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Capital Books November (and October) update

2019.12.05 08:07 twinboysdad Capital Books November (and October) update

I meant to do an update last month for Oct, but between being busy in the store and sick most of the month of November, it just slid by.
October was our best month to date, and the first month we sold more than 1000 books* (well 1000 of everything, excluding gift certificates). We were using that as a break-even goal, but it probably isn't accurate anymore. I need to update the math and see what we need now. We've hired a non-family part-timer (Megan from Dimple Books on Arden) so that's added to our expenses, but she's been really helpful covering the sales floor a couple of days a week so I can focus on time-sensitive orders that have to be done without a lot of interruption.
Selling 1000 books. It doesn't seem like a lot, its just 33 items a day, but it took us 6 months to get there. Some of that is probably a function of what we have on hand that someone can buy impulsively (a large portion of our customers) but also a lot of customers are starting to use our website for special order books we don't have in stock. Add in one private school that's sent a couple of large book orders our way, and yeah, we're starting to hit that 1000 a month.
We did it again in Nov, selling fewer books, but a higher income volume. That was mostly from a single transaction from some marketing firm in LA that was helping with a climate conference at the Hyatt and ordered a bunch of one book from us. They wanted a pretty significant discount, but we did make money on it. But because it was an odd transaction, I didn't count it in the Nov book sales tally.
Best-sellers, I don't think I've ever discussed those, so here are our bestselling books since we opened:
Unwanteds and Island of Silence are two books from Lisa McMann, a NYT bestselling middle-grade author that recently transplanted to Sac from Phoenix. She had a new book out in Sept and we did several school events with her and an in-store signing. Wicked Sacramento is by William Burg, a local historian (and probably a member of this sub) and he also did an event in the store over the summer.
Small Business Saturday was pretty good. Since I don't have anything to measure it by, I can't tell if it was really good or just ok. Will need a couple of years before we really start being able to know.
For December, my wife Heidi created some gift-boxes for people who need a complete gift and don't have a lot of time. Basically a themed box around a book. So a gift for a baker includes a baking book and some baking tools. We partnered with The Kitchen Table in East Sac and All Spicery around the corner to help add some local flavor to them. The idea was folks downtown in a hurry might buy them since its a cool collection of stuff and its already boxed up. We'll see how that goes. We added in more board and family games, starting to thin out some of our opening inventory so we have more room for new things. Plus some book bundles or discounts on different series to also help increase some Christmas sales.
I think we're going to do some after-hours shopping programs as well. People who don't have time during the day can schedule a time after we close to come in and we'll help them find the right book for everyone on their list. The slogan this year from the ABA is Everyone Gets a Book and since I always have given books as presents, I'm completely supportive of that.
Several people from this sub have come in and introduced themselves. Thanks for the support and happy to meet you all.
I'll have more specific numbers to share after December when I have time to really dig in and see what the math looks like in sales and expenses.
(Oh also, we're looking to sublease the second floor of the building for a year or so. If you know of anyone looking for space, send them our way. 1400 square feet, excellent view, not ADA accessible (so no public business) but could be cool for an office or studio.)
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2018.12.15 09:58 fanboybtes 'SNL Predict' returns and is easy! -- Matt Damon edn.

Froghatten, skomehillet, haasenfrass, ADWeasley and lyla2398 lie on the leaderboard with 1 win; MainHamster joins fanboybtes and MattyATee with 2 wins, AngelKnives and johnmurr remain tied at the top with 3 wins apiece...
1 -- Cold open topic -- Trumpwin-Pence-Pelosi-Schumer meeting / Mick Mulvaney as new chief of staff / Obamacare Senate challenge / Trumpwin interview with Harris Faulkner / something about the Democrats / Anderson Cooper / Fox and Friends / Mueller files / none of these options (so name your own!)
2 -- One star of cold open [for a BONUS POINT, say who they play]
3 -- New impression [for a BONUS point, cast it]
4 -- Monologue -- Questions / musical / stand-up / host joined on stage / audience riffing / host talkin' 'bout oneself
BONUS POINT -- 5 -- Name one cast member in the monologue...
BONUS POINT -- 6 -- Kate' s biggest role this week is... (name an impression or original character in her repertoire)
7 -- Host's partner in a sketch is played by...
8 -- Name a cameo! Or do we get none? (Cameos for musical guests don't count here)
9 -- Recurring sketch -- Aidy's porn girl / Cecily's restaurant complainer / Cecily's musical party guest / Kenan's Gerard / Treece Henderson trio / Melissa's dirty talk / America's Funniest Pets / something else (name it!)
10 -- SNL staple -- Family Feud / Black Jeopardy / music video / game show / dating show / impressions reel / commercial parody / Beck and Kyle pretape / Good Day Denver / Chris-Pete-Kenan rap
BONUS POINT -- 11 -- Update feature A
BONUS POINT -- 12 -- Update feature B
13 -- Let it return! -- Beck’s alien lover / Beck’s Chuckie Chocolate / Aidy’s Bunny / Aidy and Chris’ flight attendants / Leslie’s Tamika / Leslie and Cecily’s cleaning crew / Cecily’s reality star / Cecily’s Candice / Cecily’s script supervisor / Melissa’s Mrs Gomez / Heidi’s Pretty Mandy / something else (name it!)
14 -- Season 44 hit returns, or pretaped recurring bit -- Ego and Leslie’s traffic cops / Bayou Benny / Heidi’s holiday gusher / Pug Wigs / Beck and Kyle’s brothers / Pete’s Chad / Kyle backstage / Kyle’s Chris Fitzpatrick / Inside SoCal / something else (name it!)
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2018.12.08 12:52 fanboybtes 'SNL Predict' returns and is easy! - - Jason Momoa edn.

MainHamster, Froghatten, skomehillet, haasenfrass, ADWeasley and lyla2398 lie on the leaderboard with 1 win; fanboybtes and MattyATee have 2 wins, while AngelKnives makes the leap to top spot joining johnmurr with 3 wins apiece...
1 -- Cold open sees... -- Tillerson interview / Cohen scandals / Giuliani ranting somewhere / William Barr getting appointed / Trumpwin press conference or rally / Anderson Cooper / Fox & Friends / Oval office / Mueller files / none of these options (so name your own!)
2 -- One star of cold open [for a BONUS POINT, say who they play]
3 -- New impression [for a BONUS point, cast it]
4 -- Monologue -- Questions / musical / stand-up / host joined on stage / audience riffing / host talkin' 'bout oneself
BONUS POINT -- 5 -- Name one cast member in the monologue...
BONUS POINT -- 6 -- Kate' s biggest role this week is... (name an impression or original character in her repertoire)
7 -- Host's partner in a sketch is played by...
8 -- Name a cameo! Or do we get none? (Cameos for musical guests don't count here)
9 -- Recurring sketch -- Aidy's porn girl / Cecily's restaurant complainer / Cecily's musical party guest / Kenan's Gerard / Treece Henderson trio / Melissa's dirty talk / America's Funniest Pets / something else (name it!)
10 -- SNL staple -- Family Feud / Black Jeopardy / music video / game show / dating show / impressions reel / commercial parody / Beck and Kyle pretape / Good Day Denver / Chris-Pete-Kenan rap
BONUS POINT -- 11 -- Update feature A
BONUS POINT -- 12 -- Update feature B
13 -- Let it return! -- Beck’s alien lover / Beck’s Chuckie Chocolate / Aidy’s Bunny / Aidy and Chris’ flight attendants / Leslie’s Tamika / Leslie and Cecily’s cleaning crew / Cecily’s reality star / Cecily’s Candice / Cecily’s script supervisor / Melissa’s Mrs Gomez / Heidi’s Pretty Mandy / something else (name it!)
14 -- Season 44 hit returns, or pretaped recurring bit -- Ego and Leslie’s traffic cops / Bayou Benny / Heidi’s holiday gusher / Pug Wigs / Beck and Kyle’s brothers / Pete’s Chad / Kyle backstage / Kyle’s Chris Fitzpatrick / Inside SoCal / something else (name it!)
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2018.11.29 11:47 fanboybtes 'SNL Predict' returns and is easy! -- Claire Foy edn.

