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04/20/2017 07:00 AM EDT

 

By JAKE SHERMAN (; @JakeSherman), ANNA PALMER (; @apalmerdc), DANIEL LIPPMAN (; @dlippman)

 


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THE DOCUMENT EVERYONE WANTS -- CHANGES TO THE NEW GOP HEALTH CARE PLAN -- Speaker Paul Ryan said in London Wednesday that Republicans are putting the "finishing touches" on a new health-care proposal. Well, here it is. This document represents the most recent summary of negotiations between moderate Republicans and the House Freedom Caucus. Will it pass? Maybe! But after a few weeks of raucous town halls, it might not. But Republicans seem hell bent on giving it a try. Passing it next week seems like a stretch, given Congress doesn't come back until Tuesday, which puts a vote on Thursday or Friday -- and the government shuts down Friday. Our experience on the Hill tells us the institution can handle one big issue at once, usually. WHAT TO KNOW: Conservatives seem pretty pleased with what they got. They were intricately involved in a negotiation that everyone dismissed. A senior conservative aide said they are particularly pleased with instituting high-risk pools to deal with pre-existing conditions. The hottest policy document in town http://politi.co/2o6HGtX

WHERE THINGS STAND ON THE FUNDING FIGHT -- GOV'T SHUTS DOWN IN 8 DAYS -- "White House eyes harder line on shutdown talks," by Josh Dawsey and Jake Sherman: "The White House, under internal pressure to show legislative achievements ahead of the 100-day mark, is gearing up for a government-shutdown fight to secure money for a border wall, more immigration enforcement officers and a bigger military, according to White House and congressional sources familiar with the plan. It is a risky gambit. With almost uniform Democratic opposition to nearly all of the Trump administration's spending proposals, the fight could lead to a government shutdown next Friday - the day government spending expires, and right before the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency. Officials could also strike a one-week compromise, giving them more time for a broader agreement.

"Congressional Republicans, desperately looking to avoid a shutdown scare, are eyeing a modest increase for border security - perhaps an increase in funding for surveillance technology - and a small uptick in military spending. But two senior White House officials say they want a bigger win out of the fight, and an important deadline might help." http://politi.co/2ouaFDm

-- WHAT TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR : House Democrats hold a conference call today to discuss their strategy for the government funding fight, and House Republicans hold a rare Saturday call this week. We expect government funding and health care to dominate the conversation.

DEPT OF UNKEPT PROMISES -- "Trump's missing 90-day cyber plan," by Isaac Dovere, Eric Geller, and Matt Nussbaum: "President-elect Donald Trump was very clear: 'I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office,' he said in January, after getting a U.S. intelligence assessment of Russian interference in last year's elections and promising to address cybersecurity. Thursday, Trump hits his 90-day mark. There is no team, there is no plan, and there is no clear answer from the White House on who would even be working on what. It's the latest deadline Trump's set and missed - from the press conference he said his wife would hold last fall to answer questions about her original immigration process to the plan to defeat ISIS that he'd said would come within his first 30 days in office." http://politi.co/2pUxnWs

NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL -- "Donald Trump gets his 100-day report card," by Steven Shepard: "As Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark in the White House, voters are grading his performance on a partisan curve. Republicans are inclined to give him good grades on his performance in office so far - mostly A's and B's. Democrats are tougher in their assessments - mostly D's and F's, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Trump earns his highest marks on fighting terrorism, the poll shows. But when Trump reaches his 100th day in office next week - a historical marker for each new administration - his failure to shepherd a promised health care bill through Congress will be noted by voters. On health care, climate change and Trump's promises to 'drain the swamp' of special interests in Washington, voters are far more critical of the new president's performance thus far. ...

"Asked to grade Trump's first three months as president overall, 16 percent give Trump an 'A,' and another 23 percent award Trump a 'B.' But roughly as many voters give Trump poor marks. Trump gets a 'D' from 13 percent of voters, and nearly a quarter, 24 percent, give him an 'F.' One reason is that partisanship continues to dominate and color opinions of Trump's nascent presidency. Nearly half of self-identified Democratic voters, 48 percent, give Trump an 'F' grade, and an additional 19 percent award him a 'D.' Republicans and Trump voters view Trump's presidency more positively, but he isn't earning straight 'A's from his base." http://politi.co/2opjmjj

-- PREVIEW: The White House is going to spend a lot of time next week arguing that they have been as productive as any modern White House, with 25 bills signed into law in their first 100 days, plus an almost equal amount of executive orders.

