Good Sunday morning. HAPPY 31st ANNIVERSARY — Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 31 years ago today.
COMING UP THIS WEEK — PRESIDENT TRUMP is going to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to attend the Senate Republican policy lunch. Needless to say, with all that’s going on in the Capitol, this will be quite the moment for the president and Senate Republicans. ALSO THIS WEEK: The president is meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.
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SPOTTED at Masseria last night: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with “a massive security detail,” per our tipster.
— @elizabethjdias: “Spotted: PM of Singapore @leehsienloong enjoying the brunch scene and snapping pics @UnionMarketDC. (He didn’t recognize @ZekeJMiller & me)” http://bit.ly/2gyvxeG “He ate brunch at Bidwell, with his entire entourage, and then took photos of several diners on his way out.”
ALSO THIS WEEK — @angelurena: “President @BillClinton will join @PhilMurphyNJ on Tuesday for a GOTV canvass kickoff at the IBEW 164 hall in Paramus, NJ.”
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TRUMP’S SUNDAY — “POTUS emerged from the White House at 9:38 am ET wearing a red hat, a white polo and dark pants to go to an undisclosed location but pool would note that today — at a crisp, clear 55 degrees and expected to get warmer — is a perfect day for golf. The motorcade is en route,” per pooler BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo.
MAUREEN DOWD in PLAINS, GEORGIA: “Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting”: “Most people would run away screaming at the thought of working for a boss who humiliates subordinates in public, throttles them in private, demands constant flattery, spends all day watching cable TV and behaves in a wildly unpredictable way. And yet, there is someone who is eager to work for President Trump. Curious, but it’s a Democrat. And even curiouser, it’s a fellow member of the presidents club. And curiousest, it’s someone whom Trump has disparaged on Twitter as one of the worst presidents in history. …
“So is it time for another Carter diplomatic mission, and would he do it for Trump, his polar opposite in so many ways? ‘I would go, yes,’ he said, wearing a big ‘JC’ belt buckle and sipping coffee in his ranch house, which is chockablock with Carter family paintings and with furniture he made himself, including his four-poster bed. Rosalynn sits nearby, chiming in slyly at moments.” http://nyti.ms/2yJO7aE
USA TODAY OP-ED: “President Trump: With tax reform we can make it morning in America again” https://usat.ly/2yFigWd
SCOOP – BRITTANY BRAMELL TO CIA – Bramell — an Uber, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) alum — is working in public affairs for CIA Director Mike Pompeo. She was most recently assistant administrator for public affairs at TSA.
STORY OF THE DAY — “O’Reilly Settled New Harassment Claims, Then Fox Renewed His Contract,” by NYT’s Emily Steel and Mike Schmidt: “Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter — an extraordinarily large amount for such cases. Although the deal has not been previously made public, the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, acknowledges that it was aware of the woman’s complaints about Mr. O’Reilly. They included allegations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her …
“It was at least the sixth agreement — and by far the largest — made by either Mr. O’Reilly or the company to settle harassment allegations against him. Despite that record, 21st Century Fox began contract negotiations with Mr. O’Reilly, and in February granted him a four-year extension that paid $25 million a year. … In response to questions about why he sent sexually explicit material to Ms. Wiehl, Mr. O’Reilly said that during his time at the network, he had been sent threatening messages almost every day, including some that had obscene material. To deal with this problem, Mr. O’Reilly said, he set up a system in which the material would be forwarded to his lawyers so they could evaluate whether he needed to take any legal action. Mr. O’Reilly said Ms. Wiehl was among those lawyers.” http://nyti.ms/2zEeWLb
— BuzzFeed’s @juliareinstein: “Bill O’Reilly’s spokesperson says the NYT ‘maliciously smeared’ O’Reilly to embarrass him and ‘keep him from competing in the marketplace’”.
THE BIG QUESTION — “Can Trump stay on track on tax reform?,” by Bernie Becker and Aaron Lorenzo: “Congressional Republicans are readying themselves for a new obstacle on tax reform: President Donald Trump and his penchant for disruptions. There’s no doubt that Trump badly wants a tax deal, and he appears very willing to travel the country in support of one. But the GOP lawmakers that are crafting the tax measure are also bracing themselves for the president to potentially disturb their negotiations at any moment, as he has done throughout his nine months in office and this week on a bipartisan Senate agreement to shore up Obamacare insurance markets.
