84 days to Cleveland, 91 days to Philly, 197 days to election – ROGER STONE on Donald Trump: ‘He’s not going to read a 40-page white paper on the economy’ – POLITICO Europe spread in N.Y. Times: ‘Everyone reads it’

By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) Good Monday morning. PLAYBOOK CRYSTAL BALL: Behind the scenes, most top Republicans – in Congress, on K Street and beyond – assume a President Hillary Clinton. One veteran of GOP administrations gave us his forecast for QUICK WINS Clinton could achieve under divided government (a Democratic White House and a Republican House, plus a 50-50, Democratic or GOP Senate): “There will be a big push for infrastructure spending and it will succeed, and it’s going to be way beyond the normal road-building -- deep into ports, deep into airports, just a massive national effort to build, rebuild, refurbish infrastructure. Story Continued Below “You bring all the unions in there with you, every state and local government official. Even the Republicans are with you: It’s very hard for Republicans to vote against fixing THEIR bridges, roads, airports, ports. And then, because the environmentalists will resist that mightily and lose, then she’ll have to give the environmentalists something. So there will be a big environmental agenda, half of which won’t go anywhere. “I think between that battle and the Supreme Court -- I think she’ll get Garland [if she renominates him], but it’s going to be a tough fight – that’s the first session of Congress. ... [S]he’s got some other legislative work that would be big for the tech industry: deal with intellectual property issues, deal with H-1B visa issues, ... but not deal with [comprehensive] immigration reform, not deal with tax reform -- deal with PIECES of things. What you can accomplish in divided government is more tactical.” **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbX FIRST LOOK: Hillary’s closing ad for tomorrow’s Acela primary (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island): “Grammy Award-nominated singer Continue Reading

TRUMP HIRES TOP POLLSTER, will use debates to hammer Bill infidelity – PLAYBOOK BREAKFAST tomorrow! – HBO’s LBJ film “All the Way” debuts in D.C. — B’DAYS: Kelly O’Donnell, Mike Shear, Rick Wiley

By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) GET SMART FAST – “Trump is not expanding the GOP ... [E]arly-voting data shows little evidence for one of the Republican nominee’s core claims,” by Shane Goldmacher: “While Trump’s insurgent candidacy has spurred record-setting Republican primary turnout in state after state, the early statistics show that the vast majority of those voters aren’t actually new to voting or to the Republican Party, but rather they are reliable past voters in general elections ... In Iowa, Republican caucus turnout smashed its past record by 50 percent … [but] 95 percent of the 2016 caucus-goers had previously voted in at least one of the last four presidential elections — and almost 80 percent had voted in at least three of the last four.” http://politi.co/22eRThOStory Continued Below --“Trump creating committees to raise big money for GOP: The presumptive Republican nominee is finalizing details for vehicles that will allow him to raise money for other candidates,” by Alex Isenstadt and Ken Vogel: “Trump’s presidential campaign is poised to form a joint fundraising committee with the [RNC] and at least 10 state parties ... That committee would be able to accept maximum checks of at least $136,100 per person ... Plans call for a second joint committee that would include the Trump campaign and the GOP’s two congressional campaign committees — the [NRSC] and the [NRCC] ... [which] would be able to accept maximum checks of at least $69,500 per person.” http://politi.co/27umITG **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbX TOP TWEETS -- @tripgabriel: “How Trump Behaved With Women by @mikiebarb & @mega2e is most read NYT politics story in a year.” ... @marcorubio: “Why do airlines use 767 with layflat seats for 40 min flight to Orlando but smaller plane with Continue Reading

Inside today’s POLITICO Playbook, presented by UnitedHealth Group: A rainy, hot, rambunctious DAY ONE in the books — Inside BILL CLINTON’s Wells Fargo box – GRAYSON’s wife claimed domestic abuse over two decades — Convention party roundup

