TRUMP’S NYE MESSAGE -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:17 this morning: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”
Good Saturday morning, and Happy New Year’s Eve! We know there are lots of readers looking forward to 2016 being over. And also plenty who are excited for what’s to come in 2017. Either way, we want to thank you for reading and welcoming us so warmly into the Playbook community. Congress comes back in just a few days. Inauguration is three weeks from now. And our resolution is to make Playbook even more indispensable every single day in 2017.
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A MESSAGE FOR THE PRESIDENT ELECT -- WE CALLED a bunch of top Capitol Hill figures on Friday to gauge what Donald Trump’s praise for Vladimir Putin means in real terms. And, almost to a person, they said that if Trump throws his arms around Putin and tries to roll back what Obama has done to Russia, it will be tough for the Hill to swallow. That’s a pretty clear message to Trump that he is in for embarrassment if he changes U.S. policy to favor Russia and Putin. Congress would likely have a veto-proof majority when it comes to sanctioning Russia. Putin has just a handful of defenders on the Hill. The Hill can hold endless hearings and force Trump’s nominees to answer tough questions about the administration’s policies toward Putin. “The Hill won’t suddenly come to [Trump’s] position,” a top GOP Capitol Hill insider told us. “It may be more muted than it otherwise would have, but people aren’t going to suddenly think Putin is a white-hat guy.”
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IT’S NOT OVER… MORE RUSSIA HACKING -- “Vermont utility confirms system breached by Russians,” by Cristiano Lima and Eric Geller: “Evidence of Russian hacking has been detected in a Vermont utility system, a company spokesman confirmed Friday night. A representative of Burlington Electric Department said in statement that a Russian campaign linked to recent cyberattacks had breached a single laptop within the utility, though it was not connected to the organization’s electrical grids. ‘We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding,’ Mike Kanarick, a spokesman for the utility, said ... ‘Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems.’” http://politi.co/2isl1EF
THE TRUMP-PUTIN RESET -- NYT A1, “Trump Gets an Opening from Russia, but the Path Is Risky,” by David Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Michael Gordon: “President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has pledged to reset relations with Russia, may have been tossed a lifeline by President Vladimir V. Putin on Friday. The Russian leader, skilled at keeping several steps ahead of his adversaries, announced that he would not retaliate against the Obama administration for imposing new sanctions and expelling Russian diplomats from the United States. …
“‘Putin is going out of his way to not take Obama seriously,’ said Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, who spent decades in the C.I.A. tracking Russia while Mr. Putin was rising in the K.G.B. Instead, he said, ‘he is making a good-will gesture, presumably with the hope and expectation that Donald Trump will respond in kind.’ Now the question is whether the mutual admiration pact opens new chapters in a range of areas in which the longtime adversaries are at odds, including Syria, Ukraine, Crimea, the Middle East, the future of NATO and the development of nuclear weapons.