“‘Sure, it’s going to come,’ said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who’s been the target of his share of tweets from the president. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who brokered the health agreement that Trump has shifted between criticizing and praising, added that he had already told the president that his staying on track on tax reform could be key to getting a landmark achievement. ‘If the president of the United States focuses on one thing, with everything he’s got, for as long it takes, he can usually get what he wants,’ Alexander said.
“Republicans believe everything is falling into place for the first major tax overhaul since 1986. They control Congress and the White House, members are motivated to notch a big legislative victory they can campaign on in 2018 and they are on the cusp of a bicameral budget agreement that would allow them to fully concentrate on a tax package instead of the Senate passing a budget.
“But there are already signs that Trump could waver if a tax bill proposes to cut tax incentives in exchange for lower rates, a difficult process that could end up raising taxes on various industries or groups of taxpayers. The president was reportedly not happy that the GOP proposal to end the deduction for state and local taxes, a benefit largely used by upper-income taxpayers, would also hurt some in the middle class.” http://politi.co/2h0qEIC
DAY SEVEN — @realDonaldTrump at 8:02 a.m.: “Wacky Congresswoman Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party, a disaster for Dems. You watch her in action & vote R!”
HOW WE GOT HERE — “The cascade of missteps that turned one White House error into a messy week,” by WaPo’s Phil Bump: http://wapo.st/2hWVGR9
— MIAMI HERALD: “Amid political controversy, hundreds attend as Miami Gardens soldier is laid to rest,” by Elizabeth Koh: “Sgt. La David Johnson was a family man first and foremost, and on Saturday that was how the Miami Gardens soldier was remembered before he was laid to rest. …
“The controversy over Trump’s words were still fresh when people gathered in the rows of Christ The Rock Church for the second day in a row to honor Johnson. But there was no mention of the president from any of the speakers, including U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, who made the condolence call public. Instead, she focused on Johnson and the composure of his widow, Myeshia, who Wilson said had moved the nation to tears when she greeted her husband’s remains at Miami International Airport on Tuesday.
“‘His vow of courage and patriotism will be remembered for generations to come,’ she said. There was only one nod to the circumstances of Johnson’s death, in an opening prayer that asked for ‘clarity for the circumstances surrounding his death.’ Wilson, who has sparred publicly with the president since the call was reported, was among several local and federal officials who attended the service, including Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross, Miami-Dade commissioners Barbara Jordan and José Diaz, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.” http://hrld.us/2yGJNbN
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BEHIND THE SCENES — “Donald Trump Is Rush-Shipping Condolences to Military Families,” by The Atlantic’s Lena Felton and Taylor Hosking: “Timothy Eckels Sr. hadn’t heard anything from President Trump since his son Timothy Eckels Jr. was killed after a collision involving the USS John S. McCain on August 21. But then, on October 20, two days into the controversy over the president’s handling of a condolence call with an American soldier’s widow, Eckels Sr. received a United Parcel Service package dated October 18 with a letter from the White House. ‘Honestly, I feel the letter is reactionary to the media storm brewing over how these things have been handled,’ Eckels told The Atlantic.” http://theatln.tc/2yGDtB6
ON RUSSIA – “Trump pledges at least $430,000 of his own money to help cover aides’ legal costs related to Russia probes,” by WaPo’s John Wagner: “President Trump plans to spend at least $430,000 of his personal funds to help cover the mounting legal costs incurred by White House staff and campaign aides related to the ongoing investigations of Russian meddling in last year’s election, a White House official said. The Washington Post reported last month that the [RNC] had spent roughly that amount to pay lawyers representing Trump and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in the multiple investigations. The White House official said Trump’s pledge is not meant as a reimbursement to the RNC, but that it does not preclude Trump from doing that at a later time or for increasing the amount available for his aides.” http://wapo.st/2isb77Z
WAPO’s ASHLEY PARKER and PHIL RUCKER — “In one of his many private chats with Fox News personality Sean Hannity, Trump recently asked, ‘Is Steve [Bannon] still with me?’ according to two people familiar with the conversation.” http://wapo.st/2gYmvF1
NYT’S SHERYL STOLBERG — “McCain in Twilight: An Unfettered Voice Against Trumpism”: “‘Even if John were not ill, with his experience and age, there is a part of you that I think begins to focus on your legacy,’ said former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a close friend of Mr. McCain’s. But with cancer, Mr. Biden said, ‘he’s in the fight of his life, and he knows it.’ Having won re-election last year, Mr. McCain was already free to speak his mind. Were he to run again in 2022, he would be 86, and friends say that his 2016 campaign was almost certainly his last. But colleagues see a shift since his diagnosis. ‘Do I hear in his voice a little bit more expression of grander ideals? I do,’ said Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee. ‘With all that’s happened to him, and the knowledge of where he is, I sense a little bit more of that.” http://nyti.ms/2yGt8VE
