ABOUT THE CHAPLAIN … If you talk to top Republicans privately, they are pretty firm in their decision to fire Father Patrick Conroy, the House chaplain. That doesn’t mean this dismissal wasn’t botched. This whole hubbub was easily avoidable if they asked him to leave at the end of the year instead of now. Prominent Catholics are stepping into the fray, publicly castigating Paul Ryan for firing Conroy.
FATHER JAMES MARTIN SJ, a Jesuit priest with a large following, took to Facebook to share his thoughts, writing that “The more I think about this the more it disturbs me: the spectacle of a Catholic Speaker thinking a Catholic priest shouldn’t stand up for the poor, the removal of a good minister without cause, and the voices now saying that celibates aren’t well qualified for ministry.” To be sure, Ryan has said politics had nothing to do Conroy’s dismissal.
THIS IS ALL striking contrast from with Ryan’s predecessor John Boehner whose tenure was marked by welcoming the Pope to the Capitol for the first time.
BY THE WAY … It’s going to be quite difficult to choose the next House chaplain. One prominent House Republican texted us yesterday saying that they’ll have to choose another Catholic to prove there isn’t an anti-Catholic sentiment in the House. But others seem to want to take the institution in a different direction.
THE PRESIDENT, beginning at 8:07 a.m.: “Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false. The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family. Tester should resign.
“The.........great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander when talking of a great human being. Admiral Jackson is the kind of man that those in Montana would most respect and admire, and now, for no reason whatsoever, his reputation has been shattered. Not fair, Tester!”
… at 8:58 a.m.: “‘Clapper lied about (fraudulent) Dossier leaks to CNN’ @foxandfriends FoxNews He is a lying machine who now works for Fake News CNN.”
… at 9:45 a.m.: “Just had a long and very good talk with President Moon of South Korea. Things are going very well, time and location of meeting with North Korea is being set. Also spoke to Prime Minister Abe of Japan to inform him of the ongoing negotiations.”
ON RONNY … “White House: No evidence that Ronny Jackson ‘wrecked’ a vehicle as president’s physician,” by WaPo’s Amy Gardner and Seung Min Kim: “The White House on Friday said officials had conducted a thorough review of presidential physician Ronny L. Jackson’s vehicle records and found three minor incidents but no evidence that he ‘wrecked’ a car after drinking at a Secret Service going-away party, as was alleged in a document released by Senate Democrats this week.
“The crash stood out as one of the most serious allegations in the two-page document, which also detailed accusations that Jackson drank on the job, improperly prescribed and dispensed medications, and created a ‘toxic’ work environment. ...
“According a report from CNN, Jackson had pounded on another White House official’s hotel room door close enough to the president’s room to risk disturbing him. ‘A thorough review of internal documents related to all Presidential foreign travel that occurred in 2015, in addition to interviews of personnel who were present during foreign travel that occurred during the same time frame, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate,’ the statement reads.” https://wapo.st/2HxUxiB
Good Saturday morning. THE PRESIDENT is heading to Washington, Michigan, this afternoon to host a campaign rally.
NYT: “Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Delayed as Judge Cites ‘Likely’ Indictment of Michael Cohen,” by Louis Lucero II: “A federal judge in California on Friday ordered a three-month delay in the lawsuit brought by the pornographic film star Stephanie Clifford against President Trump, citing what he called the likelihood that Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, will be indicted.
“In granting a defense request for the postponement, the judge, S. James Otero of United States District Court in Los Angeles, sided with the president’s legal team that the unusual circumstances of the case warranted the stay of action. Judge Otero acknowledged in his order that complications might arise from an overlap with a criminal investigation into Mr. Cohen.
“‘This is no simple criminal investigation,’ Judge Otero wrote. ‘It is an investigation into the personal attorney of a sitting president regarding documents that might be subject to the attorney-client privilege. Whether or not an indictment is forthcoming, and the court thinks it likely based on these facts alone, these unique circumstances counsel in favor of stay.’” https://nyti.ms/2Kn3E3s
PRUITT’S PROBLEMS …
-- “EPA staff in ‘despair’ after Pruitt blame game: Even political aides are tired of the chief ‘constantly putting himself first,’ one former agency official said,” by Emily Holden: “Scott Pruitt may have survived his testimony on Capitol Hill, but he’s coming back to a further enraged and demoralized [EPA] staff. Several current and former EPA officials and other people close to the agency said Pruitt did himself no favors with his congressional testimony Thursday, in which he blamed his aides for installing a $43,000 privacy booth in his office and approving more than $100,000 in first-class flights that he took last year.
