VLADIMIR PUTIN ON NORTH KOREA, via CNN’s Hilary Whiteman: “A day after predicting ‘global catastrophe’ if North Korea’s nuclear tests lead to anything other than talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the situation may be ‘impossible’ to resolve.

“Putin made the comments after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. Moon had his own stark message about the situation on the Korean Peninsula: ‘If North Korea’s provocation doesn’t stop here, I think could fall into an uncontrollable situation.’” http://cnn.it/2vL6E66

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— AP at 2:53 a.m.: “MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for talks with North Korea, says sanctions are not a solution.”

Happy Wednesday. REPUBLICAN LEADERS were at the White House yesterday to talk about tax reform. The administration — represented by President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn — told Hill GOP leaders that they hoped tax reform wasn’t swallowed by Congress’s new priority: aid for hurricanes slamming the southern portion of the United States. Mnuchin had another message: the billions of dollars needed for Harvey aid will impact the debt-limit expiration date, and he said it was important that Congress lift the nation’s borrowing limit this week.

WHICH TAKES US TO THIS IMPORTANT STORY, by Rachael Bade, Josh Dawsey and Kyle Cheney: “President Donald Trump’s White House will move Wednesday to quash growing GOP opposition to a strategy to raise the debt ceiling as part of a Hurricane Harvey relief package, according to multiple House and White House officials.

“Administration officials will inform lawmakers that they will not be able to pay FEMA disaster claims for victims without a simultaneous increase of the debt ceiling, the sources said. House lawmakers are also being told by GOP leaders that Trump will give a full-throated endorsement to their plan to pair the two bills and send them to the Oval Office this week — without a penny worth of spending cuts long demanded by conservatives and even Republican leadership allies.” http://politi.co/2eEFPp6

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THE MOST RECENT PLAN — CLEAR THE DEBT LIMIT UNTIL AFTER THE MIDTERMS — The Senate plans to amend the Harvey relief bill with a debt-limit increase that will last through the end of 2018. Why? Most lawmakers would rather not have to vote to lift the debt limit more than once this Congress. There is talk of also attaching a continuing resolution, which would keep government open, but aides and lawmakers we spoke to say they do not think they’ll have enough time to get it ready this week.

— THE OPPOSITION: The House Freedom Caucus, the conservative group led by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, voted to support a debt-ceiling increase if it’s tied to capping spending as a percentage of GDP.

BROADLY SPEAKING — It’s going to be tough to stop this package. The Senate is going to tie the two bills together, and the House doesn’t have the leverage or ability to decouple them — especially with the White House supporting the Hill leaders’ strategy.

A SATURDAY SESSION in the Capitol is possible — we dare say likely — this week.

THE BUZZ IN THE CAPITOL yesterday — Washington is going to be very quickly consumed with what could be a protracted battle over disaster spending. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott already said that the federal government will need to spend north of $100 billion in his state. And if Hurricane Irma is as bad as predicted, that will also cost a pile of cash. TODAY: The House will approve $8 billion in disaster aid. IN THE FUTURE: At some point in the coming months, Republicans might tire of spending hundreds of billions of dollars on disaster relief and begin to push for spending cuts.

— IF YOU’VE WATCHED Congress for the last seven years, what gives you hope that it can complete the following list in the next six months: pass a budget, complete tax reform, fund government, pass hundreds of billions in disaster aid, reauthorize the FAA and CHIP and complete immigration reform?

— A COMPLETELY PLAUSIBLE REALITY: The Republican Congress goes into the midterm elections codifying DACA in some form, spending hundreds of billions of dollars on disaster relief and failing to pass tax reform and repeal Obamacare.

— JUST ASKING: If Democrats really want to force Republicans’ hands on DACA, why don’t they refuse to fund the government, or raise the debt ceiling unless immigration reform legislation is attached? SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER and HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI are holding a 10 a.m. joint presser on DACA and Dreamers.

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TRUMP’S WEDNESDAY — TRUMP speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping at 9 a.m. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) go to the White House for a meeting with the president at 11 a.m. Trump leaves for North Dakota at noon, accompanied by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.). Trump arrives back in D.C. at 8 p.m.

FOR YOUR RADAR — “ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) – The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history makes first landfall in Caribbean islands.”

