FACT CHECK: TRUE — @realDonaldTrump at 10:49 p.m.: “Big week coming up!”
Good Tuesday morning and welcome back! KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: HARVEY AID EDITION — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) visited Texas over the weekend, and announced that the House would begin considering a Harvey aid package Wednesday morning. Despite the Trump administration’s preference, the package that begins in the House will not include lifting the debt limit, according to people briefed on the legislation. That’s not to say the Senate won’t slap it on and send it back to the House, which many aides expect to happen. You will hear a lot in the coming days about some opposition on the right to a Harvey disaster relief and debt ceiling package. Remember this: support for a deal like that would be broad and bipartisan.
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THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN in 26 days unless Congress passes a funding bill.
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THE BIG PICTURE — NEWS ANALYSIS from PETER BAKER on A1 of the NYT: “Trump Faces Deal-Making Challenges as Congress Returns”: “Donald J. Trump the deal maker heads into the autumn of his first year in as weak a negotiating position as any president in modern times — desperate for a victory yet hardly near consensus on any major priority, still able to dominate the national conversation but so far incapable of translating that into action.
“A summer of tumult marked by staff shake-ups, legislative failures, intraparty feuds, a racially inflammatory controversy and a nuclear-edged war of words has left him at odds with his own Republican Party and supported by barely a third of the American public. The list of daunting challenges has only grown with little sense of how he plans to tackle them beyond Twitter storms and declarations of determination.
“As Congress returns to town on Tuesday, the president faces weeks of hard negotiations to overhaul the tax code, raise the debt ceiling, keep the government open, finance his border wall, and secure relief and reconstruction money for areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. On top of that, he plans to throw another polarizing issue on the docket by threatening to scrap President Barack Obama’s program allowing younger illegal immigrants to stay in the country unless Congress acts to save it within six months.” http://nyti.ms/2vGDFAl
TRUMP’S DACA DECISION MATRIX …
— “Both sides gear up for political fight as Trump prepares to end immigration protections for ‘dreamers’,” by WaPo’s David Nakamura: “Lawmakers and advocates on both sides began to stake out positions Monday for an extended public fight over whether Congress should provide legal status to young undocumented immigrants known as ‘dreamers’ as President Trump is preparing to rescind Obama-era protections for them.
“Moderate congressional Republicans, and even some conservatives, suggested that they are open to crafting a legislative deal that could offer permanent legal status to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have been in the country illegally since they were children. Democrats lambasted Trump for his expected decision and called on the GOP to join them to protect the dreamers. …
“Trump’s decision to include a six-month delay could be a bid to shift some of the political pressure and consequences over the dreamers onto congressional Republicans. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah) and several other GOP leaders have urged Trump not to end the program and to let Congress pursue its own course of action.” http://wapo.st/2xLk13h
— “On DACA, President Trump Has No Easy Path,” by NYT’s Glenn Thrush, Maggie Haberman and Julie Hirschfeld Davis: “For months, an anxious and uncertain President Trump was caught between opposing camps in the West Wing prodding him to either scrap or salvage an Obama-era program allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the country as minors to remain in the United States. Last week, with a key court deadline looming for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, Mr. Trump, exasperated, asked his aides for ‘a way out’ of a dilemma he created by promising to roll back the program as a presidential candidate, according to two people familiar with the exchange. Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, John F. Kelly, who had wrestled with crafting a compromise in his previous job as the president’s homeland security secretary, began consulting with Republican lawmakers and staff members for a quick fix, according to three officials familiar with the situation.
“He finally arrived at an inelegant solution to an intractable problem: Delaying a decision on the final fate of about 800,000 ‘Dreamers’ covered by President Barack Obama’s executive action for six months, and putting it on Congress to come up with a legislative solution to the problem. Congressional Republicans expect the administration to unveil some version of this stopgap solution on Tuesday, but Mr. Trump will not make the announcement himself. Instead, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will handle it at an 11 a.m. briefing. He will not take questions from reporters.” http://nyti.ms/2gAoQol
–INTERESTING NUGGET: “[T]he moderates in Mr. Trump’s midst, [Gary] Cohn in particular, are somewhat less influential these days, after several expressed their disgust at the president’s response to the racial riots in Charlottesville, Va., last month.”