“Pruitt also denied knowing key details about raises that his top staff received last year. ... In conversations with 11 people who know the atmosphere inside EPA, including Republican political appointees, a handful said his refusal to grovel may have pleased President Donald Trump. But others said his strategy was appalling to the current and former staffers who found themselves thrown under the bus.” https://politi.co/2JyGpC5
-- “EPA inspector general to open ‘new reviews’ into Scott Pruitt,” by WaPo’s Brady Dennis: “The [EPA’s] inspector general will open ‘new reviews’ into ethics questions surrounding Administrator Scott Pruitt, including his $50-a-night rental of a lobbyist’s Capitol Hill condo last year. Word of the latest inquiry into Pruitt’s spending and management decisions came Friday in a letter to two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Don Beyer (Va.) and Ted Lieu (Calif.). The pair had asked the agency’s watchdog to examine Pruitt’s unusual housing arrangement and the fact that he only recently sought an ethics approval for the lease.” https://wapo.st/2JC2UpT
SPOTTED: Scott Pruitt on an early flight Saturday from DCA to Charlotte – he did not sit in first class ... Tom Price walking to the economy parking lot at the Atlanta airport … Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo together walking out of Fresco on 52nd Street in New York Friday.
HAPPENING TONIGHT … Country music singer Ty Herndon will perform “America the Beautiful” at the WHCD. Herndon is a supporter of the “Beyond I Do” campaign against LGBT discrimination.
-- EVERY C-SPAN JOKE told at past White House Correspondents Dinners. 5-min. video http://bit.ly/2r47Z3E
WHCD PARTY ROUND UP ... SPOTTED at David and Katherine Bradley’s house last night for their drinks and dinner: Wilbur Ross chatting with Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Jim Mattis, Kellyanne Conway, Nancy Pelosi, Dina Powell and Dave McCormick, Jeff Goldberg, Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Mitch Landrieu, Juleanna Glover, Robyn and Jeremy Bash, Gloria Borger, Steve Clemons, Alan Patricof, Bill Press, Olivier Knox, Heather Podesta, Elisabeth Bumiller, Hilary Rosen and Megan Murphy, Phil Musser, Kevin Baron, Tina Tchen, Michael Calderone, Brian Stelter, Kyle Dropp, McKay Coppins, Rosie Gray, Patrick Mellody, John Dickerson, Margaret Carlson, Robby and Katie Zirkelbach, Emily Lenzner and Carol Joynt.
-- SPOTTED at CAA’s party last night at the Line Hotel: Michael Barbaro, Eli Stokols, Adrienne Elrod, Phil Rucker, Matt Viser, David Larabell, Rachel Adler, Adrienne Watson, Chris Cillizza, Ben Ginsberg, Phil Mattingly, Jesse Rodriguez, Susan Rice, Frank Thorp, Ali Spiesman, Ali Vitali, Sara Murray, Ashley Parker and Mike Bender, Andrea Mitchell, Jim Sciutto, Geoff Bennett, Garrett Haake, Adam Verdugo, Shawna Thomas, Ryan Lizza and Olivia Nuzzi, Sam Feist, Jacob Soboroff and Rachel Smolkin.
-- SPOTTED at the UTA party last night at Fiola Mare, co-hosted by UTA co-president Jay Sures and Mediaite CEO Dan Abrams: Anthony Scaramucci chatting with Michael Avenatti (pic of the Mooch jokingly raising his fist to Avenatti’s face http://bit.ly/2jfzFho), Kellyanne Conway chatting with Luis Miranda, British Amb. Kim Darroch, EU Amb. David O’Sullivan, Dana Bash and Spencer Garrett chatting with Richard Schiff, Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Peter Alexander, Tammy Haddad, Joe and Giovanna Lockhart, Michael Grynbaum, Jake Tapper, Hilary Rosen and Megan Murphy, Symone Sanders, Raj and Maria Teresa Kumar, Elise Labott, Richard Kind, Heather Podesta, Alice Lloyd, Marina Villeneuve …
… White House Correspondents Dinner headliner and UTA client Michelle Wolf, Preet Bharara, Brad Dayspring, Erin McPike, Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, Jim Acosta, Scott Wapner, Jim Cramer, Michelle Kosinski, Alisyn Camerota, Oliver Darcy, Jeff Zeleny, Brian Stelter, Adrienne Elrod, Karen Finney, Jesse Rodriguez, Ryan Lizza and Olivia Nuzzi, Dylan Rose Geerlings, Marc Adelman, Lauren Pratapas and John Legittino, Carol Lee and Nick Schmit; on the dance floor at the restaurant: Kenny Day, Tim and Kiki Burger, Jackie Alemany, Kylie Atwood.
