POLITICO Playbook: TRUMP READY TO HIRE AD MAKER — NEW RANT: Jeb was low-energy. Marco was sweaty. Guess how he’s trolling Carson

PLAYBOOK IN-BOX — From a rival campaign: “On Monday, Marco was crying over the possibility that they might possibly be criticized and now they are on a full-on assault on Cruz? Cruz’s team seems to be strong enough to take criticism. Time for all the men who run Marco’s campaign to stop whining to the refs.”

Good morning — it’s Friday the 13th.

EPIC RANT — After tagging Jeb as low-T and Marco as sweaty, Trump has a new victim, per Hanna Trudo: “Trump lashed out at Ben Carson, … likening his ‘pathological’ temperament to that of a child molester’s. In an appearance on CNN’s ‘Erin Burnett OutFront,’ the billionaire businessman said that there is no cure for his 2016 presidential opponent’s ‘pathological temper.’ … ‘That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that … as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it.’” http://politi.co/1PFiEHI

— “Trump team in talks with veteran ad maker,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Rick Reed, a veteran Republican operative known for his bare-knuckle TV ad campaigns … During the 2004 presidential race, he was a chief architect of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth … He has previously worked for … South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Virginia Sen. George Allen. He also spent years” at the NRSC. http://politi.co/1QlzOvi

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

OBAMA RAPS CARSON — ABC’s Arlette Saenz: “Asked [by George Stephanopoulos, for an interview airing on ‘This Week’] about … Carson’s suggestion that eliminating ISIS would be easy, the president said Carson ‘doesn’t know much about it.’” http://abcn.ws/1NuCrF1

— “Carson Advisor ‘Shut Out’ as Campaign Rises,” by Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli : “Texas businessman Terry Giles, Ben Carson’s former campaign chairman and close friend of more than 20 years, has been ‘shut out’ … Giles … was one of the dominant forces behind Carson’s exploratory committee back in early 2015 … Giles … hired most of the senior Carson campaign staffers and laid the foundation for the campaign …

“The Wall Street Journal quoted Giles as saying that he helped prepare Carson for the Oct. 28 Republican presidential debate. By Giles’s own account, that would have been within days of his Oct. 17 exit from two super-PACs supporting Carson. [A] senior Carson staffer said Giles had no role in … debate prep.” http://bloom.bg/20R1fRy

— “Rubio’s low-budget campaign looks to ramp up as voting nears,” by AP’s Julie Pace and Seanna Adcox : “His staff grew by about 30 percent in October, with more than 70 people now on the campaign payroll. … At one of the campaign’s Nevada offices, staffers tried to do their part to live up to the less is more mantra. After noticing a pizza place next to a campaign office had free wireless internet that required a password, a staffer walked over and bought two pieces of pizza and asked for the internet access code. … After about three weeks, the pizza place caught on and asked the Rubio team to stop.” http://bit.ly/1kRxf7b

DEM DEBATE EVE — Gabe Debenedetti: “Sanders [headed] to his Burlington headquarters … to sit down with aides, and to scour briefing papers that include a deep-dive rundown on Iowa issues outlined by his staff on the ground there. He’s agreed to participate in mock debate run-throughs — after being resistant to such standard pre-debate fare last time … Clinton was taking a break from the campaign and cash trail after a pair of New York City fundraising events on Wednesday while her staff tries to manage her new sky-high expectations following her strong October.” http://politi.co/1O6zttl

— “Democrats scheduled debates on days when no one will watch,” by Vox’s Alvin Chang: “I analyzed every debate since the 2000 election cycle — that’s 100 debates. Only seven of them took place on Saturday.” http://bit.ly/1MN6JCt

2016 POWER PLAYERS — “The man behind Hillary Clinton’s African-American outreach,” by CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “Marshall, whose official title is director of states and political engagement, is the highest-ranking African-American staffer on any presidential campaign. … [O]ne of his most important tasks is helping the Clinton campaign navigate a cultural and political terrain that includes a new and boisterous civil rights movement, viral racial incidents and the waning tenure of the nation’s first black president.” http://cnn.it/1N1h2ZY

