NEWS … PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP announced on Twitter this morning that he would select his Supreme Court nominee July 9. He also said this on Air Force One last night.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — Former PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA headlined a DCCC fundraiser in Atherton, California, at the home of Liz Simons and Mark Heising on Friday afternoon. The event, which was co-hosted by House Minority Leader NANCY PELOSI and REP. ANNA ESHOO (D-CALIF.), raised more than $2.5 million for the DCCC and featured 10 candidates from California and the surrounding states.
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— OBAMA ON PELOSI: “I think everybody knows how much I love Nancy Pelosi. So … Paul’s alright. [LAUGHTER] “But Nancy, I believe is one of the greatest Speakers we ever had and will once again be one of the greatest Speakers we ever have after we get through this cycle.
“And there’s not much I could have gotten done without having Nancy there alongside of me every step of the way.”
SENATE MAJORITY PAC just disclosed a $1-million TV buy against Nevada GOP Sen. Dean Heller.
WHAT TRUMP SAID ON AIR FORCE ONE, en route to Bedminster, his New Jersey golf estate, via pooler Emily Cochrane of the NYT:
— ON HIS SCOTUS PICK: “I may have two of them come up, like the old days to Bedminister … could be this weekend … It is exciting. … Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it. As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice.” TRUMP also said he would not be asking about reversing Roe v. Wade.
— ON JOHN KELLY: “We have a very good relationship. He’s a wonderful man. John Kelly, four star, wonderful man. Don’t forget, this is a big change for him. This has not been an easy change for him. We have a very, very good relationship.” ON HOW LONG KELLY WILL STAY: “That I can’t tell you. But I can say we’ve had a very good relationship, and we’ve achieved a lot. … I like John a lot. I like him and I respect him.”
— ON ROD ROSENSTEIN: “I think the whole thing is going to work out. I think that he’ll give what is necessary. … I think that whole thing will work out. … I watched yesterday. … I think they’ll get what they need, and I’m sure Rod will do what he has to do.”
— ON TRADE: “We’re not being treated fairly on trade, by almost any country. Our leaders have let it get away, missing in action. We will be treated fairly. We will be treated very fairly. … If you look at the European Union, it’s $150 billion dollar deficit. If you look at China, it’s $375 billion. If you take any country — look at Mexico, it’s $100 billion trade deficit. … You look at Canada. Canada’s treated us poorly … but it’ll all work out.”
NBC NEWS’ PETER ALEXANDER (@PeterAlexander): “NEW: Trump, on AF1, asked whether he’ll back off calling journalists the ‘enemy of the people’: ‘I have a lot of respect for the press. Some of the greatest people I know are reporters.’”
Good Saturday morning. The president has no public events today on his schedule.
WHAT AMERICA IS READING … Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Black vote surges in Ga. primary: Meanwhile, proportion of white voters continues to decline” http://bit.ly/2Ku0QVb … Des Moines Register: “Iowa high court strikes abortion waiting period” http://bit.ly/2tIKmP8 … Wichita Eagle: “HHS official to convention of abortion opponents: ‘We’re just getting started’” http://bit.ly/2IFZSjx
YIKES – “Man charged with threatening to kill Ajit Pai’s family,” by Margaret Harding McGill: “A California man is charged with threatening to kill FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s children because he was ‘angry’ about the repeal of net neutrality regulations, the Justice Department said today.
“Markara Man, 33, of Norwalk was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with threatening to murder an immediate family member of a U.S. official. Prosecutors say Man sent three emails to Pai in December 2017, the month the Republican-led FCC voted to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules.
“One of the emails, sent Dec. 20, to Pai’s government and personal accounts had the subject line ‘Cheers.’ The body of the email listed the names and addresses of three preschools in and around Arlington, Va., where Pai lives, followed by, ‘I will find your children and I will kill them,’ according to the affidavit against Man.” https://politi.co/2tRHJdg
WHAT ELSE IS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MIND THIS MORNING — @realDonaldTrump at 7:07 a.m.: “The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen. I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations. They are great!” …
… at 7:22 a.m.: “To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements. So brave! The radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police. Zero chance, It will never happen!” …
… at 7:37 a.m.: “Just spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & disfunction [sic] in Iran and Venezuela, I am asking that Saudi Arabia increase oil production, maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels, to make up the difference…Prices to [sic] high! He has agreed!”
