Good Sunday morning. Landing tomorrow: The Playbook Power List. The 30 most powerful people and institutions in Donald Trump’s Washington — as suggested by you guys and vetted by us. Zach Montellaro, one of the great web producers who helps with Playbook, has worked hard with graphics folks Erin Aulov and Katie Ellsworth putting together a really cool package.
CHICAGO PAPERS WEIGH IN ON OBAMA’S LEGACY — CHICAGO TRIBUNE(big front-page package): “A COMPLICATED LEGACY IN CHICAGO: As nation’s 1st black president prepares his farewell speech, allies and activists debate his impact on adopted hometown” http://bit.ly/2iWdxdF … CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: “CHICAGO’S PRESIDENT … City had front-row seat as state senator from South Side rose to become nation’s first African-American commander in chief… PLUS: Despite achievements, Obama couldn’t stem Chicago violence” http://bit.ly/2iRApZm
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO — DOWNTOWN D.C. SHUT DOWN FOR INAUGURATION — Check out the maps and details of road closures in D.C. http://bit.ly/2iWye95
BREAKING — “At Least 4 Dead and 15 Injured in Jerusalem Truck Attack,” by NYT’s Isabel Kershner in Jerusalem: “A truck plowed into a group of people as they were getting off a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon, killing at least four people and injuring about 15 others, the police said. The police called the episode an act of terrorism. Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said the attacker had been shot, and the police released images showing the truck’s windshield, riddled with bullet holes. The dead included three women and one man, and although there was no immediate confirmation from the military, witnesses said that some of the people who were run over were soldiers. Several people were hospitalized, some with critical injuries.
“The attack occurred on the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, which is between east and west Jerusalem and offers sweeping views of the Old City. The violence ended several months of relative calm in the city, following a period of frequent stabbings, shootings and car attacks. Maan, an independent Palestinian news agency, identified the driver of the truck as Fadi Ahmad Al-Qanbar, 28, a resident of the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem.” http://nyti.ms/2i2Rz8T
KNOWING TRUMP’S CABINET PICKS:
SLOTTED FOR TOMORROW’S NYT FRONT PAGE — JEFF SESSIONS: “Jeff Sessions, a Lifelong Outsider, Finds the Inside Track,” by NYT’s Sharon LaFraniere and Matt Apuzzo with Emily Bazelon, Campbell Robertson and Matt Rosenberg, Kitty Bennett and Jacqueline Williams: “Mr. Sessions is in many ways Mr. Trump’s antithesis: reedy-voiced, diminutive and mild-mannered, a devout Methodist and an Eagle Scout who will soon celebrate a golden wedding anniversary with his college sweetheart. His father ran a country store in the Deep South. And he is widely regarded as rigidly honest and inflexible on issues he considers matters of principle. Mr. Trump has meandered across the political spectrum; Mr. Sessions has been a deeply conservative Republican his entire life. But besides their age — both are 70 — Mr. Sessions shared one trait with Mr. Trump: He was an outsider, dismissed by much of the Republican Party as a fringe player on all but his signature issue, immigration. The two men unexpectedly bonded over their willingness to buck the establishment and the unlikely hope that lower-middle- and working-class voters would carry a billionaire to the White House.” http://nyti.ms/2i52Xwf
— The Huntsville Times’ A1: “All Eyes on Sessions: The genial senator stands at the portal to enormous power. But a fierce confirmation hearing awaits.” http://bit.ly/2i4ThC2
— REX TILLERSON: “Rex Tillerson showed pragmatism as Boy Scouts chief,” by the Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “This is what secretary of state nominee Tillerson’s art of diplomacy looks like. In this case, during a 2013 gathering in Texas, he took on one of the most fraught issues ever faced by an organization that he deeply loves. As the most recent president of the Boy Scouts, he had just helped lead the century-old organization into endorsing a historic change. And then he had to help calm the tempest that followed. The years-long debate over allowing gay Scouts — a seismic shift the group called, euphemistically, the debate over ‘membership standards’ — left deep fissures. Tillerson’s role during that period provides insights into his diplomatic instincts, his pragmatism, and his willingness to accept change. It illustrated as well how he approached thorny questions without a clear answer — the kind secretaries of state often encounter — and showcased a leadership style centered on consensus building, putting people at ease by absorbing their thoughts before rendering his own judgment.” http://bit.ly/2i4ZKwP … Boston Globe A1 http://bit.ly/2i2V53a
— DALLAS MORNING NEWS A1: “Before Exxon, there were bands, Scouts” … A1 PDF http://bit.ly/2jhrLlP
WE HEAR…. That former Defense Secretary Bob Gates is speaking at both Rex Tillerson’s and John Kelly’s respective nomination hearings next week.
