CHAOS at 1600 Pennsylvania — SECOND W.H. OFFICIAL steps down due to domestic abuse allegations — HOPE HICKS in the spotlight — ISRAELI jet downed near Syrian border
Driving the Day
IN THE LAST WEEK … Two administration officials have resigned due to abuse allegations. The chief of staff told people in the White House he would resign, according to media reports. The No. 3 in the Justice Department is stepping down because she wants to “protect her career,” per Eliana Johnson. And the president has started back channeling with the chief of staff he fired.
TAKE A STEP BACK … ANDREW RESTUCCIA: “The Trump White House has careened from one crisis to another since January, with the furor around the publication of Michael Wolff’s best-selling tell-all ‘Fire and Fury’ — which sparked a public break between Trump and his former top strategist Steve Bannon — replaced by outrage sparked by Trump’s description of African countries as ‘shitholes,’ as well as a stand-off between Trump and the FBI over the ever-present Russia investigation. In the midst of all that, the government shut down – twice.” http://politi.co/2H6qdYC
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Good Saturday morning. It’s a quiet day in Washington. Lawmakers have cleared out after passing the budget bill. But the real action continues down Pennsylvania Avenue where drama and intrigue are roiling the Trump administration over the handling of domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter.
WHERE YOUR LEADERS STAND …
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP — He abruptly called the White House press corps in Friday to talk about Porter and the work he did. In Trump’s words, “He also, as you probably know, says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent so you have to talk to him about that.” Trump did not denounce domestic abuse.
VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE had to do clean-up duty in South Korea. He told NBC News that there is “no tolerance” for domestic abuse in the Trump administration or the country. He added: “When I return to Washington, D.C., I’m going to look into the matter and I’ll share my counsel with the president directly.” Pence is headed back to D.C. from the opening Olympic ceremonies in Pyeongchang.
A WHITE HOUSE IN TURMOIL — “Kelly Says He’s Willing to Resign as Abuse Scandal Roils White House,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Mike Schmidt: “John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, told officials in the West Wing on Friday that he was willing to step down over his handling of allegations of spousal abuse against Rob Porter … The officials emphasized that they did not consider a resignation imminent, and that Mr. Kelly — a retired four-star Marine general who early in his tenure often used a threat of quitting as a way to temper President Trump’s behavior — had made no formal offer. In comments to reporters at the White House on Friday, Mr. Kelly said he had not offered to resign.
“But his suggestion in private that he would be willing to step down if the president wanted him to reflected the degree to which the scandal surrounding Mr. Porter has engulfed the White House, touching off a bitter round of recriminations that could result in a shake-up at the highest levels. Two West Wing advisers and a third person painted a picture of a White House staff rived and confused, with fingers pointed in all directions and the president privately expressing dissatisfaction with Mr. Kelly.” http://nyti.ms/2G1yLOW
— “‘Very turbulent’: Trump and White House consumed with turmoil amid abuse allegations,” by WaPo’s Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey: “[A]mid the tumult, the man whose mission had been to enforce order in the West Wing, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, was focused instead on a more personal goal — to save his job — as Trump seriously sounded out confidants about possible replacements. Trump and Kelly have had a series of conversations in recent days that two White House officials described as ‘very turbulent.’ The president is upset with his top aide — as well as with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks — for not being more transparent with him about the allegations against Porter and for their botched public relations push to defend him, according to four officials.” http://wapo.st/2BRZHTr
WHERE THINGS STAND — “John Kelly and Hope Hicks Face Scrutiny as Trump Questions Response to Abuse Allegations,” by WSJ’s Mike Bender and Peter Nicholas: “The president’s private frustration with officials’ handling of Mr. Porter’s departure has put senior aides on the defensive, and contributed to an atmosphere where aides privately accused each other of trying to use the crisis to advance their own agendas. In the West Wing press office, communications officer Mercedes Schlapp told some staffers to come to her with questions because Ms. Hicks was ‘dealing with a lot’ and ‘not able to perform the duties of communications director right now,’ according to three people familiar with the meeting. Two people described Ms. Schlapp’s move as a power play, while a third said Ms. Schlapp was only trying to protect the communications team. Ms. Schlapp said she didn’t make the comment. ‘This accusation is completely false,’ Ms. Schlapp said.” http://on.wsj.com/2nYi5jR
ISAAC DOVERE — “Trump believes the men: The president has consistently responded to the allegations of assault or abuse against women by expressing sympathy for the men being accused”: “For President Donald Trump, the allegations that his now-former staff secretary was a serial domestic abuser are another #HimToo moment.” http://politi.co/2soyrrs
HOPE HICKS REPORT …
— “As Other Aides Face Trump’s Ire Over Rob Porter’s Departure, Hope Hicks Is Praised,” by NYT’s Katie Rogers: “A day after the departure of Rob Porter, a White House aide who resigned amid domestic abuse accusations, the president dismissed an idea circulated by some aides and allies that he had been unhappy with Ms. Hicks’ role in workshopping an initial forceful defense of Mr. Porter. Ms. Hicks had been dating Mr. Porter until recently. ‘Hope is absolutely fantastic,’ Mr. Trump said in a statement released through a spokesman. ‘She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more. Hope is smart, very talented and respected by all.’