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SCOOP — “Meet the HHS officials who tweet like Trump,” by Dan Diamond: “One staffer publicly mocked senators who criticized Donald Trump as ‘clueless’ and ‘crazy.’ Another accused Hillary Clinton of having a campaign aide killed and employing pedophiles. A third wrote the ‘shameful’ press was trying to deny Trump his victories.
“These are not faceless trolls but midlevel political appointees at the Health and Human Services Department who have helped shape the agency’s communications strategy — even while taking a page out of President Donald Trump’s playbook.
“The behavior evokes Trump’s taunts and gibes, suggesting that some officials feel empowered to mimic the president even while representing the government to millions of taxpayers and working alongside career federal employees. It also raises questions about whether any officials are violating the Hatch Act, which is intended to ban most federal personnel from bringing politics into the workplace.
“‘Just saw where Crazy @BobCorker called the #TrumpTrain a “cult!,”’ Gavin Smith, an HHS staffer who identifies himself as deputy communications director, publicly posted on Twitter this month, criticizing the Tennessee senator and frequent administration critic, who is retiring this year. ‘Let’s be clear sir, we’re not a cult — we’re a movement that defeated Crooked @HillaryClinton and that’s committed to ridding Washington of politicians like you. Good riddance — DC will be better off with you!’
“Officials also have conveyed their views through more traditional channels. David Pasch, who ran HHS’ digital communications until this month, regularly parked his car — with ‘FAKENWS’ vanity license plates — outside agency headquarters.” https://politi.co/2lHekyJ
— DAN DIAMOND DOWNLOAD FOR PLAYBOOK: “Among the reporters and outlets recently mocked on Twitter by Gavin Smith, who identifies himself as HHS deputy communications director — NBC’s Chuck Todd (‘sleepy eyes’), Hallie Jackson (‘hateful’) and Katy Tur ‘hypocrisy at its finest’); CNN’s Jim Acosta (‘fake news showboating’), Chris Cillizza (‘playing dumb on TV’) and April Ryan (‘pure garbage’); NYT’s Maggie Haberman (‘a joke’); WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus (‘fake news’); and the entire Washington Post (‘nauseating’).
“Among the elected officials mocked by Smith — Sens. Bob Corker (‘crazy’), Lindsey Graham (‘clueless’) and Tim Kaine (‘Horrific – disgusting – SAD!’); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (‘Getting your ass kicked once just wasn’t enough for you, was it’); Mitt Romney (‘a clown’); former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (‘#LockThemUp’).”
FOR YOUR RADAR — “U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe,” by WaPo’s John Hudson, Paul Sonne, Karen DeYoung and Josh Dawsey: “The Pentagon is analyzing the cost and impact of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of American troops stationed in Germany, amid growing tensions between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to people familiar with the work. The effort follows Trump’s expression of interest in removing the troops, made during a meeting earlier this year with White House and military aides, U.S. officials said.
“Trump was said to have been taken aback by the size of the U.S. presence, which includes about 35,000 active-duty troops, and complained that other countries were not contributing fairly to joint security or paying enough to NATO. Word of the assessment has alarmed European officials, who are scrambling to determine whether Trump actually intends to reposition U.S. forces or whether it is merely a negotiating tactic ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels, where Trump is again likely to criticize U.S. allies for what he deems insufficient defense spending.” https://wapo.st/2Ky8NFy
STATE DEPARTMENT DEPARTURE LOUNGE — @GardinerHarris: “Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary for East Asia, announced in an email to staff today that she is retiring in July. Tillerson tried to get her confirmed but was opposed by Steve Bannon. That fight is done.”
— MORE FROM FOGGY BOTTOM: “U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Resigns in Disgust After Trump Anti-Europe Rants,” by Foreign Policy’s Robbie Gramer: “The U.S. ambassador to Estonia, James D. Melville Jr., a career diplomat and member of the senior foreign service ranks, announced to friends Friday that he was resigning amid a string of controversial comments President Donald Trump made about U.S. allies in Europe.
