POLITICO Playbook: IT’S ALREADY 2020 for many Republican hopefuls — MICHAEL STEEL to Hamilton Place

1,611 DAYS to Nov. 3, 2020 — “2020 contenders struggle to maneuver around Trump: Cruz, Rubio, Cotton, Sasse, Walker and Ryan prepare for political life after Trump,” by Alex Isenstadt: “The 2016 GOP convention is still weeks away, but would-be contenders — from Ted Cruz to Tom Cotton — are already laying groundwork for the next Republican presidential primary. While some are lining up blue-chip staff, scheduling trips to early primary states and setting up political action committees, others are huddling with the party’s biggest financiers. …

“[Sen. Tom] Cotton [Ark.] has been forward in his aspirations. Since he was elected to the Senate in 2014, he’s traveled to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. His aides are building out an aggressive travel schedule in the weeks to come. Next week, Cotton will venture to Southern California to appear before an Orange County GOP gathering. And in August … he will be a guest at a motorcycle-and-barbecue-themed political event hosted by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. …

“Cotton is also expanding his political team. One recent hire … Dorinda Moss, a former [NRSC] finance director who was a top fundraiser on Rubio’s 2016 campaign.” http://politi.co/28eKQdj

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

DRIVING THE DAY — “On Monday morning, House Republicans will release a new website for their ‘A Better Way’ policy agenda rollout: better.gop. The website will be updated frequently as the pieces of the agenda are rolled out. The site is 100% responsive” to look good on all devices. www.better.gop

NEW HILLARY VIDEO “highlighting the rebuke of Donald Trump’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel from prominent Republicans. This video is the latest in a series of #GOPDisunity videos.” Cameos by Newt, Ana Navarro, Mitch McConnell, Bob Corker, Paul Ryan and Jake Tapper, George Stephanopoulos, Chuck Todd and Chris Wallacehttp://bit.ly/1Pzcvzj

ZEITGEIST — L.A. Times A1, above fold, “Trump courting trouble: The candidate’s attack on a Latino judge and other racial comments pose major risks for the Republican Party,” by Michael Finnegan: “His comments came after months of violent and racially charged clashes at his rallies between his overwhelmingly white supporters and protesters, many of them Latino or African American. Riot police are routinely deployed outside Trump’s events, … a sign of potential trouble at next month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

“Aside from the social implications in a nation with a wrenching history of racial strife, Trump’s escalating attacks on the judge have unsettled top Republicans who are fretting over the party’s fate in November.” http://lat.ms/25GPcYA

THE MAP — Tampa Bay Times, bottom of A1, “Down ballot, Trump’s a worry: In Miami-Dade, voicing support can doom a campaign. Even the next state House speaker won’t talk about him,” by Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet: “More than half of Miami-Dade voters are Hispanic … Since [Romney lost the county], Miami-Dade has become even more diverse, and the Republican share of the county electorate has narrowed as more voters reject both major parties and have no party affiliation.” http://bit.ly/212t33C

DELEGATE MATH — “After weekend wins, Clinton on cusp of Democratic nomination,” by AP’s Catherine Lucey and Lisa Lerer in Sacramento: “After blowout weekend wins the [Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico], Clinton is now 26 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination … Clinton now has 1,809 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses; Sanders has 1,520. When including superdelegates, … her lead over Sanders is substantial: 2,357 to 1,566.” http://bit.ly/28eNwrg

THE NARRATIVE — San Francisco Chronicle, top of A1, “Clinton edges nearer pivotal victory: Delegate total rises before key California vote,” by John Wildermuth: “’It is extremely unlikely that Secretary Clinton will have the requisite number of pledged delegates to claim victory on Tuesday night,’ after the primaries in California and New Jersey, Sanders said at a news conference in Los Angeles. ‘Now, I have heard reports that Secretary Clinton has said it’s all going to be over on Tuesday night. I have reports that the media, after the New Jersey results come in, are going to declare that it is all over. That simply is not accurate.’

