Playbook: Barbara Bush dead at 92

- April 18, 2018



A "REVOLUTION" ... THE PRESIDENT at 5:59 a.m.: "There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!" ... at 6:08 a.m., referring to the sketch of the man who allegedly threatened Stormy Daniels: "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!" http://bit.ly/2J54ksQ

-- WHAT does he mean by "breeding concept?"

BARBARA BUSH DEAD AT 92 … NYT: “As the wife of the 41st president and the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, Mrs. Bush was only the second woman in American history to have a son of hers follow his father to the White House. (Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams, was the first.) …

“Dedicated to her family and largely indifferent to glamour, Mrs. Bush played down her role in her husband’s political success. But she was a shrewd and valuable ally, becoming a sought-after speaker in at least four national campaigns: in 1980, when Mr. Bush was chosen to be Ronald Reagan’s running mate; in 1984, when the two ran for re-election; in 1988, when Mr. Bush campaigned for president; and in 1992, when he sought re-election. …

“She was clearly a political asset. A 1999 poll found that 63 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of her and that only 3 percent had an unfavorable one.” https://nyti.ms/2qD00KE

-- THE FUNERAL, per the Houston Chronicle: “Members of the general public will be able to pay their respects to the late Bush on Friday, April 20 between noon and midnight at St. Martin's Church … in Houston. … Bush’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 21. It will be by invitation only and all invited guests are asked to go to the Second Baptist Church for security screening. They will then be shuttled to St. Martin’s Church.” http://bit.ly/2HIUHQX

JON MEACHAM in the NYT, “Barbara Bush, a First Lady Without Apologies”: “It’s neither sentimental nor hyperbolic to note that Barbara Bush was the last first lady to preside over an even remotely bipartisan capital. She and her husband were masters of what Franklin D. Roosevelt once referred to as ‘the science of human relationships.’” https://nyti.ms/2HcS2hD

-- ANITA MCBRIDE on Bush https://fxn.ws/2JVjZMG

CLICKER – “Barbara Bush’s life and career” -- 35 pix https://politi.co/2EWAjJ4

FOX BUSINESS’ MARIA BARTIROMO is scheduled to interview George W. Bush and Laura Bush this morning on her show “Mornings with Maria.”


HUGE SCOOP … WAPO’S SHANE HARRIS, CAROL LEONNIG, GREG JAFFE and DAVID NAKAMURA: “CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend”: “CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Trump to meet with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, according to two people with direct knowledge of the trip.

“The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump’s most trusted emissaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because of the highly classified nature of the talks.” https://wapo.st/2qE07VY


PLAYBOOK SCOOP: DEPT. OF “WASHINGTON SUCKS” … SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.VA.) is launching his only statewide primary TV advertising campaign today in West Virginia. It’s a 30-second spot called “Never Change.” SCRIPT: “In the Farmington No. 9 mine explosion, I lost an uncle, I lost a neighbor, I lost guys I played ball with -- this is real for me. As West Virginians, we’ve all faced hardships. But we help each other. People here have been screwed by both political parties. Yes, Washington sucks. But West Virginians don’t give up, and I will never give up trying to make it better. For me, it’s always about West Virginia. That will never change.” The ad http://bit.ly/2HHSEg5

WHIPLASH … THE PRESIDENT on TPP at 10:49 p.m.: “While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States. Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn’t work. Bilateral deals are far more efficient, profitable and better for OUR workers. Look how bad WTO is to U.S.”

-- FOR THE RECORD: South Korea is not part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the moment, but has expressed interest in joining.


RACHAEL BADE and KYLE CHENEY: “Freedom Caucus seeks to make McCarthy pay” https://politi.co/2JUkuq7

ON HANNITY …

-- THE PRESIDENT’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FOX NEWS HOST: “Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place,’”by WaPo’s Bob Costa, Sarah Ellison and Josh Dawsey: “The phone calls between President Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity’s show, Trump’s frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. ...

