AFTER MONTHS of President DONALD TRUMP opting to sit out of the House’s impeachment proceedings, his defense strategy became quite clear in his team’s first official response to the Senate: attack, attack, attack. The six-page response, which will be followed up by a trial brief Monday, hit on not only the process but also argued the entire impeachment effort was engineered by his political opponents. It was a stark contrast to the Democrats’ 111-page brief that detailed their case against the president, including new evidence that has come out in the last few weeks.
DARREN SAMUELSOHN, KYLE CHENEY and ANITA KUMAR: “‘This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election,’ Trump’s lawyers argued in a six-page response filed with the Senate just days before the president’s trial begins in earnest, according to sources close to Trump’s legal team.
“The allegations raised by Trump’s attorneys — going after both the substance of the impeachment articles and the process Democrats used to get there — mirror the House’s charges against him. Democrats allege the president pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf by launching investigations into his political opponents.
“Saturday’s filing from Trump marks his initial entry into the impeachment battle. The president and his lawyers had explicitly sat out the House investigation, complaining in a December letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that ‘more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.’ …
“Previewing their arguments Saturday, the House managers in their own opening 111-page trial brief featured a slate of evidence that has emerged in the month since the House impeached Trump on Dec. 18. The new evidence, which continued to pour in even after the trial began last week, underscores the rapidly evolving case against Trump, a particularly acute risk for Republicans seeking a rapid dismissal of the charges.
“Among the new evidence the House will rely upon: a Government Accountability Office report that found Trump illegally withheld military aid from Ukraine when he failed to notify Congress of the move, which came at the precise time he and his allies were pressuring Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden. The brief also cites emails recently unearthed by national security publication Just Security, indicating the legal turmoil that Trump’s hold on military aid caused inside his administration.” POLITICO
SUNDAY BEST — GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS interviewed House Intel Chairman ADAM SCHIFF (D-Calif.) on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” about Trump’s response: SCHIFF: “Well, it’s surprising in that it really doesn’t offer much new beyond the failed arguments we heard in the House. The facts aren’t seriously contested. The president withheld hundreds of millions of dollars of military aid to an ally at war with Russia, withheld a White House meeting that the president of Ukraine desperately sought to establish with his country and with his adversary the support of the United States, in order to coerce Ukraine into helping him cheat in the next election.
STEPHANOPOULOS: “Well, that’s what I wanted — that’s what I wanted to get to, because that’s the argument — Alan Dershowitz is coming up, and that’s the argument he’s going to make. He says, quote, ‘Abuse of power, even if proved, is not an impeachable offense.’
SCHIFF: “Well, that’s the argument I suppose you have to make if the facts are so dead set against you, if the president has admitted to the wrongdoing, his chief of staff has confessed to the wrongdoing, his European Union ambassador has confessed to the same quid pro quo, you have to rely on an argument that even if he abused his office in this horrendous way, that it’s not impeachable, you had to go so far out of the mainstream to find someone to make that argument, you had to leave the realm of constitutional law scholars and go to criminal defense lawyers.”
SCHIFF also spoke about the NSA and CIA withholding information about Ukraine because of WHITE HOUSE pressure. More from John Bresnahan
STEPHANOPOULOS also spoke with ALAN DERSHOWITZ about impeachment: STEPHANOPOULOS: “The president’s brief filed last night says very clearly the president did nothing wrong, and you’re saying you’re not willing to endorse that statement?”
DERSHOWITZ: “I did not read that brief or sign that brief. That’s not part of my mandate. My mandate is to present the constitutional argument. And if the constitutional argument succeeds, we don’t reach that issue, because you can’t charge a president with impeachable conduct if it doesn’t fit within the criteria for the Constitution.
STEPHANOPOULOS: “Senator Rubio and others have said that the Senate should not consider new evidence, documents, and witnesses, that it’s the job of the Senate to work from the evidence compiled by the House. Is that correct as a matter of constitutional law?”
DERSHOWITZ: “The Constitution doesn’t speak to that issue at all. It’s an open issue. It’s to be decided by the House with its rules, by the Senate with its rules. The Constitution really says the Senate is the judge and whatever the Senate decides, by a fair vote — the one thing that’s very clear is that if witnesses are permitted on one side, they have to be permitted on both sides.
“And if witnesses are permitted, it will delay the trial considerably, because the president will invoke executive privilege as to people like John Bolton that will have to go to the court and we’ll have to have a resolution of that before the trial continues.”
