PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WEEK … Monday: TRUMP is lunching with VP Mike Pence and hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife for dinner at Mt. Vernon. Tuesday: Macron is at the White House for a host of meetings, and Trump will hold a press conference with him. Trump lunches with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and then hosts a state dinner for Macron. …
… Thursday: The president and first lady host a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier ride. Friday: Trump has Team USA at the White House, and hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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SUNDAY BEST … CHRIS WALLACE spoke to FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: WALLACE: “Many foreign leaders over the last year have come to Washington, but this will be the first state visit of the Trump presidency. How do you explain your special relationship with the president and some have called you the ‘Trump Whisperer’.”
MACRON: “Look, I think — we have a very special relationship because both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides. I think President Trump’s election was unexpected in your country and probably my election was unexpected in my country. And we are not part of the classical political system.
“Second, I think we are very much in line on some very critical issues of this world—and especially counter-terrorism and fight against ISIS. Third, I think we have a very strong personal relation — based on the different meetings we had and especially visits such your president gave to my country for Bastille Day in 2017.”
Good Sunday morning. Happy Earth Day!
SIREN … DAVID SIDERS in COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: “Clyburn urges full leadership shakeup If Democrats fail to retake House”: “‘If we’re still in the minority’ after Election Day, he told POLITICO following his annual fish fry here, ‘all of us have got to go.’ … With a younger class of Democrats clamoring to break into leadership, Clyburn, 77, appeared at the fish fry alongside Rep. Tim Ryan, the Ohio Democrat who challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully for her leadership position in 2016.
“Clyburn, the assistant minority leader and the highest ranking African-American in Congress, referred repeatedly to Ryan as a ‘good friend’ and a favorite drinking partner in Washington. A glass of Jack Daniel’s in hand at the fish fry, a mainstay on the Democratic Party circuit, Clyburn said he did not take Ryan’s leadership challenge personally, adding, ‘I understand exactly what he was saying.’
“Ryan has said he will not challenge Pelosi again. Of his position that the party would be better served if she weren’t speaker, he said, ‘My view on that has not changed.’” https://politi.co/2qQBxkQ
— THIS IS IMPORTANT: Clyburn has been at the leadership table for years. He is now the only member of House Democratic leadership who has voiced what many have said behind-the-scenes: that if Dems can’t win in November it’s time for new leadership. Many Democrats complain privately that even if they take the House, it is time for Nancy Pelosi and her team to step aside and make way for the next generation.
CLYBURN here is giving a subtle nudge under the bus to Steny Hoyer, too. Hoyer has shown practically zero interest in moving on from Congress.
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NYT’S ALEX BURNS in FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA: “Fearing Chaos, National Democrats Plunge Into Midterm Primary Fights”: “In districts from Southern California to Little Rock, Ark., and upstate New York, the party has begun interceding to help the Democrats it sees as best equipped to battle Republicans in the fall.
“The approach is laced with peril for a party divided over matters of ideology and political strategy, and increasingly dominated by activists who tend to resent what they see as meddling from Washington. A Democratic effort to undercut a liberal insurgent in a Houston-area congressional primary in March stirred an outcry on the left and may have inadvertently helped drive support to that candidate, Laura Moser, who qualified for the runoff election next month.” https://nyti.ms/2HIvsAG
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WHAT IS ON THE PRESIDENT’S MIND THIS A.M. — @realDonaldTrump at 8:22 a.m.: “‘GOP Lawmakers asking Sessions to Investigate Comey and Hillary Clinton.’ @FoxNews Good luck with that request!”
— TO BE CLEAR: Attorney General Jeff Sessions works at the pleasure of Trump.
… at 8:50 a.m.: “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing. Wow, we haven’t given up anything & they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!” …
… at 9:02 a.m.: “….We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things will work out, and maybe they won’t – only time will tell….But the work I am doing now should have been done a long time ago!”
— FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS … PHOTO of George W. and Laura Bush, Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Melania Trump and George H.W. Bush http://bit.ly/2qPn2xT
REMEMBERING BARBARA BUSH — AP’s Juan A. Lozano in Houston: “Barbara Bush was remembered as the ‘first lady of the Greatest Generation’ during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who filled a Houston church with laughter as much as tears, with many recalling her quick wit and devotion to family. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joked that his mother called her style of raising him and his siblings ‘“a benevolent dictatorship” — but honestly, it wasn’t always benevolent.’
