04/20/2017 07:21 AM EDT
By Jimmy Vielkind in Albany and Azi Paybarah in Manhattan, with Addy Baird and Daniel Lippman
TO UNDERSTAND DONALD TRUMP, STUDY ROGER STONE: The new documentary about Roger Stone, "Get Me Roger Stone," opens with the platinum haired, self-described dirty trickster looking down onto a stage where Donald Trump is accepting the Republican presidential nomination. Stone, fully aware he is on camera, raises both arms, like Richard Nixon - victorious, defiant, winning. The documentary makers - including New York-based journalist Morgan Pehme - travel with Stone over the course of five years, and tell how the teenage Nixon acolyte laid the groundwork for the Trump era. At the first screening of the movie last night, in the basement of the Bryant Park Hotel, Pehme said that "our intention was never to tell Roger's story in real time, but was to contextualize Roger's importance and identify a through-line to the rise of Trump."
Pehme, who co-directed the movie, added, "I think a lot of us as journalists have struggled to understand" Trump's rise. "We thought that by telling Roger's story, that was a unique window into understanding how we got to Trump." Stone starts with a petty, nickle-and-dime dirty trick (literally, a jar full of change) that he carries into the headquarters of one of Nixons' rivals and claims, falsely, is a donation from a young socialist organization. Later, he pioneers the use of PAC money to run negative attack ads. After he and Paul Manafort help elect Ronald Reagan, they quickly open up a lucrative lobbying firm and cash in on their access.
Much has been written about the boulder-size chip on Trump's shoulder, after years of never being accepted by elites. But there's a similar dynamic with Stone: He was expelled from the inner sanctum of the Republican Party establishment in the 1990s over a sex scandal, which he sheepishly declines to discuss in the movie. Empowered by social media and the alt-right echo chamber, Stone soon found a mechanism to take on the GOP establishment - and in Trump, he found a perfect vehicle.
But as Stone's first wife says in the movie, Stone and Trump have been married and divorced several times. Trump appears in the film, praising Stone. But that was before the campaign (the film was made over the course of five years). Once the campaign got underway, Trump declined to participate. ("Trump wasn't going to do the Roger Stone documentary when it was the Trump show all the time," Pheme later said.) As Pehme put it after the movie, "Roger is a Doctor Frankenstein of the successful monster, but he only quasi gets the credit for, and now he can't raise his child. I think it's tortuous for him, that he gets caught in this dynamic he really knows this was a triumph on a level that's unprecedented in politics. Karl Rove and [other operatives] weren't with their guys since day one." The movie ends with Trump's victory on election night. Stone is sipping champagne, on the set of InfoWars with Alex Jones, miles away from the man of his dreams.
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WHERE'S ANDREW? In New York City, with no announced public schedule.
WHERE'S BILL? He's not taking questions today, but will visit a Pre-K program at a public school in Brooklyn this morning, then speak at the Hispanic Federation's annual gala, at the American Museum of Natural History, tonight.
PREET'S TWEETS: No tweets.
TABS - Daily News: "NO JOB ZONE: Fox finally fires vile O'Reilly for sex sleaze" - Post: "DEVIL QUOTES SCRIPTURE: Killer NFLer hangs self with 'John 3:16' written on face" - SEE THEM
- Newsday: "Funeral for Gang Victim: MOM: SUPPORT POLICE: Plea for unity as bishop says church can be 'proactive'" - El Diario [translated]: Harassment of laundromats - SEE THEM
FREEBIES - Metro, with a pic of Aaron Hernandez: "WHY?" - amNew York: "WAR ON DRAGS: Mayor pushes $13-a-pack minimum price for cigarettes; Eyes ban on sales in pharmacies, tax on other tobacco products" - SEE THEM
BROADSHEETS - Wall Street Journal, 3-col., above the fold: "Fox News Says Host O'Reilly Will Leave the Network" - New York Times, 2-col., above the fold: "Fox News Ousts O'Reilly, A Host Central to Its Rise" - SEE THEM
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I'm not going to go back over three years of the administration and tell you how every single thing worked out." - Mayor Bill de Blasio, on his promise to provide a list of campaign donors whose favors his administration reject, via POLITICO New York
BONUS QUOTE: "You didn't deserve this great man!" - Stephen Colbert, re: Bill O'Reilly, via New York Times
WHAT ALBANY IS READING:
