Thursday, September 1, 2016

POLITICO Playbook, presented by PhRMA: TRUMP goes ALL IN on sharp immigration rhetoric, and Hillary goes up on TV in Ariz. -- SCOOPS: Trump Hispanic surrogates reconsider support, Jeh Johnson to address Islamic society -- Pence to raise cash on Capitol Hill

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Today's PLAYBOOK presented by PhRMA
09/01/2016 07:27 AM EDT
By ANNA PALMER (; @apalmerdc) and JAKE SHERMAN (; @JakeSherman) with DANIEL LIPPMAN (; @dlippman)

Driving the Day

A STUDY IN CONTRASTS -- There are two widely accepted viewpoints about what Donald Trump did yesterday. He went to meet with the Mexican president, looked presidential and showed he could stay steady on the world stage. @howiewolf : "If you believe Trump needed to pivot, moderate and look more Presidential, that event was a home run" ... @HolmesJosh: "Clinton's framework is that Trump would embarrass the country abroad. He didn't. This Mexico trip worked for Trump in the short term." He stayed within the bounds of normalcy and even seemed presidential.
And in Arizona Wednesday night , Donald Trump dropped any pretense that he would moderate his immigration position, saying the "one route" to legal status for those who are in the U.S. legally: "to return home, and apply for re-entry" -- essentially self-deportation. He seemed to abandon his position that the U.S. should deport 11 million migrants, but after saying he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto did not discuss who will pay for the wall -- and the president saying that wasn't true -- Trump told the Phoenix crowd Mexico will pay. He also floated the idea that Hillary Clinton should be deported.
There's one thing that's been completely lost in the debate over Donald Trump's wall. If he were to win the presidency, there is no chance -- like zero, zilch, absolutely none -- that Congress would approve the Trump-envisioned wall on the southern border of the United States, no matter who is paying. First of all, Democrats are likely to take the Senate -- so that would stop this proposal dead in its tracks. And top House Republican aides say quite plainly that this would never stand a chance in their chamber, especially with a thinner majority.
Remember this: since 2010, Congress has had trouble keeping the government open, at times. Earlier this year, Capitol Hill celebrated passing a six-year highway bill, amid reports of widespread road and bridge crumbling. They can barely keep the FAA open. We've been covering Congress for some time, so take it from us: Congress will never, ever approve a massive wall on the Southern border -- even if Mexico somehow does decide to pay. Just like Democrats who are advocating for free college, this proposal is just that: a proposal.
TOP TWEETS -- @AnnCoulter: "I hear Churchill had a nice turn of phrase, but Trump's immigration speech is the most magnificent speech ever given." ... "I think I'll watch this speech every night before going to bed so that I will sleep like a baby." ... @DrDavidDuke: "Excellent speech by Donald Trump tonight. Deport criminal aliens, end catch and release, enforce immigration laws & America First." ... @HolmesJosh: "Had Donald Trump gone home and watched a re-run of the apprentice tonight he would've resurrected his candidacy. Instead, this..." ... @MattMackowiak: "I promise you: Brooklyn is high-fiving tonight. Nothing about that speech will make them worry politically. The Hispanic vote is gone."
HuffPost banner, "DONALD GETS DARKER So Much For 'Softening'! ... Trump Roars On Immigration ... Promises 'Deportation Task Force' ... 'No One Will Be Immune'..." ... Drudge banner (in red and green font), "TRUMP STORMS MEXICO -- THUNDERS IN PHOENIX" ... N.Y. Post cover, "STONE WALL -- Trump gets re$istance in Mexico -- Stands firm on illegals' deportation"
ARIZONA REPUBLIC FRONT PAGE -- "On immigration, drawing the line ... Trump speech reinforces his hard-line image" ... NYT: "TRUMP GAMBLES ON IMMIGRATION IN TRIP AND RALLY -- News Analysis: A Daring Plan to Lift a Campaign -- Overtures to Mexico, Then Tough Talk" ... WSJ is displaying two versions of the front page on their website, both four columns across the middle of A1: "Trump Talks Tough On Wall" ... "Trump Vows Deportations" ... LAT: "Trump softens tone but not stance in Mexico...The GOP nominee doesn't budge on illegal immigration"
BROOKLYN GOES INTO ARIZ -- Hillary Clinton will place a six-figure television buy in Arizona today, which they say is a direct reaction to last night's speech. They're going up with the "Role Models" ad, the spot that features young kids listening to Donald Trump's most coarse comments. The ad
THE FALLOUT -- SCOOP from Katie Glueck -- "Several Hispanic Trump surrogates reconsider support": Several major Latino surrogates for Donald Trump are reconsidering their support for him following the Republican nominee's hardline speech on immigration Wednesday night. Jacob Monty, a member of Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council, has resigned, and Alfonso Aguilar, the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, said in an interview that he is 'inclined' to pull his support."
