FAT TUESDAY EDITION — OBAMA at 9 p.m.: new initiatives on manufacturing, infrastructure, education, clean energy — Will POTUS mention Rubio? — Bumiller to editor — RG3 is 23

DAN PFEIFFER, White House senior adviser, told Playbook exclusively, when asked what President Obama hopes to accomplish tonight: “This is the President’s fifth State of the Union Address, and his seventh opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress. And while he will address Members of Congress and propose ways they can work together to tackle the challenges we face, tonight is about speaking to the American people. In a time when they get their news in many different ways from many different sources, this is a rare opportunity to address tens of millions of Americans directly, unfiltered by the Beltway lens of the reporters who cover it and the pundits and politicos who tweet about it. “Over the six years I have worked for him, the President has had a single, consistent economic theory: our economy grows best not from the top-down, but from the middle-out.  Simply put: America is stronger when our middle class is stronger. That was his theory in the 2008 campaign, that was his theory throughout the first term, and that was his theory during last year’s campaign. So you can expect the State of the Union to be very consistent with what the President has been saying for years. A thriving middle class has always been America’s engine of economic growth. Reigniting that engine is the defining challenge of our time. The President’s plan strengthens the middle class by making America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing, equipping every American with the skills they need to do those jobs, and ensuring hard work leads to a decent living. Story Continued Below “That’s what the President will talk about tonight. The President has always viewed his Inaugural Address and the State of the Union Address as two acts in the same play, and you can expect him to expand on the issues he raised in the Inaugural. He will continue to push for many commonsense initiatives that have been historically supported by both Democrats Continue Reading

‘THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY’ WSJ connects dots and finds ‘Arc of Instability Unseen Since the ’70s’ – FRED HIATT CALLS FOR SHAKEUP! — JAY CARSON’S World Cup diary — JULIANNA GOLDMAN wedding

Happy Bastille Day! FIRST HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT OF 2016 – Sen. Rand Paul uses a POLITICO op-ed today – “Rick Perry is dead wrong” -- to bash back at the Texas governor’s op-ed in Saturday’s WashPost (“Why Rand Paul is wrong about Iraq”): “There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly. … Governor Perry writes a fictionalized account of my foreign policy … I support continuing our assistance to the government of Iraq, which include armaments and intelligence.  … “How many Americans should send their sons or daughters to die for a foreign country — a nation the Iraqis won’t defend for themselves? How many Texan mothers and fathers will Governor Perry ask to send their children to fight in Iraq? … If refusing to send Americans to die for a country that refuses to defend itself makes one an ‘isolationist,’ then perhaps it’s time we finally retire that pejorative.” http://politi.co/1ozeoZi Story Continued Below PLAYBOOK LUNCH TODAY: Three Cheneys! We’re interviewing Dick, Lynne and Liz Cheney at the Mayflower. Doors open 11:30 a.m.; livestreams here at noon. http://www.politico.com/livestream --QUESTION FOR THE CHENEYS? If you have an insightful question, please send it to [email protected], and I’ll try to ask it. CHAOS THEORY – Mark Grant of Southwest Securities, a frequent CNBC/Bloomberg guest who was described by Andrew Ross Sorkin in 2012 as a “Nouriel Roubini (Dr. Doom) of the European crisis,” sends clients an email, “A Weekend of Chaos”: “There is too much going on, which is too widespread and too serious to be ignored for long by the markets. The price of oil could be seriously impacted Continue Reading

THE NEW PARIS: STATES band together to stick to Paris accord — EPA ADMIN PRUITT celebrates at Le Diplomate on 14th Street — MERKEL: Decision is ‘regrettable’ — MUSK and IGER ditch Trump councils

Driving the Day Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2qNwcrX ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf WHAT A TOWN! EPA ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT celebrated exiting the Paris agreement by dining last night at … Le Diplomate, the French bistro on 14th Street with some aides! We can’t imagine many 14th Street dwellers were happy with Pruitt’s push to force Trump out of the climate agreement. Story Continued Below THE NEW PARIS -- “Washington, California, New York band together to form climate alliance,” by Eric Wolff: “In the wake of President Donald Trump’s announcement he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, the governors of California, Washington and New York have agreed to form an alliance aimed at meeting the U.S. climate goals. “The new coalition, called the United States Climate Alliance, will serve as a way for states interested in dealing with climate change to coordinate. … The three states make up about a fifth of U.S. population and GDP. They also produced 11 percent of U.S. emissions in 2014, according to the Energy Information Administration. “‘If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up,’ Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement.” http://politi.co/2riK8NZ **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbh HOW IT’S PLAYING -- DES MOINES REGISTER: “TRUMP PULLS OUT OF CLIMATE PACT … He offers to renegotiate Paris accord to make it better for U.S. businesses” http://politi.co/2riBbnG … THE GUARDIAN: “Anger at US as Trump rejects climate accord … President claims American jobs put at risk by Paris deal to curb emissions” http://politi.co/2qHjyv5 ... -- ARIZONA REPUBLIC has an eye-catching graphic with the Eiffel Tower and every country in the accord, and Continue Reading