Driving the Day GOOD MORNING from Philadelphia. The old maxim on Capitol Hill is that Republicans fight like hell and then splinter, while Democrats fight like hell, but eventually get back in line. The question after a rousing speech by Michelle Obama, and aggressive pleas from Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, is whether the party’s Never Hillary crowd – which proved to be a nagging, dull headache here inside and outside the Wells Fargo Center – can ever be mollified and brought to Clinton’s side. Democrats said comedian Sarah Silverman delivered the sharpest rebuttal to those threatening to stay home this fall: “To the Bernie or bust people, let me tell you, you’re being ridiculous.”Story Continued Below Whatever you thought of Sanders, Warren or Obama, Day One was mostly a disaster. The heckling was loud and distracting for the party. During her speech, Warren’s supporters chanted “we trusted you,” and even some of the Sanders faithful filed out when he voiced support for Clinton. At times, the crowd broke out into spurts of “lock her up!” The first lady was the only speaker who was not interrupted -- she mesmerized the crowd, summing up the Democrats’ position as, “when they go low, we go high.” Attendees are not pleased about Philly, either. The city is spread out. It takes too long to get from the security perimeter to the arena. Protesters caused massive traffic jams, making it tough to get across town, and from Center City, where most people are staying, to the arena. And a massive rainstorm swept through Philly in the evening, forcing the evacuation of media tents. The top three questions everyone in Philly is asking each other: “How long did you sit in traffic? … What parties are you going to? … Can you believe how hot it is?” THE TAKEAWAYS -- “Michelle Obama Steals the Show,” by NYT’s Alex Burns: “1. It’s Continue Reading

​Passage: Bess Myerson, Rod Taylor and Andrae Crouch

It happened this past week . . . word of the loss of three people who were much in the public eye. Bess Myerson this past December 14. A talented pianist, Myerson was crowned the first (and to this day the only) Jewish Miss America, in 1945. An early TV personality, she was twice a New York City Commissioner . . . and an unsuccessful Senate candidate in 1980. Acquitted of charges in a complicated bribery case in 1987, she retired to relative obscurity in California. Bess Myerson was 90. Actor Rod Taylor died Wednesday in Los Angeles. Born in Australia, Taylor built a career in Hollywood. He traveled far into the future in the 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine." And in 1963 he memorably battled evil avians in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." Other film and TV roles followed, including a part in the CBS series, "Falcon Crest." Rod Taylor was 84. Rod Taylor, star of "The Time Machine," dies at 84 (CBS News, 01/08/15) To watch a trailer for "The Time Machine," click on the video player below. Gospel singer and songwriter Andrae Crouch died on Thursday following a heart attack. A preacher's son, he wrote his first song at the age of 14. He went on to win seven Grammys, and an Oscar nomination for the score of the film, "The Color Purple." His tune, "Let the Church Say Amen" has been heard at many a Sunday morning service. Andrae Crouch was 72. Gospel music legend Andrae Crouch dies at 72 (01/08/15) To watch a performance by Andrae Crouch of "The Promise," click on the video player below. Continue Reading

Andra Day to headline Old Globe’s annual gala this fall

A San Diego-sprung music mega-star — one whom you can spot on the Oscars telecast this weekend — will return to town this September as the headliner of the Old Globe Theatre’s annual gala.The Globe has announced that Andra Day will perform at the Sept. 22 gala, which supports the Balboa Park theater’s artistic and arts-engagement programs.Day, a 2003 graduate of the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, is a singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy Award nominee who’s known for her soulful voice and the blues, jazz and R&B influences of her music.Last year she teamed up with the hip-hop star Common to record “Stand Up For Something” for the soundtrack of “Marshall,” the movie about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice.The song is nominated for an Academy Award, and Day will perform it on the Oscars program Sunday.Union-Tribune pop music critic George Varga cited Day and her work as one of five musical “gifts” in 2017, focusing in particular on her performance of “Strange Fruit” at the Global Citizen Festival in New York.The Globe’s black-tie gala — as the main fundraising event of the year for the nonprofit institution — is, of course, never a modestly priced ticket.Admission to this year’s edition is $800 (regular seating) and $1,000 (VIP seating) per person, and includes a pre-show reception, performance, dinner, and dancing. Tables are also available starting at $8,000.Underwriting levels, including tickets for the Gala, begin at $4,500 per couple. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket. To purchase tickets or a table, or to become an underwriter, contact events director Eileen Prisby at (619) 684-4146 or [email protected] event begins at 6 p.m. that Saturday, Sept. 22, with a reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by Day’s performance Continue Reading

DNC DAY THREE: Obama: “Democracy doesn’t work if we constantly demonize each other.”

