WH says Moore should go if allegations are true — GOP seems to be STUCK with Moore — TRUMP’s fiery trade speech — POTUS and PUTIN will not have a meeting in Asia — WHAT SAVANNAH ASKED CHUCK at MTP’s 70

THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAYROY MOORE is in hot water after a blockbuster Washington Post story said he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old and pursued a relationship with three other teenagers. Alabama should be a seat that Republicans should easily hold. And a dismissed juror in the trial of SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-N.J.) said the jury is deadlocked, raising the prospect that he could escape with an acquittal or hung jury.

— IF MOORE wins, imagine how toxic his relationship will be with Senate Republicans, who have tried to nudge him out of the race. If, somehow, Doug Jones, the Democrat, wins, that would strip Republicans of a crucial vote.

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Good Friday morning. THE FALLOUT — “Trump, McConnell call on Roy Moore to exit Alabama Senate race ‘if these allegations are true,’” by WaPo’s Michael Scherer: “A growing chorus of Republicans, including President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have called on Senate candidate Roy Moore to withdraw from a special election in Alabama if allegations prove true that the former judge initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl nearly four decades ago.

“White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was accompanying Trump as he traveled from China to Vietnam on Friday, said, ‘Like most Americans, the president does not believe we can allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life. However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.’ …

“Several state Republicans suggested Thursday that the party is unlikely to disqualify Moore. Samuel H. Givhan, the senior vice chairman of the state party, described The Washington Post story as ‘allegations from somebody who has been silent for over 40 years’ who was speaking out just weeks before an election. When asked about the Senate majority leader’s call for Moore to step aside if the accusations are found to be true, Givhan said, ‘I’m not sure Sen. McConnell has any say so in this.’” http://wapo.st/2yo11baThe blockbuster story: “Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32,” by Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites http://wapo.st/2yNdxoL

— THE REPUBLICANS saying “if the allegations are true, he should withdraw” are giving themselves miles of leeway. Women are on the record. Moore is denying it. What other evidence are these Republicans expecting to see?

— “Republicans might be stuck with Roy Moore,” by Daniel Strauss, Elana Schor and Kevin Robillard: “GOP leaders desperately want Roy Moore off the ballot. But they have neither the legal nor the political leverage to force the defiant ex-judge out of the race. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and a host of other Republican senators called on Moore to drop out of the race Thursday if there were truth to the accounts of four women who told The Washington Post that Moore pursued relationships with them while they were teens and he was in his 30s. The news sent Republican operatives scrambling to parse the dusty sections of Alabama state law that deal with replacing candidates on the ballot.

“But some absentee ballots have already been sent to voters, which appears to make it impossible to install someone in place of Moore on the Republican Party line. The election is on Dec. 12. Apart from the legal considerations, Moore owes no loyalty to Republican leaders in Washington, who backed another candidate in the primary and spent millions of super PAC dollars to defeat him while Moore won the nomination on an anti-McConnell platform. Moore’s campaign lashed out as condemnation rained upon him Thursday, calling the story a ‘baseless political attack.’” http://politi.co/2Axh0VI

— “Moore fundraises off of report alleging relationships with teenagers,” by Daniel Strauss: “‘The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced,’ Moore wrote in the fundraising email. ‘I won’t to get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks.’” http://politi.co/2yN9nxs

— “Bannon compares Moore report to Trump Access Hollywood tape,” by CBS News’ Jackie Alemany and Kathryn Watson: “‘But it’s interesting,’ Bannon told the audience [in Manchester, New Hampshire]. ‘The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald Trump, is the same Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped the dime this afternoon on Judge Roy Moore. Now is that a coincidence? That’s what I mean when I say opposition party, right? It’s purely part of the apparatus of the Democratic Party. They don’t make any bones about it. By the way, I don’t mind it. I’ll call them out every day.’ Bannon called out the media saying, ‘it’s not a free and fair media anymore.’” http://cbsn.ws/2zLQ5s3

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QUOTE OF THE DAY, courtesy Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns: “‘This is what happens when you let reckless, incompetent idiots like Steve Bannon go out and recruit candidates who have absolutely no business running for the U.S. Senate,’ said Josh Holmes, a former McConnell aide.” http://nyti.ms/2zyhY5Y

