05/19/2017 01:01 PM EDT
By JAKE SHERMAN (email@example.com; @JakeSherman), ANNA PALMER (firstname.lastname@example.org; @apalmerdc), DANIEL LIPPMAN (email@example.com; @dlippman), ZACH MONTELLARO (
Happy Friday afternoon and welcome to the real Power Briefing. Due to a production error, you may have gotten Playbook this morning with a Power Briefing subject line. Sorry. We're still here for you this afternoon, too.
THE TAGLINE FOR TRUMP'S TRIP TO ISRAEL -- "EVEN STRONGER" -- President Trump will spend two days in Israel, starting on Monday.
The logo http://bit.ly/2qBE5nP
-- THE MEDIA on Trump's first international trip -- ABC: Jonathan Karl, Cecilia Vega and Karen Travers. CBS: Major Garrett and Margaret Brennan. NYT:
Michael Shear for the entire trip, Peter Baker for the Middle East and Mark Landler for Europe. During the trip, Shear will text a limited number of new Times subscribers with personal dispatches, a look behind the curtain and answers to their questions. POLITICO: Annie Karni for the first leg and Tara Palmeri for the second. WAPO: Phil Rucker and Karen DeYoung.
at 10:24 a.m.: "Getting ready for my big foreign trip. Will be strongly protecting American interests - that's what I like to do!"
-- TRUMP is scheduled to depart the White House for the first leg of his trip at 1:50 p.m. He is headed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
MEANWHILE... -- "Barack Obama arrives at luxury Tuscan estate for holiday as Trump embarks on grueling foreign tour," by The Telegraph's Nick Squires
SIREN -- THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE announced that they will release a cost estimate for the House-passed version of the AHCA on Wednesday, May 24.
THERE WILL BE NO OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
of a nominee for FBI director today, per our colleague Matt Nussbaum, today's pooler.
WHAT DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN SAID
-- The key quote from Rosenstein's remarks in closed door briefings to the Senate and House, per NBC's Pete Williams: "On May 8, I learned that President Trump intended to remove Director Comey and sought my advice and input. Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader ... I chose the issues to include in my memorandum ... I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it." Full memo http://bit.ly/2qBAdDh
-- "Sessions and Rosenstein discussed firing Comey last winter," by Austin Wright http://politi.co/2qBy0aO
MORE LIEBERMAN PILE ON --
Multiple Playbookers sent emails after this morning's editions making note of one slight in particular that Joe Lieberman did that it appears many Democrats haven't forgotten: endorsing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the Republican National Convention. "His friendship and loyalty with McCain was understood and forgiven. His address from the RNC was not," one Democrat emailed. "Many Democrats have been waiting for their shot at Joe for awhile."
-- "Lieberman pick for FBI would spell trouble for Julian Assange," by Josh Gerstein
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HMM... -- "Trump attorney didn't want him to sign financial disclosure," by the AP's Julie Bykowicz: "Donald Trump's attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics.
"Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But OGE director Walter Shaub said his office would only work with Dillon if she agreed to follow the typical process of having Trump make the certification. That is standard practice for the thousands of financial disclosure forms OGE processes each year. The Associated Press obtained the letters under a Freedom of Information Act request." http://apne.ws/2qBwzJz
AP -- "The Latest: Anthony Weiner cries while apologizing in court": "Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is crying in court as he apologizes to the 15-year-old girl with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts. The judge accepted Weiner's guilty plea Friday to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor. He agreed to not appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. The Democratic former congressman apologized to the 15-year-old, saying, 'I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.'"
VIDEO DU JOUR -- SEN. AL FRANKEN (D-Minn.) has a trailer for his new book "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate" that's worth the click, just for the chuckles. http://bit.ly/2q0KsOd
TODAY'S BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- A big weekend for California Democrats -- Conservatives line up to prevent Warren win http://politi.co/2rzGvkb
PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN -- @PhilippeReines: "Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice... A favorite moment from debate prep (9/24/16)"
MEDIAWATCH -- JAMES STEWART in the NYT, "Washington Post, Breaking News, Is Also Breaking New Ground": "Scoops -- and high-quality journalism more generally -- are integral to The Post's business model at a time when the future of digital journalism seemed to be veering toward the lowest common denominator of exploding watermelons and stupid pet tricks.
"'Investigative reporting is absolutely critical to our business model,' [Post executive editor Marty] Baron told me. 'We add value. We tell people what they didn't already know. We hold government and powerful people and institutions accountable. This cannot happen without financial support. We're at the point where the public realizes that and is willing to step up and support that work by buying subscriptions.'" http://nyti.ms/2qBGJtP
COMING ATTRACTIONS --
The Congressional Women's Softball Game has announced its rosters for its ninth annual game on June 21. The CWSG has raised more than $200,000 for the Young Survivors Coalition, a record for this early in the season. Rookies on the lawmakers team include: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Reps. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), and Norma Torres (D-Calif.). For the Press team, rookies include ABC News' Mary Bruce, Real Clear Politics' Emily Goodin, PBS NewsHour's Erica Hendry and Pamela Kirkland, CNN's Leigh Munsil, New York Times' Alicia Parlapiano, and Huffington Post's Kate Sheppard.
The full roster http://bit.ly/2rm9yLx
PLAYBOOK INBOX -- Someone in House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's office is a fan of 2011 viral videos, because today's floor updated opened with the line "Good morning. In the angelic voice of Rebecca Black - 'It's Friday, Friday!'"
TRANSITIONS -- Devin M. O'Malley is now at the Justice Department's Office of Public Affairs. He previously worked at i360.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD - Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Brittany Swalwell
, director of sales at the Ritz-Carlton resort in Half Moon Bay, California, late last night welcomed their first son, Nelson Swalwell. Nelson debuted in San Ramon, California, at a healthy 7 lbs 15 oz. Family and baby are happy and doing well. Instapic http://bit.ly/2q3Urlg
OUT AND ABOUT --
The Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership held its eighth annual An "Evening with Celtic Chefs", at the St. Regis Hotel last night. SPOTTED:
Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Brendan Boyle (D-Pa..), Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.), Tom Emmer (D-Minn.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Ambassadors Anne Anderson, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and Paula Dobriansky, Northern Ireland Bureau Director Norman Houston, Stephanie Cutter, Jen O'Malley Dillon, Jake Sullivan, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and making an appearance all the way from Ireland, WIP Executive Director Bryan Patten.
-- Nelson Mullins
held its annual rooftop reception last night and 600 people attended, they said. SPOTTED:
Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Reps. Richie Neal (D-Mass.), Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.), Bill Keating (D-Mass.), Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Jack Cline of the University of Kansas, Aaron Lowe of Auto Care Association, Bill Cunningham and Ashley Patterson of Ameresco, Emily Heisig of the New England Council, Jim Gordon of TransCanada, Dr. Sharon Robinson of AACTE, Michele McLaughlin of Knowledge Alliance, Bill Gardepe of WMG and Associates, Carmel Martin of the Center for American Progress, Vincent Storimans of the Netherlands Embassy, and Sheryl
Shuman of the Singapore Embassy.
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