“But Clinton, who would become the country’s first female presidential candidate from a major party, continued to state that Tuesday’s primaries will be more than enough to push her over the top.” http://bit.ly/1t0KFSu

58 DAYS TO RIO — Boston Globe, bottom of p. A1, “Crime feared at Rio Olympics Despite security steps, risk remains for athletes, fans,” by Shira Springer: “’Zika is one of many safety and security concerns leading up to the Rio Olympics, but it’s not the only one,’ said Juliette Kayyem, who served as President Obama’s assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. ‘I fear that Zika has distracted us from other threats that people could face. … I think everyone will be throwing money at the problem, and holding their breath for two weeks.” http://bit.ly/24sGwCx

— “Rio-Filthy Water: When Rio fails, sister city shows sewage cleanup possible,” by AP’s Jenny Barchfield in Niteroi, Brazil: “In Rio’s Olympic bid document seven years ago, authorities pledged that an extensive cleanup — which included collecting and treating 80 percent of the city’s sewage — would be one of the games’ enduring legacies, but it simply never happened: An ongoing study commissioned by The Associated Press has shown that rowers, sailors and marathon swimmers will be exposed to waters so filthy they’re roughly equivalent to raw sewage. … Several athletes fell ill while training last year.” http://apne.ws/1WBEErR

** A message from the Coalition for Fiscal and National Security: Strength at Home and Abroad: Mullen, Albright, Brzezinski, Gates, Kissinger, Panetta, Paulson and more unite to emphasize the fundamental link between America’s long-term fiscal health and national security. Respected bipartisan group highlights fiscal sustainability and economic growth as foundation for continued global leadership in changing security environment. Read more: http://bit.ly/CFNS2016 **

TOP TWEETS — @rubycramer: “HRC does occasionally stop for avails, as @brianefallon says on CNN. But not ‘day to day.’ And not for 15–20 mins.” http://bit.ly/1VH9Vsj … @BuzzFeedAndrew: “We first posted the Trump blog video on Libya in early January. He just got asked about it. It’s June.”

NEW FIRM for ALEX CONANT and TERRY SULIVAN — NYT’s Jim Rutenberg: “[Terry] Sullivan [@OnBackground]; the former Rubio communications adviser Alex Conant [@AlexConant]; and a lawyer for Mr. Rubio, Will Holley [@FlackDC], [have started a] new consulting firm, Firehouse Strategies [@FirehouseStrat]. It’s based on the premise that Mr. Trump has rewritten the rules of modern communications strategy, and candidates and corporations need to take heed. The primary lesson: ‘The solution is always more content, not less,’ Mr. Sullivan said.” http://nyti.ms/1Oa39tD … www.firehousestrategies.com

FIRST LOOK — MICHAEL STEEL to Hamilton Place Strategies as Managing Director — Forthcoming release: “Michael worked with the policy and communication teams on Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, serving as a Senior Policy and Communications Advisor. For the eight years prior, Michael was the Press Secretary for House Republican Leader and then Speaker of the House John Boehner … Previously, Michael also served as the Press Secretary for Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan in 2012 and as Communications Director for House Ways and Means Committee Republicans. …

“Michael graduated from [UNC] Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and received a Master of Science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.” http://bit.ly/28eN9x9

“ONE OF THE BEST PHOTOJOURNALISTS IN THE WORLD” — NPR’s Eyder Peralta: “David Gilkey, an NPR photojournalist who chronicled pain and beauty in war and conflict, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday along with NPR’s Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna. David and Zabihullah were on assignment for the network traveling with an Afghan army unit. They were in an armored Humvee driven by a soldier of the Afghan National Army. All three were killed after the Humvee was hit by rocket propelled grenades in an apparent ambush. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman and producer.” http://n.pr/25GNw1c … Interview with Gilkey on his work in Haitihttp://bit.ly/1O9X8Nm … NPR statement http://n.pr/1TRaWcA

