FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — A NEW WORLD ORDER? TAKING ON THE GUN LOBBY: GIFFORDS PAC is going to spend nearly $1.5 million on a TV and digital ad targeting vulnerable Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. Coffman has an “A” rating from the NRA and the group has contributed heavily to his reelection efforts. The ad titled “The NRA loves Mike Coffman” features a hypothetical text conversation between a child and their mother during a school lock down.
THE TEXT MESSAGING CONVERSATION: KID: “Mom, i’m in social studies. They are putting us on lock down.” MOM: “What? Did they say why?” KID: “Someone has a gun and they can’t find him” MOM: “A gun???? Are you ok?” KID: “Yeah but I’m so scared. I love u. Tell dad I love him.” MOM: “I’m on my way … Try to stay quiet. … Emily? … Emily I love you so much.” The ad
THE NEW AD comes as former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), herself a victim of gun violence, and other advocates for gun reform are making their most aggressive play to oust pro-gun lawmakers. Giffords PAC has also spent nearly $1 million to defeat Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock.
DEMOCRATIC POLITICO OPERATIVES tell us that they believe the midterms are going to be a turning point on gun control. THEIR REASONING: Students from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have ramped up their activism across the country in an effort to register young voters. And, the WSJ recently put out an analysis with Kantar Media/CMAG data that found there has been a 22 percent increase in ads promoting stricter gun regulations since four years ago.
— ALARM BELLS FOR REPUBLICANS: NEW POLLS: “NBC NEWS/WSJ POLL: Democrats hold the advantage in November’s elections” … “Fox News Poll: Health care boosts Democrats in upcoming midterm elections” … “House control edges toward Democrats — CBS News poll”
Good Sunday morning. TRUMP’S UNGA WEEK AHEAD – Monday: President Trump will speak at the “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” event and will also hold a reception for heads of state. … Tuesday: Trump will address the UN General Assembly. He will also have a “pull-aside” meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and attend a luncheon hosted by Guterres. He will have a pull-aside with Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the president of the 73rd session of UNGA, and will also attend Ambassador Haley’s Security Council presidency reception. … Wednesday: He will speak at a “POTUS-chaired” UN Security Council briefing on counter-proliferation.
— AT UNGA, Trump is confirmed to also have bilateral meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, French President Emmanuel Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
SUNDAY BEST …
— CHUCK TODD spoke with SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: TODD: “It seems like it’s a good cop, bad cop. You’re being bad cop. Secretary — or maybe realistic, when it comes to Russia, and the president’s been trying to play good cop. Is that not working?” POMPEO: “I don’t think that’s the situation at all. I think the predicate of your question is just …” TODD: “You don’t accept it?” POMPEO: “Just, just wrong. I think we’re all trying to be cops that are protecting America and I think we’ve actually achieved that, Chuck. I do believe America’s fundamentally safer today than it was when President Trump took office for a host of reasons.”
TODD: “If Assad uses chemical weapons, are you going to hold Russia accountable for this?” POMPEO: “The president is very clear. We will go to the source of the bad behavior.” TODD: “Who is the source of that bad behavior, though: Assad or the Russians?”
POMPEO: “Well, we’ll have to, we’ll have to analyze once the activity takes place. We pray that it doesn’t. But we’ll do our intelligence, our forensics. We’ll do our hard work. And we will hold accountable those that are responsible for violating this fundamental principle, this idea that chemical weapons are fundamentally different than other types of weapon systems.”
— CHRIS WALLACE also talked with POMPEO on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: WALLACE: “[Y]ou talked about denuclearization. They haven’t given up a single nuclear weapon or missile or an inventory. And now they’re talking in the meeting, the summit with South Korean President Moon — they talked about quote, ‘corresponding measures,’ such as a treaty to end the Korean War. One, is that on the table? And two, whatever happened to the position of the administration that North Korea has to get rid of all of its arsenal before we give any concessions?”
POMPEO: “The administration’s position hasn’t changed one jot from the time we entered this discussion. We are working diligently to achieve many of the outcomes that you described. We’ve had extended conversations about this. I don’t want to get into the details of the negotiations that are underway. But we’ve talked about particular facilities, particular weapon systems, those conversations are underway. And we are hopeful that we can deliver this outcome for the world.”
