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26 [M4F] - Indiana - looking for the who's who of Hoosiers!

2020.07.08 00:16 jwk94 26 [M4F] - Indiana - looking for the who's who of Hoosiers!

So first things first, a little about me! I’m an Indianapolis resident. 26-year old black Male, 5’8”; and somehow I’m skinny with a bit of a dad bod-ish belly. I’m looking for someone in Indiana between the ages of 24 - 32, seeking a long-term relationship. I’m open to any race/ethnicity or religious background. I was born Christian but I don’t really consider myself religious today. Regardless, I’ll still show respect and interest in your religious practices. I love theatre, going to concerts, and going to the movies. Also love archery and axe throwing. However, since COVID, I’ve curtailed those activities to mostly cooking, and delving into my library of 500+ movies and TV shows! I’m really big on collecting physical media. It’s not uncommon for me to have a package from Amazon or somewhere else once a week 😅
I also love to travel. It’s pretty common for me to go to Chicago or Nashville for a weekend trip to visit family or see some band. So, someone who loves to travel is a must.
I’m also regularly sarcastic, silly, and sometimes serious. If I haven’t made you pause, say “oh my God” before smiling and rolling your eyes at least once a week (preferably once a day!), then I’ve failed you and I’m sorry.
I also absolutely LOVE horror movies. They don’t really scare me as much as they excite me though. You can find a few of my favorites below:
Favorite Movies
Favorite Shows
Favorite Music Artists
Favorite Video Games (PS4 & Switch)
What’s a profile without pics?! Here’s one pre-Rona:
And another during Rona! Surprisingly enough, finding clippers has been really difficult.
As for my love language, I like to refer to the three Ts: Time, Touch, and T-words of affirmation! 😂 But for real, spending time together, cuddling, and encouraging each other to follow our dreams or just get up in the morning is really important to me.
Speaking of time, I love to cook, especially if it’s with my partner. There’s nothing more romantic than cooking a meal together, then eating while we watch something or talk about our day. The other day, I cracked an egg one-handed, so I’m pretty much ready to open my own restaurant! Here’s an album of some things I’ve made:
You should probably know beforehand that in addition to not wanting children, I also don’t want any pets. I like them, but I just don’t want the responsibility and time commitment of having any of my own.
Here are some things I’m looking for in a partner (and what you can expect from me):
Also, one of the most important things to me in a relationship is patience and understanding. I’m a firm believer in not yelling or cursing at each other. If we have problems, we need to be able to talk them out and listen to one another. If we feel like we’re reaching a boiling point, I feel it’s best to remove ourselves from the room to cool down before continuing the conversation.
If you want to know more about me, just say so! I’d love to talk. However, before that, you need to answer the most important question when dating: one ply, two ply, or ultra? 😂
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2020.04.11 21:30 dpeter38 Umphrey's Video Trades

I'm looking to trade my videos for ones I dont have. If you have any of these dates i dont have I'd like to trade with you!
These are pro-shot video rips of streams or downloads. Not Audio.

Releases I’m Looking For:
5-23-2008- summer camp
5-24-2008 summer camp
5-30-2008 mountain jam
2-4-2010 the pageant
5-29-2010 summer camp
5-30-2010 summer camp
4-2-2011 - um bowl
Official releases on their merch store still needed.
Live at Stubb’s 4/20/2011
Live at Stubb’s 4/20/2013
Live From the Tabernacle 12/28/2012
Live From the Tabernacle 12/29/2012
Live From the Tabernacle 12/30/2012
Live From the Tabernacle 12/31/2012
Soundstage: Umphrey’s Mcgee
What I Have:
Official Releases:
Live from the Lake Coast Skyline Stage (2002-07-27 - Chicago, IL).mp4
Storytellers (2016-01-01 - Fillmore - Denver, CO).mp4
True Hollywood Stories (2012-03-16 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA).avi
Wrapped Around Chicago NYE (2005).mp4
Nachos 4 Two Documentary.mp4
Red, Rocks & Blue - The Documentary .mp4
Reel To Real-HD.mp4
Releases By Year:
2005-10-30 Umphreys McGee, Vegoose Webcast.mkv
2008-04-05 - St. Louis, MO.mp4
2008-06-13 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN.mp4
2009-03-25 - Cains Ballroom - Tulsa, OK.mp4
2009-03-26 - Lawrence, KS.mp4
2009-03-27 - Pageant Theatre - St. Louis, MO.mp4
2009-03-28 - Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN.mp4
2009-04-01 - The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY.mp4
2009-05-22 - Summercamp - Three Sisters Park - Chillicothe, IL.mp4
2009-05-23 - Summercamp - Three Sisters Park - Chillicothe, IL.mp4
2009-05-24 - Summercamp - Three Sisters Park - Chillicothe, IL.mp4
2009-05-29 - Mountain Jam - Hunter Mountain Ski & Lodge - Hunter, NY.mp4
2009-07-04 - Rothbury Music Festival - Double JJ Ranch - Rothbury, MI (Late Night).mp4
2009-07-11 - All Good - Marvins Mountaintop - Masontown, WV (Late Night).mp4
2011-05-27 - Summer Camp Festival.m4v
2011-05-28 - Summer Camp Festival.m4v
2011-05-29 Huey Lewis and the rUMors
2011-09-06 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY.mp4
2011-09-08 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY.mkv
2011-10-28 Umphreys Hauntlanta Partial
2011-12-29 The Pageant - St. Louis, MO.mp4
2011-12-30 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO.mp4
2011-12-31 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO.mp4
2012-02-19 THE CANOPY CLUB, URBANA, IL Partial
2012-04-10 - Saint Augustine, FL.mp4
2012-04-27 - UMBowl.mp4
2012-05-25 - Summer Camp Music Festival.mp4
2012-05-26 - Summer Camp Music Festival.mkv
2012-05-27 - Summer Camp Music Festival.mp4
2012-09-14 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO.mp4
2012-09-15 - Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO.mp4
2013-06-07 Red Rocks (AXS-TV) REBROADCAST Umphrey's McGee .ts
2013-08-17 - FirstMerit Pavillion, Chicago, IL.mp4
2013-08-17 - Northerly Island - Chicago, IL.mp4
2013-08-24 - Alpharetta, GA.mp4
2013-12-28 - Fillmore - Denver, CO.mp4
2013-12-29 - Fillmore - Denver, CO.mp4
2013-12-31 - Fillmore - Denver, CO.mp4
Umphrey's McGee 2013-06-07 Red Rocks (AXS-TV) REBROADCAST.md5
Umphrey's McGee 2013-06-07 Red Rocks_REBROADCAST_info.txt
2014-02-20 - The Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL.mp4
2014-02-21 - Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL.mp4
2014-02-22 - The Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL.mp4
2014-03-18 - Aspen, CO.mp4
2014-04-05 - Iron City Music Hall - Birmingham, AL.mp4
2014-04-07 - Major Rager - Augusta, GA.mp4
2014-7-27 Mountain Stage LIVE @ Culture Center Charleston WV.mkv
2014-10-31 - Boston, MA.mp4
2014-11-07 - The Orpheum Theatre - Madison, WI.mp4
2014-11-08 - The Orpheum Theatre - Madison, WI (2000th Show).mp4
2014-12-30 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2014-12-31 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2015-01-01 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2015-01-02 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2015-01-03 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2015-04-10 - Saint Augustine, FL.mp4
2015-07-03 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO.mp4
2015-10-30 - Riverside Theatre - Milwaukee, WI.mp4
2015-10-31 - Riverside Theatre - Milwaukee, WI.mkv
2015-12-31 - Denver, CO.MKV
2016-01-02 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO.mp4
2016-01-28 - Shooting From The Hip.mp4
2016-01-28 - The Orpheum Theater - Madison, WI.mp4
2016-02-05 - Providence, RI.mkv
2016-02-06 - The Palace Theatre - Albany, NY.mp4
2016-02-11 - Penns Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA.mp4
2016-02-12 - Echo Stage - Washington, DC.mp4
2016-02-18 - Music Farm - Columbia, SC.mp4
2016-02-19 - Exploreashville.com Arena - Ashville, NC.mp4
2016-02-20 - Exploreashville.com Arena - Ashville, NC.mp4
2016-03-17 - Aspen, CO.mkv
2016-03-18 - Aspen, CO Webcast Rip.mp4
2016-03-19 - Aspen, CO.mkv
2016-03-26 - Los Angeles, CA.mkv
2016-04-07 - Major Rager.mp4
2016-05-06 - UMBOWL VII - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV.mp4
2016-05-07 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV.mp4
2016-06-02 - Mountain Jam - Hunter, NY.mp4
2016-07-02 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO.mp4
2016-07-03 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO.mp4
2016-08-04 - CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing - Peoria, IL.mp4
2016-08-05 - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park - Indianapolis, IN.mp4
2016-08-25 - Lockn - Arrington, VA.mp4
2016-09-23 - Chucktown Ball.mkv
2016-09-24 - Chucktown Ball.mkv
2016-10-20 - Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA.mp4
2016-10-21 - Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA.mkv
2016-10-22 - Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA.mkv
2016-10-29 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO.mp4
2016-10-30 - The Pagent - St. Louis, MO.mp4
2016-12-29 • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago, IL.mp4
2016-12-30 • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago, IL.mp4
2016-12-31 • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago, IL.mkv
2017-01-13 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2017-01-14 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2017-01-15 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2017-02-02 - Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI.mp4
2017-02-03 - Fillmore - Detroit, MI.mp4
2017-02-04 - Fillmore - Detroit, MI.mp4
2017-02-17 - Exploreasheville.com Arena - Asheville, NC.mp4
2017-02-18 - Exploreasehville.com Arena - Asheville, NC.mp4
2017-03-04 - The Wilma - Missoula, MT.mp4
2017-03-11 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA.mp4
2017-03-12 - Terrapin Crossroads.mp4
2017-03-16 - Tempe, AZ.mkv
2017-03-17 - Las Vegas, NV.mkv
2017-03-18 - Los Angeles, CA.mkv
2017-03-19 - San Diego, CA.mkv
2017-03-31 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, IL.mp4
2017-04-21 - Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA.mp4
2017-04-26 - Jannus Live - St. Petersburg, FL.mp4
2017-06-10 - Bonnaroo (Late Night).mp4
2017-06-11 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN.mp4
2017-06-30 - Red Rocks Ampitheater - Morrison.CO.mp4
2017-07-01 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO.mkv
2017-07-02 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO.mkv
2017-08-24 - Lockn - Arrington, VA.mp4
2017-09-01 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO.mkv
2017-10-20 - PART 1 The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY.mp4
2017-10-20 - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY.mp4
2017-10-21 - The Capitol Theater - Port Chester, NY.mp4
2017-10-26 - Suwannee Hulaween.mp4
2017-12-29 - Fillmore - Denver, CO.mkv
2017-12-30 - Fillmore - Denver, CO.mkv
2017-12-31 - Fillmore - Denver, CO.mkv
2018-01-11 - Pittsburgh, PA.mp4
2018-01-12 - Cincinnati, OH.mp4
2018-01-13 - Cincinnati, OH.mp4
2018-01-18 Backstory Presents Umphrey's McGee Live from The Cutting Room.mkv
2018-01-25 - New Haven, CT.mp4
2018-01-26 - Philadelphia, PA.mp4
2018-01-27 - Philadelphia, PA.mp4
2018-02-01 - Express Live - Columbus, OH.mp4
2018-02-02 - Wings Event Center - Kalamazoo, MI.mp4
2018-02-03 - Kalamazoo, MI.mp4
2018-02-15 - The Anthem - Washington, DC.mp4
2018-02-16 - Explore Asheville Arena - Asheville, NC.mp4
2018-02-17 - Explore Asheville Arena - Asheville, NC.mp4
2018-03-07 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO.mp4
2018-03-08 - Belly Up - Aspen,CO.mp4
2018-03-09 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO.mp4
2018-03-10 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT.mp4
2018-03-22 - Lake Tahoe - Stateline, NV.mp4
2018-03-23 - The Fox Theater - Oakland, CA.mp4
2018-03-24 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA.mp4
2018-03-25 - Observatory -San Diego, CA.mp4
2018-04-22 - Sweetwater 420 Fest.mp4
2018-07-05 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre.mkv
2018-07-06 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre.mkv
2018-07-07 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre.mkv
2018-08-04 - Werk Out Festival.mp4
2018-08-19 - Knoxville, TN.mkv
2018-08-23 - Lockn Music Festival - Arrington, VA.mp4
2018-08-24 - Lockn Music Festival - Arrington, VA (Zeppelin Set).mp4
2018-08-30 - The Joy Theater - New Orleans, LA.mkv
2018-08-31 - Austin City Limits - Austin, TX (4K).mkv
2018-10-04 - Crossroads - Kansas City, MO.mp4
2018-10-05 - The Sylvee - Madison, WI.mp4
2018-10-06 - Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL.mp4
2018-10-14 Umphrey's McGee Live @ The Capitol Theatre.mkv
2018-10-18 - The Canopy Club - Urbana, IL.mp4
2018-10-19 - Palace Theater - St. Paul, MI.mp4
2018-10-20 - Palace Theater - St. Paul, MI.mp4
2018-12-29 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mp4
2018-12–28 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mkv
2018-12–30 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mkv
2018-12–31 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA.mkv
2019-01-18 - The Taft Theater - Cincinnati, OH.mp4
2019-01-19 - The Taft Theater - Cincinnati. OH.mp4
2019-01-25 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI.mp4
2019-01-26 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI.mp4
2019-02-14 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY.mp4
2019-02-15 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY.mp4
2019-02-16 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY.mp4
2019-03-01 - The Fox Theatre - Oakland, CA.mp4
2019-03-29 - Ryman Auditorium (Set 1) - Nashville, TN.mp4
2019-03-29 - Ryman Auditorium (Set 2) - Nashville, TN.mp4
2019-03-30 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN.mp4
2019-06-21 - (with Spafford) Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO.mkv
2019-06-22 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO.mkv
2019-06-23 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO.mkv
2019-08-15 - Jannus Live - St. Petersburg, FL.mkv
2019-08-16 - Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami, FL.mkv
2019-08-17 - St. Augustine Theatre - St. Augustine, FL.mp4
2019-10-31 - The Anthem - Washington, DC.mkv
2019-11–01 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA.mkv
2019-11–02 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA.mkv
2019-12-27 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO.mkv
2019-12-28 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO .mkv
2019-12-30 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO.mkv
2019-12-31 - The Fillmore Denver, CO.mp4
2020-01-19 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY.mkv
2020-01-29 - The Clyde Theatre - Ft. Wayne, IN.mkv
2020-1-30 Umphrey's McGee(webcast).mkv
2020-01-31 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI.mkv
2020-02-01 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI.mkv
2020-02-12 - Graceland Soundstage - Memphis, TN.mkv
2020-02-13 - The Caverns - Pelham, TN.mkv
2020-02-14 - Exploreasheville.com Arena - Ashville, NC.mkv
2020-02-15 - (w. Billy Strings) Exploreasheville.com Arena - Asheville, NC.mkv
2020-03-05 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO.mp4
2020-03-06 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO.mp4
2020-03-07 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO.mkv
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2019.12.13 15:07 nwatkins364 UT preview and scouting report

This Saturday will continue an exciting streak of Memphis Tigers athletics as Penny Hardaway and co travel across the state to play the guys in orange on their home court in Knoxville. I won’t be making the trek this year, but have in the past and can tell you that game will be full of high tensions and possibly balled up fists. At this point, this game is the only sellout on the books this season for Thompson-Boling Arena.
Rick Barnes group came into the season unranked but quickly knocked off the then #20 Washington Huskies on a neutral court in their third game of the season. Since then they have fallen to a top 20 KenPom team in Florida State and emerged victorious against VCU. Currently the #19 ranked Vols sit at 7-1 as they prepare to face back-to-back AAC opponents in Memphis (#13) and Cincinnati.
Let’s take our time and enjoy this rivalry since Coach Barnes has already told media that the series is likely to come to a halt after the 2020 game in which the two schools will meet in the middle and face off in Nashville.
Honestly, this is a shame. How much more fun is a game with higher stakes that a dull bye game matchup with Who Knows Where U. Fans and players alike crave the extreme emotion of rivalries and the triumph and disappointment they provide.
There has been plenty of trash talking since the last time these two teams played. This includes both coaches and players. It’s a game that is on everyone’s radar as must-see TV.
On Tuesday, UT freshman Oliver Nkamhoua expressed his excitement to play the Tigers, even cutting off a reporter to tell him that before he could ask a full question.
Memphis is more freshman-heavy than the Vols, but we will see if talent or experience prevails.

Tennessee’s Strengths

Sharing the ball: They assist on 64% of their made field goals, which is good for a top 15 ranking in the country
Rebounds: On the offensive glass, the Volunteers grab 32.3% of the rebounds. This has been an Achilles heel for the Tigers as they allowed OR% of 38.3 and 44.1 to their past two opponents in Bradley and UAB, and it nearly cost them. Memphis ranks in the bottom half of the league in rebounding for wings and guards, which has given opponents ample opportunities for extra possessions.
Tennessee’s opponents only grab offensive rebounds 22.6% of the time, which makes them a top 20 defensive rebounding team.
Defense: Opponents of the Volunteers are earning an effective field goal percentage of 41%, ranking the Vols in the top 10. Rick Barnes’ team Team has a defensive rating of 81.9, which is good for 7th in the nation. To date, they are only giving up 55.9 points per game while the Tigers are averaging 82.1.

Tennessee’s Weaknesses

Shooting: The Volunteers shooting this season is middle of the pack in the NCAA. They are hitting at a clip of 33.3% from three and 50.9% from two. They are near the bottom 50 teams in the country at scoring from beyond the arc with only 25% of their points earned there.

