Good Sunday morning. THE PRESIDENT left the White House at 9:16 a.m. “in golf clothes (white shirt, white cap, dark slacks),” per pooler Alexis Simendinger. “Agents are dressed in their khakis and plaid, baggy, short-sleeved shirts–attire accessorized with ball caps. One was just practicing a pantomimed golf swing in the driveway.” … Trump pulled into Trump National Golf Club in Virginia at 9:51 a.m.
STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (@realDonaldTrump) at 8 a.m.: “Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!”
— NOTE: Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party’s nominee 334 days ago. Trump beat her 229 days ago.
MICHAEL KRUSE in POLITICO Magazine, “I Found Trump’s Diary — Hiding in Plain Sight: Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump’s Twitter feed is a document for the ages. And historians don’t want to lose it”: “In the presumed absence, then, of a more traditional version of the form, Trump’s collected tweets comprise the closest thing to a diary this presidency will produce.
“And that is what makes the messages from @realDonaldTrump, almost 800 and counting since January 20, 2017, such a prize to those who care the most about lasting insight into the president and this administration. If @realDonaldTrump was to go dark, and Trump stopped tweeting to his more than 32 million followers, humans and bots alike, the loss from a historical standpoint would be acute.” http://politi.co/2t9dyzX
TRUMP ON “FOX AND FRIENDS” SUNDAY MORNING — PETE HEGSETH: “Who’s been your biggest opponent? Has it been Democrats resisting? Has it been fake news media? Has it been deep state leaks? What’s — when you think about it, what holds it up the most? –” … TRUMP: … “One of the things that should be solved, but it probably won’t be, is that the Republicans and Democrats don’t get together. And I’m open arms; but, I don’t see that happening. They fight each other. The level of hostility. In other words, this isn’t just Trump, this has been like this for years. You’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s been like that for a long time. But the level of hostility – as an example, the healthcare bill that you are reporting on and that everybody’s reporting on.”
— TRUMP WAS TEED UP, BUT DECLINES TO BLAME OBAMA: HEGSETH: “How frustrating is it to have former President Obama there, out there leading the resistance?” TRUMP: “Well I think — I don’t think he’s leading it. He actually just put out a small statement. I don’t see that leading it. But other people are leading.”
— TRUMP HITS WARREN … AGAIN: HEGSETH: “How do you overcome that when someone like Senator Warren – Elizabeth Warren literally says ‘People are going to die because of President Trump’s health-care bill’?” TRUMP: “Well I actually think she’s a hopeless case. I call her Pocahontas, and that’s an insult to Pocahontas. I actually think that she is just somebody that’s got a lot of hatred, a lot of anger.”
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK — “Will Anthony Kennedy step down from the Supreme Court?” by AP’s Mark Sherman: “The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration’s travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground. The biggest news of all, though, would be if Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the court’s last public session on Monday to announce his retirement.
“To be sure, Kennedy has given no public sign that he will retire this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. Kennedy’s departure would allow conservatives to take firm control of the court. But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for nearly 30 years. Several of his former law clerks have said they think he is contemplating stepping down in the next year or so. Kennedy and his clerks were gathering over the weekend for a reunion that was pushed up a year and helped spark talk he might be leaving the court.” http://bit.ly/2t5rBWQ
— KELLYANNE CONWAY on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: CONWAY: “I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House, but we’re paying very close attention to these last bit of decisions. And I can tell you one thing, just as the president did with Justice Neil Gorsuch, whenever there are vacancies, whenever that happens, he will look for somebody who has fidelity to the constitution, who doesn’t make up the law as they go along, and somebody who has the judicial temperament and a record that’s beyond reproach, as did Justice Gorsuch.
“We just hope the next time we can get more than a handful of Democratic senators to vote for our nominee to the Supreme Court and to the federal courts. We’d like a lot more cooperation from our Democratic friends. We know obstruction and resistance is their motto. It’s not working. And it’s not working for the American people, Supreme Court nominations and otherwise.”
