GOOD (VERY EARLY) MORNING FROM SAN FRANCISCO. If you’re a betting man or woman, and you’re looking for action in Washington this spring, summer or fall, short the legislative system. If President Donald Trump was looking to foster a spirit of bipartisanship, firing FBI Director James Comey like this was not a step toward kumbaya. Democrats and many Republicans are furious at Trump for firing the FBI director. Leave aside any lingering concerns with Jim Comey’s performance. The optics of firing Comey the way Trump did is almost too reckless to believe, according to the insiders we’ve spoken to. One senior Republican aide put it this way: It’s almost as if Trump was courting controversy with both parties by handling the situation the way he did.
SURE, Democrats aren’t wild about the guy. But if Trump really thought that would insulate him from backlash, boy, he was wrong.
SENATE INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who is leading the Senate’s Russia probe, said he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.” Burr added in a tweet that “Dir. Comey has been more forthcoming w/ information than any FBI Director I can recall in my tenure on the congressional intel committees.”
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-Ariz.) said he was “disappointed” by Trump’s action and renewed his call for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s attempts to influence the American political system. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a Trump ally, said Comey’s “removal at this particular time will raise questions.” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), up for reelection next year, said on Twitter that “I’ve spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey’s firing. I just can’t do it.” Imagine the fallout if Trump did this when the House was in session.
SENATE DEMOCRATS – who raised Nixon, Watergate and the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” all Tuesday night – will hold a special caucus meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the situation. This is a juicy detail from Austin Wright and Seung Min Kim: "Schumer has also asked Democrats to sit at their desks inside the chamber when the Senate convenes Wednesday morning as McConnell delivers the opening remarks ‘to hear what, if anything, McConnell has to say about Comey’s firing,’ according to one senior Senate Democratic aide." Full story http://politi.co/2pyPi5b
TRUMP SPEAKS — @realDonaldTrump at 10:42 p.m.: “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, ‘I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.’ Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp”
IN THE SHORT TERM, the questions are as follows: 1) Why was Comey fired? 2) What does it mean for the FBI’s Russia probe? 3) Who will replace Comey at the FBI and when? Andrew McCabe, the acting director, is already the subject of an FBI IG investigation, after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe helped his wife raise $500,000 for public office.
MAYBE Trump never forgave Comey for initially clearing Clinton of criminal charges last July. Comey did say last week that he had no regrets about his handling of the Clinton probe. Maybe Trump wasn’t happy that Comey and the FBI weren’t doing more to uncover who leaked information about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian officials. Maybe Trump just got sick of Russia, Russia, Russia on TV all the time.
— WHAT TRUMP NEEDS: It’s pretty simple. Trump needs a Neil Gorsuch-like figure at the FBI. That’s not easy. The Supreme Court justice was Trump’s biggest political win as president. Republicans won’t rubber stamp just anyone at the FBI. Trump needs to find a figure that lawmakers can rally around.
— JUST SAYING…: Trump has now fired Preet Bharara, Sally Yates and James Comey. What do all three have in common? They were investigating Trump.
— TO HIS CREDIT: Trump did call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member on Judiciary, before the firing was announced. (Thanks to Bres for the help/gut check.)
— HOT DOCS: Letter from Trump to Comey firing him, Sessions’ letter to Trump, memo to Sessions from deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein with the title “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI” http://bit.ly/2r136q7
FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS — NYT A1, including an image of the letter Trump sent to Comey firing him. http://nyti.ms/2q2BdAa … WaPo gives it the full banner treatment: “Trump fires FBI director” http://bit.ly/2pvF8kP
TRUMP’S ONLY SCHEDULE ITEM TODAY: A meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in the Oval at 10:30 a.m.
MUST-READ JOSH DAWSEY — “Behind Comey’s firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia”: “President Donald Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week. When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn’t call James Comey. He sent his longtime private security guard [Keith Schiller] to deliver the termination letter in a manila folder to FBI headquarters. He had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.
