Happy Friday morning. QUOTE OF THE DAY — PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP to NBC’s LESTER HOLT on firing FBI Director James Comey — “[I]n fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.” The interview http://nbcnews.to/2q9AZXi
— THIS IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES juxtaposing his firing Comey with his belief that Russian interference in the U.S. election is a “made up story.”
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TO REVIEW — QUITE THE SCENE… The White House first said Donald Trump fired James Comey after the Justice Department suggested to. Then Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt he would’ve fired him either way, calling Comey a showboat. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said this of firing Comey and the Russia investigation: “Look, again, the point is, we want this to come to its conclusion. We want it to come to its conclusion with integrity. And we think that we’ve actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen.” Trump seemed to contradict Sanders by telling Holt that firing Comey “might even lengthen out the investigation.” Sanders — a press aide — also said she has spoken to “countless” FBI agents who were happy with Trump’s decision to dismiss Comey. Other officials outside the White House said Comey was well respected in the bureau.
— MATT APUZZO, NYT national security reporter, posts on Facebook: “I have covered the FBI for more than a decade. The chance of ‘countless’ agents calling the White House to complain about their director — and being routed to the deputy White House press secretary — is precisely 0 percent.” http://bit.ly/2r8QKwi
COMEY’S REBUTTAL — MUST-READ – NYT A1, “In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred,” by Michael S. Schmidt: “Only seven days after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, James B. Comey has told associates, the F.B.I. director was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with the new commander in chief. … As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him. Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not ‘reliable’ in the conventional political sense.
“The White House says this account is not correct. And Mr. Trump, in an interview on Thursday with NBC, described a far different dinner conversation with Mr. Comey in which the director asked to have the meeting and the question of loyalty never came up. … By Mr. Comey’s account, his answer to Mr. Trump’s initial question apparently did not satisfy the president, the associates said. Later in the dinner, Mr. Trump again said to Mr. Comey that he needed his loyalty. Mr. Comey again replied that he would give him ‘honesty’ and did not pledge his loyalty, according to the account of the conversation. But Mr. Trump pressed him on whether it would be ‘honest loyalty.’ ‘You will have that,’ Mr. Comey told his associates he responded.” http://nyti.ms/2r6Jmk6
— IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE: As much as the Trump team wants the Comey flap to go away, it appears this controversy is going to be here to stay for some time. And doing press interviews that contradict his own White House staff just gives the story more legs. While the media and lawmakers are often onto the next drama and scandal or news of the day, we bet Comey’s firing and the impact it has on the Russia investigations is one we are talking about for at least the next several weeks.
ONE GOOD SIGN FOR TRUMP: Republicans aren’t biting on Democrats’ calls for a special prosecutor, yet. Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett have the goods http://politi.co/2r0AXTb
PALACE INTRIGUE — “Trump’s attempt to fix the Comey crisis made it worse,” by Josh Dawsey, Annie Karni, Eliana Johnson and Tara Palmeri: “Inside the White House, the mood was dour. Several White House officials said aides who didn’t need to see the president stayed away from the Oval Office — and kept their doors closed. … Trump did the lengthy interview with Holt even though some on his staff believed it was a bad idea and gave his answers off-the-cuff. One person who spoke to him said he’d been ‘fixated’ on his news coverage and believed his press team was failing him and that he needed ‘to take the situation into his own hands.’ … Asked what the strategy was to get through the crisis, one senior administration official laughed and asked whether the reporter was ‘joking.’ …
“Spicer missed the briefings Wednesday and Thursday while on Naval Reserve duty, but engaged in a heated argument with The Washington Post’s national editor after the newspaper reported he hid in bushes Tuesday night outside the White House after doing a TV hit to defend Trump’s firing of Comey. One White House official said Spicer, who is set to return to the podium Friday, seemed more upset about that story than much of the terrible coverage Trump received. Spicer said late Thursday that The Washington Post ‘falsely described the situation’ and ‘grossly misstated the situation around our attempt to brief the press.’ A person familiar with the press secretary’s location late Tuesday night said Spicer was standing between or behind bushes, but not physically in a bush.” http://politi.co/2pEsrV5