THE BIG PICTURE — “The weakest defense in Washington? Saying ‘I don’t recall’,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Some of President Donald Trump’s closest confidants seem to be suffering from an affliction common in high-stakes White House investigations: memory loss. In his recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning his role in the unfolding Russia saga, Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered questions with some variation of ‘I do not recall’ more than 20 times. Amnesia is often a favorite response from witnesses in criminal and congressional investigations, and it’s often the most truthful reply—but people caught up in scandals can wind up facing perjury or other charges if prosecutors can later show they were intentionally trying to dodge tough questions.” http://politi.co/2t5ihSQ
HOW TIMES CHANGE — “Freedom Caucus holds fire on Senate Obamacare repeal bill,” by Kyle Cheney and Rachael Bade: “The most hardline conservatives in the House are taking an unusually cautious approach to the Senate’s Obamacare replacement, promising to keep an open mind about whatever their colleagues across the Capitol send back. It’s a change in strategy for the House Freedom Caucus. When House leaders first released a health care bill in February, for instance, group members took to television talk shows to pan the plan as ‘Obamacare lite,’ furious that it didn’t, in their eyes, do enough to unravel the 2010 health care law.
“They also threatened to withhold their support until changes were made, and later won concessions. For now, those hardball tactics have disappeared. As the Senate looks to pass its own health care legislation this week, those same House conservatives are taking a more measured approach — even as several conservatives in the Senate are currently balking at the bill.” http://politi.co/2u2UDDF
BUT, BUT, BUT … “Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein: “A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health-care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country’s broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives’ long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favor of a free-market system.
“That dramatic shift and the bill’s bold redistribution of wealth — the billions of dollars taken from coverage for the poor would help fund tax cuts for the wealthy — is creating substantial anxiety for several Republican moderates whose states have especially benefited from the expansion of Medicaid that the Affordable Care Act has allowed since 2014.” http://wapo.st/2sPOf36
— WHO TO WATCH: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).
— THE PROBLEM: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have to cajole and lean on moderate and conservative senators to find enough votes. While he may be able to tweak the bill on the margins to bring some of the lawmakers on board — and lawmakers will be able to add amendments to the underlying bill text — it’s unclear if he’ll be able to thread the needle for passage next week. As we wrote earlier this week, McConnell is going to put this bill up for a vote no matter what — he wants lawmakers on the record.
KOCH WATCH — “Koch network ramps up political spending while trying to push Trump team,” by Kevin Robillard in Colorado Springs, Colorado: “The leadership of the Koch brothers’ network is brushing off its occasionally chilly attitude toward President Donald Trump, trying to nudge the administration in its direction as the group’s annual summit began Saturday just after Charles Koch met with Vice President Mike Pence. The network of conservative donors announced Saturday it plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million on politics and policy during the 2018 cycle. …
“The millions from the Koch network and its wealthy allies will boost the Trump administration on some key priorities, especially tax reform and rolling back regulations. It also will help push back against others — especially Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ desire to implement tough-on-crime policies — and working to make Obamacare repeal efforts more conservative. And they could prove critical to Republican efforts to retain the House and expand a majority in the Senate.” http://politi.co/2t9Ii4k
— “Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative,” by AP’s Steve Peoples: “Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch network’s political arm, called the Senate’s plans for Medicaid ‘a slight nip and tuck’ of President Barack Obama’s health care law, a modest change he described as ‘immoral.’ ‘This Senate bill needs to get better,’ Phillips said. ‘It has to get better.’” http://apne.ws/2sFaGts
FOR YOUR RADAR — “Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran,” by Michael Crowley: “As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key Trump allies are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government. Supporters of dislodging Iran’s iron-fisted clerical leadership say it’s the only way to halt Tehran’s dangerous behavior, from its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its sponsorship of terrorism.
