WASHINGTON WON A CHAMPIONSHIP! The Capitals topped the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 to give D.C. its first major sports title since the year Bill Clinton was elected president.

— WAPO’S TOM BOSWELL in LAS VEGAS: “History can never be erased, but it can be redrafted by subsequent events — even gloriously so.

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“Perhaps this night in Sin City will be the one when Caps faults are forgiven. Maybe this is the fulcrum event when Washington finally allowed itself to believe that optimism in sports is not a disease, that rooting for the Capitals can be as great a delight as it has been a burden and that this idea of investing many years in chasing and capturing a championship is an experience that a team and an entire city can share and remember. For as long as they want.” https://wapo.st/2sWKkCn

VIDEO OF THE MORNING … VICTORY LAP … Alex Ovechkin walking through the MGM with the Stanley Cup. http://bit.ly/2JjsOD3

WASHINGTON POST FRONT PAGE: “At last, Capitals hoist the Cup” http://bit.ly/2sEeCKq

— JAKE’S SKY WATCH … This looks like the Caps’ Delta charter coming back from Vegas this morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. http://bit.ly/2kXDI2Y Come on! Let the guys sleep in!

Good Friday morning. FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: STEVEN SLOAN is the new politics editor of the Associated Press. From the memo D.C. bureau chief Julie Pace will send later this morning: “As AP’s political editor, Steven will lead our coverage of the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential campaign. He’s the perfect person for the job: an experienced editor who is enthusiastic about politics, driven to break news and produce distinctive enterprise, and excited about the prospect of leveraging AP’s resources not only in Washington, but in all 50 states. …

“Steven was previously CNN’s director of enterprise reporting in Washington, where he oversaw in-depth journalism for digital and television platforms. … Before joining CNN, Sloan was the congressional editor at POLITICO and a reporter at Bloomberg News.” AP’s national politics team http://bit.ly/2xSeIU2

— MINI SCOOP: The Congressional Leadership Fund — the House GOP leadership-aligned super PAC — is jumping into the special election to fill former Rep. Pat Tiberi’s northeastern Ohio seat. The group — led by Corry Bliss — is supporting the GOP nominee Troy Balderson, who Tiberi endorsed.

CLF is putting $250,000 on cable and broadcast, and is opening an office in the district to knock on doors. The ads focus on the opioid epidemic and tax cuts. Tax cut ad http://bit.ly/2sQcxuqOpioid ad http://bit.ly/2Jp8c8r

SETTING THE TABLE … TRUMP FEUDS WITH WORLD LEADERS AHEAD OF G7 … “France’s Macron threatens rare rebuke of U.S. at G-7, Trump fires back,” by WaPo’s Damian Paletta in Quebec City, and David Lynch and Heather Long in D.C.: “French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday threatened to join with other world leaders to issue a rare rebuke of the United States at a global summit here this weekend, drawing immediate and sharp replies from President Trump.

“Macron said Trump could be excluded from joining with other leaders in a joint declaration of unity at the end of a global summit here, a very unusual move that was meant to isolate Trump’s recent burst of trade threats aimed at numerous U.S. allies.

“‘The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be,’ Macron wrote on Twitter. ‘Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force.’

“Trump appeared unmoved, accusing Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of hurting the United States with unfair trade practices. Trump also said Trudeau is ‘being so indignant,’ an unusually personal attack aimed at one of the United States’ closest allies.

“‘Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create nonmonetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow,’ Trump wrote.” https://wapo.st/2HtpHmv

THE PRESIDENT at 6:06 a.m.: “Obama, Schumer and Pelosi did NOTHING about North Korea, and now weak on Crime, High Tax Schumer is telling me what to do at the Summit the Dems could never set up. Schumer failed with North Korea and Iran, we don’t need his advice!”

… at 6:16 a.m.: “Canada charges the U.S. a 270% tariff on Dairy Products! They didn’t tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!”

TRUMP’S FRIDAY — The president leaves this morning for the G7 Summit in Canada. Trump will participate in a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. In the afternoon, he will participate in a working lunch, several sessions of the summit and take a photo with the leaders’ families. He will also engage in an expanded bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

— ALSO: Trump is leaving the G7 Summit early on Saturday to head directly to Singapore for his summit with Kim Jong Un. The G7 is expected to wrap up later in the day Saturday.