SPOTTED at the British Ambassador’s residence party last night hosted by Amb. Sir Kim Darroch and Lady Darroch, Kiddar Capital, CRAFT and The Washington Diplomat: Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Avenatti, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Sanders chatting with Josh Dawsey (pic http://bit.ly/2HyGzJ9), Bryan Sanders, Lindsay Walters, Hogan Gidley, Julia Hahn, Giovanna Coia, Matt Mowers, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Terry McAuliffe, Martin O’Malley, David and Katherine Bradley, Bob Costa, Marie Royce, Evan Ryan, the Ambassadors of Denmark, Peru, Argentina, and Monaco, Jonathan and Betsy Fischer Martin, Chris Matthews ...
... Jeff Zeleny, Fran Holuba, Jackie Rooney, Ryan Williams, Walt Cronkite, Steve Smith and Sally Bedell Smith, Kevin Chaffee, Robert and Dr. Elena Allbritton, Patrick Steel and Lee Satterfield, Benny and Katelyn Johnson, Doug Heye, Anastasia Dellaccio, Ned Price, Cathy Merrill Williams, Alice Lloyd, Soroush Shehabi, Stephanie Cutter, Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Olivia Beavers, Jessica Jennings, Jill Kelley, Rich Edson, Erica Arbetter, Jim Acosta, Garrett Ventry, Juliegrace Brufke, Kathryn McQuade, Olivia Perez-Cubas, Manu Raju.
SPOTTED at the “Toast to the First Amendment” party last night at the National Restaurant Association and also hosted by RealClearPolitics, the Beer Institute and Distilled Spirits Council: Kaitlan Collins, Frank Coleman, Shannon Pettypiece, Craig Gordon, Anneke Green, Jedd Rosche, Alyssa Farah, Sarah Gilmore, Lauren Fine, Ben Jenkins, Stephanie Grisham, Zeke Miller, Caitlin Conant, Steve Danon, Mollie O’Dell, Matt Simeon ...
... Erenia Michell, Molly Ball, Harriet Torry, Cicely Simpson, Byron Tau, Tom Bevan, Jim McGreevy, Eric Reller, Andrew Kovalcin, Jared Parks, Jeremy Adler, Alex Wirth, Melissa Brown, Sarah Westwood, Cassie Spodak, Kelly Klass, Kaitlan Collins, Carl Hulse, Ory Rinat, Grover Norquist, Carol Danko, Tyler Grimm, Kaya Singleton, Caitlin Carroll, Colin Reed, Jesse Hunt.
SPOTTED at MNN’s White House Correspondents’ Jam last night at Hamilton Live: Kevin Bacon, Lester Holt (pic of him on bass http://bit.ly/2HWj1S8), Sarah and Bryan Sanders, Kevin O’Leary, John Roberts, Hogan Gidley, Lindsay Walters, Andrea Mitchell, Mark Landler, Chuck Leavell, Joel Babbit, Anne Gearan, Jarrod Agen and Bettina Inclan, Michael Moroney and Francesca Chambers, Neil and Rebecca Chatterjee, Laura Meckler, Jessica Ditto, Tim Burger, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Rebekah Propp, TJ Ducklo, David Nakamura, Paris Dennard, Matt and Alisa Wolking, Suhail Kahn, Jon and Caroline Decker, Jeff Solnet ...
... Kevin Baron, Kenny Day, Gabby Morrongiello, David and Danielle Pasch, Ninio Fetalvo, Molly Drenkard, Betsy Klein, Lauren Culbertson, Katie Watson and Saagar Enjeti, Bryan Watkins, Nika Nour, Josh Dawsey, Alex Skatell, Emily Holden, Polson Kanneth, Madeline Marshall, Pete Williams, John Roberts, Greta Van Susteren, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Liesman.
NYT’S MIKE GRYNBAUM: “Tom Brokaw, in Email, Angrily Denies Harassment Claim”: “Tom Brokaw, the longtime NBC News anchor, issued a pointed rebuke on Friday to a former colleague who has accused him of groping and harassing her during the 1990s, describing himself as ‘angry, hurt and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career.’