“Critics say that political meddling in Iran, where memories of a 1953 CIA-backed coup remain vivid, risks a popular backlash that would only empower hardliners. That’s why President Barack Obama assured Iranians, in a 2013 speech at the United Nations, that ‘we are not seeking regime change.’ But influential Iran hawks want to change that under Trump. ‘The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran,’ said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who speaks regularly with White House officials about foreign policy. ‘I don’t see how anyone can say America can be safe as long as you have in power a theocratic despotism,’ he added.” http://politi.co/2tINGIF
— “Trump’s Team Faces Reality in the Middle East,” by the Times of Israel’s Herb Keinon: “Washington is adopting a much different approach to peacemaking than the previous administration, a sign that it has learned from US President Barack Obama’s mistakes. And the mother of all Obama’s mistakes on the Israeli-Palestinian issue came when — just a few months after being sworn into office — he made a very clear demand for Israel to stop all settlement activity, everywhere … The Trump administration is taking a different approach. It is making no public demands … And, all the while, it is probing the sides to see what they are – and are not – willing to give, and then trying to see if there are ways to bridge the gaps. And it is doing this all very much behind closed doors, without megaphone diplomacy, without public threats of laying down an American blueprint, or dangling promises of high-profile summits.” http://bit.ly/2u398Y5
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “U.S. top court set to rule on religious rights; travel ban looms,” by Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley: “The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Monday in a closely watched religious rights case involving limits on public funding for churches and other religious entities as the justices issue the final rulings of their current term. The nine justices are due to rule in six cases, not including their decision expected in the coming days on whether to take up President Donald Trump’s bid to revive his ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries in which an emergency appeal is pending. Of the remaining cases argued during the court’s current term, which began in October, the most eagerly awaited one concerns a Missouri church backed by a conservative Christian legal group. The ruling potentially could narrow the separation of church and state.” http://reut.rs/2s9V9yl
THE JUICE ….
— SPOTTED AT STEVEN MNUCHIN and LOUISE LINTON’s WEDDING last night at the Mellon Auditorium: President Donald Trump (in black tie) and First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence (who officiated) and Karen Pence, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Reince Priebus and Sally Priebus, DHS Secretary John Kelly, CIA director Mike Pompeo, Interior Secretary Mike Zinke, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Candy Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, White House Counsel Don McGahn and Shannon McGahn, deputy national security advisor Dina Powell and David McCormick …
… Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, John Paulson, Jim Donovan, Steve Roth, Eddie Lampert, Woody Johnson, Lee Eisenberg, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Tom Barrack, Eli and Jenna Miller, Stephen Miller, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, C. Boyden Gray, Brad and Candice Parscale, Tommy Hicks, Reed Cordish, Rudy Giuliani, Richard and Karen LeFrak and Harrison LeFrak, Bill Paxon and Susan Molinari, Mike Shields and Katie Walsh, Ken Duberstein, Anthony Scaramucci. Seafood was served during cocktail hour, along with filet for dinner and a big white wedding cake. There was lots of beautiful flowers at the wedding, ballerinas performed, bagpipes and then a big band and many people hit the dance floor, according to attendees. Full report from Darren Samuelsohn, Rebecca Morin and Cristiano Lima http://politi.co/2t8w9MZ … 25 photos on one page http://dailym.ai/2sEIl6A
— MNUCHIN was spotted with three agents at DCA early this morning — he was dropping off one of his kids at the airport.
— WE REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT (D-N.Y.) filed a financial disclosure form that listed a checking account with between $5 million and $25 million. His office said he filed the report in error, and the account has between $1,000 and $15,000. The new report has not yet showed up on the clerk’s website.
SUNDAY BEST — GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks to SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.) on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” — STEPHANOPOULOS: “Are they going to pass this bill?” SCHUMER: “I think it’s 50-50. First, Democrats, we are doing everything we can to fight this bill because it’s so devastating for the middle class. I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill. To get three senators to vote no, probably — you can say yes, you can say no, probably 50-50.”