AN SNL SKIT IN THE MAKING -- PATRIOTS STAR ROB GRONKOWSKI interrupts Patriot superfan and Rhode Island's own Sean Spicer's briefing. http://bit.ly/2o6Nxj4

THE 2017 TIME 100 LIST (off a 7 a.m. embargo): President Donald Trump, by Speaker Paul Ryan; Reince Priebus, by Rahm Emanuel; Stephen Bannon; Ivanka Trump, by Wendi Murdoch; Jared Kushner, by Henry Kissinger; Bob Ferguson; Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); James Mattis; Rebekah Mercer, by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas); Tom Perez, by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.); Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), by Harry Reid; Jim Comey by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); Sandra Day O'Connor, by Sonia Sotomayor; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The full list http://ti.me/2oubFap ... The five covers, featuring Viola Davis, John Legend, Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates and Riz Ahmed http://bit.ly/2piCRhg

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ANOTHER JOB FOR WILBUR ROSS! -- "Trump plans executive order on steel imports," by Doug Palmer and Adam Behsudi: "President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order as early as Thursday directing the Commerce Department to investigate whether steel imports into the U.S. should be blocked on national security grounds, according to sources familiar with the plan. A number of steel industry executives have been invited to the White House for an event with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Representatives from ArcelorMittal, Nucor, U.S. Steel, AK Steel and Timken are expected, along with the president of the United Steelworkers union.

"China's excess capacity to produce steel is seen as a long-term threat to the U.S. steel industry's viability, but it's unclear if the order will single out any country or be global in scope. The proposed order would direct Ross to launch an investigation under a provision of U.S. trade law that requires the Commerce secretary to report to the president within 270 days whether a certain product is being imported in sufficient quantities or under such circumstances that it threatens to impair national security." http://politi.co/2pU9C0P

-- FOR THOSE KEEPING TRACK AT HOME: Ross has also been tasked with coming up with a report on Trump's executive order to "Buy American, Hire American" and potential abuse of H-1B visas. He is also supposed to be taking the lead on re-negotiating trade deals.

TRUMP'S THURSDAY -- TRUMP will hold a signing event for a probe into U.S. trade policies, he'll meet with H.R. McMaster and then welcome Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy. He'll hold a press conference with Gentiloni at 3:50 p.m.

O'REILLY'S OUT -- "Bill O'Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News," by NYT's Emily Steel and Mike Schmidt: "Mr. O'Reilly's fate [was] in the hands of the Murdoch family, which controls 21st Century Fox. In the end, according to two people familiar with the decision, Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, made their call after reviewing the results of an internal investigation that found that multiple women had reported inappropriate behavior by Mr. O'Reilly. ...

"The company ... extended his contract this year. The contract did provide the company with some protections, including that Mr. O'Reilly could be dismissed if it was made aware of other allegations against him or if new ones arose, according to one person. The contract also included extra assurances meant to get Mr. O'Reilly to address his behavior, the person said. Mr. O'Reilly's salary was estimated to be about $18 million." http://nyti.ms/2oYj1ar

-- A PROGRAMMING NOTE : NYT's Mike Schmidt also broke the Hillary Clinton server story, and countless stories about steroids and other malfeasance in baseball.

-- @MattGarrahan: "Feb 2015: Bill O'Reilly tells @emilysteel 'I'm coming after you with everything I have.' April 2017: O'Reilly fired after Emily's reporting"

-- O'REILLY is being replaced by D.C.'s own Tucker Carlson in the 8 p.m. hour, and "The Five" is moving to 9 p.m.

-- O'REILLY's ouster is on the cover of the NYT (http://nyti.ms/2oYfHvJ), WashPost, N.Y. Daily News (http://bit.ly/2pFAF0h) and WSJ (http://bit.ly/2oYmHsy), but not on the cover of the N.Y. Post (http://nyp.st/2ousqSX ).