MainHamster joins Froghatten, skomehillet, haasenfrass, ADWeasley and lyla2398 on the leaderboard with 1 win; fanboybtes moves up meeting AngelKnives and MattyATee with 2 wins, behind johnmurr who carries over a successful 3 from last season and leads our leaderboard…
1 -- Cold open topic -- Trumpwin press conference or rally / Cohen in court / Manafort pardon / Yemen disagreement ft. senators / Ivanka's emails / Mississippi Republican win / Theresa May and Brexit / Anderson Cooper / Fox & Friends / Oval office / Mueller files / Morning Joe / none of these options (so name your own!)
2 -- One star of cold open [for a BONUS POINT, say who they play]
3 -- New impression [for a BONUS point, cast it]
4 -- Monologue -- Questions / musical / stand-up / host joined on stage / audience riffing / host talkin' 'bout oneself
BONUS POINT -- 5 -- Name one cast member in the monologue...
BONUS POINT -- 6 -- Kate' s biggest role this week is... (name an impression or original character in her repertoire)
7 -- Host's partner in a sketch is played by...
8 -- Name a cameo! Or do we get none? (Cameos for musical guests don't count here)
9 -- Recurring sketch -- Aidy's porn girl / Cecily's restaurant complainer / Cecily's musical party guest / Kenan's Gerard / Treece Henderson trio / Melissa's dirty talk / America's Funniest Pets / something else (name it!)
10 -- SNL staple -- Family Feud / Black Jeopardy / music video / game show / dating show / impressions reel / commercial parody / Beck and Kyle pretape / Good Day Denver / Chris-Pete-Kenan rap
BONUS POINT -- 11 -- Update feature A
BONUS POINT -- 12 -- Update feature B
13 -- Let it return! -- Beck’s alien lover / Beck’s Chuckie Chocolate / Aidy’s Bunny / Aidy and Chris’ flight attendants / Leslie’s Tamika / Leslie and Cecily’s cleaning crew / Cecily’s reality star / Cecily’s Candice / Cecily’s script supervisor / Melissa’s Mrs Gomez / Heidi’s Pretty Mandy / something else (name it!)
14 -- Season 44 hit returns, or pretaped recurring bit -- Ego and Leslie’s traffic cops / Bayou Benny / Heidi’s holiday gusher / Pug Wigs / Beck and Kyle’s brothers / Pete’s Chad / Kyle backstage / Kyle’s Chris Fitzpatrick / Inside SoCal / something else (name it!)
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2018.10.12 06:40 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Our Ugly Dark Twisted Reality by Priyanka Aribindi, Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (10/11/18)

"I could say that I'm the most bullied person in the World." —Melania Trump. She’s not.

#WhereIsJamal

President Trump really wants to let Saudi Arabia off the hook for murdering the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for the Washington Post and lived legally in the United States, and the question is why.
Khashoggi, who had been critical of the Saudi regime, and sought to set up a pro-democracy organization in Washington, entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2 and never emerged. Turkish officials say agents of the Saudi regime murdered him and sneaked his dismembered body out of the country.
At an Oval Office press event Thursday, Trump essentially warned Congress—and signaled to Saudi leaders—that he will not sanction Saudi individuals for murdering Khashoggi under any circumstances, in order to protect $110 billion in U.S. arms sales to the Saudi kingdom.
“If it turns out to be as bad as it might be, there are certainly other ways of handling the situation,” he said. “But I will tell you up front, right now, and I’ll say it in front of senators, they’re spending $110 billion purchasing military equipment and other things. If we don’t sell it to them, they’ll say ‘well thank you very much, we’ll buy it from Russia,’ or, ‘thank you very much, we’ll buy it from China.’” If Trump wanted the Saudis to come clean, the threat of sanctions would be a powerful tool, but the master dealmaker just gave up all of his leverage. Curious.
On Wednesday, Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to President Trump, signed by nearly two dozen committee members and others, which triggers provisions of a law called the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Under the terms of the law, the letter from Corker and Menendez requires the Trump administration to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance, and, if he was murdered, formally determine within 120 days whether or not to sanction the individuals responsible.
Trump’s reluctance to upset Saudi Arabia is particularly alarming in light of his actions since Khashoggi went missing, and reports about how his administration responded to threats against Khashoggi’s safety.
For days, Trump pretended to know nothing about Khashoggi’s wellbeing. But as the Washington Post reported Wednesday, the U.S. intelligence community was fully aware that the Saudis intended to capture and possibly harm Khashoggi, and that intelligence “had been disseminated throughout the U.S. government…contained in reports that are routinely available to people working on U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia.”
That almost undoubtedly includes Jared Kushner, who forged a close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and likely Trump himself. If that intelligence said the Saudis were planning to kill him, then by law the U.S. government had a “duty to warn” Khasshogi about the danger he faced.
The world is watching. Trump’s response to this horrific attack will either signal that there will be repercussions to cracking down on dissent, or that the U.S. will turn a blind eye.
From Brian: Speculation about whether the Kushners and Trumps have personal financial interests in the U.S.-Saudi relationship has dogged the administration since Trump took office, and flew to Saudi Arabia for his first official trip abroad. The questions the potential conflicts of interest raise—about what Trump knew when, and why he’s reluctant to take action now—are almost too dark to fathom, but they require answers.