— EDITOR’S NOTE OF THE DAY – WaPo: “This story has been updated to more precisely describe White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s location late Tuesday night in the minutes before he briefed reporters. Spicer huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not ‘in the bushes,’ as the story originally stated.” http://wapo.st/2pEDopN
DOJ WATCH — “Rosenstein role in Comey firing raises more questions than answers,” by WaPo’s Karoun Demirjian, Ed O’Keefe and Paul Kane: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and a top member of the Intelligence Committee, said she has read [DOJ’s Rod] Rosenstein’s memo three times. She remains incredulous, she said, that he wrote it — and that it may have served as the basis for Comey’s firing. She pointed to the second page, which is filled with quotes from opinion pieces and news clippings about former Justice Department officials critiquing Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation. ‘That surprised me, that a guy as highly prized as Rosenstein, on the basis of legal talent, professionalism in the department, would pull things out of a newspaper and quote them, in terms of somebody else’s opinion of Comey.’” http://wapo.st/2qz3u2c … Rosenstein’s memo http://bit.ly/2r136q7
— “Rosenstein Pressed White House to Correct the Record on Comey Firing,” by WSJ’s Del Quentin Wilber, Aruna Viswanatha and Rebecca Ballhaus: “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pressed White House counsel Don McGahn to correct what he felt was an inaccurate White House depiction of the events surrounding FBI Director James Comey’s firing, according to a person familiar with the conversation. Mr. Rosenstein left the impression that he couldn’t work in an environment where facts weren’t accurately reported … The deputy attorney general objected to statements by White House aides citing Mr. Rosenstein’s critical assessment of Mr. Comey’s job performance to justify the firing.” http://on.wsj.com/2pFfFGP
KNOWING ANDREW MCCABE — “Andrew McCabe Is Known at F.B.I. for His Precision and Intellect,” by NYT’s Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo: “Andrew G. McCabe has risen so fast at the F.B.I. that he has become a source of both admiration and resentment. So a favorite way to criticize him is to offer one of the most backhanded compliments in the bureau’s lexicon: He’s a great briefer. Mr. McCabe’s talent for briefing his superiors is regarded by many workaday agents as nothing more than an ability to discuss somebody else’s work. But it is highly valued at F.B.I. headquarters, and in a city where briefings become policy. … Mr. McCabe’s standing up to a temperamental president who has repeatedly smacked the bureau like a political piñata won over at least some F.B.I. agents who had viewed Mr. McCabe as overly cautious.” http://nyti.ms/2r0meaV
VIDEO DU JOUR — “Times Reporters Decode the Trump-Comey Saga”: “The New York Times reporters Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Matthew Rosenberg analyze the firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey.” http://nyti.ms/2pEQJ2d
NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — “Poll: Voters divided on Comey firing: About one-third of voters said Trump was wrong to fire the FBI director and another third said he was right,” by Steven Shepard: “Voters are split on President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, a controversy that has roiled Washington but is yet to dent the nation’s partisan divide, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows. Just over a third of voters, 35 percent, say Trump was right to remove Comey as FBI director this week, the poll shows. But roughly the same share, 33 percent, say Trump should have allowed Comey to continue as FBI director. Another 32 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion.” http://politi.co/2q8aa6n
Spotted: A map to be hung somewhere in the West Wing pic.twitter.com/TpPPDyNFtE
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) May 11, 2017
TRUMP TO THE ECONOMIST…
— ON WHAT A FAIR NAFTA WOULD LOOK LIKE: “I was all set to terminate, you know? And this wasn’t like … this wasn’t a game I was playing. I’m not playing…you know, I wasn’t playing chess or poker or anything else. This was, I was, I’d never even thought about … it’s always the best when you really feel this way. But I was … I had no thought of anything else, and these two guys will tell you, I had no thought of anything else but termination. But because of my relationship with both of them, I said, I would like to give that a try too, that’s fine. I mean, out of respect for them. It would’ve been very disrespectful to Mexico and Canada had I said, ‘I will not.’” http://econ.st/2pAwyl0