— “Trump’s punt to Congress on DACA threatens new GOP rift,” by Seung Min Kim and Rachael Bade: “[S]ome Republicans such as conservative Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas are openly floating trade-offs to protect DACA recipients, even as Democrats insist that Dreamers aren’t bargaining chips for tougher immigration restrictions. In the House, senior Republicans still believe there’s a possible deal to be struck with Democrats: codifying DACA in return for Trump’s sought-after border wall. … One plugged-in immigration advocate predicted a ‘30-70 chance’ that Congress successfully passes legislation that would essentially codify DACA … into law.” http://politi.co/2ezQnWq
BEN SMITH: “Why Does Trump Always Shoot The Hostages?: The president prepares to throw DREAMers’ lives into chaos, his political goals unknown” http://bzfd.it/2gBo8Ho
THE WAY OUT, according to GOP leadership insiders we spoke to: a deal which reinstates DACA in some form, and beefs up security on the border with Mexico. This is something that many Republicans and most Democrats could live with.
A QUESTION FOR DEMOCRATS — Will Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi start trying to attach the reinstatement of DACA to must-pass legislation like disaster relief funding for Harvey or funding the government?
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GREAT ANECDOTE — WSJ’s Mike Bender and Kristina Peterson: “The relationship between the White House and congressional Republicans began to fray before the August recess, as the Senate struggled to overhaul the health-care law. [Mitch] McConnell, a fastidious, 30-year veteran of the Senate, often prepared note cards with points he wanted to make during phone calls with the president. Mr. Trump was more casual, starting conversations with several minutes of chatter about the day’s headlines or what he had seen on TV, the kind of banter he used as a businessman with VIPs …
“As it became clear Mr. McConnell couldn’t summon enough Republican votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Senate majority leader stopped responding to the president’s chitchat … ‘Mitch?’ the president said when Mr. McConnell fell silent in one call. ‘Are you there?’ Mr. McConnell waited a beat, then responded. ‘Yes, Mr. President. Back to the bill.’” http://on.wsj.com/2xL4ukh
TRUMP’S TUESDAY — TRUMP has a National Security Council briefing at 10 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., he will meet with the National Economic Council. At 4 p.m., Trump meets with the Big Six — the top negotiators on tax reform. At 5:45 p.m., he will speak to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the phone.
AP’S JOE MCDONALD in Beijing: “China has tools to pressure Kim but worries of consequences”: “Though China has long been the North’s main trading partner and diplomatic protector, Kim’s nuclear and missile tests have alienated Chinese leaders, who supported last month’s U.N. sanctions that slash North Korean revenue by banning sales of coal and iron ore. President Donald Trump and others have called on China to use its leverage to do more to halt the North’s nuclear development.
“Beijing tried to head off the latest nuclear test, conducted Sunday, by warning Pyongyang that such an event would lead to even more painful penalties. Still, Chinese leaders worry about instability on the Korean Peninsula if Kim’s regime collapses, which would eliminate a buffer between China and South Korea, a heavily armed U.S. ally with American troops on its soil.” http://bit.ly/2gBioxv
W.H. REVOLVING DOOR — “Spicer lands post-White House gig,” by Annie Karni: “Sean Spicer is cashing in on ‘candor.’ President Donald Trump’s first press secretary … has signed with Worldwide Speakers Group, the company confirmed to POLITICO. ‘Audiences around the world will benefit from the same candor, wit and insight that Spicer brought to the White House briefing room,’ Worldwide Speakers Group writes about Spicer in its pitch to potential customers, an early copy of which was reviewed by POLITICO. …
“His first paid speaking gig will be in New York City on Sept. 11, at the annual conference of the investment bank Rodman & Renshaw … [H]e is also planning to pitch a book proposal and his agent, Robert Barnett, as of last week was making the rounds to networks to negotiate a possible deal for his client. So far, he has yet to nail down a paid television talking-head gig.” http://politi.co/2eY6bDc
THE ADMINISTRATION — “EPA now requires political aide’s sign-off for agency awards, grant applications,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin: “The Environmental Protection Agency has taken the unusual step of putting a political operative in charge of vetting the hundreds of millions of dollars in grants the EPA distributes annually, assigning final funding decisions to a former Trump campaign aide with little environmental policy experience.
