ANOTHER ATTACK in Spain — BANNON UNLEASHED: 4th interview in 3 days — W.H. aides stay put, but McMaster and Powell aren’t happy — B’DAY: Austan Goolsbee

BREAKING OVERNIGHT — ANOTHER ATTACK IN SPAIN — AP/BARCELONA: “Police on Friday shot and killed five people wearing fake bomb belts who staged a car attack in a seaside resort in Spain’s Catalonia region hours after a van plowed into pedestrians on a busy Barcelona promenade, killing at least 13 people and injuring over 100 others. Authorities said the back-to-back vehicle attacks — as well as an explosion earlier this week elsewhere in Catalonia— were connected and the work of a large terrorist group. Three people were arrested, but the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack remained at large and the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of the latest European rampage claimed by the Islamic State group. …

“Authorities were still reeling from Thursday’s Barcelona attack when police in the popular seaside town of Cambrils, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) to the south, fatally shot five people near the town’s boardwalk who had plowed into a group of tourists and locals with their blue Audi 3. Six people, including a police officer, were injured, though it wasn’t clear how badly. Catalonia’s interior minister, Joaquim Forn, told Onda Cero radio that the five suspects killed in a subsequent shootout with police were wearing fake bomb belts.” http://bit.ly/2wWlkfI

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Good Friday morning. It is day 210 of Donald J. Trump’s presidency. He has another 1,251 days in his first term. There are 445 days until Election Day 2018.

PLAYBOOK ON THE ROAD — Matt Haller reading Playbook in Sea Island, Georgia at the Cloister http://politi.co/2vIWqkUChris Wilson of WPA Intelligence at the Sydney Westin http://politi.co/2vOWlKXJohn Michael Gonzalez in Santa Fe, New Mexico http://politi.co/2vOlDckKurt Bardella in Napa http://politi.co/2fR2W3yWinston Lord at the Jean Talon farmers market in little Italy in Montreal for a ‘baby moon’ he and his wife are on: http://politi.co/2wg7Myo

— OTHER READERS sent in pictures of themselves reading Playbook in Yangon, Myanmar, Legoland, California, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Shenzhen, China, Shanghai, Homer Spit, the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, the northern edge of Alaska, Alderney in the Channel Islands, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Maho Bay in St. John’s in U.S.V.I, the Yale Club in NYC and Cipriani Dolci at Grand Central Terminal. Send photos to Daniel daniel@politico.com, or Tweet photos with #PlaybookLoyal for a chance to be featured next week and be entered into a contest to win a signed Matt Wuerker cartoon. See the whole gallery of entries this week http://politi.co/2vIWqkU

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STORY OF THE DAY — JOHN BRESNAHAN and RACHAEL BADE “The agonizing, 8-page memo on how to chauffeur a congressman”: “Empty his trash. Always have hand sanitizer and gum at the ready. And don’t bother with ‘unnecessary conversation’ — the congressman doesn’t have time for your chit-chat. Demanding, high-maintenance bosses are notorious on Capitol Hill. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s staff had to walk his dog, poop pick-up and all. Former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison made her male aides carry her purse. The latest addition to the list: Rep. Todd Rokita, an Indiana Republican running in one of next year’s most competitive Senate races.

“Who knew it could take eight pages of instructions on how to properly escort a member of Congress around his district? Yet there it is, laid out in mind-blowing detail, in a memo obtained by POLITICO that’s sure to make any young, eager-beaver political aide shudder. Tasks listed in the document, entitled ‘Instructions on Staffing and Driving — District Version,’ include handing Rokita a cup of black coffee upon picking him up at his home, acting as a physical barrier between him and trackers looking to capture embarrassing footage of the congressman, and ‘avoid[ing] sudden acceleration or braking’ while driving. ‘The goal is to provide as smooth a ride as possible,’ reads the instruction manual, co-authored by a former chief of staff to the congressman and Tim Edson, Rokita’s ex-communications director turned campaign spokesman.

“Drivers are expected to transport not only Rokita’s toothbrush and toothpaste but also stock and tote around the district a nearly 20-item supply box that Rokita’s staffers call ‘the football.’ The contents include gum, hand sanitizer, business cards, bottled water, napkins and Kleenex, Lozenges-brand cough drops, a stapler and stapler remover, Post-it notes and Shout wipes, among other items. …

“Asked about the memo, Rokita’s campaign spokesman Tim Edson wrote in an email that ‘there is nothing embarrassing about always being prepared.’ Edson blamed the leaked memo on his boss’ longtime nemesis, Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), who’s running against Rokita for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly.” http://politi.co/2v7xjEKThe memo http://bit.ly/2w8aR37

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — CHARLOTTESVILLE, STANDING UP TO TRUMP SEEPS INTO 2018 — MARK PUTNAM, the top-flight Democratic ad maker, has cut another ad for Amy McGrath, the Marine veteran running against Rep. Andy Barr in Kentucky. The spot — set at the end of a runway — talks about her fighter pilot service after 9/11. But she eventually says “There are times when politicians might have to make a difficult choice: do you stand with the president, or do you stand with the country? Right now is one of those times. Every Republican congressman and senator has to make a choice. Standing up to the president may not be what they signed up for, but when the president is in solidarity with white supremacists and Nazis, those members of Congress have to stand up and tell him he’s wrong.” … “That’s why I’m running for Congress against Andy Barr in Kentucky. He has yet to condemn the president on anything.” http://bit.ly/2wg0bjh

— THIS LINE OF ATTACK could be fruitful for Democrats who are looking to tie Trump to Republican lawmakers. So far, GOP operatives believe that Trump is his own brand apart from the Republican Party. If that changes, it could be a major drag on GOP incumbents in the 2018 midterms.

OVER TO YOU, MR. PRESIDENT — SEN. JEFF FLAKE (R-Ariz.) in the NYT: “We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill”: “Someone recently said, ‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.’ The man who said that never met Manuel Chaidez.” http://nyti.ms/2x9UUWZ

— IF YOU HADN’T GUESSED BY NOW, that someone Flake is referring to is President Donald Trump.

— @Team_Mitch: “Jeff Flake is an excellent Senator and a tireless advocate for Arizona and our nation. He has my full support. –MM”.

4TH ON-RECORD BANNON COMMENT IN 3 DAYS — “Trump embraces culture war with call to preserve Confederate statues,” by WaPo’s Bob Costa and David Nakamura: “Bannon — a hard-line nationalist whose position has been threatened in recent days by his clashes with moderate colleagues and his blunt remarks to a liberal magazine — has fiercely defended Trump in internal staff discussions, according to White House officials. In an email to The Washington Post on Thursday, Bannon said Democrats do not understand Trump and underestimate his appeal. ‘This past election, the Democrats used every personal attack, including charges of racism, against President Trump. He then won a landslide victory on a straightforward platform of economic nationalism,’ Bannon wrote. ‘As long as the Democrats fail to understand this, they will continue to lose. But leftist elites do not value history, so why would they learn from history?’” http://wapo.st/2w7RRSj

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READ THIS ONE — “White House aides squirm at Trump’s rhetoric but stay put: Officials said they don’t expect anyone in the West Wing to resign, despite distaste for Trump’s Charlottesville comments,” by Annie Karni and Ben White: “National security adviser H.R. McMaster and his deputy, Dina Powell, have been unhappy with Trump’s rhetoric on race over the past week, according to a White House official. But neither of them is considering resigning — they have told people it is too serious and dangerous a moment in the world for them to simply walk away.” http://politi.co/2xah8rY

WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD — “The men and women who have joined the Trump Administration aren’t doing so because it enhances their reputations. They have no illusions about Mr. Trump’s character flaws, or if they did, they don’t any more. They are trying to serve their country. They know nearly 63 million Americans voted for Donald Trump, and that it does the country no good to root for a Presidency’s disintegration.

“They see a rare moment of united Republican government to move in a better direction on domestic policy. Or they want to correct the erosion of American power and influence that accelerated during the Obama years. But that task gets harder with every reckless Trumpian flight from normal presidential behavior. Every person has to decide how long he or she can serve in good conscience. But we hope the best stay as long as they can for the good of the country.” http://on.wsj.com/2vIYn0O

— “Gary Cohn stays put — for now — following Trump’s comments on Charlottesville,” by WaPo’s Damian Paletta and Renae Merle: “The White House on Thursday took the unusual step of saying that National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn would not resign, trying to contain the fallout from President Trump’s controversial comments about the deadly riot in Charlottesville over the weekend and his assertion that ‘very fine people’ were protesting alongside neo-Nazis. Cohn, who funded the Cohn Jewish Student Center at Kent State University in 2009, was mortified by Trump’s comments, three people close to him said, and he has been bombarded with calls from friends asking him if he will leave.