- WAR OF WORDS OVER DEROSA APPOINTMENT - POLITICO New York's Jimmy Vielkind: Allies of Cuomo have launched a counter-offensive on behalf of Melissa DeRosa, who the Democratic governor promoted on Monday to be his top aide, in a battle of Twitter insults that is entering its second day. Charlie King, a lobbyist and one-time running mate of the current governor, used a homophobic slur to attack Republican State Committee Chairman Ed Cox. Cox on Tuesday tweeted that DeRosa was a "petty thug" who was replacing Bill Mulrow, a Blackstone executive and "good guy" who is leaving the administration for the private sector. King issued a statement on Wednesday morning that called Cox "thuggish," "a bottom feeder" and "a Cox sucker." In keeping with Cuomo administration practice, King mocked Cox for his ties to Richard Nixon - Cox is married to the late president's daughter, Tricia. ... DeRosa's appointment as secretary has raised questions about her familial connections to lobbyists with business before the Cuomo administration. Her father Giorgio is a principal in the firm of Bolton St. John's - where her brother also works - and her husband, former Cuomo spokesman Matt Wing, is a lobbyist for Uber. Cuomo aides have said DeRosa recuses herself from matters involving her family. Common Cause, a good-government advocacy group, on Tuesday called for DeRosa to disclose which meetings she had stepped away from and to detail how Uber's stock performance benefits her family finances. Read more here
- Cuomo on Long Island: "People come from a private company, they have to recuse themselves from any matters that that private company handled. So it's very common to have recusals. People have spouses, and the spouses work in certain business. They recuse themselves from their spousal activities. So recusals tend to be the rule rather than the exception. So it's a non-issue, at all." Read more here
- PIGEON CHARGES - Buffalo News' Melinda Miller: "G. Steven Pigeon faces three charges of violating state election law. The former Erie County Democratic chairman is accused of illegally funding races for the County Legislature and a local town supervisor in 2013. Two longtime Pigeon associates, Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff, were arraigned on the same charges. All three pleaded not guilty. All are accused of three counts of attempting to evade rules governing campaign contributions by unauthorized committees. Each is also charged with one count of filing a false instrument. All charges are class E felonies. Pigeon previously was indicted on charges that he bribed State Supreme Court Judge John Michalek. Michalek pleaded guilty last year, resigned his seat and is awaiting sentencing. Under the new charges brought by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Pigeon is accused of illegally supporting individual campaigns through a committee dubbed the WNY Progressive Caucus." Read more here
HOT TICKETS - Tickets for New York Magazine's Vulture Festival, happening on May 20-21, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. this morning. Event highlights include "State of the Union with Stephen Colbert and Frank Rich," "Sarah Jessica Parker and Adam Moss: In Conversation," "In Conversation with Donald J. Trump (Anthony Atamanuik," "Aziz Ansari: In Conversation," "Desus and Miro," and a conversation with the creators of "Black Mirror." Event schedule ... Tickets
OUT AND ABOUT -- Last night in Manhattan, Mike Bloomberg and Carl Pope celebrated the publication of their new book "Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet" at Bloomberg Philanthropies. $16.45 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2pFwJg1 SPOTTED: Emma Bloomberg, Jane Bryant Quinn, Richard Cohen, Patricia Duff, Annette de la Renta, Peter Grauer, Richard Haas, Patti Harris, Mary Ann Hitt, Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Andy Lack, Ralph Lauren, Chris Licht, Stu Loeser, Beth Mazzeo, Lynn Nesbit, Patty Newburger, Katherine Oliver, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz, George Pataki, Steve Rattner, David Rhodes, Len Riggio, Charlie Rose, Jason Schechter, Kevin Sheekey, David Shipley, Ben Smith, Justin Smith, Jerry Speyer, David Stern, Gay Talese, Diana Taylor, Sandy Weill, David Westin and Matt Winkler.
WHAT CITY HALL IS READING:
- DE BLASIO'S 'STUNNING NUMBER' SOUNDS MODEST NOW: Mayor says he won't provide 'perfectly exhaustive list' of donors who didn't receive favorable action from city - POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias: Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Wednesday he does not actually plan to present a long-awaited list of his donors who didn't get what they wanted from city government, nearly a year after he first pledged to provide "a whole lot of evidence" showing how donors to his campaign and nonprofits didn't receive favorable action they sought from the city. Instead, before the end of April, he will write an op-ed that lays out a few examples of donors who didn't get what they wanted, he told reporters at an unrelated press conference. ...
