BULLETIN — THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE’S SENDING “FEDERAL HELP” TO CHICAGO — statement at 6:48 a.m.: “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!” … TRUMP also said this on Twitter at 6:37 a.m.: “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”
— THIS WAS THE GOP LEADERSHIP’S ORIGINAL PLAN! But now, many Republicans would be opposed to this. First, there are procedural issues. And second, ripping out the health care system without a replacement is not an option for most conservatives, who spent much of the winter calling for a simultaneous repeal and replace.
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SCOOP – first posted on POLITICO Pro at 7:51 p.m. Thursday: “Trump’s trade plan sets up global clash over ‘America First’ strategy,” by Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook: “In a bid to keep his campaign promise to crack down on unfair trade practices, President Donald Trump is weighing trade restrictions on steel imports from countries like China, according to two administration officials. … The president’s advisers are coalescing around a tailored approach that would target the steel imports of individual countries.” http://politi.co/2s97FyZ
Good Friday morning and happy getaway day. JOE SCARBOROUGH and MIKA BRZEZINSKI appeared on “Morning Joe” at the top of the 7 a.m. hour to respond to the president’s tweets about them. Before they came on, they played a clip of Ivanka decrying “viciousness.”
— MIKA: “I think it’s been fascinating and frightening and really sad for our country.” … “I’m fine. My family brought me up really tough. This is absolutely nothing — for me personally. But I am very concerned as to what this once again reveals about the president of the United States.”
— JOE: “We’re ok, the country’s not.” … “He, for some reason, takes things so much more personally with women. He’s so much more vicious with women.” … “He attacks women because he fears women.”
— MIKA: “Big picture: my father just passed away. My mother had two heart attacks. My daughter just lost a friend. Those are the things I’m really worried about.”
JOE said they got calls from ambassadors saying “we stand by you, we stand by Mika, we stand by the show, this is shocking, we don’t even know how to respond to this as a country, we don’t know how to deal with this guy.”
— WILLIE GEIST at the top of the 6 a.m. hour: “Mika’s smart, she’s strong, she makes people in power uncomfortable and she fears absolutely no one.” … DONNY DEUTSCH on the president, who Willie noted has known Deutsch for years: “He’s a pig. He’s a vulgar pig.”
JOE and MIKA’S WAPO OP-ED — POSTED AT 5:10 A.M. — “Donald Trump is not well” — “President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal. America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, ‘Morning Joe.’
“The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika ‘neurotic’ and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.
“Mr. Trump claims that we asked to join him at Mar-a-Lago three nights in a row. That is false. He also claimed that he refused to see us. That is laughable.
“The president-elect invited us both to dinner on Dec. 30. Joe attended because Mika did not want to go. After listening to the president-elect talk about his foreign policy plans, Joe was asked by a disappointed Mr. Trump the next day if Mika could also visit Mar-a-Lago that night. She reluctantly agreed to go. After we arrived, the president-elect pulled us into his family’s living quarters with his wife, Melania, where we had a pleasant conversation. We politely declined his repeated invitations to attend a New Year’s Eve party, and we were back in our car within 15 minutes. Mr. Trump also claims that Mika was ‘bleeding badly from a face-lift.’ That is also a lie.
— OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Mika didn’t have a face-lift but had “a little skin under her chin tweaked, but this was hardly a state secret. Her mother suggested she do so, and all those around her were aware of this mundane fact.” … “During the height of the 2016 presidential campaign, Joe often listened to Trump staff members complain about their boss’s erratic behavior, including a top campaign official who was as close to the Republican candidate as anyone.” http://wapo.st/2stqLPvv
— ANY GUESSES on who the campaign official “as close to the Republican candidate as anyone” is? When the president reads that, he won’t be pleased with, well, the “campaign official … as close to the Republican candidate as anyone.” Take our anonymous Playbook poll and we’ll share the results in Power Briefing later today: http://bit.ly/2tsxLAi
WELL, if the president punches back at people who hit at him, he’ll probably bring out a bazooka for this one.
