BREAKING — AP/Mosul: “The Latest: State TV: Iraqi prime minister arrives in Mosul”: “Iraq’s state TV says the country’s prime minister has arrived in Mosul to declare victory over the Islamic State group in the more than eight-month old operation to drive the militants from the city. State TV quotes Haider al-Abadi as saying he ‘congratulates the fighters and the people on the big victory’ in the key city.
“Dressed in a black uniform of a type worn by Iraqi special forces, al-Abadi was shown on Sunday as descending from a military plane and was greeted by senior security forces commanders. Backed by U.S.-led coalition, Iraq launched the operation to retake Mosul in October. Iraqi state TV says government forces have drove the militants from all areas and are ‘chasing’ the militants in some areas in the city.” http://bit.ly/2sU1vaq
Happy Sunday. Get some rest. The next three weeks in Washington are going to be a whirlwind.
THE PRESIDENT is at the Trump golf course in Virginia today, per the White House pool.
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THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS at 7:15 a.m.: “The G 20 Summit was a great success for the U.S. – Explained that the U.S. must fix the many bad trade deals it has made. Will get done!” … at 7:31 a.m.: “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…..” … at 7:37 a.m.: “…We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!” …
… at 7:50 a.m.: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..” … at 7:57 a.m.: “..and safe. Questions were asked about why the CIA & FBI had to ask the DNC 13 times for their SERVER, and were rejected, still don’t….” … at 8:06 a.m.: “…have it. Fake News said 17 intel agencies when actually 4 (had to apologize). Why did Obama do NOTHING when he had info before election?” … at 8:31 a.m.: “Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!”
EH, NOT SO FAST — LOTS OF REPUBLICANS V. TRUMP — @marcorubio: “While reality & pragmatism requires that we engage Vladimir Putin, he will never be a trusted ally or a reliable constructive partner. 1/3” … “Partnering with Putin on a ‘Cyber Security Unit’ is akin to partnering with Assad on a ‘Chemical Weapons Unit’. 2/3” … “We have no quarrel with Russia or the Russian people. Problem is with Putin & his oppression, war crimes & interference in our elections 1/3”.AP
— TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN RESPONDS to Rubio’s tweet on ABC’s “This Week”: “In all due respect, and I think very highly of the senator, but let me just comment … that I think this is a very important step forward. What we want to make sure is that we coordinate with Russia, that we’re focused on cybersecurity together, that we make sure that they never interfere in any democratic elections or conduct any cyber security. And this is like any other strategic alliance. Whether we’re doing military exercises with our allies or anything else. This is about having capabilities to make sure that we both fight cyber together, which I think is a very significant accomplishment for President Trump.”
— @BraddJaffy: “Lindsey Graham: ‘It’s not the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty close.’ #MTP” This is in reference to the cyber security idea
–CNN’s @kaitlancollins: “Trump wants to form a cyber security unit with the leader of the country that US intel says meddled in the 2016 election.”
PREET TWEETS — @PreetBharara: “When pursuing a corrupt politician, mobster or murderer on strong FBI evidence, if he ‘vehemently denied it,’ we just dropped it usually.”
SUNDAY BEST — CNN’s DANA BASH talks with U.N. Ambassador NIKKI HALEY on “State of the Union”: BASH: “The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said that President Trump heard and quote accepts Putin’s very clear statements that Russia did not interfere in the U.S. election. Is that true?” HALEY: “What he did was bring up right away the election meddling, and he did that for a reason. One, he wanted him to basically look him in the eye, let him know that yes, we know you meddled in our elections. Yes we know you did it, cut it out. And I think President Putin did exactly what we thought he would do, which is deny it. This is Russia trying to save face. And they can’t. They can’t.
“Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections. Everybody knows that they’re not just meddling in the United States’ election. They’re doing this across multiple continents, and they’re doing this in a way that they’re trying to cause chaos within the countries. And it’s not just going to be us saying this. I think you’re going to hear other leaders come out and say, cut it out, we’re not going to put up with it.”
— @ryanstruyk: “Haley on potential cybersecurity partnership with Russia on @CNNSotu: ‘We can’t trust Russia and we won’t ever trust Russia.’”