Roster Rundown

Lamonte Turner – The senior guard is one of the top 5 assisters (is that a word?) in college basketball from a rate standpoint. This season he is not shooting well from the field but he still continues to take the most shots on the Volunteers roster at 13 per game. Per game stats: 13.8p/3.87.6a
Jordan Bowden – Another senior guard. He is a solid three point shooter, chucking in threes at a 42% clip. 13.9p/4.92a
Josiah-Jordan James – The lone five star recruit in the class of 2019 for Rick Barnes, the freshman is making an impact on the boards. Four of the five UT starters average 4.9 rebounds per game or higher. James is the only UT starter to not average double figures in scoring. 6.1p/6.82.3a
John Fulkerson – Tennessee’s most efficient scorer with a 123 offensive rating, Fulkerson does all of his damane inside the arc. He hasn’t attempted a three pointer all season. Nationally, he ranks in the top 30 in both EFG% and TS%. 11.4p/5.81.5a
Yves Pons – The junior forward is another efficient scorer who averages 64% from two and 36% shooting from three. 12.6p/5.5.9a
Oliver Nkamhoua – Coming off the bench, the strong freshman center is a major force on the offensive glass with a top 15 offensive rebounding percentage. 224 lbs 5.8p/4.9.1a
All this in podcast form
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2019.11.26 19:26 TheBroox Guide to Watching AEW

All Elite Wrestling Content - Year 1

This post lists all of the major All Elite Wrestling "kayfabe" content from the first year of the company. Additionally, it also includes some material that occurred before AEW's first event, Double or Nothing, that were important to the origins of AEW.
Reddit App Users: The official Reddit app cuts off two of the column of the table below. Scroll right within the app to find the links.
# Program/Event Free Premium
1 Being The Elite 95-117 [1]* BTE YouTube
2 SCU Training For All In [1] BTE YouTube
3 All In: Zero Hour [1] Fite[3]
4 All In [1] Fite
5 Being The Elite 118-133 [1]** BTE YouTube
6 All Elite Wrestling Press Conference AEW YouTube
7 Being The Elite 134-137 [1]*** BTE YouTube
8 Double or Nothing Announcement AEW YouTube
9 Vlog 218 - AEW Vlog! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
10 Being The Elite 138-140 [1]† BTE YouTube
11 Vlog 205 - A Very Elite Vlog! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
12 Being The Elite 141-153 [1]†† BTE YouTube
13 SCU vs OWE w/ Post Match Comments [2] AEW YouTube
14 SCU Prepares For AEW's Double Or Nothing! [1] BTE YouTube
15 The Road to Double or Nothing 1-17 AEW YouTube[5]
16 Wrestlegate Pro - Pac vs. Hangman Page [2] AEW YouTube
17 Double or Nothing Press Conference & Weigh In Fite
18 Double or Nothing: The Buy-In AEW YouTube - TNT YouTube - B/R Live
19 Double or Nothing B/R Live
20 Kylie Rae's #AEWDoN Post Match Comments AEW YouTube
21 Before the Bell: The Story of All Elite Wrestling AEW YouTube
22 Vlog 219 - Double of Nothing Vlog! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
23 Being The Elite 154-157 [1]††† BTE YouTube
24 Vlog 222 - An Elite Time In Mexico [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
25 Being The Elite 158 - Control Room [1] BTE YouTube
26 SCU - Shanghai China Uncensored [1] BTE YouTube
27 The Road to Fyter Fest 1-3 Nightmare Family YouTube[5]
28 Fyter Fest: The Buy-In AEW YouTube - TNT YouTube
29 Fyter Fest B/R Live
30 Being the Elite 159-160 [1]‡ BTE YouTube
31 Vlog 225 - Training for Fight for the Fallen [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
32 The Road to Fight for the Fallen 1-3 Nightmare Family YouTube[5]
33 Fight for the Fallen: The Buy-In AEW YouTube - TNT YouTube
34 Fight for the Fallen B/R Live
35 Vlog 226 - Fight for the Fallen Vlog! [1] Sammy Guevara Vlog
36 Being The Elite 161-167 [1]‡‡ BTE YouTube
37 Vlog 230 - Training for All Out [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
38 The Road to All Out 1-7 AEW YouTube[5]
39 Countdown to All Out ITV YouTube
40 All Out Press Conference & Weigh In Fite
41 All Out: The Buy-In AEW YouTube - TNT YouTube
42 All Out AEW YouTube[5] B/R Live
43 All Out Post Show AEW YouTube - Fite
44 Vlog 233 - All Out Vlog [1] Sammy Guevara Vlog
45 Being The Elite 168-172 [1]‡‡‡ BTE Youtube
46 Vlog 234 - Training for TV [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
47 The Road to AEW on TNT 1-4 AEW YouTube[5]
48 Vlog 237 - 1 Day Away From History [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
49 Countdown to All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite AEW YouTube
50 FITE in Focus AEW Dynamite [1] Fite
51 Dynamite Episode 1 B/R Live[6]
52 Being The Elite 173 - I'm Just Getting Started [1] BTE YouTube
53 Vlog 238 - HISTORY. [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
54 Dark Episode 1 - Washington D.C. AEW YouTube
55 Dynamite Episode 2 B/R Live[6]
56 Being The Elite 174 - Glass Coffee Table [1] BTE YouTube
57 Vlog 239 - Spanish God [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
58 Dark Episode 2 - Boston, MA AEW YouTube
59 Dynamite Episode 3 B/R Live[6]
60 Being The Elite 175 - Matt Wears A New Piece of Merchandise [1] BTE YouTube
61 Vlog 240 - Little Bit of the Bubbly [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
62 Dark Episode 3 - Philadelphia, PA AEW YouTube
63 Dynamite Episode 4 B/R Live[6]
64 Being The Elite 176 - Merch Freak [1] BTE YouTube
65 Vlog 241 - We Have Tickets! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
66 Dark Episode 4 - Pittsburgh, PH AEW YouTube
67 Dynamite Episode 5 B/R Live[6]
68 Being The Elite 177 - An Elite Halloween Special [1] BTE YouTube
69 Vlog 242 - Vlogging Live on AEW Dynamite [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
70 Dark Episode 5 - Charleston, WV AEW YouTube
71 Being The Elite 178 - This Ain't Water [1] BTE YouTube
72 Dynamite Episode 6 B/R Live[6]
73 Vlog 243 - What's Under An AEW Ring [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
74 Countdown to Full Gear AEW YouTube - B/R Live
75 Dark Episode 6 - Charlotte, NC AEW YouTube
76 Full Gear: The Buy-In AEW YouTube
77 Full Gear B/R Live
78 Being The Elite 179 - Backstage At Full Gear [1] BTE YouTube
79 Dynamite Episode 7 B/R Live[6]
80 Being The Elite 180 - This is Supposed To Be Fun [1] BTE YouTube
81 Vlog 245 - Vlog Stolen Backstage At AEW [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
82 Dark Episode 7 - Nashville, TN AEW YouTube
83 Dynamite Episode 8 B/R Live[6]
84 Road to the Sears Centre AEW YouTube
85 Being The Elite 181 - We Lied [1] BTE YouTube
86 Vlog 246 - Vlogging On AEW Gone Wrong [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
87 Dark Episode 8 - Indianapolis, IN AEW YouTube
88 Dynamite Episode 9 B/R Live[6]
89 Being The Inner Circle [1] BTE YouTube
90 Dark Episode 9 - Chicago, IL AEW YouTube
91 Vlog 247 - Thing Go Horribly Wrong on AEW Dark [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
92 Dynamite Episode 10 B/R Live[6]
93 Being The Elite 182 - Sprint [1] BTE YouTube
94 Vlog 248 - Don't Vlog on AEW Dynamite [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
95 Dark Episode 10 - Champaign, IL AEW YouTube
96 Dynamite Episode 11 B/R Live[6]
97 Being the Elite 183 - Chris Daniels Botch [1] BTE YouTube
98 Vlog 249 - I Had To Call Security at AEW [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
99 Control Center - 12/17/19 AEW YouTube
100 Dark Episode 11 - Garland, TX AEW YouTube
101 Dynamite Episode 12 B/R Live[6]
102 Being the Elite 184 - Blood On My Hands [1] BTE YouTube
103 Vlog 250 - Giving the Best Gift Backstage at AEW [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
104 Dark Episode 12 - Corpus Christi, TX AEW YouTube
105 Vlog 252 - Wrestling in Israel Volg! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
106 Road to Jacksonville AEW YouTube
107 Dark Episode 13 - 2019 Year In Review AEW YouTube
108 Control Center - 1/1/20 AEW YouTube
109 Dynamite Episode 13: Homecoming Edition B/R Live[6]
110 Vlog 253 - Would I ever wrestle Le Champion? [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
111 Being The Elite 185 - This is for the Juggalos & Juggalettes [1] BTE YouTube
112 Road to Memphis AEW YouTube
113 Vlog 254 - Vlogging Backstage at AEW Dynamite [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
114 Dark Episode 14 - Jacksonville, FL AEW YouTube
115 Dynamite Episode 14: Anniversary Edition B/R Live[6]
116 Being The Elite 186 - Memphis [1] BTE YouTube
117 Road to Miami AEW YouTube
118 Vlog 255 - Polar Opposites [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
119 Dark Episode 15 - Southaven, MS AEW YouTube
120 Control Center - Bash at the Beach: Miami AEW YouTube
121 Pre Dynamite Live - Miami AEW YouTube
122 Dynamite Episode 15: Bash at the Beach Edition B/R Live[6]
123 Vlog 256 - You Know What That Means [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
124 Being The Elite 187 - Marty [1] BTE YouTube
125 Road to the Bahamas AEW YouTube
126 Dark Order - Exaulted One AEW YouTube
127 Vlog 257 - Vlogging at Bash at the Beach [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
128 Dark Episode 16 - Miami, FL AEW YouTube
129 Control Center - Jericho Cruise: Bahamas AEW YouTube
130 Bonus Match - Joey Janela vs Rey Fenix AEW YouTube
131 Bonus Match - Kip Sabian vs Nakazawa AEW YouTube
132 Pre Dynamite Live - Jericho Cruise AEW YouTube
133 Dynamite Episode 16: Chris Jericho's Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager at Sea Part Deux: Second Wave B/R Live[6]
134 Brandi Rhodes Therapy Session 1 AEW YouTube
135 Being The Elite 188 - The Morning After [1] BTE YouTube
136 Road to Cleveland AEW YouTube
137 Vlog 258 - Jericho Cruise [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
138 Dark Episode 17 AEW YouTube
139 Control Center - Cleveland AEW YouTube
140 Pre Dynamite Live - Cleveland AEW YouTube
141 Cody & Dustin Rhodes Accept The Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year Award AEW YouTube
142 Dynamite Episode 17 B/R Live[6]
143 Brandi Rhodes Therapy Session 2 AEW Twitter
144 Being the Elite 189 - Room for Cream? [1] BTE YouTube
145 Road to Huntsville AEW YouTube
146 Vlog 259 - True Love at AEW? [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
147 Dark Episode 18 - Cleveland, OH AEW YouTube
148 Control Center - Huntsville AEW YouTube
149 Pre Dynamite Live - Huntsville AEW YouTube
150 Dynamite Episode 18 B/R Live[6]
151 Top Five AEW YouTube
152 Being the Elite 190 - Rocket City [1] BTE YouTube
153 Road to Austin AEW YouTube
154 Vlog 260 - Think About My Offer [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
155 Dark Episode 19 - Huntsville, AL AEW YouTube
156 Control Center - Cedar Park AEW YouTube
157 Pre Dynamite Live - Cedar Park AEW YouTube
158 Dynamite Episode 19 B/R Live[6]
159 Coach's Corner w/ Arn Anderson AEW YouTube
160 Top Five AEW YouTube
161 Being the Elite 191 - Into the Unknown [1] BTE YouTube
162 Road to Atlanta AEW YouTube
163 Vlog 261 - My Future in AEW? [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
164 Dark Episode 20 - Austin, TX AEW YouTube
165 Control Center - Atlanta AEW YouTube
166 Pre Dynamite Live - Atlanta AEW YouTube
167 Dynamite Episode 20 B/R Live[6]
168 Coach's Corner w/ Arn Anderson AEW YouTube
169 Top Five AEW YouTube
170 Being the Elite 192 - Toy Fair [1] BTE YouTube
171 Road to Kansas City AEW YouTune
172 Vlog 262 - He Almost Killed Me! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
173 Dark Episode 21- Atlanta, GA AEW YouTube
174 Control Center - Kansas City AEW YouTube
175 Pre Dynamite Live - Kansas City AEW YouTube
176 Dynamite Episode 21 B/R Live[6]
177 Top Five AEW YouTube
178 Countdown to Revolution AEW YouTube[5] - AEW YouTube[8] - B/R Live[6]
179 Dark Episode 22 - Kansas City, MO AEW YouTube
180 Revolution Preshow AEW YouTube
181 Revolution: The Buy-In AEW Twitter - AEW YouTube[3]
182 Revolution B/R Live
183 Coach's Corner w/ Arn Anderson AEW YouTube
184 Free The Delete Epsiodes 1-9 [1,5]♦ MATTHARDYBRAND YouTube
185 Being the Elite 193 - Revolution [1] BTE YouTube
186 Free the Delete Episode 10 - The Preperation [1] MATTHARDYBRAND YouTube
187 Road to Denver AEW YouTube
188 Vlog 263 - Revolution [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
189 Dark Episode 23 - Chicago IL AEW YouTube
190 Control Center - Denver AEW YouTube
191 Pre Dynamite Live - Denver AEW YouTube
192 Dynamite Episode 22 B/R Live[6]
193 Coach's Corner w/ Arn Anderson AEW YouTube
194 Top Five AEW YouTube
195 Being the Elite 194 - Mile High City [1] BTE YouTube
196 Road to Salt Lake City AEW YouTube
197 Volg 264 - This Was So Painful! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
198 Dark Episode 24 - Denver, CO AEW YouTube
199 Free The Delete Episode 11 - The Burial [1] MATTHARDYBRAND YouTube
200 Control Center - Salt Lake City AEW YouTube
201 Pre Dynamite Live - Salt Lake City AEW YouTube
202 Dynamite Episode 23 B/R Live[6]
203 Top Five AEW YouTube
204 Being the Elite 195 - Six Stars [1] BTE YouTube
205 Road to Dynamite AEW YouTube
206 Vlog 265 - He Tried the Deadly One Chip Challenge!! (Bad Idea) [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
207 Dark Episode 25 - Salt Lake City, UT AEW YouTube
208 Control Center AEW YouTube
209 Pre Dynamite Live AEW YouTube
210 Dynamite Episode 24 B/R Live[6]
211 Free The Delete Episode 12 - Damascus [1] MATTHARDYBRAND YouTube
212 Top Five AEW YouTube
213 Being the Elite 196 - Quarantine [1] BTE YouTube
214 Road to Dynamite AEW YouTube
215 Vlog 266 - It Never Happened!! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
216 Dark Episode 26 AEW YouTube
217 Pre Dynamite AEW YouTube
218 Dynamite Episode 25 B/R Live[6]
219 Taz Reacts to Dynamite AEW YouTube
220 Top Five AEW YouTube
221 Being the Elite 197 - Life At Home [1] BTE YouTube
222 Road to Dynamite AEW YouTube
223 Vlog 267 - This is Why You Should Wear a Helmet!! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
224 Dark Episode 27 AEW YouTube
225 Dynamite Pre Show AEW YouTube
226 Dynamite Episode 26 B/R Live[6]
227 Dynamite Post Show AEW YouTube
228 Top Five AEW YouTube
229 Being the Elite 198 - On the BTE Compound [1] BTE YouTube
230 Road to TNT Championship Tournament AEW YouTube
231 Vlog 268 - This IS Why You Shouldn't Bump!! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
232 Dark Episode 28 - Milwaukee, WI AEW YouTube
233 Dynamite Pre Show AEW YouTube
234 Dynamite Episode 27 AEW YouTube[3,5]
235 Dynamite Post Show AEW YouTube
236 Top Five AEW YouTube
237 Being the Elite Episode 199 - ReCut [1,8] BTE YouTube
238 Road to TNT Championship AEW YouTube
239 Dark Episode 29 AEW YouTube
240 Vlog 269 - Wrestling in Australia!! (New Champion?)[1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
241 Dynamite Pre Show AEW YouTube
242 Dynamite Episode 28 AEW YouTube[3,5]
243 Dynamite Post Show AEW YouTube
244 Top Five AEW YouTube
245 Being the Elite Episode 200 - Matt vs Nick [1] BTE YouTube
246 Road to TNT Championship AEW YouTube
247 Vlog 270 - This Knocked Him Out!! (Painful) [1] AEW YouTube
248 Dark Episode 30 AEW YouTube
249 Dynamite Pre Show AEW YouTube
250 Dynamite Episode 29 AEW YouTube[3,5]
251 Dynamite Post Show AEW YouTube
252 Top Five AEW YouTube
253 Being the Elite Episode 201 - A Message In The Sky [1] BTE YouTube
254 Road to TNT Championship AEW YouTube
255 Vlog 271 - You Wont Believe What Happened!! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
256 Dark Episode 31 AEW YouTube
457 Dynamite Pre Show AEW YouTube
258 Dynamite Episode 30 AEW YouTube[3,5]
259 Dynamite Post Show AEW YouTube
260 Top Five AEW YouTube
261 Being the Elite Episode 202 - An Old Carny Trick [1] BTE YouTube
262 Tony Schiavone Interviews Cody Heading into the TNT Championship Finals Against Lance Archer AEW YouTube
263 Road to Double or Nothing AEW YouTube
264 Vlog 272 - This Match is in Fire! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
265 Dark Episode 32 AEW YouTube
266 Dynamite Episode 31 B/R Live[6]
267 Dynamite Post Show AEW YouTube
268 Top Five AEW YouTube
269 Being the Elite Episode 203 - Living In the Woods [1] BTE YouTube
270 Vlog 273 - I Got Run Over!! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
271 Road to Double of Nothing AEW YouTube
272 Dark Episode 33 AEW YouTube
273 Dynamite Pre Show AEW YouTube
274 Dynamite Episode 32 AEW YouTube[3,5]
275 Dynamite Post Show AEW YouTube
276 Top Five AEW YouTube
277 We Got It!! YouTube Silver Play Button! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
278 Being the Elite Episode 204 - Monologue [1] BTE YouTube
279 Road to Double or Nothing AEW YouTube
280 Vlog 274 - Why I Need A Doctor!! [1] Sammy Guevara YouTube
281 Dark Episode 34 AEW YouTube
282 RIP Vanguard I [1] MATTHARDYBRAND YouTube
283 Dynamite Pre Show AEW YouTube
284 Dynamite Episode 33 B/R Live[6]
285 Dynamite Post Show AEW YouTube
286 Top Five AEW YouTube
287 Countdown to Double or Nothing
288 Double or Nothing: The Buy-In YouTube - Fite
289 Double or Nothing B/R Live
290 Double or Nothing Post Show AEW YouTube
Guide to Watching AEW - Year 2 -->


Bold Features first aired wrestling match(es)
Italics Pay-Per-View
Strikethrough Content is no longer available to stream


# Note
[1] Not official AEW content
[2] Official AEW match hosted by another promotion
[3] Incomplete, use other listed source if available
[4] Requires a cable subscription to access beyond a short preview
[5] Links to a playlist containing multiple videos/clips
[6] Requires a B/R Live Account to access beyond a short preview
[7] Retitled "Revolution Preshow" and edited to remove the Intro/Trailer and the Dustin Rhodes vs Jake Hager segments
[8] Content edited or removed following allegation against Joey Ryan
Symbol Episodes In Range (Ordered)
* All In, The Confrontation[8], Manipulation, Strong Style Evolved, Ninety-Nine, Finale, Premier, Sold Out, Water Under The Bridge, Surveillance, Breaking News, Empire of Dirt, It's A New Day, Alibi, Memorial[8], Family Dinner, All Over The Place, All Out, A Birthday Wish, Broadcasting..., These Boots Are Made For Walking, You Have Failed This City, The Go Home Episode
** Backstage at All In, Tick-Tock, Back Pocket, California Love, Brass Ring, The Elite Society, Sail Away Man, Possessed, Coach, The Exorcism of Cody Rhodes, Premonition, Dumbass, Leaving The Territory, BTE On Christmas Eve, New Years Elite, After Wrestle Kingdom
*** Change The Universe, Full Gear, How Dare You Defy Me, Handshake Agreement
Alpha & Omega, Show Me The Meaning of Being Elite, Windy City Surprise
†† Filler Episode, Dilapidated Toothless Gremlin, AEW Comes To AAA, C2E2, The World Ain't All Sunshine And Rainbows, Pissant, Spellbound, Dead Friend 1, We're Not Young Like We Used To Be, Ransom Note, Tag Team Action!, Upfront, Who's The Best Tag Team In The World
††† Backstage At Double Or Nothing, This Episode Is Live, Dark Order, Viva Lost Tag Belts
Backstage At Fyter Fest, Go Away Heat
‡‡ Backstage At Fight For The Fallen, Escalera De La Muerta, This Is A Private Party, Throwback, Farewell To Independent Wrestling, Country Roads, What Time Is It In London
‡‡‡ Backstage At All Out, What's Wrong With Kenny, Fingers Crossed, Shots To Take And Girls To Date, The Cleaner
The Premonition, The Repercussion, The Consequences, The Transfer, The Conversion, The Woken Deletion, The Sentence, The Hail Mary, The Epiphany
Summaries of all Being the Elite episode ranges can be found in the first comment in this thread.
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2018.08.22 08:44 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: popheads top posts from 2017-08-21 to 2018-08-21 03:26 PDT

Period: 364.52 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 96641
Rate (per day) 2.74 264.31
Unique Redditors 444 9635
Combined Score 358413 2444377