“She was widely admired for her plainspoken style during her husband George H.W. Bush’s presidency and was known as ‘The Enforcer’ in her high-powered family. Jeb Bush said he could feel her presence Saturday inside the nation’s largest Episcopal church and that she would likely have given him advice: ‘Jeb, keep it short. Don’t drag this out,’ he said to chuckles.
“He met her expectations with a speech lasting about seven minutes. He choked up at one point while addressing the roughly 1,500 people seated inside St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where his parents regularly worshipped, when saying his mother — known for her self-deprecating remarks about her wrinkles and white-gray hair — was ‘beautiful’ until the very end.” http://bit.ly/2Hk6sjS
— Greta Van Susteren: @greta: “Invited to Barbara Bush’s funeral was the owner of her favorite pizza restaurant…he and his wife sat next to me. She wanted to include people who were a part of her life and she loved their restaurant. It was not all big names but all very important people to her.”
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PYONGYANG REPORT — “What Does Kim Jong-un Want? U.S. Fears Answer Is ‘Give a Little, Gain a Lot,’” by NYT’s Mark Landler in Washington and Choe Sang-Hun in Seoul: “As North Korea’s reclusive ruler, Kim Jong-un, prepares for a landmark meeting with President Trump, he has seized the diplomatic high ground, making conciliatory gestures on nuclear testing and American troops that have buoyed hopes in South Korea and won praise from Mr. Trump himself, who called it ‘big progress.’
“But Mr. Kim’s audacious moves are unsettling officials in the United States, Japan and China. Some suspect he is posturing in advance of the summit meeting, as well as a separate meeting this coming week with South Korea’s president, and has no real intention of acceding to demands that he relinquish his nuclear weapons.
“They worry that his gestures could put Mr. Trump on the defensive in the difficult negotiations to come, by offering symbolically potent but substantively modest concessions in place of genuine disarmament — what one senior American official labeled a ‘freeze trap.’ …
“In Washington, most officials and experts believe that the North Korean leader is determined to cement his country’s status as a nuclear state while escaping the chokehold of economic sanctions. His concessions on nuclear testing and the presence of American troops in South Korea, they said, are calculated to prod the United States into easing such penalties, even before the North dismantles its arsenal.” https://nyti.ms/2HPtjkl
HOW WE FIGHT TODAY … “A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust,” by NYT’s Eric Schmitt in Air Base 201, Niger: “Rising from a barren stretch of African scrubland, a half-finished drone base represents the newest front line in America’s global shadow war. At its center, hundreds of Air Force personnel are feverishly working to complete a $110 million airfield that, when finished in the coming months, will be used to stalk or strike extremists deep into West and North Africa, a region where most Americans have no idea the country is fighting.” https://nyti.ms/2HiD3CM
THE NEXT FRONTIER — “GOP split as banks take on gun industry,” by Zach Warmbrodt: “Major banks are cutting off business with the gun industry, roiling Republicans who want to respect the financial decisions of private institutions while still showing their unyielding support of the Second Amendment.
“Some Republicans, enraged at moves by Citigroup and Bank of America to distance themselves from some retailers and gun manufacturers, have called on government agencies to cancel contracts with the banks and defer deregulation proposals that would benefit them. But other Republicans want to keep their hands off, saying lenders are free to decide who they do business with.
“It’s a conundrum that puts the free-market principles at odds with gun rights, and Republicans across the board are genuinely split over how to react to moves by some of the biggest financial institutions in the country.” https://politi.co/2qQiozI
COHEN WATCH — “Michael Cohen, once at pinnacle of Trump’s world, now poses threat to it,” by WaPo’s Michael Kranish, Tom Hamburger and Ros Helderman: “When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House. At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff. But when Trump built his West Wing team, the brash New York lawyer did not make the cut.
“Some in Trump’s inner circle worried about blowback from Cohen’s associations and unorthodox tactics in fixing the New York developer’s problems, Trump associates said. Among those opposed, the associates said, were Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. For his part, Cohen had warned Trump against giving Ivanka Trump and Kushner White House jobs, saying the president would be hammered by complaints of nepotism, according to two people familiar with the matter.” https://wapo.st/2K5A5mF
PRUITT’S PROBLEMS …
— NYT A1, “Scott Pruitt Before the E.P.A.: Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends With Money,” by Steve Eder and Hiroko Tabuchi in Oklahoma City (print headline: “E.P.A. Chief’s Ethics Woes Have Echoes in His Past”): “Early in Scott Pruitt’s political career, as a state senator from Tulsa, he attended a gathering at the Oklahoma City home of an influential telecommunications lobbyist who was nearing retirement and about to move away.