“But moving too far, or too fast, in Moscow’s direction creates enormous risks for Mr. Trump. From Capitol Hill to Europe, people are already worried that Mr. Trump will simply do Mr. Putin’s bidding. Certainly no one is more suspicious of Mr. Putin and his long-range intentions to undermine the West, and American leadership, than the Republican Party establishment. Senator John McCain of Arizona, one of the few left in the Senate who fought on the front lines of the Cold War, plans to hold the first hearing, on Thursday, on Russia’s effort to manipulate the election.” http://nyti.ms/2iobk7P
-- GET SMART FAST: “Why Trump Would Be Crazy to Give Putin What He Wants: Trump says it’s time to ‘move on to bigger and better things.’ What could be bigger than hijacking American democracy?” by Evelyn N. Farkas, former Pentagon Russia hand, in POLITICO Magazine: “[S]uch a reset with Russia will likely be short-lived. Given Russian economic realities and its 2018 presidential election, I expect any thaw to last only about a year, when Putin will turn up the anti-American volume to previous levels, and defy Washington on one issue or another. At that point, if Trump lives up to his pro-Russia rhetoric, he will have given Putin much of what he wants—largely gains in geopolitical influence which will be slow to reverse; while America’s reset benefits, mostly less permanent economic and diplomatic gains, will be easy for Moscow to unravel. America will be left standing amidst the rubble of the post World War II world order, while Putin can retreat happy with the damage he has caused.” http://politi.co/2hB8zS4
--“Did Obama Let Putin Off Easy? The former head of CIA operations in Russia [Steven L. Hall] explains why the sanctions against Russian intelligence organizations don’t go far enough—and what might actually work,” by Katelyn Fossett in POLITICO Magazine: http://politi.co/2iOHk88
TOP TWEETS -- @realDonaldTrump yesterday at 2:41 p.m. (in a tweet that was retweeted by the Russian embassy in Washington): “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!” … Moscow Times’ @KevinRothrock: “Putin’s spox jokes that they partied for 3 days at the Kremlin after Trump’s victory, then says srsly, ‘It was euphoria after so much BS.’” … CIA alum @nadabakos: “As a CIA officer, if I had a colleague talking like Trump is about Putin, I would think he was turned.”
N.Y. POST cover, “TO RUSSIA WITH LUGGAGE -- Reds exit L.I. spy manor” http://nyp.st/2isvKiB
STEVE BANNON SPEAKS -- “‘Hobbits and Deplorables Had a Great Run in 2016,’ but It’s Only ‘Top of the First Inning,’” by Breitbart’s John Haywood: “‘We used to tease, after John McCain made that speech that time, that called our audience ‘hobbits,’ it was always great to hear what the hobbits had to say because at the end of the day what they had to say was what mattered most,’ [Steve Bannon] said. Bannon’s message to the hobbits and ‘deplorables’ – to quote Hillary Clinton’s memorable slander of Trump voters – was to keep in mind that it’s only the ‘top of the first inning’ for their movement. ‘You’ve got to stay engaged,’ he advised, pleased to see high levels of engagement in ‘traffic at all the different sites, and the activity you see, the comments sections at the various sites you see, and how great the radio show is doing.’
“‘The Trump administration, I think it’s three weeks from the day exactly is when President Trump will take the oath of office. So let’s hold people accountable and stay engaged. There will be a lot of exciting activity over the next couple of years,’ he promised. ‘Stay engaged. Stay on top of stuff. I think ’17 will be actually more exciting than ’16 was.’” http://bit.ly/2hzmCEw … Full interview with Matt Boyle http://bit.ly/2iQhkJU
IT’S WORTH NOTING -- In the past two days, Breitbart has gotten an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at the presidential inaugural committees activities, and now one of the first interviews with Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Clearly, the Trump team sees the utility of working closely with outlets that are sympathetic to their cause.
ALL IN THE FAMILY -- “Trump Said to Weigh Aide Conway’s Husband for Top Legal Job,” by Bloomberg’s Ben Bain and Jen Jacobs: “President-elect Donald Trump is considering George Conway, a long-time corporate lawyer and the husband of senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, to be U.S. solicitor general, the government’s top appellate lawyer ... Conway, who’s spent more than two decades as a partner at New York corporate legal powerhouse Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, has made a career representing high-profile clients from the National Football League to tobacco maker Philip Morris.” http://bloom.bg/2iiHTGx
-- THAT ‘90s SHOW: If Conway’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he played a key role in the Paula Jones affair. Read about it here, with an amazing joint Don Van Natta, Jr./Jill Abramson byline: http://nyti.ms/2iomwRS
-- IMAGINE THE OUTCRY if Hillary Clinton appointed a top aide’s spouse to a White House job. Even if they were qualified.
