AP: FBI failed to tell officials they were targets of Russia hacks — TRUMP re-ups against DOUG JONES — PELOSI sticks by Conyers — WASHINGTON’S December crush — DAN SCHWERIN wedding

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — — PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WEEK: Monday: The president will have lunch with the Senate Finance Committee to talk about tax reform. He’ll also meet with Defense Secretary James Mattis. Tuesday: The president will go to Capitol Hill to attend the Senate Republican lunch. He’ll also meet with congressional leadership. Thursday: Trump and the first lady will light the National Christmas Tree. Friday: Trump is lunching with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Mattis.

BREAKING … AP: “FBI failed to tell scores of U.S. officials they were targets of Russia-aligned hacking campaign,” by Raphael Satter, Jeff Donn and Desmond Butler: “The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, The Associated Press has found.

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“Nearly 80 interviews with Americans targeted by Fancy Bear, a Russian government-aligned cyberespionage group, turned up only two cases in which the FBI had provided a heads-up. Even senior policymakers discovered they were targets only when the AP told them, a situation some described as bizarre and dispiriting.

“‘It’s utterly confounding,’ said Philip Reiner, a former senior director at the National Security Council, who was notified by the AP that he was targeted in 2015. ‘You’ve got to tell your people. You’ve got to protect your people.’ The FBI declined to answer most questions from AP about how it had responded to the spying campaign. The bureau provided a statement that said in part: ‘The FBI routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information.’” http://bit.ly/2AcMBfM

THE PRESIDENT is at his golf club in West Palm Beach, per pooler Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post.

NANCY PELOSI speaks with CHUCK TODD on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: TODD: “Conyers – in or out?” PELOSI: “We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused – and was it one accusation? Is it two? John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women.” … TODD: “Do you believe John Conyers’ accusers?” PELOSI: “I don’t know who they are. Do you? They have not really come forward.” TODD: “So you don’t know if you believe the accusations?” PELOSI: “That’s for the Ethics Committee to review. I believe he understands what’s at stake here, and he will do the right thing.”

Good Sunday morning. TRUMP is traveling back to Washington this afternoon. He returns to a crushing end-of-the-year to-do list that includes funding the government, passing an overhaul of the tax code and working through a slew of domestic spending bills. Not to mention, Washington needs to find consensus on hurricane funding and reauthorizing a health care program for children. The Senate Budget Committee will consider the 2018 budget reconciliation legislation Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

LOOK FOR DEMOCRATS to try to extract significant concessions from Republicans as they barrel towards a Christmas-season government shutdown. There is an increasing number of rank-and-file Democrats who are pushing their leaders to force Republicans to pass a DACA deal in order to count on their votes on a spending package.

BOSTON GLOBE — “Fear of Trump crackdown haunts undocumented immigrants,” by Matt Viser in York, Pennsylvania. http://bit.ly/2k2fAir

— THE SENATE and HOUSE are slated to be in session just 12 DAYS before the end of the year. OF COURSE, that could change.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP — NO MENTION OF ROY MOORE — @realDonaldTrump at 8:52 a.m.: “The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY. Jones would be a disaster!”

— INTERESTING NUGGET: per NYT’s Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns: Trump “sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently. (In the hours after it was revealed in October 2016, Mr. Trump acknowledged that the voice was his, and he apologized.)” http://nyti.ms/2i7eIZe

— MARTHA RADDATZ talks with SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C.) on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: RADDATZ: “So, is President Trump on the side of wrong?” SCOTT: “Well, the president will have to make his own decisions on where he thinks he is and why he’s there. Partisan politics is very important in Washington. It’s how you get your job done on either side of the aisle. From my perspective, I’m not taking it from a Republican perspective or a Democrat perspective, I’m thinking about those folks who have been negatively impacted by these allegations. I’m thinking about the long-term health of the country from a personal perspective that leads me to one conclusion.”