“Instead, the White House said that Cohn plans to stay put and focus on advancing Trump’s economic agenda. It was unclear, though, how long Cohn would remain in the job or if he is still a leading candidate to be nominated as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.” http://wapo.st/2vOqYQC

— LUNCH WITH THE FT — STANLEY FISCHER on COHN: “Fischer declares that the current incumbent would be an ‘excellent choice’, pointing out that she has made the potentially market-unsettling process of unwinding Fed stimulus ‘sedate. She has done it very well.’ That said, Fischer says he likes Cohn, whom he used to sit next to at dinners thrown by Goldman Sachs during the IMF’s annual meetings. And he isn’t worried that Cohn is not an economist. ‘The chairman of an institution such as the Fed, one of the primary things he needs is the ability to judge the advice he is getting,’ he says.” http://on.ft.com/2fQVJRh

MORE CHARLOTTESVILLE REPUBLICAN REACTION …

SEN. BOB CORKER (R-Tenn.) on POTUS, via Nooga.com: “The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful … He also recently has not demonstrated that he understand the character of this nation. He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today, and he’s got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that.” http://bit.ly/2xam3ck

— “Sen. [Tim] Scott says Trump’s ‘moral authority is compromised,’” by Vice’s Shawna Thomas: “‘I’m not going to defend the indefensible … [Trump’s] comments on Monday were strong. His comments on Tuesday started erasing the comments that were strong. What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happened. There’s no question about that.’ Scott added that the president hasn’t reached out to him to discuss Charlottesville.” http://bit.ly/2v73JPT

— ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER to ATTN: “I have a message to the Neo-Nazis, to the White Nationalists, and to the Neo-Confederates … Your heroes are losers. You are supporting a lost cause. And believe me, I knew the original Nazis, because you see, I was born in Austria in 1947, shortly after the Second World War. And growing up, I was surrounded by broken men, men who came home from a war filled with shrapnels and guilt, men who were misled into a losing ideology. And I can tell you: that these ghosts you idolize spent the rest of their lives living in shame and right now, they’re resting in hell.” http://bit.ly/2wgjVTT

TRUMP’S FRIDAY — THE PRESIDENT is heading to Camp David around 11 a.m. and arrives there at 12:15 p.m. He has a working lunch, then meets with the National Security Council. Trump heads back to his country club in Bedminster around 4:15 p.m.

TRUMP INC. — “Three fundraising giants cancel plans for galas at Mar-a-Lago,” by WaPo’s Drew Harwell and David Fahrenthold: “The American Cancer Society, a high-dollar client at the club since at least 2009, cited its ‘values and commitment to diversity’ in a statement on its decision to move an upcoming fundraising gala. Another longtime Mar-a-Lago customer, the Cleveland Clinic, abruptly changed course on its winter event only days after saying it planned to continue doing business at Mar-a-Lago, a leading venue for charitable events in the posh resort town. The American Friends of Magen David Adom, which raises money for Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross, also said it would not hold its 2018 gala at the club ‘after considerable deliberation,’ though it did not give a reason. The charity had one of Mar-a-Lago’s biggest events last season, with about 600 people in attendance.” http://wapo.st/2vIY85I

HACKED — “Online activist group Anonymous posts what it says are private contact details for 22 GOP members of Congress,” by WaPo’s Todd Frankel and Craig Timberg: “A group affiliated with the online activist group known as Anonymous Thursday posted what it says are the private cellphone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress in a bid to push for President Trump’s impeachment, reigniting the use of hacked information in U.S. political battles.” http://wapo.st/2wVwQrH

HOUSE CHIEF DEPUTY WHIP PATRICK MCHENRY: SCALISE HAS TO RELEARN TO WALK — Gaston Gazette: “McHenry: This has been a challenging year for us as Americans. Let’s just be honest about it. Two months ago, I saw somebody who so hated the president of the United States that he shot my friends that were out playing baseball at 7 o’clock one morning. And my friend Steve Scalise got shot that morning. I saw him Monday night, he’s recovering well. He’s got to re-learn to walk as a result of it, two months later. He has a long road ahead. But he is good, sound mentally, emotionally, spiritually, encouraging. But I saw my friend get shot because somebody so hated the president that he wanted to take it out on Republicans.” http://bit.ly/2vIU71t

FOR YOUR RADAR — “Mattis says a decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan,” by AP’s Robert Burns: “After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like. In remarks at the State Department, Mattis told reporters President Donald Trump will confer with his national security team Friday at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, and said the talks ‘will move this toward a decision.’ ‘We are coming very close to a decision, and I anticipate it in the very near future,’ he added.” http://bit.ly/2vOfufU

HMM — “Pentagon Forces Out Popular Press Spokesman,” by Foreign Policy’s Dan De Luce and Paul McLeary: “The Defense Department has parted ways with a senior media adviser who had years of experience working with reporters, a move that is sure to aggravate the administration’s already difficult relations with the press corps. The abrupt departure of Steve Warren, an Army colonel who established a rapport with Pentagon correspondents over the course of his career, coincides with broader complaints raised by journalists about how the department is providing information and handling media access to Defense Secretary James Mattis. …

“Dana White, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, played a key role in Warren’s departure, current and former officials told Foreign Policy. In an emailed statement, White said Warren became ineligible for the position due to White House objections. … Several reporters who had committed to travel with Mattis to the Middle East were informed late Monday — just four days before they were to leave — that they had been disinvited from the trip. This follows a pattern that has become increasingly common under Mattis, where reporters who have completed their visa paperwork and made plans to take multi-day international travel were told they were no longer welcome, with little explanation.” http://atfp.co/2vIPIeQ

— REUTERS: “Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions,” by Tim Kelly in Tokyo: Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford “restated Washington’s ‘ironclad commitment’ to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that ‘an attack on one is an attack on both of us.’” http://reut.rs/2uVV3g9

THE JUICE …

— STEVEN MNUCHIN is facing new calls to step down from the administration. More than 250 of Mnuchin’s fellow Yale class of 1985 alumni have written an open letter pushing him to resign. “We call upon you, as our friend, our classmate, and as a fellow American, to resign in protest of President Trump’s support of Nazism and white supremacy. We know you are better than this, and we are counting on you to do the right thing.” The letter http://bit.ly/2vIIreR

— NYT’s MAGGIE HABERMAN: “James Murdoch, Rebuking Trump, Pledges $1 Million to Anti-Defamation League”: “In an email on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times and confirmed as authentic by a spokesman for Mr. Murdoch’s company, the Fox scion gave an extraordinarily candid statement against the white supremacist sentiment that swept through Virginia last weekend. It was also the most outspoken that a member of the Murdoch family has been in response to the week’s events. …

“‘I’m writing to you in a personal capacity, as a concerned citizen and a father. It has not been my habit to widely offer running commentary on current affairs, nor to presume to weigh in on the events of a given day save those that might be of particular or specific concern to 21CF and my colleagues,’ he wrote. ‘But what we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people.’

“He added: ‘These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation — a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals. The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob. I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.’” http://nyti.ms/2wVwgtKThe email http://nyti.ms/2vIVNYG

CLICKER — TINA FEY, a University of Virginia graduate, gives her thoughts on Charlottesville in a special NBC SNL “Weekend Update” http://bit.ly/2ibG9Aq

TV TONIGHT – Bob Costa’s guests on PBS’ “Washington Week”: Geoff Bennett of NPR, Shawna Thomas of VICE News, Michael Scherer of TIME Magazine and Molly Ball of The Atlantic.

