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Every player rated (from the Herald-Sun)

2020.10.14 08:48 shallowblue Every player rated (from the Herald-Sun)

Every Collingwood player rated for 2020: Contracts, trade whispers and players to watch in 2021
Nick Wade, News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
October 14, 2020 6:00am
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Collingwood has been urged to be “aggressive” with its list to stem a slide down the ladder after its semi-final horror show.
The Pies are expected to be active in this year’s trade period as they also juggle a number of list headaches, headlined by the contract demands of Jordan De Goey.
After narrowly losing the 2018 Grand Final, Collingwood slipped to a preliminary final loss last year and a semi-final whitewash this year.
“After seeing the way their season has come to an end, they have to be aggressive with their list,” Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd said on Footy Classified.
Mystery: Pies’ case of the missing grope
On the issue of paying De Goey upwards of $1 million a season, former Melbourne forward Garry Lyon on SEN said: “I wouldn’t pay a million bucks for him (per season), but someone will pay $800,000 (per season). Because when he did come back, he turned a game on its head on his own. Not many players can do that.”
Does wingman Tom Phillips look for a new home? Will Matthew Scharenberg get back home to South Australia? Should Brayden Sier test the market?
Let’s assess every player.
Age: 21 Games: 54 Contract: Until end of 2021
Started the season well with seven goals in his first three games, but appears a shell of the emerging star who won the 2018 Rising Star Award as a key part of the Pies’ Grand Final push. Is contracted for next season, but regressed to the fringe of senior selection in the back half of the year. Is a fresh start at a rival club needed, or does he simply need a strong pre-season at Collingwood to recalibrate as he enters a defining year? Still took the second-most marks inside 50 for the Pies this year, but had only three touches and a tackle in the semi-final hiding against Geelong. No doubt has the talent, it’s just deserted him at the moment.
Age: 24 Games: 98 Contract: Out of contract
Intriguing situation. The Pies suggest he is on the lookout for the biggest deal possible – more than the reported $800,000 he is on at Collingwood. But will another club be forthcoming as he explores the market? Carlton was said to be in, now apparently out. Essendon is also linked. With a host of other top-end signings placing pressure on their salary cap, the Pies can only pay so much for a player who has undoubted talent but whose top finish in a best-and-fairest is eighth. He is also facing an indecent assault charge and is due to appear in court on October 30. A nasty finger injury kept him out for two months this year, but the question clubs will ask is whether his 2020 output – down on his dazzling 2018 brilliance – warrants such a price tag. No doubt a matchwinner who, at 24, is still yet to enter the prime of his career and can do things others can’t. De Goey knocked back a $5 million offer from North Melbourne in 2017, but may not be prepared to sacrifice as much cash this time. A fascinating watch-this-space.
Age: 20 Games: 15 Contract: Until end of 2022
One of the success stories of the season for Collingwood, having become a mainstay of the Magpies line-up after forcing his way into the side in Round 6. The 20-year-old defender received a Rising Star nomination and regularly provided reliable defensive rebound for the Pies. His disposal efficiency of 85.1 was the best of any Pies player who played more than five games. Missed a few matches with a nasty gash in his leg against Sydney but returned without any issue. Will be someone Collingwood will look to next season for natural improvement.
Age: 26 Games: 151 Contract: Until end of 2027
Didn’t have the season he would have liked and Nathan Buckley shed some frank insights into why after Saturday night’s semi-final loss. Grundy went from All-Australian in 2018-19 to not even making the squad this year, reflected by a drop in his most of his statistical averages, including key areas relating to disposals, hit-outs and clearances. He also slipped to sixth on the AFL Player Ratings ranking of ruckmen, despite playing all 19 games. “Brodes is a guy who loves the game and loves footy, but he also loves to get away from it,” Buckley said. “When you’re in a hub, it’s been a little more difficult for him to do that.”
Age: 28 Games: 123 Contract: Until end of 2021
The fit-again Elliott was one of the Pies’ most durable players this season, and became a key part of the club’s finals push. Having battled injuries in recent years, he found valuable consistency and a new lease on his career, playing 18 games while spending more time in the midfield. Where his game was measured on goals in the past, this year it was built around midfield impact. Even still, he applied the most tackles inside 50 for the Pies. Last year he spent just 2 per cent in the midfield, but upped that to 37 per cent this year. At just 28, and provided his body stays fit, he still has a couple of valuable years left for the Pies.
Jamie Elliott in the clear in the semi-final against Geelong. Picture: Michael Klein
Age: 21 Games: 9 Contract: Until end of 2022
A breakthrough year after making his debut in his third season on the list. He played nine matches split across two stints in the side, but was dropped for the finals series. As he develops, the Pies will hope the rangy midfielder can add a bit more size to his frame as he looks to entrench himself in the starting 22 next season.
Age: 27 Games: 173 Contract: Until end of 2025
Treloar’s management is adamant he will remain at Collingwood despite his partner, Kim Ravaillion, signing a 10-month contract to play netball with the Queensland Firebirds next year. The situation unsurprisingly piqued Gold Coast’s interest – and the Suns could offer its No 5 selection to the Pies to entice a trade – but the midfielder is said to be committed to seeing out his long-term deal at Collingwood. All parties at this stage are indicating Treloar will stay at Collingwood and will make the long-distance situation work. Treloar battled more hamstring issues this year but his form was otherwise very strong across his 10 matches.
Age: 26 Games: 89 Contract: Until end of 2021
Remains contracted after signing a three-year deal at the end of 2018, but faces an uncertain future after his injury-prone body again failed him this season. Langdon was pushing to be available late in the season, but suffered a setback with an ongoing knee injury. The Pies rate his character and he played 23 games in their 2018 Grand Final campaign, but will they see the best of the 26-year-old again after he hasn’t played since Round 9, 2019? In one recent training session at Maroochydore, coach Nathan Buckley walked many laps in deep conversation with Langdon.
Age: 23 Games: 22 Contract: Until end of 2021
A successful product of the mid-season draft, Noble has quickly become part of the furniture of Collingwood’s defence. The Pies have benefited from his pace, often looking to get the footy into his hands to launch from the back half. Played 17 matches this season and has the confidence of someone who looks set to be a key part of the side into the future. His two-year deal expires next year, but there should be no worries about him getting a fresh offer.
Age: 32 Games: 316 Contract: Until end of 2021
Created Collingwood history this season by overtaking Tony Shaw on the club’s all-time games record list. Shaw, himself, paid Pendlebury the ultimate compliment by saying he could play for a number of seasons yet. Missed a chunk of games in the middle of the season through injury but still clocked 20+ possessions in 11 of his 15 games and led the Pies for goal assists.
Age: 30 Games: 177 Contract: Until end of 2022
Beams has not played since Round 11 last season after stepping away from the game to deal with his mental health. He was involved in a car crash earlier this year that he later admitted was a “deliberate” and a “massive cry for help”. Collingwood has continued to offer off-field support and there appears an acceptance he is unlikely to play again. Collingwood and Beams will discuss his future in the coming weeks.
Age: 25 Games: 41 Contract: Out of contract
Scharenberg is expected to explore his options, potentially even a return to South Australia, after falling out of selection favour this season. The former No. 6 draft pick played only three matches in 2020, with his most recent being in Round 8 when the Magpies were thrashed by West Coast. Adelaide might see potential in bringing in Scharenberg to help bolster its backline.
Age: 26 Games: 151 Contract: Until the end of 2024
In a season of widespread disruption, Copeland Trophy winner Adams was a constant presence who defied it all. He made the All-Australian team for the first time in his career and played every match in his best-ever season, helping drive a midfield that was at times without Steele Sidebottom and Scott Pendlebury. An on-ball general, he had 20 more clearances than the next-best teammate (Pendlebury), was the club’s leading ball-winner, applied the most pressure, was involved in the most score involvements and had the most contested possessions. One of their few better players against Geelong in the dismal semi-final, too.
Age: 25 Games: 11 Contract: Until the end of 2021
Played 10 games this season in his first year at the club after crossing from Sydney and is clearly in the Pies’ plans after he played both finals despite not playing for the previous month. His support role to Grundy allowed Collingwood to work over Nic Naitanui in the elimination final. At one point in the season he was keeping Mason Cox out of the side. A handy acquisition.
Age: 33 Games: 198 Contract: Out of contract
The much-liked Dunn has decided to retire having played only two matches this season after earning a career reprieve 12 months ago. He was delisted at the end of last year by Collingwood but relisted as backup, earning back-to-back games in Rounds 11-12 after not playing at all in 2019 with knee issues. He continued to train with the main squad until the Pies were knocked out of the finals. Squeezed everything out of his body after starting at Melbourne in 2006.
Age: 31 Games: 231 Contract: Until end of 2021
Mayne returned from a sickening facial fracture to play in both of Collingwood’s finals this season. Since joining the Pies in 2017, he hasn’t missed a final, showing his value to the side at the pointy end of the season. After the broken cheekbone incident, coach Nathan Buckley described how highly Collingwood rated Mayne. “The bloke continues to put his body on the line. His teammates love him and he’s not in a good way. He’s a sore boy. He’s done it in every one of his actions since he’s come to the club.” Signed a one-year extension at the start of the year to take him into 2021.
Age: 22 Games: 49 Contract: Until end of 2022
Had a breakout 2019 but could not quite reach the same heights this season, despite playing the bulk of the year. Suffered an ankle injury but was then dropped on the eve of the finals and couldn’t force his way back in.
Age: 32 Games: 230 Contract: Retired
Varcoe has retired after being a wonderful servant for the Pies since crossing from Geelong midway through his career. Varcoe joined Collingwood in 2015 as part of a three-way trade and played 92 games for the Magpies. The Pies were the winners of that deal where Heritier Lumumba went to Melbourne and Mitch Clark joined Geelong. Varcoe played nine matches this year in an injury-interrupted campaign before being squeezed out of the team at the end of the year. A two-time premiership player at Geelong (2009, 2011), Varcoe also provided many happy memories for Pies fans in finals.
Age: 31 Games: 158 Contract: Out of contract
Comes out of contract but the early indications are the Magpies want to offer him a one-year deal to take him into next season. Greenwood played the last six matches of the season – including both finals – after recovering from a torn ACL suffered in last year’s finals series. His ability to still negate an opponent (most recently Tim Kelly in the elimination final) and his strong recovery from knee surgery gives hope that he still has a role to play at Collingwood next season.
Age: 31 Games: 152 Contract: Retired
Suffered an injury setback on the eve of the finals and made the call to bring forward his retirement, effective immediately, after managing only two games this year. Reid was a dominant defender for the Pies between 2010-13 in particular, playing in the 2010 flag and making All-Australian in 2011. But soft-tissue injuries often hampered him during the second half of his career.
Age: 24 Games: 89 Contract: Until end of 2021
Could be one to watch from a trade perspective. Got injured at the wrong time of the season and was then overlooked for selection as Collingwood went unchanged into its semi-final against Geelong. Phillips had otherwise been a regular in the side, having not missed a game between 2018-19 and played the first 15 games this year before injuring his hamstring. Josh Daicos appears to have jumped ahead of him now. He was available to play against the Cats but the Pies opted to keep him out. Rival clubs circled Phillips last year. Perhaps they will again.
Age: 29 Games: 243 Contract: Until the end of 2021
The bumper five-year contract he signed in 2016 expires at the end of next season. It was a mixed season for Sidebottom. He copped a four-match ban for a breach of the AFL’s COVID protocols in late June, but returned to play some solid footy before leaving the club’s hub to return home for the birth of his child. The Pies tried to get Sidebottom back up to Queensland on the eve of the finals but the plan hit roadblocks and was abandoned.
Age: 29 Games: 179 Contract: Until end of 2022
Roughead had a solid year across 17 games but coach Nathan Buckley conceded after the semi-final that the key defender was among a number of players who were not suited to the 24/7 nature of the footy hub bubble, more preferring their space and work-life balance. He has been an elite find for the Pies since crossing from the Western Bulldogs, so there’s no worries there in terms of his future.
Age: 29 Games: 103 Contract: Until end of 2021
The small forward did not have the impact he would have liked this year across 14 games, kicking four goals and only averaging a tick over 10 possessions a match. His tackle numbers were down, too, on the level he normally applies. Contracted for next season but could there be some movement in the coming weeks?
Age: 27 Games: 153 Contract: Until end of 2023
Crisp was one of the positive stories of the season for Collingwood, finishing second in Champion Data’s rankings of “general” defenders in the AFL for the year. It came on the back of a third placing in last year’s Copeland Trophy. Crisp played all 19 games and showed a high level of consistency. He finished the season in top form and was one of only a couple of Pies players who could hold their head high after the semi-final loss to Geelong. Entering the prime of his career, if he’s not there already.
Age: 21 Games: 35 Contract: Out of contract
Yet to sign but seems destined to stay at Collingwood next year and beyond. Daicos’s stocks grew rapidly this year, emerging into a dynamic ball-user on the wing, coupled with some of the freakish goalscoring ability of his famous father. He played 18 games at a high level this year, after playing only five last year and 10 the year before. Daicos also made the AFLPA’s 22Under22 team of the year. His form will likely come with a little pay rise, which will only add to the complex list-management decisions currently facing the club, but one the Pies would surely make room to accommodate.
Josh Daicos is a talent on the rise.
Age: 20 Games: 1 Contract: End of 2022
The father-son prospect will be hoping for better luck next year after suffering a season-ending arm injury on debut this year. The promising forward kicked a goal and looked lively against Hawthorn in July but landed awkwardly and did not return this season. If fit next year, he will put pressure on Mason Cox in the forward line.
Age: 20 Games: 2 Contract: End of 2022
Been a frustrating couple of years for the highly-rated Murphy. Made his AFL debut late in 2018; had his 2019 derailed by injury and just could not force his way into a settled backline this year. There are no concerns about where the Pies view him in their future, having re-signed as recently as March for an additional two years. “The future is theirs to write but right now Cal (Brown), Tyler (Brown) and Nathan are seen as important to what is next for Collingwood,” Magpie list manager, Ned Guy, said at the time.
Age: 26 Games: 37 Contract: Out of contract
Played only one match this year – Round 11 against Adelaide – in what was his first game in more than two years since breaking his leg in a collision with a goalpost against GWS in early 2018. Broomhead has unfortunately battled injury issues all his career. The Pies face the tough decision of how much longer they can keep the talented but often-sidelined forward on the list.
Age: 24 Games: 89 Contract: Out of contract
One of the best defenders in the game and one of the most important signatures Collingwood has secured this off-season. Moore was out of contract but re-signed with the Magpies on Tuesday after another brilliant season in which he made the All-Australian side. He led the Pies for defensive one-on-one wins (61) and missed only one match. When last quizzed publicly about his contract status in August, Moore declared he “absolutely” wanted to stay at Collingwood.
Age: 21 Games: 11 Contract: Out of contract
Didn’t have much luck on the injury front this year. Had a delayed start to the season with an ankle injury and then suffered a hamstring setback late in the campaign. It leaves him facing an uncertain future, having played only one match in each of the past two seasons after nine in his debut 2018 campaign.
Age: 27 Games: 137 Contract: Until end of 2022
Quieter year by his standards, not having quite the impact of past seasons in the front half of the ground, especially on the scoreboard. The key to Collingwood challenging again next season will be for Hoskin-Elliott to find the potency of his 2018 season in which he kicked 42 goals, offered greater pressure and generally found more of the footy.
Age: 27 Games: 23 Contract: Out of contract
Just like last year, Wills enters the off-season without his future sorted. Played all his eight matches this season before Round 12, but never quite grabbed his opportunity and was pushed out after the Pies were thrashed by Melbourne. The midfielder was made to wait until well after the season last year to receive his 2020 contract – even despite playing the last six matches of the 2019 season, including two finals. It appears the Pies will make him sweat again as they assess their list heading into 2021.
Age: 19 Games: 0 Contract: Until end of 2021
The small defender is still waiting for his debut after landing at the club at pick 45 in last year’s draft. Fans would have been hoping to see him at some stage this year after his impressive performance in a pre-season scratch match against Carlton where he played well across halfback. But that debut will have to wait until at least next year.
Age: 19 Games: 0 Contract: Until end of 2021
The inside midfielder, taken at pick 40 in last year’s national draft from South Warrnambool, is yet to make his AFL debut, but showed enough promise in the early scratch matches to give hope that he was in contention to replace Scott Pendlebury when the Pies skipper injured his quad before the West Coast match. Would be looking to make his debut next year.
Age: 22 Games: 21 Contract: Until end of 2021
Injuries put the brakes on Sier’s ability to push into the line-up, but he would have hoped for more than three games this year. A quad setback against Adelaide in Round 11 effectively kept him sidelined until the eve of finals. By the time he was fit, he couldn’t get back into the side. Sier has plenty of upside, but if he can’t get regular game time ongoing at Collingwood, surely there would be a suitor out there looking for a strong-bodied midfielder with inside grunt. There would be a few teams who wouldn’t mind him.
Age: 24 Games: 116 Contract: Until end of 2022
Maynard had the best season of his career, playing all 19 matches to a brilliant level down back that earned him selection in the All-Australian squad. Having elevated himself into the top bracket of defenders with his safe hands and pinpoint left foot. Leading the Pies for rebound-50s (72), intercept possessions (118) and total metres gained (7368), he was probably unlucky to not make the final AA team.
Age: 30 Games: 187 Contract: Until end of 2021
Collingwood was rock solid in defence most of the year – just imagine if they had Howe too. Even without Howe, the Pies ranked among the best defences in the league, but they missed his intercepting prowess and his organisation – and that ultimately hurt their ability to rebound. Howe ruptured his PCL in June and fell short in his bid to return for the finals. He would have been particularly handy against a Geelong side that just punctured holes in the Collingwood backline in the semi-final. In the smallest of sample sizes (just four matches), he was already looking worthy of an All-Australian defender.
Age: 18 Games: 4 Contract: Until end of 2021
Ruscoe played four matches between Rounds 10-13, showing lively promise in attack and hitting the scoreboard with 5.4 in those games despite playing not even 70 per cent game time. He proved quite a handy choice at pick 55 in last year’s draft. But we’re not sure who attracted the main headlines this year: Ruscoe or his mum! The draftee made his debut in Round 10 against Sydney, but his mum missed his first goal after admitting she ducked out the back of the house for a quick smoke.
Age: 20 Games: 3 Contract: Out of contract
Got of taste of AFL life this year as one of a host of debutants for the Pies, providing a spark across half forward in his three games between Rounds 6-8. The Fiji-born Bosenavulagi joined the Pies at the end of the 2018 season as part of the Next Generation Academy.
Age: 27 Games: 58 Contract: Out of contract
Mihocek apparently has a three-year deal on the table from Collingwood but the sticking point appears to be the dollar figure attached to it. Mihocek did his claims for a pay rise no harm with a timely three-goal effort against West Coast in the elimination final thriller. Mihocek has kicked 90 goals in his 58 games across three seasons. It is an important contract for Mihocek given, at 27, it will likely be his best chance to cash in on his output. Mihocek is jostling with the likes of uncontracted teammates Jordan De Goey, Darcy Moore and Josh Daicos for every spare dollar in the Pies’ salary cap over the coming weeks. If he is squeezed out, there will be a club willing to add someone who consistently hits the scoreboard. No doubt they have already been in touch.
Age: 20 Games: 0 Contract: Out of contract
A tough year to be coming out of contract for the Irish recruit. Tohill returned home during the initial COVID shutdown period before returning. Tohill showed some promise as a utility in the VFL last year, kicking seven goals in 12 games, but could not crack a senior game this season. He has plenty of interests outside of football, including dreams of a medical career, but in January made it clear footy was his immediate priority: “I’m not an experiment. I want to play AFL football, it’s why I’m here.”
Age: 27 Games: 21 Contract: Out of contract
Played 13 matches this year, including the two finals, which should be enough to secure a new contract at the Pies. Didn’t have a huge finals series but it was clearly the defender’s best season. He took strides this year, when you consider that in both 2018 and 2019 he finished the home-and-away season in the side but was dropped both years for finals.
Age: 22 Games: 1 Contract: Out of contract
It was a long time coming, but Max Lynch received reward for effort and perseverance when the developing 200cm ruckman made his AFL debut against Brisbane last month. It had been a long build from being the 51st player selected in the rookie draft at the end of 2016 from the Murray Bushrangers. His form had been solid in scratch matches all season but the Pies’ big man stocks had kept him on the outer of selection.
Age: 29 Games: 69 Contract: Until end of 2021 after hitting contract trigger
Revived his career in the back end of the season after appearing on the brink midway through the year when he had issues with his vision and lost his spot in the team. He was recalled in Round 13 and found his spark, hitting a trigger clause for a new contract in the process. Cox took the most contested marks for Collingwood this year (23). But still, do he or the Pies explore a move? He was the hero of the elimination final against West Coast with three goals but, like many of his teammates, was missing against the Cats. Will be battling for his spot next year with Will Kelly, who suffered a nasty injury on debut and sat out the season.
Age: 20 Games: 1 Contract: Out of contract
Broke through for his AFL debut this year, picking up seven disposals in the Round 9 clash with Fremantle. But it was his only AFL match of the season. Keane, a 194cm defender, joined the Pies as a Category B rookie from Ireland ahead of the 2019 season. Keane was probably unlucky not to make his debut in 2019 – his intercept work stood out – and showed promising form in a pre-season game against Richmond this year. Yet to get a contract for next season.
Age: 23 Games: 0 Contract: Until end of 2021
The former Australian basketballer is yet to play a game, spending his first season at the club developing in training and scratch matches. The midfielder showed promising signs in a scrimmage hitout against Carlton, kicking three goals including a snap from about 40m out. The Pies rate his athleticism and adaptability. Captain Scott Pendlebury took him under his wing for early-morning workouts over summer.
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2020.06.29 07:24 EllisDee37 Challenge Performance Stats - Cutthroat through Vendettas

Win a 3-way contest you go 2-0, come in second 1-1, last 0-2. Adding up all the dailies, elimination rounds, and "finals chunks" this way gives you a total record like a sports team. Trivia is counted separately, where each correct answer is a win, each wrong one a loss.
"Games over 500" says how many wins over or under your losses you are: 25-20 = +5 / 45 (five games over .500 after 45 decisions) 20-20 = +0 / 40 (even .500 after 40 decisions) 15-20 = -5 / 35 (five games under .500 after 35 decisions) Sorting this way naturally moves better players higher in the list over time as they accumulate more wins than losses.
The following stats include 20 Cutthroat through 31 Vendettas, plus the first two Champs vs seasons. (Pros and Stars 1) My first impression is respect for Bananas, Sarah and Camila. I expect CT's numbers to go up when I add his early career, and Laurel will get a nice bump from 19 Fresh Meat 2.
Poor Leroy, what the hell? I knew he wasn't good at dailies but I'm going to have to check those numbers. Yikes. Jemmye on the women's side is no surprise. Natalie Negrotti coming in HOT on her rookie season, and I think she actually did better with Paulie as a partner on Final Reckoning.
Over Daily Daily Daily Elim Elim Finals Finals Finals
# Player 0.500 Solo Pairs Team Trivia Solo Pairs Solo Pairs Team
1 Bananas +205 / 597 121-63 197-77 23-19 8-6 10-9 7-2 7-3 23-16 5-1
2 CT +96 / 340 49-41 101-49 20-10 3-4 5-1 1-1 2-6 32-9 5-1
3 Jordan +70 / 238 41-27 71-33 5-9 3-4 8-5 4-1 7-1 15-4
4 Zach +57 / 297 68-45 50-36 31-18 4-1 5-5 1-3 8-6 2-4 8-2
5 Tyler +29 / 95 6-0 31-22 8-8 2-0 1-0 4-3 10-0
6 Abram +29 / 81 16-0 28-16 7-4 2-1 1-2 1-3
7 Frank +28 / 116 15-6 24-18 17-11 4-1 2-1 1-0 1-5 8-2
8 Derrick K +19 / 113 27-9 18-12 8-12 3-2 4-2 3-5 3-5
9 Brad +19 / 91 31-20 2-5 10-10 2-1 10-0
10 Adam +19 / 37 27-8 1-1
11 Tony +18 / 194 41-49 44-22 12-5 5-1 4-2 0-9
12 Shane +17 / 71 36-17 2-3 5-3 1-4
13 Cohutta +15 / 45 11-3 13-1 3-4 1-2 2-5
14 CJ +15 / 33 5-1 16-5 0-1 3-2
15 Hunter +13 / 77 29-18 7-5 5-7 4-2
16 Vinny +13 / 27 20-3 0-3 0-1
17 Kamerion +13 / 23 17-0 0-2 1-3
18 Dustin +8 / 80 6-2 15-11 17-12 0-1 0-1 3-2 3-7
19 Alton +8 / 36 4-2 16-9 1-1 1-2
20 Marlon +7 / 49 6-6 19-12 3-1 0-2
21 Josh Mu +7 / 41 23-8 0-4 1-5
22 Anthony C +7 / 11 7-0 1-0 1-2
23 Adam R +6 / 6 6-0
24 Derek +4 / 60 0-6 9-8 21-9 0-1 0-3 2-1
25 Isaac +4 / 24 5-0 4-3 4-4 1-3
26 Gus K +4 / 20 11-6 0-2 1-0
27 Mike B +4 / 8 5-0 0-1 1-1
28 Vince +3 / 135 6-27 53-28 0-1 1-2 0-1 4-2 5-5
29 Nate +2 / 62 31-29 1-0 0-1
30 Darrell +2 / 52 14-17 5-6 4-2 4-0
31 Cory +1 / 205 39-34 43-33 9-6 4-5 8-24
32 Victor +1 / 33 17-15 0-1
33 Stephen B +1 / 13 7-2 0-1 0-2 0-1
34 Kyle +0 / 64 22-28 3-1 7-3
35 Louie +0 / 18 9-5 0-3 0-1
36 Romeo +0 / 10 5-2 0-2 0-1
37 Raphy +0 / 6 3-2 0-1
38 Luke -1 / 43 5-1 5-9 6-6 1-0 4-6
39 Danny -1 / 7 3-3 0-1
40 Brandon T -1 / 7 3-4
41 Mark -2 / 54 1-4 23-21 1-1 1-2
42 John J -2 / 40 17-16 2-5
43 Joss -2 / 40 19-19 0-1 0-1
44 Dario -4 / 126 15-16 36-41 8-4 0-1 0-2 2-1
45 Adam Ku -4 / 50 0-1 19-23 0-1 4-2
46 TO -4 / 8 2-5 0-1
47 Chet -5 / 79 4-14 3-2 22-18 0-1 0-1 4-0 4-6
48 Davis -5 / 13 4-6 0-3
49 Shane R -5 / 11 3-7 0-1
50 Jamie B -6 / 130 16-17 29-42 0-1 4-2 1-2 2-0 10-4
51 Trey -6 / 56 3-13 17-8 5-7 0-1 0-2
52 Michael -6 / 34 14-14 0-6
53 CM Punk -6 / 16 3-8 0-1 2-2
54 Anthony B -6 / 16 4-6 1-4 0-1
55 Theo K -6 / 14 4-4 0-5 0-1
56 JD -7 / 53 3-6 15-15 1-1 0-2 4-6
57 Dan -7 / 19 1-0 1-7 4-5 0-1
58 Ammo -8 / 22 2-7 0-3 1-0 4-5
59 Robb -9 / 53 0-1 6-12 10-14 1-1 1-1 4-2
60 Big Easy -9 / 27 2-0 3-16 3-1 1-1
61 Eddie W -9 / 13 2-11
62 Bruno -9 / 9 0-8 0-1
63 Thomas -10 / 74 5-6 21-32 1-0 3-2 2-0 0-2
64 Derrick H -10 / 12 0-9 1-0 0-2
65 Kenny -12 / 46 8-25 0-3 3-0 6-1
66 Evan -12 / 24 6-17 0-1
67 Nehemiah -12 / 24 6-17 0-1
68 Shawne M -12 / 14 0-11 1-2
69 Nate S -13 / 15 0-12 1-2
70 Rogan -13 / 13 0-13
71 Matt R -15 / 31 7-18 0-4 1-1
72 Dunbar -16 / 96 3-0 16-43 8-8 1-2 1-1 1-2 10-0
73 Mitch -16 / 50 9-20 3-0 0-1 0-2 1-0 4-10
74 Jay M -17 / 63 1-1 18-34 3-0 1-5
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2020.06.15 23:57 DrPepper450 (Spoilers) The comprehensive list of who was (or allegedly was) called for each season with returnees

So a lot of this could be heresy, or players flexin by saying they had a solid chance, but I did a deep dive on this; did I miss anyone/are any of these openly fake? And what would have happened if some of these people made it?!
S8: All-Stars Turned Down Offer: Elisabeth (S2) and Colleen (S1) and Sandra (S7) and Heidi (S6) Cut: Goldsmith and T-Bird (S3), Vecepia, Neleh, and Sean (S4), Clay and Helen (S5) Considered but not Chosen: Rodgfer and Skupin (S2), Gervase (S1)
S11: Guatemala Were in Talks but not Chosen: Rodger and Skupin (S2), Jonathan and Wanda (S10) Turned Down: Hunter (S4)
S16: Micronesia Cut: Sandra (S7) and Twila (S9) Rumored: Was initially going to be All-Stars 2, with Courtney (S15), Candice (S13), Yul (S13), Coby (S10), Shane (S12), in the mix, among others, but not chosen
S20: Heroes vs. Villains Couldn't Legally: Hatch (S1) Considered for Heroes: Skupin (S2), Terry (S12), Yul (S13), Earl (S14) Turned Down for Heroes: Ozzy (S13/16), Colleen (S1), Elisabeth (S2), Yau-Man (S14), Ian (S10) Turned Down for Villains: Corinne (S17) Rejected for Villains: Brian (S5), Fairplay (S7), Shii-Ann (S5), Judd (S11) Cut from Villains: Shane (S12), Penner (S13), Jenna Lewis (S1) Alternates: Erik for Heroes (S16), Natalie Bolton for Villains (S16)
S22: Redemption Island Always meant to be those 2, but Hatch claims he was in the mix
S23: South Pacific Rumored: Jenna Morasca (S6) and Ethan (S3) who didn't want to play against each other, Shane (S12) says he was replaced by Ozzy
S25: Philippines Rumored: That it was 3 female captains, potentially Stephenie (S11), Amanda (S15), and someone else, but this is a shaky rumor
S26: Caramoan Rejected Call: Matt (S22), Shambo (S19) Considered: Lisa (S25), Tyson (S18), Troyzan (S24), Stephen (S18)
S27: Blood vs. Water Didn't Pass Medical: So Kim (S30); her sister; RC (S25) and father (last minute replaced by Candice&John); Ashley (S22) and sister -- couldn't play due to partner and backup partner, Cirie (S12) and partner who couldn't play; Jerri (S2) whose partner couldn't' play; Jim (S23) and wife who couldn't play Cut: Penner with son (S13) but son was 17; Marty (S21), Jane (S21), Holly (S21) with daughter, Chelsea (S24) with father, Shane (S12) and son; Eliza (S9) and mother; Terry (S12) and daughter; Earl (S14); Kelly Goldsmith (S3) and fiance; Judd (S11) and wife; Sean (S4); Declined: Parvati (S16)/Fincher (S19), Denise (S25), Amber (S2)/Rob (S4), Greg (S1) and sister; Tom (S3) and Lex (S3), Tom (S10), Malcolm (S25) and brother; Yau-Man (S14)
S31: Cambodia Declined: Shambo (S19), RC (S25), Jeff Kent (S25); Greg (S1); Ian (S10); Josh (S29); Reed (S29); Jon (S29) -- missed call, Elisabeth (S2) Public Vote: Obviously, T-Bird, Culpepper, Max, Shane, Jim, Carolyn, Troyzan, Natalie T, Sabrina, Stephanie V, Mikayla were now choson. Rumor has it Sabrina pulled out prior to reveal due to family issues, and Mike as winner was disqualified
S34: Game Changers Declined: Earl (S14), Corinne, Ethan, Wentworth, Joe, Danni, Sabrina Pulled: Natalie A (S29) Cut: Carolyn (S30), Sophie, Marty, Jon, John Cody, Mike, Alexis (S16), LJ (S28), Penner
S38: Edge of Extinction Declined: Coach Rumored Declined: Danielle (S12/S20)
S40: Winners at War Declined: Cochran (S23), Earl (S14), Aras (S12) Alternate: Tina (S2) rejected: Hatch (S1) Cut: Tom (S10) - medical; Mike (S30)
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2020.05.26 19:59 Hugh_Jankles Minecraft Dungeon Review Roundup

Link to metacritic:

Game Information

Game Title: Minecraft Dungeons
Developer: Mojang
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 73 average - 43% recommended - 58 reviews

Critic Reviews

Area Xbox - Kevin Arbelo - Spanish - 6 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is the new game of Mojang and Double Eleven. This new game brings the Minecraft franchise to the universe of dungeons crawler
Areajugones - Víctor Rodríguez - Spanish - 5.5 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a game that doesn't live up to expectations. Despite being funny, it's way too small and unpolished to be the next game in the Minecraft series. Playing through the whole game leaves us with the feeling that this is just a prototype rather than the full ARPG game that fans were expecting.
Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech - Unscored
It's priced right for a clever, family-friendly alternative to Diablo. If you're looking for a new co-op game, buy.
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis - 6 / 10
An entry level take on a well-worn genre that after a few hours will have you heading for the exit.
COGconnected - James Paley - 75 / 100
Minecraft Dungeons isn’t the finest ARPG I’ve ever picked up, but it’s a terrific first step in your journey.
Cerealkillerz - Manuel Barthes - German - 8.1 / 10
Despite being just a spin-off, Minecraft Dungeons doesn't need to hide behind its big brother. With great Dungeon Crawler elements you fight through a hero story with a lot of charm. The low entry price also lets you forget about some of the shortcomings of the game.
Cheat Code Central - Lucas White - 4 / 5
Minecraft Dungeons won’t do much for you if you’re looking for a new, true blue dungeon crawler. But if you have a little one to tag along on your expeditions, this is an accessible, cheerful, and polished romp perfect for extra bonding time.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 8 / 10
Although Minecraft Dungeons might not have the depth that a lot of hardcore dungeon crawler fans are looking for, it's an easy game to pick up and play at pretty much any point: solo or otherwise. Minecraft has proven itself to be quite the enduring and endearing IP over the past decade, and Dungeons is now partially responsible for that legacy.
DualShockers - Michael Ruiz - 8 / 10
Diablo for all ages.
Echo Boomer - David Fialho - Portuguese - Liked
More action, less construction, all fun. At least until things get a little repetitive.
Eurogamer - Tom Phillips - No Recommendation / Blank
You can build anything in Minecraft, something this fun dungeon-crawler from Mojang ably proves. - Patryk Manelski - Polish - 7.5 / 10
Minecraft: Dungeons stole 10 hours of my life, but it only took half of that to finish the game. When the difficulty level rises and Creepers multiply, the game becomes very enjoyable. However, to truly appreciate this game, you have to play it with someone. If you have a trusty team and love pixels – the game will be worth your time.
Game Informer - Jeff Cork - 7 / 10
The first few hours are a treat, and the late game has a nice element of experimentation. Unfortunately, its flaws balloon during the lengthy middle stretch.
GameSkinny - Jason D'Aprile - 7 / 10 stars
Minecraft Dungeons offers a very Diablo-like dungeon-crawling experience without the gore and grimdark atmosphere.
GameSpew - Kim Snaith - 8 / 10
Considering the game’s asking price, Minecraft Dungeons should be a must-buy for anyone who enjoys a good dungeon-crawling adventure.
GameSpot - Steve Watts - 7 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a welcoming dungeon-crawler entry point for newcomers and a lighthearted throwback for veterans.
Gameblog - Gianni Molinaro - French - 7 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons can be considered as a good way, for kids, to try a dungeon-crawler. Very cute, very simple, efficient, that game just lacks some depth and tasks that would urge players to keep on playing after finishing the, quite short, main campaign.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 8.5 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a great dungeon crawling experience offering lots of replayability, and many unique touches that stay true to the franchise.
Gamers Heroes - Blaine Smith - 80 / 100
Minecraft Dungeons is a dungeon-crawling adventure that promises a lot of fun for gamers young and old alike. While its replay value may wane with time, a constantly growing progression system and its various difficulty settings offer a lot for those less affected by the repetition.
GamesRadar+ - Alex Avard - 3.5 / 5 stars
Mojang's smartly streamlined dungeon crawler makes for a more accessible alternative in the action RPG space.
GamingBolt - Matt Bianucci - 8 / 10
Despite a shallow loot system, Minecraft Dungeons crafts an enjoyable and relaxing dungeon crawling experience that offers something for both fans of the series and fans of the genre.
God is a Geek - Mick Fraser - 6.5 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons has heaps of potential, and in a year's time it may be a very different beast. But right now I can't shake the notion that this is a squandered opportunity.
GotGame - Josh Boykin - 7.5 / 10
Even with these issues though, I enjoy Minecraft Dungeons. I’ll likely put more time in with it between playing heavier, story-based titles, but I’m compelled by its gameplay. The combat is fun and light, and perhaps the Apocalypse Mode will carry more of the awesome loot I seek. Also, at a $20 price point, it has plenty of action for the entry cost.
Guardian - Keith Stuart - 4 / 5 stars
This retro-tinged hack-and-slash spinoff has plenty of Mojang character and humour
Hardcore Gamer - James Cunningham - 3.5 / 5
Minecraft Dungeons is a capable all-ages dungeon crawl that, while doesn't use its license to anything like its full potential (see Dragon Quest Builders 2 for how to do it right), is still good fun once it gets moving.
IGN - Seth G. Macy - 7 / 10
Simple and fun to play, Minecraft Dungeons is a good entry-level dungeon crawler, but it doesn't dig too deep.
IGN Italy - Italian - 7 / 10
It's funny, engaging and, at times, surprisingly challenging: Minecraft Dungeons only lacks a bit of depth in the end-game area, and we hope to see that added in the next months.
Impulsegamer - Andrew Bistak - 3.8 / 5 stars
Minecraft Dungeons is the perfect distraction and while it doesn't offer much in terms of originality, it's an enjoyable block… err… hack 'n slash game set the wonderful backdrop of Minecraft in this family friendly version of Diablo with good gameplay, graphics and audio to help get you lost in pure entertainment. It's also a game that is played better with friends so if you need some mindless entertainment, check out Minecraft Dungeons!
Marooners' Rock - Andrew Peggs - 8.7 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons may only take a few hours to beat if you’re set on grinding the levels on solo play. The local and online co-op play is where replay value is added. Minecraft Dungeons is a must-have addition to your game collection and great for the whole family.
Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10
A modern day alternative to Gauntlet, whose innate shallowness and overreliance on random generation is balanced out by some fun combat and great co-op action.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 70 / 100
Minecraft Dungeons is a straightforward action RPG spinoff that doesn't try to be anything more than an accessible entry for existing fans of the franchise. The low asking price helps offset the areas where the game comes up short.
Nintendo Enthusiast - Steven Rollins - 8 / 10
All in all, Minecraft Dungeons is a lot fun. Coming from more of a Diablo background, I wasn't sure how well the simplified mechanics would jive with me, but I was pleasantly surprised. Everything about Minecraft Dungeons, from the enemies to the environments to the increased emphasis on higher-quality items, oozes a charming Minecraft feel. A few minor performance issues hold it back slightly, but not enough to keep me from coming back for a lot more.
NintendoWorldReport - Neal Ronaghan - 7 / 10
While the overall brevity and lesser level diversity is disheartening, Minecraft Dungeons is an enjoyable experience. It's much harder to recommend as a solo player, but if you're able to hang out on the couch and knock out some creepers with a pal or head online and smash up mobs with a buddy, the weaker elements can wash away. I had a good time playing Minecraft Dungeons. I just wish there was a little more to it.
PC Gamer - Rachel Watts - 75 / 100
Minecraft Dungeons is a breezy dungeon crawler that reproduces Minecraft's playful attitude.
PC Invasion - Jason Rodriguez - 8 / 10
Even though the campaign might be short and the mechanics a tad bit shallow for an ARPG, Minecraft Dungeons still manages to dazzle at times with its unique charm. With online and local/couch co-op multiplayer, you can have a blast and enjoy your romps with this family-friendly offering.
PCGamesN - Ben Maxwell - 7 / 10
A stripped down Diablo that oozes charm and loot variety but is probably better suited to a younger audience.
Polygon - Ben Kuchera - Unscored
Microsoft and Mojang have created a game where you’re hitting endless minions and boss characters with all sorts of pointy weapons, but they did so in such a way that playing still feels creative, and freeing. That’s a very welcome magic trick from a series trying something this new, this confidently.
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 9.3 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a must-play and uniquely perfect game for the strange times we find ourselves in.
Press Start - Ewan Roxburgh - 7.5 / 10
Bar a rather unexciting story, a little lack of nuance in the combat and a couple of misgiving regarding couch co-op, there is a hell of a lot to love and enjoy about Minecraft Dungeons. Rather miraculously, it's managed to pull off being both a game for all types of Minecraft fans and those seeking a challenging dungeon crawler. At launch, it's a little concise sure, but chasing that new loot means I'm not done with it yet, and likely won't be for a while still.
RPG Site - George Foster - 8 / 10
That’s Minecraft Dungeons in a nutshell though - what’s here is mostly fantastic, but what’s missing feels like it could have pushed it beyond greatness.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Nate Crowley - Unscored
It’s a robust piece of design that you could well consider a triumph, given just how many ways in which the concept of an ARPG based on a construction game phenomenon could have ended in disaster. And I’m confident in recommending it as worth its price to even the most jaded click-stabber, especially one with even a passing familiarity with Minecraft. But the fact it’s been executed so competently leaves me wishing the developers had been a bit more reckless, frankly.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia - 7 / 10
But, while the core Minecraft experience can be enjoyed alone, Minecraft Dungeons feels much more suited for a night with friends. So be sure to link up with a few partners, because it's dangerous to go alone.
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - Unscored
Minecraft Dungeons is...not great.
Spaziogames - Paolo Sirio - Italian - 7 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a fresh and fast-paced dungeon crawler experience, even though a little too tiny to appeal on the long run
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 6.5 / 10
We basically decided we’d keep playing through the three major difficulties, but really because it seems like some easy gamerscore rather than an activity we’re invested in.
TechRaptor - Austin Suther - 7.5 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a casual ARPG that's perfect for fans of the series. Although it has pretty visuals and a challenging late-game difficulty, the loot variety is disappointing and the game's overall replay value doesn't seem high.
The Games Machine - Daniele Dolce - Italian - 6.8 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a good entry point into the world of the hack & slash games tailored for a younger audience. Too bad the loot system is abysmal and there's no endgame whatsoever.
TheSixthAxis - Dominic Leighton - 8 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons could easily have been "My First Dungeon Crawler", but it's so much more than that. It does a great job of taking the genre's hooks – the waves of enemies, the pervasive drive for better loot – and making them palatable and approachable for a wide-ranging audience. It's perfect family gaming, but if you crank the difficulty up prepare for an epic beatdown, and the epic rewards to go with them.
TrueAchievements - Sean Carey - 4 / 5 stars
Minecraft Dungeons is a superb dungeon crawler with something for players of all ages.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 3.5 / 5 stars
Minecraft Dungeons is a solid dungeon crawler that will work wonders with younger audiences taking their first step into the genre, although will leave experienced players wanting something more significant.
Twinfinite - Chris Jecks - 3.5 / 5
Minecraft Dungeons is undoubtedly entertaining, and despite all my gripes I find myself being pulled back in, drawn to take on ever-more difficult challenges as I grind toward better gear.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 3.5 / 5 stars
Mojang spins up its own take on the Diablo dungeon crawling formula. While it looks like it might be "Baby's First Diablo," Minecraft Dungeons has a good degree of challenge available for you and three friends. It's more focused on lowering barriers by streamlining the acquisition of loot, instead of miring you in pages of stats. There's a decent tail of playability with three levels of difficulty, but you'll have to look to potential post-launch content for the length of experience some dungeon crawling fans crave.
VG247 - Jeremy Peel - 3 / 5 stars
Like Diablo, this is a game designed for multiple playthroughs on increasing difficulties, but few players will feel compelled to return to a seam that’s all dried up after a single day’s exploration.
Video Chums - A.J. Maciejewski - 7.3 / 10
It may not be as expansive or inspire as much creativity as its namesake may lead you to believe but Minecraft Dungeons is certainly a solid and enjoyable isometric action game with character progression that'll keep you hooked.
Wccftech - Rosh Kelly - 7.6 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a bright and colourful dungeon crawler, with interesting enemies and fast, frantic combat. It doesn't bring anything new to the genre, and takes away quite a lot of its complexities, leaving us with a simple, accessible, unremarkable yet still fun game.
WellPlayed - Jordan Garcia - 5 / 10
Though it does a great job at making the isometric ARPG formula more accessible, Minecraft Dungeons ultimately falls short due to its shallow nature
Windows Central - Jez Corden - 4.5 / 5 stars
Minecraft Dungeons meat is in its satisfying combat and complex character-building opportunities, and in that, the game delivers by the truckload.
Worth Playing - Adam Pavlacka - 6 / 10
There is a lot of potential in Minecraft Dungeons (and there is already DLC being advertised for it), but in its current state, it feels like a first draft. If you already have a Game Pass subscription, check it out for some easy achievements, but if you're looking to scratch that dungeon crawler itch, there are better options out there right now.
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2018.09.19 15:01 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Sep 19th - Tue, Sep 25th)

Oklahoma City's event list.


