Good Friday morning.
ATTN STEVE BANNON — SPOTTED: Reince Priebus and Jared Kushner dining at BLT Prime in the Trump Hotel Thursday night.
BRYAN BENDER files from TEL AVIV — "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that, in the wake of punitive U.S. missile strikes, the Syrian Air Force has moved its combat aircraft to make them less vulnerable to attack — and re-issued warnings to the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons again. In response to the recent U.S. strikes — the first against the Assad regime since U.S. forces began attacking the Islamic State in 2014 — Syria has reportedly moved its combat planes to a Russian base in the northeastern part of the country." http://politi.co/2oQOk6u
THE HEALTH CARE REALITY — The following things are true: leaders of the House Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group have been talking and have produced a series of changes to the GOP health-care bill — (the one pager: http://politi.co/2o6HGtX) … No one — ESPECIALLY the White House — has any idea if this will pass. The new legislation hasn’t been whipped by GOP leaders. And there isn’t a single person in the senior leadership of the White House who has passed a bill in Congress … The GOP leadership in the House is skeptical of a vote next week. So are we. … Many members of the House Freedom Caucus are skeptical about this compromise. Some have advocated for a complete scrapping of Obamacare and have said they are a hard no for any bill that stops short of that.
— THE DYNAMICS: The White House is hungry for a legislative victory in its first 100 days. Internally, the WH thinks the 100-day construct is dumb, but they also know everyone is bought into it. The Hill, on the other hand, isn’t terribly concerned with Trump’s 100 days. Both the Hill and White House want to keep the government open come next Friday, and they would like to pass a health-care bill. But the urgency on health care is a White House-driven effort — and it’s annoying many senior House Republicans. Don’t expect Speaker Paul Ryan to put a health care bill on the floor unless he knows it will pass.
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FOR THE TRUMP 100-DAY LIST — “Freed Egyptian American prisoner returns home following Trump intervention,” by WaPo’s Phil Rucker and Karen DeYoung: “An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release.
“President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington. … The couple and their co-workers had been incarcerated since May 1, 2014, on child abuse and trafficking charges that were widely dismissed by human rights workers and U.S. officials as false. Virtually no evidence was ever presented against them, and for nearly three years they were held as hearings were inexplicably postponed and trial dates canceled. Human rights groups alleged that they were abused in detention.
“The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release.” http://wapo.st/2pYk07r
ELIANA JOHNSON in Politico Magazine’s May/June issue, “How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media: The right-wing media won the presidency—but lost control of their audience. Inside the new power dynamics roiling Fox, Breitbart and the Wall Street Journal”: “At one point, it seemed [Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes] might have been allies: Bannon worked to insinuate himself at Fox, and Ailes’ network aired some of his populist documentaries. Then came the first Republican primary debate in August 2015, when Megyn Kelly, Fox’s feisty prime-time anchor, hammered the candidate from all sides. It was at that moment that Bannon says his relationship with Ailes began to sour. ‘The big rift between Breitbart and Fox was all over Megyn Kelly. She was all over Trump nonstop,’ Bannon said in an interview. He says he warned Ailes that Kelly would betray him. ‘I told him then, I said, “She’s the devil, and she will turn on you.”’ http://politi.co/2owTYXW
FOR YOUR RADAR — “After attack, France looks toward weekend presidential vote,” by AP’s Lori Hinnant and John Leicester in Paris: “France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by the Islamic State group, with President Francois Hollande convening the government’s security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend. Investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in the car of the gunman who targeted police on the Champs-Elysees, and were working to determine whether he had accomplices. The prime minister said the government has reviewed its already extensive election security measures and says it is ‘fully mobilized’ for Sunday’s vote.” http://apne.ws/2oXTAni
— “Trump holds his tongue on French vote,” by Michael Crowley: “As a candidate, Donald Trump wasn’t shy about predicting the success of Brexit, the 2016 referendum that triggered Britain’s departure from the European Union and rocked the Continent’s politics. But with Europe on the verge of another possible earthquake, President Trump has held his tongue about France’s upcoming presidential vote, surprising some who worried that he or his senior strategist, Steve Bannon, might somehow work to boost the controversial nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen.” http://politi.co/2oaVjZ3
