Good Wednesday morning. BULLETIN — HOUSTON CHRONICLE: “Former President George H.W. Bush was recently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill. ‘He’s there. He’s fine and he’s doing really well,’ Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, said. She said the doctors have a couple of theories about Bush’s condition, but he is responding to treatment. Bush … is expected to be discharged in the next couple of days.” http://bit.ly/2iAm5r4
–JIM MCGRATH, President Bush’s spokesman, @jgm41: “.@GeorgeHWBush was taken to @MethodistHosp Sat. for shortness of breath, has responded very well to treatments. Hope to have him out soon.”
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NEWS FROM KAREN TUMULTY at the WASHINGTON POST — “Halfway through his interview with The Washington Post, Trump shared a bit of news: He already has decided on his slogan for a reelection bid in 2020. ‘Are you ready?’ he said. ‘‘Keep America Great,’ exclamation point.’ ‘Get me my lawyer!’ the president-elect shouted. Two minutes later, one arrived. ‘Will you trademark and register, if you would, if you like it — I think I like it, right? Do this: ‘Keep America Great,’ with an exclamation point. With and without an exclamation. ‘Keep America Great,’’ Trump said. ‘Got it,’ the lawyer replied.” http://wapo.st/2j8C2kt
PLAYBOOK SCOOP — GERRIT LANSING TO THE WHITE HOUSE — Gerrit Lansing, the Republican National Committee’s top digital mind, is joining the Trump White House as chief digital officer, according to multiple people familiar with the decision. It’s a broad and powerful role that is likely to have Lansing doing everything from creating content for the White House and engaging the public to taking the lead on overhauling government technical resources. Think of the problems with healthcare.gov. Lansing would be helping solve them. And in an administration that says it will try desperately to blow up the bureaucracy and straighten out the government, it will be a big job.
UNDERSTANDING THE HILL-TRUMP AXIS — What’s clear as Donald Trump takes the White House is that he’s not only on a different page than most elected Republicans in Washington, but is reading from a completely different book. Two easy examples: he said he wants health insurance for everyone — sounding more Bernie Sanders than Paul Ryan — and then dumped all over the complex but key border adjustment provision in the GOP’s tax reform plan. But the message dissonance is in stark contrast to a flurry of behind-the-scenes meetings and nearly daily contact between congressional leaders and the president elect and his team. The basic message, according to Hill and Trump World sources: Don’t get too spun up about what Trump says and tweets on any given day.
BRAIN DUMP FROM A KEY REPUBLICAN: “Folks just need to calm down. We’re not flying blind here. The president-elect is going to express himself in all sorts of ways but you have to understand that he and his team are talking to Hill leaders about these issues every single day. And all of our conversations are moving us closer, not apart. Tax reform in particular is going to be a long process with many ups and downs, and so everyone should take a breather for now and appreciate that we’re working as one team.”
— FOR YOUR RADAR: TRUMP did a couple of interviews yesterday and managed to avoid making news. He told Fox News he doesn’t care much that Democrats are skipping his inauguration http://fxn.ws/2k3RgeU. And he spoke to our former colleagues Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen for the launch of their media company Axios. http://bit.ly/2jyax72
NEW STRATEGY: MAKE DEMS PAY FOR CABINET OPPO — TRUMP TEAM ESCALATES ON PRICE –– Georgia Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s nominee to lead H.H.S., will be on the hot seat today during his confirmation hearing, with Democrats expected to try and draw blood over the conservative Republican’s stance on health care and trading of health-care stocks. The Trump team isn’t backing away from the fight. “If they want to escalate, let’s do it,” said one GOP official of Democrats going after Price. “Democrats are likely going to feel a boomerang effect.” Look for the GOP pile on and try to turn the heat on Democrats. Senate Ethics Chairman Johnny Isakson went to the Senate floor last night to defend Price. “Tom obeyed the law, did what was right and what was done was right and being made to look wrong only because of appearance and not because of fact,” Isakson said. Trump’s transition team also put out a statement Tuesday night asking for CNN to retract its story on the issue and several Republicans said that moderate Democrats should expect more pressure about their own stock trades in the coming days. Hadas Gold story on retraction http://politi.co/2jxO7Tx
— @seanspicer: “Regarding dem attacks on @RepTomPrice: this is a stock trade worth $300. You couldn’t get into a @SenSchumer fundraiser for that amount”