WALLACE: “But to get to this point about corresponding measures, you say the position hasn’t changed one bit. Does that mean they have to get rid of their entire nuclear arsenal and missiles before we take — we give concessions — for instance, a peace treaty?”
POMPEO: “Everybody’s got their own idea what a concession might be. Some thought it was a concession for President Trump to go to Singapore. I certainly didn’t think so; President Trump doesn’t. But what we’ve made clear is the economic sanctions — the driving force to achieve the outcome we’re looking for — will not be released. And the U.N. Security Council will not reduce those sanctions, until such time as we’ve achieved that final denuclearization.”
THE LATEST ON BRETT KAVANAUGH …
MUST READ: WAPO’S SEUNG MIN KIM and JOSH DAWSEY, “‘Incredibly frustrated’: Inside the GOP effort to save Kavanaugh amid assault allegation”: “An array of White House aides, playing the role of various senators on the Judiciary Committee, quizzed Kavanaugh last week about his sex life and other personal matters in an attempt to prepare him for a hearing that would inevitably be uncomfortable.
“In his answers during the practice runs, aides said, Kavanaugh condemned sexual assault and carefully avoided seeming to discredit Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in Northern California who has accused the nominee of pinning her to a bed, groping her and putting his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes at a drunken high school party in the early 1980s.
“But Kavanaugh grew frustrated when it came to questions that dug into his private life, particularly his drinking habits and his sexual proclivities, according to three people familiar with the preparations, who requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. He declined to answer some questions altogether, saying they were too personal, these people said.
“‘I’m not going to answer that,’ Kavanaugh said at one point according to a senior White House official, who said that the questions were designed to go over the line and that he struck the right tone. … Kavanaugh has complained about the stories focusing on his family and has grown ‘incredibly frustrated’ at times, in the words of one associate, but he has not sought to drop out of the running, two people who spoke to him said.” WaPo
THE POLITICS: NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN in Springfield, Missouri: “Kavanaugh Was Supposed to Be a Midterm Boon for G.O.P. Not Anymore”: “With Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, tentatively scheduled to testify this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and many women furious over President Trump’s attacks on Dr. Blasey, a Supreme Court nomination that was once seen as a political winner in many conservative-leaning states could, instead, rouse female voters and independents who otherwise may have cared little about the confirmation fight.
“Suburban women are pivotal in this year’s campaign and many of them were already tilting toward Democrats because of their contempt for President Trump. If Republicans are too harsh in their questioning of Dr. Blasey, they risk inviting an even greater backlash at the ballot box in an election where their House majority is in peril and their one-vote Senate majority is teetering.
“And with record numbers of women running for office, their voices and those of female voters could crescendo in highly competitive election-year states from Arizona to Florida to New Jersey in support of Dr. Blasey if she testifies as scheduled. Her story makes it far harder, Republicans say, for their candidates to treat Judge Kavanaugh as an unalloyed asset and excoriate Democrats who oppose him.” NYT
MORE FROM THE SUNDAY SHOWS …
— JAKE TAPPER spoke with SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HAWAII) on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION”: “What specifically do you plan on asking Brett Kavanaugh?” HIRONO: “There are a lot of issues around Brett that — involving what was happening in high school, et cetera. But, even before all of this happened, he had credibility issues in his testimony, three days of testimony. He’s very outcome-driven in terms of how he views cases before him. And so I had issues with his credibility and how he went about things way before this even happened.”
TAPPER: “But you’re not going to talk to him about policy at this hearing. This hearing is about specifically the allegations.” HIRONO: “We want to hear — I would be wanting to hear what kind of environment it was in high school. Apparently, there was a lot of drinking and partying going on. This is why we need an investigation. We need an independent investigation that lays all of that out for us, so that there’s at least some chance of some outside entity like the FBI doing an investigation.” Quint Forgey’s story
— JOHN DICKERSON spoke with U.N. AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY on CBS’ “FACE THE NATION”: “Brett Kavanaugh the president’s nominee has been accused by Christine Blasey Ford who has now decided to come and speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee. When you and I spoke last on this show, you spoke about accusers and that you were proud that they had come forward and they should be listened to. But you also have been a politician in public life and you know what it’s like to get accused of something that isn’t so. Knowing those two things how — help us sort through how this should be discussed in a public forum.”