LIVE FROM NEWARK, our own MATT FRIEDMAN on MENENDEZ: “Dismissed Menendez juror: ‘I don’t think he did anything wrong’”: “A juror who was excused Thursday afternoon from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez’s federal corruption trial said that if she had stayed on, she would have found Menendez ‘not guilty on every charge.’ Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby also said other jurors’ feelings about the case are mixed and she believes the result may be a hung jury.” http://politi.co/2md3p2G

TILLERSON AND TRUMP ON SAUDI ARABIA: NBC’S AYMAN MOHYELDIN (@AymanM): “Reporter: Are the arrests overreach by #Saudi? Are you concerned there’s a power grab happening under the guise of anti corruption? Tillerson:[….] ‘My own view is that it does, it raises a few concerns until we see more clearly how these particular individuals are dealt with’”.

TRUMP said on Nov. 6: “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing……..Some of those they are harshly treating have been ‘milking’ their country for years!”

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING … CATCHING YOU UP ON TRUMP ABROAD:

— NO TRUMP/PUTIN MEETING: Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One: “Regarding a Putin meeting, there was never a meeting confirmed, and there will not be one that takes place due to scheduling conflicts on both sides. There is no formal meeting or anything scheduled for them. Now, they’re going to be in the same place. Are they going to bump into each other and say hello? Certainly possible and likely. But in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one.”

— TRUMP WAS FIERY AT APEC: “When the United States enters into a trading relationship with other countries or other peoples, we will, from now on, expect that our partners will faithfully follow the rules just like we do. We expect that markets will be open to an equal degree on both sides, and that private industry, not government planners, will direct investment.

“Unfortunately, for too long and in too many places, the opposite has happened. For many years, the United States systematically opened our economy with few conditions. We lowered or ended tariffs, reduced trade barriers, and allowed foreign goods to flow freely into our country. … We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first.”

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BANNON SITS DOWN WITH NYT’S JEREMY PETERS — “Key Takeaways From Steve Bannon’s Interview With The Times”: “This will be looked at as a revolt of working-class people of both parties. O.K. At a time that really rejected the permanent political class that is inextricably linked, both Republican and Democrat in Washington, D.C., and try to take back — try to take back their government and — and had it — have it more responsive to themselves. …

“PETERS: ‘Do you think Mitch McConnell will be majority leader at this time next year?’ BANNON: ‘I absolutely do not think he will be majority leader.’” http://nyti.ms/2zM6WuV

THE LATEST ON PODESTA — “Podesta Group CEO quits to start her own firm,” by Theo Meyer: “Kimberley Fritts, the longtime chief executive of the Podesta Group, is leaving the firm to start her own lobbying shop, according to three Podesta Group staffers. Tony Podesta, the firm’s founder, tapped Fritts as his successor when he announced he’d step down as chairman last week, hours after an indictment was unsealed, charging Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, with violating foreign lobbying law. The indictment accused Manafort of hiring the Podesta Group to lobby for an ostensibly independent nonprofit that ‘was under the ultimate direction’ of the Ukrainian president, his party and the Ukrainian government.

“Fritts had been expected to relaunch the Podesta Group under a new name in the days after Podesta stepped down. But after more than a week of working to hammer out the details of what the new firm would look like, Fritts announced at a staff meeting late this afternoon, that she would resign and start a new firm, exacerbating questions about the future of the Podesta Group and its dozens of employees. One Podesta Group staffer described Fritts’ decision as the next step in rebuilding the firm without Tony Podesta. ‘Tony Podesta’s name had become a scarlet letter,’ the staffer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘I expect a lot of the top talent will go with her,’ the staffer added.” http://politi.co/2hp8t2G

