REP. LOUISE SLAUGHTER DEAD AT 88 … HEATHER CAYGLE: “Rep. Louise Slaughter died early Friday morning, leaving behind a legacy as a liberal stalwart who broke down barriers for female lawmakers during her more than 30 years in Congress. The 88-year old New York Democrat, who was the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee, had been hospitalized for a fall last week. She passed away surrounded by her family at George Washington University Hospital, according to her chief of staff Liam Fitzsimmons. …
“First elected in 1986, Slaughter was popular with lawmakers, aides and reporters alike. A close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Slaughter had a reputation as a shrewd negotiator who wasn’t afraid to spar with Republicans over policy. But Slaughter was also known for her kindness, humor and readiness with a pithy quote. …
“Slaughter played a prominent role in shaping several Continue reading “Power Briefing: Rep. Louise Slaughter, first woman to chair House Rules, dies at 88”
Good Thursday afternoon. A RECAP OF OUR CONVERSATION WITH BILL GATES … What he’ll talk about in his meeting with President Trump: “I have two clear messages. One is about foreign aid, where we’re partnered with the government, to help articulate why — even if you just look at the benefit to America of stability, disease being less likely to come here — that this is very beneficial; that having those strong relationships, maintaining that commitment, continuing to tune it; that there’s great things that are coming out of that.
“And that’s been my primary message. Because of this budget increase, a second message for me will be that there’s an opportunity to take on some tough unsolved problems. One that I would highlight is that the preparedness we have for a pandemic, either a naturally caused pandemic or a bioterrorism intention caused pandemic, we don’t have the tools, the Continue reading “Power Briefing: What Bill Gates will talk about with Trump at their afternoon meeting”
BREAKING — @morningmoneyben: "Trump offered NEC chair to @larry_kudlow last night and Kudlow accepted. Will start soon." The developing story http://politi.co/2HzgnO6
ONE SMART REPUBLICAN told us earlier this week to watch closely how the GOP reacts to a Rick Saccone loss in Pennsylvania’s 18th district, a deep red slice of Pennsylvania, where the party spent nearly $10 million on what should’ve been a layup special election. If Republicans brush it off as a fluke, they’re in trouble, he said.
Well … HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIR CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS (R-WASH.): “We aren’t even in full momentum on tax reform.” SPEAKER PAUL RYAN said Conor Lamb ran as a “pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Nancy Pelosi conservative.”
— JONATHAN MARTIN (@jmartNYT): “Standing outside the House R caucus, very few of them want to come to terms with the reality of cycle. Still fixated on Saccone weakness.” … SEUNG MIN Continue reading “Power Briefing: Republicans say candidate, not national atmosphere, doomed them in PA-18”
ALERT — SEVERAL REPUBLICANS reached out to us this morning and said they expect it could be an early night in Pennsylvania. At this point, GOP insiders involved in the race expect Democrat CONOR LAMB to win Pennsylvania’s 18th district. Some RNC overnight data came back, and Republican Rick Saccone is in a tough spot, according to these sources. Polls close at 8 p.m., follow live results here http://politi.co/2Ijocst
— SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: House Republicans have a political meeting tomorrow morning at the Capitol Hill Club. That should be an interesting event.
ANOTHER W.H. EXIT — “Trump’s Personal Assistant Is Fired: John McEntee was escorted out of White House on Monday for unspecified security issue,” by WSJ’s Mike Bender: “White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment saying, ‘We don’t comment on personnel issues.’ Mr. McEntee didn’t return a call seeking comment.
“Mr. McEntee was Continue reading “Power Briefing: Tillerson axed and undersecretary who released department response also reportedly fired”
NEW POLL — DEMOCRAT CONOR LAMB UP IN PA … ELENA SCHNEIDER in PITTSBURGH and STEVE SHEPARD at POLITICO world HQ: “Monmouth University used three different turnout models ahead of Tuesday’s special election — and Lamb has the advantage in all three of them. … Lamb leads [Republican Rick] Saccone, 51 percent to 45 percent, the poll shows — using a turnout model that mirrors a Democratic surge that’s appeared in other special elections throughout the last year. Three percent of likely voters are undecided, and 1 percent would support another candidate.” http://politi.co/2Fx0sDK
WAPO’S ANNIE GOWEN in NEW DELHI: “Hillary Clinton says ‘follow the money’ in the Trump-Putin relationship”: “Hillary Clinton said over the weekend during a trip to India that the United States did not ‘deserve’ the presidency of Donald Trump.
“The former presidential candidate spoke at an event in Mumbai, where she schmoozed with Bollywood stars Continue reading “Power Briefing: A busy day in Trump Inc. world”
BULLETIN — WSJ: “Lloyd Blankfein Prepares to Exit Goldman Sachs as Soon as Year’s End,” by Liz Hoffman and Joann Lublin. http://on.wsj.com/2DelbWG
THE SECOND-ANNUAL PLAYBOOK POOL … Try to beat Jake, who thinks he knows everything about college basketball. Playbookers from around the country are already in — including lots of elected officials and other VIPs. So far two governors have signed up, as has a certain high-profile press secretary.
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INTERESTING JOE BIDEN CANDID SHOT — HERE IS BIDEN speaking with what our tipster said was a homeless man outside the Georgetown movie theater last night on K Street. Biden went to a movie at Continue reading “Trump caps off wild week with huge jobs report, announcement that he’ll sit down with North Korean leader”
TODAY, AT THE WHITE HOUSE …
— TRUMP ON TARIFFS, via WaPo’s Phil Rucker: “I’m sticking with 10 and 25 initially. I’ll have a right to go up or down depending on the country and I’ll have a right to drop out countries or add countries. I just want fairness, because we have not been treated fairly by other countries.”
REPUBLICANS have said for years that they wanted to instill certainty in the economy. Trump is basically saying he’ll do what he wants when he wants to do it.
— TRUMP ON GARY COHN: “He may be a globalist, but I still like him. … He’s going to go out, make another couple hundred million, and then he’s going to maybe come back. He might come back, right? We’ll be here–” A voice, off camera: “Absolutely.” Trump: “–another seven years, hopefully — that’s a long time. But I Continue reading “Power Briefing: Trump says he’s sticking with tariffs … Stay tuned”