POLITICO Playbook: BERNIE HAS A BIG HEADACHE besides delegate math — TRUMP’S HUGE FOOTPRINT in March states
BREAKING: Apple CEO Tim Cook emails Apple employees worldwide with subject line, “Thank you for your support”: “Team, … [W]e have no tolerance or sympathy for terrorists. When they commit unspeakable acts like the tragic attacks in San Bernardino, we work to help the authorities pursue justice for the victims. … At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties. …
“Apple is a uniquely American company . It does not feel right to be on the opposite side of the government in a case centering on the freedoms and liberties that government is meant to protect. Our country has always been strongest when we come together. We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands.” The company also posted a Q&A, “Answers to your questions about Apple and security.” http://apple.co/1XHL7Pq
— Per Team Rubio: “Tim Pawlenty & Sen. Thom Tillis both endorsed Marco this morning. Expect many more in coming days as more people recognize Marco is the only candidate who can beat Trump, unite the party, and win in November.”
Good Monday morning. It’s National Margarita Day. I know a few campaigns that could use one.
TOP TALKER — “Bernie’s spring break blues,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “This year’s Spring Break schedule clashes directly with a large swath of primaries and caucuses, a conflict that comes at the worst of possible times for Sanders, who crushed … Clinton among young and first-time voters in the exit polls in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. The Democratic race is about to enter a four-week stretch where more than half of the party’s delegates will be awarded. But … one campus after another is closing down for weeklong breaks. …
“[M]ore than a half million college students from 14 states will be on spring break at the same time that the presidential campaign train chugs onto their campuses, according to a POLITICO analysis of the March 5 to March 26 primary and caucus states.” http://politi.co/20PCcLL
TOP TWEETS: @BretEastonEllis: “Just back from a dinner in West Hollywood: shocked the majority of the table was voting for Trump but they would never admit it publicly” … NewYorker’s @DavidGrann:”’Super PACs’ spent $215 million, but just $9.2 million, or around 4%, was devoted to attacking Trump” http://nyti.ms/20MKrIo … @KatyTurNBC: “Trump trashes press. Crowd jeers. Guy by press ‘pen’ looks at us & screams ‘you’re a bitch!’ Other gentleman gives cameras the double bird” … @peterbakernyt: “Obama passed on golfing [Saturday] during Scalia’s funeral but is hitting the links early [Sunday] to beat the rain” …
… @AlecMacGillis: “Notion that blue states will block Trump overlooks his romping in NH and drawing throngs in Lowell, MA. Basic misunderstanding of his demo” … @Nate_Cohn: “Basic problem for Cruz: how are you supposed to win all of these southern states in 10 days when you lose SC by 10 pts, can’t beat Rubio?” … @betsy_klein: “Ty Romsa, of Las Vegas, built this @tedcruz-themed hoverboard, complete with Constitution” http://bit.ly/218rYMb
MEMO TO GOP CANDIDATES: Don’t forget to wish Hugh Hewitt a happy 60th.
INSTAGRAM DU JOUR — RNC’s @seanmspicer: “Had to get a babysitter to do Fox today. Lucked out that this guy [Karl Rove!] was available” http://bit.ly/1QvPMo6
1 DAY to GOP caucuses in Nevada … Elena Schneider: “[T]here’s an undercurrent of nervousness about the prospect of a caucus calamity. … Republican campaigns and state operatives point to a number of factors creating the cloud of confusion: a cash-poor state party in disarray, a public unaccustomed to the caucus process.” http://politi.co/1QvP4XO
5 DAYS to Dem primary in S.C. … The (Columbia) State lead story, “Clinton aims to erase ‘’08 loss,” by Jamie Self: “Racially tinged attacks in ’08 not top of voters’ minds … Clinton leads Sanders by 47 points among S.C. African-American voters.” http://bit.ly/1SMx7Vl
8 DAYS TO SUPER TUESDAY — Houston Chronicle lead story, “All eyes on Texas as field narrows:Candidates mobilize here for rich delegate count,” by John W. Gonzalez, Peggy Fikac and David Saleh Rauf, all of San Antonio Express-News: “Texas is the richest prize on March 1, when partisan primaries or caucuses are held in 13 states and American Samoa. At stake will be 661 GOP delegates, with 155 in Texas, and 1,107 Democratic delegates, including 252 in Texas. When voting ends that day, more than half of the delegates needed for the nomination in each party will have been awarded.” http://bit.ly/1Tv0VVe
GROUND GAME — “Trump’s campaign has spread beyond early-to-vote states,” by AP’s Julie Bykowicz and Jack Gillum, with Chad Day: “Trump’s field operation as outlined in the January fundraising reports looks more like that of … Sanders and … Clinton than any of his four Republican competitors. At the beginning of the year, Trump had more salaried campaign employees than … Cruz or … Rubio … Trump had at least 17 paid field consultants in states beyond the first four, … [including] Alabama, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. And his campaign was already paying for office space in eight states that vote in March.