SIREN — “Sessions wants to put people ‘in jail’ for leaks,” by Josh Gerstein: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department is aggressively investigating recent leaks of classified information and wants to put ‘some people in jail’ over the disclosures. ‘Whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail,’ Sessions said in El Paso, Texas, during a border-security visit with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. … ‘We are going to step up our efforts and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,’ the attorney general said. ‘This is a matter that has gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals who have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks. Some of them are quite serious. So, yes it is a priority.’” http://politi.co/2owM0Os
— “DOJ official leading Trump-Russia probe to step down,” by Eric Geller: “Mary McCord, who has served as acting assistant attorney general for national security since October, informed DOJ employees this week that she will be leaving in mid-May, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO. DOJ’s National Security Division is leading the agency’s inquiry into possible links between Trump campaign aides and Moscow, as well as the Kremlin’s alleged digital meddling campaign during the 2016 presidential race. … It is not yet known who will succeed her.” http://politi.co/2p24tGq
— “Sources: U.S. prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange,” by CNN’s Evan Perez, Pamela Brown, Shimon Prokupecz and Eric Bradner: “During President Barack Obama’s administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn’t alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. … The U.S. view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents.” http://cnn.it/2oQvLiI
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EXECUTIVE ACTION — “Trump plans executive actions on finance, tax rules,” by Victoria Guida: “President Donald Trump on Friday plans to order a review of key financial rules — less than three months after he directed an even broader examination of Wall Street regulations, according to a White House official. Trump will send a signal that two important regulatory powers adopted in the wake of the financial crisis are in the crosshairs, along with tax rules put out by the Obama administration last year. …
“Trump will sign two presidential memos, one of which will direct Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to examine the government’s so-called orderly liquidation authority to wind down failing megabanks outside of bankruptcy court. … Another memo will examine the risks of placing ‘systemically important’ nonbank financial firms under the oversight of the Federal Reserve, which subjects them to stricter regulation, according to the official.” http://politi.co/2pXV5AU
FIRST FAMILY — “Citing ethics concerns, Ivanka skips book tour,” by Annie Karni: “Ivanka Trump … announced Thursday she won’t do any publicity for her book – no tour, no book signings, and none of the television interviews that help boost a book to the bestseller lists. ‘In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,’ she wrote Thursday in a post on her Facebook page. ‘I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November.’ She said her decision to opt out of promotion was made ‘out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book.’” http://politi.co/2pY0YOT … Ivanka’s Facebook post saying she won’t promote her new book (although there’s a big photo of the book in the post) http://bit.ly/2pYp6Rh
THE REVOLVING DOOR — “Chaffetz says ‘absolutely’ no scandal is forcing him out: The Utah Republican said in an interview that he planned to stay in office for at least several more months,” by Jake Sherman: “Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz — who shocked the political establishment when he announced his retirement earlier this week — said that he has already started looking for post-congressional employment, and hopes to serve on boards of directors and link up with a television network. ‘I started poking around to see what I might be worth and what sort of possibilities are there,’ Chaffetz said in a phone interview with POLITICO Thursday afternoon. ‘And I got a series of “Let us know when you’re serious.” Well now I can say, “Can you tell I am serious?” … I’ll take a little bit of time to sort out. I’d be thrilled to have a television relationship. But there’s a number of things I’d like to do.’ …
“‘I might depart early,’ he said in the interview. ‘It’s not tomorrow, it’s not next week. If it is, it’s going to be in the months to come.’ Asked if he is resigning because of a yet-to-be revealed scandal, Chaffetz said, ‘Absolutely, positively not.’ ‘Not in any way shape or form,’ he said. ‘I’ve been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine. From the Secret Service to the Democratic Party. I am who I am. If they had something really scandalous, it would’ve come out a long, long time ago.’” http://politi.co/2p2q0iy
THE JUICE …
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — PLANNED PARENTHOOD is launching an ad this morning on local TV in Reno and Vegas against Sen. Dean Heller reminding voters that he vowed in a town hall earlier this week that he would protect government funding for Planned Parenthood. Heller then reversed himself on funding in a statement the next day. The Nevada Republican is up for reelection next year and is sure to be a topic when Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and DNC Chair Tom Perez rally in Vegas Saturday. The ad http://bit.ly/2plk0lT
— HILLARY CLINTON’s 2016 campaign transferred $5.9 million from her various accounts to the DNC, according to a recent filing.
