FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA is headlining a DCCC fundraiser June 29 in the Bay Area with HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI and REP. ANNA ESHOO (D-Calif.), according to a copy of the invite obtained by Playbook.
LIZ SIMONS AND MARK HEISING are hosting the “luncheon and conversation benefitting the DCCC” at their home in Atherton, California. Top “Pelosi 250” donors will contribute $237,300 per couple for perks that include a VIP clutch and photo opportunity, preferred seating and an invite to Pelosi’s annual Napa Valley weekend and issues conference in August. The cheapest ticket to the fundraiser is $10,000.
-- OBAMA is also appearing at a DNC fundraiser in Los Angeles June 28. DAVID SIDERS on Obama’s California cash dash https://politi.co/2sADLoL
REALITY CHECK … WAPO’S NICK MIROFF: “Illegal border crossings remained high in May despite Trump’s crackdown”: “The number of migrants attempting to cross illegally into the United States remained high last month, according to administration officials and Border Patrol agents, an early indication that ‘zero tolerance’ measures separating parents from their children and President Trump’s deployment of National Guard troops have not had an immediate deterrent effect.
“The Department of Homeland Security is expected to publish its closely watched monthly arrest totals in coming days, and Trump administration officials are bracing for a new eruption from the president. He has treated the statistics as a gauge for the success of his hard-line immigration policies, and when border arrests fell to historic lows in the months after his inauguration last year, Trump touted the decrease as a personal triumph.” https://wapo.st/2Jm1X8N
STORY OF THE DAY … NYT’S STEVE EDER, HIROKO TABUCHI and ERIC LIPTON with a Lexington, Kentucky, dateline: “A Courtside View of Scott Pruitt’s Cozy Ties With a Billionaire Coal Baron”: “It was one of the biggest games of the University of Kentucky basketball season, and Scott Pruitt had scored two of the best seats in the arena: a few feet from the action, in a section reserved for season-ticket holders who had donated at least $1 million to the university.
“The special access for Mr. Pruitt, the administrator of the [EPA], also included watching from the players’ entrance as the team streamed onto the court, and posing for a photo with a star player in the locker room area.
“But there was more to the game last December than a superfan experience for Mr. Pruitt and his son, who joined him. They sat in seats belonging to Joseph W. Craft III, a billionaire coal executive who has engaged in an aggressive campaign to reverse the Obama administration’s environmental crackdown on the coal industry. Mr. Craft and his wife donated more than $2 million to support President Trump’s candidacy and inauguration.
“Mr. Pruitt’s attendance at the game, the details of which have not been previously reported, followed a year of regulatory victories for Mr. Craft, who maintains close ties to Mr. Pruitt even as he has lobbied the E.P.A. on issues important to his company, Alliance Resource Partners. And unlike other executives with whom Mr. Pruitt is known to have close ties — like the oilman Harold Hamm or the coal mogul Robert E. Murray — Mr. Craft has stayed relatively under the radar.” https://nyti.ms/2LPc83X
-- “Lobbyist Whose Wife Rented a Condo to Scott Pruitt Failed to Disclose E.P.A. Lobbying,” by NYT’s Eric Lipton: “The lobbyist whose wife rented a $50-a-night condo to Scott Pruitt ... has revised his disclosure reports after his firm concluded he had not properly disclosed additional efforts to influence Mr. Pruitt and the agency — including appeals when Mr. Pruitt was living in the condo.
“The lobbying firm, Williams & Jensen, has refiled lobbying disclosure reports from 2017 to acknowledge that Steve Hart, the firm’s former chairman, lobbied the E.P.A. on behalf of Coca-Cola and a government board from Puerto Rico helping the island address its fiscal debts. Lobbyists are legally required to disclose which agencies they target and the topic of their lobbying work.” https://nyti.ms/2sqUueO
-- “Ex-chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force,” by AP’s Michael Biesecker: “A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the [EPA] overseeing cleanups at the nation’s most polluted places worked until recently for a top chemical and plastics manufacturer with a troubled legacy of creating some of those toxic sites. Steven D. Cook has been named as the new chair of the Superfund Task Force, which EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt created last year to revamp how the agency oversees cleanups at the more than 1,300 toxic sites.” https://bit.ly/2xxcHMK
REVOLVING DOOR STAT FROM THE AP: “An analysis by The Associated Press shows that nearly half the political appointees hired at EPA under President Donald Trump have industry ties. Of more than 60 EPA hires tracked by the AP over the last year, about one-third worked as registered lobbyists or lawyers for chemical manufacturers, fossil fuel producers or other EPA-regulated companies.”