MAKE NO MISTAKE … Trumpworld enjoys this war with the media. It satisfies his electoral base. It does absolutely nothing for Washington, which he needs to keep happy in order to pass legislation and govern, which is now his job.
— @rickklein: “Kellyanne says she wants ‘a full conversation about policy’ now. @GMA”
THE MEDIA was covering health care policy obsessively until the president raised this issue. The conversation in the Capitol remains squarely focused on whether Republicans will be able to pass their repeal and replace bill.
THE DUSTUP is a battle of Acela corridor titans. Whatever Trump – or anyone – thinks about “Morning Joe,” its relevance is unquestionable. It has a steady stream of elected officials and top-notch journalists every weekday – which is why Trump probably gets tweaked when it doesn’t skew in his direction. Most of his barbs, as we’ve seen, are reserved for elite media, which he simultaneously blasts and courts.
BUT, BUT, BUT … This feud isn’t really registering outside of D.C. and New York. AROUND THE COUNTRY — MEH — A number of newspapers send their front pages to Playbookland overnight. Only a few papers this morning displayed Trump’s vulgar remarks.
WHAT AMERICA CARES ABOUT MORE THAN THIS … THE STATE (Columbia, South Carolina): “He delivered a giraffe, saved a sea lion – and now, Riverbanks’ Krantz is retiring” http://politi.co/2twFzSA … THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: “Water rate limit may halt Pickaway plan” http://politi.co/2u5NzqM … CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: “ISIS investigations underway in N.C.” http://politi.co/2uqRrlu … DES MOINES REGISTER: “TORNADOES LEAVE THEIR MARK ON IOWA” http://politi.co/2stoqnV … CINCINNATI ENQUIRER: “SOCCER’S MR. CLUTCH” http://politi.co/2sYmQhq
— ARIZONA REPUBLIC teased the Trump/“Morning Joe” feud on the lower right-hand side of A1 with the headline, “Insults by Trump again grab attention” http://politi.co/2stxngT … LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, recently purchased by Sheldon Adelson’s family, featured the story prominently as a centerpiece. They screenshotted the tweets. HEADLINE: “Trump tweets draw fire from both sides … Attacks on media critics lead to calls for civility” http://politi.co/2u5GCWu
MAGGIE HABERMAN and GLENN THRUSH wrote the lead story on A1 of the NYT with the headline: “TRUMP’S TAUNTS AIMED AT TV HOST PROMPT REBUKES … GENDER-ORIENTED BARBS … New Charges of Sexism, Even From Fellow Republicans” Story http://nyti.ms/2t7ZAM4 … A1 PDF http://nyti.ms/2uqvJy7
N.Y. DAILY NEWS — “HUMILIATION” http://nydn.us/2truCS1
IMPORTANT GRAPH FROM WAPO’S JENNA JOHNSON AND ABBY PHILLIPS: “[B]y going after a powerful female journalist’s appearance and mental health, Trump not only distracted the country from his legislative agenda for a full news cycle, but also added yet another data point to the argument that he treats women differently from men.” http://wapo.st/2sYb9Hq
— TARA PALMERI: “White House council for women and girls goes dark under Trump: The administration is evaluating whether to keep the office, created under President Barack Obama to focus on gender equity.” http://politi.co/2uqZkaK
PUTTING IT INTO CONTEXT — “Trump, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough: A Roller-Coaster Relationship,” by NYT’s Liam Stack: http://nyti.ms/2sY0M6z
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TRUMP’S FRIDAY — THE PRESIDENT is speaking to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then will have South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House for a meeting and a public statement. Trump and the first lady head to Bedminster, New Jersey, at 4 p.m.
HAPPENING NEXT WEEK — TRUMP TO EUROPE — “Angela Merkel Sets Collision Course With Trump Ahead of G-20,” by NYT’s Melissa Eddy in Berlin: “A combative Chancellor Angela Merkel set herself on a collision course with President Trump and his ‘America first’ agenda on Thursday, predicting ‘very difficult’ talks over climate change and trade when she hosts a summit meeting of 20 global leaders next week.