BACKSTORY -- Alex Burns and Maggie Haberman on A1: "Trailing Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Turns to Political Gymnastics": "In the space of a few hours on Wednesday, Mr. Trump veered from avoiding a clash with Mr. Peña Nieto over his proposal for a border wall to goading an Arizona crowd into chants about constructing the barrier.
"If winning over people who view him as a racially divisive or reckless candidate would seem to require a dizzying political reinvention, it is far from certain that Mr. Trump is prepared to transform himself so thoroughly. He appeared solicitous, even pleading, in his visit to Mexico City, shirking confrontation with Mr. Peña Nieto and reading slowly from a cautious, tightly phrased statement that described his admiration for Americans of Mexican descent. ...
"Over the last week , close associates have told both Mr. Trump and members of his family that he is in real danger of losing the race, according to a half-dozen people close to the Trump campaign and briefed on its activities ... Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who lobbied in favor of the trip to Mexico, has told Mr. Trump that he must make immediate changes to regain his footing, associates said. And on Monday, Mr. Trump's son Eric met with senior officials at the [RNC] in Washington and heard a grim prognosis of his father's campaign ... Going through the swing states one by one, party officials showed Eric Trump that his father was drastically underperforming other Republicans in the polls."
--WaPo's Josh Partlow, Sean Sullivan and Jose DelReal: "With less than 10 weeks until the election, Trump increasingly has tried to adjust his pitch to appeal more to moderate voters, as polls show he has fallen solidly behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton nationally and in battleground states. However, the visit here and the speech in Phoenix could provide a jarring contrast for voters and send a confusing message about the kind of president he would be."
GOOD THURSDAY MORNING and happy September! The Playbook team is dispersing around the country this weekend for Labor Day. Daniel is going to Martha's Vineyard this morning, and Anna is heading to Cape Cod. Jake is going to Los Angeles for a wedding. There are 68 days until Election Day. It's been 271 days since Hillary Clinton held a press availability. There are 25 days until the first presidential debate on Long Island, and six days until NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" in New York.
SOME GOOD NEWS FOR TRUMP -- TWO POLLS IN WISCONSIN -- Marquette has Clinton up 3 points, 41-38 and Monmouth has Clinton up 5, 43-38
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FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will travel to Chicago to address between 10,000 and 20,000 American Muslims Saturday night at the Islamic Society of North America. Johnson is the highest-ranking government official to ever address the convention -- no cabinet secretary has ever appeared in front of the group. He'll discuss the administration's effort to "build bridges" to the Muslim community, and encourage Muslim Americans to fully participate in American society, according to a source familiar. Johnson has met with Muslim Americans in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, rural Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Detroit, Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Minneapolis, Dearborn, Michigan, and Los Angeles.
FUN READ -- JASON HOROWITZ on D5 of NYT's Thursday Styles, "When Donald Met Melania, Paolo Was There" : Paolo Zampolli "secured Ms. Trump's visa to the United States and introduced her to her future husband at a 1998 party he hosted at the Kit Kat Club. (Mr. Zampolli's parties have featured an alligator, tiger cubs and models at nightclubs blowing kisses at Fashion Television cameras.) He flew with Mr. Trump on his jet to attend the mogul's wedding at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. There, he said, I was introduced to Hillary by Huma,' referring to Huma Abedin, whom he said he knew from events in New York. By then, he said, he had already met Mr. Clinton 'many, many, many' times. He called Mr. Clinton's former adviser Doug Band 'Dougie' and used to be close to Ronald Burkle, the billionaire investor who was once a close friend, private-jet provider and business partner of Mr. Clinton. (Mr. Clinton 'was not coming to parties with me and the models,' Mr. Zampolli said.)"
