SOMEONE NEEDS TO WRITE A GOOD TICK TOCK — THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: “Oscars Shocker: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway Read Wrong Best Picture Winner” With video http://bit.ly/2mBJDth … L.A. Times on what happened backstage http://lat.ms/2mlIM3H … PricewaterhouseCoopers apologizes for the mixup http://bit.ly/2lMlKzK … Jimmy Kimmel roasts President Donald Trump http://pge.sx/2mlyIrn … List of Oscar winners http://bit.ly/2lWXu0j
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A NOTE ABOUT THE WHCA DINNER — President Donald Trump just did the journalism industry a huge favor. We can now make the White House Correspondents Dinner a celebration of journalism, not a celebration of Washington. Let’s be real: The White House Correspondents Dinner jumped the shark years ago. The event became a five-day-long, glitzy shindig focused on which stars were attending more than anything else. While at times fun, it was otherwise a burden. Many seem to be assuming the event dies without the president’s participation. But maybe this is an opportunity to turn the spotlight back to journalism. Why not use the dinner to highlight the stories that change lives, root out corruption, explain the complex machinations of government, tell the stories of countries torn apart by war and brought together by peace? The WHCD already does good — it gives out scholarships and promotes the value of a free press. Let that be the focus. We bet a bunch of people will be interested in celebrating that. And if the president is one of them, so much the better.
THIS WEEK will be all about President Donald Trump’s primetime address to Congress Tuesday night. It’s not technically a State of the Union, but rather an address to a joint session of Congress. It will, though, have all the pomp of a State of the Union. Capitol Hill is deferring to Trump this week, and giving him the limelight.
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WHAT TO EXPECT — “Trump gets ready for his biggest sell yet,” by Shane Goldmacher: “There are six 8.5 by 11 pieces of paper lined up and adhered to the wall of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s West Wing office. Each, sorted by category, contains a list of the various promises that then-candidate Donald Trump made on the campaign trail. It serves as both visual reminder and actual checklist for the president’s agenda.” http://politi.co/2l2z5ap
THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET — “Trump wants to raise military spending — but cut everywhere else,” by Shane Goldmacher, Sarah Ferris, and Jen Scholtes: “President Donald Trump is taking the first major step toward putting together a federal budget proposal, asking federal agencies to draft plans to hike military spending and cut back other domestic programs — while making no changes to major entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare. One senior administration official said the plan would call for increases in spending on defense, homeland security, intelligence, the Department of Justice and law enforcement. Trump will propose ‘dollar for dollar cuts’ elsewhere starting in 2018, the official said. The White House is expected to send its preliminary funding targets to federal agencies Monday, the day before Trump addresses the nation on Tuesday night in a prime-time address in which he will lay out his policy priorities for the coming months.” http://politi.co/2m1wOvL
— FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: This runs counter to almost a decade of Republican budgeting orthodoxy. Speaker Paul Ryan gained prominence in the early days of the Republican majority by making significant tweaks to entitlement programs. Almost everyone in the Republican Party believes it’s necessary to overhaul entitlements to balance the budget. Trump, however, has ruled it out.
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HILL WATCH — “GOP’s New Plan to Repeal Obamacare: Dare Fellow Republicans to Block Effort,” by WSJ’s Louise Radnofsky, Kristina Peterson and Stephanie Armour: “Republican leaders are betting that the only way for Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act is to set a bill in motion and gamble that fellow GOP lawmakers won’t dare to block it. Party leaders are poised to act on the strategy as early as this week, after it has become obvious they can’t craft a proposal that will carry an easy majority in either chamber. Lawmakers return to Washington Monday after a week of raucous town halls in their districts that amplified pressure on Republicans to forge ahead with their health-care plans. Republican leaders pursuing the ‘now or never’ approach see it as their best chance to break through irreconcilable demands by Republican centrists and conservatives over issues ranging from tax credits to the future of Medicaid. The new strategy means the health-care law could be overhauled in three precarious steps — reflecting the difficulties of concurrently repealing and replacing the law, as President Donald Trump had sought.” http://on.wsj.com/2mlnvY2
— THIS COULD BE VERY DANGEROUS for GOP leadership. It’s a big gamble. It would mean that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan’s ability to pass a rewrite of the health care law would likely be on the shoulders of a handful of Republicans, many of whom have been feeling increasing pressure from constituents who are opposed to repealing Obamacare. Neither Trump nor congressional Republicans have laid out a complete plan for how they want to replace it.