ON FOX NEWS SUNDAY — @burgessev: “‘The president absolutely did not believe the denial of President Putin,’ Priebus says of Putin-Trump talk on election meddling”.
HOW DOES ONE MAKE SENSE OF ALL OF THIS? If the president did not believe Putin’s denial — which means he believes Russia did interfere in the election — why is he starting a cyber-security initiative with him?
— CBS’s JOHN DICKERSON also interviewed HALEY on “Face the Nation”: DICKERSON: “But given that the president, as you said, knows that the Russians meddled, what — what consequences will they face as a result of that action?” HALEY: “I think you’re going to have to ask the president. I think that’s one of the things is — first is confronting them, letting them know that we know this happened. Letting them know it can’t happen again. I know that they had quite a bit of cyber conversation in terms of cyber meddling or cyber abuse during not just political situations, but also from a security situation, and they talked quite a bit on the cyberattack — risk. And so I think we’ll see what happens there. You know, keep in mind — yesterday’s meeting was all about talk, but at the end of the day, this is all going to be about actions. We now have to see where we go from there.”
… SUNDAY NYT, A1 — “Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign,” by Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman: “Two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according to confidential government records described to The New York Times. The previously unreported meeting was also attended by Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, as well as the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to interviews and the documents, which were outlined by people familiar with them. …
“The Russian lawyer invited to the Trump Tower meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, is best known for mounting a multipronged attack against the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. The law so enraged Mr. Putin that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children. The adoption impasse is a frequently used talking point for opponents of the Magnitsky Act. Ms. Veselnitskaya’s campaign against the law has also included attempts to discredit its namesake, Sergei L. Magnitsky, a lawyer and auditor who died in mysterious circumstances in a Russian prison in 2009 after exposing one of the biggest corruption scandals during Mr. Putin’s rule.
“In his statement, Donald Trump Jr. said: ‘It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.’ He added: ‘I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.’
“Late Saturday, Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the president’s lawyer, issued a statement implying that the meeting was a setup. Ms. Veselnitskaya and the translator who accompanied her to the meeting misrepresented who they were,’ it said. In an interview, Mr. Corallo explained that Ms. Veselnitskaya, in her anti-Magnitsky campaign, employs a private investigator whose firm, Fusion GPS, produced an intelligence dossier that contained unproven allegations against the president. The firm could not be reached for comment.” http://nyti.ms/2sTx0RP
WAPO’S JOBY WARRICK: “The secret to Kim’s success? Some experts see Russian echoes in North Korea’s missile advances”: “Four months before its July 4 missile test, North Korea offered the world a rare technical preview of its latest missile engine, one said to be capable of lobbing nuclear warheads at U.S. cities. A video on state-run TV depicted a machine with thickets of tubes and vents, and a shape that struck some U.S. experts as familiar — in a distinctly Soviet way. ‘It shocked me,’ said Michael Elleman, one weapons expert who noticed jarring similarities between the engine tested by North Korea in March and one he frequently encountered in Russia at the end of the Cold War. …
“After intensive study, Elleman, a former consultant at the Pentagon, and other specialists would report that they had detected multiple design features in the new North Korean missile engine that echo those of a 1960s-era Soviet workhorse called the RD-250. There is no record of Pyongyang’s obtaining blueprints for the Russian missile engine, and experts disagree on whether it ever did so. But the discovery of similarities has focused new attention on a question that has dogged U.S. analysts for at least the past two years: How has North Korea managed to make surprisingly rapid gains in its missile program, despite economic sanctions and a near-universal ban on exports of military technology to the impoverished communist state?” http://wapo.st/2uEC2il
