HERE YOU GO, JARED — BREAKING, at 4:17 a.m.: “ISTANBUL (AP) – Palestinian President Abbas says Palestinians won’t accept any role for U.S. in Mideast peace process ‘from now on.’” http://bit.ly/2Bl3lUY
BANNER HEADLINE in the Montgomery Advertiser: “SEN. JONES (D) … Alabama votes Democrat in for historic change” http://bit.ly/2AhkEm1
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Good Wednesday morning. GABE DEBENEDETTI and ALEX ISENSTADT in Birmingham, Alabama: “A Democrat has been elected to the Senate from Alabama for the first time in a quarter-century, and the political earthquake has just begun.” http://politi.co/2Ajs4p5
The White House is waking up to this reality: Palestinians say they won’t deal with the U.S. in Middle East peace process. The president endorsed the losing candidate twice in the Alabama race: Luther Strange lost the primary, and Roy Moore lost the special election. And he now faces a razor-thin majority in a U.S. Senate where he’s all but alienated a handful of the members of his own party. It looks like he’ll get tax reform done. But 2018 is looking really difficult for the president.
WHAT DOUG JONES’ VICTORY MEANS …
— THE FLIMSY MAJORITY: Governing in Washington has now become a coin flip. Republicans’ 51-49 majority isn’t much of a majority at all. This doesn’t have much of an impact at the moment, because Luther Strange will remain in the Senate until the end of the year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters yesterday.
Tax reform is likely safe, as the Senate plans a Monday vote, and the House a Tuesday vote. But anything else the president wants to do legislatively is going to face stiff headwinds. Trump can lose only one vote on anything. And he’s beat up on key Republicans like Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), so his margin for error is completely nonexistent. Any single Republican senator will have leverage to exact concessions from the leadership given the razor-thin majority. McConnell will have to guide the White House more than ever. PROBABLY DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Any sort of overhaul of entitlements. A LOT HARDER: Repealing Obamacare. A BETTER BET? Infrastructure.
— HOUSE REPUBLICANS FURTHER SQUEEZED. Speaker Paul Ryan’s majority is already perpetually frustrated by a Senate that can’t — or won’t — move its bills. Hey guys, it’s only going to get worse for you now.
— TESTS ABOUND: Can the president figure out how to navigate this new political reality? Will CHUCK SCHUMER be able to keep Doug Jones in the fold? He’s been sneakily successful at keeping Democrats unified on legislative items like health care and tax reform. Now he has a senator who just might periodically find it in his interest to side with Republicans. KEEP YOUR EYES ON IMMIGRATION. A tighter majority could give Democrats more leverage — if they are unified. Nancy Pelosi and Schumer have staked out a fix for DACA as “must-do.” And now they’ll have an extra Democratic vote in 2018.
— FRESH QUESTIONS ABOUT STEVE BANNON. Get used to hearing this: candidates matter. That’s what Mitch McConnell’s world will be saying plenty over the next few days. Steven Law, the head of the McConnell backed Senate Leadership Fund, said: “This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running. Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the president of the United States into his fiasco.”
REMEMBER: Bannon world was trying to tell reporters that if he had campaigned for Ed Gillespie in Virginia, he could’ve won. Gillespie lost by nine points. Bannon was essentially all in for Moore — he campaigned for him late in the race — and Jones nearly cracked the 50 percent mark.
— THE MIDTERMS: DEMOCRATS were already energized after the Virginia and New Jersey elections. Watch for the party to seize on this victory to pull in a pile of campaign cash for the midterm elections and re-up with top tier candidate recruits. REPUBLICANS are increasingly nervous about their prospects next year with President Trump as the leader of their party, and with little to show voters. House Republicans have been telling us for weeks that they feel a potential wave as they stare 2018 in the eye.