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TRUMP’S EMPTY CABINET — “Trump set to take office without most of his Cabinet: Republicans are on track to take longer to fill out his team than for any administration since George H.W. Bush in 1989,” by Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey: “When Bill Clinton was sworn into office 24 years ago, every single member of his Cabinet but one was confirmed by the Senate within two days. When Donald Trump is sworn in on Friday, he’ll be lucky to have half that many installed. … Trump will also likely face by far the most dissenting votes from the Senate minority of any new administration in history. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are in negotiations about approving much of Trump’s national security team on Friday, potentially giving him a defense secretary, a CIA chief and homeland security head on Day One. … But after that, it looks like a major traffic jam. And next week’s congressional retreat and a spate of hearings that were recently postponed could combine to slow the approval process for weeks or longer.” http://politi.co/2iAgvoz
— “Is Trump ready for a national security crisis? Personnel gaps across security and defense bodies has stoked concerns that the new administration could get caught flat-footed,” by Michael Crowley: “Sources close to the transition describe Trump’s national security staffing as a ‘black box,’ leaving everyone from Obama administration officials to Trump job seekers and foreign diplomats guessing at who will land crucial positions shaping policy and managing crises. … ‘Unlike State, which can rely on its bureaucracy, the NSC has to be ready on Day One as most of its old team leaves,’ said Philip Gordon … ‘In a normal world, even before a single presidential phone call or meeting or decision the NSC team would prepare background, points, facts, etc. They will not have a team ready to do that.’” http://politi.co/2j87DCT
–@MaxBoot: “This isn’t getting attention it deserves. Who will run and implement policy? Right now there is a big vacuum”.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — POPPING DOWNTOWN — DELTA’S NEWMAN TO RETIRE — Delta Air Lines new CEO Ed Bastian announced that Andrea Fischer Newman, the airline’s top lobbyist, will retire from Delta later this summer, capping a 22-year career in the airline industry, according to a company-wide memo shared with Playbook. From Bastian’s memo: “Andi is an extraordinary public policy leader who has guided Delta’s efforts in Washington during some of the most exciting and impactful times in aviation. She has played a key role in every public policy issue that has faced the airline industry over the past two decades … the Delta family is proud to have had her guiding our policy efforts.” Delta is starting a search to find Newman’s successor.
CLICKER — SCHEDULE OF INAUGURATION EVENTS https://yhoo.it/2jxFAQd
— @maggieNYT: “Trump’s inaugural address is expected to be less than 20 minutes, anchored in Jacksonian approach, per two ppl familiar with it.”
— RAIN LIKELY FRIDAY: “Rain is likely (70% chance) at some point on Inauguration Day, probably starting sometime between mid-morning and early afternoon, and it could be on the steady side through much of the day. Mostly cloudy skies hold highs to the mid-40s to near 50.” http://wapo.st/2jYXpoj
— “Trump inauguration’s ‘Cabinet dinner’ offers access for cash,” by Nancy Cook and Tara Palmeri: “Deep-pocketed donors face a decision on Wednesday night: whether to dine with the Vice President-elect at the National Portrait Gallery, or enjoy an ‘intimate policy discussion’ with incoming Cabinet appointees at an exclusive dinner at the Library of Congress. The closed-door events, just two of many being held during inauguration week, were double-scheduled by planners. … The cost of admission for the Cabinet dinner is included in a package for either $100,000 or $250,000 to the presidential inaugural committee, while dinner with Vice President-elect Mike Pence is open to donors and corporate underwriters at the $500,000 and $1 million-level as part of multi-day itineraries … The invite states that only ‘select’ Cabinet officials will attend, prompting concerns that only a few lower-profile nominees would be on hand. If that happens, ‘people will be pissed,’ the Trump donor said.” http://politi.co/2iGTxHC
— NO TOM BRADY? “Trump’s inaugural parade will have no New England participants,” by the Boston Globe’s Astead Herndon and Tyler Pager. http://bit.ly/2jmS6jw