“Speaking before Parliament on a day when she also gathered European Union leaders in Berlin to form a common front, the German leader made no bones about the ‘obvious’ disagreement with the United States. ‘Whoever believes the problems of this world can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is making a tremendous error,’ Ms. Merkel said, in what will most likely be her final address before Parliament before closing out her third term in office.” http://nyti.ms/2uq4tjc
— “Long anticipated Trump-Putin meeting raises worries,” by Michael Crowley: “President Donald Trump plans to sit down with Vladimir Putin next week, pursuing warmer relations with the Russian leader despite multiple investigations into his campaign’s alleged ties to the Kremlin. The expected meeting in at the annual G-20 summit in Hamburg, confirmed Thursday by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, will be the first between Trump and Putin after more than a years of intense scrutiny of their relationship. The two men have spoken on the phone twice since Trump took office.
“It is unclear what messages Trump might deliver to Putin at a time of high tension between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and its military presence in Ukraine and Syria. But many national security experts and Russia hawks inside the Trump administration are concerned that a president who has spoken for months about the prospect of a friendship with Putin might be too eager to please his strong-willed Russian counterpart.” http://politi.co/2t6HR7M
THE HEALTH CARE CONUNDRUM — “Dazed GOP bolts Washington in health care disarray,” by Burgess Everett, Seung Min Kim and Sarah Karlin-Smith: “Senate Republicans skipped town on Thursday afternoon facing stiff internal opposition to their health care proposal and a July 4th recess where critics will pummel their effort to repeal Obamacare. Though the Senate whirred to life with deal-making between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his members, senators were dazed by the up-and-down week and nowhere near a plan that could get 50 votes. The GOP is planning to write new language to be analyzed by Friday, but were far from reaching a broad agreement as senators had hoped.
“‘In some ways, we’re going around in circles but I think we’re getting closer on some elements,’ said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). ‘This is complex.’ And there’s no guarantee that time back home will make things better. ‘Our members seem to have too much information and are almost in mental lockdown,’ said one Republican senator, who was perplexed at where the party goes from here. ‘I can’t imagine going home for 10 days is helpful.’” http://politi.co/2u2w8XZ
NEXT STEPS: “The best party leaders could hope for was to send a collection of new proposals to the Congressional Budget Office to analyze over the recess, which would likely include maintaining Obamacare’s so-called net investment income tax that levels a surcharge on some high-income earners. The money would then be used to help low-income people afford health care.”
— TRUTH TALK: The longer the Senate bill is out there for review and the more senators hear from constituents that they don’t like what’s in the bill, the harder it is going to be to pass it.
TURN OF THE SCREW — “GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn,” by WSJ’s Shane Harris: “Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers. In conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him, the GOP operative, Peter W. Smith, implied he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, at the time a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump. …
“What role, if any, Mr. Flynn may have played in Mr. Smith’s project is unclear. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Smith said he knew Mr. Flynn, but he never stated that Mr. Flynn was involved. Mr. Flynn didn’t respond to requests for comment. A Trump campaign official said that Mr. Smith didn’t work for the campaign, and that if Mr. Flynn coordinated with him in any way, it would have been in his capacity as a private individual. The White House declined to comment.” http://on.wsj.com/2trcaZk
KNOWING JARED — “Inside Jared Kushner’s circle of trust,” by Annie Karni: “In his former life as a Manhattan real estate developer and newspaper owner, Jared Kushner often lunched with Alan Patricof, a venture capitalist and Democratic fundraiser with a decades-long allegiance to the Clintons. Patricof, 81, fit the profile of a typical Kushner friend – a wealthy patrician New Yorker old enough to be his father, whom Kushner sought out for advice (see: Rupert Murdoch, Joel Klein and Ron Perelman). …
“In his first six months in Washington, he’s developed a new circle of advisers – one that’s more political – while leaving some of his earlier confidants behind. He’s discreet about who he calls upon for outside advice in his White House role. But some of the new additions to his cadre are people like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Sen. Ted Cruz’s former campaign manager, Jeff Roe, whose data-driven primary campaign caught his attention.
