclosed yesterday he gave $10,000 from his campaign account to American Friends of Musee d’Orsay, the foundation for the Paris museum. He has given $37,500 from his former re-election campaign to the museum since 2015. Gordon emailed us saying, “I am on the board and think it is a good cause.”
UGH, THE NATS — Nationals play the Cubs at 5:38 p.m. in Chicago. The game is on TBS. Tanner Roark pitches for the Nats, and Jake Arrieta is on the mound for the Cubs. If the Nationals lose, their season is over. Fred Frommer, the author of a book on D.C. baseball history (http://amzn.to/2g8NdNY), notes that today is the 93rd anniversary of the Senators winning the World Series.
CLICKER — “The New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer Is Here”: http://bit.ly/2g8fNPx
COMING ATTRACTIONS — @SteveKingIA: “Happy to announce @DonaldJTrumpJr will be hunting with us this year at my annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant hunt on opening weekend of Oct. 28th.” http://bit.ly/2yVUmVk … ALEC BALDWIN is headlining the Iowa Democratic Party fall gala on Nov. 27 in Des Moines.
BIG READ — “How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics,” by NYT’s Nick Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi: “YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night. All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ended up becoming grist for a network of Facebook pages linked to a shadowy Russian company that has carried out propaganda campaigns for the Kremlin, and which is now believed to be at the center of a far-reaching Russian program to influence the 2016 presidential election.
“A New York Times examination of hundreds of those posts shows that one of the most powerful weapons that Russian agents used to reshape American politics was the anger, passion and misinformation that real Americans were broadcasting across social media platforms.” http://nyti.ms/2zcyDd5
HOLLYWOODLAND — “Before Firing, Harvey Weinstein Asked Film Insiders to Defend Him,” by NYT’s Brooks Barnes: “Here is Mr. Weinstein’s full email: ‘My board is thinking of firing me. All I’m asking is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling. Whether it be in a facility or somewhere else, allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance. A lot of the allegations are false as you know but given therapy and counseling as other people have done, I think I’d be able to get there.
“‘I could really use your support or just your honesty if you can’t support me. But if you can, I need you to send a letter to my private Gmail address. The letter would only go to the board and no one else. We believe what the board is trying to do is not only wrong but might be illegal and would destroy the company.
“‘If you could write this letter backing me, getting me the help and time away I need, and also stating your opposition to the board firing me, it would help me a lot. I am desperate for your help. Just give me the time to have therapy. Do not let me be fired. If the industry supports me, that is all I need. With all due respect, I need the letter today.’” http://nyti.ms/2ycQF0r
— “As Its Namesake Founder Becomes a Liability, Weinstein Co. Weighs Name Change,” by WSJ’s Erich Schwartzel, Joe Flint and Ben Fritz: “A Weinstein-free name is in the works as the studio has enlisted two ad agencies to develop a new brand identity, a person close to the company said. In addition, Harvey Weinstein’s name is being scrubbed from the credits of coming film and television projects … as the company tries to contain the fallout from allegations that Mr. Weinstein had for decades sexually harassed actresses, female subordinates and other women.” http://on.wsj.com/2y5fR9A
— “Ex-New York Times editor dismisses claim the paper spiked Harvey Weinstein allegations,” by Morning Media author Michael Calderone: “Jonathan Landman, a former high-ranking New York Times editor, pushed back Monday against The Wrap founder and CEO Sharon Waxman’s claim that the Times spiked her reporting 13 years ago on allegations of sexual misconduct involving Harvey Weinstein following pressure from the Hollywood mogul. ‘Sharon has now had more than a decade to pursue this story unencumbered by me or any New York Times editor,’ Landman told POLITICO. ‘Why, if she had the goods on Weinstein in 2004, has she been unable or unwilling to publish something in the Wrap, where she was in charge? Could it be because she didn’t actually have the goods then, now or in between?’” http://politi.co/2ybeGVQ … Subscribe to Morning Media http://politi.co/1Ua2DYN
ISAAC DOVERE talks to MARK KELLY in the latest “Off Message” Podcast: “Gabby Giffords’ husband and Americans for Responsible Solutions co-founder tells Dovere that he thinks the move toward ‘bump stock’ legislation undermines the argument the gun lobby has been making for years. ‘They are acknowledging that legislation matters. A lot of these folks have been saying it doesn’t matter, it will never matter,’ Kelly said. ‘They have just turned that argument upside down. And that’s a good thing. You know, maybe people have to be educated, right?’