— “U.S. Strikes China Trade Deals but Leaves Major Issues Untouched,” by NYT’s Keith Bradsher in Beijing: “The United States has reached a set of trade deals with China covering areas like electronic payment services, beef and poultry, compromising on some Obama administration stances but leaving untouched bigger issues that could still complicate relations between the two major trading partners. The disclosure of the deals on Thursday evening … suggests that the Trump administration is trying to smooth relations with Beijing despite President Trump’s harsh anti-China language on the campaign trail. Under the newly announced deals, China set a deadline for fulfilling its promises to allow American beef and said it would speed up consideration of pending American applications to offer bioengineered seeds in China.” http://nyti.ms/2r8yy62
WHAT CHARLES KOCH IS READING — “Sessions moves to lengthen drug sentences,” by Josh Gerstein: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing one of the central elements of the Obama administration’s criminal justice reform agenda: a Justice Department policy that led to prosecutors in drug cases often filing charges in a way that avoided triggering mandatory minimum sentences in federal law. Sessions is withdrawing a 2013 directive from Attorney General Eric Holder that instructed federal prosecutors not to specify the amount of drugs involved when charging low-level and non-violent drug offenders. That policy effectively gave judges discretion to set sentences lower than the mandatory punishments ranging from five years to life in prison federal law dictates when someone is convicted of a crime involving a certain quantity of illegal drugs.
“In a memo distributed to federal prosecutors nationwide Thursday, Sessions said the department default in future cases will return to a previous policy of filing the most serious charge available against a defendant under the provable facts. ‘It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,’ Sessions said in the directive, dated Wednesday. The attorney general suggested that moves to lessen the impact of mandatory minimums should come from Congress, rather than being unilaterally implemented by the Executive Branch. ‘This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency. This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us,’ he wrote.” http://politi.co/2prLGG1
KEITH SCHILLER PROFILE – “The bodyguard chosen by Trump to deliver the ‘terminated’ letter to the FBI director,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson and Rosalind S. Helderman: “Now with Trump in the White House, Schiller sits at a desk just steps from the president as director of Oval Office Operations. He serves as one of Trump’s most trusted aides … That a person with Schiller’s profile is now a senior White House aide with near-round-the-clock access to the president is just one more way in which the Trump White House has broken with norms set by previous administrations. … In a young White House that is considered one of the leakiest in history, Schiller has become one of the few people that the president can talk with and know that their conversation will not be repeated to others. White House officials often look to Schiller for tips on the president’s mood or how best to approach him.” http://wapo.st/2q9nirn
THE FAMILY – “Changes to visa program could set back Kushner family’s real estate company,” by WaPo’s Shawn Boburg: “At the center of an ongoing controversy is the Kushner Cos.’ use of a federal visa program to raise $150 million from Chinese investors for two luxury towers in New Jersey. Under the EB-5 program, wealthy foreigners can get a fast-track visa if they invest at least $500,000 in an eligible project. Program critics have nicknamed it ‘visas for cash.’ … A spokeswoman for Kushner Cos. said Thursday morning that Meyer would not appear at another investor presentation scheduled for Saturday in Shenzhen. ‘No one from Kushner Companies will be in China this weekend,’ Risa Heller, a company spokeswoman, wrote in a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday.” http://wapo.st/2r0k2zY
COMING ATTRACTIONS — Trump will give his first commencement address since taking office on Saturday at Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia. Livestream http://bit.ly/2r8DgR1 (h/t Morning Education)
— The House Ways and Means Committee will hold its first tax reform hearing on “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs Across America” next Thursday morning at 10 a.m. We hear this is the first of several hearings.