“Sanders and Clinton each had a presence in at least a dozen states voting in March … Kasich had two offices in March states (including one in his home state), Rubio one and Cruz none, though his campaign headquarters is in Houston, where voters weigh in March 1. Rubio’s campaign said it will open a Georgia office on Monday, and earlier hung its shingle in Birmingham, Alabama, and Maple Grove, Minnesota. … Cruz’s campaign showed payments to a handful of strategists in March-voting states, including Michigan.” http://apne.ws/1TzPwVi
— “Donald Trump leads polls in 10 of next 14 voting states,” by N.Y. Post’s Chris Perez http://nyp.st/1SMFf8g
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FUTURECAST — “Mark Zuckerberg: Virtual reality can become the most social platform,” by USA Today’s Edward C. Baig in Barcelona, at Samsung’s Mobile World Congress: “’Pretty soon we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes as if you’re just there, right there in person,’ Zuckerberg [said Sunday at a presser]. ‘Imagine being able to sit in front of a campfire and hang out with friends anytime you want. Or being able to watch a movie in a private theater with your friends anytime you want. Imagine holding a group meeting or event anywhere in the world that you want. All these things are going to be possible.’” http://usat.ly/1oCWQmR
REMEMBERING BETSY FISCHER MARTIN’s Mom — Betsy posts on Facebook: “My sweet and beautiful mom Sally Ford Pomeroy [of Metairie, La] left this Earth but I still feel her presence all around. She was my foundation and compass for all things and my best friend. A truly selfless person, she gave so much to so many. Everything she did, she did with grace and determination including fighting a terrible disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis.
“The greatest honor of my life was to be her daughter and to be with her when she died peacefully [Sat.] night, free of pain. I will miss her every single remaining day of my life.” From Betsy and JMart wedding announcement in NYT: “retired as a piano and voice teacher … was a member of the New Orleans Opera chorus.”
FIRST LOOK VIDEO — “President Clinton Names Hillary the ‘What Can I Do?’ Candidate On Flint”: “In a new Hillary for America web video, President Bill Clinton highlights Hillary Clinton as a ‘changemaker’ when it comes to the tragic situation in Flint … ‘She is a walking changemaker. You hire a President to make something happen for you.’” http://bit.ly/1UhhAwj
SHOT — WATCH ROBBY MOOK lead a pep rally: “Bill Clinton and Hillary For America campaign manager Robby Mook do a special organizer celebration with staff in Nevada after Hillary Clinton’s caucus victory.” 1-min. video http://bit.ly/1Qt1yta
CHASER — L.A. Times p. A1, top of cols. 1–2, “Clinton hits a pothole in money race: She has had trouble finding more big donors and has been outspent by Bernie Sanders recently,” by Evan Halper in D.C. (online: “Clinton faces one problem she didn’t expect: Money”): “As Clinton’s network of fundraisers in … Los Angeles and … San Francisco … struggles to fill events where tickets … cost $2,700 … Sanders is not holding any. His money comes almost entirely online and keeps coming … far faster … than small donations do on Clinton’s website.
