South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a town hall meeting, on Tuesday, April 16, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. | Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo
ON THE TRAIL … NATASHA KORECKI in Iowa: BUTTIGIEG SHRUGS OFF ANTI-GAY HECKLERS: “South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg swept into Iowa on Tuesday, drawing some of the biggest crowds of the 2020 race so far in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. He faced anti-gay hecklers at two events, including in Des Moines where a man in the crowd shouted ‘remember Sodom and Gomorrah!’ just after Buttigieg talked about marrying his husband, Chasten, who attended the event. “The man kept shouting but the crowd chants of ‘Pete! Pete!’ drowned him out. Buttigieg calmly looked on as security escorted away the individual. ‘The good news is, the condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa caucuses are up to you,’ Buttigieg said to laughter and cheers. “In all, three hecklers over two Iowa events were taken away and each time Buttigieg unflinchingly carried on after cracking a joke or commenting on freedom of expression. A campaign aide said it was the first time the mayor faced such security incidents since touring nationally.” Video— BUTTIGIEG EDGE: “Two days after officially entering the presidential race, Buttigieg was expecting 50 people at a Polk County meet and greet. As RSVPs rolled in, organizers moved it from a small gym at Franklin Junior High to the large gym, to an auditorium and finally moving it outside. A good thing: a stunning 1,650 people showed up in the end. “It isn’t just the number of people that stands out: Buttigieg has yet to staff up with organizers in Iowa, so this turnout was mostly organic. Buttigieg spoke to a progressive Iowa group in December and has visited the earlier this year but this crowd was exponentially larger.” — MEANWHILE … “On the other side of town, SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-N.J.) was meeting with the Iowa Black Caucus, capping a tour through the state. The night before, he hosted a Sioux City town hall, before about 100 people. When it wound down, the New Jersey Democrat, having spotted a supporter wearing a Queen T-shirt, took her and her friends aside and called up on her phone a video of Axl Rose and Elton John performing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ at times singing along.”– CNN’S MANU RAJU and TED BARRETT: “Trump’s GOP critics in Senate mum on Weld 2020 bid”Happy Wednesday. JAKE and ANNA will be on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight on CBS, where they will talk about politics and their new book “The Hill to Die On.” Order here IMMIGRATION LATEST … NYT’S MIKE SHEAR and KATIE BENNER: “In New Effort to Deter Migrants, Barr Withholds Bail to Asylum Seekers”: “The Trump administration on Tuesday took another significant step to discourage migrants from seeking asylum, issuing an order that could keep thousands of them in jail indefinitely while they wait for a resolution of their asylum requests.“The order issued by Attorney General William P. Barr was an effort to deliver on President Trump’s promise to end the ‘catch and release’ of migrants crossing the border in hopes of escaping persecution in their home countries.“The order — which directs immigration judges to deny some migrants a chance to post bail — will not go into effect for 90 days. It is all but certain to be challenged in federal court, but immigrant rights lawyers said it could undermine the basic rights of people seeking safety in the United States.” NYT— LAT: “California hits back as Trump threatens to ‘dump’ immigrants in ‘sanctuary cities”: With a Gavin Newsom interviewLESS THAN 24 HOURS after we wondered if he was bored with the 2020 field … the president (@realDonaldTrump) last night: “I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!”– HUH? “May God Rest Their Soul?”– NYT’S KATIE ROGERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN — White House Memo on A15: “This Just In! Waiting for Mueller, Trump Passes Time Commenting on the News”THE INVESTIGATIONS … ANDREW DESIDERIO and KYLE CHENEY: “Mueller looms over Dem investigations”: “After three months in power, House Democrats have finally hit their investigative stride. They’ve teed up invasive probes of President Donald Trump’s finances, uncorked subpoenas, and set the stage for court battles that could consume Washington through the 2020 election.