“The conservative commentator is so close to Trump that some White House aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff. ... Trump and Hannity usually speak several times a week, according to people familiar with their relationship. The Fox News host, whose show averages more than 3 million viewers daily, is one of the few people who gets patched immediately to Trump.” https://wapo.st/2HyckoW

-- @davidfolkenflik: “FOX NEWS statement on Hannity: ‘While FOX News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.’”

-- THE ATLANTIC’S ROSIE GRAY: “Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers”: “Though Hannity says he was never actually Cohen’s client, he does appear to have used the legal services of other well-connected Trump-world lawyers in a different matter a year ago. On May 25, 2017, KFAQ, a radio station based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, received a cease-and-desist letter signed by two lawyers for Hannity: Victoria Toensing and Jay Alan Sekulow. Toensing’s signature sits above her name and that of her husband Joseph E. diGenova, the members of diGenova and Toensing LLP, who are identified as ‘Counsel for Sean Hannity,’ according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Atlantic.

“Sekulow is also identified in the letter page as a ‘Counsel for Sean Hannity.’ Sekulow is now the only known personal attorney for President Trump working full-time on the response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry. Sekulow recently announced that diGenova and Toensing had been hired to join him, before reversing course. The letter to the radio station was sent before Sekulow joined Trump’s team.” https://theatln.tc/2EZnk9O

NEWSY NEIL CAVUTO INTERVIEW OF MITCH MCCONNELL ON FOX BUSINESS …

-- ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH TRUMP: “Well, we haven't had any disputes in quite a while. And I have enjoyed this period.”

-- ON A BILL TO PROTECT BOB MUELLER: “I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor. That’s my responsibility as the majority leader. And we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate.”

-- ON A RESCISSIONS PACKAGE: MCCONNELL: “You can't make an agreement one month and say, OK, we really didn't mean it, and come back the next month and say, oh, we really didn't mean our agreement.” CAVUTO: “So, was his shock legitimate, when he claimed that he was stunned by what was in [the omnibus spending bill]?” MCCONNELL: “Well, he may have been. But he and his people were involved in the negotiation. They agreed to it, and he signed the bill.”

WAIT A MINUTE … TWO DIFFERENT PLANETS … IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ELECTION YEAR, the House is going to try to pass a massive spending cut package. They might or might not be able to. The Senate is going to ignore it. The GOP is sending two completely different messages to voters in the middle of a contentious election season.

CNN’S MANU RAJU and JEREMY HERB: “Trump’s CIA pick faces growing Hill scrutiny over destruction of interrogation tapes” https://cnn.it/2EUkvGU

2018 WATCH -- KEVIN ROBILLARD profiles SEN. JON TESTER from Butte, Montana: https://politi.co/2HuviwF

MIKE NEEDHAM TO RUBIO -- “Marco Rubio, Darling of G.O.P. Establishment, Hires a Thorn in Its Side,” by NYT’s Jeremy W. Peters: “As chief executive of the influential conservative think tank Heritage Action for America, Michael Needham waged years of unforgiving political warfare against the Republican Party establishment, deepening the divide between party leaders and grass-roots activists that helped elevate Donald J. Trump to the presidency.

“Now Mr. Needham is leaving his job there to become chief of staff for one of the Republican establishment’s favorite sons, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. The move is certain to raise questions about whether Mr. Rubio, whose hopes of becoming president in 2016 were dashed by Mr. Trump, may be positioning himself for another run.” https://nyti.ms/2vwnciD

NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL -- “Majority Supports Syrian airstrikes,” by Steven Shepard: “A majority of voters support the airstrikes launched against the Syrian government last week, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted after the U.S., along with partners in Britain and France, struck elements of Bashar Assad’s regime.