“Trump’s firing of the high-profile FBI director on the 110th day since taking office marked another sudden turn for an administration that has fired its acting attorney general, national security adviser and now its FBI director, who Trump had praised until recent weeks and even blew a kiss to during a January appearance.” http://politi.co/2py47Fc
— WaPo’s DEVLIN BARRETT, ADAM ENTOUS and PHIL RUCKER: “Several current and former officials said the relationship between the White House and the FBI had been strained for months, in part because administration officials were pressuring Comey to more aggressively pursue leak investigations over disclosures that embarrassed the White House and raised questions about ties with Russia. That pressure was described as conversational challenges to FBI leadership to pursue the source of leaks seen as damaging to the administration … Although the FBI is investigating disclosures of classified information, the bureau has resisted calls to prioritize leak investigations over the Russia matter, or probe matters that did not involve leaks of classified or otherwise sensitive information … A current official said administration figures have been ‘very aggressive’ in pressuring the FBI.” http://wapo.st/2r0risZ
BEING THERE — “After Trump fired Comey, his staff scrambled to explain why,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson with Bob Costa: Sean “Spicer had wanted to drop the bombshell news in an emailed statement but it was not transmitting quickly enough, so he ended up standing in the doorway of the press office around 5:40 p.m. and shouting a statement to reporters who happened to be gathered in the briefing room. He then vanished, with his staff locking the door leading to his office. The press staff said that Spicer might do a briefing, then announced that he definitely wouldn’t say anything more that night. But as Democrats and Republicans began to criticize and question the firing with increasing levels of alarm, Spicer and two prominent spokeswomen were suddenly speed-walking up the White House drive to defend the president on CNN, Fox News and Fox Business …
“After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged. ‘Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,’ he ordered. ‘We’ll take care of this… Can you just turn that light off?’ Spicer got his wish and was soon standing in near darkness between two tall [shrubs], with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him. For 10 minutes, he responded to a flurry of questions, vacillating between light-hearted asides and clear frustration with getting the same questions over and over again.” http://wapo.st/2q29fV1
BACK STORY — NYT’s Mike Shear and Matt Apuzzo: “Mr. Comey learned from news reports that he had been fired while addressing bureau employees in Los Angeles. While Mr. Comey spoke, television screens in the background began flashing the news. In response to the reports, Mr. Comey laughed, saying that he thought it was a fairly funny prank.” http://nyti.ms/2pvlVQt
— BEFORE HIS FIRING, COMEY was supposed to speak last night in Hollywood at a recruiting event for FBI special agents where one could “receive personal career counseling from FBI Special Agents, and interact with representatives from FBI Los Angeles speciality programs, including: CSI(Evidence Response Team), Behavioral Profilers, SWAT, Bomb Technicians, Crisis Negotiators, and more**.” The event page also noted: “**Due to often unforeseen operational demands, some program representatives may be unavailable for some or all portions of the event.” http://bit.ly/2piHtoi
–HIS LAST GOVERNMENT FLIGHT? — COMEY flew in a Gulfstream G5 last night from LAX and landed at DCA at 1:24 a.m. this morning. http://bit.ly/2q2wM8a (h/t Yashar Ali @Yashar)
THE AFTERMATH — “FBI agents in tears as news of Comey’s firing spread,” by Josh Meyer and Darren Samuelsohn: “The news of FBI director James Comey’s firing struck like a thunderclap at field offices around the country, where agents heard first from TV or the internet that their boss had been dismissed by President Donald J. Trump. ‘I’m literally in tears right now. That’s all I have to say,’ said a longtime special agent who’s known and worked with Comey for years, who first heard the news on the car radio. … By Tuesday evening, the shock that initially spread throughout the ranks of current and former FBI officials was mixed with a growing sense of anger among the many Comey loyalists in the bureau, and demands for answers as to why the director had been fired – and why now.” http://politi.co/2py4IXl
THE INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE — “Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation,” by CNN’s Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown: “Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey. The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.” http://cnn.it/2q1MUqf
— “Senate Russia investigators ask Treasury for Trump team financial information,” by CNN’s Tom LoBianco: “Senate Russia investigators have sent a request to the Treasury Department’s criminal investigation division for any information related to President Donald Trump, his top officials and his campaign aides, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee told CNN Tuesday.’” http://cnn.it/2pybT1F
TOP TWEETS — @EricHolder: “To the career men and women at DOJ/FBI: you know what the job entails and how to do it. Be strong and unafraid. Duty. Honor. Country.” … @PreetBharara: “EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be ‘troubled by the timing and reasoning’ of Comey firing. Period.” … @BillKristol: “One can be at once a critic of Comey and alarmed by what Trump has done and how he has done it.” … @thomaswright08: “On Fox, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy WH press secretary says time to let Russia investigation go.” … @sahilkapur: “This @andersoncooper eyeroll when Conway, asked about Comey’s firing, changes the topic to winning Michigan.” http://bit.ly/2qpXvwO …
… @RobbyMook: “Twilight zone. I was as disappointed and frustrated as anyone at how the email investigation was handled. But this terrifies me.” … GOP Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) (@justinamash): “My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of this letter is bizarre.” … GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) (@carloslcurbelo): “No one should find out via the television that they’ve been fired. If true, that’s poor form and plain unprofessional. #Comey”
PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW — We are in San Francisco for a conversation this evening with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). Thank you to everyone who has RSVP’ed — it will be a packed house. We expect they’ll make news. Livestream at 5 p.m. Pacific http://politi.co/2qqbW3O
— D.C. EXPATS — and some who still are among us — gathered at the Rosewood Sand Hill last night. SPOTTED: Ted Ullyot, Chelsea Maughan, Kip Wainscott and Amy Dudley, Bert Kaufman, Amanda Renteria, Ben Clark, Lisa Barclay, Molly Levinson and Anne O’Leary.
BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF CONGRESS — “California takes center stage in battle for House majority,” by Alex Isenstadt and Gabe Debenedetti: “California has emerged as the epicenter of the already-intense battle for the House in 2018, as both parties rush resources and manpower to a state that could determine the chamber’s balance of power. With 18 months still to go until the election, Democrats and Republicans are mapping out TV advertising plans across the state, setting up headquarters, digging into polling, and hiring operatives. The showdown has swiftly drawn in Hollywood players, major donors and grass-roots activists. California is home to seven vulnerable Republican incumbents in districts where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump — more than a quarter of the seats Democrats need to flip.” http://politi.co/2q20B92
WHERE HEALTH CARE STANDS — NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — “Poll: Support for GOP health bill declines,” by Steven Shepard: “The popularity of the Republican health care bill declined over the past week even as its chances of becoming law improved after its passage by the House, underscoring the political peril President Donald Trump and the GOP face in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Voters have low expectations — few believe the bill, if enacted, will make the U.S. health care system better, increase the number of Americans with health coverage, improve the quality of their own care or decrease the costs for them and their family.
“And as the Senate prepares to take up the legislation, the POLITICO/Morning Consult also shows declines in voters’ views of Trump’s job performance and his party’s standing in next year’s congressional elections. Only 38 percent of voters approve of the GOP-drafted health care bill, the new poll shows — down from 42 percent last week, prior to the House’s party-line vote to advance the measure. Forty-four percent of voters disapprove of the bill, up significantly from 37 percent last month. Eighteen percent of voters say they don’t know or have no opinion of the bill.” http://politi.co/2qqq50R
— READING THE TEA LEAVES: We’ve spent a lot of time since the House passed their health care bill talking about the Senate’s process. It could be a months long slog. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the mics Tuesday afternoon to clarify how his conference will address the issue. McConnell said that GOP lawmakers’ weekly meetings “Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for the foreseeable future are going to be devoted almost entirely to the health care issue and everybody’s a part of the discussion.” Further, the Kentucky Republican pushed back on the narrative that the working group is all-men. “Well, the working group that counts, is all 52 of us, and we’re having extensive meetings, as I said a few minutes ago, every day. Nobody’s being excluded based upon gender,” he said.
— JENNA SAKWA, a longtime CBS News hand, is heading to Speaker Paul Ryan’s office as the head of media affairs. From the speaker’s suite: “She succeeds Sarah Swinehart, who departed recently for a position with Edelman. Sakwa joins the speaker’s office after nearly seven years with CBS News where she was most recently an editorial producer for CBS This Morning. Sakwa will lead the speaker’s broadcast media efforts, including TV and radio booking, as well as manage his media-related events.”