— BOB COSTA NAMED HOST OF “WASHINGTON WEEK” — “Post reporter Robert Costa takes over helm of PBS’s ‘Washington Week,’” by WaPo’s Ellen McCarthy: “Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa is taking over for the late Gwen Ifill as moderator of the long-running PBS political talk show ‘Washington Week.’ Costa, 31, will remain in his current position at The Post, covering Congress and the Trump administration. ‘I just really want to bring that reporting mentality on Friday and have a conversation with the best reporters in town,’ Costa said in an interview Thursday. ‘At a time when everyone talks about fake news, this show is about real news. And it has a real legacy.’” http://wapo.st/2oQB3L2 … Seven-minute video, “Meet Robert Costa” http://bit.ly/2osH8uE
—SPOTTED in the video: Steve King, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Charlie Rose, Dave Matthews, Tim Russert, Rahm Emanuel, John Kasich, Joe Lieberman, Peter Roskam, Dan Balz, Phil Rucker, Ed O’Keefe, Jeffrey Goldberg, Mark Leibovich, Chuck Todd, Carl Bernstein, Ashley Parker, John Mayer, Jake Sherman, Chris Matthews and Molly Ball.
— BOB’S FIRST OFFICIAL ROUNDTABLE TONIGHT: Jeff Zeleny, Ylan Mui, Dan Balz and Kelly O’Donnell.
— The prime minister of Italy flew in an Airbus A340 from Andrews Air Force Base last evening to Ottawa. The plane’s tail number: I-TALY. http://bit.ly/2pKNlWH
–SNEAK PEEK – Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao is in Boston today to tour the DOT’s Volpe Center. Following the tour, she will tell staff: “As you know so well, these new, automated technologies also have the potential to dramatically change commercial transportation and private travel, expanding access for millions. Automated technology can help build a massive network of passengers and expand access to transportation for underserved populations, especially the elderly and disabled."
— OUR MISTAKE: We said yesterday that NYT’s Mike Schmidt broke the story about Hillary Clinton’s private server. The AP’s Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis did. Mike broke that she was using a private email account for government business.
DEPT. OF ODD BEDFELLOWS — “Ohio Town Finds Itself at a Crossroads as Two Education Leaders Converge,” by NYT’s Erica Green in Van Wert, Ohio: “[O]n Thursday, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, and Randi Weingarten, her antagonist and president of the American Federation of Teachers, descended on this small, rural school district for a highly anticipated meeting of two polarizing education leaders. In a town that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump, and that takes pride in its public school system, educators hoped the two leaders could find common ground. …
“Ms. Weingarten and Ms. DeVos made for strange traveling companions. Ms. Weingarten called Ms. DeVos’s confirmation a ‘sad day for children’ and has accused the billionaire secretary of undermining public education by bankrolling school choice initiatives in Michigan.” http://nyti.ms/2oaSiYU
TRIAL BALLOON — “Is Dennis Kucinich running for governor?: He’s coming to Dayton Monday,” by Dayton Daily News’ Will Garbe: “Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich will hold a town hall meeting Monday in Dayton, raising questions about whether the former Cleveland mayor and presidential candidate could run for Ohio governor. Kucinich will hold a Columbus press conference earlier in the day before coming to Dayton to discuss ‘the impact of privatization on Ohio’s public schools’ … Kucinich was primaried out of his Cleveland U.S. House seat in 2012 after redistricting put him against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo.” http://bit.ly/2pKCNqx
TRUMP’S WORLD — “Trump lawyer: ‘No right’ to protest at rallies,” by Ken Vogel: “President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in a Thursday court filing that protesters ‘have no right’ to ‘express dissenting views’ at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights. The filing comes in a case brought by three protesters who allege they were roughed up and ejected from a March 2016 Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, by Trump supporters who were incited by the then-candidate’s calls from the stage to ‘get ‘em out of here!’