NYT, A1 — JEREMY PETERS in Laurel, Mississippi: “Conservatives, With Bannon’s Help, Look for Revenge in Mississippi” http://nyti.ms/2h05c6x
— “Bannon expands his target list into North Carolina,” by McClatchy’s Katie Glueck and Brian Murphy. http://bit.ly/2xe0OGT
PETE WEHNER in the NYT, “Going Against the Republican Herd”: “Many Republican voters have, at least for now, jettisoned traditional conservatism in favor of the Trump-Bannon brand of ethnonationalism. They have turned inward instead of outward, they have embraced white identity politics as a matter of course and they have developed a disdain for the hard, intricate work of governing. … There is a nihilistic strain coursing through the veins of a significant number of people on the American right. They delight in Mr. Trump’s effort to annihilate truth and peddle conspiracy theories, and they draw energy and purpose from the unsettling effect he has on the nation as a whole.” http://nyti.ms/2xdnCqj
GABE DEBENEDETTI and ISAAC DOVERE in Las Vegas: “DNC reeling financially after brutal 2016”: “The [DNC] is reeling, facing a turnaround that’s proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises. Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year’s midterms and in the run-up to 2020. …
“‘Donors, small and large, are so over the party,’ said Nebraska party chair Jane Kleeb, summing up the problem facing DNC chairman Tom Perez and his counterparts in the states. Kleeb, who is working on grassroots fundraising efforts for the committee, said she believes the money will come eventually. ‘Everybody thinks that some magic three-page document and some magic tagline is going to turn everything around for us,’ she added. ‘But this is very typical work.’” http://politi.co/2zsauhH
ABOUT LAST NIGHT — “Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert,” by AP’s Will Weissert in Austin: “The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, to try to unite the country after the storms. …
“Grammy award winner Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the concert that also featured country music band Alabama, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. The appeal backed by the ex-presidents has raised $31 million since it began on Sept. 7 … President Donald Trump offered a video greeting that avoided his past criticism of the former presidents and called them ‘some of America’s finest public servants.’” http://bit.ly/2yZBskP … Trump’s video message to the crowd http://bit.ly/2zFXAh6
INSTAPIC DU JOUR — Pierce Bush (@pdiddyman): “Family pic with all living former US Presidents #oneAmerica” http://bit.ly/2zsMwCV
— IN THE AIR: Here is a Dassault Falcon 900 that flew from DCA to College Station, Texas yesterday, then onto Dallas. http://bit.ly/2zu6bCJ
FOR YOUR RADAR — “U.S.-allied force takes Syria’s largest oil field from IS,” by AP’s Sarah El Deeb in Beirut: “The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province along the border with Iraq.” http://bit.ly/2yKjbHh
— AP at 8:44 a.m.: “JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Head of World Health Organization withdraws appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador.” The WHO statement http://bit.ly/2xW4wJH
SUNDAY BEST —
— JOHN DICKERSON speaks with OMB DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY on “CBS’ FACE THE NATION”: MULVANEY: “Well, you’re not giving up entirely on spending. It’s just you have to sit there and go, ‘Okay, there’s two parts to this equation.’ There isn’t the political will on the hill right now to–” DICKERSON: “Why not? You’re in charge. Republicans are in charge. They’ve run on this for so long. Why no will?” MULVANEY: “It’s difficult I think to cut spending in Washington. It really, really is.”
— DANA BASH spoke to SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION”: BASH: “What do you make of Bannon recruiting candidates with the explicit goal, sir, of taking you out as leader?” MCCONNELL: “Well, you know, this element has been out there for a while. They cost us five Senate seats in 2010 and 2012 by nominating people who couldn’t win in November. In order for the president’s agenda to advance, we have to be able to elect people who support the agenda. And so these interparty skirmishes are all about whether or not we can nominate a candidate who can win in November.”
— DANA PERINO spoke to SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: PERINO: “Recently in the Atlantic Magazine, Glenn Thrush said he thought the administration’s apparent tension with the press was overstated. Would you agree?” SANDERS: “No. I know Glenn well, but I think that there’s always going to be tension between whatever administration is in place at that time with the White House press corps. But I do think there is a heightened tension certainly between this administration and the press. … I think you can see that in the coverage. I mean I’ve been around press and working politics my entire life, and I’ve never experienced the level of kind of hostility that I think we see day to day.”