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TOP TALKER — “Ex-Senate Aide Charged in Leak Case Where Times Reporter’s Records Were Seized,” by NYT’s Adam Goldman, Nick Fandos and Katie Benner: “A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide was arrested on Thursday in an investigation of classified information leaks where prosecutors also secretly seized years’ worth of a New York Times reporter’s phone and email records.

“The former aide, James A. Wolfe, 57, was charged with lying repeatedly to investigators about his contacts with three reporters. According to the authorities, Mr. Wolfe made false statements to the F.B.I. about providing two of them with sensitive information related to the committee’s work.

“He denied to investigators that he ever gave classified material to journalists, the indictment said. Mr. Wolfe, the Intelligence Committee’s director of security, was slated to appear before a federal judge on Friday in Washington. Reached on Thursday evening before his arrest, Mr. Wolfe declined to comment. Mr. Wolfe’s case led to the first known instance of the Justice Department going after a reporter’s data under President Trump.

“The seizure was disclosed in a letter to the Times reporter, Ali Watkins, who had been in a three-year relationship with Mr. Wolfe. The seizure suggested that prosecutors under the Trump administration will continue the aggressive tactics employed under President Barack Obama.

“In his role with the committee, Mr. Wolfe was responsible for safeguarding classified and other sensitive information shared with lawmakers. He stopped performing committee work in December and retired in May. … It appeared that the F.B.I. was investigating how Ms. Watkins learned that Russian spies in 2013 had tried to recruit Carter Page, a former Trump foreign policy adviser. …

“In another case, the indictment said, Mr. Wolfe used an encrypted messaging app to alert another reporter in October 2017 that he had served Mr. Page with a subpoena to testify before the committee. The reporter, who was not named, published an article disclosing that Mr. Page had been compelled to appear. After it was published, Mr. Wolfe wrote to the journalist to say, ‘Good job!’ and, ‘I’m glad you got the scoop,’ according to court papers.” https://nyti.ms/2JukOvi

— POLITICO SPOKESMAN BRAD DAYSPRING on Watkins, who previously worked at POLITICO: “Any time that a journalist’s ability to do their job is threatened in a manner such as this, it’s a major concern. Ms. Watkins’ primary beat during her short time at POLITICO was not the Senate Intelligence Committee, which we had two reporters covering, but national security and law enforcement, including topics relating to China, international spy games, and Cuba. Ms. Watkins did not disclose the personal nature of her relationship early on in her tenure at POLITICO, but she was managed accordingly once that disclosure was made.”

— BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen): “This story concerns a reporter’s work @BuzzFeedNews. We are deeply troubled by what looks like a case of law enforcement interfering with a reporter’s constitutional right to gather information about her own government.”

WHAT RUDY GIULIANI ACTUALLY DOES …

— NYT’S PETER BAKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN: “Giuliani Speaks for Trump. Except When He Doesn’t”: “President Trump hired Rudolph W. Giuliani to speak for him. But no less than Mr. Trump’s wife and his chief diplomat spent Thursday explaining that Mr. Giuliani does not always know what he is talking about.

“Melania Trump, the first lady, let it be known that Mr. Giuliani has no idea how she feels about Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress who goes by the name Stormy Daniels and says she had a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, while Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, made clear that Mr. Giuliani has nothing to do with North Korea policy. …

“At a conference in Israel this week, Mr. Giuliani said Mrs. Trump accepted her husband’s denial that he had any sexual liaisons with Ms. Clifford. ‘She believes her husband and she knows it’s untrue,’ Mr. Giuliani said. That drew a sharp retort from the first lady’s office. ‘I don’t believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani,’ the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in an email to The New York Times. …

“The former mayor [also] told Israeli reporters that he had seen Mr. Kushner’s secret peace plan and that it made ‘all the sense in the world.’ But Mr. Giuliani called The Wall Street Journal afterward to say he only knew what had been in news reports. ‘I have not seen any secret plan or been told about one,’ he said. ‘I based my comments on the publicly available discussion of the plan.’” https://nyti.ms/2JxZhoy

BLOOMBERG’S CHRIS STROHM and SHANNON PETTYPIECE: “Mueller Team Said to View Giuliani More as Spokesman Than Lawyer”: “Rudy Giuliani has yet to genuinely affect the course of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe despite being a near-constant presence on TV since he became President Donald Trump’s lawyer, said current and former officials familiar with the special counsel’s approach.