MEANWHILE, BEHIND THE SCENES — “Draft of McConnell’s rules for trial still allows motion to dismiss,” by Axios’ Jonathan Swan: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing a resolution that would leave room for President Trump’s lawyers to move immediately to dismiss the impeachment charges if they so choose, according to Republican Sen. Josh Hawley.
“Yes, but: Republican Senate leaders, including McConnell and Roy Blunt, the senior senator from Missouri, have already said members aren’t interested in a vote to dismiss. And it seems unlikely that Trump’s team would push for what would almost certainly be a losing vote — a move that could be seen as a sign of weakness at the outset of the trial.” Axios
WHERE THINGS STAND: SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-Ill.) told CHUCK TODD on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS” that as of “late last night” there has not been “the most basic negotiation or exchange of information” between Senate Republicans and Democrats.
— REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D-N.Y.) also spoke with CHRIS WALLACE on FOX NEWS’ “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” about state of play: “We do not know what the rules are gonna be at this moment. We certainly look forward to being able to review the resolution. The most important thing is that the American people deserve a fair trial. The constitution deserves a fair trial. Our democracy deserves a fair trial.
“And we believe that a fair trial involves witnesses, it involves evidence, it involves documents. We intend to present that to the American people. And we intend to present that to the American people. Uh, we’re gonna proceed in a serious, solemn, and sober fashion as we’ve done in the House now as transition to the Senate.”
— SEN. DAVID PERDUE (R-Ga.) spoke with CHUCK TODD: “Well, we’ll see how the vote comes out on Tuesday, but what we’re proposing — and we’ve tried to enter these negotiations with the other side, but they won’t have any conversation until we deal with witnesses up front. And that’s not what we did during the Clinton trial. And so what will happen Tuesday is Mitch McConnell will put forward his proposal, we’ll have a vote on that.
“That proposal right now will look very similar to 24 hours of presentation by the House managers over two days and then 24 hours of presentation by the president’s team over two days, and then 16 hours of questions submitted by the members in writing to the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice decides whether or not they get asked and how they get asked and what sequence.
“And then we have, at that point, the opportunity to do exactly what we did after phase one in the Clinton trial and that is to decide where we go from here. Do we have more witnesses? Do we need clarification? Whatever. Those motions will be done then. That’s our proposal.”
ON WITNESSES — SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-Ohio) told BRIENNA KEILAR on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” he would vote against any rules package that doesn’t include calling witnesses. BROWN: “I don’t know how you justify not calling witnesses and not introducing new information, if it’s — if it’s related to this trial that has an impact on it.”
TRUMP’S GOP STRENGTH — “How Trump Has Kept Near-Unanimous GOP Support Through Impeachment,” by WSJ’s Andrew Duehren, Catherine Lucey and Gabriel T. Rubin: “The unity is the byproduct not only of a White House charm offensive this fall and widespread Republican concerns about the fairness of the impeachment process, but more broadly the president’s personal powers of persuasion and his raw political power over the party, fueled by an intensely loyal base of GOP voters. As has been the case since Mr. Trump ascended to the GOP throne, Republicans who dared step out of line faced his Twitter outrage, meeting the wrath of the president’s base.
“The stark tribalism has led those who want long-term futures in the party to get in line behind the president and those who have had enough to retire quietly without risking a noisy and disruptive exit. Twenty-six House Republicans have announced they are leaving the House since the 2018 midterm elections, when the party’s moderate wing took major casualties as Democrats won the majority. Not one of those retirees, including several moderates, voted against the party line on impeachment.” WSJ
WHAT TO EXPECT: “No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial,” by AP’s Mary Clare Jalonick: “No cellphones. No talking. No escape. That’s the reality during the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: ‘All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment.’ After that, 100 senators will sit at their desks for hours on end to hear from House prosecutors, Trump’s defense team and possibly a series of witnesses.” AP
Good Sunday morning. NEW: THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: The president is in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. THURSDAY: Trump will deliver remarks at the RNC winter meeting in Doral, Fla. FRIDAY: Trump will deliver remarks on “transforming America’s communities.”
ABOUT THAT DAVOS TRIP — “Trump’s strong-arm foreign policy tactics create tensions with U.S. friends and foes,” by WaPo’s Anne Gearan and John Hudson: “Trump’s maximalist approach to diplomacy has become a hallmark of his administration’s foreign policy, one that has scored him some short-term victories, been derided as extortion by his detractors and played a central role in an impeachment fight over his actions toward Ukraine that will play out on the floor of the Senate this week.