— DAVID PETRAEUS to MARTHA RADDATZ on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: “Arguably, the most important threat the United States faces is not that of Russia, Iran, North Korea, or even Chinese competition, or ISIS, it’s parochialism here at home, especially in this city, which is preventing us from resolving issues that could allow us to capitalize on extraordinary opportunities.”
— ON NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS,” TRUMP’S GOLF BUDDY: SEN. LINDSAY GRAHAM (R-S.C.): “I think that the Trump administration is slow when it comes to Russia. They have a blind spot on Russia I still can’t figure out.”
TRUMP’S WASHINGTON — “Trump Pick, an Industry Insider, Shapes Rules on Toxic Chemicals,” by NYT’s Eric Lipton: “For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water. The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems. So scientists and administrators in the E.P.A.’s Office of Water were alarmed in late May when a top Trump administration appointee insisted upon the rewriting of a rule to make it harder to track the health consequences of the chemical, and therefore regulate it.
“The revision was among more than a dozen demanded by the appointee, Nancy B. Beck, after she joined the E.P.A.’s toxic chemical unit in May as a top deputy. For the previous five years, she had been an executive at the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association.” http://nyti.ms/2gt0Wvl
NEW — “NAACP names new leader for more active future,” by AP’s Jesse J. Holland: “Derrick Johnson, 49, of Jackson, Mississippi, was hired as the NAACP’s 19th president and CEO after having served as interim leader since July and previously as vice chairman of the NAACP board of directors. Johnson, in an interview with The Associated Press, said the NAACP will be much more politically active in the coming years and will alter its nonprofit status so it can more effectively lobby for its members’ positions.” http://bit.ly/2yK1Y0n
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SPORTS BLINK — DANIEL LIBIT PROFILE – “The Blogger Who Became One University’s Scold,” by NYT’s Marc Tracy: “Last January, a website called NM Fishbowl published the explosive results of a public-records request for anonymous exit interviews of athletes at the University of New Mexico. Lobos players, who compete mainly in the Division I Mountain West Conference, said that sports had held them back in their studies. Coaches had mocked female athletes’ weights, they said, and the athletic department provided unsafe transportation to events for lower-profile teams. … [T]he site … is based in Chicago, not New Mexico, and staffed by one writer: Daniel Libit, a former political reporter.” http://nyti.ms/2yGqdfA … Libit – “The Petty Politics of Loboland” http://bit.ly/2wAL9n3
CHRIS FRATES interviews Oscar-nominated “American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall about his new film “Thank You for Your Service,” which is about a group of combat vets’ struggles to integrate back into the civilian world. Frates also talks to Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden on “Politics Inside Out with Chris Frates.” The show airs Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m. on SiriusXM channel 124. The film’s trailer http://bit.ly/2yAq660 … Clips for Playbookers — Hall on the importance of bringing combat veterans’ inner life to the screen: https://goo.gl/7oL1gX … Tanden says facts still matter in the age of Trump: https://goo.gl/37hQzY … How growing up on welfare shaped her politics: https://goo.gl/EjVPBZ
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
–“The Secretive Family Making Billions from the Opioid Crisis,” by Christopher Glazek in Esquire – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “The [Sackler] family’s leaders have pulled off three of the great marketing triumphs of the modern era: The first is selling OxyContin; the second is promoting the Sackler name; and the third is ensuring that, as far as the public is aware, the first and the second have nothing to do with one another.” http://bit.ly/2yDv935
–“A New Book About Formative Literary Friendships,” by Ann Hulbert in November’s Atlantic, reviewing “A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf,” by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney: “Who would have guessed that George Eliot, in replying to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s very first letter to her, frankly confessed her ‘paralyzing despondency’ about her own work?” http://theatln.tc/2hXQKeL … $18.36 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2yGsLu2