IMPORTANT READ — “The Trump lobbying purge that wasn’t,” by Maggie Severns and Isaac Arnsdorf: “Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s much-publicized efforts to keep lobbyists out of his administration, they have continued to offer policy advice, recommend job candidates and contribute money to his transition team, according to a POLITICO investigation. And while they’re barred from donating to the $200 million in inaugural festivities this week, lobbyists have been collecting checks on Trump’s behalf, according to four lobbyists interviewed by POLITICO who are directly helping raise the funds. The loopholes in Trump’s restrictions are so widespread that many lobbyists said they’ve concluded Trump’s ethics rules aren’t really meant to change how business is done in Washington. ‘I’ve known Donald Trump for 30 years. I think he’s serious for wanting to keep what he calls ‘special interests’ out of the process as much as possible,’ said Charlie Black, chairman of the lobbying firm Prime Policy Group. ‘But that said, he kind of knows how these things work.’” http://politi.co/2k3OmGG
THE LOYAL OPPOSITION — BRIAN FALLON’S NEW GIG — “Major Democratic super PAC hires Clinton, Sanders vets for relaunch,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “Priorities USA Action, the main super PAC that supported Hillary Clinton’s White House bid, is accelerating its move to reposition itself as a hub of post-2016 Democratic activity. The group plans to bring on a pair of prominent operatives from both Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns, including Brian Fallon, Clinton’s national press secretary … who will join the group as a consultant with the position of senior adviser. While he is expected to start his own public affairs practice, Fallon will spend the bulk of his time working for Priorities.
“Former Sanders national press secretary Symone Sanders will assume the role of strategist for communications and political outreach … Led by chief strategist Guy Cecil, the group is also due to promote Patrick McHugh, its deputy executive director during the campaign cycle, to executive director, while Anne Caprara, who previously had that job, will move into a senior adviser role. Kim Kauffman, who led the group’s financial operations as it became the highest-raising super PAC ever, will keep that job in Priorities’ new incarnation.” http://politi.co/2jJCpCL
ABOUT LAST NIGHT… — @BraddJaffy: “Trump on Rex Tillerson tonight: ‘You know, he’s led this charmed life. He goes into a country, takes the oil, goes into another country…’” 30-second video http://bit.ly/2iOBm69
PEOTUS DONALD TRUMP’S PLANE — call sign TYSON1 — is somehow available for tracking. http://bit.ly/2iH6EZy Tracking the plane by the tail number — N757AF — has been blocked for some time. He’ll have a new ride come Friday, though.
NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — “Obama leaving office with solid approval ratings,” by Steven Shepard: “A majority of voters, 53 percent, approve of the job Obama is doing as president in the final days of his White House tenure, while 44 percent disapprove. That’s a marked contrast to views of President-elect Donald Trump’s handling of the transition: Only 42 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 47 percent who disapprove.” http://politi.co/2jwkqmh
GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN in the NYT, “Republicans Look to Reince Priebus, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Bring Stability”: “In a city bracing for convulsive change, Mr. Priebus has emerged as an unlikely symbol of stability, someone who they hope will domesticate the new president and transform his storm-the-gates campaign into a normal, functional White House that can ‘make America sane again,’ in a phrase making the rounds this week among congressional Republicans. … Mr. Priebus has had a spotty record on cabinet picks, pushing hard for the long-shot nomination of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York as secretary of state. But Mr. Priebus has had a relatively free hand to pick the operational staff that handles the day-to-day operations of every White House, while selling Mr. Trump on Sean Spicer, the pugnacious R.N.C. spokesman, for White House press secretary. Like many who will have a place in Mr. Trump’s White House, Mr. Priebus openly discussed life after a Trump loss during the campaign, musing about the possibility of returning to Wisconsin and picking up his law practice, according to one Republican he spoke to at the time.” With cameos by John Weaver, Roger Stone, and Haley Barbour http://nyti.ms/2k3sFXi
THE NEW ADMINISTRATION — “Trump’s team weighs retooling State to focus on terror,” by Halley Toosi and Josh Dawsey: “Trump’s team wants to restructure the State Department to focus more heavily on counterterrorism — a move that could dramatically reduce the time and resources devoted to climate change, promoting democracy abroad and other programs seen as liberal priorities. … A retooling plan would likely include enhancing State’s intelligence unit, eliminating several special envoy positions and promoting the use of the contentious term ‘radical Islam.’ At the same time, the department is looking to de-emphasize policies that are centered on nation-building abroad, in keeping with Trump’s ‘America First’ rhetoric.” http://politi.co/2iHB1ih
ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR… — “Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, soldier convicted for leaking classified information,” by WaPo’s Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horowitz: “Obama also granted a full and complete pardon to retired Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in an investigation of a leak of classified information about a covert U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear program. The president’s dramatic, last-minute clemency actions for Cartwright and Manning were surprising for an administration that has brought more leak prosecutions than all previous ones combined. Obama took office pledging to bring a new era of transparency to government, but during his eight years, his administration has presided over at least nine leak cases.” http://wapo.st/2jn2msd
#THISTOWN — “Don’t gloat, don’t pout: The Golden Rule of elite Washington inaugural parties,” by WaPo’s Roxanne Roberts: “In a year when nothing seems normal, Washington’s establishment is determined to carry on as if everything is perfectly normal. Part ritual, part tradition, the operating principle every four years is to put on a good face and welcome the new administration with respect and excruciating good manners. If they go low, we still go high … tea. Part of it stems from the belief that Washington changes presidents more than presidents change Washington. Part of it is the genuine hope for everyone to come together for the greater good of the city and its institutions. And part of it is the desire to stay in the social mix, regardless of who’s in the White House.” http://wapo.st/2iA5HXv
THE NEW D.C. — NYT A10, “Angst Simmers in Washington as Trump Presidency Nears,” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “In the Virginia suburb of McLean, where the local diner is a C.I.A. breakfast hangout, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who ran the agency for George W. Bush, is playing career counselor these days. With President-elect Donald J. Trump attacking the intelligence community, the general says his ‘old tribe’ is feeling ‘a special angst.’ … [I]n the District of Columbia, where 91 percent of voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton, ‘full-scale panic’ is setting in, said John Feehery, a Republican strategist and Trump enthusiast. Leslie Harris, a liberal Democratic lawyer, uses war imagery: ‘I feel like my city is about to be invaded.’” With cameos by Ken Duberstein, Robert Dallek, and Mark Salter http://nyti.ms/2jvGehT
1600 PENN — NYT A11, “One President Out, Another In: You Don’t Just Hire 2 Guys With a Truck,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis: “Out with almonds, in with Doritos. At the stroke of 12:01 p.m. on Friday, as soon as Donald J. Trump is sworn in as president and Barack Obama relinquishes the office, dozens of federal workers will swing into action at the White House to replace one commander in chief’s creature comforts — favorite snacks, clothes, toiletries, artwork and furniture — with those of his successor. The process, months in the planning but mere hours in its militarylike execution, unfolds mostly away from public view as Americans and the world focus on the pageantry of Inauguration Day.” http://nyti.ms/2jJa0N7
WHITE HOUSE NORTH — “Donald Trump waits in his tower — accessible yet isolated,” by WaPo’s Ashley Parker and Phil Rucker: “[T]he president-elect … has retreated to one comfortable, familiar refuge after another — his soaring Manhattan tower, his white leather-upholstered Boeing jet, his lush golf courses, his opulent beachside castle. Trump is a man isolated, increasingly cocooned away from the voters who lifted him to his seemingly improbable victory. He favors his own people and his own places, creating the veneer of accessibility — his tweets reach millions and he still answers his cellphone — while placing himself in almost entirely habitual settings. He spends most of his days in Trump Tower, with few close friends and few meaningful one-on-one interactions beyond the family members, advisers and loyalists who are whisked by gold-colored elevator to his 26th-floor office for private audiences. Trump rarely leaves, not even for a breath of fresh air; nor does he encounter many people he does not already know or who do not work for him.” http://wapo.st/2jmFKIm
EXIT INTERVIEW — “What Worries Ben Rhodes About Trump,” by Michael Crowley in the latest print issue of POLITICO Magazine: “What concerns me is the things that happen every week. I don’t think people realize how many decisions the president of the United States makes about military action. The Iranians harass some vessel of ours in the Persian Gulf: What do we do in response? There’s shelling around our diplomatic facility in X Middle Eastern country. The Chinese pass too close for comfort by a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea. These decisions come all the time, and they’re going to come from Day One. I would be more focused on that. Because a dust-up with the Iranians or the Chinese could get out of hand very fast.”