— SEN. JOHN THUNE (R-S.D.) on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: “I would like to see the President, Chris, come out and support what many of us have said and that is that Roy Moore needs to step aside, allow somebody else to be a write in candidate. … If the Democrat wins it’s going to be a vote for the Pelosi/Schumer agenda … [I]f Roy Moore wins and he comes into the Senate in January, there’s going to immediately be an ethics investigation which is gonna be a cloud, that he’ll be operating in, and is gonna be a distraction for us and for our agenda. …

“[U]ltimately the decision is up to the people of Alabama, but … it would be in their best interest, and in the country’s best interest and certainly the best interest of our agenda if the President would use his influence to try to get Roy Moore to step aside.”

ON FRANKEN — @CNNPolitics: “‘Al Franken has acknowledged what he did was wrong,’ says Sen. Dick Durbin after @DanaBashCNN asks if Sen. Al Franken should resign after multiple groping allegations.”

****** A message from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation: As Washington debates tax reform, there’s talk of tax cuts that will give trillions of dollars back to American taxpayers. That sounds great. But if these tax cuts aren’t paid for, future generations will be stuck with the bill. Congress, tax reform should grow the economy. Not the debt. http://ift.tt/2zj4qfZ. ******

AROUND THE TAX REFORM HORN …

— “Republicans fret over White House sales job on taxes,” by Annie Karni and Eliana Johnson: “When photos of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, posing with freshly printed sheets of money ricocheted across the internet earlier this month, Democrats fighting the GOP tax bill saw an opportunity to whack it. Mnuchin, one of White House’s lead pitchmen for a tax reform bill Republicans are trying to present as a cut for the middle class, is a Yale-educated, second generation Goldman Sachs banker – and here he was grinning as he presented his black-leather-gloved wife with hot-off-the-press cash. …

“Mnuchin’s money shot underscored the awkwardness for the White House of selecting multi-millionaires as the principal salesmen for a tax bill it claims will boost workers’ wages and cut taxes for the average middle-class family. Mnuchin, along with fellow Goldman Sachs alum Gary Cohn, have consistently fumbled that pitch, in part due to their own backgrounds, said both Democrats and Republicans watching the effort.

“While the House passed the bill earlier this month, Republicans who see final passage as a make-or-break moment for the party are worried about potential turbulence in the Senate, which is expected to vote on its own version this week.” http://politi.co/2BnJ3aF

— WAPO’S PAUL KANE: “Despite skeptical public, GOP pushing ahead on tax-cut plan”: “‘I fundamentally believe when we do this — make good on our word, make good on our promise, make people’s lives better — we’re going to be just fine politically,’ House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters the week before the House passed its tax-cut plan Nov. 16. One can almost hear the echo of a previous House speaker pushing legislation in the early days of a new administration, as the proposal and the president started to grow unpopular.

“‘We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it,’ Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), then the House speaker and now minority leader, said before final passage of the Affordable Care Act. Pelosi’s opponents accused Democrats of approving a major law without ever reading it, taking her words out of context. What Pelosi was trying to say was quite similar to what Ryan is now saying: Once the law is passed and the public sees its impact, voters will like its benefits.” http://wapo.st/2BcRTad

— THE CURRENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT paired with Republicans single-mindedly pushing tax reform, despite how badly it polls, seems eerily familiar to how Democrats pushed health care reform in 2009. The most recent elections — where Democrats put up victories in Virginia and New Jersey — also echo early warning signs Democrats ignored in 2009 of a wave mid-term election.

2018 WATCH — “Why a historically conservative county in Virginia is making national Republicans nervous,” by WaPo’s Paul Schwartzman in Chesterfield, Virginia: “For the first time since 1961, Chesterfield County backed a Democrat for governor — and the driving forces in this Richmond suburb included women who defiantly trumpeted a political label their party has ducked for decades. … Until Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D) won Chesterfield County three weeks ago, the stretch of suburban and rural communities southwest of Richmond had been considered reliably Republican.

