PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WEEK … Monday: TRUMP has lunch with VP Mike Pence. Tuesday: The president is speaking at the 37th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. He then lunches with Senate Republicans. Wednesday: The president hosts Uzbeki President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the White House. Thursday: The president is having lunch with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Good Sunday morning, and happy Mother’s Day! THE U.S. DELEGATION to the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has arrived in Israel. Video http://bit.ly/2jUZ2FQ
SPOTTED: Michael Avenatti having dinner on Friday night with Ronan Farrow at Avra in midtown Manhattan.
THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE TO CONGRESS -- @realDonaldTrump at 6:40 p.m.: “The Senate should get funding done before the August break, or NOT GO HOME. Wall and Border Security should be included. Also waiting for approval of almost 300 nominations, worst in history. Democrats are doing everything possible to obstruct, all they know how to do. STAY!”
-- THE SENATE is almost certainly not going to get funding done before the August break. But this does illustrate how tough the funding fight is going to be in September, just a month or so before the election. Could there be a shutdown in the runup to the midterm election? Certainly seems possible.
2018 WATCH -- WSJ’S KRISTINA PETERSON in RICHMOND: “Members of House Freedom Caucus Face Tough Fights in Fall Elections”: “In a sign of the fight for control of the House, at least five members of the roughly three dozen caucus members face competition in the fall’s midterm elections. That’s a smaller percentage than within the whole House GOP, but Democrats need to net just 23 seats to retake control, and they are fighting for them everywhere -- even in the most conservative pockets where seats are usually the safest. …
“In Pennsylvania, redistricting in February added more Harrisburg suburbs to GOP Rep. Scott Perry’s district, instantly tightening his race as suburbs tend to be more centrist or liberal. There are four Democrats competing in Tuesday’s primary to take him on in November.
“In Virginia, both Republican Reps. Dave Brat and Tom Garrett face well-funded Democratic challengers as well as shifting state demographics that helped Democrats pick up seats in the state House of Delegates last fall and hold the governor’s office.
“In North Carolina, freshman Republican Rep. Ted Budd is trying to expand his name recognition in a district he won two years ago after capturing a 17-way primary with just over 6,000 votes. And in Iowa, Rep. Rod Blum is working to keep his seat in a district that President Donald Trump won by less than four points.” https://on.wsj.com/2IhAH7F
-- THIS has been talked about a bunch in GOP circles. Members of the Freedom Caucus have accumulated a tear-the-house-down voting record, while their districts have shifted to become more moderate.
AP/MILWAUKEE: “House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday he thinks President Donald Trump will be an asset to GOP candidates this fall in states like Wisconsin that he narrowly won, even as he warned fellow Republicans that a ‘blue wave’ could wipe out advancements made during his presidency.” http://bit.ly/2GaIEcT
TEAM OF RIVALS? … NYT’S MARK LANDLER in a “News Analysis” on Sunday A1: “Clashing Views on Iran Reflect a New Balance of Power in the Cabinet”: “Five days before President Trump pulled out of what he called the ‘horrible’ Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told diplomats from Britain, France and Germany that he believed the pact could still be saved.
“If Mr. Pompeo could win a few more days for negotiations, he told the Europeans in a conference call on May 4, there was a chance — however small — that the two sides could bridge a gap over the agreement’s ‘sunset provisions,’ under which restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program expire in anywhere from seven to 13 years.
“By May 7, when Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, made the rounds in Washington, that hope had vanished. Mr. Pompeo told him that not only had Mr. Trump decided to pull out of the deal brokered by his predecessor, Barack Obama, but he was also going to reimpose the harshest set of sanctions on Iran that he could.
“The frantic final days before Mr. Trump’s announcement demonstrate that the Iran deal remained a complicated, divisive issue inside the White House, even after the president restocked his war cabinet with more hawkish figures like Mr. Pompeo and John R. Bolton, the new national security adviser.