— Rhodes’ new role: “I’ll write some form of a memoir, one that will also be an argument on behalf of what we were doing. And I’m going to be a senior adviser to the president on his international work, including at his foundation.” http://politi.co/2jvXLGG
THE HEARINGS TODAY…
— WHAT E.P.A. NOMINEE SCOTT PRUITT WILL SAY: “If I have the honor to serve as EPA Administrator, my overarching goal will be to lead in a way that our future generations inherit a better and healthier environment. … If confirmed, I will utilize the relationships I have forged with my counterparts in the States to ensure that EPA returns to its proper role, rather than using a heavy hand to coerce the States into effectuating EPA policies. … Environmental regulations should not occur in an economic vacuum. We can simultaneously pursue the mutual goals of environmental protection and economic growth.”
— WHAT U.N. NOMINEE NIKKI HALEY WILL SAY: “International diplomacy is a new area for me. There is much I am learning about the intricacies of the UN and its associated agencies. I don’t claim that I know everything, or that leadership at the UN is the same as leading South Carolina. But diplomacy itself is not new to me. In fact, I would suggest there is nothing more important to a governor’s success than her ability to unite those with different backgrounds, viewpoints, and objectives behind a common purpose. … I will bring a firm message to the UN that U.S. leadership is essential in the world. It is essential for the advancement of humanitarian goals, and for the advancement of America’s national interests. When America fails to lead, the world becomes a more dangerous place. And when the world becomes more dangerous, the American people become more vulnerable. At the UN, as elsewhere, the United States is the indispensable voice of freedom. It is time that we once again find that voice. … Nowhere has the UN’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel.”
— WHAT H.H.S. NOMINEE TOM PRICE WILL SAY: “If confirmed, my obligation will be to carry to the Department of Health and Human Services both an appreciation for bipartisan, team-driven policymaking and what has been a lifetime commitment to work to improve the health and well-being of the American people. That commitment extends to what I call the six principles of health care – six principles that, if you think about it, all of us hold dear: affordability, accessibility, quality, choices, innovation, and responsiveness. We all want a health care system that’s affordable, that’s accessible to all, of the highest quality, with the greatest number of choices, driven by world-leading innovations, and responsive to the needs of the individual patient.”
DEVOS’S PRIME-TIME HEARING — @SenSchumer: “Betsy DeVos fails @timkaine’s test at Senate hearing:” 3-min. video http://bit.ly/2jmDzo4 … “DeVos dodges toughest questions about public school plans” http://politi.co/2jmCqg1 … “DeVos: ‘Yes,’ Trump’s leaked tape comments describe sexual assault,” by CNN’s Dan Merica: http://cnn.it/2iOG8AN
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JONATHAN ALTER in the NYT Magazine on Joe Biden, “‘I Wish to Hell I’d Just Kept Saying the Exact Same Thing’”: “On his deathbed, Beau advised his father to run, but many friends — including President Obama — didn’t think he was up to it emotionally, and the vice president finally agreed. ‘For all that’s important to me in almost a sacred sense,’ he told me mournfully, the decision was unavoidable. ‘The family was broken, and I was more broken than I thought I was.’ How broken? ‘I don’t know what I’d do if I was in a debate and someone said, “You’re doing this because of your son,”’ he told me one late November day in his West Wing office. ‘I might have walked over and kicked his ass.’” http://nyti.ms/2iOUGA3
VALLEY TALK — “Google’s Schmidt met with Kushner in Republican outreach,” by Tony Romm in New York: “Eric Schmidt, one of the tech industry’s most prominent backers of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, is trying to rekindle his relationships with Republicans as Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House.” http://politi.co/2jYKlzx
— “UC President Janet Napolitano hospitalized amid cancer treatment,” by the Sacramento Bee’s Alexei Koseff: “University of California President Janet Napolitano is nearly finished with an undisclosed cancer treatment that began more than four months ago, the university announced on Tuesday, a day after “she experienced side effects that required her to be hospitalized.” http://bit.ly/2iHh8aZ