“Although the president has been inconsistent in how he has carried out his worldview, he has made clear that he has no plans to back away from his strong-arm tactics even as they have increasingly antagonized American friend and foe alike, leaving the United States potentially more isolated on the world stage.
“Trump heads to snowy Davos, Switzerland, on Monday for an economic forum attended by world leaders and corporate honchos where tensions with his administration will probably be on display. The president is expected to use his address there Tuesday to crow about successful trade deals, a humming U.S. economy and his recent showdown with Iran.” WaPo
UPDATE: U.S. ARCHIVE RESPONDS TO WAPO STORY: “We made a mistake. As the National Archives of the United States, we are and have always been completely committed to preserving our archival holdings, without alteration. …
“We have removed the current display and will replace it as soon as possible with one that uses the unaltered image. We apologize, and will immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again.” The original story
FROM 30,000 FEET — WAPO’S ROSALIND S. HELDERMAN and PAUL SONNE: “‘Once this is over, we’ll be kings’: How Lev Parnas worked his way into Trump’s world — and now is rattling it”
DOWN IN MAR-A-LAGO — “Trump recounts minute-by-minute details of Soleimani strike to donors at Mar-a-Lago” by CNN’s Kevin Liptak: “President Trump recounted minute-by-minute details of the US strike that killed Iran’s top military commander during remarks to high-dollar Republican donors at his South Florida estate, according to audio obtained by CNN.
“Trump, speaking at a GOP fundraising dinner Friday evening, offered new details about the strike that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, which exacerbated tensions in the region and led to an ongoing dispute with Congress over his constitutional ability to wage war. In his speech — held inside the gilded ballroom on his Mar-a-Lago property — he claimed that Soleimani was ‘saying bad things about our country’ before the strike, which led to his decision to authorize his killing.
“‘How much of this shit do we have to listen to?’ Trump asked. ‘How much are we going to listen to?’ Trump did not describe an ‘imminent threat’ that led to his decision to kill Soleimani, the justification used by administration officials in the aftermath of the attack. Instead, he described Soleimani as a ‘noted terrorist’ who ‘was down on our list’ and ‘was supposed to be in his country’ before traveling to other nations in the region.” CNN
— CLASSIC: MEREDITH MCGRAW: “‘Pretty nervy of you!’: Trump’s Palm Beach billionaire spat”
JOHN F. HARRIS — ALTITUDE COLUMN: “Mayor Pete: Portrait of the B.S. Artist as a Young Man”: “So, this is a big weekend for Mayor Pete Buttigieg: He turns 38 on Sunday.
Buttigieg is still 17 months younger than Macaulay Culkin of “Home Alone” fame, an attentive reader notes. After all these years that is a gap that shows no sign of narrowing. One the other hand, he is now a full three years older than Mozart—another prodigy, who never served even one term as mayor of South Bend, much less two—was at the time of his death.
“As early middle age inches into view, Buttigieg is welcoming a new year filled with dazzling possibilities. He’s bunched in the top tier of Democratic candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire. But he’s also experiencing a change in the weather that must be uncomfortable to someone who has known since early boyhood that he is very smart, and that the Big People invariably find him impressive.
“The very traits that usually impress—his fluency in political language, the go-getter’s resume, intense ambition carried in the vessel of a calm, well-mannered persona—increasingly are being greeted with skepticism and even derision. Notably, this is coming from his peers.” POLITICO
BIDEN ON THE TRAIL — MARC CAPUTO in Indianola, Iowa: “Biden charges Sanders camp ‘doctored video’ to attack him”
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE … “Sanders runs into resistance as he looks beyond Warren dispute,” by Trent Spiner and Stephanie Murray in Portsmouth, N.H.: “When the head of New Hampshire’s leading foundation for women arrived at a local Women’s March to find she would be sharing the stage with Sen. Bernie Sanders, she backed out.
“At the same event, a prominent former state senator turned her back when he spoke.
After a week-long flare-up with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sanders sought to bolster his support among women on Saturday. But for a number of New Hampshire activists, he only made it worse.