SCOOP: PODESTA GROUP IN TOUCH WITH DOJ -- The Podesta Group has reached out to the Justice Department following stories that it may have improperly lobbied on behalf of the Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which also employed former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Podesta Group's CEO Kimberley Fritts: "Our outside counsel simply informed the [Foreign Agents Registration Unit] that they had been hired to conduct a review into whether we were misled by the Centre for a Modern Ukraine - the same information the firm already publicly announced two weeks ago," she said in a statement. Mercury Public Affairs, which also repped the group, did not respond to a request for comment about if it had taken similar action.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: PENCE TO HOLD D.C. HIGH-DOLLAR EVENT -- Mike Pence is returning to Capitol Hill to hold a big donor event Sept. 13. The reception -- hosted by the RNC's Reince Priebus, Trump Victory finance chairmen Lewis Eisenberg and Ray Washburne and Trump for President finance chairman Steve Mnuchin -- is seeking co-chairs to give or raise $25,000 and attendees to contribute $2,700, according to a copy of the invite. The invite, which lists a VIP reception followed by general reception, does not name a venue for the fundraiser.
HAPPENING TODAY -- Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden are rallying in Warren and Parma, Ohio. Tim Kaine is in New Hampshire, making appearances in Dover, Laconia, Manchester and Nashua. Donald Trump will speak to the American Legion convention in Cincinnati, and hold a rally in Wilmington, Ohio. Mike Pence will be in Salt Lake City, speaking at Sen. Mike Lee's 2016 Utah Solutions Summit. He'll be discussing "workforce" with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Carly Fiorina.
-- TWO FOUR-STAR GENERALS FOR CLINTON: Bob Sennewald and David Maddox will release a joint statement, saying "Having studied what is at stake for this country and the alternatives we have now, we see only one viable leader, and will be voting this November for Secretary Hillary Clinton."
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PHOTO DU JOUR: Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands after delivering statements in Mexico City on Wednesday. | AP Photo
SPOTTED IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE -- Paul Manafort and his wife Kathleen, and Tom Barrack -- a close Trump friend who spoke in Cleveland -- and his wife Rachelle. They returned Monday.
-- @BuzzFeedAndrew: "Rick Perry on radio said he went to Hamilton last night. Really enjoyed it, says he's 'not a hip-hop guy' but found it 'magnificent.'" His Insta pic
DEEP DIVE - NYT A1, "How Russia Often Benefits When Julian Assange Reveals the West's Secrets," by Jo Becker, Steven Erlanger and Eric Schmitt: "Whether by conviction, convenience or coincidence, WikiLeaks' document releases, along with many of Mr. Assange's statements, have often benefited Russia, at the expense of the West. ... [G]iven WikiLeaks' limited resources and the hurdles of translation, Mr. Assange said, why focus on Russia, which he described as a 'bit player on the world stage,' compared with countries like China and the United States? In any event, he said, Kremlin corruption is an old story. 'Every man and his dog is criticizing Russia,' he said. 'It's a bit boring, isn't it?'"
KEN VOGEL -- "Bill Clinton used tax dollars to subsidize foundation, private email server : Program for ex-presidents paid salaries and benefits to Clinton aides at the center of controversies": "Bill Clinton used a decades-old federal government program, originally created to keep former presidents out of the poorhouse, to subsidize his family's foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife's private email server, a POLITICO investigation has found. Taxpayer cash was used to buy IT equipment - including servers - housed at the Clinton Foundation, and also to supplement the pay and benefits of several aides now at the center of the email and cash-for-access scandals dogging Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
"This investigation , which is based on records obtained from the General Services Administration through the Freedom of Information Act, does not reveal anything illegal. But it does offer fresh evidence of how the Clintons blurred the line between their non-profit foundation, Hillary Clinton's State Department and the business dealings of Bill Clinton and the couple's aides ... A Clinton aide said his boss's use of the GSA program is entirely consistent with the Former Presidents Act. Generally, the aide explained that Clinton 'wears several hats - among them being former President of the United States and the founder of the Clinton Foundation. His staffing reflects those roles.'"