Parkland visit ‘emotional’ experience for Heat player who lost father to gun violence

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‘Tap In’ to the World Cup with a locally made app

World Cup may be far away in Brazil, played by athletes who aren't exactly household names here in Minnesota, but a couple local guys have stepped up with a Web app to help casual fans catch up. Tap In, created by Curt Baker and Mike Arney from Minneapolis-based branding firm Little, is a slick way to get the basics on each team and match, plus a few hints on what to watch for. For instance, for today's opening match between Brazil and Croatia, Tap In offers a 70 percent chance of a Brazilian victory and this synopsis: "With the world watching as they kick off their month-long party, you can expect the host nation to be absolutely rampant. While Croatia boats a creative midfield capable of keeping the ball for long periods, their defense simply won't be able to contain Brazil's talent. Expect fireworks from Neymar and for Croatia to look ahead to its matches against Mexico and Cameroon as opportunities to finish second." The friends had been looking for a World Cup-themed project to take on. While chatting, Baker said, they realized "there wasn't a great way to get up to speed on each match super quickly and at a level that's accessible for people who will just be tuning in this summer." "At the same time, it can act as a quick refresh or quick update for the weekly global soccer fan who probably hasn't watched Bosnia play many times," Baker said. Baker researched and wrote the text. Arney did the technical work. Their goal? Keep it simple. No more than two-clicks to get to whatever info users wanted. The clean design and bite-sized previews even caught the attention of the creative director at ESPN Digital Media: Yet what looks simple actually took a lot of time. Both of them figure they've spent well over 100 hours -- mostly evenings and weekends -- work on Tap In since March. "My wife was nice and patient with me," Arney said. One of Baker's favorite features? The app adjusts game times based on your time zone, so there's no need to wonder when to tune in. That's Continue Reading

Belly up to a classic blue-collar bar known for its Red Bull Blasters

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Mikaela Shiffrin, the Best Slalom Skier in the World

Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone. Mikaela Shiffrin, the Alpine ski racer, should win at least one gold medal at the Olympics this winter in South Korea. She might even win three. It’s a fair bet she’ll get the Wheaties box and the full-on Up Close and Personal. She’s a bright, affable American who dominates her corner of the sport with the kind of predictability and grace that draws in casual viewers, awes the experts, and inspires a lot of super-slo-mo check-that-out. There’s something about transcendent talent that causes people to root for it, no matter their allegiances or their usual embrace of the underdog. Excellence creates its own weather. Yet so much can go wrong. For skiers, the Olympics are a brief fever dream in the middle of the five-month odyssey of their season. There are a lot of chances beforehand to get hurt. In a short race, anyone can make a ruinous mistake (lose an edge, hook a tip, choose the wrong line) or encounter bad luck (equipment malfunction, snow squall, gust of wind). And what about food poisoning? Or even geopolitics: the time would seem inopportune for an international sporting carnival on the Korean peninsula. Athletes are taught, and sometimes even born, not to think this way. Control what you can. Eliminate distraction. Preparation is perspiration. Yet even Shiffrin, a stone-cold killer on snow, has recently found herself more susceptible to the whisperings of “what if.” “I never used to feel nervous,” she told me. “Just excited. But this past season I got so nervous I had to throw up a couple of times.” The first wave of her new anxiety came a year ago, when the International Ski Federation (F.I.S.) World Cup tour came to the Eastern United States, for the first time in a quarter of a century. The circuit typically passes over New England’s relatively diminutive mountains and variable conditions in Continue Reading