“But everything could change Thursday when Attorney General William Barr releases a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-anticipated report on the Trump campaign’s links to Russia. Mueller’s findings — and whether they’re damning, benign or too heavily redacted to understand — are certain to be a major factor guiding the direction of Democrats’ probes.” POLITICO— DARREN SAMUELSOHN and JOSH GERSTEIN in POLITICO: “Mueller’s ‘13 Angry Democrats’: Where are they now?” NOLAN MCCASKILL on the POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL: “Poll: Nearly 4-in-10 voters believe Trump’s campaign was spied on”
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MAYBE HE SHOULD’VE FOCUSED ON SAVING THE HOUSE! … “Trump moves to resist House inquiries, setting up fight over congressional subpoena powers,” by WaPo’s Tom Hamburger, Karoun Demirjian, John Dawsey and Rachael Bade: “The administration does not plan to turn over information being sought about how particular individuals received their security clearances, Trump’s meetings with foreign leaders and other topics that they plan to argue are subject to executive privilege, according to several aides familiar with internal discussions.” WaPoCASH DASH — “Freshman Democrats rake in cash to protect the House,” by Laura Barrón-López and Sarah Ferris: “The most vulnerable House Democrats are off to a fast start defending their seats — and their party’s fragile new majority. Nearly three-dozen Democratic freshmen in battleground districts raised more than $300,000 for their campaigns in the first three months of 2019 — a barometer of early momentum in the seats that could determine control of the chamber in the 2020 election.“Competing with a crowded Democratic presidential field and higher-profile Senate races, the new class of Democrats responsible for flipping control of the House have fought to sustain the torrent of campaign cash, much of it from small donors, that allowed candidates to outspend GOP incumbents in most of the contested House races last year. Now, as incumbents themselves, the eye-popping numbers could help fend off GOP challengers as Democrats attempt to hold their majority while waging war with President Donald Trump on multiple fronts.” POLITICO— JAMES ARKIN: “Republicans stockpile cash to safeguard Senate majority”
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SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO is speaking to reporters at 9:30 this morning at the State Department. SWAMP UPDATE … AP: “Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is quickly parlaying his time in President Donald Trump’s cabinet into a lucrative private career.“He’s landed a more than $100,000-a-year post at a Nevada mining company and is pursuing involvement in natural gas exports that have surged under Trump, Zinke told The Associated Press Tuesday.” AP
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2020 WATCH — CHRIS CADELAGO and ALEX THOMPSON: “Warren bets big on mega-campaign”: “As Elizabeth Warren’s campaign developed its organizing strategy this winter, it spent big to bring on a whopping 161 staffers — nearly twice as many as her closest rival in the Democratic presidential primary. “The early hiring spree, which cost Warren’s campaign nearly $1.2 million in salary plus more on related expenses, amounts to a big bet on what it will take to win the 2020 presidential race. The buildup had Warren spending money almost as fast as she raised at a time of year when presidential campaigns traditionally hoard their cash, according to new campaign finance filings.“But the decision sheds new light on the priorities and strategy behind Warren’s campaign, which believes organization in the early-voting states could make the difference next year.” POLITICOTRUMP’S WEDNESDAY — The president will participate in an “Opportunity Zone” conference with state, local, tribal and community leaders at 2 p.m. in the South Court Auditorium.