WHAT CHUCK SCHUMER IS READING — “Ethics official warns against confirmations before reviews are complete,” by WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan: “A top ethics official has warned that plans to confirm Donald Trump’s top Cabinet choices before background examinations are complete are unprecedented and have overwhelmed government investigators responsible for the reviews. The concerns prompted Democrats on Saturday to call for delaying the confirmation process, but Republicans signaled they are unlikely to budge on the eve of a slew of hearings in the Senate. The Trump administration-in-waiting faces its first big test in coming days, with as many as seven nominees for Cabinet positions — many of them already the subject of questions about their qualifications — scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill. The process begins Tuesday, when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s controversial nominee for attorney general, is scheduled to begin two days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But the big show is planned for Wednesday, when five hearings are scheduled, bringing a marathon of nationally televised scrutiny to the thin public records and vast wealth of many of Trump’s Cabinet picks.” http://wapo.st/2j5qz5u
–“Ethics czar mulls reining in officials’ off-the-books trusts,” by Josh Gerstein: “The federal office overseeing ethics for executive branch employees is considering cracking down on a type of financial arrangement that allows some federal officials to avoid publicly reporting investments that could benefit them. The Office of Government Ethics published a notice this week asking for public comment on whether it may have been too lax in its treatment of discretionary trusts — a holding method for investments where the beneficiary is not guaranteed any particular payment or income.” http://politi.co/2iRGKDM
— WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. Many of Trump’s picks are extraordinarily wealthy, and have never before had to lay out their financial situation. Many of them probably never thought they would have to fill out a financial disclosure form. So it will be interesting to see how folks like Betsy DeVos, Tillerson, Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin have their money invested.
HEARING SCHEDULE — Tues.: John Kelly at Homeland Security and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who is Trump’s nominee for attorney general, at Judiciary. Wed.: Sec of State nominee Rex Tillerson at Foreign Relations, Ed nominee Betsy DeVos at HELP, CIA nominee Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) at Intelligence, Transportation nominee Elaine Chao at Senate Commerce. Thurs.: HUD nominee Ben Carson at Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross at Senate Commerce. Next week: Labor nominee Andy Puzder at Senate Commerce.
DANIEL CAM — PLAYBOOK IRL — The Kalorama house in which Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will live: http://bit.ly/2j5yUWO … The new Obama house yesterday http://bit.ly/2i2WneL … http://bit.ly/2i2XzP5 … The two houses are a three-minute walk from each other — in case Jared needs a cup of sugar!
HOT IN JERUSALEM — NETANYAHU UPDATE — “Netanyahu on Secret Tape: Negotiated Favorable Press Coverage With Media Mogul,” by Ha’aretz: “Media tycoon Arnon Mozes is the businessman who negotiated a quid pro quo with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in conversations caught on tape that came to light on Sunday. Haaretz reported Sunday that suspicions in the main corruption affair involving Netanyahu are backed by recordings documenting contacts between him and a businessman over mutual benefits. According to Channel 2, several months ago Netanyahu offered Mozes, publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, a deal that would limit the circulation of the free daily Israel Hayom, Yedioth’s top competitor and widely regarded as the prime minister’s mouthpiece. In return, Mozes would make Yedioth’s coverage more sympathetic to Netanyahu. Israel Hayom, now Israel’s largest newspaper, is owned and published by U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a close confidant of the prime minister.” http://bit.ly/2i5ehbD
SUNDAY BEST — PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA spoke to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’s “THIS WEEK” — STEPHANOPOULOS: “You’ve talked to the president-elect Trump now several times over the course of this transition. What have you tried to impress on him about the job?” OBAMA: “Well, as I’ve said before, the — the conversations have been cordial. He has been open to suggestions, and the main thing that I’ve tried to transmit is that there’s a difference between governing and campaigning, so that what he has to appreciate is as soon as you walk into this office after you’ve been sworn in, you’re now in charge of the largest organization on Earth. You can’t manage it the way you would manage a family business. You can’t manage it the way you would manage a Senate office. I — I was a senator before I became president. And so you have to have a strong team around you. You have to have respect for institutions and the process to make good decisions because you are inherently reliant on other folks. So when I talked to him about — our intelligence agencies, what I’ve said to him is– is that there are gonna be times where you’ve got raw intelligence that comes in and in my experience, over eight years, the intelligence community is pretty good about saying, ‘Look, we can’t say for certain what this means.’ But there are gonna be times where the only way you can make a good decision is if you have confidence that the process is working, and the people that you put in charge are giving you their very best assessments.”
