Good Tuesday morning. OBAMACARE REPEAL “WILL NOT BE SUCCESSFUL” — PLAN B — BURGESS EVERETT and JEN HABERKORN: “The Kentucky Republican said he planned to hold a vote in the coming days to take up the House-passed bill to replace the 2010 health law and then call up an amendment to eliminate major parts of Obamacare, such as the Medicaid expansion, insurance subsidies and fines for the employer and individual mandates. Republicans passed a similar bill to effectively repeal Obamacare in 2015 under reconciliation — the fast-track budget procedure the GOP is using to thwart a Democratic filibuster — but it was vetoed by President Barack Obama.

“McConnell added that the repeal-only bill is ‘what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015,’ but GOP lawmakers have voiced severe doubts that such a plan can win the 50 votes necessary this year given the uncertainty it would throw onto insurance markets. The 2015 vote was viewed as mostly symbolic at the time given Obama’s certain veto.

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“But after his own caucus tanked McConnell’s attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare simultaneously and at the prodding of the president, the GOP leader is going to force his caucus to go on the record on health care. If the Senate does vote to open debate on the House bill, which is not guaranteed, the repeal-only bill would be the first amendment. But senators would still be able to offer unlimited amendments to the bill, leading the GOP down an uncertain road once the process began.

“McConnell’s announcement followed the news that GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas said they could not support the current bill. They joined Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in opposition, denying GOP leaders the support to even bring the bill to the floor and upending Republicans’ seven-year goal of repealing Obamacare. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is recovering from surgery, also issued a statement advising the party to start over with a bipartisan approach.” http://politi.co/2vvZ6zC

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JOSH DAWSEY — “Trump blindsided by implosion of GOP health care bill”: “President Trump convened a strategy session over steak and succotash at the White House with senators Monday night, trying to plot an uphill path to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a GOP alternative. He made an impassioned pitch on why Republicans needed to do it now – and the political peril they could face if they didn’t ‘repeal and replace’ after promising to do it for years. He also vented about Democrats and the legislative process. ‘He basically said, if we don’t do this, we’re in trouble,’ said one person briefed on the meeting. ‘That we have the Senate, House and White House and we have to do it or we’re going to look terrible.’

“Meanwhile, two senators – neither invited to the dinner – were simultaneously drafting statements saying how they couldn’t support the current bill, which they released just after Trump’s White House meal concluded. Trump had no idea the statements were coming, according to several White House and congressional officials. His top aides were taken aback, and the White House was soon on the phone with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.” http://politi.co/2utlugc

— PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP at 10:17 p.m.: “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”

@costareports: “Privately, several House mbrs and Sns told me for weeks they didn’t really want to pass it. Like groom w/ cold feet, after long engagement.”

HOW IT’S PLAYING — Drudge: “REPEAL DEAD — OBAMACARE REMAINS LAW OF LAND” … HuffPost: “McConnell Hellbent: Repeal With No Replace!” … Breitbart: “RIP: Republican HealthCare Bill Flatlines”.

NYT’S JENNIFER STEINHAUER, News Analysis on A10: “Old Truth Trips Up G.O.P. on Health Law: A Benefit Is Hard to Retract”: “In the end, Republicans relearned a lesson that has bedeviled them since the New Deal: An American entitlement, once established, can almost never be retracted.

“Since the day the Affordable Care Act passed Congress, Republicans have vowed to overturn it. In the beginning, many voters were with them, handing the Republican Party some of the tools: a sweeping rejection of House Democrats in 2010 — a rejection of government reach — followed by the Senate in 2014. But in the intervening years, as millions of Americans have become insured under the law that was derisively tagged with President Barack Obama’s name, the health care program has become more and more popular, even with Republican governors.” http://nyti.ms/2u3ZZQk

A QUICK STATUS UPDATE ON THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA — Health care repeal and replace: Stalled, dead for now, with a very uncertain future … Infrastructure: No true signs of life. The low-hanging fruit — privatizing the FAA — is even facing an uphill climb … Tax reform: Very uncertain. The House and Senate have to pass a fiscal year 2018 budget, which will be very difficult. Conservatives are already buzzing about killing it — and thereby, ending the prospects for tax reform. If they are able to pass the budget, there is widespread disagreement about what tax reform should look like. … Government spending: The appropriations process has started, but not a single bill has passed either chamber. Government spending runs dry at the end of September. … The debt ceiling: There is no plan to lift the nation’s borrowing limit and there’s intense disagreement within the Trump administration — and in Congress — about how to proceed.