— WAPO’S CAPITAL WEATHER GANG’S BRIAN MCNOLDY and JASON SAMENOW: “Hurricane Irma is an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 5, barreling toward the northern Lesser Antilles and Southern Florida. It’s already the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s likely to make landfall somewhere in Florida over the weekend. If it does, the impact could be catastrophic.

“This is a life-threatening storm for the United States, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the southeastern Bahamas. Hurricane warnings have been issued for the northern Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos. A hurricane watch covers Haiti and the southeastern Bahamas. With maximum winds of 185 mph, Irma is tied for the second strongest storm ever observed in the Atlantic. …

“All of Florida — especially South Florida and the Keys — should be preparing for a major hurricane landfall on Sunday. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to arrive as soon as early Saturday. … If Irma makes landfall as a Category 4 or higher in the United States, joining Hurricane Harvey, it will become the first time two storms so strong struck the United States in the same season.” http://wapo.st/2wFnli7

NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL — “Poll: Voters split whether Trump has done enough for Harvey relief,” by Steven Shepard: “Voters are divided on whether President Donald Trump is doing enough to help Texas and Louisiana recover from Hurricane Harvey, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released as parts of the nation gird for another large, powerful storm. Forty-three percent of voters say Trump is doing enough in terms of disaster relief for Harvey — only slightly more than the 40 percent who say Trump isn’t doing enough. Seventeen percent have no opinion.

“Partisanship affects opinions of Trump’s performance: Only 21 percent of self-identified Democrats say Trump is doing enough, while 73 percent of Republicans say he is doing enough. Trump’s overall job-approval rating has ticked up, from 40 percent last week to 43 percent now. But a 52 percent majority disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president.” http://politi.co/2gKM277

WHERE THINGS STAND ON DACA …

THE BIG PICTURE — “Trump and Republicans face ‘a defining moment’ on immigration,” by WaPo’s Bob Costa and Phil Rucker: “President Trump is hurtling toward a crossroads on immigration — his signature campaign issue and a key source of his law-and-order reputation — where each path before him comes with significant political risks. Trump has temporarily placed the fates of roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children in the hands of Congress, buying himself time and shunting responsibility.

“Should Congress act, the president will have to choose whether to sign on to a legislative solution granting the ‘dreamers’ legal status — or to let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, expire, which would impede the ability of beneficiaries to find work and leave them vulnerable to deportation. The choice cuts to the core of his presidency and could have long-term ramifications for the Republican Party. …

“Trump’s hard-line base, which demands purity and expects results, recoils at DACA as illegal amnesty and will look to him to veto any such legislation. But allies said Trump also is eager to prove that he has the ‘great heart’ he has touted, and he is under pressure from his party’s establishment, the business community and many of his own advisers to find a way to let dreamers stay.” http://wapo.st/2f2ydNS

— “Capitol Hill clueless on Dreamers fix,” by Seung Min Kim, Rachael Bade and Heather Caygle: “House Republican leaders … are privately hoping to push the immigration battle until at least this winter. They, like the White House, want a down payment on Trump’s border wall with Mexico in exchange for codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — though House Democrats won’t say whether they’d accept tougher immigration restrictions in order to save the program. … The White House signaled that Trump would not be willing to sign a bill that solely deals with DACA.

“‘We can’t just have one tweak to the system,’ press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday. Another senior administration official said the White House is hoping to win concessions on the border wall, more immigration enforcement agents or new restrictions to legal immigration. The Domestic Policy Council, which reports to White House immigration hard-liner Stephen Miller, plans to outline immigration policy goals and send them to Capitol Hill Republicans to guide negotiations.” http://politi.co/2w4Kg2B

— “Dreamers fear deportations from DACA data,” by Ted Hesson: “The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it won’t give immigration enforcement agencies the personal data it holds on participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — for now. But DHS made it clear that deportation agencies could someday get access to the detailed files it holds on 800,000 people who gave it personal information — past residential addresses, travel history, bank statements, fingerprints — so they could live and work legally in the U.S. … [T]here’s a growing fear as the Trump administration prepares to end DACA that this information may be used to track them down and deport them. ‘People will be absolutely in terror from now on,’ said Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under former President Barack Obama, ‘because nobody knows what’s next.’” http://politi.co/2gEu5DE

— CNN’S TAL KOPAN and JIM ACOSTA: “White House talking points on Tuesday urged DACA recipients to prepare for a ‘departure from the United States,’ a much starker possible future than Trump administration officials used in public when announcing an end to the program.

