POLITICO Playbook: BARBARA BUSH VOWS TO KEEP QUIET DURING JEB CAMPAIGN: ‘I won’t give any interviews’

SNEAK PEEK! Barbara Bush is 90 today; President George H.W. Bush is 91 on Friday. On NBC’s “Today” at 8 a.m., Jenna Bush Hager interviews her “ganny” at Walker’s Point, the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, Maine:

JENNA BUSH HAGER: “Why do you think we call you The Enforcer?”

BARBARA BUSH: “Well, because I enforce. (LAUGHTER) … If you do something bad, I point it out to you. … [B]ut I stood up for you when you stuck your tongue out at all the press.”

JENNA BUSH HAGER: “Because you’ve been wanting to do that for years.”

BARBARA BUSH: “Every American has.” (LAUGHTER) …

JENNA BUSH HAGER : “You’re known for your pearls.” …

BARBARA BUSH: “The pearls are to cover the wrinkles, which they no longer do. You can’t wear pearls all over your face. And the white hair was because I wanted to play golf, I wanted to play tennis, I wanted to swim. And my hair turned, as I’m sure someone else will tell you, orange, green, yellow, depending upon how much chlorine in the pool. So I decided to go white.”

BARBARA BUSH : “I’ve promised that during this next campaign season, I will not talk. … No, I won’t give any interviews. … I don’t tweet. … No Instagram. … I’m not gonna be musing about someone who does something stupid in the campaign. … I’m gonna stop voicing my opinion and sticking up for things I think are right. Except my boy. I think he’s brilliant.” …

JENNA BUSH HAGER: “I assume you mean Jeb.”

BARBARA BUSH: “Right.” (LAUGHTER)

By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; mallen@politico.com), and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; dlippman@politico.com)

COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Obama poised to hike wages for millions,” by Politico’s Marianne LeVine: “As early as this week, the Labor Department could propose a rule that would raise the current overtime threshold — $23,660 — to as much as $52,000, extending time and a half overtime pay to millions of American workers. … ‘The minimum wage they can’t do,’ said Bill Samuel [of] the AFL-CIO. ‘This is probably the most significant step they can take.’” http://politi.co/1AWNcjI

TOP TALKER — “Clinton aims to cash in with women donors : More than 60 percent of Clinton’s donors this time are women, a notable increase over her 2008 campaign,” by Anna Palmer and Tarini Parti: “The campaign … has a women’s coalition outreach director, and plans for a donor program that strategically targets women to write big checks. … Those targets include younger women — around 35 or 40 years old — and minorities.” http://politi.co/1G6p3pY

— WashPost, top of col. 1, “Clinton bid draws more women into fundraising: In Calif., a group of novice bundlers hopes to collect $1 million,” by Matea Gold in L.A.: “[I]n 2012, … 47 percent of donors who gave [Obama] more than $200 were women.” http://wapo.st/1T6yUmn

HOT IN HILLARYLAND — “Scandals Only Make the Clintons Stronger: The Republican plan to defeat Hillary Clinton is doomed. It’s time to go easy on her,” by Matt Latimer, former George W. Bush speechwriter, on Politico: “A little newsflash about our past (and probably future) First Family, who pundits, long predicting the Clintons’ coronation, are now suddenly beginning to count out: Scandal surfing is what they always do. They skip the top of the waves, sometimes even giving the impression they might succumb to them. But they never do.” http://politi.co/1IxcHLh

DEEP DIVE — “On talk circuit, George W. Bush makes millions but few waves,” by Michael Kruse: “Since 2009, POLITICO has found, Bush has given at least 200 paid speeches and probably many more, typically pocketing $100,000 to $175,000 per appearance. The part-time work, which rarely requires more than an hour on stage, has earned him tens of millions.” http://politi.co/1QgWKNo

PIC DU JOUR — ‏?@blakehounshell: “Bill Clinton at Belmont with the Ready For Hillary people” http://bit.ly/1KPgjWb