“Lawyers for Trump’s campaign have argued that his calls to remove the protesters were protected by the First Amendment. But the federal district court judge hearing the case issued a ruling late last month questioning that argument, as well as the claim that Trump didn’t intend for his supporters to use force. The ruling cleared the case to proceed into discovery and towards a trial. Thursday’s filing by Trump’s campaign lawyers asks the judge to pause the proceedings and allow Trump’s legal team to appeal the ruling to a higher court ‘before subjecting the President to ‘unique’ and extraordinary burdens of litigation.’” http://politi.co/2plgiJ7
TAX REFORM CHEAT SHEET — “13 groups that could muck up tax reform,” by Nancy Cook and Aaron Lorenzo: http://politi.co/2oaRiUA
TRUMP INC. — “Trump condos worth $250 million pose potential conflict,” by USA Today’s Nick Penzenstadler, Steve Reilly and John Kelly: “President Trump’s companies own more than 400 condo units and home lots whose sale could steer millions of dollars to Trump, a USA TODAY investigation has found. … Property records show Trump’s trust and his companies own at least 422 luxury condos and penthouses from New York City to Las Vegas, 12 mansion lots on bluffs overlooking his golf course on the Pacific Ocean and dozens more smaller pieces of real estate. … The volume of real estate creates an extraordinary and unprecedented potential for people, corporations or foreign interests to try to influence a president. Anyone who wanted to court favor with the president could snap up multiple properties or purposefully overpay. They could buy in the name of a shell company, making it impossible for the public to know who was behind the sales.” http://usat.ly/2pJTCPD
VALLEY TALK — “Twitter Locks Trump Associate Roger Stone’s Account, Again,” by BuzzFeed’s Alex Kantrowitz: “Stone, a confidant to President Donald Trump and former adviser to his campaign, had his Twitter account temporarily locked again this week after tweeting ‘I’m watching you and know what you’re up to. Better watch your ass’ to Media Matters communications director Laura Allison Keiter on Wednesday afternoon. Twitter locked Stone’s account in March following another rules violation. Reached via Twitter, Keiter forwarded an email she received from Twitter Thursday morning confirming it locked Stone’s account.” http://bzfd.it/2pY1SLc
WEST COAST WATCH — “Berkeley, at center of political battleground, reverses decision to cancel speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter,” by WaPo’s Perry Stein and William Wan: “Rallies in and around Berkeley have devolved into near-riots that have included bloody fistfights and molotov cocktails. Left-wing activists have clashed with Trump supporters, and anarchists in black masks have squared off against self-proclaimed militia groups. Known for decades as a bastion of free speech, Berkeley has become an ideological — and actual — battleground, where even proposals to bring a polarizing speaker to campus are creating a wrenching dilemma. Now, the university — known as the birthplace of the 1960s Free Speech Movement — has been forced to weigh the values of free expression that it has long championed against the safety of its students and community.” http://wapo.st/2pJV2cJ
— “Schiff could use Russia probe as Senate springboard,” by Austin Wright and California Playbooker Carla Marinucci: Rep. Adam “Schiff’s near-constant presence on TV is valuable in a state with 53 members of Congress who compete for attention with movie stars. And it’s practically a requirement for achieving name recognition in a state with eight major media markets that make it nearly impossible to reach voters through commercials. His fast-rising profile is fueling speculation he might be laying the groundwork for a run for higher office — for the Senate or governor’s mansion, or maybe even the White House. Schiff himself acknowledges harboring grander ambitions but adds the obligatory qualifiers in an interview: He’s busy with his current job and hopes that Dianne Feinstein, California’s 83-year-old senator, will seek reelection in 2018. Statewide office is ‘certainly something I’ve thought about in the past and may think about in the future, but I have a pretty full plate as it is,’ Schiff said.” http://politi.co/2pKbMRh
POLITICO MAGAZINE’S ‘WHAT WORKS’ SERIES — St. Louis is one of hundreds of U.S. cities, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest, that have problems with overflowing sewers. The latest installment of POLITICO Magazine’s “What Works” series takes a look at how St. Louis, under an agreement with the federal government, is spending nearly $5 billion to prevent tainted storm water from fouling its waterways. http://politi.co/2oaGypc A Sewer Runs Through It— St. Louis’ River des Peres used to be called the “River des Pew,” but engineers are trying to restore it to health by preventing sewage contamination. Photo gallery http://politi.co/2oQBCVa
