SPOTTED at Le Diplomate last night: Ivanka Trump and daughter Arabella, Peter Baker and Jonathan Capehart (at different tables)
ON LATE SHOW WITH COLBERT TONIGHT: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezezinski. MIKA has also signed a “mega 3-book deal,” per Page Six’s Emily Smith. http://pge.sx/2tDp9Xy
— Billionaire Republican STEVEN COHEN has enlisted McDermott, Will & Emery to lobby on his behalf on veterans issues. In particular, Cohen wants the VA Choice program, which is running out of money, to be funded. Cohen, whose son is a veteran, has helped fund a network of mental health programs for veterans pledging a $325 million gift toward the effort. McDermott, Will & Emery’s team includes former Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and former Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), who is only focused on the executive branch because of lobbying restrictions.
TODAY IS AMAZON PRIME DAY, one of the biggest sales days on the internet. To mark the occasion, Amazon is setting up a banana stand in Union Station — their first outside Seattle. (Learn about the banana stand concept http://amzn.to/2tD1aaK)
WOAH — WE’VE BEEN AT THIS A YEAR! We took over Playbook July 11 of last year. Since then, we’ve launched a morning audio briefing, started an afternoon newsletter and expanded our event business across the country. We’ve brought more readers into the fold — subscriptions are up 35 percent! Thanks for starting your day with us.
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