— ON TRUMP’S TWEETING: “On the one hand information is–is moving quick, and — I — I — or — or the way in which people consume information is changing so fast. Clearly this worked for him, and it gives him a direct connection to a lot of the people that voted for him. I — in — I’ve said to him, and I think others have said to him that the day that he is the President of the United States, there are world capitals and financial markets and people all around the world who take really seriously what he says, and in a way that’s just not true before you’re actually sworn in as president.”
— ON THE DECLINE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: “I take some responsibility on that. I — I think that some of it was circumstances. If you look at — what happened, I came in in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. And unlike FDR who waited– well, didn’t take office until about three years into the Great Depression, it was happening just as I was elected. I think we did a really good job in saving this economy and putting us back on the track of growth. But what that meant is in 2010 there were a lot of folks who were still out of work. There were a lot of folks who had lost their homes or saw their home values plummet, their 401k’s plummet. And we were just at the beginnings of a recovery. And the, you know, whoever is president at that point is gonna get hit and his party’s gonna get hit. That then means that suddenly you’ve got a redistricting in which a lot of state legislatures are now Republican. They draw lines that give a huge structural advantage in subsequent elections.
“So — so some of this was circumstances. But what I think that what is also true is that partly because my docket was really full here, so I couldn’t be both chief organizer of the Democratic Party and function as Commander-in-Chief and President of the United States. We did not begin what I think needs to happen over the long haul, and that is rebuild the Democratic Party at the ground level.”
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) to CHUCK TODD on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS” — “You know, here’s the deal for me. I think he’s worried that inquiring into what Russia did in the election is going to undermine his credibility and his legitimacy. Quite frankly, I haven’t heard any Democrat at all of prominence say that we doubt that Donald Trump won. Putin’s not the reason that Clinton lost and Trump won. I don’t think anybody’s saying that. So Mr. President-elect, that’s not what we’re trying to do. What we’re trying to do is find out what the Russians did in our elections and make sure that other people including the Russians won’t do it next time. No doubt in my mind that Russians interfered, that John Podesta’s emails were hacked by the Russians, not some 14-year-old kid or 300-pound guy, and that the DNC was compromised by the Russians. And it seems pretty clear to me that WikiLeaks got it from the Russians. It didn’t affect the outcome, but they tried to interfere in our election. So he’s going to be the defender of the free world here pretty soon … You should let everybody know in American, Republicans and Democrats, that you’re going to make Russia pay a price for trying to interfere. Even though it didn’t affect the outcome, they tried to interfere. And they need to pay a price. And I don’t care what their motives were.”
REINCE PRIEBUS to JOHN DICKERSON on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION” –– DICKERSON: “Let me move on to Obamacare, which is coming up. Donald Trump would like to see repeal and replace happen at the same time. Is that right?” PRIEBUS: “You know, look. I’m not going to get into exactly where this is going to go. But I will tell you that it would be ideal if we could do it all in one big action. But look. It may take time to get all the elements of the replace in place. (UNINTEL) have to use reconciliation for part of it, which is a 50-vote majority. There are other parts of the replacement, such as allowing people and companies across state lines, allowing for open pricing, allowing for health care pooling, that may take 60 votes. So the full replacement may take more time than an instantaneous–” DICKERSON: “So it sounds like you–” PRIEBUS: “action. But our intent is to make it happen as quickly as possible, to repeal and the full replace as fast as we can.” DICKERSON: “Sen. Rand Paul said something that sounded like Donald Trump would not support what you’ve just said, which is more like a repeal and delay. So it sounds like there’s some wiggle room there now from the president-elect in terms of the pacing.” PRIEBUS: “No. I don’t think so at all. I mean, if you can get 60 votes, you know, within a few weeks and get all of those elements of Rand Paul’s bill into place, that would be great. But I think we all understand that things sometimes do take some time. And the full repeal and replace may take a little bit more time. But it’s going to happen as quickly as possible.”