“How that debate unfolded offers an insight into the shifting balance of power on Mr. Trump’s national security team in his second year in office. Mr. Bolton is emerging as an influential figure, with a clear channel to the president and an ability to control the voices he hears. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who opposed leaving the deal but did not push the case as vocally toward the end, appears more isolated. And Mr. Pompeo may play a swing role, a hard-line former congressman and C.I.A. director who, in his new job, seems determined to give diplomacy a fair shot.” https://nyti.ms/2jXtLCd
SWAMP CHECK: NOT DRAINED -- “Former Trump campaign aide is helping Russian firm shed sanctions,” by CNN’s Sarah Westwood and Sara Murray: “Bryan Lanza, who is in regular contact with White House officials, is lobbying on behalf of the chairman of EN+ Group, an energy and aluminum firm presently controlled by Oleg Deripaska, according to several sources.
“Deripaska is a billionaire who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and was the target of U.S. sanctions imposed last month. Lanza is also a CNN contributor. Lanza is representing the chairman of EN+ Group, but not Deripaska directly. The company is seeking to reduce Deripaska’s ownership in the company enough to be freed from U.S. sanctions. Deripaska is expected to maintain a substantial stake in the company.” https://cnn.it/2KWflhS
NORTH KOREA REPORT …
-- NYT’S JANE PERLEZ in DANDONG, CHINA: “On U.S.-North Korea Talks, China May Hold the Cards”: “Along the Chinese border with North Korea, the evidence of Beijing’s leverage in the coming talks between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, is everywhere. Footage of China’s president, Xi Jinping, hosting Mr. Kim this week plays in a loop on a big outdoor screen here in the city of Dandong, and residents are eager for cross-border trade to resume as sanctions on North Korea are eased. Traders say they are putting in advance orders for coal from North Korean suppliers. Some exporters are already smuggling goods across the border.
“‘If you bribe the customs officials twice as much as before,’ said one businessman who sells machinery for mining, ‘some of the smaller equipment goes through.’ At a new apartment complex where four 15-story towers are going up, sales have taken off and prices have doubled as buyers — including North Koreans carrying stacks of Chinese currency — snap up studios overlooking the Yalu River, a saleswoman said.” https://nyti.ms/2jQTzjg
-- THE SHOW … “North Korea invites world to watch closure of nuclear test site,” by the Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison: “North Korea plans to officially dismantle its nuclear test site later this month at a ceremony attended by foreign media that will pave the way for leader Kim Jong-un’s summit with the U.S. president, Donald Trump. State authorities will put the site out of operation by using explosives to collapse the tunnels used for testing between 23 and 25 May, the foreign ministry said in a statement on the official KCNA website. ... Chinese geologists believe the mountain over the main site was likely to have collapsed after North Korea exploded its largest ever nuclear weapon last year, making it unsafe for further testing and requiring radiation monitoring.” http://bit.ly/2IcGZcP
TRUMP’S POSTURE AHEAD OF NORTH KOREA SUMMIT -- @realDonaldTrump at 5:08 p.m.: “North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th. Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!”
GOOD READ … AP’S JOSH LEDERMAN: “Dinner diplomacy: Netanyahu’s unusual run-in with UAE envoy”: “An impromptu bit of dinner diplomacy between Israel’s prime minister and a prominent Emirati ambassador sheds light on one of the worst kept secrets in the Arab world: the quiet ties between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors that are increasingly coming out in the open as they find common cause against mutual foe Iran. The venue back in March was Cafe Milano, the upscale Georgetown restaurant often frequented by powerful Washingtonians, from Barack Obama to Trump Cabinet members. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in town for an annual pro-Israel policy conference, was midway through dinner with his wife, Sara, when an unexpected request came his way.
“By coincidence, the Emirati ambassador to the U.S., Yousef al-Otaiba, was at the restaurant hosting Brian Hook, the State Department’s policy planning chief, and a group of U.S. journalists, along with Bahrain’s ambassador, Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa. The Americans dining with Otaiba got wind that Netanyahu was nearby. Word was sent to see if the Israeli would mind making an appearance at their dinner. That request first passed through the restaurant’s owner, then one of the journalists, who had walked by Netanyahu’s table while on the way to the restroom.
