CLINTON PROJECTS CONTROL; BERNIE RELISHES MO — HILLARY WRANGLERS GET LITERAL: use ropes to corral press during parade — WALTER ISAACSON’s next book: Leonardo Da Vinci

By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]), and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) THE FOURTH on the TRAIL – “Bernie and Hillary's holiday weekend: In Iowa and N.H., Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton made split-screen appearances that offered telling clues about the state of the race,” by Annie Karni and Jonathan Topaz: “Clinton’s events and appearances are modest and controlled, marked by caution and distance. Despite a double-digit lead over Sanders, she’s still seeking to establish her credentials to her skeptics on the left. ... Sanders is feeding off a wave of liberal enthusiasm and plowing forward with populist grit. He’s embracing his surging underdog role — and the media attention and crowds accompanying it. ... Story Continued Below “Clinton ... told a gaggle of reporters as she headed for [a N.H.] diner: ‘I love parades, I love walking in parades. We got such a great response, a lot of enthusiasm and energy to celebrate the Fourth of July.’ ... Roughly 1,500 miles away, in central Iowa, Sanders headed into the holiday weekend with the wind at his back, and his poll numbers showing him up to 33 percent in the Hawkeye State. On Wednesday night, he hosted by far the biggest rally of the presidential cycle, attracting roughly 10,000 people at a raucous rally in Madison, Wis.” DISPATCH OF THE DAY – CNN political producer Dan Merica: “Clinton campaign takes wrangling press literally at New Hampshire parade ... corrals media”: “Clinton's campaign used a rope to keep journalists away from the candidate on Saturday while she walked in the Gorham ... July Fourth parade. The ensuing photos of journalists, including a CNN reporter [Dan, in blue shirt], being somewhat dragged by a thin white rope as Clinton walked down Main Street caught fire online. ... [A]ides said they brought the rope out because they feared the press Continue Reading

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Driving the Day Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds ... Subscribe on iTunes ... Visit the online home of Playbook SIREN -- “Sen. Whitehouse: Comey may confirm FBI Russia investigation on Wednesday,” by Seung Min Kim: “A key Democratic senator probing Russian interference into the 2016 election said FBI Director James Comey has indicated privately to senators that he may provide a ‘clearer explanation’ of the existence of a Russia-related FBI investigation in advance of an anticipated Senate hearing on Wednesday. In an interview with POLITICO on Tuesday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said the FBI director made the suggestion during a private sit-down between the two men and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on March 2.Story Continued Below “Because the Comey meeting occurred the same day Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his recusal from any investigations involving the 2016 campaign, Whitehouse said it was initially difficult to determine from whom Comey needed clearance to discuss the matter further. ‘So we said look, we’re going to go ahead with our hearing on the 15th, just let us know by then,’ Whitehouse said in the interview. ‘So I think he implicitly confirmed that they are looking at this and he said he’d get us a clearer explanation by tomorrow. That was satisfactory to both of us.’”**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: THE GOP HEALTH CARE REPLACEMENT: THIS AIN’T LOOKING GOOD RIGHT NOW -- We’re not going to make predictions about whether congressional Republicans will be able to live up to their near decade-old promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Legislating takes time. The process has ups and downs. Arms get twisted, leaders give rousing rally cries and support materializes seemingly out of nowhere. But, look around -- things look shaky, at best, Continue Reading

The Problems with Walter Isaacson’s Newspaper Rescue Plan

Last Updated Feb 11, 2009 1:45 PM EST Today, I'm going to wade, ever so cautiously, into the discussion former Time managing editor Walter Isaacson has stirred up with his "How to Save Your Newspaper" cover story written for his former employer. In case you haven't had a chance to read all 2,200 words of it, it boils down to this: micropayments. Not just any micropayments, mind you, but "an iTunes-easy method of micropayment ... something like digital coins or an E-ZPass digital wallet -- a one-click system with a really simple interface." Isaacson has a point. Buying media online would be helped along quite a bit by being transformed into an impulse buy, and he contends that our current micropayment systems are clunky and don't allow for this. There are only two problems with his line of thinking: As consumers, we've been taught to believe content is meant to be free. (Yes, Google feeds into this belief system.) Maybe what we need, in a perverse way, is for a newspaper near and dear to us to actually go under to re-learn that content has value we should pay for. Unfortunately, right now, the first instinct many of us have when confronted with a firewall we can't get through is simply to look elsewhere for something similar. Some journalism is hard to duplicate -- if you really want to know what Walt Mossberg thinks of the iPhone 3G you're not going to want to go elsewhere -- but the vast majority of it is a commodity. At the least, a move back to a subscription model might require a migration en masse by all major newspapers to jump behind a firewall simultaneously -- though that might lead to the blogosphere taking over news coverage. In the current economy, people are becoming even less inclined to pay for content. Newsstand sales of magazines are down; there is evidence to suggest that the growth of cable subs is slowing. Time Warner Cable, the one major cable operator to have reported its fourth-quarter 2008 results, said it is seeing " a much slower RGU Continue Reading

Walter Isaacson on the “gyroscope” of American democracy and why Washington is “terribly broken”