QUOTE OF THE DAY, from Josh Holmes in Mike DeBonis’s story in the Post: “If I had the top five Republican minds in politics and we spent three months attempting to conceive of a way to lose an Alabama Senate race, I’m not sure that we could come up with it. You could literally take any name out of a phone book except Roy Moore’s and win by double digits. And we managed to get the only guy in Alabama that could lose to a Democrat.” http://wapo.st/2z7DH4b
NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEX BURNS note a “suburban shellacking” in Alabama. “In Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham and some of the state’s wealthiest enclaves, Mr. Jones, the Democratic candidate, captured more than 68 percent of the vote. And in Madison County, home to Huntsville and a large NASA facility, Mr. Jones won 57 percent of the vote.” http://nyti.ms/2z80tsC
WAPO’S BOB COSTA: “Democrats are jubilant — and newly confident about 2018 — as Alabama delivers win on Trump’s turf” http://wapo.st/2z6CcU3
A RECOUNT might not be allowed, per Rick Hasen. http://bit.ly/2nYBynM
THE COLLECTIVE ‘PHEW’ MOMENT: Senate Republicans were scheduled to meet today to discuss whether they would allow Roy Moore in the conference. They don’t have to do that anymore.
— WHAT TO LEARN FROM THIS: “5 takeaways from Alabama’s startling special election,” by Gabe Debendetti and Alex Isenstadt: “Here are POLITICO’s five takeaways after Alabama’s wild, ugly, controversial, and historically unparalleled Senate race: Bannon’s bruising. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon went all-in for Moore – and then some. … What black voter problem? All the chatter across Alabama for the final week of the race focused on Democrats’ alleged problems turning out black voters. But after a blockbuster turnout operation designed by Jones’ campaign and national Democrats, African-American voters turned out in massive numbers for the former U.S. attorney. … Trump loses capital. The president put his political capital on the line – and lost. …
“Revenge of the soccer mom. The other primary reason for Jones’ win was strong antipathy toward Moore among white, suburban, college-educated conservatives. … Democrats to Trump: Watch out. … Alabama’s historic turnout on Tuesday mirrored enormous numbers for Democratic voters in both Virginia’s and New Jersey’s gubernatorial races even after muddy campaigns in all three states – and party operatives are now lunging to capitalize on that energy ahead of the 2018 midterms.” http://politi.co/2BZUxkj
— BEHIND THE NUMBERS: “Exit polls: How Doug Jones pulled off his stunning win,” by Steven Shepard: “Doug Jones needed a surge of black voter turnout and a wide gender gap to pull off his stunning victory over embattled Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special Senate election. In becoming the first Democrat to win a statewide federal election in Alabama since 1992, Jones proved that Democratic fears of low turnout among African-American voters — a reliable Democratic constituency in the racially polarized state — were unfounded.
“According to exit polls conducted by the National Election Pool, blacks made up about 29 percent of the electorate on Tuesday and voted for Jones almost unanimously, 96 percent to 4 percent — results that match turnout patterns showing greater than expected vote counts in many of the Black Belt counties and the state’s urban centers. Jones also made some inroads among white voters — particularly women and those with college degrees. While Moore still won white voters by a more-than-2-to-1 margin, 68 percent to 30 percent, that is closer than other recent elections in which Republicans won nearly 4 out of 5 white voters.” http://politi.co/2z6yA4l
— THE PRESIDENT’S MISCALCULATION: “Trump suffers ‘big black eye’ in Alabama,” by Eliana Johnson: “Doug Jones didn’t just defeat Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate race on Tuesday night — he administered the most crushing and embarrassing political blow of President Donald Trump’s young presidency. Jones’ win meant that Trump, who had endorsed Luther Strange in the Republican primary before backing Moore in the general election, threw his weight behind the losing candidate not once, but twice, in the Alabama race.
“It was an extraordinary outcome in a state that Trump carried by 28 points in last year’s presidential election. Jones’ victory, the first by a Democrat in Alabama in 25 years, exposed the limits of the president’s power in a party that is now frequently referred to as ‘the party of Trump.’ Indeed, though rank-and-file Republicans have resisted, fought, and feared Trump’s influence over GOP voters, Tuesday’s election results suggested that, whatever the president’s power, he is incapable of boosting other anti-establishment candidates to office.” http://politi.co/2BZeO9p
— @realDonaldTrump at 11:08 p.m.: “Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!”
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KNOWING DOUG JONES — “Doug Jones: A Lawyer in the Thick of Alabama’s Big Moments,” by NYT’s Alex Burns and Campbell Robertson: “Before the special election on Tuesday, the largest of Mr. Jones’s historical moments, and perhaps still the most consequential, were the successful prosecutions of two of the Klansmen involved in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, nearly 40 years after the crime. Mr. Jones served as lead prosecutor. Though he continued to be involved in some of Alabama’s highest-profile legal cases in private practice, the church bombing prosecutions were his last work for the federal government until he starts his new job in Washington.
