POLITICO Playbook: BOEHNER GRINDS IT OUT ON ROAD while getting head bashed in D.C.
Good Monday morning. BROOKE BROWER will be executive producer of Chuck Todd’s 5 p.m. MSNBC show, “MTP Daily,” debuting a week from today. The weeknight show will come from the “Meet the Press” set at NBC’s D.C. bureau, up on Nebraska Ave. Chuck will anchor the first show from New York before attending the News & Documentary Emmys, where he’s nominated for interviewing Dick Cheney. Brooke was E.P. of Chuck’s “Daily Rundown,” and is a “Hardball” survivor. He’s a proud U.Va. grad, and has a master’s in journalism from Northwestern.
BOEHNER INTERVIEW — “‘Garbage men get used to the smell of bad garbage’ [referring to the endless hours on the road] … Boehner says he’s resigned himself to trying to make Washington work — and raise lots of money for his party,” by Jake Sherman: “With the government on track to shut down in less than two weeks and his conference consumed by speculation about whether he’ll survive as speaker this fall, Boehner appears as though he is trying to ignore the drama and push through what his allies say is as aggressive a fundraising schedule as ever. …
“Of the House Freedom Caucus members who are most upset with him, Boehner added, ‘I don’t think they understand I’m as conservative as they are. When I voted regularly, I had the most conservative voting record in Congress. And the idea that I’m the establishment … is just laughable.’ … [H]e’s pulled in nearly $300 million for Republicans since 2009; over the past month, he has traveled from ‘Maine to Seattle, and New Orleans to North Dakota,’ Boehner” said. http://politi.co/1LHRwlX
DAVID PLOUFFE IN EUROPE — “Obama guru maps out Uber’s new strategy for Europe,” by Politico’s Ryan Heath, maestro of Brussels Playbook: “No more cowboy tactics. It’s time to play nice. The … company’s new strategy in Europe is more audacious, its tactics more flexible, and no cost is spared. … ‘What’s not going to work is to say we have a 40-year-old transportation law and “how does Uber fit into that?”’ said David Plouffe, the company’s chief strategist and board member. …
“In his most expansive interview since joining Uber just over a year go, [Plouffe] explained Uber’s 2.0-strategy: It’s a micro-targeted, grassroots political mobilization that draws on what worked for Obama’s first presidential campaign. … Uber challenges European regulators with almost existential questions: Is their job to enable innovations or to limit them? Is Uber a tech or transportation company? …
“The company is turning to its users and drivers … to be the stars of its campaigns. Drivers have collected 120,000 video testimonies, starting to appear together online under tags such as #UberLove and #UberEtMoi.” http://politi.co/1NO6z3t Sign up for Brussels Playbook: http://politi.co/1FXepQj
NEW FIRM called Subject Matter — “Elmendorf | Ryan and Home Front Communications Combine: Merger Creates New 70 Person Government Affairs, Advertising, and Communications Agency”: “Subject Matter combines the extensive legislative and policy expertise of Elmendorf | Ryan with the digital, advertising, content, creative and media skills from Home Front. ‘With Subject Matter we’re not only looking at today’s public affairs challenges, we’re thinking about what those challenges will be in 5 or 10 years,” … said Steve Elmendorf.