Good Saturday morning. THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE just disclosed a $300,000 media buy supporting Texas GOP Rep. Will Hurd. It’s their first foray into the race.
KYLE CHENEY: "Trump allies gang up on Gowdy": "Rep. Trey Gowdy has been a pitbull investigator for Republicans for years. Now, he’s is in President Donald Trump’s doghouse for daring to challenge the president’s unsupported claim that Democrats and their sympathizers in the FBI embedded a spy in his 2016 campaign.
"Trump allies have been pummeling Gowdy in recent days, branding him a gullible or clueless backer of the intelligence community. Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, labeled him 'uninformed.' Another Trump-tied attorney, Victoria Toensing, said Gowdy 'doesn’t know diddly-squat' about the particulars of federal investigations. And Fox News host Lou Dobbs tagged him a 'RINO' — a term for a fake Republican." https://politi.co/2Hfv5ct
BUCKLE UP! CHARLIE KUSHNER SPEAKS – “Kushner, unfiltered,” by the Real Deal’s Will Parker and Konrad Putzier: “On May 23, the Kushner Companies patriarch, who founded his firm more than 30 years ago, sat down with The Real Deal to respond to the flood of reports about his firm’s finances, attempts to raise money in China and corruption concerns raised by ethics watchdogs — in his words, ‘jerks’ that ‘can’t get a real job.’ ... After shaking hands, Charlie, 64, quickly breaks decorum. ‘Are you guys going to be a**holes today, or are you going to give us a fair shake? Because you’ve been a**holes in the past,’ he tells these two reporters.
“‘Do you want me to throw you out of here now? Because I will,’ Charlie adds. ‘Then you can write whatever the f*** you want about me.’ ... Charlie commends what his son and daughter-in-law, Ivanka, ‘sacrificed to go into government’ and tells us that if he had to register today, he would ‘probably register as an independent.’ He admits that meeting Qatar’s finance minister three months after President Trump’s inauguration was a mistake ... He insists that the ongoing investigations into his company are ‘politically motivated’ and not something he worries about. He claims that two of those investigations have been dropped …
“‘You want to know what I think about ethics watchdogs? … Do you really want to know what I think about those jerks? … I think they’re a waste of time. They’re guys who can’t get a real job, ethics watchdog? Who gets a job – ethics watchdog? Give me a break.’” http://bit.ly/2spz7KU
TALKER – “The U.S. is trying to find a discreet way to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel during the summit,” by WaPo’s John Hudson in Singapore: “At an island resort off the coast of Singapore, U.S. event planners are working day and night with their North Korean counterparts to set up a summit designed to bring an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
“But a particularly awkward logistical issue remains unresolved, according to two people familiar with the talks. Who’s going to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel stay? The prideful but cash-poor pariah state requires that a foreign country foot the bill at its preferred lodging: the Fullerton, a magnificent neoclassical hotel near the mouth of the Singapore River, where just one presidential suite costs more than $6,000 per night.
“The mundane but diplomatically fraught billing issue is just one of numerous logistical concerns being hammered out between two teams led by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and Kim’s de facto chief of staff, Kim Chang Son, as they strive toward a June 12 meeting. ... When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea’s preferred five-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it’s mindful that Pyongyang may view a U.S. payment as insulting. As a result, U.S. planners are considering asking the host country of Singapore to pay for the North Korean delegation’s bill.” https://wapo.st/2Hd8Q7j
NEXT UP – “U.S. in Early Talks for Potential Summit Between Trump and Putin,” by WSJ’s Brett Forrest and Peter Nicholas: “The White House is planning for a potential summit between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, according to people familiar with the efforts, a meeting that would bring to the international stage one of the world’s most enigmatic political relationships.