“Ms. Hicks did not know about the specific allegations made against Mr. Porter until Tuesday, according to a White House official. … Rumblings began about the president’s unhappiness with a haphazard situation handled without his knowledge, and Mr. Trump spent Thursday working the phones, referring to Mr. Porter in one call as ‘bad garbage’ and saying that he questioned Ms. Hicks’s judgment … [W]hile questions continue to swirl about whether Mr. Kelly will survive the scandal … in Ms. Hicks’ case the West Wing trotted out a host of senior officials to defend her. On Friday the lineup included Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary.” http://nyti.ms/2CbAuyL
— WAPO’s MARY JORDAN and JOSH DAWSEY: “Hope Hicks: The quiet one in Trump’s White House suddenly feels the glare”: “In recent days, Trump has complained about Hicks — a rare occurrence for a president who rages about others but rarely about her. Her colleagues have quietly accused her of looking out for Porter and not the White House, and she has been visibly upset in recent days as her personal life becomes a national news story. West Wing aides say she has glanced at the TV screens, seen her face and quickly looked away.
“Until now, it was Hicks’s quiet judgment that had been her most valuable currency in Trump’s world. She is attracting so much unwanted attention that paparazzi are even following her. But it is a sign of her influence with Trump, and her unusual role in the West Wing, that no one is seriously talking about removing Hicks even as the turmoil is threatening Kelly’s job. A White House spokesman said Friday that Trump has ‘complete confidence’ in her.” http://wapo.st/2nXnlEJ
DRIP DRIP — “Second White House official departs amid abuse allegations, which he denies,” by WaPo’s Elise Viebeck: “A White House speechwriter resigned Friday after his former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their turbulent 2½ -year marriage — allegations that he vehemently denied, saying she was the one who victimized him.
“The abrupt departure of David Sorensen, a speechwriter who worked under senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, came as The Washington Post was reporting on a story about abuse claims by his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett. Corbett told The Post that she described his behavior to the FBI last fall as the bureau was conducting a background check of Sorensen. White House officials said they learned of the accusations by Sorensen’s wife Thursday night, before The Post contacted the White House for comment.
“‘We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today,’ spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Friday evening. In a text message to The Post, Sorensen said he stepped down because he ‘didn’t want the White House to have to deal with this distraction.’ …
“Corbett first contacted The Post a week before Porter’s case became public. She said that during her marriage to Sorensen, he ran a car over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine’s coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life. During part of their marriage, he was a top policy adviser to Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage.” http://wapo.st/2H5XS4m
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ABOUT THOSE SECURITY CLEARANCES … — “Dozens of Trump officials still lack full security clearance,” by CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Gloria Borger and Zachary Cohen: “Thirty to 40 White House officials and administration political appointees are still operating without full security clearances, including senior adviser to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner and — until recently — White House staffer Rob Porter, according to a US official and a source familiar with the situation. … [S]everal sources, including intelligence officials who have served previous Democratic and GOP administrations, describe the backlog as very unusual and make clear that the process should have been completed after a year in office. … The fact that many of these officials are very wealthy and worked in areas of finance with ties to foreign nationals and governments would also contribute to a delay in the clearance process.” http://cnn.it/2H49Trp
— “As Jared Kushner’s security clearance is delayed, White House hesitates to act on others with possible problems,” by WaPo’s Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey and Devlin Barrett: “White House Counsel Donald McGahn and other Trump administration officials have been so vexed by Jared Kushner’s months-long inability to obtain a permanent security clearance that they have hesitated to get involved in other cases with potential problems, several people familiar with the matter said. …
“Two U.S. officials said they do not expect Kushner to receive a permanent security clearance in the near future. It is not uncommon for security-clearance investigations to drag on for months, but Kushner’s unique situation has cast a pall over the process in the minds of some … The president’s son-in-law and close adviser has been allowed to see materials, including the President’s Daily Brief, that are among the most sensitive in government. He has been afforded that privilege even though he has only an interim clearance and is a focus in the ongoing special counsel investigation.” http://wapo.st/2EeK4Hf
MORE DEPARTURES — “No. 3 Official at the Justice Department Is Stepping Down,” by NYT’s Katie Benner: “Rachel L. Brand, the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, plans to step down after nine months on the job as the country’s top law enforcement agency has been under attack by President Trump, according to two people briefed on her decision. Ms. Brand’s profile had risen in part because she is next in the line of succession behind the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel’s inquiry into Russian influence in the 2016 election.