PHOTO DU JOUR: A hole is seen in the dome inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, on Tuesday, April 16. | Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool, via AP
AOC’S MYSTERY BOOK — “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) … was recently in talks to write a book … Multiple publishing industry sources told The Daily Beast that the freshman Democrat retained the talent agency CAA and took meetings earlier this year about writing a potential book. The project, one industry source said, was ultimately pulled, but for reasons that remain mysterious.” The Daily BeastBONUS WOMEN RULE PODCAST — ANNA spoke with SUSAN TYNAN, founder of Framebridge, the direct-to-consumer online framing startup that has raised $67.1 million since its launch in 2014, at a live Women Rule podcast taping at the Manufacturing Institute’s “Step Ahead Initiative.” Listen and subscribe TRUMP AND THE WORLD … ELIANA JOHNSON: “Japanese leader plans grueling D.C. dash for Trump face time”: “When Japan enthrones a new emperor on May 1, the country’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, might be feeling a little jet lagged. Just four days before one of his nation’s most important ceremonial events in a generation, akin to the election of a new Pope in Rome, Abe plans to jet around the world and back for a vital mission: maintaining his relationship with President Donald Trump.“Abe’s 36-hour trip to a foreign capital 6,700 miles away — he tentatively plans to join First Lady Melania Trump’s 49th birthday celebrations on Friday, April 26, and golf with Trump himself the next day, according to two sources familiar with his plans — underscores the extraordinary lengths he has gone to cultivate the U.S. president.” POLITICO— VETO NO. 2: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a bipartisan measure to cut off U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war, calling it ‘an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.’” POLITICO— FOR YOUR RADAR … BLOOMBERG: “High on the list of President Donald Trump’s priorities as he tries to close a trade deal with counterpart Xi Jinping is making sure China faces consequences if it doesn’t live up to its promises. Yet in pursuing that goal Trump may also be giving China a new cudgel to use on American companies and striking another blow to the international rule of law.“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the U.S. has made its own commitments to China and agreed that both sides will be subject to an enforcement mechanism. ‘This will be a two-way agreement in enforcement,’ Mnuchin said Monday, after saying over the weekend that the U.S. would be open to ‘certain repercussions.’ …“If the U.S. allows China reciprocal enforcement powers, it would make China ‘judge, jury and executioner as to whether we have honored our obligations,’ said Daniel Price, who served as a senior economic adviser to President George W. Bush and is now at Rock Creek Global Advisors in Washington.” Bloomberg
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NORTHAM UPDATE … AP: “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has withdrawn from plans to be a commencement speaker at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and won’t participate in any other graduation ceremonies amid the persisting scandal over a blackface photo.” APCHICAGO TRIBUNE: “Thousands of texts, emails about Jussie Smollett probe made public by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office”MEDIAWATCH — Many Democrats weren’t happy with Bernie Sanders’ decision to hold a town hall on Fox News, but it was a smash hit in the ratings: 2.55 million people watched Sanders on Monday, per Nielsen. That’s the most of any Democrat so far on any network — the previous high for any candidate was Kamala Harris, who drew 1.95 million viewers for her CNN town hall in January.No wonder other candidates, including Pete Buttigieg, are considering holding Fox town halls of their own, per CNN.– @realDonaldTrump with some media criticism: “Many Trump Fans & Signs were outside of the @FoxNews Studio last night in the now thriving (Thank you President Trump) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the interview with Crazy Bernie Sanders. Big complaints about not being let in-stuffed with Bernie supporters. What’s with @FoxNews?”– AHEM: “Fox reached out to various political and local groups in the area and mined requests to attend after it publicly announced the event.” The Morning Call (via Brian Stelter)– NEERA TANDEN’S MOM is firing back at the NYT, which interviewed her for a Tuesday story about the feud between the Center for American Progress chief and the Bernie Sanders campaign. The piece, by Liz Williamson and Ken Vogel, caught some flak from Tanden’s allies on Twitter.Maya Tanden: “As a 78-year-old immigrant, I am so proud of my daughter for succeeding. … For the first time in my life, a reporter contacted me out of nowhere and said she wanted to talked to me for what I thought was a nice story about Neera. I didn’t understand my words would be used in the story and once I understood they could be, I called her back to clarify that. Only then did she tell me my words were ‘on the record,’ a term I’ve never heard before. I feel very misled.”Brian Fallon (@brianefallon): “The NYT story on Neera Tanden should never have brought her mom into it. And whether you agree with Neera’s views or not, her aggressiveness is one of her biggest strengths and would be lionized if she were a man.”We asked Williamson for a response, and got this from an NYT spox: “Our story focuses on ideological divisions in the Democratic party and the Center for American Progress, a think tank/political organization with a $60 million combined budget. The story provides an in-depth look at the center’s president, Neera Tanden. It includes accurate, on-the-record comments by Maya Tanden, Neera Tanden’s mother. Maya Tanden is knowledgeable about Democratic politics and her daughter’s career, and has been active in local Democratic politics.”