“Yet voters infuriated by Trump, many of them women and Hispanics who have migrated to the county in recent years, are redefining Chesterfield and alarming Virginia Republicans who have depended on the area to make up for the support the party lacks in urban areas. The results in Chesterfield are also a potential harbinger of what looms beyond Virginia, in suburbs where anger toward Trump is motivating voters bent on defeating Republican candidates in next year’s midterm elections.” http://wapo.st/2i64CHW

DUELING JARED UPDATES — NYT A1, “Jared Kushner’s Vast Duties, and Visibility in White House, Shrink,” by Sharon LaFraniere, Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker (print headline “Kushner’s Role Seemed Limitless. Then Kelly Came on the Scene”): “Few in the opening days of the Trump administration dared to challenge Mr. Kushner’s power to design his job or steer the direction of the White House as he saw fit. But 10 months after being given free rein to tackle everything from the federal government’s outdated technology to peace in the Middle East, the do-whatever-you-want stage of Mr. Kushner’s tenure is over.

“Mr. Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who had been in seemingly every meeting and every photograph, has lately disappeared from public view and, according to some colleagues, taken on a more limited role behind the scenes. He is still forging ahead on a plan to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a goal that has eluded presidents and diplomats for generations, and he has been credited with focusing attention on the government’s technological needs. But he is no longer seen as the primary presidential consigliere with the limitless portfolio.

“The new White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, has proved less permissive than his predecessor. … ‘Jared works for me,’ he has told associates. According to three advisers to the president, Mr. Kelly has even discussed the possibility of Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, departing the West Wing by the end of the year.” http://nyti.ms/2i5nqqK

— PUSHBACK ON NYT: “Mr. Kelly disputed that in an interview on Friday. ‘There was honestly never a time when I contemplated getting rid of Jared and Ivanka,’ Mr. Kelly said. He also said the Office of American Innovation, run by Mr. Kushner, had demonstrated its value, noting that he had recently sent some members of its team to Puerto Rico to report back on conditions on the hurricane-ravaged island.

“And in an email forwarded by the White House, the president said on Friday that he still relied on Mr. Kushner. ‘Jared is working very hard on peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and the last thing I would ever do is get in the way of that possibility,’ Mr. Trump said. ‘Jared has been very effective since the earliest days of the campaign and the same is true today. He understood the movement then and has been helpful implementing the agenda the American people voted for since.’”

WAPO’S ASHLEY PARKER — “The shrinking profile of Jared Kushner”: “In a rare interview in his West Wing office earlier this month — a silver bowl of Halloween candy still on the table — Kushner offered his own version of the fable of the fox, who knows many things, and the hedgehog, who knows one important thing. ‘During the campaign, I was more like a fox than a hedgehog. I was more of a generalist having to learn about and master a lot of skills quickly,’ he said. ‘When I got to D.C., I came with an understanding that the problems here are so complex — and if they were easy problems, they would have been fixed before — and so I became more like the hedgehog, where it was more taking issues you care deeply about, going deep and devoting the time, energy and resources to trying to drive change.’ …

“Kushner said he welcomes the change. ‘The order allows this place to function,’ Kushner said. ‘My number one priority is a high-functioning White House because I believe in the president’s agenda, and I think it should get executed.’ … ‘He no longer is in an environment where he has an actual predator,’ said one White House official, likening Kushner to Bannon’s regular prey. ‘That has probably helped his working environment some.’ … When Kushner’s family first arrived in Washington, they agreed they would assess after six months whether they intended to stay. … [W]hen the couple reassessed in July, they reached a decision. ‘We’re here to stay,’ Kushner said. ‘At the current moment, we’re charging forward.’ He added, ‘My wife asked me the other day if we should be looking at new houses, so that’s a good sign.’” http://wapo.st/2A8uCJN

— KUSHNER and his lawyers have until tomorrow to respond to senators’ request for documents related to his security clearance.

TRUMP ON CFPB — @realDonaldTrump at 4:48 p.m.: “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, has been a total disaster as run by the previous Administrations pick. Financial Institutions have been devastated and unable to properly serve the public. We will bring it back to life!” … at 5 p.m.: “Check out the recent Editorial in the Wall Street Journal @WSJ about what a complete disaster the @CFPB has been under its leader from previous Administration, who just quit!”