IN POLITICO EUROPE -- "Tim Cook: Apple tax ruling 'political,' 'maddening,' " by Zoya Sheftalovich: "Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook said the European Commission's decision to force Ireland to claw back €13 billion plus interest in illegal tax breaks from his company 'has no basis in fact or in law,' and is 'invalid' and 'politically based,' in an interview with Ireland's RTÉ Radio 1 Thursday. 'Ireland and Apple have acted not only in the law, but did what was right. I'm convinced that would be crystal clear to anyone looking at this from an unbiased point of view,' Cook said of the ruling, announced Tuesday by EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager. 'It's maddening, it's disappointing, it's clear that this comes from a political place, it has no basis in fact or in law,' he added. 'When you're accused of doing something that is so foreign to your values, it brings out an outrage in you, and that's how we feel.'"
ON THE HILL -- NYT A18, "A Democratic Senate Might Need to Curtail Filibuster, Harry Reid Says," by Carl Hulse in Las Vegas in a "On Washington" column: "Senator Harry Reid says Democrats should move to curtail the filibuster if they win the White House and Senate in November only to run up against persistent use of the tactic by Republicans. 'Unless after this election there is a dramatic change to go back to the way it used to be, the Senate will have to evolve as it has in the past,' Mr. Reid told me, referring to a former tradition of rarely mounting filibusters. 'But it will evolve with a majority vote determining stuff. It is going to happen.' ... [H]e is the first to publicly express what other lawmakers and aides have talked about more quietly: the possibility that Democrats will take drastic action if they are triumphant at the polls only to be blocked by the gridlock that has plagued Washington in a new Clinton administration."
POLITICO GETS RESULTS -- "Rep. Whitfield will resign following ethics probe," by Heather Caygle: "Rep. Ed Whitfield, the Kentucky Republican dogged by ethics problems around 'special favors' he granted his lobbyist wife, is resigning from Congress next week. Whitfield sent a letter to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing his retirement, effective Sept. 6, the day Congress returns from August recess." ... The 2013 story by Anna and Bresnahan that started it all: "Pol horse trades for Humane Society"
SCOOP: Republicans Women for Hillary recruiting -- Republican Women for Hillary is trying to recruit GOP women to serve as volunteer state coordinators and spokesmen. Here's a blast email they're sending later today to potential supporters: "Republican Women for Hillary is seeking smart, committed, organized Republican women to help serve as state leaders. Over the next few months, our state leaders will work with national leaders to convene like-minded Republican women across the country to have a conversation about our party, our goals, and what we need to do to protect our country," the email reads. "Whether it is through hosting local events, writing letters, or organizing get out the vote efforts, will work together to spread our message while protecting the Republican Party, and America, from further damage by Donald Trump."
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GOTHAM WATCH -- " Children's Services launches Anthony Weiner probe," by N.Y. Post's Larry Celona, Kevin Fasick and Bruce Golding: "Child-welfare officials are investigating Anthony Weiner in the wake of The Post's exclusive report that he sent a lewd selfie that showed his young son lying in bed next to him ... The probe of Weiner was launched by the Administration for Children's Services over his handling of 4-year-old son Jordan ... Agency protocol requires a home visit within 48 hours, and ACS showed up at Weiner and estranged wife Huma Abedin's Union Square apartment building on Tuesday."
SNEAK PEEK - Time's new cover, "The Exercise Cure: The surprising science of a life-changing workout." See the cover:
WEST COAST WATCH -- "Hurting for support in her own party, Rep. Loretta Sanchez tilts her Senate campaign to the right," by LA Times' Phil Willon: "Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez's U.S. Senate campaign has swerved away from the left side of the road in recent weeks. The Democratic congresswoman popped up on a conservative talk radio show in San Diego to tout her record against 'Islamic extremists.' She ventured to Shasta Lake, Northern California's Republican frontier populated by farmers and ranchers, and promised to listen to all sides to address the state's water crisis ... In California's historic Democrat-versus-Democrat U.S. Senate race, those events and a string of others offer clear signs of Sanchez's effort to court the fertile field of Republicans, independents and moderates who feel disenfranchised with two Democrats on the Senate ballot."