“In a lengthy email message — written, by his account, at 4 a.m. — Mr. Brokaw angrily rejected the claims of the woman, Linda Vester, a former correspondent at NBC News and Fox News. ‘I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety,’ Mr. Brokaw wrote, referring to the news organizations that on Thursday night published Ms. Vester’s account. He added, of his accuser, ‘Hard to believe it wasn’t much more Look At Me than Me:Too.’” https://nyti.ms/2Jznl6M
YOU’RE INVITED ... We’ll sit down with HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI on May 8 in D.C. Six months ahead of Election Day, Democrats have as good of a chance as ever at taking back the House majority. Who better to talk to than the former speaker, who could be House Democrats’ next speaker. This is filling up VERY quickly. RSVP http://bit.ly/playbookpelosi
HMM – “Top Democratic senator questions CDC director’s $375,000 salary,” by WaPo’s Lena H. Sun: “A top Democratic senator is raising questions about the $375,000 salary of Robert Redfield, the new leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is getting almost twice what his predecessor earned and more than other past directors. In a letter Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) asked for the justification for offering Redfield ‘a salary significantly higher’ than that of his predecessors and other leaders at HHS.” https://wapo.st/2JAq6Vo
WASHINGTON, INC. – per Theo Meyer in Politico Influence: “A mysterious limited liability company has filed suit against the Washington lobbyist Jim Courtovich, alleging he committed fraud, among other charges. The company, Woodland Drive LLC, loaned Courtovich $4 million in 2015 through an unnamed ‘related entity,’ according to the suit. Half the loan was to go toward buying a rowhouse on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington; the other half was an investment in SGR LLC, Courtovich’s lobbying firm.” https://politi.co/2JzBRvu … The lawsuit https://politi.co/2jbZO0z
MEDIAWATCH -- “Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell Back Tom Brokaw in Letter Signed by 64 Insiders,” by THR’s Katie Kilkenny: “One day after two women alleged Tom Brokaw sexually harassed them at NBC News in the 1990s, a cadre of female journalists including Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell and Maria Shriver have signed a letter characterizing the veteran journalist as ‘a man of tremendous decency and integrity.’ In the letter, sent Friday, current and former colleagues of the NBC News special correspondent write that ‘Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect. He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers.’” http://bit.ly/2r4I2ji
-- “In Georgia, Sean Hannity is just another landlord hiking the rent,” by LA Times’ Matt Pearce and Jenny Jarvie: “Fox News host Sean Hannity is one of the most recognizable media figures in America. ... But you wouldn’t know it from talking to the tenants at the Meadows, a modest neighborhood of duplexes in Lithia Springs, about 15 miles west of downtown Atlanta. ... Hannity is their landlord, and he's raising their rent — a lot.
“Journalists uncovered Hannity’s extensive rental holdings in Georgia and Alabama this week after he said he had consulted with the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, about real-estate issues. Through a series of limited-liability companies — each using the name ‘SPMK,’ followed by Roman numerals — documents revealed that Hannity is the owner of apartment complexes and houses worth tens of millions of dollars and capable of housing hundreds of people.” https://lat.ms/2r5Ngfv
-- “Does Lisa Bloom Deserve Redemption?” by Liza Mundy in the May/June issue of POLITICO Magazine: “She was half of a mother-daughter team that rewrote the rules of going after sexual harassers. Then she got caught on the wrong side of the biggest sexual harassment story in a generation. What was she thinking?” https://politi.co/2KkCGJy
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 15 funnies https://politi.co/2r4WNn7
GREAT WHCD WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
-- “Tucker Carlson: The Populist Paladin of Primetime,” by Alan Pell Crawford on the cover of the March/April issue of The American Conservative: “Willing to challenge positions sacrosanct to Republicans, he’s hit a winning formula with today’s conservatives.” http://bit.ly/2Hw7r0t
-- “The Reinvention of America,” by James Fallows in May’s Atlantic: “America is becoming more like itself again. Even as the country is becoming worse in obvious ways — angrier, more divided, less able to do the basic business of governing itself — it is becoming distinctly better on a range of other indicators that are harder to perceive. The pattern these efforts create also remains hidden. Americans don’t realize how fast the country is moving toward becoming a better version of itself.” https://theatln.tc/2vP52Zy (h/t Longform.org)
-- “How the Trump Show Gets Old,” by Michael Kruse on the cover of POLITICO Magazine’s May/June issue: “A big slump in season two is a hallmark of the president’s entire career. This time the ‘show’ is the White House, and his response will affect the world. So what are we in for?” https://politi.co/2HyCDYX