HAPPENING TODAY — THE NEW HOUSE GOP BUDGET IS OUT — http://bit.ly/2tlrTu0

–“House GOP unveils budget plan that attaches major spending cuts to coming tax reform bill,” by WaPo’s Mike DeBonis: “House Republicans unveiled a 2018 budget plan Tuesday that would pave the way for ambitious tax reform legislation — but only alongside a package of politically sensitive spending cuts that threaten to derail the tax rewrite before it begins. GOP infighting over spending, health care and other matters continues to cast doubt on whether the budget blueprint can survive a House vote. … The House Budget Committee blueprint, which is set for a Thursday committee vote, sets out special procedures that could ultimately allow Republicans to pass legislation over the objections of Senate Democrats who can normally block bills they oppose.” http://wapo.st/2vd7GDT

THIS HEALTH CARE HICCUP will almost certainly overshadow the administration’s “Made in America” push this week.

THE NEW REALITIES — President Donald Trump’s administration publicly predicted that health care would be repealed and replaced quickly after the election. Congressional leaders thought it would be done by the spring. It’s now clear health care is quickly eating up nearly all of 2017.

— The House is scheduled to be in session just seven more days and the Senate has 18 days until the August recess. (This accounts for the Senate saying it will stay in through the first two weeks of August, which could change if they get an agreement on clearing judicial nominations.)

— THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS that the new McConnell plan is tricky and there is a reason they didn’t do this to begin with: it isn’t certain to work.

First, Republicans will have to vote on a motion to proceed to begin debate on the House-passed Obamacare repeal and replace bill. Senate Republicans are in near uniform opposition to this legislation, so taking it up is a tough vote. Then they have to vote on repealing Obamacare through amendment without any firm plan to replace it — an extremely perilous vote many lawmakers in both chambers are tired of taking. The president is then relying on Democrats to join Republicans in a process to replace the health care law — something they’ve said quite clearly they have no interest in doing.

JEN HABERKORN (@jenhab): “Sen. Susan Collins was only (still in office) GOP senator to oppose 2015 Obamacare repeal bill. All Dems opposed.”

— IF THIS PASSES IN THE SENATE, the bill’s future is uncertain in the House. Just 22 Republicans have to decide they don’t want to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan.

WHERE WAS THE PRESIDENT THE LAST FEW DAYS? At his golf course in New Jersey, watching the U.S. Women’s Open. Yes, he made phone calls. Yes, he had a strategy dinner last night. Yes, his legislative affairs team was working over members. But winning in Washington takes a full-court press, not a passive push. Tara Palmeri scooped that Trump said at a dinner last night with senators Republicans would look like “dopes” if they couldn’t repeal and replace Obamacare. UHH … The president is the top Republican and the leader of the party.

— THE WHITE HOUSE is fond of saying that they just want something to sign, and they don’t care much what that is. That strategy has not really worked.

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FACT CHECK — “Trump Says He Has Signed More Bills Than Any President, Ever. He Hasn’t,” by NYT’s Mike Shear and Karen Yourish: “To hear President Trump tell it, his first six months in the White House should be judged in part by the legislation he has signed into law. At rallies, in speeches and on Twitter, Mr. Trump repeatedly boasts of the bills he has signed — 42 as of this week. He has said no president has ‘passed more legislation,’ conceding once earlier this year that he trails Franklin D. Roosevelt, who he notes ‘had a major Depression to handle.’

“In fact, as he approaches six months in office on Thursday, Mr. Trump is slightly behind the lawmaking pace for the past six presidents, who as a group signed an average of 43 bills during the same period. And an analysis of the bills Mr. Trump signed shows that about half were minor and inconsequential, passed by Congress with little debate. Among recent presidents, both the total number of bills he signed and the legislation’s substance make Mr. Trump about average.” http://nyti.ms/2tb3J0U

WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD – “The Trumps and the Truth: The best defense against future revelations is radical transparency”: “If Mr. Trump’s approval rating stays under 40% into next year, Republicans will begin to separate themselves from an unpopular President in a (probably forlorn) attempt to save their majorities in Congress. If Democrats win the House, the investigations into every aspect of the Trump business empire, the 2016 campaign and the Administration will multiply. Impeachment will be a constant undercurrent if not an active threat. His supporters will become demoralized.” http://on.wsj.com/2tAHwsT

THE NEXT CRISIS — “Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s treasury secretary, is hurtling toward his first fiasco,” by WaPo’s Damian Paletta: “Shortly before he was sworn in as treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin spoke with his predecessor to get some advice. … Lew told Mnuchin to take the debt ceiling seriously — or face a potential financial crisis. Months later, Mnuchin is hurtling toward his first fiasco, unable to get Congress, let alone his colleagues in the Trump administration, on board with a strategy to raise the federal limit on governmental borrowing. His struggles are casting doubt on whether the political neophyte, who made his name on Wall Street, has the stature in Washington to press through a vote on a measure that former treasury secretaries of both parties have said is critical to preserving the nation’s reputation for financial stability.” http://wapo.st/2vcHd9t

— DESPITE THE MIXED MESSAGES FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, several GOP staffers have said the most likely scenario right now is that Senate Republicans to pass a clean debt ceiling and that the House will likely take up the legislation and pass it with a few dozen Republicans, and a large majority of House Democrats.

FOGGY BOTTOM WATCH — “Tillerson’s Grand Renovation Plan in State Department Gets Assistance,” by NYT’s Gardiner Harris: “Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is moving ahead with plans to restructure his department, and has hired two consulting groups to assist with the process, according to a cable sent to embassies around the world. In the cable, Mr. Tillerson said he had hired Deloitte and Insigniam to help oversee the reorganization. Insigniam had previously overseen an internal polling effort to get suggestions from the department’s rank and file about how to make the department more efficient.” http://nyti.ms/2vwU2Li

— “Tillerson to Shutter State Department War Crimes Office,” by Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is downgrading the U.S. campaign against mass atrocities, shuttering the Foggy Bottom office that worked for two decades to hold war criminals accountable, according to several former U.S. officials. Tillerson’s office recently informed Todd Buchwald, the special coordinator of the Office of Global Criminal Justice, that he is being reassigned to a position in the State Department’s office of legal affairs … Buchwald, a career State Department lawyer, has served in the position since December 2015.” http://atfp.co/2tAG2if

COMING ATTRACTIONS — “McConnell plans vote for FBI nominee Wray before August recess,” by Seung Min Kim: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to install Christopher Wray to lead the FBI before senators leave Washington for the August recess, a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican said Monday. Wray, who has been nominated to replace the fired James Comey, breezed through his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, and has since picked up support from several key Democratic senators. Republicans don’t need Democrats to confirm Wray, but they do need their cooperation to hold a speedy vote, and Democrats have recently been dragging out consideration of even noncontroversial nominees.” http://politi.co/2vbVVh8

NYT’S ANDREW E. KRAMER in MOSCOW: “The salacious video, of a naked man in bed with two women, was one of the most prominent examples of ‘kompromat,’ the Russian art of spreading damaging information to discredit a rival or an enemy, in recent Russian history. It was made available to Russian state television in the late 1990s and authenticated in public by Yuri Y. Chaika, Russia’s prosecutor general, who at 66 has a long and storied background in kompromat. Mr. Chaika benefited from the video, as it destroyed a predecessor as prosecutor general, Yuri I. Skuratov, who had been looking into suspicions of corruption by President Boris N. Yeltsin and his associates.

“Mr. Chaika (pronounced CHIKE-uh) is also the man who is widely considered to have been the source of the incriminating information on Hillary Clinton that Donald Trump Jr. was promised at a meeting last June in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer and a Russian-American lobbyist. And yet, oddly, the accusations brought to New York fell flat, by the accounts of those present, despite their having originated from such a seasoned master of kompromat.” http://nyti.ms/2u4Qsdh

BREAKING — WAPO’s ELLEN NAKASHIMA (posted at 6 a.m.): “The former managers of Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns are leading a new initiative called ‘Defending Digital Democracy’ in the hopes of preventing a repeat of Russia’s 2016 election interference. Robby Mook, Clinton’s 2016 campaign chief, and Matt Rhoades, who managed the 2012 run of GOP nominee Romney, are heading up the project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in one of the first major efforts outside government to grapple with 21st century hacking and propaganda operations — and ways to deter them.” http://wapo.st/2vxe9ZV