“The four firm principals [are] Steve Elmendorf, Paul Frick, Jimmy Ryan and Dan Sallick … Elmendorf, Frick and Sallick worked closely together in the 1990s for then House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt. Ryan worked for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid as well as Senator Charles Schumer. … In 2016, both firms will relocate into a single office. … Debra DeShong will join the firm as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Public Affairs.” See the release. http://bit.ly/1NGG8uQ
** A message from the American Bankers Association: If we mandated cellphone technology, we’d still have brick style phones. If Congress mandates a static payments technology, security safeguards will be out of date tomorrow. Let’s Innovate. Not Mandate. Learn more at letsinnovatenotmandate.com **
BREAKING — HILLARY PICKS UP STEAM in CNN/ORC: “Clinton is backed by 42% of Democratic primary voters nationally, compared to 24% for … Sanders, 22% for Biden and 1% for … O’Malley. That’s a marked improvement over an early September CNN/ORC poll that found Clinton leading Sanders, 37% to 27%, with Biden at 20%.” http://cnn.it/1MlENIc … 12-page PDF http://bit.ly/1LrbN3p
REMEMBERING JAKE BREWER, husband of Mary Katharine Ham — WashPost p. B3, “Beloved White House staffer killed in bike ride for cancer,” by Moriah Balingit and Faiz Siddiqui: “Brewer [was part of a] grueling 160-mile out-and-back tour from the District to Mount Airy, Md. … Brewer … died Saturday after losing control of his bike at a sharp curve, crossing the double yellow line and colliding with an oncoming car … Brewer, of Alexandria, was a senior policy adviser in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House and previously worked as the director of external affairs at Change.org.” http://wapo.st/1KtLNQF …
— MARY KATHARINE statement: “We lost our Jake, … and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. [MK is pregnant.] … His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. … No arms can be her father’s, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine.
“This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain — that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. … [T]here was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had.” http://bit.ly/1islLpl
— POTUS STATEMENT: “Armed with a brilliant mind, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better … I’ve often said that today’s younger generation is smarter, more determined, and more capable of making a difference than I was as a young man. Jake was proof of that. Michelle and I are praying for all of Jake’s family and his many friends, most of all his wife, Mary Katharine Ham, their daughter, Georgia, and their growing family. They’ll always have a family here at the White House.”
— BREWER BIO: “Jake was a competitive triathlete and a published photographer, and he served in a variety of advisory and board roles with organizations building a healthier democracy.” http://1.usa.gov/1Qszh7z
— GoFundMe link for Jake Brewer memorial education fund http://bit.ly/1FaivtC
DAVE ESPO DAY AT NATS PARK: Friends, sources and former colleagues surprised the recently retired David Espo on Saturday at the Ugly Mug and Nats Park. SPOTTED : Shailagh Murray and Neil King, Stephanie Cutter, Paul Kane, Carl Hulse, Mark Shields, Jackie Calmes, Janet hook, Jim Manley, Kent Conrad, Lucy Calautti, Liz Sidoti, Jim Kuhnhenn, Bob Stevenson, Rich Galen, and other Hill vets.
FIRST LOOKS — Bernie Sanders will be a guest on tonight’s episode of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central at 11:30 p.m. “He will be the first major presidential candidate to appear on the show for a ‘Soul Food Sit-Down,’ a new interview segment that takes place over a meal at a barbecue restaurant. Comedy Central recently renewed Wilmore’s contract until the end of 2016.”
— America Crossroads has relaunched its website: The front page is now content-based and allows the group to post its own content and better collaborate with America Rising by sharing content. It also pushes more creative content and commentary on races online. www.americancrossroads.org
— “Lenny Alcivar Joins Targeted Victory As Client Strategy Director … In 2014, he directed communications strategy for Rep. Elise Stefanik.” http://bit.ly/1MBncz3
DAVID REMNICK, editor of The New Yorker, “Letter from Charleston: Blood at the Root — In the aftermath of the Emanuel Nine — A surface tone of conciliation, some argue, prevents political change in Charleston.” http://nyr.kr/1NGeb6r
— TV TONIGHT: Gwen Ifill on Sat. moderated “America After Charleston,” to air tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS. 20-sec. trailer http://on.fb.me/1Fa2cNu