— CHICAGO SUN-TIMES’ LYNN SWEET scoops on the early $675 million price tag for Obama’s presidential center. “That takes in spending for start-up construction, programming, staff and other operating expenses from 2015 to 2021. … Obama is so confident of his fund-raising abilities that he intends to opt out of the National Archives and Records Administration system. … Groundbreaking is expected sometime next year with the Center to open in 2022.” http://bit.ly/2qbSuon
— FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON collaborated with Arkansas district court judge Victor Fleming of Little Rock to create the New York Times’ Friday crossword puzzle. Backstory by Will Shortz http://nyti.ms/2r0ovmd … The puzzle http://nyti.ms/2qbvAh3
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — End Citizens United and Every Voice are launching a national campaign called “Independent Investigation Now.” It’s a national campaign that includes paid advertising, grassroots action, earned media, and polling. They’re kicking it off today with digital ads, calls to Senate offices, and a petition pushing for an independent investigation. Targets: Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Steve Daines (Mont.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Pat Toomey (Penn.), Susan Collins (Maine), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
HOT VIDEO – BOOKERS, GET THIS KID ON TV! “Adorable Kid Stops At Nothing To Get An Apology From Mike Pence”: “Vice President Mike Pence was hosting military families in celebration of National Military Spouse Appreciation Day when he accidentally tapped a boy on the nose. The kid decided he wasn’t going anywhere without an apology.” 1-min. video http://bit.ly/2pFiNlT
LATE NIGHT BEST – STEPHEN COLBERT responded last night to Trump telling Time Magazine that he was “a no-talent guy” who wasn’t funny: “The president of the United States has personally come after me and my show, and there’s only one thing to say … yay! … Don’t you know I’ve been trying for a year to get you to say my name? And you were very restrained — admirably restrained — but now you did it. I won.” 1-min. video http://bit.ly/2r8AETx … His full opening monologue last night, “James Comey, You Just Got Trump’d!” http://bit.ly/2pEExgM
GET SMART FAST — “5 Questions About James Comey’s Firing, Answered: A former FBI special agent weighs in,” by Asha Rangappa in POLITICO Magazine: “What happens with the Russia investigation until a new director is confirmed? FBI agents will continue doing their job. As a matter of procedure, investigations are governed by something called the Attorney General Guidelines. The AG Guidelines lay out the rules and regulations including predicates for opening an investigation, the sequence an investigation should follow, and investigative techniques that can and should be used at various stages and the approvals needed for them. The AG Guidelines also specify the procedures for closing an investigation; and this cannot be done until all of the open questions in an investigation are satisfactorily resolved. Based on Comey’s most recent testimony, this is not happening anytime soon, so even in the absence of a director, the Russia investigation will proceed apace.” http://politi.co/2qyZtLm
CHRIS SMITH in Vanity Fair, “Inside Trump’s Coming War With the F.B.I.”: An “F.B.I. insider points out that while the media has focused on the investigation of possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign, there are actually multiple inquiries in progress. ‘There’s also a cyber investigation, about the hacking and whether crimes were committed,’ he says. ‘And then there’s the business side: Was there money laundering going on? Money from these Russian plutocrats that’s been washed through Trump’s real estate and businesses? That’s gotten overlooked, but Preet Bharara and the Southern District were supposedly looking into that.’ They were until April anyway, when Trump and Sessions canned Bharara along with 45 other U.S. attorneys.” http://bit.ly/2q9v0ls
MICHAEL KRUSE on CHERI BUSTOS in POLITICO Magazine: “The Secret Weapon Democrats Don’t Know How to Use: “No Democrat in the House of Representatives did what Cheri Bustos did last November. She wasn’t the sole member of her party to win in a congressional district Donald Trump also took—there were 11 others—but she was the only one to post a 20-point landslide, and she did it in agricultural, industrial, blue-collar northwestern Illinois. In the kind of place where Hillary Clinton lost big last fall and where Democrats have been losing in droves for the last decade, Bustos has done just the opposite. … If Democrats are going to wrest control of the House from Republicans, argue many party strategists, it’s going to happen in large part by doing more of whatever it is Bustos is doing three hours west of Chicago in her nearly 7,000-square-mile district of small towns and soybean fields.” http://politi.co/2r0rMlu