  • Richard III (Myriad Gardens Water Stage - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Sep 28th Pack your picnic basket, grab a seat in the amphitheater and get whisked away to a magical place when the Oklahoma…

Wednesday, Sep 19th

  • Amarillo Junction (JJ's Alley - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Sep 22nd Start Time: 10:00am September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • Bi-Weekly Meetup (51st st. Speakeasy - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • 🎓 Chamber Forum (Vast - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:30am Chamber Forum Date: 09/19/2018 Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Location: Vast 333 W. Sheridan Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102-5010 Map to Event Add to My Calendar Monthly luncheon bringing thought leaders to discuss current issues. Oklahoma City is a city on the rise, and we want you to stay informed about its major successes, challenges and ways that the…
  • Dungeons & Dragons (Edmond Unplugged - Edmond) Start Time: 7:00pm A City on the Edge with Ashley King No Cost Beginners and experienced players welcome Pre-made characters will be available No outside food and drink, food and drink available within the store
  • Elvis Extravaganza in Concert (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Spend the afternoon exploring the Oklahoma State Fair before the evening Elvis Extravaganza performance. Fans can experience…
  • HOT FLASH HEAT WAVE (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 😂 Josh Phillips (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Sep 22nd
  • Les Miserables (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Head to downtown Oklahoma City as OKC Broadway puts on a memorable showing of "Les Miserables." This musical will…
  • Live Music- Adam Ledbetter (Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Sep 23rd Make your way to the Oklahoma State Fair and celebrate the end of summer with endless carnival rides, delicious fair food…
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  • Travis Meadows (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
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  • WWII Edmond: Housewives on the Homefront (Edmond Historical Society - Edmond) Thru Sat, Sep 22nd Start Time: 10:00am War affected everything for women. Some women during WWII went to work for the military or in factories–but more women stayed home. Housewives living in Edmond, Oklahoma made sacrifices and conformed to the government’s requests in order to help soldiers overseas. By spending wisely, saving everything, and keeping the country’s spirits up…

Thursday, Sep 20th

  • Alzheimer Support Group Meeting (Willowood at Mustang Assisted Living Center - Mustang) Start Time: 6:00pm Willowood at Mustang provides a monthly support group meeting every third Thursday from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm where we get together and support each other. We discuss the challenges and struggles each of us experience and try to come up with ways to encourage and assist those who are in need. The class is lead by Carolyn Spears who is certified to…
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Sep 22nd Start Time: 10:00am September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • Bad Omens (Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Dylan Scott in Concert (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Spend the afternoon exploring the Oklahoma State Fair before the evening performance by country singer Dylan Scott. This…
  • Elizabeth Speegle Band (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • 🍴 Fork + Bottle Dinner with Brown-Forman (Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm Do you love a fine wine? Craft beer? Sipping bourbon? So do we. Join Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge for Fork + Bottle, a unique dinner series in which we educate, pair, and taste inspired menus by executive chef Jason Campbell with a variety of guest beverage experts. In celebration of Bourbon Heritage Month, we’re welcoming Brown-Forman…
  • 🍴 Good Sip (BleuGarten - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:30pm Enjoy an evening of good fun, live music, a variety of food trucks, and a cash bar. Proceeds from the evening benefit Good Shepherd Clinic, OKC's free clinic serving low-income, uninsured people. Good Food, Good Fun, Good Cause!
  • Henry + The Invisibles // Frequency Jones (The Deli - Norman) Start Time: 10:00pm Henry + The Invisibles: (Henry Roland) is a live-looping, multi-instrumentalist aka “The One Man Funk Band" that loops and layers vocal harmonies, funk guitar, grooving bass, soulful keyboards and powerful percussion to create original high energy dance music that sounds like a solid 5 piece funk ensemble!
  • Jaron (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City)
  • John F. Kennedy Community Service Awards (Skirvin Hilton - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm The John F. Kennedy award honors individuals making a significant contribution to Oklahoma, its communities and its people, while paying homage to the memory of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States and a proud member of the Knights of Columbus.
    Governor Brad Henry and Former First Lady Kim Henry and longtime…
  • 😂 Josh Phillips (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Sep 22nd
  • Les Miserables (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Last Day Head to downtown Oklahoma City as OKC Broadway puts on a memorable showing of "Les Miserables." This musical will…
  • Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Sep 23rd Make your way to the Oklahoma State Fair and celebrate the end of summer with endless carnival rides, delicious fair food…
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Management Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience of witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse…
  • Reliance Code (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Saints Sessions (Saints - Oklahoma City) Head to the Plaza District each Thursday for an evening of Saints Sessions programming. Visit Saints Pub in Oklahoma City on…
  • Scrabble Showdown (Castle Falls Event Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm Scrabble Showdown is OKCMLC's annual fundraiser that features an amateur Scrabble tournament where teams of two compete at one of three skill levels—Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. The event includes food, drink, a silent auction, and plenty of "word cheats" for sale, all for a good cause. Doors & Silent Auction open at 5 pm. Play begins…
  • Survivors of Suicide Support Group (Mental Health Association Oklahoma main office - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Nearly 31,000 people take their own lives each year. As a survivor – a family member or friend of the victim – you may need help coming to terms with suicide. This group offers the opportunity to share, listen, teach and learn with others also overcoming the loss of a loved one. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.
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  • 🎓 Moore Toastmasters (1st United Methodist Church - Moore) Start Time: 7:00pm Do you cringe at the thought of being in front of a room communicating? Maybe you have no idea how to construct your thoughts for your next business meeting?
    Come and join toastmasters and learn the art of public speaking and leadership. It is a safe and great learning environment for you to start or refine your public speaking skills. There…
  • Tow'rs Live (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • We Came as Romans (Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • WWII Edmond: Housewives on the Homefront (Edmond Historical Society - Edmond) Thru Sat, Sep 22nd Start Time: 10:00am War affected everything for women. Some women during WWII went to work for the military or in factories–but more women stayed home. Housewives living in Edmond, Oklahoma made sacrifices and conformed to the government’s requests in order to help soldiers overseas. By spending wisely, saving everything, and keeping the country’s spirits up…

Friday, Sep 21st

  • Afroman (The Deli - Norman) Start Time: 9:00pm Headliner: Afro Man
  • 🎓 Edmond Ambucs Friday Luncheon (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 12:00pm The Edmond Chapter Ambucs “creating mobility & independence for people with disabilities” hosts a weekly luncheon every Friday. Please join us at 12PM Noon, UCO Nigh Center, Cherokee Room. We also meet the 2nd Tues. night monthly, 5:30PM, Rock & Brews, 2737 W. Memorial Rd. for $5 burgers & FREE appetizers. More info., call (405)820-9667.
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • 🎨 THE Art Auction (Boathouse District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Signature fundraising event for Oklahoma A+ Schools. Enjoy an inspirational evening in the OKC Boathouse District, meet top Oklahoma artists, enjoy live entertainment, partake in curated hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. A contemporary art exhibition, sale, and auction hosted by celebrity artist, Desmond Mason, and featuring works from…
  • Asian Moon Festival (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 6:00pm Come to Plunkett Park on the beautiful campus of the University of Central Oklahoma for Asian Moon Fest. This free,…
  • Astral Planes (51st st. Speakeasy - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Big & Big & Rich & Rich (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Big & Rich (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Chapel (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Dru Hill in Concert (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Spend the afternoon exploring the Oklahoma State Fair before the evening performance by R&B group Dru Hill. Since the…
  • 🎨 Filmography: "Through the Repellent Fence" (21C Museum Hotel - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Art goes to the movies with 21c Oklahoma City’s Filmography, a free monthly film series at 21c Oklahoma City in partnership with deadCenter Film and the OKC Film Society. Filmography takes place on the third Friday of each month.
    Join us in September for a screening of "Through the Repellent Fence," which follows art collective Postcommodity…
  • Food Truck Fridays (Moore Central Park - Moore) Sample a variety of tasty, creative eats served up fresh from food trucks on hand. At Food Truck Fridays in Moore, line up…
  • Groove Merchants (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 8:00pm There's always cause for a celebration. From lavish wedding receptions and stylish parties to corporate events celebrating your company’s milestones and achievements, your guests deserve the highly acclaimed entertainment only The Groove Merchants can deliver. Touted as “the Midwest’s premier top 40 entertainment” for almost a decade,…
  • Hosty (Fassler Hall - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm
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  • Marie Lu (Best of Books - Edmond) Start Time: 6:00pm Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites trilogy, The Legend trilogy, and Warcross is coming to Best of Books! She will be signing copies of her new book, Wildcard, on Friday, September 21st from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. In order to reserve a line number for the signing part of the event, you must prepurchase a copy of…
  • 🏆 Navarro Bulldogs: Soccer vs. Butler CC (Rose State College - Midwest City) Start Time: 2:00pm Coach: Alicia Wilson Website: Full Soccer Schedule:
  • Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Sep 23rd Make your way to the Oklahoma State Fair and celebrate the end of summer with endless carnival rides, delicious fair food…
  • 😂 Open Mic Night (Don Quixote Club - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm Every Friday is open mic comedy at Don Quixote's! Come see Oklahoma City's up and coming talent. If you're a comedian, sign up begins at 7:30. Show at 8. Stick around for the best karaoke in the city.
  • Randy Rogers Band in Concert (The Jones Assembly - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm Head to the Jones Assembly in Oklahoma City and catch the energy of a live Randy Rogers Band show. Show by show, this Texas…
  • River Tour (Narrated) (Oklahoma River Cruises - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Escape the Ordinary, learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. Indulgence and relaxation aren’t the only purpose of this cruise. During the tour you’ll…
  • 🎭 The Rocky Horror Picture Show - At The Boom - An Interactive Movie Experience (The Boom - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Arcadia Route 66 Neonfest (Arcadia) Thru Sun, Sep 23rd Route 66 enthusiasts gather every year for the festive Arcadia Route 66 Neonfest. During this three-day event, guests will…
  • Set It Off in Concert (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Pop rock band Set It Off assembled in the band's Florida home base in 2008. Since then, the band has released three…
  • Shane Henry Music (Park House - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • ShoBox: The New Generation Fernandez vs. Foster (Firelake Arena - Shawnee) Start Time: 7:00pm VIP tables are 8 person tables and must be bought together.
  • 🎨 Silhouette Portraits (Edmond) Start Time: 10:30am Please join Renowned Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson at our store where he will be creating hand cut silhouette portraits! Each one takes just minutes and all ages are welcome even the squirmy ones. Original Silhouettes are $30. Payment is made at the event. Please reserve one time slot per person, as duplicates are cut at the same time.…
  • Stage Performance 101 (The Sooner Theatre - Norman) Start Time: 8:00pm Labeled a ‘song stylist', Davis' unique ability to interpret a song has made her one of Nashville's favorite vocalists. As her talents began to catch the attention of label executives, she landed her first record deal with CBS/ Epic Records.
  • Stone Temple Pilots in Concert (Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City) One of the most popular alternative rock bands of the 1990s, the Stone Temple Pilots will deliver an energetic performance…
  • WWII Edmond: Housewives on the Homefront (Edmond Historical Society - Edmond) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am War affected everything for women. Some women during WWII went to work for the military or in factories–but more women stayed home. Housewives living in Edmond, Oklahoma made sacrifices and conformed to the government’s requests in order to help soldiers overseas. By spending wisely, saving everything, and keeping the country’s spirits up…

Saturday, Sep 22nd

  • Alpaca Yoga on the Ranch (Newcastle) Relax and unwind in the peaceful serenity of an alpaca pasture tucked away in Newcastle during Alpaca Yoga on the Ranch.…
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • BEYOND (Factory Obscura - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Dec 21st Join the creatives behind the Oklahoma City art collective Factory Obscura for a fully-immersive, experiential art…
  • Fall Out Boy: The M A N I A Tour with Machine Gun Kelly (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Head to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to see Fall Out Boy with special guest Machine Gun Kelly. Fall Out Boy…
  • First Day of Fall Hike (Lake Thunderbird State Park - Norman) Gather up the family for a guided hike through Lake Thunderbird State Park. Explore this Norman state park during the First…
  • Foghat in Concert (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Spend the afternoon exploring the Oklahoma State Fair before the evening performance by English rock band Foghat. This…
  • 🎡 Hometown Heroes Day (Orr Family Farm Event Barn - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Join us to celebrate our first responders on Hometown Heroes Day at the Farm! As a 'thank you' to our police, firefighters and EMTs, we would like to invite you to the Farm for FREE and immediate family receives a $3.00 discount per ticket.
  • 😂 Josh Phillips (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Make your way to the Oklahoma State Fair and celebrate the end of summer with endless carnival rides, delicious fair food…
  • Oklahoma Wildlife Expo (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Day 1 of 2 In September, Guthrie's Lazy E Arena will be transformed into Oklahoma's largest indoor and outdoor recreation…
  • OU Sooners vs Army Black Knights (Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium - Norman) Get ready for some edge-of-your-seat action as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Army Black Knights at Norman's Gaylord…
  • 🏃 Redman Triathlon (Stars & Stripes Park - Oklahoma City) OKLAHOMA is a word that was coined by the native American missionary Allen Wright. He combined two Choctaw words, "ukla" meaning man and "humá" meaning red to form the word that first appears in an 1866 Choctaw treaty. Oklahoma means REDMAN & REDMAN means a flat, very fast course & ease of access, all combined with service & support that will…
  • Rescue Me 5K Run/Walk for Life (Mineral Wells Park - Guthrie) Grab the family and lace up your running shoes for the Rescue Me 5K Run/Walk for Life. This year the race will be held at…
  • Arcadia Route 66 Neonfest (Arcadia) 1 day left Route 66 enthusiasts gather every year for the festive Arcadia Route 66 Neonfest. During this three-day event, guests will…
  • 🏃 Oklahoma City St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer (Stars & Stripes Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00am Oklahoma City St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, Sept. 22, 2018
    Join supporters in communities across the nation for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month for this family-friendly event that raises funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, where…
  • 🏃 Swazi 5K (Southern Nazarene University campus (NW ) - Bethany) Participants can either walk or run the 5k (3.1 miles) starting at 9 a.m.
  • 🏆 Traxxas Monster Truck Tour: Pit Party Pass (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm The TRAXXAS Pit Party Pass will allow entry into the Pit Party area two hours before the event starts. Each person much have a ticket and a Pit Party Pass to gain entry.
    The Pit Party Pass will includes autograph and photo opportunities with drivers and bull riders, as well as the TRAXXAS Monster Trucks.
  • WWII Edmond: Housewives on the Homefront (Edmond Historical Society - Edmond) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am War affected everything for women. Some women during WWII went to work for the military or in factories–but more women stayed home. Housewives living in Edmond, Oklahoma made sacrifices and conformed to the government’s requests in order to help soldiers overseas. By spending wisely, saving everything, and keeping the country’s spirits up…

Sunday, Sep 23rd

  • BEYOND (Factory Obscura - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Dec 21st Join the creatives behind the Oklahoma City art collective Factory Obscura for a fully-immersive, experiential art…
  • Mesta Festa (Perle Mesta Park - Oklahoma City) Come enjoy a full day of outdoor fun at Mesta Festa in Oklahoma City.
    Located in the Midtown District at Perle Mesta…
  • OKC Energy FC vs Sacramento Republic FC (Taft Stadium - Oklahoma City) Experience the excitement of major league soccer in Oklahoma as the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club takes on Sacramento…
  • Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Last Day Make your way to the Oklahoma State Fair and celebrate the end of summer with endless carnival rides, delicious fair food…
  • Oklahoma Wildlife Expo (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Day 2 of 2 In September, Guthrie's Lazy E Arena will be transformed into Oklahoma's largest indoor and outdoor recreation…
  • Arcadia Route 66 Neonfest (Arcadia) Last Day Route 66 enthusiasts gather every year for the festive Arcadia Route 66 Neonfest. During this three-day event, guests will…
  • Space Oddity - the Ultimate David Bowie Experience (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Spend the afternoon exploring the Oklahoma State Fair before the evening Space Oddity - the Ultimate David Bowie Experience…
  • 🏆 Traxxas Monster Truck Tour: Pit Party Pass (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm The TRAXXAS Pit Party Pass will allow entry into the Pit Party area two hours before the event starts. Each person much have a ticket and a Pit Party Pass to gain entry.
    The Pit Party Pass will includes autograph and photo opportunities with drivers and bull riders, as well as the TRAXXAS Monster Trucks.
  • 🏃 Uptown 5K (Perle Mesta Park - Oklahoma City) See website for details: The official after-race party will be at the 23rd annual Mesta Festa! Runners (21+) receive a beer garden wristband (a $20 value!) with their run registration (Other registration options available, kids are welcome). Mesta Festa is full of family-friendly activities sponsored by your…

Monday, Sep 24th

  • BEYOND (Factory Obscura - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Dec 21st Join the creatives behind the Oklahoma City art collective Factory Obscura for a fully-immersive, experiential art…

Tuesday, Sep 25th

  • BEYOND (Factory Obscura - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Dec 21st Join the creatives behind the Oklahoma City art collective Factory Obscura for a fully-immersive, experiential art…
  • Food Truck Tuesdays (Jackson - Blanchard) Every week, treat your taste buds to new flavors. During Food Truck Tuesdays, a different food truck will park in Blanchard…

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2018.02.22 05:20 KororSurvivor [Massive, MASSIVE spoilers] - Every US TAR finalist ranked by averages.

Keep in mind that I do count superlegs. Also, I count the weird partner swap leg as 1-2-3. Also, I count some time penalties as placement changes.
  1. Eric & Jeremy (TAR 9, 2nd) - 1.69 (1-2-1-1-2-1-1-4-1-2-2-2-2)
  2. Rachel & Dave (TAR 20, Winners) - 1.83 (1-1-6-2-4-1-1-2-1-1-1-1)
  3. Meghan & Cheyne (TAR 15, Winners) - 2 (1-6-2-5-1-1-2-2-1-1-1-1)
  4. Justin & Diana (TAR 27, 2nd) - 2.08 (9-1-2-1-2-1-1-1-1-1-3-2)
  5. Art & JJ (TAR 20, 2nd) - 2.25 (3-2-1-1-1-2-3-3-3-4-2-2) (Tied for 5th)
  6. Dave & Connor (TAR 24, Winners) - 2.25 (4-4-1-2-1-4-3-4-1-1-1-1) (Tied for 5th)
  7. Rob & Amber (TAR 7, 2nd) - 2.31 (3-1-5-1-5-2-1-1-3-3-1-2-2)
  8. Tammy & Victor (TAR 14, Winners) - 2.33 (2-1-8-3-2-1-1-3-2-3-1-1)
  9. Kris & Jon (TAR 6, 2nd) - 2.38 (2-1-2-1-4-5-2-4-3-1-3-1-2) (Tied for 9th)
  10. Tyler & James (TAR 10, Winners) - 2.38 (1-2-2-3-6-6-2-2-1-1-1-3-1) (Tied for 9th)
  11. Bates & Anthony (TAR 22, Winners) - 2.42 (2-1-3-7-4-1-1-1-4-2-2-1) (Tied for 11th)
  12. Tyler & Korey (TAR 28, 3rd) - 2.42 (2-1-2-2-1-6-6-3-1-1-1-3) (Tied for 11th)
  13. Kristi & Jen - 2.42 (1-3-3-3-2-1-3-2-2-3-3-3) (Tied for 11th)
  14. Nick & Starr (TAR 13, Winners) - 2.45 (1-6-6-5-1-1-1-1-3-1-1)
  15. Rob & Brennan (TAR 1, Winners) - 2.46 (1-3-3-6-4-3-3-3-1-1-2-1-1) (Tied for 15th)
  16. Frank & Margarita (TAR 1, 2nd) - 2.46 (3-4-2-5-5-1-1-2-2-2-1-2-2) (Tied for 15th)
  17. Tara & Wil (TAR 2, 2nd) - 2.46 (1-3-2-2-3-5-3-4-3-2-1-1-2) (Tied for 15th)
  18. Colin & Christie (TAR 5, 2nd) - 2.46 (7-6-1-2-1-1-2-1-1-1-4-3-2) (Tied for 15th)
  19. BJ & Tyler (TAR 9, Winners) - 2.46 (2-1-4-2-1-2-5-5-3-4-1-1-1) (Tied for 15th)
  20. Jet & Cord (TAR 16, 2nd) - 2.58 (3-1-1-4-3-4-6-1-3-1-2-2) (Tied for 20th)
  21. Nicole & Travis (TAR 23, 3rd) - 2.58 (2-4-1-3-3-1-3-1-4-3-3-3) (Tied for 20th)
  22. Misti & Jim (TAR 25, 2nd) - 2.58 (1-2-1-8-6-1-1-2-3-1-3-2) (Tied for 20th)
  23. Ken & Tina (TAR 13, 2nd) - 2.64 (2-1-1-1-3-6-4-3-2-3-2)
  24. Flo & Zach (TAR 3, Winners) - 2.69 (2-5-3-2-4-2-1-2-5-3-2-3-1) (Tied for 24th)
  25. Ken & Gerard (TAR 3, 3rd) - 2.69 (1-6-2-1-1-3-5-4-2-2-3-2-3) (Tied for 24th)
  26. Margie & Luke (TAR 14, 3rd) - 2.75 (1-4-4-4-1-4-4-1-3-2-2-3)
  27. Joe & Bill (TAR 1, 3rd) - 2.77 (2-2-4-1-2-2-2-4-4-4-3-3-3) (Tied for 27th)
  28. Linz Family (TAR 8, Winners) - 2.77 (9-2-2-3-4-2-3-2-1-3-2-2-1) (Tied for 27th)
  29. Ernie & Cindy (TAR 19, Winners) - 2.83 (1-4-5-5-3-5-2-1-2-3-2-1) (Tied for 29th)
  30. Adam & Bethany (TAR 25, 3rd) - 2.83 (5-1-2-7-2-2-5-1-1-3-2-3) (Tied for 29th)
  31. Bransen Family (TAR 8, 2nd) - 2.85 (7-6-1-1-3-3-5-4-2-1-1-1-2)
  32. Jason & Amy (TAR 23, Winners) - 2.92 (8-5-2-2-2-5-2-2-3-1-2-1)
  33. Dustin & Kandice (TAR 11, 2nd) - 2.92 (6-6-4-5-2-4-1-3-1-2-1-1-2)
  34. Ron & Kelly (TAR 7, 3rd) - 3 (10-2-4-4-2-1-2-2-2-4-2-1-3) (Tied for 34th)
  35. Jill & Thomas (TAR 17, 3rd) - 3 (1-5-7-5-3-1-5-2-1-2-1-3) (Tied for 34th)
  36. Rob & Kimberly (TAR 10, 2nd) - 3.08 (5-6-3-1-3-3-3-3-4-3-3-1-2)
  37. Nat & Kat (TAR 17, Winners) - 3.08 (2-7-8-1-1-4-1-5-3-1-3-1) (Tied for 37th)
  38. Laura & Tyler (TAR 26, Winners) - 3.08 (3-2-4-4-6-6-2-1-1-4-3-1) (Tied for 37th)
  39. Tara & Joey (TAR 29, 2nd) - 3.08 (6-7-2-1-1-3-3-1-5-3-3-2) (Tied for 37th)
  40. Reichen & Chip (TAR 4, Winners) - 3.15 (9-2-3-5-4-2-5-2-1-2-3-2-1) (Tied for 40th)
  41. Uchenna & Joyce (TAR 7, Winners) - 3.15 (8-4-2-3-6-3-3-3-1-1-3-3-1) (Tied for 40th)
  42. Weaver Family (TAR 8, 3rd) - 3.15 (3-1-5-5-2-5-2-3-4-2-3-3-3) (Tied for 40th)
  43. Sam & Dan (TAR 15, 2nd) - 3.17 (9-2-5-1-5-3-1-4-2-2-2-2) (Tied for 43rd)
  44. Brook & Claire (TAR 17, 2nd) - 3.17 (4-1-6-3-5-2-2-4-4-3-2-2) (Tied for 43rd)
  45. Trey & Lexi (TAR 21, 3rd) - 3.17 (9-2-2-7-5-1-1-2-3-1-2-3) (Tied for 43rd)
  46. Jelani & Jenny (TAR 26, 2nd) - 3.17 (1-1-3-7-4-5-4-4-3-2-2-2) (Tied for 43rd)
  47. Dana & Matt (TAR 28, Winners) - 3.17 (1-4-4-3-3-4-4-5-4-3-2-1) (Tied for 43rd)
  48. TK & Rachel (TAR 12, Winners) - 3.18 (3-6-2-7-1-4-4-1-4-2-1) (Tied for 43rd)
  49. Gary & Mallory (TAR 18, 3rd) - 3.25 (1-9-2-3-2-1-4-6-4-3-1-3) (Tied for 49th)
  50. Cody & Jessica (TAR 30, Winners) - 3.25 (2-1-5-2-6-6-3-5-4-2-2-1) (Tied for 49th)
  51. Brandon & Nicole (TAR 5, 3rd) - 3.31 (6-1-3-5-3-4-4-2-5-3-3-1-3)
  52. Kisha & Jen (TAR 18, Winners) - 3.33 (3-4-4-5-4-6-3-4-2-2-2-1) (Tied for 52nd)
  53. Hayley & Blair (TAR 26, 3rd) - 3.33 (8-9-2-2-5-1-3-3-2-1-1-3) (Tied for 52nd)
  54. Kelsey & Joey (TAR 27, Winners) - 3.33 (8-7-3-4-4-3-2-2-2-2-2-1) (Tied for 52nd)
  55. Chris & Alex (TAR 2, Winners) - 3.38 (6-2-7-7-1-6-2-2-1-3-3-3-1) (Tied for 55th)
  56. Chip & Kim (TAR 5, Winners) - 3.38 (8-8-7-1-4-2-1-3-2-4-1-2-1) (Tied for 55th)
  57. Freddy & Kendra (TAR 6, Winners) - 3.38 (4-7-6-5-1-1-6-2-4-3-2-2-1) (Tied for 55th)
  58. Brendon & Rachel (TAR 20, 3rd) - 3.42 (2-4-2-6-5-4-4-4-2-2-3-3) (Tied for 58th)
  59. Tim & Marie (TAR 23, 2nd) - 3.42 (1-8-8-5-1-4-4-3-2-2-1-2) (Tied for 58th)
  60. Henry & Evan (TAR 30, 2nd) - 3.42 (3-8-1-6-4-3-2-4-3-4-1-2) (Tied for 58th)
  61. Ron & Christina (TAR 12, 2nd) - 3.45 (7-9-5-3-3-1-3-3-1-1-2)
  62. Jeremy & Sandy (TAR 19, 2nd) - 3.58 (2-6-3-3-7-3-6-5-3-2-1-2) (Tied for 62nd)
  63. Jaymes & James (TAR 21, 2nd) - 3.58 (10-3-3-6-6-5-2-1-2-2-1-2) (Tied for 62nd)
  64. Eric & Danielle (TAR 11, Winners) - 3.62 (4-4-3-2-6-5-5-5-3-4-3-2-1)
  65. Blake & Paige (TAR 2, 3rd) - 3.69 (4-9-5-4-4-3-5-5-2-1-2-1-3)
  66. Flight Time & Big Easy (TAR 18, 2nd) - 3.75 (5-2-5-6-6-7-1-2-5-1-3-2) (Tied for 66th)
  67. Brendon & Rachel (TAR 24, 3rd) - 3.75 (2-1-8-8-7-5-1-1-4-2-3-3) (Tied for 66th)
  68. Kelly & Jon (TAR 4, 2nd) - 3.85 (6-3-8-7-3-3-3-5-4-1-2-3-2)
  69. Jaime & Cara (TAR 14, 2nd) - 3.92 (7-6-7-5-3-5-2-2-4-1-3-2)
  70. David & Jeff (TAR 4, 3rd) - 4 (10-5-7-6-6-1-1-4-3-4-1-1-3)
  71. Brooke & Robbie (TAR 25, 4th) - 4.08 (4-7-6-2-5-5-4-5-2-4-1-4) (Tied for 71st)
  72. Brooke & Scott (TAR 29, Winners) - 4.08 (4-6-6-7-6-5-4-3-4-2-1-1) (Tied for 71st)
  73. Charla & Mirna (TAR 11, 3rd) - 4.15 (8-8-8-7-1-1-4-4-2-3-2-3-3)
  74. Nicolas & Donald (TAR 12, 3rd) - 4.18 (5-8-6-4-6-5-1-2-3-3-3)
  75. Ray & Yolanda (TAR 9, 3rd) - 4.23 (7-5-3-7-7-6-3-3-4-1-3-3-3)
  76. Brian & Ericka (TAR 15, 3rd) - 4.25 (6-10-4-3-2-4-5-3-4-4-3-3) (Tied for 76th)
  77. Max & Katie (TAR 22, 2nd) - 4.25 (9-8-8-3-2-7-6-3-1-1-1-2) (Tied for 76th)
  78. Dan & Jordan (TAR 16, Winners) - 4.33 (8-8-6-6-4-5-2-5-1-3-3-1) (Tied for 78th)
  79. Brent & Caite (TAR 16, 3rd) - 4.33 (7-4-7-7-6-6-3-4-2-2-1-3) (Tied for 78th)
  80. Mona & Beth (TAR 22, 3rd) - 4.33 (5-6-7-6-3-6-2-2-5-4-3-3) (Tied for 78th)
  81. Caroline & Jennifer (TAR 24, 2nd) - 4.33 (10-3-6-4-2-7-2-5-5-4-2-2) (Tied for 78th)
  82. Logan & Chris (TAR 27, 3rd) - 4.33 (5-4-5-6-6-6-5-4-3-4-1-3) (Tied for 78th)
  83. Amani & Marcus (TAR 19, 3rd) - 4.42 (5-9-6-6-1-7-4-4-1-4-3-3)
  84. Teri & Ian (TAR 3, 2nd) - 4.46 (8-10-9-5-6-1-4-3-4-4-1-1-2)
  85. Amy & Maya (TAR 25, Winners) - 4.5 (6-8-5-4-7-6-3-4-4-2-4-1)
  86. Josh & Brent (TAR 21, Winners) - 4.58 (7-5-5-4-7-6-5-5-4-3-3-1)
  87. Adam & Rebecca (TAR 6, 3rd) - 4.69 (7-6-5-6-6-6-5-1-5-4-4-3-3)
  88. Mike & Rochelle (TAR 26, 4th) - 4.75 (7-8-1-6-7-3-5-5-4-3-4-4)
  89. London & Logan (TAR 29, 3rd) - 4.83 (8-8-5-5-5-6-5-4-3-4-2-3)
  90. Lyn & Karlyn (TAR 10, 3rd) - 4.85 (9-9-6-6-5-4-5-5-3-4-2-2-3)
  91. Andrew & Dan (TAR 13, 3rd) - 5.18 (7-8-7-6-6-5-5-4-4-2-3)
  92. Sheri & Cole (TAR 28, 2nd) - 5.58 (9-8-6-7-7-7-5-6-3-4-3-2)
Edit: If you count Leg 7 as 1-3-5, then Kristi & Jen's average is 2.58, dropping them to 19th.
Jody's average would be 3.42, dropping them to 58th
Yale's average would be 3.5, dropping them to 62nd.
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2017.08.13 17:48 feedreddit CHARLOTTESVILLE AFTERMATH: ‘A DAY OF DEATH’ -- W.H. clarifies after TRUMP didn't condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists by name -- B’DAY: Sarah Huckabee Sanders

