BIG-MONEY BUZZ … PROTECT THE HOUSE, VP Mike Pence and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s joint-fundraising committee, is working on organizing a massive D.C. fundraiser in June with the entire House leadership team. SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE, REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS and REP. PATRICK MCHENRY are on the docket.
-- INTERNALLY, House Republican leadership has been trying to project unity. This is a good opportunity. PROTECT THE HOUSE benefits Republican candidates who have tough elections.
Good Friday morning. AND, WELCOME TO THE REALITY OF WASHINGTON. … In the last two days, we’ve seen the world get introduced to two elements of D.C. that many of us know well: political intelligence and big-dollar fundraising. Here are a few things that happen in D.C. that might -- but shouldn’t -- catch some people by surprise:
-- YES, Paul Ryan flew across the country to meet with Sheldon Adelson, and when the super PAC asked for $30 million, he had to leave the room. Yep, it’s weird. That’s how campaign finance works. They can do everything but ask for the big dough. Happens routinely in both parties.
-- YES, guys like Michael Cohen routinely get paid amounts like $1.2 million to offer insights about their boss or former boss. Yeah, it’s crazy. But many readers of this newsletter would not have their McMansion in McLean, their BMW, their membership at Army Navy, second homes in Delaware, cigar lockers and endless glasses of Pinot Noir at BLT Steak and Tosca if that kind of stuff didn’t happen. Newsflash: $1.2 million is not even a rounding error for massive corporations. (The smart companies route these deals through law firms.)
A scintilla of information gives a company an edge. That price tag would be completely worth it for a member of Hill leadership -- and intel on Trump is worth much more than that. It seems like Cohen offered squat. See WaPo story on Cohen advising AT&T on Time Warner merger https://wapo.st/2ICutT0
-- YES, people work for years on the Hill for $60,000 to make three times as much money on K Street to work much shorter days. And, guess what, random 24-year old Hill aide: they don’t like you for your personality. You’re boring and green. They want to know what your boss is talking about, what he’s worked up about and what he’s thinking about on random bill X.
-- YES, people pay for access. It’s called a fundraiser. Why do you think many restaurants in D.C. have five private rooms? Why do you think some companies buy massive townhouses on Capitol Hill? Why do you think members of Congress hold PAC retreats at swanky resorts, and lobbyists go in droves? It ain’t for the camaraderie.
-- YES, all of the people who say they are against the system participate in it. Yes, the people who rage against the machine are greasing the skids. Watch cable TV, look for a lawmaker who says the system is broken and then take a gander at their campaign finance report. Bet you they have tons of PAC contributions, and tons of lobbyists giving them dough.
-- AND NO, the swamp is not drained. Give us a break. We’re not defending the status quo -- but welcome to reality. This is the campaign finance/lobbying/government system Congress created and D.C. fostered.
SCOOPLET FROM NAHAL TOOSI -- WHAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS TELLING U.S. EMBASSIES AROUND THE GLOBE ABOUT THE OPENING OF THE JERUSALEM EMBASSY …
-- MEMBERS OF CONGRESS are joining the White House delegation to Jerusalem. “A senior-level delegation from Washington, including members of Congress, will attend the May 14 dedication ceremony. The Department will be represented by the Deputy Secretary, as well as NEA [Near Eastern Affairs] and A [Administration] bureau leadership.”
-- TALKING POINTS ON JERUSALEM: “As the President stated in December, for the United States, recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a recognition of reality. … Seventy years ago President Truman recognized the State of Israel. Ever since then, Jerusalem has been the seat of the modern Israeli government. …
“It is, and must remain, a city in which Jews pray at the Western Wall, Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa. … We continue to support the status quo with regard to the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount and Jordan’s special role with regard to the holy sites in Jerusalem.
“We are not taking a position on final status issues like the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. … The Administration is firmly committed to pursuing a lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians that promises a brighter future for both. … The President’s team continues to work diligently on a plan that we intend to release when the time is right.”