“It wasn’t long before Netanyahu and his wife came over to say hello on their way out. They lingered, answering a few questions from the group about Iran and other issues. There were smiles, a few laughs about the oddity of the situation, and Netanyahu shook hands with the two ambassadors before leaving the restaurant.” http://bit.ly/2jUYtvJ
AXIOS’ JONATHAN SWAN: “Inside the room: White House flare-up over McCain leak”: “At [Friday’s] meeting of the White House communications team — in the wake of a leak from the prior meeting of a callous remark about John McCain’s brain cancer — a visibly upset and furious Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told the group: ‘I am sure this conversation is going to leak, too. And that’s just disgusting,’ according to a source in the room. ...
“At one point, per a source in the room, White House strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp interjected with a word of support for [WH communications aide Kelly] Sadler: ‘You can put this on the record... I stand with Kelly Sadler.’ A source close to Schlapp told me that ‘her point was that when one staff member is publicly targeted by other members of the staff, she thinks that’s inappropriate and the team should support staffers who are subjected to leaks.’” http://bit.ly/2ICPsFe
-- HOW ARE THERE two sides to this story? A war hero with a family is struggling with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Why can’t the White House find a way to move on from this extraordinarily embarrassing incident? There are few things easier than apologizing and saying, “This is wrong.”
-- WAPO’S DANA MILBANK: “John McCain is the single greatest political leader of our time”: https://wapo.st/2GcjKcX
SUNDAY BEST … JOHN BOLTON to JAKE TAPPER on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION”: “Look, I -- I wasn’t in that meeting, I don’t know what was said or what was done, I’ll just say this. John McCain, he came to my defense in 2005 when my nomination for the U.N. Ambassador was under criticism. He -- he and I didn’t know very -- each other very well at the time, we certainly didn’t agree on each and every position that he or I had taken, but he spent countless hours trying to help me out, and much of it was behind the scenes.
“There was no political upside for John McCain in that effort at all, but he did it because he thought I was being treated unfairly. I’ll never forget it, I’ll be grateful forever, and I wish John McCain and his family nothing but the best.”
-- MARGARET BRENNAN talks to SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) on CBS’ “FACE THE NATION”: BRENNAN: “Your good friend John McCain -- I know you were just visiting with him and there’s been some controversy here over a White House aide’s comments that Sen. McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel for CIA doesn’t matter because he’s quote ‘dying.’ Are you satisfied with how the White House has responded?”
GRAHAM: “Uh, no, not really. It’s [a] pretty disgusting thing to say, if it was a joke, it was a terrible joke. I just wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that was inappropriate, that's not who we are in the Trump administration. And John McCain can be criticized for any political decision he's ever made or any vote he’s ever cast but he’s an American hero. And I think most Americans would like to see the Trump administration do better in situations like this. It doesn’t hurt you at all to do the right thing and to be big.”
BRENNAN: “Should the president himself apologize?” GRAHAM: “I’ll leave that up to him, but if something happened like that in my office -- somebody in my office said such a, such a thing about somebody, I would apologize on behalf of the office.”
-- FASCINATING DETAIL … SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO to CHRIS WALLACE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: POMPEO: “[Kim Jong Un] does follow the western press. He’ll probably watch this show at some point. He’s paying attention to things that the world is saying. He, too, is preparing for June 12. He and his team -- we’ll be working with them to put our two leaders in position where it’s just possible we’ll pull off a historic undertaking.” …
WALLACE: “And as part of that are we in effect saying to Kim, if you give us what we want, you can stay on and power?” POMPEO: “We will have to provide security assurances to be sure. This has been the trade-off that has been pending for 25 years. No president has ever put America in a position where the North Korean leadership thought that this was truly possible that the Americans would actually do this, would lead to the place where America was no longer held at risk by the North Korean regime. That’s the objectives.
“When I said earlier this week that I think Chairman Kim shares the objectives with the American people, I’m convinced of that. Now, the task is for President Trump and he to meet to validate the process by which this would go forward, to set up those markers so that we can negotiate this outcome.”
POMPEO said on CBS’s “FACE THE NATION” that Kim does not use note cards during their meetings.