(CBS News) The blue state of New Jersey just re-elected Republican governor Chris Christie, while a Tea Party Republican lost the gubernatorial battle in Virginia and some observers says this sends a message to Washington to find a bipartisanship theme. Walter Isaacson, who heads The Aspen Institute and spent decades covering politics, eventually becoming managing editor of Time Magazine, told the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts that he thinks the election results are evidence of the U.S. democracy correcting itself. Isaacson, also a biographer, used an anecdote from his time studying Albert Einstein to illustrate his opinion. "There's a wonderful story about Einstein ... he's watching in the early 1950s when America is going through McCarthyism and he writes to his son and says 'I've seen this happen before, it's like Nazi Germany, it's like the Communists, this country is going to go off of a cliff, and then things right themselves,'" he said. Isaacson said that Einstein is referring to Eisenhower being elected, McCarthyism going away and the rise of journalism with Edward R. Murrow. He said that Einstein wrote another letter to his son that says: "'There's something amazing about America's democracy, it's got a gyroscope and just when you think it's going to go off the cliff, it rights itself.'" Isaacson told the co-hosts that this type of adjustment is what "we are seeing now" and that Americans are deciding that they "don't need too much wackiness." When asked about the state of Washington, he said that he believes that it is "terribly broken" and there are "some very bad structural problems." "What's particularly different this time is, back in the 1950s or even in the 1840s leading up to the Civil War, you didn't have very ideological parties," he said. "Now you have the Democrats - very much to the left and the Republicans - very much to the right, but there is such a hunger for a Chris Christie or somebody like that, who says 'I know how to work across Continue Reading

CBS News Logo Aaron Sorkin to adapt Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” biography

(CNET) All rumors that "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin was toying with Sony's offer to write a screenplay based on Steve Jobs' life have been substantiated. Sony announced today that the Academy Award-winning screenwriter has accepted the job. "Steve Jobs' story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time," co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal said in a statement today. "There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we're confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing." In the tech world Sorkin is best known for his Academy Award-winning adaptation of "The Social Network," which was based on how Mark Zuckerberg built the Facebook empire. But he has also wrote screenplays for several other esteemed films, plays, and TV shows, such as "The West Wing," "Moneyball," and "A Few Good Men." Sony quickly grabbed the rights to Walter Isaacson's best-selling biopic "Steve Jobs" shortly after the Apple co-founder died from a rare form of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 last October. According to the Web site Film, Sony sealed the deal for $1 million. Recently, rumors have surfaced that Sony was looking to get George Clooney or Noah Wyle to play the role of Jobs. This article first appeared at CNET under the headline "'Steve Jobs' biography to become Aaron Sorkin movie." Continue Reading

Excerpt: Walter Isaacson’s “Leonardo da Vinci”

Bestselling author Walter Isaacson has previously written noted biographies of such revolutionary thinkers as Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs.  His latest book is "Leonardo da Vinci" (Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS), about the Italian Renaissance artist and inventor. Read an excerpt from his book below -- and don't miss Dr. Jon LaPook's interview with Isaacson on "Sunday Morning" October 15!  Chapter 1 Vinci, 1452-1464 Leonardo da Vinci had the good luck to be born out of wedlock. Otherwise, he would have been expected to become a notary, like the firstborn legitimate sons in his family stretching back at least five generations. His family roots can be traced to the early 1300s, when his great-great- great-grandfather, Michele, practiced as a notary in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci, about seventeen miles west of Florence.* With the rise of Italy's mercantile economy, notaries played an important role drawing up commercial contracts, land sales, wills, and other legal documents in Latin, often garnishing them with historical references and literary flourishes. * Leonardo da Vinci is sometimes incorrectly called "da Vinci," as if that were his last name rather than a descriptor meaning "from Vinci." However, the usage is not as egregious as some purists proclaim. During Leonardo's lifetime, Italians increasingly began to regularize and register the use of hereditary surnames, and many of these, such as Genovese and DiCaprio, derived from family hometowns. Both Leonardo and his father, Piero, frequently appended "da Vinci" to their names. When Leonardo moved to Milan, his friend the court poet Bernardo Bellincioni referred to him in writing as "Leonardo Vinci, the Florentine." Because Michele was a notary, he was entitled to the honorific "Ser" and thus became known as Ser Michele da Vinci. His son and grandson were even more successful notaries, the latter becoming a chancellor of Florence. The next in line, Antonio, Continue Reading