-- Q+A’s: “Q: Is the Arnona site located in East or West Jerusalem? A: The Arnona site is located partly in West Jerusalem and partly in what’s called ‘No Man’s Land’ – a zone that was formally demilitarized from 1949-1967, and which lies between the 1949 armistice lines. …
“Q: How is Jerusalem now marked on USG maps? A: We are updating USG maps to show Jerusalem denoted with a star, in line with our designation of other capital cities. Q: How many guests are attending the opening ceremony? A: Approximately 800 guests will attend/attended the opening ceremony. Q: Was the ceremony open to the public? A: Due to size restrictions and security considerations, tickets were not made available.”
-- THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT A PERMANENT EMBASSY WILL COST: “We have started the process of site selection for a permanent Embassy Jerusalem. We are looking at all sites we currently lease or own, including the Arnona property. We expect site selection, design, planning and permitting, and construction of a permanent Embassy Jerusalem to take seven to ten years. It is too early to assess the likely cost of a permanent Embassy in Jerusalem. We need to determine our needs, select a site, and start the design process.”
ALL SMOOTH AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA …
-- “White House official mocked ‘dying’ McCain at internal meeting,” by The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Jordan Fabian: “A White House official mocked Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis at an internal meeting on Thursday, a day after the Arizona Republican announced his opposition to President Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel. Special assistant Kelly Sadler made the derisive comments during a closed-door White House meeting of about two-dozen communications staffers on Thursday morning.
“‘It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,’ Sadler said, according to a source familiar with the remarks at the meeting. The White House did not deny the account of Sadler’s remarks, which came amid a discussion of Haspel’s nomination and McCain’s opposition to it. ‘We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time,’ the White House said in a statement to The Hill.” http://bit.ly/2rBtb0f
JOHN MCCAIN’S WIFE CINDY… @cindymccain: “@kellysadler45 May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren.” … @anniekarni: “Source tells me Sadler called Meghan McCain [Thursday]. And that it didn’t go so well.”
-- WHAT MUST be going through your head to dismiss a man who is dying? In any other White House, this person would be fired.
-- BTW: LINDSEY GRAHAM told reporters -- including our own Burgess Everett -- that McCain is stabilizing. “Don’t believe what you read in the paper.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he was ‘pleasantly surprised’ during his visit with McCain on Monday and Tuesday in Arizona, where the ailing GOP senator is recovering from treatment from brain surgery. Graham said that McCain’s mindset is: ‘Lindsey boy, one foot in front of the other.’” https://politi.co/2Iac2BJ
NYT’S MIKE SHEAR and NICOLE PERLROTH: “Kirstjen Nielsen, Chief of Homeland Security, Almost Resigned After Trump Tirade”: “Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, told colleagues she was close to resigning after President Trump berated her on Wednesday in front of the entire cabinet for what he said was her failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders, according to several current and former officials familiar with the episode. Ms. Nielsen, who is a protégée of John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted it, according to two of the people. ... Tyler Q. Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, disputed that Ms. Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter and was close to resigning, calling those assertions ‘false.’” https://nyti.ms/2I6h46m
TRUMP’S LATEST THINKING ON NORTH KOREA -- Trump’s attitude for a successful North Korea summit: ‘If it isn’t, it isn’t’,” by Quint Forgey: “‘I think it’s going to be a very big success,’ the president told an energetic crowd assembled at North Side Middle School in Elkhart. ‘But my attitude is: And if it isn’t, it isn’t. OK? If it isn’t, it isn’t.’
“That particular philosophy, he insisted, was necessary to ensure that America did not stumble into an ill-conceived international pact along the lines of how he portrayed the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement — which Trump effectively terminated on Tuesday. ‘You have to have that because you don’t know. We’re not going to walk into an Iran deal,’ the president said.” https://politi.co/2I9WcqO
NPR’S JOHN BURNETT spoke with WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY ...
-- On whether he has seriously considered leaving the White House: “No. I mean there’s times of great frustration, mostly because of the stories I’ve read about myself or others that I think the world of which is just about everyone that works at the complex. I wonder if it’s worth it to be subjected to that. But then I grow up and suck it up.”