2016 PLAYERS — “Donald Trump Adds Well-Known G.O.P. Adviser to Campaign Staff,” by NYT’s Ashley Parker and Maggie Haberman: “Donald J. Trump’s campaign is … bringing on Jim Murphy as its new national political director and preparing to beef up its communications team. Mr. Murphy, the head of JLM Consulting, was a senior adviser to Bob Dole’s 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns and managed floor operations at three Republican conventions. Previously, he was president of DCI Group … The campaign … is hoping to add at least two new [communications] hires to help as early as this week.” http://nyti.ms/28eMo77

GLENN THRUSH PODCAST — Gary Johnson declares war on Trump’s border plan — In this week’s “Off Message” podcast, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson tells Glenn Thrush that Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric is “racist” and “incendiary.” The usually mellow former New Mexico governor says he’s had Latino friends targeted by Arizona’s restrictive immigration law, “They’ve got a sticker on their back of their window of their car, ‘I’m an American,’ … They have resigned themselves to carry their papers … To me that is deeply offensive …” With Americans pining for a reasonable third-party candidate, Johnson knows it’s all about being recognized in the polls — “The crux to this whole thing is just getting my name in the polls … Come on. Put us — put our names in the poll.” http://politi.co/1r9wYzi … Transcript http://politi.co/1Pe6PFD LISTEN and subscribe on iTunes.http://apple.co/1KRm0m0

STUFF TRUMP SAYS — “Trump says he made ‘a lot of money’ in deal with Gadhafi,” by AP’s Jill Colvin in Jersey City: “Trump [told John Dickerson on ‘Face the Nation’ that] he made ‘a lot of money’ in a deal years ago with Moammar Gadhafi, despite suggesting at the time he had no idea the former Libyan dictator was involved in renting his suburban New York estate.” http://yhoo.it/22ImBA4

— TRUMP: “I made lot of money with Gadhafi. If you remember, he came to the country and he had to make a deal with me because he needed a place to stay, and he paid me a fortune, never got to stay there. And it became sort of a big joke.” Full transcript http://bit.ly/1r9tCfz

“THE GAGGLE” with David Helfenbein this week interviews Dan Merica, CNN Political Producer, who discusses the daily life being of an embedded reporter on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, shares stories from traveling the country with her and talks about covering politics in the age of social media. www.thegagglepodcast.com

JOHN DICKERSON yesterday celebrated the first anniversary of his hosting of “Face the Nation” — Pic of the anniversary toast with John, Bob Schieffer, FTN’s EP Mary Hager, and DC Bureau Chief Chris Isham http://bit.ly/1tbv17p … Cake http://bit.ly/1UCvNme

TRANSITIONS — “Fenton Names Michael Huttner as new CEO”: “Huttner … is the Founder of ProgressNow, a network of state-based communication hubs with more than 3.4 million members in 23 states. Most recently he was President of the Huttner Group, a strategy firm based in Boulder, Colorado which helps solve complex financial, communications and public policy problems.” http://politi.co/25GNZAw

DEAN HINGSON to Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas — “Hingson … most recently served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Dan Coats, R-IN and as Chairman of the Senate Republican Chiefs of Staff & Staff Directors Working Group.” http://politi.co/1UlRIeS

WEEKEND WEDDINGS — RACHAEL BADE, a star Politico reporter, on Saturday married Alex Bishop at Potomac Point Winery, a Tuscan-style mini vineyard in Stafford, Va. They met in the cafeteria during lunch in 2007 as sophomores at the University of Dayton. They’re off to Italy for a two-week honeymoon. Pics http://bit.ly/22IvBFq … http://bit.ly/1YaHh3z

— “Rebecca Flatow, George Zornick” — N.Y. Times announcement: “Mrs. Zornick, 32, is a lead analyst for policy, planning and innovation at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in [HHS]; she works in Rockville, Md. She graduated and received a law degree from the University of North Carolina and has a master’s degree in social work from Columbia. … Mr. Zornick, 33, is the Washington editor of The Nation, the weekly magazine. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo. … The couple were introduced in 2014 through the dating app Hinge.” With pic http://nyti.ms/1PzcziL Wedding pics http://bit.ly/22IlG2M … http://bit.ly/212rgeO