"In fact, as we will be showing you more and more in the coming weeks, a stunning number of donors and supporters not only did not get things they hoped they would get, they got rejection of things they hoped they would get, because we ran a government that was clean and appropriate," he said on May 18. ... He said he didn't know where reporters had gotten the idea that he intended to give them a list. ... "I didn't say that I'd have the perfect list of everybody," de Blasio said. Indeed, he did not use the word "list" last May, although he has never corrected reporters who've asked specifically about the status of the list at least half a dozen times over the past 11 months. "I said I wanted to give you examples, when I first talked about this," he added. Read more here.
- UP IN SMOKE: City would increase minimum price for pack of cigarettes under new plan - POLITICO New York's Dan Goldberg: The minimum price for a pack of cigarettes sold in New York City will increase to $13 from $10.50 under a five-part plan Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Wednesday in an effort to curb tobacco use. The mayor, taking up a fight that helped define his predecessor, wants to reduce the number of smokers by 160,000 over the next three years, in line with a national goal of bringing the adult smoking rate down to 12 percent. The city's current rate hovers around 14 percent. De Blasio offered no revolutionary ideas for how to reach his goal, opting instead to support a series of City Council bills that have been introduced over the last few years. Indeed, a proposal to cut and cap the number of retailers who have a license to sell tobacco products that is part of this plan was discussed by the city's health department a decade ago. Read more here.
- NOW, DIETL SHOWS (MOST OF HIS) TAX RETURNS - Daily News' Erin Durkin and Denis Slattery: "The former cop turned private investigator earned $1.8 million in 2015, according to the 1040 federal tax return he made public. Dietl paid $544,828 in federal income taxes and earned the majority of his money from rentals, royalties, and partnerships. He took in $243,074 in salary and earned $27,285 in pension. 'With nothing to hide, Bo Dietl is releasing his most recently filed federal tax return,' Dietl's campaign said in a statement. 'Today's disclosure stems from Bo's desire to be as transparent and forthright as possible with the voters of New York.' Dietl has filed a standard extension for the 2016 tax year and will release that return once it is filed in the fall, according to his campaign. ... The 1040 form released Wednesday is an abbreviated version of what most pols issue as they run for office. It did not include itemized deductions, charitable contributions, or Dietl's state returns. The Daily News reported Sunday that Dietl was hit with a state tax warrant earlier this year for $477,255 in unpaid taxes. He says he's paid down $150,000 of the amount." Read more here.
- PLAYBOOK EXTRA: Before giving a portion of his tax returns to the Daily News Wednesday night, independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl had initially declined to release any of his tax information, after the paper reported he owed more than $300,000 in unpaid taxes. But in an earlier interview with POLITICO New York, Dietl bragged about his finances. "I made tens of millions of dollars. I pissed tens of millions of dollars away," he said earlier this year.
Later in the interview, conducted in his 50th floor office near Penn Station, Dietl, a retired NYPD detective who runs a private security company, said, "I used to do bodyguard work on the side, when you weren't allowed to moonlight. So, I cheated. But I used to go away for two months with the Arabs, come back with a quarter of a million dollars in money in my socks, bring it in illegally. But I'd spend it as fast as I brought it in." Without missing a beat, he explained why he felt free to offer this information now: "Statue of limits's over."
"BREAK A LEG" WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE TAKEN LITERALLY -- "Andy Karl, Injured 'Groundhog Day' Star, to Miss Several Shows," by NYT's Michael Paulson: "Andy Karl, the lead performer in the new Broadway musical 'Groundhog Day,' will miss several performances this week as he deals with a serious knee injury. The production said Wednesday morning that Mr. Karl would miss the Wednesday matinee and evening performances, the Thursday evening performance, and the Saturday matinee performance, at the August Wilson Theater. In each case, the lead role in the show, of weatherman Phil Connors, is to be played by Mr. Karl's understudy, Andrew Call. 'On the instruction of his doctors, Andy will take off four performances this week to rest and continue the process of recuperating from the injury,' the production said in a statement. Mr. Karl is planning to perform on Friday and Saturday evening this week. His performance schedule after this weekend was not announced." More at NYT
MORNING MEDIA with POLITICO's Joe Pompeo:
- BILL O'REILLY DIDN'T GET TO SAY GOODBYE TO HIS VIEWERS LAST NIGHT: So Dana Perino did it for him. It was the first time in two decades that the show O'Reilly built into a conservative mega-platform and Fox News profit center was, well, no longer O'Reilly's.