FOR JOSH GERSTEIN – “The CIA’s Secret History Is Now Online: After restricting access to just four computers in a room in Washington, DC, the CIA is finally putting 12 million declassified pages on the web for all to see,” by Jason Leopold in BuzzFeed: http://bzfd.it/2k3suLC … The site http://bit.ly/2k3vYhf
— SOPAN DEB, newly minted NYT reporter and former CBS embed, reviews “Embeds”: “What ‘Embeds’ Gets Right and Wrong” http://nyti.ms/2iAg1Pv
JON ALLEN and AMIE PARNES’ SECOND BOOK: “SHATTERED: INSIDE HILLARY CLINTON’S DOOMED CAMPAIGN” — Out April 18. See the cover http://bit.ly/2jYV6Sr
MEDIAWATCH — NYT Business Day front, “New York Times Study Calls for Rapid Change in Newsroom,” by Sydney Ember: The “Times has deftly adapted to the demands of digital journalism, but it needs to change even more quickly, according to an internal report that recommends the company expand training for reporters and editors, hire journalists with more varied skills and deepen engagement with readers as a way to build loyalty and attract the subscriptions necessary to survive. … [Top editors Dean] Baquet and [Joe] Kahn said in [a] note that the shift to digital publishing demanded a ‘smaller and more focused newsroom,’ but added that the reconfiguration should be viewed as ‘a necessary repositioning of The Times’s newsroom, not as a diminishment.’ An announcement about downsizing in the newsroom will come in the first half of the year … [They also] plan to invest $5 million toward covering the incoming president, Donald J. Trump, and his administration.” http://nyti.ms/2jJBv9w … The report http://nyti.ms/2jy2yHb
— @jwpetersNYT: “Thrilled to announce my new beat at the NYT. I’ll be covering the conservative movement in the Trump era, based in Washington.”
–Memo from NYT DC bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller on “New beats and arrivals in Washington”: “Yamiche Alcindor joins us from Politics to cover social safety net issues and how Trump administration policies will affect everyday lives. … Gardiner Harris will be moving from the White House to the State Department beat … Matt Rosenberg is covering the C.I.A. and the other intelligence agencies after covering the Pentagon and the State Department. … Michael Gordon jumps from State back to the Pentagon … Alan Rappeport is moving over from Politics to cover the Treasury Department and economic policy … Katie Rogers will be joining us for the next few months … to cover Trump inaugural parties and other cultural zeitgeist of the Trump era … Peter Baker is back from Jerusalem on the White House beat.” http://politi.co/2jZ5FVm
–“Veteran Times Reporter Denied Entry to Turkey,” by NYT’s Rick Gladstone: “Border officials in Turkey detained a veteran New York Times correspondent as he arrived at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on Tuesday, then forced him to take a flight back to London without explaining why he had been refused entry to the country. The action against the correspondent, Rod Nordland, who has reported from more than 150 countries, including from Turkey last month, appeared to be part of a broader government crackdown against the domestic and foreign news media.” http://nyti.ms/2jmKzBk
SNEAK PEEK — WHAT THE LEFT IS READING — This morning The Nation is publishing its special package “The People vs. The President,” in advance of Trump’s inauguration. Margaret Atwood, Ben Barber, David Cole, Zephyr Teachout, and Michael Massing are among those who write about “how to challenge Trump through direct disruption, creative reconstruction, localized resistance, vigorous exercise of free speech, close monitoring of corruption, and sharp journalism that seeks to understand Trump supporters.” The cover http://politi.co/2k3SQNS …“Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything: When it comes to stopping Trump, petitions aren’t going to do it,” by Frances Fox Piven http://bit.ly/2jn1zHN