AROUND THE TAX REFORM HORN …

BERNIE BECKER, BRIAN FALER and AARON LORENZO: “Senate GOP’s tax bill points to nasty fight ahead: There are dramatic differences between the House and Senate versions of the tax overhaul, imperiling Trump’s desire to sign legislation by year end”: “The Senate and House are split on some key issues, including the top tax rate and the timing of the corporate tax cut, and also at odds with President Donald Trump in many areas. Hard bargaining, battles between GOP factions and an onslaught of lobbying are the gauntlets Republicans will have to run to get legislation to Trump’s desk by the end of the year — and into their mailers and ads for the 2018 elections.” http://politi.co/2ypxHkL

WSJ GRAPHIC describing the differences in the two bills http://on.wsj.com/2zKa0Yp

MEDIAWATCH — “AT&T Deal Puts Trump’s Antitrust Cop at Center of a Political Storm: Makan Delrahim, who leads the antitrust division at the Justice Department, has thrown a surprising twist into a blockbuster bid for Time Warner,” by NYT’s Cecilia Kang: “A year ago, Makan Delrahim predicted that AT&T’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner would be approved by regulators. ‘I don’t see this as a major antitrust problem,’ Mr. Delrahim, then a law professor, said to a Canadian television network. Now, five weeks into his job as the top antitrust regulator at the Justice Department, Mr. Delrahim has taken a different position. The department has threatened to block the deal in court unless AT&T sells off major assets.” http://nyti.ms/2ynuty6

— “Watchdog lawsuit seeks to determine if White House influenced Time Warner-AT&T merger,” by USA Today’s Heidi M. Przybyla: “Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan watchdog group, is suing the U.S. Justice Department to determine whether there has been any inappropriate influence from President Trump or his White House advisers over the AT&T-Time Warner merger. The Justice Department failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request the group filed in July seeking confirmation of any contacts between the White House and the Justice Department regarding the proposed deal, which prompted the lawsuit.” https://usat.ly/2yoJHCW

ROBERT ALLBRITTON at the International Center for Journalists dinner last night at the Reagan building: “My family has been in the news business for nearly half a century. Our industry faces all kinds of pressure, particularly during these times, to get the story, get it right, and be truth tellers for our audience. In many ways, the independence of a free press in American democracy has never been more important. This is especially true given the perception that the independence of a news organization is being used as a bargaining tool in a private business transaction—the AT&T/Time Warner merger.

“As a publisher, this gives me deep concern. Media ownership must have the same resolve as our newsrooms. We must never allow threats or intimidation to impact the quality of our journalism, or the value of or brands. Administrations come and go, but principles last forever. But let us be humble about these challenges. Very few of our colleagues here face the threat of imprisonment or death – whereas journalists around the world do. It is in that spirit that we are here tonight. It is to honor the idealism and courage of those colleagues around the world that produce incredible journalism in the face of danger and the worst of humanity.”

CHRIS WALLACE was given the ICFJ award for Excellence in Journalism and also spoke: “We are not players in the game. We are umpires–or observers–trying to be objective witnesses to what is going on. That doesn’t mean we’re stenographers. If the President–or anyone we’re covering–says something untrue or does something questionable–we can and should report it. But we shouldn’t be drawn into becoming players on the field–trying to match the people we cover in invective. It’s not our role.”

RUSSIA UPDATE — “Trump Bodyguard Keith Schiller Testifies Russian Offered Trump Women, Was Turned Down,” by NBC News’ Ken Dilanian and Jon Allen: “After a business meeting before the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013, a Russian participant offered to ‘send five women’ to Donald Trump’s hotel room in Moscow, his longtime bodyguard told Congress this week, according to three sources who were present for the interview. Two of the sources said the bodyguard, Keith Schiller, viewed the offer as a joke, and immediately responded, ‘We don’t do that type of stuff.’ The two sources said Schiller’s comments came in the context of him adamantly disputing the allegations made in the Trump dossier. …

“That night [after the business meeting], two sources said, Schiller said he discussed the conversation with Trump as Trump was walking back to his hotel room, and Schiller said the two men laughed about it as Trump went to bed alone. Schiller testified that he stood outside Trump’s hotel room for a time and then went to bed. One source noted that Schiller testified he eventually left Trump’s hotel room door and could not say for sure what happened during the remainder of the night.” http://nbcnews.to/2m9IZHU

