By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; firstname.lastname@example.org), and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; email@example.com)
ABOUT LAST NIGHT – “Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner: 5 takeaways: The Des Moines gathering marked the state’s biggest presidential cattle call to date,” by Politico’s Eli Stokols, in Des Moines: “1. The Iowa Straw Poll is on life support ... Not one of the 11 presidential hopefuls ... at the podium gave any indication that they will take part in it. ... Some of them eventually will, but it’s still unclear which — if any — of the top tier candidates will ... Bush said earlier Saturday that he ‘doesn’t do straw polls,’ not because Iowa is unimportant to him but because the [money] to compete ... [is] better spent building out the infrastructure of a national campaign. ...
“2. Scott Walker is the clear Iowa front-runner. ... 3. Foreign policy continues to dominate the GOP debate ... 4. Rand Paul likes the island life ... emphasized three issues where he stands far apart from the rest of the field: civil liberties, criminal justice reform and his anti-interventionist foreign policy stance ... 5. Carly Fiorina killed it.” http://politi.co/1PrAHDf
WHAT IOWA IS READING -- Des Moines Register lead story, “Iowa GOP audience delights in bounty of choices: Fiorina and trio of governors appear to,” by Jennifer Jacobs: “The night's next most popular hopefuls [after Carly] were three governors: former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.” http://dmreg.co/1ETmFA1
SUNDAY BEST: Marco Rubio parses Chris Wallace’s Iraq question on “Fox News Sunday”: “I understand, but that’s not the same question.” Wallace, later: “I understand, but that’s not what I’m asking you.” http://youtu.be/kzH3PJms1hI
STORY OF THE DAY – NYT p. A9, “China Makes Missiles More Potent in Move Seen as a Message to U.S.,” by David Sanger and William Broad: “[A] succession of Chinese leaders deliberately let [the technology] sit unused; they were not interested in getting into the kind of arms race that characterized the Cold War ... Now, however, President Xi Jinping appears to have altered course, at the same moment that he is building military airfields on disputed islands in the South China Sea, declaring exclusive Chinese ‘air defense identification zones,’ sending Chinese submarines through the Persian Gulf for the first time and creating a powerful new arsenal of cyberweapons.” http://nyti.ms/1KXY3K9
U.K. LESSONS for 2016: Twin essays for Politico by winning and losing consultants, both with the same message -- the GOP can’t win with its traditional playbook.
--JIM MESSINA, CEO of The Messina Group and campaign manager for Obama's 2012 reelection, “Why the GOP Can’t Get No Satisfaction: My British experience ... taught me that the Republican Party could end up like Ed Miliband”: “The message of that election for us in the United States is less that Hillary Clinton needs to stay in the center than it is that Republicans need to move beyond their base. One reason Miliband failed is because, in British parliamentary politics, the perception is you only need to win over that base and little more. Miliband’s people were privately saying he only needed to get to 35 percent. But in American politics you need the center—and a majority.” http://politi.co/1daOZXP
--STAN GREENBERG, CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and pollster for the Labour Party in Great Britain and for the Zionist Camp in Israel, “Right-Wing Wins Come at Too High a Price: I watched overseas as Britain and Israel’s leaders did long-term harm to their countries”: “America is a country of growing racial diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. ... Playing the nationalist card here in the U.S. will not work.’” http://politi.co/1IFGtND
STATE OF THE ART – NYT A1, at fold, “The Right Baits The Left to Turn Against Clinton,” by Ashley Parker and Nick Corasaniti: “America Rising has sent out a steady stream of posts on social media attacking Mrs. Clinton, some ... designed to be spotted, and shared, by liberals. The posts highlight ... her connections to Wall Street and the Clinton Foundation and feature images of Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren ... and Mayor Bill de Blasio, ... interspersed with cartoon characters and pictures of Kevin Spacey, who plays the villain in ‘House of Cards.’” With Simpsons art, Colin Reed portrait (both also in paper) http://nyti.ms/1JQT7pW