The calculus behind Jason Chaffetz’s sudden decision to walk away

1 of 43 View 43 Items Deseret News Archives Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, listens to questions as many of those in attendance hold signs and yell during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Related Links Chaffetz says he won't seek re-election but his plans remain unclear From BYU football to national newsmaker, 11 major moments from Jason Chaffetz's career GOP praises Chaffetz as Democrats celebrate his impending departure Social media reacts to Jason Chaffetz's announcement that he won't seek re-election Chaffetz's team registers 3 domain names that may predict his future SALT LAKE CITY —Jason Chaffetz stood behind the curtain of the high school auditorium, listening to the fire marshal try to calm the crowd. It was early February, just weeks after the inauguration of Donald Trump, and Chaffetz, a five-term congressman, had come to Cottonwood Heights to hold his first town hall since the election. Police had warned him not to bring his family. In secret, Facebook groups' agitation had been growing for weeks. More than 1,000 protesters stood outside: soccer moms who’d driven from Provo, bearded granolas in Patagonia fleece with spray-painted signs demanding he keep Utah wild, lefties who’d driven up from California and Arizona. A few protesters were masked and dressed in black. They worried Chaffetz most. They carried guns and, he would later learn, were prowling the parking lot trying to find his car. Out on the stage the fire marshal was getting nowhere. He was trying to point out the exits, in case of mayhem, but the crowd had no interest. Let them in, they chanted of the protesters outside. Utah was known for being civil and calm. This didn’t feel like Utah. This didn’t feel like home. Jessica Mamey approaches the stage to ask Rep. Jason Chaffetz a question during a town hall meeting in Continue Reading


How a group of young men from Minnesota were drawn into ISIL's campaign of terror Story by Paul McEnroe, Abby Simons, Libor Jany  Star Tribune staff writers Illustration by Michael Hogue  for the Star Tribune September 20, 2015 — 12:00AM The FBI finally came for Guled Omar on a Sunday morning. A squad of agents crashed through the front door of the house on Columbus Avenue in south Minneapolis, raced up the stairs and burst into the room where the 20-year-old Omar slept. Guns drawn, they screamed for his phone, demanding that he give it up before he could alert his friends. Similar, carefully choreographed arrests played out across the Twin Cities and in San Diego that day in April. By day’s end, Omar and five other young Somali-American men from the Twin Cities were in jail, and Minnesota and its Somali community once again found themselves in the international terrorism spotlight. No state in the country has provided more fresh young recruits to violent jihadist groups like Al-Shabab and, more recently, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Over the last decade, dozens of mostly young men have abandoned the relative comfort and security of life in the Twin Cities to fight and, in many instances, die, in faraway lands. While the April arrests marked a major victory in federal efforts to slow the exodus of local men abroad, its impact on the families and the Twin Cities Somali-American community — the largest in the U.S. — has been profound. The FBI tried for years to convince some of the men to become government informants, and agents often followed them to and from work and school. That sense of living under constant suspicion and surveillance can be corrosive, said Sadik Warfa, a community activist who has worked closely with the families of the defendants. “It scared the community,” Warfa said. “It is in our best interests to work with law enforcement and to build that trust, and all Continue Reading

Get your kicks at top soccer bars in New York

Following soccer in New York can be notoriously difficult, and with the knockout phase of the UEFA Euro Cup just around the corner, fans don’t want to miss a shot. Just as the remaining half of teams gear up to compete in grueling matches, bars and pubs across the city are polishing HD screens and getting fresh drafts ready for crowds. We’ve checked out the best places for fans to sneak out and catch the midday matches Don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss. NEVADA SMITH’S. 125 E. 11th St. (917) 402-1510. nevadasmiths.net From the World Cup to Major League Soccer, this East Village bar makes televising live soccer its duty. “Footy” fanatics wearing team jerseys and sipping a wide selection of brews are a commonplace sight. Just don’t forget to check Nevada Smith’s online “fixtures” board for a daily game schedule. IRISH ROVER. 3718 28th Ave., Queens. (718) 278-9372. Complete with dart boards, jukeboxes and a massive selection of beers on tap, the Irish Rover is everything a neighborhood pub should be. The Queens bar is a go-to spot for avid football followers from around the borough, and fans of the sport are usually glued to its TV screens. WOODWORK. 583 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn. (718) 857-5777. woodworkbk.com The self-proclaimed “sexy soccer bar” promises to show all of the Euro Cup matches by tuning its 50-inch televisions to three separate feeds. They’ll also sell house-designed Euro Cup T-shirts and post the game schedule on their free iPhone app. FOOTBALL FACTORY AT LEGENDS. 6 W. 33rd St. (212) 967-7792. footballfactoryny.com Famed for its drunken Fifa 12 viewings, faithful projections of different league games and other soccer-related bar fun, this midtown footy zone — which boasts its own soccer museum — will satisfy any diehard’s Euro Cup needs. SLAINTE PUB. 304 Bowery St. (212) 253-7030. slaintenyc.com The NoHo bar Continue Reading