TILLERSON TO KUWAIT — “Tillerson launches personal diplomacy in Persian Gulf dispute,” by WaPo’s Karen DeYoung: “After weeks of public statements and private phone calls with no apparent result, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to personally intervene in the ongoing Persian Gulf dispute that has threatened U.S. counterterrorism operations in the Middle East. Tillerson will travel late Monday to Kuwait, where its government has unsuccessfully tried to mediate between Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries that have blockaded and broken relations with the tiny, energy-rich nation of Qatar, home to the largest U.S. military base in the region. He plans to spend the week talking to leaders of the warring gulf capitals, receiving them in Kuwait or shuttling among regional capitals, according to senior U.S. officials, who cautioned that a firm schedule is not yet set.” http://wapo.st/2uEPYZP
WHAT AMERICA IS READING — LOS ANGELES TIMES: “Is it America first? Rest of the world says no … At the G-20 summit, Trump presents a different global role for the U.S.: Isolation.” http://bit.ly/2u61vEb … MIAMI HERALD: “Initiation fees at clubs put millions in Trump’s pocket” http://bit.ly/2tWCScR … ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: “CNN’s relevancy comes with price: Atlanta-based network finds itself in crosshairs with Trump coverage” http://bit.ly/2sTScY2 … BOSTON HERALD: “IVANKA MAKES SPLASH AT G-20: Takes dad’s seat among world leaders” http://bit.ly/2tvDaWY
QUITE THE COVER — N.Y. POST, with a photo of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio: “DEUTSCH BAG: Mayor feeds his ego in Germany after fleeing a city in mourning” http://bit.ly/2sTzUWX
WE REMEMBER THIS GUY! — NYT’S KEN VOGEL: “At Private Dinners, Pence Quietly Courts Big Donors and Corporate Executives”: “Vice President Mike Pence has been courting scores of the country’s most influential donors, corporate executives and conservative political leaders over the past several months in a series of private gatherings and one-on-one conversations.
“The centerpiece of the effort is a string of dinners held every few weeks at the vice president’s official residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in Washington. Mr. Pence and his wife, Karen, have presided over at least four such soirées, and more are in the works. Each has drawn roughly 30 to 40 guests, including a mix of wealthy donors such as the Chicago hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin and the brokerage firm founder Charles Schwab, as well as Republican fund-raisers and executives from companies like Dow Chemical and the military contractor United Technologies.
“The guests and their families collectively donated or helped raise millions of dollars to support the Trump-Pence ticket in 2016, and some are viewed in Republican finance circles as likely supporters for two new groups created to advocate for Mr. Trump, Mr. Pence, their legislative agenda and congressional allies.” http://nyti.ms/2uYs36N
NOT A GOOD SIGN FOR MCCONNELL — “Why a GOP senator from Trump country opposes the Senate health bill,” by Adam Cancryn in Morgantown, West Virginia: “Shelley Moore Capito is the most popular politician in a deep-red state that loves President Donald Trump and distrusts big government. And yet the West Virginia Republican is threatening to torpedo the GOP’s best shot at dismantling Obamacare, one of Trump’s top domestic priorities. The first-term senator has emerged as one of the staunchest holdouts against Senate Republicans’ bid to overhaul the nation’s health care system, voicing concerns about the bill’s consequences for older Americans and rejecting swift funding cuts for a Medicaid program that’s played a key role in combating her state’s opioid epidemic. …
“But if Capito is feeling the heat in a state that Trump won by more than 42 percentage points, she isn’t showing it. Back here in West Virginia, where more than 30 percent of families rely on Medicaid, she doesn’t hesitate at the prospect of casting the vote that kills the GOP’s repeal effort. ‘I only see it through the lens of a vulnerable population who needs help, who I care about very deeply,’ the 63-year-old lawmaker said in an interview. ‘So that gives me strength. If I have to be that one person, I will be it.’” http://politi.co/2tWpwNG
— “GOP governors add to pressure on GOP senators on health care,” by AP’s Alison Noon and Bill Barrow: http://bit.ly/2uETCCN
SPEAKER PAUL RYAN on whether he will hold town halls during a recent news conference in Wisconsin: Q: “You had what we are calling 20 town halls which were basically closed affairs for those who weren’t affiliated with the company, and I am wondering when you might schedule a fully open town hall for your constituents?”