WRAPPING UP – “Trial of Menendez’s alleged co-conspirator nears conclusion,” by Josh Gerstein in West Palm Beach, Florida: “Sen. Bob Menendez’s looming trial on federal corruption charges in New Jersey could be complicated by an unusual prelude underway in a courtroom here, hundreds of miles away. The fate of Menendez’s alleged co-conspirator in the bribery case — wealthy ophthalmologist and campaign donor Salomon Melgen — could be in the hands of a federal jury as soon as next week. … If Melgen is convicted on some or all of the 76 fraud-related felony counts he faces, he could feel extreme pressure to testify against Menendez (D-N.J.) in the corruption case in Newark where both men are named as defendants.” http://politi.co/2pL1seJ
MEDIAWATCH — “Bill O’Reilly Payout Could Be as High as $25 Million,” by NYT’s Emily Steel and Mike Schmidt: “Mr. O’Reilly is receiving a payout of as much as $25 million, equivalent to one year of his salary, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. That development was met with ‘outrage’ and ‘disgust’ among some employees and among critics outside the company, who said it sent a message that a powerful newsroom figure could profit even after multiple sexual harassment allegations had been made against him.” http://nyti.ms/2pJYK6j
—“Emails show O’Reilly lawyers’ last-ditch effort to save his job,” by Joe Pompeo: “The day before Bill O’Reilly was cut loose from Fox News after 20 years with the network, his handlers appeared to believe they had at least one more card to pull that might help save his job in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal engulfing the top-rated prime time host. On Tuesday, O’Reilly and his legal team debated whether to share with the leadership of parent company 21st Century Fox an April 13 email from Mary Pat Bonner, a Democratic fundraiser and ally of the liberal watchdog group Media Matters, which had spearheaded what she called an ‘advertiser education campaign’ to get advertisers to pull out of O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. weeknight broadcast, ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’” http://politi.co/2pY3PqO
–@gabrielsherman: “What we are learning more and more is that Ailes’s Fox News was a cross between the Nixon White House, J Edgar Hoover’s FBI and Hooters”
SPOTTED: Patrick Ewing, the new Georgetown basketball head coach, at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons … John Podesta last night walking near Nebraska Avenue, just down the street from Politics and Prose, where Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen were signing their new Clinton book “Shattered” … Melinda Gates chatting up two colleagues yesterday evening on a bench facing Andrew Jackson’s statue on Lafayette Park. She was in D.C. to meet lawmakers.
SPOTTED last night at the opening of the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fells Point Baltimore: Kevin and DJ Plank, Kevin Spacey, Evan Lowenstein, Adrian Fenty, Raul Fernandez, Tammy Haddad, Tommy McFly, Chyrs Kefalas, Marc Weller, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, Michael Fuerstman.
LAUNCHED — New Paradigm Strategy Group, an agency that plans to focus on issue advocacy, legislative, grassroots, reputation management and public-affairs campaigns. Co-founders include Tom McMahon, former CEO of the DNC and a Howard Dean alum, Cara Morris Stern, Adrian Saenz, Jody Trapasso, Michael Earls, Joon Kim and Eddie Vale. http://politi.co/2pKGjRN
TRANSITIONS — Andrew Dill joined Lockheed Martin this week as director of government relations working on federal, state and local engagement. He previously served as director of government relations for the University of Georgia and as a manager of policy for General Electric. He is an alum of Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-Ga.) office. … Kamau Marshall has started as the new communications director for Rep. Al Green (D-Texas). Most recently, he was a speechwriter and communications advisor in the Obama USDA and is Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) alum. … Marielle Kress has joined the American Academy of Pediatrics as an assistant director overseeing a portfolio of issues focused on children’s health insurance coverage and access to care. Previously she was a senior advisor to the director of the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services within CMS.