“Melville, who has served as a diplomat for 33 years and as ambassador to Estonia since 2015, was due to retire soon but said in a private Facebook post announcing his retirement that Trump’s behavior and comments accelerated his decision.
“‘A Foreign Service Officer’s DNA is programmed to support policy and we’re schooled right from the start, that if there ever comes a point where one can no longer do so, particularly if one is in a position of leadership, the honorable course is to resign. Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me,’ he wrote in the post, which was obtained by Foreign Policy.” http://bit.ly/2tJENA0
— “‘Nobody in the bullpen’: White House approaches North Korea talks without envoy,” by Nahal Toosi: “The Trump administration is barreling ahead in its high-stakes nuclear diplomacy with North Korea even though it lacks a full-time envoy to oversee the negotiations. Currently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is serving as the point man on the administration’s effort to convince North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal. But some lawmakers and former officials are urging President Donald Trump to put a special representative in charge, arguing that Pompeo can’t give the topic the explicit, sustained attention it requires.” https://politi.co/2lIZMi4
HMM — “Eric Branstad, Son of U.S. Envoy to China, Used Trump Ties to Lure Business,” by WSJ’s James T. Areddy in Shanghai: “A son of the U.S. ambassador to Beijing used his connections to President Donald Trump this week to drum up business for his public-relations firm. Eric Branstad, a son of Ambassador Terry Branstad, and the U.S. Commerce Department’s liaison to the White House until January, spoke on Thursday in Shanghai to more than 100 lawyers, bankers and advisers at a seminar titled ‘How to React To (Potential) US-China Trade War?’
“Mr. Branstad highlighted his personal relationship with Mr. Trump and plans for his firm to open a China office, attendees said. It isn’t unusual for former U.S. government officials to visit China, dangling the keys to understanding Washington, and ethics rules don’t appear to bar Mr. Branstad from doing so. But such a move could raise the appearance of ethical conflicts, experts say.” https://on.wsj.com/2tT4bm6
ANNIE KARNI, “Why a new chief of staff wouldn’t change Trump’s White House”: “‘I’m leaving, and I’m not coming back.’ For months, White House chief of staff John Kelly has often departed the West Wing with that pessimistic sign-off as he strides out the gate, according to colleagues.
“It’s a dramatic shift since he reluctantly accepted his job a year ago – when he told people around him that, driven by a sense of patriotism, ‘I’ll stay until the bitter end, whatever that is.’ But now, with his one-year mark glimmering at the end of the tunnel – July 28 marks the anniversary of Trump’s tweet announcing Kelly’s appointment – and his colleagues anticipating his imminent departure, the question is what, if any, difference it will make once Kelly leaves for good and another chief takes his place.
“For current White House officials, a new chief will mean a realignment of power centers in the White House. But in terms of the preparedness of the West Wing, as well as its ability to coordinate and roll out its signature policies, many people who have spent time working for or studying Trump no longer expect the personality or background of the next chief to have any noticeable effect on the presidency.” https://politi.co/2Kko28W
SUPREME COURT REPORT — @maggieNYT: “As he sifts through SCOTUS choices, Trump has been telling people he wants someone with a degree from Harvard or Yale, per a source familiar with the conversations.”
THE INVESTIGATIONS …
NYT’s MIKE SCHMIDT and ADAM GOLDMAN, “‘Shaken’ Rosenstein Felt Used by White House in Comey Firing”: “In the days after the F.B.I. director James B. Comey was fired last year, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, repeatedly expressed anger about how the White House used him to rationalize the firing, saying the experience damaged his reputation, according to four people familiar with his outbursts.
“In public, Mr. Rosenstein has shown no hint that he had second thoughts about his role — writing a memo about Mr. Comey’s performance that the White House used to justify firing him. ‘I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it,’ Mr. Rosenstein said to Congress last year.