“‘In the context of the last week’s events, it was especially ironic it was Sen. Sanders speaking,’ said former state Sen. Iris Estabrook, who has endorsed Sen. Amy Klobuchar. She was at the event with a sign reading, ‘When women vote, women win.’ ‘That was the spirit of this thing, and it was unfortunate that the senator — and whoever gave him the platform — didn’t respect the original purpose of the gathering,’ she said. ‘I was disturbed enough that when the senator spoke I took a break from the rally and went elsewhere.’” POLITICO
— “Sanders and Warren Try to Tone Down Rift. Some of Their Supporters Seem Less Willing,” by NYT’s Jonathan Martin and Astead W. Herndon in Exeter, N.H.
— WAPO’S DAN BALZ: “Sanders vs. Warren and the state of the progressive movement”
— “Bennet die-hards drawn to awkward, unusual New Hampshire campaign,” by Trent Spiner in Manchester, N.H.: “Michael Bennet is polling in 10th place. He hasn’t made a debate stage since July and won’t disclose how much money he raised last quarter.
“And he can be awkward on the stump: In one 45-minute stretch at a recent town hall, Bennet swung his hands so wildly while making a point that he hit a woman in the head, he tripped over a stool holding his water, and he nearly tangled himself in a microphone cord while trying to take off his sport coat.
“Yet a small number of New Hampshire’s voters and political elites have found themselves drawn to his message, demeanor and experience, hoping almost despite themselves that Bennet could be the ultimate dark horse primary candidate.
“Even his supporters admit there’s no clear path to winning the nomination. But they still see his resume as a former superintendent of schools in Denver, ten years of experience in the Senate and his age — younger than Joe Biden but more experienced than Pete Buttigieg — as reasons to hope he could emulate Gary Hart, another senator from Colorado who shot from 5 percent in polls at this time in 1984 to a double-digit win in that year’s New Hampshire Democratic primary.” POLITICO
TRUMP’S SUNDAY — The president will leave Mar-a-Lago at 2:15 p.m. en route to Austin. He will deliver remarks at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention and trade show at 5 p.m. CST. Afterward, he will fly back to Washington.
WSJ: “Trump Administration to Soon Issue Guidance on Medicaid Block Grants,” by Stephanie Armour: “The Trump administration plans to release guidance as soon as this month for granting states waivers to convert Medicaid funding to block grants, according to two people familiar with the matter, paving the way for a transformation of the 55-year-old program that is likely to reignite a partisan feud.
“The impending release comes as a surprise after the Office of Management and Budget, which reviews regulatory actions, indicated in November that block-grant instructions had been withdrawn. Lawmakers and legal advisers speculated that the guidance may have been shelved or significantly delayed.
“Approving state waivers to change Medicaid funding to block grants would be among the administration’s most controversial moves to reshape Medicaid, a federal-state program that provides health coverage to one in five low-income Americans. Medicaid is the main source of long-term care coverage for Americans and is a guaranteed benefit, or entitlement, for eligible individuals.” WSJ
ON THE WORLD STAGE — “Maduro says he’s still in control of Venezuela, ready for direct talks with the United States,” by WaPo’s Anthony Faiola in Caracas, Venezuela: “Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro cast himself as the wily survivor of a dramatic, year-long struggle by the opposition at home and its allies in Washington to unseat him, and said it’s now time for direct negotiations with the United States to end the political stalemate that has crippled this nation of some 30 million.
“In an exclusive, extensive interview with The Washington Post — his first with a major U.S. media outlet since the day last February he abruptly pulled the plug on a Univision taping and ejected its journalists from the country — an exuberant Maduro said he had outfoxed his opponents in Caracas and Washington, is comfortably in charge and ready to talk.
“He suggested a bonanza could be waiting for U.S. oil companies in this OPEC-member state should President Trump lift sanctions and press the reset button on U.S.-Venezuelan relations. Yet if anything, his words revealed the vast gulf that still exists between his authoritarian government and the opposition and U.S. officials who call him a dictator. His positions on key issues suggested no quick fix to the brutal humanitarian crisis that has led millions to flee poverty and hunger in this troubled socialist state.” WaPo
— CNN: “Puerto Rico emergency director fired after residents discover warehouse full of Hurricane Maria supplies,” by Nicole Chavez and Rafy Rivera: “Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island’s emergency manager, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was discovered. The emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, the governor said.
“Carlos Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management, was dismissed Saturday. The governor appointed Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, to replace him. Earlier on Saturday, numerous pallets of water and other boxes with emergency supplies were found at a warehouse in the earthquake ravaged city of Ponce.
“Several residents were seen opening the rolling metal doors of the building and calling for authorities to distribute the supplies. Families began lining up Saturday afternoon outside the warehouse, hoping to get bottled water, food and emergency radios, CNN affiliate WAPA reported.