— “Trump, Clinton camps both offered slice of dossier firm’s work: sources,” by Reuters’ Mark Hosenball: “The same political research firm that prepared a dossier on Trump campaign ties to Russia had unrelated information on Clinton Foundation donors that a Russian lawyer obtained and offered to President Donald Trump’s eldest son last year, three sources familiar with the matter said. … The sources told Reuters that the negative information that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya wanted to give to Republican Trump’s campaign at a June 2016 meeting in New York had been dug up by Fusion GPS in an unrelated investigation.” http://reut.rs/2zLzzZs

— “Mueller interviews top White House aide,” by CNN’s Pamela Brown, Gloria Borger and Evan Perez: “White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, according to sources familiar with the investigation. … Miller is the highest-level aide still working at the White House known to have talked to investigators.” http://cnn.it/2zsxot6

— “Mysterious Putin ‘niece’ has a name,” by Ali Watkins: “Federal investigators have a name for a mysterious Russian woman who offered to help broker meetings between former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and Kremlin officials: Olga Vinogradova. The name, which has not previously been reported, has taken on new significance for federal investigators seeking to more fully understand the role of the woman, whom Papadapoulos initially described in emails to campaign colleagues as ‘Putin’s niece,’ before later learning she was unrelated to Russian President Vladimir Putin. … Russia’s intelligence services rely heavily on third-party cutouts with vague or hidden ties to the Kremlin, including academics, businessmen, oligarchs, and even ‘honey traps’: attractive women who lure their targets into illicit liaisons that can be used for blackmail.” http://politi.co/2je843x

–“Russian Network RT Will Register as a Foreign Agent After U.S. Request,” by WSJ’s Paul Sonne: http://on.wsj.com/2iIIJL3

THE JUICE …

— HAPPENING TONIGHT — GW men’s basketball opens its season against Howard tonight at the Smith Center in Foggy Bottom. The second time out — the 12-minute mark — will be the debut of the Playbook Timeout, where Jake will interview a politician or media figure for about a minute on the Jumbotron. Tonight’s guest: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

— YOUR WEEKEND BOOKENDS … WASHINGTON WEEK (Friday at 8 p.m. on WETA): Chuck Todd, Molly Ball and Peter Baker. … KASIE D.C. (Sunday night at 7 p.m. on MSNBC): Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.).

ALEX ISENSTADT: “Romney moves toward Senate bid”: “Mitt Romney is edging closer to a 2018 Senate run. The former GOP presidential nominee is huddling with Utah’s class of GOP power-brokers, contacting the state’s major political donors, and hitting the trail for candidates running in local races amid mounting speculation that the state’s longtime senator, Orrin Hatch, will retire. Romney is also raising money for House and Senate Republicans, winning him favor with GOP leaders ahead of a treacherous midterm election.” http://politi.co/2i0ea3Z

MARIN COGAN in N.Y. MAG’S “THE CUT” — “The Powerful Predators on Capitol Hill”: “For years, Ellen, a former staffer for a Republican on Capitol Hill, worked with a serial sexual harasser. His methods were myriad: He’d make sexually explicit comments in the middle of meetings. He’d come up behind her desk chair and grind himself against it. The staff offices on Capitol Hill can be snug, and he would take advantage of this, coming into her workspace while she was meeting with constituents and standing so close that his penis was touching her arm through his pants. Once, at a work function they both were attending, he walked up to her, interrupted the conversation she was having, and slapped her on the butt. Both Ellen and the person she was talking to were too stunned to say anything about it.” http://bit.ly/2zuqQtC

— “Senate passes measure requiring sexual harassment training for senators, aides,” by Elana Schor: “The Senate unanimously approved legislation late Thursday that institutes mandatory sexual harassment training for senators and aides — a potentially meaningful shift amid calls for overhauling Capitol Hill’s system for handling harassment complaints.” http://politi.co/2zw4xDF

— “Gabby Giffords’ Gun Group Sues The Trump Administration,” by HuffPost’s Jen Bendery: “The gun control group led by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) is suing the Trump administration for failing to turn over documents that could show the National Rifle Association’s influence over President Donald Trump’s gun policies. … The gun safety group is accusing ATF of refusing to respond to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for documents relating to communications between administration officials and the NRA.” http://bit.ly/2iJc6ge