— Emily Stewart and Brian Dupre were married on Saturday at Luther Place Memorial Church and celebrated on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave. Emily is the national policy director at Planned Parenthood. Brian is a lawyer at HUD. The bride bucked tradition and wore a stunning red dress. Pic http://bit.ly/25IeXLk

BIRTHDAYS: Sarah Klein … “Today” show’s Natalie Morales is 44 … former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, now vice chairman and managing director with investment bank Moelis … Michael Goldfarb of Orion Strategies … No Labels executive director Margaret Kimbrell (h/t Matt Mackowiak and Haber) … Max Docksey, RNC Regional Political Coordinator, Rep. Duffy alum and the pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisc., is 25 (h/t Juston Johnson) … Ward Baker (h/t Tim Miller) … Bloomberg White House reporter Justin Sink (h/t Josh Lederman) … Christopher Rowland, Washington Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe, member of Gridiron (h/t Annie Linskey) … Margaret Kimbrell, executive director at No Labels (h/ts Jon Haber) … Carlie, daughter of Mika Brzezinski … documentarian Abby Ginzberg … Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) … Anna Epstein, senior director at Black Rock Group and former national press secretary for Carly Fiorina and GOP alum, is 25 (h/t Carla Frank) … Matt Heinz, Democratic candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 2nd District and former state representative …

… Ariel Edwards-Levy, Polling Director for HuffPost (h/ts John Celock) … Regina LaBelle, pride of Killingly, Conn., lifelong suffering Red Sox fan, and chief of staff of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (h/t Tim Treanor) … Jocelyn White Martin, former Director of the White House Fellows program during the first term of Bush 43 (hubby tip: Robin Newton) … Rob Kuhlman, associate editor of the Daily Signal (h/t Mary Vought) … Kelly Polce … Felicia Sonmez, a WSJ, AFP and WashPost alum and soon-to-be Blakemore fellow studying Chinese at Tsinghua University … NBC News PR’s Farrin Jay … Politico alum Jay Westcott, now a photojournalist in Lynchburg, Va. … Josh Taylor, partner at Edwards, Davis Stover & Associates, and alum of VA, OFA and Chet Edwards … Sarah Gadsden, political digital media specialist at NBC News … ABC News’ rockstar digital journalist Katherine Faulders … Jonathan Kopp, managing director and chief interactive strategist of Glover Park Group … Amanda Muñoz-Temple … Chris Pack, Eastern Regional Press Sec. at NRCC …

… CNN’s Kevin Liptak … Donna Fenn … Ben Keesey … Marlene English of The Livingston Group … Brett Caplice … Ben Holzer … Bloomberg BNA’s Keith Perine, a Roll Call and Politico alum … EY’s Jen Hemmerdinger, alum of Tax Analysts and Fiscal Times … Linda Krantz … Karen Campbell … Lester Pines … Carol Guensburg … Katie Visco … Emily Henehan Murry … Tessa Ruby Harnden, daughter of Toby … Reed Werner … Trevor B. Whitestone, son of Randall Baker Whitestone … SMU’s Joshua Rovner … Travis Brock … Meredith Barnett … Jane Kaplan … Amy Tewes … Mary Cory … Bruce Colburn … Anne Sayers (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … civil rights activist Roy Innis is 82 … playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 64 … comedian Sandra Bernhard is 61 … International Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg is 60 … comedian Colin Quinn is 57 … actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons is 9 (h/ts AP)

** A message from the Coalition for Fiscal and National Security: The Coalition for Fiscal and National Security is chaired by Admiral Mike Mullen, and includes Albright, Baker, Brzezinski, Chertoff, Gates, Hadley, Hagel, Hamilton, Hayden, Kissinger, Napolitano, Nunn, O’Neill, Panetta, Paulson, Ridge, Scowcroft, Shultz, Volcker, Warner, and Zoellick. This bipartisan group has released a new statement to draw our country’s attention to the fact that America’s global leadership requires a foundation of fiscal sustainability and economic growth, and to the urgent need to update and reprioritize our defense and foreign policy strategies to reflect a changing security environment. The Coalition is convened by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Read more: http://bit.ly/CFNS2016 **

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