— BRIT HUME talks with HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” — PRICE: “What we’re trying to do here, admittedly, is to thread a needle to make it so that, as the president says, every single American needs to be able to have access to the kind of coverage that they want,” Price said, adding that conversations with Republican holdouts are ongoing. “That’s the nature of the legislative process and that’s what we’ll be working through this week.” More from Patrick Temple-West, whose birthday is today http://politi.co/2t5LvB6
— DANA BASH speaks with OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” — BASH — HE’S OPPOSED TO THE SENATE GOP HEALTH CARE BILL: “OK. So, given the problems that you just laid out, do you think that Senator Portman of Ohio should vote no?” KASICH: “Well, I — I don’t think the bill’s adequate now. And unless it gets fixed, I would — look, I’m against it. And I’m not against it just because I want to be against it. There’s some things in these bill — in these bills, in these — in these provisions that are an improvement. My job, as I see my job as a governor of the state, not as a Republican governor, but the governor of this state, my job is to look not just today, but in the out years, at the impact it’s going to have on people who have — who need help.
“Dana, I was at a restaurant on Friday. And I was at a Wendy’s, actually. And I was — there was a partition. And I looked over at the people that had gathered there. And there were about, I don’t know, 25 kids. All of them were here in Columbus for Special Olympics. And I looked at them and I thought, are these people being served? Are they going to be served by this bill in the future? My conclusion right now is no.”
— CHUCK TODD speaks to SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WISC.) on NBC’S "MEET THE PRESS": JOHNSON — ON HEALTH CARE: "[W]hat I’d like to do is slow the process down, get the information, go through the problem-solving process, actually reduce these premiums that have been artificially driven up because of Obamacare mandates. So let’s actually fix the problem. But in the end, I come from manufacturing base. I will look at whatever I’m forced to vote on, and I’ll ask myself, ‘Is this better tomorrow than where we are today? Is it continuous improvement?’ And that’s what will guide my decision."
DEEP DIVE — WILLIAM D. COHAN in August’s Vanity Fair, “The Untold Story of How Gary Cohn Fell for Donald Trump”: “While [Lloyd] Blankfein was recuperating, Cohn seemed to delight in the attention and adulation he received when he filled in for his boss on earnings calls, industry presentations, and media events, such as The New York Times’s DealBook Conference. That’s when, some say, he became overconfident and decided to inquire of several of his fellow board members about becoming C.E.O., even as Blankfein was responding well to his chemotherapy treatments. ‘Gary made a play to replace Lloyd,’ according to a former Goldman partner. It didn’t work. The board was ‘noncommittal’ to Cohn, he continues. ‘There’s a lot of loyalty to Lloyd on the board.’ …
“The timing was perfect for Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, to pounce. He approached Cohn, supposedly at the suggestion of mutual friends. ‘Jared Kushner has always been a little starstruck with Goldman Sachs people,’ says a former Goldman partner who knows him well. ‘He’s always liked that sort of promotional edginess that Goldman Sachs has had, and he’s always liked the reputation that Goldman Sachs has the best people, quote unquote, the smartest, savviest people. The idea, by the way, that Jared was suddenly in a position where he actually had the power to call on and hire and lure a number of people like that to the bench side, if you will, was a very, very intoxicating, enticing, and really kind of exciting thing to him,’ the former partner continues. ‘This was an incredibly sort of convenient and opportune kind of thing that came along for Gary because—whether he was going to Washington or not—Gary was out.’” http://bit.ly/2u3jTd1
MATT VISER in the Boston Globe, “Jared Kushner got his start as Somerville landlord”: “At 19, he was in the training-wheels stage of his career as a developer, learning as he went, making his share of mistakes, acquiring a landlord’s tough edge and cool calculus — traits he still manifests in the White House. Learning to fix up and flip clusters of low-end apartment buildings, he used Somerville as his own private laboratory. And he passed the first key test — he made a profit. Of course, he had a headstart. Much as Trump began his career of deals with a multimillion-dollar boost from his father, Kushner started out with his wealthy father acting as senior partner and offering crucial assistance — including helping secure $9 million in mortgage loans….