“In this role, John Konkus reviews every award the agency gives out, along with every grant solicitation before it is issued. According to both career and political employees, Konkus has told staff that he is on the lookout for ‘the double C-word’ — climate change — and repeatedly has instructed grant officers to eliminate references to the subject in solicitations.
“Konkus, who officially works in the EPA’s public affairs office, has canceled close to $2 million competitively awarded to universities and nonprofit organizations. Although his review has primarily affected Obama administration priorities, it is the heavily Republican state of Alaska that has undergone the most scrutiny so far.” http://wapo.st/2xLsFPw
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Putin: Russia may order U.S. to cut further its diplomatic staff in Moscow” — Reuters/Xiamen, China: “Russia reserves the right to further reduce the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, adding that Moscow would not do that for now. Reacting to what he called Washington’s ‘boorish and unprecedented’ actions towards Russia’s diplomatic facilities in the United States, Putin said he would order the Foreign Ministry to take the U.S. authorities to court over violation of Russia’s property rights. …
“‘The only thing is that it was done in such a clearly boorish manner. That does not reflect well on our American partners. But it’s difficult to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse Austria and Australia. Nothing can be done about it. Probably such is the level of political culture of a certain part of the U.S. establishment.’” http://reut.rs/2wDRHQy
WHAT BANNON AND BOYLE ARE READING — “Breitbart bangs the drum in Alabama Senate showdown,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Conservatives led by Breitbart News are waging an all-out campaign to stop a candidate backed by Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell in the Alabama Senate special election — putting growing pressure on the president to step away from his endorsement. With just over three weeks until the runoff, far-right forces are starting to close ranks around former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, an evangelical bomb-thrower who famously defied a federal order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from a state building. And they’re looking to persuade Trump not to campaign for Moore’s rival, incumbent Sen. Luther Strange. …
“The pro-Moore effort will intensify this week, when the candidate arrives in Washington to hold a procession of meetings with influential conservatives that he hopes will culminate in endorsements. Among those Moore is slated to huddle with: members of the House Freedom Caucus and former diplomat and presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who is hosting a Wednesday evening fundraising reception. Attendees are being asked to give up to $2,700, according to an invitation. Steve Bannon is helping to orchestrate the push. … Bannon, who returned to Breitbart last month after leaving the White House, has dispatched one of his favorite writers, Matt Boyle, to Alabama.” http://politi.co/2x6V6ud
— BOYLE in Montgomery, Alabama: “Exclusive — Judge Roy Moore Embodies Jeff Sessions: ‘I Think I Would Have the Same Opinion’ on Immigration, Trade”: “Moore’s embrace of Sessions, and his brand of economic nationalism that he shares with the president, is a key recipe for electoral success in Alabama: Sessions is so popular in Alabama he was reelected last time unanimously as he drew no opponent in either his primary or his general election.” http://bit.ly/2gI7Ssb
IN JERUSALEM — “Sara Netanyahu Expected to Be Indicted for Fraud in Pocketing $110,000 in Goods,” by Haaretz’s Gidi Weitz: “Sara Netanyahu is expected to be indicted, pending a hearing, on charges of fraudulently receiving items worth 400,000 shekels ($111,851), Haaretz has learned. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit is expected to inform Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, of the charges against her in a few weeks. Sara Netanyahu is suspected of ordering chef’s meals at the prime minister’s official residence, which is against regulations, and concealing the fact that she did so. She and her husband have accused the former chief caretaker of the official residence, Meni Naftali, who is currently leading protests against the prime minister, of inflating the residence’s expenses.” http://bit.ly/2xKhpmh
THE 2017 POLITICO 50 UNVEILED TODAY — The fourth annual POLITICO 50 list maps out the new American landscape of ideas and introduces the people who can see past the disruption of Trump to a future in which politics, technology and new social currents will transform our country into something most of us have yet to imagine. The top 5 — 1. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon (http://politi.co/2wCFpb2) … 2. Trump opposition leaders Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin (http://politi.co/2vGlsTf) … 3. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch (http://politi.co/2wCcS5b) … 4. Steve Case (http://politi.co/2xLe5HF) … 5. Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates (http://politi.co/2x5XC3G). See the full list http://politi.co/2eYbTVv
NEW ISAAC DOVERE PODCAST — “Dolores Huerta, the famed labor leader who marched with Cesar Chavez and coined his rallying cry, is still mad as hell—and she laid it all out for Isaac Dovere in the latest episode of the Off Message podcast talking about the DACA decision and the policy around contract laborers. ‘This is a step up above slavery,’ Huerta, now 87, said. ‘The Republican plan is to deport all of the people that you have here that are undocumented, and bring in folks here under foreign labor contracts.’ And all the while, Huerta says, Trump and other wealthy people like him benefit more than anybody from the sweat of immigrant labor.