“For example, Giuliani told several media outlets that he wants to see secret FBI documents related to the origin of the Russia investigation, including the use of a confidential informant. So he asked for the documents — informally. The answer? No response from the Justice Department or Mueller. The incident illustrates how nearly two months after joining Trump’s legal team, Giuliani isn’t yet seen as a power player with the legal authority to go up against Mueller’s team of career prosecutors, current and former U.S. law enforcement officials said.

“He may be speaking loudly to the public but he’s not speaking the language of Mueller’s world, which comes in the form of legal filings, case law and investigative evidence. Giuliani has only met with Mueller once. …

“Speaking in an interview, Giuliani defended his strategy and asserted that public opinion related to Mueller’s probe has turned in Trump’s favor. … ‘If public opinion is against them, they can’t do anything,’ said Giuliani, arguing his work will undermine the credibility of any report Mueller sends to the Justice Department for possible action against Trump. ‘The report will go nowhere, and we will be able to counter with our own report which I’ll be involved in writing.’” https://bloom.bg/2JthKzw

— FLASHBACK … DARREN SAMUELSOHN, May 22: “Meet Mueller’s new spokesman: Rudy Giuliani” https://politi.co/2Lwq3eh

AP’s JONATHAN LEMIRE: “Who speaks for Robert Mueller? Rudy Giuliani is trying to” http://bit.ly/2Jtk2yC

TRADE WARS — “‘Get Moving’: How Trump Ratcheted Up the Trade Battle With China,” by WSJ’s Bob Davis and Peter Nicholas in Washington and Lingling Wei in Beijing: “President Donald Trump, fed up with hearing he was weak on China, assembled his senior trade team at the White House on May 22 and vented, according to officials who were involved.

“He wanted a tougher approach, including tariffs he could use as a weapon to force trade concessions. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who favored a milder approach, had spent months maneuvering to become the administration’s point person on talks with China. Now, along with his administration rivals, he was getting a dressing down, the officials say. ‘Get moving,’ the president told them.” https://on.wsj.com/2JxYZxY

— ELANA SCHOR and BURGESS EVERETT: “GOP waves white flag on Trump trade clash”: “Senate Republican leaders are maneuvering to defuse an effort by one of their own seeking to handcuff President Donald Trump on trade. GOP leaders are moving swiftly to tamp down support for Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-Tenn.) proposal to give Congress power to stop Trump tariffs, eager to avoid a standoff with the president five months ahead of the midterms.

“Corker’s pitch has support from a sizable number of fellow Republicans who are frustrated by Trump slapping trade penalties on U.S. allies — but allowing it a vote on the Senate floor in the coming days is a step too far for leadership. Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said that the tariffs proposal ‘is entitled to a hearing and I would support a vote on it, but this is obviously a problem getting a vote on it on this bill.’” https://politi.co/2Lw0OZv

— WSJ ED BOARD: “Congress vs. Trump on Tariffs”: “Republicans have complained for years that the executive has encroached on the powers of the legislature, but the GOP hasn’t done much to stop the invasion. This week a bipartisan coalition in the Senate is finally rebelling against the Trump Administration’s unilateral trade war, and we’re glad to see it.” https://on.wsj.com/2JI6fHw

THE LATEST ON NORTH KOREA …

— MICHAEL CROWLEY, CRISTIANO LIMA and LOUIS NELSON: “Trump says Kim meeting will be about ‘attitude,’ not prep work”: “President Donald Trump on Thursday said he didn’t feel a need to prepare for his historic June 12 meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, arguing that the high-stakes nuclear talks would be based more on ‘attitude’ than advance legwork. At the same time, Trump insisted that the event would ‘not be just a photo-op,’ and reiterated demands that the North ‘denuclearize’ in return for concessions like an end to U.S. sanctions. …

“Following a POLITICO report on Thursday that his White House has not convened a high-level National Security Council meeting to plan for the summit, Trump dismissed concerns that he has not adequately planned for the unprecedented summit with Kim in Singapore. ‘I think I’m very well prepared,’ Trump said with Abe by his side. ‘I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude, it’s about willingness to get things done. So this isn’t a question of preparation, it’s a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we’ll know that very quickly.’” https://politi.co/2JBjHgAEliana Johnson’s story on Trump’s lack of planning https://politi.co/2JrfHf9