-- FLASHBACK: That time George and Kellyanne Conway shared a blog called “Reconcilable Differences” http://bit.ly/2hzzkTH
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Federal agencies rush to fill job openings before Trump takes office Jan. 20,” by WaPo’s Lisa Rein and Juliet Eilperin: “Several federal agencies are accelerating hiring in the final days of the Obama administration to ensure that as many new employees as possible are in place before President-elect Donald Trump imposes a promised hiring freeze. ... The agencies rushing to bring on new employees include not just Fish and Wildlife but the [TSA], the National Park Service, [NOAA], the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and parts of the Agriculture and Labor departments. ... From positions as high as senior executives down to entry-level biologists, nervous agencies are advertising jobs for periods of as little as five to six days so that they can bring employees aboard by mid-January. The span of six months to a year that it usually takes to hire candidates into full-time positions has been compressed since the election, often to two or three weeks.” http://wapo.st/2iiFCuO
HILLWATCH -- “Senate moves to condemn U.N. over Israel,” by Burgess Everett with John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade: “Congressional Republicans are moving swiftly to denounce the United Nations’ recent action toward Israel, with GOP lawmakers in both chambers preparing to introduce disapproval resolutions aimed at the United Nations as soon as the new Congress convenes. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), will introduce a ‘sense of the Senate’ resolution next week disapproving of the U.N. Security Council’s condemnation of Israeli settlement-building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank … The resolution is intended to be a companion to the House’s expected action against the U.N. and could place both chambers at odds with the international body as Congress returns next month.” http://politi.co/2hWjUJW
-- “Obama lines up a meeting with lawmakers, a speech in Chicago,” by AP’s Josh Lederman in Honolulu: “Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health-care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try to forge a common strategy. Obama also plans a major valedictory speech in Chicago, his hometown, shortly before his presidency ends. Obama will travel to the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the meeting with House and Senate Democrats, according to an invitation sent to lawmakers. … Obama’s speech in Chicago on Jan. 10 is expected to serve as his closing words to the nation as president. His appearance will be open to the public and followed by a ‘family reunion’ for alumni of Obama’s former campaigns.” http://apne.ws/2hD4j4k
WHAT TRUMP IS DOING FOR NEW YEARS -- “Mar-a-Lago sold tickets to New Year's Eve party with Trump,” by Madeline Conway and Ken Vogel: “Mar-a-Lago, the pricey private resort in Palm Beach, Florida, sold hundreds of tickets to an annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza planned for Saturday night that will feature a very special guest: the president-elect of the United States of America and his family. President-elect Donald Trump owns the members-only luxury resort, which each year sells tickets to swank parties it throws on holidays and special occasions, including New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“Saturday’s formal event is scheduled to include a cocktail hour in the resort’s living room and patio area, followed by dinner and dancing until 1 a.m. in its grand ballroom to live music performed by the band Party on the Moon, according to Sean Spicer, Trump’s incoming White House press secretary. Spicer … said the party is already ‘sold out’ with more than 800 people scheduled to attend, including actor Sylvester Stallone and music producer Quincy Jones, in addition to Trump, his wife, incoming First Lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron Trump.” http://politi.co/2hznVmH
POLITICO MAGAZINE ‘POSTSCRIPT’ -- “Why They Mattered: Remembering 26 politicos who died in 2016.” http://politi.co/2hW8c2d
-- David Axelrod on Abner Mikva: http://politi.co/2iQuPJf
-- Newt Gingrich on Alvin Toffler: http://politi.co/2hWbKBC
-- Samantha Power on Elie Wiesel: http://politi.co/2hD4X20
TV TONIGHT -- Michelle Obama will address the revelers in Times Square via a pre-taped video message, offering her wishes for the New Year and discussing the Let Girls Learn initiative as part of the Times Square “New Year’s Eve Live, Commercial-Free Webcast and TV Pool Feed.” Gavin DeGraw and Rachel Platten will headline the musical lineup for the webcast. http://bit.ly/2hDhlAv
-- NEWS YOU CAN USE – “8 P.M.? Time for Children to Ring in the New Year With Fake Countdowns,” by NYT’s Christopher Mele: “For a third year, Netflix, the video streaming company, is hosting ‘Netflix New Year’s Eve Countdowns,’ 10 short videos featuring popular actors and cartoon characters who, at the click of a button, will count down the minutes to the new year, regardless of what time it truly is. (Of course, the countdowns work only if the little revelers cannot tell time.) ... The company said its data showed the peak viewing hour of the countdowns leading to 2016 was 8 p.m. local time in the United States.” http://nyti.ms/2iiCIX5
WORTH THE CLICK – chief White House photographer PETE SOUZA (a birthday boy today) on Medium, “Behind the Lens: 2016 Year in Photographs”: 62 pix on one page http://bit.ly/2hDfr0Z
SPORTS BLINK -- TODAY: COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama. 3 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.The Playstation Fiesta Bowl.. No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson. 7 p.m. at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Both games televised on ESPN.