INSIDE THE ROOM — “A divided White House still offers little guidance on replacing Obamacare,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein: “A meeting Friday afternoon between President Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, his former rival in the GOP primaries, had no set agenda. But Kasich came armed with one anyway: his hope to blunt drastic changes to the nation’s health-care system envisioned by some conservatives in Washington. Over the next 45 minutes, according to Kasich and others briefed on the session, the governor made his pitch while the president eagerly called in several top aides and then got Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on the phone. At one point, senior adviser Jared Kushner reminded his father-in-law that House Republicans are sketching out a different approach to providing access to coverage. ‘Well, I like this better,’ Trump replied, according to a Kasich adviser. … [Some] White House advisers, according to multiple individuals who asked for anonymity to describe private discussions, have emphasized the potential political costs to moving aggressively. That group includes Kushner, NEC Director Gary Cohn, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.” http://wapo.st/2mluqk6
— KEEP IN MIND: The president’s top advisers — Kushner, Cohn, Miller and Bannon — have almost no experience in legislative governing. Miller worked in communications in the Senate. Drop the other ones in the Capitol, ask them to find Cups and we’ll bet $10,000 they’d need to phone a friend. Why does that matter? Because governing isn’t Wall Street or real estate. It’s a different profession and, in many cases, a different skillset.
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HAPPENING TODAY — TRUMP will drop by a National Governors Association meeting, and will meet with health insurance CEOs. He’ll lunch with U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and VP Mike Pence before meeting with Ryan and McConnell. He meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at 3:15 p.m. before a 6:30 p.m. dinner with regional press affiliates.
— TRUMP WILL MEET WITH THESE HEALTH INSURANCE CEOs: Stephen J. Hemsley, president and CEO of UnitedHealth Group; Mark Bertolini, chairman and CEO of Aetna; David Cordani, President and CEO of Cigna; Bruce Broussard, president and CEO of Humana; Joseph Swedish, chairman, president and CEO of Anthem; Scott Serota, president and CEO of BCBSA; Matt Eyles, executive vice president of AHIP (in place of President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner, the former CMS administrator who is still subject to the Obama administration lobbying ban); Patrick Geraghty, CEO of Florida Blue; Dan Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross; Brad Wilson, president and CEO of BCBS North Carolina; Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente.
FOR YOUR RADAR — THE NEW WORLD ORDER — “Trump team looks to bypass WTO dispute system: Unilateral trade sanctions would test a pillar of the US-built global economic order,” by FT’s Shawn Donnan and Demetri Sevastopulo: “The Trump administration is exploring alternatives to taking trade disputes to the World Trade Organisation in what would amount to the first step away from a system that Washington helped to establish more than two decades ago. Incoming officials have asked the US Trade Representative’s office to draft a list of the legal mechanisms that Washington could use to level trade sanctions unilaterally against China and other countries. Their goal, people briefed on the request told the Financial Times, is to find ways that the new administration could circumvent the WTO’s dispute system. Since being established in 1995 the WTO has become the pre-eminent venue for resolving trade fights between member countries, which its proponents say has helped prevent destructive trade wars. While the US would remain a WTO member under the Trump administration’s plans, the officials’ move reflects the sceptical view many of them have of an institution they see as a plodding internationalist bureaucracy biased against US interests.” http://on.ft.com/2lMlwso
BEHIND THE SCENES — “Sean Spicer targets own staff in leak crackdown: The push includes random phone checks overseen by White House lawyers,” by Annie Karni and Alex Isenstadt: “Last week, after Spicer became aware that information had leaked out of a planning meeting with about a dozen of his communications staffers, he reconvened the group in his office to express his frustration over the number of private conversations and meetings that were showing up in unflattering news stories, according to sources in the room. Upon entering Spicer’s office for what one person briefed on the gathering described as ‘an emergency meeting,’ staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a ‘phone check,’ to prove they had nothing to hide. Spicer, who consulted with White House counsel Don McGahn before calling the meeting, was accompanied by White House lawyers in the room, according to multiple sources.