“A senior administration official said Friday that Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, has been in Washington to help arrange a meeting between Messrs. Trump and Putin. The planning is still at an early stage, the official said, with the two nations needing to agree on a date and location.” https://on.wsj.com/2Je57rC
ROSS DIPLOMACY -- REUTERS/BEIJING: “U.S. commerce secretary to press China to buy as allies seethe over tariffs”: https://reut.rs/2sA4FwX
2018 WATCH -- NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN: “Senate Republicans Are Newly Hopeful About the Midterms. For Good Reason”: “After a turbulent first year confronting friendly fire from President Trump, Senate Republicans are entering the summer before the midterm elections feeling more hopeful about retaining their narrow majority than at any time since the president’s election. And for good reason.
“Mr. Trump is enjoying a modest increase in his approval ratings this year and, as important, is attacking Democrats rather than inciting the internecine feuds that could depress Republican turnout. The economy continues to grow, as demonstrated by Friday’s unexpectedly strong jobs report, while unemployment has fallen to levels unseen since 2000.
“Republicans, already on the offensive thanks to a Senate map that includes 10 Democratic-held seats in states Mr. Trump won, have seen nearly every electoral variable turn in their direction in recent months: They have averted disaster in the West Virginia primary, successfully recruited their preferred candidates in North Dakota and Florida, and watched a renegade Republican challenger wane in one of Mississippi’s two Senate races.” https://nyti.ms/2J76k46
HE’S BACK… “Rejected Export-Import Bank nominee quietly scores SEC job,” by Patrick Temple-West: “Former Rep. Scott Garrett, whose nomination to head the Export-Import Bank was rejected last year by the Senate, has been quietly hired through a noncompetitive process at the Securities and Exchange Commission, despite a hiring freeze at the agency. The New Jersey Republican, who lost his reelection bid in 2016 in part because he had made anti-gay remarks, has been a full-time employee in the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel since earlier this year, a personnel move that the agency never announced. …
“Garrett was hired in an ‘excepted service’ position, which does not require an application through the federal government’s USAJobs website and is exempt from competitive hiring procedures. Attorney jobs in the federal government are considered excepted service positions, according to the Office of Personnel Management. He was earning $174,000 a year representing his northern New Jersey district. At the SEC, his annual salary is $215,001. The chairman role at the Export-Import Bank pays $165,300.” https://politi.co/2J3v0i1
-- FLASHBACK, July 16, 2015: “GOP lawmaker: No cash for campaign arm because it backs gays,” by Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer: “A Hensarling ally who chairs a prized Financial Services subcommittee, Garrett has angered GOP leaders and many members of the committee. He voted against Boehner’s bid for another term as speaker, bucked leadership on a critical procedural vote and has refused to pay [NRCC] dues.
“Garrett first responded that his procedural vote against leadership was a matter of conscience. Then he stunned the room with this explanation: He had not supported the NRCC in the past, he said, because it actively recruited gay candidates and supported homosexuals in primaries.” https://politi.co/2Hdo7Vv
NPR'S SUE DAVIS: "GOP Lawmaker Requested 'Sensitive' Email Audit Of His Own Staff": "On Monday, freshman Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., announced he will not seek re-election. On Wednesday, he requested an investigation into his own congressional staff.
"'This is (a) SENSITIVE request on behalf of the member who would like to audit several employees,' reads an official IT incident receipt that was reviewed by NPR. ... The request is listed as 'resolved'; however, the ticket does not give any indication as to how it was resolved, which staffers were targeted for audit, or what specific information the congressman was seeking. ...