What Else

President Trump’s legal team is responding to written questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller about the Trump campaign’s involvement in the Russian government’s subversion of the 2016 election. It’s about fucking time!
Six people have died, and thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed, since Hurricane Michael made landfall yesterday. Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Michael is now moving through Georgia and towards the Carolinas, which already suffered through Hurricane Florence earlier this year.
GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson just contributed tens of millions of additional dollars to Republican efforts to hold Congress, one day after ProPublica reported that Trump personally lobbied Shinzo Abe to grant Adelson a license to open a casino in Japan. They don’t even try to hide the corruption. Don’t have millions of dollars to donate? You don’t have to! Sign up for a volunteer shift on Vote Save America. Text people reminders to vote instead of scrolling aimlessly through Instagram. Everything counts → votesaveamerica.com/takeaction
Facebook is purging 559 pages and 251 accounts that are hyper-partisan and have posted spammy political content. The company says that it didn’t consider partisan leanings in the purge, only the methods by which the pages and accounts spread content, though more right-leaning pages were ultimately removed than left-leaning ones.
Senate Democrats accepted an offer from Republicans to confirm 15 Trump judicial nominees to life terms in exchange for putting the Senate into recess, allowing vulnerable senators to campaign in their home states ahead of the midterm elections. From Brian: Good to see Democrats take the long view of things.
Today, Washington state became the 20th to abolish the death penalty, after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that it’s applied unevenly, and converted the death sentences of eight men on death row to life sentences.
Things may be all good between President Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but the president is reportedly considering five candidates to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, assuming that he will leave the Justice Department by the end of this year. One candidate, Sessions’ own chief of staff, was publicly critical of Robert Mueller before he joined the administration.
Stocks plummeted for the second day in a row.
Ryan Coogler officially signed on to write and direct Black Panther 2. You wanted good news, here’s good news. You’re welcome.

Look No Further than the Crooked Media

On Hysteria: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) joins Erin Ryan to talk about her no vote on Brett Kavanaugh, and bond over being from the Midwest. Megan Gailey and Kiran Deol also join Erin to discuss several anti-choice initiatives that have made it onto state ballots, and where we go from here.
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On Crooked.com: Brian writes about how Democrats are finally growing wise to the true nature of the GOP and shouldn’t let bad-faith Republican complaints about liberal “mobs” trick them into unilaterally disarming again.
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Under the Radar

The Department of Justice has revealed that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross consulted with Steve Bannon about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in order to decrease representation in immigrant communities. Ross has testified to Congress that he was not aware of any discussions between himself or his team with White House officials or the president about adding the question. Lying to Congress is a crime.

Guess We Have To Talk About This Now

Kanye West visited the White House today for a meeting on prison reform and gang violence, before President Trump opened the meeting to the press and Kanye delivered a disjointed monologue which was actually quite sad to watch. Among other things, West noted that his female-dominated family, growing up without his father, and Hillary Clinton’s prominence left him feeling emasculated, and that he thinks Apple should make Trump a hydrogen-powered "iPlane 1.”
He also spoke about being misdiagnosed as bipolar, and suffering from sleep deprivation. For the first time in his life, Trump felt like America feels when Trump rants incoherently about nonsense. He watched Kanye in near total silence, but he never tried to bring the press event to a close. That’s because Trump doesn’t care about Kanye West beyond his usefulness as someone with a large following who’ll praise Trump in public. It’s okay with him if a fallen cultural icon has a meltdown in the Oval Office, so long as he’s wearing a MAGA hat.

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Is That Hope I Feel?

Prolific activist Ady Barkan was diagnosed with ALS—a terminal disease that has been destroying his body—three weeks before Donald Trump was elected in 2016. He had been a progressive activist before his diagnosis, and in the time since, has continued fight back and organize others to do the same. In the Nation he writes about the importance of not simply voting, but why we also need to become organizers.
“Activism is precisely about not accepting the tragedies of this world, but rather on insisting that we can reduce pain and prolong life... This moment calls on us all to become organizers. To be heroes for our communities and future generations. To talk to our less political friends, neighbors, classmates, and co-workers, and to enlist them in this experiment we call American democracy. This is our Congress, our country, and our future for the making.”
Take Ady’s advice. Don't just votevotesaveamerica.com/takeaction
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Do you enjoy this? We enjoy this. But we have also been fundamentally broken by the internet, so who knows. Enjoy?
Walter(Owen's Grandp) on Twitter: "The liberal’s like to say Trump is a sexist but he is alway’s thinking about women first ,, such as lock her up instead of lock him up ,, wow !!! I bet you would never see that “ Obama’ do that !!"
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2018.09.10 22:41 Megaseelanti Washington Journal: GOP Pollster Jim Hobart & Dem Pollster Ben Winston on Campaign 2018; Prof. Heidi Li Feldman on 25th Amendment; Heritage Foundation's John Malcolm on Kavanaugh Hearings & Mueller Investigation (September 9, 2018)

Jim Hobart and Ben Winston on Campaign 2018
Republican pollster Jim Hobart, Partner at Public Opinion Strategies, and Democratic pollster Ben Winston, Senior Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, discussed voter opinion and key issues in campaign 2018.
Heidi Li Feldman on the 25th Amendment
Georgetown University Law Center professor Heidi Li Feldman talked about the history of the 25th Amendment, which deals with presidential succession.
John Malcolm on the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings and the Mueller Investigation
John Malcolm, Director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, discusses the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings and the Mueller investigation.
Host: Steve Scully.
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2018.06.02 05:45 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman by Priyanka Aribindi, Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (6/1/18)

"That letter was a very nice letter... I haven't opened it."—Donald Trump, obviously

Checks? Balances? Anyone?

Yesterday, President Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imported from Europe, Mexico, and Canada—key U.S. allies and trading partners—after delaying them for one month. In response, each has promised or implemented retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports.
On Thursday night, Trump's longtime political adviser Roger Stone gave away the game about Trump's use of the pardon power. “It has to be a signal to Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort and even Robert S. Mueller III: Indict people for crimes that don’t pertain to Russian collusion and this is what could happen,” Stone said, acknowledging Trump is witness tampering. “The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers.” Real constitutionalist, this guy!
Then, on Friday morning, Trump teased highly sensitive, market-moving labor market data before its official release, breaking protocol that prevents the sharing of this information for the purposes of market manipulation and insider trading. This also raises concerns that Trump himself, or his family and political allies, might be trading on that information month by month. (But they would never! JK.)
This is a reminder that the Republican Congress is just not doing the job of, you know, Congress. Congressional Republicans say they hate Trump’s tariffs, but they aren’t using their power to reverse them. A few of them might say it’s inappropriate of Trump to prematurely tweet out sensitive economic information, but none have called for investigations even though this breach would have been a big scandal in any other administration. They can’t stop him from pardoning whoever he wants directly, short of impeachment, but they could speak out and use their oversight powers to discourage these abuses.
Anyway, if you want a Congress that will hold Trump accountable, we need a new Congress. Don’t hate the game. Hate the players. →

Those Coins Are Worthless Again

President Trump announced that his North Korea summit is back on, after he called it off last week due to “hostility” from the North Korean government. Today he told the press that a North Korean envoy delivered him a “very nice letter”, but when pressed on his response he said that he hasn’t read it yet. (He was busy looking for Melania.)
Don’t be surprised if the summit ends up canceled and then uncanceled one or two more times. Previously on THEY BOTH HAVE NUKES OH PLEASE GOD SAVE US, North Korea threatened to back out after Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton cited Libya’s denuclearization as a model for North Korea. Now we’re learning that one of North Korea’s shows of good faith—the apparent demolition of a test site—was likely meaningless propaganda. We’re exhausted. The Bachelorette has less manufactured drama.
Anyway, bring back the coins!

