Good Thanksgiving morning, a time to hit “pause” and remember the relatives who have imprinted their habits, values, recipes and quirks on us. It’s important to tell the stories to our kids: Even if they don’t seem to be listening, they’ll soak it in, just as we did. If you have someone around your table who’s accomplished something notable this year (admission to school, a promotion, a charity endeavor, a new skill, an amazing trip), make sure to be intentional about pausing to honor them amid the chatter. And don’t forget the cook(s)! Story Continued Below We’re grateful to you for reading and shaping Playbook. People ask us how we can start with a blank screen 365 mornings a year. It’s always joyful work, because you’re so encouraging. Thank you for tolerating our lapses, omissions, rants, obsessions, digressions, delays, inconsistencies, typos, preaching, moods, schedule and glitches. Please, please let us know how … [Read more...] about HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – Members of Congress now apologize to constituents for D.C. dysfunction – Official rules for your Turkey Bowl — Tapper ‘Nightline’ special on Afghanistan — Obama to Scranton, NY
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CLICK OF THE WEEK: How can there be any Capitol Hill press secretaries left who don’t know that Stephen Colbert is NOT on the level? But there are. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) gets the full treatment. (hat tip: Levi) http://bit.ly/12omSJh “SPINNING BENGHAZI,” by Alex Koppelman, an editor and writer for The New Yorker's News Desk blog: “For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it. … The initial draft revealed by [ABC’s Jonathan] Karl [and a week earlier by The Weekly Standard’s Stephen F. Hayes] mentions ‘at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi’ before the one in which four Americans were killed. That’s not in the final version. Nor is this: ‘[W]e do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qa’ida participated in the attack.’ That was replaced by the more tepid ‘There are indications that extremists … [Read more...] about A VERY D.C. ‘SCANDAL’: The editing of talking points — BUT WERE WE MISLED? — IRS OFFICIAL COINS CATCHPHRASE: ‘I’m not good at math’
EXCLUSIVE – END OF AN ERA: Brad Woodhouse -- after nearly five years as DNC communications director, senior adviser to three chairs, and strategist for both Obama presidential campaigns -- will report to party headquarters for the last time on Friday. Woodhouse led the rapid response and bracketing operation at the DNC during both Obama runs, and helped lead the party's earned media efforts around the passage of Obamacare and against the rise of the Tea Party. Beginning in July, Woodhouse will become president of Americans United for Change (AUFC) -- a position he held before he entered the Obama orbit in 2008 -- and lead it in a major planned expansion nationally and into key states. AUFC’s inaugural effort in 2005 helped defeat President Bush's Social Security plan. --AUFC Board Chairman Chuck Loveless of AFSCME has signed up former Obama deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot to serve as a senior adviser, giving AUFC higher visibility in the donor … [Read more...] about OBAMA HOPES TO ATTRACT INDUSTRY SUPPORT TO CLIMATE PLAN — BRAD WOODHOUSE leaving DNC — ED GILLESPIE to Brunswick — Kristina Schake to L’Oreal — Estee Lauder exec named First Lady comms. dir.
FIRST LOOK: Here’s a sneak peek at the cover of “THE MESSAGE: The Reselling of President Obama,” by Richard Wolffe (@richardwolffedc, executive editor of MSNBC.com), out Sept. 17 from Twelve Books. Per the publisher, “The Message” analyzes “the successes and (more often) failures of the Obama campaign’s messaging in the 2012 election -- and posits a reason why their messaging is failing them yet again. … Like [Wolffe’s 2009] ‘RENEGADE: The Making of a President,’ which was an instant New York Times bestseller, this new examination of the relationships, strategies, egos and gaffes of the Obama camp contains many newsworthy items not previously covered in the media. … Wolffe’s dissection of the messaging of the Obama White House in D.C. vs. the Obama reelection team in Chicago illustrates and explains many of the issues plaguing his second term.” See the cover. http://bit.ly/15cVn8Z Amazon preorder: … [Read more...] about RICHARD WOLFFE book on Obama reelect, out Sept. 17, plays up D.C. vs. Chicago tension — WIKILEAKER BRAD MANNING wants to be a woman: ‘I am Chelsea Manning’
Driving the Day Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2kmlrhZ … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Story Continued Below 963 DAYS. That’s how long an average National Security Adviser lasts. Michael Flynn resigned last night, ending his 24-day tenure (h/t Dan Diamond). Trump last night named Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg acting National Security Adviser. -- THE ADMISSION OF GUILT, from Flynn’s resignation letter to Trump: “[B]ecause of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.” His letter http://politi.co/2lf4Snm -- IMPORTANT INTEL from NYT’s Maggie Haberman, Matthew Rosenberg, Matt Apuzzo and Glenn Thrush: … [Read more...] about 24 DAYS IN D.C.: FLYNN out — Behind the scenes of Pence’s day — THE JUICE: Democrat Stacy Kerr in talks to rep Ivanka; Gary Andres to BIO — PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: Bill Gates