GLENN THRUSH’s final “Off Message” podcast before he joins The Times, “What Chuck Todd gets about Trump”: “Chuck Todd has interviewed Donald Trump many times, and he’s noticed something somewhat disquieting about the unquiet president-elect. The man doesn’t laugh — not in a normal, spontaneous, regular-human kind of way. ‘[It] drives me crazy. Do you know what? I’ve never seen him laugh,’ the ‘Meet the Press’ host told me during an interview ... earlier this month. ‘I challenge somebody to find him laughing, and that person has yet to find an example, in my opinion. ... He doesn’t really laugh. He looks for others to laugh. It is just weird.’ And there’s one other thing that Todd thinks is odd: After several of his Sunday appearances as a candidate, Trump would lean back in his chair and request that the control room replay his appearance on a monitor — sans sound.” http://politi.co/2hB45KW
BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “Judge puts NC GOP elections board makeover on hold after Roy Cooper sues,” by the Charlotte Observer’s Anne Blythe and Colin Campbell: “Governor-elect Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the General Assembly’s special session law that revamps the state elections board. The lawsuit was the second filed in the waning days of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration that challenge changes that were adopted by the General Assembly in a special session in December and signed into law by the Republican governor.” http://bit.ly/2iQmRQs
BACKSTORY -- “U.S. Ethics Chief Was Behind Those Tweets About Trump, Records Show,” by NPR’s Alina Selyukh: “In November, the typically straitlaced Office of Government Ethics surprised observers with a series of tweets mimicking Donald Trump’s bombastic style, exclamation points and all: ‘Brilliant! Divestiture is good for you, good for America!’ ... New records shared with NPR on Friday show that behind the curious tweets was the head of the OGE himself, Director Walter Shaub Jr. In two emails, dated Nov. 30, just several minutes apart, Shaub sent to OGE Chief of Staff Shelley Finlayson the nine tweets that took the Internet by storm that day. He then followed up with a link to a legal document referenced in one of the tweets and writes: ‘Get all of these tweets posted as soon as humanly possible.’” http://n.pr/2iAf8CW
MEDIAWATCH – WALTER ISAACSON in the WaPo, “Becoming Michael Lewis”: “‘The Undoing Project,’ Michael’s new bestseller, explores the childhoods of Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky to provide insights into their work. They came of age as tough outsiders and fighters during the Holocaust and the birth of Israel. Michael’s upbringing was the opposite: He was the charmed and charming child of New Orleans gentry, and he never encountered a club or court that didn’t want to have him as a prince.” http://wapo.st/2hUORhP … $17.37 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2g80bY0
-- “Turkish Authorities Detain Wall Street Journal Staff Reporter Dion Nissenbaum for 2½ Days,” by WSJ’s Gordon Fairclough: “Nissenbaum, 49 years old, left Turkey to return to the U.S. on Saturday. ... [H]e was held for allegedly violating a government ban on publication of images from an Islamic State video. ... Mr. Nissenbaum’s detention came amid a broader crackdown on press freedom in Turkey, where dozens of reporters, mainly Turkish, are behind bars. Since the summer, Turkey, where the government has imposed a state of emergency, has closed more than 100 domestic media outlets.”http://on.wsj.com/2iQux5m
--@gabrielsherman: “Gretchen Carlson returns to TV, guest hosting 9am hour of TODAY on Jan 3”
CLICKER – “2016: The nation’s cartoonists on the year in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 41 keepers http://politi.co/2iNuJ1g
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from New Orleans:
--“A Photographic Chronicle of America’s Working Poor,” by Dale Maharidge with photos by Matt Black in the December issue of Smithsonian: “Smithsonian journeyed from Maine to California to update a landmark study of American life.” http://bit.ly/2ikAHHX