— THIS SEEMS IMPORTANT: Things take time, the incoming W.H. chief of staff said. Just like we said yesterday, this repeal and replace process is going to take some time if they want to do it in one fell swoop.
ALL IN THE FAMILY — “Donald Trump Jr. backs the ‘Hearing Protection Act,’ an effort to ease restrictions on gun silencers,” by WaPo’s Michael S. Rosenwald: “The federal government has strictly limited the sale of firearm silencers for as long as James Bond and big-screen gangsters have used them to discreetly shoot enemies between the eyes. Now the gun industry, which for decades has complained about the restrictions, is pursuing new legislation to make silencers easier to buy, and a key backer is Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter and the oldest son of the president-elect, who campaigned as a friend of the gun industry. The legislation stalled in Congress last year. But with Republicans in charge of the House and Senate and the elder Trump moving into the White House, gun rights advocates are excited about its prospects this year.
“They hope to position the bill the same way this time — not as a Second Amendment issue, but as a public-health effort to safeguard the eardrums of the nation’s 55 million gun owners. They even named it the Hearing Protection Act. It would end treating silencers as the same category as machine guns and grenades, thus eliminating a $200 tax and a nine-month approval process. ‘It’s about safety,’ Trump Jr. explained in a September video interview with the founder of SilencerCo, a Utah silencer manufacturer. ‘It’s a health issue, frankly.’” http://wapo.st/2i2NBNS
OBAMA LEGACY — “Obama taps longtime aide to oversee presidential records process,” by Josh Gerstein: “President Barack Obama has selected his close aide Anita Decker-Breckenridge to act as his representative in the process that will lead to many of his White House records becoming public in future decades. A letter Obama sent to the National Archives in July authorizes Breckenridge to convey Obama’s wishes about which of his presidential files can be made public and which should be kept under wraps for a period of time. The letter, released to POLITICO on Friday under the Freedom of Information Act, also indicates that Obama is exercising his rights to put many of those records off-limits for 12 years after he leaves the presidency later this month. While the move could be seen as at odds with Obama’s frequently-stated commitment to transparency, it’s a step other recent presidents have also taken before leaving the White House.” http://politi.co/2i6RY8Y
INAUGURATION WATCH — Insight America is hosting “The 2017 Black Tie & Chic Gala” celebrating Trump and a “Salute to Republican African American Leaders” on Jan. 18 at the Watergate Hotel. Armstrong Williams and Angela Sailor are serving as the master and mistress of ceremonies. Honorary chairs for the event include: Michael Steele and J.C. Watts. The invite http://bit.ly/2i6RSy2
COVERBOY — Who is on the cover of the Jan. 13 edition of India Abroad? Manu Raju, with a full photo spread and the headline, “King of the Hill.” http://bit.ly/2iOvJ8u
SPORTS BLINK — NFL playoffs schedule today: Dolphins at Steelers, 1:05 p.m. on CBS … Giants at Packers, 4:40 p.m. on Fox.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT — Obama went to Jacksonville, Florida, last night for Marvin Nicholson’s wedding. Nicholson is the special assistant to Obama — and a frequent POTUS golf partner.
CABINET WATCH — “Trump’s Cabinet picks undergo grueling prep for hearings,”by Nancy Cook and Andrew Restuccia: “They call them ‘murder boards’ for a reason. Seated beneath bright lights that mimic the conditions of a camera-packed hearing room, President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks are being put through hours-long mock confirmation hearings this weekend to prepare for the Senate grillings that may decide their fates. Numerous murder board sessions are being run in anticipation of one of the most consequential weeks for the Trump transition: Nine of the president-elect’s Cabinet picks, many of whom have no federal government experience, will face Senate questioning this week — including hostile Democrats eager to score points on everything from the president-elect’s admiration of Vladimir Putin to the candidate’s wealth and potential conflicts-of-interest.