"Before we get to the other big stories of the day," said Perino, a Fox News contributor and ex-White House press secretary, at the start of last night's broadcast, "we want to address the situation many of you may already be aware of. Bill O'Reilly, who hosted this program for 20 years, is leaving the Fox News Channel. We know that you, his very loyal viewers, will have a lot of feelings about this and we will talk more about it later on in the program." In the final minutes of the show -- by the way, O'Reilly's name was scrubbed from the erstwhile "O'Reilly Factor" logo -- Perino said it was "the end of an era at Fox," praising O'Reilly as "the undisputed king of cable news, for good reason. He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raised the bar for interviewers everywhere."
- THE PAPARAZZI PRESIDENCY: From my colleagues' Annie Karni and Tara Palmeri's feature yesterday : "[I]n November, the Daily Mail published a 59-photo slideshow of [Kellyanne Conway] lounging poolside in her bathing suit while on a family vacation in Key Biscayne, Florida. ... Paparazzi photographer Mark Wilkins used to stalk movie stars like Shia LaBeouf, who once famously threw a cup of coffee at him. He's now taken to following White House aides instead. ... The Daily Mail pays photographers a daily rate to sit outside the Kalorama home of Trump's older daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, tracking them as they come and go, sometimes in their gym clothes. Omarosa Manigault ... tipped off the Daily Mail last month to her own wedding at the Trump International Hotel."
- TAPPER, BY TAFFY: From the May issue of GQ, by Taffy Brodessor-Akner: "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?"
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REAL ESTATE, with POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg:
- "The Real Math of An Affordable Housing Lottery: Huge Disconnect Between Need and Allotment," by City Limits' Norman Oder: "In a city where so many struggle for shelter, applicants swamp affordable housing lotteries. In a January press message, the developers of Pacific Park Brooklyn suggested 'the demand for affordable housing in the borough is tremendous,' citing more than 84,000 applications for 181 units at 461 Dean and "roughly 95,000 applications" for 297 apartments at 535 Carlton. These are among the first four residential buildings in the 15-tower project, which will contain 2,250 below-market units among 6,430 apartments in Prospect Heights. But such catch-all statistics-regularly used in depicting the hunt for below-market units-camouflage how low-income applicants face crushing odds compared to middle-income ones. Exactly 92,743 households (not quite 95,000) entered the lottery for the '100 percent affordable' 535 Carlton tower, city data show. But only 2,203, according to City Limits' analysis, were eligible for 148 middle-income apartments, such as one-bedrooms renting for $2,680 monthly and two-bedrooms at $3,223, affordable to those earning six figures." Read the story here
- "Amazon, JP Morgan Close to Signing Monster-Sized Deals at Manhattan West," by Commercial Observer's Lauren Elkies Schram: "J.P. Morgan Chase and Amazon are both weighing deals for at least 300,000 square feet of office space at 5 Manhattan West, Commercial Observer has learned. The bank, which has occupied 125,000 square feet in the building since 2015, is considering taking an additional 300,000 square feet there-or the top three floors-for its financial technology arm, also known as FinTech, a source with knowledge of the deal said. Meanwhile, Amazon is mulling 350,000 square feet for offices in 5 Manhattan West, a 16-story, 1.8-million-square-foot office building at 450 West 33rd Street. The office asking rent in the building is in the $90s per square foot, the source said." Read the story here
- "IBM to take entire WeWork building in landmark deal," by The Real Deal's Konrad Putzier: "IBM has agreed to sign a membership deal for all desks in WeWork's 88 University Place, in the first reported case of a single corporation taking an entire WeWork space in New York. The deal comes as WeWork tries to extend its appeal beyond startups and freelancers into the lucrative market for corporate clients. The technology giant is set to move up to 600 employees to 88 University Place, sources told The Real Deal. The agreement means the building will essentially become IBM's corporate office, but designed and managed by WeWork. The co-working company occupies eight floors covering around 70,000 square feet in the 10-story, 86,927-square-foot building. Terms of the deal weren't immediately clear. WeWork declined to comment and IBM did not immediately respond to a request for comment." Read the story here.
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THE HOME TEAMS - POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Mets 5, Phillies 4: the good: Jay Bruce homered twice. The bad: Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud both left early with injuries.
- Yankees 9, White Sox 1: Four home runs, including the fifth of the season from Yankee You Should Know Aaron Judge was more than enough to support Masahiro Tanaka's strong outing.
- The day ahead: the Phillies are back at Citi Field.
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