HALEY: “First of all I think it’s very important that accuser — that accusers are heard and that their story is heard. But I also think the accused needs to be heard. This is a situation where the Senate really needs to lead on this in the way that they are responsible, in a way that they are conscious of hearing both stories, and they do it quickly for the sake of both families and they take the politics out of it. We see way too much politics in this. And I think at the end of the day the goal is the truth. And you do that in a way that’s not with a lot of fanfare. You do it in a way that’s with a lot of respect. And I think that’s what everybody — and I think that’s what the American public wants to see.”
— “Graham: Ford’s testimony won’t change my vote,” by Ian Kullgren: “Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday the testimony of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser won’t change his mind, no matter what she says. ‘You can’t bring it in a criminal court, you would never sue civilly, you couldn’t even get a warrant,’ Graham said on ‘Fox News Sunday’ with Chris Wallace. ‘What am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guy’s life based on an accusation? I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know where it happened, and everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen.’” POLITICO
— GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS spoke with SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-ILL.) on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: STEPHANOPOULOS: “Do you think [impeachment] should be on the table?” DURBIN: “No, I don’t. Not at this point. We have an important job to do and it’s a hearing. A hearing of Judge Kavanaugh, along with Dr. Ford’s testimony. Let’s focus on that. This projection of what might occur in the future, it makes for a good news story but it really doesn’t address the majority issue that we face at this moment.”
THE SCHEDULE: “Senate Judiciary Committee tentatively agrees to Thursday hearing with Kavanaugh accuser,” by Burgess Everett and Elana Schor: “The Senate Judiciary Committee tentatively agreed to a hearing on Thursday with Christine Blasey Ford regarding her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while in high school, according to a person briefed on a call between the panel and her lawyers on Saturday night.
“Representatives of the committee will speak to Ford’s lawyers on Sunday to continue hammering out details … The call on Saturday night lasted about 15 minutes. Senate Republicans had preferred a Wednesday hearing, but indicated privately they would be more flexible on when the hearing occurs than their public stance suggested.” POLITICO
ROSENSTEIN FALLOUT … “Trumpworld divided on Rosenstein — not whether to fire him, but when,” by Annie Karni and Eliana Johnson: “The dissension among the president’s strongest supporters underscored again how they are far from one happy family. The talent at Fox News remain intensely competitive with each other. Meanwhile, their advice, delivered personally to Trump or on-air, is often greeted with eye rolls by White House officials working in the West Wing, who dismiss much of what they say as nothing more than self-interested ploys to gain ratings or sell books. Hannity, according to a source familiar with his thinking, does believe that Trump should fire Rosenstein — eventually.
“But like other Trump allies, he is pressuring the president that a better strategy than a reaction to a new story is to order him to release all materials related to the Hill investigation that prove there is a deep state opposition to him. Those allies said they expect that Rosenstein would refuse to do so, and that would be a better predicate for his firing than reacting to a news story in what Trump likes to call the ‘failing New York Times.’” POLITICO
— @costareports: “POTUS has told several people on Fri. and Sat. that he’s not going to fire the deputy AG and is suspicious of anything that even tangentially involves McCabe, according to three advisers familiar with the ongoing discussions…”
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Republicans boot their headaches until after midterms,” by Burgess Everett and Rachael Bade: “Congressional Republicans have found a solution to all their internal problems that plague their party: Delay them until after the midterms.
“As the GOP fights to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are seeking to make as few political errors as possible before November. But they are setting up a lame duck that will be characterized by a race to replace Ryan, a government shutdown fight and brutal divisions on several long-shot pieces of legislation that will quickly morph into a nightmare for the party no matter the results of the elections.” POLITICO
2018 WATCH — “Democrats run on pre-existing conditions — their own,” by Alice Miranda Ollstein: “Democratic candidates are getting very personal on the campaign trail as they push to preserve Obamacare, frankly sharing tales of their own health struggles.
“In a House district in Illinois, registered nurse Lauren Underwood talks about a heart condition that would put her at risk for losing her health coverage if Congress or federal courts strike down the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. In California’s Central Valley, T.J. Cox tells voters that before Obamacare, his insurance refused to cover his wife’s C-section because it considered her pregnancy a pre-existing condition.