“The idea is to replicate the high-pressure environment of a televised hearing where senators may lob questions in rapid succession about arcane and awkward topics in an effort to trip them up. A room on the sixth floor of the team’s downtown D.C. headquarters has been transformed into a mock Senate hearing room, with staffers playing the senators on relevant committees and a countdown clock to ensure candidates keep their answers short, according to several transition officials. Those officials asked for anonymity to describe the preparations for the upcoming confirmation hearings out of fear of violating the transition team’s strict non-disclosure agreements.” http://politi.co/2i2H9Gp
— “Inside the 116 Club, Jeff Sessions’ hidden haunt,” by Isaac Arnsdorf and Ken Vogel: “Two blocks from Jeff Sessions’ Senate office stands an unassuming red townhouse where he rubs shoulders with lobbyists and Washington power players, outside of public view. If there is a physical embodiment of the lobbying and influence peddling that Donald Trump has railed against, the 116 Club might be it. The private club’s roster is a closely guarded secret, but Sessions’ membership is evident from $25 monthly dues payments listed on his most recent campaign filings. It highlights for Sessions, an Alabama senator since 1997, his status as a Washington insider who is likely to cruise to confirmation as attorney general despite complaints from Democrats and civil rights leaders.” http://politi.co/2i6Vccr
WEST COAST WATCH — “Pro-Trump Californians hope his victory can fuel a GOP revival in the Golden State,” by LA Times’ Seema Mehta: “Hundreds of Donald Trump’s California supporters gathered Saturday to celebrate his impending inauguration — and to try to funnel the energy that propelled him to the White House into turning their cobalt-blue home state red. ‘If we can get Donald J. Trump to be president of the United States, certainly we can get Californians registered to be Republicans,’ longtime conservative activist Johnnie Morgan said to applause. ‘With the energy we have now, with the momentum we have now, with the inspiration we have now, with the committed people we have now, we can do this. It will spread like wildfire.’ It’s a tall order. Voter registration in the GOP is at a historic low in the state, no Republican has been elected statewide in more than a decade, and Democrats dominate the state’s congressional delegation and Legislature. Trump supporters hope this could be dislodged by the coalition the Republicans stitched together to win the presidency, although most acknowledge the hurdles they face.” http://lat.ms/2j5CPmT
ROBIN WRIGHT on NewYorker.com, “Trump and Iran: Yet Another Hostage Crisis”: “Short of last-minute diplomacy, Donald Trump will inherit another hostage crisis with Iran on Inauguration Day—thirty-five years after the first hostage drama at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran ended … The Islamic Republic has quietly arrested more Americans since the nuclear deal went into effect, in January, 2016, which coincided with a separate U.S. payment of $1.7 billion, transferred in three planeloads of cash, to settle a legal case from the Shah’s era. … At least six Americans and two green-card holders are now imprisoned or have disappeared in the Islamic Republic. One is now the longest-held civilian hostage in U.S. history. An undisclosed number have not been publicly identified. … Two weeks away from Trump’s Inauguration, almost two-thirds of Americans oppose pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal or trying to renegotiate it, according to a survey released Wednesday by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation.” http://bit.ly/2iRE5KD
MEDIAWATCH — “The Future of the Times: A View From the Top” — Q&A with NYT executive editor Dean Baquet questioned by public editor Liz Spayd: “We’re going to think harder about how we’re going to edit The New York Times. Trying to edit The Times the way we edited it in a purely print era is unreasonable. The layers of editing, the number of people who touch a story. The fact is that we now write so much more. … The challenge is how to still be fast and give people a story in a form that is accurate. But it’s hard. … Also, I think people will see more changes in the print New York Times.” http://nyti.ms/2jqKH5R
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