–“Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius,” by Lindsay Zoladz in The Ringer: “One of the greatest living artists in popular music still isn’t properly recognized. Joni transcends gender, genre, and time. Here’s why.” http://bit.ly/2xVewhH
–“North Korea’s Deadly Dictator” — PBS Frontline: “Who killed Kim Jong-un’s half brother, Kim Jong-nam, and what does the murder reveal about the North Korean leader and his regime?” http://to.pbs.org/2xWVex5
–“Off the African coast, a new tool in the fight against climate change: drones,” by CBS News’ Jacqueline Alemany: http://cbsn.ws/2xW79Lu
–“The Electronic Computers, Part 2: Colossus” – Creatures of Thought: “In 1938 the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service quietly bought up a sixty acre estate fifty miles from London. … The estate, known as Bletchley Park, became the center of Britain’s code-breaking effort during World War II. It is perhaps the only place in the world that is famous for cryptography.” http://bit.ly/2yi2Wxm
–“Double Exposure: Jean-Pierre Melville,” by Adrien Bosc in Tablet Magazine: “The ambiguities and darkness of Nazi-occupied France propelled him to flee his country, take a new name, fight in the Resistance, and then invent film noir. But the past continued to haunt him.” http://bit.ly/2yKfy47
–“The Making and Unmaking of Iggy Azalea,” by Clover Hope in Jezebel: “[H]er fast-track American success story [has] turned into a cautionary tale. Iggy became a punchline and went from being hailed as a white rap savior—a potential salve in the lineage of bad white rappers—to, three years later, being a digital-era Vanilla Ice, reduced to a viral talking point.” http://bit.ly/2xtkHwh
–“Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords,” by Sheelah Kolhatkar in The New Yorker: “Once, robots assisted human workers. Now it’s the other way around.” http://bit.ly/2yY38pV
–“The Tubbs fire: How its deadly march from Calistoga to Santa Rosa unfolded,” by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s Julie Johnson: http://bit.ly/2yH7XCV
–“The Only Person Who Knew Both Kennedy and His Killer,” by John Meroney in Nov. 2013 in the Atlantic: “While in the Soviet Union, Priscilla Johnson McMillan met a young American in her hotel who was trying to defect. His name was Lee Harvey Oswald.” http://theatln.tc/2zGv7rr
–“Love in the Time of Robots,” by Alex Mar in Wired: “Hiroshi Ishiguro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself.” http://bit.ly/2gtGzOX
–“When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy,” by Susan Dominus on the cover of today’s N.Y. Times Magazine: “As a young social psychologist, she played by the rules and won big: an influential study, a viral TED talk, a prestigious job at Harvard. Then, suddenly, the rules changed.” http://nyti.ms/2zFJ5tJ … The cover http://bit.ly/2yGgJRF
FUN PIC DU JOUR — Paul Ryan holding his wife’s purse at the Meridian Ball on Friday night http://politi.co/2yJwSX0
OUT AND ABOUT — TOM HANKS was given the “Records of Achievement Award” last night by the National Archives Foundation in a black-tie gala. Ken Burns also interviewed Hanks about his life and career. Burns showed guests a montage of Hanks’ work, including “Bridge of Spies,” “Band of Brothers,” “John Adams,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Apollo 13,” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Speakers also mentioned to the audience the fact that Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln, whose mother was a Hanks. Dinner was in the rotunda next to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Hanks also gave all the guests a signed copy of his new book, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories.” The tribute video http://bit.ly/2zG7VK5 … Pix http://gtty.im/2gztM0W … $16.17 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2gw5C3V
–SPOTTED: Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Mo Rocca, Cathy Merrill Williams, Brittany Brammel, Karen and Kent Knutson, Michael Beschloss, former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard and Janet Blanchard, Judge Royce Lamberth, Joanne Rashbaum, Patrick Madden, U.S. Archivist David Ferriero, A’Lelia Bundles, Mignon Clyburn.
