POLITICO Playbook: NEW poll: Trump struggling in Sun Belt

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PELOSI'S RED LINE? ... SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI told DANA BASH on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” that Republicans must agree to extending the $600 direct payment in unemployment benefits in order to pass the next coronavirus relief package. “Well, we have to find a compromise, because we must extend it. We must extend the unemployment insurance. It will expire at the end of July. And then the direct payments to people, so that we have $6,000 for a family of five. People are desperately in need.”

THE WHITE HOUSE, Senate Republicans and Democrats have been laying down markers over the past several weeks over what each side wants to be included in the final package. Negotiations will begin in earnest during the second half of July, but Pelosi also laid out other key issues Democrats will be pushing for — food stamps, money for absentee voter programs and OSHA standards. Then there's also state and local funding, and Republicans want to overhaul liability laws.

PELOSI ON PASSING THE NEXT RELIEF PACKAGE: “When we first passed our bill, they said nothing, never, no, we need a pause. Now they know that we -- we don't need a pause. We need to act. Then they said, well, we're not going to spend any more money. Now they're saying a trillion dollars … That's not enough. But we will have to find common ground to pass legislation.”

SIREN … NEW POLL: “Virus outbreak reshapes presidential race in Sun Belt — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll,” by Jennifer DePinto, Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Elena Cox: “The coronavirus outbreak is reshaping the presidential race in three key Sun Belt states. Joe Biden is now leading President Trump by six points in Florida, and the two are tied in Arizona and competitive in Texas, where Biden is down by just a point to Mr. Trump. Biden has made gains in part because most say their state's efforts to contain the virus are going badly — and the more concerned voters are about risks from the outbreak, the more likely they are to support Biden.

“In all three states, most voters say their state reopened too soon, and those who say this feel their state went too fast under pressure from the Trump administration. Most also say the president is doing a bad job handling the outbreak. He may be paying a price for that, at least in the short term.

“This is helping Biden not only to post bigger gains with groups that already trend Democratic — like women and younger voters — but also to cut into Mr. Trump's margins with seniors. Seniors who are very concerned about coronavirus back Biden in large numbers.”

MORE ROGER STONE FALLOUT … ROMNEY AND TOOMEY SPEAK OUT: “‘Historic corruption’: 2 Republican senators denounce Trump's commutation of Stone,” by Andrew Desiderio: “Sens. Mitt Romney and Pat Toomey condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of his longtime confidant Roger Stone — the first elected Republicans to denounce the president’s Friday night move. ‘Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,’ Romney (R-Utah) wrote on Twitter Saturday.

“GOP lawmakers have been mostly silent about the commutation … In a statement, Toomey (R-Pa.) noted that the president ‘clearly has the legal and constitutional authority to grant clemency for federal crimes,’ but said commuting Stone’s sentence was a ‘mistake’ due in part to the severity of the charges against him.

“‘While I understand the frustration with the badly flawed Russia-collusion investigation, in my view, commuting Roger Stone’s sentence is a mistake,’ Toomey said. ‘He was duly convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction a congressional investigation conducted by a Republican-led committee.’ Toomey also noted that Attorney General William Barr earlier this week called the prosecution of Stone ‘righteous’ and said his prison sentence of three years and four months was ‘fair.’” POLITICO

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RESPONDS via tweet at 11:29 p.m. Saturday: “Do RINO’S Pat Toomey & Mitt Romney have any problem with the fact that we caught Obama, Biden, & Company illegally spying on my campaign? Do they care if Comey, McCabe, Page & her lover, Peter S, the whole group, ran rampant, wild & unchecked - lying & leaking all the way? NO!”