2020 WATCH -- MICHAEL SCHERER in WaPo, “In wide-open 2020 presidential field, Democrats are road-testing messages — and trying to redefine their party”: “The future of the Democratic Party has been booking late-night TV gigs, waking up for morning drive-time radio and showing up at watering holes in rural counties to try out new material. Before the start of a 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, at least 25 candidates — mayors, governors, entrepreneurs, members of the House and Senate — have hit the road to workshop their vision, experiment with catchphrases and test policy ideas that could keep President Trump from winning a second term.
“Many deny that their actions have anything to do with a coming presidential run, but they unmistakably play off the chords of campaigns past, seeking a way to break through a political maw that has been focused more on the latest actions of the president and the coming midterm elections.” https://wapo.st/2Kl7J7x
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION – “How can the D.C. region absorb an Amazon headquarters if it can’t cope now with gridlock and housing costs?” by WaPo’s Robert McCartney and Katherine Shaver: “Many residents fear that winning the prize would actually exacerbate all the things they hate about living in the region: horrendous traffic, expensive housing, crowded schools and gentrification. The area consistently ranks near the top in surveys of the nation’s worst traffic congestion.
“It has failed to keep up with demand for low- and moderate-priced housing — a challenge that also concerns Amazon, according to local development officials who have spoken with the company’s representatives. The company’s arrival is projected to add between 300,000 and 1 million residents to the region over 10 to 15 years, officials said.” https://wapo.st/2IARl5C
MIKE BLOOMBERG in his Rice University commencement address yesterday: “[W]e are in the midst of an epidemic of dishonesty, and an endless barrage of lies. The trend toward elected officials propagating alternate realities – or winking at those who do – is one of the most serious dangers facing democracies. ... When elected officials speak as though they are above the truth, they will act as though they are above the law. And when we tolerate dishonesty, we get criminality. Sometimes, it’s in the form of corruption. Sometimes, it's abuse of power. And sometimes, it's both.
“If left unchecked, these abuses can erode the institutions that preserve and protect our rights and freedoms – and open the door to tyranny and fascism.” Full text and video https://mikebloom.bg/2IaDJ1f
TIM ALBERTA talks with AEI’S ARTHUR BROOKS for Politico Magazine: “‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’”: https://politi.co/2wBlk8G
BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “Wellstone legacy ‘goes dormant’ after family ousted in Democratic feud,” by David Siders: “In the Democratic Party’s reckoning following the election of Donald Trump, an unlikely feud has erupted inside an organization at the heart of the progressive movement. Earlier this year, the board of directors of Wellstone Action — an influential training group formed after Sen. Paul Wellstone’s death — dumbfounded Minnesota Democrats when it voted the late senator’s sons off the governing board.” https://politi.co/2KjQ53I
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Philadelphia:
-- “Are Kids the Enemy of Writing?” by Michael Chabon in GQ: “Don’t have children, a great writer once told Michael Chabon. Each one represents a novel you’ll never publish. Here, Chabon (father of four) considers what was lost when he defiantly ignored that advice.” http://bit.ly/2G8rJYu
-- “The Most Unlikely D.A. In America,” by Timothy Bella in POLITICO Magazine: “He’s a biker attorney who specialized in getting small-time defendants off. He’s considered a gang member by Texas police. And now he’s the county’s chief prosecutor. Can Mark Gonzalez change the system?” https://politi.co/2rAK1NE
-- “How Ryan Murphy Became the Most Powerful Man in TV,” by Emily Nussbaum in the New Yorker: “More than any other showrunner, he has upended the pieties of modern television.” https://bit.ly/2JTKmkW
-- “A Sea Story,” by William Langewiesche in the Atlantic’s May 2004 issue: “One of the worst maritime disasters in European history took place a decade ago. It remains very much in the public eye. On a stormy night on the Baltic Sea, more than 850 people lost their lives when a luxurious ferry sank below the waves. From a mass of material, including official and unofficial reports and survivor testimony, our correspondent has distilled an account of the Estonia’s last moments—part of his continuing coverage for the magazine of anarchy on the high seas.” https://theatln.tc/2IuQy6d (h/t Longform.org)