BREAKING — “Clinton has early, commanding delegate lead for nomination,” by AP’s Stephen Ohlemacher and Hope Yen: “Clinton has locked up public support from half the Democratic Party insiders who get to cast ballots at the party’s national convention. … The [AP] contacted all 712 people known as superdelegates, and more than 80 percent responded. … Clinton got endorsements from 359, while Sanders was endorsed by eight. Two superdelegates supported O’Malley, and the rest were uncommitted.” http://yhoo.it/1Mbul6k

— Per a Clinton campaign official : “Hillary for America is launching two more of its state Leadership Councils today — one in Missouri and one in Vermont — both of which have primaries in March.” Missouri http://bit.ly/1NP25sJ … Vermont http://bfpne.ws/1MFEc5U

CHASER — WSJ A1, at fold, “Big Obama Donors on Sidelines For 2016,” by Daniel Nasaw: “Almost four-fifths of the people who gave the 2012 maximum $5,000 to the president’s re-election committee hadn’t donated to a presidential candidate by Oct. 1.” http://on.wsj.com/1SoIcrx

SCOOPS DU JOUR — “Clinton email companies rebuff Senate investigators,” by Politico’s Rachael Bade: “Several companies that worked on Hillary Clinton’s private server [including Platte River Networks] are refusing interview and document requests from congressional investigators, even as they are cooperating with the FBI.” http://politi.co/1ktAPVr

— “Major donors consider funding Black Lives Matter,” by Ken Vogel and Sarah Wheaton: “Some of the biggest donors on the left plan to meet behind closed doors next week in Washington with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and their allies to discuss funding the burgeoning protest movement … The meetings are taking place at the annual winter gathering of the Democracy Alliance major liberal donor club, which runs from Tuesday evening through Saturday morning.” http://politi.co/1ktNxDw

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LATE-NIGHT BEST — COLBERT on the Dem debate — “Guess what? There’s just 361 shopping days till we get to pick a new president. … [T]his Saturday the Democratic candidates will be duking it out right here on only the CBS TV. My entire body is surging with adrenaline and company loyalty. … With only three Democrats left in the field compared to the Republican debates, there’s also going to be so much extra room on stage they should really put the fourth podium on Airbnb.” 8-min. video http://bit.ly/1NuldHY

WHAT THE CIA KNEW BEFORE 9/11 — Politico Magazine cover, “’The Attacks Will Be Spectacular’: An exclusive look at how the Bush administration ignored this warning from the CIA three months before 9/11, along with others that were far more detailed than previously revealed,” by Chris Whipple, executive producer of “The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs,” airing Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. on Showtime, narrated by Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin. http://politi.co/1WQmVO3 … Trailer http://bit.ly/1QzQsGR … 2-min. preview clip http://bit.ly/1ktL9g9


— “Meet the Press”: Jeb … University of Oklahoma President David Boren … Roundtable: Jeff Greenfield, Kathleen Parker, Jennifer Rubin, Jamil Smith

— ABC’s “This Week”: Marco … George Stephanopoulos interviews President Obama … Post-debate convos with Martin O’Malley, Robby Mook … Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Robert Reich, Stephanie Cutter, Ana Navarro

— CNN’s “State of the Union”: Jeb talks to Tapper … Panel: Bakari Sellers, Michelle Malkin, Ralph Nader, S.E. Cupp

— “Fox News Sunday”: Carson … Greg Lukianoff, founder of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: Power Player: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) … Panel: George Will, Peter Baker, Laura Ingraham, Chuck Lane

— “Face the Nation”: Morning-after show from the Dem debate stage at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University in Des Moines: Bernie Sanders (in person) … Rand Paul (remote) … Panel 1: Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register, Nancy Cordes and Ann Selzer … Panel 2: Dan Balz, Ruth Marcus and, debuting as a CBS News Political Analyst, Jamelle Bouie of Slate.

“60 MINUTES”: “The Speaker of the House — Rep. Paul Ryan sits down for an interview at his home in Wisconsin the week after he is elected Speaker of the House. Scott Pelley reports. Robert G. Anderson and Aaron Weisz are the producers. … Football and the Brain — Steve Kroft examines the state of concussion safety and science in football, especially in the NFL. Draggan Mihailovich is the producer. … Taking on the Eiger — 60 Minutes cameras capture an extreme sportsman using a three-sport technique for the first time to descend the Eiger in the Swiss Alps. Anderson Cooper reports on his breathtaking ride. Tom Anderson is the producer.”