“‘I think it’s mean. I think that he’s got this obsession, a fixation, against people of color. You know, the way that he keeps attacking Mexicans,’ she says. ‘I’m a Mexican American. And my great-grandparents were here before his were, I’m sure. And his grandfather came from Germany.’ Plus: her memories of walking onto stage with Bobby Kennedy the night he was shot (and why she still blames herself a little) and of the night she came up with Si Se Puede.” http://politi.co/2eYlqfb
APOLOGY — COVER DU JOUR – LOUISE LINTON on the cover of Washington Life’s September issue, in which she poses in evening gowns for the magazine’s “Balls & Galas” issue and apologizes for her Instagram post in a Q&A with Virginia Coyne – “I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics. My post itself and the following response were indefensible. Period. I don’t have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity for the backlash I experienced. … It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending. I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone. It was an out of character, knee-jerk reaction, and I felt so awful about it that I removed it. …
“I one hundred percent embrace the comments of my critics and I concede wholeheartedly that the post was boastful and materialistic and my response was extremely thoughtless. I should have known better than to be so insensitive.” … Q: “Did you feel the criticism was overblown?” LINTON: “No. I feel like I deserved the criticism”. … Q: “So, the social media Louise is not the real Louise?” LINTON: “The social media Louise of that week was not me. I should have stuck to posting pictures of rescue dogs and daily life.” Q&A http://bit.ly/2ezxVNX … The cover http://bit.ly/2wAD1TN
VALLEY TALK — RECODE’S TONY ROMM: “Reid Hoffman has billions of dollars and one of the best networks in Silicon Valley. Here’s how he’s using them to take on Trump: Inside the tech mogul’s 2017 political playbook for funding candidates, causes and companies”: “Hoffman is eager to open his checkbook for state and federal office-seekers, including for critical races in Virginia. There, he’s already spent millions of dollars and tapped staff on the ground to study the state’s local elections, hoping to fund get-out-the-vote initiatives and other ideas that might work elsewhere in the country — all the while nudging its Republican-dominated legislature in the direction of Democrats.” http://bit.ly/2iXBja8
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HAPPENING TODAY — UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is speaking at AEI this morning at 11 a.m. with the speech titled “Beyond the echo chamber: Considerations on U.S. policy toward Iran”. Livestream http://bit.ly/2xKMAOt
UNDERSTANDING KIM — “Motives of North Korea’s Leader Baffle Americans and Allies,” by NYT’s Motoko Rich and David E. Sanger: “[S]ix years after Mr. Kim took power and began executing those who challenged his rule — sometimes with an antiaircraft gun — there is no issue that confounds analysts more than the motives of a 33-year-old dictator whose every move seems one part canny strategy, one part self-preservation, and one part nuclear narcissism. … [I]nside the Trump administration, many have begun to question the long-held assumption that his nuclear buildup is essentially defensive, an effort to keep the United States and its allies from finding the right moment to try to overthrow him. Mr. Kim’s real goal may be blackmail, they argue — the sort that would be possible as soon as North Korea can put Los Angeles or Chicago or New York at risk.” http://nyti.ms/2eXrQLz
MEDIAWATCH — “The Daily News, a Distinctive Voice in New York, Is Sold,” by NYT’s Sydney Ember and Andrew Ross Sorkin: “The deal represents the end of an era for The News, which was long a voice for New York’s working class. It may also signal the end of the political influence of its owner, the real estate magnate Mortimer B. Zuckerman, who often used the paper’s bold, front-page headline — known as ‘the wood’ — for commentary about candidates and politicians, locally and nationally. …
“[T]he Chicago Tribune reported on Monday that Tronc purchased The News for just $1, plus the assumption of liabilities. … Under the terms of the deal, Tronc assumes control of The News’s operations, its printing plant in Jersey City and its pension liability. Tronc will also receive a 49.9 percent interest in the 25-acre property overlooking Manhattan where the printing plant is. It was not immediately clear what The News’s pension liabilities were; however, previous reports indicated that they were worth more than $30 million.” http://nyti.ms/2wDomWd
— TIM O’BRIEN, executive editor of Bloomberg View and Gadfly, has been named a contributor to NBC and MSNBC.
