BURGESS EVERETT with an omnibus update: “The White House and congressional Democrats traded immigration offers futilely over the weekend, according to three sources familiar with the talks, leaving little chance of an immediate deal to protect Dreamers.
“The White House on Sunday made an 11th-hour push to include billions of dollars in border wall funding in a massive congressional spending bill due this week, but clashed with congressional Democrats over how far to go in protecting young immigrants that face deportation, the sources said.
“White House officials asked Democrats to approve $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall in exchange for extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program through fall of 2020, those sources said. That would give Trump his full wall funding request in the must-pass spending bill and still give him leverage over the DACA program heading into his 2020 reelection campaign.
“But Democrats balked, demanding instead that the White House provide a pathway to citizenship to 1.8 million young immigrants eligible under the DACA program, those sources said.” http://politi.co/2u1E2or
-- THIS SEEMS like a simple transaction: some border money, for a DACA fix. Why can’t they get this done?
ALSO (PROBABLY) NOT IN THE BILL -- “Deal to curb sexual harassment unlikely to be in spending bill,” by Elana Schor and Heather Caygle: “A bipartisan, bicameral agreement to overhaul Capitol Hill's oft-criticized workplace misconduct system is unlikely to get attached to a government spending bill that must pass by week's end to avoid a shutdown, according to multiple sources tracking the issue.
“The sudden shift in the fate of the Hill harassment measure, which negotiators were closing in on as recently as last week, jeopardizes its chances of getting signed into law by President Donald Trump.” http://politi.co/2HIOpQf
Good Monday afternoon. ELIANA JOHNSON and ANDREW RESTUCCIA SCOOP … “Kelly to tap Kushner ally Chris Liddell as deputy chief for policy”: “White House chief of staff John Kelly will tap Chris Liddell, a senior White House aide and former executive at Microsoft and General Motors, as his deputy, according to two people familiar with the decision.
“Liddell, who currently serves as the White House’s director of strategic initiatives, will be named deputy chief of staff for policy, the people said, filling out Kelly’s bare-bones team.” http://politi.co/2HN8MeS
HAPPENING THIS EVENING … HOUSE REPUBLICANS hold a closed party meeting at 5:45 p.m. to discuss the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. The House will vote Wednesday, and then the Senate will take it up.
-- REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS always say they’ll govern differently than the party in power. They never do. Rank-and-file lawmakers have no idea what’s in this massive bill and will have just a few days to read it before voting on it.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK … NRCC’S MARCH DINNER …. The GOP’s annual dinner -- and their main fundraising event -- is tomorrow night. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is the speaker at the dinner, which will be held at the National Building Museum. But Republican donors have a whole week of events.
THE SCHEDULE -- TONIGHT: The NRCC “dine around” at the Willard Intercontinental.
-- TOMORROW: The NRCC has several panels at the Willard. From 2-2:45 p.m., NRCC comms guru Matt Gorman hosts a panel of three candidates: Arizona’s Lea Marquez Peterson, Washington State’s Dino Rossi and Pete Stauber, a candidate in Minnesota. Jo Marie St. Martin, a former longtime Boehner staffer, and Mike Sommers, Boehner’s former chief of staff, will talk about “legislating in an election year” from 3-3:45 p.m. The after party is at the Hamilton. Check out the full schedule http://politi.co/2HL8xkx
NEWS … A source tells us THE NRCC is going to break last year’s record-setting $30 million haul.
STILL ON THE INVESTIGATION -- @realDonaldTrump at 9:07 a.m.: “A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!”
VERY SCARY … AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN: “If police confirm that Sunday night’s bomb in Southwest Austin was triggered by a trip wire, the device would be “showing a different level of skill above what we were already concerned that this suspect or suspects may possess,” interim Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday.
“In an interview with David Muir on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ Manley urged the public to provide any tip, ‘however inconsequential you think it is, that may be the one piece of evidence that we need.’ Investigators are more certain Monday morning that the explosive device that detonated in Southwest Austin was activated by a trip wire made to blend in with surroundings, a law enforcement official told the American-Statesman.” https://atxne.ws/2pnyzmD
KUSHNER INC. -- “Kushner Companies confirms meeting with Qatar on financing,” by WaPo’s Michael Kranish and Karen DeYoung: “Jared Kushner’s father met with Qatar’s finance minister three months after President Trump’s inauguration, a New York City session at which funding for a financially troubled real estate project was discussed, the company acknowledged Sunday.
“However, Charles Kushner said he turned down possible funding to avoid questions of a conflict of interest for his son, who had run the family company until he became Trump’s senior adviser. The elder Kushner said that the Qataris had asked for the meeting, and that he told them he couldn’t accept sovereign funds.