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HAPPENING NOW — “Obama, Merkel make nice,” by Carrie Budoff Brown and Matthew Karnitschnig in Krun, Germany: “Obama, sharing a breakfast of beer and pretzels with Chancellor Angela Merkel, declared the US-German relationship as ‘one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known.’ By traveling here with Merkel and spending time with local Germans, Obama sought to put an end to almost two years of frosty public relations following a string of spying revelations.” http://politi.co/1G5Q7pl

NEW COLD WAR — The (London) Daily Telegraph p. 1, “US nuclear weapons may be sited in Britain again,” by Christopher Hope: “The UK could site American new nuclear missiles on British soil amid heightened tensions with Russia, [British Foreign Secretary] Philip Hammond has indicated. The comments raise the prospect of a return to a Cold War-type arms race with Russia over the use of nuclear missiles.” http://bit.ly/1QE8vIF

GET SMART FAST — “Fuzzy Math … ways ‘phony numbers’ may be misleading investors” — AP’s Bernard Condon: “Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they’re cracked up to be. … As stocks climb ever higher, professional investors are worried that ‘adjusted’ earnings figures published by financial analysts are making many big U.S. companies look far more successful than they really are. … Among the items often left out of adjusted figures: … The cost of laying off workers … A fall in the value of patents and other ‘intangible’ assets … The expense of handing out stock to employees.” http://yhoo.it/1MAMUAf

MEDIAWATCH — Financial Times p. 17, “New York Times bolsters London hub as Paris loses its shine: UK capital secures bigger role on back of country’s greater labour flexibility,” by Matthew Garrahan in N.Y.: “The company has merged its London bureau with the London office of the International New York Times, adding digital editors and a branded content studio, while departing editorial staff at its Paris operation are not being replaced … The shift in resources from Paris to London has fuelled talk that the newspaper may move the International New York Times to London. A spokeswoman said there were ‘no current plans’ …

“The company now employs about 60 people in London … About 120 people work in the Paris office but that number is dwindling … The newspaper’s investment in London comes as another US publisher is making a big digital push in Europe. Politico … has opened an office in Brussels and is adding reporters in other capital cities across the continent.” http://on.ft.com/1dpT3D1

POLSON KANNETH leaves ABC News after 9½ years to be booker (senior editorial producer) for CNN’s “State of the Union,” which Jake Tapper begins anchoring next Sunday. Polson (@PolsonKanneth), long Diane Sawyer’s D.C. booker, had his last day on DeSales Street on Friday, and starts at CNN in several weeks. ABC friends are holding a farewell happy hour tomorrow at 6:30 at Edgar.

DATA DU JOUR — “Abortions declining in nearly all states,” by AP National Writer David Crary: “Nationwide, the AP survey showed a decrease in abortions of about 12 percent since 2010. … Charmaine Yoest [of Americans United for Life]: … ‘There’s an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture’ … But advocates for abortion rights said the figures demonstrate that restrictive laws are not needed to reduce … abortions.” http://yhoo.it/1RXjnUz

HOW THEY ROSE — NYT A1, above fold, “Behind Scott Walker, a Longstanding Conservative Alliance Against Unions,” by Patrick Healy and Monica Davey in Madison: “More than any of his potential rivals for the White House, Mr. Walker, 47, is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who have spent years preparing the road for a politician who could successfully present their arguments for small government to a broader constituency. Mr. Walker has embraced those goals in Wisconsin, and the promise of his … campaign is to do the same in Washington.” http://nyti.ms/1FE49vJ

SIREN: TROUBLE ON TRADE — WSJ p. A1, above fold, “Trade Pacts Face Growing Pushback,” by Bob Davis, Siobhan Hughes and Dante Chinni: “In the 10 districts with the biggest export growth since 2006, only three of the representatives say they back legislation to help President Barack Obama wrap up a major Pacific trade deal. … A lack of public trust in both the government and corporations makes it hard for either political party to reclaim the exports argument.” http://on.wsj.com/1QDZrDr

FOURTH QUARTER — WashPost 1-col. lead, “Obama administration stops work on immigrant program,” by Jerry Markon: “Since a federal judge first blocked the new programs in February, the Department of Homeland Security has suspended plans to hire up to 3,100 new employees, most of whom would be housed in an 11-story building the government has leased for $7.8 million a year in [Crystal City] … That building … is now sitting mostly unused …