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“SNL” COLD-OPEN INSTANT CLASSIC -- Pants suit meets surfboard! Mediaite’s Tina Nguyen: “Hillary Clinton Looks Forward to Relaxing Summer Full of Ruthless Campaigning ... Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton will do everything humanly possible to win the presidential election ... Does it mean walking through a beach in a wool pantsuit? Running alongside a tandem bicycle? Making children cry about their sandcastles not being as nice as your scale model of the White House? ... (And Darrell Hammond’s Bill Clinton, well — yeah, he likes summer too.)” http://bit.ly/1RWR75i SNL video, “Summertime” http://bit.ly/1PrFHrv
HOT VIDEO: “Romney Gets in the Ring with Evander Holyfield” http://bit.ly/1d7pjLD
OUT AND ABOUT – Juleanna Glover hosted Scott Simon last night for a book party celebrating “Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime.” Guests noshed on sushi, sashimi, chicken kebab, falafel. $17.14 on Amazon http://amzn.to/1cI1Hwp
--SPOTTED: Jake and Jennifer Tapper, Julia Ioffe, Robert Draper, Garance Franke-Ruta, Kori Schulman, Niki Christoff, Kate Bennett, Becca Glover Watkins and Pepper Watkins, John Tamny, Sarah Wildman, Chris Bodenner, Autumn Brewington, Indira Lakshmanan and more.
DR. CHARLIE ROSE’S WASHINGTON: Charlie Rose, the man who’s always working, got to just enjoy himself last night – tieless, and rocking sneakers. D.C. friends walked down a red carpet to the elegant terrace of the rarely seen estate of Franco Nuschese, owner of Café Milano, who was honoring Charlie with a dinner celebration and garden party after he delivered the Georgetown commencement address and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
Franco’s three and a half acres, in the Northwest D.C. neighborhood of Forest Hills, include a view down the same hill as the Italian ambassador’s residence. In a toast, Charlie said Franco is the best traveling companion in Italy – aside from two of the evening’s guests, CIA Director John Brennan and former deputy CIA director Michael Morell.
--SPOTTED: Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Don Baer and Nancy Bard, Bret and Amy Baier, CIA Director John Brennan and Kathy Pokluda Brennan, Charlie Cook, Jan Crawford, Henry Davis, E.J. Dionne, Tom Donilon, Jim and Deb Fallows, Tom and Ann Friedman, Georgetown College Dean Chester Gillis, Tammy Haddad, Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff, Walter and Cathy Isaacson, Chris and Jennifer Isham, Vernon and Ann Jordan, Tommy Kaplan, Jonathan Karl, Katty Kay, Samantha Kulok, Jennifer Lawson of Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Margot McGinness, Frank Milwee, Michael Morell, Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy, Roxanne Roberts, John F.W. Rogers, Sally Quinn, Hilary Rosen and Campbell Spencer, Chelsea Royal, David Sanger, Bob and Pat Schieffer, Justin Smith, Ellen Tauscher, George Tenet and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet, Yvette Vega, Chitra Wadhwani and more.
--WHAT FRANCO SERVES AT HOME: hand-carved prosciutto; eggplant parmesan; roasted sea scallops, eggplant and basil; buffalo mozzarella; pecorino cheeses; roasted veal in tuna sauce; assorted cold cuts; calamarata pasta, fresh oregano, tomatoes and zucchini; oysters; steamed shellfish with vegetables; mixed greens salad; octopus, peaches, green beans and mint salad; tuna, salmon and amberjack tartar; plus a bar and desserts.
--FROM CHARLIE’S GEORGETOWN SPEECH: “This university has produced amazing graduates for all professions -- including one stunningly smart and beautiful lady that sits beside me every day at ‘CBS This Morning.’ She is of course, Norah O’Donnell, class of 1995 and 2003 [M.A., liberal studies]. And her husband Geoff Tracey, also a Georgetown graduate, class of 1995. Geoff has a degree in theology and owns restaurants. Imagine my surprise that Norah married a Georgetown graduate who can both forgive and cook.”