“But the poll also shows most voters have little expectation that the strikes will prevent Assad from launching further biological or chemical attacks, as the U.S. and its allies allege he did earlier this month. And a plurality of voters think the scandals surrounding President Donald Trump influenced his decision making in approving the strikes. While 58 percent of voters support the strikes, only 23 percent oppose them, the poll shows. Another 19 percent of voters surveyed in the three days after the strikes — Saturday through Monday — have no opinion on the airstrikes.” https://politi.co/2HKKaFa

WAPO’s CAROL LEONNIG, ASHLEY PARKER and JOSH DAWSEY: “Trump sours on talking with Mueller after FBI raid of lawyer’s office”: “The FBI seizure of records from President Trump’s personal attorney last week deeply rattled the president — souring him on his long-stated preference to sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and prompting him to renew efforts to hire more legal firepower, people familiar with the discussions said. Trump, who had previously expressed a desire to submit to a special counsel interview, changed his mind following the April 9 raid of lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, home and hotel room and is now leaning against an interview ...

“Trump was so upset, in fact, that he had trouble concentrating on plans that were laid out for him that day by his national security team about potential options for targeted missile strikes on Syria, and told aides he was cool to the idea of doing an interview ... Trump’s team has contacted Robert C. Bonner, a former federal judge and former member of President George W. Bush’s administration, about representing Trump.” https://wapo.st/2H9Qy7y

FULL JIM COMEY INTERVIEW on STEPHEN COLBERT last night http://bit.ly/2EUkqmA

TEAM OF RIVALS …

-- “Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled,” by NYT’s Helene Cooper: “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged President Trump to get congressional approval before the United States launched airstrikes against Syria last week, but was overruled by Mr. Trump, who wanted a rapid and dramatic response, military and administration officials said.

“Mr. Trump, the officials said, wanted to be seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action, but was warned that an overly aggressive response risked igniting a wider war with Russia. Friday night’s limited strikes on three targets, which lasted under two minutes, were the compromise.” https://nyti.ms/2H7D2l2

-- “Sanctions Flap Erupts Into Open Conflict Between Haley and White House,” by NYT’s Peter Baker, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman: “President Trump was watching television on Sunday when he saw Nikki R. Haley, his ambassador to the United Nations, announce that he would impose fresh sanctions on Russia. The president grew angry, according to an official informed about the moment. As far as he was concerned, he had decided no such thing. It was not the first time Mr. Trump has yelled at the television over something he saw Ms. Haley saying.

“This time, however, the divergence has spilled into public in a remarkable display of discord that stems not just from competing views of Russia but from larger questions of political ambition, jealousy, resentment and loyalty. The rift erupted into open conflict on Tuesday when a White House official blamed Ms. Haley’s statement about sanctions on ‘momentary confusion.’ That prompted her to fire back, saying that she did not ‘get confused.’ The public disagreement embarrassed Ms. Haley and reinforced questions about Mr. Trump’s foreign policy — and who speaks for his administration.” https://nyti.ms/2HwKSrz

-- ANDREW RESTUCCIA and ELIANA JOHNSON: “A White House official, speaking on background, said on Tuesday night that Kudlow had called Haley and apologized. Still, Haley’s response offered a glimpse of the growing tension between the White House and her staff over the handling of the messaging flap. It also marked a rare public rebuke of the White House from an administration official.” https://politi.co/2qG2dnH

WSJ’S DION NISSENBAUM and RORY JONES: “Israel Conferred With U.S. on Strike in Syria to Target Iranian War Gear”: “With tacit American support, the Israeli military targeted an advanced Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base last week, said intelligence officials and others briefed on the matter, the latest sign the Trump administration is working with Israel to blunt Tehran’s expanding influence in the Middle East.

“After conferring with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a strike on the newly arrived antiaircraft battery to prevent Iranian forces from using it against Israeli warplanes carrying out increasing numbers of operations in Syria, some of these people said. Israeli officials told the Trump administration about the planned strike in advance so that the U.S. was aware of their plans to directly target an Iranian base, according to two people briefed on the plans.” https://on.wsj.com/2J4cK3t

THE LUXE ADMINISTRATION -- “Trump’s trade rep spends $1M on new furniture, blames Obama,” by N.Y. Post’s Marisa Schultz: “President Trump’s trade representative is spending nearly $1 million on new furniture — and blaming the Obama administration. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spent more than $917,000 to furnish the two trade offices near the White House, according to contracts reviewed by The Post. That’s a significant increase compared to the last two trade reps.