MARK LERNER RECOVERING FROM CANCER —Read the letter from Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner to The Post regarding his bout with cancer” http://wapo.st/2w8hpyB

TALKER — NEW YORKER COVER — “Blowhard,” by David Plunkert, who rarely does work on politics, shows Trump alone in a sailboat, with the sail looking like a KKK hood. “President Trump’s weak pushback to hate groups — as if he was trying not to alienate them as voters — compelled me to take up my pen,” he said. http://bit.ly/2uWmxlJ

FIRST PERSON — “I Voted for Trump. And I Sorely Regret It,” by Julius Krein in the NYT: “I supported the Republican in dozens of articles, radio and TV appearances, even as conservative friends and colleagues said I had to be kidding. As early as September 2015, I wrote that Mr. Trump was ‘the most serious candidate in the race.’ … I saw the decline in this country — its weak economy and frayed social fabric — and I thought Mr. Trump’s willingness to move past partisan stalemates could begin a process of renewal. It is now clear that my optimism was unfounded. I can’t stand by this disgraceful administration any longer, and I would urge anyone who once supported him as I did to stop defending the 45th president. Far from making America great again, Mr. Trump has betrayed the foundations of our common citizenship. And his actions are jeopardizing any prospect of enacting an agenda that might restore the promise of American life.” http://nyti.ms/2uVWDyn

RAHM EMANUEL appeared on “The Axe Files” with David Axelrod, talking about Trump, Charlottesville, Sessions, immigration, 2018 midterms, and more. Podcast: http://cnn.it/2vOnHRnCNN story: http://cnn.it/2v73wMt

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BUSINESS BURST — “AT&T-Time Warner Deal, an Early Trump Target, Reaches Advanced Stage,” by WSJ’s Drew FitzGerald and Joe Flint: “The government review of AT&T Inc.’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc. has reached an advanced stage, people close to the situation said, a significant milestone in a deal that was closely watched for signs of how the Trump administration would view large mergers. The deal’s regulatory review has hit a late-stage point where AT&T lawyers are discussing merger conditions with the Justice Department, the people said. The review process has reached that point despite a vacant seat atop the department’s antitrust division. An approval could underscore the administration’s pro-business credentials at a time when President Donald Trump’s ties with America’s CEOs are under severe stress.” http://on.wsj.com/2wgazYa

CAPITOL FILE GETS POLITICAL — Politics meets pop-culture in Capitol File’s fall issue. Under guest editor Marissa Mitrovich’s leadership, the D.C. magazine looks at political fashion via global fashion authority Ken Downing and showcases a snapshot of lawmakers with social media savvy. Former Obama speechwriter David Litt talks about his new memoir and operatives Jimmy Williams and Doug Heye pen a bipartisan piece on Congress post-August recess. The magazine http://bit.ly/2i8VMIN

THE PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: DAVID SKORTON, SECRETARY OF THE SMITHSONIAN

Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton initially thought a search firm had the wrong mail merge when he was contacted about the position more than two years ago. “To this day it is possible they did have the wrong mail merge,” he joked in an interview with Playbook in his office in the Smithsonian Castle last week. “I guess they couldn’t get their first 26 candidates.” The cardiologist and former president of Cornell and University of Iowa just passed the two-year mark at his newest job, where he is charged with overseeing the institute’s museums, national zoo and partnerships with over 200 affiliate museums across the country.

Skorton, who helped celebrate the Smithsonian’s 171st anniversary last week, said that while the scientific and historical aspects are perhaps the most known, the arts are just as crucial a part of the institution’s mission: “I didn’t want to use a stethoscope to make a living, I wanted to use this,” he said, pointing to a flute he keeps in his office next to his desk. “That’s my advocation. I spend a lot of time on music. I feel like I come partly from the arts in my heart.”

More highlights…

ON PUBLIC SKEPTICISM OF SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS: “Concern by the scientific community that the public does not either grasp or believe the results of science is nothing new. … As unpopular as this may be with my fellow scientists, I think it is largely our responsibility, the scientists’ responsibility, because we don’t emphasize dissemination of scientific information to the public in a form it can be digested by non-specialists … [and we don’t explain] how the method works. The scientific method is a self-correcting endeavor, and scientists are professional skeptics. … We really need to spend more time … being an interface between the sometimes very obscure areas of work that we do … and the general public, even the broadly educated public who just don’t happen to come from a science background. … I think both science and the media have in a sense failed the American public by not making that stuff more digestible.”

ON FOSTERING PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS: “One of the things that the Smithsonian has done, in a way that wasn’t organized across the institution, is to convene conversations for and among the public on issues that are troubling. We’re not policymakers, we’re not regulators. We’re in an industry that’s still trusted in America. Americans trust libraries, archives, museums. I think [we’re] bringing together that trust that the public has in us and our capabilities of bringing people together. … We started a website called Smithsonian Second Opinion, and I’ll convene panel discussions and try hard to get the panelists across the spectrum of opinion. … We’re going to do this every three or so months. We’re about to record the second one on immigration, the third one which will be just a few months from now, which will be entitled something like ‘does art matter?’ That’s another way in which we’re going to parly what I hope is continuing trust that the American public has in the Smithsonian.” The first Second Opinion on climate change http://bit.ly/2uW8b3U

–Read more from Skorton on the Smithsonian’s work with the D.C. community and his favorite artifacts http://politi.co/2fRMcZW

SPOTTED: #NeverTrump-ers Katie Pavlich, Guy Benson and Michelle Fields arriving at the Aruba airport yesterday and heading toward the Ritz-Carlton.

SPOTTED IN SAN FRANCISCO at a TechNet young professional happy hour last night for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) at Microsoft on Market Street: Gideon Lett, Tucker Bounds, Davis White, Katie Biber, Blain Rethmeier, Carolyn Glanville, Jackie Rooney, Duf Sundheim, Vikrum Aiyer, Kate O’Sullivan, Amelia McLear, Jamie Corley.

SUNDAY SO FAR – CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) … Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). … president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill, co-founder of Life After Hate Christian Picciolini and Vice’s Elle Reeve. Political panel: Jamelle Bouie, Jeffrey Goldberg, Julie Pace, and Reihan Salam

— “Fox News Sunday”: Charlie Hurt, Bob Woodward, Gillian Turner, Juan Williams

— CNN’s “State of the Union”: Bakari Sellers, Rick Santorum, Nina Turner, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.)

— CNN’s “Inside Politics,” guest-hosted by Nia-Malika Henderson: Julie Pace, Mike Bender, Michael Warren, Jackie Calmes

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Amanda Brown Lierman, political and organizing director at the DNC and Kyle Lierman, founder and CEO of Civic Advisors, email friends and family: “Amanda and I are excited to introduce you to Belle Brown Lierman!! We are still at GW Hospital where the staff have been incredible. Amanda was a hero during the birth and her and Belle are both in good health and resting peacefully. Thanks to all of you for your prayers, support and guidance along this journey. We’ll be heading back to Maryland tomorrow, and we can’t wait to introduce her to the whole village soon!” Pic http://bit.ly/2wfNpkV

— Hastie Afkhami, SVP and head of digital at the Podesta Group, and Dr. Amir Afkhami, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of global health at GW and a former Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow for Sen. Stabenow, post on Facebook: “Leela Eleanor Afkhami joined our family on August 15th at 4:30 a.m. Named after one of her mother’s favorite flowers, Leela is the Farsi name for the lilac flower. Leela’s middle name pays homage to her father and mother’s love of history and the many strong and wise Eleanors who have transformed the world for the better. Aryana can’t wait to introduce all of our friends and family to her little sister!” Pic http://politi.co/2uOGvCZBig sister Aryana meeting Leela http://politi.co/2v755tP

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Austan Goolsbee, professor of economics at UChicago and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is 48. How he’s celebrating: “I’m on vacation in Oregon with my wife and our 3 kids. We are closing out with the solar eclipse on Monday. The family got me a present of a three hour SUP downwinder through the Columbia River Gorge which should be #amazeballs.* *h/t the kids”. Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2fQdiAS

BIRTHDAYS: Jason Furman, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former chairman of the WH Council of Economic Advisers, is 47 … Tim Geithner, president of Warburg Pincus, is 56 … Rosalynn Carter is 9-0 … Bob Woodruff is 56 … Obama alum Jon Lovett, co-host of “Pod Save America,” host of “Lovett or Leave It” and founder of Crooked Media … Dr. Darryl Walker … Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is 64 … Cara Mason (hat tip: Sean Spicer) … Paris Dennard, CNN commentator … Holly Kuzmich, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute and SVP at the George W. Bush Presidential Center … Mark Edwards, chocolatier at Edward Marc Chocolatier, is 36 … former Providence mayor Angel Taveras is 47 … Louisa Terrell … Lee Kamlet … Scott Haber … Meera Kallupura … Lincoln Foran, VP at J.P. Morgan … Gerry Wallace is 77 … Politico alums Bill Tomson and Ethan Melnick … Megan Scully …

… Felipe Calderon, the former president of Mexico, is 55 (h/t Jorge Guajardo) … Simone Pathe, senior politics reporter at Roll Call … Jeffrey Hiday, director of media relations at RAND Corporation … David Fishman, managing director and partner at Global Gateway Advisors in New York (h/t Arlette Saenz) … Elizabeth “Lizzy” Letter, oversight counsel for the ranking member at Senate HELP committee (h/t Osaremen Fortune Okolo) … WSJ and NJ alum Martin Vaughn … Kristi Slafka Brannan … Connie Hair … Betsy Stark … Gab Forsyth … J.P. Duffy … Matt Chandler … Elizabeth Metraux … Haley Graves … Luke Mitchem … Lou Ventre … Jordan Baugh … Shaun Sahloff … Elizabeth Hart … Emily D’Antonio … William McCormick … Dan Sullivan, founder and managing director of Montrose Advisors … Chris Black … Lauren Smith … Kim Haddow, the queen of New Orleans … Beth Grupp, spending her day making the world a better place for everyone … Pat Heinz-Pribyl … Pam Houston … Jua Johnson … Margaret Planner … Bob Dvorsky (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)

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BREAKING – Bannon OUT at White House

BREAKING – Steve Bannon out at White House.