MESSINA GROUP West Coast expansion: “Nathaly Arriola is joining the firm as a Vice President in the San Francisco office after working for President Obama, Senator Reid, the Office of Personnel Management and Silicon Valley startups. ‘In the political and startup world, Nathaly has a well-earned reputation for executing data-driven communications strategies,’ said Jim Messina, CEO.”

ANNE FINUCANE honored last night at American Ireland Fund’s 2015 Boston Gala: “Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh were among the more than 1,100 guests … Anne Finucane, Vice Chair of Bank of America and National Director of The American Ireland Fund, was recognized for her leadership in Bank of America’s philanthropic efforts, which … include the company’s support of Special Olympics, its work with (RED) to fight AIDS in Africa and its support of Music Generation, which has brought musical training to thousands of Ireland’s children.” Pic http://bit.ly/1Y8XtAI

EYE-OPENING STAT ABOUT PARTY STRENGTH — N.Y. Times A1, above fold, “In Obama Era, Wide Republican Gains in States: Democrats Lose Share of Legislative and Local Offices,” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Mike Shear and Alan Blinder: “In January, Republicans will occupy 32 of the nation’s governorships, 10 more than they did in 2009. Democratic losses in state legislatures under Mr. Obama rank among the worst in the last 115 years, with 816 Democratic lawmakers losing their jobs and Republican control of legislatures doubling since the president took office — more seats lost than under any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“’Republicans have more chambers today than they have ever had in the history of the party,’ said Tim Storey, an analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.” http://nyti.ms/1RTqEUE

— NYT QUOTATION of the Day — Adam Edelen, Kentucky state auditor, who lost reelection last week, on the loss of Democratic talent across the country during the Obama administration: “In terms of governors, legislators and constitutional officers, the bench has been eviscerated during his tenure. It will have very long-term consequences.”

LIZ II? “Wyoming GOP congresswoman [Cynthia Loomis] retiring, Liz Cheney considers run” — AP/Cheyenne: “’I am taking a serious look at running and will be discussing this with my family and others around the state as I make my decision in the coming weeks,’ Cheney told The Associated Press by email.” http://bit.ly/1HFQWJE

JEFF GREENFIELD on Politico, “Why the GOP Candidates Are Hooked on Addiction Stories: Like the voters they hope to represent, the drug epidemic has touched them too”: “Three Republican candidates, three surprising, highly personal revelations-all within days of each other.” http://politi.co/1MN6W8v

AIR WAR — Christie’s Super PAC America Leads new 60-second radio ad, “Won’t Back Down”: “A true conservative outsider who successfully took the fight to liberal Democrats in a blue state.” http://bit.ly/1PFjDYr

MEMORIES — “The Post Pub after The Washington Post: A dive bar bids goodbye to the paper it pays homage to,” by WashPost’s Steve Hendrix: “The Post Pub … will stay ‘Post’ even after the newspaper it pays homage to moves away next month and [Fannie Mae] sets up shop catty-corner from one of downtown’s last dive bars. … Journalism, the city and neighborhood nightlife have all changed dramatically from the days when pressmen used to cross the street for a quick one between editions. ‘They would get their shot and a beer and stand in the front window for 20 minutes to watch the hookers walk by,’ [owner Bob] Beaulieu said.” http://wapo.st/1MFFEoW

VIDEO DU JOUR — @nflnetwork: “Why is @wolfblitzer a @buffalobills fan? ‘Some of the best moments of my youth were spent w/ my dad at Bills games’” http://bit.ly/1WQdqP1

CROWD-SOURCING — “Help Us Find Menorahs for the White House Hanukkah Receptions,” by White House’s Matt Nosanchuk: “This year, we’re … looking for a special and unique menorah that tells a story to be part of our candle lighting ceremony. A story about family, about community, about the long Jewish cultural tradition in the United States, Israel, or around the world.” http://1.usa.gov/1HLWQn2

MEDIAWATCH — NBC: “Last week’s win marks the first time TODAY has won ten straight weeks in the key demo since 2012.”

— TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award last night at the Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Awards. A tribute video in her honor featured interviews with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Charlie Rose, Katie Couric, Walter Isaacson, Jim Kelly and Diana Walker. Her last couple lines: “When I was starting out, I came to TIME because journalists got to write the first draft of history. Now we have the chance to make history. Don’t be scared. Be great. Great ideas win. Great content wins. Great photography wins. Great video wins. If we get this right, all of us win, and much more important, our audience does too.”