“And in suburban Detroit, Elissa Slotkin’s brutal television ads includes footage of her mother as a dying cancer patient who for years had been denied insurance. Similar messages are coming from three Democratic senators running for reelection in states that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 — Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who had a childhood illness, and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill and North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, both of whom have had breast cancer.
“For a dozen or so Democrats — most of them women — talking about their own cancer, heart disease or harrowing illness of a child or spouse is a way to forge a connection with voters and show they’re in the health care policy fight for the long haul.” POLITICO
— REP. PAUL GOSAR (R-ARIZ.) RESPONDS TO SIBLINGS’ ATTACK AD: @DrPaulGosar: “My siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President Trump. These disgruntled Hillary suppporters [sic] are related by blood to me but like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family. Stalin would be proud. #Az04 #MAGA2018 …
“You can’t pick your family. We all have crazy aunts and relatives etc and my family is no different. I hope they find peace in their hearts and let go all the hate. To the six angry Democrat Gosars—see you at Mom and Dad’s house! #AZ04 #MAGA2018”. The original ad
— NYT’s Mihir Zaveri: “Reached at her home in Wyoming, Bernadette Gosar, the siblings’ 85-year-old mother, said that she was unaware of the videos until she was contacted by The New York Times. Once they were described to her in detail, she said she was ‘shocked’ and ‘crushed.’
“She said she had a ‘wonderful family’ but that the Gosar children in the videos did not relate politically to Paul Gosar or herself. She said from what she knew about Dr. Brill, ‘He doesn’t have a chance.’ ‘I share the same philosophy and policies that Paul does,’ she said. ‘He’s done a hell of a job for Arizona, and they love him.’” NYT
— HOT VIDEO — Consequence of Sound (@consequence): “Here’s Texas Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke air drumming to The Who while in a Whataburger drive-thru”. 2-min. video
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION — “Poorer immigrants would face new hurdles under Trump proposal,” by Ted Hesson, Nancy Cook, Helena Bottemiller Evich, and Andrew Restuccia: “The Trump administration proposed expanding its pre-election crackdown on immigration by denying green cards to legal immigrants if they or their dependents have received government assistance. Under the new rule, which the Department of Homeland Security posted online Saturday, immigrants can be denied so-called ‘lawful permanent residency’ if they’ve received certain government benefits–or if the government anticipates that they may do so in the future.
“The measure represents the latest move by White House aide Stephen Miller to reduce drastically all immigration to the U.S., both legal and illegal, and reflects his strong conviction that doing so will improve congressional Republicans’ chances in the midterm elections. … The regulation could force millions of low-income families to choose between government assistance and permanent settlement in the United States. Advocates fear it could ultimately restrict children’s access to food and health care.” POLITICO
VALLEY TALK — “White House distances itself from reports that Trump could target Facebook, Google and Twitter with a new executive order,” by WaPo’s Tony Romm and Josh Dawsey: “For weeks, top tech companies have been on edge, fearing that the Trump administration could seek to regulate the industry in response to the president’s tweets attacking social media sites for silencing conservatives online. Their worst suspicions seemed to come true Friday night, with the emergence of a draft executive order that called for nearly every federal agency to study how companies like Facebook police their platforms and refer instances of ‘bias’ to the Justice Department for further study.
“But three White House aides soon insisted they didn’t write the draft order, didn’t know where it came from and generally found it to be unworkable policy. One senior White House official confirmed the document had been floating around the White House but had not gone through the formal process, which is controlled by the staff secretary. Asked about the document, Lindsay Walters, the deputy White House press secretary, said of the digital-age ‘whodunit’ on Saturday: ‘Although the White House is concerned about the conduct of online platforms and their impact on society, this document is not the result of an official White House policymaking process.’” WaPo
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Former top White House official revises statement to special counsel about Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador,” by WaPo’s Shane Harris and Devlin Barrett: “A former top White House official has revised her statement to investigators about a key event in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, after her initial claim was contradicted by the guilty plea of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter. K.T. McFarland, who briefly served as Flynn’s deputy, has now said that he may have been referring to sanctions when they spoke in late December 2016 after Flynn’s calls with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, these people said.