Matt Drudge is reporting that Steve Bannon is out. Drudge tweeted from his personal Twitter account, “Bannon had one hell of a run..”

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FYI: Did You Know the First Legal Slave Owner in America Was a Black Man?

Here’s something you won’t read about in the US history books.

The first legal slave owner in America was black and he owned white slaves.

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Anthony Johnson (BC 1600 – 1670) was an Angolan who achieved freedom in the early 17th century Colony of Virginia.

Johnson was captured in his native Angola by an enemy tribe and sold to Arab (Muslim) slave traders. He was eventually sold as an indentured servant to a merchant working for the Virginia Company.

Sometime after 1635, Antonio and Mary gained their freedom from indenture. Antonio changed his name to Anthony Johnson.

In 1651 Anthony Johnson owned 250 acres, and the services of four white and one black indentured servants. The black indentured servant John Casor (Casar, Cazarao and Corsala) demanded that Johnson release him after his seven years of indenture.

In March of 1654, according to Delmarva Settlers, Anthony’s servant, a man named John Casar requested that Johnson release him from his indenture because it had long expired past the usual seven years. Johnson replied that he knew of no indenture and that Casar was to be his servant for life. Anthony Johnson’s neighbors, George and Robert Parker, stated that they knew of another indenture for the said Casar to a planter on the other side of the bay. They continued to threaten Johnson with the loss of the servant’s cattle if he were to deny him his freedom. Johnson, with the influence from his family, released the servant, and even went to see that John Casar received his freedom dues. Freedom dues are materials and supplies given to the freed person in order for them to start their new lives with the necessary materials. In the case of John Casar, clothing and corn.[110] But after careful reflection, Johnson was certain that Casar was his servant for life; a slave. Johnson then sued the Parker brothers for unlawfully taking his property from him, and since there were no other indentures for John Casar, he was returned to the Johnsons.

The courts ruled in favor of Anthony Johnson and declared John Casor his property in 1655. Casor became the first person of African descent in Britain’s Thirteen Colonies to be declared as a slave for life as the result of Johnson’s civil suit.

In the case of Johnson v. Parker, the court of Northampton County upheld Johnson’s right to hold Casor as a slave, saying in its ruling of 8 March 1655:

“This daye Anthony Johnson negro made his complaint to the court against mr. Robert Parker and declared that hee deteyneth his servant John Casor negro under the pretence that said negro was a free man. The court seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master … It is therefore the Judgement of the Court and ordered That the said John Casor Negro forthwith returne unto the service of the said master Anthony Johnson, And that Mr. Robert Parker make payment of all charges in the suit.”

In a 1916 article, John H. Russell wrote, “Indeed no earlier record, to our knowledge, has been found of judicial support given to slavery in Virginia except as a punishment for a crime.”

It’s not clear if Anthony Johnson also kept his white indentured servants as slaves.

Paul Joseph Watson has more on slavery in Western culture – the truth not the folklore.

This was first published on The Gateway Pundit in May 2017.
We thought it would be good to republish at this time considering the ignorance of the alt-Left.

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Fantastic! Michelle Malkin Defends POTUS Trump: The Forces Against This President Are Unprecedented (VIDEO)

Top conservative author and pundit Michelle Malkin joined Sean Hannity on Thursday to discuss the destructive forces, both left and right, against President Donald Trump.

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Michelle, who remained neutral during last year’s Republican primary, defended President Trump from the outrageous attacks by alt-left outlets and open border Republicans.

Michelle Malkin: Today in America we got the progressive left, the open borders lobby, that have done everything in its power to fight President Trump who is trying to make sure that we don’t have Madrid-style bombings and more vehicular jihad attacks like this on our shores. And what do they do? Exactly what you’ve been talking about all week long Sean which is play the race card. Not only to demonize personally their political opponents but to obstruct them from achieving our most basic goals of government in ensuring our sovereignty and safety of our people… I think it’s extraordinarily unprecedented the forces this president is up against.

The #FakeNews media continues to promote hatred and violence against this president and his supporters.
The Economist and New Yorker portray President Trump as a racist because he correctly called out alt-left violence.
Disgusting.

On Thursday Michelle Malkin defended this president against the unprecedented forces against him.

This was an amazing interview.

Via Hannity:

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Lawmakers fundraise off Russia inquiry

With Zach Montellaro, Daniel Strauss and Elena Schneider

The following newsletter is an abridged version of Campaign Pro’s Morning Score. For an earlier morning read on exponentially more races — and for a more comprehensive aggregation of the day’s most important campaign news — sign up for Campaign Pro today. (http://www.politicopro.com/proinfo)

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RUSSIAN TO FUNDRAISE — “Lawmakers raise cash off Trump-Russia probe,” by Austin Wright and Darren Samuelsohn: “Rep. Eric Swalwell’s campaign website features ominous photos of President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. It warns about Russia’s attacks on last year’s presidential election and asks visitors to sign a petition demanding that a bipartisan commission investigate. Those who sign are then asked to contribute $5, $10, $25 or more to the California Democrat. Swalwell is one of the junior members of the House Intelligence Committee, which has long had an unspoken rule against engaging in partisan fundraising related to the panel’s secretive work. But the panel’s high-profile Russia investigation is now putting that rule to the test, and experts are warning that some committee members’ recent appeals for campaign cash could undermine everyone’s credibility. … Democrats aren’t alone in mixing the Russia probe with raising cash. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Rep. Trey Gowdy have also done it. Gowdy’s request for campaign cash came last month after Schiff told Bloomberg News the South Carolina Republican was acting like a ‘second attorney’ for Kushner during a closed-door committee interview with the president’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser. In an email to supporters, Gowdy boasted that he had ‘ticked off’ Schiff and Democratic leaders.” Full story.

MO BROOKS, MO’ POST MORTEMS — Rep. Mo Brooks texted journalists, lawmakers and top Republican officials a short post-mortem on why he lost the Republican primary for Senate: “Our tracking polls had us surging ahead of [Luther Strange] until the [President Donald J. Trump] endorsement. LS got a bump then stabilized 2 or 3 points ahead of us (both our poll and other polls). Over the weekend we caught back up. Then, on Monday and Tuesday, voters started getting a personal robocall from the President urging them to support LS. You can imagine the impact on a rural or elderly voter to hear PDJT calling! That final phone call caused LS to surge past us. Also, the nonstop LS/[Mitch McConnell] attack ads pushed anti-LS voters from me to [Roy Moore]. Hence, the final result. In the 5th Congressional District, we won 42% to 29%RM to 28%LS. An interesting note. 68% of Alabama GOP Primary voters rejected PDJT’s endorsement and voted against LS. Not yet sure what the national implications of that might be but we will find out.”

PRO Q&A — Campaign Pro’s Elena Schneider sat down with VoteVets President Jon Soltz. Here’s a transcript of her conversation with the blunt-spoken leader of the Democratic veterans’ group.

How’s the election cycle going for VoteVets so far?

There’s been some huge growth in certain areas that I think a lot of the progressive political organizations have, like on Twitter and social media. Organically, on Twitter alone, we’ve gone from 14,000 to 81,000 [followers]. [President Donald] Trump blocked us on Twitter — that was another big moment. It was like, ‘Really, dude?’ It’s true on Facebook, too. … It’s exploded the community. On online alone, we see numbers right now that’s more consistent with what we’d do at the end of a cycle in terms of fundraising. We’ve done $700,000 in $15 donations, so far. That’s the first six months. You’re seeing that across the board from progressive groups. And, you know, it’s also that some of the big boys are out of the room and it’s allowed us to engage Trump directly.

What do you mean by that?

There’s no one from Hillary [Clinton]’s team who says, ‘You can’t run that ad.’ There’s no Priorities people there saying, ‘No, we want to talk about this today.’ We can go after this guy. There’s no Bernie-Hillary politics going on. There’s a clean shot at this guy right now for the base groups. … The activism, born out of Trump, turns on small donors that we can then push towards candidates. The Amy McGrath email we did last week did $7,000 just for her and $5,000 for us, just in one hit. Randy Bryce is raising online right now. So some of the candidates that maybe the DCCC isn’t as keen on, based on the fact that they’re in harder districts, have become a little bit of darlings. ….