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PETE SOUZA PROFILE — “Pete Souza Photographed the Obama Presidency. Now He Helps People Remember It,” by NYT’s Katie Rogers: “Toggling between a career as a photojournalist and a White House photographer — he was also a photographer in the Reagan White House — Mr. Souza has honed an ability to crouch and shrink to capture the details no one else sees…. He is still not quite sure why his Instagram feed has ballooned into a nostalgic haven for millions mourning the end of the 44th presidency, or why his book, ‘Obama: An Intimate Portrait,’ which was released this week, has rocketed to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list and sold out speaking events from this corner of New York to the Tate Modern in London.” http://nyti.ms/2hid7eV

THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT FILES — “Louis C.K. Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 5 Women,” by NYT’s Melena Ryzik, Cara Buckley and Jodi Kantor: “In 2002, a Chicago comedy duo, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, landed their big break: a chance to perform at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. When Louis C.K. invited them to hang out in his hotel room for a nightcap after their late-night show, they did not think twice. The bars were closed and they wanted to celebrate. He was a comedian they admired. The women would be together. His intentions seemed collegial. As soon as they sat down in his room, still wrapped in their winter jackets and hats, Louis C.K. asked if he could take out his penis, the women said.

“They thought it was a joke and laughed it off. ‘And then he really did it,’ Ms. Goodman said in an interview with The New York Times. ‘He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.’ In 2003, Abby Schachner called Louis C.K. to invite him to one of her shows, and during the phone conversation, she said, she could hear him masturbating as they spoke. Another comedian, Rebecca Corry, said that while she was appearing with Louis C.K. on a television pilot in 2005, he asked if he could masturbate in front of her. She declined.” http://nyti.ms/2zLzIMu

THE POST WHITE HOUSE LIFE — “Sean Spicer to judge D.C. dance contest because why not,” by WaPo’s Helena Andrews-Dyer: http://wapo.st/2yN38tx

SPOTTED: Don Trump Jr. and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) on yesterday’s 12:59 p.m. Delta shuttle from DCA to LGA. Both traveled in coach. “Upon disembarking, Don waited to say hello to Zeldin and they both walked out of the terminal together,” per our tipster. … Reince Priebus yesterday in the Acela club room at Penn Station waiting for the 5 p.m. Acela to DC … Charlie Gasparino having dinner with Dann Florek of “The Flintstones,” “Law and Order” and “Law and Order SVU” and others last night at Hunt and Fish Club in NYC.

HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY to GABBY GIFFORDS and MARK KELLY. They’re celebrating by going out for dinner and a movie in Tucson tonight. The original NYT wedding announcement http://nyti.ms/2yNVwXq

SPOTTED at Meet the Press’ 70th anniversary party last night at the Newseum: Chuck Todd, Tom Brokaw, Kellyanne Conway, Andrea Mitchell, Phil Griffin, Maureen Orth, Don Nash, Keir Simmons, Hans Nichols, Ken Strickland, Andy Lack, Savannah Guthrie, Ari Melber, David Brooks, Jo Ling Kent, Don Nash, John Reiss, Susan Rice, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Dana Bash, Hugh Hewitt, Bob Costa, Stephanie Ruhle, Betsy Fischer Martin and Jonathan Martin, David Corn, Jo Ling Kent, Sens. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Lauren French, Sergio Gor, Evan Quinnell, Paul Kane, Eliana Johnson. CRUZ, MITCHELL and SAVANNAH turned the tables and asked Chuck questions. BEST QUESTION: SAVANNAH said: “Trump has referred to you in tweets as ‘Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd.’ I don’t really have a question here.” Photos http://bit.ly/2AvMhs9 http://bit.ly/2AvM8F7 http://bit.ly/2ApJhww

SPOTTED at Baby Wale last night for a surprise 30th birthday party for Tyrone Gayle ahead of his big day: Tyrone’s fiancée Beth and sister Tamara, Adrienne Elrod, Paul Kane, Doug Thornell, Jennifer Palmieri, Lily Adams, Ian Sams, Gabe Debenedetti, Corey Ciorciari, Gwen Rocco, Chris Harris, Xochitl Hinojosa, Mary Rutherford Jennings, Marc Brumer, Alex Phillips, Sarah Peck, Miryam Lipper, Pat Burgwinkle.