“Over the years, Mr. Jones, now 63, has remained a rare combination: part bourbon-sipping Southerner and part New York Yankees-loving Democrat. He has often called in to discuss legal matters with Paul Finebaum, whose radio talk show is akin to a religious service for college football fans in the Southeast, and he has been a longtime friend of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose 1988 presidential campaign he worked on. Mr. Biden returned the favor with a rally appearance in October.” http://nyti.ms/2Cd7Oab
HAPPENING TODAY — HOUSE REPUBLICAN RUMBLE — House Republicans meet at 3 p.m. to discuss the end of year. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a messy situation on his hands. Government funding expires in nine days. The leadership faces resistance from appropriators, who don’t like the short-term funding of government, especially after they spent months passing the 12 spending bills; conservatives don’t like the uptick in spending; and Texans are angry because the billions they want in disaster spending might be pared back in size, and pushed back to January.
— THE CONCERN: The leadership has been talking about passing a full year of defense funding, paired with a short-term funding measure that funds government through sometime in January — a move aimed at forcing the Senate to swallow it. It’s not a sustainable position, because McConnell does not think he can pass this. So Republicans could be forced to pass a short-term spending measure, and revisit the fight in January. BUT Democrats will have much more leverage next year once Jones is sworn in.
— CONSIDER THIS: Republicans might have to swallow an immigration deal they don’t like. Congress might boost spending to new levels. They might bolster Obamacare. And they’re funding government on a two-week basis. TRUTH BOMB: They did better with President Barack Obama in the White House!
NOT A GOOD LOOK — “In texts, FBI agents on Russia probe called Trump an ‘idiot’,” by Josh Gerstein: “Two FBI agents assigned to the investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia exchanged text messages referring to the future president as an ‘idiot,’ according to copies of messages turned over to Congress Tuesday night by the Justice Department. Special Counsel Robert Mueller removed one of the agents, Peter Strzok, from the Russia probe ‘immediately’ after learning of the texts in late July, the department said in a letter to lawmakers. The other agent, Lisa Page, had already ended her assignment to Mueller’s office. Copies of the messages obtained by POLITICO show the pair reacting to various developments as the presidential race unfolded and that their reaction to Trump was negative from early on.” http://politi.co/2AC0qrm
WHERE THINGS STAND — “White House lawyer: Mueller finished with interviews he’s requested,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday completed interviews with the last in a slate of about two dozen current and former White House witnesses he’s initially requested as part of the investigation into Russia’s actions in the presidential election, White House attorney Ty Cobb said. It’s unclear if Mueller will seek follow-up interviews or seek to question additional people beyond the initial batch of witnesses, but the completion of this round of questioning tracks with the goal Cobb has long stated publicly that President Donald Trump’s White House was cooperating with the Russia investigators in search of a speedy resolution to the probe. …
“Cobb had previously said he expected the interviews to wrap up by Thanksgiving but, as the holiday approached, he backed away from that timeline. Cobb has also said he was looking for Mueller to issue a statement by the end of the year exonerating the president. Mueller’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cobb’s characterization of the special counsel probe.” http://politi.co/2BiXwHE
ON TAXES …
— “GOP tax plan could bring big New Year’s surprises,” by Brian Faler: “American taxpayers may get a jolt on New Year’s Day when new tax rules — including some sudden tax increases — take effect just days after Republicans hope to pass their overhaul and have it signed into law. In an effort to juice the economy with tax cuts ahead of the midterm elections, the GOP is planning a Jan. 1 start date for its sweeping rewrite of the code. But along with Republicans’ much-advertised cuts in business and individual taxes, there would be tax increases as well, some of which have been barely debated.
“Some people who sell their homes may find they owe thousands more in taxes; investors could pay more when they sell stocks; and undocumented immigrants could find themselves cut off from a popular child tax credit Republicans plan to expand. Fringe benefits for workers such as subway passes and help with moving expenses will likely no longer be deductible, which might prompt companies to drop them.