-- ROBERT MUELLER BREAKS HIS SILENCE in WaPo op-ed: “Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so”: “The work of the special counsel’s office — its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions — should speak for itself. But I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office. The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so. …

“One of our cases involved Stone, an official on the campaign until mid-2015 and a supporter of the campaign throughout 2016. Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons: He communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ release of emails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers. …

“Congress also investigated and sought information from Stone. A jury later determined he lied repeatedly to members of Congress. He lied about the identity of his intermediary to WikiLeaks. He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary. He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks’ releases. He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks. And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress. …

“The jury ultimately convicted Stone of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness. Because his sentence has been commuted, he will not go to prison. But his conviction stands. … We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false.”

-- MARYLAND GOP GOV. LARRY HOGAN to CHUCK TODD on “MEET THE PRESS” about Trump’s commutation: “Well, there's no question that's the appearance and it’s a problem. And look, Roger Stone has, is convicted of seven felonies. Look, the president does have the right by law to take the action he took. That doesn't mean he should have. And we've got a guy whose convicted of seven felonies, a couple months before an election, for the president to take this action, it’s certainly gonna hurt politically.”

FROM 30,000 FEET ... NYT’S PETER BAKER: “In Commuting Stone’s Sentence, Trump Goes Where Nixon Would Not”: “President Trump has said he learned lessons from President Richard M. Nixon’s fall from grace, but in using the power of his office to keep his friend and adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. out of prison he has now crossed a line that even Mr. Nixon in the depths of Watergate dared not cross.

“For months, senior advisers warned Mr. Trump that it would be politically self-destructive if not ethically inappropriate to grant clemency to Mr. Stone, who was convicted of lying to protect the president. Even Attorney General William P. Barr, who had already overruled career prosecutors to reduce Mr. Stone’s sentence, argued against commutation in recent weeks, officials said.

“But in casting aside their counsel on Friday, Mr. Trump indulged his own sense of grievance over precedent to reward an ally who kept silent. Once again, he challenged convention by intervening in the justice system undermining investigators looking into him and his associates, just days after the Supreme Court ruled that he went too far in claiming “absolute immunity” in two other inquiries.” NYT

FOR THOSE KEEPING TRACK AT HOME -- “Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic,” by AP’s Jonathan Lemire: “President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.

“Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded servicemembers and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients. As he left the White House, he told reporters: ‘When you’re in a hospital, especially ... I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.’ Trump was wearing a mask in Walter Reed’s hallway as he began his visit. He was not wearing one when he stepped off the helicopter at the facility.” AP

CLICKER -- “Portland Place couple who confronted protesters have a long history of not backing down,” by St. Louis-Dispatch’s Jeremy Kohler

Good Sunday morning.

NEW: MAJORITY FORWARD is going up with an ad attacking North Carolina GOP Sen. THOM TILLIS for his comments about regulations requiring restaurant workers to wash their hands, voting to cut Medicaid and against funding for masks and ventilators. The ad, titled “Awash”, will run statewide and is part of the group’s $4.2 million buy. The ad

THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: MONDAY: Trump will have lunch with VP Mike Pence. He will participate in a roundtable with “stakeholders positively impacted by law enforcement.” WEDNESDAY: The president will deliver a speech on infrastructure in Atlanta. THURSDAY: Trump will deliver remarks on “rolling back regulations.” FRIDAY: Trump will participate in a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to the U.S.

TRUMP DEFENDS REGULAR GOLF OUTINGS -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:11 a.m.: “I know many in business and politics that work out endlessly, in some cases to a point of exhaustion. It is their number one passion in life, but nobody complains. My ‘exercise’ is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf. Obama played more and much longer....

“...rounds, no problem. When I play, Fake News CNN, and others, park themselves anywhere they can to get a picture, then scream ‘President Trump is playing golf.’ Actually, I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done on the golf course, and also get a ‘tiny’ bit of exercise. Not bad!”

-- CNN’S MANU RAJU (@mkraju): “Trump’s ‘very fast’ round of golf yesterday lasted about four hours, amounting to his 276th visit to one of his golf clubs during his presidency”

FWIW: Trump has played a lot more golf than Obama.