“The statement was contained in a background document that was sent by the White House to offices on Capitol Hill, obtained by CNN from multiple sources. In the ‘DACA talking points’ memo, the White House laid out a number of bullet points for supporters on Tuesday’s announcement outlining the administration’s action. One bullet point suggests DACA participants should prepare to leave the country. ‘The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States — including proactively seeking travel documentation — or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible,’ the memo says.” http://cnn.it/2gL1nVk

— THE TICK TOCK: “Trump’s traveled from fiery to conflicted on dreamers,” by AP’s Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin: http://bit.ly/2xa47m5

THIS IS NOT HELPFUL — @realDonaldTrump: “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”

— WHY? CONGRESS rarely acts unless forced to. Trump saying the six-month deadline isn’t really a deadline at all and that he could still intervene won’t help pressure lawmakers to get something done sooner rather than later.

WHAT THE HILL IS WAITING FOR — Some guidance on what exactly President Trump wants to sign.

FIRST PERSON – “Why I’m Resigning From Trump’s Diversity Coalition,” by Javier Palomarez in the NYT: “Many actions taken by this White House have profoundly rattled my confidence in its commitment to inclusivity and its respect for diversity. But today’s decision was worst of all. An American president who does not believe there’s a place for young people whose passion and values exemplify the best of our tradition is simply not a president that I can continue to support. That is why, as the president and chief executive of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I have chosen to resign from the President’s National Diversity Coalition, effective immediately.” http://nyti.ms/2gJungk

THIS IS IMPORTANT — MICROSOFT’S BRAD SMITH, the company’s president and chief legal officer, tweeted last night the company “will pay for legal counsel for Dreamer employees in any deportation case and file a brief in the company’s name.” Microsoft already came out saying Congress should make protecting Dreamers a top priority — even ahead of tax reform. http://bit.ly/2j0NV07

TRUMP’S PRIORITIES — “Trump still pushing for a 15 percent corporate rate,” by Ben White and Nancy Cook: “President Donald Trump is increasingly fixated on slashing the top corporate tax rate to 15 percent – a level that pretty much no one else working on the issue in the White House or Congress thinks is workable. In a White House meeting on Tuesday, Trump again expressed his strong desire to hit the 15 percent target, from today’s 35 percent. ‘You can’t get to 15 percent and anyone who has a back of an envelope can make that calculation,’ said a senior official working on tax reform. ‘And he may not like that truth, but it’s the truth. It’s just math.’” http://politi.co/2xNg0M4

— “Trump wants one last Senate push on Obamacare repeal,” by Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey: “The president and White House staff have continued to work with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) over the summer on their proposal to block grant federal health care funding to the states. And though the bill is being rewritten and Congress faces a brutal September agenda, Trump and his allies on health care are making a last-gasp push. … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would need to find room on the packed calendar this month to hold another uncertain push to repeal Obamacare on party lines.” http://politi.co/2vK5mbk

— THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE the Senate will take up an Obamacare repeal vote. McConnell has moved on. Senate Republicans, for the most part, have too.

SCOOP — “Senate resolution to force Trump’s hand on condemning Charlottesville hate groups,” by Seung Min Kim: “The Senate is preparing to force President Donald Trump to go on record to officially condemn the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville last month. Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, along with Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, plan to formally roll out a Senate resolution later Wednesday that forcefully condemns the violence in Charlottesville while ‘rejecting white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.’

“The Senate routinely takes up nonbinding measures commemorating people and institutions in the form of concurrent resolutions and simple resolutions – which are both purely symbolic and not submitted to the White House for the president’s signature. But backers of the Charlottesville resolution have strategically chosen to introduce their measure as a joint resolution, which means it will be sent to Trump to sign into law.” http://politi.co/2gKBR2k

THE JUICE …

— DAILY BEAST: “The Insane Gifts Saudi Arabia Gave President Trump: The gifts range from the regal (‘Artwork featuring picture of President Trump’) to the martial (multiple swords, daggers, leather ammo holders), to the baroque (cheetah fur robes).” http://thebea.st/2eEy0zD

— SPOTTED: HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-Calif.) dining with a group of House Republicans at Oceanaire Tuesday night. Lawmakers included Kevin Yoder (Kan.), Karen Handel (Ga.), Andy Barr (Ky.), David Rouzer (N.C.) and Kevin Cramer (N.D.).