“Acevedo has denied allegations of mishandling, saying the agency has been actively distributing supplies, according to a statement released through the office of emergency management. No residents have been denied any supplies in the warehouse, including food, diapers, baby formula and cots, Acevedo said.” CNN
THE LATEST IN HONG KONG — “Thousands-strong Hong Kong protest cut short by clashes,” by AP’s Alice Fung and Carol Mang in Hong Kong: “Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Hong Kong on Sunday, cutting short a rally after thousands had gathered at a park to call for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party.
Police fired tear gas near the park, known as Chater Garden, after some protesters attacked plainclothes officers — a return to the violence that has roiled the Chinese territory off and on for months.” AP
MEDIAWATCH — “What It Was Like to Witness The Times’s Democratic Endorsement,” by NYT’s John Pappas and Mary Robertson
— Rachel Glasberg is joining MSNBC as an associate producer for weekends. She previously was a production assistant at “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.”
BONUS GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman (@dlippman):
— “How Far Can Abused Women Go to Protect Themselves?” by Elizabeth Flock in The New Yorker: “Fighting back against rapists and abusers is a valid legal defense. But women with persuasive self-defense claims continue to be charged with murder.” New Yorker
— “‘Why Didn’t You Believe in Me?’: The Family Reckoning After the College Admissions Scandal,” by WSJ’s Jennifer Levitz and Melissa Korn: “The nationwide college admissions scandal has sparked a broad debate around privilege and meritocracy, focused on the wealthy parents’ motives and crimes. Less examined is the deeply personal drama unfolding among their children. Many are attempting to reassemble family bonds frayed by lies and deceit, and confront the impact and meaning of their parents’ actions.” WSJ
— “Sing, speak, shake, repeat. This is every campaign rally” — Alexandra King, Sarah Mucha, Daniella Diaz and Annie Grayer as part of CNN’s series “On the Road”: “#NewsFrom tough voter questions to walk-up songs to selfie lines, CNN’s political embeds are paid to capture the behind-the-scenes moments that matter in the 2020 presidential race.” CNN
— “‘You Guys Are Scaring Me,’” by Slate’s Daniel Engber: “A woman told police she was raped by three New York Mets. They were never charged. Almost 30 years later, I wanted to understand what happened.” Slate (h/t Longform.org)
— “Legal Weapon,” by Mark I. Pinsky in the L.A. Times in September 1993: “Jay Alan Sekulow is the Christian Right’s leading lion in the judicial arena. Those he opposes say he’s a zealot, an opportunist–and a formidable foe.” LAT
— “Bring up the bodies: the retired couple who find drowning victims,” by Doug Horner in The Guardian: “Gene and Sandy Ralston are a married couple in their 70s, who also happen to be among North America’s leading experts at searching for the dead. … By the time the Ralstons arrive, no one expects the missing person to be found alive. What Gene and Sandy offer is not the hope of rescue, but the solace of finality. They have spent years criss-crossing North America in the service of grief.” Guardian
— “For Bumble, the Future Isn’t Female, It’s Female Marketing,” by Claire Suddath in Bloomberg Businessweek: “Whitney Wolfe Herd set out to build a safer dating app for women, but it’s not clear that she’s made a measurable difference. … Today, Bumble is the second-most popular dating app in the U.S., behind Tinder. The company says it has 81 million users in 150 countries, though only 11 million of them use the app at least once a month … Wolfe Herd’s husband [has] given almost $325,000 to Republicans, including to Donald Trump’s campaign, during the 2016 election cycle.” Bloomberg Businessweek
— “When a Psychic Reading Costs You $740,000,” by Sylvia Varnham O’Regan in GQ: “How much would you pay to protect your family from forces seemingly beyond your control? Is any price too high? Inside the strange, predatory, and lucrative world of psychics who have successfully scammed customers out of their life savings, and the private investigator who’s trying to put a stop to it.” GQ (h/t Longform.org)
— “How you attach to people may explain a lot about your inner life,” by Elitsa Dermendzhiyska in The Guardian: “Early interactions with caregivers can dramatically affect your beliefs about yourself, your expectations of others, and how you cope with stress and regulate your emotions as an adult.” Guardian
— “Her Sorority Sisters Suspected She Was Pregnant. What Did Emile Weaver Know?” by Alex Ronan in Elle: “For months, Emile Weaver denied her pregnancy. A gruesome discovery forced her to confront the truth.” Elle (h/t Longreads.com)
— “Nobody Makes Money Like Apollo’s Ruthless Founder Leon Black,” by Caleb Melby and Heather Perlberg in Bloomberg Businessweek: “The private equity CEO with a fearsome reputation skates on the edges of other people’s catastrophes and manages to walk away richer.” Bloomberg Businessweek
— “The Bizarre Bank Robbery That Shook an Arctic Town,” by David Kushner in Outside magazine: “As one of the northernmost settlements on earth, the Norwegian hamlet of Longyearbyen has become a magnet for adventurous souls looking to start a new life. But when an unsettling crime happened, it brought home a harsh reality: in the modern world, trouble always finds you.” Outside
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SPOTTED at a screening of “Clemency” at the Motion Picture Association on Friday night: director Chinonye Chukwu, Margaret Carlson, George and Liz Stevens, Tamera Luzzatto, Eden Rafshoon, Ruth Marcus and Jon Leibowitz, Janet Donovan, Eleanor Clift, Mandy Grunwald, Ben Cooper and Norman Ornstein.