MORE SUNDAY BEST …

-- CHRIS WALLACE spoke with Education Secretary BETSY DEVOS on FOX NEWS’ “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” via Caitlin Oprysko: “DeVos on Sunday broke with President Donald Trump’s criticism of federal guidelines for reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, calling the recommendations the president described as tough, expensive and impractical ‘common sense.’

“DeVos also emphasized that the CDC’s recommendations are merely guidance, as she insisted that children need to return to school this fall, despite surging coronavirus infections throughout swaths of the country that have contributed to new nationwide daily infection records. And she said that returning children to school will not endanger them.

“‘All of the guidelines are meant to be helpful, to help local education leaders decide and work on how they are going to accomplish what they need to do, and that is getting kids back in school based on their situation and their realities,’ the secretary said on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ acknowledging that as outbreaks continue to flare up, ‘there's not going to be a one-size-fits-all approach to everything.’

“‘But the key is, there has to be a posture of doing something, of action, of getting things going, putting a plan together for your specific school, for your specific district or for your classroom that ensures that kids are going to start learning again this fall,’ she said.” POLITICO

-- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS asked Admiral BRETT GIROIR, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, about whether its take for a national mask mandate: GIROIR: “I'm not the person who can say who could nationally mandate things. But let me tell you, it's very important that, unless you're in a state that is really cold and the percent positives are very low and the cases are decreasing, it is really essential to wear a mask in public.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “Is it time to consider more stringent lockdowns in [Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, Texas and Georgia]?” GIROIR: “You know, everything should be on the table. What we model are the most important interactions, are closing bars. If you're in a red state, I mean like a red state -- red meaning you have a lot of transmission, closing bars is an important thing, limiting the capacity of restaurants is an important thing, these are two measures that really do need to be done. They really do need to be done. Mask wearing in public. In order for us to reverse this problem, we need about 90 percent of people in those really hot areas to wear masks when they're in public.”

THE ECONOMY -- “After the fastest recession in U.S. history, the economic recovery may be fizzling,” by WaPo’s David Lynch: “United Airlines announced plans to lay off more than one-third of its 95,000 workers. Brooks Brothers, which first opened for business in 1818, filed for bankruptcy. And Bed Bath and Beyond said it will close 200 stores. Welcome to the recovery.

“If there were still hopes of a ‘V-shaped’ comeback from the novel coronavirus shutdown, this past week should have put an end to them. The pandemic shock, which economists once assumed would be only a temporary business interruption, appears instead to be settling into a traditional, self-perpetuating recession. …

“After two surprisingly strong months, the economy could begin shedding jobs again this month and in August, Morgan Stanley warned Friday. Many small businesses that received forgivable government loans have exhausted their funds while some larger companies are starting to thin their payrolls in preparation for a longer-than-expected downturn.”

-- WSJ: “Wall Street’s Earnings Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of Turbulence,” by Michael Wursthorn: “The upcoming earnings season poses a big test for investors and analysts, who say they are flying blind like never before. More than 180 companies in the S&P 500 have pulled their earnings guidance in the wake of the economic crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, limiting the visibility of investors. That has led to the widest dispersion in earnings estimates among analysts since at least 2007.

“Economists generally agree the recently completed second quarter was likely the trough of the downturn, but the extent of the damage is still unclear. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Netflix Inc. will be among the first companies to open their books, when they unofficially kick off earnings season this week.”

CORONAVIRUS RAGING … AP: “Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse,” by Mike Stobbe and Nicky Forster in New York: “A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and even remained down as states like Florida and Texas saw explosions in cases and hospitalizations — and reported daily U.S. infections broke records several times in recent days.

“Scientists warned it wouldn’t last. A coronavirus death, when it occurs, typically comes several weeks after a person is first infected. And experts predicted states that saw increases in cases and hospitalizations would, at some point, see deaths rise too. Now that’s happening.”

