TECH DONORS EASE PAIN OF OBAMA’S WALL STREET DEFECTORS – Bloomberg’s Jonathan D. Salant: “The high technology Internet industry and trial lawyers are helping President Obama avoid a potential fundraising liability caused in part by a drop in support from his biggest 2008 industry backer: Wall Street. Microsoft Corp. employees rank first among Obama’s business givers, taking the spot investors at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. held in the 2008 presidential cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics … “[T]he campaign has started ‘Technology for Obama,’ an on-line-based organization that is similar to those used by the campaign to reach out to such constituencies as women and Latinos. … Obama has raised $1.2 million from technology company employees … three times Romney’s $374,650 … While Obama doesn’t accept campaign contributions from registered lobbyists, six of his 20 top sources of donations … [Read more...] about Nate Silver: ‘odds tilt slightly’ to Obama loss — POTUS on French Riviera for Group of 20 econ. summit — Abramoff on ’60 Minutes’ – Jack Lew livestreams from Playbook Breakfast this a.m.
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Happy Saturday! Wishing you a peaceful Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. IN 2014 LAND, it’s Baskin-Robbins Day: 31-derful days to midterms. I’m back from a lightning trip to Brussels and Paris, where there’s already huge excitement among newsmakers about Politico’s forthcoming European edition. Huge thanks to Jake Sherman and Daniel Lippman for keeping the Playbook engine revving. If I didn’t respond to an email while I was away, I apologize, and please send it again: [email protected] Daniel is always on top of things, so also sending links and transitions to him is a good idea: [email protected] Story Continued Below “MEET THE SET” -- Sneak peek at Chuck Todd’s new “Meet the Press” set, debuting tomorrow: “It’s a remodel … we brought in new furniture, changed the floors, etc. The new set is a dynamic space that is authentic and warm. It feels like a gathering space. It really incorporates … [Read more...] about BRUNCH EDITION — 31 days to midterms – 5 CLOSEST SENATE RACES, per Upshot: Alaska, Colo., Kansas, Iowa, La. – CHUCK’S MAN CAVE debuts tomorrow on ‘Meet the Press’
SPOTTED, dining with one-on-one Valerie Jarrett last night at the Blue Duck Tavern in Georgetown: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, celebrating five years and 7.5 million insured. Friends close to her say she feels excited, accomplished, and a little tired. --TWEET DU JOUR -- @SenJohnMcCain: “Sylvia Burwell is an excellent choice to be the next #HHS Secretary” Story Continued Below RUPERT MURDOCH, to FORTUNE’s Pattie Sellers, on the financial security of Fox News: “No cable company in the world is going to drop it unless they want their houses burned down. [ Laughter.]” http://goo.gl/VasnAo PUNDIT PREP – Sam Geduldig, well-wired Republican lobbyist, in an “Easter Recess Memo” to clients of his firm, Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen: “PARTY SWITCHERS? Many Republicans are becoming increasingly optimistic that Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) may switch parties and caucus with Republicans if the balance of … [Read more...] about WHERE SEBELIUS CELEBRATED — SYLVIA MATHEWS BURWELL heads for solid confirmation after raucous hearings — JAMES GOLDSTON named president of ABC News — B’DAYS: Ethel Kennedy, Ed Skyler, Erika Masonha
Driving the Day Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2lpFYBU … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay… Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf Good Friday morning. SCOOP -- INTERNAL GOP TALKING POINTS AND PLANS FOR REPLACING OBAMACARE -- We literally have the song-sheet from which Republicans will theoretically be singing when it comes to the new health care law. Read the 19-page internal GOP document http://bit.ly/2lY6crR Story Continued Below IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY. Republicans control the White House and both houses of Congress for the first time in more than a decade. After eight years of Barack Obama, GOP lawmakers had big plans: repeal Obamacare, overhaul the tax code, pass a massive infrastructure, just to name a few. But so far, Republicans have made little progress on any of President Donald Trump’s grandiose campaign promises and the daily dramas of his administration are starting to take their toll on … [Read more...] about 19-PAGE GOP pamphlet on OBAMACARE — HILLARY dines with Kate McKinnon in NYC — ‘FINE-TUNED MACHINE’ on display during 77-minute presser — THE JUICE: WARNING to members of the House going home
Driving the Day FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- WE HEAR … There is a chance Congress will stay in session for part of August. There has been political pressure from some members of the House and Senate to stay in town and try to get some things done instead of take a five-week recess. The pressure will only increase if the Obamacare repeal and replace isn’t done in the next few weeks. Congress has just 27 days in session until the summer break. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise: many lawmakers have had to face angry constituents on trips home. STATEMENTS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey -- at 8:22 a.m.: “The #FakeNews MSM doesn’t report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector......way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels!” … at 8:29 a.m.: “I … [Read more...] about BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy — ISENSTADT: MITT shows signs of political revival — SPOTTED at Mike Shields/Katie Walsh engagement party — B’DAY: Greta van Susteren