What Else

President Trump has yet to mention a new study’s conclusion that nearly 5,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria—a figure that is 70-times greater than the official government death toll. Instead, speaking about hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico this morning, Trump said: “I don't think any brand has gained more momentum or has gained more of anything than the brand of the United States Coast Guard."
Trump plans to intervene in energy markets to bail out coal and nuclear power plants because the environment isn’t dirty enough, and his campaign contributors haven’t been adequately paid off.
A top aide to Scott Pruitt signed off on spending $1,560 in taxpayer money on 12 customized fountain pens from a D.C. jewelry store. Spoiler alert: Pruitt will keep his job as EPA Administrator, even after 15 more stories like this come out over the course of the next week.
Trump’s ambassador to Israel David Friedman told the Times of Israel, “There’s no question Republicans support Israel more than Democrats” From Tommy: Friedman’s comment is stupid and offensive but also harmful to Israel in the long term. Support for Israel has long been a bipartisan issue. Comments like Friedman’s could change that.
The Koch brothers have decided to back Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in her bid for re-election. In a new ad campaign backed by their political advocacy group, they thank Heitkamp for her vote to repeal Obama-era Dodd-Frank regulations on banks.
MSNBC host Joy Reid has apologized for another newly surfaced post from her old blog showing John McCain’s head Photoshopped onto the body of the Virginia Tech shooter. Notably, Reid did not make mention of the hackers she baselessly blamed for earlier unsavory posts about LGBT people.
Music streaming service Spotify will no longer remove songs by artists accused of “hateful conduct” from its promoted playlists and recommendations—a policy the company implemented in response to the #MuteRKelly campaign. The reversal comes in response to intense pushback from the music industry, and threats from artists like Kendrick Lamar to pull their music from the service. Guess this is their remix to contrition?
Today, an Iowa judge issued a temporary injunction to prevent the enforcement of a law that seeks to prohibit women from receiving abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected—before many women are even aware that they’re pregnant.
Pope Francis is gathering the heads of oil companies and investment firms in Vatican City next week to talk about how they can address climate change. Sounds lit, Pope Francis, keep doing you.
Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas won the Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday, spelling the word "koinonia" correctly to take home more than $42,000 in prize money. Nobody here even knows how to pronounce that word. It’s probably not a word.

Look No Further than the Crooked Media

On Crooked Conversations: Jon Lovett and Adam Grant, a behavioral psychologist and host of the podcast WorkLife from TED, have a fascinating discussion about how psychology can help us fight groupthink, reach voters, and get politicians to actually agree on policy.
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What In The World?

Myanmar announced that it has reached a deal with the United Nations that could help over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims return to the country. The Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar fled en masse into the neighboring county of Bangladesh in order to escape violence, mass slaughter, rape, the burning of their villages, and other atrocities at the hands of Myanmar’s military. The humanitarian crisis they have faced has made them arguably the most persecuted minority on the planet. As a part of the deal, two U.N. groups will be given access to the Rakhine State (the home of the Rohingya) for the first time since violence emerged last August, and will attempt to facilitate the return of refugees.

Bad Punditry

In his Thursday column, the anti-Trump conservative columnist George Will defended Mitch McConnell’s unprecedented refusal to consider President Obama’s judicial nominees. “To prevent Republicans from reciprocating with filibusters against Obama’s packing-by-enlargement of the nation’s second-most-important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Democrats changed Senate rules to bar filibusters of judicial nominees other than those for the Supreme Court.”
One problem: this isn’t true. Obama did not “enlarge” the D.C. circuit court, or try to pack it in any way. Oh no! A lie! Obama nominated judges to fill existing vacancies, per the job posting as described in Article II of the constitution. And it’s worth noting: Democrats did not change the filibuster rule in a vacuum; they did so after Republicans had imposed a blanket filibuster on all of those nominees, making clear that they would hold seats open for a Republican president to fill. There should probably be a correction, but the whole damn system needs a correction, you know?

Did You See That Thing?

There’s a new LeBron meme.

Enjoy

Kassie Solon on Twitter: "She glowed up so hard on us. Y'all said she isn't a planet and she went out and got a whole revenge bod, and now y'all keep saying you miss Pluto being a planet but you had your chance!! Look at her, she has Moved On!!"
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2018.05.18 05:34 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Animal instincts by Priyanka Aribindi, Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (5/17/18)

"I have no interest in television right now."—Michael Avenatti, likely tweeting from an MSNBC green room

Trump, King of Nuance

On Wednesday, President Trump faced widespread backlash for referring to some deported immigrants as “animals.”
Republican pundits rushed to Trump’s defense, arguing that Trump had been taken out of context, and had only referred to MS-13 gang members as animals. People should read the full transcript, which makes it pretty clear that Trump was doing the same thing he’s been doing since he called Mexican immigrants rapists when he launched his campaign: conflating immigrants with criminals.
Many Republican critics decided to take their argument a step further by accusing liberals and Democrats of siding with MS-13 over Trump—a predictably gross move that made its way into Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ press briefing today.
The bullying tactic worked well enough that the Associated Press deleted a tweet because it didn’t include the caveats conservatives demanded.
From Brian: This episode dovetails with an increasingly prominent conservative argument that excessive liberal accusations of racism are responsible for making Republicans embrace white nationalism. Yes, people actually say that. But it’s a rigged game. It confronts Trump’s critics with a choice between giving him a pass on his racism (selling the humanity of immigrants short) or being accused of elitism, or worse. Here, Trump said something racist, people called it racist, and his supporters turned around and accused those people of being in league with gang members. Nobody can force conservatives to stop defending Trump’s racism, but nobody has to buy into these bad faith arguments either.

Hurricane of Crimes

On Wednesday, the New York Times published a comprehensive history of the early days of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. The main subtext of the piece is that FBI leaders were so concerned about the sensitivity of the investigation, and concerned that Trump would use its existence to delegitimize the American political system if he found out about it, that they told practically no one, keeping the public in the dark about the fact that the Republican nominee’s campaign was under federal investigation. Reminder: We did hear A LOT about the investigation of his opponent! Still frustrating!
The Trump investigation has since yielded dozens of indictments and five guilty pleas, underscoring why it was needed in the first place. Trump propagandists, by contrast, are characterizing the very fact his advisers were under investigation as evidence that the FBI “spied” on his campaign. How dare they investigate people who later admitted their own guilt! Why won’t the FBI let my crime syndicate operate with impunity? This is America!