“Ron Kirk, President Barack Obama’s first trade ambassador, spent $237,000 on office furniture during the first 15 months of his term. His successor, Ambassador Michael Froman, spent $151,000 during a comparable time span, records show. … ‘The furniture purchases are the culmination of a longtime, planned project that began under the Obama Administration to replace two-decade-old furniture,’ Lighthizer’s office said in a statement. But Obama-era reps say they didn’t sign off on any major remodeling plans.” https://nyp.st/2HtNFSB

-- “Homebuilders paid for Pruitt’s Colorado hotel stay,” by Lorraine Woellert: “A group of Colorado homebuilders paid for a luxury hotel stay last fall for EPA chief Scott Pruitt, eight months after the Trump administration began work on a major priority for their industry by unwinding an Obama-era wetlands regulation. During his visit to Colorado Springs, Pruitt gave a speech to the builders and invited them to EPA headquarters in Washington, where he later told his staff to regard them as the agency’s ‘customers,’ the head of the group told POLITICO.

“The $409.12 hotel stay may have met federal legal requirements if EPA’s ethics officers had approved it ahead of time. ... Pruitt is known to actively seek speaking slots at events with key groups with a stake in the agency’s actions.” https://politi.co/2J51aFf


THE JUICE …

-- 35TH INC. -- a political group funded by Richard Uihlein, Bernie Marcus, C. Boyden Grey and the Koch PAC -- dropped $320,000 on an ad opposing GOP Rep. Evan Jenkins for West Virginia’s open Senate seat.

-- SCOOP FROM LORRAINE WOELLERT: “While fired FBI Director James Comey makes his book rounds, Republicans are using Richard Nixon to divert Trump’s attention. In an ad set to air this morning on ‘Fox and Friends,’ ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘The Five,’ Republicans For the Rule of Law will try to convince the president that firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller would be a big mistake.” The ad http://bit.ly/2Hb7AlY

TRUMP’S WEDNESDAY -- The president will hold a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago. In the evening, they will host a joint press conference. Trump and first lady Melania Trump will host a “social dinner” with Abe and his wife.

REMEMBERING CARL KASELL – NPR’s Neda Ulaby: “Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for ‘Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!’ NPR’s news quiz show. Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Potomac, Md. He was 84. He started preparing for the role of newscaster as a child. ‘I sometimes would hide behind the radio and pretend I was on the air,’ he said in 2009, remembering his boyhood in Goldsboro, N.C.” https://n.pr/2JUb3qJ




WEDNESDAY LISTEN -- ANNA talks with Bank of America’s ANNE FINUCANE in the latest “Women Rule” Podcast. https://bit.ly/2JS9VUm

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION -- “In Closed-Door UN Meetings, Trump Administration Officials Pushed Abstinence For International Women’s Health Programs,” by BuzzFeed’s Ema O’Connor: “In closed-door meetings at the United Nations in March, Trump administration officials pushed socially conservative views on women’s rights issues — including abstinence-based policies over information about contraception — that were further to the right than those expressed by most other countries present, including Russia and the representative for the Arab states ... The comments came during the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women ...

“Bethany Kozma — a senior adviser for gender equality and women’s empowerment at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and anti-transgender activist — emphasized that the US was a ‘pro-life nation,’ sparking a strong reaction from delegates in the room, two officials in the room confirmed to BuzzFeed News. ‘When she said that there was sort of a record scratch and silence,’ one UN official who participated in the negotiations but asked not to be named so as to maintain a working relationship with the other member states present told BuzzFeed News. ‘Everyone was like, “are you kidding me?”’ https://bzfd.it/2HybxV0

HMM … “Patrick Kennedy profits from opioid-addiction firms,” by Adam Cancryn: “Kennedy ... has emerged as the unlikely go-to player for companies seeking to benefit from the Trump administration’s multibillion-dollar response to the opioid crisis, reaping well over $1 million in salaries and equity stakes in the firms. The 50-year-old son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy ... is a high-profile mental health advocate who sat on President Donald Trump’s opioid commission. At the same time, he’s served as the CEO of the behavioral health nonprofit Kennedy Forum, which is funded in part by major drug makers and addiction-treatment companies. ... Kennedy also sits on the boards of eight corporations deeply invested in Washington’s response to the opioid crisis.” https://politi.co/2HHLjgC