“Payroll administrators worry they won’t be able to make changes to tax withholding by the first of the year, and both large and small businesses may face altogether new tax rules that many scarcely understand. Those overnight changes would leave the public little time to adjust, critics say, and highlight a downside to Republicans’ rapid-fire approach to rewriting the code.” http://politi.co/2nTn74o
— “GOP negotiators move closer to reducing top tax rate for high-income households but face blowback,” by WaPo’s Erica Werner and Damian Paletta: “Senior Republican negotiators were moving closer to a deal Tuesday to reduce the top tax rate for high-income households from 39.6 percent to 37 percent, blowing by political concerns about aiding the rich in order to ease passage of a $1.5 trillion tax package. The move, which needs to gain the support of a broad swath of Republicans in the House and Senate, would lower taxes for top earners throughout the country, potentially addressing the concerns of two GOP constituencies about separate tax legislation passed by the House and Senate.
“Wealthy individuals in New York, California and other high-tax states had complained that their taxes might go up under the plan, which curtails the ability of taxpayers to deduct state and local taxes. And conservative House Republicans had said it did not go far enough to bring down top rates — long a principle of Republican economic orthodoxy.” http://wapo.st/2CaPSwE
SO, at the end of the day, Republicans are cutting the top marginal tax rate.
PRESIDENT TRUMP is having lunch with tax conferees from both parties. He will deliver his “closing argument” on tax reform in the grand foyer at the White House at 3 p.m. Trump will be joined by five middle income families and talk about how the tax bill will help each one individually, according to a senior administration official. He’ll also be flanked by more than 100 people — many of them young — to try and press the point that the tax bill will have a lasting impact for the next generation.
BEN WHITE talks taxes with DOUGLAS HOLTZ-EAKIN in the latest POLITICO Money podcast: “The Republican tax plan is not going to pay for itself, and the Trump administration should stop pretending it will. That’s the message from Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and senior adviser to President George W. Bush and the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
“‘I don’t think these things pay for themselves. They never have,’ said Holtz-Eakin, president of the conservative think tank American Action Forum, in the latest edition of the POLITICO Money podcast. ‘But the growth is really important.’” http://politi.co/2iZQhty … Listen to the full podcast http://apple.co/2nUA2Dc
THE JUICE …
— VP MIKE PENCE’S HOLIDAY PARTY – Pool report: “Pence entertained about 60 RNC members and spouses at his residence [last night]. Each member received a photo with him upon entering. Drinks included a so-so white wine and a seasonally appropriate mulled (virgin) cider. Food included a delightful baked salmon. … Guests were entertained by Marine Corps piano, a string orchestra from the Air Force, and a Northern Irish Christian band.” Pic http://politi.co/2AU5gxd
SPOTTED: RNC chairman Ronna McDaniel, who Pence referred to as “Ronna Romney McDaniel,” Rep. Amata Radewagen (R-American Samoa), former Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño, and Henry Barbour, the powerful Mississippi committeeman and nephew of the ex-governor.
— COMMERCE SECRETARY WILBUR ROSS and his wife Hilary Geary Ross hosted their holiday party last night where “guests drank Champagne and feasted on shrimp, smoked salmon, regional cheeses and pigs in the blanket while admiring their hosts’ extraordinary collection of art works by surrealist painter Rene Magritte”, according to an attendee. SPOTTED: Attorney General and Mrs. Jeff Sessions, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Jane Stanton Hitchcock, Patty Hearst Shaw, Chris and Lorraine Wallace …
… David Rubenstein, Rima Al-Sabah, Ashley Gunn, Ken Duberstein, Alexandra de Borchgrave, the ambassadors from Kuwait, Italy, Spain, Italy, Germany and Egypt, U.S. Amb. to France Jamie McCourt, U.S. Amb. to Spain Duke Buchan, Bill Nitze, Joan Fleischmann Tobin, Kevin Chaffee, Francesca Craig, Anita McBride, Lee Folger, John and JoAnn Mason, Buffy Cafritz, Ginny Ryan, Stuart and Wilma Bernstein and Tom Quinn, Rusty Powell, C. Boyden Gray, Susan Markey, James Rockas, Wendy Teramoto, Tom Barrack and his girlfriend Cio Soler, Reed and Maggie Cordish.
NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — STEVEN SHEPARD: “Half of voters say sexual misconduct accusations against Trump are credible”: “Fifty percent of registered voters think the allegations against Trump are credible, more than the 29 percent who think they are not credible. The remaining 21 percent of voters don’t know if the allegations are credible.” http://politi.co/2z7L1wH
SARAH KLEINER in Politico Magazine: “Veterans Charity Raises Millions to Help Those Who’ve Served. But Telemarketers Are Pocketing Most of It”: http://politi.co/2iZsRoc
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HMM — “Trump’s Stand-In Bureaucrats May Have Overstayed Limits,” by Bloomberg’s Josh Eidelson: “President Donald Trump’s slow pace of hiring for key government jobs has left stand-ins occupying positions for so long that it may violate time limits on acting appointments, potentially resulting in decisions being overturned in court. Enforcement actions as well as policy decisions on a variety of topics, such as easing restrictions on methane emissions from oil wells or permitting schools to offer 1 percent milk, could be challenged on the grounds that they were enacted by officials who had been in acting roles too long or were improperly delegated authority.” https://bloom.bg/2ylq6ma
— “Millions of People Post Comments on Federal Regulations. Many Are Fake,” by WSJ’s James V. Grimaldi and Paul Overberg: “A comment posted on the Federal Communications Commission’s public docket endorses a Trump-administration plan to repeal a ‘net neutrality’ policy requiring internet providers to treat all web traffic the same. Calling the old Obama-era policy an ‘exploitation of the open Internet,’ the comment was posted on June 2 by Donna Duthie of Lake Bluff, Ill. It’s a fake. Ms. Duthie died 12 years ago. The Wall Street Journal has uncovered thousands of other fraudulent comments on regulatory dockets at federal agencies, some using what appear to be stolen identities posted by computers programmed to pile comments onto the dockets.” http://on.wsj.com/2z6sKjq
VALLEY TALK — GOOGLE’S TOP SEARCHES in the U.S. this year: Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer, Tom Petty, Super Bowl, Las Vegas Shooting, Mayweather vs McGregor Fight, Solar Eclipse, Hurricane Harvey, Aaron Hernandez, Fidget Spinner. Their 2-min. “2017 Year in Search” video http://bit.ly/2Bhbiuq
MEDIAWATCH — NEW NYT MAGAZINE COVER – Sunday’s magazine is a special “She Said” edition that is dedicated to sexual harassment: “Amanda Hess, Anita Hill, Laura Kipnis, Soledad O’Brien, Lynn Povich, Danyel Smith and Emily Bazelon discuss how the rules of the workplace should be revised — and other questions of sex, power, ambitious and fairness.” http://nyti.ms/2CcQ3HU … The cover http://bit.ly/2AygF8Z
SPOTTED late last night at Le Diplomate: Jonathan Capehart, Nick Schmit, and Obama alums Sam Tubman, Joe Paulsen and former U.S. Amb. to Singapore Kirk Wagar. When Jones’ victory was called, there were cheers at the bar. … David Gergen and Arthur Brooks having lunch at Darlington House in Dupont yesterday
SPOTTED celebrating the career of retiring Fox lobbyist Kathy Ramsey at the Phoenix Park Hotel: CIA Director Mike Pompeo and wife Susan, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and wife Mylene, Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) and wife Barbara, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Chip Smith, Richard Bates, John Orlando, Bryce Harlow, Eddie Fritts.
OUT AND ABOUT — Newsmax Media held its Christmas party last night in New York at the 48th Lounge on Avenue of the Americas. SPOTTED: Randy Levine, Michael Clemente, former Sen. Al D’Amato (R-N.Y.), Steve Forbes, Tom DiNapoli, Maggie Haberman, Sam Nunberg, Bo Dietl, Rick Ungar, Randi Weingarten, Bill White Pat Caddell, Betsy McCaughey, Richard Johnson, Judith Miller, Bernard and Hala Kerik, Kimberly Reed, Monica Crowley, Lloyd Grove, Joe Conason, Deroy Murdock, Scott Rasmussen, Andrew Stein, Deroy Murdock and Rita Cosby.
SPOTTED at the RIAA and Spotify charity bash at the 9:30 Club celebrating Musicians On Call with Fifth Harmony: Reps. Ted Deutch (R-Fla.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Michele Ballantyne, Mitch Glazier, Tom Manatos, Emery Simon, Toby Knapp, Pete Griffin, Tyler Grimm, Lee Thomas Miller, Cara Duckworth, Jonathan Lamy, Sarah Gilmore, Sean McLean, Todd Flournoy, Chris Ortman, Austin Weatherford, Chris Cylke and Jonathan Adelstein.