“And his efforts paid off — the properties he bought for $8.3 million sold four years later for $13 million. But Kushner, who did not respond to requests for an interview to discuss his business record in Somerville, also made a number of rookie errors and left numerous angry tenants in his wake. His properties amassed 25 housing complaints over four years, including complaints about overflowing dumpsters, pests, and sewage odors, according to the Globe review. Tenants complained of what they called nonsensical financial dealings. Some renters say they went an entire winter without heat.” http://bit.ly/2t5dGju
WHAT ERIC HOLDER IS READING — “Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP,” by AP’s David Lieb: “The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump’s favor. Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it — in the drawing of lines for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative seats. The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Republicans had a real advantage.
“The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage. It’s designed to detect cases in which one party may have won, widened or retained its grip on power through political gerrymandering. The analysis found four times as many states with Republican-skewed state House or Assembly districts than Democratic ones. Among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress, there were nearly three times as many with Republican-tilted U.S. House districts.” http://apne.ws/2s5voE7
BUSINESS BURST — “Facebook Is Going Hollywood, Seeking Scripted TV Programming,” by WSJ’s Joe Flint and Deepa Seetharaman: “Facebook to Hollywood: Let’s do lunch. Social networking giant Facebook Inc. is moving its ambitions in TV-quality video to the front burner, taking meetings and making deals with an eye toward launching a slate of original programming by the end of summer, people familiar with the matter said. In meetings with major talent agencies including Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency, William Morris Endeavor and International Creative Management Partners, Facebook has indicated it is willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, people familiar with the situation say.” http://on.wsj.com/2rQ6Omz
BEYOND THE BELTWAY — POLITICO Magazine’s “America’s 11 Most Interesting Mayors”: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles … Hillary Schieve, Reno, Nev. … Kevin Faulconer, San Diego … Greg Fischer, Louisville, Ky. … Marty Walsh, Boston … Michael Hancock, Denver … Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte, N.C. …Tomás Regalado, Miami, Florida … Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City, Utah … Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh … Dan Gilbert, the shadow mayor of Detroit. http://politi.co/2sEZm0w
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Palm Beach, Florida:
— “My Father’s Fashion Tips,” by Tom Junod in GQ: “In 1996, in a piece that was nominated for a National Magazine Award, Tom Junod wrote not only of his dad’s impeccable style but also of the secrets — and underwear rules — of a lost generation.” http://bit.ly/2szLZP8
— “Deepest Dive Ever Under Antarctica Reveals a Shockingly Vibrant World,” by Laurent Ballesta in July’s NatGeo: “Our special report offers a rare look at life beneath the frozen continent — where penguins, seals, and exotic creatures thrive.”With 15 pix on one page http://on.natgeo.com/2s2rV9e (h/t Blake Hounshell)
— “Crimson Tidings: The primordial color gets its due,” by Elizabeth Powers in the Weekly Standard: http://tws.io/2rLD4qR (h/t ALDaily.com)
— “The Wages of War Without Strategy,” by Robert Cassidy and Jacqueline Tame on the Strategy Bridge: “In its wars since 11 September 2001, the United States has arguably cultivated the best-equipped, most capable, and fully seasoned combat forces in remembered history. They attack, kill, capture, and win battles with great nimbleness and strength. But absent strategy, these victories are fleeting. Divorced from political objectives, successful tactics are without meaning.” http://bit.ly/2szMg4p
— “This Is How Big Oil Will Die,” by Seth Miller in NewCo: “It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction. The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline … [which at] its peak … carried over 500,000 barrels a day for processing at refineries in Texas and Louisiana. But in 2025, no one wants the oil.” http://bit.ly/2szZhLp