‘“I was invited to a meeting,’ he said in a statement to The Washington Post. ‘Before the meeting, Kushner Companies had decided that it was not going to accept sovereign wealth fund investments. We informed the Qatar representatives of our decision and they agreed. Even if they were there ready to wire the money, we would not have taken it.’” http://wapo.st/2ID5Jav
-- “Trump Organization’s real estate partner in India accused of $147 million fraud,” by WaPo’s Annie Gowen http://wapo.st/2HKoZBG
TX-7 REDUX? -- “Democrats consider attacking their own California candidates to win back Congress,” by the Sacramento Bee’s Emily Cadei: “Facing the risk that the party could get shut out of the general election race for one or more competitive Republican-held seats, liberal groups formed to attack Republicans now say they are at least considering spending money to support particular Democratic candidates in the primaries. National Democratic officials say all options are on the table in the lead-up to June -- including launching negative attacks on members of their own party, a tactic that stirred controversy in the Texas primary.” http://bit.ly/2u039YX
VALLEY TALK -- “Europe’s Planned Digital Tax Heightens Tensions With U.S.,” by NYT’s Alan Rappeport, Milan Schreuer, Jim Tankersley and Natasha Singer: “A global attempt to prevent large, multinational companies from shifting their profits to lower-tax jurisdictions is setting off a fight between the United States and Europe, as policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic spar over efforts to impose new taxes on foreign firms.
“On Wednesday, the European Commission is expected to take aim at Silicon Valley’s tech giants with a proposal to seriously revamp of how technology companies are taxed in the 28-nation European Union. The plan, outlined in a draft obtained by The New York Times, would tax digital media companies based on where they generate revenue, rather than where they have their regional headquarters, which are often in countries like Ireland and Luxembourg that have lower tax rates.” http://nyti.ms/2tZfDjv
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- “D.C. lawmaker says recent snowfall caused by ‘Rothschilds controlling the climate’,” by WaPo’s Peter Jamison and Valerie Strauss http://wapo.st/2HKI06Z
-- “The Secret Behind Forecasting When DC’s Cherry Blossoms Will Hit Peak Bloom,” by Washingtonian’s Hayley Garrison Phillips http://bit.ly/2FVHMcZ
MEDIAWATCH -- WaPo’s MARGARET SULLIVAN: “Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump. And the media mostly shrug”: “The numbers are shocking -- or at least they should be. 2017 was the deadliest year for civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, with as many as 6,000 people killed in strikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition, according to the watchdog group Airwars. … But the subject, considered a stain on President Barack Obama’s legacy even by many of his supporters, has almost dropped off the map.” http://wapo.st/2IwATQN
-- “Behind AFP's Syria coverage” http://bit.ly/2GJg30i
-- “Michael Ferro retiring as chair of Chicago Tribune parent,” from Crain’s Chicago: “Michael Ferro is retiring as chairman of Tronc, which owns the Chicago Tribune. Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn has been named chairman, the company said in a statement this morning.” http://bit.ly/2HN4Uum
-- Nancy Benac was named the new White House news editor at the AP. She has worked for the AP for more than 35 years.
TRANSITIONS -- Julia Watts started today as principal, mobilization and campaign movement at Precision Strategies. She was previously associate director of policy and campaigns at the American Sustainable Business Council. … Geoffrey Kabaservice, a historian and author, joined the Niskanen Center as director of political studies. ...
… Michael McRaith joined Blackstone as managing director for the firm’s insurance unit. He was director of the federal insurance office at the Treasury Department during the Obama administration. … Christine Heenan will join the Rockefeller Foundation as vice president for policy, partnerships and communications. She is the founder and president of the Clarendon Group.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Robin Bronk, CEO of the Creative Coalition and former VP at APCO Worldwide, married Dr. Richard L. Schechtman, an orthodontist in the Westchester area, at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, New York, the bride’s home city. Pool report: “Rabbi David Schuck and the bride’s cousin Jane Bronk Gorman officiated the ceremony that opened with the bridal party dancing down the aisle to Natalie Cole’s, ‘This Will Be.’” Pics http://bit.ly/2pox3Br … http://bit.ly/2FUD3Im … http://bit.ly/2HMgfLi
SPOTTED: actor Tim Daly who led off the wedding toasts, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Heather Podesta, actors Evan Handler, Rob Morrow and Richard Kind, John Jacobs Margery Kraus, Phillip Bloch, Kimball Stroud, Edward Tricomi, Kathy Roth-Douquet and Mark Bucher.
-- Max Pomeranc married Anna Frenkel Saturday before more than 150 friends and family members at Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Pool report: “The couple first met while working together at Airbnb. The groom, a graduate of McGill University, is the regional head of public policy for the company, and the bride, an NYU alumnus, was Airbnb’s first marketing hire for New York City” and is currently brand marketing manager. Pomeranc, a former child actor, also worked as deputy chief of staff for former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Pic http://bit.ly/2HIYUms