-- TEXAS TRIBUNE: “Texas reports 10,083 patients hospitalized due to coronavirus, a 25% increase from a week ago”

THE RACE TO NOVEMBER -- “The once-mocked ‘Never Trump’ movement becomes a sudden campaign force,” by WaPo’s Ashley Parker and Bob Costa: “Groups such as the Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump … emphasize guerrilla tactics and scathing ads as they troll the president.

“The movement seeks to build a national political operation to oust both the president and his supporters in Congress, with a particular emphasis on persuading white suburban voters who consider themselves true Republicans to break from the president, according to interviews with more than a dozen anti-Trump advisers and allies who are involved in the planning, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

“Advisers to the Lincoln Project, which they say has about 30 employees and raised $16.8 million this quarter, will soon expand to include ground operations. They are coordinating over 2,500 volunteers in Michigan and plan to next target Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who they see as vulnerable after his challenger, Jaime Harrison (D), pulled in a staggering $13.9 million since April.

“But most of the project’s efforts so far have been centered squarely on Trump — evidenced by their surgical strike ads airing on Fox News in Washington, which are aimed not at persuading disaffected Republicans but simply at needling the president.”

MEANWHILE … TINA NGUYEN: “Trump isn't secretly winking at QAnon. He's retweeting its followers.”

THE BATTLE FOR MICHIGAN -- “Trump vs. the Women Who Lead Michigan: A Battle With 2020 Implications,” by NYT’s Kathleen Gray in Lansing, Mich.: “Beyond being the women leading Michigan’s state government, Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel and Jocelyn Benson have a lot in common. All three are Democratic lawyers and part of Generation X, with long lists of accomplishments. Ms. Whitmer was the first woman to lead the Democratic caucus in the State Senate. Ms. Nessel argued before the Supreme Court and helped pave the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage. And Ms. Benson, a Harvard Law School graduate, was the dean of the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

“By 2018, the three were swept into statewide office on a wave that flipped much of Michigan’s leadership from red to blue and put three women — Ms. Whitmer, the governor; Ms. Nessel, the attorney general; and Ms. Benson, the secretary of state — in charge of running the state for the first time.

“Now these women share another distinction: They’re all targets of President Trump. Trailing in polls to Joseph R. Biden Jr. in this key battleground state, the president has taken aggressive aim at Ms. Whitmer — “that woman from Michigan,” in his words — and her counterparts, zeroing in on their mission to expand voting rights in a state where his 2016 winning margin of just 10,704 votes was the narrowest in the country.” NYT

VEEPSTAKES ... NATASHA KORECKI in Chicago: “Tammy Duckworth bursts into VP contention”: “Tammy Duckworth is no longer an afterthought in the Democratic veepstakes. The Illinois senator and Purple Heart recipient has landed squarely in the conversation after a high-profile clash with Tucker Carlson last week and her advocacy against politicization of the military in the weeks prior.

“The attention hasn't escaped Biden's vetting team. It has stepped up information-gathering on Duckworth recently, scrutinizing her legislative record and talking to her colleagues, according to three sources familiar with the matter. A contingent of Duckworth-for-VP backers, including high-dollar donors and a politically active veterans group, has intensified efforts on her behalf in the past two weeks, pushing her as the best choice for Biden’s running mate.

“‘I’ve been working my rear end off, trying to get Joe to look at her favorably,’ Joe Cotchett, a longtime friend of Biden’s and prominent West Coast Biden bundler, told POLITICO. Cotchett said Duckworth’s no-nonsense response to Carlson has further elevated her prospects. ‘If you put Tammy Duckworth on the ballot, a lot of veterans are saying to me, “Boy, she represents not only the Midwest but she represents what our party is all about,”’ Cotchett said. ‘Having no legs, to me, is an attribute in this insane election year. It brings to the table a veteran who has been severely wounded that’s speaking out for women and veterans and showing that she’s someone who can take on “Cadet Bone Spurs.”’” POLITICO

DOWN BALLOT -- “A onetime Alabama favorite son hopes to win back his Senate seat. Trump stands in the way.” by WaPo’s Eric Velasco and Paul Kane in Birmingham, Ala.: “A few days before voters decide his political fate, Jeff Sessions took to Twitter to angrily denounce his rival Tommy Tuberville as "Washington's choice" in the U.S. Senate race here. ‘He’s quit or been fired from every job he’s ever had. Don’t bow to Washington, stand up for Alabama,’ Sessions tweeted Wednesday.