CHARLOTTESVILLE AFTERMATH: ‘A DAY OF DEATH’ -- W.H. clarifies after TRUMP didn't condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists by name -- B’DAY: Sarah Huckabee Sanders
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
Good Sunday morning. BREAKING -- at 10:42 a.m.: A WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON put out the following statement in response to questions about President Trump's remarks yesterday, per pooler Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner. "The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred. Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together." Morrongiello writes "POTUS will continue to receive regular updates from his team about the events that unfolded yesterday in Charlottesville, Va."
THE LATEST, via the Daily Progress’s Bryan McKenzie: “A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 people were injured after a driver sped into a crowd of counter-protesters at Fourth Street Northeast and Water Street mid-afternoon.
“The crash occurred after the rally had broken up and a large number of protesters were marching down Water Street. A Dodge Challenger sped into the crowd at Fourth Street Northeast, slamming into pedestrians and into the rear end of another car. The Dodge backed up the street quickly and sped away despite heavy front-end damage.
“The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run with injury. About two hours after the car crash, two state troopers were killed when their police helicopter crashed and burned near Old Farm Road. The helicopter was involved in providing surveillance and information during the day.
“Alt-right torchbearer Richard Spencer said he was outraged by what he said was a lack of police protection. ‘I have never been so outraged at my government,’ he said, addressing a crowd of approximately 100 supporters who had relocated to McIntire Park after Emancipation Park was cleared. ‘We are never backing down. We are going to be back here.’ ...
“Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe thanked local and state law enforcement and the National Guard and said white supremacists are not welcome in Virginia. ‘Our message is plain and simple: Go home,’ he said. ‘You are not wanted in this great town.’”
-- James Alex Fields Jr.’s mugshot.
FIELDS’ MOTHER SPEAKS -- AP’s Sarah Rankin: “Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, told The Associated Press on Saturday night that she knew her son was attending a rally in Virginia but didn’t know it was a white supremacist rally. ‘I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist,’ said Bloom, who became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally. ‘He had an African-American friend so ...,’ she said before her voice trailed off. She added that she’d be surprised if her son’s views were that far right.”
ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS OPENS FEDERAL PROBE: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions called late Saturday for a federal investigation into the racially tinged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. ‘The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,’ Sessions stated. ‘When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated. I have talked with FBI Director Chris Wray, FBI agents on the scene, and law enforcement officials for the state of Virginia. The FBI has been supporting state and local authorities throughout the day. U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle has commenced a federal investigation and will have the full support of the Department of Justice. Justice will prevail.’”
CHARLOTTESVILLE MAYOR MICHAEL SIGNER (D) speaking with JOHN DICKERSON on CBS’ “FACE THE NATION -- DICKERSON: "Mr. Mayor, the president said that he wanted to know what was going on in Charlottesville and that we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country, he said. What’s your answer to that?" SIGNER: "You know, I don’t want to make this too much about Donald Trump, we have a lot of grieving, a lot of work to do as a-- as a city and as a country, but he should look in the mirror. I mean, he made a choice in his presidential campaign, the folks around with him, to, you know, go right to the gutter, to play on our worst prejudices. And I think you are seeing a direct line from what happened here this weekend to those choices. He has the opportunity, as do we all, to have a fresh beginning."
THE GUV. -- AP: “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will visit two Charlottesville churches and speak to congregants following violent clashes in the city between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters that left three dead. The governor’s office says in a release that Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam will join McAuliffe at both Sunday services. McAuliffe and Northam are scheduled to visit Mount Zion First African Baptist Church and Visit First Baptist Church.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP is facing widespread criticism from Republicans and Democrats after he declined to condemn by name white nationalists behind a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump, who was speaking at his golf club Saturday in New Jersey: “The hate and the division must stop and must stop now. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.” He later tweeted “condolences” to the family of the women and two Virginia State Police who died.
-- QUITE THE LEAD, from Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman on A14: “President Trump is rarely reluctant to express his opinion, but he is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists, some of whom are his supporters.”
NRSC CHAIRMAN CORY GARDNER (R-COLO.) was the most high-profile Republican to directly push back on Trump. He tweeted: “Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.” … GARDNER to Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union”: “I think the president needs to step up today and ... call it for what it is. It’s evil, it’s white nationalism, it’s bigotry and it’s unacceptable. And if he doesn’t do that, we can continue to answer the question of why. But I believe he has a chance to do that today.”
REP. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R-FLA.): “White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites are the antithesis of our American values. There are no other ‘sides’ to hatred and bigotry.”
FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA put out a rare tweet quoting deceased South African President Nelson Mandela -- @barackobama: “‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…’” … “‘People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…’” … “‘...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ - Nelson Mandela”.
IVANKA TRUMP (@IvankaTrump) at 8:09 a.m.: “1:2 There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.” … “2:2 We must all come together as Americans -- and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville”.
TOP TWEETS -- @gabrielsherman: “When I asked senior WH official why Trump didn’t condemn Cville Nazis, he said: ‘What about the leftist mob. Just as violent if not more so’” ... @GlennThrush: “It is neither unfair nor inaccurate to point out that the president has been tougher on Mitch McConnell than Putin or Nazis in last 24 hours” … @marcorubio: “Nothing patriotic about #Nazis,the #KKK or #WhiteSupremicists It’s the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be. #Charlottesville”. [email protected]: “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. –OGH” …
… Ken Schwencke (@schwanksta): “This is the White House’s only response to my asking three times if the President condemns white supremacists” [“Hi Ken - On background, the President condemns all acts of violence.”] … @BresPolitico: “Worth noting no one in congressional leadership so far has called for hearings into rise of white supremacist/neo Nazi/racist movement”.
THE DAILY STORMER, a neo-Nazi publication: “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate … on both sides! So he implied the antifa [anti-fascists] are haters. There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all. He said he loves us all. Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”
CLICKER – “Chaos and violence: Scenes from Charlottesville’s white nationalist rally” -- 30 pix
FLASHBACK -- PLAYBOOK SCOOP, June 23: “The Department of Homeland Security is restarting a stalled $10-million grant program for ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ this morning. Life After Hate, a group dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, was slated to get $400,000 in the final days of the Obama administration ( before the program was halted for review, but the Trump administration dropped them from the new grant list that’s getting announced today. The group has seen a twenty-fold increase in requests for help since Election Day ‘from people looking to disengage or bystanders/family members looking for help from someone they know,’ the organization’s founder Christian Picciolini told us.”
-- WAPO: “Three dead in wake of clashes at white nationalist gathering in Virginia,” by Joe Heim, Ellie Silverman and T. Rees Shapiro in Charlottesville and Emma Brown in Washington: “Chaos and violence turned to tragedy Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members -- planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to ‘take America back’ -- clashed with counter-protesters in the streets and a car plowed into crowds, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.
“Hours later, two state police officers died when their helicopter crashed at the outskirts of town. Officials identified them as Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Va., who was the pilot, and H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian, Va., who was a passenger. State police said their Bell 407 helicopter was assisting with the unrest in Charlottesville. Bates died one day before his 41st birthday; Cullen was 48. …
“Video recorded at the scene of the car crash shows a 2010 gray Dodge Challenger accelerating into crowds on a pedestrian mall, sending bodies flying -- and then reversing at high speed, hitting yet more people. Witnesses said the street was filled with people opposed to the white nationalists who had come to town bearing Confederate flags and anti-Semitic epithets. A 32-year-old woman was killed, according to police, who said they were investigating the crash as a criminal homicide.”
-- NED OLIVER of the Richmond Times-Dispatch: “‘When it hit, it hit hard and people just started flying into the air,’ said Byron Woods, a Waynesboro resident who witnessed the crash. ‘This is a sad day today in this great United States we live in.’ Witnesses said there was no question the collision was intentional, describing the gray Dodge Challenger appearing to speed up over the course of two blocks before it rammed into a stopped vehicle just ahead of the mass of the people, who were chanting anti-racist slogans.
“‘They’d thought they’d driven the Nazis out of town,’ said city resident Eberhard Jehle, describing a generally jovial mood among the group. He said the driver, going at least 35 mph, made no attempt to stop. ‘Oh, it was absolutely intentional,’ he said.”
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER: “Lexington mayor says Confederate statues at courthouse will be moved,” by Beth Musgrave: “Mayor Jim Gray said Saturday he is taking steps to remove two controversial Confederate-era statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County Courthouse on Main Street. Gray’s announcement came the same day as multiple people were killed and injured in Virginia after a vehicle drove into counter-protesters who had clashed with white nationalists around a Confederate-era statue in Charlottesville. … ‘We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens,’ Gray said in a statement. ‘The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I intended to make next week.’”
DRIP, DRIP – NYT A1, “Mueller Is Said to Seek Interviews With West Wing in Russia Case,” by Mike Schmidt, Matt Apuzzo and Maggie Haberman: “In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to three people briefed on the discussions.
“Mr. Mueller has asked the White House about specific meetings, who attended them and whether there are any notes, transcripts or documents about them, two of the people said. Among the matters Mr. Mueller wants to ask the officials about is President Trump’s decision in May to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, the two people said.”
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Iran lawmakers raise missile, Guard spending to challenge U.S.,” by AP’s Nasser Karimi in Tehran and Jon Gambrell in Dubai: “Iran’s parliament voted overwhelmingly Sunday to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, chanting ‘Death to America’ in a direct challenge to Washington’s newest sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The lawmakers’ vote comes amid growing anger in Iran over U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to renegotiate the nuclear deal struck with world powers in 2015. While they stressed the bill wouldn’t violate the terms of that agreement, it again increases the friction between the two nations that routinely have tense encounters in the Persian Gulf.”
-- BLOOMBERG: “Top U.S. General to Meet South Korean Leader Amid Tensions,” by Heejin Kim: “The U.S.’s top general plans to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday, just days after his counterpart Donald Trump said military options against North Korea were ‘locked and loaded.’ General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with senior military officials along with Moon ... He will head to China next on the previously scheduled visit, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an unidentified military official.”
TRUMP’S OBAMACARE SUPPORT-- “How the Trump administration is spending millions to shore up Obamacare,” by Rachana Pradhan: “President Donald Trump has threatened to blow up Obamacare. But his own administration is separately dangling hundreds of millions of dollars before states to bail out their insurance markets. Alaska will get $323 million over the next five years to coax its lone Obamacare insurer to remain in the market and hold down premiums. At least four other states, including some that have vociferously opposed the Affordable Care Act, are seeking similar deals.
“The efforts come as the GOP push to repeal and replace the law is in disarray and state officials in both red and blue states seek ways to shore up their shaky markets. They have the blessing of the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services — even as the president himself is threatening to cut off key subsidies as early as this week. That move could send premiums skyrocketing and potentially collapse insurance markets nationwide. The White House said Thursday it applauds the stabilization efforts even as Trump steps up the pressure on the Senate to resume efforts to try to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
GET SMART FAST -- “Think Obamacare repeal was hard? Wait for tax reform,” by Rachael Bade and Bernie Becker:
SUNDAY BEST … JAKE TAPPER speaks with HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISER TOM BOSSERT: TAPPER: “Are you willing to at least concede that President Trump was not clear enough in specifically condemning white supremacy?” BOSSERT: “No, the words of the ignorant bear little with me and should bear less with you in the media. Unfortunately they don’t. What I would say is that the president not only condemned the violence and stood up at a time and a moment when calm was necessary and didn’t dignify the names of these groups of people but rather addressed the fundamental issue. So, Jake, what you need to do is focus on the rest of his statement. The president didn’t just call for human beings to respect one another, which is his pragmatist core, fundamental bare minimum but he called for ideally for Americans to love one another. For all God’s children to love one another. That is a fundamental assault on the very nature that we’re seeing here.”
-- TAPPER: “When you just condemn groups, as opposed to specifically white supremacists, Nazis, clan members, it creates this vagueness that … allows neo Nazis to think, ‘he’s not condemning us, he’s condemning anybody that was violent.’ And that’s the problem. And you, on this show today, have said that you condemn groups, condemn actions, condemn bigotry, but I haven’t heard you say, ‘I condemn white supremacists, I condemn neo Nazis, I condemn the alt right.’ I haven’t heard that. And I think a lot of people were upset -- a lot of Republican officials -- they didn’t hear it from President Trump. But I don’t want to belabor this point.” BOSSERT: “Well, I think you’ve belabored it. So let me say, I condemn white supremacists, and racists and white Nazi groups, and all the other groups that espouse this kind of hatred and exclusion.”
H.R. MCMASTER to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: “Any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism.”
-- ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI to George: STEPHANOPOULOS: “If you were White House communications director yesterday would you advise he give that statement?” SCARAMUCCI: “Well I wouldn’t have recommended that statement. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that. I applaud Gen. McMaster for calling it out for what it is: it’s actually terrorism. And whether it’s domestic or international terrorism with the moral authority of the presidency you have to call that stuff out.”
CHRIS WALLACE speaks to CIA DIRECTOR MIKE POMPEO on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: WALLACE: “You’re saying you don’t believe there’s anything imminent in terms of North Korean action -- another missile test, another nuclear test, firing those missiles towards Guam?” POMPEO: “Chris, I’m quite confident that he will continue to try to develop his missile program. So it wouldn’t surprise me if there was another missile test. He conducted two in July. So it wouldn’t surprise me if there was another missile test.” WALLACE: “But, when you say there’s…” POMPEO: “There’s no but to that.” WALLACE: “When you say there’s nothing imminent…” POMPEO: “What I am talking about is I’ve heard folks talking about we being on the cusp of a nuclear war. I’ve no intelligence that we are in that place.”
CHUCK TODD speaks with ADM. MIKE MULLEN on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS” -- TODD: “You said you’re concerned the rhetoric has limited options. What options are you concerned that the president has eliminated with his rhetoric?” MULLEN: “Well, I think it eliminates maneuver space for him because it looks like brinkmanship to me. And it looks like clearly he’s, at least, verbally focused very specifically on the military options with the rhetoric that's out there. It’s almost a fire and brimstone, ‘Don’t make another move or else.’ And the comment that military options are locked and loaded – We’ve always had military options, and they’re very complex, but they can be executed. It almost seems as if we’re leading with those, which makes an awful lot of, it unsettles an awful lot of people.”
-- ON KIM JONG-UN: “I don’t think he’s a rational actor. He’s got a rich history in his family, the legacy to uphold. He is on a race to gain this capability. Much different from his father or his grandfather in terms of developing capability. He is in a flat-out sprint to develop this capability, and then see what happens. I just can’t bring myself to the point where we say, ‘Well, it’s okay if this leader has these devastating weapons.’”
TRUMP’S WEEK AHEAD – Monday: Trump signs “a Presidential Memorandum on China’s laws, policies, practices, and actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology” . ... Tuesday: Trump heads a discussion on infrastructure. ... Wednesday: Trump visits a VA hospital. ... Thursday: Trump meets with small business owners and SBA administrator Linda McMahon. ... Friday: Trump visits an opioid clinic.
WARREN WORLD -- LAUREN DEZENSKI goes “Inside the Elizabeth Warren merchandising empire”: “Prayer candles. Action figures. Temporary tattoos. Coloring books. Elizabeth Warren isn’t just a progressive icon, she’s a merchandising industry unto herself. The Massachusetts senator and presidential prospect is at the center of a sprawling business built around her appeal to liberals across the country — a reminder of the unabashed devotion she inspires on the left and the footprint she’ll cast in the 2020 Democratic primary. ‘Elizabeth Warren is an increasingly popular brand that people want to associate with,’ said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. ‘She’s the Apple of politics.’
“It’s impossible to know the true size of the Warren merchandising-industrial complex. The bulk of it exists beyond the senator’s control on sites like online marketplace Etsy. And her campaign, which hosts its own online store, declined to disclose the exact amount of money it raises from merchandise sales. But it’s safe to say no other senator has anything like it. Warren’s campaign store has expanded beyond traditional political fare such as buttons, bumper stickers, tote bags and t-shirts to offer a line of products that capitalize on the ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ meme spawned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s much-publicized admonishment of Warren on the Senate floor earlier this year.”
TRUMP’S WASHINGTON -- “Trump’s Easing of Postcrisis Wall Street Rules Gains Momentum,” by WSJ’s Ryan Tracy and Dave Michaels: “Regulators in the Trump administration have started easing restrictions that were placed on Wall Street after the financial crisis, using broad powers to revisit rules intended to constrain everything from trading risks to executive pay. Several agencies are reviewing the Volcker rule, a part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that limits banks’ trading. Some regulators also recently dropped a plan to restrict bonuses on Wall Street that had been opposed by banks and brokerage firms.
“And the Labor Department on Wednesday disclosed an 18-month delay in the so-called fiduciary rule that requires brokers to act in clients’ best interests when they handle retirement accounts. The moves show that while President Donald Trump might be struggling to advance his legislative agenda in Congress, his administration is making headway in changing some of the myriad rules that Wall Street has sought for years to overturn or water down.”
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
--“To Catch a Counterfeiter,” by Joshua Hunt in California Sunday Magazine: “Counterfeiting is a $400 billion industry in China. There are real car dealerships selling knockoff cars and fake Apple Stores where the employees aren’t in on the scam. China sends millions of pairs of counterfeit shoes to the EU and billions of dollars’ worth of counterfeit pharmaceuticals to Africa and Southeast Asia.”
-- “The Rise of the Valkyries,” by Seyward Darby on the cover of September’s Harper’s: “In the alt-right, women are the future, and the problem.” ... The cover
-- “Hiroshima,” by John Hersey in The New Yorker’s Aug. 31, 1946 issue: “At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant office and was turning her head to speak to the girl at the next desk.” http://nyr.k1ITh5mH
-- “Total Eclipse,” by Annie Dillard in The Atlantic in 1982: “The sky snapped over the sun like a lens cover. The hatch in the brain slammed. Abruptly it was dark night, on the land and in the sky. In the night sky was a tiny ring of light. The hole where the sun belongs is very small. A thin ring of light marked its place. The eyes dried, the arteries drained, the lungs hushed. There was no world. In the sky was something that should not be there.” (h/t
-- “The complete history of the IBM PC, part one: The deal of the century,” by Jimmy Maher in Ars Technica: “Bill Gates, mysterious deaths, and the business machine that sparked a home revolution.”
--“Giving ‘The Devil’ His Due,” by David Grann in the June 2001 issue of The Atlantic: “For several years in the early 1990s U.S. intelligence maintained close ties with a Haitian named Emmanuel ‘Toto’ Constant, the founder of a savage paramilitary group that has been held responsible for a prolonged wave of killings and other atrocities. Toto Constant today walks the streets of Queens, a free man. How did he come to find refuge in the United States? Who has been holding up his deportation?”
--“Richard Dawkins Offers Advice for Donald Trump, and Other Wisdom,” by John Horgan in Scientific American: “The biologist and atheist, whose latest book was released this week, talks about the reliability of science, artificial intelligence, religion and the president.”
--“Telemetry,” by Jeff Sharlet in VQR: “I’m told the pain [from a heart attack] can be instantly alarming. Not for me. It was only an ache, or sometimes a ripple, weak as chamomile, never sharper than nettles. That is, I did not know it was a heart attack. Then, after midnight, my chest began to fill as if with heavy water. My breath was cut into small and ragged pieces. I was being pressed, as if by a hard hand, back into the rocking chair in which I sat until dawn.”
--“A Guide to Russia’s High Tech Tool Box for Subverting U.S. Democracy,” by Garrett Graff in Wired: “Understanding just how extensive and coordinated Russia’s operations against the West are represents the first step in confronting—and defeating—Putin’s increased aggression, particularly as it becomes clear that the 2016 election interference was just a starting point.”
--“Fools, Cowards, or Criminals?” by Ian Buruma, reviewing “The Memory of Justice” in the N.Y. Review of Books: “The film never suggests that Auschwitz and My Lai, or French torture in Algiers, are equivalent. Ophuls tries to complicate the problem of moral judgment. What makes human beings who are normally unexceptional commit atrocities under abnormal circumstances?” ... Trailer
--“What it feels like to conduct an auction,” by Dan Davies: “Recommended warm-up exercises include reciting Humpty Dumpty with your tongue extended out as far as possible, and speaking with a big smile on your face, which makes your voice sound better.”
--“The creator of the pig-human chimera keeps proving other scientists wrong,” by Usha Lee McFarling in Stat:
--“The Fifteenth Century is the Most Interesting Century” – Modern Indonesia blog on Medium: “Before 1492 CE the world was divided in two. One part consisted of the Americas, representing a hundred million people. They had bell peppers, syphilis, tobacco, and turkey, but no measles, onions, or beef. The other part consisted of Afro-Eurasia, an enormously diverse series of societies from Iceland to New Guinea. These people had wheat, rice, millet, garlic, peas, and aubergines, but before 1492 none of them had ever seen a tomato.”
--“Ghoulish Acts & Dastardly Deeds,” by Alan Bellows in Damn Interesting: “At each of the [around 30] bomb sites [in the 1950s in NYC] — among the scattered detritus of pipe fragments, shell casings, broken plaster, glass, nuts, and bolts — police kept encountering one thing that was not like the others: a partially consumed throat lozenge. The point or purpose of the lozenge was as mysterious as the bomb-maker’s motives.”
--“Why we fell for clean eating,” by Bee Wilson in The Guardian: “The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it.” (h/t
--“The True American,” by Robert Pogue Harrison in the N.Y. Review of Books: “These days the question of what it means to be a ‘true’ American resists rational analysis. Whatever one can say about Americans that is true, the opposite is equally true. We are the most godless and most religious, the most puritanical and most libertine, the most charitable and most heartless of societies. ... We are outlaws obsessed by the rule of law, individualists devoted to communitarian values, a nation of fat people with anorexic standards of beauty.”
--“The bomb ended World War 2: And other myths about nuclear weapons,” by Ashutosh Jogalekar in Curious Wavefunction: “On the ground the [nuclear] bombing looked no different from the relentless pounding that dozens of major Japanese cities had received. The firebombing of Tokyo in March 1945 killed more civilians than the atomic bomb”.” (h/t
SPOTTED IN NANTUCKET: David Gregory and Katie Couric last night at the Boston Pops concert at Jetties Beach on Nantucket, where the Beach Boys also performed ... Greta Van Susteren walking this morning through town … former RNC chair and Veterans Affairs secretary Jim Nicholson and his wife strolling yesterday on Federal Street in downtown Nantucket ... Dana Bash waiting in line for the Nantucket fast ferry yesterday in Hyannis.
SPOTTED: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) yesterday at Starbucks in Menlo Park, California ... Rob Saliterman, Lara Crystal, Sheena Arora and Rodell Mollineau overlapped for a day in Cape Town on their respective honeymoons so they got together yesterday at Italian meat restaurant Carne SA to celebrate their “one week anniversary” – pic … former Missouri Senate candidate Jason Kander and Texas Democratic Reps. Joaquin Castro and Beto O’Rourke on Friday at the Westin Galleria hotel in Dallas at the Young Democrats of America national convention
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- “Katrina Valdes, Joseph Bishop IV” -- N.Y. Times: “Mrs. Valdes Bishop, 26, is the communications director in Washington for Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida. She graduated from George Washington University. ... Mr. Bishop, also 26, is a government contractor in Washington. He also graduated from George Washington. ... Though the bride and the groom attended George Washington and had many mutual friends through their Greek organizations, they did not meet until after they had both graduated, in September 2013.” With a pic … Wedding pics
--SPOTTED: Sean and Amanda Evins, Caitlin Rush, Christian Hertenstein, Greg and Meredith Dolan, Bale Dalton, Gaby Boffelli and Nate Gately, Shelby Hodgkins and Kevin Hartley, Sarah Hodgkins and Austin Ankney.
-- Andrew Moylan, EVP of the National Taxpayers Union, and Lori Sanders, associate VP of federal affairs at R Street, got married on Saturday night in a born on a horse farm in Shepherdstown, W.Va. They met at a state policy network conference in 2012 and then worked together for four years with the R Street Institute. Pic
--SPOTTED: Joey Coon, Brooke Oberwetter, Brandon Arnold, Gordon Cummings, Stacie Rumenap, Chris Myers, Dan Rothschild, Alan Smith, Ian Adams, Dave Bahr, R.J. Lehmann, Pat Michaels, Joe Henchman, Chaz Cirame, Rebekah Bydlak, Arin Greenwood, Richard Lorenc, John Stephenson, and Brian Walsh of the White House.
TRANSITIONS – Ben Geldon starts this week as a senior producer for the weekday edition of CNN’s “Inside Politics.” He most recently was a VP at SKDK and is a Bloomberg TV and “Reliable Sources” alum.
BIRTHDAYS: Sarah Huckabee Sanders is 35. She’s celebrating with her family (hat tips: Bryan Sanders and Sean Spicer) ... twin bros Jeremy and Alan Bash ... Molly Henneberg … Vanessa Lindlaw ... Fed Chair Janet Yellen is 71 ... Sam Champion is 55 ... Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) is 65 ... former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is 84 ... Nate Jablow ... Addy Baird, reporter at ThinkProgress ... Joshua James Romney is 42 ... Jim Spiegelman, Aspen Institute’s VP and chief external affairs officer (h/t Doug Farrar) … Kelly Rzendzian, special assistant to Commerce Secretary Ross ... Allison Lessne, VP at BlackRock … Tim Johnson … Crystal King … Nora McAlvanah ... USA Today White House editor Sara Sorcher is 3-0 (h/t Arie Lipnick) ... Sam Gaynor, principal at Altamont Capital, is 32 … Adam Sharon, managing director of Prime Strategies, is 4-0 … Karine Jean-Pierre ... Gonzo Gallegos, senior adviser at State … Lauren Kirshner, a finance alum of Gov. Walker, Crossroads and RNC, is 3-0 (h/t Brian Baker) ...
... Chris McCannell, partner at boutique gov’t relations firm Eris Group ... Douglas Rivlin, comms director for Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) ... Jeff Snow, research director at the NRSC and pride of Brookfield, Wisconsin (h/ts Charlie Hoffmann and Lauren Fine) ... Ben Pack ... Andrew Malkin is 25 … Fred Miller of Weyerhaeuser … Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) is 68 ... former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) is 63 ... Seth Minkel ... Sharlett Mena ... Politico Europe’s Aurélie Burnier ... Mallory Morrison ... Alec Davis ... FAO’s Gabriel Laizer ... Josh Hollander ... Bitsy Whipple ... Google’s Kelly Pilchard ... Monique Lyons ... AP’s Kelly Daschle ... Samuel Tenenbaum ... Alice McKeon … Samuel Tenenbaum ... Goody Marshall ... Elizabeth Wilkerson ... Andrea Sims ... Maer Roshan ... Karine Jean-Pierre ... Joanna Ossinger ... Jeff Kuepper ... Susan Garraty.
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2017.07.04 01:50 Enterprise90 B-Show Stories! Bragging Rights 2009

Bragging Rights
October 25, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA
Civic Arena
Theme song: “Step Up” by Maylene & The Sons of Disaster
WWE Champion Randy Orton and John Cena had battled for the better part of two years, and this was poised to be their biggest encounter yet. The two had traded the WWE Championship at the previous two pay-per-views and this would be the end of the feud. They took part in the first-ever anything goes 60-minute iron man match, and if Cena lost he would be forced to leave Raw. I think that this is a great match. Obviously Cena and Orton are not the guys that you would expect a wrestling clinic from, so the stipulation of anything goes serves the match well. There is a moment near the end of this match where it is tied 5-5 and Cena had just kicked out of an RKO. Orton has an absolute fit and puts on the actor’s mask of losing his sanity, and then this moment his where you can see in his eyes that he develops the idea to punt Cena. Cena would counter into the STF and force Orton to submit, winning the WWE Championship.
The Undertaker defended the World Heavyweight Championship in a fatal 4-way match against CM Punk, Batista, and Rey Mysterio. This is a great little match, clocking in at around ten minutes but tells a good story with Mysterio and Batista costing each other the victory by breaking up pinfalls. Mysterio would break up a pinfall Batista had on Taker following a Batista bomb, and Taker would hit Batista with the tombstone piledriver to win the match. After the fall, Josh Matthews interviewed Batista and Mysterio in the ring, and Batista takes over the interview, talking about how he was tired of being close to victory and tired of Mysterio getting in the way. With a smile on his face, Batista turned to Mysterio and said, “Rey, I’m not playing. I’m gonna rip your head off.” Batista then absolutely tears into Mysterio.
VIDEO: Watch Batista turn on Rey Mysterio
The theme of this show was brand competition, and this was headlined with a 14-man tag team match. Team Raw featuring Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, and Mark Henry. Team SmackDown featured Chris Jericho, Kane, R-Truth, Matt Hardy, Finlay, Tyson Kid, and David Hart Smith. Team SD originally featured Jericho and Kane teaming with Cryme Tyme, Eric Escobar, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler, but after a team versus team stare-down on Raw, WWE panicked when they saw the absolute lack of starpower on Team SmackDown and replaced them at the next taping. This is a decent match, but too short for as many guys as there were in the match. Big Show, who was Chris Jericho’s tag team partner, would turn on Team Raw (of course) and set up the conditions to allow Jericho to get the win.
The show opened with former tag team partners John Morrison, the reigning Intercontinental Champion, facing The Miz, the reigning United States Champion, in a match not only representing brand versus brand but to determine who was the Marty Jannetty of their team. This is a good match, and Miz picked up the upset win. Back in 2009 there were very few people who liked Miz or bought him as a threat. How times have changed.
This is a great show; though there is no match of the year contender, everything on the card is solid. It is one of the best shows of 2009.
Other matches on this show:
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2017.06.23 12:55 feedreddit WHAT MCCONNELL IS THINKING on health care – OBAMA to return to the trail -- DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- TRUMP losing ‘patience’ with McGahn -- WaPo: Trump talks Russia every morning with his legal team – PELOSI ‘defiant’

WHAT MCCONNELL IS THINKING on health care – OBAMA to return to the trail -- DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- TRUMP losing ‘patience’ with McGahn -- WaPo: Trump talks Russia every morning with his legal team – PELOSI ‘defiant’
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
Good Friday morning. THE BREXIT VOTE was one year ago today.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP spoke with AINSLEY EARHARDT on "FOX AND FRIENDS" -- ON HEALTH CARE: "It's interesting, because I've been here for only five months. People are saying, where's the health care, where's the health care? Well, I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years. And it's been -- people have worked on health care for many years. It's a very complicated situation from the standpoint, you do something that's good for one group but bad for another.
"It's that very, very narrow path. But I think we're going to get there. We have four very good people that -- it's not that they're opposed, they'd like to get certain changes. And we'll see if we can take care of that."
-- ON ROBERT MUELLER: "Well, he's very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome. But he's also -- we're going to have to see. I mean we're going to have to see in terms -- look, there has been no obstruction. There has been no collusion. There has been leaking by Comey.
"But that's been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually everybody agrees to that. So we'll have to see. I can say that the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters. Some of them worked for Hillary Clinton. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth, from that standpoint. But Robert Mueller is an honorable man and hopefully he'll come up with an honorable solution."
-- ON COMEY: "When he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed. I mean you'll have to take a look at that, because then he has to tell what actually took place at the events. And my story didn't change. My story was always a straight story. My story was always the truth.
"But you'll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed. But I did not tape." EARHARDT: "So it was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings?" TRUMP: "Well, it wasn't -- it wasn't very stupid, I can tell you that. He was -- he did admit that what I said was right. And if you look further back, before he heard about that, I think maybe he wasn't admitting that. So you'll have to do a little investigative reporting to determine that. But I don't think it will be that hard."
WHAT MCCONNELL IS THINKING -- SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL wants a vote on the health-care bill next week no matter what. Don’t expect the Kentucky Republican to drag this process out like leadership did in the House -- he wants to put senators on the record, and move on.
-- MCCONNELL’S GAME: “Inside McConnell’s plan to repeal Obamacare: The Senate majority leader doesn’t have the votes yet. But if anyone can get them, it’s him,” by Burgess Everett: “Right now, McConnell is far from having a commitment for the 50 votes needed for passage, according to senators who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal politics of the 52-member caucus. But no one on Capitol Hill seems to be betting against the wily majority leader as he plans for one of the most critical roll call votes of his career next week. ...
“McConnell’s strategy has been a slow burn, allowing his members to vent in private party discussions while gradually writing a bill that takes in their considerations over the past six weeks. He’s had more than 30 meetings with his members about taking down the 2010 health law, intended to give his members more input and get them comfortable with the product.”
THE HEALTH CARE BILL -- “Winners and losers from the Senate repeal bill” – Politico Pro staff: “THE WINNERS: The wealthy ... The young and healthy ... GOP governors who fought Obamacare ... Some health industry groups ... THE LOSERS: Poorer, older insurance consumers ... People struggling with addiction ... Planned Parenthood and its clients ... Public health agencies.”
-- OBAMA SPEAKS, on Facebook: “I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did. We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.”
44 TO RETURN TO THE TRAIL -- “All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man,” by HuffPo’s Sam Stein: “[W]hile [Ralph] Northam may be playing it cool, he’s not being complacent. ... Former President Barack Obama is expected to make his return to electoral politics this fall to join him on the trail, both Northam and Obama’s office confirmed.”
THE DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- ON TRUMP’S LEGISLATIVE GAME: “President Donald Trump spent much of Thursday fuming about the special counsel’s investigation into his administration -- and senior aides put the final touches on how they could clean up the ‘tapes’ tweet mess he created six weeks ago. According to three people in the White House, there was little focus from Trump on health care -- one of the president’s signature campaign initiatives -- even as the Senate released the bill Thursday.
“But earlier in the week, Trump signaled ‘intense interest’ in helping whip votes, one person familiar with the conversations said, and his senior aides have been in frequent communication with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s team, per White House officials. One person familiar with the discussions said Trump’s role will be to work on more conservative members -- like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) -- and leave moderates largely alone, where he is likely to have little influence. Trump has a personal relationship with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), seen in the Senate as a difficult vote to win, ‘and sees it as a personal mission to win him over,’ one White House official said.
“So Trump is reading the political winds. He wants to have maneuvering room if things go south. He remains largely uninterested in specific policy behind the bill. But he will likely jump in the fight soon.”
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “The next big bill that could be written in secret,” by Bernie Becker and Aaron Lorenzo: “The Senate health care bill might not be the only blockbuster piece of legislation this year written behind closed doors by an elite few. Both senior administration officials and congressional leaders are already telegraphing that the tax reform measure they hope to move this fall will largely be shaped among themselves in private meetings. While many griped about the secrecy surrounding the health legislation, few rank-and-file Republicans seem to be objecting to that approach on tax reform, which has the potential to remake a federal tax system that brings in more than $3 trillion a year.”
ABOUT THOSE TAPES -- “Six-week ‘tapes’ saga comes to a very un-Trumpian end,” by Annie Karni: “President Donald Trump prides himself on being a master of suspense, counter attack and self-promotion. But when it came time to end the six-week long mystery about whether or not he recorded ‘tapes’ of his conversations with former FBI director James Comey in the Oval Office -- the day before a House Intelligence Committee deadline to produce any such tapes -- the president deflated the balloon in a very non-Trumpian way. There was no drawn-out press conference in the lobby of the Trump Hotel, for instance, like the one he staged during his presidential campaign to announce he was finally dropping his false, five-year-long conspiracy theory about President Barack Obama’s birthplace.”
-- “Trump is struggling to stay calm on Russia, one morning call at a time,” by WaPo’s Ashley Parker and Phil Rucker: “President Trump has a new morning ritual. Around 6:30 a.m. on many days -- before all the network news shows have come on the air -- he gets on the phone with a member of his outside legal team to chew over all things Russia. The calls -- detailed by three senior White House officials -- are part strategy consultation and part presidential venting session, during which Trump’s lawyers and public-relations gurus take turns reviewing the latest headlines with him. They also devise their plan for battling his avowed enemies: the special counsel leading the Russia investigation; the ‘fake news’ media chronicling it; and, in some instances, the president’s own Justice Department overseeing the probe.
“His advisers have encouraged the calls — which the early-to-rise Trump takes from his private quarters in the White House residence — in hopes that he can compartmentalize the widening Russia investigation. By the time the president arrives for work in the Oval Office, the thinking goes, he will no longer be consumed by the Russia probe that he complains hangs over his presidency like a darkening cloud.”
--“Trump loses patience with his White House counsel,” by Nancy Cook and Josh Dawsey: “White House counsel Don McGahn has largely stepped back from managing Donald Trump’s response to the expanding Russia investigation, but that hasn’t stopped the president from lashing out at him about it anyway. Trump started the week by giving McGahn, a loyal supporter who was among the first Washington establishment figures to sign on with his presidential campaign, a dressing down in the Oval Office for not doing more to squash the Russia probe early on.
“The episode -- recounted by four people familiar with the conversation -- came as part of a broader discussion on Monday about the president’s frustrations with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which now includes the question of whether Trump himself tried to obstruct the investigation by firing FBI director James Comey.”
THE OPPOSITION -- “Pelosi defiant as restless Democrats consider options,” by Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan: “A defiant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she has no plans to step down anytime soon, despite calls from some rank-and-file Democrats for new leadership and at least one meeting to plot to replace her. Pelosi spent a good chunk of her weekly news conference defending her longtime perch atop the Democratic Caucus, at times even mocking colleagues within her party who have in recent days said it’s time for her to step aside.
“‘I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them,’ Pelosi told reporters. ‘My caucus is overwhelmingly supportive of me.’ But as Pelosi was defending her status in the caucus, of group of Democrats were already planning a secret afternoon meeting to talk about potentially trying to replace her. A dozen Democrats attended the meeting out of the nearly 20 members invited. Afterward, leaders of the group said no decisions have been made about what to do next, but that support is growing within the caucus to topple Pelosi.”
-- ACTUALLY, whether she remains as the top Democrat in the House is entirely up to her colleagues. That being said, the majority of her caucus is supportive of her, so she will survive for the time being.
-- NYT, A1: JONATHAN MARTIN and MATT FLEGENHEIMER on Pelosi, with an interview.
MORE MEMOS! -- “Memo Shows Preet Bharara Was Concerned After Phone Call From White House,” by BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold and Claudia Koerner: “Former US Attorney Preet Bharara sent an email to Justice Department officials in New York to express concern about a voicemail he received in March from President Donald Trump’s secretary, Madeline Westerhout, according to emails BuzzFeed News obtained Thursday from the Department of Justice under [FOIA] ... ‘At approximately 4:41 pm, on 3/9/17, I received the following voicemail at work: “Hi, Mr. Bharara. This is Madeline Westerhout calling from President Donald Trump’s office. If you could please give me a call back at that would be great. Thanks,”’ Bharara wrote in an email he sent to then-deputy US Attorney Joon Kim and Joan Loughnane, chief counsel to Bharara.”
-- “Tough-talking Trump defense lawyer says he’s no ‘snowflake,’” by Reuters’ Karen Freifeld: “The latest lawyer hired to represent U.S. President Donald Trump in the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is an ex-Marine who likens some cases to war. ‘I fight hard,’ John Dowd said in an interview. ‘I believe that's what I’m supposed to do. I am not a snowflake, I can tell you that.’ ... Dowd, who spoke with Reuters on Wednesday, is a mirror of his client in many ways. He has a no-holds-barred, hyperbolic style and a history of attacking prosecutors, congressional Democrats and the media. ... A onetime military lawyer with the U.S. Marine Corps, Dowd noted his shared service in declining to criticize Mueller, a Marine platoon leader during the Vietnam War. ‘Bobby is doing what he has to do and he’ll do a good job,’ said Dowd. ‘He’s a fellow Marine and he’s a good man.’”
TRUMP’S FRIDAY -- He is meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He’ll also sign the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.
-- SCOOP: The Department of Homeland Security is restarting a stalled $10-million grant program for “Countering Violent Extremism” this morning. Life After Hate, a group dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, was slated to get $400,000 in the final days of the Obama administration ( before the program was halted for review, but the Trump administration dropped them from the new grant list that’s getting announced today. The group has seen a twenty-fold increase in requests for help since Election Day “from people looking to disengage or bystanders/family members looking for help from someone they know,” the organization’s founder Christian Picciolini told us. The Denver, Las Vegas, and Seattle police departments are some of the big cities that are getting six-figure grants to fight extremism. Los Angeles and Denver are also among the cities getting money. DHS did not comment last night on why Life After Hate was dropped.
BUSINESS BURST -- “American Airlines CEO ‘Not Happy’ About Qatar Airways Plan to Buy 10% Stake: Gulf airline intends to buy shares on the open market—an approach American Airlines CEO calls ‘puzzling and strange’,” by WSJ’s Robert Wall, Susan Carey and Doug Cameron: “In a filing early Thursday, American said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker told it of its plan to acquire up to a 10% stake. American said Qatar Airways informed it of its intention to buy at least $808 million of its stock on the open market, or roughly 16.7 million shares at Wednesday’s closing price.
“American Chief Executive Doug Parker, in an interview Thursday, he was ‘not happy’ about the prospect and found the approach ‘puzzling and strange.’ ... Qatar’s proposed investment in American would be more unusual: The two have been on opposite sides of a bitter air-industry fight. Some U.S. and European carriers have accused Qatar Airways and two other Gulf airlines, Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways, of benefiting from government ownership and subsidies. The fast-growing Gulf carriers have denied that.”
FIRST PERSON -- “We participated in talks with North Korean representatives. This is what we learned,” by Bruce Klingner and Sue Mi Terry in WaPo: “This month, we were part of a group of delegates from the United States, Japan, China and South Korea who met in Sweden with representatives of North Korea to explore possible grounds for resuming the six-party talks that collapsed in 2009. After many hours with the North Korean delegation at these ‘1.5 track’ talks, we left more pessimistic than when we arrived. North Korean officials made unambiguously clear that Pyongyang will not be deterred from augmenting its nuclear arsenal or test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile that could eventually threaten the U.S. homeland. There were no signals of flexibility or willingness to negotiate on these programs. Throughout, the North Korean message was that denuclearization is off the table.”
YIKES -- “In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and U.S. interrogates,” by AP’s Maggie Michaels in Mukalla, Yemen: “Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme -- including the ‘grill,’ in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found. Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. ... The AP documented at least 18 clandestine lockups across southern Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates or by Yemeni forces created and trained by the Gulf nation.”
-- “Qatar’s neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis,” by AP’s Josh Lederman: “Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar. In a 13-point list -- presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis -- the countries also demand that Qatar sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the list in Arabic from one of the countries involved in the dispute.”
POWER PLAYBOOKERS – DAVID PETRAEUS and MICHAEL O’HANLON in the WSJ, “Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle: Trump’s early approach holds promise if backed with a sustained, and sustainable, commitment”:
WHAT LANGLEY IS READING -- “Ex-CIA officer charged with spying for China: Prosecutors allege a brazen effort to trade U.S. secrets for cash,” by Josh Gerstein: “A former [CIA] officer is facing charges that he sold top-secret U.S. government documents to China. Kevin Mallory, 60, was arrested by the FBI at his home in Leesburg, Virginia, on Thursday and brought to federal court in Alexandria to face preliminary charges of espionage and lying to federal officers. While the sensitivity of the information disclosed remains unclear, if the government can prove the charges, the case would represent one of the most brazen acts of espionage for China carried out by a veteran of the CIA and other government agencies.”
MICHAEL GRUNWALD in The Agenda, “The anti-innovation presidency: Behind all the theater of ‘Tech Week,’ Trump’s budget makes deeper cuts to research and development than any White House in modern history”: “There’s a political logic to Trump’s innovation policy heresies. Two thirds of R&D spending goes to blue states, and most of it tends to cluster in large cities and college towns rather than farm country or the Rust Belt, one reason these issues have more resonance for cosmopolitan technocrats than for Trump voters.”
NERDCAST PODCAST: The most closely watched House race ever is over, and Republican Karen Handel came out the victor over Democrat Jon Ossoff. POLITICO’s Scott Bland, Charlie Mahtesian, Eliana Johnson and Nancy Cook break down Georgia’s special election and the resulting discontent with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi among some Democrats. Plus, POLITICO Pulse Check host Dan Diamond joined to walk through what’s in the Senate GOP health care bill and which factions will push the bill in different directions in the days to come. Listen and subscribe
MEDIAWATCH -- “Wall Street Journal Scrutinizes Hundreds of Articles by Fired Reporter,” by NYT’s Sydney Ember and Gardiner Harris: Jay Solomon’s “closeness with some of his sources made some colleagues uncomfortable. During United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, Mr. Azima often invited journalists to join him for drinks and dinner. Mr. Azima also appeared in Vienna in 2015 during negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal. In each setting, Mr. Solomon was a fixture at the bar and restaurant table with Mr. Azima ... In Washington, Mr. Solomon sometimes bragged about afternoons spent on Mr. Azima’s yacht and showed pictures around the newsroom of himself and his young son in sun-washed locales with the businessman, according to people who worked in the bureau who spoke on the condition of anonymity.”
SUNDAY SO FAR -- “FOX News Sunday”: Brit Hume is filling in for Chris Wallace. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) ... Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). Panel: Michael Needham, Jennifer Griffin, Josh Holmes, Bob Woodward
--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ... Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Panel: Helene Cooper, Hallie Jackson, Mark Leibovich, George F. Will
--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Panel: Ben Domenech, Michael Duffy, Ed O’Keefe and Amy Walter ... The Atlantic’s Mark Bowden, author of “How to Deal With North Korea” (
--ABC’s “This Week”: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) ... Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ... Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
--CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Michael Bender, Margaret Talev, Karoun Demirjian, Manu Raju
--CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Mayor Rahm Emanuel ... Victor Cha ... Joseph Cirincione ... David Brooks
SPOTTED at Dead and Company last night at Jiffy Lube Live in Virginia: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Diane Blagman, Bryan Sanders (Sarah Huckabee’s husband) ... former First Lady Laura Bush with three companions entering a Georgetown house on 31st street yesterday afternoon.
SPOTTED at birthday parties for Michael Falcone and Adrienne Elrod last night, both coincidentally held at Kimpton Mason and Rook roof near Logan Circle: John Podesta, Jen Psaki, Alice Stewart, Jen Palmieri, Jessie Niewold, Arlette Saenz, Justin Fishel, Veronica Stracqualursi, Ryan Struyk.
SPOTTED at Ali Rogin’s 30th birthday party last night at Exiles bar on U Street: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jamie Kirchick, Suzy Kianpour, Aaron Keyak, Zeke Miller, Sahil Kapur, Walter Cronkite, Nick Kalman, Andrew Albertson, Kate Bennett and Kevin Baron, Nick Kalman, Paul Kane, Niels Lesniewski, Michael Goldfarb.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – J.D. Grom, executive director of the New Democrat Coalition and Stacy Grom, director of special events and sponsorships for the National Geographic Society, on Monday welcomed Emma Marie Grom, born at 1:39 p.m. EST weighing in at 6 pounds, 15.5 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Pics ... ...
-- Josh Block, CEO and president of The Israel Project and an AIPAC alum, and Kim Block email friends and family: “Kim and I are thrilled to welcome Henry Victor Block to our family. He was born Tuesday afternoon, weighing-in at 8lbs 14.5oz. Mom and baby are doing great! Thanks for all your warm wishes!” Pics ... ... ...
OUT AND ABOUT -- Capitol File hosted its annual summer arts issue party last night at Pinea at the W with New Heights Communications and DC Events, and sponsors Peroni, Mumm champagne, Christie’s Long and Foster and the National Confectioners Association.
SPOTTED: Publisher Meredith Merrill, Marissa Mitrovich, Carol Lee, Matt and Rebecca Haller, Jon Decker, Neil Grace, Kevin Sheridan and Erika Gutierrez, Adrienne Elrod, Parita Shah, Kimball Stroud, Christine Delargy, Andrew Kovalcin, Alex and Caitlin Conant, Steve Chaggaris, Ron Bonjean, Michael and Mary Kathryn Steel, Sam Dealey, Pamela Sorensen, Meredith Fineman, Jen Hing, Anne Schroeder, Anne Brady Perron, Jon Decker, Matt Dornic and Kyle Volpe, Emily Kuhn, James Hooley, David Chalian, Mignon Clyburn, Yebbie Watkins, Zach Sentementes, Tara Palmeri, Janet Donovan, Lyndon Boozer, Daniel Swartz, David Litt, Michael and Mary Katherine Steel, Demi Vitkute, Will Carter, John McCarthy.
--The women of the White House press corps and press office had a Ladies Libations happy hour last night at Le Bar. SPOTTED: Ali Vitali, Ronica Cleary, Francesca Chambers, Nikki Schwab, Tara Palmeri, birthday girl Jill Colvin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Lindsay Walters, Natalie Strom, Anita Kumar, Jessica Stone, Jen Jacobs, Marrisa Schultz, Helen Aguirre Ferre, Linda Feldman, Debra Saunders.
TRANSITIONS -- Mike French, former NASA chief of staff, has launched Port City Strategies, a space and technology government affairs firm. ... Shoshana Weissmann is starting on Monday at the R Street Institute where she will be managing digital media for the libertarian organization. She was most recently digital director for Opportunity Lives.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Amber Moon, comms. director for Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and a Kay Hagan alum. Asked how the Trump presidency is going: “Tremendously unprecedented.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A:
BIRTHDAYS: Paul Tewes, the pride of Mountain Lake, Minn. … Sylvia Burwell, former HHS secretary and president of American University, is celebrating her birthday at the Steve Miller Band concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion. … Politico alum Adam Lerner ... Justice Clarence Thomas is 69 ... Politico Europe’s Kate Day, Etienne Bauvir, and Ali Walker (tophat tips: Gabe Brotman) ... J.P. Fielder, head of corporate comms and investor relations at Exact Sciences Corporation ... Josh Lauder ... Rick Reynolds … Judy Lemons, former long-time CoS to Nancy Pelosi ... Goldman Sachs alum Ryan Rogers Woodbury, a recent Stanford GSB MBA grad now co-founder of AVAIL ... former Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) is 64 ... former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) is 48 ... former Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.) is 6-0 ... Tyler Anderson ... Jeff Carter ... Suzanne Clark, senior EVP of the U.S. Chamber ... Chris Spanos, co-founder and CEO of, America’s leading on-demand roadside assistance service (h/t Jon Haber) ...
... Steven Stombres, partner at Harbinger Strategies ... Emma Whitestone, proud recent graduate of Ithaca College (h/t dad Randy) ... Sivan Borowich-Ya’ari, founder of Innovation Africa, is 39 ... real estate developer Jerry Speyer is 77 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Patrick Morris ... Brian Pomper ... Caitlin Dorman ... Mark Leder ... Bronagh Finnegan ... Walter Sabbath ... Greg Hale is 42 ... Julie McInerney, spending the day getting her son ready for college at UW Madison ... Andrew Roos (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Tom Frechette ... Tina Karalekas ... Natasha Chambers ... Robin Strongin ... musical conductor James Levine is 74 ... “American Idol” ex-judge Randy Jackson is 61 ... actress Frances McDormand is 6-0 ... actress Selma Blair is 45 ... Rock singer KT Tunstall is 42 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.19 13:13 feedreddit ONE DEAD in London terror attack -- INSIDE Trump’s tech meeting -- JARED back to Israel -- DEMS to try to weaponize Trump's ‘mean’ comment -- BRITTANY BRAMELL to TSA -- KEVIN SHERIDAN engaged -- B’DAY: Jeff Mason