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 13704 points, 40 submissions: impeccabletim
    1. [FRESH] Taylor Swift - Gorgeous (985 points, 761 comments)
    2. [FRESH VIDEO] Camila Cabello - Havana (feat. Young Thug) (825 points, 254 comments)
    3. [FRESH VIDEO] Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut to the Feeling (616 points, 135 comments)
    4. Demi Lovato releases official statement and is now focusing on sobriety & healing (592 points, 41 comments)
    5. Robyn - Missing U (435 points, 100 comments)
    6. Allie X thanks popheads for her 2017 Album of the Year write up by u/bwc222 (432 points, 50 comments)
    7. [FRESH] Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss (429 points, 99 comments)
    8. [FRESH VIDEO] Katy Perry - Swish Swish (feat. Nicki Minaj) (424 points, 268 comments)
    9. [FRESH] Eminem - Walk On Water (feat. Beyonce) (415 points, 290 comments)
    10. [FRESH] Lorde - Homemade Dynamite Remix (feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA) (392 points, 155 comments)
  2. 13636 points, 42 submissions: Me-Luigi
    1. Nicki Minaj's 'Queen' Rollout Reeks Of Desperation And Hypocrisy (791 points, 370 comments)
    2. Spotify Now Displays Songwriter Credits (632 points, 66 comments)
    3. YouTube just added songwriter, label and publisher credits to millions of songs (574 points, 48 comments)
    4. [FRESH] Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li (483 points, 62 comments)
    5. Beyonce confirmed for The Lion King 2019 (445 points, 83 comments)
    6. Rita Ora called for a minute of silence at 538 Koningsdag before performing Lonely Together for the first time since Avicii passed (442 points, 2 comments)
    7. Nicki Minaj tweets and deletes “3”, continuing the countdown she started yesterday (420 points, 53 comments)
    8. BloodPop hints that a collaboration between Lady Gaga and SOPHIE is happening (410 points, 92 comments)
    9. "I Like It" reaches #1 in the US (395 points, 211 comments)
    10. Nicki Minaj feat. Ariana Grande - Bed (393 points, 149 comments)
  3. 7264 points, 22 submissions: sapphire1921
    1. American Idiot by Green Day hits UK charts ahead of Trump visit. (786 points, 108 comments)
    2. ABBA to release new music for first time in 35 years!! (2 new songs) (684 points, 75 comments)
    3. Lady Gaga makes history as the first female performer to headline Wrigley field (sold out, 41k) (556 points, 44 comments)
    4. All of Australia will be singing 'Untouched' by The Veronica's at once (August 4, yes it's a legit event) (449 points, 39 comments)
    5. Joanne World Tour is officially the highest grossing female tour of 2017 (75.6M so far) (385 points, 43 comments)
    6. Carly Rae spills more details on 'CRJ4' (New Yorker Festival) (327 points, 54 comments)
    7. Dua Lipa looks set to record the next Bond Theme. (Ed Sheeran & Jessie J also in the running) (320 points, 127 comments)
    8. Lorde's 'Supercut' will be sent to Australian radio this week (new single) (311 points, 31 comments)
    9. All Aboooard!!!... Carly Jepsen to perform on cruise ship (win tickets) (308 points, 77 comments)
    10. Carly has already written 75 songs for the new album, and held multiple listening parties. (Japan Radio) (305 points, 94 comments)
  4. 6623 points, 16 submissions: shabuluba
    1. Publicist for Aretha Franklin says the Queen of Soul died Thursday at her home in Detroit. (1347 points, 121 comments)
    2. HDD: Ariana Grande will drop the first single from her next album on April 27 (666 points, 128 comments)
    3. Spotify will no longer feature R. Kelly's music in editorial or algorithmic playlists (641 points, 179 comments)
    4. Hayley Williams on Mental Health: 'I Didn't Laugh For a Long Time' (457 points, 21 comments)
    5. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer [Trailer] (387 points, 63 comments)
    6. Coachella's first weekend will be streamed live on YouTube again. 74 artists, including Beyoncé, confirmed so far. (381 points, 25 comments)
    7. Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for 'DAMN.' (348 points, 45 comments)
    8. Rihanna plans to make a reggae album (301 points, 54 comments)
    9. [ARTICLE] How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice: After hiding behind an alter ego for years, the pop star is ready to step into a more authentic self with “Dirty Computer.” (293 points, 41 comments)
    10. [FRESH] Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel (291 points, 15 comments)
  5. 6450 points, 16 submissions: claudiolemos
    1. Lorde: “In the next 5 years I want to entirely do a record, everything. Write it completely myself, produce it.” (1041 points, 202 comments)
    2. Carly Rae Jepsen registered a new single called "Play It On Repeat". Probably being released after Dec 8 performance on Jimmy Kimmel. (605 points, 62 comments)
    3. Taylor is on the cover of TIME's Person of The Year: The Silence Breakers (482 points, 170 comments)
    4. BTS Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Love Yourself: Tear' (475 points, 141 comments)
    5. ...Ready For It? MV coming Thursday (429 points, 253 comments)
    6. The Yodeling Walmart kid will perform at Coachella alongside Post Malone (406 points, 83 comments)
    7. [DISCUSSION] Kim Petras on Dr. Luke: "I would like my fans to know that I wouldn’t work with somebody I believe to be an abuser of women" (368 points, 233 comments)
    8. Dua Lipa is the SNL musical guest on February 3 (360 points, 63 comments)
    9. Charli XCX - 5 In The Morning (354 points, 41 comments)
    10. Christina Aguilera just changed her social media layout. New era incoming! (335 points, 63 comments)
  6. 5949 points, 19 submissions: ThereIsNoSantaClaus
    1. Childish Gambino - This is America (681 points, 141 comments)
    2. Cardi B 'Moves' to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 With 'Bodak Yellow', Post Malone Debuts at No. 2 With 'Rockstar' (554 points, 441 comments)
    3. Owl City will be joining us for an AMA on June 1st! (444 points, 136 comments)
    4. [FRESH VIDEO] Troye Sivan - My My My (389 points, 184 comments)
    5. Kanye West has returned to Twitter and is currently removing his entire tweet history. (346 points, 83 comments)
    6. new Cupcakke album 'Ephorize' coming January 5th (310 points, 68 comments)
    7. Tom Petty Found Unconscious in Full Cardiac Arrest (304 points, 29 comments)
    8. Radiohead's publishers say no lawsuit has been issued against Lana Del Rey and that they never asked for 100% of the publishing, only to be credited as writers. (301 points, 106 comments)
    9. AMA Announcement: MØ will be joining us tomorrow at 1PM EST!! (292 points, 41 comments)
    10. Kanye West & Kid Cudi - Kids See Ghosts (282 points, 100 comments)
  7. 5427 points, 11 submissions: JunkyGS
    1. [Fresh] Lorde - Run Away With Me (Carly Rae Jepsen Cover) (1529 points, 196 comments)
    2. Pitchfork: Nicki Minaj, 6ix9ine, and the Alarming Normalization of Predatory Behavior (737 points, 176 comments)
    3. Rihanna calls Snapchat out on Posting an Ad that Jokes about Domestic Abuse (698 points, 118 comments)
    4. Aretha Franklin Reportedly in “Gravely ill” Condition (559 points, 28 comments)
    5. Kendrick Lamar Can’t get a Pass for Supporting XXXtentacion (472 points, 117 comments)
    6. Kelly Clarkson Gave Up Millions in Royalities Because She Did Not Want Her Name Next to Dr. Luke's (370 points, 52 comments)
    7. [Discussion] When Did Feminism Become a Job Requirement for Female Pop Stars? (247 points, 115 comments)
    8. Bon Iver Rants about Grammy and Defends Lorde (211 points, 50 comments)
    9. All 3 of Reputation’s Singles make the Top 5 of Biggest Drop Offs in Spins in Pop Radio History (204 points, 176 comments)
    10. Lily Allen Embraces Her Spiral: “I’m sure this album will be a commercial disaster” (203 points, 14 comments)
  8. 4925 points, 12 submissions: mokitsu
    1. Lorde and her family receive a Diamond plaque for "Royals" (1009 points, 72 comments)
    2. [DISCUSSION] Melanie Martinez is being accused of rape.... (875 points, 500 comments)
    3. Carly changes IG bio - "When you move it's like a disco darling" - possible hint? (734 points, 109 comments)
    4. VMAs ratings sink: almost 50% of viewers gone in three years, down by more than a million from last year! (310 points, 101 comments)
    5. Complex reveals Kendrick and The Weeknd will have a collab on the Black Panther soundtrack (307 points, 23 comments)
    6. Nicki Minaj confirms collaboration with Cardi B and Migos (278 points, 77 comments)
    7. "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee becomes the first latin song to be certified diamond (257 points, 49 comments)
    8. [ARTICLE] Apple Music on Track to Overtake Spotify in U.S. Subscribers (248 points, 127 comments)
    9. [ARTICLE] Bjork Speaks Up About Sexual Harassment Experience (231 points, 27 comments)
    10. Beyonce becomes the first woman to have three albums with over 1 Billion streams on Spotify (227 points, 33 comments)
  9. 4468 points, 16 submissions: Piccprincess
    1. [DISCUSSION] It's official. "Look What You Made Me Do" just broke Adele's record for most views in the first 24 hours on a YouTube video. (650 points, 293 comments)
    2. 2017 Album of the Year #32: Taylor Swift - reputation (331 points, 83 comments)
    3. Calls To National Suicide Prevention Line Tripled After Logic's Grammy Performance (315 points, 26 comments)
    4. Charli teases release of new song on instagram (310 points, 20 comments)
    5. Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour Opening Night (308 points, 386 comments)
    6. Kesha's tour has completely sold out! (280 points, 34 comments)
    7. LWYMMD breaks Hello's record for fastest Vevo certified music video (100 million views) (273 points, 53 comments)
    8. Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show won an Emmy! (269 points, 36 comments)
    9. DJ who groped Taylor Swift gets new job in country radio under a pen name (241 points, 65 comments)
    10. Fake Happy is Paramore's next single (236 points, 34 comments)
  10. 4455 points, 2 submissions: GoWestYoungKanye
    1. Lorde isn't performing at the Grammys because she wasn't allowed to perform by herself, while all of her male AotY counterparts were offered solo spots (Variety) (2454 points, 316 comments)
    2. you can predict whether a year was good based on whether or not pitbull charted in the top 40 with a song not with lil jon that year (2001 points, 123 comments)
  11. 4348 points, 10 submissions: swiftawaywithme
    1. [FRESH VIDEO] Taylor Swift - Delicate (804 points, 487 comments)
    2. Taylor Swift announces Camila Cabello and Charli XCX to be the opening acts on the reputation Stadium Tour (752 points, 170 comments)
    3. [FRESH VIDEO] Dua Lipa - IDGAF (610 points, 156 comments)
    4. [FRESH VIDEO] Taylor Swift - End Game (feat. Ed Sheeran & Future) (573 points, 314 comments)
    5. Homemade Dynamite Remix ft. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA tomorrow! (375 points, 128 comments)
    6. Drake Claims 7 of Hot 100's Top 10, Breaking the Beatles' Record, As 'Nice For What' Returns to No. 1 For Eighth Week (332 points, 272 comments)
    7. [FRESH PERFORMANCE] Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (Live on SNL) (266 points, 137 comments)
    8. Drake Dethrones Drake Atop Billboard Hot 100 as 'In My Feelings' Replaces 'Nice for What' at No. 1 (228 points, 145 comments)
    9. Never Be The Same video this Thursday (216 points, 34 comments)
    10. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin's 'I Like It' Vying for No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Next Week (192 points, 91 comments)
  12. 4195 points, 10 submissions: MashLuke
    1. SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES (588 points, 256 comments)
    2. [FRESH ALBUM] Charli XCX - Pop 2 (577 points, 207 comments)
    3. Lorde's album 'Melodrama' was actually hung in the Louvre (569 points, 66 comments)
    4. American Boy by Estelle featuring Kanye West came out 10 years ago! (510 points, 63 comments)
    5. [FRESH] Rita Ora ft. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX - Girls (452 points, 193 comments)
    6. 2192 women sign an open letter against abuse in the Swedish music industry. Zara Larsson, Robyn and Tove Lo are a few of the women who have signed. (413 points, 86 comments)
    7. popheads_irl (336 points, 26 comments)
    8. [DISCUSSION] Zedd released "Clarity" 5 years ago! (277 points, 58 comments)
    9. [FRESH ALBUM] Kali Uchis - Isolation (240 points, 66 comments)
    10. [DISCUSSION] Charli XCX might be directing a music video with a similar concept to "Boys" for Rita Ora's upcoming song, "Girls" (233 points, 41 comments)
  13. 3501 points, 11 submissions: VodkaInsipido
    1. Tyler the Creator says he is making a pop album next. (537 points, 40 comments)
    2. So ummm... NICK JONAS COMMENTED IN OUR SUB FOR GQ. (363 points, 94 comments)
    3. Kim Kardashian confirms Kanye West rapped for a terminally ill fan before their death. (362 points, 84 comments)
    4. Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean/Kanye West might be in the studio together. (338 points, 36 comments)
    5. [FRESH] The Popheads Magazine, Issue 1. (320 points, 71 comments)
    6. Björk's label speaks up about the physical abuse she received from Lars Von Trier. (318 points, 19 comments)
    7. Nicki Minaj had to convince Kanye West to keep Monster on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (315 points, 103 comments)
    8. I listened for the first time, rated and ranked all of Madonna's 13 studio albums: here are my thoughts on them. (286 points, 74 comments)
    9. Robyn says her new album will come out 'some time this year'. (234 points, 33 comments)
    10. Janet Jackson opens show with video denouncing white supremacy and domestic terrorism. (228 points, 37 comments)
  14. 3268 points, 8 submissions: schoolboy43
    1. Camera man behind Beyoncé's Coachella performance: "She's the hardest working artist I think that I've ever seen" (634 points, 82 comments)
    2. This is 17-year-old Avicii in 2007 asking people in a forum if they liked his music. This one hurts. (619 points, 23 comments)
    3. The Guardian gives Beyoncé's Coachella performance 5 stars: "Beyoncé is in a league of her own. She is the greatest of a generation." (512 points, 210 comments)
    4. Despacito (with 5B views) has been removed from YouTube by hackers (449 points, 95 comments)
    5. [THROWBACK] Britney Spears' iconic 2000 VMA performance has been posted in HD on YouTube. (390 points, 70 comments)
    6. Ariana Grande's manager confirms new music this Friday (264 points, 40 comments)
    7. Troye Sivan - Dance to This ft. Ariana Grande will be a mellow dance track. (205 points, 17 comments)
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2017.08.06 17:43 feedreddit TRUMP in Bedminster: W.H. won’t disclose his activities -- BARACK AND MICHELLE at Rasika -- Chris Christie in Canton for Jerry Jones -- PENCE calls NYT 2020 piece 'false' -- ROB SALITERMAN’s WEDDING