FUN CLICK – CLASSIC NEW YORKER cover — Next week’s brilliant cover, drawn by Barry Blitt, shows James Comey as that United passenger dragged off the plane by Jeff Sessions in a cop uniform with Trump in the background. Blitt told the magazine: “It’s probably a bit of a leap. James Comey is six feet eight—he probably would have been happy to give up his seat in a cramped cabin.” http://bit.ly/2pFbeeT
NICE TRY! — PLAYBOOK INBOX – From a White House rapid response blast email yesterday at 10:15 a.m.: “Dem False Attack On GOP Health Care Plan Gets 4 Pinnochios”
JOB WELL DONE – “Local DNC host committee gives out nearly $1 million in bonus checks,” by Philly Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas: “The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee used some of the leftover money it raised for the Democratic National Convention to pay nearly $1 million bonuses to staff and volunteers. The rewards, which ranged from $500 for interns and volunteers to $310,000 for executive director Kevin Washo, were paid in November, four months after the convention.” http://bit.ly/2q9AQ6x
HOLLYWOODLAND — “Hillary Clinton Returns to L.A. for Dinner Event at Home of Haim Saban,” by Variety’s Ted Johnson: “Hillary Clinton attended a private dinner at the home of Haim and Cheryl Saban on Thursday night at an event that sources described as a thank you to 2016 campaign donors and an introduction to her plans to launch a political group, Onward Together. … Hillary and Bill Clinton are both in Los Angeles for the graduation of her nephew, Zach Rodham, from USC, sources said.” http://bit.ly/2qbbsvz
–SPOTTED among the attendees, per California Playbook’s Carla Marinucci and David Siders: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Eva Longoria and Sean Parker.
MEDIAWATCH — NEW NPR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS — MEMO from chief international editor Will Dobson: “Jane Arraf has been reporting for us from Egypt—as well as Iraq and Jordan — since this past September. Her storytelling and expertise quickly made her a pillar of our Middle East team … [She] initially agreed to join our desk for 8 months. (She wanted to be sure she’d have enough opportunity to report from Iraq.) But over this time it’s become difficult for us to imagine our coverage without her. So I am happy to report that she will be joining us as a full-time correspondent.
“Next, Beirut. I am delighted to announce that Ruth Sherlock will be joining us as our next Beirut correspondent. … In six years in the Middle East—including four of those based in Beirut—Ruth also reported from Iraq, Turkey, and the Gulf [for the Daily Telegraph] … Finally, Islamabad … Diaa Hadid. For the past two years, Diaa served as the New York Times Mideast correspondent based in East Jerusalem, focusing on Palestinian affairs and broader regional coverage. … It is exciting to have her joining our team, and leading our coverage of Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
— Starting Monday, the “Young Turks” show and The Dean Obeidallah Show will be added to SiriusXM’s Progress channel. The shows will continue to air on The Young Turks web news channel.
— JULIAN E. ZELIZER, a Princeton professor of history and public affairs and an author, has signed a TV contract to be a political analyst on CNN.
SPOTTED: Maggie Haberman and a few others at a table last night at BLT … Barney Frank at DCA at 1 p.m. “If he was going to Boston he was in the wrong terminal.”
OUT AND ABOUT – Pool report from last night’s party at the McLean home of Steve and Jean Case paying tribute to the White House Historical Association: The Case “home was the very home that Jackie Kennedy lived in as a teenager and young adult and most loved. JFK studied up there and read his preparatory materials on Congressional leadership before writing his Pulitzer Prize winning Profiles in Courage. Gore Vidal, a relative by convoluted twists of marriage, left shirts that Jackie found in her closet when her mother married Hugh Auchincloss who had also, like in Jackie’s case, been Vidal’s stepfather.”
SPOTTED: Ruth Marcus, Ann Stock, Franklin Raines, Frank Islam, Rep. Don Beyer and Megan Beyer, Rep. John Delaney and April Delaney, Steve Clemons, Denise Grant, Judy Woodruff, Mark and Sally Ein, John and Theresa Behrendt, John Rogers and Deborah Lehr, Martha Joynt Kumar, Michael Beschloss, Stewart McLaurin, Susan Swain, Teresa Carlson, Alice Foultz, Alison Russell, Dorothy Moore, Gigi Bregani, Marc and Lauren Cohen, and Teresa Carlson, Jack Davies, Gail West, Louise Storm, Bob and Mary Lou McGee, Barbara Van Dahlen, Lynda Ludwigson, and Stewart McLaurin.