ONE DEAD in London terror attack -- INSIDE Trump’s tech meeting -- JARED back to Israel -- DEMS to try to weaponize Trump's ‘mean’ comment -- BRITTANY BRAMELL to TSA -- KEVIN SHERIDAN engaged -- B’DAY: Jeff Mason
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
Good Monday morning. THE PRESIDENT is at the White House today, where he’ll meet with the president of Panama and then with a number of tech leaders. (Scroll down a bit if you’d like to see who from the administration and business is expected to attend.)
TERROR IN LONDON -- THE SUN -- “LONDON MOSQUE TERROR: Finsbury Park Mosque terrorist screaming ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’ drives van into worshippers killing one and injuring ten,” by Ben Leo, Gemma Mullin, Neal Baker and Lauren Fruen: “ONE person has been killed and ten injured in a suspected terrorist attack after a hired van ploughed into Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque after late-night Ramadan prayers. The attacker – a 48-year-old white man – ran down pedestrians before being pinned down by hero bystanders and arrested by police.
“Scotland Yard has confirmed one man was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are in the process of informing his next of kin. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, this morning said: ‘This is being treated as a terrorist attack. ‘The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene, sadly, he has died. ‘Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation. It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack.’ The attacker struck outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to Finsbury Park mosque, in north London as the area was busy with worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers.”
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WE ARE STILL AT WAR -- “As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined,” by NYT’s Mark Landler and Michael Gordon: “When President Trump made his first major decision on the war in Afghanistan, he did not announce it in a nationally televised address from the White House or a speech at West Point.
“Instead, the Pentagon issued a news release late one afternoon last week confirming that the president had given the defense secretary, Jim Mattis, the authority to send several thousand additional troops to a war that, in its 16th year, engages about 8,800 American troops. Mr. Trump, who writes avidly on Twitter about war and peace in other parts of the world, said nothing about the announcement. But its effect was unmistakable: He had outsourced the decision on how to proceed militarily in Afghanistan to the Pentagon, a startling break with how former President Barack Obama and many of his predecessors handled the anguished task of sending Americans into foreign conflicts.
“The White House played down the Pentagon’s vaguely worded statement, which referred only to setting ‘troop levels’ as a stopgap measure -- a tacit admission of the administration’s internal conflicts over what to do about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.”
-- WAPO: “Afghan war faces flurry of setbacks as new U.S. military policy nears,” by Pamela Constable and Sayed Salahuddin in Islamabad: “[C]omplicating the picture are questions about how to deal with neighboring Pakistan and balance separate fights against Afghan and foreign-based insurgents. In the latest attack Sunday morning, Taliban fighters stormed a police base in southeastern Paktia province after detonating a suicide car bomb outside. At least five members of security forces and several civilians were killed, officials said. The attack came one day after an Afghan army commando shot and wounded seven U.S. troops inside an army base in northern Balkh province.”
SYRIA -- “U.S. aircraft shoots down a Syrian government jet over northern Syria, Pentagon says,” by WaPo’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Kareem Fahim:
-- “Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels,” by WSJ’s Rory Jones, Noam Raydan and Suha Ma’ayeh: “Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces. The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid.”
INSIDE THE WEST WING: PLAYING FAVORITES -- “Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads,” by Tara Palmeri and Andrew Restuccia: “Every president has regular contact with key Cabinet members, but Trump, who remains deeply mistrustful of career agency officials, has turned the White House into a hangout for his chosen department heads. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with the president at least 34 times since he was confirmed in February, according to a POLITICO analysis of Trump’s interactions since taking office. ...
“Senior aides say Trump demands facetime with his appointees in part because he doesn’t trust bureaucrats who do the day-to-day work of the federal government. The president shuns them as tools of what he often refers to as the ‘deep state,’ and blames them for the frequent, unflattering news stories coming from his White House, according to two White House aides. But for Trump’s Cabinet members, proximity is a plus. Being physically present at the White House ensures that they have a say in policymaking — and serves as an indication of status with the president.”
LEGAL SHUFFLE -- “Kushner Is Said to Be Reconsidering His Legal Team,” by NYT’s Ben Protess Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Sharon LaFraniere: “Representatives of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, have quietly contacted high-powered criminal lawyers about potentially representing him in the wide-ranging investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election, according to three people briefed on the matter.
“Some of Mr. Kushner’s allies have raised questions about the link between his current lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, according to one of the people who spoke on condition of anonymity. Before the Justice Department named him to the special counsel post, Mr. Mueller was a law partner with Ms. Gorelick at the Washington firm of WilmerHale. ...
“‘After the appointment of our former partner Robert Mueller as special counsel, we advised Mr. Kushner to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us as his counsel,’ the statement from Ms. Gorelick said. …
“Among the lawyers contacted, one person said, was Abbe D. Lowell, a prominent trial lawyer whose previous clients include Jack Abramoff, the powerful Republican lobbyist, in a corruption scandal that shook Washington in 2005. Mr. Lowell is currently defending Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, against federal corruption charges. Mr. Lowell declined to comment.”
KUSHNER’S NEXT BIG TASK -- “Trump aides Kushner and Greenblatt to visit Israel, Palestinians this week,” by Reuters’ Steve Holland: “U.S. President Donald Trump is sending two top aides to Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to discuss potential next steps in his bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a White House official said on Sunday. Going on the trip will be White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law and husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, a top national security aide. Greenblatt will arrive in the region on Monday and Kushner on Wednesday.
“The talks follow Trump’s discussions last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Behind-the-scenes conversations have been taking place since the Trump trip, the White House official said. … Kushner and Greenblatt will have meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah to hear directly from the Israeli and Palestinian leadership ‘about their priorities and potential next steps,’ the official said.”
DEM’S GEORGIA CATCH 22 -- “Democrats sweat the details in Georgia special election,” by Gabe Debenedetti in Sandy Springs, Georgia: “Democrats are closer than they ever could have imagined to winning a House seat in the Republican suburbs of Atlanta, and dealing a resounding blow to Donald Trump. But they’re also gripped by anxiety about what happens if they fall short Tuesday. A loss in Georgia’s special election here could leave the party demoralized, with little to show for all the furious organizing, fundraising and spending in a handful of congressional special elections in the early months of the Trump administration. As a result, Democrats are now straining to throw everything they have at Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to push Jon Ossoff over the top against Republican Karen Handel, aiming to prove they can win the suburban districts that may pave the way to a House majority in 2018.”
THE NEW DEM TALKING POINTS -- “Democrats use Trump ‘mean’ comment to tar GOP,” by Josh Dawsey and Seung Min Kim: “Democrats are seeking to capitalize on President Donald Trump calling the Republican health care bill ‘mean’ ahead of the Senate's vote to repeal Obamacare, seeing it as a pivotal moment in an issue that could drive the 2018 midterm elections. The comments from Trump, made privately to senators last week, were largely overshadowed by a mass shooting at a Congressional baseball practice and new developments in the special counsel’s investigation into Trump and his associates.
“But a senior Democratic aide said the party plans to revive the ‘mean’ comment part of floor speeches, press conferences and social media, and consultants said they craved the image of Trump celebrating in the Rose Garden with House members over a ‘mean’ bill that hurt poor Americans. ‘We will be weaving mean into the broader attack in a prominent way,’ the aide said.”
-- It’s important to note: There are just nine legislative days left before Congress breaks for the July 4 recess. Senate Republicans have still not released an Obamacare repeal bill for public review. It is crunch time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to find a path forward for a health care bill that can pass before the break. ALSO, WE HEAR that House Republicans aren’t going to necessarily take up whatever the Senate passes. They do plan a vote on something, but it’s not yet clear what the House will be able to stomach.
HAPPENING TODAY -- The much-discussed tech summit organized by President Donald Trump’s Office of American Innovation is bringing together Trump administration heavy hitters with a slew of tech bigwigs.
-- WHITE HOUSE ATTENDEES: Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Chris Liddell, Reed Cordish, Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, Stephen Miller, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Tom Bossert.
-- AGENCY ATTENDEES: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Homeland Secretary Ret. Gen. John Kelly, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
-- CEOS: Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard; Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon; Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov; Safra Catz, Co-Chief Executive of Oracle; Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; John Doerr, Chairman of Kleiner Perkins; Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware; Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai; Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP; Steven Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe; Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet; Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture; and Peter Thiel, Founders Fund.
-- “White House meetings add to tech’s awkward dance with Trump,” by Steven Overly: “Amazon, Google, Facebook and Lyft have all hired lobbyists with connections to Trump or his Cabinet members, as they seek to influence the administration on everything from taxes to immigration.”
-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: DNC CHAIR TOM PEREZ is endorsing Puerto Rico statehood. Perez, who has two siblings born in Puerto Rico, said in a statement provided to Playbook that he believes Puerto Ricans should have the same rights as those on the mainland and that his personal view is that statehood is the best method to provide full representation in government and equal rights.
-- STOPTERRORNOW.ORG is dropping $100,000 for a USA Today ad as part of its campaign to push Trump and Congress to put political and economic pressure on Qatar. The full-page ad is an open-letter from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. It also includes digital ads on the USA Today website. The ad
-- BRITTANY BRAMELL has left Uber, and is starting today at TSA as the assistant administrator of public affairs.
A BI-PARTISAN KUMBAYA MOMENT -- “Israel trip calms some D.C. tensions,” by Daniel Lippman: “A number of former top Trump campaign officials and prominent Democrats say that their trip last week to Israel helped them dial down the bitter partisanship of current-day Washington. Trump campaign alumni Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, former Obama White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton, and Paul Begala were among the participants in the seven-day trip that ended Saturday. … The trip was sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation and organized by AIPAC political director Rob Bassin; other trip-goers included Juleanna Glover, Corry Bliss, Trey Nix, Brad Todd and Jef Pollack.” With a pic of the full group in front of the Knesset
WEST COAST WATCH -- “These Democrats feel guilty for sitting out the 2016 elections, and they aren’t waiting to register voters for the midterms,” by L.A. Times’ Javier Panzer:
MEDIAWATCH: HADAS GOLD -- “Fox’s Bolling talks of a future Senate run”: “Fox News anchor Eric Bolling may have just signed a new multi-year contract, but he’s also eyeing a possible career change: A future run for Senate. For now, Bolling is secure in his job as co-host of the new show ‘The Fox News Specialists.’ But In a recent telephone interview from Fox News headquarters in New York City, Bolling said that ‘when the lights go down on the TV career’ he wants to make a primary challenge against a sitting Republican senator in the South.
“‘A lot of Republicans run as conservatives only to be elected, and we find out they’re not conservative at all,” said Bolling, who considers himself one of President Donald Trump’s longest and most loyal supporters. Bolling, who grew up in Chicago and went to college in Florida, declined to specify which state in the South he’d run, which senator he would challenge or even when it would happen (it could be ‘never’ or when his current contract runs out in three years, he said). He also denied he’s taking any concrete actions to run, including speaking with consultants -- ‘no, no, friends’ he said when asked if he’s had conversations about planning a campaign.”
-- JACK SHAFER on “Megyn Kelly Pantses Alex Jones”:
SPOTTED: HHS Secretary Tom Price on the Sunday afternoon ATL-DCA flight. Flying coach with two security agents.
ENGAGED -- Kevin Sheridan, founder of the Sheridan Media Group and a Romney/Ryan and RNC alum, got engaged to Erika Gutierrez, founder of and daughter of former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. They met at an event in 2015, and were reintroduced at the Jefferson through friends a year later. He proposed at their new home Saturday evening. Pic
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Ari Schaffer, research analyst in the White House communications shop and an America Rising alum, married Marissa Schwartz, a senior analyst at The Advisory Board Company, on Sunday at the Rockleigh Country Club in New Jersey. The two met at Kesher Israel Synagogue in Georgetown. Pics ... ...
--Alessandro Ago (Alex), son of D.C. publicist Janet Donovan and Amb. Pietro Ago, married Emma Bernstein at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, CA. Ago is director of programming and special projects at USC while Bernstein is assistant to the president at Imagine Entertainment. “In keeping with their cinematic interests, they created a movie poster in honor of their wedding.” Pic ... The poster
BUSH ALUMNI -- Glynda Becker, director of federal relations at Washington State University and a Bush administration alum, married Tom Fenter in an outdoor ceremony at the Suncadia resort located outside of Seattle. The couple was introduced by former Bush alumnae Susan McColley Benhoff when she invited her brother last minute to join the group at Outer Banks for their annual Memorial Day Weekend beach trip. Pics
SPOTTED: Susan McColley Benhoff and Kevin Benhoff, Suhail Khan, Warren and Emily Tryon, Mike and Rhonda Gallagher, Connie and Gary Partoyan, Kelle Strickland and Chad Adams, Rob McKenna.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jeff Mason, WH correspondent for Reuters and president of the WHCA. How he’s celebrating: “I’m spending the day in Bonn, Germany, where I’m accepting the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award on behalf of the White House Correspondents’ Association. It’s an honor to be here to discuss the work of the WHCA and extra special to me personally because I was born in Germany -- my folks were stationed here with the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s. I’m celebrating with my twin bro, Brian, (happy birthday, dear brother!) and with close family friends from the village we lived in as kids.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:
BIRTHDAYS: David DiMartino, a Boston native and Bruins fan, now at Blue Engine Message and Media (h/t Erik Smith) … former SEC chairwoman Mary Schapiro ... WaPo’s Anne Gearan ... Marcus Brauchli, co-founder and managing partner of North Base Media, the pride of Boulder, and a WSJ and WaPo alum, is 56 (h/t Ben Chang) ... Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, the pride of Piedmont, Calif. (h/t Tim Burger) ... Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 72 ... Salman Rushdie is 7-0 ... actor Paul Dano is 33 (h/t Nadia Szold) ... David Lat, founder and managing editor of Above the Law, is 42 ... Lara Spencer of “Good Morning America” and the pride of Garden City ... Politico’s Tim Starks ... Slate contributor Seth Stevenson, author of “Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World” ... Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) is 38 ... Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) is 63 ... Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is 6-0 ... Slate’s Isaac Chotiner, a Houston Rockets fan and TNR alum ... former Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) is 46 ...
... CBS News producers Louise Dufresne and Christina Ruffini (h/ts Caitlin Conant) ... Tariq Smith, proud NC State Wolfpack alum (h/t Andrew Bates) ... Cragg Hines ... Mary Dalrymple of Eagle Hill Consulting and a Booz Allen alum ... Earl Whipple ... Mike Naple is 34 ... Jenna Sakwa, Speaker Ryan’s new director of media affairs. She celebrated with colleagues on the speaker’s balcony on Friday, with family in NYC this weekend, and will BBQ with friends on Monday (h/t Ryan press team) ... Michelle Ringuette … Liz Richards ... Samantha Finke … Darren Bearson … Sean Kevelighan … Hilary Richards ... Michael Akin, president of DC-based strat comms and engagement firm LINK Strategic Partners (h/t wife Wendi) ... Jennifer Fedor ... Raytheon’s Aimee Strudwick Gilroy … Marilyn Miller (h/t Teresa Vilmain) ... former Bush 43 White House and DHS alum Tom Hoare (h/t Ed Cash) ... Michael Robbins … Ruth Elliott ... Sean Kevelighan ... Bonnie Goldstein ... Matt McKillop is 33 ... Leslea Byrd ... CRC Public Relations is 28 … Liz Richards … Paula Abdul is 55 ... actress Zoe Saldana is 39 ... Macklemore (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) is 34 ... actor Atticus Shaffer is 18 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.17 09:34 tombstoneshadows28 All of the MPAA/CARA-rated films of 2009 (out of the 7,004 films released worldwide that year.)

  1. Aussie + Ted’s Great Adventure (Director: Shuki Levy)
  2. Bomb! (Director: Antonio de Santos)
  3. Curious George II: Follow That Monkey! (Director: Norton Virgien)
  4. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (Director: Lasse Hallström)
  5. Hannah Montana: The Movie (Director: Peter Chelsom)
  6. Jack And The Beanstalk (Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe)
  7. Kikkerdril (Director: Simone van Dusseldorp)
  8. Mandie + The Secret Tunnel (Directors: Joy Chapman + Owen Smith)
  9. Opposite Day (Director: R. Michael Givens)
  10. Pelle Politibil går i vannet (Rasmus A. Sivertsen)
  11. Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency (Director: Tom Whitus)
  12. The Legacy (Director: Bernard Émond)
  13. The Mighty Macs (Director: Tim Chambers)
  14. The Princess And The Frog (Directors: Ron Clements + John Musker)
  15. The Strawberry Shortcake Movie: Sky's the Limit (Directors: David Mucci Fassett + Michael Hack)
  16. The True Story Of Puss ‘N Boots (Directors: Jérôme Deschamps, Pascal Hérold + Macha Makeïeff)
  17. The Velveteen Rabbit (Director: Michael Landon, Jr.)
  18. The Wild Stallion (Director: Craig Clyde)
  19. Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure (Director: Klay Hall)
  20. Trail Of The Panda (Director: Zhong Yu)
  1. A Christmas Carol (Director: Robert Zemeckis)
  2. A Little Bit Of Faith (Director: Tiana Hailey)
  3. A Shine Of Rainbows (Director: Vic Sarin)
  4. Adam (Director: Joseph Minasi)
  5. Alabama Moon (Director: Tim McCanlies)
  6. Alien Trespass (Director: R.W. Goodwin)
  7. Aliens In The Attic (Director: John Schultz)
  8. Alvin + The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Director: Betty Thomas)
  9. Amargura (Director: Antonio de Santos)
  10. Amelia (Director: Mira Nair)
  11. Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (Director: Luc Besson)
  12. Astro Boy (Director: David Bowers)
  13. Babysitters Beware (Director: Douglas Horn)
  14. Bandslam (Director: Todd Graff)
  15. Bigfoot (Director: Kevin Tenney)
  16. Bride Wars (Director: Gary Winick)
  17. Bright Star (Director: Jane Campion)
  18. Broken Hill (Director: Dagen Merrill)
  19. C Me Dance (Director: Greg Robbins)
  20. Cairo Time (Director: Ruba Nadda)
  21. Call Of The Wild (Director: Richard Gabai)
  22. Cayman Went (Director: Bobby Sheehan)
  23. Christmas Angel (Director: Brian Brough)
  24. Christmas In Beverly Hills (Director: Neri Parenti)
  25. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (Directors: Phil Lord + Christopher Miller)
  26. Confessions Of A Shopaholic (Director: P.J. Hogan)
  27. Coraline (Director: Henry Selick)
  28. Coyote County Loser (Director: Jason Naumann)
  29. Disco Cops: The Movie (Director: Tanner Robbins)
  30. Dragonball: Evolution (Director: James Wong)
  31. Earthwork (Director: Chris Ordal)
  32. Faces (Director: Thomas R. Dickens)
  33. Fame (Director: Kevin Tancharoen)
  34. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Director: Wes Anderson)
  35. From Time To Time (Director: Julian Fellowes)
  36. G-Force (Director: Hoyt Yeatman)
  37. A Ted Named Gooby (Gooby) (Director: Wilson Coneybeare)
  38. Harry Potter + The Half-Blood Prince (Director: David Yates)
  39. Heiran (Director: Shalizeh Arefpoor)
  40. Hiroshima (Director: Pablo Stoll)
  41. Hotel For Dogs (Director: Thor Freudenthal)
  42. Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (Directors: Carlos Saldanha + Mike Thurmeier)
  43. If God Wants (Director: Arthur Diennet)
  44. Jump (Director: Stephen Fung)
  45. Little Hercules (in 3-D) (Director: Mohamed Khashoggi)
  46. Looking For Jackie (Directors: Gangliang Fang + Ping Jiang)
  47. Lost In The Woods (Director: Jim Wynorski)
  48. Luke And Lucy: The Texas Rangers (Directors: Wim Bien + Mark Mertens)
  49. Mao’s Last Dancer (Director: Bruce Beresford)
  50. Minor Details (Director: John Lyde)
  51. Monsters vs. Aliens (Directors: Rob Letterman + Conrad Vernon)
  52. Nativity! (Director: Debbie Isitt)
  53. New In Town (Director: Jonas Elmer)
  54. Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian (Director: Shawn Levy)
  55. Old Dogs (Director: Walt Becker)
  56. One Good Man (Director: Christian Vuissa)
  57. Party Time: The Movie (Director: Juanma Fernández-Paris)
  58. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Director: Steve Carr)
  59. Pedro (Director: undisclosed)
  60. Planet 51 (Directors: Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad + Marcos Martínez)
  61. Princess Kaiulani (Director: Marc Forby)
  62. Race To Witch Mountain (Director: Andy Fickman)
  63. Raising Kayn (Director: Colton Tran)
  64. Right Hand Drive (Director: Mark Kalbskopf)
  65. Seafoam + Salmon (Director: Sarah Kim)
  66. Shadows Of The Past (Director: Warren Ryan)
  67. Shannon’s Rainbow (Director: Frank E. Johnson)
  68. Shorts (Director: Robert Rodriguez)
  69. Silent Nights (Director: Tom Poehlmann)
  70. Sticky Fingers (Director: Ken Scott)
  71. Summer Wars (Director: Mamoru Hosoda)
  72. Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion (Director: Ray Griggs)
  73. The Bee (Director: David Rountree)
  74. The Dolphin: Story Of A Dreamer (Director: Eduardo Schuldt)
  75. The Last Passport (Directors: Kent Smith + David Temple)
  76. The Lightkeepers (Director: Daniel Adams)
  77. The Lost + Found Family (Director: Barnet Bain)
  78. The Perfect Game (Director: William Dear)
  79. The Pink Panther II (Director: Harald Zwart)
  80. The Prodigy (Director: Robert D. Hanna)
  81. The Search (Director: Perna Tseden)
  82. The Stinkville Monster (Director: Tony Trombo)
  83. The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle (Director: Florian Baxmeyer)
  84. The Young Victoria (Director: Jean-Marc Vallée)
  85. Toys In The Attic (Directors: Jirí Barta + Vivian Schilling)
  86. Up (Director: Pete Docter + Bob Peterson)
  87. When North Winds Blow (Director: James M. De Vince)
  88. Where The Wild Things Are (Director: Spike Jonze)
  89. Wild Grass (Director: Alain Resnais)
  1. 12 Rounds (Director: Renny Harlin)
  2. 17 Again (Director: Burr Steers)
  3. 2012 (Director: Roland Emmerich)
  4. 3 Idiots (Director: Rajkumar Hirani)
  5. (500) Days Of Summer (Director: Marc Webb)
  6. 9 (Director: Shane Acker)
  7. A Secret Promise (Director: Fred Manocherian)
  8. A Serious Man (Director: Joel Coen)
  9. According To Greta (Director: Nancy Bardawil)
  10. Adam (Director: Max Mayer)
  11. After Last Season (Director: Mark Region)
  12. All About Steve (Director: Phil Traill)
  13. All Ages Night (Director: Nancy Montuori Stein)
  14. All For Liberty (Director: Chris Weatherhead)
  15. All’s Faire In Love (Director: Scott Marshall)
  16. Amor y Frijoles (Directors: Mathew Kodath + Hernan Pereira)
  17. Amreeka (Director: Cherien Dabis)
  18. An Education (Director: Lone Scherfig)
  19. Angels + Demons (Director: Ron Howard)
  20. Armored (Director: Nimród Antal)
  21. Avatar (Director: James Cameron)
  22. B-Girl (Director: Emily Dell)
  23. Better The Devil You Know (Director: Greg Augustine)
  24. Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (Director: Peter Hyams)
  25. Black Sheep (Director: Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz)
  26. Black + Blue (Director: Jill Maxcy)
  27. Bounty (Director: Jared Isham)
  28. Bran Nue Dae (Director: Rachel Perkins)
  29. Carriers (Directors: David Pastor + Àlex Pastor)
  30. Chandni Chowk To China (Director: Nikkhil Advani)
  31. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (Director: Paul Weitz)
  32. City Island (Director: Raymond De Felitta)
  33. Coco Before Chanel (Director: Anne Fontaine)
  34. Cold Souls (Director: Sophie Barthes)
  35. Couples Retreat (Director: Peter Billingsley)
  36. Creation (Director: Jon Amiel)
  37. Dance Flick (Director: Damien Dante Wayans)
  38. Dear Lemon Lima (Director: Suzi Yoonessi)
  39. Did You Hear About The Morgans? (Director: Marc Lawrence)
  40. Drag Me To Hell (Director: Sam Raimi)
  41. Dragon Hunter (Director: Stephen Shimek)
  42. Duplicity (Director: Tony Gilroy)
  43. Echelon Conspiracy (Director: Greg Marcks)
  44. Endgame (Director Pete Travis)
  45. Everybody’s Fine (Director: Kirk Jones)
  46. Fanboys (Director: Kyle Newman)
  47. Farzaneh (Director: David Brokhim)
  48. Fast + Furious (Director: Justin Lin)
  49. Father And Guns (Director: Émile Gaudreault)
  50. Fighting (Director: Dito Montiel)
  51. Fire From Below (Directors: Andrew Stevens + Jim Wynorski)
  52. Fired Up! (Director: Will Gluck)
  53. Flying By (Director: Jim Amatulli)
  54. For Sale By Owner (Director: Robert J. Wilson)
  55. Forget (Director: Jacob Landis-Eigsti)
  56. Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (Director: Gareth Carrivick)
  57. From Mexico With Love (Director: Jimmy Nickerson)
  58. G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (Director: Stephen Sommers)
  59. Gentlemen Broncos (Director: Jared Hess)
  60. Get Low (Director: Aaron Schneider)
  61. Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (Director: Mark Waters)
  62. God Send Me A Man (Directors: Emmbre Perry + Curtis Von)
  63. God, Me...HIV? One Man Show (Directors: Devin T. Robinson + Darien F. Rodriguez)
  64. Grilling Bobby Hicks (Director: Tommy Wood)
  65. H2O Extreme (Director: William Scharpf)
  66. He’s Just Not That Into You (Director: Ken Kwapis)
  67. Hell’s Fury: Wanted Dead Or Alive (Director: Alan Chan)
  68. HER (Directors: Tyrone Tann + Omega Kayne)
  69. Hillbilly Bob Zombie (Director: Ray Basham)
  70. Hurricane Season (Director: Tim Story)
  71. I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Director: Tyler Perry)
  72. I Hate Valentine’s Day (Director: Nia Vardalos)
  73. I Love You, Beth Cooper (Director: Chris Columbus)
  74. Imagine That (Director: Karey Kirkpatrick)
  75. Invictus (Director: Clint Eastwood)
  76. Irene In Time (Director: Henry Jaglom)
  77. It’s A Mismatch (Director: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad)
  78. Julie + Julia (Director: Nora Ephron)
  79. Karma Calling (Director: Sarba Das)
  80. Knowing (Director: Alex Proyas)
  81. Labor Pains (Director: Lara Shapiro)
  82. Land Of The Lost (Director: Brad Silberling)
  83. Like Dandelion Dust (Director: Jon Gunn)
  84. Love Happens (Director: Brandon Camp)
  85. Love Hurts (Director: Barra Grant)
  86. Love N’ Dancing (Director: Robert Iscove)
  87. Lurking Under Life (Director: William Conrad)
  88. Mack Hanglider (Directors: Mark Macaluso + Peter Macaluso)
  89. Madea Goes To Jail (Director: Tyler Perry)
  90. Mega Diva (Director: Roberto Angel Salcedo)
  91. Mexican Gold (Director: Chuck Walker)
  92. Monster Beach Party (Director: Jay Wade Edwards)
  93. Motherhood (Director: Katherine Dieckmann)
  94. My Life In Ruins (Director: Donald Petrie)
  95. My One And Only (Director: Richard Loncraine)
  96. My Sister’s Keeper (Director: Nick Cassavetes)
  97. Nine (Director: Rob Marshall)
  98. Ninja Masters (Director: Xin Xin Xiong)
  99. No Greater Love (Director: Brad J. Silverman)
  100. Nobody (Director: Rob Perez)
  101. Not Easily Broken (Director: Bill Duke)
  102. Not Since You (Director: Jeff Stephenson)
  103. Nowhere To Hide (Director: John Murlowski)
  104. Obsessed (Director: Steve Shill)
  105. Ondine (Director: Neil Jordan)
  106. Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! (Director: Evgeny Afineevsky)
  107. Palo Pinto Gold (Director: Anthony Henslee)
  108. Paper Heart (Director: Nicholas Jasenovec)
  109. Partners (Director: Peter James Iengo)
  110. Passport To Love (Director: Victor Vu)
  111. Pastor Browne (Director: Rockmond Dunbar)
  112. Pennsylvania Is For Lovers (Director: Mickey Reece)
  113. Play The Game (Director: Marc Fienberg)
  114. Poema de salvación (Director: Brian Dublin)
  115. Poker Run (Director: Julian Higgins)
  116. Post Grad (Director: Vicky Jenson)
  117. Push (Director: Paul McGuigan)
  118. Ripples (Director: Marc Williams)
  119. Rock Slyde (Director: Chris Dowling)
  120. Royal Kill (Director: Babar Ahmed)
  121. Sabotage (Director: Reza Sixo Fafai)
  122. Sherlock Holmes (Director: Guy Ritchie)
  123. Something Blue (Directors: Sean Dillon + Curtis Krick)
  124. Spyware (Director: Grant Richards)
  125. Star Quest (Director: Jon Bonnell)
  126. Star Trek (Director: J.J. Abrams)
  127. State Of Play (Director: Kevin McDonald)
  128. Stay Cool (Director: Michael Polish)
  129. Steppin: The Movie (Director: Michael Taliferro)
  130. Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li (Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak)
  131. Sugarland (Director: Kenny Fisher)
  132. Surrogates (Director: Jonathan Mostow)
  133. Terminator: Salvation (Director: McG)
  134. That Evening Sun (Director: Scott Teems)
  135. The Blind Side (Director: John Lee Hancock)
  136. The Box (Director: Richard Kelly)
  137. The Boys Are Back (Director: Scott Hicks)
  138. The Break-Up Artist (Director: Steve Woo)
  139. The City Of Your Final Destination (Director: James Ivory)
  140. The Concert (Director: Radu Mihaileanu)
  141. The Deported (Director: Lance Kawas)
  142. The Fourth Kind (Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi)
  143. The Greatest Song (Director: Sarah Poindexter)
  144. The Gun (Director: Julio Alvarez)
  145. The Haunting In Connecticut (Director: Peter Cornwell)
  146. The Hole (Director: Joe Dante)
  147. The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (Director: Terry Gilliam)
  148. The Indian (Director: Ineke Houtman)
  149. The Invention Of Lying (Directors: Ricky Gervais + Matthew Robinson)
  150. The Jerk Theory (Director: Scott S. Anderson)
  151. The Least Among You (Director: Mark Young)
  152. The Lovely Bones (Director: Peter Jackson)
  153. The Maiden Heist (Director: Peter Hewitt)
  154. The Marc Pease Experience (Director: Todd Louiso)
  155. The New Daughter (Director: Luiso Berdejo)
  156. The Open Road (Director: Michael Meredith)
  157. The Proposal (Director: Anne Fletcher)
  158. The Shortcut (Director: Nicholaus Goossen)
  159. The Six Wives Of Henry Lefay (Director: Howard Michael Gould)
  160. The Smell Of Success (Director: Michael Polish)
  161. The Soloist (Director: Joe Wright)
  162. The Stepfather (Director: Nelson McCormick)
  163. The Storm Warriors (Directors: Danny Pang + Oxide Chun Pang)
  164. The Strip (Director: Jameel Khan)
  165. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Director: Robert Schwentke)
  166. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Director: Chris Weitz)
  167. The Unborn (Director: David S. Goyer)
  168. The Uninvited (Directors: Charles Guard + Thomas Guard)
  169. The Way (Director: Vladimir Pasichnik)
  170. The Winning Season (Director: Jim Strouse)
  171. The Yankles (Director: David R. Brooks)
  172. To Save A Life (Director: Brian Baugh)
  173. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (Director: Michael Bay)
  174. Under The Mountain (Director: Jonathan King)
  175. Whatever Works (Director: Woody Allen)
  176. Where The Lotus Blooms (Director: Metrey Keo)
  177. Whip It (Director: Drew Barrymore)
  178. White Wedding (Director: Jann Turner)
  179. White On Rice (Director: Dave Boyle)
  180. Wild About Harry (Director: Gwen Wynne)
  181. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Director: Gavin Hood)
  182. Year One (Director: Harold Ramis)
  183. You Are Not The Father! (Director: Gerron DelValle)
  1. (Untitled) (Director: Jonathan Parker)
  2. 21 + a Wake Up (Director: Chris McIntyre)
  3. 31 North 62 East (Director: Tristan Loraine)
  4. 44 Inch Chest (Director: Malcolm Venville)
  5. A Heavenly Vintage (Director: Niki Caro)
  6. A Perfect Getaway (Director: David Twohy)
  7. A Prophet (Director: Jacques Audiard)
  8. A Single Man (Director: Tom Ford)
  9. A Vampire’s Tale (Director: Drew Cullingham)
  10. A Woman, A Gun + A Noodle Shop (Director: Yimou Zhang)
  11. Accidents Happen (Director: Andrew Lancaster)
  12. Across The Hall (Director: Alex Merkin)
  13. Adopted (Director: Pauly Shore)
  14. Adventureland (Director: Greg Mottola)
  15. After.Life (Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo)
  16. Against The Current (Director: Peter Callahan)
  17. Agora (Director: Alejandro Amenábar)
  18. Albino Farm (Director: Joe Anderson)
  19. All American Orgy (Director: Andrew Drazek)
  20. Alpha Males Experiment (Knuckle Draggers) (Director: Alex Ranarivelo)
  21. Amar (Director: Jorge Ramírez Suárez)
  22. Amar a morir (Director: Fernando Lebrija)
  23. American Cowslip (Director: Mark David)
  24. American Virgin (Director: Clare Kilner)
  25. Angel Of Death (Director: Paul Etheredge)
  26. Anytown (Director: Dave Rodriguez)
  27. Applause (Director: Martin Zandvliet)
  28. April Showers (Director: Andrew Robinson)
  29. Assault Of The Sasquatch (Director: Andrew Gernhard)
  30. Attack On Darfur (Director: Uwe Boll)
  31. Autumn (Director: Steven Rumbelow)
  32. Away We Go (Director: Sam Mendes)
  33. Baby On Board (Director: Brian Herzlinger)
  34. Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (Director: Werner Herzog)
  35. Baja Beach Bums (Director: Patrick Healy)
  36. Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach (Director: Danny Leiner)
  37. Bangkok Adrenaline (Director: Raimund Huber)
  38. Bazookas: The Movie (Director: Michael G. Leonard)
  39. Beautiful (Director: Dean O’Flaherty)
  40. Beautiful Kate (Director: Rachel Ward)
  41. Beauty + The Beast (Director: David Lister)
  42. Behaving Badly (Director: Juan Drago)
  43. Big Fan (Director: Robert D. Siegel)
  44. Bitch Slap (Director: Rick Jacobson)
  45. Black (Director: Pierre Laffargue)
  46. Black Dynamite (Director: Scott Sanders)
  47. Blackface Killer (Director: Michael Fredianelli)
  48. Bled (Director: Christopher Hutson)
  49. Blood Creek (Director: Joel Schumacher)
  50. Blood Night: The Legend Of Mary Hatchet (Director: Frank Sabatella)
  51. Blood + Bone (Director: Ben Ramsey)
  52. Blood: The Last Vampire (Director: Chris Nahon)
  53. Bob Funk (Director: Craig Carlisle)
  54. Boogie Woogie (Director: Duncan Ward)
  55. Book Of Blood (Director: John Harrison)
  56. Breaking Point (Director: Jeff Celentano)
  57. Broken Embraces (Director: Pedro Almodóvar)
  58. Brooklyn’s Finest (Director: Antoine Fuqua)
  59. Brother’s War (Director: Jerry Buteyn)
  60. Brotherhood (Director: Nicolo Donato)
  61. Brothers (Director: Jim Sheridan)
  62. Brüno (Director: Larry Charles)
  63. Cabin Fever II: Spring Fever (Director: Ti West)
  64. Calvin Marshall (Director: Gary Lundgren)
  65. Case 39 (Director: Christian Alvart)
  66. Chain Letter (Director: Deon Taylor)
  67. Chaw (Director: Jeong-won Shin)
  68. Chicago Overcoat (Director: Brian Caunter)
  69. Chloe (Director: Atom Egoyan)
  70. Chéri (Director: Stephen Frears)
  71. City Of Life + Death (Director: Chuan Lu)
  72. Clash (Director: Thanh Son Le)
  73. Coco Chanel + Igor Stravinsky (Director: Jan Kounen)
  74. Cold Storage (Director: Tony Elwood)
  75. Command Performance (Director: Dolph Lundgren)
  76. Cornered! (Director: Daniel Maze)
  77. Cracks (Director: Jordan Scott)
  78. Crank: High Voltage (Directors: Mark Neveldine + Brian Taylor)
  79. Crazy Heart (Director: Scott Cooper)
  80. Creature Of Darkness (Director: Mark Stouffer)
  81. Crimes Of The Past (Director: Garrett Bennett)
  82. Crossing Over (Director: Wayne Kramer)
  83. Crush (Directors: Jeffrey Gerritsen + John V. Soto)
  84. Crush (Director: Michelle Fridley)
  85. Cyber Ninja (Director: James Arnett)
  86. Damage (Director: Jeff King)
  87. Damned By Dawn (Director: Brett Anstey)
  88. Dare (Director: Adam Salky)
  89. Dark Country (Director: Thomas Jane)
  90. Dark Fields (Director: Douglas Schulze)
  91. Dark Frontier (Director: Kriv Stenders)
  92. Dark House (Director: Darin Scott)
  93. Dark Moon Rising (Director: Dana Mennie)
  94. Daybreakers (Directors: Michael Spierig + Peter Spierig)
  95. Dead Man Running (Director: Alex De Rakoff)
  96. Deadland (Director: Damon O’Steen)
  97. Deadline (Director: Sean McConville)
  98. Death Warrior (Director: Bill Corcoran)
  99. Deep In The Valley (Director: Christian Forte)
  100. Defendor (Director: Peter Stebbings)
  101. Desert Flower (Director: Sherry Hormann)
  102. Diagnosis: Death (Director: Jason Stutter)
  103. Direct Contact (Director: Danny Lerner)
  104. Dismal (Director: Gary King)
  105. District 13: Ultimatum (Director: Patrick Alessandrin)
  106. District 9 (Director: Neill Blomkamp)
  107. Dolan’s Cadillac (Director: Jeff Beesley)
  108. Don McKay (Director: Jake Goldberger)
  109. Don’t Let Me Down (Director: Cruz Angeles)
  110. Don’t Look Up (Director: Fruit Chan)
  111. Dorian Gray (Director: Oliver Parker)
  112. Double Identity (Director: Dennis Dimster)
  113. Down Terrace (Director: Ben Wheatley)
  114. Down For Life (Director: Alan Jacobs)
  115. Dread (Director: Anthony DiBlasi)
  116. Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas (Director: Michael Feifer)
  117. Elsewhere (Director: Nathan Hope)
  118. End Game (Director: Bruce Koehler)
  119. Endless Bummer (Director: Sam Pillsbury)
  120. Evil Things (Director: Dominic Perez)
  121. Extract (Director: Mike Judge)
  122. Eyeborgs (Director: Richard Clabaugh)
  123. Eyes Of The Woods (Directors: Darrin Reed, F. Miguel Valenti + Mark Villalobos)
  124. Falling Awake (Director: Agustin)
  125. Fatal Secrets (Director: Meir Sharony)
  126. Finding Bliss (Director: Julie Davis)
  127. Fireball (Director: Thanakorn Pongsuwan)
  128. Five Minutes Of Heaven (Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel)
  129. Force Of Five (Director: Krissanapong Rachata)
  130. Forget Me Not (Director: Tyler Oliver)
  131. Formosa Betrayed (Director: Adam Kane)
  132. Four Boxes (Director: Wyatt McDill)
  133. Frankenhood (Director: Blaxwell Smart)
  134. Frat Party (Director: Robert Bennett)
  135. Friday The 13th (Director: Marcus Nispel)
  136. Frozen Kiss (Director: Harry Bromley Davenport)
  137. Funny People (Director: Judd Apatow)
  138. Fury (Director: Liz Lehmann)
  139. Gamer (Directors: Mark Neveldine + Brian Taylor)
  140. Ghost Machine (Director: Chris Hartwill)
  141. Ghost Month (Director: Danny Draven)
  142. Giallo (Director: Dario Argento)
  143. Give ‘em Hell Malone (Director: Russell Mulcahy)
  144. Glorious 39 (Director: Stephen Poliakoff)
  145. Good Guys Finish Last (Director: Riley Wood)
  146. Grace (Director: Paul Solet)
  147. Halloween II (Director: Rob Zombie)
  148. Handsome Harry (Director: Bette Gordon)
  149. Happy Tears (Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein)
  150. Hard Times (Director: Tom Reeve)
  151. Hardwired (Director: Ernie Barbarash)
  152. Harry Brown (Director: Daniel Barber)
  153. Heavy Weight On The Block (Director: F. Terrell Johnson)
  154. Helen (Director: Sandra Nettelbeck)
  155. Hellbinders (Directors: Mitch Gould, Hiro Koda + David Wald)
  156. Heroes (Director: Malcolm Brooks)
  157. Hidden (Director: Pål Øie)
  158. Hierarchy (Director: Michael Fredianelli)
  159. High Life (Director: Gary Yates)
  160. Homecoming (Director: Morgan J. Freeman)
  161. Horsemen (Director: Jonas Åkerlund)
  162. House Broken (Director: Sam Harper)
  163. Humpday (Director: Lynn Shelton)
  164. Hunger (Director: Steven Hentges)
  165. Hurt (Director: Barbara Stepansky)
  166. I Am Love (Director: Luca Guadagnino)
  167. I Do...I Did! (Director: J. Jesses Smith)
  168. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell (Director: Bob Gosse)
  169. I Love You Phillip Morris (Directors: Glenn Ficarra + John Requa)
  170. I Love You Too (Director: Nerlin Stfleur)
  171. I Love You, Man (Director: John Hamburg)
  172. Ibrahim Labyad (Director: Marwan Hamed)
  173. Ikenhisu: To Kill With One Blow (Director: La’Mard J. WIngster)
  174. Immortally Yours (Director: Joe Tornatore)
  175. In Her Skin (Director: Simone North)
  176. In The Electric Mist (Director: Bertrand Tavernier)
  177. In The Eyes Of A Killer (Director: Louis Mandylor)
  178. InSearchOf (Director: Zeke Zelker)
  179. Infestation (Director: Kyle Rankin)
  180. Ingenious (Director: Jeff Balsmeyer)
  181. Inglourious Basterds (Director: Quentin Tarantino)
  182. Into Temptation (Director: Patrick Coyle)
  183. It’s Complicated (Director: Nancy Meyers)
  184. Jarring (Director: Ivo Raza)
  185. Jennifer’s Body (Director: Karyn Kusama)
  186. Johnny Boy (Directors: Mickey Reece + James Paulsgrove)
  187. Jordan Saffron: Taste This! (Director: Sergio Myers)
  188. Just Another Day (Director: Peter Spirer)
  189. Kicking The Dog (Director: Randy Scooter Lammey)
  190. Kill Peter, Pay Paul (Directors: Kenny Foster + Dustin S. Massie)
  191. Kill Theory (Director: Chris Moore)
  192. Killer View (Director: Brian James O’Connell)
  193. Knife Edge (Director: Anthony Hickox)
  194. Know Thy Enemy (Director: Lee Cipolla)
  195. La Linea (The Line) (Director: James Cotton)
  196. La Mission (Director: Peter Bratt)
  197. La soga (Director: Josh Crook)
  198. Laid To Rest (Director: Robert Hall)
  199. Last Day Of Summer (Director: Vlad Yudin)
  200. Law Abiding Citizen (Director: F. Gary Gray)
  201. Leaves Of Grass (Director: Tim Blake Nelson)
  202. Lebanon (Director: Samuel Maoz)
  203. Legend Of The Bog (Director: Brendan Foley)
  204. Lies + Illusions (Director: Tibor Takács)
  205. Life During Wartime (Director: Todd Solondz)
  206. Life Is Hot In Cracktown (Director: Buddy Giovinazzo)
  207. Little Fish, Strange Pond (Director: Gregory Dark)
  208. Little New York (Director: James DeMonaco)
  209. Lofty Intentions (Director: Gerard Jamroz)
  210. Lost Angels (Director: Justin Voskian)
  211. Love Conquers Paul (Director: Colin Bannon)
  212. Love And Other Impossible Pursuits (Director: Don Roos)
  213. Love At First Hiccup (Director: Barbara Topsøe-Rothenborg)
  214. Loyalty The Movie (Director: Samuel Wheeler III)
  215. Lynch Mob (Director: Byron Conrad Erwin)
  216. Malice In Wonderland (Director: Simon Fellows)
  217. Mandrill (Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza)
  218. Maneater (Director: Michael Emanuel)
  219. Manson: My Name Is Evil (Director: Reginald Harkema)
  220. Map Of The Sounds Of Tokyo (Director: Isabel Coixet)
  221. Merantau (Director: Gareth Evans)
  222. Mercy (Director: Patrick Hoelck)
  223. Micmacs (Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  224. Middle Men (Director: George Gallo)
  225. Midgets vs. Mascots (Director: Ron Carlson)
  226. Miss March (Directors: Zach Cregger + Trevor Moore)
  227. Moon (Director: Duncan Jones)
  228. Mortal Sin (Director: David Von Roehm)
  229. Mother (Director: Bong Joon Ho)
  230. Mother + Child (Director: Rodrigo Garcia)
  231. Mr. Nobody (Director: Jaco Van Dormael)
  232. Mutants (Director: David Morlet)
  233. My Bloody Valentine (in 3-D) (Director: Patrick Lussier)
  234. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? (Director: Werner Herzog)
  235. Mystery Train (Director: Dan Eckman)
  236. Mythical Creatures (Director: Mickey Reece)
  237. Neighbor (Director: Robert A. Masciantonio)
  238. Never Surrender (Director: Hector Echavarria)
  239. New Brooklyn (Director: Christopher Cannucciari)
  240. Next Day Air (Director: Benny Boom)
  241. Night Train (Director: Brian King)
  242. Night Of The Demons (Director: Adam Gierasch)
  243. Ninja (Director: Isaac Florentine)
  244. Ninja Assassin (Director: James McTeigue)
  245. No Boundaries (Directors: Violet Mendoza + Jake Willing)
  246. Not Forgotten (Director: Dror Soref)
  247. Notorious (Director: George Tillman, Jr.)
  248. Nowhere Boy (Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson)
  249. Observe And Report (Director: Jody Hill)
  250. Offspring (Director: Andrew van den Houten)
  251. Open Graves (Director: Álvaro de Armiñán)
  252. Orphan (Director: Jaume Collet-Serra)
  253. Orville (Director: Craig McMahon)
  254. Pandemic (Director: Jason Connery)
  255. Pandorum (Director: Christian Alvart)
  256. Paper Man (Directors: Kieran Mulroney + Michele Mulroney)
  257. Perkins’ 14 (Director: Craig Singer)
  258. Perrier’s Bounty (Director: Ian Fitzgibbon)
  259. Personal Effects (Director: David Hollander)
  260. Pirate Radio (Director: Richard Curtis)
  261. Powder Blue (Director: Timothy Linh Bui)
  262. Precious (Director: Lee Daniels)
  263. Protégé (Directors: Shannon Casto + Michelle Henderson)
  264. Public Enemies (Director: Michael Mann)
  265. Raging Phoenix (Director: Rashane Limtrakul)
  266. Rain Fall (Director: Max Mannix)
  267. Rampage (Director: Uwe Boll)
  268. Ratko: The Dictator’s Son (Directors: Savage Steve Holland + Kevin Speckmaier)
  269. Ready For Not (Director: Sean Doyle)
  270. [rec.] II (Directors: Jaume Balagueró + Paco Plaza)
  271. Red Hook (Director: Elizabeth Lucas)
  272. Red Sands (Director: Alex Turner)
  273. Redemption (Director: Robert Conway)
  274. Revenge: True Story (Director: Berenika Maciejewicz)
  275. Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (Director: Júlíus Kemp)
  276. RiffRaff (Director: Justen Naughton)
  277. Robodoc (Director: Stephen Maddocks)
  278. Rough Winds (Director: Andrea Olabarría)
  279. Running On Empty Dreams (Director: Nitara Lee Osbourne)
  280. S. Darko (Director: Chris Fisher)
  281. Saddle Up With Dick Wrangler + Injun Joe (Director: Todd Wolfe)
  282. Saint John Of Las Vegas (Director: Hue Rhodes)
  283. Saving Grace B. Jones (Director: Connie Stevens)
  284. Saw VI (Director: Kevin Greutert)
  285. Serious Moonlight (Director: Cheryl Hines)
  286. Shank (Directors: Simon Pearce + Christian martin)
  287. Shark City (Director: Dan Eisen)
  288. Shattered Focus (Director: Joshua Tolby)
  289. Shinjuku Incident (Director: Tung-Shing Yee)
  290. Shrink (Director: Jonas Pate)
  291. Shroud (Director: David Jetre)
  292. Silent Night, Zombie Night (Director: Sean Cain)
  293. Silent Shame (Director: Juan Frausto)
  294. Sin Nombre (Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga)
  295. Slaughter (Director: Stewart Hopewell)
  296. Slave (Director: Darryn Welch)
  297. Smalltimore (Director: Jeanie M. Clark)
  298. Smile Pretty (Director: Harry Bromley Davenport)
  299. Solitary Man (Directors: Brian Koppelman + David Levien)
  300. Solomon Kane (Director: Michael J. Bassett)
  301. Sorority Row (Director: Stewart Hendler)
  302. Splice (Director: Vincenzo Natali)
  303. Splinterheads (Director: Brant Sersen)
  304. Spooner (Director: Drake Doremus)
  305. Spread (Director: David Mackenzie)
  306. Spring Breakdown (Director: Ryan Shiraki)
  307. Stan Helsing (Director: Bo Zenga)
  308. Stolen (Director: Anders Anderson)
  309. Strangers Online (Director: John Huckert)
  310. Street Boss (Director: Lance Kawas)
  311. Street Dreams (Director: Chris Zamoscianyk)
  312. Streetballers (Director: Matt Krentz)
  313. Stuntmen (Director: Eric Amadio)
  314. Suck (Director: Rob Stefaniuk)
  315. Sugar Boxx (Director: Cody Jarrett)
  316. Summer’s Moon (Director: Lee Demarbre)
  317. Sundo (Director: Topel Lee)
  318. Survival Of The Dead (Director: George A. Romero)
  319. Sutures (Director: Tammi Sutton)
  320. Sway (Director: Sean Ireland)
  321. Sweet Karma (Director: Andrew Thomas Hunt)
  322. Sword Of War (Director: Renzo Martinelli)
  323. Table For Three (Director: Michael Samonek)
  324. Taking Chances (Director: Talmage Cooley)
  325. Taking Woodstock (Director: Ang Lee)
  326. Tanner Hall (Directors: Francesca Gregorini + Tatiana von Furstenberg)
  327. Tell Tale (Director: Michael Cuesta)
  328. Tenderness (Director: John Polson)
  329. Tetro (Director: Francis Ford Coppola)
  330. The 420 Movie (Directors: James Blackburn, Scott Flick, + Robert Nathan Gleason)
  331. The Answer Man (Director: John Hindman)
  332. The Assailant (Director: João Daniel Tikhomiroff)
  333. The Assassin Next Door (Director: Danny Lerner)
  334. The Beacon (Director: Michael Stokes)
  335. The Black Waters Of Echo’s Pond (Director: Gabriel Bologna)
  336. The Bleeding (Director: Charlie Picerni)
  337. The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (Director: Troy Duffy)
  338. The Boxer (Director: Thomas Jahn)
  339. The Bridge To Nowhere (Director: Blair Underwood)
  340. The Broken Hearts Club (Director: Angelo Bell)
  341. The Brotherhood V: Alumni (Director: David DeCoteau)
  342. The Buffalo Son (Directors: Colin Davis, Bryan Felber + Sam France)
  343. The Butterfly Effect III: Revelations (Director: Seth Grossman)
  344. The Canyon (Director: Richard Harrah)
  345. The Casino Job (Director: Christopher Robin Hood)
  346. The Collector (Director: Marcus Dunstan)
  347. The Cry Of The Owl (Director: Jamie Thraves)
  348. The Crypt (Director: Craig McMahon)
  349. The Damned United (Director: Tom Hooper)
  350. The Dark Lurking (Director: Gregory Connors)
  351. The Descent: Part II (Director: Jon Harris)
  352. The Devil’s Ground (Director: Michael Bafaro)
  353. The Devil’s Tomb (Director: Jason Connery)
  354. The Director’s Cut (Director: Paul Komadina)
  355. The Disappearance Of Alice Creed (Director: J. Blakeson)
  356. The Donner Party (Director: Terrence Martin)
  357. The Echo Game (Director: Brian Feeney)
  358. The Eclipse (Director: Conor McPherson)
  359. The Fighter (Director: Javier Barbera)
  360. The Final Destination (Director: David R. Ellis)
  361. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Director: Daniel Alfredson)
  362. The Girl Who Played With Fire (Director: Daniel Alfredson)
  363. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Director: Niels Arden Oplev)
  364. The Girlfriend Experience (Director: Steven Soderbergh)
  365. The Good Guy (Director: Julio DePietro)
  366. The Good Heart (Director: Dagur Kári)
  367. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Director: Neal Brennan)
  368. The Graves (Director: Brian Pulido)
  369. The Greatest (Director: Shana Feste)
  370. The Grudge III (Director: Toby Wilkins)
  371. The Gunslingers (Director: Adam Oxsen)
  372. The Hangover (Director: Todd Phillips)
  373. The Haunting (Director: Elio Quiroga)
  374. The Hiding (Director: Ramon Hamilton)
  375. The Hitmen Diaries: Charlie Valentine (Director: Jesse V. Johnson)
  376. The House Of The Devil (Director: Ti West)
  377. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (Director: Tom Six)
  378. The Hungry Ghosts (Director: Michael Imperioli)
  379. The Informant! (Director: Steven Soderbergh)
  380. The International (Director: Tom Tykwer)
  381. The Invisible Chronicles (Director: David DeCoteau)
  382. The Janky Promoters (Director: Marcus Raboy)
  383. The Job (Director: Shem Bitterman)
  384. The Joneses (Director: Derrick Borte)
  385. The Keeper (Director: Keoni Waxman)
  386. The Killing Room (Director: Jonathan Liebesman)
  387. The Last House On The Left (Director: Dennis Iliadis)
  388. The Last Resort (Director: Brandon Nutt)
  389. The Last Station (Director: Michael Hoffman)
  390. The Limb Collector (Director: Mark Daniel Foley)
  391. The Limits Of Control (Director: Jim Jarmusch)
  392. The Lodger (Director: David Ondaatje)
  393. The Lost Tribe (Director: Roel Reiné)
  394. The Loved One (Director: Sean Byrne)
  395. The Men Who Stare At Goats (Director: Grant Heslov)
  396. The Messenger (Director: Oren Moverman)
  397. The Ministers (Director: Franc. Reyes)
  398. The Nail: The Story Of Joey Nardone (Director: James Quattrochi)
  399. The Outside (Director: Ari Davis)
  400. The Perfect Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Director: Scott D. Rosenbaum)
  401. The Perfect Sleep (Director: Jeremy Alter)
  402. The Pool Boys (Director: J.B. Rogers)
  403. The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee (Director: Rebecca Miller)
  404. The Rebound (Director: Bart Freundlich)
  405. The Revenant (Director: D. Kerry Prior)
  406. The Road (Director: John Hillcoat)
  407. The Scenesters (Director: Todd Berger)
  408. The Seamstress (Director: Jesse James Miller)
  409. The Secret In Their Eyes (Director: Juan José Campanella)
  410. The Slammin’ Salmon (Director: Kevin Heffernan)
  411. The Steam Experiment (Director: Philippe Martinez)
  412. The Taking Of Pelham 123 (Director: Tony Scott)
  413. The Thaw (Director: Mark A. Lewis)
  414. The Tomb (Director: Michael Staininger)
  415. The Tournament (Director: Scott Mann)
  416. The Truth About Average Guys (Directors: Ken Gayton + Jason W. Schaver)
  417. The Ugly Truth (Director: Robert Luketic)
  418. The Vicious Kind (Director: Lee Toland Krieger)
  419. The Waiting City (Director: Claire McCarthy)
  420. The Way Of War (Director: John Carter)
  421. The White Ribbon (Director: Michael Haneke)
  422. Thick As Thieves (Director: Mimi Leder)
  423. Thirst (Director: Chan-wook Park)
  424. TiMER (Director: Jac Schaeffer)
  425. Tidal Wave (Director: JK Youn)
  426. Today’s Special (Director: David Kaplan)
  427. Tormented (Director: Jon Wright)
  428. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown To Liquor Day (Director: Mike Clattenburg)
  429. Transylmania (Directors: David Hillenbrand + Scott Hillenbrand)
  430. Triage (Director: Danis Tanovic)
  431. Triangle (Director: Christopher Smith)
  432. Tripping Forward (Director: Marcus Nash)
  433. Two (2) Million Stupid Women (Director: Jamie Neese)
  434. Ultimate Heist (Director: Alain Tasma)
  435. Un tigre en la cama (Director: Rafael Montero)
  436. Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (Director: Patrick Tatopoulos)
  437. Universal Soldier: Regeneration (Director: John Hyams)
  438. Up In The Air (Director: Jason Reitman)
  439. Vampire Killers (Director: Phil Claydon)
  440. Veronika Decides To Die (Director: Emily Young)
  441. Wake (Director: Ellie Kanner)
  442. Wake Wood (Director: David Keating)
  443. Walled In (Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner)
  444. Watchmen (Director: Zack Snyder)
  445. Weather Girl (Director: Blayne Weaver)
  446. What Goes Up (Director: Jonathan Glatzer)
  447. Whiteout (Director: Dominic Sena)
  448. Wild Cherry (Director: Dana Lustig)
  449. Winter Of Frozen Dreams (Director: Eric Mandelbaum)
  450. Within (Director: Hanelle M. Culpepper)
  451. Within (Director: Marco Duran)
  452. Women In Trouble (Director: Sebastian Gutierrez)
  453. Wonderful World (Director: Joshua Goldin)
  454. Words Unspoken (Director: Ingeborg C. Eiland)
  455. World’s Greatest Dad (Director: Bob Goldthwait)
  456. Wrong Turn At Tahoe (Director: Franck Khalfoun)
  457. You Might As Well Live (Director: Simon Ennis)
  458. Youth In Revolt (Director: Miguel Arteta)
  459. ZMD: Zombies Of Mass Destruction (Director: Kevin Hamedani)
  460. Zombie Women Of Satan (Directors: Steve O’Brien + Warren Speed)
  461. Zombieland (Director: Ruben Fleischer)
  462. Zone Of The Dead (Directors: Milan Konjevic + Milan Todorovic)
  1. Easier With Practice (Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez)
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2017.06.16 13:04 feedreddit N.Y. DAILY NEWS: Trump’s new NY HUD director planned Eric Trump’s wedding, has no housing experience -- DEMS drub GOP at baseball game -- A RECORD 24,959 tickets sold -- PENCE hires McGuireWoods’ Cullen -- B’DAY: Bres