-- When asked about anything he wishes he had done differently: “In retrospect I wish I had been here from Day One. … I think in some cases in terms of staffing or serving the president that first six months was pretty chaotic, and there were people, some people, hired that maybe shouldn't have. … I wish I'd been here from the beginning because I could have brought the organization from, you know, from day one.”
-- When asked if he believes the Russia investigation is a ‘witch hunt,’ as Trump often calls it: “Something that has gone on this long without any real meat on the bone, it suggests to me that there is nothing there, relative to our president.” … :
“It may not be a cloud but certainly the president is, you know, somewhat embarrassed, frankly. When world leaders come in, it’s kind of like you know Bibi Netanyahu is here and he who’s under investigation himself and it’s like, you know, you walk in and you know the first couple of minutes of every conversation might revolve around that kind of thing.”
-- On his personal daily routine: “We moved to a house in Manassas. … It’s about a 40-minute drive. I get driven in by the Secret Service. I get my fair amount of threats. But anyways, when I get in the car at 5:30, I have to read and basically cover to cover The New York Times, The Washington Post, the CNN website, the FOX News website, Politico and a website I never read before until I got this job: Breitbart. So you know it took to get that into the political spectrum. So that’s from 5:30 a.m., and I get home at 8, 8:30 p.m. or later.”
-- QUOTE OF THE DAY: BURNETT: “OK. What do you drink when you get home?” KELLY: “Wine, usually. Unless my wife’s in California, which she is now, and you know I hit the hard stuff.” The full story https://n.pr/2G3p56g
GIULIANI FILES -- “Giuliani’s Law Firm Undercuts His Statements as They Part Ways,” by NYT’s Mike Schmidt and Maggie Haberman: “President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, abruptly resigned from his law firm, which then promptly undercut his recent statements defending the president.
“Mr. Giuliani had taken a leave of absence last month from the firm, Greenberg Traurig, to represent Mr. Trump. But the firm, one of the nation’s largest, said in a statement on Thursday that he no longer worked there. Firm partners had chafed over Mr. Giuliani’s public comments about payments that another of Mr. Trump’s lawyers, Michael D. Cohen, made to secure the silence of a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. ...
“Mr. Giuliani suggested that such payments were common at his firm, even without the knowledge of the clients. ... The New York Times asked Greenberg Traurig about those remarks early this week. Shortly after Mr. Giuliani’s resignation was announced, the firm responded. ‘We cannot speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks,’ said a spokeswoman, Jill Perry. ‘Speaking for ourselves, we would not condone payments of the nature alleged to have been made or otherwise without the knowledge and direction of a client.’” https://nyti.ms/2I73LTd
-- CNN’S DANA BASH: “Giuliani says Trump’s new legal team has not held lengthy prep for Mueller interview”: “Rudy Giuliani said Thursday President Donald Trump’s new lawyers have not held a lengthy prep session with the President for a potential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, at least not since he joined the legal team in late April. The former New York City mayor added that he’s informally asked Trump specific questions about the matter. Giuliani said the discussions about preparing the President were merely a precaution at this point and dismissed a suggestion that the discussions meant an interview with Mueller is happening.” https://cnn.it/2IvNruO
MUELLER REPORT …
-- “In bid to reveal secret memo, GOP congressman plans to seek federal audit of Mueller probe,” by WaPo’s Mike DeBonis: “A prominent House Republican plans to ask a federal financial watchdog to audit the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, opening a new front of GOP attack on the secretive probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Trump’s campaign. The pending request — from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), an outspoken Trump defender who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus as well as a House oversight subcommittee — appears to be mainly calibrated to force the disclosure of a three-page Justice Department memo spelling out the authorized scope of Mueller’s investigation.” https://wapo.st/2I6qdvC
-- WAPO’S DEVLIN BARRETT: “Nunes’s confrontation with Justice Department appears to ease”: “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) backed away from an open confrontation with the Justice Department on Thursday after a private meeting with senior intelligence officials who said they could not give him top-secret information about an intelligence source who had aided special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, according to people familiar with the matter.