“Clinton’s rainmakers have grown anxious. … Sanders … is replenishing funds so fast that he has been able to vastly outspend her on the campaign trail lately, enabling him to start building support even in states where she had a months-long head start.” http://lat.ms/1TzP2yw
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Trump questions Rubio’s eligibility,” by Eliza Collins: “[On Saturday] Trump retweeted a tweet that suggested the Florida senator is not a citizen. George Stephanopoulos asked him about it on ABC’s ‘This Week’ Sunday morning. … Rubio was born in Florida on May 28, 1971. … ‘You’re really not sure that Marco Rubio is eligible to run for president? You’re really not sure?’ Stephanopoulos asked. ‘I don’t know. I really — I’ve never looked at it, George. I honestly have never looked at it. As somebody said, he’s not. And I retweeted it. I have 14 million people between Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and I retweet things, and we start dialogue and it’s very interesting,’ Trump said.” https://politi.co/1OpwI3c
THE NARRATIVE: WSJ 4-col. lead, “Trump, Clinton seize leads: Weekend wins give both the upper hand in amassing delegates in next state contests” … WashPost A1, below fold, “As GOP race goes national, candidates hit different trails” … N.Y. Times A1, 1-col. lead, “DELEGATE COUNT LEAVING SANDERS WITH STEEP CLIMB: A MATHEMATICAL BIND — After 3 Contests, Clinton Adds Distance in Race to 2,383” … NYT A1, below fold, “New Jostling To Establish Trump Rival” … USA Today, inside A section, “Trump, ‘outsider’ politics doomed Bush campaign.”
GLENN THRUSH, “5 takeaways from South Carolina and Nevada”: “1. Biggest win for Hillary Clinton since New Hampshire ’08. … 2. Marco’s moment … again. … 3. Bernie’s problem with black voters could derail the revolution. … 4. Ted Cruz at the crossroads. … 5. Donald Trump loses Jeb Bush, his favorite chew toy.” http://politi.co/24mdEhW
— A snippet from Bruce Mehlman (lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti) quarterly Washington Update shows the “Enthusiasm Gap Persists: GOP voters again outpaced ’12 primaries (SC +17%), while DEMS again trailed ’08 (NV -31%)… Over 1st three elections: GOP +22% // DEM -22%”. http://bit.ly/1KCdtc1
GLENN THRUSH’s “OFF MESSAGE” podcast: “If Don King had been born white he’d be Donald Trump,” (!) Rev. Al Sharpton told Glenn in today’s episode. Sharpton also discusses Bernie Sanders’ Brooklyn roots and his record on race, and what it’ll take for one of the candidates to receive his endorsement. Plus: he weighs in on Black Lives Matter and evaluates the Obama administration on criminal justice. http://politi.co/1L5ijyv … Transcript http://politi.co/1TzW5Hy … Listen to the full interview and get every episode by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes http://apple.co/1KRm0m0 … Soundcloud http://bit.ly/218tT32
SNEAK PEEK — New York mag, “The most powerful voter this year, who in her rapidly increasing numbers has become an entirely new category of citizen, is The Single American Woman,” by Rebecca Traister: “It is a radical upheaval, a national reckoning with massive social and political implications. Across classes, and races, we are seeing a wholesale revision of what female life might entail. We are living through the invention of independent female adulthood as a norm, not an aberration, and the creation of an entirely new population: adult women who are no longer economically, socially, sexually, or reproductively dependent on or defined by the men they marry.” http://thecut.io/218sTfo
2016 PLAYERS — “Kasich campaign adds communications director [Mike Schrimpf],” by Natasha Korecki and Daniel Strauss: “Schrimpf, a veteran Republican operative, is an alum of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s team, where he served as the chief communicator for the GOP governor. He has also served in top communications roles at the [RGA] … Schrimpf is the twin brother of Chris Schrimpf, a longtime press aide for the Ohio governor who’s been the main traveling press aide with the governor’s presidential campaign. He has the title of senior communications adviser.” http://politi.co/1TuSxVz
MIKE BARNICLE in Daily Beast, filing from Beaufort, S.C., “The Man Who Will Not Bow to Fearmongering”:”Kasich is an interesting candidate who knew his chances in a state dominated by evangelicals and anger were not great but he arrived with a smile on his face and a sound of contentment in his voice because it was not in him to feed the beast of those filled with rage and despairing of the future.” http://thebea.st/1Qt2Cgx
LAST NIGHT’s episode of Showtime’s “The Circus,” titled “Fear and Loathing” — Rick Perry: “Donald Trump might not want to sue Ted Cruz. I don’t think if I was Donald that I’d want to be deposed by Ted.”John Heilemann:”Because you think Ted’s just a lot smarter?” Perry: “A lot.” … Nick Merrill, after Clinton burst into barking: “Have you ever heard a presidential candidate make animal noises?” … Halperin to a passing Clinton: “Have you been doing that a long time or is that new?” Clinton: “Oh, years ago, years ago.”