— RET. LT. GEN. JAMES CLAPPER, former Director of National Intelligence, has joined the Center for a New American Security as the distinguished senior fellow for intelligence and national security. http://bit.ly/2q2tkKN
IF YOU READ ONE THING — GARRETT GRAFF, author of the book “The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror,” in Politico Magazine, “The Political Isolation of Jim Comey”: “Jim Comey learned Tuesday afternoon the difference between being independent and being out on a limb. After years of charting his own course in a city that prides itself on loyalty, after marching to the beat of his own drum in a political culture that’s increasingly divided into teams, after making up the rules as he went along in a Justice Department that prides itself on precedent and tradition, the FBI director found this week that he had run out of time and run out of friends. … [I]t will be years before [the FBI’s] public reputation recovers from the intense political firestorm that Comey plunged it into last summer with a fateful news conference. … In the end, perhaps that will be remembered as Comey’s greatest sin. He forgot the most important lesson of his post: In Washington, FBI directors should be like children—seen but not heard.” http://politi.co/2pymIRq
— TODD S. PURDUM, “Trump pulls from Nixon’s playbook”: “[N]ot since that ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ more than 40 years ago has a sitting president dared to fire an official in the middle of investigating potential misconduct by his own campaign. The risks of doing so are enormous. ‘If President Trump thought the Russian hacking investigation would just go away, his decision today has insured that it won’t,’ said presidential historian Timothy Naftali. ‘It’s going to make getting rid of those allegations so much harder. There’s now a cloud of doubt.’” http://politi.co/2qq30vj
–“Is This a Constitutional Crisis? Legal experts size up the Comey firing” – Politico Magazine: http://politi.co/2q2n0mO
FOR YOUR RADAR — “U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count,” by WaPo’s Tara Bahrampour: “The director of the U.S. Census Bureau is resigning, leaving the agency leaderless at a time when it faces a crisis over funding for the 2020 decennial count of the U.S. population and beyond. John H. Thompson, who has served as director since 2013 and worked for the bureau for 27 years before that, will leave June 30, the Commerce Department announced Tuesday. The news, which surprised census experts, follows an April congressional budget allocation for the census that critics say is woefully inadequate.” http://wapo.st/2r0N7bT
AMERICA’S SUBURBS ARE KILLING US: As the car became essential to American life, our sedentary lifestyles started making obesity and other diseases far worse. Can we reverse-engineer our own towns to fix the problem? The latest issue of Agenda 2020, POLITICO’s running project on America’s long-term policy future looks at new ideas for redesigning how we live. http://politi.co/2qYHV7B
BUSINESS BURST — JPMorgan Chase is announcing Wednesday that its investment in Detroit’s economic rebirth will reach $150 million by 2019. Its focus is building sustainable neighborhoods, making sure Detroit residents have proper job skills and giving small businesses capital. http://bit.ly/2r0rCaR … Detroit Free Press story http://on.freep.com/2q2v8U8
MEDIAWATCH – MICHAEL WOLFF in The Hollywood Reporter, “Fox News Now Faces Sinclair and (Gasp!) Real Competition”: “Trump friend and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, long looking for a way to expand his conservative magazine-digital-television play, has been urged, reportedly from inside the White House, to try to finance a deal that would bring O’Reilly to Newsmax. The Mercers, father Bob and daughter Rebekah, leading financial supporters of Trump, Breitbart News and Steve Bannon, the Trump alt-right-leaning strategist, are among the potential willing funders of a major new right-wing media platform.” http://bit.ly/2q1uFS1
–“Wall Street Journal adds 300,000 subscribers in last year,” by CNN’s Dylan Byers: In “presentations to staff this week, Carla Zanoni, an executive editor for audience development at the Journal, provided insights into the Journal’s subscriber base, which is overwhelmingly wealthy older men: 79% of Journal subscribers are male, 88% are above the age of 50 and 70% make over $100,000 a year, according to her presentation. More than nine of every ten Journal readers (92%) have a college education.” http://cnnmon.ie/2pvaEzC
OUT AND ABOUT — Last night K Street Capital held its Spring Social at Social Tables celebrating their portfolio companies, including Dolcezza Gelato, Misfit Juicery, and Republic Restoratives. SPOTTED: Tony Fratto, Sarah Feinberg, Josh Mandel, Jay Newton-Small, Penny Lee, Tom Ziemba, Brent Heberlee, Matt McDonald, Roy Schwartz, Beth Lester Sidhu, Kenny Day, Anu Rangappa, Rich Leggett, Evan Burfield, Christina Sevilla, Steve Rochlin, Julian Ha and Margie Sullivan.
— PETER BAKER and SUSAN GLASSER threw a party at their house Tuesday evening to celebrate “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” by Chris Whipple – ($18 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2q4Q6jt). SPOTTED: Whipple’s wife Cary and son Sam, John Podesta, Josh Bolten, Ken Duberstein, Wayne Berman, Cofer Black, Lorraine and Chris Wallace, Bob Schieffer, Glenn Thrush, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fischer Martin, Elizabeth Drew, Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter, Margaret Tutwiler, Janet Mullins Grissom, Debra Dunn, Laura Handman, Jane Mayer, Dan Yergin and Angela Stent, Heidi and Doug Rediker, Steve Clemons, John Bellinger.