— “GOP senators: Trump promises Congress a vote on any North Korea deal,” by CNN’s Elizabeth Landers and Manu Raju: “Republican senators, anxious about high-stakes U.S. talks with Kim Jong Un, say they have received commitments from President Donald Trump and his top lieutenants that Congress would get a vote on any nuclear deal reached with North Korea.” https://cnn.it/2kXxUGE

BURGESS EVERETT and ELANA SCHOR: “‘Cryin’ Chuck’ might just get the last laugh”: “He’s been beat up by the left over his centrist instincts and vilified by the right as a liberal obstructionist in dealmaker’s clothing. But somehow, Chuck Schumer’s high-wire act is working for him.

“A year-and-a-half after taking the reins from Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate leader has maintained liberal senators’ support as well as a healthier relationship with Mitch McConnell than Reid had. Schumer even occasionally receives handwritten notes from the president who calls him ‘Cryin’ Chuck.’” https://politi.co/2JC9rEE

THE INVESTIGATIONS …

TRUMP’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT — “Inspector general says he expects June 14 release date for highly anticipated report on Clinton email case,” by WaPo’s Matt Zapotosky: https://wapo.st/2sF6Eko

CURT WELDON BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT — “Senate Investigators May Have Found a Missing Piece in the Russia Probe,” by The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand: “An ex-congressman has attracted scrutiny from the Senate Judiciary Committee, as it continues to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow to sway the 2016 presidential election.

“Curt Weldon, a Republican and former Pennsylvania congressman, lost his re-election campaign more than a decade ago following an FBI probe into his ties to two Russian companies. He has ‘connections to both Russia and the Trump campaign’ that are raising suspicions among senators, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said. Feinstein is the committee’s ranking member, and wants to interview Weldon …

“The reasons for the committee’s interest in Weldon are murky, but his ties to Russia are significant. Members of Congress believe, for example, that Weldon may lead to answers about why the Trump administration sought to lift sanctions on Russia in the aftermath of the 2016 election despite a public statement by intelligence agencies that the Kremlin tried to help Trump win.” https://theatln.tc/2LwsSfD

STORMY VS. MORE LAWYERS — “Stormy Daniels’ ex-attorney rips former client and her new lawyer in countersuit that includes Cohen,” by CNN’s MJ Lee and Scott Glover: “Keith Davidson, the lawyer who formerly represented adult film star Stormy Daniels, filed a defamation claim Thursday against Daniels and her current lawyer, Michael Avenatti, as well as a separate claim against Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, for allegedly illegally recording phone calls with Davidson. Davidson is also vehemently rejecting Daniels’ accusation that he colluded with Cohen to help Trump. In fact, Davidson says, he only ever tried to help Daniels accomplish her goal of making money off of her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.” https://cnn.it/2JzCFEh

CLICKER – “The giant timeline of everything Russia, Trump and the investigations” – PBS Newshour: https://to.pbs.org/2xOzeEW

HARDSHIP ASSIGNMENT … ALEX ISENSTADT in Deer Valley, Utah, “Romney: Trump will be reelected in 2020”: “Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney bluntly predicted here on Thursday evening that President Donald Trump would win reelection in 2020. Addressing a group of major GOP donors, Romney — who bitterly collided with Trump during the 2016 campaign and implored his party to nominate someone else — also said Trump would easily capture the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination.

“He said Trump’s political fortunes would be bolstered by a pair of factors: an improving economy and the likelihood that Democrats would choose an outside-the-mainstream candidate. ‘I think President Trump will be re-nominated by my party easily, and I think he’ll be reelected solidly,’ Romney said.” https://politi.co/2sONU17

BIG MONEY WATCH … “Donald Trump’s megadonor road show,” by Maggie Severns: “Hedge fund magnate Paul Singer was so anti-Trump before the 2016 election that he helped bankroll a political action committee dedicated to closing off the reality TV star’s path to the presidency. … But at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in midtown this May, Singer amicably chatted with the president and a dozen other high-dollar donors during a fundraiser for Trump’s reelection campaign. …