Get up-to-the-minute convention news from a New Jersey perspective on APP.com with our team of reporters and photographers in Philadelphia. Tune in tonight for the live stream of President Obama and VP Joe Biden on the homepage and on our Facebook page. Coverage you can count on! PHILADELPHIA - Now that they have a presidential nominee, Democrats heard from the sitting president on the third day of the Democratic National Convention.President Barack Obama headlined the list of speakers that addressed the convention's third day, the second president to speak to the convention in as many days. The theme of the day is "working together."On Tuesday night, Democrats formally nominated Hillary Clinton for the presidency and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, outlined the history of their relationship, from their time as law school students through her time as Obama's Secretary of State. HISTORY: Clinton clinches Democratic nom"You can drop her into any trouble spot -- pick one -- come back in a month and somehow, some way, she will help make it better. That is just who she is," Bill Clinton said. "There are clear achievable, affordable responses to our challenges. But we won't get to them if America makes the wrong choice in this election." TAKE OUR POLL: What was the best Wednesday moment from the DNC?Other Wednesday speakers included Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, Clinton's vice presidential pick. West Orange native and astronaut Mark Kelly will also appear alongside his wife U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.The New Jersey delegation was scheduled to hear from Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, at its morning breakfast meeting in Tinicum, Pa., but the gubernatorial candidate backed out in protest. The delegation heard from declared candidate Phil Murphy and expected candidate Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on Monday and Continue Reading

Adele takes song, record and album of the year at Grammy Awards

Beyoncé may be the queen but it's Adele who was awarded the royal blessings at the 59th Grammy Awards.The British singer won five awards Sunday night, including song and record of the year for her hit Hello and album of the year for 25. In addition to running her lifetime Grammy total to 1521 and Rolling in the Deep — and second female artist to win album of the year twice (after Taylor Swift).Other honorees of note: Chance the Rapper took home three Grammys, including best new artist and best rap album, Beyoncé's groundbreaking Lemonade snagged best urban contemporary album, and David Bowie posthumously swept his five nominated categories, including best rock song for Blackstar.Here is a minute-by-minute breakdown (ET) of the Grammy festivities:12:16: Adele surprised journalists by stopping backstage without her Grammy hardware and talking about her victorious night. "America has always been very kind to me, I don't know why," she says. Adele discusses the long journey to making the album following the birth of her child. "I didn’t think anyone would care. I thought no one would know it was me. I thought it was going to be a very expensive disaster." And once again, Adele gave props to Beyonce. "Like I said in my speech, my album of the year (was) Lemonade. I was completely rooting for her, voting for her." Adele has been a fan of Beyonce since falling "in love" with the singer at age 11. "It was her time to win. It was like, what the (expletive) has she got to do to win album of the year?" Even though Grammy voters are very traditional, "I thought this was the year that they would go with the tide. Of course, I am very grateful having won. But I felt the need to tell her, because I love her. And she was more than worthy."11:38: "Hi, everyone." Adele returns to the stage to accept the award for album of the year for 25. "It took an army to make me strong and willing again," she says. Five years ago at Continue Reading