“The shift from his old life in New York to his current political reality is one Kushner wasn’t necessarily prepared for when he moved his family to Washington to join his father-in-law’s administration. ‘This is not what he expected,’ said one associate who speaks with him regularly. Most surprising to the new-to-politics senior adviser, according to multiple people with ties to Kushner, is the snakepit environment of the West Wing, and the backbiting from rival colleagues.” With cameos by Ken Kurson, Jamie Gorelick, Sen. Bob Corker, Steve Schwarzman, Ron Dermer, Yousef Al Otaiba http://politi.co/2t7eIJG
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Centrist Republicans mobilize against draft GOP budget,” by Rachael Bade and Sarah Ferris: “Centrist House Republicans are lining up to oppose a draft GOP budget curbing entitlement spending — and threatening to vote against the plan if they don’t get a bipartisan deal to increase spending caps. Tuesday Group co-chairman Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) is gathering signatures on a letter asking Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to intervene in House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black’s plan to curb $200 billion in mandatory spending in the GOP budget.
“The Tuesday Group letter — which sources say has about 20 signatories so far — warns that the Tennessee Republican’s proposal is ‘not practical’ and ‘could imperil tax reform,’ according to a draft letter obtained by POLITICO. The letter also encourages GOP leaders to work with Democrats to reach a budget agreement setting higher spending levels for fiscal 2018 — something the letter suggests could be paired with a vote to raise the debt ceiling.” http://politi.co/2t6bs1p
— WHY THIS MATTERS: Congress needs to pass a budget to do tax reform. If they don’t, tax reform is practically impossible. Conservatives are squeezing Paul Ryan from the right. And moderates are now pushing him from the middle.
FOR YOUR RADAR — “U.S. plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42 billion in arms,” by Reuters’ David Brunnstrom and Arshad Mohammed: “The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion in arms, the first such sale under the administration of Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters the administration had told Congress of the seven proposed sales on Thursday.” http://reut.rs/2tshGKS
— AP/BEIJING: “Beijing has strongly protested a U.S. plan to sell $1.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan and demanded that the deal be canceled. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Friday said Washington should immediately stop the sale to avoid harming relations with Beijing. He said the deal would severely damage China’s sovereignty and security interests and runs contrary to Washington’s commitment to a ‘one-China’ policy.” http://bit.ly/2tr1mdY
THE JUICE …
— KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON is being nominated as the next NATO ambassador. “Hutchison’s nomination to be the U.S. representative to the military alliance comes amid scrutiny of the organization from Trump. The president demanded in May that NATO member nations spend more on defense, saying that it was unfair to American taxpayers if they don’t meet commitments to do so.” http://politi.co/2tqNoc4
— @JimPressOffice (Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s account): “A fun moment between friends: @SpeakerRyan gives the Dean his belated birthday gift on the Speaker’s Balcony! #WI05” http://bit.ly/2sXvjRG
–“Here’s the Audio of Donald Trump’s Private RNC Fundraiser at His Own Hotel,” by The Intercept’s Ryan Grim and Lee Fang: http://bit.ly/2trpwF5
IN MIDTOWN WEST — “CBS News President Tells Staff ‘Evening News’ Anchor Transition Didn’t Go Smoothly, Hurt Morale,” by Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr: “In late May, it came out that after six years as anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley would be vacating the chair. In an employee town hall Thursday morning, CBS News president David Rhodes was asked if he thinks the rocky transition has hurt company morale.
“‘I absolutely do. And I’m concerned about it,’ he said, according to someone who viewed the event. ‘Transitions are difficult. We’ve had some very smooth ones while I’ve been here, and this one wasn’t one of the smoothest. And I’m concerned about that. It didn’t go the way that I wanted it to go.’” http://bit.ly/2sYqeJ1
— THE QUESTION OF THE SUMMER: Who does CBS choose as its next evening news host?
