04/19/2017 01:03 PM EDT
By JAKE SHERMAN (firstname.lastname@example.org; @JakeSherman), ANNA PALMER (email@example.com; @apalmerdc), DANIEL LIPPMAN (firstname.lastname@example.org; @dlippman), ZACH MONTELLARO (
Good Wednesday afternoon.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK POWER BRIEFING -- PLANNING AHEAD -- The House Democratic caucus is holding a members-only call tomorrow evening for updates on FY 2017 appropriations, tax and health care reform and foreign policy developments.
WHAT'S THAT MEAN?: They'll talk about government funding, and what they'll try to extract from House Republicans if, and more likely when, they come to them for votes to avoid a shutdown. House Democratic leadership has focused on cost-sharing reduction payments, which reimburse insurers that help low income people receive medical care. Expect that to be a major focus for Democrats heading into next week.
BIG MONEY --
President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, which was chaired by Tom Barrack, filed with the FEC yesterday, and it was a doozy. The committee raised an eye popping $106.7 million, double what President Obama raised for his first inauguration. Among the big donors are Sheldon Adelson ($5 million), Robert Mercer ($1 million), Paul Singer ($1 million), Marlene Ricketts ($1 million), Ken Langone ($1 million), Jets owner Woody Johnson ($1 million), Redskins owner Dan Snyder ($1 million), Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn ($1 million), and Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman ($250,000). Corporations emptied their pockets too -- AT&T gave north of $2 million, Qualcomm, Boeing, Bank of America
and Dow Chemical each contributed $1 million, Citgo and Microsoft each gave $500,000 and Pepsi, Google, UPS and Ford each donated $250,000. The American Action Network also dropped $1 million. The filing http://bit.ly/2o3GIi7
2018 WATCH -- "Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz Will Not Seek Re-Election, Per Sources," by BuzzFeed News' Alexis Levinson
-- CHAFFETZ, on Facebook: "After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018. .... I may run again for public office, but not in 2018. For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins."
-- Important to note: Chaffetz is likely the first of several lawmakers who could retire before the midterm election. One GOP lobbyist noted that "many I have talked to are contemplating their futures." It could be the biggest threat to GOP majority in the House.
-- CARLY FIORINA
told Julie Mason that she is considering running for Senate in Virginia http://bit.ly/2o3FCTz
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HAPPENING TODAY -- The Patriots are expected to arrive at the White House at 1:20 p.m. The president will then hold a ceremony with the Super Bowl champs on the South Lawn at 2:30 p.m. Not among them? Tom Brady, who announced this morning that he can't attend due "to some personal family matters" (http://politi.co/2o3Hpbl
). Rob Gronkowski dropped in on the press briefing (http://bit.ly/2onh6cc) to offer Sean Spicer some help.
-- "The Alt-Right's Favorite Team Visits the White House: Richard Spencer declared the Patriots the 'whitest team' in the NFL. He's wrong, but it took off anyway," by Ben Strauss in POLITICO Magazine
NEW YORK'S GABRIEL SHERMAN -- "Sources: Fox News Has Decided Bill O'Reilly Has to Go"
: "The Murdochs have decided Bill O'Reilly's 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O'Reilly's departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him. ... Sources briefed on the discussions say O'Reilly's exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O'Reilly's ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing
him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. O'Reilly recently signed a new multi-year contract worth more than $20 million per year. When Roger Ailes left Fox News last summer, the Murdochs paid out $40 million, the remainder of his contract. ...
"According to sources, Fox News
wants the transition to be seamless. Executives are currently debating possible replacement hosts. Names that have been discussed include Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Tucker Carlson, who would move from his successful 9 p.m. slot and create a need for a new host at that time. One source said Sean Hannity is happy at 10 p.m. and would not want to move." http://nym.ag/2o3RpRY
QUOTE OF THE DAY --
"If Hunter had his way, it would have been used for soup long before that" -- a spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Cali.) to Roll Call on his children's pet rabbit http://bit.ly/2o3Bnaw
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- "D.C. group led by Russ Ramsey set to launch new mixed martial arts league,"
by WaPo's Dave Sheinin: "The new Professional Fighters League, which will aim to go head-to-head against the Ultimate Fighting Championship and other MMA circuits, will be headquartered in the District and could hold some events in the metro area." http://wapo.st/2o3ldxU
PLAYBOOK INBOX -- American Oversight will file two separate lawsuits
against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the release of records related to any wiretaps of Trump Tower and for other documents related to the investigation of the Trump campaign's connections with Russia. The first lawsuit seeks the release of records for surveillance of Trump Tower or associates of the Trump campaign. The second lawsuit seeks two sets of documents from the FBI: information about White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus's attempt to persuade the bureau to rebut media reports about the investigation into the Trump campaign, and SF-86 vetting form on which Attorney General Sessions should have disclosed any contacts with foreign government officials.
MAN OF THE HOUR -- "CNN's Jake Tapper Is the Realest Man in 'Fake News,'"
by Taffy Brodesser-Akner in GQ: "With the leader of the Free World now waging a self-styled war with the media, no journalist on TV has become more indignant, more combative, and suddenly more essential than Jake Tapper. The CNN anchor's ramrod brand of honest outrage has made him a bona fide star and prompted an unlikely question: How, in an age of lies, does a guy make righteous truth-telling so damn entertaining?" http://bit.ly/2o3TPzZ
WHOOPS -- "Silicon Valley's $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze,"
by Bloomberg's Ellen Huet and Olivia Zaleski: "But after the product hit the market, some investors were surprised to discover a much cheaper alternative: You can squeeze the Juicero bags with your bare hands. Two backers said the final device was bulkier than what was originally pitched and that they were puzzled to find that customers could achieve similar results without it. Bloomberg performed its own press test, pitting a Juicero machine against a reporter's grip. The experiment found that squeezing the bag yields nearly the same amount of juice just as quickly-and in some cases, faster-than using the device."
TODAY'S BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- "Boxer joins Poseidon's lobbying effort -- Miami state senator uses n-word" http://politi.co/2onH9zM
MEDIAWATCH -- "This handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article," by Nieman Lab's Shan Wang http://bit.ly/2o3YdyI
-- Addie Whisenant is joining Bully Pulpit Interactive as a director in their San Francisco office. She previously was director of African American media in the Obama White House and was also press secretary for HUD. http://bit.ly/2o3Elfj
Dining at separate tables at Four Seasons this morning: Jamie Dimon ... Charlie Gibson, Jonathan Karl and Robin Sproul ... Tim Cook, Christie Hefner, Cathy Merrill Williams, Marty Baron, Fred Ryan, Gloria Dittus, Jonathan Capehart and David Bradley at the Free Expression Awards last night at the Newseum (pic from Dan Swartz http://bit.ly/2o3pD8d).
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