Do you think Democrats will retake the House or the Senate in 2018? Is this a wave?

I have no idea. I mean, I’ll tell you this — there’s a lot of races that Democrats should be competitive in. If this was a corporation, I would buy stock. I would buy stock in Democrats’ chances because history tells me that Democrats in the House should have some interesting opportunities, but that doesn’t mean they’ll get all the way there. … The Senate map is really, really hard, but there’s the overarching dynamic and our base is more fired up than their base, so that’s worth a couple of points. Full story.

GETTING IN — “GOP state senator Campbell jumps in against Heitkamp,” by Kevin Robillard: “Republican Tom Campbell, a North Dakota state senator and wealthy potato farmer, officially launched a campaign against Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on Wednesday and is launching a major advertising buy to kick off his effort. Campbell is the first entrant into the race against Heitkamp, who won her seat by just 3,000 votes over Republican Rick Berg in 2012. Heitkamp is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country in 2018, after President Donald Trump won the state by nearly 36 points in 2016. … Heitkamp has raised money at a brisk pace this year, bringing in more than $3 million for her campaign committee. Meanwhile, Campbell has given his campaign enough personal money to launch an early TV ad blitz, beginning with a 60-second biographical spot.” Full story. Watch the video here.

Days until the 2017 election: 82

Days until the 2018 election: 446.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE FALLOUT CONTINUES — “McAuliffe has change of heart on Confederate statues,” by the Washington Post’s Fenit Nirappil: “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday he wants Confederate statues across the state relocated from public spaces to museums, saying they had become a ‘barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia.’ … It was a reversal for McAuliffe, who has said he did not support taking down monuments and the decision should be up to local communities. … Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democrat hoping to succeed his boss, called for relocating statues to museums earlier in the day. … It’s a firmer stance for Northam, who previously treated debates over Confederate memorials as a local issue. … Meanwhile, GOP nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general blasted the idea of moving the statues as erasing history. Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie urged a nuanced approach to the statues that emphasizes education, not glorification.” Full story.

— “Adam Putnam: Fight the hatred, but those statues should stay,” by the Miami Herald’s Steve Bosquet: “The agriculture commissioner spoke at a Reagan Day barbecue to members of Leon and Jefferson county Republican parties. While he condemned the acts of those in Virginia, he stopped well short of calling for the removal of Confederate monuments in Florida and in other southern states. ‘We need to be learning from that process, not just eradicating it from memory,’ Putnam told the crowd. ‘We ought to be focused more on eradicating hate today than eradicating yesteryear’s history. … Are we going to have to rename Jefferson County? Are we going to have to rename Washington County? Rename Jackson County? Where does it end?’” Full story.

BIG MONEY — “Phil Knight contributes $500,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler,” by the Oregonian’s Hillary Borrud: “The cash infusion will help Buehler narrow the fundraising gap with Gov. Kate Brown. But she still has a formidable advantage: $1.4 million on hand, even after spending more than $700,000 this year. Buehler’s campaign has $700,000, after spending only $100,000. Knight’s donation is his largest ever to an Oregon campaign. … The billionaire [co-founder of Nike] has a history of contributing to both Republicans and Democrats.” Full story.

— “Another big-money group has joined Colorado’s governor’s race — this one is backing George Brauchler,” by The Denver Post’s Mark K. Matthews: “The organization is Colorado Strong, whose backers have registered the state-based outfit as an independent expenditure committee — meaning that, unlike an official candidate campaign, it can accept unlimited sums of money from individual donors. Colorado Strong is at least the third such group to enter the 2018 contest — joining Frontier Fairness, which supports Democrat Mike Johnston, and Better Colorado Now, which is backing Republican Walker Stapleton, who is widely expected to enter the governor’s race.” Full story.

RETURN OF RAHM — “Rahm Emanuel rehabs his national profile,” by Natasha Korecki and Kristen East: “Rahm Emanuel’s bungling of the Laquan McDonald shooting case in 2015 so sunk his stature with the African-American community, Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be seen with him during her campaign stops in his city. With one crisis of violence in minority neighborhoods and another with police department morale, he had all but been silenced on national politics. But 18 months after fighting off resignation calls and protests in the streets, the Chicago mayor has rediscovered his national voice — and with Donald Trump in the White House, he’s as emboldened as ever to use it.” Full story.

DECISION TIME — Perlmutter continues to consider House reelection bid: Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who dropped out of the Colorado gubernatorial primary, will decide on whether he’ll run again for his House seat before Labor Day, even as soon as the next week, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. Perlmutter, who initially said he would not run for reelection, has met with candidates who are currently running in the Democratic primary to replace him.

CODA — QUOTE OF THE DAY: “And no, I do not look like him, he looks like me. I’m the oldest” — Greg Pence, brother of Vice President Mike Pence, who is considering a run in IN-06.

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Missouri State Senator Calls For Assassination of POTUS Trump on Facebook

Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal hoped for the assassination of President Trump in a Facebook comment on Thursday then deleted it in a panic.

She even acknowledged she would get a visit from the Secret Service for her comment.

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Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s Facebook comment was so egregious that even ABC News even reported on the story.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, posted a comment in a Facebook conversation Thursday morning saying she hoped President Donald Trump will be assassinated.

The comment has since been removed. But Chappelle-Nadal confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that she had written it in response to another commenter before deleting it.

“I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not. I was very frustrated,” Chappelle-Nadal told the newspaper. “Things have got to change.”

Reporting on Chappelle-Nadal’s comment drew condemnation across social media, including from the Senate Democratic leadership. In a statement, Senate Democratic Caucus leader Sen. Gina Walsh called the comments “unacceptable” and said Chappelle-Nadal “should be be ashamed of herself.”

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TRUMP RIPS INTOLERANT LEFT for Removing Historic Statues from Public Venue – “Who’s Next Washington, Jefferson?”

This past week Democrats have escalated their extremist policies of removing statues of “racist” figures from public venues.

Democrats want to erase and replace the history of the United States. They especially want to erase their own history of slave-owning and racism.

Liberal antifa and Black Lives Matter activists ripped down a confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina this week.

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Already Democrats are removing Confederate statues this week. Of course, the confederacy was largely a Democratic movement.

President Trump tweeted today about the Democratic push to erase history and cover up their crimes.
The president asks, “Who’s next? Washington and Jefferson?”

President Trump: Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!

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THE BANNON intvw intrigue: what was he doing? — WHAT TRIGGERS TRUMP’s temper — KELLY ‘dismayed’ — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sessions remarks in N.C. — B’DAY: Ron Bonjean

Good Thursday morning. BANNON SPEAKS … TWO Steve Bannon interviews in the last 48 or so hours.

— NYT: “Trump’s Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis,” by Jeremy Peters, Jonathan Martin and Jack Healy: “Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, said in an interview that if Democrats want to fight over Confederate monuments and attack Mr. Trump as a bigot, that was a fight the president would win. ‘President Trump, by asking, ‘Where does this all end’ — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln — connects with the American people about their history, culture and traditions,’ he said. ‘The race-identity politics of the left wants to say it’s all racist,’ Mr. Bannon added. ‘Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it.’” http://nyti.ms/2fN5ShN

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— THE BIG WHAMMY — READ THIS: “Steve Bannon, Unrepentant: Trump’s embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine on China, Korea, and his enemies in the administration,” by Robert Kuttner in the American Prospect: “Needless to say, I was a little stunned to get an email from Bannon’s assistant midday Tuesday, just as all hell was breaking loose once again about Charlottesville, saying that Bannon wished to meet with me. I’d just published a column on how China was profiting from the U.S.-North Korea nuclear brinkmanship, and it included some choice words about Bannon’s boss. …

“Far from dressing me down for comparing Trump to Kim, he began, ‘It’s a great honor to finally track you down. I’ve followed your writing for years and I think you and I are in the same boat when it comes to China. You absolutely nailed it.’ ‘We’re at economic war with China,’ he added. ‘It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.’ …

“Contrary to Trump’s threat of fire and fury, Bannon said: ‘There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.’ …

“‘I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting hawks in. I’m getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State.’ But can Bannon really win that fight internally? ‘That’s a fight I fight every day here,’ he said. ‘We’re still fighting. There’s Treasury and [National Economic Council chair] Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying.’ …

“I asked Bannon about the connection between his program of economic nationalism and the ugly white nationalism epitomized by the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s reluctance to condemn it. … He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: ‘Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.’ ‘These guys are a collection of clowns,’ he added.” http://bit.ly/2w4q0lW

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OK, LET’S REVIEW. This is super juicy. BANNON dumped on colleagues and contradicted the president on North Korea. There are two positions here: Axios’s Jonathan Swan writes Bannon did not know he was giving an interview. @jonathanvswan: “You might read some takes tomorrow saying Bannon is playing 5D chess & this was part of a devious strategy. Those takes will be wrong.” (Read Swan’s piece for more http://bit.ly/2i9eMqL). Bannon has told people he did not believe this was an on-the-record call. Kuttner, who wrote the piece, said he and Bannon never discussed it being off the record. Generally speaking, that’s a conversation you have if you want your remarks kept private. To believe Bannon is to believe that he was caught off guard after calling the reporter, forgot the rules of conventional journalism or believed a left-wing reporter would keep his incendiary remarks private.