— NEW POLITICO HIRE — Joe Schatz and Reid Pillifant email the states staff: “Alexandra Glorioso will be joining POLITICO’s Tallahassee bureau as a policy and politics reporter covering the regulated industry beat, including medical marijuana and gambling — an increasingly important coverage area for us in Florida. Alex comes to us from the Naples Daily News, where she’s spent the last year and a half working as a political reporter.”
SPOTTED: Tim Geithner on Monday at the airport in Athens, Greece … Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the zoo Monday morning with her kids … House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her family having brunch Sunday at The Spotted Pig on West 11th Street in New York … Juliet Eilperin, Andrew Light and family on the pool deck in the freeze dance contest at Congressional Country Club. Norah O’Donnell, Chef Geoff Tracy and family in the belly flop competition.
— Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta with Anheuser-Busch President and CEO João Castro Neves on Monday at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Cartersville, Georgia to thank Anheuser-Busch employees who have helped the victims of Hurricane Harvey — pic http://bit.ly/2wDwDth
TRANSITIONS — OBAMA ALUMNI — Sabrina Siddiqui is joining FTP Public Affairs. She is an alum of Obama Treasury, the offices of Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) and the DCCC. … Kelly Magsamen, former principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, is joining the Center for American Progress as the VP for national security and international policy.
— FORMER CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN has been named a distinguished fellow for global security at Fordham law school’s Center on National Security. http://nyti.ms/2wAtUm2
— Katharine Cooksey is starting today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as manager of media and external comms. Carah Goldoust, who previously worked on special events and protocol for Speaker Paul Ryan, today takes over Cooksey’s role as deputy press secretary at the House Ways and Means Committee.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Kamyl Bazbaz, partner at consulting firm Pramana Collective and former press secretary to Chelsea Clinton, got married Saturday to Lucie Steinberg, a PhD candidate in American Studies at Harvard, on Serifos Island in Greece, in front of a small group of family and friends. “We met through my good friend Matt Mittenthal, who went to grade and high school with Lucie in NYC, and I met in 2005 when we were both interns in Sen. [Chuck] Schumer’s office (along with Teddy Goff). So Schumer is allowed at least partial credit for this marriage!” Pics http://bit.ly/2x77MBl … http://bit.ly/2wAZK1W SPOTTED: Teddy Goff, Genevieve Roth, Chloe Malle and Perrin Ireland.
–Devan Barber, political director at End Citizens United, and Perrin Cooke, who returns to Covington and Burling as an associate next month, were married Sunday night at Fathom Gallery on 14th St in D.C. “Friend of the couple Sadie Weiner officiated. Great crew of former DSCC, Hagan, and DNC/Obama alum were there. The party continued at Kingfisher!” Pics http://bit.ly/2iXAw9a … http://bit.ly/2w1cmMb … http://bit.ly/2gAPNZd
SPOTTED: Danielle Friedman, Lauren Passalacqua, Andrew Piatt, Zach Wineburg, Christie Roberts, Dylan Laslovich, Laura Hatalsky, Lanae Erickson, Patrick McHugh, Monica McHugh, Lauren Dillon, Ben Ray, Annette Lee, Stephanie Nielsen, Shaan Gajria, Mike Harney, Helen Hare, Phil Munson, Will Cooke, Ben Harney, Travis Cooke, Dorothy Allen, Fae Jencks.