What Else

Paul Manafort’s ex-son-in-law and ex-business partner is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller after entering a plea agreement that remains under seal. The search is on for someone who won’t turn on Paul Manafort.
Rudy Giuliani claims Mueller won’t indict Trump if he finds wrongdoing, and that Mueller told him that he would follow the Justice Department’s legal determination that the Constitution doesn’t allow for a sitting president to be prosecuted. Cool talking point! One caveat: The guy who wrote the special counsel regulations says that even if Giuliani isn’t making this shit up, it’s still probably bad news for Trump.
By a vote of 54-45, the Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as Trump’s next CIA director. Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Mark Warner (D-VA) crossed the aisle, ensuring that a leader of the Bush administration torture program who didn’t have enough Republican votes to be confirmed got the job anyhow. Great work everyone.
The FDA has approved the first non-opioid treatment to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms.
White House officials have limited the number of communications staffers invited to daily meetings after the fact that they “joked” about John McCain’s terminal cancer leaked. Leakers, keep leaking.
More House Republicans are openly defying their leaders by signing on to an effort to force votes on legislation to help Dreamers. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy claims a debate on immigration could cost Republicans the majority, because their nativist white base will punish them if a pro-Dreamer bill passes.
Trump “doesn’t think he needs” to prepare much for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which, if you’ve read a single article about him ever, should not surprise you at all.
A mysterious, sharp increase in emissions of an ozone-destroying chemical that has been banned worldwide has convinced leading scientists that someone is producing it illegally in East Asia. If this isn’t stopped, they believe the recovery of the ozone layer could be delayed by more than a decade. (Real setback for Trump Chemicals, Inc.)
Cambridge Analytica allegedly tried to suppress voting while working for Steve Bannon, specifically targeting African Americans with “voter disengagement tactics,” according to the same former employee who revealed the firm’s original misuse of Facebook data. People of conscience would find this admission gross, but these monsters actually bragged about it during the campaign!
After a Tim Horton’s employee refused to let a woman use the restroom, she pooped at the register and threw it at him. From Brian: I knew the Crooked Media HQ toilet situation had become untenable, but I didn’t know Tim Horton’s had expanded to West Hollywood.

Look No Further than the Crooked Media

There’s plenty happening on Pod Save the World this week—Tommy talks with Washington Post reporter Anne Gearan about Gaza, the Trump administration response, the twists and turns leading up to the North Korea summit, and Rex Tillerson’s harsh criticism of President Trump.
Listen

Be Smarter

The question of whether Democrats will be able to take back the House of Representatives will turn on swing districts—whose voters happen to be whiter, older, and wealthier than average.
According to the Washington Post, “Police brutality, the opioid epidemic, health insurance, hourly wages and college affordability could all take a back seat in these races that will decide control of the House. It's a safe assumption that those aren't the highest-priority issues with the voters who will have an outsize influence on which party controls Congress.”
All the more reason to register, pitch in, and vote →

Did You Read That Thing?

It’s the one-year anniversary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, so what better time to get an inside look at his rock-solid team?
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The New Dumbest Thing I Have Ever Heard

Someone somewhere wants to rot our brains with a third generation of the horrible TV show Crossfire, featuring Michael Avenatti and Anthony Scaramucci. Hard pass.

You've Gotten Be Fucking Kidding Me

According to Bill Gates, Donald Trump asked him “if there was a difference between HIV and HPV.” Trump is the abstinence-only president who called avoiding venereal disease his “personal Vietnam,” then paid off an adult-film actress with whom he had unprotected sex right after his youngest child was born.

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2017.06.15 13:39 feedreddit LATEST on Steve Scalise – TRUMP visits hospital -- Shock on the Hill -- Dems hold off on gun debate -- WAPO: Special counsel investigating obstruction – FOX NEWS drops ‘fair and balanced’ slogan -- B’DAY: Alyssa Farah