— THE ALTERNATE VIEW: Bannon is an incredibly savvy political operator who talks to reporters all the time, and did these interviews for some reason. Yes, Bannon, who is a top adviser to the president who harps on leaking, is constantly gabbing with journalists. He gave two interviews over the course of roughly 48 hours. His job was on the line, then he found himself aligned with the president over protests in the south. He used the Prospect to dump on Gary Cohn, the president’s economic adviser, with whom he has clashed, and to get his views heard on China. Whatever his motivation was, he felt like he should dial up some reporters and get his take out there.

THE BIG PICTURE — MIKE SHEAR, MAGGIE HABERMAN and GLENN THRUSH: “The president’s top advisers described themselves as stunned, despondent and numb. Several said they were unable to see how Mr. Trump’s presidency would recover, and others expressed doubts about his capacity to do the job. In contrast, the president told close aides that he felt liberated by his news conference. Aides said he seemed to bask afterward in his remarks, and viewed them as the latest retort to the political establishment that he sees as trying to tame his impulses. Mr. Trump’s venting on Tuesday came despite pleas from his staff, including his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. …

“Mr. Bannon, whose future in the White House remains uncertain, has been encouraging Mr. Trump to remain defiant. Two White House officials who have been trying to moderate the president’s position suggested that Mr. Bannon was using the crisis as a way to get back in the good graces of the president, who has soured on Mr. Bannon’s internal machinations and reputation for leaking stories about West Wing rivals to conservative news media outlets. Many in the White House said they still held on to the hope, however slim, that the new White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, could impose order on the disarray even as Mr. Trump hopscotches from one self-destructive episode to the next. Mr. Kelly, who watched the president’s performance on Tuesday with his head hung low, grimacing at some of Mr. Trump’s remarks, is frustrated, according to people inside the White House.” http://nyti.ms/2i7LnwM

THE PRESIDENT at 6:19 a.m.: “Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists………and people like Ms. Heyer. Such a disgusting lie. He just can’t forget his election trouncing.The people of South Carolina will remember!”

— WE NEVER REALLY hear Graham talk about the presidential primary, which he dropped out of nearly two years ago (Dec. 2015). ALSO: Graham won his last election by 15 points, and won his last primary by 41 points.

— NANCY COOK and JOSH DAWSEY: “‘In some ways, Trump would rather have people calling him racist than say he backed down the minute he was wrong,’ one adviser to the White House said on Wednesday about Charlottesville. ‘This may turn into the biggest mess of his presidency because he is stubborn and doesn’t realize how bad this is getting.’ For Trump, anger serves as a way to manage staff, express his displeasure or simply as an outlet that soothes him. Often, aides and advisers say, he’ll get mad at a specific staffer or broader situation, unload from the Oval Office and then three hours later act as if nothing ever occurred even if others still feel rattled by it. Negative television coverage and lawyers earn particular ire from him. White House officials and informal advisers say the triggers for his temper are if he thinks someone is lying to him, if he’s caught by surprise, if someone criticizes him, or if someone stops him from trying to do something or seeks to control him.” http://politi.co/2wbZSWB

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MORE FALLOUT — “Mitch McConnell’s secret fury over Charlottesville response highlights GOP’s Trump dilemma,” by USA Today’s Heidi Przybyla: “There was a reason why it took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell an entire night to respond to President Trump’s chaotic news conference equating counter protesters with the Nazis they came to resist. He was livid. Two sources close to the senator, speaking under condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said the pro-civil rights Republican who lived through the 1960s in Kentucky closely deliberated on the best way forward.” https://usat.ly/2x5LTyj

— WHAT MNUCHIN THINKS, per Bloomberg’s Saleha Mohsin, Justin Sink, and Margaret Talev: “As Treasury Department aides filtered in for a routine meeting on Wednesday, there was one main issue to be discussed: Secretary Steven Mnuchin does not stand with Donald Trump on the topic of neo-Nazis. Mnuchin, like other officials, had no idea the president would inflame the Charlottesville controversy by equating white supremacists to counter-protesters, the staff was told, according to two people familiar with the meeting.

“He stood beside Trump at the president’s news conference in New York, the one that devolved into a shouting match with reporters over race, but not with the intent of endorsing his remarks on the issue. And now the message was that it’s time to move on. The team was encouraged to look beyond the chaos of the past several days and instead focus on advancing Trump’s economic agenda, the two people said.” https://bloom.bg/2w4vj4Q

— “Former CIA director slams Trump’s ‘despicable’ comments in letter to CNN anchor,” by CNN’s Zachary Cohen: “Former CIA director John Brennan slammed President Donald Trump’s ‘dangerous’ and ‘ugly’ comments on the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — writing a personal letter to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer after ‘The Situation Room’ anchor spoke publicly about the fact that he lost all four grandparents to the evils of Nazism. … ‘If allowed to continue along this senseless path, Mr. Trump will do lasting harm to American society and to our standing in the world. By his words and his actions, Mr. Trump is putting our national security and our collective futures at grave risk.’” With the whole letter http://cnn.it/2uRYRid

–“Apple’s Tim Cook ‘disagrees’ with Donald Trump’s take on neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville,” by Recode’s Tony Romm and Kara Swisher: “Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday called for an ‘unequivocal’ denouncement of the recent neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, stressing he disagreed with comments by President Donald Trump that attributed the violence there to ‘many sides’ — and not white supremacists. In a note to Apple’s employees, obtained Wednesday night by Recode, Cook also announced the company would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Apple plans to match its employees donations to human rights groups — on a 2-for-1 basis — until Sept 30, while setting up a new system in iTunes, its music software, to ‘offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC,’ Cook said.” http://bit.ly/2w4TUXi

— YASHAR ALI: “Rabbi That Oversaw Ivanka Trump’s Conversion to Judaism Slams Trump on Charlottesville Response” http://nym.ag/2fNDCeS

NEW STRIKING TIME COVER – The magazine devotes its issue to a special report on Charlottesville, with essays by Nancy Gibbs, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., John Grisham, Jon Meacham, Ilhan Omar, and Tavis Smiley. The cover shows a figure wearing an American flag giving a Nazi salute. See the cover: http://bit.ly/2uJpFp1

MICHAEL SCHERER will be on “Morning Joe” this morning at 7:40 a.m. to discuss the cover story.

THE COMING BATTLE — @CoryBooker: “I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building. This is just one step. We have much work to do.”

COMING ATTRACTIONS — “House Homeland Security Committee to hold hearing on domestic terror threats after Charlottesville,” by Washington Examiner’s Josh Siegel: “Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced Wednesday his panel will host a hearing next month focused on domestic terrorism threats, including that of white supremacist groups, following the weekend clash in Charlottesville at a rally organized by white nationalist groups. The Sept. 12 hearing was previously scheduled as part of an annual review of worldwide terrorist threats. But McCaul, R-Texas, said the hearing will be broadened to also address domestic threats.” http://washex.am/2i906I4

WAPO’S ASHLEY PARKER and BOB COSTA on JOHN KELLY — “Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed”: “The uproar — which has consumed not only the White House but the Republican Party — left Kelly deeply frustrated and dismayed just over two weeks into his job, said people familiar with his thinking. The episode also underscored the difficult challenges that even a four-star general faces in instilling a sense of order around Trump, whose first instinct when cornered is to lash out, even self-destructively. …

“This portrait of the White House under Kelly comes from interviews with 17 West Wing aides, informal advisers, Republican lawmakers and Trump confidants, many speaking on the condition of anonymity to offer a more candid assessment….Kelly has largely improved staff morale, and implemented a rigor and order that has made West Wing aides feel both more optimistic and less mistrustful of one another, several White House aides said. …

“Kelly has transformed the West Wing from a political Grand Central Station — with aides and hangers-on cycling through the Oval Office — into an actual place of business. One outside adviser recalls stopping by the White House to say hello to his friends on days he had free time. Under Kelly, he said, approvingly, ‘If you’re coming, now it’s, ‘Why are you coming? Who are you coming to see? And why does the White House care about what you have to say?’’ …

“Late last week in Bedminster, he gathered at Trump’s clubhouse restaurant for a relaxed, social dinner with the senior staff members. … As they reminisced about the campaign and told jokes, Kelly offered a quip. ‘The best job I ever had was as a sergeant in the Marine Corps,’ he said with a laugh, ‘and after one week on this job, I believe the best job I ever had is as a sergeant in the Marine Corps.’” http://wapo.st/2wcJWU6

NYT’S MIKE SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO: “Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric”: “President Trump’s personal lawyer on Wednesday forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter “has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.”