CNN’S ABBY PHILLIP speaks with BARNEY FRANK: “‘We gave a lot of attention to how to structure the CFPB and how to protect its independence, because its job is to go after some very powerful forces in the economy,’ the Massachusetts Democrat, who authored the law with then-Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, told CNN in an interview. He added: ‘The point is, we intend what [former CFPB Director Richard] Cordray was doing to have this kind of autonomy.’” http://cnn.it/2zstNaY

TRUMP VS. CNN, round 2,576 — @realDonaldTrump at 5:37 p.m.: “.@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”

–@CNNPR replies at 6:10 p.m.: “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst”. … @davidfrum: “Inside the US, CNN’s reporting is protected by the First Amendment and the courts. Outside the US, US-affiliated journalists do ultimately depend on the protection of the US government. Trump’s words are a direct attack on those international journalists’ freedom & even safety”.

— WAIT… We thought he didn’t watch TV!

POOL REPORT DU JOUR — Ali Schmitz of USA Today Network yesterday at 2:22 p.m.: “Your pool dropped off POTUS at Mar-a-Lago at 2:04 pm. An interesting ride over… additional context provided by co-pooler Emily Cochrane from The New York Times. At one point a man in a red van attempted to cut into the motorcade. Local law enforcement pulled over the vehicle, where the driver made obscene gestures and screamed several expletives.”

YOU’RE INVITED! — We’ll sit down next week with SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FLA.) on Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill (415 New Jersey Ave., NW). Sign up! Cameras welcome. http://bit.ly/playbookrubio

AUBURN BEATS NO. 1 ALABAMA http://bit.ly/2n1NWTE

BEYOND THE BELTWAY – “Looking to rebuild, Democrats face major challenges in rural Iowa,” by Des Moines Register’s Jason Noble: “Democrats running in a crowded primary race for Iowa governor are confronting an uncomfortable reality: Their party’s reputation is in tatters in rural Iowa. … Democrats’ challenges in rural Iowa are plain to see in its electoral history over the last four election cycles. Since 2010, the party has lost six of seven races for president, governor or U.S. senator. Across those six losses, the party won just 15 of Iowa’s 99 counties; in five of those losses, the Democratic candidate carried fewer than 10 counties.” http://dmreg.co/2jpCITV

MUELLER WATCH — “Special counsel Robert Mueller stands on reputation that belies a record including fumbles,” by L.A. Times’ David Willman: “When he was named special counsel in May, Robert S. Mueller III was hailed as the ideal lawman — deeply experienced, strait-laced and nonpartisan — to investigate whether President Trump’s campaign had helped with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. … But at 73, Mueller has a record that shows a man of fallible judgment who can be slow to alter his chosen course.

“At times, he has intimidated or provoked resentment among subordinates. And his tenacious yet linear approach to evaluating evidence led him to fumble the biggest U.S. terrorism investigation since 9/11. … ‘He doesn’t invite disagreement,’ said a former prosecutor who served under Mueller. ‘He’s an order-giver.’ He could be harsh on subordinates — sparking resentment when he referred privately to reassigning career lawyers as ‘moving the furniture.’” http://lat.ms/2A96HKs

WASHINGTON INC. — “The big Washington food fight,” by Helena Bottemiller Evich and Catherine Boudreau: “Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, rocked food circles in late October with the news that it was leaving the industry’s most powerful lobbying group in Washington, the Grocery Manufacturers of America, amid disagreements about how to respond to changing consumer tastes. The departure of a conglomerate that owns thousands of brands — from Hot Pockets to Deer Park water — was the most visible sign yet that the food industry’s reign in Washington is faltering as some companies scramble to adapt to rapidly evolving consumer demands while others are slower to embrace the trends.

“Long the attack group for large companies like Kraft and General Mills on legislative and regulatory issues, GMA now has members like Nestlé opposing some of its positions. The splintering of the food lobby has been driven in part by an upheaval at the grocery store, where iconic brands are stagnating as millennials and moms seek healthier and more transparent products. But complacency and a lack of leadership at GMA are also to blame, according to interviews with more than a dozen current and former member companies, former staff and other industry leaders in Washington.” http://politi.co/2hRveZz