“The president — who claimed in 2016 that he was self-funding his campaign so he couldn’t be ‘controlled’ by donors, even though he ultimately raised most of his funds from outsiders — has developed a new ease with the donor class and is spending significant time away from the White House fundraising from them. Trump has attended eight events for the political groups supporting him in 2018, an uptick from the five he attended the previous year, and he has crisscrossed the country to Los Angeles, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio.” https://politi.co/2sRp6p4

PRUITT FILES — “Pruitt enlisted security detail in picking up dry cleaning, moisturizing lotion,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey and Brady Dennis: “[EPA] Scott Pruitt asked members of his 24/7 security detail to run errands for him on occasion, including picking up his dry cleaning and taking him in search of a favorite moisturizing lotion, according to two individuals familiar with those trips who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly. … Federal rules bar public officials from receiving gifts from subordinates, including unpaid services, and from using their office for private gain. …

“The protective detail cost taxpayers nearly $3.5 million during Pruitt’s first year on the job, according to EPA data, and is roughly triple the size of those of his immediate predecessors. While EPA security agents are required to protect Pruitt at all times — while he is working and during his off hours — the two individuals said the administrator had asked members of the detail to perform tasks that go beyond their primary function. In one instance, they said, he directed agents to drive him to multiple locations in search of a particular lotion on offer at Ritz-Carlton hotels.” https://wapo.st/2y1ZTyr

— “Scott Pruitt Made Public Servants Fetch His Protein Bars and Greek Yogurt,” by the Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng: “According to four sources familiar with the work environment at the [EPA], its scandal-plagued EPA administrator has regularly sent his subordinates out during the workday to pick up his favorite snacks and treats.” https://thebea.st/2LulOQq

— NYT’S ERIC LIPTON: “The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the E.P.A.”: “The Trump administration, after heavy lobbying by the chemical industry, is scaling back the way the federal government determines health and safety risks associated with the most dangerous chemicals on the market, documents from the [EPA] show. Under a law passed by Congress during the final year of the Obama administration, the E.P.A. was required for the first time to evaluate hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals and determine if they should face new restrictions, or even be removed from the market.

“The chemicals include many in everyday use, such as dry-cleaning solvents, paint strippers and substances used in health and beauty products like shampoos and cosmetics. But as it moves forward reviewing the first batch of 10 chemicals, the E.P.A. has in most cases decided to exclude from its calculations any potential exposure caused by the substances’ presence in the air, the ground or water.” https://nyti.ms/2Hxukfm

SCOOP – “U.S. sending 1,600 immigration detainees to federal prisons,” by Reuters’ Sarah N. Lynch and Kristina Cooke: “U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisons about 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, officials told Reuters on Thursday, in the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a Trump administration crackdown on people entering the country illegally. An ICE spokeswoman told Reuters five federal prisons will temporarily take in detainees awaiting civil immigration court hearings, including potential asylum seekers, with one prison in Victorville, California, preparing to house 1,000 people.” https://reut.rs/2HsBcKX

SUNDAY SO FAR – CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Political panel: Seung Min Kim, Molly Ball, Salena Zito, and Evan Osnos

— ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos in Singapore: Panel: co-anchor Martha Raddatz, Tom Bossert, Jennifer Jacobs, and David Sanger. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

— “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace in Singapore: Ambassador Robert Gallucci … Gordon Chang … David Nakamura. Panel: Jason Chaffetz and Jonah Goldberg

YOU’RE INVITED — HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE (R-La.) will sit down with us JUNE 12 at the D.C. Bar headquarters (901 4th Street NW). RSVP http://bit.ly/playbookscalise

SUSAN GLASSER on NewYorker.com, “Under Trump, ‘America First’ Really Is Turning Out to Be America Alone”: “For close to a year and a half, Trudeau and his counterparts have employed various strategies to try to head off conflict with the volatile American President, from flattery to stonewalling to hours of schmoozing on the golf course. But in recent weeks Trump has confounded their efforts, unleashing a tit-for-tat trade war with allies, blowing up the Iran nuclear deal over European objections, and walking away from a deal with Canada and Mexico to overhaul nafta, all while lavishing praise on the North Korean dictator with whom he hopes to reach an accord next week.