“The email forwarded by John Dowd, who is leading the president’s legal team, painted the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in glowing terms and equated the South’s rebellion to that of the American Revolution against England. Its subject line — ‘The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville’ — was a reference to comments Mr. Trump made earlier this week in the aftermath of protests in the Virginia college town. ‘You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington,’ the email reads, ‘there literally is no difference between the two men.’ …

“‘You’re sticking your nose in my personal email?’ Mr. Dowd told The Times in a brief telephone interview. ‘People send me things. I forward them.’ He then hung up.” … The email’s author, Jerome Almon, runs several websites alleging government conspiracies and arguing that the F.B.I. has been infiltrated by Islamic terrorists. He once unsuccessfully sued the State Department for $900 million over claims of discrimination.” http://nyti.ms/2vLd8OX

WHAT TRUMP IS READING — “Republican Congressman Meets With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange,” by Daily Caller’s Alex Pfeiffer: “After TheDC broke the news of the meeting, Rohrabacher put out a statement in which he said Assange ‘emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved in the hacking or disclosure of [Hillary Clinton’s] emails.’ The three met for three hours and Rohrabacher is the first congressman to have visited the WikiLeaks founder. A press release from the California congressman’s office stated that Rohrabacher ‘plans to divulge more of what he found directly to President Trump.’” http://bit.ly/2fMsDSS

–WE HAD HEARD earlier this week that Rohrabacher was planning on trying to meet up with Assange. When we emailed his spokesman Ken Grubbs to ask what Rohrabacher was going to do in London, he told us on Monday night: “[H]e’s on his way to meet up with his wife to celebrate their 20th anniversary.”

NIMBY — “Mayors taking swift action to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville,” by WaPo’s Janell Ross, Mark Berman and Joel Achenbach: “City officials across the country are nervously trying to figure out how to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville as alt-right leaders and white nationalist groups vow to stage more rallies in coming days. A group claiming it is advocating free speech has planned a rally for Saturday on the historic Boston Common, with a group advocating racial justice planning its own gathering in opposition. Boston officials said they have laid down strict conditions, including no sticks, weapons or backpacks. … A rally scheduled for Aug. 26 in San Francisco has prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) and several California lawmakers to urge the National Park Service to rescind the permit to gather on federal park land there.” http://wapo.st/2i8kEjL

— PHOENIX MAYOR WANTS TRUMP TO DELAY — by Arizona Republic’s Yvonne Wingett Sanchez: “Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wrote in a statement Wednesday he was disappointed to learn of Trump’s visit so close to the violent events in Charlottesville. The mayor called on Trump to delay the visit. ‘If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to inflame emotions and further divide our nation,’ the statement said.” http://bit.ly/2w1CI4N

SCOOP — “Trump Set to Roll Back Obama-Era Contraception Rule,” by WSJ’s Michelle Hackman and Louise Radnofsky: “The Trump administration is poised to issue a rule unwinding an Obama-era requirement that employee health benefits include contraception, which will spark a fresh round of litigation over an issue that has been before courts for six years. Federal health officials are expected to finalize a regulation that would allow employers with religious or moral objections to birth control to omit coverage for contraception from their workers’ plans … The Trump administration rule would allow a much broader set of employers to opt out of offering coverage for birth control, making moot a ‘workaround’ designed by the Obama administration that allowed women in some cases to obtain coverage even if their employers had declined to offer it directly.” http://on.wsj.com/2i8MgFH

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK – WHAT A.G. JEFF SESSIONS WILL SAY TODAY — Sessions is speaking about gang violence today at 11:30 a.m. to local and federal law enforcement from North Carolina at the Gangs Across the Carolinas Training Symposium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: “According to the FBI’s most recent National Gang Report, approximately half of the gang investigators they surveyed said that gang membership and gang activity were increasing. Approximately one third of jurisdictions reported an increase in threats to law enforcement. … Whether it is MS-13, the Bloods, or Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs, gangs are targeting our youth and law-abiding citizens. But I have news for these vicious criminals: WE ARE TARGETING YOU. …

“President Trump is serious about supporting our state and local law enforcement. That is why he sent my Department three executive orders when I took office. One directs us to be supportive of law enforcement. A second declared that our mission is to reduce crime. And the third requires us to dismantle transnational criminal organizations. These are our goals and we are getting after them. … Since the beginning of this year, the Department of Justice has secured more than 1,200 convictions against gang members. … We will not let up. We will combat this threat, take the fight to them, and devastate these criminal enterprises. I refuse to cede one more block, one more street corner, one more inch to these gangs.”

FOR YOUR RADAR — REUTERS: “China military criticizes ‘wrong’ U.S. moves on Taiwan, South China Sea: “The ‘wrong’ actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday. Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, told Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, that mutual trust mechanisms between the two militaries had continued to improve, China’s defense ministry said. ‘But wrong actions on the Taiwan issue, the United States deploying the THAAD system around China, U.S. ships and aircraft’s activities in the South China Sea, the United States close-in surveillance in the sea and air near China have had a large, negative influence on bilateral military ties and mutual trust,’ Fan added.” http://reut.rs/2uScduN

****** A message from the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs (CAPD): Pharmacy benefit managers negotiate the lowest net price for prescriptions on behalf of employers and other health care purchasers; however, the list price – the important starting point for those negotiations — continues to rise, at a rate of nearly ten percent in 2016 alone. Increased competition, faster reviews of generics and biosimilars and ending anti-competitive practices can also bring down the cost of medications for patients. Learn more at affordableprescriptiondrugs.org ******

CASH DASH — “Lawmakers raise cash off Trump-Russia probe,” by Austin Wright and Darren Samuelsohn: “Rep. Eric Swalwell’s campaign website features ominous photos of President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. It warns about Russia’s attacks on last year’s presidential election and asks visitors to sign a petition demanding that a bipartisan commission investigate. Those who sign are then asked to contribute $5, $10, $25 or more to the California Democrat. Swalwell is one of the junior members of the House Intelligence Committee, which has long had an unspoken rule against engaging in partisan fundraising related to the panel’s secretive work.

“But the panel’s high-profile Russia investigation is now putting that rule to the test, and experts are warning that some committee members’ recent appeals for campaign cash could undermine everyone’s credibility. … Fundraising appeals from Intelligence Committee members have so far avoided detailed references to the panel’s investigation, but there is undoubtedly a connection. And these fundraising appeals come as outside groups, including some with ties to the Trump administration, are capitalizing on the highly charged issue to bolster their own war chests.” http://politi.co/2uSeLsQ

BEHIND THE SCENES — “The 48 Frantic Hours Before CEOs Broke With Trump,” by Bloomberg’s Melissa Mittelman, Jennifer Kaplan, Jing Cao and Zachary Tracer: https://bloom.bg/2vL2Z4Q

LIKE A PHOENIX — “Rahm Emanuel rehabs his national profile,” by Natasha Korecki and Kristen East: “Rahm Emanuel’s bungling of the Laquan McDonald shooting case in 2015 so sunk his stature with the African-American community, Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be seen with him during her campaign stops in his city. With one crisis of violence in minority neighborhoods and another with police department morale, he had all but been silenced on national politics. But 18 months after fighting off resignation calls and protests in the streets, the Chicago mayor has rediscovered his national voice — and with Donald Trump in the White House, he’s as emboldened as ever to use it. He’s on CNN. He’s on The New York Times’ op-ed pages. He’s dispensing advice to top House Democrats on national campaign strategy. He’s jetting off to Milan and London to forge mayoral alliances while brashly picking fights with New York. The biggest headlines have come from Emanuel’s decision to become the first big-city mayor to legally challenge Trump’s immigration policies.” http://politi.co/2x6J8ws