“Yet inside and outside the Beltway, community groups are mobilizing, educating immigrants and training volunteers to help them apply for relief, even though it remains unclear whether the program will ever begin …. [A] foundation headed by … George Soros … pledged at least $8 million to that effort.” http://wapo.st/1KPpTIO

BEYOND THE BELTWAY — NYT, top of col. 1, “STATES CONFRONT CAVERNOUS HOLES IN THEIR BUDGETS:WEIGHING HIGHER TAXES — Some G.O.P. Governors Wage Bitter Battles With Own Party,” by Julie Bosman in Chicago: “Some of the bitterest budget fights this year pit conservative Republicans against centrist Republicans over how to cut spending or raise taxes. … Longtime bipartisan neglect of pension obligations has caught up with lawmakers in Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and deep tax cuts in Republican-dominated states like Kansas, Louisiana and Wisconsin have contributed to budget shortfalls as economic growth has fallen short of projections.” http://nyti.ms/1F3K8xf

AL HUNT, “Supreme Court Win Could Boomerang on Republicans”: “The Supreme Court could make June the cruelest month for Republicans. … More mainstream Republican conservatives worry more about an anti-gay marriage decision that would bring pressure on all candidates to call for rolling back current protections, opening the possibility of new litigation in states where such unions are legal.” http://bv.ms/1F3G6Vv

FIRST LOOK — “Americans Oppose ACA Lawsuit, Demand Fix If It Succeeds,” from Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, for Americans United for Change : “A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that 61% of Americans think everyone in the country at similar income levels should be eligible for the same health insurance subsidies no matter what state they live in, rejecting the premise of the ACA lawsuit the Supreme Court will rule on late this month.” http://bit.ly/1MAH9Ta

POLL DU JOUR — “Liberals Make Big Comeback in 2015, Poll Analysis Finds,” by WSJ’s Janet Hook: “A new analysis of [WSJ]/NBC News poll data finds a marked increase in the share of registered voters identifying themselves as liberals, and an even bigger drop in the share saying they are conservatives. In three national polls conducted so far in 2015, the analysis found that 26% of registered voters identified themselves as liberals — up from 23% in 2014. At the same time, the share of voters identifying as conservatives dropped to 33% from 37% in 2014.” http://on.wsj.com/1Jy5NW8

REMEMBERING BEAU BIDEN — “He’s the Vice President, But At His Son’s Wake, ‘He’s One of Us,’” by Mike Barnicle in The Daily Beast: “The crowd was the core, the heart, soul and foundation of support and solace for a promising future taken and a parent who has remained amazingly human and normal while surrounded by trappings of power and prestige. Joe Biden is an emotional man and, now, as the hours passed and the crowds did not diminish he found strength and comfort in each person as they slowly, very slowly, made their way toward the altar.” http://thebea.st/1AW7WIn

— “Life Lessons We Can All Learn from Joe Biden,” by Sarah Bianchi on Medium: “[T]he real gift of Joe Biden is not just that he provides us comfort in the face of inexplicable death but he also teaches us how to get life right. In government, the work is often important. But sometimes its intensity can make people feel as if every meeting or moment is critical. And so we log long hours, and only maybe realize later that the moment was too small and the sacrifice too large.” http://bit.ly/1BTBYaB

NEWS AT THE NEWSEUM: “To help raise awareness of the ongoing threats to journalists, on June 8, the Today’s Front Pages exhibit in front of the Newseum will ‘go dark’ for the first time in the museum’s history. The front pages will be replaced with the hashtag #WithoutNews to encourage people to consider what we’d miss without news, and the men and women who risk their lives to report it.” http://bit.ly/1MhkeeR

WHAT THEY MAKE — “Executive Compensation at Public and Private Colleges” — The Chronicle of Higher Education: “[Public:] Rodney A. Erickson, Pennsylvania State University at University Park, $1,494,603 … R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M University at College Station, $1,128,957 … Joseph A. Alutto, Ohio State University $996,169 … Elson S. Floyd, Washington State University, $877,250 … [Private:] Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, $7,143,312 … John L. Lahey, Quinnipiac University, $3,759,076 … Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University, $3,389,917 … Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania, $2,473,952.” http://bit.ly/1AW9UZg