YOU’RE INVITED: POLITICO Magazine’s “What Works “ will have a cool event TOMORROW at 8 a.m. at Georgetown Downtown (640 Mass. Ave. NW), on how cities should build a skilled work force, the role of community colleges and charter schools in low-income neighborhoods. Speakers include: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; John King of the Dept. of Education; Karen Mills, former SBA administrator, now at Harvard; and Margaret Raymond of Stanford. RSVP http://politi.co/1Mw3DYW
WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL SECRETARY Deesha Dyer profiled by NYT’s Gardiner Harris in “White House Letter” on p. A12, “A Rookie Brings Her Skills to the ‘Super Bowl’ of Social Planning”: “Obama will host Pope Francis on Wednesday, President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday and … a … state dinner for Mr. Xi on Friday. … The person Michelle Obama has entrusted to handle this crush … is a former hip-hop reporter for Philadelphia City Paper and a community college graduate who became a White House intern at the relatively advanced age of 31. …
“Mrs. Obama has been breaking with traditions , first by selecting [Desirée] Rogers, the first African-American woman to hold the job, and then by naming Jeremy Bernard, the first man and openly gay person … Now comes Ms. Dyer, 37, the second black woman in the job and for two years the deputy to Mr. Bernard … ‘Deesha may have a nontraditional background for a social secretary, but she has all of the skills and characteristics to be a good social secretary,’ said Lea Berman, a social secretary in the George W. Bush administration.” http://nyti.ms/1Fp0RC6
MEDIAWATCH — NYT, bottom of A1, “Firing at Los Angeles Times Focuses Discontent,” by Ravi Somaiya in L.A.: “Six people familiar with the newspaper’s finances … said further layoffs were imminent. They will be on the order of $10 million in savings, or about 80 jobs, … and will fall mostly on the newsroom.” http://nyti.ms/1NGdb2n
— Allison Williams, daughter of Brian, weds Ricky Van Veen — People’s Karen Mizoguchi and Lindsay Kimble:”The 27-year-old ‘Girls’ star and the 34-year-old College Humor co-founder tied the knot on Saturday … Williams wore a couture gown by Oscar de la Renta. … [T]he wedding took place at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming, and among the 150–200 guests included Williams’ ‘Girls’ co-stars Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, as well as pals Katy Perry, John Mayer, Barry Diller, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bruce Springsteen and Late Night’s Seth Meyers. … Tom Hanks officiated and … Brian Williams walked his daughter down the aisle.” With picshttp://bit.ly/1FoP1rL
ABOUT LAST NIGHT — “Big night for HBO at Emmys with ‘Veep,’ ‘Thrones,’” by AP Television Writer David Bauder: “The pay cable network won 14 awards, with ‘Game of Thrones’ named best drama, ‘Veep’ best comedy and the miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge’ best limited series. The next closest network was Comedy Central with four. Add in the creative arts Emmys awarded a week ago and HBO took a total of 43 awards (NBC was second with 12). The fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’ was the most-honored program in any single year, with a total of 12 awards. …
“’Veep’ claimed the top comedy award that ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ had won for five straight years. … ‘Veep’ star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has her own winning streak going: it was her fourth straight win as best comic actress. She read a line she attributed to her show’s writers about how it must be an honor to honor her, then said it had actually been said by … Donald Trump. ‘It gets trickier and trickier to satirize this stuff,’ she said.” http://bit.ly/1isn8Eu
— TAMMY HADDAD was at the Emmys to celebrate her Veeple.
— L.A. Times A1, “TV’S NEW ERA … Emmy voters honor the fresh and adventurous,” by Scott Collins: “Sunday’sEmmy Awards came with a theme: TV’s new age — hectic and sometimes revolutionary — is here. Major awards went to ‘Transparent,’ a comedy from Amazon Studios about a transgender dad … Viola Davis, star of ABC’s ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ made history as the first African American to win the prize for best actress in a drama series.” http://lat.ms/1PiZ2qA … List of winners http://bit.ly/1gF8PLP
ELLIE SCHAFER WEDDING: On Saturday afternoon at the American Ice Company, family and friends gathered to celebrate the wedding of Dr. Heather Rothenberg and Ellie Schafer, director of the White House Visitors office. SPOTTED: Amy Dacey, Kim Allman, Ted Chiodo, Joelle Terry, Laura Schwartz, Brian Bond, JoDee Winterhof, Pete and Parita Selfridge, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale, Jeremy Bernard, Bob Rivkin and Cindy Moelis, Elizabeth Birch, Kelley McCormick, Tammy Hadadd, Constance Milstein, former Sen. Kent Conrad and Lucy Calautti, Tommy McFly and Md. Senate candidate Chrys Kefalas, Michael and Mary Kathryn Steel, Robert Higdon, and Anita McBride.