VALLEY TALK -- “Facebook enlists conservative help to resist privacy rules,” by Nancy Scola: “Facebook asked conservative groups for help last week in heading off European-style privacy rules, just as CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepared to apologize to Congress for his company's data scandal. The company's outreach comes as the European Union is preparing to enforce strict new privacy rules that take effect in late May. Among other things, the EU’s rules allow regulators to impose fines as high as 4 percent of a company’s global revenues for serious violations.

“The emailed invitation to a sit-down to discuss the policy, obtained by POLITICO, also shows how Facebook is seeking an unlikely alliance with conservatives, who frequently accuse the social network of bias against their views but oppose most forms of government regulation. The email did not disclose the recipients but came from Facebook's liaison to conservative organizations.” https://politi.co/2vk2X7m

MEDIAWATCH -- “Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Is Moving to ABC News,” by WSJ’s Benjamin Mullin: “Statistics guru Nate Silver is leaving ESPN, but he’s staying under the Walt Disney Co. umbrella. FiveThirtyEight, the politics and news site Mr. Silver founded, is moving to Disney-owned ABC News after five years at the sports broadcaster, ESPN and ABC News said Tuesday. Taking on FiveThirtyEight is part of ABC News’s plans to fortify its political reporting in advance of the 2018 midterm elections, said James Goldston, ABC News president. He said the site’s partnership with ESPN had ‘run its course for both sides’ and that ABC News would be a better fit for its emphasis on politics.” https://on.wsj.com/2HB6ByC



SPOTTED: Clarence Thomas at a table yesterday for lunch at Capital Grille -- pic http://bit.ly/2vnAU7b

OUT AND ABOUT -- SPEAKER PAUL RYAN was the honored guest last night at a National Taxpayers Union reception hosted by the Beer Institute. SPOTTED: Jim McGreevy, Matt Miller, Mattie Duppler, Suhail Khan, Gregg Keller, Lance Mangum, Andrew Moylan, Dan Roth, Charles McCray, Kevin Glass, John Bates and Lance Hastings.

-- Pool report: “More than 50 members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, had a throw down of their favorite recipes at last night's March of Dimes Gourmet Gala at the National Building Museum. The event is an annual fundraiser for March of Dimes.

“Winning chefs included Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) for her chili (best presentation); Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) for his Colorado Bison Burger Sliders (hometown hero); Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) for her guacamole (healthiest recipe); Senator Angus King (I-Maine) for his lobster stew (judges’ choice); Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) for his berry bruschetta (easiest presentation); and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) picked up the People’s Choice Award for her Nashville-Style Hot Chicken.”

-- DANIELLE BURR, Uber’s head of federal affairs, and the D.C. women of Uber hosted Katty Kay and Claire Shipman for a discussion of their new book, “The Confidence Code for Girls.” SPOTTED: Jona Van Deun, Nuala O’Connor, Tammy Haddad, Sage Peterson, Heather Podesta, Evan Ryan, Susannah Wellford, Mary Brady, Naomi Nix, Tom Forrest, Polson Kanneth, Shawna Thomas, Meredith Balenske, Alice Lloyd, Hannah Yoest, Dominic Hawkins, Natalie Raps, Amber Herrle and Catherine McDaniel.

TRANSITION -- Marissa Mitrovich is now VP of federal legislative affairs at Frontier Communications. She previously owned a communications consulting firm, Politiquette LLC, served as a VP at the Wireless Infrastructure Association and Verizon.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Scott Detrow, NPR congressional correspondent, and Laura Olson, D.C. correspondent for the Morning Call, welcomed Joshua Francis Detrow on Sunday. “He’s the first of three #nprpolitics babies expected in the next few days. Still cooking: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and Editor Dana Farrington. Congressional correspondent Sue Davis is expecting in July.” Pics http://bit.ly/2HccfDY ... http://bit.ly/2qGjvSB

REMEMBERING ED LORENZEN – Pool report: Tuesday “afternoon’s memorial service for the beloved budget guru Ed Lorenzen brought some of the country’s most respected budget wonks — Erskine Bowles, Saxby Chambliss, Kent Conrad, Alice Rivlin, Keith Hall, Blanche Lincoln, Rick May — back together on Capitol Hill.