“Mr. Trump, who has called the investigation a witch hunt, has considered firing Mr. Rosenstein. Such a move could have put her in charge of the special counsel and, by extension, left her in the cross hairs of the president. Ms. Brand, who became the associate attorney general in May, will become the global governance director at Walmart, the company’s top legal position.” http://nyti.ms/2nZiDpJ
— “Top White House official to leave West Wing to become drug czar,” by CNN’s Jeremy Diamond: “White House deputy chief of staff Jim Carroll, who has served in that role for nearly three months, is expected to leave the White House to helm the Office of National Drug Control Policy, two sources with knowledge of the decision told CNN Friday. Carroll, a White House lawyer who quietly became one of chief of staff John Kelly’s deputies late last year, is expected to be tapped to become the administration’s drug czar as early as Friday.” http://cnn.it/2EUu6PE
THE SURVIVOR — “The No-Drama Republican Who’s Become A Rising Star Inside Trump’s White House,” by BuzzFeed’s Henry J. Gomez: Johnny “DeStefano always thrives, in another friend’s estimation, by gravitating toward ‘the unmanageable and unwinnable’ — and managing to win. That helps explain his rising status in a Trump White House dominated by loud conflict. DeStefano outlasted the [RNC] veterans who brought him into the fold, and survived a feud with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. His title, director of the Office of Presidential Personnel, undersells his widening influence.
“Recent reports had him assuming at least temporary leadership of three other departments: Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Liaison, and Political Affairs. For weeks the White House had not confirmed the moves publicly, though administration officials had acknowledged that DeStefano had taken on a larger role in executing the political agenda. Friday evening, after this story had published … the White House announced that DeStefano now oversees the offices of Political Affairs and Public Liaison, in addition to Personnel.” With cameos by Deborah Pryce, Guy Harrison, Kevin Madden, Pat Tiberi, Matt Borges and Brett Loper http://bzfd.it/2EV1o0X … The raft of White House personnel announcements and title changes yesterday http://bit.ly/2H253uq
TRUMP INC. — “Developers Seek $6 Million Tax Break for Trump-Managed Hotel,” by NYT’s Steve Eder and Ben Protess: “As President Trump’s family business prepares to open a hotel in the Mississippi Delta this fall, its local development partners have asked the State of Mississippi to subsidize the project with up to $6 million in tax breaks, according to documents obtained through an open records request. If approved, the benefits could offset nearly a third of the projected $20 million in costs for the hotel, which is owned by the local developers, Dinesh and Suresh Chawla. The Chawla brothers are already financing the project through a bank loan, but Dinesh Chawla said in an email to The New York Times that the Mississippi tourism tax rebate would ‘improve our cash flow.’” http://nyti.ms/2sl8kll
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 15 keepers http://politi.co/2nU7iID
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ALERT … SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: “Why former President Barack Obama is in Monterey” http://bayareane.ws/2EdIl4O
— A PRIVATE Dassault Falcon 900 made a round trip this week from DCA to Monterey http://bit.ly/2FZz1Oz
MIDDLE EAST REPORT — “Israel downs Iranian drone and strikes Syria, F-16 crashes,” by AP’s Aron Heller in Jerusalem and Sarah El Deeb in Beirut: “The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone it said infiltrated the country early Saturday before launching a ‘large-scale attack’ on at least a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets inside Syria, in its most significant engagement since the fighting in neighboring Syria began in 2011. … Israel said the drone infiltration was a ‘severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty’ and warned of further action against unprecedented Iranian aggression. The military said its planes faced massive anti-aircraft fire from Syria that forced two pilots to abandon an F-16 jet that crashed in northern Israel. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other lightly. Syrian officials reported large explosions in the center of the country and the Syrian counter fire set off warning sirens throughout northern Israel.” http://bit.ly/2EiciRc