--“World War Three,” by Mistake,” by Eric Schlosser in The New Yorker: “Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.” http://bit.ly/2hBdaDT
--“16 Things You Didn’t Know About Avocados: Bet you can’t name the three races of avocados!” by Joanna Sciarrino in Lucky Peach: “[A]ncient Central and South Americans were eating them twenty-five hundred years ago; Europeans discovered their buttery appeal in the sixteenth century; Americans started growing them commercially in the 1900s. There are more than one thousand varieties (such as Zutano, Choquette, and Bacon, to name just a few) cultivated around the world from Mexico to New Zealand to Israel.” http://bit.ly/2imomTx (h/t TheBrowser.com)
--“Stuck,” by Michael Paterniti in the Sept. 2003 issue of GQ: “He is a man without a country, a family and a home. For more than a decade, Merhan Nasseri has been living in terminal one at Charles de Gaulle airport, waiting. For what, he doesn’t know anymore.” http://bit.ly/2hKL2LP
--“Bach’s Holy Dread,” by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross: “The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.” http://bit.ly/2i44fve
--“Low Definition in Higher Education,” by Lyell Asher in The American Scholar: “When college students are told what to think and what not to say, who suffers in the end?” http://bit.ly/2i49mLV
--“The World v. Alan Dershowitz,” by Simon van Zuylen-Wood in the Dec. issue of Boston Magazine: “The Harvard Law School legend has defended everyone from O.J. Simpson to Claus von Bülow. Now he’s facing his toughest case yet: his own.” http://bit.ly/2i3Yfm5
--“The Glory of the Rails,” by Tony Judt in the Dec. 23, 2010 issue of the N.Y. Review of Books: “The world before the railways appeared so very different from what came afterward and from what we know today because the railways did more than just facilitate travel and thereby change the way the world was seen and depicted. They transformed the very landscape itself.” http://bit.ly/2iaDl4P... Part 2 http://bit.ly/2hvvSfW (h/t Longform.org)
--“Disgust made us human,” by Kathleen McAuliffe in Aeon Magazine: “Our ancestors reacted to parasites with overwhelming revulsion, wiring the brain for morals, manners, politics and laws.” http://bit.ly/2iHGBlj (h/t ALDaily.com)
--“F*** work,” by James Livingston in Aeon Magazine: “Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?” http://bit.ly/2hyvm2y (h/t Longreads.com)
--“Rewriting the Code of Life,” by The New Yorker’s Michael Specter: “Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases.” http://bit.ly/2iLRhiI
--“How China Built ‘iPhone City’ With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partner,” by NYT’s David Barboza: “A hidden bounty of benefits for Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, the world’s biggest iPhone factory, is central to the production of Apple’s most profitable product.” http://nyti.ms/2ieZX45
--“Future Shock,” by Abraham Riesman in Vulture: “Director Alfonso Cuarón revisits ‘Children of Men,’ his overlooked 2006 masterpiece, which might be the most relevant film of 2016.” http://bit.ly/2hyBDv7 ... Trailer http://bit.ly/2iHHhan
--“Lunch with the FT: Jonathan Franzen”: “What is it about the great American novelist that provokes such strong reactions? Lucy Kellaway meets him for mackerel and mullet in London”. http://bit.ly/2hvDoHO
--“Marina Abramović turned attention seeking into a modern art form,” by Julie Burchill in the New Statesman: “Reading Abramović’s memoir is rather like watching EastEnders: I didn’t learn anything about performance art reading, but I can't deny I had fun.” http://bit.ly/2hyAunm
SPOTTED -- Tammy Haddad hosting a “sing-along” for her birthday yesterday at the Maryland Shore. At her party: her children Rachel and David Greenberg, Holly and Paul Fine, Kimberley Fritts and Marion Turner, Meghan Murphy, David Adler, Kathy O’Hearn, and Niki Christoff. Pic of Tammy joined by Jeremy Bash on guitar and Hilary Rosen singing backup http://bit.ly/2iQqmXi … Her list of birthday songs http://bit.ly/2hD42hU … Former Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) in an all white Stanford sweatsuit cheering Cardinal football on yesterday in Adams Morgan.