“When FBI agents first visited her at her Long Island home in the summer of 2017, McFarland denied ever talking to Flynn about any discussion of sanctions between him and the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in December 2016 during the presidential transition. … Not long after Flynn’s plea, McFarland was questioned by investigators again about her conversations with Flynn, and she walked back her previous denial that sanctions were discussed, saying a general statement Flynn had made to her that things were going to be okay could have been a reference to sanctions, these people said.” WaPo
MEDIAWATCH — “Trump Campaign Aide Jason Miller Exits CNN Analyst Job After Accusations,” by Variety’s Brian Steinberg: “Miller, a former senior communications staffer for President Donald Trump’s campaign, said he would step down from his role as political analyst on CNN following accusations regarding his behavior toward a women he allegedly impregnated.” Variety
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman
— “Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong,” by Michael Hobbes in HuffPost Highline: “For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives.” HuffPost
— “How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich,” by Jesse Barron in GQ: “A year after the tragedy of Hurricane Maria, the 51st state has become the favorite playground for extremely wealthy Americans looking to keep their money from the taxman. The only catch? They have to cut all ties to the mainland (wink, wink).” GQ (h/t Longreads.com)
— “And You Thought Trump Voters Were Mad,” by Rebecca Traister in The Cut, in an adaptation of Traister’s new book “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger”: “American women are furious — and our politics and culture will never be the same.” The Cut … $17.70 on Amazon
— “How Asia Got Crazy Rich,” by Andrew Liu in n+1 magazine: “Toward a materialist history of ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’” n+1
— “Here was a plague,” by Tom Crewe in the London Review of Books: “No one wants an avoidable chronic illness, but everyone knows that, in the West at least, HIV is now a manageable disease, making almost no difference to predicted lifespan; a doctor told me not long ago that you’d be better off with HIV than diabetes. But this is to take a purely medical view of something that has never been purely medical.” LRB (h/t TheBrowser.com)
— “Let Me Count the Ways,” by Ira Glass, Zoe Chace and Nadia Reiman in This American Life: “Yes, you’ve heard about the family separations. You’ve heard about the travel ban. But there are dozens of ways the Trump administration is cracking down on immigration across many agencies, sometimes in ways so small and technical it doesn’t make headlines. This week, the quiet bureaucratic war that’s even targeting legal immigrants.” TAL
— “I Believe Her: When I was in high school, I faced my own Brett Kavanaugh,” by Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic: “[I]f Ford’s story is true, Brett Kavanaugh never apologized. He never tried to make amends, never took responsibility for what he did. In my case, the near-rape—as awful as it was at the time and in its immediate aftermath—didn’t cause any lasting damage. But by Ford’s account, Kavanaugh’s acts did cause lasting damage, and he has done nothing at all to try to make that right.” The Atlantic
— “In the ’80s, boys’ prep schools like Kavanaugh’s could be bastions of misogyny,” by WaPo’s Greg Jaffe: “‘I knew I couldn’t be gay [at Landon]. It took me 21 years to get comfortable with who I was,’ said Vincent Santillo, an old friend who is now a primary-care physician in New York. … For years he has been disappointed by invitations that asked alumni to bring their ‘wives or significant others,’ overlooking the fact that he has a husband. But he says he and his husband have felt welcomed at these events.” WaPo
— “Melting Away,” by Matthew Walsh in Sixth Tone: “In China’s far north, a once-proud tradition of reindeer herding breathes its last.” Sixth Tone
— “How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music,” by Simon Reynolds in Pitchfork: “An in-depth history of the most important pop innovation of the last 20 years, from Cher’s ‘Believe’ to Kanye West to Migos.” Pitchfork (h/t Longform.org)
— “Sam Mendes’s Directorial Discoveries,” by John Lahr in the New Yorker: “For screen and stage, Mendes works like a sculptor—continually molding and remolding space, speech, and gesture.” https://bit.ly/2QxlW54
— “Moral Vegetarianism,” by Tyler Doggett in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: “Conceding that it is pro tanto wrong to kill animals, it might be, all things considered, permissible to kill farm animals for food, even when there are ready alternatives, because and when their well-being is replaced by the well-being of a new batch of farmed animals. Farms kill one batch of chickens and then bring in a batch of chicks to raise (and then kill) next. The total amount of well-being is fixed, though the identities of the receptacles of that well-being frequently change.” Stanford
SPOTTED: Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) yesterday at the Trump Hotel … Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg chatting with Joshua Bell, the Grammy award-winning violinist who performed last night at the National Symphony Orchestra concert at the Kennedy Center. Pic
— ALSO SPOTTED AT THE NSO GALA: David Rubenstein, Deborah Rutter, Adrienne Arsht, Ambassadors of the U.K., Italy, Latvia, Japan and Liechtenstein, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Abby Blunt, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Annette Shelby, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.), VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, DNI Dan Coats, Jana Toner, Christine Lagarde, Ted and Annette Lerner, Patrick Steel and Lee Satterfield, Brendan Sullivan, Bob Lighthizer and his daughter Claire, Buffy Cafritz, Brett and Ginger Loper, Jon Peede, Bradley Akubuiro, Marcia Lee Kelly, Gail Baker, Michael and Noémi Neidorff and event co-chairs Jennifer and David Fischer and Anita and Tim McBride.