–Colleagues and friends toasted Jamie Fly on his last day as Marco Rubio’s senior foreign policy advisor at Romeo & Juliette Thursday night before he begins a post as senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund next week. SPOTTED: Chris Brose, Josh Rogin, Jodi Herman, Clint Reed, Jonathan Slemrod, Robert Zarate, Sara Decker, Brian Walsh, Caleb Orr, Maggie Dougherty, Matt Wolking, Caitlin Poling, Noah Pollak, Anthony Ruggiero, Alex Conant.
TRANSITIONS — NU WEXLER is joining Jodi Seth and Andy Stone on the Facebook policy comms team, based in the DC office. He previously worked in communications for Twitter and on the Hill. See a Vice story on his work at Twitter: http://bit.ly/2q7TTOK … Katie Rudis is joining the office of Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) as tax counsel, having spent years in a similar capacity at both big law and accounting firms. She also worked on the Trump transition Team.
… American Jewish World Service has named Rori Kramer its new director of government affairs. She previously was deputy assistant secretary for Senate affairs at the State Department. … CJ Grimes has joined nonprofit communications and digital agency M+R. Grimes previously served as the national organizing director at Service Employees International Union.
SUNDAY SO FAR – NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Panel: Matthew Continetti, Hallie Jackson, Katty Kay, Eugene Robinson
–CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Robert Gates. Political panel: Peggy Noonan, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Ignatius, and Ben Domenech
–“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Power Player: Judy Collins, Singer/Songwriter. Panel: Karl Rove, Julie Pace, Josh Holmes, Bob Woodward
–CNN’s “State of the Union”: James Clapper
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Matthew Hiltzik, president/CEO of strategic communications and consulting firm Hiltzik Strategies, is 45 – he’s celebrating by “spending my actual birthday celebrating with Shabbat dinner with family, and seeing family and friends over next few days.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2q9KENR
BIRTHDAYS: Paul Begala is 56 … Penny Lee, chief strategy officer at 1776 (hat tip: Peter Cherukuri, Heather Podesta and Amy Weiss) … Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff is 65 (h/t Tim Burger) … Politico’s Andrew Thorne is 27 … Allison Turner of Human Rights Campaign … Joe DeFeo … NYPD deputy commissioner and former broadcast journalist John Miller … Patricia Zengerle of Reuters … Miranda Kennedy, senior editor for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and author of “Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India” … Charlie Dixon, EVP for content at FOX Sports … Jonathan E. Kaplan, comms. officer for the Open Society Foundations … Amanda Miller, director of corporate comms at PayPal … The Hill’s Kim Dixon … James Rosen, Washington correspondent for the Miami Herald … Stephanie Z. Smith, senior producer at ABC News … Hardy Spire … Erica Arbetter, digital director at American Action Network … Liza Donnelly … Jim Boales … Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) is 71 … Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is 42 …
… Lawrence Grayson, SVP at Bank of America … Bernard “Bernie” Marcus, co-founder and the first CEO of Home Depot, is 88 (h/t Jewish Insider) … Susan Byers (h/t Alex) … Jeff Holmes, senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker, is 25 (h/t Liz DeBold) … Leah Chandler, director of development at Americans for Responsible Solutions … Gallup’s Riley Brands … Allie Kimmel … Leigh Szubrowski … Charity Wallace … Michael O’Neill … Victoria Lion Monroe … Patrick King, SVP at Stifel Nicolaus … Lyle Canceko … former Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is 69 … Mike Harris, senior editor at SI.com, is 61 … clean energy housing developer Tommy Gardner … Starbucks’ Casey Owens … Rachel McGreevy … Mike Flaherty … Alicia Kolar Prevost … Sue Filo, fabulous educator and grandma … Joyce Deep … Molly Walsh (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Robert Crawford is 61 … Carmen Leon … Amy Statkevicus … actor Stephen Baldwin is 51 … actress Malin Akerman is 39 … actor Jason Biggs is 39 (h/ts AP)