RYAN: “Yeah. Let me respond to that. Aside from the obvious security concerns, what we have found is there are people who are trying to come in from out of the district to disrupt town hall meetings and not have a civil discussion, so what I have been doing is looking for new and creative ways to interact with my constituents in a civil way. That’s why I have done a number of telephone town hall meetings which I find very effective as people don’t have to travel. I do office hours. I just did them this morning in Janesville. In addition, I am doing a lot of business ones. I find when you guys are there, people kinda clam up. They get a little nervous, but when [you] do business town halls without media it is very interactive, so I am finding a lot of different ways to have a good civil dialogue with constituents.
“Additionally, if you want to come do office hours, they schedule office hours because I don’t want to have a situation where we just have a screaming fest, a shouting fest where people are being bussed in from out of the district to get on TV because they are yelling at somebody. That does nobody any good, and what I want to do is have a civil, good conversation with constituents and that’s why I do all these different things whether it’s planned tours, telephone town halls, office hours, and the rest.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — DAVID KEITH, who just ran California Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez’s successful campaign to replace Xavier Becerra, is going to manage Randy Bryce’s campaign against Ryan. He is joining Bill Hyers and Matt McLaughlin, who launched Bryce’s campaign with a viral video. http://politi.co/2t1Ou9U
FLASHBACK – A YEAR AGO TODAY: “Trump looks at retired general Flynn as possible running mate,” by Reuters’ Steve Holland: http://reut.rs/29wz5rM
KNOWING WRAY — “FBI Nominee Christopher Wray Known as Workhorse Who Eschews Spotlight,” by WSJ’s Aruna Viswanatha and Del Quentin Wilber: “If fireworks erupt at Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next FBI director, they aren’t likely to be sparked by the nominee, Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official known as a workhorse who eschews the spotlight. Many current and former FBI agents say that is exactly what the agency needs—someone who focuses on running investigations while leaving politics to others—as the Federal Bureau of Investigation navigates turbulence following the firing of former Director James Comey. Other agents and legal observers wonder if Mr. Wray, who has spent a decade as a defense lawyer, has the gravitas to buck political pressure and chart an independent course for the nation’s premier law-enforcement agency.” http://on.wsj.com/2uEznW3
OOPS — “White House Gaffe Names Xi as President of Taiwan, Not China,” by Bloomberg’s Peter Martin: A White House release of a transcript “mislabeled Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan after a much-anticipated meeting at the Group of 20 summit, adding an embarrassment to a record of fraught relations. The apparent error crept into a White House transcript of Trump’s remarks before meeting with Xi in Hamburg, Germany, which referred to the president of the Republic of China — the official name for Taiwan. … Xi’s real title is president of the People’s Republic of China, the one-party Communist state set up after Mao Zedong’s victory in the Chinese civil war in 1949.” https://bloom.bg/2tD6RUA
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
— “The Beginning of Now” – This American Life: “Before Donald Trump started his presidential campaign in 2015, there was a congressional race that redefined what was possible in American politics [the Dave Brat upset of Eric Cantor]. Steve Bannon and Breitbart News got involved in that race early, just like they later got deeply involved in Donald Trump’s race. … What happened in that campaign, what it made it work, and how we got to now.” http://bit.ly/2u6iVAU
— “Fear of Falling,” by Greg Child in the Nov. 2000 issue of Outside: “Shot at and kidnapped while scaling Kyrgyzstan’s famed Yellow Wall, four Americans learn firsthand how easily the frontier of adventure can bleed into the frontier of survival. Here, in an Outside exclusive, is the full story of six violent days in August.” http://bit.ly/2u18Chd (h/t Longform.org)
— “U.S. Military Spending: The Cost of Wars,” by Anthony Cordesman in CSIS – per The Browser’s description: “The United States has been at war ‘for virtually every year since 1941’, and continuously in combat since 2001. But Administration and Congress choose to treat wars as ‘a temporary aberration’ in accounting terms, to be covered by supplementary or short-term budget categories. This piecemeal funding conceals the vast cost of war-fighting — probably at least $2 trillion since 2001 — and makes it all but impossible to evaluate whether the money has been efficiently and effectively spent.” With an amazing pic http://bit.ly/2sPHTE8