THE JUICE …

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — NRCC CHAIRMAN STEVE STIVERS announced at a retreat over the weekend that he is instituting a new push to extract more cash from Republicans on K Street. He has asked Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), who recently passed on a Senate bid, to lead the effort. Some sources who heard the announcement — made at the NRCC’s retreat in Nemacolin, Pennsylvania — said it sounded like Stivers was reinstating the K Street Project, a controversial program that gave GOP lobbyists access to lawmakers, and pressured them to hire Hill Republicans. Alas, that’s not what sources close to Stivers say he meant.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK – NEW UCHICAGO IOP FALL FELLOWS:Laura Haim, a French/American journalist who was spokesperson for Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign and served as U.S. Bureau Chief for Canal Plus/iTele … Fred P. Hochberg, former chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank … Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State, former Missouri State Representative, and founder of Let America Vote … Jeff Roe, a Republican political consultant who served as national senior advisor and campaign manager for Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign … Kathleen Sebelius, the 21st U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Kansas … Bakari Sellers, former South Carolina State Representative … Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post.” http://politi.co/2vd7PHg

COMING ATTRACTIONS – per Kurt Bardella: “The 19th annual Hoops for Youth Congressional Basketball Game is set for Tuesday, September 26th at the GW Smith Center. It features members of Congress vs. Lobbyists and Lobbyists vs Staff. [House Majority Whip Steve] Scalise has played in this game for almost 10 years now. Obviously, Rep. Scalise will not be able to play this year, so in his honor, we will award for the first time the Steve Scalise MVP award for each game.”

FOR THE PRESIDENT — “Finally, a Poll Trump Will Like: Clinton Even More Unpopular,” by Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival is viewed favorably by just 39 percent of Americans in the latest Bloomberg National Poll, two points lower than the president. It’s the second-lowest score for Clinton since the poll started tracking her in September 2009. The former secretary of state has always been a polarizing figure, but this survey shows she’s even lost popularity among those who voted for her in November.” https://bloom.bg/2uycx4R

L.A. TIMES UPDATE: “The former dean of USC’s medical school is on leave and is no longer seeing patients after the Los Angeles Times reported that he associated with criminals and drug users who said he abused methamphetamine and other drugs, university officials said Monday. Carmen A. Puliafito led the Keck School of Medicine for nearly a decade before resigning in 2016. He remained on the Keck faculty and continued to represent the university at public events. Puliafito, a noted ophthalmologist, also continued to accept patients at campus eye clinics as recently as this weekend, according to his USC Web page.

“The Times published its investigation Monday. USC said in a statement later in the day that it was ‘following all proper procedures to review his status in patient care. He is currently on leave from his roles at USC, including seeing patients.’ ‘If the assertions reported in the July 17 Los Angeles Times story are true, we hope that Carmen receives care and treatment that will lead him to a full recovery,’ the statement said. Officials declined to comment further. As of Monday, Puliafito’s USC Web page had been changed to say he is ‘not accepting or seeing patients.’” http://lat.ms/2tB0UG9The original story http://lat.ms/2uv907f

2020 WATCH — JONATHAN MARTIN in the NYT: “As Party Drifts Left, Pragmatic Democratic Governors Have Eye on White House”: “‘I believe the time is right to lend my voice, the voice of someone that after getting elected has been able to govern in what’s viewed as a red state,’ Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana said in an interview. ‘Some of the things that I’ve been able to do in Montana can also translate beyond just the state’s border.’

“Mr. Bullock is creating a federal political action committee, Big Sky Values PAC, that will offer a political infrastructure to let him meet Democratic donors, contribute to the party’s candidates and fund his out-of-state electoral travels. And if the contrast with the likes of Mr. Sanders, 75, were not obvious enough, the governor held up one of his accomplishments against one of Mr. Sanders’s calling cards. ‘We can talk free college for all all we want, but there’s a whole lot of people that can get a darn good job, like in Montana, out of an apprenticeship,’ Mr. Bullock said, citing programs he has supported as governor. ‘Sixty-thousand-dollar average salary, and they’re making money while they’re getting there.’” http://nyti.ms/2uDxv37

ISAAC DOVERE interviews NORTH CAROLINA GOV. ROY COOPER in the latest “Off Message” podcast: “Roy Cooper is launching a new effort to try to chase Republicans out of their supermajority in the state legislature, and he sat down at the governor’s mansion to discuss the effort. ‘Until I get some leverage in the General Assembly, I can’t get the things done in education, in economic development. I can’t do as much to stop this social conservative legislation that makes us embarrassed as a state, and doesn’t truly reflect who we are as North Carolinians,’ the governor said. ‘And it’s time for that to stop.’