TRUMP in Bedminster: W.H. won’t disclose his activities -- BARACK AND MICHELLE at Rasika -- Chris Christie in Canton for Jerry Jones -- PENCE calls NYT 2020 piece 'false' -- ROB SALITERMAN’s WEDDING
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
URL: http://ift.tt/2hzCPyG
Good Sunday morning. THE NEXT FEW WEEKS -- @mkraju: “On Trump’s first full day of vacation, WH does not disclose any of his activities, per pool report”. THE PRESIDENT also tweeted at 6:36 p.m.: “Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation - meetings and calls!” But according to pictures posted on Instagram, he did play golf Saturday. http://bit.ly/2vDTw1W
SOMEONE WATCHED SESSIONS’ PRESS CONFERENCE! -- @realDonaldTrump at 6:58 p.m.: “After many years of LEAKS going on in Washington, it is great to see the A.G. taking action! For National Security, the tougher the better!”
SPOTTED: GOV. CHRIS and MARY PAT CHRISTIE yesterday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, watching Cowboys owner Jerry Jones get enshrined. Pic via the @DallasCowboys Twitter accounthttp://bit.ly/2udoNom … KELLYANNE CONWAY last night at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. She was hanging with friends in the Boogie Nights nightclub after a long dinner at the Palm. … FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and his wife Michelle celebrated his birthday Friday night at Rasika West End. The pair dined in the private dining room and stayed for a couple of hours. This is the second time the president has celebrated his birthday at the restaurant.
L.A. TIMES: “President Trump is tasked with governing, but he keeps harping on these 7 things,” by Kurtis Lee http://lat.ms/2vuirVr
ARTICLE OF THE DAY – NYT A1, “Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow,” by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns (print headline: “President Aside, G.O.P. Stars Move Toward 2020 Bids”): “Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and Mike Pence’s schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke that he is acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a No. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago. President Trump’s first term is ostensibly just warming up, but luminaries in his own party have begun what amounts to a shadow campaign for 2020 — as if the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue weren’t involved. The would-be candidates are cultivating some of the party’s most prominent donors, courting conservative interest groups and carefully enhancing their profiles. Mr. Trump has given no indication that he will decline to seek a second term.
“But the sheer disarray surrounding this presidency -- the intensifying investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the plain uncertainty about what Mr. Trump will do in the next week, let alone in the next election -- have prompted Republican officeholders to take political steps unheard-of so soon into a new administration. ... But in interviews with more than 75 Republicans at every level of the party, elected officials, donors and strategists expressed widespread uncertainty about whether Mr. Trump would be on the ballot in 2020 and little doubt that others in the party are engaged in barely veiled contingency planning. ... Mr. Pence has made no overt efforts to separate himself from the beleaguered president. He has kept up his relentless public praise and even in private is careful to bow to the president. Mr. Pence’s aides, however, have been less restrained in private, according to two people briefed on the conversations.
“In a June meeting with Al Hubbard, an Indiana Republican who was a top economic official in Mr. Bush’s White House, an aide to the vice president, Marty Obst, said that they wanted to be prepared to run in case there was an opening in 2020 and that Mr. Pence would need Mr. Hubbard’s help, according to a Republican briefed on the meeting. Reached on the phone, Mr. Hubbard declined to comment. Mr. Ayers has signaled to multiple major Republican donors that Mr. Pence wants to be ready. Mr. Obst denied that he and Mr. Ayers had made any private insinuations and called suggestions that the vice president was positioning himself for 2020 ‘beyond ridiculous.’ ...
“Nikki Haley, the ambassador to the United Nations and a former governor of South Carolina, put her longtime pollster on the payroll, has gotten better acquainted with some of New York’s financiers and carved out a far more muscular foreign policy niche than Mr. Trump. ‘She sounds more like me than Trump,’ said Senator Lindsey Graham, a hawkish Republican from South Carolina.” http://nyti.ms/2vC1ckK
VP MIKE PENCE RESPONDS -- "Today's article in the New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team. The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration. Thanks to the President's leadership, we are rebuilding the military, ISIS is on the run, and we've seen more than 1 million jobs created while the stock market hits all-time highs.
"The American people know that I could not be more honored to be working side by side with a president who is making America great again. Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the President's agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd."
KELLYANNE CONWAY talking with GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’s “This Week” about whether Pence is setting up a shadow campaign: “That is complete fiction. That is complete fabrication. And I know that his advisers who had comments attributed to them have pushed back strongly, as has the vice president. And as am I right now unequivocally. Vice President Pence is a very loyal, very dutiful, but also incredibly effective vice president, and active vice president, with this president. He is a peer to the president in the West Wing. ...
“But let me make very clear, people meet -- Republican consultants, as always, people trying to play the parlor game, they’re not on the – they’re in the I would say Trump inside -- inner circle because they did not believe in him. They totally missed what was happening in America. … I would tell my Republican brethren: get onboard. Help us with tax reform and health reform and stop looking at 2020.”
-- ALSO IN JMART and ALEX’s story: “In the wider world of conservative Trump opponents, William Kristol, editor at large of The Weekly Standard, said he had begun informal conversations about creating a ‘Committee Not to Renominate the President.’” Kristol told us this morning that the proposed name is a dig at Trump being like Nixon in his opinion. He also said he hasn’t set up the group yet but so far only talked about doing so with “people you'd expect in GOP anti-Trump circles.”
-- FROM KRISTOL’s weekly newsletter, “Kristol Clear” last Monday: “Mike Murphy and I had lunch Friday at a suitably obscure Chinese restaurant in an L.A. strip mall, Hu’s Szechwan Restaurant, where we ended up in a long session plotting the salvation of the GOP and conservatism from Donald Trump. We’ll see whether anything comes of it.”
ON THE WORLD STAGE -- “North Korea Shrugs Off Sanctions Despite China’s Push to End Missile Tests,” by WSJ’s Ben Otto in Manila: “The U.S. praised China for backing new economic sanctions by the U.N. Security Council against Pyongyang over the regime’s weapons program, but North Korea indicated to its most important economic partner that there would be no change in policy. ‘The fact that the Chinese were helpful and instrumental in setting up this really sweeping set of international sanctions shows they realize that this is a huge problem they need to take on, that it’s a threat to them and their region,’ Susan Thornton, the U.S. State Department’s acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told journalists on the sidelines of regional security meetings in the Philippines on Sunday. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is attending the forum bringing together 27 nations, including China, Russia, South Korea and North Korea, described the sanctions as ‘a good outcome’ as he works to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons program.
“The Security Council on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution that would slash about $1 billion from North Korea’s annual foreign revenue. Ms. Thornton called the sanctions the strongest against the regime in a generation. China and Russia, two permanent council members who had previously resisted fresh sanctions against Pyongyang, said the rogue nation’s recent provocations were unacceptable.” http://on.wsj.com/2uvMUhl
REVIVING HEALTH CARE? -- “McConnell to consider bipartisan plan to pay health insurers,” by AP’s Adam Beam at Fancy Farm, Ky.: “A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’d consider a bipartisan effort to continue payments to insurers to avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets. McConnell told reporters Saturday there is ‘still a chance’ the Senate could revive the measure to repeal and replace ‘Obamacare,’ but he acknowledged the window for that is rapidly closing. The Kentucky senator noted Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is working on ‘some kind of bipartisan approach’ that would involve subsidies for insurance companies.
“Alexander recently said he will work with the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, on a bill next month that would pay insurers through 2018. In exchange, Alexander wants Democrats to agree to make it easier for states to choose their own health coverage standards that insurers must provide rather than abiding by former President Barack Obama’s law. ‘If the Democrats are willing to support some real reforms rather than just an insurance company bailout, I would be willing to take a look at it,’ McConnell said, hours before he was expected to speak at the famously raucous Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky.” http://bit.ly/2fjCUpx
THE RESISTANCE -- “Obama’s army takes on Trump,” by Isaac Dovere in Chicago: “Walk into Organizing for Action’s new hipster downtown hardwood space here, and there’s no big picture of Barack Obama, just a deep blue wall with a giant ‘OFA’ painted in white. Look down the street from the front door, though, and Chicago’s Trump skyscraper looms directly in the line of sight, a perpetual reminder of the group’s new purpose.
“Fresh off a huge win for anti-Trump forces in the Obamacare repeal fight, the Democratic activist group is gearing up for its next showdown this fall—battling President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts with the same state- and district-focused strategy it employed on health care. The organization inspired by Obama hasn’t heard from him in months, though a person close to the former president said he’s likely to lend his support later this year to OFA as well as the [DNC] and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. That could include fundraising and other help, but not a direct leadership role.
“In the meantime, OFA isn’t sitting still. It's already looking at plans to go into 2018 with a massive voter registration drive that could become its main project ahead of the midterms. First, though, OFA will spend Congress’ August recess sending organizers to town halls and district offices. It has a calendar of ‘accountability’ (read: protest) and ‘appreciation’ (read: drop-ins like the one to deliver cupcakes to Sen. Joe Manchin’s West Virginia office last week) events, based on senators’ votes on repealing Obamacare. They’re showing up to cheer for John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, and yell at people like Jeff Flake and Dean Heller.” http://politi.co/2vbzfhs
-- DAN BALZ: “The future of the Democratic Party could be written in upcoming gubernatorial races”:http://wapo.st/2vuq7qK
STEPHEN MILLER’S NEW GIG? -- “Trump eyes top policy aide for communications director role: official,” by Reuters’ Stephen Holland: “The White House may appoint a senior policy adviser with hardline views on immigration, who recently sparred with reporters in a televised briefing, as its new communications director, a senior administration official said on Saturday. Stephen Miller, a top aide and speechwriter for President Donald Trump, is a candidate to lead the White House’s communications team after a series of personnel changes in the more than six months that Trump has been president.” http://reut.rs/2ufFhjQ
THE TWEETER IN CHIEF -- “New Chief of Staff Reins in White House Aides-and Trump’s Tweets,” by Bloomberg’s Jen Jacobs and Margaret Talev: “Perhaps even more important, Kelly is testing his authority to tame Trump’s sometimes reckless tweeting habits. While Kelly isn’t vetting every presidential tweet, Trump has shown a willingness to consult with his chief of staff before hitting ‘send’ on certain missives that might cause an international uproar or lead to unwelcome distractions, according to three people familiar with the interactions. Kelly has been ‘offering a different way to say the same thing,’ the person said.” https://bloom.bg/2vbfpTg
SUNDAY BEST -- CHRIS WALLACE interviews DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN on “Fox News Sunday,” by Zach Warmbrodt: “Rosenstein said Sunday that President Donald Trump has not directed the Justice Department to investigate ‘particular people,’ after Trump said at a rally Thursday that prosecutors should look at Hillary Clinton's ‘33,000 deleted emails.’ Asked on ‘Fox News Sunday’ if he viewed Trump’s comment as an order, Rosenstein said, ‘If the president wants to give orders to us ... he does that privately and then if we have any feedback we provide it to him.’ ‘The president has not directed us to investigate particular people,’ he said. ‘That wouldn’t be right. That’s not the way we operate.’ …
“Responding to a question about special counsel Robert Mueller expanding the investigation to Trump’s finances, Rosenstein said the Justice Department doesn’t engage in ‘fishing expeditions.’ (Mueller is answering to Rosenstein since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation.) If Mueller finds something outside the scope of the investigation as outlined in an agreement with Rosenstein, ‘he needs to come to the acting attorney general, at this time me, for permission to expand his investigation.’ ‘But we don’t talk about that publicly,’ he said.” http://politi.co/2vCeDkq
-- SEN. JEFF FLAKE (R-ARIZ.) talks with NBC’S CHUCK TODD on “Meet the Press”: TODD: And I am just curious did you think about leaving the party? FLAKE: “No. No. Not at all. I'm a proud Republican. Lifelong Republican. And I'm from Arizona. Arizona tends to elect independent minded people and people who stand on principles. So I'm doing what I think my voters expect of me. But I think, for example, in 2006 when the party in particular had given way to inappropriate spending, earmarked spending, a couple of our colleagues ended up in jail, if you remember, the mantra, ‘Drain the swamp,’ was employed very effectively by the Democrats in describing the Republican Party at that time. And I think had we stood up at that time then we wouldn't have lost those majorities in the House and the Senate. And I fear that we might do the same again.”
-- CHRIS CHRISTIE talks with CNN’S JAKE TAPPER on “State of the Union”: TAPPER: “You’re a former U.S. attorney. You know Bob Mueller and James Comey, for that matter. Doesn’t it trouble you to hear the president denigrate their integrity and the work that they’re doing?” CHRISTIE: “Listen, I don’t think he was talking about Bob Mueller and Jim Comey there. I think he was talking about the coverage that he thinks has been unfair. But let’s make clear, Jake, this is a normal step taken by a careful prosecutor who is doing a thorough investigation. And I think that’s exactly what Bob Mueller is doing. You can’t issue subpoenas without a grand jury. It’s the grand jury that actually issues the subpoenas.
“And so I think Bob Mueller wanted a grand jury that was focused on this, so he could issue subpoenas and then review the evidence. That’s a typical thing to be done in any investigation. I did literally thousands of these as U.S. attorney in seven years in New Jersey. And so I thought that the coverage about how monumental this was is just a fundamental misunderstanding of the way this process works. This is what a careful prosecutor does to do a thorough review of the case. I assume that what Mr. Mueller is doing, based on my experience with him. And let him do his work.”
-- ON TRUMP’S NEW JERSEY VACATION -- CHRISTIE: “The president is welcome at the gubernatorial beach house any time he wants. We would welcome him with open arms for him to come and take some time at the Jersey Shore. … Now, I would be happy to welcome him. But we’re just happy that the president has decided, of all the places he could go for some relaxation, at least a little bit, during August, that he’s coming to the state of New Jersey. And we recommend that to lots of other people who are watching. Four weeks to go in the summer, come to the Jersey Shore. We’re ready to take you.”
FRESH HOT MUELLER TAKES -- MAUREEN DOWD in the NYT, “Bobby Sticks It to Trump”: “We are in for an epic clash between two septuagenarians who both came from wealthy New York families and attended Ivy League schools but couldn’t be more different — the flamboyant flimflam man and the buttoned-down, buttoned-up boy scout. (And we know the president has no idea how to talk to scouts appropriately.) One has been called America’s straightest arrow. One disdains self-promotion and avoids the press. One married his sweetheart from school days. One was a decorated Marine in Vietnam. One counts patience, humility and honesty as the virtues he lives by and likes to say ‘You’re only as good as your word.’
“And one’s president. Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio says the president has been lying reflexively since he was a kid bragging about home runs he didn’t hit. He gets warped satisfaction from making up stuff, like those calls from the head of the Boy Scouts and the president of Mexico that the White House just admitted never happened.” http://nyti.ms/2v9amEJ
– JACK SHAFER, “Gone Fishing for Donald Trump: Robert Mueller’s grand jury has a big hole to fill”: “The Constitution plus decades of judicial precedent have endowed grand juries with legal superpowers. ... Think of a grand jury as an insatiable maw and you begin to understand Mueller’s task and Trump’s terror. Mountains of phone records, business records, emails, and all manner of paperwork are likely to be subpoenaed by Mueller. ... Like Bill Clinton before him, Trump will be compelled to give testimony. He might want to start working on that honesty thing so the special counsel doesn’t nail him on that perjury thing, like independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr did Clinton.” http://politi.co/2v9jOI7