— “The Silence of the Lambs,” by Kathryn Joyce in TNR: “Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?” http://bit.ly/2tVLvnz
— “The End of Economics,” by Matt Seybold in the L.A. Review of Books: “Keynes offered crucial justifications for elevating and expanding the roles economic experts play in statecraft. In return, he expected them to abandon their most specious claims to positivism and their providential faith in laissez-faire. His successors welched on their end of this bargain, to put it mildly.” http://bit.ly/2tyZJIM
— “Why Are There Two Sexes?” by Pradeep Mutalik in Quanta Magazine: “Asexual reproduction can produce twice as many offspring as sexual reproduction without the hassle of finding and courting a mate. So why do most complex animals have two sexes? Why not three?” http://bit.ly/2tVNYyr
— “The Immigration Frontlines,” by Tony Mecia on the cover of The Weekly Standard: “Seven hours in Riverside tracking down ‘bad hombres.’” http://tws.io/2tzweGW
— “Nick Kyrgios, the Reluctant Rising Star of Tennis,” by Louisa Thomas in The New Yorker: “He has been called the most talented player since Roger Federer. But does he even want to win?” http://bit.ly/2sPjm2l
— “Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye,” by Julia Lurie in the July/August issue of Mother Jones – per Longreads’ description: “The first casualty of America’s opioid epidemic beyond the users themselves? The American family. As mom and dad are nodding out and overdosing in record numbers, the kids are going into an under-funded foster care system struggling to handle the sheer volume of children who need food, shelter, clothing, and above all, stability.” http://bit.ly/2uA6rOU
— “How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl,” by Eliza Brooke in Racked: “The origins and consequences of everyone’s favorite Parisian fantasy.” http://bit.ly/2szfdLG
— “Good Trouble: John Lewis and Andrew Aydin Two Southerners in Action,” by Alex B. Johnson in the Bitter Southerner: “Congressman John Lewis talks to The Bitter Southerner about his relationship with Andrew Aydin and how it led to the publication of their National Book Award-winning graphic novel, ‘March.’” http://bit.ly/2u1pZyI
— “On Hyperwar,” by Ret. Gen. John Allen and Amir Husain in Proceedings Magazine of the U.S. Naval Institute: “Technologies such as computer vision aided by machine-learning algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered autonomous decision making, advanced sensors, miniaturized high-powered computing capacity deployed at the ‘edge,’ high-speed networks, offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, and a host of AI-enabled techniques such as autonomous swarming and cognitive analysis of sensor data will be at the heart of this revolution … [which will minimize] human decision making in the vast majority of processes traditionally required to wage war.” http://bit.ly/2uYcY59
— “What Happened to America’s Public Intellectuals?” by Elizabeth Mitchell in the July Smithsonian: “Our nation has always depended on these heavyweights to guide us, but are they still with us, and if so, who are they?” http://bit.ly/2uTGKbd
SPOTTED: former Virginia Sen. George Allen, wife and daughter, flying coach yesterday on Virgin Flight 872 from Dallas Love Field to DCA … DeRay McKesson in Baltimore Penn Station wearing signature vest and a baby blue romper. Pic http://bit.ly/2tDnhwg
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Axios managing editor BUBBA ATKINSON and FedEx’s SAMANTHA SMITH tied the knot Saturday at the Deer Valley, Utah, St. Regis surrounded by friends and family. Pool report: “The couple met in 2015 while Sam was communications director for Gov. Christie’s presidential campaign and Bubba was editor-in-chief of IJR. Attendees danced late into the night while Sam took the mic and crushed Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It.’” Pics of the couple’s first dance http://bit.ly/2tCQeZ9 … http://bit.ly/2u5Xj7L
— SPOTTED: Mike Allen, Rob Saliterman, Lara Crystal, Zeke Miller, Anton Vuljaj, Brittany Bramell and Dan Punaro, Lauren Fritts, Taz Jones and Will Marty, Kenny Wassus and Claire Esparros, Justin Green, Colin Chocola, Matt Manda and Elise Stefanik, Michael Goldfarb, Tucker Bounds, Garrett and Ashley Marquis, Hallie Williams and John Haley, Alex and Caitlin Conant, Eric Wilson and Rachel Dean, Davis White, Lisa Leonard, Jill Hazelbaker, Devin O’Malley and Amanda Kitchen.