–“True Confessions: Carrie Fisher Interviews Madonna” – June 13, 1991 issue of Rolling Stone: “Two iconic women discuss men, marriage, mothers – and share stories about god, death, ecstasy and spankings.” http://rol.st/2hZLi9p
–“Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust,” by Karl Marlantes in the NYT: “Vietnam changed us as a country. In many ways, for the worse: It made us cynical and distrustful of our institutions, especially of government. For many people, it eroded the notion, once nearly universal, that part of being an American was serving your country.” http://nyti.ms/2ir7z0V
–“A radical approach to gun crime: paying people not to kill each other,” by Jason Motlagh in The Guardian: “Richmond, California had a murder rate 11 times higher than New York City. A controversial scheme cut the number of victims in half – but not everyone is happy.” http://bit.ly/2iNdkqw
–“Death of a Giant,” by John Seabrook in the June 1994 issue of Harper’s magazine: “Stalking the disappearing bluefin tuna.” http://bit.ly/2il0Cyg
–“A Chat with Mark Lilla about Those Who Think ‘History Has Gone Off Course,’”by David Skinner in the Winter issue of Humanities: Some people “have a catastrophic conception of history. … They believe that some calamitous event has taken place in time, that history has gone off course, and that the kind of society they lived in (or imagined they lived in) has shattered. They find themselves on the shore, looking on as the debris of everything they valued is swept away by the current.” http://bit.ly/2iL0ivD (h/t TheBrowser.com)
–“After the Great Flood of Florence,” by Marco Grassi in The New Criterion: “On the wreckage and recovery of art works in the Arno River flood of 1966.” http://bit.ly/2hYLACl
–“The Couple Who Saved China’s Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Forever,” by Tony Perrottet in the Jan. issue of Smithsonian: “As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country’s riches.” http://bit.ly/2iRkrAG
–“How a Remote Town in Romania Has Become Cybercrime Central,” by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, author of “The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI’s Hunt for America’s Stolen Secrets,” in the Jan. 2011 issue of Wired: “Among law enforcement officials around the world, the city of 120,000 has a nickname: Hackerville. … According to authorities, these schemes have brought tens of millions of dollars into the area over the past decade, fueling the development of new apartment buildings, nightclubs, and shopping centers. Râmnicu Vâlcea is a town whose business is cybercrime, and business is booming.” http://bit.ly/2iRkeO0 … $19.17 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2j06nlG (h/t Longform.org)
–“The Greatest Civilisation Ever Forgotten?” by Andrew Robinson in History Today: “The civilisation that arose in the Indus valley around 5,000 years ago was only discovered in the early 20th century. Andrew Robinson looks at what we know about this extraordinary culture.” http://bit.ly/2hYPTgQ
–“The Art of the Escort,” by David Rennie in 1843 Magazine: “The Economist’s Washington bureau chief examines how a nation’s character is reflected in its motorcades.” http://bit.ly/2iN66TC
–“Why anything? Why this?” by Derek Parfit in the London Review of Books: “[W]hy is there a Universe at all? It might have been true that nothing ever existed: no living beings, no stars, no atoms, not even space or time. When we think about this possibility, it can seem astonishing that anything exists.” http://bit.ly/2iRckUE
–“How To Be Good,” by Larissa MacFarquhar in the Sept. 5, 2011 issue of The New Yorker: “An Oxford philosopher thinks he can distill all morality into a formula. Is he right?” http://bit.ly/2jd0Pnd
–“The Captive Aliens Who Remain Our Shame,” by Annette Gordon-Reed in the N.Y. Review of Books, reviewing “The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution,” by Robert Parkinson: “[B]eing an American is a matter neither of blood nor of cultural connections forged over time. It is, instead, a commitment to a set of ideals famously laid down by the country’s founders, and refined over generations with a notion of progress as a guiding principle.” http://bit.ly/2ilag3L … $30.71 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2iRzOci