“The lobbyist said that after the 2003 gathering, Mr. Pruitt — who had a modest legal practice and a state salary of $38,400 — reached out to her. He wanted to buy her showplace home as a second residence for when he was in the state capital. ‘For those ego-minded politicians, it would be pretty cool to have this house close to the capitol,’ said the lobbyist, Marsha Lindsey. ‘It was stunning.’ Soon Mr. Pruitt was staying there, and so was at least one other lawmaker …
“The property was held by a shell company registered to a business partner and law school friend, Kenneth Wagner. … The mortgage on the Oklahoma City home, the records show, was issued by a local bank that was led by another business associate of Mr. Pruitt’s, Albert Kelly. Recently barred from working in the finance industry because of a banking violation, Mr. Kelly is now one of Mr. Pruitt’s top aides at the E.P.A. and runs the agency’s Superfund program. …
“According to real estate records, the 2003 purchase of the house for $375,000 came at a steep discount of about $100,000 from what Ms. Lindsey had paid a year earlier — a shortfall picked up by her employer, the telecom giant SBC Oklahoma.” https://nyti.ms/2qRRVAX
NOT A CLOSER — “Utah Republican delegates force Mitt Romney into a primary election with state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in the race for the U.S. Senate,” by the Salt Lake Tribune’s Lee Davidson and Courtney Tanner in West Valley City: “After 11 hours of political elbowing and shoving at the Utah Republican Convention — held appropriately at a hockey arena — delegates forced Mitt Romney into a primary election against state Rep. Mike Kennedy in the U.S. Senate race. In fact, Kennedy — a doctor and lawyer — finished in first place at the convention with 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49 percent.
“The former GOP presidential nominee fell far short of the 60 percent needed to clinch the nomination outright. … Romney blamed his second-place finish — out of a dozen Republicans seeking the seat of retiring seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch — on delegates’ dislike of candidates like him who hedge their convention bids by also gathering signatures to ensure at least a place on the primary ballot.” http://bit.ly/2Hl9n7Y
2020 WATCH — “Bernie Forces Ask Clinton And Top Democrats To Recommit To Cutting Superdelegates,” by BuzzFeed’s Ruby Cramer: “A top Bernie Sanders official is asking Democratic leaders, including Hillary Clinton, to sign a draft letter recommitting to vastly shrinking or effectively eliminating the party’s controversial ‘superdelegates’ system — and ultimately changing the presidential nominating process.” https://bzfd.it/2qSKzNH
AL FRANKEN RESURFACING — @rubycramer: “[email protected] is making his first public appearance since leaving the Senate over multiple allegations of misconduct — speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Portugal next month on Cambridge Analytica and foreign-sponsored hacking.” http://bit.ly/2HTYNFS
REMEMBER POLITICO’S BRETT NORMAN — by Jen Haberkorn: “Brett Norman, a Politico health care reporter, died Saturday. He was 43 and had pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, journalist Kate Dailey; sons Everett, 4, and Owen, 2, his mother, Jean Norman; and his brother, Daniel Norman. Norman reported on the Affordable Care Act, bioethics and the pharmaceutical industry. “‘He covered all the craziness surrounding the launch of Obamacare – and he broke the story that the very same HHS official who made a mess out of Medicare.gov later went on to make a mess out of HealthCare.gov. Brett had fun with that one,’ Politico Editor Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico Pro’s Editorial Director Marty Kady, and Executive Editor for Health Care Joanne Kenen emailed the staff. …
“Norman was a talented reporter, a caring colleague, and a valued member of the Politico Health Care Team family. He was thoughtful, smart, and had a delightfully wry wit.” https://politi.co/2HkGitf
SUNDAY BEST (CONT.) … MARGARET BRENNAN speaks to IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF on CBS’ “FACE THE NATION”: BRENNAN: “So all options are on the table for Iran too. You said that if the U.S. pulls out the outcome will be ‘unpleasant.’ What did you mean by that?”