STATE OF THE ART — “What Voters Are Streaming” — Bloomberg Politics: “More than 7 million people on the voter rolls nationwide also have Spotify accounts. If you sort them by partisan behavior and attitudes, you get ‘Red’ (generally votes for Republicans) ‘Blue,’ (generally votes for Democrats) and ‘Purple’ (unaffiliated with either the Democratic or Republican party) listeners. Here are the 25 most popular tracks in each group.” http://bloom.bg/1KDpJJm
FAIL — “Trump’s Nevada-Themed Twitter Photo Appeared To Feature A Mountain In Argentina,” by BuzzFeed’s Megan Apper : “A Google reverse image search says the best guess for the image is Monte Fitz Roy — a mountain in [the] Argentine Patagonia. … Shortly after BuzzFeed News reached out for comment, the image was removed from Trump’s” Twitter account. http://bzfd.it/1TuRdlC
MARCO THE MAGICIAN — “Rubio super PAC compares him to Harry Potter,” by Anna Palmer: “Leaders of a pro-Rubio super PAC [Conservative Solutions] sent a fundraising memo Sunday evening likening Marco Rubio to the youthful boy wizard Harry Potter and Donald Trump to the evil wizard Voldemort … ‘In Harry Potter lore, Voldemort, the Dark Lord, had a secret to his strength. His secret was his horcruxes,’ [Warren Tompkins and Jon Lerner] wrote. ‘As each horcrux was destroyed, Voldemort became increasingly vulnerable, not increasingly strong. When all of the horcruxes were gone, Voldemort lost his one-on-one battle with Harry Potter.’” http://politi.co/1TuRiWp … Full memo http://bit.ly/20PzYfs
EVAN OSNOS in The New Yorker, “Father Mike: A militant white priest fights for his black parishioners on the South Side”: “For forty years, [Mike] Pfleger has worked and lived at the Faith Community of St. Sabina, Chicago’s largest African-American Catholic church. His neighborhood, Auburn-Gresham, is ninety-eight per cent black. Pfleger is white. At sixty-six, he has heavy eyes and side-swept brown hair that has not changed much in color or style since the Johnson Administration. ‘It’s easier to get a gun in my neighborhood than it is a computer,’ he told … President [Obama], adding, ‘For many years, nobody even cared about Chicago, because the violence is primarily black and brown.’” http://bit.ly/1RWkc21
BRIEFING-ROOM CLOWNS — WashPost Style lead, “For White House press, the fringe often is the majority,” by Debra Bruno (online: “There’s the major media. And then there’s the ‘other’ White House press corps”): “[O]n the fringes of the 49-seat White House briefing room, another class of reporters shares elbow room … with the big guns of journalism. On any given day, … this group may include … a courtly Indian gentleman [Goyal! Dana Milbank’s fave] whose newspaper doesn’t actually exist at the moment, … an Uber driver, a woman in an ever-present down vest who files reports on Twitter and Facebook, and a man who likes to tweet out photos of himself posing in the briefing room.” http://wapo.st/1TzFa83
FLASHBACK — NYT’s Retro Report on the 2000 recount — “16 Years After Bush v. Gore, Still Wrestling With Ballot-Box Rules,” by Clyde Haberman: “The dramatic controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election led to sweeping voting reforms, but opened the door to a new set of problems that continue to impact elections today.” 11-min. video http://nyti.ms/1L4VVoU
HOT VIDEOS — From the White House’s Facebook page, “Dance Party with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin” and POTUS and the First Lady: “What’s the secret to still dancing at 106? Watch 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin fulfill her dream of visiting the White House and meeting President Obama.#BlackHistoryMonth”. 1-min. video, already up to 17 million views http://on.fb.me/1Q4CObt
— “Watch A Young Bernie Sanders Get Arrested While Protesting Segregation” — 1-min. video http://huff.to/1oWFEbQ
WORTH THE CLICK — EZRA KLEIN’s 5-min. compelling Vox video, “Donald Trump’s rise is a scary momentin American politics,” which has garnered 9.9 million views since it was posted yesterday. http://on.fb.me/20PCimL
IN PLAYBOOK YESTERDAY, we said that Marco’s new nickname is 3–5–2 (his finishes so far) — A Florida friend wrote Daniel: “For what it’s worth, 352 is the area code for Gainesville, Florida, where UF is located (Rubio’s alma mater).”