FALLOUT IN EGYPT — “Egypt reeling from attack on mosque in Sinai that killed 305,” by AP’s Maggie Michael and Hamza Hendawi in Cairo: “Egypt was reeling Sunday from the horrific militant attack on a mosque in northern Sinai that killed 305 people two days earlier — the deadliest assault by Islamic extremists in its modern history and a grim milestone in a long-running fight against the insurgency led by an Islamic State affiliate. Survivors and Egypt’s top prosecutor have given accounts of the massacre that unfolded as more than two dozen assailants, carrying a black IS banner, unleashed gunfire and explosions during Friday prayers at the Al-Rawdah Mosque in a sleepy village by the same name near the small town of Bir al-Abd.” http://bit.ly/2AccTPe

FOR YOUR RADAR — “Special Report: ‘Treacherous shenanigans’ — The inside story of Mugabe’s downfall,” by Reuters’ MacDonald Dzirutwe, Joe Brock and Ed Cropley in Harare: “Inside State House in Harare, Robert Mugabe was in the tightest spot of his 37-year rule. Tanks were on the streets and troops had occupied the state broadcaster, from where the army had announced it had taken control of Zimbabwe.Mugabe, 93 years old but still alert, remained defiant. The only leader the country had known since independence was refusing to quit. At a tense meeting with his military top brass on Nov. 16, the world’s oldest head of state put his foot down: ‘Bring me the constitution and tell me what it says,’ he ordered military chief Constantino Chiwenga, according to two sources present.

“An aide brought a copy of the constitution, which lays out that the president is commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Chiwenga, dressed in camouflage fatigues, hesitated before replying that Zimbabwe was facing a national crisis that demanded military intervention. Mugabe retorted that the army was the problem, according to the sources present. Then the beleaguered president indicated that perhaps they could find a solution together. The meeting marked the start of an extraordinary five-day standoff between Mugabe and Zimbabwe’s supreme law on one side, and the military, his party and Zimbabwe’s people on the other.” http://reut.rs/2zEhX1Z

— “Suddenly, Zimbabwe’s biggest newspaper can print exactly what it wants. It’s harder than it sounds,” by WaPo’s Kevin Sieff in Harare: “For 37 years, it was the official newspaper of Robert Mugabe. Then, this month, the staff of the Zimbabwe Herald got an impossible assignment: They would have to cover the downfall of their benefactor. In the days after Mugabe was detained by the military, editors and reporters gathered in a wood-paneled newsroom in an old office building downtown, trying to figure out what to do. Should they back Mugabe or the military takeover? Did they still have to echo the party line? What was the party line, anyway? Suddenly, a newsroom that had been the mouthpiece of the regime was without a censor. ‘In the past we could never criticize the president,’ said Felex Share, a political reporter, in the hours before Mugabe’s resignation. ‘Right now, we can touch anything.’” http://wapo.st/2zpQWuZ

****** A message from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation: Washington is debating tax reform. There’s talk of substantial tax cuts that will give trillions of dollars back to American taxpayers. That sounds great. But if these tax cuts aren’t paid for, future generations will be stuck with the bill. Congress is right to pursue tax reform – the code is outdated, complex and unfair. Tax reform done right should be permanent, because businesses and individuals need certainty to plan and invest. It should be based on realistic, independent projections and assumptions about the effect on our economy and our fiscal outlook. And it should enjoy bipartisan support, so that it’s durable over time. Lawmakers should use the valuable opportunity presented by tax reform both to improve our fiscal outlook and strengthen the economy at the same time. Congress, tax reform should grow the economy. Not the debt. Learn more at http://ift.tt/2zj4qfZ. ******

FEEL GOOD STORY — “Meet the woman who’s spent 60 years making the skies a little friendlier,” by WaPo’s Lori Aratani. http://wapo.st/2n69xKI

BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Los Angeles:

— “The Nationalist’s Delusion,” by Adam Serwer in The Atlantic: “Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.” http://theatln.tc/2A5gOj2 (h/t Longform.org)

— “The Treasury Secretary’s Wife,” by Kevin D. Williamson in National Review: “She’s not good at being inconspicuous, which is a shame.” http://bit.ly/2jWT9el