FOR YOUR RADAR — “In Charm Offensive, Qatar Pushes for a Comeback in Washington,” by NYT’s Gardiner Harris: “With a mix of lobbying, potential investment and pledged support for the United States military, Qatar’s charm offensive with the Trump administration appears to have paid off. Last week, top Qatari officials were feted at a lavish reception and august think tank in Washington. … Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson called Qatar ‘a strong partner and longtime friend.’ Defense Secretary Jim Mattis noted Qatar’s ‘longstanding support of America’s present and continuing commitment to regional security.’ It was a stark turnabout from eight months ago, when the tiny Gulf state was besieged by a Middle East embargo and President Trump all but accused Qatar of fomenting terror. The shift has infuriated Qatar’s regional rivals, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.” http://nyti.ms/2Ehy4Rn
KNOWING MARC SHORT — “Trump’s man on the Hill tries not to make promises he can’t keep on immigration,” by Matt Nussbaum and Seung Min Kim: “President Donald Trump’s legislative affairs director, Marc Short, stood just off the Senate floor as Republicans cast a party-line vote on Trump’s tax package late last year, but his moment of triumph was brief. As she walked off the floor, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins spotted Short — and she exploded.
“The White House had promised Collins, a moderate, that it would seek a vote before recess on guaranteeing payments to health insurers in order to stabilize Obamacare markets, a key issue for her. But under intense opposition from pro-life groups and from House conservatives, no such vote materialized. Collins berated Short for reneging on the deal and then walked off after Short tried to explain, according to two people familiar with the exchange. ‘I was disappointed the deadline slipped,’ Collins told POLITICO in an interview.
“Short now finds himself trying to navigate his next big challenge: balancing his tempestuous boss’s demands on an unpopular immigration plan with stubborn lawmakers who are struggling to devise their own deal on so-called ‘Dreamers.’ Particularly in the Senate, many lawmakers are adamant that the White House’s wishes on an immigration deal aren’t going to dictate whatever deal the senators end up crafting during the floor fight next week.
“In his first year as Trump’s top liaison to Congress, Republicans say Short has been more of a facilitator, rather than an arm-twister. That role will become particularly critical on immigration – an issue Congress has spectacularly failed to resolve in the past. ‘I don’t see him as the real deal-maker so much as the kind of go-between, the mediator,’ said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who’s interacted with Short on a host of issues including health care, the opioid crisis and energy policy. ‘He doesn’t try to reshape our thoughts. He sort of takes it in, and then, I’m assuming, reports back to the White House.’” http://politi.co/2nVwmxK
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WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN — “The Democrats’ secret weapon to take back statehouses,” by Isaac Dovere: “Donald Trump has certainly helped. But Democrats’ massive success in flipping statehouse seats in special elections this past year isn’t happening by accident. The party’s dominance — it’s flipped 35 seats, and is hoping to make it 36 next week in a Florida House race — is also the result of old-fashioned political organizing. Nuts and bolts steps like funding year-round staff on the ground in the states, designing digital fundraising platforms, training volunteers, screening résumés for campaigns around the country and, of course, collecting huge checks.
“At the center of those efforts is the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, mostly forgotten in the 25 years since it was founded as the D.C. hub for state legislative campaigns, but now working to coordinate efforts and partners, and along the way double its spending for the cycle to $35 million in strategic investments.