SILICON VALLEY ALERT — “Apple wants a lead role in streaming music,” by AP’s Brandon Bailey and Ryan Nakashima: “With millions of listeners already tuning in to streaming outlets like Pandora and Spotify, analysts and music-industry sources say Apple has been gearing up to launch its own service, aimed at winning back some of those customers and nudging longtime iTunes users into a new mode of listening. Apple is expected to announce the service at its annual conference for software developers, which kicks off Monday in San Francisco.” http://yhoo.it/1dXdLes

MEDIAWATCH — “AP Debuts on Instagram with Photographer’s Return to Vietnam”: Today Nick Ut returned “to the site near Trang Bang, outside of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), where he took his iconic photo on that day in 1972, and [he chronicled] his journey on Instagram. His Instagram ‘takeover’ will provide an intimate view of what he saw and felt in those moments and his perspective more than 40 years later.” http://bit.ly/1MAHUf7 The pix: http://bit.ly/1B0d26h

WEEKEND WEDDING — “Monica Rober, Patrick McHugh” — N.Y. Times announcement: “Guy H. Cecil III, a Universal Life minister, officiated at Pinstripes, a restaurant in Washington. Mrs. McHugh, 30, is the director of operations at Every Voice Center, an organization in Washington that works to reform campaign finance laws. She graduated with honors from Trinity College in Hartford and received a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington. Mr. McHugh, 32, is the deputy executive director at Priorities USA Action, a super PAC in Washington that supports Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid. He was the research director for the [DSCC] from 2011–14. He graduated from Hofstra.” With pic: http://nyti.ms/1KVl97C

BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): William Kaplan of Joliet, Ill., who celebrated with a visit to his 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 3 grandchildren (h/t Jonathan)

BIRTHDAYS : Barbara Bush is 90 … Gabby Giffords turns 45, and is going to Puerto Rico with Mark and daughter Claire for a few days of business and pleasure. Then she heads to Mobile for the christening ceremony of the USS Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday (h/t Pia Carusone) … Cathie Ericson, Playbook’s baby sister (h/t Nels, Anders, Tate, Gus) … Jonathan Collegio is 39 (h/t Rebecca) … Cory Fritz of Boehner-world … Eric Kuhn of Layer3 TV — a CNN, UTA and CBS alum — celebrates 28 with a trip from Denver to NYC; dinner tonight at the Waverly Inn. N.Y. Post ran a story last week on his startup http://bit.ly/1dpVhSS … Matt Whitlock … National Journal’s Tim Grieve … Davis White … Lale Mamaux, CoS to Rep. Alcee Hastings … Roger Hickey, co-director of Campaign for America’s Future …

… Kris Coratti, VP of comms at WaPo … NARAL’s Emily Pomeranz, an OFA, DNC and DSCC alum, turns 3–0 (h/t Ashley Bauman) … Keith Maley, White House regional comms director, ardent Red Sox fan and birdwatcher … Brian Hardwick … Michael Shmagin … Ann Belser of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette … Russ Schriefer … ABC News’ Chris Good, an Atlantic alum … Nancy Bailey of Coca-Cola … Rosie Lineham … Jane Hampton Cook … Tom Davidson … Barry Lando … Lila Young White … actor-comedian Jerry Stiller is 88 … Nancy Sinatra is 75 … “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams is 58 … Keenen Ivory Wayans is 57 … Mike Scheuchzer (MercyMe) is 40 … Kanye West is 38 … actress Torrey DeVitto is 31 (h/ts AP)

DESSERT — “Do you want a family photo like Kate Middleton? Photographer reveals how the Duchess of Cambridge got the perfect shots of Prince George and Princess Charlotte” — Daily Mail: “Judging by the amount of natural light flooding into the pictures, it’s likely Kate took the shots next to a large window. And most likely without using any flash … With its gentle brightness, using natural light rather than artificial lighting equipment can often result in the best family photographs.” http://dailym.ai/1HhcYQT

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