— “Rise of the Robots,” by Sharon J. Riley in the Walrus – per Longreads.com’s description: “Driving trucks is the second most popular job for Canadian men, now autonomous truck technology threatens to put many out of work. Having seen automation replace bank tellers and elevator operators, some drivers are planning ahead for a driverless future.” http://bit.ly/2A3wLGB

— “The Last of the Iron Lungs,” by Jennings Brown in Gizmodo – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “American hospital wards used to be full of iron lungs — mechanical breathing machines to help victims paralysed by polio. When vaccines developed in the 1950s swiftly eradicated polio, iron lungs became obsolete: No more manufacturing, no more service engineers, no more spare parts. Half a century later, a last three aging elderly polio survivors rely on iron lungs to keep them alive.” http://bit.ly/2jXT5uL

— “Bumpy Ride: Why America’s roads are in tatters,” by Dale Maharidge in Harper’s Magazine: “Roads symbolize one of the fundamental contracts between a government and its citizens. They are among the most direct and regular relationships people have with the state. If the roads are failing, it means government is failing.” http://bit.ly/2A36p7c

— “Babar the Elephant Takes His Final Bow,” by Tunku Varadarajan in the WSJ: “The author of the famed children’s series, begun by his father in 1931, explains Babar’s swan song and how childhood has changed.” http://on.wsj.com/2jnbk98

— “How Stalin Became Stalinist: Puzzling out how the idealistic Soviet revolutionary came to preside over the bloodiest regime of his time,” by Keith Gessen in the New Yorker, reviewing, “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941,” by Stephen Kotkin – per TheBrowser.com’s description: The “precise number of people shot by Stalin’s secret police during the Terror [was] an astonishing six hundred and eighty-one thousand six hundred and ninety-two.” http://bit.ly/2k0z2w2$23.47 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2A3T13b

— “Pennsylvania’s Senate Race Will Be a Battle Royale,” by Charles F. McElwee III in the Weekly Standard: “The state’s interior is far more diverse than many realize. Reading and Allentown have majority Latino populations. Lancaster is less Amish country than a sprawling extension of suburban Philadelphia. The Poconos and Lehigh Valley are residential havens for New York City commuters.” http://tws.io/2A4do07

— “Why did we start farming?” by Steven Mithen in the London Review of Books, reviewing “Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States,” by James C. Scott: “When our ancestors began to control fire, most likely somewhere in Africa around 400,000 years ago, the planet was set on a new course. … [T]he human control of fire made an indelible mark on the earth’s ecosystems, and marked the beginning of the Anthropocene – the epoch in which humans have had a significant impact on the planet.” http://bit.ly/2i3e9zE$20.01 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2jX473x

— “Bill Clinton: A Reckoning,” by Caitlin Flanagan in the Atlantic: “Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?” http://theatln.tc/2i3gsme

— “Inside the U. of Virginia’s Response to a Chaotic White-Supremacist Rally,” by Jack Stripling in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: “In the days before white nationalists overtook her campus, Teresa A. Sullivan, the university’s president, conjured up an image far quainter than what the world would see. The university, she told board members, was prepared for the possibility that demonstrators from Unite the Right might come to grounds, but perhaps only as harmless tourists.” http://bit.ly/2zju5RA

— “Why I’ve Had Enough of George Orwell,” by Ben Judah in the American Interest – per ALDaily.com’s description: “The Orwell cult. His lionization as a moral giant and a prophet is overdone. But one thing really grates: the idea that he’s a monument to human decency.” http://bit.ly/2zl3gg1

— “Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed,” by Roman Mars in a Ted2015 talk: “These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.” http://bit.ly/2jAbaiq

— “A City’s Lifeblood,” by Julia Rosen in Oregon Humanities: “As efforts to clean up Portland Harbor begin, the communities most affected by pollution see a chance to reconnect to the Willamette River.” http://bit.ly/2lNlmol

— “Promethea Unbound,” by Mike Mariani in the Atavist: “A child genius raised in poverty, she wanted to change the world. Then a horrific act of violence nearly destroyed her.” http://bit.ly/2AgTsUW

SPOTTED: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin yesterday at DCA outside the security perimeter “going up an escalator from baggage claim to the main concourse by the Dunkin’ Donuts,” per our tipster.