“There, he explicitly warned staffers that using texting apps like Confide — an encrypted and screenshot-protected messaging app that automatically deletes texts after they are sent — and Signal, another encrypted messaging system, was a violation of the Presidential Records Act, according to multiple sources in the room. … Spicer also warned the group of more problems if news of the phone checks and the meeting about leaks was leaked to the media. … Within the communications office, the mood has grown tense. During a recent staff meeting, Spicer harshly criticized some of the work deputy communications director Jessica Ditto had done, causing her to cry, according to two people familiar with the incident. ‘The only time Jessica recalls almost getting emotional is when we had to relay the information on the death of Chief Ryan Owens,’ Spicer said, referring to the Navy SEAL killed recently in action in Yemen.” http://politi.co/2mlz7do
— “Trump inspires encryption boom in leaky D.C.,” by Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook. http://politi.co/2lfIrdK
— WAPO’s ERIK WEMPLE: “Sean Spicer is losing his grip”: “Never let it be said that President Trump and his underlings don’t work hard, especially when it comes to initiatives aimed at smearing and stymieing the White House press corps. … [On Sunday,] Annie Karni and Alex Isenstadt of Politico publish a piece about how Spicer has been investigating alleged leaks from within his own staff … Bad news always places White House handlers in a bind. How to respond? Keep quiet? Issue an apology? Deny? Make a pledge to dismantle the surveillance state descending on your colleagues? Nah, better to ring up the Washington Examiner and have it smear Isenstadt. … Scattered and poorly executed, the story appears to represent the assertion by anonymous White House officials that Isenstadt, while reporting the Spicer-leak-investigation piece, did something offensive. The alleged moment arose as Isenstadt was asking Spicer in an interview about a staffer at the White House press office.
“What fresh material was the Washington Examiner adding to this matter? Well, its anonymous White House sources whisper that Isenstadt laughed inappropriately when discussing the Ditto issue. ‘He started laughing about that SEAL,’ the Washington Examiner quotes ‘one informed official’ as saying. Politico spokesman Brad Dayspring denied any such characterization. Asked how he justified using anonymous sourcing for such an allegation, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard responded, ‘I thought Brad had a good response as did the anon Politico who characterized Spicer.’” http://wapo.st/2l2HI4J
THE JUICE …
–BRIAN MCCORMACK, currently VP of external affairs at the Edison Electric Institute and a Bush White House alum, is the leading candidate to be chief of staff for the Energy Department, sources have told us. A formal announcement on the job won’t be made until Rick Perry is confirmed.
— NEIL GORSUCH will meet this morning with Democratic Sens. Mark Udall of New Mexico and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.
— FORMER VP JOE BIDEN is still hanging around town. He was spotted looking tan and relaxed, sporting a blue blazer Sunday at the Whole Foods on Wisconsin Avenue. He posed for photos with staff, hugged and kissed a staff member who was particularly excited to see him and walked out with groceries and the Sunday New York Times.
— CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA has a D.C. fundraiser Monday hosted by Ogilvy Government Relations’ Dean Aguillen and Moses Mercado. Suggested contribution to chair the event: $14,600.
—VOTEVETS has a new TV ad with retired Rear Admiral Michael Smith calling for an independent Trump-Russia commission. He says to camera: “Sir, we’re putting you on notice … Defending America means finding the truth.” The ad will air on this morning’s Morning Joe and “Fox and Friends”. http://bit.ly/2lfDOjV
SCOOP — “Nominee for Navy Secretary withdraws,” by Jeremy Herb: “President Donald Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, withdrew from consideration Sunday, becoming the second Pentagon pick unable to untangle his financial investments in the vetting process. ‘Mr. Philip Bilden has informed me that he has come to the difficult decision to withdraw from consideration to be secretary of the Navy,’ Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement. ‘This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests.’ Mattis added that he would make a recommendation to the White House for a new nominee ‘in the coming days.’ Bilden, who built his career in Hong Kong with the investment firm HarbourVest, was a surprise pick for the Navy post but had been Mattis’ preferred candidate. Yet like billionaire investment banker Vincent Viola, who withdrew his nomination to be secretary of the Army earlier this month, Bilden ran into too many challenges during a review by the Office of Government Ethics to avoid potential conflicts of interest, according to sources familiar with the decision.” http://politi.co/2l2zwRT