— Toasts by Hilary Rosen, Sil Kim, Aubry Abbott and Rachel Gordon were followed by FLOTUS CoS Tina Tchen, who read a personal message from the Obamas. Pics http://bit.ly/1FXeCTF … http://bit.ly/1NNEucF
WEEKEND WEDDINGS: Anna Rogers, the Rubio campaign’s finance director and Dee Duncan, lead advance for Rubio, were married yesterday at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands, NC, followed by dinner and dancing at the Farm at the Old Edwards Inn, in a weekend filled with lots of family, friends, golf, food and football. Pics: The couple http://bit.ly/1LHv8cm … Taking a selfie with the crowd http://bit.ly/1PiquVr
— Reporters Scott Detrow of NPR and Laura Olson of The Morning Call exchanged vows in the rotunda of the Pennsylvania state Capitol in Harrisburg on Sunday. The two met while covering the statehouse in 2009, and followed each other on assignments to Sacramento and now Washington. Pic of the first dancehttp://bit.ly/1KtnHpd
— “Heather Haddon, Stephen Twilley” — N.Y. Times announcement: “The bride, 38 … is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering New Jersey politics and the 2016 presidential race. She graduated from Oberlin College. … The groom, 41, who is known as Stephen, is the managing editor of Public Books, an online review site in New York, where he oversees staffing operations and commissions and edits articles. He received three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, in architectural studies, the comparative history of ideas, and Italian. … The couple met on OkCupid.” With pic http://nyti.ms/1PirRmY Wedding pic http://bit.ly/1V5btNO
ENGAGED: Ashley Gold to Eli Glazier — Glazier, a bicycle and pedestrian planner at Toole Design Droup, proposed to Gold, a US/Canada news writer at BBC and Politico alum. They both went to Penn State but actually met via Twitter. Pic http://bit.ly/1NNFm0Q
BIRTHDAYS: Dean Baquet (h/t Carl Lavin) … Cass Sunstein … former CIA director James Woolsey … Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is 71 … Kiki Burger, the pride of Manhattan Beach (h/t Tim) … CNN’s Brianna Keilar, the pride of Mission Viejo, Calif. (h/t Kristen Welker) … Brian Roehrkasse, VP of external comms at BAE Systems and a Bush DOJ and DHS alum (h/t BKR) … Anna Greenberg, SVP at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (h/t Jon Haber) … Politico’s Charles Garrison … Ian Russell, DCCC political director and pride of the Midwest (h/t Ty Matsdorf) … Laurel Ruza, HRC campaign staffer (h/t Kristen Hayford) … Monica Carmeant …
… Jessica Andrews of the State Department … CQ Roll Call’s Toula Vlahou … Maggie Dougherty of Sen. Rubio’s office … ConwayStrategic’s Lydia Stuckey … Shealah Craighead (h/t Peter Watkins) … John Celock is 36 … Jonathan Robinson … Army Times’ Rachel Barth … Sarah Sibley … John McKechnie … Chelsie Paulson … Ricki Lake … Jane Bowlsby … David Craighead … Joerg Wareka … John Paul Croake … Kelly Lindner … Dan Turrentine … Lisa Marie … poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen is 81 … producer Jerry Bruckheimer is 72 … author Stephen King is 68 … Bill Murray is 65 … Faith Hill is 48 … Ricki Lake is 47 … actors Nikolas and Lorenzo Brino are 17 (h/ts AP)
DESSERT — “How Funny or Die Is Changing Politics,” by Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng: “[I]n April, Funny or Die announced that they had poached Brad Jenkins from the Obama White House, where he had served as associate director in the Office of Public Engagement.” With a Tim Miller cameo http://thebea.st/1KpXEBi
** A message from the American Bankers Association: High-profile data breaches underscore the need for stronger and more innovative security solutions that protect consumers. Banks and payment networks continue to invest heavily in the development and implementation of promising new technologies that protect consumers everywhere purchases are made. Some people want Congress to mandate a static payments technology. That would be a mistake, as security safeguards would be quickly out of date. Mandates hinder the ability to adapt and react to evolving threats. Let’s Innovate. Not Mandate. Learn more at letsinnovatenotmandate.com **
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