ENGAGED — Christopher Quintyne, parliamentary clerk in the Senate Parliamentarian’s Office, proposed to Erica Loewe, director at the Podesta Group. The couple met in Conference Room E at the Podesta Group in 2013. “We should probably thank Paul Brathwaite for having coffee with me post-law school. Not only did I get great career advice, but I found my future wife. I’d say it was a productive meeting.” Pic http://bit.ly/2vGdWYx
— OBAMA ALUMNI — Dan Brundage proposed to Yesenia Miranda this weekend in Rancho Mirage, California. Brundage is a Navy officer who previously worked in the Obama W.H., Commerce Dept. and 2008 campaign. Miranda is a child behavioral specialist. The couple resides in San Diego with their pup Bean and met at a bar in the city in the fall of 2014. Pic http://politi.co/2gHQEuX (h/t Dan’s sister Amy)
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Maggie Moore, associate at government relations firm Sternhell Group (hat tip: boyfriend Charlie Liebschutz) … Kelu Chao, who runs VOA’s content, produced in 45 languages (h/t John Lippman) … Matthew Sonneborn, comms director for Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and SBA comms alum (h/t Sophia Kim) … Patrick Collins … Will Taliaferro, partner at GMMB (h/ts Jon Haber)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: April Ryan, WH correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN political analyst. How she got her start in journalism: “I started in journalism during my freshman year in college at Morgan State University on the local radio station, WEAA-FM. I was a talk show producer and then went on to do news reporting and anchoring at other radio stations. But for a short stint during freshman year, simultaneously I was a radio jazz DJ on WEAA spinning records between classes on Fridays and on Sunday nights. Journalism won.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2iYNfbR
BIRTHDAYS: Brian Wolff, EVP for public policy and external affairs at Edison Electric Institute … Holly Rosenkrantz … Sean McNabb (h/t Courto) … former Fed chair Paul Volcker … former Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) … Clay Risen, deputy editor at the NYT op-ed page … Anne Marie Hoffman, principal at the Harbour Group and an RNC alum … Ted Greenberg … Matthew Vail, a George W. Bush and Rick Scott alum … David Fauvre, counsel at Arnold & Porter … CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave … Hamilton Fish, publisher of The New Republic … Hans Riemer … Mike Castaldo … Iris Weinshall … Issa alum Dale Neugebauer … Katie Weiss … Abby McIntyre … Noam Lee, DGA’s national finance director … Anita Huslin … Bonnie Wood … Politico’s Aaron Lorenzo … Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) … Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) … Politico’s Erica Donovan (h/t Meredith McPhillips) …
… journalist Stephanie Green … WSJ reporter Ted Mann … Catherine Reynolds, CBS News Capitol Hill producer, celebrating with a big Clemson Tiger win over the weekend (h/t her Capitol Hill girls) … Gabrielle Tarbert, the pride of Harford County, Maryland, is 26. She celebrated this weekend in Chicago with friends (h/t Rachel Wein) … Jeremy Furchtgott of Baron Public Affairs (h/t sister Diana) … Zoe Heiliczer, staff assistant for Rep. Barry Loudermilk (h/t brother Jordan) … Melissa Sowerwine, VP of operations at Red Six Solutions … Rob Lehman … Terri Hasdorff … Matthew Allen … Courtney Neale … Francis Nelms … Jason Spear … Erin Reif … Enrique Padron … Annie Nguyen … John Burmaster … Jessica Mejia (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Anne Marie Frawley … Kum Kang … Ed Talbot … Cheche Mozingo … Bob Newhart … Raquel Welch … movie director Werner Herzog is 75 (h/t Nadia Szold) … Michael Keaton (h/t AP)
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