THE LOYAL OPPOSITION — “Democratic legislators in 30 states to rebut Trump’s Congress address,” by USA Today’s Heidi Pryzbyla: “Democratic lawmakers in at least 30 U.S. states are either unveiling or highlighting legislation this week aimed at President Trump’s working-class voters, in a nationwide coordinated rebuttal to the agenda the president will outline in his first joint address to Congress on Feb. 28. It’s an attempt to form the legislative spine of a state-level resistance to Trump’s policies, Nick Rathod, executive director of State Innovation Exchange Action, which is overseeing the initiative, told USA TODAY. The timing creates a juxtaposition between Democratic economic security prescriptions for workers, such as raising the minimum wage and paid family leave, and Trump tax reform and federal budget policies that, Democrats say, are at odds with his populist campaign oath to prioritize ‘forgotten’ Americans from the factory floors of the Rust Belt to the sawmills of the Mountain West.” http://usat.ly/2mCde5L
— “The DNC isn’t enough: Democrats demand more leadership changes,” by Gabriel Debenedetti and Isaac Dovere in Atlanta: “The party-officer elections here over the weekend turned into a mini-convention of up-and-coming politicians, activists, and operatives straining to envision the opening days of Donald Trump’s administration and Republican domination of Washington as a moment of Democratic revitalization, not reason to sink further into the party’s roiling existential crisis. Quietly — and pointedly refusing to attach their names to the musings — they talk about starting to look past the all over-70-years-old leadership team of Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Jim Clyburn in the House of Representatives. Some hope, wistfully, the three will step aside before the 2018 midterms to help send a message and generate new ideas. And as much as they like the idea of Chuck Schumer’s expanded Senate leadership team, they can’t help noticing how few of the body’s younger rising stars are included.” http://politi.co/2mvaUhK
YOU’RE INVITED — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is sitting down with us for a Playbook Interview Friday morning at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). This is going to be a newsy event. Trump gives his first address to Congress Tuesday night, the DNC just elected a new chairman and Democrats are facing the real possibility that Republicans are going to move swiftly to repeal the health care law. Much of what Trump wants to do — tax reform, infrastructure — will need Democratic votes. We’ll talk about all of this Friday morning. Doors open at 8:20 a.m. RSVP http://bit.ly/2mjyTDN
SUSAN GLASSER’S “GLOBAL POLITICO” — ALPHA LADIES — Donald Trump’s controversial new adviser Sebastian Gorka says “the alpha males are back” when it comes to American foreign policy. The Global POLITICO asked some serious Alpha Ladies to respond. Our frank conversation with Madeleine Albright, the first woman secretary of state; Michele Flournoy, who was in line to become the first woman secretary of defense; and Wendy Sherman, who negotiated the Iran deal, is this week’s must-listen episode of The Global POLITICO. http://politi.co/2l2x4dX
TALES FROM DNC HQ: In the latest episode of “Off Message,” Isaac Dovere sits down with outgoing DNC acting Chairperson Donna Brazile and gets a download on her swift transition to acting DNC chair, and the lasting effects of the WikiLeak hack on the Democratic party. http://politi.co/2lfDEJs … Listen on iTunes http://apple.co/2kJqk3D
BEN SCHRECKINGER in POLITICO MAGAZINE — “The World’s Most Important Workout”: “In the early hours of Nov. 9, as stock markets began to rally on the news of Donald Trump’s upset win, there was another dramatic spike afoot. Interest in the bone density and cholesterol levels of an 83-year-old woman from Flatbush, New York, was also soaring. Many people wanted to know whether two-time cancer survivor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest and perhaps the most liberal justice on the Supreme Court, had enough gas in the tank to outlast the Trump presidency, or whether Trump would get a chance to fundamentally alter the balance of the court by replacing her, a possibility he dangled successfully to entice wary Republicans to vote him. … As it turns out, the answer to that question lies largely in the hands of a staffer in the clerk’s office of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