TRANSITIONS – LILY ADAMS has been hired by Sen.-elect Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to be her comms director; Adams previously worked as a Clinton campaign spox and for the DNC. (h/t @SarahDWire) … Chris Van Hollen for Senate campaign alumJonathan Levi is joining the senator-elect’s Capitol Hill office as a legislative correspondent.
ENGAGED – Michael Fontneau of tech unicorn Datto based in Boston and alum of the Strategy Group Company, Front Porch Strategies and Chris Shays, got engaged on Christmas to Taylor O’Neil, RN with stints at Johns Hopkins and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who is now at Harvard Vanguard and working on her masters to be a Nurse Practitioner. They met at a brunch in Boston through a mutual friend he met on Nantucket. He proposed in Connecticut at his parents house on Christmas Day in the driveway because he didn’t want to wait to even get into the house. Pic http://bit.ly/2iOkUUF
-- Matthew Sonneborn, incoming comms director for Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) got engaged yesterday to Chantell Frazier, senior health researcher at Altarum Institute. Matt proposed during their holiday getaway in Saranac Lake, New York. The pair met in Blue Mountain Lake seven and a half years ago and look forward to many happy years adventuring together. Pic http://bit.ly/2iOfYiu
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Dr. Byron Hulsey, headmaster at Woodberry Forest School and author of “Everett Dirksen and His Presidents: How a Senate Giant Shaped American Politics” (hat tip: Stewart Verdery, a Woodberry alum and on the board down there)
BIRTHDAYS: Don Trump Jr. is 39 (h/t Sean Spicer) ... WaPo’s Josh Rogin, the pride of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, celebrating in New Orleans ... Pete Souza is 62 ... legendary soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson is 75 (h/ts Ben Chang) … Brian Danza, CTO of Daily Caller, is 36 (h/t Blain Rethmeier, who was recently mentioned by Politico as a “sherpa” for Trump’s DHS nominee) ... WaPo’s Joel Achenbach, the pride of Gainesville, Florida, is 56 ... Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is 54 ... Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) is 79 ... former Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) is 45 ... WSJ’s Naftali Bendavid ... Betsy Barrett, political and comms director for Food Policy Action … Dick Short … Karina Cabrera Bell, senior advisor of intergovernmental and external affairs at DOE (h/t Greg Bell) ... Peter G. Miller ... Wayne Pines, who is the president of APCO’s health care practice and former FDA flack (h/t Anthony DeAngelo) ... Nathan Martin is 3-0 ... NBC’s Jim Long is 52 … fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg (born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin) is 7-0 (h/t Jewish Insider) ... John Davis is the big 4-0 ... Henry Hunter, general counsel at theGROUP DC (h/ts Jon Haber) … Simon Kennedy, overseeing Brexit coverage at Bloomberg in London and the pride of Nottingham, England ... Mark Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles, is 52 ... Ronnie Cho, Emmy winning MTV exec and Obama campaign and WH alum and the pride of Phoenix, is 34 ... Nati Nieuwstraten is 7 ...