“Adding insult to injury, Trump even cited an obscure national-security provision to justify the tariffs, as if America’s closest friends had suddenly become its biggest enemies. As a result, the G-7 meeting that Trudeau will host on Friday and Saturday was shaping up to be the most contentious, and possibly the most consequential, since the summits began, in 1975.” http://bit.ly/2kSQDD8

THE LATEST OBAMACARE FIGHT — “Trump administration backs court case to overturn key Obamacare provisions,” by Renuka Rayasam: “The Trump administration is urging a federal court to dismantle two of the most popular provisions of Obamacare, but to delay taking such drastic action until after the midterm elections this fall. Responding to a lawsuit from conservative states seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, the Justice Department told a judge in Texas on Thursday that Congress’ decision to repeal the penalty for failing to buy health insurance renders unconstitutional other Obamacare language banning insurers from charging people more or denying them coverage based on a pre-existing condition. …

“The administration’s evening filing says it agrees with states bringing the suit that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, as are two of the law’s major insurance provisions meant to protect people with expensive medical conditions. With the filing, the Trump administration is asking the courts to wipe out protections that many congressional Republicans were wary of eliminating in their failed efforts to repeal Obamacare.” https://politi.co/2sHq344

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION’S GREG BLUESTEIN: “Secret recording shows Cagle backed ‘bad’ bill to hurt gov race rival”: “Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told a former rival in a secretly recorded conversation that he engineered the passage of a bill he described as bad ‘a thousand different ways’ because it would deprive another opponent in the race for governor of millions of dollars in support. Cagle told Clay Tippins in the recording that he circumvented the state Senate’s top education leader and swallowed his own misgivings over the bill, which raised the cap on tax credits for private school scholarships to $100 million, purely to prevent Hunter Hill from receiving financial help from a super PAC.” https://on-ajc.com/2Mad5E7

****** A message from PhRMA: For more than 10 years, Medicare has provided prescription drug coverage for seniors. Competition continues to keep premiums low, but seniors are facing higher out-of-pocket spending. Insurers negotiate significant discounts for medicines in Part D. Giving seniors 80% of those discounts at the pharmacy counter could save a senior with diabetes more than $350 per year on their health care costs. The change could also save Medicare nearly $1,000 per year for every senior taking diabetes medication. How? By helping patients afford the drugs they need to stay healthy and stay out of the hospital. Seniors share the cost. They should share the savings. https://letstalkaboutmedicare.org/ ******

TREASURY DEPARTURE LOUNGE – “Top Treasury aide to leave administration for private equity trade group,” by Nancy Cook and Bernie Becker: “The Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for legislative affairs, Drew Maloney, is planning to leave the Trump administration next week and is expected take a job leading the top trade association for private equity, according to people familiar with the move. The American Investment Council’s board of directors still must vote on Maloney’s appointment. …

“Maloney was one of the key behind-the-scenes players to shepherd both the Republican tax bill and the recent banking deregulatory legislation through Congress, the latter of which sought to chip away at the Obama-era Dodd-Frank bill. As a former House leadership aide, longtime lobbyist and head of legislative affairs for Mitt Romney’s presidential transition team, Maloney has deep experience in politics and ties throughout Washington, where he’s known as an affable honest broker.” https://politi.co/2LwtqSJ

MEDIAWATCH — @JayFielden, editor of Esquire: “At a time when Washington is the main event, @RyanLizza joins @Esquire today as chief political correspondent. In the magazine and on Esquire.com, Lizza will be a must-read, offering rare insight and intelligence. You can also continue to see him weekly on @CNN.”

— EDMUND LEE is joining the NYT as the corporate media reporter. He most recently was managing editor at Recode Dates and was a media at Bloomberg News.

THE AGENDA — How can Washington help the financial well-being of future American retirees? Politico convened leading thinkers and policymakers to identify some solutions. Read the full report https://bit.ly/2JuLpbD Presented by Prudential

PLAYBOOK INBOX – From USA Today’s Susan Page, author of “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty” (out next April): “Barbara Bush was born on this date in 1925. She would have been 93 years old today. In February, while working on my biography of her, she let me attend the monthly luncheon of The 1925 Club, a group of friends who were all born in, yes, 1925.