— COREY LEWANDOWSKI has been named a visiting fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Other fellows include former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, conservative writers Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson, and media consultant Joe Slade White. http://bit.ly/2vJBqML

BIG STORY — “A Funeral of 2 Friends: C.I.A. Deaths Rise in Secret Afghan War: The number of C.I.A. deaths in Afghanistan rivals those killed in the Southeast Asia conflicts of nearly a half-century ago,” by NYT’s Adam Goldman and Matt Rosenberg: “On a sweltering day earlier this summer, operatives with the Central Intelligence Agency gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to bury two of their own. Brian Ray Hoke and Nathaniel Patrick Delemarre, elite gunslingers who worked for the C.I.A.’s paramilitary force, were laid to rest after a firefight with Islamic State militants near Jalalabad in Afghanistan, close to the border with Pakistan.

“There had been scant mention of Mr. Hoke’s death in local news reports in Leesburg, Va., his home, and nothing at all about Mr. Delemarre in news accounts in the Florida Panhandle, where his family lives. Their deaths this past October were never acknowledged by the C.I.A., beyond two memorial stars chiseled in a marble wall at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va.

“Today there are at least 18 stars on that wall representing the number of C.I.A. personnel killed in Afghanistan — a tally that has not been previously reported, and one that rivals the number of C.I.A. operatives killed in the wars in Vietnam and Laos nearly a half century ago. The deaths are a reflection of the heavy price the agency has paid in a secret, nearly 16-year-old war, where thousands of C.I.A. operatives have served since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The deaths of Mr. Hoke, 42, and Mr. Delemarre, 47, show how the C.I.A. continues to move from traditional espionage to the front lines, and underscore the pressure the agency faces now that President Trump has pledged to keep the United States in Afghanistan with no end in sight.” http://nyti.ms/2eKbYzr

THE OPPOSITION — “Democrats launch super PAC to win back statehouses,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “Democrats … [are] trying to turn the tide with the launch of a new super PAC. Aiming to play a similar role as Senate Majority PAC does for Senate races and House Majority PAC does for House races, Forward Majority is launching this week as a vehicle for winning back state legislatures ahead of the next round of redistricting in 2021. Led by a group of Barack Obama campaign alums and veterans of Democratic politics and the business world, the organization is kicking off with a $1 million prototype effort to play in races for Virginia’s House of Delegates this year. It’s aiming to raise up to $100 million to win back legislative bodies in 12 states over the next four years.” http://politi.co/2eJA5On

SCOTUS WATCH — “Bipartisan swath of lawmakers files Supreme Court briefs against gerrymandering,” by Isaac Dovere: “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s push for nonpartisan redistricting gained significant Republican support on Tuesday, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich signing on to his amicus brief at the Supreme Court and Arizona Sen. John McCain filing a separate friend-of-the-court brief. Then 36 current and former members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, filed yet another amicus brief that includes the chairman of the Freedom Caucus and the former chairman of the Progressive Caucus.

“The court is scheduled to hear a case in October, Gill v. Whitford, that could abolish partisan gerrymandering. Schwarzenegger, the former California governor, has made gathering support for it a priority. He spent last week calling members of Congress and governors directly, urging them to sign on. Kasich tweeted on Tuesday evening: ‘Gerrymandering erodes democracy. ‘We the people…’ still needs to mean something. Unfortunately, gerrymandering restricts voters’ ability to keep our leaders in check.’” http://politi.co/2f16jS7

STARTING TODAY — “Menendez corruption trial: What you need to know,” by John Bresnahan: “A federal courtroom in Newark, New Jersey, on Wednesday morning will feature a rare sight — a U.S. senator facing felony charges. The legal saga of Robert Menendez — a lengthy, leak-filled criminal probe followed by two-plus years of legal wrangling since his indictment while Menendez kept his seat — has huge implications for the Senate and New Jersey politics. If Menendez is convicted, there will be battles over who will replace the 63-year-old Democrat, in both the state and, potentially, the Senate. In a 52-48 Senate controlled by Republicans, every vote is immensely valuable.” http://politi.co/2eKf7zh