SUNDAY SO FAR — “Fox News Sunday”: Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas). Panel: Mike Needham, Julie Pace, Gillian Turner, Charles Lane … Power Player: Cary Summers, president of the Museum of the Bible

–CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) … a discussion with Trump voters from Manchester, New Hampshire. Political panel: Ed O’Keefe, Amy Walter and Jeffrey Goldberg.

–ABC’s “This Week”: Panel: Mary Bruce, Alex Castellanos, Matthew Dowd, and historian Mark Updegrove, author of the new book, “The Last Republicans”

–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Panel: Van Jones, Mary Katharine Ham, former Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)

–CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Abby Phillip, Margaret Talev, Molly Ball, Michael Warren

BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Lee Gochman, an alum of the Kathleen Matthew for Congress campaign and on the board of the Arlington County Dems (hat tip: Cam Erickson, who was on time)

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Mary Jordan, WaPo national correspondent and former longtime foreign correspondent. How she got her start in journalism: “I wrote a few articles for the Irish Press while studying Yeats at Trinity College in Ireland where my parents were born. I sent those to the Washington Post in the hopes of getting a summer internship and have been at the paper since.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2yNkRRh

BIRTHDAYS: CBS’ Howard L. Rosenberg … The United States Marine Corps is 242 — this year’s video birthday message http://bit.ly/2hq49jt (h/t Chesty Puller) … former Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) is 74 … Benjamin Pauker, executive editor of Foreign Policy (h/t Ben Chang) … Bush 43 alum Misty Marshall … NPR congressional reporter Sue Davis (h/t Tim Burger) … Jim Kuhnhenn, co-founder of WaVe Communications and an AP alum … Cary Justice … former Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) is 67 … Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) is 63 … former Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.) is 73 … Amanda Chiarappa Candy … Michael Hacker … Marla Romash … Pierce Stanley … CNN’s Kylie Gudzak (h/t Lauren Pratapas) … Amanda Ashley Keating, VP at GPG… Geoff Brewer, editorial director at Gallup, is 53 … Elizabeth Greener, director of communications at American Forest Foundation (hubby tip: Ted) …

… ABC News’ Josh Margolin is 47 (h/t Ali Dukakis) … Zach Lowe, director of comms at international conservation NGO Rare (h/t Anthony DeAngelo) … energy consultant Howard Marks … Andy Diaz … LaRonda Peterson … Politico’s Jeff Daker … Jean Weinberg, chief comms. officer at NYC Housing Authority … Tim Garraty … Jessica Cole Buchanan … Julie Weber … Jared Miller, video producer at NYMag … Robyn Patterson … Allison Kelly, a Wisconsin native and “longtime research extraordinaire” at the Obama White House and then deputy press secretary at NASA (h/ts Andrew Bates) … Elias Alcantara … Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch, digital media director at Alliance for American Manufacturing … Nate Treffeisen, senior national mobilization manager at City Year … Christina Brown … Elizabeth (Ladt) Sullivan … Ben Engwer … Kristin Stiles of High10 Media … Andrew Mims … Alexandru Godescu … Jeremy Nordquist, COS for Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.) … Blake Deeley … Miranda Lilla … Zachary Enos … Jessica Taylor … Brian Romick … Tom Cosgrove … Andrea Dukakis … Lisa Stefanik (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)

****** A message from Morgan Stanley: For years, many industry watchers have predicted the demise of traditional gas-guzzlers and the rise of electric cars. Yet, despite the advent of hybrid vehicles, better and cheaper batteries, and the entry of high-performance luxury electric competitors, the former continues to dominate roads globally. Now, however, the automobile’s long-promised electric future may be in sight, according to a new report that projects that as many as a billion battery electric vehicles will be on the road worldwide by 2050, reaching parity with vehicles powered by the internal combustion engine. Why have electric cars never been successful before and why is it different this time? Read more. ******

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