ZARIF: “Well, first of all it will lead to U.S. isolation in the international community. The reason that President Trump has not withdrawn from the deal over the past 15 months in spite of the fact that he did not like the deal has been the fact that everybody has advised the administration that this is not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the United States and withdrawing from it would be seen by the international community as a — an indication that the United States is not a reliable partner in the international community.
“So from the perspective of the U.S. presence in the international community it would not be pleasant for the United States — the reaction of the international community, and as I said Iran has many options and those options are not pleasant.”
— CHUCK TODD speaks to SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME.) on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: COLLINS on COMEY: “If I were advising a future FBI, I would say two things. One, always follow the Department of Justice’s protocols and guidelines which unfortunately James Comey did not do with the Hillary Clinton investigation. And he did not do when he leaked documents that were FBI work documents to a friend of his knowing that they would go to the press. … The second would be don’t write a book in the middle of an investigation that’s ongoing.”
TODD: “Do you think this potentially disruptive to the Mueller probe?” COLLINS: “That’s what worries me. I cannot imagine why an FBI director would seek to essentially cash in on a book when the investigation is very much alive. He should’ve waited to do his memoir.”
— AMAZING TELEVISION … WATCH CNN’S DANA BASH speak to SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TENN.) about Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn. https://snpy.tv/2HjWvmG
NICK JULIANO: “Interior rejected staff advice when scuttling tribes’ casino”: “Trump administration officials rejected recommendations from federal experts on Indian gaming policy when they blocked two American Indian tribes from opening a casino in Connecticut last year, documents obtained by POLITICO indicate. The heavily blacked-out documents add to questions about whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his political appointees buckled to lobbying pressure from MGM Resorts International, a gambling industry giant that is planning its own casino just 12 miles from the project proposed by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes.
“Interior’s inspector general is investigating the department’s handling of the tribes’ casino application, a spokeswoman told POLITICO, after Connecticut lawmakers asked the internal watchdog to look into the matter.” https://politi.co/2HIRu6k
JENNIFER PALMIERI in POLITICO Magazine, “I Was a Top Clinton Aide. Here’s What I Think About Comey’s Book”: https://politi.co/2qNxLJk
CAMPBELL BROWN PROFILE – NYT Sunday Business cover, “Is Facebook’s Campbell Brown a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Is She Fake News?” by Nellie Bowles (print headline: “Emergent Force at Facebook”): “Ms. Brown, 49, … has long had to grapple with questions about whether she really has influence at the social network. … But a year and a half into her tenure, Ms. Brown, who became a school-choice activist with close ties to conservative politics after her TV career, is emerging as a fiery negotiator for her vision of Facebook as a publishing platform, according to interviews with more than 30 people who work or who regularly interact with her. This month, Hollywood Reporter named Ms. Brown one of this year’s 35 most powerful New York media figures. Facebook — with its reach of more than 2.2 billion users — already holds enormous power over the news that people consume.
“But now it is making its first venture into licensed news content. Facebook has set aside a $90 million budget to have partners develop original news programming, and Ms. Brown is pitching publishers on making Facebook-specific news shows featuring mainstream anchors … At one recent meeting, two publishers complained about having lost a lot of online traffic after changes to Facebook’s News Feed. According to one publisher who was present, Ms. Brown told them the company would give them more traffic if they stopped doing clickbait.” https://nyti.ms/2K54OQX
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BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from New York:
–“Church of The Donald: Never mind Fox. Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV,” by Ruth Graham in POLITICO Magazine’s May/June issue: “Trump has forged a particularly tight marriage of convenience with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, which since early in the 2016 campaign has offered consistent friendly coverage and been granted remarkable access in return. Trump personally has appeared 11 times on CBN since his campaign began; in 2017 alone, he gave more interviews to CBN than to CNN, ABC or CBS.” https://politi.co/2HH9wpK
— “Billion-Dollar Blessings,” by Alec MacGillis in ProPublica: “How Jerry Falwell Jr. transformed Liberty University, one of the religious right’s most powerful institutions, into a wildly lucrative online empire.” http://bit.ly/2HMLnLX
— “The Hardest Job in the World: What if the problem isn’t the president—it’s the presidency?” by John Dickerson on the cover of May’s Atlantic: “Until we fix the office, presidents will continue to be frustrated by its demands, and Americans will continue to be disappointed in their leader. We will enter another presidential-campaign season desperate for a good outcome, but unprepared to choose someone who can reset the terms of success.” https://theatln.tc/2K72nNQ
— “The Chameleon,” by David Grann in the Aug. 11, 2008, issue of the New Yorker – per Longform.org’s description: “Frédéric Bourdin was an imposter. His ‘trail of cons,’ for which he used five languages and dozens of identities, extended for years across Europe and America.” http://bit.ly/2HCMjVM
— “Sharks, zealots and the apocalypse: welcome to Steve Bannon’s movie world,” by Jon Henley in The Guardian: “[T]he exhibition [titled ‘Steve Bannon: a Propaganda Retrospective’ in Rotterdam] sets out to show how Bannon’s artistic work first foreshadowed, then shaped, the core narratives of Trumpism. … [Bannon’s films] feature a surfeit of unsubtle metaphors, from the meteorological (hurricanes, snowstorms, avalanches) to the animal (circling sharks, grizzly bears, American eagles).” http://bit.ly/2qPYVzd … The exhibit http://bit.ly/2qTmvdg
— “Who’s Afraid of the Female Nude?” by Michael Slenske and Molly Langmuir in the Cut: “Paintings of naked women, usually by clothed men, are suddenly sitting very uncomfortably on gallery walls.” http://bit.ly/2JcFXJK
— “My ancestor died of a splinter. Wait, what?” by Eleanor Cummins in PopSci – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “Before penicillin in 1942, the tiniest infected wound could bring fatal blood poisoning. Splinters will start killing us again, if our over-use of antibiotics encourages the evolution of antibiotic-resistant germs.” http://bit.ly/2HNVe4i
— “OLPC’s $100 Laptop Was Going to Change the World – Then It All Went Wrong,” by Adi Robertson in The Verge: “After announcing the $100 Laptop, OLPC had one job: Make a laptop that cost $100. They slowly realized that this wasn’t going to happen. They pushed the cost to a low of $130, but only by cutting so many corners that the laptop barely worked. Even at $180 the design had major tradeoffs.” http://bit.ly/2HPjVxj (h/t Longreads.com)
— Margaret Carlson’s remembrance of Barbara Bush in Time: “Bush was the girl who sat out the dance, fell in love at 17, and never got over marrying the dashing, lanky Yale first baseman who fell for the chubby girl whose mother wouldn’t serve her dessert. Her unspoken message: there is honor in ‘just being’ a wife and mother. It’s O.K. to be a plus size. A lined face is the price of living.” https://ti.me/2qUbfh8
— “Truth and Consequences,” by Gerry Boyle in Colby Magazine: “Rebecca Corbett ’74 leads the New York Times team that exposed Harvey Weinstein and unleashed a tidal wave of change.” http://bit.ly/2JefNXd
— “Engineers Are Leaving Trump’s America for the Canadian Dream,” by Karen Weise and Saritha Rai in Bloomberg Businessweek: “The long wait for green cards was bad enough. Antagonism toward immigrants is pushing skilled foreigners across the border.” https://bloom.bg/2F5o25f
— “How Much Is a Word Worth?” by Malcolm Harris in Medium – per ALDaily.com’s description: “Who can afford to write? Magazines haven’t raised their rates since the 1950s. Even New Yorker staff writers typically don’t get health insurance.” http://bit.ly/2Jd8OOa
SPOTTED: Shaun Donovan sitting in Saturday evening traffic on the FDR in a black Audi A7.
OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC — Pool report from “Campbell Brown’s 50th birthday party in a rooftop loft in Chelsea last night. The evening began with live musical performances by Campbell’s sons, Eli and Asher, and ended with a jam session by Jon Batiste. In between, there were toasts and video sketches by Anne Kornblut, Frank Bruni, Lester Holt, Amy Chiaro, Alex Pelosi and Dan Senor.”