“Realistically, most people working on state senate or assembly campaigns are young and don’t know what they’re doing. Often, it’s their first campaign, and many times, their only campaign. That can be true of the candidates, too, and certainly of the volunteers. Over the phone and during regular check-in visits in person, the DLCC has been moving in with its experienced staff of operatives to get staffers and elected officials up to speed.” http://politi.co/2EUwi9A
MUST READ — “U.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russian Peddling Trump Secrets,” by NYT’s Matt Rosenberg in Berlin: “After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials. The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. … Several American intelligence officials said they made clear that they did not want the Trump material from the Russian …
“He claimed the information would link the president and his associates to Russia. Instead of providing the hacking tools, the Russian produced unverified and possibly fabricated information involving Mr. Trump and others, including bank records, emails and purported Russian intelligence data. The United States intelligence officials said they cut off the deal because they were wary of being entangled in a Russian operation to create discord inside the American government. They were also fearful of political fallout in Washington if they were seen to be buying scurrilous information on the president. …
“The N.S.A. even used its official Twitter account to send coded messages to the Russian nearly a dozen times. … The episode ended this year with American spies chasing the Russian out of Western Europe, warning him not to return if he valued his freedom, the American businessman said. The Trump material was left with the American, who has secured it in Europe.” http://nyti.ms/2soCST8
— “Trump blocks release of Democratic Russia memo,” by Kyle Cheney: “President Donald Trump blocked the public release Friday of a classified House Democratic memo written in response to Republican claims that the FBI inappropriately spied on a Trump campaign adviser in 2016, prompting furious Democratic charges of hypocrisy and political exploitation of intelligence secrets. The House of Representatives can still vote to release the memo despite Trump’s action, which could set the stage for a partisan brawl in the House next week over the document’s fate.” http://politi.co/2G36p7d
— @realDonaldTrump at 9:20 a.m.: “The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
— “Dead Wake,” by James D. Walsh in NY Mag: “When rescuers found Nathan Carman after seven days at sea, his mother had vanished without a trace. But his past was about to resurface.” http://nym.ag/2ERJIDt (h/t Longform.org)
— “Rise and Fall of the Mighty Minoans,” by Mireia Movellán Luis in NatGeo: “Crete has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The culture that developed there during the second millennium BC spread throughout the entire eastern Mediterranean world. Crete’s command of the seas would allow its stunning art and architecture to deeply influence the Mycenaean Greek civilization that would succeed it.” http://on.natgeo.com/2nUabZZ (h/t TheBrowser.com)
— “How New Zealand made Edmund Hillary, the man who conquered Everest,” by Spencer Hall in SB Nation: “Auckland, New Zealand: Where the writer finds a lovely city built on volcanoes, publicly listed phone numbers, and many signs telling him where not to look for a legendary mountaineer’s home.” http://bit.ly/2Bki81S
— “When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office,” by Kyle Chayka in tomorrow’s N.Y. Times Magazine: “A global network of live-work spaces is springing up to serve this new breed of millennial wanderer.” http://nyti.ms/2Bk2BPD
— “Jimmy Buffett Does Not Live the Jimmy Buffett Lifestyle,” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner in the N.Y. Times – per Longreads.com’s description: “The beach-bum version of Jimmy Buffett has become a huge brand with financial interests in foodstuffs, hotels, casinos, and even adult living communities. Buffett is the original escapist who has long escaped his original slacker identity. A businessman wrapped in a Hawaiian shirt, he’s worth more money than Bruce Springsteen. (Not bad for a guy who only had one top ten song, compared to Springsteen, who has had 12.)” http://nyti.ms/2G3lIg5
— “No one told Babe Ruth he had cancer, but his death changed the way we fight it,” by Eleanor Cummins in Popular Science: “The Great Bambino’s treatment came at a major turning point in medicine.” http://bit.ly/2ESAqXV
— “What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn,” by Maggie Jones on the cover of tomorrow’s N.Y. Times Magazine: “American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?” http://nyti.ms/2BlVE0F … The cover http://bit.ly/2EWfgbv
— “Is There a Smarter Way to Think About Sexual Assault on Campus?” by Jia Tolentino in the New Yorker: “A team of researchers at Columbia believes that small changes to college life could make campuses safer.” http://bit.ly/2EfS9rd