“Since the weekend, Nunes has said he may seek a contempt vote against Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the Justice Department does not produce documents in response to a subpoena. That subpoena asked for all files related to a specific individual.” https://wapo.st/2IaByXr
#THISTOWN -- AMY CHOZICK’s new best-selling memoir “Chasing Hillary” has stirred a bit of controversy. She uses pseudonyms for Hillary’s male aides, which she nicknamed “The Guys”. Here is Playbook’s decoding of who “The Guys” are, based on a source familiar with the anecdotes in her book and the people involved …
… Original Guy (“the high chieftain of The Guys, the longest-serving Svengali and the most-devoted member of Hillary’s court of flattering men,” she writes) is Philippe Reines.
Asked for comment, Reines sharply criticized the book, saying Chozick was an “Error-Prone & Libelous Reporter Gal,” and criticized the Times’ coverage of Clinton and the presidential race. Asked again for a specific comment on the nickname, he said: “I think you’re parsing. Because the nicknaming isn’t an aside in the book. It’s the method she chose to tell the story. So I am commenting on response to your question because it’s her whole book.”
Asked again if the decoding of him as “Original Guy” was correct, he replied: “You don’t need to ask me. She says it’s me in the book. ... I’m the only one she unmasks.”
THE OTHER NICKNAMES: Outsider Guy (“I would eventually create a special d***head file for his emails”) is Matt McKenna. Asked for comment, McKenna told us: “It’s so refreshing to finally hear from a fact-checker about this book. Am I Outsider Guy? Does a bear sh*t in the woods?” ... Brown Loafers Guy (“He had a direct line to Hillary (who adored his adorableness) and none of Original Guy’s dark edge, sexist undertones or tendency toward high drama”) is Nick Merrill … Hired Gun Guy (“a slick newcomer and hired gun to Hillaryland, whom we thought of as the poor man’s Ben Affleck”) is Brian Fallon. Asked for comment, Fallon replied to us: “Does this mean I have to go get an awful back tattoo?” $16.79 on Amazon https://amzn.to/2Hz2jJf
SNEAK PEEK -- Sunday’s upcoming episode of “The Circus” features John Heilemann behind the scenes with Michael Avenatti as he dispatches his tweet this week about Michael Cohen’s dealings with a Russian oligarch. 3-min. video https://youtu.be/TRS1FcJJCfI
TRUMP’S FRIDAY -- The president is attending a roundtable with automaker CEOs in the morning. He will give a speech on lowering drug prices in the afternoon and meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
SUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Ret. Adm. Michael Mullen ... Panel: Karl Rove, Donna Edwards, Michael Anton, and Charles Lane. Power Player: Elaine Rogers, President and CEO of USO-Metro
-- ABC’s “This Week”: Matt Dowd, Susan Glasser, Joshua Johnson, Cecilia Vega
-- CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Robert Gates ... Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ... Dan Balz, Salena Zito, Seung Min Kim and Jeffrey Goldberg. The show will also debut a new look and sound; they’re moving into a new studio for the first time in 54 years. https://cbsn.ws/2I9JxE9
-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), Jeff Weaver, Michael Caputo and Amanda Carpenter
-- CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Michael Shear, Karoun Demirjian, Manu Raju and Kaitlan Collins
HILL TROUBLE …
-- WAPO’s MIKE DEBONIS: “Ryan aims to quash GOP-led rebellion trying to force votes on immigration”: “Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters he would ‘like to’ take up an immigration bill, one day after 17 Republicans signed a petition that would force votes on a number of immigration bills. A discharge petition is a rarely successful legislative maneuver that overrides the speaker’s power to determine what legislation comes to the House floor.
“‘Going down a path and having some kind of a spectacle on the floor that just results in a veto doesn’t solve the problem,’ Ryan said, suggesting that President Trump would reject the bills that the petition would discharge. ‘We actually would like to solve this problem, and that is why I think it’s important for us to come up with a solution that the president can support.’” https://wapo.st/2jP32aP
-- IF YOU’RE A HOUSE REPUBLICAN or Democrat, for that matter, who wants immigration reform, leadership’s cajoling probably sounds pretty hollow, as they’ve been saying they want to get an immigration bill done for a while and have made no progress whatsoever.