… Martin J. Kady, WashPost alumnus and father of Politico’s Marty Kady, is 71 ... Wade Atkinson ... Danny Shea, head of global expansion at Thrive Global and a HuffPost alum ... Reuben Johnson, project finance analyst at First Solar ... Meeghan Prunty, long time advisor to Bob Rubin and a managing director of Blue Meridian Partners ... White House photographer Lawrence Jackson ... Becca Ferguson (h/t Teresa Vilmain) ... Bill Bagley ... Jeff Milstein ... Jackson Fauvre, Meridith Webster’s son … Marni Karlin, former Kohl Judiciary Committee staffer and principal at Karlin Strategic Consulting … Darren Reisberg, VP and Secretary at UChicago … Andy Sere, co-founder and partner at PRIME Media Partners in Houston … Bob Dietz ... Lisa Lindo ... John Francis Kucera is 57 ... Moody’s Danielle Reed ... Jeff White is 55 ... Patrick Holtz is 42 ... William Morales of Sen. Tillis’ office ... Meg Boland ... Chris Donesa is 5-0 ... actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 79 ... actor Sir Ben Kingsley is 73 ... author Nicholas Sparks is 51 ... PSY (Park Jae-sang) is 39 ... Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas is 21 (h/ts AP)
THE SHOWS by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
-- “Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) … Leonard Leo … Austan Goolsbee and Steve Moore. Panel: Lisa Boothe, Daniel Halper, Charles Hurt and Julie Roginsky (substitute host: Fox News’ Shannon Bream)
-- ABC’s “This Week”: Sean Spicer … Adam Schiff … Donna Brazile and Newt Gingrich. Panel: ABC News’ Mary Bruce, Steve Inskeep, Karine Jean-Pierre and Kevin Madden
-- CNN’s “State of the Union” (9 a.m. ET / 12 p.m. ET): Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) … Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) ... Lisa Blunt Rochester … Rep.-elect Charlie Crist (D-Fla.). Panel: Van Jones, Karen Finney and Brian Schweizer. Panel: Jim Acosta, Abby Phillip, Jeff Zeleny and Salena Zito
-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Panel: Gerard Baker and Dean Baquet. … Panel: Ari Fleischer, Joe Lockhart and Nicolle Wallace ... The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson, The Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker, David Folkenflik and Gabe Sherman … insights from the NBC News 2016 campaign embeds
--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Book panel with authors: Isabel Wilkerson (“The Warmth of Other Suns”), J.D. Vance (“Hillbilly Elegy”), Diane Guerrero (“In the Country We Love: My Family Divided”) and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (“Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age”) … Panel: Jeffrey Goldberg, Michele Norris, Michael Gerson and David Frum
--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. CT): Chris Collins … Sean Duffy … Capt. Chuck Nash (U.S. Navy, Ret.) … The Washington Examiner’s Sarah Westwood. Panel: Judith Miller and Nan Hayworth
-- Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT): Erin McPike … Kelly Riddell … Susan Ferrechio … Mollie Hemingway
-- CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8 a.m. ET): Panel: Jackie Kucinich, Matt Viser, Karen Tumulty and Domenico Montanaro (substitute anchor: CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson)
--CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” (SUN 10 a.m., 1 p.m. ET): Special edition featuring interviews with: President Barack Obama … David Axelrod … Rahm Emanuel … Valerie Jarrett … John Kerry … Leon Panetta and Susan Rice
--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11 a.m. ET): Panel: AP’s Kathleen Carroll, NYT’s Carolyn Ryan and NPR’s Michael Oreskes … parent of kidnapped journalist Debra and Marc Tice … CNN’s Clarissa Ward … John Avlon
--C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30 p.m. ET): Co-author and Carnegie Mellon University’s Rahul Telang (“Streaming, Sharing, Stealing”) … “Newsmakers” (SUN 10 a.m. ET): FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, questioned by National Journal’s Ben Geman and The Hill’s Reid Wilson … “Q&A” (SUN 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET): Author and former WSJ reporter and columnist Ronald Shafer (“The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of ‘Tippecanoe and Tyler Too’ Changed Presidential Elections Forever”)