LATEST on Steve Scalise – TRUMP visits hospital -- Shock on the Hill -- Dems hold off on gun debate -- WAPO: Special counsel investigating obstruction – FOX NEWS drops ‘fair and balanced’ slogan -- B’DAY: Alyssa Farah
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Good Thursday morning. THE LATEST ON STEVE SCALISE -- “Scalise remains in critical condition after mass shooting,” by Louis Nelson, John Bresnahan, and Jake Sherman: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in critical condition in a Washington hospital, and will require additional surgeries after a bullet pierced his hip, injured organs and caused ‘severe bleeding,’ according to a statement Wednesday night. Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, is in MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Northwest D.C., where he has had at least two procedures, and ‘multiple units of blood transfusion,’ the hospital said Wednesday night. Scalise was brought to the hospital in ‘shock,’ the statement said. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the hospital Wednesday night, and brought the Scalise family flowers.” http://politi.co/2ru9BWi
-- @realDonaldTrump at 9:41 p.m.: “Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!”
STATEMENT FROM MATT MIKA’S FAMILY: “Matt suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He recently came out of surgery but remains in the ICU in critical condition and we expect him to stay there for at least several days. Our family is now here with him and we continue to ask for privacy and understanding while we focus on Matt and his recovery.
“Many have asked about Matt and what we can share about him. While the attack today was a terrible surprise, Matt’s presence on the ball field, helping longtime colleagues and friends was not. He is a very thoughtful, fun-loving person who is competitive and loyal; all things which contributed to his continued commitment to the Congressional Baseball Game.”
-- “Who were the people injured at Wednesday’s baseball practice shooting?,” by Rachael Bade, Theo Meyer, John Lauinger, and Kyle Cheney: http://politi.co/2tppcmG
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THE VENEER, SHATTERED. Members of Congress have long thought of Washington as a safe space, of sorts. Sure, they engage in heated rhetoric in the Capitol, waging partisan war from early in the morning until late at night. But their life in Washington is quite sheltered: they exercise in a members-only gym. Many of them sleep in their offices in the Capitol complex. They eat and drink together at partisan social clubs. But we’re hearing a refrain we first heard in 2011, when Gabby Giffords was shot: we’re sitting ducks.
-- FROM USA TODAY’S HEIDI PRZYBYLA: “[L]awmakers including Cedric Richmond, D-La., had expressed fears last week about member safety. Richmond, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, raised his concerns directly to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.” https://usat.ly/2rjOi5ERichmond is a good friend of Scalise’s, as well.
THE SENSE OF SHOCK in the Capitol -- especially the House -- is extraordinarily palpable. The mood was tense all day, and remained uncertain at night. Several House Republicans were texting us throughout the evening, wondering about the severity of Scalise’s injuries. Lawmakers are extraordinarily shaken. Forget party affiliation: Congress -- and Washington -- is a big saga with a set of predictable characters: lawmakers, aides, lobbyists, reporters. And when one gets hurt, sick, injured -- many realize it could easily be them. And a shooting like this is causing lawmakers and staff to take stock of their own safety. Countless lawmakers we spoke to throughout the day yesterday were rethinking their out-in-front, prominent roles in today’s political scene.
CAPITOL HILL REPORTERS were shaken up, as well. First of all, dozens of reporters work in the Capitol every day. And unlike the White House -- which regularly dumps all over reporters and decries their work product as phony -- lawmakers on the Hill are generally cordial with journalists in the Capitol and respect the job we do. We spend years covering lawmakers up close and oftentimes develop an easy rapport with people like Scalise -- savvy pols who successfully make their way up the leadership ladder. Scalise shows up at off-the-record happy hours for reporters at the annual Republican retreat. His office, like others, throws cocktail receptions to get to become better acquainted with Capitol Hill reporters. That doesn’t mean the relationship isn’t adversarial at times -- it most definitely is. It means building a personal relationship -- getting to know each other as human beings -- is important to both sides. We know Scalise, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer as politicians, but most of us have had many occasions to talk to them on a personal level, as well.
--“Photos: Following the aftermath of the congressional shooting” -- 43 pixhttp://politi.co/2sdsCd0
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is getting bipartisan plaudits so far for his strong speech Wednesday, and his visit to Scalise family in the hospital Wednesday night.
HAPPENING TODAY -- Trump is giving a speech and signing an executive order on apprenticeships. Vice President Mike Pence will be in Miami to give the keynote address at the Conference on Prosperity and Security, a gathering focused on Central American political and security issues.
THE HOUSE is out of session after 4 p.m. today. The Congressional Baseball Game is on. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. More info and tickets herehttp://atmlb.com/2sCV4aM
--“The Congressional Baseball Game: A History in Pictures: How the most bipartisan event in Washington has changed over time” -- 10 pixhttp://politi.co/2rucdng
THE POLITICS -- “Democrats wary of reviving gun debate too soon,” by Seung Min Kim, Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle: “One year ago, Sen. Chris Murphy sprang into action almost immediately after a gun massacre at an Orlando nightclub - accusing Congress of an ‘unconscionable deafening silence’ and launching a 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor. But the gun-control advocate who once argued that lawmakers should put forward ‘legislative action within an hour of a shooting’ was more circumspect on Wednesday after a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in the suburbs of Washington. One tragic incident, he acknowledged, won’t move the needle - even one that affected one of their own, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). …
“[T]he tone among even the most ardent proponents of stricter gun laws was dramatically different. In multiple interviews, several Democratic lawmakers urged that no, today was not the day to revive the dormant gun control debate. It was too soon, it hit too close to home - and lawmakers simply didn’t want to stand accused of politicizing a shooting that injured a colleague and friend.” http://politi.co/2t50qZx
-- JONATHAN MARTIN on A18 of the NYT: “Their Own Targeted, G.O.P. Lawmakers Want Looser Gun Laws, Not Stricter Ones.”http://nyti.ms/2s3RtBh
ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY --HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY will “offer a resolution to commend the heroic actions of Capitol Police and other first responders, and recognize everyone affected by this tragic incident."
BEHIND THE SCENES -- FROM KYLE CHENEY, our incredibly versatile House reporter who spent the day in Alexandria reporting on the shooting: “In the course of reporting from Alexandria, I had two eye-opening encounters with witnesses that really gnawed at me during such a harrowing moment. I arrived at the ballpark less than an hour after the shooting and overheard one witness – a man possibly in his mid-20s -- excitedly describing the incident in vivid detail over the phone. It was still a murky situation at that point, so as soon as he hung up, I asked him if he could repeat to me what he had seen.
“The man immediately tensed up and told me that there was no way he’d talk to the media because he can’t stand the press and he thinks we’re all complicit in leaking (of what, I’m not sure). I told him I personally hadn’t ‘leaked’ anything but in fact knew and reported on some of the people on the field that morning – and that his information might help provide some clarity at a critical moment. He still refused. A short while later, while holed up in a coffee shop across from the field, I chatted with a young woman who also witnessed the aftermath. She said she took comfort when she found out the assailant had targeted members of Congress – not because she wished them any harm but because it would’ve been more unnerving, she said, had the violence been random. Both conversations were revealing about some of the sad realities we now live with.
“It’s only fair if I also mention that these encounters were exceptions on a day of many kindnesses. Most witnesses were forthcoming with as much detail as they could muster, and I watched as random passersby delivered Gatorade, iced tea and even a bag full of Chick-fil-A to police on the scene. And the police then shared the spoils with journalists, pedestrians and others baking in the Alexandria sun.”
WAPO SCOOP -- “Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say,” by Devlin Barrett, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horowitz: “The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said. …
“Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI. …
“The White House now refers all questions about the Russia investigation to Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. ‘The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,’ said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.” http://wapo.st/2rjkqqo