— “Supertasters Among the Dreaming Spires,” by Dan Rosenheck in 1843 Magazine: “Every Oxford taster is a scientist in one form or another, ranging from endearingly geeky to absurdly so … Cambridge [tasters] were methodical, precise and pragmatic – much like Cambridge. Whereas Oxford had people who grew up with wine. They’d just taste and say: Oh, that’s obviously Bordeaux.” http://bit.ly/2rLo5NI
— “Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror,” by The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan V. Last: “Today’s liberalism has become grotesquely mechanistic and authoritarian: It’s all about reducing individuals to a group identity, defining that group in permanent victim terms, and denying others their democratic right to challenge that group and its ideology. Political correctness represents the fossilised institutionalisation of once-vital revolutionary ideas, which have become mere rote formulas.” http://tws.io/2szPMfe (h/t TheBrowser.com)
— “Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man,” by Martin Corona in Men’s Journal: http://mjm.ag/2tDcVvH
— “Can We Blame the Mafia on Lemons?” by Cara Giaimo in Atlas Obscura: “Lemon trees need well-fertilised soil, steady water, and protection from wind and extreme temperature, which come at great cost. Trees need to be coddled for seven or eight years before they produce enough lemons to sell. When they do bear fruit, it’s easy enough for people to steal it.” http://bit.ly/2t0xjJl
— “The 2017 Jefferson Lecture — Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame” —Martha C. Nussbaum at the Kennedy Center on May 1: “The Greeks and Romans saw a lot of anger around them. But they did not embrace or valorise anger. They did not define manliness in terms of anger, and tended to impute it to women, whom they saw as lacking rationality. However much they felt and expressed anger, they waged a cultural struggle against it, seeing it as destructive of human well-being and democratic institutions.” http://bit.ly/2tDB5X4
— “About Tomorrow,” by Bruce Wexler in E-Flux: “Human beings differ from other animals with regard to … post-natal neuroplasticity in two important ways. First, our brains are more immature at birth and susceptible to environmental shaping to a greater degree and for a longer time. Second, humans are the only animals that shape and reshape the environments that shapes their brain. This powerful combination is the basis of cultural evolution, and of most features of human minds, behavior and communities.” http://bit.ly/2sL8uPw
SPOTTED: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday, with a small Secret Service detail, on the Acela out of New York. He got off in Wilmington, rocking a pair of sunglasses, one earbud in and carrying a briefcase — “looking as relaxed and cool as ever,” per our tipster.
OUT AND ABOUT — Susan Glasser and Peter Baker hosted a farewell party last night at their house for Indira Lakshmanan and Dermot Tatlow, who are moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, next week as Indira takes up her post as Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at The Poynter Institute for Media.
SPOTTED: German Amb. Peter Wittig and Huberta von Voss-Wittig, Afghan Amb. Hamdullah Mohib and Lael Mohib, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt, Marty Baron, Andrea Mitchell, Nihal Krishan, Nancy Cook and Christopher Rowland, former Pakistani Amb. Husain Haqqani and Farahnaz Ispahani, Mike Oreskes and Geraldine Baum, former U.S. Ambs. Melanne and Phil Verveer, former U.S. Amb. Steve Sestanovich, Katharine Weymouth, Mark Landler, Julie Davis, David Sanger, Margaret Carlson, Juliet Eilperin, Laura Meckler, Ben Chang, Christina Sevilla and Steve Rochlin, Justin Kenny, Heidi Crebo-Rediker and Doug Rediker, Dana Thomas, Amanda Downes, David Rennie, Jonas Parello-Plesner, Bay Fang, Steve Heuser, Mary Louise Kelly, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Ceci Connolly, Nicole Raben, Denise Couture.
— SPOTTED at a surprise birthday party last night for Ziad Ojakli at Kellari Taverna on K Street: Sumya Ojakli, Angela Flood, Alison Jones, Mercy and Matt Schlapp, David and Gretchen Hobbs, Bruce Andrews, Pam Thiessen, Nick Calio and Eric Ueland.