“It’s a curious message for Sessions, who is only running for his old Senate seat because he got fired from his previous job, attorney general, because he fell out of favor with President Trump. While the president’s popularity is dropping in most battleground states, Trump remains extremely popular among Alabama GOP voters who will choose their nominee Tuesday to take on Sen. Doug Jones (D) in November.

“When Sessions bemoans Tuberville as ‘Washington’s choice,’ he leaves out the fact that Washington is now Trump’s town. Indeed, the president has given a full-throated endorsement to Tuberville, tweeting Saturday that the candidate is ‘a winner who will never let you down. Jeff Sessions is a disaster who has let us all down. We don’t want him back in Washington!’” WaPo

TRUMP’S SUNDAY -- The president has nothing on his public schedule.

PLAYBOOK READS

BEYOND THE BELTWAY ... GARY FINEOUT in Tallahassee: “DeSantis seizes power — selectively — as he confronts crisis”: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a small-government conservative, is making unprecedented use of his executive power during the coronavirus pandemic — but only when it suits his politics.

“The battleground-state Republican has quarantined out-of-state visitors, spent hundreds of millions of dollars without legislative approval, and ignored constitutional deadlines for judicial appointments. He’s also used his emergency power to enact a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. On Monday, his administration ordered local schools to open or risk financial ruin. And he’s gotten little to no resistance from Republicans who control the Legislature.

“Yet DeSantis, as he confronts a growing viral outbreak and polls showing President Donald Trump trailing Democrat Joe Biden in Florida ahead of the November election, simultaneously has argued that he lacks authority to alter election law or increase unemployment benefits, issues that could break the wrong way politically for him — and the president. The result, critics charge, is an ideologically driven response to a growing economic and public health crisis. POLITICO

HEARTBREAKING STORY -- “‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide,” by NYT’s Carina Knoll, Ali Watkins and Michael Rothfeld

THE LATEST IN HONG KONG -- “Hundreds of Thousands Vote in Hong Kong’s Democratic Primaries,” by WSJ’s Natasha Khan in Hong Kong: “Hundreds of thousands of people voted in primaries held by the city’s pro-democracy camp over the weekend, reflecting steely support for the movement despite Beijing’s imposition of a national-security law that has curbed public expressions of dissent in recent weeks.

“Pro-democracy parties held the primaries, which aren’t officially part of the city’s political process, to settle on candidates and avoid splitting the vote going into legislative elections this September. They hope to secure enough votes to wield more influence, set the agenda or at least have more power to block government attempts to pass unpopular legislation. The bigger-than-expected turnout shows there remains opposition to a government that has increasingly bent to Beijing’s will over the past year.” WSJ

IRAN UPDATE -- “Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown,” by AP’s Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell in Tehran, Iran: “A misaligned missile battery, miscommunication between troops and their commanders and a decision to fire without authorization all led to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing all 176 people on board, a new report says.

“The report released late Saturday by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization comes months after the Jan. 8 crash near Tehran. Authorities had initially denied responsibility, only changing course days later after Western nations presented extensive evidence that Iran had shot down the plane.

“The report may signal a new phase in the investigation into the crash, as the aircraft’s black box flight recorder is due to be sent to Paris, where international investigators will finally be able to examine it.” AP

PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- “Psychedelic Mushrooms Could Pit D.C. Against Congress,” by WSJ’s Kristina Peterson: “District of Columbia residents are likely to vote this fall on whether to effectively decriminalize certain plant-based hallucinogenic substances, including psychedelic mushrooms, raising the prospect of another fight between local leaders and Congress, which can intervene in the city’s affairs.