MEDIAWATCH -- "BuzzFeed News Will Relaunch Its Live Interview Series at the Newseum," by Washingtonian's Greta Weber: "[S]tarting at the end of September, BuzzFeed is partnering with the Newseum to relaunch the DC series, bringing on members of Congress who have taken up specific causes like criminal justice reform or immigration. The first guests on September 20 will be Senator Cory Booker ... and Senator Mike Lee ... There will be five monthly BuzzFeed Brews events from September to January. All are free (including drinks and food); you need an invitation to attend."
--"Vice shows how not to treat freelancers," by Yardena Schwartz in Columbia Journalism Review: "In an era of journalism in which freelancers have grown accustomed to being treated like disposable cogs of news production, Vice appears to be in a league of its own. ... Journalists who have worked for Vice tell CJR that the company published their work without paying them for it, promised them assignments which were later rescinded, and asked reporters for their help with documentaries that covered issues they had written about without any plans to pay them for their work."
--Politico's "Morning Media has learned that longtime Time Inc. communications guru Daniel Kile is leaving the company. ... His departure is the latest in a recent series of executive changes at America's largest magazine publisher, which is in the midst of reinventing itself in the digital space."
ARIANNA leaves HuffPost - On her last day yesterday, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong "presented her with a triptych of the lunar cycle that impacts our REM sleep and a pair of unicorn pajamas. Arianna's gift to Tim was a gift certificate for 12 sessions with massage and breathing therapist Joan Witkowski." Pics ... ...
There isn't a lot of subtlety in Israeli politics. Erel Margalit - a multi-millionaire venture capitalist turned member of parliament - wants to be the head of the Labor Party. He wants to be prime minister. He's tried - and failed - to win his party's leadership before. And this time, he's not doing it quietly. He gained political notoriety in April when he released a video, filled with blistering attacks of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies, essentially chalking them up to being a bunch of phonies. The video went viral - it has more than 300,000 views (Video with subtitles:
Ha'aretz, Israel's oldest newspaper recently named Margalit one of the 14 people who could be the next prime minister if Netanyahu is forced out. Leadership elections for the Zionist Union - the labor coalition - are next year. Labor holds 24 seats in the Knesset, while Likud - Netanyahu's party - formed a coalition to boost their 30-seat count to the bare minimum of 61 to form a government.
"I think there needs to be different leadership in Israel," Margalit said in the Playbook Interview, sitting in the offices of Jerusalem Venture Partners, the VC firm that made him rich. "That's my goal."
Margalit - Israeli born with a Columbia Ph.D. - envisions a new Middle Eastern order fueled by fresh regional economic and security partnerships. He's trying to use his success as a high-tech entrepreneur to show he understands what it takes to jumpstart the economy.
--Margalit's campaign message: "We want to talk about a larger vision. Netanyahu keeps us in a bunker, mentally and regionally. And we want to get out on the attack from a country standpoint. We want to be proactive rather than reactive. We want to define the kind of agreement we want with the Palestinians. But we want other people at the table. We need a bigger table for a bigger deal and Israelis need to see the bigger picture."
--He doesn't think much of Netanyahu : "I thought that modesty is one thing that Israel needs to keep vis a vis the United States, as much as we have our opinions...Modesty when a small country is working with a bigger country is an absolute necessity. Even though the small country can be as strong as the larger country. Netanyahu lost his modesty. Going head to head with the Democratic president, regardless of what kind of criticism you may have, even if some is justified - regardless if you like the Iran deal, or you don't, as many of us didn't - I thought that the way he conducted himself, Israel was taken out of the room in terms of the intimacy of the discussions."
"Netanyahu does something that other leaders in the world know how to do. He uses fear. There's legitimate fear. We're in a rough neighborhood. When you're in a rough neighborhood, you need to walk with someone strong who can protect you. A lot of it is body language. On our side of the camp, you need a type A personality ... There are different ways to project power without using the fear Netanyahu does. He tears parts of Israeli society apart. Arabs and Jews. [Netanyahu said Arabs were getting on busses in droves in the last election, urging Israelis to get out and vote]. Most of them really great, moderate people, young, dynamic, educated. Great partners for the next generation of Israeli economy, social environment."