SUNDAY SO FAR – NBC’s “Meet The Press”: Reince Priebus … Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Panel: Cornell Belcher, Robert Costa, Savannah Guthrie, Peggy Noonan
–CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (author of “Two Paths: America Divided or United”), David Axelrod and Mike Murphy. Political panel: Carol Lee, Jeffrey Goldberg, Reihan Salam, and Mark Leibovich
–“Fox News Sunday”: Power Player: Dr. Jane Goodall, activist/primatologist. Panel: Karl Rove, Peter Baker, Charles Lane, Kim Strassel
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Ben Proler, an analyst at Shell in Houston and the Rubio campaign’s No. 1 volunteer (hat tip: Natalie Boyse, who was on time) … (was Monday): Jonathan Brodo … (was last week): Jennifer Bendall, VP of gov’t and public affairs at Nike
BIRTHDAYS OF THE DAY: NYT’s Jodi Kantor, also an author and “CBS This Morning” contributor – how she’s celebrating: “My plans got totally wrecked by reporting—my husband [Ron Lieber] is in Wyoming for a story, I was supposed to travel too, and now that’s been called off. But I’m really happy just to stay home and snuggle our two daughters. Watching our tween play guitar for our toddler is the highest, most intense form of everyday happiness I have ever experienced.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2ox1rpY … Josh Dorner, SVP at SKDKnickerbocker and a CAP alum – how he’s celebrating: “I’m spending a few days in London catching up with old friends. I’m dubious, but I’m told they have decent BBQ there now.” Q&A: http://politi.co/2pJZM25
BIRTHDAYS: Ken Duberstein, celebrating with dinner at home with a great big chocolate cake (h/t wife Jackie Fain) … NBC News’ Matt Rivera … Bill Neidhardt, Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis.) press secretary and John Kraus, Baldwin’s comms. director … Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion, is 45 … Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is 91 … Lauren Weber, who writes HuffPost’s Morning email and one of the many proud St. Louisans in DC, is 26 – she’s celebrating with dinner with friends on Friday then a Georgetown boat cruise Saturday evening (h/t Eli Yokley) … Greg Lyons, economic research assistant at the FDIC and a Politico alum … BBC’s Caroline Wyatt, who has previously reported from Paris, Moscow, and Berlin/Bonn … former Sen. David Boren (D-Okla.) is 76 … journalist Cindy Huang … global media strategist Justin Wilson … Collin O’Meara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation (h/t Kelley McCormick) … Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor-in-chief of the online Rookie Magazine, is 21 (h/t Jewish Insider) … Jay Cranford, partner at CGCN Group … Cameron Baker, office manager at CGCN Group (h/ts Ken Spain) … Google’s Brian Tschoepe (h/t Arlette Saenz) … former Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.) is 69 … SKDKnickerbocker’s Jon Reinish …
… Ben Sparks, manager of public affairs at Arena Online … Drew Gorman … Eric Weisbrod, CNN’s director of social TV … Bob Blaemire … Reuters’ Katherine Finnerty, an NYT alum (h/t Mallory Shelbourne) … Brad Cheney, associate VP of leg affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association … Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center (the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Beijing office) and a Bush NSC alum, is 51 … Nate Palmer is 43 … Dominic Bellone … John Hiller … Hessy Fernandez, an RNC and McCain-Palin alum, now director of media relations at Miami Dade College … Phoebe Trabb (daughter of Heidi Przybyla) and Sam O’Connor (son of Patrick) are 8 today … Marty Steinberg … Russ Cherry … Lindsey Mask, founder and executive director of Ladies America … Marti Anderson … Mary Clare McMahon … Paige Reffe … Kevin Parker … Christy Bachmann (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Iggy Pop is 7-0 … Tony Danza is 66 … NFL quarterback Tony Romo is 37 (h/ts AP)