“The initiative would make the investigation and arrest of people cultivating or possessing certain plants and fungi among the lowest priorities for law enforcement and calls on the district’s attorney general not to prosecute anyone for these acts. On Monday, its backers submitted more than 36,000 signatures, well above the required threshold, boosting expectations the measure will be verified this summer and on the ballot in November. …

“The likely vote on mushrooms comes as district residents have drawn broad Democratic support on Capitol Hill for statehood, which would turn most of the city into the 51st state, giving residents fuller control over its own budget and laws. The House passed a statehood bill last month, but Senate Republicans and President Trump have rejected the idea as benefiting Democrats, who dominate the District.” WSJ

MEDIAWATCH -- ABC’S JON KARL SPEAKS: “It’s the duty of the White House press secretary to hold briefings. But not like this.”

-- “Writer for Tucker Carlson Resigns After ‘Abhorrent’ Online Posts Are Revealed,” by NYT’s Michael Grynbaum

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WEDDINGS -- Victoria Everett and Tracy Mitrano, via NYT: “Ms. Everett, now 54, is an early childhood specialist and kindergarten teacher at Watkins Glen Elementary School. … Dr. Mitrano, 62, is the Democratic candidate for [New York’s] 23rd Congressional district … On June 30, the couple were married at the home of Janet and Dennis Barrett, friends who live in Keuka Park, N.Y.”

-- Maya Ariel and Cecilia Grugan, via NYT: “Ms. Grugan moved to Washington for an internship, and soon found full-time employment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She is now a specialist there, guiding agencies on compliance. … Ms. Ariel is now a strategic business analyst at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. … On June 26, the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the two self-united.”

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Brandon Shaw, WME corporate comms and Obama alum. A trend he thinks doesn’t get enough attention: “Income inequality, and, more specifically, the ongoing student loan crisis in this country. It shouldn’t be this difficult for people to achieve a college education wherever they desire if they put in the work to get in. It’s complex but requires attention and affects many other areas of policy as well.” Playbook Q&A

BIRTHDAYS: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is 44 ... Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is 66 ... Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) is 38 … The Atlantic’s Isaac Dovere is 4-0 … CNN’s Brooke Baldwin (h/ts Ben Chang) ... Thea McDonald, deputy national press secretary for the Trump reelect … Eric Ueland, senior adviser at the State Department, is 55 … Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation ... Susan Axelrod ... Christie Vilsack ... Jason Childress (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Adam Elias, director and head of government affairs at Barclays ... POLITICO’s Ryan Lizza and Kayla Sharpe … Beth Lester Sidhu, COO and CMO of the Stagwell Group ... Brendan Daly, chief comms officer at the Recording Industry Association of America, and his twin brother Matt Daly of the AP … CNN’s Eden Getachew … Ryan Bock ... PhRMA’s Teresa Buckley Bill … Javier Folgar … Malala Yousafzai is 23 …

… Bryan Llenas, Fox News national correspondent … WaPo’s Jabin Botsford is 3-0 … Josh King, chief comms officer at Intercontinental Exchange (h/t Patrick Steel) … Brian Schoeneman, political and legislative director at the Seafarers International Union of North America … Alex Halpern Levy, president of A.H. Levy & Co. … Jeremy O’Grady … Jordan Gehrke, partner at Precision Campaign Group … John Gans Jr. … David Lerman is 57 … Nicole Narea … former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) is 83 … former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) is 62 … Ginny Justice … Angela Martinez … Edelman’s Kayla Spencer … CBS News’ Mary Walsh … Ella Riley-Adams … Basel Hamdan is 39 … Jessica Hanks, SVP at DKC … Debbee Hancock … Rachel DiCarlo Currie … Seton Motley … Eva Brown … Alexandra Betesh