“But in meetings with law enforcement officials in the chaotic days immediately after Mr. Comey’s dismissal, and in subsequent conversations with colleagues and friends, Mr. Rosenstein appeared conflicted, according to the four people. He alternately defended his involvement, expressed remorse at the tumult it unleashed, said the White House had manipulated him, fumed how the news media had portrayed the events and said the full story would vindicate him, said the people, who in recent weeks described the previously undisclosed episodes.” https://nyti.ms/2Kwanrl
— WAPO’S DEVLIN BARRETT and MATT ZAPOTOSKY: “White House lawyer expected to be named new head of DEA”: “The Trump administration plans to tap a top White House lawyer as the next head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to people familiar with the decision, which could be announced in coming days. Uttam Dhillon, who as a deputy White House counsel has played a key role in internal discussions surrounding the firing of FBI director James B. Comey and the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, will start at the DEA next week, according to a plan for the staffing move.” https://wapo.st/2tHdeHP
BORDER TALES … “Protests planned nationwide over Trump immigration policy,” by AP’s Gillian Flaccus in Portland and Amy Taxin in L.A.: “Liberal activists, parents and first-time protesters motivated by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border plan to rally in hundreds of cities nationwide Saturday to press President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite the families quickly. More than 600 marches could draw hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and New York City to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together.” http://bit.ly/2N99Q0a
— “What It Costs to Be Smuggled Across the U.S. Border,” by NYT’s Nick Kulish in Matamoros, Mexico: “Bribes and shakedowns. Days in hideaways without food. For many fleeing violence in Central America, this is what thousands of dollars gets them on the journey to the United States.” https://nyti.ms/2KtXRvM
— “Not All Family Separations Are Occurring Along The U.S.–Mexico Border,” by BuzzFeed’s Emily Tamkin: “U.S. immigration authorities have separated a 2-year-old Hungarian child, Levente, from his parents, who stand accused of entering the United States unlawfully from Canada last month. Levante is being kept at a center in the Bronx while his parents are being held in Buffalo, 380 miles away. Hungarian officials told BuzzFeed News that the Hungarian consul general in New York, Ferenc Kumin, visited the boy, who reportedly does not speak English and can’t communicate with the English-speaking center staff.” https://bzfd.it/2z3aQAi
— “Feds: Decades-old court decree allows family immigration detention,” by Josh Gerstein: https://politi.co/2KxHKKo
JOB WELL DONE! … “Key White House aides got pay raises over past year,” by Chris Cadelago and Stephanie Murray: “Familiar White House faces received pay raises over the last year, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, trade adviser Peter Navarro and deputy press secretary Raj Shah, according to figures released by the Trump administration on Friday. The raises for Sanders and Navarro put them among 23 White House aides earning the top salary of nearly $180,000, down from 25 last year.
“One of the biggest pay boosts went to the first lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham — to $155,000 from $115,000. Shah’s went to $165,000 from $155,000. The salary information on executive office staff was contained in a 12-page document that the White House posted to its website.” https://politi.co/2tNC2gc … The document showing all WH employees and their salaries and titles http://bit.ly/2MA3fLi
SEAN SPICER’s book tour details with cities and dates. https://politi.co/2lHjRFv
ART OF THE DEAL! — “North Korea has increased nuclear production at secret sites, say U.S. officials,” by NBC News’ Courtney Kube, Ken Dilanian and Carol E. Lee: “U.S. intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months — and that Kim Jong Un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration, U.S. officials told NBC News. The intelligence assessment, which has not previously been reported, seems to counter the sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after his historic June 12 summit with Kim that ‘there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.’
“Analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies don’t see it that way, according to more than a dozen American officials who are familiar with their assessments and spoke on the condition of anonymity. They see a regime positioning itself to extract every concession it can from the Trump administration — while clinging to nuclear weapons it believes are essential to survival.” https://nbcnews.to/2NbaI4x
TRADE WARS — “GM joins vociferous opposition to Trump’s auto tariff push,” by Doug Palmer: “General Motors lent its voice Friday to the growing uproar among major U.S. businesses and agriculture groups attempting to stop President Donald Trump’s plan to slap 25 percent tariffs on foreign cars. In comments filed with the Commerce Department, the automaker warned that steep new duties could backfire by raising costs for consumers, reducing demand for cars and forcing automakers to lay off workers.