TRUMP’S WASHINGTON -- “How Trump’s FCC aided Sinclair's expansion,” by Margaret Harding McGill and John Hendel: “Sinclair Broadcast Group is expanding its conservative-leaning television empire into nearly three-quarters of American households — but its aggressive takeover of the airwaves wouldn’t have been possible without help from President Donald Trump's chief at the Federal Communications Commission. Sinclair, already the nation’s largest TV broadcaster, plans to buy 42 stations from Tribune Media in cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, on top of the more than 170 stations it already owns.
“It got a critical assist this spring from Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who revived a decades-old regulatory loophole that will keep Sinclair from vastly exceeding federal limits on media ownership. The change will allow Sinclair — a company known for injecting ‘must run’ conservative segments into its local programming — to reach 72 percent of U.S. households after buying Tribune’s stations. That’s nearly double the congressionally imposed nationwide audience cap of 39 percent.
“The FCC and the company both say the agency wasn’t giving Sinclair any special favors by reviving the loophole, known as the ‘UHF discount,’ which has long been considered technologically obsolete. But the Tribune deal would not have been viable if not for Pai’s intervention: Sinclair already reaches an estimated 38 percent of U.S. households without the discount, leaving it almost no room for growth.” http://politi.co/2wwXHci
ATTN PULITZER COMMITTEE -- WEST COAST WATCH -- “Rich and powerful figures will set USC course in wake of scandal, from behind closed doors,” by L.A. Times’ Sonali Kohli, Sarah Parvini, Matt Hamilton and Adam Elmahrek: http://lat.ms/2wwCQGh
MEDIAWATCH -- “New Sexual Harassment Allegations Leveled Against Fox News’ Eric Bolling,” by Yashar Ali in HuffPost: “Three hours after Fox News announced it had suspended host Eric Bolling following allegations that he had sexually harassed female colleagues, a former Fox News guest leveled new accusations against him. Caroline Heldman, who appeared on the network frequently between 2008 and 2011, said Saturday that Bolling was one of three Fox News/Fox Business employees to subject her to sexual harassment. Fox News announced Bolling’s suspension less than 24 hours after an exclusive HuffPost report revealed that the host had sent lewd text messages to female colleagues.” http://bit.ly/2ufSqJx
--YASHAR ALI further notes on Twitter that “an investigation will be conducted by law firm Paul, Weiss.”
--“Top journalist sues Time magazine for ‘sex and age discrimination,’” by The Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison: “The co-founder of the Women’s Equality party, Catherine Mayer, is suing her former employer, Time magazine, for gender and age discrimination, making the weekly ... the latest major media company to be embroiled in accusations of institutional sexism. The case ... pits one of Britain’s most prominent journalists, who wrote a controversial biography of Prince Charles and was shortlisted for the Orwell prize, against one of America’s most famous magazines, nearly a century old and with millions of readers. ...
“Mayer’s suit ... covers the final three years of her employment at the title, and her dismissal in 2015. The problems began soon after she was appointed Europe regional editor, after eight years of outstanding performance and appraisals, court documents allege. The suit alleges that Time’s foreign editor appointed Matt McAllester, a younger male colleague, as her deputy, without an open selection process and in violation of promises that she could choose her team. Mayer says McAllester began a campaign to undermine and supplant her, even though she repeatedly raised complaints. Ultimately, Mayer claims, the company took away her responsibilities as Europe editor the year after she took on the position, then forced her to relinquish the title, which the company gave to McAllester. In April 2015 she was fired.” http://bit.ly/2vtLyrZ
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
--“Bill Browder’s Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee” – The Atlantic:
“‘After Khodorkovsky’s conviction, the other oligarchs went to Putin and asked him what they needed to do to avoid sitting in the same cage as Khodorkovsky. Putin’s answer was, ‘Fifty percent’. Not for the Russian government, but for Vladimir Putin personally. From that moment on, Putin became the biggest oligarch in Russia and the richest man in the world.’” http://theatln.tc/2udKKYt
--“Inside Iran’s Mission To Dominate The Middle East,” by BuzzFeed’s Borzou Daragahi: “Iran has enlisted tens of thousands of young Shiite men into an armed network that is challenging the U.S. across the Middle East. The Trump administration is not prepared.” http://bzfd.it/2hxC09u
--“Is Hungary the EU’s first rogue state? Viktor Orban and the long march from freedom,” by Martin Fletcher in the New Statesman: “As a student activist, Orban helped free Hungary from communism. As its prime minister, he practises ‘illiberal democracy’ and praises Trump and Putin.” http://bit.ly/2vzwN6F
--“What Would It Take for an American Guy to Become Danish?” by Andrew Richdale in Saveur: “Saveur’s resident Scandiphile eats and drinks his way through Copenhagen in search of cultural transformation.” http://bit.ly/2hx2NTv (h/t Longreads.com)
-- “Why Do Republicans Want to Kill Horses? An unpalatable and indefensible initiative that cannot end well,” by David Horowitz in Front Page Magazine: “It’s a massive power grab by the beef lobby, which would prefer to cull wild horses and burros so public lands can be devoted to livestock-grazing. No one else will rejoice in the heartland at the prospect of being able to chow down on a horse steak or a horse-burger.” http://bit.ly/2wjW4iY
--“The Greatest Person then Living,” by Andrew Bacevich in the London Review of Books, reviewing “The General v. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War,” by H.W. Brands: “[T]hough nominally subordinate, MacArthur had become Truman’s near equal and aspired to succeed him. The two had never met. Having spent the previous several years presiding over the rehabilitation of occupied Japan, the five-star general was accustomed to exercising quasi-sovereign authority. ‘In moments of reflection,’ Brands writes, ‘he asked himself if any other great country had ever owed more to one man. He could not think of an instance.’ He conducted himself accordingly.” http://bit.ly/2fhc15u … $15.59 on Amazonhttp://amzn.to/2vaOYNv
--“One night on the Costa del Sol: a true crime story of rape, murder and wrongful conviction,” by Matthew Bremner in the New Statesman: “‘All I could think of was: why? Why was I here? How had this happened to me, to an innocent person?” http://bit.ly/2wh2IGX
--“You Are the Product,” by John Lanchester in the London Review of Books: “I’ve spent time thinking about Facebook, and the thing I keep coming back to is that its users don’t realise what it is the company does. What Facebook does is watch you, and then use what it knows about you and your behaviour to sell ads. I’m not sure there has ever been a more complete disconnect between what a company says it does – ‘connect’, ‘build communities’ – and the commercial reality.” http://bit.ly/2v8yiq7 (h/t TheBrowser.com)
--“‘I Write on Human Skin’: Catherine the Great and the Rule of Law,” by Robert Zaretsky in the LA Review of Books: “Today marks the 250th anniversary of the Legislative Commission convened by the Empress Catherine the Great. (‘Great,’ incidentally, is a title she humbly refused when it was offered by the Commission — though her humility takes a hit upon learning that she had also instructed the Commission to offer the title.)” http://bit.ly/2v6zOKP
--“Is the world really better than ever?” by Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian: “The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good – and only our pessimism is holding us back.” http://bit.ly/2v6qBSJ (h/t ALDaily.com)
--“The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run: ‘MDZhB’ has been broadcasting since 1982. No one knows why,” by Zaria Gorvett in the BBC: “‘Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three-and-a-half decades, it’s been broadcasting a dull, mono­tonous tone. Every few seconds it’s joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.” http://bbc.in/2vBV7VZ
--“Venezuela’s Unprecedented Collapse,” by Ricardo Hausmann in Project Syndicate: “Venezuela’s economic catastrophe dwarfs any in the history of the U.S., Western Europe, or the rest of Latin America.” http://bit.ly/2v5Sz0W
--“Picasso and Tragedy,” by T.J. Clark in the London Review of Books: “What marks Guernica off from most other murals of its giant size is the fact that it registers so power­fully as a single scene. It is patched together out of fragments, episodes, spotlit silhouettes. Part of its agony is disconnectedness – the isolation that terror is meant to enforce. But this disconnectedness is drawn together into a unity: Guernica does not unwind like a scroll; it is a picture – a distinct shape of space – whose coherence is felt immediately by the viewer for all its strangeness.” http://bit.ly/2v8ydCM (h/t TheBrowser.com)
--“The ‘Rock Star’ Activist Leading the Resistance,” by Daniel Malloy in Ozy: ACLU political director Faiz Shakir “could lift the Democrats from their lowest point since 1921.” With cameos from Adam Jentleson and Matt Canterhttp://bit.ly/2wgJ5ys
--“Trump, America’s Boy King: Golf and Television Won’t Make America Great Again,” by Newsweek’s Alexander Nazaryan: “Trump’s friends say golf is important to his well-being, just as cycling and rock climbing are de rigueur for the younger titans of Silicon Valley. ‘He is always working,’ longtime confidant Roger J. Stone Jr. tells me, ‘even while socializing, playing golf or traveling. He is constantly asking questions, taking notes and placing phone calls. A better question would be, Does he ever really relax?’” http://bit.ly/2v8jhob
--“Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For?” by Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy: http://bit.ly/2utKBvi
SPOTTED -- Stephen Miller last night holding court in the Trump Hotel lobby with Nigel Farage. Nigel posed for pictures with fans, including kicking his foot up in the air ... Jason Miller on a flight from Dulles to Miami … Rod Rosenstein, surrounded by security, walking out of 400 North Capitol Street this morning into two waiting black Chevy Suburbans after his hit on “Fox News Sunday”
WEEKEND WEDDINGS – “Lara Crystal, Robert Saliterman” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Crystal, 35, is a founder and a chief executive of Minibar Delivery, an online marketplace for wine, beer and spirits, with offices in New York. She graduated cum laude from Cornell and received an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. ... Mr. Saliterman, also 35, is a global advertising agency partner in New York for Snapchat, the image messaging app. He graduated from Columbia and received an M.B.A. from Harvard. ... The couple met through the League, a dating app, in July 2015.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2vaXyff
--FUN COLOR from an attendee: “When Rob entered the wedding ballroom, the ensemble played a section of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Jungleland.’ And the parents were hoisted up in chairs after the bride and groom took part in that Jewish wedding ritual.” Wedding picshttp://bit.ly/2v9n9aa ... http://bit.ly/2vu0eXThttp://bit.ly/2ue3kva … The cake by Momofukuhttp://bit.ly/2wjuFOd
SPOTTED at the Pierre Hotel last night dancing the night away until the early morning: Mike Allen, Scott and Tory Sendek, Brian Danza, Anton Vuljaj, Jay and Anat Zeidman, Blain and Caton Rethmeier, Tim and Kiki Burger, Matt Lira, Bubba Atkinson and Sam Smith, Gerrit and Christyn Lansing, Lauren Fritts, Caitlin Conant, Adam Levine, Israel Hernandez, Zeke Miller, Peter and Adrianne Watkins, Kevin Sheridan and Erika Gutierrez, Alex Skatell, Brendan Buck and Rebecca Berg, Peter Hamby, Dick Keil and Hillary DeParde, Kimball and Wendy Thomas, Sam Dealey, Tom Williams, Tom and Corinne Hare.
--“Anja Crowder, Peter Morice”: “Mrs. Morice, 27, is the talent booker for political and current events guests for ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.’ Until recently she was a producer at ABC News in New York for ‘This Week With George Stephanopoulos.’ She graduated cum laude from Macalester College. ... Mr. Morice, also 27, is the chief operating officer in New York at the TEG Energy Group, which specializes in automation and control systems for industrial power generation in New York. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia. ... The couple met in seventh grade at St. Paul Academy and Summit School and began dating in high school.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2vaXUCP
--“Ariel Herm, Adam Koshkin”: “In September, Ms. Herm, 29, will begin working as a consultant in health education at the Permanente Medical Group in Oakland, Calif. She graduated from Haverford, and received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan. ... Also in September, Mr. Koshkin, 28, will begin a clerkship for United States District Court Judge Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan, with chambers in Ann Arbor. He graduated from Swarthmore and received a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a research assistant for Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, as a member of the staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. ... The couple met in Washington in 2011.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2vCnoLl
--Luca Gattoni-Celli, who reports on tax reform and the IRS for Tax Analysts, and Laura Joy Yackley, a middle and high school orchestra teacher in Prince George’s County, were married Saturday at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. “They met in January 2016 through Coffee Meets Bagel. Their first date was dim sum in the POLITICO mothership building in Rosslyn.” Picshttp://bit.ly/2hAjtcS ... http://bit.ly/2vE2Z9M ... http://bit.ly/2wwXA0p
SPOTTED: matron of honor Lina Delmastro Irvine, best man John Allen Gay, John Parks Alexander, Andrew Follett, Kate Peterson, and Ginger Gibson and Travis Burk.
-- Abbey Reller, legislative aide for Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), married Reed Linsk, legislative director for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Saturday in her hometown of Indianapolis. They met four years ago in the basement of Hamilton’s. Pichttp://bit.ly/2uwaWJa
ENGAGED -- David Mansouri, president of SCORE, the education reform nonprofit started by Bill Frist and an alum of Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign and the Tennessee Republican Party, got engaged on Saturday to Sarah Greenberg, who works on health policy reform for TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid system. Mansouri, fresh off a flight from Berlin where he was attending a Young Leaders conference held by the American Council on Germany, proposed at Arrington Vineyards right outside of Nashville where they had one of their first dates. A mutual friend set up the couple on a blind date three years ago. Pichttp://bit.ly/2vubaot
OBAMA ALUMNI -- “Christiana Stephenson, Matthew Aks”: “The couple met at Brown, from which they graduated, he magna cum laude. Ms. Stephenson, 27, is the communications director for the Massachusetts Union for Human Service Workers and Educators, SEIU Local 509, in Marlborough, Mass. ... Mr. Aks, 28, is studying for an M.B.A. degree at Harvard.” He was previously director for international economics at the NSC and is an Obama CEA alum. With pichttp://nyti.ms/2fiMTv2
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Melissa Canu, senior comms associate at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (hat tip: Emily David)
BIRTHDAYS: Malika Saada Saar, Google’s senior counsel on civil and human rights (h/t Autumn, filing from Maine) ... Neil Irwin, senior economic correspondent at NYT’s The Upshot ... David Maraniss is 68 ... Jared Wise … J.T. Rethmeier is 13. He celebrated on Friday on the set of the Today Show in NYC (h/t Dad, Blain) ... Tom Brandt, comms director for Sen. Moran, is 31 ... Erin Karriker ... Corey Jacobson, senior policy adviser for Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) ... Ally Freeman ... Jill Farrell, director of public affairs at Judicial Watch ... Jonathan Riskind ... Anna Sekulow (hubby tip: Jordan) ... “NewsHour” senior broadcast producer Mike Melia is 36 (h/t Nick Massella, filing from Grand Cayman) ... Michael McMahan ... Politico’s Dan Diamond, Sergio Bustos and Hannah Thomas ... Michael Glennon, senior associate at Marakon, is 31 ... Lyndsey Wajert, J.D. candidate at BU School of Law ... Pat Reap ... Scott Ogden ... Ashley Carter, at-large member of the DC State Board of Education and director of coalitions for the Independent Women’s Forum ... Lindsay Bembenek, senior manager of media and external comms for the Chamber (h/t Blair Latoff Holmes) ...
... Cherie Paquette, associate producer for Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” (h/t fiancé Zach Gillan) ... Terry McDermott, solo artist and lead singer of Lotus Crush, runner up on Season 3 of “The Voice” who just played the Kennedy Center on July 4 (h/t Amanda Hunter) ... Jenny Mayfield, director of media relations and public affairs at Nextdoor … Nitzan Pelman, CEO of ReUp Education ... Jeff Person is 27 ... Nicole Cohen ... USA Today alum Rem Rieder ... Liz Teitz ... Ambassador Bruce Laingen is 95 ... Adjoa Adofo, comms director for Better Medicare Alliance ... Tara Sonenshine, former Obama under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs now a distinguished fellow at GWU (h/t Jon Haber) ... Ben Wieder, data reporter for McClatchy DC (h/ts Kristin Roberts and Dave Levinthal) ... Marta Dehmlow Hernandez ... Keith St. Clair ... Jeffrey Lerner of DKC Public Relations … Andrew J. Eisenberger ... Sarah Coyle ... Marta Dehmlow ... Teresa Almanza ... Viktoria Seale ... Rick Olseen .. Melissa Beaumont ... Klon Kitchen ... Robert Wilkie … Allyson Browning … Doug Mataconis ... Amanda Brown ... Dr. Alan Lipman ... Cameron Lynch ... Michael Gill ... Ellen Dadisman ... David Nolte ... Mike Friedman is 27 ... Amalia Stott ... Mary Elgar, the queen of green bean casseroles ... Mia Terry (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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2017.06.13 12:56 feedreddit TRUMP’S lunch companions today -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sergey Kislyak plays host for Russia Day -- the DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- GOP and DEM talking points on Sessions -- GOP to Trump: Don’t dump Mueller -- B’DAY: Eli Stokols