-- WSJ’s Del Quentin Wilber, Shane Harris and Paul Sonne: “The special counsel also plans to interview Rick Ledgett, who recently retired as the deputy director of the NSA … While Mr. Ledgett was still in office, he wrote a memo documenting a phone call that Mr. Rogers had with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. During the call, the president questioned the veracity of the intelligence community’s judgment that Russia had interfered with the election and tried to persuade Mr. Rogers to say there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.” http://on.wsj.com/2sD4vXP
HUFFPOST and DRUDGE earlier this morning had pretty much the same banner – HuffPo: “BDAY PRESENT FOR PREZ: OBSTRUCTION INQUIRY” ... Drudge: “WASH POST BDAY PRESENT TO TRUMP: MUELLER PROBES OBSTRUCTION”.
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP -- “Manafort still doing international work,” by Ken Vogel: “Paul Manafort is at the center of an FBI investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russians, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing business with international figures and companies, partly by claiming continued access to Trump, according to people familiar with his dealings.
“Manafort in recent weeks has either consulted or worked with a Chinese construction billionaire looking to expand his business overseas and a telecommunications firm interested in regulatory approval from governments in Asia and the Middle East, as well as an investment fund claiming links to the Chinese government, according to documents and interviews.
“Manafort quietly consulted on a proposal under which the Chinese fund — the China Development Fund — would invest $30 billion or more in the Puerto Rican government's bond debt and possibly the island's critical infrastructure, according to documents and interviews with four people familiar with the negotiations, including a Manafort business partner.
“One of the people, a lawyer involved in the discussions, said Manafort indicated that he could convince the Trump administration to support any resulting deal, because he’s remained in contact with Trump’s team, and that he played a role in helping to soften Trump's tough campaign rhetoric on China. ‘He’s going around telling people that he’s still talking to the president and -- even more than that -- that he is helping to shape Trump’s foreign policy,’ said the lawyer involved in the discussions.” http://politi.co/2rjtsDO
TARA PALMERI AND KEN VOGEL: “Trump huddled with donors on day of Comey testimony”: “On the same day last week that fired FBI Director James Comey delivered his damaging Senate testimony, President Donald Trump’s team summoned about a dozen top donors to the White House to rally support for Trump’s agenda. The donors -- including Ken Griffin, Doug DeVos, Tom Hicks, Jr., Bekah Mercer, Todd Ricketts, Tom Saunders, Paul Singer and Dick Uihlein -- gathered in the Roosevelt Room on June 8 for a briefing from Trump’s legislative director Marc Short, according to a senior administration official and other people familiar with the event.
“These people said that Trump himself stopped by the briefing to greet the donors, while Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway also spent time at the event. … A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the donor briefing. But a senior administration official said that topics covered during the briefing included healthcare, tax reform, the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch, pending judicial nominations, the Paris accord and the Saudi arms sale. ‘[It was a] 'here's what we see as the legislative calendar and how you can be helpful' type of meeting,’ the official said.” http://politi.co/2rtB8HL
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Jeh Johnson to testify publicly in House Russia probe,” by Austin Wright: “Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is set to testify publicly next Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia’s election meddling, according to a congressional source. Johnson appeared earlier this week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the session was closed.” http://politi.co/2sCSeCE
IMPORTANT READ -- MEGYN KELLY SPEAKS -- NYT'S JIM RUTENBERG: "Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones and a Fine Line Between News and Promotion": "Where’s the line between covering a scoundrel as a news figure and giving him a promotional platform? The question has consumed Megyn Kelly this week, after she showed a trailer Sunday night of her coming feature on NBC about Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who has questioned whether the Sandy Hook school massacre truly happened and asserted that Sept. 11 was an inside job....
"'What we do as journalists is we shine a light on those with power, those with influence, those who have become culturally relevant,' she said. 'Of course, it’s upsetting to know that doing that causes any upset to the Newtown families, many of whom I know well. But I have to do my job.'... 'As journalists, we don’t get to interview only the good guys — that’s not journalism,' ... 'It’s going to be very difficult for us to keep an eye on the more controversial figures of our time if we never talk to them.'" https://nyti.ms/2tmhgmj
THE JUICE …
-- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT: Trump celebrated his 71st birthday with dinner at the White House before going to visit Scalise in the hospital, per a pool report. Eric, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Jared Kushner, their kids and Tiffany were all there.
-- ISAAC DOVERE is reporting that Lambda Legal is opening up a D.C. office and plans to raise an additional $25 million over the next for years in an effort to ratchet up the fight against the Trump administration. Sharon McGowan, who was until January a top attorney in the Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama, is running the office. http://politi.co/2sdDcRd
-- SPOTTED: Chris Ruddy, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) having an animated conversation in the lobby of Trump Hotel on Tuesday night.
-- SENATE LEADERSHIP FUND reported dropping $443,104 to boost Sen. Luther Strange’s (R-Ala.) candidacy. … The CHAMBER OF COMMERCE reported $153,491 in spending on behalf of Karen Handel in Georgia.
THE ALLEGED SHOOTER -- “James Hodgkinson’s long descent into rage: ‘Nobody really knew anything about him,’” by Lorraine Woellert, Josh Meyer and Alan Greenblatt: “James T. Hodgkinson lived a seemingly comfortable existence back home. He had a wife, friends and a pool where he hosted parties. How and why his life ended on a blood-soaked field halfway across the nation remains largely a mystery to investigators trying to piece together his life. Anger, plain and simple, seemed to be one driver. A man prone to aggressive outbursts, Hodgkinson had grown increasingly angry at the political order in recent years, lashing out online against President Donald Trump and other Republicans. ...
“Hodgkinson was no stranger to law enforcement. He had a lengthy arrest record and seemed prone to violent fits. Most recently, he had been warned about shooting a high-powered gun in the vicinity of his neighbors’ houses. ... In April 2006, he was arrested on firearms and battery charges after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face and pulled a 12-gauge shotgun on a witness, Joel Fernandez, who had attempted to intervene.” http://politi.co/2s4g6Ot
THE BIG PICTURE -- “How an Annual Ballgame Has Kept Congress Civil,” by Ben Strauss for Politico Magazine: “What might seem like just a bunch of middle-aged men reliving their high school glory, has become in recent years a meaningful tribute to the painfully nostalgic notion of old-fashioned bipartisanship in an increasingly divided nation. And so while one baseball team -- this one made up of Republican Congressmen and Senators -- cowered behind fences and trees to save their lives, their ostensible opponents -- a group of Democratic lawmakers -- gathered in a dugout 10 miles away in Northeast Washington. They stood arm in arm, and prayed for their colleagues.” http://politi.co/2sviQpp
-- “Obama reaches out to Sen. Flake after shooting,” by Elana Schor: “Former President Barack Obama reached out to Sen. Jeff Flake Wednesday morning in the wake of the shooting at the GOP’s congressional baseball game practice to extend his ‘best wishes and prayers’ for the victims, the Arizona Republican said.” http://politi.co/2t4QeQM
GARRETT GRAFF in POLITICO Magazine, “How Congress Failed to Plan for Doomsday: What would happen if some crazed gunman or terrorist massacred Congress? We don’t really know—and that’s bad news for our democracy”: “One idea floated was that each member of Congress should designate his or her own list of successors in case of incapacitation—with those successors serving until either the next regular election or the member regained the ability to hold office. Several states, including Delaware and Texas, had passed similar bills during the 1950s and 1960s at the height of the Cold War to reconstitute their state legislatures following a nuclear attack. Two former House speakers, Thomas Foley and Newt Gingrich, endorsed that ‘expeditious path’ to solving the congressional continuity issue and preserving the House’s directly elected ‘legitimacy.’” http://politi.co/2rjrgfy
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Turkish Guards Will Be Charged in Embassy Protest, Officials Say,” by NYT’s Nick Fandos: “Law enforcement officials plan to announce charges Thursday against a dozen members of the Turkish president’s security detail for their involvement in a brutal attack on protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence here last month, two American officials said on Wednesday. ... The police planned to announce the charges at a news conference on Thursday morning.” http://nyti.ms/2s3N6GE