SPOTTED: Joel Klein, Nicole Seligman, John Podhoretz, John Heilemann and Diana Rhoten, Dina Powell and Dave McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Allison Williams, Matt Negrin, Lee Woodruff, Romy Drucker, Tal Keinan, Ricky Van Veen, Seth Siegel, Chris Licht, Marc Sternberg, Steven Rubenstein, John Avlon and Margaret Hoover, Andrew Morris-Singer, Corey Morris-Singer, Paul Singer, Terry Kassel, Bari Weiss, Boykin Curry, Bret Stephens, Bruce Feiler, Linda Rottenberg, Chris Altchek, Charlotte Morgan, Dafna Linzer and Bart Gellman, Dan and Margaret Loeb, Jacob Weisberg and Deborah Needleman, Jared Cohen, Jay and Elena Lefkowitz, Bill Kristol, Steve Rattner and Maureen White, Katie Couric and John Milner, Kevin Delaney, Ben Smith, Tali and Boaz Weinstein, Michael Barbaro and Jake Kastan.
WEEKEND WEDDING – Paula Reid, a CBS News correspondent covering the Justice Department and the White House, on Saturday married Jason Kolsevich, a management consultant at Water Street Partners, in a ceremony at the Mansion on Turner Hill in Ipswich, Massachusetts near the bride’s hometown.
— Pool report: “While in high school, she and her siblings worked as caterers at the Mansion. The wedding was a serendipitous alignment of circumstances for the couple. The two were once strangers who shared a similar commute on the D.C. Metro’s Orange Line, where Paula regularly caught Jason’s eye. Then, finally, her secret admirer saw her at the neighborhood Whole Foods and made a move. Two years later they danced to their first song as husband and wife.” Pic http://bit.ly/2HilCGo
BIRTHWEEK (was Thursday): Brian MacDonald, a former chief of staff serving three members of Congress from Oregon’s second congressional district, who celebrated with his family over a long weekend in Aruba (hat tip: wife Poppy MacDonald)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Sarah Hunt, co-founder of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy and partner of Cornerstone Group. A trend she thinks deserves more attention: “The potential for cryptocurrency to leap-frog financial services development and create economic empowerment for women. Cryptocurrency could help because women tend to have more structural and cultural barriers to economic independence. But to get there, we need affordable, cleaner energy to support the required computing power.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: https://politi.co/2Hns1fv
BIRTHDAYS: Julie Whiston, former WHCA executive director … Joe Pounder, president of Definers Public Affairs and CEO of America Rising, is 35 (h/ts Colin Reed and Sarah Golan) … Don Graham is 73 … Matt Moore (h/t Alex Stroman) … Politico’s Elana Schor … Jummy Olabanji … ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (h/ts Jonathan Karl and Devin Dwyer) … James Kvaal … McKinsey’s Elizabeth Ledet … Marisa Medrano Perez … Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) is 58 … Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) is 54 … Shayndi Raice, WSJ national news reporter … CQ’s Matt Korade … Helene Cooper, NYT Pentagon reporter … Bob Reid, senior managing editor at Stars and Stripes … Dahlia Lithwick … The New Yorker’s Erica Hinsley … Sana Ali, a South Asian security analyst and writer, is 32 … WashPost’s Sari Horwitz … Larry Brady … DCCC events director Krista Jenusaitis … Kombiz Lavasany is 41 … Wade Henderson, professor at UDC Law … Patrick Rucker of Reuters … TPM’s Allegra Kirkland … Isabella Gomez Torres … Allison Ehrich Bernstein, principal at Allative Communications (h/t Jon Haber) …
… Brian Forde, an Obama W.H. alum who is a candidate in California’s 45th congressional district; he’s celebrating with a party organized by wife Alison at their house in Lake Forest with campaign staff, friends and teachers … NYC councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. … Rick Dykema, COS for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher … WeWork’s Anastasia Dellaccio, celebrating with a joint birthday party with Ben Chang at the Brothers & Sisters bar at the Line Hotel in D.C. this afternoon (h/ts Ben Chang and Fran Holuba) … Zygmunt Wilf is 68 … WaPo’s Eugene Scott … Nicole Bamber … Ed Walsh is 41 … OZY’s Daniel Malloy … GM’s Allie Medack … Maureen Mooney … Anthony Timpanaro … FAA’s Christopher Jennison … Evan Quinnell … Mark Braden … Doug Lowenstein … Elisabeth Goodridge, NYT newsletter editorial director … Adele M. Stan … Walter Fields … Evan Dobelle … Lisa Davis Allison … Kyle Osborne … Yasmina Vinci … Andrea Clarke … David Barrett … Logan Peyton-Massara … Britt Cocanour … Andrea LaRue … Chung Seto (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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