“She had gotten to know some of them all the way back in Midland. Over crabmeat salad at The Bayou Club, they chatted about who had died, who had been fooling around, and what Skype was. (Barbara Bush explained that one.) Sadly, with her passing in April, The 1925 Club is now down to four members.”

SPOTTED at Acadiana last night for a party honoring Rebecca Spicer’s tenure at NBWA and her new job at Airlines for America: Sean Spicer, Craig Gordon, Frank Coleman, Matt and Rebecca Haller, Tim Burger, Ben Jenkins, Stuart Roy, Ron Bonjean, Matt Dornic, Polson Kanneth, Nick Calio, Chris Gindlesberger, Mallory Shelbourne, Megan Wilson, Sam Dealey, Jonathan Grella, Christin Baker, Sue Hensley, Carl Hulse, Jeff and Michelle Solsby, Julie Bauer, Jeanie Mamo, Shelley Rubino, Michael Moroney, Laurie Knight, Scott Mulhauser, Vaughn Jennings, Josh Saltzman, Dawson Hobbs, Lauren Fox, Marissa Mitrovich, Bill McCarren, Alisa Parenti, Eric Wohlschlegel, Matt Well and Karen Kuhlman.

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jonathan Collegio, SVP of public affairs at the National Automobile Dealers Association, is 42. How he got his start in politics: “First job in D.C. was as an intern at USA Today, but started working on political campaigns soon after and ended up as NRCC press secretary in 2006. Being on the losing side of a wave election is a great opportunity for a curious operative — you can see clearly what the surviving campaigns did right. (On the winning side of a wave it’s much harder to distinguish between the good campaigns and the lucky ones.) Later worked with Karl Rove and Steven Law at American Crossroads.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: https://politi.co/2JCDk7H

BIRTHDAYS: Russ Schriefer, partner at Strategic Partners & Media … former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) is 48 — (Bustle on what she’s been up to recently http://bit.ly/2JFcKejVice video http://bit.ly/2kWEUnf) (h/t Katie Peters) … Paul Winfree, director of econ policy at Heritage and president of N58 Policy Research … Jim Cicconi … Eric Kuhn (h/ts Susanna Quinn and Allen Gannett) … Cory Fritz, deputy staff director for comms. at House Foreign Affairs … Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) is 65 … Laura Hayes … Sarah Hashemi … The Atlantic’s Patrick Garrigan and Justin Peligri … Tim Grieve, VP for news at McClatchy … Roger Hickey, co-director of Campaign for America’s Future … Kelsey Harkness … Mary Palmer is 32 … J.J. Simmons V … Ashley Baia of 270 Strategies … Karen Robinson (h/t Jon Haber) … USDA’s Allie Ryan … Matt Whitlock … Davis White … The Federalist’s Bre Payton …

… Hannah Yoest, social media editor at Weekly Standard (h/ts Charmaine Yoest and Alice Lloyd) … J.D. Dalfonson, comms director for Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) … John Sandy … Bale Dalton … Uber’s Matt Wing … Dasha Zhukova is 37 … Emily Pomeranz … Erin Gorman … Chris Good … Cathie Ericson … Alex McGee, VP for external affairs and chief of staff at Kennesaw State University… Lale Mamaux, CoS to Rep. Alcee Hastings … Jordana Cepelewicz … Kris Coratti, VP of comms and events at WaPo … Avery Brooks is 3-0 … Ben Case is 26 … Brian Hardwick … Michael Shmagin (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Ann Belser … Nancy Bailey … Rosie Lineham … Jane Hampton Cook … Tom Davidson is 47 … Barry Lando … Lila Young White … Julianna Margulies, a loyal Playbooker, is 52 (h/t AP)

****** A message from PhRMA: For more than 10 years, Medicare has provided prescription drug coverage for seniors. Competition continues to keep premiums low, but seniors are facing higher out-of-pocket spending. Insurers negotiate significant discounts for medicines in Part D. Giving seniors 80% of those discounts at the pharmacy counter could save a senior with diabetes more than $350 per year on their health care costs. The change could also save Medicare nearly $1,000 per year for every senior taking diabetes medication. How? By helping patients afford the drugs they need to stay healthy and stay out of the hospital. Seniors share the cost. They should share the savings. https://letstalkaboutmedicare.org/ ******

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