-- THE PAUL STREET JOURNAL (WSJ), which usually agrees with Ryan, doesn’t agree this time. https://on.wsj.com/2Ir85MD (h/t @Phil_Mattingly)
-- SARAH FERRIS and KAITLYN BURTON: “Some GOP appropriators resist Trump cutbacks” https://politi.co/2rAKX4p
-- “Conaway races to nail down farm bill votes before House floor debate,” by Liz Crampton, Catherine Boudreau and Helena Bottemiller Evich: “House Republican leadership is planning to bring the farm bill to the floor next week, meaning Conaway (R-Texas) will have to work overtime to woo fellow GOP members to vote for the bill as intraparty divisions threaten to jeopardize the legislation.” https://politi.co/2G6zOgi
CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO and LORRAINE WOELLERT: “Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner house-hunting in Washington” https://politi.co/2G64Uok
FIRST PERSON – CAROL MORELLO in WaPo, “My journey to North Korea with the secretary of state”: “[I]n a tongue-twister of an adventure, I was one of two reporters who traveled with Pompeo to Pyongyang to pick up three prisoners from North Korea and bring them home to the United States. ... Staffers from the White House, National Security Council and State Department were aboard, and we were told the primary mission was to prepare for a planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a hint of another purpose, other passengers included a physician, a psychiatrist and the assistant secretary of state for consular services, authorized to issue new passports on the spot.” https://wapo.st/2rBCjSj
MEDIAWATCH -- “Showtime series captures NYT grappling with press-bashing and erratic presidency,” by Michael Calderone: Dean “Baquet recently said he thought that ‘the best way to combat the attacks on the press was to be transparent’ and let viewers see how Times journalists pursue the truth, warts and all.
“Some Times reporters who appear in the documentary series [‘The Fourth Estate’], which premieres May 27, expressed a similar hope in interviews with POLITICO. ‘You see how much we sweat getting it right, how imperfect it is, too,’ media columnist Jim Rutenberg said. ... Washington reporter Matt Apuzzo said that he ‘knew if people actually saw us putting out the newspaper, it would be harder for them to think that we were part of some deep state trying to produce fake news.’ ‘It’s sad that as reporters we have to be humanized,’ Apuzzo said. ‘We are humans, after all.’” https://politi.co/2wtaGAN … Trailer http://bit.ly/2GXKTl1
-- LESTER’S TRUMP INTERVIEW WAS A YEAR AGO … “A year after the Trump interview, Lester Holt delivers his pitch in Chicago,” by Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson: “The interview elicited the Trump comment seen by many as an admission that the president had shutting down the investigation into the Trump presidential campaign’s ties to Russia in mind when he fired FBI Director James Comey. ...
“‘When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia, it’s a made-up story’ ... ‘I had to almost stand back after the interview and think for a moment: Did he just say what I think he said?’ Holt recalled in a telephone interview in advance of his Chicago visit. ‘I remember turning to one of our producers and I said, “I think he just made news.”’ https://trib.in/2IxuZlj … The Trump-Holt interview https://nbcnews.to/2iHeZ4m
SPOTTED: Madeline Albright last night at The Riggsby ... Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on an American Airlines flight Thursday afternoon from DCA to ORD. “His pro-environment friends would be pleased that he jumped into a Prius cab when leaving the Chicago airport,” per our tipster. Pic http://bit.ly/2Ke9zac ... Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Delta flight 844 in coach from DCA to Atlanta
OUT AND ABOUT -- THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL held its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards gala last night which honored former President George W. Bush, Curtis Scaparrotti, Gloria Estefan, and Howard Schultz. Bush spoke at the Ritz Carlton about how “thanks to the generosity of the American people, 13 million lives have been saved through the support of PEPFAR,” per an attendee.