"Last Friday, Politico ... published a critical account of how Garrett and his wife made extensive personal demands of his official staff, including running personal errands and caring for their children and their dog. The story relied on four anonymous sources identified only as 'four former staffers.'" https://n.pr/2sB3RHZ
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK – BEN RHODES, former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications for President Obama and author of the new book “The World As It Is,” is now a NBC News/MSNBC Political Contributor. His first NBC appearance will be on this Sunday’s “Meet the Press” and his first MSNBC appearance will be this Monday on “All In with Chris Hayes.”
SPOTTED: JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR at the 7:30 p.m. screening of “RBG” at Landmark E Street cinema last night. Afterwards our tipster asked her what she thought of the film and she said: “It was wonderful, it was beautiful.” People also applauded her as she left with her security detail.
YOU’RE INVITED -- HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE (R-La.) will sit down with us for his first live D.C. event since the shooting JUNE 12 at the D.C. Bar headquarters (901 4th Street NW). RSVP http://bit.ly/playbookscalise
TOM BOSSERT’S REPLACEMENT – “Trump names Coast Guard official as new homeland security adviser,” by Eric Geller: “President Donald Trump has picked Coast Guard Rear Adm. Doug Fears to be his new homeland security adviser, the White House said today. Fears, a former Coast Guard Atlantic region chief of staff, has been serving as acting homeland security adviser since mid-May. Prior to that, he was special assistant to the president and senior director for resilience policy at the National Security Council. Fears replaces Tom Bossert, who left when John Bolton became Trump’s new national security adviser in early April.” https://politi.co/2LRgHL2
BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “Former Lt. Gov. Treadwell joins governor’s race battle against Begich, Walker, Dunleavy,” by Anchorage Daily News’ Alex DeMarban: “Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich put the truth to long-standing rumors on Friday by jumping in the Democratic primary for governor. That move prompted incumbent Gov. Bill Walker, who is running as an independent, to bypass the party primary and focus on collecting signatures to face Begich and the Republican nominee in the November general election. And that Republican nominee? The day began with former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla as a frontrunner but he now faces a last-minute challenge within his party primary from former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.” http://bit.ly/2sxSn8r
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker -- 11 keepers https://politi.co/2Jo6Kq0
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
-- “Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore,” by The Atlantic’s Alexis C. Madrigal: “The expectation of pickup made phones a synchronous medium. No one picks up the phone anymore. Businesses do everything they can to avoid picking up the phone. Of the 50 or so calls I received in the last month, I might have picked up four or five times. The reflex of answering — built so deeply into 20th-century telephonic culture — is gone.” https://theatln.tc/2kIqqHu
-- “Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It: Somebody had to foot the bill for Anna Delvey’s fabulous new life. The city was full of marks,” by Jessica Pressler in the Cut: “Anna looked at the soul of New York and recognized that if you distract people with shiny objects, with large wads of cash, with the indicia of wealth, if you show them the money, they will be virtually unable to see anything else. And the thing was: It was so easy.” http://bit.ly/2kEIxxI
-- “Why read Aristotle today?” by Edith Hall in Aeon Magazine – per ALDaily.com’s description: “Aristotle’s ethics of virtue offers a flexible philosophy for the 21st century. Yet few people read him today. The problem: his academese.” http://bit.ly/2LQ4rL1
-- “Barbearians at the Gate,” by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling in the Atavist: “A journey through a quixotic New Hampshire town teeming with libertarians, fake news, guns, and—possibly—furry invaders.” http://bit.ly/2Jczdf6 (h/t Longform.org)
-- “The Terrifying Story of the Congressional Baseball Shooting,” by Luke Mullins in Washingtonian: “A minute-by-minute account of one of the most brazen acts of political violence in American history, and the incredible acts that helped save the third-most powerful member of the House of Representatives.” http://bit.ly/2J7W8Z0