“He’s already raised $1 million for what they’re calling Break the Majority, and plans to raise millions more in the years to come for what will effectively be a new Raleigh-based campaign committee run out of the state Democratic party, with a full-time staff and money for ads and campaign. Cooper and national Democrats are hoping other governors see it as a model, while other candidates—including Ralph Northam in Virginia and Gwen Graham in Florida—have already called for advice on their own races.” http://politi.co/2uDFX21Listen to the full podcast http://apple.co/2e2dLvm

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FOR YOUR RADAR — “Trump Recertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, but Only Reluctantly,” by NYT’s Peter Baker: “President Trump agreed on Monday to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers, briefly upending a planned announcement as a legal deadline loomed. … At an hourlong meeting last Wednesday, all of the president’s major security advisers recommended he preserve the Iran deal for now. Among those who spoke out were Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser; and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to an official who described internal discussions on the condition of anonymity.

“The official said Mr. Trump had spent 55 minutes of the meeting telling them he did not want to. Mr. Trump did not want to certify Iran’s compliance the first time around either, but was talked into it on the condition that his team come back with a new strategy to confront Tehran, the official said. Last week, advisers told the president they needed more time to work with allies and Congress. Mr. Trump responded that before he would go along, they had to meet certain conditions, said the official, who would not outline what the conditions were.” http://nyti.ms/2uDOUZs

— “White House under pressure to drop Export-Import Bank nominee,” by Zach Warmbrodt and Andrew Restuccia: “President Donald Trump is standing behind former Rep. Scott Garrett, his choice to head the Export-Import Bank, amid escalating pressure from business groups to pull the plug on the nomination. ‘Scott Garrett is imminently [sic] qualified to lead the Ex-Im Bank,’ White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom said in a statement to POLITICO. ‘The President stands behind his nomination and is looking forward to his confirmation.’

“Trump’s defense of the New Jersey Republican comes as rumors swirl that Garrett may withdraw amid fears that his nomination will not win enough votes to clear the Senate. Lawmakers from both parties have raised concerns about him, largely because he strongly opposed the bank while serving in Congress. The Senate Banking Committee, which will be responsible for vetting his nomination, has not yet received his paperwork.” http://politi.co/2uwlnjk

MIKE FLYNN UPDATE — “Flynn Plans Defense Fund to Pay Trump Russia Probe Legal Bills,” by Bloomberg’s Shannon Pettypiece: “Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn plans to set up a fund to raise money to pay his legal bills stemming from multiple investigations into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia, according to a person close to Flynn. Flynn may become the first associate of President Donald Trump to begin raising money for legal costs associated with the Russia investigation, though others also are weighing how to finance their legal defenses. … Even if Flynn is never charged with a crime, his legal costs could reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.” https://bloom.bg/2taWqX4

VALLEY TALK — “Netflix Surprises With Big Subscriber Gains, Shares Soar,” by WSJ’s Austen Hufford: “Netflix Inc. blew through its subscriber-growth estimate in the second quarter, showing that its big bets on original programming and international expansion are paying off, even as the streaming market gets more crowded. The Los Gatos, Calif., company ended the quarter with nearly 104 million subscribers globally. It added 5.2 million users in total, far more than the 3.2 million it had projected, as well as Wall Street’s estimate of 3.5 million net additions.” http://on.wsj.com/2uDAGHJ

MEDIAWATCH — “Carter Page Is Trying To Shop A Book Around,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “Carter Page — who has been questioned by the FBI about his contacts with Russians and has denied wrongdoing — is pitching his book to publishers as the foil to a book in the works by former FBI director James Comey. … On Sunday, Page blasted an email to publishing representatives and members of the media saying that his own book, titled Politics, Lies, And The Wiretap: Inside The Fight To End The 70-Year Cold War, will ‘prove infinitely more accurate, exciting and insightful’ than Comey’s project.” http://bzfd.it/2tlOgzl

— “50 Years As a Political Reporter Hasn’t Worn Andrea Mitchell Down,” by Women’s Wear Daily’s Alexandra Steigrad: http://bit.ly/2tATXVv

–LATIMES’ MIKE MEMOLI to NBC NEWS — per Hadas Gold’s Morning Media: “He’ll be a national political reporter and will appear across all their platforms, including MSNBC. This is a homecoming of sorts for Memoli, who was at NBC as an embed in 2007 and 2008.”