— “What Amazon Does to Poor Cities,” by Alana Semuels in the Atlantic: “The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion of warehouses in low-income areas.” http://theatln.tc/2G1h8Pe
— “Who Killed More: Hitler, Stalin, or Mao?” by Ian Johnson in the N.Y. Review of Books: “In these pages nearly seven years ago, Timothy Snyder asked the provocative question: Who killed more, Hitler or Stalin? As useful as that exercise in moral rigor was, some think the question itself might have been slightly off. Instead, it should have included a third tyrant of the twentieth century, Chairman Mao. And not just that, but that Mao should have been the hands-down winner, with his ledger [more than 40 million people] easily trumping those of the European dictators”. http://bit.ly/2EvLoEQ
— “The Road,” by Stephanie Nolen in the Globe and Mail: “Highway BR-163 cuts a brutal path through Brazil’s conflicting ambitions: to transform itself into an economic powerhouse and to preserve the Amazon as a bulwark against climate change. Stephanie Nolen travelled 2,000 kilometres along the dusty, dangerous corridor, and found a range of realistic — and often counterintuitive — ways that the forest could work for everyone.” https://tgam.ca/2BkkzBr
MEDIAWATCH — “Newsweek Editors Blast Exec to His Face: ‘What You’re Doing Is Bulls**t. You Don’t Understand Journalism,’” by the Daily Beast’s Max Tani: “During a private meeting with editors this week, a top Newsweek executive blamed his own journalists for the magazine’s recent turmoil and refused to answer whether the company committed financial crimes. Newsweek Media Group interim Chief Content Officer Johnathan Davis took questions from editors for nearly 90 minutes on Wednesday … Last month, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office raided Newsweek Media Group’s headquarters in New York as part of an ongoing investigation into the company for potential financial crimes. …
“‘[The raid] led to the BuzzFeed article about the fake clicks, which you orchestrated,’ breaking news editor Gersh Kuntzman said. ‘So you should be honest with everybody in this room: Are we running a money laundering operation? Are we evading taxes? You need to tell us that because we can’t work here if you’re a liar.’ Davis declined to answer directly, citing the D.A.’s probe.” http://thebea.st/2G1owKC
SPOTTED: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on a red eye United flight from SFO to Newark last night … Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) yesterday boarding a IAD-DEN flight … Cecile Richards in first class yesterday on a 5 p.m. Acela to NYC.
SPOTTED: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys on the 11:30 a.m. American Airlines flight Friday from DCA to West Palm Beach along with Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who were headed to the NRSC donor retreat at The Breakers in Palm Beach.
SPOTTED at the Newseum last night for a Comcast/NBCUniversal Olympics party complete with igloos, dancers, fake snow and a couple fires outside to roast marshmallows: David Cohen, Andrea Mitchell, Peter Alexander, Ken Vogel, Patrick Steel and Lee Satterfield, Tammy Haddad, Brendan Buck and Rebecca Berg, Howard Fineman and Amy Nathan, Meredith Fineman, Melissa Maxfield, Alice Lloyd, Sue Davis, Phil Rucker, Hans Nichols, Michael Falcone, Sheila Dwyer, Adam Verdugo.
SPOTTED at the So Others Might Eat (SOME) gala Friday night at the National Museum of Women in the Arts: Katie and Robbie Zirkelbach, Joe Brettell, Kelley Hudak, Curtis and Ansley Rhyne, Patrick Brennan, Andrew Kovalcin, Amy Trivaso, Matt Leffingwell, Andrew Mills
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Luis Sanchez
BIRTHDAYS: George Stephanopoulos is 57 … Robert Iger, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO, is 67 … CNBC’s Jim Cramer is 63 … Politico Magazine’s Margy Slattery … BuzzFeed’s Aram Roston … Susan Crabtree, senior writer/investigative reporter for the Free Beacon … PBS Newshour’s John Yang is 6-0 (hat tips: Tim Burger) … Glenn Beck is 54 … Mindy Finn, co-founder of Stand Up Republic … Scott Sendek of Targeted Victory (h/ts Sara Sendek and Blain Rethmeier) … Cathy Gillespie … Notre Dame rep John Sturm … Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) is 75 … Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) is 56 … Michael Levoff, SVP of public affairs at Genting Americas … CNN producer Mallory Thompson … Michael R. Gordon, national security correspondent for The Wall Street Journal (h/t son Chris) … Barbee Ponder, GlobalStar GC and VP of regulatory affairs … Stacy Kerans, Ketchum SVP of brand marketing practice … Izzy Klein, co-founder and principal at Klein/Johnson Group (h/ts Jon Haber) … Jo-Marie St. Martin … Michelle Levi Noe, director of special projects for Shriver Media … Anne Kaiser … Jessica Meyers, Asia correspondent for the LA Times … Bruce Gates, president of Three Oaks Strategies … Alexandra Bass … The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Eric Roper …