Transcript: Walter Isaacson on “Face the Nation,” Nov. 26, 2017

"Face the Nation" sat down on Sunday with Walter Isaacson, author of "Leonardo da Vinci," to discuss the artist's genius and creativity.  What follows is a transcript of the interview, which aired Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, on "Face the Nation." DICKERSON: We're joined now by Walter Isaacson, the author of a new book, "Leonardo Da Vinci," which explores the life and work of the original renaissance man. All right, Walter, you were my boss. You always said stories are at the heart of these things. So what story for you starts it with Leonardo? WALTER ISAACSON, "LEONARDO DA VINCI": I think when he turns that unnerving milestone of becoming 30 years old and he's been -- you and I remember that a bit. And he's been a painter, moderately successful in Florence, but he has trouble finishing his paintings. And it's kind of worse because his father is a notary and has notarized some of the contracts of those paintings. So Leonardo decides it's time to seek new horizons. And so he's part of a delegation that goes from Florence to Milan, a cultural delegation because that's how Florence had its influence. You know, it was -- it didn't have a great military. It kept losing the Pisa. But, you know, they would send it to architects and artists, other cities, and so Florence became, you know, what Joe Nye (ph) would call soft power. And so he goes there and he goes as a musician because he's invented a lot of musical instruments. But when he gets the Milan, he doesn't want to go home. So he writes the coolest job application letter in history. It's 11 paragraphs. And the first ten are all about what he can do in engineer and anatomy and art and science and controlling the flows of waters and building castles. Only in the 11th paragraph at the end does he say, I can also paint as well as anyone. And so you see Leonardo loving everything in nature just wanting to be, you know, a jack of all trades. DICKERSON: Is that his key quality, that he had this rapacious just hunger for Continue Reading

Walter Isaacson on Leonardo da Vinci: Curiosity “enriches your life”

Walter Isaacson, author of "Leonardo da Vinci," says an important lesson to take away from the famed painter who is at the center of his latest biography is that "being curious about everything not only makes you more creative, it enriches your life. " "What makes him a creative genious I think is that he was curious about everything," Isaacson said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "It was a curiosity that was passionate, playful, and it was curiosity for its own sake, which is what make him feel the patterns of nature," he added. Asked about the mystery and allure of one of a Vinci's most well-known works, the Mona Lisa, Issacson called it a "culmination of somebody who spent a life looking at science anatomy geology, but also philosophy and spirituality." "Every time you see her she seems to have a different emotion, and you have a different emotion, and the smile flickers back on. This is magical. It's showing inner emotion reflected on a face," he said. Isaacson called da Vinci "very collegial, very friendly," saying he had everybody at the time "refer to him as their best friend." He added, "He makes everybody feel the way to be more creative is not to specialize, not to silo yourself as we sometimes do to our kids, but to curious about everything for curiosity's sake." For more of Isaacson's discussion on da Vinci with John Dickerson, watch the full interview above.  Continue Reading

​Book excerpt: Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators”

Excerpted from "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" by Walter Isaacson. Copyright © 2014 by Walter Isaacson. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., a division of CBS. All Rights Reserved. INTRODUCTION How This Book Came to Be The computer and the Internet are among the most important inventions of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs -- who they were, how their minds worked, and what made them so creative. It's also a narrative of how they collaborated and why their ability to work as teams made them even more creative. The tale of their teamwork is important because we don't often focus on how central that skill is to innovation. There are thousands of books celebrating people we biographers portray, or mythologize, as lone inventors. I've produced a few myself. Search the phrase "the man who invented" on Amazon and you get 1,860 book results. But we have far fewer tales of collaborative creativity, which is actually more important in understanding how today's technology revolution was fashioned. It can also be more interesting. We talk so much about innovation these days that it has become a buzzword, drained of clear meaning. So in this book I set out to report on how innovation actually happens in the real world. How did the most imaginative innovators of our time turn disruptive ideas into realities? I focus on a dozen or so of the most significant breakthroughs of the digital age and the people who made them. What ingredients produced their creative leaps? What Continue Reading

Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson reveals his obsession with veganism, carrot and apple fasts

Steve Jobs made his mark as a tech innovator, but he likely could have found success as a food critic instead, according to a new book. The newly released bio "Steve Jobs", which hit stores Tuesday, reveals another, quirkier side to the Apple founder. A rebellious and fairly abrasive young man, Jobs was reportedly significantly affected by the book "Diet for a Small Planet" which he read during his college years. "That's when I pretty much swore off meat for good," Jobs said, according to Entertainment Weekly's review on the book. The book prompted him to embrace extreme carrot and apple fasts, biographer Walter Isaacson reveals, and to include a large amount of steamed or grilled broccoli and asparagus in his diet. Jobs believed his vegan diet made him was impervious to body odor - as a youngster, he didn't shower everyday and even shunned deodorant - Isaacson told 60 Minutes host, Steve Kroft. His newfound passion also reportedly affected him at work - he was assigned the night shift at his first job at Atari videogames because no one could stand how he smelled. Near the end of his life, Jobs remained extremely fussy about food. He often wanted to fast when he needed to eat, his biographer reveals, and regularly dismissed the smoothies served to him for his surgical recovery. His wife Laurene Powell told Isaacson she had to force him to eat which created a "tense atmosphere at home." Jobs’ palate was as extremely sensitive as it was possibly destructive. "He could taste two avocados that seemed completely indistinguishable and declare that one was the best avocado ever grown and the other in edible," Isaacson said. Isaacson conducted roughly 40 interviews with the former Apple CEO to write the tell-all, including one just two weeks before his death. The book, which had already sold millions of copies in pre-order before its release, is slated to become this year's top seller, according to Forbes. Continue Reading