“Kelly has never had much sympathy for people in Washington who tell him that the answer isn’t new gun laws. ‘I think if you’re a member of Congress and you fundamentally believe laws don’t work, you should quit. I mean, you really should. You’re in the wrong job. And that goes for anything, including this issue,’ he said.
“Kelly said he and Giffords will be hitting the campaign trail hard next year. And he didn’t rule out running himself, with rumors circulating that he might get into the Arizona governor’s race. ‘We don’t know. We don’t know,’ he said. ‘Let me just say I’m not planning anything.’” http://politi.co/2g6t1w4
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MEDIAWATCH — “The Los Angeles Times names Lewis D’Vorkin its new editor in chief,” by L.A. Times’ Meg James: http://lat.ms/2y5DaQw
THE PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said over the weekend on the sidelines of the New Yorker Festival that he is often asked by fans to run for president but said he isn’t interested and that his current gig in the Senate is “the best job I’ve ever had.” Franken, who said there are a lot of Franken-Trump voters in Minnesota, said he would be “perfectly willing” to meet with President Donald Trump, whom he has never met with one-on-one.
Franken said the Democratic Party has to find a way to better communicate its message to working-class people, because his party has “a real argument to say that Republicans and Trump didn’t really mean what they were saying in terms of working for people and the middle class and that we do.” Franken is the author of the new book “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.” ($19.77 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2y2O0H1)
— INSPIRATIONS FOR HIS BOOK: “I’ve been asked a lot of questions by people that I wanted to answer, the first one being, is being a senator as much fun as working on ‘Saturday Night Live’? And the answer, of course, is no. Why would it be? But it’s actually the best job I’ve ever had and that’s because I get to fight for things I believe in and help people’s lives. And then I got asked: how did a comedian run? What was that like? How did you make the transition? And then: is the Senate what you thought it would be?”
— NOT INTERESTED IN 2020 PREZ BID: “I don’t know who ultimately will end up trying to do that. I commend them if they want to do that. I’m not going to; I’m not one of them.”
— DEMS HAVE TO ‘UNDERSTAND’ TRUMP VOTERS: “I think we have to let people know, make it clear to people, that we’re showing up and listening and acting on what we’re hearing and there’s a lot of Franken-Trump voters in Minnesota. … We need to be able to articulate not just proposals, and we have many, on how to make life easier for people of low and middle income, working people, those people that we lost, how to improve their lives, but that we understand them. Not just the proposals but we have to be able to speak in a language that communicates that.”
— WOULD BE ‘HAPPY’ TO TALK TO TRUMP: “I haven’t had a one-on-one with him. I’d be perfectly willing to talk to him. I’ve never met him on a one-to-one kind of thing. I’d be certainly happy to talk to him and would be honored to talk to the president of the United States.” Franken later told the audience at the New Yorker Festival that the closest he’s ever gotten to Trump was “one time I went to Radio City Music Hall when ‘The Sopranos’ was at its height and they had an airing of the first two episodes of the season … and I happened to be sitting right behind Donald Trump. … And before the lights went out I couldn’t help myself and as loud as I could I said, ‘That is the worst comb-over I’ve ever seen.’”
— DOESN’T LIKE QUESTIONS ON IF TRUMP LASTS FOUR YEARS: “Those aren’t the questions that I’m that interested in, no offense. … We have Mueller and I think it depends upon what Mueller finds and we have the investigative committees and also the Judiciary Committee. I think it’s important that we look at the Russia stuff, but I also think it’s really important that we look at the Russia stuff from the standpoint of it not happening again.”
SPOTTED — Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) in first class on a Virgin America flight from Dallas to DCA Monday.
OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC – Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a book party last night for Ray Dalio’s new book “Principles: Life and Work” on the Upper East Side. $18 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2x1quaF … Dalio’s TED talk http://bit.ly/2jpqvlv SPOTTED: Steve Schwarzman (who told us he was reading Ron Chernow’s new “Grant” biography), Paul Tudor Jones, Paul Volcker, Geoffrey Canada, Henry Kissinger, Dave McCormick, Stu Loeser, Marc La Vorgna, Howard Wolfson, Steve Rattner, Andrew Bleeker, Andrew Merrill, Rowan Morris, Rob Saliterman and Lara Crystal, Jack Rivers and Kristen Askin.
TRANSITIONS – Amy Graham is starting next week as communications director for Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.). She most recently worked as senior communications adviser and deputy associate administrator at the EPA.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS – David Pasch, digital director at HHS and a Peter Roskam alum, married Danielle Tannenbaum, a second-grade teacher at Barnard Elementary in Petworth, in a ceremony at Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville Sunday night. “Hacks and flacks from across the political spectrum danced the night away at the Loews Vanderbilt, overlooking the campus where they both went to school. The couple first met in New York City on New Year’s Eve 2009 but got to know each other at Vanderbilt.” Pics http://bit.ly/2wKOUnM … http://bit.ly/2zcIEqi … NYT announcement https://nyti.ms/2y4xpjA
SPOTTED: Best man Brian Jack, Alex Stone, Tara Goldberg, Ben Jacobs, Raheem Kassam, Chris Flock, Adam Kredo, Greg Smith, Jonathan Swan and Betsy Woodruff, Dean Thompson, Brian Wanglin.
— Steve Kerrigan, former CEO of the 2012 DNC in Charlotte, a likely candidate for the Massachusetts third congressional district seat and president of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, married Jacob Watts, events manager at the Wyss Institute at Harvard over the weekend. “The ceremony was at First Church of Christ Unitarian in their hometown of Lancaster (designed by Charles Bulfinch, who also designed the State House) followed by reception at O’Connor’s in Worcester.” Pic by Kellie Ryan http://bit.ly/2fYH5UQ
SPOTTED: Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Martha Coakley, Angela Menino, Harry Collings, Michael Wasserman, Suzi Emmerling, Ilyse Hogue, John Neffinger, Mike Brennan, Tom Lopach, Tom Sheridan.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Healy Baumgardner, Bush 43 WH comms vet, former Trump campaign spox and global energy lobbyist. How she’s celebrating: “AM workout. Work. Private dinner party at my house/terrace at the Ritz Carlton in West End.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2i1iyTn
BIRTHDAYS: Adam Nagourney … Eleanor Worcester … Brian Nick, VP of comms at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, is 42 … Hope Bass … Kevin Geary … California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is 5-0 … Politico’s Clea Benson, Jason Millman and Matthew Rohan … Victoria Lee … Jason Mida … Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) is 56 … Shrupti Shah, who leads GovLab at Deloitte Consulting (hat tip: Dawn Le) … Caroline Wren, president, chairman, and CEO of BlueBonnet Fundraising, is 3-0 (h/t Zeke Miller) … former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 87 … Stanley Kay … Nathaniel Koloc … Algirde Pipikaite … Thad Logan … former Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) is 78 … former Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) is 52 …Dirk Maurer, deputy assistant secretary of defense for countering WMD … Marty Smith … Google’s Chrissie Del Tatto (h/t Riva Sciuto) … Dena Battle … Vincent-Immanuel Herr … Casey Enders …
… Guillermo Meneses, VP and senior media strategist at GMMB … David Cohen, former president of Common Cause … Sarah Sweeney … Spencer Anderson, Thomson Reuters alum now a foreign service officer … Tricia Messerschmitt … James Schuelke of Civic Nation … Seth Levey of ExxonMobil … Rosie Daly … Matt Walton … Richard Flyer … Suzie Adams … Raj Shah, deputy comms director at the White House, is 33 (hat tip: Sean Spicer) … Stefan Sambol … Zack Nacheman … Alessandra Pollare … Dan O’Meara … BJ Goergen, executive director of the Philanthropy Centre at J.P. Morgan … Carrie Hall (Sarver) … Megan McCafferty, Warren alum now a BU law student … Doug Rivlin, comms director for Rep. Luis Gutierrez … Victoria Glover … Lindsay Deloria … Michael Limperopulos … Katie Segoviano … Scott McAdams … Jim Cullinan (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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