Bonnaroo 2016: Buzz bands deliver load late-night lineup on Day 2

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Day 2 of the 15th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival featured an undercard filled with rising stars of hip-hop, rap and soul world, along with late-night risings stars of psychedelic pop, dance music and electronica. Aussies Tame Impala live up to hype Late-night sets are always a key part of the Bonnaroo experience, with this year being no different. The most talked-about late set this year came courtesy of Tame Impala, an Australian psychedelic pop-rock band fronted by songwriter Kevin Parker.At times sounding like an amplified version of the Beatles during their psychedelic period — Parker's vocals sound eerily similar to John Lennon’s — the band provided trippy songs with visuals to match, including pulsating color effects on the screens and confetti showers during select tracks.Kicking off well after midnight early Saturday on the Which Stage, Tame Impala played through fan favorites such as the guitar-driven "Elephant" and the vocoder-heavy "Let It Happen" and included the recent set list addition of "Daffodils," a disco/funk-inspired track Parker wrote for Mark Ronson's "Uptown Special" album.As many Bonnaroovians headed back to camp to call it a night after 2 a.m., you could hear the band's signature cut "Feels Like It Only Goes Backwards" echoing across the campgrounds, wrapping up Day 2 in a melodic, dreamlike fashion. — John Connor Coulston, MTSU Seigenthaler News Service, Twitter: @jccoulston Chainsmokers close with Halsey’s helpHalf past midnight early Saturday morning, Bonnaroo crowds found themselves revived from the unforgiving Friday heat with waves of electronic beats pouring from The Chainsmokers through throbbing speakers at the This Tent.Budding into music stardom, The Chainsmokers consist of American DJs Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, whose niche is producing trancing electronic dance music. The two had their big break in 2014 with the hit single "#Selfie."Since then, they have Continue Reading

Best Grammy performances of 2017

The Grammys had us at “Hello” on Sunday, opening the broadcast with a powerful performance from Adele, who won just about everything, before James Corden literally hit the stage after taking a pratfall down the stairs for laughs. Then J-Lo hit the stage to share the night's first overtly political statement.Here's how the night's performances stacked up.Adele earned a standing ovation that may in fact have been the sincerest such ovation I have seen in all my years of covering awards shows for her emotionally vulnerable tribute to the late George Michael, whose image flooded the screen behind her as she sang "Fastlove." Her voice backed by a lone piano repeating a single note, Adele's performance got off to start she deemed shaky enough to stop the song and try again – an unguarded moment that only made every note of the version that followed feel like it had that much more emotion on the line. She wanted perfection for Michael, and that's exactly what she gave us.Adele looked great and sounded better, opening the Grammys with a heartfelt, suitably dramatic reading of “Hello,” backed by a black-and-white closeup of herself on the video screen behind her on the darkened Grammy stage. It was a total show of force in terms of vocal power while hitting viewers hard with the ballad’s emotional portrait of the aftershocks of doomed romance.The most politically provocative performance of the night fell to these old-school hip-hop veterans of the Native Tongues scene, who ended their medley with Q-Tip repeatedly shouting "Resist." They squeezed in parts of “Movin’ Backwards,” “We the People,” Can I Kick It" and “Award Tour” with a little help from such talented friends and admirers as Busta Rhymes, Anderson .Paak and Consequence. Busta made a reference to President Agent Orange, and the stage was flooded with people of color, some in Muslim garb, on "We the People."Chance took the Continue Reading

Day 2 recap: History! Clinton clinches Dem nomination

Get up-to-the-minute convention news from a New Jersey perspective on APP.com with our team of reporters and photographers in Philadelphia. Coverage you can count on! PHILADELPHIA - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was formally nominated as the Democratic nominee for president, the first woman nominated by a major political party for the office.The second night of the convention comes amid a break in the party from die hard supporters of Bernie Sanders, who spent most of Monday night booing and jeering speakers at the slightest mention of Clinton.The convention started at 4 p.m. and its slate of speakers will focus on Clinton's record helping families and children. Former President Bill Clinton will capped the night.11:18 p.m. The convention was recessed until tomorrow evening, when President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak.11:15 p.m. After a 10-minute performance by Alicia Keys, Clinton appeared live via satellite -- shattering an animated glass ceiling --  thanking delegates for their support."And if there's any little girls who stayed up late to watch: I may be first, but you'll be next," Clinton said.11:00 p.m. After a video of various celebrities singing "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten, actress Meryl Streep -- a Somerset County native -- spoke about other women pioneers in American history, including Amelia Earhart, Sally Ride and Harriet Tubman."Nearly 100 years after women got the vote, you people have made history," Streep said. "And you're going to make history again in November."10:52 p.m. Clinton wrapped up his remarks by asking voters to vote for his wife: "Hillary will make us stronger together. You know it because she spent a lifetime doing it."10:50 p.m. Clinton went on the offensive, criticizing Trump's platform -- without saying his name -- as "made-up." He applauded delegates on picking the "right one.""You can drop her into any trouble spot -- pick one -- come back in a Continue Reading