— SPOTTED on the rooftop of The Brixton for a mini-reunion of alumni of the Obama administration NSC: Terry Szuplat, Eric Pelofsky, Dan Schneiderman, Jon Wolfsthal, Yael Lempert, Michael Sessums, Ben Chang, Salman Ahmed, Evan Medeiros, Bernadette Meehan, Meg Doherty, Stacey May, Andrew Scott, Matt Kaczmarek, Brian Nilsson.
SPOTTED at Ron and Sara Bonjean’s annual “Good Pants Ranch Summer Party” yesterday in Purcellville, Va. (a camel made an appearance): Paul Kane, Jo Maney, John Scofield, Dana Bash, Anne Brady, Matt Dornic and Kyle Volpe, Doug Heye, Emily Miller, Fran Decker, Jared Allen and Jackie Kucinich, Kenny Day, Rebecca Haller, Sheldon and Shannon Bream, Matt Wolking, Tom Williams, David and Jenny Drucker, Chris Bond, Dan Ronayne, Tracey and Nick Lintott, Jim Richards and Brian Walsh.
–The RNC held their summer meeting this weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. SPOTTED: Vice President Mike and Mrs. Karen Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, RNC co-chairman Bob Paduchik, RNC chief of staff Sara Armstrong, Arkansas state chairman Doyle Webb, Ohio state chairwoman Jane Timken, Hunter Wallace and Suhail Khan.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — MICHELLE FIELDS married JAMIE WEINSTEIN in a ceremony yesterday at the Breakers in Palm Beach. Dinner and dancing was held in the Mediterranean Ballroom overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Fields is a Breitbart and HuffPo alum who now runs JMW Strategies with Weinstein, a commentator and host of “The Jamie Weinstein Show” podcast. They met as reporters at the Daily Caller. They served crab cakes, lobster tail medallions, sliced beef tenderloin, and citrus panko crusted sea bass along with huge ice-cream sundaes (there were also two tomato bars in a pre-dinner reception because Jamie is a big fan of tomatoes). Partiers hoisted Fields and Weinstein in the air during the hora. Colorful performers dancing on stilts also were a hit. The couple is flying out to Europe today on their honeymoon: they’ll visit Italy and Morocco and take a river cruise from Budapest to Munich.
SPOTTED: Juleanna Glover hitting the dance floor early with Christopher Reiter, Benny Johnson shaking hands with Oliver Darcy (who had written critical pieces on IJR), bridesmaids Lauren Hagen, Betsy Woodruff, and Kathryn Lyons, Will Rahn, Taylor Lorenz, Ben Jacobs, Olivia Nuzzi, Asawin Suebsaeng and Liz Brown, Jonathan Swan, Vince and Alison Coglianese, Tim Lim, Josiah Ryan, Matt Lewis andErin DeLullo, Katelyn Rieley Johnson, Alex and Nancy Pappas, Jonathan and Anna Beth Strong, Mike Dunkle, Mitchell Sutherland, Guy Benson, Amber Smith.