TRANSITIONS — Sarah Faye Pierce will be director of North America government relations at Kimberly Clark. She previously was director of government relations at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. … Dominic Hawkins is joining Deloitte’s marketing excellence team as lead for communications and marketing. He previously was a director in SKDKnickerbocker’s public affairs practice.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Rebecca Nelson and Stanley Kay — NYT’s Vincent Mallozzi: “The bride, 28, is a freelance writer in New York and has written for The Washington Post magazine, Elle, GQ and other publications. She graduated from Northwestern. … The groom, 27, is the news director for Sports Illustrated in New York. He also graduated from Northwestern … The bride and groom also volunteer as co-directors of the Princeton Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day seminar held each August on the Princeton campus for low-income high school seniors that aims to diversify college and professional newsrooms.” With a pic: NYT
— “Natalie Knight, Matthew Ellison,” via NYT: “The bride and groom, both 31, each work in Washington for Democratic members of the House of Representatives, she as legislative counsel for Representative Lucy McBath of Georgia and he as deputy policy director for Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the House majority whip. … The bride graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, from which she also received a law degree and a master’s degree in public policy. … The groom graduated magna cum laude from Yale and received a law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown.” With a pic: NYT
BIRTHDAYS: Pete Buttigieg is 38 (h/t Lis Smith) … Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is 55 … Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) is 48 … Del. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-Northern Mariana Islands) is 65 … Jon Karl is 52 … UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba is 46 … John Avlon, CNN senior political analyst and fill-in anchor for “New Day,” is 47 … Evan McMorris-Santoro, CNN correspondent … Ann Compton … Dan Holler, deputy COS for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … CAP’s Anne Dechter … Tammy Wincup, president of Protocol (h/t Amanda Farnan) … Robert MacNeil is 89 … Phil Verveer … Jerry Howe, EVP and general counsel of Leidos and No Labels co-founder … Megan Shannon, VP at No Labels (h/ts Margaret Kimbrell) … Jason Waskey, president at Civic Nation and CEO at Blue Crab Strategies (h/t wife Elena) … National Women’s Law Center’s Melissa Boteach … Marc Schloss, VP of federal government affairs at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (h/t Taylor Holgate) …
… former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar is 1-0-0 … Cornerstone Government Affairs’ Mike Goodman, a longtime House Dem staffer, is 41 (h/t Julie Trute) … Dan Shulman is 61 … Jacquelyn Fain Duberstein … Twitter’s Caitlin Rush … POLITICO’s Ben Torres … Craig Turk (h/t Tim Burger) … Philip Reeker … WaPo’s Drew Harwell … Tyler Kendall, CBS associate producer and criminal justice reform reporter … Kristin Mitchell … Brooks Kochvar … CNN’s Catherine Valentine … Sean Downey, recently of Cory Booker’s campaign … Emily Pevnick … Shelley Fidler … Brooke Ericson Donilon … Paul Thacker … Sarah Farnsworth … Angie Buhl O’Donnell … Joe Milicia … Jon Monteith … Subrata De, EP and showrunner at Vice Media … Aruna Kalyanam … Brita Stevenson Price … Tim Valentiner … Brian Hawthorne … Preston Elliott … Adam Sege is 3-0 … Laura Pena … Catie Horst (h/t Ed Cash) … Sandy Blitz … Courtney Herb … Jonathan Steed