-- “Palmyra,” by Charles Glass and Don McCullin in Granta: “Last October, I went to Palmyra for the first time since 1987. Syria thirty years ago was an island of peace between Iraq and Lebanon. Palmyra’s ruins stretched over acres of a tranquil, isolated plain. On this latest visit, I went into the town to find streets clogged with war detritus, water and sewage pipes crumbled and buildings collapsed with their innards exposed to the elements.” http://bit.ly/2Ic1xhn
-- “Sinclair Broadcasting’s Hostile Takeover,” by Ben Wofford in Rolling Stone: “In interviews with more than 60 current and former employees and leaders in the broadcasting industry, I repeatedly heard concerns about Sinclair’s use of the public air waves to infuse national and (sometimes local) news with a political bent, a task aided by the company’s three-decade quest to sidestep and eliminate regulations that would otherwise limit its reach and influence.” https://rol.st/2G9kC1P
-- “The Van Dyck Of Palm Beach People,” by Nicole Pasulka in Oxford American: “In his paintings people are twenty pounds thinner and twenty years younger, often surrounded by heavenly light, riding exotic animals, or framed by mountain ranges. This willingness to flout the laws of space and time allows Cowan to form relationships with the kind of people who will pay for a portrait of themselves with a lion, at the mast of a ship, or gliding through a Venetian dreamscape.” http://bit.ly/2wyRJwv
-- “The spectacular power of Big Lens,” by Sam Knight in the Guardian – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “All about eyeglasses. Two European companies dominate the industry worldwide: Essilor for lenses, Luxottica for frames. Now they are merging. Around 1.4 billion people rely on their products, a market that likely to boom as changing lifestyles make myopia almost universal.” http://bit.ly/2wyHDMi
-- “Ronan Farrow to Loyola Marymount’s Class of 2018: ‘Trust that inner voice’” -- Ladders: “There was a moment about a year ago when I didn’t have the institutional support of my news organization. My contract was ending. … My book publisher dropped me, refusing to look at a single page of a manuscript I’d labored over for years. … if against all odds I got through that and found a way to publish this story, I did not know whether anyone would care. Because I had spent a year in rooms with executives telling me it wasn’t a story.” http://bit.ly/2KTgzKR (h/t Longreads.com)
-- “American democracy has faced worse threats than Donald Trump,” by Vox’s Ezra Klein: “The golden age of American politics was illiberal, undemocratic, and bloody.” http://bit.ly/2ICPOvy
-- “The unavoidable Brian Stelter: CNN’s media wonk doesn’t want to waste a moment,” by Pete Vernon in CJR: “Even family vacations aren’t immune from the demands of the news cycle. Last summer, a trip to Arizona coincided with the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director. Plans to air a taped version of Reliable Sources went out the window, and CNN sent a satellite truck to the dude ranch outside of Tucson where the Stelters were staying. Perched in a chair in the ranch’s parking lot, he wore a suit jacket and tie with shorts and flip-flops while interviewing Kellyanne Conway about the administration’s ‘crisis of credibility.’” http://bit.ly/2wC0Z35
-- “Can National Review do more than preach to the choir?” by Danny Funt in CJR: “If National Review once resembled an elite seminary, the new publisher, E. Garrett Bewkes IV, hopes to transform it into a megachurch. … Though financially and philosophically daring, that agenda is now a matter of necessity. NR’s membership has mostly held steady, but a church is in crisis when depravity flourishes around it. In today’s conservative movement and media, barbarians outnumber Buckleyites.” http://bit.ly/2KiVVT5
OUT AND ABOUT -- Steve Biegun, Juleanna Glover, Ziad Ojakli and Devon Spurgeon hosted a book party last night for “Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth--and How to Fix It,” by Dambisa Moyo. $22 on Amazon https://amzn.to/2Kl3j0h SPOTTED: Josh Dawsey, Janet Donovan, Bruce Bartlett, Michael Hirsh, David Chavern, Jordanian Amb. Dina Kawar, Reggie Love, Becca Glover, Nihal Krishan
-- SPOTTED at a party for Michael McFaul’s new book “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia” last night at the Stanford House on Connecticut Avenue -- ($20.62 on Amazon https://amzn.to/2FojAPp): Eli Lake, Andrea Mitchell, Susan Rice, Ben and Ashley Chang, Susan Glasser and Peter Baker, Suzanne Kianpour, Tony Blinken, Evelyn Farkas, Kurt Volker.