WHITE HOUSE ARRIVAL LOUNGE – Per Nancy Cook: “Rebekah Goshorn Jurata just joined the White House this past Monday as the special assistant to the president for financial policy at The National Economic Council. Previously, she’s worked at the Treasury Department under David Malpass as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Financial Markets. She is taking over the role left vacant when Andrew Olmem was promoted to become the acting deputy director for domestic policy of the NEC.”
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — OBAMA ALUMNI: “Anna Uhls, Jordan Burke” – N.Y. Times: “Matt McKenna, a Universal Life minister, officiated. The bride, 33, and the groom, 32, work for Uber, the ride-hail service, in San Francisco. She is a lawyer working on regulatory and legislative law and he is the director of market and consumer research. She graduated cum laude from Ithaca College. She received a law degree from the University of Colorado. … From 2011 to 2015, the groom was the director of strategic and message initiatives and a special assistant to President Barack Obama in the White House. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.” With a pic. NYT
— “Emily Sternfeld, John Craig Jr.” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Sternfeld, 34, is the director of external affairs and development at Third Way, a think tank in Washington. She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and received an M.B.A. from George Washington University. … The groom, 33, is the director of sales at Crowdskout, a data analytics start-up company based in Washington. He graduated from Sewanee University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.” With a pic. NYT
BIRTHDAYS: Richard Viguerie is 85 (hat tip: Peter Pasi) … Todd Ricketts is 49 … Daisy Schuurman … Maria Karl (hubby tip: Jon) … Elise Jordan … Tom Malinowski is 53 (h/ts Ben Chang) … Nick Everhart of Content Creative Media … NYT’s Mike Schmidt … Amanda Cox … Abbey Watson … Ana Marie Cox (h/t Exley) … Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen is 69 … SoRelle Wyckoff … Ralph Hellmann is 57 … Sean Spicer is 47 … NBC News’ Julia Edwards Ainsley … Politico’s Bernie Becker, Meredith Kirsch and Sara Bonner … PwC’s Todd Metcalf … Kelly Sackley … Naomi Seligman (h/t Tim Burger) … Saunji Fyffe … Tom Martin, president and CEO at American Forest Foundation … Politico Europe’s Santa Silapetere … Brooke Brogan is 3-0 (hubby tip: Fritz) … CNN producer Greg Wallace …
… Jonathan Peled, Israeli ambassador to Mexico … Mike Davis … Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) is 63 … GE alum Izabela Teixeira … Gabriella Schwarz, managing editor and head of news at Flipboard … Julius Niyonsaba … James Howard Fitzgerald … Edelman’s Victoria Zarella … Lincoln Ferguson, who recently welcomed Lincoln Ross Ferguson Jr. (pic) … Maura O’Brien … William Ricci … former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is 77 … Amb. Kristen Silverberg … Armaan Pai … Kyle Cotner … Siraj Hashmi of the Washington Examiner (h/t Hannah Yoest) … Ryan Shucard, VP of SevenTwenty Strategies … Ken Rynne … Blair Fowler … Dustee Tucker … Matt McAlvanah … Corey Tellez … Loretta Solon Greene … Matt Hirsch … Dan Conley … Neil Schoolnik is 47 … Tom Daley … Katrina Mendiola … Stan Davis … Dale Leibach (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)