SPOTTED: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe last night at Rasika West End (h/t Julia Zuckerman) … last night at Cafe Milano: Boris Epshteyn … At the Capital Grille: Trump communications staffer Kaelan Dorr … Jon Ossoff over the weekend at Colada Shop on 14th and T streets in D.C. … Randy Bryce, a Democrat who hopes to run against Paul Ryan, hanging out last night in Bullfeathers – pics http://bit.ly/2vwYh9Nhttp://bit.ly/2tlrPKP

OUT AND ABOUT — Björn Lyrvall, ambassador of Sweden, last night welcomed the Institute for Education 4th Open Government to his residence where he was presented the IFE Global Tech Visionary Award. SPOTTED: Austrian Amb. Waldner Wolfgang, Sri Lankan Amb. Kariyawasam Prasad, Afghan Amb. Hamdullah Mohib, Finnish Amb. Kauppi Kirsti, Singapore Amb. Ashok Mirpuri, Rosemarie Pauli, Coach Kathy Kemper, Jennifer Griffin, Aneesh Chopra, Matt Lira, Jim Valentine, Sokwoo Rhee, Rebeccah Propp, Megan Smith, Cori Zarek, Kristen Honey, Grace Koh, Joel Minton, Rob Cook, Emma King Doyle, Tim Cameron, Ben Friedman, Ross Dakin, Raffi Krekorian and Seamus Kraft.

— JEFF ROE held a party last night at his firm Axiom Strategies’ new D.C. office. SPOTTED: Sens. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Reps. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Billy Long (R-Mo.) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.).

— SPOTTED last night on the rooftop of Thorn Run Partners’ office, the going-away party for Rich White, who left to helm Jackson National’s top government affairs job: Reps. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Allan Philip, RJ Laukitis, Melanie Reinhard, Barry Stowe, Patrick Steel, Bradley Knox, Gina Rigby, Conrad Woody, Noah Marine, Chris Gaston, Lee Covington, Dirk Kempthorne, Alane Dent, Chris Lamond, Andrew Rosenberg, Stuart Chapman, Harriet Melvin, Jason Rosenstock, Catherine Finely, Chas Williams.

TRANSITIONS — Sarah Lovenheim started this week as special assistant for strategic communications to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. She’ll be based in Washington. She worked for Becerra when he was chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. She also worked for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Senate. … Jennifer Myers has joined as the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation as its new executive director. She most recently worked on the business side of the Wall Street Journal and is a YWCA and Aspen Institute alum. …

… Ben Khouri has been named deputy press secretary for Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Ben previously was an LC in the senator’s personal office and worked for Sen. McConnell before joining the Burr team two years ago. … Ricki Eshman was named press secretary for Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). She was previously deputy press secretary and also worked in then-Gov. Hassan’s press office.

OBAMA ALUMNI — Clare Kim recently joined JPMorgan Chase as the head of digital strategy for the corporate and investment bank after serving as digital director for the Treasury Department in the Obama administration. … Sam Jammal, a former Obama Commerce Dept. official and clean energy executive, has announced he’ll run against Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.).

ENGAGED — Raaed Haddad, senior LA for Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), recently got engaged to Katherine Moffitt, an LA for Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), in Kennebunkport, Maine. The couple met at a Michigan delegation event at the 2012 RNC Convention in Tampa and started dating in 2013. Pic http://bit.ly/2taG3dd

WEEKEND WEDDINGSRyan Stanton, director of government affairs at Rio Tinto, married Lindsay Conwell, head of industry, nonprofits at Google, on Saturday at the San Diego Yacht Club. Lindsay met Ryan by chance in mid-2014 while looking for a new place and taking a tour of his apartment. While she ultimately didn’t take the apartment, she did take him up on his offer to go on a date shortly thereafter. Pics http://bit.ly/2vcZP9u http://bit.ly/2uDIFF4 SPOTTED: Niki Christoff, Coco Pannell, Riva Sciuto, Todd Malan, Carla Eudy, Rob Ellsworth, Adam Elias, Sara Snyder, Dave Desantis, Samantha Dravis, Kat Ciano, Ali-Jae Henke.