SHOT — “Administration Moves to Carry Out Partial Travel Ban,” by NYT’s Gardiner Harris, Mike Shear and Ron Nixon: “The Trump administration moved aggressively on Thursday to fulfill one of the president’s most contentious campaign promises, banning entry into the United States by refugees from around the world and prohibiting most visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries. Freed by the Supreme Court to partly revive President Trump’s travel ban, administration officials said the American border would be shut to those groups unless specific individuals can prove they have close family members living in the United States, or are coming to attend a university or accept a job offer.
“Officials said those exceptions would be defined narrowly. In a lengthy cable sent to embassies and consulates around the world, officials said that extended family connections would not be enough to evade the president’s ban on entry. Parents, including in-laws, are considered ‘close family,’ but grandparents are not, for instance. Stepsiblings and half-siblings will be allowed, but not nieces or nephews. Late Thursday, the Trump administration added people who are engaged to be married — who originally were not considered to be close family members — to the list of sufficient connections.” http://nyti.ms/2tsD3Mv
CHASER — HAWAII, AGAIN — “Hawaii challenges Trump stance on Supreme Court travel ban ruling,” by Josh Gerstein: “The State of Hawaii is asking a federal judge to rule that the Trump administration’s latest plan to carry out President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order defies the ruling the Supreme Court issued on the subject just four days ago. In a new court filing, lawyers for the state and for a Hawaii Imam say guidance the Trump administration issued Thursday takes too narrow a view of what family relationships qualify to exempt a foreigner from the travel ban and would deny admission to refugees who should be exempt from the ban due to their connections to a U.S. refugee aid agency.
“‘This Court should clarify as soon as possible that the Supreme Court meant what it said, and that foreign nationals that credibly claim connections with this country cannot be denied entry under the President’s illegal Order,’ Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin and private counsel Neal Katyal wrote in a motion filed Thursday with U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson.” http://politi.co/2ssCKNa
WHAT CHRIS COX IS READING — “Federal judge blocks new California gun control law requiring disposal of large-capacity magazines,” by L.A. Times’ Patrick McGreevy: “Many California firearm owners were given a reprieve Thursday from making a tough decision after a federal judge temporarily blocked a key provision of the state’s gun control laws approved last year in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. At the request of attorneys for the National Rifle Assn., U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez issued a preliminary injunction blocking a law that requires Californians to dispose of large-capacity ammunition magazines by Saturday or face fines and possible jail time.” http://lat.ms/2s7DEzn
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MICHAEL KRUSE in the July/Aug. issue of POLITICO Magazine, “How Gotham Gave Us Trump: Ever wonder how a lifelong urbanite can resent cities as much as Donald Trump does? First you have to understand ’70s and ’80s New York”: “For Trump, as inhospitable as he found the city on the street, the parlors of high society were equally problematic—and he created a refuge. It was some 600 feet in the sky, where the faucets were gold, the baseboards were onyx and the paintings on the ceiling, he would claim, were comparable to the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. At the top of Trump Tower, biographer Tim O’Brien told me, he could live ‘at a remove from the city and its amazing bloodstream of ideas and people and culture’—‘encased,’ added fellow biographer Gwenda Blair, ‘within this bubble of serenity and privilege.’” http://politi.co/2t7O8QT
FIRST PERSON — “Present at the Destruction: How Rex Tillerson Is Wrecking the State Department: I worked in Foggy Bottom for 6 years. I’ve never seen anything like this,” by Max Bergmann in POLITICO Magazine: “I recently returned to Foggy Bottom for the first time since January 20 to attend the departure of a former colleague and career midlevel official — something that had sadly become routine. … As I made the rounds and spoke with usually buttoned-up career officials, some who I knew well, some who I didn’t, from a cross section of offices covering various regions and functions, no one held back. To a person, I heard that the State Department was in ‘chaos,’ ‘a disaster,’ ‘terrible,’ the leadership ‘totally incompetent.’ …
“As I walked through the halls once stalked by diplomatic giants like Dean Acheson and James Baker, the deconstruction was literally visible. Furniture from now-closed offices crowded the hallways. Dropping in on one of my old offices, I expected to see a former colleague—a career senior foreign service officer—but was stunned to find out she had been abruptly forced into retirement and had departed the previous week. This office, once bustling, had just one person present, keeping on the lights. This is how diplomacy dies. Not with a bang, but with a whimper. With empty offices on a midweek afternoon.” http://politi.co/2u5GOoD
VALLEY TALK — “Twitter is looking for ways to let users flag fake news, offensive content,” by WaPo’s Elizabeth Dwoskin: “Twitter is exploring adding a feature that would let users flag tweets that contain misleading, false or harmful information, according to two people familiar with the company’s projects. The feature, which is still in a prototype phase and may never be released, is part of the company’s uphill battle against rampant abuse on its platform. It could look like a tiny tab appearing in a drop-down menu alongside tweets, according to the people.” http://wapo.st/2snAnQU
MEDIAWATCH — “Greta Van Susteren out at MSNBC after six months,” by Hadas Gold: “MSNBC has parted ways with anchor Greta Van Susteren after just six months on air, as her show failed to live up to the network’s ratings expectations. An MSNBC executive said the decision to remove the former Fox News host was purely for business reasons, based on ratings.