“Lorenzen, who earned his chops as a budget writer for then-Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, went on to become one of the most trusted number-crunchers in politics. He and his young son, Michael, died in January in a middle-of-the-night house fire, shocking Capitol Hill. Among those speaking at [Tuesday’s] standing-room-only service: Hoyer, Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.”

BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Greg Cairns, policy adviser at RAGA and a former policy aide at the Michigan House of Reps. (hat tip: Zack Roday)

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Rick Kaplan, president of Kaplan Media Partners and an alum of CBS, CNN, ABC and MSNBC. He’s celebrating with dinner with his girlfriend and some family.” How he got his start in his career: “I was a 20 year old speechwriter/advance man for Sen. Gene McCarthy. … I was expecting to go into politics. I was mentored (too long a story to tell) by a wonderful gentleman, Walter Ridder. His family owned the Ridder newspaper chain, later merging with Knight. … [A]fter the Democratic Convention in Chicago, I talked my way into a ‘Copy Boy’s’ job at the CBS station there and started my career.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: https://politi.co/2EZvLlu

BIRTHDAYS: Mike Dubke, partner and co-founder of Black Rock Group and former WH communications director (h/ts Chris Maloney and Anna Epstein) ... Darby Grant, assistant to the special counsel in the office of WH counsel ... Nate Parker, staff assistant in the WH office of legislative affairs … Ben Chang, managing director in Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. public affairs and crisis practice and a D.J. ... Brian Huseman, VP of public policy at Amazon ... Kelsey Donohue, communications at Handshake-Stryder Corp. ... Susan Faludi is 59 ... Conan O’Brien is 55 ... Politico’s Burgess Everett and Michael Stratford ... Ryan Sager is 39 … Grant Saunders, managing director of advocacy and public affairs at Majority Strategies ... John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary magazine and columnist for the N.Y. Post, is 57 ... Erin Miller Weibel, who works in comms for news partnerships at Facebook (h/t Erika Masonhall) ... USA Today’s Donovan Slack ... Trey Grayson, president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, is 46 ... Zimbabwe is 38 on its Independence Day (h/t BCIU) ... Oscar Walter Burton … Katie McKeogh, press assistant for Majority Whip Steve Scalise (h/t Lauren Fine) …

… Evan Ryan, EVP at Axios and a State alum and former State Department assistant secretary for educational and cultural affairs ... Sean Maloney, USAID alum now at CARE (h/ts Ben Chang) … Charlie Baker, president and co-founder of Dewey Square Group, is 6-0 (h/ts Annie Linskey and Katie Fricchione) … Nell Merlino … Tracy Spicer, principal at Avenue Solutions and Sen. Kennedy alum (h/t Jon Haber) ... Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic (h/t Kelley McCormick) ... Christine Sexton ... Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is 38 ... Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) is 62 ... Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) is 67 ... Rep. Karen Handel (R-Ga.) is 56 … Edelman’s Jeffrey Caporizzo ... Washington Institute managing director Mike Singh … Erika Walter, press secretary at the Partnership for Public Service ... Robert Silvers, partner at Paul Hastings and a DHS alum, is 38 (h/t Todd Breasseale) ... Greg Cuneo, associate at Gunderson Dettmer ... N.Y.C. city councilman Bill Perkins … Ed Molina ... Caleb Crosswhite ... writer Karol Markowicz … Elizabeth Clancy ... Rachel Burns ... John Fogarty is 41 … Evan Philipson … Jill Habig ... Bret Manley ... Robert Feinschreiber is 75 ... Jeff Goldblatt ... Melody Himel Scalley ... Kristine Euclide … Jonathan Epstein … Theresa Verbic (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)


 

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