WEEKEND WEDDING – “YJ Fischer, Daniel Schwerin” – N.Y. Times: “The bride, 36, is a senior international business development lead at Virgin Hyperloop One, a company in Los Angeles developing a futuristic mode of transportation. She was until May 2016, a diplomat for the State Department in Washington, implementing the Iranian nuclear agreement and working toward peace negotiations in Syria. She graduated from Barnard College and received a law degree from Columbia. … The groom, who is 35 and based in Los Angeles, was until September Hillary Clinton’s principal collaborator on her memoir ‘What Happened’ (Simon & Schuster, 2017).

“He was also the director of speechwriting for her 2016 presidential campaign. He previously worked with Mrs. Clinton on her book ‘Hard Choices,’ (Simon & Schuster, 2014) about her time at the State Department. He graduated from Northwestern University. … The couple met in 2005 while working on Tim Kaine’s campaign for governor in Virginia Beach.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2zqvDJOWedding Instapic by brother Josh Schwerin http://bit.ly/2n5YXD

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Stuart Jolly, founder and owner of Command Solutions LLC, senior partner at Grieboski Jolly Caraway Corp. and a Trump campaign alum. A fun fact about Stuart: “I bet most don’t know that back in the late 1990s I was once a pharmaceutical representative for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. After leaving the U.S. Embassy in Belgium in 1996, I was hired as a pharmaceutical rep in Sacramento, CA by an Army buddy. It was a short-lived career as I was quickly recalled back into the military and stayed for 10 more years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. It was an interesting experience and far different from what I had done before.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2ABodY4

BIRTHDAYS: Gabe Brotman is 28 … Chris Hughes, co-chair of the Economic Security Project, is 34 … Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) is 64 … Neal Conan is 68 … former CIA director Porter Goss is 79 … Dannia Hakki, co-owner of PR firm Moki Media … Matt Frei, Channel 4 Europe editor and presenter … Politico’s Randon White and William Hall … Douglas Smith, Obama/Clinton administration alum now managing partner at Kent Strategies … Mark Weisenmiller is 54 … Reuters’ Randy Mikkelsen … Lynn Aronoff … Sarah Wildman … Fahad Shah … Erica Brettell … Wes Allison is 49 … Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for National Law Journal … Katie Gommel of Sunshine Sachs (hat tip: Leah Nelson) … former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is 57 …

… Webber Steinhoff, principal at Prospect Strategic Communications and an RNC and Romney alum (waffle tip: Andy Hemming, filing from Brussels, who notes: “No joke: a waffle factory caught on fire on Thursday in Brussels, shuttling down the Eurostar. It was extremely cliché”) … former Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) is 59 … No Labels chief of staff Sasha Borowsky (h/t Dennis Craig) … Tyler Threadgill … Amy Shlossman … Vicente Garcia of the Atlantic Council … Gaby Siem of Chemonics … Valerie Holford … Scott Tannen … Jamie Corley, co-founder of TheBridge … Kate Vasiloff … Todd Deutsch, VP at Edelman … Brittany Heyer of Save the Children … Greg Davis … Alicia Jennings, senior White House producer at NBC News (hubby tip: Michael Mershon) … Ray Glendening, CEO of Scarlet Oak Strategies LLC, is 38 … James Devitt … Doug Winslow …Andy McGuire (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)

****** A message from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation: Washington is debating tax reform. There’s talk of substantial tax cuts that will give trillions of dollars back to American taxpayers. That sounds great. But if these tax cuts aren’t paid for, future generations will be stuck with the bill. Congress is right to pursue tax reform – the code is outdated, complex and unfair. Tax reform done right should be permanent, because businesses and individuals need certainty to plan and invest. It should be based on realistic, independent projections and assumptions about the effect on our economy and our fiscal outlook. And it should enjoy bipartisan support, so that it’s durable over time. Lawmakers should use the valuable opportunity presented by tax reform both to improve our fiscal outlook and strengthen the economy at the same time. Congress, tax reform should grow the economy. Not the debt. Learn more at http://ift.tt/2zj4qfZ. ******

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