“‘The correlation between a decline in vehicle sales in the United States and the negative impact on our workforce here, which, in turn threatens jobs in the supply base and surrounding communities, cannot be ignored,’ GM said. ‘Alternatively, if prices are not increased and we opt to bear the burden of tariffs or plant moves, this could still lead to less investment, fewer jobs, and lower wages for our employees.’ Important parts of the Republican base are revolting over Trump’s decision to launch an investigation that could lead to a 25 percent tariff being imposed on foreign-made cars, trucks and auto parts on the grounds that the imports endanger U.S. national security.” https://politi.co/2KxY4hu
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CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 11 keepers https://politi.co/2MwYAtA
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
— “The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger,” by Brooke Jarvis in The New Yorker – per Longreads.com’s description: “The fox-like marsupial carnivore known as the Tasmanian Tiger was declared extinct in 1936, but some Australians have dedicated their lives to proving it still lurks in the Tasmanian bush. Don’t compare it to bigfoot. Unlike bigfoot, the tiger was real.” http://bit.ly/2KkzQrN
— “Mexico’s Answer to Donald Trump,” by Jorge Guajardo in The Atlantic: “The mercurial Andrés Manuel López Obrador is likely to win the country’s elections on Sunday. But what does he really believe?” http://bit.ly/2lLmI0k … John Oliver’s take last Sunday on the Mexican elections — 20-min. video http://bit.ly/2lH7pp7
— “‘An Odd, Almost Senseless Series of Events,’” by Thomas L. Dybdahl in The Marshall Project – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “How a tragically inept attempt to steal a getaway car produced an historic change in the rules of American criminal justice. The ‘Brady Rule’ says that prosecutors may not suppress evidence exonerating the defendant. Which seems fair enough; but it became law only in 1963 when the Supreme Court considered the case of James Leo Brady, on death row for a murder to which his accomplice had already confessed. Prosecutors knew about the confession but withheld it from the defence.” http://bit.ly/2KuK8S7
— “The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode Space,” by Garrett Graff in Wired: “Trump’s call for a ‘Space Force’ escalates a quiet, dangerous contest between the US, China, and Russia—one whose consequences no one really understands.” http://bit.ly/2MBG0Rc
— “The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet,” by Charlie Devereux, Franz Wild and Edward Robinson in Bloomberg Businessweek’s Heist issue: “Carbanak’s suspected ringleader is under arrest, but $1.2 billion remains missing, and his malware attacks live on.” https://bloom.bg/2KrrQEP
— “If You Steal It, the Art Vigilante Will Find You,” by Bloomberg’s Vernon Silver: “Using a secret database of tens of thousands of photos, Christos Tsirogiannis is fighting to prevent auction houses from selling looted art.” https://bloom.bg/2tKobr8
— “A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows,” by Mattathias Schwartz in the N.Y. Times Magazine: “John Brennan quietly ruled the national-security state under President Obama. Now he’s coming forward to rail against Trump — and to defend his own legacy.” https://nyti.ms/2IBf6Xd
— “In praise of (occasional) bad manners,” by Freya Johnston in July’s Prospect Magazine – per ALDaily.com’s description: “The prevalence of such terms as ‘no offense,’ ‘with respect,’ and ‘kind regards’ are among the signs that we are in the midst of an unfortunate epidemic of politeness.” http://bit.ly/2tGBWYB
— “The New Startup South,” by Craig Torres and Catarina Saraiva in Bloomberg Businessweek: “Greenville has hit on a successful formula for incubating businesses. Could other cities in the region be next?” https://bloom.bg/2tGwt3X
— “Rape at Rosie’s,” by John H. Tucker in New York Magazine: “When the bad guys at Rikers are the guards.” https://nym.ag/2MBEJcS
— “The Rock That Fell to Earth,” by Brendan Borrell in The Verge: “How a meteorite hunter’s obsession took him from the mountains of Colorado, to the Bundy Ranch, and eventually landed him in jail.” http://bit.ly/2KjvgKu (h/t Longform.org)
— “The shock troops who expelled the Rohingya from Myanmar,” by Reuters’ Simon Lewis, Zebra Siddiqui, Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall: “Two elite divisions led a crackdown that forced 700,000 Muslims to flee Myanmar. Here’s how they did it. A Reuters investigation provides the first comprehensive account of the precise role played by Myanmar’s 33rd and 99th light infantry divisions in the savage offensive, and the close ties between the army’s commander in chief and its elite troops.” https://reut.rs/2lJEL6O
SPOTTED: Chief of Protocol Sean Lawler at Cafe Milano.