SANDY BERGER receives the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the 3rd highest honor given by the Japanese government “in recognition of his significant contributions on promoting friendly.” Letter from the Japanese ambassador announcing the honor http://politi.co/1Nu7qBl

IVAN ZAPIEN GWU award — GWU’s “Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) announced that E. Ivan Zapien GSPM M.A. ’95, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica, is the recipient of the 2015 Alumni Achievement Award … [H]e served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) … Zapien’s fellow winners this year are Robert Hoopes ’92, President, Vox Global … Matthew Chase ’98, Executive Director, National Association of Counties; and Todd Webster ’96, Chief of Staff to Senator Chris Coons.” http://bit.ly/1QzGCF3

OUT AND ABOUT : Rick Berke, John Henry and Linda Pizzuti Henry hosted 300 guests at Lincoln Restaurant to celebrate the launch of STAT, the Boston Globe’s new health publication. Guests drank cocktails from glasses shaped as beakers and were served short rib poutine, truffle mac and cheese, chicken pot pie and mini-donuts. www.stat.com

— Speaker Ryan’s new Chief of Staff David Hoppe mingled with pro-life group heads and activists this afternoon at a Meet & Greet reception hosted by Susan B. Anthony List. SPOTTED : SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser and Chairwoman of the Board Jane Abraham, Susan Hirschmann, former Congressman Mike Ferguson and his wife Maureen, Doug Johnson, Penny Nance, David Christensen.

SPORTS BLINK — Evan Allen at UNC says this is a good read — “Will more college athletes take on the establishment?” by AP’s Jim Litke: “Protests have been rare during the college athletes’ eight-decades and counting campaign for a bigger piece of the pie — and successful protests have been rarer still. But the winds of change buffeting the power structure of college sports are stronger than at any time since the mini-revolts of the late 1960s and early ’70s that focused largely on civil rights. More and more, today’s athletes are showing a similar willingness to test the limits of their power through protests, organizing efforts and smart use of social media.” http://yhoo.it/20QCkh0

BIRTHDAYS: Peter Arnett is 81 … Jimmy Kimmel is 48 … Addie Whisenant, the pride of Atlanta and director of African American Media in the White House (aka Marie Claire’s “Message Guru”) is 3–1 (h/ts Jen Psaki and Tarrah Cooper) … NPR’s Ken Rudin, the pride of Fort Lee, NJ … Politico’s video guru Michael Schwab … Geoff Freeman, CEO of the American Gaming Association (h/t Stewart Verdery) … Lindsay Drewel (h/t Pete Nonis) … Harry Hurt III … Politico alum Jonathan Topaz, now at Harvard Law School … Jeff Blattner of Legal Policy Solutions (h/t Jon Haber) … Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker … Ruth Wattenberg … Nochi Dankner is 61 … Kevin Pailet of Dallas … Ari Morgenstern … Dominique Mann … Ken Asby … John Lapp … Martha McKenna … Tanya Brown (h/t Teresa Vilmain) …

… Brad Clark, VP of partnerships at Gill Foundation and a Human Rights Campaign alum … Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott … Kelly Hughes … Morgan Downey … David Alexander … BBC Washington News Editor Sherine El-Nahas … Robert Hastings … Chuck Thies … Marion Steinfels … WashTimes’ Seth McLaughlin … Mark Cheadle … Terry Adamson of National Geographic … actress Madeleine Sherwood is 93 … producer-director Garry Marshall is 81 … Andrew Ranken (The Pogues) is 62 … Whoopi Goldberg is 60 … Vinny Testaverde is 52 … NBA All-Star Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) is 36 … Rahul Kohli (“iZombie”) is 30 (h/ts AP)

BIRTHDAY MON.: Republican Jewish Coalition boss Matt Brooks is 5–0 (h/t friend and neighbor Bill Lord)

DESSERT — “KFC to deliver buckets of fried chicken on demand,” by AP’s Joseph Pisani: “Starting Thursday… in Los Angeles and San Francisco … KFC said it expects to expand the delivery service into Houston by the end of this year. KFC is working with online delivery company DoorDash.” http://yhoo.it/1QzI1eK

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