NOT THE ONION -- “Rodman gives Kim the gift of Trump: ‘The Art of the Deal,’” by AP’s Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang: “Dennis Rodman has delivered a message from President Donald Trump to North Korea -- sort of. On Thursday, the former NBA player gave the country’s sports minister a copy of Trump’s book ‘The Art of the Deal,’ a present intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It wasn’t signed by Trump, who was Rodman’s boss for two seasons of the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ reality TV show. Rodman has said his visit has nothing to do with the White House.” http://apne.ws/2rz07EJ
MEDIAWATCH -- GABE SHERMAN in NYMag, “Fox News Is Dropping Its ‘Fair & Balanced’ Slogan”: “As Fox News moves further into the post–Roger Ailes era, the network is shedding one of its most iconic elements. According to network executives, Fox News has abandoned the marketing slogan ‘Fair & Balanced.’ ... [One] executive explained that the tagline was ‘too closely associated with Roger.’ Fox executives have been instructed by management to market the network by its other tagline: ‘Most Watched. Most Trusted.’ It is hard to overstate the significance of what shedding ‘Fair & Balanced’ means for Fox News. (It would be like the New York Times giving up ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print.’) Ailes invented the slogan when he launched the network in 1996, and over the years it became a quasi-religious doctrine among Fox’s anchors and viewers. ... In the annals of modern advertising, ‘Fair & Balanced’ will be considered a classic.” http://nym.ag/2sdxEWZ
SPOTTED last night at the Third Annual Sandy Hook Promise Gala at the Mellon Auditorium: The three co-chairs: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.). Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who were honored for the Toomey-Manchin bill and No Fly No Buy, respectively. Emcees were Sandy Hook parents Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, who replaced Megyn Kelly after she interviewed Alex Jones, the media figure who alleges the massacre is a hoax. ALSO SPOTTED: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Rachel Kelly, Joe Dunn, David Bonine, Cynthia Pullom, Ian Rayder, Lou Constantino, Francis Creighton, Cindy Brown, Bruce Heiman, Liz Allen and Nasim Fussell.
OUT AND ABOUT -- On the near 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in (June 17, 1972), Steve Clemons held a discussion last night at the Watergate Hotel titled “Watergate Then and Now,” where Steve interviewed Scott Stossel, Jennifer Rubin, McKay Coppins and Thomas Mallon. SPOTTED: Rakel and Jacques Cohen, Jeff David, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Kevin Baron, Sally Quinn, Quinn Bradlee, Harris Wofford, Matthew Charlton, Yael Luttwak, James Barbour, Kathy Gilsinan, Will Hiley, Robb Harleston, Ron Christie, Neil Munro, Jed Shein, Annie Groer, David and Danielle Frum, Tomicah Tillemann, Indira Lakshmanan, Allen Abel, Kevin Chaffee, Grover Norquist, Michael Mael, Gary Silversmith, U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch, Armanda Downes, Max Neuberger.
OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC -- The Hudson Institute Wednesday night hosted its spring reception in New York at the home of Joe and Marlene Ricketts. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley sat down with Hudson CEO Ken Weinstein for an off-the-record chat about her role as U.S. Ambassador to the UN. Haley said she told Trump “I’m not going to be a talking head or a wallflower” when he offered her the job. On Jim Mattis, she said “I think he’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met ... other than (her husband) Michael.” SPOTTED: Joe and Marlene Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, Silvie Legere, Paul Singer, BofA’s Jeffrey Peek, Annie Dickerson, Angela Meyers, Ed Cox, Deputy UN Ambassador Jon Lerner, Hudsonians Ken Weinstein, John Walters, Scooter Libby, Walter Russell Mead, Chris DeMuth
SPOTTED at a Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner party last night for new COO Lindsey Reynolds (longtime COO of the DNC) and new partners Elizabeth Sena and Kristi Lowe: Anna Greenberg, John Hagner, Al Quinlan, Lauren Dillon, Jeremy Rosner, Dan Sena, Earl Fowlkes, Jeremy Baker, and Maureen Garde.
SPOTTED Tuesday night aboard the super yacht of philanthropists John Evans and Steve Wozencraft for New America’s Bretton Woods II at Sea event where attendees discussed how to address global risks though strategic investments in social impact and development: Canada’s UN Ambassador and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s confidant Marc-Andre Blanchard, top World Bank official Aly Rahim, Bretton Woods II director Tomicah Tillemann, Facebook’s Craig Mullaney, Sovereign Investor Institute chairman Scott Kalb, Edelman’s Peter Segall, Georgetown Dean Joel Hellman, and representatives from the White House, State Department and USAID.
TRANSITIONS -- LIZ JOHNSON has joined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as director of its office of public affairs, where she will direct the agency’s global communications efforts. She was previously the communications director for former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and most recently served as spokeswoman for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during the Senate confirmation process. ... Jessica Jennings, formerly with the Dem Convention and HFA, is the new director of communications at the University of Maryland. She’s been working with Indivisible since their launch post-election and was previously press secretary at the British Embassy in Washington.
... Briannon Gillis has recently joined Emergent BioSolutions as PAC manager on the government affairs team. Previously she was a PAC fundraiser for Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and Mark Udall, Reps. Paul Tonko, Matt Cartwright, Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Tom Suozzi, and Louise Slaughter, as well as finance director for Kathleen Matthews. ... Henry Darwin has been hired to serve as chief of operations for the EPA. He previously was COO for the Doug Ducey administration since August 2015. ... Julie Kearney, VP of regulatory affairs for the Consumer Technology Association, was picked yesterday as the new president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
--“Emily’s List taps a Washington outsider as executive director,” by WaPo’s Philip Rucker: “Emily Cain, who helped lead fellow Democrats to the majority in the Maine House of Representatives in 2012, has been tapped to try to do the same for Democrats nationally at the helm of Emily’s List, which works to elect pro-choice Democratic women to offices ranging from city councils to the presidency.” http://wapo.st/2t4xW2b
WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Becca Ginsberg Rutkoff, head of D.C. and regional communications for Google (and a birthday girl today), and Robby Rutkoff, VP for corporate social responsibility at Guggenheim Partners, welcomed their first child, Henry Langer Rutkoff late Monday night. Henry, Mom and Dad are home from the hospital and eating like champs. Picshttp://bit.ly/2sCOiSl ... http://bit.ly/2ryHOPX
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Dana Bash, CNN’s chief political correspondent. How she’s celebrating: “My birthday falls on my son’s last day of kindergarten this year. It’s a half day, which means I get to spend most of it with him. What could be better?” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2s4msxq
BIRTHDAYS: Adam Jentleson, former deputy chief of staff for Harry Reid now senior strategic advisor at CAP Action ... Dan Schwerin (hat tip: brother Josh) ... Sarah Hurwitz (h/t Michael Kikukawa) ... Becca Ginsberg Rutkoff, Google comms. maven ... Ryan Chittum, reporter for International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ... Fox News star Marie Harf, the pride of Granville, Ohio and former senior advisor for strategic comms. to Secretary Kerry (h/t Steve Clemons) ... Alyssa Farah, comms director and senior adviser for the House Freedom Caucus, is 28 (but actually ageless) ... AP’s Evan Vucci ... Johnny Hallyday ... former House Majority Whip Tony Coelho, now an advocate for the disabled, is 75 ... ABC News digital journalist Ali Rogin is 3-0 ... Politico’s Brian Faler ... Reps. Adam Smith and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) are both 52 ... Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) is 42 ... NYT’s Clifford Levy is 5-0 ...
... MSNBC producer William Rabbe ... Joseph Brazauskas, staff director for the subcommittee on environment for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, is 35, celebrating by playing the Pizza Party game and Mall Madness over happy hour on Friday night with friends (h/t Kristina Baum) ... former Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kans.) is 66 ... former Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Calif.) is 75 … Jamie Greenheck, global managing director of food, beverage and ag at FleishmanHillard ... Susan Toffler, a CNN alum ... former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is 63 … Tim Wilson is 36 ... Sara Libby … Abigail Wuest ... Jana Plat ... David Dreyer … Deborah Lukovich … Sue Grady (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... former Va. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is 6-0 ... Morgan Feist ... Steven Stafford ... Karen Townsend ... Nick Luna ... Scott Monaghan is 6-0 ... Jim Belushi is 62 ... actress Helen Hunt is 54 ... Courteney Cox is 53 ... Ice Cube is 48 ... Neil Patrick Harris is 44 (h/ts AP)
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