–SPOTTED at a “Welcome to the Swamp” party for new White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley last night at Takoda: Jeff Zeleny, Gordon Johndroe, Arlette Saenz, Ali Dukakis, Matt Beynon, Meridith McGraw, Abby Livingston, Michael Falcone, Catherine Olsen, Matt Beynon, Veronica Stracqualursi, Misha Wee, Sarah Gilmore, Zeke Miller, Annie Linskey, Artur Orkisz, Kaitlan Collins, Andrew Rafferty, Mike Memoli, Amy Walter, Cindy Smith.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS – JEFFREY ROSEN, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, GW Law professor and contributing editor at The Atlantic, on Friday married Lauren Coyle, an assistant professor of anthropology at Princeton. The couple met in Philadelphia and were married by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Lawyers’ Lounge in the Supreme Court. Rosen first met the justice when he was a law clerk on the D.C. circuit. Pic http://politi.co/2zuulwG … NYT announcement http://nyti.ms/2gYk8lA
— Caragh Fisher, publicity director for ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and “This Week,” on Saturday married Jeff O’Connor, who works in enterprise sales at AppAnnie. The ceremony was at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church and the reception was at the Yale Club. The couple met through Jeff’s cousin who Caragh went to college with. Pics by Hechler Photographers http://bit.ly/2gAO0HD … http://bit.ly/2zt0On3 … NYT announcement http://nyti.ms/2yGJJHi
–Ben Kochman, legislative director for Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and a Pat Toomey alum, on Saturday night married Dr. Leah Steckler, an emergency medicine resident at GWU Hospital. The wedding and party were at the National Press Club. “The two met seven years ago through friends and have been together ever since, surviving med school and two administrations.” Pics http://bit.ly/2irnIYV… http://bit.ly/2l9cjh9
SPOTTED: Paul Teller and Maxine Teller, Christopher Gahan and Jennifer DeCasper, Alex Silbey and Neely Silbey, Matthew Leffingwell, David Levine and Mariam Khan, David Young, Scarlet Doyle and Tony Samp, Kip Hansen and Nancy Hansen, Rebecca Kaplan and Adam Levy
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Amanda Alpert Loveday, senior project manager at PR firm NP Strategy, former comms director for Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and ED of the South Carolina Democratic Party, and John Loveday, principal at SC Whitmore School, a public charter in Columbia, S.C., post on Facebook: “We are so excited to welcome Rowan into our family. He was born October 19th at 1:21 p.m. and weighs 8 lbs 11ozs and is 20.5 inches long. … Everyone is doing well and we’re excited to start this adventure of being a family of 4!” Pics http://bit.ly/2gBTdz5 … http://bit.ly/2yAsiug
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Stephanie Cutter, co-founder and partner at Precision Strategies and an Obama alum. How she got her start in politics: “I grew up in a politically active family — my grandfather was very involved in local politics in Taunton, Mass., and he’d bring his grandkids to every event. That had a big impact on me, which led to a series of internships and volunteer work on campaigns throughout high school and college. My first real job came when I knocked on the door of N.Y. Gov. Mario Cuomo’s D.C. office and asked for a job a month after graduating from college. He was my political idol at the time, and I so badly wanted him to run for president.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2zuv8h4
BIRTHDAYS: Chris Licht, executive producer/showrunner of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and EVP of special programming at CBS Corp … Hilary Rosen (hat tips: Tammy Haddad and Ryan Williams) … former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is 7-0 … Guy Harrison, partner at OnMessage Inc. (h/t birthday boy Kurt Bardella) … Brett O’Donnell … Jonathan Prince, strategy at Spotify, is 5-0 … Jon Reedy, VP at SRCPmedia … Reuters’ Warren Strobel is 55 … House Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) is 42 … Billy Oorbeek is 43 … Adam Parkhomenko (hat tip: Tracy Sefl) … Casey Phillips of RedPrint Strategy … Helen Milby … NAM’s Chris Moore … Trey Herr … former Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) is 68 … Politico Europe’s Delcker Janosch … James Walkinshaw … CAP’s Patrick Dolan, an NGA alum (h/t girlfriend Beth Shedlosky) … Jeff Grappone (h/ts Amy Graham, Liz Johnson and pup Mary Todd Lincoln: http://bit.ly/2yZbEVW) … FiscalNote’s Mallory Howe …
… Kurt Bardella, publisher of daily country music newsletter Morning Hangover and president of Endeavor Strategies … Geoffrey Baum, media relations director at Milken Institute … Rebecca Chatterjee … CPI’s Michael Beckel (h/t Dave Levinthal) … Anne Heiligenstein … Martha-Elena Lopez … Sandy Smith (h/t Curtis Tate) … Jennie Bragg of USGLC … Zélie Kasten … Buffalo News Washington bureau chief Jerry Zremski … N.Y. state Senate candidate Ross Barkan … Donovan Harrell … Harrison Price … Miriam Calderone (hubby tip: Michael) … Raphael Shepard … Ferdous Al-Faruque … Scott Price … Tom Basile … Chavia Groveman … McClatchy’s Jessica Huff … Amy McCorquodale … Lindsay Kalter … Jenna Lamond … Rachel Petri … Marilyn Machlowitz … Alice Henriques … Bill Farrar … Clint Tanner … Cheryl Clark DeHaan … Christopher Gable … Tim Murphy … Scott Hennen … Brian Dodge … Kris Pratt … Phoebe Kilgour … John Norquist … Christopher Mills … Grace Sandretti (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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