… Connecticut State Rep. Caroline Simmons (h/t Dan Drew) … Vince Zito, VP of corporate communications and government relations at SunTrust Bank and a Roger Williams alum, is 29 (h/t Allison Tucker) … John Cummins, director of U.S. policy communications and media at Merck … columnist Jeff Jacoby is 59 … Politico’s Steve Beynon … Howie Beigelman is 44 … Kyle Trygstad, editor of National Journal Hotline (h/t Hanna Trudo) … BBC’s Philip Hampsheir … Karen Dahl … Christopher Hartman … Tanya Somanader, chief content officer of Crooked Media … Edelman’s Eric Storey … Aly Carter Bullock … Tim Graham of the Media Research Center and executive editor of NewsBusters.org … Marisa Kashino, senior editor at Washingtonian … Joanna Belanger, political director at Everytown for Gun Safety … Jim Pfaff is 53 … Rebecca Naomi Bash … Hector F. Irastorza is 6-0 … Kevin Duewel … Clark Maturo … Clayton Keir is 33 … Kevin Fitzgerald … Mimi Sheraton, former NYT restaurant critic and food writer, is 92.
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from San Antonio:
— NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Marc Short … Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) … Clint Watts. Panel: Kristen Welker, Peggy Noonan, Eddie Glaude, Jr. and Erick Erickson
— ABC’s “This Week”: Kellyanne Conway … Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) … Chris Christie (R-N.J.). Panel: David Axelrod, Alex Castellanos, Matthew Dowd, Megan Murphy and Cecilia Vega
—CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Mick Mulvaney … Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) … Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) … Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Panel: Peter Beinart, Susan Davis, Susan Glasser and Ramesh Ponnuru … author Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
— “Fox News Sunday”: Mick Mulvaney … Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Panel: Jason Chaffetz, Rachael Bade, Guy Benson and Marie Harf … “Power Player of the Week” with U.S. Army Center of Military History executive director Charles R. Bowery
— CNN’s “State of the Union”: Kellyanne Conway … Jeh Johnson … Josh Green. Panel: Rick Santorum, Jen Psaki, Karine Jean-Pierre and Linda Chavez
— Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) … Newt Gingrich … Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) … Ed Rollins
–Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Corey Lewandowski … Ed Henry … Emily Jashinsky … Capri Cafaro … Carley Shimkus
—CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Karoun Demirjian, Seung Min Kim and Mary Katharine Ham
–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Author Gordon Chang (“Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World”) and CSIS senior fellow and former CIA senior analyst Sue Mi Terry … Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak … Husain Haqqani and Hudson Institute senior fellow and former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Mujib Mashal … Qatari foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani
–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: Olivia Nuzzi, April Ryan and Lynn Sweet … Bethany Mandel and Oliver Darcy … Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) … Newsonomics founder Ken Doctor …Hadas Gold (substitute anchor: Frank Sesno)
–Univision’s “Al Punto”: National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president Rev. Samuel Rodriguez … former HUD Secretary Julian Castro … “No More Deaths” member Ana Sánchez … composer Jorge Drexler … pop duo Ha*Ash
–C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: TopBots chief marketing officer and co-author Adelyn Zhou (“Applied Artificial Intelligence”) … NVIDIA vice president and general manager of intelligent machines Deepu Talla … Microsoft Corporation vice president for engineering Andrew Shuman … “Newsmakers”: DCCC chairman Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), questioned by The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel and Politico’s Elena Schneider … “Q&A”: New York Times staff photographer Doug Mills
–MSNBC’s “Kasie DC”: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) … DNC chairman Tom Perez … Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) … former HUD Secretary Julian Castro … Kelli Ward … Sam Stein … Josh Earnest …Tim Alberta … Yamiche Alcindor … Sophia Nelson … Kevin McLaughlin
— “The McLaughlin Group”: Tom Rogan with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page and guest panelist former NSA analyst and New York Observer columnist John Schindler
— PBS’ “To the Contrary”: Panel: National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Latifa Lyles, GOP strategist Jennifer Higgins, Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women founder Avis Jones DeWeever and Independent Women’s Forum’s Patrice Onwuka.
— Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2mCW4tB): The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross.
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