-- “Hot Wet Goobers,” by Shane Mitchell in the Bitter Southerner: “Peanuts are essential to tailgate parties, baseball games, political rallies, school lunches, state fairs, circuses, and even prison commissaries. But only in the South do we truly love them boiled.” http://bit.ly/2KkGn2e
-- “Where Spring Breaks Eternal,” by Jen Doll in Topic: “Five days at the Lani Kai, a resort in Fort Myers, Florida where spring break has been going strong for over two decades.” http://bit.ly/2JyLmuO
-- “Bolivia’s Quest to Spread the Gospel of Coca,” by Jessica Camille Aguirre in Guernica Magazine – per Longreads.com’s description: “Long before cocaine became nose candy for white executives and Brazilian party boys, it was a sacred leaf. Andean people chew it. They drink it as tea. Now Bolivia is trying to market this indigenous stimulant in everything from cosmetics to sodas, and their president wants the world to know that coca leaf is not the same as cocaine. Will the world listen?” http://bit.ly/2KjpXqH
-- “The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boom,” by Richard Conniff in May’s Smithsonian: “A gold rush of fossil-finding is turning China into the new epicenter of paleontology.” http://bit.ly/2Hg2hBv
-- “Avicii, the King of Oontz Oontz Oontz,” by Jessica Pressler in GQ in March 2013: “Four years ago, he was just some Swedish kid named Tim who liked messing around on his laptop at home. One iTunes-dominating dance hit (‘Levels’) later, he’s Avicii, world's hottest DJ, making $250,000 a night to keep the Ecstasy-dosed, champagne-soaked masses moving. Jessica Pressler spends a wild week jetting around with Avicii and his Oontz-a-Loompas, and nobody stops partying until they're rolled out in a wheelchair.” http://bit.ly/2KiO6xy
-- “Mt. Gox and the Surprising Redemption of Bitcoin’s Biggest Villain,” by Jen Wieczner in Fortune: “He led the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange before a mysterious heist made it go bust. As clues emerge and Bitcoin’s price surges, Mark Karpelès is on the hunt for answers.” https://for.tn/2vRPIv1
-- “The Doting Father Who Robbed Armored Cars,” by Skip Hollandsworth in Texas Monthly: “Redrick Batiste seemed to be an ordinary young man leading an ordinary life. Shadowing him around Houston in their unmarked cars, however, FBI agents weren’t convinced that Batiste was all he appeared to be. They had begun to suspect that he was leading a secret life. Red Batiste, they believed, was the leader of an armored car robbery ring, one of the most daring and diabolical the FBI had ever encountered.” http://bit.ly/2JuvtFS
-- “McKinsey Is Big in Bankruptcy—and Highly Secretive,” by WSJ’s Gretchen Morgenson and Tom Corrigan: “Huge consulting firm has drawn criticism for routinely making far fewer disclosures of potential conflicts of interest than other advisers.” https://on.wsj.com/2I39Wqq
-- “The Strange History of the ‘King-Pine,’” by Nina-Sophia Miralles in the Paris Review: “Pineries needed round-the-clock care, custom-built hothouses and mountains of coal to keep the temperatures high. The fruit took three to four years to bloom. The cost of rearing each one was equivalent to $8,000 in today’s money. For those who did not grow their own, a bevy of pineapple-rental shops sprang up.” http://bit.ly/2w1kW39
-- “The Quest for the Next Billion-Dollar Color,” by Zach Schonbrun in Bloomberg: “The world lacks a great red. Always has. We’ve made do with alternatives that could be toxic or plain gross. The gladiators smeared their faces with mercury-based vermilion. Titian painted with an arsenic-based mineral called realgar. The British army’s red coats were infused with crushed cochineal beetles.” https://bloom.bg/2HyBv7F (h/t TheBrowser.com)
SPOTTED: Justice Stephen Breyer boarding the 5:30 p.m. American Airlines flight at DCA to Boston – pic http://bit.ly/2r6mfI1 ... Energy Secretary Rick Perry going through Terminal A at DCA Friday afternoon wearing AirPods He was on Southwest Flight 274 to Austin – pic http://bit.ly/2HCbQec
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Facebook’s Shannon Mattingly (hat tip: Andy Stone) … James Risen, The Intercept's senior national security correspondent
BIRTHDAYS: Josh Schwerin, communications director at Priorities USA, is 32 ... Charlie Dankert, confidential assistant for natural resource programs in OMB ... Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is 58 ... former Secretary of State James Addison Baker III is 88 ... Jay Leno is 68 ... Abbie Nieuwstraten ... Ed Pagano, partner at Akin Gump and an Obama and Leahy alum. He’s celebrating by watching the Red Sox (h/t Michael Meehan) … Alejandra Owens, VP of social communications at AARP (h/t Jon Haber) ... Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) is 69 ... Politico’s Ben Weyl, Eric Geller and Jason Schwartz ... Katie Pribyl, SVP for aviation strategy and programs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ... Robert Murstein ... Austen Wells of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank ... Ruth Sherlock, Beirut bureau chief at NPR ... Time’s Chris Wilson ... Lauren Smith of Hamilton Place Strategies ... Carrie Hessler-Radelet, president and CEO of Project Concern International and former Peace Corps director (h/t Richard Parker) ... Andrew Zucker ... Anastasia Khoo, chief marketing officer at Conservation International ... Russ Rampersad of Catalist ... Sarah B. Mille ...