-- SARAH ELLISON in Vanity Fair, "After Bill O'Reilly's Ouster, Fox Executives Fear 'There's More to Come'": "The reactions to the news of O'Reilly's departure were decidedly mixed in the newsroom. Some staffers cried. Others were elated. ... [T]he day was filled with an ominous tension as the elder Murdoch, the network's C.E.O., moved from one closed-door meeting to another to inform on-air talent of their new jobs. ... The most unsettling feeling among some at Fox News, however, is that Wednesday's events are only the beginning. 'There's more to come,' one Fox News insider told me, suggesting that there are more women with stories of harassment who have not come forward publicly. This estimation was affirmed by two people who heard such stories directly." http://bit.ly/2pUbOoY

LEAD STORY IN TODAY'S WSJ -- "Exxon Seeks U.S. Waiver to Resume Russia Oil Venture: ExxonMobil applied to Treasury for exemption to resume venture with Rosneft forged in 2012 by Rex Tillerson," by Jay Solomon and Bradley Olson: "Exxon has been seeking U.S. permission to drill with Rosneft in several areas banned by sanctions and renewed a push for approval in March, shortly after its most recent chief executive, Rex Tillerson, became secretary of state on Feb. 1, according to one of these people. The company originally applied for a waiver to gain access to the Black Sea in July 2015 but its application wasn't approved, the person said. ...

"Exxon's proposal to drill in the Black Sea has been circulated in various federal departments in recent months, several people said. Exxon is arguing that it deserves a waiver there because under its deal with Rosneft its exploration rights in the Black Sea will expire if it doesn't act, and because some of its top foreign competitors aren't similarly restricted. It is unusual for a company to seek a waiver based purely on future business prospects, according to former U.S. officials. American companies often seek waivers from sanctions citing humanitarian, trade or operational issues, the officials said." http://on.wsj.com/2oSk1uq

-- @SenJohnMcCain at 4:09 p.m.: "Are they crazy? @WSJ: 'Exxon Seeks U.S. Waiver to Resume #Russia Oil Venture'"

BEHIND THE SCENES -- "Trump Adviser's Visit to Moscow Got the F.B.I.'s Attention," by NYT's Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti and Adam Goldman: "Ever since F.B.I. investigators discovered in 2013 that a Russian spy was trying to recruit an American businessman named Carter Page, the bureau maintained an occasional interest in Mr. Page. So when he became a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign last year and gave a Russia-friendly speech at a prestigious Moscow institute, it soon caught the bureau's attention. That trip last July was a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump's campaign, according to current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials. ... Richard Guerin, who was in his academy class and remains in regular touch ... said that, ever since Mr. Page's Navy days, when he drove a black Mercedes, his friend had reveled in lavish spending that sometimes seemed to exceed his means." http://nyti.ms/2pFkZtU

SPORTS BLINK -- The Wizards won, and are up 2-0 in their series against the Atlanta Hawks ... Capitals beat the Maple Leafs in Toronto to even up their series 2-2 ... Nats beat the Braves with grand slams by Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper.

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PHOTO DU JOUR: Pope Francis shakes hands with former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly at the Vatican on April 19, hours before Fox News announced he wouldn't be returning to the network. | L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

JAKE TAPPER PROFILE -- GQ: "CNN's Jake Tapper Is the Realest Man in 'Fake News,'" by Taffy Brodesser-Akner: "In just the few weeks I spent with him, Tapper was invited onto Colbert and Conan and Trevor Noah. 'I think I had a fairly good reputation before this year,' he says carefully, trying to remind me that he's been doing this particular job since 2013. 'But I think that people are engaged in what's going on like never before. People can't stop watching, both supporters of the president and opponents of the president.'" http://bit.ly/2oNFt5k

AT LEAST THEY'RE EXERCISING! -- "Activity Spotted at North Korea Nuclear Test Site: Volleyball," by NYT's William J. Broad: "Analysts who examine satellite images of North Korea reported on Wednesday that they had spotted some unexpected activity at the country's nuclear test site: active volleyball games in three separate areas. The surprising images were taken on Sunday as tensions between the United States and North Korea seemed to spike. The Korean Peninsula pulsed with news that the North was preparing for its sixth atomic detonation and that American warships had been ordered into the Sea of Japan as a deterrent, even though the ships turned out to have sailed in the opposite direction. The volleyball games, played in the middle of that international crisis, were probably intended to send a message, analysts said, as the North Koreans are aware that the nuclear test site is under intense scrutiny. But what meaning the North wanted the games to convey is unclear." http://nyti.ms/2oY52RC