— Kevin Reynolds, a political analyst for the federal government, on Saturday married Dr. Chrissy Shaw, a dentist. The ceremony was at Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Georgetown with a reception at the National Press Club. The couple shared the same dorm freshman year at Georgetown, but didn’t really get to know each other until winter of junior year. Pic http://bit.ly/2uuHdEp

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Jarrod Agen, communications director for Vice President Mike Pence, and Bettina Inclan, a communications and political consultant and an alum of the RNC, NRCC and the Romney campaign, welcomed Dario Apollo Agen, “a very big baby boy” on Friday at 2:37 p.m. He was just under 11 lbs at birth (10 lbs and 14 oz) and 23 inches long. Their second son’s middle name, Apollo, is in honor of Bettina’s grandfather Apolinar, a Cuban political prisoner for more than 13 years during Fidel Castro’s dictatorship. The family left the hospital yesterday. Pic http://bit.ly/2tb3YclInstapic http://bit.ly/2tlScAb

— Josh Fisher, manager of state government affairs of the Association of Global Automakers, and Amanda Fisher, director of external relations at Reading Partners Baltimore, have welcomed Waylon Wah Fisher, born Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. He weighed 7lbs and joins his brother Barton Fisher, age 4. Pics http://bit.ly/2u44JFChttp://bit.ly/2tb3uTA

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent for Yahoo News. How he’s celebrating: “With my wife and son, far from D.C. and away from the thumbsucking ragegasm addicts over-represented on social media.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2vdm8Me

BIRTHDAYS: former Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is 67 … Jigsaw’s Varun Anand, an HFA alum, is 23 … Liz Kreutz, anchor/reporter at ABC10 in Sacramento and an ABC News alum … WaPo and NBC alum Alice Rhee … Mila Henry, daughter of Ed … Chris Marroletti, deputy director of operations for Team Ryan, is 26. He celebrated with friends last night at RPM (hat tip: Colton Malkerson) … Reid Davenport … Politico’s Lauren Davie … James Wallner … Sukrit Agarwal … David Vandivier, former Obama and Clinton Administration Treasury and WH staffer, currently at BNY Mellon … Suzanne Ruecker … Keri-Lynn Doyle … Kate Balcerzak … Bob Moore … Dylan Roberts … Teddy Tanzer of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck … Jess Monahan … Carol Ross Joynt, booker for MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily” … Pepper Pennington Natonski … Alex Spence, senior UK political correspondent at BuzzFeed … Fox 5’s Steve Chenevey … Jonathan Taplin, director emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, is 7-0. He celebrated with a WSJ Review cover story on Saturday, “Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped?” http://on.wsj.com/2vcZh3l … Michael Luongo … Jill Neunaber … Jenna Kimberley … Julie Fischer McCarter (h/t sister Betsy) …

… Steve Forbes, the pride of Morristown, NJ, is 7-0 (h/t Carl Lavin) … Julia Krieger, deputy comms director for Sen. Heitkamp … former Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) is 67 … former Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) is 76 … former Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) is 77 … Donnell Young … Kathleen Leebel … Jen Hoelzer … Britta Towle, account supervisor at PR firm Battalion (hubby tip: Rowan Morris) … Lauren Czeizler … John Yanchek, associate at ArcLight Capital Partners and a Goldman Sachs alum … Matt Iandoli … CNBC’s Jackie DeAngelis … Kate Cichy … Dana Camp-Farber … Matt Stinson … Omar Kasule is 26 … Bill Knapp, the one from Iowa not DC … Jared Fitzgerald … Mike Rice (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Erin Meiman … Brian Schubert … Sam Simon … Veronica Rogers … Robert Colorina … Howard J. Lee is 35 … Jeff Kosseff … actor James Brolin is 77 … Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre is 77 … dance music singer-songwriter M.I.A. is 42 … Vin Diesel is 50 … Kristen Bell is 37 (h/ts AP)

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