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WHAT J.D. VANCE IS READING – “How to save the Rust Belt: The region’s economic struggles are a result of a decline in startups. Here’s a way to fix it,” by Seth London and Brad Tusk in Politico’s Agenda: “The upshot is that both parties have a political imperative to aid the Rust Belt, but neither has the capacity to solve the biggest economic problem in the region: a decade long decline in startup activity. Startups are the sinew of the American economy but the uncomfortably reality is that American businesses are dying. Despite all the money and attention focused on Silicon Valley, far more businesses have gone belly up than started up over the past decade. And where we do see new businesses creation, it’s far too concentrated on the coasts.” http://politi.co/2gJQrHr

COMING ATTRACTIONS — NEW YORKER FESTIVAL – Oct. 6-8 — “This year’s one-on-one interviews include: The trans-rights activist and former U.S. intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in conversation with The New Yorker’s Larissa MacFarquhar. … The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara in conversation with The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin. … The Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei in conversation with The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos. … The comedian, actor, and television host Seth Meyers in conversation with The New Yorker’s Ariel Levy. … Senator Al Franken in conversation with The New Yorker’s David Remnick.” Tickets go on sale on Friday at noon http://bit.ly/2f0ZfoC

MEDIAWATCH — “At CNN, Retracted Story Leaves an Elite Reporting Team Bruised,” by NYT’s Sydney Ember and Mike Grynbaum: “In interviews with The New York Times, more than half a dozen CNN staff members, including three with direct knowledge of the investigative unit’s operations, provided previously unreported details about the publication of the story and the fallout from its retraction. … [T]he investigative team has been reshaped and redirected. Its members were told they should not report on perhaps the most compelling political story of the year: potential ties between the Trump administration and Russia. That subject is now largely handled by CNN’s reporting team in Washington. … The remaining team members have resumed publishing, but with a narrower reporting scope; they now focus on topics less glamorous than Mr. Trump’s potential ties to Russia, like the opioid crisis and the environment.” http://nyti.ms/2f0OGSz

–“Bianna Golodryga Joins CBS And CNN In An Unusual Deal,” by Yashar Ali in HuffPost: “In a first-of-its-kind arrangement, Golodryga, who previously served as a business anchor for Yahoo News and the anchor of ABC’s weekend edition of ‘Good Morning America,’ will be working for CBS News and CNN simultaneously. She signed multiyear deals with both networks late last week. … What makes Golodryga’s deal unusual is that she could work for both networks each day, contributing reports to CBS shows and serving as an on-air contributor on CNN shows like ‘The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.’” http://bit.ly/2eEVWmx

–BEN SCHRECKINGER, currently a staff writer for POLITICO Magazine, has been named a GQ correspondent and will report and on national politics and the Trump administration from Washington. He’ll also develop a video series produced by Conde Nast Entertainment.

–PER MORNING MEDIA: “Here’s The New York Times’ new congressional team: Jonathan Weisman will be congressional editor. Sheryl Stolberg will be the team lead. Yamiche Alcindor will be joining the team after a stint covering HUD. Nicholas Fandos joins the team after covering the VA, Secret Service and other stories. Thomas Kaplan will, well, stay where he is.”

–AMANDA TERKEL has been named HuffPost’s new D.C. bureau chief. She joined the site in 2010 and had been senior political reporter and politics managing editor.

SPOTTED — Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Madeline Albright at a cozy corner table at Centrolina … Sarah Huckabee Sanders last night on a very delayed Delta shuttle from Reagan to LaGuardia … Jen Palmieri and her husband Jim last night at Oriole Park in Baltimore where they stayed till 1 a.m. to watch Manny Machado hit a walk-off two-run homer in the Orioles; 6-5 victory against the Yankees.

OBAMA ALUMNI — JEN PSAKI has been named the new VP for comms and strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She was the White House comms director for President Obama and was U.S. State Department spokesperson under Secretary of State John Kerry.

K STREET MOVE — STEPHEN RADEMAKER has joined Covington’s public policy and government affairs practice in Washington. Rademaker, who was most recently at the Podesta Group, also is an alum of the Bush W.H. and State Department.