WHAT JONES DAY IS READING -- "Trump's campaign legal fees top $4 million," by Ken Vogel: "During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to pay the legal bills of supporters who beat up protestors at his rallies, but a POLITICO analysis found that Trump's campaign hasn't always paid its own legal bills in a timely or transparent fashion. The analysis of court and campaign filings found that Trump's campaign committee is still spending heavily to defend against ongoing civil lawsuits alleging assault, incitement, threats and other illegal behavior by the president, his supporters and staff. But in at least four ongoing cases, Trump's campaign had yet to make a publicly disclosed payment to the law firms representing it, paid months late or paid in tiny amounts that don't appear commensurate with the amount of work performed by the firms." http://politi.co/2pFpggW

WAPO'S MANUEL ROIG-FRANZIA in OAKLAND PARK, FLORIDA -- "Roger Stone helped Donald Trump get elected president - now he's helping himself: Richard Nixon's dirty trickster is back in the limelight and knee-deep in scandal - just how he likes it." http://wapo.st/2ou4A9Y

HOT IN FOGGY BOTTOM -- "Three Months Into Trump Presidency, Obama's Israel Adviser Leaves White House: Yael Lempert was in charge of Israeli-Palestinian policy at the National Security Council and agreed to stay on for three months to help the Trump administration," by Ha'aretz's Amir Tibon and Barak Ravid: "Yael Lempert, an American career diplomat who was in charge of Israeli-Palestinian policy at the National Security Council under the Obama administration, is set to leave the White House within weeks after prolonging her tenure by three months to help the Trump administration craft its policy on the issue.

"Lempert made it clear to the White House that she wants to leave her post in the NSC and go back to the State Department, where she had made most of her career in government, Haaretz has learned. Lempert wanted to do that right after the end of the presidential transition period, but senior officials in President Donald Trump's administration -- including the president's special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jason Greenblatt -- asked her to stay on for a few more weeks, which turned into three-and-a-half months." http://bit.ly/2pFWmjB

****** A message from UC Davis: Ranked first in the world for veterinary medicine, UC Davis believes collaborating across disciplines in animal, human and environmental health is the best way to advance the health of all creatures great and small. Using this "One Health" approach to problem solving, our research - much of which is federally funded - is resulting in cost-saving, translatable treatments for cancer, breakthroughs in stem cell therapy, increased awareness and management of emerging zoonotic diseases, better protection for endangered species, and comprehensive responses to environmental crises like oil spills and floods. Learn more about UC Davis health innovation at 21stcentury.ucdavis.edu. ******

WEST COAST WATCH -- "Here's how Rep. Darrell Issa has moved toward the center since he almost lost in November," by L.A. Times' Sarah Wire: "The nine-term Vista Republican has made multiple moves that indicate the conservative watchdog during the Obama era is moving to moderate his image as Democrats target his seat for 2018. He's already drawn two Democratic opponents. Does Issa think he's moved toward the center? 'Nothing could be further from the truth,' he said by phone, calling the idea 'bullshit.' ... Here are some ways Issa seems to have moved to the center since November. He's been breaking with his party on Trump. ... He's been hesitant on Affordable Care Act repeal efforts. ... He's been highlighting time he spends with local Democrats. ... He's been meeting with the protesters outside his office, and trying to persuade them he's not ultraconservative." http://lat.ms/2ou3v1U

SHOW ME THE MONEY -- "Out-of-state money floods potential Senate race in WV," by the Charleston Gazette-Mail's Jake Zuckerman: "Money from outside the Mountain State is pouring into West Virginia's Senate race, with more likely to appear before the 2018 elections. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has received more money from individual donors in Texas ($95,600), Washington, D.C. ($33,000), New York ($32,300), Massachusetts ($22,500), Virginia ($19,700), Maryland ($10,700) and Connecticut ($10,400) than West Virginia." http://bit.ly/2oNtVze

HMM -- "How did Cuomo make $783,000 on memoir that sold 3,200 copies?" by the Buffalo News' Tom Precious: "Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported his income last year more than doubled from the previous year, thanks to another round of royalty payments on a 2014 HarperCollins memoir that saw lackluster sales. In all, Cuomo has made $783,000 from HarperCollins for his book. The book sold 3,200 copies since it was published in the fall of 2014, according to tracking company NPD BookScan. That works out to royalty payments to Cuomo of $245 per book. 'All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life' had an original list price of $29.99. New copies of the hardcover book were being sold Monday on Amazon for $13.05." http://bit.ly/2oukZev

--@JesseRodriguez, senior producer of "Morning Joe": "He made $245 per book and declined interview requests to discuss the book. Amazing."