SPOTTED at the Jefferson Hotel yesterday afternoon for a party for Tina Brown’s new book “The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992” hosted by Connie Milstein, Tammy Haddad, Andrea Mitchell, Carol Melton, Gail MacKinnon, Rachel Pearson, Kathy O’Hearn, and Hilary Rosen ($16 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2C0rahB): Chris and Lorraine Wallace, Jane Harman, Teresa Carlson, Kimberley Fritts, Ambassador Dina Kawar, Susan Sher, Heather Podesta, Kathleen Parker, Mack McLarty, Lloyd Hand, Tom Forrest, David Frum, Kristi Rogers, Becca Ginsberg, JoAnne Ginsberg, Jen Bloch, Kelley McCormick, David Chavern, Margaret Sullivan, Howard Fineman, Ryan Williams, Terri Fariello, Neera Tanden, Megan Smith, John Coale, Tori O’Neal, Alyse Nelson, Tom Quinn, Linda Douglass and former Amb. John Phillips, Kevin Baron, Robin Goldman, Jill Barclay, Janet Donovan, Craig Gordon, Jane Hitchcock and Jim Hoagland.
TRANSITIONS — @rchammond: “25 new stamps in my passport from traveling with Sec. Tillerson, but I am most proud of the U.S Seal on the front. Today is my last day working alongside America’s diplomats at the @StateDept. It has been a privilege to serve in the Trump Admin. and to be part of #MAGA … After the New Year, and a few weeks off, I will return to @TheHeraldGroup to help our clients develop and execute winning communications and public affairs strategies. #MerryChristmas”.
BIRTHDAYS OF THE DAY: former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, now president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, is 67. How he got his start in politics: “The mayor of my town, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, was shot and killed in a City Council meeting and I was asked by his father to run for mayor. I worked on rebuilding infrastructure. The mayor’s death was related to an unfixed sewer problem that caused sewage to back up in people’s homes.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2yiFi3L
–Trish Regan, host of “The Intelligence Report” with Trish Regan on Fox Business Network. How she got her start in journalism: “I got my start writing for the local town newspaper in Hampton, N.H., in the fifth grade. But, I never thought I’d be a journalist. Growing up, more than anything, I wanted to be an international opera star! Seriously. Fortunately, the journalism thing turned out to be a good fallback position.” Q&A: http://politi.co/2yiFi3L
BIRTHDAYS: Todd S. Purdum … Mo Elleithee, executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School, Fox political contributor, Hillary campaign alum, former DNC spokesman, and loyal Hoya (hat tip: Ben Chang, his former Georgetown roommate) … Michael D. Smith, exec. director of MBK Alliance and Youth Opportunities at the Obama Foundation and former special assistant to President Obama (h/t Crystal Carson) … Jeffrey Schneider, principal at The Lead PR … Ben Bernanke is 64 … former Secretary of State George Shultz is 97 … Herman Cain is 72 … Allan Blutstein, America Rising’s FOIA Wizard, is 5-0 … Brian Baenig is 42 … Kelly Gleeson … Amy Mitchell … Stephenie Foster (hat tip: Jon Haber) … Washington Institute’s Stephanie Valdes … Nancy Fitzpatrick … Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) is 75 … Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) is 55. He celebrated Sunday with a big party with supporters in Silver Spring (h/t Marina McCarthy) … Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) is 59 … Edelman’s India Goodman … Morgan Williams …
… Riva Sciuto, manager of global comms and public affairs at Google … Bharat Krishnan … Rajeev Chopra … NBC News’ Haley Talbot, right-hand to Andrea Mitchell (h/t Olivia Petersen) … Nick Payton … Google’s Conor Chrisom … Peter Ogburn is 38 … Atefeh Yazdi … Karen Hicks … Joe Rozek, executive director of homeland security and counterterrorism at Microsoft Licensing … Martin Whitmer … William Todd … Ruth Wedgwood … Viviana Hurtado … Elizabeth Dial Pinkerton … Leighann Lenti … Bernard Duffi is 45 … Jill Latham … Vera Jordan … Alec Zender … George Fishman … Randy Riddle … Pat Peyton … Alan Julson (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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