“‘MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways. Greta is a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they’ve hosted shows at all three major cable news networks. We are grateful to her and wish her the best,’ MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo to staff on Thursday afternoon. ‘Please join me in wishing Greta well as she departs. We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team.’” http://politi.co/2sW01L0
— @oliverdarcy: “BuzzFeed is launching an opinion section. @tomgara will be editor. More details in this memo @BuzzFeedBen just sent out to staffers” http://bit.ly/2tssEAf
–JAKE TAPPER has won the Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2017 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which “recognizes an individual’s contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.” http://bit.ly/2twBSw2
SUNDAY SO FAR — NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) … Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) … Malcolm Gladwell. Panel: Hugh Hewitt, Kasie Hunt, Katty Kay, Eugene Robinson
–CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Panel with four authors who’ve written books about presidents: Peter Baker, John Farrell, Lynne Olson and Sally Mott … “City of Ghosts” director Matthew Heineman, and Syrian journalist Abdalaziz Alhamza. Political panel: Lanhee Chen, Michael Graham, Ezra Klein and Ruth Marcus
– ABC’s “This Week”: Ohio Gov. John Kasich
–“Fox News Sunday”: John Roberts is subbing for Chris Wallace. Panel: Kim Strassel, Gerald Seib, Marie Harf, Charles Hurt
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) … Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Panel: Jason Kander, Karine Jean-Pierre, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Scott Jennings
–CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Julie Pace, Perry Bacon, Sara Murray, Phil Mattingly
SPOTTED IN ASPEN at a dinner last night hosted by David Bradley and Comcast: Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Dafna Linzer, Steve Clemons, Bob Cohn, Evan Osnos
SPOTTED last night at Carol Lee’s WSJ going away party at the Trump hotel (she’s heading to NBC News): Maureen Dowd, Sean Spicer, Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, Jon Karl, Jeff Mason, WSJ D.C. bureau chief Paul Beckett, party organizer Julie Mason, Margaret Talev, Peter Nicholas, Julie Davis, Brianna Keilar, Eli Stokols and Josh Dawsey
SPOTTED yesterday at the Nats-Cubs game (the Cubs won 5-4): CLF President Corry Bliss, Team Ryan’s Kevin Seifert and Jake Kastan, and Boehner alum Barry Jackson
SPOTTED last night at the National Press Club for a party celebrating Peter Baker’s new book “Obama: The Call of History”: Susan Glasser, Jeff Ballou, Christi Parsons, Carol Lee, Michael Shear, Betsy Fischer Martin and Jonathan Martin, Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Tony Blinken and Evan Ryan, Isaac Dovere, Steve Scully, Alexis Simendinger, Margaret Talev, Nicole Rabner, Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Diana Farrell, Jeff Bieber, Suzanne Struglinski, Lindsay Underwood, Lisa Matthews
OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC — Fresh from addressing the European Parliament in Brussels (http://mikebloom.bg/2sjtICk), Mike Bloomberg last night hosted the official launch party for the newly redesigned Bloomberg Businessweek under editor Megan Murphy. Pic of Bloomberg, Murphy and John Micklethwait in front of a giant iPhone replica with a live touch screen featuring the magazine’s new daily app http://bit.ly/2stcTFa