TRANSITIONS — Randal Meyer, most recently legislative counsel for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has left to join the appellate and major motions practice at Baker & Hostetler, LLP. … Melissa Ryan, an Obama 2012 alum, has launched the Factual Democracy Project to bring “together experts that span tech, media, national security and civil society groups to explain how to fight back against efforts that use fake news — propaganda, disinformation and misinformation to disrupt our elections and our democracy.” … Dezenhall Resources has hired Erica Munkwitz as a senior counselor. She most recently was a professorial lecturer in modern British and European history at AU. …

… Maddy Weast has started as press secretary for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). She most recently spent two years writing and working with the social media team at the Washington Free Beacon. … Danielle Varallo on Monday started as the comms director for Republican Main Street Partnership. She most recently worked for UnitedHealth Group’s external affairs team. … Ed Kim has joined Rep. Michael Burgess’ (R-Texas) team as senior health policy adviser. He is an alum of the offices of former Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.). … The Consumer Technology Association has hired Jennifer Taylor to be its VP of U.S. jobs.

SPOTTED at a Reuters reception at the National Press Club last night to celebrate Jeff Mason’s year as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association: Steve Thomma, Steve Adler, Kevin Krolicki, Don Durfee, Caren Bohan, Steve Holland, Margaret Talev, Sam Feist, Oliver Knox, Zeke Miller.

SPOTTED last night at a private room in The Smith celebrating multiple birthdays: Adam Noah, Paul Holder, Kristen York, Chris Berardini, Greg Lowman, Steve Rebillot, Andrew Mills, Bennett Richardson, Katie Adams, Michael Borden, Jeff Strunk, Mat Lapinski, Nick Podsiadly, Danielle Burr, Danny Fernandez, Ed Elfmann and Alex Hergott.

SPOTTED at the Beer Institute’s “Welcome Back to Congress” event in Rayburn: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Erik Paulsen (D-Minn.), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Jim McGreevy of the Beer Institute, Doug Bailey, Tim Scully and Lance Hastings, David Morgenstern and Carl Thorsen.

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Dan Ronayne, president of Asta Strategies, an RNC and BC ’04 alum. How he views the Trump presidency as going: “I actually was asked to meet with him at Trump Tower before he announced his candidacy about possibly serving as his communications director. It was an interesting day. Like most of us, I didn’t see this coming. I opted instead to be the communications director for the Invictus Games and watched the campaign as a spectator. I would have advised him to do the opposite of just about everything he did, so what do I know. Invictus Games and the healing power of adaptive sports for our wounded warriors was a life changing experience — things work out right.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2j2ELjW

BIRTHDAYS: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie … Carly Fiorina (hat tips: Frank Sadler, Casey Enders and Arjun Mody) … ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas … Brittany Bramell, TSA’s assistant administrator of public affairs … Matt Littman (h/t Heather Podesta) … Ryan Mahoney, RNC’s comms director, celebrating by getting taken out to dinner by girlfriend Allie Brandenburger (h/t Allie) … CBS News political director Steve Chaggaris … Ari Schaffer of the White House’s research/comms shop … Peter Barnes (h/t James Rosen) … Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) … Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) … Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) … Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) … Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) … Jason Schechter, chief comms officer for Bloomberg LP … Politico’s Paul Volpe and Meredith McPhillips … Madeleine Gilmer … Kathy Grannis Allen of Airlines For America … Jaime Leifer of PublicAffairs … John Hagner … Leslie Barkemeyer … Tim Ogborn … Gillian Turner of the Jones Group, alumna of the Bush and Obama NSC, Fox News contributor, and proud momma to Olivia the Havanese (h/ts former NSC colleague Ben Chang and Paris Dennard) …

… Clyde Prestowitz, president of the Economic Strategy Institute … Alex Leo … Daniel Flesch … Christa Davis, development officer for women’s empowerment at Project Concern International (h/t Richard Parker) … Joshua Baca, SVP, DDC Public Affairs and former national coalitions director for Romney (h/t wife Jen) … Robin Parker, executive director at Sunflower Foundation (h/t Jon Haber) … NPR’s Claire Harbage … Elizabeth Robillard … former Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) … Cameron Hardesty, head of products at Urban Stems … Peter Schanzer, senior associate at Jefferies … Owen Kibenge … Spotify’s Tammas Wilner … Kevin Rieg … Elbert Zeigler … Ben Toribio … William Stone … Gina Martinez … Bruce King … Kristi Thompson … Jason Harvey … Michael Ethridge … Dan Drummond … Scott McCrary … Bill Ritter … Douglass Daniel … Jack Ellis Farnsworth … Gordon Hickey … Bill Turnage … Ken Smukler … Bobby Bailey … Marie Wilson … Erin Giesser … John Hagner … Howard Zucker … Sara Fellenz (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)

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