INAUGURATION PARTY HOT TICKETS – Today: The British ambassador and Lady Darroch is hosting an “afternoon tea and champagne reception” from 4 to 7 p.m. today at his residence. … AT&T is hosting a grand opening for its new AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment and Policy tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Bret Baier and Chuck Todd are among the expected guests. … Axios is hosting a launch party for at RPM Italian. … David Bradley is hosting a party for big-shots (including likely George Stephanopoulos, a source said) … Thursday: Cambridge Analytica is hosting an “inauguration cocktail party” from 5 to 7 p.m. at its D.C. office. … Connie Milstein, Rachel Pearson and Kristi Rogers are hosting a “Salute the Senate” event at The Jefferson at 4:30 p.m. … In an event honoring Team Rubicon Global, Capitol File, Ernst & Young LLP and the Artists and Athletes Alliance are hosting a “celebration of service” from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fiola Mare. … The New York State Society of Washington, D.C. is hosting an “inaugural celebration” at the Fairmont Hotel from 7 p.m. to midnight. … Michigan Republicans are hosting an “inaugural reception” honoring Betsy DeVos from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Old Ebbitt Grill. … The Texas State Society is hosting a “Black Tie and Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball” starting at 7 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Tickets http://bit.ly/2k3FFMH … The “Official Deploraball” is being held from 8 p.m. to midnight at the National Press Club while the “Deplorables Inaugural Ball” is held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building. http://bit.ly/2iPkwEc …
… Friday: The Podesta Group is hosting an “Inaugural Parade Warm Up Party” from noon to five at the Willard Intercontinental hotel. … JP Morgan Chase is hosting a “Presidential Inauguration Open House” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its office … IFA, Locust Street, Cavalry, Geoff Gray and Advanced Advocacy are hosting an “Inauguration Day hospitality house and viewing party” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. … Real Clear Politics is hosting an “Inauguration Watch Party” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Elephant and Castle … Time Warner is hosting a “brunch and reception” at its office from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. … Locust Street Group, the National Restaurant Association, DISCUS, Quicken Loans, Washington Life, and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers are hosting an “Inaugural Whiskey Ball” at MXDC from 8 p.m. to midnight. … Amb. Mary and Mandell Ourisman are hosting an “Inaugural Afterglow Party” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Café Milano. … The three official balls: Commander in Chief’s Ball – 20,000 people at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; the Presidential Inaugural Gala Ball at the Convention Center and the “Salute to Our Armed Services Ball” at the National Building Museum. … Saturday: ABC News is hosting a brunch reception from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hay-Adams Hotel.
INAUGURATION PARTY CIRCUIT – SPOTTED last night at the Hay-Adams hotel at the Daily Caller/Facebook/BP party: Geoff Morrell, Tucker Carlson, Keith Urbahn, Jesse Rodriguez, Michael LaRosa, Matt Dornic, Martin Shkreli holding court, Glenn Thrush bringing four drinks from the bar to give to friends, Scooter Libby, John Hudson, Matt Boyle, Ben Jenkins, Taylor Lorenz, Gloria Dittus, Joel Kaplan, Don Seymour, Jim DeMint, Barry Bennett, Mary Katharine Ham, Reps. Louie Gohmert and Mark Meadows, Myron Ebell, Grover Norquist, Laura Ingraham, Michael Ricci, David Almacy, Caleb Smith, Matt Lira, Eliana Johnson, Josh Dawsey, Michael Beckerman, Betsy Rothstein, Alex Skatell, Benny Johnson, Rep. Ryan Zinke, Scott Sendek, Melissa Brown, Madeleine Weast, Grae Stafford, Byron Tau, Miranda Green, Katie Waldman, Ryan Coyne, Chris Bedford and Katie Frates, Lauren Ehrsam and Jason Gorey, Steve Guest, Casey Harper, Juliegrace Brufke. When Foster Friess showed up, one guest remarked: “the average income of this party just flew up.”
–The Embassy of New Zealand, in association with Sonoran Policy Group and Salem Media, on Tuesday night hosted a black tie inaugural gala at the embassy’s Observatory Circle building across from the Vice President’s residence. SPOTTED: New Zealand’s Ambassador to the U.S. Tim Groser, Sen. Richard Shelby, Rep. Jeff Denham, ex-Reps. Elton Gallegly and Jim Ryun, Jon Voight, James Woolsey, Ken Blackwell, Monica Wehby, Rick Dearborn, Michael Glassner, Stuart Jolly, Ed McFadden, Kevin Chmielewski, Robert Stryk, David Spadey, Foster and Lynn Friess, Trammel Crowe, Tim Phillips, Ned Ryun, Melinda Wood, Jay Kramer, Garrett Marquis, Chad Scarborough, Misty McGowen and Nicholas Sharkey.