–SPOTTED: Reto Gregori, Kirsten Powers, Jim Aley, Howard Chua-Eoan, Yvette Vega, Hilary Rosen, Matt Winkler, Tammy Haddad, Juleanna Glover, Richard Haass, Stephanie Ruhle, Laura Zelenko, Iva Zoric, Jason Schechter, Ryan Williams (pic of him with Bloomberg: http://bit.ly/2s8E7kX), Evelyn Farkas, Jed Sandberg, Al Mayers, Ashley Bahnken, Jason Kelly, Edmund Lee, Jacki Kelley, Keith Grossman, Chitra Wadhwani, Mike Dukmejian, Ty Trippet, Harry West, Robert Vargas, Stu Loeser, Sara Fischer, Christine Taylor, Andrew Benett, Mitchell Moss, Deirdre Quinn, King Chong, Donna Faircloth, Susan Mercandetti, Chris Taylor, Jon Banner, Patty Harris.
TRANSITIONS — Karen Anderson is leaving Results for America to join the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, where she will help UChicago economists with the communication and dissemination of their research.
HILLARY ALUMNI — Oren Shur, the Clinton campaign’s former director of paid media and a DGA alum, has joined SKDKnickerbocker as SVP and political director. http://politi.co/2tretMa
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): BerlinRosen’s Rob Duffey … (was Wednesday): Leslie Peterson
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, is 57. He’s celebrating “in the little village of Wellington, Ontario, where my family has been spending summers for almost three decades.” How he thinks the Trump presidency is going: “Mostly sinister, sometimes ludicrous.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2t7ROC7
BIRTHDAYS: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is 77 … Purple Strategies’ Kyle Plotkin, former CoS to Bobby Jindal (hat tip: Bobby) … Alina Selyukh Pickeral, technology reporter at NPR and host of the All Tech Considered blog … Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) is 6-0 … Brian Stewart, media relations director at MoveOn.org … Paul Cheung, director of visual journalism at NBC News digital … Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk (h/t Tammy Haddad) … Luke Jackson, press secretary for Sen. Jon Tester in Montana, is 26, celebrating by drinking IPA and listening to “Wagon Wheel” (the right version) on repeat (h/t Lauren Passalacqua) … Luke Carter, director of data science at Y2 Analytics, is 25 (h/t Jack Appelbaum) … John Legittino, CEO and co-founder of Advoc8, who celebrated last week with friends at U2 (h/ts Josh Sharp, Sara Murray, and Ryan Williams) … Kara Wheeler, MetLife political affairs manager and an RNC and Hill alum, is 3-0 (h/t boyfriend Jon Adame, filing from Rosemary Beach, Florida) …
… Uber’s Evangeline George, a Team Pelosi alum, is 3-0, headed to Palm Beach with friends for the weekend (h/t Tom Manatos) … Dan Judy, Vice President with North Star Opinion Research in Old Town (h/t John Celock) … Laura Turanchik … Bob McBarton … Josefina Carbonell … Robyn Shapiro … Ward Carroll, U.S. Naval Institute’s director of outreach … Emily Sabbath … Roxanne Conlin … Alexandra Acker-Lyons, a Democracy Alliance alum and founder of AL Advising, a philanthropic and political consulting firm … Dan Leistikow … Rachael Gorlin … Kenzie Bok … Norm Sterzenbach … Jake Vilsack (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … photographer Gregory Beals … Will Cappelletti, investment strategist at Chevron and a Don Rumsfeld alum … Jake Stafford … Montana Rep. Ellie Boldman-Hill Smith … Douglas Waller is 68 … Elizabeth Blackney … David Alan Grier is 61 … Mike Tyson is 51 … Lizzy Caplan is 35 … Michael Phelps is 32 (h/ts AP)
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