EMAIL DU JOUR — TED’s trick to make you open his email! In a Friday email, the “from” field read “From Ted’s iPhone <firstname.lastname@example.org>” with the subject line “the end”: “It would give me such a huge boost if you would consider making a late night or early morning contribution to help me demonstrate that while I don’t have Donald’s billions — I do have millions of supporters. … Thank you for all you do, Ted Sent from my iPhone”.
6 DAYS to OSCAR — “Entertainment Equality Study: Damning study finds a ‘whitewashed’ Hollywood,” by AP Film Writer Jake Coyle: “A study to be released Monday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism offers one of the most wide-ranging examinations of the film and television industries, including a pointed ‘inclusivity index’ … that gives a failing grade to every movie studio and most TV makers. …
“In the 414 studied films and series, only a third of speaking characters were female, and only 28.3 percent were from minority groups — about 10 percent less than the makeup of the U.S. population.” http://apne.ws/1PRxOJ6
MEDIAWATCH — “Chris Wallace: Clinton won’t come on my show,” by Burgess Everett: “After … Sanders … appeared on the show last week, Wallace said Clinton’s staff won’t even respond to invitations to appear on the show. The host said his staff emailed Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri and spokesman Nick Merrill this week, and ‘neither of them had the courtesy to return our phone calls and emails.’” http://politi.co/24meWJR
— “[On Saturday night] FOX News Channel set a record with 3.3 million viewers — the highest ever for a South Carolina Primary. Anchored by Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly, America’s Election Headquarters averaged 3.3 million viewers and 588,000 in the 25–54 demo, beating both CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers and outpacing them in the demo.”
WASHINGTON, INC. — “Former Dickstein Shapiro Chair Reflects on Demise, Blames Media,” by Bloomberg BNA’s Casey Sullivan: “At its peak in 2010, the firm had 400 lawyers and five offices and practices in lobbying, government contracts, insurance coverage and intellectual property. By the start of 2016, it declined to just over 100 lawyers in two offices … On Feb. 11, Dickstein announced it would no longer engage in the practice of law and its 100-plus lawyers joined Philadelphia’s Blank Rome in an asset acquisition.” http://bit.ly/1PRmrB1
BUSINESS BURST — NATHAN SHEETS, Treasury’s Under Secretary for International Affairs, posts on Medium, “The Importance of China’s Transition to Smarter Growth”: “[E]ven as its growth remains brisk … recent financial market volatility … has put a spotlight on China’s slowdown and the need for China to accelerate the pace of its transition to a more consumption-led economy.” http://bit.ly/1Q4E3ao
WHITE HOUSE ARRIVAL LOUNGE: Gabriela Chojkier starts today as Director of Hispanic Media. Gabriela will serve as spokesman at a time when the region is part of the core agenda of the White House with the President’s historic trip to Cuba and Argentina in March. Before this, Chojkier served as comms. adviser in the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean at USAID.
TRANSITIONS — “Mike Senich is joining Facebook as Client Partner, Politics. Senich was most recently the Director of Fundraising at the Republican digital firm Targeted Victory. During the 2012 cycle he was part of Speaker John Boehner’s political team that protected the House Majority and raised more than $100M.”