-- “Are avocados toast?” by Nathanael Johnson in Grist – per Longreads.com’s description: “Nut and avocado trees require years to mature before they start producing crops. With California’s climate already changing, farmers need to reckon with their decisions to plant lucrative crops that the state’s climate might not be able to support in the future. But they also have to grow crops that pay for their equipment and mortgages right now.” http://bit.ly/2Lesbax
-- “Growing Up With Steve Miller,” by Max Marshall in Texas Monthly: “Eleven years ago, the man who topped the charts with ‘The Joker’ and ‘Rock’n Me’ took a thirteen-year-old guitarist and would-be songwriter under his wing. More than a decade later, he’s still teaching me lessons on how to be an adult.” http://bit.ly/2LTpbkO
-- “How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration,” by Jennifer Gonnerman in the New Yorker: “Clarissa Glenn set out to prove that a Chicago police officer framed her husband. Now the city is reckoning with years of wrongful arrests.” http://bit.ly/2kFgX3t
-- “The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account,” by Ben Detrick in The Ringer – per Longform.org’s description: “Did the NBA executive use social media to secretly disparage his players and defend his decisions?” http://bit.ly/2sznKiD
-- “‘He Pretty Much Gave In to Whatever They Asked For,’” by Michael Kruse in the Friday cover of POLITICO Magazine: “Trump says he’s a master negotiator. Those who’ve actually dealt with him beg to differ.” https://politi.co/2svSJgH
-- “The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment,” by Vanessa Grigoriadis on the cover of tomorrow’s NY Times Magazine: “Why did female members of Nxivm follow a guru named Keith Raniere, who now stands accused of sex trafficking? He made them feel like they were in control.” https://nyti.ms/2xBEWdi
-- “Our Arab,” by Zaina Arafat in Believer Magazine: “In the 60s, a young Palestinian man was warmly received by a town in rural Minnesota. But what would it be like when he returned, fifty years later, in post 9/11 America?” http://bit.ly/2xyktGi
-- “Blood Will Tell,” by Pamela Colloff in ProPublica – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “Concluding part of an investigation into the case of Texas schoolteacher Joe Bryan, sentenced to life for murdering his wife in 1985. The conviction turned on a bloodstained torch, which, an expert witness said, tied Joe to the crime scene. It is clear now that the expert was not much of an expert; his claims to the jury were unfounded; and the stain on the torch might not even have been blood. The real mystery is why, after 27 years, Joe Bryan is still in jail.” http://bit.ly/2J39BFQ ... Part 1 https://nyti.ms/2LpYvbr
SPOTTED last night at Suspicious Package’s 10th anniversary show at Tropicalia -- pic http://bit.ly/2LUKLWq: Kara Carscaden and Scott Mulhauser, Artur Orkisz, Ashley and Ben Chang, Bill McQuillen, Peter Canellos, Aaron Zitner, Alex Isenstadt, Nikki Schwab, Dan Ronayne, Tom Williams, Liz Johnson, Mieke Eoyang, Steve Rochlin, Peter Stoutjesdijk, Philippa Hughes, Kimball Stroud and David White, Mary Ann Akers and Michael Isikoff, Taylor Griffin, Alice Lloyd, Elizabeth Maier, Sara Lindstrom, Lynn Meyer, David and Annalisa Meyer, Maia Daniels, Missy Jenkins, Ed D’Agostino, Kevin Rooney, Chris Boesen, Julia Ford and band members Tim Burger, Bryan Greene, Josh Meyer, Christina Sevilla and Tom Toles.
TRANSITION -- Samantha Carl-Yoder is heading to Tellurian Inc., an energy company focused on LNG production and export, where she will be director for marketing and international affairs. She previously was chief of staff to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation (h/t Paris Dennard) … Melissa Hockstad, president and CEO of the American Cleaning Institute (h/t Brian Sansoni)
BIRTHDAYS: Giovanna Coia, White House press assistant, is 24. She’s celebrating on the Jersey Shore with family and friends this weekend (h/ts Kellyanne Conway, Kelly Love and Matt Nussbaum, who calls her “ever-helpful and eternally cheerful”) ... Jeanine Pirro (h/t Kellyanne) … Alex Hornbrook … Jon Favreau …Mia Heck, HHS senior adviser in the office of intergovernmental and external affairs ... Clarence Page ... Hannah Botelho is 2-5 … Dana Carvey is 63 ... David Lienemann … Audrey Gelman (h/ts Barbara Morgan and Kelley McCormick) … Mike Vlacich ... Brendan Quinn, a student at NYU Law (h/ts Jack and Susanna Quinn) ... Ben Sheridan, finance director for Mary Glassman for Congress ... Nicole Schiegg … Ian Byrne of the Washington Institute (h/t Alison Percich) ... Katie Beck Wojcik, managing editor of POLITICO Focus ... Chris Lehane, head of policy for Airbnb, is 51 (h/t Jon Haber) ... Noelle Knox ... Brooks Boliek ... Lauren Pulte, corporate comms manager at Tronc ...