–“Reading Burma,” by Sebastian Strangio in the L.A. Review of Books, reviewing “The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Freedom,” by Peter Popham: “As regional neighbors like Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore shot to prosperity in the 1960s and 1970s, Burma slumbered under the rule of General Ne Win, who led the 1962 coup and introduced what came to be known as the ‘Burmese Way to Socialism.’ This fatidic doctrine had little to do with socialism in any meaningful sense.” http://bit.ly/2iZKKSk … $10.07 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2hZ68KS
–“Police Said They Couldn’t Find the Men Who Gang-Raped This Woman While Her 2-Year-Old Watched. Then Another Woman Was Raped,” by Andy Kopsa in Cosmo: “In August, the Independence Police Department closed Taylor Hirth’s case. Now a man has been charged with raping her and endangering her child.” http://bit.ly/2iZHDdf
SPOTTED — John Legend flying first class from Dulles to LAX Saturday … Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) playing slots at the MGM Saturday … Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul (a birthday boy yesterday) and his wife enjoying a bottle of red in the window of Aqua al 2, both wearing their winter beanies sans coats
WEEKEND WEDDING — “Conchita Cruz, Brendan Kelly” — N.Y. Times: “Ms. Cruz, 30, … is a founder and a director of the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York. … Mr. Kelly, who is 33 and works in Washington, is the director of field mobilization for the Alliance for Retired Americans, an affiliate of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. that represents union retirees throughout the country. He graduated from Rutgers. … The couple met in 2008 in Albuquerque, where the bride was working for the Democratic Party of New Mexico as its press secretary; the groom was the field director for Senator Martin Heinrich’s first race for the House of Representatives.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2iWbSor
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Ashley Callen, staff director for the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology committee (h/t Kristina Baum)
BIRTHDAYS: Anita Dunn, managing director of SKDKnickerbocker (hat tips: Hilary, Kelley McCormick, Jill Zuckman, Doug Thornell, Jon Haber) … Heather Podesta, the pride of Rochester (h/t Amy Weiss, Dan) … John Podesta is 68 (h/ts Tony, Amy, Dan) … Buckley Carlson … Sander Vanocur is 89 … Charles Osgood is 84 … Jeannie Kedas, EVP at Viacom (h/t Haber) … Politico Europe’s Nirvi Shah … WSJ senior style reporter Elizabeth Holmes … Ted Leonsis is 6-0 … Israel Hernandez, head of comms and marketing at Afero and a Facebook alum … Trump transition team media advisor David White is 45 (h/t wife Kimball Stroud) … Adam Hechavarria … La Opinión’s Maria Pena, who covers Congress and the White House for the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country … Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) is 41, celebrating with his girls – wife Brooke and daughters Caroline (3) and Eloise (1) at home in Kansas (h/t CJ Grover) … former Rep. Charles F. Bass (R-N.H.) is 65 … Andrew Bates, former NC spox for Hillary and former USTR press secretary, is 3-0 … Caitlin Oakley, press secretary for Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) … Dina Fraioli, senior account exec at CRC and pride of Babylon, NY (h/t Kyle Buckles) … Jason Mehta, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Jacksonville, turns 34 today.
… Newsweek senior editor Ross Schneiderman is 35 … former Sen. Slade Gordon (D-Wash.) is 89 … former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) is 56 … James Reed … DOE’s Kathryn Grant … Chris Tanner … Angelo Mathay … Mary Jane Volk … Micah Honeycutt … Rob Melick … Sally Smith, executive director of the Nexus Fund … Chip Giller, founder and CEO of Grist … Scott Fairchild … Jane Lucas, Sen. Thune’s L.D. … James Quinn … Kevin Ryan is 5-0 … Emma Brown … former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is 75 … Snapchat’s Russ Caditz-Peck, an FCC alum … Amanda McTyre … Jason Mehta, assistant U.S. attorney in Jacksonville, Fla., and former State Dept. attorney … Nora Catherine Steinhauser … Andy Smarick … Gul Jammas Hussain … Jake Bailey of Sen. Cotton’s office … Nicole Tieman, comms. director for Rep. Sensenbrenner … Deborah Weigel, COS for Rep. Andy Biggs … Dena Horton of Sen. Cantwell’s office … Joseph Sgroi of Sen. Booker’s office … Andrew Franke of Rep. Jenkins’ office … Michael Calvert of Rep. Wilson’s office … Sarah Wright of Rep. Mark Takano’s office … Laura Pinsky (h/ts Legistorm) … physicist Stephen Hawking is 75 … David Bowie is 7-0 (h/ts AP)