N.Y. DAILY NEWS: Trump’s new NY HUD director planned Eric Trump’s wedding, has no housing experience -- DEMS drub GOP at baseball game -- A RECORD 24,959 tickets sold -- PENCE hires McGuireWoods’ Cullen -- B’DAY: Bres
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
Good Friday morning. THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: “President Trump chooses inexperienced woman who planned his son Eric’s wedding to run N.Y. federal housing programs,” by Greg Smith: “She’s arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding. Now President Trump has appointed longtime loyalist Lynne Patton -- who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree the school says she never earned -- to run the office that oversees federal housing programs in New York.
“Patton was appointed Wednesday to head up the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region II, which includes New York and New Jersey, where she’ll oversee distribution of billions of taxpayer dollars. Patton’s tight relationship with the Trump clan dates back to 2009, when she began serving as the family’s ‘event planner.’ … She also claims on her LinkedIn page to have obtained a juris doctorate degree in 2000 from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. Next to the J.D. notation is written (N/A) without explanation. On Thursday school registrar Jim Benson said Patton attended for two semesters but did not graduate. She also listed Yale University but HUD officials couldn’t explain why that was there. Patton, who begins her Region II job July 5, did not return calls seeking comment.
“As head of the biggest HUD regional office in the U.S., Patton will oversee distribution of billions in cash to public housing authorities -- including NYCHA -- as well as tens of thousands of rental vouchers and block grants that fund housing inspections and senior citizen programs.”
-- N.Y. DAILY NEWS COVER: “She planned Eric Trump’s nups & falsely touts law degree. Now Prez has decided new housing boss in N.Y. is ... THE WEDDING SCAMMER”
-- LYNNE’S LinkedIn page says she has the following specialties: “Public Engagement, Community Outreach & Revitalization, Strategic Networking, High-Net Worth Fundraising, Client Ambassador, Celebrity Talent Acquisition, Event Planning, Promotions, Social Media Strategy, Philanthropic Auctions & Tournaments, Public & Media Relations.”
THE U.S. is sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, per the AP. Donald Trump ran for president saying he’d end foreign entanglements. PRESIDENT TRUMP is going to Miami today to announce changes to the U.S. policy toward Cuba.
FLASH -- AP at 5:09 a.m.: “Russia claims it has killed IS leader al-Baghdadi,” by Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow: “The Russian Defense Ministry said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian strike in late May along with other senior group commanders. There had been previous reports of al-Baghdadi being killed but they did not turn out to be true. The IS leader last released an audio on Nov. 3, urging his followers to keep up the fight for Mosul as they defend the city against a major offensive that began weeks earlier. The spokesman for the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition said in a statement Friday he could not confirm the Russian claim.”
RACHAEL BADE and KYLE CHENEY bring us the scene from the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park: “Rodney Davis stood in the shadow of the Nationals Park scoreboard and wiped away a tear. Just a day earlier, the Republican congressman from Illinois — and catcher for the Republican congressional baseball team -- watched his colleague Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, get shot on a practice baseball field in Virginia, while other lawmakers and aides scrambled for cover. …
“‘This is what our country needs after such a tragic act,’ said Davis, his arm still scabbed and scraped from diving away from the gunman’s bullets on Wednesday….Florida Democrat Charlie Crist was spotted walking around in a suit, a young staffer trailing him carrying his suit jacket.”
-- COLD WATER ALERT. This is a kumbaya moment -- and we’d emphasize moment. It is, of course, impossible to predict the future. Remember: a gunman shot then-Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords in the head. Nothing changed. We’re skeptical much will change this time. Speaker Paul Ryan told Jake Tapper on CNN that “we can have different ideas without being vitriolic.” Yes, they can. But there is no evidence to show they will. We hope we’re wrong.
TAPPER had a joint interview with Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, and Anderson Cooper had Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. A good night for CNN.
-- COOPER got this gem of an interaction. Classic line from McConnell when asked about Trump calling the investigation a witch hunt: COOPER: "President Trump made a statement last night with Congressman Scalise. It was getting bipartisan praise for his tone. Today tweeting about -- calling this a witch hunt against him, just talking about the people leading it being disturbed, I think was his term, or conflicted. Is that appropriate? MCCONNELL: "I typically don't comment on the president's tweeting habits." COOPER: "Do you think it is a witch hunt?" MCCONNELL: "I don't have any observations about that. We had here an example of a horrendous event that we all condemn, and we're here together tonight to make the point to the American people that there's a whole lot of cooperation in the Congress, even though it may not be covered, on a daily basis."
THE WHITE HOUSE SHOWED UP! -- “At congressional baseball game, newfound unity has its limits,” by Yahoo’s Hunter Walker: “As she talked to Yahoo News, [Kellyanne] Conway spotted top White House adviser Gary Cohn, who was in a dark suit. She called Cohn over. ‘Look how Gary Cohn dresses for a baseball game. He dresses like Gary Cohn! Gary come here!’ Conway beckoned. ‘He came out of the womb looking like that,’ quipped Mulvaney as Cohn strolled over. ‘This is New York chic,’ said Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banker. As Cohn posed for photos with Conway, Mulvaney reached over and put an LSU hat on his head. Cohn couldn’t see the cap. ‘Does it make me a hillbilly?’ Cohn asked. ‘We couldn’t make you a hillbilly if we tried,’ Mulvaney said.”
NYT NATIONAL BASEBALL WRITER TYLER KEPNER on the game. Good nugget: “A record 24,959 tickets were sold for the charity exhibition -- a higher attendance than Thursday’s major league games in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota and Oakland.”
CLICKERS -- “Prayers and pitches: Scenes from the congressional baseball game” -- 33 pix … 27 PHOTOS by the Washington Post
SPOTTED at the Anheuser-Busch and Buffalo Wild Wings game watch party in the PNC Diamond Club: Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Reps. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Dave Joyce (R-Ohio), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), John Delaney (R-Md.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Carl Hulse, Cate Martel, Naomi Jagoda, Allison Brennan, Roland Foster, Kate Pointer.
-- Photo of Tyson’s lobbyist Matt Mika’s friends and colleagues
THE LATEST ON SCALISE -- RACHAEL BADE: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican shot during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, is doing better but remains in critical condition and will be hospitalized for an extended period of time, according to a statement from his doctors. MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Thursday evening that Scalise underwent another surgery ‘related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.’ ‘He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours,’ the statement said. ‘The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates.’” Bade on the emotional times on the Hill
-- KEY LINE HERE: Scalise will be hospitalized for an “extended period of time.” This will be a long recovery.
THE NEXT FRONTIER -- “Rattled by shooting, lawmakers want more personal protection,” by Seung Min Kim and Rachael Bade: “Lawmakers are debating a range of heightened security measures following Wednesday’s shooting that critically injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, with a growing number of Republicans even seeking to carry their own guns into the Capitol for personal safety. Rattled by the mass shooting by a gunman with an apparent political agenda, lawmakers are struggling with how to balance ensuring security for members of Congress while keeping themselves accessible to voters.
“The gamut of options includes new rules ramping up the law enforcement presence at big group events with lawmakers, equipping Capitol Police with more advanced weapons, and allowing individual members to spend taxpayer or campaign dollars on personal security measures. And several GOP lawmakers want the green light to bring their personal firearms onto Capitol grounds, a move that immediately alarmed Democrats who favor tougher gun restrictions.”
-- MANY LAWMAKERS have mused about each getting their own Capitol Police officer. But that would be a hugely pricey government expense.
ON THE ALLEGED GUNMAN -- “Scalise Gunman Dodged 2006 Charge That Would Bar Gun Purchases,” by Bloomberg’s Ari Natter: “James Hodgkinson, 66, was arrested after a 2006 incident in which he was accused of beating his foster daughter, according to court records. The case crumbled after the victim decided not to testify ... Under federal law, someone found guilty of domestic battery of a family member can be barred from legally owning a firearm.”
WAPO’S ASHLEY PARKER, the pride of Montgomery County, scooped that Vice President Mike Pence has hired Richard Cullen, the chairman of McGuireWoods, to represent him. NUSSBAUM reminds us that McGuireWoods also once employed Jim Comey! And the firm also currently represents former Rep. Aaron Schock, who is facing 24 counts of criminal charges related to alleged crimes during his time in office.
SCOOP -- “Trump transition officials ordered to save Russia documents,” by Josh Dawsey: “Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump’s presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to ‘several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russia interests to influence the 2016 election,’ according to a memo provided to POLITICO. In the memo from a transition lawyer, campaign officials were told to preserve all documents related to the Russian Federation, Ukraine and a number of campaign advisers and officials, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort, advisers Carter Page, Rick Gates and Roger Stone, and former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.”
-- GOLDEN BOY ALERT: “Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings,” by WaPo’s Sari Horowitz, Matt Zapotosky and Adam Entous: “FBI agents and federal prosecutors have also been examining the financial dealings of other Trump associates, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign.”
THE PUSHBACK --“Rosenstein prods media for ‘anonymous allegations’ on Russia probe,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “A top Trump Justice Department official issued an unusual, vague statement Thursday night, casting doubt on a series of recent media reports detailing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's growing probe into the Trump campaign for potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 campaign. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appeared to be taking issue with recent Washington Post and New York Times stories that President Donald Trump himself is now the subject of an obstruction of justice probe, as well as a separate new report from the Post that Mueller is looking into White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s finances. ...
"’Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated,’ Rosenstein said. ‘Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.’
“Rosenstein’s statement caught many in Washington off guard, in part because it was so generic and didn't actually specify which news reports it was addressing. It’s also notable because of who issued it: With Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from all things related to the Russia probe, Rosenstein as the No. 2 DOJ official has the reins over the Mueller probe. He’ll get Mueller’s budget and he also has the power to block major investigative steps -- with the caveat he must report to Congress if that happens.”
[email protected]: “The Washington Post has updated the Kushner story to reflect the officials cited are indeed U.S. officials.”
JOSH DAWSEY, “White House aides fret over Trump’s Russia probe obsession”: “The greatest threat to Trump and his presidency, say administration officials and outside advisers, comes from his own conduct and obsessive behavior after he took office. While congressional and FBI investigations may prove Trump or his team broke laws before he took office, his advisers say they’re more worried that the things he’s done since the inauguration may have left him exposed to obstruction of justice or other charges. Trump, for months, has bristled almost daily about the ongoing probes. He has sometimes, without prompting, injected. ‘I’m not under investigation’ into conversations with associates and allies. He has watched hours of TV coverage every day -- sometimes even storing morning news shows on his TiVo to watch in the evening -- and complained nonstop.”
THE COUNSEL -- “Mueller, Known for Being Above the Fray, Is Now in the Thick of It,” by NYT’s Scott Shane and Charlie Savage: “Veterans of past Washington battles on the borders of law and politics said that the president’s pushback was to be expected, but that its ferocity and timing were unusual. Just one month into the job, Mr. Mueller has not yet finished hiring staff members or installing a computer network -- deliberately segregated from the main Justice Department -- in the Patrick Henry Building in downtown Washington.
“‘It’s early in the game to begin to impugn the prosecutors,’ said Philip Allen Lacovara, a Watergate prosecutor and a Republican. ‘It’s a pre-emptive nuclear strike. If you’re afraid of what the prosecutors are going to find out, you try to debunk anything they might come up with in advance by attacking them.’”
JUST POSTED -- POLITICO MAGAZINE'S TIM ALBERTA: "Man on a Wire: Mike Pence’s Tightrope Act... He might be the most consequential vice president ever. He could well be the next commander in chief. And the one person in America he can’t have thinking about that is his boss."
SHOCKING! -- “Senate likely to miss its Obamacare repeal deadline,” by Jen Haberkorn: “Senate Republicans are getting dangerously close to missing their deadline to hold a Senate health care vote by month’s end, potentially derailing fulfillment of their seven-year-old campaign promise to repeal Obamacare. The Senate left Washington on Thursday with a seemingly insurmountable health care to-do list: When they return on Monday, Republicans will have just two weeks before the Fourth of July recess to overcome the remaining big divides on policy – including what year to roll back Medicaid expansion and how deeply to cut the program that covers health care for low-income people. They also must settle on how to bring down health insurance premiums and when to cut the taxes that paid for Obamacare -- not to mention the vexing issue of whether to defund Planned Parenthood.”
ALEX ISENSTADT, “GOP sirens blaze over Georgia special election”: “The GOP is bracing for the prospect of a loss in Tuesday’s Georgia’s special election that could have far-reaching implications for President Donald Trump and his party’s fortunes in 2018. As grim confidential polling data circulates among GOP strategists, interviews with nearly two dozen Republican operatives and officials reveal that they are preparing for the possibility of an unnerving defeat that could spur lawmakers to distance themselves from Trump and his already-troubled legislative agenda, and potentially encourage a wave of retirements. ...
“While Republicans privately lampoon Ossoff’s campaign skills -- deriding him as an inexperienced, talking-point driven candidate -- they acknowledge his cash advantage has made him a lethal opponent. ‘We’re going to find out if a monkey banging cymbals together spending $25 million can get elected,’ the NRCC’s executive director John Rogers told a group of Capitol Hill chiefs of staff this week, said one person present for the meeting. His meaning was clear to those in attendance: Ossoff might seem like a mechanical candidate, but he had to be taken seriously.”
SORRY MEGYN! Alex Jones says he will release a tape of his entire day with Megyn Kelly tonight. Her interview is slated to run Sunday.
-- PAGE SIX: “Megyn Kelly interview completely overhauled after backlash”
FASCINATING LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES -- “At Last, Jeff Bezos Offers a Hint of His Philanthropic Plans,” by NYT’s Robert Frank: Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, is well on his way to becoming the richest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $80 billion. What’s less certain is what he plans to do with his fortune, and how he could reinvent philanthropy.
“On Thursday, after questions from The New York Times about the level of his giving, Mr. Bezos posted on Twitter a ‘request for ideas’ for philanthropy. ‘I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time -- working on the long term,’ he wrote. ‘For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the other end of the spectrum: the right now.’”
TRUMP INC. -- “With shift on Cuba, Trump could undercut his company’s hotel-industry rivals,” by WaPo’s Drew Harwell and Jonathan O'Connell: “[A]s the owner of a real estate company with a big stake in hotels and resorts, Trump brings an added element to an issue that is unique to his presidency — the ability, through his official actions, to undermine a growth area for his industry rivals who have raced in recent years to establish a foothold in a lucrative new market. Starwood Hotels and Resorts, which merged with Marriott International to form the world’s largest hotel chain, last year debuted the first Cuban hotel managed by a U.S. company in nearly 60 years, taking advantage of President Barack Obama’s 2014 move to normalize relations with Cuba and lighten regulations enforcing the U.S. embargo on the island.”
K-STREET FILES -- “Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms,” by Bloomberg’s Jen Jacobs and Nick Wadhams: “Sudan is on the cusp of ending its long status as a pariah in Washington, and the African nation is bolstering its stable of lobbyists to ensure that it happens soon. The government of President Umar al-Bashir -- which is listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism -- has hired Washington law firm Squire Patton Boggs LLP at a cost of $40,000 a month to lobby on its behalf as part of its accelerating campaign to ensure that President Donald Trump permanently lifts sanctions against the country ahead of a deadline next month, according to a filing with the Justice Department.”
BREAKING LATE LAST NIGHT -- “Trump won’t alter status of current Dreamers,” by Josh Gerstein: “President Donald Trump’s administration has issued its most explicit promise to date that so-called Dreamers can keep their permission to work legally in the U.S. ‘No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates,’ the Department of Homeland Security said in guidance posted on its website Thursday night. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said recently that the administration is not seeking to deport those who received quasi-legal status under a policy President Barack Obama adopted in 2012. However, the new statement from DHS seems to be a forward-looking promise not to take action against those in the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, an initiative for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children.”
LISTEN IN -- The Pollsters -- Kristen Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero -- had Anna on their podcast to talk all things Playbook. The bipartisan duo is @thepollsters on Twitter and Facebook. Listen and subscribe
HOW A STREET IN BROOKLYN IS CHANGING THE ENERGY GRID: The shared economy is flourishing, with companies like Airbnb and Lyft capitalizing on the growing popularity of shared services. Can their success be replicated in the energy industry? In the latest installment of POLITICO Magazine’s “What Works” series, we look at Brooklyn-based LO3 that devised a micro grid system that uses a phone app and smart meters to enable neighbors with solar panels to strike deals amongst themselves on the amount of electricity they buy from each other and at what price. We also look at the revitalization of Tampa, Florida – a broken down deep water port revitalized after 40 years of public and private investment. Read more on Tampa’s revitalization … about Brooklyn’s energy grid … Photo gallery
SUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) ... Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) ... Jay Sekulow ... Robert Scheer. Panel: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Lisa Boothe, Juan Williams
-- CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Political panel: Ramesh Ponnuru, Phil Rucker, Nancy Cordes, and Jamelle Bouie
-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: panel: David Brooks, Danielle Pletka, Amy Walters and Eugene Robinson
-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ... Jay Sekulow ... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
-- CNN’s “Inside Politics”: Karoun Demirjian, Abby Phillip, Jeff Zeleny, Phil Mattingly
SPOTTED: Georgetown coach and NBA legend Patrick Ewing stopping by Wolf Blitzer’s table at Cafe Milano last night to pay his respects ... Carly Fiorina at the American/JetBlue terminal at DCA yesterday.
OUT AND ABOUT --- POOL REPORT: “President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the official investiture ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch Thursday afternoon at the Supreme Court. After the other eight justices took their seats on the dais, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein presented the Justice’s commission, which was read by the court’s clerk. Chief Justice Roberts then administered the judicial oath to Justice Gorsuch. The courtroom was filled with friends and family of the Justice, as well as his devoted clerks Mike Davis, Jameel Jaffer, Janie Nitze, Matt Owen, and David Feder.”
-- SPOTTED: retired Justice John Paul Stevens, Maureen Scalia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), (who voted against Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Don McGahn (whose birthday is today) and wife Shannon, Mark Paoletta, Marc Short, Makan Delrahim, James Burnham, Mike McGinley, Chris Grieco, Lucas Walker, Leonard Leo, Jonathan Bunch, Rob Collins, Ann Donaldson, Ed Whelan, Michael Keneally, Liz Horning, Gustav Eyler, Ryan Newman, Brett Talley, Patrick Bumatay, Wan Kim, Eric Tung, Tobi and Evan Young, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Kenneth Starr, Liz Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Bopp, Rachel Brand, Greg Katsas, Ted Lehman, Theresa Wardon, Nicole Gustafson, Greg Garre, Megan Lacey.
-- Last night, the Picnic Theatre Company staged its second sold-out performance of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” at Dumbarton House gardens, directed by Steve Rochlin and featuring Christina Sevilla, Emily Lenzner, Nova Daly, Charles Kovatch, Fran Holuba, Daniela Kelley, Antonio Olivo, Kevin Rooney and Bob Gerber. Pics Peter Cherukuri, Jay Newton-Small, Anu Rangappa, Matea Gold, Jon Lenzner, Debbie Berger, Courtney Carlson, Amb. Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri, Amb. Tatiana Gfoeller, Sanna Kangasharju, David Van Ongevalle, Andreas Ledergerber and Andy Oros.
-- Collective SuperPAC, a national PAC dedicated to building black political power, kicked off the first ever Black Campaign School with a special reception last night at the Blackburn Center at Howard University. The event was co-sponsored by Priorities USA, EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and ActBlue. SPOTTED: Quentin and Stefanie Brown James, Stacey Abrams, Shavonda Sumter, Tishaura Jones, Guy Cecil, Donna Brazile, Symone Sanders, Jamal Simmons, Leah Daughtry, Dan McNally and Tim Lim.
-- Longtime friends and colleagues of Carolyn Brehm gathered at Jones Day last night to celebrate her retirement and welcome Selina Jackson into her position as VP of global government affairs for Proctor & Gamble. SPOTTED: Amb. Richard Boucher, Jay Timmons, Joel Johnson, Poppy McDonald, William Lane, Sean Mulvaney, Mike Prentiss, Richard Goodstein, Ira Shapiro, Sean Broderick, DJ Peterson.
TRANSITIONS – KIKI BURGER has started at PR firm Sunshine Sachs, where she’s helping manage political and non-profit clients out of their LA office. She is an alum of Rock the Vote and Susan G. Komen. … Linda Chavez, the president of the Becoming American Institute and a syndicated columnist, has joined the Niskanen Center as a senior fellow.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- POLITICO night editor Craig Howie (who helps edit Playbook on the weekend), and wife, Niki, a landscape designer at Through the Garden, early this morning welcomed Leif Diño Howie, born 2:52 a.m. in Winchester, Va., to 7lb 14oz. “Everyone happy and healthy hooray!” Pic
-- Joanne Denyeau, planning producer at MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” and Mike Kramer, SVP at Westchester Chubb company, recently welcomed Ruth Anne Kramer. “We lovingly call her Ruthie. Ruthie has a big brother, Joey Kramer. He turns 2 in August.” Pic
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Phil Singer, CEO and founder of Marathon Strategies. How he’s celebrating: “Israel. Kim and I are taking the kids on their first big overseas trip.” How he thinks the Trump presidency is going: “Amazing if you work at the Kremlin.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:
BIRTHDAYS: Don McGahn is 49 ... Politico’s John Bresnahan and Zach Stanton ... Brandi Hoffine, associate VP for comms and strategy at UC ... NPR’s Steve Inskeep, the pride of Carmel, Indiana … Marcus Brauchli, co-founder and managing partner of North Base Media and a WSJ and WaPo alum ... Phil Cox, founding partner at 50-State and former RGA exec. director, is 43 … former Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) is 48 ... Adam Talbot, director at West Wing Writers ... Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) is 37 ... Jim Dau is 41 ... Indira Lakshmanan, journalism ethics chair at Poynter and columnist for the Boston Globe, celebrating with her husband at Fiola Mare (h/t Nihal Krishan) ... Caity Rogowski (h/t Jon Haber) ... Jenna Galper (h/ts Alexandra De Luca and Helen Brosnan) ... PBS NewsHour politics producer Rachel Wellford (h/ts Nick Massella and Simone Pathe) ... Reid Wilson, national correspondent at The Hill … Liz Bourgeois, executive comms manager at Facebook ... Jessica Boulanger, SVP of comms. at Business Roundtable ... former Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer is 68 ... Israeli investigative journalist Ronen Bergman is 45 (h/ts Jewish Insider) … Brett Bethune, intern for Sen. Claire McCaskill (R-Mo), is 2-1 (h/t mom Anne) ...
... Aaron McLear, director of public affairs for the West at Uber, is 4-0, celebrating at The Battery in SF (h/t Niki Christoff) ... Matt Vari, a digital strategist at Mothership Strategies, email aficionado and Diet Coke enthusiast, is 25 (h/t Jonas Murphy) ... Angie Kelley, VP for immigration policy at CAP ... Reid Wilson, former Clinton EPA ... Sarah Schoeffel ... Matthew Bartlett … WTOP alum Bob Madigan … John Leo ... Snap’s Kara Rivers ... Nicole Luna ... Mark Tapscott … Francisco “Frank” Sanchez, chairman of CNS Global Advisors ... Jill McNaughton … Pat Roth of Phoenix ... Pedro Moreno ... Katie Nelson Thomson ... NPR’s Jessica Taylor ... Joel R. Maliniak ... Jeffrey Block ... Don Harris ... Peter O’Toole, alum of Burson-Marsteller, GE and Pfizer ... David J. Jones ... Jon Kevin Lauck ... Traci Nobles ... John Shaw ... David Eades … Jill McNaughton ... Steve Welchert, star of the 1977-1981 University of Iowa Football team ... Caryl Terrell ... Troy Perry (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... author Joyce Carol Oates is 79 ... golfer Phil Mickelson is 47 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.15 13:39 feedreddit LATEST on Steve Scalise – TRUMP visits hospital -- Shock on the Hill -- Dems hold off on gun debate -- WAPO: Special counsel investigating obstruction – FOX NEWS drops ‘fair and balanced’ slogan -- B’DAY: Alyssa Farah