MEDIAWATCH — “Jennifer Steinhauer Named Editor of Live Journalism/D.C.” at the New York Times http://bit.ly/2w4sa4S

NYT BRINGS EVENTS TO D.C. — “The New York Times announced today that its celebrated TimesTalks event series will expand into the arena of politics, policy and current events with a provocative three-part series this fall in Washington D.C. TimesTalks/D.C. will feature Times journalists as they explore the most pressing issues of the day in conversations with leaders who are shaping our world. The inaugural event will feature a conversation between House Speaker Paul Ryan and The Times’s deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman on tax policy reform discussions in Congress and the legislative agenda. Speaker Ryan will provide insight on his party strategy and goals. This TimesTalks/D.C. conversation will take place the morning of Thursday, September 7 at the Newseum.” http://politi.co/2uLgLar

PLAYBOOK INBOX — Richard Viguerie, “A call to action re Steve Bannon”: “Dear Conservative Leader: The campaign against our friend and fellow conservative Steve Bannon has reached a fever pitch, and it is urgent that you join me in letting President Trump know just how deeply it would divide his winning coalition if he were to cave-in to those who wish to derail his agenda by removing Steve Bannon from the White House staff. … I believe that the campaign to remove Steve Bannon from the White House staff is part of a well-thought-out effort to isolate the President from his conservative – populist base, stymie our conservative – populist agenda and to make Donald Trump a one-term President.” The full letter http://politi.co/2vLDPDo

— ANN SELZER emails: “I’m writing to let you know that after eight years of working exclusively with Bloomberg on their national political polling, my firm is now available to work with other clients as Bloomberg takes a hiatus for this off-election year. This is not necessarily a permanent arrangement. We both like each other and foresee we will work on projects together again one day. This means I can take on new polling-related projects, collaborations, and consultative relationships with clients that were not possible while I held an exclusive arrangement with Bloomberg News. If you or someone you know might be interested in working with me, please be in touch.”

VALLEY TALK — “Apple Readies $1 Billion War Chest for Hollywood Programming,” by WSJ’s Tripp Mickle: “Apple has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to people familiar with the matter—a sign of how serious the maker of iPhones is about making a splash in Hollywood. Combined with the company’s marketing clout and global reach, the step immediately makes Apple a considerable competitor in a crowded market, where both new and traditional media players are vying for original shows. … Apple could acquire and produce as many as 10 television shows.” http://on.wsj.com/2w4rOeHe

SPOTTED enjoying Wednesday afternoon’s Nationals game together: Kelly Simpson, Dave Natonski, Brent Robertson, Charlie Keller, Alex Schriver, and Matt Haller.

OUT AND ABOUT – Pool report: “The British Embassy opened its doors yesterday to over 200 soccer football fanatics for a live recording of this season’s inaugural ‘Men in Blazers’ podcast, a show which ‘aims to enlighten the masses to the wildly entertaining world of soccer.’ At the event, which sold out to the public in 10 minutes, the Men In Blazers hosts Roger Bennett and Michael Davies sat down with CBS’s Major Garrett, CNN’s Chris Cillizza and British Ambassador Kim Darroch to talk soccer, the start of the Premier League season last weekend (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary) and the British brand’s popularity in Washington, where it has been one of the top local markets for Premier League coverage on NBC Sports over the past few years.”

TRANSITIONS — America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC, has named Corey Lewandowski as a senior adviser and a spokesman. … Bustle has named political strategist Karine Jean-Pierre as a contributing editor. Jean-Pierre is the senior adviser and national spokesperson for MoveOn.org.

— PELOSI WORLD: Henry Connelly has been named as deputy communications director for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Connelly is currently director of speechwriting. He is a graduate of Yale and an alum of former Rep. Janice Hahn’s office.

ENGAGED – Jeff Grappone, who works in corporate communications at Siemens USA, on Tuesday proposed to Amy Graham, who works in public affairs at the EPA. “Amy and Jeff met in 2012 at the Vice Presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky. She was part of the Romney campaign’s surrogate operation and Jeff was there with Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Amy and Jeff became instant friends at the debate and started dating in 2015. Jeff proposed on Siasconset Beach in Nantucket and they celebrated at dinner in town with friends before finishing the night at the Club Car’s piano bar.” Pic http://bit.ly/2w4n5tm

— Aaron Wells, a partner at The Smoot Tewes Group, got engaged this past weekend to Beth Florence, a nurse at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. Aaron proposed at their alma mater, Augsburg University, followed by a celebration with family and friends in Minnesota. Pics http://politi.co/2x6V3dRhttp://politi.co/2uLibBH

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Ron Bonjean, partner at Rokk Solutions, celebrating with his “folks (my dad and I share the same birthday) at The Good Pants Ranch.” A fun fact about Ron: “In college, I was the announcer for the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Dolphin and Sea Lion Show. I still have most of the script memorized since we did it 5 shows a day, 7 days a week all summer long.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2wSCdIb

BIRTHDAYS: Glen Caplin, senior adviser for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand … former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) is 68 … Politico’s Alexis Williams … Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) is 77. He’s celebrating by discussing U.S. energy policy with a bipartisan group of colleagues at an Aspen Institute conference (h/t Sawyer Hackett) … Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) is 54 … Jamie Smith, global chief communications officer for the BitFury Group, is 4-0. She’s celebrating with “a true throw back Thursday with the kids: Six Flags America (weather permitting). Lincoln Rose (4) and Elijah James (2) are thrilled to experience sun (or rain) with their mommy on her very special birthday” (hubby tip: Eric Pierce) … Ali Deckard … IJR CTO Carl Sceusa is 27 (h/t Anton Vuljaj) … Elyse Cohen of the U.S. Chamber Foundation and a Michelle Obama alum … Leah Nelson of Sunshine Sachs (h/t Clare Tonneson) … Derek McGinty … Sabrina Leigh Schaeffer, VP at the Herald Group … Mike Buczkiewicz, senior producer at “Morning Joe” … Josh Dubois is 35 … Chris Golden … Sonali Dohale … David Kusnet, former White House speechwriter and principal at the Podesta Group (h/t Jon Haber) … HuffPost’s Elise Foley … Mark Molaro … Aaron Kinnari …

… Matt Mittenthal, director of comms for BuzzFeed News … Carlee Griffeth, O’Malley/SCDP alum who now does comms for Rep. Kurt Schrader, “celebrating the end of being on her parents’ health care plan #ThanksObama. She’ll be feted by friends after work at Cantina Marina.” (h/t Matt Corridoni) … Tyler Nickerson … Alyson Chadwick … Eric Stark … Indonesia turns 72 on its Independence Day … Monica Fernandez … Carlee Griffeth … Ashley Harris … Nick Hawatmeh … Laura DeSimone … Andrea McCarthy … Kevin Lillard … Kate Gladney … Boston Globe’s Eric Moskowitz … Margie Glick … Yousef Saba … Mandy Matti … Rex Babin … John Hayes, the pride of Cedar Falls, Iowa … Suzy Loftus … Nancy Kirshner … Robyn Garnett … Diane Shust … Ken Bailey … Michael Alter (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Ken Bailey … Alan Bowser … Maegan Carberry … Kate Stacy … Kevin Mack … Mary Lou Foy … Lisa Stickan … Greg Murphy … Michael Kraft … former Chinese president Jiang Zemin is 91 … author V.S. Naipaul is 85 … Robert DeNiro is 74 … author Jonathan Franzen is 58 … Sean Penn is 57 (h/ts AP)

****** A message from the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs (CAPD): The high prices that drug makers set for prescription drugs can put financial strain on patients, employers, unions and others who provide health care coverage to more than 50 percent of Americans. Pharmacy benefit managers negotiate the lowest net price for prescriptions on behalf of employers, unions and government programs. But, as list prices – the starting point for those negotiations — continue their nearly double-digit increases, the effects ripple throughout the system. The key to ensuring greater access and affordability lies in fostering greater competition. Facilitating faster reviews of generics and biosimilars, identifying off-patent drugs with little or no generic competition, and ending anti-competitive practices that keep safe, effective alternatives out of the market are also key to abating rising drug costs for patients. Learn more at affordableprescriptiondrugs.org ******

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AMAZING! Trump Supporters In Seattle Demand Lenin Statue Be Torn Down (VIDEO)

Jack Posobiec joined protesters in Seattle, Washington today demanding the Vladimir Lenin statue be torn down.
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Over 90 million people were murdered under Marxist regimes in the 20th century.

Even today Socialists in Venezuela are starving and killing the population.

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Jack led the protesters today in

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