OBAMA ALUMNI -- "Former NFL player Colin Allred launches campaign to unseat Pete Sessions," by the Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers Jr.: "Civil rights attorney Colin Allred has launched a campaign to unseat Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas. But first the former NFL player will have to run in a potentially crowded Democratic primary for the 32nd Congressional District. ... Allred played professional football for the Tennessee Titans before opting for a career in law. He was a special assistant to the Housing Department under President Barack Obama and Housing Secretary Julian Castro." http://bit.ly/2piwDOB

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- "Former Hillary Clinton speechwriter set to publish an insider account," by WaPo's Ron Charles: "Lissa Muscatine, a co-owner of Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, is finally ready to tell her story about working with Hillary Clinton. Her upcoming book, titled 'Hillaryland,' will describe 'the 25-year journey of Hillary and her closest advisors at the intersection of politics and gender dynamics,' according to a statement released by Penguin Press." http://wapo.st/2oSmoxs

-- PAGE SIX: "Hillary camp scrambling to find out who leaked embarrassing info," by Emily Smith: "Dennis Cheng, the finance director of Clinton's presidential campaign, has been sending out messages to determine where the leaks come from. One source said[:] ... 'Dennis has been texting prominent campaign staffers, asking who talked. He's on a witch hunt to find out who talked to save their own skin, throwing Hillary and her campaign manager Robby Mook under the bus.'" http://pge.sx/2opA81n

MEDIAWATCH -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- CBS News' VP and DC bureau chief Chris Isham is announcing today that Nancy Cordes has been promoted to chief congressional correspondent. Nancy has been CBS News' congressional correspondent since 2008, most recently travelling with the Clinton campaign in 2016. Other recent staffing changes at CBS News include Margaret Brennan's move from foreign affairs correspondent to White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent earlier this year.

 

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SPOTTED: Harold Ford Jr. at the Trump Hotel Wednesday night ... Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) at the Reno International Airport yesterday morning holding up the TSA Pre-Check line and then being sent to secondary screening. Pic http://bit.ly/2oSuoyx

ABOUT LAST NIGHT -- Richard Engel was the keynote speaker last night at the Anthony Shadid Award dinner presented by the University of Wisconsin Center for Journalism Ethics: "When I first started out in journalism -- I started 20 years ago -- the first name I heard was Anthony Shadid. ... There is a small community of people. The same 40 people who you always run into in Gaza, in Tripoli, in Benghazi or wherever you happen to be and Anthony was always there. ... [H]e was always humble and very cool. He was a very cool guy. He never raised his voice. And a great reporter. So it is a shame when you see someone from that group, someone who was a real centerpiece of that group go down, go down terribly -- in the prime of his life." Anthony's scholarship fund http://bit.ly/2pFtMip

OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC -- 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.

TRANSITIONS - ALEX BYERS starts Monday at the Glover Park Group as a director of strategic communications, working on tech, media, telecom and other issues. He's spent the seven years at POLITICO, including almost five as a tech reporter. ... Preston Maddock has been named communications director for the 2018 reelection campaign of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). He most recently was communications director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, press secretary for Alison Lundergan Grimes' 2014 Kentucky senatorial campaign and is an American Bridge and OFA alum ... Helen Kalla has started as press manager at Indivisible Project. She is a Clinton campaign and Capitol Hill alum. ...

... Tyler Hernandez has been named deputy communications director for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). He previously was deputy communications director for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. ... Ari Goldberg has left the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) to become VP of communications at First Focus, an advocacy organization for children. ... Nicholas Bailey has been named a marketing campaign manager at Amazon Web Services; he previously was digital director at the American Action Forum.