SPOTTED at Google’s Washington office last night for a private screening of HBO’s documentary film “Cries of Syria” to discuss the refugee crisis, Syrian civil war, and the role of tech to advance human rights (promo video: http://bit.ly/2pvotxN): Malika Saada Saar, Evgeny Afineevsky, Anna Therese Day, Marcia Dyson, Kisha Bird, Vince Stehle, Ken Biberaj, Thomas Bowen, Ryan Jones, Jen Nedeau, Meredith Fineman, Angelica Annino, Erin Fitzgerald, Jessica Jennings, Jeffrey Zubricki, Joe Walsh, Penny Tilghman.
TRANSITIONS — Ted Kwong, Sen. Pat Toomey’s 2016 campaign communications director and a Scott Walker alum, has joined Whole Foods Market as a regional PR director based in New York. … Sue Biniaz has been named a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation. She has spent 25 years as the top climate lawyer for the State Department. http://politi.co/2piEeNH
HILLARY ALUMNI — Mike Gwin, Clinton campaign and Obama administration alum, who had been the communications director for the N.C. Democratic Party, is now the deputy communications director for American Oversight. … Donte Donald is joining the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City as the director of public affairs. He previously was national spokesperson for Hillary for America.
OBAMA ALUMNI — Obama WH research director Alex Platkin and deputy research director Kristen Bartoloni are launching a research and pre-crisis comms consulting firm named Silver Street Strategies. http://bit.ly/2q2t3rh
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Ishan Bhabha, former Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy now at Jenner & Block, and his wife Maria Elisa, who used to work for the World Bank, welcome Sebastian Bhabha born Monday at 2:51 am., weighing in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20.5 inches.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS – SEN. TIM KAINE (D-Va.) officiated this past weekend over the wedding of his former staffer Gena Boyle Berger and Jacob Berger. The couple got married at The Valentine museum in Richmond, Virginia. It’s the 14th wedding Kaine has officiated, according to TMZ. http://bit.ly/2qYHnyx … Sen. Kaine’s tweet about the wedding: http://bit.ly/2r0qUue
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: pollster Stan Greenberg, CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and the pride of New Haven, is 72 — how he’s celebrating: “Celebrating with nearly all generations of the family in Washington on the weekend since Rosa [DeLauro, his wife] is home in the district on recess, because my grandson Teo’s birthday is May 11th and because of Mother’s Day. Our twins, Anna and Kathryn, settled in DC, and so Sunday will be big.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2r0TJa9
BIRTHDAYS: Bono is 57 … Rick Santorum is 59 … Craig Gordon, managing editor at Bloomberg News in Washington … Mel Sembler, former RNC finance chairman and U.S. Ambassador to Italy under Bush 43 (hat tip: Scott Kamins) … Politico’s Gabe Debenedetti … Andrew Card, president of Franklin Pierce University, is 7-0 … Douglas Farrar, senior manager for comms. and public affairs at the Aspen Institute, is 34 … CNN national security reporter Jeremy Herb … Chris Tuttle … Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is 57 … Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) … Elise Italiano … Chris Berman is 62 … former Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-Wisc.) is 66 (h/t Gary Achterberg) … Hannah Mooney, senior manager for public affairs at PhRMA … Jim Powderly … Ilona Viczian … Brad Bannon … Michael Turk … Christine McDonough … Clarence Tong …
… Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center … writer John Meroney … Maggie Thomas, associate at Wiley Rein … Pew’s Rachel Weisel … Lucy Jackson, special assistant at Treasury and a Goldman Sachs alum, is 27 … Abbey Brandon … writer Adam Janofsky … Carter Foxgrover … Mark Keam … Terry Holt …. small-business crusader Tom Sullivan … Dave Kluesner … NY1’s Grace Rauh … Emily Dillard … Corbin Casteel … Andrew Binns … Bryant Avondoglio … Jocelyn Austin … Chris Policano … David Bethel is 7-0 … Hernan Rozemberg … Erik Curren … Sara Parker … Gannet Tseggai … Jonny Powell … Christopher Berg … James L. “Jim” Hooley … Fernanda Montano Klatzkin … Amy Simon … Lisa Boyce … Julia Dunbar … Howie Choder … Jackson Salovaara, celebrating by spending his day saving the environment (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin is 22 (h/t AP)