TRUMP’S lunch companions today -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sergey Kislyak plays host for Russia Day -- the DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- GOP and DEM talking points on Sessions -- GOP to Trump: Don’t dump Mueller -- B’DAY: Eli Stokols
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
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Good Tuesday morning. FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell works to craft an Obamacare replacement bill, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is having lunch today with 13 senators to “discuss the status” of the process. TRUMP’S DINING PARTNERS: Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), John Thune (S.D.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (Utah).
-- HEALTH CARE STATUS REPORT: BURGESS EVERETT: “Senate GOP reins in expectations for killing Obamacare: Some Republican lawmakers are growing worried about their tight time frame for overhauling health care”: “Senate Republicans are aggressively trying to rein in expectations for their Obamacare repeal effort, wary of blowing a deadline or falling short of 50 votes on a promise that has driven the GOP’s political strategy for much of the past decade. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still aiming for an Obamacare repeal vote in June, though his lieutenants acknowledge that deadline could slip into July. And while GOP leaders want to hold the vote as soon as possible, Republicans continue to avoid hard deadlines and say factors outside their control could strike.
“‘It’s like having a baby,’ said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). ‘It’s not here yet, but it’s coming.’ … A public copy of the bill or the CBO score are not expected until just days before any vote, minimizing the ability of opposition to mobilize, aides said. If a June vote is not possible, Republicans hope to at least to have an agreement on a bill before heading home for the July 4 recess.” http://politi.co/2rlTGcD
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PLAYBOOK EXCLUSIVE -- SERGEY KISLYAK TRYING TO REPAIR FRAYED U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS: Embattled Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak played host to Washington insiders and diplomats at the Russian Embassy Monday night, greeting guests one-by-one in a long receiving line at the embassy in honor of Russia Day. Attendees were encouraged to pose for photos with signs that said “I love Russia” and post them on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.
The frayed U.S.-Russia relationship was clearly on the embassy’s mind as they handed out a pamphlet highlighting the two countries’ close relationship. On the cover: “As an American, I love Russia - friend of Washington and Lincoln.” At the top of the second page, there was this: “As an American, I love Russia because if not for Russia, there may not have been a United States of America.”
Russia’s top seven reasons for the close U.S.-Russia ties: “1. During the birth of our Nation, Russia supported the Thirteen Colonies in their way of Independence from Britain. 2. Russia helped preserve the Union during the American Civil War. 3. Alaska, California and Hawaii became States of the Union due to friendly US-Russian relations. 4. Russia was our ally in both World Wars 5. Russian International Peace Initiatives are the foundation of the United Nations. 6. Russian Arts and Sciences have enriched the world, and Russian Americans have made great contributions to American culture. 7. Russian President Putin was the first to call American President Bush to offer help and condolences after the tragedy of 9/11.”
SPEAKING OF THOSE CLOSE TIES -- “Russian Breach of 39 States Threatens Future U.S. Elections,” by Bloomberg’s Michael Riley and Jordan Robertson: “Russian hackers hit election systems in at least 39 states before Donald Trump’s election as president, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, an attack on almost twice as many states as previously reported. The hacks were part of a wave of intrusions in the summer and fall of 2016, details of which were provided by the person and two others familiar with a U.S. investigation of the attacks. Hackers breached a campaign finance database in at least one unidentified state, they said, and tried to alter or delete data from a voter database in Illinois.
“The scope and sophistication of the attacks so concerned the White House that Obama administration officials for the first time used a dedicated communication channel -- the cyber equivalent of the nuclear ‘red phone’ -- to signal to the Kremlin that the attacks risked escalating into a broader conflict, according to two of the people. The U.S. also provided detailed documents it considered proof of an act of aggression, which they said met with a chilly Russian response.” https://bloom.bg/2rVU2p9
-- COMING ATTRACTIONS: “Senate deal to boost Russia sanctions seen as imminent,” by Elana Schor: “Senators are vetting the language of a bipartisan deal to punish Russia that would allow Congress to disapprove of any attempt by President Donald Trump to ease sanctions on Moscow, Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said late Monday. Whether the Tennessee Republican’s optimism translates into a vote this week remains to be seen, however, with Democrats declining to confirm that a deal is done.
“If the Senate can pass a strong Russia sanctions package, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) could both claim a measure of victory — while also dealing a blow to the White House, which has floated a possible deal to roll back penalties on Vladimir Putin’s government in exchange for further cooperation on anti-terrorism efforts.” http://politi.co/2tgm2li
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: THE DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- “One of President Trump’s closest friends spent several hours in the White House Monday and emerged to say on TV that the president may fire Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor, and that it would be a ‘significant mistake.’ It was an only-in-Trump’s White House kind of moment.
“Senior aides said the friend, Chris Ruddy, was only speculating, and said Trump was unlikely to can the former FBI director. One official said Ruddy didn’t meet with the president -- but instead spent several hours with senior administration aides. ‘I wouldn’t take it too seriously,’ a White House official said.
“The reality is that Trump has sounded out associates about his concerns over Mueller -- and no one knows what he might do. Trump would be making a big mistake if he tried to fire Mueller, and they don’t believe he will, aides said. He has been warned against it ‘by almost everyone,’ one adviser said. But he is often governed by self-preservation. He hates losing control of situations. He often lashes out when he feels someone could damage him. Plus, surrogates have begun telling him what trouble Mueller could pose. He met several times with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Bedminster over the weekend.
“So, yes, it seems unlikely Trump will try to fire Mueller. But then again, no one expected him to fire James Comey.”
-- SPICER STATEMENT, delivered by email from Sean to reporters: “Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue. With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”
-- RUDDY DOUBLES DOWN, in email to us: “Spicer issued a bizarre late night press release that a) doesn’t deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller and b) says I didn’t speak to the President about the matter -- when I never claimed to have done so. Memo to Sean: focus your efforts on exposing the flim-flam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements! Don’t waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies.”
-- THE STRANGE THING: The White House still won’t comment on if, in fact, the president is considering getting rid of Mueller.
BUT, BUT, BUT … -- “Republicans to Trump: Hands off Mueller,” by Austin Wright and Kyle Cheney: “Republican lawmakers have a warning for President Donald Trump: Don’t mess with Robert Mueller. Some Trump allies have begun agitating for Trump to fire the man appointed just last month as a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. … But that would be a huge mistake, Republican lawmakers said Monday. ‘It would be a disaster,’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ‘There's no reason to fire Mueller. What’s he done to be fired?’” http://politi.co/2rqdnvd
-- COME ON, NEWT! @ReaganBattalion: “Less than a month ago @newtgingrich hailed Mueller as a ‘superb choice’ with an ‘IMPECCABLE’ reputation. Today he says he can’t be trusted.” http://bit.ly/2sWRupg
HAPPENING TODAY -- “Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts,” by AP’s Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump. The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee should yield Sessions’ most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russia probe.” http://apne.ws/2rquQ6D
-- WHAT NOT TO EXPECT: “Sessions won’t reveal information about conversations with Trump,” by Tara Palmeri and Josh Gerstein: “Jeff Sessions does not plan to reveal information about his private conversations with President Donald Trump during his testimony tomorrow before the Senate Intel Committee, according to sources close to the Attorney General. The sources said the former senator and Trump loyalist is unlikely to talk about any direct conversations with the president. ‘I wouldn’t expect the attorney general to discuss that,’ the source said. It was unclear whether the Attorney General would cite executive privilege as such, or simply say he wants to preserve the confidentiality of his discussions with Trump.” http://politi.co/2svFrly … The Sessions hearing is today at 2:30 p.m. in Hart 216.
-- Johanna Persing, RNC director of media affairs, emailed GOP communicators late Monday with a series of talking points for surrogates ahead of Sessions’ hearing. GOP talking points include: Trump has done nothing wrong; Sessions “continues to be open, honest and transparent;” Sessions’ meeting with Russian officials is standard practice; and asks surrogates to push for more answers on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and fired FBI director James Comey’s interactions. The emailhttp://politi.co/2rqfSh6
-- Constance Boozer, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s director of surrogate and media affairs, emailed “friends and allies” Monday afternoon with their own set of talking points ahead of the Sessions hearing. Topline message: Sessions needs to answer several questions and to step down. “The fact that he isn’t willing to appear before the Committee with jurisdiction over the Department of Justice, the Judiciary Committee, shows that ‘the cloud’ of the Russia investigation makes it impossible for him to do the job of Attorney General,” Boozer wrote. The emailhttp://politi.co/2rqbVci
WHAT TRUMP WANTS TO BE TALKING ABOUT -- “Trump’s White House wants to change the subject: Trump, smarting over coverage of Russia probes, thinks his administration doesn’t get enough credit,” by Matt Nussbaum and Josh Dawsey: “The White House has been spending more time trying to focus staff on weekly agenda items, two administration officials said. Senior officials have tried to cheer up younger aides by reminding them that ‘voters aren’t going to make their choices based on some hard-to-understand, he-said, she-said accusation,’ one said, adding that the White House believes voters will stand by them if the economy remains strong. ... Trump also inaccurately declared on Monday that he’d ‘passed more legislation’ than any predecessor besides Franklin D. Roosevelt. Harry Truman passed 55 bills in his first 100 days, while Trump had signed 48 by his 142nd day. Many of those have been to designate buildings or other less noticeable actions.” With a Josh Holmes cameohttp://politi.co/2rqik75
DEMOCRATS’ SILVER LINING -- “Trump hearings hatch Democratic stars,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “California Sen. Kamala Harris had the latest star turn last week, with her tough interrogation of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and questioning of former FBI Director James Comey. Before that, it was Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, whose revealing cross-examination of Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparked a boomlet of fresh presidential speculation earlier this year. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner has seen his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee suddenly revive talk of his national prospects, which had faded after he laid the groundwork roughly a decade ago. ...
“The beneficiaries of the surge in attention aren’t limited to members of the key committees on the Trump beat — the Intelligence and Judiciary panels. First-term Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, for example, has been especially active in speaking out about the Russia probes and on immigration, leading to reports that the White House is now eying him as a potential 2020 opponent. Yet it’s the former prosecutors Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and California Rep. Adam Schiff who have been front-and-center in harnessing the party’s fury, largely because they’ve been the ones in the televised spotlight.” http://politi.co/2siKKny
DEPT. OF YA CAN’T MAKE IT UP -- “Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea,” by AP’s Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang: “Dennis Rodman, the former NBA bad boy who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew back to Pyongyang on Tuesday for the first time in Donald Trump’s presidency. He said he is ‘just trying to open a door’ on a mission that he thinks his former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ boss would support. Rodman, one of the few people to know both of the nuclear-armed leaders, sported a black T-shirt advertising a marijuana cybercurrency as he talked to reporters briefly before his flight from Beijing to the North Korean capital. Asked if he had spoken to Trump about his trip, he said, ‘Well, I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need. ...
“‘We are aware of his visit. We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety,’ U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters after discussing the North Korean missile threat and other issues with Japanese counterparts.” http://apne.ws/2tguZuP
-- NYT’S JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS: “Mr. Trump transformed a routine meeting of senior members of his government into a mood-boosting, ego-stroking display of support for himself and his agenda. While the president never explicitly asked to be praised, Mr. Pence set the worshipful tone, and Mr. Trump made it clear he liked what he heard. ‘Thank you, Mick,’ he told Mick Mulvaney, his budget director. ‘Good job,’ he told Scott Pruitt, his E.P.A. chief. ‘Very good, Daniel,’ he said to Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence. ... In a video posted with the tweet, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, sat at a table with young staff members who, at his prompting, praised his performance on Sunday talk shows and the appearance of his hair. One repeated Mr. Priebus’s quotation word for word, prompting the senator and his aides to erupt into laughter.” http://nyti.ms/2tgdudT
-- @SenSchumer: “GREAT meeting today with the best staff in the history of the world!!!” http://bit.ly/2swimPy
HOW IT’S PLAYING -- Reuters: “At Trump’s Cabinet meeting, flattery is flavor of the day” http://reut.rs/2tfZHnK ... AP: “Who loves him more? Trump’s cabinet members gush at meeting”http://apne.ws/2rlNeCF ... WaPo: “Praise for the chief: Trump’s Cabinet tells him it’s an ‘honor’ and ‘blessing’ to serve” http://wapo.st/2rlwBXO ... Full videohttp://nbcnews.to/2rdiYWa
-- @ChrisLu44 (whose birthday was yesterday): “I ran 16 Cabinet meetings during Obama’s 1st term. Our Cabinet was never told to sing Obama’s praises. He wanted candid advice not adulation
WELCOME TO WASHINGTON -- “Melania Trump Leaves New York Behind for the White House,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman: “Melania Trump will attend a congressional picnic in the final days of June. She will start filling out her roster of aides. She will get her son settled into his new home and, then, in the fall, a new school. And she will turn attention to the range of issues that a first lady has the ability to affect.
“For the first time since President Trump was inaugurated, his wife is living full time in the White House. She and the couple’s 11-year-old son, Barron, left Trump Tower in Manhattan behind over the weekend, a transition that the first lady announced on her husband’s favorite medium, Twitter, after it was completed. …
“Mrs. Trump’s immediate focus is likely to be inside the White House, where her husband has become increasingly isolated from his party and even his own staff since his abrupt firing of James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I. ‘She is the president’s never-ending barometer of reality, and she delivers candor and honesty blended with selfless love for him and his family in equal doses,’ said Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a close friend of the Trumps who has known the first lady since 1998.” http://nyti.ms/2swbS2V
-- WAPO’S KRISSAH THOMPSON: “Five questions about Melania Trump’s move to the White House”: “Will Melania Trump keep her husband from sending controversial wee-hours tweets? … Will she build an advocacy program, such as Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ or Laura Bush’s National Book Festival, or undertake any restoration projects in the White House? … How will Barron Trump’s presence change life in the White House? … Will Melania Trump engage with D.C.’s social scene? … How will Melania Trump leave her mark on the job?” http://wapo.st/2rVvblm
-- “Barron Trump’s ‘The Expert’ T-shirt sells out at J. Crew,” by The Washington Examiner’s Leah DePiero: “The T-shirt Barron Trump wore while exiting Marine One with his parents on Sunday as he and first lady Melania Trump officially moved into the White House has sold out on J. Crew as of Monday. The gray cotton ringer T-shirt with the words ‘The Expert’ in blue lettering gained attention after 11-year-old Barron paired it with dark jeans and sneakers on Sunday. ‘We’re sorry. This item has been so popular, it has sold out,’ J. Crew’s website said of the $29.50 shirt.” http://washex.am/2sndsEH
IT’S ALL HAPPENING -- “Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski shopping book – again,” by CNN’s Oliver Darcy: “Publishers were told to submit offers to Lewandowski's agent, Mel Berger of WME Entertainment, by a Friday deadline ... Berger was expecting to ultimately fetch seven figures for the book deal. It was not clear what Lewandowski’s book would be about. A proposal wasn’t submitted, likely to avoid details leaking to the public, the source added. Lewandowski previously had an offer from HarperCollins worth $1.2 million, but lost it over concerns about a nondisclosure agreement he signed during the campaign, Politico reported last June. This time around, however, publishers were told Lewandowski had been able to obtain a waiver of the nondisclosure agreement, one of the sources familiar with the matter said.” http://cnnmon.ie/2rd6Ft5
TRUMP’S TUESDAY -- He’s meeting with H.R. McMaster, lunching with members of the Senate and then will go to Milwaukee. In Milwaukee he will meet with “Obamacare victims,” speak about health care and tour Waukesha County Technical College. He will then hold a roundtable on “workforce development.” He’ll also speak at a fundraiser for Gov. Scott Walker before returning to D.C.
VIRGINIANS HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAY -- WAPO: “Just tuning in to Virginia governor’s race? We’ll help you do your homework”http://wapo.st/2swFRYR
[email protected]: “In other non-Mueller news, Ivanka Trump, who excoriated the ‘viciousness’ of Washington on Fox, made a visit with Conde Nast brass at 1WTC”
-- SPOTTED: FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER yesterday on the new Delta LAX to DCA flight in Delta One (first class), watching “Eight Days a Week,” the Ron Howard documentary about The Beatles.
-- PEACOCK UPDATE: The MSNBC shows “Hardball,” “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “MSNBC Live” with Hallie Jackson have all moved to the NBC studios at 400 North Capitol. Yesterday was the first day in the new studios. They join Greta van Susteren’s “For the Record,” which has aired from the Capitol Hill location since its inception.
-- THE NRCC disclosed another $833,526 in media spending against Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s sixth congressional district.
WARRIORS WIN NBA TITLE -- L.A. TIMES TANIA GANGULI: “‘I remember plenty of times throughout my career I continued to just look in the past and look ahead and not stay in the moment,’ [MVP Kevin] Durant said. ‘In this series I just stayed in the moment. And we did it together. ... You call us a super team, but it’s been a lot of super teams that [haven’t] worked, and we came together and we continued to just believe in each other and we sacrificed and we’re champions now.’” http://lat.ms/2rdsl8so
NEW BUZZFEED INVESTIGATION (with six bylines) -- “POISON IN THE SYSTEM”: “The British government is suppressing explosive intelligence that Alexander Perepilichnyy, a financier who exposed a vast financial crime by Russian government officials, was likely assassinated on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin. Perepilichnyy, who faced repeated threats after fleeing to Britain, was found dead outside his home in Surrey after returning from a mysterious trip to Paris in 2012. Despite an expert detecting signs of a fatal plant poison in his stomach, the British police have insisted there was no evidence of foul play, and Theresa May’s government has invoked national security powers to withhold evidence from the inquest into his cause of death – which is ongoing. But an investigation by BuzzFeed News has now obtained fresh evidence that the authorities have deliberately sidelined, and has uncovered how Perepilichnyy spent his last days in Paris.” http://bzfd.it/2tfTF6z
MORE MCAULIFFE ON ISAAC DOVERE’S ‘OFF MESSAGE’ -- THROWING SHADE AT HILLARY -- “We, as a party, need to understand what happened,” the Virginia governor told Isaac Dovere in the new Off Message podcast, live today. “My advice would be to Hillary, ‘There’s enough people that will do that and get that information out.’” McAuliffe says she never asked him to join her PAC. He told Isaac he didn’t even know what it was called. Here’s the exchange: “What is the name of it?” “Onward Together.” “Terrific.” “Like ‘Stronger Together.’” “Got it,” he says. “Very clever.” http://politi.co/2rlFyQF ... Listen and Subscribehttp://apple.co/2nEa7y0
WHAT WALL STREET IS READING -- “Goldman’s Blankfein, Citi’s Corbat Duped by Email Prankster,” by WSJ’s Liz Hoffman and Telis Demos: “The chief executives of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. are the latest bank bosses to be hooked by an email prankster trolling top Wall Street brass, exposing a low-tech gap in banks’ cybersecurity armor. Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein and Citigroup’s Michael Corbat, as well as Citigroup consumer-banking chief Stephen Bird, responded over the weekend to emails sent by the anonymous prankster masquerading as top executives at the two banks. The hoaxer ... on Sunday published screenshots of the exchanges on Twitter. ... None of the executives disclosed sensitive information in responding to the prankster, but the repeated episodes flag concerns about whether banks have done enough to guard against online threats.” http://on.wsj.com/2swiMW8
MEDIAWATCH -- “Facebook Building Feature to Let Users Subscribe to News Publications,” by WSJ’s Deepa Seetharaman and Lukas Alpert: “Facebook Inc. may soon help its users do something unfamiliar on the platform: pay for news. The social-media giant is building a feature that would allow users to subscribe to publishers directly from the mobile app, according to people familiar with the matter. The feature, long-requested by publishers, is expected to roll out by the end of 2017 ... Facebook [is] leaning toward a metered-payment model, which would allow users to read some articles for free each month before prompting them to pay, three of the people familiar with the matter said.” http://on.wsj.com/2snc4Sy
-- L.A. Times national correspondent Nigel Duara is leaving for a role as a correspondent on HBO's “Vice News Tonight.” Duara, also an AP alum, will serve as a national correspondent, beginning June 19.
SPOTTED: HHS Secretary Tom Price drinking a beer at the Nationals game last night cheering on the Braves with some other HHSers. … Dr. Ben Carson yesterday on a Delta Shuttle from DCA to LGA, seated in Delta Comfort+ seat 7D ... Ivanka at LaGuardia yesterday near the gate for the DCA shuttle (with lots of Secret Service with her) ... Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) talking on his cell-phone yesterday afternoon in the Watergate Hotel library ... Ron Brownstein yesterday catching a foul ball at Nationals Park -- Doug Heye’s Instapichttp://bit.ly/2snwVVJ ... Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) sitting at the head of a packed table off the lobby of 20 F Street, NW. …
… Ashton Kutcher and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sharing a stage at the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta to discuss the issue of modern day slavery and the current efforts in curbing human sex trafficking around the world. Picshttp://bit.ly/2snyH9y ... http://bit.ly/2siO6H8 ... Laurel Strategies CEO Alan Fleischmann having breakfast yesterday morning at the Four Seasons with Stedman Graham.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Ed Cash held his semiannual Bipartisan Homeland Security reception last night at Clyde’s in Chinatown. The event brings together the homeland security teams from the Bush, Obama and now Trump Administrations. More than 350 guests attended the event and heard remarks from Secretary John Kelly, former Secretary Michael Chertoff and former Deputy Secretary Ali Mayorkas. Pic of Secretary Kelly addressing attendeeshttp://bit.ly/2tgIgDo
SPOTTED: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, DHS chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen, White House OMB associate director Kathy Kraninger, Admiral Thad Allen, Chad Sweet, DHS assistant secretary for public affairs Jonathan Hoffman, FEMA deputy administrator Dave Grant, White House Military Office director Dab Kern, DC Homeland Security chief Brian Baker, Rich Serino, Christian Marrone, Will Booher, and many more.
SPOTTED at Dave Weigel’s book party last night at Black Cat to celebrate “The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock” -- $18.32 on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2s5zetB: Julia Ioffe, Asawin Suebsaeng, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Wesley Lowery, Olivia Nuzzi, John Hudson, Taylor Lorenz, Ezra Klein, Annie Lowery, Rosie Gray, Carolyn Fiddler, Bob Draper, Paul Kane, Josh Green, Kevin Robillard, Byron Tau, Rebecca Leber, Stephanie Slade, Jesse Walker, Matt Gertz, Peter Suderman, Meghan McArdle, Jim Newell, Tierney Sneed, Brian Beutler, Benjy Sarlin, Hadas Gold, Brendan Karet, Eric Boehm, Igor Bobic, Alyssa Rosenberg, John Tabin, Alex Parker, Eric Michael Garcia, Betsy Woodruff, Pema Levy, Travis Waldron.
ENGAGED --Patrick Crowley (of Dayblink Consulting, soon to be getting his MBA at UNC) popped the question on Saturday to AEI senior media associate Meg Cahill. “She gladly said yes to her longtime Notre Dame college sweetheart and AEI’s communications team looks forward to celebrating the happy couple when they return on our Dupont Circle rooftop!” After getting engaged, the couple then went on an already planned vacation to Puerto Rico. Pichttp://politi.co/2swlb35
TRANSITIONS -- Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is joining the board of directors of Feeding America, which is the nation’s largest hunger relief organization with 200 food banks serving every state. http://politi.co/2rm0K9j … Ashley Pratte has been hired to be the director of public affairs at The Herald Group; she most recently has been director of media relations and public affairs at the American Legislative Exchange Council. ... Constance Boozer, formerly of HFA (Brooklyn), is now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s director of surrogates and media affairs. She got promoted from within the office, where she’s been working since November. ...
... Marcel Lettre has joined Lockheed Martin as VP for national security. He previously was under secretary of defense for intelligence and has also worked on the Hill. ... Emily Hecht-McGowan is joining the Biden Foundation’s team as policy director for equality. She previously was Family Equality Council’s chief policy officer. http://politi.co/2rcVZuF ... Ed Murphy, a former researcher for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the RNC, has joined Prospect Strategic Communications as the opposition-research firm’s newest partner. Ed will be based in Chicago, while the firm’s other two partners, Kris Anderson and Webber Steinhoff, are based in LA and D.C.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of Labor and longtime Obamaworld person who is now at FiscalNote and the Miller Center, turned 51. He celebrated by “cheering on the Nats and toasting birthday-mate George H.W. Bush, whose decency and integrity is sorely missed in the White House right now,” per our anonymous birthday tipster ... Michael Pollack, former clerk for Justice Sotomayor and future Cardozo Law professor (hat tip: David Helfenbein) ... (was Saturday): Ayesha Rascoe, White House reporter at Reuters (h/t Roberta Rampton)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: WSJ White House reporter Eli Stokols, Politico alum, the pride of Irvine, California and erstwhile Mile High resident. How he’s celebrating: “Just going out to dinner with my girlfriend, Elena Schneider. I’ve been told we’re going to Rose’s.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2sX56AP
BIRTHDAYS: L.A. Times political writer Seema Mehta ... former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 73 ... Mike Norton, Arkansan, Truman/Marshall Scholar and former Hill intern ... Katie Biber Chen, Romney GC and Bush 43 alum now general counsel at Thumbtack in SF (h/t Sarah Isgur Flores) … Jimmy Orr ... John Del Cecato, partner at AKPD Message and Media ... Cathy McLaughlin (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Marissa Shorenstein, SVP of the east region at AT&T, one of the youngest senior executives in the company’s history (h/t Keri Kohler) ... Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is 7-0 (h/t James Owens) ... Politico’s Margaret McGill ... William Lewallen ... Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is 8-0 ... Leslie Hagar Small ... Neil Bernstein ... Bill Mergner, director at AQN Strategies ... Philip Rosenthal ... NBC alum Morgan Pitt, now an events coordinator at Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville ...
… Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal ... Ryan Rhodes ... WSJ alum Andrew Grossman, now a student at Wharton ... Jenny Eisen Verdery, yoga instructor and former lobbyist at Intel, celebrating 5-0 at Machu Picchu in Peru (h/t Stewart) ... Charlie Nichols is 15 ... Michelle Lee of WaPo’s Fact-Checker blog ... NBC4’s Eun Yang ... R. Brian Lewis, a good man from Nebraska ... Jim Fellinger, press secretary at Concerned Veterans for America (h/t Rebecca Coffman) ... Kirtan Mehta ... Lauren Mehta ... Sagar Vachhani … Alex Marino of Civis Analytics ... Andrew Lavigne ... Judge Neil Cohen … Sarah Hurwitz ... Margaret Shepard, managing director of 1776, celebrating in France (h/t Peter Cherukuri) ... Genger Charles ... Patrick G. Cronin ... Michelle Korsmo ... Patrick McGill is 31 ... Bill Buck is 5-0 ... John Eddy, partner at SourceRock Partners ... Jeff Siegel is 4-0 ... Junheng Li ... Rick Weidman is 71 ... Tony Varona ... Neil Bernstein is 51 ... WTOP’s Brian Oliger ... artist Christo is 82 ... Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 78 ... Hannah Storm is 55 ... Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are 31 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.11 17:11 feedreddit BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy -- ISENSTADT: MITT shows signs of political revival -- SPOTTED at Mike Shields/Katie Walsh engagement party -- B’DAY: Greta van Susteren

BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy -- ISENSTADT: MITT shows signs of political revival -- SPOTTED at Mike Shields/Katie Walsh engagement party -- B’DAY: Greta van Susteren
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
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FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- WE HEAR … There is a chance Congress will stay in session for part of August. There has been political pressure from some members of the House and Senate to stay in town and try to get some things done instead of take a five-week recess. The pressure will only increase if the Obamacare repeal and replace isn’t done in the next few weeks. Congress has just 27 days in session until the summer break. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise: many lawmakers have had to face angry constituents on trips home.
STATEMENTS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey -- at 8:22 a.m.: “The #FakeNews MSM doesn’t report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector......way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels!” … at 8:29 a.m.: “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’” … at 8:49 a.m.: “The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare. They are only OBSTRUCTIONISTS!”
-- TWO QUICK THINGS: Many Democrats will privately agree with Trump that they oftentimes lack a coherent message. But Trump’s presidency has unified Democrats for the first time in a long time … Trump has majorities in the House and Senate, and he’s blaming Democrats for obstructing him.
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BREAKING OVERSEAS -- TRUMP PUTS OFF U.K. VISIT -- THE GUARDIAN: “Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain put on hold: U.S. president told Theresa May he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests”: “Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming. The U.S. president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time. The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement surprised May, according to those present.” http://bit.ly/2reskVQ
Good Sunday morning. Jake will be on Steve Hilton’s new Fox News show “The Next Revolution” live from Los Angeles tonight at 9 p.m. East Coast time.
TRUMP stopped by a wedding at his country club in New Jersey last night. http://bit.ly/2t98Uhy
YOU’LL HEAR THIS QUOTE A LOT -- Donald Trump Jr. on Fox News, via the Washington Post: “‘When he tells you to do something, guess what? There’s no ambiguity in it, there’s no, ‘Hey, I’m hoping,'’ Trump said. ‘You and I are friends: ‘Hey, I hope this happens, but you’ve got to do your job.’ That’s what he told Comey. And for this guy as a politician to then go back and write a memo: ‘Oh, I felt threatened.’ He felt so threatened -- but he didn’t do anything.’ Trump also said that Comey’s testimony ‘vindicated’ the president and that everything in it was ‘basically ridiculous.’” http://wapo.st/2t9eJf5
ALEX ISENSTADT in DEER VALLEY, UTAH -- “Romney stokes speculation he’s weighing another political run: The 2012 GOP nominee is plotting how to help Republicans in the midterms, and he’s being coy about his own political future”: “Mitt Romney is once again testing his political power — critiquing President Donald Trump, raising money and campaigning for fellow Republicans, and not ruling out another run for office for himself. The 2012 GOP nominee is returning to the spotlight, six months after Trump -- the man Romney once savaged as unfit for the presidency -- nearly picked him to be secretary of state. …
“Spencer Zwick, a longtime Romney adviser and political gatekeeper, said he’d been inundated with appeals from Republican candidates asking the former GOP nominee to help them. Last week, Romney held his first fundraiser for a 2018 hopeful, an event benefiting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been fiercely critical of the president. Over the coming days, Romney is also expected to release a robo-call boosting Georgia Republican Karen Handel, who has been losing ground in a high-stakes June 20 special House election she had once been favored to win.
“‘All I can tell you is that the number of requests that Mitt has gotten in the last month to come to a district or to come to a state for a sitting senator — it’s like he’s a presidential candidate again, which I was surprised by,’ said Zwick, who doubles as a top political aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan. ‘There are only so many people in the party that can headline these things.’” http://politi.co/2rZkZ9X
-- THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE between Republicans wanting to take advantage of Romney’s fundraising prowess, and his running for office and garnering the support he needs to win.
SUNDAY BEST -- JOHN DICKERSON speaks with SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OKLA.) on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION” -- DICKERSON: “On the question of influencing the investigation, again, thinking about the scale, on the one hand the president might have done something that was a little bit crossing a line but he’s a new guy to the job all the way to this question of obstruction of justice. Where do you put, knowing what you know about the president’s behavior, where do you put what he did on that scale?” LANKFORD: “I would say it’s very inappropriate. As Jim Comey said, it’s awkward to be able to have the president of the United States sitting down with someone in the F.B.I., the leadership of the F.B.I., to be able to have direct questions. And for the issue to come up about the Michael Flynn investigations, inappropriate. But the way that it was handled, with no follow-up, with no other press, with no other return to that topic, it looks like what I called a pretty light touch. If this is trying to interfere in a process of any investigation, it doesn’t seem like it was number one, very effective, and number two, came up more than once in a conversation. So this looks more like an inappropriate conversation than obstruction.”
-- SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.) tells CHRIS WALLACE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” that Trump needs to be deposed on all Russia-related questions -- “[T]he deposition is not just about his conversations with Mr. Comey. There are issues with respect to his conversation with director of national intelligence Dan Coats, Admiral Rogers, the NSA director, his relationships with Manafort. By the time the special prosecutor Mr. Mueller is ready to depose or ask the president to speak under oath, there are a myriad of questions. So what I don’t want to see is simply, we’ll I just said I talk about Comey, I’m not talking about anything else. To resolve this situation he has to be prepared to speak on all these matters.”
-- PREET BHARARA speaks to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” -- STEPHANOPOULOS: “The president’s defenders, like Alan Dershowitz, say there’s no grounds for obstruction. You talked about that. And he, in fact, says that presidents have the constitutional right to fire FBI directors and investigations as much as they want. One of the president’s attorneys, Jay Sekulow, is coming up next. He says there’s no there there, no basis for obstruction. You’re a former prosecutor. Are -- is there evidence there ... to begin a case for obstruction?” BHARARA: “I think there’s absolutely evidence to begin a case. I think it’s very important for all sorts of armchair speculators in the law to be clear that no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction. It’s also true I think from based on what I see as a third party and out of government that there’s no basis to say there’s no obstruction.”
-- SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) talks to BRIANNA KEILAR on CNN’s “STATE OF THE UNION” -- KEILAR: “I want to ask you about something the president has been cagey about, and that is these tapes, of course. So, I wonder if you would support issuing a subpoena to the White House. Right now, it’s just a request coming from Congress. Would you support issuing a subpoena for the recordings or any documents that might come from that?” COLLINS: “This is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference. He should give a straight yes or no to the answer -- to the question of whether or not the tapes exist. And he should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel. So, I don’t think a subpoena should be necessary. And I don’t understand why the president just doesn’t clear this matter up once and for all.”
THE NEXT MAIN EVENT -- “Sessions will testify before Senate in Russia investigation,” by Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan: “In a letter to his former colleagues in the House and Senate, Sessions canceled a planned appearance before Congress’ appropriations committees. Sessions said he instead plans to appear on Tuesday before the Intelligence panel to respond to questions stemming from FBI director James Comey’s bombshell testimony last Thursday. …
“If this is an open session ... Sessions will likely face a barrage of questions over his role in Comey’s dismissal, his independence from President Donald Trump, and allegations of additional unreported meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Sessions has already recused himself from the Russia probe after failing to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation of two meetings with Kislyak, and there have been reports of additional sessions.” http://politi.co/2rOVc5P
-- SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CALIF.) told Brianna Keilar on “State of the Union” that she didn’t know if the hearing will be open.
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW -- “What’s next for Comey? Maybe law, corporate work, politics,” by AP’s Eric Tucker: “So what’s next for James Comey? The former FBI director boldly challenged the president who fired him, accused the Trump administration of lying and supplied material that could be used to build a case against President Donald Trump. But after stepping away from the Capitol Hill spotlight, where he’s always seemed comfortable, the 56-year-old veteran lawman now confronts the same question long faced by Washington officials after their government service.
“His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he was ‘between opportunities’ vastly understates the career prospects now available to him — not to mention potential benefits from the public’s fascination with a man who has commanded respect while drawing outrage from both political parties.” http://apne.ws/2sQlkMb
EYE-POPPING NUMBERS FROM WAPO’S KAREN TUMULTY in SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA -- “Trump looms over Georgia special election, a proxy battle for 2018”: “It is an arms race of money and organization. The latest fundraising report, filed Thursday, showed Ossoff raising an additional $15 million in the past two months, nearly quadruple what Handel brought in. With outside groups weighing in, the race has thus far cost more than $40 million -- far outpacing the previous record for a congressional race of nearly $30 million for a Florida contest in 2012.
“Polls indicate there are few voters still undecided. ‘The next 10 days are about turning out the base. There are more of us than them in the district. The more people who vote, the better,’ said Corry Bliss, who heads the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC affiliated with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). That organization alone plans to spend about $7 million in the race.” http://wapo.st/2rjhPM4
FASCINATING READ -- “Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis’ inner circle,” by Jacqueline Klimas and Bryan Bender: “The Trump era has brought a change of fortune for a Silicon Valley software company founded by presidential adviser Peter Thiel — turning it from a Pentagon outcast to a player with three allies in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' inner circle. At least three Pentagon officials close to Mattis, including his deputy chief of staff and a longtime confidante, either worked, lobbied or consulted for Palantir Technologies, according to ethics disclosures obtained by POLITICO. That’s an unusually high number of people from one company to have such daily contact with the Pentagon leader, some analysts say.
“It also represents a sharp rise in prominence for the company, which just months ago could barely get a meeting in the Pentagon. Last year, Palantir even had to go to court to force its way into a competition for a lucrative Army contract. Thiel was one of the only Silicon Valley titans to openly support Trump during the campaign, a role that gave him a prime speaking slot at last summer’s Republican convention. He has since acted as a key adviser arranging meetings among the president and other tech executives. While there's no evidence he had a direct hand in these specific Pentagon hires, analysts say they absolutely show his growing influence in the administration, where he holds no formal role.” http://politi.co/2sqMdbS
DEMOCRATS’ NEW PLAYBOOK -- “Democrats bet on Trump in Virginia governor’s race,” by Kevin Robillard: “Virginia’s Democratic primary on Tuesday is shaping up to be the first real test of liberalism in the Trump era, with both candidates lurching for increasingly leftward policies to position themselves in contrast with President Donald Trump. …
“Virginia’s gubernatorial elections often develop into contrasts with a new president, but there’s a stark difference between now and how Republican candidate Bob McDonnell handled then-President Barack Obama in 2009. While critical of the Obama's economic record, the future governor also regularly praised Obama for supporting school choice, straddling the partisan divide. The Democrats have felt no need to do the same with the less popular Trump, whose approval rating was at 36 percent in a recent Washington Post-George Mason University poll of Virginia.” http://politi.co/2rjHzYJ
THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE -- “Fate of Planned Parenthood funding tied to Senate moderates,” by Jen Haberkorn: “Two female Senate Republicans could stop the anti-abortion movement from achieving its most significant win against Planned Parenthood in decades. Most Republicans want to eliminate the group’s $555 million in federal funding as part of their bill to repeal Obamacare. But as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to solve the legislative Rubik’s Cube of finding 50 votes for repeal, he may have to drop the Planned Parenthood cut to win the support of the two Republican moderates, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.” http://politi.co/2sbbpTf
WHAT SILICON VALLEY IS READING -- “Uber Board to Discuss CEO Travis Kalanick’s Possible Leave of Absence: Board also set to vote on recommendations from a report of an investigation into workplace issues,” by WSJ’s Greg Bensinger: “Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick will discuss taking a possible leave of absence when the board of directors of the embattled ride-hailing company meets Sunday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“Also on the agenda when the seven-person board convenes is a vote on a series of recommendations from a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding its workplace. It was uncertain whether Mr. Kalanick would ultimately take the leave or whether the board would approve of such a measure, which would require finding a temporary replacement in short order.” http://on.wsj.com/2r7Ram8
-- SPOTTED at Mitt Romney’s E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, Spencer Zwick, Matt Waldrip, Corry Bliss, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kristen Soltis Anderson, Ron Kaufman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Anthony Scaramucci, Bianna Golodryga, Will Ritter, Mary Bono Mack, Lanhee Chen, Leah Malone and Andrew Liveris.
RIP -- @SecondLady: “Rest in peace Oreo. You touched a lot of hearts in your little life. Our family will miss you very much.” http://bit.ly/2sgQOxR
‘WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WEEK’ AT THE WHITE HOUSE -- “Donald and Ivanka Trump head to Wisconsin for jobs push,” by ABC News’ Jordyn Phelps: “President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump are set to travel to Wisconsin Tuesday to join Gov. Scott Walker to tour a technical college, as the administration puts a renewed focus on its goal of job creation. The trip is just one event in a week full of activities built around promoting technical skills training and apprenticeships. [They are d]ubbing it ‘workforce development week’ ...
“The president is expected to make what the administration is billing as a ‘major policy speech’ at the Department of Labor on Wednesday, in which he’ll lay out steps the administration will take to encourage workforce development and also call for Congressional action. Ivanka Trump will also lead a roundtable with some 15 CEOs. On Thursday, the president will also host a roundtable discussion, where he will welcome eight governors from states with successful workforce development programs to the White House.” http://abcn.ws/2r7tOwT
THE NEW U.K. POLITICAL REALITY -- “For Britain, Political Stability Is a Quaint Relic,” by NYT’s Steven Erlanger in London: “In a little more than two years, Britain has had two general elections and a nationwide referendum. Each time, the politicians, pollsters, betting markets, political scientists and commentators have got it wrong.
“Once considered one of the most politically stable countries in the world, regularly turning out majority governments, Britain is increasingly confusing and unpredictable, both to its allies and itself. Far from settling the fierce divisions exposed by last year’s referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union, or Brexit, the election on Thursday only made them worse.” http://nyti.ms/2shhy1i
-- THE POLITICO EUROPE TICK TOCK: “How Theresa May lost it: A reluctance to delegate, hubris and campaigning ineptitude ruined British prime minister’s grand plan to secure a mandate,” by Tom McTague, Charlie Cooper and Annabelle Dickson in London: “Halfway through Britain’s seven-week snap election campaign, some in Theresa May’s team came to the conclusion that they had a problem — the candidate. At a gathering of senior staff in Conservative campaign headquarters in central London, one of May’s top operatives told the sitting prime minister that she risked crashing and burning like Sarah Palin did in 2008. ... To the operative, May was overly controlling and her inexperience would tell during a short, intense campaign. May listened with good grace ... [but] changed nothing.” http://politi.co/2t8VuSG
ACTUAL FAKE NEWS – NYT A22, “A Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorist, a False Tweet and a Runaway Story,” by Jeremy Peters: “A pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateur sleuthing into red herrings like the ‘Pizzagate’ hoax and a conspiracy theory involving the murder of a Democratic aide, Mr. Posobiec wrote on May 17 that Mr. Comey, the recently ousted F.B.I. director, had ‘said under oath that Trump did not ask him to halt any investigation.’ …
“But as the journey of that one tweet shows, misinformed, distorted and false stories are gaining traction far beyond the fringes of the internet. Just 14 words from Mr. Posobiec’s Twitter account would spread far enough to provide grist for a prime-time Fox News commentary and a Rush Limbaugh monologue that reached millions of listeners, forging an alternative first draft of history in corners of the conservative media where President Trump’s troubles are often explained away as fabrications by his journalist enemies.
“In this fragmented media environment, the spread of false information is accelerated and amplified by a web of allied activist-journalists with large online followings, a White House that grants them access and, occasionally, a president who validates their work. The right-wing media machine that President Bill Clinton’s aides once referred to as ‘conspiracy commerce’ is now far more mature, extensive and, in the internet age, tough to counter.” http://nyti.ms/2sbduPm
DEEP DIVES -- NYT A1, “Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail: Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants — many based in Asia — quickly pop up,” by Nathaniel Popper (print headline: “Drug Trade Rises in Dark Corners of the Internet”): “As the nation’s opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels. The internet. In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law enforcement officials say, the drugs are being bought online. Internet sales have allowed powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — the fastest-growing cause of overdoses nationwide — to reach living rooms in nearly every region of the country, as they arrive in small packages in the mail.” http://nyti.ms/2t91CdL
--“China’s New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt: China has built hundreds of dazzling new bridges, including the longest and highest, but many have fostered debt and corruption,” by NYT’s Chris Buckley: “The eye-popping structures have slashed travel times in some areas, made business easier and generated a sizable slice of the country’s economy, laying a foundation, in theory at least, for decades of future growth. But as the bridges and the expressways they span keep rising, critics say construction has become an end unto itself. Fueled by government-backed loans and urged on by the big construction companies and officials who profit from them, many of the projects are piling up debt and breeding corruption while producing questionable transportation benefits.” http://nyti.ms/2t9er7I
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
--“Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture”: “Some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back.” http://bit.ly/2rULMnO
--“How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned” – in the August 1944 issue of Popular Mechanics: “Every one of the thousands of men landed in France required about 10 ship tons of overall equipment, and an additional ship ton every 30 days. The number of separate items needed was about a million. Some of these million items had to be accumulated in millions, resulting in astronomical totals.” http://bit.ly/2smaY97
--“Eternal Champions,” by Sam Borden in ESPN: “Seven months ago, Brazilian underdogs Chapecoense boarded a plane to play in the game of their lives. Instead, their biggest moment turned into a tragedy no one can forget.” http://es.pn/2r9Y3aB (h/t Longform.org)
--“Inside Trump’s secretive immigration court: far from scrutiny and legal aid,” by The Guardian’s Oliver Laughland in Jena, Louisiana: “[T]he remote LaSalle detention facility is part of Trump’s attempt to fast-track deportations. A visit reveals a hastily arranged setup beset by flaws.” http://bit.ly/2scNvHQ
--“Rolling Stone at 50: How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend,” by Patrick Doyle in Rolling Stone – per The Browser’s description: “Sports Illustrated asked Hunter S. Thompson for 250 words about a Las Vegas motorbike race. He gave them 2,500 words — and when they spiked the piece he took it to Rolling Stone, which wanted more. The result was Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, published in 1971. Thompson’s coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign ‘reshaped what it meant to write about politics’. But ‘getting work out of him was becoming difficult”. Editing him ‘was a bit like being a cornerman for Ali.’” http://rol.st/2smiHEk
--“Weddings of the 0.01 Percent,” by Julia Rubin in Racked: “Cristal! Caviar! Chris Martin! How the rich (and sometimes famous) get married.” http://bit.ly/2smtvCz
--“The truth about tarot,” by James McConnachie in Aeon Magazine: “Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis.” http://bit.ly/2sL1XDY (h/t ALDaily.com)
--“The Worst Ever First Day on the Job -- Punching In: My Life as a Long Haul Trucker,” by Finn Murphy in Literary Hub: “Moving companies perform four categories of moving work: local, commercial, long-distance, and international. Callahan’s work was mostly local moving, loading up someone’s house in the morning and then unloading in the afternoon at the new house. It takes the greatest toll on the body because you are handling stuff every working day. It’s the local stuff that eventually kills you or drives you to drink; more commonly, both.” http://bit.ly/2s4Nuoy
--“There Were Once Jews Here,” by Lucette Lagnado, author of “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World,” in Tablet Magazine: “During the Six-Day War, some of the Arab countries at war with Israel -- Egypt, Tunisia, Libya -- treated their Jewish populations terribly, causing them to leave en masse.” http://bit.ly/2t92OOk ... $10.01 on Amazonhttp://amzn.to/2sbmAeT
--“Dear Brazilian Government, Thanks for the Contracts,” by Michael Smith, Sabrina Valle, and Blake Schmidt on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek: “There’s graft, and then there’s the graft machine perfected by Odebrecht, one of the world's biggest construction companies.” https://bloom.bg/2rOEHqr … The coverhttp://bit.ly/2rjKL6H
--“‘Kill them, kill them, kill them’: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britain’s grey squirrels,” by Patrick Barkham in The Guardian: “The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species?” http://bit.ly/2re8OE6
--“This County Switched From Backing Obama to Trump. Here’s What Happened,” by Josh Siegel in The Daily Signal: “In 1980, manufacturing jobs comprised 38 percent of all jobs in Coos [New Hampshire]. In 2014, only 7 percent of jobs in the county were in manufacturing. Payroll wages from manufacturing have dropped from 49 percent to 9 percent since the mid-1980s.” http://bit.ly/2sL2A0v
SPOTTED: Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly enjoying “DHS Night” Friday night at the Nats game along with members of DHS’ workforce – pic http://bit.ly/2rjyfUM... Anson Kaye, partner at GMMB, in New Orleans last night, accepting a Gold ADDY award (and also a Mosaic Award) for the ad “Mirrors” (http://bit.ly/2sbAIEM) he created for Hillary for America
SPOTTED at State Department senior White House adviser Matt Mowers’ birthday party at Wet Dog Tavern last night (which coincidentally also hosted RNC alum Anna Epstein’s birthday party at the same time): Cassie Spodak, Ryan Williams, Zeke Miller, Ben Sparks, Jill Barclay, Phil Elliott, Ethan Zorfas, Ben DeMarzo, Maren Kasper, Michael Kratsios, Kailani Koenig, Tom Dickens, Elise Dietsch Dickens, Eric Jones, Alan He, Andy Polesovsky, Corey Ershow, Kelly Klass, Britt Carter.
SHIELDS/WALSH ENGAGEMENT PARTY -- THE BRITISH EMBASSY hosted an engagement party last night for Mike Shields, former RNC chief of staff and founder and partner at Convergence Media and Katie Walsh, former WH deputy chief of staff and former RNC chief of staff who is now senior advisor at America First Policies. Amb. Kim Darroch toasted the pair and called them the “ultimate political couple” and told the crowd how the couple got engaged in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street, where the prime minister has met with his or her cabinet every week for 250 years. He also needled Mike, who has a British mother and is a big soccer fan, for supporting Ipswich, who he cast as much inferior to Chelsea in the Premier League. The food at the party included: herb-crusted fillet of lamb, goat’s cheese and beetroot, terrine of pork, and chili shrimp while desserts included mini Bakewell tart, strawberry tartlet and passion fruit mousse. Pics of the couplehttp://bit.ly/2sbk3Bphttp://bit.ly/2saWbhk … Reince Priebus taking a pic of the couple as they thanked friends for coming http://bit.ly/2rOGmfz … The crowdhttp://bit.ly/2rOzjDs
SPOTTED: Reince and Sally Priebus, Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Steven Mnuchin and his chief of staff Eli Miller chatting on a walk around the gardens of the embassy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rob and Cindy Simms, Cara Mason, Jessica Ditto, Sarah and Dave Armstrong, Tim Pataki, Richard Walters, Rob Jesmer chatting with Sean Cairncross (Sean and Rob have been friends since they were 5 years old growing up in Minnesota), Brian O. Walsh, Josh Pitcock, Mike’s 15-year-old son Aidan Shields-Eads, Molly Donlin, Steven Law, Sam Feist, Mike Allen, Andrew Bremberg, Lew Eisenberg, Madeleine Westerhout, Johnny DeStefano, Renee Hudson, Michael Hoare, Lindsay Walters, Vanessa Morrone and Mike Ambrosini, Zach and Mallory Hunter.
ENGAGED --Andrew Feldman, principal of the progressive communications firm Feldman Strategies, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Megan Salzman Saturday night during Country Music Fest in Nashville. Megan is a communications manager at the early education advocacy group The First Five Years Fund. “Andrew and Megan met on OKCupid nearly four and a half years ago. Andrew points out that the ring has extra significant because the center stone was Megan’s mother’s engagement stone and she is no longer with us.” Pics http://bit.ly/2r7KrIZ ... http://bit.ly/2rOFJTb … The ringhttp://bit.ly/2rjzLGh
-- Jessica Huff, social media director for McClatchy in Dallas and a Politico alum, and Spenser Walters, an area sales rep for Duvel USA, got engaged on Friday night in Austin, Texas. She emails us: “We met in college at UT-Austin after he came back from Afghanistan. He was serving in the Marines. We had the same group of friends but I hadn’t met him yet since he was overseas. Once he was back, one of our first dates was at a restaurant in the hill country in Texas overlooking the lake, and so while visiting Austin he took me back there and proposed during sunset. It’s a very special place to us so it was perfect!” Picshttp://bit.ly/2shqCmX … The ringhttp://bit.ly/2t9rnKO
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Travis Considine, communications manager at Uber Texas and a John McCain and Rick Perry alum, married Morgan Smith, a reporter with The Texas Tribune, on Saturday evening at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Guests enjoyed a bluegrass band and flawless weather at the outdoor ceremony and reception. Pichttp://bit.ly/2t9jc1c … Travis’ speechhttp://bit.ly/2sQLqi2
SPOTTED: Tucker and Alexia Bounds, Brittany Bramell, Trevor Theunissen, Chris Miller, Allie Brandenburger and Ryan Mahoney, Kevin Benacci, Emily Ramshaw, Matt and Jen Hirsch, Evan Smith, Perrylanders Rob Johnson, Mark Miner, and Andy Hemming.
OBAMA ALUMNI – Meredith Carden, head of partnerships at Sidewire, got married this weekend to Micah Fergenson, law clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a small ceremony at Four Follies Farm in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The couple first met in 2009 when they were working for President Obama. Micah worked in the WH Counsel’s Office, and Meredith worked for FLOTUS in the East Wing. They lost touch, but were reintroduced by a mutual friend in 2015. Pichttp://bit.ly/2sb3PIq
--“Lily Rothman, Elihu Dietz” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Rothman, 31, is the history and archives editor at Time magazine, overseeing its history coverage, Life.com and the magazine’s digital archive. She also wrote ‘Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook.’ She graduated magna cum laude from Yale and received a master’s degree in journalism from the City University of New York. ... Mr. Dietz, 32, is a candidate for a master’s degree in environmental management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke, where he studies the integration of renewable energy into the grid. He graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M. ... The groom is a great-great-grandson and a namesake of Elihu Root, who was President Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of state and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. He is also a direct descendant of President Ulysses S. Grant. The couple met on a blind date arranged by friends in Brooklyn in 2011.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2rZpO2N
--“Alison Kenworthy, Michael Koenigs”: “The bride and groom work at ABC News in New York, where they met. She is a news producer for ‘Good Morning America.’ He is a senior coordinating producer, creating content that is used on-air and on the website. He was also the host of ‘Election Cycle,’ a series in 2016 that featured him bicycling through swing states and interviewing voters along the way. The bride, 33, graduated from Rutgers. ... Mr. Koenigs, 30, graduated cum laude from Harvard.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2t8GB2L
--“Julia Pudlin, David Wishnick”: “Ms. Pudlin, 32, worked until earlier this year at the United States Treasury Department as a deputy executive secretary in the chief of staff’s office and a senior adviser to the general counsel. On July 10 she is to begin working as the assistant deputy general counsel for government investigations at Comcast in Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale, and received a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. ... Mr. Wishnick, also 32, was until recently an associate in the Washington office of Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm. On July 12 he is to begin a fellowship, conducting research in contract law, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown, and received a law degree from Yale. ... The couple met in April 2013 through the dating app Hinge.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2rOZSIV
--“Victoria St. Martin, Richard G. Jones”: “The bride, 36, is a general assignment reporter on the local desk of The Washington Post. She graduated from Rutgers and received a master’s degree in journalism from American University. ... The groom, 46, is to become the director of the journalism program at Notre Dame. Until recently, he was an associate editor in news administration for The New York Times, as well as the director of the newspaper’s Student Journalism Institute. He graduated from the University of Delaware and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia. ... The couple were introduced in 2006 by a mutual friend in Yardley, Pa.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2rOtYMA
BIRTHDAYS: Greta Van Susteren, the pride of Appleton, Wisconsin (hat tip: Tammy Haddad) ... Tad Devine, the pride of Providence who lives on Block Island, is 62 ... Kim Oates of the House Radio/TV gallery … Carrie Budoff Brown’s older sister, Jennifer Budoff, budget director for the D.C. City Council ... former Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is 87 … Lindsey Williams Drath ... Jennifer Rubin ... Michael Timmeny, SVP for government and community relations at Cisco ... Jeremy Ben-Ami, president at J Street (h/ts Jon Haber) ... POLITICO’s Reid Pillifant, Emily Dobler and Juliette Medina ... South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is 64 ... Treasury alum David Cohen ... TJ Adams-Falconer, associate director of external affairs at Axios ... Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) is 69 ... Cesar Gonzalez, COS for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart ... former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) is 59 ... DNC comms staffer and former HRC campaign media booker Lucas Acosta (h/t Crystal Carson) ...
... Will Rahn, managing editor for politics at CBS News digital, is 3-0 ... Jessica Franks, gov’t affairs representative for Halliburton ... Politico Europe’s Tanit Parada Tur ... Chris Campbell, Republican staff director at Senate Finance ... Kristina Edmunson ... Rachel Ruskin ... Obama alum Jonathan McBride, now a managing director at BlackRock … Mike Schoenfeld, the Blue Devils’ master of public affairs/Duke’s other Mike … Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC public advocate, is 79 ... Matt Chaban, policy director at Center for an Urban Future ... Mary Kate Cunningham ... Salesforce’s Tom Gavin, an Obama WH OMB alum … Michael Froehlich ... Caroline Barker ... Matthew Campbell ... Vanessa Chan, corporate comms. at Facebook ... Kelly Danielka Peirson ... Google’s Ramya Raghavan ... Tom Alexander, COO at 1871 Chicago and a Rahm alum ... Jacque Vilmain, the pride of Eagle Grove, Iowa(h/t Teresa) ... animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk is 68 ... Power Playbooker Dr. Oz is 57 ... actor Hugh Laurie is 58 ... Shia LaBeouf is 31 (h/ts AP)
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2013.06.04 00:38 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: We are the band, Barenaked Ladies, and we’re excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary tomorrow with our new album Grinning Streak -- AMA