TRANSITIONS — JAKE WARD, former Applications Developers Alliance head, is launching a new initiative, the Connected Commerce Council. … BRAD RATEIKE is leaving the White House as director of cabinet communications. He is going to start a comms consulting practice in Indianapolis. https://indy.st/2yZbnTM
BIRTHWEEK (was Thursday): Kristen Ellingboe of 4RCE Initiatives and a CAP alum
BIRTHDAYS: Adam Kennedy, W.H. research director and special assistant to the president, is 31 (h/ts Webber Steinhoff, Kris Anderson and Andy Hemming) … former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is 79 … David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, is 58 … Kyle Plotkin, campaign manager for Josh Hawley for Senate, is 36 … Alina Selyukh, NPR business correspondent … Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) is 59 (h/t Tim Griffin) … Brian Stewart, media relations director and comms manager at MoveOn.org … Paul Cheung, director of journalism and tech innovation at the Knight Foundation … Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk … Luke Jackson is 26 … Luke Carter is 26 … John Legittino, CEO of Advoc8, celebrating with family and friends at Flathead Lake in Montana … Kara Wheeler, MetLife political affairs manager, is 31 …
… Uber’s Evangeline George … Dan Judy, VP of North Star Opinion Research … Laura Turanchik … Bob McBarton … Josefina Carbonell … Robyn Shapiro … Ward Carroll, U.S. Naval Institute’s director of outreach … Emily Sabbath … photographer Gregory Beals … Chevron’s Will Cappelletti … Jake Stafford … Montana State Rep. Ellie Boldman-Hill Smith … Douglas Waller is 69 … Elizabeth Blackney … Roxanne Conlin … Alexandra Acker-Lyons, president of AL Advising … Dan Leistikow … Rachael Gorlin … Kenzie Bok … Norm Sterzenbach … Jake Vilsack (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
THE SHOWS by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
— NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) … Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Panel: Kimberly Atkins, Cornell Belcher, David Brody, Hallie Jackson
–ABC’s “This Week”: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) … Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn). Panel: Matthew Dowd, Terry Moran, Cokie Roberts and Shawna Thomas
— CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) … Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). Panel: Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-Calif.), David Urban, Karine Jean-Pierre and Amanda Carpenter
— CBS’s “Face the Nation”: John Bolton … Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) … Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) … Roberta Jacobson … Mark Salter. Panel: Ramesh Ponnuru, Jamelle Bouie, Seung Min Kim and Jan Crawford
–“Fox News Sunday”: Amb. John Bolton … Leonard Leo … Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Panel: Jason Riley, Anne Gearan, Josh Holmes and Mo Elleithee
— CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Panel: Mike Shear, Mike Warren, Seung Min Kim and Rachael Bade
— Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: President Donald Trump
— Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Emily Jashinsky … Sara Fischer … Philippe Reines … Mollie Hemingway … Mark Hemingway … Frank Luntz
— CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Panel: Zanny Minton Beddoes, Alastair Campbell and former Chancellor of the Exchequer and The Evening Standard editor George Osborne … American attorney, England & Wales Solicitor and Women & Leadership founder and editor Shola Mos-Shogbamimu … Lucy Kellaway
— CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Jelani Cobb, Angela Rye and Cenk Uygur … Jim Acosta … Marty Baron
— Univision’s “Al Punto”: Denise Dresser … Larry Rubin … former U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley … Elena Poniatowska … actor Gael García Bernal
— C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Politico’s Cory Bennett and Politico’s Bryan Bender … “Newsmakers”: Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), questioned by Defense News’ Joe Gould and Politico’s Connor O’Brien … “Q&A”: Mona Charen
— MSNBC’s “Kasie DC”: Mitt Romney … Ben Jealous … Stephanie Schriock … Jason Kander … Pete Williams … John Harwood … Nina Totenberg … Paul Butler … Joyce Vance … Michael Steele … Alexi McCammond
— Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at MackOnPolitics.com): Salena Zito and Brad Todd.
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