“Asked earlier this month about the most important person in her life, Ginsburg, who was widowed in 2010 and lost a close friend with the 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, responded, ‘My personal trainer.’ That would be Bryant Johnson, 52. You could think of Johnson’s sturdy limbs as a fourth branch of government, grafted onto the judiciary, keeping it aloft. When Johnson is not helping run the District courthouse or fulfilling his duties as a Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserves, he moonlights as a physical trainer to local jurists, including not only Ginsberg, but also Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, two of the high court’s other three reliably liberal votes, as well as several appeals court judges. … Johnson agreed to meet me on Presidents Day at an undisclosed location.” With video http://politi.co/2mlRKOH
HISTORY LESSON — NYT A1, “Trump Embraces ‘Enemy of the People,’ a Phrase With a Fraught History,” by Andrew Higgins: “The phrase was too toxic even for Nikita Khrushchev, a war-hardened veteran communist not known for squeamishness. As leader of the Soviet Union, he demanded an end to the use of the term ‘enemy of the people’ because ‘it eliminated the possibility of any kind of ideological fight.’ ‘The formula “enemy of the people,”’ Mr. Khrushchev told the Soviet Communist Party in a 1956 speech denouncing Stalin’s cult of personality, ‘was specifically introduced for the purpose of physically annihilating such individuals’ who disagreed with the supreme leader. It is difficult to know if President Trump is aware of the historic resonance of the term, a label generally associated with despotic communist governments rather than democracies. But his decision to unleash the terminology has left some historians scratching their heads. Why would the elected leader of a democratic nation embrace a label that, after the death of Stalin, even the Soviet Union found to be too freighted with sinister connotations?” http://nyti.ms/2mBVZBK
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — Protect Our Care, a coalition working against Obamacare repeal, released a memo on the congressional recess and backlash at town halls. http://politi.co/2m1MmzA
THE SLOW WALK — “Competing Priorities Bog Down Efforts to Quickly Roll Back Dodd-Frank: White House places a higher priority on issues such as taxes, and Democrats aren’t in a mood to cooperate,” by WSJ’s Ryan Tracy and Rachel Witkowski. http://on.wsj.com/2l2Mtet
MEDIAWATCH – NYT Business Day cover, “In Trump-CNN Battle, 2 Presidents Who Love a Spectacle,” by Mike Grynbaum: “The old CNN may have shrunk from conflict; the new CNN is leaning into it. Once the down-the-middle nerd of the cable news playground, CNN — under the guidance of [Jeff] Zucker, a former sports and morning show producer with a yen for flood-the-zone programming — is now an elbows-out player in national politics, vociferously pledging to hold a truth-averse White House to account. It’s a quarrel fueled in part by the yearslong, up-and-down relationship between Mr. Trump and Mr. Zucker, two outspoken television addicts who once enjoyed a rapport. … [B]oth share an obsession with ratings and a love of spectacle. Once in frequent touch, the men have not spoken to each other since December.” http://nyti.ms/2mBNTc1
HOLLYWOODLAND — “The most eye-catching red carpet look at the Oscars wasn’t a dress. It was a blue ACLU ribbon,” by WaPo’s Robin Givhan: “Actress Ruth Negga had one pinned to the bodice of her flowing red Valentino gown. Lin-Manuel Miranda wore one on the lapel of his black tuxedo — a suit he said he’d gotten from San Marko Formals & Fine Men’s Wear in Yonkers, New York, which was the same place he’d gotten his prom tux almost 20 years ago. The model Karlie Kloss [who dates Josh Kushner, Jared’s brother] had her blue ribbon pinned to the hip of her white Stella McCartney gown with its attached half-cape.” http://wapo.st/2mBLIp5
CLICKER – “I’m a Silicon Valley liberal, and I traveled across the country to interview 100 Trump supporters — here’s what I learned,” by Sam Altman of Y Combinator on Business Insider: “‘You all can defeat Trump next time, but not if you keep mocking us, refusing to listen to us, and cutting us out. It’s Republicans, not Democrats, who will take Trump down.’” http://read.bi/2mBOsTb
SPOTTED — Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, along with his security detail, waiting at the gate for the arrival of his fiancée Louise Linton aboard Sunday’s 2 p.m. American Shuttle from LaGuardia. Linton sat in first class with her dog in a Louis Vuitton carrier at her feet. … Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) in Chinatown Sunday evening … Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on a 5:45 p.m. Delta flight yesterday from Atlanta to DCA … Wolf Blitzer and CNN publicist Liza Pluto streaming the Oscars on the Acela … Nigel Farage at Harry’s Pub following dinner with the President at the Trump Hotel … Chrys Kefalas and Tommy McFly on Saturday night at Ocean Prime … at Gallier Hall in New Orleans for the Bacchus parade: Walter Isaacson, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Cathy Isaacson, Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, and Donna Brazile. Pic http://bit.ly/2lXbMO6