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Have you Seen this? I'd love to hear what you think of it! ER: That clip is SO Great. IS it a veiled shot at The Big Bang Theory?? Perhaps. It's a really funny clip. I was astounded by how many times they mentioned us. They went all they way with the joke.
off, thanks so much for your music. You manage to go from silly/lighthearted to deep/meaningful and back again without skipping a beat, and it's a damn good representation of how life actually works. 1) You're most known for a handful of songs (If I Had A Million Dollars, Pinch Me, One Week, etc). In your opinion, what song(s) actually best represent the band? Which songs do you wish had gotten more attention? ER and KH: Question One... I think One Week, and Pinch me are very good representations of what we do, as for some band favourites... For You, Ordinary, Some Fantastic, Sell Sell Sell, Celebrity, I Know. Question Two... That is the correct interpretation. It's a song about places. How going back to your childhood home is strange when the new owners have changed things. The couple is still together.
"I Know"!!! One of my all time favorites...start playing it again! ER: One of my favourite bridges of all time!
Any chance of a reunion with Steven Page? ER: OK OK... I KNOW THIS QUESTION (oops caps lock) is on a lot of peoples minds. I can't imagine that happening anytime in the near future. We worked together for 20 years, and did a lot of great things. I'm really proud of that work. That said, we're moving forward as a 4 piece. We're happy about that. VERY Happy. Caps on purpose.
"Fuck no." ER: Haha. It's not a "Fuck no"... it's a "Probably Not". Probably never. Highly Illogical.
As a high school teacher (who actually teaches Grade 9) I often quote your lyrics to my struggling freshmen to make them feel better or just laugh ("If you think growing up is tough, then you're just not grown up enough" is proudly displayed on my bulletin board year-round). What lyrics (yours or others) inspire you the most? Which ones make you laugh the most? Despite the pretty dress and curls, you don't throw like other girls You follow through.
Saw you guys in Tampa at Busch Gardens and you may have made that one of my favorite BNL shows to date (that may have been from being front row and actually getting to interact with you guys!). Hoping the one in Nashville this summer is just as fabulous! :) Lyle Lovett has written about 483 amazing songs. Lots of lines that I admire. "And this old porch is like a steaming, greasy plate of enchiladas With lots of cheese and onions And a guacamole salad And you can get'em down at the lasalle hotel In old downtown"
Why is a real green dress cruel? ER: That song was done as a live take in the studio. Each day of the recording session we'd tackle a new song, and then do a new version of If I Had $1,000,000. We wanted the spontaneity of a live version combined with the sonics of a good studio. So there were actually about 15 complete takes of the song. The original line was "With a tastefully rounded neck", but Steve changed it once to make me laugh. It stuck. It making no sense, made us laugh more.
What's the state of your relationship with Steven Page these days? Do you miss that voice? Do you foresee him ever coming back? What was it like behind the scenes back in the dark days of the cocaine scandal, the children's album and Steven leaving the band? JC-I haven't had any correspondence with Steve since I saw him leave the studio the day he left the band. I have sent some emails about solar panels etc (anything that wasn't band related). He hasn't replied. I am not against him coming back, but I am enjoying the vibe the band has right now. Music always seems to reflect the nature of our group, so in the days when the band was fraying, the music was becoming very compartmentalized. Everyone was holding their cards close to the vest and reluctant to take a chance at something. I don't miss that time. There's a greater level of trust these days. When Steve was exposed as having struggles in the last days of being in the band, he actually started soul searching more and sharing more thoughts with me. I am sad that I didn't get to hear more. The 2 decades working with Steve were very trying at times. I would like to know for my own development how I contributed to crumbling of a group.
I know that many bands learn to hate the song which gave them success, so what are your opinions on your songs like One Week? ER: If we get tired of something, we change it, or take it out of the set. $1,000,000 is the only song we ALWAYS play. I actually don't get tired of it. It produces such a feeling of joy in the crowd. It's palpable. I think it's important to balance the band's creative needs with the audiences desire hear their favourites. You can't play everything that everybody wants to hear. I'd be disappointed if I went to see The Proclaimers, and they didn't play 500 Miles. One Week became a bluegrass song for a while. It's a balancing act. We're there to entertain you, but it has to be fun for us too.
In coming up with the Big Bang Theory theme song, how much direction were you given by the producers, and how much was completely your own? ER: Chuck and Bill were fans of the band. We had a convo about what they wanted (The history of everything in about 30 seconds!), and I told them that I wasn't at all precious about making changes. I sent them a first stab, and it ended up being REALLY close to the final version. They asked if it could start kind of dreamy, and get really fast. They already had a mock up of the opening. Chuck is a songwriter too, so he knew what he was asking for. It was a really great experience. I love those guys.
Any crazy fan stories? The audience usually seemed pretty low-key to me, but I'm sure there are some. Are there any subjects you won't sing about? Do you regret your decision to express your political opinions ("Maybe You're Right," "Rule the World with Love," and "Take It Back" stand out)? I loved these songs, but I remember someone complaining to you at a Q&A session at a concert in Chicago. How did you decide which "Steve" songs to keep playing live after he left, and who would sing his part? I know many of them are classics that fans love, so are you embracing the shift, or are you trying to skew toward "Ed" songs and new stuff? ER: Wow, thanks for the very thoughtful questions. I'll try to touch on a couple. I don't think there are any subjects we wouldn't sing about. There is nothing we'd avoid for political reasons, or being worried about controversy. I love "Take it Back". It's an emotional response to a very complicated problem. I think it's strange that people seem to care what celebs use in their hair, and carry their stuff in, etc etc... but don't want to hear their politics. If I like somebody (actor, musician, politician etc), I'm curious about what they're in to. I hate the "Shut up and sing" mentality.
Hi from Ottawa! Ed, can you talk about your experience working with Chris Hadfield on I.S.S? Were there unexpected technical challenges? any surprises working with CSA/NASA? My daughter sang it at music monday here at city hall, she was so thrilled! That was a great experience. Chris is an incredible guy. I thought I was doing him a HUGE favour when I agreed to co-write the song with him. It's been a pleasure riding his extra-orbital coattails for this whole ride! The only technical challenge we faced was the (up to) 6 second delay for video transmissions. To deal with this, Chris played his part LIVE on the I.S.S., and sent us the entire take. Then, we played along LIVE to his take... On Earth.
Have been a fan since I first got a copy of Gordon from Columbia House Music Club in 1993 and first saw you play live on the Pirate Ship tour in '96. My question, which I've been sitting on for 20 years now, is if the King of Bedside Manor is supposed to be about a real-life celebrity, and if so who? ER: Not anybody in particular no. We were thinking about those leather-faced '70s TV stars like George Hamilton, or Mike Douglas. A guy struggling to hold on to something sexy that is slipping through his fingers. About himself, and everything.
Oh so they're BNL now? we need a shorthand for the Barenaked ladies, that's how fundamental they are. EDIT: I'm sorry, its a joke from community, I love BNL! JC-Thanks. We were once on the Weird Al show and the netwerk wouldn't let him say Barenaked Ladies. He tried his best to make BNL sound exciting in his introduction. It didn't have the same zing.
Ed will you ever try to reprise your role as Captain Dynamic? That series was easily one of my favourite things Rooster Teeth ever did. ER: That was SO MUCH FUN to do. I love the Rooster Teeth folks. I would jump at any chance to collaborate with them again. That whole shoot was a blast.
Hey guys. I credit 'One Week' with being one of the first songs to get me into 'bands', if that makes sense? Anyway, just wondering, why no UK tour? Cool, Closer to The Heart by Rush was what got me into bands. we're going to the UK in November.
Did you ever think of a good R word for your crazy ABC'S? ER: I've had a bunch of people request that song recently. We only ever did it one time! The time it was recorded on the record. I would need a lyric sheet to do that one again! I got the idea from a friend of mine named John who used to spell his full name that way (using misleading phonetics).
Kevin, who was your piano teacher at St. Michael's Choir School? Do you remember Jerzy Chichocki (Doc) at a younger age? Was he hotheaded? Was Bob Berringer called CNB? What was the best tour you went on? What was your best memory or your time there? Hi there :) my piano teacher was Mr Pengelly. i remember he often had a bag of sunflower seeds and would eat them while i was trying to concentrate. ha ha . He was the first teacher to encourage me to improvise and write original songs.. which was probably a big deal in hindsight. I do vaguely remember jerzy.he was never my teacher though. i remember a few teachers who had , shall we say .. tantrums. a mischievous choirboy could drive anyone to madness. There were some really great teachers at that school, and Bob B was one of them.
In The Car is one of the most vivid snapshots of life I've ever heard in a song. I'm still surprised every time I listen to it at how true it is to early attempts at intimacy. Every part of that song works together really well in setting up that scene for me. Is this based on one specific broad or a just the broad spectrum? And if it is one specific girl, do you know if she ever heard this on a tape inside her car with her new husband and she turned to him and said "I think that's me?" TS I'll answer this on behalf of the guy who wrote it if y'all don't mind. Steve wrote this with someone really specific in mind. I won't name her, but she was an ex of his. I'm willing to bet the girl in question knows it's exactly about her. I always loved this song too. A love song filled with lust and longing, satisfaction and regret. Also Kev's guitar solo is awesome, and confirmed his place as the soloist in the band.
What's the most embarrassing thing you can tell us about your band-mates? Video response to this coming soon! EDIT: Here's our response!
What are each of your favorite songs to perform live? JC-When I Fall is a fav of mine.
Have you ever gotten in touch with Paul McCartney's people about putting a session together? ER: That's a story that we've never actually verified. I'd be really excited to find out if PM ever actually said such a thing. Once, I got super excited about hearing that Prince had listed Stunt as one of the top records of the year. When I tracked down the source of the original quote... It was ME talking shit on some radio show. When you make up everything you say simply to make your bandmates laugh, it's hard to remember all the smack you've talked!!! I don't think this PM quote came from us though!!
This is a question about how clearly you remember certain shows. My first BNL show was in '92 when you opened for Stephen Stills at a salmon enhancement benefit overlooking Avila Beach, California. Bob Marley's "Jammin'" became "Salmon", etc. I've never seen a band win over a crowd like you guys did that day. It was a beautiful day. I also remember that Stephen (Stills) seemed a bit, uh, preoccupied...Anyone? TS I totally remember this gig. It was for a great little station called K-Otter from San Luis Obispo CA. The station was staffed by these enthusiastic hippy/stoner types and they all loved BNL early on. I think we made them, and the crowd at The Salmon Gig, laugh their high-heads off with "We're Salmon, We wanna Salmon with You". It was all part of those seemingly endless gigs between 1990 and 1995 when we were virtually unknown in the U.S. but huge in Canada. We literally went house to house, station to station and gig to gig winning Americans over with crazy energy, tight rhythms, courtesy of Andy and Jimmy C, and ridiculous improv's like We Wanna Salmon with You. It's a bit of a blur now, but I feel like the ethic of the band was forged at gigs like that -Keep everyone laughing and singing and dancing - the band included, at all times. You could probably argue that most BNL improv's centre around food, or at least the food supply chain.
Are you guys fans of the Big Bang Theory? Have any other shows asked you to write their theme song? Are you still friends with Jason Priestley ? TS Big Bang is a great show, and the Cast and crew and Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady have been so great to the band, We've played their Hundreth Episode party, and we've hung out with the cast and shot a video on the set with them. The Big Bang set is so fun to be at. Everybody is having an amazing time (working on a huge hit show's gotta help that!) and they have things like Ping Pong Tournaments and scotch tastings and generally, everybody seems to love working on the show. It's great to be around that kind of energy, and we feel very lucky to be associated with the show and all of it's success. Priestly is still a pal. We hung out with him when he was in T.O. doing the Mamet play RACE, in which he killed it in the lead and was on stage for the whole show. Jason gave us one of our first really big breaks when he got us on 90210 and we rocked Brian Wilson at "The Peach Pit After Dark". We love JP, and are really glad he's still out there acting, directing and being a husband and Dad. We're also really happy he doesn't race cars anymore!
What are your favorite lesser-known songs you guys have done? Also, what album was the most fun for you to make and why? JC-The BLAM albums were the most fun to make for me. We worked with Susan Rogers for the Bed Tracks. Her experience working with Prince shone through. She is a genius. For the overdubs I had the fortune of producing and editing a lot of the overdubs. I edited the lead vocals and worked closely with Kev with his keyboard takes. I had the chance to score the horns and chart the 3 part harmonies. I layered the strings in my kitchen. It's the closest I've ever come to being intricately involved in every step of a BnL record. It was an amazing experience to hear how Bob Clearmountain mixed the songs. He took it up several notches. Nice guy as well.
I am legitimately excite to have kids just so I can play Snacktime! for them. Thank you for that. Which brings me to my question, how hard was it writing children's songs as a full time legitimate band? Was it harder than you thought it would be, or twice as easy? KH: speaking for myself, I found it came very naturally to me to write songs for children . I had an amazing amount of fun making that record, and doing the drawings for it. it is one of my favorites.
So you mentioned in a video of your on youtube how Grinning Streak is different lyrically and thematically from All in Good Time, how would you say musically it's different? TS&KH Musically - Grinning Streak is more electronics driven, more 'contemporary' sounding? We've flirted with this in the past with songs like OFF THE HOOK from Maroon, or WHEN YOU DREAM from Stunt, but this time we really went for it on some songs. Also, the process was different as Gavin Brown was really into creating sonic environments and just letting us Jam the song out, even if we hadn't come up with a final arrangement yet. He'd literally walk in to the control room and start shouting "YEAH!! ROLL IT, ROLL IT! THIS IS GREAT!!" and we'd just play the song a bunch of times, or once even. Later Kev and Ed would add extra keys or guitar with Gavin twiddling knobs on effects or standing and giving feedback, both verbal and electronic...
I'm hearing a Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips influence on some of the songs, such as Limits. Just curious, are the Flaming Lips an influence? TS How can they NOT be??? Love Those two late 90's early 00's Albums by The Lips. Steven Drodz is a big influence on me and he's an amazing drummer and the musical visionary of the group for sure.
Any chance of bringing back the style you use in One Week, Pinch Me and Another Postcard? KH; I think if you like those songs, there will be a few you will enjoy on this new record. Try " Odds Are " .
I LOVE the new album, boys! What songs from the album do you plan to play live this tour? Obviously Boomerang and Odds Are are musts, but for the others, are you planning to rotate them out? Thanks! KH Which songs do you guys want to hear?
Here's our video response to your question -- thanks!
What advice do you have to an aspiring bassist/guitarist? Also, how do you write songs, what's your process? JC-Bass wise, I would recommend playing as many Aston "Family Man" Barrett bass lines. He had the most feel, the most melodic lines, the biggest hooks. Songs, It happens differently every time, but I usually start with a chord progression and then find a melody that sits on it easily, then I would try to find something lyrically from my own experience that comes from a similar emotional place.
I have a question for Kevin. :-D I absolutely adore the song "Vanishing". Any back story about its creation? KH: Hi , I am glad you enjoy it. It is one of my favorite's as well.
I wrote the guitar part first , then the chorus . i think it started as a song about animals going extinct. I decided to cheer it up a little and make it about a lady who has a rendezvous with a magician in Las Vegas.I think I wrote the verses while we were in Vegas. I still think you could use that chorus efffectively in an add for world wildlife fund or something like that. I originally recorded that song with Thinbuckle , but it wasn't quite ready yet. i am happy that it ended up with BNL though as I love the harmonies. I really like the version from " live from the Glenn Gould theatre " . thanks for the question .
Kevin, approximately how many different instruments do you play on the new album? Does one stand out as the most fun or interesting to play? KH approximately six hundred and seventy five thousand different instruments. My favorite was the swizzle stick harp.
As somebody living in 'Peterborough and the Kawarthas', why would you choose this sleepy little section of middle Ontario to sing a song about? JC-Peterborough and the Kawarthas Rocks! But that's not why I chose to write about it. It came from hearing it on the weather report on CBC regional radio. The announcer said Peterborough and the Kawarthas in such a casual way, yet it's such a romantic sounding place. I couldn't resist.
I was at the show you played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra recently. It was amazing to see you playing with accompaniment like that. And then the I.S.S. video with Chris Hadfield and the choir in the background... I'm starting to sense a theme. Will you be doing another tour with a "supporting cast" again? JC-We are cooking something up. The Symphony shows were a blast. It was a chance to work closely with my brother Andy. He orchestrated all the parts.
Does Barbara Hall get a percentage for putting you in the news way back then? TS It was actually Toronto Mayor June Rowlands in 1991. Mayor Barbara Hall gave us the keys to the City in 1994. We loved Barb for her progressive politics. We loved June for making us a household name in Canada back in 1991!
I love the new Kevin-lead song Day Dreamin, and I'm eagerly awaiting Jim's Who Knew. Ed's songwriting was in fine form for this album. I'm just wondering, on this album, why were there so few Kevin and Jim songs? KH ha I'm wondering the same thing.
Any chance you will be adding more Canadian shows to your current tour? We miss you guys here in Edmonton! KH Hi . we are currently planning a Canadian tour in January / February.
Hope to see you there.
Gordon is still one of my top 5 favorite CDs of all-time! Just yesterday I found myself singing "What a Good Boy" to my 7-month old daughter as a lullaby... which was a little weird cause some of the lyrics aren't really father-daughter appropriate. Also, I still consider you one of the top live bands I've ever seen. The first time I saw you, you came on right after Wang Chung at Uncle Sam Jam in Indianapolis, for free, and sang a song about fat-free Pringles and giving the clouds the finger. So I guess the obvious question out of that is: just how much of an influence would you say Wang Chung was on your musical style? TS They were huge for us, obviously. Especially in our Dancehall Days. SNAP!
Kevin played a song, which I'm assuming is called "Melody in my Head" earlier this year with Thinbuckle. Since it's not on Grinning Streak, will it be on the next Thinbuckle album? Kh Yes indeed it will.. did you like it?
You guys Jonathan Richman fans? Favourite songs of his? Kh let her go into the darkness, you can't talk to the dude.
Tell us the story of the craziest fan you've ever met. Got a good one. We'll tell a story in video and post it shortly.
Here's the story. Enjoy!
ER: I have the video. I watch it daily. For your own protection, you should never see it. The moment is much more special in your mind. ER: Kidding. Thanks for this. It's pretty cool to be able to do this sort of thing for people. If memory serves, you were quite awesome!
Chickity china the Chinese chicken. That is all. Kh I agree completely.
How many of you guys are from Kingston. TS Doug Gilmour? Don Cherry? The members of The Tracically Hip?
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