... WaPo’s Karoun Demirjian ... Edelman’s Jennifer Hoker ... Ben Garmisa, comms director for Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) (h/t Ben Jacobs) ... Oliver Simpson ... Tiffany Willett ... Natalie Wozniak (h/t Ben Chang) ... Deepa Shivaram, associate producer for “Meet the Press” and “MTP Daily” (h/t Olivia Petersen) … Daniel Keylin, comms. director for Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) ... Dan Byrnes ... Susan Katz Keating … Jan Larimer … K.C. Jones (h/t Matt Mackowiak) ... Nick Schroeder … Maurice Daniel ... Jonathan Cloar ... Kristine Kippins ... Carrie Giddins Pergram ... Alison Teal ... Michelle Diehl ... NYC Councilman Corey Johnson ... George McDonald, founder and president of the Doe Fund in New York.
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Jim Comey … Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Panel: Maureen Dowd, Eddie Glaude, Jr., Kasie Hunt and Stephen Moore.
-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) … Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Panel: David Urban, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Amanda Carpenter and Patti Solis Doyle
-- ABC’s “This Week”: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Panel: Mary Bruce, Chris Christie, Frank Luntz and Donna Brazile
-- CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) … John Bolton … Jeh Johnson … Ian Bremmer. Panel: Susan Page, David Nakamura, Jamelle Bouie and Jonah Goldberg
-- “Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.). Panel: Jason Miller, Marie Harf, Rich Lowry and Mo Elleithee. “Power Player of the Week” with Heritage Foundation president Kay Cole James
-- CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Margaret Talev, Molly Ball and Eliana Johnson … David Zurawik and Anthony Scaramucci … Sanjay Gupta.
-- Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) … James Kallstrom … Karl Rove. Panel: Ed Rollins and James Freeman
-- CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Jeff Zeleny, Rachael Bade, Karoun Demirjian and Perry Bacon
-- Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Shelby Holliday … Mollie Hemingway … Juan Williams … Marisa Guthrie … Ed Henry … Amy Chozick … Carley Shimkus
-- CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Elliott Abrams, Tony Blinken and Sue Mi Terry … Ronen Bergman … Jake Tapper
-- Univision’s “Al Punto”: Pedro Ultreras … Lydia Cacho … wife of murdered journalist (Ángel Eduardo Gahona) Migueliuth Sandoval and her son Ángel Augusto Gahona …Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos … musical duo Zion y Lennox
-- C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: MoffettNathanson Research co-founder and senior research analyst Craig Moffett, questioned by Axios’ Kim Hart … “Newsmakers”: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), questioned by The Wall Street Journal’s Gordon Lubold and CQ Roll Call’s Megan Scully … “Q&A”: Washington Post “Presidential” and “Constitutional” podcast host and creator Lillian Cunningham.
-- MSNBC’s “Kasie DC”: Ohio Gov. John Kasich … Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) … Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) … Steve Israel … Jim VandeHei … Jonathan Swan … Betsy Woodruff … Catherine Lucey … Seung Min Kim … New York Democratic congressional candidate Katie Wilson
-- Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2mGabdq): Andy Puzder.