SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Paul Jacobs: The Grammy-winning organist plays a solo recital of works by J.S. Bach and Franz Liszt. [3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.] Unitarian Universalist San Francisco Forum: Rev. Dr. Dorsey Ordell Blake speaks on “Reflection on Martin Luther King Jr.” [12:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.] Gloria Trevi vs Alejandra Guzmán: The Mexican singer-songwriters and Latin pop rock superstars co-headline. [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose] Yom Ha’atzmaut: The Contemporary Jewish Museum celebrates Israeli Independence Day with a screening of videos from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Rube Goldberg Machine School Challenge. [Noon to 2 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.] The Endangered Species, Enduring Values: Editor Shizue Seigel launches the book, “An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers and Artists of Color,” with a creative showcase followed by … [Read more...] about April 8-10: Paul Jacobs, Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzmán, Avocado Con, Future Humans, Will Moore Band, Lamplighters, Roomful of Blues, Other Minds, Sean Penn, Michael Moorcock, Grease, Maw Shein Win, Arlo Guthrie, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre
The University of Pennsylvania this week admitted 3,731 students for the class of 2022 – just under 8.4 percent of the applicant pool, a record low for the Ivy League school. Last year, the university accepted 9.1 percent of applicants. Driving the increase in selectivity was the 10 percent jump in applications, said Eric Furda, dean of admissions. The university received nearly 44,500 applications for the fall of 2018. Furda attributed some of that increase to the higher scores on the new SAT, which may have convinced more students to apply. “With where our applicant pool is right now, we’re not going to see a 10 percent increase unless something else happens,” Furda said. Nationally, students scored an average 527 in math and 533 in reading and writing out of a possible 1600 points. The scores on the old test were lower, though because some of the content was different and the tests were scaled differently, higher numbers don’t necessarily mean … [Read more...] about Penn, Princeton, other Ivies were harder to get into. Did higher scores on the new SAT convince more students to apply?
FIRST LOOK: DANIEL KLAIDMAN’s “Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency,” out Tuesday from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: --West Wing altercation between David Axelrod and Attorney General Eric Holder (which Valerie Jarrett breaks up) after the White House attempted to place a political operative on Holder’s staff: “After the [Cabinet meeting] ended, Axelrod made a beeline for the attorney general. Obama’s senior adviser was incensed. It had gotten back to him that Holder and his aides were spreading the word that he was trying to improperly influence the Justice Department. Axelrod, who knew all too well that even the hint of White House meddling with Justice Department investigations could detonate a full-blown scandal, had been careful not to come close to that line. ‘Don’t ever, ever accuse me of trying to interfere with the operations of the Justice Department,’ he warned Holder after confronting … [Read more...] about NEW ROMNEY SLOGAN: ‘PUTTING JOBS FIRST’ — MARK PENN: OBAMA SHOULD ANNOUNCE NEW JOBS PLAN focusing on education, innovation — Caren Bohan leaving Reuters — Chris Lehane b’day
Driving the Day Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2sTuOGb ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf Good Monday morning. THE BACKDROP -- Republicans are growing increasingly worried that they will lose the House of Representatives. The pervasive pessimism comes as there continues to be a dearth of legislative victories, and a toxic political environment that appears to be worsening. Of course, the midterm elections are nearly a year and a half away. But more than a dozen Republicans we’ve spoken to in the last few weeks say the prospect for political and legislative wins big and small is dimming. And as much as President Donald Trump has worked to woo over fellow Republicans with dinners at the White House and regular meetings with GOP leadership, it hasn’t had much of an impact on the overall state of play. Story Continued Below THE RANK AND FILE has been frustrated with the House … [Read more...] about GOP growing worried they’ll lose House — MATTIS keeps his ‘distance’ from Trump — MELANIA and BARRON move into 1600 Penn — WAPO: Trump family lawyer JAMIE GORELICK gets pushback from friends — B’DAY: Dina Powell
Driving the Day Good Tuesday morning. CONFUSION AT 1600? Here is what the White House has asked the Hill to do immediately: 1) Pass a repeal of Obamacare before August recess. 2) Lift the debt ceiling before August recess. 3) Agree on the outlines of a broad-based overhaul of the nation’s tax code before the August recess. 4) Clear outstanding executive and judicial branch nominations. UHH, GUYS ... There are 13 legislative days scheduled until the August recess. Obamacare repeal is in a tough spot. Congress is extremely unlikely to lift the debt ceiling before the August recess. And we can’t see any agreement on the horizon on tax reform. Story Continued Below HILL FOLKS TELL US that the timeline for tax reform has not changed -- the White House wants it done by the end of 2017 -- but you have to wonder why the administration is suddenly changing its tune. HEADS UP -- WHAT TO EXPECT -- Expect a growing chorus of voices to call for Congress to cancel all -- or part -- of … [Read more...] about What 1600 PENN wants Congress to do in next 3 weeks — WHAT TO EXPECT: Hill to remain in session for PART of August recess — LEIBOVICH’s cover story on TRUMP’S WASHINGTON: ‘This Town Melts Down’