... Jordan Kaplan, of the Obama Foundation and longtime aide/fundraiser to President Obama, is 4-0. He’s celebrating with his wife Jennifer Yeager Kaplan, 3 kids and family and friends (h/t his oldest brother) ... Jessica Loeser (hubby tip: Stu) ... Jared Keller … lawyer JP Schnapper-Casteras (h/t Nihal Krishan) ... NH’s Rich Ashooh, assistant secretary of commerce for export administration (h/t Jeff Grappone) ... Mike Lynch, COS for Sen. Schumer, is 51 … Jason Rosenbaum … former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is 55 ... Qorvis’ Kevin Chaffee, senior editor of Washington Life … Matt Connelly is 32 … Jen Tumminio ... Reason’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown (h/t fiancée Swin) ... Sarmad Hussain (h/ts Blain Rethmeier and Ed McFadden) ... Erin Healy ... Pejman Yousefzadeh ... Kathryn Gann ... Vanessa Day ... Whitney Smith … Mark Giangreco ... Boeing’s Ben Cassidy … Ron Soloff ... Susan Pollack ... Candace Gingrich ... Ben Foecke ... Lucas Hutchison (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Latrobe, Pennsylvania:
-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Rudy Giuliani … Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau … Ben Rhodes. Panel: Joshua Johnson, Rich Lowry, Peggy Noonan and Katy Tur
-- ABC’s “This Week”: Larry Kudlow … North Korea panel: Tom Bossert, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Sue Mi Terry … Legal panel: Dan Abrams and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Political panel: Jonathan Karl, Sara Fagen, Karen Finney, Patrick Gaspard and Newt Gingrich.
-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) … Chrystia Freeland … Preet Bharara. Panel: Karine Jean-Pierre, Linda Chavez, Bakari Sellers and Rick Santorum (substitute host: Dana Bash)
-- CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Ohio Gov. John Kasich … Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas). North Korea panel: Jung Pak and former U.S. negotiator with North Korea Robert Gallucci. Political panel: Susan Page, Michael Crowley, David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe
-- “Fox News Sunday”: Larry Kudlow … Corey Lewandowski. Panel: Brit Hume, Marie Harf, Guy Benson and Juan Williams
-- Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) … Peter Navarro
-- Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Katie Pavlich … Susan Ferrechio … Capri Cafaro … Emily Jashinsky … Richard Fowler … Jonah Goldberg
-- CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Josh Dawsey, Catherine Lucey, Rachael Bade and Manu Raju
-- CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Steve Bannon
-- CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: David Zurawik, Olivia Nuzzi and Matt Lewis … Frank Rich … Julia Ioffe
-- Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) … Jésica Zermeño … Colombian presidential candidate Iván Duque … Bianca Jagger … Juan Carlos Cruz … Oscar Carvallo.
-- C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Matthew Polka and Andrew Petersen … “Newsmakers”: John Murphy, questioned by Ginger Gibson and Bernie Becker … “Q&A”: Ross Douthat (“To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism”)
-- “The McLaughlin Group”: Moderator Tom Rogan with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page and guest panelist Seth Berenzweig
-- MSNBC’s “Kasie DC”: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe … Bob Costa … Ashley Parker … Katty Kay … Yamiche Alcindor … Alexi McCammond … Kevin McLaughlin … Dave Wasserman … Clint Watts
-- Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at MackOnPolitics.com): Gregg Keller.