--VIDEO of Charlie receiving his honorary doctorate. http://reut.rs/1bY7xcr
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 12 funnies: http://politi.co/1HiAKtX
TEAM OBAMA WEDDING COMING UP: Cody Keenan, President Obama’s chief speechwriter, proposed to Kristen Bartoloni, White House deputy director of research, atop Rockefeller Center last night in the rain. (She thought they were going to “SNL.”) Afterward, they celebrated with their families and friends at The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Station, where they toasted the 70 million Americans who brought them together in the first place by voting for Barack Obama. Pic http://bit.ly/1ESAb6S
WEEKEND WEDDING – “Gina Ormand, Joshua Cherwin” – N.Y. Times: “Gina Lynn Ormand and Joshua Jay Cherwin were married Thursday at Topping Rose House, a hotel in Bridgehampton, N.Y. ... On Saturday, former Vice President Al Gore led a second ceremony before family and friends at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club. The bride and groom had worked for Mr. Gore, she as a fund-raiser for his Alliance for Climate Protection from May 2009 to May 2011; among the groom’s various jobs for Mr. Gore from February 2003 to January 2008 was special adviser.
“Mrs. Cherwin, 33, now works in New York as the chief of staff at MWW PR, a public relations firm based in East Rutherford, N.J. She graduated from Tulane University. ... Mrs. Cherwin, 33, now works in New York as the chief of staff at MWW PR, a public relations firm based in East Rutherford, N.J. She graduated from Tulane University.” With pic: http://nyti.ms/1GgZIel
SPOTTED at the second ceremony: Guy Cecil, The Shermans. Adrienne Elrod, Melissa Salmanowitz, Kim Molstre and Phil Singer, Bari Lurie and Jeff Westerberg, Natalie and Patrick Hallahan, Rachel kelly and Doug Landry. Pic http://bit.ly/1Frny8k
BIRTHDAYS: NYT’s Michael Shear, the pride of Sunnyvale, Calif. ... WSJ’s Reid Epstein ... NBC’s D.C. P.R. maven Olivia Petersen ... former Sen. Ben Nelson ... Chuck Raasch, Washington correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Gannett alum ... former Rep. George Miller, now senior education adviser at Cengage Learning (h/t Susan Aspey) ... Politico’s Maura Kelley and Robin Turner ... Wynn Radford, associate director of gov’t affairs for BP in Ala., Miss. And La., and Bush White House press advance alum (hat tip: Deckard) … WashPost’s Peter Wallsten ... Jenna Lowenstein, deputy digital director for Hillary for America and DNC and EMILY’s List alum … Eric Sapirstein, president of ENS Resources, Inc. and prince of water policy ... Clay Johnson, founder and chair of The Department of Better Technology, and alum of Sunlight Foundation, Blue State Digital and Dean campaign ... Paul Blank ...
… Crimson Tide fan Phillip Stutts of Go BIG Media ... Derrick Robinson, deputy press secretary for the National Nuclear Security Administration and White House research alum ... Shannon Spillane, VP for comms. at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities … Deirdre Murphy Ramsey, a Principal at Precision Strategies and formerly of DSCC fame, is turning 27 (h/t Caitlin Legacki) … Martin McGuinness ... Derek Flowers, associate at Woodberry Associates and Crossroads Generation and RNC alum ... National Journal’s Rebecca Nelson, the pride of Seattle ... Abigail Pogrebin ... NYT’s Robin Pogrebin ... Kirk Oberfeld, director general at Le Cercle ... Ralph Neas … RNC alum Rick Wiley … Gilles Trequesser … Tim Reed … Tim Del Monico … Leslie Ridle ... Kelly O’Donnell ... Neil Rankin ... Kathleen Sullivan is 62 ... Sugar Ray Leonard is 59 ... Bob Saget is 59 ... Jim Nantz is 56 ... Craig Ferguson is 53 ... Passenger is 31 ... actor Justin Martin is 21 (h/ts AP)
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