– THE LIBERAL MURDOCH … FT: “James Murdoch is set to invest about $1bn from the proceeds of the sale of his stake in 21st Century Fox to assemble a new portfolio of media companies that could include a liberal-leaning news outlet, according to people close to the billionaire investor. …“People with direct knowledge of his plans said James Murdoch wanted to distance himself from the conservative media outlets controlled for decades by his father but had yet to decide how exactly he would invest in the news media.“His options range from a liberal news website to a digital magazine focused on culture, society and lifestyle, they said, adding that no final decision had been taken as the new venture was at an early stage.” FT— Nancy Gibbs, the former editor of Time, is the new faculty director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Per a note from Dean Douglas Elmendorf: “Nicco [Mele, the previous director,] will remain a lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School this fall and intends to focus on multiple book projects.” (hat tip: Reliable Sources)
SPOTTED Tuesday night at French Ambassador Gérard Araud’s final farewell dinner: UAE Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba, Adrienne Arsht, Bret and Amy Baier, Susan Blumenthal, Susan Rice and Ian Cameron, Eliot Cohen, Heidi Crebo-Rediker and Douglas Rediker, Susan Glasser, Chris Isham and Jennifer Maguire Isham, Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar, Robert Malley and Robert Shapiro. Andrea Mitchell also made an appearance at the end of dinner.TRANSITIONS — Pia Carusone is joining the political media and strategy firm Left Hook as a partner. She most recently wrote and produced Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly’s announcement video and helped form the anti-gun violence group GIFFORDS and was its first executive director. … Eric Lausten is now a principal at Husch Blackwell Strategies. He previously was chief of staff for Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.).WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Joshua Karp, a Democratic communications strategist and comms adviser to Andrew Gillum and an American Bridge alum, and Dorian Karp, senior advocacy and policy manager at Jewish Women International, on Monday night welcomed Eleanor “Ellie” June Karp, who came in at 5 lbs., 12 oz., and 18 inches. Pic BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Ieva Augstums, deputy VP for strategic planning and operations in public affairs at PhRMA and an AP alum, is 4-0. A fun fact about Ieva: “In an attempt to win scholarship money (I swear), in high school I applied for Miss Teenage America. I made it to the top three, and my picture appeared next to Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 issue of Teen Magazine. Props to anyone who can find it.” Playbook Plus Q&ABIRTHDAYS: Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, is 48 … Marty Obst, president of MO Strategies … Erika Soto Lamb, VP of social impact strategy at Comedy Central … Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) is 51 (h/t Doug Heye) … Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) is 58 … Tom Giovanetti … Alex Kellner (h/t Rob Flaherty) … Jackie Whisman, VP at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (h/t the ITIF team) … Dean Lieberman, founder and principal at DKL Strategies (h/t Ben Chang) … Chris Durlak … POLITICO’s Angelica Botlo … Greg Lemon … Tom Hunt … Ryan Leppert …. Julie Almacy, celebrating in Paris (hubby tip: David) … Miri Belsky … Andrea Catsimatidis … Jennifer Laptook LaTourette … Greg Cairns (h/t Zack Roday) … NYT’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis … … David Lindsey, executive editor of news and features at NatGeo … Joshua Tucker … Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) is 36 … Leslie Dach, founder and chair of Protect Our Care (h/t Jesse Ferguson) … Shelly Banjo of Bloomberg News … Adekunle Ogunfolu … Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and exec director of UltraViolet (h/t Matthew Butler) … Karina Carlson … Jon Simons (h/t Eric Reller) … Atul Shembekar … Valentina Cano, who recently married Lucas Farley — pic … Uber’s Susan Effler … Matt Aks, associate at Oliver Wyman and an Obama W.H. alum … Michael Myers … Ed Gilroy … NTSB’s Sean Dalton … Trait Thompson … Edelman’s Gregory St. Claire … Rachel Pryor … Clay Hanna is 41 … Chris Gilbert … Sandra Fluke is 38 … Brian Temple Smith is 4-0 … John Cahill … Micah Kleit … Benjamin Runkle is 47 … Gabrielle Porter … Robert Bateman is 52 … Ken Jost … Jessica Ehrlich … Eric Sayers, VP at Beacon Global Strategies
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