SPOTTED: DSCC Executive Director Mindy Myers and SKDK’s Doug Thornell last night at Edgar at the Mayflower … Evan McMullin on yesterday’s 9 p.m. Amtrak train from NYP to WAS … Tony Romo last night inside the Trump Hotel … Former. Amb. John Negroponte ordering a Diet Coke at lunch yesterday at the Hay-Adams hotel … Jason Miller and Sam Feist having lunch yesterday at Joe’s (h/t Alex Finland)
OUT AND ABOUT IN DAVOS – Today at 9:45 a.m. ET at the World Economic Forum, Politico editor-in-chief John Harris, Emma Marcegaglia, chairman of Eni SpA, Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs and Luca Visentini, general secretary for the European Trade Union Confederation, participate in a panel on “The European Disunion”. Livestream http://politi.co/2jmBAAb
–SPOTTED: BofA chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan and HP president and CEO Meg Whitman at Davos — they are co-chairs this year of the forum.
TRANSITIONS – Former Santorum spox Matt Beynon emails friends and colleagues: “After nearly five years as my own boss, I have accepted an offer to join the BrabenderCox team. BrabenderCox is the most awarded political media agency in the nation and arguably the most successful, winning 20 of the 22 races it was a part of during the 2016 cycle” … Ben Voelkel from the Cornyn press team is leaving on Friday to become Sen. Ron Johnson’s new comms director. … Daniel Bassali has been named director of client accounts at Go BIG media. The firm has also promoted Andrew Gordon to VP of client strategies and Dean Petrone to partner. … The Democracy Fund has named five new members of its bipartisan National Advisory Committee: “Anthea Watson Strong, a lead on the Civics team at Google … Charles J. Sykes … [journalist] Geneva Overholser … [GOP pollster] Kristen Soltis Anderson … [Obama WH alum] Sonal Shah.” http://bit.ly/2jYbYsm
WEEKEND WEDDING — Politifact Albany reporter Dan Clark this weekend married Will Brunelle, a POLITICO New York alum now working for SKD Knickerbocker. Pic http://bit.ly/2jI5O05
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: former Gov. Martin O’Malley is 54, celebrating “in Seattle with MetroLab Network, a group of more than 35 city-university partnerships focused on bringing data, analytics, and innovation to city government” and then with his “family when we take part in the Women’s March in Washington” – read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2jvYBmL
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Politico Europe’s Cynthia Kroet and Alba Pregja … James C. “Jim” Free, Tennessee Blue Dog Democrat living in exile in Washington and a Jimmy Carter White House alum, turned 7-0 (hat tip: Tim Locke)
BIRTHDAYS: Ellen Eckert, Stenographer of the United States (STOTUS) … Brian Callanan (h/ts Caitlin and Alex, Blair and Josh) … Ben Adams is 36 … JoAnne Wasserman, director of comms at NYC Department of Education … former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is 44 … former Sen. Paul Kirk (D-Mass.) is 79 … Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on House Oversight and Government Reform, is 66 … Politico’s Lindsay Monaghan (h/t Kristen Hayford) … Samara Yudof, SVP at GMMB … Caroline Ross, most recently at OMB, celebrating with friends and colleagues in the EEOB (h/ts Tyler Lykins and Carla Frank) … Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.) is 74 … Paul Equale, celebrating in sunny Turks & Caicos with his closest pals (h/t Jon Haber) … Gadi Dechter, head of the public affairs practice in APCO’s DC office and former WH senior advisor (h/t Anthony DeAngelo) … former Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) is 62 … Alex Korey, managing director at KK Travels Worldwide … Allie Wright, manager of media and comms at Save the Children Action Network …
… Ryan Taylor, comms director for Sen. Roger Wicker … Jonathan Hayes, COS for Rep. Trent Franks’, is 4-0 (h/t J.C. Derrick) … David Jacobs, publisher of the Boston Guardian … Matthew Kemeny, formerly of the Patriot News now senior comms specialist at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence … NewsChannel 8’s Dave Lucas, a friend of Politico from Day 1 … Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, author of “The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell,” is 44 … Sarah Muntzing, a Politico alum now associate director of corporate partnerships at the Special Olympics … Josh Orton, former senior advisor to Russ Feingold … Abdul Wahid Sanjar … Bryce Cullinane is 31 … Craig Shaffer … Carly Lewis … George Aldrich … Nan Powers Varoga … Katherine Widden … Andrew Sullivan, celebrating with the launch of his new company: Hudson Pacific (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … George Nassar … Tamir Goodman … Kevin Costner is 62 (h/t AP)
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