SPOTTED: Wilbur Ross, Steven Mnuchin, Larry Kudlow, Joe Dunford, Bill Morneau, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Renee Hudson, Reps. George Holding (R-N.C.), Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), and Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Catherine Stevens, H.R. McMaster, Dina Powell and Dave McCormick, Christine Lagarde, Dana Perino, Tom Ridge, Bret Baier, Ben Rhodes, Jim Jones, Eli Miller, Steve Hadley, Dave Urban, Amb. Yousef Al Otaiba, Franco Nuschese, Kurt Volker, Tom Bossert ...
... Anthony Scaramucci, Chris Liddell, Blake Hounshell, Katie Levinson Burke and David Burke, Steve Schmidt, Rob Rehg, Ken Hersh, Shaukat Aziz, Carl Bildt, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Lord Robertson, Kevin Rudd, Fred Kempe, Jeanne Johnson Phillips, Hunter Hunt, Freddy Ford, Tim and Anita McBride, David Hobbs, Ed Gillespie, Kristen Silverberg and Paul Lettow.
SPOTTED at the Wing DC for a bipartisan “Hail to the Chiefs” discussion moderated by DeDe Lea, with Jennifer DeCasper and Rhonda Foxx: Patrice Willoughby, Alyssa Betz, LaQuita Honeysucker, Dori Friedberg, Emily Burns, Rachael Bornstein, Niccara Campbell, LaKeisha Foster, Veronica Parks, Meera Kallupura, and Sarah Baline.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – OBAMA ALUMNI: Bernadette Meehan, chief international officer at the Obama Foundation and an Obama State and NSC alum, and Evan Medeiros, managing director for Asia at the Eurasia Group and an Obama NSC alum, recently welcomed Amelia Gertrude Medeiros. Pics http://bit.ly/2rz2Ro3 ... http://bit.ly/2IuBrJL
TRANSITION -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- DNC Research Director Lauren Dillon will depart the committee this week after four cycles to join the DSCC’s IE as deputy director.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Brian J. Walsh, partner at Rokk Solutions. How he got his start in politics: “After moving to Washington out of college and knowing virtually nobody in town I landed an internship with then-freshman Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) where I had the good fortune of working under Ron Bonjean who was her press secretary at the time. That helped me get my first foot in the door on Capitol Hill and 20 years later, Ron and I remain great friends and business partners as well at our bipartisan public affairs firm ROKK Solutions.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: https://politi.co/2IaoSE0
BIRTHDAYS: chief of staff John Kelly is 68 ... former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) is 48 ... David Castagnetti ... Katherine Vargas … Nicole Landset Blank, partner at Walsworth Landset Research and DCCC alum (hat tip: Jon Haber) ... Jo Ling Kent, NBC News correspondent … Karen Skelton ... Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) is 5-0 ... GMMB partner Danny Jester (h/t Jack Smith) ... Aetna’s Sarah Schmidt … Lauren Hernandez ... Brandon Lorenz … Time’s Olivia Waxman ... Sam Mulopulos is 26 ... Bethany Little … Jess Maher ... Angie Alfonso-Royals ... José Cunningham, chairman of the DC Republican Party (h/t John Fluharty) ... Rich Bamberger, managing director at Kivvit ... Logan Gibson of Booz Allen Hamilton …
… journalist Jeremy Paxman … Patrick Kane, social media king of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (h/t Doug Farrar) … Travis Lumpkin, COS for Sen. Cantwell ... Alex Dease ... Larry Thomas ... Chris Landberg, director for international narcotics and law enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, is 51 (h/t Ben Chang) … Garrette Turner … Pam Eichenbaum … John Weinfurter ... Alex Cahill ... Karen DeWitt … Marissa Astor … Alden Schacher, head of GR at HP (h/t Alex Slater) ... Shauna Daly, president of Progressive Security Corps … Alex Wagner, VP and senior adviser to the president at Aerospace Industries Association (h/t Caitlin Hayden) ... Loren Robinson ... GPG’s Ali Adkins ... George Hadijski … Gannet Tseggai … Adam Fromm … Paul “Bo” Bollinger ... WTOP’s Michael Jakaitis ... Matt Hu-Stiles ... Doug Graham ... political consultant Michael Arno ... Will Hart ... Alexander Powers ... Carla McDonald ... B.J. Thornberry (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)