— Adam Telle, majority clerk on the Homeland Security subcommittee of Senate Approps, and Shelby Begany, assistant to SEC Chair Jay Clayton, got married on Saturday in Nashville with a ceremony at a chapel on the Vanderbilt campus. The reception was at the Loveless Café and a private barn. The couple met through Hayley Alexander, former Senate approps staffer now at BIO. Pic http://bit.ly/2u5OU3W
— SPOTTED: Hugh Gamble, Nick Owens, Hayley Alexander, Carlisle Clark, Brett Logan, Chris Gaspar, Barry Rhoads, Elizabeth and Ty Mabrey, Mary Martha Henson, Will Todd, Lenwood Brooks, Ryan Welch, Jimmy Stringer, Brian Potts, Tim Wolverton, Nathan Hallford.
— “Tia Brueggeman, Shazan Jiwa” — N.Y. Times: “Mrs. Jiwa, 30, is an editorial producer for Ana Cabrera, an anchor at CNN, in Washington. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received a master’s degree in liberal studies, with a focus in politics, from Duke. … Mr. Jiwa, 30, is a management and strategy associate in the stocks division at Goldman Sachs. He graduated from Yale and received a master’s degree in management studies from Duke. … The couple met in 2005, when both attended a Model United Nations conference in Philadelphia, but did not begin dating until 2011, when she was in graduate school and he was working in Duke’s endowment office.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2tDj8IC
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Jeff Dressler, Speaker Ryan’s national security adviser, and Shida Dressler email friends and family: “Wanted to share the exciting news that Lilah Daphne Dressler arrived [Saturday] afternoon. She tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 6 ozs. As you can see, she already has more hair than most middle aged men. Happy to report mother and baby are happy and healthy. We are holding here at Inova for a few days so my responses will likely be delayed.” Pic http://bit.ly/2u6f0UI
— Hanna Siegel, New American Economy’s deputy director, and Shane Hoffman, who works on digital for Condé Nast, just welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ansel Eve Hoffman.
BIRTHDAYS: Politico CEO Patrick Steel (hat tips: Robert Allbritton and Alexis Williams) … Danny Diaz, a founding partner at FP1 Strategies, is 42 (h/t Ryan Williams) … Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is 62. He’s fresh off an international trip that included spending time with American troops in Afghanistan on July 4 and is celebrating by appearing today on MTP (h/t Scott Farmer) … AP’s Tom Beaumont … Donald Rumsfeld is 85 … O.J. is 7-0 … former Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) is 64 … former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) is 58 … Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (h/t Jesse Ferguson) … HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel … Jake Fromer … Patrick Stevenson, principal strategist at Blue State Digital and an HFA alum … Irene Jay Liu … Stephanie Gaskell … Emma King … Spencer R. Schecht … Emma Doyle, chief of staff to OMB director Mick Mulvaney … Megan Ortiz, VP of The Cohen Group, celebrating by whitewater rafting in Aspen, Colorado (hubby tip: Michael) …
… Amanda Gonzalez … Matt Samuels … Tom Rossmeissl, VP and managing director of Trippi & Associates Kirill Goncharenko, president and a founding partner of Mercury (h/ts Jon Haber) … NYT’s Amy Fiscus … Elisa Shyu … Joan VandeHei … Mike Britt … Caroline Scullin … Jerry Russo, a former spokesman and aide to Mayor Bloomberg and a Cuomo alum (h/t Cara Roche) … Edna Ruano … Matthew Yurus … Jean Medina, VP of corporate comms at Exelon … Nick Rathod … Robert Higdon … CNN’s Jeff J. Simon … Amy Hunt of Goldman Sachs … Qorvis’s Jennifer Baskerville … Mineko Tokito … Jeff Wexler … Emily Ethridge … Elizabeth McMahon … Doug Badger … food and wine critic Todd Kliman … Alex Turner … Maria (Miller) Lohmeyer … Donna Dettbarn … Cathy St. Denis … Elizabeth McMahon … Grace McMahon (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Kevin O’Leary (“Shark Tank”) is 63 … Jimmy Smits is 62 … Tom Hanks is 61 … Courtney Love is 53 (h/ts AP)