-- "Paul McCartney gets cheeky at Clinton fundraiser," by Page Six's Emily Smith: "Sir Paul McCartney, performing at an exclusive Hillary Clinton Hamptons fundraiser, poked fun at the event's sky-high ticket prices, saying, 'This is the first time in my entire life when I have paid to hear myself sing.'"


OUT AND ABOUT -- A fundraiser organized via Foreign Policy Professionals for Hillary and co-chaired by Ambassador Derek Mitchell and Anastasia Dellaccio drew a capacity crowd downstairs last night at Hill Country Barbecue in Penn Quarter. The program: Short speeches, and then a rousing rendition of "Sing, Sing, Sing," complete with solo performances by Max Weinberg, who's playing with The Boss at Nats Stadium tonight ( ), and Secretary Albright -- who, we were told, is also known as "Sticks." Among the attendees: Andrew Albertson, Evelyn Farkas, Lynne Weil, Ben Chang, and other former Obama Administration folks, many of whom had served under Secretary Clinton at State.
SPOTTED : Terry McAuliffe getting into a silver SUV outside the Hay Adams at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday night. Later, the gov was at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in downtown DC "at a table for four, chatting with a man by himself. Security detail sat casually at the bar" (h/t @eyokley) ... Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) munching on a Potbelly sandwich at Dulles airport yesterday morning. ...
... "Denis McDonough , in full riding gear around 6 p.m. [yesterday], biking north in the 15th Street designated bike lane, accompanied by two extremely observant buddies. Rules of the road were followed and though this daily rider was compelled to pass the gang around P street, they impressively caught up by Florida Ave." ... Reince Priebus getting dropped off yesterday morning at the 70 Capitol Yards apartment building in Navy Yard
NEW IN BROOKLYN -- Christopher Huntley, who handled press for the Democratic convention, has joined Hillary Clinton's campaign to run the "millennial press desk."
TRANSITIONS -- Brian Anderson is starting in Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's office next week as press secretary and researcher. He had his last day yesterday on the press and research team at Freedom Partners.
OBAMA ALUMNI - "Michael Czin Joins SKDKnickerbocker as Vice President ... to Lead Issue Advocacy Campaigns": "In his most recent role, Michael served as Mayor Muriel Bowser's communications director in Washington, where he served as the District's chief spokesman and led strategic communications for the Mayor and more than 60 agencies ... Michael was national press secretary for the [DNC] during the 2014 election cycle ... [and] served as a top spokesman for President Obama's 2012 reelection and held several positions with then-Senator Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign."
OUT AND ABOUT - SPOTTED last night at the brand new District Distilling on U Street, AGE Africa Charity fundraiser for girls' education in Malawi: Board members Sarah Sullivan (senior director at Arabella Advisors), Astri Kimball (senior policy counsel at Google), Kwaku Akowuah (partner At Sidney Austin LLP), Jennifer Zachary (partner at Covington).
WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Arthur J. Delaney, senior reporter for HuffPo, and Laura Seidel Delaney, clinical social worker at DC's DBH, on Tuesday welcomed James Nathan Delaney, 7lbs., 9oz., joining 22 month old Jack Arthur Delaney, and dog George, at their N.E. home. Pic
WEEKEND WEDDING -- Brent Swander, who was national director of press advance for Paul Ryan 2012 and was in Bush 43 WH Advance, married all-star realtor Lauren Gregory on Saturday. Swander, gov't affairs director at Columbus Realtors, and his groomsmen's event advance skills were called into action to rearrange a wedding on the Muirfield Country Club PGA golf course in the wake of a thunderstorm. The clouds broke and the sun visited on the newlyweds and their guests. The well wishers numbered 150 and were delighted by video introductions of the bridal party by: Carl Cameron of Fox News, Jim Acosta of CNN, Mike Emanuel of Fox News and Peter Alexander of NBC News. The Swanders were introduced on video by Speaker Paul Ryan. Pic
SPOTTED: Jonathan Gormley, Brad White, Alexandria Prolago Gormley, Matt Borges, Frank Larose, Nick Klitzing, Brittany Ladd, Kevin Servick, Trevor Vessels, Brenton Temple, Gavin Blair.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Rachel Oliver ... Alison Schwartz ... (was Tues.): Eddie Ayoob, partner at Barnes and Thornburg and a Reid alum
BIRTHDAYS : Dee Dee Myers is ageless ... Steve Hildebrand, the pride of Mitchell, S.D., is 54 ... WSJ's Kate Davidson, covering the Fed and the U.S. economy ... Xochi Hinojosa, comms for the Hillary campaign, alum of DOJ, Labor Dept and Sen Schatz, is 32 ... Politico's Tara Palmeri in Brussels: "1st generation American. Polish citizen. Eurocurious," per her Twitter - she's celebrating with friends in Shelter Island (h/t Gabe Brotman) ... Joe Toohey, reporter for Fox 5 WNYW in NYC and an NBC/MTP alum ... Liz Bartolomeo, CAP's managing director of comms - "Dance. TV. Pittsburgh. Cats. Bikes," per her Twitter ... Sue Hensley, EVP of comms and public affairs at American Trucking Associations - hubby John is sending her to an all-day very expensive spa (h/ts Sean Spicer and Michael Meehan) ... Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) is 69 ... Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) is 72 ... Politico's Alexandra Dufour ... C-SPAN Capitol Hill producer Craig Caplan ... Lauren Kiel, head of gov't content at Bloomberg Cross-Platform Businesses ... Jackie Falk ... John Gundlach ... Yolanda Caraway ... Al Thomson (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Jillian Sobeck, digital account manager at Podesta Group ... John Jones, COS for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (h/t Lauren French) ... Radio free Asia chief Libby Liu ... BGR Dem chief Jonathan Mantz (h/ts Michael Meehan) ...
... Chris Flemming, principal at Smoot Tewes Group, is 38 ... Neil Volz ... Alexander Thomson ... Wayne Crews, VP for policy and director of technology studies at Competitive Enterprise Institute ... Amitai Perline, producer for MSNBC's "Up with Steve Kornacki" ... Sacramento Bee cartoonist Jack Ohman is 56 ... Kenny Mayne ... Mark Hudspeth, producer at "CBS Sunday Morning" and an NBC alum ... Andrew Satter ... Jessica Estepa, senior digital producer at National Geographic Partners and a USA Today and an E&E alum ... Patricia Barba ... David Natonski, COS to Rep. Kevin Yoder and a Chamber alum ... Christopher Massicotte ... Trevor Thomas ... Vanity Fair editor at large Cullen Murphy is 64 ... NPR's Courtney Jamieson Dorning (hubby tip: Mike) ... Bear Tullis (h/t Ali and Josh) ... Connie Haddeland of Rep. Betsy McCollum's office ... Karl Ahlgren, COS for Rep. Markwayne Mullin, is 63 ... former Rep. Melvin "Bom" Laird (R-Wisc.) is 94 ... former Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark) is 55 ... Dan Bernal, district COS for Leader Pelosi ... Teresa Martinez of Rep. Paul Gosar's office ... former Rep. James Martin (R-Ala.) is 98 ... former Rep. Philip Hayes (D-Ind.) is 76 ... former Rep. Dave Emery (R-Maine) is 68 (h/ts Legistorm) ... William Beutler ... Ryan Smith ... Kelly Plunnecke ... Debbie Price ... June Plunnecke ... Richard Howard ... Stephen Krasner is 4-0 ... Terry Nicolosi ... Eric Andersen ... Grant Woodard (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Arsalan Iftikhar ... Christopher Healy is 59 ... Al Thompson ... Sigurd Neubauer ... Jason Atlee is 57 ... Chip Borman ... Ryuta Araki ... Eve Gittelson ... Andy Brehm ... former Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird is 94 ... conductor Seiji Ozawa is 81 ... Alan Dershowitz is 78 ... Lily Tomlin is 77 ... Barry Gibb is 7-0 ... Dr. Phil (McGraw) is 66 ... Gloria Estefan is 59 ... retired NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway is 5-0 ... actress Aisling (ASH'-ling) Loftus is 26 (h/ts AP).
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