OBAMA ALUMNI -- Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies, an anti-hunger advocacy organization, has named Sheila Nix as its new president. Most recently, she was the chief of staff to Dr. Jill Biden and a deputy assistant to President Obama. ... Charles Luftig is joining hedge fund Bridgewater Associates as policy and standards lead next week. He previously served in the Obama White House as OMB deputy general counsel and senior adviser to Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines. He also served at the NSC and DOJ. (h/t #Suitestaff44)

... Juan S. Gonzalez joined The Cohen Group this week as associate VP and is taking over the firm's Latin America practice. He previously was special advisor on Latin America and the Caribbean to VP Joe Biden from 2013-2015 and deputy assistant secretary of State for Western hemisphere affairs last year and is an NSC alum. ... Robert Silvers, formerly the Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy at DHS, has joined Paul Hastings LLP, as a partner in the white collar defense and privacy and cybersecurity practices. http://bit.ly/2pip5Ly

BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Ally Schmeiser, a partner with Sentinel Strategic Advisors, kicked off her 30th year celebrating with a birthday trip to Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia with friends, including Erin Lardy, Sarah Jorgensen, Ben Texter, Nic Breeding, David Black and Boyce Adams (hat tip: Nic)

BIRTHDAYS: WSJ White House correspondent Carol E. Lee, a Politico alum ... Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith is 51 ... The Atlantic's Molly Ball, the pride of Denver (hubby tip: the talented David Kihara, Politico.com's quiet hero) ... Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is 81 ... retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 97 ... Marc Rotenberg, president and exec. director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is 57 ... Politico's Sarah Ferris, alum of The Hill (h/t Zach Montellaro) ... Colin Reed, exec. dir. of America Rising, a Scott Brown alum and the pride of Norwell, Mass., celebrating a day early by seeing his beloved Patriots at the White House yesterday (h/t Ryan Williams) ... former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.) is 86 ... Brett McGurk, the pride of West Hartford, is 44 ... Jennifer Griffin, national security correspondent for Fox News ... Lee Moak of The Moak Group (h/t Heather Podesta) ... Cosmo editor in chief Joanna Coles (h/t Tammy) ... Politico's Mel Leonor and David Siders ... Daniela Kate Plattner ... Trevor K. Railey ... Washington Examiner's Kyle Feldscher (h/t girlfriend Jacqueline Klimas) ... Jon Daugherty of Raymond James ... Chukwudi Motanya of SunTrust Bank ... Emily Rodriguez, senior gov't relations and comms. manager for the National Democratic Institute ... Ethan Susseles is 26 ... former Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) is 41 ... former Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) is 65 ...

... Eric Bovim , managing director of SIGNAL Group is 41 ... Melissa Manson, director at Hamilton Place Strategies ... Patrick Collins, SVP for finance and administration of LCV ... Heather Foster, VP of Finn Partners and an Obama WH alum ... Yaniv Rivlin, senior program officer at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation ... Alex Berman, associate at Tishman Realty Corporation (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Suzanne Struglinski of the National Press Club ... Karen McAfee of the House Ways & Means Cmte ... Jamie Benson, associate producer for the Bill Press Show (h/t Peter Ogburn) ... Lindsey Mask, founder and executive director of Ladies America/Ladies International Foundation (h/t Jon Haber) ... Molly Born of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ... Mary Springer ... Manny Ericta ... Denise Gitsham, principal of SVN Public Relations ... Shane Wolfe ... Zachary Baum ... Jim Heath ... Jacqueline Harris ... Melanie Roe ... Michael Layman ... Rebecca Kasper ... Julie Mason Ziemba ... Michael Layman ... Rebecca Kasper ... Leon Harris ... Jessica Kamen ... Michael Frohlich ... Dennis Smith ... Steve Brandes ... Parker Waddell ... Karen White ... Alexa Bradley ... Nicholl Caruso (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)... George Takei is 8-0 ... actor Ryan O'Neal is 76 ... Carmen Electra is 45 (h/ts AP)

****** A message from UC Davis: Ranked first in the world for veterinary medicine, UC Davis believes collaborating across disciplines in animal, human and environmental health is the best way to advance the health of all creatures great and small. Using this "One Health" approach to problem solving, our research - much of which is federally funded - is resulting in cost-saving, translatable treatments for cancer, breakthroughs in stem cell therapy, increased awareness and management of emerging zoonotic diseases, better protection for endangered species, and comprehensive responses to environmental crises like oil spills and floods. Learn more about UC Davis health innovation at 21stcentury.ucdavis.edu. ******

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