SPOTTED in Hollywood at the Oscars: Playbookers, former WSJ and Pulitzer winning writer Ron Suskind with sons Owen and Walt. Walt lives in D.C. and is a spokesman at the CFPB. Ron’s book “Life Animated” about his autistic son Owen’s overcoming struggles through the use of Disney movies was made into a movie and nominated for best documentary feature. It lost to Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow’s “O.J.: Made in America.” (Edelman is a D.C. native and Libbie Geist Wildes, the executive producer of the documentary, is Willie’s sister.) Trailer http://bit.ly/2lMn31E … $10.19 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2mBRHKy
TRANSITIONS — Derek Gianino starts today as the new director for international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He previously was the director of strategic initiatives at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition … Mercury hired Omar Khan for its New York office as a senior vice president. Khan was most recently assistant trade representative for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement for President Barack Obama. http://politi.co/2mBKlqb
WEEKEND WEDDING — Colin Seeberger and David Whalen were married Saturday night at The St. Regis in Washington. Colin is the strategic campaigns director at Young Invincibles. David is a partner at the GOP media firm McCarthy Hennings Whalen, Inc. The bipartisan couple met on OkCupid in 2013. SPOTTED: GOP ad guru Larry McCarthy, Rob Hennings, Nancy Pelosi aides Emily Berret and Bina Surgeon, Sen. Maggie Hassan’s (D-N.H.) comms director Aaron Jacobs and Hassan campaign alum Jane Hughes, Sarah Cottrell of 270 Strategies, Democratic fundraiser Michael Schultz, Andy Kroll and Sarah Schultz. Spotted also having dinner at the hotel: Alan Greenspan and Andrea Mitchell. Guests were treated to a champagne sabering and danced well into the night. Pics http://bit.ly/2lq7T1j … http://bit.ly/2mv0VsM
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Obama alum Eric Lesser, now a Massachusetts state senator, celebrating with a nice dinner at the restaurant The Federal in Agawam, Mass., with his wife Alison and two young daughters Rose (3) and Nora (2 months) – read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2muVJ8l
BIRTHDAYS: Chelsea Clinton is 37 … Robbie Aiken, VP of federal affairs at Pinnacle West, former Bush ’41 and ’43 advance man … ABC7 alums Maureen Bunyan and Greta Kreuz … Sasha Johnson, United’s managing director of regulatory and policy and an FAA alum … Genevieve Ryan, co-founder at Zinc and daughter of Genny and Fred … Ralph Nader is 83 … Sarah Clements … Politico’s Mike Irwin, Kelsey Wessels and Joseph Green … journalist Rebecca Sinderbrand … Gary Knell, president and CEO at National Geographic Society and an NPR alum … Greg Lubar, international director for brokerage at JLL … Greg Speed, executive director at America Votes (hat tips: Jon Haber) … Nils Bruzelius, the pride of Stockholm, alum of WashPost alum and Environmental Working Group … Bush alum Sara McIntosh … HFA alum Kathy Gasperine … Brian Malte … journalist Kelly Olsen … Barb Prigge … David Baumann, Washington correspondent and columnist at The Credit Union Times … Kate DePriest, assistant counsel to the IG at SBA … Delaware GOP executive director John Fluharty … Uber development vehicle operator Matt Herman (h/ts Colby Bermel) …
… investigative journalist and author Dan Moldea is 67 (h/t Nadia Szold) … Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) is 59 … Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is 39 … Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) is 48 … Jill Chappell … Tim Morris, strategic marketing and branding director at Energy Storage Association and alum of WJLA and Politico, is 39 … Adam Elkington … Anne Kimbell … Mary Walsh … Blanquita Cullum … Adrienne Biggert Morrell … Maria Koklanaris Bonaquist … Ross Fitzgerald … Alana Berkowitz … Eddie W. Reeves is 55 … Jim Norman Javinsky is 47 … David Hercilla … Dan Hull … Craig Kennedy, former president and CEO of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and now partner in the firm Creative Engagement … Boehner alum Trevor Kolego, now SVP at The Smith-Free Group … Mark Blumenthal … Vivian Todini … Justin Thiltgen (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … singer Josh Groban is 36 … actress Kate Mara is 34 (h/ts AP)
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