WEEKEND WEDDING -- Tim Miller, Crooked Media’s “token Republican” and a Jeb Bush alum, on Saturday married Tyler Jameson at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. Pool report: “The wedding was officiated by former Chris Dudley strategist Jake Suski, with speaking appearances by importer-exporter Sarah Pompei and the Reverend Blake ‘Fast Break’ Williamson.
“James Pendley covered Jason Isbell’s ‘Cover Me Up’ on piano as the gents walked down the aisle. The service was followed by a performance from the Andrews Family Band and a heavy dose of cocktails, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and oysters. There was a reading of 12-year old Tim’s autobiography in which the author proclaimed himself a ‘very stable genius’ in 1993.” Pics http://bit.ly/2jSMO09 ... http://bit.ly/2Gc9gKC
SPOTTED: Toulouse, the Millers, the Jamesons, Joe Pounder, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fischer Martin, Will Ritter, David Kochel and Marisa Tank, Scott Conroy and Jo Ling Kent, Glen Davis, Peter Hamby, William and Tressa Hamby, Summer White-Suski, Nicole Williamson, Matt David, Mike Jarvis, Lloyd Cotler, Mark Turner, Dr. Jonathan and Marta Hand, Andy Dean, Blaze Starr, Michael Houser, Marcy Stech, Kris Anderson, Steve Deace, Robert and Cat Jones, Colin Reed, Kirsten Kukowski, Ali and Rob Lockwood, Grant Willis, Ken Cooper, Elliott Schwartz and Matt Rhoades.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Kevin Fox, LA for Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) for labor and telecom, turned 29 (hat tip: Heather Purcell, who was on time)
BIRTHDAYS: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is 66 … Stephen Colbert is 54 … Marcia Lee Kelly, deputy assistant to the President and director of the WH office of management and administration ... Anne-Allen (Welden) Hogan, Trump WH alum ... Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is 41 ... David Ray (hat tips: Tim Griffin) ... former Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) is 54 ... Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) is 52 ... Laura Cox Kaplan … Amy J. Graham, comms director for Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) (h/t fiancé Jeff Grappone) ... Amy Bos ... Jordan P. Cooper ... Sarah Gunion ... Brian Fung, WaPo tech reporter ... Jason Rahlan, director of comms and philanthropic affairs at Chobani ... Matt Gorton of Hiltzik Strategies ... Mark McIntosh ... Wes Pippert ... former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) is 88 ... Nate Freiberg ... Dan Cox, PRRI’s research director ... Arjun Pai of AREX Capital Management ...
... Phil Musser, SVP of comms and chief comms officer at Boeing (h/ts Alex Skatell and Benny Johnson) … Toby Taylor, senior talent producer of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” … Shaila Manyam, senior director for public and international affairs and crisis at Burson Cohn Wolfe and a former FSO (h/t Ben Chang) ... Leela Baggett, associate at Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville P.C., is 28. She celebrated with friends over brunch Saturday at Cava on the Hill (h/ts Heather Purcell and Sarah Paulos) … Michael Rosenbluth ... Sarah Berlenbach (h/t Kam Mumtaz) ... Alexandra O. Zeitz ... Google’s Raquel Saxe ... Kingsley Trotter … Edelman’s Mike Schaffer and Jonathan Temerlies ... Hemal Jhaveri … Jon Soltz, chair of VoteVets ... Yael Patir ... Justin Rosenstein is 35 ... Melissa Fitzgerald (h/t Kurt Bardella) ... Adam Weinstein ... Tim Head … Eric Opiela ... Marie Aberger … Jeff DuFour is 44 ... Jan Angilella ... Tara Bradshaw ... Delia Garcia ... Tim Shipman of the Sunday Times ... Chuck Brooks is 61 ... Erica Farage ... Laura Gallo … Tim Devaney ... Mike Lux is 58 … John Freeman … Vanessa Opperman ... Andrew Block.