LATEST on Steve Scalise – TRUMP visits hospital -- Shock on the Hill -- Dems hold off on gun debate -- WAPO: Special counsel investigating obstruction – FOX NEWS drops ‘fair and balanced’ slogan -- B’DAY: Alyssa Farah
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Good Thursday morning. THE LATEST ON STEVE SCALISE -- “Scalise remains in critical condition after mass shooting,” by Louis Nelson, John Bresnahan, and Jake Sherman: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in critical condition in a Washington hospital, and will require additional surgeries after a bullet pierced his hip, injured organs and caused ‘severe bleeding,’ according to a statement Wednesday night. Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, is in MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Northwest D.C., where he has had at least two procedures, and ‘multiple units of blood transfusion,’ the hospital said Wednesday night. Scalise was brought to the hospital in ‘shock,’ the statement said. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the hospital Wednesday night, and brought the Scalise family flowers.”
-- @realDonaldTrump at 9:41 p.m.: “Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!”
STATEMENT FROM MATT MIKA’S FAMILY: “Matt suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He recently came out of surgery but remains in the ICU in critical condition and we expect him to stay there for at least several days. Our family is now here with him and we continue to ask for privacy and understanding while we focus on Matt and his recovery.
“Many have asked about Matt and what we can share about him. While the attack today was a terrible surprise, Matt’s presence on the ball field, helping longtime colleagues and friends was not. He is a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game.”
-- “Who were the people injured at Wednesday’s baseball practice shooting?,” by Rachael Bade, Theo Meyer, John Lauinger, and Kyle Cheney:
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THE VENEER, SHATTERED. Members of Congress have long thought of Washington as a safe space, of sorts. Sure, they engage in heated rhetoric in the Capitol, waging partisan war from early in the morning until late at night. But their life in Washington is quite sheltered: they exercise in a members-only gym. Many of them sleep in their offices in the Capitol complex. They eat and drink together at partisan social clubs. But we’re hearing a refrain we first heard in 2011, when Gabby Giffords was shot: we’re sitting ducks.
-- FROM USA TODAY’S HEIDI PRZYBYLA: “[L]awmakers including Cedric Richmond, D-La., had expressed fears last week about member safety. Richmond, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, raised his concerns directly to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.” is a good friend of Scalise’s, as well.
THE SENSE OF SHOCK in the Capitol -- especially the House -- is extraordinarily palpable. The mood was tense all day, and remained uncertain at night. Several House Republicans were texting us throughout the evening, wondering about the severity of Scalise’s injuries. Lawmakers are extraordinarily shaken. Forget party affiliation: Congress -- and Washington -- is a big saga with a set of predictable characters: lawmakers, aides, lobbyists, reporters. And when one gets hurt, sick, injured -- many realize it could easily be them. And a shooting like this is causing lawmakers and staff to take stock of their own safety. Countless lawmakers we spoke to throughout the day yesterday were rethinking their out-in-front, prominent roles in today’s political scene.
CAPITOL HILL REPORTERS were shaken up, as well. First of all, dozens of reporters work in the Capitol every day. And unlike the White House -- which regularly dumps all over reporters and decries their work product as phony -- lawmakers on the Hill are generally cordial with journalists in the Capitol and respect the job we do. We spend years covering lawmakers up close and oftentimes develop an easy rapport with people like Scalise -- savvy pols who successfully make their way up the leadership ladder. Scalise shows up at off-the-record happy hours for reporters at the annual Republican retreat. His office, like others, throws cocktail receptions to get to become better acquainted with Capitol Hill reporters. That doesn’t mean the relationship isn’t adversarial at times -- it most definitely is. It means building a personal relationship -- getting to know each other as human beings -- is important to both sides. We know Scalise, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer as politicians, but most of us have had many occasions to talk to them on a personal level, as well.
--“Photos: Following the aftermath of the congressional shooting” -- 43 pix
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is getting bipartisan plaudits so far for his strong speech Wednesday, and his visit to Scalise family in the hospital Wednesday night.
HAPPENING TODAY -- Trump is giving a speech and signing an executive order on apprenticeships. Vice President Mike Pence will be in Miami to give the keynote address at the Conference on Prosperity and Security, a gathering focused on Central American political and security issues.
THE HOUSE is out of session after 4 p.m. today. The Congressional Baseball Game is on. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. More info and tickets here
--“The Congressional Baseball Game: A History in Pictures: How the most bipartisan event in Washington has changed over time” -- 10 pix
THE POLITICS -- “Democrats wary of reviving gun debate too soon,” by Seung Min Kim, Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle: “One year ago, Sen. Chris Murphy sprang into action almost immediately after a gun massacre at an Orlando nightclub - accusing Congress of an ‘unconscionable deafening silence’ and launching a 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor. But the gun-control advocate who once argued that lawmakers should put forward ‘legislative action within an hour of a shooting’ was more circumspect on Wednesday after a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in the suburbs of Washington. One tragic incident, he acknowledged, won’t move the needle - even one that affected one of their own, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). …
“[T]he tone among even the most ardent proponents of stricter gun laws was dramatically different. In multiple interviews, several Democratic lawmakers urged that no, today was not the day to revive the dormant gun control debate. It was too soon, it hit too close to home - and lawmakers simply didn’t want to stand accused of politicizing a shooting that injured a colleague and friend.”
-- JONATHAN MARTIN on A18 of the NYT: “Their Own Targeted, G.O.P. Lawmakers Want Looser Gun Laws, Not Stricter Ones.”
ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY --HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY will “offer a resolution to commend the heroic actions of Capitol Police and other first responders, and recognize everyone affected by this tragic incident."
BEHIND THE SCENES -- FROM KYLE CHENEY, our incredibly versatile House reporter who spent the day in Alexandria reporting on the shooting: “In the course of reporting from Alexandria, I had two eye-opening encounters with witnesses that really gnawed at me during such a harrowing moment. I arrived at the ballpark less than an hour after the shooting and overheard one witness – a man possibly in his mid-20s -- excitedly describing the incident in vivid detail over the phone. It was still a murky situation at that point, so as soon as he hung up, I asked him if he could repeat to me what he had seen.
“The man immediately tensed up and told me that there was no way he’d talk to the media because he can’t stand the press and he thinks we’re all complicit in leaking (of what, I’m not sure). I told him I personally hadn’t ‘leaked’ anything but in fact knew and reported on some of the people on the field that morning – and that his information might help provide some clarity at a critical moment. He still refused. A short while later, while holed up in a coffee shop across from the field, I chatted with a young woman who also witnessed the aftermath. She said she took comfort when she found out the assailant had targeted members of Congress – not because she wished them any harm but because it would’ve been more unnerving, she said, had the violence been random. Both conversations were revealing about some of the sad realities we now live with.
“It’s only fair if I also mention that these encounters were exceptions on a day of many kindnesses. Most witnesses were forthcoming with as much detail as they could muster, and I watched as random passersby delivered Gatorade, iced tea and even a bag full of Chick-fil-A to police on the scene. And the police then shared the spoils with journalists, pedestrians and others baking in the Alexandria sun.”
WAPO SCOOP -- “Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say,” by Devlin Barrett, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horowitz: “The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said. …
“Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI. …
“The White House now refers all questions about the Russia investigation to Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. ‘The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,’ said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.”
-- WSJ’s Del Quentin Wilber, Shane Harris and Paul Sonne: “The special counsel also plans to interview Rick Ledgett, who recently retired as the deputy director of the NSA … While Mr. Ledgett was still in office, he wrote a memo documenting a phone call that Mr. Rogers had with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. During the call, the president questioned the veracity of the intelligence community’s judgment that Russia had interfered with the election and tried to persuade Mr. Rogers to say there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.”
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP -- “Manafort still doing international work,” by Ken Vogel: “Paul Manafort is at the center of an FBI investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russians, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing business with international figures and companies, partly by claiming continued access to Trump, according to people familiar with his dealings.
“Manafort in recent weeks has either consulted or worked with a Chinese construction billionaire looking to expand his business overseas and a telecommunications firm interested in regulatory approval from governments in Asia and the Middle East, as well as an investment fund claiming links to the Chinese government, according to documents and interviews.
“Manafort quietly consulted on a proposal under which the Chinese fund — the China Development Fund — would invest $30 billion or more in the Puerto Rican government's bond debt and possibly the island's critical infrastructure, according to documents and interviews with four people familiar with the negotiations, including a Manafort business partner.
“One of the people, a lawyer involved in the discussions, said Manafort indicated that he could convince the Trump administration to support any resulting deal, because he’s remained in contact with Trump’s team, and that he played a role in helping to soften Trump's tough campaign rhetoric on China. ‘He’s going around telling people that he’s still talking to the president and -- even more than that -- that he is helping to shape Trump’s foreign policy,’ said the lawyer involved in the discussions.”
TARA PALMERI AND KEN VOGEL: “Trump huddled with donors on day of Comey testimony”: “On the same day last week that fired FBI Director James Comey delivered his damaging Senate testimony, President Donald Trump’s team summoned about a dozen top donors to the White House to rally support for Trump’s agenda. The donors -- including Ken Griffin, Doug DeVos, Tom Hicks, Jr., Bekah Mercer, Todd Ricketts, Tom Saunders, Paul Singer and Dick Uihlein -- gathered in the Roosevelt Room on June 8 for a briefing from Trump’s legislative director Marc Short, according to a senior administration official and other people familiar with the event.
“These people said that Trump himself stopped by the briefing to greet the donors, while Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway also spent time at the event. … A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the donor briefing. But a senior administration official said that topics covered during the briefing included healthcare, tax reform, the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch, pending judicial nominations, the Paris accord and the Saudi arms sale. ‘[It was a] 'here's what we see as the legislative calendar and how you can be helpful' type of meeting,’ the official said.”
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Jeh Johnson to testify publicly in House Russia probe,” by Austin Wright: “Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is set to testify publicly next Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia’s election meddling, according to a congressional source. Johnson appeared earlier this week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the session was closed.”
IMPORTANT READ -- MEGYN KELLY SPEAKS -- NYT'S JIM RUTENBERG: "Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones and a Fine Line Between News and Promotion": "Where’s the line between covering a scoundrel as a news figure and giving him a promotional platform? The question has consumed Megyn Kelly this week, after she showed a trailer Sunday night of her coming feature on NBC about Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who has questioned whether the Sandy Hook school massacre truly happened and asserted that Sept. 11 was an inside job....
"'What we do as journalists is we shine a light on those with power, those with influence, those who have become culturally relevant,' she said. 'Of course, it’s upsetting to know that doing that causes any upset to the Newtown families, many of whom I know well. But I have to do my job.'... 'As journalists, we don’t get to interview only the good guys — that’s not journalism,' ... 'It’s going to be very difficult for us to keep an eye on the more controversial figures of our time if we never talk to them.'"
-- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT: Trump celebrated his 71st birthday with dinner at the White House before going to visit Scalise in the hospital, per a pool report. Eric, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Jared Kushner, their kids and Tiffany were all there.
-- ISAAC DOVERE is reporting that Lambda Legal is opening up a D.C. office and plans to raise an additional $25 million over the next for years in an effort to ratchet up the fight against the Trump administration. Sharon McGowan, who was until January a top attorney in the Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama, is running the office.
-- SPOTTED: Chris Ruddy, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) having an animated conversation in the lobby of Trump Hotel on Tuesday night.
-- SENATE LEADERSHIP FUND reported dropping $443,104 to boost Sen. Luther Strange’s (R-Ala.) candidacy. … The CHAMBER OF COMMERCE reported $153,491 in spending on behalf of Karen Handel in Georgia.
THE ALLEGED SHOOTER -- “James Hodgkinson’s long descent into rage: ‘Nobody really knew anything about him,’” by Lorraine Woellert, Josh Meyer and Alan Greenblatt: “James T. Hodgkinson lived a seemingly comfortable existence back home. He had a wife, friends and a pool where he hosted parties. How and why his life ended on a blood-soaked field halfway across the nation remains largely a mystery to investigators trying to piece together his life. Anger, plain and simple, seemed to be one driver. A man prone to aggressive outbursts, Hodgkinson had grown increasingly angry at the political order in recent years, lashing out online against President Donald Trump and other Republicans. ...
“Hodgkinson was no stranger to law enforcement. He had a lengthy arrest record and seemed prone to violent fits. Most recently, he had been warned about shooting a high-powered gun in the vicinity of his neighbors’ houses. ... In April 2006, he was arrested on firearms and battery charges after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face and pulled a 12-gauge shotgun on a witness, Joel Fernandez, who had attempted to intervene.”
THE BIG PICTURE -- “How an Annual Ballgame Has Kept Congress Civil,” by Ben Strauss for Politico Magazine: “What might seem like just a bunch of middle-aged men reliving their high school glory, has become in recent years a meaningful tribute to the painfully nostalgic notion of old-fashioned bipartisanship in an increasingly divided nation. And so while one baseball team -- this one made up of Republican Congressmen and Senators -- cowered behind fences and trees to save their lives, their ostensible opponents -- a group of Democratic lawmakers -- gathered in a dugout 10 miles away in Northeast Washington. They stood arm in arm, and prayed for their colleagues.”
-- “Obama reaches out to Sen. Flake after shooting,” by Elana Schor: “Former President Barack Obama reached out to Sen. Jeff Flake Wednesday morning in the wake of the shooting at the GOP’s congressional baseball game practice to extend his ‘best wishes and prayers’ for the victims, the Arizona Republican said.”
GARRETT GRAFF in POLITICO Magazine, “How Congress Failed to Plan for Doomsday: What would happen if some crazed gunman or terrorist massacred Congress? We don’t really know—and that’s bad news for our democracy”: “One idea floated was that each member of Congress should designate his or her own list of successors in case of incapacitation—with those successors serving until either the next regular election or the member regained the ability to hold office. Several states, including Delaware and Texas, had passed similar bills during the 1950s and 1960s at the height of the Cold War to reconstitute their state legislatures following a nuclear attack. Two former House speakers, Thomas Foley and Newt Gingrich, endorsed that ‘expeditious path’ to solving the congressional continuity issue and preserving the House’s directly elected ‘legitimacy.’”
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Turkish Guards Will Be Charged in Embassy Protest, Officials Say,” by NYT’s Nick Fandos: “Law enforcement officials plan to announce charges Thursday against a dozen members of the Turkish president’s security detail for their involvement in a brutal attack on protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence here last month, two American officials said on Wednesday. ... The police planned to announce the charges at a news conference on Thursday morning.”
NOT THE ONION -- “Rodman gives Kim the gift of Trump: ‘The Art of the Deal,’” by AP’s Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang: “Dennis Rodman has delivered a message from President Donald Trump to North Korea -- sort of. On Thursday, the former NBA player gave the country’s sports minister a copy of Trump’s book ‘The Art of the Deal,’ a present intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It wasn’t signed by Trump, who was Rodman’s boss for two seasons of the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ reality TV show. Rodman has said his visit has nothing to do with the White House.”
MEDIAWATCH -- GABE SHERMAN in NYMag, “Fox News Is Dropping Its ‘Fair & Balanced’ Slogan”: “As Fox News moves further into the post–Roger Ailes era, the network is shedding one of its most iconic elements. According to network executives, Fox News has abandoned the marketing slogan ‘Fair & Balanced.’ ... [One] executive explained that the tagline was ‘too closely associated with Roger.’ Fox executives have been instructed by management to market the network by its other tagline: ‘Most Watched. Most Trusted.’ It is hard to overstate the significance of what shedding ‘Fair & Balanced’ means for Fox News. (It would be like the New York Times giving up ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print.’) Ailes invented the slogan when he launched the network in 1996, and over the years it became a quasi-religious doctrine among Fox’s anchors and viewers. ... In the annals of modern advertising, ‘Fair & Balanced’ will be considered a classic.”
SPOTTED last night at the Third Annual Sandy Hook Promise Gala at the Mellon Auditorium: The three co-chairs: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.). Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who were honored for the Toomey-Manchin bill and No Fly No Buy, respectively. Emcees were Sandy Hook parents Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, who replaced Megyn Kelly after she interviewed Alex Jones, the media figure who alleges the massacre is a hoax. ALSO SPOTTED: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Rachel Kelly, Joe Dunn, David Bonine, Cynthia Pullom, Ian Rayder, Lou Constantino, Francis Creighton, Cindy Brown, Bruce Heiman, Liz Allen and Nasim Fussell.
OUT AND ABOUT -- On the near 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in (June 17, 1972), Steve Clemons held a discussion last night at the Watergate Hotel titled “Watergate Then and Now,” where Steve interviewed Scott Stossel, Jennifer Rubin, McKay Coppins and Thomas Mallon. SPOTTED: Rakel and Jacques Cohen, Jeff David, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Kevin Baron, Sally Quinn, Quinn Bradlee, Harris Wofford, Matthew Charlton, Yael Luttwak, James Barbour, Kathy Gilsinan, Will Hiley, Robb Harleston, Ron Christie, Neil Munro, Jed Shein, Annie Groer, David and Danielle Frum, Tomicah Tillemann, Indira Lakshmanan, Allen Abel, Kevin Chaffee, Grover Norquist, Michael Mael, Gary Silversmith, U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch, Armanda Downes, Max Neuberger.
OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC -- The Hudson Institute Wednesday night hosted its spring reception in New York at the home of Joe and Marlene Ricketts. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley sat down with Hudson CEO Ken Weinstein for an off-the-record chat about her role as U.S. Ambassador to the UN. Haley said she told Trump “I’m not going to be a talking head or a wallflower” when he offered her the job. On Jim Mattis, she said “I think he’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met ... other than (her husband) Michael.” SPOTTED: Joe and Marlene Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, Silvie Legere, Paul Singer, BofA’s Jeffrey Peek, Annie Dickerson, Angela Meyers, Ed Cox, Deputy UN Ambassador Jon Lerner, Hudsonians Ken Weinstein, John Walters, Scooter Libby, Walter Russell Mead, Chris DeMuth
SPOTTED at a Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner party last night for new COO Lindsey Reynolds (longtime COO of the DNC) and new partners Elizabeth Sena and Kristi Lowe: Anna Greenberg, John Hagner, Al Quinlan, Lauren Dillon, Jeremy Rosner, Dan Sena, Earl Fowlkes, Jeremy Baker, and Maureen Garde.
SPOTTED Tuesday night aboard the super yacht of philanthropists John Evans and Steve Wozencraft for New America’s Bretton Woods II at Sea event where attendees discussed how to address global risks though strategic investments in social impact and development: Canada’s UN Ambassador and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s confidant Marc-Andre Blanchard, top World Bank official Aly Rahim, Bretton Woods II director Tomicah Tillemann, Facebook’s Craig Mullaney, Sovereign Investor Institute chairman Scott Kalb, Edelman’s Peter Segall, Georgetown Dean Joel Hellman, and representatives from the White House, State Department and USAID.
TRANSITIONS -- LIZ JOHNSON has joined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as director of its office of public affairs, where she will direct the agency’s global communications efforts. She was previously the communications director for former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and most recently served as spokeswoman for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during the Senate confirmation process. ... Jessica Jennings, formerly with the Dem Convention and HFA, is the new director of communications at the University of Maryland. She’s been working with Indivisible since their launch post-election and was previously press secretary at the British Embassy in Washington.
... Briannon Gillis has recently joined Emergent BioSolutions as PAC manager on the government affairs team. Previously she was a PAC fundraiser for Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and Mark Udall, Reps. Paul Tonko, Matt Cartwright, Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Tom Suozzi, and Louise Slaughter, as well as finance director for Kathleen Matthews. ... Henry Darwin has been hired to serve as chief of operations for the EPA. He previously was COO for the Doug Ducey administration since August 2015. ... Julie Kearney, VP of regulatory affairs for the Consumer Technology Association, was picked yesterday as the new president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
--“Emily’s List taps a Washington outsider as executive director,” by WaPo’s Philip Rucker: “Emily Cain, who helped lead fellow Democrats to the majority in the Maine House of Representatives in 2012, has been tapped to try to do the same for Democrats nationally at the helm of Emily’s List, which works to elect pro-choice Democratic women to offices ranging from city councils to the presidency.”
WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Becca Ginsberg Rutkoff, head of D.C. and regional communications for Google (and a birthday girl today), and Robby Rutkoff, VP for corporate social responsibility at Guggenheim Partners, welcomed their first child, Henry Langer Rutkoff late Monday night. Henry, Mom and Dad are home from the hospital and eating like champs. Pics ...
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Dana Bash, CNN’s chief political correspondent. How she’s celebrating: “My birthday falls on my son’s last day of kindergarten this year. It’s a half day, which means I get to spend most of it with him. What could be better?” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A:
BIRTHDAYS: Adam Jentleson, former deputy chief of staff for Harry Reid now senior strategic advisor at CAP Action ... Dan Schwerin (hat tip: brother Josh) ... Sarah Hurwitz (h/t Michael Kikukawa) ... Becca Ginsberg Rutkoff, Google comms. maven ... Ryan Chittum, reporter for International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ... Fox News star Marie Harf, the pride of Granville, Ohio and former senior advisor for strategic comms. to Secretary Kerry (h/t Steve Clemons) ... Alyssa Farah, comms director and senior adviser for the House Freedom Caucus, is 28 (but actually ageless) ... AP’s Evan Vucci ... Johnny Hallyday ... former House Majority Whip Tony Coelho, now an advocate for the disabled, is 75 ... ABC News digital journalist Ali Rogin is 3-0 ... Politico’s Brian Faler ... Reps. Adam Smith and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) are both 52 ... Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) is 42 ... NYT’s Clifford Levy is 5-0 ...
... MSNBC producer William Rabbe ... Joseph Brazauskas, staff director for the subcommittee on environment for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, is 35, celebrating by playing the Pizza Party game and Mall Madness over happy hour on Friday night with friends (h/t Kristina Baum) ... former Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kans.) is 66 ... former Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Calif.) is 75 … Jamie Greenheck, global managing director of food, beverage and ag at FleishmanHillard ... Susan Toffler, a CNN alum ... former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is 63 … Tim Wilson is 36 ... Sara Libby … Abigail Wuest ... Jana Plat ... David Dreyer … Deborah Lukovich … Sue Grady (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... former Va. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is 6-0 ... Morgan Feist ... Steven Stafford ... Karen Townsend ... Nick Luna ... Scott Monaghan is 6-0 ... Jim Belushi is 62 ... actress Helen Hunt is 54 ... Courteney Cox is 53 ... Ice Cube is 48 ... Neil Patrick Harris is 44 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.14 13:19 feedreddit BREAKING OVERNIGHT: Massive fire in west London -- WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE: TRUMP slaps down House Republicans’ health care bill -- POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL: Voters trust Comey over Trump -- B’DAY: Brian Fallon

BREAKING OVERNIGHT: Massive fire in west London -- WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE: TRUMP slaps down House Republicans’ health care bill -- POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL: Voters trust Comey over Trump -- B’DAY: Brian Fallon
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT. Donald Trump turns 71 today (h/ts Reince and Spicer).
BREAKING OVERNIGHT ... THE LATEST FROM LONDON FIRE -- “6 dead in London fire; figure expected to rise” – AP/London: “London’s Metropolitan Police say six people have died in the devastating fire that engulfed a west London apartment block. Police say the number is expected to rise. Police commander Stuart Cundy says he can ‘confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days.’ Cundy says many others are receiving medical care. Some 50 people are being treated in hospitals after a massive fire set a 24-story apartment block in west London ablaze overnight.”
--THE GUARDIAN: “The blaze rapidly engulfed the full height of the 24-storey block, and was still burning strongly more than six hours later, with a thick pall of dark smoke visible across the capital. Residents could be seen waving and screaming from their windows, as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fought to rescue them from their flats. Shortly before 8am, the London fire commissioner, Dany Cotton [said:] ‘In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never ever seen anything of this scale.’”
Good Wednesday morning. IMAGINE IF you’re a House Republican, and voted for the leadership’s health-care bill in May after being told that you were doing the newly elected president a solid. You listened to the White House’s pleading -- perhaps you got a phone call from Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus or even the president himself. The administration was on the Hill nonstop to push their legislation. You explained to your constituents that the late-in-the-game changes made to the bill helped cover more people. You celebrated with him in the Rose Garden after passage.
NOW YOU HEAR THE PRESIDENT has gone behind closed doors and told senators the House bill is “mean” and says it doesn’t do enough to cover people. Wouldn’t that anger you? Well, it’s angering a lot of House Republicans, who believe their president put them at political risk with that comment. A Senate health care bill was always going to be more moderate than the House version. If you're a House Republican, are you going to help the White House next time after the president privately just dumped all over you after you cast a vote for him? A lot of GOP lawmakers are buzzing about it, and many are none too pleased with the president right now. Story: “AP sources: Trump tells senators House health bill ‘mean,’” by Alan Fram.
ONE MORE QUICK THOUGHT -- Republicans on the Hill spent years decrying behind-the-scenes machinations of government. Now they have an attorney general that is refusing to discuss his conversations with the president. And a Senate majority that seeking to pass a major health-care bill without hearings.
FOR THE WEST WING -- “Poll: Voters trust Comey over Trump,” by Steven Shepard: “Voters have greater faith in former FBI Director James Comey to tell the truth than in President Donald Trump, who has disputed the veracity of Comey’s sworn testimony before a Senate committee last week. A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in the days following Comey’s appearance before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 45 percent of voters said they trust Comey more to tell the truth, compared to 32 percent for Trump. Twenty-three percent have no opinion.”
NYT A1, GLENN THRUSH, MAGGIE HABERMAN AND JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS -- “Trump Stews, Staff Steps In, and Mueller Is Safe for Now”: “[T]he president ... began entertaining the idea of firing Mr. Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump’s interactions. … For now, the staff has prevailed. ‘While the president has every right to’ fire Mr. Mueller, ‘he has no intention to do so,’ the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday.
“But people close to Mr. Trump say he is so volatile they cannot be sure that he will not change his mind about Mr. Mueller if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised. And his ability to endure a free-ranging investigation, directed by Mr. Mueller, that could raise questions about the legitimacy of his Electoral College victory, the topic that most provokes his rage, will be a critical test for a president who has continued on Twitter and elsewhere to flout the advice of his staff, friends and legal team.”
“Among the aides most alarmed by the idea of firing Mr. Mueller … was Reince Priebus … Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, has also advised against firing Mr. Mueller. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, supported firing Mr. Comey, but he has been less pugnacious lately, administration officials said. Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, has adopted a more temperate tone, telling her husband that she believed the appointment of Mr. Mueller would speed resolution of the Russia scandal and expressing her view that he would be exonerated, according to two people with direct knowledge of her advice.”
-- @nickconfessore: “The first senior Trump official to leave and write a dishy tell-all about life in the White House is going to make a lot of money.”
DARREN SAMUELSOHN, “6 explosive moments that could still come in Russia probe: The president and his attorneys are showing an increasing willingness to play hardball”: “The Trump-Russia investigation is moving at a breakneck pace compared with past White House scandals. ... [H]ere are six potent powder kegs awaiting Trump, Mueller and Congress: Executive privilege ... Lawyer versus lawyer: More than a dozen lawyers are already working on behalf of Trump and his associates in the Russia investigation ... Trump’s tax returns ... A grand jury: The federal courthouse in Washington could become the center of the political universe. ... [T]he Constitution Avenue location is a likely spot where he might convene a grand jury for witness testimony in his investigation and for potential criminal indictments. ... Presidential interference ... Indictments ... As Mueller brings the probe to a close, he could face perhaps the most explosive of all decisions: whether to prosecute the president himself.”
GARY COHN MANAGING FED CHIEF SEARCH -- WSJ’S NICK TIMIRAOS and KATE DAVIDSON -- “Officials won’t publicly outline any timetable for their decision or shortlist of candidates. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s term runs through January, and President Donald Trump didn’t rule out her reappointment in an April interview. Ms. Yellen’s reappointment isn’t an outcome many observers expect because of Mr. Trump’s fierce criticism of her during the final weeks of last year’s presidential campaign. But his willingness to consider her speaks to the amicable relationship they have forged since Mr. Trump took office, observers say.
“Since taking office, the president and his advisers haven’t publicly questioned the Fed’s actions -- including its decision to raise short-term interest rates in March. The Fed has also signaled it is likely to raise rates again at its two-day meeting that concludes Wednesday. An alternative to Ms. Yellen could be Mr. Cohn, who became Mr. Trump’s top economic adviser after a 26-year career at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Mr. Cohn has emerged as a key intermediary in the administration’s relationship with the central bank.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The Trump administration is holding two “listening sessions” today at the White House. At 10 a.m., HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE and CMS ADMINISTRATOR SEEMA VERMA are meeting with 13 doctors for an Obamacare session. List of the doctors DIRECTOR GARY COHN is then hosting one on tax reform at 2:30 p.m. The participants: Mitch Bainwol of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Jake Jones of the Alliance and the Daimler Group; Curtis Magleby of the American Automotive Policy Council and Ford; Matt Blunt of AAPC, Victoria Barnes of AAPC and GM; Howard Hakes, Cody Lusk and Rachel Robinson of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, Robert Redding and Robert Wills of the Automotive Service Association, John Bozella and Paul Ryan of Global Automakers, Doug Murtha of Global Automakers and Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Steve Handschuh and Lacy Wilson of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association; David Regan, Mark Scarpelli, and Pete Welch of the National Auto Dealers Association; and Damon Lester of the National Association of Minority Dealers.
THE BIG PICTURE -- NANCY COOK and ANDREW RESTUCCIA: “Trump tries to master the art of the tiny”: “Bill Clinton salvaged his presidency by focusing on small-ball policy wins. Now Team Trump is trying to master the art of thinking tiny. Faced with a rising drumbeat of scandal stemming from ongoing Russia probes, President Donald Trump is continuing to pursue a big, complicated legislative agenda -- repealing Obamacare, reforming the tax system and passing an infrastructure package.
“Any of those would be hard to achieve in perfect circumstances, but with the GOP ideologically fragmented and the White House distracted by legal trouble, it’s increasingly difficult to imagine Trump landing a big win. Veterans of past White Houses say if the president wants to keep Republican voters on his side, it’s time to turn his attention to putting forward discrete, achievable policy proposals that he can actually get done. ...
“The White House seems to be getting the message. For months, executive branch actions to unwind or rewrite regulations got little notice. But in recent weeks, wonkier policies are getting more fanfare, with briefings for reporters and appearances by Cabinet officials in the press room. On Wednesday, Trump is expected to announce the reorganization of government job training programs at the Labor Department as part of the White House’s ‘workforce development week’ -- the latest in the administration’s recent efforts to highlight tangible, limited goals like privatizing air traffic control or slashing regulations. An administration official said the White House is planning more policy-themed weeks in the coming months, including one on energy tentatively scheduled for late June. The official said the weeks are aimed at unifying the White House’s message.”
THE HEARING -- “5 takeaways from Sessions’ Russia testimony,” by Seung Min Kim and Josh Gerstein: “Sessions’ go-to line: ‘I don’t recall’ … The ‘I don’t recall’ line was a reliable response from the attorney general during the nearly three-hour grilling, particularly about one of the biggest questions raised before his testimony - whether he had further undisclosed meetings with Russian officials. … Senate Republicans run interference. While Democrats were harsh toward Sessions, nearly all Republicans treated him gingerly. … Sessions rattled under pressure. The still-new attorney general has had little practice at the witness table, and it showed as he became rattled under questioning from Democrats who have accused him of not being forthcoming about his interactions with Russian officials. …
“Sessions and his deputy show some daylight. Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were testifying on Capitol Hill simultaneously Tuesday, but they weren't always in sync. One such moment came when Sessions testified that Comey likely had an obligation to notify Congress when new evidence emerged in the probe into Hillary Clinton's State Department emails last October. … Unasked questions. … The most glaring: Did Sessions ever offer to resign due to Trump’s dissatisfaction with his job performance, as several news outlets have reported? The attorney general might have punted, but his reaction might have betrayed the answer.”
SURROUND-SOUND -- “Nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers sue Trump citing business conflicts,” by USA Today’s Steve Reilly: “Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress filed a lawsuit against President Trump on Wednesday morning alleging that his continued ties to his business empire violate the U.S. Constitution. The unprecedented legal action accuses Trump of violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits federal officials from accepting gifts or titles from foreign governments without congressional approval. The lawsuit will have the greatest number of congressional plaintiffs of any lawsuit against the president in the nation’s history, according to Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the House Judiciary Committee’s top-ranking Democrat. ‘We do this not out of any sense of pleasure or partisanship, but because President Trump has left us with no other option,’ he said.”
-- Democratic lawmakers will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. in the LBJ Room.
-- THE ORIGINAL SCOOP. HEATHER CAYGLE, on June 7: "Democrats to sue Trump over conflicts of interest"
REMINDER: WE ARE STILL AT WAR -- “Trump gives Pentagon authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan,” by WaPo’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff: “President Trump has given the Pentagon new authority to decide the troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The move could lead to a deployment of thousands more troops as commanders decide the way forward in the 15-year-old war. The U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly, said the move is similar to the April decision that gave the Pentagon more authority to set troop levels in Iraq and Syria. The change, the Pentagon said, was so units could deploy at their proper strength to better maintain unit cohesion.”
VIRGINIA GUV RACE: NORTHAM VS. GILLESPIE -- GREGORY SCHNEIDER in WAPO: “Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia Tuesday by an unexpectedly wide margin, and Republican Ed Gillespie held off a surprising challenge from Donald Trump acolyte Corey A. Stewart for that party’s nomination. …
“[G]illespie edged past Stewart by just over a percentage point — fewer than 4,500 votes. … The nation was watching Virginia as a political laboratory for how the political parties handle the deep divisions that followed last year’s election of President Trump. The establishment forces seemed to win out, as Virginia voters resisted efforts to pull further to the right or left. Perriello channeled the energy -- and endorsement -- of progressive leader Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as he tried to shake up the Democratic Party, but fell short in his bid to bring in enough new voters from among the young and working class to overcome Northam’s command of the Democratic machine, including the endorsement of nearly every Democratic elected leader in state or federal office.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- THE OBAMACARE POLITICAL WAR: Save My Care -- a group working to pressure lawmakers not to kill the Affordable Care Act -- is spending six figures on radio ads in Alaska, Maine, Nevada and West Virginia to urge senators to oppose repealing the law.
-- SCRIPT from the West Virginia ad: “Behind closed doors in Washington, they’re working in secret to rush through a health-care repeal bill that will devastate care for West Virginians – hitting our rural communities and hospitals the hardest But it can’t pass without Senator Capito. She’ll be a deciding vote. She’ll decide whether your costs go up by thousands of dollars … whether you’re one of the hundred twenty thousand West Virginians who will lose coverage altogether.
“Capito will decide whether your rural hospital can keep its doors open. … whether Medicaid is gutted … whether you or your loved one will lose access to opioid abuse treatment. Capito will even decide whether insurers can impose lifetime limits on your coverage. Unless Senator Capito votes no on healthcare repeal, the doors to affordable healthcare for West Virginia could be closed for good. Call Senator Capito at 304-347-5372 and tell her to vote no on health-care repeal.” Audio of all the radio spots
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Meadows: Freedom Caucus eyeing $1.5 trillion debt ceiling increase,” by Rachael Bade: “Some House Freedom Caucus conservatives want to raise the debt ceiling by a smaller amount than the Trump Administration would like -- just long enough to clear the 2018 mid-term elections, the group’s leader said Tuesday. The Freedom Caucus has not taken an official position on a specific number. But Chairman Mark Meadows emerged from a group meeting Tuesday night saying some of his conservative compadres are looking at a $1.5 trillion lift in the nation’s borrowing cap. The North Carolina Republican said that’s smaller than the $2.5 trillion he believes the White House wants.”
-- NOTE: These decisions are driven by anticipated market reaction. The GOP leadership and the White House are unlikely to agree to anything that will rattle markets.
INTERESTING READ -- “Jewish Groups Struggle to Gain White House Access Points,” by Jerusalem Post’s Michael Wilner: “Jewish American organizations long active in Washington politics are struggling to communicate with the Trump administration, scavenging through old Rolodexes and e-mail lists to find points of access into the president’s small policy team. A traditional structure governed these communications before the Trump era: Presidents since Jimmy Carter have hired White House Jewish liaisons to serve as point men for the community. But the position has been vacant since January 20, and the White House has no plans to fill it, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Country Star Kalie Shorr will sing her hit “Fight Like A Girl” at Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG) one week from today, June 21 at 7 p.m. at Watkins Recreation Center. Shorr’s song has received over 1.6 million streams on Spotify and is the walk-up song for the Member team co-captain Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). Celebrity base umpires for the game include Mystics STAR Elena Della Donne, Erica May-Scherzer, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer’s wife, and Monica Abbott, the top female softball player in the nation (and first to sign a $1-million contract). The CWSG raises funds for the Young Survival Coalition and is taking place the same week as the 45th anniversary of Title IX.
-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The League of Conservation Voters is launching a national summer-long campaign on Wednesday afternoon called “Our Lands, Our Vote.” They are spending $500,000 initially to support national monuments, and the campaign will try to submit 250,000 comments to Interior in support of protecting them.
-- THE SPIGOT IS STILL OPEN IN GEORGIA: The GOP leadership aligned Congressional Leadership Fund disclosed another $105,514 in Georgia’s sixth congressional district to boost Karen Handel and try to take down Jon Ossoff, according to an FEC report made public Tuesday.
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- WHAT LUKE RUSSERT IS READING -- Restoration Hardware becoming Wawa in Georgetown? -- PoPville
NYT’S MIKE ISAAC in SAN FRANCISCO: “Uber Embraces Major Reforms as Travis Kalanick, the C.E.O., Steps Away”: “In Uber’s continuing attempt to repair its reputation over a series of scandals stemming from its bad-boy culture, its co-founder Travis Kalanick said he would take a leave of absence as chief executive. The company also announced it would embark on a sweeping reorganization to ensure that executives are more closely supervised by its board of directors.
“At a packed meeting with employees on Tuesday morning, Uber released 13 pages of recommendations compiled as part of an investigation into sexual harassment and other wrongdoing conducted by the former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and his law firm, Covington & Burlington.
“But even as Uber promised to reform itself, an exchange between board members onstage highlighted the company’s challenges. In front of employees, the board member Arianna Huffington talked about how having one female director typically leads to more female directors. David Bonderman, a fellow board member and a founding partner at the private equity firm TPG, replied that adding more women to the board would result in ‘more talking.’ The remark left people aghast, according to those who were there, and set off a storm of criticism on Twitter. Mr. Bonderman later apologized to Ms. Huffington and Uber’s employees in an email, before resigning from the board a few hours later.” … Holder’s report
SCOOP -- “Most Trump real estate now sold to secretive buyers,” by USA Today’s Nick Penzenstadler, Steve Reilly and John Kelly: “Since President Trump won the Republican nomination, the majority of his companies’ real estate sales are to secretive shell companies that obscure the buyers’ identities, a USA TODAY investigation has found. Over the last 12 months, about 70% of buyers of Trump properties were limited liability companies – corporate entities that allow people to purchase property without revealing all of the owners’ names. That compares with about 4% of buyers in the two years before.”
DROPPING OUT -- “Brian Burns withdraws as Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Ireland,” by Irish Central’s Niall O’Dowd: “Brian F. Burns, the US ambassador-designate to Ireland has withdrawn his name from consideration for the job, citing health issues, IrishCentral has learned. It is believed that Burns and President Trump exchanged letters in which the attorney and leading Irish American philanthropist revealed his reasons for stepping aside. Burns, 81, was considered a remarkably good choice by Trump, given his long career of devotion to Irish issues, including the creation of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College and as a senior official of the American Ireland Fund.”
POLITICO MAGAZINE: “Meet the Two Princes Reshaping the Middle East: But for good or ill?” by Simon Henderson: “The dramatic and sudden effort to isolate Qatar, like the fateful intervention before it in Yemen, sprang from the shared vision of two princes. Depending on your point of view, they may be the harbingers of a new and better Middle East—or reckless architects of disaster. Indeed, the region’s most important relationship may be the dynamic duo of Muhammad bin Salman, the 31-year-old deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and Muhammad bin Zayed, the 56-year-old crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the lead sheikhdom of the United Arab Emirates. ... Together, they have shrewdly cultivated President Donald Trump, who is eager to show that he has a new strategy for defeating terrorism and confronting Tehran.”
-- “Trump’s move to deport Iraqi Christians stirs outcry,” by Nahal Toosi: “President Donald Trump is facing anger and potential political blowback as his administration ramps up efforts to deport Iraqi Christians, a group he’d pledged to protect from what the U.S. calls a genocide in the Middle East. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend detained dozens of Iraqi Christians and others to send back to Iraq. Many of them were picked up in Michigan, a swing state that Trump barely won in 2016 and the home of a sizable number of Christians from Muslim-majority countries who backed Trump during the presidential campaign.”
MEDIWATCH -- “Layoffs To Hit HuffPost This Week,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “The HuffPost newsroom is bracing for a round of layoffs this week, according to four people familiar with the matter. The cuts are said to be coming as early as Wednesday. ... The Wall Street Journal reported last week that about 15% of employees, or 2,100 people, will lose their jobs at Yahoo and AOL, which have become a combined entity called Oath.”
SPOTTED -- at Walter Russell Mead’s 65th birthday party last night: Elliott Abrams, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and his wife Anna, Scooter Libby, former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani, Adam Garfinkle, Ben Haddad, Hannah Thoburn. Cotton gave a toast.
SPOTTED: Justin Fairfax, newly elected Virginia Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia, thanking his family, friends and supporters last night at Arlington’s William Jeffrey’s Tavern ... Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y) joining callers at the DCCC last night making phone calls in support of Jon Ossoff ahead of the special election. The phone bank was organized by Slaughter and Democrats in the NY delegation. Pics … University of Michigan Football head Coach Jim Harbaugh and UM Grad Ryan Eaton of Quicken Loans government relations team in the Delta Sky360 Club taking in the Nationals-Braves Game on Tuesday night in DC. Pic
OUT AND ABOUT – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sergio Gor hosted an off the record Bourbon tasting last night in the senator’s Russell office featuring four of Kentucky’s best bourbons. SPOTTED: Tara Palmeri, Gabby Morrongiello, Paul Bedard, Donna Cassata, Ted Fioraliso, Peter Doocy, Doug Stafford, Matthew Hawes, Alex Pappas, Juliegrace Brufke, Walt Cronkite, Michael Memoli, Jeremy Herb, Burgess Everett, Suzanne Kianpour, Matt Boyle, Amanda House, Nihal Krishan, Alex Bolton, Cherie Paquette, Rob Lockwood, Elise Norris, Kerry Young, Andrew Desiderio, Kevin Cirilli.
-- SPOTTED at the 17th annual interfaith Ramadan Iftar dinner last night, hosted at the Mt. Vernon estate of Ray and Shaista Mahmood: DHS Secretary John Kelly, Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and Meryl Chertoff, Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), former Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Indonesian Ambassador Budi Bowoleksono and Reshanty Bowoleksono, Japanese Ambassador Kenichirō Sasae, Pakistani Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, former U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom Rabbi David Saperstein, Father Mark Morozowich of Catholic University, Imam Mohamed Maged of the ADAMS Center in Sterling, Virginia, Pastor Bob Roberts of Northwood Community Baptist Church, Keller, Texas, Imam Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Grover and Samah Norquist, Suhail A. Khan and Jana Plat, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation and Mary Lee Malcolm.
-- The Institute for Education and Coach Kathy Kemper partnered with Sylvie Lucas, the Ambassador of Luxembourg to the United States, for their #IFEWomeninPower dinner last night at the Grand Duchy Embassy in Dupont Circle. Jennifer Griffin, who covers national security and the Pentagon at Fox News, was the special guest in an off the record convo. SPOTTED: Nancy Cordes, Kristen Honey, Finland Ambassador to the U.S. Kristi Kauppi, Jordanian Amb. Dina Kawar, Rwanda Amb. Mathilde Mukantabana, Jennifer Rudy, Sita Sonty, Cori Zarek, Cecilia Vega, and Jan Smith.
TRANSITIONS – The DNC has hired Sabrina Singh to serve as its deputy communication director in charge of the regional media program and coalitions media. She comes from American Bridge, where she served as the deputy communications director. ... Whitney Mitchell Brennan has been promoted to communications director for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), previously she served as deputy communications director. Alexandria Phillips joined Gillibrand’s office this week as press secretary. A HFA alum, she was previously director of surrogates and media affairs for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. …
… Mercury has hired Fernando Espuelas, a veteran journalist who co-founded StarMedia, to be co-chairman. ... Cambridge Analytica has named Ben Shankle and Laquan Austion as VPs to jointly lead the firm’s political operations in D.C. Shankle most recently spent two years as the data director for the Republican Party of Florida. Austion most recently worked on Lyft’s government relations team where he oversaw all east coast markets.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Kristin Huguet, in comms at Apple
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Brian Fallon, CNN contributor, president of Barracks Row Media and senior advisor for Priorities USA. How he’s celebrating: “I will spend most of the day fending off bad jokes about sharing a birthday with Donald Trump. Next week, I am going home to Boston with my wife and kids, and my brother and I will be at David Ortiz’s number retirement ceremony at Fenway on June 23rd.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:
BIRTHDAYS: Mack McLarty, No Labels Vice-Chair and former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton (h/t Dennis Craig) ... Dan Schwerin, former director of speechwriting for Hillary Clinton ... House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is 78 ... Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) is 63 ... Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) is 73 ... former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) is 74 ... The U.S. Army is 242 … Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships (h/t Erika Masonhall) ... Leon Wieseltier is 65 ... Russian-born billionaire and philanthropist Leonard “Len” Blavatnik is 6-0 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Anthony Zampelli, LA for Rep. Dan Donovan, is 25 (h/t Joe Kalmin) ... Christopher Gahan, former COS to Sens. Pat Toomey and Judd Gregg who is now VP of federal relations and GR at Northwestern Mutual, is 43 ... Amber Marchand, managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies (h/t Ken Spain) ... Alexandra Veitch, VP of gov’t relations at CSRA ... Regan Page is 27 ... Danny Gaynor, in strategy and messaging at Nike ... cheese-loving Kristen Bartoloni, partner at Silver Street Strategies …
... Sara Armstrong, COS of the RNC (h/t Ryan Mahoney) … Iowa Republican donoactivist Bruce Rastetter is 61 … Chris Bleak … Brussels-based Politico tech reporter Laurens Cerulus is 3-0 ... Bill Wasserman of M+R (h/t Jon Haber) ... Jon Lentz, editor-in-chief at City & State ... Shomik Sarkar, former director of reporting for HFA, now a data scientist at the DNC (h/t Eric Heggie) ... Sarah Chen ... WaPo’s Josh Hicks, covering Maryland politics, is 37 ... Leslie Ogden ... former Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams … Chris Liddell-Westefeld … Carol Apelt ... Quinn Johnson … Mary Ann Preskul … Linda Beitelspacher … Scot Ross, the pride of Pittsburgh … Dee Simpson (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Brandon Hall is 42 ... Rachel Williams Ellis ... Ashley Samelson McGuire ... Roland Rydstrom ... Kenan Block, an MSNBC alum, is 63 ... Pat Proctor is 46 ... Bob de Maria .. David Parsons ... Andrew Bair ... Boy George is 56 ... International Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 48 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.13 12:56 feedreddit TRUMP’S lunch companions today -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sergey Kislyak plays host for Russia Day -- the DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- GOP and DEM talking points on Sessions -- GOP to Trump: Don’t dump Mueller -- B’DAY: Eli Stokols