OUT AND ABOUT: Juleanna Glover and Kate Nocera hosted a book party last night at Juleanna’s house to toast “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA,” by NYT columnist (and Kate’s father) Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss. Review in yesterday’s NYT Book Review http://nyti.ms/1LC3VbO …$19.90 on Amazon http://amzn.to/1PD6LkP
— SPOTTED : Scott Simon, Nu Wexler, Meredith Shiner, Emily Yoffe, Tim Noah, Lois Romano, Jeff Birnbaum, Brad Wolverton, Nihal Krishan, Becca Glover Watkins and Pepper Watkins, Deb and Jim Fallows, Jay Newton-Small, Taylor Holgate, Matt Cooper, Carl Hulse, Hilary Rosen, Jill Zuckman, Norm Ornstein, Michael Ramlet and Kyle Dropp, Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani and Anthony Randazzo.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Politico’s Seung Min Kim married long-time boyfriend Jeff Lee on Saturday evening at Dumbarton House in Georgetown, followed by a reception at Firefly restaurant. Attendees came from Iowa, Ohio, Korea and elsewhere to cheer on the couple, who met while volunteering in D.C. Pic http://bit.ly/218usdi
— Adam Kinsey and Alexis Tameron: Alexis is the Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party and Adam is a partner at Saguaro Strategies, a political consulting firm. The two met on the Senate campaign of Dr. Richard Carmona in 2012. Even though they play on the same political team, the two have very different sports allegiances: Alexis is an ardent supporter of ASU and the Arizona Cardinals while Adam cheers for the University of Arizona and the Seattle Seahawks. Former Rep. Harry Mitchell officiated. Pic on the dance floor http://bit.ly/24mfwaI
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (h/t Patrick Newton)
BIRTHDAYS: Peter Siegal, a lawyer at Robbins Russell (et al.) on K Street and loyal Playbooker, is 3–0 … Uncle Peter “Pedro” Hanna, who yesterday received this amazing present from Laurel-Manette: a collage of one-word description by friends and family http://bit.ly/1TuZPJ0 … David Axelrod, the pride of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in lower Manhattan, is 61 … Obama alum Alyssa Mastromonaco, COO of Vice Media … Hugh Hewitt — the pride of Warren, Ohio; GOP debate questioner; fly fisherman; conservative radio talk show host, moving on April 4 to the D.C. 6 to 9 a.m. slot; and devoted grandfather — turns three (3) score (h/t his fishing buddies) … former Senate Leader Bill Frist is 64 … Alex Slater, managing director of the Clyde Group, a comms. and public affairs agency (h/t Steve Elmendorf) … Bob Bauer, former W.H. counsel, now at Perkins Coie … Politico’s Chris Behm and Heidi Sommer …
… Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder and partner at Echelon Insights and author of “The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)” … David Sherzer, Bush alum (we jumped the gun yesterday; h/t Watkins, Deckard) … Lindsey Rosenthal, comms. associate at Everytown for Gun Safety (h/t Kayla Keller) … Tim Newell … Martha Boudreau, chief comms. and marketing officer at AARP (h/ts Jon Haber) … Dan Gilgoff, NatGeo’s executive editor for digital and a CNN and US News alum … Ellis Brachman, Obey alum now chief comms. officer at the Congressional Research Service … Ed Brookover, Ben Carson’s campaign manager and a Greener & Hook alum … Bush 43 alum Viet Dinh, now founding partner of Bancroft PLLC … Daniel Holway, MSNBC booking producer … Liz Glover …
… Jim Mills (h/t Madden) … CNN producer Laurie Ure … Aaron Flint … Elizabeth Oblinger, manager of gov’t affairs at Cox Enterprises and a Portman alum … Kimberly Marteau Emerson … Marissa Lang … AP’s Michael Biesecker and Dorothy Abernathy … Hanna Bondarewska … Richard Brothers … Wendy Gordon … Jim Vilmain … Angelique Pirozzi … Melissa Watson … Corey Brown Thornblad … Trish Stocking (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Hollywood “ghost singer” Marni Nixon is 86 … movie director Jonathan Demme is 72 … Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 66 … actor Kyle MacLachlan is 57 … World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh is 53 … Drew Barrymore is 41 … actor Daniel E. Smith is 26 (h/ts AP)
DESSERT — “Southern fast-food chains are taking over the rest of America,” by Business Insider’s Kate Taylor: “[I]n 2015, [New Yorkers’] prayers for chicken sandwiches were answered, with the opening of the first stand-alone Manhattan Chick-fil-A restaurant. … Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Krispy Kreme announced on Monday that it signed a development deal to open seven locations in New Hampshire and Maine in the coming years. … Bojangles … plans to open hundreds of locations in the Northeast, as well as the Midwest, Texas, and California.” http://read.bi/1T0Vjnc
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