–PICS http://bit.ly/2rQjf1M … http://bit.ly/2t9fjx9 … http://bit.ly/2sPQu6O …http://bit.ly/2sEZpt2 … First kiss http://bit.ly/2u3cWJ2 … First dance http://bit.ly/2u3enHq … The decadent cake http://bit.ly/2sPMqU3
— Politico reporter (and author of Morning Energy) Anthony Adragna married longtime girlfriend Meghan Cassidy in a ceremony at the historic St. Francis Hall in Northeast D.C. on Saturday evening. Cassidy is a teacher at Gonzaga High School who just graduated from a master’s program at Georgetown. The couple met in summer 2013, hit it off after being set up on a blind date by mutual friends and have been together ever since. Pool report: “The couple exchanged vows outdoors, surrounded by the lush greenery of the historic Renaissance-style hall, built in 1931. The lively reception featured everything from the Isley Brother’s Shout to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and had guests young and old on the dance floor all night long.” Pics http://bit.ly/2t8YfHp … http://bit.ly/2t9Pld0
SPOTTED: Heather Caygle and Aaron Lorenzo, Brian Fung and Ryan Kellett, Mikaela Lefrak, Dean Scott and Rachel Leven
–“Kristin Donnelly, Rick Bosh” — N.Y. Times: “The bride, 36, is a White House producer in Washington for NBC News. She graduated from Syracuse. … The groom, 36 and known as Rick, is a producer for ‘Andrea Mitchell Reports’ on MSNBC. He graduated from Southern Methodist University. … The couple met in March 2010 when they worked as producers for day programming at MSNBC.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2u2PMlS
–“Pia Carusone, Leanne Pittsford”: “Ms. Carusone, 37, is a political consultant and a senior adviser to Americans for Responsible Solutions, a Washington-based gun violence prevention organization, founded by Gabrielle Gifford and Mark Kelly. Ms. Carusone was until June 2012 the chief of staff to Ms. Giffords, then an Arizona congresswoman. Ms. Carusone is also a founder of Republic Restoratives Distillery, which is also in Washington and makes vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey. She graduated from Bard College and is now a governor of the school’s alumni association. … Ms. Pittsford, 36, is the chief executive of Start Somewhere, a company in Washington that operates Lesbians Who Tech and two other programs aiming to increase diversity in the technology sector. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, and received a master’s degree in education with a concentration on equity and social justice from San Francisco State University.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2t8yfvQ
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Kirsten Hughes, chair of the MassGOP (hat tip: Natalie Boyse)
BIRTHDAYS: WSJ and POLITICO alum Patrick O’Connor, now with CGCN Group, is 41 … CNN’s Betsy Klein … Josh Lahey, principal of the Podesta Group, who once hiked all 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia and ending in Maine … Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 63 … civil rights activist James Meredith is 84 … Anthony Bourdain is 61 … Jeremy Bearer-Friend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s tax policy maven, moving to NYC this fall to teach tax law at NYU (h/t Alex Levy) … tech guru Laurent Crenshaw, YELP’s director of public policy, is 37 –he celebrated Friday evening at a pop-up party inside of the National Union Building on 9th and F st NW with some of Capitol Hill’s finest (h/t Stewart Verdery) … Politico’s Patrick Temple-West … N.Y. Post’s Reuven Fenton … Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) is 65 … Dan Meyers, VP at DCI Group … John Randall, VP of digital at CRAFT … Robert Harvey … Jackie Bradford, pres and GM of NBC4 in DC … Danielle Doheny is 3-0 … CBS and Reuters alum Corbett Daly, bro of Uncles Matthew and Brendan … AP alum John Heilprin, now senior journalist and editor for the int’l service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corp. … Ambassador Melanne Verveer … Tita Freeman … Alan McQuinn … former Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) is 72 …
… Scott Zumwalt, senior director at Bully Pulpit Interactive, is 33 … Alan McQuinn, ITIF’s research analyst (h/t Samantha Greene) … John Randolph Thornton, author of the novel “Beautiful Country,” is 26 … John Meyer … Dan Spinelli … Eric Litmer … Taylor Haulsee … Alberto “Beto” Cardenas of Vinson & Elkins … Abbie Sorrendino of Senate Rules …Gretchen Yelmini … Bryan Bernys … IAVA alum John Alexander Nicholson … Mike Gehrke … Jon Carson … Summer Oesch … Jason Stephany … Martha Vukelich-Austin … Marc Caplan … Mora Segal … Heidi Johnson (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … James Michael Thornberry … Hank Greenwald, famed for his long run as the SF Giants baseball play-by-play man … Ted Pease is 62 … Carly Simon is 72 … Phyllis George is 68 … Ricky Gervais is 56 (h/ts AP)