TRUMP’S lunch companions today -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sergey Kislyak plays host for Russia Day -- the DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- GOP and DEM talking points on Sessions -- GOP to Trump: Don’t dump Mueller -- B’DAY: Eli Stokols
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Good Tuesday morning. FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell works to craft an Obamacare replacement bill, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is having lunch today with 13 senators to “discuss the status” of the process. TRUMP’S DINING PARTNERS: Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), John Thune (S.D.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (Utah).
-- HEALTH CARE STATUS REPORT: BURGESS EVERETT: “Senate GOP reins in expectations for killing Obamacare: Some Republican lawmakers are growing worried about their tight time frame for overhauling health care”: “Senate Republicans are aggressively trying to rein in expectations for their Obamacare repeal effort, wary of blowing a deadline or falling short of 50 votes on a promise that has driven the GOP’s political strategy for much of the past decade. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still aiming for an Obamacare repeal vote in June, though his lieutenants acknowledge that deadline could slip into July. And while GOP leaders want to hold the vote as soon as possible, Republicans continue to avoid hard deadlines and say factors outside their control could strike.
“‘It’s like having a baby,’ said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). ‘It’s not here yet, but it’s coming.’ … A public copy of the bill or the CBO score are not expected until just days before any vote, minimizing the ability of opposition to mobilize, aides said. If a June vote is not possible, Republicans hope to at least to have an agreement on a bill before heading home for the July 4 recess.”
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PLAYBOOK EXCLUSIVE -- SERGEY KISLYAK TRYING TO REPAIR FRAYED U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS: Embattled Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak played host to Washington insiders and diplomats at the Russian Embassy Monday night, greeting guests one-by-one in a long receiving line at the embassy in honor of Russia Day. Attendees were encouraged to pose for photos with signs that said “I love Russia” and post them on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.
The frayed U.S.-Russia relationship was clearly on the embassy’s mind as they handed out a pamphlet highlighting the two countries’ close relationship. On the cover: “As an American, I love Russia - friend of Washington and Lincoln.” At the top of the second page, there was this: “As an American, I love Russia because if not for Russia, there may not have been a United States of America.”
Russia’s top seven reasons for the close U.S.-Russia ties: “1. During the birth of our Nation, Russia supported the Thirteen Colonies in their way of Independence from Britain. 2. Russia helped preserve the Union during the American Civil War. 3. Alaska, California and Hawaii became States of the Union due to friendly US-Russian relations. 4. Russia was our ally in both World Wars 5. Russian International Peace Initiatives are the foundation of the United Nations. 6. Russian Arts and Sciences have enriched the world, and Russian Americans have made great contributions to American culture. 7. Russian President Putin was the first to call American President Bush to offer help and condolences after the tragedy of 9/11.”
SPEAKING OF THOSE CLOSE TIES -- “Russian Breach of 39 States Threatens Future U.S. Elections,” by Bloomberg’s Michael Riley and Jordan Robertson: “Russian hackers hit election systems in at least 39 states before Donald Trump’s election as president, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, an attack on almost twice as many states as previously reported. The hacks were part of a wave of intrusions in the summer and fall of 2016, details of which were provided by the person and two others familiar with a U.S. investigation of the attacks. Hackers breached a campaign finance database in at least one unidentified state, they said, and tried to alter or delete data from a voter database in Illinois.
“The scope and sophistication of the attacks so concerned the White House that Obama administration officials for the first time used a dedicated communication channel -- the cyber equivalent of the nuclear ‘red phone’ -- to signal to the Kremlin that the attacks risked escalating into a broader conflict, according to two of the people. The U.S. also provided detailed documents it considered proof of an act of aggression, which they said met with a chilly Russian response.”
-- COMING ATTRACTIONS: “Senate deal to boost Russia sanctions seen as imminent,” by Elana Schor: “Senators are vetting the language of a bipartisan deal to punish Russia that would allow Congress to disapprove of any attempt by President Donald Trump to ease sanctions on Moscow, Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said late Monday. Whether the Tennessee Republican’s optimism translates into a vote this week remains to be seen, however, with Democrats declining to confirm that a deal is done.
“If the Senate can pass a strong Russia sanctions package, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) could both claim a measure of victory — while also dealing a blow to the White House, which has floated a possible deal to roll back penalties on Vladimir Putin’s government in exchange for further cooperation on anti-terrorism efforts.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: THE DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- “One of President Trump’s closest friends spent several hours in the White House Monday and emerged to say on TV that the president may fire Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor, and that it would be a ‘significant mistake.’ It was an only-in-Trump’s White House kind of moment.
“Senior aides said the friend, Chris Ruddy, was only speculating, and said Trump was unlikely to can the former FBI director. One official said Ruddy didn’t meet with the president -- but instead spent several hours with senior administration aides. ‘I wouldn’t take it too seriously,’ a White House official said.
“The reality is that Trump has sounded out associates about his concerns over Mueller -- and no one knows what he might do. Trump would be making a big mistake if he tried to fire Mueller, and they don’t believe he will, aides said. He has been warned against it ‘by almost everyone,’ one adviser said. But he is often governed by self-preservation. He hates losing control of situations. He often lashes out when he feels someone could damage him. Plus, surrogates have begun telling him what trouble Mueller could pose. He met several times with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Bedminster over the weekend.
“So, yes, it seems unlikely Trump will try to fire Mueller. But then again, no one expected him to fire James Comey.”
-- SPICER STATEMENT, delivered by email from Sean to reporters: “Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue. With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”
-- RUDDY DOUBLES DOWN, in email to us: “Spicer issued a bizarre late night press release that a) doesn’t deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller and b) says I didn’t speak to the President about the matter -- when I never claimed to have done so. Memo to Sean: focus your efforts on exposing the flim-flam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements! Don’t waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies.”
-- THE STRANGE THING: The White House still won’t comment on if, in fact, the president is considering getting rid of Mueller.
BUT, BUT, BUT … -- “Republicans to Trump: Hands off Mueller,” by Austin Wright and Kyle Cheney: “Republican lawmakers have a warning for President Donald Trump: Don’t mess with Robert Mueller. Some Trump allies have begun agitating for Trump to fire the man appointed just last month as a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. … But that would be a huge mistake, Republican lawmakers said Monday. ‘It would be a disaster,’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ‘There's no reason to fire Mueller. What’s he done to be fired?’”
-- COME ON, NEWT! @ReaganBattalion: “Less than a month ago @newtgingrich hailed Mueller as a ‘superb choice’ with an ‘IMPECCABLE’ reputation. Today he says he can’t be trusted.”
HAPPENING TODAY -- “Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts,” by AP’s Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump. The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee should yield Sessions’ most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russia probe.”
-- WHAT NOT TO EXPECT: “Sessions won’t reveal information about conversations with Trump,” by Tara Palmeri and Josh Gerstein: “Jeff Sessions does not plan to reveal information about his private conversations with President Donald Trump during his testimony tomorrow before the Senate Intel Committee, according to sources close to the Attorney General. The sources said the former senator and Trump loyalist is unlikely to talk about any direct conversations with the president. ‘I wouldn’t expect the attorney general to discuss that,’ the source said. It was unclear whether the Attorney General would cite executive privilege as such, or simply say he wants to preserve the confidentiality of his discussions with Trump.” … The Sessions hearing is today at 2:30 p.m. in Hart 216.
-- Johanna Persing, RNC director of media affairs, emailed GOP communicators late Monday with a series of talking points for surrogates ahead of Sessions’ hearing. GOP talking points include: Trump has done nothing wrong; Sessions “continues to be open, honest and transparent;” Sessions’ meeting with Russian officials is standard practice; and asks surrogates to push for more answers on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and fired FBI director James Comey’s interactions. The email
-- Constance Boozer, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s director of surrogate and media affairs, emailed “friends and allies” Monday afternoon with their own set of talking points ahead of the Sessions hearing. Topline message: Sessions needs to answer several questions and to step down. “The fact that he isn’t willing to appear before the Committee with jurisdiction over the Department of Justice, the Judiciary Committee, shows that ‘the cloud’ of the Russia investigation makes it impossible for him to do the job of Attorney General,” Boozer wrote. The email
WHAT TRUMP WANTS TO BE TALKING ABOUT -- “Trump’s White House wants to change the subject: Trump, smarting over coverage of Russia probes, thinks his administration doesn’t get enough credit,” by Matt Nussbaum and Josh Dawsey: “The White House has been spending more time trying to focus staff on weekly agenda items, two administration officials said. Senior officials have tried to cheer up younger aides by reminding them that ‘voters aren’t going to make their choices based on some hard-to-understand, he-said, she-said accusation,’ one said, adding that the White House believes voters will stand by them if the economy remains strong. ... Trump also inaccurately declared on Monday that he’d ‘passed more legislation’ than any predecessor besides Franklin D. Roosevelt. Harry Truman passed 55 bills in his first 100 days, while Trump had signed 48 by his 142nd day. Many of those have been to designate buildings or other less noticeable actions.” With a Josh Holmes cameo
DEMOCRATS’ SILVER LINING -- “Trump hearings hatch Democratic stars,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “California Sen. Kamala Harris had the latest star turn last week, with her tough interrogation of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and questioning of former FBI Director James Comey. Before that, it was Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, whose revealing cross-examination of Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparked a boomlet of fresh presidential speculation earlier this year. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner has seen his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee suddenly revive talk of his national prospects, which had faded after he laid the groundwork roughly a decade ago. ...
“The beneficiaries of the surge in attention aren’t limited to members of the key committees on the Trump beat — the Intelligence and Judiciary panels. First-term Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, for example, has been especially active in speaking out about the Russia probes and on immigration, leading to reports that the White House is now eying him as a potential 2020 opponent. Yet it’s the former prosecutors Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and California Rep. Adam Schiff who have been front-and-center in harnessing the party’s fury, largely because they’ve been the ones in the televised spotlight.”
DEPT. OF YA CAN’T MAKE IT UP -- “Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea,” by AP’s Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang: “Dennis Rodman, the former NBA bad boy who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew back to Pyongyang on Tuesday for the first time in Donald Trump’s presidency. He said he is ‘just trying to open a door’ on a mission that he thinks his former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ boss would support. Rodman, one of the few people to know both of the nuclear-armed leaders, sported a black T-shirt advertising a marijuana cybercurrency as he talked to reporters briefly before his flight from Beijing to the North Korean capital. Asked if he had spoken to Trump about his trip, he said, ‘Well, I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need. ...
“‘We are aware of his visit. We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety,’ U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters after discussing the North Korean missile threat and other issues with Japanese counterparts.”
-- NYT’S JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS: “Mr. Trump transformed a routine meeting of senior members of his government into a mood-boosting, ego-stroking display of support for himself and his agenda. While the president never explicitly asked to be praised, Mr. Pence set the worshipful tone, and Mr. Trump made it clear he liked what he heard. ‘Thank you, Mick,’ he told Mick Mulvaney, his budget director. ‘Good job,’ he told Scott Pruitt, his E.P.A. chief. ‘Very good, Daniel,’ he said to Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence. ... In a video posted with the tweet, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, sat at a table with young staff members who, at his prompting, praised his performance on Sunday talk shows and the appearance of his hair. One repeated Mr. Priebus’s quotation word for word, prompting the senator and his aides to erupt into laughter.”
-- @SenSchumer: “GREAT meeting today with the best staff in the history of the world!!!”
HOW IT’S PLAYING -- Reuters: “At Trump’s Cabinet meeting, flattery is flavor of the day” ... AP: “Who loves him more? Trump’s cabinet members gush at meeting” ... WaPo: “Praise for the chief: Trump’s Cabinet tells him it’s an ‘honor’ and ‘blessing’ to serve” ... Full video
-- @ChrisLu44 (whose birthday was yesterday): “I ran 16 Cabinet meetings during Obama’s 1st term. Our Cabinet was never told to sing Obama’s praises. He wanted candid advice not adulation
WELCOME TO WASHINGTON -- “Melania Trump Leaves New York Behind for the White House,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman: “Melania Trump will attend a congressional picnic in the final days of June. She will start filling out her roster of aides. She will get her son settled into his new home and, then, in the fall, a new school. And she will turn attention to the range of issues that a first lady has the ability to affect.
“For the first time since President Trump was inaugurated, his wife is living full time in the White House. She and the couple’s 11-year-old son, Barron, left Trump Tower in Manhattan behind over the weekend, a transition that the first lady announced on her husband’s favorite medium, Twitter, after it was completed. …
“Mrs. Trump’s immediate focus is likely to be inside the White House, where her husband has become increasingly isolated from his party and even his own staff since his abrupt firing of James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I. ‘She is the president’s never-ending barometer of reality, and she delivers candor and honesty blended with selfless love for him and his family in equal doses,’ said Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a close friend of the Trumps who has known the first lady since 1998.”
-- WAPO’S KRISSAH THOMPSON: “Five questions about Melania Trump’s move to the White House”: “Will Melania Trump keep her husband from sending controversial wee-hours tweets? … Will she build an advocacy program, such as Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ or Laura Bush’s National Book Festival, or undertake any restoration projects in the White House? … How will Barron Trump’s presence change life in the White House? … Will Melania Trump engage with D.C.’s social scene? … How will Melania Trump leave her mark on the job?”
-- “Barron Trump’s ‘The Expert’ T-shirt sells out at J. Crew,” by The Washington Examiner’s Leah DePiero: “The T-shirt Barron Trump wore while exiting Marine One with his parents on Sunday as he and first lady Melania Trump officially moved into the White House has sold out on J. Crew as of Monday. The gray cotton ringer T-shirt with the words ‘The Expert’ in blue lettering gained attention after 11-year-old Barron paired it with dark jeans and sneakers on Sunday. ‘We’re sorry. This item has been so popular, it has sold out,’ J. Crew’s website said of the $29.50 shirt.”
IT’S ALL HAPPENING -- “Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski shopping book – again,” by CNN’s Oliver Darcy: “Publishers were told to submit offers to Lewandowski's agent, Mel Berger of WME Entertainment, by a Friday deadline ... Berger was expecting to ultimately fetch seven figures for the book deal. It was not clear what Lewandowski’s book would be about. A proposal wasn’t submitted, likely to avoid details leaking to the public, the source added. Lewandowski previously had an offer from HarperCollins worth $1.2 million, but lost it over concerns about a nondisclosure agreement he signed during the campaign, Politico reported last June. This time around, however, publishers were told Lewandowski had been able to obtain a waiver of the nondisclosure agreement, one of the sources familiar with the matter said.”
TRUMP’S TUESDAY -- He’s meeting with H.R. McMaster, lunching with members of the Senate and then will go to Milwaukee. In Milwaukee he will meet with “Obamacare victims,” speak about health care and tour Waukesha County Technical College. He will then hold a roundtable on “workforce development.” He’ll also speak at a fundraiser for Gov. Scott Walker before returning to D.C.
VIRGINIANS HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAY -- WAPO: “Just tuning in to Virginia governor’s race? We’ll help you do your homework”
[email protected]: “In other non-Mueller news, Ivanka Trump, who excoriated the ‘viciousness’ of Washington on Fox, made a visit with Conde Nast brass at 1WTC”
-- SPOTTED: FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER yesterday on the new Delta LAX to DCA flight in Delta One (first class), watching “Eight Days a Week,” the Ron Howard documentary about The Beatles.
-- PEACOCK UPDATE: The MSNBC shows “Hardball,” “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “MSNBC Live” with Hallie Jackson have all moved to the NBC studios at 400 North Capitol. Yesterday was the first day in the new studios. They join Greta van Susteren’s “For the Record,” which has aired from the Capitol Hill location since its inception.
-- THE NRCC disclosed another $833,526 in media spending against Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s sixth congressional district.
WARRIORS WIN NBA TITLE -- L.A. TIMES TANIA GANGULI: “‘I remember plenty of times throughout my career I continued to just look in the past and look ahead and not stay in the moment,’ [MVP Kevin] Durant said. ‘In this series I just stayed in the moment. And we did it together. ... You call us a super team, but it’s been a lot of super teams that [haven’t] worked, and we came together and we continued to just believe in each other and we sacrificed and we’re champions now.’”
NEW BUZZFEED INVESTIGATION (with six bylines) -- “POISON IN THE SYSTEM”: “The British government is suppressing explosive intelligence that Alexander Perepilichnyy, a financier who exposed a vast financial crime by Russian government officials, was likely assassinated on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin. Perepilichnyy, who faced repeated threats after fleeing to Britain, was found dead outside his home in Surrey after returning from a mysterious trip to Paris in 2012. Despite an expert detecting signs of a fatal plant poison in his stomach, the British police have insisted there was no evidence of foul play, and Theresa May’s government has invoked national security powers to withhold evidence from the inquest into his cause of death – which is ongoing. But an investigation by BuzzFeed News has now obtained fresh evidence that the authorities have deliberately sidelined, and has uncovered how Perepilichnyy spent his last days in Paris.”
MORE MCAULIFFE ON ISAAC DOVERE’S ‘OFF MESSAGE’ -- THROWING SHADE AT HILLARY -- “We, as a party, need to understand what happened,” the Virginia governor told Isaac Dovere in the new Off Message podcast, live today. “My advice would be to Hillary, ‘There’s enough people that will do that and get that information out.’” McAuliffe says she never asked him to join her PAC. He told Isaac he didn’t even know what it was called. Here’s the exchange: “What is the name of it?” “Onward Together.” “Terrific.” “Like ‘Stronger Together.’” “Got it,” he says. “Very clever.” ... Listen and Subscribe
WHAT WALL STREET IS READING -- “Goldman’s Blankfein, Citi’s Corbat Duped by Email Prankster,” by WSJ’s Liz Hoffman and Telis Demos: “The chief executives of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. are the latest bank bosses to be hooked by an email prankster trolling top Wall Street brass, exposing a low-tech gap in banks’ cybersecurity armor. Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein and Citigroup’s Michael Corbat, as well as Citigroup consumer-banking chief Stephen Bird, responded over the weekend to emails sent by the anonymous prankster masquerading as top executives at the two banks. The hoaxer ... on Sunday published screenshots of the exchanges on Twitter. ... None of the executives disclosed sensitive information in responding to the prankster, but the repeated episodes flag concerns about whether banks have done enough to guard against online threats.”
MEDIAWATCH -- “Facebook Building Feature to Let Users Subscribe to News Publications,” by WSJ’s Deepa Seetharaman and Lukas Alpert: “Facebook Inc. may soon help its users do something unfamiliar on the platform: pay for news. The social-media giant is building a feature that would allow users to subscribe to publishers directly from the mobile app, according to people familiar with the matter. The feature, long-requested by publishers, is expected to roll out by the end of 2017 ... Facebook [is] leaning toward a metered-payment model, which would allow users to read some articles for free each month before prompting them to pay, three of the people familiar with the matter said.”
-- L.A. Times national correspondent Nigel Duara is leaving for a role as a correspondent on HBO's “Vice News Tonight.” Duara, also an AP alum, will serve as a national correspondent, beginning June 19.
SPOTTED: HHS Secretary Tom Price drinking a beer at the Nationals game last night cheering on the Braves with some other HHSers. … Dr. Ben Carson yesterday on a Delta Shuttle from DCA to LGA, seated in Delta Comfort+ seat 7D ... Ivanka at LaGuardia yesterday near the gate for the DCA shuttle (with lots of Secret Service with her) ... Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) talking on his cell-phone yesterday afternoon in the Watergate Hotel library ... Ron Brownstein yesterday catching a foul ball at Nationals Park -- Doug Heye’s Instapic ... Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) sitting at the head of a packed table off the lobby of 20 F Street, NW. …
… Ashton Kutcher and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sharing a stage at the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta to discuss the issue of modern day slavery and the current efforts in curbing human sex trafficking around the world. Pics ... ... Laurel Strategies CEO Alan Fleischmann having breakfast yesterday morning at the Four Seasons with Stedman Graham.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Ed Cash held his semiannual Bipartisan Homeland Security reception last night at Clyde’s in Chinatown. The event brings together the homeland security teams from the Bush, Obama and now Trump Administrations. More than 350 guests attended the event and heard remarks from Secretary John Kelly, former Secretary Michael Chertoff and former Deputy Secretary Ali Mayorkas. Pic of Secretary Kelly addressing attendees
SPOTTED: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, DHS chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen, White House OMB associate director Kathy Kraninger, Admiral Thad Allen, Chad Sweet, DHS assistant secretary for public affairs Jonathan Hoffman, FEMA deputy administrator Dave Grant, White House Military Office director Dab Kern, DC Homeland Security chief Brian Baker, Rich Serino, Christian Marrone, Will Booher, and many more.
SPOTTED at Dave Weigel’s book party last night at Black Cat to celebrate “The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock” -- $18.32 on Amazon: Julia Ioffe, Asawin Suebsaeng, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Wesley Lowery, Olivia Nuzzi, John Hudson, Taylor Lorenz, Ezra Klein, Annie Lowery, Rosie Gray, Carolyn Fiddler, Bob Draper, Paul Kane, Josh Green, Kevin Robillard, Byron Tau, Rebecca Leber, Stephanie Slade, Jesse Walker, Matt Gertz, Peter Suderman, Meghan McArdle, Jim Newell, Tierney Sneed, Brian Beutler, Benjy Sarlin, Hadas Gold, Brendan Karet, Eric Boehm, Igor Bobic, Alyssa Rosenberg, John Tabin, Alex Parker, Eric Michael Garcia, Betsy Woodruff, Pema Levy, Travis Waldron.
ENGAGED --Patrick Crowley (of Dayblink Consulting, soon to be getting his MBA at UNC) popped the question on Saturday to AEI senior media associate Meg Cahill. “She gladly said yes to her longtime Notre Dame college sweetheart and AEI’s communications team looks forward to celebrating the happy couple when they return on our Dupont Circle rooftop!” After getting engaged, the couple then went on an already planned vacation to Puerto Rico. Pic
TRANSITIONS -- Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is joining the board of directors of Feeding America, which is the nation’s largest hunger relief organization with 200 food banks serving every state. … Ashley Pratte has been hired to be the director of public affairs at The Herald Group; she most recently has been director of media relations and public affairs at the American Legislative Exchange Council. ... Constance Boozer, formerly of HFA (Brooklyn), is now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s director of surrogates and media affairs. She got promoted from within the office, where she’s been working since November. ...
... Marcel Lettre has joined Lockheed Martin as VP for national security. He previously was under secretary of defense for intelligence and has also worked on the Hill. ... Emily Hecht-McGowan is joining the Biden Foundation’s team as policy director for equality. She previously was Family Equality Council’s chief policy officer. ... Ed Murphy, a former researcher for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the RNC, has joined Prospect Strategic Communications as the opposition-research firm’s newest partner. Ed will be based in Chicago, while the firm’s other two partners, Kris Anderson and Webber Steinhoff, are based in LA and D.C.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of Labor and longtime Obamaworld person who is now at FiscalNote and the Miller Center, turned 51. He celebrated by “cheering on the Nats and toasting birthday-mate George H.W. Bush, whose decency and integrity is sorely missed in the White House right now,” per our anonymous birthday tipster ... Michael Pollack, former clerk for Justice Sotomayor and future Cardozo Law professor (hat tip: David Helfenbein) ... (was Saturday): Ayesha Rascoe, White House reporter at Reuters (h/t Roberta Rampton)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: WSJ White House reporter Eli Stokols, Politico alum, the pride of Irvine, California and erstwhile Mile High resident. How he’s celebrating: “Just going out to dinner with my girlfriend, Elena Schneider. I’ve been told we’re going to Rose’s.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:
BIRTHDAYS: L.A. Times political writer Seema Mehta ... former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 73 ... Mike Norton, Arkansan, Truman/Marshall Scholar and former Hill intern ... Katie Biber Chen, Romney GC and Bush 43 alum now general counsel at Thumbtack in SF (h/t Sarah Isgur Flores) … Jimmy Orr ... John Del Cecato, partner at AKPD Message and Media ... Cathy McLaughlin (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Marissa Shorenstein, SVP of the east region at AT&T, one of the youngest senior executives in the company’s history (h/t Keri Kohler) ... Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is 7-0 (h/t James Owens) ... Politico’s Margaret McGill ... William Lewallen ... Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is 8-0 ... Leslie Hagar Small ... Neil Bernstein ... Bill Mergner, director at AQN Strategies ... Philip Rosenthal ... NBC alum Morgan Pitt, now an events coordinator at Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville ...
… Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal ... Ryan Rhodes ... WSJ alum Andrew Grossman, now a student at Wharton ... Jenny Eisen Verdery, yoga instructor and former lobbyist at Intel, celebrating 5-0 at Machu Picchu in Peru (h/t Stewart) ... Charlie Nichols is 15 ... Michelle Lee of WaPo’s Fact-Checker blog ... NBC4’s Eun Yang ... R. Brian Lewis, a good man from Nebraska ... Jim Fellinger, press secretary at Concerned Veterans for America (h/t Rebecca Coffman) ... Kirtan Mehta ... Lauren Mehta ... Sagar Vachhani … Alex Marino of Civis Analytics ... Andrew Lavigne ... Judge Neil Cohen … Sarah Hurwitz ... Margaret Shepard, managing director of 1776, celebrating in France (h/t Peter Cherukuri) ... Genger Charles ... Patrick G. Cronin ... Michelle Korsmo ... Patrick McGill is 31 ... Bill Buck is 5-0 ... John Eddy, partner at SourceRock Partners ... Jeff Siegel is 4-0 ... Junheng Li ... Rick Weidman is 71 ... Tony Varona ... Neil Bernstein is 51 ... WTOP’s Brian Oliger ... artist Christo is 82 ... Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 78 ... Hannah Storm is 55 ... Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are 31 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.13 07:40 tombstoneshadows28 All of the MPAA/CARA-rated films of 2005 (out of the 4,733 films released worldwide that year.)

  1. Bailey’s Billion$ (Director: David Devine)
  2. Chicken Little (Director: Mark Dindal)
  3. Heidi (Director: Alan Simpson)
  4. Herbie: Fully Loaded (Director: Angela Robinson)
  5. Ice Princess (Director: Tim Fywell)
  6. Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (Director: Frank Nissen)
  7. Romeo + Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss (Director: Phil Nibbelink)
  8. Stuart Little III: Call Of The Wild (Director: Audu Paden)
  9. The 12 Dogs Of Christmas (Director: Kieth Merrill)
  10. The Cave Of The Yellow Dog (Director: Byambasuren Davaa)
  11. The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (Wallace + Gromit in) (Directors: Steve Box + Nick Park)
  12. Valiant (Director: Gary Chapman)
  13. Winky’s Horse (Director: Mischa Kamp)
  1. Angels With Angles (Director: Scott Edmund Lane)
  2. Because Of Winn-Dixie (Director: Wayne Wang)
  3. Bob The Butler (Director: Gary Sinyor)
  4. Booha (Director: Rami Imam)
  5. Charlie + The Chocolate Factory (Director: Tim Burton)
  6. Cheaper By The Dozen II (Director: Adam Shankman)
  7. Come Away Home (Director: Doug McKeon)
  8. The Corpse Bride (Directors: Tim Burton + Mike Johnson)
  9. Down + Derby (Director: Eric Hendershot)
  10. Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story (Director: John Gatins)
  11. Duma (Director: Carroll Ballard)
  12. Elsa + Fred (Director: Marcos Carnevale)
  13. Fated (Directors: Uche Ozoh + Emma Ogugua)
  14. good night, and good luck. (Director: George Clooney)
  15. Harb Atalia (Director: Ahmed Saleh)
  16. Hoodwinked! (Directors: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards + Tony Leech)
  17. Kicking + Screaming (Director: Jesse Dylan)
  18. Kinky Boots (Director: Julian Jarrold)
  19. Lassie (Director: Charles Sturridge)
  20. Little Manhattan (Director: Mark Levin)
  21. Madagascar (Directors: Eric Darnell + Tom McGrath)
  22. Maxx (Director: Saman Moghadam)
  23. Mee-Shee: The Water Giant (Director: John Henderson)
  24. Meet Me In Miami (Directors: Eric Hannah + Iren Koster)
  25. Miracle At Sage Creek (Director: James Intveld)
  26. Mirrormask (Director: Dave McKean)
  27. Mobsters + Mormons (Director: John E. Moyer)
  28. Mr. Dungbeetle (Director: Thomas Russell)
  29. Nanny McPhee (Director: Kirk Jones)
  30. Once Upon A Wedding (Director: Matia Karrell)
  31. Paradise, Texas (Director: Lorraine Senna)
  32. Popstar (Director: Richard Gabai)
  33. Pride + Prejudice (Director: Joe Wright)
  34. Private Alexandria (Director: Sandra Nashaat)
  35. Racing Stripes (Director: Frederik Du Chau)
  36. Rebound (Director: Steve Carr)
  37. Renart The Fox (Director: Thierry Schiel)
  38. Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles (Director: Yimou Zhang)
  39. Robots (Director: Chris Wedge + Carlos Saldanha)
  40. Sky High (Director: Mike Mitchell)
  41. Snow White (Director: Samir)
  42. Son Of The Mask (Director: Lawrence Guterman)
  43. Suits On The Loose (Director: Rodney Henson)
  44. Sweet Land (Director: Ali Selim)
  45. Tara Road (Director: Gillies MacKinnon)
  46. The Adventures Of Greyfriars Bobby (Director: John Henderson)
  47. The Adventures Of Sharkboy + Lavagirl in 3-D (Director: Robert Rodriguez)
  48. The Bike Squad (Director: Richard Gabai)
  49. The Californians (Director: Jonathan Parker)
  50. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Director: Andrew Adamson)
  51. The Derby Stallion (Director: Craig Clyde)
  52. The Game Of Their Lives (Director: David Anspaugh)
  53. The Gospel (Director: Rob Hardy)
  54. The Greatest Game Ever Played (Director: Bill Paxton)
  55. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (Director: Garth Jennings)
  56. The Indie Pendant (Director: Kelly Schwarze)
  57. The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (Director: Kayvan Mashayekh)
  58. The Legend Of Zorro (Director: Martin Campbell)
  59. The Pacifier (Director: Adam Shankman)
  60. The Perfect Man (Director: Mark Rosman)
  61. The Rocket (Director: Charles Binamé)
  62. The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (Director: Ken Kwapis)
  63. The Third Wish (Director: Shelly Jensen)
  64. Ya ana ya khalty (Director: Said Hamed)
  65. Yours, Mine + Ours (Director: Raja Gosnell)
  66. Zathura: A Space Adventure (Director: Jon Favreau)
  1. ...en fin, el mar (Director: Jorge Dyszel)
  2. 7 días (Director: Fernando Kalife)
  3. Æon Flux (Director: Karyn Kusama)
  4. A Lot Like Love (Director: Nigel Cole)
  5. A Sound Of Thunder (Director: Peter Hyams)
  6. Alchemy (Director: Evan Oppenheimer)
  7. Alien Abduction (Director: Eric Forsberg)
  8. All Babes Want To Kill Me (Director: Colin Miller)
  9. American Fusion (Director: Frank Lin)
  10. An American Haunting (Director: Jiri Strach)
  11. An Unfinished Life (Director: Lasse Hallström)
  12. At Last (Director: Tom Anton)
  13. Bad News Bears (Director: Richard Linklater)
  14. Batman Begins (Director: Christopher Nolan)
  15. Be Cool (Director: F. Gary Gray)
  16. Beauty Shop (Director: Bille Woodruff)
  17. Bee Season (Directors: Scott McGehee + David Siegel)
  18. Before It Had A Name (Director: Giada Colagrande)
  19. Bewitched (Director: Nora Ephron)
  20. Bigger Than The Sky (Director: Al Corley)
  21. Blood Of Beasts (Director: David Lister)
  22. Boogeyman (Director Stephen Kay)
  23. Buckaroo: The Movie (Director: James A. Brooks)
  24. Carpool Guy (Director: Corbin Bernsen)
  25. Checking Out (Director: Jeff Hare)
  26. Cinderella Man (Director: Ron Howard)
  27. Club eutanasia (Director: Agustin Tapia)
  28. Coach Carter (Director: Thomas Carter)
  29. Complete Guide To Guys (Director: Jeff Arch)
  30. Constellation (Director: Jordan Walker-Pearlman)
  31. Cry_Wolf (Director: Jeff Wadlow)
  32. Cursed (Director: Wes Craven)
  33. Daltry Calhoun (Director: Katrina Holden Bronston)
  34. Dancing In Twilight (Director: Bob Roe)
  35. Dark Water (Director: Walter Salles)
  36. Diary Of A Mad Black Woman (Director: Darren Grant)
  37. Dirty Deeds (Director: David Kendall)
  38. Dishdogz (Director: Mikey Hilb)
  39. Duck (Director: Nicole Bettauer)
  40. Echoes Of Innocence (Director: Nathan Todd Sims)
  41. Elektra (Director Rob Bowman)
  42. Elizabethtown (Director: Cameron Crowe)
  43. End Of The Spear (Director: Jim Hanon)
  44. Everything Is Illuminated (Director: Liev Schreiber)
  45. Fantastic Four (Director: Tim Story)
  46. Fat Cats (Director: Adam Salazar)
  47. Fever Pitch (Directors: Bobby Farrelly + Peter Farrelly)
  48. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Directors: Tetsuya Nomura + Takeshi Nozue)
  49. Flightplan (Director: Robert Schwentke)
  50. Forbidden Warrior (Director: Jimmy Nickerson)
  51. Fragile (Director: Jaume Balagueró)
  52. Freedom Flight (Director: Frank Quetglas)
  53. Fugitives Run (Director: Philip Spink)
  54. Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (Director: Seiji Mizushima)
  55. Fun With Dick + Jane (Director: Dean Parisot)
  56. Glass Trap (Director: Fred Olen Ray)
  57. Goal! The Dream Begins (Director: Danny Cannon)
  58. Going Shopping (Director: Henry Jaglom)
  59. Grodmin (Director: Jim Horwitz)
  60. Guess Who (Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan)
  61. Harry Potter + The Goblet Of Fire (Director: Mike Newell)
  62. Her Minor Thing (Director: Charles Matthau)
  63. Hitch (Director: Andy Tennant)
  64. In The Mix (Director: Ron Underwood)
  65. Into The Blue (Director: John Stockwell)
  66. It’s About Time (Director: Kevin Shinick)
  67. Jesus, Mary + Joey (Director: James Quattrochi)
  68. Joyeux Noel (Director: Christian Carion)
  69. Just Friends (Director: Roger Kumble)
  70. Just Like Heaven (Director: Mark Waters)
  71. Keson (Directors: Lou Angeli + Bill Lewis)
  72. Kids In America (Director: Josh Stolberg)
  73. King Kong (Director: Peter Jackson)
  74. King’s Ransom (Director: Jeffrey W. Byrd)
  75. La rebelle (Director: Sacha Parisot)
  76. Left Behind III: World At War (Director: Craig R. Baxley)
  77. Loggerheads (Director: Tim Kirkman)
  78. Look Both Ways (Director: Sarah Watt)
  79. Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World (Director: Albert Brooks)
  80. Lords Of Dogtown (Director: Catherine Hardwicke)
  81. Lost In Love (Director: Udayan Prasad)
  82. Lovewrecked (Director: Randal Kleiser)
  83. Makin’ A Mess With Jackamoe (Director: Robert David Cochrane)
  84. Man Of The House (Director: Stephen Herek)
  85. Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (Director: Randall Miller)
  86. Memoirs Of A Geisha (Director: Rob Marshall)
  87. Miss Congeniality II: Armed + Fabulous (Director: John Pasquin)
  88. Missing In America (Director: Gabrielle Savage Dockterman)
  89. Monster-In Law (Director: Robert Luketic)
  90. Mort (Director: Kyle B. Thompson)
  91. Mozart + The Whale (Director: Petter Næss)
  92. Mr. + Mrs. Smith (Director: Doug Liman)
  93. Must Love Dogs (Director: Gary David Goldberg)
  94. Neverwas (Director: Joshua Michael Stern)
  95. Oliver Twist (Director: Roman Polanski)
  96. On A Clear Day (Director: Gaby Dellal)
  97. Paradise Now (Director: Hany Abu-Assad)
  98. Preaching To The Choir (Director: Charles Randolph-Wright)
  99. Prime (Director: Ben Younger)
  100. Proof (Director: John Madden)
  101. Red Eye (Director: Wes Craven)
  102. Rent (Director: Chris Columbus)
  103. Roll Bounce (Director: Malcolm D. Lee)
  104. Rumor Has It... (Director: Rob Reiner)
  105. Sahara (Director: Breck Eisner)
  106. Serenity (Director: Joss Whedon)
  107. Smile (Director: Jeffrey Kramer)
  108. Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (Director: George Lucas)
  109. States Of Grace (Director: Richard Dutcher)
  110. Stealth (Director: Rob Cohen)
  111. Sueño (Director: Renée Chabria)
  112. Supercross (Director: Steve Boyum)
  113. Taking Your Life (Director: Eric Beetner)
  114. The Accident (Director: Marc Dube)
  115. The Baxter (Director: Michael Showalter)
  116. The Brothers Grimm (Director: Terry Gilliam)
  117. The Cave (Director: Bruce Hunt)
  118. The Dukes Of Hazzard (Director: Jay Chandrasekhar)
  119. The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (Director: Scott Derrickson)
  120. The Eye III (Director: Danny Pang + Oxide Chun Pang)
  121. The Family Stone (Director: Thomas Bezucha)
  122. The Film (Director: Junaid Memon)
  123. The Fog (Director: Rupert Wainwright)
  124. The Gazelle’s Blood (Director: Mohamed Yassin)
  125. The Great Yokai War (Director: Takashi Miike)
  126. The Honeymooners (Director: John Schultz)
  127. The Interpreter (Director: Sydney Pollack)
  128. The Iris Effect (Director: Nikolay Lebedev)
  129. The Island (Director: Michael Bay)
  130. The Italian (Director: Andrey Kravchuk)
  131. The Kid + I (Director: Penelope Spheeris)
  132. The Last Sign (Director: Douglas Law)
  133. The Longest Yard (Director: Peter Segal)
  134. The Man (Director: Les Mayfield)
  135. The Mistress Of Spices (Director: Paul Mayeda Berges)
  136. The Myth (Director: Stanley Tong)
  137. The New World (Director: Terrence Malick)
  138. The Pearl (Director: Will Wallace)
  139. The Pirate’s Curse (Director: Mark Roper)
  140. The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio (Director: Jane Anderson)
  141. The Producers (Director: Susan Stroman)
  142. The Promise (Director: Kaige Chen)
  143. The Ring Two (Director: Hideo Nakata)
  144. The Ringer (Director: Barry W. Blaustein)
  145. The Salon (Director: Mark Brown)
  146. The Skeleton Key (Director: Iain Softley)
  147. The Thing About My Folks (Director: Raymond De Felitta)
  148. The Vault (Director: Ric Moxley)
  149. The Wedding Date (Director: Clare Kilner)
  150. The Wendell Baker Story (Directors: Andrew Wilson + Luke Wilson)
  151. The White Countess (Director: James Ivory)
  152. The Work + The Glory II: American Zion (Director: Sterling Van Wagenen)
  153. The World’s Fastest Indian (Director: Roger Donaldson)
  154. Three Bad Man (Director: Jeff Hathcock)
  155. Transporter II (Director: Louis Leterrier)
  156. Underclassman (Director: Marcos Siega)
  157. Undiscovered (Director: Meiert Avis)
  158. Walk The Line (Director: James Mangold)
  159. War Of The Worlds (Director: Steven Spielberg)
  160. Water (Director: Deepa Mehta)
  161. White Noise (Director: Geoffrey Sax)
  162. xXx: State Of The Union (Director: Lee Tamahori)
  1. 12 + Holding (Director: Michael Cuesta)
  2. 2001 Maniacs (Director: Tim Sullivan)
  3. 9th Company (Director: Fedor Bondarchuk)
  4. A Catastrophe Of Men (Director: Benjamin Mennell)
  5. A History Of Violence (Director: David Cronenberg)
  6. A Little Trip To Heaven (Director: Baltasar Kormákur)
  7. A Perfect Fit (Director: Ron Brown)
  8. A Year Without Love (Director: Anahi Berneri)
  9. Aconite (Director: Ben Dixon)
  10. Adam + Steve (Director: Craig Chester)
  11. Adam + Eve (Director: Jeff Kanew)
  12. Adam’s Apples (Director: Anders Thomas Jensen)
  13. All That I Need (Director: James Hergott)
  14. Alone In The Dark (Director: Uwe Boll)
  15. American Gun (Director: Aric Avelino)
  16. American Soldiers (Director: Sidney J. Furie)
  17. American Visa (Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia)
  18. Americano (Director: Kevin Nolan)
  19. An Uzi At The Alamo (Director: Raymond Lepre + Chris Sparling)
  20. Angel-A (Director: Luc Besson)
  21. Another Public Enemy (Director: Woo-Suk Kang)
  22. Are We There Yet? (Director Brian Levant)
  23. Assault On Precinct 13 (Director: Jean-François Richet)
  24. Asylum (Director: David Mackenzie)
  25. Aunt Rose (Director: James Tucker)
  26. Aurora Borealis (Director: James C.E. Burke)
  27. Back In The Day (Director: James Hunter)
  28. Bad Girls From Valley High (Director: John T. Kretchmer)
  29. Bad Reputation (Director: Jim Hemphill)
  30. Beneath Still Waters (Director: Brian Yuzna)
  31. Beowulf + Grendel (Director: Sturla Gunnarsson)
  32. Berkeley (Director: Bobby Roth)
  33. Beyond The Gates (Director: Michael Caton-Jones)
  34. Black Wine (Director: Ryan Rossell)
  35. BloodRayne (Director: Uwe Bolle)
  36. Bloodline (Director: Antwan Smith)
  37. Boardwalk Poets (Director: John Bevilacqua)
  38. Boo (Director: Anthony C. Ferrante)
  39. Born Killers (Director: Morgan J. Freeman)
  40. Boy Eats Girl (Director: Stephen Bradley)
  41. Boynton Beach Club (Director: Susan Seidelman)
  42. Break A Leg (Director: Monika Mitchell)
  43. Breakfast On Pluto (Director: Neil Jordan)
  44. Brick (Director: Rian Johnson)
  45. Brokeback Mountain (Director: Ang Lee)
  46. Broken Flowers (Director: Jim Jarmusch)
  47. Brooklyn Lobster (Director: Kevin Jordan)
  48. Brothers In Arms (Director: Jean-Claude La Marre)
  49. Brothers Of The Head (Director: Keith Fulton + Louis Pepe)
  50. Bubble (Director: Steven Soderbergh)
  51. Caché (Hidden) (Director: Michael Haneke)
  52. Cake (Director Nisha Ganatra)
  53. Capote (Director: Bennett Miller)
  54. Casanova (Director: Lasse Hallström)
  55. Chaos (Director: Tony Giglio)
  56. Chasing Erections (Directors: Hedley Turk)
  57. Che Guevara (Director: Josh Evans)
  58. Chicago Poems (Director: Gerard Jamroz + Thomas Jamroz)
  59. Choker (Director: Nick Vallelonga)
  60. Cold + Dark (Director: Andrew Goth)
  61. Comatose (Director: Michael Merrill)
  62. Confess (Director: Stefan C. Schaefer)
  63. Confession (Director: Jonathan Meyers)
  64. Confessions Of A Pit Fighter (Director: Art Camacho)
  65. Constantine (Director: Francis Lawrence)
  66. Conversations With Other Women (Director: Hans Canosa)
  67. Cruel World (Director: Kelsey T. Howard)
  68. Cup Of My Blood (Director: Lance Catania)
  69. Curandero (Director: Eduardo Rodriguez)
  70. Dark Assassin (Director: Jason Yee)
  71. Dark Remains (Director: Brian Avenet-Bradley)
  72. Dating Games People Play (Director: Stefan Marc)
  73. David + Layla (Director: J.J. Alani)
  74. Dead Fish (Director: Charley Stadler)
  75. Dead Men Walking (Director: Peter Mervis)
  76. Dead In Texas (Director: Michael Anton)
  77. Death Trance (Directors: Yûji Shimomura + Alexander Von David)
  78. Death Tunnel (Director: Philip Adrian Booth)
  79. Deepwater (Director: David S. Marfield)
  80. Demon Hunter (Director: Scott Ziehl)
  81. Derailed (Director: Mikael Håfström)
  82. Desolation Sound (Director: Scott Weber)
  83. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (Director: Mike Bigelow)
  84. Diamond Zero (Director: David Gaz + Annelie Wilder)
  85. Dot.kill (Director: John Irvin)
  86. Dinner With An Assassin (Director: Bobby Guions)
  87. Dirty (Director: Chris Fisher)
  88. Dirty Love (Director: John Asher)
  89. Disaster! (Director: Roy T. Wood)
  90. Divergence (Director: Benny Chan)
  91. Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist (Director: Paul Schrader)
  92. Domino (Director: Tony Scott)
  93. Don’t Come Knocking (Director: Wim Wenders)
  94. Don’t Tell (Director: Cristina Comencini)
  95. Doom (Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak)
  96. Down In The Valley (Director: David Jacobson)
  97. Drop Dead Sexy (Director: Michael Philip)
  98. Duane Hopwood (Director: Matt Mulhern)
  99. Edison (Director: David J. Burke)
  100. Edmond (Director: Stuart Gordon)
  101. El vacilón: The Movie (Director: Agustin)
  102. Eleven Men Out (Director: Róbert I. Douglas)
  103. Ellie Parker (Director: Scott Coffey)
  104. Empire Of The Wolves (Director: Chris Nahon)
  105. English As A Second Language (Director: Youssef Delara)
  106. Evil (Director: Giorgos Nousias)
  107. Evil Aliens (Director: Jake West)
  108. Experiment (Director: Dan Turner)
  109. Extreme Dating (Director: Lorena David)
  110. Factotum (Director: Bent Hamer)
  111. Fastback (Director: Francis Kilduff)
  112. Fateless (Director: Lajos Koltai)
  113. Façade (Director: Brian Bedard)
  114. Feast (Director: John Gulager)
  115. Fierce People (Director: Griffin Dunne)
  116. Forest Of The Damned (Director: Johannes Roberts)
  117. Fortunes (Director: Parker Cross)
  118. Forty Shades Of Blue (Director: Ira Sachs)
  119. Four Brothers (Director: John Singleton)
  120. Frankenstein Reborn (Director: Leigh Scott)
  121. Freezerburn (Director: Melissa Balin)
  122. Fugitive Hunter (Director: John Alexander Jimenez)
  123. Funny Valentine (Director: Jeff Oppenheim)
  124. Game 6 (Director: Michael Hoffman)
  125. Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (Director: Jim Sheridan)
  126. Ghetto Dawg II (Directors: Jeff Crook + Josh Crook)
  127. Ghosts Never Sleep (Director: Steve Freedman)
  128. Green Street Hooligans (Director: Lexi Alexander)
  129. Guy X (Director: Saul Metzstein)
  130. Hallowed (Director: Rocky Costanzo)
  131. Happy Endings (Director: Don Roos)
  132. Hard Candy (Director: David Slade)
  133. Harder They Fall (Director: Lee Cipolla)
  134. Harsh Times (Director: David Ayer)
  135. Hate Crime (Director: Tommy Stovall)
  136. Haunted Boat (Director: Olga Levens)
  137. Havoc (Director: Barbara Kopple)
  138. Heads Or Tales (Directors: Clark Kline + Joey McAdams)
  139. Headspace (Director: Andrew van den Houten)
  140. Heart Of The Beholder (Director: Ken Tipton)
  141. Heights (Director: Chris Terrio)
  142. Her Name Is Carla (Director: Jay Anania)
  143. Hide + Seek (Director: John Polson)
  144. Hit Me (Director: Michael Kinney)
  145. Hollywood Files (Director: Fabio Segatori)
  146. Hostage (Director: Florent-Emilio Siri)
  147. Hostel (Director: Eli Roth)
  148. House Of 9 (Director: Steven R. Monroe)
  149. House Of Sand (Director: Andrucha Waddington)
  150. House Of Wax (Director: Jaume Collet-Serra)
  151. How You Look To Me (Director: J. Miller Tobin)
  152. How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (Director: Georgina Garcia Riedel)
  153. Hustle + Flow (Director: Craig Brewer)
  154. Imagine Me + You (Director: Ol Parker)
  155. In Her Shoes (Director: Curtis Hanson)
  156. Infection (Director: Albert Pyun)
  157. Insecticidal (Director: Jeffery Scott Lando)
  158. Intermedio (Director: Andrew Lauer)
  159. Into The Sun (Director: mink)
  160. Isolation (Director: Billy O’Brien)
  161. Jarhead (Director: Sam Mendes)
  162. Jolly Roger: Massacre At Cutter’s Cove (Director: Gary Jones)
  163. Junebug (Director: Phil Morrison)
  164. Keep Your Distance (Director: Stu Pollard)
  165. Keeping Mum (Director: Niall Johnson)
  166. King Of The Lost World (Director: Leigh Scott)
  167. Kingdom Of Heaven (Director: Ridley Scott)
  168. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Director: Shane Black)
  169. Kissed By Winter (Director: Sara Johnsen)
  170. L’enfant (Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne + Luc Dardenne)
  171. La caja (Director: Craig McMahon)
  172. La mujer de mi Hermano (Director: Ricardo de Montreuil)
  173. Lady Vengeance (Director: Chan-wook Park)
  174. Land Of The Dead (Director: George A. Romero)
  175. Last Days (Director: Gus Van Sant)
  176. Laura Smiles (Director: Jason Ruscio)
  177. Lethal (Director: Dustin Rikert)
  178. Lethal Eviction (Director: Michael Feifer)
  179. Lie Still (Director: Sean Hogan)
  180. Life Of The Party (Director: Barra Grant)
  181. Little Athens (Director: Tom Zuber)
  182. Little Fish (Director: Rowan Woods)
  183. London (Director: Hunter Richards)
  184. Lonesome Jim (Director: Steve Buscemi)
  185. Long Distance (Director: Marcus Stern)
  186. Looking For Cheyenne (Director: Valérie Minetto)
  187. Lord Of War (Director: Andrew Niccol)
  188. Lost In Plainview (Director: Eric Chambers)
  189. Love + Suicide (Director: Lisa France)
  190. Love Thy Neighbor (Director: Nick Gregory)
  191. Love For Rent (Director: Shane Edelman)
  192. Love, Ludlow (Director: Adrienne Weiss)
  193. Loverboy (Director: Kevin Bacon)
  194. Lower City (Director: Sérgio Machado)
  195. Lucky 13 (Director: Chris Hall)
  196. Man-Thing (Director: Brett Leonard)
  197. Mark 8:36 (Directors: Justin Charles + Michael Brian hart)
  198. Match Point (Director: Woody Allen)
  199. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Director: Miranda July)
  200. Meet The Family (Director: Stan Lerner)
  201. Meet The Family: Dinner With The Rumps (Director: Stan Lerner)
  202. Mortuary (Director: Tobe Hooper)
  203. Mrs. Henderson Presents (Director: Stephen Frears)
  204. Munich (Director: Steven Spielberg)
  205. Mutual Appreciation (Director: Andrew Bujalski)
  206. My Big Fat Independent (Director: Philip Zlotorynski)
  207. Nearing Grace (Director: Rick Rosenthal)
  208. Neighbour No. 13 (Director: Yasuo Inoue)
  209. Never Been Thawed (Director: Sean Anders)
  210. Niagara Motel (Director: Gary Yates)
  211. Night Fangs (Director: Ricardo Islas)
  212. Night Watch (Director: Edgardo Cozarinsky)
  213. Nightmare (Director: Dylan Bank)
  214. Nine Lives (Director: Rodrigo Garcia)
  215. No Rules (Director: Gerry Anderson)
  216. Nomad: The Warrior (Directors: Sergei Bodrov + Ivan Passer)
  217. North Country (Director: Niki Caro)
  218. Occupation: Hollywood (Director: Marques T. Owens)
  219. One Last Thing... (Director: Alex Steyermark)
  220. One Missed Call II (Director: Renpei Tsukamoto)
  221. Partners (Director: David Diamond)
  222. Pieces Of A Dream (Director: Skee Skinner)
  223. Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (Director: Adrian Shergold)
  224. Pit Fighter (Director: Jesse V. Johnston)
  225. Pontianak harum sundal malam 2 (Directors: Shuhaimi Baba, Aida Fitri Buyung + Ibrahim Elias)
  226. Pray (Director: Yûichi Satô)
  227. Pretty Persuasion (Director: Marcos Siega)
  228. Private Moments (Director: Jag Mundhra)
  229. Pros + Ex-Cons (Director: Timothy Boyle)
  230. Pure (Director: Susan Karrie Braun)
  231. Queens (Director: Manuel Gómez Pereira)
  232. Race You To The Bottom (Director: Russell Brown)
  233. Red Doors (Director: Georgia Lee)
  234. Red Mercury (Director: Roy Battersby)
  235. Reincarnation (Director: Takashi Shimizu)
  236. Remedy (Director: Christian Maelen)
  237. Return of the Living Dead, Part IV: Necropolis (Director: Ellory Elkayem)
  238. Return of the Living Dead, Part V: Rave to the Grave (Director: Ellory Elkayem)
  239. Reversal Of Misfortune (Director: Tim Riel)
  240. Revolver (Director: Guy Ritchie)
  241. River Queen (Director: Vincent Ward)
  242. Rock The Paint (Director: Phil Bertelsen)
  243. Romance + Cigarettes (Director: John Turturro)
  244. Rosario Tijeras (Director: Emilio Maillé)
  245. Rx (Director: Ariel Vromen)
  246. Santa’s Slay (Director: David Steiman)
  247. Saw II (Director: Darren Lynn Bousman)
  248. Say Uncle (Director: Peter Paige)
  249. Scar (Director: Rahil Bhorania)
  250. Searching For Bobby D (Director: Paul Borghese)
  251. Secuestro express (Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz)
  252. Self-Medicated (Director: Monty Lapica)
  253. Separate Lies (Director: Julian Fellowes)
  254. Severed (Director: Carl Bessai)
  255. Sex Sells: The Making of 'Touché' (Director: Jonathan Liebert)
  256. Shadow Of The Sword (The Headsman) (Director: Simon Aeby)
  257. Shadowboxer (Director: Lee Daniels)
  258. Shadowless Sword (Director: Young-jun Kim)
  259. Shapeshifter (Director: Gregory Lemkin)
  260. Sharkskin 6 (Director: Trevor King)
  261. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (Director: Ten Shimoyama)
  262. Shopgirl (Director: Anand Tucker)
  263. Side Effects (Director: Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau)
  264. Silence Becomes You (Director: Stephanie Sinclaire)
  265. Silent Scream (Director: Matt Cantu + Lance Kawas)
  266. Sin City (Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez + Quentin Tarantino)
  267. Slaughterhouse Of The Rising Sun (Director: Vin Crease)
  268. Slingshot (Director: Jay Alaimo)
  269. Slipstream (Director: David van Eyssen)
  270. Slow Burn (Director: Wayne Beach)
  271. Snuff-Movie (Director: Bernard Rose)
  272. Southern Belles (Directors: Paul S. Myers + Brennan Shroff)
  273. Spirit Trap (Director: David Smith)
  274. Standing Still (Director: Matthew Cole Weiss)
  275. State Property: Blood On The Streets (Director: Damon Dash)
  276. Stay (Director: Marc Forster)
  277. Stoned (Director: Stephen Woolley)
  278. Strange As Angels (Director: Steven Foley)
  279. Strangers With Candy (Director: Paul Dinello)
  280. Syriana (Director: Stephen Gaghan)
  281. Tamara (Director: Jeremy Haft)
  282. Target Of Opportunity (Director: Danny Lerner)
  283. Thank You For Smoking (Director: Jason Reitman)
  284. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Director: Judd Apatow)
  285. The Amateurs (Director: Michael Traeger)
  286. The Amityville Horror (Director: Andrew Douglas)
  287. The Ballad Of Jack + Rose (Director: Rebecca Miller)
  288. The Beast Of Bray Road (Director: Leigh Scott)
  289. The Best Man (Director: Stefan Schwartz)
  290. The Big White (Director: Mark Mylod)
  291. The Business (Director: Nick Love)
  292. The Cavern (Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi)
  293. The Chumscrubber (Director: Arie Posin)
  294. The Civilization Of Maxwell Bright (Director: David Beaird)
  295. The Coat Room (Director: Jason F. Gilbert)
  296. The Constant Gardener (Director: Fernando Meirelles)
  297. The Crow: Wicked Prayer (Director: Lance Mungia)
  298. The Cutter (Director: William Tannen)
  299. The Dark (Director: John Fawcett)
  300. The Dark Hours (Director: Paul Fox)
  301. The Deal (Director: Harvey Kahn)
  302. The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu (Director: Cristi Puiu)
  303. The Descent (Director: Neil Marshall)
  304. The Devil’s Rejects (Director: Rob Zombie)
  305. The Dying Gaul (Director: Craig Lucas)
  306. The Girl From Monday (Director: Hal Hartley)
  307. The Godfather Of Green Bay (Director: Pete Schwaba)
  308. The Good Humor Man (Director: Tenney Fairchild)
  309. The Great New Wonderful (Director: Danny Leiner)
  310. The Great Raid (Director: John Dahl)
  311. The Heirloom (Director: Leste Chen)
  312. The Helix...Loaded (Director: A. Raven Cruz)
  313. The Ice Harvest (Director: Harold Ramis)
  314. The Jacket (Director: John Maybury)
  315. The King (Director: James Marsh)
  316. The King Maker (Director: Lek Kitaparaporn)
  317. The L.A. Riot Spectacular (Director: Marc Klasfeld)
  318. The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (Directors: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller + Blaine Miller)
  319. The Legend Of Lucy Keyes (Director: John Stimpson)
  320. The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (Michael Mabbott)
  321. The Long Weekend (Director: Pat Holden)
  322. The Lost Angel (Director: Dimitri Logothetis)
  323. The Lost City (Director: Andy Garcia)
  324. The Luau (Director: Barry Bowles)
  325. The Matador (Director: Richard Shepard)
  326. The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (Director: George Bamber)
  327. The Notorious Bettie Page (Director: Mary Harron)
  328. The Nun (Director: Luis de la Madrid)
  329. The Path Of Evil (Director: Brad Goodman)
  330. The Proposition (Director: John Hillcoat)
  331. The Protector (Director: Prachya Pinkaew)
  332. The Prototype (Director: Christopher Cantwell)
  333. The Puffy Chair (Directors: Jay Duplass + Mark Duplass)
  334. The Quiet (Director: Jamie Babbit)
  335. The Rain Makers (Director: Ray Ellingsen)
  336. The River King (Director: Nick Willing)
  337. The Russian Specialist (Director: Dolph Lundgren)
  338. The Second Front (Director: Dmitriy Fiks)
  339. The Sisters (Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman)
  340. The Squid + The Whale (Director: Noah Baumbach)
  341. The Tenants (Director: Danny Green)
  342. The Three Burials Of Of Melquiades Estrada (Director: Tommy Lee Jones)
  343. The Trouble With Dee Dee (Director: Mike Meiners)
  344. The Truth About Love (Director: John Hay)
  345. The Unknown (Director: Karl Kozak)
  346. The Upside Of Anger (Director: Mike Binder)
  347. The War Within (Director: Joseph Castelo)
  348. The Weather Man (Director: Gore Verbinski)
  349. The Witch’s Sabbath (Director: Jeff Leroy)
  350. The Zodiac (Director: Alexander Bulkley)
  351. These Girls (Director: John Hazlett)
  352. This Revolution (Director: Stephen Marshall)
  353. Thralls (Director: Ron Oliver)
  354. Three Dollars (Director: Robert Connolly)
  355. Throttle (Director: James Seale)
  356. Thumbsucker (Director: Mike Mills)
  357. Tideland (Director: Terry Gilliam)
  358. Touched (Director: Timothy Scott Bogart)
  359. Touching Down (Director: Chris King)
  360. Tracks (Director: Peter Wade)
  361. Transamerica (Director: Duncan Tucker)
  362. Trip Out (Director: James M. Hausler)
  363. Tristram Shandy: A Cock + Bull Story (Director: Michael Winterbottom)
  364. Trust The Man (Director: Bart Freundlich)
  365. Tryst (Director: John Ashmore)
  366. Tsotsi (Director: Gavin Hood)
  367. Turning Green (Directors: Michael Aimette + John G. Hofmann)
  368. Two For The Money (Director: D.J. Caruso)
  369. Typhoon (Director: Kyung-taek Kwak)
  370. Unleashed (Director: Louis Leterrier)
  371. V For Vendetta (Director: James McTeigue)
  372. Venice Underground (Director: Eric DelaBarre)
  373. Venom (Director: Jim Gillespie)
  374. View In Black + White (Director: Irwin Miller)
  375. Vinsanity (Director: Kaan Tulgar)
  376. Wah-Wah (Director: Richard E. Grant)
  377. Waiting... (Director: Rob McKittrick)
  378. Wassup Rockers (Director: Larry Clark)
  379. Waterborne (Director: Ben Rekhi)
  380. Way Of The Vampire (Directors: Sarah Nean Bruce + Eduardo Durão)
  381. Wedding Crashers (Director: David Dobkin)
  382. Wheelmen (Director: Dirk Hagen)
  383. When Do We Eat? (Director: Salvador Litvak)
  384. Where The Truth Lies (Director: Atom Egoyan)
  385. Wild Country (Director: Craig Strachan)
  386. Window Theory (Director: Andrew Putschoegl)
  387. Winter Passing (Director: Adam Rapp)
  388. Within (Directors: John A. Curtis + Merlin Ward)
  389. Wolf Creek (Director: Greg McLean)
  390. You Are Alone (Director: Gorman Bechard)
  391. You + Your Stupid Mate (Director: Marc Gracie)
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2017.06.11 17:11 feedreddit BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy -- ISENSTADT: MITT shows signs of political revival -- SPOTTED at Mike Shields/Katie Walsh engagement party -- B’DAY: Greta van Susteren

BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy -- ISENSTADT: MITT shows signs of political revival -- SPOTTED at Mike Shields/Katie Walsh engagement party -- B’DAY: Greta van Susteren
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- WE HEAR … There is a chance Congress will stay in session for part of August. There has been political pressure from some members of the House and Senate to stay in town and try to get some things done instead of take a five-week recess. The pressure will only increase if the Obamacare repeal and replace isn’t done in the next few weeks. Congress has just 27 days in session until the summer break. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise: many lawmakers have had to face angry constituents on trips home.
STATEMENTS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey -- at 8:22 a.m.: “The #FakeNews MSM doesn’t report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector......way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels!” … at 8:29 a.m.: “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’” … at 8:49 a.m.: “The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare. They are only OBSTRUCTIONISTS!”
-- TWO QUICK THINGS: Many Democrats will privately agree with Trump that they oftentimes lack a coherent message. But Trump’s presidency has unified Democrats for the first time in a long time … Trump has majorities in the House and Senate, and he’s blaming Democrats for obstructing him.
**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook:
BREAKING OVERSEAS -- TRUMP PUTS OFF U.K. VISIT -- THE GUARDIAN: “Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain put on hold: U.S. president told Theresa May he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests”: “Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming. The U.S. president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time. The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement surprised May, according to those present.”
Good Sunday morning. Jake will be on Steve Hilton’s new Fox News show “The Next Revolution” live from Los Angeles tonight at 9 p.m. East Coast time.
TRUMP stopped by a wedding at his country club in New Jersey last night.
YOU’LL HEAR THIS QUOTE A LOT -- Donald Trump Jr. on Fox News, via the Washington Post: “‘When he tells you to do something, guess what? There’s no ambiguity in it, there’s no, ‘Hey, I’m hoping,'’ Trump said. ‘You and I are friends: ‘Hey, I hope this happens, but you’ve got to do your job.’ That’s what he told Comey. And for this guy as a politician to then go back and write a memo: ‘Oh, I felt threatened.’ He felt so threatened -- but he didn’t do anything.’ Trump also said that Comey’s testimony ‘vindicated’ the president and that everything in it was ‘basically ridiculous.’”
ALEX ISENSTADT in DEER VALLEY, UTAH -- “Romney stokes speculation he’s weighing another political run: The 2012 GOP nominee is plotting how to help Republicans in the midterms, and he’s being coy about his own political future”: “Mitt Romney is once again testing his political power — critiquing President Donald Trump, raising money and campaigning for fellow Republicans, and not ruling out another run for office for himself. The 2012 GOP nominee is returning to the spotlight, six months after Trump -- the man Romney once savaged as unfit for the presidency -- nearly picked him to be secretary of state. …
“Spencer Zwick, a longtime Romney adviser and political gatekeeper, said he’d been inundated with appeals from Republican candidates asking the former GOP nominee to help them. Last week, Romney held his first fundraiser for a 2018 hopeful, an event benefiting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been fiercely critical of the president. Over the coming days, Romney is also expected to release a robo-call boosting Georgia Republican Karen Handel, who has been losing ground in a high-stakes June 20 special House election she had once been favored to win.
“‘All I can tell you is that the number of requests that Mitt has gotten in the last month to come to a district or to come to a state for a sitting senator — it’s like he’s a presidential candidate again, which I was surprised by,’ said Zwick, who doubles as a top political aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan. ‘There are only so many people in the party that can headline these things.’”
-- THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE between Republicans wanting to take advantage of Romney’s fundraising prowess, and his running for office and garnering the support he needs to win.
SUNDAY BEST -- JOHN DICKERSON speaks with SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OKLA.) on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION” -- DICKERSON: “On the question of influencing the investigation, again, thinking about the scale, on the one hand the president might have done something that was a little bit crossing a line but he’s a new guy to the job all the way to this question of obstruction of justice. Where do you put, knowing what you know about the president’s behavior, where do you put what he did on that scale?” LANKFORD: “I would say it’s very inappropriate. As Jim Comey said, it’s awkward to be able to have the president of the United States sitting down with someone in the F.B.I., the leadership of the F.B.I., to be able to have direct questions. And for the issue to come up about the Michael Flynn investigations, inappropriate. But the way that it was handled, with no follow-up, with no other press, with no other return to that topic, it looks like what I called a pretty light touch. If this is trying to interfere in a process of any investigation, it doesn’t seem like it was number one, very effective, and number two, came up more than once in a conversation. So this looks more like an inappropriate conversation than obstruction.”
-- SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.) tells CHRIS WALLACE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” that Trump needs to be deposed on all Russia-related questions -- “[T]he deposition is not just about his conversations with Mr. Comey. There are issues with respect to his conversation with director of national intelligence Dan Coats, Admiral Rogers, the NSA director, his relationships with Manafort. By the time the special prosecutor Mr. Mueller is ready to depose or ask the president to speak under oath, there are a myriad of questions. So what I don’t want to see is simply, we’ll I just said I talk about Comey, I’m not talking about anything else. To resolve this situation he has to be prepared to speak on all these matters.”
-- PREET BHARARA speaks to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” -- STEPHANOPOULOS: “The president’s defenders, like Alan Dershowitz, say there’s no grounds for obstruction. You talked about that. And he, in fact, says that presidents have the constitutional right to fire FBI directors and investigations as much as they want. One of the president’s attorneys, Jay Sekulow, is coming up next. He says there’s no there there, no basis for obstruction. You’re a former prosecutor. Are -- is there evidence there ... to begin a case for obstruction?” BHARARA: “I think there’s absolutely evidence to begin a case. I think it’s very important for all sorts of armchair speculators in the law to be clear that no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction. It’s also true I think from based on what I see as a third party and out of government that there’s no basis to say there’s no obstruction.”
-- SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) talks to BRIANNA KEILAR on CNN’s “STATE OF THE UNION” -- KEILAR: “I want to ask you about something the president has been cagey about, and that is these tapes, of course. So, I wonder if you would support issuing a subpoena to the White House. Right now, it’s just a request coming from Congress. Would you support issuing a subpoena for the recordings or any documents that might come from that?” COLLINS: “This is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference. He should give a straight yes or no to the answer -- to the question of whether or not the tapes exist. And he should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel. So, I don’t think a subpoena should be necessary. And I don’t understand why the president just doesn’t clear this matter up once and for all.”
THE NEXT MAIN EVENT -- “Sessions will testify before Senate in Russia investigation,” by Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan: “In a letter to his former colleagues in the House and Senate, Sessions canceled a planned appearance before Congress’ appropriations committees. Sessions said he instead plans to appear on Tuesday before the Intelligence panel to respond to questions stemming from FBI director James Comey’s bombshell testimony last Thursday. …
“If this is an open session ... Sessions will likely face a barrage of questions over his role in Comey’s dismissal, his independence from President Donald Trump, and allegations of additional unreported meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Sessions has already recused himself from the Russia probe after failing to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation of two meetings with Kislyak, and there have been reports of additional sessions.”
-- SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CALIF.) told Brianna Keilar on “State of the Union” that she didn’t know if the hearing will be open.
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW -- “What’s next for Comey? Maybe law, corporate work, politics,” by AP’s Eric Tucker: “So what’s next for James Comey? The former FBI director boldly challenged the president who fired him, accused the Trump administration of lying and supplied material that could be used to build a case against President Donald Trump. But after stepping away from the Capitol Hill spotlight, where he’s always seemed comfortable, the 56-year-old veteran lawman now confronts the same question long faced by Washington officials after their government service.
“His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he was ‘between opportunities’ vastly understates the career prospects now available to him — not to mention potential benefits from the public’s fascination with a man who has commanded respect while drawing outrage from both political parties.”
EYE-POPPING NUMBERS FROM WAPO’S KAREN TUMULTY in SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA -- “Trump looms over Georgia special election, a proxy battle for 2018”: “It is an arms race of money and organization. The latest fundraising report, filed Thursday, showed Ossoff raising an additional $15 million in the past two months, nearly quadruple what Handel brought in. With outside groups weighing in, the race has thus far cost more than $40 million -- far outpacing the previous record for a congressional race of nearly $30 million for a Florida contest in 2012.
“Polls indicate there are few voters still undecided. ‘The next 10 days are about turning out the base. There are more of us than them in the district. The more people who vote, the better,’ said Corry Bliss, who heads the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC affiliated with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). That organization alone plans to spend about $7 million in the race.”
FASCINATING READ -- “Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis’ inner circle,” by Jacqueline Klimas and Bryan Bender: “The Trump era has brought a change of fortune for a Silicon Valley software company founded by presidential adviser Peter Thiel — turning it from a Pentagon outcast to a player with three allies in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' inner circle. At least three Pentagon officials close to Mattis, including his deputy chief of staff and a longtime confidante, either worked, lobbied or consulted for Palantir Technologies, according to ethics disclosures obtained by POLITICO. That’s an unusually high number of people from one company to have such daily contact with the Pentagon leader, some analysts say.
“It also represents a sharp rise in prominence for the company, which just months ago could barely get a meeting in the Pentagon. Last year, Palantir even had to go to court to force its way into a competition for a lucrative Army contract. Thiel was one of the only Silicon Valley titans to openly support Trump during the campaign, a role that gave him a prime speaking slot at last summer’s Republican convention. He has since acted as a key adviser arranging meetings among the president and other tech executives. While there's no evidence he had a direct hand in these specific Pentagon hires, analysts say they absolutely show his growing influence in the administration, where he holds no formal role.”
DEMOCRATS’ NEW PLAYBOOK -- “Democrats bet on Trump in Virginia governor’s race,” by Kevin Robillard: “Virginia’s Democratic primary on Tuesday is shaping up to be the first real test of liberalism in the Trump era, with both candidates lurching for increasingly leftward policies to position themselves in contrast with President Donald Trump. …
“Virginia’s gubernatorial elections often develop into contrasts with a new president, but there’s a stark difference between now and how Republican candidate Bob McDonnell handled then-President Barack Obama in 2009. While critical of the Obama's economic record, the future governor also regularly praised Obama for supporting school choice, straddling the partisan divide. The Democrats have felt no need to do the same with the less popular Trump, whose approval rating was at 36 percent in a recent Washington Post-George Mason University poll of Virginia.”
THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE -- “Fate of Planned Parenthood funding tied to Senate moderates,” by Jen Haberkorn: “Two female Senate Republicans could stop the anti-abortion movement from achieving its most significant win against Planned Parenthood in decades. Most Republicans want to eliminate the group’s $555 million in federal funding as part of their bill to repeal Obamacare. But as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to solve the legislative Rubik’s Cube of finding 50 votes for repeal, he may have to drop the Planned Parenthood cut to win the support of the two Republican moderates, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.”
WHAT SILICON VALLEY IS READING -- “Uber Board to Discuss CEO Travis Kalanick’s Possible Leave of Absence: Board also set to vote on recommendations from a report of an investigation into workplace issues,” by WSJ’s Greg Bensinger: “Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick will discuss taking a possible leave of absence when the board of directors of the embattled ride-hailing company meets Sunday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“Also on the agenda when the seven-person board convenes is a vote on a series of recommendations from a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding its workplace. It was uncertain whether Mr. Kalanick would ultimately take the leave or whether the board would approve of such a measure, which would require finding a temporary replacement in short order.”
-- SPOTTED at Mitt Romney’s E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, Spencer Zwick, Matt Waldrip, Corry Bliss, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kristen Soltis Anderson, Ron Kaufman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Anthony Scaramucci, Bianna Golodryga, Will Ritter, Mary Bono Mack, Lanhee Chen, Leah Malone and Andrew Liveris.
RIP -- @SecondLady: “Rest in peace Oreo. You touched a lot of hearts in your little life. Our family will miss you very much.”
‘WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WEEK’ AT THE WHITE HOUSE -- “Donald and Ivanka Trump head to Wisconsin for jobs push,” by ABC News’ Jordyn Phelps: “President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump are set to travel to Wisconsin Tuesday to join Gov. Scott Walker to tour a technical college, as the administration puts a renewed focus on its goal of job creation. The trip is just one event in a week full of activities built around promoting technical skills training and apprenticeships. [They are d]ubbing it ‘workforce development week’ ...
“The president is expected to make what the administration is billing as a ‘major policy speech’ at the Department of Labor on Wednesday, in which he’ll lay out steps the administration will take to encourage workforce development and also call for Congressional action. Ivanka Trump will also lead a roundtable with some 15 CEOs. On Thursday, the president will also host a roundtable discussion, where he will welcome eight governors from states with successful workforce development programs to the White House.”
THE NEW U.K. POLITICAL REALITY -- “For Britain, Political Stability Is a Quaint Relic,” by NYT’s Steven Erlanger in London: “In a little more than two years, Britain has had two general elections and a nationwide referendum. Each time, the politicians, pollsters, betting markets, political scientists and commentators have got it wrong.
“Once considered one of the most politically stable countries in the world, regularly turning out majority governments, Britain is increasingly confusing and unpredictable, both to its allies and itself. Far from settling the fierce divisions exposed by last year’s referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union, or Brexit, the election on Thursday only made them worse.”
-- THE POLITICO EUROPE TICK TOCK: “How Theresa May lost it: A reluctance to delegate, hubris and campaigning ineptitude ruined British prime minister’s grand plan to secure a mandate,” by Tom McTague, Charlie Cooper and Annabelle Dickson in London: “Halfway through Britain’s seven-week snap election campaign, some in Theresa May’s team came to the conclusion that they had a problem — the candidate. At a gathering of senior staff in Conservative campaign headquarters in central London, one of May’s top operatives told the sitting prime minister that she risked crashing and burning like Sarah Palin did in 2008. ... To the operative, May was overly controlling and her inexperience would tell during a short, intense campaign. May listened with good grace ... [but] changed nothing.”
ACTUAL FAKE NEWS – NYT A22, “A Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorist, a False Tweet and a Runaway Story,” by Jeremy Peters: “A pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateur sleuthing into red herrings like the ‘Pizzagate’ hoax and a conspiracy theory involving the murder of a Democratic aide, Mr. Posobiec wrote on May 17 that Mr. Comey, the recently ousted F.B.I. director, had ‘said under oath that Trump did not ask him to halt any investigation.’ …
“But as the journey of that one tweet shows, misinformed, distorted and false stories are gaining traction far beyond the fringes of the internet. Just 14 words from Mr. Posobiec’s Twitter account would spread far enough to provide grist for a prime-time Fox News commentary and a Rush Limbaugh monologue that reached millions of listeners, forging an alternative first draft of history in corners of the conservative media where President Trump’s troubles are often explained away as fabrications by his journalist enemies.
“In this fragmented media environment, the spread of false information is accelerated and amplified by a web of allied activist-journalists with large online followings, a White House that grants them access and, occasionally, a president who validates their work. The right-wing media machine that President Bill Clinton’s aides once referred to as ‘conspiracy commerce’ is now far more mature, extensive and, in the internet age, tough to counter.”
DEEP DIVES -- NYT A1, “Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail: Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants — many based in Asia — quickly pop up,” by Nathaniel Popper (print headline: “Drug Trade Rises in Dark Corners of the Internet”): “As the nation’s opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels. The internet. In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law enforcement officials say, the drugs are being bought online. Internet sales have allowed powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — the fastest-growing cause of overdoses nationwide — to reach living rooms in nearly every region of the country, as they arrive in small packages in the mail.”
--“China’s New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt: China has built hundreds of dazzling new bridges, including the longest and highest, but many have fostered debt and corruption,” by NYT’s Chris Buckley: “The eye-popping structures have slashed travel times in some areas, made business easier and generated a sizable slice of the country’s economy, laying a foundation, in theory at least, for decades of future growth. But as the bridges and the expressways they span keep rising, critics say construction has become an end unto itself. Fueled by government-backed loans and urged on by the big construction companies and officials who profit from them, many of the projects are piling up debt and breeding corruption while producing questionable transportation benefits.”
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
--“Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture”: “Some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back.”
--“How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned” – in the August 1944 issue of Popular Mechanics: “Every one of the thousands of men landed in France required about 10 ship tons of overall equipment, and an additional ship ton every 30 days. The number of separate items needed was about a million. Some of these million items had to be accumulated in millions, resulting in astronomical totals.”
--“Eternal Champions,” by Sam Borden in ESPN: “Seven months ago, Brazilian underdogs Chapecoense boarded a plane to play in the game of their lives. Instead, their biggest moment turned into a tragedy no one can forget.” (h/t
--“Inside Trump’s secretive immigration court: far from scrutiny and legal aid,” by The Guardian’s Oliver Laughland in Jena, Louisiana: “[T]he remote LaSalle detention facility is part of Trump’s attempt to fast-track deportations. A visit reveals a hastily arranged setup beset by flaws.”
--“Rolling Stone at 50: How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend,” by Patrick Doyle in Rolling Stone – per The Browser’s description: “Sports Illustrated asked Hunter S. Thompson for 250 words about a Las Vegas motorbike race. He gave them 2,500 words — and when they spiked the piece he took it to Rolling Stone, which wanted more. The result was Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, published in 1971. Thompson’s coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign ‘reshaped what it meant to write about politics’. But ‘getting work out of him was becoming difficult”. Editing him ‘was a bit like being a cornerman for Ali.’”
--“Weddings of the 0.01 Percent,” by Julia Rubin in Racked: “Cristal! Caviar! Chris Martin! How the rich (and sometimes famous) get married.”
--“The truth about tarot,” by James McConnachie in Aeon Magazine: “Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis.” (h/t
--“The Worst Ever First Day on the Job -- Punching In: My Life as a Long Haul Trucker,” by Finn Murphy in Literary Hub: “Moving companies perform four categories of moving work: local, commercial, long-distance, and international. Callahan’s work was mostly local moving, loading up someone’s house in the morning and then unloading in the afternoon at the new house. It takes the greatest toll on the body because you are handling stuff every working day. It’s the local stuff that eventually kills you or drives you to drink; more commonly, both.”
--“There Were Once Jews Here,” by Lucette Lagnado, author of “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World,” in Tablet Magazine: “During the Six-Day War, some of the Arab countries at war with Israel -- Egypt, Tunisia, Libya -- treated their Jewish populations terribly, causing them to leave en masse.” ... $10.01 on Amazon
--“Dear Brazilian Government, Thanks for the Contracts,” by Michael Smith, Sabrina Valle, and Blake Schmidt on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek: “There’s graft, and then there’s the graft machine perfected by Odebrecht, one of the world's biggest construction companies.” … The cover
--“‘Kill them, kill them, kill them’: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britain’s grey squirrels,” by Patrick Barkham in The Guardian: “The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species?”
--“This County Switched From Backing Obama to Trump. Here’s What Happened,” by Josh Siegel in The Daily Signal: “In 1980, manufacturing jobs comprised 38 percent of all jobs in Coos [New Hampshire]. In 2014, only 7 percent of jobs in the county were in manufacturing. Payroll wages from manufacturing have dropped from 49 percent to 9 percent since the mid-1980s.”
SPOTTED: Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly enjoying “DHS Night” Friday night at the Nats game along with members of DHS’ workforce – pic Anson Kaye, partner at GMMB, in New Orleans last night, accepting a Gold ADDY award (and also a Mosaic Award) for the ad “Mirrors” ( he created for Hillary for America
SPOTTED at State Department senior White House adviser Matt Mowers’ birthday party at Wet Dog Tavern last night (which coincidentally also hosted RNC alum Anna Epstein’s birthday party at the same time): Cassie Spodak, Ryan Williams, Zeke Miller, Ben Sparks, Jill Barclay, Phil Elliott, Ethan Zorfas, Ben DeMarzo, Maren Kasper, Michael Kratsios, Kailani Koenig, Tom Dickens, Elise Dietsch Dickens, Eric Jones, Alan He, Andy Polesovsky, Corey Ershow, Kelly Klass, Britt Carter.
SHIELDS/WALSH ENGAGEMENT PARTY -- THE BRITISH EMBASSY hosted an engagement party last night for Mike Shields, former RNC chief of staff and founder and partner at Convergence Media and Katie Walsh, former WH deputy chief of staff and former RNC chief of staff who is now senior advisor at America First Policies. Amb. Kim Darroch toasted the pair and called them the “ultimate political couple” and told the crowd how the couple got engaged in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street, where the prime minister has met with his or her cabinet every week for 250 years. He also needled Mike, who has a British mother and is a big soccer fan, for supporting Ipswich, who he cast as much inferior to Chelsea in the Premier League. The food at the party included: herb-crusted fillet of lamb, goat’s cheese and beetroot, terrine of pork, and chili shrimp while desserts included mini Bakewell tart, strawberry tartlet and passion fruit mousse. Pics of the couple … Reince Priebus taking a pic of the couple as they thanked friends for coming … The crowd
SPOTTED: Reince and Sally Priebus, Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Steven Mnuchin and his chief of staff Eli Miller chatting on a walk around the gardens of the embassy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rob and Cindy Simms, Cara Mason, Jessica Ditto, Sarah and Dave Armstrong, Tim Pataki, Richard Walters, Rob Jesmer chatting with Sean Cairncross (Sean and Rob have been friends since they were 5 years old growing up in Minnesota), Brian O. Walsh, Josh Pitcock, Mike’s 15-year-old son Aidan Shields-Eads, Molly Donlin, Steven Law, Sam Feist, Mike Allen, Andrew Bremberg, Lew Eisenberg, Madeleine Westerhout, Johnny DeStefano, Renee Hudson, Michael Hoare, Lindsay Walters, Vanessa Morrone and Mike Ambrosini, Zach and Mallory Hunter.
ENGAGED --Andrew Feldman, principal of the progressive communications firm Feldman Strategies, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Megan Salzman Saturday night during Country Music Fest in Nashville. Megan is a communications manager at the early education advocacy group The First Five Years Fund. “Andrew and Megan met on OKCupid nearly four and a half years ago. Andrew points out that the ring has extra significant because the center stone was Megan’s mother’s engagement stone and she is no longer with us.” Pics ... … The ring
-- Jessica Huff, social media director for McClatchy in Dallas and a Politico alum, and Spenser Walters, an area sales rep for Duvel USA, got engaged on Friday night in Austin, Texas. She emails us: “We met in college at UT-Austin after he came back from Afghanistan. He was serving in the Marines. We had the same group of friends but I hadn’t met him yet since he was overseas. Once he was back, one of our first dates was at a restaurant in the hill country in Texas overlooking the lake, and so while visiting Austin he took me back there and proposed during sunset. It’s a very special place to us so it was perfect!” Pics … The ring
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Travis Considine, communications manager at Uber Texas and a John McCain and Rick Perry alum, married Morgan Smith, a reporter with The Texas Tribune, on Saturday evening at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Guests enjoyed a bluegrass band and flawless weather at the outdoor ceremony and reception. Pic … Travis’ speech
SPOTTED: Tucker and Alexia Bounds, Brittany Bramell, Trevor Theunissen, Chris Miller, Allie Brandenburger and Ryan Mahoney, Kevin Benacci, Emily Ramshaw, Matt and Jen Hirsch, Evan Smith, Perrylanders Rob Johnson, Mark Miner, and Andy Hemming.
OBAMA ALUMNI – Meredith Carden, head of partnerships at Sidewire, got married this weekend to Micah Fergenson, law clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a small ceremony at Four Follies Farm in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The couple first met in 2009 when they were working for President Obama. Micah worked in the WH Counsel’s Office, and Meredith worked for FLOTUS in the East Wing. They lost touch, but were reintroduced by a mutual friend in 2015. Pic
--“Lily Rothman, Elihu Dietz” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Rothman, 31, is the history and archives editor at Time magazine, overseeing its history coverage, and the magazine’s digital archive. She also wrote ‘Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook.’ She graduated magna cum laude from Yale and received a master’s degree in journalism from the City University of New York. ... Mr. Dietz, 32, is a candidate for a master’s degree in environmental management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke, where he studies the integration of renewable energy into the grid. He graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M. ... The groom is a great-great-grandson and a namesake of Elihu Root, who was President Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of state and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. He is also a direct descendant of President Ulysses S. Grant. The couple met on a blind date arranged by friends in Brooklyn in 2011.” With pic
--“Alison Kenworthy, Michael Koenigs”: “The bride and groom work at ABC News in New York, where they met. She is a news producer for ‘Good Morning America.’ He is a senior coordinating producer, creating content that is used on-air and on the website. He was also the host of ‘Election Cycle,’ a series in 2016 that featured him bicycling through swing states and interviewing voters along the way. The bride, 33, graduated from Rutgers. ... Mr. Koenigs, 30, graduated cum laude from Harvard.” With pic
--“Julia Pudlin, David Wishnick”: “Ms. Pudlin, 32, worked until earlier this year at the United States Treasury Department as a deputy executive secretary in the chief of staff’s office and a senior adviser to the general counsel. On July 10 she is to begin working as the assistant deputy general counsel for government investigations at Comcast in Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale, and received a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. ... Mr. Wishnick, also 32, was until recently an associate in the Washington office of Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm. On July 12 he is to begin a fellowship, conducting research in contract law, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown, and received a law degree from Yale. ... The couple met in April 2013 through the dating app Hinge.” With pic
--“Victoria St. Martin, Richard G. Jones”: “The bride, 36, is a general assignment reporter on the local desk of The Washington Post. She graduated from Rutgers and received a master’s degree in journalism from American University. ... The groom, 46, is to become the director of the journalism program at Notre Dame. Until recently, he was an associate editor in news administration for The New York Times, as well as the director of the newspaper’s Student Journalism Institute. He graduated from the University of Delaware and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia. ... The couple were introduced in 2006 by a mutual friend in Yardley, Pa.” With pic
BIRTHDAYS: Greta Van Susteren, the pride of Appleton, Wisconsin (hat tip: Tammy Haddad) ... Tad Devine, the pride of Providence who lives on Block Island, is 62 ... Kim Oates of the House Radio/TV gallery … Carrie Budoff Brown’s older sister, Jennifer Budoff, budget director for the D.C. City Council ... former Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is 87 … Lindsey Williams Drath ... Jennifer Rubin ... Michael Timmeny, SVP for government and community relations at Cisco ... Jeremy Ben-Ami, president at J Street (h/ts Jon Haber) ... POLITICO’s Reid Pillifant, Emily Dobler and Juliette Medina ... South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is 64 ... Treasury alum David Cohen ... TJ Adams-Falconer, associate director of external affairs at Axios ... Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) is 69 ... Cesar Gonzalez, COS for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart ... former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) is 59 ... DNC comms staffer and former HRC campaign media booker Lucas Acosta (h/t Crystal Carson) ...
... Will Rahn, managing editor for politics at CBS News digital, is 3-0 ... Jessica Franks, gov’t affairs representative for Halliburton ... Politico Europe’s Tanit Parada Tur ... Chris Campbell, Republican staff director at Senate Finance ... Kristina Edmunson ... Rachel Ruskin ... Obama alum Jonathan McBride, now a managing director at BlackRock … Mike Schoenfeld, the Blue Devils’ master of public affairs/Duke’s other Mike … Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC public advocate, is 79 ... Matt Chaban, policy director at Center for an Urban Future ... Mary Kate Cunningham ... Salesforce’s Tom Gavin, an Obama WH OMB alum … Michael Froehlich ... Caroline Barker ... Matthew Campbell ... Vanessa Chan, corporate comms. at Facebook ... Kelly Danielka Peirson ... Google’s Ramya Raghavan ... Tom Alexander, COO at 1871 Chicago and a Rahm alum ... Jacque Vilmain, the pride of Eagle Grove, Iowa(h/t Teresa) ... animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk is 68 ... Power Playbooker Dr. Oz is 57 ... actor Hugh Laurie is 58 ... Shia LaBeouf is 31 (h/ts AP)
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